July 15

This week’s image: Annamie Paul and her friends were campaigning on Wellesley Street last Monday.  (Photo: Annamie Paul, Facebook)




CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW 



FEATURED LOCAL ARTIST


Martha Preston

“Flowers - everything about them - have always fascinated me.  I can never get enough of their beautiful colours, structures and perfumes.”

Martha is online - check out her Instagram and Facebook pages.


Peonies 

“These are my favourite flower.  They start out like ping pong balls and magically open up to 3-4 sizes larger than the bud and reveal their never ending layers of petals.  Some varieties are not only beautiful to the eye but perfume the entire room with a heady rose-like scent. I’m inspired by the many peonies growing in the home gardens throughout Cabbagetown,”


A PERSONAL VIEW


It’s the planet that matters

The Green Party’s Executive Committee is leading an internal rebellion against Annamie Paul.  She’s fighting back but the battle is crippling her and destroying her party’s reputation.  
Ms Paul is a candidate in our riding.  Winning here was going to be a real struggle for her without these attacks. 
For obscure reasons, the Green’s Executive Committee - an outgoing group who are soon to be replaced by a new Board - is attacking her. The whole spectacle reeks of petty jockeying, an amateur hour that’s happening just at the time when the country badly needs the Party.  The damage is immediately harmful and may prove to be permanent.  
The Greens have an important voice on climate change. In the coming federal election, the Greens could galvanize public opinion as wildfires, record heat waves and tropical storms are smacking into our country.  
But they’ve blown away their credibility.  
In the future when this temptation strikes them, Green Party members must focus on their most urgent priorities - it’s the planet that matters most.  (Photo: Patrick Doyle, Toronto Star)


LOCAL NEWS    


Sydney at the Olympics

Sydney Payne is in Tokyo as part of Canada’s Women’s Eight rowing team.  Her races will be broadcast on the CBC.  The heats happen on Saturday July 24 from 8 to 10:30 pm.  Repechage on Tuesday July 27 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm.  The medal finals are on Thursday July 29 from 7:45 to 9:25 pm.   These are Toronto times for the live broadcasts.

Another Cabbagetown Olympian

Mauricie Summers works with World Rowing handling its social media and she’s in Tokyo for the Games.  After every race, she’s been on the dock to give Sydney Payne a big congratulatory hug.  

Ari Korkodilos

Ari has become a racing phenom, winning the 2020 Briggs Junior Kart Championship.  In early July, he won his first race in the toughest senior class at Mosport Karting Centre.  He did it with a used chassis, used tires and an older Briggs engine.  He ran in two races and led all the way in both of them.  He’s still looking for sponsors - if you’d like to help, email his Dad, Kimon. 

A new development for St Luke’s

There are plans to develop a twelve-storey rental apartment building around St Luke’s United Church (Sherbourne and Carlton). The historic church will be retained and the new building will wrap around it on the rest of the church’s property.  It will house 100 apartments - 30% of them will be affordable housing.  Plans have been submitted to the City of Toronto.  (Image:  KPMB Architects, City of Toronto submission). 

Swimming in City of Toronto pools

Here’s a welcome list of local City-run pools that’ll open as Step Three rules are applied - Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre (640 Dundas E), Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne), St Lawrence Community Recreation Centre (230 The Esplanade) and John Innes Community Recreation Centre (150 Sherbourne). The City’s announcement about its facilities and the new rules for using them is online here.

The Conservatory is reopening

Allan Gardens Conservatory (Carlton and Jarvis) will reopen on Monday July 26.  Some parts will stay closed while construction work continues. 

Two motions, one good idea

Kristyn Wong-Tam has a lot of good ideas.  This week, she’s promoting two motions at City Council.  The first one calls for restrictions to the times that are permissible for construction noise. Good idea.  The second one calls for a veto on feeding pigeons. Hmm - really?  How’s that going to work?  (Photo: Talia Ricci, CBC News)

Renaming the streets

City Council has approved renaming Dundas Street at an estimated cost of $6 million.  The vote - 17 in favour and 7 opposed - happened on Wednesday. (Photo:  Giordano Ciampini/The Canadian Press) 

This week at the Farmers’ Markets

Fifth Town Cheese from Prince Edward County goes to both the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market (Riverdale Park, Winchester and Sumach) and Corktown’s Underpass Park Farmers’ Market (29 Lower River).  One happy shopper raves about Lemon Fetish, a feta-style cheese with grated lemon zest in its curds.  She’s also starting to crave Truffle’s Gone Wild, a soft goat’s milk cheese enlivened by truffles. 

Weekend cycling routes

The bike lanes along River and Bayview south to Corktown and north to Rosedale Valley Road are open on the weekend.  Lake Shore West (east bound lanes) from Jameson to Stadium Road, Lake Shore East (east bound lanes) from Leslie to Woodbine. 6 am on Saturday to 9 pm on Sunday.  (Photo:  Robin Pueyo)

Foundry progress report

By Thursday June 30, 23,429 people had signed the petition to stop the Foundry demolition and $33,041 had been donated to the Legal Defence Fund.  The links for the petition and online donations are here.  

Jo’s hidden garden


Jo sent us her photo of a visiting cardinal.
  Thanks Jo - a beautiful bird in a luscious garden.

