April 18

This week’s image:  puppy photos on the wall at The Tilted Dog


Your Pup at The Tilted Dog
Tiffany and Sean are welcoming photos of your favourite pooch. Drop off a picture with them and it’ll be hung for everyone’s enjoyment on the pub’s wall.  424 Parliament.

Two open house listings this week - a home near Riverdale Park on Winchester and a Regent Park townhome.  Please note that both of them are available on Saturday only.  Click here to read these announcements.  


Corktown Easter egg hunt
Sunday April 21, 10 am to noon in the Corktown Common playground (155 Bayview).  This is a massive event - 10,000 chocolate eggs, live music, Easter Bunny appearances.  Rain or shine - free.  

Cranberries Easter dinner
Cranberries (601 Parliament) is holding another of its wonderful dinners - Sunday April 21 from 5 pm.  Butternut squash soup, organic greens salad, turkey with all the extras, baked lamb shank - all followed by dark chocolate truffle.  $38.  There’ll be two seatings - 5 and 7:30 pm.  These are very popular dinners so reserve your place now at (416) 925-6330.

Drop in for dinner on Friday from 5 to 10 pm.  There’s a salmon special on the menu.  12 Amelia.

House on Parliament
Brunch will be served on Friday from 11 am and Friday will also be the launch day for a new batch of cocktails.  Monday will feature an eggs-only breakfast, 11 am.  Be sure to check out Sunday’s classic prime rib dinner.  454 Parliament.

There’ll be special menus for brunch from 10 am to 4 pm and dinner from 5 to 11 pm.  Saturday and Sunday.  507 Parliament.

Get your Easter dinner here
St Jamestown Steak & Chops (514 Parliament) has your dinner ingredients ready for you - turkey, smoked ham, honey ham, Ontario lamb and prime rib.  Open Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 8 am o 6 pm, Sunday 9 am to 1 pm.  Closed on Monday. 

Daniel et Daniel
There’s always a delicious surprise in the Food Shop  (248 Carlton), so stop by on Saturday.  They’re already offering chocolate bunnies, chocolate and coconut cakes and special Easter cookies.  The Shop is closed on Friday, Sunday and Monday - open as usual on Saturday from 7:30 am to 6 pm. 

Easter cookies, bunny cakes, pavlova, millefeuille and canneles plus the usual cookies and cakes.  Open normal hours, closed Monday.  362 King E.

Staij & Co
Drop in to the shop for Easter desserts - lemon meringue cheesecake, mini-egg cheesecake, cookies and more.  Open 8 am to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, Sunday 9 am to 8 pm, Monday 8 am to 8 pm. 552 Parliament.

Velvet Lane
Danielle has a special Easter cake that comes with its own bunny ears.  It’s available in pastel layers with different colours appearing as you cut through it. Serves ten people. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday. 194 Carlton.


The Bunny Hop
By all accounts, last Saturday’s Bunny Hop was a success.  It’s a great day for little kids and a great way to kick off Spring celebrations.  Congrats to the Cabbagetown BIA and to the event’s sponsors - Staij & Co, Meridian Credit Union, The Children’s Book Bank, Blooming Flower Bar, Buds & Blossoms and St Jamestown Steak & Chops.

Golden Eagle Landing
Golden Eagle Landing is a new home at 63-65 Homewood in a former TCHC home that’s now being managed by Na-Me-Res.  It provides housing for 16 Indigenous men currently living in shelters.  Thanks to Councillor Wong Tam who has championed this conversion. 

Parliament Street Library
Our local library (269 Gerrard E) will close for repairs and renovations from Friday April 19 for 8 to 12 weeks.  The work will include new flooring, new furniture in the computer facility and new shelving. The Neighbourhood Information Post and the Story Planet will still be open during this time.  Holds for pick-up will be available through the St James Town branch (495 Sherbourne).  Book drop-offs will be closed here for the duration - you can use any other branch.  

Brenda’s Step Class
Brenda wants to remind everyone that she’s running a special fundraiser - 21 Years of Step at the CYC.  She hopes to raise $5,000 for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and she’s already got $2,000.  She’s using Canada Helps for her campaign - click here.  
The class for Easter Sunday is cancelled.  Brenda’s normal schedule resumes on Wednesday at 9:15 am and next Sunday at 11 am at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).

Save the date - Spring clean-ups
Photo:  Last year’s Aberdeen clean-up crew,  Aberdeen Ave Residents
All across our neighbourhoods, volunteers will be doing Spring clean-ups on Saturday April 27. So far, we have info that clean-ups will take place on Aberdeen Ave, Corktown Common, Wellesley Park, Regent Park and the Don Valley.  If your street or your group have an event planned, send your info to cabbagetownreview@gmail.com 
Details next week - for now, save the date.

