Friday, 29 June 2012

Happy Canada Day Pride!

Hello Cabbagetowners and Welcome to the Long Weekend!

There are plenty of fun activities going on in the city this weekend; from Canada Day celebrations to the Pride Parade and not to forget the Jazz Festival which ends on Sunday.

Let's get started with some ways to celebrate right here in Cabbagetown.

Cel­e­brate this Pride Week and Canada Day with Nathalie Prézeau’s “Toronto Urban Strolls… for girl­friends”, a guide to redis­cov­er­ing Toronto’s neigh­bor­hoods, includ­ing our very own Cab­bage­town.

This guide allows you to pick your per­fect stroll by neigh­bor­hood or activ­ity, like a relax­ing walk after a tasty break­fast at a charm­ing restau­rant, a walk to lead you to deli­cious desserts in a cute café, shop­ping at trendy bou­tiques or a great place for after­noon drinks.

Prézeau’s “Toronto Urban Strolls… for girl­friends” is a handy and enter­tain­ing way to enjoy Toronto. Drop by Labour of Love to pick up your copy this week­end.

Did you know Toronto has one of the largest organized Pride festivals in the world? 
Get your rainbow gear on and celebrate! 

Labour of Love store hours this weekend are:
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Happy Pride! 

MJG Gallery is continuing it's non-themed Summer show featuring work by 25+ artists. 
 This week, the gallery is open June 29th to July 1st. 
555 Parliament St. 

Painting of the week:
Stev'nn Hall's 42"x42", oil on wood "White Knuckles" certainly packs a punch and is a definite statement piece you can be proud of.

True Colours
Rolling out their welcome mat for Toronto Pride. KENDALL & Co is one of the friendliest shops in town and they show it with their rainbow colour 2' x 3' welcome mat.
For this and other items to make yourself feel right at home, look for their brilliantly pink shop at 227 Carlton St.
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KENDALL & Co's bold & beautiful New Zealand Wool Rugs are in a league of their own.
And now you can save some green on select styles, like their colourful ivy hand-hooked rug. 
Just one of their fabulous easy-care indoor/outdoor rugs.
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Click the link to see their 25% OFF RUG SALE. Limited quantities until July 4th! 
Get yours now.

Proudly Canadian

KENDALL & Co's custom furniture is locally made with 30 years of tradition. Their designers can personalize yours with a wide range of fabrics, styles and finishes. 

To see and feel the quality of their furniture, visit their showroom at 227 Carlton St. 

Store Hours:
10-6 Weekdays + 11-5pm Saturdays 

What's On 

Jazz Fest in Cabbagetown, African Culture, Island Music, Happy Canada Day, Pride Parades and more. Find out what's happening this long weekend with KENDALL & Co's weekly guide.

The Epicure Shop
Come celebrate Canada Day at The Epicure Shop.
All of their weekly specials this week are 100% Canadian and 100% Delicious.
Try the #1 seller in Quebec - La Sauvagine and everyday favourite - OKA
And be sure to pick up some of their famous Roast Beef from Montreal (preservative free)
The shop will be closed Sunday but will be OPEN Monday, July 2nd, 2012 from 9am - 6:30pm.
473 Parliament Street

Business Spotlight: Profile
Heather Atkinson - Registered Massage Therapist
“The body talks; my hands are here to listen.” 

This is my personal philosophy when it comes to how I provide massage therapy care for my clients. Playing with a synchronized balance of knowledge, intuition and technique, I direct my treatment plans to address the person's needs and up the path for optimal change in tissue health.

I joined Dr. Majda Mekis in September 2011, and have enjoyed the overall air of Cabbagetown life. Growing up outside of Toronto, I have a special light in my heart for that sense of community and 'know thy neighbour'. That sense of community is really abundant here, and it's wonderful!

Since becoming a Registered Massage Therapist in 2003, I have had enriching experiences helping clients meet their health goals. Not only by means of  massage therapy but by also incorporating elements of Reiki and Thai Massage training. I treat those seeking care for a range of soft-tissue conditions, repetitive strains, stress-relief, sports-related training, pregnancy, and chronic ailments. My clients range from stay-at-home parents to corporate office workers, from artists to national athletes. For a number of years now, I have also worked directly with the movie and television industries, and provided massage for international recording artists and their touring management and crew.   

