Friday, 25 May 2012

Hello Cabbagetowners!

Hello Cabbagetowners and friends of Cabbagetown.

We have some great events for you to attend next week and it all starts with getting you outside to enjoy this fine weather.

There is lots to enjoy right here in Cabbagetown and around our fine city. 
Art shows, yard sales, garden tours, wine tasting, farmer's markets and more. For details, check out this weekly guide  compiled by KENDALL & Co. your design destination in the heart of Cabbagetown.

With one of the best bicycle shops in town ( and a loyal following of cyclists at our local coffee hangout (, KENDALL & Co. has the ultimate design for these sports enthusiasts. Their new multi-candle holder is made from recycled old bicycle parts! Each is uniquely different. Makes for a great Father's Day gift (June 17th).
Ride your Bixi bike over to KENDALL & Co. and peddle home one of these before they are sold out.

And while you're at KENDALL & Co. make sure to check out the Re-purposed Flip-Flop Doormats.
Back by popular demand, these excess rubber sandals are cut into colourful bits and refashioned together into a 30" L x 20" W doormat. This eco-smart design is great for indoors and out, home or cottage.
KENDALL & Co. 227 Carlton St.

Bring out these sandals because summer is coming!

And just in time for that summer fresh feeling of a picnic in the park, The Epicure Shop encourages you to try their very own Cabbage Rolls (2 for $6) and Shepherd's Pie (2 for $5) 
Or try their delicious salads, pates, cheeses and desserts.
 Perfect for a picnic or a tasty mid-day treat.

Just a reminder that the Cabbagetown Residents Association invites you to their Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th.

Where: This year's AGM will be hosted at Winchester Bar & Kitchen.
When: Tuesday, May 29th at 7:30pm.
What: They will be hosting a wine event in partnership with Lifford Wine Agency - should be great fun!
Cost: The wine tasting is free for members and $5 for non-members.

Any questions, email them at

Hope to see you there!

In sad news, the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (CCAC) is now in the position of having to close their doors due to budget restraints.

The CCAC is a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages to learn guitar, singing, piano, violin, and visual arts. It serves children who might not have the means to do so and we invite you to attend their Vegetable Garden of Art Fundraiser on Friday, June 1st from 5 - 7pm.

We hope to see you there, it'll be lots of fun for children of all ages.

Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre
422 Parliament St.
Toronto, ON M5A 2A2
P: 416.925.7222

Next Sunday is the Sixth Annual Cabbagetown Preservation Association (CPA) Garden Tour.

The "Hidden Gardens and Privates Spaces" tour takes place on Sunday, June 3 from 10am - 3pm when ten gardens will be showcased.

This self-guided tour through the streets of the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District of downtown Toronto brings visitors along quiet back lanes or tree-lined streets to hidden alcoves of greenery. Visit unique urban gardens from the quaint to the quirky. Proud gardeners will be on site to answer questions about the creative use of small spaces, the challenges of urban wildlife, and choices of plants and other materials.

 One of three outdoor rooms in the garden of 297 Carlton Street on the 2011 Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces tour.

Use the map on your ticket as well as balloon bouquets at garden entrances as guides as you stroll through our charming neighbourhood. Some gardens can only be entered from back lanes with intriguing names such as Yen, Magic, Gordon Sinclair or Nuthatch.

20 Wellesley Avenue's garden complete with a recreation of Kathmandu's Kumari palace window as a focal point.

Let your imagination take you back to the turn of the last century when these lanes were used by delivery carts filled with ice, coal, bread or milk. Along the way, also note some community gardens such as Prospect and Parliament, Winchester and Parliament and Sword street - the boulevard gardens.

Entering the garden at 40 Gifford Street.

The latest news is that this year, Michael Hepburn of Hepburn Landscape Contractors will be our guest gardening expert to answer questions about gardens and garden design.

A restful oasis is part of the garden at 89 Winchester Street.

