July 5

This week’s image:  beating the heat in the park - a new wading pool is coming in September.


CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS 

Strawberry Social
The Winchester Park Residents are again offering yummy strawberries and cream at their annual Strawberry Social.  It happens at Winchester Square Park (Aberdeen and Ontario), Saturday July 7 from 2 to 4 pm.  Drop by and meet your friends.  Free while supplies last.

Cabbagetown South rain barrel fundraiser 
Over the Spring, the Association ran its annual rain barrel sale.  Susan Dineen reports that it was a great success!   27 rain barrels and a number of downspout converter kits were sold. People came from across Toronto to pick up their rain barrels.  The most popular colours this year were terra cotta and black.  The money from the fundraiser will go towards laneway beautification in the Cabbagetown South area.  
Obviously, our congrats and thanks go to Susan and she says that a big thank you also goes to Don Purvis, Gayle Murphy, Karen Marren, Victoria Hadden and Tanya English for their support in organizing and helping with the fundraiser.  

St James Town official community consultation
Tuesday July 10. 6:30 to 9 pm, Church of St Peter and St Simon-the-Apostle (525 Bloor E). 
The City of Toronto is holding an official consultation about the development proposal for new buildings in St James Town.  The plan proposes a new network of streets and open spaces,  a public park, a 51-storey tower on Wellesley just east of the Food Basics store, a 10-storey mid-rise building and four 3-storey townhouse blocks - in total, 887 new residential units.  In addition, the developers want a 5-storey commercial and retail building next to 280 Wellesley and expanded retail in the current Food Basics store.
The City planner is Thomas Rees who can be contacted at (416) 392-1791 or thomas.rees@toronto.ca 

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.

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).  

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
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 - field peas, yellow beans and sweet cherries.  Don’t miss out. 

Taste of Regent Park
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.
The freshly baked corn bread muffins sold out in 45 minutes.

Toronto Outdoor Art Show
Wyatt Walkem will be selling his wood crafts at the show over the weekend.   He’s in booth D263-264.  Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, Friday July 6 to Sunday July 8.

Steep hill…
Sure.

PLAN YOUR SUMMER MOVIES

Under the Stars
Movies in Regent Park
Pre-show at 7 pm with fun activities for the whole family.  Popcorn and refreshments. Regent Park (just east of Sackville and Dundas), at sundown, free. 
Wednesday, July 11 -  Cinderella.  The classic story with Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother.  

Cinematic Cities Series
Movies in Corktown Common 
Free admission - suggestion donation is $10.  
Corktown Common ( 155 Bayview at River)
Thursday July 12, 9:15 pm - feature film is Scott Pilgrim vs the World - a classic romcom action musical - along with short films Pole and OK-TV. Eats and treats at 7 pm by Buster’s Sea Cove and Sweet Ride.  Popcorn at the festival canteen.

Movie in the park - the community’s choice
Cabbagetown BIA
6 pm, food vendors by Freshed Right Salad & Juice Bar, Absolute Bakery and The Women's Development Network with Yonge Street Mission.  Free - Riverdale Park West  (201 Winchester) 
Wednesday July 18, 8:45 pm - Fantastic Mr Fox.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last week, we asked about short-term housing for a Syrian family of six.  They’re arriving on July 8 but the lease on their St James Town apartment starts on September 1. Their sponsors include Community Matters Toronto and several local residents - they’ve successfully lined up an apartment for the summer.

IN THE MEDIA

Thanks Nadia
Nadia Pestrak organized the installation of over 3700 stuffed animals at the American consulate during the past week.  It’s a protest against the Zero Tolerance policy that’s separating parents and kids who arrive at the US border seeking asylum.  

Ilya Banares wrote about her event in the Toronto Star - click here to read it.  

Woman arrested after shooting
A 21-year old woman has been accused of firing a shotgun at a nearby pedestrian at 1 am on Friday in the Moss Park area.  She’s facing serious criminal charges including attempted murder.  Claire Floody wrote about the incident in the Toronto Star - click here.   

Elvis at Fairway
Photo:  Tanya Mok, blogTO
Have you ever passed Fairway Market (526 Parliament) and asked yourself about the Elvis busts in the window?  Tanya Mok from blogTO had the same reaction.  So she delved into the matter more deeply and wrote a neat story in blogTO.  Click here to read it for yourself. 

