October 21

 This week’s image:  Lots of pumpkins everywhere.  





CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW 




FEATURED LOCAL ARTIST


Marion Voysey 

Marion is a professional photographer who specializes in portraits from her in-home studio in Cabbagetown.  She has a website and she’s on Instagram. You can contact her by email

“Direct eye contact can be very compelling in a portrait, yet I feel that looking to the side or even down can also make a strong, evocative image. ”


LOCAL NEWS


Hallowe’en supplies

Double Take (310 Gerrard E) has a Hallowe’en section. Browse the shelves and make your own costumes.  Lots of good stuff.  Pumpkins are on sale at our local variety stores and at No Frills (449 Parliament) and Freshco (Parliament and Dundas). Carve your beauty and then take it over for a fun, gossipy event at the Pumpkin Walk. Monday November 1, 5 to 9 pm, Riverdale Park West (Winchester and Sumach), organized by the Cabbagetown Residents Association.  (Photo:  Lenka Life Photography, Parliament Street News)


Beware renovation scammers

A crew is going door-to-door through the neighbourhood offering to restore patios - and possibly do other projects as well.  They’re rip-off artists.  Stephen Armstrong from Wellesley and Sumach has sent us a caution about them. His wife was intimidated and his neighbours were cheated out of $3,000.  It’s an old scam.  


Schools and COVID

The Toronto Star has developed an app that lists up-to-date info about COVID cases among students and staff in our schools.  We have nine schools in our immediate area. None of them reports an active COVID case.  Just type in the school name and the data will appear. It’s current to 2 pm on the day before the report. 


New staff at the BIA

Wing Lam Leung and Emma McInerney have joined Virginia in the Cabbagetown BIA office.  A short-term grant covers the costs until the end of January.  Wing Lam will be working on marketing plans and Emma is handling events planning.


The Royal Oak Inn

Concerns were raised in late September, especially in Cabbagetown South, about the possible relocation of a women’s detox centre into the old Royal Oak Inn (376 Dundas E).  Jennifer Stranges at Unity Health has reported that there have been no new decisions about the move into this site or another location since September.  


Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market

The Market finished its season in Riverdale Park a week ago.  Among its new projects this year, Market vendors and staff operated a food bank.  The donations went to the Regent Park Mothers of Peace.  They report that twenty five families were helped every week with this fresh produce.  Sureya and her friends have extended a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.


Underpass Farmers’ Market

Two more markets left for this season.  The Underpass Park Farmers’ Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open every week on Thursday from 4 to 7:30 pm. Check out the Underpass Facebook page for the latest news.


Weekly update about COVID vaccines

In Cabbagetown, both drug stores are vaccinating children who are 11 and turning 12 in 2021.  Walk-ins are welcome. Both Rexall (539 Parliament) and Shoppers Drug Mart (467 Parliament) have Pfizer in stock.  There are other locations close to you - not all of them have vaccines. In Regent Park, Shoppers Drug Mart at 593 Dundas E.  In  St James Town, the Shoppers at 565 Sherbourne. In Corktown, the Shoppers at 351 Queen E.  The websites for Rexall and Shoppers list times and details and make appointments.


Flu shots

Both Rexall (539 Parliament) and Shoppers Drug Mart (487 Parliament) have flu vaccines available.  Rexall is using a wait list system and has extra strength vaccines for seniors and vulnerable people and regular ones for the general public.  Shoppers is offering only the extra strength vaccine at this time.


Foundry photos

Friends of the Foundry organized a photo shoot of the Foundry buildings with Elliot Wright.  His finished images will be available later.  The Friends walked through with him and their photos show much of the interior.  The full set of their images can be seen on Flickr. 


IN THE MEDIA 


River City

Waterfront Toronto and Urban Capital have posted a YouTube video about River City.  It’s an informative discussion about these innovative buildings, the difficult property where they’re located and the need to develop good flood protections.   


COMING EVENTS


Distillery Fall Market

Saturday October 23 and Sunday October 24, 10 am to 3 pm, buy a pumpkin, taste seasonal treats and shop for locally curated favourites.  Distillery District. 


