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!

Notification of Filming in Parkdale December 11th-20th & December 18th, 2012

Project Title: Beauty & the Beast 01
Film Locations and Dates
Interior and Exterior scenes: Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St W and 1302 Queen St West.
• Filming duration: Dec 11th-20th, 2012
Interior and Exterior scenes: The Mascot, 1267 Queen St W and 1302 Queen St West.
• Filming duration: Dec 11th-20th, 2012

Project Title: Dirty Singles
Film Locations and Dates
Interior and Exterior scenes: 1382 QUEEN ST W.
• Filming duration: Dec 18th, 2012 from 7am-11pm

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]

Notification of Filming in Parkdale, October 17 – 19, 2012




To the Residents of the Queen St and Brock St area,

Please accept this letter as an introduction to ‘Rookie Blue’, a television series in its fourth year of production for Global/ ABC.

We would like to film scenes in the area of Queen St West and Brock St as follows:

  • Wed Oct 17, from approximately 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM:

Exterior and interior scenes: Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St W and 1302 Queen St West.

During these scenes we may require traffic stoppages on Queen St, lasting no longer than three minutes per occasion, with the assistance of the Toronto Police Service.

  • Thur Oct 18, Fri Oct 19, from approximately 7:00 AM to midnight:

Exterior and interior scenes: Neubacher /Shor Contemporary, 5 Brock St off the alley. Again, we may require traffic stoppages during filming in the alley between Brock St and Noble St with help from the Toronto Police Service.

To facilitate this we would like to clear the following areas for production vehicles and clear for picture:

  • Queen St, north side, from Noble St to Brock St, clearing from 6:00 PM Tue Oct 16.
  • Queen St, south side, from Gwynne Ave to Elm Grove Ave, clearing from 9:00 AM Oct 17

*Please note: Queen St parking will be released by 11:00 PM Wed Oct 17

  • Noble St, south and west side, from Brock St to Queen St, monitoring from Mon Oct 15 at 8:00AM and clearing from Tue Oct 16.

*Please note: We will only clear the required spots necessary for our production vehicles. All other space will be left free to the neighbourhood.

  • Strickland Ave, west side, from Noble St to five parking spots north of Noble St, monitoring from Mon Oct 15 at 8:00 AM and clearing from Tue Oct 16.
  • Private lots in the area.

All vehicles will leave the area prior to 10:00 AM Sat Oct 20

*Permit parkers unable to find parking are asked to park in area lots. Please submit valid receipts to a member of the location dept. for reimbursement.

We realize that we are guests in your neighbourhood and hope to complete our work with as little inconvenience as possible. Please contact us at our production office with any questions.

Andrew O’Sullivan                     John Mendes

Location Manager                      Asst Location Manager

c.c. Toronto Film and Television Office

5101 Orbitor Drive, Mississauga ON L4W 5R8  Tel: 905-206-1477 // Fax: 905-206-1434

The Parkdale BIA Invites Community Members To The TD Green Streets Garden Celebration and Tour!

On Wednesday October 17th at 12pm, the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will celebrate its Urban Garden Development Project with the launch of its reinvigorated community gardens, historical plaques and a cheque presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a brief tour of all six gardens along Queen Street West within Parkdale Village.

The Parkdale Village BIA represents one of 21 communities selected from across the country to receive a 2012 TD Green Streets grant to support expansion of their downtown urban reforestation program.

Please meet us at the Elm Grove Garden, located on the south west corner of Queen Street West and Elm Grove Avenue.  Here we will celebrate the launch of our reinvigorated community gardens and historical plaques with a ribbon cutting, comments from Councillor Gord Perks, the BIA, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada. This ceremony will be followed by a brief tour of the other revamped gardens within Parkdale Village.


