November 29 - Serving Cabbagetown & the Downtown East Neighbourhoods

Your Christmas gifts
This is the season when we think about making donations to agencies working in the arts, teaching kids, helping people who are sick or homeless.  There are amazing people doing this work in our communities.  For your convenience, we're drawing up a list so you can see who they are and what they're doing. 
To see the list, click here and also click on the poinsettia image in the right hand column.  Check back regularly - we'll add more names in the next week or two.

Riverdale Farm news
Changes are being made by the City of Toronto to the Advisory Council at the Farm.  For over 25 years, the Riverdale Farm Advisory Council has given feedback and direction to the professional staff from the Parks Department.  They’ve worked closely with staff but they’re an independent body. 
In November, the City dissolved this arrangement, following on recommendations from the Riverdale Farm Coalition.  A new group will be formed to look into fundraising projects to finance the Farm’s $500,000 annual budget.
We remember the Advisory Council’s leadership last year when they launched the campaign to “Save the Farm” with their bright yellow lawn signs .  Their work over the years has ranged from renovations to the health and welfare of the animals.  They’ve spent thousands of volunteer hours cleaning up the property, planting and tending the gardens.  They ran the annual Pancake Breakfast during the Festival. 
The final Chair of the Council was Dan Eldridge.  Over the years, the Council’s membership has run from 12 to 16 people. 
All of them deserve our heartfelt thanks.
Dental bus in St James Town
Every two weeks on Mondays, a bus from Toronto Public Health visits St James Town to provide dental care.  It’s an important service for local residents.  Children under the age of 18, senior citizens and adults needing emergency care are all eligible for treatment. Toronto Public Health works with community partners with the bus – Community Matters and Community Corner are the St James Town partner. Appointments are needed and can be arranged through Amina Chaudhary at Community Matters, (647) 765-7672.
CYC Appreciation Night
The Cabbagetown Youth Centre has a lot to celebrate.  Their new renovations are complete and the changes are remarkable.  So they`re hosting an evening to show off and to thank their supporters.  John McFadyen, a very strong supporter and leader, will be recognized. The people who contributed to Blair`s Run and to the Scotiabank Marathon will be acknowledged. The CYC`s Performing Arts Kids will perform.  There`ll be tours of the new facilities and refreshments.  Thursday December 6, 7 pm. Please RSVP to (416) 960-1032 or
Cabbagetown South Christmas Party
The residents’ group is sponsoring its Christmas party on Wednesday, December 12 from 7 to 9 pm at the Ontario Restaurant (south side of Dundas between Ontario and Milan).  It’s a chance to meet your neighbours, share some cheer and celebrate Cabbagetown South.  Advance ticket sales continue to Sunday December 2 - $15 each.  After that, tickets are $20.  Learn more and buy your tickets at the Cabbagetown South website.
Christmas flower show at Allan Gardens
The conservatory in Allan Gardens (Carlton & Sherbourne) is transformed from Sunday December 2 until mid-January.  There are hundreds of different floral decorations including over thirty varieties of poinsettia and seasonal topiary masterpieces.  It’s the highlight of the year.
Sunday December 2 is the grand opening featuring horse and wagon rides, carolers, hot cider and a visit from Santa. 
Theatre reminders – starting now
Several shows are mentioned along the left column in our Review.  On Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm, THE BESETTING OF REENA VIRK is staged at the Aki Studio Theatre.  This weekend marks the opening of IMPULSE from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.  IGNORANCE by the Old Trout Puppet Theatre starts in the Downstairs Theatre at Berkeley St Theatre.  Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL begins at Soulpepper in the Distillery.  And on Thursday December 6, THE LIME TREE BOWER begins Upstairs at the Berkeley Street Theatre.  For those who have missed it so far, this weekend is your last chance to see THE DROWNING GIRLS in the Alumnae Theatre. 
Restaurant news
Free food
The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) has a special offer for next Sunday – buy one Beaver Brunch and get your second one free!  11 am to 3 pm.  Heather and Maggie have a new chef and a new menu – they’re very proud of their updated efforts.  (More about that next week.) 
You must say “Doug sent me”.  No fooling.  That’s the secret code.  Repeat after me, “Doug sent me.”  When those words slip from your lip, you’ll be good for the two-for-one special.  “Doug sent me.”
