June 20

This week’s image:  ball games in Riverdale Park - summer’s here.


A fresh new batch of very interesting open houses happens this week on Saturday and Sunday on Berkeley, Spruce, Sackville and Sumach.  Click here to read these announcements.  


Congrats to us!
This edition of the Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review marks its seventh anniversary.  During this time, we’ve welcomed Prince Charles (that's him, up above), moaned about blue tarps, watched elections come and go, bid sad farewells to departed friends and a warm welcome to new arrivals.  Raccoons, dogs, birds and coyotes have run across these pages.  This is a very lively neighbourhood and writing about it every week is great fun.  A hearty thanks goes out to everyone who reads it and everyone who sends along a favourite bit of news. 

Dream of a Future World
A monumental stained glass piece has been created for Rose Ave School (675 Ontario).  It’s based on design ideas from the school’s students and executed by Chantal LeBlanc.  It illustrates the desire of students in grades 4, 5 and 6 for peace and inclusion in a spirit of truth and reconciliation.
There’ll be an unveiling ceremony on Wednesday June 26 at 2:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome

Sharon Harvie’s art
Sharon’s exhibition of her silk art at Cranberries (601 Parliament) continues to Sunday June 30.  Drop by and check out her pictures - they’re lovely.

Duncan Fremlin and Whiskey Jack at Idea City
Whiskey Jack will be part of the final event at this year’s Idea City in Koerner Hall.  On Friday June 21, they’ll perform Stompin’ Tom’s music along with other favourites from the definitive Canadian playlist.  Marie Bottrell and Russell deCarle will be their special guests.  

Congrats Seaton Street
The first annual “Hello Seaton Street” party was a great success.  The Cabbagetown South newsletter reports that it had something for everyone and it was a great way for neighbours to connect.  

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market 
The Market takes place every Tuesday in Riverdale Park West (Winchester and Sumach) from 3 to 7 pm with a great group of vendors. 
Organic Vibes is located right at the entrance.  Annette and Jah B are whipping up scrumptious jerk chicken with spicy rice, beans and fried plantain.  They’re also offering fresh veggies as they come into season.
This year, the Market is being organized by the Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group.  Profits go to the Farm’s capital projects and its food education programs.

The Underpass Park Farmers’ Market 
In Corktown - now open for the season on Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm in Underpass Park (29 Lower River Street).  Activities and face painting for kids, a free yoga class with the Yoga Sanctuary from 5:30 pm and live music. Great produce and baked goods.

Lookin’ good
Here’s Juma and her younger sister Saga (now four months old).  Jo takes them to the ballpark at Riverdale Park and Saga always sits on her sister when they’re there.

Listed by starting dates

Distillery weekend events
The Distillery has a series of regular events every weekend.
Family Yoga - two 40-minute outdoor sessions, every Sunday at 11 am and noon.  Kids 7 to 12 welcome.   Bring your own mat.  Gristmill Lane.

Summer Music Series - free outdoor concerts every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 pm. Trinity Square stage. 

Sunday Market  - vendors offering craft goods, artisanal foods and specialties.  Sundays from noon to 5 pm.

Fantastic planet - giant alien figures have landed and they’re exploring the Distillery until July 31.  (Weather permitting).

Hand drum circle
Teachings of the hand drum and how it’s used in ceremonies.  The hand drum allows your heartbeat to connect with the earth’s heartbeat. Learn traditional, ceremonial, contemporary and original drum songs by Aqua Nibil Waawaaskone.  All ages, all welcome. St James Town Library (495 Sherbourne), Saturday June 22, 3 to 4 pm.

Distillery’s Big Draw - rescheduled dates
Join the Big Draw from noon to 6 pm on Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23.  It’s open to amateur and professional artists in drawing, sketching, painting, sculpting and writing.  Bring your own materials.  A free lunch is available for everyone who signs up.  It’s free.


Broadcast Lane
Photo:  Toronto Savvy
Toronto Savvy is a blog that’s all about life in Toronto. On June 16, it focused on Cabbagetown’s Broadcast Lane and its photos really show how interesting a short laneway can be when seen through new eyes.  Click here to read the story.  

