This month in Cabbagetown Living we say goodbye to Councilor Pam McConnell, a woman who helped shape Cabbagetown. We also meet a new barber, get ready for Cabbagetown’s Movie In The Park, give you a charitable reason to grab your bingo dabbers and much more!
Thanks for your interest in Cabbagetown!
SAYING GOODBYE TO PAM
Cabbagetown area City Councillor, Ward 28 and Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Pam McConnell passed away last week. McConnell served as councilor since 1994 after serving 12 years prior as school trustee. McConnell was an important member of Cabbagetown and its surrounding areas. Daughter Heather Ann described one of the most important things about her mother beautifully and simply in a single sentence in an interview with thestar.com, “She loved everyone and thought everyone was important.” You will be missed Pam McConnell. On behalf of Cabbagetown and the entire City of Toronto, thank you for your dedication and service to the people of Toronto.
In lieu of flowers, family of Pam McConnel ask that donations be made to any of the following organizations:
Collective of Black Artists (www.cobainc.com)
Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services (www.dixonhall.org/donate)
Riverdale Housing Animation Programs (www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/riverdale-housing-animation-programs)
CABBAGETOWN MOVIE IN THE PARK
To thank Cabbagetown for shopping locally, the Cabbagetown BIA invite you to join us Wednesday July 19th at Riverdale Park West, (in front of Riverdale Farm at 201 Winchester) for a fun night in the park.
Starting at 6:30pm Grinning Face Non Dairy Gelato, Thai Room, Staij & Co., and London Calling will be selling snacks while a live band fills the air with music in anticipation of our movie screening at dusk of The Goonies!
Bring some friends and a blanket to claim your spot and get ready to enjoy The Goonies, a 1985 cult classic the entire family will enjoy!
JOIN & SHARE OUR FACEBOOK EVENT: http://bit.ly/2tAaKLu
RAIN DATE: Wednesday July 26th, 2017.
MEET THE NEW BARBER IN CABBAGETOWN
Most guys need to get a trim every 3 – 6 weeks or they can tend to look like Shaggy The Dog. If you know a guy who could use a trim… or chop, send them to Cabbagetown’s landmark Cabbagetown Barber Shop, 525 Parliament Street, where they recently welcomed Davide Pistilli, a new experienced barber to the team.
STAY ACTIVE. STAY HEALTHY
Staying active is one of the best ways to keep your body healthy – whether it’s gardening, jogging, yoga, working out, playing a team sport or jumping off a dock! At Paths to Vitality, (439 Parliament Street in Cabbagetown), they’re helping their patients stay strong and mobile so they can keep up with their favourite activities. Don’t miss out on all the fun this Summer because of lingering aches and pains. Their wellness team can help you make the most of the sunny months, so you’ll be back to cannonballs in no time!
Speaking of cannon balls, have you checked out the Regent Park Aquatic Centre yet? If not make sure to add it to your summer bucket list!
Volunteers are needed for the Cabbagetown Festival on Sat. & Sun. Sept 9th & 10th, 2017. This two day community event is not possible without an amazing crew of volunteers just like you! From setup to take down and everything in between, we need your help to make our festival possible.
If you have a willingness to help, a positive attitude and are a team player, we hope you will apply to be a volunteer with us!
To apply please complete our simple volunteer contact form at: http://bit.ly/2tAxJGi
Form issues? Email us at OfficeAssistant@CabbagetownTO.com.
Thanks for your interest in the Cabbagetown Festival! We could not make this happen without great people like you.
THE CREATIVE WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE IN CABBAGETOWN
Announcing a new addition coming to the show[case] room at the Double Take Store, 310 Gerrard Street East. Handmade, unique jewelry, sewing and knitting by The Creative Women’s Collective, part of The Yonge Street Mission’s Women’s Development Network will be featured starting July 25. This group provides peer support, skills development and social enterprise for women in the Regent Park, Moss Park and surrounding areas.
