June 23

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 

REVIEW




A PERSONAL VIEW


It’s time to brag!

This edition of the Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review marks its official tenth anniversary.  It started up on June 18, 2012.  510 editions later, 1,864,557 viewers have come into our Cabbagetown world.  It’s been a great trip so far and there’s lots more to come.

FEATURED ARTIST


Jack Grunsky

Jack has recently added his images to our site. Click here to find his work. (This image:  A Stroll in Vienna, acrylic on canvas, 30” by 36”)

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: Martha Preston, Peonies) 

LOCAL NEWS


Have fun, Elena

After 13 years keeping kids safe amid the crazy traffic at Wellesley and Parliament, Elena is retiring when school closes later this month. She’s been amazing. People who use this crosswalk all know her and enjoy her cheery greetings..  She’s planning a trip to the west coast in the Fall and another one to the Philippines after that.  She says, proudly, that she’s 80 years old and it’s time for new adventures.

Randy Brown retires

After more than 30 years as its executive director, Randy is retiring from the Cabbagetown Art & Crafts show. He’s had a remarkable run with the event.  He created a major art exhibition for the whole city, combining the quality of its art and crafts with the charm of Riverdale Park.  His show has become the centre of our annual Cabbagetown Festival, attracting thousands of visitors each day into the park.  None of this has been easy.  Thanks and congratulations to Randy for building this gift to Cabbagetown and to Toronto.  (Photo:  Randy Brown, Twitter 2020)

Randy comments

“I am retiring after thirty years of running the Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Show, due to a disabling cancer. I have been lucky to have had the assistance of many neighbourhood volunteers over the years and I thank them.  The show has been turned over to a new team headed by Gerald Fitzgerald, Virginia Hamara and Beverly Jenkins who are determined to keep it in the community supported by volunteers just as I had hoped.  It has been a wonderful, at times exhilarating experience running the show these many years. I will miss the Cabbagetowners and the artists who attended but the show does go on as it was meant to. I wish you all the best.”  Photo:  Randy Brown (left) and the 2021 artists’ jury.

Cabbagetown Art & Crafts

As planned, the show will happen on the weekend of September 9, 10 and 11 in Riverdale Park.  Gerald Fitzgerald, Chair of Cabbagetown Art & Crafts, has noted, "Randy will be missed, but the show he built will continue to be a premier event on the Cabbagetown calendar.”  He has also announced that Bev Jenkins, a Cabbagetown painter, will succeed Randy as the new Executive Director.

Cabbagetown Festival on Parliament and Carlton

The Cabbagetown BIA is not planning a traditional Festival along Parliament Street in September.  Instead, the new Parkscape project along with the CafeTO patios will give the street the basics for a new program.  Plans are still underway.

The Cabbagetown Residents Association

The CRA held its annual meeting this week on Zoom.  The association is in very good shape.  Caroline Murphy is its Chair and she conducted a brisk, informative session.  The Forsythia Festival returned successfully in person in May.  Its pumpkin walk attracted 250 people and 350 pumpkins.  At Christmas, it conducted its annual lights contest and its Christmas card contest. The Spring clean-up in Wellesley Park and surrounding streets went off smoothly.  It joined other local groups to raise $3,500 to fight food insecurity with Dixon Hall.  In the coming year, it plans to circulate a survey among residents and to expand the clean-up efforts into the Fall. The association’s finances recovered from the pandemic and it now has over $29,000 in assets. Its website, Facebook page and Instagram page are all online now. And, perhaps most important, they printed three poster signs combatting dog poop on our sidewalks. 

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed by the Cabbagetown Residents Association for its Board of Directors.  There are currently ten people on the Board and a few more will fill all the slots.  As you can see from the report (above), it’s a lively and effective group. Send an email if you’re interested.

Parkscape entertainment opportunityunities

Parkscape is the summer project being developed by the Cabbagetown BIA.  A pop-up park will stretch along Parliament from Winchester to Carlton, bringing open spaces, seating and special landscaping to the street. There’ll be areas where musicians, performers, artists and community groups can set up and reach the passersby.  Virginia at the Cabbagetown BIA is inviting interested individuals and groups to tell her about their projects.  She wants to schedule events by the local community.  Email your ideas to her.  There’s now a special website page to describe the #CabbagetownParkscape project and the events planned there.  Check it out.

