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 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


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.


Events Issues

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


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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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 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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November 2022

This picture was taken by board member Lise Flynn on the first snowfall of the season. Thanks to everyone who cleared their walkways and sidewalks!

Cabbagetown Residents Survey 

Thank you to all who completed the recent CRA survey. The board is reviewing the feedback and we will send out a comprehensive review of the results in the next few weeks.

Bill 23

There has been a lot of chatter about Bill 23 and how that could affect city plans and initiatives. For a comprehensive review of potential impact, please review this City Briefing Note – Bill 23 provided by the City.

The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods has identified a number of concerns with Bill 23. This link summarizes the concerns well and provides resources where individuals can learn more, sign various petitions and contact politicians and policy makers.

Transportation Survey

The City of Toronto has partnered with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario to sponsor the Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS). The survey, which will be mailed to randomly selected Toronto residents, takes less than 15 minutes to complete, and the results will help plan improvements to transportation facilities for all road and transit users in Toronto and across the region. Residents should watch for a survey invitation in their mailboxes and visit the website to learn more.

Yonge Street Mission Toy Drive

The YSM new toy drive is happening again this year from December 12-16.  Find more info here.

Cabbagetown BIA has a new Director

A big welcome to Matt Mohan who is the new executive director at the Cabbagetown BIA.

Childrens Book Bank Auction

The annual online auction for the Children’s Book Bank is on until November 29. This ‘Favourite Things’ online auction, is always a hit.

Calvacade of Lights 

The Calvacade of Lights has returned to Nathan Phillips Square from November 26 to January 7th. For the full schedule of activities and events, click here.

Moss Park Hockey League

The Moss Park House League, for kids aged 4-16, is a FREE hockey league aimed at introducing youngsters to the game of ice hockey. All levels are welcomed from absolute beginners to experienced skaters.

Equipment is available for children who do not have equipment, eg. skates, pads, pants, jerseys, helmets.

Games are played on Saturdays at Moss Park Arena, Queen Street & Sherbourne Street, starting in November.

Registration is still Open, just come on down Saturday morning for skills evaluation,   sign up HERE

What makes this league unique is that All Kids Play, there is no sitting on the bench. The game periods are 3:00 minutes long and change on a whistle, Line 1 play against the other team’s Line 1, Line 2 play against the other team’s Line 2 and Line 3 plays against the other team’s Line 3.

Thanks to resident Gina for sharing this great info!



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October 2022

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Pumpkin Walk Poster

Happy Halloween Neighbours!

Cabbagetown is looking spooky this week as we gear up for one of the busiest nights in our neighbourhood.  Halloween is coming up on Monday, so keep an eye out for the little (and not so little) ones to be out and about looking for candy.

On Tuesday November 1, the Cabbagetown Residents Association will be holding our annual Pumpkin Walk from 5-9pm in Riverdale Park West. A long-standing and much loved tradition, the Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk provides a magical evening of twinkling orange lights for all the family.

Bring your Halloween pumpkin and line it up with the rest along the walkways to be lit up with a tea light. We will also be collecting non-perishable foods to address food insecurity in the greater Cabbagetown community.


Cabbagetown Residents Survey

It’s been 9 years since our last resident’s survey. Given the challenges of the past couple of years, we feel that now is the perfect time to reach out and ask what you’re currently looking for from your Cabbagetown Residents Association.

Please use this link to complete the 2022 Cabbagetown Residents Association Survey.  Survey results will be shared within one month of the survey close date.

Prizes will be awarded to the first 10 respondents. An email address is required to be eligible for a prize.

To see the results of the 2013 survey, please click here.

Municipal Election

A new Councillor and School Trustee were voted in during Monday’s municipal election. Chris Moise becomes the new Toronto Centre city councillor, Deborah Williams is the TDSB School Trustee and Kevin Morrison the TCDSB Trustee. Thank you to everyone who ran and voted. Full election results available at

Gerrard Street Redevelopment

The City of Toronto has released an updated plan to the Gerrard Street redevelopment that is planned for Gerrard between Sherbourne and Parliament.

