July 12

This week’s image:  the strawberry social in Winchester Park Square



St James Town official community consultation
The community consultation meeting sponsored by the City of Toronto was held on Tuesday July 10. It focused on the Great Wise plan to add a 51-storey apartment tower, several rows of townhouses and additional retail and commercial space in the area.  On her Twitter account, Councillor Troisi described the tone as “great passion and enthusiasm.”  Specific details were raised on topics such as density, building heights, traffic flow, retail facades, access for emergency vehicles and loading docks for retail spaces. The City’s planner, Tom Rees, came away with an initial list of issues to be answered.

Future discussions
Tom Rees in the City’s planning department will be involved in an ongoing series of consultations.  Both he and Councillor Troisi mentioned several future consultation dates.  Some, like the Planning Review Panel, will include people outside the area with expertise in urban development.  Others will be direct meetings with the Cabbagetown BIA and with residents’ associations.  Periodically, a tent will be set up near Food Basics in St James Town to collect reactions from individuals who live there. Mr Rees points out that this proposal has a long way to go before shovels hit the ground and he feels that there’s plenty of room for improvements.

Organizing the community
Not everyone is enthused about this proposal.  Wellesley Street resident Andrea Zeifman is looking for others who want to compare reactions and begin to organize.  She has also reached out to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. She wants a community meeting to gauge possibilities for opposition and pressure.  Bleecker Street resident Paul Dilse who is a heritage consultant also wants to find people who are concerned and he has contacts at the Diane Frankling Co-operative homes.  For contact info between these people, please email here and your contact will be forwarded to Andrea and Paul.


Sherbourne Street renewal
The northern end of Sherbourne from Bloor to Wellesley has been getting a facelift without a lot of fanfare and bragging.  New condos are being finished on the west side near Howard and along Bloor near Sherbourne.  Four towers on Sherbourne opposite Isabella have been refitted and upgraded.  A new retail strip has opened there - Shopper’s Drug Mart, a Wine Rack, First Choice Hair Cutters, a Tim Horton’s and a big new Freshco.  The Freshco offers a nifty range of groceries including produce and packaged goods from the Middle East and Asia.  Thanks to Steve Brearton for pointing me here.

Waterfront Toronto’s community consultation
The Port Lands Flood Protection project is a huge development along the waterfront that will bring new green spaces, a new river course, new infrastructure and new flood protection to the area at the foot of Parliament Street. This consultation is an opportunity for you to find out the details about the project and give your reactions to its planning team. The drop-in hours are from 6 to 9 pm with a brief presentation at 7 pm. It happens at St James Cathedral Centre (65 Church) on Wednesday July 18.

Accessible ramp into the Don Valley

The City of Toronto is proposing construction of a ramp into the Don River valley near the bridge that links the east and west Riverdale Parks.  The meeting will describe the project and seek opinions on a variety of related topics - seating, public art, native plantings and more.  6:30 to 8 pm, Thursday July 19, Riverdale Public Library (370 Broadview at Gerrard). 

A new mural on Carlton
The Cabbagetown BIA has commissioned a mural for the wall facing Zakkushi on Carlton (195 Carlton).  Work has started and August 5 is the target finishing date.  A community survey was conducted and The Rose of Cabbagetown is the winning design.  Michael Cavanaugh and Ted Hamer are doing the work.  

Visit 51 Division police station
There’ll be an open house at 51 Division (51 Parliament) - enjoy a tour of the building, horses, K9 dogs, bike registration and more. Fun for the family with a DJ, a bbq and face painting.  Saturday July 14, 11 am to 3 pm.  

Music on Parliament Street
The Cabbagetown BIA brings back the Double A Jazz Band this weekend.  Amelia and Parliament, noon to 3 pm, Saturday July 14.

