Friday, 3 December 2010

Christmas decorations

George has opened a tiny storefront at Gerrard and Ontario where he’s offering his unique services as a Christmas decorator. Whether you want to use your own decorations, or create a special theme or start right from scratch, he can handle the job. He’s had several years experience and draws his customers from across Toronto. In the last few days, people from Cabbagetown have seen his sign and are already starting to use his services. 647-997-7078. 238A Gerrard .

SOUP’s Christmas sale
Water colour paintings, chocolates, handcrafted greeting cards, jewelry, personal accessories and lots more at the annual Christmas SOUP sale. This sale is rapidly becoming a Cabbagetown fixture. There’ll be plenty of gifts and lots of stuff that you’ll want to keep for yourself. Saturday December 11, 10 am to 5 pm, 603-1/2 Parliament.

Welcome back
For the 58th year, Gerry and Carl have reappeared with their Christmas trees at Spruce and Parliament. Their family comes back annually and they’re a sign that the holiday season really has arrived. We’re glad to have you with us again, guys.

Watch for them …
More information will come soon. We have three new spots opening soon in Cabbagetown.
Merryberry Café + Bistro will open at 559 Parliament (south of the gas station) this weekend. They’re featuring breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Mylk Uncookies is a coffee bar and café opening soon at 253 Gerrard. They’ve made several neighbours very happy with their appearance. They’ll have espresso drinks, baked goods and raw vegan treats.
Stout is an Irish pub that’s being built in the old Brass Taps site at 221 Carlton. This is a convenient location and a great room. The new owners are bringing lots of energy and ideas to their pub.
No word yet about the Thai restaurant that’s coming at the former Flamingo site on Parliament Street.

Cabbagetown Organics has Christmas goodies
Drop in to Cabbagetown Organics for a great selection of Christmas candy for your stocking stuffers or special treats. There are milk chocolates and dark chocolates from Lindt, including a reindeer, a snowman and Santa’s sleigh. For locovores, there’s cranberry crunch from New Moon Kitchens and Spirit Tree Apple Cider from Caledon. 499 Parliament.

Sharon has beautiful Christmas clothes
Sharon has loaded up her shelves with beautiful clothes that you’ll want for yourself and for the lucky people on your gift list. This week, for men she’s featuring a Tommy Hilfiger cotton sweater ($34.99), brown denim trousers ($29.99) and a scarf ($15.99). For women, she has a faux fur evening jacket ($44.99), a sequined black tunic ($44.99) and assorted evening jewelry (from $19.99). Fantastic clothes and fantastic prices. 503 Parliament.

Epicure Shop’s Christmas baskets
Patty’s Christmas baskets have been a popular gift for many years. She has personalized collections and a supply of ready made baskets. She can design a basket tailored to your budget. She’ll make them for your special person, for business gifts and for families. Visit the store and she’ll find out what you want and create a basket just for you. This weekend, she also has two specials back in stock – rosette charcuterie from $9.99 and four-year-old white cheddar. There are, of course, lots of homemade shortbreads and gingerbread cookies. 473 Parliament.

Kendall & Co invite you
Kendall and Kevin are holding a customer appreciation day on Sunday December 5 from noon to 5 pm. There’ll be drinks, treats and festive music. Please RSVP at In the meantime, check out their many special gift ideas at 438 Parliament across from Spruce.

JAMCafe hosts Rosewood Winery
Just in time for the Christmas holiday season, JAM is hosting Rosewood Winery for another tasting of premium Ontario boutique wines. There’ll be seven wines and some surprises and a chance to talk to the winemakers. Av Atikian will prepare a special selection of his hors d’oeuvres to match each wine as it’s presented. JAM’s wine tastings are often sold out so reservations are a good idea (especially at this time of the year!) $40 each. Call (416) 921-1255. Wednesday December 15, 6:30 pm, 195 Carlton.

Nature’s Own Creations
Labour of Love is featuring works by Michael Michaud. He collects fauna wherever he travels and then uses them to cast his creations, capturing each natural detail of the original. Drop by and see his work at 242 Carlton. For lots more information about Regina’s latest offerings, visit

Impulse 2010
See tomorrow’s contemporary dancers today! The School of Toronto Dance Theatre is mounting works by Valerie Calam, Allison Cummings, Michael Trent, Danny Grossman and Sharon B Moore. $19 general admission and $15 students, seniors etc. For more information, and (416) 967-6887. Performances happen this weekend, December 3 – 4 and next Thursday to Sunday, December 9 – 11, at 8 pm at 80 Winchester.

Holiday bazaar at CNH
This weekend, Central Neighbourhood House is hosting their Christmas bazaar and craft show. Angela Connors reminds us that your purchases will be a gift that gives twice. Friday, noon to 8 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. 349 Ontario St.

Another charming tour
The folks on Aberdeen Avenue and in Cabbagetown South have designed a tour for a small group of people to view festive trees in three Cabbagetown homes. The theme is Victorian Trees in Cabbagetown. It happens from 7 to 9 pm on Saturday December 18. There’s no charge. Donations are being accepted for the new Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum. For more information,

Cabbagetown Christmas concert
The Sterling Brass concert at the Ben Wicks is one of the big highlights on our annual Christmas calendar. It’s not to be missed. There’ll be a chance to join in the caroling, to bask in the glories of a tuba concerto and to marvel at the splendors of Handel’s Messiah. All of this and the cozy warmth of the Wicks as well. No cover charge, Sunday December 19, 3 to 6 pm, 424 Parliament.

Gifts from Toronto Dance Theatre
This year, give a gift from TDT that helps to fund their ongoing artistic programs. Beautiful tee shirts by Luis Jacob and a TDT mug are featured items. If you have a dancer on your Christmas list, buy a gift card for six ($55) or eleven ($100) open classes. To order, call (416) 967-1365 or visit the website at

Bob & Glen are having a party
Bob Rae and Glen Murray invite you to a neighbourhood drop-in at Winchester School (15 Prospect) next Sunday December 12 from 11 am to 2 pm. Everyone is welcome. There’ll be lots of activity and plenty of opportunity to meet our elected representatives and give them your best seasons’ greetings.

Bricks for the park
We’ve mentioned this idea before and it certainly bears repeating. Randy Brown (he coordinates Art & Crafts in the Park during the Cabbagetown Festival) has organized a fundraising idea to help repair the shabby sidewalks in Riverdale Park. He’s selling bricks to be used in a new walkway through the upper park. You can buy a brick for either $100 or $150, get your name printed on it and then check it out at any time. Randy’s group have donated $5,000 to get the ball rolling. For more information, send an email to

It’s hard to imagine
It’s been a year since the Olympic torch was carried through Cabbagetown on a dark early morning. Lots of life has happened since then – and it’s still a great memory.