Friday, 28 October 2011

We’re winners
It’s time to brag shamelessly. Our Cabbagetown News has just been given the 2011 TABIA Communications Award. TABIA (Toronto Area BIAs) is the umbrella association for 72 BIAs across Toronto. It’s a real pleasure for us to receive this honour from people who are our peers and who appreciate the work that goes into a newsletter like ours. Thanks as well to our Board of Management, to the Cabbagetown BIA members and all our readers - your support has helped enormously.
The ceremony took place at St Lawrence Hall last Wednesday. Our award photo is a bit fuzzy, but so what – many people in the Hall were just as blurry by this time!
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Shop local for your Hallowe’en stuff …
This is the weekend to stock up for the big Monday night rush. Cabbagetown’s Hallowe’en is incredible – houses are decorated, pumpkins appear at every home and hundreds of little kids run from door to door collecting their goodies. For a couple of hours after sunset, the streets are full of magic and life. To help you get ready, here’s list of who’s got what.
Double Take (310 Gerrard) has the mother lode for all costume and decorating supplies. Whatever you want, it’s here.

Start with your pumpkins
There’s a good supply of our favourite Hallowe’en decorations all along Parliament Street
Jamestown Milk (592 Parliament at Wellesley)
Parliament Smoke (609 Parliament at Wellesley)
Fairway Variety (520 Parliament at Winchester)
Mini Mart (460 Parliament just south of Carlton)

Decorations, costumes and candy
Dollar4U (405 Parliament)
The Bargain Store (429 Parliament)
Shopper’s Drug Mart (467 Parliament)

Not one, but two parties at Stout
Hallowe’en will be a special occasion at Stout (221 Carlton) . On Saturday afternoon, Erin is inviting kids of all ages to drop by for a special party. There’ll be loot bags and prizes for the best costumes and the funniest costumes plus a colouring contest and lots of games. Noon to 2 pm.
On Saturday night from 8 pm, there’ll be a grown-up party with costume prizes, iron stein contest, trivia contests and games. Craft beers will include $5 Devils Pale Ale, Pumpkin Ale and Golden Horseshoe. Tickets are $10 and the proceeds go to the Toronto SPCA.

Hallowe’en at The Ben Wicks
The Ben Wicks is holding its Hallowe’en party on Friday October 28 with live music by Anything Goes. It starts at 8 pm, there’ll be prizes for the best costume, good food and good drinks. Save the date. No cover charge. 423 Parliament.

Desserts for little kids (and big ones)
Patty at Epicure Shop (474 Parliament) is loading up with dessert for Hallowe’en. She has cookies from Dufflet and tarts from Phipps and she has lots of her homemade gingerbreads as well.
Spook-tacular at Labour of Love
To celebrate Hallowe’en, Regina’s displaying jewellery by Elaine Ho. Drop by and browse (if you dare.) For more info, click on 242 Carlton.

10th Absolutely Vintage Clothing Sale
Once again, Leslie from Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard) is holding her vintage sale, together with her friends Angela McCool and Gadabout. It happens on Saturday (from 10 am to 5 pm) at the Maple Cottage, 62 Laing Street. They’re featuring men and women’s vintage clothing from the 1890s to the 1970s, pls costume jewellery, textiles and accessories.

It’s haunted at Daniel et Daniel
The Food Shop (248 Carlton) is full of spooks, ghosts, skeletons, bats and pumpkins – all scary and really delicious. The Food Shop also has a wide selection of cakes and tarts in Fall flavours.

MJG Gallery
Mark is still offering his life drawing classes. Every Thursday from 7 to 10 pm. Classes are limited to 8 people, $35, 416-923-4031 or email MJG gallery (555 Parliament)

Kendall & Co
Limited edition, monogrammed accent pillows have just arrived. There’s only one for each letter of the alphabet, so get yours before it’s too late. They’re locally made from vintage fabrics and stuffed with comfy down. And a quick reminder – the rug sale continues on select styles at 20 to 50% off. 541 Parliament (just east on Winchester)

Pteros Tactics at Toronto Dance Theatre
Choreography by Christopher House and ten TDT dancers. Performances on October 28 and 29 at 8 pm, on October 30 at 2 pm and on November 2 and 3 at 8 pm. Get your tickets at just $20 each - just quote “Cabbagetown Rate” when you buy either on the phone (416-967-1365 ext 28) or in person. Get your tickets online at . 80 Winchester.

Special offer at Jordano Skin Care
Throughout October, Rose has a special offer – a free eyebrow shaping with every facial – at her spa at 252 Gerrard. It’s a lovely space – light, airy and very welcoming. She offers facials, pedicures, manicures, waxing, electrolysis, and body treatments. For your appointment, call (416) 964-1794 and visit for a full list of her services.

Detective Murdoch’s Cabbagetown
The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum is hosting a fundraising evening with Maureen Jennings. She’s the author of the the Murdoch Mystery series that’s the basis of CityTV’s popular Murdoch Mysteries. The event happens at the Winchester Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester, on Tuesday November 1 at 7 pm. Tickets are $60/ea, two for $100. Generous tax receipts available. For more info,

Book launch at the Ben Wicks
Cabbagetown author Robert Hawke has written about his fight against cancer. His book, Kicking Cancer’s Ass, is for anyone going through this struggle and he’s having a launch party at the Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) on Saturday, November 5 at 8 pm. He’s posted a short and charming youtube video about his book at:

Cabbagetown South Association meeting
The last meeting for 2011 is scheduled for Wednesday November 9 at 7 pm at the Ontario Restaurant on Dundas Street between Milan and Ontario. You’ll get an update on all the Community Action Groups.

Breakfast with Google
There’ll be a networking breakfast at the Centre for Education & Training (599 Parliament) on Thursday November 10, 8 to 10 am.. The guest speaker is Francois-Olivier Grisel from small business marketing at Google. Topics include local consumer behaviour, effective online marketing, attracting clients to your website and increasing your customer base. The Centre will also introduce its services during the breakfast. No cover charge. Please RSVP to