Sunday in the Park

The Friends of Allan Gardens are hosting a neighbourhood gathering in Allan Gardens.  Meet your friends and local groups.  Enjoy pumpkin carving and take home a free succulent.  Sunday October 24, 1 to 4 pm,  at the Rotunda north of the Palmhouse by the dog park. Free.


Oops, wrong date - community environment day

Last week, I listed the second environment day for our neighbourhood for Sunday October 24. That was wrong - it happened on Sunday October 17.  Thanks to Ray for spotting this problem.  Nevertheless, if you’re saving your stuff for a drop-off, go to 188 Bermondsey Road instead on Sunday October 24 from 10 am to  2 pm. It’s a drive-through event. Check the City website to see which items can be included.


Pumpkin walk

Save your masterpiece and bring it to Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester) on the day after Hallowe’en. The Pumpkin Walk is back - Monday November 1, 5 to 9 pm.


KIDS NEWS


Grow a tree

Green Thumbs Growing Kids - the group that works with school kids to plant schoolyard gardens - has developed a program to grow different tree species from seeds.  The seeds that sprout need to be nurtured in special pots.  If you’d like a pot with a seedling, send an email with “Trees” in the subject line.  Check out the GTGK programs here.


RESTAURANT NEWS


PastaFamily at F’Amelia

PastaFamily is F’Amelia’s (12 Amelia) takeout shop offering thirty different dishes for you to prepare at home.  From pickles to pasta, from dough to dessert, these dishes are quick and easy to prepare.  Get them ready and serve them in ten minutes.  Click here to see your choices and to place your order.


Cyril’s soup

This week’s soup is a balance of flavours. Fasolatha from Greece is a white bean (slightly bitter, mostly nutty) soup (with salt, obviously) with carrots (sweet), garlic (pungent) and a good amount of lemon (sour). His juice is apple cranberry.  Soup - one to 9 cups at $3/cup, 10 or more cups at $2.50/cup.  Juice - 2 cups for $9. Email him to place your order.


EVENTS, CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS


THURSDAY OCTOBER 21 TO SUNDAY OCTOBER 31

If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed.


THURSDAY OCTOBER 21


Underpass Park Farmers’ Market

4 to 7:30 pm  (29 Lower River Street)


FRIDAY OCTOBER 22


No listings available.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 23


Distillery Fall Market

10 am to 3 pm, seasonal treats and locally curated favourites.  Distillery District. 


SUNDAY OCTOBER 24


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

10:30 am.  Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament).  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15.

Distillery Fall Market

10 am to 3 pm, seasonal treats and locally curated favourites.  Distillery District.


MONDAY OCTOBER 25


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia, hosted by Josh Fishbane. (221 Carlton)


TUESDAY OCTOBER 26


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia, hosted by Josh Fishbane.  (221 Carlton)


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 27


Learn to Run classes with Manissa

7 am.  Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach). Offered by Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome for 8-week package at $50.


THURSDAY OCTOBER 28


Underpass Park Farmers’ Market - final day

4 to 7:30 pm (29 Lower River Street)


FRIDAY OCTOBER 29


No listings available.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 30


No listings available.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 31 - HALLOWE’EN


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

10:30 am.  Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament).  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15.

Sunday in the Park

1 to 4 pm, Friends of Allan Gardens (Rotunda by the dog park, Carlton and Jarvis), free


CONTACT INFO 


Food services 

A comprehensive listing of our local food services is now available in our new Cabbagetown Directory. The list includes bakeries, coffee shops, delis, restaurants and pubs. Each entry gives the name, address, phone number and a link to a Facebook page or website. Click here to find your favourite. 

October 14

 This week’s image:  It’s starting!  Trick-or-treat is back this year.





CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW 



FEATURED LOCAL ARTIST


Marion Voysey 

Marion is a professional photographer who specializes in portraits from her in-home studio in Cabbagetown.  She has a website and she’s on Instagram. You can contact her by email

“People can ‘be together’ in many ways. To mix things up a little, I asked this couple to sit back-to-back on a bench in my studio and then took a series of images. This is one of my favourites.”


