Cabbagetown Living - October 2019

Hello Cabbagetowners!

October, there’s nothing quite like it! Thanksgiving dinners, Halloween candy, and pants that you don’t remember fitting quite so tightly…

Here’s what some Cabbagetown businesses are up to this October!

KENDALL & Co. | Design One Stop Shop Online & Offline

514 Parliament Street


KENDALL & Co just relaunched their website! Ready to acquaint everyone about their wide-ranging products and design services.

Centrally located in Cabbagetown, and now available from the comfort of your home! You can now order their beautiful rugs, featured furniture and select gift items online 24/7.

Their store has been remodelled to better serve customers with their core offerings of Canadian-made furniture, fair-trade rugs, amazing wallpaper, blinds, custom drapery, fabrics and upholstery.

In the coming weeks, KENDAL & Co. will become Santa’s Workshop with busy elves transforming it into Toronto’s most magical Christmas shop!

Cabbagetown Pet Clinic | Introducing Pet Preventative Healthcare Plans

239 Gerrard St. East

The old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly holds true when it comes to the long-term health and happiness of your pet.

The cost of prevention is often the fraction of the cost of treating disease or illness when it has become more advanced.

The Benefits of the CabbagetownCare Pet Wellness Program

  • Cost Control: Spread out the costs of preventative veterinary care

  • Improved Quality of Life and longevity for your pet(s)

  • Receive a 15% Discount on ALL retail items, including prescription food and treats.

  • Receive 25% Discount on Spays / Neuters for kittens and puppies

  • Two (2) Additional Exams/Consultations per year + Unlimited nail trims.

  • Early Illness Detection, when disease is most treatable

  • Increased Quality of Life for Pet Parents: Human-pet bonds can decrease blood pressure and help prevent depression and loneliness in pet parents

    Starting at $32.75/month for cats, $34.50/month for dogs.

    Call us today @ 416-928-6761 for plan details

Fix-It Friend | Cabbagetown’s Handyman

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You may have seen the Fix-It Friend van in the area, but did you know that we're based here in Cabbagetown? We use our workshop as our home base and to work on all sorts of custom fabrication projects.

Were you thinking about completing a project over the summer, but didn't quite find the time? Do you want to get a head start on those holiday projects? (yup, we said it...holidays!)

Have no fear! There's still plenty of time to get your outdoor projects completed and it's the perfect time to start thinking about tackling your indoor projects too!

Daniel et Daniel Catering | Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

“Ok so Grandma’s cooking the turkey, Dad’s bringing the potatoes, sis is bringing dessert, I’m bringing some sort of vegetable dish…”

Sound familiar? All the planning that goes into Thanksgiving dinner can leave you asking “OK, who’s bringing the wine?”

Daniel et Daniel has got you covered! With their Thanksgiving Dinner at Home menu, you can spend more time talking with loved ones, and less time talking turkey.

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The School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre | Silver Swans Ballet Classes (55+)

509 Parliament St.

Over the summer, some instructors at the School of CCDT completed a certification course in order to teach Silver Swans® classes!

These ballet classes are for ages 55+ (but all ages are welcome!). Developed by the Royal Academy of Dance and taught by licensed teachers, this is a fun, educational class that will help improve balance, mobility, posture, and coordination. No experience necessary!

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Children’s Book Bank | All Things Fall PA Day - Oct 11

350 Berkeley St.

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October is shaping up to be a big month at The Children’s Book Bank!

This school year, join us every PA day for a special themed craft and activity, hosted all day long. The first PA Day of the school year will be on Friday, October 11, and the theme will be “All Things Fall.”

TheHubTO | Unit Available!

208 Gerrard Street E.

Calling all makers and creatives!

Are you looking for:

  • A space to make a little noise and/or mess?

  • A central, downtown location?

  • Your own private, locking unit?

  • A community of makers and creatives to surround yourself with?

  • An all inclusive rental (including wifi)?

We've got all this and more! Visit our website for more info, availability, pricing, and contact info.

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Kumon Cabbagetown | Repairs Finished!

543 Parliament Street

Kumon Cabbagetown has moved back to the original location at 543 Parliament Street after the repairs. We look forward to have the Kumon families and students back at the centre. We are very excited to announce that our centre is offering a SAVE $50 promotion on Registration fee for new enrollments from October 1 to 31, 2019.

Buds and Blossoms | Preschool Spaces Available!

517 Parliament Street, Second Floor

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Buds and Blossoms is accepting new preschool students! Is your family ready to start preparing for kindergarten?

Is your child the eldest at the drop-in, and needs some peer socialization?

