September 8




Lawrence Bernstein’s photography is featured at Labour of Love (223 Carlton). The show starts tomorrow, Friday September 8.  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.  Congrats Lawrence and thanks to Regina.  


Join the celebration at the CYC

The Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) will host an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday September 10 at 10 am.  It’s great to have this important community hub back in business.  Thanks go to the fundraising team headed by Art Eggleton and to the staff at the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club.  On Saturday morning, you’re invited to meet Mayor John Tory and former mayors Art Eggleton and Barbara Hall along with Kristyn Wong Tam MPP and Marci Ien MP.  There’ll be a giant cake and coffee and a tour of the new facilities.

Kids activities

Kids will have lots to do on Parliament Street. From noon to 4 pm, Melika Saeeda, Sarvanez Rayati & Azadeh Pirazimian will handle face painting at Salt & Tobacco and Jet Fuel (509 Parliament). From noon to 5 pm, Alejandra Macouzet will do interactive chalk works.  From 2:15 to 3 pm, there’ll be a live bubble show at Carlton and Parliament. 

In Riverdale Park, Jennifer Kruk will entertain your kids from 10 am to noon and from 2 to 4 pm with her show, “Let the good times roll.” - music, DJ, dancing, trivia, sing-a-longs and games.   


September 9 to September 18

Blair’s Run 

Donations have started to arrive - the Carlton team has raised $1692, Wellesley $2098 and the CYC Exercisers $1441.  These are still preliminary results.  There are some awesome fundraisers among the other teams and we’ll be hearing from them soon.   These donations support the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club.  Go to the website to find the details and to register yourself and your team.    

September 8 to 10

The Cabbagetown Short Film Festival 

The live screening took place on Wednesday September 7 with a big crowd on hand.  One happy moviegoer saw people he had missed since the beginning of the pandemic.  In short, a successful evening.  It’s not too late to enjoy the show - the program is also screening online and you can get your tickets from September 8 to 10.  $15. Details are online.  (Photo:  Eric, Juli and Wendy with Gina Dineen (left) just before scooting off to the wine bar.) 

Friday September 9 to Sunday September 11

The Art & Crafts show

180 art and craft vendors. New this year, The Duncan Hopkins Trio will play at noon and 4 pm each day with an incredible line-up - Reg Schwager (guitar), Chris Gale (sax) and Kevin Turcotte (trumpet).  Toronto Public Health will be offering COVID 19 vaccinations during the show. Enjoy a meal or a snack from El Nahual Tacos, Haldi and Mis Amigos.  Riverdale Park (Sumach between Carlton and Winchester) from 1 pm on Friday September 9 and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm daily.   Check the website for detailed listings.

Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11

Riverdale Farm Fall Festival

For kids, there’s games, face painting, contests and activities.  Everyone will enjoy the corn roast, farmers’ demonstrations, pancake breakfast on Sunday - it’s all happening at Riverdale Farm (Winchester east of Sumach). 9:30 to 3:30 on Saturday and Sunday.  

Sunday September 11

Parkscape Promenade on Parliament

On Parliament Street between noon and 8 pm on Sunday September 11 for a day-long entertainment extravaganza sponsored by the Cabbagetown BIA.  Parliament will be closed from 508 Parliament south to Carlton and eastbound Carlton will be closed from Parliament to Exchange Lane.  It’s a final wrap-up for Parkscape.

Artists have already signed up to perform - Trombone Charlotte’s Tiger Band, Joseph Landau and Nat Baja from 12 to 1 pm, Franks & Beans from 1 to 3 pm, flamenco with Roger Scannura and Valerie Scannura from 3 to 4 pm, and the Toronto All Stars Big Band from 4 to 7 pm.  Closing ceremony at 5 pm. More to come!


Our two Farmers’ Markets

The harvest season is underway and the produce at the two Markets is superb. Fresh tomatoes and corn, melons, eggplant, new potatoes and greens. 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.

