May 2

This week’s image:  weather forecasts predict a sunny warm day for the Forsythia Festival on Sunday


CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

THE FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL
Events begin in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) at 10:30 am for the opening parade.  The day starts with a fun stroll through the neighbourhood accompanied by a melodious marching band and continues at Wellesley Park (east end of Wellesley Street) until 3 pm.  There’ll be lots of activity for your kids including dangling donuts, a bouncy castle, face painting, a magician’s show, a pinata and a craft table.  And lots more.  Adults can enjoy a chance for gossip and relaxation in the Beer Garden and the raffles and prizes.  

OPEN HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENTS 
Three open houses happen this week on Saturday and Sunday - one on Winchester and two in Regent Park.  Click here to read these announcements.  

LOCAL NEWS

Thanks to Stephen-Thomas Maciejowski
Photo: Cabbagetown BIA.  Stephen-Thomas (middle) at the 2019 Bunny Hop.
He’s leaving his role as the Executive Director at the Cabbagetown BIA on Thursday May 9.  For the past four years, Stephen-Thomas has done a good job.  He’s expanded the Cabbagetown Festival, supervised streetscape improvements, added new events like the Bunny Hop and the Christmas street party and developed the BIA’s strong online voice.  He even turned a dull Annual Meeting into a party at the Boxing Club!  He recognized the important role played by the BIA in Cabbagetown’s life and built up the ties between local businesses and residents.
Above all he was affable and open to other people’s needs.  Thanks Stephen-Thomas and best wishes for your future prospects.
The BIA’s advertisement for his successor is noted in the announcements below.

Congrats clean-up crews
People came out last weekend to clean up Aberdeen Ave, Wellesley Park, Regent Park and Corktown Common and lots of other local spots.  Congrats to everybody who made the effort and many thanks.

Waterfront Toronto’s new Quayside website
The Quayside is the home of Sidewalk Labs, partners with Waterfront Toronto in the development of this 4.5 hectare property.  There’s a new website dedicated to this specific development - click here to see it.   

Port Lands update
Construction on the new mouth of the Don River and on the new shoreline and fish coves in Essoc Quay is continuing.  There’s an update online here.  

JANE’S WALKS
This highly popular city-wide event happens over the weekend with scores of hidden sites, ravine trails, neighbourhood highlights and historic landmarks open for your viewing.  Check out the website for a complete list.
Here are the locations near our neighbourhoods.

Friday May 3

Regent Park’s Forgotten History
Led by Leonard Swartz & Karen Villanueva.  2 to 3:30 pm.  Meet at 500 Dundas Street East.

Photomojo Walkshop:  Part 2, Secrets to Better Photos
Led by Margaux Yiu with mutography. 5 to 7 pm.  Meet at 400 Queen St E

Saturday May 4

Art Tour of the Lower Don Valley
Led by Floyd Ruskin.  10 to 11:30 am.  Meet at the corner of Bayview and Mill Street.

Regent Park’s Forgotten History
Led by Leonard Swartz & Karen Villanueva. 11 am to 12:30 pm.  Meet at 500 Dundas Street East.

Whose Sidewalk Are You On?
Led by Adam Vaughan & Bianca Wylie. 11 am to 12:15 pm. Meet at Harbour Square Park, 25 Queens Quay W
Steps with STEPS: Curating Community- Engaged Art
Led by Philippa French, Dominic Cobran & Wandy Cheng11 am to 12:30 pm.  Meet outside of Castle Frank Station.

A Meandering History of the Lower Don
Led by Toronto journalist, John Lorinc10:30 am to 12:15 pm.  Meet at the southwest corner of King and Parliament.

Photomojo Walkshop:  Part 2, Secrets to Better Photos
Led by Margaux Yiu with mutography.  5 to 7 pm.  Meet at 400 Queen St E

Sunday May 5

Walking the Don
Led by Claire Ricci & Floyd Ruskin.  9:30 to 11:30 am.  Meet at the St. Matthews Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave.

Corktown: A Bicentennial Walk
Led by Corktown author Coralina Lemos.  12:30 to 2:15 pm. Meet at 383 King St E.

Take a Walk on the Dumb Side, Touring Quayside and Smart City
Led by Aftab Mirzaei. 1 to 2:30 pm.  Meet at 307 Lakeshore Blvd. E

SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY

Spring Fling at the CYC
A fun filled celebration at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) to support the services that the CYC offers to our community. It’s a fundraiser and a birthday party - the CYC is 45 this year.  A live band, cash bar, silent auction, finger foods and more.  7 pm, Friday May 10. $30, available online at eventbrite.ca or in person at the CYC. For more information please call 416-960-1032.

Dixonlicious
Dixonlicious is the fundraiser that supports Dixon Hall’s ongoing food program. Live music. Silent and live auctions.  Food stations from local restaurants and craft beer from local breweries. Thursday May 9, 6 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  For tickets, click here - $95 general and $80 youth.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Executive Director for the BIA
The Cabbagetown BIA is looking for a new Executive Director.  It’s a full-time job, Monday to Friday.  The Board has posted a summary of the job requirements and the skills needed in its Executive Director - click here.

