Cabbageton Living [April 2019] - Cabbagetown

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Cabbageton Living [April 2019]

Looking for a new lunch spot? How about an art exhibition? Not sure what to do with the kids this summer? Want to avoid heart-worms in your four-legged best friend? Ready to celebrate Spring with the Cabbagetown Bunny Hop? Did you hear which local restaurant had a total renovation?

We’ve got the answers and so much more below.


Spring has arrived at TheHubTO!

TheHubTO, 208 Gerrard St. E., 416-910-2003

Just look at that sky! Spring is here, folks! It’s time to bust out of hibernation / winter mode! We’re coming into the season where things come back to life and new life is born. Give your creativity and/or business the room it needs to grow this spring! Come join us in downtown Toronto’s #1 private co-working community! Visit for more info, availability, and pricing.

> The Hub TO

Cabbagetown Bunny Hop

Carlton and Parliament, April 13th, 11am – 1pm

Cabbagetown BIA along with our event partners at Blooming Flower Bar, Buds & Blossoms – Happy Parents Happy Kids, Children’s Book Bank Canada, Staij & Co., St James Town Steak And Chops and Meridian Credit Union present the Cabbagetown Bunny Hop.

This fun FREE event will include “bunny selfies,” refreshments, live music, kids activities, free books and more!

> RSVP & Share on Facebook


Live Music at Stout Irish Pub

Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St., 647-344-7676

Irish singer-songwriter Michael Darcy will be playing live at Stout Irish Pub on select Wednesdays in April. Michael blends traditional inspiration and background with contemporary rock. Join us April 10th & 24th. Check out Michael Darcy’s website at

> Stout Irish Pub

Poetry Month at The Children’s Book Bank

The Children’s Book Bank, 350 Berkeley St., 416-922-7323

The fun doesn’t stop at March Break! April is Poetry Month, and the Book Bank will have special events all month long. Come sing and dance with Small Print TO’s Rhyme Stew Crew, make a poetic work of art, or enter our poetry contest for a chance to be published in our second annual Poetry Anthology!

> The Children’s Book Bank Canada

Salt & Tobacco now open for lunch!

Salt & Tobacco, 521 Parliament St., 647-348-2993

You asked for it, over and over … and over again. FINALLY, Salt & Tobacco is now open at 11:30 AM everyday for lunch. Discover 12″ pizzas for $12 and $4 slices your taste buds will be jumping for joy over. Lunch break just got so much better!

> Salt & Tobacco

Turning 40, but still young at heart!

Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre, 422 Parliament St., 416-925-7222

The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre is getting ready to celebrate it’s 40th Anniversary this September! We are a registered charity providing children and youth with individual music lessons and art classes at subsidized rates. To find out more, please visit our website at

> Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre


New Business Alert: Megana Hookah Lounge

Megana Hookah Lounge, 460 Parliament St., 647-606-4544

Hamzah acquired his first business when he was only 21. His father had moved to Canada before being able to sponsor Hamzah, his mother and siblings. It was a cold December 2011 when Hamzah arrived from Palestine. Within days he started working at a downtown Toronto hookah lounge called Ali Basha…. click here to continue reading.

Buds & Blossoms Summer Camp

Buds & Blossoms, 517 Parliament St. Unit 2, 416-655-0695

Our day camp philosophy echoes our enrichment class philosophy: we want to create a safe, open and inspiring environment for kids to be themselves, and discover their unique preferences through activities and experiences they might not normally have at school, daycare or other recreation centres. Whether it be music, movement, making masterpieces or a little bit of everything, our heart and passion lies in facilitating world class citizenship-building in the formative years of childhood in everything we do. Check out the programs we have to offer, and believe us when we say the rumours are true… kids who come to play at B&B don’t want to go home!

> Camp Info Page

> Buds & Blossoms

Exhibition Opening

Akasha Art Projects, 204-D Carlton St. Suite 200, 647-348-0104

New exhibition HABITAT opens March 28th. In honour of Earth Month, we bring together two artists whose artistic practices embraces our relationship with our somatic Habitat. This exhibition creates a striking narrative between the chaotic and the sublime.

Singer’s sculptural work explores the living energy of the natural world, working with discarded pine needles he creates striking objects of beauty from decay. Leverty’s photographic images are hauntingly striking and capture environmental decay and the dichotomy of the beauty found within.

> Akasha Art Projects

Renovations at Blooming Flower Bar

Blooming Flower Bar, 559 Parliament St., 647-350-8076

The renovations at Blooming Flower Bar are almost complete and they have reopened their Flower Happy Hour. Follow @bloomingflowerbar on Instagram for your daily deal. Then join them in welcoming spring with their fresh selection of plants and planters arriving daily. There are just a few final touches and the cafe will open too!

