September 22

 CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 

REVIEW





CABBAGETOWN ARTISTS

This site introduces local artists to our local community.  Six artists are featured here.  They’ve been adding new images regularly.  It’s a site where you can happily browse and see works by people you know.  And you can purchase any that appeal to you. (This image: Eric Morse, Carlton and Berkeley) 


LOCAL NEWS


Construction on Parliament Street

The City of Toronto is replacing old water mains along Parliament from Carlton north to Bloor.  Lead pipes are being replaced with cleaner ones.  The project is scheduled to continue until June 2023.


Blair’s Run Update

By Thursday morning, the Run had collected $39,334.  There’ll be more - last minute donations are still coming in.  The top four teams are Wellesley Street ($7,600), Carlton ($4,700), CYC Exercisers ($3,700) and the Alley Cats ($3,600).  A rainy day celebration took place in Sprucecourt School yard on Sunday afternoon.  These donations support the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club. (Photo:  Aiya McNee, Sue Freeborn and Sue Spierling) 


Welcome Avery Sandy

Avery has joined Green Thumbs Growing Kids as the Indigenous Program leader.  She’s got a background in youth programming, community development and community engagement.  She’s from Christian Island and she’s an Ojibwe from Anishinabek nation.  Her traditional spirit name is Little Northern Star Woman.  Best wishes, Avery, in your work at GTGK.


Our two Farmers’ Markets

The Cabbagetown Market is looking for volunteers to help with set-ups from 1:30 to 3 pm on Tuesdays.  Email Ellie to volunteer. The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market In Riverdale Park West (Sumach at Winchester) is open every Tuesday from 3 to 7:30 pm.

Underpass Park Farmers’ Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open on Thursdays from 4 to 7:30 pm.


Candidates’ election meeting

The Corktown Residents & Business Association is hosting an All-Candidates meeting - Tuesday September 27, 6:30 pm, Cooper Koo Family YMCA (431 Cherry St).  Meet the candidates for City Council in our Ward 13.  Seating is limited to 60 people - please register here in advance.  If you have a question for the candidates, email it in advance.


Hidden murals

We have two striking murals by Jasnine Designs on the side walls at 464 Parliament. There’s a Toronto Star story about them - see below in the Media comments.


More Cabbagetown wildlife

Thanks, Rick, for this photo of a hawk sitting on a Spruce Street fence.  (Photo: Rick Walker)


Seen on Parliament Street

So, what do these guys do for a living? Click on the photo to enlarge it.  


Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit

By Sally Gibson. Eaton’s store was draped in black, both inside and out. Churches across the city rang bells and held memorial services. Flags flew at half-mast. Cannon salutes, perhaps including the cannons at Riverdale Park, burst the air. The great Berthon oil painting of Queen Victoria in City Council was swathed in black. A ceremony at the Lt. Governor’s residence to celebrate officers from the South Africa War was postponed. And condolences flooded into the “Queen City” from around the world. Even French Quebecois joined in the general grieving although overseas Irish did not. “Gloom,” the January 22, 1901 Toronto Star reported, “had settled upon the land.” After 63 years on the throne, Queen Victoria was the longest serving monarch and the only monarch known by most Torontonians who were very British - 91.7% British. “No one under thirty years of age,” historian Jesse Edgar Middleton explained in 1923, “can understand the effect of Queen Victoria’s death on the mental processes of the leaders in civic life and of the public in general.” In Cabbagetown, Parliament Street stores were probably draped in black and displayed lithographs of Queen Victoria in their windows and residents likely attended memorial services in local churches. (Image: Queen Victoria, Toronto Globe, January 22, 1901, page 1)


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Apartment needed

Local resident of Cabbagetown is looking for a one bedroom apartment in the neighbourhood, preferably for $1,500/month.  I clean houses and have successfully found many jobs locally.  I would like to move in January 1, 2023. If there is any possibility please email me.


KIDS' EVENTS


Children’s Book Bank

Meet world-renown artist Barroux at the Children’s Book Bank (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E, Suite 260).  There’ll be a story time and drawings.  Saturday September 24, 2 pm. 


Tree tour in Allan Gardens

Diane Teal is a nature and garden educator. She’s guiding the tree tour on Sunday September 25 at 1 pm.  This week, it’s a Tree Detective Family Walk.  Kids are welcome - they’ll learn about the trees in the park and how to identify them.  Rain or shine, no reservations required.  More tours will happen through October. Meet at the Children’s Playground on the west side of the park.  (Jarvis and Carlton)


Urban Roots Youth

A program for kids 14 to 18 from Green Thumbs Growing Kids.  Learn about urban agriculture and growing your own food.  Topics include native plants, tree planting, climate change and food justice.  Learn to cook new recipes, contribute to the environment and experience outdoor gardening. Volunteer hours are available.  Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm, September 21 to November 23.  Send an email to register. 