COMING EVENTS
Listed by starting dates

CYC Open House
Wednesday May 8, 4 to 6 pm.  As part of its 45th anniversary celebrations, the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) invites you to its special Open House.  Find out about the CYC’s programs and contributions to our community.

Brenda’s step class
Brenda has issued her May schedule for her step classes at the CYC (2 Lancaster).  As usual, they happen twice weekly - the Sunday class at 11 am and the Wednesday class at 9:15 am.  The class for Sunday May 19 is cancelled for the Victoria Day holiday weekend.  

Your dance card is filling up 
Photo:  Cylla von Tiedemann
Check below in the Theatre & Dance section for links to each dance company for tickets.  
Momentum with students from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre happens from May 2 to May 11 in the Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester). 
Citadel + Companie has two events in May - Unmoored from May 1 to 4 and Against Nature from May 22 to June 1 in the Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament).
Students from the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre are performing in Teasing Gravity on May 22 and 23, Light Years on May 24 and 25, and Spring Song on May 26 - all at Harbourfront’s Fleck Dance Theatre (235 Queens Quay W). 
The professional dance company at Toronto Dance Theatre is offering Marienbad at the Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester) from May 23 to June 1.

Allan Gardens plant sale
Succulents, house plants and annuals will be on sale in the Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave).  Toronto Master Gardeners will also be there to offer gardening tips.  Cash sales only - $4 to $20.  Sunday May 5, 10 am to noon.

6th annual clothing drive
Daniel Bloch and Liora Tal-Bloch are again putting together their very successful clothing drive to support the Oasis Clothing Bank.  They need gently used clothing, shoes and boots, purses and bags, hats and gloves, toys and dvds.  They’ll deliver special bags to you - please register by Monday May 6.  You’ll then be notified about their pick-up procedures and schedules.  Email at info@teambloch.com or call (416) 859-8649.

A memorial tribute for Phil Ogison
Catherine Tammaro and Phil’s friends are staging a memorial concert for Phil on Wednesday May 15 at 8:30 pm at Handlebar (159 Augusta in Kensington).  It’s a musical tribute where some of Phil's longtime collaborators come together and jam with Phil one more time with the aid of their recordings with him.

IN THE MEDIA

#blocksidewalk
Photo:  David Rider, Toronto Star
A new group has formed to mobilize opposition to Sidewalk Labs and its project on the waterfront.  The Toronto Star’s Donovan Vincent has written about its aim to correct the power imbalance between Google and the City of Toronto.  Click here to see his story.  

Christopher Hume writes about River City 3
Photo:  Richard Lautens, Toronto Star
The Toronto Star columnist writes about the impact that the new River City 3 condo building has in its surroundings.  This architecture is badly needed among the otherwise bland designs of new buildings.  Click here to read his column.    

KIDS’ STUFF

Kids are welcome at F’Amelia
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) has a new daily feature - a kids’ menu with pasta and dessert for $9.  It’s offered daily from 5 to 7 pm.

Meet Lee Edward Fodi
The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley) is hosting fantasy writer Lee Edward Fodi for a reading and a Q&A session at 4 pm on Monday May 6. For kids 5 to 12. 

Up with People - summer day camp
Up With People offers an arts-based summer experience for kids 8 to 12 with community action projects and leadership skill development. It’s offered in cooperation with WE Global learning Centre .  9 am to 3:30 pm, July 22 to 26, $225, 339 Queen E.  Click here for more info.   

BUSINESS NEWS

Canadian furniture made your way
Did you know for over 20 years, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has delivered quality Canadian-made upholstered furniture to countless happy customers? Find their 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 restore your old furniture with 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

Grab and go flower trees
Anji at Blooming Flower Bar (559 Parliament) has designed her new flower trees for people in a hurry.  Each bouquet is beautifully pre-wrapped and comes in a little water pouch.  

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 a copy of the passport to download and the passport details.    

MOTHER’S DAY SPECIALS

Mill Street Beer Hall
Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday May 12 from 10:30 am to 4 pm.  Activities for the whole family - brewery tours, face painting, live jazz and NANO-brew samples. Reservations recommended at (416) 681-0338, ext 2.  $26.99.  20 Tank House Lane, Distillery

F’Amelia lunch and dinner
Enjoy lunch or dinner with F’Amelia’s special Mother’s Day menus.  
At brunch, adults are $39 and kids are $15. For dinner, adults $59, kids $15.  12 Amelia. For menu details, click here.  

Dominion brunch
10:30 am to 3 pm, Sunday May 12.  500 Queen E.

Sip & shop at Spruce
Spruce Home Decor (455 Parliament) is holding its second annual Sip & Shop day to celebrate Mother’s Day.  Saturday May 11, 10 am to 6 pm.  There’ll be cocktails and nibblies for you while you build your custom gift box.  

