Our new feature about gardening news around Cabbagetown.  Click here to read more. 

The agave blooms
The big agave plant at Allan Gardens has bloomed.  On Wednesday, people were wandering past in a steady stream looking it over, taking pictures and strolling inside the greenhouse to see its base.  You can catch up on all of these details at our new Gardening page – click here.
The Bell Box project gets started
Over the weekend, artists will begin to paint their murals on eight Bell Canada utility boxes in Cabbagetown and St James Town.  On Saturday from 1 to 4 pm, you’ll be able to stroll through the neighbourhood and watch them work.  Locations are marked on the map below.  The tour is part of the St James Town Cultural Collage.  There’ll be kids’ creative activities, a workshop on drumming, exhibits by local artists and a community marketplace.  It all starts at the east side of 260 Wellesley Street.  On August 17 and 18, there’ll be a tour in Regent Park and on August 24 -25, in St Lawrence.

Vote for Kendall
There’s a handful of businesses in Cabbagetown who work very hard to make this area special.  Kendall is one of them.  In return, we can extend our recognition and thanks to Kendall by voting on its behalf in the NOW Magazine “Best of” polls. 
So far, Kendall has made it onto the Best Design Firm and Best Design Store categories. 
Now it’s our turn to put these folks on top.  For the Best Design Firm, click here and vote.  For Best Design Store, click here and vote. 

Help for homeowners
During the big storms that happened this summer, many people discovered that their basements are vulnerable to flooding.  The Cabbagetown South Residents Association has found a link to a fund at the City of Toronto that will help with future repair costs.   Click here.  You’ll find an outline of the eligible work, the size of the applicable subsidy and the application procedures.
Lost river memorial
Cabbagetown South residents have built a mosaic to mark Crookshank Creek that once ran through the area. It’s in Ontario Park (227 Ontario).  Watch for a lost river tour of the neighbourhood in the near future.
Pan Am Path
The Don Valley trail that runs from the lake north to Thorncliffe Park will become part of the new multi-use Pan Am Path.  The Path will connect Toronto’s neighbourhoods and open up a major route for walking, biking and running.  It’s being designed as a permanent legacy from the 2015 Pan Am Games.  It’ll meander over 80 km from Rexdale, south along the Humber to the lake, east to the Don, north and east through Scarborough to the Rouge River.  Most of these paths already exist.  The project will create connections so the whole route is off the street.  There’s a great website with photos, maps and lots of info here. 
Save the date for Blair’s Run
Saturday, September 7, registration at 8:30 am and race at 9:30 am. This event opens the Cabbagetown Festival activities on Parliament Street every year.  It’s also a vital part of the fundraising campaign for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  If you want to run, walk, take the dog out for a stroll or show off your kids to your neighbours – you’re welcome to join.  The 3 kilometre route travels through Cabbagetown’s finest streets. There are prizes, souvenirs, tasty treats and plenty of good company.  Be sure to save the date and watch for registration info within a few weeks.
Healthy tips on 103.9 Proud FM
Sandy Badgley from Pinstripe Nutrition (Cabbagetown Chiropractic, 214 Carlton) is now a regular contributor on 103.9 FM.  Every Monday at 8:10 am, she has a chat about a health issue and shares tips on nutrition and lifestyles.  You can also check out her website here for more info.
Cappuccino at Eclectisaurus
There’s a Gran Gala electric cappuccino maker available at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard E).  Made in Italy around 1980, it features cherry red handles and a bright chrome finish.  It makes lovely cappuccinos, lattes and espressos, all while taking up a tiny amount of space on the counter.  For more details, check out Leslie’s website – click here.
Ashtanga at Sundara
Power up your Saturday mornings with an Ashtanga class with Emma O’Neill.  Ashtanga is the original vinyasa/power style of yoga.  A set series of postures are linked together with breath and movement to create intense internal heat which detoxifies muscles and organs.  This vigorous moving meditation will help you to develop a strong, light, supple body and to quiet and steady your mind. This class is geared to all levels – beginners welcome. Saturdays at 9:30 am.  Emma’s biography is here. Sundara Yoga Studio, 492 Parliament (side door).
50% off sale
Enjoy 50% savings at Kendall & Co (221 Carlton) during its Summer Clearance sale.  The sale covers selected retail merchandise and rugs.  Sorry, it does not include the Riverdale Farm collection or new arrivals. Check out the details online here.  Store hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.
420 Smokehouse & The Local GEST
Right now as you can see from the picture, the 420 Smokehouse (420 Parliament) is still a dream.  But it’s showing lots of yummy promise.  Next door at The Local GEST (424 Parliament), people are pulling things down, putting new things up, painting, hammering and generally making good progress.  Which is a good thing to report – the Wicks’ regulars can be spotted around Cabbagetown wandering about with thirsty looks on their faces.
By all accounts, the Mid-summer Mixer at Riverdale Farm was a fun event.  There were a lot of kids. Adults could be seen gossiping and ogling each other. People enjoyed good food and drinks.  And – a big improvement over last year’s picnic – it didn’t rain.  Congrats to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen.



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Cafune, 194A Carlton Street,  (647)748-7884, Facebook and
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893,
Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567,
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555,
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
Winchester Kitchen & Bar, 51A Winchester St, (416) 323-0051,
If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, we’ve listed the prices. Otherwise, the event is free.


6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis with Tony Zorzi (guitar).
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Jazz with Julie Michels, $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Phill Hood, “The Human Jukebox”


Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Alistair Christl’s CD release party
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Ashley Gibbons’ songs and stories,  $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Shotgun Wedding Band


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Marilla Wex “Lost and found”, $10/dvance & $15/door
9 pm, Karen Williams comedy benefit for “The Healing Place”, $20/advance & $25/door
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm performance, Brandi Disterheft, three course dinner and performance $50, performance only $20
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm to 2 am, Hidden Film Festival


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
Flying Beaver
8 pm, Chris Tsujiuchi “Back in the saddle”, $10/advance & $15/door
Stout Irish Pub
5:30 pm, Strategy Board Games
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, James Allan Magic – magic, mind reading, illusion and comedy
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter


Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm,  Industry Night


Dominion on Queen
8:30 to 11:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown Django Jam, pwyc
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Epic movie Tuesday


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland


6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) and Laura Fernandez (vocals) -  Brazilian jazz
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Law & Order trivia night hosted by Shannon McDonough, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Havana to Toronto Afro-Cuban jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
9 pm, All Strung Up acoustic night hosted by James Mulvale & Jen Calder with Steve Fever & Zoe Bentley, $10.

Dominion on Queen
4:30 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward matinee, pwyc
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Kevin Nelson, “50 times around the sun”, $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9:30 pm, BTH Funk Night, $5


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Toronto’s only rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones, no cover
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Esther Vallins “Party crasher” with Tara Litvack on keys, $10/advance & $15/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter