Friday, 24 May 2013

Lots to see & Do

Hello Friends of Cabbagetown and welcome to another week of fun. Although this was a short work week, this is no shortage of things to do in Cabbagetown this weekend and coming up...

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association Garden Tour"Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces" - takes place on Sunday, June 2 from 10:00am - 3:00pm when ten private gardens will be on view. 

This self-guided tour, using the map on the ticket, brings visitors along the streets of the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District of downtown Toronto and through quiet back lanes or tree-lined streets to hidden alcoves of greenery.
This year, you can get some really good promotions from our local businesses on the day of the tour - just show your ticket and get fabulous discounts!
For more info and pictures click here.

The Riverdale Farm Farmer's Market starts on Tuesday, May 28th from 3 - 7pm.

Check out our previous blog post that gives you all the updates happening at the farm by clicking here.

And last but not least, a very important message from the Cabbagetown BIA:

The Cabbagetown BIA is preparing to undertake several neighbourhood beautification initiatives and seeks the input of community members from Cabbagetown, Regent Park and St Jamestown. Please take 5 to 7 minutes to complete this survey which will help us better understand how you feel about your neighbourhood’s main thoroughfare, Parliament Street, and its adjacent public spaces.

Cabbagetown’s most prominent mural stands at the corner of Carlton and Parliament Streets and since 1996, has been a fixture of our community. You may like the concept and the design or perhaps you would have chosen different imagery. We are planning to complete two new murals in our neighbourhood this year and need your ideas. 

Your opinion is highly valued and we invite you to complete this survey, to participate in the beautification of Cabbagetown.Click the link to participate in our very important survey: Mural Survey

Sincere thanks for your time.

The Cabbagetown BIA Team

The Relationship Show "It takes two, to buy art..."  
MJG Gallery is participating in the The Relationship Show at The International Centre in Mississauga this coming weekend, May 24-26th. This is the inaugural show and certainly a curious venue to offer original art. 
I've always believed in a household with two spouses or partners, buying art should be treated as a joint venture. So with that in mind, I think doing this kind of show should actually work as well as introducing the West End to MJG.
Bev Jenkins original art
Come enjoy mixed gallery-offerings along with work by artist-owner Mark Gleberzon while Bev Jenkins' "sculpted oils" will also be featured including some new work. 
IF you do visit the show and buy a painting during your visit, I will deduct the show fee from your receipt - just let me know to deduct the fee upon your purchase. 
To learn more about The Relationship Show click here
To see Bev Jenkins' oil paintings click here

You're all Invited!

Urban Roots Youth
Leslie Topness, Program Co-ordinator: "We are so lucky to work with a lovely crew of youth this year. Mostly high schoolers, these guys have impressed us with their commitment. They have been so helpful prepping beds at our elementary school gardens, shoveling and turning compost, and even double digging new beds. Plus planting lots of seeds that are filling the greenhouse with tender young plants. These youngsters don't just want to grow food, they also want to understand our mixed up (unhealthy and unjust) food system, and figure out what we are going to do about it. Phenomenal. We are gearing up for a video project in the garden in partnership with Regent Park Focus: the topic--food stories: growing up. Stay tuned to see the final project late this summer.
For those of you who don't know the program: Urban Roots Youth is a garden and food justice program for youth aged 15-29, from Regent Park, Cabbagetown, and St. Jamestown neighbourhoods. The youth begin with caring for seedlings and designing their own garden plots in Allan Gardens Children's Greenhouse, then move out to the garden to plant, grow and learn about different issues related to food justice. Many of the youth will continue to volunteer, helping us maintain gardens throughout the summer when schools are out, help run our booth at the new Regent Park Farmer's Market and help us keep the gardens thriving."  
Keep up with this crew at
Thanks in large part to Telus Community Funding and the City of Toronto for supporting this program.

“Art of the Sizzle”, Volunteer Welcome Wagon
Make a difference and join our event committee for the "Art of the Sizzle" being held September 25th at the St. Lawrence Market, to benefit the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre, a charity providing music and arts programs for inner city children since 1979.
TVO's Steve Paikin will MC and MP Bob Rae and MPP Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation are first on the grill who will join other prominent politicians in this season premiere comedy roast.
We need volunteers to help with all aspects of the event including:
  • Selling sponsor tables and individual tickets
  • Generating buzz through social and traditional media
  • Recruiting entertainers, politicians, journalists and celebrities
  • Design and edit magazine style program
  • Decorating and staging for event
  • Sound and lighting
  • Video and photography
  • Planning and coordinating 
  • Help create crowdsourcing campaign