Tickets are $15 and you can pick up yours at the following ticket vendors or online at
  • Bill's Garden and Design - 903 Pape Avenue, 416 466 8283
  • Mi Casa - 238 Carlton Street, 416 929 1913
  • JAY's Garden Centre - 360 Gerrard Street, 416 927 9949
  • Fairway Variety - 520 Parliament Street, 416 921 0624
  • Sheridan Nurseries - 2827 Yonge Street North location only, 416 481 6429
  • KENDALL & Co. Interior Design - 227 Carlton St, 416 363 9914
  • Ringe & Associates (Florist) - 4 King West, 416 927 8742
  • The Epicure Shop - 473 Parliament Street, 416 928 0291 

And if you're interested in adding to your Garden Tour experience SAVE THE DATE: Flower Power - Art Show from June 2-6. Special Preview June 2nd by RSVP

The 3rd in their series of "Promote Our Local" event, long time Cabbagetowner and local artist, Victoria Hadden, will exhibit her original paintings at KENDALL & Co.

Come meet the artist on Saturday June 2nd for a Special Preview for neighbours and friends (3-5pm) or on Sunday June 3rd (2-4pm) for her book signing. Please RSVP for the Saturday Preview by emailing

Originals in various media, prints and book are available for purchase from June 2-6 at KENDALL & Co. 227 Carlton Street.

Flower Power is occurring in parallel with the Cabbagetown Garden Tour on Sunday, June 3rd.  Tickets for this annual local fundraiser by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association are available at KENDALL & Co.

Labour of Love wants to keep you ahead of the game in preparation for that special Man in your life's big day.
Father's Day is coming up (June 17th) and they've got some great gift ideas for your big papa! 
Drop by to see more.

Cabbagetowners in Action
We would like to shout out Amelia St. residents Duncan Riddell, Mary Rose Daigle, Steve Riddell, Connor Riddell, and Cameron the Cabbage for representing the neighbourhood in the Paddle the Don Event as "Team Cabbagetown" a couple weeks ago.
Enjoy these pictures of them in action.

If you would like to share your photos with us, please send us your story and pics to

Get out and enjoy the sensations of Cabbagetown, we have so much to offer.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

MJG Gallery's Art of the Week

Art of the Week

This week: Mark Gleberzon's multi-media "Valiant", part of the Contact show of photography at MJG Gallery. 
555 Parliament St. 
Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 6pm

MJG Gallery's "Wish You Were Here"

MJG Gallery's Contact show of photographic work, "Wish You Were Here", features artwork by Kelly Clipperton, Mark Gleberzon, Stev'nn Hall and Sandy Middleton (as shown here).  The show runs thru mid-June
555 Palriament St. 
416.923.4031 for details

And don't forget we're still looking for artists to contribute to the Cabbagetown Festival
September 8th & 9th. Booth Fee $175. Contact Mark @ MJG Gallery for more details. 416.923.4031 or email

Thursday, 17 May 2012

This Week in Cabbagetown - long weekend edition

The beautiful sights and sounds of Spring are officially upon us.
And since the first long weekend of the BBQ season is now here, the smells will definitely be picking up too.

Whether you're hitting up the Cottage or relaxing at home this weekend, The Epicure Shop has some great deli specials to keep you satisfied from morning to night.

Baba Ghanouj
Black Forest Ham
Dutch Goat Cheese
Hot Genoa Salami
are all on special this weekend, drop in and have a taste!

Or have a picnic in the park with
2 for $5 Shepherd's Pie.

CLOSED MONDAY (Victoria Day)


Labour of Love

Featured this week: CBC Radio - Canada Products

Show your appreciation for all things Canadian this summer! Pop into Labour Of Love and check out their new inventory.

Happy Victoria Day!

Check out their blog

Cabbagetown Residents Association invites you to their Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th.

Where: This year's AGM will be hosted at Winchester Bar & Kitchen.
When: Tuesday, May 29th at 7:30pm.
What: They will be hosting a wine event in partnership with Lifford Wine Agency - should be great fun!
Cost: The wine tasting is free for members and $5 for non-members.

Any questions, email them at

Hope to see you there!

Kendall & Co. Welcomes His Royal Highness Prince Charles

HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will grace Cabbagetown next Tuesday May 22nd.