> Blooming Flower Bar

Heart-Worm Season

Parliament Animal Hospital, 584 Parliament St., 647-347-3300

Is your dog ready for heart-worm season? At Parliament Animal Hospital they currently have a heart-worm season promotion for a free check-up (value of $75) and free heart-worm test (value $49) for any client who is purchasing flea, tick, and heart-worm prevention medication.

> Parliament Animal Hospital


Baby Boomer Work Search Advice

Centre for Education and Training, 595 Parliament St., 416-964-9797

Have you thought about becoming a Digital Nomad? Are you a part of the baby boomer generation who is looking for an income? The Centre for Education & Training at 595 Parliament Street is our local career centre that assists all generations with employment preparation, however on Monday April 29th at 10 am they are hosting a 2-hour presentation titled “Baby Boomer Work Search Advice”. Specifically designed for unemployed job seekers age 45+, topics range from recruitment process information due to the increase of applicant tracking systems, to ideas and resources on how to become a Remote Worker or Telecommuter.

Visit 595 Parliament Street and find out if you meet the criteria to become a member so you can learn about new career trends. You might not be able to eliminate ageism in the workplace if you are seeking a traditional job, yet you can find new ways to reshape your skills so you can find an innovative income. Contact 416-964-9797 to register for this exciting workshop.

> Centre for Education and Training

New Name – New Look

Saigon Pai, 446 Parliament St., 416-920-8424

Diana has done it again! Formerly known as Silk, Diana’s restaurant at 446 Parliament has been totally renovated and now boasts a new welcoming modern look. Along with the new look is a new name, Saigon Pai. Be sure to stop in and explore their Vietnamese and Thai dishes soon!

Saigon Pai

Summer Arts 2019, July 29 – August 2

The School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, 509 Parliament St., 416-924-5657

Registration is now open for The School of CCDT’s Summer Arts. This week-long program offers full or half day sessions for 5 to 8-year-olds and half-day sessions for 4-year olds. Both groups experience Creative Movement, Music Making and Visual Arts in the morning. Full-day students then enjoy creative story time labs and Musical Theatre in the afternoon. Programs culminate in a day of sharing as we welcome parents into our studios to observe their child’s activities! The select faculty of Summer Arts encourages children’s’ natural joy in movement and imaginative play while introducing even the youngest to elementary technique and refining the skills and expressive qualities of the more advanced.

> Summer Program Page

> School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre


Local Biz Spotlight: TASSO Baking

TASSO Baking, 540 Parliament St.

It was roughly a decade ago that Mike and Olyana met. As many modern romances do, theirs came to be thanks to a dating website. Regardless of who liked, swiped, tapped, clicked or messaged first, the two were meant to be. Mike was a business owner operating a small distribution company with a business partner and Olyana was a dental hygienist. When not at work…click here to continue reading. 

New Roots Dinner Series

Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events, 248 Carlton St., 416-968-9275

New Roots Dinner Series is returning in August 2019. Get ready to join us for a feast featuring ingredients grown right here in Cabbagetown. This year we will simultaneously be seating 100 guests across 4 unique venues.

Net Profits from the New Roots Dinner Series go directly to Green Thumbs Growing Kids. Their Environmental Education programming focuses on teaching children about growing healthy whole foods in school gardens and community parks.

The New Roots Dinner Series is a Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events Initiative in Support of Green Thumbs Growing Kids.
> Daniel et Daniel


Spring Shopping Passport with prizes to be won!

Cabbagetown BIA Businesses

Watch your inboxes and if you are local, mail boxes, as we are sending out our Spring 2019 Local Shopping Passport. This fun, easy to use passport allows you to collect stamps when you shop local and enter to win prizes from some of our most popular local businesses. Stay tuned!

Harry’s Cabbagetown Tails

Cabbagetown BIA Office Swag Shop, 237 Carlton St., 416-921-0857

Now available at the Swag Shop, Harry’s Cabbagetown Tails: A humourous look at the history of Cabbagetown from a dog’s perspective. Join yellow lab, Harry, as he sniffs his way around Cabbagetown looking for unique bits of history with this collection of short stories. Each story is based on a walk he takes and the information he discovers as he researches our beloved historic Cabbagetown.

> Swag Shop

Call for Cabbagetown Festival Vendors

Sign up online now.

Vendor applications are being accepted for the 2019 installment of Cabbagetown Festival being held Sept. 7th and 8th, 2019. For more information on booth types and fees, visit

> Vendor Sign Up


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