October 25

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LOCAL NEWS

Lookin’ good
Hallowe’en decorations are springing up everywhere.  Great.

Election results
Photo:  Carl Osorios, Toronto Star
Mayor John Tory and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam were the two big winners in Ward 13.  Chris Moise was returned to the Toronto District School Board and Norm di Pasquale was elected to the Catholic board.
Voter turnout in Ward 13 was slightly higher than the citywide average at 44.6%  Generally, citywide turnout at 41% was considerably lower than the 60% turnout recorded in 2014.  
The three main contenders for City Council were Kristyn Wong-Tam at 50.2%, George Smitherman at 15.15% and Lucy Troisi at 8.6%  The City of Toronto will soon publish in-depth details about the Ward votes which will show the support for each candidate by neighbourhoods.

Aberdeen Green P Parking 
Peter Lovering from Councillor Lucy Troisi’s office reports that the Green P parking lot will get several nifty upgrades over the next month.  The parking layout will be modified, new concrete planters will be added and minor repairs and improvements to the lighting will also be included.  The work is scheduled for completion on November 20.

Congrats Jennifer Snowdon and Declan Clark
They were married earlier in October.  As she says, “We had some friends over, put on fancy clothes, and said, ‘I do.’ ”

Congrats John Miller
John’s third novel, Wild & Beautiful Is The Night, was published by Cormorant Books  on October 18.  90 people came to the party to celebrate the launch at Queens Books (914 Queen E).  John says that he simply came to the event, hugged people, did a reading and otherwise really enjoyed himself.  It’s available at Indigo.  His two previous books - The Featherbed (2002) and A Sharp Intake of Breath (2007)  - are still available on Kobo. 

Progress in Riverdale Park
Work on the refurbished wading pool in the park is coming along well. Construction will be finished soon.  Landscaping and final touches will be done in the Spring before the wading season starts.  Upgrades to the park’s sidewalks are also finishing - they’ll make a big difference.

Our last Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market for the season
Thanks to Michelle who manages our market and to the farmers and other vendors who have supported it all season.  It’s been a fun time this year.  Watch for its return next Spring. 

A reminder - Toronto Police safety survey
51 Division is conducting a safety survey to get your views about unruly activity at the corner of Dundas and Sherbourne.  It’s entirely confidential - you do not need to give your name and computer settings will be shut off so your computer cannot be identified.   Click here.    

COMING EVENTS

Comedy night at the Social Smiths
It’s a laid back, intimate evening of comedy with host Robert Watson, founder of the webseries A Gay Victorian Affair.  Thursday October 25. Doors open at 7 pm, show at 7:30 pm, cash bar.  574 &1/2 Parliament.  

October FunFest
A weekend full of fun activities for the whole family - miniPong, juggling, music, storytelling, food and lots more.  On Friday October 26 from 4 to 9 pm, the Boulevard Party has a sewing and catering market, youth and kids activities, a bouncy castle and a bbq. On the mews on Regent Park Boulevard.  On Saturday in the Big Park (620 Dundas E) from noon to 4 pm, October FunFest brings more family entertainment, music and food.  

Tree for Me Giveaway Day
Friends of Allan Gardens are hosting a tree giveaway day.  Free trees. These are trees that are left over from Tree for Me fall community events.  Saturday October 27, 10 am to 1 pm, Allan Gardens (Jarvis and Carlton)

Allan Gardens tree tour
Walk through the park with Master Gardeners and learn about its trees and their fascinating histories.  Saturday October 27, noon to 1 pm.  If the weather turns cold or rainy, the tour will be rescheduled - check here before you go to the park.  Free - donations gratefully accepted.  

Illumine Media Project
Sunday October 28 at 3 pm, Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster, behind the Beer Store).  You’re invited to an uplifting conversation, to make things together, to share food and to watch an episode of How We Grow.  It’s a web series about four young people from diverse backgrounds learning about their lives, their true purpose and their neighbourhood. Illumine Media Project is a youth collective based in St. James Town, creating uplifting media for community dialogue - click here to see its website.. All are welcome.  

The Naked Truth
Save the date - Tuesday October 30 from 7 to 9 pm at the Dominion Pub & Kitchen (500 Queen E).  The evening is another in the series of special events arranged by the staff at Chartwell’s The Sumach.  
Enjoy a comedic performance by Lianne Mauladin about the hilarious challenges of dating over the age of 55.  
It’s free - please RSVP at (416) 644-8912.

Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk
Save your pumpkins after Hallowe’en and bring them to Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester) on November 1.  The Cabbagetown Residents’ Association is sponsoring its sixth annual Pumpkin Walk from 5 to 9 pm. After the event, all pumpkins will be sent to a City compost bin for recycling.

Flood protection
Waterfront Toronto is presenting a talk on Hydraulics: Understanding Flood Protection.  Included is a demonstration of the 2D modelling technology that’s helped with the designs for the Port Lands Flood Protection project.  Tuesday October 30, 5:30 pm, doors open and 6 to 7 pm, presentation.  Port Lands Drop-in Centre (200 Queens Quay E).  

Gestalt Institute workshops
In six evenings from November 6 to January 15, Honouring Differences looks at ways to open space for dialogue around the differences between us.  Fee $125.
Find out more about each event at (416) 964-9464 or go here online.  

ON STAGE

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The first concert of the 2018 season.  Three amazing local musicians present Haydn’s piano concerto in D major, Beethoven’s piano concerto #1 and Hindemith Trauermusik, along with Dvorak’s Symphony #8.  Thursday November 1, 8 pm, Little Trinity Church (425 King E),  $20. 

The Journey 2018
The fifth edition of The Journey returns to the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) on November 7 to 10.   It’s the story of the birth and continuing growth of Regent Park performed by talented local artists.  For tickets and more info, click here.   

Alumnae Theatre Fireworks Festival
Three weeks in November. Each play is an original production developed at Alumnae’s New Ideas festival and New Play development program.   The Pigeon by Chloë Whitehorn runs from November 7 to 11.  Moving On by Elmar Maripuu, November 14 to 18. Animal by Romeo Ciolfi, November  21 to 25. For tickets and more info about each production, click here.  

Weesageechak 31
Native Earth Performing Arts presents its annual festival of Indigenous works in theatre, dance, opera and multidisciplinary works. Over twenty productions are presented.  For a detailed program and for tickets, click here.  November 14 to 24, Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E).  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Beautiful furniture for sale
Caroline and her husband have sold their Cabbagetown home and they’re moving next month. They’re parting with some of their furnishings - quality pieces that are perfect for a Cabbagetown Victorian, but not quite right for their next house, a wider plan Georgian. 
The items include a 2-yr old custom sofa designed by Silvana D’Addazio and an antique claw foot dining table with three original 12” leaves.  
For more info, contact Caroline at thefireflyandsparrow@gmail.com 

BUSINESS NEWS

Oops
Two weeks ago, somebody who can’t type properly mistakenly labelled this building as 454 Parliament.  It’s not.  That’s the address for the House on Parliament, an amazingly tidy spot.  This mess is located at 456 to 460 Parliament.

Trick and Treat
These fun DIY Balloon Kits at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) make decorating for Halloween frighteningly easy. Complete with everything you see. Parents can get the kids away from the sugar by keeping them entertained with this craft game! Wouldn’t that be a treat? 
Store hours: 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays, 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and noon to 4 pm on Sundays.  http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/

Cycle Solutions
The winter tune-up sale is back.  Save 20% when you get your bike tune-up from now until February 15.  And check out Cycle Solutions new Facebook page for more info and new products. Call for an appointment (416) 972-6948. 444 Parliament.   

Vote for the best
The Cabbagetown BIA is asking for your votes to select this year’s winners of its annual Chairman’s Awards.  There are all sorts of categories - store design, service, new business, window displays and lots more.  Support your favourites - vote before Sunday October 28.  When you vote, you’ll be eligible to win a $50 bag of Cabbagetown souvenirs.  

IN THE MEDIA

Moss Park safety concerns
Photo:  CBC
As noted above, Toronto Police are surveying local residents about their safety issues in the Dundas and Sherbourne neighbourhood.  Further south, local residents have seen a surge in threatening behaviour in the Moss Park area.  On Monday, CBC News reported on their experiences - click here to read about it.   

