Tuesday, 26 November 2013


November 25th - December 2nd



296 Gerrard Street East 

Finally! The Mexican Burrito opened its doors at the corner of Parliament and Gerrard Streets, on Friday, November 22nd, and it was well worth the wait! This week's special: Carnitas Burritos - a delicious pork-style burrito with all of your favourite fix-ins. 
Monday to Saturday - 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday - CLOSED

 The Mexican Burrito. 296 Gerrard St. E. 


429 Parliament Street

Welcome to the neighbourhood!


398 Parliament Street 

This bright, new, and cozy Vietnamese restaurant was recently featured in the Parliament Street News for their incredibly delicious Pho. What caught my eye when I was in there? Definitely the Shrimp Rolls (for only $4!). Pho-U's specials offer us everything from Vermicelli, Pad Thai, Shrimp Salad, and of course their House Special Pho... for under $10? Check it out yourself! 

Monday to Saturday - 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday - CLOSED 
Pho-U, 398 Parliament Street

229 Carlton Street

Hey Lucy's Italian cuisine and modern-meets-retro design adds a new flare to Cabbagetown. Authentic wood burning ovens, fresh pastas, and a patio that seats 80?? Don't forget $4.49 Martini Wednesdays. Every. Wednesday.  

Monday, Tuesday - 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Wednesday - 11:30am to 2:00am
Thursday - 11:30am to 12:00am
Friday, Saturday - 11:30am - 2:00am
Sunday - 11:30am - 9:00pm

Hey Lucy Café, 227 Carlton St. 


473 Parliament St. 
Tyrell Chips on special for 2 for $5.50!  Straight from England, Tyrell chips are cooked by hand in small batches. They are vegetarian friendly, and contain nothing artificial. 

*Back for the Holiday Season*

Homemade Shortbread Cookies, only 95¢ each, 
or $9.95 per dozen. 

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Purchase a $25 gift certificate for just $20!
Come by the Epicure Shop and pick up a Holiday Flyer!


Cycle Solutions
444 Parliament St. 

Not only does Cycle Solution offer a range of bicycles for all disciplines, our local bike shop now carries The KINETIC Road Machine - an indoor cycling machine for cyclists looking to stay warm this winter! It's "the most realistic indoor ride ever" and offers unmatched stability and durability. 

Visit Cycle Solutions today for all of your cycling needs!

455 Parliament Street

A few items we are highlighting for the holidays are our hand-made ornaments - these include hand-folded paper ornaments made from vintage maps, linen papers and other special papers like Nepalese Lokta.  We also have hand-crocheted reindeer ornaments made locally in Toronto.

We carry a variety of unique hand-made items including some gorgeous pillows and tea towels that were featured in the Chateliane 2013 Gift Guide made by Sparrow Avenue here in Toronto.  Here is a link to the online section of the gift guide:http://www.chatelaine.com/holiday/holiday-gift-guide-2013/#gallery_page43
We have brought in a few other treats for the holidays including some gorgeous gold-glazed accent dishes, serving trays, spoons and cheese knives.

In addition to these we have brought back our popular Cabbagetown themed products including the pint glasses, totes, pillows, stationary and have introduced the "Cabbagetown" City of Neighbourhoods toque which is designed and made locally by The Tuck Shop Trading Co.

Winter Holidays & Celebration!

Join the fun with neighbours and friends on Friday, November 29th at the northeast corner of Parliament and Carlton Streets as we celebrate the holiday season with our Annual Neighbourhood Tree Lighting & Caroling Night! 

From 6:30pm to 8:30pm, help us decorate our Christmas Trees! AND enjoy performances by the kids from the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (www.cabbagetownarts.orgas they perform scenes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

Be sure to bring your cameras and take a picture with Santa Claus!

Did I mention free hot chocolate, coffee, and goodies, our treat!?

