December 12

This week’s image:  people selling their crafts at The Tilted Dog last weekend at its annual Christmas market.


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Christmas market at The Tilted Dog
The market launched the Christmas season at The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament).  People were selling glassware, floral arrangements, artists’ supplies, leather work, knitted products and baked goods.  Nice stuff - fun event.

Christmas dinner at Cranberries
Once again, dinner is served on Christmas Day at Cranberries (601 Parliament).  It’s a memorable three-course meal with butternut squash soup or garden salad, turkey and the traditional trimmings, fresh veggies and dessert. There’ll be two sittings - 3 pm and 7:30 pm.  The 5 pm sitting is already sold out. These special dinners are very popular and everyone who goes is always pleased.  Reserve your place now at (416) 925-6330.  $35.

RESPITE CENTRE UPDATES

Consultations have started
Joy Connelly and Joe Mihevc are the facilitators hired by the City to meet local residents.  On Wednesday evening, they met people from Cabbagetown South, Winchester Park, Aberdeen Avenue, Cabbagetown Residents, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association and the BIA.  Several big issues were put on the table.
The City’s perspective.  Joe Mihevc made it very clear that the City staff consider the location to be a final decision and not up for discussion.
The residents’ views. They rejected this view.  They also stressed repeatedly that, first of all, the City’s staff must overcome the distrust resulting from their behaviour when the project was rolled out.
Discussion.  The residents outlined in detail how their homes streets and lanes have recently become unsafe.  They're concerned that the Carlton Street respite centre will be similar to the troublesome centre at Sherbourne and Dundas.  The business people want assurances about security and policing and cameras to monitor sidewalk behaviour.  These details were carefully noted by Joy and Joe - but others wondered whether they would have any impact with the City staff.
Public discussions.  Joe definitely resisted any efforts to plan a public meeting where residents could voice their opinions.  Instead, he proposed an information session where the audience would learn operating plans for the centre from staff.  Some discussions centred on a possible separate meeting run by local people where residents could air their views.

Sign the petition
A petition to oppose the respite centre has been organized with a target of 2,500 signatures.  2,332 people have signed so far.  

Another online petition supports the new respite centre.  To date, 401 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 - mayor_tory@toronto.ca.  The City Manager - chris.murray@toronto.ca.  Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam - councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca

LOCAL NEWS

Look good while you’re doing good
The Cabbagetown BIA is supporting the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  You can too!  Buy a Cabbagetown Tee Shirt and then get a second one at 50% off.  All proceeds on sales between now and New Year’s will be donated to the CYC.  
Drop in to the BIA office (237 Carlton) and check out colours and sizes.  There’s one - or more - waiting there just for you.

GoFundMe for CYC
Photo:  Global News
To date, a GoFundMe drive has collected over $5,800 to support the CYC’s After 4 program.  It gives kids a supervised, safe environment after school until 6 pm. Its activities include a homework club and tutoring, literacy instruction, skill-based athletics, recreational free play, hands-on math and science, music instruction, performing arts, nutrition and computer training. 
To make your donation, click here.  

Christmas drive at 51 Division
Toronto Police at 51 Division are holding a toy and food drive.  Drop off canned foods, dried foods, vitamins and other staples, especially for seniors.  Unwrapped new toys for kids ages 2 to 16.  Bring your gifts to the 51 Division lobby (51 Parliament) until December 21.
Mill Street Brewery has teamed up with 51 Division - when you bring in a toy, you’ll get a $10 voucher to use at the Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery). 

Off-leash dog walking in Riverdale Park West
After discussions with the Cabbagetown Residents’ Association, the Parks Department is improving signage about dog walking in Riverdale Park West. Off-leash walking is permitted in the upper park areas only during the winter.  It’s permitted in the lower area all year long.

Strolling carollers  
Every year, an amazing group of carollers stroll door-to-door in the Winchester, Carlton, Sumach and Metcalfe neighbourhood.  They’re singing on behalf of the food bank at St Luke’s Church.  
This year, their efforts have really paid off.  They collected 950 pounds of food.  And the donations totalled $1,722.25 - including $2.25 from one little girl from her allowance.  Congrats to all the singers, helpers and organizers who made this event so successful. 

