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.)
Summerlicious is back
Friday August 12 to Sunday August 28. Reservations are now open. Summerlicious restaurants offer prix fixe three-course menus at lunch and dinner. Lunch prices range from $20 to $55 and dinner from $25 to $75. Local restaurants include The Aviary (484 Front St E), Mengrai Thai Restaurant (82 Ontario St) and Butter Chicken Factory (560 Parliament). There are more participating restaurants in Riverside and also west of Jarvis. Check the website for details about prices, menus and times.
Share your skills and passion with youth 5 to 16 in our local Scouts Canada Group. “We need people who can join us weekly to lead programs that equip youth to paddle, sail and camp while developing as leaders. We also need people who can support the program on our monthly group committee looking after administration so that Scouters can focus on the youth. It would be extra exciting if you have access to boats.” On August 13 and 14, Scouters are camping on Snake Island (Toronto Island Park) to refresh and build our own skill set - potential new scouters and/or resource people are really welcome at this event. Send an email to express your interest.
If you want to be a candidate in the Fall municipal elections, the deadline to file your official nomination papers is 2 pm, August 19. So far, 15 candidates have filed for the Mayor’s job, including John Tory. In Ward 13, the Council seat is vacant and five people are in the race so far - Colin Johnson, Ryan Lester, Chris Moise, Caroline Murphy and Nikki Ward. Only one person, Sara Ehrhardt, has put her name forward for Ward 14 in the school board. Four people are contesting the Ward 11 Catholic school trustee position. No info available yet about the two French language school boards. Keep your eye on the races - info is available online.
Be sure to get your extra booster shot. There are plenty of places locally where you can do it conveniently including a community vaccine clinic at 40 Oak Street in Regent Park and a long list of local pharmacies who can give you an update. You can also call 1-833-943-3900 for additional help. Find all of these locations online.
Linda Manzer is a luthier who makes gorgeous guitars. Her latest project is the Sunflower Guitar for Ukraine, a gift to the people of Ukraine and an inspiration to all of us to give humanitarian aid. As it travels to Ukraine, it passes through the hands of many gifted artists. This is Linda’s part of the $1k Project for Ukraine which has raised $8 million so far. It donates $1K US to Ukrainian families in need. She hopes that her Sunflower Guitar will raise $250,000 for this effort. Thanks to Brenda McNee for passing on this story. Go to Linda’s website and her Facebook page for more info and for a donation button.
The City’s ActiveTO is back in business. The routes along Bayview and River Street will be available for bikes and pedestrians and closed to car traffic from 7 am on Saturday to 7 pm on Sunday. Check the City’s website for the latest updates before you go.
The season’s best produce is rolling in. Tomatoes, corn, beans, lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, garlic, melons and strawberries are all fresh from the fields. Both markets have live music, bake goods and local crafts. The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market In Riverdale Park West (Sumach at Winchester) is open every Tuesday from 3 to 7:30 pm. Underpass Park Farmers’ Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open on Thursdays from 4 to 7:30 pm.
On-going event: Moonlight Market in Regent Park
Thursdays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 pm, to September 17. Local crafts, food, entertainment. The east patio beside The Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).
Community meals prepared and cooked right in the Park, local vendors and entertainment every Wednesday from 5 pm until September 21. The Big Park (620 Dundas).
Park Yoga classes will happen every Thursday from noon to 1 pm at Riverdale Farm (Sumach and Carlton) up to Thanksgiving. Sarah Elder is the instructor. PWYC. For listings of other locations and dates and for last minute info about rain cancellations, check out the website.
August 4, 5, 9, 10, and 12 - Gould’s Wall
A young, extraordinarily talented musician is striving for perfection in her art. Her path to greatness? A magnificent wall. 8:30 pm each day. Tapestry Opera presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music. More info about the opera and ticket sales - available online.
8 pm, Soulpepper Theatre (50 Tank House Lane). Featuring Kahsenniyo. A showcase for diverse voices and talents from the Greater Toronto Area and around the world, one of the largest spoken word events in Canada.
King Lear’s daughters in a man’s world. Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery). For more info about the play and for tickets, click here.
Goneril’s father near the end of his reign. Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane). For online info and tickets, click here.
