November 14

This week’s image:  oh oh - November’s record snowfall.  



Kristyn Wong-Tam on the CBC’s Metro Morning
Councillor Wong-Tam was interviewed on Metro Morning on Monday November 11.  Her comments detail her view of the flawed process that was followed by City of Toronto staff in their decision to locate a respite centre at 233 Carlton.  You can listen to the interview here.   

Sign the petition

A petition to oppose the respite centre has been organized with a target of 2,500 signatures.  2,160 people have signed to this date.  

Another online petition supports the new respite centre.  To date, 250 have signed it.   

Emails can be sent to City of Toronto officials at the following addresses - use “233 Carlton” in the subject line.  The Mayor -  The City Manager -  Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam -


New route for Santa Claus parade
This year, the parade will be organized and start from Bloor and Parliament on Sunday November 17.  There’ll be a rolling series of road closures as a result.
Bloor Street from Broadview to Parliament will close from 6 am to 2 pm.
From Parliament to Sherbourne - 10 am to 2:30 pm.
From Sherbourne to Avenue Road - from 10:45 am to 2:30 pm.  
The parade will start at Parliament at 12:30 pm and travel west on Bloor to Avenue Road. It then goes south to University and Wellington and east to the finish at St Lawrence Market.  

The Holly Jolly Run 
The annual 5K run goes from Bloor and Sherbourne down to University and Bremner on Sunday November 17.  It leaves 555 Bloor E at Sherbourne at 11:45 am and follows the same route as the parade.  Kids over 10 are welcome - sorry no pets or strollers.  

TTC bus routes
During the parade - from 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday November 17 - the 65 Parliament bus won’t go to the Castle Frank station on the Bloor line. It’ll go east and west on Wellesley and use the Wellesley Station on the Yonge Street subway line instead.  
Similarly, the 94 Wellesley bus will stop at the Wellesley Station and then continue to Parliament Street.  It use a loop from Wellesley to Carlton, west to Sherbourne and back to Wellesley.
The 75 Sherbourne bus will turn west on Wellesley to the Wellesley Station instead of going to the Sherbourne Station.  It won’t continue north to serve Rosedale. 


Menagerie’s calendar contest
You’ve got lots of pictures of your dog, your cats, your canary… and they’re all adorable.  So send one along to Menagerie Pet Shop (549 Parliament) and include a short bio and story with it.  Deadline November 24.  You could win a spot on its 2020 calendar plus a $25 gift.  Submit your pic to with the title line Menagerie calendar contest.

Children’s Book Bank online auction
The Book Bank’s first-ever auction runs from November 14 to November 30.  The goal is $10,000 to use for gifts of free books to children and for events throughout the year.  There are, of course, book packages.  And tickets to the Leafs’ games, overnight stays at the Royal York, dinner at Woodbine, theatre packages, wine and cheese packages and lots more.  To view the auction details and to bid, click here

Call for artists
The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) will hold its second annual art market on Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8 from noon to 5 pm daily.  Paintings, jewellery, bake goods and crafts will be displayed.  Last year’s market was a success and the pub is hoping for an even bigger response this year.  
If interested and you have something to display and sell, you’re invited to call Tiffany at (416) 961-9425.  $25 daily or $50 for the weekend.  

Christmas Market in the Distillery
This is a hugely popular Christmas event held in the historic Distillery District.  There’ll be locally produced crafts, unique foods, entertainment, Santa and the elves. Admission is free from Tuesday to Friday and $6 on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.   It opens on Thursday November 14 and runs to December 22, Tuesdays through Sundays.  Closed Mondays.  City Council has approved a new traffic plan for the Market area.  The eastbound curb lane on Mill Street will be closed during this time to widen the sidewalks for pedestrians.  
To learn about the daily entertainment schedules and the vendor lists, go to the website.  

Get your flu shot
Our local pharmacies now have supplies of the 2019 flu vaccine.  Your doctor will provide the stronger version recommended for seniors.

