Friday, 20 May 2011

A grand opening at TBS
The Bargain Shop, now called TBS, has remodeled and restocked to give their store (423 Parliament) a facelift and new inventory. This is big news for Cabbagetowners – everyone enjoys TBS prices and now they have plenty of convenience items as well. Stop in and say hello to Akim, the new manager.

The Me to We Store
The Me To We store (223 Carlton) will host an evening reception for the Cabbagetown community on Thursday May 26 from 6:30 to 8 pm. It’s a chance to show off the store and introduce Free the Children. Staff will make a few short welcoming remarks and then there’ll be a mingle with refreshments where you can look around, ask questions and learn more about their programs. The whole emphasis is on a relaxed informative evening so feel free to bring your family and friends as well. Please RSVP at

Cask beer at Stout
Cask beer is brewed from traditional ingredients and then served directly from the barrel where it’s made. It’s fresh, unfiltered and full of natural beer flavours. Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) now has it on tap and a fresh cask is opened every five days. Beer lovers should flock to this place.

Play with clay happens on Sunday
Kendall and Co (438 Parliament across from Spruce) are hosting “Promote our local” events and the first one takes place on Sunday afternoon. Two local potters, Gerri Orwin and Winnie Wong, will present samples of their work, discuss their creative processes and share their experiences with you. For more info about the artists, click here: These gatherings are meant to be informal, personal discussions. There will be two sessions – at 1 and 3 pm on Sunday – so please RSVP at

Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association
The DVCRA is holding its annual general meeting on Tuesday May 24 at 7 pm at the Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester). It promises to be a memorable night. The official meeting will take about half an hour. Following that meeting, the special guest speaker, Christopher House, will talk about Toronto Dance Theatre – its history, its current productions and its future. He’s an internationally renown choreographer with a long personal connection to TDT. For more info,

Rapture Night at The Flying Beaver.
Saturday May 20 after Carla Collins’ show, you can dance the night away until the world disappears. DJ Garrick provides the tunes. No cover.
Thursdays are Wing Ding night with a pound of wings for only $5 in the pub.
On Friday, it’s time for a Retro Dance Dance Dance Party with DJ Carol.
On Sunday (if the world lasts that long!), there’s a T-Dance with DJ Dallas from 4 to 7 pm. Sunday’s also the time for a roast beef dinner at $10.95.
Tickets for Carla Collins show are $20. Available at the door and at 488 Parliament.

Supplies for your long weekend
The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) has what you need to polish up your weekend barbeques. All Summerfresh dips are on special – buy one and get another one free. Meditteranee Yogurt in five flavours is only $2.99 and extra old white cheddar (great for cheeseburgers) is on special for the week.
Patty at The Epicure Shop is teaming up with the Me To We Store (223 Carlton) to feature fair trade coffee. On Tuesday, you can order a small coffee at half price and Me To We will pay the other half. It’s one small way to introduce the Me To We philosophy to us.

Number 9 sold their piano
And then they went out and bought another, just exactly the same. They had a trusted and beloved Bechstein which they sold to a client. Then they hunted everywhere and tested everything. And settled on another C Bechstein Concert Grand Piano for the studio so they can continue to provide the highest quality piano recordings in Toronto. Give it a test run – call (416) 348-7818 to book a short session. 222 Gerrard.

Kendall is bursting at the seams
And they’re about to move to a new location. To make life easier, they’re having a moving sale. They’ve got a “Now or never” attitude – get in to the store to enjoy 30% additional savings from their regular low prices on furniture, indoor and outdoor rugs, lamps, artworks, serving ware, home accents and accessories, outdoor d├ęcor and lots more. 438 Parliament (across from Spruce).

The Farmer’s Market is open
The Friends of Riverdale farm have long sponsored a farmers’ market in the park (Sumach and Winchester). It’s back again this year – every Tuesday from 3 to 7 pm. 28 vendors are listed for this year and they’re offering everything from Lake Huron white fish, fine cheese, wild mushrooms, seasonal garden veggies and honey. There’s a knife sharpener, a seedling nursery and pet food supplier.

Cabbagetown holiday getaway
This weekend, enjoy an extraordinary dance performance and have dinner at a great local restaurant. Caroline’s Dining Lounge (554 Parliament) is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner and a ticket for the Paris/Toronto Project at Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester), all for only $52.95. Friday and Saturday May 20-21 at 8 pm, Sunday May 22 at 2 pm and Wednesday to Saturday May 25-28 (8 pm). Performances only, $26.

Stephanie’s flag gets around
Here she is in the midst of St Mark’s Square in Venice Italy. The photo is two years old. She was there for the Venice Biennale and, since it happens again this year, she’s sure that someone from Cabbagetown will be going and will take a flag and Tee-shirt to display again. If you look closely at the picture, you’ll see that the square was flooded. But, as the song says, “our flag was still there…”