This week’s image:  The Pumpkin Walk returned to Riverdale Park on Monday night.  





CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW 




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LOCAL NEWS


The Pumpkin Walk was a success

Neighbours brought their pumpkins, their kids and the occasional adult beverage to the Pumpkin Walk on Monday evening in Riverdale Park West. Thanks to the Cabbagetown Residents Association for organizing the evening’s events.


Changes in Regent Park

The map shows previously approved stages in the revitalization.  Major changes in density and tower heights may be coming in Regent Park.  Stephanie Beattie, a member of the Regent Park Neighbourhood Association, writes that Tridel and Toronto Community Housing with the apparent support of Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam want to increase the sizes of the buildings from Gerrard to Oak between Parliament and River - in some instances, to 30 storeys.  This will result in more market priced condos and more affordable and social housing units.  The heights in the parcel at Parliament and Gerrard - the last part of Regent Park being developed by Daniels Corporation - may also be increased from 60 to 82 metres.  


Community concerns about Regent Park

The photo shows Daniels' Corporation's first submission for its site at Parliament and Dundas.  First of all, the proposed new sizes add too much density and height.  The existing plans have already been subjected to community review and discussion as well as scrutiny and approvals from City planning and City Council.  Second, there is the secrecy surrounding these plans.  The Regent Park Neighbourhood Association has asked for details but Tridel and Toronto Community Housing have not replied.  They apparently are waiting until their new plans are submitted to the City.  Daniels will be holding a meeting on December 1.  Third, these changes will likely result in a two-year delay in the final construction.    


Remembrance Day

The Cabbagetown BIA is holding a Remembrance Day Gathering at 10:30 am on Thursday November 11 at Carlton and Parliament.  A live trumpeter will play The Last Post, Reveille and O Canada.  There’ll be a recitation of In Flanders Fields and a two-minute silence at 11 am.  The BIA hopes that the ceremony will provide a convenient occasion for local businesses and residents to mark the day.


COVID at Sprucecourt School

Sprucecourt School (70 Spruce) has one reported case of COVID in one of its lower grades.  That class has been assigned to virtual learning at home for ten days.  The Toronto Star’s app shows that the other schools in our neighbourhood are still free from COVID cases among students and staff.  To stay up-to-date, just type in the school name and the data will appear. It’s current to 2 pm on the day before the report. 


Winter clothing drive

Winter is coming, and Linda Sims is gathering used winter clothing to provide to New Circles, 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.


Distillery Winter Village

The annual festive event in the Distillery is back - Friday 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.


Flu shots

The flu vaccines are available now in pharmacies across the neighbourhood.  


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Apartment for rent

Located in prime Cabbagetown (Wellesley and Sackville). A beautiful one-bedroom basement apartment,  $1350+  Natural light, gas fireplace, full kitchen including dishwasher, laundry, separate entrance through garden. Suitable for one non-smoker (for health reasons no smoking of any kind). No pets please. Available now.  Viewing by appointment only, will need proof of COVID vaccination (both doses) to view.


IN THE MEDIA 


The First Parliament site

Local residents and heritage advocates have joined forces to fight the provincial plan to build a subway station on the First Parliament site.  Samantha Beattie at CBC News did a story about the importance of the site and the history of the planning to restore it. (Photo: Evan Mitsui, CBC)


COMING EVENTS


All Purpose Flour

A virtual Coffee House dance performance by the students in the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Book your ticket at Eventrite and you’ll get your link by email 48 hours before the event.  Pay what you can - details at Eventrite.  7 pm, Friday November 5. 


Marilyn's clinic for your pets

Marilyn is back at Pet Valu (242 Carlton) with her nail clinic for your pets - Saturday November 6 from 9 am to 4 pm.  Access is through the rear door from the Green P parking lot off Aberdeen. Please note - by appointment only.   Call (416) 920-6814.  $12


Yoga in the park

Saint Luke’s United Church is sponsoring yoga sessions in Allan Gardens  (Sherbourne and Carlton) every Sunday afternoon at 2 pm, starting on Sunday November 7.  They’re also serving a free meal in the park on Sundays at 5 pm.


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 viaduct.  For years, this area has been slowly rescued and now it’ll be turned into a garage for diesel engines.  


LIVE THEATRE & DANCE


Citadel

Citadel's first in-person live performance is now happening.  A Perfect Day is a solo evening of dance created and performed by Laurence Lemieux.  8 pm, November 4 to 6 and 10 to 13 at the Citadel (304 Parliament). $26.74. Tickets and more info here.


