December 5

This week’s image:  Cabbagetown South’s annual Christmas party always attracts a great crowd.


Cabbagetown South holiday party
This year’s party was a lot of fun.  There were greed-inducing door prizes and Jeff was very good at handling the crowd. The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) provided a great room and lovely nibblies.  Lots of gossip and colourful personalities. Congrats to everyone who helped with the event.


Consultations are in the air
There’s lots of talk about consultations about the respite centre at 233 Carlton.  Consultations are, however, a matter of definition.  

For local residents, there’s a feeling that we need a pipeline back to City Hall.  We want a voice in the final selection of the centre’s location.  We want information about the centre’s clients, about security, about community issues like safety, loitering and panhandling.  Although small meetings are scheduled between City staff and residents’ associations, there’s also talk about a larger public meeting to air opinions.  Residents are assuming that we can make an impact on the location and the final shape of the project.

For City of Toronto staff, consultations are only meant to be informative.  Staff want to let residents know some of the plans and ease fears about the direction of the project.  Any large public events will be tailored as “general information sessions” and not as opportunities to change the location.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam calls for “a robust community engagement process” but she stops short of saying how public input will change the location or shape of the project.

For more information, click here to read the community engagement guidelines. 

The two consultants
As reported last week, former City Councillor Joe Mihevc and housing advocate Joy Connelly have been hired by the City to be Facilitators on the project.  There’s no news yet about Mr Mihevc’s activities.  An effort to hold a first meeting last week between Ms Connelly and the leaders of various local residents’ groups collapsed.  She’s asked for a second attempt at 7 pm on Wednesday at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).
When Mr Mihevc was asked for an interview, he deferred and sent the request to the media relations department at City Hall. 

Sign the petition
A petition to oppose the respite centre has been organized with a target of 2,500 signatures.  2,324 people have signed to this date.  

Another online petition supports the new respite centre.  To date, 395 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 -


Joy All Around 
The St. James Town Children’s Choir and Reaching Out Through Music invite you to join them for a concert of seasonal favourites. Free. 7 pm, Monday December 9, The Church of St. Peter’s and St. Simon- the- Apostle, (525 Bloor E). 

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The Orchestra presents its annual concert - Christmas Chestnuts.  PWYC, suggested $20.  Thursday December 12, 8 pm, Little Trinity Church (425 King E).

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).    

Strolling carollers  
Every year, an amazing group of carollers stroll door-to-door in the Winchester, Carlton, Sumach and Metcalfe neighbourhood.  They’re asking for donations for the St Luke’s Church food bank.  Watch for them on Sunday December 8 from 6:45 to 8:45 pm.

Community carolling at The Tilted Dog  
It’s a major community cultural milestone.  Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin 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?  Sunday December 22, 3:30 to 6:30 pm.  424 Parliament.


Update - 650 Parliament
The landlord has apparently told tenants that they cannot expect to return to their homes in 2019.  Previously, a target date had been set for November. The landlord is now promising an update early in 2020.  
Councillor Wong-Tam claims that tenants are reporting a drop in the landlord’s financial support since September.  Although the subsidy arrangements have not changed, the payments have not been made.    

Update - Cabbagetown Youth Centre
Kristyn Wong-Tam successfully introduced a motion that the City evaluate the programs and finances at the CYC.  A report is needed by mid-January.  She added an extra clause - that the City evaluate whether to take ownership of the CYC and she asked for a report on this topic by mid-June.
Lucy Troisi, the CYC’s executive director, has welcomed these initiatives.  Involvement by the City has been discussed by the CYC Board of Directors for years.  Basically, it would not change its structure or programs.  Instead, it would give the CYC financial and administrative support where it’s badly needed.

GoFundMe for CYC
To date, a GoFundMe drive has collected over $4,900 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.  

Update - 502 to 508 Parliament
These are the purple and green beauties just next to the LCBO.  They’re rooming houses owned by Toronto Community Housing.  City Council has directed TCHC to spin off its stand-alone properties to other social service agencies as part of its Tenants First program.  Dixon Hall has an option on them for its supportive housing program.  Currently, the buildings are empty - they’ve been vacant for several months. TCHC is repairing them prior to their transfer and for some reason, the work has stalled. 

Update - 214-230 Sherbourne
Cabbagetown South Residents’ executives report that Councillor Wong-Tam is planning a motion to expropriate three properties south of Dundas on the west side of Sherbourne.  This issue arose in early July. At that time, the Ontario Coalition against Poverty and the Open Architecture Collaborative asked the City of Toronto to expropriate the land to build 260 rent-geared-to-income units. City staff were asked to report back by the end of November.  Rosie DiManno wrote a column about the area in the Star.  
A request for confirmation to the Councillor’s office has not yet been answered.

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 on Twitter using #cabbagetownlights or by email.   Just reference an address in the neighbourhood or send a photo.  
The choices will be posted online and public voting will go live on December 13 at which time a link to the voting site will be emailed out. The winner gets a trophy and big time bragging rights.

