CABBAGETOWN LIVING [MAY 2018] - Cabbagetown

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In this edition of Cabbagetown Living Akasha Art Projects moves into Cabbagetown, we celebrate a special 100th birthday with Josephine and get to know Chef Douglas from Freshed Right. Canadian fashion designer Hilary MacMillan, (who has dressed the likes of Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and Kim Cattrall) explains her commitment to being a cruelty-conscious brand and shares trends for spring. Brides and grooms will find advice from Anji at Blooming on wedding flower planning. Parents learn some tips from Buds & Blossoms – Happy Parents Happy Kids on how to make spring cleaning fun for the little ones. Mark from St. James Town Steak And Chops reminds us of proper BBQing temperatures and Mark from MWM Fish Co. gets us cooking fish tacos. Excitement for the Forsythia Festival grows and we prepare for a special Jane’s walk looking at Cabbagetown’s main streets yesterday and today.  There are tips on drapery and shades from Kendall & Co, a special Mother’s Day themed event at Spruce, oyster shucking date nights and…. oh gosh so much more! Scroll on and be sure to share with your friends, family and neighbours. Thanks for being part of Cabbagetown!


The 47th annual Forsythia Festival happens on Sunday, May 6 at Wellesley Park, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., preceded by a neighbourhood parade at 10:30 a.m. starting at Sumach and Winchester. This annual Cabbagetown tradition has not only grown in enthusiasm over the years, it has grown in size. The Forsythia Festival is happy to welcome new sponsors MWM Fish Co., which will be setting up an oyster table in the beer garden!

Buds & Blossoms will be setting up a glitter tattoo station and Blooming Planter will be setting up a flower crown-making station. Do come to the festival hungry, as well as thirsty. Our Gold Sponsors Mark Michelin from St. Jamestown Steak and Chops will be there barbecuing his signature burgers (beef and portobello mushroom) and Erin Gamelin from Stout Irish Pub will be on hand to pour you some of her quality craft beer. (And yes, wine will be back!)

The festival will be full of free activities for kids of all ages: there is face painting, a craft station, bean bag toss, parachute game, piñatas, Pizza Pizza bouncing castle, Cycle Solutions bike tune-up station, photo booth, dangling doughnuts, and more.


Cabbagetown businesses are operated by some pretty awesome people. We asked Freshed Right’s Chef Douglas Burgos to tell us a little about himself and what he is working on next.

Chef Douglas grew up in South Regent Park as one of five brothers along with his Mother and Father, both of whom immigrated to Canada from Ecuador. He lived in Regent Park with his family and independently until he was in his mid 20’s.

Even after he left Regent Park proper, he continued to reside in the downtown east side of Toronto. When he opened Freshed Right Salad and Juice Bar, with business partner Francesca Bancheri, he chose the location at the corner of Gerrard and Parliament because of his genuine interest in bringing healthy food choices to this area where he has such strong ties. freshed

Chef Douglas has worked as head chef and kitchen manager at a number of well-known GTA restaurants including 3 Brewers Adelaide, Wendel Clark’s Bar and Grill, Milestones, Watermark Pub and Restaurant, Pusateri’s Yorkville, and East Side Mario’s where in addition to working as a head chef and kitchen manager he was on the national training team helping to open new restaurants.

Since opening in August 2017 Freshed Right has been serving the community with fresh cold pressed juices, soups, salads, smoothies and smoothie bowls along with healthy treats. These menu items will remain, but Chef Douglas will be using his culinary talents and his Latin American background to bring some fresh and savoury new menu items to Cabbagetown.

With his passion for fresh, flavourful, healthy food you can look forward to some creative and tasty new innovations at Freshed Right very soon! Check them out at #freshedright on Instagram for menu updates.


Freshed Right Salad and Juice Bar, 298 Gerrard offers a wide selection of fresh, cold pressed, all-natural fruit and vegetable juices as well as smoothies, salads, soups, healthy snacks, tea and coffee. We have many gluten free and vegan options. Follow us on Instagram #freshedright for updates on the new menu.

Our specials for May include:
• The Daily Lunch Combo – Salad and Freshed snack with any snack size smoothie or small juice for $11.99, from 11am to 3pm daily.
• Smoothie Specials – get a large 24 oz banana and strawberry smoothie, or a mixed berry smoothie, regular $6.99 on special for $5.99 – the times for these specials vary so drop by, follow us on Instagram or check us out on the Feedback app to see when we’re running the smoothie specials.


