Friday, 26 April 2013

Cabbagetown BIA News

Hello Cabbagetowners! This week we've broken down our Blog Posts into Cabbagetown BIA News, Community News, and Upcoming Shows. Make sure you scroll allllll theee waaayyy doooowwwn to see everything we have in store for you this week.

Cabbagetown BIA, Festival Committee seeking Volunteers
Visit our Table at the City Youth Council of Toronto Volunteer Fair April 27 (1-5pm)
The City Youth Council of Toronto (CYCToronto) is hosting a volunteer fair on April 27 in honor of Global Youth Service Day. (To find out more about GYSD, visit

The event that will be taking place is the first ever in honor of GYSD in Canada. This is an opportunity for youth throughout the city to find out more about different organizations, and to find information about volunteering for these organizations.

Organizations include:
-Ability Online
-Cabbagetown Business Improvement Area -Canadian Cancer Society
-Chinese Cultural Centre Youth Chapter
-City Youth Council of Toronto
-Habitat for Humanity Toronto
-Harbourfront Centre
-Jane's Walk
-Ontario New Democratic Youth
-Ontario Progressive Conservative Youth Association
-Ontario Young Liberals
-Our Horizon
-SchoolMatch Canada
-Spelling Bee Literacy
-The Financial Literacy of Ontario
-Toronto Multicultural Youth Council
-Toronto Youth Environmental Council
-Toronto Youth Food Policy Council
-Virtual Citizen
-Volunteer Toronto
And many more!

Come on out on April 27, anytime from 1 to 5 PM in the Members' Lounge at City Hall to start getting involved in the City!

Number 9 Recording Studios Invites You For a Tour, 222 Gerrard St. East
Here at Number 9, we’re much more than just a recording studio. Here you can record, make duplications and have it all packaged and ready to go under one roof! Needing some artwork and layout done for your DVDs or CDs? No problem! Whether you already have some artwork in mind or want something designed completely from scratch, our in-house graphic designer can provide to suit your needs with all sorts of budgets in mind.

We offer a variety of services, so feel free to come by for a tour of the facility and we can guarantee you’ll like what you see.
Number 9 Studios
Give us a call or book a meeting today, and we’ll see what we can do for you!

Cafe Olya as Profiled by Nick & Hilary, 540 Parliament St.
Cafe Olya Profile

"Honing their skills by running a popular cafe in Newmarket, Mike Tasso and Olyana Zhuk,  owners of Café Olya, know how to do coffee right. They recently relocated their cafe to Cabbagetown, opening at the end of January 2013 and are a fantastic addition to the neighbourhood."

Read the full profile and find out why Cafe Olya has quickly become a neighbourhood favourite.

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents MOMENTUM 2013
May 2 - 4 & 9 - 11
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents an ambitious main-stage performance of ensemble works, showcasing dancers from all three years of the Professional Training Program
·  First year students will present two new works: a rigorous and powerful piece by Julia Sasso, as well as a work by Sharon B. Moore which challenges dancers to their dramatic and energetic extremes.
·  Second year students will perform a new work on the shifting nature of relationships entitled Perpetual Dusk, a piece by Montreal-based choreographer and master Bouffon teacher, Massimo Agostinelli. They will also perform in a remount of Coralee McLaren’s colourful, sublimely musical, and uplifting work, Toccata.
·  Dancers of the graduating class will perform in a new creation by Allen Kaeja, incorporating many elements of the demanding discipline of contact improvisation. They will also present a new creation by acknowledged master choreographer and School alumnus, Tedd Robinson, who is the 2013 recipient of the School’s Kathryn Ash Choreographic Commission.

For More Info & Tickets
MOMENTUM 2013 is your chance to see tomorrow’s contemporary dancers today!

WHEN: May 2 - 4 & 9 - 11, 2013.
All performances start at 8:00 pm. Box office opens at 7:15 pm.
WHERE: The Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St., Toronto (See Map)
TICKETS: $19 General Admission, $15 Students/Seniors/CADA Members

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please call 416-967-6887 or email

Tickets will also be available online starting Monday, April 15 at

Gala Performance and Fundraiser

May 8, 2013 (Performance starts at 7:30pm - Doors open at 7:00pm).

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online
(attendees will be issued with a charitable receipt for $25)

Trauma Sensitive Yoga - Empowerment Through Movement at Sundara Yoga, 492 Parliament St.
An 8-week yoga program for Trauma Survivors: For More Info, Click HereThis unique yoga program will help participants feel comfortable in their bodies and cultivate the connection between mind and body through gentle restorative movement and breathing practices.  We will work on core elements of breath, movement, strengthening, stretching and resting.  We will offer a safe and supportive space and provide you with tools to help manage stress and relieve body tension.

