June 7

This week’s image:  Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces - another successful garden tour.



Congrats to our candidates
Congrats, of course, to Suze Morrison whose campaign vaulted her into Queen's Park - the first NDP MPP in Toronto Centre's history.  
And our congrats and thanks to the others, especially Adam Sommerfeld (Green Party), David Morris (Liberal) and Meredith Cartwright (Ontario PC).  Each one had a good campaign, a lot of activity and a solid presence in Toronto Centre.  Elections are a tough grind and they take a considerable toll on the candidates. We’re lucky to have had highly qualified people like you in the race to represent us.


Parliament Street rooming houses
Last week, in the excitement of the moment, I made a mistake.  I said that the TCHC properties along Parliament would be transferred to new management with private non-profits and social agencies.  That was premature.  Repairs are indeed happening there - but just as a first step to upgrade the buildings and make it possible for third parties to bid later on their management.
The purple and green Victorian houses (502, 504, 506 and 508 Parliament) just south of the LCBO will be renovated.  Toronto Community Housing has notified the residents that they will be relocated to nearby housing during this work.  After those repairs are made, the tenants will be invited back.  
Some repairs were completed recently at 536 Parliament.  Other  repairs are underway now at 230 and 232 Carlton.  

Gerrard Street Beer Store site
Image:  Architecture Unfolded, Cabbagetown South Residents
Development proposals for the Beer Store site (227 Gerrard E) have been revised.  Cabbagetown South Residents note that the Breezeway formerly planned from Ontario Street has been removed and a green roof with space for amenities has been added.  The original proposals included a retail Beer Store outlet on the ground level - local residents want to get rid of it.  The documents covering these revisions have been posted online by the City of Toronto - click here.   

Greatwise Developments’ plans for St James Town
Photo: Nicole, Kristin and Maureen staff the new Information Hub
Greatwise Developments has opened an information hub at 240 Wellesley (north of Food Basics) to keep local residents informed of its plans for new developments in the southeast corner of St James Town.  Currently this area includes four high-rise buildings, the Food Basics store, the shabby retail area north of Food Basics and various driveways and infrastructure areas. 
These proposals include a new 51-storey tower at Rose and Wellesley, two 10-storey buildings, three 3-storey townhouse rows, a retail and commercial strip on the corner at Wellesley and Parliament and an expanded food store to replace the current Food Basics.  Rose Avenue will be reconnected to its northern end and go through to Howard.  Smaller roads will connect various buildings to nearby streets.
Existing outdoor open spaces will be repaired and upgraded and new ones installed around the buildings north of Wellesley.  A public park space will be built beside 280 Wellesley.  
The proposal has been submitted to the City of Toronto.  Tom Rees is the planner.  The file is 18 148195 STE 28 OZ.  There will be a preliminary report issued in late June and a City consultation meeting in St Simon Church on July 10. Click here for online info and enter 240 Wellesley St E in the address box.  

Thanks Roger
Roger has been a familiar figure in Cabbagetown for many years.  His store, Absolute Bakery (589 Parliament), is a destination for many of us.  He recently invested in a derelict property at 603 Parliament and renovated it.  He’s turned an eyesore into a pleasant neighbour.  Thanks Roger.

Vote for your favourite movie
The Cabbagetown BIA is hosting a night-time screening in Riverdale Park on Wednesday July 18.  The movie selection is now open for popular vote - fourteen films are on the list.  Click here to check it out and support your own favourite.   

Vote for your favourite mural
The Cabbagetown BIA is sponsoring another mural - this one on the wall into Zakkushi restaurant (193 Carlton).  Michael Cavanaugh and the artists who painted the mural on the LCBO wall have suggested several designs.  The BIA would like to hear from you - select the design that you like best.  Click here to see the designs and to select your favourite.  

Councillor Troisi’s Update
Photo: Eric Morse
Councillor Troisi organized a Community Update On Thursday May 31 at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  Seven senior City officials spoke to the crowd about the work being done locally by their departments - police, children’s services, housing, parks, planning, solid waste and transportation.  They also took questions from the floor.  Approximately 100 people came to the event and reactions afterward were very positive.

