Cabbagetown is packed with things to see and do. From farmers markets, murals, summer camps to sales and more, we know you will enjoy your time in historic Cabbagetown. Scroll through the latest edition of Cabbagetown Living and find out why we say we are #MoreThanCabbage 😉
BEER BATTER OPENS IN CABBAGETOWN
Our friends Regan & Jacklyne Irvine of Cabbagetown’s The Irv Gastro Pub have been dreaming of opening a second Cabbagetown restaurant for a while now. Given how popular their fish menu items have been with diners from across Toronto, opening a fish and chips quick serve establishment seemed like the natural next step. Cabbagetown BIA is excited to welcome Beer Batter to historic 200 Carlton Street, kitty corner to The Irv Gastro Pub and patio.
CONSTRUCTION WAS HARD
Thank you to all who made an extra effort to shop and dine local last month. For our businesses down near the construction at Parliament and Gerrard it was a very hard month. Some reported a drop in sales of over 50%. Cabbagetown BIA encourages you to continue to think local when it comes to shopping, dining and doing business in general. Before leaving on summer vacation, please ask yourself, “Can I buy it in Cabbagetown and take it with me instead of having to purchase there?” As one business owner put it, “If people support us today, we can be here tomorrow.”
On behalf of all our local businesses, thanks for your continued support!
Fill Your Summer With Arts!
Summer camps offer a great chance for children to meet new friends, try something exciting, and to experience a change of pace before heading back to the classroom. They provide opportunities to develop skills that may not be available in the school curriculum. Arts camps in particular offer children the chance to explore their individual creativity in a fresh and invigorating environment.
Summer Arts at the School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre is one such opportunity for children ages 4 to 8 to enjoy movement, music making, and visual arts in beautiful, spacious studios with some of the city’s outstanding arts educators. The one-week camp features half day or, with the addition of musical theatre, full day programs. Children will explore creative movement which brings play-dance from the living room to the studio without removing its spontaneity.
In the music making classes, children participate in an Orff-based music program where they experiment with and experience music of their own making. In visual art classes children will explore representation, abstraction, colour and perspective through 2D and 3D art forms. In addition to these three disciplines, full-day students will enjoy musical theatre in the afternoon. The camp culminates with a memorable day of sharing, family and friends welcome!
THANK YOU CABBAGETOWN
“It’s hard to believe that it’s already been nearly five months since I became the owner of MICASA, and what is even harder to believe is that it has been eight years since I first fell in love with this quirky, diverse, and refreshingly friendly little slice of Toronto we call Cabbagetown.
Putting aside the fact that I am living out what I have wanted for as long as I can remember, what has become one of the most enjoyable moments that I constantly look forward to is opening the shop each day and seeing the friendly – and quickly becoming familiar – faces of the neighbourhood. As I put out my sandwich board, place some product in front of the shop, and (more than I’d like to admit) stroll over to Daniel et Daniel for a nanaimo bar, I say to myself there is not a location I can think of that I would rather come to everyday.
My fellow business owners, you have welcomed me and most have even shared some wonderful words of wisdom. The overwhelmingly generous support I have received from our BIA starting from day one to this very day, you have been amazing.
I will close with this, the biggest thanks of all to you, your loved ones, and friends from abroad because MICASA would not have lasted and grown without the residents of Cabbagetown and your continued support. Thank you for the past 22 years and here’s to another 22 more!
Matthew & Daniel
CABBAGETOWN SUMMER KICK OFF
Join the Cabbagetown BIA on Sunday June 10th, 12 – 2pm at Spruce and Parliament for the Cabbagetown Summer Kick Off and Bike Safety Check.
FREE Festivities will include:
– Bike safety checks by Cycle Solutions
– Kids activities presented by Buds & Blossoms Happy Parents Happy Kids and Blooming Flower Bar
– 5KM group run led by Parliament Street Fitness (Please click here to pre-register now.)
