March 23

This week’s image:  TCHC proposal for a multilevel mid-rise building on River Street south of Dundas in Regent Park - part of the amazing growth predicted for our neighbourhood in 2017

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW


LOCAL NEWS

Growth to Watch For 2017
Image:  Tridel’s Via Bloor at Howard and Bloor
UrbanToronto is running a series called Growth To Watch For.  The article on March 16 covered our area - from the rail corridor near the Distillery north to Bloor, west to Sherbourne and east to the Don Valley.  The tour provides architects’ illustrations and photos and includes both large, high density buildings and smaller infill projects. Obviously, the Regent Park reconstruction occupies a great deal of attention.  Equally important are the changes south and west of Corktown, new proposals along Sherbourne and the five towers that are proposed or under construction at Bloor, Parliament, Howard and Sherbourne.  
The article is a fascinating summary of the future of this neighbourhood.  Click here to read it.  

TOCore
The City of Toronto’s planning department is working on a long range plan for the city’s core, including our neighbourhoods.  Its projections for population growth show modest trends upward in Cabbagetown, Winchester Park and Cabbagetown South and explosive growth in Corktown, the Canary District, the Distillery and the lakeshore.  
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association held a public meeting in late February about this exercise and its importance for Cabbagetown.  For more info about TOCore, click here.  

Congrats Noah
Noah Richler took part in the 2015 federal election campaign as an NDP candidate in mid-Toronto’s St Paul’s riding.  After the campaign, he created a noteworthy story about grassroots modern-day politics.  His book, The Candidate, is one of five finalists for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.  The winner will receive a $25,000 prize.  The announcement will be made on May 10 - best wishes, Noah. 

Garden Tour and Tour of Homes
Both Tours are organized by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.  The CPA has announced that each Tour will now be held in alternate years. The next Garden Tour will happen in 2018.  The next Tour of Homes is now scheduled for the Sunday September 17, 2017.

Peggy Kurtin Award
This is the CPA’s annual recognition of an important renovation. Three awards are given each year - for excellence in restoration, for a special addition and for an improved facade.  Nominations for the 2017 awards are now open and run until April 15 and the winners are announced at the CPA Annual Meeting in late May.  For details and for submission guidelines, click here.   

Streetscapes in Bloom
The CPA runs a friendly competition every year to honour a homeowner whose garden is considered the best.  Nominations for neighbourhood gardens are open now to May 27.  Over the summer, the judges will visit each nominee’s garden four times and then will announce the overall winner at the CPA’s fall meeting.  To learn about the award and to nominate a garden, click here.  

Coyote in Riverdale Park
Photo:  Jim Bawden
The Cabbagetown Residents Association reports that a coyote has been seen in Riverdale Park and it’s showing an interest in dogs in the park. 

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Photo:  Group portrait and the 1888 Police Museum Map of beats & residences, Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum  
Cabbagetown’s favourite detective, William Murdoch, worked out of No. 4 Division on Wilton (now Dundas) just east of Parliament. Life at the real No. 4 station was somewhat different from Murdoch’s TV version. For one thing, murder definitely was a rare event. For another, PC Crabtree would have been off pounding his beat rather than following-up Murdoch’s leads.
Nearly every member of the service would have been bearded or mustachioed, like the three-dozen real Victorian coppers photographed in November 1888 around their new inspector, Thomas Breckenreid. Irishman Breckenreid is the dark-bearded man with no brass buttons seated near the centre.  A real detective, in plain clothes like Murdoch, is at his feet. The map shows the 8 daytime and 18 nighttime beats that covered the Distillery District, Jarvis Street, Wellesley Street, and all the way over the Don River. Like many of his men, Inspector Breckenreid lived in the neighbourhood, at 320 Carlton Street.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  To support the Museum, click on GoFundMe.   

Get out of the cold
Gerry escaped winter with his February trip to the south.  Naturally, he brought along his vintage edition Cabbagetown Tee for a picture in front of the Hotel Geneve in Mexico City.
Right now, you’re probably dreaming about your Spring and Summer holidays.  Be sure to pack your Tee (you can buy one at the BIA office at 237 Carlton) and snap a selfie or pose for a formal portrait.  Your pic will appear here and you’ll be famous! 

COMING EVENTS

CYC’s Spring Fling
Tickets are moving well and the program is filling up for the the Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s Spring Fling fundraiser.   Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 pm. Auction sale prizes include a foursome at the Oakdale Golf & Country Club, a piece of original art by Andy Donato,  a handmade, embroidered robe from Canadian fashion designer Thien Le, a gift certificate from St Jamestown Steak & Chops and a gourmet food basket from the Epicure Shop. 
Start the evening with a sparkling wine reception followed by dinner and drinks.  There’ll be live music.  Proceeds will be used to support the CYC’s programs for kids in the neighbourhood.  Tax receipts will be issued.  Get your tickets or make your donation online here.  

