Friday, 17 May 2013

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

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