This week’s image – First snow, Wellesley Park


COMING EVENTS
 
Cabbagetown South Christmas party
Cabbagetown South Residents Association is holding its annual Christmas party at Retsina (209 Gerrard E) next Wednesday, December 4 at 7 pm.   It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a drink, to schmooze with friends and to win prizes donated by local businesses.  Retsina is providing good food and there’s a cash bar.  $20 – at the door or online here. 

Corktown Christmas Party
Join the Corktown Residents & Business Association on Saturday December 7 (starting at 6 pm for reserved seating) for the annual Christmas dinner and concert at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E).  Dinner includes turkey with all the trimmings, $14.95 for adults and $7.50 for kids.  There’s a separate room with movies and games for the kids.  A special concert will be performed by the Corktown Chamber Orchestra. Door prizes and a live auction.  Reserve your priority seating now, call the Dominion on Queen at (416) 368-6893 or email info@dominiononqueen.com
 
Caroling on Sackville and Winchester
For over twenty years, an informal group of friends has gathered around Winchester Street and strolled through the neighbourhood to sing carols at local homes.  This year, the choir is covering Sackville and Winchester on Sunday December 8 from 6:30 to 8 pm.  As they go, they ask for donations for the Food Bank at St Luke’s United Church (Sherbourne and Carlton).  Last year, they collected over 700 pounds of food and $600 in cash.  The event started in 1991 as part of CBC Radio’s annual food drive (when they were located on Parliament Street).  It’s a fine project and a fun evening – congrats to everyone involved.
 
Social Monkey Club
Natasha Geddes is starting a special initiative where parents and their kids can spend time together in a whimsical environment.  The first event on December 15 (at three different times – 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm) is Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop.  Kids will enjoy decorating a gingerbread house, posing for a picture with Santa, dancing and singing with Sonshine & Broccoli and munching down milk and cookies. It happens at The Fifth Social Club (225 Richmond W).  Tickets are $45/child and $20/parent and are available here. 
 
CRA survey
The Cabbagetown Residents Association is encouraging Don Vale residents to read and respond to their new survey.  It’s been designed to be answered quickly and to give the group insights into your sense of the quality of life in our neighbourhood.  To encourage responses, there’ll be a lucky draw for a $50 gift certificate at Hey Lucy (229 Carlton).  The survey closes on Friday December 6. You’ll find it here.
 
CPA meeting
Helen Coltrinari, Bob Cumming & Dave Pretlove.  Bob represented Anne but didn't claim to do the gardening.
At its meeting last Monday, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association presented its annual “Streetscape in Bloom” prize to Anne Cumming at 403 Sackville for her “garden of merit”.  She receives an original watercolour painting and a glass medallion for her achievement.  The 2013 Peggy Kurtin Award for excellence in restoration was given to DACHI for their exterior restoration work.  The meeting highlighted a fascinating talk by Virginia Van Vliet on Victorian mourning rituals.
Sheila Schirmer & Patricia Marson-Vaughan from DACHI
The CPA quietly does a great deal of work to benefit our community.  Members organize the autumn tour of homes, the spring garden tours, the Hallowe’en ghost walks, the Cabbagetown People project and these annual community awards.  The CPA’s newspaper is distributed widely through the community four times a year.  Their work was recognized this year with two major awards from Heritage Toronto.
Membership is only $20.  Contact cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca to join.
 
Superscript Graphic Design & Marketing
Karen Thompson designed the lively posters and logo for this year’s Forsythia Festival.  Her material stood out for its fresh, attractive designs and underlined the new approach that organizers were taking to the event.  She’s a Cabbagetown-based freelance graphic designer and she works primarily for small to medium-sized businesses and organizations. She does logos, brochures, promotion and marketing materials and posters and she’s also interested in website designs.  To see her website, click here.
 
Lowe’s Christmas Market
Photo: Toronto4kids
The Christmas Market opens in The Distillery this weekend.  Once again, there’ll be a photo contest, a 45’ spruce Christmas tree, outdoor musical entertainment and beer gardens and magical lighting displays throughout The Distillery.  On December 15, Mill Street Brewery sponsors the World Caroling Challenge.  You can bring your kids and your pets for photos with Santa.  Good food, mulled wine, unique shopping.  Friday November 29 to Sunday December 15.  Free admission.  For more information, click here. 
 
