Friday, 22 October 2010

Jim Renieris

Jim passed away suddenly this week and Cabbagetown has lost a friend, a leading businessman and a devoted community member. He opened our Home Hardware at Parliament and Carlton, now a landmark store at that corner. He was one of the founders and a chairman of our BIA and his name appears in our earliest Minutes from 1974. He’ll be missed. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Athena and to his sons, Bill and Andy, along with the other members of his family. For a full obituary, please click here:

Mid-Toronto Open House
Visit Mid-Toronto Community Services (192 Carlton) on Wednesday November 3 from 10 am to 6 pm and learn how they make a big difference in our community. Mid-Toronto is a non-profit organization that helps seniors and people with disabilities to find healthy and independent living. They’d love to have you visit and see the scope of their work and the impact that they have on people’s lives throughout Cabbagetown. You can learn more about their programs at

Welcome Back Jessica
Jessica has reopened her yoga studio and that’s good news for her friends who have missed having a permanent home for her. She’s now located at the Soup Building (603-1/2 Parliament) and her new studio is appropriately called Hip Joint Yoga. She launched everything with a nice little party.

Get your bottles corked for Christmas
Gunnar at Church Street Winery (420 Parliament) has a long line of whites and reds ready for your attention. You’ve still got time to do your bottling for your Christmas gift needs and your celebrations. This season, his runaway favourite in his white wines is his Italian Pinot Grigio. He also has a new line of Govinio shatterproof glasses that are perfect for parties, outdoor picnics and backyard summertime sipping.

Toronto Dance Theatre
Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) is presenting Deborah Hay’s acclaimed Up Until Now as their first performance for the 2010/2011 season. It runs tonight and Saturday October 23 with tickets at $26 (students/seniors/CADA at $20). You can reach the Box Office at (416) 967-1365 or at

Happy Hour gets happier
Big Mamma’s Boy (554 Parliament) has recruited Yuki Yamazaki to create his signature cocktails every day for their new Happy Hour (Monday to Friday from 4:30 pm.) Yuki is a Tokyo cocktail champion and he was the cocktail designer for Whisky Magazine Live Tokyo 2009 & 2010. He knows how to do this stuff and he’ll amaze you with his ice balls and unique cocktails. This weekend, he’s competing in the finals at the Iron Bartender competition at Whisky Live – we’ll keep you informed of his prizes. Caroline also has proudly announced that their special benefit evening raised over $600 to assist fire victims from 200 Wellesley.

Foxy on Facebook
Michelle tells us that Foxy Boutique (251 Gerrard) is now on Facebook with “photos of gorgeous women modelling the latest hot pieces.” Check it out. Her 50% off sale continues to Sunday October 31.

T Shirts for your Kids
The Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association has just introduced a lovely new line of souvenir Tees for your babies and kids. They come in white and in kelly green with a cute little slogan, “mon petit chou”. Only $15/each. To get more information and to order some for your family, contact Lindsay at

Danny Marks
We love it when the Toronto Star highlights a Cabbagetown personality, especially one as devoted to this neighbourhood as Danny Marks. We know Danny as a familiar face who makes his daily rounds through local stores and enjoys his face-to-face visits with his friends along the street. Of course, he’s one of our most popular Festival performers as well. He’s also a big-time guy with his own radio program and a devoted fan following. On Thanksgiving weekend, The Star did a story thanking “culture” and Danny was a very refreshing part of that article. Click here for more:

It’s Hallowe’en in Cabbagetown
Hallowe’en is always a jam-packed night in our neighbourhood. Kids come from everywhere. Our streets look like a scene from another world. All the little guys swarm around in a feverish hunt for more candy. Local homeowners really add to the uproar with cobwebs, coffins, gravestones, creepy music and eerie lighting festooning their front yards. Now’s the time to make sure that you’ve got what you need.

Basic supplies – a great pumpkin
Pumpkins are always easy to get here. Our neighbourhood stores pile them up outside and our biggie, No Frills, keeps a bunch inside at their produce department. This year, everyone has pumpkins plus a good supply of smaller decorative gourds.
At No Frills, Luciano’s got a good supply at amazing prices.

Parliament Smoke (609 Parliament), Jamestown Milk (592 Parliament), Fairway Market (520 Parliament) and Mini Mart (464 Parliament).

They've all added pumpkins to their outdoor displays for a final splash of colour on the street before winter arrives.

Extra goodies
For costumes, good used clothes and other vintage supplies, nobody can beat Double Take (310 Gerrard). Acres of great stuff.
Nain at The Bargain Store (429 Parliament) has loads of kids costumes at amazing prices. They’re also stocked right up with lots of packages of brand name candy to give away to your ghostly visitors.
At Dollar4U (405 Parliament), Rehana has plenty of adult and kids’ costumes. They’ve got all the supplies you need to decorate your house – ornaments, paints, decorations and toys.
Shopper’s Drug Mart (467 Parliament) has a big aisle full of good quality candy. Jesin is modeling the lovely line of plastic pumpkins that they’re offering as well. Just the thing for a fashionable front yard.