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February 2024

Happy February Neighbours!

Today is a cold one, but it is sunny and clear, so make sure to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

Parliament Street on the Cusp

Coming up this Tuesday Feb 27 from 7-9pm at the Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester Street).  Organized by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association, this event includes a panel whose members will share their knowledge and perspectives on important issues in our neighbourhood.

 

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Parks and Recreation Registration

Mark your calendars! City of Toronto Parks and Rec spring registration is coming up on March 5th. 

 
Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association will be holding their annual Hidden Gardens and Privates Spaces tour on Sunday, June 2, 2024 and they are looking for volunteers. This tour is a wonderful way to seek a peek at your neighbours spectacular garden spaces.

 

Declare your Occupancy Status

Another important date this week – don’t forget to declare your occupancy status. Property owners have until Thursday, February 29, to declare whether their residential property was occupied or vacant for more than six months in the 2023 calendar year. Declarations can be submitted through the City of Toronto’s Vacant Home Tax (VHT) portal: www.toronto.ca/services-payments/property-taxes-utilities/vacant-home-tax.

 

 
 
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January 2024

Winter sunset in Cabbagetown
 
Happy 2024 Cabbagetown!

Is anyone missing the snow? The picture above is from a very snowy January 2022.  

 
Board Members needed

The Cabbagetown Resident’s Association is still looking for Board members.  If you have an interest in local advocacy and giving back to your neighbourhood, please consider going the Board.  Meetings are once a month, and we organize a number of community events every year. Please email info@cabbagetowner.com for more information.

 
Winterlicious 2024

From January 26 to February 8, 2024 enjoy three-course prix fixe menus at more than 200 participating restaurants at six price points for lunch or dinner. Some of our local favourites are participating, including F’Amelia and Butter Chicken Factory. A complete list is available here.

 
Camp TO

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Camp TO is back for summer 2024. A full list of programs now available online. Registration for CampTO opens at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7.

With more than 30 types of camp programs at more than 140 locations, residents can now better prepare for next month’s city-wide registration by viewing the City of Toronto’s summer CampTO program list online.

From traditional day camp experiences to sports, arts as well as indoor/outdoor and nature-based activities, the City is once again offering a wide variety of programs this summer for children and youth between the ages of four and 16.

 

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December 2023

Caroling at 2023 tree lighting

Happy December Cabbagetown!

Holiday season in the neighbourhood kicked off on Saturday with the BIA’s Holiday in the Patch event, and with the tree lighting ceremony at Riverdale Farm in the evening. It won’t be long until the snow arrives and we start to see toboggans on the hill again.

 

Holiday Lights Contest

Every December Cabbagetowners get to see our neighbourhood’s houses in all of their illuminated glory. This year, we are joining with our friends in the Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association to run Holiday Lights Contest for the entirety of the Cabbagetown neighbourhood! 

You can enter your own home or nominate one of your neighbours. 

There are three ways you can enter:

– Post a photo to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;

– Post a photo to the CRA Facebook page with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;

– or email us your photo at info@cabbagetowner.com or info@cabbagetownsouth.ca.

Please include the address of the home in the photo so we can include the street name on the voting website and know how to contact the residents if their house wins.

Photos can be submitted anytime between Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 26. By submitting your photo, you consent to your photo being reproduced on a voting website that will contain all of the submissions. Photos will be identified by the house’s street but no names or other personal identifying details will be published. 

The voting website will go live on Monday, December 18 to not give too much of an advantage to those who submit early. However, don’t wait too long to enter! The link to the voting website will be shared on Cabbagetowner.com, cabbagetownsouth.com, and social media when it is live.

Whichever three photo submissions have the most votes by the end of the day on December 26 wins a one-year membership to their respective Residents Association, and bragging rights! The top three vote-getting houses will get to display a lawn sign marking their achievement.

We will also be tallying up the most voted-for street, which will be given a special award for being such a hotbed of decorative holiday spirit!