Black Friday
Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) are joining the Black Friday hysteria.  From Thursday through the weekend, you can save 40% on wool and indoor/outdoor rugs and 20% on selected designs.  Sorry - this offer runs for a limited time only, does not apply to previous purchases and can’t be combined with other promos.  You can see the rug styles here.
 
Elise Stanley and the Toronto Community Orchestra
The orchestra has 61 members ages 20 to 80 playing under the leadership of Leonidas Varahidis.  On December 10, the orchestra presents its Holiday Concert and Elise will be the soloist playing Beethoven’s Romance in F.  Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth), 7:30 pm, no cover charge.
 
THEATRE & DANCE
 
Christmas theatre at the Young Centre
This weekend is your last chance to see this year’s performance of Soulpepper’s Alligator Pie.  It closes December 1. 
On stage now until December 28, Soulpepper’s popular Christmas romantic comedy, The Parfumerie. 
On stage until December 7, George Brown Theatre offers an hour-long performance of Robert Munsch stories, songs and dances in Munsched. 
The Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, The Distillery.  For more information and tickets, click here.
 
The Impulse Festival
For four days, experience the best improv theatre and watch as the world’s longest improv Soap Opera unfolds for 55 hours on stage.  8 troupes from 7 countries stage 15 shows and 16 workshops.  Soulpepper, 50 Tank House Lane, The Distillery. Tickets and info here. 
 
Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre
Winners and Losers
Playing until Sunday December 8.
Venus in Furs
A reworked and reimagined production of this widely acclaimed drama. 
Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley).  For more info and tickets for both plays, click here.
 
Alumnae Theatre’s Fireworks
Fireworks concludes this weekend at the Alumnae Theatre  (70 Berkeley).  Three plays are being performed :  Measure of the World, Theory and Gloria’s Guy.  For tickets and info, click here.

Impulse
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents Impulse 2013.  Dancers from all three years of the Professional Training Program perform works by widely acclaimed choreographers.  This is your chance to see tomorrow’s contemporary dancers today.  November 28, 29 and 30 and December 5, 6 and 7, all dates at 8 pm.  Tickets are $20, $15 for students, seniors and CADA members.  Info and tickets here.  Winchester Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester.
 
Gatsby Lives On
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) will hold a fundraiser and a silent auction on Saturday November 30 from 4:30 to 7 pm.  It’s themed around the Roaring ‘20s and the Fabulous Jazz Age.   Dancers from the CCDT Core Apprentice and the CCDT Young Apprentice programs will join a trio of singers to create an evening of dance, song and frivolity.  There’s a silent auction with jewellery, artwork, special event tickets and kitchen redesigns.  Tickets at the CCDT Office – adults, $20 and children under 5, $15. 

WinterSong is coming
CCDT is preparing now for WinterSong, a major performance at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Harbourfront (235 Queens Quay W) on Friday December 13 at 8 pm and Saturday December 14 at 2 pm.  It’s a breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance.  Save the dates.  Tickets are $22.50 to $38, available online here. 
 
OFFICIAL EVENTS
 
Swimming pool consultations
Photo: Toronto blog.com
The City of Toronto is starting its design process for a new indoor swimming pool at the Wellesley Community Centre (Sherbourne and Wellesley).  Pam McConnell and Kristyn Wong-Tam are hosting a community consultation to get your ideas about the project.  City staff and the architects will be there.  Tuesday December 10, 6 pm, Meeting Room in the Wellesley Community Centre.
 
Glen Murray’s meetings
Our MPP, Glen Murray, is conducting a series of meetings about land use planning and appeals.  Topics at the meetings will include the types of cases heard at the OMB, the use of section 37, parkland dedication procedures and development charges.   Glen’s sessions are part of a broader consultation happening across the province through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing.  You can find out more from Glen’s website here. 
If you want to be part of Glen’s consultations, there are several meetings that you can attend: 
Thursday November 28, 6:30 pm, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce St)
Wednesday December 4, 6:30 pm, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity St)
Tuesday December 10, 6:30 pm, 519 Community Centre (519 Church St)
Wednesday December 18, 6:30 pm, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (1 Garfield Ave)
 
By-election results
Photo: Sean Kirkpatrick, Toronto Star
By now, we’re all aware that Chrystia Freeland is on her way to Ottawa to represent our riding, continuing a twenty year Liberal winning streak.  She’ll do a good job, both for us and for the country. We’ll keep you informed when she sets up her local office. 
As mentioned here earlier, we were very fortunate with the high calibre of candidates representing all of the parties.  We owe all of them our thanks for their ideas and energy during the campaign.
On a sad note, Elections Canada is reporting that only 38% of the eligible voters bothered to cast a ballot.
 