Meridian sponsors Love at City Hall
Meridian Credit Union (484 Parliament) and its sister downtown locations are sponsoring a special installation at City Hall. LoveisLoveisLove, a Canadian LGBTQ+ arts campaign, has installed 12 massive banners to re-imagine City Hall’s rotunda as an LGBTQ+ space. The banners present 36 images of LGBTQ+ Canadians as well as the message “Love Lives In This City.” Free. Toronto City Hall (100 Queen West). 

Volunteer at Riverdale Farm
The Farm will celebrate its fortieth anniversary on the weekend of September 29.  Volunteers are needed to help with these special programs.  For more info and to register as a volunteer, click here.   

The Daniels Spectrum
A fire happened last week in the Ada Slaight Hall and the sprinkler system kicked in to fight it.  Water damage extended through the first and second floors.  Arson is suspected. Some areas have reopened.  The rest of the building will be back in action in early July.  Updates can be seen on the Spectrum’s blog.  

Lookin’ good
James and Gailo Borland lived on Sackville Street for many years.  They’ve now taken up residence in Cortona Italy with their cat Bijou but they remain happy Cabbagetowners at heart.  Andrew keeps in touch with them and he passes along their big “hello” to all their friends here.


The Fixer investigates signs in Riverdale Park
Photo:  Eric Morse
Local resident Randy Brown, the Executive Director of Friends of Riverdale Park West, wrote to the Toronto Star’s Fixer last week.  He complained that the new signage for Toronto parks was inappropriate in Riverdale Park West and that he had not been consulted prior to its installation.  Click here to read the column.  
The Fixer dodged the issue.  He asked instead for opinions from other readers.  He did find that City officials verified that consultations had taken place.  Up to 20 people responded to his request for reactions, most in favour of the signs.  Click here to read his second column and a sampling of opinions from his readers.      
Randy Brown also raised the issue at Councillor Troisi’s community update meeting.  Parks’ manager Peter White replied that there had been a consultation process about the signage and also promised to check whether the signs would interfere with the annual Arts & Crafts show.

A Park poop pilot project
Photo:  CBC News
Across Toronto, including in our local parks, the City of Toronto is experimenting with green waste disposal bins to collect dog poop.  Somebody at the Solid Waste Department has a great sense of humour - check out the little video contained in this CBC report about the project.  


Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
The Market started up in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) on Tuesday.  It’ll run weekly from 3 to 7 pm every Tuesday, rain or shine, until the Fall.  
On its first day, there were fewer vendors than usual but there were high quality goodies available.  Like these veggies from Murray’s Farm.  Michelle Davidson, the Market’s manager, has recruited a big contingent of vendors - she expects sixteen to show up as the season progresses.
In the meantime, Moms have started to bring their little kids for their Market day gatherings next to the tents despite the chilly day.  

Music on Parliament Street
The Cabbagetown BIA’s summer street music program will continue with Fun Oldies at Spruce and Parliament, noon to 2 pm, Sunday June 10. It’s a neat project - stop by and enjoy a few tunes while you’re shopping.

Summer kick-off and bike safety check
The Cabbagetown BIA is organizing a summer kick-off at noon on Sunday June 10 at Spruce and Parliament.  Parliament Street Fitness is organizing a 5K run through historic Cabbagetown and along the Don Valley. Cycle Solutions is doing bike safety checks. Buds & Blossoms is setting up kids’ activities. Freshed Right Salads & Juice Bar and Jet Fuel are providing refreshments. Live music and lots of family fun. 

Discover Winchester Street - guided tour
Presented by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association with Heritage Toronto.  Winchester is a fascinating street, full of historic echos, accomplished residents and beautiful buildings - The Necropolis, Riverdale Park, Winchester Street theatre and Winchester School. The tour starts at the east end of Winchester (200 Winchester).  Sunday June 10, 10:30 am.

Jennifer Snowdon Yoga
Jennifer and Sarah Moore are holding their last Restorative and Yoga Nidra class on Sunday June 10 from 2 to 3:45 pm.  Drop-in classes for Hatha (Saturdays at 9:30 am), Hatha 2 (Tuesdays at 5:45 pm) and Yin yoga (Saturdays at 11:45 am) are continuing at the Studio (58 Rose).    For more info and fees, click here.   