Oops

The Cabbagetown walk in the Necropolis didn’t happen.  It was scheduled for Sunday June 19 at 10 am.  A group of people gathered inside the park gates at Winchester and Sumach as instructed.  But nothing happened and they went home, confused, about 10:15.  The tour leader appeared at 10:20, stayed to 10:40 and went home, confused.  

Congrats to Sherbourne Health

The Centre (333 Sherbourne) celebrated its 20th anniversary on Tuesday with a Block Party. It has a strong tradition of community service. It was a leader in Toronto’s vaccination campaigns.  It’s provided specialized services for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.  This has expanded to include newcomers and the homeless.  Thanks to the staff who make such an important contribution.

Pride Month at the Children’s Book Bank

Bring your kids to the Book Bank’s new site (585 Dundas E, Suite 260).  There’s a special display of books about LGBTQ+ experiences.  

ActiveTO

There will be no road closures on the weekend of June 25 - 26.  If you’re planning a bike ride or a stroll along the street in the future, check the City’s website for the latest updates.  

Farmers’ Markets

Opening day at the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market (Riverdale Park, Sumach and Winchester) seemed to give a lot of people an excuse for hugs. Murray’s Farm has a selection of meats, eggs and fresh produce.  John, who was staffing the booth, enjoys coming here.  Until 2019 when he moved to Murray’s farm, he lived in an apartment on Parliament Street and loved Cabbageown’s lifestyle. 

The Underpass Park Farmer’s Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open now, every Thursday from 4 to 7:30 pm. Over 30 vendors are listed

More hugs

John and Richard grabbed a quick squeeze at the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


The Cabbagetown BIA

The BIA is looking for volunteers to join its Board of Directors.  People who own commercial property or a business in the BIA’s district are eligible to join.  For more info, email Virginia Evoy at the BIA office (237 Carlton).

COMING EVENTS


Cultural collage festival

Community Matters is organizing the 2022 St James Town cultural collage festival;.  Tuesday June 28, 2 to 7 pm, 260 Wellesley E.  There’ll be live music, a photo booth, food vendors, Bollywood dancing, face painting, henna, special activities for kids and lots more.  

Grill & chill community bbq

The Sumach is having a community bbq for seniors at 11:30 am on June 29.  The food is delicious and it’s a great time to make new friends.  Everyone is welcome.  Free.  On the terrace at 146 Sumach.  Please RSVP at this link so they can make plans for food quantities.

Mud-days at Allan Gardens

Save these Monday mornings for your kids - July 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 10 to 11:30 am.  Allan Gardens invites your family to drop-in (no advance notice needed) and stay as long as you wish.  Great for children 2 to 7, siblings welcome, accompanied by a care giver.  Your kids can nibble on plants, look at bugs, plant some seeds, make nature crafts and go on scavenger hunts.  It all happens in the Edible Garden at Allan Gardens (Carlton and Jarvis). 

IN THE MEDIA


Surviving a violent break-in

Alex Cyr has written a very detailed story in Toronto Life about a late night robbery at his Cabbagetown apartment while he and his friend were inside.  (Photo:  Joshua Best, Toronto Life)

THEATRE & DANCE NEWS


Where the Blood Mixes

A coproduction between Native Earth and Soulpepper.  Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2009.  “Where the Blood Mixes takes us to the place where the rivers meet, to the heart of a family. After decades apart, Christine returns to her First Nations community to reconnect with her father. Her return provokes his memories of the Residential School system and together they must confront that legacy. With beautiful heart and great humour, this is a celebration of resilience and the healing power of stories.”  On stage now to June 26.  50 Tank House Lane.    For more info and tickets, click here.

Kamloopa

The next presentation by Soulpepper and Native Earth is on stage from June 23 to July 24.  Kamloopa is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Drama. An irreverent comedy about the ultimate journey to self-discovery.  50 Tank House Lane.    For more info and tickets, click here.

Summer Intensives

The School of Toronto Dance (80 Winchester)  is again scheduling one-week summer intensives.  The pre-professional level for ages 12 to 15 is July 4 to 8.  The professional level for ages 16+ is July 11 to 15.  They offer future dancers contemporary skills and networking opportunities.  Details and registration are available online here.

ENTERTAINMENT


Keating Channel Patio Party

Friday June 24 from 6 pm.  The annual patio party will include beer, wine and spirits samplings. Live music with Denis Martel and the High Rollers.  Lots of prizes. 2 Villiers.  

Cityview - The Decadence Festival

Featuring Tiesto on June 30, Illenium on July 1 and Above & Beyond on July 2.  Tickets are available online - $105 to $123.  20 Poulson Street.  For more info, click here.

Karaoke at Alice’s Place

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

RESTAURANT NEWS


L’Avenue

The manager has told interested customers that L’Avenue (583 Parliament at Amelia) will open on Friday June 24.  Judging by the construction work to restore the building and the design of the outdoor patio, this will be a classy place!


El Nahual Tacos

The sign says “coming soon” but the door is open for takeout orders.  The menu lists burritos, tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas.  All are reasonably priced and hearty offerings.  If the early tastings are any clue, these will be popular dishes. You can see the menu on Ritual. 556 Parliament.  

Cocktail nights at Fusilli

Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25, starting at 5 pm.  Enjoy sangria, martinis and specialty cocktails.  531 Queen E.

Haldi

Haldi (568 Parliament) is closing for a week from Sunday June 26 to Monday July 4. Construction and renos are happening. Lunch this week was wonderful - chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, naan and rice with a bottle of Kingfisher lager - big portions even for two people.

Cyril’s soup

Cyril’s on vacation.  His next delivery will be on Saturday July 9. 

June 16

 CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 

REVIEW



FEATURED ARTIST


Victoria Hadden

This is Victoria’s new work - Field of Dreams.  It’s a big piece that’s ready to hang.  Click here to find her work.

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: Martha Preston, Peonies) 

LOCAL NEWS


Parkscape event opportunities

Parkscape is the summer project being developed by the Cabbagetown BIA.  A pop-up park will stretch along Parliament from Winchester to Carlton, bringing open spaces, seating and special landscaping to the street. There’ll be areas where musicians, performers, artists and community groups can set up and reach the passersby.  Virginia at the Cabbagetown BIA is inviting interested individuals and groups to tell her about their projects.  She wants to schedule the local community to use this exciting new opportunity.  Email your ideas to her.  There’s now a special website page to describe the #CabbagetownParkscape project and the events planned there.  Check it out.

ActiveTO

Bayview is closed to car traffic and devoted completely to cyclists and pedestrians from 7 am on Saturday to 7 pm on Sunday.   By the way, the City of Toronto has been slower than last year to tell about closures for Bayview.  They’ve started to list the info on Fridays for the coming weekend. If you're planning a ride in the future and need the latest updates, check the City’s website.

Community fridge

Paula reports that the fridge has been moved from its home at Cabbagetown Organics (499 Parliament) to 6 St Joseph Street near Seeds of Hope. She says, “Due to ongoing vandalism, we have moved our community fridge to another location. Sincere and grateful thanks to Cabbagetowners for their yeoman support, to Cabbagetown Organics for their towering generosity,  and to our volunteers, without whom the fridge would not have provided such an important service.”  It was an imaginative contribution to our community - many thanks to everyone who helped out.

Farmers’ Markets

The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market opened this week on Tuesday June 14. It happens every Tuesday from 3 to 7 pm in Riverdale Park West (Winchester and Sumach).  A good crowd of shoppers showed up on Tuesday along with 18 vendors who brought fresh produce, bake goods, and specialty services. 

The Underpass Park Farmer’s Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open now, every Thursday from 4 to 7:30 pm. Over 30 vendors are listed. 

