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TWO DAY POP-UP ART SHOW
Six talented Cabbagetown artists will show their works in this special show on Saturday November 26, 4 to 10 pm and Sunday November 27, noon to 4 pm. At Cranberries (601 Parliament). See their artwork online here.
Hallowe’en cocktail night
Fusilli (531 Queen E) is hosting a Hallowe’en party night. Enjoy a Witches Brew, the Devil’s Margarita and a Grave Digger along with homemade hors d’oeuvres. Saturday October 29, 7 pm. Call (416) 214-6148 to reserve. $45.
Mystic Michael at the HoP
Mystic Michael is back and he’s reading Tarot cards again. Join him at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) from 7 pm on Saturday October 28.
Murder & Mayhem
Toronto Cemetery Tours presents a stolen identity, an unsolved murder and Toronto’s last public hanging on this two-hour tour through the Necropolis. Meet at the cemetery gate (Winchester east of Sumach). Three tours - October 29, 2 pm, October 30 at 11 am and at 2 pm. Free.
Friends of Allan Gardens are sponsoring a family pumpkin carving event. Sunday October 30, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Children’s Conservatory (NW corner of the park). Pumpkins and carving tools are supplied - parental supervision is required. A $5 donation is suggested. Wear your costumes. Bring a bag to take your pumpkin home.
Pumpkin Walk in Riverdale Park
Save your pumpkin after Hallowe’en. Join the Walk. Bring your beauty to the park on Tuesday November 1 from 5 to 9 pm. Make a donation to a local food bank as well - non-perishable items needed. Sponsored by the Cabbagetown Residents Association.
Skeletons, monsters and cupcakes
Order them from Staij & Co. Click here to see their website.
OUR FEATURED ARTIST
“As a signature member of the Pastel Artists of Canada, I’ve been accepted into four Canada-wide juried shows since 2017. I’m passionate about the medium of soft pastels for their immediacy and rich pigmentation. Much of my work falls within the themes of ‘floral' and ‘trees’. I also work in pure abstraction often inspired by images which show the wear and tear of time and the elements or by hidden compositions.” Ruth has a Facebook page.
August Bounty - 10.5” x 14”
Election results voided
In the races for both the French public school board and the French Catholic school board, the elections were voided before election day. Competing candidates were disqualified before election day, leaving only one person contesting each race. Provincial law requires that an election must be stopped if some candidates are disqualified, leaving only an acclamation. By-elections will be scheduled in the near future.
Congrats to Chris Moise for his City Council victory in Toronto Centre. Unofficially, the City Clerk reports that he gathered up 10,457 votes or 48% of those cast. In an email to his supporters, he promises,”to build better transit, strengthen our neighbourhoods, invest in vital programs and services, and deliver the improvements we need to make our community more safe, livable, affordable, and commutable.” Deborah Williams is our new public school trustee - she got 18,608 votes, 56% of the total. Kevin Morrison won the job at the Catholic school board with 1,832 votes, 27% of the total cast.
Gerrard Street reconstruction
Gerrard Street is scheduled for reconstruction between Sherbourne and Parliament in 2023. The image shows the final design looking east from Sherbourne. The original plan has been changed in response to discussions with residents and local businesses on Gerrard. Highlights include a delivery area and eight parking spaces to be built in front of the stores along the south side of the street, east of Ontario to Berkeley. Future water main construction will also be coordinated with the street construction. The two-way cycle lane will be maintained.
Where’s the handcuffs …
Doug is restrained by Constables Kumar Shanmuganathan (left) and Matt Miller from 51 Division. They’re members of the permanent community patrols in Cabbagetown-St James Town. Cabbagetown South, Regent Park and Corktown are also covered by community units. These constables will concentrate on their neighbourhoods and develop personal ties between themselves and local residents.
Parliament Street construction
Regina at Labour of Love (223 Carlton) has started a reasonable but passionate petition asking for our help dealing with the construction burden along Carlton and Parliament. She’s got over 1,100 signatures and is aiming for 1,500. Read the petition here and add your voice to her effort.