Merryberry’s December theme
In addition to his regular menu, Cyril is offering a festive Victorian theme for December at Merryberry (559 Parliament).  One hundred years ago, a hodgepodge of immigrants lived in our neighbourhood – British, French, Irish and Macedonians – and his menu pays homage to them.  For your appetizers, there are two choices -  spiced butternut squash soup or a traditional cabbage-bacon-potato dish. For main courses, there’s tourtiere with maple glazed carrots, asparagus and apple chutney or duck with berries or baked bean casserole with spicy Macedonian sausages. Two dessert choices:  plum pudding with brandy sauce or Irish whiskey with gingerbread.  Prix fixe dinner with two options: two courses for $25 or all three courses for $30.  Starting on Wednesday and running through December. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 11 am to 3:30 pm and Wednesday to Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm.
Thai to Go
If you’re thinking of holiday entertaining choices, Chef Prasai can help.  He’ll work with you to prepare a special menu.  You can book the full dining room if you want to host your event here or, of course, your food can easily be delivered.  Call (416-515-8424) or drop by (452 Gerrard) and tell him or Dale about your plans.  You can see the regular menu at their website.
House on Parliament
Drop by during the twelve days of Christmas to see what’s being offered in the HOP’s (454 Parliament) advent calendar.  It starts on Saturday, December 1.
Shopping news
This week’s feature is a dramatic set of three art glass bowls designed by  Italian architect Carlo Scarpa and produced in Murano in Italy in the 1930s.  You’ll see more at Eclectisaurius’ website. Wednesday to Friday, 3 to 8 pm, Saturday noon to 7 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm. 249 Gerrard.
Mail Bonding at Kendall & Co
Greeting card box sets,  gift tags and gift wrapping paper abound at Kendall & Co (227 Carlton), along with other fine stationery goods.   Extended shop hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. For more info, click here.

Trauma-sensitive Yoga
Information session with special guest Dr. Jane Salter and trauma-sensitive Yoga teacher Joanna Morrison, Saturday December 8th, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  A short presentation about the basics of trauma-sensitive yoga followed by an open discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
Sundara Yoga Studio welcomes Joanna Morrison who will be teaching Yin Yoga on Saturdays from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm. She will also be leading the trauma-sensitive Yoga program starting in January 2013. Please go to for more information and course dates.
Busy weekend at Pet Valu
Santa comes back to Cabbagetown this weekend (and again on December 15) to Pet Valu (240 Carlton).  He’ll be here from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday for photo opportunities.  He knows how to calm your pets and bring out their best - a really charming photo for only $10.
Marilyn Wilputte is also back on Saturday for her monthly nail clipping clinic.  She’s a favourite for pet owners.  10 am to 4 pm, $10.
Jet Fuel Bike Team
On Saturday from 8:30 pm, Jet Fuel is launching the season for the 2013 Cycling Team.  You’ll enjoy this chance to meet the team members and other racing celebrities and to see the team’s latest equipment.   For more info, check the Jet Fuel website.
Distillery’s 3rd annual Lowe’s Christmas Market
From Friday November 30 to Monday December 16.  This is the Distillery’s celebration of the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas.  Hundreds of unique, local, handcrafted products are showcased.  There are musicians, carollers, children’s choirs and stage performances.  Santa puts in an appearance.  Along with the great shopping, there are specialty beers, mulled wine, sweets and the Distillery’s fine restaurants. Monday to Friday, noon to 9 pm.  Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 9 pm.

November 22 - Serving Cabbagetown & the Downtown East Neighbourhoods

Free the Children on 60 Minutes
Sunday, November 25, 7 pm. CBS’ 60 Minutes has followed Craig Kielburger for the past year.  They’ve visited Free the Children projects overseas, attended We Day events and interviewed people at home and abroad about the organization’s work.  This is a follow-up to an interview that they did with Craig sixteen years ago when he was a young teen launching his first efforts.  For this program, they also watched students in an American school who did their fundraising to build a school room in Kenya.  The broadcast will follow the Sunday afternoon NFL game – if you can’t watch it then, you can visit Free the Children’s website and see it online.
Toronto Street Cats
There’s an important animal rescue program under way in Regent Park and Cabbagetown South (River to Sherbourne, Gerrard to Dundas) to locate and neuter feral and stray cats living in the neighbourhood.  Launched in November 2011, the program has helped 250 cats out of an estimated 450.  It’s run by Toronto Street Cats using a generous grant from PetSmart Charities.
