Get Date Ready in Parkdale

Make the most of the end of summer by taking your special someone out for a night on the town! Not only does Parkdale have numerous award-winning restaurants and bars to choose from, but the neighbourhood can satisfy all your pre-date prep too. From hair stylists to high fashion, aestheticians to accessories, everything you need to get date ready is at your (newly polished) fingertips.

The only question that remains, ladies, is what kind of Parkdale date are you?

The Organic Romantic

She’s the girl who likes things au naturel. Dinner for her is a vegetarian buffet at Le Date 1Tibet followed by a stroll around Queen West’s vintage and antique shops with a mint tea at The Mascot. Her eco-friendly dress is from Chartreuse Style, and she does her own hair with organic shampoo from JR’s Natural Health & Bulk. Her date’s in comfy unisex TOMS from Boutique Café and a crewcut from Lionel’s Barber Shop. Bring her flowers from Coriander Girl and she’s yours!


The Canadiana Chick

O, Canada, this girl is true, strong and free. She’ll start the date with a Date 2terrarium workshop at Crown Flora Studio, then take you to Keriwa Café for bison and rutabaga, and whisk you to The Boreal Gelato Company for dessert. Keep the night going with Ontario craft beers at The Rhino Restaurant + Bar. Wearing her favourite tank from North Standard Trading Post, she had her hair done at Quinn West, and if you’re lucky, you may get to see the set of Hudson’s Bay items from Future of Frances Watson at her place later.

The Fabulous Girly Girl

This girly girl likes to go all out, and lucky for her, Parkdale can be Date 3fabulous too! Wine her and dine her at Maialino Enoteca Italiana, followed by a contemporary art gallery party at General Hardware. She’ll be wearing a slinky backless dress from Shopgirls Gallery Boutique with handcrafted jewellery from Made You Look. Her date prep includes a glamorous full makeover package at Red Carpet Queen that covers all the bases: facial, manicure & pedicure, eyebrow wax, eyelash extension and so much more!


The Hip Girl

Date 4Starting the night with tacos and bourbon at Grand Electric, the hip girl knows to line up early at this high-energy hotspot. She’s wearing a vintage chambray button-down from Philistine, and her long hair hangs loose with ombré highlights from Fringe. Her date’s got on a silk-screen printed tee from The Public Butter and tattoos from Fabrizio Divari. After dinner the couple heads to Wrongbar to catch a concert and dance the night away.

Find your own favourite place to get date ready with our resourceful Business Directory!

Message from Toronto Hydro on Power Outage Communications

The following is a message from Toronto Hydro to Parkdale Village BIA members who have hydro-electric accounts

Dear Member,

In an effort to continuously improve our power outage communications and help you better manage your business operations, we are in the early stages of developing a new outage communication program for our commercial customers. This program would be activated during power outages caused by severe weather and storm situations and provide you with timely updates related to the progress of restoring outages affecting your business.

To gauge your interest in joining this new program and how you would prefer to receive future communications, we invite you or the appropriate contact at your company to complete the short registration form.

Simply visit today to provide us with your feedback. As we continue to develop this program over the next few months, we will provide you with updates related to our progress.

The registration form will be available until Thursday, October 31.

Once we have a launch date for the outage communication program, we will notify you in advance via the registration information you provide.


Lauren Kirk
Manager, Customer Care
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited


A Walk Down Main Street – Parkdale Edition

Slide1There’s no denying that Parkdale is a storied community. From its early roots as a resort destination for Toronto’s wealthiest citizens, to its struggles coping with the Gardiner Expressway and other challenges, to its recent resurgence as a mecca for artists, foodies and worldly newcomers… our story is unique, poignant and colourful.

On April 20th and 21st at Spring Into Parkdale, professional theatre and media company FiXT POiNT offered tulips in exchange for stories from residents and business owners about their firsthand experiences in our eclectic neighbourhood. What resulted was hours upon hours of honest, moving and inspiring tales of a town that were edited into a podcast for The Walrus.

This exciting finished work premiered at Parkdale’s Lab Cab Festival on July 27th and 28th with great success. “A Walk Down Main Street – Parkdale Edition” includes true tales of “the hilarious, the touching and the flat-out weird.”


Lab Cab guests preview the podcast!
Photo: Lab Cab Festival & Jeremy Mimnagh

To listen to the podcast in its entirety including memories from Belle Optical, Jola’s Good Catch General Store, Cattlemen’s Meat Market & Ali Roti, click here >

Here’s a few snippets:

“We used to go in all the deserted houses… they were a perfect place to play.”

“Cattlemen’s Meat Market… hotdogs were three pounds for a buck.”

“I have an optical store called Belle Optical and I’ve been here almost 35 years… there were a lot of Filipino nurses… so I thought why not open a Filipino optical?”

“It’s clear he sees a bright future for the neighbourhood he proudly calls home.”

“Parkdale Community Centre was doing a health awareness thing and they had me become Murphy the Molar… and all the kids came up and started kicking me!”

“Many stories loaded with tales of chaos on these streets… it was rough, rough, rough.”

“Stories of the barriers she encountered in Parkdale, but also the help.”

“I lived across the street and there was a sign that said ‘for rent’ and I had already started a food distribution business, Good Food… where I wanted to introduce better food to people.”

“The nose was more rodenty than a pig and it had a couple hairs poking out… we were kind of in awe of this thing. It was very mysterious. And then a few months later I was reading in the paper about Baldy the hairless raccoon that had been spotted in Parkdale!”

“That’s my story…”

Created by Dave Brennan and Charles Ketchabaw in collaboration with Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Zevon Albert, this incredible piece of performance art was supported by Parkdale Village BIA, Ontario Arts Council and Mammalian Diving Reflex.

The Parkdale edition is just part of FiXT POiNT’s larger picture: capturing “The Tale of a Town,” panoramic memories of Main Streets across the province of Ontario before they are lost forever.

To listen to the podcast in its entirety click here >

Lab Cab Festival Delights Parkdale Village!

This past July the Parkdale Village BIA sponsored the first Lab Cab Festival & Sidewalk Sale in Parkdale Village!  Visitors had an opportunity to enjoy over 100 multi-arts performers within 80+ venues, to meet business owners, shop locally and participate in free activities! We want to thank all the artists and shop owners who participated, the organizations and community partners that supported the event, the residents and visitors who came out to support our community, the wonderful volunteers and the Lab Cab Festival! – Thank You!
Please enjoy additional event photos online at Lab Cab & Parkdale BIA!

Photos courtesy of Parkdale Village BIA, Lab Cab Festival and Jeremy Mimnagh.

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