For more information, e-mail us at cabbagetownbia@gmail.com

From Free The Children & Me to We
The holiday season is all about the spirit of giving, sharing quality time and showing true appreciation for those we hold dear. As a valued supporter of Me to We, we are honoured to invite you to a special appreciation night on Friday, November 30th at the Me to We store.
Bring along your friends and family and join us for an event hosted by Me to We co-founder Marc Kielburger as well as the Kenyan Boys Choir! This family-friendly mix-and-mingle is an intimate occasion to spend time with our staff and one of our founders–it’s also a great opportunity to wrap up your socially conscious holiday shopping.
To say thank you for your support, we will be offering a special gift with purchase. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Me to We store
223 Carlton Street

Toronto, ON M5A 2L2
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Get a chance to spend time with Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children and Me to We. Marc has shared the stage, and his voice, with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and icons. Enjoy the opportunity to share time with him and hear a little more about his story.
Enjoy an intimate and exclusive performance by the Kenyan Boys Choir, right inside our Me to We store. Founded in 2004, the choral group’s lively music showcases Africa’s rich and diverse culture.

Monday, 18 November 2013

November 2013


Fall Office Hours

Congratulations to our full-time coordinators (Nauoda & Krissia) who each delivered happy and healthy babies Mid-October. We now have a temporary staff manning in the office. To visit us at the BIA office,  please call or e-mail to book an appointment

Office Hours
Monday: 9am to 3pm
Wednesday: 10am to 4pm
Thursday: 9am to 3pm

2013 Annual General Meeting & Chairman’s Awards 

On October 30th, 2013, the BIA held it’s Annual General Meeting at the Local Gest @ 424 Parliament St, where BIA Members approved a budget and program for 2014. We had an excellent evening together. If you missed it, here are some highlights:

  • Artist-Designed Pole Banners highlighting Cabbagetown main streets will be installed in 2014; 
  • A Community Garden is planned to be installed opposite of TD Bank in order to complete the beautification at that major intersection; 
  •  An increase in Street Cleaning has begun within the BIA zone during the week, with the help of Dale Bilby in order to improve the cleanliness of our main streets; 
  •  Street Art Removal quotes are being compared to remove tagging on our historical properties, as well as the Graffiti Removal Program, run in partnership with 51 Division and Const. Marty McLaughlin. The programs continues each school term with various Toronto schools. 

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of our 2013 Chairman's Awards! The winners are: 

Significant Major Renovations:
Rexall Pharma Plus, 539 Parliament St. 
Yogurty's, 521 Parliament St. 

Excellent Neighbourhood Improvement: 
CYC Basketball Court, 2 Lancaster Ave. 
Rexall Pharma Plus, 539 Parliament St. 

Volunteer of the Year: 
Erin Gamelin, Stout Irish Pub 
Patty Junior, The Epicure Shop 

Outstanding New Restaurant: 
Kingyo Izakaya, 51 Winchester St. 
Cafuné, 194A Carlton St. 

Exciting New Business:
Sundara Yoga, 492 Parliament St. 
Face Furniture Optical, 464 Parliament St. 

Excellent Customer Service: 
Absolute Bakery, 589 Parliament St. 
José Shoe Repair, 202 Carlton St.

Best Window Arrangements: 
Kendall & Co., 227 Carlton St. 
Labour of Love, 242 Carlton St.

Attracting People to Cabbagetown: 
Fair Trade Jewellery Co., 523 Parliament St.
Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St.
Business Improvement of the Year: 
Kendall & Co., 227 Carlton St.
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St.

Cafuné accepts the Chairman's Award for Outstanding New Restaurant!

Winter Holidays & Celebration!

Join the fun with neighbours and friends on Friday, November 29th at the northeast corner of Parliament and Carlton Streets as we celebrate the holiday season with our Annual Neighbourhood Tree Lighting & Caroling Night! 

From 6:30pm to 8:30pm, help us decorate our Christmas Trees! AND enjoy performances by the kids from the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (www.cabbagetownarts.orgas they perform scenes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

Be sure to bring your cameras and take a picture with Santa Claus!

Did I mention free hot chocolate, coffee, and goodies, our treat!?

For more information, e-mail us at cabbagetownbia@gmail.com


Sinate Creations, 480 Parliament Street

Ilias Nikolaou, Owner 
Sinate Creations celebrated their first anniversary in Cabbagetown on November 1st. Proud owner Ilias Nikolaou says “It’s been an exciting year!”