– Refreshments from Freshed Right Salad and Juice Bar, and Jet Fuel Coffee
– Live Music
ORFF MUSIC PROGRAM
This month our friends at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre are providing us with a quick history lesson on composer Carl Orff and his amazing works which inspired a global movement…
German composer Carl Orff (1895-1982) is the founder of “Music for Children” which has inspired a global movement in music education. The aim of the Orff Music Program is to encourage the development of holistic music education for children. The Orff philosophy is a structured, sequential development of knowledge and skills which encourages joyful participation, creativity, and personal musical growth from all participants. It combines the elements of speech, rhythm, movement, dance, and song. At the heart of all this is improvisation – the instinct children innately have to create their own melodies, to explore their imaginations. Orff designed a special group of instruments, including glockenspiels, xylophones, metallophones, drums, and other percussion instruments to fulfill the requirements courses and to inspire children to be creative.
“Elemental music is never only music but an integration of movement, dance and language. It is music one creates oneself in which one is involved not as a listener, but as a participant.”
TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT EATING LOCAL
Our friends at Buds and Blossoms – Happy Parents Happy Kids love talking about food. This month they have written about why it is good to talk to your kids about eating local and provide some ideas on how to do so. Read on!
“June, glorious June! One of our favourite topics here at Buds & Blossoms recently is food—whether we’re eating it, making it, talking about it or even singing about it! This time of year is a great opportunity to start a conversation with your little ones about where our food comes from and how a lot of what we eat is grown here where we live! There are so many benefits to eating Ontario-grown produce in season, like being environmentally-friendly, consuming food with higher nutritional value, and saving money: not to mention delicious flavours at their peak!
Why not take a trip to the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market (Tuesday evenings starting in June at Riverdale Park West), pick up some delicious, in season rhubarb and strawberries and make some compote? Our favourite recipe is below.
We love cooking at Buds & Blossoms and have both cooking classes throughout the whole year and a summer cooking camp for you and your family for you to explore and enjoy the tasty world of food! Check our budsandblossoms.ca for more information— your first class is free to try!”
Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote
• 2 cups (500 mL) chopped Ontario Rhubarb (1/2-inch/1 cm pieces)
• 1/3 cup (75 mL) Ontario Honey
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) orange juice or water
• 2 cups (500 mL) thick sliced Ontario Strawberries
• 1 tsp (5 mL) grated orange rind
• 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
In medium saucepan, combine rhubarb, honey and orange juice; bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in strawberries, orange rind and vanilla. Turn heat off, cover and let stand 5 minutes.
*This tastes super yummy over yogurt, pancakes or ice cream!*
SIP ON THIS!
Patio season has arrived and so has Spruce Toronto’s Cocktail Recipe Series! These cocktails are perfect for warm sunny days paired with great conversation with even better friends.
The first Spruce Toronto cocktail highlights the freshness of spring and all things floral. Mix one up for yourself and stop into Spruce Toronto and let them know what you think.
The Lavender Gin Sour
1oz Cahoots Lavender Syrup [link: https://sprucetoronto.com/barware/lavender-simple-syrup]
1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Egg White (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake hard without ice. Add ice and shake again to chill. Double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lavender sprig.
A SIT DOWN WITH KENDALL & CO.
Redecorating? With so many sofa options out there, how do you know you are getting what you paid for? Below, Kendall and Kevin of Kendall & Co. share with us questions you should ask and things to look for when purchasing a new sofa. This way you can compare apples to apples. Kendall & Kevin have learnt from being in the furniture business with KENDALL & Co as exclusive dealer to some of the best manufacturers in Canada and US for over 20 years. Take note!
Things to consider when buying a sofa or other upholstered furniture pieces:
Is the frame made of kiln-dried hardwood versus particle boards?
Does that wood come from a sustainable source?
Is the frame double dowelled, stapled or screwed and glued to ensure strongest joints possible?
Is the frame padded and entirely upholstered?
What is abrasion durability or stain-resistance of the fabric?
