Friday, 8 July 2011

CCDT’s SolarDance

Michael deConnick Smith and Deborah Lundmark have installed 96 solar panels up on the roof above the Theatre at 509 Parliament. Their project, called SolarDance, started up when the first switch was thrown in late June. The power that’s generated is sold to Ontario Power Authority. They hope to earn up to $20,000 a year. This money will be used to fund dance scholarships for up to 20 students from the Cabbagetown and Regent Park neighbourhoods. There’s a great article in the Toronto Star, Our thanks to Michael Crabb for this photo. Their Theatre has been renamed. Formerly the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, it’s now called the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.

Auditions for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
CCDT (509 Parliament) is looking for dancers to perform with Canada’s finest young contemporary dancers. The auditions happen on Sunday July 17 from noon to 2 pm. Dancers must be between 13 and 20 years old and have at least two years' dance experience in both ballet and modern dance. Audition fees are $30. Pre-registration is required either at (416) 924-5657 or through the website at

Your chance to win
And be the first on your street to own a dazzling new Cabbagetown Tee. Just click on our Facebook logo on the right hand column and then join our Cabbagetown Facebook group. On Monday, we’re selecting one lucky person from the list to win our new Tee Shirt – in either lovely lime green or deep dark chocolate (small, medium, large, XL and even 2XL). For the rest of the world, they’re also available at the bargain basement price of $15. You can order your own at (416) 921-0857 or

Bumble Bees at Kendall & Co
Back by popular demand at Kendall & Co (541 Parliament, just east on Winchester). The French Bumble Bee line of stemware plus new glasses and bowls. These styles are durable and beautiful, microwave and dishwasher safe. They’re ideal for both your home and cottage.

Summerlicious starts today
Toronto’s popular summer food celebration starts on Friday July 8 and runs to Sunday July 24. Two of our restaurants are taking part. Provence Delices (12 Amelia, 416-924-9901) and Stonegrill (51B Winchester, 416-967-6565). You can preview their menus at and at

Welcome David and Young
The convenience store at Carlton and Parliament has long been a Cabbagetown landmark. It now enjoys new owners, a new name and a new façade. David and Young have been here for ten days and they’ve cleaned up the store and given it a fresh new look. Our best wishes to them for a long and enjoyable stay. Cabbagetown Convenience, 491 Parliament.

Wearable art at Labour of Love
Zohar Kfir is an experimental video artist from Montreal. She digitally prints images from her videos and photography onto silk scarves. Each one is a unique piece of wearable art. Come into Labour of Love this weekend to see more of her work. 242 Carlton

Young singers needed
Daniel Eby is recruiting young singers (from 12 to 20 years old) for the Cabbagetown Community Youth Choir. Participants will have weekly voice lessons and a weekly choir rehearsal. There will also be vocal training for both soloists and choristers. Subsidized lesson fees are available. This is a proud part of the cultural outreach of the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (422 Parliament).

Jewelry insurance at FTJCo
Ryan is developing insurance coverage specifically for your jewelry. Drop in and talk to Carey or Ryan about its advantages. When you use these policies, you’re dealing with jewelry specialists and you know that you’ll be sent back to Fair Trade Jewelry for your repairs and replacements. To make these policies even more appealing, FTJCo is paying the premiums for the first year’s coverage on all engagement and custom made items. Fair Trade Jewelry, 523 Parliament.

Daniel et Daniel’s facelift
The painting and repairs are finished at the Food Shop (248 Carlton). It’s a clean new look that’s captured the familiar charm and still updated the room. It’s worth a visit – and so, of course, are the goodies that they offer.

Anti-virus safety at Unistar
Jeff says that protecting data and cleaning out viruses is a major part of his business at Unistar Computers (517 Parliament). His rescue and maintenance programs start at $75 (and he has a special 15% summer discount). Plus he has security programs starting from $39 and these offer free one-year automatic upgrades. For more info about Unistar and their products, click here:

Falafel chips at The Epicure Shop
Things have calmed down for Patty and the staff at The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) ever since she wrapped herself in the flag for Canada Day. Now she’s back to falafel chips (a great taste to go with humus) and her dips which are all fat-free, cholestrol-free and low in sodium – about as healthy as it gets.

A weekend of festivals and fun…

A World of Neighbours
Central Neighbourhood House (347 Ontario) celebrates its 100th anniversary with their Festival in Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Carlton) on Saturday July 16. It runs from noon to 7 pm with music, free food and ice cream, dance performances, family activities and a children’s pavilion. For more info,

Sunday in the Park
Our neighbours from Regent Park are hosting their annual summer festival, Sunday in the Park, next week. They have barbeques, games, riddles, entertainment and a special market place. All of this takes place at Lord Dufferin School (350 Parliament, just south of Gerrard) on Sunday July 10 from noon to 4 pm. Find out more at