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 http://cabbagetownfestival.blogspot.ca/#!/2012/08/festival-updates.html