Friday, 4 November 2011

Book launch at the Ben Wicks
A week ago, we mentioned that the Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) is hosting a book launch for Kicking Cancer’s Ass. It happens on Saturday November 5 at 8 pm. The book was written for anyone who’s battling cancer. The author, Robert Hawkes, was interviewed by Inside Toronto and they’ve posted their article on their site for you:

Welcome Kelly
Very nice changes are coming to our LCBO store (512 Parliament). Kelly Smith is our new store manager and she’s already set lots of plans in motion. She wants to open it up and make it more inviting. She removed the cupboards from the front to let light in from the windows. The cash lines are now wider so people with strollers and buggies can use them easily. The Vintages section is at the back and it’ll be bigger than ever. Watch for new signage, floor cleaning and fresh paint as well. And she’s happy to hear your suggestions about new products to stock in the store.

Breakfast with Google
Business people across Cabbagetown will want to attend 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

Buffet at Samsara
Last week, Michelle wrote to us about Samsara (587 Parliament) to recommend their buffet. We tried it ourselves this week. It’s a small, clean and recently renovated space. The buffet offers a dozen veggie, chicken, fish and lamb dishes, all fresh and delicious. Lunch is $7.99 (a great bargain) and dinner is $9.99 (another bargain). Not licensed.

Save 10% at Number 9 Studios
From November 7 to 28, you can save 10% on all of Number 9’s services – studio time, CD/DVD duplication, graphic design, A/V transfers and much more. It’s best to put some time aside now for your music projects and avoid all the hectic rush later. Call 416-348-8718 or visit the studio at 222 Gerrard.

Fabulous bargains at Unistar
Jeff has a refurbished Dell 20” desktop computer available now. If you’re interested, get there quickly because he only has one. It’s got Bluetooth, television and dvd capacity, wifi, Windows 7 professional, 2 gb memory and 320 gb hard drive. It’s covered by Unistar’s 3-month warranty. Only $499. There are lots more bargains in store now – desktops, laptops and supplies. 517 Parliament.

MJG Gallery
Meet encaustic artist Laura Culic and enjoy a demonstration of her work on Wednesday Nov 9th, 7-10. $20. Please RSVP as this is limited to 20 people. Life Drawing classes continue on Thursdays from 7-10pm, $35 - RSVP required. 555 Parliament St. 416.923.4031

Labour of Love
Regina has started to gather Christmas gifts, cards and supplies and she says that they’re attracting lots of interest. Don’t delay. She’s got napkins, cards, ribbons, gift tags, wrapping and lots more. Her website has details about the latest arrivals:

Rose Jordano
The Fall season is here. It’s time to prevent your skin from looking dull, dry and flaky. A daily cleaning and moisturizing is very important. Rose has a 10% discount on all her skin care products. She carries high quality biological, organic products from France and Belgium. Don’t miss this special. (416) 964-1794. Feel free to drop in and say hello to her at her beautiful serene salon at 252 Gerrard.

Back in stock at Epicure
Patty has Serrano ham available again and she’s featuring it this week (save $1/100g). And she also has the famous Tontas from Spain on her shelves again. She recommends the new coffees from 23 Degrees Roastery, a Toronto-based company that uses organic and fair trade beans. Her favourite is Mug Shot – it’s great for a mug of coffee or a shot of espresso. The Epicure Shop, 474 Parliament.

Pteros Tactics at Toronto Dance Theatre
Choreography by Christopher House and ten TDT dancers. Performances on Friday November 4 and Saturday November 5 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. You’ll want to reserve a seat because the tickets are selling quickly. Go online at . 80 Winchester.

DVCRA tree tour
In late October, the Don Vale Cabbagetown residents together with LEAF conducted an educational tree tour of Cabbagetown. The day was a great success. More than 50 people joined Amanda Gomm who discussed the diversity and maturity of our trees and the stresses that they face. The Association will be focusing on these issues over the next year. Anyone who’s interested can contact

Save this date
Next Sunday November 13 at 4:30 pm, Susan Siddeley will launch her latest book, Home First, A Memoir in Voices. It happens at The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament.) Don't miss it.