Friday, 12 September 2014

A message from Kendall & Co.

Cabbagetowners, please help our local business keep our "BEST OF" titles for 2014 by voting for KENDALL & Co.

On the webpage, click on "Kendall & Co." and then press the "Cast Your Vote" red button.

Voting closes at end of day this FridayHave your say to all of Toronto Now.


KENDALL & Co Interior Design and DécorRetail Shop + Interior Design Studio

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Mark Michelin of St. Jame Town Steak and Chops and seven Cabbagetown's food Establishments welcome revelers to the successful Taste of Cabbagetown history and food tour all accompanied by live music. Here is what people on the tour said.
Peter: "Wow I never knew Cabbagetown had some many great places to eat and it reminds me of a small European town"
Marcedes: " I am so glad i invited my friends on the tour the live music made us feel like celebrities and every food place were so friendly and informative"
Tom: this place sure has changed since i visited a dew years ago< the restaurant are great and so many different ones"
Taste of Cabbagetown was part of a larger promotion with Yellow Pages called Taste Your Neighbourhood involving fifteen neighbourhoods Cabbagetown was then first to sell out>

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Taste of Cabbagetown Tour Saturday July 26th, 2014, 2 - 4pm is officially sold out. Congratulations to Cabbagetown's tastiest establishments for participating in this inaugural event co hosted by Yellow Pages. Our neighborhood is steeped in history with lots of local character and will be a highlight of the Taste Your Neighborhood Tours which will feature 15 neighborhoods. Yellow Pages has also done an extensive media campaign in relation to the tour which will surely generate even more promotion for our local businesses. Tour participant and BIA board member Patty Junior owner of Epicure looks forward to the excitement and will be putting forward similar promotions to the board this fall. Our next big foodie event is "One Night In Cabbagetown" currently in the works for Sept 4th leading up to this years Cabbagetown Festival. Check out the link for all the exiting details.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

May the Source Be With You

The Source, Store Manager Troy Turner puts the finishing touches on the new store before it's grand opening Friday July 18th.
Located at 435 Parliament St. the Source looks forward to being a part of the Cabbagetown business community and especially participating in the Cabbagetown Festival.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Taste of Cabbagetown July 26th, 2pm


Cabbagetown BIA is joining forces with Yellow Pages for a tasting and history tour of some of Cabbagetown's exciting food establishments. A total of nine venues have signed on for the tour which will involve a maximum of 34 people (recruited through yellow pages) who will visit each venue to taste some samples and get a brief history of each place. The event is based on a successful model launched last year in Montreal and has now been extended to Cabbagetown.

Locations involved:

The Cabbagetown BIA is also looking for a volunteer to help guide the tour. We are looking for someone who is knowledgeable about the neighborhood, and is comfortable talking about it between locations.

If you are interested, please contact us immediately.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Catch of the Day - KENDALL & Co

Grab Summer by the Tail! These lobster rugs are hand hooked in two styles. Get them while they last. 

KENDALL & Co Interior Design + Décor.
227 Carlton St.
10-6 Mon to Fri + 11-5 Sat.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Cabbagetown Food Establishments Invited to Participate in Gourmet Guided Tour

Cabbagetown is participating in this year's Taste Your Neighbourhood event on Saturday, July 26. These tours are led by dynamic local guides who are familiar with the history of our neighbourhood.

Taste Your Neighbourhood is a unique chance to discover local food specialties and meet local artisans and small business owners. Tour participants may register online for free starting July 7 by visiting:

We are also inviting all Cabbagetown food and drink establishments to be part of the tour! Participation means a free opportunity to show off your shop, from samples to Cabbagetown history lessons.

Businesses who wish to participate should contact us at the Cabbagetown BIA ASAP, as vacancy is limited.

237 Carlton Street, Toronto
(416) 921-0857

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Local Gest "EVENTS"

424 Parliament St M5A3A2
Tel: 416-961-9425

Enjoy the last games of World Cup 2014 on our big screen indoors and out on the patio.
Sunday Jazz
July 6th, 4:30 PM
Mike Daley / guitar and vocals, Chris Gale / sax, Chris Banks / bass

Open Mic with Porter
Thursday July 10th and 24th, 9pm-1am.
Sign up starts at 8:30pm.

Sunday Jazz
Sunday Jazz July 13th, 4:30 PM
The Steve Koven Trio. A Canadian, Toronto-based jazz group. Pianist Koven is joined by long time members, Anthony Michelli on drums and RobClutton on bass.

Jeff & Noah
Thursday July 3rd, 17th and 31st, 2014
Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin, withtheir best music selection from 8:00pm to 12:00 am.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Happy Canada Day from Cabbagetown BIA

Cabbagetown wishes all a Happy Canada Day Eh!
For a neighbourhood that so strongly identifies with itself and even has its own flag you would think that we were planning to separate. But the opposite is true as Cabbagetown is a microcosm of what being a Canadian is all about. We are diverse accepting and manage to get along and make everything work.
The BIA continues to make improvements to the local infrastructure to ensure safety, restore beauty and provide a vision for one of Canada’s oldest main streets and shopping districts.
If you were to visit all 200 or so of our businesses you would find in every shop warm and friendly owners, and staff representaive of all the diversity that is Canada, no wonder we are the envy of the world for peace, tolerance, acceptance and a beacon to the world as the place to be.
So from all of us at the Cabbagetown BIA, Happy Canada Day.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Canada Day & Pride Specials at The Epicure

The Epicure Shop is celebrating Pride and Canada Day with specials that are sure to make your weekend even greater. The Epicure will be open FridayMonday, but is closed on Tuesday for Canada Day.

Items on special:

  • 5 Brothers Cheese, Champion of 2013repeat of a sell out item
  • Purchase any prepared saladget a Summerfresh dip 1/2 price
  • Que Pasa Red and White Tortilla Chips
  • All natural, preservative-free, Buttertarts. The best in the city!

Visit The Epicure Shop at:
473 Parliament St, Toronto

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Anniversary Park Pilot Project

BIA Executive Director, David Blackmore, VP Daniels Corp, Remo Agostini and BIA Chair Frank Bernardo recently met to discuss redevelopment plans for Anniversary Park at the corner of Parliament and Gerrard at the suggestion of Councillor Pam McConnell.

Phase 3 of Regent Park will be complete in the next 2 to 4 years and the park could play a major role in establishing a natural corridor to the Cabbagetown BIA main street and compliment the new development on the South east side.

A pilot project which would temporarily cordon traffic and animate the park would help determine the feasibility of developing the park. This is an idea we are exploring.

The BIA is in discussions with City Economic Development and would like to hear from community groups as to how best use the park during the pilot.

The BIA will be updating it's preliminary streetscape design from 2009.

For more information contact David at the BIA

Alison Young at the Local Gest

Sunday Jazz: June 29, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A relatively new force to reckon with in the Toronto music scene, Alison is from Ottawa where she honed her craft playing in local blues and R&B bands. After studying at the University of Toronto with Canadian sax greats Mike Murley and Kirk MacDonald, Alison has emerged as one of the Toronto music scene’s hottest and most sought after reed players. Alison plays all kinds of music and has toured Canada with pop group Kelly and the Kellygirls and with the one and only Big Rude Jake!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Pride of Cabbagetown - KENDALL & Co.

KENDALL & Co is proudly serving our community and beyond. $2 from the purchase of every one of their Equal Marriage mugs is donated to the 519 Church Street Community Centre.

Return the love by voting for KENDALL & Co as Toronto's BEST DESIGN STORE and BEST INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM for another year.

227 Carlton St. Mon-Fri 10-6 + Sat 11-5

Friday, 20 June 2014

Bruce Moore Wins the W. Hoffmann Bechstein Piano

Bruce Moore Wins the W. Hoffmann Bechstein!

