Cabbagetown Community - Central Toronto

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When did Cabbagetown get its bizarre name? The story goes that its name came about in the 1840s, when thousands of Irish immigrants settled in the district. Trapped by the potato famine in their homeland, they could only afford to make stew made from the cabbage grown in their front yards. The town consequently became named after its occupants diet and 150 years later it is still used, although the town is no longer poor.

Hugh Garner published a novel called Cabbagetown and characterized it as the 'largest Anglo-Saxon slum in North America' as it was so run-down and families had little in the way of income. This was the case until people outside the community started seeing the promise of Cabbagetown and started buying up properties.

Pouring money into the district in the 1970s, Canadians that saw the potential strove to restore the old properties and the gardens to their former glory. A stylish area, Cabbagetown has a diverse range of people living in it, not least its Bohemian community of artists, musicians and writers.

Cabbagetown is north of the first settlement, less than 10 minutes from Toronto’s downtown and mid-town shopping area, entertainment and business districts.

What to see and do in Cabbagetown

Heather Hadden, a Cabbagetown real estate professional, says: "I can suggest some enjoyable activities. Family time is important to everyone and what better way to spend time with your family than at the gorgeous Riverdale Park right here in Cabbagetown. In Riverdale park, you’ll also stumble upon the municipally operated Riverdale Farm, where you can take your younger family members to enjoy demonstrations of daily farming chores like animal feedings, egg collection, cow and goat milking, horse grooming, and other agricultural concepts and experiences. Want to ambling around the 7.5 acres of woodland, sitting around the ponds, strolling around the butterfly and flower gardens? - you will find lots to do to appeal to all age groups."

The Cabbagetown Fall Festival is an event not to be ignored; taking place each September it is a big favourite for visitors and residents alike. The parade full of bands, floats and local politicians, commence marching on the Saturday morning of the festival at 10 am. The festival also features an arts and crafts fair, a dog show, a community-wide garden sale and the celebrated Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival.

Toronto is a very diverse city and embraces the differences of its citizens, only a short distance from Cabbagetown, Toronto is the home to a large gay neighbourhood . There's lots of things to do in the village, with lots of bars and nightclubs for those that like to party, for the shoppers amongst us there is a variety of shops that cater for the gay community and for those that like the simpler life, the village has plenty of cafes and restaurants. There are not many places in the world where popular showtime programs are filmed, but the community is put on the map with the filming of the program Queer as Folk. The last week of June sees another massive event taking place in this area, when Church and Wellesley host the annual Pride Week celebrations; an event were the talents and energy of the gay communities work together to celebrate the diversity of citizens that live in Toronto and Canada itself


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Brian Madigan
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Some of the best examples of Victorian architecture are found in this area.


Feb 22, 2011 07:50 AM #1
Malcolm Johnston
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Cabbagetown has really shed its image of being a slum over the last few years and is about as trendy as it gets these days. Is the Cabbagetown boxing club still there?

Feb 22, 2011 08:56 AM #2
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