Michelle Shemilt
On September 21 2018, Michael Watts’ body was discovered in Nuthatch Lane.  He had been killed in a car accident.  Ms Shemilt was subsequently charged with criminal negligence causing his death and with failure to remain at the scene of the accident.  On Thursday June 13, the crown attorney withdrew the charges of criminal negligence, stating that there was no reasonable expectation of a conviction.  She will still face the hit-and-run charges.  Betsy Powell summarized the case in the Toronto Star - click here

A new CEO for Waterfront Toronto
There have been some big events happening at Waterfront Toronto and one of the biggest is the appointment of George Zegarac as its new CEO.  He was unanimously chosen by the Board of Directors on Wednesday and he’ll take up his post in mid-August.  Donovan Vincent has written a story in the Toronto Star about the organization and about his background.  Click here.   
Waterfront Toronto has issued its own official press release about Mr Zegarac’s new job.  Click here to read it.  

Quayside report
Photo:  Toronto Star
Sidewalk Labs has delivered its master plan for the Quayside District to Waterfront Toronto.  The Quayside project has been the centre of a sharp public debate over Google’s involvement and privacy issues involved with the collection of data about visitors and residents in the site.  Waterfront Toronto has promised to release the plan within a week of its receipt and to conduct a wide public consultation about its proposals.  The Star’s Donovan Vincent has written about the plan - click here


Children’s Book Bank
The Book Bank (350 Berkeley) will be hosting its Summer Reading Program again this year from July 2 to August 30. The theme is Summer in the City - celebrating all the fun activities Toronto has to offer. Children ages 3 to 12 can sign up at any time, and receive a notebook to keep track of all the books they read. At the end of the summer, our participants will celebrate with prizes, cupcakes, and books! 

Summer camps for kids

Allan Gardens - Mud-day mornings in the garden is being organized by the Friends of Allan Gardens.  Kids from 3 to 10 and their families will be welcomed every Monday morning for six weeks from July 8 to August 19 from 10 to 11:30 am.  It’s a drop-in, no formal registration is required.

Buds & Blossoms (517 Parliament) - creativity based camps with outdoor explorations and play times for kids ages 4 to 8.  Specialized art camp for kids ages 9 to 13 in the final week of August. Click here for info and registration.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) - July 29 to August 2.  Full or half day sessions for 5 to 8-year-olds and half-day sessions for 4-year olds. Creative movement, visual arts and music in the morning and creative storytelling and musical theatre in the afternoons.  Click here for more info.  

Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) - Camp CNH for kids ages 5 to 13 from July 2 to August 23.  Field tips, sports, arts, crafts, drama, dance, music, swimming and more. Contact Franclyn Clement at fclement@tngcs.org 

School of Toronto Dance (80 Winchester) - for kids ages 5 to 11.  One week of creative movement and physical play, with vibrant live music by some of the city’s most gifted accompanists.  July 15 to July 19, 9 am to 4 pm daily.  After-camp care available. Click here.  

Citadel dance program
A weekly series of classes from September through May run by a professional dance company in professional dance studios. The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance  (304 Parliament). Kids with extensive training as well as ones with no training are all welcome.  Regent Park kids are eligible for a full scholarship.  For a full list of programs and registration, click here.     


Pride of Cabbagetown
#PrideFloats is the theme of the shop window at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament). Enjoy a closer look on Instagram.  
It’s a nod to the Pride parade and marches and also a play on the expression "Hope Floats”. Kendall & Co stands for that hope.  Kendall and Kevin employ talented individuals to shine as themselves and create a welcoming space for everyone to experience the colourful furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, rugs and home decor. 
And yes, they do sell those fun inflatable floats featured in the window. Get yours to splash out in your pool or on the lake at the cottage. Tag @kendallandco when you go on Instagram and Facebook because you know that post is going to blow up, pun intended! 
Shop local and we’re all better for it. Store hours: Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm.


Photo:  Natalia Manzocco, NOW Magazine
Toronto's big summer food festival is getting started in almost 200 restaurants.  Meals are available in various price levels - $23, $28 or $33 for lunch and $33, $43 and $53 for dinner.   
Five participating restaurants are in our neighbourhood - 
F'Amelia (12 Amelia) Italian, $43 dinner.  
Archeo (31 Trinity, Distillery), Italian, $23 lunch and $33 dinner.  
Boku (42 Gristmill, Distillery), Japanese, $23 lunch and $33 dinner
Cluny (35 Tank House Lane, Distillery),  French, $28 lunch and $43 dinner.
Pure Spirits (17 Tank House Lane, Distillery), seafood, $28 lunch and $43 dinner.
Reservations are now open.  For a full listing of all restaurants and for contact info, go to the official Summerlicious website.  

