April 6

This week’s image:  When these perky little guys show up, Spring’s here.  



The Bunny Hop
Join the BIA’s Easter celebrations on Saturday April 8 from 11 am to 1 pm at Carlton and Parliament.  There’ll be lots of fun for your whole family with live music, a kids’ craft table and a visit from the Big Bunny.  Munchies will be provided by Staij & Co.  For more info, visit the BIA’s event site.  

Easter baskets from Staij
Anastasia has prepared Easter baskets that promise to be perfect, sweet Easter gifts.  They’re filled with sugar cookies, meringues, chocolates, candied popcorn and chocolate covered pretzels.  Preorders taken until April 8, $20.  Visit the store at 552 Parliament or send an email to info@staijandco.com 

Easter Show at Allan Gardens
From April 14 to May 14, the annual Easter Flower Show is on display at the Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Jarvis).  The Conservatory is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Free admission. 

Easter dinner at Cranberries
Siva and Ruth have planned a special meal for Easter Sunday, April 9 at Cranberries (601 Parliament). There’ll be two sittings - at 5 and  7:30 pm.  Call for reservations at (416) 925-6330. $29 per person.
The three-course menu looks yummy -  butternut squash soup or organic green salad for starters, roast turkey with cranberry sauce or baked lamb shank with port wine au jus along with mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies for a main course and sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

Weekend brunch at Mill St
The Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) will serve a Long Weekend brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Easter weekend.  10:30 am to 3 pm.  On Easter Sunday, there’ll be kid-friendly brewery tours with mini root beer floats, noon to 5 pm.


Dixon Hall on Carlton Street
The former St Peter’s Church on Carlton Street has been leased for fifteen years to Dixon Hall and there’s a wide range of plans in the works for this site.
Seniors’ programs will continue as a major focus.  The former Mid-Toronto Services (192 Carlton) has joined Dixon Hall - over eighteen programs for seniors now happen at this building along with Meals on Wheels (over 73,000 are prepared every year) and programs for people with HIV/AIDS.  
The former church and gym (188 Carlton) will be repaired and then also used for seniors’ activities and for concerts by the Dixon Hall School of Music.  The main hall will be available for rental at affordable rates by outside community groups - the CPA has already been there for its evening talk about TOCore. Existing subleases will continue - the local Scouts troop, for example, uses the gym for weekly events. 
The Manse (190 Carlton) will be renovated and used for administration offices.  
Plans for the interior include repairs on the auditorium’s organ.  The stained glass, much of it historic, will remain.  The kitchen will be upgraded. 
The lawn on Carlton Street will be opened up and turned into an inviting park area for the entire community.  As the image above shows, the old fences will be taken down. Vehicle access and driveways will be moved to the rear of the buildings.  A sheltered entranceway will be built so seniors can get on and off their bus services and be protected from the weather.  

Immediate needs at Dixon Hall
Some of the work in the interior can be done by volunteers.  A volunteer is gardening outside the building and everyone hopes that he will still do it. The job will be bigger soon and volunteers are needed to help out.
The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum is storing its collection in a room here and that will continue.  There are public spaces in the auditorium where small displays by the Museum can add a community connection.  
Volunteer can contact Heather Johnson at (416) 863-0499 x 3225 or visit the website and click on the “Get involved” link.   

A celebration at CNH
Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) held an evening celebration to introduce two Syrian refugee families to the community and to thank donors.   Bob Rae was a featured speaker.  
The Zakarayas- a family of seven - have four kids, ages 8 to 18 in school. Ammar and his wife Nour are in ESL classes and he’s studying now to qualify for his career in financial services.  
The Tarakjis are a family of four with children ages four and six.  They arrived last month after spending two years in Lebanon.  Both families are now in Mississauga.  
Thanks go out to the evening’s sponsors, especially The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) and St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament).
CNH is looking for some gently used bikes for the kids.  Please contact Amanda LaRonde at (416) 925-4363 ext 117 or email alaronde@cnh.on.ca 
A third family of nine is scheduled to arrive soon.  Suitable accommodation is needed for them.  If you can help with this, please contact Jafar Alawi at jalawi@neighbourhoodlink.org.

Lower Don bike trail construction
The work being done to upgrade the Lower Don bike trail will continue until July.  The section of the trail between Pottery Road and the Riverdale Park bridge will remain closed through this period.  Work has been completed on the new Pottery Road bridge and the Belleville Rail Underpass tunnel.   Thanks to Erica Benson for this info - there’s an online summary of the upcoming projects on the trail system here.    

