Cabbagetown Living



What are the kids doing this March Break? Are you going to the Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s Spring Fling? Need plans for St.Patrick’s Day? Find lots to see, do and taste in Cabbagetown in this edition of Cabbagetown Living.


Need a reason to get dressed up and have some fun in Cabbagetown? The Cabbagetown Youth Centre is hosting their first fundraiser of the year, a Spring Fling semi-formal night starting with a sparkling wine reception leading into dinner, live music, drinks and an auction you won’t want to miss. Mark Saturday March 25th in your calendars and CLICK HERE to snag your ticket before they are all gone!

2 El Charro Is Real Deal

We are super proud of our new member friends at El Charro for their recent feature on blogTO. Their traditional Mexican food is clearly something to write home about. From the pambazo to the quesadilla, everything looks tasty in the post’s pictures, but it is the tinga ($6.95), featuring pulled chicken spiced with adobo, guajillo, chipotle and chili peppers that has us intrigued!

Make sure to stop in and order some authentic Mexican eats to take home or enjoy on the spot. El Charro is located at 583 Parliament.


Technology is fun eh? Our member friends at Eclectisaurus may sell blasts from the past but they are still keen on the future and modern technology. They recently added the GOOGLE SEE INSIDE 360 feature to their siteCLICK HERE to take a peek inside their shop and see why people from across the city travel to this Cabbagetown destination for amazing vintage finds.


Trees are important to our community and have many benefits. In fact, if you click here you will find 22 reasons why we need trees!  If your back yard is looking a little barren then you will want to check out LEAF’s program…

LEAF’s subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program helps you get the right tree in the right place. For approximately $150 to $220 per tree you will get a site consultation in your yard with an arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree (or two to four feet tall for evergreen trees) and full planting service. LEAF also has a Do-It-Yourself option, for those who like to get their hands dirty! For more information visit LEAF.


The Cabbagetown Bunny HOP is currently being planned for Saturday April 8th, 11am – 1pm.  The event will include live music for all ages, a crafts table for kids and a visit from a certain rabbit. Watch your inboxes for info on our colouring contest leading up to the event and for now click here to RSVP on Facebook! We’d love to have you join us!


Good things happen when you combine good food with good people. Local after school program Elephant Space is thrilled to announce their partnership with area hot spot House On Parliament, who has come on as a program supporter. Every time you order a pulled pork sandwich, House On Parliament will donate $1 from the meal’s purchase price to Elephant Space. So next time you are hungry AND want to help a good cause, head to House On Parliament and order the pulled pork sandwich. You’ll be feeding your tummy and helping local youth.


Reppin’ @Cabbagetown_BIA in the Panama #Rainforest” – @theirvpub

Our member friend Regan Irvine from The Irv Gastro Pub tweeted out this photo last month while on vacation. Even thousands of kilometers away Regan was “reppin’” our hood with pride!

Make sure to send us photos of yourself around the globe in your Cabbagetown T-shirts or carrying your Cabbagetown tote bags (available at the BIA office, 237 Carlton Street).

1 Dine For 699

Need to start your weekday off right? We suggest eggs! As outlined in this post we found, eggs are low in calories, promote eye health and are one of the most versatile foods out there! What got us so excited over eggs? Easy, Chew Chew’s Diner and their $6.99 WEEKDAY MORNING BREAKFAST SPECIAL. Why not stop in and ride the express train to a better morning with the team at Chew Chew’s Diner?


At a recent meeting between local BIAs and Toronto Police the topic of panhandling came up. As BIAs we are often asked about panhandlers and the law around them. To help clarify things for the public and our members, we worked with Downtown Yonge BIA to put together a short and to the point post with more info. Take a moment to educate yourself on panhandling by reading the post. It also includes a helpful link to info on services available to those living on the streets


We encourage you to take the time to get to know the people who work in Cabbagetown. Many of our businesses are owned by individuals, not large corporations. Some have been here for decades while others are new. From March 12th to 19th take a moment to stop into Hair Spa where owner Nano is hosting an open house. Enjoy some complimentary refreshments and learn about the services Nano has to offer. As a bonus, if you decide you would like to purchase a service, you will receive a deep moisture treatment at no charge!


Cabbagetown’s KENDALL & Co was recently awarded the notable Houzz’s Best Customer Service for the 3rd consecutive year!! (WAY TO MAKE CABBAGETOWN PROUD!) This was in part thanks to their Interior Design & Décor Team who take great care of their customers. PLUS in order to serve you better, they have expanded their shop’s Design Resource Library with more options in wallpaper, blinds, drapes, fabrics, bedding, rugs, furniture and lighting. Their Décor Associates are like Personal Shoppers for your home to find beyond what you can see in their one-stop-shop. By appointment and walk-ins are welcome. Mon to Fri 10-6 & Sat 11-5. 514 Parliament St.


Need something to do with the kids this March Break? How about story time, a magic show, a drumming workshop, puppetry or another story time? Children’s Book Bank Canada is located right here in Cabbagetown at 350 Berkeley Street and have a great program to get the kids out of the house and interacting with others right here in the community. CLICK HERE to see the full schedule!


