You’re invited to a Learning Series – June 20th & 29th

You’re invited to a two-part learning series organized by the Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED) Planning Project. The neighbourhood wide planning initiative has been led by over 30 community-based organizations to build Decent Work, Shared Wealth, and Equitable Development in Parkdale. Through a series of community-based consultations, the Parkdale Community Planning Study identified the establishment of a Community Benefits Framework as a key direction for advancing equitable development in the neighbourhood.


Development 101
Tuesday, June 20th,
2017 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM2
Anglican Church of the Epiphany St Mark – 201 Cowan Avenue. This first panel will provide an introductory overview of the existing development and planning processes in the neighbourhood.

The Panel:

  • Benjamin Hoff, Urban Strategies
  • Clara Stewart-Robertson, Jane-Finch Community Centre
  • Claire-Helen Heese-Boutin, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust

Moderated by Emily Paradis, University of Toronto

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/on-community-benefits-development-101-tickets-35020864348


Community Benefits 101
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Parkdale Library – 1303 Queen Street West. This second panel will provide an in-depth3 look into Community Benefits Agreements as a tool for advancing equitable neighbourhood change.

The Panel:

  • Rosemarie Powell, Toronto Community Benefit Network
  • Mariam Paul, East Scarborough Storefront
  • Michelle Francis, Community Action Planning Group – York West

Moderated by Jenn Miller, Atkinson Foundation

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/on-community-benefits-community-benefits-101-tickets-35022228428

We’re Hiring a Planning Coordinator – Thank you Canada Summer Jobs!

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

Employment Terms:  30 hours weekly at $11.40/hour for 7 weeks (This Canada Summer Jobs position is a Government of Canada initiative; to be eligible Student applicants must meet ALL criteria)

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) represents over 300 businesses and 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 preparing Strategic Planning activities in addition to supporting other initiatives as needed, such as maintaining databases and inventory for streetscape & capital design programs, some administrative duties and some event support.

This position reports to the PVBIA Executive Director and works closely with the Assistant Coordinator, PVBIA Board, Members, third parties, external suppliers, community leaders, residents and volunteers.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supporting strategic planning activities including scheduling member interviews, surveying members, data collection and analysis, research, etc.
  • Maintaining documents such as databases, inventory mapping, critical paths, event briefs.
  • Conducting research and assisting with the ongoing management of streetscape and capital design projects.
  • Administrative support including but not limited to filing, fielding calls, general inquiries.
  • Contributing to the coordination of other areas and initiatives as directed.
  • Fielding and fulfilling inquiries and/or requests from PVBIA members.
  • Supporting marketing and event coordination as required.

Experience and Competencies Required: 

  • Post-Secondary (Community College, CEGEP, Technical Institute, University)
  • Strong customer service with superior interpersonal oral and written communication skills.
  • General understanding, interest and experience in urban planning, economic development or relevant disciplines and 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 staff, volunteers, community groups, sponsors and members.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • 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 some evenings or weekends if required for surveying/interviewing members).
  • Ability to arrange your own travel and be able to spend extended periods standing and walking along Queen Street West to visit all BIA members.
  • May be required to lift up to 20 pounds

Favourable Assets:

  • Experience supporting community level coordination of projects or events.
  • Experience with surveying.
  • Experience with customer service.
  • Experience working with or volunteering for another BIA.
  • Knowledge of Parkdale Village community and businesses.

Eligible Criteria:

This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs; to be eligible Student applicants must meet ALL criteria;

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act2; and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

To Apply:

  • Deadline for submissions: June 23rd 5:00pm
  • Send your cover letter & resume to [email protected] with ‘Planning Coordinator” in the subject line.

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.

Spring Festival Photos & a BIG thank you to Parkdale!

What an incredible 5th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market! This years event saw the addition of a 10,000 sqft food market, a pirate ship & skateboard camp for kids, Pop Up Markets all along Queen West and of course a little bit of rain.

Thank you to all the volunteers, board & committee members as well as businesses, artists, residents, participants and partners such as Foodora, Certified Tire & Auto, Toronto Parking Authority & Roncy BIA who helped make this an incredible success.

View the event photos on Facebook here.

Please help us ensure the growth of the festival by providing feedback, it only takes 1 minute to answer our survey questions here.

 

 

Parkdale Village launches 8 New Murals!

Parkdale Village BIA is excited to launch the PARKDALE NEIGHBOURHOOD MURALS 2017 PROJECT!

