Friday, 28 June 2013

Cabbagetown BIA Workshops for July

Join us for two very important free workshops coming in July.

Club Ovahi is a mobile app that can manage your shops' loyalty programs and help your customers have instant access to your promotions.
Local businesses are already enjoying the benefits of Club Ovahi and we think you should too.
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 from 2-4pm in the Cabbagetown BIA Office

Community partner Fred Victor is an employment centre that helps Employers find the perfect candidate for their business. With rigourous screening of applicants and training provided before the potential candidate starts, this FREE service is perfect for Cabbagetown business owners that want quality employees without the stress of having to do it all on your own.
Thursday, July 25th, 2013 from 2-3pm in the Cabbagetown BIA Office

Last Chance for Early Bird Pricing - Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts

Print, Fill-out & Email Back by July 1st to secure your Early-Bird Pricing
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If you are looking to secure a spot as a Vendor, Corporate Vendor, or Not-For-Profit Independent Vendor, applications are available on our website: when you scroll all the way down.

Any other inquiries, email:

Canada Day Pride in Cabbagetown

Summer in the City Continues with even more happening in Cabbagetown this week.

The Pride Weekend Street Festival begins Friday evening, June 28th, 2013.
Let’s all be proud that our Pride Week Festival is officially designated as a City of Toronto “Signature Event”, as well as one of Canada’s largest cultural festivals and one of the world’s largest Pride events.
East-west streets severed by the Church St. closure will be designated “two-way” for the duration of the closure. Access will be available from Yonge St. or Jarvis St. While vehicular access will be limited, your driveway and garage entrances will not be blocked. Toronto Police Officers or Pride Toronto Safety Ambassadors will be stationed at all necessary intersections to ensure that residents have access to and from their homes. Should your garage exit onto Church St, Wellesley St E or Alexander St. there will be limited opportunities to exit or enter. Please view the list of road closures stated below.

Pride Toronto is working with the City of Toronto to ensure continued safety of the neighbourhood during our celebrations.
Questions or Concerns? Please contact us at 416-927-7433
Please Note: There will be no parking during street closures and during these additional times:
Wood St. between Church St. & Mutual St, Maitland St between Church St and Yonge St (beginning Friday, June 28th at 12:01am), Charles Street between Yonge St & 100ft West of Church (beginning 6:00pm Friday, June 28th) and Isabella St. (beginning 6:00pm Friday, June 28th).

For more information on all the events happening for Pride Weekend, click on the link:
For the complete Pride Guide, click here: 2013 Pride Guide

Canada Day is Monday, July 1st

Most communities across the country will host organized celebrations for Canada Day, usually outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts, as well as citizenship ceremonies for new citizens. There is no standard mode of celebration for Canada Day; there doesn't seem to be a central recipe for how to celebrate it—chalk it up to the nature of the federation. 

Glen Murray's Constituency Office, 514 Parliament St.
As we approach the upcoming long-weekend, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your networks to come celebrate Canada Day with MP Bob Rae and MPP Glen Murray in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood of Toronto Centre.

This event will be a wonderful opportunity to share some fun and food as a community while celebrating everything that makes up Canada.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office for more information.

Thank you,

Matthew Edwards 
Executive Assistant 
Office of Glen Murray, MPP Toronto Centre 
P:416-972-7683 | F: 416-972-7686 

Date: Monday, July 1st, 2013
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market North, 95 Front Street East
What: BBQ, Entertainment, Fun!

We continue our Summer in the City: Cabbagetown Edition with shops on Parliament St. south of Carlton St. to Gerrard St.
We want to be your guide to make this Summer in Cabbagetown one in which you can discover your neighbourhood with family and friends.

The Epicure Shop, 473 Parliament St.

Having a picnic? Come in and choose from all our deli selections. We have fresh deli meat, assorted cheeses, and fresh bread + buns daily.
Pick up 1 or 2 prepared salads, options vary from potato, coleslaw, pasta salad or order from one of our fresh green salads to go. The #1 seller is the Spinach Santa Fe.

Tyrell Chips from Britain are hand cooked in small batches and we have five varieties on special (2 for $6). If you are of British ancestry – dig through some old photos and submit to Photo Contest and you may be lucky enough to find your photo on the front of a chip bag!
New and in demand at the Epicure Shop is our homemade guacamole.
Made fresh in-store, preservative free and has a great balance of flavours and heat.
Purchase a bag of Tortilla chips + salsa from Neal Brothers, all organic too!
Try our very own grilled chicken preservative free and marinated to perfection.