Save these dates - details are coming soon.

The BIA’s Christmas kick-off celebration.  Saturday November 23, noon to 3 pm.  Carlton and Parliament.
Santa visits Pet Valu.  Saturday November 30, 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday December 1, 11 am to 4 pm. 240 Carlton.
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse founder’s dinner.  Friday December 6, 6:15 pm.   106 Trinity.
Christmas art market at The Tilted Dog.  Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8, noon to 5 pm daily.  424 Parliament.
Strolling carollers.  Sunday December 8, 6:45 to 8:45 pm.  Winchester, Metcalfe, Sumach and Carlton area.
Community carolling at The Tilted Dog.  Sunday December 22, 3:30 to 6:30 pm.  424 Parliament.

Listed by starting dates    

Coffee with Suze Morrison
Our MPP Suze Morrison is inviting local people to a conversation with her about provincial affairs over coffee at Tim Hortons in Regent Park (69 Regent Park Blvd).  Friday November 15, 9 to 10 am.

Grow-Vember pop-up sale
Crystal Star Nursery returns to Allan Gardens (Jarvis and Carlton) for a one-day pop-up sale.  Saturday November 16, 10 am to 3 pm.  Cash sales only.  

Quayside public briefing
Waterfront Toronto will hold a public meeting about the revised plans and agreements between itself and Sidewalk Labs over the proposed Quayside District.  Tuesday December 19, 6 to 9 pm,  255 Front St W, North Building, Level 200, Room 206.

Cabbagetown Preservation Association
The CPA has announced on its website that the garden at 70 Amelia has won the Streetscapes award.  The presentation will happen at the CPA’s Fall meeting, Thursday November 21, 7 to 9 pm.  The CPA will also present its Recognition Award for an outstanding contribution to the community.  Following the awards, the Cabbagetown Talks presentation will focus on Regent Park and Cabbagetown: past and future with Laura Johnson, Stephanie Fernandes and Robert Johnson.  Meeting House, Riverdale Farm (Sumach and Winchester)

Breakfast and a movie
Enjoy a free breakfast and a screening of Tito & The Birds.  It’s fun for the whole family.  Sponsored by the Regent Park Film Festival and the Daniels Corporation.  Saturday November 23, 9 am, Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  

Jack Grunsky’s open studio
Jack invites everyone to visit his studio in his home (383 Wellesley E) on Sunday November 24 from 11 am to 4 pm.  He’ll be showing and selling his latest works.  There’ll be light refreshments and complimentary souvenirs. Jack’s career has followed two paths - as a painter and as a Juno-winning musician and performer.  

Cabbagetown South holiday party
Save the date.  This event is always a lot of fun.  Meet your neighbours and friends.  Wear a Christmas sweater.  Hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats.  Monday December 2, 6:30 pm, The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament).  Tickets are available online here. $10.  

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse founder’s dinner
Celebrate the opening of Toronto’s first free school, 171 years ago.  Music by Jordan Scholl and Lesley Bouza with pianist Ross Inglis.  Bruce Beaton, Master of Ceremonies.  Hors d’oeuvres, traditional Christmas dinner, wine.  $120, charitable receipt issued.  RSVP by December 2 to (416) 327-6997 or 

Healthy neighbourhood forums
Councillor Wong-Tam has been hosting community conferences to draft ideas for healthier neighbourhoods.  Expert speakers and roundtable discussions.  The comments and feedback from these sessions will shape her work here in the future. Two more are scheduled - save the dates.
Regent Park and Cabbagetown - Tuesday November 26, 6 pm, Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter).
St. Lawrence, Corktown & West Don Lands - Monday December 2, 6 pm, St Lawrence Community Centre, Multipurpose Room (230 The Esplanade). 

