September 27

This week’s image: the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market is still going strong in Riverdale Park every Tuesday afternoon.



This weekend - the Farm’s 40th anniversary
For two days, there’ll be lots to do at Riverdale Farm (Winchester east of Sumach).
There’s a fundraising bbq in the Barn on Friday September 28, 6:30 to 9:30 pm. $40 - proceeds go to the Farm’s educational program.  You can buy your tickets online at Eventbrite
Open House and Farm activities for your family, Saturday September 29, 10 am to 4 pm, free. 

Election updates
We live in Ward 13.
The nominations for City  Council have been finalized - we have 19 candidates. The City has listed all of them along with their contact info online here.  
The advance polls will happen between Wednesday October 10 to Sunday October 14 from 10 am to 7 pm daily. In Ward 13, we cast our advance poll ballots at the Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne), St Lawrence Community Recreation Centre (230 The Esplanade) or Toronto City Hall (100 Queen W).
Election Day is Monday October 22 from 10 am to 8 pm. Voter info cards are now being mailed and they list your local polling station.
At either the advance or regular poll, you’ll need identification that shows your name and Toronto address.  
Thursday September 27 is the first official day for posting candidates’ election signs.  They’ll be springing up across the area quickly.

Corktown election debate
The Corktown Residents & Business Association is sponsoring a debate for candidates seeking election to City Council in Ward 13.  Two prominent candidates have agreed to be there - Kristyn Wong-Tam and George Smitherman.  No word from Lucy Troisi.  Up to eight others are also appearing.  
Tuesday October 2, 7 pm, Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA (461 Cherry), second floor.

St James Town development
The developer submitted his first proposal for the new development to the City of Toronto and the City’s planner, Tom Rees, has been working on it.  At this time, he’s seen the Cabbagetown Residents Association, the Winchester Park Association, the Cabbagetown BIA and the school boards among other local groups.  His first round of reactions will be available shortly and open to public scrutiny.
All of this is happening separately from the events following the fire at 650 Parliament.

Fatal collision in Nuthatch Lane
Toronto Police Service have announced that a 57 year-old man was struck by a vehicle and died in Nuthatch Lane near Ontario and Carlton on Friday afternoon September 21.  It’s now being treated as a hit-and-run and a suspect vehicle has been seized.  No info yet about the victim’s identity.  

Suze Morrison’s constituency office
Suze Morrison, our Toronto Centre MPP, will open her local constituency office officially in October.  Her constituency assistant is Emma Beattie.  She’ll be located at 329 Parliament, (416) 972-7683 and 

Congrats to the Friends of Allan Gardens
The Ontario Trillium Foundation will give a plaque to the Friends of Allan Gardens to commemorate their 2018 volunteer program.  Local MPP Suze Morrison will make the presentation and Michael McClelland from the Friends and Matthew Cutler from the City’s parks department will each make comments about the contributions of the volunteers. The event takes place on Sunday September 30 at 11:15 am in the Children’s Conservatory at Allan gardens (Carlton and Jarvis). 

Fall plant sale
Only one week to go - Friends of Allan Gardens will host a plant sale on Sunday October 7 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Children’s Conservatory (Carlton and Jarvis). This promises to be a popular event.  It’ll feature succulents and houseplants and a few other botanical beauties.  Master Gardeners will be there to give you tips for a successful home garden. Proceeds go to volunteer activities and educational programs.  All sale cash only.  The plant list for the sale is online here

Petitions for street improvements
The BIA and local residents have asked the City of Toronto for upgrades and changes at two locations.  First, on Spruce Street, they’re asking for parking and safety improvements near the No Frills store.  On Broadcast Lane, they’re suggesting speed bumps for traffic calming.  You can read about each project and sign a petition at the Cabbagetown Residents Association website - click here.  