About TD Green Streets: TD Green Streets is a national program that supports innovative practices in municipal forestry. Through this unique program, communities across Canada are eligible to receive matching grants of up to $15,000 to support local forestry projects. TD Green Streets is open to Canadian municipalities, Aboriginal communities and Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) in Montréal, Vancouver and Toronto. For more information about TD Green Streets visit

Call for Participants for the 2012 Parkdale Nightcrawl!

The Parkdale Nightcrawl — September 15

Last year, the Queen West Art Crawl lit up this neighbourhood with its Parkdale Nightcrawl. Twelve businesses hosted events that were unique, locally-focused and participative on the Saturday evening of QWAC weekend. We were overwhelmed by the creativity, level of excitement and the amazing participation in these events. Guided tours marked the stops along Queen West from The Sixth to the Rhino, giving participants a taste of everything and encouraging people to stay, eat, drink and enjoy themselves. This year, the Nightcrawl will take place on Saturday, September 15 from 7 – 11 pm and we want you to be involved! We are hoping to: increase our official events to 15; include a passport that will encourage visits to at least 10 venues; and increase participation from businesses that will benefit from the influx of participants that evening. We are staging some events already, and have confirmed that Dave Bidini and Bidiniband will be our “headliner” at the Amphitheatre.

There are so many opportunities to support the Nightcrawl and a variety of levels for sponsorship. We will be in touch with last year’s partners in the next few weeks. If you didn’t participate last year but are interested in either hosting an event or being part of our Nightcrawl passport program, you can contact Cindy Goldrick, Executive Director, at [email protected] or 416.516.8401. Let’s make this an amazing event for Parkdale this year, and the highlight of the 10th anniversary Queen West Art Crawl. Thanks in advance for your support of the Art Crawl and local artists.

Join The Adventure Pageant and Boat Launch less than a week away

Saturday June 23, 2012

Join us as we launch our hand-built canoe and 20ft art raft into Lake Ontario.

The project began four years ago with a simple image – Parkdale as a kind of a river and a powerful current that leads to loss of many kinds, but it also leads to meeting new people, places and things.

Artistic Director Michael Burtt describes the raft as a temporary meeting place or liminal (in-between) space where a diverse
group of people come together to face any challenge that comes
their way. The same can be said of the west-end neighbourhood of
Parkdale, home of the project.

“While there are many currents that pull us away from each other, our environment and fundamentally ourselves, there are just as many ways to return.”

3:30 Special Installation Preview for PARC members (PARC 1499 Queen St. W)
4:30 Public Viewing of Installation “Celebrating the Life and Art of Jerry Naumyk”
5:30 Pageant begins and ends at 1755 Lakeshore Blvd. (beside the Palais Royale)
7:00 Words of Welcome and Gratitude
9:30 Lantern Ceremony

Making Room Community Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts company that seeks to return art to its rightful place in everyday life as a bridge between our inner and exterior worlds. We do this by bringing together people, places and things that have been previously kept apart: noise and silence, action and contemplation, rest and movement, artists and non-artists, the housed and under-housed – all through a process of collaborative art-making.

For more information: 416-876-5951, [email protected]

TABIA’s Go Renewable Seminar Series – Solar & Community Power Education

TABIA’s greenTbiz Program has recently launched a series of Solar & Community Power Seminars with participating BIAs across Toronto generously hosting these open-to-public events. The seminars are designed to educate BIAs, BIA members and local residents on how and why they should consider the development of solar PV projects in local BIA communities. A schedule of events can be viewed here:
Parkdale Village BIA will cohost a breakfast seminar with the Parkdale Rotary Club with the following details:
June 14, 2012
7:15 a.m.
Grenadier Cafe (, High Park


Our energy supply is changing in Ontario. From large fossil fuel plants, the future will see a transition to smaller scale distributed generation of renewable energy projects. This transition is creating an opportunity for individuals, small businesses and community groups to benefit by generating electricity and profits. Smaller generators sell clean energy to the provincial grid to be used by their neighbours and fellow citizens and are paid under a long-term guaranteed contract with the Ontario Power Authority.

