April 20

This week’s image:  Spring in Wellesley Park.
CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL NEWS

Save the date
Sunday May 7, 10 am to 4 pm.  Parade starts at 10 am in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach).  Events take place in Wellesley Park (east end of Wellesley).  Poster by Lily and Eleanor.

Festival entertainers and events
Cycle Solutions is having a pop-up Spring shop.  Bring your bike to the park and have it tuned up for your warm weather rides. The Heavyweights Brass Band will provide live music..  Magician  Scott Dietrich will appear in the park as well.   The ever-popular bbq is again organized by Mark from St Jamestown Steak & Chops and Stout Irish Pub is providing the beer tent.

Nominate a Queen and a Marshal
Every year, a Festival Queen presides over events and a Festival Marshal leads the parade.  Pick out someone who’s made a positive contribution to our neighbourhood and nominate him/her in a short email note to info@cabbagetowner.com

Volunteers needed
The Festival needs volunteers to help with set-up, event supervision and clean-ups in various slots from 7 am to 4 pm.  It’s a fun experience.  To donate your time, contact carolyn.jarman@gmail.com

LOCAL NEWS

Community clean-ups
Projects are happening on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23 - 

Regent Park - meet at the Regent Park Greenhouse (across from the Aquatic Centre).  Garbage bags, gloves, hot beverages and snacks provided.  11 am to 3 pm. Sponsored by the Regent Park Neighbourhood Association.  

Aberdeen Avenue - annual street clean-up.  Garbage bags provided.  10:15 am to 12:15 pm on Saturday.  Drop off bags at Winchester Square before 2 pm.  Discussions are ongoing about a post-sweep lunch/drink.  Sponsored by AARG. 

Corktown Common - Bayview south of Eastern, 10 am to 1 pm, sponsored by the Dogs of Corktown

Cabbagetown South Residents - local residents are encouraged to clean up litter and debris in the lanes and street near their homes.   

New born lambs and goats
Riverdale Farm has new born lambs and goats to view.  Check out its Facebook page for a great little video and drop by the Farm from 10 am to 5 pm daily.  Winchester and Sumach. 

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
Save the dates - the Market is back.  It starts up at 3 pm on Tuesday May 23 in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach).  Organizers have put together a quick opinion survey - click here to answer it.  

Fashion Art Toronto
A week of celebration of fashion, art and design.  Runway shows, live performances, fashion films, photography and art exhibits.  100 Canadian and international fashion designers are featured in 50 shows over five nights.  This year’s theme is Fashion Evolution and the Festival will explore fashion today, past fashion trends and imaginary future fashion.  To 11:45 pm, April 22, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).   

Bishop Mark MacDonald
Bishop Mark MacDonald is the Anglican Church's National Indigenous Bishop.  He’ll be preaching at 10:30 am on Sunday, April 23 at St Peter & St Simon Church (525 Bloor E). After the service, there’ll be a question and answer time with him regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and efforts by the Anglican Church in this area. Everyone is welcome.

Blueprint for the Future
A silent auction and gala in support of the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce).  They’re hoping to raise $30,000 this year to send one hundred kids  to summer camp.  Tuesday April 25, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  
The event includes a silent auction, a cocktail hour and a dinner.  Special guests include Thompson Egbo-Egbo and Justice Donald McLeod.  Tickets for the entire program are $145 and for the cocktail hour and silent auction, $50.  Check out the website here for tickets and more info.  

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
The Foundation’s annual meeting and a special lecture by Ken McGoogan will take place on Tuesday April 25 from 6:30 pm.  Mr McGoogan will explore ways that the Scots and Irish helped to build the Canadian nation.  Members free, guests $12, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity).  

Betty White’s art show
Betty’s show happens at Teodora Art Gallery (216 Avenue Road) from April 29 to May 27.  Her opening reception is from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday April 29.  Betty teaches art classes to local Cabbagetown kids.  Her students did the three posters being used this year to promote the 2017 Forsythia Festival - Lily Finkelstein, Eleanor Namibia, Nyla Pereina, Maggie Gaston, Malcolm Eldridge and Kate Staples.  Congrats all.   