The project saw 8 Bell Canada utility boxes around the community painted by 8 artists, as part of the 2017 Bell Box Murals Project. Murals were painted in May and launched at the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market on May 13th, 2017, visitors to the area were encouraged to grab a map and explore all 8 locations as well as meet some of the artists.
Artists were chosen by a BIA jury and based on 1) their connection to the community of Parkdale, 2) experience painting on outdoor surfaces, 3) concept for the mural and 4) a portfolio of past work.

To read more about the project click here.

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Murals is funded by the Parkdale Village BIA and are a partnership between the Bell Box Murals Project and Bell Canada. Since 2009 artists from the Bell Boxes Murals Project have painted 172 murals on Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in 23 communities throughout Toronto, Southern Ontario and Quebec. The Bell Boxes Murals Project is an independent, community-engaged art program and not part of Bell Canada. Paint for project is donated by Benjamin Moore Paint.
To view past murals visit the below Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bellboxmuralsproject

Attractions @ Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market

The countdown in ON for our May 13th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market – this year we promise to be bigger & more colorful with added family activities & exciting promotions taking place along Queen Street West.

Here’s a sneak peak at 4+ Markets, Pirate Ships, Murals, Music, Food, Crafts, Artists, Photo booths, Scavenger hunts & more! 

Foodora Night Market (4pm-10pm): 10,000 sqft outdoor Food Market, includes food vendors, musical entertainment, bike parking, patio seating & more! From $5 to $12 enjoy cuisine from around the world and most importantly from Parkdale Chefs, from glorious donuts to Tibetan, Japanese & Cuban inspired cuisine. Entry to the market is free, vouchers for food can be purchased online or on site, each purchaser receives a $10 Foodora coupon, plus visit 4+ food vendors & you could win a $200 Gift Card to any Parkdale Restaurant, $30 Foodora Credit & your favorite Toronto’s Finest artist designed cell phone case! Get your tickets here! (1325 Queen St W @ Cowan). Tents generously provided by Roncy Rocks.

Sidewalk Sale: Browse dozens of local deals, vendors, artisans along Queen West from Roncesvalles to Dufferin! Visit local shops as they offer deals inside and out as well as giveaways or special attractions and entertainment, here’s a sneak peak;

  • The Grand Trunk celebrates Spring with buskers, proceeds going towards PARC and artisan table.
  • Jinks Art Factory hosts a Block Party @ Triller Avenue with music, BBQ’s and artisans!
  • Chartreuse Style offers sale rack items outside
  • Lil Demons Guitar Shop bring you musical entertainment
  • Check out the outdoor Art Exhibit at Shawn Skeir Gallery
  • Check out Sylvie & Shimmy for a store wide sale.
  • Visit the Parkdale Animal Hospital for Animal Portraits!
  • Rod, Gun & Barbers brings you musical entertainment throughout the day!
  • we hear Yummy Stuff might have some cupcake decorating for the kids!
  • North Standard Trading Post always has the best Spring deals!
  • Check out the new woman’s boutique ParPar as they celebrate their Grand Opening!
  • Enjoy discounts on select items at Boutique Café
  • Join the Skyline Diner for brunch & enjoy some fun Spring Snacks!
  • Mankind Grooming offers deals on haircuts, products and a walk in specials.
  • Check out Showgirl’s Gallery Boutique for a special Mothers Day giveaway & more!
  • Love & Greed offers up to 50% off select items
  • Support a great cause, join Cadillac lounge for their yearly fundraiser supporting Diabetes!

Parkdale Flea Market: Browse this special Spring Festival edition of the Parkdale Flea Market, bringing together some of the best and most unique products from Antiques, Vintage, Collectables, Local Artisans and Designers. (1266 Queen St W @ Noble)

West End Food Coop Market: Meet local food artisans, independent craft artists and farmers while shopping our WEFC Pop up market. (1229 Queen St W @ Dufferin)

Toronto Designers Market Patio Pop up: Over 3000 sqft  featuring over 30+ designers ranging from furniture and household items to clothing and jewellery, come and explore the indoor & outdoor Patio Market! (1605 Queen St W)

Mobile Skate park: Get those boys & girls on some wheels! Learn to skateboard or scooter at the Evolve mobile skate park, equipment and instructors available on site! Space generously provided by Toronto Parking Authority. (1624 Queen W)

Kids Zone: Featuring a Pirate Ship, free crafts with Environmental Art Educator Extraordinaire Linda Naccarato, Face painting with Isabel & Cotton Candy! (Callender Ave & Queen W)

Pirate Life: Join the crew and search for treasure! The pirates have sailed into Toronto and need your help to solve the mysteries and riddles! Climb aboard and partake in the adventure!

