Friday, 29 May 2009

Jim Heineman is back
At Parliament and Winchester on Saturday afternoon. It’s week two in our Music on Parliament series and Jim will be appearing with his trio in the space beside St Jamestown Deli from 1 to 5 pm. When you’re passing by, stop for a minute to enjoy his great jazz.

St Jamestown has lobsters
While you’re checking out Jim Heineman, drop in for some live lobsters at St Jamestown Steak & Chops. Mark has a shipment of these delights and he’s stocked up for the weekend. At $9.99/pound, they’re a guaranteed success.

Centre Shift
Presented by the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, this year’s edition features premieres by choreographers Colin Connor and Deborah Lundmark along with remounts by Danny Grossman and Louis Laberge-Cote. June 4, 5 and 6 at 8 pm and June 7 at 2 pm. The show happens at the Winchester Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St. Tickets are $18 and $25. Call (416) 924-5657.

Attention Cabbagetown artists…
A quick reminder. Cabbagetown artists are invited to join us at our annual Festival. We’re providing booth space (so you can display and sell your works) to everyone who is based here in Cabbagetown. Fifteen people have signed up already. To get on the list and to learn more about our project, call Doug or Latoya at (416) 921-0857 or send us an email at

Lookin’ good
Cara and Vicky (right) visited us for a few days from Carrboro, North Carolina and took home souvenir T-shirts.

Thanks Patrick Patrick Lightheart lives on Carlton Street above the former INZ shop (231 Carlton). When the space became vacant, he decided to make it more attractive and so he brought out his own art work. He’s right – his display really improves the storefront. Let's hope that other landlords take note.

Quit eating for a week... Save up your appetite. Provence Delices (12 Amelia St) is about to launch Saturday and Sunday brunches. Their patio is one of the few street level open areas in Cabbagetown and it’s a delightful spot. Details on the brunch menu will be coming out next week – for now, we know that there will be huge café au lait bowls, croissants, danish and other pastries baked in their kitchen plus their variations on egg dishes, steak and other brunch goodies.

Go ahead - eat lots of good stuff
Over the weekend, you can get any Summerfresh Dip on sale at Epicure. Patty is offering one dip at regular prices and the second at half-price. And you can buy her homemade pasta sauce (she says it's fantastic) and get a box of DeCecco Pasta free. (473 Parliament)

Launch yourself on the world-wide web
Kidist Designs has special new offers for businesses and individuals for June. Kidist has written a very useful blog about website designs and how they can achieve your goals. It has lots of worthwhile, practical insights for people planning their web presence. Check it out here: For June, she’s giving a 15% discount on all website design packages and if you buy one design service, then you can get a second service at half-price.

Spring time at Barracuda
In Cabbagetown’s small gardens, containers often save the day. They can add extra space and turn a tough spot into a pleasant corner. Barracuda (527 Parliament) is full of beautiful new pots with designs that are textured and sculpted.

Sweet Creamery is just open
Emilio's past the construction stage and now he's doing what he loves best.
They’re open and, of course, we’ve given their ice cream a special test run. Gotta tell ya – the butterscotch ripple is a definite A+ That report is based on my personal field trip with a “large”. Do your own testing on Saturday when Quincy Lapalm will be playing his acoustic guitar out front. (521 Parliament)

For the birds
Dave and Robert will help you with your bird calls.
On Monday June 1, Project Chirp gets underway at 7 pm at the Ben Wicks (424 Parliament). Sponsored by the Cabbagetown South Association. Christina Sharma is a certified habitat steward with the Canadian Nature Foundation and she’ll be talking about backyard birding. Tickets are $10.