IN THE MEDIA


Another bridge in the Port Lands

A new pedestrian bridge is now in place over the future Don River.  It’s part of the eventual River Valley Park in the Port Lands.  blogTO has done a story about the bridge and about the massive effort to redirect the Don River.  (Photo:  Waterfront Toronto)


Conversation with Alanna Cavanaugh

Customers at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) will remember Alanna Cavanaugh’s illustrations in the HoP’s windows during the Covid lockdowns.  She talked to Diane Peters for this article in the Toronto Star.  (Photo:  Andrew Francis Wallace, Toronto Star)


Ten murals, ten artists, ten stories

Joshua Chong has written about the tenth anniversary of StreetArt and the murals that it has sponsored across Canada.  Included is the mural, We Rise Above, at 464 Parliament by Jasnine Designs.  (Photo:  Paige Taylor White, Toronto Star)


Waterfront development

Marcus Gee has written a story in the Globe & Mail about urban renewal along the waterfront in Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.  Toronto gets a big portion of the story with details about Waterfront Toronto and the Port Lands.  (Photo:  Fred Lum, Globe & Mail)


COMING EVENTS


Tour the Necropolis

Virginia van Vliet is again guiding a tour of the Necropolis.  Saturday September 24 at 10:30 am.  Meet at the gates of the cemetery (200 Winchester).  It’s a “pay what you can” event - donations go to the Blair’s Run fundraising campaign. Please email Brenda McNee to register.


Distillery’s anniversary party

The Distillery is 190 years old and it’s having a party on Thursday September 29 from 6 to 10 pm.  Outdoors on Trinity Street. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail, live music and a DJ, canopes and a birthday cake, fireworks and an experience in the Whiskey lounge.  More info and tickets online.  $55. 


Distillery’s Local Market

Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm to October 9. Fresh local produce and flowers.  Gristmill Lane, Distillery.


Repair & Run

Bike repairs, Sundays to October 2 from 9 am to 2 pm.  Case Goods Lane, Distillery


IN OUR STORES


Kate Laidlaw at The Great Mallard

Kate has been with The Great Mallard (503 Parliament) since it opened its doors.  She’s a Cabbagetown jewellery designer and bead-smith with a deep knowledge of the healing benefits of stones and crystals.  Her necklaces, bracelets and earrings reflect the beauty of nature, the power of healing and our ancestral origins as well as simple and graceful elegance. She has a Facebook page.


Order your turkey

St James Town Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) is taking orders now for your Thanksgiving turkey.  Birds are available from 10 to 20 pounds.  Pickups during the week before Thanksgiving, October 10.


THEATRE & DANCE - NEW LISTINGS


Night/Shift

Citadel + Compagnie (304 Parliament) presents nine unique dance experiences.  Thursday Shift on September 29, Friday Shift on September 30 and Saturday Shift on October 1 - three performances each night at 10 pm. Read about each performance online. 


Female of the Species

September 23 to October 8 at Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley).  The play frequently says the unsayable through its spiralling comedy.  Details and tickets available online.     


The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale

On stage October 13 to November 6 at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane).  Haley McGee realizes that the only way she can pay her VISA bill is by selling gifts from her ex-boyfriends.   For online info and tickets, click here.


ENTERTAINMENT


Headscratchers’ Trivia

Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is hosting its popular Headscratchers Trivia every Monday and Tuesday night from 7 pm.  Reservations are recommended.  Board games are available daily.  (647) 344-7676.  Free.


Karaoke at Alice’s Place

Friday night karaoke happens at 9 pm every week at Alice’s Place (554 Parliament).  Thousands of songs.


Live music and DJs

The Dominion (500 Queen E) brings you live music and DJs every Saturday night from 7 to 11 pm through the summer.  


RESTAURANT NEWS


Bingo for Caroline

Erin at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) has gone political!  She's holding a fundraiser for her good friend, Caroline Murphy, a candidate in the civic election for city councillor.   Lots of people know Caroline and are willing to help her - so here's the chance.  $10 entrance fee, $5 for two squares, $10 for six squares.  Three rounds.  Plenty of prizes.  Thursday September 29, 7 pm.  


Cyril’s soup

He’s making comfort food this week - sweet potato and peanut.  It has sweet potatoes, chickpeas, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, peanut butter and garam masala.This week’s juice is beet, apple and ginger.  The soup is $3/cup for 3 to 9 cups and $2.50/cup for 10 or more.  His juice is $9 for 2 cups.  Email him with your order.

