February 20

This week’s image:  This colourful group showed up at City Hall at the press conference to support the CYC.



Every week, a new image in the right hand column highlights the work of a local artist.  Throughout February, Irene Peplinski DeClute, AOCA will be featured. 
Irene loves taking trips to Haliburton for En Plein air painting. For more information, email cabbagetownreview@gmail.com 


Committee of Adjustment hearing
The hearing at the Committee of Adjustment will focus on one request for a  variance - floor size.  Previous documents also listed a request for an exemption on parking but that has been withdrawn “for technical reasons”.    It happens at 2:30 pm on Wednesday February 26 in Committee Room 2 in City Hall (100 Queen W).  You can send an email of support or opposition to Bram.Bulger@toronto.ca

Smoking at the centre
Karen Marren in Cabbagetown South has reviewed applicable bylaws about indoor and patio smoking.  Provincial regulations ban smoking in any space with two walls and a roof. The City of Toronto also forbids smoking in areas where employees and the general public have access. At the public briefing meeting about the new women’s centre (233 Carlton), architect David Colussi was asked this precise question and he dismissed the concern.  There’s no indication that the architects and the City staff have asked for an exemption to these rules.
This issue is important to local business. Nearby businesses don’t want people forced out onto the sidewalks and nearby entrances for a smoke. The two proposed terraces on the new building offer important relief from this concern.

Letters to the Committee of Adjustment
Letters of support and opposition have an impact at the Committee of Adjustment.  If you want to contact the Committee, your letter or email must be received by 11 am on Friday February 21.  
By February 20, thirteen letters of support had been received and posted at the Committee’s website.  34 people have written in opposition.  Two more have asked for a delay in the hearing because of confusion arising from a series of changes in the application.  You can keep track of what’s being submitted here - click on the line for Supporting Documentation.   

Voice your opinion
An online petition supports the new respite centre.  To date, 563 have signed it.  
Another petition to oppose the respite centre has been organized with a target of 2,500 signatures.  2,443 people have signed to this date.  
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


Teachers’ strikes
Photo:  During the last day-long strike, Winchester was closed but the pickets were nowhere to be seen.
One-day strikes by all four teachers’ unions will happen on Friday - public elementary and high school teachers, all Catholic school teachers and all French language teachers are going out.

Thanks to Councillor Wong-Tam
On Wednesday, City Council voted 25 to 0 in favour of giving the Cabbagetown Youth Centre emergency financial support.  The City’s grant will total $161,000.  Although this isn’t as much as originally requested, it gives the CYC some breathing room as it looks for longer term solutions.  Councillor Wong-Tam rounded up these votes.  She also organized a public press conference last week that showed how diverse and vital the CYC’s services are.  And she’s been a helpful presence for Lucy Troisi and the other CYC staff.

Methadone clinic on Gerrard
Photo:  Eric Morse
Babek Zandi has opened MMT Downtown Clinic (218 Gerrard E).  Among other services, he’s operating a methadone clinic.
For some residents, this will be alarming.  It should not be a concern. As Mr Zandi says, clients at his store are far less threatening than the people who hang out around the Beer Store.  
The Clinic is licensed and he’s a qualified pharmacist.  As such, he follows specific rules laid out for his clinic.  He has a doctor visiting to check his clients weekly.  When people receive their medicine, they consume it inside the store - usually in the early morning.  
For the clients, this is a vital service for a normal life and an escape from crippling addictions.  

Consultation on the Sidewalk Labs project
Waterfront Toronto has completed its technical evaluations of Quayside, the Sidewalk Labs proposal.  Two follow-up public meetings are now scheduled, one at 9 am and the second at 1:30 pm - both on Saturday February 29 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel (1 Harbour Square).  The Discussion Guide for the meetings and the Quayside Evaluation Committee Report are available online - click here.  

Jennifer Snowdon is moving
Jennifer has been teaching her yoga classes in her home since 2015.  She’s decided that it’s time for her to move to Moncton New Brunswick.  She’ll be putting her home on the market on February 27.  After the sale, she’ll resume her classes there until she moves east. You can keep track of her plans at her website.  