Only one vote will be allowed per IP address; however, you can switch your vote anytime up until the deadline.

 
Toy Drive with 51 Division

Toronto Police 51 Division is holding a toy drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at 51 Parliament Street.

 

Cavalcade of Lights

The Cavalcade of Lights is back at City hall this year, on until January 7th.

Experience the magic of the holiday season with the much-loved Cavalcade of Lights presented by Desjardins Financial Group at Nathan Phillips Square(opens in new window). Inspired by international lantern, fire and light festivals and winter solstice celebrations, Cavalcade of Lights is a free event that transforms City Hall and its surrounds into a dazzling wonderland.

Enjoy the glittering tree, participate in public skating and bask in the glow of thousands of energy-efficient bulbs as they adorn the heart of downtown Toronto. 

 

Tents in Wellesley Park

After numerous emails to our local councillor’s office, the police non-emergency line and 311 from concerned local residents, the tents that were in Wellesley Park have been mostly removed, and the residents relocated to safer, and warmer locations. 

 
Outdoor rinks are open

Our local outdoor skating rinks are open for the winter season.  Closest to Cabbagetown are the rinks in Regent Park and Riverdale Park East.  Check out the city website for more details.

 
City Surveys

Last week the City of Toronto held a series of online public meetings to gather feedback that will inform recommendations for revised standards of accessible parking and bicycle parking in the city-wide Zoning By-law (569-2013).

The City is also collecting feedback through online surveys, which will be open until December 15, 2023:

Accessible Parking Survey:

https://chkmkt.com/accessibleparkingto

Bicycle Parking Survey: https://s.cotsurvey.chkmkt.com/BicycleParkingSurvey

 
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October 2023

Happy Thanksgiving Cabbagetown!

In putting together this month’s newsletter, I realized our image bank is in need of more autumnal neighbourhood pictures. If you have any beautiful fall pictures of the neighbourhood, please send along and we will post your Cabbagetown pictures online. Email us at info@cabbagetowner.com.

 

We are still seeking folks to join our Cabbagetown Resident’s Association Board of Directors (thank you those of you who have already reached out).  For questions or more info, please email info@cabbagetowner.com. 

 

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Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk

It’s almost time for our annual Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk! Held the evening after Halloween, bring your pumpkin to Riverdale Park West (right outside the farm) and enjoy seeing the  path lit up with neighbourhood jack o’lanterns.  Remember to bring a non-perishable food item and we will ensure it gets donated to Dixon Hall.

 

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Boo Barn at the Farm

Riverdale Farm is also hosting its Boo Barn October 21 and 22 from 9:30-3:30. Wear your costume and come prepared for a spooky barn and treats!

 

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Events at the Library

The Parliament Street library is hosting a number of upcoming events, including Seed Saving 101, and how to Grow your Own Native Plants From Seed. The Library also hosts a number of great events for kids and adults such as the Robotics Club, Community Writing Workshop, Chess Hub and much, much more (seriously, there is a lot more!). Some require advance registration, so click the link above for more info.

 

BIA Seeking Feedback about the Festival

The Cabbagetown BIA is seeking feedback about this years Cabbagetown Festival. You could win $100 to a local shop. The feedback form can be found here.

 

Cabbagetown Farmers Market

Just a few weeks left to enjoy Tuesday at the market! Check out the vendors every Tuesday from 3-7 outside the farm. Produce and vendors are also listed on their Facebook page.

 

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September 2023

Happy September!

How is it September already? Although the weather may still be hot, school resumes tomorrow and soon the leaves will be turning! We hope you all had a wonderful summer. One of the best things about the end of summer is the much-anticipated Cabbagetown Festival and Arts and Crafts Show.  Don’t forget to pick up your Cabbagetown merch, courtesy of the BIA. See you there next weekend!

Blairs Run

There is still time to register and donate for Blairs Run, which is in its 44th year and supports the Cabbagetown Youth Centre. The run is on Sunday, September 10 at 8am.

