September Newsletter: AGM, Shop Openings & Community Events!

Our September Newsletter is out and includes:

Join us October 13th!: Join us for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) Thursday October  13th, 2016 @ 6:30pm at the St John’s Polish National Catholic Cathedral, 186 Cowan Ave (basement hall). The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Enjoy snacks, meet community leaders & learn more about what the BIA does! For questions about the AGM Notice & Budget please contact our office.

Do you want to join our Board!?:   The Parkdale Village BIA wants you to join the Board of Directors! The BIA is governed by a volunteer Board of Management made up of eleven members serving a four-year term concurrent with the term of Council. The Board works on behalf of its BIA members (the shop owners & property owners), along with an Executive Director & Assistant Coordinator and meets regularly to ensure Marketing and Streetscape Strategies are implemented. Monthly meetings generally take place the first Monday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at the PVBIA office. If you are interested in applying please contact us today for more details.

Tree for Me: The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is hooking up with the Toronto Parks and Tree Foundation to offer free trees to Parkdale Residents. Volunteers are needed for the Tree for Me event, contact [email protected] or attend an information session at High Park Nature Centre on either:
Sept 22nd 6-8pm or Sept 25th 10am-12pm.

 

Dufferin Street Bridge: Metrolinx will be hosting their second drop-in session at the Carnaby Condominium located at 10 Minowan Miikan Lane (formerly 11 Peel Avenue) on September 29, 2016 from 5 to 7p.m. Representatives from Metrolinx will be there to answer any questions you may have about the Dufferin & Queen Street Bridge closure. For more info click here.
Community Events: Want to sponsor, get involved or learn more about community events, check these out:
  1. Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre AGM, Thu Sept 22nd at 4-6pm, info click here
  2. The Biggest Table; a Harvest Celebration Sat Sept 24th at 6pm, Dunn Parkette, for info click
  3. Repair Cafe @ Parkdale Library; Get broken items fixed for free! Sat Sept 24th 12-4pm, for info click
  4. Mary McCormick Park Festival; Sat Sept 24th 11-2pm, for info click
  5. Sammy’s Upstairs Lounge Dance Party @ Amicos Pizza; Sat Sept 24th at 10pm, more info click
  6. Pollination Celebration @ West Lodge Garden; Sun Sept 25th 1-3pm, for into click
  7. TUTU Dance Party in support of PNLT @ Pia Bouman Dance School, Sat Sept 24th at 10pm, more info click
  8. Call for Food VendorsToronto Designers Market Pop-Up Event; Oct 15-16th from 11-5pm, email [email protected] for inquiries.

Welcome New Members: Please join us in welcoming these new businesses to Parkdale Village:

Kitson & Co Sandwiches 1205 Queen Street West
Rod, Gun & Barbers 1612 Queen Street West
Canna Clinic 1556 Queen Street West
The Grill Cottage 1468 Queen Street West
NSTP Home & Cottage 1535 Queen Street West
Chatr Mobile 1484 Queen Street West

You’re Invited: Annual General Meeting – Oct 13, 2016

Members of the PVBIA (business owners & Property Owners) you are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at St John’s Polish National Catholic Cathedral, 186 Cowan Ave

Registration starts at 6:30 p.m., light snacks and drinks will be served and the event is open to residents and visitors.

For more details and Agenda click here

 

 

Back to School Newsletter: AGM, Community Events, Brochures & Parkdale in the News

Our September Newsletter is out and features the following:

