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