Friday, 9 April 2010

Singing at The Cobourg
Saturday night from 8:30 pm features the second annual big sing song at The Cobourg (533 Parliament). It’s $10 at the door and this cover charge is a fundraiser for Uforchange, our new agency just down the street above Unistar Computers. A lot of people showed up and stretched their vocal cords last year (and, it’s reliably reported, some of them could actually sing). John Jay tells us that this is one of the best nights of the year for The Cobourg.

Grand Opening for Kendall & Company
Kendall Williams and his associates have started two exciting new businesses at 438 Parliament. Kendall & Co Design + Décor is a new retail store showcasing exquisite home décor. Kendall & Co Interior Design offers residential designs of decisive character. On Saturday from noon to 5 pm, you have a chance to visit them and learn about both services. They’re getting launched with a Grand Opening and you’re invited to drop in. If you want an earlier glimpse, visit their stunning new website at

7th Absolutely Vintage Sale
Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard) joins forces with Gadabout and with Angela McCool to bring you this not-to-be-missed sale of vintage men and women’s clothing, antique costume jewellery, accessories, furnishings and textiles. You’ll find irresistible goodies from the 1890s to the 1970s. It’s taking place on Saturday, April 17, 10 am to 5 pm at the Toronto Heritage Maple Cottage, 52 Laing Street (south of Queen, just east of Leslie).

Specials at Cabbagetown Organics
Once again, you have a chance to test out a free sample of one of the outstanding products on sale at Cabbagetown Organics (499 Parliament). Ground Soaps will be featured on Sunday, April 11 from 11 am onwards. Throughout the week from today until Thursday, April 15, Almond Breeze Almond Milk is on sale at 2 for $5 or $2.99 each and Seven Generations baby diapers are $17.99.

Lunch is getting better
Two of our leading establishments have just announced that their doors will fling wide open for lunch. Good news for hungry Cabbagetowners…
The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) opens from noon starting tomorrow, Saturday April 10. Brunch will start this weekend. As soon as our warm weather returns, the Wicks’s patio will be a comfy hideout for a weekend meal with the menu featuring classic pub fare, delicious brunch items, salads, breads and special appetizers. Details will appear on their website soon:
JAMCafe (195 Carlton) starts their new lunch service next Tuesday April 13 from 11:30 to 2 pm. They’ll be open from Tuesday to Friday every week. To get your attention and bring you in to their cozy dining room or garden patio spaces, they’ve got a ½ price special on all menu items from April 14 to 16 – don’t miss out. Details are now available on their web site:

Hidden Art Salons
Warning – there are only 50 tickets available for this event! It’s another wonderful evening organized by Aberdeen, Cabbagetown South and Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents groups. This time, you can tour three unique original art collections scattered through our neighbourhood. Food and cocktails will be available at each home and jazz pianist Maxine Willan will present a live performance. The tour is sponsored by Kendall & Co Interior Décor +Design (438 Parliament). Saturday, May 1, 6:30 to 11:30 pm. Tickets are $40, payable online by Paypal at or call (416) 972-0943.

A quick reminder
April is a Cabbagetown neighbours’ appreciation month at Stonegrill. This lovely restaurant has grain fed organic meats, fresh fish and exotic game. You can be your own chef and prepare your meal at a stone right at your own table. Or you can order from the “a la carte menu”. For those who want something lighter, there’s a tapas menu and a more casual experience with drinks at the bar. To enjoy your discount, please print this coupon:

Sweet times at Epicure
Maple syrup and breakfast melts are both big news this week at The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament). Patty gets her maple syrup directly from a farm in Quebec and this year, it started to flow early and it’s really good. She has a special offer while supplies last: buy one tin and save $2 on your purchase of a second one. To get your coupon for this offer, click here and print your copy: And to help you get through the week, she’s hosting an Eggstatic morning on Wednesday from 7:30 to 11 am. You can buy her original Breakfast Melt (egg and cheese on a bagel) for only $1.99.

The Library wants your advice
Future uses for the lawn outside the Parliament Street Library (269 Gerrard East) are now being studied. Library staff hope to create a park there that extends the library to the outdoors and makes the area more appealing. They want your ideas and imagination. The community is invited to a meeting on Tuesday, April 13 at 7 pm at the Library, 269 Gerrard East.

Lookin’ Good
Continuing in our introductions to people who make Cabbagetown look good… two more singers from Cobourg's sing song last year.