November 2




Randy Brown

Randy died last weekend after a long struggle and he leaves a remarkable legacy in Cabbagetown.  This year’s Cabbagetown Art & Craft show in Riverdale Park West was the 34th edition of the event that he founded in 1988.  It’s a landmark on our community’s calendar.  Randy was deeply attached to the park. His Barnyard Arts ran classes for local artists.  He organized a campaign to “Buy a Brick” which helped to create the patio area outside Riverdale Farm gates and prodded the City of Toronto to upgrade the park’s walkways.  He was often controversial in his opinions but as was noted by Edward Keenan in the Toronto Star, “the obsessive concern of people like him over seemingly petty details is easy to mock sometimes, but it is also part of the reason his neighbourhood has the particular character and strong sense of community it’s famous for.”   We are all grateful for the vision and energy that Randy applied to his projects and his community. Our condolences go out to his wife, Meg Best.   (Photo: Cabbagetown Art & Craft show - Randy at the far left in an award ceremony in 2011.)

Pumpkin walk

Every year, the Cabbagetown Residents Association organizes a post-Hallowe’en pumpkin walk in Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester).  This year’s Walk on Wednesday November 1 was another success. 

Lots of families showed up - including Daniel and Liora.  

Lookin’ good on Hallowe’en

These two angels were bagging goodies on Wellesley Street.

Honouring Larry Gains

Larry Gains was a leading heavyweight boxer in the 1920s and ‘30s.  “Born and trained in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood, this Black boxer was one of the world’s best heavyweights in the 1920s and 1930s, winning the Canadian and British Empire heavyweight titles… Gains competed primarily in Europe as racism limited his opportunities in North America. Discrimination prevented him from challenging for the World Heavyweight Title despite beating several future champions, so he settled for the World Colored Heavyweight Title.”  This citation by Parks Canada is on the plaque that honours Larry Gains.  It will be erected in Regent Park in the Spring.  

Two views about our real estate

Two prominent local realtors have offered their views about the current state of Cabbagetown’s real estate market.

Kim Ezeard

"This is a particularly interesting time as the incremental increase in interest rates over the past 18 months has had a significant impact on real estate sales in Cabbagetown, as well as the rest of the GTA. Buyers are hesitant to commit because of their concern about additional increases to interest rates, and their ability to secure affordable lending. They may also be assessing when the lowest prices will happen. Sellers are hesitant to list because the lack of buyer activity affects sale prices. If rates increase again in the New Year, now will be a better time to buy, especially as there is good value as incentive. Sellers should take advantage of the current market as prices may stay on a downward trajectory early next year due to inventory increases when property owners struggle to renew mortgages at rates they cannot comfortably afford. We’ve seen this cycle two or three times over the past 40 years, and the primary take away is that real estate remains a good long-term investment.  We are fortunate to live in Cabbagetown as our neighbourhood provides a wide variety of housing types to choose from.”

Duncan Fremlin

“Consumers must know by now that we're in the middle (or beginning) of a dangerous real estate market. Uncertainty prevails. As a Realtor, my job is to "manage expectations". I do that by asking sellers to consider finalizing their sale before buying something new. Buyers also have to beware and hope that the bank appraiser agrees with their purchase price, else financing will be denied… I sold a house that two years ago was appraised at $1.4m. We received four offers, all "under" the asking price. Sold for $900,000, which is exactly what the bank said it was worth. Unheard of only months ago.”

New development on Gerrard Street

Last week, there were reports of a new low-rise building proposed for 211 - 219 Gerrard E.  According to Jordan Allison, local residents have not had time to consider it but their initial reactions are positive.  He feels that some design adjustments are possible to blend it into its  heritage environment. Urban Nation described the project in its October 24 edition.

Tents in Allan Gardens

Councillor Chris Moise still publishes his useful Dashboard listing the statistics about the tents in Allan Gardens.  His info for October 27 shows that there are 25 people staying in the park (down from the peak of 89 in mid-June).  12 people have housing plans, 5 have been in touch with City staff but have no plans and 6 do not want to move.  There are also 24 structures - 9 have been removed. 

Remembrance Day

The Cabbagetown BIA is organizing a Remembrance Day ceremony at 10:15 am on November 11 at Carlton and Parliament.  There’ll be readings by local officials and business people, a trumpet performance and a moment of silence.  Light refreshments will follow the event.  

Tour of soldiers’ graves

Following the November 11 Remembrance Day ceremony, Gilles Huot will lead a walking tour of soldiers’ graves in the Necropolis.  He’s researching their graves and will pick a few where there’s an interesting story.  It’s informal and will start at Carlton and Parliament and go first to the Necropolis chapel.  Free.

Danny Marks

Danny is appearing at Smoke Show BBQ & Beer (744 Mt Pleasant) at 3 pm on Sunday November 5.  $15 cover charge.  

Congrats Beth

Beth Kaplan’s latest book, Midlife Solo, is fresh off the printing press.  She’s celebrating her book launch at Ben McNally Books (108 Queen E) from 6 to 8 pm on Monday November 6.  Everyone welcome.  You can buy a copy directly from Beth or Ben McNally Books.  

Sylvie Daigneault

Sylvie has a new book as well - The Imaginary Alphabet. She’s a long-time Cabbagetown resident and an accomplished book illustrator and author. We can read about her latest book at Pajama Press. It’s a great idea for Christmas gift giving. Pick up a copy at Mabel’s Fables, Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as Pajama Press.

October Funfest

The Friends of Regent Park had a big success last weekend at their 8th annual Fall Funfest.  Over 300 people came out.  The garden in the Big Park was turned into a pumpkin patch and kids chose a pumpkin to carve or take home.  There was face painting, cookie decorating, Indigenous storytelling and free books from the Children’s Book Bank.  Congrats everyone who put it all together.  

