January 9

This week’s image:  Wellesley Cottages in Winter by Irene DeClute, oil on canvas, 8” X 10”, 2019.


CABBAGETOWN
NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW



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FEATURED LOCAL ARTISTS

Every week, a new image will highlight the work of a local artist.  Artists are invited to send four or five illustrations to be used over a month.  Contact cabbagetownreview@gmail.com for more info.
Jack Grunsky starts this project.  His painting is shown at the top of the right hand column.  Click on his image to connect with his website.

LOCAL NEWS

A Community Forum
The City of Toronto is organizing a Community Forum about the new centre (233 Carlton) on Thursday January 23 at 5 pm in the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  A brochure is circulating to neighbourhood households to introduce the topics and invite people to learn more and discuss more with City staff.
At the Forum, there will be five stations and one topic will be discussed at each one - safety, building design, the role of a resource centre, community engagement and the Downtown East Action Plan. These are basically meant to inform people about each topic.
Early feedback, however, expresses disappointment with the City’s proposal for an informational, one-way discussion. The format was discussed in detail previously and rejected by local residents.  Participants are asking why they were canvassed for an opinion only to see the City’s staff ignore these views and continue ahead with the standard format.   
Spoiler alert:  some topics will definitely not be on the agenda at the Community Forum - first and foremost, the location itself on Carlton.

Sign the petition
A petition to oppose the respite centre has been organized with a target of 2,500 signatures.  2,402 people have signed to this date.  
Another online petition supports the new respite centre.  To date, 417 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

Fred Victor and the CRC
The CRC operates 40 Oak Street - a Regent Park facility with a long tradition of providing food, housing and supports to people in need.  Fred Victor operates agencies across Toronto that provide similar programs, including the Adelaide Resource Centre that is planned for 233 Carlton.  The two agencies merged on January 1.  You can find a good description of their work and their future plans online - click here.  

GoFundMe for the CYC
To date, the GoFundMe drive has collected over $13,000 to support the Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s After 4 program.  One donor has given $5,000! Make your donation, click here.  

Wow - that’s a big puppy
Koda Bear is Michelle’s ten-week old German shepherd puppy and he’s brand new to the neighbourhood. I’m not sure whether it’s a seasonal trend but lots of new puppies have appeared here lately, all of them hugely adorable.  Thanks to Jo for sending this picture - Koda is in the front left and is learning how to relax with Juma (front) and Saga (at the back).  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Image:  Lamb family celebrates 1906,  Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum
By Sally Gibson     
Gathered around a decanter, Lamb family members don funny hats and raise a glass. Pater familias Daniel Lamb is not in this photograph but his presence is felt throughout 156 Winchester Street which is still known as the Lamb House. 
May Cabbagetowners of all degrees find much to celebrate in the 2020s.

COMING EVENTS
Listed by starting dates    

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  

Toronto Light Festival
The fourth annual Light Festival returns to the Distillery on Friday January 17 and runs to Sunday March 1.  It features works by more than 20 local and international light artists.  The Distillery is filled in the evening with their displays.  Sundays to Wednesdays - sundown to 9 pm.  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays - sundown to 10 pm.

Badminton on Thursday
Senior badminton players (60+) are invited to join a free drop-in program. There’s a core group who play every week and there’s room for more who want to join. It happens every Thursday from 1 to 3 pm at Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne).  Contact Sherry for more information.

Outdoor skating rinks
The City’s outdoors rinks are now open.  We have three in our neighbourhood.  The latest rink details 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.

Brenda’s step class
Brenda starts her step classes again on Wednesday January 15 at 9:15 am.  Her normal schedule follows for the rest of the month - Wednesdays at 9:15 am and Sundays at 11 am.  Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster, behind the Beer Store).

IN THE MEDIA

Homeless people in the Rosedale Valley
Photo:  Paul Smith, CBC
A tent city regularly appears at different places along Rosedale Valley Road.  City of Toronto officials have been removing the tents and the occupants over the past week.  It’s a controversial move that’s drawn criticism from poverty and housing activists.  Click here to read Muriel Draasima’s story from CBC News.   

Slaying the deficit
For over thirty years, the debt owed by Canadian Stage (26 Berkeley) has been a difficult issue for the company.  Its artistic director Brendan Healy and its executive director Monica Esteves have successfully attacked the debt and aim to eliminate it altogether within a few years.  It’s a good news story - click here to read Karen Fricker’s report in the Toronto Star.   

Noise from Gardiner repairs
Photo:  Frank Gunn, Canadian Press
The Gardiner Expressway is being rebuilt.  The eastern end between Jarvis and Cherry is currently under construction.  Because the work also involves shutting the Lake Shore, the work is being handled at night, at times until 2 am. Nearby residents in the Canary District, the Distillery and Queens Quay have complained to the City and to Councillor Joe Cressy without getting any relief. Oliver Moore wrote a Globe & Mail article about the noise.  Click here.  
A public meeting is scheduled between concerned residents and City of Toronto officials - Friday January 10, 6:30 pm, St James Cathedral conference room.