You can read a summary of the changes here, and learn more about the overall project and redevelopment at

Harm Reduction Community care

The Harm Reduction Community Care Project aims to create a safer community in the downtown East area through safe collection and disposal of discarded harm reduction supplies, including needles and other sharps. The project offers low barrier employment opportunities to folks with various lived experience and aims to challenge stigma and foster safety and inclusion in the downtown East community through engagement, responding to community requests for safe disposal, community trainings, and collecting feedback. In 2022, the team has collected over 45,000 items from streets and parks in the downtown East area, further illustrating the importance of these kinds of programs.

Please contact 1-866-224-9978 x 243 or for requests for clean-up of discarded harm reduction supplies. If folks are interested in speaking more about the project, I would be happy to set up a meeting time which could include training on safe disposal, as well as providing safe disposal bins if they would like. We can also arrange to have the bins picked up and replaced by our team if/when they fill up.

Christmas Market

It’s never too early for a Christmas Market!

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Neighbourhood News September 2022

Hello Neighbours!

Summer has officially ended, and it was a great one. We enjoyed the Parkscape on Parliament (thank you Cabbagetown BIA) and ended the summer with the return of the Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Festival, after a 2 year absence. 

Municipal Election

Toronto’s municipal election is on Monday, October 24. Advance voting is October 7-14.  A list of the Ward 13 candidates can be found here. Our friends at the Corktown Residents and Business Association are hosting a Ward 13 All-Candidates Meeting on September 27 at 6:30 at the Cooper Koo YMCA.  You can find out more information and register here.  If you can’t join in person, the CRBA are live-streaming the introduction and question period.


People, Power and the Park

People, Power, & the Park, a free four-day outdoor festival celebrating the history of Allan Gardens, is taking place this weekend! Starting Thursday, September 22 at 6:00 pm and ending on Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 pm.

The festival will include an archival exhibit by students, staff and community members from Toronto Metropolitan University, poetry readings, guided walking tours and performances. Including music from Lillian Allen & Band: Revving Up the Tea Party, Joaquín Hidalgo’s Caribbean Jazz Trio, and the Counterpoint Community Orchestra.

The poetry portion of the festival will take place on Saturday, September 24 at 6:00 pm, with an open mic session hosted by Lillian Allen and then readings with Clifton Joseph, January Roberts, Robert Priest and Charlie Petch.

All happening in the heart of the park!

For more information and the full event schedule, visit

Dixon Hall Amazon Wishlist

Dixon Hall logo

Our friends at Dixon Hall  have an Amazon Wishlist for school and music supplies, journals, health and wellness supplies, crafts items, tablets, and everything in between. If you want to help them out with a purchase, you can see their wishlist here.

Many Cabbagetowners are fans of Suppli, a reusable food delivery service.  They have recently launched a food delivery service that includes some of our local favourites, such as Haldi, Shalom, Noushe, Gushi and Daniel et Daniel.  Check it out here.

Nuit Blanche 2022

Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art, returns from 7 p.m. on October 1 to 7 a.m. on October 2. The long-awaited event is city-wide for the first time ever and will feature works by more than 150 artists. Explore exhibition areas in Etobicoke, North York, downtown and Scarborough. This is a great, family friendly event and a wonderful way to celebrate art in out city.



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July 2022


Hello Neighbours!

June and July have been busy months in Cabbagetown! The CRA held our Annual General Meeting, the Farmers Market started up again and we have a park on Parliament Street!

CRA Annual General Meeting

The Cabbagetown Residents Association held our Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 20 via Zoom. You can view the presentation and the minutes here. Newly elected MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam was in attendance and shared plans for the Cabbagetown Parkscape, which has now been installed on Parliament Street.


