Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Autumn Breeze

Hello Friends and Neighbours!

It was an amazing feeling seeing everyone come out for the Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts.

We dedicated serious time and effort to making this year one we'll remember for a very long time.
We hope you had an awesome time!
We've got next year's planning already on the mind.

One of our best sucessess' was the Kidz Korner at Gerrard and Parliament and that's only because of our great volunteers.

Next week I will be dedicating a Blog  post to our volunteers and the community groups that partnered with us to make 2012 the year that the Festival was "THAT GOOD!"
We're so proud of everyone's hard work and can only imagine how much better it can get.

The pictures are so great that we're making a slideshow. If you'd like to some videos and pictures that people have shared with us, add us as a friend on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/cabbagetown.bia

This week we prepare for the Thanksgiving long weekend and our new Blog. I'm super excited about all the great things we have coming up.

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

You can add our good friends on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/KendallandCoDesignDecor for daily updates.

Kendall & Co.
Part I

 Cabbagetown's Resident Designer, Kendall Williams.
We asked Kendall a couple of questions about his shop and he replied with great enthuasiasm and grace :)

When did you start KENDALL & Co.?

I started KENDALL & Co. three years ago when I rebranded my design business to signal a new direction and a new location. It was the right time as we had outgrown our old office. Our new location at 227 Carlton St, in the commercial core of Cabbagetown brings a dynamic energy to the business. I also wanted to refocus on residential design as this type of project is personally more fulfilling than commercial projects or TV shows.

Why do you choose interior design as your profession?

I have never thought of any other career. Interior designing has been part of me from early on in my life. I can remember being able to draw and visualize my environment before I could write. Even today, a colour selector with colours that I have not used before still trigger something in my soul.

How do you approach interior design?

I see spaces intimately reflecting those who use them, work amongst them or live within them. There has to be a connection with the person, the company or the brand that goes beyond merely finished surfaces. Design can create a story by directing your movement, your senses and emotions.

Design is about communication and logic based on fundamentals. If you listen and have a genuine dialogue with the client, the design will happen organically. My experience, instincts and education are brought to these dialogues to ensure a balance of form and function.

Why do you live in Cabbagetown?

I feel fortunate to live in Cabbagetown. It is neighbourly, unpretentious and urban. The people who live and work here come from varied backgrounds. Local homeowners take great pride in the interior and exterior of their residences. The design services and the products of KENDALL & Co. can help them maintain their high standards. I choose to have my business here because I see positive growth in the neighbourhood. The redevelopment of Regent Park and Corktown will add a new vibrancy to our neighbourhood.

Why do you enjoy working at KENDALL & Co.?

When I first came to Toronto, after finishing my schooling in California, interior design was not a familiar concept as it is today. However, this young Cape Bretoner did not give up on his dream. In various jobs, working my way up, I honed my craft over 20 years. The result of this effort is KENDALL & Co. My creative team and I are excited about working with you in realizing your dreams.

Tune in next week to learn how Kendall & Co. can help you love you space.

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

Some highlights from Kendall & Co. this week:

New & Improved @ KENDALL & Co.

The Shop at KENDALL & Co unveils our NEW ARRIVALS. Hand picked by our retail team from traveling far and wide for chic home accessories and special gifts that you have come to know us for.

For our Design Clients, we revamped our Showroom & Design Studio so you can get better acquainted with our fabric library, furniture line, rugs, lighting and our expanded offerings in draperies, roller blinds, venetians and top-down-bottom-up cellular blinds.


Hold Please

The Mack Grand Daddy to the iPhone 5. Our retro telephone has the Sinatra-Dean Martin swagger and sets all the right tone. It recalls the mid-century icon designed by Sweden's L.M. Ericsson in 1956. Our new lightweight all-in-one receiver/handset has the push-button dial smartly concealed beneath the base. Ring us up to have one put on hold for you. 416.363.9914 KENDALL & Co. 227 Carlton St.

Thanksgiving treats and Autumn delights

The Epicure Shop 
473 Parliament Street 
(416) 928-0291

Patty is now taking orders for homemade pumpkin and fruit pies. YUM!
Also, plum tarts and homemade ginger cookies available in thanksgiving shapes.

Daniel et Daniel
248 Carlton Street
(416) 968-9275

If cooking a giant gobbler for hours is not really your style, let Daniel et Daniel bring you a fully prepared Thanksgiving dinner. So good that there won't be any left-overs.

The Winchester Kitchen & Bar
51 Winchester Street
(416) 323-0051

If you prefer dinner and a show, you won't want to miss Cabbagetown's newest comedy show. 
Join them this Saturday night as they celebrate Thanksgiving at The Winchester. 
There's a special menu for guests that includes Thanksgiving dinner.