To assist small businesses and BIA communities in taking advantage of this opportunity, greenTbiz created the TABIA Go Renewable series. Toronto’s 72 BIAs and their member businesses are well known for championing a common vision for their neighbourhoods and putting their entrepreneurial spirit to use in realizing that vision. With ample roof space, organizational expertise and marketing savvy, BIAs have extensive potential to actively participate in Ontario’s new green economy.

Attendees will learn how to plan, build and maintain rooftop solar PV projects for their homes, businesses and communities. In addition, they will hear stories from people who have successfully connected their solar PV projects to the electricity grid or are in the process of developing community projects.

For more information contact greenTbiz Program Manager Robert Wakulat at [email protected] or 416-697-9000. You may also visit for updates of the program’s progress or to find info on other seminars.

This project has received funding support from the Ontario Power Authority through the Community Energy Partnerships Program. Such support does not indicate endorsement by the Ontario Power Authority or the Province of Ontario of the contents of this material.

Parkdale Village Community Open House

On Saturday, June 2nd, there will be a “Parkdale Village Community Open House” at the new Parkdale Amphitheatre on the corner of Queen St W. and Dufferin, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come rain or shine!

The Open House offers the chance to meet many Parkdale community organizations in one place. A wide variety of groups will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

The list of participating organizations below will be added to as more organizations confirm their attendance.

Vendors from the Sorauren Farmer’s Market will offer food. Local musicians and other performers will entertain. People will be invited to visit the soon-to-be-opened West End Food Co-op across the street.

The event will be preceded by a “Parkdale Village Historical Walk,” focusing on Queen Street and the surrounding neighbourhood. The walk, led by historian Roger Riendeau, will leave the Amphitheatre at 11 a.m. and return there by noon, in time for the Open House.

The Open House is sponsored by the Parkdale Residents Association, the Parkdale Village BIA, the West End Food Co-op, the Parkdale Community Development Group, and the Parkdale News.

Please drop in on June 2nd. Please tell your friends and neighbours about the Parkdale Village Community Open House.

Participating Organizations: Arrabon House, Councillor Gord Perks, 11 Division of Toronto Police Service, 14 Division of Toronto Police Service, Gallery 1313, Greenest City, Imperial Movement, Library Settlement Partnership, Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC), Parkdale Branch of the Toronto Public Library, Parkdale Community Development Group (PCDG), Parkdale Community Information Centre (PCIC), Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS), Parkdale Residents Association (PRA), Parkdale Focus, Parkdale Intercultural Association (PIA), Parkdale Village BIA, St. Francis Table, The Parkdale News, West End Food Co-op

Dufferin Underpass Public Art Installation – ‘Spirits of the Grotto’

“Three years in the making, Jacob’s Spirits of the Grotto consists of 34 large metal panels, each bearing a pair of mosaic tile discs representing eyes. Arranged within the underpass like heroes in a Hall of Fame, Spirits of the Grotto turns an otherwise dull transport corridor into a vibrant passageway.”

Dufferin Underpass Public Art Installation

Luis Jacob – Spirits of the Grotto

City of Toronto Dedication Event

Date: Friday, May 18

Time: 5:00 – 5:30 pm

Place: Dufferin Amphitheatre (parkette), 1266 Queen Street West

“City of Toronto Councillors Ana Bailão (Ward 18) and Gord Perks (Ward 14) join internationally renowned Toronto artist Luis Jacob for a dedication of his new Dufferin Underpass public art project, Spirits of the Grotto. The public is also invited to this event.

Part of Toronto’s Public Art program, the work consists of 34 perforated-metal panels bearing colourful mosaic designs in the shape of eyes gazing down on passing cars, cyclists and pedestrians. For more information on this project please visit:

Project financing came from the City’s Transportation, Structures and Expressways area, City Planning Urban Design, and Transportation’s Public Realm Unit.”

Excerpted from Councillor Gord Perks’ wonderful blog.