A PERSONAL VIEW
The Cabbagetown Festival weekend
Last weekend’s Festival events were all successes. People had fun. But, there was a missing ingredient - the traditional Festival on Parliament Street. The Cabbagetown BIA substituted an afternoon of music at its Parkscape for the full two-day program established in other years. Nice try, but it didn’t work. For some time now, the Board and staff have been hearing disappointed comments from the community and this reaction will continue. The BIA Board wants to redesign its part of the Festival. That’s okay. There’s a full year ahead to settle these plans. The Board should broaden its scope and get suggestions from community members and professional event planners. Above all, don’t dither away another year without a Festival.
CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL EVENTS
The celebration at the CYC
The Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) was officially reopened last Saturday. Mayor John Tory and former mayors Art Eggleton and Barbara Hall along with Kristyn Wong Tam MPP and a crowd of 150 people celebrated with a giant cake and a tour of the new facilities. It’s great to have this important community hub back in business. It’s merged with the Boys & Girls Club Toronto Kiwanis (BGCTK) and the two services now form a healthy partnership in Regent Park, Cabbagetown and St James Town. The fundraising team headed by Art Eggleton has raised enough money to pay for the building’s renovations and to provide an operating cushion for the future.
The Boxing Club has reopened as well. The Mayors all gathered to pound away at each other!
Eighty participants on the Cabbagetown teams have raised almost $20,000. Several groups have not registered their donations yet so the total will be higher. These donations support the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club. (Photo: Sally Chatfield. The Alley Cats team ran 2.5 km down the Don Trail to Corktown Common and then back again.)
The Cabbagetown Short Film Festival
The live gala took place on Wednesday September 7 at the Winchester Dance Theatre and the online screening continued between September 8 to 10. 85 people arrived for the live show and another 72 signed up online. Marci Ien presented Gina Dineen with an award celebrating her contributions over the past thirty years. Among the film prizes, Les Larmes de la Seine won first prize, bee-roll won as the best documentary and 2nd Class was the People’s Choice. (Photo: Eric Morse)
The Art & Crafts show
Bev Jenkins, the executive director of the show, reports that, “Riverdale Park West was booming… top quality artisans and visitors.”
Ruth Wickremesooriya won the show’s first prize, the award sponsored by Randy Brown.
Celina Kang won second prize, sponsored by Mary Martin.
Vendors along Carlton and Sumach
Once again, independent vendors set up tents along neighbouring streets around Sprucecourt School. They sold everything from vintage maps to handmade jewellery and children’s games. Fun stuff.
Parkscape Promenade on Parliament
Frank & Beans, Trombone Charlotte’s Tiger Band, flamenco dancing with Valerie and Roger Scannura and the popular Toronto All-Star Big Band provided the music.
Special booths were set up for face painting and bubble games for the kids.
Salt & Tobacco dished out delicious pizza and Jet Fuel kept the serious discussions well caffeinated.
Parkscape has now been dismantled. It was a welcome success over the summer, providing a stage for great music, a platform for businesses to display their goods and a shady, comfortable place for everyone to sit and watch the street life passing by. It attracted lots of media attention and created the image of a remarkable neighbourhood ready to experiment with new ideas. The project came from Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, from Kristyn Wong Tam and from the Cabbagetown BIA. Our thanks to all of them.
Update on Sydney’s rowing program
Sydney Payne is a member of the national Canadian women’s rowing team. They won a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics. She’s back to work now with training runs in Munich and then the team is headed to Racice for the 2022 World Championships between September 18 to 25. She’s rowing in the 8 seat, directly facing the coxen.