On April 26th, Dixon Hall celebrated a truly momentous occasion – the 100th birthday of one our dearest friends and Seniors Services clients, Josephine. A wonderful party was thrown with cake, balloons, and a specially made mix tape of Josephine’s favourite songs, heavily featuring one her favourite bands, ABBA. The celebration was made all the more sweet with the generosity of two Cabbagetown businesses, Blooming and The Labour of Love, who provided gifts of beautiful flowers and a charming necklace. Josephine loved the party and the gifts so much that she remarked, “I should really turn 100 more often!”

To learn more about how Dixon Hall helps seniors to live healthy, independent lives in their own communities for as long as possible, visit


At the beginning of April, our friends with big hearts at Cycle Solutions gave away a Specialized Diverge Road Bike to PWA’s – Friend’s for Life Bike Rally 6 Day Rider. #F4LBR is a fundraiser for the PWA (People with Aids) Organization which organizes a 6 Day, 600KM bike ride from Toronto to Montreal. That’s 100km a day!! WOW! Cycle Solutions has been a proud sponsor of this event for over 15 years which we think is pretty awesome.

Cycle Solutions will be offering bike safety checks at the Cabbagetown Summer Kick Off on June 10th. Stay tuned for more details!


The nice weather is just around the corner and once it hits everyone wants to get a tune up. Cycle Solutions fills up fast with tune up appointments. Don’t be disappointed, book your tune up now so you can hit the roads sooner than later! They are now open to 9AM to 8PM Monday to Friday.


On May 1st Akasha Art Projects opened in their new Cabbagetown home at 204D Carlton St, at Carlton and Ontario streets. This established Toronto business, (formerly of the Church Wellesely Village) provides creative solutions for all things art while also acting as a renowned gallery space. We are excited to announce their first show in their new gallery here in Cabbagetown will be Insistent Trajectories by Judith Doyle.

Doyle is an internationally renowned artist and educator, heavily involved with the OCAD University community. She recently received the OCAD University award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. The unique lens- and vector-based work in Insistent Trajectories draws on Doyle’s research and interest in contemporary networked life and gesture. Come to Cabbagetown and contemplate this fascinating work at Akasha Art Projects May 24 – July 14.


JANE’S WALK: Cabbagetown’s Main Streets: Yesterday to Today
On Saturday May 5th at 10:30am (meet at southwest corner of Sherbourne and Carlton streets) we are hosting a FREE Jane’s Walk (walking tour) titled Cabbagetown’s Main Streets: Yesterday to Today with local Cabbagetowner Gilles Huot. To learn more and to RSVP please click the button below.

Gilles Huot is a local resident and savvy historian. He will share stories about the area, the buildings and so much more. Cabbagetown played a huge role in Toronto’s history and today is a desired destination in our vibrant city.

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), a writer, urbanist and activist who championed the voices of everyday people in neighbourhood planning and city-building. It encourages people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours. Learn more


If you enjoy reading Cabbagetown Living (continues below), you might also like these newsletters from local neighbourhood organizations. Take a moment to view, bookmark or sign up for them now!

Cabbagetown Residents Association Newsletter – The Cabbagetowner

Cabbagetown South Residents Association Newsletter

Winchester Park Residents Association Spring 2018 Newsletter

Cabbagetown Preservation Association Newsletters

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Toronto is filled with amazing people. Some grew up here and some have only just begun to call our great city home. At the end of the day though, we are all Torontonians. Our friends at Hair Spa recently welcomed a new Torontonian to their team. Veronika moved to Canada just over a year ago and started with Hair Spa in late 2017. She is still learning about our neighbourhood, but so far finds Cabbagetown to be charming place to work. Veronika became interested in permanent makeup and other services such as, non-laser tattoo and microblading removal last summer and is excited to offer them here in Cabbagetown. Stop in at Hair Spa to meet Veronika and learn more.



Well it’s finally BBQ season and you are likely very excited to get out there and throw some sausages on the grill, but before you do, Mark from St. James Town Steak and Chops wants to remind you how important pre-heating your grill is and what temperatures are best.

Always pre-heat first for 15-20 minutes to make sure your BBQ reaches the right temperature and to kill any bacteria. Your grill should be 400-450°F for high, 350-400°F for medium-high, 300-350°F for medium and 250-300°F for low heat. When pre-heated properly, your grill should sear your food on contact which improves flavour and prevents sticking.