Dixonlicious
Delicious food, fine wine and specialty craft beers are all featured at this year’s Dixonlicious.  It’s in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) and food stations operated by chefs and restaurants from our neighbourhood will be scattered throughout the hall.  The proceeds from this fundraiser help to pay for Dixon Hall’s programs - Meals on Wheels, Summer Camp, Homeless Shelter programs, Out of the Cold, AIDS programs and more.  Wednesday March 29, 6 to 9 pm, $100, tickets available online here.  

IN THE MEDIA

Toronto Star Fixer
Photo:  Jack Lakey, Toronto Star
The Star’s Fixer ran a story on Thursday about an abandoned construction trailer left at Spruce and River Streets. It’s now been vandalized and covered with graffiti. Our thanks to Jim Conchie who tried to solve the problem but got an obscene brush-off from the construction company’s staff member.  Thanks and best wishes as well to The Fixer for helping with the problem.  You can read the Star’s story here.   

CYC and Dixon Hall fundraisers
Photo:  Rene Johnston, Toronto Star - former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty visited the CYC
Justin Skinner has written about these two fundraisers in Inside Toronto.  His article gives extra detail about the work done in our community by the two agencies. Click here to read it.  

Our Irish roots
Last weekend, Jared Ross from Mackenzie House conducted a tour of Corktown and the early Cabbagetown districts.  His tour visited places where Irish immigrants lived and left their imprints from the mass migration of the mid-19th Century.  The CBC’s Kate McGillivray has written about his tour and describes five of its highlights.  Click here to read it.   

ON STAGE

Acceleration 2017
Photo:  Briana Salmon by Cylla Von Tiedemann
This is the annual performance by the graduating class from the School's Professional Training Program - new works by Peggy Baker, Susie Burpee, and Robert Desrosiers, as well as remounts of Paul-AndrĂ© Fortier’s Tell and Christopher House’s Colder Ink.  On stage now to March 25 at the Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester).  Click here for tickets.   

Niimi’iwe
An indigenous dance double bill.  Two dance performances presented by Native Earth Performing Arts (Aki Theatre, 585 Dundas E) from Thursday March 30 to Saturday April 1.  7 pm - light breaking broken is a collaboration by Margaret Grenier and Karen Jamieson.  9 pm - the NDN way re-imagines philosophies about medicine teachings, pipe ceremonies, sweat lodges and death.  $25/each and $40/double bill.  Click here for more program info and for ticket sales.    

Moving Blackness - Identity, Hope & Love
Three intriguing dance pieces celebrate blackness in a changing world.  Presented by COBA.  Thursday March 23 to Saturday March 25, 8 pm, Aki Studio Theatre in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), $20 to $35.  For tickets and more information, click here.   

Spotlight Australia
The bienniel Spotlight series returns to Canadian Stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley) in April.  This year’s features are five productions from Australia - storytelling, song, dance and a circus.  The opening production is Jack Charles v The Crown, from March 29 to April 8.  Tickets and info here.   

BUSINESS NEWS

Introducing Sarah Bradt
Sarah started her own online business, Ninebark Knits, last Fall.  She knits and sells headbands and pet toys from natural wool, cotton and bamboo fibres.  She offers four headbands ranging from $18 to $38, each in four cozy colours and each in both adult and child sizes.  Her pet toys include bite-friendly knit bones for pups and catnip filled mice for cats.  You can also buy Ninebark Knits’ headband patterns for $4 or a complete kit with bamboo needles, one ball of eco-friendly yarn and a pattern for $25.  Check out Sarah’s designs online at her website.   

AAA Accounting & Tax
It’s tax season and Owen at AAA (462 Parliament) continues posting Newsletters with helpful tax tips.  This week, he’s highlighting tax changes in the latest federal budget.  Visit AAA’s site here and read the Tax Alerts at the bottom of the page.  

RESTAURANT NEWS

Curry at Merryberry
Cyril’s launching a series of his cooking classes that highlights curries.  On Wednesday March 29 at 5:30 pm, it’s chicken dishes - butter chicken, chicken tikki masala and chicken korma.  Then, in two weeks, he’ll explore other Indian curries and in the third class he’ll feature Thai curries.  Register at the restaurant or call (647) 348-0411.  $45.  559 Parliament. 