By volunteering you will expand your networks, meet interesting and fun people, while helping a great cause At the Welcome Wagon we will introduce you to the programs of the Centre, the staff and provide you with all the materials to help make this the most exciting event of the year and rock this world.Light refreshments will be served.
To sign up Click Here
Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre

422 Parliament St Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

A Huge Thank You to Msgr. Fraser High School Students and 51 Division
On behalf of the neighbourhood, the Cabbagetown BIA would like to thank the dedicated efforts of students from Msgr. Fraser High School Students and officers from 51 Division for their amazing work of cleaning up the unsightly graffiti that burdens our community.
The students have been working tirelessly and we appreciate their community involvement.
Students Covering up Graffiti in the Alley Ways

Friday, 17 May 2013

Long Weekend Living

Hello Cabbagetown,

Welcome to the first (unofficial) weekend of the Summer. With friendly weather coming our way, there's no excuse for you not to get out there and enjoy Cabbagetown in all it's splendour.

And don't worry about missing work Monday, the Queen wanted it this way:

"Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. Following the death of three uncles and her father, she became Queen of the United Kingdom on June 20, 1837 and reigned until her death on January 22, 1901. Victoria is still the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. During Victoria's life, the British Empire expanded considerably. However, her powers as Queen of the United Kingdom were reduced as the House of Commons became more important and powerful in British politics.

The monarch's birthday has been celebrated in Canada since before the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign. After her death, in 1901, May 25 became known as Empire Day. The sovereign's official birthday was still celebrated, often on the King's or Queen's actual birthday. In 1952, Empire Day was moved to the Monday before May 25 and since 1953, the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II has been celebrated on this date in Canada. In 1958, Empire Day became known as Commonwealth Day, which was moved to the second Monday in March. The Monday before May 25 then became known as Victoria Day, which is a Canadian statutory holiday."

100s of Reasons to Cut a Rug at Kendall & Co., 227 Carlton St.

Only until May 31st, NO HST on KENDALL & Co RUGS. 
KENDALL & Co will pay the HST on your purchase of RUGS in their Wool, Flatweave or Outdoor Series. Save on all styles, in all available sizes, from 2ft x 3ft to 10ft x 14ft, including runners and round rugs, in their retail shop. 
Click to view their Rug Collection 
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Promo cannot be combined with any other offers and only applies to new orders or in-stock purchases at regular price. 
227 Carlton Street. 
10-6 Weekdays + 11-5 Saturdays.

Mother's Day Basket Winner at The Epicure Shop, 473 Parliament St.
A testimonial from Patty's winning customer:
"I entered my name in a Mother's Day Draw at The Epicure Shop, where my family shops all the time and I won! The picture is of my mom collecting the basket on my behalf and who received it as a gift for Mother's Day. She loved Patty's selection of coffee, tea, and sweet treats! Thanks Epicure!" 
The Epicure Shop has all your long weekend essentials and invites you to their website (Click Here to Save) to print a 10% OFF Coupon  to get your BBQ needs covered today!

Celebrating 150 Years of Worship in Cabbagetown, St. Peter's Anglican Church, 188 Carlton St.
This year St. Peter’s Anglican Church is celebrating a significant anniversary. 

They have all sorts of events planned that they would love to have everyone come to.
On Sunday May 19th they celebrate Pentecost (service is at 10:30am), the birthday of the church, with 3 baptisms & a pot luck lunch. 
For those who would like to worship with incense, they will be holding that Eucharistic service at 1:30pm in the church. 
Come celebrate & enjoy the family of God together with us.  Keep your eyes on this site for future events.

Upcoming Shows at The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament St.

Click on the Show you're interested in attending for more details and prices:

The Flying Beaver Pubaret is located at 488 Parliament Street (N. Carlton W. side)
For dinner rezzos: or call 647.347.6567

Momentum Dance Toronto presents: NOSTALGIA, 80 Winchester St.
Dance inspired by the bittersweet longing for things, persons or situations of the past.

Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street, Toronto

(purchase online for discounted tickets) or at the door.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door, preview show $20
Previews May 29 • Runs May 30 to Jun 1, Wed-Sat @ 8 pm, Sat matinee @ 2 pmpm

Community Updates

A few updates from Riverdale Farm
A Message from the Cabbagetown South Residents Association
Dear friends and neighbours,

Spring is finally here and it is time to get outside and enjoy walking Cabbagetown streets!  Unfortunately, spring and summer brings an increase in foot traffic and some unsavory activity to lane ways and (not so) hidden spaces.

