May 24

This week’s image:  Spring in Riverdale Farm

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

LET’S VOTE


Election Day is Thursday June 7
Visit the Elections Ontario website to find out where to vote, whether you’re properly registered on the voters’ list and other handy info. When you open the website, you’ll be asked for your postal code - it links you to all the info that you personally need.

Advance polls
If you can’t vote during the regular poll on election day, you can use an advance poll.  There are four locations throughout Toronto Centre plus the official Returning Office.
The four locations are open from 10 am to 8 pm from Saturday May 26 to Wednesday May 30 - 519 Church Street, the Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne at Wellesley), the Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter) and the St Lawrence Community Centre (230 The Esplanade).  
The Returning Office (60 Adelaide E Unit 400) advance poll is open every day until June 6.  Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and on Sunday May 27 from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday June 3 from noon to 5 pm.  

Contact info for our candidates
Greens - Adam Sommerfeld - website and Facebook  
Liberal - David Morris, 527 Parliament Street, (647) 993-7466, website and Facebook.    
New Democrats - Suze Morrison, 194 Carlton, (647) 557-6435, website and Facebook
Ontario PC - Meredith Cartwright, 483 Church,  (416) 929-9309, website and Facebook.  

LOCAL NEWS 

Doors Open Toronto,  May 26 & May 27
Photo: Burke Campbell
Doors Open lets us explore over 130 buildings across Toronto on Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27.  Nine of them are in our immediate area.  Most are open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Jarvis Street Baptist Church - 130 Gerrard St E - Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Children’s Book Bank - 350 Berkeley (at Gerrard) - Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Little Trinity Church - 425 King St E - Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm
Alumnae Theatre - 70 Berkeley St - Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm
Sim Post Sound - 260 King St E - Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Sim Lighting & Grip - 80 Commissioners St - Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Canadian Stage - 26 Berkeley St - Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Pure Spirits Still House/ Distillery Film Locations Site Tours - 3 Tank House Lane, Distillery Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Harris Institute - 118 Sherbourne St - Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm
Several other favourites are close by - Don Jail, Ryerson University, the Brickworks and several sites on the lake.  Check out the main website for lots more activity - live music, speakers series, local walking tours and City Hall programs.  

Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces
Our garden tour returns on Sunday June 3 from 10 am to 3 pm. It’s a big event in our community.  Ten gardens will be listed.  Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and offer tips.   
Your ticket is also your map and guide to the gardens.
Tickets are now available locally at several outlets - $20.  Online purchases using PayPal are also available.
For details about the program and ticket outlets, click here
Volunteers are needed to staff each garden - Ii you’re interested, please email rlatch21@gmail.com

Gerrard and Parliament road closure
Construction is still on schedule for its June 4 completion. 
Traffic has been using Carlton, Spruce, Wellesley, Sackville and Sumach. Keith Lawrance in the Councillor’s office reports that there was a considerable increase in the number of cars on these streets at first but by Friday, those numbers had dropped by half as people figured out alternate routes.  

Project Regent Runway fashion show
View the creations by local designers, enjoy a live DJ, nibblies and special guests - 5 to 7 pm, Friday May 25,  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).

SING
SING is a city-wide celebration of a cappella concerts running from May 23 to June 3.   Local concerts take place on the weekends in the Distillery and in Little Trinity Church (425 King).
The first event in the Distillery happens at the outdoor stage on Saturday May 26 from noon to 5 pm.  Eight different groups will perform from pop styles to local choirs to contemporary.  On Sunday May 27 from 2 to 5 pm, four more groups perform barbershop, jazz and rousing dance music. 
On Friday May 25, Little Trinity Church will host SING & Learn - a school program with the international group Rockapella.
For the full program, go to the SING website.  

Bright Ideas
This is the 7th annal symposium at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario).  Special guest speakers will join the audience to discuss community issues and solutions.  Saturday May 26 from 10 am to 2 pm, lunch provided. 

Discover Cabbagetown walks
Organized by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.  These walks throughout the summer will introduce Cabbagetown by active members of the CPA.  The series starts on Sunday May 27 at 10:30 am at the gates to Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach).  Free - donations will be accepted.

Cabbagetown Preservation Association meeting
The CPA’s annual meeting happens at 7 pm on Wednesday May 30 in Dixon Hall (Carlton and Bleecker).  David Winterton from Friends of Allan Gardens will talk about the park and the Friends’ agenda for its future upgrades.  The winner of the 2018 Peggy Kurtin Award for an outstanding renovation will be announced.