Update - 214-230 Sherbourne
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has started the City’s planning process to develop properties south of Dundas on the west side of Sherbourne.  Her motion also includes a review of needed improvements to TCHC’s Dan Harrison complex on the east side of Sherbourne north of Dundas. Staff will also look at nearby properties and at City-owned properties in the area.  A business plan will be developed to show how the project can be financed.  Staff are directed to report back in April 2020. 
The intention is to build affordable housing on new properties, to upgrade the TCHC holdings and to contribute to the revitalization of the Sherbourne Corridor near Dundas.  

Christmas lights contest
Once again, the Cabbagetown Residents Association is looking for the best… the most spectacular… the most original Christmas outdoor decorations.  
Nominate yourself or a neighbour before December 27 on Twitter using #cabbagetownlights or by emailing info@cabbagetowner.com.  Just list an address and send a photo.  
The choices and the rules are posted online and public voting goes live on December 13.  Only one vote for each IP address - but you can change your mind until the voting closes.  The winner gets a trophy and big time bragging rights.  

Outdoor skating rinks
The City’s outdoors rinks are now open.  We have three in our neighbourhood.  The latest rink bulletins are online here.
Regent Park (480 Shuter).  Next to the Regent Park Athletic Grounds.  
Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview).  Just across the Don Valley. 
Sherbourne Common (5 Lower Sherbourne).  A great spot for lakefront and downtown Toronto views.

Christmas Market in the Distillery
This hugely popular Christmas event in the historic Distillery District runs to December 22, Tuesdays through Sundays.  Closed Mondays.  Locally produced crafts, unique foods, entertainment, Santa and the elves. Admission is free from Tuesday to Friday and $8 (advance) and $12 (at the gate) on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.  Find out about the daily entertainment schedules and the vendor lists at the website.  

CHRISTMAS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Get your tree
Christmas trees are on sale once again on the boulevard at Spruce and Parliament, next to No Frills from 10 am to 8 pm daily.  Prices range from $40 to $90.

Christmas specials at St Jamestown
Mark has more than turkeys for your Christmas dinner.  Pick up some cookies and Christmas cakes while supplies last.  And get one of his tourtieres fresh out of the oven for Christmas Eve dinners.  St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament). 

A great Christmas present - Keith Lawrance guitar lessons
Keith is giving one-on-one personalized guitar lessons.  Ukulele, acoustic or electric. He’ll meet you in his home or, if you wish, he’ll come to yours for the lessons. 
He has a life-long interest in music.  He graduated with a music diploma from Mohawk College and he’s recently revived a band who played together years ago.  
Check out his website for lots more info and for his rates. You can contact him at his website as well.  

COMING EVENTS
Listed by starting dates    

Allan Gardens winter flower show
Enjoy the Conservatory and the winter show by candlelight during the holiday's extended hours, 5 to 7 pm.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, December 16 to 18.  Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15 and 21 and 22. 
The theme for this year’s show is floral dresses.  Breathtaking floral scenes with thousands of colourful blooms.
 Open now until Monday January 6, Monday to Wednesday noon to 7 pm and Thursday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave, Jarvis and Carlton).

Wintersong - Dances for a sacred season
Presented by the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.  Seasonal dance inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions.
Friday December 13 at 8 pm and Saturday December 14 at 2 pm.  Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront  (207 Queens Quay W). Tickets and more info are available online.   

The Big Sing
Sing for Joy presents an afternoon of choral music and singing.  It’s a community choir that’s open to everyone.  This concert will help to fund the choir’s bursary - tickets are $15 to $20 and there’ll be a silent auction.   Learn more online.  Sunday December 15, 2 to 4:30 pm, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce).    

Bill Morneau’s Christmas party
Join our MP Bill Morneau for his annual Christmas celebration.  Local entertainment, light refreshments.  Free. 6 to 8:30 pm, Thursday December 19, Sears Atrium (245 Church St)

Community carolling at The Tilted Dog 
It’s a major community cultural milestone.  Jeff Barnes will lead the chorus.  Members of the audience will rise spontaneously to sing a favourite.  Good company, good food, good pub - what could be more Christmasy?  Bring a food donation for the PWA food drive.
Sunday December 22, 3:30 to 6:30 pm.  424 Parliament. 

