Introducing the Clean Streets Program

Thanks to the feedback the Parkdale Village BIA received from the 2017 Member’s Survey, we have been continuously searching for ways to address the top priorities identified by you, our members, with Street Cleaning, Garbage and Litter Reduction as the primary objective.

In August of 2018 we launched the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, which is still ongoing for any interested members, click here for info. To continue our commitment to litter reduction, this month we are funding and launching the Cleaning Streets Program, supported by the City of Toronto, Solid Waste Management Services!

The program will encompass two elements; 1) Harm Reduction which we are still finalising and 2) Street Cleaning which will include 31+ weeks of street cleaning by Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises teams. Look for the team wearing neon green jackets and tackling Queen Street litter & debris on sidewalks!

With this program, the BIA aims to mitigate unsightly street waste, reduce some environmental harm from toxins in our gardens, tree pits and waterways and reduce city and community clean-up costs.

Contact PVBIA if you have any questions, concerns or comments.

Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises (PGTE) is an award-winning gardening social enterprise operated by Working for Change. Working for Change emphasizes the importance of work in the lives of people who have been marginalized due to poverty and mental health issues. It operates social purpose enterprises, leadership and pre-employment training programs, as well as providing community-based research and public education on issues related to poverty and mental health.

Celebrating 140 Years of Parkdale Village with 4 Days of Giveaways!

Help us Celebrate & You Could Win!

The Parkdale Village BIA invites residents, visitors, shop owners and Parkdale lovers to celebrate the 140th 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 25-27th, 2019 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 4 Days of Giveaways Contest!

Parkdale’s 140th Anniversary Contest! We’ve got 4 days of giveaways!! We’re drawing winner (s) daily from January 24th to 27th. Win 1 of a few HUGE prize packs, to enter simply Like, Share or Comment on our Contest post on Instagram or Facebook. Enjoy prizes from Plentea, Sho Izakaya, Isla Filipino BBQ & Bar, Food & Liquor, Rustic Cosmo Cafe, Sylvie and Shimmy, Mythology, Skyline Restaurant, Cicis’ Pizza, The Grand Trunk, Frances Watson, Worker Bee Supply Co, The Imperative, The Public Butter, Rice & Noodle, Made You Look, North Standard Trading Post, Vegendale Brewery, Glory Hole Doughnuts, Easy Restaurant, The Workroom, Three Fates, Shopgirls Gallery Boutique, Studio Brillantine and more! Stay tuned for more details about prizing! One prize pack per person. Ontario residents. Winners drawn by 4pm daily. Contest runs January 24-27, 2019.

140th Anniversary Party at The Grand Trunk on Sat January 26th 9pm. Cake, cheap drinks, fun prizes – let’s celebrate!

Parkdale Anniversary Chef’s Specials @ Islas Filipino BBQ & Bar all weekend long!

“Bowie Lives” at The Cadillac Lounge on Sat January 26th 9pm; Bowie Lives returns to Toronto and The Cadillac Lounge Saturday January 26, 2019. Sam Grosso, owner of the Cadillac Lounge says “By far the coolest and best Bowie Tribute I’ve seen!” Bowie Lives is excited to return to the club after 2 sold out appearances! Reserve Your Seats!

Free skewers at Sho Izakaya from Jan 25-27! When you spend more then $7 on a lunch or dinner meal, you get one beef skewer or pork neck skewer for free, until supplies last.

Parkdale Doughnut & Special Deals at Glory Hole Doughnuts;

  • 10% off website pre-orders for the whole month of January (no code, automatic discount)
  • Jan 19-20: Fried Chicken Doughnut Sandwich (partnered with PG Clucks) $10 tax incl, pre-order only!
  • Jan 26-27: Special Parkdale Anniversary flavour doughnut

Gift with Purchase & Ballot Box Contest at Common People Shop all weekend! More info to come!

Balloon POP with prizes @ Shopgirls Gallery Boutique – with discounts + Yummy treats in store! Come visit them Sat Jan 26th and Sun 27th.