Is the support mechanism done using 8-way hand tied spring suspension versus sinuous springs?
What is the type of foam used inside the cushions?
Is it a down/feather cushion for plush comfort?
Can the furniture be made to order to exact specifications?
Is the furniture handcrafted in Canada by skilled trades with fair wages and labour standards?
A lot of heart and soul goes into the making of lasting quality furniture. The team at KENDALL & Co also put theirs into designing yours the next time you are in the market. Kendall & Kevin partner with local manufacturers, led by female entrepreneurs who are taking their family businesses forward. A sign of their collective, modern approach that everyone deserves a seat at the table. KENDALL & Co. 514 Parliament St. Mon-Fri 10 to 6, Sat 11-5 & Sun 12-4 http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/furniture
Markdowns for More Shop Down Under
For over 20 years, KENDALL & Co has been selling quality Canadian-made furniture that are crafted with your choice of fabric and design details. To showcase their expanded collection, Kendall and Kevin are remodelling their shop’s downstairs level into a NEW FURNITURE GALLERY in the coming weeks. To make way for arrivals of more new styles, KENDALL & Co is having a Renovation Sale on select in-stock Rugs, Furniture, Lighting and Home Accessories. Shop early for best selection. KENDALL & Co. 514 Parliament St. Mon-Fri 10 to 6, Sat 11-5 & Sun 12-4 http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/furniture
CHECK OUT THE SHOW AT AKASHA ART PROJECTS GALLERY
Judith Doyle’s Insistent Trajectories explores artists’ teleculture in the form of vector graphic prints obtained using modified depth cameras of ordinary subjects. In Doyle’s compositions, the subjects become experimental and dynamic entities, ultimately reconfiguring how we think of lens-based practice. May 24 – July 14. Discover Judith Doyle’s work now on display at Akasha Art Projects.
YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN ON BOOKS
Our friends at The Children’s Book Bank wanted to share this awesome post they found titled “What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them A Story?” If you have kids you have to check out! Just click the button below to find the post and be sure to visit The Children’s Book Bank soon!
Inclusive choir Shout Sister is hosting a fundraiser for The Children’s Book Bank! Join them on Tuesday, June 19th for an evening of music and fun.
WEAR YOUR CROWN
Our friends at Blooming Flower bar joined the fun at the 2018 Forsythia Festival. Their activity was fun for all ages and involved making crowns out of flowers for all the Cabbagetown Kings and Queens out there! (Yellow flowers were used to keep with the Forsythia Festival theme of course!)
Be sure to join them as they partner up with Buds & Blossoms – Happy Parents Happy Kids at the Cabbagetown Summer Kick Off Sunday June 10th, 12 – 2pm for more flower crowns!
Can’t wait for Cabbagetown Summer Kick Off to get your floral fill? Happy Hour continues at Blooming Flower Bar. Each day one flower is marked down 50% or more during happy hour. Follow them on instagram @bloomingflowerbar and watch their Insta Stories to find out each day which hour is happy hour.
THE BEARDED BLOGGER VISITS ST. JAMES TOWN STEAK AND CHOPS
Toronto blogger @bruceinthecity (instagram) recently featured our very own Mark of St. James Town Steak & Chops on his blog. He dubbed Mark “The Inked Butcher.” Bruce knows that Cabbagetown is #MoreThanCabbage. Check out the post now at http://bwcmanagement.com/the-inked-butcher/
LOVE LIVES IN THIS CITY
Our local Meridian Credit Union has teamed up with one of their sister locations downtown to sponsor a special installation at City Hall. LoveisLoveisLove, a Canadian LGBTQ+ arts campaign, is transforming Toronto’s City Hall with support from Meridian Credit Union to include a massive art installation that will be open through the month of June to celebrate Pride Month. The installation is composed of 12 massive banners and will re-imagine City Hall’s rotunda as an explicitly LGBTQ+ space. It will feature 36 images of LGBTQ+ Canadians shot in the campaign’s signature style, as well as the simple, inspiring message: “Love Lives In This City.” Check out this FREE to the public installation at Toronto City Hall 100 Queen Street West. Happy Pride Month!