Sunday in the Park
The longest running annual event in Regent Park - full of family fun, local entertainers, vendors and a community bbq.  Enjoy the One Love Reggae Band, spoken word by Zenab Hassan, Baque de Samba drumming and more.  There’ll be a bouncy castle, bingo and an open mic.  Noon to 7 pm, Sunday July 15. Free.  The Big Park (620 Dundas E).  

Community environment day
Councillor Troisi’s environment day happens on Saturday July 21 from 10 am to 2 pm in Lower Sherbourne Park (Frederick St south of the Esplanade).  Bring your hazardous wastes, old paint cans, electronics, TVs, computer equipment, fluorescent light bulbs, old medications and more.  You can also bring stuff that you feel can be reused - sporting goods, eye glasses, books, small household items, good used clothing and non-perishable food - and more stuff that can be donated to schools.  

July Strawberry Social
It was another success - the second annual Strawberry Social sponsored by the Winchester Park Residents Association attracted  a good crowd. They relaxed in the park, talked to friends and chomped down plenty of strawberries, cream and cake.  Local politicians dropped in to talk and to be seen.  Congrats to everyone who put together a fine event.

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
Michelle and Dan manage the Market each week.  They report that about 350 adults (plus lots of kids and dogs) visit it each week.  That’s good - and there’s plenty of room for more.  A lot of them are picking up sweets and other baked goodies from Madelaine’s Kitchen.
The Market runs weekly from 3 to 7 pm every Tuesday, rain or shine, until the Fall in Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester).  
Every week, new vendors are arriving.  Fresh  produce is rolling right in.  Don’t miss out. 

Taste of Regent Park
Kids from Square Circle summer program helped to bake the sugar cookies for last week’s Taste.
The Taste continues every Wednesday until August 29 in the Big Park on the north side of Dundas at Sackville.  It’s part of a full evening’s activities.  The open-air market starts at 5 pm, a community meal at 6 pm and the movie series Under The Stars at 9 pm.
This week’s theme is “Travel the world with food” followed by the movie, “The Tale of Princess Kayuga”.  Enjoy empanadas from the bake oven and the music by Duo da Villa.

The Underpass Farmers’ Market
The Corktown Residents & Business Association says that events beyond its control have forced the cancellation of this year’s farmers’ market.  They plan to revive it for a bigger and better season next year.

Street signage
Last week, I ran a tongue-in-cheek photo of a sign in Riverdale Park that warns cyclists about a steep hill ahead (which everyone can see) and tells them to dismount (which everyone ignores).  Joanne Pettigrew wrote to say that it “hit a chord with me. My, as yet unwritten, ‘Letter to City Hall #3’ concerns the ridiculous superfluidity of signs in the neighbourhood. Last count there were 65 signs on the brief stretch of Spruce Street from Sackville to Sumach. As a graphic designer I approve of employing sign designers, but not when it trashes the urban landscape for everyone else.”  So true, Joanne.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Image:  Mrs. Lamb’s Recipes, City of Toronto Archives, 2378-8
July was cranberry jelly time, according to Mrs. Eliza Lamb in her 1870s recipe book. With berries bright red and plump on the bush, humans, then as now, had to rush out to harvest them before birds and other wildlife snatched them away. 
Jelly-making itself was dead easy, especially if left to a household servant as probably happened at Mrs. Lamb’s Winchester Street residence. Dump the berries in a preserving kettle. Wash them, pick out the leaves, and squash them with a potato masher. Boil for 15 minutes. Add sugar and boil for another quarter hour. Pour into glasses and let set. Hungry Lambs might have tucked into jelly-covered scones at next day’s tea time.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.


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, July 18 -  Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya).  A famous Japanese folktale - a mysterious young princess enthrals everyone who meets her but must in the end face the punishment for her crime.