Art with Linda: Environmental Art Educator Extraordinaire Linda Naccarato invites children, families & community members to come & help take crafting to the next level! Spring Mobile Making: use recycled and natural materials to create a hanging piece of art with Linda! (Queen St W & Callender Ave)

Scavenger Hunt: The Parkdale Experience” is a fun interactive performance scavenger hunt for all ages, kicking off at a secret location the hunt will take you through the neighbourhood of Parkdale with stops along Queen St W and beyond! Sign up for this 1 hour 45-minute story-based experience about gentrification and affordable housing starting at 2pm every 15 minutes until 3:30 pm and finishing off at a fun location! **Secret start-off location will be sent to you after you register!** Limited timeslots available so book your tickets fast here, for info email [email protected] SOLD OUT

Bell Box Mural Launch: Take a tour yourself, grab a map @ the Tulip Zone, meet the artists and visit all 8 recently completed Bell Box Murals along Queen West & Jameson Ave. Read more here & click here for Map

Parkdale Song Project for 150 Canada: Enjoy a 30-minute concert, featuring Grade 7/8 students from Parkdale Junior & Senior PS and Fern PS, and Grade 5/6 students from Queen Victoria PS, performing songs created in a Canada150 Fund-supported project facilitated by Juno-nominated and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded singer-songwriter Mike Ford (Prologue to the Performing Arts). The diverse learner-created songs explore and celebrate local and national stories with lyrics in English, French, Tibetan, Tamil, Hungarian, Spanish, Mandinka, Tagalog, Arabic and Cree. Accompanying the student performers will be Mike Ford and Parkdale percussionist Brad Hart.

Music to our Ears: Enjoy a mix of musical genres from Francophone Jazz by Amelie et Les singes bleus band, Greek Folk by Alaniaris to world & folk music by the Kitchen Orkestra quartet. There’s something for every music lover! Click for Performance Schedule

Photo booth @ Community Zone: Grab some props and get a free family or friends portrait by Parkdale Photographer Becca Gilgan! Silly faces recommended! (1313 Queen St W)

Art Installation: “Housing and Health: Unlocking Opportunity”: In collaboration with Toronto Public Health, explore what members of Making Room Community Arts program at the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) have been working on answering in their latest art project: “It’s Home.” (1313 Queen St W)

Art in the Streets: Explore a large interactive photography installation of 3D Cubes produced by Parkdale Collegiate Institute Students, guided by local artists Hitoshi Murakami and Vincent Luk from Northern Contemporary Gallery, in conjunction with the Parkdale BIA. Or leave your mark on Parkdale with Parkdale-based visual artist Bareket Kezwer as she invites you to share what makes you happy in her interactive chalk installation – come out and take part in her ongoing project #365daysofsmile

Tulip Giveaways @ Tulip Zone: Over 500 tulips handed out to visitors & just in time for Mother’s Day!

More announcements coming soon! Follow our event on Facebook too.

Call for Volunteers – May 13 for Spring into Parkdale Festival & Night Market

Call for Volunteers for our May 13th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market

The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during an outdoor community event on Saturday May 13th, 2017 – in Parkdale!

If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please email Kahlin Holmes at [email protected] and briefly share your availability, past volunteer work and duties you think you would be suitable for.

Up to 30 Volunteer positions are available for a series of four (4) to six (6) hour shifts, scheduled between 8:00am & 11:00pm.

Duties may include:

  • Night Market ticket booth
  • 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 a training session.

Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Saturday May 13th, 2017!

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!

Join us May 13 for Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market!

More Markets, more Music, more Food, more Shopping, more Fun for the whole community! Saturday May 13th marks the 5th Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival and what better way to celebrate all that Parkdale has to offer then by bringing together all of our favorite things about this wonderful community. Come and experience Parkdale Love!

From 11am-6pm enjoy musical & artistic entertainment, free activities, a sidewalk sale along Queen Street West, side road closures and over 4 Pop Up Markets. Plus, launching this year the 10,000 sqft ‘Foodora Night Market’ from 4pm-10pm where you can enjoy some of Parkdale’s most eclectic food and Chef’s all in one place and under the stars! From $5 to $12 enjoy cuisine from around the world and most importantly from Parkdale Chefs! From glorious donuts to Tibetan, Japanese & Cuban inspired cuisine, includes food vendors, musical entertainment, bike parking, patio seating & more! Entry to market is free, vouchers for food can be purchased online (here) or on site, each purchaser receives a $10 Foodora coupon, plus visit 4+ food vendors & you could win a $200 Gift Card to any Parkdale Restaurant, $30 Foodora Credit & your favorite Toronto’s Finest artist designed cell phone case! (Vegetarian & Vegan options are available, unlicensed area, all ages.)