The auction of the W. Hoffmann piano by Bechstein is complete. A wonderful
musician and human being Bruce Moore is the lucky winner! After we won the C. Bechstein photo contest, beautiful prize was this brand new W. Hoffman Vision 112 upright piano. We thank all who took part in the auction whose beneficiary, the...

Read the full article here:

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Lido Lands Global TV as Festival Media Sponsor

Low flying beavers, pillow fights in Kendall’s window (oh behave), partridges at the Pear Tree, a society for osteopathic wellness demo on a skeleton or a vacation for your hair at the Hair Spa are some of the zany ideas for this year’s festival as business owners get in on the advanced publicity. There was even talk of cutting the cheese instead of the sacred cabbage but the committee decided the idea stunk.

Festival coordinator Lido Chilelli having just announced that Global TV would be our official media sponsor, this presents visual opportunities in the lead up to promote this year’s festival and our members are encouraged to participate in the fun. Patio extensions for all restaurants have been approved and Lido will deliver a no-brainer kit for restaurants to fill out and return to the BIA.

Publicist Joanne Smale will be running an extensive PR campaign to tell the stories of our member businesses and will publicize it through a broad range of media outlets. The BIA office will be transformed into Media Central during the festival. Video clips, stories and photos will also be posted daily on our social media campaign with the Social Cabbage.

Social Media Coordinator Geoffrey Chen is available to video and photograph your project and our team will help if you need help with your ideas.

Members can join in the fun by contacting the BIA office today.
(416) 921-0857

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Local Gest is getting more "Local"

Fresh Farm City runs an annual program for the community of new farmers that wish to grow their own food, offering plots at Downsview Park (Keele and Sheppard) with the use of certified organic seeds, potting mixes, compost, fertilizers and sustainable methods of cultivation. This year "The Local Gest" have decided to do an extra effort to bring to their supporters more and more local food.

This year you will be able to enjoy, fresh kale, cucumber, tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, arugula, lettuce, spinach, basil, and more! If you wish to find out more about it, get in contact with us at You may get to visit the farm for a tour or volunteer some time which will allow you to bring back some vegetables along with a great experience of having your hands in the soil!

Also check the latest events going on at the Local Gest!

Enjoy all the games on our big screen out on the patio and indoors. From June 12 to July 13, 2014.

Gay Pride
Get Ready to celebrate "World Gay Pride 2014" at The Local Gest with a week full of rainbow events. From June 20 to 29, enjoy special meals and drinks, live music nights and Trivia. for more information visit

Sunday Jazz
Sunday Jazz, June 22nd at 4:30 PM. Featuring Toronto-based jazz songstress, Ilana Waldston with Ted Quinlan/Guitar and Jorden O'Connor/Bass. Ilana has been delighting audiences with her swinging jazz standards and off-beat comedic cabaret numbers for years.

Open Mic with Porter
Thursday, June 26, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Signup starts at 8:30 p.m.

Jeff and Noah
June 19, 2014

Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin, with their best music selection from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Our Local Artist This Month
Art pieces by Adam Connolly and
Jony Somoza

Wednesday Smart Ass Trivia Night
7:30 p.m. with prizes for the winning teams.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Free Appetizers at Stout Irish Pub

Stout Irish Pub is giving free appetizers to customers who download the Yellow Pages app, between 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Come enjoy food and drinks while you watch the FIFA World Cup!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Cabbagetown Improvement Videos and The Parliament Street News

Frank Bernardo speaks to us about what the Cabbagetown BIA has been up to recently.

This video is the first of a series that will be created and posted for you, members of the Cabbagetown community. The videos will keep you updated about what's going on in the area, issues we have in the neighborhood, and what the Cabbagetown BIA plans to do in the following months.

The Parliament Street News also recently showcased David Blackmore and the Cabbagetown BIA in their periodical! You can read the article here, or on page 5 of issue 15 of the Real Estate Edition of Parliament Street News.