Just a few times still available - sign up now
The Cabbagetown Residents Association organizes the annual Spring Forsythia Festival.  It’s a great event with lots of activity for kids and adults.  It’s held on Sunday May 5 in Wellesley Park.  
The CRA has put out a call for volunteers.  It’s a great way to join the fun.  Your time slot will be only one hour long between 11 am and 3 pm. Please contact Carolyn (carolyn.jarman@gmail.com) if you'd like to find out more.

Be part of the Tour of Homes
The Tour happens this year on the weekend of September 15.  The organizing committee is now finalizing its list of homes being featured on the Tour.  They have a complete system for interested homeowners - including volunteer supervision on Tour day, insurance and clean-ups afterward.  If you want to include your home, contact Daniel Bloch at danielbloch305@gmail.com 

Farmers’ Markets
They’re coming back after a long cold winter.
Vendor applications for the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market (Riverdale Park, Winchester and Sumach) are open for the 2019 season.  It'll run from Tuesday June 4 to October 15, from 3 to 7 pm each day.  To register, visit the Market’s website or email info@cabbagetownmarket.ca.     
Corktown’s Underpass Farmers’ Market will run from 3 to 7 pm on Thursdays in Underpass Park (29 Lower River St).  They’re aiming at a mid-May opening date.  Local musicians are invited to contact the organizers to get a spot during the Market.  For more info, go to the Market’s Facebook page.   

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Image:  Woman’s Medical College, 1891, Women’s College Hospital Archives 
Established in 1883 with three students, the Ontario Women’s Medical College opened its purpose-built structure in 1890 with a faculty of 24, including four women. Located at 289 Sumach Street across from the place where the Toronto General Hospital once stood, Smith & Gemmel’s red-brick, Romanesque Revival building was described as “one of the most complete buildings of its kind in America,” featuring a lecture hall for fifty, well-equipped labs, and a separate building for dissection.
Not only did female physicians-in-training now have their own, separate building, but they also received special treatment from TGH, partly because some supporters were against coeducation and partly because educating women was dimly viewed by others. So female students had their own entrance and their own seats in the operating theatre, their own post mortem times, and their own bedside instruction in the wards. Close contact of the Grey’s Anatomy kind was definitely discouraged.
The Women’s Medical College operated until 1906 when the University of Toronto was reorganized, coeducation was established, and the women’s medical college was amalgamated into the university. Today, the 1890 building at 289 Sumach and the name of Women’s College Hospital pay tribute to the women and the institution they built.

We’re collecting memorable raccoon stories.  Share yours with everybody else - send it here, cabbagetownreview@gmail.com .

Donna writes -
“This critter and her babies lived in my friend’s chair cushion on her 11th floor balcony.  The chair was well covered for the winter but Mother was able to get into it to give birth.  She literally destroyed the chair and made a mess on the balcony.  It took my friend several days to get rid of her - not before she was able to come back and retrieve her babies!”

Listed by starting dates

Community Environment Day
The City of Toronto will be visiting Allan Gardens on Carlton Street for its annual environment day.  Start gathering up your dangerous goods, batteries and electronics, old clothing and other unwanted items.  City staff will collect all of it in this convenient, one-stop drop-off.  Saturday April 20, 10 am to 2 pm.  

Suze Morrison’s Open House
Our local MPP, Suze Morrison, is having an Open House from 6:30 pm on Tuesday April 23.  It’s an informal event to meet her, hear her views on the government at Queens Park and enjoy some snacks.  329 Parliament.

Cabbagetown Comedy
The comedy night returns to the Social Smiths (574 Parliament) on Thursday April 25 at 7:30 pm.  This week’s show features Tamara Shevon, Bethany Daniels, Heather Macdonald, Andrew Finlan, Toby Taylor and Ben McKay and it’s hosted by Robert Watson.  Cash bar.  Tickets are available at Eventrite, $10.  

Spring is in the air, 2019
The annual Spring launch for a new gardening season happens in the Children’s Greenhouse at Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Carlton).  Sunday April 28, 1 to 4 pm.  There’ll be a plant sale, a silent auction, a book launch with Lara Lucretia “Grow without a Garden: 101 plants for containers.”   Plus music and crafts for kids.  Free.

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
The Schoolhouse’s annual meeting will take place on Tuesday April 30 from 6 pm.  The special lecture by James A S Thompson celebrates the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth - her contributions to Britain and Canada and her lasting legacy.  Guests $10, members free. 106 Trinity.

Pre Ramadan Pop-Up Market
The chefs and artisans of Regent Park Collective.  Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E), Wednesday May 1, 5 to 8 pm.  Cash sales. 

48th annual Forsythia Festival
Welcome the return of spring!
Be sure to save the date - Sunday May 5, 10:30 am to 3 pm.  Parade at Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) and events at Wellesley Park (east end of Wellesley).  Food, crafts, games and family fun. Free except for food and beverage.


Sidewalk Labs
Image:  Sidewalk Labs
#BlockSidewalk is a new organization trying to end Google’s participation in the development of the Quayside on the waterfront.  Its company, Sidewalk Labs, has been preparing a development plan for the 12-acre site under the general control of Waterfront Toronto.  The group held its first public meeting on Wednesday night.  Bruce DeMara wrote about it in the Star.   

Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Image:  Sidewalk Labs
The Association has filed a lawsuit against the Toronto, Ontario and federal governments plus Waterfront Toronto to stop the involvement of Sidewalk Labs in the development of the Quayside.  CBC News outlines the issues that the Association has raised and the initial responses from each government.  


Shop Local Passport
The Cabbagetown BIA is again offering shoppers a passport and a chance to win scores of prizes from our local merchants.  It’s an easy system.  First, look for a passport in your mailbox or get one from a participating merchant.  Second, when you spend $20 or more in a participating business, get a stamp in your passport.  Third, when you have five stamps, submit your passport (by May 13) to be entered in the draw.  There’s a big list of participating retailers and prizes - click here for the details.  https://cabbagetownto.com/passport/ 

Thanks, Starbucks
Starbucks is closing its store at Aberdeen and Parliament on April 25.  Despite this, local staff have made arrangements for the Church Street store to provide coffee for the Forsythia Festival on Sunday May 5.  Festival organizers have posted their thanks on the CRA Facebook page.   

More than good furniture
For over 20 years, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has delivered quality Canadian-made upholstered furniture to countless happy customers. Find the latest designs with custom details on two floors of their Cabbagetown shop. You never have to compromise on style with their extensive resource of fabrics, trims and stain-guarding options. Reupholstery also available to give your old furniture a new look. 
New extended hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm. https://www.instagram.com/kendallandco


Growing up green
Friends of Allan Gardens organize family-friendly programs in Allan Gardens - planting and composting, plant scavenger hunts, botanical arts and crafts and more.  Great stuff for kids ages 2 to 10.  It’s free - drop-ins welcome. The next afternoon is Saturday April 20 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory (Carlton and Sherbourne).  

Poetry Month
Poetry Month is taking a weekend off for the holiday.  Next week is Week 3 at the Children’s Book Bank  (350 Berkeley).  The theme will be “Poetry is Drama” for kids up to 12, Saturday April 27.  All events start at 1 pm.  There’ll be activities, contests and special guests.


Park Snacks
The cafe with the comfy little patio at 161 Winchester and Sumach has reopened for the season.  Enjoy a coffee, a cold drink, some ice cream and a snack and watch the activities in the park across the street.

Psychic Brunch
Cranberries (601 Parliament) is holding the Psychic Brunch on Saturday April 20 from 11 am to 3 pm.  Enjoy two insightful 15-minute readings and receive a $5 brunch voucher to use in Cranberries. $45.   

Game of Thrones party
Get over to Mill Street Beer Hall (20 Tank House Lane) for the weekly viewing party.  Sundays at 9 pm until May 19. In-house brews and late night menu.

Community Night Market
The Mill Street Beer Hall in The Distillery (20 Tank House Lane) is hosting a community night market. There’ll be live music, beer sampling and ten artisanal vendors including Bella Buddha Beads, Claire Manning Design, Danielle Emily Jewelry, Outback Woodshack, Sarah Cait Co, Fifth Town Artisan Cheese and Sweet Artisan Candies.  Friday April 26, 7 to 10 pm.

Cyril’s soup
Cyril has a new email - abeautifulbowl@gmail.com. Please use it for both your orders and e-transfers.
Saturday's offering is a repeat of a highly requested recipe, sweet potato and peanut.  Cyril’s doing two versions, both $8 - sweet potato-peanut and the gentle tongue tingling of Grains of Paradise or sweet potato-peanut and the assertive heat of chili flakes.  
Order deadline is 7 pm on Thursday (because Friday, this week, is a holiday).  He delivers his soups in Cabbagetown. He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.

Listed by starting dates.

Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Wednesday May 1 
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

The Picture of Dorian Gray
George Brown Theatre School
c/o Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Saturday April 20
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman
Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Saturday April 20
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley)
On stage to Sunday April 21
Website and tickets here.  (416) 368-3110

Four Old Legs
Citadel + Compagnie
Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament)
On stage to Saturday April 20
Website and tickets here. (416) 364-8011

Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley)
On stage to Saturday April 27
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-4170



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
Tilted Dog
8 pm, Open mic with Robert LaBell


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
Pho Pas
Friday night live with DJ Nigel B


11 am, Psychic brunch, $45
Pho Pas
10 pm, Saturday Night Live with DJs Miller Music, RZXE, and LOWD


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke


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


Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Social Smiths
7:30 pm, Cabbagetown Comedy hosted by Robert Watson, $10
Tilted Dog
8 pm, open mic finger style guitar sessions


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Mill Street Beer Hall
7 pm, Community Night Market
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Pho Pas
Friday night live with DJ Nigel B


8 pm, James Sheehan
Pho Pas
10 pm, Saturday Night Live with DJs Miller Music, RZXE, and LOWD


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke


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, 
394 King E
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
480 Parliament, (416) 922-0769
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