Cabbagetown BIA - Cabbagetown


Standing in the heart of Cabbagetown is like standing at the centre of Canada. For within eyesight you will find a microcosm of everything that defines the country from our history to the multiplicity of sounds and sights. You feel like you’re part of a neighbourhood and not just a tourist who has wandered into a prefabricated ”tourist experience.” Cabbagetown’s current boundaries are now generally accepted as Gerrard Street to the south, Wellesley Street to the north, Sherbourne Street to the west and the Don River to the east. Come see why Cabbagetown is known as “a small town in the heart of a big city.” The Cabbagetown BIA was established in 1982.

Annual events include the Forsythia Festival in May and the Cabbagetown Festival the second weekend in September.




Come for the grand festival. Stay for the great shopping. Come for the homes and gardens. Stay for the global cuisine. From enchanting streets to incredible eats. Historical architecture to eclectic boutiques. This is the beauty of Cabbagetown.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, Cabbagetown is everything the perfect neighbourhood should be. Discover the charm of our Victorian houses. Explore food options from around the world. Hunt for vintage treasures. Shop for epicurean treats. Visit a real live working farm right in the heart of the city. From destination dining to home decor and accessories. Cabbagetown is not what you imagined – and like nowhere else you’d want to be.


The award winning Cabbagetown BIA is a not-for-profit Business Improvement Area organization with a volunteer board comprised of local business and commercial property owners. We represent over 200 businesses in a defined area within Cabbagetown. Our goal is to make Cabbagetown a desirable place to “Shop. Work. Live. Play.” We do this through streetscape improvements, community events, social media marketing, business development/education opportunities and much more.

Businesses in Cabbagetown range in size but are highly made up of smaller “Mom and Pop” shops. While strolling our streets you can stop in for coffee at the city wide famous cafe known widely in the bike racing community, purchase meat from the local butcher and supplies for your next D.I.Y. project at our hardware store. Find eclectic gifts for just about anybody at our local design shops or say yes to a dress for your wedding day at our exclusive bridal boutique. After all this you are sure to be hungry and our collection of restaurants serving up everything from Taiwanese street food to traditional Italian pizza are ready to welcome you for a meal.

As one of the oldest BIAs in the world, we have helped inspire 80 more BIA’s to form in Toronto and even more across the globe.



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Cabbagetown BIA Office Swag Shop

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm. We suggest calling first to ensure we have not stepped out for a meeting.
237 Carlton St, Toronto, ON, Canada

Office Hours:

By Appointment

Cabbagetown Festival

For all Cabbagetown Festival inquiries dealing with non BIA vendors, sponsors, entertainers etc, please email Cabbagetown Festival Producer Meagan Madill at Do not call or email the office of the Cabbagetown BIA. Thank you for your understanding.



Our volunteer board is made up of the following dedicated Cabbagetowners. For all inquiries, please contact the BIA using the info above.

Bill Renieris

Board Chair

Bill practically grew up in Cabbagetown as his father owned the local Home Hardware, which he eventually took over and continues to operate with the same small town charm. Bill also owns many of the adjacent buildings in the area and values his commercial and residential tenants.

As the Chairman of the BIA Bill is interested in promoting facade improvement, security/safety in the area and Cabbagetown’s overall development and growth. Whether it be anything from streetscape updates to attracting new businesses to the area, Bill is interested in helping to keep Cabbagetown a competitive and desirable area to visit, shop and live in.

Carol T. Culhane


Carol T. Culhane operates the well established International Food Focus in Cabbagetown. International Food Focus knows how to manage the risks and capture the opportunities that lie within a wide variety of business ventures in food, agriculture and natural health product sectors. As Treasurer of the BIA and a Cabbagetown enthusiast, Carol looks for ways to help the Cabbagetown BIA and the people who use our member’s services flourish

Daniel Megly

Board Member

Daniel is co-owner of Daniel et Daniel, one of Toronto’s most popular event creation and catering companies. Their front of house food shop is popular among Cabbagetowner’s looking for walk-in service for lunch or take home dinner. As a BIA board member, Daniel brings his strong business background to special projects and committees such as the Festival Committee with the goal of making it an event to benefit the entire area and to be accessible to everyone.

