January 12

 CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 

REVIEW





LOCAL NEWS


Cabbagetown Wine Tasting at F’Amelia

Monday January 16, 6 to 9 pm. There’ll be lots of great choices for your enjoyment - seven wine reps will bring five selections each. Dozens of wines from a variety of vineyards and vintages and all worth trying. If you like a wine, you can buy a bottle right at F’Amelia. Delicious canapes and pizza will be served. It’s always a popular event. Don’t miss it - get your tickets now at (416) 323-0666 or send an email. $100. 12 Amelia.

School of Toronto Dance Theatre

The School is moving from its home at the Winchester Street Theatre.  For 45 years, it operated with the Toronto Dance Theatre at 80 Winchester but it’s outgrown these facilities. It’s arranged for new space at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) where all the students will be under one roof and where there’s adequate room for dance studies, research and career development.   The move will happen in May, 2023.

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market

The Market is calling for vendors for the 2023 summer season.  If you’re a local farmer, a food artisan, a winery or a craft brewer, send in your application to the link on the website.

Volunteers needed

The popular Tour of Homes returns in September.  Check out the website for more details.  Volunteers are being recruited to support the Tour in each home.  If you’re interested, please complete the Contact Form here.

Outdoor skating rinks

The City of Toronto operates three rinks in our area - Regent Park (480 Shuter), Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview) and Sherbourne Commons (61 Dockside). Check the City’s lists before heading out to the rink - weather conditions may affect the ice.


NEIGHBOURHOOD UPDATES


Margaret’s House

These beautiful houses on Winchester across from the school have been renovated and handed over to Margaret’s House.  Formerly, under Toronto Community Housing, they were scandalous wrecks - full of vermin, needing basic repairs and occupied too often by criminals and drug dealers.  Margaret’s is turning them into liveable, attractive homes for women who are otherwise homeless.  The rooms each have private baths and small kitchens.  There are plenty of communal spaces and support services.  Heather Wilberforce lives nearby and she’s overjoyed at the new homes, “What has happened on Winchester … is a miracle for people who need a safe and decent place to live and for the community.”

214 - 230 Sherbourne

This large vacant lot has just been sold to KingSett Capital, a condo developer.  It plans to build a luxury condo on the site.  Local activists object to this project. They urge the City of Toronto to expropriate the land and build affordable social housing there.  A community meeting has been called for Monday January 16 at 4:30 pm in All Saints Church (Dundas and Sherbourne).

Daniels on Parliament

Last week’s description of the condo project at Gerrard and Parliament only covered the smaller building right at the corner.  The larger one, The Tower, hasn’t entered the market yet.  More info will come when Daniels Corp releases the details.  The website says that the smaller corner building will be finished in the Fall 2025 - for more info about its unit sizes and prices, visit the project’s website.  Thanks to Lamis Dantas at HomeLife Realty One (501 Parliament) for the tip.


COMING EVENTS


Open House at The Sumach

January 17 to 20, 10 am to 5 pm daily.  Here’s your chance to satisfy your curiosity about The Sumach (146 Sumach).  You’ll tour the suites and see the layouts.  Find out about the dining facilities and menus, pricing and personal care.  There’s support for moving and even a chance for a trial stay.  The first twenty people who attend will receive a VIP guest bag.  Drop-ins are welcome.


Repair Cafe

The Repair Cafe is coming to Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario).  Friday February 20, 11 am to 1 pm.  The theme is repairing your small appliances.  Register at (416) 925-4363, ext 103 or by email.


KIDS NEWS


Children’s Book Bank schedules

The Children’s Book Bank is located in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E, unit 260).  Drop-ins are welcome there, all day, everyday.  It’s open from 10 am to 6 pm daily from Monday to Thursday and 10 am to 3 pm on Friday and Saturday.  Closed Sunday.  The St James Town Book Bank (561 Sherbourne, level P3) is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 6 pm and Saturday from 2 to 5 pm.  Book donations are received at 561 Sherbourne, rear loading dock (accessible from Bleecker) - adult books on January 14, February 11 and March 4 and children’s books on January 28, February 18 and March 11.  All drop-offs from 11 am to 2:30 pm. 

Storytelling in the Park

The Children’s Book Bank is hosting storytelling in the Conservatory in Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Carlton).  Saturdays - January 21, February 18 and March 18 from 11 am to noon.  All families are welcome, free books for every child. 


THEATRE & DANCE NEWS - JANUARY


Aki Studio (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E) - Martyr  January 13 to 29 


Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) - Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. January 20 to February 4. 