All medical care is handled at the Toronto Humane Society (11 River).  The cats are brought there, neutered, dewormed, vaccinated and given flea treatments and a two-day recovery. This work is done by qualified veterinarians and support staff who are all volunteers.  Follow-ups include providing shelters and feeding programs for the colonies of cats.
There are an estimated 100,000 feral cats in Toronto.  By neutering them, we avoid the huge stress placed on shelters and the need for large scale euthanasia. The animals enjoy a big improvement in their lives.
Volunteers are always welcome.  Watch a two-minute video celebrating treatment for the 1000th cat here.  Check out their informative website here.
Regent Park’s new aquatic centre
Photo GridTO
The new swimming pool is officially open in Regent Park and it’s another big milestone in the rebuilding of that community.  It has a lap pool, a leisure pool, a warm water pool, a Tarzan rope, a diving board and a water slide.  There are good stories about the facilities in GridTO and in an earlier edition of the Globe & Mail.
The Centre promises to be very popular.  The facilities are sensitive to various social standards and the pools themselves accommodate kids, people with various disabilities, families and serious fitness freaks.
Even Donald Trump got into the act – he donated $2 million toward its cost using something called Section 37 of the Ontario Planning Act.  In return, he got some leeway with his plans for his hotel downtown.  It was a smart move organized by Pam McConnell to direct his money into this project. 
St James Town progress report
The recent edition of the CPA Newsletter offers an article by Chris Hallett and Margaret Coshan about changes brewing in St James Town.  Margaret and Chris are leaders in Community Matters, an agency fostering better services and facilities for the St James Town area.  As new development plans for the north end are unveiled, they`ve worked for spin-offs that benefit the whole neighbourhood.  Their article is a recommended and informed read.
Cabbagetown Preservation Association Speakers Night
Monday November 26, 7 pm, St Peter`s Church (188 Carlton at Bleecker).  The CPA has invited Andrew McCausland to be the guest speaker.  His company, McCausland of Toronto, is the oldest surviving stained glass studio in North America and their works are scattered everywhere across Toronto.  Andrew is the fifth generation in the family to run the firm.   The meeting will include presentations for the 2012 winners of the Streetscape in Bloom award, the CPA`s annual nod to outstanding gardens and the 2012 Volunteer Award.
CYC Appreciation Night
The Cabbagetown Youth Centre has a lot to celebrate.  Their new renovations are complete and the changes are remarkable.  So they`re hosting an evening to show off and to thank their supporters.  John McFadyen, a very strong supporter and leader, will be recognized. The people who contributed to Blair`s Run and to the Scotiabank Marathon will be acknowledged. The CYC`s Performing Arts Kids will perform.  There`ll be tours of the new facilities and refreshments.  Please RSVP to (416) 960-1032 or
Historic hats
Congrats to Norma Shephard from the Mobile Millinery Museum and to volunteers at the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum.  Last Sunday`s presentation, Historic Hats, was a charming event – full of knowledgeable comments, gorgeous hats, gracious models, witty remarks and an amused audience.  Well done everyone. For more hat insights, click here and for more about our community museum, here
Restaurant news
Spanish wines at JAMcafe
Av and Joe are again hosting an evening of wine and food tastings at JAMcafe (195 Carlton), this time featuring Spanish wines and olive oils.  It`s in co-operation with Olive & Olives, a specialty shop at 779 Queen St.  The evening will include five wines, two sherry vinegars and three olive oils, all with matching hors d`oeuvres.  Seating will be limited to 28 people so it`s advisable to call early.  Save the date – Wednesday December 5, 6:30 pm – final details about ticket prices will be ready soon.  (416) 921-1255.
Cafuné – a new café on Carlton Street
Vicente Gannam will open his new café (194A Carlton) this weekend.  He`s presenting a unique blend of art and food from Brazil.  Each month, he`ll be showcasing a new artist along his walls – works by Selma Abreu are shown now.  He also has natural fabric crafts displayed and for sale in the shop.  His menu will feature traditional meals, snacks and baked goods from indigenous and Afro-Brazilian cooking. These are the dishes that have become the heart of Brazilian cuisine.  The coffee comes from the microregion in the southeast mountains.  By next year, he plans to have a listing of Brazilian wines to match the menu. Check out Vicente`s website here – menu specifics will be added soon.  A welcome addition to our restaurant choices.
