You’re invited to Momo Crawl – Sun July 29

Fill your belly with steamy and savoury Tibetan and Nepali dumplings at the fourth annual Momo Crawl T.O., hosted by Students for a Free Tibet Canada. This July 29th in Little Tibet, Parkdale hosts Toronto foodies on a steamy savoury crawl for the top momos.

What’s a Momo you ask? Momos are delicious Tibetan (and Himalayan) dumplings (meat or veg) mixed with a balanced blend of herbs and spices, hand-wrapped in dough and steamed to perfection.

Buy a Momo passport for $25, and open your gates to Little Tibet. You may think the passport is just a document that authorizes travel or authenticates the bearers’ identity, but it grants you a total of 10 Momos from 10 different Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants in Parkdale. This year will introduce three NEW Tibetan restaurants mentioned below. All participating restaurants will have meat and vegetarian options.

Participating Restaurants:
Daiko Indian and Nepali Street Food
Garleek – NEW!
Himalayan Kitchen
Little Tibet – NEW!
Loga’s Momo Corner
Om Restaurant
Shangrila Restaurant
Tashi Delek Cafe
Tibet Kitchen
Yak Cafe – NEW!

#MomoCrawlTO #LittleTibet #SFTCanada

If you purchase your passport on Eventbrite, you can pick it up on the day of at the headquarters tent in front of Tsampa Restaurant (non-participant). You can also purchase your passport physically at a location specified here on our Facebook event page.

For any questions or concerns contact: [email protected]
Visit their website to learn more about what they do: www.SFTCanada.org

West Lodge Garden is Getting a Little Makeover

The Parkdale Village BIA has been awarded a $500 grant from the Landscape Ontario Toronto (LOTO) Chapter, the funds will go towards Phase 1 of revitalizing the West Lodge Garden.

Located at the corner of Queen Street West and West Lodge Avenue, is the public West Lodge community garden, maintained year-round by PVBIA.

In recent years, the garden has been susceptible to litter, illegal dumping and unwanted, illicit activity and has posed some challenges for community stakeholders working to improve the corner. Phase 1 of the Garden makeover began last week with the removal of cedar trees which posed structural challenges as well as safety concerns, the $500 grant will enable PVBIA to continue Phase 1 with weeding, adding new soil and plants, with hopes of Phase 2 of the rejuvenation being funded in 2019.

Special thanks to Parkdale Green Thumbs Enterprise for their ongoing expertise, products and services throughout the grant application. Hand and Glove Gardening Co., local to Parkdale will be responsible for the reinvigoration of the garden.

Stay in the loop on the progress at the West Lodge Garden on our social media! Instagram @parkdalevillage, Facebook @ParkdaleVillage and Twitter @ParkdaleBIA

Parkdale Village BIA Floral Programs

Did you know that the PVBIA oversees 7 community gardens? We continue to manage the installation, watering, and maintenance of over 180 floral assets in Parkdale such as sidewalk planters, gardens and hanging flower baskets on storefronts.

Contact us if you are interested in a floral hanging basket for your storefront facade!

How the Grant Recipients Were Chosen

All successful applicants had a project with a clear vision of community benefit and provided a viable implementation plan, a realistic budget, an ongoing maintenance plan and possess strongly engaged volunteers. In several cases, the projects involve long-term engagement by dedicated community members.

About Landscape Ontario Toronto Chapter

The Toronto Chapter of Landscape Ontario financially supports local community projects through their bursary program that encourages and supports community greening initiatives as a way to give back to the neighbourhoods and communities their members live and work in.

This year, the Toronto Chapter expanded the program to offer $15,000, a $5000 increase from 2017, with individual maximum grants of $1500. The applications they received support community gardens, pollinator plantings, native plant gardens, and laneway rehabilitation projects.

For more information about the 2018 Landscape Ontario Toronto Chapter Bursary and the winning community projects, visit here and stay updated on their progress through their Instagram @landscapeontario and Twitter @green_for_life.

Your Ultimate Guide to Parkdale Patios

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With summer in full swing, the best way to embrace these sunny days is, arguably, dining al fresco. Whether you are out with family searching for a meal or grabbing a quick pint with friends, nothing beats relaxing from the heat at some of Toronto’s best-decked patios, many of which adorn grand umbrellas, and amazing city views.

