October 7

This week’s image:  Mark and Noah Michelin at St Jamestown Steak & Chops - generous supporters of Blair’s Run and the CYC.



Marion Voysey

“I’ve always expressed my personal creativity through my photography. I particularly love to take photos of people. To capture a person enjoying a quiet moment of introspection, a spoken or unspoken connection between two people, a child’s moment of discovery, a gesture or look that’s part of the essence of an individual – these mean a great deal to me. Photography - and connecting with others through photography - feeds my soul. My goal is to take photos of my subjects that they will love and cherish far into the future. I take photos outdoors and in my small, in-home studio in Cabbagetown.”  Marion has a website and she’s on Instagram. You can contact her by email. 

When creating portraits or headshots, I’m drawn at times to colour, at others, to drama or intensity and – time and again – to soft, out-of-focus backgrounds. For me, these enhance the images of my artist, musician, dancer, fellow choir member and IT tech models, all portrayed above. Perhaps you can guess who’s who?”


Thanks, Mark

Mark Michelin (St James Town Steak & Chops, 514 Parliament) has donated $10,000 to the Blair’s Run fundraiser toward the renewal of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  He has long made generous gifts to the Cabbagetown community.  Over the winter for example, he supported the ice rink for Winchester Park and purchased the equipment it needed.  Every year, he sets up a barbeque at the Forsythia Festival and donates the proceeds to the Cabbagetown Residents Association.  The photo shows him with Brenda Brown McNee, Geoff Woodmansey, Art Eggleton and Greg Gary prior to a tour of the renovations now underway.  Many thanks, Mark.  (Photo: Jackson Woodmansey) 

Blair’s Run fundraising update

Brenda Brown McNee reports that the fundraiser is still open until Sunday October 10. You can make your donation online here.  The site notes that the Run has earned $44,777.36 so far.  

Support for families

The Irv (195 Carlton) has a special Thanksgiving offer for the community.  Do you know any families who need help to put a Thanksgiving meal on the table? The Irv will ensure that they get a dinner.  Email Regan, in confidence.

Congrats Sydney

Sydney Payne was honoured by Mayor John Tory in a virtual ceremony on Monday saluting Toronto’s Olympic medalists.  She is, of course, a member of Canada’s Women’s Eight rowing team who won the gold medal in Tokyo.

Congrats - Don’t Mess with the Don

Members of Don’t Mess with the Don regularly undertake day-long clean-ups of accumulated garbage on the Don Valley. They’ve been recognized for this effort by the Canadian Museum of Nature. They’re one of four nominees in the Community Action category for the Museum’s 2021 Nature Inspiration award. Click here to read the Museum’s press release.

Status report on the women’s detox centre

Following the publicity last week about a women’s detox centre moving into the Royal Oak Inn (376 Dundas E), Sam from the Royal Oak emailed to say, “we  have not signed a lease with the hospital”. A statement from Unity Health Toronto lists as its priority, “Above all, Unity Health is ensuring there is no gap in service – this is a life-saving program and that is already in too short supply for women in the downtown core”.  They’ve negotiated a six-month extension on their lease at their current location.  They’re looking for a site to handle 16 beds - another 16 will be handled by Michael Garron Hospital.  Several realtors and CreateTO at the City of Toronto are assisting in a search for a new location.  

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.

The final day at the Cabbagetown Farmers Market

The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market (Riverdale Park, Sumach and Winchester) will end its season on Tuesday October 12.  Despite the pressures from COVID restrictions, the organizers have brought in new ideas and maintained a tasty selection of farm-fresh goodies to satisfy all of us.  They’re finishing this year’s season with two special projects - a prepackaged dinner for two with different products each week and a food drive where you can drop off fresh produce or other donations in the tent at the exit. 

Underpass Farmers’ Market

This bouquet is from @kindredfolkflowers.The Underpass Park Farmers’ Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open on Thursday from 4 to 7:30 pm. It’ll operate every week through October.  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. Rexall (539 Parliament) is out of stock on Thursday and waiting for new supplies on Friday or early next week - check with them. Shoppers Drug Mart (467 Parliament) has 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.

Weekend cycling routes

Local roads will not be available for cyclists this weekend.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit

By Sally Gibson.  On a cold October day in 1909, over 15,000 spectators watched cyclist George Evans flash across the finish line at the Don Speedway to win the Royal Canadian Bicycle Club marathon. The Speedway had been built by prison labour from the nearby Don Jail in 1906 to provide a racetrack for runners, trotters (of the horsey persuasion) and cyclists to indulge their thirst for speed. It stretched from Queen Street to the Gerrard Street bridge abutting Riverdale Park on the east side of the river. While cyclists in the main race headed out along a ten-mile circuitous route that ended at the Speedway, shorter races were held along the Speedway to keep the crowds entertained. For his nearly hour-long exertions, the Globe reported, Evans was awarded a new Triumph bicycle, the Walker trophy, and five pounds of Melagama tea. Among the other prize winners was J Kirkman, who won three pounds of tea for being the first married man and sixth finisher. The Speedway operated for four years, from 1906 until 1909. During that short period, speedsters in all seasons enjoyed the joys of a traffic-free route. (Image:  Don Speedway on Goad Plate 41, 1910 University of Toronto Map Library). For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.