RYAN LEE TO PERFORM AT SUMMER WORKS 2017
Local dancer and choreographer Ryan Lee is set to perform at Summer Works 2017. Taking place August 3rd – 13th, SummerWorks is Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, live art and interdisciplinary forms. (More info at www.summerworks.ca)
In preparation of the performance Lee and two other performers (Benjamin Landsberg and Samuel Davilmar) are fundraising to pay for rehearsal space, costumes and other needs. Kim at Spruce Home Decor, 455 Parliament, as well as others have donated to their fundraising raffle. Buy some tickets for a chance to win great prizes while supporting these local artists. Visit: http://bit.ly/2sZjTgk
STEP INSIDE THIS CABBAGETOWN SHOP: A VIDEO TOUR
Kendall has been operating his interior design business in Cabbagetown since 1998. Together with Kevin, they expanded with an award-winning retail shop 8 years ago. Despite their time invested in the neighbourhood, they still find Cabbagetowners unfamiliar with KENDALL & Co and what they offer. So, they created a video tour to show how they have grown into Toronto’s One-Stop-Shop for everything you desire for your home: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsfaFr6DxFG_rLYCkyiTyLA
While having a look online, please subscribe to their YouTube channel where they will post more informative videos in the future. Like other Cabbagetown proprietors, Kendall and Kevin are also local residents making a difference to the present and future of our community. KENDALL & Co has all the reasons for us to shop local at Parliament/Winchester.
GRAB YOUR BINGO DABBERS!
On Thursday July 20th grab your bingo dabbers and head to The Local Gest at 424 Parliament for a Bingo Night fundraiser for Elephant Space from 6-9pm. Bingo cards will be $5 each. Kids welcome!
Elephant Space is a non-profit organization created to provide a safe space for youth. Currently, they are partnered with the Community Corner in St. James Town, offering a drop-in program on Fridays after school for youth in the community. Watch for them to make a big move soon within the area!
Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2u39ZbV
HOP ONTO THE BEST ROOFTOP PATIO IN CABBAGETOWN
Summer is patio season in Toronto and ViewTheVibe.com recently rounded up the best rooftop patios in Toronto you have to get to this summer. Cabbagetown’s very own House On Parliament at 454 Parliament Street made the cut. Find out what other Toronto eateries made the list by visiting www.viewthevibe.com/torontos-best-patios-ones-rooftops/.
REDUCE YOUR RISK
We recently asked Toronto Police Division 51 Staff Sergeant Peter Troup for tips on staying safe and avoiding becoming a victim of the most common street crimes. Here is what he had to say.
“Always be careful of your surroundings. One of the biggest things that makes a person a target for street robberies, is walking around with your cellphone out. Cell phone robberies are our most common street robberies. Stay on the main roads and try to be in well lit areas. Simple things like this reduce the chances of being robbed significantly.”
If you witness or are involved in a crime anywhere in Toronto, be sure to report, no matter how small. The more reports in our area the more Toronto Police resources allocated. You can download our handy HOW TO REPORT A CRIME info card here: http://bit.ly/2nYzRFM or pick one up at the Cabbagetown BIA office, 237 Carlton Street.
YSM’s PROSPER LAB
Helping community members build bridges to a brighter future
Community members from Regent Park are able to participate in practical-skills courses on topics including literacy, English language and computer literacy at the Yonge Street Mission (YSM). In the fall of 2016, YSM began offering life-skills courses on topics that include building self-esteem, emotional wellness, controlling stress & anger, and managing emotions. To date, many participants have increased life-skills relating to self-esteem, goal-setting, emotional wellness, stress & anger management, managing emotions and computer literacy. Participants have made measurable progress towards stability and health, as well as progressing toward the achievement of personal goals alongside YSM case managers.
One of their newer courses, Collaboration and Teamwork is led by YSM volunteers and its goal is to provide opportunities for the adults to put their newly learned skills into practice. The volunteer instructors work with a group of adults to develop a business plan and also put their plan into action. This past winter, they created the Prosper Lab and the first group is now selling their goods at local markets and community events, as well as online.
See this change in action here: www.theprosperlab.com
Get involved: www.ysm.ca