November 17



Coming next week…


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). 

Meet the artists

Michael and Jack are exhibiting their work at the Pop-Up Art Show.

Jack Grunsky

Jack has been a Cabbagetown resident since 1981.  He works both as a singer and performer and as an artist.  

Bridges over the Dawn, acrylic on canvas, 18” by 24”

Michael Cavanaugh

Michael is a St James Town artist. His paintings are often scenes of urban margins and outskirts

Cabbagetown Variety, acrylic on canvas, 36” by 24”.


Congrats Sydney

Sydney Payne and her rowing partner Avalon Westeneys rowed to the Canadian national championship last weekend in the single pairs.  Cabbagetown was also represented by Simon Whittaker in the Under-17 2000 meter category.  These races pave the way for the athletes who want to row in the world championships next summer and in the Paris Olympics in 2024.  Both Sydney and Avalon have gold medals from the Tokyo Olympics. 

Congrats Cabbagetown

Atlanta’s Cabbagetown has just wrapped up its 2022 Chomp & Stomp, the  chili, beer and bluegrass Festival.  By all accounts, it was another good show.  So, if they can do it, so can we.  Let’s hear what the BIA has planned for our big Festival weekend in 2023.  Go guys!

Snowy Houses holiday cards

Alanna Cavanagh has created Holiday Cards featuring her favourite snowy Cabbagetown homes.  She’s offering them for sale now.  Five cards at $30 plus $6 for shipping.  5.5” by 4.25” with envelopes, blank inside.  Special for Cabbagetowners - get 6 cards and free shipping, $30.  Email your order to her.

Distillery Winter Village

The big tree is lighting up on Thursday afternoon at 6 pm.  After that, the Distillery’s Winter Festival starts on Friday and continues to Saturday December 31.  You’ll need a ticket to enter 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 will offer seasonal items, gifts and amazing food.  Santa and his elves, strolling carollers and live entertainment.  For details about daily programs, click here.

Outdoor skating rinks

It’s time. Dig out your skates and get ready to glide. The City of Toronto operates three rinks in our area - Regent Park (480 Shuter), Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview) and Sherbourne Commons (61 Dockside). All are scheduled to open on Saturday November 26.

The flu vaccine

Get your shot - this is the crucial time in the seasonal fight against the flu. And remember the new advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer - wear a mask indoors. Check your favourite local pharmacies about getting your flu shot.

Cabbagetown wildlife

Linda Beatty caught this Cooper’s Hawk in the middle of its dinner.  She calls it, “Murder on Aberdeen”.  Thanks to Victoria Hadden for this post.


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.

Open house at The Sumach

The Sumach (146 Sumach) has regularly drawn a lot of interest in Cabbagetown.  There’s an open house happening from 10 am to 4 pm on Thursday and Friday this week - take a tour and see it for yourself.


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

Favourite Things is The Children’s Book Bank online auction.  It’s underway again from November 17 to November 29.  It’s a fun way to support the daily work at the Book Bank.  Auction items include an art lover’s package, dinner dates, books, coffee, croissants, wine lover’s packages, an iPhone 12, Tafelmusik tickets and more!  Check it out here and place your bids.   

Corktown community meeting

The Corktown Residents & Business Association is hosting a community meeting on Wednesday November 30 at the Cooper Koo Family YMCA (461 Cherry).  Chris Moise, the new ward 13 councillor, will be there.  


Get your bike ready now

Kale says that Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) is ready to do your annual tune-ups now.  In fact, it’ll be quick and easy and you’ll avoid the big line-ups in the Spring.  As soon as it’s safe, run down to the shop and drop off your ride.

Congrats Christina and John

The Great Mallard enjoyed a huge success at the Royal Winter Fair.  In fact, it was a constant parade of interested people - so many that they’re now totally exhausted.  But they’ve been invited back for next year’s Fair and they’re certainly going!

Menagerie Pet Shop

Menagerie has a new sign.


Weesageechak Begins to Dance 35

On stage to November 20.  Native Earth’s (585 Dundas E) annual Festival of Indigenous Works - available in-person and online.  15 artists showcase Indigenous performances from across Turtle Island.  Check out the daily programs here. 

FireWorks Festival at Alumnae Theatre

On stage to November 27. Two more new plays are scheduled for the Festival, Thistlepatch by Catherine Frid (to November 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.

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.  


Winter at the HoP

For some reason, service on the patio at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) was really slow last Tuesday.  They’ll have the tables out and heaters going once the temperature hits 10 degrees.  In the meantime, everything inside was really HoP-ping.

Welcome Maracas  

A Trinidadian restaurant featuring Caribbean favourites.  Open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm and 5  to 9 pm,  Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 10 pm. 603 Parliament.

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.

House on Parliament (454 Parliament).  They’re serving their traditional American Thanksgiving turkey dinner.  Roast turkey with mashed potatoes.  Sage, apple and sausage stuffing.  Cranberry relish.  And fresh veggies.   

Win a $500 Team Canada viewing party

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

Cyril’s soup

Cyril thinks it’s time for comforting and belly-warming food.  So his next few batches of soups will do just that.  This week, he’s offering cocoa black bean soup at $3/cup for 2 to 9 cups and $2.50/cup for 10 or more. He says, “It is similar to a vegan chili, where onions, bell peppers, corn, celery, and garlic are used to bring contrast to the earthiness of black beans. The spices are what you would expect (chili powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, and bay leaves) but then a generous amount of coca powder adds another comforting layer to the mix.” His juice is winter citrus, 2 cups for $9. Email your order to him.