Fall for Dance North
Congrats to the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament). CCDT dancers will perform UNHUSH by Apolonia Velasquez as part of the FFDN’s inaugural school show at the Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard E) on Wednesday October 3.  This performance is available only for school groups.  
UNHUSH will also be part of CCDT’s 2018 Wintersong program on December 14 and 15 at Harbourfront’s Fleck Dance Theatre. 

CYC’s after-school clubs
The Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) offers after-school clubs that teach children skills in a fun and supportive environment. Ages JK to Grade 6. The CYC staff escort the children safely from school to CYC. Upon arrival, children receive a healthy snack and are engaged in creative and engaging skill building activities. 
Parents may register for each individual club based on their child’s interest. Each club runs one day a week from 3:30 to 6 pm. Monday – Sports & Culinary Club. Tuesday – Art Club. Wednesday – Sports & Boxing Club. Thursday – Performing Arts Club. Friday – Science/Math Club & Boxing Club.
Programs continue from September 17 to June 2019 at 2 Lancaster. 

Waterfront Innovation Centre
Menkes Development has started work on its new innovation centre on the waterfront next to Sugar Beach.  The 400,000 square foot office building will house up to 2,000 jobs and continue the district’s focus on innovative research.  The MaRS Discovery District has announced its interest in leasing 24,000 square feet here.

New Roots Dinner - it happens next week
Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) is organizing the New Roots dinners series on behalf of the Green Thumbs Growing Kids. Tuesday October 2 from 6:30 pm at eight locations across Cabbagetown in support of Green Thumbs Growing Kids.  Your meal will be designed by D & D’s executive chef Karen O’Connor and executive pastry chef Bonnie Kravitz.  Tickets are selling fast.
Yummy food, a great group to support.  Click here to learn more and to reserve your spot.    

Cabbagetown visits Newfoundland
Barbara and Ron went to Newfoundland to be part of the annual Targa car rally.  They stopped at Quidy Vidi for some locally brewed Iceberg Beer and delicious cod tongues.  Barbara, naturally, took along her Cabbagetown Tee.
If you’re travelling, take along your Tee or your flag.  Send us a picture - we love it!


Brenda’s October step-class schedule
Brenda’s step classes meet twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays in the gym at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster). Drop-in’s are welcome.  
She’s published her October schedule -
Every Wednesday from October 3 to October 31 at 9:15 am.  Sundays from September 30 to October 28 at 11 am except on Sunday October 7 -  cancelled for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Parliament Street Fitness
Jay will launch the new Fall schedules on Monday, October 1st. A few noteworthy additions include a high-intensity interval-training (H.I.I.T.) class Wednesdays at 6:15 am, an outdoor run club Wednesdays at 6:15 pm and yoga on Sundays at 10:30 am. 
PSF is also now offering pre- and post-workout nutrition! Daryl's all natural protein/energy bars, BSN protein crisp bars, ON protein almonds, Genuine Nutrition fermented vegan protein bars, BioSteel sugar-free energy drink, and Greenhouse Juice kombucha and cold-pressed organic juices to name a few.
PSF is also partnering with fellow Cabbagetown business Freshed Right to provide healthy protein and nutrition-rich smoothies and yogurt and fruit parfaits.
488 Parliament

Gentle Tai Chi
Michael Smith’s Gentle Tai Chi will start indoors again on Mondays from October 1 and will run on Mondays until May 2019. The class on Monday October 8 will be cancelled for Thanksgiving.  New people are welcome - call Michael at (416) 926-9553.
Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, 2nd Floor (101 Spruce Street), 10 to 11 am.

Blair’s Run updates
Blair’s Run donors have contributed over $22,000 so far.  Burnbrae Farms will match that amount and any extra up to $30,000.  Donations will be directed to Riverdale Farm. If you made a pledge, please send in your payment - the online link stays open until October 9.  