Mark’s sausages are hand made in house using all natural pork and spices. Most of the 12 different options are gluten free and range in flavour from hot to sweet, and everything in between.


Cabbagetown is home to one of Canada’s most notable fashion designers. Hilary MacMillan is proud to call Cabbagetown the new home of her design offices and showroom. In case you haven’t heard of Hilary MacMillan she is a contemporary, Canadian, cruelty-conscious womenswear designer. MacMillan has had her designs worn by some very fashionable people including Mme. Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau at the 2017 CAFA Awards and other celebrities including Kim Cattrall, Elisha Cuthbert, Fefe Dobson, Cheryl Hickey, Liz Trinnear, Chloe Wilde, Tessa Virtue, Natasha and more!

Her self-titled brand, Hilary MacMillan, was founded in 2013 with a focus on offering a breadth of styles at accessible price points. Hilary MacMillan apparel is for the adventurous and fashion aware woman who likes bold prints and inspired fabrics. In 2016, Hilary MacMillan made a commitment to focus on being a cruelty-conscious brand, no longer using leather, fur, exotic skins, or feathers in any of her garments. By Spring/Summer 2019 Hilary MacMillan will have phased out all silks and wools to proudly become Canada’s choice for cruelty-free womenswear.

Hillary’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection is now available at and is all about incorporating the look of relaxed vacation style into your everyday dress. Be sure to check it out and remember, spring is a great time to refresh your wardrobe and clear out things you haven’t worn in the last two years. Replace tired pieces with well made basics or bold new statement pieces. Items you are ready to part with can be donated to Double Take in Cabbagetown.


The Hilary MacMillan studio at 224 Carlton St. is having masonry and landscape work done. As a thank you to our new neighbourhood for their patience, we are extending a 15% discount on all online products. Visit and use [Promo Code: THANKS] at the checkout and receive your discount.


For the second month in a row Mark from MWM Fish Co. is sharing with us a recipe you have to try!

“I love this recipe from Chowhound! If you don’t have all the ingredients for the sauce, no sweat! This is a great ‘fridge cleaning’ recipe for a fast and flavourful dish.” – Mark of MWM Fish Co.

What you will need:
1 pound firm white fish, such as tilapia, snapper, cod, mahi mahi, or catfish
2 medium limes, halved
1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for oiling the grill grates
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 small head of green or red cabbage (about 14 ounces), cored and thinly sliced
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
6 to 8 soft (6-inch) corn tortillas
Sliced avocado, for garnish (optional)
Guacamole, for garnish (optional, see above)
Salsa, for garnish (optional, see above)
Sour cream, for garnish (optional)
Hot sauce, for garnish (optional)

1. Place the fish in a baking dish and squeeze a lime half over it. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season with salt and pepper and turn the fish in the marinade until evenly coated. Refrigerate and let marinate at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the slaw and warm the tortillas.

2. Combine the cabbage, onion, and cilantro in a large bowl and squeeze a lime half over it. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary; set aside.

3.Warm the tortillas by heating a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tortilla at a time, flipping to warm both sides, about 5 minutes total. Wrap the warm tortillas in a clean dishcloth and set aside while you prepare the fish.

4. Brush the grates of a grill pan or outdoor grill with oil and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Remove the fish from the marinade and place on the grill.

5. Cook without moving until the underside of the fish has grill marks and is white and opaque on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip and grill the other side until white and opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes more. (It’s OK if it breaks apart while you’re flipping.) Transfer the fish to a plate.

6. Taste the slaw again and season as needed with more lime juice. Slice the remaining lime halves into wedges and serve with the tacos. To construct a taco, break up some of the cooked fish, place it in a warm tortilla, and top it with slaw and any optional garnishes.”


It’s date night at M.W.M Fish Co! Enjoy a glass of bubbles with your partner for a fun & informative 2 hour oyster shucking workshop – oysters included with expert shucker Mark Moore! Snack on tasty sea-treats, sip on bubbles, and learn the ins and outs of oyster history, lore, and of course – how to shuck ’em!

Thursday May 3rd, 7pm-9pm with more dates to come (possibly the 17th and 31st!) Please inquire within.

Space is limited. Call to book: 416-926-3743
1 admission+ 8 oysters: $40*
2 admission 16 oysters: $70*

Admission includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.



