Friday, 8 March 2013

Spring is in the Air

Hello Cabbagetowners and welcome to another week closer to Spring!

The days are getting longer (DON'T FORGET: Change your clocks ONE hour AHEAD this Saturday night so as to not be late for any Sunday appointments), the air is getting warmer and soon our neighbourhood will shedding our winter coats and stepping into something a lil' fresher.

At the Cabbagetown BIA Office, we have great updates for you this week:

Cabbagetown's connection to it's Irish roots is stronger than ever. Last week, students from George Brown College's Institute Without Borders met with me to discuss their project that had them comparing Cabbagetown to the main streets of Dublin.
Apparently, we are similar in design, population, and diversity.
To see some of their results click this link:

And everyone's a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day which is T - 9 Days away.

The Cabbagetown BIA is holding a Kid's Colouring Contest for both St. Patrick's Day and Easter.
Contest Rules
We're inviting kids from the age of 2 years to 10 years to participate by colouring in their choice of design.
Print and Colour Me!
Print and Colour Me!
The winners in each age group will receive a gift basket and the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in our Kidz Korner at the Cabbagetown Festival of Arts this year!

Use your March Break wisely because the contest closes Friday, March 22nd, 2013.

Speaking of the festival, Artist Applications are out and there is preferred pricing for those that sign-up early.
Grab the applications from our Official Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts Page on Facebook:

And speaking of St. Patrick's Day, don't miss out on some of the best parties Cabbagetown will ever see.

For a head start to green beer, head over to Ben Wick's for night of good music with friends.

For a full day of family fun, head on over to Stout Irish Pub for an authentic Irish Jig:

Retsina Restaurant at 209 Gerrard St. has already set up their patio for a packed house for sure.

And as always, fabulous entertainment from The Flying Beaver Pubaret every Wednesday straight through Sunday every week.

Forsythia Festival News

This week, we have great news to report from the Cabbagetown Residents Association regarding everyone's favourite welcome to Spring: Forsythia Festival. Donations from various Cabbagetown shops is greatly appreciated and is the source of funding for the festival.
A great big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who has already donated!

Help us Keep Cabbagetown Beautiful!
Cabbagetown South Residents Association implemented a cool partnership with the Beer Store on Gerrard and Seaton St.
Keep your front yard clean, donate your empties, and a local charity benefits from the generosity of the community.
We all know that with the addition of sunshine to our weekends, many empties will end up on the streets.
Help us keep our streets clean by donating your empties to charity.

Drop off your empties today - 227 Gerrard St. East

 And in other Cabbagetown business news:

You’re invited to a Visitor's Day

We are looking for Entrepreneurs eager to expand their business using the most efficient and the most reliable method available, word of mouth.
On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the Cabbagetown Chapter of Business Networking International will be hosting a Visitor’s Day in the hopes of expanding their network. This successful group of local entrepreneurs would like to invite like-minded professionals to attend one of their weekly meetings to learn more about how our members were able to exchange over $300,000 (on average over $20,000 per member) in business in 2012. 

This group already includes a lawyer, accountant, Realtor, bookkeeper, Chiropractor, Graphic Designer, Naturopath, Financial Advisor, printer and a cleaner . We all have clients to refer to you.  We are looking for people that want to grow their business and help us grow ours. 
The entrepreneurs we are currently targeting (but not limited to) are landscapers, Interior Designers, handy men, Painters, Event Planners, Florists, Photographers, General Insurance Agent (for home and auto), Auto Mechanic and IT experts. You don’t have to reside in the area to be a member.

This event is by invitation only so please call Duncan Fremlin at 416-405-8828 to reserve a spot and visit for more information.

The Winchester Community Garden is seeking quality soil or organic compost that can be donated.
Please contact contact or call 416.925.4363 ext. 103 if you can help.

The 35th Toronto Storytelling Festival

The 35th annual Toronto Storytelling Festival is coming right after the school’s March Break! Of particular note are the March 21 to March 24 events being held nearby in the new Daniels Spectrum venue at 585 Dundas St E between Parliament St and River St. 
Check out all the details at for teller bios, media contact and information on dates, times, tickets and venues March 16 to 24 across downtown Toronto.

Included in this year’s Toronto Storytelling Festival at Daniels Spectrum, are adult concerts with international professional storytellers March 21 to Mar 23, and free afternoon programming for all ages on Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24. There is also a special Sunday Brunch 11am-12:45pm hosted by Matthew Byrne, Lorne Brown and Sandra Whiting.

“I was a teacher and community worker in Regent Park for many years and later a volunteer at CRPMuseum, Central Neighbourhood House for its 100 Anniversary and now with Toronto Storytelling. I know first-hand  the rich stories of many Regent Park, Cabbagetown and Old Cabbagetown residents as well as the effect storytelling can have to inform, entertain and empower people of all ages, walks of life and from all around the world. Please help to spread the word about attending this Festival of interest to many in your neighbourhoods, across Toronto and from the GTA. Hope to see many of you there!”

Toront Urban Photograhpy Festival: MJG Gallery

MJG Gallery is pleased to be a VIP gallery in this year's Toronto Urban Photography Festival (TUPF) running March 9th-23rd
A wine reception is set for Thursday, March 14th 6-9pm - PLEASE RSVP
Please click on the link for more details and pictures: MJG Gallery Official Facebook Page
Toronto Urban Photograpy Festival - Regulation Exhibit

The gallery's entry is "Regulation" featuring exciting, new work by Stev'nn Hall & Geoff Elliot Simpson as well as additional offerings from Mark Gleberzon, Sandy Middleton, Tommy Vohs & Lorne Wisebrod. 
"Santosh Obscura", Mixed media and archival photograph on wood, 30"Hx20"W
Stev'nn Hall is a Toronto-based artist well known for his multi-media landscape photographs as well as his painted oil portraits of men. His new "Obscura" series combines the visuals and techniques from both his bodies of work. MJG Gallery is proud to premiere these exciting new works by Stev'nn!

The Best Olives in the World Available at The Epicure Shop

The best olives in the world come in 5 varieties: Black Pearl, Cocktail, Garlic Stuffed, Red Sweet Pepper, and Original.

Also available, Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Black Pearl Olive:
And for your sweet tooth:
Grandma Mary's Homemade Fudge made in small batches, no preservatives or additives. Available in three varieties: Old Fashion, Chocolate, and Maple Walnut. Samples available and for a limited time - $1.00 off/package.

Stay tuned next week for more Cabbagetown Living news. Until then, stay classy Cabbagetown.