Friday, 22 July 2011

TD Bank Group support for the Festival
TD Bank Group has again given generously to the Cabbagetown Festival. Their help makes it possible for us to publicize the event widely throughout downtown Toronto and to add more entertainers and activities to our program. Although this gift comes from the central office, we also want to thank Anthony and his staff at the Cabbagetown branch (493 Parliament) for their endorsement.

Happy Birthday, Labour of Love
On Saturday, Regina will celebrate her first anniversary at her Cabbagetown store (242 Carlton). To make the day special, she’s featuring a jewelry trunk show, a free gift with every purchase and discounts up to 40% off. Drop by and enjoy her party.

Wine tasting at JAMcafe
Av is hosting a summertime tasting of eight lovely wines from Rhone, ranging from the exotic flavours of Viognier in the north to the rich reds of Chateauneuf du Pape in the south. He’s adding his own special touch with hors d’oeuvres matched to each wine. For details about the tastings and the menu, click here: Reservations are recommended - this event will sell out quickly. $50 (including tax and gratuity). Thursday August 11, 6:30 pm. 195 Carlton (at Ontario). 416-921-1255.

Salad Days at Epicure
For the summer salad season, Patty has a special sale on Italian extra virgin olive oil at $9.99 (save $6, regularly $15.99). And balsamic vinegar at only $3.49. Cool. 473 Parliament.

St Jamestown Steak & Chops
Stock up on your supplies this week because Mark and his staff are taking their holidays from August 1 to 8. Stop in there this week – he has wild BC salmon and wild Ontario blueberries waiting for you. 516 Parliament.

Music at the Winchester Kitchen & Bar
On Saturday night, it’s The Joyful Sinners – their music is a hot gumbo of roots, blues, soul and gospel. You can hear more at On Saturday July 30, iconic New Orleans jazz drummer Tony “Oulaboula” Baziliey teams up with several friends to bring you a night filled with amazing Jazz, Blues and Latin music. For more music, go to 51A Winchester

The Flying Beaver
Now open every Wednesday as well as Thursday to Sunday. Wednesdays are Lobsterpalooza night (a full dinner for only $19.95) and Thursdays are Wing Ding days (a pound of wings at $5.) On Sunday, you can enjoy a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings for only $10.95.
Thursday are Beat the Beaver pub quiz. On Friday and Saturday, the hilarious Jessica Kirson is on stage. She’s fresh here from New York City and her appearances on the Tonight Show, CNN and Joy Behar. She’s one of the funniest comics on the planet. Tickets at the Flying Beaver and at . $20 adv and $25 door. On Sunday, Johnny Hastings takes over the room for the first Cabbagetown Comedy night. 488 Parliament

Congrat’s to Gourmet Burger
NOW Magazine has listed Gourmet Burger as one of the top burgers in Toronto. They especially recommend the Aussie burger. Of course, a quick visit to Richard at 482 Parliament will tell you why. You can see more at

Movies in the Park
On Sunday July 24 at 9 pm, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club are hosting a free movie in Riverdale Park East. The event is a fundraiser that supports the Club. The movie is Rango with Johnny Depp. The Boys & Girls Club is permanently housed at Sackville and Spruce but that building is being renovated so the Club has temporary offices at 599 Parliament.

Riverdale Farm at City Hall
Cabbagetown is home to Renaissance Yoga (391 Ontario) and Matthew Remski is a writer, teacher and therapist there. His articulate deputation at the Parks Committee is typical of the passions that are deeply felt by our community about the Farm. You can watch it here:

Riverdale Farm petition
As we told you last week, Anne Pastuszak has organized a petition to support Riverdale Farm. It’s a phenomenal success. Over 6400 people have signed online. Another 13,300 people have joined the Facebook page, Save the Riverdale Farm. All of this has happened within one short week.
The Parks Committee at City Hall heard submissions on Thursday. Sean McIntyre in Councillor Pam McConnell’s office has reported that the issue has been referred from the Parks Committee to the Executive Committee. This has happened with all of the KPGM reports so far. The Executive Committee will reopen the issue on September 19.
Stay tuned - the problem has not gone away.