The Parkdale Village BIA invites residents, visitors, shop owners and Parkdale lovers to celebrate the 139th Year Anniversary of Parkdale Village. Although January 1st marks the date that Parkdale became a village, the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will be celebrating the rich history of Parkdale Village from January 26-28th, 2018 by inviting residents and visitors to take a stroll down memory lane, explore the many businesses who will be celebrating in their own ways, and enter to Win in our Contest!
Parkdale’s 139th Anniversary Contest!We’ve got 9 days of giveaways!!We’re drawing 1 winner daily from January 20th to 28th.Win 1 of 9 prize packs, to enter simply Like, Share or Commenton our Contest post on Instagram or Facebook. Enjoy gifts from The Public Butter, Rustic Cosmo Cafe, Isla Filipino BBQ & Bar, The Workroom, Frances Watson, 3 Fates, Kitten & the Bear, OM restaurant, CiCi’s Pizza, Common People Shop, Daiko Indian Kitchen, Easy Restaurant, The Imperative, Grocery Coffee, Plentea Tea Shop, West End Comics, Dead Dog Records, Studio Brillantine, Tibet Hair & Beauty Salon, Home Hardware & Ana Maria Hair Salon, Capital Espresso, Skyline Restaurant, The Grand Trunk and The Old Trunk Antique Shop! Prize pack values range from $80 – $548, one prize pack per person. Ontario residents. Winners drawn 4:00pm daily. Contest runs January 18-28, 2018.
“My Home Parkdale” show at The Grand Trunk BaronFriday January 26; showcasing a community Photography show titled “My Home Parkdale”, with images donated by residents and proceeds going towardsPARC.
Paint Nite at The Parkdale Drink on Friday January 26th 7:15pm;Come join Paint Nite Toronto’s very first Artist owned – Artist run Licensee as we get creative in the heart of the city. Drink. Paint. Connect. Looking for something novel to do with friends to create new memories and share a few laughs over a cocktail or two? Our professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from a blank canvas to a final unique masterpiece in about two hours.
Drag Queen Story Time at Parkdale Library; Saturday January 27th 10:30am; Celebrate Family Literacy Month, parents and children are invited to join us for a half hour of stories and songs with a fabulous drag queen, Miss Theo Rose, from the East Toronto Drag Queen Story Hour and learn about diversity in gender and gender expression.
Free Sewing Classes at Parkdale Library on Saturday January 27 for 7 weeks; for Women in the Parkdale area. Childcare provided, registrationrequired. Learn to use a sewing machine, basic sewing skills which include machine skills, zippers, hand sewing, patterns, etc.
Reggae for Life at The Boxing Loft Social Clubon Saturday January 27th 10pm; a $10 entrance fee with a donation of a scarf, gloves, a toque or socks going towards local shelters in need.
Quilt Sunday at The Workroomon Sunday January 28th 1pm; Join us for the first Quilt Sunday of 2018! Our monthly event is the perfect opportunity to work on your current crafty project or baste a quilt with a lovely group of creative people.
Residents and visitors will also be encouraged to learn more about the community by visiting the Parkdale Village BIA and Facebook page, where historical photos and stories will be shared throughout the month. #proudlyparkdale
Happy New Year Parkdale Village BIA Members! At the beginning of each year our BIA distributes new Parkdale BIA Membership Package – 2018to Members with physical properties within the BIA. This year, based on feedback from the Members Survey we’re happy to share a more detailed Package which highlights 2018 Event Opportunities, Services & Resources as well as a new section within the Package called Emergency & Community Safety Contacts.
We thank the many community agencies and resources that helped us compile this Community Safety document, which we encourage you review with your staff and volunteers.
You’ll also find in the package a Summary of the Members Survey results and an updated Snapshot of the area, listing shopper and business statistics.
We hope you’ll find these resources helpful and we look forward to helping you navigate services and resources. If you have not received your package by January 24th, please contact us.
So it’s just over two weeks till New Years and you still have gift buying, charity supporting and party planning left to do! Don’t sweat it, as you know November 25th, 2017, kicked off shopping local nationwide across Canada and within hundreds of communities like Parkdale. That means that local shops still have fabulous deals on and that you still time to explore new shops and pick out unique finds that give back to your community. So we ask you Parkdale, to continue celebrate Shopping Local with us and take a sneak peak below for some of the fun taking place in Parkdale Village!.