What’s even better, is that you don’t need to go far to find them – some of the best outdoor patios are here in your own backyard from Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue in Parkdale Village – come and explore these hidden gems!

DUMBO SNACK BAR 
New to Parkdale’s scene is Dumbo Snack Bar, the perfect place to vibe with friends, grab a cocktail or try a couple of snacks like the mega-trendy avocado toast, chicken sliders and vegan pita + dip. Pro tip: Dumbo is open until 2am Tuesday-Saturday for all you night-owls. (1704 Queen St. W)

AMICO’S RISTORANTE
Amico’s Ristorante does Italian home cooking like no where else! They offer traditionally inspired Italian pizzas, pastas and sandwiches in a cozy, casual, family-friendly restaurant. Enjoy their spacious backyard patio, live music Fridays and 1/2 price pizza Wednesdays! An added bonus- from Thursday to Saturday, they’re open late! (1648 1/2 Queen St. W)

FOOD AND LIQUOR
Meet your go-to neighbourhood bar who happens to be celebrating their 5 year anniversary: Food and Liquor. The bar boasts a unique snack menu consisting of fried tofu chips, apple dumplings, and curry sweet potato balls (plus more)! Their cozy backyard patio, is the perfect place for late night snacking with a kitchen open until 2am with wooden tables and hanging fairy lights. Don’t miss out on their “$5 at Five”. (1610 Queen St. W).

DAIKO  
Specializing in Nepali and Indian cuisine, Daiko is a casual restaurant where food, ambiance and drinks come together! Relax on their quaint front patio and try their amazing Thali dishes, samosas, and momo’s with a view of Queen Street West. (1564 Queen St. W)

TENNESSEE TAVERN 
The Tennessee Tavern is an Eastern European bar open weekdays from 5pm and 10am on weekends. Their iconic 40-seater patio features a vintage bird cage from Smash, and picnic table booths – perfect for brunch with family or a night out in the town. Alongside their lengthy drink list, some of their must-try dishes are their big pretzel with mustard, pierogis and veal schnitzel. (1554 Queen St. W)

THE MEZZ 
Parkdale’s very own rock dive restaurant, The Mezz, oozes a community-like vibe with customers hunkering down for their affordable alcoholic drinks and Guilty Milty (their biggest double patty burger)! Outside, wooden picnic tables, Muskoka chairs and green grape vines make up their patio, the ideal social gathering spot to dine with friends. An added bonus, Tuesdays is “buck-a-shuck”!. (1546 Queen St. W)

TIBET KITCHEN 
Specializing in Tibetan and Himalayan cuisine, Tibet Kitchen’s cozy backyard patio that’s draped with string lights, is the place to try popular Tibetan dishes such as momos, chicken chilli and phingsha. In addition to Tibetan delicacies, their menu is vegetarian friendly and includes other Asian favourites like spring rolls, chowmein and spicy lunch specials. (1544 Queen St. W)

ESCAPE GOAT 
Escape Goat is Parkdale’s craft beer bar, with a backyard patio lit with fairy lights and pastel yellow surroundings. Check out their current tap list featuring beers from Toronto microbreweries like the Bellwoods, Blood Brothers, Rainhard and Kensington. While tasting some of Toronto’s finest beers, grab some of Escape Goat’s delicious homemade bar food. $5 deep-fried pickles anyone? (1510 Queen St. W)

LITTLE TIBET – OPENING JULY 6! 
Join the community in welcoming Parkdale’s newest Tibetan restaurant: Little Tibet. Serving delicious Hakka and Tibetan dishes, take a shot at their chili chicken and beef on their new front patio facing Queen Street West. An added plus, it is totally Instagram-worthy with an aesthetic green grass wall and Tibetan prayer flags! (1439 Queen St. W)

OM RESTAURANT
Tucked away under a canopy of neighboring trees, Om Restaurant’s south-facing patio is a spacious gathering spot to taste their authentic Tibetan and Indian dishes (halal and vegetarian friendly). All of which include delicious momos, curry and large $8 adult lunch specials or $6 for students. (1330 Queen St. W)

GRAND ELECTRIC
Grand Electric is a hip, taqueria joint dishing out some of Parkdale’s best baja fish tacos, pork carnitas and guac + chips. Come out to relax and socialize on their cozy backyard patio which boasts a bar and communal picnic tables, what’s not to love! (1449A Queen St. W).