During your treatment I encourage clients to go on their own journey. Whether that be to increase their body-awareness, to enjoy the affects of symptom relief, a mindful meditation, or quite simply time to figure out what to make for dinner; It's your time to just be.

Office Hours:                                      
Monday: 9am - 7pm                           
Wednesday: 9am - 7pm                    
Friday: 9am – 7pm

Fee Schedule (includes HST):
2hrs - $190.00
90min. - $140.40
60min. - $91.80
45min. - $70.20
30 min. $48.60

Announcements from our Neighbours

Occupy Glen Murray's Office
Students peacefully occupied the Parliament Street constituency office of Traning, Colleges, and Universities Minister Glen Murray on Friday, June 22. The occupation served to highlight two crucial issues: the ongoing struggle against a 75% tuition fee increase in Quebec; and opposition to skyrocketing tuition fees in Ontario that have risen by 71% in the high end over the last six years, and made this province the most expensive in which to pursue post-secondary education.

In the 2011 provincial elections, the Liberal Party consistently promised students and their families relief through a 30% tuition fee reduction. Instead they instituted a complicated grant program that less than a third of Ontario's almost one million college and university students were eligbile for. Less than a quarter of Ontario students have actually received the grant to date.

Students have put forward thoughtful and cost-effective solutions to the government, including a presentation to the Finance Committee that asked for the Ontario Tuition Grant funds and money generated by the new 2% income tax to be used to deliver a real 25% tuition fee reduction for all students.

Student will continue to organize throughout the summer and into the fall to demand real change, real tuition fee reductions and a real strategy for post-secondary education that puts struggling students and their families first.
"Students in Quebec and in Ontario are tired of paying for poor government decisions and understand the importance of affordable post-secondary education," says Alastair Woods, a York student participating in the occupation. "Until our government recognizes and acts on this priority, students will continue to fight."

For further information: 
Sarah Jayne King, Chairperson: 416.925.3825


Cabbagetown Theatre Company is holding auditions for its upcoming pantomine production of 
"Cinderella: if the shoe fits..."
The show is part of the 2012 Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts and runs September 7, 8, and 9.
Check out this link on our Facebook Festival page for roles needed

Or call 416.593.2571  to book your audition.

Welcoming a New Resident and her Guide Dog to Cabbagetown

Molly and her guide dog Gypsy, are moving into the neighbourhood this weekend, let's welcome them with open arms.

The BIA has been provided with a brief instructional on how to approach a visually impaired individual and their guide dog team. If you would like one, please visit the office at 237 Carlton Street or visit the links below to familiarize yourself with the laws associated with guide dogs

Blind Persons’ Rights Act summary, with link to the Blind Persons’ Rights Act, Ontario 1990

Government of Ontario Accessibility Standard for Customer Service: Getting Started guide for small business owners and employers.

Cabbagetowners in Action

Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is a dynamic community development program for LGBT youth that recognizes and promotes the intrinsic value of art as a tool for social and personal development. SOY works with youth and community partners to create spaces where youth feel safe and respected enough to explore all of their identities, and many youth embark on positive, empowering journeys of artistic self-expression. 
Art forms include creative writing, sculpture, dance, photography, music and video. 
Youth develop and showcase their talents as artists and performers, and build inter-generational and inter-cultural bridges and communities with adult artists as mentors. 
Supporting Our Youth received a cash prize of $15,000 at the 2012 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards.
The two finalists, Art Starts and Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre, received $2,000 each.

Art City - Woodbine Beach Mural 

Art City is a non-for-profit organization committed to providing free and accessible, multidisciplinary art programs to the children and youth of St. James Town between the ages of 6-13. 

  Over the last few months the youth at Art City have been working on a 240 foot mural that focuses on the wild and plant life of Woodbine Beach. On June 20th the boards were installed at Queen and Woodbine. 
Check out the ongoing projects that are happening with our neighbourhood kids