BARBARA’S GARDEN

Our new feature about gardening news around Cabbagetown.  Click here to read more. 

The agave blooms
The big agave plant at Allan Gardens has bloomed.  On Wednesday, people were wandering past in a steady stream looking it over, taking pictures and strolling inside the greenhouse to see its base.  You can catch up on all of these details at our new Gardening page – click here.
 
NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS
 
The Bell Box project gets started
Over the weekend, artists will begin to paint their murals on eight Bell Canada utility boxes in Cabbagetown and St James Town.  On Saturday from 1 to 4 pm, you’ll be able to stroll through the neighbourhood and watch them work.  Locations are marked on the map below.  The tour is part of the St James Town Cultural Collage.  There’ll be kids’ creative activities, a workshop on drumming, exhibits by local artists and a community marketplace.  It all starts at the east side of 260 Wellesley Street.  On August 17 and 18, there’ll be a tour in Regent Park and on August 24 -25, in St Lawrence.

Vote for Kendall
There’s a handful of businesses in Cabbagetown who work very hard to make this area special.  Kendall is one of them.  In return, we can extend our recognition and thanks to Kendall by voting on its behalf in the NOW Magazine “Best of” polls. 
So far, Kendall has made it onto the Best Design Firm and Best Design Store categories. 
Now it’s our turn to put these folks on top.  For the Best Design Firm, click here and vote.  For Best Design Store, click here and vote. 

Help for homeowners
During the big storms that happened this summer, many people discovered that their basements are vulnerable to flooding.  The Cabbagetown South Residents Association has found a link to a fund at the City of Toronto that will help with future repair costs.   Click here.  You’ll find an outline of the eligible work, the size of the applicable subsidy and the application procedures.
 
Lost river memorial
Cabbagetown South residents have built a mosaic to mark Crookshank Creek that once ran through the area. It’s in Ontario Park (227 Ontario).  Watch for a lost river tour of the neighbourhood in the near future.
 
Pan Am Path
The Don Valley trail that runs from the lake north to Thorncliffe Park will become part of the new multi-use Pan Am Path.  The Path will connect Toronto’s neighbourhoods and open up a major route for walking, biking and running.  It’s being designed as a permanent legacy from the 2015 Pan Am Games.  It’ll meander over 80 km from Rexdale, south along the Humber to the lake, east to the Don, north and east through Scarborough to the Rouge River.  Most of these paths already exist.  The project will create connections so the whole route is off the street.  There’s a great website with photos, maps and lots of info here. 
 
Save the date for Blair’s Run
Saturday, September 7, registration at 8:30 am and race at 9:30 am. This event opens the Cabbagetown Festival activities on Parliament Street every year.  It’s also a vital part of the fundraising campaign for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  If you want to run, walk, take the dog out for a stroll or show off your kids to your neighbours – you’re welcome to join.  The 3 kilometre route travels through Cabbagetown’s finest streets. There are prizes, souvenirs, tasty treats and plenty of good company.  Be sure to save the date and watch for registration info within a few weeks.
 
BUSINESS NEWS
 
Healthy tips on 103.9 Proud FM
Sandy Badgley from Pinstripe Nutrition (Cabbagetown Chiropractic, 214 Carlton) is now a regular contributor on 103.9 FM.  Every Monday at 8:10 am, she has a chat about a health issue and shares tips on nutrition and lifestyles.  You can also check out her website here for more info.
 
Cappuccino at Eclectisaurus
There’s a Gran Gala electric cappuccino maker available at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard E).  Made in Italy around 1980, it features cherry red handles and a bright chrome finish.  It makes lovely cappuccinos, lattes and espressos, all while taking up a tiny amount of space on the counter.  For more details, check out Leslie’s website – click here.
 
Ashtanga at Sundara
Power up your Saturday mornings with an Ashtanga class with Emma O’Neill.  Ashtanga is the original vinyasa/power style of yoga.  A set series of postures are linked together with breath and movement to create intense internal heat which detoxifies muscles and organs.  This vigorous moving meditation will help you to develop a strong, light, supple body and to quiet and steady your mind. This class is geared to all levels – beginners welcome. Saturdays at 9:30 am.  Emma’s biography is here. Sundara Yoga Studio, 492 Parliament (side door).
 
50% off sale
Enjoy 50% savings at Kendall & Co (221 Carlton) during its Summer Clearance sale.  The sale covers selected retail merchandise and rugs.  Sorry, it does not include the Riverdale Farm collection or new arrivals. Check out the details online here.  Store hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.
 