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market  

Tuesday’s market was the last for the season. Congrats go to Ellie Ruggles and David Doze for their fine work organizing each week’s markets.  Ellie believes that the attendance ranged from a low point of 800 shoppers to a nifty high of 1200.  The vendors who were recruited did a good job - lots of produce, good baked goods and successful on-site bbq’s.  

Lookin’ good

Since it was Hallowe’en, the guy from Murray’s Farm showed up at the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market in a ferocious mask. 


Hallowe’en in Toronto

blogTO lists the neighbourhoods that it ranks as the most notable for Hallowe’en experiences.  Cabbagetown is #3 - “spookily-decorated (and over the top) homes.”


Marilyn at Pet Valu

Marilyn from Diggity Dog Grooming (239 Gerrard E) is back for her monthly nail trimming clinic for your pets at Pet Valu (240 Carlton).  9 am to 4 pm, Saturday November 4.  $12.  Please call her for an appointment - (416) 920-6814. 

Great Mallard

The Great Mallard (503 Parliament) is back at the Royal Winter Fair.  They’ve been invited this year to set up shop on Champions Row at the Heritage Court in the Enercare Centre.  Last year, their jams placed in the top ten at the Fair and they’re aiming for that again this year.  The Fair opens on Friday November 3 and runs to Sunday November 12 in Exhibition Place. (Photo: Great Mallard’s 2022 booth at the Royal Winter Fair)

Managing back pain

Dr Austin Broadhurst at Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament) is a chiropractor and an exercise specialist.  He’s offering a one-hour workshop to help you manage your back pain.  He’ll also describe his approach to chiropractic rehab and he’ll address chiropractic myths. 4 pm, Saturday November 11.  Non-members at PSF are welcome.  Free.  Please email him to sign-up.  


Kingyo’s tenth anniversary

Kingyo Fisherman’s Market (51B Winchester) is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a special sale.  For 7 days only - the sale ends this weekend on November 5.  Enjoy 10% off on Uber Eats, 10% off on Market items, 20% off on selected Sake bottles, $12 Sapporo pitcher, $8 thermal logo bags and free pins.  It’s Toronto’s premium Japanese fish market.  Drop in for a visit - it’s a beautiful store.


For a monthly directory of the programs at our theatres, click here.

Soulpepper’s Guide to Being Fabulous

Glenn Sumi has reviewed the current production at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane), The Guide to Being Fabulous.  It’s earned a Critic’s Pick notice from the Globe & Mail. 

A reminder - Native Earth and Cafe Zuzu

They’ve joined to offer Native Earth (585 Dundas E) patrons a discount on meals at Cafe Zuzu (555 Dundas E).  On the day of your show, simply show a ticket stub or poof o purchase to receive a 10% discount on your meal.


Lookin’ good

Tanya at F’Amelia (12 Amelia) had a dramatic face lift for the evening on Halloween.

Get a free glass

The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is serving Kozel, a dark lager from Czech Republic.  Buy a pint and go home with a free glass.  

FamJam at The Aviary

Every Monday night, kids eat free. All kids 12 years and younger can pick a kids meal from the kids menu. 484 Front East.

Cyril’s soup

When Cyril makes chili, he’s often overwhelmed by the volume of your orders.  So, he’s split his work into two different chilis - beef and vegan - on two different dates.  First, the beef chili will be delivered on November 4.  Second, the vegan cashew version will be delivered on November 11.  Please place your order for either (or both) of them before November 1.  Both chilis are $4.50/cup for 3 to 9 cups and $4/cup for ten or more.  His juice for both dates is pineapple, apple and basil at $9.50/2 cups.  To place your orders (before November 1), send him an email.



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


No announcements


Alice’s Place

9 pm, Karaoke 

Naija Jolloff Lounge

6pm, Karaoke

Super Bargain

10 pm, oysters and DJ Shamz

Wing House

9 pm, Karaoke


Naija Jolloff Lounge

6pm, Live music


Super Bargain

3 pm to 2 am, Sunday Funday with DJ Shamz


The Aviary

Fam Jam - Family night at The Aviary.

Stout Irish Pub

7 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Golden Pigeon

4 pm, $2 oysters

7 pm, live jazz

Super Bargain

7 pm, Drag Trivia

The Aviary

8 pm, Bird Brain Trivia every Tuesday 


The Vibrational Apothecary

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

Stout Irish Pub

7 pm, euchre night

The Aviary

7 pm, Euchre Socials every Wednesday with monthly winners. 


No announcements


Alice’s Place

9 pm, Karaoke 

Naija Jolloff Lounge

6pm, Karaoke

Super Bargain

10 pm, DJ Shamz

Wing House

9 pm, Karaoke


Naija Jolloff Lounge

6pm, Live music


Super Bargain

3 pm to 2 am, Sunday Funday with DJ Shamz


Alice’s Place - 554 Parliament

Aviary - 484 Front East

The Vibrational Apothecary - 243 Gerrard E

Cranberries - 601 Parliament

Distillery - Mill Street and Parliament

Dominion - 500 Queen E - closed permanently

El Catrin - 18 Tank House Lane, Distillery

Golden Pigeon - 424 Parliament 

House on Parliament - 454 Parliament

Keating Channel - 2 Villiers St

La Gloria Mexican Coffee - 453 Parliament

Mill Street Brew Pub - 21 Tank House Lane

NJ Lounge - 507 Parliament

Playground - 492 Parliament

Stout Irish Pub - 221 Carlton

Super Bargain - 441 Parliament

Wing House - 420 Parliament