Special Promotions @ Sylvie and Shimmy from Jan 26-27!

HUGE Sale @ North Standard Trading Post Enjoy 20% off EVERYTHING in the shop including sale items this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Outerwear remains at 30% off! Can’t make it in? Shop online with discount code PARKDALE and you’ll receive 20% off your entire order!

Parkdale Jewellery @ Made You Look Jewellery! – Jan 25 – Feb 14, 14k gold necklaces with your favorite Parkdale Street Name; Brock, Jameson, Wilson Park, Milky Way and more!

10% off flash Parkdale Tattoos throughout January at Makara Tattoo Shop.

Art Sale at Elaine Fleck Gallery, from 10% to 50% off. on selected artworks. Start the new year off right with great buys on curated contemporary art!

Winterlicious at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, Fri January 25-Feb 7. Enjoy a prix fixed dinner for $43 at this Parkdale gem. Small, dark & cozy, serving locally grown, Italian inspired fare, served with love. An extensive wine line focuses on wines from Ontario and Italy.

Feel Reggae Seminars at The Boxing Loft Social Club, Sat January 26th 4pm. The Feel Reggae Seminars introduce some of Canada’s most talented reggae artists and give you an opportunity to hear their stories, ask questions and reason about the Canadian reggae scene.

Solo Exhibition at The Margin of Eras on now till Sat January 26th 12pm-7pm. Loading Falasteen — a solo exhibition by Shatha Al-Husseini. Shatha Al-Husseini is a Palestinian artist by way of Jerusalem (her baba) and Gaza (her mama). Now based in Tkaronto, she was born in Saudi Arabia and raised both there and Nova Scotia. Shatha’s interdisciplinary practice is rooted in making art and community spaces that are connective, restorative, and ultimately (hopefully) transformative through collaboration. 

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph at The Assembly Theatre Fri January 25th & Sat January 26th 8pm. Staged by core members of The Assembly Theatre’s resident company, this new production of the timely and tender dark comedy is sure to be one of the most exciting events in the indie theatre scene this winter.
Gruesome Playground Injuries follows Kayleen and Doug over three decades, from their first meeting in a school nurse’s office into an adulthood filled with scars, heartbreaks, and other wounds that never quite heal.

Intro to Brush Lettering Workshop at Paper Plus Cloth on Sunday January 27th 12-2pm. Learn the basics of modern calligraphy in the Intro to Brush Lettering Workshop – taught by Toronto-based calligrapher & designer Alicia Spence, in this 2-hour workshop.

Parkdale Project Read’s Community Craft-a-palooza on Saturday January 26th 1pm-4pm. Happy Crafters and literacy lovers unite for a wintery afternoon of crafty creations. Come join us for a knitting social, or a jewellery-making workshop! We will have different crafting stations as well as craft instructors, so participants can share tips on the craft they love, or learn a brand new one! Register to raise funds for Parkdale Project Read and support the event by emailing [email protected]

More Events added daily!

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

Learn more about Parkdale Village history here!

Floral Hanging Basket Program: Request for Quote

The Parkdale Village BIA seeks a contractor to facilitate Floral Hanging Basket Program at various locations throughout the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area for a six (6) month period, starting May 2019 and ending October 2019.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

All RFQ documents are to be submitted electronically by Friday January 11th, 5:00pm to [email protected]. Please direct all inquiries concerning this RFQ document via email to Anna Bartula at [email protected] or by phone (416) 536-6918.

Download RFQ and related document here:

  1. Floral Hanging Basket Program – RFQ – PVBIA – Jan 2019
  2. Parkdale Village BIA Boundaries Map – 2006

Are you ready to Shop Local!

On November 24th, 2018 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 24 within our amazing Parkdale Village! Shop Local NOW Mag - 2015But that’s not all, don’t let your support of community entrepreneurs start and end on Nov 24, 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

12 Reasons to Give the Gift of Local

5 Canadian Consumer Trends to Shape the Future of Retail

Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

A Sneak Peak at Shop Local Deals & Events this Holiday Season, check back Daily for updates!

