Friday, 2 March 2012

Congratulations to the House of Dumont
Edwin (House of Dumont) and Graeme (Capability Brown) are enjoying their newly renovated salon at 200 Carlton. They’ve refreshed their space completely – new lights, new flooring, drywall, a dark tile rear wall and fresh new paint. They managed all of this work in just two weeks and now they’re back in business. The end result is an elegant gem. You’re invited for a visit or to book an appointment. Just call Edwin at (416) 324-9022 and Graeme at (416) 966-2637.

Cabbagetown Barbers in the media
Panoram Italia is a glossy magazine that highlights Italian living styles in Toronto. This month, our very own Cabbagetown Barbers, Frank and Jimmy, are on the front cover and they’re the subjects of a great story inside the magazine. To read more and to view the very amusing photographs that accompany the story, click here – Cabbagetown Barber Shop, 525 Parliament

Cabbagetown in Frommer’s
Frommer’s guide to Toronto has listed Cabbagetown as a tourist destination – “the best that Toronto’s east end has to offer.” They’ve suggested tours of Allan Gardens, Riverdale Farm and the Necropolis. To top it off, they recommend a visit to the food shop at Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton)

Bianca Perren at Jet Fuel
Jet Fuel (519 Parliament) rotates the artwork that’s displayed in the coffee shop every month. For March, the featured artist is Cabbagetowner Bianca Perren with her watercolours of Greenland and Georgian Bay. Bianca is a geologist with a strong interest in Arctic environmental change. Her scientific interest is reflected in her art. You can see her work throughout March. Her launch party happens on Wednesday March 7 at 7 pm.

Olio Part II
Mark at MJG Gallery (555 Parliament) has put together this second stage in his presentation of various artists who are represented in the gallery. The show is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Mike and Anesti are celebrating their first anniversary. As part of their celebration, they’re bringing a new menu and new format to the club. Along with its strong entertainment program, they’re introducing affordable menu items that include bar foods and comfort food. It’s all prepared here – you won’t find any frozen chicken fingers from the corner grocery. For more details, 51A Winchester

More new arrivals at Eclectisaurus
Leslie has two pairs of vintage curtains in a vivid Op-Art pattern of circles within squares. The fabric is a heavy cotton weave that would also work well for upholstery or for framed display on a wall. The drapes are lined and have a strip at the top for drapery hooks, and are in very good pre-owned condition. The first pair of panels measure 37" x 43" - $100. The second pair of panels measure 31" x 43" - $80. Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 7 pm. Sunday noon to 6 pm. More pictures and info at 249 Gerrard

Four at the Winch Quebec
This weekend marks the final two days when you can catch this show at the Winchester Dance Theatre (80 Winchester.) Four at the Winch Quebec presents new works by Estelle Clareton, Lina Cruz, Deborah Dunn and Jean-S├ębastien Lourdais. Tickets are $20 and $26 and available at (416) 967-1365. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. There’s a very good website about the performances at

Spring is coming
As the warm weather inches forward and the days get longer, Spring and Easter are definitely approaching. Regina at Labour of Love (240 Carlton) is bringing new inventory to welcome the season. For more details, click on

Spain at The Epicure Shop
Patty has new supplies of Serrano Ham back in stock. Along with it, she’s brought in sweet and savory Spanish Tortas, great for serving with pate and cheese. She also has four-year-old white cheddar on special this week at $4.25/100 grams. 473 Parliament

Help the CCAC
The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (422 Parliament) has given thousands of young people professional instruction in music and the arts over its history. They’re now embarking on a project that will put the Centre on solid financial footing. They’re launching the Toronto English Language Academy to provide English language training. The school will use the CCAC space in the day and the arts training will continue in the evenings. The CCAC needs your help to fund the initial publicity and advertising for the school. For full details, visit and click on the Donate button.

Update on the Boys and Girls Club
The old building at the corner of Sumach and Spruce has been fully refurbished. It’s the home of the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club. The renovations are finished and the Club has held its official launch. You can see the new club in action on this YouTube video,

Tees in Switzerland
Ian lives in the Wellesley Cottages area and he’s long been a fan of our Tee shirts. They’re very fashion-forward for him and he can’t decide whether the black cabbages or the brown houses are the best choice. So he took both with him on a ski trip to Zermatt and his friend Boris (in brown) helped out with the modeling, on the mountain facing the venerable Matterhorn.