Call for Volunteers – Spring Festival 2018

The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018 – in Parkdale!

If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to [email protected] along with your resume and list any relevant past volunteer experience.

Up to 30 Volunteer positions and a few paid positions are available for a series of three (3) to six (6+) hour shifts, scheduled between 8:00am & 11:00pm.

Duties may include:

  • Night Market support
  • Photo Booth Assistant
  • Sound Equipment Support
  • Driver
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to lift 40 pounds)
  • Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
  • Cotton Candy Operator
  • Craft Workshops
  • Face Painting
  • Cleanup/hospitality crew
  • Survey Outreach

Volunteers/Staff may be required to participate in an orientation session.


Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018!

Time to shake off those winter blues and visit Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West this spring for a weekend filled with sidewalk sale deals and free fun for the family.

Come out and meet shop owners, crafters, artists and community groups that make up our thriving neighbourhood!  Throughout the day enjoy some special attractions such as live performances, free craft workshops, Markets and surprise giveaways!

We’re Hiring!!

Position:  Planning Coordinator, Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA)

Employment Terms:  Part-time or Full-time

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) represents over 350 businesses, organizations and commercial property owners in Parkdale Village along Queen Street West from Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue, providing diverse retail shopping opportunities and excellent entertainment venues. Our dining establishments reflect the character of Toronto, in that you can find food from every corner of the planet here: from Tibet to the Caribbean to Vietnam to Indian and more. We have a thriving vintage and antique shopping district in our west end that anchors our sense of history, and there are several galleries in Parkdale that display the amazing talents of the many artists who live in the neighbourhood.

Overview of Position:

The Planning Coordinator position will assist primarily with the execution of streetscape projects, all related administrative duties and some marketing support as needed. This position reports to the PVBIA Executive Director and works closely with the PVBIA Board, Members, third parties, external suppliers, community leaders, residents and volunteers.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducting streetscape audits; collecting, tracking & recording data
  • Maintaining documents such as reports, maps, inventories & databases (Excel, CRM)
  • Assisting with processing permit applications and service requests to the City of Toronto.
  • Conducting research and assisting with the development of new streetscape and capital design projects
  • Attending community meetings, consultations and stakeholder workshops as needed
  • Fielding and fulfilling inquiries and/or requests from PVBIA members
  • Administrative support including, but not limited to filing, fielding calls, research, sourcing, customer service, general inquiries, etc.
  • Supporting meetings, marketing and event coordination
  • Staying current on new developments in the community

Experience and Competencies Required: 

  • Relevant Post-Secondary Degree or equivalent experience.
  • General understanding, interest and experience in urban planning, economic development or relevant disciplines, administrative processes involved, as well as some marketing interest an asset.
  • Interest in community and local-level planning, and non-profit organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including city staff, volunteers, community groups and members.
  • Strong personal initiative combined with superior interpersonal oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Outlook
  • Proficiency and interest in graphic design using Adobe (Illustrator) or similar software
  • Outstanding organizational and planning skills with strong attention to detail
  • Proven ability to balance multiple assignments and tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed (particularly evenings and at event time).

Favourable Assets:

  • Experience supporting events.
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Experience working with or volunteering for another BIA.
  • Knowledge of Parkdale Village community and businesses.
  • Proficiency or familiarity with GIS/mapping software
  • Valid Driver’s licence.
  • Personal Laptop

Deadline for applications is Open till filled. Interested candidates should submit the following via email [email protected]:

  • Resume highlighting projects you have worked on
  • Cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the job, listing two (2) references and three (3) things you enjoy about Parkdale Village

The PVBIA is committed to providing equitable access to opportunities and experiences to people facing economic disadvantage, discrimination and/or barriers to equal opportunity including those from equity-seeking communities protected by human rights legislation. These communities include, but are not limited to: Aboriginal communities, racial minorities, persons living with disabilities, women, newcomers, youth, LGBTQ2S+, and vulnerable populations including people who are homeless or under-housed, and persons living with mental health challenges. In doing so the PVBIA aims to achieve positive outcomes and experiences for people disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination.

Call for Vendors, Entertainers Now Open – Spring Festival 2018!

The PAVBIA is excited to share that planning has kicked off for the 6th Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market on Saturday May 12th with some amazing additions in the works for 2018.

Featuring a sidewalk sale with over 100 vendors, live entertainment and FREE family-friendly activities. Take part in the 1.4km sidewalk sale, and visit one of 4 markets including the 10,000 sqft outdoor Night Market showcasing Parkdale’s eclectic food and chefs, and a 10,000 sqft Kids Zone!

If you would like to explore ways to participate as a Sponsor, Food Vendor, Entertainer etc. within one of our Pop Up Markets & Festival, please visit the Festival page for more info.

Celebrating 139 years of Parkdale Village with a Contest!

