Community Consultation Meeting April 29 – Queen Street West Restaurant Study

The City is holding a Communty Consultaton meeting where you can learn more about the study, ask questions and share comments. This meeting will provide an opportunity for City staff to inform the community of the direction of the study, present their findings, including possible changes to the Zoning By-law and allow the community to have input on the recommendations coming out of the study.

Monday April 29, 2013 7:00pm-9:00pm at May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge just east of Lansdowne Avenue.

Parkdale Street Sign

Parkdale Spring Fling a Success – Despite Chilli Weather

This past April 20-21 the Parkdale Village BIA celebrated the first Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale and Outdoor Event. Visitors had an opportunity to meet business owners, shop locally and participate in free activities! We want to thank all the shop owners who participated, the organizations and community partners that collaborated on the event, the residents and visitors who came out to support our community and the wonderful volunteers – Thank You!

Please enjoy our full event photo album on Facebook!

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A First Class Rickshaw Ride through Parkdale Village!

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Our Volunteers!

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Tulip Giveaways!

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Enjoying the Sidewalk Sale!

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Free Fruit Punch & Tulips!

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Free Family Activities!

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Sampling at Maialinos

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Trading Parkdale Tales for Tulips with Tale of a Town

 

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A Historical Tour through Parkdale hosted by The Parkdale Village Historical Society & The Roncesvalles Village Historical Society!      

 

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Foodies on Foot Food Tour exploring all the delish food options in Parkdale!

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Exploring all Parkdale has to offer!

 

Photo Credits: David WaldmanFIXT POINT, Andrzej Bartula and Carolyn Grisold

Spring into Parkdale is Just Around the Corner – Media Release

Media Release 

Spring into Parkdale 

– The Parkdale Village BIA celebrates a new season with outdoor event supporting local shopping & community engagement –

Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario (April 15, 2013) – The Parkdale Village BIA is delighted to announce its inaugural Spring event, encouraging residents and visitors to meet business owners and community groups, shop locally and enjoy free family activities.

Over 50 businesses and community groups are expected to participate in the weekend event. “With the seasonal changes it takes a little extra encouragement to get people back in the habit of summer strolling,” says Anna Bartula, Executive Director of the Parkdale Village BIA. “This event encourages residents to explore the neighbourhood, helping businesses reconnect with existing and new clientele by offering free activities and attractions along the busy strip, as well as engagement through food sampling and special deals.”

The program is part of a new directive to re-introducing the public to their surrounding community and how much it has to offer, from shopping to creative and cultural diversity.

“There are so many new as well as long-standing businesses in the area, sometimes it’s easy to forget when a grocer or service provided isn’t top of mind, and taking a stroll around the block is a great reminder,” says Bartula.

The celebration continues throughout the weekend and includes free craft workshops from cupcake decorating to plant potting, tulip giveaways, rickshaw rides along Queen Street West, food and historical walking tours, as well as the ‘Tale of a Town’ trailer where residents and business owners can record their Parkdale stories. Visitors are also encouraged to donate their unwanted Lego blocks at one of the key attraction zones set up for the event; the blocks will be used for a future community art project.

What: Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale and outdoor event

When: Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st, 2013, 10:00am-7:00pm (hours may vary per business)

Where:         

  1. Sidewalk Sale located along Queen Street West from Roncesvalles Avenue to Dufferin Street
  2. Key activities located at three (3) zones: Triller Avenue Zone 1, Close Avenue Zone 2 and Dufferin Street Amphitheatre Zone 3

Activities:                    

  • Sidewalk sale, food sampling, special deals
  • Rickshaw rides along Queen Street West
  • Visit the ‘Tale of a Town’ trailer and share your Parkdale neighbourhood stories http://www.thetaleofatown.com/
  • Free workshops: seeding, cupcake decorating, flower potting, bird house painting, knitting & button making
  • Free attractions: face painting, caricature portraits, fruit punch sampling, tulip giveaways
  • Local musical entertainment
  • Donate your unwanted Lego blocks for a community art project
  • Join the Parkdale Village Historical Society & the Roncesvalles Village Historical Society for a Historical Walking Tour of Queen Street!  http://pvhs.info/
  • Join Foodies on Foot Food Tour as they explore the culinary delights of Parkdale http://foodiesonfoot.ca/spring-into-parkdale-food-tour/
  • …and so much more!

Who: Over 50+ BIA Businesses, Community groups and Associations

Spring into Parkdale Postcard - back

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About the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area

Parkdale Village began as a wealthy suburb of Toronto in 1879. The elegant Victorian mansions are a constant reminder of Parkdale’s heritage. Today, you can see that Parkdale has undergone a renaissance, a rebirth as a unique and vibrant neighbourhood that delights, that enthrals, that welcomes visitors seeking exciting and wonderful sensations.  Wander along Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. The sights and sounds will entice you to take a closer look; the tastes and aromas will make you linger and return, again and again.

Experience Parkdale the way it is today. 

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) is dedicated to improving Parkdale Village’s streetscape and beautifying the neighbourhood to create and continue a feeling of pride within the community, and encourage new visitors to explore Parkdale.

For Inquiries: Anna Bartula, Executive Director, PVBIA, [email protected][email protected]               

Online and Social Media

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ParkdaleVillage  

Instagram: http://instagram.com/parkdalevillage  
Twitter: @parkdalebia  #parkdale  #springintoparkdale

Join Parkdale Village for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Parkdale Village BIA is delighted to be supporting the 2013 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival! Join us in exploring a collaborative effort between the Parkdale Village BIA and Parkdale Collegiate Institute.