It`s Jenny
Photo Jesse Milns
blogTO has just published a very nice profile of our new café, It`s Jenny (253 Gerrard).  The review is favourable and well deserved.  Read it here.
Shopping news
Congratulations Cabbagetown Pet Clinic
The Farley Fund is a program run by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association.  It provides assistance for seniors and disabled people who can’t afford treatments for their pets. Through the fund, participating clinics receive a budget and decide locally who will get the support.  Our own Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard) raised $1400 this year for the fund – up from $500 last year.
Leslie has a dazzling studio art glass perfume bottle, artist signed and dated 1995.  Its sculptural frosted sommerso glass has a Memphis inspired slash of deep purple on one side and peach on the other.  For more info, visit her website.  249 Gerrard.

For the perfect couple from Kendall & Co
These Mr & Mrs monogrammed pillows are a match made in heaven. They’re equally perfect as a set of Mr & Mr and Mrs & Mrs.  Locally handmade.  Available exclusively at Kendall & Co, 227 Carlton.
Labour of Love
Tis the season – Regina invites you, ``Our Christmas window is up and our shop is stocked with all the Christmas essentials.  Drop by to see what we`ve chosen for you this season!``  242 Carlton.
Sundara`s new classes
Sundara (492 Parliament, side door) now has three new classes for you.
Friday November 23, 7:30 pm.  It`s Vinyasa and vino with Emma.  Do a dynamic vinyasa class with Emma and then stay afterward to meet fellow yogis in your community.
Saturdays, November 24 to December 15, 3 to 4:30 pm.  Ashtanga fundamentals with Emma.  Learn the basics of Ashtanga yoga.
Saturdays, 1 to 2:15 pm.  Pre-natal yoga is now a drop-in class.  This is an opportunity to connect with yourself, your baby and other women going through similar experiences.
Christmas news
Christmas decorations
The Cabbagetown Christmas Market (238A Gerrard) is a specialty shop devoted to Christmas installations and greenery.  George, the owner, will design and install your personalized home and tree decorations.  His shop also provides both vintage and modern decorations.  Contact him at (647) 997-7078.
Santa`s new look
Kidin Thrifty Shop (246B Gerrard) has given Santa a brand new look.  Local wits have noted that it`s a big improvement over the fat old guy.
Complaints department
Life is often full of tiny irritations that seem too small to deserve a mention. Bottling up these frustrations can be unhealthy. This department on our Review provides a therapeutic answer to that problem.
Garbage collection
Photo Toronto Sun
Normally, the City`s collection guys do a spiffy job.  But in Don Vale recently, they`ve started to experiment with the schedule.  They arrive on the proper day but the times are changed all around.  For twenty years, the truck has arrived at a predictable time and the bins were always there waiting for them.  Over the past few weeks, afternoon pick-ups started to take place in the mornings and vice versa.  As a result, homeowners are seen in pajamas and bare feet racing to the curb with the week`s collection of goodies.  Curses have also been heard.  Maybe someone in authority at City Hall can ask the crews to go back to their comfortable old ways.
The Globe & Mail
The Globe & Mail also needs to fix its delivery schedules.  Home deliveries seem to be fine.  Deliveries to our local stores, however, arrive now at 9 or 9:30 am, especially on Saturdays. For one G&M fan, this is far too late – it`s like getting an afternoon paper with yesterday`s news.  Let`s get back to our 7 am routine.

November 15 - Serving Cabbagetown & the Downtown East Neighbourhoods

Diwali festivities
To our Tamil neighbours and friends, “Deepavali Habbada Shubhashayagalu”, Happy Diwali to everyone.
This week marks the 2012 beginning of the Hindu and Gujarati new year in India and across the Hindu world.  Called the “festival of lights”, it’s celebrated by lighting candles, lamps and fireworks.  People decorate their homes with small clay lamps, flowers and mango leaves.  Gifts and sweets are exchanged with friends and neighbours.
Police safety meeting
Police officers from 51 Division and from HQ staff, along with Pam McConnell, met 150 people from Cabbagetown to talk about Nighisti Semret’s murder and about crime in this community in general.  The meeting had a strange, mixed-up feel.  On the positive side, people learned what the police are doing in the murder investigation – a valuable discussion.  On the other hand, meeting arrangements like the sound system were awkward and much of the program seemed off topic to the audience.