Kids and cameras
A free program for kids in Grades 3 to 6 to learn more about digital photography and to document the important people and events in their lives. Digital cameras will be provided to the kids to use during the program.  10 am to 12:30 pm, Saturday April 29 to Saturday June 10, ArtHeart Community Centre in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).    

Fight the Famine
Islamic Relief Canada and Somali-Canadian Relief Task Force are sponsoring a fundraiser to support the urgent relief needed to stave off a third massive famine in Somalia in 25 years.  Funds will provide emergency food aid and water trucks. 6 to 9 pm, Sunday April 30, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Tickets are $100 with a tax receipt provided.  Click here to buy yours.   

Open house at The Sumach
Chartwell’s new project - The Sumach - has attracted considerable local interest.  It’s a rental residence for independent seniors that’s currently being built at Sumach and Shuter.  There’ll be an Open House event from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday April 30 at the Regent Park Presentation Centre (500 Dundas E).  

Make a guerrilla garden
Cabbagetown South Residents Association is asking homeowners to reclaim an abandoned spot in a nearby laneway.  Plant a garden - some vines, hearty shrubs and ground cover - and make your area clean and looked-after.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Images:  Sally Gibson and Toronto Public Library r-1164 
In 1881, a local alderman had the bright idea of mounting a battery of five cannons at the end of Carlton Street overlooking recently opened Riverdale Park. These cannons were actually fired to celebrate holidays, resulting in broken windows and startled residents, zoo animals and visitors. Mercifully, the battery was broken up with individual cannons hauled to new positions. A turn-of- the-century stereographic photo reveals one of them aiming down the main zoo roadways. Today, one of the five – an 1806, cast-iron, Scottish manufactured, 32-pounder - can still be seen on the Bridgepoint hill in Riverdale Park East … aiming over the running track toward Rosedale.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  
Please support the Museum, by clicking on GoFundMe.  

IN THE MEDIA

Distillery District developments
Image: Cityscape and Dream, 2014 proposal for 31R Parliament.
blogTO reports that two development proposals have been approved by the OMB.  Both projects neighbour the Distillery District and they’ll each have a major impact on it.  At the north end, a proposed tower at 60 Mill Street has been reduced from 34 to 12 storeys.  At the south end, a tower at 31A Parliament has been reduced from 57 to a maximum of 50 storeys with a low-rise podium along the Distillery’s south side.  Thanks to Kelley Teahen for pointing out this story - click here to read it.  
Urban Toronto also has a detailed story on these two developments, including a quick rundown on the ways that Section 37 funds will be spent.

Subway relief line
Shawn Micallef has written a column in the Toronto Star analyzing the need for a new subway relief line.  As he notes, there will be two stations in our immediate area - at Sherbourne and Queen and at Sumach and Eastern.  Click here to read his story.  

BUSINESS NEWS

Come - have a seat
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) debuts a brand new line of upholstered furniture. Made in Toronto, from the fabric of your choice and priced at great value. Floor models in the store now feature select styles in sofas, armchairs, gliders and swivels! The Décor Associates can take you through the living room, dining room and bedroom collections. Kendall & Co is your one-stop-shop for furnishings, lighting and decoratin. Open from 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays. 

The Leslieville Flea
The Flea returns to the Distillery District for its last show of the winter season from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday April 23.  As always, there’ll be an amazing selection of vintage finds, clothing, furniture, collectibles and antiques plus artisans, art and handcrafted goods.  Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).  

Fix up your bike now
The Spring rush is happening now at Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament).  There’s a logical system set up to handle the workload - phone the store and book an appointment.  Don’t be surprised by the date that you’re offered.  They’re booking for early to mid-May now.  Your bike will be cleaned up within a few days and ready to roll. (416) 972-6948 

ON STAGE

Spotlight Australia
Canadian Stage continues its series of storytelling, song, dance and circus from Australia at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley).  For more info and tickets, click here

Tour de Danse
Toronto Dance Theatre’s fourth annual signature fundraiser.  Enjoy seeing your friends and enthusiastic dance lovers cavort with the TDT company on stage.  8 pm, Saturday April 22, 80 Winchester, $25.

Momentum 2017
Students at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre present a main-stage performance of ensemble repetoire showcasing the dancers from all three years of the Professional Training Program.  Click here to read details about each performance and to get tickets.  8 pm, May 5 and 6 and May 11 to 13, 80 Winchester.  