Cleaning the lanes in Cabbagetown South
Thomas Dannenburg reports that the lane behind his house was full of “unsavoury detritus”.  He called 311 and was told that someone would be there in two days. As promised, a young woman with a truck arrived and shovelled the whole area clean - on a Sunday morning!   

Damage at Lennie’s Whole Foods
Photo: Cabbagetown Residents Association
A car drove into the front of Lennie’s Whole Foods (489 Parliament) early in the morning on April 4.  Extensive damage was done to the windows and door as well as the front interior.  The car then drove away but the police caught the driver a little later on Salisbury Avenue.  Congrats to Carole Buss and her staff for their humour in the face of the accident - the sign on the front door now reminds drivers that Lennie’s doesn’t offer a drive-through service.  Click here to read a story from Global News.  

Nominations for the CRA Board
The Cabbagetown Residents Association has opened nominations for membership on its 2017/2018 Board of Directors.  The group plays an important role in our community.  Its social media presence keeps people up to date on local matters and gives everyone a chance to react to important issues.  It organizes the annual Forsythia Festival and the Hallowe’en Pumpkin Walk.  The Board works with Councillor Pam McConnell and officials from the City of Toronto as well as Glen Murray our MPP and Bill Morneau, our MP.  To nominate someone (including yourself), contact info@cabbagetowner.com.  To find out more about the Association, check out its website.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit.
Image:  48th Highlanders Museum 
Toronto’s 48th Highlanders have had a particularly close relationship with Cabbagetown. During World War I they recruited in the area. They used Toronto General Hospital on Gerrard between Sackville and Sumach as a barracks and then, as the war ground relentlessly onward, as a military hospital. 
Their losses were commensurate with their participation in many of the War’s major battles.  At Vimy Ridge on April 9 to 12 1917, nearly 3600 fell including 48th Highlanders. 
In today’s two images, the 48th Highlanders pack up their old kit bags south of the hospital in 1915. In the other image, we see Cabbagetowner Walter Allward lived for a while at 43 Amelia Street. He designed the magnificent Vimy Memorial that will be a focus at this year’s 100th anniversary of the battle.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.   To support the Museum, click on GoFundMe

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Save these dates
April 15 - deadline for nominations for the Peggy Kurtin Award for restoration and streetscape improvement.  
April 28 - deadline for early bird vendors at the Cabbagetown Festival  
May 7 - Forsythia Festival.  
May 27 - deadline for nominations for Streetscapes in Bloom award.  
September 9 and 10 - Cabbagetown Festival

Pockets Warhol’s Art Collective
Pockets Warhol is a 25-year-old capuchin monkey living at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary.  The Sanctuary, located in Sunderland, is now a safe home for 19 primates.  Cabbagetowners Anita Kunz and Ray Gates are helping with a fundraiser to support the Sanctuary.  Over 100 pieces of art will be displayed until April 16. Opening on Thursday April 6, 7 pm, Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills (67 Pottery Road), $20/online here and $25/door.   

Photo:  Natalie Illanes Nogueira
Green Thumbs works with schools to plant and tend gardens in school yards.  We have one of the Green Thumbs’ school gardens at Winchester Public School (photo above).  
On Thursday April 13, Green Thumbs is holding a Spring fundraiser - Emergence -  at Regent Park Community Food Centre (40 Oak St) from 6:30 to 9 pm.  During the evening, Mark Cullen will be honoured for his work as an advocate for children’s gardens.  Tickets and more info - click here.   

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.  


Congrats Roselle
Stephanie Duong from Roselle Desserts (362 Queen E) was one of six bakers in a hard-fought contest to determine Toronto’s best chocolate chip cookie.  The event took place in the Drake last Monday night.  Stephanie came away with the People’s Choice prize.  Click here to read the CBC’s story.    

More mega-club news
Photo:  Richard Lautens, Toronto Star  
As mentioned earlier, a proposal has been submitted to build the world’s largest nightclub with a capacity over 15,000 people on the waterfront in the Port Lands. 
The Toronto Star did a story by David Rider about the issues involved on Monday April 3.  He notes that the Alcohol & Gaming Commission will resume its hearings in June with a decision in the Fall.  Click here to read his story.   l 
A citizen’s group has been formed to oppose this scheme at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission.  Waterfront For All is made up of a coalition of over fifteen other organizations as well as individual citizens.  It’s now seeking volunteers and donations and it has a website with a petition.  Click here to see its website.  