Thames River Melons

Maren and her mom, Dale, set up in the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market on Tuesday.  They had lovely strawberries, rhubarb, green onions and asparagus.  They brought their produce all the way from the Woodstock area and they’ll be back every week.  Their Facebook page is full of produce updates and insights into their farm life.

Community Environment Day

Normally, there would be an environment day in our Ward.  The City of Toronto, for some unexplained reason, cancelled ours.  If you have items that you would like to recycle, then hop across the Don River on Gerrard to Bridgepoint Hospital Drive on July 24 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Read about the materials that you can recycle at the City’s website. 

237 Seaton Street

This home has been awarded the 2022 Peggy Kurtin Award for Excellence in Restoration.  For a good, detailed description of the work done here, go to Instagram or Facebook.  If you’re intrigued by the details on houses in the area, bookmark these sites.

Another new mural

Another wall has been livened up by the Cabbagetown BIA.  The new mural is on a lane east of Parliament just off Gerrard near the Double Take store.

Congrats Virginia

Virginia Van Vliet has been elected to the Royal Ontario Museum’s Board of Directors for a three-year term.  She’s well known here for her contributions to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.  At the Museum, she’s been active with the ROM’s Volunteer Services Board of Directors and a strong volunteer for the past 25 years.  She’s one of three Board members to be elected by the membership at large.  Best wishes for a successful term, Virginia.

Congrats Sprucecourt School Council

Duncan Fremlin reports that the school picnic and concert held last week were an amazing success.  It was the biggest crowd that he’s ever seen at a school concert.  Free pizza, free books, activities and an excellent concert.  This is high praise - Duncan’s a musical professional and he’s been to concerts from coast-to-coast.

Catherine Tammaro

Conservation Halton is holding an exhibition titled Fire Over Water of Catherine’s works.  It takes place in the Deer Clan Longhouse at the Crawford Lake Conservation Area located at 3115 Conservation Road, Milton (east off the Guelph Line south of Campbellville).  Her opening reception is Saturday June 18 at 7 pm and her show runs to December 31. It features original paintings, multi-media works, music and video.  The exhibition honours Wendot/Wyandot women and their connections to their Ancestors, the land and the waters. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


The Cabbagetown BIA

The BIA is looking for volunteers among its members to join its Board of Directors.  People who own commercial property or a business in the BIA’s district are eligible to join.  For more info, email Virginia Evoy at the BIA office (237 Carlton).

Musicians for hire

Elliott (keyboard) and Matthew (bass) played for visitors at the garden tour last Sunday.  They’re hoping to attract more interest and they’re available for home parties and for events in pubs and restaurants.  Check out Elliott’s website to hear samples of their music and to contact him.

COMING EVENTS


Pollinators party

The Friends of Allan Gardens are having a pollinators party from 10:30 am to noon on Saturday June 18 at Allan Gardens.  It’s a playground garden party to celebrate our fabulous pollinators with nature crafts, hands-on watering tutorials and great programming to raise awareness about our important pollinator pals. It’s “for kiddos of all ages”.  Free.  Jarvis and Carlton.

Cabbagetown walk

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s first walk-about of the season happens on Sunday June 19 at 10 am.  The tour will go through the Toronto Necropolis and will include stories about many of the people buried here.  Meet inside the park gates at Winchester and Sumach - beside the Cabbagetown People’s board.  

Open house about Moss Park and the John Innes Centre

Improvements are coming for the park and a replacement for the Centre is planned.  The City of Toronto is having an open house to inform residents about upcoming consultations and the guiding principles of the project.  5:30 to 7 pm, Monday June 20.  Zoom.  Click here for the links.

51 Division quarterly community meeting

Sergeant Henry Dyke is circulating an invitation for Cabbagetown and St James Town residents to attend this community meeting.  It’ll be a chance to meet the police officers working in the area, to get a briefing on recent events and to ask your questions.  7 to 8 pm, Monday June 20 at the Wellesley Community Centre (Wellesley and Sherbourne). For more info, email stjamestown@torontopolice.on.ca

CRA annual meeting

The Cabbagetown Residents Association will hold its annual meeting from 7 to 8 pm on Monday June 20.  It will be a Zoom event.  Check the CRA website or Facebook page at 6:50 pm on June 20 to get the link.