April 29th - June 24th (with no class on May 20th, Victoria Day)
Mondays 8:30 - 9:30 PM

MJG Gallery's New Show, 555 Parliament St.
Running month-long throughout Toronto, Contact features new and notable photographic-media artists in a number of museums, galleries and other venues."Memory & Context" runs May 1-31with an opening night reception Thursday, May 2nd 6-10pm. Please RSVP.Click here to learn more about Contact here to RSVP 
MJG is looking forward to participating again in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival with "Memory & Context" featuring new and exciting, multi-media photographic-based work by Chris Albert, Mark Gleberzon, Sandy Middleton, Tanja Tiziana & Tommy Vohs. 

Go Postal with Kendall & Co., 227 Carlton St.
Kendall delivers yet another unique design with this Cast Iron Retro Mail Post!! May be set in concrete or bolted down to a wooden surface. Secured lock and key. 15" W x 67" H. $1,120. Available by Special Order Only. Exclusively at KENDALL & Co. 227 Carlton Street. 10-6 weekdays and 11-5 Saturdays.

More Great Finds

Summer Flavours Now Available at The Epicure Shop, 473 Parliament St.
Drews Salad Dressing + Marinade is great for a weekend barbecue. Serves two delicious purposes.

Specials this week: 
Black & White Truffle Oil is $3 OFF/Tin at only $14.99 for a limited time.
Peanut Butter & Co. is an All Natural, No Trans Fat, No Cholesterol treat. With 6 Varieties you'll need more recipes than just a sandwich. For recipe ideas visit

Community News

Join Councillor Pam McConnell for a Community Environment Day
Saturday, April 27, 2013 (10am-2pm)
Please join me this Saturday for my annual Envrionment Day. Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring used or unwanted household items, drop off recycling, hazardous waste, and items to donate, and pick up free compost.
I will also be providing free compost at the Forsythia Festival on Sunday May 5 at Wellesley Park.
For more news and information, don’t forget to visit my website at
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at or by calling 416-392-7916.

Location: Lower Sherbourne Park (Sherbourne and The Esplanade)
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 2:00 pm
Recycle, Reuse and Safely Dispose
Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto.


·  Backyard Composter
·  Green Bin
·  Kitchen Container

Pick up for FREE

·  Green Bins and Kitchen Container (with proof of new residency in the last 90 days or in exchange for a damaged box)
·  Leaf Compost (limit of one cubic metre per household)

Drop off for recycling or proper disposal

·  Computer Equipment & Peripherals (e.g., desktops, laptops, hand-held portables, monitors, printing devices, etc.)
·  Audio/Visual Equipment & Peripherals (e.g., telephones, cell phones, pda’s and pagers, cameras, small TVs, radios, receivers, speakers, tuners, equalizers, turntables, projectors, recorders, DVD players and VCRs, etc.)
·  Household Hazardous Waste (e.g., cleaning supplies and solvents, motor oil, paint, batteries, old/unused medication, mercury thermometers/thermostats, pesticides, fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks, etc.)
·  Gas-powered lawn and garden equipment (mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers, and chainsaws)
Note: You can recycle plastic shopping bags, polystyrene foam, empty paint and empty aerosol cans in your blue bin.

Items donated to local schools for reuse*

·  Art supplies (e.g. pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
·  Buttons, keys, and collectors’ coins and stamps
·  Clipboards, corks and cork boards
·  CDs and cases
·  Children’s books
·  Costume jewelry including broken/old watches and clocks with hands
·  Dress-up clothing (e.g. costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)
·  Fabric pieces and yarn

Other Items donated for reuse *

(Please keep separate from others)
·  Sporting goods (e.g. skates and jerseys, etc.)
·  Books
·  Medical equipment in good condition (e.g. eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.)
·  Small household items (e.g. dishes, ornaments, etc.)
·  Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
·  Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank
*All donated items must be in very good condition
Click here for more information.

Start organizing NOW! Community Yard Sale 2013
May 25th, 2013

Another year … another box of unwanted treasures that someone else is bound to adore.
Start now, gathering all your unwanted treasures, and join us on May 25th 2013 for our Annual COMMUNITY YARD SALE!!!
This is a MULTI Family event with thousands of items and everyone is welcome to participate.
This event runs at the same time as the Canadian Breast Cancer "Yard Sale for the Cure".
Advertising will be posted on Craigs list and Kijji.
Place: Cabbagetown South area, bordered by Sherbourne to Parliament, Carlton to Shuter.  See map below.
Cost:  FREE.  There is no charge, but please REGISTER on the site so we know how many there will be.  (If you are reading this by email, please click here to REGISTER.  We really appreciate it.)
Questions for the organizer?  email Jennifer at   (
In the event of rain, check the website for updates.
Map of Area:

403 Toronto Scouts in your Neighbourhood, 188 Carlton St.
Volunteer for Scouts
We are currently seeking new leaders who would start in the fall, but would participate in orientation and training over the next few months. Check out our website or contact Beth Baskin, Group Commissioner directly at or 416-363-7923.