The CRA is collaborating with 51 Division Police Services to schedule safety walks through problematic areas of our neighbourhood. These safety walks can be done during the day or at night - the purpose is to directly view areas of concern and highlight ways to increase safety and security and reduce the occurrence of unwelcome activity through environmental changes and design.
The CRA is asking its members and residents of Cabbagetown to identify 'hotspots' of unwanted activity for which a safety walk may be beneficial by emailing the following details

·        street/ lane way name, OR address/description of the area of concern
·        2 - 3 sentences about your observations and concerns.
·        whether day or night safety walk is preferred (determined by problems identified)
·        other relevant information

Once received, we will work with 51 Division Police Services to schedule safety walks in priority areas. We plan to begin safety walks in the month of June 2013.

Thank you,
CRA Board

A Message from the Riverside BIA, our neighbours to the South of Cabbagetown South
The Riverside BIA would like to invite you to our upcoming event - Eats & Beats in the Riverside Street Fest.

On Saturday, June 1st, from 1:00 PM – 6:00PM, the Riverside will be hosting their annual Street Fest, showcasing Riverside’s family friendly food outlets and unique small town in the big city atmosphere.  The Riverside District is renowned for its home design shops, heritage architecture, coffee shops, food providores and popular contemporary restaurants.  Riverside extends from the DVP to just past Degrassi Street along Queen Street East.
Local eateries will be opening their doors serving tasting plates and musical entertainment and there will be a Riverside Passport where the public can collect stamps from participating businesses and get great deals for the month of June. There will be 12 event destination points with live music, and entertainment including: cooking demos,  belly dancing workshops, instrument making, kid’s crafts, henna tattoos,  food and art walking tours and of course some mouthwatering Riverside tasters.

Fresh music will enliven Riverside’s streetscape with sounds ranging from Irish Celtic, Jazz and Blues, to Drumming and Aboriginal vocals. Some of the featured artists include: Autorickshaw – a home grown South Asian fusion band which mixes traditional Indian, Jazz and Funk, as well as other musical elements; DRUMHAND -   an amalgamation of Latin, African and Jazz music sure to get folks on their feet; Riverside’s homegrown Don Valley Stompers -  a powerful seven-piece band that play in the New Orleans dancehall tradition; and in celebration of National Aboriginal History Month, drummer and singer Nibii Wawashkana (Water Flower), whose music mixes the nations within the Aboriginal culture with performances in Ojibway, French, and English.

Accompanied with Eats & Beats  in Riverside Street Fest is the Riverdale Art Walk which is a two-day (June 1st& 2nd), public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in retail spaces, artist’s studios and Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto’s flourishing Queen Street East arts district. For more information

Let us know you’re coming through: and find out more at:

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Cabbagetown Preservation Association's Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour

20 Wellesley Avenue's garden complete with a recreation of Kathmandu's Kumari palace window as a focal point.
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association Garden Tour - "Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces" - takes place on Sunday, June 2 from 10:00am - 3:00pm when ten private gardens will be on view. This self-guided tour, using the map on the ticket, brings visitors along the streets of the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District of downtown Toronto and through quiet back lanes or tree-lined streets to hidden alcoves of greenery.
 One of three outdoor rooms in the garden of 297 Carlton Street on the 2011 Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces tour.
Visit unique urban gardens from the quaint to the quirky. Proud gardeners will be on site to answer questions about the creative use of small spaces, the challenges of urban wildlife, (raccoons, skunks, squirrels, coyotes & opossums) and choices of plants and other materials. Use the map on the ticket as well as balloonbouquets at garden entrances as guides to stroll through this charming neighbourhood. Some gardens can only be entered from back lanes with intriguing names: Yen, Magic, Gordon Sinclair or Nuthatch.
A restful oasis is part of the garden at 89 Winchester Street.