Every weekend in November
Who:
Tennessee Tavern
What: Donate a Winter Coat, receive a Cocktail (11am-3pm weekends)

November 6, 13, 20, 27…
Who:
Cafe Embargo
What: Open Mic Tuesdays

November 10-11
Who:
Parkdale Flea
What: 2nd last Parkdale Flea Market

November 12
Who:
Miss Things
What: Toronto Chairman’s Mai Tai Challenge

November 14
Who:
Shameful Tiki Room
What: Hey Girl! Bingo! at The Shameful Tiki Room

till November 18
Who:
The Assembly Theatre
What: Her Inside Life & Kill the Poor by George F. Walker

November 14
Who:
Parkdale Centre for Innovation
What: Design in Technology Workshop Series

November 18
Who:
Paper Plus Cloth
What: Paper Plus Cloth 1st Year Anniversary

November 21
Who:
Toronto Designers Market
What: Black Friday Holiday Shopping Event ($50 discount on first purchase over $100, deals, discounts, contesting)

November 21
Who:
Chartreuse Style
What: Black Friday Holiday Shopping Event

November 21
Who:
Jinks Art Factory
What: Black Friday Holiday Shopping Event (open late & discounts on hot beverages)

November 21
Who:
Yummy Stuff Bakery
What: Black Friday Holiday Shopping Event (open late, cinnamon rolls, apple cider & sampling)

November 21
Who:
Hideaway Antiques
What: Black Friday Holiday Shopping Event (open late)

November 21
Who:
Craig’s Cookies
What: Black Friday Holiday Shopping Event (open late)

November 21
Who:
Parkdale Centre for Innovation
WhatBusiness Operations Workshop Series

November 22
Who:
Northern Contemporary Gallery
What: Swash & Serif 5 – typography and lettering exhibition

November 23
Who:
North Standard Trading Post
What: Black Friday Sale

November 24
Who:
Cadillac Lounge
What: Fall Surf Classic

Nov 25-Dec 2
Who:
Our Lady of Lebanon
What: Bazaar

Dec 2
Who:
The Tennessee Tavern
What: Pierogi Eating Contest

December 6

Who: Klaxon Howl, Tambourine, 96 Tears, People’s Champ, Black Diamond, Common Sort, Toronto Design Market, Three Fates, Frances Watson, Hulapopper, Public Butter, House of Vintage.
What: Parkdale Holiday Bazaar

December 9-10
Who:
Common People Shop
What: Holiday Market

December 8-9
Who:
Parkdale Flea
What: A Holiday Market

December 15-16
Who:
Crown Flora Studio
What: Holiday Market

December 15
Who:
Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church
What: Holiday Concert

December 31
Who:
Stones New Years Eve
What: Stones New Years Eve

December 31
Who:
Cadillac Lounge
What: NYE The Royal Crowns, Jittery Jack & Amy Griffin

You’re invited: Annual General Meeting – Mon Oct 15

Members of the PVBIA (Commercial/Industrial Property or Business Owner) you are invited to attend the BIA Annual General Meeting on Monday October 15th, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Parkdale Centre for Innovation, 1464 Queen Street West, Toronto (formerly Scotiabank at Lansdowne Ave).

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

Do you want to make a difference in your Business Improvement Area (BIA)? As a Commercial/Industrial Property or Business Owner, you are eligible to serve on our BIA Board of Management. Nominations, voting and elections will take place at the AGM. If you wish to serve, contact our office today for more details @ 416 536 6918 or [email protected]

Click here for more details & Agenda!

Bargain Hunting in Parkdale: Tips & Tricks

Everyone loves a good deal and getting a bang for their buck. But it’s a tricky task with over-priced grocery stores and specialty clothing boutiques popping up left, right and centre in Toronto.

That’s why we’ve curated a collection of Parkdale stores along with bargain hunting tips so you can find affordable groceries, everyday essentials and restaurants without cashing in your entire pay cheque.

