Friday, 16 September 2011

Thanks, Kelly
Kelly Lang worked over the summer at the BIA Office as our festival organizer. She did an outstanding job. She organized the little tents that sprang up along the street, got the permits for the outdoors patios from the alcohol commission and the City’s health department, set up our Facebook page, recruited volunteers and inspired everyone to join the parade. On top of all of that, she posed with Brenda McNee on our Tee-shirt poster – and we had a complete sell-out of our inventory. Kelly has now returned to Ryerson for her final year and she’s aiming for a career in special events planning – we’re sure that she’ll be perfect for that job. Thanks, Kelly.

Luau at Stout
On Saturday from 4 pm to midnight, Erin is hosting a Hawaiian luau at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton). There’ll be Hawaiian hula dancers, a best-Hawaiian-shirt contest, hula and limbo dancing competitions and Hawaiian-style pale ale and cocktails all night long. Space is limited – buy your ticket today, $25.

Kendall & Co supports the Tour of Homes
On Sunday, bring your Tour ticket to Kendall & Co (541 Parliament) and enjoy a 15% discount on all regularly priced, in stock rugs, home d├ęcor and accessories. There’ll be a free gift for the first 15 customers with a purchase over $50. Kendall also has stunning New Zealand wool, fair trade rugs and when you buy any one of them (4’6’ and 6’6”), you’ll get one free 2’X 3’ rug of your choice (a $110 value.) This offers continues to September 30 and cannot be combined with other promotions.

F’Amelia is open
The food is good, the room is renovated and the atmosphere is welcoming. We’ve heard very good reviews about their pasta and their pizzas from people who have visited over the past week. You can see F’Amelia’s full menu here: There’s also a link at that site to help you with your reservations. 12 Amelia, (416) 323-0666

2011 Tour of Homes
The annual Tour of Homes takes place on Sunday from noon to 4 pm. It’s a self-guided tour of six stunning houses in our neighbourhood. People from all across Toronto come to Cabbagetown for this event every year. Proceeds from ticket sales support community groups across Cabbagetown. Last minute tickets are available at the BIA Office (237 Carlton) on Sunday from 11 am. $30

A Taste of the Arts
The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (422 Parliament) is hosting a moveable feast – fine food, wine and music set in three historic homes. The Centre provides music and art lessons to children and this event is a major benefit for this program. Thursday September 22 at 7 pm. $125. For more details and tickets, please call (416) 925-7222.

The Jump Back Ball
An evening of great entertainment and fine food with hosts Jojo Chinto and Barbara Hall. The joint will be jumpin’ all night long with funk, swing and jazz in a trip back 100 years. It’s a celebration of 100 years of service to our community by Central Neighbourhood House with a silent auction, sumptuous food, and fabulous cocktails. Tickets are $110 each and the proceeds go to support CNH’s innovation fund. For more details and to buy your tickets, click here:

Great rates at Number 9 Studio
The folks at Number 9 (225 Gerrard) have just announced two very attractive rate packages for recording artists. If you book a session before October 15, you can get a daytime five-hour block at only $75/hour. This includes the services of a professional recording engineer, access to Number 9’s equipment and a chance to use the beautiful C Bechstein concert grand piano. Evening rates are even better – a five hour block between 9 pm and 2 am is only $325. For more details, call (416) 348-8718 or click on

Save this date – details to come soon
JAM’s latest tasting evening features high precision wine and cheese pairing with noted cheese expert Scott Mckenzie. Thursday, September 28. 195 Carlton. For more details, check at

We have a winner
Last Thursday, hundreds of people descended on Cabbagetown to enjoy our “One Night” event – a tasting tour of fourteen outstanding local restaurants. Part of the attraction was our special “One Night” lucky draw. Participants filled in a raffle ticket for a chance to win a dinner for two and an overnight stay in one of our Bed & Breakfasts. The lucky winner was selected yesterday. The draw was held on the patio at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).
Excitement and passions surrounding the raffle have been running at a fever pitch so we asked James Woollatt of Blink Blink (603 1/2 Parliament) to aim his trusty camera on the proceedings. He’s popped the result onto the world-wide web:
Erin picked Bill Jeffery’s ticket and we’ve contacted him to let him know about his good fortune.

Memories of the Festival
Thanks to Calum at Home Hardware for this fine panoramic view of Parliament Street on Saturday afternoon. The crowds were very friendly and enjoyed the Festival fully. The weather cooperated and gave us a marvelous weekend. All of our events went smoothly. Watch this Newsletter next week – we’re preparing a photo montage and you may be featured in one of our pic’s.

Cabbagetown in Kenya

Many thanks to Cameron who works with Free The Children in Kenya’s Maasai Mara region for this picture of our flag. Last year, Wilson and Jackson (who live there) visited Toronto for the We-Day celebrations. The BIA gave them a flag. It’s now flying at Sikirar School, a K to 4 facility with 275 students. Free the Children has been helping them with such infrastructure needs as desks, furniture and clean water. There are also 100 women in this community who make the beautiful beadwork that’s sold in the Me To We Store (223 Carlton).