With longer sunny days ahead, (FINALLY) now is the time to think about the windows in your home. This month our friends at KENDALL & Co. are sharing four facts regarding drapery and shades and how they are more than decor.

1) Drapery helps you reduce your energy bill. In the summer drapery helps shield your room from the sun helping lower your need to jack that AC up. In the winter drapery acts as an extra layer of insulation which is especially important if you have older less efficient windows which let the coldness pass through.

2) Drapery helps protect your furniture, rugs, art and wallpaper by minimizing the harmful effects of the sun such as fading. (In a way, drapery is similar to sunscreen, but for your home.)

3) Sheers help improve privacy and security so you and your family can enjoy your home in peace.

4) Blackout shades can help cool your bedroom while providing a dark environment for a restful slumber.

Want reduce that hydro bill, protect your art from the sun or improve your privacy? Find a wide array of fabrics, trims, valance styles, hardware options and motorization upgrades at KENDALL & Co. Book an appointment with their Décor Associates to design your custom window treatments. All made in their Toronto workrooms and expertly handled from start to finish with Professional Installation.
KENDALL & Co. 514 Parliament St. 10-6 weekdays, 11-5 Saturdays & Noon-4 Sundays.



Well folks it is wedding season! If you are part of a lucky couple planning your wedding you likely have a million things on your mind. Our friend Anji who operates Blooming, our local florist and planter expert has thoughtfully put together a guide to wedding flowers to help you navigate the task and ensure you don’t miss anything. From types of flowers to consider, who should get flowers, decorating items to consider and types of flowers, this easy to read guide has it all. We’ve turned it into a PDF you can view and download using the button below.

Even if you have already started your wedding flower planning, click the button below to review and ensure you didn’t miss anything. Anji and the Blooming team are here in Cabbagetown if you have questions. Make sure to visit them and see their fab shop soon!



Cabbagetown has some wonderful community, not-for-profit and charity groups helping to shape our neighbourhood in various ways. (Cabbagetown BIA is one of them!) If you are looking to save money on your water bill while supporting one of these groups read on! Anyone with a downspout should be able to use a rain barrel and right now the Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association is hosting their annual fundraiser selling rain barrels. There are several colours to choose from as well as optional accessories. (Order your accessories early to avoid disappointment as they go quickly!) Each regular size rain barrel is $55 (that’s 75% off the regular price,) with $10 going to the fundraiser for community projects with Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association. Black and grey barrels go fast as there is limited stock, so head over to and order yours in support of Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association. You will instantly start saving on your water bill when you hook a hose up to it and use it to water your garden, wash the car or have a fun water fight with the kids. To learn all about rain barrels go to Questions? Contact Cabbagetowner Susan Dineen at


Many of our local shops host fun free events. To learn more about them, be sure to follow all of your favorite Cabbagetown shops on Facebook. On Saturday May 12th from 10am – 4pm our friends at Spruce Home Decor invite you to their Mother’s Day Pop-Up Event. You’ll enjoy sipping champagne cocktails and have the opportunity to taste small batch jams from Toronto to Salt Spring Island. If you are looking for a “sweet experience” be sure to learn more while there about Alveole, a line of honey with local flavours. (Different parts of Toronto have honey with different tastes! How cool is that?) Gold Apothecary will also be on site to launch a new relaxing bath soak exclusive to Cabbagetown and only at Spruce! (Hey we have our own neighbourhood flag, why not a bath balm?) While there is no purchase necessary, should you or mom find something you just have to have, feel free to take 10% off purchases of $100 or more. Just make sure to RSVP using the button below.


Cabbagetowners take pride in Cabbagetown. Like other areas in the great city of Toronto, we are our own special neighbourhood and celebrate our past, present and future. Some of us do this by wearing T-shirts with Cabbagetown on them, or flying a green Cabbagetown Flag. (Only the coolest neighbourhoods have their own flags!) Our friends at KENDALL & Co recently collaborated with local graphic artist, Persnickety Design, to design a fun and colourful Cabbagetown pillow, (they too are crazy about Cabbagetown). The pillows are made right here in Toronto in small batch runs, which helps our local economy.