Mill Street Earth Hour
Celebrate Earth Hour at Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane) on Saturday March 25, 8:30 pm.  Music by Dick Rodan.  50 cents from every pint sold will be donated to Earth Day Canada.  

Congrats Jet Fuel
John’s landmark coffee shop will celebrate its 25th anniversary on April 1.  Save the date - he’s planning a party.  519 Parliament.

Arvo concert series
The Arvo series presents Nashville singer/songwriter Justin James on Saturday, Aprii 8 at 7 pm.  Free admission. 17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery.  

Young, Live & Local
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) is again hosting an evening with young local performers - The Mutts, Julian and Andres Carpio.  Hosted by the Evan Simms Trio.  No cover.  Saturday March 25, 9 pm. 

Paint & cocktails
Create your own masterpiece while sipping some wine or a craft brew. No experience needed.  Everything is provided - canvas, brushes, paint, apron and easel.  Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton), Wednesday March 29, 7 to 9 pm, $25 with promo code PAINT25 - click here to register.   

THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS 
Addresses, online info and current events.

ALUMNAE THEATRE
70 Berkeley Street

New Ideas Festival - to March 26
Week Three - Beat, The Ballad of Sadie Wong, Who Knocks and The Hungriest Woman in the World.   Saturday’s staged reading on March 25 is Thistlepatch by Catherine Frid.  Click here for info and tickets about Week Three.  

CANADIAN STAGE
Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street

Five Faces for Evelyn Frost - to March 25 (French with English subtitles)
Online tickets and info here.

Kiss - March 28 to April 16
Online tickets and info here

Jack Charles v The Crown (Spotlight Australia) - March 29 to April 8
Online tickets and info here.

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas E

Moving Blackness - Thursday March 23 to Saturday March 30
Online info and tickets here.

Niimi’we, double bill - Thursday March 30 to Saturday April 1
Online tickets and info here.

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester Street

Acceleration 2017 - to March 25
Online tickets and info here. 

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Cage - to March 25
Online tickets and info here.

Crawl Space - March 23 to April 15
Online tickets and info here. 

Spoon River - March 31 to April 15
Online tickets and info here.

TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester

Chiasmata - March 30 to April 2, April 5 to April 8
Online tickets and info here. 


CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY MARCH 23 TO SUNDAY APRIL 2

  • For contact info about these clubs and restaurants, see the list at the bottom of this page.  
  • If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed.

THURSDAY MARCH 23

The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music

FRIDAY MARCH 24

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Dash
Fuse
10 pm, Ladies night and dancing - ladies free, guys $10.
Johnny G’s
8:30 pm, Live Greek music with Dimitra (vocals), Vassilis (keyboard) and Vaggelis (bouzouki)
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY MARCH 25

Dominion
8 pm, DJ Regina
Local GEST
9 pm, Young, Live & Local with Andres Carpio, Julian and the Mutts and hosted by The Evan Sims Trio.
Mill Street Beer Hall
8:30 pm, Earth Day celebration with Dan Rodan
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY MARCH 26

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Amanda Reeve and Bruce Skerritt

MONDAY MARCH 27

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY MARCH 28

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY MARCH 29

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia
Paintbox
8 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam, $12
Quincy’s
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.
Stout Irish Pub
7 to 9 pm, Paint & cocktails, $25

THURSDAY MARCH 30

The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music

FRIDAY MARCH 31

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Wizdome
Fuse
10 pm, Ladies night and dancing, ladies free, others $10
Johnny G’s
8:30 pm, Live Greek music with Dimitra (vocals), Vassilis (keyboard) and Vaggelis (bouzouki). 
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY APRIL 1

Dominion
8 pm,DJ Regina
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY APRIL 2

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
CORKTOWN KITCHEN
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
CRANBERRIES
DOMINION PUB & KITCHEN
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, https://www.facebook.com/DominionTO/
EL CATRIN
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, https://www.facebook.com/elcatrin.ca
FUSE
366 Queen St E, (647) 347-3873, http://fusedining.com 
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
IMPACT KITCHEN
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
JOHNNY G’s
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
THE LOCAL GEST
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
MERRYBERRY CAFE
MILL STREET BEER HALL
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-beer-hall/
MILL STREET BREW PUB
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-brew-pub/
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
PAINTBOX BISTRO
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
QUINCY’s AFROKITCHEN & BAR
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127,  https://www.facebook.com/cometoquincys/
SOULPEPPER
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
STOUT IRISH PUB
UNDER THE TABLE

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533, https://www.facebook.com/underthetabletoronto