Friday, 18 May 2007

Thanks to Carol Garner at PSST

Avid readers of this Newsletter will know that we’re looking for donors and sponsors to help defray the cost of our annual Festival Parade.

Carol is our first benefactor! Our heartfelt thanks to her. PSST regularly supplies T-Shirts for our Festival and we can vouch for the high standards of her quality and service. PSST offers custom screen printing, embroidery and promotional products. You can see more at

We’re sure that many more people will want to follow Carol’s inspiring example and make a small contribution to a great annual event. You can email Doug Fisher at and make arrangements.

It’s Spring

And it’s time for a new flag. You can order one at the BIA office (237 Carlton Street) at 416-921-0857. The cost for a flag is $30 and for a complete kit (a flag, a pole and a bracket), it’s $50.
By the way, we’ve just sold three flags to our southern Cabbagetown neighbours in Atlanta, Georgia. As soon as we get photos, we’ll tell you more.

Customer appreciation at Menagerie Pet Shop

Throughout the afternoon on Saturday, Menagerie Pet Shop (549 Parliament St) is offering free hot dogs and in-store specials as a springtime “thank-you” to their customers. Drop by for some kibble…yummy stuff!

Cabbagetown’s Princess Warrior

Anyone who passes the corner of Winchester and Parliament during school hours will recognize Zena Primus. She keeps our kids safe at a dangerous intersection and still has time to cheer up everyone else nearby. Our thanks to Ray Barton for insisting that we give Zena full credit for doing such a great job.

Jazz at the Cobourg

The Perry White Trio returns to The Cobourg (533 Parliament St) once more on Sunday, May 20. Perry White is on sax with Neil Swainson on bass and Rob Piltch on guitar. 8 pm. No cover charge. Beautiful music – don’t miss it.

Doors Open Toronto – Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27

Two Cabbagetown landmarks are on this year’s tour. The Chapel of St James the Less at St James Cemetery (635 Parliament Street) on Saturday and Sunday, from 1 pm to 4 pm. The Chapel at Toronto Necropolis (200 Winchester Street) on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

If those tours dry you out, stop at one of the many nearby watering holes all along Parliament Street for a refreshing chance to think about what you’ve just seen!

Walking Tour Guides

Once again, free brochures are available at the BIA office (237 Carlton Street) for your enjoyment. The walking tour guide offers a map and good notes to tell you about landmarks in the neighbourhood. “Cabbagetown People” gives thumbnail sketches of the individuals who are honoured with blue plaques in our gardens and in front of our homes.
You can call (416-921-0857) or email us ( and we’ll send copies to you.

Cabbagetown Festival Teaser …

Big events are coming in September. Our own Danny Marks is organizing a musical gala for the Saturday night. We’re planning another wine tasting, a home show, and a night of special events and partying in our pubs. Plus the usual wonderful stuff – a parade, street vendors, musical diversions, outdoor patios and more. September 4 to September 9, along Parliament and Carlton Streets.