Kim Alke

Board Member

With her experience in corporate marketing and brand management as well as event planning, Kim sits on the BIA’s festival and AGM committees while also acting as the Treasurer for the board. Kim enjoys graphic design and has worked with several web platforms. As the owner of Spruce on Parliament she understands the retail landscape of the Cabbagetown area and enjoys interacting with the area’s loyal clientele. Outside of her shop, Kim she is also a real estate agent ( and is able to assist the BIA board with commercial and residential purchase and lease questions.

Nicholas Humphries

Board Member

Nick, along with Hilary Browning, runs the local Sage Real Estate office at 538 Parliament St. As a real estate agent, Nick understands the importance of marketing and presentation of not just the BIA as a not-for-profit organization, but more importantly of Cabbagetown as a whole. Recently Nick has worked with other board members to help develop a modern brand/image for the BIA that is consistent online, in the office and in promotional materials. He hopes to assist with promotional videos in the future.

Patty Junior

Board Secretary

Patty has been a staple in the Cabbagetown community since the opening of her gourmet food store, The Epicure Shop, in 1980. For over 25 years, she has sat on the BIA board and has watched the Cabbagetown area grow and change into a highly diverse and unique place to live, while sustaining a small town vibe in the big city. Currently sitting on the board as Secretary, she also participates as an active member on the Festival Committee.

Steven Ahn

Board Member

Steven Ahn is the branch manager of Cabbagetown’s local Meridian Credit Union. He enjoys engaging with the community and business owners alike.

Tania Waldock

Board Member

Tania owns and operates one of Cabbagetown’s notable restaurants, The House On Parliament, fondly referred to as “The HOP.” Over the years Tania has grown her business with her friendly service, a move in location and a large renovation. As a restaurateur she understands the many challenges faced by Cabbagetown eateries and helps the BIA make decisions taking into account all types of businesses here. Tania sits on the Cabbagetown Festival Committee and hopes the festival will attract new people to our area who will become return customers.

Tony Lafazanis

Board Vice Chair

Tony has been a Cabbagetown resident since 1986 and is the father of 2 teenage children. In 2013 Tony moved his law office from downtown Toronto right into the heart of Cabbagetown, where he specializes in personal injury. He brings his experience in business and his interest as a resident to the BIA as Vice-Chairman.

Jaimy Warner

Board Member

Jaimy Warner is an educator, entreprenerd, and unapologetic Nic Cage fan. She’s the lead strategist and founder of The Social Smiths, a crowdfunding & social media education, management, and consulting company for creatives and cool small businesses. Jaimy has an MSc in social media monetization for filmmakers, a background in science education, and a knack for calculated creativity. She’s an ambassador with the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, and runs a monthly comedy show that at The Social Smiths Studio, just across the street from Cranberries. You can follow Jaimy on Twitter @JaimyWarner.

The Social Smiths can also be found on Twitter @YoSocialSmiths, Facebook @YoSocialSmiths and Instagram @YoSocialSmiths.

Kelly Kyle

Board Member

Kelly Kyle is a Toronto based Conservation Picture Framer, Gallerist and Photographer. Kelly’s career as a framer began over 25 years ago as she was introduced to the art of picture framing while working at a small camera shop that offered these services. It was during this time that Kelly also pursued her love of art and photography and began the early stages of her career as a visual artist. First receiving a diploma in Art and Design at Niagara College and later a BFA at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1994. Her photographic work focuses on architecture, negative spaces, and a style of shooting that follows a Tibetan philosophy called Miksang. The underpinning of this philosophy and Kelly’s imagery reflect being present in the moment, a mindful contemplation.

Upon graduation Kelly found employment at some of Toronto’s best photographic labs increasing her knowledge of photography and further developing her skills in customer service and picture framing. This merging of interests lead Kelly to attend the International Picture Framing School where she received formalized training that allowed her to develop her talent and creative vision as a picture framer. Her knowledge of art and the experience collected during this time soon became the basis from which her vision was realized as Akasha Art Projects Inc.

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