In honour of their visit, we have chosen some items from our shop to remind them of home:

Framed Print of the Vintage London Tube Map
Union Jack Journal
English Teapot Wall Hooks

Set of Floral Thank You Cards as the HRH is an avid Gardener and Environmentalist.

So please excuse the photogs, security and road block on Tuesday afternoon. Just keep calm and carry on while you smile and wave.
If you're stuck in the city for the long-weekend, check out these Kendall & Co. approved activities:
1 ) Events in Cabbagetown and around our City

Cabbagetown Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces Tour. Organized by volunteers of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association, proceeds support local programs. PayPal voucher holders may redeem your tickets at their shop. Promo from now until June 9th, buy your tickets at KENDALL & Co and receive 15% off our regular priced, in-stock items!

Winchester Public School Fundraisers. Their French immersion, Green Thumbs Growing Kids programs and many others educate our kids from Cabbagetown, St.James Town, Corktown, Distillery, Regent Park, Bay St and St Lawrence. Saturday May 26 from 11am-3pm. Come bid for great items from KENDALL & Co and other donors .

Cabbagetown South Kids Art Contest. Calling for submissions from children in Grade 1 to 12. Submit your drawing, painting, poem or photograph expressing what you love about nature. Using found or recycled materials is encouraged. Win a prize from KENDALL & Co and have your art work featured in the 2013 Cabbagetown South Calendar.

Toronto International Circus Festival

The Obama Approved Inside Out LGBT Film Festival

CONTACT Photography Festival explores personal and social power of the medium of photography
Odysseo explores man and horse with choreographed aerobatics and equestrian performances

In cooperation with the Riverdale Farm Advisory Council, KENDALL & Co launches The Riverdale Farm Collection. An assortment of charming home accents and gifts, inspired by our local Farm. Some items are named after the beloved animals that give the farm its character. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this select merchandise will be donated to the Farm. Browse the current series
To learn more about the Riverdale Farm Advisory Council, the Riverdale Farm and get involved in the SAVE THE FARM campaign, visit

3) Fun with Flip Flops
In case you didn't get yours as the last lot quickly sold out, their Repurposed Flip-Flop Doormats are back by popular demand. Excess rubber sandals are cut into colorful bits and refashioned together into a 30" L x 20" W doormat. This eco-smart design is great for indoors and out, home or cottage. So bring out these sandals because summer is coming!

4) Rug Sale
15% OFF regular price on select rugs from our Handmade New Zealand Wool Collection. Limited quantities from 2x3ft to 8x11ft. Shop Now. Check out their sale online.

Retail Shop + Design Studio

227 Carlton Street
Mon - Fri 9am to 6pm
Sat 11am to 5pm

A Royal Visit

"In conjunction with Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, HRH The Prince of Wales will be visiting UforChange May 22nd as part of his official visit to Toronto.

Twenty-one years ago, The Prince of Wales started a UK program called The Prince's Seeing is Believing (PSiB) with this main objective in mind: to bring together business leaders with disadvantaged communities in the hopes that the later group would bring a clearer understanding of social issues and inspire them to play a role in the recovery. Prince’s Charities Canada has launched a series of PSiB programs in Toronto in partnership with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and The Wellesley Institute.

UforChange is excited to be part of the Canadian version of this amazing legacy. In anticipation of his arrival, the UforChange family would like to extend a warm welcome to HRH The Prince of Wales. UforChange is located on 517 Parliament and we are an arts organization that deals with newcomer and St. James Town youth ages 16-29.

This is a private event but the public is welcome to surround UforChange to get a glimpse of HRH The Prince of Wales. We would love Cabbagetown to show their support for UforChange."

Here is more information about the visit on their website
Check out their great blog

Call them!
647 348 0901

Email them!

Tweet them!

Write a letter!
517 Parliament Street - 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON
M5X 1P3

The official itinerary for the visit:

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Cabbagetown in the News

Cabbagetown was mentioned in the New York Daily News as one of Toronto's best neighbourhoods. Labour Of Love was lucky enough to be included along with a few other businesses!