Councillor Troisi’s Update
Councillor Lucy Troisi is hosting a Cabbagetown Community Update at 6:30 pm on Thursday May 31 in the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  She’s arranging speakers from several City of Toronto agencies to give an overview of their work and to answer questions - parking, police, children’s services, parks and planning.  Free.

Step class schedule
Brenda is wrapping up her step classes on Sunday June 10.  She’s offering classes on Sundays May 27, June 3 and June 10 at 11 am and on Wednesdays May 30 and June 6 at 9:15 am.  She’ll be back again in September.  Cabbagetown Youth Centre gym (2 Lancaster behind the Beer Store).

Potluck picnic
Cabbagetown Moms & Dads are welcoming summer with a Potluck Picnic.  Wednesday June 6, 4:30 to 7:30 pm, Riverdale Park outside the Farm (Winchester and Sumach).  Please bring a main/side/dessert to share with 8 to 10 people.  You’ll need your own blanket, plates and drinks.  Don’t forget to bring your kids.  

NOW Magazine Reader’s Choice
The Reader’s Choice Awards are powerful tools for our local retailers.  They announce to thousands of people across the city that there’s an outstanding business here.
Nominations in each category are now open.  There are six different groups with scores of individual categories in each one.  The more nominations that a business receives, the more likely it is to be included on the final ballots.
Nominate your favourites from now until June 29.  The final voting will begin on July 19.
Click here to read about the awards and to make your nominations.   

Pollinator gardens
The streetscape gardens along Parliament Street at Spruce, Carlton and Amelia have been planted with native species that encourage bees, butterflies, birds and insects that assist in pollination.  It’s a joint project with the Cabbagetown BIA, Green Thumbs Growing Kids and Restorative Landscapes.  

Lookin’ good
Struan took his mom Megan along for a recent trip to Chianti in Italy.  Of course, he wore his Cabbagetown Tee on a little visit to a vineyard.  Rumour has it that his grandma Marilyn was there too.  Thanks for sending this lovely pic.

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

Winchester Fun Fair
The Fun Fair happens on Saturday May 26 from 11 am to 3 pm at Winchester Public School (15 Prospect).  There’ll be lots of family entertainment - rides, music, great food and more.  

Dixon Hall’s Summer Camp
Summer Camp is a safe fun place where kids learn healthy social skills and gain positive self-confidence while they enjoy physical activities.  Donors are needed - $25 pays for a whole day for one child and $125 pays for a full week.  To make your gift online, click here

REMINDERS

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
The Market will start up in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) on Tuesday June 5.  It runs weekly from 3 to 7 pm.  Here’s the link to its Facebook page.  

Seniors’ badminton
Sherry is still recruiting interested players (60+) to join her badminton games at the Wellesley Community Centre  (495 Sherbourne).  It’s a great facility at a very convenient location.  The Centre’s staff is encouraging seniors to play between 1 and 3 pm on Thursdays.  Free drop-ins. For more info, please contact Sherry at 495sherbourne.thursdays@gmail.com

Cabbagetown South rain barrel sale
The Association’s annual fundraiser is now underway.  Rain barrels are on sale at $55 each (75% less than the retail price).  Each sale contributes $10 to the Association for its neighbourhood improvement projects.
They’re available in several colours and with various accessories.  Place your order online and then pick it up on June 9 from 10 am to noon at 182 Seaton. 

ANNOUNCEMENT

Comfortable couch
Karen is selling a comfortable couch currently residing on Amelia St.  In good shape other than cat scratching damage on both ends. $100 or best offer. 80" W x 36" D X 37" H at tallest point. Call 647-402-0277. 

IN THE MEDIA

Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces
Photo:  Carlos Osorio, Toronto Star
Our garden tour is the main topic in Carola Vyhnak’s story about Spring garden tours in the Toronto Star.  Click here to read about it.  

Construction problems for Parliament businesses
Justin Skinner has written about the impact of the streetcar track upgrades on local businesses.  He’s quoted Mark from MWM Fish Co (419 Parliament) and Sean and Tiffany from the Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) as well as Stephen-Thomas at the Cabbagetown BIA.  Click here to read his story in toronto.com 

BUSINESS NEWS

A new furniture gallery at Kendall & Co
Kendall & Co is having a Renovation Sale on select in-stock rugs, furniture and home accessories. Kendall and Kevin need to make room for their new furniture gallery.  Shop early for best selection.
For over 20 years, Kendall & Co has been selling Canadian-made quality furniture that’s crafted according to your choice of fabric and design details.  They’re excited to take it to the next level by remodelling their shop’s downstairs into a new furniture gallery. 
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).  Open  Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm.  http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/furniture

Distillery Sunday market
Back again for the summer - the Distillery’s weekly marketplace with delicious empanadas, maple syrup, preserves, honey, sausages, cheeses, and more delicious artisanal treats to delight the senses! 