RESTAURANT EVENTS
 
The HOP
On Thursday November 28, the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is celebrating American Thanksgiving.  Thanks to our American neighbours for another excuse to enjoy turkey and football.
 
Wine & Jazz
Come for a wine and jazz matching event.  Archie Alleyne, Jackie Richardson and Aijia Waithe are performing at The Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) on Monday December 2 from 7 pm.  It’s a fundraiser to benefit the Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund.  $87.  Click here for tickets and info.
 
Relief fund for Typhoon Haiyan
Alice’s Place (554 Parliament) is having a benefit party on Friday November 29.  Proceeds will go to the Canadian Red Cross. Members of Soundtraxx will perform at 8 pm and karaoke will start at 10:30 pm.
 
New Year’s Eve at F’Amelia
Photo: Post City
Todd is alerting us that reservations for New Year’s Eve are now available.  There’ll be a special menu and the same high-quality service.  12 Amelia St, (416) 323-0666
 
Peartree’s 20th anniversary
For the past twenty years, Peartree (507 Parliament) has been a landmark in Cabbagetown.  To celebrate, Peartree has a special 20th anniversary offer running through November – a prix fixe dinner for two for $45 (regularly priced at $75).  You’ll save 20% for their 20th. This offers ends over the weekend, so don’t put it off!

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS
 
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28 TO SUNDAY DECEMBER 8
 
Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088 F\acebook
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
Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, https://www.facebook.com/thelocalgest
Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Ln (Distillery), (416) 681-0338, Facebook and http://toronto.millstreetbrewpub.ca/
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Que Supper Club, 364 Queen St E, (647) 748-1783, http://www.quesupperclub.com
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 NOVEMBER 28
 
Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) with special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Julie Michels solo show, $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Loser Karaoke with Jason Rolland
 
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29
 
Alice’s Place
8 pm, Soundtraxx followed by karaoke, “Haiyan Typhoon relief” for the Canadian Red Cross
Dominion on Queen
9:30 pm, Que Isso Brazilian jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Carla Collins,  $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, Ryan G Hinds, “Comedy, cabaret & coffee talk”  $10/advance & $15/door
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Fundraiser for Theatre Double Take
 
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30
 
Cafune
8 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) with special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Toronto Film Noir screening
9 pm, Wicked Grin (blues)
Flying Beaver
7 pm, David-Benjamin Tomlinson, “Starf*ckery”,  $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, 7 pm, Carla Collins,  $20/advance & $25/door
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
3 pm, The Pub Radio Show with Bill Perrie & Kevin Brauch
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Retro Radio Hour
 
SUNDAY DECEMBER 1
 
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Kevin Morris, $10/advance & $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with the Tyler Yarema Trio
Stout Irish Pub
7 to 9 pm, Invitational Autumn Scotch & Cigar Night, $20 donation to Movember
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10
9 pm, Open Mic with Porter
 
MONDAY DECEMBER 2
 
Paintbox Bistro
7 pm, Wine & Jazz with Archie Alleyne, Jackie Richardson & Aijia Waithe, $87
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
11 pm, Indie Music Mondays
 
TUESDAY DECEMBER 3
 
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Corktown Residents & Business Association
8:30 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 DECEMBER 4
 
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele, $5
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, David-Benjamin Tomlinson  “Liar Liar Pants on Fire”, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Winchester Trivia smackdown
10 pm, Karaoke with Jason Rolland
 
THURSDAY DECEMBER 5
 
Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) & special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, The Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, What Dyke Looks Life/Putin on the Ritz Funder, pwyw
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Karaoke with Jason Rolland
 
