November 18

 This week’s image:   He’s coming back on Saturday December 4




Ann Kay

Ann has been a Cabbagetown resident for over 40 years.  After a long and successful career in graphic design, she found a new direction in ceramic art. You can contact her by email.

A passion for colour  


Thanks to Sinking Ship Productions

Jubilee in Cabbagetown is being filmed by Sinking Ship Productions at Metcalfe and Winchester. Working with the Cabbagetown Residents Association, the production company has made several very generous donations to local groups, with an emphasis on relieving food insecurity. Both Sprucecourt and Winchester schools received $2,500 for their food programs. Dixon Hall got $5,000 and the Cabbagetown Youth Centre/Kiwanis got $4,500. Building Roots received $1,500, Saint Luke’s Church $500, Riverdale Farm $500 and the Children’s Book Bank $500.

The annual Toronto Miracle Food Drive

The food drive is back again on Saturday December 4 after a successful year in 2020.  It’s our part of a city-wide campaign in 140 neighbourhoods.  The system is simple. Go to the website and register as a donor.  Then leave your food on your doorstep by 10 am on Saturday December 4.  Make sure that your parcel can be seen from the street.  Volunteers will pick it up.  Please don’t donate perishable foods, food that’s been opened or homemade food- these items can’t be used in the food bank.  If you’re willing to volunteer in the campaign, please email Sandy Riches.


Anji’s workshops

Blooming Flower Bar (194A Carlton) is offering Anji’s seasonal floral workshops. Small centrepieces -  December 18 at 5 pm.  $130.   December 20 at 7 pm, creating holiday centrepieces, $120.  Each workshop is family friendly with a kit containing all the materials that you need for your project. Each is a one-hour virtual online presentation with step-by-step instructions. Click here to find the registration details.

Annual auction for the Children’s Book Bank

The auction has started - 140 of your favourite things.  You can bid on a cottage getaway, wine lovers’ packages, crafters’ kits, Leafs’ tickets, an iPhone 12, Lego lovers’ package, and lots more.  Visit the auction site and make your bid from now until 6 pm on November 30.  All proceed go toward the Children’s Book Bank.  

Winter clothing drive

Winter is coming, and Linda Sims is gathering used winter clothing to provide to a non-profit that helps clothe immigrants, refugees and Torontonians in need.  After being forced to close for long periods during the pandemic, New Circles is facing a huge backlog of demand this year. So Linda is reaching out to fellow Cabbagetowners for any winter clothing and gear they can donate - coats, hats, boots, sweaters and more.  Women’s, men’s and children’s items are all in demand.  Send her an email to arrange for a pickup

Flu shots

A reminder - the flu vaccines are available now in pharmacies across the neighbourhood.  

COVID cases in our schools

The Toronto Star’s app describing COVID cases in our local schools shows a clear report in all nine of them.  This report is updated at 2 pm on the previous day - in this case, Wednesday November 17.


Cabbagetown lights contest

Back again for the seventh year, sponsored by the Cabbagetown Residents Association.  It’s a simple system.  Nominate a colourful lights display along with your photo on Twitter (hashtag #cabbagetownlights) or on the CRA Facebook page timeline (hashtag #cabbagetownlights) or by email.  Contest runs from December 1 to December 26.  Be sure to include the address of the home so your photo can be shown on the appropriate street and the winner can be contacted. Click here to see all the details.

Distillery Winter Village

On November 18, come for the festive tree lighting to start off the annual Winter Village. Thursday November 18 to Friday December 31.  Shopping with 8 new curated vendors, 12 fine food and snacks cabins. strolling buskers and carollers and visits with Santa.  Tickets required on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 10 pm and on Sundays from 4 to 9 pm,  $8.

Santa is coming to town

Saturday December 4, 1 to 5 pm.  Presented by the Cabbageown BIA.  Santa will visit us at Carlton and Parliament.  There’ll be live music, tree lighting, kids activities, hot drinks and treats.  Save the date and help to kick-off the season.

Volunteer elves are needed

Join the Santa event as a volunteer on Saturday December 4 at Carlton and Parliament  Contact Emma at the Cabbagetown BIA.  Are you an experienced storyteller?  Your skills are needed for a 30-minute event.

Get your ornaments now

Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has an amazing selection of Christmas ornaments.  Check out the selection on Facebook.


House for sale

This spectacular detached duplex at 182 Seaton Street is currently listed for sale at $1,799,000. Easily convertible to a single family or multi-generational home, it is a beauty not to be missed! Potential for a 1660 sq/ft laneway house exists. Contact your realtor or the Listing Agent Alan Read-Chua, Broker, Sutton Group – Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage (416 825-1803) for further information. View the Video Tour online here.

Apartment needed

Fourth year Ryerson student, female, seeking accommodation - studio or one bedroom. Starting January 1 2022, 4 to 6 month lease or sublease. Respond by text to Paul at (587) 893-3986


NOW Magazine’s Readers Choice Poll

Congrats to our local businesses and restaurants for a great showing in the NOW annual poll.  NOW asks its readers from across Toronto to select their preferences in a long list of retail categories. 