Soulpepper’s Family Festival
Soulpepper is bringing back three classics for the whole family over Christmas.  Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol are both on stage from December 6 to 24.  Tweet Tweet returns on December 27, 28 and 29.  These are very popular seasonal performances.  Tickets and info will be available at the Soulpepper website - click here.  


Another fire in St James Town
Photo:  quicksparrows, blogTO
Fire broke out in a ninth floor apartment at 200 Wellesley on Friday November 8.  It was contained in one unit but smoke spread widely through the building.  Toronto Community Housing evacuated 40 units on that floor.  Two people from other floors were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation. The building contains 719 units on 29 floors.  Katherine DeClerq wrote a brief story for CTV News.   


Buds and Blossoms 
Buds and Blossoms (517 Parliament, second floor) is hosting a PJ Party next Friday November 22 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. It’s a great way for mom and dad to have an evening without the kids.  PJ Parties include a pizza dinner, a super fun movie, popcorn and a special themed craft. Ages 4 +.$30 per child, $20 for siblings. Click here for more info.   

PA Day activities
The next PA Day happens on Friday November 15.  

Buds & Blossoms is hosting a Space Adventure PA Day Camp on November 15th, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Great for kids ages 4+!  517 Parliament, second floor.

Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley). Join us on Friday November 15 for an authors’ birthday party - celebrating the like of Barbara Reid, Marc Brown (of Arthur fame), and many other authors of classic kids lit. 10 am to 3 pm.

Friends of Allan Gardens host a Family Drop-in Afternoon on the PA day, Friday November 15, from 1 to 2:30 pm.  There’ll be hands-on gardening and composting activities, scavenger hunts, nature crafts and more.  Best suited to children from 6 to 12 years but younger siblings are always welcome. Parental supervision is required. Children’s Conservatory, Allan Gardens (Jarvis and Carlton). 


Christmas glows at Kendall & Co
Christmas has arrived at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) and it’s unlike anything anywhere else. From the outside, marvel at their magical Christmas window. Inside, find the city's biggest and best selection of unique ornaments, holiday decor and adorable gifts. How lucky are Cabbagetowners to find this much Christmas joy so near and dear. Shop local and early - these very special goodies sell out.  On Instagram, follow  @kendallandco for their featured items
Open - Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. 

Welcome Geo Heinl & Co
George Heinl & Co is a longstanding violin restoration, repair and appraisal service.  It recently moved into 227 Carlton.  The present president, Ric Heinl, is the third generation in his family to operate the business.  The company acquires and sells instruments of high quality for beginners, students, teachers, collectors and investors. There’s a website and it’ll soon feature an online store.

Cabbagetown Chairman’s Awards
Vote now to pick the best businesses in Cabbagetown.  The BIA is holding its annual Chairman’s Awards event and your choices will be used to pick the winners.  There are seven categories - best customer service, best restaurant, best take-out options, best service business, best new business, best professional and best employee. Click here to vote.   

Toronto Star Readers Choice winners
Congrats to an interesting variety of Cabbagetown businesses who won awards in this year’s Readers’ Choice survey.  There are three levels in each category - diamond, platinum and gold. 
Daniel et Daniel is back again as the city’s best caterer.  Mill Street Brewery is a platinum winner in the craft beer category.  Soma in the Distillery won platinum in the best chocolate shop.  Souk Tabule has the best Mediterranean food. Fancy Frank took the best hot dog award. 
Menagerie Pet Shop won platinum in the pet store group. 
The Distillery District was elected the City’s best tourist attraction. 
Among politicians, Kristyn Wong-Tam was voted platinum for the city’s best councillor. 
Several chains represented here are also winners - Meridian Credit Union, Softron Tax, Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall.

Hair Spa
Nano has a promotion underway for November and December.  She’ll do a root touch, trim and style for medium and long hair at $100 and for short hair at $85.  440 Parliament.  

