Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A Chill is in the Air

Welcome friends to another week of Cabbagetown News!

Great advances are being made for our new blog format. I hope to launch for the month of November.
The winds of change are in the air and we definitely feel it once the sun goes down.
I'm very excited to share the great new things the Cabbagetown BIA has in store for the new year but for now, you'll have to wait.

In the meantime, we've been reading our neighbours' blogs and they're fantastic!

There are so many great events that take place in our neighbourhood that one blog just can't cover them all. We've been linking other community blogs and they've been greatly received by our readers.

Do you know a blog that writes about Cabbagetown or is written by a Cabbagetowner?

Send us the link and we'll happily add it to our weekly email. The more the merrier because everyone's got something different to contribute.

Today, we share Part II of a two-part spotlight on Kendall Williams from Kendall & Co.

You can add our good friends on Facebook!/KendallandCoDesignDecor for daily updates.

Kendall & Co.
Part II

What people need to know when hiring a designer?

I feel that you have to make a solid connection with the designer. If your instincts tell you that this is not the right person for you, then it is best to move on to someone else. Some individuals are designers by nature but there are others who just fill a seat. What you have to find is the individual with a special mix of creativity and business acumen. A designer has to be able to clearly articulate ideas and then execute them in a reasonable time frame and on budget. This is a rare combination of abilities in the artistic community.

What types of services do KENDALL & Co. provide?

First and foremost we are a creative firm. We help our clients distinguish between what is ordinary and what is spectacular. We welcome clients with all types of design needs who are impressed with both the breadth and depth of our services:

• Colour Consultation
• In-Home Design Consultation
• Space Planning
• CAD Drawings
• Custom Furniture & Upholstery
• Custom Window Treatments
• Custom Floor Coverings
• Wall D├ęcor and Art Selection
• Lighting and LED Solutions
• Sourcing of Furnishings

From kid's room to boardrooms, we are well versed in the complex designs of kitchens, bathrooms to custom-built homes.

We offer a complimentary “meet and greet” at our design studio where we thoroughly explain our services and process to determine a package particular to your situation.

A retainer enables us to move forward with full concepts, detailed options, measurements, technical drawings, shopping list, trade quotes, budget and timeline for you.

We can supplement our Design Package with Project Management Services. That means we supervise the trades to carry through according to the approved design, budget and milestones. We also mitigate contingencies that may reveal themselves during construction. We coordinate the purchase and delivery of design products, available exclusively through our industry relationships. Above all, we communicate with you and ensure progress for you.

Who are your clients?

We work with a varied clientele all of whom share a desire for intelligent and cohesive design. We enjoy working with clients who live in Cabbagetown as the proximity and commonalities help with the flow of the project.

What are the advantages of your business over others?

KENDALL & Co. is a convenient "one-stop shop" with the resources and talent to comprehensively design your home to reflect your style and budget.

We are always open to the ideas and desires of our clients so the outcome is original and personal. But when clients give us the latitude to push the envelope and stay true to our professional vision, the results are phenomenal.

We advise our clients to be fully aware of the truths of renovations especially those involving older houses. I bring personal integrity and an extensive experience in design and construction to the proper stewardship of your home. Those who contract KENDALL & Co end up with an increased enjoyment and value of their property.
Cabbagetown Resident Designer, Kendall Williams
I am also a Cabbagetowner who invests time and money in the future of our community. My independent business sponsors the good work of various local nonprofits every year. Statistics show, on average, that such organizations receive 250% more support from small business owners than from larger businesses. Whenever possible we also buy local, such as Nettleship’s Paint and Home Hardware on Parliament St. I have my business lunches in the neighbourhood and it shows on my cherubic figure.

Next week, we will get to know Kevin Kung from Kendall & Co.
Stay tuned to find out how this dynamic duo has succeeded in transforming many spaces.

Visit them at:
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

Community News

Cabbagetown Youth Centre

Sponsor a Cabbagetown Youth Centre (CYC) Champion!

