Friday, 20 April 2012

Tonight at The Wicks
Our friend Benoit is hosting his farewell party tonight at The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament). Tomorrow - hangovers permitting – he’s en route to Quebec City and a role in an opera. Jeff Barnes and the Irish Rogues start playing after 8:30 pm.

Tomorrow at the CCDT
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) are holding a seminar about their solar roof panels. It’s co-sponsored by TABIA and it focuses on the ways that solar energy can be used in your home and business. This is a great opportunity to explore the dance theatre and to see their unique rooftop solar panels. Free admission. Saturday from 4:30 to 6 pm, refreshments.

Tomorrow at The Cobourg
It’s one of our favourite annual events – The Cobourg Sings. Everyone’s invited to warble out their tunes and the proceeds from the cover charge are donated to UforChange, an arts-based agency working with kids in St James Town. Saturday April 21 from 8 pm at The Cobourg, 533 Parliament

Next Wednesday at JAMcafe
Loire Valley wines will be featured in JAM’s latest wine tasting evening, Wednesday April 25th at 6:30 pm. Chef Av Atikian is hosting the evening and he’s prepared hors d’oeuvres to match each selection. $30/ea. Reservations are a very good idea since these tastings often are a sell-out. (416) 921-1255. For more details, click here: 195 Carlton

Welcome to Face Furniture Eyewear
What’s happening behind the brown paper at 464 Parliament? It’s a new optical store, opening next week. Al Cao, an optician with 8-years experience, and Tewfik Sherif, an optical technician who has 28-years experience, will be there to serve you. They will be featuring high-end and good quality glasses and service.

A reminder about TDT renovations
Work on renovations at the Winchester Street Theatre that will affect the neighbourhood will start on Monday. These include foundation work, brick repairs, work on the slate roof, reinforcing the stained glass windows and replacing the sash windows. The sidewalks around the building on Winchester and Metcalf will be closed. For more information, call Karen at (647) 439-3741.

Next weekend - Reaching Out Through Music
An amazing concert evening is happening on Saturday April 28 at St Simon’s Church (525 Bloor) to benefit Reaching Out Through Music. It’s a community group providing music and social opportunities for children from St James Town. The program includes Ron Davis, Daniela Nardi, Mary Lou Fallis with Peter Tiefenbach, the Gryphon Trio, Emma Meinrenken, Patricia Parr and Kathleen Penny. There’ll be a fantastic silent auction starting at 6:45 pm and the concert happens at 7:30 pm. Reserve your tickets at (416) 923-8714 (ext 205) or Students $10, seniors, $30, regular $40 and patrons $100. Complimentary refreshments. To find out more, click here:

Workshops at Labour of Love
On Wednesday May 2 at 6 pm and Wednesday May 9 at 6 pm. $20 per workshop – it covers all materials and a snack. Sign up at the store, 242 Carlton. For more details,

Cheddar cheese at Epicure
Patty buys her cheddars from Maple Dale Cheese, an independent family-run operation that’s located just north of Belleville. This week, The Epicure Shop (479 Parliament) has three varieties for you – the 4-year old cheddar is on special and the 5-year old and 7-year olds are back in stock.

Spring time continues at MJG Gallery
Mark’s current show is called “Spring”. He’s showing the work of 24 artists based on this theme. This week’s featured artwork is “Spring Loaded” by Rob Croxford. Drop in from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 to 6 pm. 555 Parliament.

Cabbagetown’s history in film
On Sunday May 6 at 8 pm, the Hugh Garner Housing Co-op is showing the historic film, “Bleecker Street” about the blockbusting tactics that changed our neighbourhood forever and created St James Town. The evening’s special guest is John Sewell whose leadership helped to control these developments. Party Room – 8th Floor, 550 Ontario

Eric Morse exhibition
Eric and Catherine are two of our favourite local artists. He’s taken hundreds of our photos, documenting Cabbagetown life over the past seven years. Catherine designed the LED lights in the “C” symbol that we used for several years on our lamp posts. They’ve organized a show of Eric’s photographs at the Parliament Street Library (269 Gerrard). The show starts on May 1 and runs to May 31.

Kendall & Co are regular contributors to our Newsletter. We’re amazed at their speedy and extraordinary transformation of their new building at 227 Carlton. It was a very wrenching experience for everyone – they had to clear out their Winchester store, clean up and design Carlton Street and then move all of their stuff. They made it all look effortless.