September 15

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 

REVIEW




A PERSONAL VIEW


The Cabbagetown Festival weekend

Last weekend’s Festival events were all successes.  People had fun.  But, there was a missing ingredient - the traditional Festival on Parliament Street.  The Cabbagetown BIA substituted an afternoon of music at its Parkscape for the full two-day program established in other years.  Nice try, but it didn’t work. For some time now, the Board and staff have been hearing disappointed comments from the community and this reaction will continue. The BIA Board wants to redesign its part of the Festival.   That’s okay. There’s a full year ahead to settle these plans.  The Board should broaden its scope and get suggestions from community members and professional event planners. Above all, don’t dither away another year without a Festival.


CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL EVENTS


The celebration at the CYC

The Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) was officially reopened last Saturday. Mayor John Tory and former mayors Art Eggleton and Barbara Hall along with Kristyn Wong Tam MPP and a crowd of 150 people celebrated with a giant cake and a tour of the new facilities.  It’s great to have this important community hub back in business.  It’s merged with the Boys & Girls Club Toronto Kiwanis (BGCTK) and the two services now form a healthy partnership in Regent Park, Cabbagetown and St James Town.  The fundraising team headed by Art Eggleton has raised enough money to pay for the building’s renovations and to provide an operating cushion for the future. 

The Boxing Club has reopened as well.  The Mayors all gathered to pound away at each other!


Blair’s Run 

Eighty participants on the Cabbagetown teams have raised almost $20,000.  Several groups have not registered their donations yet so the total will be higher.  These donations support the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club. (Photo:  Sally Chatfield. The Alley Cats team ran 2.5 km down the Don Trail to Corktown Common and then back again.)   


The Cabbagetown Short Film Festival 

The live gala took place on Wednesday September 7 at the Winchester Dance Theatre and the online screening continued between September 8 to 10. 85 people arrived for the live show and another 72 signed up online.  Marci Ien presented Gina Dineen with an award celebrating her contributions over the past thirty years.  Among the film prizes, Les Larmes de la Seine won first prize, bee-roll won as the best documentary and 2nd Class was the People’s Choice.   (Photo:  Eric Morse)


The Art & Crafts show

Bev Jenkins, the executive director of the show, reports that, “Riverdale Park West was booming…  top quality artisans and visitors.”


Ruth Wickremesooriya won the show’s first prize, the award sponsored by Randy Brown.  


Celina Kang won second prize, sponsored by Mary Martin.  


Vendors along Carlton and Sumach

Once again, independent vendors set up tents along neighbouring streets around Sprucecourt School.  They sold everything from vintage maps to handmade jewellery and children’s games.  Fun stuff.


Parkscape Promenade on Parliament 

Frank & Beans, Trombone Charlotte’s Tiger Band, flamenco dancing with Valerie and Roger Scannura and the popular Toronto All-Star Big Band provided the music.


Special booths were set up for face painting and bubble games for the kids.


Salt & Tobacco dished out delicious pizza and Jet Fuel kept the serious discussions well caffeinated. 


LOCAL NEWS


Parkscape closes

Parkscape has now been dismantled.  It was a welcome success over the summer, providing a stage for great music, a platform for businesses to display their goods and a shady, comfortable place for everyone to sit and watch the street life passing by.  It attracted lots of media attention and created the image of  a remarkable neighbourhood ready to experiment with new ideas. The project came from Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, from Kristyn Wong Tam and from the Cabbagetown BIA. Our thanks to all of them.


Update on Sydney’s rowing program

Sydney Payne is a member of the national Canadian women’s rowing team.  They won a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics.  She’s back to work now with training runs in Munich and then the team is headed to Racice for the 2022 World Championships between September 18 to 25.  She’s rowing in the 8 seat, directly facing the coxen.


Best wishes, Virginia

Virginia Gallop will finish her work at the Cabbagetown BIA office on Friday September 16.  As the BIA’s executive director, she presided over a year of significant successes.  Despite the crippling effects of the pandemic, the BIA has handled new and impressive activities.  Music and family events were blended together during Live Music in the Patch, Holiday in the Patch and Maplelicious.  She launched the BIA’s first Remembrance Day ceremony.  Cabbagetown’s Parkscape was her stage for a busy summer music program.  She notes the friendships that she made in the business community and among our residents, “I’ve truly enjoyed this last year working in Cabbagetown and getting to know so many of its businesses and the folks who run them.”