Tickets for the Cottage Life show
Local realtor Richard Silver invites interested people to contact him for free tickets to the show.  It’s happening March 26 to 29 at the International Centre in Mississauga.  Email him to get your tickets.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Kemp Fundraiser, Toronto Star, March 10, 1896, p. 4
By Sally Gibson    
On March 9, 1896, “Swing low sweet chariot … Coming for to carry me home” soared to the rafters of the African Methodist Episcopal Church on Edward Street when about 300 people attended a lively fundraiser. The event was organized by Thomas A. Scott, “a colored gentleman” who had worked for many years at the Kemp Manufacturing Company on Gerrard Street East between River Street and the Don River. Mr. Scott was also a Cabbagetowner, who lived at 225 River Street, right across the street from the factory. A large group of his Kemp co-workers attended, as well as other members of the black community from both the east and west ends of Toronto. 
The AME was the oldest black church in Toronto, with the British Methodist Episcopal Church on Chestnut Street being the other major black community church. After the formal speeches were over, a musical program of Jubilee songs, or Spirituals, helped raise the roof of the AME.

Listed by starting dates     

Repair Cafe
The Repair Cafe is back at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario).  Saturday February 22, noon to 4 pm.  Bring your broken appliances, your lamps that need a fix-up, your computers and home electronics that have a bug, your clothing, jewellery, toys, books, bikes and more.  You’ll meet a repair expert and when you leave, your stuff will be new again.  This is a volunteer led event and it’s free.

Bev Jenkins Sculpted Oils on Canvas
Bev will be displaying her work at the Artists Project Contemporary Art Fair.  Booth 102, Thursday February 20 to Sunday February 23, Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place (195 Princes Blvd).

Auditions for the CCDT
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) invites young dancers ages 8 to 19 to audition for the upcoming season.  Young auditioning dancers will be considered for full company membership, company apprenticeship, core apprenticeship, young apprenticeship and the Sundance summer intensive.  For ages 8 to 13, auditions happen on Sunday February 23.   For ages 14 to 19, they happen on Sunday March 1.  For more info, visit the CCDT website here.   

The last week for the Toronto Light Festival
The fourth annual Light Festival will end its 2020 show at the Distillery on Sunday March 1.  It’s organized by 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.

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.


Opportunity Knocks
Hamara Law Professional Corporation (240 Gerrard E) is a boutique Cabbagetown legal practice.  Virginia Hamara is seeking a successor.  Her practice includes estate, real estate and corporate commercial clients.  If you’re looking for a way to own your own law practice, contact Maria Brown at (416) 961-5010 or email maria@hamaralaw.com 


Floor model final clearance
Select floor models -  sofas, loveseats, armchairs, swivel chairs and recliners. Now 40-60% off at Kendall & Co  (514 Parliament). Made in Canada with durable upholstery fabrics,  each is uniquely one of a kind. Take advantage of these fantastic savings as Kendall is making room for new furniture arriving soon!  Shop Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm, and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Shop online for details https://kendallandco.ca

Welcome to two new businesses
Two shops have recently opened on the north end of Parliament near Wellesley.

Glow Beauty Supply (582 Parliament) is operated by Simon and aims its products at the beauty market in St James Town.  He’s Eritrean and believes that the Eritrean community there will be interested.  He has hair supplies, lotions, skin treatments and cleansers.  

Andre and Eliane have opened Timeless Collective Toronto (540 Parliament).  Their inventory is mainly handmade by each of them.  Eliane makes the jewellery and fashions and Andre prepares the lotions and skin care products.  


CYC gets emergency support
City Council voted unanimously, 25 to 0, in favour of a special $161,000 emergency grant to the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  Although the amount is lower than the $350,000 sought by the CYC, it represents a compromise that’s acceptable to Council and City staff.  David Rider has written a story about Council’s decision in the Toronto Star.  

Sidewalk Labs get technical okay
Donovan Vincent has written a story about the technical evaluation report given to the Quayside project by Waterfront Toronto.  Out of 160 technical standards, 144 passed the test.  Click here to read his story.  


403 Toronto Scouts
Sign your kids up in the 403 Toronto Scouts - it’s an active, fun group operating at Dixon Hall (188 Carlton).  There are openings for Beavers (ages 5 to 7) on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm, Cubs (8 to 10) on Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 pm, Scouts (11 to 14) on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 pm and Venturers (15 to 17) on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 pm.  Find out lots more on Facebook - pictures and stories that tell you what the 403 Toronto Scouts are doing.  

March Break at Buds & Blossoms
March Break is only 6 weeks away and there still are a few spots left at Buds & Blossoms’ Creative Genius Camp.,
Campers will learn about different art from around the world and create their own, using bright colours and different mediums.  Two days will also be dedicated to the Little Chef programming where campers will cook and bake up a storm!  
Register today for a week of fun, March 16 - 20.    517 Parliament. 