In August the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) began it’s first step towards Strategic Planning by surveying property and/or commercial business’/ community organization’s who fell within the BIA boundary (as defined by the City of Toronto).
Our team was overwhelmed with the amount of wonderful feedback and the quantity of completed survey results exceeded our expectations – thank you!!!
The feedback will be used toward defining our priorities and identifying where we can add the most value on behalf of members. The BIA currently funds, manages and helps facilitate dozens of Streetscape, Marketing, Events & Advocacy initiatives within Parkdale Village along Queen Street West and can now ensure that we are focusing on initiatives that represent members interests.
The above snapshot will be circulated to members in the coming month, please feel free to reach out to our office with any further inquiries and thank you for helping guide our community into a new chapter!
On November 25th, 2017, Canadians nationwide are being encouraged to Shop Locally within their Neighbourhoods, to make a local purchase and take advantage of exclusive event deals offered by the businesses in their areas. The weekend celebrates small businesses and reminds Canadians how local shopping makes a difference in all our lives. So we ask you Parkdale, help us celebrate and choose to #Shoplocal or #ShopTOWest on Nov 25 within our amazing Parkdale Village! But that’s not all, don’t let your support of community entrepreneurs start and end on Nov 25, we hope you’ll shop and re-explore your community throughout December.
Stay tuned for dozens of deals, promotions and local stories we’ll be sharing or take a look at the Sneak Peak below!. Share your own local recommendations and favorites to shopping local by using hashtag #parkdale #shopTOWest & #shoplocal
The deadline for the survey is Wednesday, October 18th. For further information contact Joanna Kimont via e-mail [email protected] or her office at 416-392-7919.
The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this study, ask questions, and share your comments.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Avenue
In 2013 City of Toronto Planning staff completed a study of restaurants and related uses along Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue and the impact that these were having on other commercial uses along Queen Street West as well as on the surrounding residential uses north and south of the street.
Upon completion of the Study, City Council passed By-laws 1049-2013 and 1050-2013 placing certain restrictions on restaurants such as limiting their size and location within a building. Additionally, these By-laws placed a maximum on the number of restaurants permitted to be located in Areas A-D (as found on the map on the opposite side of this page) limiting the concentration of restaurants to no more than 25% of the properties within each of these areas.
City Council directed City staff to evaluate the impact of this concentration provision and to report back to City Council before the end of 2017. The purpose of this Community Consultation meeting is to present some preliminary findings related to this concentration provision and to obtain feedback from the Community.
To help complete the required analysis, the City retained the services of consultation firm Three Sixty Collective who will present their preliminary findings and will be available to respond to questions.
To speak to the planner directly, contact Joanna Kimont at (416) 392-7216 or [email protected]. You may also mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.
As a member of the Parkdale Village BIA (Business Improvement Area), you are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting:
Tuesday October 10th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
(Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.)
St John’s Polish National Catholic Cathedral, 186 Cowan Ave (basement hall)
View the results from our Phase 1 Strategic Planning Survey, enjoy snacks, meet other business owners, Board Members, staff, City officials & learn about BIA Programs and initiatives.
The purpose of this meeting is to decide on the BIA’s program and budget for 2018 (see over). This program is paid for by a special levy charged to BIA members. As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved. If you wish to obtain a copy of the complete proposed budget or audited financial statement, please contact the BIA.
Proof of BIA membership will be required. Please bring photo ID and either a business card, utility bill showing business/tenant name and address, or your City of Toronto property tax bill.
No person in attendance shall have more than one vote
Only members of the BIA are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. In City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 19, Business Improvement Members are defined as “all persons who own rateable property in a business property class and all persons who are non-residential tenants of rateable property in a business property class in a business improvement area.”
A “person” is defined by Chapter 19 to include “a corporation and the heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representatives of a person to whom the context can apply according to law.”
Please note: In accordance with changes to City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 19, Business Improvement Areas, designates are no longer eligible to vote on behalf of BIA members at annual general meetings.