Cabbagetown Parkscape

The Cabbagetown BIA has arranged for a very neat parkscape installation on Parliament Street, between Winchester and Carlton.  The park will be there until September 11th, and is already a hit with the kids! There will also be live music happening most Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the summer in the parkscape. There will also be pop-up markets all summer from local Cabbagetown BIA businesses. Thank you to the Cabbagetown BIA for organizing!


Farmers Market

Farmers Market Cheese

The market is back! Located in Riverdale Park West, every Tuesday from 3-7pm. Come for the veggies and cheese, and enjoy this great local resource.


Keep Cool in a Pool

The City of Toronto has announced that outdoor pools are now open, just in time for summer. Fifty-four outdoor pools and 85 wading pools are open daily until Labour Day. More than 90 splash and spray pads have been open since the Victoria Day weekend for fun and heat relief and will remain open until Sunday, September 18. During summer, approximately 1,000 lifeguards supervise beaches, as well as outdoor and indoor pools, and 300 staff supervise wading pools. Check it out at


New Restaurants

There are a couple of new places to eat in Cabbagetown.  L’Avenue Restaurant has just opened at the corner of Parliament and Amelia Street. And the Golden Pigeon Beer Hall (where the Tilted Dog used to be) looks like it is gearing up to open soon.


Gerrard Street East Project

The City of Toronto is proposing changes on Gerrard Street East between Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street. The City is also exploring changes to Gerrard Street East between Parliament Street and Blackburn Street, as part of the on-going redevelopment of Regent Park. You can read more about it here.


Reminder – Wellesley Park

We’ve had a request to remind dog owners that Wellesley Park is not an off-leash park. Homeowners in the area have noticed an increase in dogs running off leash in the park. Owners who want to have their dogs off leash can head to Riverdale Park West, south of the farm.


Outdoor Movies in Corktown Commons

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is bringing movies to Corktown Commons every Thursday is July. Bring a chair and popcorn!


CPA Walk

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is planning on another historical on Sunday July 17, 10 am.  Just join the group at the Cabbagetown People directory board just inside the gates at Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester).  It’s free!


Neighbourhood News May 2022


Happy May Neighbours!

Reminder to get out and VOTE this Thursday, June 2nd.  Cabbagetown’s Doug Fisher sat down with three local candidates for interviews – check them out here.  To find your voting location, go to Elections Ontario. 

Cabbagetown Garden
Photo Courtesy of Ruth Wagner
Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces Tour

Cabbagetown’s Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces tour is back again this Sunday, June 5th, organized by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. Visit their website to purchase tickets online, and for more information.



Cabbagetown Farmers Market

Just two weeks until our local farmers market starts up again on Tuesday June 14th. The market will run every Tuesday from 3pm–7pm, until October 25th.  The market is looking for volunteers – more info is available on their Facebook page.


Green Thumbs has a lovely update on what is growing in the children’s gardens at Winchester, Sprucecourt and Rose Avenue schools.

Festival on the Green is happening on June 18th from 10am-2pm, at the Church of St.Peter and St Simon the Apostle. There is a full line up of live music, food, vendors selling a variety of products from clothing, home décor products, jewelry, crafts, note cards, artwork and artwork. Lots of activities for kids too!


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The CRA AGM is scheduled for June 23 at 7.30 pm on Zoom. Invitations and links to the Zoom session have already been circulated to all CRA Newsletter recipients. If you still need the link, please email us at

Please note that only members of the association whose accounts are in good standing are permitted to vote on any resolutions that are brought to the floor. You can check your membership status by looking at the header of the newsletter email that you just received from us. Here’s the meeting agenda.




Sprucecourt public schoolFrom the Sprucecourt School Council: It’s hard to believe the 2020/2021 school year has come to an end.  There is no doubt that this has been a challenging time for many.  It has hopefully been made slightly easier by our amazing teachers and administrators – helping us all navigate online learning.  A huge thank you to the staff at the school for helping to make a challenging time slightly easier.   The 2021/2022 school year is set to start on Thursday, September 9th, 2021.  We hope to see you in person at that time!