Workshops at Blooming Flower Bar
Anji has organized three workshops on holiday floral decorations and each one is a great experience for yourself and a great gift for someone on your list.  The topics include  holiday urns on Thursday November 21, wreath-making on Thursday December 5 and centrepieces on Wednesday December 18.  Learn to make these arrangements and then take your creation home.  Snacks and supplies are provided.  Please go to the website for more info, prices and reservations. All workshops take place at Blooming Flower Bar,  559 Parliament.   


Ethiopian cuisine
Another in Paintbox’s (555 Dundas E) pop-up community lunches. Ethiopian cuisine prepared by Ubah Jimale from the Regent Park Catering Collective.  Wednesday November 20, 11:30 am to 2 pm.  $10 - tickets available online here.  

Congrats to Odin
The Toronto Vegetarian Association has applauded Odin (514 King E) for its move to a plant-based menu.  Originally, Odin did a plant-based brunch that was widely praised and so it subsequently moved its full menu over.  

Psychics at Cranberries
The psychic team is visiting Cranberries again (601 Parliament) on Sunday November 17, 11 am to 3 pm.  Your $45 fee includes two intense readings and a $10 coupon toward your brunch - plus a bonus reading from the Psychic Brunch founder’s sister. 

A visit to the new Indian restaurant Haldi (568 Parliament) confirmed the positive comments and reviews by hungry Cabbagetown foodies.  Harish is one of the owners and he works the front room.  Haldi is open from Tuesday to Saturday for lunch from 11:30 am and the lunch menu will change every couple of weeks to keep it attractive and new.  It’s open for dinner from 5 pm.  On Sundays, dinner is served from 5 pm.  There’s a Facebook page - check it out.  

Cyril’s soups
Cyril’s soup for Saturday is a classic leek and potato,  $9.  He’s also doing pomegranate Apple Juice at $9.
He makes two soups every week, on Tuesday and Saturday and informs interested people about his menus in advance by email. He usually prepares a regular version and vegan one. His order deadline is 2 pm on the day before delivery.  He delivers to his Cabbagetown-area customers. He accepts payments by e-transfers and cash. Email him at

Listed by starting dates.

Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin/Gállábártnit
Sami National Theatre
Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E)
Website and tickets here.  (416) 408-0208

Let’s Run Away
Canadian Stage (26 Berkeley)
On stage to November 17
Website and tickets here.   (416) 368-3110   

FireWorks Festival - 3 new plays
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley)
November 6 to 24
Belle Darling Klondike Queen
November 6 to 10
Grief Circus
November 13 to 17
If the Shoe Fits
November 20 to 24
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-4170   

Riverboat Coffee House, The Yorkville Scene
Soulpepper Concert Series
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane) 
On stage to November 17
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666   

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 32
Annual festival of new Indigenous works
Aki Studio Theatre  (585 Dundas E)  
On stage to November 23
Website and tickets here.  (416) 531-1402    

Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester)
On stage to November 23
Website and tickets here.  (416) 967-1365 

Wind in the Leaves with Allies & Friends
Citadel + Compagnie  (302 Parliament)
Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16
Website and tickets here.   (416) 364-8011

Citadel Dance Mix 2019
Citadel + Compagnie  (302 Parliament)
November 27 to November 30
Website and tickets here.   (416) 364-8011   

Impulse 2019
School of Toronto Dance Theatre  (80 Winchester) 
November 28 to 30 and December 5 to 7
Website and tickets here.  (416) 967-6887   

A Christmas Carol
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
December 6 to December 24
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Peter Pan
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
December 6 to December 24
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666 

Tweet Tweet
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
December 27 to December 29
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
The Tilted Dog
10 pm,  comedy night with Ethan O’Reilly


Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, karaoke
8 pm, Andrew Fetterley


Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

7 pm, Pub Stumpers Trivia
Mill Street Beer Hall
7 pm, Pub Stumpers 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


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


Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


8 pm, Alex Z


Alice’s Place
9:30 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, 
12 Case Goods Lane, Distillery
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