History of Toronto Zoo
Image:  City of Toronto Archives
The Toronto Zoo was once located in Riverdale Park West - in the area that’s now occupied by Riverdale Farm.  It operated there from the 1890s to 1975 when the City’s modern Zoo opened in Scarborough.  The current Riverdale Farm opened in 1978.  Chris Bateman has written the Zoo’s history in blogTO - click here to read it.   

BUSINESS NEWS

Clipping time
Marilyn is back at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday July 7 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Bring your pet for a nail trimming.  $10.

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 http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/furniture 
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.

Stay off the grass
Anji at Blooming Flower Bar (559 Parliament) is getting lots of reactions to these heavy metal signs.  Drop by her store and pick one up for your gate.
And while you’re there, ask her about her daily Happy Hour - follow her on Instagram and when the Happy Hour strikes each day, buy the feature flower for at least 50% off.   

RESTAURANT NEWS

Welcome to Brun & Fer
It’s Rosio Garcia’s new Mexican-themed cafe inside the flower shop at Blooming Flower Bar (559 Parliament).  It’s small and very charming - there’ll only be a few stools and small tables plus room in the front patio.  Obviously, take-out will be important.  
The menu will include Cafe de Olla, Mexican coffee, frozen beverages with natural mangoes, strawberries and lemons,  salads and Mexican dishes.
Everything is almost ready - Rosio hopes to open next week.

Summerlicious starts Friday July 6
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

Cyril’s soup of the week  
Saturday July 7. Lemongrass and coconut noodle - Saturday’s soup can be a meal in itself. It’s loaded with rice noodles and fresh vegetables (carrots, mushrooms, red onions) and herbs. He’ll make it with grilled tofu but if you have leftover rotisserie chicken, shred it and add it to the broth.
Talking about the broth, it’s flavoured with many of the usual suspects from Asian cuisine - lemongrass obviously, but also ginger and garlic, cumin and coriander, chiles, soy sauce, lime and coconut milk.
Because of the noodles, it won’t freeze well.  If you’re going to the cottage this weekend but would like Cyril to save it for you, he can either refrigerate it until Tuesday or freeze it without the rice noodles. They’ll just need to be added at the last minute.
Tuesday July 10:  green gazpacho. 
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

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.    

ON STAGE

A Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane) is bringing back its popular Leonard Cohen show. Twelve performances - five of them in afternoon matinees.  Saturday July 7 to Sunday July 29.  For more info about the performers and for tickets, click here.   

The 27 Club
A Soulpepper Concert, July 14 to 28.  It’s an exploration of the music by performers who died at the age of 27 - Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.  Ten performances - tickets available online. 50 Tank House Lane 

Orlando
On stage from July 6 to July 29 at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane).  Tickets and info online here.   

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 7 - Tay Sera duo at 2 pm and Ben Kunder at 4 pm.
On Sunday July 8 - Swamperella at 2 pm and Ian Foster at 4 pm.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JULY 5 TO SUNDAY JULY15

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.

THURSDAY JULY 5

Alice’s Place
Karaoke
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

FRIDAY JULY 6

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

SATURDAY JULY 7

Distillery - Trinity Square Stage
2 pm, Music City with Tay Sera and 4 pm, Ben Kunder
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Paintbox
Noon to 4 pm, Beats & Eats, Lost Worlds DJs

SUNDAY JULY 8

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage
2 pm, Music City with Swamperella and 4 pm, Ian Foster
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Ambiance

MONDAY JULY 9

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JULY 10

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JULY 11

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

THURSDAY JULY 12

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

FRIDAY JULY 13

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

SATURDAY JULY 14

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

SUNDAY JULY 15

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.

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
CORKTOWN KITCHEN
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
CRANBERRIES
601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330, 
DOMINION PUB & KITCHEN
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, 
EL CATRIN
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, 
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, 
IMPACT KITCHEN
573 King St E, (416) 306-1986, 
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, 
JOHNNY G’s
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
THE LOCAL GEST
See below - The Tilted Dog
MILL STREET BEER HALL
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, 
MILL STREET BREW PUB
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, 
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
PAINTBOX BISTRO
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
QUINCY AFROKITCHEN & BAR
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127, 
https://www.facebook.com/cometoquincys/
SOULPEPPER
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
STOUT IRISH PUB
221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
THE TILTED DOG
(Formerly The Local GEST)
424 Parliament. (416) 961-9425
http://www.tilteddogpub.ca/events/