Friday, 25 November 2011

Join us to launch our Christmas tree

On Friday December 2 from 7 to 9 pm, you’re invited to the corner of Winchester and Parliament. It’s the official lighting and launch of our 2011 Christmas tree. There’ll be goodies for kids of all ages, hot chocolate and coffee, and musical entertainment by the Outputs and by U4Change. Our headliner and chief dispenser of goodwill and high spirits will be Cabbagetown’s own Danny Marks. Dress warmly – we’ll be outdoors under the stars.
When you come to our event, bring an unwrapped toy. We’re joining with CP24’s toy drive to bring some joy into a child’s life.

Our Christmas Catalogue

Ben Wicks (424 Parliament Street)
The Ben Wicks Christmas Sing-a-Long is THE big annual social event for serious Cabbagetown warblers, a time when everyone sips a pint and melts into the beauty of the music. The Sterling Brass provides the music and the audience joins in with the tunes. Undeniably, this occasion puts even the most determined grouch into the Christmas spirit. Save the date – Sunday, December 18 from 3 to 6 pm. No cover.

Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton Street)
Long known as Toronto’s premier caterer, Daniel et Daniel also provide very convenient prepared meals for special occasions in your home. They’ve just announced their 2011 Christmas dinner. It includes soup, salad, turkey with traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables, a bread plate and poached pear for desert. On orders for ten or more, delivery service is available. $45 each. The final day for orders is Wednesday December 21.

JAMCafe (195 Carlton Street)
JAMCafe now has a new mid-week Prix Fixe menu, available from Tuesday to Thursdays. It includes your choice among three appetizers, three entrees and two desserts plus a glass of wine. It’s a real attraction - $19.95 each. JAM also accepts private parties (up to 60 people for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and 50 people for full course meals.) To reserve, call 416-921-1255.

The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament Street)
Epicure’s personalized baskets are a famous Christmas gift in Cabbagetown. You select your basket’s contents and Patty will create it for you – gourmet food items, cheeses, coffee and tea, gifts for children, and specialty desserts. Prices depend on your selection. Epicure’s baskets make great corporate gifts as well. Save 20% on all orders placed before December 10.

Labour of Love (242 Carlton Street)
Stunning, handmade jewellery is the centre of attention at Labour of Love for this season – like this gorgeous handmade, botanical line by artist Michael Michaud. The choices are constantly changing and updating. There are lots of other holiday choices in stock as well – cards, wrap and gift bags.

Regular News

Grey Cup weekend
Get over to The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament)Enjoy the Grey Cup game on big screen television. You can chomp down Robert’s special chilli or his traditional beef stew along with any item from the pub’s regular menu. Sunday at 6 pm. No cover charge.

Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) Game-day chicken wings on special for the evening. Erin has several big screen TVs and, of course, plenty of craft beers on draft.

Weekend Sale at Mi Casa
From Friday to Sunday, Mi Casa (238 Carlton) is having a store-wide weekend sale. Everything is available at 20% off, including special orders. It’s a chance for a great bargain. The store is open on Friday to 6 pm, on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from noon to 4 pm.

For your family at Stout
On Saturday December 3, Erin is having Stout’s 1st Annual Tree Trimming party from noon to 2 pm. At noon, there’ll be a children’s reading circle. Bring an ornament and enjoy some eggnog and ginger cookies.
On Saturday, December 17 from noon to 2 pm, Santa is visiting and he’s bringing Mrs Claus with him. Bring along a non-perishable item for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton)

Cheese at Epicure
Quebec’s Alpindon raw milk cheese is now in stock. It won a 1st prize at the American Cheese Awards. Devil’s Rock is back in stock as well. It’s just been featured in the LCBO’s magazine. Patty also has her homemade gingerbread and shortbreads available for you. Watch for her Holiday Flyer with lots of special offers. It’s being delivered to your home next week and copies will also be in the store. The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament)

Pop some bubbly
Regina is having a customer appreciation event at Labour of Love (242 Carlton) on Friday December 2 from 3 to 8 pm and all day on Saturday December 3. There’ll be bubbly and munchies and (while they last) first choice of the new Christmas arrivals. For more info, check here:

Merryberry is catering
Merryberry (559 Parliament) has recently provided catered meals for the George Brown School of Design (as the picture shows) at a Saturday evening dinner for 150 people. They’ve done a variety of business-related events lately including the Google seminar at the Centre for Education. Cyril reports that enquiries are now arriving regularly. They’re doing it for all sizes of events – from ten to 300 people. They can come to your home or arrange a private function at the Café (for groups up to 30 people.) You can review the menu (and lots of attractive pictures) on Facebook at

Flowers for the Duchess
This week, Simmons Flowers (540 Parliament) provided centerpieces for the luncheon that Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor held for the Duchess of Wessex. This was a sparkling event (read details here: ) It took place in the Lieutenant-Governor’s suite at Queen’s Park. Simmons can provide the same beautiful designs and high quality for your home.

Kendall & Co
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and ....nope, it isn’t Rudolf but Kendall’s white porcelain reindeer lamp. It can also light up a foggy Christmas Eve and add a warm glow by the Christmas tree, on the mantle or anywhere in your home during those wintry nights. Sunday holiday hours 12-5pm. Check out their updated Online Holiday Guide at 541 Parliament St on Winchester.

Christmas toys at Number 9
Christmas is just around the corner and once again Number 9 is launching its annual toy drive in collaboration with the Yonge Street Mission. Not sure what to get? The Yonge Street Mission has compiled an extensive gift guide that you can take a look at right here. As a general note, toys should be for kids 12 and under and cannot promote violent or otherwise adult themes. No toy guns or weapons! Gifts should not be wrapped. Number 9 employees often lean towards donating “classic” holiday toys such as blocks, books and balls; things that any child can enjoy!

Impulse 2011 at the Winchester Dance Theatre
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents an ambitious main-stage performance of ensemble works that showcase dancers from each year of the professional dance training program. This is your chance to see tomorrow’s dance stars today. Performances take place on December 1, 2 and 3 and on December 8, 9 and 10. For tickets, call (416) 967-6887 or email 80 Winchester

Married in the ring
Ibrahim Kamal and Miranda Jollymore got married a week ago in the ring at the Cabbagetown Boxing Club. He’s a professional boxer who’s been competing for Canada since he moved here nine years ago. She’s a retired amateur boxer who now operates a boxing-based charity for at risk kids. They married in the gym where they met three years ago. For a lovely video clip and the full story, click here: