From fat bike racing and community talks and coat drives, to what to cook for Valentine’s dinner and ideas on what to give this holiday, we have rounded up all things Cabbagetown in this edition of Cabbagetown Living.
PARTY LIKE A GREEK IN CABBAGETOWN
Cabbagetown is known for our Irish roots but don’t let that have you stereotype us as strictly Irish. We are actually one of North America’s most culturally diverse areas. Over at Johnny G’s the team there have launched their instantly popular GREEK NIGHTS. Every Friday, 8:30pm – midnight, (and often later) the crew there set up a live music evening with cold plates, fruit dishes and drinks for sale and some complimentary bites (with the order of a drink.) Make sure to check it out, but please, no dish smashing.
BRING IT TO THE REPAIR CAFE IN CABBAGETOWN
On Saturday February 11th from 12-4 pm Central Neighbourhood House will host another Repair Café. Repair Café invites community members to bring in items in need of fixing. This is done with a focus of reducing the number of fixable items going to landfills and saving money. There is no cost to have items repaired! Throw it away? No way! Bring it to Repair Café!
Also the CNH is happy to share that near the end of 2016 the first of their sponsored Syrian refugees arrived in Canada! They are assisting a family of seven to connect to the many community supports in the city and help them build a new life in Canada.
ENJOY A VICTORY VISIT IN CABBAGETOWN
A victory visit is when you bring your dog to visit their vet’s clinic for nothing but a treat and a happy and memorable experience. It might sound silly, but going to the vet can be stressful for both you and your pet.
If healthy, dogs visit their vet once a year for a check up involving many steps, which even when done lovingly and gently, can scare your dog. Even medical equipment such as a stethoscope can be frightening. Dogs will often visit the clinic when sick or hurt and associate the space with feeling unwell and unpleasant procedures.
Cabbagetown Pet Clinic wants to help your dog feel less anxious and have positive associations with the clinic. Visit them at any time with your dog and they will be more than happy to give your dog a tasty treat, lots of praise, and (if he’s comfortable with it), a snuggle. They call this a VICTORY VISIT and the more that these positive visits are reinforced, the more your dog will look forward to coming to the vet. Visit them anytime at 239 Gerrard Street East.
GET UP AND DANCE IN CABBAGETOWN
Not in love with the way you are feeling this winter? Need something to re-energize you and help you feel your best? If a trip somewhere warm to escape it all is not possible every Saturday for you, we have another solution for all the ladies in Cabbagetown.
Calling women of all ages! Get ready for a cardio dance workout at Dancing Mami, located at the upper unit of 517 Parliament Street. This is a beginner group fitness class, no previous experience necessary. Classes run every Saturday from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Register with email@example.com. Your first class is FREE and it’s only $5 to drop-in after that. Check them out on Facebook by clicking here.
FIND NEW ART IN CABBAGETOWN
Cyril and the crew at Merry Berry Cafe & Bistro are a creative bunch crafting all kinds of delectable eats. Their love for the arts goes far beyond food and they are pleased to welcome their new featured artist, Yingchao Chen! His art is now displayed on their walls for you to enjoy as you eat and should you fall in love with a piece, feel free to inquire about purchasing it to take home! Just be sure give them a few minutes to find the appropriate sized doggie bag 😉
BEAT THE FRIZZ IN CABBAGETOWN
Winter can be a hard season on your hair. The cold dry air is damaging to your locks as it dries them out causing frizz and breakage. We have close to a billion salons in Cabbagetown, (OK maybe that is an exaggeration), and one of the long standing fixtures, Hair Spa was taken over last winter by Nano Khoury who has enjoyed getting to know the many locals and Cabbagetown enthusiasts who visit our area often.
Right now Nano is thanking everyone for their support during her first year here at Hair Spa with 20% off all services including colour, highlights, cuts, styles and to combat your dry winter hair her special moisture treatments. Visit Hair Spa now through February 28th to take advantage of this offer and get to know one Cabbagetown’s local business owners.
CABBAGETOWN TALKS RETURNS
Cabbagetown Talks presented by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association returns
Monday, February 27th with a panel focused on TOcore: Planning Toronto’s
Downtown. With the great turnout for the October talk they exceeded
the capacity of the Meeting Room at the Farm and are now moving to Dixon Hall (formerly St.
Peter’s Church) at 188 Carlton St., just east of Sherbourne.
The event runs from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, and is free to CPA members or $5.00 at the door. Watch the CPA website for details as they develop.
THE PERFECT BAUBLE IN CABBAGETOWN
The big day is coming. We are referring to Valentine’s of course! You can google your heart out to research the best gifts to give and find list after list. (We did and found everything from chocolates to socks and even… real estate…) If you want to go with something classic, jewellery is fool proof. Over at The Labour of Love their jewellery gallery boasts some of the most unique designs from jewellery designers you need to discover now.
Michelle Ross is one of these designers and her newest Spring/Summer collection delivers modern statement pieces ready to be given and received. The Idra necklace boldly mixes antique metals and pearl that enhances the neck and draws the eye. This collar necklace makes a stunning Valentine’s day gift for the jewellery lover. Handmade by Michelle Ross in Toronto.