Help us Celebrate & You Could Win!

The Parkdale Village BIA invites residents, visitors, shop owners and Parkdale lovers to celebrate the 139th Year Anniversary of Parkdale Village. Although January 1st marks the date that Parkdale became a village, the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will be celebrating the rich history of Parkdale Village from January 26-28th, 2018 by inviting residents and visitors to take a stroll down memory lane, explore the many businesses who will be celebrating in their own ways, and enter to Win in our Contest!

Parkdale’s 139th Anniversary Contest! We’ve got 9 days of giveaways!! We’re Contestdrawing 1 winner daily from January 20th to 28th. Win 1 of 9 prize packs, to enter simply Like, Share or Comment on our Contest post on Instagram or Facebook. Enjoy gifts from The Public Butter, Rustic Cosmo Cafe, Isla Filipino BBQ & Bar, The Workroom, Frances Watson, 3 Fates, Kitten & the Bear, OM restaurant, CiCi’s Pizza, Common People Shop, Daiko Indian Kitchen, Easy Restaurant, The Imperative, Grocery Coffee, Plentea Tea Shop, West End Comics, Dead Dog Records, Studio Brillantine, Tibet Hair & Beauty Salon, Home Hardware & Ana Maria Hair Salon, Capital Espresso, Skyline Restaurant, The Grand Trunk, Yummy Stuff Bakery, Klute Hair and The Old Trunk Antique Shop! Prize pack values range from $80 – $548, one prize pack per person. Ontario residents. Winners drawn by 4pm daily. Contest runs January 18-28, 2018.

“My Home Parkdale” show at The Grand Trunk Bar on Sunday January 28th 4-9pm; showcasing a community Photography show titled “My Home Parkdale”, with images donated by residents and proceeds going towards PARC.

Paint Nite at The Parkdale Drink on Friday January 26th 7:15pm; Come join Paint Nite Toronto’s very first Artist owned – Artist run Licensee as we get creative in the heart of the city. Drink. Paint. Connect. Looking for something novel to do with friends to create new memories and share a few laughs over a cocktail or two? Our professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from a blank canvas to a final unique masterpiece in about two hours.

Drag Queen Story Time at Parkdale Library; Saturday January 27th 10:30am; Celebrate Family Literacy Month, parents and children are invited to join us for a half hour of stories and songs with a fabulous drag queen, Miss Theo Rose, from the East Toronto Drag Queen Story Hour and learn about diversity in gender and gender expression.

Free Sewing Classes at Parkdale Library on Saturday January 27th for 7 weeks; for Women in the Parkdale area. Childcare provided, registration required. Learn to use a sewing machine, basic sewing skills which include machine skills, zippers, hand sewing, patterns, etc.  

Dark Heart Play at The Assembly Theatre on Saturday January 27th 8pm; a new play by Genevieve Adam, Directed by Tyler J. Seguin. For tickets click here.

Last Saturdays at T.O. Lounge on Saturday January 27th 10pm; It’s the 1st Anniversary Spectacular for Last Saturdays /w Knife Camp! That’s right, we’ve been at our beloved TO. Lounge for one full year and we’ll be marking the occasion with special guest Emily McCann. Come celebrate a whole year of knifey, campy fun! Solo sets from various members of KC to open the night. No cover.

Reggae for Life at The Boxing Loft Social Club on Saturday January 27th 10pm; a $10 entrance fee with a donation of a scarf, gloves, a toque or socks going towards local shelters in need.

Quilt Sunday at The Workroom on Sunday January 28th 1pm; Join us for the first Quilt Sunday of 2018! Our monthly event is the perfect opportunity to work on your current crafty project or baste a quilt with a lovely group of creative people.

Residents and visitors will also be encouraged to learn more about the community by visiting the Parkdale Village BIA and Facebook page, where historical photos and stories will be shared throughout the month. #proudlyparkdale

Learn more about Parkdale Village history here!

2018 Members Packages Distributed

BIA MEMBERS PACKAGE 2018

Happy New Year Parkdale Village BIA Members! At the beginning of each year our BIA distributes new Parkdale BIA Membership Package – 2018 to Members with physical properties within the BIA. This year, based on feedback from the Members Survey we’re happy to share a more detailed Package which highlights 2018 Event Opportunities, Services & Resources as well as a new section within the Package called Emergency & Community Safety Contacts.

We thank the many community agencies and resources that helped us compile this Community Safety document, which we encourage you review with your staff and volunteers.

You’ll also find in the package a Summary of the Members Survey results and an updated Snapshot of the area, listing shopper and business statistics.

We hope you’ll find these resources helpful and we look forward to helping you navigate services and resources. If you have not received your package by January 24th, please contact us.

Still time to Shop, Support & Party Local!

