Made You Look 10th Anniversary Party!

Break out the bubbly – Parkdale’s beloved Made You Look is turning 10!

Truly a Parkdale pioneer, the West Queen West shop has showcased their unique jewellery designs to the neighbourhood and has been an integral part of the community for a decade.  So it’s time to celebrate!

Made You Look is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary on Thursday, December 1st from 5 to 10 at both the Made You Look Accessories store (1273 Queen W) and Made You Look Jewellery Studio and Gallery (1338 Queen W).  They will celebrate with graffiti artist Qwest working on a brand new mural in the back alley during the party, tasty treats from the El Gastronomo Vagabundo food truck and the magical powers of Danny Proctor the Mind Reader!

“Over the last decade, Parkdale has blossomed and Made You Look is proud to have been at the forefront of helping establish the neighbourhood as a diverse shopping destination,” says Sarah Hamel, founder of Made You Look. “We’re excited to celebrate this milestone and proud to continue supporting our community.”

Made You Look represents more than 100 Toronto-area, self-employed jewellery designers, many of whom manufacture on-site in their large jewellery creation facilities, Made You Look specialized in everything jewellery related.


My Roll Life: Grand Opening Party

Last week we posted about the exciting new rollerskating and bicycle culture boutique, My Roll Life, that’s just opened up in Parkdale! On Wednesday (November 30th) they are having their Grand Opening Party in the store (at 1714 Queen Street West) and it’s gonna be a hoot!

Join Gwen McDonald aka Goldie Lock’n’Load from 6:30 to 11:30 to celebrate her GRAND OPENING, with snacks provided by Cardinal Rule and drinks from Great Lakes Brewery.

According to this shindig includes a disco ball, vintage video games, roller derby on the big screen, and photo-ops with a rollerskating zombie cow.  Get granted access to the inside scoop of the derby world from the West End Waywards Rollerskating Association and the Rollergettes.

1714 Queen St. W.  Toronto, ON. M6R1B3

[email protected]

Small Budget, Big Impact Award Given to Parkdale Village BIA

Heather Douglas, Executive Director of the Parkdale Village BIA, proudly holds the 2011 Small Budget, Big Impact Award presented to us by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA).

Back in October TABIA held their inaugural awards ceremony where they handed out awards to 39 BIAs for outstanding achievements in serving their neighbourhoods.  Categories ranged from outstanding streetscape, decorative lighting, community improvement and creative solutions.  The Parkdale Village BIA was honoured to receive the award for “Small Budget, Big Impact” for our decorative bike racks designed by Parkdale’s own Phil Sarazen.  PVBIA is proud to be the originators of the decorative bike rack, and with creative rack designs popping up all over Toronto, we’re happy to have inspired others.

The beautiful bike racks we won our award for.

New to the Neighbourhood in November!

The opening of exciting new businesses in Parkdale has been creating some serious buzz all over the city this month.  Allow us to introduce you to our awesome new neighbours!

My Roll Life is a roller skating and bicycle lifestyle & culture boutique, located at 1714 Queen West (north side, between Triller and Roncey).  In addition to art, fashion, accessories, gear and indie made goods all tailored to fit a derby enthusiasts needs, Store Owner Gwen McDonald (aka Goldie Lock ‘N’ Load) also provides roller skate rentals, screen printing services and custom button and magnet making.  If you’re looking to spearhead your own derby league, get swag made for your favourite skaters or just look the part of a rough and tumble mama or papa drop by the store, visit their website, Facebook page, or or better yet – come to the My Roll Life Grand Opening Party on  November 30th.  Welcome to Parkdale, Goldie!

Grand Electric – you may not have yet heard about Grand Electric – a new restaurant and bar located at 1330 Queen West (north side, at Elm Grove) –  but oh, you will.  Colin Tooke, former chef de cuisine at Dundas West’s beloved Black Hoof, has opened Grand Electric – a cozy, mid-priced Mexican resto and bourbon bar – quietly and without fanfare this Wednesday evening.  Despite Tooke’s attempts to lay low – possibly in response to the intense foodster scrutiny that follows anyone attached to Black Hoof – we here at the Parkdale BIA have heard tell that there was an hour long wait for tables on their second night.  With brazed beef cheek tacos, pozole rojo with crispy tortillas and an extensive bourbon list, we can’t blame you for waiting. Welcome to Parkdale, Colin!

Community 54 (menswear + nostalgia) – If you peek in the window of 1275 Queen West this week and are dazzled by the lights from video games of yesteryear, you might wonder if an arcade has moved into Parkdale.  Owner John Reilly wants to make it clear that his new Parkdale retail store Community 54, is decidedly not an arcade.  Channelling the nostalgia of our 70s, 80s and 90s childhoods, Community 54 is a beautifully curated retail space that carries both vintage collector items and coveted brands like Gumball 5000 and Snap Back Kings.  The arcade games themselves are actually for sale – who doesn’t need a Ms Pacman console in their living space?  Like its flagship store in NYC, the store also serves as a community space supporting local designers, hosting in-store events, and wall space for curated exhibitions.  Welcome to Parkdale, Joel!

If you know of any new businesses in Parkdale that we’ve missed, please let us know! [email protected]

Get Out & Play!

It’s that time of year again….

For the annual Creating Together’s Fundraiser at Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St W).

On Sunday November 20th, 2011 from 7 – 10pm, support the family resource centre.

A night out without the kids…silent auction, balloon pop game with great prizes, local entertainment, and delicious canapes.

For more information go to or call 416-537-1004.


Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch – Public Meeting

The Toronto Public Library Board will be hosting an evening of discussion related to the potential service cuts for Ward 14 residents.  This will be an opportunity for concerned residents to share comments to the Board.

The suggested service reductions that would affect residents of Ward 14 are:

  • Fewer titles and copies of books, audiobooks, DVDs and magazines available in library branches;
  • Reduced hours:
  1. Parkdale Public Library Branch: 13-hour reduction each week from 69 to 56 hours hours/week
  2. High Park Public Library Branch: 6-hour reduction each week from 62 to 56 hours/week

This public meeting will be held on:

Monday November 7, 2011 @ 7pm
Parkdale Library Branch
1303 Queen St W.

All are welcome to attend.

If you are unable to attend, you can still comment via the TPL survey online.