Canadian Stage (26 Berkeley) - Miigis:  Underwater Panther  January 22 to January 29


Citadel + Compagnie (304 Parliament) - La Complainte du Givre  January 12 to 14.


RESTAURANT NEWS 


Johnny Gs

Johnny Gs’ (478 Parliament) new owners have done a remarkable job with this restaurant.  It’s been cleaned up and it’s well maintained.  The food is good - a selection of diner dishes and they’re well presented.  And it’s still possible to sit at a table in a window and watch people passing by.  Check the website for the menus.

Tequila tasting and dinner

Enjoy rare and hard-to-get tequilas paired with special dinners.  Every Tuesday to the end of March.  For more info about the featured bottles and for reservations, click here.  El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane, Distillery).

Happy birthday, Stout

Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is turning 12 and holding a Birthday Bingo night.  Come for the games and the nibblies and celebrate with Erin.  Thursday, January 19, 7 pm.Free.

Oysters and jazz

The Golden Pigeon (424 Parliament) hosts live jazz at 7 pm every Tuesday.  It’s also the $2 oyster special night, starting at 4 pm.  (Photo:  Fareen Karim, blogTO). 

Cyril’s soup - small changes

Cyril will be making his regular deliveries every two weeks from now on.  He’s happy to handle your special orders (12 or more cups) and you can continue to email these to him.  He’s also had to increase his prices by 50 cents across the board.  For Saturday January 14, he’s making his Caribbean chili made with tomatoes, black beans, pigeon peas, mango, bell peppers, and lots of spices: cumin, coriander, chili, allspice, Scotch Bonnets and green seasoning - in a chicken and a cashew version.  Both are $4.50/cup for 3 to 9 cups and $4/cup for 10 or more.  His juice is orange blush, 2 cups for $9.50. To order, send him an email.


WEEKLY CALENDAR - CLUBS & PUBS


THURSDAY JANUARY 12 TO SUNDAY JANUARY 22

  • For contact info about these clubs and restaurants, see the list at the bottom of this page.  


THURSDAY JANUARY 12


Dominion

6:30 pm, Pubstumpers Trivia


Bolokelen Malinke Percussion

7:30 pm, Group drumming classes for beginners with Anna Melnikoff


FRIDAY JANUARY 13


Alice’s Place

9 pm, Karaoke 


Super Bargain

10 pm, DJ Shamz


Wing House

9 pm, Karaoke


SATURDAY JANUARY 14


Bolokelen Malinke Percussion

Noon, traditional West African drumming classes with Amadou Kienou


Dominion

7 pm,  Live music


SUNDAY JANUARY 15


Dominion

6 pm dinner and 7 pm, stand-up comedy


MONDAY JANUARY 16


F’Amelia

6 pm, Cabbagetown Wine Tasting with wines from a wide range of regions and vintages. Pizza and canapés will be served.  (416) 323-0666 for tickets.  


Stout Irish Pub

7 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


TUESDAY JANUARY 17


El Catrin

6:30 pm, Tequila tasting and dinner


Stout Irish Pub

7 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Golden Pigeon

7 pm, live music and oyster specials


WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18


Bolokelen Malinke Percussion

7:30 pm, traditional West African drumming classes with Amadou Kienou


Stout Irish Pub

7 pm, Euchre night


THURSDAY JANUARY 19


Dominion

6:30 pm, Pubstumpers Trivia


El Catrin

6:30 pm, Tequila and dinner tasting events.


Stout Irish Pub

7 pm, Birthday Bingo and celebration


Bolokelen Malinke Percussion

7:30 pm, Group drumming classes for beginners with Anna Melnikoff


FRIDAY JANUARY 20


Alice’s Place

9 pm, Karaoke


Super Bargain

10 pm, DJ Shamz


Wing House

9 pm, Karaoke


SATURDAY JANUARY 21


Bolokelen Malinke Percussion

Noon, traditional West African drumming classes with Amadou Kienou


Dominion

7 pm,  Live music


SUNDAY JANUARY 22


Dominion

7 pm, stand-up comedy


CONTACT INFO


Alice’s Place - 554 Parliament

Bolokelen Malinke Percussion - 243 Gerrard E

Cranberries - 601 Parliament

Dominion - 500 Queen E

El Catrin - 18 Tank House Lane, Distillery

House on Parliament - 454 Parliament

NJ Lounge - 507 Parliament

Stout Irish Pub - 221 Carlton

Super Bargain - 441 Parliament

Wing House - 420 Parliament