This store is filled with beautiful hand-made items. Check out their unique collection of must-have winter garments, like their colourful infinity scarves, crafted in store, and their collection of whimsical socks, hats, and gloves.

Visit Sinate Creations @ 480 Parliament St, open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6.p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wind Mobile, 239 Carlton St.

Check out this amazing deal with Wind Mobile! For ONLY 40$ A MONTH you can get: 

  • Unlimited Canada-Wide Calls
  • Unlimited Canada-Wide Texts
  • Unlimited International Texts
  • International Calls Starting from 1¢/min
  • Free Voicemail for 6 months 

The Beer Store Charity Fall Bottle Drive, 227 Gerrard St. East

Permanent, hassle free, express donation window
On Saturday, November 16th, The Beer Store @ Gerrard/Seation hosted a donation drive, to supplement the donation money the Cabbagetown South Residents Association is collecting, to use for charitable initiatives and beautification projects in our neighbourhood

We would like to encourage everyone to continue to return your empty beer and liquor bottles to the store instead of putting them out with your recycling. Use the donation window!

Toronto Centre By-Election Debate: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 

Jazz Line-Up at Cafune, 194 Carlton St.

Free Admission

Thursdays, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturdays, from 8pm to 10pm

November 21st: Marisa Oliveira, Barbara de LaFuente & Henrique Matulis
November 23rd: Abby & Guests
November 28th: Trevor Giancola & Henrique Matulis
November 30th: Laura Fernandez & Henrique Matulis

Stout Irish Pub: Special Events, 221 Carlton St.

Live Radio Show: Saturday, November 23, 3-5pm
Kevin Brauch, star of The Thirsty Traveller, Bill Perrie, creator of Red Falcon Ale, and musical guest “The Pub Singer” will be recording LIVE on location and YOU can be a part of it!

Stout’s Autumn Scotch & Cigar Night
Invitational only. Sunday November 24th7-9pm and complimentary cigars. Movember 20$ donation encouraged

Don't forget Tuesday Night "Nerd Night" and Friday Night Beer Tastings from 7-9pm 

THIS WEEK AT THE PUBARET!  Everything from music, to comedy, to storytelling or just come in for dinner!  

The Flying Beaver Pubaret has been ranked #8 on Canadian Living's TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO! Impressive! Click on this link to see their review


Is it YOUR job to plan the holiday party?  If it is let US make it easy for you.  
You can HAVE our cabaret room at NO CHARGE*, choose your menu, get drink specials, and don't forget we have a stage for fun office hijinks!  Holiday sketches?  Karaoke party?  We'll hire a singer, comic, hypnotist, magician FOR YOU.  You name it. 
E-mail maggie@pubaret.com and let us help you be the ROCKSTAR who makes the office party epic!
Here's a lovely pic of the cabaret room for your perusal:
(Note we also have the pub side with a full bar for people to belly up to - always available for mingling)
*Some wee rules apply. 
We are located at 488 Parliament Street (N. Carlton W. side)
For dinner rezzos e-mail heather@pubaret.com or call 647.347.6567
FOR DIRECT LINK TO TIX GOT TO www.brownpapertickets.com

St Peter’s Church Anglican Church: World AIDS Day Vigil Service

Sunday December 1st @ 3pm

Cabbagetown Classical Youth Choir Performance

Friday December 13th @ 7:30pm

Introducing: Cabbagetown ReLeaf Tree Steward Program

Do you love trees?  Do you have a passion to do good work in your community, learn about the urban forest, have fun and meet other like-minded people? If so, the Cabbagetown ReLEAF Tree Steward (CRTS) Program just might be for you.

No previous experience is needed to become a Cabbagetown ReLEAF Tree Steward (CRTS), but you do need a passion for trees, a desire to learn, and the commitment to help.  Cabbagetown ReLEAF's mission is to promote a larger, healthier urban forest as part of our green infrastructure through community planting, tree care, tree protection, education, and advocacy.

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