Check out the menu on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/502528723107972/

Kendall & Co.
541 Parliament
(416) 363-9914

A Thanksgiving Cornucopia:
To give or to have for this weekend's holiday gatherings, check out more of KENDALL & Co's Top Picks in Thanksgiving Style.

Community News

Cabbagetown is featured in this week's Weekly Yelp.

"In spite of the name, you won't find leafy orbs of green heads rolling down the streets east of Yonge. What you will find is a patch of unsung local spots. This week, Yelp celebrates this nabe's hopping caf├ęs, beloved restaurants and historic sites."

Read the rest of the  article at: http://www.yelp.ca/weekly and discover a new favourite hangout.

Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club

Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club launched the Rogers Raising the Grade Program recently in support of our neighbourhood youth.

With the  support of the Rogers Youth Fund, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada will deliver a  new multi-faceted education program called Rogers Raising the Grade, aimed at increasing academic skills, high school graduation rates and access to post-secondary education for at-risk youth from a select group of Boys and Girls Clubs across the country, including the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs. They are pleased to be part of the program in its inaugural year.

Cabbagetown Youth Centre
On Thursday, September 27thJAYS CARE FOUNDATION, the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club, joined the MLSE Team Up Foundation, the charitable arm of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, in unveiling the newly renovated multi-sport gymnasium at Cabbagetown Youth Centre (CYC).  
Jays Care Foundation and the MLSE Team Up Foundation each made financial commitments to CYC’s gymnasium revitalization project, an undertaking that will benefit more than 2,000 participants. After the grand opening of the gymnasium, 40 youth from local high schools will be led by Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors representatives in a baseball and basketball skill-development session. Jays Care will be donating baseballs gloves, and the MLSE Team Up Foundation will be providing basketballs to supplement the CYC’s sports equipment inventory.


I'm sure you've heard of the Gangnam Style sensation, and I wanted to let you know that we're doing a Gangnam FLASH MOB in Cabbagetown!!  If you haven't heard of Gangnam, Google it to your heart's delight.

My name is Yashy by the way and I’m a Dishcrawl Ambassador here in Toronto. As you may know Dishcrawl is known for our food crawls through Toronto.

On Wednesday October 10th, hundreds will gather to join in a flash mob through 3 restaurants. It'll be food crawl meets flash mob. People will be fed, of course, so tickets are $25 for dishes at 3 restaurants.  It would be fabulous if you could help us get the word out, get dressed up, and join us for the craziness!

A Taste for the Arts 

In support of Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre: providing music and art lessons to disadvantaged inner city children.
On Thursday, October 18, 2012 join us in a suiteGenerously catered by local Cabbagetown restaurant Qi Sushi and Catering for You

$125/ea with tax receipt. 
Limited to 120 guests. 
416-925-7222 to reserve.

Cabbagetown Preservation Association

Make a Difference and complete the Cabbagetown Preservation Association 2012 Community Survey. The aim is to gather input from Cabbagetowners and those beyond which will help refine their programs and activities and bring increased value to our neighbourhood. 
Please submit your comments and suggestions by Friday October 26, 2012.

TurnAround Couriers turns 10!!!

TurnAround Couriers is celebrating their 10th Year Anniversary on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. 
As they reach this milestone, all of TurnAround Couriers thank you - their clients, partners, supporters, and friends - for making it possible. Guests will hear straight from staff and alumni what a difference your support has made for youth who just needed that first opportunity but might not have found it without you!
TurnAround Couriers is a professional and socially responsible courier service in Toronto and the GTA. We have been providing exceptional service at competitive rates while changing the lives of at-risk youth since 2002.
TurnAround Couriers recruits only at-risk youth for all its bicycle courier positions and back office staff. This affords job-ready young people a chance to gain the experience, confidence and financial means they need.

Check out their website to take advantage of their amazing services.

Cabbagetown Classical Youth Choir

 On Sunday, September 30, 2012 Maestro Daniel Eby was presented with a bust in his image. This magnificent artwork was created and presented to Mr. Eby by internationally renown Sculptor – Gabriel Ruhi Tuna.

The event was a huge success as more than 70 people were in attendance for the unveiling ceremony which was followed by a concert performed by the Cabbagetown Classical Youth Choir – a choir of young operatic hopefuls that the Maestro has been teaching voice to within the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Toronto for the past several years.

Thanksgiving food drive items are still being collected at HomeLife Realty 501 Parliament St. and the BIA Office 237 Carlton St.

Thank you for your continued support and we'll see you all next week!