Dessert options for your picnic include brownies, cookies, date squares, cake slices, muffins, and the best butter tart in the world from The Maid's Cottage.

Need Summer drink ideas? 
Hero Nectar from Spain is great when combined with sparkling or spring water or for a happy hour cocktail, white wine and frozen berries.
Cedar Springs with no sodium is available in our shop and has won 1st prize for water excellence.

Pride Weekend & Canada Day Specials
Summerfresh Dips – Buy 1, Get 1 Free
Small Cheese Tray Orders $10 off only = $39.99 serves 10 – 15 people
From Quebec mini cheeses Sauvagine Cendrillon, St. Honore Lady, Sir Laurue
Cendrillon won best cheese in the world 2010 - $5.99 (Save $2)

Face Furniture Optical, 464 Parliament St.

Protect your pretty peepers with the perfect pair of unique sunglasses from Face Furniture Optical.



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perfect for your beach bag

Parliament Furniture, 465 Parliament St.

Parliament Furniture is your prime destination for a wide variety of furnishings for your home and office. Our showroom houses some of the newest and most popular models and styles to suit every taste. Our goal is to assist you in every way possible to furnish any room according to your style, taste, and budget. 
Patio Furniture
For plants, pictures, or even a mini bar
We are committed to offering the best prices possible to our customers as well as unmatched service.

Cabbagetown Pharmasave, 457 Parliament St.

Come meet Karim your friendly neighbourhood pharmacist in the heart of your community for:
  • Personalized Expert Advice
  • Short Prescription Wait Times
  • Specialty Compounding
  • Pet Health & Wellness
  • Diabetes Specialist
  • Vitamins/Natural Health Supplements
And pick up your Long Weekend Summer Essentials like sunscreen and allergy medication!

House on Parliament, 454 Parliament St.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Cabbagetown from House on Parliament's front patio or enjoy a seat on their newly added rooftop patio.

Wing Machine, 246 Parliament St.

A pound of wings and a beer is the choice of champions on Wing Machine's patio.

Star Nails, 442 Parliament St.

If you're heading to the beach this weekend, don't forget to brush up your nails with a magnificent mani/pedi from Star Nails.
Star Nails is an independently run nail salon that has been a staple in Toronto's historic Cabbagetown community for over 12 years.
We offer professional nail care services, along with body waxing and lash extensions for both men and women. We are proud to offer our clients a clean, hassle free and friendly environment to relax in.
Stop in and say hello! Our little salon is a great place to meet friends, run into old friends, and make new ones!

Check out their BlogTO Review - Click Here
Spruce was born in April of 2013 when, during a walk around the neighbourhood we love the most, we realized we have some pretty talented friends whose art and hand-made work deserved to be in more people's homes.

Our goal is to bring unique vintage and hand-made gems, along with some amazing local photography to spruce up your home and make you smile!

Mon-Wed: 11-7

Thurs-Fri: 11-8

Sat: 11-6
Sun: 12-5
*closed for the statutory holidays

Check out their BlogTO Review - Click Here
Contact Email:,
Tel: 647.748.4060
Instagram: Spruce_onParliament
Check out their BlogTO Review - Click Here

The Ben Wicks Restaurant and Pub, 424 Parliament St.

Many of Cabbagetown's well-known regulars see "the Wicks" as a home-away-from-home. They enjoy the ways we blend Ben's good companionship and his conviviality into our daily atmosphere. Recent renovations in both our pub and restaurant have enhanced our warm and welcoming atmosphere - the one that Ben himself created over 29 years ago.
Our kitchen regularly introduces new menus, bringing new ideas and flair to our meals. Our wine and beer selections cover a wide spectrum of tastes. Private parties and groups are especially welcome in our spacious dining room.

Upcoming Shows

You Are Cordially Invited to Vivacity 

With Cycle 6 coming to a close, UforChange will be hosting Vivacity! Vivacityis a two-day arts showcase presented by UforChange, an arts-based education program for youth living in Regent Park, St. James Town, and the GTA. The Vivacity weekend is a chance for UforChange participants to showcase their artwork and the skills they have developed while attending the six month program.

All events will be held at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. East)

Vivacity Schedule:
Saturday, July 6th:

Film, Fashion, Theatre
Location: Aki Studio
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

Sunday, July 7th:

Beats in the Park @ Sunday in the Park
Time: 12:00-2:00 pm

Vivacity Gallery Opening
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Encore Performance Film, Fashion, Theatre
Location: Ada Slaight Hall
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

This is a Pay-What-You-Can event, all funds raised will help fund the upcoming UforChange fall cycle.