Gathering Momentum 2017
The Opening Night Fundraiser associated with Momentum 2017. It’s your opportunity to support future generations of Canadian dancers.  The event includes a full performance of Momentum 2017 along with an award ceremony, an online silent auction, an on-site auction and raffle, desserts and a cash bar.  Student dancers will mingle with the crowd.  Tickets are $60, available online here - tax receipts will be issued.  There’s more info about the silent auction and a spot for your bids online here. 80 Winchester. 

RESTAURANT NEWS

Cooking class - Thai curry
Cyril is hosting his third curry cooking class. This one is about Thai recipes.   There’ll be red, yellow and green curry pastes and you can select a meat, seafood or vegetarian dish.  This class is filling up so don’t wait to register.  Wednesday April 26 at 5:30 pm, $45, Merryberry Cafe & Bistro (559 Parliament)

Psychic brunch
Gaze once again into the mists and learn what’s in store for your future.  The Psychic Brunch features two insightful readings plus a $5 coupon toward your brunch.  April 23, 11 am to 3 pm, Cranberries (601 Parliament), $40.  

Paint night for grown ups at Stout
Sip some wine, down a pint and pick up a paint brush.  It’s a two-hour fun night with an artist who will guide you step-by-step from start to a finished painting.  $45 - save with coupon code PAINT25, $25.  Stout Irish Pub, 221 carlton.

Live jazz night at Arvo
Arvo (17 Gristmill, Distillery) presents Ted Quinlan and Mike Downes.  Two great musicians at 7 pm, Sunday April 30.  

Bread making workshop
A one-day, hands-on workshop on artisan bread making - sourdough starters, focaccia and ciabatta, French baguettes and batards, challah braids and brioches.  Sunday April 30, 10 am to 5 pm, Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E). Register by email with leobaduria@gmail.com.  $100.

Rope for Hope
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) has a team participating in the Make-a-Wish fundraiser.  They’ll be rappelling down the 30-storey side of Toronto City Hall to support the fund.  They’re raising money through pledges and donations and with a special fundraiser to be held at The Local GEST on Saturday May 6 with live music, raffles and a silent auction.  The goal is to raise $10,000 for the team. 

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

AKI STUDIO
Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas E

The Italian Girl in Algiers - April 28 to 30
Online info and tickets here.

ALUMNAE THEATRE
70 Berkeley

The Clean House - to April 22
Online tickets and info here.

CANADIAN STAGE
Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street

Blood Links (Spotlight Australia) - to April 23
Online tickets and reservations here. 

Endings (Spotlight Australia) - April 26 to April 30
Online tickets and reservations here.

Meeting (Spotlight Australia) - April 26 to April 30
Online tickets and reservations here. 

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester 

Momentum 2017 - May 5 to 13
Online tickets and info here.

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Crash - to April 26 to April 29
Online tickets and info here.

Spoon River - to April 21
Online tickets and info here. 

TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester

Tour de Danse - Saturday April 22
Online tickets and info here. 


CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY APRIL 20 TO SUNDAY APRIL 30

  • 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 APRIL 20

The Local GEST
8:30 pm, open mic with Porter
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY APRIL 21

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Wizdome
Johnny G’s
8:30 pm, Live Greek music with Dimitra (vocals), Vassilis (keyboard) and Vaggelis (bouzouki)
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY APRIL 22

Dominion
8 pm, DJ Ikanpro
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY APRIL 23

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Cranberries
11 am, Psychic Brunch, $40
Dominion
11 am, Brunch & Beats with Mercuri Project 
9 pm, DJ Dash
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Patten & McEachern

MONDAY APRIL 24

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY APRIL 25

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY APRIL 26

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 pm, Art & Ales, $25 with coupon code PAINT25

THURSDAY APRIL 27

Dominion
9 pm, DJ Wizdome 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY APRIL 28

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

SATURDAY APRIL 29

Dominion
9 pm, DJ Mercuri Project 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY APRIL 30

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Arvo
7 pm, Live jazz night with Ted Quinlan and Mike Downes
Dominion
11 am, Brunch & Beats live with DW
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Paintbox
10 am to 5 pm, Bread making workshop, $100

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
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
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