EAT YOUR HEARTH OUT IN CABBAGETOWN
Red velvet cupcakes are perfect for winning over your loved one this Valentine’s Day and if you need a recipe we found one here you need to check out. Other popular treats this time of year are heart shaped shortbread cookies or Italian Baci (which means KISS). Now if you have jumped though these recipes and thought they look delicious but you just don’t have the time, we have a secret to share with you, The Epicure Shop in Cabbagetown has these and other items such as boxed candy and chocolate from David’s ready for you to grab and take home, (just don’t forget to stop at Spruce Home Decor, The Labour Of Love or Shoppers Drug Mart and grab a card too!)
What about your Valentine’s dinner? If you are cooking at home then we suggest heart shaped ricotta ravioli from The Epicure Shop made lovingly right here in Toronto at Continental Noodles. These guys are the top noodle and the only ones in Toronto still using fresh cracked eggs in their recipes.
LEARN ABOUT THESE FAT RACES AND ENTER NOW
Have you ever heard of FAT BIKE RACING? To sum it up, fat bike racing is done with bikes with larger, fatter tires good for soft terrain like snow. Cycle Solutions is sponsoring a Fat Bike Race Series in Ontario during the winter months.
The series is a fun opportunity to meet with new people, test ride bikes from different brands, enjoy a hot chocolate and homemade chilli and also (if you are in the mood) to race! These races are organized by Dan Marshal (Substance Projects) and the atmosphere is family friendly. His slogan is “Competitive Bike Racing for Everyone”
The next two races are:
February 4: Northumberland County Forest (Stumbler)
February 25: Bracebridge (Fatbikes.ca trails)
READY FOR A PILLOW FIGHT IN CABBAGETOWN
During the colder months we tend to stay indoors more and like to be cosy. That said, sometimes you just have to have some fun and what is better than a friendly pillow fight? International Pillow Fight Day is April 1st. Why not start training now?
Want to fight British style? Head over to see Andrew at London Calling where he has a wide assortment of Union Jack pillows perfect for a fluffy duel… or maybe just to accent your room. We all need some British in our space. Find yours in Cabbagetown.
SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEET IN CABBAGETOWN
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, (we think this applies to the ladies too!) Our new member friends at Staij & Co. know edible gifts are a great way to win someone over. They are taking pre-orders for macarons and chocolate covered strawberries via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop in to chat with them at 552 Parliament about the best way to show your sweet just how special they are to you and maybe even show yourself some love and scoop up a macaron, (or three) to devour.
WE ALL NEED COATS IN CABBAGETOWN
January brought a mild start to 2017, but we are headed back to colder temperatures.
Cold weather season in Toronto can be particularly unkind to the city’s economically vulnerable. With that in mind, please help keep someone warm and dry with the donation of your new or gently used adult coat and/or boots to the CRC Clothing Room.
The CRC Clothing Room offers clean, quality adult attire, accessories, and home wares on a by-appointment basis. Community members may schedule one visit per month on Mondays and Fridays (for women) and Tuesdays and Thursdays (for men) from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
For information on donating or scheduling an appointment, call 416-363-4234 ext. 243. Thanks for supporting locally!
HOME SWEET HOME IN CABBAGETOWN
Did you know Cabbagetown has one of Toronto’s top design destinations? KENDALL & Co. has been awarded BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE by Houzz for the 3rd consecutive year! Houzz is THE online resource for residential designs and KENDALL & Co. is the one-stop-shop version. In addition to gift & home accessories, they have wallpaper, blinds, drapes, fabrics, bedding, furniture and lighting, far beyond what you see. Their Décor Associates are like personal shoppers for your home. Plus, their Interior Design Studio downstairs takes care of larger projects with creative and technical services for 20+ years.
Looking to save? Right now they are wrapping up their Winter Sale with their best deals! Buy 1 Pillow at regular price, get 2nd at 60% OFF (of equal or lesser value). 25% OFF Table Lamps, Home Accessories and Serveware. Plus, New Arrivals are starting to come in! Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm & Sat 11am – 5pm. 514 Parliament St. Learn more here.
THE PERFECT DATE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
Tired of trying to plan the perfect date night for Valentine’s Day? Stop looking and head to the lagoon! Our member friends at Daniel et Daniel are catering The Ultimate Date Night Valentine’s Day Dinner at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada! Dine in the Dangerous Lagoon, by the Rainbow Reef or at Ray Bay. This unforgettable dining experience combines romance with excitement and is perfect for couples of all ages. Review the menu or request your reservation here. This yearly event has a tendency to sell out early so book now!
YOUTH JOB FAIR IN CABBAGETOWN
Parliament Employment Services will be having a Youth Job Fair on February 17th! If you are looking for part time or summer jobs – don’t miss your chance to be interviewed by employers looking to fill various positions! Employers will be at 595 Parliament Street interviewing on the spot for customer service, retail, food service positions and more! To help prepare for the event, you can attend any of their resume and interview preparation workshops.
Youth Job Link is designed to help youth, including students, aged 15 to 29, who need extra help to plan their careers and transition to the labour market. They can help you to find part time, summer or entry level jobs through the Youth Job Link program!