Food Awards Ontario 2019
Congrats to four of our local eateries for their nominations to the Food Awards 2019.  It’s the first of an annual celebration of the best in our food sector.  Our nominees are Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) for catering, Gushi (296 Parliament) for street food, Paintbox (555 Dundas E) in the cafe/bistro category and The Irv (195 Carlton) for Gastropub.  The winners will be announced at the 2019 industry gala on Monday July 15.

Patio party at Keating Channel Pub & Grill
It’s the 16th annual patio party - launch into summer with beer and wine sampling, prizes, Rodney’s oysters and human foosball.  All free.   Live music with Dennis Martel & The High Rollers.  Friday June 21, 7 pm, 2 Villiers.  

Pride Weekend at Peartree
Celebrate Pride Weekend at Peartree!  From Friday, June 21 to Sunday June 23, enjoy a two-course meal for just $25! Your menu choices include a T-bone steak with jumbo garlic shrimps, rainbow trout, chicken and Tiger shrimp Provencal penne pasta or a classic peppercorn steak, along with a choice of soup or salad.  Peartree (507 Parliament)

Trinidadian cuisine pop-up
Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) presents a pop-up by the Regent Park Catering Collective.  Friday June 21, 11:30 to 2 pm, $10.

Cabbagetown Comedy Night
Stand-up by Jennifer Hsiung, Lily Makowski, Brendan D'Souza, Sean Dowie, Jin Lee and Kez Vicario-Robinson, hosted by Robert Watson.  Cash bar.  Social Smiths (574&1/2 Parliament), Thursday June 27, 7 pm, $10.

Summer Fresh pop-up market
Food, crafts and jewelry organized by the chefs and artisans of Regent Park Collective and Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E),  5 to 8 pm, Thursday June 27.  

Live music
At The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament).  Leigh Ann and Robert LaBell with special guests. Saturday June 22, 8 pm.
The photo wall is filling up.  Give your dog a nice prominent spot - drop off your favourite pic and Tiffany will hang it there for you.

Cyril’s soup
Cyril is doing everything a bit earlier this week.  Order deadline is 2 pm on Friday.  His delivery will also be earlier. He’s planning for some Luminato events.  
Saturday’s soup features two versions of Thai lemongrass.  Tom Yum style has a clear broth spiced with lemongrass, garlic, ginger, keffir lime leaves and a generous amount of chilli paste. It’ll also have tomatoes, mushrooms, bean sprouts and tofu and thin rice noodles. $8.
Version 2 is coconut-based with similar ingredients but less chilli paste, thicker rice noodles, limes instead of lime leaves, no tomatoes and also the addition of carrots and bell peppers. Overall, it’ll be richer and milder. $10.
He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash. Email him at abeautifulbowl@gmail.com

Listed by starting dates.

August: Osage County
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Sunday June 30
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

88 Keys
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Friday June 21
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Black Drum
Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Saturday June 29
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666 

The Promised Land:  Steinbeck through Song
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Friday July 12 to Saturday July 27
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Fool for Love
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Saturday July 13 to Sunday August 4
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666



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.


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
8 pm, open mic with Robert LaBell


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Keating Channel Pub & Grill
7 pm, patio party, live music, prizes and more.
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Noon to 5 pm, Summer Music Series with Brian, Blair Franklin, Adam Solomon and Hala on Stilts - Trinity Square stage  
Mill St Brew Pub
10 am - Bollywood, Brunch & Beers
Tilted Dog
8 pm, Leigh Ann & Robert LaBell and special guests


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke 
1 to 6 pm, Summer Music Series with Rose Brokenshire, Michael Carrol, Liron and Holly Clausius - Trinity Square stage


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, Michael Darcy’s live Irish music
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
Social Smiths
7 pm, Cabbagetown Comedy Night with host Robert Watson and stand-up by Jennifer Hsiung, Lily Makowski, Brendan D'Souza, Sean Dowie, Jin Lee and Kez Vicario-Robinson, cash bar, $10
Tilted Dog
8 pm, finger style guitar open mic


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


Noon to 5 pm, Summer Music Series with Allegra Jordyn, LiVVa, Jordan Hart and Max Toaze - Trinity Square stage
8:30 pm, James Sheehan
Mill St Brew Pub
10 am - Bollywood, Brunch & Beers


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
1 to 6 pm, Summer Music Series with Kevin Cato, Allegra Jordyn, Jordan Hart and Max Toaze - Trinity Square stage


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, 
413 Parliament Street
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
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