The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) is undergoing Strategic Planning in 2017/ 2018 and we want to hear from YOU!
If your property and/or commercial business/ community organization falls within the BIA boundary (as defined by the City of Toronto) then you could help provide direction for the next 5 years!!
Please take 15 minutes to help us determine our priorities, the 19 question survey can be completed online, or if you wish to complete the survey in person please call or email us to schedule an appointment. (Only 1 Survey per Member, even if you own numerous Properties)
The BIA currently funds, manages and helps facilitate dozens of Streetscape, Marketing, Events & Advocacy initiatives within Parkdale Village along Queen Street West and is seeking additional guidance from members to ensure that we are focusing on initiatives that represent members interests.
The general functions of a traditional BIA are to:
To oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally-owned land, buildings and structures in the area beyond that provided at the expense of the municipality generally
To promote the area as a business or shopping area
To maintain business improvement area-initiated streetscaping and capital assets within the business improvement area
To offer graffiti and poster removal services respecting building facades visible from the street, to all member property owners who provide written consent, upon approval of the program by the general membership of the business improvement area
To undertake safety and security initiatives within the business improvement area
To undertake strategic planning necessary to address business improvement area issues
To advocate on behalf of the interests of the business improvement area
To support economic development
To provide services to members as needed
We value feedback toward defining our priorities and identifying where we can add the most value on behalf of members. Members responses will be used to inform the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area’s Strategic Plan. Members may also receive another survey in 2018 requesting further feedback on priorities and initiatives developed from responses.
Over the next couple of weeks someone from our office may also visit your property to help answer any questions you may have or to complete the survey in person.
Please feel free to reach out to our office with any further inquiries and thank you for helping guide our community into a new chapter!
The team at Shangrila Restaurant making momos. (Left to right) Namjam, Lodoe, Nawang, and Dorjee. Momo making is a communal activity. One person shapes the dough into flat discs while the rest pleat and shape the momos into the two crescents and rounds. Photo by Tsering Dorjee
A few years ago the Village Voice, that arbiter of New York cool, ran a piece titled, “Is the Momo Ready to Go Mainstream?” where the writer declared, “The era of the momo is very much upon us.” While that may be the case in the Big Apple, thanks to a proliferation of Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants in Jackson Heights (Queens), have momos become mainstream here in Raccoon City? A true Parkdalian knows what momos are. But does the rest of Toronto?
Momos are dumplings with meat or vegetable fillings and served steamed or fried.
Loga, owner of Loga’s Corner at Close Avenue and Queen Street West. Photo by Tsering Dorjee
“I think it’s becoming more popular,” says Loga, the eponymous proprietor of Loga’s Corner in Parkdale. As Instagram account parkdalelife has put it: “Prince, Madonna, Cher, Loga. Legends don’t need last names.” Loga is unaware of his social media fan following, thanks to Instagram and the combined star power of Matty Matheson and Eddie Huang. I show him an Instagram video clip of a Huang’s World episode in which Loga’s Corner is profiled. Laughing heartily, he says he isn’t on Instagram but that he remembers Eddie Huang coming to film the episode. We talk about momos, the neighbourhood’s diversity, the growing Tibetan community, and cowboy movies. Like many older Tibetan men, Loga loves Westerns. I always figured it must be the horses and cowboy boots. His favourite movie is Ringo and His Golden Pistol, a 1966 spaghetti western also known as Johnny Oro. Loga immigrated to Canada in 2012 from India, and with his entire family chipping in, built a beloved Parkdale institution in two years. The conversation circles back to momos.
“I put kale in the veggie momos. Injis (white people) really love kale,” he says. I detect a hint of incredulity.
Photo by Tsering Dorjee
In the last two decades, more than 8,000 Tibetans moved to Toronto, making it the largest Tibetan community in Canada. Of those, a majority settled in Parkdale, which didn’t have a substantial Tibetan population prior to the 90s. When Tibetans began arriving in large numbers to Parkdale, they brought momos with them. In Tibet momos are filled with yak meat. In the diaspora, we substitute beef, chicken, or vegetables.