420 Smokehouse & The Local GEST
Right now as you can see from the picture, the 420 Smokehouse (420 Parliament) is still a dream.  But it’s showing lots of yummy promise.  Next door at The Local GEST (424 Parliament), people are pulling things down, putting new things up, painting, hammering and generally making good progress.  Which is a good thing to report – the Wicks’ regulars can be spotted around Cabbagetown wandering about with thirsty looks on their faces.
 
PICNIC REPORT
By all accounts, the Mid-summer Mixer at Riverdale Farm was a fun event.  There were a lot of kids. Adults could be seen gossiping and ogling each other. People enjoyed good food and drinks.  And – a big improvement over last year’s picnic – it didn’t rain.  Congrats to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen.
 
 
 
 

 
 
CLUBS & PUBS EVENTS

THURSDAY JULY 18 TO SUNDAY JULY 28

Contact info
 
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Cafune, 194A Carlton Street,  (647)748-7884, Facebook and http://cafune.ca/
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893, www.dominiononqueen.com
Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567, www.pubaret.com
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676, www.stoutirishpub.ca
Winchester Kitchen & Bar, 51A Winchester St, (416) 323-0051, www.winchesterkitchen.com
 
If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, we’ve listed the prices. Otherwise, the event is free.

THURSDAY JULY 25

Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis with Tony Zorzi (guitar).
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Jazz with Julie Michels, $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Phill Hood, “The Human Jukebox”

FRIDAY JULY 26

Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Alistair Christl’s CD release party
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Ashley Gibbons’ songs and stories,  $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Shotgun Wedding Band

SATURDAY JULY 27

Flying Beaver
7 pm, Marilla Wex “Lost and found”, $10/dvance & $15/door
9 pm, Karen Williams comedy benefit for “The Healing Place”, $20/advance & $25/door
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm performance, Brandi Disterheft, three course dinner and performance $50, performance only $20
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm to 2 am, Hidden Film Festival

SUNDAY JULY 28

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
Flying Beaver
8 pm, Chris Tsujiuchi “Back in the saddle”, $10/advance & $15/door
Stout Irish Pub
5:30 pm, Strategy Board Games
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, James Allan Magic – magic, mind reading, illusion and comedy
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter

MONDAY JULY 29

Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm,  Industry Night

TUESDAY JULY 30

Dominion on Queen
8:30 to 11:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown Django Jam, pwyc
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Epic movie Tuesday

WEDNESDAY JULY 31

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland

THURSDAY AUGUST 1

Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) and Laura Fernandez (vocals) -  Brazilian jazz
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Law & Order trivia night hosted by Shannon McDonough, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin

FRIDAY AUGUST 2

Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Havana to Toronto Afro-Cuban jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
9 pm, All Strung Up acoustic night hosted by James Mulvale & Jen Calder with Steve Fever & Zoe Bentley, $10.

SATURDAY AUGUST 3
 
Dominion on Queen
4:30 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward matinee, pwyc
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Kevin Nelson, “50 times around the sun”, $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9:30 pm, BTH Funk Night, $5

SUNDAY AUGUST 4

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Toronto’s only rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones, no cover
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Esther Vallins “Party crasher” with Tara Litvack on keys, $10/advance & $15/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter

Photo of assailant in sexual assault and home invasion
Toronto Police Service have released this photo from a security camera of the man who forced his way into a residence near Wellesley and Parliament Streets.  He sexually assaulted a woman and then stole her money and property.  The attack took place at 5:50 am on Saturday July 13.  Police describe him as “white with a tanned complexion, 18 to 27, 5’7” to 6’, 140 to 150 pounds, short black hair with a beard, last seen wearing a white t-shirt underneath a dark-blue sweater with horizontal stripes, dark pants and black shoes.”  If you have any information, call police at (416) 808-7474 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS  (8477)
 
NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

Vote today for St James Town tennis courts
The Kraft Celebration Tour will donate $25,000 to the St James Town’s Youth Council and Community Matters for their plans to refurbish the tennis court area and restore its value for the community. They need your vote to win the prize.  They’re up against an impressive project from Wilmot Ontario.
Voting happens from noon on Thursday July 18 to noon on Friday July 19.  The project that gets the most votes wins $25,000. 
It’s one of those odd events – you can vote as often as you want during this 24-hout period.  So go ahead.  Be crazy.  Be excessive. 
Click here and cast your vote.  Look for Match-up #9.  Your support and your voice are needed.
 