Is it time to start transitioning your child out of nap time because they are going to bed later at night?

If you’d like to join us for the mornings or extended care program full of fun, growth, wonder and adventures get in touch!

We have small class sizes and focus on developing communication skills, forging friendships, and on hand-on enrichment. Spots are available now, so make sure to get in touch!

Akasha Art Projects Inc. | Janet Taylor - Balance

204D Carlton Street

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Scraped clean in the last ice age, the near north is a landscape of etched, fragmented rock and delicately balanced boulders left by retreating glaciers. The very skin of the world is exposed and its interaction with the rich ecosystem it now supports is explicit.

Combining subtly described surfaces and marks with photography, Taylor’s images refer to this graphically abundant environment in compositions as delicately balanced as the relationship of climate, biome and terrain to which they refer.

Janet Taylor’s Balance will be on display at Akasha Art Projects October 10th - November 9th, 2019

Spruce | Balsam + Cedar Candles are Back

455 Parliament Street


Everyone's favourite fall candle is back in stock at Spruce!

The Balsam + Cedar candle has received a serious upgrade this year to include new sizes and styles to fit right in with your budget and decor. As this candle sells out early each year, Spruce has more than tripled their stock levels to ensure the fragrance will be available right through the Holidays.

Pop by to check out the new look and new fragrance additions to the line including Woodfire and Winter White. Fill the house with the fragrance of the Fall and enjoy the fresh perfume of Balsam all season long!

Cabbagetown Living - September 2019

Hello Cabbagetowners!

As we approach fall, it’s time to get back to swing of things. Back to school, back to wearing sweaters, and of course, back to the Cabbagetown Festival!
The Cabbagetown Festival will be running this Saturday September 7th (11a - 8p) and Sunday, September 8th (11a - 7p). Carlton St. will be closed from Ontario to Parliament, and Parliament will be closed form Gerrard to Welelsley as we will the streets with food, laughter, music, and fun. For more information check out -

Over a hundred local businesses and vendors will be showing off everything Cabbagetown has to offer. See you there!

Buds & Blossoms - After School Program

517 Parliament

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Buds & Blossoms offers an array of afterschool enrichment classes to kids 4 - 9; from STEM, creative arts, dance, languages, to cooking, they have it all! They offer pickup from Sprucecourt and Whichester P.S.

Children can enjoy a healthy snack, a daily enrichment class, and small classroom sizes!

Hair Spa - After Summer Hair Care

440 Parliament

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After a long summer at the cottage, beach, or even just around town, our can get dry and frizzy from the lack of moisture in the air. For work, back to school, wouldn’t if be great to start with healthy, shiny hair? Hair Spa is offering a deep scalp exfoliation, moisture treatment, and blow dry/style (approx. 1hr treatment time) for $60.

Blooming Flower Bar - Plant Terrarium Workshop

559 Parliament Street

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Relax and enjoy an evening with friends surrounded by nature as you build your very own plant Terrarium. Workshops come complete with delicious nibbles, a selection of our hardiest succulents, a solid keepsake glass terrarium and all the tips you’ll ever need to keep your plants alive.

For more information:

Toronto Makes - A Book Born In Cabbagetown

Releases September 23rd


Toronto Makes features over 50 of the city’s most exciting creative entrepreneurs sharing the stories behind the crafts they’ve dedicated their lives to. This beautifully photographed and designed volume celebrates bakers and brewers, fashion and jewellery designers, furniture makers and ceramicists, and many more—an eclectic group of incredibly talented people who make Toronto a little more special.

Toronto Makes pairs engaging profiles by Toronto writer Randi Bergman with artful photos of the people and products behind Bather, Bellwoods Brewery, Biko, Coolican & Company, CXBO Chocolates by Brandon Olsen, F. Miller Skincare, Mary Young, Mima Ceramics, Pilot Coffee Roasters, Province Apothecary, Rekindle, Sloane Tea, and many more. This captivating collection illuminates the complex stories of things made with a passion that will impress and inspire.

Parliament Optical - Back to School Special

418 Parliament

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Limited time offer: 2 Kids Pairs (including Lenses) only $139

The School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre - Festival Open House

509 Parliament

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Join The School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre for their open house during the 2019 Cabbagetown Festival. Step into the studio to watch professional dance demonstrations with live music before enjoying your own free trial dance classes for toddlers, kids, and adults. Pick out your favourite costume and strike a pose at their photo booth, then take a guided tour through the beautiful historic building. Shop the sales at 509 Dancewear boutique, and register for classes during the Festival to save 10% on tuition for new students!

