July 26

This week’s image:  Tiffany at The Tilted Dog wants to cover a wall in her pub with photos of neighbourhood dogs.  Here's one - the Dog Show at the 2011 Cabbagetown Festival.



Councillor Troisi has entered the municipal election
Lucy Troisi has filed her nomination papers to become a candidate in Ward 23 in the October 22 City election.  
This will be her first election campaign.  She’s served at City Council for the past eight months.  She was first appointed to the job to replace the late Pam McConnell in November 2017.  Since that time, she’s been tirelessly visiting every corner of the old Ward 28, meeting people and learning about local priorities.  
She sees four main issues arising in the election - community safety in every part of the Ward, open access to City services, a recognition of the Ward’s diversity in the delivery of these services and an attack on poverty, especially as it affects children.  She’ll be stressing her personal experience in this community - she was born and raised here, she lives here now and she’s worked here in her professional career. Her roots here give her a deeper understanding of residents’ needs.
She’s now assembling her campaign team and will soon be letting everyone know how to contact her during the election. 

Blair’s Run - save the date
Okay everybody, get ready to roll.  Blair’s Run is back on Sunday September 9.  It’ll happen as usual on the Cabbagetown Festival weekend.  It offers a gruelling 2k challenge for runners, walkers, kids and dogs.  There’s a cornucopia of categories and prizes plus bragging rights for a whole year afterward.  
The network of local street teams is the heart and soul of the Run.  They raise money, encourage runners and connect the run to the Cabbagetown community. 
Local team captains are being recruited right now.  If you’re willing to help, please contact  blairsrunTO@gmail.com
Race registration will open soon - watch for it online.   

Headaches for the Cabbagetown Short Film Festival
Gina Dineen is the Festival’s organizer.  She’s just been told that her date at the Daniels Spectrum has been cancelled.  The Spectrum was the victim of a vandal’s arson attack in the Spring and the repairs are dragging out a lot longer than expected.  
Gina’s searching now for a new 2018 home.  Normally, her event would happen on Wednesday September 5.  She may still be able to use that date in a new location - she promises to keep us informed.

Reactions to the St James Town proposal
Local people are sending along their comments about the new development ideas in St James Town.  If you’re concerned and want to join with others in our neighbourhood, you can start by sending your contact info here - your info will be circulated to the group.  Contact cabbagetownreview@gmail.com 

Paving delay on Carlton Street
Councillor Lucy Troisi has released the schedule for road improvements planned by the City of Toronto in our area. Buried deep in that report is a paragraph about a delay until 2020 for repaving Carlton east of Parliament.  The three or four reasons for the delay all involve the preparatory design work. No reason is given to explain why this work hasn’t already been done.  
Carlton Street is in terrible condition.  If you need proof, just ask a cyclist.  Or a pedestrian walking on the sidewalk during a rainstorm. 
When the 2018 target date was originally set several years ago, it was scandalous.  Now, even that date has been pushed back and there are no guarantees that it will stick.
Councillor Troisi says that she’s taking this delay seriously and has started to pressure City staff.

Mural update
Michael Cavanaugh and Ted Hamer are now painting the details onto their mural at Zakkushi on Carlton (193 Carlton).  They’ve started to fill in the lines and add the colouring to bring their image to life.  Check it out - it promises to be another Cabbagetown landmark.

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
The Smoke Bloke has lovely smoked salmon that Mike prepares in his storefront (1171 Victoria Park). Nicole is at the Market booth every week.  Their salmon makes perfect hors d’oeuvres for parties or for a spiffy dinner.
Green Thumbs Growing Kids has joined the vendors at the Market.  They’ll be making an appearance about once a month through the rest of the summer. 
The Market runs weekly from 3 to 7 pm every Tuesday, rain or shine, until the Fall in Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester).  

Taste of Regent Park
The Taste continues every Wednesday until August 29 in the Big Park on the north side of Dundas at Sackville.  The open-air market starts at 5 pm, a community meal at 6 pm and the movie series Under The Stars at 9 pm.
Caribana Celebrations start the party next week on August 8 followed by the outdoor movie, “Coco”. 