CLOTHING
Shop for all things fashion from shoes, accessories, clothing and outerwear at these value driven stores. Go ahead and shop to your hearts content!

Common Sort (1414 Queen St. W.)
Bring in clean, fashionable and excellent condition items to be priced and get 50% of that value as in store credit or as 25% in cash. They even offer free styling services when you fill out your fashion preferences here!
The Salvation Army Thrift Store (1447 Queen St. W.)
Great for clothing and inexpensive children’s books and toys. Donate items in-store for a $10 off your purchase coupon and there’s no HST on clothing and household items!
Top Brands for Less (1470 Queen St. W.)
Find new, brand name clothing, bags and shoes at deep discounted prices.

TIPS
• Don’t shop on Saturday or Sunday. Everyone is out shopping and the inventory will be over-picked. Shop the middle of the week for the best finds!
• Sign up for email alerts or follow social media to receive exclusive deals, sale notifications and coupons.

GROCERIES & EVERYDAY BASICS
Groceries are an expense we can’t avoid completely but luckily it’s one we can control. Get cleaning supplies, this week’s groceries, and household goods for a fraction of box store prices.

Budget One Stop (1281 Queen St. W.)
Dollarama (1337 Queen St. W.)
Fullworth (1371 Queen St. W.)

TIPS
• Try asking for a rain check. If a sale item is out of stock, you will be entitled its sale price when it’s back in stock.
• Don’t pay for convenience; avoid individually packaged, cut or peeled foods. Instead, cut fruits or package cookies once you get home.
• Check expiry dates. Grocery stores rotate stock by pushing forward older merch. Grab from the back of fridges and shelves to bring home the freshest items.

FRUIT & VEGGIES
Get the freshest in-season fruits and veggies from Parkdale supermarkets most of which are at great bundle prices!

Queen Fresh Market (1384 Queen St. W.)
Queen Supermarket Indian & Canadian Groceries (1429-31-33 Queen St. W.)
Super Land Market (1400 Queen St. W.)

TIPS
• Know which produce is in season. Shop and plan meals around seasonal produce, to avoid paying higher prices for imported goods.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH
Start your day off right or get your lunch time fix at these delicious Parkdale eateries.

Glory of India (1407 Queen St. W.)
$7 Lunch Special from 11am-2pm
Grand Electric (1330 Queen St. W.)
$4.45 Individual Tacos
Gyro Bar! Souvlaki Kitchen (1647 Queen St. W.)
Gyros & Souvlaki Pita Wraps under $6.95
Pork Souvlaki Sticks for $2.95 each
Om Restaurant (1439 Queen St. W.)
Lunch Special Tuesday-Friday from 11am-1pm only $6 for students and $8 for adults
Pete’s Corner Grill (1582 Queen St. W.)
Breakfast Sandwiches under $5.49
The Mezz (1546 Queen St. W.)
$4 Taco Tuesday, $10 1lb Wings Wednesday

DINNER
Tired of eating home cooked meals? Try one of these restaurants that won’t break the bank!

Amico’s Pizza (1648 1/2 Queen St. W.)
Kids eat Free, ½ Price Pizza Wednesday
Loga’s Corner Momo Takeout (216 Close Ave. Suite A-C)
$7 Beef, Chicken or Veggie Momos
Subway Restaurant (1395 Queen St. W.)
Sub of the Day $4.39
Superpoint Express (269 Dunn Ave.)
Jumbo Slice + Pint Deal $8.99
Tennessee Tavern (1554 Queen St. W.)
$5.95 Sunday AYCE Pierogis after 6pm

TIPS
• Skip purchasing beverages with your food. Replace pop, coffee & tea with non-bottled water to save $2-$3 per person!
• Dine-in on Monday or Tuesday. These days are usually the slowest for restaurants, so take advantage of any specials.