Best wishes, Virginia
Virginia Gallop will finish her work at the Cabbagetown BIA office on Friday September 16. As the BIA’s executive director, she presided over a year of significant successes. Despite the crippling effects of the pandemic, the BIA has handled new and impressive activities. Music and family events were blended together during Live Music in the Patch, Holiday in the Patch and Maplelicious. She launched the BIA’s first Remembrance Day ceremony. Cabbagetown’s Parkscape was her stage for a busy summer music program. She notes the friendships that she made in the business community and among our residents, “I’ve truly enjoyed this last year working in Cabbagetown and getting to know so many of its businesses and the folks who run them.”
Our two Farmers’ Markets
Both farmers’ markets offer more than food vendors. In Cabbagetown on Tuesday September 20, Tasso will be there with their famous croissants and their regular pastries. Find out why Oly and Mike are so widely praised for their delicious baking. Harvest season is underway and the produce at the two Markets is superb - don’t miss out. 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.
Information about the election is listed at the City of Toronto’s website. Find out about getting on the voters’ list, voting by mail, getting a job during the election, the candidates in our Ward and lots more.
Adam is the man whose company put together Parkscape. Marie-Louise is a Cabbagetown resident who’s a fan of his work.
It’s a miracle
Gas was only $1.47 on September 11. Can you believe it?
Open House at The Sumach
Take a tour through The Sumach (140 Sumach at Shuter) from Thursday September 15 to Sunday September 18. From 1 to 6 pm daily. There’ll be live music, food and beverages. The first forty visitors will receive a VIP gift box. The Sumach offers luxury living for independent seniors - check it out on this tour.
Fred Victor’s Harvest Festival
The annual harvest celebration in the communal garden in the Big Park. Lunch, kids’ activities, raffle and more. Saturday September 17, 11 am to 1 pm. 620 Dundas.
Blair’s Run wrap-up
The Run will hold a celebration and picnic at 3 pm on Sunday in the Sprucecourt School yard (Sumach and Carlton).
Tour the Necropolis
Virginia van Vliet is again guiding a tour of the Necropolis. Saturday September 24 at 10:30 am. Meet at the gates of the cemetery (200 Winchester). It’s a “pay what you can” event - donations go to the Blair’s Run fundraising campaign. Please email Brenda McNee to register.
Moonlight Market in Regent Park
Friends of Regent Park baked up some cookies for the Market. 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).
Distillery’s Local Market
Every Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm to October 9. Fresh local produce and flowers. Gristmill Lane, Distillery.
Repair & Run
Bike repairs every Sunday to October 2 from 9 am to 2 pm. Case Goods Lane, Distillery
THEATRE NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2022
Female of the Species
September 23 to October 8. The play frequently says the unsayable through its spiralling comedy. Details and tickets available online. Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley).
On stage to October 9. 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. Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane). For online info and tickets, click here.
On stage from September 20 to October 2 in the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley). Canadian Stage presents Olivier Choiniere’s play about a family dinner with a surreal twist.
IN OUR STORES
Art at Labour of Love
Lawrence Bernstein’s photography is featured at Labour of Love (223 Carlton). Five of his large works are framed and displayed on the wall. Another 27 smaller works, unframed, are also available. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.
Mill Street Sound Fest
Mill Street is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a free music festival in the Distillery. 3 to 9 pm, Saturday September 17. Entertainers include Tokyo Police Club, Dizzy and The Darcys, Fan Club Wallet, Can Kahin and C J Wiley. Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane).
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.
blogTO has listed two Cabbagetown restaurants in its article about seven new spots in Toronto - Kingyo (51B Winchester) and Tabi Ramen (568 Parliament).
Mexico’s Independence Day
El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane, Distillery) is offering Mexican Independence Day specials on Tuesday and Friday with beef tinga tostadas, red chicken pozole and arroz con leche.
Cyril’s Quebec version of a classic split pea soup uses Montreal smoked meat instead of ham. A vegetarian or vegan version is not available. This week’s juice has cantaloupe, pineapple, ginger and lime. The soup is $4/cup for 3 to 9 cups and $3.50/cup for 10 or more. His juice is $9 for 2 cups. Email him with your order.