July 14




Rick McCarthy

Rick McCarthy is a fine artist, printmaker and sculptor. He’s lived in Cabbagetown for 40 years. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1963 and has works in collections world wide. He is also a Hanshi (8th dan) in Shotokan Karate.  For more info visit his website or follow him on Instagram at rickmccarthyart. 

Untitled (Image 1084),  Oil pastel on paper ,  28” x 40”

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: Jack Grunsky, Lady in the cafe.) 


The Foundry

The Province of Ontario has just sold its Foundry properties to two development companies.  Both are numbered companies, identified only as Eastern Avenue (Condo) LP and Eastern Avenue (Condo) GP. In August 2021, an agreement was reached between the Province, the City of Toronto and local residents groups. It preserves the Cleaning Room (also called The Foundry) and Machine Shop buildings and it stipulates that future owners must enter into a Heritage Easement Agreement with the City.  The provincial Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) is the all-powerful document governing the site and its plans allow for the construction of three tall towers.  The illustration shows the buildings that have been demolished in dark blue and the rescued buildings in light grey.  (Image:  Friends of the Foundry)

The Dr Sandy Macpherson Bursary

Organized by Community Matters Toronto, the Dr. Sandy Macpherson Bursary was established in 2021 in his honour to promote his standards of excellence and inquiry coupled with the decency that he practiced. Sandy was a long-time Cabbagetown resident who enjoyed deeply his connections with his neighbours and friends.  As a professional, he had an outstanding career in public health.  The bursary is awarded to students from St James Town to continue into their post-secondary studies. His friends may wish to contribute to the bursary fund - send an email for more info to Community Matters. 

Congrats to Alisha

This year, Alisha Ali is one of two students from Jarvis Collegiate who are winners of the Dr Sandy Macpherson Bursary.   One of her teachers at Jarvis commented that, “Alisha is an exceptional young woman who has contributed greatly to the school and youth in the community.”  She was very active in school clubs and events, all while maintaining a high academic performance.  She’s going to Toronto Metropolitan University to study business management.  She’s aiming for an eventual career in law. Next week, we’ll introduce the other 2022 recipient, Rashad Jaffar.

Progress at the CYC

The renovations at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) are starting to show impressive results.  Art Eggleton, who’s chairing the fundraising campaign, has sent along more photos of the work.  By early September, the building should be ready for a full public unveiling.  

Summer entertainment is here

Check the entertainment section below for info about outdoor summer movies, bands at Parkscape and buskers at the Distillery. The Toronto All-Star Big Band appeared on Wednesday and they’ll be back again for three more performances this summer.

Gifts for Green Thumbs Growing Kids

GTGK and its student gardeners are back again at their three school gardens at Winchester, Rose Avenue and Sprucecourt and in the rooftop garden at The Daniels Spectrum.  Summer programs are underway. Two generous donors have set aside $7,000 to match your gifts - making a grand total of $14,000.  The deadline is July 31.  Check it out and make your gift at the GTGK website. 

Tasha Kheiriddin’s new book

Tasha is a Cabbagetown resident who’s deeply involved in the current Conservative Party leadership race.  She’s a national co-chair of Jean Charest’s campaign.  Her book is titled "The Right Path, How Conservatives Can Unite, Inspire and Take Canada Forward".  For more info and for book orders, click here.


Bayview Avenue south of the Rosedale Valley Road to Lawren Harris Square in Corktown and River Street between Bayview and Spruce will be closed from Saturday at 7 am to Sunday at 7 pm.    If you’re planning a bike ride or a stroll along these streets, check the City’s website for the latest updates. 

Farmers’ Markets

Watch for the wonderful, fresh berries everywhere in both Markets - strawberries raspberries and blueberries. The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market, Riverdale Park West (Sumach at Winchester), every Tuesday from 3 to 7:30 pm. 

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

Cooper’s Hawk

Ken and Bob watched this Cooper’s Hawk land on a branch in front of their house and chomp down its meal. (Photo:  Ken Brown)

Lookin’ good

Rick and Mike are both renowned Cabbagetown painters.  Rick (left) does figure studies and Mike does houses.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit

By Sally Gibson.  Given the condition of the Don River today, it’s hard to believe that it was once one of Toronto’s premier swimming places, as Dale Barbour discusses in “The Romance of Boys Bathing in Toronto’s Don River, 1890-1930”. Beginning in 1897, the City of Toronto established a free-swimming station along the Don River between the Winchester Bridge (just north of Riverdale Park) and pre-Viaduct Bloor Street. In 1902, the Don River was even more popular than Sunnyside and Toronto Island. Moreover, free-swimming station patrons were not the only humans longing for a dunking. For many years Cabbagetowners and primarily other working-class patrons flocked to their favourite swimming holes. There were about eight that beckoned, offering delight and sometimes disaster, especially for newcomers and regulars who found that the river bottom had shifted over the winter. It was a strictly male-only event, since very, very few wore bathing costumes. These four lads and their dog trekked through farmer Dunnett’s field, stripped down (all except the dog), frolicked in the cool river water, and posed chastely, waist-deep in the river, for William Wallace Judd’s camera.  Photo:  Dunnett’s Swimming Hole, Don River west of Bayview, ca 1900  (TPL R-6539)


Second Cabbagetown walk

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is holding another walk on Sunday July 17, 10 am.  No need for advance reservations. Join the group at the Cabbagetown People directory board just inside the gates at Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester).  Free.

Lavassa IncluCity Festival

Happening now until July 16 in The Distillery.  Thirty films from over twenty countries, special guests, 6ix Art Outdoors and more.  Food and beverage sampling included in ticket prices.  For the list of films, details and tickets, click here.


Mud-days at Allan Gardens

Save Monday mornings for your kids - July 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).


The carrot cake lady

Ashley the Carrot Cake Lady uses an East Coast family recipe first developed by her Grandmother over forty years ago.  Her cakes have enjoyed wide approval.  They’re available here through The Great Mallard (503 Parliament).  She did her latest batch with a special pink heart to show her appreciation for the success that she’s had in Cabbagetown. Sunday is National Ice Cream Day and if possible, Christina at The Great Mallard will have samples for you at her booth at Parkscape.

Businesses are welcome

Parkscape offers all Cabbagetown businesses an opportunity to set up and sell their stuff.  To get more info and to be featured on the BIA’s website calendar, contact Virginia at (416) 921-0857 or by email.

Thanks to the BIA

Once again, the Cabbagetown BIA has planted lovely flower boxes on Carlton and hanging baskets on the light poles.  

And in Parkscape, even the trash bins are decorated.


Congrats Mustafa

Regent Park's Mustafa has been awarded the 2022 Prism Prize for his music video “Ali”.  It’s his personal account of the death of his friend Ali Rizeig in 2017.  He also won the 2022 Willie Dunn Award given to a trailblazer in Canadian music.  David Friend wrote about the video and the prizes in the Toronto Star.  (Photo:  Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press)

Report about The Foundry

Elspeth Chalmers has written a front-page story in The Bridge about the sale of Foundry properties to two development companies.  (Image:  Friends of the Foundry)



On stage now 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. 


Curtains Up - outdoor movies

At sundown, approximately 9 pm, Thursday July 14, Best in Show and short film The Afterlifetime of Colm Feore & Nightlife.  Free.  Corktown Common, 155 Bayview.

At sundown, approximately 9 pm, Thursday July 21, Soul Power and short film Ruff & Tuff - Stranger Cole's Toronto Roots.  Free.  Corktown Common, 155 Bayview.

Under the Stars - outdoor movies

Summer of Soul, Sundown, Wednesday July 20 in The Big Park (620 Dundas E at Sackville).  Free.  

Taste of Regent Park

Taste happens every Wednesday evening until September 21 from 6 pm.  During July, it happens before the outdoor film starts (approximately 9 pm).  Community meals, local vendors and entertainment every week.  The Big Park (620 Dundas). 

Playing in the Park

The Counterpoint Community Orchestra presents music in Allan Gardens.  3 to 4 pm every Sunday to August 14.  Free.  

Music at the Farmers' Market

The Fat Quartet Band plays weekly at the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market (Riverdale Park West, Sumach at Winchester).  Your donations are appreciated.

Music at Parkscape

Bands will liven up your visit to Parliament Street and to Parkscape every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons at the Cabbagetown Stage (west side of Parkscape south of Aberdeen).  On Sunday July 17 from 4 to 7 pm, Yosel & the Yingles, a klezmer and Yiddish swing band. The Tim Collins Band returns on Wednesday July 20 from 5 to 8 pm. Check the website for times and details.

Buskers in the Distillery

Every Saturday and Sunday until August 28.  Noon to 4 pm.  A new performer appears very day.

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.  


Thanks Johnny Gs

Staff at Johnny Gs have brightened up their corner of the Carlton and Parliament intersection.

Cyril’s soup

Cyril has returned from his vacation in Spain. He’s keeping his memories alive with this week’s soup and juice.  He’s making tomato strawberry gazpacho with cucumbers, garlic, peppers, onion, olive oil and vinegar and reinforced with basil, jalapenios and an optional batch of almonds.  3 to 9 cups at $3 each and 10 or more cups at $2.50 each.  He’s also making coconut raspberry juice at $9 for two cups.  Send him an email with your order.