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Photo Credits:
@commonsort, @grandelectricrestaurants, @daiko1564, @allons.y, @tennesseetavern, @subway

Sources:
12 Hacks To Save Serious Money on Groceries
Save Money on Restaurants

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Introducing The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

Thanks to the feedback the Parkdale Village BIA received from the 2017 Member’s Survey, we have been continuously searching for ways to address the top priorities identified by you, our members, with Street Cleaning, Garbage and Litter Reduction as the primary objective.

Despite being one of the smallest types of litter, did you know that cigarette butts and cigar tips are the top item collected during local clean-ups? Or that roughly 24,660 cigarettes are littered in Toronto every 15 minutes?

To help combat this issue within our own Parkdale Village community, we are delighted to bring back our Cigarette Litter Prevention Program!

With this program, the BIA aims to mitigate unsightly street waste, reduce the environmental harm from cigarette toxins in our gardens, tree pits and waterways and reduce city and community clean-up costs.

In order to achieve our goals, we require a joint effort from you and the community! Here are a couple of ways YOU can help:

1. Install Cigarette Litter Receptacles (Free)
The PVBIA is currently seeking 15 properties interested in having a cigarette litter receptacle installed onto their storefront façade. Emptying the sleek, stainless steel receptacles does not require touching the ash or cigarette butts.  If you are interested in having one installed onto your storefront, at no cost, please contact the BIA. 

2. Offer Pocket Ashtrays to Your Clientele (Free)
The PVBIA has over 1,000 pocket ashtrays ready to distribute throughout the community. Contact us if you’d like free pocket ashtrays to hand out at your business, property and/or upcoming event. They are free after all!

3. Encourage Proper Disposal
Kindly remind your clientele to dispose of cigarette butts in designated receptacles located on City of Toronto Garbage bins.

Please consider helping us and the local community by supporting the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. That way we can curb cigarette litter, one butt at a time!

Contact PVBIA if you have any questions, concerns or comments.

 

Explore Some of Parkdale’s International Cuisines

Home to an assortment of restaurants serving multicultural fare, let your taste buds travel the world and experience a snippet of some of the tastiest international cuisines, right here in Parkdale Village!

Begin your journey with all the tastes Asia has to offer from Chinese, Korean, and Japanese to Filipino, Indian, Tibetan and Middle Eastern dishes. Then, get your tropical on with Polynesian, Mexican and Caribbean eats or be whisked away to Europe at Parkdale’s French, Italian, Greek and Eastern European restaurants! Finally, journey on home for some good ol’ classic comfort food.

Jump to:
CaribbeanChineseClassic ComfortEastern European, Filipino, French,
GreekIndian, JapaneseKoreanMexicanMiddle Eastern, PolynesianTibetan.

CHINESE

Food & Liquor (Inspired) (1610 Queen St. W.)
Rice & Noodle (1508 Queen St. W.)

KOREAN

A+ Sushi & Bibim (1345 Queen St. W.)
Food & Liquor (Inspired) (1610 Queen St. W.)

JAPANESE

Guu Izakaya (1314 Queen St. W.)
Sho Izakaya (1406 Queen St. W.)

FILIPINO

Islas Filipino BBQ and Bar (1690 Queen St. W.)

INDIAN

Daiko (1564 Queen St. W.)
Glory of India Roti Cuisine (1407 Queen St. W.)
Mother India (1456 Queen St. W.)

TIBETAN

Daiko (1564 Queen St. W.)
Garleek Kitchen (1500 Queen St. W.)
Little Tibet (1449A Queen St. W.)
Loga’s Corner Momo Takeout (216 Close Ave., Suite A-C)
Norling Tibetan & Hakka Cuisine (1512 Queen St. W.)
Om Restaurant (1439 Queen St. W.)
Potala Kitchen (1422 Queen St. W.)
Shangrila Tibetan & Asian Cuisine (1600 Queen St. W.)
Tashi Delek Café (233 Jameson Ave., Unit 3)
Tibet Kitchen (1544 Queen St. W.)
Tsampa Tibetan Restaurant (1528 Queen St. W.)

MIDDLE EASTERN

Alexandria Falafel (1233 Queen St. W.)
Ali Baba’s (1430 Queen St. W.)