HALLOWE’EN PARTIES - SAVE THESE DATES

Fay & Fluffy’s Story Time
Labour of Love (223 Carlton), Saturday October 27, 11 am.  Hallowe’en themed stories from five kids’ books plus a super sing-a-long.  Bring your kids and dress in your Hallowe’en costume. Free.

Mobster Mayhem at the Dominion
Live DJ, Speakeasy cocktails, $250 prize for the best costume.  Saturday October 27, from 8 pm. 500 Queen E.

Pumpkin carving and mystical magic at the HOP
House on Parliament (424 Parliament).  Mystic Michael will be reading cards and gazing into your future on Saturday evening October 27 from 7 pm.
Bring your kids and enjoy a pumpkin carving event on Monday October 29 in the afternoon and evening.  

Hallowe’en Thriller workout
The Mill Street Beerhall (21 Tank House Ln, Distillery), Tuesday October 30, 7 to 8 pm.  Learn how to dance the thriller at a Hallowe’en themed workout class with Beverley Cheng from Perky Athletics.  Bring your own mat, costumes welcome.  Beer samples.  $17. 

Couples Halloween Party
Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane).  Live DJ. Dress up as your favourite couple and get a chance to win a Mill Street Experience.  Saturday October 27, 10 pm to 2 am.

Stout’s Hallowe’en Party
Live entertainment with Miranda and the M80s.  Games, prizes and costume events.  Saturday October 27 from 8 pm.  $10. 221Carlton.

Bash at the Tilted Dog
There’ll be live music, prizes for the best costumes, a wall of balloons, tarot card readings by Dotty Mae and drink specials.  Saturday October 27, 9 pm onward.  424 Parliament. 

RESTAURANT NEWS 

Italian wine tasting
Fusilli (531 Queen E) is holding a wine tasting and dinner on Friday October 26 from 7 pm.  The wines from Chiorri Umbria will be featured - Grechetto to start, Sangiovese with dinner and Passito with dessert. .  Dinner will include gnocchi with pancetta, braised beef tenderloin, salad and tiramisu for dessert.  $65 per person.  Reservations needed - (416) 214-5148.

Time off for Cyril
Sorry, he’s taking some time off - there won’t be Buddha bowls or dinner items for this week.  
He delivers (in Cabbagetown). He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address, cyril@merryberry.ca 

CURRENT THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

Dancing at Lughnasa
Toronto Irish Players
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley)
On stage October 25,26 & 27 and November 1, 2 & 3.
Website info and tickets -  here.  (416) 440 - 2888
https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=tip

Trace
Where the ancient universe meets dance
Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley) 
October 30 to November 11
Website info and tickets -  here.  (416) 368-3110.

The Royale
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)
On stage to November 11
Website and tickets - here.  (416) 866-8666

Japanese Problem
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)
October 24 to 28
Website and tickets - here. (416) 866-8666

Escaped Alone
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)
October 28 to November 25
Website and tickets - here.  (416) 866-8666

Alumnae Theatre’s 6th annual FireWorks Festival
The Pigeon by Chloë Whitehorn , November 7th - 11th 
Moving On by Elmar Maripuu , November 14th - 18th
Animal by Romeo Ciolfi , November 21st - 25th
Website and tickets - here.  (416) 364-4170

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY OCTOBER 25 TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4

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 OCTOBER 25

Dominion
8 pm, 3000AD
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Social Smiths
7 pm, Cabbagetown Comedy with Robert Watson

FRIDAY OCTOBER 26

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

SATURDAY OCTOBER 27 HALLOWE'EN 

Dominion
8 pm, Mobster Mayhem 
House on Parliament
7 pm, Mystic Michael reads tarot cards.
Mill Street Beer Hall
7 pm, Hallowe'en Thriller workout.  Beer samples.  $17.
Mill Street Beer Hall
10 pm, Couples Hallowe’en Party. Live DJ, costume contest.
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, Hallowe'en party with games, prizes and costumes, $10.
Tilted Dog
9 pm, Hallowe’en Bash

SUNDAY OCTOBER 28

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday Afternoon Jazz with the Beverley Street Trio

MONDAY OCTOBER 29

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY OCTOBER 30

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31

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

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Comedy night with Dave Burke and Danish Anwar 
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Dash
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
8 pm, live music with Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2

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

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3

New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4

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

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, 
SOCIAL SMITHS
574&1/2 Parliament
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