Along the way, also note some community gardens: at Prospect and Parliament, Winchester and Parliament and Sword Street - the boulevard gardens. This year Michael Hepburn of Hepburn Landscape Contractors will be our guest gardening expert to answer questions about gardens and garden design.
Entering the garden at 40 Gifford Street.
Tickets cost $15:00. Get your ticket early; a limited number of tickets get printed and this tour sells out.
Tickets are now on sale at the following vendors (Cash Only):

  •   JAY’s Garden Centre, 360 Gerrard Street, 416-927-9949
  • Cabbagetown BIA Office, 237 Carlton St. 
  • Bill’s Garden and Design, 903 Pape Avenue, 416-466-8283
  • Mi Casa, 238 Carlton Street, 416-929-1913
  • Fairway Variety, 520 Parliament Street, 416-921-0624
  • KENDALL & Co Design + Décor, 227 Carlton Street, 416-363-9914
  • Sheridan Nurseries, 2827 Yonge Street, 416-481-6429
  •  Indoors & Out, 1991 Yonge Street, 416-489-7553
  • Ringe Florist, Scotia Plaza, 40 King Street W., Concourse Level, 416-214-0278
  • Greenery Patch at the St. Lawrence Market, B36, 95 Front Street East, 416-594-6678

Tickets can also be purchased ONLINE using this form.

Specials available EXCLUSIVELY for ticket holders of this year's Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour:

FREE! Royal Home Hardware - 485 Parliament Street 416-924-3921 Drop by this popular Cabbagetown store, show your ticket and pick up your FREE copy of “Canadian Lawn & Garden Secrets” featuring Mark Cullen ($12.95 retail value). While in the shop, browse the gardening section with its wide selection of seeds, pots, and solar lighting.
Mi Casa - 238 Carlton Street 416-929-1913 offers a 10% discount on home décor and accessories on the day of the tour. Stop at this modern emporium to browse a wide selection of beautiful home accents. After the tour, show your ticket and get 10% off until Saturday, June 9th, 2013.
Sinate Creations - 480 Parliament Street 647-352-2074 offers 15% off purchases on tour day. Visitors can drop into this new shop in Cabbagetown and browse the wide selection of unique women’s clothing and accessories such as silk scarves, pashminas, and one-of-a-kind jewellery. A free gift of aromatic incense for visitors.
KENDALL & Co Design + Décor - 227 Carlton St. 416-366-9914 Cabbagetown’s Home Design Destination. Receive a free gift of your choice with purchase of home accents and gifts at our beautiful shop from June 2 to June 8. Limited quantities available. Visit

Labour of Love - 242 Carlton Street - 416 923 8988: In honour of the CPA’s Hidden Gardens Tour, please visit Labour of Love’s Garden Party, where ticket holders will receive 20% off of regularly priced merchandise with a purchase of $10 or more! Come tiptoe through our tulips and enjoy a free tea sample! Or visit our web site:
MerryBerry Café + Bistro - 559 Parliament Street 647-348-0411 Do you crave a charming and whimsical French bistro experience? Try MerryBerry where ticket holders receive a delicious complimentary strawberry lemonade with any food order.
Peartree Restaurant - 507 Parliament Street offers a complimentary apple pie or carrot cake with any lunch order. This charming eatery with exposed brick walls, solarium, and back patio boasts one of the finest facades on Parliament Street. Brunch from 10am; dinner after 4:00pm.
The Epicure Shop - 473 Parliament Street at Carlton offers 15% off any cheese purchase and/or purchase a lunch special and receive a free dessert, and coffee, pop, or water on us!
Cranberries Restaurant – 601 Parliament Street 416-925-6330 offers 15% off all food (not alcohol) from 9am to 3pm on the day of the tour.
Cabbagetown Brew - 552Parliament Street - 416-353-5551 An Espresso Boutique with an Italian flare offering visitors a variety of specialty coffees, gelato, and delicious baked treats from local celebrity chef Mark Thuet. Come relax in our comfy wingback chairs and enjoy 1 Medium Drip Coffee and a yummy muffin of your choice for only $1.99!
Drop by the Riverdale Farm to pick up information about its activities and take advantage of a special treat. (day of tour only)
Paths to Vitality Osteopathic Wellness Clinic - 439 Parliament Street 647-352-5527 . Suffering from pain? We can help! Redeem your Garden Tour ticket for a complimentary initial assessment and treatment from one of our Manual Therapists. Call to book your appointment today.

Heritage Toronto Awards

The Heritage Toronto Awards celebrate outstanding contributions by individuals and community organizations, as well as industry professionals and associations, in promoting and conserving Toronto’s history and heritage landmarks. The William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture, held in conjunction with the Awards, was introduced in 1996 to honour William Kilbourn’s legacy and his commitment to Toronto as a viable, liveable city that honours its past and plans for its future.
This year’s celebrations will be held on October 15 at Koerner Hall in The Royal Conservatory of Music.  
There are five categories from which you can nominate

·         William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship
·         Book
·         Short Publication
·         Media
·         Community Heritage Award

For information about the eligibility standards and nomination forms, please visit or email or call 416-338-2175

Friday, 10 May 2013

Lovely Weekend for a Mother

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

This Mother's Day, bring your special lady to Cabbagetown for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner or a Show.