Another personal review of a Cabbagetown restaurant
You’re invited to send along your own comments about a great meal, an affable server and a satisfying venue.  This week’s remarks come from Karen and Michael who live in Cabbagetown South and are happy that a good restaurant has returned to their neighbourhood. 

BLCK - 383 Dundas E
“I want to recommend BLCK which has moved into the old space of the Ontario Street Restaurant on Dundas just east of Ontario. They are doing breakfast and lunch now, but hope to have a tapas evening menu soon.
Karen and I had a great breakfast yesterday and we found that the people were very nice and wish to please. I’ve heard good reviews from other Cabbagetowners.”  - Michael Stratham and Karen Marren.

Spanish wine and Italian food
F’Amelia’s special - two pizzas and a bottle of Spanish wine, $69.  Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  12 Amelia.

Drop in to Amelia’s Cottage (8 Amelia) for a fondue and two glasses of wine - $38.  Open at 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Mill Street Community Market
Join Mill Street (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) and local artisans for the inaugural community market - beer sampling and goodies from brickworks cider, earth headz,  spark plug coffee, bin made, wildwoods jerky, the good steep, culcherd and longslice. Everything from sustainable, fair trade goods to craft beer. Saturday February 22, 1 to 4 pm.

Spanish wine tasting and tapas menu
Tuesday February 25, 6:30 pm.  Enjoy a 10-course tasting menu paired with three 90+ point Riojas.  The wines:  2010 Los Autores "El Brujo", Gran Reserva,  2015 Abel Mendoza Seleccion Personal and 2013 Fincas de Ganuza Reserva.  The tasting menu:  ten dishes prepared by Chef Ramon Simarro.  Madrina Bar y Tapas (2 Trinity, Distillery),  Tickets at Eventrite, $125.

Paintbox Indian buffet
Join the Regent Park Catering Collective for a lunch buffet with delicious Indian food prepared by Collective member Shabana Rangoonwala.  Friday February 28, 11:30 to 2 pm.  Your meal is prepared under the supervision of the skilled chefs in the Paintbox kitchen.  555 Dundas E.  $10.

Still happening

Burn your bill - The Dominion (500 Queen E) will burn one customer’s bill following any Raptors and Leafs game.

Winter brunch challenge at El Catrin (18 Tankhouse Lane, Distillery) - sit outdoors on the patio, enjoy all four courses of your brunch and earn 50% discounts, $36/$18.  Saturdays and Sundays until March 1.

Cyril’s soups and juices
Cyril’s soup for Saturday is mushroom, herb and quinoa,  $9.  He’s also doing apple, pear and ginger juice at $9.  For Tuesday, it’s roasted carrot and ginger soup, $9.  
He makes two soups every week - on Tuesday and Saturday. He informs interested people about his menus in advance by email. He usually prepares a regular version and vegan one. 
His order deadline for Saturday delivery is 5 pm on the previous Thursday and for Tuesday, it’s 5 pm on the previous Sunday.  He delivers to his Cabbagetown-area customers. He accepts payments by e-transfers and cash. Email him at abeautifulbowl@gmail.com

Listed by starting dates.

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

How to Fail as a Popstar
Canadian Stage  (26 Berkeley)
On stage now to March 1
Website and tickets here.   (416) 368-3110   

Canadian Stage  (26 Berkeley)
On stage now to March 1
Website and tickets here.   (416) 368-3110  

Children of Chemistry
Citadel + Compagnie  (340 Parliament)
February 20 to 22
Website and tickets here.   (416) 364-8011

New Ideas Festival 2020
14 new short plays
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley)
March 11 to March 29
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-4170   

Wind in the Leaves with Allies and Friends
Citadel (304 Parliament)
March 13 to March 14
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-8011

Acceleration 2020
School of Toronto Dance Theatre
80 Winchester
March 18 to March 21 
Website and tickets here.  (416) 967-6887  

Citadel (304 Parliament)
March 25 to March 28
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-8011 



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
9:30 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


8 pm, The Good You’s
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Community market day with craft beer samples and local artisans


Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


7 pm, PubStumpers Trivia
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


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


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
8 pm, open mic finger-style guitar session


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


Tilted Dog
8:30 pm, Rock ’n roll Leap Year party with Stompin’ Down Rider.


Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
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
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
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