Riverdale Farm fundraiser
The Farm’s Midsummer Mixer happens tonight at the Farm (Winchester and Sumach) from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.  The goal is to raise $25,000. There’ll be good food, entertainment and activities for the whole family.  Rain or shine.  Buy your tickets at the door or online here.   $30 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3 to 18 and free for children under 3.
 

Kendall’s Special Home Collection in cooperation with Riverdale Farm. 
Select from the charming horse candle holders available in two styles:  the funky 8-candle horseshoe candelabra and the elegant wooden stallion moveable figure. A portion of net proceeds from your purchase of these items will be donated to Riverdale Farm.  KENDALL& Co is launching this capsule collection in conjunction with the Riverdale Farm Mid-Summer Mixer.  Shop the Riverdale Farm Home Collection at KENDALL & Co, 227 Carlton Street. 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/
 
CPA walking tour
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s first tour of the season will travel through the south end of Don Vale between Carlton and Gerrard on Saturday July 20, 1:30 pm.  You’ll see the place where Toronto General Hospital used to be located, plus the mansions on Carlton, the Spruce Street Co-op and Riverdale Park.  Meet at Parliament and Winchester.

Movies in the park
Goonies is the second movie in this summer’s series being screened in Riverdale Park East.  It happens on Sunday night whenever it gets dark.  Just go to the park and look for the big screen.  Bring a picnic, bring your family and bring your dog. 

IN THE MEDIA

Tom & Emilio
Photo: Toronto Star
Tom and Emilio are fondly remembered in Cabbagetown.  For several years, they operated Sweet Creamery, the ice cream store on Parliament Street. 
Now we can offer our congrats to Emilio.  He’s been granted his green card for permanent entry into the United States.  Tom and Emilio are the first gay couple living outside the US to win a green card.  It’s the follow-up to the US Supreme Court decision to strike down the federal law against gay marriage.  When Emilio was first denied the chance to live in the US, the couple moved to Canada and to Cabbagetown.  Fortunately for us, they plan to live permanently in Canada.  For more details, check the full Toronto Star story here. 
 
Flood control at Corktown Commons
Photo: Deborah Baic, Globe & Mail
Marcus Gee wrote a column in the Globe & Mail last Friday about the importance of Corktown Commons as a flood control area.  You can read his story here.   
Waterfront Toronto confirms that the new berm held up and did its job properly during the big storm a week ago.  That storm matched and surpassed the fury of Hurricane Hazel but it was focused more over the Humber watershed.  As bad as it was in the Don’s watershed, local storm effects were not as fierce.  Furthermore, the flood controls at Corktown Commons were designed for even more severe weather.  So it was an important defence last week but not a test of the full limits of the protection.

CBC at the HOP
Photo: CBC
Marivel Taruc did a fun report for CBC Toronto's evening news from the patio at the House on Parliament  (454 Parliament).  She did a valiant job trying to show that cold beer, barbeques and ice cream can actually make you hotter.  Good try – but not many converts!  Click here for the full video clip.
The HOP suffered water damage during the big storm.  One of the drains from its flat roof above the dining room broke open, ruining the ceiling and chasing away the customers beneath it.  Fortunately, it all happened during a big rainstorm (of course) and on a Monday night so there weren’t too many customers affected by it.  Repairs are ongoing – and the restaurant is open as usual. 
 
CYC kids at City Hall
Photo:  Dave Nickle, Inside Toronto
Kids from the Cabbagetown Youth Centre went to City Hall on Tuesday and sold cookies in special packages labelled with the Councillor’s names to raise money for the organization.  Councillors were supportive and generous – the kids raised $1000 with their effort.  Inside Toronto has a nice little story about their project here. 
In fact, it’s a bittersweet story.  The CYC has seen its core financial support from the City of Toronto slashed by $100,000 annually in the past two years.  The budget cuts have left them scrambling for the necessities.  There’s no sign that the City will relent.  As always, Spiros and his staff are optimists – after the cookies, they now only need $99,000 more to survive the year.

RESTAURANT NEWS
 
Paintbox jazz for kids
Here’s a neat idea.  Take your kids to brunch and a concert at the Paintbox Bistro (535 Dundas).  It’s the Junior Jazz Jam, sponsored by the Daniels Corporation and JAZZ FM.  Six events are scheduled.  The first one happens on Sunday at 10 am with the Free Play Duo. Five more are planned from mid-August to mid-December.