Make a pledge to one of the CYC Champion runners - Sylvie Andrew, Heather Hopkins, Nancy Horvath or Angela Jonsson at (Neighbourhood Challenge # 11)
Featuring the children of CYC's Performing Arts Program and special musical guests, The Coppertones (members of Toronto Police Service).

The Cheering Section with the loudest, the biggest, and most enthusiastic crowd wins 1st place and $6,000 (or other prizes)

So gather your children, friends and family to shout ourselves hoarse while cheering on our friends, neighbours and some international-class athletes running some of the fastest times ever on Canadian soil. But most of all come out and support The Cabbagetown Youth Centre!


Spectators will gather at CYC (2 Lancaster Ave.) by 9:30 am to walk down together.

Join the CYC in the Neighbourhood Challenge at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Sunday, October 14th, 2012
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Corner of Trinity and Eastern
(just east of Front and Parliament)

For more info call Brenda at 416-995-5647.

10th Annual Regent Park Film Festival

I want to officially invite you to the Festival’s Fabulous Fundraising Screening of the film WE ARE WISCONSIN on October 11th at 6:30 at the Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St East.

Tickets are $50 each and include:

  • Meet-and-greet with filmmakers
  • A 2012 Festival Program announcing this year’s line-up
  • Reception with refreshments
  • A charitable tax receipt for $40

The purpose of the Regent Park Film Festival is to be a vehicle for Regent Park and inner city communities around the world to express their viewpoint – to offer film as a means to be understood, to tell stories and share life. The Festival is unique in is that it charges no admission. This Fabulous Fundraising Screening , and your support, will help us a lot.

And WE ARE WISCONSIN is a brilliant documentary that follows the unfolding of public outcry against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget-repair bill over 18 historic days in 2011. When I saw it at Hot Docs people were on their feet clapping and cheering – totally inspirational and very timely with what’s going on in the US presidential race.

You can go to to buy a ticket. If you can’t make it, you could purchase a ticket for a Regent Park youth to attend or you can simply make a donation.

P.S. 10th Annual Regent Park Film Festival, November 7-10, 2012.
Join the Festival on Facebook: or visit us on

Now Magazine's Store of the Week:
Face Furniture Optical
photo credit: kathryn gaitens
Now Magazine did a wonderful feature on our new optical shop in the neighbourhood: Face Furniture Optical.
Read the review now:
photo credit: kathryn gaitens
464 Parliament St. 
Phone: 416-960-3223 
Fax: 416-960-3227

Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, 
Thursday and Friday noon to 8 pm,
Sunday noon to 5 pm.
photo credit: kathryn gaitens

MJG Gallery
555 Parliament Street

Please join Mark tomorrow night - Thurs. October 11th, 6-10pm - for an informal opening night reception for "Duality" - a show featuring work by some familiar artists as well as several new to MJG.

Work by Blair Chivers, Erin Crowley, Rob Croxford, Laura Culic, Didier Fiszel, Bridget Griggs, (artist-owner) Mark Gleberzon, Christopher Hayes, Bev Jenkins, Jennifer Lawton, Penn Lewis, Sandy Middleton, Carol Westcott, Christopher Williams, and Tommy Vohs can be viewed. 

As well, there's select artwork from a fine Cabbagetown collection including work by Neil Clifford, Jarek Obsadny, Paul Plante, Ryan Price, Doug Stone, Marshall Ward and others.
AND don't forget special guest "Mark & John" - a genuine two-headed calf taxidermy on display for "Duality"!

Next Thursday - October 18th, 2012
Don't forget to RSVP for Coy Clothes' ONE NIGHT ONLY Pop-Up Shop in MJG Gallery! 