So it’s just over two weeks till New Years and you still have gift buying, charity supporting and party planning left to do! Don’t sweat it, as you know November 25th, 2017, kicked off shopping local nationwide across Canada and within hundreds of communities like Parkdale. That means that local shops still have fabulous deals on and that you still time to explore new shops and pick out unique finds that give back to your community. So we ask you Parkdale, to continue celebrate Shopping Local with us and take a sneak peak below for some of the fun taking place in Parkdale Village!.

12 Reasons to Give the Gift of Local

5 Canadian Consumer Trends to Shape the Future of Retail

Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

A Sneak Peak at MORE Shop Local Deals & Events this Holiday Season!

December 14
Who: Common People Shop
What: Jewellery Making Workshop: Basic Wire Wrapping Technique

December 15
Who: Stones Place
What: 80’s Mix Tape Dance Party Christmas

December 15
Who: Amicos Pizza
What: Berman Billings at Amicos! Last performance of 2017!

December 16 & 17
Who: Crown Flora Studio
What: Holiday Market

December 16
Who: Gajang Buddhist Center in Toronto
What: Calm-abiding and Dharma Class

December 16
Who: Black Diamond Vintage
What: Holiday Sip n Shop 6pm-10pm (Drinks, treats, giveaways, 15-25% off)

 December 16
Who: Northern Contemporary Gallery
What: A Holiday Toy Drive and Party Fundraising for Parkdale Community Food Bank

December 18
Who: Curiosa
What: Silent Nightmare:. A Victorian Holiday Séance

December 19
Who: Pretty Ugly Bar
What: Tuesday Tastings at the Rug Store

December 20
Who:
Parkdale Walking Group
What: Holiday Insights Walk @ Parkdale Library

December
Who:
Skyline Restaurant
What: Cookie Drive – drop off your Parkdale Community Food Bank donation at Skyline Restaurant & get a cookie!

December 21
Who: 
Cadillac Lounge 
What: The Cadillac Lounge Christmas party

December 21
Who: 
Shameful Tiki Room
What: The Swinging Pussycats celebrate Sassy’s birthday

December 22
Who: 
Rod, Gun & Barbers
What: Toys for Tots: Toy drive with The Sentimentalists

December 23
Who: 
Parkdale United Church
What: Feed the Streets

December 31
Who: 
The Parkdale Drink
What: New Years Eve Bash

December 31
Who: 
Cadillac Lounge 
What: Bowie Lives New Years Eve Bash

December 31
Who: 
Parts & Labour
What: New Years Eve Bash

December 31
Who: 
T.O. Lounge
What: New Years Eve Bash

January 5
Who: 
The Parkdale Drink
What: Paint Nite

Stay tuned for Deals and Promotions being added daily!

Members Survey Results Released!

In August the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) began it’s first step towards Strategic Planning by surveying property and/or commercial business’/ community organization’s who fell within the BIA boundary (as defined by the City of Toronto).

Our team was overwhelmed with the amount of wonderful feedback and the quantity of completed survey results exceeded our expectations – thank you!!!

The feedback will be used toward defining our priorities and identifying where we can add the most value on behalf of members. The BIA currently funds, manages and helps facilitate dozens of Streetscape, Marketing, Events & Advocacy initiatives within Parkdale Village along Queen Street West and can now ensure that we are focusing on initiatives that represent members interests.

The above snapshot will be circulated to members in the coming month, please feel free to reach out to our office with any further inquiries and thank you for helping guide our community into a new chapter!

Are you ready to Shop Local this Holiday – Deals, Promotions, Parties!

On November 25th, 2017, Canadians nationwide are being encouraged to Shop Locally within their Neighbourhoods, to make a local purchase and take advantage of exclusive event deals offered by the businesses in their areas. The weekend celebrates small businesses and reminds Canadians how local shopping makes a difference in all our lives.  So we ask you Parkdale, help us celebrate and choose to #Shoplocal or #ShopTOWest on Nov 25 within our amazing Parkdale Village! Shop Local NOW Mag - 2015But that’s not all, don’t let your support of community entrepreneurs start and end on Nov 25, we hope you’ll shop and re-explore your community throughout December.

Stay tuned for dozens of deals, promotions and local stories we’ll be sharing or take a look at the Sneak Peak below!. Share your own local recommendations and favorites to shopping local by using hashtag #parkdale #shopTOWest & #shoplocal

12 Reasons to Give the Gift of Local

5 Canadian Consumer Trends to Shape the Future of Retail

Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

A Sneak Peak at Shop Local Deals & Events this Holiday Season!

November till December 1
Who: MetroCycle Toronto
What: 25% off All Bikes with purchase of lock/helmet!