Soulpepper’s Family Festival
Extra seats have been added for all of these productions.
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery) is bringing back three classics for the whole family over Christmas.  Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol are both on stage until December 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.  

IN THE MEDIA

A new Indigenous health centre
Image:  Stantec/Two Row Architect
Tanya Talaga wrote a column in the November 30 Toronto Star about the new Indigenous health centre coming to the West Don Lands area -  the generosity of the donors and the impact that the centre will have for Toronto’s Indigenous people.  Click here to read it.  

KIDS’ STUFF

Cookie decorating party
Bring your kids to Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) - there’ll be a magic cookie decorating station, snacks and drinks.  Free.  4:30 to 6:30 pm, December 19.  RSVP at Eventrite.   

Santa at the Book Bank
Save the date - Santa’s coming to the Children’s Book Bank  (350 Berkeley).  He’ll tell a couple of stories. Saturday December 21, 10 to 10:45 am. 

BUSINESS NEWS

Sip & Shop at Kendall & Co
Get in the festive mood - please join Kevin and Kendall for hot chocolate, cookies and live music all weekend. Bring along a guest while you do your holiday shopping.   With just 2 more weekends to Christmas, check off everyone on your list at your local One-Stop-Holiday-Shop!   If you can’t make it in, you can also now shop online.  
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).  Open on Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. 

Workshops at Blooming Flower Bar
Anji still has one more workshop on holiday floral decorations. It’s great for you and great as an early Christmas gift. The topic is making centrepieces (Wednesday December 18 - $65).  Learn to make these arrangements and then take your creation home.  Snacks and supplies are provided.  Please use the website for more info and reservations. All workshops take place at Blooming Flower Bar (559 Parliament).  

RESTAURANT NEWS  

Lunch at Haldi
Devesh served up a great lunch last week for Ron and Doug - Haldi (568 Parliament) definitely deserves your support.  His partner, Harish, is in India right now.  When we see him again, he’ll be a happily married man. This is one of those small, hidden gems - be sure to drop by and enjoy yourself there.  For hours, menus and more details, check out the website.

Save the date
Once again, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is having a fundraiser on behalf of Winchester School.  Save the date and order your spot now - it fills up quickly.  Monday January 20, 6:30 pm, $100.  info@famelia.com 

Help Allison conquer cancer
Allison Cummings has stage three breast cancer.  Her friends have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help her with the expenses from missing work and the extra tasks at home.
Salt & Tobacco (521 Parliament) has added an extra push to the campaign.  On Monday December 16 from 5 to 9 pm, all proceeds from take-out/dine-in orders (not Uber or Foodora) will be given to the campaign.  

Pie at The Tilted Dog
Order your homemade-with-love tourtiere at The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) for your holiday celebrations.  For Christmas, order now -  the pickup deadline is Monday December 23.  If you want one for New Year’s, contact the pub after Friday December 27 at (416) 961-9425 or Facebook or tilteddogpub@gmail.com.  $25.  
And don’t forget the PWA food drive - drop off your gift at the pub.

DECEMBER THEATRE & DANCE PRODUCTIONS
Listed by starting dates.

Wintersong - Dances for a sacred season
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront  (207 Queens Quay W)
December 13 and December 14
Website and tickets here.  

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

Peter Pan
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage 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 

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY DECEMBER 12 TO SUNDAY DECEMBER 22

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 DECEMBER 12

New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
10 pm,  comedy with Ethan O’Reilly

FRIDAY DECEMBER 13

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

SATURDAY DECEMBER 14

Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, karaoke
Dominion
8 pm, Sarah Boulton

SUNDAY DECEMBER 15

Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke

MONDAY DECEMBER 16

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY DECEMBER 17
Dominion
7 pm, Pub Stumpers Trivia
Mill Street Beer Hall
7 pm, Pub Stumpers Trivia
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18

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

THURSDAY DECEMBER 19

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

FRIDAY DECEMBER 20

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

SATURDAY DECEMBER 21

Dominion
8 pm, Charlie the Kid

SUNDAY DECEMBER 22

Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke
Tilted Dog
3:30 pm, annual Christmas carolling with Jeff Barnes

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, 
FLIPSIDE DONUTS & BAR
12 Case Goods Lane, Distillery
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, 
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
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