Toronto’s Best Pub - House on Parliament (454 Parliament)
Best Chocolate - Soma (32 Tank House Lane, Distillery)
Best Filipino Restaurant - Tinuno (32 Howard)
Best Italian Restaurant - Terroni (22 Lower Sackville & various locations)
Best Desserts - Roselle, runner-up (362 King E) 
Best Mideast Restaurant - Tabule, runner-up  (594 Front E)
Best Vodka Distillery - Spirit of York (12 Trinity, Distillery)


Best Flower Shop - Blooming Flower Bar (194A Carlton)
Best Pet Store - Pet Valu (240 Carlton & various locations)
Best Indie Women’s Clothing - POA, runner-up  (546 Parliament)
Best Barber Shop - Hastings, runner-up (251 Gerrard E & other locations) 


Support peace in Nepal with Nagarik Aawaz

The annual online sale has started and continues to Friday November 26.  There’s an amazing selection of one-of-a-kind items, all fair trade and supporting small and marginalized entrepreneurs. Handmade paper, greeting cards, baskets, bags, kids’ toys, jewellery and scarves.  Curbside pickup in Cabbagetown on Sunday November 28 and Monday November 29.  Check out the selections on the website. 

Rally for the Don

Don’t Mess with the Don is sponsoring a rally in Riverdale Park East at 1 pm on Sunday November 21.  It’s a protest against Metrolinx plans to build a service yard in the Don Valley at the Bloor Aqueduct.  For years, this area has been slowly rescued and now it’ll be turned into a garage for diesel engines.  

What’s next on the waterfront

David Stonehouse, Director of the Waterfront Secretariat at the City of Toronto and George Zegarac, CEO of Waterfront Toronto will be featured on the next Waterfront For All speakers’ series.  7 to 9 pm on Tuesday November 23.  It’s online - RSVP here.

Save the date - Fall CPA meeting

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association will hold its Fall meeting at 7 pm on Thursday December 2.  The agenda includes presentation of the Streetscape in Bloom Award and the CPA Recognition Award.   Helen Coltrinari is this year’s recipient of the Recognition Award - a well-deserved honour for her long and productive work in our community. The Streetscape award goes to 439 Wellesley East for its fine garden.  Following these items, Scott Weir from ERA Architects will give his talk.  It’s a Zoom meeting - register here.

Founder’s Dinner

The annual Founder’s Dinner at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity) takes place on Friday December 3.  It’s a traditional Canadian celebration with hors d’oeuvres, Christmas dinner, wine, carolling, and live performances.  Hosted by Barbara Budd with special guests Michael Meighan and Michael Enright.  $150.  Get your ticket here.


Impulse 2021

This year’s showcase from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre includes a special dinner and show fundraiser. A three-course dinner from Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) will be delivered to your home on Thursday December 2 and you’ll get a link to a live online preview of this year’s performance.  Included in your gift will be tickets to any live in-person performance on December 3, 4, 10 or 11.  $130.  For more info about the performance, the menu and ordering details, go to the Eventrite site.

Alumnae Theatre

Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times, 7 pm, November 18 to 20.  It’s a live digital performance.  Four actors will be broadcast from their homes onto the stage and two more will be live and in person.  Tickets $15 each and $25 for groups of three or more. 70 Berkeley.  

Native Earth

Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34 - the annual development festival of new Indigenous works in theatre, dance and multidisciplinary creations.  On stage now to 27, Aki Studio (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E).  


Soulpepper is performing the Canadian premiere of Draw Me Close - November 2 to December 12.  This is an individual interactive performance and admission is timed.  Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery).  Sold out to Sunday December 12.  


American Thanksgiving

All of our American friends - and their families and pals - are invited to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament).  Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, cranberries and gravy.  Tania says that a feast is always better when someone else cooks it for you.  Thursday November 25. 

Holiday parties

Daniel et Daniel.  D & D are back with their marvellous holiday catering ideas. They can help you plan a special meal and they have four sample menus all ready for you - Christmas dinner, a holiday dinner, a holiday office buffet and a holiday cocktail reception.  Check out all of this online.

F’Amelia  Party with F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  In the bar, 22 partygoers.  In the atrium, 30 revellers.  In the wine cellar, 16 players.  Heated, covered and screened patio, 27 merrymakers.  Book the whole restaurant and feel the vibe, 90 fun lovers.  Go online to Open Table or call (416) 323-0666.  

Cyril’s soup

This week’s soup is another familiar favourite - lemon orzo dill with shredded chicken or with shredded tofu. . The juice has apple, basil and grape.  Soup - chicken, one to 9 cups at $4/cup, 10 or more cups at $3.50/cup and tofu, 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.



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


Draw Me Close - individual interactive performance, admission is timed.  Tickets are sold out to Sunday December 12.  Soulpepper Theatre, Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane).



Albertine in Five Times by Michel Tremblay- a live digital performance

7 pm, Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley), $15 and $25 for groups of three or more.


Albertine in Five Times by Michel Tremblay- a live digital performance

7 pm, Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley), $15 and $25 for groups of three or more.


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

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

Yoga in the Park

2 pm, Saint Luke’s United Church, Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Jarvis), free

Rally - Don’t Mess with the Don - protest against the Metrolinx service yard

1 pm, Riverdale Park East


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

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


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.

Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34, Native Earth

Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E)


Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34, Native Earth

Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E)


Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34, Native Earth

Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E)


Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34, Native Earth

Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E)


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

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

Yoga in the Park

2 pm, Saint Luke’s United Church, Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Jarvis), free


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.