Monday, 9 June 2014

TOMORROW Senior's Day Fundraiser BBQ at Rexall

On Tuesday, June 10th, Rexall is hosting a fundraising BBQ in celebration of Senior's day. Be sure to come out to Rexall at 539 Parliament Street (Parliament and Winchester) between 12pm to 6pm.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

More at the Local Gest

424 Parliament St, M5A3A2

Sunday Jazz

June 8th, 4:30 PM

Chris Gale – Sax
Reg Schwager – Guitar
Brendan Davis – Bass
Ted Warren – Drums

Sunday Jazz

June 15th, 4:30 PM

The beautiful voice of Sherie Marshall with T. Jahz, Walther Maclean and Dave West.

Sunday Jazz

June 22nd, 4:30 PM

Featuring Toronto-based jazz songstress, Ilana Waldston with Ted Quinlan on guitar and Jorden O'Connor on bass. Ilana has been delighting audiences with her swinging jazz standards and off-beat comedic cabaret numbers for years.

Open mic with Porter

Thursday June 12th and 26th, 9:00 PM  1:00 AM

Sign up starts at 8:30 PM.

Jeff & Noah 

Thursday June 5th and 19th 

Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin with their best music selection from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

Our Local Artist This Month 
Art pieces by Adam Connolly and 

Wednesday Smart Ass Trivia Night

At 7:30 PM, with prizes for the winning teams.

Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014

Enjoy the best of "Brazil Fifa World Cup 2014" at The Local Gest
with big screens on the patio and indoors.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Riverdale Farm Aid - June 19th

Quick update about music and auction items. $10 admission for these musical acts ... seriously?

Our musical acts are confirmed:
* The Brendan Canning Band *
Even with Broken Social Scene on indefinite hiatus, it’s been an especially busy year for Brendan Canning: he recently revived his long-dormant, pre-BSS indie-pop project Cookie Duster; he composed the soundtrack to Paul Schrader’s upcoming Lindsay Lohan spectacle, The Canyons (written by Bret Easton Ellis); and he’s currently working on an ambitious interactive video-game/film project based on a premise that involves director David Cronenberg selling his intellectual property to a biotech lab. Amidst all this, he found time to write and record You Gots 2 Chill, providing the clearest, most personal portrait to date of an artist who’s spent much of his two- decade career making other people sound better. Back in the ’60s, some acoustic- guitar slinging boho from Minnesota extolled the virtues of bringing it all back home— with You Gots 2 Chill, Brendan Canning updates that maxim to 21st-century standards

* Lemon Bucket Orkestra *
A Canadian self-described 'Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super-Band'. From Toronto to New York, Budapest to Berlin, audiences around the world are hailing LBO as folk music revolutionaries. Since their birth four years ago, the band has grown from its initial quartet of buskers to a fifteen-piece guerilla folk force with an army of grass roots followers and mainstream fans at home and abroad. Their wild, joyful experiences are rarely contained by four walls. Their celebrations of tradition and culture are expressed with an explosive punk spirit. Their ecstatic street parades erupt from the collision of nostalgia and imagination. Wall Street Journal says, "Adventurously multicultural ... amazing" and Moses Znaimer says, "One of a kind sound ... the best party band ever"

Our AUCTION items are rolling in ... here are three one-of-a-kind opportunities you could bid on:

Lunch with Steve Paikin
Steve Paikin OC OOnt is a Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer at TVO, Ontario's public broadcaster. He is currently anchor of TVO's flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Lunch with Christie Blatchford Born in Quebec and studied journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. She has written for all four Toronto-based newspapers. She has won a National Newspaper Award for column writing and in 2008 won the Governor-General’s Literary Award in non-fiction for her book Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army.

Lunch with Terry Fallis
Author of 4 national bestsellers. His debut novel, The Best Laid plans, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Read as the 'essential Canadian novel of the decade'. In January 2014 CBC aired a 6-part television miniseries based on the book and it is also in development as a stage musical by Touchstone Theatre in Vancouver. 

