37th Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts, Sept. 5 – 8, 2013


37th Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts, Sept. 5 – 8, 2013

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TORONTO, August 1, 2013
The annual Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts is back for its 37th edition. Presented by the Cabbagetown BIA, Toronto’s longest running community festival will take place from Thursday, September 5, through Sunday, September 8, 2013 with a full schedule of activities throughout the Cabbagetown community that has something for everyone.

“What I have always loved about this festival,” said Frank Bernardo, Chairman for the Cabbagetown Business Improvement Area (BIA), “is that there is something for everyone and the sheer diversity of the festival speaks to the diversity of Cabbagetown. It exemplifies what makes Cabbagetown unique and why it is a great destination for families, tourists and business.”

Highlights of the 2013 Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts

One Night in Cabbagetown Dining Experience
The 22nd Annual Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival
Blair’s Run
Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts
Kidz Korner
Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Sale
Yard Sales Galore!
The Riverdale Farm Fall Harvest Festival
Cabbagetown Theatre Company
Walking Tours of Historic Cabbagetown
The St. James Town Artist’s Network
Sprucecourt School
Dance in Cabbagetown

One Night in Cabbagetown Dining Experience– Now in it’s third year this festival opener has proven a crowd favourite. Come taste the many flavours of Cabbagetown cuisine. A $10 ticket gets you four tasty and delicious samples at your choice of the participating venues. We have several new restaurants in the neighbourhood – now’s your chance to sample their wares. It all takes place Thursday, Sept. 5, 7pm until closing time. Tickets are now available at these participating venues:

  • Alice’s Place – 554 Parliament St.
  • Butter Chicken Factory – 556 Parliament St.
  • Kingyo – 51B Winchester St
  • Stout Irish Pub – 221 Carlton St.
  • The Flying Beaver Pubaret – 488 Parliament St.
  • The Local Gest – 424 Parliament St.
  • Red Cranberries – 601 Parliament St.
  • Under the Table – 568 Parliament St.
  • Winchester Kitchen & Bar – 51 Winchester St.
  • Young Thailand – 446 Parliament St.

For further information visit: http://oldcabbagetown.com

Blair’s Run– The 34th annual mini-marathon kicks off the Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts activities with an early morning run to raise funds in support of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre. Registration starts at 8:30 am; CYC choir welcoming runners at 9:15 am at the TD Main Stage; race time is 9:30 am. Immediately following the race the Awards Ceremony will take place on the TD Main Stage, hosted by Marilyn Marshall.
Date: Saturday, September 7.

Join Us At The Cabbage Cutting Opening Ceremonies – The ceremonial cabbage cutting that officially opens the 37th Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts takes place Saturday Sept. 7 at 11am at the TD Main Stage. Join Cabbagetown BIA chairman Frank Bernardo, the Queen (Luba Goy) and The Honourable Bob Rae for what promises to be a very amusing opening to a great festival

The 22nd Annual Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival – Films from around the world and around the corner. Purchase tickets early, it always sells out !
Date : Friday, Sept. 6, 7pm.
Location : Toronto Dance Theatre.
For details visit: www.cabbagetownshortfilmandvideofestival.com

Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts Street Fair – The Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts Street Fair is the centerpiece of the weekend event holding many treasures in store with vendors, artists, performers, buskers, and delicious food. To accommodate the street fair, Parliament Street from Wellesley Street, south to Gerrard Street East will be closed both Saturday and Sunday as well Carlton Street from Parliament to Berkeley during the festival.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 7 (10am – 7pm) and Sunday, Sept. 8 (11am – 6pm).

Kidz Korner– Kidz Korner is a safe and special place, just for kids to have fun and express their creativity. It’s also Free. We introduced this spot (at Parliament and Gerrard), last year thanks to the help of our neighbourhood community groups and the generous sponsorship of the Daniels Corp. This year at Kidz Korner there will be animal shows, a BBQ, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, face painting, games, and a lot more – all activities are free and kids can play here all day. There’s something for the whole family so make sure to visit both days and let your inner child run loose.

Here’s a sampling of what’s happening at Kidz Korner:

  • Hands on Exotics – The Hands on Exotics traveling zoo will be on hand bringing their unique experience of meeting and interacting with exotic animals from around the world to Kidz Korner.
  • Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) – Representatives from the ROM present an interactive display based on their current Mesopotamia Exhibition, the world’s first great civilization.
  • Yonge Street Mission (YSM) – our friends at YSM will be hosting a BBQ and informational booth as well as games for the kids.
  • Pizza Pizza – will be on hand hosting a bouncy castle for both days of the Festival
  • Toronto Fire Services – will have a Fire Truck on site for kids to explore and to ask questions about.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8 from 10am to 6pm.

Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Sale – The juried Arts and Crafts Show returns for its 25th edition to Riverdale Park. For complete details visit: www.cabbagetownartandcrafts.org
Date: Friday, Sept 6, 12- 7:00 pm , Saturday Sept.7 & Sunday Sept. 8 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Yard Sales Galore! – Visitors will enjoy an age-old Cabbagetown tradition held each year during the festival as Cabbagetown residents present their wares in over 200 yard sales on the historic tree-lined streets of Cabbagetown. A must for shoppers and browsers, this is one of the most extensive garage sale opportunities of the year.
Date: Saturday Sept. 7, and Sunday Sept. 8.

The Riverdale Farm Fall Harvest Festival – From a day-long corn roast to a big city barn dance, enjoy the delights of the Riverdale Farm on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.
For details visit: www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/riverdale_farm.htm

Cabbagetown Theatre Company – Live theatre for families of all ages staged in the beautiful chapel at the Necropolis, on Winchester Street across from Riverdale Park.
Date: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.
For information on this year’s show: www.cabbagetowntheatre.com

Walking Tours of Historic Cabbagetown – Take a 45-minute walking tour conducted by the ROM and the Cabbagetown Preservation Association (CPA). Tours leave from the corner of Sumach and Winchester streets.
For further information: www.cabbagetownpa.ca

The St. James Town Artist’s Network– The Artist’s Network began as an attempt to reach out to and recognize St. James Town artists and to make the neighbourhood more welcoming. The resulting art on murals, banners and painted ‘Bell Boxes’ will be on display and is a must-see at this year’s Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts.
For further information: www.communitymatterstoronto.org

Sprucecourt School – More arts and crafts booths to explore, located in a more informal space at the corner of Carlton and Sumach Streets.
Date: Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8.

Dance in Cabbagetown – Toronto Dance Theatre www.tdt.org, The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre www.ccdt.org/contact.php and the Cabbagetown Youth Centre www.cabbagetownyouth.ca will all be offering various performances throughout the weekend. Full details will follow in a Festival arts and music release in mid-August.

Vendor opportunities
Parliament Street – Vendors (artistic, not-for-profit and private) are invited to sell their wares on Saturday, September 7, 10am – 7pm, and Sunday, September 8, 11am – 6pm, on Parliament Street between Wellesley and Gerrard streets & Carlton Street (Parliament and Berkeley streets).

For more information:
Visit: www.oldcabbagetown.com/content/2013-cabbagetown-festival
Email: cabbagetownbia@gmail.com
Call: 416.921.0857

Note: all information is subject to change without notice – be sure to confirm all dates, etc., with individual event organizers.

Media Contact:
Peter Donato Special Assignment Inc.

Originally published August 18, 2013

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