The season’s last Step class
Brenda is wrapping up her step classes for the season - on Sunday June 10 at 11 am.  The last class is also the time for the group photo.  There’ll be an informal gathering after class at Eric and Clarinda’s house - please RSVP to Brenda if you plan to attend.  
Brenda’s fee is $2 for each class - she hasn’t raised it in twenty years.  She urges everyone who participates to make a further donation to the CYC and, if you wish, to direct that donation to the Performing Arts program.   More info and an online donation site at Canada Helps.  
She’ll be back again in September.  Cabbagetown Youth Centre gym (2 Lancaster behind the Beer Store).

CRA annual meeting
The Cabbagetown Residents’ Association will hold its 2018 meeting from 7 pm on Wednesday June 13 at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).  There’ll be great nibblies and a complimentary drink.  Lots of opportunity to meet your neighbours and catch up on local events.


Summer Dance Camp at School of Toronto Dance Theatre
July 16 to 20, 9 am to 4 pm. The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) offers a week-long Summer Dance Camp for kids ages 5 and up in the heart of Cabbagetown - the best neighbourhood for dance in the city!  
The schedule is jam-packed with dance and music, arts and crafts and outdoor activities, all fostering self-expression and collaboration. The week will finiosh with a showing for the dancers’ families in the historic Winchester Street Theatre. Special Cabbagetown early-bird offer, program details, after-camp care, fees and registration info are all available online here.   

Summer Arts at the School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
July 30 to August 3.  Kids ages 4 to 8 will enjoy movement, music making and visual arts in CCDT’s studios (509 Parliament) with some of the city’s outstanding arts educators. This is a one-week camp featuring a half-day program that can be expanded with the addition of musical theatre into a full day program. The camp ends with a memorable day of sharing, family and friends welcome. Early bird registration rates are available to June 15.  For more details, click here .  

Summer Day Camps at Buds & Blossoms
Starting July 3.  Themes will include music, theatre, science, cooking, building, fashion and more.  $80 per day, per child, or $385 for 5 days/$305 for 4 days, per child (Week-long camp). Optional after care from 4-6pm is $15/day. Price does not include HST.  Please note due to the themes and activities of certain summer camps, week-long registration is required. Find out more online here517 Parliament.  

August 20 to 24.  Kids ages 4 to 18, no prior experience needed. 38 children will enrol in the day camp for the performing arts at Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen E). Met is blessed with wonderful instruments and very qualified people. KAMP (Kids at Met Performing) is an out-reach program to share this talent with children from the community.
Staff are highly qualified. Jennifer Martyn has her PhD in violin from U of T. Ben Stein graduated from McGill in music and is finishing a PhD at York. Sara Stahmer is an experienced singer and actress.
Fees are $220 for the week. Scholarships are available for children without the means to participate.
For more info and registration details, click here.  Scroll down the page to KAMP nd download the PDF about KAMP.   

Dixon Hall’s Summer Camp
Summer Camp is a safe fun place where kids learn healthy social skills and gain positive self-confidence while they enjoy physical activities.  Donors are needed - $25 pays for a whole day for one child and $125 pays for a full week.  To make your gift online, click here.   

Register for the City of Toronto programs
Photo:  Dan Pearce, Metroland
The City’s registration process for our neighbourhood will open at 7 am on Tuesday June 12 for summer swim and skate programs.  Registration for after-school recreation programs in the Fall opens at 7 am on Monday June 18. There’s a list of contacts and suggestions for a quick, successful registration online here.  


Welcome Parliament Animal Hospital
Dr B (Dr Behrooz Tamjidi) has just opened his new animal hiospital at 584 Parliament, just south of Wellesley.  He’s specializing in small animal care - checkups, dental work, nlood tests, ultrsound, vaccines and more.  He’s open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6 pm and weekends 2:30 to 5:30 pm.  Check out his website here.  