  1. Save the Date: Join us for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) for BIA Members Thursday October 13th, 2016 @ 6:30pm, location to be determine. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Enjoy snacks, meet community leaders & learn more about what the BIA does – this is a great chance to contribute!
  2. Do you want to join our Board!?:   The Parkdale Village BIA wants you to join the Board of Directors! The BIA is governed by a volunteer Board of Management made up of eleven members serving a four-year term concurrent with the term of Council. The Board works on behalf of its BIA members (the shop owners & property owners), along with an Executive Director & Assistant Coordinator and meets regularly to ensure Marketing and Streetscape Strategies are implemented. Monthly meetings generally take place the first Monday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at the PVBIA office. If you are interested in applying please contact us today for more details.
  3. Breakfast with the Major: TABIA is pleased to invite you to Breakfast with the Major on Tue Sept 27th 2016 at the Radisson Admiral Hotel on Toronto’s Waterfront. The agenda for the meeting:  7:30 Registration will open (tea, breakfast and networking) 8:00 Mayor Tory will address gathering 8:30 Questions Attendance is free, but seating is limited so please register early Please RSVP To:  [email protected] or 416-263-3229 by Friday, September 23rd at noon
  4. Community Events: Want to sponsor, get involved or learn more about community events, check these out:
    • Parkdale Good Food Market, Wed Aug 31 from 3-7pm at Masaryk Park on Cowan Ave
    • Creating Together Family Resource Centre Community Event, Sat Sept 11th save the date
    • Sweets n Treats Bake Sale at Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church (250 Dunn Ave) Sunday, Sun Sept 11th from 12:30-3pm! For info or to donate click here.
    • Parkdale Film & Video  Showcase at Gallery 1313 on Fri Sept 16th, check site for info & to sponsor.
    • The Biggest Table; a Harvest Celebration Sat Sept 24th at 6pm, Dunn Parkette, for info click
  1. Parkdale in the News: Our office regularly works with Media and Tourism departments to help feature Parkdale businesses & surrounding community, as well as helps promote any coverage. If you have a story you would like to share please send it our way. Some recent coverage about our wonderful community include:
  • Brussels Airlines featuring Parkdale in their In Flight Magazine
  • Air Canada featuring a Parkdale business in their In Flight Magazine
  • Toronto Life Magazine, Snapd Bloor West Newspaper & DobbernationLoves blog featuring local restaurants
  • A video featuring a local business
  1. Need more Brochures?: In addition to recently being distributed (over 500) at the CNE to visitors, the Parkdale Directory Brochures are also displayed at local Bed & Breakfasts for tourists and tourism locations in downtown Toronto such as hotels & Union station etc.  The brochures are also displayed in over 100 Parkdale shops – if you need more or are interested in making them available at your shop or office, please contact us.
  2. Welcome New Members: Please join us in welcoming these new businesses to Parkdale Village:

Spring Festival Attractions: 365 days of smile, Cowanation, Pride, Greek Folk & Eat for Tibet!

Less then 2 weeks to go till our May 7th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – We hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support over 100 participating community organizations, artists, musicians & shops..

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Land Trust: Learn more about the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, how you can become a donor and get involved!  

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#365daysofsmile: Parkdale-based visual artist Bareket Kezwer invites you to share what makes you happy in her interactive chalk installation – come out and take part in her ongoing project, #365daysofsmile

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Cowanation: Join one of Parkdales largest treasure trove community groups & help fill in the colors of Parkdale,  steady hands not required, plus learn more about Cowanation!  

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Sistema Toronto: Get inspired by this children’s musical ensemble children and discover the joy of belonging to something greater than the sum of its parts.

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Parkdale Film & Video Showcase: Learn more about how you can become an artist, curator, or film and art community member & help shape the curatorial direction of the 2016 program!

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You Can Sit With Us: Pride Toronto is just around the corner, find out how you can support, participate and enjoy!

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Friends of Marcos: Enjoy the sounds of Greek folk!

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Students for a Free Tibet Canada: Are you crazy for Momo’s, then head over to SFTC to find out how you can Eat for Tibet on May 8 and donate, support & eat for a great cause!  

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Spring Festival Attractions: Comic Books, Roadrunners, Growing Veggies, Drums & Lanterns!

WOW 2.2 weeks to go till our May 7th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – this year we promise to be bigger & more colorful with added family activities & exciting promotions taking place along Queen Street West. We’ll be announcing activities, performers and deals on a weekly basis. We hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support over 100 participating community organizations, artists, musicians & shops.

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MYseum on the Move!:  B.A.N.D and Myseum of Toronto want you to share personal photos, objects and memorabilia that represent what Toronto means to you.

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Parkdale Roadrunners: Parkdales running club wants to make little art with you! Drop by their booth to screen your own award  and tell them  what makes you #1. Snag a photo on the podium with your award and let’s celebrate everyone that makes up the goodness that we call Parkdale!  

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Free Comic Book Day!: May 7th marks the 15th Anniversary of Free Comic Book Day and what better way to celebrate then by checking out West End Comics!

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Spring Art: Join the Skeir Gallery & The Queen West Art Crawl for community chalk painting and fresh lemonade! Plus check out their spring themed art for sale! 

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Making Room Community Arts: Join this radically inclusive, multi-disciplinary arts company as they use blueprint designs to create lanterns that will help them further imagine what to do in Masaryk Park.

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Eat Grow Share: Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow your own vegetables, then join Greenest City and learn how to plant using super efficient growing containers – let’s get growing Parkdale!

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Saboumando: Enjoy this drum and dance collective which celebrates the music, dance and culture of Guinea, West Africa.

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Musical Bike: Hop aboard this Interactive travelling Art Exhibit and drum your heart out!

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Yummy Stuff: Enjoy cupcake & cookie decorating, plus lots of Mother’s Day cupcake specials!

 

 

 

Spring into Parkdale – Call for Volunteers & Team Leaders

Do you Love Parkdale, if so, the Parkdale Village BIA needs your help in lending a friendly hand during our outdoor community event on Saturday May 7th, 2016 – The Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival!

If you’re friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please email Estuardo Ibarra at [email protected] and briefly share your availability, past volunteer work and duties you think you would be suitable for.