CADILLAC LOUNGE
A low-key, live music haven, The Cadillac Lounge, boasts a large 200 seat backyard patio resembling a trendy cottage-country deck, half covered to provide shade on bright, sunny days! Join the Caddy on their exclusive backyard patio stage for occasional karaoke nights and classic comfort food. (1296 Queen St. W)

THE PARKDALE DRINK
As Parkdale’s resident neighbourhood dance party hub, the Parkdale Drink is the spot for a fun night out. Dimly lit, their large modern backyard patio is a swanky setting to experience global fare and endless drink options with a DJ spinning tunes just steps away. (1292 Queen St. W)

THE RHINO BAR
A destination for the world’s finest beers, The Rhino, has got you covered on those hot, summer days with their hefty assortment of beverages. Try their southern fried chicken or sausage penne on the largest side patio in Parkdale in a sea of iconic orange seats, the perfect place for people watching. (1249 Queen St. W)

RUSTIC COSMO CAFE 
A Parkdale staple since 1995, the Rustic Cosmo Café is not only famous for their cow-in-a-martini-glass logo but also for their delicious sandwiches, gigantic breakfast plates and friendly, familiar faces. This gem of a café has a quaint backyard patio, perfect for reading and relaxation while sipping a fruity beverage. (1278 Queen St. W)

Photo Credits:
@dumbosnackbar, @amicospizzato, @lisa__riedel, @cadillaclounge, @elana.simone, @fitgrrrljourneyj, @alessandra.elizabethh, @hipster_bachelor_pad, @brunasofiasimoes, @mllelford, @amicospizzato, @geenaweena, @saratarnai, @tibetkitchen.ca, @escape_goat.to, @blogto, @foodandliquorto, @tennesseetavern, @daiko1564

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!

Parkdale Village Celebrates 134 Year Anniversary!

logoThe Parkdale Village BIA invites residents and visitors to celebrate the 134th Year Anniversary of Parkdale Village.
Throughout the month of January the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will be celebrating the rich history of Parkdale Village by inviting visitors to take a stroll down memory lane, explore the many businesses who will be celebrating in their own ways, and admire the Victorian architecture within Parkdale Village.

Visitors and residents will also be encouraged to learn more about the community by visiting the Facebook page where historical photos and stories will be shared throughout the month. Additionally, businesses will celebrate with historical trivia events, vintage displays and commemorative products!
Visit us online for daily announcements and share your stories!

Happy Anniversary Parkdale Village!

Restaurant Study – Interim Control Bylaw

If you did not have a chance to attend Mondays community meeting to discuss the Interim Control Bylaw Restaurant Study), please take a moment to view the presentation below and share your comments with Dan Nicholson at [email protected]
http://www.gordperks.ca/park_post/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Queen-Street-West-Restaurant-Study1.pdf

Interim Control By Law Community Meeting

An Invitation from Councillor Perks

Councillor Gord Perks would like to invite you to a Community Consultation Meeting regarding the Queen Street West Restaurant Study.

Toronto City Planning has been conducting a study to review the impact of restaurants (and similar uses) for the lands on and flanking Queen Street West, between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

Over the past few years, this section of Queen Street West has seen an increase in restaurant/bar type uses replacing a broad range of commercial uses. Community concerns of noise, vandalism, garbage and congestion problems have also increased.

In August 2010, in response to these concerns, Councillor Perks moved a motion that City Planning be directed to undertake a study of this section of Queen Street to determine if any additional zoning is required to mitigate negative impacts associated with restaurants and bars on the surrounding area. That study is well underway.

Further, at the October 30/31, 2012 Toronto Council Meeting, on the advice of both City Planning and City Legal staff, Councillor Perks introduced an Interim Control By-law at City Council, to prohibit new restaurants and second floor expansions on Queen St West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street.

Prohibiting the establishment of new restaurants and second floor expansions within this study area for a one year period allows City Planning the opportunity to study which of the existing provisions ought to be changed in order to help alleviate the concerns related to land use issues.

