Friday, 24 June 2011

Pride weekend
Two Cabbagetown locations have attracted good reviews in NOW Magazine for their preparations for Pride weekend. Under the heading Pride Bars, Heather and Maggie get top listing for The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament). Caroline’s (554 Parliament) earns a good review under Pride Patios.

Summerlicious is here
Toronto’s annual summertime food fest starts up on July 8 and runs to July 24. Two Cabbagetown favourites are participating – Provence Delices (12 Amelia, 416-924-9901) and Stonegrill (51B Winchester, 416-967-6565). Menus for Provence Delices will be available soon. You can see Stonegrill’s menu at
Both restaurants will be busy – so make your reservations today.

Have you noticed the Facebook logo on the right? It’s a link to our page. Click on it and join our group. We’re starting to announce our program for the Festival.

Congratulations to everyone
Last Saturday, UforChange, the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and the BIA joined forces to launch our first annual youth festival. We called it the Cabbagetown Block Party. Young singers and dancers competed through the afternoon under the watchful eyes of Sharon Lee Williams (from Musicent) and Zack Werner (of Canadian Idol fame.) At the end of the day, first prize for singing went to Britta and for dancing to the CYC dancers. Over at Winchester School, teams competed for 3-on-3 basketball championships. Rottis were cooked up under the supervision of Richard from Gourmet Burger. Pizza slices came for everybody, thanks to Pizza Pizza. It was a great start to a good annual event.

Get ready for Canada Day
Labour of Love (242 Carlton) is having a sale to help you get ready for the big 144th birthday party. 10% off all Canadian-made inventory for this weekend only. This includes jewelry, mugs, magnets and housewares and lots more.

Daniel & Daniel Food Shop
The Food Shop (248 Carlton) is being renovated over the July 1st weekend. It’ll be closed from July 1 to July 4 while they paint and do other repairs. Of course, with food like their’s, who ever looks at the walls?

Number 9 cuts a new album
Last week, jazz sensations Sophie Berkal-Sarbit and Bill King recorded a few songs at Number 9 Audio and they’ve shared their beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Click on the link to listen: George and the staff at Number 9 have invited the many bands who’re visiting Toronto for our summer festivals to drop by the studio, check out the recording facilities and hear the great sound from the C Bechstein Grand Concert piano. 222 Gerrard.

Kendall has rugs
Kevin at Kendall & Co emphasizes that their rugs never (that’s never) go on sale. Except now. This is the last week to save 20% on all of their indoor and outdoor rugs. These are beautifully handmade, fair trade rugs that will work perfectly in your home, your cottage and your gardens. You can see many of their fine choices at Visit the new shop at 541 Parliament,. Just a couple of doors east facing Winchester.

Secret recipes
Yummy grilled chicken breast – marinated in Patty’s secret sauce. She won’t give us even the smallest hint about the recipe. If you want to know, you’ve gotta buy some and taste it. It’s a great way to escape cooking when the summer heat is turned on. And she’s just received her latest shipment of Buffalo Mozzarella from Italy. Serve it with her special balsamic vinegar ($3.49/500 ml). The Epicure Shop, 473 Parliament.

Neighbourhood news
The Cabbagetown South Residents Association is conducting a “Safety First” neighbourhood walk. Officers from 51 Division will talk about ways to improve safety and to stop crime with homes, cars, garages and persons. It happens on Wednesday June 29 at 7 pm and it starts at 182 Seaton Street. Click here and then click on Events:

The volunteers at the Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association have been very busy over the past few weeks. Anne Pastuszak and Lynn Dionne have guided a study of Riverdale Park West for the past eighteen months. Their summary and recommendations are now online. Lindsay Whitfield and Trish Finkelstein are leading a group looking into proposals to change Winchester School and Sprucecourt School. You can see reports about both efforts on the DVCRA web site,

New Tee’s are coming
Our new 2011 Tee shirts have been approved and ordered. They’ll be here within a week. Our past designs have featured flashy and dazzling versions of cabbage designs. (In truth, I wonder whether that venerated veggie ever had such enthusiastic supporters) But now, we’ll be urban, indeed urbane. Sophisticated and proud of it. Watch this space for more news.