June 2




Irene Peplinski DeClute

Haliburton is one of Irene’s favourite places.  She visits it regularly each summer and joins a workshop offered by the Haliburton School of the Arts.  Click here to see her art. (This image:  Birches near the Drag River, Haliburton)

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: Michael Cavanaugh, Cabbagetown Variety). 


Splash pads

The splash pads are back. Kids, their parents and the occasional dog get lots of fun in the warm spring weather.  The City operates eight splash pads in our area -  in Wellesley Park (east end of Wellesley), Regent Park (Sackville near Oak in the Big Park), Sackville Playground (420 King E), Moss Park (150 Sherbourne), Diamond Jubilee Promenade (475 Front E), Sherbourne Common (5 Lower Sherbourne), Sugar Beach (11 Dockside Dr) and Corktown Common (155 Bayview).  They opened in late May and will run to September 18.  More information to come about Winchester Park.

Water mains versus Parkscape on Parliament Street

The City of Toronto is distributing notices that the water mains on Parliament Street between Wellesley and Carlton are scheduled for replacement starting in June. At the same time, Parkscape, the Cabbagetown BIA’s pop-up park project, is also scheduled for construction in June along the same area. Despite the overlap, there won’t be a conflict.  Our new councillor, Ms Buxton Potts has been on top of the issue and expects that work on the water mains will wait until Parkscape is finished in September.  

Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces

It happens this weekend - Sunday June 5 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Several extra events are planned. The CBC’s gardening expert Paul Zammit will be there along with master gardeners who can answer your questions.  On June 5, many local merchants will offer special discounts to tour supporters. Tickets are $20, available online and at Akasha Art (204D Carlton), Epicure Shop (473 Parliament), Fairway Variety (520 Parliament), Jay’s Garden Centre (360 Gerrard E) and Spruce Home Decor (455 Parliament).  And outside our area at Davenport Garden Centre (360 Davenport, 1465 Bayview and 903 Pape) and Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge N).  

Robin Buxton Potts

Ms Buxton Potts has been appointed as the interim councillor for Ward 13 by City Council.  She’ll fill the role until the current council term expires on November 14.  She’s approachable and friendly and hopefully, she’ll enjoy her new job. She served as former councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam’s chief of staff and she knows the files and the procedures that the job demands.  Her comments during her application are online here.  Best wishes to her for her work over the next five and a half months. 


There will be no road closures for ActiveTO over this weekend.  For updates, check the City’s website 

Farmers’ Markets

The Underpass Park Farmer’s Market (29 Lower River Street) is open every Thursday from 4 to 7:30 pm.  It runs every week until October. Cabbagetown in Riverdale Park West will open in mid-June.

Streetscapes in Bloom

Nominations will close on Monday June 6.  Every year, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association presents an award to a garden for its design and impact.  We can nominate any location in Cabbagetown, including our own.  Past winners and members of the CPA Board will visit each site four times during the gardening season.  For details about the awards and for a link to nominate your favourite, click here.

Parliament Slip on the waterfront

Parliament Slip is described by Waterfront Toronto as “the blue heart of the eastern central waterfront – a place to touch the water.”  It’ll be at the foot of Parliament Street. At this time, the proposal suggests, swimming pools. kayak launch sites, a wave deck, a floating dock, floating wetlands and a fixed pier.  There are ideas for electric boats, an amphitheatre, concessions and a floating restaurant. It’s in the preliminary design stage and Waterfront Toronto is inviting feedback on these ideas.  Click here to see the full proposal. 

Parking peeves

A while ago, we asked you about parking problems that really irritate you.  We offered our help as “parking therapists” to give you a chance to let off steam and relieve stress.  The photos are coming in.  Here’s one from Dave who owns the silver car on the left. He says, “The character who owns the white SUV has done this several times to me … I'm parked a reasonable distance from the car in front of me, so I'm not sure why they are doing this.  Not very neighbourly!”


Paint your fence

Lukas and Roland are university students and they’re painting wrought iron fences for their summer jobs.  They’ve completed three so far this year and another half dozen last year.  References are available.  For a quote, you can email them or give them a call at (647) 745-9086.


PA Day

The Children’s Book Bank is open on Friday June 3.  Drop by and pick up a couple of books for your kids.  At 1 pm, Joe Morse will be there to talk about drawing - recommended for kids 8 and older.  Don’t forget - the Book Bank’s new home is in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E, Suite 260).  