Renovation Sale at Kendall & Co
For over 20 years, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has been selling high-quality furniture that’s made in Canada and crafted according to your choice of fabric and design details. In the coming weeks, Kendall’s new Furniture Gallery will open in the downstair’s level with fantastic, contemporary styles. To prepare for this expansion and the arrival of new models, they’re holding a  Renovation Sale.  Take advantage of savings up to 70% off on select in-stock rugs, furniture and lighting. Shop early for your best selection. 
Store hours: Monday to  Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm.   http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/furniture

NOW Magazine Reader’s Choice
The Reader’s Choice Awards are powerful tools for our local retailers.  They announce to thousands of people across the city that there’s an outstanding business here.
Nominations in each category are now open.  There are six different groups with scores of individual categories in each one.  The more nominations that a business receives, the more likely it is to be included on the final ballots.
Nominate your favourites from now until June 29.  The final voting will begin on July 19.
Click here to read about the awards and to make your nominations.  

Distillery Sunday market

Back again for the summer - the Distillery’s weekly marketplace with delicious empanadas, maple syrup, preserves, honey, sausages, cheeses, and more artisanal treats to delight the senses! Noon to 5 pm, most Sundays throughout the summer.


Cyril’s soup of the week  
Cyril’s Saturday soup is a tried and true classic - spring minestrone. He says that minestrones are “the kitchen sinks of soups: pretty much whatever vegetables you have on hand can go in there. Saturday’s version will celebrate Spring and include asparagus, peas and beans in addition to the traditional celery, carrots, beans and potatoes. There will obviously also be tomatoes but the stock won’t be tomato-based.” He’s also delivering side orders of cooked macaroni or shaved parmesan to mix with the soup at the last minute - $1 each.
On Tuesday, June 12, he’s preparing  celery-coconut and on Friday, June 16, tomato-orange.
Containers are $9 each for 24 oz/700 ml.  
He delivers (in Cabbagetown) on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address, cyril@merryberry.ca

Urban Thai
Urban Thai (415 Parliament) another well-done Thai restaurant in Cabbagetown.  It’s been open for a couple of months and the food and service are now smooth and tasty. Try the pad Thai - one of the favourites.  Great lunch prices. Open 7 days a week from 11 am to 3 am. You can see the full menu online.  

Cranberries Psychic Brunch
Experience an insightful reading and enjoy a $5 discount on your brunch at Cranberries (601 Parliament).  June 10, 11 am, $42.  

Renovations at Peartree
Enjoy the new bar at Peartree (507 Parliament)  And try one of their beer or wine specials while you’re there.

Wing House & Sports Bar
Coming soon to 420 Parliament.  These guys make a lot of wings!  Check out their website.  


The 40 Dancer Project presents Ion
Photo:  Bonnie Holmes
Dancers from four national professional programs across Canada join together to present Harold Rheaume’s Ion.  Friday June 8, 7 pm, $15 and $20. The evening begins with a pre-performance chat at 7 pm, then the performance at 8 pm followed by a post-performance reception.  
The 40 Dancer Project is one of 100 different events and workshops at the Festival 18 that’s being staged in the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) from June 4 to 10. For more info, check out the Festival’s website.   
Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.  

Music City in the Distillery
Every weekend through the summer, the Distillery stages its Music City series on the Trinity Square stage.  Two performers usually appear each day.  On Saturday June 9 - Sarah Siddiqui at 2 pm and Kristine Schmitt at 4 pm.  On Sunday June 10 - Claire Copeland at 2 pm and Dana Sipos at 4 pm.  Next weekend, the concerts are on Sunday June 17 with Missy Knott at 2 pm and Suzie Vinnick at 4 pm.



For contact info about these clubs and restaurants, see the list at the bottom of this page.  
If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed.


Alice’s Place
6 pm, BBQ Block Party on the patio
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Distillery - Trinity Square Stage
2 pm, Music City with Sarah Siddiqui and Kristine Schmitt
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
11 am, Psychic Brunch, $42
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage
2 pm, Music City with Claire Copeland and Dana Sipos
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Samantha Clayton & Cole


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
10 pm, Comedy night with Ethan O’Reilly


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage 
2 pm, Music City with Missy Knott and Suzie Vinnick
The Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Joe Spina and Mark Teixera


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330, 
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, 
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, 
454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, 
573 King St E, (416) 306-1986, 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, 
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
See below - The Tilted Dog
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, 
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, 
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
413 Parliament Street
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127, 
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
(Formerly The Local GEST)
424 Parliament. (416) 961-9425