Meet Lido Chilelli Cabbagetown Festival Coordinator Tue. June 17th, 6-8

Lido Chilelli, with assistant Jessica Haines (in the photo) and his team will be bringing it to the streets for Cabbagetown Festival 2014. Lido is a household name in the world of festival and event organizing. He is the founder of the Beaches International Jazz Festival (which now attracts a million plus visitors) and organizes numerous events throughout the province.
This years festival will see bands up and down the streets, children's zones, artist vendors and every conceivable amusement for all ages.
The famous "Blair's Run" which moves from Saturday to the "Sunday" brings runners from local streets and all over the GTA in support of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.
Opening (Sat. Sept 6th) and closing ceremonies (Sun. Sept 7th) will be at the north east corner of Carlton and Parliament mid-day (times TBA) and bookend the festival. Major activities and entertainment are already in place. Vendors can now book their spots online at our website
The BIA is hosting a community information session Tuesday June 17th, 6-8pm at the newly renovated offices at 237 Carlton St. where they can meet and greet with Lido Chilelli, BIA board members and David Blackmore.
Cabbagetown businesses are encouraged to participate in their own special way and can set up in front of their stores.
For more information email David Blackmore, BIA Executive

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Of Queens and Cabbages

Get Your Organic Cabbages and other vegetables in Cabbagetown!

Organic Farmers Market

Location the Riverdale Farm
(Sumach & Winchester Streets)

Time is 2pm to 7pm.
Every Tuesday
First Market is June  until October 14th

Local Events at the Local Gest

424 Parliament St, M5A3A2

Sunday Jazz

June 1st

One of the best jazz performers in Toronto "Zim-Zum"

Colin Flint – Bass Guitar
Ian Lazarus – Alto & tenor Sax
Jeffrey Hewer – Guitar
Dennis Song  Drums and percussion

Sunday Jazz

June 8th, 4:30 PM

Chris Gale  Sax
Reg Schwager  Guitar 
Brendan David  Bass
Ted Warren  Drums

Open mic with Porter

Thursday May 29th, June 12th and 26th, 9:00 PM  1:00 AM

Sign up starts at 8:30 PM.

Jeff & Noah 

Thursday June 5th and 19th 

Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin with their best music selection from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

Our Local Artist This Month 
Art pieces by Adam Connolly and 

Wednesday Smart Ass Trivia Night

At 7:30 PM, with prizes for the winning teams.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Springtime in Cabbagetown Marked by Hanging Flower Baskets

Over 66 Hanging Flower Baskets installed throughout the Cabbagetown Business Improvement Area. Flowers include morning glories, geraniums and more. The flower installations mark the beginning of a series of new improvements planned throughout  the BIA.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Café Olya: Treats to keep you warm 
540 Parliament Street 

Find Café Olya on Facebook:

Every day via Facebook, the café updates us with their sweet and savoury selection of treats, ranging from raspberry coconut galettes, paprika goat cheese biscuits, croissants, canneles, spiced nut raisin cookies, french apple tarts, galettes, and the classic tarte au sucre.é-olya


Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre's 2014 Auditions Begin
509 Parliament Street 
"Each spring the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre invites young dancers, ages 8-20,  to audition for the upcoming season. CCDT dancers come from a variety of backgrounds though all share a passion for the expressive power and range of modern dance choreography that is created on them, for them."
Visit for further info

Daniel et Daniel Event Creation & Catering 
248 Carlton Street 
Daniel et Daniel catered fresh menu ideas for the Grand Opening at Ripley's Aquarium.  Read about their under water adventure on the D&D blog:

Speaking of fresh menu ideas, this week D&D also stared taste testing their newest hors d'oeuvre 
They'll be showcasing all new menu items for Spring and Summer very soon!

The Epicure Shop's SuperBowl Weekend Specials 
478 Parliament Street 
Having a get together this weekend? We have great specials in store now. 