Noise By-Law Feedback

The City it looking for feedback on noise by-laws. Info on the virtual and in-person consultations can be found here.

Riverdale Farm Fall Festival

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The Farm is holding it’s annual Fall Festival September 9 and 10 (same weekend as the festival). There will be children’s activities, corn-shucking, and weaving demonstrations. And a pancake breakfast from 9-11am on Sunday, September 10.

Cabbagetown Tour of Homes

 

Organized by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association, the Cabbagetown Tour of Homes is scheduled for Sunday, September 17th between 12 and 4pm. Tickets are $40 each, and can be purchased online, or at select stores. More info here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2023


Happy June Cabbagetowners!

It was another very successful Forsythia Festival in May. Thank you to organize Katie Tozer and the dozens of volunteers who make this event run smoothly.  A big thank you to all of our sponsors as well!

 
Cabbagetown Cycling Connections

The public consultation report for the cycling project is now available online at toronto.ca/CabbagetownCycling.

If approved, the bike lanes would be installed in 2023/2024. The proposed bikeways are:

  • Sumach Street: Wellesley Avenue to Gerrard Street (contra-flow bike lane)
  • Sackville Street: Wellesley Avenue to Gerrard Street (contra-flow bike lane)
  • Winchester Street: Parliament Street to Ontario Street (contra-flow bike lane)
  • Ontario Street: Carlton Street to Aberdeen Avenue (contra-flow bike lane)

Highlights of the proposed designs include the following:

On Sumach Street, the Option 1A design is recommended

o   A southbound contra-flow bike lane on the west side, along with a bicycle signal at Gerrard Street East;

o   No changes to direction flow for vehicles; and

o   No changes to parking.

On Sackville Street, the Option 2A design is recommended

o   A northbound contra-flow bike lane on the east side, along with a bicycle signal at Gerrard Street East;

o   No changes to direction flow for vehicles; and

o   No changes to parking.

On Winchester Street between Parliament Street and Ontario Street, a modified version of the Option 3A design is recommended:

o   Westbound contra-flow bike lane north side (Parliament Street to Ontario Street);

o   Shared lane markings/sharrows (Parliament St to Riverdale Park);

o   Westbound bike signal at Parliament Street;

o   People on bikes allowed to travel both directions;

o   No changes to direction flow for vehicles;

o   A stop sign and new crossing at Ontario Street and Winchester Street;

o   Parking moved from south side on Winchester Street between Ontario Street and Rose Avenue (6:00pm to 10:00am) to north side between 6:00pm and 7:30am to reduce conflicts with school pick-up and drop-off.  No parking reduction; and

o   School pick-up and drop-off: No loading reduction on Winchester Street and addition of 4 spaces on Rose Avenue, west side.

  • On Ontario Street between Winchester Street and Carlton Street, the recommended design includes:

o   Northbound contra-flow bike lane on the east side (Carlton Street to Aberdeen Avenue);

o   No changes to direction flow for vehicles;

o   Parking changes permanently to west side (Aberdeen Avenue to Carlton Street); and

o   No parking reduction.

In coordination with the Cabbagetown Cycling Connections, Gerrard Street East between Parliament Street and Sumach Street is recommended to have a bi-directional cycle track installed on the south side in the existing curb lane. This work would be timed with the installation of the Gerrard Street Complete Street project between Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street in 2024-2025.

As part of the approval process, staff will report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee of City Council on June 5, 2023. A copy of the staff report is available at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-236725.pdf

You can submit comments by emailing the Committee at iec@toronto.ca

 
Advance Polls Open Soon

With the mayoral election coming up in a few weeks, the advance polls open June 8 until the 13. Wellesley Community Centre is our local polling station.

 
Keeping Cool in the Summer Heat

We’ve had a few days of hot summer weather – if you need a space to keep cool, check out the city’s map showing local cooling spaces available to the public.

