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.

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See you around town,

Christopher Chiasson, Cabbagetown BIA Executive Director