The City is holding another Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this study and theInterim Control By-law. The meeting will include information on thepurpose and findings of research undertaken by planning staff, and provide an opportunity to ask questions and share your comments.

The meeting will be held Monday, November 26th, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at theMay Robinson Auditorium (20 West Lodge Avenue). Please see attachment for more information, including further details about the study.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2012.MM27.18

Property Assessment Meeting

MPAC Town Hall

On Tuesday November 20th, 2012, Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo will be holding a Town Hall to discuss your Property Assessment, recently sent to you by MPAC, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, an independent body established at the direction of the Provincial Government.

The assessments are based on the property value as of January, 2012.

If you believe that your assessment is not accurate, you have the opportunity to Request a Reconsideration. Information and forms will be available at the Town Hall. They are also available on-line at www.mpac.ca/property_owners/procedures/default.asp.

As your City Councillor, Gord Perks will also be attending the meeting and will be available to answer any municipal questions that you may have.

MPAC Town Hall
November 20th, 7-9 PM
Bishop Morocco Thomas Merton High School S/E corner of Bloor St and Dundas St West.

Changes to Holiday Shopping Regulations

Under the City of Toronto, Municipal Code Chapter 510, Holiday Shopping, retail stores are required to be closed on the following nine public holidays: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

The (Ontario) Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA), which governs jurisdictions outside the City of Toronto, has similar requirements. Both the City’s Municipal Code and Provincial Statue provide numerous exemptions by type and size of store, as well as exemptions for designated areas within a municipality. Some Councils have exempted their entire municipality from the requirements of the RBHA. It should be noted that subject to proclamation, the RBHA is slated to be amended. These amendments will bring the retail shopping provisions applicable to other areas of the province more in line with the provisions currently applicable to the City of Toronto.

Toronto City Council considered the topic of holiday shopping in 2006, 2008, and 2010. In the consultations for all of these reviews, there has been a consensus that the existing regime of regulations, exemptions and exceptions creates an unlevel and often confusing playing field. The purpose of this review is to develop a fair and equitable solution. Under the guidance of the Economic Development Subcommittee on Holiday Shopping, this review incorporates the most comprehensive consultation of holiday shopping conducted by the City of Toronto to date. A report from the Subcommittee on Holiday Shopping has also been submitted to this meeting of the Economic Development Committee.

Consultations took place through stakeholder meetings, telephone poll, online survey, email submission, and public meetings between November 2011 and July 2012. The consultations provided a forum for a frank and respectful exchange of views among all stakeholders, many with strongly held views. Although there was no consensus among the stakeholders, the consultations were successful in soliciting input and produced a better understanding and appreciation of the range of perspectives on this topic. Through the consultations, staff heard from all the stakeholders identified by City Council including Business Improvement Areas (BIA’s), community groups, members of Council, the Workers Action Centre, legal clinics and others who represent employees.

Staff also conducted an extensive review of holiday shopping regulations in other jurisdictions. This is the first time information on holiday shopping in southern Ontario has been compiled. There are 81 municipalities in southern Ontario that permit holiday shopping. More than 60% of municipalities in southern Ontario with a holiday shopping exemption apply the exemption to the entire city, and at least 90% of retail business establishments are open on following four days: Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day. The number of municipalities that permit shopping on public  holidays is increasing.

This report takes into consideration the views held by all stakeholders on this topic and recommends amendments to the existing by-law in order to establish a more fair and equitable solution. The recommendation would require retailers to remain closed on five of the public holidays: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day, and give retail operators the choice to open on the remaining four holidays: Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day between the
hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

AGCO Liquor Licence Application: The Pinball Cafe, 1662 Queen St West

The Pinball Cafe, located at 1662 Queen St West has applied to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for a liquor licence for an establishment with 57 seats.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to <[email protected]>.  As the placard on the property has been advertising this application since October 19, 2012,  the deadline for submissions is November 17, 2012.  Please copy your submission to Councillor Gord Perks at <[email protected]>.

Councillor Perks will meet with the applicant to review the list of conditions (below), that the community has developed over the last few years in response to past AGCO applications in Parkdale.

CONDITIONS

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