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Linda Thompson

Linda died on Tuesday October 5 after her vaiiant fight against cancer.  She was the owner of HomeLife Realty One (501 Parliament) - a brokerage she founded in 1991.  She was a respected and important member of Cabbagetown’s business community.  Gifts in her honour may be made to Covenant House, a charity that was close to her heart.  Our condolences go to her family and her colleagues at HomeLife Realty. She will be missed. 


Jerri Johnson

Jerri passed away last Wednesday, October 6.  She is remembered for her vitality and her interest in others.  She taught at George Brown College in the School of Design for twenty years and one of her students wrote that, “She was kind, patient, caring and did everything she could to help her students succeed.”  Our condolences go to her daughter Sienna and son Jesse.  


LOCAL NEWS


Schools and COVID

The Toronto Star has developed an app that lists up-to-date info about COVID cases among students and staff in our schools.  Just type in the school name and the data will appear. It’s current to 2 pm on the day before the report.  We have nine schools in our immediate area. Only one case has appeared - in a student at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. The others report zero infections.


The community fridge

Reports are that the fridge is a success.  It’s been in operation for a month.  Paula says that a group of seven volunteers is cleaning and filling it daily.  It’s located outside Cabbagetown Organics (499 Parliament) and the staff there also see the need for its food in our community.  Thanks, everyone for filling a badly needed service.  


Artist’s residency

Waterfront Toronto along with the Waterfront BIA is inviting artists to apply for a 12-month residency.  It’s open to professional artists and artist teams from the GTA.  “The aim of this residency is to create meaningful, experiential encounters with the community, to activate multiple underutilized spaces along the lakefront, and draw new audiences to the waterfront.”  The submission deadline is October 27 with a start date for the project in December.  Click here for the details.


Daffodil sponsors wanted

The Cabbagetown BIA maintains the garden boxes along the No Frills wall on Spruce Street.  Plans call for a nifty daffodil patch there for next Spring.  Sponsors are needed to cover the expenses for the bulbs.  If you’re interested, email Virginia at the BIA.


Volunteers needed

St James Town Community Arts is looking for volunteer music instructors.  The group is a non-profit offering free arts programs to young people in St James Town.  Email them for more info and to offer your help.


Underpass Farmers’ Market


Pick up some yummy chips and salsa at the Market. The chips are made from corn and the salsa from garlic both grown at Samsara Farms. The Underpass Park Farmers’ Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open every week in October on Thursday from 4 to 7:30 pm. Check out the Underpass Facebook page for the latest news.


Weekly update about COVID and flu vaccines

In Cabbagetown, both drug stores are vaccinating children who are 11 and turning 12 in 2021.  Walk-ins are welcome. Both Rexall (539 Parliament) and Shoppers Drug Mart (467 Parliament) have Pfizer in stock.  Shoppers has flu shots for high-risk and senior clients only.  Rexall will have flu vaccines after October 20 and is running a wait-list system.  There are other locations close to you - not all of them have vaccines. In Regent Park, Shoppers Drug Mart at 593 Dundas E.  In  St James Town, the Shoppers at 565 Sherbourne. In Corktown, the Shoppers at 351 Queen E.  The websites for Rexall and Shoppers list times and details and make appointments.


IN THE MEDIA 


River City

The four buildings at River Street below King were named River City by the developer. The Globe & Mail’s architourist Dave Leblanc takes a stroll through the area and describes the vision that created these buildings.  (Photo:  Dave LeBlanc, Globe & Mail) 


Redevelopment at Saint Luke’s United Church

The church site at Sherbourne and Carlton will be the home of a new twelve-storey residential tower.  The building will be integrated into the existing heritage structure.  Urban Toronto has written about the project.


COMING EVENTS


Enoch Turner’s Speakers Corner

Brian Stewart will again host this Zoom discussion on modern schools.  This is the second in the series and it’s about Outdoor Schooling.  Guests include David Hawker-Budlovsky,  Cam Collyer and John El-Raheb.  Wednesday October 20 7 pm, free.  Click here to register for the event.


Community environment day

The second environment day for our neighbourhood happens on Sunday October 24 from 10 am to  2 pm.  It’s a drive-through event at 400 Commissioners Street. Check the City website to see which items can be included.