POLYNESIAN

Miss Things (Inspired) (1279 Queen St. W.)
Shameful Tiki Room (Inspired) (1378 Queen St. W.)

MEXICAN

Burrito Boyz (1736 Queen St. W.)
Grand Electric (1330 Queen St. W.)

CARRIBEAN

A & N Canadian & West Indian Take Out (1427 Queen St. W.)
Ali’s Roti West Indian Food (1446 Queen St. W.)
Bacchus Roti Shop (1376 Queen St. W.)

FRENCH

Chantecler Restaurant (1320 Queen St. W.)
The Tempered Room (1374 Queen St. W.)

ITALIAN

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (Inspired) (1710 Queen St. W.)
Amico’s Pizza (Inspired) (1648 1/2 Queen St. W.)
CiCi’s Pizza (1618 Queen St. W.)
Superpoint Express (269 Dunn Ave.)

GREEK

Gyro Bar! Souvlaki Kitchen (1647 Queen St. W.)
Souvlaki Kalamaki (1405 Queen St. W.)

EASTERN EUROPEAN

Tennessee Tavern (Inspired) (1554 Queen St. W.)

CLASSIC COMFORT

Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen St. W.)
Easy Restaurant (1645 Queen St. W.)
Kitson & Co Sandwiches (1205 Queen St. W., Unit 4)
Mythology Diner (1265 Queen St. W.)
Pete’s Corner Grill (1582 Queen St. W.)
Ravi Soups (1533 Queen St. W.)
Skyline Restaurant (1426 Queen St. W.)

For all other hunger cravings, explore the Parkdale Village BIA Community Directory for sweets, ice-cream, baked goods and vegan fare the area has to offer!

Photo credits: @foodandliquorto,@guuizakayato, @shoizakaya, @islastoronto, @glory_of_india, @hangry_foodies, @garleekkitchen, @littletibettoronto, @mjeatstoronto, @blogto, @lhasakitchenofficial, @shangrilatibetancuisine, @tibetkitchen.ca, @missthingshawaiian, @shamefultikito, @burrito_boyz, @grandelectricrestaurants, @tastesbyjade, @chanteclerto, @amicospizzato, @localkitchenandwinebartoronto, @to_finest, @souvlakikalamaki, @tennesseetavern, @jesseatsthings, @cadillacloungetoronto, @cicisparkdale, @kitsonandcoto, @jrcoleto, @sanmiguelcanada, @cheeky.wanderer, @narcitycanada

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Where to Stay When Visiting Parkdale

It comes as no surprise that tourists; new and returning, foreign and local are eager to explore and dive into our amazing neighbourhood, Parkdale Village in the City of Toronto!

Travellers like yourself have a plethora of options and destinations when choosing the best way to immerse into the area’s arts and culture, experiencing the foodie and nightlife scene and joining the hustle and bustle that is Parkdale, making the decision quite an easy one really. Whereas deciding where to stay for a good night’s sleep is a whole other story.

To experience the village from a locals perspective, there are numerous accommodations available from quaint Bed & Breakfasts, to eclectic Airbnbs and vibrant hotels. Read on for our tried and true spots and new favourites.

AIRBNB

In Parkdale Village and the surrounding neighbourhoods, there are over 100 Airbnb locations to make your stay and experience memorable! Find your perfect home away from home, or perhaps a hidden gem. Here is a collection of our personal favourites:

1. The Muse; a stylish & hip artist apartment in a Victorian home steps away from transit and trendy Queen St. W. Has a lush green backyard and fully equipped kitchen. Sleeps 4. Book me.

2. Whimsical and vibrant hideaway apartment perfect for a city escape. Loads of natural sunlight from the skylights and a fully equipped kitchen. Sleeps 10. Book me.

3. Chic designer style suite in a Victorian home. Unique 3D flooring and wall highlights with cable TV and high-speed Wifi. Sleeps 2. Book me.

