Friday, 19 August 2011

Congratulations to CCDT
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) is one of three finalists nominated for the prestigious Arts for Youth award from the Toronto Arts Foundation. It’s given to organizations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to engaging Toronto youth in the arts. The final selection will be announced in October.

Community picnic in Riverdale Park
Our two elected representatives, Glen Murray and Bob Rae, are teaming up once again to host the annual Toronto Centre picnic. It happens on Sunday August 21 from 11 am to 2 pm in Riverdale Park (Winchester & Sumach). It’s a fun time for your family – free bbq’s, free cotton candy and popcorn, face painting, raffles and games. Halal and vegetarian options will be available. Drop by and tell Glen and Bob how you want them to run the country for the next year!

Glass fish at Kendall & Co
These decorative handmade glass fish vessels are incredibly beautiful. You can fill them with long-stem flowers, put bath salts in them at the tub, stash your necklaces in them on your dresser or just let them be accents on a table. Check out the school of fish and other new arrivals at 541 Parliament, just west on Winchester.

There’s nothing like a summer wedding
A lovely bride and a shy groom. Warm evening breezes. A welcoming drink and a irresistible buffet dinner. I once attended such an event – and every time the groom had to speak, including during the ceremony, he fainted dead away. Regina at Labour of Love (242 Carlton) has a new line of wedding cards for just such occasions. Go to to see them all.

The world’s best cheese maker
Quebec’s Alex de Portneuf won this title. He makes the double cream brie that Patty is featuring this weekend at Epicure Shop (473 Parliament). She also has three new varieties of homemade gluten-free cookies available. Good reasons to stop by.

Comedy at Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Michael McLean hosts the new WinJester Bucket of Comedy every Thursday night from 9 pm. This week, it’ll be followed by DJ Dr with dancing and Latin beats. There’ll be special guests, lots of drink specials and great food. No cover charge. 51A Winchester.

Progress at F’Amelia
The new restauarant at 12 Amelia has been undergoing extensive reno’s and the menu is being firmed up rapidly. John reports that the new executive chef is Maurizia Verga and he’ll be preparing six fresh pastas made daily, housemade sausages and charcuterie, fish and beef dishes. They’ve installed a Mugnaini wood burning pizza oven and it’s ready to go. A short while ago, they launched a pizza search – they want your favourite suggestion and if it’s chosen for the menu, they’ll give you a free pizza and name your item after your street. Go to the website to enter the contest –

Thanks, Don
Don Taggart from Nettleship Hardware (576 Parliament) has just finished painting the exterior of the BIA Office (237 Carlton). Check it out – he’s done a great job. We had been delayed by lease negotiations in our plans to spruce up our office and so our exterior was getting really run down. Once the new lease was settled, we gave the work to Don. If you need advice about paint or a contact with someone to do the work, call Nettleship. Their specialty is paint and they’re very good at it.

Mylk Uncookies gets reviewed
Toni & Elaine are featured in a recent article in Mylk Uncookies is their lovely coffee shop at 253 Gerrard and it’s reviewed very favourably. You can check out the article here:

Flags are available again
People have been asking about buying our flag. We’re happy to announce that we've just received more inventory. They’re back and they’re here for you. (The photo shows Christopher Dew proudly waving it on top of Mount Kilimanjaro – this flag gets around.) Email us at or call (416) 921-0857

Construction at 456 Parliament
As you can easily see, the building where Grasshopper and the House on Parliament used to be located is now under construction. The owners are repairing the damage done by the fire in October 2009 and they’re preparing to build new housing units at the back. Considerable effort will be made to preserve and improve the historic fa├žade. When details are ready, we’ll publish them here.

Thanks Gina
The new construction at the former Grasshopper is under way. Unfortunately, we’re losing the Grasshopper so this work can be done. Gina has always been a good local business person. Her bar was funky and relaxed and for her customers, it was always a welcoming place. She’ll be traveling to China for a visit and after that, she’ll decide what she wants to do. Best wishes, Gina.