Parliament Street Fitness logoUnder Ontario’s re-opening plan, outdoor fitness classes and personal training are now allowed. As a result, Parliament Street Fitness will  now offer some outdoor HIIT/bootcamp, yoga and running classes starting on June 22 in Riverdale Park West or Sprucecourt School. Classes are free for current members.  Non-members are more than welcome to join. Check out the PSF web site for more info (scroll down home page to schedule)

(Thanks to Doug Fisher at CNR for this news item) 




Have you heard of the Great Big Crunch? It’s a national movement and annual moment of anti-silence in which students, teachers, parents and others passionate about healthy food join the food movement, crunching into apples (or other crunchy fruit or vegetable) to make a big noise for healthy school food! Every year since 2008, Canadians have participated in the synchronized crunch, an original initiative of FoodShare Toronto, and now adopted by the national Coalition for Healthy School Food. Story from Heather Wilberforce at Green Thumbs, Growing Kids.




Located just south of Queen St E between Logan Ave and Morse St, this laneway is used by local kids to get to school, and provides service and parking access to neighbouring businesses and homes. It now features Toronto’s very first full-coverage laneway road mural along its entire 90m length.

This follows on from their project in Central Hospital Lane in Moss Park-Cabbagetown.




Live Green TO LogoHere’s a link to the latest newsletter from LiveGreen Toronto. In this month’s issue they cover:

Celebrating Pollinator Week – June 21-27, Toronto’s annual basement flooding campaign, community approaches to waste reduction and Getting TO to Net Zero.



Toronto residents who can show they have been vaccinated can get free ice cream and drinks from Kitchen Hub in honour of International Picnic Day.

Today, June 19, between 5 pm and 8 pm, the Kitchen Hub will host a picnic in Riverdale Park West and give away free drinks and soft-serve ice cream. The celebration is in partnership with Greenhouse, Station Cold Brew, and Sapsucker.



spacing logoLast week City Council voted overwhelmingly to expand sidewalk snow clearing to every sidewalk in the city. New plows will be purchased through the existing capital budget, and the operating budget won’t be all that expensive after all, reports Dylan Reid from






TORONTO LOGOThe City has announced the ActiveTO major weekend road closures that will be in place from Saturday, June 19 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m., including the return of the full vehicle closure on part of Bayview Avenue.

ActiveTO road closures to vehicles will include:
• Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), from Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
• Bayview Avenue (full closure), between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.



Last week the mayor announced the launch of ParkFitTO, a new pilot initiative offering residents outdoor fitness programming. With provincial restrictions still in place, the City of Toronto’s recreation centres will deliver fitness programs during the summer season at outdoor locations. With ParkFitTO, the City will offer outdoor drop-in fitness workouts as well as weekly outdoor group fitness and walking programs. 



The City of Toronto reminds residents that routine enforcement of residential on-street permit parking resumes Monday, June 21 at 12:01 a.m. The City encourages residents who require residential on-street parking, and who do not have a valid on-street parking permit, to apply for a new permit as soon as possible. 



 Last Week Toronto City Council approved the Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy – Stage 1 report as the first stage of a Reduction Strategy to help reduce single-use and takeaway items in Toronto. 






The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that people who received a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine receive a second dose of an mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.



The City will open 90,000 new vaccine appointments over the next two weeks to respond to continued unprecedented demand as eligibility for second vaccine doses opens further. 30,000 appointments at City-run immunization clinics for the week of June 21 are now open in the provincial booking system . On Monday, the remaining 60,000 appointments will open for the week of June 28.



Rising vaccination rates and a gradual easing of international travel restrictions may be causing some Canadians to dream of that exotic summer vacation they had long since written off as a lost cause.

But with many restrictions still in place, challenges with accessing certain insurance, and the question of travelling with unvaccinated children, there are several things to consider before spending money on plane tickets in 2021. A report from Cameron French at CTV News. 



The City of Toronto has partnered with the Toronto Region Board of Trade to provide free COVID-19 rapid screening kits to small- and medium-sized businesses across Toronto.



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