November 19 & 26
Who: Our Lady of Lebanon Parish
What: Christmas Bazaar

November 19
Who: HackLab
What: Junk Independence Day

November 22
Who: Toronto Designers Market
What: Holiday Shopping Night

Now till November 30
Who:
Doll Bar Inc.
What: Black Friday Deal on Full Hair Extension Package

November 22
Who: T.O Lounge
What: Parkdale Open Mic Anniversary & Fundraiser

November 23
Who: Glory Hole Doughnuts
What: Doughnut Eating Contest

November 24
Who: North Standard Trading Post
What: Black Friday Sale

November 24-26
Who:
Shopgirls Gallery Boutique
What: Black Friday Weekend Sale

November 24
Who:
Dead Dog Records
What: Grand Opening & Black Friday Deals

November 25
Who:
Grocery Coffee Shop
What: Grand Opening

November 24
Who:
Frances Watson
What: Black Friday Deals

November 24
Who:
Sylvie and Shimmy
What: Black Friday Sale

November 24
Who:
PARPAR
What: Black Friday Sale

November 24
Who:
Three Fates
What: Black Friday Sale

November 24-26
Who:
The Well of Alternative Medicine
What: Black Friday Sale; 30% off and Buy 2 get 1 Free

November 24
Who: Margin of Eras Gallery 
What: CUE presents: The Margin of Eras Gallery Launch

November 24
Who: The Assembly Theatre
What: The Parkdale Spread (comedy & music)

November 24
Who: Cadillac Lounge
What: GLSB Presents; FALL BRAWL 2017 (surf music)

November 24
Who: Parkdale Library
What: How the Fiddle Flows Film Screening

November 26
Who: The Tennessee Tavern
What: Coats 4 Cocktails x Tennessee Tavern Pierogi Eating Contest

November 30
Who: Northern Contemporary Gallery
What: A Festivus for the Rest of Us!

December 2
Who: Crown Flora Studio
What: Wreath Making Workshop

December 2
Who: Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church
What: Christmas Bazaar

December 9 & 10
Who: Parkdale Flea
What: Parkdale Flea Holiday Market

December 9
Who: Parkdale Junior & Senior Public School
What: Annual Winter Fair

December 9
Who: St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School
What: Christmas Fair

Queen West Restaurant Study Update

UPDATE: Didn’t get the attend the below meeting, share your feedback by completing the survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TOQueenWRestaurant

The deadline for the survey is Wednesday, October 18th. For further information contact Joanna Kimont via e-mail [email protected] or her office at 416-392-7919.

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The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this study, ask questions, and share your comments.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Avenue

In 2013 City of Toronto Planning staff completed a study of restaurants and related uses along Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue and the impact that these were having on other commercial uses along Queen Street West as well as on the surrounding residential uses north and south of the street.

Upon completion of the Study, City Council passed By-laws 1049-2013 and 1050-2013 placing certain restrictions on restaurants such as limiting their size and location within a building. Additionally, these By-laws placed a maximum on the number of restaurants permitted to be located in Areas A-D (as found on the map on the opposite side of this page) limiting the concentration of restaurants to no more than 25% of the properties within each of these areas.

City Council directed City staff to evaluate the impact of this concentration provision and to report back to City Council before the end of 2017. The purpose of this Community Consultation meeting is to present some preliminary findings related to this concentration provision and to obtain feedback from the Community.

To help complete the required analysis, the City retained the services of consultation firm Three Sixty Collective who will present their preliminary findings and will be available to respond to questions.

To speak to the planner directly, contact Joanna Kimont at (416) 392-7216 or [email protected]. You may also mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.

You may contact my office at (416) 392-7919.

Annual General Meeting – Tue, Oct 10th, 2017

You’re Invited

As a member of the Parkdale Village BIA (Business Improvement Area), you are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting:

Tuesday October 10th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

(Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.)

St John’s Polish National Catholic Cathedral, 186 Cowan Ave (basement hall)

It’s Free!

View the results from our Phase 1 Strategic Planning Survey, enjoy snacks, meet other business owners, Board Members, staff, City officials & learn about BIA Programs and initiatives.

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The purpose of this meeting is to decide on the BIA’s program and budget for 2018 (see over).  This program is paid for by a special levy charged to BIA members.  As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved.  If you wish to obtain a copy of the complete proposed budget or audited financial statement, please contact the BIA.

For more information contact  416-536-6918 [email protected]

Proof of BIA membership will be required.  Please bring photo ID and either a business card, utility bill showing business/tenant name and address, or your City of Toronto property tax bill.

No person in attendance shall have more than one vote

Only members of the BIA are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. In City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 19, Business Improvement Members are defined as “all persons who own rateable property in a business property class and all persons who are non-residential tenants of rateable property in a business property class in a business improvement area.”

A “person” is defined by Chapter 19 to include “a corporation and the heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representatives of a person to whom the context can apply according to law.”

Please note:  In accordance with changes to City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 19, Business Improvement Areas, designates are no longer eligible to vote on behalf of BIA members at annual general meetings.