The flu vaccine
You can get your flu shot at Rexall (201 Winchester at Parliament and 345 Bloor E) and Shoppers Drug Mart (467 Parliament, 200 Front, 351 Queen E, 593 Dundas E and 565 Sherbourne). Check with your store for available doses and your eligibility. The pharmacies offer convenient service and flexible times.
Our two Farmers’ Markets
Both Markets are finished for the year. In Cabbagetown, it was a good season with sixteen weekly vendors plus several more who rotated through periodically. The Market supported several community projects with food drives - the Mothers of Peace Regent Park, the Fridge and Green Thumbs Growing Kids. The Fat Quarter Band played every week through the summer. In Corktown, the Market finished the year by selling pumpkins as a fundraiser for Feed It Forward. Congrats and thanks to those who worked very hard to make this summer a success.
New Circle clothing drive
The cold weather is coming and Linda Sims is once again on the hunt for used winter clothing. She does it for New Circles, a non-profit that helps clothe immigrants, refugees and Torontonians in need. Send along any winter clothing available - coats, hats, scarves, boots, sweaters and more. She’ll also take other winter clothing such as pants, suits, shirts and shoes. Women’s, men’s and children’s items are all in demand. Linda is happy to pick up your donations for New Circles - email her to arrange a pickup. Thanks for your generosity!
IN THE MEDIA
Swedish Christmas at the Daniels Spectrum
blogTO has written about the return of the Swedish Christmas Fair to Toronto. It’s a jam-packed program over two days. 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday November 19 and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday November 20. Daniels Spectrum (565 Dundas E).
There’ll be fun for the whole family - music, candies, story telling, a photo booth and a pumpkin give-away. The Children’s Book Bank will be giving away books. Apple crisp will be baked in the oven. At the Bake Oven in the Big Park (600 Dundas E). Saturday October 29, 1 to 4 pm.
Overlooked & Underemployed
The third in The Arrival series with Michael Enright, hosted by the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. It continues the theme dealing with the difficulties faced by immigrants in Canada. Tuesday November 1, 7 pm. The event is available either in-person at the Schoolhouse (106 Trinity) or online. To register for either event, click on the links.
THEATRE NEWS - OCTOBER & NOVEMBER
October 27 to 29. Against a backdrop of US-based anti-trans legislation, Cassils draws inspiration from personal safety movements. Intersectional representations press back against narratives surrounding trans bodies and athleticism. A Platform Series Dance Performance. Canadian Stage (26 Berkeley). Tickets and more info online here.
The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale
On stage 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 she received from her ex-boyfriends. For online info and tickets, click here.
FireWorks Festival at Alumnae Theatre
Three new plays will launch during the Festival. Boom Baby by Natalie Meisner (November 9 to 13), Thistlepatch by Catherine Frid (November 16 to 20) and History of Visual Sources by Laura Mullin (November 23 to 27). For more info, click here. 70 Berkeley.
The monthly musical event returns on Tuesday November 1 from 6 to 9 pm. Free. The Daniels Spectrum (565 Dundas E).
Canadian Country Music Legends
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.
Music and stand-up comedy
The Dominion (500 Queen E) presents live music every Saturday from 7 pm and on Sundays, dinner at 6 pm and stand-up comedy from 7 to 8:30 pm. Every time the Raptors play, one lucky customer’s bill will be burned at the table.
Draw for Raptors tickets
The Aviary (484 Front E) will draw two Raptors tickets on Monday October 31. You’ll get a free chance in the draw with every pint of Longslice that you order from 4 to 7pm. It’s the Raptors vs the Hawks at 7:30 pm.
Christmas is coming
Yes it is - believe it or not. F’Amelia (12 Amelia) suggests that you book your Christmas party now. Avoid a last-minute disappointment and get everything ready in advance. Call (416) 323-0666 or send an email.
This week, Cyril’s making an exotic comfort food - curried lentils & carrot soup with tomatoes and wilted spinach. His juice is grape, apple, pomegranate and lemon. Soup - $3/cup for 2 to 9 cups, $2.50 for ten or more cups. Juice is $9 for two cups. Email your order to him.