Metrolinx in the Don Valley

Metrolinx plans to build a rail yard to service and park its trains along a stretch of currently unused tracks beneath the Bloor viaduct.  They expect to have it operational in the next five years.  Opponents believe that this facility will intrude on the parklands in the Don.  Oliver Moore has published a detailed report about the project in the Globe & Mail. (Photo:  Tom Grydzoiszko/Handout)


VaxGiving Clinics

A late night vaccination clinic will be held at 280 Wellesley in St James Town on Friday October 8 from 6 to 11 pm.  It’s one of the City of Toronto’s pop-ups vaccination clinics happening on Thanksgiving weekend. (Photo:  Eric Morse)


Indoor yoga

Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament) is starting indoor yoga with Alex on Sundays at 10:30 am.  To preserve social distancing, classes are limited to four people.  Free for members, $15 for drop-ins.  Book your space here.

Rug Sale at Kendall & Co

Up to 50% off select in-stock rugs at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).  Save on a wide variety of sizes, patterns, colours and materials including jute, bamboo, wool, polyester and outdoor. While quantities last. Buy online now.  In-store visits by appointment - call (416) 363-9914 or email to book. Open Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 6 pm. 

NOW Magazine’s Readers’ Choice

Be sure to vote for your favourites - the Survey is a powerful endorsement for our businesses.  This year’s survey uses a write-in ballot system.  The same categories are listed but instead of having a group of previously nominated choices available, you can write-in your own favourites.  There are six general categories and lots of specific choices in each one.  Click here for more info and for the poll.

The Distillery Fall Market

See the season’s best from select local farms and retailers - buy a pumpkin, taste seasonal treats, check out unique artisanal products.  October 9 - 10 and October 23-24. Distillery District.


These are preliminary listings.  Contact your favourite restaurant or bakery for more details.


Reserve your space - seating is limited.  Select butternut squash soup or garden greens for your appetizers.  Traditional turkey dinner for your main course.  At dessert. pumpkin pie or apple crumble.  Open for dine-in and takeout, Sunday October 10 and Monday October 11.  (416) 925-6330.  601 Parliament.  (Photo:  blogTO).

Daniel et Daniel

Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) is cooking up another lovely Thanksgiving feast.  To start, there’s butternut squash soup and a mini-seeded brioche.  The main course is sage roast turkey, traditional gravy, cranberry sauce, herb mashed potatoes, roast brussels sprouts, traditional stuffing. For dessert, fall fruit crumble. This portion serves one person - minimum order, two portions. It’s available from Friday, October 8th to Sunday, October 10th. 


Enjoy a three course dinner.  Start with potato and leek soup or roast beet salad.  For your main course, there’s risotto or roast turkey or oven baked lasagna.  To finish, pumpkin pie or tiramisu.  Available for dine-in or takeout,  $50 per person. (416) 323-0666 and email to info@famelia.com, 12 Amelia.  

House on Parliament

Dinner includes Chef Sri’s legendary turkey, sausage, sage and apple stuffing, Yukon gold mash, fancy veggies, gravy and cranberry relish $26 pp.  Add on a pumpkin tart with cinnamon whipped cream for dessert. 456 Parliament. 

Tilted Dog

Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixings.  And. of course, pumpkin pie for dessert. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm and Monday from 5 pm.  424 Parliament. 

Pre-order your Thanksgiving dessert

Staij and Co (552 Parliament) has a lovely selection of Fall and Thanksgiving desserts.  Check them out here and order yours now.


You should have been there!

Edwina Sandys, the granddaughter of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, dropped into the House on Pariiament (454 Parliament) last weekend. No info about her selection - probably the roast beef dinner!  She did have a good look at Sir Winston’s portrait in the back room.

Kingyo is changing

Kingyo (51B Winchester) is closing for renovations on November 1 for several months. The owners are creating a new restaurant to replace Kingyo’s izakaya-style with a new concept.  Thanks to John Rich for the tip. 

Cranberries’ bread pudding

Matthew Beesley posted on Facebook that Cranberries (601 Parliament) has the best bread pudding in Cabbagetown - “full of raisins and covered with custard, just as my English bones want it.” He unleashed a dozen likes and 15 comments.

News from Butter Chicken Factory

Butter Chicken Factory (556 Parliament) is moving soon to the former Pizza Pizza location (560 Parliament) right across Prospect Street. The renovations have been happening over the summer and they expect to announce its opening date soon. In the meantime, good service and meals continue at their old spot.

Cyril’s soup

Cyril’s taking a break for the long Thanksgiving weekend.  He’ll be back for October 15. 



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Underpass Park Farmers’ Market

4 to 7:30 pm, 29 Lower River Street


No listings available.


Deadmau5 - concert, standing.

6 pm, City View Drive-in (20 Poulson), $80.


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

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


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

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


Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market

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

Jungle - concert, standing.

7 pm, City View Drive-in (20 Poulson), $37.50.

Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

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


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.


Underpass Park Farmers’ Market

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


No listings available.


No listings available.


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

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


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.