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
by Sally Gibson
Cricket at Riverdale Park, City of Toronto Archives, 1231-1283
Toronto cricketers may have lost the coveted John Ross Robertson Cup in Winnipeg on July 31 but local bowlers and batsmen were out in force the next day, like these fellows in Riverdale Park. For some, this may have been a last hurrah before trading their cricket whites for army khaki when Great Britain and by extension Canada declared war on Germany on August 4. 
The puddles seen here would, of course, pale in comparison with the long, rain-drenched slog of the next four war years.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  


Too many signs
Joanne teaches graphic design and she’s happy when designers get a lot of work by designing the City’s signs.  But too many is, in fact, too many.  Why, she wonders, do we need a big sign that tells us that there’s a Stop sign right ahead - especially when you would be able to see the Stop sign if the No Parking signs weren’t in the way.
Check out your own street.  How many signs can you see in one short block?


Under the Stars
Movies in Regent Park
Organized by the Regent Park Film Festival.  Pre-show at 7 pm with fun activities for the whole family.  Popcorn and refreshments. Rain date - August 22. Regent Park (just east of Sackville and Dundas),  Wednesdays at sundown. Free. 
Wednesday, August 1 -  Coco, an animated musical drama.  

Cinematic Cities Series
Movies in Corktown Common 
Free admission - suggestion donation is $10.  
Corktown Common ( 155 Bayview at River)
Thursday July 26, 9 pm - The feature film is Selma about Martin Luther King’s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery against Alabama’s policy of segregation.  The evening’s short films are BLM:TO, Black Pride and 100 Musicians. Eats and treats at 7 pm by Mr Pierogi and The Pop Stand.  Popcorn at the festival canteen.
Thursday, August 2, 9 pm - Roman Holiday. Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her role.  The short film is Long Branch, a funny little story about two strangers who travel the TTC in search of romance.  (The original screening date was rained out and August 2 is the replacement date.)


Congrats to A F Moritz
A F Moritz has just published his new book, The Sparrow, a selection of his poetry spanning his entire career from the early 1970s.  George Fetherling has reviewed it in the Globe & Mail and in his review, he’s written about the impact of Moritz’s work.  It’s a highly complimentary piece - read it here.   


Covering All Grounds
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) introduces its latest collection of area rugs for the next season. Find comfort in cozy wools, joy in colours and versatility with synthetics. Whether for the city or cottage, indoors or outdoors, standard or custom size, Kendall & Co has all your grounds covered in their One-Stop-Shop for furnishings and decorating. Store hours - 10 am to 6 pm,  weekdays, 11 am to 5 pm, Saturdays and noon to 4 pm, Sundays.

Spruce’s summer sale
Enjoy savings up to 50% off at Spruce (455 Parliament).  Deep discounts on “last call” and never-before-seen vintage items.  There are Falconware Enamel Prep sets at 20% off while quantities last.  And you can pre-order Art Deco bar carts for September delivery and save 15%.  Click here to see all the beautiful bargains available online.   


Congrats to The Tilted Dog
Save the date.  The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) - formerly The Local GEST - is now five years old. It’s time to celebrate.  Save the date - Thursday August 2.  There’ll be lots to cheer about.  Tiffany promises a special evening to mark this milestone.

The Tilted Dog golf tournament
Sign up now - the 4th annual tournament happens on Saturday August 11.  It’s at Bloomington Downs Golf Club, just north of Richmond Hill.  Tee time is 10:30 am.  $125. Your package includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, a bus ride from the pub to the golf course (at 9 am) and dinner and drinks afterward at The Tilted Dog.  Register now at the pub (424 Parliament).