Cultural collage festival

Community Matters is organizing the 2022 St James Town cultural collage festival.  Tuesday June 28, 2 to 7 pm, 260 Wellesley E.  There’ll be live music, a photo booth, food vendors, Bollywood dancing, face painting, henna, special activities for kids and lots more.  

Grill & chill community bbq

The Sumach is having a community bbq for seniors at 11:30 am on June 29.  The food is delicious and it’s a great time to make new friends.  Everyone is welcome.  Free.  On the terrace at 146 Sumach.

IN THE MEDIA


Congrats to Fattoush

(Photo:  Gene, Linda and Mo at Fattoush). Fattoush was featured in Suresh Dosh’s review on the CBC’s Metro Morning on Thursday.  He gave them a glowing report. For good reason, since everyone who's eaten there comes away very pleased.   Another local bakery, Tasso, was highlighted there a few years ago and its business ballooned after that.  May the same good news happen at Fattoush!  (253 Gerrard E).  Click here to listen to the podcast.

IN OUR SHOPS


Suppli has an app

Suppli is the takeout service that provides reusable containers for your dinners.  Its staff have created a new app to bring the restaurants right to your computer.  They want to make your takeout experience as smooth as possible.  Check them out on Facebook.

THEATRE & DANCE NEWS


Where the Blood Mixes

A coproduction between Native Earth and Soulpepper.  Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2009.  “Where the Blood Mixes takes us to the place where the rivers meet, to the heart of a family. After decades apart, Christine returns to her First Nations community to reconnect with her father. Her return provokes his memories of the Residential School system and together they must confront that legacy. With beautiful heart and great humour, this is a celebration of resilience and the healing power of stories.”  On stage now to June 26.  50 Tank House Lane.    For more info and tickets, click here.

Kamloopa

The next presentation by Soulpepper and Native Earth is on stage from June 23 to July 24.  Kamloopa is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Drama. An irreverent comedy about the ultimate journey to self-discovery.  50 Tank House Lane.    For more info and tickets, click here.

Summer Intensives

The School of Toronto Dance (80 Winchester)  is again scheduling one-week summer intensives.  The pre-professional level for ages 12 to 15 is July 4 to 8.  The professional level for ages 16+ is July 11 to 15.  They offer future dancers contemporary skills and networking opportunities.  Details and registration are available online here. 

ENTERTAINMENT


Cityview - The Decadence Festival

Featuring Tiesto on June 30, Illenium on July 1 and Above & Beyond on July 2.  Tickets are available online - $105 to $123.  20 Poulson Street.  For more info, click here.

Karaoke at Alice’s Place

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

RESTAURANT NEWS

Father’s Day specials

Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) is baking up smoked pork back ribs with Tankhouse bbq sauce, sides of jalapeño cheddar corn bread, coleslaw, fries and gravy.  All Tankhouse Ales are available on daily specials.  June 17 to19.  

Father’s Day at the Aviary

The Aviary is giving free tours through Longslice Brewery (484 Front) on Sunday June 19 at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm.  Brunch happens from 11 am to 4 pm.

Terroni’s Father’s Day specials

Picks for your Father’s day BBQ - dry rubbed chicken wings with pepperoncini maple sauce and hot rhubarb sauce accompanied by mixed vegetables - ready for the grill.  (22 Sackville)

Toronto Taste for Second Harvest

50 restaurants joined together at the Evergreen Brick Works on Sunday June 9.  The gala was a major fundraiser for Second Harvest.  Four of our local restaurants were among the chefs invited - Cluny (35 Tank House Lane, Distillery). El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane, Distillery), Gusto 501 (501 King E) and DOVA (229 Carlton).  Thanks for their support for this very worthwhile event.  (Photo:  The DOVA team, DOVA)

Cyril’s soup

Cyril’s on vacation.  His next delivery will be on Saturday July 9.