Emergency relocation
The CYC’s Performance Showcase happens tonight but they’ve been forced by a faulty electrical transformer to relocate to Jarvis Collegiate (495 Jarvis St on the southeast corner at Wellesley).  All the other details are the same – 6:15 pm for the pre-show and 7 pm for the performance.  Tickets are $7 or $21 for a family of four. 
It’s a celebration of the skill, talent and spirit of young people ages 7 to 14 from our community.  It’s an evening of dancing, singing and drama by the CYC’s Summer Campers.  Their enthusiasm and energy are inspiring – don’t miss the event.

Book “buy or trade” fair
On Sunday August 19 from 9 am to noon, The Cabbagetown South Residents group are hosting a book fair. (Click here for more details).  You have a choice – donate some pre-read books and get a voucher for your gift or show up and buy a book.  If you’re trading, just pop your books into a bag along with a note showing your name, address and email address and deliver them to 204 Seaton. Your voucher will be sent to you by return email.  Rain or shine at 204 Seaton. 

Jameson’s Tasting at Stout
Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) will be the scene for a Jameson’s tasting next Tuesday, August 21 from 6 to 8 pm.  If you’re a trivia lover, you can stick around after that and be part of Erin’s weekly Trivia Night.  On Fridays, she’s scheduled a weekly oyster bar that starts at 7 pm and goes on until the last bivalve is shucked – these are oyster and Oyster Bay events combining the finest seafood with beautiful New Zealand wines.  Click here for more info.

Jazz in Cabbagetown
You’ve probably noticed our weekly listings in the right hand column for both the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) and the Winchester Kitchen & Bar (51A Winchester).  We tell you what’s happening in both places.  Hidden away in those announcements is a growing and very appealing jazz program at each spot.  The Flying Beaver has John Alcorn, Julie Michaels and Brenda Lewis with Margaret Stowe on Thursdays over the next month. The Winchester Kitchen & Bar has John Campbell, Melissa Lauren Trio, Ron Davis Quartet over the next few weeks, also on Thursday.  If you’re a jazz fan, then keep an eye on these two spots – great music.

Mark’s back
After a leisurely holiday touring several major American cities, Mark’s back at work at St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament).  It is, of course, barbeque season and he has steaks, burgers, lamb and lots of other bbq yummies ready to go.  Click here to check out Mark's website.

New yoga workshops at Sundara
Angela at Sundara Yoga (492 Parliament) has a very active program underway.  She has a big list of new programs, so for your convenience, the whole list is included here.  You can check out her studio and her schedules here.
Here’s her listing for her new Fall program.
NEW.  Absolute Beginner Yoga - Learn the basics of breathing and the principles of alignment.  September 6th to October 11th - Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 AM.
NEW DATES.  Mysore. Self-Practice is now available on Sundays too!  Starting September 2, Mysore offered Mon to Fri 6-9 am and Sun 7-9 am
NEW.  Group Yoga Therapy. A combination of psychotherapy and yoga. September 16 to October 7 - Sundays from 6-8 pm
NEW DATES.  Mom and Baby Yoga. Have fun with your baby!  October 10th to November 14th - Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 pm.
NEW DATES.  Pre-Natal Yoga. October 13th to November 17th - Saturdays from 1:00-2:15 pm
NEW.  Kirtan with Yin Yoga.  Lana Sugarman chants beautiful Sanskrit verses while you practice Yin Yoga with Sunny.  October 21st - Sunday from 5:00-7:00 pm
NEW.  Satsung with Ali Alexander and Angela Jervis-Read.  Learn about the philosophy of yoga through chanting the verses of sacred texts.  October 12th – Friday from 7:30-9:00 pm
Please visit www.sundarayoga.net to check out these workshops or call (416) 828-7247 for more information.

Blair’s Run
Here’s another CYC event and it’s the launching pad for the 2012 Cabbagetown Festival on Parliament Street.  The run covers about 2 kms through the heart of Cabbagetown.  People bring their dogs, their babies and their special signs.  Some runners blast straight through and others meander and schmooze with their pals.  Contrary to popular rumour, it’s not a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon – it’s a destination in its own right. 
The 2012 Run happens on Saturday September 8 at 10 am, starting at the corner of Carlton and Parliament.  We’ll give more details when the program is released.
The Run is a fundraiser.  Cabbagetown residents and businesses have been remarkably generous each year and the 2012 target is $50,000.  Volunteers will canvass your neighbourhood in the next few weeks asking for your support.  Please watch for your local volunteer or for the flyer and support the CYC’s amazing programs.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
The Festival weekend provides the CCDT dancers a great platform to strut their stuff and to show interested students and parents what the School has to offer.  Free open classes are offered both days. On Saturday, it’s creative movement (1 pm), modern (2 pm) and zumba (3 pm). On Sunday, you can watch a Company ballet class (11 am) and a Company modern class (1:30 pm) and take part in free open classes about Hip Hop (1:30 pm) and jazz (3 pm).  The open classes apply to specific age ranges.  Please click here for more detail about teachers, ages and times.  Be sure to include these events in your Festival plans.  501 Parliament.

Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre
The new Centre (Dundas east of Parliament) opens in September and to celebrate this dynamic new hub, Toronto’s Artscape has commissioned five short video documentaries to explore the role of art and culture in the lives of the neighbourhood’s youth.  You can see them here.  The Globe and Mail has an article describing the Centre and its tenants and programs.

Free food – save this date
Last year’s highly successful “One Night in Cabbagetown” will be repeated this year at the beginning of the Festival.  At this time, this news is only a rumour.  Details will follow.  For now, save the date – Thursday evening, September 6.  This is your chance to join hundreds of other people along Parliament and Carlton and take in the culinary delights offered by an impressive bunch of participating pubs and restaurants.  As soon as we know more, you’ll know.