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:

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.

Parkdale Village BIA wins Community Engagement Award from TABIA


Parkdale Villager

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) is the recipient of the Community Engagement Award from the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA).

The award ceremony, which took place last month, gave the Parkdale Village BIA the award for its participation as a member of the steering committee in the Parkdale Planning Study, conducted by the Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED) Planning project. The study aims to protect Parkdale’s diversity, inclusivity and affordability through a neighbourhood plan.

The BIA was one of several organizations involved in the 18-month neighbourhood-wide planning initiative to create the plan, which is funded by Metcalf Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Echo Foundation, and Catharine Donnelly Foundation.

“It was wonderful to be acknowledged by TABIA,” said Anna Bartula, the executive director of the Parkdale Village BIA.

“But I think at the end of the day, we’re grateful that the award ceremony has given us an even bigger opportunity to highlight the Parkdale Planning Study and give it a bit more of a platform … when this project came to light, the board realized a very important document could come out of this and to not contribute wouldn’t have made sense at all.”

Members at TABIA have noticed the effort and overall engagement the BIA has helped garner through the planning study and were impressed they were able to not only help create this study, but to begin to take action on some the findings that were discovered, including helping to fund and co-ordinate the creation of the Parkdale solidarity mural at Queen Street West and Callendar Street.

“Plans often get done and collect dust, but what was impressive was they were able to implement the findings (in the planning study) right away, and it’s these little wins that make a difference in a community,” said John Kiru, the executive director of TABIA.

“One of the things we advocate for is the local business community to engage and be involved in the local community. After all, in retail, especially in the BIA world, the community is what sustains them. Engaging the local community, that’s the foundation for local economic well-being as a community as a whole.”

The Parkdale BIA often “works in the shadows”, said Bartula, when it comes to community engagement, and that’s how it’s always been. It often works as the liaison point between people who wish to partner or collaborate with a community organization or with Parkdale in general in some way.

“We’re a significant part of the community so anything we can do to help promote the planning study and keep it moving forward and keep people talking about it is important. The award is just a bonus,” said Bartula.

You’re Invited to Parkdale Villages 138th Anniversary Celebration – Jan 26!

The Parkdale Village BIA invites residents, visitors, shop owners and Parkdale lovers to celebrate the 138th 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 26-29th, 2017 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 admire the Victorian architecture within Parkdale Village. The four day celebration kicks off with an evening Reception on Thursday January 26th, 2017, 8pm at Cadillac Lounge 1296 Queen Street West(To RSVP or for Media requests email [email protected])

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.
Visit us online for daily announcements and Anniversary specials from your favorite shops and share your own photos of Parkdale by using the hashtag #proudlyparkdale

With the recent West Queen West Heritage Study on everyone’s mind, this is a great occasion to reminisce about the past and share our hopes for the future! Learn more about Parkdale Village history here!


Parkdale Cycling Study Released

Study: Cyclists and Pedestrians Make Up the Majority of Shoppers in Toronto’s Parkdale Neighbourhood

A new study of the Parkdale area of Queen Street West (“Bike Lanes On-Street Parking and Business_ A Study of Queen Street West in Torontos Parkdale Neighbourhood) highlights the economic importance of cyclists and pedestrians to the area, despite the tendency of local merchants to overestimate the prevalence of those arriving by car.

In the fall of 2015, 698 visitors and 60 merchants were surveyed along the section of Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. The surveys explored methods of travel, perceived methods of travel and the spending habits of visitors, among other information.

Key findings of the survey show surprising differences between visitors’ habits and merchants’ perceptions:

  • 72% of visitors to the Study Area usually arrive by active transportation (by bicycle or walking). Only 4% report that driving is their usual mode of transportation.
    • However, almost half of the merchants surveyed estimated that more than 25% of their customers drove, and one in five merchants estimated that over half their clientele drove
  • Visitors who reported using active transportation to visit the Study Area visited more often and spent more money per month than those who usually drove or relied on public transit.
  • Visitors to the Study Area were much more likely to prefer a bike lane or widened sidewalks over no change to the streetscape, even if this resulted in the loss of on-street parking.