RESTAURANT NEWS

Righteous Mic at Cranberries
Comedy returns to Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Thursday May 2 from 8 pm.  Hosted by Johnathan Ramcharan with guests Marissa Cristiano, Alasdair Dooley, Liam Kelly, Jay Kowalski and Cameron Laprairie.

Michael Darcy at Stout
Michael Darcy is back at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton)performing traditional Irish tunes mixed in with contemporary rock.  Wednesday May 8, 8 to 11 pm.  

Cinco de Mayo

El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane, Distillery)  Celebrating all weekend with a special menu and drinks list, music from DJ Kwes and Sai Kopelle and Mariachi Fuego.  No reservations.  

The Dominion (500 Queen E).  A special menu available until Sunday May 5. 

Mill Street Beer Hall and Brew Pub (20 Tank House Lane, Distillery).  A special menu with chicken tortilla soup, mini-spicy chorizo chimichangas or salmon Veracruza on the patio and inside by the Nano-brewery, carne Asada or churrito poutine.

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.

Cyril’s soup
Cyril has prepared 100 different soups.  He’s now asking you to tell him which ones were your favourite and he’ll make a list.  They’ll be the ones that he prepares for the next month.  abeautifulbowl@gmail.com 
Saturday’s soup is a twist on clam chowder.  The regular version has clams, potatoes, onions, bacon and dairy with a surprise twist of citrus.  The vegan version uses mushrooms, algae, coconut milk. Both are $10.   
Order deadline is 7 pm on Friday.  He delivers his soups in Cabbagetown. He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.

MAY  THEATRE & DANCE PRODUCTIONS
Listed by starting dates.

Unmoored
Citadel + Compagnie
Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament)
On stage to Saturday May 4
Website and tickets here. (416) 364-8011

Momentum 2019
School of Toronto Dance Theatre
Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester)
Thursday May 2 to Saturday May 11
Website and tickets here.  (416) 967-6887

The Brothers Size
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Saturday May 4 to Sunday May 26
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Inner Elder
Native Earth & Nightwood, Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E)
Wednesday May 8 to Sunday May 12
Website and tickets here.  (416) 531-1402 

Welcome to My Underworld
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Wednesday May 8 to Saturday May 25
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

I swallowed a moon made of iron
Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley)
Thursday May 16 to Sunday May 26
Website and tickets here.  (416) 368-3110 

August: Osage County
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Saturday May 18 to Wednesday June 19
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Teasing Gravity - dances for the young and fearless
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront (235 Queens Quay W)
Student matinees
Wednesday May 22 and Thursday May 23
Website and tickets here.  (416) 924-5657

Against Nature
Citadel + Compagnie
Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament)
Wednesday May 22 to Saturday June 1
Website and tickets here. (416) 364-8011

Marienbad
Toronto Dance Theatre
Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester)
Thursday May 23 to Saturday June 1
Website and tickets here.  (416) 967-1365

Light Years
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront (235 Queens Quay W)
Public performances
Friday May 24 and Saturday May 25
Website and tickets here.  (416) 924-5657

Spring Song
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront (235 Queens Quay W)
Sunday May 26
Website and tickets here.  (416) 924-5657

by heart
Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley)
Thursday May 30 to Sunday June 2
Website and tickets here.  (416) 368-3110

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY MAY 2 TO SUNDAY MAY 12

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 MAY 2

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Comedy night with Dave Burke and Danish Anwar
Cranberries
8 pm, Righteous Mic Comedy hosted by Johnathan Ramcharan.  PWYC.
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Paintbox
11:30 am, Pakistani food pop-up lunch, $10
Tilted Dog
8 pm, live music with Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin

FRIDAY MAY 3

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

SATURDAY MAY 4

Dominion
8:30 pm, Blush Duo
El Catrin
Cinco de Mayo weekend with DJ Kwes and Sai Kopelle and Mariachi Fuego
Pho Pas
10 pm, Saturday Night Live with DJs Miller Music, RZXE, and LOWD

SUNDAY MAY 5

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
9 pm, Screening - Game of Thrones
El Catrin
Cinco de Mayo weekend with DJ Kwes and Sai Kopelle and Mariachi Fuego

MONDAY MAY 6

El Catrin
Cinco de Mayo weekend with DJ Kwes and Sai Kopelle and Mariachi Fuego
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY MAY 7

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY MAY 8

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, Irish music with Michael Darcy
The Tilted Dog
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter

THURSDAY MAY 9

Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
10 pm, comedy with Ethan O’Reilly

FRIDAY MAY 10

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

SATURDAY MAY 11

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

SUNDAY MAY 12

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
9 pm, Screening - Game of Thrones

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, 
HENRIETTA LANE 
394 King E
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
PHO PAS
480 Parliament, (416) 922-0769
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