Friday, 28 May 2010

Music on Parliament Street
Our annual Springtime music events start this weekend. For the past five years, the BIA has hired bands to perform on our street corners throughout late May and June. This weekend, Roberts & Friends are performing on guitar and vocals at Aberdeen and Parliament. Next weekend, Donna Green plays country favourites at Winchester and Snooky Tynes does bebop at Spruce. Our performers will have CDs for sale and donations are also welcome.

Designer Dare Fashion Show
Only one week to go for the Designer Dare at Double Take (310 Gerrard). The rules are simple – buy the elements for your creation at the store, make a new outfit from these parts and then model your handicraft at the Fashion Show on Saturday June 5 at 2 pm.
It’s all part of Double Take’s 10th anniversary party – Saturday, June 5 from noon to 4 pm. There’ll be games, food and fun for your whole family.

Viva Chile at Church Street Winery
Gunnar and Monika have a June special featuring premium Chilean wine kits. Buy two kits (30 bottles each) and save $10. Five grapes are featured: chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and carmenere. Church Street Winery has a nice website where you can learn all the steps that you need to know about their facilities and their bottling programs: . 420 Parliament.

JAMcafe hosts another tasting
JAM is now regularly hosting sell-out crowds in this series of wine tastings with matching foods. Stolpman is an award-winning California winery that features organic, Rhone-style wines. Av Atikian is preparing a tasting menu of hors d’oeuvres to complement the six wines being featured. Meet the winery’s proprietor and place special private orders. For more details about the wines and the food, A special prix fixe dinner menu will be available immediately following the tasting. Saturday June 5, 6:30 pm. Tickets are $45 and reservations may be made at (416) 921-1255

Centre Shift
Presented by the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre. Premieres by William Yong and Deborah Lundmark and remounts by David Earle, Robert Glumbek and Colin Connor. Thursday June 3 to Saturday June 5 at 8 pm and Sunday June 6 at 2 pm. For more information Tickets are $18 and $28. Winchester Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester (at Metcalf).

Kendall and Co
James handles interior design at Kendall and Co (438 Parliament). This week, he’s showcasing their reuseable White Ceramic Cup. It’s double walled and comes with a resealable soft lid. Brew your own coffee and carry it with you everywhere. Become a star for the environment and save a few dollars every day.

New paint at Big Mamma’s Boy
For the past few weeks, we’ve been telling you about Caroline’s improvements inside and out at this Cabbagetown landmark restaurant (Parliament). She’s sent along a few pictures of her accomplishments and one of them is posted here. Michael informs us that Sunday brunch has become the Sunday Opera Brunch featuring performances by Jessica Turje from 12:30 to 2:30 pm each Sunday.
International News
Nadia reports that her new line of British foods and goodies is now selling very well. Drop in and check it out. 533 Parliament
Craig Keilburger and George Stroumbouloupoulis
Free the Children's Craig Keilburger was interviewed yesterday on the CBC's show The Hour. Catch the video here -

Niagara Gold at Epicure
Patty has a new batch of Niagara Gold from the Upper Canada Cheese Company. It’s an oka style, semi-soft, washed rind cheese modeled on recipes by Trappist Monks in the Loire Valley. There’s lots of information about the company and its cheeses at If you get your cheese from Epicure, you know that it comes from a happy cow!
She also has a whole new line of mustards, salad dressings and grilling sauces for the summer barbeque season. 473 Parliament

Doors Open
Hugh Garner Co-op
(550 Ontario) has just officially opened a Green Roof garden. The project has been in the works for seven years and phase one is finally successfully finished. As well as giving residents a place to enjoy gardening and to be outside in a comfortable place, it’s got loads of environmentally sensitive features. You can enjoy a tour on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
There are four other Doors Open events in our immediate area:
Allan Gardens Conservatory, Carlton and Sherbourne
Sat & Sun - 10 am to 5 pm
National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis St
Sat only - 10 am to 5 pm
Regent Park Phase One Revitalization, 246 Sackville St
Sun only - 10 am to 5 pm
Chapel of St-James-the-Less, St James Cemetery, 635 Parliament St
Sat 11 am to 4 pm & Sun 1 to 4 pm

SOUP has a sale
Once again, the folks at SOUP (6031/2 Parliament) are hosting a craft sale in the lobby of their building. There'll be Branch Out greeting cards, Allie Oop bags, prints, fun button pins, seeds and unique plants, jewelry and bling, fashion accessories and lots more. Saturday, June 5, 10 am to 5 pm. Located on parliament just south of Wellesley.

Congratulations Rashna’a
Rashna’a (307 Wellesley) has been a Cabbagetown landmark for the past twenty years, serving award-winning south Indian and Sri Lankan dishes. This week, they’ve opened a patio in front of the restaurant. They’ve had a long struggle through the City’s regulations and various layers to get this approval but they persevered and now have outdoor table service. We know of two more patio projects underway in our neighbourhood and we’re hoping that they’ll both be in place in 2010.

A reminder –
The Winchester School Fun Fair
happens tomorrow, Saturday May 29 from 11 am to 3 pm. Good food, bouncy castle, games and a dunk tank. 15 Prospect Street
Cabbagetown Preservation Association annual meeting. Monday May 31, 7 pm, Presentation Centre in Regent Park (500 Dundas Street)
Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces. Garden tour through eleven hidden alcoves. Tickets are $10 at Mi Casa (238 Carlton), Kendall and Co (438 Parliament), Fairway Garden Centre (520 Parliament), Jay’s Garden Centre (360 Gerrard) and the BIA Office (237 Carlton).

Cooking with Elie
This week, Elie is focusing on charcuterie. The dish that’s being prepared is saucisson sec of venison. These are small, hands-on classes. Elie’s emphasis is on fun and on his love for cooking. Find out more here:
Monday, May 31, 6:30 to 9 pm. Provence Delices, 12 Amelia St.

Flowers on our hydro poles
You may have noticed that our floral arrangements haven’t reappeared on our poles along Parliament, Carlton and Gerrard. They were a great success last year and we had plans to double their number in 2010. Unfortunately, Toronto Hydro has changed its regulations about community use for these poles and this has stalled our flower project. It’s not just a Cabbagetown issue - people right across the city are affected. Negotiations are going on now and we’re hoping for a solution soon.