Summerlicious ends this weekend
Two local restaurants are taking part – Archeo and Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill – both in the Distillery.  Archeo offers a $15 lunch and $25 dinner.  Pure Spirits has a $20 lunch and $35 dinner.  For reservations and menu info, click on their names above.
 
The new folks at “The Wicks”
A team of four has taken over at the former Ben Wicks Pub (424 Parliament) – Gary, Erique, Shawn and Tiffany.  They’re naming their new project “The Local Gest”.  They’ve moved into the premises and started their redecorating efforts.  Watch for an opening in a couple of weeks around August 1.

Progress at Hey Lucy
The new pasta and pizza restaurant at 229 Carlton is still in the middle of extensive interior renovations.  Earlier predictions placed the grand opening in late June but that deadline has passed.  The restaurant is now expected to open for September 1, hopefully in time for a splashy introduction at the Cabbagetown Festival.

Remember when?
Wellesley and Parliament – last March

 
CLUBS & PUBS EVENTS
 
THURSDAY JULY 18 TO SUNDAY JULY 28
 
Contact info
 
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Ben Wicks, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, www.benwickspub.com
Cafune, 194A Carlton Street,  (647)748-7884, Facebook and http://cafune.ca/
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893, www.dominiononqueen.com  
Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567, www.pubaret.com
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676, www.stoutirishpub.ca
Winchester Kitchen & Bar, 51A Winchester St, (416) 323-0051, www.winchesterkitchen.com
 
If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, we’ve listed the prices. Otherwise, the event is free.
 
THURSDAY JULY 18
 
Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) and Reg Schwager (guitar) -  Brazilian jazz
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, BlueVenus, pwyc.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Burlesque night
 
FRIDAY JULY 19
 
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, jazz with Steve Cole, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Gavin Crawford comedy, “Sh*tting Rainbows”, $15/advance & $20/door.
9 pm, Ryan G Hinds “Comedy, coffee talk & cabaret”, $10/advance & $15/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Donna Gardner cabaret with Lorraine Foreman & Rick Hughes, $20/advance & $25/door
 
SATURDAY JULY 20
 
Dominion on Queen
4:30 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward matinee, pwyc
9 pm, The Don River Blues Band, $7
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Shane Harvey’s tribute to Stevie Wonder, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, “Amber’s Dragon” with Amber Brown (vocals), Jeff Burke (bassoon) and Pat Kelly, $10/advance & $15/door
Paintbox Bistro
10 to 11 am, brunch & jazz for children, “Junior Jazz Jam” with Jazz.FM and Free Play Duo
9:30 pm, comedy with Quinn C Martin and the Stand Uptown Boys, $15
 
SUNDAY JULY 21
 
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Toronto’s only rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones, no cover
Flying Beaver
7 pm, “Hypnotixx”, Brandon’s slightly naughty hypnosis comedy show, $10/advance & $15/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter
 
MONDAY JULY 22
 
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm,  Industry Night
 
TUESDAY JULY 23
 
Dominion on Queen
8:30 to 11:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown Django Jam, pwyc
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Epic movie Tuesday
 
WEDNESDAY JULY 24
 
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Minxy’s country mixup, pwyw
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland
 
THURSDAY JULY 25
 
Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis with Tony Zorzi (guitar).
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Jazz with Julie Michels, $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Phill Hood, “The Human Jukebox”
 
FRIDAY JULY 26
 
Dominion on Queen
Alistair Christl’s CD release party – time and cover charge tba
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Ashley Gibbons’ songs and stories,  $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Shotgun Wedding Band
 
SATURDAY JULY 27
 
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Marilla Wex “Lost and found”, $10/dvance & $15/door
9 pm, Karen Williams comedy benefit for “The Healing Place”, $20/advance & $25/door
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm performance, Brandi Disterheft, three course dinner and performance $50, performance only $20
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm to 2 am, Hidden Film Festival
 
SUNDAY JULY 28
 
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
Flying Beaver
8 pm, Chris Tsujiuchi “Back in the saddle”, $10/advance & $15/door
Stout Irish Pub
5:30 pm, Strategy Board Games
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, James Allan Magic – magic, mind reading, illusion and comedy
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter
NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS
 
Thanks Robert
Robert McEnirney has sold The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament).  Over the past 29 years, he’s built the Wicks into a Cabbagetown fixture.  He made it into a pub - not a dining room or a greasy spoon or a sports bar – it’s a place where people can enjoy meeting each other. 
He hosted a crazy, loveable Christmas sing-a-long.  He was the launching pad for the Cabbagetown Festival pub crawl.  After each Festival parade, the Sandhill bagpipe band reassembled on the Wicks’ steps to serenade patio patrons.  Groups of local teachers, volunteers and staff from Free the Children, World Cup soccer fans, the Library Club, Morris Dancers and a big bunch of regulars – it didn’t matter who you were, you were welcome at the Wicks.
Robert’s contributions went far beyond his business.  He served for a decade as the treasurer of the Cabbagetown BIA and supervised that organization’s big projects while generating its very healthy financial strength.
Thanks Robert and best wishes for your next efforts.
 