 
Gerrard Complete Street Phase 2

When the project was introduced to the public, it was noted that the City was also exploring changes to Gerrard Street East between Parliament Street and Blackburn Street, as part on the on-going redevelopment of Regent Park. Gerrard Street between Parliament Street and River Street was identified as a TOcore Great Street, with a recommendation that a bi-directional cycle be added to further expand the cycling network.

Transportation Services is seeking City Council authority to install a proposed bi-directional cycle track on the south side of Gerrard Street East between Parliament Street and Sumach Street.If approved, this cycling facility would be timed with the installation of the Gerrard Street Complete Street project between Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street in 2024-2025.

The staff report is available here.

You can also submit comments by emailing the Committee at iec@toronto.ca

 
Anniversary Park 

Some of you may have provided feedback during Phase 1 of the Anniversary Park Improvements project. To view that feedback, as well as a vision statement and design principles to help guide the park design process moving forward, please visit the project webpage.

 
Interested in joining the CRA Board?

We are looking for Board Members!

Do you want to get more involved in our community and make a difference in Cabbagetown? The Cabbagetown Residents Association is looking for new directors to sit on the board. We need people who have a passion for the neighbourhood and who wish to contribute to the community.

We have particular need for people who like to help co-ordinate community events, book keeping or who have interest liaising with the City of Toronto on issues both local and broad, but there’s always room to pursue other passions that are in residents’ best interests (social, economic or environmental).

Please visit our site for more information. If you are interested, please email info@cabbagetowner.com.

 

 

 

 

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April 2023

 

It’s Forsythia Festival time! We are so excited for the upcoming Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival next weekend.  Join us on May 7th to welcome Cabbagetown’s official start of spring. More details below.

 

52nd Annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festiva

Join us on May 7th for the 52nd Annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival. The Festival will start at 10am with a parade departing from the corner of Winchester and Sumach. The Festival will run until 3pm at Wellesley Park. Check out all the details on our page.

We are still looking for volunteers for the Festival.  If you can donate an hour of your time, please email us at info@cabbagetowner.com.

 

Board Members Needed

The Cabbagetown Residents Associate is looking for Board members. If you would like to nominate someone, or are interested in nominating yourself, please contact us at info@cabbagetowner.com.

 

Cabbagetown Cycling Connections

The City of Toronto is inviting residents to learn more and provide feedback on proposed cycling, pedestrian and road safety improvements in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood. The proposed changes include new contra-flow bike lanes on Sumach Street and Sackville Street, and parts of Winchester Street and Ontario Street, and options to change the direction of motor vehicle travel on parts of Sumach Street and Sackville Street.

You can complete the survey online until May 11.

 

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March 2023

It’s still 6 weeks away, but we are all looking for to the Forsythia Festival. Mark your calendars – Sunday May 7, Wellesley Park.  Parade will leave at 10am at the corner of Winchester and Sumach, and the festival will be in the park from 11am to 3pm.

 
Call for Nominations for the CRA Board of Directors

The Cabbagetown Residents Association is looking for new directors to sit on the board.  We need people who have a passion for the neighbourhood and who wish to contribute to the community.  

We have particular need for people who like to help co-ordinate community events, book keeping or who have interest liaising with the City of Toronto on issues both local and broad, but there’s always room to pursue other passions that are in residents’ best interests (social, economic or environmental).

Please visit our site for more information. If you are interested, please email info@cabbagetowner.com.

 
Cabbagetown BIA is Hiring

The BIA is hiring a Marketing and Events Coordinator.  Applications are due April 7th.

 
Feedback on Safety Concerns

The Cabbagetown South Residents Association is looking for feedback on concerns about safety around matters dealt with by the police.

Please email info@cabbagetowner.com with a list of your concerns and we will send it along to the CSRA. Your name and contact information will not be shared.

 

Toronto Police Community Meeting

These open meetings are very important for informing the Community Toronto Police Service (TPS) Officers assigned to our neighbourhood about the needs you think should be addressed. They also help community members obtain information about conditions in the neighbourhood observed by Community Officers and efforts being made by the TPS to help us. Please attend and share in this community safety effort.

