Toronto Safer Nightlife Forum

On Tuesday November 8, 2011 the Toronto Safer Nightlife Committee will be hosting the Safer Nightlife Forum.

This forum will explore safety issues in Toronto’s nightlife scene.  Both youth and bar/club operators are encouraged to take part in this discussion.  The 2011 panel discussion will be moderated by Jerry Levitan (lawyer, musician and academy award winner) and panelists include Yamina-Sara Chekroun (youth outreach operator/event promoter), Nav Sangha (venue operator), Mike Homewood (Homewood Security) and Samantha Wells (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).

Tuesday November 8, 2011
2:30pm -6:00pm
Agency Ballroom B
Hyatt Regency Hotel – 370 King St W

For more information go to

Parkdale Gets New Mural

Thanks to the City of Toronto’s Mural Grant, the west facing wall of 1290 Queen St W (The Public Butter) will house the latest mural in Parkdale.  Local muralist Matt McNaught has lent his skilled hands to designing and painting the newest piece of public art to our streets.  If you recall, the previous decade old mural that covered that wall was also done by McNaught; the mural was in reference to the dojo that once offered lessons in that building.  He was happy to return and give new  life to the wall with a mural that reflected Parkdale.

McNaught is no stranger to crafting graffiti pieces in Parkdale, you can see his handywork at Elmgrove Ave and Queen St W, Made You Look building, the Milky Way as well as 1506 Queen St W, Tibetan Emporium and Entertainment (upper level, west facing wall).

The untitled mural is slated forcompletion on October 28, 2011.  Check out Matt’s blog at

CBC’s Metro Morning Comes to Parkdale

CBC's Matt Galloway in Parkdale

CBC Toronto is proud to celebrate Citizenship Week, from October 16 – 22.

From coast to coast, Canadians are encouraged to reflect on the value, rights, responsibilities and meaning of citizenship.

Please join CBC at Queen Victoria Junior Public School (100 Close Avenue at King St.) on Tuesday, October 18 from 5:30am to 12noon.

CBC Toronto is a proud media partner of the Parkdale citizenship ceremony organized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and the Parkdale Citizenship Committee.

For more information, visit

Event schedule:

  • (5:30 – 8:30) Metro Morning live broadcast from the school – will also air on CBC Radio One 99.1FM
  • (9:00 – 10:00) Citizenship roundtable discussions with new citizens, hosted by CBC radio & TV personalities
  • (10:00 – 11:00) Citizenship ceremony in the school gym with Dr. Rita Cox as judge
  • (11:00 – 12:00) Reception for citizens, families stakeholders with light snacks
If you miss it, watch CBC News Toronto on CBC Television at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm with Anne-Marie Mediwake and Dwight Drummond for highlights of the Parkdale citizenship ceremony and celebrations.

Groundlevel Cafe Hosts: Paint the Town: Green!

On Wednesday October 19th at 7 pm, Groundlevel Cafe invites you to help them PAINT THE TOWN:  GREEN!

For several years now, the Ground Level Café has been serving fair-trade, organic coffee as a matter of principal.  According to owner Mike Wood Daly, with their cafe providing careers for at-risk youth – serving coffee off the backs of exploited workers and in ways that harm the environment just doesn’t make sense.

In keeping with this idea, Ground Level is working to make their café even greener – by introducing a number of fairly-traded, natural and organic products – many of them gluten free and many of them produced locally!

Groundlevel is also introducing  an exciting new project they’re partnering with called  The Food Chain.  The Food Chain is designed to provide licensed kitchen and market space for small scale food producers in the Parkdale area; artisans who are currently producing delicious foods like jams, pickles, chocolates and baked goods from their homes.  Groundlevel’s role in the project will be to provide market space in the café for their products, to offer mentoring on various aspects of business development, and to provide logistical support for ordering locally grown organic produce and ingredients.

If you are interested in helping to support Groundlevel in these endeavours, please attend:


Tickets are $25 at the door.

$20 in advance and can be purchased at the café.

A donation of $20 through our website before October 18th

will also reserve a spot for you on the guest list.

All tickets will be entered in a draw for a framed, limited edition print

by renowned Canadian artist, Robert Bateman.

The evening will include opportunities to purchase and/or bid on a wide selection of framed, limited edition prints by Bateman and well-known artists as well as a variety silent auction items contributed by local businesses, some great jazz, food and drinks!  All purchases involving artwork will also be eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

If you would like to see some of the Bateman prints available please visit their website at or see Groundlevel’s youtube presentation at

For more information on the event or to make a purchase of one of the Bateman prints in advance of the event please contact us at [email protected] or by calling 647-278-8370


PVBIA’s Annual General Meeting – 2011

Members of the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area are invited to attend the
2011 Annual General Meeting.

When: Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00pm
Where: St. John’s Polish National Catholic Cathedral (186 Cowan Avenue).

Commercial, retail, office and industrial property owners and business operators, located within the BIA boundary, are members of the PVBIA and contribute automatically to the BIA budget through a special tax levy.

The purpose of this meeting is to decide on the BIA Budget for 2012 and general program. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial/industrial property owners and businesses in the BIA. The best way to participate in the decisions which your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved.

Please Click HERE to view the Agenda and proposed 2012 Budget Summary.

For more information, please contact Heather Douglas, PVBIA’s Executive Director, at: [email protected] or 416-536-6918.