Children’s Book Bank: 3rd Annual Book Sale

350 Berkeley St.

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The Children’s Book Bank will be back at the Cabbagetown Festival again this year, hosting its 3rd Annual Book Sale on Sat. Sept. 7 - Sun. Sept. 8. The Book Bank’s booth will set up along Parliament Street with tables and boxes filled with hundreds of amazing adult books: fiction/non-fiction/cookbooks/graphic novels and many more. They will also be selling beautiful on-of-a-kind handmade cards and buttons made from vintage and worn out favourite books. BEST OF ALL - all the money raised will go back to supporting Book Bank programs.

Creating Community: A How To

By Mary Ladky of The Children’s Book Bank

We’re all familiar with the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child”. Recently I’ve wondered what it takes to create community. How do you do it? Why do it at all? It’s clear we as people have a need for community. We all want to feel connected to others, we spend our lives trying to make it happen. I believe we can achieve connection by organizing events that provide the opportunity for community members—family, neighbours, work mates, whoever—to meet.

Recently, The Children’s Book Bank held a Garden Party inviting our Cabbagetown neighbours to celebrate our refreshed façade; an opportunity to enjoy some end-of-the-summer food and drink together. We were delighted that three Cabbagetown restaurants—Epicure, Absolut Bakery, and Gushi Japanese Restaurant—donated trays of delicious food for our guests. Some of our near-neighbours on Berkeley Street did everything from gardening, preparing additional food, donating party materials, and so much more. Many were introduced to the work of The Children’s Book Bank and new friends were made. We thank all that contributed to the success of the event.

By providing free access to books, literacy programs, and special events The Children’s Book Bank aims to improve the lives of our neighbourhood’s children every day. But we all have a role in making Cabbagetown connected. If “it takes a village to raise a child”, we need to continue creating these opportunities to come together and celebrate what makes this community special.

Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre: Thank You, Toronto!

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A huge shout out to our community that has come together to support us after our recent break-in and theft. We lost over 20 guitars, violins, amplifiers, mics and a powered mixer. The response has been overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who donated to our Gofundme campaign, and the dozens of instruments donated in the past month. An unfortunate incident like this brings out the best in us, and renews our faith in humanity. You rock, Toronto! - Glen Louks, CCAC Assistant Director

The Cabbagetown Pet Clinic Proudly Supports the Farley Foundation

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Since 2002, the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) has used the proceeds from the Farley Foundation to provide financial assistance for low-income pet owners, allowing them access to veterinary care. The Farley Foundation name pays homage to one of Canada's most renowned pets - Farley, the English sheep dog - from Lynn Johnston's internationally acclaimed comic strip, “For Better or For Worse”. Farley’s image helps to support this awareness, making it possible for low-income pet owners to preserve the comfort and happiness attained through the ongoing companionship with their healthy pets. The Cabbagetown Pet Clinic has been actively involved with this growing initiative since 2012 and has raised thousands of dollars through bottle drives, garage and bake sales and raffles. This success could not have been accomplished without incredible support from Cabbagetown residents, veterinary partners and the local business community. In turn, these civic-minded Cabbagetown citizens and businesses have helped support many local pet lovers in need.

Thanks for subscribing to the Cabbagetown Living Newsletter!

See you around town,

Christopher Chiasson, Cabbagetown BIA Executive Director

Cabbagetown Living - July 2019

Here are some of the exciting things happening in the neighbourhood in the coming weeks! 

Jay Hodgins - Ombak: Tidal Convergence

July 4 - August 31, 2019 @ Akasha Art Projects - 204D Carlton


Intentionally lacking recognizable subject matter, its safe to say Jay Hodgin’s powerful series Ombak: Tidal Convergence still carries strong narrative capacity taking each viewer on a personal journey. Emotional, intuitive and gestural yet described by the artist as highly planned. Dramatic tension drives the work evoking tranquility and stormy chaos simultaneously. Jay is featured in galleries across Canada, in private collections internationally, and has been featured numerous times in Shelter magazines. We look forward to welcoming him to the akasha walls soon.

New Roots Dinner Series

August 20th, 2019 - Riverdale Farm, Toornto Dance Theatre, Alan Gardens, CCDT

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The New Roots Dinner Series is back on August 20, 2019!

Take part in an extraordinary experience hosted by Cabbagetown’s very own Daniel et Daniel and enjoy a 4-course gourmet dinner at one of 4 unique locations: Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Riverdale Farm, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory.

Proceeds go to Green Thumbs Growing Kids, a local organization that believes in environmental education, sustainability, and eating healthy. Their programs are designed around school gardens with a focus on teaching children about growing produce right in their neighbourhood.

Seating is limited so book your tickets now at!