2014 Cabbagetown Festival
The 38th annual Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts, Toronto’s longest running community festival, is back Saturday September 6 and Sunday September 7. Presented by the Cabbagetown BIA, this year’s festival will see bands up and down the streets, children's zones, artist vendors and every conceivable amusement for all ages!
“What I have always loved about this festival is that there is something for everyone and the sheer diversity of the festival speaks to the diversity of Cabbagetown,” said Frank Bernardo, Chairman for the Cabbagetown Business Improvement Area (BIA). “It exemplifies what makes Cabbagetown unique and why it is a great destination for families, tourists and business.”
The festival begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony in the afternoon and continues Sunday at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. with a closing ceremony. Over the two days, Parliament Street from Wellesley Street south to Gerrard Street East will be closed for pedestrians to enjoy the one-of-a-kind artisan vendors, delicious food and buskers including Silver Elvis and Johnny Scat. There will also be a children’s fun zone supplied by Astro Amusements and a sports zone featuring Little Kickers soccer camp, Pan American Games Village and Maple Leaf Sports.
The festival will also be offering a strong line-up of Toronto’s finest talent including: Johannes Linstead, Puente Del Diablo, Nightfly, Neil Chapman, Quincy Bullen, Toronto All Star Big Band, Project Phoenix, Patrick Tevin's New Orleans Rhythm, Go Freddy Go, JR Connection, Imbayakunas and more to follow! Carlton Street from Parliament to Berkeley Streets will also be closed both days to host the entertainment throughout the weekend.
This year, the famous 35th Annual Blair's Run is taking place on the Sunday, Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., which brings runners from local streets and all over the GTA in support of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.
Festival coordinator, Lido Chilelli, and his team will be bringing a festival to remember this September. Lido is a household name in the world of festival and event organizing. He is the founder of the Beaches International Jazz Festival (which now attracts a million plus visitors) and organizes numerous events throughout the province.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2014 CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
THURSDAY, SEPT. 4
One Night in Cabbagetown Dining Experience
Begins at 7 p.m. until closing time
Now in its third year this event has proven to be a crowd favourite. Experience Cabbagetown’s restaurants and pubs. A $10 ticket gets you four tasty and delicious samples at your choice of participating venues. For details, visit: One Night in Cabbagetown
The 22nd Annual Cabbagetown Short Film and Video Festival
Doors open at 7pm, screening international shorts 8pm-10pm
$15 at the door
Location:Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St.
Films from around the world and around the corner. Purchase tickets early, it always sells out! For Advance Tickets, purchase at the Cabbagetown BIA office (237 Carlton Street) between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m, Monday through Friday. For further details visit: www.cabbagetownshortfilmandvideofestival.com.
Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Sale in Riverdale Park
Begins at 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6 6:10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7 7:10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The juried Arts and Crafts Show returns for its 25th edition to Riverdale Park. For complete details visit: www.cabbagetownartandcrafts.org
Cabbagetown Theatre Company*
7:30 p.m. performance
Saturday, Sept. 6 Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7 Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
*Shows run 30 minutes.
Live theatre for families of all ages staged in the beautiful chapel at the Necropolis, on Winchester Street across from Riverdale Park. For further information please contact email@example.com or call 416-653-5870. For details visit: www.cabbagetowntheatre.com.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 6
The festivities will take place on the northeast corner of Carlton Street and Parliament Street at mid-day.
Children’s Fun Zone
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A special place just for kids - to have fun and express their creativity, returns to Parliament and Gerrard Streets after its successful inaugural year. A children’s fun zone is presented by Astro Amusements, “The finest in midway entertainment for festivals, fairs and street parties!”
The Riverdale Farm Fall Festival
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
From a day-long corn roast to a chicken calling contest - enjoy the delights of the Riverdale Farm.
For details visit: www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks/riverdale-farm
SUNDAY, SEPT. 7
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Race time is 9:30 a.m.
The 35th annual 2 km 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 is $20.
Location: northeast corner of Carlton Street and Parliament Street.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 14
Cabbagetown Tour of Homes
The 2014 tour features several whimsical beautiful interiors. This year, this self-guided tour also steps into the history of public housing in Toronto. Begin and finish at any home on the tour. While strolling the shaded sidewalks, enjoy the variety of exceptional front gardens. A glass medallion in the garden indicates a previous winner of the friendly garden competition called Streetscapes in Bloom. Take a break at the local restaurants many offering special deals to ticket holders. Other special offers from local retailers also appear on the ticket: www.cabbagetownpa.ca.