Alumnae Theatre

Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times, 7 pm, November 5 & 6, 11 to 13 and 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.  


Canadian Stage

Three plays will be performed at the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre (26 Berkeley) from January to May 2022 - MIIGIS (January 29 to February 6), Other People (March 20 to April 3) and Is God Is (May 3 to May 22).  Three more will be staged at the Bluma Appel Theatre downtown.   


Native Earth

Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34 - the annual development festival of new Indigenous works in theatre, dance and multidisciplinary creations.  November 16 to 27, Aki Studio (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E). 


Soulpepper

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.  


BUSINESS NEWS     


Mural space needed

The Cabbagetown BIA wants to decorate our shopping areas with more murals.  They’re a great antidote to graffiti and tagging.  If you own a space on Parliament, Carlton, Gerrard or a nearby lane, email the BIA.  


Children’s Book Bank

The Book Bank is moving to new space in the Daniels Spectrum.  The current location (350 Berkeley) will be open until December 4.  Community drop-ins on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.  School groups on Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.


RESTAURANT NEWS


Diwali specials at Haldi

Haldi (568 Parliament) has a prix fixe menu for two for the Diwali festivities.  Enjoy your choice of one appetizer, two mains and dessert with rice and naan.  It’s available from Thursday November 4 to Sunday November 7.  $49.  Phone (647) 898-5680 and Facebook


Holiday parties at 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.  


Burn your bill

The Dominion (500 Queen E) will burn your bill up to $100.  One lucky winner whenever the Leafs and Raptors play.


Restaurants with specialty shops


DOVA (229 Carlton) - The Pantry has olive oils, chocolate bars, sauces, pate, pasta, jams and coffee.


F’Amelia (12 Amelia) has PastaFamily - a selection of special dishes, pasta and ingredients.


Fusilli (531 Queen E) - Sicilian pastas and foods


Mill Street (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) - in-house bottle shop with Mill Street’s regular brews and small batch offerings.


Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) - take out bottle shop for beer and fine wine.


Terroni Sud Forno Produzione e Spaccio (22 Lower Sackville) - lunches, main dishes, pastries and desserts from the kitchen.


Cyril’s soup

A cozy winter soup/stew creation.  It’ll be thick and chunky courtesy of sweet potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes and lentils. And it’ll be aromatic with cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic, lemon and ginger. Add a thick slice of country bread, with or without butter, and you’ll have yourself a nice, heart-warming meal.  The juice is a simple apple-cranberry with a touch of 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 NOVEMBER 4 TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14

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


THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4


A Perfect Day - a solo dance performance with Laurence Lemieux

8 pm, Citadel Dance Theatre (304 Parliament) $26.74

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).

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 5


A Perfect Day - a solo dance performance with Laurence Lemieux

8 pm, Citadel Dance Theatre (304 Parliament) $26.74 

Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times - a live digital performance

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

All Purpose Flour - online dance performance by the students at School of Toronto Dance Theatre. 7 pm, online link at Eventrite.  Pay what you can.


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6


Marilyn’s pet nail clinic

9 am to 4 pm, Pet Valu (242 Carlton), reservations at (416)920-6814, $12

Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times - a live digital performance

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

A Perfect Day - a solo dance performance with Laurence Lemieux

8 pm, Citadel Dance Theatre (304 Parliament) $26.74


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7


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


MONDAY NOVEMBER 8


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

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


TUESDAY NOVEMBER 9


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

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


WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 10


A Perfect Day - a solo dance performance with Laurence Lemieux

8 pm, Citadel Dance Theatre (304 Parliament) $26.74

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 NOVEMBER 11


Remembrance Day ceremony

10:30 am, presented by the Cabbagetown BIA, Carlton & Parliament, free.

Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times - a live digital performance

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

A Perfect Day - a solo dance performance with Laurence Lemieux

8 pm, Citadel Dance Theatre (304 Parliament) $26.74


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12


Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times - a live digital performance

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

A Perfect Day - a solo dance performance with Laurence Lemieux

8 pm, Citadel Dance Theatre (304 Parliament) $26.74


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13


Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times - a live digital performance

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

A Perfect Day - a solo dance performance with Laurence Lemieux

8 pm, Citadel Dance Theatre (304 Parliament) $26.74


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14


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


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.