Seasonal final sale
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is making room for more new arrivals. Save on rugs, lighting, tables, sofas, pillows and home accents at 40 to 70% off . Now or Never!  Your one-stop design shop at Parliament & Winchester. Open on Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi

Canada 150 tulips
Last Fall, Royal Home Hardware (485 Parliament) sold the bulbs for these gorgeous tulips and they’ll be sprouting up around Cabbagetown in a few weeks.  They were specially designed in Holland to resemble our flag for our 150th anniversary of Confederation. 


Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The Orchestra is back at 8 pm, Thursday April 6 with a program featuring small ensembles.  Little Trinity Church (425 King E),  $12.

Toronto Taiko Tales
Japanese drum performances. Nagata Shachu pushes the traditional drumming boundaries while respecting its invaluable essence.  The group will also launch its DVD on Friday from 6 to 8 pm - cash bar.  Performance starts at 8 pm (matinee on Saturday at 2 pm), Friday April 7 to Sunday April 9.  Daniels Spectrum Aki Studio (585 Dundas E).  

Soulpepper Concerts - True Patriot Love
An evening of Canada’s musical offerings performed by a collection of outstanding artists and musicians.  On stage on April 11, 13 and 15 for online info and tckets, click here.  Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)

The Clean House
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) presents this poignant and quirky look at class, comedy and love.  April 7 to 22.  Tickets and info online here.  

TDT’s Chiasmata
Christopher House’s Chiasmata returns to the stage for the first time in eight years in this fresh new iteration.  Toronto Dance Theatre is offering its Cabbagetown friends an exclusive discount - $15 tickets for any performance.  Contact Cathy at info@tdt.org to book your tickets.  For more info about the performance, click here.  To April 8, Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester). 


Merryberry’s cooking class
Cyril continues with his curry theme on Wednesday, April 12 from 5:30 pm.  Drop in to Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411.  $45.  
This week, he’s focussing on fish - how to prepare a fish curry from scratch and how to make your own curry powders and curry paste 

Dinner and a movie
Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi is the real Queen of Katwe.  Her life and struggles growing up in Ugandan slums are the basis for the Disney movie, Queen of Katwe.  Enjoy a chance to meet Phiona and have dinner with a showing of the Disney film - 5 pm, Friday April 7, Fuse (366 Queen E), $75.  

Arvo Concert Series
The Arvo series presents Nashville singer/songwriter Justin James on Saturday, April 8 at 7 pm.  Free. 17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery.  

Love Food, Give Food
Paintbox (555 Dundas E)  is joining with Action against Hunger.  In April and May, $1 from the price of its Moroccan Tagine on the bistro menu will be donated to the fight against malnutrition.  

Addresses, online info and current events.

Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas E

Toronto Taiko Tales - April 7 to 9
Online tickets and info here.

70 Berkeley

The Clean House - April 7 to April 22
Online tickets and info here.

Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street

Kiss - to April 16
Online tickets and info here.

Jack Charles v The Crown (Spotlight Australia) - to April 8
Online tickets and info here.

The Citadel
304 Parliament 

Baseline/Multiform - to April 8
Online tickets and info here

50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Crawl Space - to April 15
Online tickets and info here.

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

True Patriot Love - Soulpepper Concert - April 11, 13 & 15
Online tickets and info here. 

Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester

Chiasmata - to April 8
Online tickets and info here.



  • 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.


The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
8 pm, DJ Bookshelf
5 pm, Meet and greet, dinner and movie with Phiona Mutesi, the Queen of Katwe.
Johnny G’s
8:30 pm, Live Greek music with Dimitra (vocals), Vassilis (keyboard) and Vaggelis (bouzouki)
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


7 pm, Justin James
8 pm, Dave Deez
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
11 am, Brunch & Beats, with DJ regime-wiz
9 pm, DJ Dash
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Whitney


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia
5:30 pm, Cooking class - fish curry, curry powder and curry paste, $45 Paintbox
8 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam, $12
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.


9 pm, DJ Wizdome 
The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music
Local GEST
10 pm, Cabbage Head comedy with Ethan O’Reilly


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
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). 
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
11 am, Brunch & Beats, live DJ regime-wiz
8 pm, DJ Regina
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz will continue next week


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, https://www.facebook.com/DominionTO/
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, https://www.facebook.com/elcatrin.ca
366 Queen St E, (647) 347-3873, http://fusedining.com 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-beer-hall/
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-brew-pub/
514 King E, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127,  https://www.facebook.com/cometoquincys/
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533, https://www.facebook.com/underthetabletoronto