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. 

If you can't wait until next weekend to get your festival on, visit local resident artist Mark Gleberzon from MJG Gallery, at the "Artisan Art Fest" in the Distillery District. 
He will be offering his Landscape, Cityscape and mixed media paintings.
His neighbour at the fest will be Cabbagetowner Bev Jenkins offering her sculpted oils. 

Here's a sample of some featured work:
Click the link for more information on the "Artisan Art Fest"

MJG's painting of the week:

 Catherine Bancroft's 18"H x 24"W encaustic on wood 

Great art always available at MJG Gallery. 555 Parliament St, Wed-Sun. 416.923.4031 

Another great neighbourhood gallery, Fourth Eye Gallery is exhibiting: 

Resurgence and Subversion in Art
August 13 – September 7, 2012

Curated by Ameena Chaudhry and Ali Adil Khan  

PakistanNOW is an exhibition of neo-modern miniature paintings by some of the most brilliant, young and cutting-edge practitioners of this traditional technique. The exhibition deals with the subject of modernity and globalisation in contemporary miniature art practice that is a far removal from traditional sixteenth-century Persian and Mughal court subjects. The subject matter is often controversial, dealing with politics, religion and the demons summoned from within. What's evident is the sarcasm and subversion as new South Asian art enters the Western spotlight.    

Shiblee Munir, 'Once Upon A Time In History/God With Facebook'
Gouache, collage, gold leaf, C-print on archival paper 27 cm x 20 cm 
 Participating artists:
 Aakif Suri, Fahad Hameed, Ghulam Hussain, Irfan Hasan, Kausar Iqbal, Mariam Hanif, Noureen Rasheed, Reeta Saeed, Romessa Khan, Sana Kazi, Shahzad Hassan Ghazi, Shiblee Munir, Sobia Ahmed and Sumeira Tazeen

Labour of Love turns 3 this year!

My, how they've grown! Its their 3rd summer in Cabbagetown and to celebrate, they are holding their first ever art show in their newly revamped back room! 

They are thrilled to bring back Gosia, whose popular show "The Study" opened Labour of Love back in 2010. This time she teams up with fellow painter Kelly Grace to bring you "Family Tree", an art installation that recreates a 1950's living room. 

Opening night was yesterday, Thursday, August 30th.
 Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Like them on Facebook for a sneak preview of some of the art work or visit their blog for more details.

New at Eclectisaurus
A mid-century modern carved wood sculpture of a serene seated nude by Lithuanian Canadian artist: Jokubas (Jacob) Dagys 1905-1989
249 Gerrard Street East,
Toronto, Canada M5A 2G1
Tel: 416 934 9009

Wednesday to Friday 3pm to 8pm,
Saturday Noon to 7pm, Sunday Noon to 6pm.
Other times by appointment, or by chance.

Our Business Spotlight this week is shining bright on 
Kendall & Co. 
We begin our Profile Highlight with designer James Fobert
James Fobert sitting pretty on the armchair that KENDALL & Co just custom reupholstered for their client who will also be all smiles when they see it. 
Learn more about James' true love for design through his own words:

When did you start at KENDALL & Co.?

I started at KENDALL & Co. three years ago.  From the age of nine, when I discovered HGTV and TLC’s Trading Spaces, I knew that interior design was the career that I wanted.  I moved to the big city to attend the International Academy of Design and Technology.  My first position was with a designer who worked for a TV decorating show.  Then, I found my place at KENDALL & Co.

What do you do at KENDALL & Co.?

I am one of the designers at KENDALL & Co.  Kendall and I work closely on the design of each project.  We develop our design based on the client’s desired aesthetic and the functional needs in their lives.  We do not do “cookie cutter” design nor do we project a specific designer look.  We strive to do something different and individual with each project.  We execute fabulous designs reflecting the client’s personality adding our unique bit of sparkle.

The implementation of a design involves me doing site visits to oversee trades people. I ensure that custom products and construction finishes conform to the high standards of KENDALL & Co. Getting to our high standards is not without obstacles. Renovations, especially of older homes, often present us with unforeseen structural, plumbing and electrical situations.  And, nothing is level!  We often have to work with the trades people in correcting the bones of the house before the application of our designs can actually begin. TV shows can give a wrong impression about budget and timeline by not revealing all the people and logistics that have to happen behind the scenes; most of which are covered by the suppliers or the show's production company. Clients want the gratification of an instant “grand reveal” but there is a lot of hard work before that stage.  Implementing a design project is like preparing an actor for the red carpet, but on a much bigger scale.

Why do you enjoy working and living in Cabbagetown? 

I love living in Cabbagetown.  It is a very easy commute to work and once there I get to do what I love doing best.  Because many of our projects are local, I get to see clients in the neighbourhood and it creates a more meaningful relationship that goes beyond work.

Why do you enjoy working at KENDALL & Co.? 

I enjoy working at KENDALL & Co. because there is a sense of family and we all do care for each other in the company. Creative differences arise but, in the end, we all want to do what is best for the client.  The rigour and thought we put into developing our designs ensure that our clients are presented with the best options for their project.

KENDALL & Co. has presented me with many differing design opportunities.  My vision for a project has never been stifled but has been encouraged and objectively critiqued by Kendall.

I enjoy working and interacting with the clients. We are involved in creating their most intimate and personal spaces. The client’s satisfaction from a successful transformation of their space makes all the collective effort worthwhile. Very often our clients become friends.

What are the benefits to the customer for going to KENDALL & Co.?

Our showroom displays only a small portion of what is available through KENDALL & Co.  Our clients have access to exclusive furnishings, rugs, lighting fixtures and art that Kendall has personally sourced. Our fabric library is extensive with every shade, texture and textile represented.  Using our premium wallpaper is almost like putting art on your walls.  KENDALL & Co. is also an authorized dealer for many lines of window treatments. The magic happens when they sit down with us in our design studio.

Next week we feature Kevin Kung so stay tuned...

KENDALL & Co. Design and Decor
Retail Shop + Design Studio

227 Carlton Street 
Mon - Fri  10am to 6pm
Sat 11am to 5pm
T: 416.363.9914

Some news from the BIA office:

We love having visitors in our office but two weeks ago we experienced a flood unfortunately during the heavy rainfall and are unable to accommodate the same amount of traffic - So, please make an appointment with us at 416 921 0857.

This next week we will be focusing on final festival details and would be glad to answer all your questions and concerns.

Also, if you know anyone who would like to volunteer during the festival, send them our info so we can set them up.

Thank you all and see you next week!
Upcoming News

The Yonge Street Mission is hosting a cross-Canada underwear drive on Sunday, September 9th better known as GotGinch. 
If you would like to make a donation of new underwear to Yonge Street Mission contact Anne Keyes at 416.929.9614 ext. 4281 or

They are always accepting donations of gently used clothing and household items at their Double Take store, drop them off at the store ( for hours of operation ) or for a pick-up of large quantities of clothes and/or furniture call the store directly at 416.925.7198 option 2 or