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.