The 403 Toronto is your local Scouts Canada group and we currently have 40 youth (boys and girls) and 11 leaders registered. We run programs for youth ranging in age from 5 to 14 in three sections of Beaver Scouts, and Sea Scouts on Wednesday nights and Cub Scouts on Thursday nights at St. Peter's Anglican 188 Carlton
We expect to expand to a Venturer Company (age 14+) next fall. Scouting is a program with a strong outdoor focus that encourages youth leadership and independence. The youth come mostly from the local neighbourhoods with a diversity of cultural and economic backgrounds. We are an open group and have families led by same-sex parents, single parents, two parents, Jewish parents, Christian parents, Hindu parents, and others reflecting the broad spectrum of our community. 
We offer financial assistance to families who require it and welcome donations that enable us to provide an open program.

403 Toronto Scouts

We are embracing spring with participation in hikes in the neighbourhood, camps in Aurora and Orangeville, and a visit to Evergreen Brickworks. Each group will be finding ways to contribute to the community by running activities at the Forsythia Festival and Winchester Fun Fair and cleaning up litter over the next few weeks. Our program is varied and exciting but is only possible with volunteer leadership, financial donations and inexpensive space provided by St.Peter's church.

Double Take Store is Getting a Mural, 310 Gerrard St. East
The Double Take Store, part of The Yonge Street Mission, is requesting submissions for a mural on our east exterior brick wall of 310 Gerrard Street East. The project is open to individual artists as well as art groups. The intention of this project is to creatively express the ideals of hope and joy to the public and to promote artistic expression in the community. Local artists and art groups are encouraged to apply.

Artists or groups are encouraged to create a colourful design based on The Yonge Street Mission’s motto “Hope in the City”. Interested individuals or groups must pick up a Call For Submission Package in person on or before May 17, 2013, 6:00pm. Packages will not be available online.

The Winning Design:
The winning design is to be installed and fully complete by September 6, 2013. A public community event to celebrate and commemorate the finished mural will take place the following week. The event may garner some valuable press and media, so it is a great opportunity for promotion of the chosen artist(s). Final approval of the winning submission will be announced on or by July 2, 2013.

How to Apply Today
Pick up your Call For Submission Package:
Location: The Double Take Store, 310 Gerrard St. East (east of Parliament)
Times: Monday to Wednesday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday to Friday 10:00am – 8:00pm
All persons or groups acquiring packages will be asked to add their names to a Submission Package receipt list.
For questions regarding submissions:
Email only to on or before Monday June 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm with the Subject heading: “Mural”
Questions submitted by telephone will not be answered. Submissions will not be accepted after June 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

A World Within our Neighborhood - St. James Town Janes Walk
May 5th, 2013 (2pm)

Join our walk in St. James Town and get the opportunity to know the real faces of one of the most diverse neighborhoods. Hear the stories from members of the community.

We will introduce the past, present and future that gives life to St. James Town.
Get to know St. James Town and how it developed.  Learn how it became one of the most densely populated communities in North America.
Start picturing the future of this Community. This walk will open your eyes to a lively and colourful neighborhood; and will introduce you to the new possibilities and the new vision this community has to offer.
For More Info - Click Here

Upcoming Shows

Coming to the Winchester Kitchen & Bar, 51A Winchester St.
May 2nd - 4th, 2013

Amy and Tom have busy lives, and meeting that special someone has taken a back seat - until now. With social media playing a bigger role in our lives, shines a light on how we relate to each other. 
This special production of is being workshopped before a limited audience at the Winchester Kitchen and Bar in Toronto for three nights only May 2, 3 and 4 @ 8pm. A talk-back will follow each show.

For more information and tickets go to:

The Forsythia Festival at Wellesley Park
May 5, 2013 (10am - 3pm)

Click Here for Entertainment Schedule
The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. with a parade departing from the corner of Sumach and Winchester Streets. Everyone is welcome and is encouraged to wear yellow! The parade is followed by a fun-filled afternoon at Wellesley Park where there is something for everyone to enjoy – live entertainment, great food provided by our local shops – St. Jamestown Steak & Chops, Café Olya, games and activities. Bring your change to participate in this year’s raffle ($2 for 1 ticket, or 3 tickets for $5!) – there are great prizes to be won – and come out to relax by enjoying a beverage in the first ever Forsythia Festival Beer Garden!
Games and activities run from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. The beer garden runs from 11:00 a.m. with last call at 3:00 p.m.
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The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament St.



e-mail or call 647.347.6567 to reserve a table
West Side, N. of Carlton, one door S. of Starbucks

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Kiden Thrifty Store Fire Update

Good news from Aya of Kiden Thrifty Store:

Aya has been able to fundraise $1500 towards re-opening Kiden Thrifty Store in Cabbagetown but she is still working toward her goal of $5000.

We request your help through a cash donation to help rebuild during this difficult time.

A trust fund has been set up in honour of Aya at TD Bank.
Transit # 1223 and Account # 6044421 has been set. Any donation amount is appreciated.

For more info contact 416 966 2666

Toronto Star Picture of Rescue Efforts
Damage from the fire 
Aya cleaning up the debris
Hangers melted from the fire

Where the fire started - the electrical room

Aya will be accepting clothing and household donations once a location has be secured for the new store.
We will update you in the upcoming weeks with any new details that become available.

Thank you all for your help.