Regent Park shooting
Photo:  Christopher Langenzarde, CBC News
Ahmed Yakot was Toronto’s first 2020 homicide victim.  He died in a shooting incident at Oak and River Streets at 10:30 pm on January 1.  The CBC reports on the shooting and on the community’s grief over his loss.  Click here to read the story.   

Waste diversion pilot project
Sidewalk Labs and AMP Robotics are teaming up to run a pilot project in a Toronto apartment building.  People in multi-tenant residences have the lowest recycling rates in the city.  This project will give the building’s tenants feedback on their recycling habits over a three-month period and measure any changes.  Jonathan Shieber, writing in TechCrunch, describes the project - click here to read it.  

KIDS’ STUFF 

PA Day on Friday January 17

Friends of Allan Gardens are again hosting the Family Drop-In Afternoon.  Friday January 17, 1 to 2:30 pm, drop-ins welcome.  In the Children’s Conservatory, Allan Gardens (19 Horticultural Ave, Jarvis and Carlton).

The Children's Book Bank presents Fun in the Sun.  Come to the Book Bank and pretend it's summer! Summer-themed crafts, puzzles, and dancing with a special guest.  Friday, January 17th, 10 am to 3 pm.  350 Berkeley at Gerrard. 

RESTAURANT NEWS  

Shalom
Shalom (587 Parliament) is an Ethiopian restaurant that’s been open for a while and then recently changed hands.  Titi is still the chef and Saba has joined her in the front room.  Together, they’re a success offering authentic Ethiopian dishes.  Vegetarian dishes are available.  The coffee is amazing.  
It’s open for breakfast at 10 am and closes at 10 pm.  There’s a website and Facebook page.     


Peartree’s January menu
Enjoy a two course dinner with an appetizer and main for $25 or add your choice of a glass of wine or a pint of beer for $30.  Main courses include a Black Angus steak, lemon herb halibut or a Mediterranean chicken.  Peartree (507 Parliament).  Call (416) 962-8190 for your reservation.

Cyril’s back
After a busy Christmas break, Cyril’s back and delivering his popular soups.  
On Tuesday January 14, he’s starting with corn jalapeno, $9 - please order by 5 pm on Sunday January 12.  On Saturday, he’s offering split pea with Montreal smoked meat at $12 and pineapple tangerine juice, $9 - these should be ordered by 5 pm on Thursday January 16.  
These prices are for the 750 ml size. If you want a full litre, please add one-third to the price.  He delivers to his Cabbagetown-area customers. He accepts payments by e-transfers and cash. Email him at abeautifulbowl@gmail.com

Burn the bill
The Dominion (500 Queen E) will burn the bill for one lucky customer at the end of every Leafs or Raptors game on TV. They’re doing this throughout the season.  

Congrats Maison Selby
Photo:  Hector Vasquez, blogTO 
Maison Selby (592 Sherbourne at Selby) is listed as one of NOW Magazine’s top-ten favourites for 2019.  It opened less than a year ago. “…for anyone hankering for some quality French classics … chef John Horne hits every last one of his marks with a broad menu full of crowd-pleasers.”  Click here for the website.   

JANUARY & EARLY FEBRUARY
THEATRE & DANCE PRODUCTIONS
Listed by starting dates.

Sweat
Canadian Stage  (26 Berkeley)
January 14 to February 2
Website and tickets here.   (416) 368-3110   

Living with Olivia Cadence Donovan
Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane)
January 14 to January 25
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666   

Mother’s Daughter
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
January 14 to February 9
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666   

The Trip to Bountiful
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley)
January 17 to February 1
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-4170    

Jesus Hopped the A-Train
Soulpepper (50 Tankhouse Lane)
January 23 to February 19
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666   

This Is How We Got Here
Native Earth, Aki Theatre  (585 Dundas E)
January 26 to February 16
Website and tickets here.   (416) 531-1402    

This Happened …
Citadel (304 Parliament)
January 29 to February 1
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-8011  

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JANUARY 9 TO SUNDAY JANUARY 19

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 JANUARY 9

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

FRIDAY JANUARY 10

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

SATURDAY JANUARY 11

Dominion
8 pm, Woody Woodburn

SUNDAY JANUARY 12

Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke

MONDAY JANUARY 13

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JANUARY 14

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15

Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter

THURSDAY JANUARY 16

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

FRIDAY JANUARY 17

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

SATURDAY JANUARY 18

No listings available

SUNDAY JANUARY 19

Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
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
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