More news about the Wicks
Photo: Eric Morse
If you want to enjoy several years of Wicks’ photos, go to Eric Morse’s new site and flick through his remarkable images. You’ll probably see yourself and lots of other people whom you know. Click here. 
The pub will close after Sunday July 14.  The new owners plan to make some decorative changes and develop their ideas and they’ll reopen in a couple of weeks.  More about their plans next week.
 
The Kraft Celebration Tour
Every year, the Tour donates $250,000 to deserving community projects across Canada. There are ten winners for $25,000 each.  Each project has been nominated, judged and then entered into a final contest against one other community.  The project that gets the most votes wins $25,000.  St James Town’s Community Matters has been nominated for its plans to refurbish the tennis court area and restore its value for the community. They’re up against an impressive project from Wilmot Ontario and voting for this pair happens from noon on Thursday July 18 to noon on Friday July 19.  Cast your vote here.

 
Riverdale Farm fundraiser
The Farm’s Midsummer Mixer happens next Thursday July 18 in the Farm from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.  The goal is to raise $25,000 to be used enhancing visitor experiences at the Farm. There’ll be good food, entertainment and activities for the whole family.  Rain or shine.  Tickets are available online here at $30 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3 to 18 and free for children under 3.  Riverdale Farm, Winchester and Sumach.
 
CNH at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon
Good news!  Hec Clouthier has agreed to join the team for Central Neighbourhood House in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon next October.  There’s plenty of room for more runners in the CNH group for the marathon, the half-marathon and the 5K runs.  You just have to pay your registration fee and then handle whatever fundraising you can manage on behalf of CNH.  Call Philip Unrau at CNH today to get the details (416-925-4363). 
 
CPA walking tour
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s first tour of the season will travel through the south end of Don Vale between Carlton and Gerrard.  You’ll see the place where Toronto General Hospital used to be located, plus the mansions on Carlton, the Spruce Street Co-op and Riverdale Park.  Sunday July 20, 1:30 pm.  Meet at Parliament and Winchester
 
New at Soulpepper
Two new plays have been launched at Soulpepper in the Young Centre (The Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane).  Entertaining Mr Sloane by Joe Orton runs to August 17 and Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations to August 17.  At the end of next week, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America Part One Millenium Approaches & Part 2 Perestroika will be on stage from July 19. 
 
The storm’s impact
During Monday’s storm, James MacDonald got his camera and recorded the flooding along the Don River below Cabbagetown.  Here are some of his remarkable photos

The flooding covered the bike path.  You can see its depth by the water levels up the sign post.

Riverdale Park became Lake Riverdale for the second time this season.

Looking north from the pedestrian bridge, he captured the force of the river.

Thanks James.

RESTAURANT NEWS
 
Paintbox Bistro
Photo: Toronto Life
Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) regularly organizes and supports community events that enrich life in the new Regent Park area.  Their latest project in partnership with Jazz.FM is Junior Jazz Jam, a series of six jazz appreciation events for families and children.  The first one happens on Saturday July 20 from 10 to 11 am in the Bistro with the award-winning Free Play Duo, Dylan Bell and Suba Sankaran.  Click here to see their short video. It’s a free event and it happens during the Bistro’s brunch so your family can enjoy a relaxed, fun environment.
Paintbox was the topic of a Global News feature earlier this week that describes its social mandate and its impact on the community.  Click here to view it. 
 
Eat, drink and save at Merryberry
Cyril has unveiled his summer menu.  His selections include many new seasonal salads, picnic basket combos and awesome burgers.  If you visit between Saturday July 13 and Friday July 19 and you tell your server that you “heard about it here” on the Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review, you’ll save 5% on any of the new menu items.  Merryberry CafĂ© + Bistro, 559 Parliament.
 