Pumpkin walk

Save your masterpiece and bring it to Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester) on the day after Hallowe’en.  The Pumpkin Walk is back - Monday November 1, 5 to 9 pm.  


KIDS NEWS


Trees from seeds

Green Thumbs Growing Kids - the group that works with school kids to plant schoolyard gardens - has developed a program to grow different tree species from seeds.  It’s proven to be very popular with teachers looking for at-home projects for students working online.   The seeds that sprout need to be nurtured in special pots.  Three schools have pots of seedlings and now there are more than they can use.  If you’d like a pot with a seedling, send an email with “Trees” in the subject line.  Check out the GTGK programs here.


Children’s Book Bank

The Book Bank is moving on December 4 from its home at 350 Berkeley to its new location on the second floor of the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), opening on January 8.  In the meantime, community drop-ins are welcome on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.  School visits happen on Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.


BUSINESS NEWS     


Organic dog food

Cabbagetown Organics (499 Parliament) has a new line of organic dog food products - meals, snacks, treats and canned wet food.


Support the Farley Foundation

The annual fundraising drive for the Farley Foundation is underway at the Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E).  The Foundation provides support to pet owners who could not otherwise afford veterinarian care.  Drop by and make your donation.  blogTO has just listed the clinic as one of Toronto’s best - click here for the story.


The new Staples store

The Staples store in Corktown is moving from Front Street to a new location at 517 Richmond E.  It’s an example of Staples transformation into the new Working & Learning store.  It has the newest Staples Studio co-working space, a Mos Mos café, two murals by local artists and a rooftop patio for guests. The new space is powered by 100 per cent Bullfrog-certified renewable energy.  The opening happens at 9 am on Saturday October 16.


Parliament Street Fitness

Gyms will be open without restrictions next week.  Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament) is prepared - they’ve been using safe practices all along.  Indoor yoga with Alex now happens on Sundays at 10:30 am.  To preserve social distancing, classes are limited to four people.  Free for members, $15 for drop-ins.  Book a space here.


RESTAURANT NEWS


The Irv follow-up

The Irv (195 Carlton) invited us to tell them about families who needed help at Thanksgiving.  Thanks to the responses that they got, 32 families received 100 meals at Thanksgiving.


Cyril’s soup

This week’s soup is chipotle sweet potato - blended, slightly sweet and with a generous amount of charred jalapeños.  It has a classic carrot-onion-celery base with toasted aromatics (chipotles in adobo, oregano, tomato paste, smoked paprika, garlic and cumin), stock and sweet potatoes. “I recommend serving it with a swirl of sour cream and a few toasted pepitas. You can even add some grated cheese if you feel like it, or a twist of lime.”  His juice is apple, grape, pomegranate and ginger.  Soup - one to 9 cups at $3/cup, 10 or more cups at $2.50/cup.  Juice - 2 cups for $9. Email him to place your order.


EVENTS, CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS


THURSDAY OCTOBER 14 TO SUNDAY OCTOBER 24

If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed.


THURSDAY OCTOBER 14


Underpass Park Farmers’ Market

4 to 7:30 pm, 29 Lower River Street


FRIDAY OCTOBER 15


Black Coffee - concert, standing.

6 pm, City View Drive-in (20 Poulson), $64.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 16


No listings available


SUNDAY OCTOBER 17


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

10:30 am.  Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15.


MONDAY OCTOBER 18


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia, hosted by Josh Fishbane. (221 Carlton)


TUESDAY OCTOBER 19


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia, hosted by Josh Fishbane.  (221 Carlton)


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20


Learn to Run classes with Manissa

7 am.  Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach). Offered by Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome for 8-week package at $50.


THURSDAY OCTOBER 21


Underpass Park Farmers’ Market

4 to 7:30 pm (29 Lower River Street)


FRIDAY OCTOBER 22


No listings available.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 23


No listings available.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 24


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

10:30 am.  Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15.


CONTACT INFO 


Food services 

A comprehensive listing of our local food services is now available in our new Cabbagetown Directory. The list includes bakeries, coffee shops, delis, restaurants and pubs. Each entry gives the name, address, phone number and a link to a Facebook page or website. Click here to find your favourite.