The Digital Main Street Team is here again!

Since 2016, the Parkdale Village BIA has been a partner of the City of Toronto & TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) for the Digital Main Street project. The project has offered numerous services to Parkdale BIA businesses since launching, most recently in 2018 with helping businesses upload 360 interior photos of their stores on Google Maps & Streetview – for free!.

We’re excited to share that the Digital Main Street team will be working with the Parkdale BIA once again, for a duration of four weeks, starting on November 4th, 2019. Free to Parkdale BIA members, the Digital Main Street team helps you navigate the often confusing and overwhelming online universe. From helping you set up Facebook, a website, deciding what Point of Sale (POS) system is the right choice, or helping you come up with a strategy for Toronto’s Shop Locally Day on Sat November 30th, 2019. Keep an eye out for a Digital Main Street team rep who will be visiting your shop over the next few weeks to help you get started. You can also contact the Digital Main Street team directly at [email protected]

If you have any questions or concerns about Digital Main Street working in our neighborhood, please do not hesitate to let us know.

The Fall Vintage Crawl is here!

The seasons changing & you still don’t have a Halloween costume – all great reasons to grab some friends and hit up Parkdale for a late night shopping party!

The Parkdale Village BIA is thrilled to be sponsoring the Vintage Crawl yet again, there’s 9 great vintage shops to check out and it all happens Thursday October 24th, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Don’t forget to check out the Vintage Crawl Toronto website, and their Facebook Event Page where they’ve got all the stores mapped out, making it easy for you to plan your route. While you’re here in Parkdale stay in top shopping form and treat yourself to a bite to eat and some cocktails along the way!

Participating Venues from Dufferin to Roncesvalles in Parkdale include:

Public Butter
1290 Queen Street West

House of Vintage
1239 Queen Street West

1380 Queen Street West

Common Sort
1414 Queen Street West

Nouveau Riche Vintage
1424 Queen Street West

Black Diamond Vintage
1614 Queen Street West

Bones & Busk
1616 Queen Street West

Peoples Champ Vintage
1696 Queen Street West

96 Tears
1714 Queen Street West

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.