Congrats Under The Table
Last week, we did an introduction to Under the Table (588 Parliament).  It’s already earned complimentary reviews from two customers on Yelp, a reader-driven blog about Toronto restaurants. Marina says that the food is delicious and the atmosphere is cozy and friendly.  Bern recommends the oxtails.  The Jerk Chicken is also really good – spicy and tender – according to the food department at the Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review. And the ackee and saltfish is here and yummy.
 
SHOPPING NEWS
 
Sundara Yoga
Come to Sundara Yoga Studio (492 Parliament) to learn how to meditate.  Sessions are led by David Gluck, Thursdays from 7 to 8:15 pm.  These Deep Dive Sessions will teach you the art of self-study.  No prior meditation experience is necessary.
 
At Eclectisaurus
A vintage Atomic stove top espresso and cappuccino coffee maker is a sculpture that makes coffee. This Italian Atomic espresso maker was designed in the 1940's by Giordano Robbiati. Long considered a design classic and a heavy coffee cult item. The machine comes with the original printed instructions. For more details, visit Eclectisaurus’ website. 249 Gerrard E.
 
CLUBS & PUBS EVENTS
 
THURSDAY JULY 11 TO SUNDAY JULY 21
 
Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Ben Wicks, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, www.benwickspub.com
Cafune, 194A Carlton Street,  (647)748-7884, Facebook and http://cafune.ca/
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893, www.dominiononqueen.com  
Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567, www.pubaret.com
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676, www.stoutirishpub.ca
Winchester Kitchen & Bar, 51A Winchester St, (416) 323-0051, www.winchesterkitchen.com
 
If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, we’ve listed the prices. Otherwise, the event is free.
 
THURSDAY JULY 11
 
Cafune
6:30 pm, Henry Matulis with Bill Prouten (sax).
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Gymbaret - Toronto Newsgirls fundraising event for Savoy Howe, pwyc
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, James Allan Magic – magic, mind reading, illusion and comedy
10 pm, DVS Swing Dance Sessions
 
FRIDAY JULY 12
 
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Cyrus from Trailer Park Boys “Who needs grade 10? I’m a publik speecher”, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, singer-songwriter and pianist Peter Donato ,  $10/advance & $15/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, James Allan Magic – magic, mind reading, illusion and comedy
10 pm, Don Campbell
 
SATURDAY JULY 13
 
Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward
9 pm, Rocket Rached and the Fat City 8, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Shawn Higgins presents Ginger Nation, pwyc
9 pm, Belle’s Boudoir Live Burlesque followed by Belle’s Booty Bounce dance party, $15/advance & $20/door
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Don Thompson & Reg Schwager, three course dinner and performance $45, performance only $20
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, James Allan Magic – magic, mind reading, illusion and comedy
 
SUNDAY JULY 14
 
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
Matinees tba, The Fox Brothers and Tin Eddies
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Kristen Pottle presents Live a Little, a fundraiser in support of Hailey’s Dreams, $10/advance & $15/door
Stout Irish Pub
5:30 pm, Strategy Board Games
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter
 
MONDAY JULY 15
 
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Uke 101
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm,  Industry Night
 
TUESDAY JULY 16
 
Dominion on Queen
8:30 to 11:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown Django Jam, pwyc
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Epic movie Tuesday
 
WEDNESDAY JULY 17
 
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Tim Boyle’s trio with Artie Roth & Jordan Klapman, $15/advance & $20/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland
 
THURSDAY JULY 18
 
Cafune
6:30 pm, Henry Matulis (guitar) and Reg Schwager (guitar) -  Brazilian jazz
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, BlueVenus, pwyc.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Burlesque night
 
FRIDAY JULY 19
 
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, jazz with Steve Cole,  $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Gavin Crawford comedy, “Sh*tting Rainbows”, $15/advance & $20/door.
9 pm, Ryan G Hinds “Comedy, coffee talk & cabaret”, $10/advance & $15/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Donna Gardner cabaret
 
SATURDAY JULY 20
 
Dominion on Queen
4:30 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward matinee, pwyc
9 pm, The Don River Blues Band, $7
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Shane Harvey’s tribute to Stevie Wonder, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, “Amber’s Dragon” with Amber Brown (vocals), Jeff Burke (bassoon) and Pat Kelly,
$10/advance & $15/door
Paintbox Bistro
10 to 11 am, jazz for children, “Junior Jazz Jam” with Jazz.FM and Free Play Duo
 
SUNDAY JULY 21
 
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Toronto’s only rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones, no cover
Flying Beaver
7 pm, “Hypnotixx”, Brandon’s slightly naughty hypnosis comedy show, $10/advance & $15/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter