Getting ready for the Festival
The Cabbagetown Festival happens from Thursday September 6 to Sunday September 9.  It’s only two weeks away.  Today’s Review lists preliminary information about the festivities so you can map out your weekend plans.  Check out our right-hand column for additional links and details about each event.

Art & Crafts in Riverdale Park 
This is the big juried show that fills the park with 170 beautiful tents.  It’s one of Toronto’s best outdoor art sales and it takes place in the middle of one of the city’s prettiest parks.  It runs from Friday afternoon September 7 to Sunday September 9.  (Winchester and Sumach). Click here for more detail.

Smaller exhibitions
Visit two more locations nearby – the corner of Sumach and Carlton beside Sprucecourt School and the corner of Winchester and Sumach beside the Necropolis.  Both offer extra craft exhibits and artists’ booths.  Both are open on Saturday and Sunday.

Parliament Street
The official Parliament Street program isn't available yet but it already appears that there’ll be plenty to do.  It’s undergoing a big transformation.  There’ll be more emphasis on arts and crafts among the street vendors.  The musical entertainment will be focused at Carlton and Parliament on Saturday and on Carlton near Berkeley on Sunday.  The Festival area will expand into the lower end of Parliament Street on Sunday.  Street food and patios will open as usual.

The Parade
Sadly, the Festival parade has been cancelled.  It was always the launching pad for two days of fun along Parliament and it connected our two communities – residents and businesses – very nicely.  After a 35-year history, it’s now gone and it’ll be missed.

33rd Annual Blair’s Run
A 3 km marathon in support of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  Registration starts at 8:45 am on Saturday September 7 (Carlton and Parliament) and the race happens at 9:45 am.  $15.  Runners cruise through the heart of Cabbagetown.  Prizes for several categories.  You can be a runner and you can also be a donor – contact this link and you’ll be able to give your gift and receive a tax receipt right away.

One Night in Cabbagetown
Last year, this was a roaring success and it’s good to see that it’s happening again.  For the price of a $10 ticket, you can enjoy samples at four of our restaurants. Nine are participating – so if you decide to keep going, just buy another ticket during the evening. Thursday September 6 from 7 pm. Click here for the list of participating restaurants (where you can also buy your event tickets.

Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival
The Short Film & Video Festival is a fixture for many of us.  Gina Dineen spent months attracting 200 short films from filmmakers around the world, judging them and then hammering out a memorable program with 15 entries.  Some are funny, many are wrenching and a few are happily salacious.  Tickets are $15. There’s a bar and snacks.  Her website has all the details about the evening’s lineup. Winchester Dance Theatre (80 Winchester), Friday September 7, box office opens at 7 pm, screening from 8 to 11 pm.

Cabbagetown Theatre Company
This year’s presentation is “Cinderella…if the shoe fits”, a comedy for all ages.  The Theatre Company stages its Festival shows in the Necropolis Chapel (200 Winchester across from Riverdale Park). Friday (at 7:30 pm), Saturday and Sunday (noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm). Each show is 30 minutes long. These are always fun-filled family entertainment. Tickets are $5.

And in other news …

Ellen Murphy at Cranberries
Ellen Murphy will be showing her landscapes at Room 601 in Cranberries Restaurant (601 Parliament) through September.  You’re invited to her opening on Friday September 7 from 7 to 10 pm. Ellen paints both urban and rural landscapes in oil, acryllics and ink. 

Alumnae Theatre
The Alumnae Theatre Company (70 Berkeley) has announced their lineup for the 2012-2013 season.  They start on September 21 with Newfoundland writer Lisa Moore’s drama “February”. The season includes two other Canadian works:  “The Drowning Girls” by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic (November 16 to December 1) and James Reaney’s “the Killdeer” (April 12 to 27). In between, they’re staging Oscar Wilde’s “A Woman of No Importance” (January 25 – February 9).  The “New Ideas” festival happens March 6 to 24.  Tickets are $20. Subscriptions are still only $75.  For details, visit the website here.

Happy birthday, Labour of Love
This is Regina’s third summer in Cabbagetown.  To celebrate, she’s invited Gosia (whose work, “The Study” helped to launch the store in 2010) and fellow painter Kelly Grace to create “Family Tree”, an art installation that recreates a 1950s living room.  The show opens on Thursday August 30 from 5 to 8 pm at Labour of Love (242 Carlton).   For more info, visit Regina’s website.

School of the Toronto Dance Theatre
Contemporary dance classes are starting up again at the School (80 Winchester).  Click here for info and for online registration for the children’s program (ages 3 to 17) which run for thirteen weeks from September 15 to December 8.  The adult program has expanded to include African, ballet and other new dance forms.  There’s a wide range of classes, some requiring pre-registration and some drop-in opportunities. They run through both the Fall and Winter seasons. That link is here.

Riverdale Farmer’s Market
blogTO has a nifty article about the market, complete with introductions to several vendors and some very good photography.  Click here to read the story.

Save this date
Sunday September 16 will be a busy day.  The Tour of Homes takes place that afternoon. You can see a link in the right hand column.  It’s also the day for the Cabbagetown South Neighbourhood Party.  The party happens from noon to 6 pm on Seaton Street (between Hagan and Callaghan lanes) and it’ll offer entertainment, bbq, games for kids and lots more.  It’s a chance to enjoy a summer street party and to meet your neighbours.  Save this date – more info coming soon.

Thanks for waiting
As mentioned yesterday in an email, we’ve been doing some important housekeeping.  Our email distribution system is now handled by Mail Chimp. 
This means that our last-minute rush to get our announcements out the door and into your computers has been eased.  It also means that you can add a name or take a name off the list very easily.  Just click on the appropriate spot in the emails.  It also means that duplicate email addresses are controlled so that irritating repeats don’t happen.
Next week, we'll publish again on Thursday and we’ll have some more features that you should find more convenient.  Thanks for your patience today.