Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Easter Bunny at Stout
Saturday is another fun family day at Stout (221 Carlton). Erin has invited the Bunny to drop in from noon to 2 pm to visit all the kids who’ll be there. There’ll be an Easter egg hunt, a colouring contest, and face painting. Brunch is served and doors open at 11 am. This event is open for reservations only – please call 647-344-6767

Easter dinner from St Jamestown
Mark has plenty of ham, turkeys, lamb and other Easter specialties on hand for your big family events. He also has his new line of Bird Friendly coffee and Ace Bakery hot cross buns. Open on Saturday. Closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday. 516 Parliament.

Easter at Epicure

The Epicure Shop (479 Parliament) has pastries and dessert for your big dinners – hot cross buns, Easter cupcakes, shortbreads, gingerbread, and Chocolates by Clare. Patty also has her usual good supply of pates and cheese from Quebec.

Easter Sunday at Cranberries
On Sunday, Cranberries (601 Parliament) will be hosting another of their special dinners. These are popular (and often sold-out) events. The food makes the evening very worthwhile. Dinner features a three course prix fixe at $24.99. Starters include caramelized butternut squash soup or organic green salad. Two choices for your main course: maple glaze ham or baked lamb shank. Dessert is apple pie with French vanilla ice cream. (416) 925-6330.

Flowers make Easter day complete
We’ve a wonderful variety of plants and flowers for Easter. Simmons (540 Parliament) has lots of seasonal blooms – tulips, freesia, iris, pussy willows and more. At Fairway Market (520 Parliament), Jamestown Milk (592 Parliament), Parliament Smokes (609 Parliament) and Mini Mart (460 Parliament) you can buy cut flowers and potted plants of all sorts – all in a nearby, convenient location.

Changes at the Winchester Kitchen & Bar
There’s a new format and new events happening at the Winchester Kitchen & Bar (51A Winchester). They’re now open seven days a week to 1 am. Every Sunday evening, Beau’s Brewery presents Open Mic with Porter at 9:30 pm. Tuesdays are cult movie nights – dress up for extra fun! Wednesdays are devoted to Smart Ass Trivia from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. There’ll be jazz with the Ron Davis Trio on Thursdays, Keith’s kitchen party on Fridays (a pint of Keith’s and a pound of mussels for only $18) and the popular All-Funk Saturdays will continue every week. Click on this link to see the specific details:

Spring at MJG Gallery
The Gallery’s new show, Spring, has launched. It runs from April 4 to 30th and it features works from over 20 artists. There’s a wine reception on April 12 from 7 to 11 pm. Please RSVP by April 10 to Gallery hours are 11 to 6 pm. 555 Parliament

Who says that moving is easy?
Kevin is hard at work in Kendall’s new location at 227 Carlton and he’s just part of a very energetic crew. The interior has been painted, there’s new lighting, the shelves are installed and filled and the rugs are on the floor. The store has come a long way from the days when it was home to a gazillion different ancient bathtubs. We’re neighbours and really happy to have them in our area. We'll tell you when the grand opening is scheduled - no news yet.

Labour of Love
Regina has announced that she has lots of new jewellery and great gift ideas to share with you. Come by and she’ll give you a tour. If you can't make it, check out Facebook and "Like" Labour Of Love (Cabbagetown) – you’ll get first dibs on new products, coming events and in store promos. Closed on Good Friday. Open Saturday 10am - 8pm. Sunday 12pm - 5pm and Monday 11am - 8pm. 242 Carlton

Singing competition
The Cabbagetown Classical Youth Choir is sponsoring a competition for young singers between the ages of 11 and 20. First prize is $500, second $250 and third $125. Several bursaries of $120 will also be available. Contestants should prepare two contrasting songs or arias. Preliminary auditions begin on June 24 at 5 pm at 74 Pembroke. For more info, call Daniel Eby at (647) 701-5033 or email

615 Parliament
This vacant lot at Parliament and Wellesley enjoys a colourful history. For the longest time, it was a workable rooming house. Then, somehow, it slipped and by the summer of 2007, it had become a crack house and the centre of a lot of questionable activity. The City closed it down but in the Fall of 2007, it burned to the ground. Firemen on the scene that night remarked that it was rare to see the neighbours cheering for a fire. Its owners now propose to build a three-storey medical building there with a ground floor pharmacy. You can see the report by the planning department at

Save these dates

Solar power
TABIA and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) are co-hosting a seminar on solar power and its potential for your home and your business. It’s open to everyone. The dance theatre has 96 solar panels on its roof and the income that they earn pays for a scholarship program for young dancers. Enjoy a tour, learn about the possibilities and ask questions to experts and to people who are already involved. Coffee and cookies. Save the date – Saturday April 21 from 4:30 to 6 pm.

Momentum 2012
Dancers from all three years of the Professional Training Program perform works by acclaimed choreographers Jennifer Dallas, Christopher House, Louise Laberge-Cote, Sharon B Moore, Jean-Pierre Perreault and Darryl Tracy. On May 9 at 7:30 pm, it’s a gala performance and fundraiser - $60. The other dates are May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 12 at 8pm, tickets at $19 and $15. School of Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester. Tickets at (416) 967-6887 and at