FRIDAY DECEMBER 6
 
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Havana to Toronto afro-Cuban jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Aastha Lal, “Words to laugh by”, $10/advance, pwyw/door
9 pm, The B Girlz evening of holiday magic “Hell freezes over” (sold out)
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Beer tastings with Sir Isaac’s cider
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Trivioke with Jason Rolland
 
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7
 
Cafune
8 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) with special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
6 pm,  CRBA Corktown Christmas Party dinner, $14.95
Flying Beaver
7 pm, The B Girlz evening of holiday magic “Hell freezes over”, $15/advance, $20/door
9 pm, The B Girlz evening of holiday magic “Hell freezes over”, (sold out)
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
 
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8
 
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
4:30 pm, Wintergarten Orchestra, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Scott Pietrangelo, “Sir, step away from the piano”, $15/advance, $20/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with the Tyler Yarema Trio
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10
9 pm, Open Mic with Porter

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

This week’s image – Election debate:  John Tory, moderator (left), Geoff Pollock (Conservative), Linda McQuaig (NDP), Chrystia Freeland (Liberal) & John Deverell (Green)

POLITICAL STUFF

Toronto Centre federal by-election
Voting happens on Monday, November 25, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm

By-election politics and gossip
As the by-election campaign heats up, we’re getting lots of attention from the various political stars.  On Tuesday, Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland enjoyed a pleasant lunch at the House on Parliament  (454 Parliament).  No word about the menu.  On Saturday, Linda McQuaig will have a gathering at Jet Fuel (519 Parliament) from 10 to 11 am and everyone is welcome.  Green Party candidate John Deverell has plunked his office down right at 555 Parliament Street so he can keep close track of our reactions.  And Conservative candidate Geoff Pollock has recruited Norm Betts from his sick bed after his flying stunt at the rodeo to help with his canvass. 

Let’s clear up the confusion
For Wellesley Street voters, confusion may arise over the role that Stuart Marwick is playing in this election.  He’s not a candidate nor even a political party.  He’s just reminiscing about his past glories as a Grey County stalwart for Mel Hurtig’s National Party. 

Voting info
If you’re worried that your name isn’t properly registered, you can register at the polling station.  To see how the system works, go here and then click on Toronto Centre. You can also see where you vote and what identification is needed.

CITY HALL

Pam McConnell is recovering
Photo:  Reuters
As we all know by now, Pam was bowled over (but not impressed) by Rob Ford during Monday’s emotional City Council debate.  The incident became part of the world-wide tsunami of media commentary about Mr Ford. This photo, for example, shows her right after the collision. It appeared in The Press-News of Southeastern Stark County, Ohio.  It’s a hard way, Pam, to become an international media star.

Gonna be a tough job, George
Photo: Andrew Wallace, Toronto Star
Prominent Cabbagetown lawyer, George Rust D’Eye, has taken on the huge task of representing Mayor Rob Ford during his tribulations at City Hall.  George has had a distinguished legal career. He’s been described as the “dean” of municipal law by the Toronto Star.  Certainly his arrival on the scene made a difference in the debates. He suddenly had the councillors and the media talking about injunctions, lawsuits and the limits of City Council’s powers over the mayor.  Hiring George is undoubtedly one of the few rational moves by the mayor during this whole circus. You can read the Star’s story about George here. 

NORMAL NEWS

Eric Murphy has a new book
Be sure to get to Chapters ASAP for a copy of Eric’s new children’s story, The Phantom’s Gold.  Eric held his book launch at the Arts & Letters Club on Wednesday and the book is flying off the shelves everywhere now.  It’s listed on the Chapters’ website for $11.19 and there’s a Kobo edition at $8.99.  You can read a synopsis about it on his website. He also reports that Daniels Corporation is spearheading a literacy drive in Regent Park in 2014 and The Phantom’s Gold will be part of it. Congrats Eric and best wishes for your follow-up project.

Good work, Gary
We mentioned last week that Gary Smith had a very successful trip to Paris last month.  He went there to compete in the 2013 Carrousel International Art Exhibition at The Louvre and he came home with two gold medals, one for Best Figure Drawing and the second for Best Pastel.  He’s got some neat pictures and more details on his website. Nice work, Gary.