Movie in the park - the community’s choice
Cabbagetown BIA
Wednesday July 18, 6 pm - Food stalls by Freshed Right Salad & Juice Bar, Absolute Bakery and The Women's Development Network with Yonge Street Mission. 
Riverdale Park West (Winchester and Sumach)
8:45 pm - Fantastic Mr Fox.  
Rolling Stone says, "This movie deserves to be called groundbreaking." Filmmaker Magazine says it is "a triumph in animated storytelling." Featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman,  this movie will appeal to the hearts of all ages.  
Rain date is Wednesday July 25th. 

Cinematic Cities Series
Movies in Corktown Common 
Free admission - suggested donation is $10.  
Corktown Common (155 Bayview at River)
Thursday July 19, 9:05 pm - feature film is Bob Fosse’s Cabaret starring Liza Minelli.  The short film is She Stoops to Conquer. Eats and treats at 7 pm by Buster’s Sea Cove and Choco-Churros.  Popcorn at the festival canteen.


At Buds & Blossoms
Summer camps are now in full swing. Space is still available. There are seven unique and exciting camps left in the summer. Interested families are welcome to get in touch via email or phone - or just drop in and say hi!
Our picture shows the "Einstein Buddies" camp kids, modelling their sun reactive dyed t-shirts they designed themselves!  517 Parliament

Dance Camp - last minute spots are available
There are a couple of spots left in the summer Dance Camp at the School of Toronto Dance (80 Winchester).  The program focuses on creativity,  movement exploration, musicality and social skills. Ages 4 to 11.  Monday July 16 to Friday July 20, $275 - extended care is available.  Call (416) 967-6887 or email louise@schooloftdt.org 


Congrats to Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje won the Booker Prize (one of the world’s great literary awards) in 1992 for his book The English Patient.  He has now been awarded the Golden Man Booker prize for fiction as the best award winner for the past five decades.  Ryan Patrick did a CBC News report - click here to read it.  

Wellesley Cottages
Photo:  Toronto Gardens
Toronto Gardens did a brief story about the 2018 garden tour and the gardens at the Wellesley Cottages.  Thanks to the Cabbagetown Residents Association for pointing out the story.   

Jennifer Hollett joins the race
Photo:  Cole Burston, Toronto Star
Jennifer Hollett has launched her campaign to become the Councillor for Ward 21 in the Fall’s municipal elections.  She joins a crowded field with nine other candidates.  This ward is the southern part of the former Ward 28 that was represented by Pam McConnell and then split into two parts for future elections.  Ms Hollett is one of the NDP’s heavy hitters and she will be a formidable presence in the campaign. Jennifer Pagliaro wrote about her campaign in the Toronto Star.  
In the northern part of the area, Ward 23, George Smitherman, Megan Willson and Walied Khogali Ali have declared - there’s no word yet about Lucy Troisi’s intentions.  Nominations close on July 27.

The trial of Adonay Zekarias
Photo:  Toronto Police Service
He’s the man convicted of the murder of Nighisti Semret in a Cabbagetown laneway.  He’s now also been convicted of killing Rigat Ghirmay to keep her silent about his involvement in Ms Semret’s death.  As this horrific sequence of events unfolds, he’s now waiting for the judge’s decision on August 14 about his sentence - whether it should run concurrently with his first sentence or consecutively.  CBC News has a report about the trial.  


Shop Local. Buy Canadian 
For over 20 years, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has been selling lasting quality furniture that’s made in Canada with a lot of heart and soul. With their expansive choice of fabrics and accent details, the team at Kendall & Co can also design furniture that’s uniquely yours. Check out some of the available styles online
Kendall & Kevin partner with local manufacturers led by female entrepreneurs who’re taking their family businesses forward - a sign of their collective, modern approach that everyone deserves a seat at the table.   
Furniture appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are always welcomed.  Visit your local, award-wining Design Shop and find out what many Cabbagetowners have already come to enjoy. Store hours - 10 am to 6 pm,  weekdays, 11 am to 5 pm, Saturdays and noon to 4 pm, Sundays.

