The students of Parkdale Collegiate Institute present the photographic results of their exploration of Parkdale and mentorship with Jonathan Groeneweg, Artist, throughout various locations in Parkdale in the month of May


Students at Parkdale Collegiate Institute have been working under the mentorship of artist Jonathan Groeneweg, a master’s student in documentary media, to create photo-documentary works in response to the theme “Parkdale, Who Knew?” for the Parkdale Village BIA. Their results will be explored and presented in four locations throughout the Parkdale neighbourhood – at eco-boutique Chartreuse Style (1692 Queen West), Poor John’s Cafe (1610 Queen West), Brown Sugar Bakery (1374 Queen West) and The Boreal Gelato Company (1312 Queen West) as part of the city-wide Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

“Parkdale, Who Knew?” will be a foray into the hidden treasures of Parkdale Village before it was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1889. Take a journey with the students as they discover the Parkdale of yesteryear and reflections of what it is today.

In addition to the PVBIA-presented “Parkdale, Who Knew?” there will be several CONTACT exhibitions throughout Parkdale, including “Acts of Exposure” at Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen West) throughout May.

Join us on Thursday, May 3rd, for the Opening Reception of “Parkdale, Who Knew?” from 7 – 10 pm at Boreal Gelato (1312 Queen West) to kick off the exhibit, celebrate the student’s achievements and enjoy some wine and snacks.

Participate in Jane’s Walk!

The 6th Jane’s Walk is taking place on May 5 & 6, 2012 in Toronto and many other cities over the world.

Through the simple act of walking together and discussing what makes a neighbourhood, Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into strong and resourceful communities. Created in 2007 in Toronto by friends of the urban thinker Jane Jacobs, the annual series of free, volunteer-led urban walks has grown from 27 to over 500 walks around the world. While we are looking for volunteers for these walks, people are also encouraged to consider leading a walk themselves, or as part of a group. This provides a chance to share a part of the city or a specific topic which they interested in sharing with a wider audience.
Leading a Walk: There are only two rules to these walks: all walks are freely given and freely attended, and are meant to be walking dialogues. To post a walk, you just need to fill in the online form on our website, which you’ll find here: You’ll find lots of tips and resources on our website under the “Walk Leaders” section:

Event Volunteers Event Volunteers’ roles include assisting Walk Leaders with managing large groups, circulating the newsletter sign-up sheet, taking pictures and answering general queries about Jane’s Walk. This year, we’d also like to use social media during and after the walks to connect people even more, and we’d like to collect feedback in the form of vox-pop videos after each walk. There will be orientation sessions for new and returning volunteers, with specific training on social media and video making. If you’re not on Twitter and don’t have a camera phone, don’t worry! There are plenty of other ways to participate. I

If you want to be part of the Jane’s Walk Event Volunteer Team, please send an email to [email protected] We hope that you will join us in celebrating our city and the people and stories that build it every day