Marilyn at Pet Valu

Marilyn from Diggity Dog Grooming (239 Gerrard E) is visiting Pet Valu (240 Carlton) for her regular nail grooming day on Saturday from 9 am.  Bring your pets for a trim.  Please call (416) 920-6814 for your reservation.

Pop-up succulent sale

The Friends of Allan Gardens will sell succulents from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday June 4 at the Edible Garden (Carlton and Jarvis).  Incredible prices - $4 each or 3 for $10.  High quality plants.  Bring a bag to take your treasures home. Payments by cash, debit and credit cards are accepted.  

Sprucecourt School picnic and concert

Because of the rain last Wednesday, this year’s event is rescheduled to Thursday June 9.  The concert will be held outdoors.  Families are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic dinner to enjoy from 5 to 6 pm. The concert will take place from 6 to 7 pm. Kindergarten to Grade 6 classes will perform. 70 Spruce Street.

Festival on the Green

The Church of St Peter & St Simon (40 Howard) is hosting its annual festival from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday June 18.  There’ll be live music, food and children’s activities.  Vendors will be selling clothes, home decor products, art and crafts and lots more.


Robin Buxton Potts appointed interim councillor

City TV reported on City Council’s decision to appoint two interim councillors - Robin Buxton Potts in our Ward 13 and Joe Mihevc in Ward 10.  Ms Buxton Potts fills the vacancy created when Kristyn Wong-Tam resigned to run in the provincial election.  (Photo: CBC)

Making Regent Park more accessible

CBC News has an extensive story about accessible facilities in Regent Park.  AccessNow and the Daniels Corporation have teamed up to find places where accessibility is a challenge and to make recommendations for improvements.  Click here to read the report.  (Photo: Spencer Gallichan-Lowe/CBC)


Staff at the Cabbagetown BIA

Lana Rebic joined the office (237 Carlton) in early May to handle marketing and events. She’s been studying for her Bachelor of Arts degree at York and in the Fall, she plans to go on to George Brown College for the Early Childhood Education courses.

Shivon Yim is back at the BIA. Last year, she filled in when Rick Matthews left and she also organized the CafeTO project.  Once again, she’ll focus on CafeTO for this summer.  

Have fun, Michele

After 25 years on the job at Pet Valu (240 Carlton), Michele Martin (left) has retired.  She was well-known in the Cabbagetown business community. We wish her well with her plans as she and her partner Diane move to Nova Scotia.  Kelley Moyles (right) is the store’s new manager.  (Photo:  Marilyn Wilpute)

Pet appreciation month

Pet Valu (240 Carlton) is supporting the People With Aids foundation with a fundraising drive through June.  Proceeds will cover the pets’ expenses. When you visit the store, you can make your donation or you can add it onto your purchase.  Your donation will buy a paw - your pet’s name will be added to a paper poster and displayed in the store. 



New Ideas Festival

Alumnae Theatre’s (70 Berkeley) annual festival is underway now.  Short Scripts Week is live from June 8 to 12 and then is online from June 13 to 18.  Master classes, workshops and talks are also happening.  For more info, click here.

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.


The next coproduction 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.  “With brilliance, irreverence, and fearless wit, three Indigenous women hit the road on their way to the largest powwow on the West Coast – and to self-discovery. But how do you discover yourself when Columbus allegedly already did that? Come along for the ride to connect with the ancestors on this mind bending and boundary blurring adventure.” 50 Tank House Lane.    For more info and tickets, click here.  


Choreographed by Emma Kerson at the Citadel (304 Parliament). Presented live and online from June 15 to 18.  “We are constantly living in a state of change, however subtle. Hanging in the balance of me versus we, themselves weaves amongst four people in search of place and connection, and asks if we can ever fully know someone else, let alone ourselves.” 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.


Congrats F’Amelia

Yasaman Mehrsa’s lively new mural is up on the wall at F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  So far, it’s met with happy enthusiasm - it really transforms that section of the laneway.  It was sponsored by the Cabbagetown BIA using a City of Toronto grant.  

Cyril’s soup

This week, Cyril has two versions of his Caribbean chilli - a vegan one with cashews and a meat version with shredded chicken and ground pork. Both have tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and a bit of celery and some chopped mango for an exotic touch. Black beans and pigeon peas instead of kidney beans and Scotch Bonnets Instead of jalapeños. There’s orange juice in the broth and allspice and "green seasoning" in the traditional chili spice base. Both versions are the same price - 3 to 9 cups for $4/each and 10 or more cups for $3.50/each.  His juice is pineapple, orange and hibiscus - 2 cups for $9. Send him an email to place your order.