4. Vibrant, fun and eclectic grand old home. Has an indoor fireplace and large backyard deck. Sleeps 9. Book me.

5. Stylish designer home featured in style at home and design magazines. Has one parking spot and private wooden patio. Sleeps 6. Book me.

6. Modern and spacious open concept home. A short walk to the trendiest shops, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops Parkdale has to offer! Sleeps 12+. Book me

7. Artistic and character-filled open concept loft. Its 1100 sq. ft. is decorated with vintage 1960s appliances and has a projector movie theatre screening room. Sleeps 6. Book me.

8. Green Mansion; a bright and spacious private room in a 3-story home. Has an indoor fireplace and house plants throughout. Sleeps 2. Book me.

HOSTEL

The Parkdale Hostellerie

Spirited travellers can find a place to call home at the Parkdale Hostellerie. As a place connecting people and the neighbourhood, the hostel’s 6 modern lifestyle rooms each have their own personalized design and warm communal living space for cooking and mingling. Just 100 metres away is Queen St. W. and some of Parkdale’s finest eateries and vintage shops! (83 Elm Grove Avenue)

Book your next stay here!

BED & BREAKFAST

Parkdale is home to our favourite West End Bed & Breakfasts, a delightful vacation alternative to Toronto hotel chains and modern Airbnbs. Spend a night or two in a beautifully restored historical Victorian mansion and experience Parkdale’s nightlife, vintage shops, cafes and more!

The Elliott House B&B

Built in the 1900’s is The Elliott House, a large Victorian home that has retained much of its original features and furnishings. For over 15 years, the husband and wife team, Jeff and Pauline Cross, have run the Bed & Breakfast alongside their two friendly cats, Minnie and Mama.

The Elliott House is praised by guests on their plentiful and delicious breakfast, warm and welcoming hospitality and proximity to Toronto attractions. Relax in the evening on their backyard porch overlooking the garden, take a stroll on the beach only 6 minutes away or an 8-minute walk to Parkdale’s eclectic antique shops around Triller Avenue. It can’t get better than this! (157 Dowling Avenue)

Start your perfect Toronto vacation here.

IndexG B&B

The IndexG B&B, is a family operated Bed & Breakfast located on the 2nd floor of a newly renovated art gallery space, hosting guests in an urban and contemporary living space. Built in the 1900’s, the property is without any noted architectural significance, but its interior is finely decorated with a selection of original gallery artwork.

This 4 guest room B&B, serves a complimentary continental breakfast in an open, inspirational environment where you can mingle with other guests and is a 10-min walk to Parkdale’s Tibetan restaurant scene. (50 Gladstone Avenue)

Click here to book now! 

Roncesvalles Village B&B

Roncesvalles Village Bed & Breakfast is a cozy, and fully equipped apartment situated in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood and in walking distance of High Park, Lake Ontario, cafes and a 15-min walk to Parkdale’s Glory Hole Doughnuts! Relax in the evenings on their beautifully furnished terrace overlooking a candle lit flower garden and start-up the gas BBQ!

Hosts, Al and Alice, are praised for their scrumptious and filling breakfasts as well as spotlessly clean and comfortable accommodations. (272 Macdonell Avenue)

Like what you hear? Book now.

HOTELS

Don’t feel like Airbnb-ing it? Go the conventional route, and stay at a hotel here in Toronto’s West End. Each offers a unique experience and vibe, different from what you’ll find in the downtown core, all right here in Parkdale’s vicinity.

Gladstone Hotel

The historic Gladstone Hotel built in 1889, is Toronto’s oldest continuously operating hotel, with 37 uniquely designed rooms each by a different local artist. During your stay, don’t miss out on local art exhibitions at Northern Contemporary Gallery, Gallery 1313, Elaine Fleck Gallery, General Hardware Contemporary Gallery & Margin of Eras Gallery. (1214 Queen St. W.)

Earning the reputation as the city’s artsiest place to stay, check out:

    • Room 305 Teen Queen. A homage to young girls we were, feared, and wished we were.
    • Room 403 Surreal Gourmet. A retro food lover’s dream, with a Swiss cheese canopy and marshmallow pillows.