The police have a major project underway to identify and capture the murderer.  To date, 13 detectives have been assigned to work on it under the direction of Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux, a very experienced investigator.
They’re searching for as much information as possible about his route, his appearance and his identity.  Small details can be very helpful.  It is believed that he lives nearby or is very familiar with the area. There is no information about a motive for the attack. If you recognize anything from the videos or from your personal observations, please call D/Sgt Giroux at (416) 808-7387 or (416) 808-7400. Or call Crimestoppers at (416) 222-8477.
Neighbourhood events
Weesageechak begins to dance – 25th annual festival
For four days, the Aki Theatre in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas) is home to Native Earth as it begins its 30th season with Weesageechak Begins to Dance  – four days of theatre, storytelling and dance.  Performances happen at 8 pm on Thursday and Friday and at 2:30 and 8 pm on Saturday.  Tickets are $15 each or $30 for a festival pass.
Thursday, Nov 15, 8 pm  - UNRELATED (dance)
Friday, Nov 16, 8 pm - ANIMIKIIG / THUNDERING VOICES PROGRAM (Our emerging playwriting program)
Saturday, Nov 17 at 2:30 pm - WHEN THE FISH MET THE TURTLE (storytelling)
Saturday, Nov 17 at 8 pm - HEAT LIGHTNING (theatre)
For details about each event, go to the website.
Historic hats
Sunday November 18, 2 to 4 pm, Riverdale Farm Meeting House (Sumach & Winchester). Who better to show off Victorian millinery than our Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum?  It’s a collaboration with the Millinery Museum.  It’ll be an entertaining hour-long fashion parade.   To learn more about the Museum, click here. Tickets are $20 and the income supports the Museum.
Impulse 2012
Dancers from all three years in the professional training program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) present works by six choreographers.  This is your chance to see tomorrow’s dance stars today. Tickets are available online and at (416) 967-6887.  Box office opens at 7:15 and program starts at 8 pm, November 29 to December 1 and December 6 to 8.  $19 general admission and $15 students, seniors and CADA.
51 Division Christmas toy drive
Residents are asked to donate new, unwrapped toys for 51 Division’s annual Christmas drive.  Your gifts can be left at the police station (51 Parliament).  They’ll be distributed to local families.
Cabbagetown Preservation Association
The CPA Meeting happens on Monday, November 26 at 7 pm at St Peter’s Church (188 Carlton).  It’ll be an interesting night.  The winner of the annual Streetscape in Bloom will be announced.  There’ll be a second award to the 2012 Volunteer.  The main speaker is Andrew McCausland, the head of Robert McAusland Ltd.  This is the company whose stained glass has decorated many Cabbagetown homes since 1856.  The CPA website has more details.
Cabbagetown Residents Association
The residents’ group covering Don Vale (east of Parliament, north of Gerrard) has just simplified their name.  They’ve dropped the Don Vale portion.  This is an active association with an eye open for neighbourhood issues together with a positive program supporting local activities.  Check out their website.
Centre for Social Innovation
The third floor at the Daniels Spectrum (535 Dundas at Sumach) is occupied by the Centre for Social Innovation. They’re a social enterprise creating community workspaces, encouraging new businesses and developing new social services.  They offer more than a place to work. They have three unique rental packages – as a temporary Hot Desk (for as little as $75/month), as a private desk in a variety of configurations (for as low as $400/month) and as a private office (starting at $1,000/month).  This is an ideal way for a small community group and a new business to get a home with phone, web access and meeting facilities.  Find out more at their website.
Award winners
Congrat’s to Linda Spalding 
Photo: Jeff Nolte
Ms Spalding has just won the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for her novel, The Purchase.  This caps a parade of honours and accolades for her work including a nomination for a second major award at the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize.  You can read a summary of the jury’s decision here. 
Congratulations as well to three other Cabbagetown writers who were nominated in various categories for the GG awards – Carol Bishop-Gwyn, A F Moritz and Noah Richler.
Strangely enough, Ms Spalding doesn’t mention Cabbagetown in her prize-winning novel – the impact of this omission on the judges is still unknown.
2012 NOW Magazine Readers Poll Awards
NOW Magazine’s 2012 awards have been announced and several local businesses have been listed.
Mill Street Brewery came out ahead as a big winner - two brands are on the best beer lists (Mill Street Organic is #1 and Mill Street Tank House is #2) and the Mill Street Brew Pub is the best microbrewery. 