Impulse
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents Impulse 2013.  Dancers from all three years of the Professional Training Program perform works by widely acclaimed choreographers.  This is your chance to see tomorrow’s contemporary dancers today.  November 28, 29 and 30 and December 5, 6 and 7, all dates at 8 pm.  Tickets are $20, $15 for students, seniors and CADA members.  More info and tickets here.  Winchester Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester.

Gatsby Lives On
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) will hold a fundraiser and a silent auction on Saturday November 30 from 4:30 to 7 pm.  It’s themed around the Roaring ‘20s and the Fabulous Jazz Age.   Dancers from the CCDT Core Apprentice and the CCDT Young Apprentice programs will join a trio of singers to create an evening of dance, song and frivolity.  There’s a silent auction with jewellery, artwork, special event tickets and kitchen redesigns.  You can get tickets at the CCDT Office – aadults, $20 and children under 5, $15. 

WinterSong is coming
CCDT is preparing now for WinterSong, a major performance at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Harbourfront (235 Queens Quay W) on Friday December 13 at 8 pm and Saturday December 14 at 2 pm.  It’s a breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance.  Save the dates.  Tickets are $22.50 to $38 and you can get them online here. 

Cabbagetown South Christmas Party
It happens on Wednesday December 4 from 7 to 9 pm at Retsina Restaurant (209 Gerrard E).  There’ll be plenty of gossip and prizes.  You’ve only got a few more days to save on Advance Ticket prices ($15) – to Wednesday November 27.  After that, regular prices are $20.  Cash bar.  Click here for details and ticket purchases. 

Christmas is only 34 days away
And counting.  If you’d like to give a gift that will please your pals and do some good as well, then here’s your chance.  Number 9 Studio (222 Gerrard at Seaton) has put together this CD with great holiday tunes featuring some of Canada’s finest artists.  Proceeds from the sale go to the Children’s Wish Foundation.  These are cool stocking stuffers, nifty corporate gifts and good things to have around for yourself.  Drop in at the Studio or go to the website for more info and easy ordering.

Fire Works at Alumnae Theatre
Fire Works is a series of full-length plays, workshops and panel discussions.  Three plays are being staged to December 1 – Measure of the World by Shirley Barrie, Gloria’s Guy by Joan Burrows and Theory by Norman Yeung.  There’ll be round tables about each play on Sundays at noon and the Playwrights Speak on Sunday December 1 at 4 pm.  For tickets, descriptions and schedules, click here.  Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley (at Adelaide).

BUSINESS NEWS

Textile Performance Art @ Kendall & Co
Here’s a unique opportunity.  In 15 minutes, Harriet Riddell will create a one-of-a-kind portrait of you with her sewing machine. As you chat with her during your session, she’ll capture little details about you to put on her canvas to make her artwork even more personal. Bring a piece of your old clothing (t-shirt, sweater, etc) and she can incorporate it into your portrait.   Find out more about Harriett here. One day only - Sunday November 24, noon to 4 pm, $50 per portrait. Spots are limited.  Please call Kendall’s Interior Design Studio 416.363.9914 to book your sitting. Kendall & Co, 227 Carlton St.

Tony's new office
Tony Lafazanis is a lawyer who’s just set up his office above the TD Bank (493 Parliament).  He’s been a Cabbagetowner since 1986 and he’s practiced personal injury law since 1983.  You can reach him at (416) 979-1770 and you can look over his website here. We suggest that Pam McConnell may want his help after her knock-down by Rob Ford  (or maybe Ford will need the help since Pam’s a lot tougher than she looks!

Set Scouter
Set Scouter is a new business that’s working with the film industry to find suitable places for filming locations.  Lidia Bit-Yunan is the industry relations person in the company and she’s hoping to attract listings from homeowners and businesses in our area.  If you own property here and want to make some extra cash by allowing film makers to rent there, contact her.  The company’s website has contact info.

