Friday, 18 March 2011

The Flying Beaver is open
Heather and Maggie are enjoying a huge splash for their launch. Over the past few nights, they’ve been packing people into their new room. On the weekend, they’ll be bringing the Elaine Dark Band with DJ Carol on Friday, Richard Ryder and DJ Madame Hair for comedy night on Saturday and on Sunday, T-dance with DJ Christina. Tickets are available at the bar or on Brown Paper Tix. Call for reservations for dinner and the shows, 647-347-5393.

Foxy’s last week
Michelle tells us that Foxy (251 Gerrard) will close its doors this week. She still has clothing, summer dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories to clear. Everything’s on sale now at 75% off. On Saturday from 9 am, she’s having an indoor contents sale of furniture, house wares, art stuff, lighting, books and lots more. So drop by and enjoy one last shop! We’ll miss her lovely, funky store.

Media mentions for the new Winchester Kitchen & Bar
This week’s version of Toronto Life’s electronic edition has a nice blurb about our new restaurant. The photo shows their appetizing gnocchi dish. 51A Winchester

PearTree’s spring menu
PearTree (507 Parliament) has just announced their new menu for the Spring. Among our Cabbagetown restaurants, PearTree is a very popular mainstay. We know and enjoy their food and their very comfortable rooms. Each day, they’re offering two entrees at prices ranging from $11.99 (for pasta dishes) to $14.99 for steaks. Seafood and chicken dishes are listed at $12.99 and $13.99.

Acceleration 2011 at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre
This year’s graduating class from the School will perform an evening of small ensemble works by Susanna Hood, Lucy Rupert, Conrad Alexandrowicz, Christopher House and Jose Limon. This is your chance to see tomorrow’s contemporary dancers. March 30 to Aopril 2, 8 pm. $19 general admission; $15 students, CADA and seniors. Box office at (416) 967-6887. 80 Winchester Street.

Party night
It was a memorable St Patrick’s Day (or night) across Cabbagetown. The House on Parliament (454 Parliament), the Ben Wicks (424 Parliament), Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton), The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) and Caroline’s (554 Parliament) were all full, the crowds were really friendly and the music was amazing. Congratulations to everyone.

Kendall & Co
This pair of comfy leather Black Swan chairs has just arrived at the store (438 Parliament across from Spruce). They’re matched here with an owl umbrella stand and Fido’s water and kibble bowl set. The Kendall special for this week is 40% off their entire series of French glassware (while quantities last), available in bumble bee or dragon fly motif and dishwasher and microwave safe. For photos and more information, click here:

More cheddar at the Epicure Shop
Patty’s feature item this week is a 4-year-old white cheddar, on sale at $3.49/100 g (save $1.50/100 g). It’s a good price for a delicious cheese. Over the weekend, you can also buy a brownie, date square, butter bar or lemon macaroon and get another one for half price. Yummy. 473 Parliament.

Mylk Uncookies
When you visit Toni and Elaine at their bright new coffee shop at 253 Gerrard, you’ll see an interesting notice at the tip jar on the counter. They’re donating your tips to their neighbour, the Children’s Book Bank. It’s a very nice gesture and a typical effort in this very friendly strip of neighbourhood shops where everyone wants to support each other.

A little inspiration
Regina at Labour of Love (242 Carlton) is holding a raffle for an Easter egg basket full of treats. Thebasket will also have a copy of “Everything is going to be okay”, a delightful little book full of photographs and inspirational messages. She’s pleased to announce that her first in-store workshop is now a sold-out event. Drop by the store to find out more.

Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents’ party
Officially, this event is the launch for the Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents’ new web site and logo. (But these aren’t the kind of people to waste a good party opportunity.) So save the date and drop in to the new Winchester Kitchen and Bar at 7:30 pm on Wednesday March 30. Meet your neighbours, learn what the DVCRA does for you and find out about their new site. And have a drink. For more info,

Cabbagetown South Earth Hour Walking Tour
Join your neighbours in Cabbagetown South when the lights go off for Earth Hour. It’s a free tour highlighting the area’s finest Victorian homes. Gather at the corner of Seaton and Gerrard at 8:15 pm on Saturday March 26. Bring a candle or a lantern, walk the dog, chat with your friends and see your home in a brand new way. Your guide is Robin Burgoyne of Caerwent House Stories ( For more information, click here:

Be a cookie volunteer
The Friends of Riverdale Farm need a volunteer (for two or three mornings a week) to bake cookies at the Farm’s Gift Shop in the park. You’ll be baking oatmeal chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. They’re sold along with hot chocolate, coffee, tea, cider and sandwiches to make visitors’ experiences even more pleasant. If you’re willing to contribute your time and skills, call Kate at 416-961-8787.
We’re also told two more tidbits – the Farmers’ Market will start up again in mid-May. And you’ll want to watch for announcements about the new babies that are expected to arrive at the Farm in May as well.

Buy a brick for Riverdale Park
The fundraising campaign to purchase new sidewalks in Riverdale Park is now reaching its conclusion. This is your last chance to buy a brick and have it engraved with your name, the name of a loved one, a pet’s name or any other inscription that you may choose. Your brick will be placed along the sidewalk’s border where it will be a permanent memento of your generosity. A $100 donation buys a 4” by 8” stone with two lines of text and $150m buys an 8” by 8” stone with four lines. For more photos and a donor’s form, go to
See you next week!