A couple of winners are no surprise at all – Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) has again been picked as Toronto’s best caterer and Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) with House on Parliament (454 Parliament) close behind are #1 and #2 choices for best pub food. 
In The Distillery District, Soulpepper was selected as Toronto’s best large theatre and Soma Chocolatemaker (55 Mill St) has been picked as the best chocolate shop.
In Cabbagetown, Fair Trade Jewellery (523 Parliament) earns the best jewellery store category, Christopher House at the Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) heads the list as the best choreographer and Michael Ondaatje is the finalist as best local author.  Congrat’s everybody!
Reviews for Rare Mix
photo Guntar Kravis
The Globe & Mail’s review by Paula Citron and the Toronto Star’s Michael Crabb have both given Rare Mix by Toronto Dance Theatre very high marks.  Although the program ended on November 10, the two reviews are worth noting.
Shopping news
Cat adoptions this weekend
Cat Busters Animal Rescue will be back at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.  This is your chance to adopt a nice little homeless cat and turn a stray into a beloved family member.  All adult cats have been spayed.  There’s a $150 charge to cover the agency’s costs.
For a free gift, just say “Doug sent me”
Get a free tote bag with any purchase over $50 from Kendall & Co (227 Carlton). Choose from their supply of fashion totes, lunch totes, insulated totes, picnic totes, wine totes, weekend totes, laundry totes, grocery totes, storage totes and garbage totes. 
The shopping highlight this week is a collection of ceramic jars and vases made to look like big spools of yarn – beautiful, practical and quirky.
Nada reopens at UK Tuck Shop
Nada operated the International News franchise at 533 Parliament for several years.  Her arrangements with them ended and she’s remodelled her shop into a Canadian-British outlet.  Drop by to find your favourite English candies, newspapers and other goodies.  She also wants suggestions if you don’t find your favourite line there.  Personally, I’ve suggested that she bring in Marks & Spencer’s cotton underwear – it’s great.
Rexall opens Monday
After years when the stores in this strip were empty and then under construction, the end is in sight.  Rexall will open its new store at Winchester and Parliament at 8 am next Monday morning.  They don’t have a big launching event in mind.  Best wishes to everyone on staff for ongoing success.
Welcome Paths 2 Vitality
The Ontario Society for Osteopathic Wellness has opened an attractive office and clinic at 439 Parliament.  Osteopathy is a therapy that uses manual contact for diagnosis and treatment, respecting the close relationship between the body, mind and spirit in health and disease.  Nancy Medeiros and her husband Jared Postance are the two on-site osteopaths in the clinic.  Nga, a student at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, is working on marketing and is the receptionist.  For more information, visit their website or call (647) 352-5528.
mymark is open
The new mymark store (429 Parliament) has opened successfully.  The mymark brand is offering a custom blend of on-trend fashions and home décor at competitive, value driven prices.  Customers from the old TBS at this site will quickly see how much brighter the new store is and the staff from TBS are still here to give you the same friendly, courteous service.  This make-over is our local part of the bigger battle that retailers now face with the entry of new American discount chains into the Canadian market.
Eclectisaurus ceiling light
Leslie at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard) has an exceptional mid-century ceiling lamp made with heavily textured glass.  It’s designed to be hardwired into the ceiling but can also be attached to a wall.  For details about the lamp and about her other inventory, visit her website.
Grey Cup festivities
The game starts at 6 pm on Sunday November 25.  It’s the 100th anniversary for the championship.  Enjoy the annual football blowout at local pubs.  The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) and Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) both have special parties lined up.  As we learn more about other locations, we’ll fill you in.
Kingyo in December
The new Kingyo Restaurant at 51B Winchester is well under way.  It’s an Izakaya-style restaurant that established a very successful format in Vancouver.  The old Stonegrill is now being renovated and the room is being transformed.  Koji, the owner, is pleased with progress and looking forward to an early December launch.
Margarita’s has closed
Margarita’s Mexican Fiesta (229 Carlton) has closed.  Stan Venecek operated his Cabbagetown landmark for years but his health has slowed him down recently.  At the same time, the building’s owner has been trying to sell the property and was apparently uninterested in offers from other people who wanted to lease Margarita’s. Other restaurant owners look enviously at the location, particularly because of its lovely back patio space – they believe that it could become one of Cabbagetown’s nicest restaurant sites.  It’s rumoured that the property sale has happened.