Click here to read the article:

Drop by Labour Of Love to check out Jules Roman's "Wearable Sculpture" featured in Toronto Star. 

Check out the article by Derick Chetty Fashion Reporter:

Stop by the store today to pick up your "Wearable Sculpture".

Friday, 11 May 2012

This Week in Cabbagetown

Click here to read the latest post.

Our first week has definitely been a great one!  The sights, sounds, and smells of Spring in Cabbagetown are intensifying and the neighbourhood is coming alive. We're really excited to work with the community to make this season an amazing one to remember.

Please add us on Facebook and 
Twitter!/CabbagetownBIA for daily updates.

Upcoming Events in Cabbagetown...

Cat Adoption 

Cat adoption at  Pet Valu (240 Carlton St.) continues this Saturday May 12, 2012 from 10am - 3pm. Stop by and meet a new furry friend. 

And don't forget to mark your calender as they also offer nail clippings every first Saturday of the month.

New Arrivals at Eclectisaurus

Eclectisaurus buys & sells Mid-Century Modern, Vintage, and Antique Furnishings & Decor, Lighting, Art, Glass, Ceramics, Technology, Housewares, Clothing, Jewellery, etc.

This Week's Feature

An exquisitely made sommerso geode bowl by Cenedese, Murano, Italy.
The glass is electric blue on the exterior layer and amber on the interior.
Circa 1960.

7.5" x 5.5", 2 1/4" high.  

249 Gerrard Street East
T 416 934 9009

Centre for Education & Training 
Parliament Employment Services Events

The centre runs various workshops free of charge, check out this month's features:

The Art of: Effective Communication
This session will assist individuals to understand, appreciate and implement tools of effective communication in their personal as well as professional lives and help them learn strategies around successful  networking. Venue: 595 Parliament Street
Date/Time: May 22 (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm)  

Careers in the Supply Chain
This session will allow individuals to explore their options in the growing supply chain industry. The session will aim to explain: What is Supply Chain? / Career Options & Jobs / Certification & Accreditation / Labour Market 
Information Venue: 595 Parliament Street
Date/Time: May 24th  from  11:00 am to 1:00 pm 

This Week at The Flying Beaver Pubaret

FRIDAY - 9:30pm



(with an emphasis on Mom)

Tickets for all shows available at


For reservations and questions:
T 647.347.6567 

Kendall & Co. Design + Decor


Click on picture to enlarge image.
15% OFF regular price on select rugs from our Handmade New Zealand Wool Collection. Limited Quantities from 2x3ft to 8x11ft. Shop Now at 

MJG Gallery

 MJG Gallery is participating in the city-wide Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, featuring work by Kelly Clipperton, Mark Gleberzon, Stev'nn Hall & Sandy Middleton thru June 17th.

PLUS there's over 150 paintings in inventory. 555 Parliament St., Wed-Sun, 11-6. 416.923.4031

Picture of the Week

Stev'nn Hall's mixed media "Afternoon Delight"
Part of the CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition at MJG Gallery. 555 Parliament St.

CALL FOR ARTISTS! MJG Gallery is working with the Cabbagetown BIA to establish a new art festival on Parliament St, September 8th & 9th. Booth Fee $175. Contact Mark @ MJG Gallery for more details. 416.923.4031 or email

Thank you all for reading and we hope you're out enjoying the great weather we've been so lucky to receive. CHEERS to the Weekend!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Mothers Day In Cabbagetown (Click Here)

Photo: Labour of Love

"Mother's Day...
a time for warm thoughts
and fond memories,
for expressing
the feelings and words
that often go unspoken,
for letting
those special people
in our lives know
that they are loved
and appreciated -

Mothers Day is almost here (Sunday May 13, 2012) and if you're still wondering how to show your appreciation for that special woman in your life, the following shops have some Mothers Day specials that will definitely put a smile on Mom's face.

Labour of Love

If you don’t already have the per­fect plan in place to show all the moth­ers in your life how much you appre­ci­ate them, we’d be happy to help!
We have got lots of beau­ti­ful jew­ellery and charming little gifts in store. Also this weekend we're offering complementary gift wrapping as well as a free gift-with-purchase. Drop by and let us help you find the perfect gift for your mom!