Tyrell Chips from England are back in stock and on special, now 2 for $6 

Purchase any Neal Bros. Tortilla Chips + Salsa, both for $6.99 

This Friday: All brownies, date squares, nanimo bars are Buy One Get One Free

Superbowl Sunday - Purchase any Summerfresh Dip and get the second one 1/2 price

Kendall & Co.'s Seasonal Clearance Continues 
227 Carlton Street 
Seasonal Clearance
Take home some fantastic deals so they can make room for exciting new arrivals.  Further mark downs and more items now on sale at KENDALL & Co's Seasonal Winter Clearance. Home Accessories, Servingware, Lighting, Rugs and Furniture are now up to 40% OFF!! Check out just some of what they have got on sale:  
In the news: 
Chinese New Year starts today. Here's a National Post story featuring one item in store now at K&Co.'s:

KENDALL & Co Interior Design + Décor. 
227 Carlton St. 
Open 10-6 Weekdays and 11-5 Saturdays. 

Spruce on Parliament: 1rst Annual Winter Sale starts Saturday

455 Parliament Street 
Spruce is holding a winter clearance sale to make room for all the new and nifty items coming in store soon. As they continue to showcase new and local artists, I hope you get a change to enjoy their unique local and handmade products 

Superbowl Sunday at Stout
221 Carlton Street 

Superbowl party this Sunday. Activities and prizes at 5pm, kick-off 6:30!

Big News around town (around Cabbagetown, that is)... 

Toronto Birth Centre opens up in Regent Park 
Toronto's first ever midwife-led birth centre opens it's doors at 525 Dundas Street East, just east of Parliament Street, giving more women easy access to midwife care

St. Jamestown Community Corner offers Computer Courses & Seniors Programs/Workshops

NEW!! We now offer one on one computer training every Wednesday and Saturday. Call us or come in to register for a FREE 30 minute training session. We also still have our weekly Computer Basics Class.

There is still TIME to come in or call to register for our new Seniors Programs/workshops starting tomorrow! We look forward to seeing you!

On January 29, 2014, Cabbagetown ReLEAF, was given the honour of being the Featured Blog of the week on Everything Typepad by the Typepad Team. This honour is much appreciated by Cabbagetown ReLEAF's Founding Team, James Steenberg, Cathryn MacFarlane, and David Grant, and our Steering Committee and Tree Stewards.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: A free city tree planting program, Cabbagetown ReLEAF's mission is to promote a larger, healthier Urban Forest as part of a green infrastructure through community planting, tree care, tree protection, education, and advocacy. The project is volunteer driven, training about 25 volunteers each year as Tree Stewards who get involved and speak with people in their community about local Urban Forest issues and help community members access new trees. 

Community Events:

February 1st, 2014:

Black History Month Exhibition at Daniels Spectrum 
585 Dundas Street East

Daniels Spectrum is celebrating Black History Month by mounting three exhibitions that explore past, present and future narratives of black consciousness.

Opening Reception

February 1, 2014 | 6pm – 11pm

The exhibitions are open to the public daily (Mon–Fri 8 am – 9pm, Sat–Sun 10am – 6pm) from February 1 – February 28, 2014.

February 12th, 2014: 

ACCEPT WELLNESS: Bring Out Your Inner Best 
120 Carlton Street, Suite #210 
For a little trailer:

Naturopathic Medicine - Acupuncture - CranioSacral Therapy

"Helping families and professionals get the most out of life"

February 13th, 2014: 

Greenpeace Presents Top 10 Events 

Ten Celebrated Canadians. Ten minutes each on stage. Ten stories of courage you should hear before you die. 

 It's all happening on Thursday, February 13th at the legendary Winter Garden Theatre from 730pm to10pm.  Speakers such as Juno Award Winner Jully Black, Acclaimed Author Sally Armstrong, Award Winning Filmmaker Jennifer Podemski and many more will be sharing ten minutes each of inspiration and courageous stories. 

This event is creating awareness of the oil drilling projects in the Arctic and the environmental devastation that comes along with it.  It's an important night and one that I'm sure your readers within your Cabbagetown community would thoroughly enjoy. I'm sure we could all agree that your readers would enjoy an inspiring evening, listening to how other fellow Canadians are making those positive and courageous changes in this world. 

People can get their complimentary ticket and can learn more about the event, by clicking here.