Please check your emailsFacebook and the UforChange blog for updates and important Vivacity news!
Use the official #Vivacity hashtag on all social media platforms!
Follow us on Instagram @UforChange

Check it out:

The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament St.

We've got great shows EVERY night - except when we'll ALL be on Church Street catering a Beer Garden for Steph Zinsmeister, realtor. So come on in  for great food and great shows.
Don't forget to try our new summer menu ANYTIME - The pub side is always open for dinner and bevys!

This Week's Events:

JULY 3rd (Wed.) 7:30 - MAGGIE CASSELLA tries out some new and old material before heading to NYC to perform.  NO COVER and hopefully some laughs. :) to reserve a table.
Thank you Canadian Living for ranking us in their TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO!  WOW!  We're number eight in a pretty impressive list - click on the link to see our review!

We are located at 488 Parliament Street (N. Carlton W. side)
For dinner rezzos or call 647.347.6567

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Regent Park Farmers Market - Every Wednesday

Visit the Regent Park Farmers’ Market every Wednesday from 3-7pm starting Wednesday, June 5th on Regent Park Boulevard, adjacent to Daniels Spectrum.

We are on Regent Park Blvd – Right off of Dundas St. East, right beside the Daniels Spectrum. We make ourselves pretty known when we are open by using banners and balloons. 

We are also accepting new merchants. We welcome anyone interested and try to accommodate for vendors.  

Vendor applications are available here:


  • To establish and maintain a farmers’ market where community members can find healthy, local, sustainably-produced food.
  • To foster an awareness of the benefits of buying local by providing an opportunity for customers to connect directly with local farmers.
  • To foster collaboration among market vendors and to assist start-up vendors and food entrepreneurs.
  • Our long-term goal is to develop strategies for making local, sustainable food accessible to all community members while ensuring producers receive a fair price for their products.

If you need further information or have questions specific to the market, contact Nina Phillips (

The following vendors feature a great variety of fruits, vegetables, meat (including halal meat), cheese, bread, pastries, preserves, honey and specialty products and services:

Southern Horizons Farm, School Grown Foodshare Toronto, Wicklow Way Farm, Footstep Organics, Arman Farmers Market, Highmark Farm, Campbell-Luxton, Fresh City Farms, Natalie Fedchak, Sanober, Jordan Ramsey, Yvonne Kabeya, Amy Cheng, Green Gate Farms, Incredible Spice, David Smythe, Sunil Jain, Sweet Sammies, Jordan Ramsey, Patchwork City Gardens, City Farm, Langevin Farm and Exact Edge.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Summer in the City: Cabbagetown Edition

Hello Cabbagetown!

Welcome to our Summer in the City: Cabbagetown Edition of the Blog

Every couple of days we will be posting pictures and info of how our local businesses celebrate summer - along with events, shows and much more.

Today (June 21st) is the Summer Solstice which means that we are now in what some may call the best season of the year.
Cabbagetown is a great place to spend your Summer as there is no shortage of fun things going on all the time.
Many of our restaurants have patios for you to enjoy great food while in the sun (or shade), while other shops have the perfect accessories for you to spruce up your own patio for the season.
With so much Summer goodness to take in, we know it can be difficult to visit all our shops at once so we're starting with shops on Carlton St. from Parliament to Berkeley St.
We want to be your guide to make this Summer in Cabbagetown one in which you can discover your neighbourhood with family and friends.

Carlton St. Shops Celebrate Summer

Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St.

With enough beer selections to try one-a-day for the rest of the Summer, Stout keeps the vibe alive outside.
Come enjoy their great patio space today.

Kendall & Co., 227 Carlton St.

Kendall & Co. has you covered when it comes to hosting the best patio party. One-of-a-kind items that are as pretty as they are functional, you will definitely find something to take home today.
Check out their website for design inspiration:

Ice bucket with glass bottle
Summer weather approved placemats
Mosaic inspired coasters for your refreshing patio drinks

Labour of Love, 242 Carlton St.

Unlimited creativity is what you'll find at Labour of Love. They have great conversation pieces that will keep you dinner guests entertained and intrigued.
Outdoor cooking essentials
How do you like your beef?
Handmade maple and walnut cutting boards and care products by Swaine Street Woodworking from Halifax
Whiskey Stones are cubes of solid Soapstone that will chill your liquor without diluting it, unlike ice. These hand-crafted Whiskey Stone are non-porous, odorless and tasteless. Adding Whiskey Stones to your beverage will chill the spirit without affecting its taste!
Fox Drinking Glasses (set of 4) $25
Endless inspiration
Garden tea party anyone?

Mi Casa Toronto, 238 Carlton St.

Mi Casa is the perfect spot for making your home more unique.
New inventory arrives on a constant basis.
Whether you’re a new condo owner,  homeowner or interior designer searching for new ideas, or just looking for that special item, Mi Casa is the spot! 

Operating Hours: 
Mon. - Fri. 10am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sundays CLOSED

Patio items on SALE on the Patio!
Decorative vase
Horse garden figurine
Insect votives 
Patio chairs, your choice
Herb garden anyone?

Me to We Store, 223 Carlton St.

The Me to We store isn’t just a retail space; it’s a place to chat with Me to We team members, exchange travel stories and more. Stop by their interactive “Be The Change” bar, sip a complimentary hot chocolate and go on a virtual journey to Kenya, India, Ecuador, China, Arizona, Nicaragua or Ghana before booking the volunteer trip of a lifetime.
At Me to We, we believe in business that is ethical, environmentally responsible and sustainable. Half of the profit from Me to We products and experiences go directly to our charity partner, Free The Children, with the other half reinvested into the social enterprise.
Visit us at this exciting new international marketplace and gathering place, and join us in promoting better choices for a better world. 
Check out some items that just might become your accessory for the Summer.
Intricately carved decorative wooden block

Events not to be missed this upcoming week:

Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (CCAC), 422 Parliament St.

Cafune , 194A Carlton St.

Cafune offers live Brazilian music on Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30pm. Stay tuned, they may have Reg Schwager playing here in July :)
Coming Soon:
June 27: Maestro Fran├žois Comeau (Piano), Henrique Matulis (Guitar) (TBC)
July 04: Kyla Charter (Vocals), Chris Adriaanse (Bass), & Henrique Matulis (Guitar) (TBC)

And every Wednesday, 7:30 - 8:30pm, join them for Reading Night. A bit of Brazilian literature read in English to follow with local writers reading their work.  
Submissions can be sent to For more info/questions call 647 748 7884.

The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament St.

Thank you Canadian Living for ranking The Flying Beaver Pubaret in their TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO!  WOW!  They're number eight in a pretty impressive list!
Speaking of impressive, check out our events their this week:
Click on the Show Title for more details and to Purchase Tickets.

JUNE 30 (Sun.) HAPPY PRIDE DAY!  We're open to feed and water you.

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
Looking forward to seeing you!

St. Peter's Anglican Church, 188 Carlton St.

Welcome summer – it’s finally here and we at St. Peter’s are pleased to be moving forward into the season in celebration of our 150th Anniversary. We have a lot to celebrate and a lot of new ministry happening in our church. We have welcomed 7 new folks into the family of God through baptism so far this year, and we celebrate their faith. We are enjoying new music from sources other than the piano & organ, as well as a Youth Choir that is practising hard for their first participation in a service.
Start your day off with prayerSt. Peter’s Anglican Church will be celebrating with Morning Prayer service from the Book of Common Prayer on Thursday mornings at 8am until at least Labour day. Short said service will get you on your way to work by 8:25am
Come and join us for a prayerful start to energise and begin your day
June 23rd we will be marking our Anniversary by having Archbishop Colin Johnson come and celebrate in worship with us. The service will be followed by a luncheon so come and join us. We welcome past members, and friends as well as anyone interested in coming to help us celebrate this milestone at our 10:30am worship service.
The Holy Spirit is alive and moving here at St Peter’s, come and join us and catch the feeling along with us as we celebrate our faith together.
The Rev Jeanette Lewis, St Peter’s Anglican Church 188 Carlton St. 

Rexall Pharmacy, 572 Parliament St.

Rexall is having a big event this coming Saturday June 22, 2013 at Parliament and Winchester. 
We will have a Hemocode Clinic from 11am to 3pm where customers can talk to a Naturopathic Doctor in the pharmacy about any related medical condition such as: 
  • Migraine Headaches 
  • Chronic constipation 
  • Diarrhea 
  • IBS 
  • Chron's Disease 
  • Arthritis 
  • Chronic fatigue 
  • Eczema 
  • Psoriasis 
  • Acne 
  • Obesity 
  • Sinusitis 
In addition customers will also be able to try our Gluten free products and sweets. There is also a raffle on the weekend to win a basket of Gluten free products that is worth ~ $150!