Crime report

Andrew was walking up Berkeley toward Carlton at 8 am on Thursday carrying a bag of goodies from La Conciliabule.  He tells the story much better than I can, “I was stopped by the suspect.  He jumped in the middle of the sidewalk on his hind legs.  I’m not sure but he might have had a weapon. Even as others walked right by, he wouldn’t budge until i took some pastry out. How did he know to stop me?  I obliged.  At that point he leapt onto my hand.  Grabbing the corner of the danish, he proceeded to sniff it and cast it aside.  “Not good enough” was what I think I heard.   I tried some croissant .  That was the “good stuff” he was after.  I was allowed to pass.  I moved quickly and didn’t look back.   I felt the little paw of crime this morning.  And it was awfully cute.”

  Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit

By Sally Gibson.  Lofti Mansouri , a man with a big personality and international opera career, lived in a modest Cabbagetown home during his Toronto years from 1976-1988 as the General Director of the Canadian Opera Company. In this photo Lofti, with his big smile, bushy eyebrows, and distinctive, black-framed glasses, surveys his loft. It was here in 123 Winchester Street that Lofti’s great gift to operatic audiences everywhere, the surtitle, was born. One evening, while watching Wagner’s Ring Cycle from Bayreuth on their TV, his wife, Midge, suddenly exclaimed, “You know, Lofti, this isn’t as dumb as I thought it was.” She had been reading the English subtitles running below the production and suddenly understood what was happening. “All of a sudden it was like the proverbial apple falling from the tree. If they could put subtitles on the bottom of the TV screen, why couldn’t we put them at the top of the opera stage? And that’s how it all started.” At first, Mansouri was “lacerated” with a London editorial calling surtitles that “plague from Canada.” Now, of course, they are used around the world.  (Photo:  Lofti Mansouri at 123 Winchester Street, Toronto Star Archive TPL)


Mill Street’s organic market

Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) is hosting an organic farmers’ market at the Brewpub on Thursday September 15, 3 to 7 pm. It’s part of Mill Street’s 20th anniversary celebration.  

Beth Kaplan’s writing workshop

Beth is leading a workshop on writing about your own memories and your  life.  She’s an experienced, published author and she lectures at U of T.  Space is limited.  Thursday, September 22, 6 to 7:30 pm. Free. To register, visit the Parliament Street Library (269 Gerrard E) or call (416) 393-7663.  

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


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).

Fair Use

Native Earth presents “contemporary Canadian vocal music around a theme of cultural reference and quotation … the majority of these pieces will be both world premieres and new commissions.”  Saturday September 10, 7:30 pm, Aki Theatre (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E). For more info and tickets, click here.

Bad Parent

On stage September 15 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.

Public Enemy

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.  


Three big sales at Spruce

Kim at Spruce (455 Parliament) is having three huge sales. On her website, there are several pages full of beautiful items available at 20 to 50% off.  Then, this weekend, she’s cleaning out the back room with lots more inventory, all at deep discounts, available in-store only. Finally, she’s introducing a new line of vintage goodies.  Check out the online sale and drop in on Saturday and Sunday to see even more. 


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.  


Tabi Ramen

Sonam and Chokey have taken opened Tabi Ramen  (568 Parliament).  Sonam is an experienced professional chef and he’s proud of the fresh ingredients and taste of his dishes.  Your ramen is made from scratch. The menu currently features vegetarian broth ramen, chicken broth ramen and pork broth ramen along with appetizers and dessert.  There are daily special dishes as well. Open from 11:30 am to 9 pm, closed Mondays - not yet licensed but approval is expected soon. Ask about the special 10% discount.  The full menu is available on the Door Dash site.

Mill Street’s Organic Brewmaster Dinner

Monday September 12 to Thursday September 15 from 7 pm.  It’s Organic Week at Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery).  The dinner is a three course prix fixe - butternut squash soup, chicken supreme and poached pear.  There’s a vegetarian alternative with roasted cauliflower.  Each course is paired with a Mill Street beer.  Limited seating each night - reservations available online.  $75

Cyril’s soup

To welcome the Fall, Cyril is making a simple chickpea and vegetable chowder.  He used chickpeas, carrots, and potatoes with a few sweet potatoes and cauliflower, finished off with a squirt of lemon and a few sweet peas, mostly for colour. Thyme and oregano are the only background notes. His juice is peach, apple, lime and mint.  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.  Please note - to avoid the hassles of traffic with the Art & Crafts show, people living between Gerrard and Wellesley, Parliament and River should expect deliveries on Friday evening.