Cabbagetown enthusiast (and a true blooded Irishman) Michael Cavanaugh is set to play The Local Gest on March 17th at at 6:30pm. He was a hit last year and this year brings a fiddler with him. Make sure to stop by to enjoy this live music and taste food you will want to write home about! Chef Javier crafts dishes to excite your taste buds.


Do you need assistance connecting with the Federal government? Bill Morneau’s Cabbagetown office is here to help. The office is happy to guide you through the process of dealing with the many different federal departments, programs, and services. As just a few examples, they are able to provide assistance relating to: Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees; the Canada Pension Plan; Old Age Security; Passport Canada; Employment Insurance Benefits; Canada Student Loans; Canada Revenue Agency; Federal funding for organizations; and Canada 150 Celebrations.

You can visit Bill’s office at 430 Parliament Street or call 416 972 9749. They hope to see you soon!


Ever tried to get a cat in a pet carrier? It’s loads of fun eh? Our friends at Cabbagetown Pet Clinic want to reduce your cat’s stress over carriers and help you avoid getting scratched by a furious feline!  They have created an easy to read and follow one pager with a few simple steps. CLICK HERE to see the full one pager. HINT: Think dog house but inside and for your cat…(The staff at Cabbagetown Pet Clinic are BRILLIANT 😉


Are you or a company you know hiring? The Centre for Education & Training Employment Services – Parliament is hosting a mini job fair on March 14th from 11am – 2pm.

From seasonal workers to full time staff, the Centre is prepared to help you locate the best candidate. Contact Suelian White for more info on how to take part in the event and learn other ways the Centre can help connect you with qualified workers who meet your needs.  Suelian White can be contacted at or 416.964.9797 x 5422.


Visit Cabbagetown’s original Patty (Patty Junior) this St. Patty’s Day at The Epicure Shop and find Irish Dubliner or Irish Cheddar with Guinness for the big day. Prefer something sweet? Find green cupcakes to take back to the office for a special treat. (Patty Junior has operated The Epicure Shop since 1980 right here in Cabbagetown!)


On Wednesday March 29th grab a date and head to Dixonlicious 2017 where you will experience delicious food brought to you by local chefs and restaurants. You will sample mouth-watering cuisine from an array of diverse and creative food stations set up around Daniels Spectrum. Food offerings will be paired alongside a selection of fine wines and refreshing craft beers carefully chosen to compliment each scrumptious bite.

All proceeds support Dixon Hall food programs including Meals on Wheels, Summer Camp, Homeless Shelter Programs, Out of the Cold, AIDS Programs and more.

Enjoy a delicious event while helping provide nutritious meals to those in need! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.


There are four residents associations here in Cabbagetown, each helping make our hood a home. The Cabbagetown Residents Association are busy bees on social media thanks to volunteer Keith, (follow them here on twitter or here on facebook to see what they are up to.

The Aberdeen Avenue Residents have a small but mighty group you can join on facebook by clicking here.

If, perchance you are in our warmer southern end (that was a joke) you might want to check out The Cabbagetown South Residents Association website and find their latest newsletter on the top left.

Finally the Winchester Park Residents Association renewed its forces back in 2015 and have grown to 1200 strong! You can see the latest WPRA newsletter here which talks of ghost hotels, splashing about, community safety and crime issues and their upcoming strawberry social.


Since it has gotten colder again we could all use a hot cup of tea! Andrew at London Calling has a great line up of British teas fit for a queen 😉 Stop by and explore his shop and pick up some tea to take home and steep away the last of the winter.


Our local businesses are made up awesome people who are proud to be part of the hood. Paths to Vitality is a perfect example and they are growing their team! Meet their new Physiotherapist, Flore Gallo, a recent addition to the Cabbagetown clinical team. Flore uses a variety of physiotherapy tools and techniques to help her patients recover from injury faster, and also develops exercise programs geared towards their individual level and goals. She has a strong focus on providing patients with the practical tools and knowledge to feel empowered and to better understand their recovery process. She’ll have you moving and feeling better in no time! Book your physio appointment today by calling 647-352-5527, or


The weather is warming up! Ready to ride? Cycling is fun way to exercise and a great way to get around the city, but sometimes you need a little extra help. The guys at Cycle Solutions have the answer…

Whether you’re riding trails on the weekend or speeding up your commute to work through Toronto, Specialized Turbo electric bikes give you the power to go farther and faster. These e-bikes are capable of achieving 32km/h while you pedal on the road (zipping past the TTC), and on the dirt, they give you the power to ride more trails. Think of it like superhuman strength, only it’s more like a superhuman is helping you as you pedal. You can find these Specialized Turbo Levo bikes at Cycle solutions and get $300 complimentary Specialized equipment if you purchase now through March 31st. Need help paying for this or any other bike you have been lusting over at Cycle Solutions? They have partnered up with FINANCEIT allowing you to buy your dream bike on a 12 – 24 month loan with rates lower than the competitors. See in store for details and enjoy the ride!