July Newsletter: Pan Am, Annual General Meeting & Events

70e8f3fc-3a71-4f34-848b-f8df9c969243Our July Newsletter is out and covers items such as:

  • Pan Am torch visited Parkdale Village on July 9
  • The Parkdale Village BIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on Thursday October  8, save the date!
  • Reminder the summer series of Good Food Markets takes place every Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Masaryk Park, just south of Queen St. W on Cowan Ave. If you are a BIA member contact us today to learn how you can participate in the market for free!
  • Join us at our monthly Board Meeting which generally take place the first Monday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at the PVBIA office, if you would like to attend please contact the Executive Director to confirm schedule.
  • Unfortunately, due to permitting issues and summer staff transitions the scheduled July 18 Sidewalk Sale has been cancelled. For more information about Parkdale Village BIA events click here. If you have questions, comments, ideas or suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact our office (416) 536-6918 or via email 
  • Welcome back from parental leave Executive Director Anna Bartula and thank you Project Manager Andrea Switzer for all your hard work over the past year
  • The Facebook Small Business Boost Bus Tour was in Parkdale. Stay tuned for next month’s BIA Facebook contest, you could be one of five lucky shop owners to win a $100 gift card to boost your Facebook advertising!
  • The City of Toronto is developing a new 10-year plan for growing, connecting and renewing Toronto’s cycling network. Lend your support and tell the City what you think
  • Welcome new Members: Miss Thing’s, Mojo’s Cycle & Ravi Soups

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Spring Into Parkdale Festival – Cupcakes, Balloons, Bikes & Surprises!

With just over 1 week to go, we just can’t keep up with all the wonderful activities and promotions taking place during our 2nd Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale & Festival on Saturday April 26th 10am-6pm!

To continue our weekly countdown we’re announcing even more attractions!  We hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support over 50 participating partners & shops. As you stroll the strip, be sure to stop by Triller Avenue, Sorauren Avenue, Cowan Avenue & Dufferin Street for free attractions.

Get Well: Get ready for a HUGE Inventory Sale at The Well of Alternative Medicine with over 40% off goods @ 1344 Queen St W @ Brock!

Pan Am: Meet the Pan Am Mascot Pachi @ Cowan Ave & Dufferin St and learn about the Pan Am/Parapan Am Game coming to Parkdale in 2015!

Cupcakes2Go: Check out a special promotion with Yummy Stuff Bakery & Car2Go, visit them at Triller Ave for details on free cupcakes, plus decorate your own!!!

Surprises: Visit Ze Ze Food & Drink for lots of
delicious surprises and deals @ 1704 Queen St W @ Roncesvalles.

Balloons: Join Parkdale High Park MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri DiNovo at Cowan Ave and stock up on balloons!

Bikes: Bike on over to Sorauren Ave and meet the team behind Cycle Toronto, learn about Cycling and Safety in Toronto! Spring into Parkdale Attractions 5 - 2014

Click below for more info on activities & entertainment:

Birthday, Sliders, Drums, Chalk & Alumni!

Cheese, Exploration, Sistema, Horses & Rock!

Pride, Treasure, Superman & Eagles!

Art Market, Spa Deals, Portraits & Tours!

Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale & Festival - 2014

Parkdale’s International Flair Makes for a Welcoming Tourist Destination

In two years, Toronto will host the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. Held every four years, the world’s third largest international, multi-sport games will attract an influx of tourists, athletes and spectators to municipalities from Oshawa to Welland, giving Toronto—and Parkdale—the chance to demonstrate its hosting ability as a welcoming, world-class destination.

Nearby Exhibition Place will play home to Toronto Pan Am Park, the largest of the Games’ seven venue clusters. With events such as volleyball, rugby, gymnastics, weightlifting and triathlon, it will also be the starting and finishing lines for road cycling. Exact numbers of expected visitors vary, but for reference, the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, drew over 450,000 visitors, spending upwards of US $210 million. It’s clear that the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games offers an incredible opportunity for Parkdale businesses to generate revenue through tourist spend.

Recently, celebrated Toronto Star food writer Corey Mintz showcased Parkdale as a featured destination in Porter Airlines’ re:porter magazine. This exciting five-page spread highlighted Parkdale’s desirability and covered local businesses Porzia, Capital Espresso, Chantecler, Electric Mud BBQ, The Future of Frances Watson, Studio Brillantine, Hideaway Antiques, General Hardware Contemporary and The Workroom. Read the full article here > 

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re:porter Words: Corey Mintz Photography: Dan Ehrenworth

In The Not-So-Wild West, Mintz credits Parkdale’s diverse community of artists and immigrants for what he calls a robust revival—but we know has been here all along. This dynamic neighbourhood’s international flair and inclusive atmosphere makes it the perfect destination for tourism. 

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re:porter Words: Corey Mintz Photography: Dan Ehrenworth

Comprised of 41 countries in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean, the Pan/Parapan Am Games will create a varied group of travellers, each seeking new—and familiar—experiences. Southern Caribbean and Guyanese visitors can sample a bite of home at one of Parkdale’s many roti shops, such as Roti Lady, or explore new tastes at Om Tibetan Restaurant. Grand Electric provides Mexican fusion, and there are numerous affordable options for American tourists looking for a quick slice of pizza, or perhaps a more Canadian icy treat to cool them down from The Boreal Gelato Company

Beyond cuisine, the uniqueness of Parkdale Village BIA’s businesses provide both residents and visitors alike with a variety of shopping possibilities that would satisfy any fashionista or bargain hunter. From bustling antique markets like Passion for the Past, specialized boutiques, such as Sylvie and Shimmy, to contemporary art galleries like Shawn Skeir, this diverse community offers something for everyone.

And when the Games end and the sun sets, any one of Parkdale’s bustling bars, such as The Parkdale Drink or The Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, would make the perfect place to sip a cocktail and chat the night away with new friends!

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re:porter Words: Corey Mintz Photography: Dan Ehrenworth

Parkdale has clearly undergone a renaissance, rediscovering its roots as a vibrant neighbourhood that delights and welcomes visitors. The presence of a large immigrant community and an influx of artists and young professionals have helped create the distinct personality that will entice tourists and enhance business for years to come.