BUSINESS NEWS


What’s old is new at Kendall & Co

Kendall has recently decided to add rare, vintage pieces as special offerings at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) . This amazing Mummenthaler & Meier cabinet opens to reveal a comprehensive secretariat, complete with desk lamp. For more details and check out what else is available, visit their website. More unique items will be added in the coming weeks. Open for in-store appointment, noon to 5 pm weekdays and noon to 4 pm Saturday. Call (416) 363-9914 or  send an email to book yours. 


COMING EVENTS


Taste of Regent Park

Every Wednesday evening through the summer, a free meal is served at 40 Oak Street.  Megann and Steve Willson sponsored the dinner on Wednesday. In August, it will be coordinated with Under The Stars - the Regent Park Film Festival’ weekly movies. 

Farmers’ Markets schedules

The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market (Sumach and Winchester) opens every Tuesday from 3 to 7pm.  Underpass Park Farmers’ Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open on Thursday from 4 to 7:30 pm. Check out the Facebook pages for Cabbagetown and Underpass for the latest news about 2021 vendors and events.


IN THE MEDIA


Post pandemic rent levels

blogTO reports that rents fell deeply across the GTA during the pandemic.   At this time, rent levels in some neighbourhoods are returning to their 2019 peak.  Average rents in the Cabbagetown-South St Jamestown area were the lowest in the city in June and they haven’t yet started climbing - $1,662 average for all types of apartments.  Click here to read the article. 


YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS


Found cat

Janine has found a lost kitten outside her house near Ontario and Carlton. She was frightened and hungry.  Now that she’s inside, she’s friendly and relaxed.  She’s been cared for - her coat is smooth, her eyes are clear and her weight is good. Call or text (416) 882-5138.


RESTAURANT NEWS


The BIA recommends Shalom

The Cabbagetown BIA regularly highlights a local eatery.  In this week’s review, they comment on Shalom Ethiopian Restaurant (587 Parliament).  “Shalom is known for their signature ‘Taste of Shalom’ samplers that come with either meat or as a vegetarian option and they are—in a word—delicious. Served and eaten with authentic spongy Ethiopian Injera (a fermented flatbread that’s traditionally made of the worlds tiniest grain, teff flour) it’s a dining experience you don’t want to miss.  Their food is so good Shalom’s been featured on a number of ‘best of’ lists in Toronto. Well deserved kudos.“

Congrats Maya Bay

Maya Bay (Carlton and Parliament) has just been named one of Toronto’s best Thai restaurants in blogTO.  (Photo: Taste Toronto).

Cyril’s soup

Cyril is calling this week’s soup and juice “liquid gold”.  The soup is carrot, cashew and tumeric with a generous splash of lemon.  It can be served hot or cold and it’s freezable.  His juice is another lemonade with lemons, apple and ginger - pineapple gives it a flavour kick.  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 JULY 15 TO SUNDAY JULY 25

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


THURSDAY JULY 15


Underpass Park Farmers’ Market

4 to 7:30 pm, 29 Lower River Street

Outdoor HIIT classes with Adem

7:15 am, Sprucecourt School (70 Spruce). Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15 or ten-pack at $125.

Horseshoe Chill-o-rama:  Jim Cuddy Band - concert

7 pm.  CityView Drive-In (20 Poulson St).  $117 to $467 (per vehicle)


FRIDAY JULY 16


Horseshoe Chill-o-rama:  Stars - concert

7 pm.  CityView Drive-In (20 Poulson St).  $117 to $409 (per vehicle)


SATURDAY JULY 17


Yoga Flow with Alex

10:30 am.  Riverdale Park (Winchester & Sumach). Offered by Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15 or ten-pack at $125.  

Horseshoe Chill-o-rama:  Skydiggers & the Sadies- concert

6 pm.  CityView Drive-In (20 Poulson St).  $117 to $467 (per vehicle)


SUNDAY JULY 18


Yoga Flow with Alex

10:30 am.  Riverdale Park (Winchester & Sumach). Offered by Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15 or ten-pack at $125. 


MONDAY JULY 19


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

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


TUESDAY JULY 20


Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market

3 to 7 pm, Riverdale Park West (Winchester & Sumach)

Outdoor HIIT training with Warren

6 pm, Sprucecourt School (70 Spruce). Offered by Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15 or ten-pack at $125.  

Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

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


WEDNESDAY JULY 21


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.

Slo Flo yoga with Robin

9:30 am. Zoom. Offered by Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15 or ten-pack at $125.


THURSDAY JULY 22


Underpass Park Farmers’ Market

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

Outdoor HIIT training with Adem

7:15 am, Sprucecourt School (70 Spruce). Offered by Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15 or ten-pack at $125.  

Matt Dusk - concert

7 pm.  CityView Drive-In (20 Poulson St).  $150 to $297 (per vehicle)


FRIDAY JULY 23


The Reklaws - concert

8 pm.  CityView Drive-In (20 Poulson St).  $185 to $320 (per vehicle)


SATURDAY JULY 24


Chad Brownlee - concert

8 pm.  CityView Drive-In (20 Poulson St).  $145 to $262 (per vehicle)


SUNDAY JULY 25


Yoga Flow with Alex

10:30 am.  Riverdale Park (Winchester & Sumach). Offered by Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15 or ten-pack at $125.  


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.