This Sunday, curious Torontonians and seasoned momo aficionados alike can judge for themselves which momo rules Parkdale as the third annual momo crawl returns to Little Tibet. A $20 passport buys you 10 momos from 11 Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants lining Queen Street West from Sorauren to Dunn avenues.
The ingredients in momo fillings vary from restaurant to restaurant. Ground beef and onion are standard. Photo by Tsering Dorjee
Momos have come to represent Tibetan cuisine, at least in the diaspora. Tibetan activist and writer Jamyang Norbu writes about the origins of momos in an informative blog post, which materialized as a response to an email from a Tibetan restauranteur in Jackson Heights, a self-proclaimed warrior in a “food battle” against another claiming that momos originated in Nepal. While it isn’t clear how momos became the unofficial cultural ambassadors for Tibet and Tibetan food in exile, Norbu writes that despite “the adversity of diaspora life,” Tibetans managed to “spread this culinary boon all over a (presumably) grateful Nepal and India.” In urban hubs of India and Nepal momo joints are as ubiquitous as Tim Hortons. Ask any Tibetan or Nepali person and they will confirm the status of momos as the ultimate Himalayan comfort food.
Momo crawl organizer, Students for a Free Tibet Canada, is a non-profit organization. Based out of Parkdale, home to the largest Tibetan diaspora in Canada, they campaign for Tibet through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. SFT Canada’s modest office in Parkdale has become a hub of activity for young Tibetans in the neighbourhood. On any given day, the office is buzzing with activity. Fuelled by a passion for Tibet and by momos, high school and university students plan events, fundraisers, protests, and discuss strategies to address and challenge China’s occupation of Tibet.
“We provide training to empower the next generation of leaders, both within the Tibetan freedom movement and in the worldwide movement for social justice,” says Sonam Chokey, national director of SFT Canada. For many young Tibetans, it is a stepping stone, a place where they find their footing and their voice. For the young activists of SFT Canada, momo crawl is important for many reasons, SFT intern Dechen explains. “It’s a chance to raise funds for campaigns, to promote Tibetan restaurants, to celebrate Tibetan food, and to have fun.”
“Food is such a big part of our cultural identity,” Dechen says. “When I think of momos, I have fond memories of my childhood, making and eating momos with family.”
“There are emotional connections when you’re sitting together with family and friends and making momos or sharing a plate together,” Sonam adds. “There’s a sense of belonging that’s hard to describe.”
At Kasthamandap Nepalese Cuisine, which opened last month, owner Tsering Dolma tells me one of her earliest memories is that of helping her aunt sell momos at a street-side stall in Boudha, a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Kathmandu teeming with devotees and tourists. Tsering immigrated to Canada in 2010. I ask her about Parkdale. “It’s great here,” she says, “It’s like being in Boudha.”
Lhasa Kitchen owner-operators Dorjee and Khado Jampa. Photo by Tsering Dorjee
At Lhasa Kitchen, husband and wife team Dorjee and Khado Jampa run the show. They both came to Canada in 2011 to reunite with family members who were accepted as refugees here. Their daughter, Tenzin Namsel, was born at St. Joseph’s hospital in Toronto, just a stone’s throw from their restaurant. A photograph on the wall speaks of their exile and new home: a photoshopped picture showing the Potala Palace, historic home of the Dalai Lama until he fled to India in 1959 for asylum, and an upside down image of the Toronto skyline juxtaposed on top. “It’s hard to describe,” he says hesitatingly when asked about the photo. “The Potala is so sacred for Tibetans, and so is our new home here in Toronto.”
This Sunday, Torontonians will get a chance to taste the subtle differences between momos from 11 Parkdale restaurants, each unique in its own right. Colorful photos and paintings of people and places of Nepal adorn the walls of Daiko and Kasthamandap.
All Tibetan restaurants vary in menu and decor but all have two constants: a portrait of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan National Flag.
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.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
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.
Benjamin Hoff, Urban Strategies
Clara Stewart-Robertson, Jane-Finch Community Centre
Claire-Helen Heese-Boutin, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust
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-depth look into Community Benefits Agreements as a tool for advancing equitable neighbourhood change.
Rosemarie Powell, Toronto Community Benefit Network
Mariam Paul, East Scarborough Storefront
Michelle Francis, Community Action Planning Group – York West