December 16

 This week’s image: It’s a repeat of a favourite image taken in December 2016 by Ann Kay.





Ray Prince

Ray died in October 2020 after living in his Cabbagetown home for over 50 years. He was an accomplished woodworker and turner. He sourced his wood from reclaimed material as much as possible and frequently used exotic species that he had found beautiful in both texture and form.  He leaves behind an incredible body of work including intricate bowls, boxes and sculptures. For over twenty years, he was a member of the group who organized the annual Cabbagetown Art & Crafts show in Riverdale Park. He left a bursary in his name, awarded annually to the most accomplished woodworker at the Festival each fall.


Our bakeries are the best

Click on the bakery's name to see its website.

Absolute Bakery

(589 Parliament) - A huge selection, baked on the premises daily.  Cakes, cookies, croissants, sweet rolls and more.  And while you’re there, pick up some fresh bread, quiche and other goodies to make your holiday cooking easier. One of Cabbagetown’s favourite destinations.

Daniel et Daniel

(248 Carlton) - The Food Shop offers gorgeous cakes, tarts and cookies along with its other main menu items.  Regularly awarded top prizes for their food, catering and services.


(362 King E) - One of Toronto’s most celebrated bakeries. Delicious baked goods. Their 4” chocolate buche serves 4 to 6.

Staij & Co

(552 Parliament) - Beautifully decorated cakes and cookies.  And gift boxes for the people with a real sweet tooth. Please use the website for your orders.

Velvet Lane Cakes

(194A Carlton).  Get your cakes here - and select a design that’s perfectly suited to your dinner themes.  And add an extra surprise for your favourite chef - get a gift certificate to one of Velvet Lane’s workshops.

Kendall & Co

Kendall (514 Parliament) has gifts for every budget.  Big stuff and lots of small stocking stuff. 

Get your turkey

Last minute panic buying?  St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) still has a limited supply of turkeys in the 10 to 14 pound range.  And lots of other goodies to round out your dinner.

Christmas sweets

Cabbagetown Organics (499 Parliament) has a great selection of candies and chocolates.  While you’re there, don’t forget to make your donation to the Community Fridge located just outside the store.

Cabbagetown BIA gift bag

Goodies and souvenirs to fill your stocking gift needs - a flag, a tee shirt, gift certificates and a handy tote bag.  Drop by the office (237 Carlton).

Stuffed stockings from Spruce

Don’t forget that all those stocking gifts have to go into an actual stocking - velvet ones are available now from Spruce (455 Parliament).  So are lovely gift ideas - candles, bubble bath, soaps and more.

Christmas at Allan Gardens 

Poinsettias are on display in the Conservatory.  Open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, last entry at 3:45 pm.  (Jarvis and Carlton, 19 Horticultural Ave).

Christmas Lights Contest

An amazing number of homes are being decorated for the Christmas season.  Lights, ribbons, wreathes and inflatables are popping up every where. Once again, the Cabbagetown Residents Association is organizing a community contest to select the best home display.  Nominate your favourite (even your own!) by email or on Facebook or Twitter. Enclose a photo and be sure to list the home address. Voting happens until December 26.  For more information, check out the CRA website.

Distillery Winter Village

The Distillery’s annual Christmas celebration is back for its seventh year. New vendors, fine dining and snack cabins.  Santa will visit along with strolling carollers and buskers.  Tickets are required for Friday, Saturday and Sunday - $8.  Click here to visit the Distillery’s website.


Get your vaccines at a local pharmacy

When the pharmacies have available supplies, they’re the easiest source for vaccinations.  Vaccines are now available in 30 pharmacies located close to Wellesley and Parliament.  Click here for the list - phone them or drop by for an appointment.

Masks are a great idea

Walking along Parliament’s shopping district, it’s quickly obvious that many people are wearing masks, even outdoors.  Great idea.  It’s a remarkably easy way to stay safe.  Beau and Leslie work at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) and they manage to look cool even behind their masks!

COVID cases in our schools

The Toronto Star’s app describing cases in our schools lists two schools in our neighbourhood - Winchester (3 students)  and Lord Dufferin (2 students and one staff). This information is up-to-date on Wednesday December 15 at 2 pm.

Marci Ien tested for COVID

Ms Ien, our Member of Parliament and federal cabinet minister, went into self-isolation early in December.  She had attended the Giants of Africa gala and was later told by organizers that another person at the gala had tested positive.  She was tested three times and came up negative each time.  Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri also went to the event and he later tested positive for the virus. Click here for the story. (Photo:  Patrick Doyle, Canadian Press)


Limberlost Place

Groundbreaking has happened for Limberlost Place (Lower Sherbourne and Queens Quay E).  It’s the future home of the School of Architectural Studies and the School of Computer Technology at George Brown College  and the first mass-timber building in Ontario. George Brown College has a website describing the project. 