Lost shirt
Stephen at the Cabbagetown BIA has a spiffy shirt that someone lost at the Cabbagetown Festival.  Give him a shout if you’re the shirt-less owner - (416) 921-0857 or 


The Cabbagetown BIA’s chairman’s awards
The awards are given to local businesses every year. This year, you can take part.  The BIA is welcoming votes by the local community.  They’re suggesting fifteen categories where you can highlight great service, unusual inventory, good professional advice, window displays, facade improvements and lots more.  
Vote now and be eligible to win one of three $50 credits for Cabbagetown swag.
Click here to vote.   


Shooting in Regent Park
Mackie Bishop Jackson, a 15-year-old boy, was murdered on Tuesday September 25 at 4:21 pm at 230 Sackville Street.  Police haven’t released specific details.  Neighbours and witnesses say that a fight occurred outside the building and Mackie ran inside.  He was shot in an eighth floor apartment. Dexter Brown and Muriel Draaism have reported about his murder and about events in Regent Park in CBC News - click here.  


The Importance of Being Earnest
Alumnae Theatre  (70 Berkeley)
On stage to October 6
Website info and tickets -  here.   (416) 364-4170, ext 1.  

The Children
Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley) 
On stage to October 21
Website info and tickets -  here.  (416) 368-3110.

I Call Myself Princess
Native Earth Performing Arts
Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum  (585 Dundas E)
On stage to September 30
Website info and tickets -  here.  (416) 531-1402. 


Paintbox takeout dinners
Enjoy a holiday feast that’s fully prepared and just waiting for you to heat it up.  Cooking instructions come along with your meal.  There’s a full turkey dinner and a vegetarian one.  Order yours online - save $2 per person when you order online before October 1.  
Click here to see the menu and ordering info.  555 Dundas E.  

Enjoy a traditional three-course dinner with soup, a full turkey dinner for the entree and pumpkin pie dessert for only $25.99.  Saturday October 6 from 5 to 11 pm, Sunday and Monday from noon to 11 pm.  507 Parliament.

The Tilted Dog
Thanksgiving dinners are planned for Sunday October 7 and Monday October 8.  Details to follow. 424 Parliament.


Rashna’a has closed
Rashna’a (307 Wellesley E) was a favourite for its South Indian menu and its exceptional preparation. It closed after 29 years in its current location in mid-September.  Arun and his staff will be missed.  Our best wishes to them for their future plans. 

Sunday afternoon jazz
The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) is again hosting its Sunday jazz afternoons after a hiatus through September.  The series starts up again on Sunday September 30 at 4:30 pm with the Adina Vlasov Trio.  

Jugemu Sushi
Jugemu (193 Carlton) will be closed from Monday October 1 to Tuesday October 9 for restaurant maintenance.

Cyril’s bowls and soups
Saturday’s Turkish red lentil soup will be velvety smooth, thanks to the creamy addition of potatoes with simple spices - paprika, cumin, some dried herbs and a touch of lemon. This soup is all about the texture. Cyril likes it thicker but by all means, you can add some stock or water if you prefer yours thinner.
This week’s Buddha Bowl, celebrates Canada. The greens and vegetables include arugula, baby potatoes and green beans  The grains are very Canadian -  a mix of wheat, oat, barley, lentils and rice with a few blueberries here and there and a sprinkle of walnuts. Maple-glazed rainbow trout or tempeh provide the protein. You have a choice for your dressing - a blueberry sauce or a maple syrup-based spiced and spicy dressing
As usual, the bowl is $15, available Friday or Saturday evening.
He delivers (in Cabbagetown). He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address, 



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.


Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Social Smiths
7 pm, Comedy Night - No Cis Boyz Allowed edition, $10


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Keating Channel Pub
Danny Williams Band 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz featuring the Adina Vlasov Trio


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
9 pm, Comedy night with Dave Burke and Danish Anwar 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
8 pm, live music with Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Keating Channel Pub
Danny Williams Band
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz featuring Joe Spina and Mark Teixiera Duo


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, 
574&1/2 Parliament
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