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