Fried Anchovies and a Cabbagetown Heritage Home

Cabbagetown Living

Fried Anchovies & A Cabbagetown Heritage Home



Thanks as always for your interest in Cabbagetown. We hope you enjoy our latest edition of Cabbagetown Happenings with info on where to find the best fried anchovies, a snap of a local heritage home, a warm welcome to a new Cabbagetown business employee and SO MUCH more.


Having only joined the branch as manager in November, Jennifer McBean at CIBC has quickly become part of the Cabbagetown community. Over the holidays she fed clients at a local men’s shelter, worked on a toy drive for Jessie’s – The June Callwood Centre for Young Women, organized a donation to the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and enjoys being involved with lots of other things such as CIBC’s Run For the Cure. This 28 year veteran at the bank says she simply loves giving back and we are happy to have her here in Cabbagetown.
Aside from her community involvement Jennifer has worked hard to improve your experience at our local CIBC branch. With just a few small changes Jennifer has helped make the branch more inviting and cheery. Known for early morning lineups, Jennifer also streamlined some of the staff’s procedures you help clients get in and out faster during the morning rush.



We are often asked just what does the not-for-profit Cabbagetown BIA do? Well the answers is, lots. Our sole staff member, Stephen-Thomas, with assistance from our volunteer board members made up of local business owners, works on an array of projects. The projects can be very different in nature one to the next, but each has the goal of improving the Cabbagetown area one way or another.

One project that Cabbagetowners use, but likely do not realize is cared for by the BIA are our additional street lights. The increased lighting from these vintage inspired lights improve security and making our area more inviting. Over the last few months we have worked with Toronto Hydro, TTC, and a private electrician to ensure we have our permits in place for each unit as well as service and re-light units that had fallen into disrepair. We continue to work on a few that still have issues and are committed to a new maintenance program.


Local graphic designer @rvsteiner shared this picture on instagram of one of Cabbagetown’s historic homes with the caption “Once Toronto’s skid row, today Cabbagetown is a shining example of what can happen when the collective wills to preserve something of value.”

Make sure you share your images of Cabbagetown on instagram using #Cabbagetown and follow @cabbagetown_bia.


Cabbagetown’s very own House On Parliament was recently announced as one of the nine BEST GASTROPUBS IN TORONTO. blogTO wrote – “Settle in at this Cabbagetown watering hole to enjoy a short but interesting list of beers along with a menu of hearty, high quality dishes. House favourites include an exquisite steak and mushroom pie, a posh ploughman’s lunch, and an absolutely addictive sticky toffee pudding.” Read the full post by clicking here


.Cabbagetown BIA members can apply for a cost share grant of up to $10,000 from the City of Toronto to make improvements to their facade. Check with the BIA first to confirm you are within the official boundaries. To learn more about this program click here. Applications accepted until May 19th or until funding runs out.


On instagram @meetandeats recently shared this incredible image taken while dining at Kanpai Snack Bar in Cabbagetown. She proclaimed Kanpai has the “ultimate snacks” and said she loves the fried anchovies & tofu w/peanuts and chilies. Sounds pretty ultimate to us!

Fried chicken is also an option in case you wondered. Find Kanpai and other Cabbagetown eateries listed here:


The local CPA recently shared information on the various plaques you may find around Cabbagetown and other parts of Toronto. There are various types of plaques you van apply for…Heritage Property Plaques, Commemorative Plaques, Toronto Legacy Plaques, or Century House Plaques. To learn more about the process of getting one of these, please click here. If you are interested in applying for a Cabbagetown People Plaque, contact the CPA for more info by clicking here. Don’t forget they offer tours and you can find out more about them by clicking here.


Warm up your pipes and get ready to sing along! Inspired Souls Band, (house band from CRC) will be leading just for fun sing alongs Mondays in March, (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th) 5pm- 6:30pm. Head over and belt it out.

Door prizes will be awarded each week. Styles will include popular oldies, funk, and gospel.
Location: Daniels Spectrum.


In addition to welcoming a new branch manager, the CIBC at the corner of Carlton and Parliament recently celebrated its 125th Anniversary! To mark this special occasion, a $5000 donation was made to Jessie’s – The June Callwood Centre for Young Women, a local multi- service resource centre for pregnant teenagers, young parents and their children.


Local walker Maureen Roe invites you to take a stroll in Cabbagetown on Monday mornings at 9am. Come meet your neighbours and enjoy the outdoors. Meet at the gates in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) and plan to walk for about an hour. NO reservations needed, just come with a smile. Questions? Contact (Thanks Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review and Cabbagetowner for posting about this group.)


Are you a business owner? A community organization member? Area resident? Have something to share with us? Email pictures and info to We love to hear what is happening in Cabbagetown!


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