Up to 40 Volunteer positions are available for a series of four (4) to six (6) hour shifts, happening between 9:00am & 8:00pm as well as some paid Team Leader positions.

Duties may include:

  • Face Painting
  • Assisting at the Photo Booth
  • Assisting Event Photographer
  • Assisting Performers
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to lift 40 pounds)
  • Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
  • Cotton Candy Operator
  • Craft Workshops
  • Promotional Product Distribution
  • Cleanup crew
  • Survey Outreach

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Volunteers may be required to participate in a training session.

We look forward to working with you!

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The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Saturday May 7th, 2016!

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!

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Spring Festival Attractions – 200 Foot Quilt, Tibetan dance, Tread on it & Volunteers Needed!

The countdown has started – only 3.5 weeks to go till our May 7th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – this year we promise to be bigger & more colorful with added family activities & exciting promotions taking place along Queen Street West. To kick things off we’ll be announcing activities, performers and deals on a weekly basis. We hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support over 100 participating community organizations, artists, musicians & shops.

Tread on it & 18blocks: Take part in an interactive t shirt making workshop with artist Jeff Mann by treading patterns on shirts using recycled car parts, tires and paint! Do you have new, unwanted shirts you would like to donate to this activity, then contact 18blocks today and help us reuse & recycle!

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Stitching Our Own Safety Net What does a 200 foot quilt look like? Come check out this art piece made by over 500 individuals and groups which advocates for issues effecting low income Ontarians.

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Tibetan Dance: Enjoy traditional dances and songs performed by the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre Opera Group.

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Creating Together Family Resource Centre – Explore Family services  while your little ones enjoy kids crafts, the sand table and a photo opp with the centre’s adored Frog & Elephant mascot!

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This Little Piggy: Join our west end baby boutique for face painting and an outdoor Pop Up shop featuring gently used items by ‘Little White Sneakers’!

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Volunteers: Interest in volunteering at our Spring Sidewalk Festival, Call for Volunteers – Spring into Parkdale – 2016

Spring Festival Attractions – Art with Linda, The Pan Piper & Parkdale Flea

The countdown has started – only 4 weeks to go till our May 7th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – this year we promise to be bigger & more colorful with added family activities & exciting promotions taking place along Queen Street West. To kick things off we’ll be announcing activities, performers and deals on a weekly basis. We hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support over 100 participating community organizations, artists, musicians & shops.

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Art with Linda: Painting Parkdale – Environmental Art Educator Extraordinaire Linda Naccarato invites children, families and community members of all ages  to add their mark to a sidewalk/street mural mapping our neighbourhood. Using natural, terracotta-based paint, participants will paint their how they see the community, their favorite spots, and dreams for the future of Parkdale!

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Parkdale Flea: 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

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Parkdale Animal Hospital: Baked goods & prizes! Come out to support the Farley Foundation and you could win some wonderful raffle items for you and your furry friend. 1654 Queen St W @ Triller

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The Pan Piper: Parkdales very own Pan Piper Hameed Shaq brings us the sounds of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Stay tuned for weekly updates, official schedules and locations!

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May 7th Spring into Parkdale with us for our annual Sidewalk Festival!

We’re so excited to start sharing details about our 4th annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Sat May 7th! This season we hope to introduce you to new businesses and re-discover some of the old gems; offering special deals, discounts, gift with purchases, come out & support our thriving business community. Step into places you’ve read about and never had a chance to discover like; Old Trunk Antiques & Contrast Living, Love & Greed and Passion for the Past, Glory of India and Himalayan Kitchen, BAND Gallery, West End Comics and Cadillac Lounge, Mata and Mother India, Parkdale Flea and 4 Your Hair Extensions, The Well, PARC and so many more!

Parkdale has so many incredible community organization’s, artists and crafters, and we’re excited to share the stage with them. Stay tuned for exciting local artisans presenting interactive fun for the whole family and weekly attraction and partner announcements. Plus, this year we hope to bring a few side road closures with added community activities – Stay posted via #springintoparkdale on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

We hope your Parkdale family will join ours on May 7!

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Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – Call for Artists & Entertainers

Planning has kicked off for the 4th Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Sat May 7th from 11am-6pm!!!  If you’re a local artist, crafter, performer, musician or busker and want to share your talent with the community, we would love to hear from you. We have a few spots remaining within the ‘FUN’ zones created along Queen Street West for the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival and you may just be the perfect fit.

Please submit the following details by Friday April 1 via email to [email protected]

  • Name of Applicant
  • Name of Band/Artist
  • Describe your act/medium (abstract dance, kids performer, visual art)
  • Short artist bio (140 characters)
  • Contact information: contact name, cell, email, and website
  • Have you recently shared your performance, crafts, art at an event?
  • List any equipment and/or space you would require (table, technical needs, wall for mounting)

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View photos from last years event here.