242 Carl­ton St. (on the north side, just west of Par­lia­ment St.)

Phone: 416.923.8988

Store Hours:
Mon­day to Sat­ur­day 10am-8pm
Sun­day 12pm-5pm

Jordano's Skincare & Spa

Pamper that special woman in your life with professional high-end spa treatments from Jordano’s Skincare & Day Spa.

With services ranging from waxing to Rose’s specialized facial, take advantage today of a 20% discount on all Spa Certificate purchases and 10% discount on skincare products.

Feminine beauty has always been Rose’s passion and with 20 years experience she will definitely improve the look and feel of your skin.

Visit the spa today to take part of this great deal at  252 Gerrard Street East between Berkeley and Ontario.
Hurry! The offer is only good till May 13, 2012.

Call 416-964-1794 for appointments, or email


Why not get mom a bouquet of porcelain rose votive holder from KENDALL & Co. As seen here, with a custom pillow monogrammed in "L" for "LOVE".

Check out our Staff’s Picks from all the gift options at KENDALL & Co as Mother’s Day gifts for their own moms.

Ashley – The Dog Hound Mug and a set of the Dog Hound Napkin Rings because her mom loves them.

David – The Seabird Table Lamp as he likes it and will likely inherit this gorgeous lamp.

James – A classy Picture Frame with a photo of James.
Kendall – The "Ashby" New Zealand Wool Rug in plum because his mom is a plum and it will keep her toes warm during those cold Cape Breton nights.

Kevin – Framed Butterfly Art Print for how beautiful his mom has transformed their lives through the good and the bad.

Get us to gift wrap your present with one of our attractive cards and make her proud.

Just some of the many gift selections at their new shop in Cabbagetown. Ask them about their Gift Wrapping. KENDALL & Co Design + D├ęcor at 227 Carlton St.

227 Carlton Street

Mon – Fri 9am to 6pm
Sat 11am to 5pm

T: 416.363.9914
F: 416.363.2767

The Epicure Shop

Treat your mother to some special handmade-artisan chocolate treats from Chocolate Clare or some tarts from Dufflets and in season coconut cream + banana cream tarts.

HAPPENING NOW: Receive a FREE pound of Epicure House Blend (save $14.95) with the purchase of a Espresso Maker or French Press Coffeemaker.

Don't miss out on these great deals and a HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY to all the lovely moms out there in Cabbagetown and all around the world.

Warm Welcome!

Thank you all for welcoming us into the community.
Getting to know all the different personalities in the neighbourhood has been a great adventure and one that is just beginning.

Once again, the Cabbagetown BIA Team invites you to submit highlights of your business to so that we may feature you next week.

Let's meet some of our new neighbours:
Face Furniture Optical

Face Furniture Optical offers clients uniquely designed and finely handcrafted frames from around the globe. They strive to provide the highest level of personalized services; frame repair, customized tinting, and follow-up care, all in a comfortable environment.

They will be offering a Grand Opening discount of 15% off.

Visit them for your next set of frames or just drop-by and welcome them to the neighbourhood.

Phone: 416-960-3223
dressing/gravy communications

dressing/gravy communications is a recently-launched editorial services and online-video production agency based in Cabbagetown. There are two divisions. One caters to the real estate market by offering a line of real estate marketing tools called featuredPLUS. At the heart of the featuredPLUS brand are video home tours, which are one of the most effective marketing tools to capture the attention of potential home buyers. In fact, the popularity of online videos is growing constantly. Along with these professionally-produced video tours, you can order your feature sheets, still photography, a listing-specific website and postcards.

Tyrone Newhook can help you with more than your real estate needs though. And that's where the other division of dressing/gravy communications comes in. With about 20 years of journalism experience - mainly at the national TV network level - he also provides professional writing, editing, proofreading and research. Layout and printing services are available, as well. Plus, if you need help promoting your business or organization, he can produce an online video for you that will get you a great deal more exposure.

For more information on featuredPLUS, visit
For more information on dressing/gravy communications, visit
For questions/inquiries, email