Eric is a Cabbagetown-based photographer. His images cover local scenes, TTC streetcars and other incidentals that strike his fancy. See his work at the new Cabbagetown Artists site. (This image: Eric Morse, Night Rain)
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, Brown Eyed Susans)
Parkscape entertainment 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.
The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market will open next week on Tuesday June 14, 3 to 7 pm in Riverdale Park West (Winchester and Sumach) - 24 vendors are currently listed on the Market’s website .
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. Both of them run every week until October.
Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
By Sally Gibson. The passenger pigeon, discussed in an earlier Tidbit, was a North American phenomenon, from appearing in vast numbers to becoming extinct. Each year they came, darkening the sky for hours and hours. And then they disappeared. World-renowned naturalist, Ernest Thompson Seton “lived a stone’s throw from the Don Valley” according to another distinguished conservationist, Charles Sauriol. He remembered the last great fly-over. “I shall never forget the last great horde that passed over,” Seton wrote to his friend Sauriol. It was in 1876 about April 20th when hundreds of thousands of wild pigeons headed due north in flocks that stretched east and west to a smoky line on each horizon. “I saw it all from my bedroom window and I must sorrowfully add that it was the last of the great flocks that, according to record, ever came over Toronto. The last passenger pigeon to die was named Martha. She expired on September 1, 1914, in the Cincinnati Zoo, rendering her species extinct. (Image: Martha, last passenger pigeon, 1914 Cincinnati Zoo)
HIDDEN GARDENS & PRIVATE SPACES
A pleasant success
By all accounts, the garden tour was another success. Approximately 700 tickets were sold. After paying for the Tour expenses, the proceeds go to the Streetscape in Bloom award and to the Cabbagetown People Project. Both are part of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association program. Twelve lovely gardens were featured in each corner of Cabbagetown. Visitors enjoyed the remarkable use of small spaces in each one. Special guests and young musicians from the Rosedale School of the Arts added to the charm. The tour is offered every two years, alternating with the tour of homes.
Garden tour supporters
Sponsors for the tour included Hepburn Landscaping, Blooming Flower Bar, House on Parliament, Richard Silver Realtor, Jay’s Garden Centre, Steve Yeates Illustration & Graphic Design and BMO. Several retailers offered same-day discounts to tour ticket holders - Epicure Shop, Great Mallard, POA, Royal Home Hardware, Spruce and Frame Maker. Plus local restaurants - Cranberries, Stout Irish Pub and Church’s Texas Chicken.
Congrats to the people who made the tour a success
Over 60 volunteers worked throughout the day. Feedback indicates that visitors were warmly welcomed, well informed and charmed by their experiences. The organizing committee was chaired by Helen Coltrinari and Sarah Currie along with Stephen Boddy, CJ Cogswell, Anne Cumming, Christina Jackson and Cathy Waited. Congrats and well-done everyone.
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.
Musicians for hire
Elliott (piano) and Matthew (base) 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.
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.
Save the date
The Cabbagetown Residents Association will hold its annual meeting on June 20. It will likely be a Zoom event. Details are coming soon.
IN THE MEDIA
Reviews for Where the Blood Mixes
The co-production between Native Earth and Soulpepper is getting good reviews in the Toronto media. Robin Grant-Morin in The Globe & Mail says that it’s “a roller coaster that never loses steam.” Aisling Murphy writes in the Toronto Star that it’s “a love letter to residential school survivors and the terrain of Lytton BC”. (Photo: Dahlia Katz)
IN OUR SHOPS
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 charge it with your purchase. Your donation will buy a paw - your pet’s name will be added to a paper poster and displayed in the store.
THEATRE & DANCE NEWS
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 19. Master classes, workshops and talks 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 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. “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.
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.
Spirit Leaf Cabbagetown is having a party on its patio (238 Carlton) on Friday June 10 from 7:30 pm. There’ll be a Drag Show with Perla, Steak, and Aurora Matrix. Bevy and pre-roll sales all night. 19+, $20. For more info and tickets, click here.
Dominion Pub & Kitchen - Drag Brunch
Carlotta Carlisle and Dmanda Tension perform on Sunday June 11. Brunch at 11 am and show at 12:30 pm. Lip synching and comedy and live DJ. 500 Queen E. For more info, click here.
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.
SPECIAL SUMMER PLACES
The street patios have arrived and they’re being built up now. Salt & Tobacco (521 Parliament) has already opened for business. Drop by for a pizza and a cold beverage.
Pups at the Dominion
People aren’t the only ones enjoying the patio at Dominion Pub & Kitchen (500 Queen E). There’s even a pup-menu.
On a beautiful back patio. Dova, 229 Carlton.
Mexico in the Distillery
El Catrin has a very cool patio - at 18 Tank House Lane, right in the heart of The Distillery.
Great food, wine Wednesdays and a new mural
All at F’Amelia (12 Amelia). Open seven days a week.
A little lane in Corktown
Fusilli’s patio has lots of room for a group of friends. 531 Queen E
Rooftop at the HoP
Here’s another great outdoor option. The roof at the House on Parliament 454 Parliament.
Summer nights at The Keating Channel
Waterfront and city centre views from the Keating Channel’s patio. 2 Villiers.
Father’s Day at the Aviary
The Aviary is giving free tours through Longslice Brewery on Sunday June 19 at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm. Brunch happens from 11 am to 4 pm. 484 Front.
Cyril is making corn and jalapeño chowder this week with a base of carrots, onions, garlic and celery. The main ingredients are corn, potatoes, jalapeños and half-and-half cream. You can request coconut milk as a dairy-free option - please specify if this is your preference. $3 per cup for 3 to 9 cups, $2.50 per cup for 10 or more. His juice is orange strawberry, cups for $9. Send him an email to place your order.