As true Cabbagetown supporters, KENDALL & Co have joined many other Cabbagetown businesses as Gold Sponsors of the Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival, organized by another great group of Cabbagetowners at the Cabbagetown Residents Association. The Forsythia Festival will feature a community fundraiser and one of the prizes just happens to be one of these cabbagetastic pillows donated by Kendall & Kevin. So be sure to join your fellow Cabbagetowners at Wellesley Park (follow Wellesley Street eastbound to where it ends and the park is) on Sunday May 6th, 10am – 3pm. The holder of the lucky raffle ticket will get to take this pillow home!


Cabbagetown is filled with lots of fun things to do no matter what you are looking for. The owner of The Social Smiths, Jaimy, wanted to add one more cool night out option for Cabbagetowners while also filling a life-long dream of hosting a comedy night. So what was this new Cabbagetown business owner to do when she realized she had no theatre but rather an office, (as cool as her office is?) Simple, push those desks aside, set up some chairs and find a microphone, then invite local comedians (seasoned and budding) including Hoodo Hersey, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Deb Belcourt and some brave souls ready to get on stage. The result you ask? Cabbagetown Comedy is a new monthly show at The Social Smiths Studio just across from Red Cranberries. (Don’t worry, while the show takes place in an office, you won’t be asked to do any filing.) Join them the last Thursday of every month for an intimate gathering where you are sure to laugh. Cabbagetown BIA Executive Director and other Executive Directors and Coordinators from nearby BIAs joined in on the fun at the April installment finding it to be a great social outing. Consider grabbing a small group yourself and join the laughter May 31st, 7pm.


BIA MEMBERS SAVE 25%: Social Media 101: Business Basics
Get cozy with the basics of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for your business in this high-energy fast-talkin’ 3 hour presentation: Social Media 101: Business Basics on Wednesday May 30th. BIA Members get 25% off with code NoMoarLOLCatz.


Happy May Cabbagetown! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and it’s time to get the homestead ready for the upcoming season. Our friends at Buds and Blossoms – Happy Parents Happy Kids know cleaning seems like a super boring thing to do (especially if you ask the kids), but it’s nothing that games, music and creativity can’t solve! This month they are providing three super creative and helpful tips to get the whole family involved in your spring spruce up!

1. Turn on the tunes!
Every party needs music — including a cleaning party! Let your child play DJ and sing into your cleaning tools, fold or sweep in time to the music, or have a time test and see if you can get a specific job done before the song finishes.
2. Make a chore chart.
As we’re sure that you knew, children really like being involved in decision-making. Why not create a beautiful chart of pre-selected chores together? This is a great opportunity for them to build a sense of responsibility for their home and pride in their space. Try starting off with chores involving kid-friendly areas or items specifically—such as putting their books on the shelf in a way they like, or collecting all their dirty clothes and throwing them into a basket. Once they’ve finished their task, a special sticker or check mark provides them with confidence in their contributions and abilities.
3. Host the cleaning Olympics!
Have you ever heard of speed sweeping? The high jump dust? Relay dishwasher loading? We haven’t either… so use your imagination as a family and create games and competitions that make every boring task as fun as a visit to the playground! And at the end of the day, reward yourselves with a ceremony to celebrate your clean space— movie night, take-out or a trip to the book store are all award winners.
Here at Buds and Blossoms, our passion and belief is to invest in children as future global citizens. We have a wide range of programming after school and during the summer to build skills, individuality and experiences. Our doors are always open– so stop in, say hi and let’s get you and your kids happy!

Cabbagetown BIA, Church Wellesley Village BIA and Old Town Toronto BIA recently had a meeting with the new Staff Sergeant of Toronto Police 51 Division, Brian Maslowski.

There are two things we want to share with you based on this meeting. The first is that filing a community complaint is now easier and quicker, the second is info on police in cars vs bikes/on foot.

1) Community Complaints Made Easier

If you are experiencing/witnessing an ongoing, non-emergency such as trespassing or other nuisance issues, please visit or tap the button below. Include your full contact information so that an officer can follow up with you if they have questions.

By using this form you are helping TPS DIV 51 understand our community and our needs better.


2) On Foot/Bike VS In Cars

Our three collective BIAs were happy to hear that Staff Sergeant Brian Maslowski is taking a “less in the cars, more on the street” approach with our local officers who are out on patrol and not responding to emergencies. Crew Officers will be spending less time in their cars and more time walking, biking or travelling by TTC

For more information on Toronto Police, how to report and other items of interest Cabbagetown BIA members and the public will find useful, please visit our Member Resources Page.


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