Wildlife updates

This female Eastern Towhee was spotted in a yard near St James Cemetery and hung around for several days.  Kerrie Wilcox from the Feederwatch project notes that it’s a rare sighting in Toronto, especially in the winter.  (Photo: Irene DeClute)

There have also been reports about coyote howling in our cemeteries.  These are, apparently, the autumn calls made when young coyotes leave the parents’ territories and set up housekeeping on their own.  Two or three coyotes can make a sound that seems like a massive howl from a big pack. (Photo:  Doreen Fumia)

Public skating rinks

All three public rinks in our local parks are closed on Thursday December 16 because of weather conditions. The ice is not safe for skating - Sherbourne Common (5 Lower Sherbourne), Regent Park Athletic Grounds (480 Shuter) and Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview). Check out the City’s website for up-to-date info on openings and closures at each rink.


Holiday greetings

From Lamis Dantas (centre), Patricia Buchner and David B Rodgers at the Regent Park Life Team at HomeLife Realty One (501 Parliament). 

Cleaning services

Faye runs a cleaning service in Cabbagetown.  She’s available now.  You can contact her at (647) 786-4593.

Cat sitting

Are you looking for someone to take care of your furry feline?  Look no further than your own neighbourhood. Victoria van der Meulen has been a Cabbagetown cat sitter for over twenty years and she still has openings for the Christmas holidays.  From afternoon cuddles to administration of medicines, she’s equipped to handle any cat and its particular needs.  Email her for more info.


Artists evicted from the Distillery

Kate Taylor has written about the evictions in the Globe & Mail.  Her comments give lots of background detail and an analysis of the impact on the future of the Distillery as well as the artists. (Photo:  Tapestry Opera)

Thane Murray’s death

On September 18, Thane Murray was shot and killed at Oak and Sumach Streets in Regent Park.  Two others were injured and hospitalized - one is still recovering in hospital. Police have just arrested two men and charged them with Mr Murray’s murder and with the attempted murder of the others.  A third man its still at large.  Wendy Gillis has written about these developments in the Toronto Star. (Photo:  Toronto Police Services)


What You Won’t Do For Love

David Suzuki and Tara Cullis star in their new film, What You Won’t Do For Love. Lifelong partners Suzuki and Cullis share their adventures, inspiration and love with newlyweds Miriam and Sturia.   It’s streaming now from Soulpepper.  Johanna Schneller interviewed them for the Globe & Mail. The online film is on now to December 19.  For tickets and more info, click here. (Photo: Why Not Theatre Company) 


Save the date for Santa

Sunday December 19 from 1 to 4 pm - The Irv's event, a toy, toque and food drive, has been cancelled due to COVID regulations.  But you can still bring unopened food, special toys and your used hats and mitts and The Irv will make sure that they're distributed. 195 Carlton.

Christmas Day at Cranberries

The lovely Christmas feast at Cranberries (601 Parliament) is happening again this year.  The menu is familiar - soup or salad, roast turkey with all the traditional extras and pudding for dessert.  All done with Siva’s magic touch.  Three sittings - 3 pm, 5 pm (sold-out) and 7:30 pm.  $38 per person.

Gift box from Fusilli

A great gift idea - two bottles of wine and a bottle of extra virgin olive oil.  The choices shown here are $70.  The wines can be changed for different price levels.  Contact Fusilli (531 Queen E) to arrange your order at (416) 214-5148.  And you must hurry - he’s on his way to Italy and the restaurant will close from December 19 to mid January.

Holiday dinners from F’Amelia

You have two scrumptious choices for your holiday dinner.  Roast turkey roulade or slow braised brisket.  Click on the image to see the full menu. Each choice includes a bottle of primitivo or pinot grigio.  Serves four. The meals are cooked and delivered cold - ready for reheating at your home. Please order before December 22 for pick up ion December 23 - $250. (416) 363-0666 or email



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


HIT Training with Adem

7:15 am.  Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament).  Members are free, non-members 8-week package at $50. 

What You Won’t Do For Love  - online streaming event

Soulpepper,  Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane)



What You Won’t Do For Love  - online streaming event

Soulpepper,  Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane)


What You Won’t Do For Love  - online streaming event

Soulpepper,  Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane)


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

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

Yoga in the Park

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

What You Won’t Do For Love  - online streaming event

Soulpepper,  Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane)


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

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


HIT Training with Warren

5:30 pm.  Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament).  Members are free, non-members welcome for 8-week package at $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.


HIT Training with Adam

7:15 am.  Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament).  Members are free, non-members welcome for 8-week package at $50.


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Christmas dinner at Cranberries

3 pm, 5 pm, and 7:30 pm - three course dinner, $38


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