Cottage for rent
Family log cabin for rent on Kushog Lake in Algonquin Highlands. Available August 16 to 30. $5000 one week or $8000 2 weeks. Last minute opportunity! Email John and Juliette or call (416) 371-8475
We're looking for a furnished two bedroom house or apartment in Cabbagetown or downtown for two months starting September 1 or September 5. We are two nice ladies, non smoking quiet professionals, our sweet dog and every other week, a teenage girl. We need a furnished two bedroom unit while our home renovations are completed. (They’ve taken two months longer than we expected.) We'd like to stay in Cabbagetown or
A new store for the Children’s Book Bank
This new store will serve families in St James Town. It’ll be located below the current warehouse at 531 Sherbourne - opening on Saturday August 20. The Regent Park store will continue in The Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E, Suite 260).
Children’s Book Bank will receive your drop-offs on Saturday August 13 from 11 am to 2:30 pm. Please leave them at the warehouse (531 Sherbourne), rear entrance off Berkeley Street north of Wellesley.
Mud-Day Monday mornings for your kids - August 8 and August 15 from 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).
Scott reports that the shop now has lots of bikes in a wide range of sizes and prices - they’re carrying a new selection from Teck along with Specialized and Kona. The service department is also open and ready to handle your bike. Drop in for advice and servicing. 444 Parliament.
Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E) has posted an alert about cyanobacteria, the blue-green algae found in our lakes and rivers. Its poisonous toxins may cause liver failure, itching and blistering on your pet’s skin or damage to the central nervous system. The algae is in full bloom now. If you’re in doubt about the water’s safety. Find alternative ways to play with your dog.
Tasso (540 Parliament) is taking some time away. The next bake will be for August 13. Stay tuned to the website for menus and ordering.
Beautiful and stylish clothing from Timeless Collective (540 Parliament). The pop-up happens at Parkscape in front of Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament) on Saturday August 6 from 1 to 8 pm.
Parkscape (Parliament between Winchester and Carlton) 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.
Heat in St James Town apartments
As very high temperatures occur almost daily, tenants in St James Town face difficulties finding cooler places. The Toronto Community Housing building at 200 Wellesley has no air conditioning. In other buildings, tenants must buy their own units and then pay a professional to install it. Local cooling centres are often a half-hour walk away. Ghada Alsharif has written about these problems in her Toronto Star story, (Photo: Christopher Katsarov Luna)
Raquel Farrington has written a story in Streets of Toronto about L’Avenue (583 Parliament). It’s a very complimentary, upbeat account.
Playing in the Park
The Counterpoint Community Orchestra presents free concerts in Allan Gardens (Carlton and Sherbourne). 3 to 4 pm every Sunday to August 14.
All performances happen on the Parkscape stage in front of Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament). On Sunday August 7, JV’s Boogaloo Squad brings its award-winning jazz to Parkscape from 5 to 8 pm. On Monday August 8 and Tuesday August 9, acclaimed flamenco guitarist Roger Scannura will play from 3 to 6 pm. The Toronto All Star Big Band is back with music from the 30s, 40s and 50s on Wednesday August 10. Composer/cellist George Crotty displays his versatility on Friday August 12 from 2 to 5 pm. Check the website for times and details. And watch for announcements for the weeks to come - the schedule is filling up with exciting groups.
Every Saturday and Sunday until August 28. Noon to 4 pm. A new performer appears very day.
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.
Friday night karaoke happens at 9 pm every week at Alice’s Place (554 Parliament). Thousands of songs.
The Dominion (500 Queen E) brings you live music and DJs every Saturday night from 7 to 11 pm through the summer.
Welcome Julian at The Golden Pigeon
Julian Altrows has taken over in the space at 424 Parliament for his new pub, The Golden Pigeon. The front patio is livened up with bright umbrellas, a new paint job and new furniture. Inside, the pub has been redesigned and brightened up. It features big screen TVs and a side games room. There’s a giant shuffle board, two pinball machines, darts, Pac Man and more - the games are already attracting lots of interest. The overall food theme is German but specials like oyster nights will widen the menu. (416) 392-1039. Find out more at its website, Facebook and Instagram. Open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to “late”, closed Mondays.
Cyril is making his annual batch of green gazpacho. Apples add to the flavours along with cucumbers, green onions, green peppers, tomatillos, celery, spinach, limes, jalapeños, basil, mint, cilantro, garlic, vinegar and olive oil. 3 to 9 cups at $3/cup and 10 or more cups at $2.50/cup. His juice is apple and apricot at $9 for 2 cups. Send him an email with your order.