September 22




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: Eric Morse, Carlton and Berkeley) 


Construction on Parliament Street

The City of Toronto is replacing old water mains along Parliament from Carlton north to Bloor.  Lead pipes are being replaced with cleaner ones.  The project is scheduled to continue until June 2023.

Blair’s Run Update

By Thursday morning, the Run had collected $39,334.  There’ll be more - last minute donations are still coming in.  The top four teams are Wellesley Street ($7,600), Carlton ($4,700), CYC Exercisers ($3,700) and the Alley Cats ($3,600).  A rainy day celebration took place in Sprucecourt School yard on Sunday afternoon.  These donations support the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club. (Photo:  Aiya McNee, Sue Freeborn and Sue Spierling) 

Welcome Avery Sandy

Avery has joined Green Thumbs Growing Kids as the Indigenous Program leader.  She’s got a background in youth programming, community development and community engagement.  She’s from Christian Island and she’s an Ojibwe from Anishinabek nation.  Her traditional spirit name is Little Northern Star Woman.  Best wishes, Avery, in your work at GTGK.

Our two Farmers’ Markets

The Cabbagetown Market is looking for volunteers to help with set-ups from 1:30 to 3 pm on Tuesdays.  Email Ellie to volunteer. 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.

Candidates’ election meeting

The Corktown Residents & Business Association is hosting an All-Candidates meeting - Tuesday September 27, 6:30 pm, Cooper Koo Family YMCA (431 Cherry St).  Meet the candidates for City Council in our Ward 13.  Seating is limited to 60 people - please register here in advance.  If you have a question for the candidates, email it in advance.

Hidden murals

We have two striking murals by Jasnine Designs on the side walls at 464 Parliament. There’s a Toronto Star story about them - see below in the Media comments.

More Cabbagetown wildlife

Thanks, Rick, for this photo of a hawk sitting on a Spruce Street fence.  (Photo: Rick Walker)

Seen on Parliament Street

So, what do these guys do for a living? Click on the photo to enlarge it.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit

By Sally Gibson. Eaton’s store was draped in black, both inside and out. Churches across the city rang bells and held memorial services. Flags flew at half-mast. Cannon salutes, perhaps including the cannons at Riverdale Park, burst the air. The great Berthon oil painting of Queen Victoria in City Council was swathed in black. A ceremony at the Lt. Governor’s residence to celebrate officers from the South Africa War was postponed. And condolences flooded into the “Queen City” from around the world. Even French Quebecois joined in the general grieving although overseas Irish did not. “Gloom,” the January 22, 1901 Toronto Star reported, “had settled upon the land.” After 63 years on the throne, Queen Victoria was the longest serving monarch and the only monarch known by most Torontonians who were very British - 91.7% British. “No one under thirty years of age,” historian Jesse Edgar Middleton explained in 1923, “can understand the effect of Queen Victoria’s death on the mental processes of the leaders in civic life and of the public in general.” In Cabbagetown, Parliament Street stores were probably draped in black and displayed lithographs of Queen Victoria in their windows and residents likely attended memorial services in local churches. (Image: Queen Victoria, Toronto Globe, January 22, 1901, page 1)


Apartment needed

Local resident of Cabbagetown is looking for a one bedroom apartment in the neighbourhood, preferably for $1,500/month.  I clean houses and have successfully found many jobs locally.  I would like to move in January 1, 2023. If there is any possibility please email me.


Children’s Book Bank

Meet world-renown artist Barroux at the Children’s Book Bank (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E, Suite 260).  There’ll be a story time and drawings.  Saturday September 24, 2 pm. 

Tree tour in Allan Gardens

Diane Teal is a nature and garden educator. She’s guiding the tree tour on Sunday September 25 at 1 pm.  This week, it’s a Tree Detective Family Walk.  Kids are welcome - they’ll learn about the trees in the park and how to identify them.  Rain or shine, no reservations required.  More tours will happen through October. Meet at the Children’s Playground on the west side of the park.  (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, September 21 to November 23.  Send an email to register. 


Another bridge in the Port Lands

A new pedestrian bridge is now in place over the future Don River.  It’s part of the eventual River Valley Park in the Port Lands.  blogTO has done a story about the bridge and about the massive effort to redirect the Don River.  (Photo:  Waterfront Toronto)

Conversation with Alanna Cavanaugh

Customers at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) will remember Alanna Cavanaugh’s illustrations in the HoP’s windows during the Covid lockdowns.  She talked to Diane Peters for this article in the Toronto Star.  (Photo:  Andrew Francis Wallace, Toronto Star)

Ten murals, ten artists, ten stories

Joshua Chong has written about the tenth anniversary of StreetArt and the murals that it has sponsored across Canada.  Included is the mural, We Rise Above, at 464 Parliament by Jasnine Designs.  (Photo:  Paige Taylor White, Toronto Star)

Waterfront development

Marcus Gee has written a story in the Globe & Mail about urban renewal along the waterfront in Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.  Toronto gets a big portion of the story with details about Waterfront Toronto and the Port Lands.  (Photo:  Fred Lum, Globe & Mail)


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.

Distillery’s anniversary party

The Distillery is 190 years old and it’s having a party on Thursday September 29 from 6 to 10 pm.  Outdoors on Trinity Street. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail, live music and a DJ, canopes and a birthday cake, fireworks and an experience in the Whiskey lounge.  More info and tickets online.  $55. 

Distillery’s Local Market

Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm to October 9. Fresh local produce and flowers.  Gristmill Lane, Distillery.

Repair & Run

Bike repairs, Sundays to October 2 from 9 am to 2 pm.  Case Goods Lane, Distillery


Kate Laidlaw at The Great Mallard

Kate has been with The Great Mallard (503 Parliament) since it opened its doors.  She’s a Cabbagetown jewellery designer and bead-smith with a deep knowledge of the healing benefits of stones and crystals.  Her necklaces, bracelets and earrings reflect the beauty of nature, the power of healing and our ancestral origins as well as simple and graceful elegance. She has a Facebook page.

Order your turkey

St James Town Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) is taking orders now for your Thanksgiving turkey.  Birds are available from 10 to 20 pounds.  Pickups during the week before Thanksgiving, October 10.



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

September 23 to October 8 at Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley).  The play frequently says the unsayable through its spiralling comedy.  Details and tickets available online.     

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale

On stage 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.


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.  


Bingo for Caroline

Erin at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) has gone political!  She's holding a fundraiser for her good friend, Caroline Murphy, a candidate in the civic election for city councillor.   Lots of people know Caroline and are willing to help her - so here's the chance.  $10 entrance fee, $5 for two squares, $10 for six squares.  Three rounds.  Plenty of prizes.  Thursday September 29, 7 pm.  

Cyril’s soup

He’s making comfort food this week - sweet potato and peanut.  It has sweet potatoes, chickpeas, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, peanut butter and garam masala.This week’s juice is beet, apple 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.