Friday, 26 August 2011

Introducing MJG Gallery Mark Jeremey Gleberzon has opened his new gallery at 555 Parliament. He plans to use this space for his own art, for guest artists and for teaching and social events with Cabbagetown neighbours. Mark has been painting for twenty years and his work has been shown locally at One Of A Kind, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, The Artist Project, the Queen Street West Art Crawl and many other venues and he’s shown his work in Ottawa, New York, Chicago and Vancouver. You can see his paintings at and he’s on Facebook at MJG Gallery

It’s a Cabbagetown classic This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival. Save the date – Friday September 9 at 8 pm, Winchester Street Theatre. Featuring 16 films from around the world and around the corner – from Canada, Israel, Slovenia, Spain, Poland, the UK and the USA. Tickets are $15. Advance tickets at the BIA Office (237 Carlton) and at the box office (80 Winchester) from 7 pm on September 9.

Fixing up Carlton Street Daniel et Daniel are sprucing up their fa├žade with fresh paint and more new colours. It’s part of a general renewal that they’re undertaking. They’ve already given the Food Shop (248 Carlton) an interior makeover. They’re also adding fresh paint to Reinhart MacMillan (244 Carlton) and Healthy Whey (250 Carlton). New benches and flower boxes are en route as well. All of this matches the appearance that they’ve given to their website,

K & C Co
Ahmed Ktaech, Kimberley Gignac and Laurence MacSween are the core team at K & Co, our new neighbour at 179 Carlton. They have an experience design firm that creates, imagines and redevelops brand experiences for better customer engagements. Their client list is impressive, ranging from Delisle Youth Services, Second Clothing Company, the TTC, Sears, Modasuite, Zenporium Furnishings and Accessories, the Ontario NDP and the B & R Club. Last year, they contributed significantly to Joe Pantalone’s mayoralty campaign. You can check them out at

Michael Caplan at The Underdown The Underdown Pub (263 Gerrard at Berkeley) has one of the best music programs in Cabbagetown. Someone is featured every night. On Saturday August 27, Michael Caplan is there, singing his Sweet Hurtin’ Songs and accompanied by Steve Grant and Bill Coleman. 9:30 pm to 1 am. No cover.

Vintage and modern at Kendall Kendall has hand picked vintage finds like these antique work lamps. They add charm and warmth to your home, especially when paired with modern new accents. Kendall and Co also have tickets for the 2011 Tour of Homes. As a special bonus, when you buy your ticket, you can enjoy a special 15% discount on all of their regularly priced accents and accessories. It’s also the store to buy your Cabbagetown Tee-shirt. 541 Parliament, entrance off Winchester.

It’s a busy weekend at The Flying Beaver Paul Bellini returns with his Flatus Film Festival – see clips that have never before been seen and were never meant to be seen. On Saturday and Sunday, Jessica Kirson, the funniest comic on the planet, is here. On Sunday from 11 to 3, it’s brunch time. 488 Parliament. Info at

Double Take at the Cabbagetown Festival Kathy Webster, the manager at YSM’s Double Take (310 Gerrard), has announced their Festival line-up. They’ll be part of the parade, offering clowns and free balloons along the way. At the store during the day on Saturday from noon to 4 pm, they’re planning a special sidewalk sale with lots of goodies available for just a buck or two. Since 1999, Double Take has earned a reputation as Toronto’s best outlet for gently used clothing, furniture and housewares.

Parliament Street Writers at the Festival The Parliament Street Writers meet every Monday at 6:30 pm at the Parliament Library (269 Gerrard) to encourage and work with each other along the road to publication. This year, they’re hosting a reading at The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) during the Festival – Sunday September 11 at 7 pm. Novels, poems, memoirs and short stories are all on the agenda. New members are welcome.

2011 Tour of Homes Mark this date on your calendars – Sunday September 18, noon to 4 pm. The Tour offers six exciting homes for your viewing. Ticket holders can also receive special discounts and offers from ten local restaurants and businesses. You can buy your tickets ($30) locally at Mi Casa (238 Carlton), Kendall & Co (541 Parliament) and the BIA Office (237 Carlton). Visit the website to learn about other ticket vendors and the Paypal system:

Don’t forget to buy a Tee Brenda and Kelly look terrific in their new shirts. You can too. Drop in to Labour of Love (242 Carlton), Kendall & Co (541 Parliament), Del Ray Cleaners (586 Parliament) and the BIA Office (237 Carlton). They’re available in green and brown, the usual sizes, $15/ea or two for $25.

Welcome, Aurelie Aurelie Lasserre lives in Switzerland and last week, she visited family here in Cabbagetown. During her trip, she traveled to the shores of Lake Huron and modeled her new Cabbagetown Tee while there. Her new Tee is back home with her now and we’re left with this nice photo as a souvenir of her time with us. We hope she’ll be back soon.