Step classes
Brenda will offer her step classes on Wednesday December 11 at 9:15 am and on Sunday December 15 at 11 am.  The class on Sunday December 8 is cancelled.  Classes will end after December 15 and resume in 2020.  Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  

Yoga with Angela Jervis Read
Angela will have a very busy schedule next year.  She’s planning a February retreat in Sri Lanka. Then in the spring, she’s in Leeds, Copenhagen, Prague and Ibiza.  In the summer, she’s in the French Alps and in the fall, she’s back in Leeds and then Manchester.  She’s mixing several courses in Toronto into her activities.  Check out all of this on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @ajervisread.

Children’s Book Bank online auction
Congrats to the Book Bank (350 Berkeley) for its first-ever online auction.  It raised just over $8,000 to use for gifts of free books to children and for events throughout the year. 

Lookin’ good
In the interest of gender equality, there are two Lookin’ Good entries today - both from the Cabbagetown South whoop-up.

Victoria and Susan - these two were great gossips, but  only the loftiest thoughts!

Pete and Howard  - these two guys were cooking up a plot to make waves at City Hall.

Christmas Market in the Distillery
This hugely popular Christmas event in the historic Distillery District runs to December 22, Tuesdays through Sundays.  Closed Mondays.  There’ll be 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.  To learn about the daily entertainment schedules and the vendor lists, go to the website.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Photo:  Toronto Star front page: fire-fighter killed on July 10, 1902 
By Sally Gibson    
From earliest days, Cabbagetown was home to many fire-fighters. On July 10, 1902, the Toronto brigade suffered its worst loss to that point. Five firemen were killed while fighting a dreadful blaze at the McIntosh warehouse – a dilapidated building near the waterfront where hay and feed were stored … just waiting to explode. 
Among the dead was 38-year old bachelor, Walter Collard, who lived at 35 Salisbury and had served at the Rose Avenue Station 11 since 1891. By a perverse quirk of fate, Collard had switched places with a fireman from the Yonge Street station so he could march in the Orange Parade on July 12.
Had he not switched places, he would not have been with Yonge Street fire-fighters in a laneway where he and a comrade were crushed by a fallen wall.


Home for rent
We have a furnished 2+1 bedroom home for rent, with parking, from mid-January 2020 to the end of June 2020 (or anytime within that time frame).  Rent is $3300/month.  Please email for more information.  

A great Christmas present - Keith Lawrance guitar lessons
Keith’s giving one-on-one personalized guitar lessons.  Acoustic, electric and banjo. He’ll meet you in his own 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.  

Listed by starting dates    

Marilyn at Pet Valu
Marilyn is back at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) for her regular monthly nail trimming clinic.  Bring your dogs and cats for some TLC.  Saturday December 7, 9 am to 4 pm, $10.  

Allan Gardens winter flower show
The theme for this year’s show is floral dresses.  Breathtaking floral scenes with thousands of colourful blooms, vines and lush plants from around the world transform the conservatory into a memorable, must-see winter destination. 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).

Impulse 2019
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, 8 pm on November 28 to 30 and December 5 to 7.
Ensemble works that showcase dancers from all three years of the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. 
Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester), $22 General Admission, $17 Students/Seniors/CADA - online or call (416) 967-6887.

Kristyn Wong-Tam’s holiday celebration
There’ll be good company, dancing, music, door prizes and holiday cheer.  Please RSVP by December 6.  Tuesday December 10 from 6 to 9 pm, St Lawrence Market Great Hall  (157 King E).  

Suze Morrison Christmas party 
Join our MPP Suze for light refreshments, kids activities and a chance to talk about provincial affairs.  Saturday December 7, 11 am to 1 pm, Constituency Office (329 Parliament).

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)

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.   

Soulpepper’s Family Festival
Extra seats have been added for each production.
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 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.  


Growing up green in the garden
On the first Saturday of each month - the next date is Saturday December 7 from 10 am to 11:30 am.  Kid friendly gardening and composting activities, scavenger hunts, nature crafts and more. Bring a snack for garden story time at 10:30 am.  Best for kids 2 to 8 years old.  Suggested donation $2.  Parental supervision required.  Drop-ins welcome.  Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave, Carlton and Jarvis).  

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. 


Congrats Kendall
As always, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has a wonderful front window at the shop.  It’s spectacular at night.  

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).  


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.  

Art Market at The Tilted Dog
Drop in to the pub (424 Parliament) to view the crafts, jewellery, paintings and local baked goods.  Vendors include a glassblower, dyed wool artist and a florist.  You’ll be able to buy leather and metal arts, dog soaps and wax, trivets and handmade wool hats.  Food specialities include tourtiere, butter tarts, short bread and mince meat.  Everyone is welcome. Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8, noon to 5 pm daily.

Happy birthday, Porter
Alisha (right) turned 34 last Monday.  Congrats, kiddo, you’re lookin’ good.

PWA Joy Drive
The annual PWA food drive is happening at The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament).  Drop off non-perishables at the pub.

Listed by starting dates.

Impulse 2019
School of Toronto Dance Theatre  (80 Winchester) 
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

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.  

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
Tilted Dog
8 pm, live music with Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin


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


8 pm, James Stevens
Tilted Dog
Noon to 5 pm, annual Christmas art market
8 pm, Christmas party with Robert LaBell, Leigh Ann LaBell and Kendall Kiddie.


Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke
Tilted Dog
Noon to 5 pm, annual Christmas art market


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
The Tilted Dog
10 pm,  comedy 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, Sarah Boulton


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