The best keratin and protein hair smoothing system
Nano at The Hair Spa (440 Parliament) really likes this product - it’s organic, green and environmentally friendly and chemical free. It lasts for up to four months and only takes an hour to apply.  Treatments start at $185.  Call her at (416) 920-5643 or email hairspa77@gmail.com and check out Hair Spa’s website. hairspa77.ca


Try the Keating Channel
The Keating Channel Pub & Grill (2 Villers) is a great place to relax - next to the water, good food, great service.  It’s located at the corner of Villers and Cherry, just south of the bridge over the Channel. For menus and more photos, check out the Pub’s website.  Thanks to Ron Hume for bringing me here and encouraging me to tell you about it.  

Summerlicious continues to July 22
Summerlicious is the season’s celebration of good food in 200 great restaurants across Toronto.  Each one offers a prix fixe meal - lunch at $23, $28 or $33 and dinner at $33, $43 or $53.  The full list is available online.   
Three local restaurants are participating -
Archeo, Italian, 31 Trinity - Distillery, (416) 815-9898, Lunch $23, dinner $33, website
Boku, Japanese, 42 Gristmill Lane - Distillery, (416) 368-8686, Lunch $23, dinner $33 website.  
F’Amelia, Italian, 12 Amelia, (416) 323-0666, Dinner $43, website.

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  
Saturday’s soup is carrot-ginger. Cyril will roast the carrots to add another layer of flavour and add some spices (cumin, coriander, maybe allspice) to make it less two-dimensional and he promises that he won’t be shy with the ginger.
 Also, he has a special order for some black bean and mango soup. So - if you loved this soup or if you missed it and would like to try it, tell Cyril to piggyback your order onto that special order. He’ll make it on Friday and add it to the Saturday delivery.
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

Mill Street’s organic market
Two of Mill Street’s brands have earned their organic certificates - Cobblestone Stout and Tankhouse Ale.  To celebrate, the Brewery will hold an organic farmers’ market with ten local growers, live music, sampling and organic education. The Beer Hall patio (21 Tankhouse Lane, Distillery) on two Saturdays - July 14 and July 21 from 11 am to 2 pm.

Beats & Eats
Every Saturday afternoon in July from noon to 4 pm at Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E).  Enjoy the plant-powered menu and hear the music of Lost Worlds DJs - peruvian afrobeat, ska, laid back reggae.    

Psychic brunch
The psychics are back at Cranberries (601 Parliament) for brunch on Sunday July 15.  Enjoy a detailed reading and get a $5 coupon toward your brunch.  11 am, $42.  

Fusilli’s holidays
Corktown’s Fusilli (531 Queen E) will close from Friday July 13 to Wednesday, August 8.


Coming Home - an International Opera
Ann and her daughter Lili must decide whether to stay in their homeland or flee to safer places.  Ann decides to flee.  Coming Home presents the immigrant and refugee experience.  It’s a collaborative project with 15 composers and 6 performers.  Earnest Balmer Studio (9 Trinity, Distillery), Saturday July 14, 6 to 9 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 14 - Tim Bradford at 2 pm and at 4 pm, Kristine Schmitt & Jesse Corrigan.
On Sunday July 15 - at 2 pm, Aphrose and 4 pm, QuiQue Escamilla.



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.


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


Distillery - Trinity Square Stage 
2 pm, Music City with Tim Bradford and 4 pm, Kristine Schmitt & Jesse Corrigan
Earnest Balmer Studio, Distillery 
6 pm - Coming Home, An International Opera
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Noon to 4 pm, Beats & Eats, Lost Worlds DJs


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage 
2 pm, Music City with Aphrose and 4 pm, QuiQue Escamilla
The Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Tonya Wills Quartet.


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


Alice’s Place
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
8:30 pm, Open mic with Evan


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


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Noon to 4 pm, Beats & Eats, Lost Worlds DJs


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage
2 pm, Music City with Frank Evans & Darryl Poulsen and 4 pm, TBA
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Ilana Waldston trio


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