THIS WEEK’S ENTERTAINMENT

Peartree’s 20th anniversary
For the past twenty years, Peartree (507 Parliament) has been a landmark in Cabbagetown.  That’s a long stretch for any business, especially a restaurant.  The big back patio has been divided to add the solarium room.  The fa├žade has been refinished and the interior updated comfortably.   The Peartree’s street patio is always a favourite destination for people during the Cabbagetown Festival. 
To celebrate, Peartree has a special 20th anniversary offer running through November – a prix fixe dinner for two for $45 (regularly priced at $75).  You’ll save 20% for their 20th. Each person can select a soup or salad, a main course featuring black angus steak, grilled halibut with herbs provencal, roasted chicken breast chasseur or vegetable agnolotti pasta, plus a selection of cakes for dessert.

F’Amelia contest
Win a free pizza.  Just “follow” F’Amelia on Twitter.  Then write a rhyme, a couplet, a haiku or a limerick in 140 characters or less including the words @extendedfamelia  somewhere.  A winner will be chosen weekly during the life of the contest. 8 Amelia St

Cafune still has Brazilian jazz
Twice weekly, Henri Matulis brings special guests to perform with him at Cafune (194A Carlton).  On Thursday at 6:30 pm, Barbara De La Fuente and Marisa Oliveira will sing.  On Saturday at 8 pm, Abby David will play on bass. 

Junior Jazz is back
Once again, Paintbox Bistro (535 Dundas E) is home to the Junior Jazz session – an interactive jam for kids and all the family.  This month’s featured artist is Heather Bambrick.  There’ll be lots of improvisation, hand clapping, laughter and singing.  Grab some brunch while you’re there. Saturday, November 23, 10 to 11 am.  No cover. 

Vivia Kay & Blacksparrow
On Sunday November 24 from 1 to 3:30 pm, brunch at Paintbox (535 Dundas E) will feature old time gospel music.  No cover charge. 

Scotch & cigars at Stout
Erin is hosting an evening tasting with scotch and cigars on Sunday, November 24 from 7 to 9 pm. A $20 donation to Movember is encouraged. It’s by invitation only, so please email her for a ticket at erin@stoutirishpub.ca  Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton)

Jazz and blues at Dominion on Queen
Every Saturday will be blues night at the Dominion on Queen (555 Queen E).  This week at 9 pm, for example, Terry Gillespie brings blues from Ottawa during his CD launch party.  On Sunday afternoon, the features will be jazz and this week, it’s the Toronto Arts Orchestra at 4:30 pm.

American Thanksgiving
The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is offering a turkey feast on Thursday November 28 to celebrate American Thanksgiving.  It’s a good idea – they like to celebrate everybody’s holidays just to make life livelier.

Elise Stanley and the Toronto Community Orchestra
The orchestra has 61 members ages 20 to 80 playing under the leadership of Leonidas Varahidis.  On December 10, the orchestra presents its Holiday Concert and Elise will be the soloist playing Beethoven’s Romance in F.  Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth), 7:30 pm, no cover charge.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21 TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24

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
Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, https://www.facebook.com/thelocalgest
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Que Supper Club, 364 Queen St E, (647) 748-1783, http://www.quesupperclub.com
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 NOVEMBER 21

Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) with Marissa Oliviera & Barbara de Lafuente, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
9:30 pm, Daniel Buxton Sonic Blues series, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Maggie Cassella & Savoy “Kapow” Howe, Rob Ford Trivia Night, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Loser Karaoke with Jason Rolland

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22

Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Don River Blues Band, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Bill Merryweather with Donavon LeNabat “Barbra & me”, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Jeffrey Amos “Whistling Music & Comedy Show”, $10/advance & $15/door
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Beer tastings with Spearhead

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23
Cafune
8 pm, Abby David & Henri Matulis, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Terry Gillespie CD release party, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Bill Merryweather with Donavon LeNabat “Barbra & me”, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Mini-Mused fundraiser, $10/advance & $15/door
Paintbox Bistro
10:30 am dinner, Junior Jazz with the Heather Bambrick quartet, no cover
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
3 pm, The Pub Radio Show with Bill Perrie & Kevin Brauch

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
4:30 pm, Toronto Art Orchestra, $10
Flying Beaver
11 am to 3 pm, Psychic Brunch, $20
7:30 pm, Bianca Heuvelman’s Cabaret, $15/advance & $20/door
Stout Irish Pub
7 to 9 pm, Invitational Autumn Scotch & Cigar Night, $20 donation to Movember
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10
9 pm, Open Mic with Porter