Michael Cavanaugh is having a show at the Worth Gallery (830 Dundas W) from October 13 to 22. The opening is at 7 pm on Thursday October 13. Save the date - it’s a great opportunity to see his powerful paintings on display. And you can see more of his work at our Cabbagetown Artists site - click here.
The Slaight Family Foundation has just made remarkable donations to 22 theatre companies - 21 across Ontario plus the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Among the recipients are three local companies - Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery) $1.5 million, Canadian Stage (26 Berkeley) $750,000 and Native Earth (585 Dundas E) $250,000. These gifts will help the theatres recover from the pandemic shutdowns. They’ll be used over the next two years to generate bigger performances and to attract larger audiences. (Photo: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity)
Voter Information Cards are being distributed now. They offer all kinds of info - where to vote, advance poll dates, times. If you haven’t received one, check to see whether you’re on the official voters’ list - click here. It’s easy. If you’re missing from the list, call 311 (before October 14) or fix the problem when you go to vote.
Toronto’s election day is Monday, October 24 from 10 am to 8 pm. The advance polls happen from Friday October 7 to Friday October 14, 10 am to 7 pm. Go to the City’s election site to find out where you vote.
Daniels on Parliament
Work on the Daniels’ building at the southeast corner of Parliament and Gerrard has started. It will feature 628 suites in two towers, 25 and 10 storeys on a shared platform along with ground level retail. Affordable housing is a key part of the proposal. Daniels’ Partnership for Affordable Home Ownership offers current Regent Park residents a second mortgage as down payment assistance. In addition, two units will be set aside for Habitat for Humanity families. Artscape Atelier will create streetscape artworks for the corner. (Image: Daniels Corporation)
Blair’s Run Update
By Thursday morning, the Run had collected $40,505. A remarkable success. Congrats to everyone who organized and contributed to this year’s event. Michelle Keightley (right) with Brenda Brown McNee - Michelle is the 1st prize individual fundraiser, collecting almost $2,000. Wellesley won the overall team fundraising trophy - more than $7,600 collected.
Necropolis walking tour
Virginia van Vliet guided a group of twenty through the Necropolis on Saturday September 24. Brenda McNee reports that an extra $480 went to the Blair’s Run campaign, thanks to the tour.
Canada’s Women’s 8 rowing team had a successful appearance at the World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. They earned a bronze in the final race. Romania won the gold and the Netherlands got silver. Sydney Payne has returned to the team after helping to win Olympic gold last year - she’s in the 8 seat, facing the coxen.
Marilyn’s nail clinic
Marilyn regular monthly nail clinic for your pets happens on Saturday September 3 at Pet Valu (240 Carlton). 9 am to 4 pm. She often has a full schedule for the day so she asks you to make an appointment. Call her at (416) 920-6814 for a reservation. $12, cash please.
Our two Farmers’ Markets
Only four more market days at the Cabbagetown Market and three more at Corktown’s Underpass Market. 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.
Fall bonus at The Sumach
Enjoy a move-in bonus up to $3,000 at The Sumach (148 Sumach). Secure your apartment by October 15 for a move-in date by December 1. Call (416) 644-8912 to learn more.
Local resident of Cabbagetown is looking for a one bedroom apartment in the neighbourhood, preferably for $1,500/month. She cleans houses and has successfully found many jobs locally. She would like to move in January 1, 2023. Email her if you have a vacancy.
Tree tour in Allan Gardens
Bad weather forced the cancellation of Diane Teal’s tree tour in Allan Gardens last Sunday. Her Tree Detective Family Walk is rescheduled for Sunday October 16 at 1 pm. This week, VJ Adhikari is guiding the tree tour and he’s offering it in Hindi. Meet at 1 pm in front of the Palm House, Allan Gardens (Jarvis and Carlton)
Urban Roots Youth
A program for kids 14 to 18 from Green Thumbs Growing Kids. Learn about urban agriculture and growing your own food. Topics include native plants, tree planting, climate change and food justice. Learn to cook new recipes, contribute to the environment and experience outdoor gardening. Volunteer hours are available. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm to November 23. Send an email to register.
