Friday, 1 April 2011

Black Eyed Peas at Labour of Love

Regina is very excited about this event – “it’s a biggie!” she says. There’s a new line of jewellery and Fergie will be modeling it. You can drop into the store and get your necklace autographed. Be sure to come around to 242 Carlton at 11 am on Saturday and be part of the excitement.

Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents at the Winchester

Anesti Tsiourantanis and Michael Robb own and operate the new Winchester Kitchen & Bar (51A Winchester). They hosted a launching party for the DVCRA last Wednesday. It was a success. Their room is well equipped to handle a medium to large crowd, the food is very good and there’s plenty of space for everyone to sit or stand. The residents used the occasion to unveil their new web site, and it’s a success as well.

Karlo Estates at JAMcafe

Next Thursday April 7 at 6:30 pm, Av is holding another of his very popular wine tasting evenings at JAM (195 Carlton). Six wines from Karlo Estates in Prince Edward County will be featured along with specially prepared hors d’oeuvres that match them. For more information about the evening’s menu, click here: Reservations are recommended since these events often are sold out: 416-921-1255. $40 per person.

Cobourg Sings

John Jay has announced that The Cobourg’s annual evening of song will burst upon us on Saturday April 9. Everyone is welcome to take part and singers who want to strut their stuff should register at the bar by Saturday April 2. Proceeds from the event are donated to a local charity or social service and this year’s gift goes to UForChange, an agency working with young people in St James Town. 533 Parliament.

More restaurant news…

Congratulations to Toni and Elaine at Mylk Uncookies (253 Gerrard) for the high rating given to their homemade organic almond mylk by Joyous Health: Scroll down the page to “Which café makes the best almond milk latte in Toronto” and click there. Great story.

Caroline’s (554 Parliament) is still closed on Mondays. Caroline Murphy is using this time to continue her renovations. If you visit now, you’ll see how much work she’s already done. She also has a new chef and a new menu is unfolding.

Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is a partner with Mill Street Brewery in a special month-long fundraiser on behalf of Earth Day. The goal is to raise $100,000 by April 22. When you buy a pint of Mill Street’s beer, the brewery will contribute 50 cents to Earth Day Canada.

Jazz at The Cobourg (533 Parliament). The Purple Cabbage is a jazz review that features articles, news and reviews about Toronto’s jazz scene. Check out their interview with John Jay from The Cobourg here:

The Sweet Creamery is open. It sure is Spring - the Blue Jays are back in town and Emilio’s back behind his counter at Sweet Creamery. I can tell you from my personal investigations, it’s okay to enjoy a cone even if the weather hasn’t quite warmed up yet. Lots of flavours in cones, dishes, cakes, ice cream and gelato. 521 Parliament

It’s that weekend again. Marilyn is back at Pet Valu. For $10, you can have your pet’s nails groomed and spiffied up for the Spring season. 11 to 4 pm, no appointment needed, 240 Carlton.

Five Days for Freedom

This is the signature Spring campaign for Free the Children celebrating four basic freedoms at the core of their work: freedom from poverty, from exploitation, from hunger and from disease. And it’s based on the fifth freedom, the freedom to act. From April 11 to 15, young people across the world will join the campaign and commit themselves to its goals. For more information, check the web site at

Save the date – Friday April 8 at 5 pm in the Me To We Store (223 Carlton). Jesse Giddings (MuchMusic VJ and Free the Children Ambassador) will officially launch the campaign and the special “Freedom Tee”. Find out more at

ReelWorld Film Festival

Best wishes to ReelWorld and Tonya Lee Williams for a successful 11th annual festival. Starting April 6, RWFF will screen five days of feature films, documentaries, shorts and music videos from film makers from Canada, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and more. For more information about the program and venues, click here: ReelWorld, 438 Parliament

Kendall & Co feature stylish new vases

For your Spring flowers and for an extra dash of colour in your home. They can also do extra service as candle holders, wine chillers and ice buckets. While you’re at the store you’ll see this week’s special feature, a French white mini double casserole and tray set, good for making crème brulee, mini pies, molten lava chocolate cakes, soufflés and whatever else excites your inner Julia Child. 438 Parliament, just across from Spruce.

Patty’s favourite olive oil Patty isn’t shy about this at all. She’s always recommending Frantoia Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Italy to her customers. It’s regularly $32.95 and this weekend, she has it on sale at $22.95 (save $10). New this week, Muskoka Ginger Ale and apple butter – ask for both of them. The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament).

Pet Appreciation Weekend

Dale and his staff at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) are in the middle of a fundraiser over the next week, peaking on April 9 and 10th. For $1, you can buy a paw and dedicate to your favourite pet. Your paw will then be displayed across the front of the store. (Watch for Willie’s paw while you’re there.) The proceeds from this drive are going to pet rescue services across Toronto and nationally. It’s an easy and very pleasant way to support these dedicated agencies.