“These findings are a reminder of the importance that street design has on shopping behaviour and the positive impact the local customer base has on their local economy when they shop in their community.” said Anna Bartula Executive Director of the Parkdale Village BIA “It’s a win-win for businesses and communities when streets are designed for the accessibility, comfort and safety of all users—cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers.”

The Parkdale study was developed and administered by volunteers of Cycle Toronto’s Ward 14 Advocacy Group, in cooperation with the Toronto Centre for Active Treansportation and the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA). A seven-member working group provided direction and research support, including analysis and report writing.

This study was modeled on earlier studies of the Annex, Bloor West Village and Danforth Avenue conducted by TCAT, which revealed similar results about the economic importance of cyclists and pedestrians in downtown Toronto.[1] The methodology of the Parkdale study mirrors those of the previous studies, corroborating this body of research and contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between shopping behaviour and modes of transportation.

Read the full report here.

About Cycle Toronto: Cycle Toronto is a member-supported organization that advocates for a healthy, safe, cycling-friendly city for all. Volunteers in the Ward Advocacy program, currently active in 26 of Toronto’s 44 municipal wards, organize outreach activities in their respective wards. For more information see

For more info contact: Maxine Chan, Cycle Toronto Ward 14, [email protected]

Skip the Big Box Stores & Shop Local!


You can expect a busy shopping day Friday, Nov. 25, otherwise known as Black Friday, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one. Parkdale Village BIA executive director Anna Bartula said Black Friday is the kick off holiday shopping season for many people, a day filled with retail deals, and one that is also full of line-ups, parking headaches and jostling in shops.

“My survival tip is to shop within your local community, because that’s where you’re going to find no line-ups and you’re not going to get that overwhelming bustle of a shopping centre where you are fighting for parking, lining up to eat, trying to find a bathroom, waiting in line to get into large shops,” she said.

That sentiment is echoed by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, which encourages shoppers to visit their local market. When Black Friday retail deals arrived in Canada a few years ago, it was the Canadian retailers’ response to the deals shoppers were increasingly finding online and south of the border as a way to re-capture those shoppers. Now, it has fully blown into a Canadian shopping day.

Toronto’s BIAs launched their Shop Local campaign a few years ago on Black Friday weekend, trying to capture those same shoppers with their own deals.

For some retailers, particularly the larger chain stores, the day has even surpassed Boxing Day, Bartula said. That’s even evident at Metroland Media Toronto, which last year delivered 20 million flyers the week of Black Friday, while delivering 15.6 million flyers leading up to Boxing Day. Black Friday flyer deliver had surpassed Boxing Day some years before.

While Black Friday may have surpassed Boxing Day, Bartula said the two days offer different opportunities for shoppers. “Boxing Day is the day I go out and get a mattress,” she said. “On Black Friday or Shop Local weekend, it’s gift-giving, that’s certainly on the majority of people’s minds.”

Black Friday began in the United States as the shopping day after Thanksgiving, much like Canada’s Boxing Day, according to Schulich School of Business marketing professor Detlev Zwick. Thanksgiving is often a bigger holiday than Christmas in the U.S. because it is a four-day holiday and Boxing Day is not a statutory holiday like it is in Canada. “Black Friday has become a globalized phenomenon,” he said. “For example, I was watching Russian television and they have ads for Black Friday there. There is no Thanksgiving in Russia.”

Each year, more and more countries embrace Black Friday and the ease of shopping online has fuelled the shopping event even further.

While one may think a sale event like Black Friday would increase the number of dollars spent on holiday gifts as people prepare for December, that’s not necessarily the case, Zwick added. Essentially, having such a large event means holiday shopping dollars is concentrated on one day rather than spread out over a longer period of time. Many shoppers set finite holiday shopping budgets, meaning the amount of money spent on Black Friday merchandise will determine how much retailers spend throughout December leading up to Christmas.

– Read full story here as published by Inside Toronto and Shop Local in Parkdale Village!