Lisa Dickie will offer her quirky, fun and vintage-inspired silk-screened & hand-sewn t-shirts, aprons, napkins, gift cards and other great gift ideas for men, women & kids!
6pm -10pm  

Pinstripe Nutrition

Sandy from Pinstripe Nutrition has launched a Fall Special at the Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts and is valid through November 2012. ($50 off a Nutritional Assessment Package, regularly priced at $300)

The Nutritional Assessment Package includes:
- Nutritional analysis and food log review
- Initial Consultation (approx. 75 minutes) with recommendations to get you started
- 4 follow-up meetings including one-week meal plan with recipes
- Support from Sandy throughout the process

Sandy Badgley, B.A., R.H.N.
214 Carlton Street (Cabbagetown Chiropractic Health Centre)
Phone: 416-915-3156 / Fax: 416-915-3177

Parliament St. News
Peter Lovering - Publisher

The next issue for the Parliament Street News is due to come out in November and the theme is going to be food. This can be food on Parliament Street, restaurant reviews, recipes, holiday ideas anything really.

Deadline for content is November 1st, 2012.
Please send an article of your choice, with an image(s) to before that date.

The sooner the better really, because content is on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have a budget for advertising, the paper offers reasonable rates and serves the Cabbagetown demographic.
If you need the advertising rates - please contact Peter Lovering.

Vampire Dogs: The Rise of Thrasher
By Robert Hawke

Cabbagetown author Robert Hawke is thrilled to release his new comedic horror novel Vampire Dogs: The Rise of Thrasher.

Cabbagetown is in danger. Thrasher, together with The Canine Protection Group, battles vampires, squirrels and other dangers that lurk beyond the darkness in the streets of our own neighbourhood. If humans only knew...

"My dog Thrasher saves my life everyday. He protects me from raccoons, from squirrels and from people who knock on the door. What if we actually were in danger? Could our dogs save our lives?"

Meet The Author!

Saturday October 20th and Sunday October 21st

11am till 3 pm

Pet Valu 240 Carlton Street

"We love walking our dog in our neighbourhood so Cabbagetown became a very important part of the story." says Hawke "People will recognize sights in and around Cabbagetown."
What readers have said...
"A very engaging tale!"
" A great mix of suspense and humour"
"A terrific read"

For interviews or further information email

Over the Top
Solomon Christiansen - Program Coordinator

Over the Top is an LGBTQ youth drop-in program aimed at creating an all-inclusive space for queer youth and their allies. Over the Top caters to youth aged 16 - 24 by providing a space for youth to express themselves in a creative way. It is a place of acceptance and understanding, fostering growth by peer support and networking. 
They hope to one day advocate for youth and be the window that opens when all the doors are closed.
They support and organic lifestyle, community growth, and provide a community that youth feel they are a part of. 

Every Friday night from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (CCAC) located at 422 Parliament St. youth meet to discuss issues that queer youth currently face.
If you know anyone who would be interested in attending the program, please feel free to send them out.
For more information, check them out on Facebook:

UforChange hosts Vivacity 5.0

UforChange works with new Canadian and low-income youth living in and around St. James Town to inspire them and give them the tools to succeed by providing support and resources to pursue higher education, volunteering, job shadowing and/or employment opportunities. They connect youth with professionals, artists, and community leaders who help them to use the arts as a vehicle for economic, cultural and social change.

All events are PAY WHAT YOU CAN, $10 is suggested & proceeds will go to fund Cycle 6!
We would greatly appreciate your presence by coming out to show your support!

Multimedia Gallery
Short Film Screenings, Photo Art Gallery, Web Design Exhibit, Live Performances
Friday, October 12th from 7pm-9:30pm
Location: ING Direct Cafe, 221 Yonge St.

UforChange Relaunch
Ribbon Cutting, Live Performances, Guest Speaker: Barry Avrich
Saturday, October 13th from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club, 101 Spruce St.

Performance Showcase
Theater, Dance, Fashion Show, Live Performances
Sunday, October 14th from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East

Please help us out and support your youth.

Special Ticket Offer: Cirque du Soleil

As a preferred partner, the Cabbagetown BIA and its members can take advantage of a special ticket offer to see Amaluna at the Port Lands in Toronto.

Save 20% on select tickets for select performances, and don't miss your chance to see the newest creation by Cirque du Soleil.

Click the link for the promotional offer
Now playing until November 4, under the Big Top.