Be pulled into an arts and culture adventure here!

The Drake Hotel

Opening its doors in 2004 after extensive re-hauling, The Drake Hotel is Toronto’s rock and roll hotel and a few quick steps away from over 17 Parkdale Patios!.

Guest rooms range in size and share similar industrial designs that incorporate charcoal hardwood flooring, metals, jewel tones and rich fabrics. Each room is decked out with original artwork, an artisanal mini bar, fluffy robes and bag of popcorn to curve late night hunger! (1150 Queen St. W.)

Experience it all here.

Hotel X

Hotel X, is the place to stay if you are looking for a modern and all-inclusive luxurious stay here in Toronto’s West-End. Boasting amenities such as a 250-seat cinema, 4 indoor tennis courts, dedicated Pilates, spinning and yoga rooms and free transport to Union Station and Billy Bishop Airport, plus more!

Not to mention, Hotel X is pet-friendly, has 9ft. floor to ceiling windows in each room for spectacular views of the Toronto skyline or Lake Ontario and is host to the city’s only 3-level Rooftop SkyBar! (111 Princes’ Boulevard)

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Faces of Parkdale Art Installation Here!

Strolling down Parkdale’s Jameson Avenue, it’s clear the tree planters have seen better days.

An art installation on the planters, once a reflection of the community’s pride, is now faded. More than 500 images showcasing residents, iconic landmarks and everyday scenes in the community are cracked or even missing.

But an upgrade is in the works.

Local Parkdale mural artist Jim Bravo, who participated in the initial project called Jameson Ave Impressions, has been working tirelessly to give the eight year old art installation a new lease on life after receiving an overwhelming amount of positive community push for a revamp.

“I’ve been campaigning to get it reinstalled because we got some new people living in the neighbourhood now,” Bravo said.

“I got a lot of queries from people who want to be a part of this one.”

The outdoor photo exhibit was installed in 2009 with the help of Bravo and photographer Kate Young. It consisted of more than 500 black and white photographs installed on the perimeter of the 72 tree planters that stretched along Jameson from Queen Street West to Springhurst Avenue.

Bravo told CTV News Toronto for this version of the installation all the images that will appear on the planters will be printed on aluminium and then installed on the planters to ensure its longevity.

“I plan to include people who make up the community or keep the community going in a positive way. The focus is definitely the main hub which is south Parkdale, which is where the more marginalized communities exist,” Bravo said.

“It could be Parkdale legends, a person, a restaurant, a bus stop, a laneway or a house. The idea is to keep it authentic in the face of change.”

As an homage to the initial installation Bravo told CTV News Toronto he also plans to include some of the original images on a couple of “dedication planters” to honour some of the people the community has lost over the years.

The project continues to be funded by the City of Toronto’s Beautiful Streets Program, but it’s also getting some moral support from the local Business Improvement Area team. Executive director Anna Bartula, who is familiar with Bravo’s work in the community, helped him spread the word about the community’s beloved planter art getting a makeover.

“It’s such a unique project and it’s such a relevant project to the community right now, especially for Jameson. It will be filled with images of people that live in the neighbourhood. It just offers such a deeper significance,” Bartula explained to CTV News Toronto.

“We have a lot of voices in community, I think what this project does is it gives people a face. It reminds people that these are the faces of our community. It’s what’s beautiful about this project. People get the chance to see themselves and see their neighbours.”

Although the art installation doesn’t have a theme, said Bravo, the essence of the original installation will remain.

“The whole thing was put together initially to celebrate how people usually land in a place like Parkdale, where there’s usually low rent so they can get started,” Bravo explained.

Bravo added that the images will focus on what he calls “hardcore Parkdale,” without excluding the new wave of residents that have come to call the neighbourhood home.

“We’re getting right to the heart of the community. We’re not focusing on the new gentrified aspect of it. We’re going into the rough zones because that’s still Parkdale,” Bravo said.

Original Article by Hilary Caton, CTV News Toronto
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 6:13PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:50PM EST