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Students were given the opportunity to interpret through photography the theme “Field of Vision”, and what it represents within their Parkdale Village community. Join us for the Festivals opening night reception, Saturday May 4th 6-9pm andexplore over 30 student artists in 9 venues within Parkdale Village.

For more details about participating venues & supporters, visit;

Go Lounge, My Roll Life, Chartreuse Style, West End Comics, PARC, Boutique Cafe, Ground Level Cafe, Common Sort, West End Food Coop, Gallery 1313, Mark Christopher Gallery, The Baitshop and curator Jonathan Groeneweg

The exhibit runs May 1-31, 2013

Canadian Pickers picks Parkdale

Hit television series shoots latest episode in Captain’s Treasures Antiques thanks to Parkdale resident and producer, Allegra Hill
By: Carolyn Grisold

When Allegra Hill, local Parkdale resident and production manager of History channel hit Canadian Pickers, needed a location for a picking challenge, she looked no further than her own backyard.

“We wanted to find a location where [hosts Scott Cozens and Sheldon Smithens] would really need to do some digging,” says Hill.  The team settled on Captain’s Treasures Antiques at 1424 Queen Street West; the shop stood out because of its sheer volume of items. “Captain’s Treasures Antiques allowed us to create the feeling we were looking for,” she says. “It was all about the hunt on this shoot, so we needed the guys to be able to do some rooting around.”Slide1

Canadian Pickers is known for digging out a deal or two; stumbling onto a lucky find in flea markets, warehouses, basements or yard sales is like discovering a masterpiece.

With a degree in art history from Queen’s University, Hill herself “fell into” a television career that’s so far spanned eight years. “TV was an unlikely career path for me and I haven’t looked back.” She’s now been a part of the Canadian Pickers production team for two seasons; the show is currently shooting its fourth.

“The characters that Scott and Sheldon meet along the way are central to the episodes,” says Hill, adding that Canadian Pickers differs from its American counterpart in the sense that the landscape functions as an additional character. The show prides itself on highlighting Canada’s diverse geography, culture and people. “Canadian Pickers does its best to explore that for its viewers,” she says.

And where better to look for multiculturalism than in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood? Hill has called it home for the past year and a half. “I was living on Gladstone for seven years [before] I crossed over Dufferin into Parkdale.”

It was the area’s eclectic mix of businesses and residents that drew her here. “I love the mix of old and new,” she says. “I love the variety of Parkdale. I truly have everything I need within blocks of my home. I am a bargain hunter by nature and there are many great deals to be found.”

Captain’s Treasures Antiques is definitely a local bargain hunter’s paradise, and its owners Captain Errol Boyd and wife Joan have been in the antiques business for almost 35 years. Their entrepreneurial ventures have seen quite a few location changes over the years: from St. Catharine’s to Eglinton West, Queen and Roncesvalles, Weston Road, and even Ottawa Street in Hamilton. Their current flagship location is now run by the Captain’s daughter, Lisa Boyd, who is also a home staging professional and realtor.      

“I had a lot of fun,” says Boyd when asked what it was like having a national television program filmed in her store. “The guys were great, however they kicked the Captain out of his own shop because there were so many people [inside] and he didn’t want to be on camera.”

But he was okay, she says. “He wanted his First Mate to take care of [the crew].”

Although their current Queen Street store only opened this past December, Boyd is not new to Parkdale and has been active in the community for years. She has used her voice to support initiatives such as changing the direction of the streets to reduce prostitution, fight badly-behaving bars and rally to get parking times changed for directional traffic. This endeavour helped their Queen and Roncesvalles location at the time. Since then, she has noticed an increase in young families, young couples and women shopping on a regular basis.

It’s effort like this that’s helping to improve the area in countless ways.

Hill agrees.

“Parkdale is definitely becoming more gentrified,” she says. “It is great to have fantastic restaurants, clothing stores and cafes at my doorstep, but also have a discount store all on the same block. I hope that it is possible to maintain that balance.”

One thing’s for sure: the neighbourhood is definitely a treasure.

Canadian Pickers airs Mondays at 8pm on the History channel. To learn more about the show, please visit http://www.cineflixproductions.com/. To find “The Best Booty Around,” don’t forget to stop by 1424 Queen Street West or visit http://www.captainstreasures.biz/

Downtown Transportation Operations Study

The City of Toronto is currently undertaking a study of downtown transportation operations. The purpose of the DTOS is to identify and address congestion and traffic operations issues in downtown Toronto. The study will develop near–to–medium term improvements to the existing surface transportation network that will help to achieve safe and efficient transportation in the downtown.

Roncesvalles and Queen Streetcar 1925

Roncesvalles and Queen Streetcar 1925

The DTOS, is about getting more out of the existing transportation infrastructure, in an attempt to make travel in the downtown less challenging and more efficient for all road users. The survey component is designed to collect information about road user behaviours. The DTOS is:

  • Focused on transportation into, out of, and within the study area.
  • Committed to helping all road users.
  • Based on the existing surface transportation network.
  • Intent on identifying near-term and medium-term solutions to operational issues.

If downtown traffic congestion is a concern to you, click here, or to complete the brief survey, click here.

Even those who don’t live or work downtown are effected by the congestion when travelling in the downtown core.