Congrats Tasso
After Tasso (540 Parliament) was mentioned as one of Toronto’s top-three croissant bakeries on the CBC’s Metro Morning, line-ups started to gather at the shop to test its goodies.  Mike and Olya are open from 8:30 am to “sold out” on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  People who want one of their lovely croissants should arrive early!

RESTAURANT NEWS

Soup of the week  
Cyril’s Saturday soup - oriental chickpea - will take us to the shores of Morocco or Tunisia. It obviously has chickpeas as well as tomatoes and raisins and is flavoured with Ras-el-Hanout, as well as with a bit of harissa for a kick.
Next Tuesday’s soup will take us to India for vegetable coconut curry.  After that, who knows?
Containers are $9 each for 24 oz/700 ml.  
He delivers (in Cabbagetown) on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address, cyril@merryberry.ca

Kampai saki festival
Canada’s biggest sake festival features 175 different sakes from 30 different distillers.  Thursday May 31.  This year’s event is divided into two identical sessions, the first from 4 to 8 pm and the second from 7 to 11 pm in the Distillery’s Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).  Included on the program are seminars, a beer garden and sake and food tastings.  Tickets are available for general, premium and VIP admission - $65 to $110. The Festival website offers lots of program details and ticket purchases.  

Brewmaster’s dinner at Mill Street
To celebrate Doors Open, Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane) will host an eight-course dinner pairing food and beer.  It’ll take place in the Mill Street microbrewery on Sunday May 27 from 5 pm.  Tickets are $89.99 - reservations at (416) 681-0338, ext 3.  

Wine tasting at Paintbox
Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) presents wines by Karlo Estates - a vegan certified winery -  matched with “plant powered” food from Paintbox’s chef Devan Dattilo.  Thursday May 31, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, $25.  For tickets online, click here.  

ON STAGE

The 40 Dancer Project presents Ion
Photo:  Bonnie Holmes
Dancers from four national professional programs across Canada join together to present Harold Rheaume’s Ion.  Friday June 8, 7 pm, $15 and $20. The evening begins with a pre-performance chat at 7 pm, then the performance at 8 pm followed by a post-performance reception.  
The 40 Dancer Project is one of 100 different events and workshops at the Festival 18 that’s being staged in the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) from June 4 to 10. For more info, check out the Festival’s website.  https://www.newbluedance.com/home 

CALENDAR FOR LATE MAY & JUNE
THEATRE & DANCE
Addresses, online info and current events.

CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE
509 Parliament Street
(416) 924-5657

Alien Grace
8 pm, Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront
235 Queens Quay West
SpringSong 2018
2 pm, Sunday May 27
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbour-front
235 Queens Quay West

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street E
(416) 531-1402

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester Street
(416) 967-6887

Ion - choreography by Harold Rheaume
School of Toronto Dance Theatre and three other dance schools
Part of Festival 18
Friday June 8
Festival 18
June 4 to 10

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
(416) 866-8666

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson
On stage to June 2
After the Blackout with RARE Theatre Company
On stage to May 26
Innocence Lost, A Play about Steven Truscott
On stage to June 23
La Bete
On stage to June 22

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY MAY 24 TO SUNDAY JUNE 3

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 MAY 24

Alice’s Place
Karaoke
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY MAY 25

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

SATURDAY MAY 26

Dominion
9:30 pm, DJ Dash

SUNDAY MAY 27

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Brewmaster’s dinner with eight-course dinner and beer pairings, $89.99
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Mark Sepic

MONDAY MAY 28

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY MAY 29

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY MAY 30

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter

THURSDAY MAY 31

New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Paintbox
6:30 pm, Wine and food pairing with Karlo estates winery, $25

FRIDAY JUNE 1

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY JUNE 2

New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

SUNDAY JUNE 3

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
CORKTOWN KITCHEN
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
CRANBERRIES
601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330, 
DOMINION PUB & KITCHEN
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, 
EL CATRIN
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, 
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, 
IMPACT KITCHEN
573 King St E, (416) 306-1986, 
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, 
JOHNNY G’s
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
THE LOCAL GEST
See below - The Tilted Dog
MILL STREET BEER HALL
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, 
MILL STREET BREW PUB
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, 
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
PAINTBOX BISTRO
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
QUINCY 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
221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
THE TILTED DOG
(Formerly The Local GEST)
424 Parliament. (416) 961-9425
http://www.tilteddogpub.ca/events/