Stay tuned for weekly announcements about attractions, entertainment, giveaways and the Foodora Night Market’ Chef line up!

Follow #springintoparkdale on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay connected and we hope your family will join our Parkdale family on May 13!

Want to Volunteer or be a Vendor, email us today at [email protected]

 

Call for Mural Artists for Bell Box Murals Project!

Parkdale Village BIA is excited to announce the PARKDALE NEIGHBOURHOOD MURALS 2017 PROJECT!

Artists are invited to apply to paint a mural on (1) one of (8) eight Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in the Parkdale neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the 2017 Bell Box Murals Project. Murals will be painted May 1 – 8, 2017.
Artists will be chosen by a BIA jury and based on 1) their connection to the community of Parkdale, 2) experience painting on outdoor surfaces, 3) concept for the mural and 4) a portfolio of past work.
Interested mural artists are invited to apply by 5:00 pm, Friday, March 24, 2017. Murals will be unveiled at the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival and Market on Saturday
May 13th. To receive more details about applying please email [email protected] to receive a Proposal Package.

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Murals is funded by the Parkdale Village BIA and are a partnership between the Bell Box Murals Project and Bell Canada.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS – 5:00 pm, Friday, March 24, 2017.

Since 2009 artists from the Bell Boxes Murals Project have painted 172 murals on Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in 23 communities throughout Toronto, Southern Ontario and Quebec. The Bell Boxes Murals Project is an independent, community-engaged art program and not part of Bell Canada. Paint for project is donated by Benjamin Moore Paint.
To view past murals visit the below Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bellboxmuralsproject

Call for Sponsors, Vendors, Entertainers – Spring Festival 2017!

The PAVBIA is excited to share that planning has kicked off for the 5th Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Market on May 13th with some amazing additions in the works for 2017. Last years side road closures at Cowan Avenue & Callender Street proved to be a hit and the BIA hopes to build on the Market atmosphere by adding a 10,000 sqft outdoor Food Market to compliment the already bustling activities and over 150+ attractions along Queen Street West from Dufferin to Roncesvalles. The 10,000 sqft Market space will allow us to highlight the eclectic food (and drink) experience available in our community from around the world. If you would like to explore ways to participate as a Sponsor, Food Vendor, Entertainer etc. within the Market & Festival, please contact us below.

Call for Sponsors: Parkdale Spring Festival Sponsorship – May 2017

Call for Food Vendors: Parkdale Spring Festival – Call for Food Vendors – May 2017

Call for Artists & Entertainers: Parkdale Spring Festival – Call for Entertainers & Artists – May 2017

Please submit the following details by Friday March 31 via email to [email protected] and check out photos from last years event here.

 

Commercial Façade Improvement Grant Program Now Open

The Commercial Façade Improvement Program provides funding to commercial and private property owners to redesign, renovate or restore commercial or industrial building façades. The eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, brick cleaning, restoration, wheelchair accessibility, doors, signage, windows, lighting and masonry.

What are the benefits?

Improving the appearance of your building’s façade shows that you care about your property. In addition, your neighborhood streetscape is improved. This provides a more welcoming environment to work, shop and live.

How is funding calculated?

Half of the cost of eligible improvements to commercial or industrial building façades is covered and will be based on the lowest contractor estimate submitted with the application. The minimum funding is $2,500 with a maximum of $10,000 for non-corner properties. A corner property is eligible for maximum funding of $12,500.

Who is eligible?

  • You must be the property owner or have the permission of the property owner
  • Your building must be located in a Business Improvement Area (BIA) that has been in existence for five (5) or more years
  • You must not owe outstanding taxes to the City
  • You must not start your improvement project before the funding application is approved
  • You must have not received the maximum façade improvement funding for your property in previous years.

How do I apply?

  1. Applicant contacts the City’s BIA Office to determine eligibility
    Phone 416-392-1005
    Fax: 416-392-1380
    E-mail: [email protected]
  2. Applicant completes application form
  3. City reviews the application. Funding review committees are composed of local architects, business owners, historical experts and other community representatives and make recommendations to City Council
  4. City approves or declines the application
  5. City issues funding cheques to successful applicants upon completion of the agreed-upon work.

For more info click here or contact our office for further assistance.