There's always something new for you to try, so why not grab your Mom and indulge in what Cabbagetown has to offer this weekend.

Mother's Day Specials are happening all weekend at the following locations:

The Peartree Restaurant, 507 Parliament St.
With Mother's Day around the corner, it’s now the perfect time to reserve a table at Peartree Restaurant for our Mother’s Day Dinner Special.  

Celebrate with the important women in your life and treat them to our delicious prix-fixe menu for $20.00.  Indulge in three courses (starter, main course, and dessert) for an amazing price.

Try our savoury Prime Rib Roast, Atlantic Salmon stuffed with creamy goat cheese and spinach, or our vegetarian Agnolotti Pasta.

What better way is there to say "I love you" than a memorable dining experience? 

For reservations, call (647) 977-5797 and book your table today!

Labour of Love, 242 Carlton St.
The best one-of-a-kind finds are in-store so come in today to get the perfect gift for your perfect lady.

F'Amelia, 12 Amelia St.
Open at a Special Time just for Mother's Day! Enjoy the delicious menu F'Amelia has prepared for lunch.

The Epicure Shop, 473 Parliament St.
Patty's got all the sweets you need for mom this weekend. Enjoy Baci Chocolates, Cupcakes from Phipps Bakery, Grandma Marys Fudge, Rondetti Cookies and for a Limited Time: Mother's Day Truffle Collection from Chocolate Clare.

Kendall & Co., 227 Carlton St.
KENDALL & Co's Flora Vase Collection arrived just in time for Mother's Day
Beautiful flowers, butterflies and birds are imprinted onto the glass for a contemporary finish to accent any bouquet.  Even without flowers, the vase stands attractive by the window as the light will enhance the colourful impressions. Find more Mother's Day gifts at their shop on 227 Carlton Street. 
10-6 Weekdays + 11-5 Saturdays. 

Upcoming Events for May

The Flying Beaver Pubaret


May 12 (Sun.) 11am - 3pm  MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH


Cafune presents: LIVE MUSIC

LIVE BRAZILIAN MUSIC every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30, starting May 9 with Henrique Matulis and Eduardo Varela, playing instrumental bossa nova.

Hours of Operation (Seating until closing time: customers can came in even a few minutes before we close)
Monday and Tuesday 10 to 5
Wednesday 10 to 8
Thursday and Friday 10 to 9
Saturday 10 to 9
Sunday 10 to 5

Drop by for dinner! Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 5pm, we are offering a prix-fixe three-course menu – appetizer, main, dessert and coffee or tea. To see our full menu click here. If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation, call us at 647 748 7884.

Cabbagetown Classical Youth Choir

Please don't forget! We've got a concert happening this Sunday evening at 6PM.
We know its Mother's Day and all the more reason to come to a wonderful concert of opera and operetta performed by Louise Lo (soprano) and Alex Chan (tenor), joined of course by our very own Cabbagetown Classical Youth Choir.

This takes place at Studio Daniel, 74 Pembroke Street.

We're asking a very modest $20 at the door. As well we are keen to raise money for our ongoing efforts and of course to support our run of Amahl and the Night Visitors during the Christmas season.


I'd also like you to invite you all to visit our new 'crowdsharing' site on Indiegogo. 
Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, and more. So we've decided to enlist to bring awareness to our cause and hopefully raise funds for our ongoing efforts.


Find Cabbagetown Classical Choir Youth on  Facebook

For more information call us 647-701-5033 or visit us on the web

Safety Walk with 51 Division

Starting point:  Dundas & Oskenonton Lane (next to Dry Cleaner) 
Date: 116 May 2013

Time:  6:30 PM 

If you are concerned about your personal safety or the safety of your property in the neighbourhood, please join us and Staff Sargent Spanton from 51 Division as we walk the neighbourhood and discuss ways to improve and protect our homes and families.
And don't forget, the Cabbagetown South Community Yard Sale:  Saturday May 26th.  Free to participate, but please register online at  under Events, so we know how many there will be.

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.

The resilient cantautore entertains with original material and song stylings.

Sunday May 26, 2013 @ 7:30 pmThe Flying Beaver Pubaret
488 Parliament Street
Click to Purchase Tickets
Tickets $10 advance; $15 door

Advance tix available at The Pubaret™ or online at

Dinner is available before during or after the show.Dinner patrons get priority seating.

For dinner reservations e-mail or call 647.347.6567