Our two Farmers’ Markets

Both farmers’ markets offer more than food vendors. In Cabbagetown on Tuesday September 20, Tasso will be there with their famous croissants and their regular pastries. Find out why Oly and Mike are so widely praised for their delicious baking. Harvest season is underway and the produce at the two Markets is superb - don’t miss out. The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market In Riverdale Park West (Sumach at Winchester) is open every Tuesday from 3 to 7:30 pm.  Underpass Park Farmers’ Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open on Thursdays from 4 to 7:30 pm.


City elections

Information about the election is listed at the City of Toronto’s website.  Find out about getting on the voters’ list, voting by mail, getting a job during the election, the candidates in our Ward and lots more.  


Lookin’ good

Adam is the man whose company put together Parkscape.  Marie-Louise is a Cabbagetown resident who’s a fan of his work.  


It’s a miracle

Gas was only $1.47 on September 11.  Can you believe it?


COMING EVENTS


Open House at The Sumach

Take a tour through The Sumach (140 Sumach at Shuter) from Thursday September 15 to Sunday September 18.  From 1 to 6 pm daily.  There’ll be live music, food and beverages.  The first forty visitors will receive a VIP gift box. The Sumach offers luxury living for independent seniors - check it out on this tour.


Fred Victor’s Harvest Festival

The annual harvest celebration in the communal garden in the Big Park.  Lunch, kids’ activities, raffle and more.  Saturday September 17, 11 am to 1 pm.  620 Dundas.  


Blair’s Run wrap-up

The Run will hold a celebration and picnic at 3 pm on Sunday in the Sprucecourt School yard (Sumach and Carlton).


Tour the Necropolis

Virginia van Vliet is again guiding a tour of the Necropolis.  Saturday September 24 at 10:30 am.  Meet at the gates of the cemetery (200 Winchester).  It’s a “pay what you can” event - donations go to the Blair’s Run fundraising campaign. Please email Brenda McNee to register.


Moonlight Market in Regent Park

Friends of Regent Park baked up some cookies for the Market.  Thursdays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 pm, to September 17.  Local crafts, food, entertainment.  The east patio beside The Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  


Distillery’s Local Market

Every Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm to October 9. Fresh local produce and flowers.  Gristmill Lane, Distillery.


Repair & Run

Bike repairs every Sunday to October 2 from 9 am to 2 pm.  Case Goods Lane, Distillery


THEATRE NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2022


Female of the Species

September 23 to October 8.  The play frequently says the unsayable through its spiralling comedy.  Details and tickets available online. Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley).


Bad Parent

On stage to October 9. Ins Choi, creator of Kim’s Convenience, shows how Charles and Norah figure out who they are in relation to each other, their son, and the audience. A humorous and honest story about the rocky rite of passage into parenthood. Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane).  For online info and tickets, click here.


Public Enemy

On stage from September 20 to October 2 in the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley). Canadian Stage presents Olivier Choiniere’s play about a family dinner with a surreal twist.  


IN OUR STORES


Art at Labour of Love

Lawrence Bernstein’s photography is featured at Labour of Love (223 Carlton). Five of his large works are framed and displayed on the wall.  Another 27 smaller works, unframed, are also available.  Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm. 


ENTERTAINMENT


Mill Street Sound Fest

Mill Street is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a free music festival in the Distillery.  3 to 9 pm, Saturday September 17.  Entertainers include Tokyo Police Club, Dizzy and The Darcys, Fan Club Wallet, Can Kahin and C J Wiley.  Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane).


Headscratchers’ Trivia

Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is hosting its popular Headscratchers Trivia every Monday and Tuesday night from 7 pm.  Reservations are recommended.  Board games are available daily.  (647) 344-7676.  Free.


Karaoke at Alice’s Place

Friday night karaoke happens at 9 pm every week at Alice’s Place (554 Parliament).  Thousands of songs.


Live music and DJs

The Dominion (500 Queen E) brings you live music and DJs every Saturday night from 7 to 11 pm through the summer.  


RESTAURANT NEWS


New restaurants

blogTO has listed two Cabbagetown restaurants in its article about seven new spots in Toronto - Kingyo (51B Winchester) and Tabi Ramen (568 Parliament). 


Mexico’s Independence Day

El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane, Distillery) is offering Mexican Independence Day specials on Tuesday and Friday with beef tinga tostadas, red chicken pozole and arroz con leche.

  

Cyril’s soup

Cyril’s Quebec version of a classic split pea soup uses Montreal smoked meat instead of ham.  A vegetarian or vegan version is not available. This week’s juice has cantaloupe, pineapple, ginger and lime.  The soup is $4/cup for 3 to 9 cups and $3.50/cup for 10 or more.  His juice is $9 for 2 cups.  Email him with your order.