Cyril’s soup of the week  
Cyril is now making soups, salads and Buddha bowls. As always, he’s mixing up his offerings so you can plan on plenty of variety.
For Saturday July 28, he’s offering a classic gazpacho from southern Spain.
On Tuesday July 31, he’s making a corn and bacon chowder that’s definitely not vegan.
Remember - pricing for the soup:  when you order 4 or more soups (4 of the same or 4 different ones), the price is $8 for a 24-oz container.  For 3 or less, it’s $9 each.  
His salads and bowls this week come in two sizes.  The lighter salad at $11/serving has mixed greens, green beans, olives, grape tomatoes, baby potatoes, basil, sesame seeds and a hard-boiled egg (no egg and other stuff for the vegan version).  The bigger bowl at 415/servings includes the above ingredients plus two extra scoops of bulgur, white bean and edamame salad, plus a tuna, basil and sun-dried tomato salad (tofu marinated in sun-dried tomato oil for the vegan version).  He has a “red” dressing with roasted red peppers, garlic, olive oil, raspberry vinegar, salt and pepper and a “grey” dressing with anchovies, Dijon mustard, capers, shallot, lemon, garlic, olive oil.
He delivers (in Cabbagetown) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address, cyril@merryberry.ca


Courtyard Concert
Photo:  David McDonald
Raoul Bhaneja and Darren Gallen from Raoul & The Big Time are performing in a free concert at the Young Centre (50 Tank House Ln, Distillery).  Friday July 27. Doors open at 9 pm.  9:40 to 11 pm.  

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 July 28 - 2 pm, Tragedy Ann at 2 pm and at 4 pm, Abigail Lapell
On Sunday July 29 - 2 pm, Bird City with Jennie Mitchell at 2 pm and folk/blues band Crooked House Road at 4:30 pm

Whiskey Jack is back in Toronto
Duncan Fremlin and his pals are playing at the Beach Village BIA on Sunday July 29.  See them at the corner of Lee and Queen from noon to 4 pm.  Then, on Wednesday, they’re playing a free concert in the Commerce Court (199 Bay) from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  They haven’t had a lot of Toronto-area concerts over the summer - so check them out if you’re nearby.  
They have several out-of-town events coming up.  They’re in Stratford at the Masonic Concert Hall at 7 pm on August 3, in Killbear Park in Nobel just north of Parry Sound at 7:30 pm on August 11 and in Mikisew Provincial Park in South River at 1 pm on August 12.

Three productions at Soulpepper
It’s the final weekend for a play and two concerts at Soulpepper.  The 27 Club, a Soulpepper concert, ends on Saturday - tickets are still available for Saturday’s 2 pm matinee and 8 pm performance.  The Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience has limited seating for its 8 pm Friday show and regular sales for Sunday’s 2 pm matinee.  Orlando, Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Wolff’s masterpiece, is on stage at 7:30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
For online ticket sales to these performances, click here.  

The Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s Performing Arts program has a new production up its sleeve. “STUCK! As seen on the Big Screen” tells the story of a group of children who spontaneously get stuck inside a television and go on a journey of self-discovery, lesson-learning, and amusement throughout the various networks and channels. The kids, the program and the final production won’t disappoint. Grab your tickets, kick back in your auditorium seat and feel at home while enjoying “STUCK! As seen on the Big Screen”.
Save the date - doors open at 6:30 pm and show starts at 7 pm, Thursday August 16, Riverdale Collegiate (1094 Gerrard E), $7/each or $21/family of four.  Tickets at the CYC (2 Lancaster), at the office in Riverdale Collegiate and at the door.



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
9 pm, Comedy night with Dave Burke and Danish Anwar 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


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


Distillery - Trinity Square Stage 
2 pm, Music City with Tragedy Ann and 4 pm, Abigail Lapell
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage 
2 pm, Music City with Bird City at 2 pm and Crooked House Road at 4 pm
The Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz - TBA. 


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 - on vacation to August 8


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Comedy night with Dave Burke and Danish Anwar
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
8 pm, live music with 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 Sean Conway at 2 pm and at 4 pm, Winnie Brave
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage
2 pm, Music City with Gathering Sparks and at 4 pm, Maneli Jamel
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz - TBA


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