November 3



Save the date


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


Ruth Wagner

“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.  

In the Garden of Fragonard - 9 x 16”


Another great Pumpkin Walk

People brought their Hallowe’en pumpkins to Riverdale Park on Tuesday night.  Big ones, tiny ones, intricate designs - all sorts of pumpkins.  Every year, the event gets bigger.  And every year, it’s a great chance to gossip with your neighbours.  Thanks and congrats to the Cabbagetown Residents Association.

Congrats Chris

Chris Moise, our new City Councillor for Ward 13, has been to City Hall and signed his Declaration of Office documents.  He says that he’s ready to jump into his job at top speed.  His office is advertising for two staff positions - advisor on community relations and director of communications and media relations.  Applicants can get more info online.  

OK Chris - get busy

Once again, the solid waste pickups have been haphazard.  This week, the trucks ignored boxes of cardboard left beside the bins.  Tuesday was a regularly scheduled recycling day and cardboard is supposed to be recycled.  Along Wellesley Street between Sackville and the park, a half dozen were left.  In each case, the cardboard was either neatly wrapped with tape or placed inside a container.  So, Chris Moise, why are your collections people doing this?  (Photo:  Peter Kent)

Best wishes, Spruce

Kim has announced that this will be the last holiday season for her store, Spruce (Parliament).  It’s a sad day for everyone - her store has always been a bright spot on Parliament.  Before the closing, she’s offering exciting inventory for the season and expanding her online presence.  She’s going totally online and she’ll stage various pop-ups when the opportunities arise.  She also wants to set up a studio space to develop her own lines, starting with candles, home wares and gift boxes.  Drop by and wish her well and make sure that she has your contact info in her records. For special offers and highlights, see her Instagram page

The 506 is back

The 506 Carlton streetcar is back in action.  There still are big diversions on the 506 route further west between Bay and Ossington. (Photo:  A Great Capture/blogTO)


Parliament Street construction

Don’t forget Regina’s petition.  She owns Labour of Love (223 Carlton) and she’s asking for our help dealing with the construction burden along Carlton and Parliament.  blogTO, CTV and the CBC have picked up the story.  She’s collected over 1,200 signatures and is aiming for 1,500.  Read the petition here and add your voice to her effort - it’s reasonable and passionate.

The flu vaccine

The Toronto Star reports that the next two weeks are crucial times 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.  


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!


Mural for Mahsa Amini

Mural artist Jasmine Dearden has painted a powerful tribute to Mashsa Amini on the wall at 420 Parliament. CityTV did a story about the mural and its importance in the current protests in Iran. Thanks to Rick Matthews for this story.

John Daniels

Mr Daniels founded and ran The Daniels Corporation - a major player in the revitalization of Regent Park.  He died on October 22 at the age of 96.  The Globe & Mail has published a lengthy obituary that details his life and contributions to Toronto.  (Photo:  Erik Christensen/The Globe & Mail)


Marilyn’s nail clinic

Marilyn’s regular monthly nail clinic for your pets happens on Saturday November 5 at Pet Valu (240 Carlton).  9 am to 3 pm.  She’s handled cats, dogs, Guinea pigs and rabbits.  She often has a full schedule for the day so she asks you to make an appointment.  Call her at (416) 920-6814 for a reservation. $12, cash please.

Great Mallard

The Great Mallard has a booth at the Royal Winter Fair in three prominent locations - Heritage Court #H33, H34 and H35.  Friday November 4 to Sunday November 13. Congrats Christina and Jon.  They’ve been very busy getting their booth put together - and they’re really pleased to be there.


Bingo lunch at The Sumach

Wednesday November 9, 2 pm.  Enjoy  a bingo match and luncheon at The Sumach (146 Sumach).  There’ll be swag bags, door prizes and prizes for the bingo winners.  Take a tour of The Sumach.  Please RSVP at (416) 910-3431 or email Grant.


Weesageechak Begins to Dance 35

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 November 9 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 from November 9 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


Canadian Country Music Legends

Duncan Fremlin and his pals Douglas John Cameron, Billy MacInnis and Tim Hadley are taking their music on tour.  Their first event happens on November 4 at the Redwood Theatre in Toronto (1300 Gerrard E), followed by performances on November 5 at the Stockey Centre in Parry Sound and November 6 in the Gibson Centre in Alliston.  Brian and Susie Good and Marie Bottrell will join Duncan in Toronto. For Toronto 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.

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.  


Super Bargain

Regular appearances by DJs on Friday evenings and pop-up food events are coming soon to Super Bargain (441 Parliament). Oysters are planned for the first Monday each month.  An industry night is on its way as well.   Ashley’s bar is now a well-established Cabbagetown fixture offering unique cocktails, craft beers and light snacks. Open 5 pm to 2 am daily. (PhotoL Caroline and Ashley)

Welcome Cafe Zuzu

Cafe Zuzu (555 Dundas E) opened its Regent Park location in late October in the space once used by Paintbox Bistro. It’s billed as a nostalgic return to Italian life of the 1950s.  Its menu ranges from early morning coffee and pastries to a neighbourhood bistro. It’s a cafe, bottle shop and grab ’n go - open from 8 am to 6 pm daily. Check out its website here

Cyril’s soup

This week, Cyril’s making  a Maghrebi chickpea soup. He says, “I made it last year and it was popular.  It’s got chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, and raisins and it’s spiced with ras-el-hanout and harissa. Fragrant!”  His juice has orange, carrots and orange blossom water.  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.