IN THE MEDIA
Slaight Family Foundation initiatives
The Foundation has just announced that it’s donating grants ranging from $125,000 to $1.5 million to 21 Ontario theatre companies and to the Banff Centre. Soulpepper, Canadian Stage and Native Earth are among the recipients. J Kelly Nestruck at the Globe & Mail has written about the grants and their impact.
Cabbagetown Boxing Club
The Boxing Club (3 Lancaster) has reopened along with the rest of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre. Joe Warmington has written about the Club’s history and its boxers in his Toronto Sun column. Watch Johnny Kalbhenn, Peter Wylie and Greg Gary talk about the Club’s future (Video by Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun).
Parliament Street real estate
blogTO reports that six Cabbagetown buildings are for sale at $16.5 million. They’re on the west side of Parliament south of Aberdeen. They’re home to Meridian Credit Union, Parliament Street Fitness, Phosome and Souvlaki Express with renovated and attractive apartments upstairs. Thanks to Victoria Hadden for the tip about this story. Check out the story and the details here. (Photo: blogTO)
Allan Gardens plant sale
The Friends of Allan Gardens are holding their annual plant sale on Saturday, October 1 from 10 am to 1 pm. Meet in the Edible Garden on the west side of the park. You’ll find tropical plants, herbs and veggies, succulents, free seeds and vintage posters. Bring your own bags to take your goodies home. Masks are optional. Payments accepted in cash, debit and credit cards.
Distillery’s anniversary party
IN OUR STORES
Seasonal sale at Kendall & Co
Kendall and Co are having another great sale to clear space for new inventory. Save up to 50% on furniture, antiques, art, rugs and vinyl mats. Pillows are also on sale - buy one and get a second one free. Some exceptions apply. Other special deals are available only in-store. Shop Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm. Click here to shop online.
St James Town Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) is taking orders now for your Thanksgiving turkey. Birds are available from 10 to 20 pounds. If you’re looking for an alternative, try a ham, a rack of pork or an Ontario lamb leg, boneless or bone-in. Pickups during the week before Thanksgiving, October 10.
THEATRE NEWS - OCTOBER
Extended run due to popular demand - to October 8 in the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley). Canadian Stage presents Olivier Choiniere’s play about a family dinner with a surreal twist.
Citadel + Compagnie (304 Parliament) presents nine unique dance experiences. Thursday Shift on September 29, Friday Shift on September 30 and Saturday Shift on October 1 - three performances each night at 10 pm. Read about each performance online.
Female of the Species
On stage now to October 8 at Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley). The play frequently says the unsayable through its spiralling comedy. Details and tickets available online.
On stage to October 9 at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane). Ins Choi, creator of Kim’s Convenience, shows how Charles and Norah figure out who they are in relation to each other, their son, and the audience. A humorous and honest story about the rocky rite of passage into parenthood. For online info and tickets, click here.
The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale
October 13 to November 6 at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane). Haley McGee realizes that the only way she can pay her VISA bill is by selling gifts from her ex-boyfriends. For online info and tickets, click here.
Brite Night at The Aviary
The Aviary (484 Front E) wants to thank everyone for your support over the past two years. So they’re having a Brite Night - enjoy a free pint of beer. Buy a Megamug and refill it free all night long. Fill your mugs directly from the Brite Tank and then dance and laugh all night long. Saturday October 1.
Free concerts in the CSI Community Living Room in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E). The first concert takes place on Tuesday October 4 from 6 to 9 pm with Thispatcher (Michael Palumbo). Future concerts on the first Tuesday of each month.
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.
A new cornetto at Terroni
Terroni’s (22 Sackville) new cornetto will make you swoon. It’s made with fresh pastry cream and mixed berries,
Oktoberfest at Mill Street
Oktoberfest runs to October 23 and Mill Street (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) has an exclusive menu and beer list to celebrate.
Congrats to The Golden Pigeon
blogTO has done a terrific write-up about our newest pub. The Golden Pigeon (424 Parliament).
This week’s soup is a velvety pear, butternut squash and ginger blend with a few onions and some rosemary. His juice is pear and ginger. The soup is $3/cup for 3 to 9 cups and $2.50/cup for 10 or more. His juice is $9 for 2 cups. Email him with your order.