Friday, 31 August 2012

Last Taste of Summer

Hello Cabbagetowners!

Apologies for the impromptu hiatus.
We've been super busy bees in the office trying to get all the final details for the festival sorted out.

Although we are new to the festival circuit, we're definitely growing each day with all your feedback.

We promise to deliver a fresh spin on our 36 year tradition.

This year the festivities begin on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 with our 2nd Annual One Night in Cabbagetown. 

Experience the flavour of nine of our restaurants and pubs.
Savour some samples - find a new favourite dish!
Taste of Cabbagetown's best ales and wines.
See what's new in town or pay a visit to your old favourite hangout!
Don't make the rounds alone. Invite your friends for a night you can enjoy together.

Just $10 gets you something tasty at four different locations.

Your ticket gives you access to fun all night so hang on to it tight!

Tickets are available at participating restaurants:

The Ben Wicks Restaurant & Pub 
sampling of a variety of beers
424 Parliament Street  
(416) 961-9425

Young Thailand
finger foods & appetizers
446 Parliament St
(416) 920-8424

Winchester Kitchen & Bar
spicy fish cakes with chilli mayo, beer samples & whiskey Red Stag bourbon cocktail
51 Winchester Street 
(416) 323-0051

Butter Chicken Factory
buy an appetizer and receive a free glass of wine
556 Parliament Street  
(416) 964-7583

Alice's Place
3pc. complimentary chicken wings & drink specials
554 Parliament Street
(647) 931-9088

Margarita's Fiesta Restaurant
appetizer size guacamole & chips 
229 Carlton Street
(416) 929-6284

Stout Irish Pub
1/2 pint Mill Street Organic beer
221 Carlton Street 
(647) 344-7676

Red Cranberries Restaurant
best wings in the city & beer samples
601 Parliament Street  
(416) 925-6330

OMI Sushi
2pc. white tuna tataki, 1pc. gold oyster
243 Carlton St, Toronto
 (416) 920-8991

 The fun continues on Friday, September 7th with the Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival at the Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St.

Advance tickets are available at the BIA Office, 237 Carlton St., for $15 each - cash only.
Limited number of tickets will be available the night of but I'd suggest picking yours up NOW as they sell-out every year.
Click the link for this year's line-up and show times.
Once you get your ticket you will be able to vote for the Peoples' Choice Award.

I'm looking forward to staying up all night afterwards as Saturday marks the 36th Annual Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts.

We have the best of the best this year with street vendors, one-of-a-kind artisans and more music and performances than our stage can handle.

With buskers, flash mobs, food vendors, a mobile zoo and a fully stacked Kidz Korner, this year will definitely be one to remember.

A full listing of main stage entertainment will be posted tomorrow on September 1st so look out for it BUT if you can't wait, the main stage schedule can be found in the Parliament St. Newspaper.
Get your copy today!

Check out The School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre's activity line-up for the Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts.
Make sure to pay them a visit to take advantage of their Open House and exclusive discount for 2012-2013 classes.

I know the first t-shirt design released was a HIT and as promised, I present to you the final t-shirt designs for this year's festival.

Sold exclusively through the Cabbagetown BIA and during the Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts.

$20 gets you an original art-inspired festival shirt.
Pick your favourite design and get yours starting Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at the Cabbagetown BIA Office - available in Women's, Men's and Youth sizes. 

Friday, 17 August 2012


Hello Friends and welcome to an impromptu version of the Cabbagetown News.

We are busily putting together the final details for the Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts and we promise this year will deliver a spectacle that will blow you away.

There are only 3 WEEKS LEFT until the Festival and we are happy to announce Artist participation has been so great that we are now SOLD-OUT
I  cannot wait to see the great art we've got booked this year.

Next week we will present you with our final entertainment lists so you can start practicing your dance moves for the festival but in the meantime... 

Feast your eyes on one of our new Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts T-shirt.
Image is Sole Property of the Cabbagetown BIA

There are two other styles that we will release in the upcoming weeks.

This is my favourite and I'm sure you'll find your favourite soon.

T-shirts will be on sale during the Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts.

And now for some neighbourhood news...

Labour of Love had their workshop finale last Wednesday and as usual, everyone had a great time.

They are now working on their next project - Art Show event on August 29th.
Stay tuned for more updates from the ladies at Labour of Love.
Like them on their Facebook page or better still drop by to say hi!


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Festival on the Mind

Hello Cabbagetowners!

Welcome to an exciting Blog Update regarding Cabbagetown's Festival of the Arts.

This year's Festival is quickly approaching and we are in high-gear to bring you an amazing weekend full of arts, entertainment, and delicious eats.

This year we are presenting an updated version of the Festival with lots of fun and entertainment.

We are presenting BLAIR'S RUN as our opener for this year's festivities.

Blair's Run is a community mini-marathon with participants running through Cabbagetown to raise funds for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.

The Cabbagetown Youth Centre (CYC) was founded in 1972 as the Cabbagetown Boxing Club to provide at-risk youth with positive alternatives through sport and recreation, while encouraging ongoing education.
Over the past 39 years, the CYC has expanded to meet the growing needs of the community to provide a complete range of recreational, social and educational & skill development programs for ages ranging from newborns to seniors, while maintaining a specific focus on at-risk children and youth.CYC’s mandate is to provide barrier-free access to a full range of programs otherwise not available to some of the most marginalized and high-need children, youth and families through the support and creation of sustainable programming to respond to gaps in services and combat risk factors.

As a result, over the years the CYC has expanded from its original site at 2 Lancaster Avenue by establishing three satellite sites in the heart of St. James Town, one of North America’s most densely populated and underserviced communities. CYC also operates programs at Rose Avenue Public School and Winchester Public School.

The CYC is an amazing component within our neighbourhood and all the help they receive goes right back into the community.
Please visit their website for volunteer opportunities with this fantastic organization:
To get an idea at the amazing work the CYC is producuing be sure to check out their Talent Show this August 16th.
The Annual Showcase Performance of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre Performing Arts Camp is a celebration of the skills, talent and spirit of the children and youth in the St. James Town, Cabbagetown and Regent Park communities. Here are the details:
Showcase theme: TIMELESS – Fostering Imagination for the Next Generation
Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (711 Bloor St. E at Castlefrank)

Tell your friends! CYC Summer Campers between the ages of seven and fourteen years old provide an evening of entertainment through Dance, Drama, Vocal and Written Words. Their energy and enthusiasm are guaranteed to inspire you.

We are still accepting applications for Artists and Vendors to participate in the Festival this year so please spread the word as this is a pivotal year for our Festival.
We are also looking for VOLUNTEERS to help with pre-Festival activities so if you'd like to help out with your talents, we'd love to have you help out. Lunch is on us :)
Get in touch with us in the BIA OFFICE at 237 Carlton St. or give us a call at 416 921 0857.
For more Festival Updates please view our Festival Blog site!/2012/08/festival-updates.html