YOUR INVITE TO THE CABBAGETOWN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION AGM
Members (and friends!) of the CRA (Cabbagetown Residents Association) are invited to their Annual General Meeting, being held on Wednesday, June 13 at Stout Irish Pub. Join them at 7 p.m. for nibbles plus each member will get a ticket for a beverage. It is down to business at 7:30 p.m. to hear the year in review, review finances and future plans, and elect new board of directors. Then the group will return to socializing. Membership is $20/ annually per household to support all their activities. See you there!
ONE BIG BOX WITH 30,000 SURPRISES
The team at Egale (offices in Cabbagetown) were excited to receive this giant box from Cadillac Fairview in support of Egale Centre, Canada’s first LGBTQI2S youth transitional housing facility, set to open in 2019. The box was filled with giant balloons and a note announcing that Egale was selected as one of 18 community partners and would receive $30,000 towards the housing project. Egale works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education and community engagement. Learn More at their website www.egale.ca
FREE TAI CHI IN THE PARK
The Cabbagetown Tai Chi class has met each Wednesday morning at the 2nd floor of the Kiwannis Boys and Girls Club all winter and spring. The group will move outside to Riverdale West Park near Sumach on June 5 for the summer season of Tai Chi, starting each Wednesday morning at 10 am. Outdoor classes during the summer are FREE. All are welcome to join!
THE BIG 40!
Riverdale Farm turns 40 this September, and the Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group is looking for volunteers to help commemorate and celebrate the Farm on the weekend of September 29. To sign up as a volunteer please click the button below.
The Farm also has a new website www.RiverdaleFarmToronto.ca which will provide information about the Farm and events in the months to come. The website was generously supported by Meridian Credit Union’s Cabbagetown branch and JAW Advertising.
Sold at our office Swag Shop during office hours, Cabbagetown Acorn Street Sign Pins are back in stock! Show your love for Cabbagetown by pinning one to your collar, bag or hat today! Funds raised through this fundraiser help support the not-for-profit Cabbagetown BIA. Preview out all our merch swag on our website.
MURAL VOTE 2018
Cabbagetown is getting another mural and we want your help choosing the concept for the mural. Click the button below to take our survey and help us choose the winner!
CABBAGETOWN FARMERS MARKET RETURNS
Come visit Cabbagetown on Tuesday afternoons 3pm – 7pm, June 5th – September 23rd and be sure to check out the Cabbagetown Farmers Market in Riverdale Park west infront of Riverdale Farm! Say hello to your favourite market vendors and some new smiling faces! The organizers of Cabbagetown Farmers Market can’t wait to see you there. After the market, stay in Cabbagetown and visit one of our many patios, shop our boutiques or take care of something simple like dropping that dry cleaning off you keep forgetting about! Cabbagetown really is #MoreThanCabbage 😉
NEW EQUILIBRIUM MURAL AT 111 CARLTON
Coming this summer, just steps from Cabbagetown at Carlton and Jarvis is a new sky high mural. Share your thoughts on this new public art installation on Parkside Student Residence featuring internationally celebrated artist Okuda.
GET SOCIAL WITH US
Out and about Cabbagetown? Make sure to use #Cabbagetown so we can find your posts on instagram! We love sharing some of our favourites. This one was posted by instagrammer @reneewei while out at Zakkushi. Looks like a fun and yummy time!
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE
On behalf of Cabbagetown businesses, Cabbagetown BIA is excited to invite you to our 3rd annual Movie In The Park on Wednesday July 18th, (rain date Wednesday July 25th). The event will begin at roughly 6pm with food stalls and a live band at Riverdale Park, by the Riverdale Farm at 201 Winchester Street. The movie will start at dusk.
We need your help choosing the movie to show! Please complete the Movie Vote now to vote for your favorite movie!
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