Jane’s Walk

On May 5-7th, Toronto’s free festival of community walking conversations returns. More information on participating or leading a walk is available on the website.

 
Corktown Commons Spring Cleaning

Friends of Corktown Commons are holding a community clean up on March 25 at 10am.  Bags, gloves and trash pickers provided. Meet at 10am at the Pavilion.

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Wildlife in the City

As of April 1, it will be illegal to feed wildlife in Toronto (bird feeders excluded). 

Feeding wildlife may seem harmless, but it can have serious impacts to both animals and the community.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • When wild animals are fed by humans, it conditions them to expect food from people and may increase their proximity tolerance, putting both people and animals at risk.
  • Human food is very unhealthy for animals. Wild animals are skilled foragers and hunters and can find sources of higher quality food on their own.
  • Wild animals do not need our handouts. Letting animals use their own natural instincts is the only kindness they need.
  • Feeding and disturbing wild animals is prohibited under City bylaws
 
Cabbagetown Festival Call for Performers and Vendors

Are you a musician, dancer, artist or performer? The BIA is looking for performers  and vendors for the 2023 Cabbagetown Festival. Deadline to apply is May 31.

 

 

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February 2023

Winter sunset in Cabbagetown

 

Happy February Neighbours!

This picture was taken about a year ago – Cabbagetown looks a bit similar this February, but maybe slightly less snow!

 
City of Toronto Parks and Rec registration

If you are looking forward to spring, a heads up that the city’s Parks and Rec program registration for East York is taking place on March 8. 

 
Bill 23 Survey

The Federation of South Toronto Residents Association (FoRSTRA) is asking for feedback on Bill 23. They have endorsed a survey and are asking for feedback. The survey can be accessed here, and is open until February 28.

 
Gerrard Street East Project Update

The road reconstruction planned for Gerrard between Sherbourne and Parliament has been delayed until 2024.

 
Howland Theatre showing of Prodigal

Howland Theatre is premiering Prodigal at nearby Crow’s Theatre from February 21st – March 12th and they’re offering general admission tickets for $30, using the promo code LESLIEVILLE. 

 

Young Urban Forest Leaders

LEAF is excited to announce that applications for the 2023 YUFL Program are now open! The YUFL Program is a free, online and in-person training opportunity designed to provide valuable skills in urban forestry and community engagement to 20 young Toronto people (ages 18 to 29) over four months (end-of-April to end-of-August). Through this program, participants will build connections across Toronto communities, grow their confidence as a leader and network with industry leaders.

Applications close March 21, 2023.

 

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January 2023

Happy New Year  Cabbagetown!

Happy 2023 Neighbours! On behalf of the Cabbagetown Residents Association, we hope you had a lovely and restful winter break.

Congratulations to 450 Wellesley, the winner of our 2022 Holiday Lights contest!

 
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre has a new home

After 45 years, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre will be moving from their home at 80 Winchester Street to a space in the Daniels Spectrum in May. 

Read the full announcement here.

 
home 4 all education event

FoSTRA (Federation of South Toronto Residents Association) is hosting a series of free education events on the theme of Housing for All. The first event is on January 26 from 6:30-8pm with Mark Richardson of HousingNowTO.com. More information is linked below, along with the registration details.

FoSTRA member meeting invitation 26 January

 
Winterlicious is Back!

Winterlicious 2023 will run for two weeks, starting January 27, with delicious prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 220 local restaurants. This year, menus are available at six price points; three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $20, $27, $34, $41, $48 and $55, and dinners are priced at $25, $35, $45, $55, $65 and $75. Restaurants are accepting reservations for the prix fixe promotion. A list of participating restaurants is available here.

 

Declaration of Property Occupancy Status

The City is reminding all homeowners to submit a declaration of their property’s 2022 occupancy status by Thursday, February 2 to determine if the property is subject to the new Vacant Home Tax.

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