November 10



Save the date


Six talented Cabbagetown artists will show their works in this special show.

Introducing the artists

Martha and Eric are exhibiting their work at the Pop-Up Art Show.

Martha Preston

Martha works in watercolours.  Her favourite topics are natural scenes and florals.

Autumn scene, watercolour, 7.5” by 9.5”.  White double mounted in a glass frame, 13” by 16”

Eric Morse

Eric Morse is an editor, events photographer and videographer at the Royal Canadian Military Institute. He enjoys streetscape photography and especially. streetcars.

Heavy weather, 2013, numbered gicleé print on 13” x 19” pearl-finish paper, with a limit of 25 per image.


Congrats Ruth

Ruth Wagner - our Featured Artist through October - has been accepted into the Purely Pastel exhibition at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island (1241 Cartwright St, Vancouver).  The show runs from November 29 to December 11.

EarlyON at Sprucecourt

The EarlyON program at Sprucecourt Pubic School is free for kids ages 0 to 6.  There’s music, storytelling, art, snacks and more.  It’s also a chance for parents to meet each other and to learn about the school.  It’s a drop-in, no pre-registration is needed.  Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 12:14 pm. 

Distillery Winter Village

Friday November 18 to Saturday December 31.  Tickets are required from 4 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and between December 27 and 31, $11.  Children under 8 are free.  Tickets are not required on other days.  Cabins scattered around the Distillery offer seasonal items and gifts and food.  Santa and his elves, carollers and live entertainment.  The white spruce tree in Trinity Square is fifty feet tall and has 400 midnight blue ornaments, 1,700 gold ones and thousands of twinkling lights - the official lighting is Thursday November 17 at 6 pm. For details about daily programs, click here.

The flu vaccine

Get your shot - this is the crucial time in the seasonal fight against the flu. Vaccines for people over the age of six months are now available at doctors’ offices, public health units and participating pharmacies.  Locally, Rexall and Shoppers Drug Mart stores have the vaccines.  Check with your store - the pharmacies offer convenient service and flexible times. 

Cabbagetown Wildlife

This lovely owl - possibly a barred owl - was spotted at Ontario and Carlton. Thanks to Sophon Chou for the photo and Victoria Hadden for posting this story.


On hold - New Circle clothing drive

Over the past two weeks, Linda Sims has asked you for your gifts to the New Circle clothing drive.  It’s currently delayed.  Linda will be back soon and we’ll remind you again.

Book your holiday in France

Mary Spence-Thomas’s house, Maison de Tortue, in Castelnau-de-Montmiral is now available for rentals in 2023.  It’s about one hour’s drive from the Toulouse airport and it’s a perfect base for exploring the surrounding historic districts and as a quiet retreat.  For many Cabbagetowners in the past few years, it’s been an ideal place for a vacation in southern France.  Check her website for plenty of pictures, availability and info. 


Parliament Street construction

Regina owns Labour of Love (223 Carlton) and she’s asking for our help dealing with the construction burden along Carlton and Parliament. She’s prepared a petition and collected almost 1,300 signatures.  Read it here and add your voice to her effort - it’s reasonable and passionate. Talia Ricci did a story for CBC News about her petition and about the upheaval along Parliament. (Photo:  Tali Ricci, CBC)


Fear of Deportation

The Arrival series deals with the experiences of immigrants a new land.  This is the fourth event in the series, sponsored by the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation (106 Trinity) and hosted by the CBC’s Michael Enright. Wednesday November 15 at 7 pm.  Available in person - click here.  Also available online - click here. Free.

Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary

Ray Gates is helping to organize a fundraiser for Story Book Farm at The Redwood Theatre (1300 Gerrard E).  It’s a comedy night hosted by Arthur Simeon with Melanie Dahling, James O’Hara, Alan Shane Lewis and Steve Patterson.  Saturday November 19, doors open at 7 pm.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Story Book Farm has a nifty website - click here to view it.

The Children’s Book Bank auction

Advance notice.  The Children’s Book Bank is again holding its online auction from November 17 to November 29.  It’s a fun way to support the daily work at the Book Bank.  Auction items are now being finalized - watch next week for the full list and the links.


Weesageechak Begins to Dance 35

November 10 to 20.  Native Earth’s (585 Dundas E) annual Festival of Indigenous Works.  The program is available in-person and online.  15 artists showcase indigenous performances from across Turtle Island with conversations about artistic process, excerpts from new work in development, musical performances, a mini pop-up market, and more.  Check out the daily programs here.

FireWorks Festival at Alumnae Theatre

Three new plays will launch during the Festival, November 9 to 27- 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. 

New World

On stage to November 19 at the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane). Adapted from Aldous Huxley’s classic Brave New World, this is a world premiere from the George Brown College Theatre School.  Tickets and more info available online.

Allies and Friends

On stage November 11 and 12 at Citadel (304 Parliament).  This three part series fuses poetry nd movement.  More info and tickets online here. 

The Golden Record

On stage to November 20.  Music is back at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane).  Mike Ross was inspired to create this presentation by NASA’s golden record on its Voyager probe. For info and tickets, click here.

You Can’t Take It With You

Saturday November 19 at the Winchester Dance Theatre (80 Winchester). Based on her relationship with both need and waste, Liz Kinoshita explores what we need to survive and what we need to discard.  Toronto Dance Theatre - info and tickets here. 


Headscratchers’ Trivia

Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is hosting its popular Headscratchers Trivia every Monday and Tuesday night from 7 pm. 

Pubstumpers Trivia

Every Thursday night at the Dominion (500 Queen E)

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.  


Celebrate American Thanksgiving

Cranberries (601 Parliament) is hosting a special dinner for American Thanksgiving on Thursday November 24.  Two seatings, 5 pm and 7:30 pm.  Butternut squash soup or organic green salad for your appetizer.  Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, gravy, stuffing, dinner roll and cranberry sauce for your main course.  Warm apple pie with ice cream for dessert. It’s already attracting lots of interest - reservations are suggested, call (416) 925-6330.   $43. 

Welcome Naija Jolly

Authentic Nigerian and Jamaican cuisine.  Oscar manages the Toronto branch in the former Peartree location (507 Parliament).  His menu includes Jollof rice, asun, goat meat, Kara, roasted plantain, pounded yams, pepper soup and beef stew - all classic Nigerian dishes.  His space includes a wall where local artists will be able to hang their work.  He’s planning on entertainment with Afro Beats on weekends, Thursday to Sunday from 10 pm to 3 am.  

Win a $500 Team Canada viewing party

The World Cup soccer is coming.  The Dominion (500 Queen E) is giving way three viewing parties.  To qualify, simply buy a Bud or a Davies burger or both and you’ll be entered.  

Congrats to the HoP

blogTO has just praised the Sunday roast beef dinner at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament). The reviewer says, “One of the most memorable meals from the last month in the GTA…To me, it felt like a warm hug ahead of the long week ahead.”  No reservations and limited amounts of roast beef.  So, get there early if you want your share.

Cyril’s soup

Cyril is away this week.