Friday, 30 November 2007

Best of Toronto
NOW has published its annual “Best of Toronto” awards and we have three winners here in Cabbagetown.

In its first ever “Outstanding People” awards, NOW picked Nancy Chisholm at 241 Video (455 Parliament) as “the kind of person one hopes to find everywhere”. And (no surprise here), Toronto’s Best Coffeehouse is Jet Fuel (519 Parliament). Christopher House at the Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) has been named Toronto’s Best Choreographer.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t also give a big pat on the back to Heather Mackenzie at Big Mamma’s Boy (554 Parliament) for her efforts on behalf of “We’re Funny that Way” – the annual gala that supports gay and lesbian causes across Canada – it won “Best queer event that’s not Pride”.
Congratulations to everyone.

Santa is on his way…
Your chance for a photo op with Santa in Cabbagetown will happen on three separate days this month. Book your time now and don’t miss him.
Bring your pet.
Old Saint Nick is dropping by Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday, December 8 and Menagerie Pet Shop on Sunday, December 16 (549 Parliament). On both occasions, bring your dog or snake or canary for a lovely souvenir photo with Santa. These unforgettable moments will be augmented even more by free gifts and coupons.
Bring your family.
Then, for a traditional family event, we’ve arranged for Santa’s visit to Spruce and Parliament outside Joe’s No Frills (Parliament) on Saturday, December 15. Bring your kids this time and get a full colour snapshot.
All three events happen from noon to 4 pm.
Photos are being taken by Eric Morse and digitally developed by Jim’s Super Foto (449 Parliament). The cost is $10 for the first 5 by 7 print and $5 for each additional copy. They’ll be great souvenirs and they’ll fit nicely inside your Christmas cards.

Survey of your opinions
In the Spring, the BIA and the Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association jointly asked over 1100 people in our area about Parliament, Carlton and Gerrard Streets. Your responses were overwhelming – more than 40% of the households replied. Furthermore, people obviously thought carefully about their answers with strong answers and written comments at every step along the way.
Here’s a first sample. Over 93% of the respondents said that they shop in our area at least once a week and 45% shop here daily. Our shopping district is an important part of everyone’s life.
This information will help us to improve the streetscape, select proper merchandise to satisfy your needs and aim our services in the direction that you support. Thanks.

That’s it for now – everything is happening in a rush today.