Spring into Parkdale Festival – Cheese, Exploration, Sistema, Horses & Rock!

There’s so much to do at our 2nd Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale & Festival on Saturday April 26th 10am-6pm!

To continue our weekly countdown we’re delighted to share a sneak peak at some additional attractions and hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support all that Parkdale Village has to offer. As you stroll the strip, be sure to stop by Triller Avenue, Sorauren Avenue, Cowan Avenue & Dufferin Street for free attractions.

Say Cheese: Need some professional photos of the little ones, then head over to This Little Piggy for their Photo Day! Book a time to say cheese at [email protected] and visit them at 1594 Queen St W @ Sorauren.

Feminine Chic: Step into your dream closet at Women’s Boutique Sylvie and Shimmy and let them dazzle you away with an additional 30% off sale items at 1640 Queen St W @ Wilson Park Rd.

Rock: Come Rock out to the Jolly Roger Band and Mr. Bitter Sweet at the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC), enjoy snacks, meet community members and learn about poverty & mental health at 1499 Queen St W @ Sorauren.

Sistema: Be dazzled by the sounds of Parkdale Public School’s Children’s choir through Sistema Toronto who provide free music lessons to children, learn about their Symphony Gala Concert and be inspired by song and drums at Queen St W & Dufferin.

Exploration: Did you know Scouts have been a part of Parkdale for over 100 years, learn about the world around you through camping and outdoor adventure with Scouts Canada & enjoy some popcorn at Queen St & Cowan.

Funtastic: Need a new look, let “Shy Shy the Clown” paint your face at Queen St W & Sorauren.

Red: Meet the horses, fire trucks, men & women of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Toronto Fire Services at Cowan and Sorauren.

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Check out last weeks announced activities by clicking here & here. Stay tuned for more details as we continue to announce over 50 wonderful partners, entertainers and businesses who can’t wait to see you Spring into Parkdale! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram #springintoparkdale

Explore all the shops Celebrating 135 Years of Parkdale Village

Tonight marks the kick off of Parkdale Village’s 135th Anniversary Weekend with a local celebration at Porzia Parkdale Restaurant which coincidently opened its doors to locals just 1 year ago this weekend!

Festivities run at over 17 venues throughout the weekend as local shop owners celebrate in their own unique way. It might be chilli, so grab your favourite coffee to go, explore some shops, admire the Victorian architecture & share your Parkdale memories with neighbours and friends.

Participating shops include:

1. Rustic Cosmo Café (1278 Queen W) – Small coffee & cookie $1.35;Jan 25-26
2. Porzia Parkdale (1314 Queen W) – Kick off locals night & snacks; Jan 23 8pm
3. The Well of Alternative Medicine (1344 Queen W) – Free 15 min massage & puppy therapy; Jan 25-26
4. JR’s Natural Health & Bulk (1382 Queen W) – Complimentary tea; Jan 25-26
5. Fixt Point – (1550 Queen W) – 1/2 off for members to the Keith Richards One Woman Show & After party; Jan 25 7:30pm
6. Kitten & the Bear (1574 Queen W) – Scone Sandwich & Tea to-go $5;Jan 25-26
7. Sylvie & Shimmy (1640 Queen W) – Extra 30% off sale merchandise; Jan 25-26
8. Yummy Stuff (1660 Queen W) – Parkdale Anniversary Cookies; Jan 25-26
9. Chartreuse Style (1692 Queen W) – 15-50% off select merchandise; Jan 23-26
10. Fullworth (1371 Queen W) – No tax on housewares, gifts & clothing; Jan 25-26
11. Cambie Design (1535 Queen W) – Win $100 Gift Card in Store; Jan 23-26
12. PARC (1499 Queen W) – Free viral video workshop; Jan 25 1-4pm
13. Boutique Café (1542 Queen W) – 50% off Warm Fleece Leggings; Jan 25-26

and more…

Residents and visitors will also be encouraged to learn more about the community by visiting our History page and Facebook page, where historical photos and stories will be shared throughout the month.
Visit us online for daily announcements and share your memories of this wonderful neighbourhood!

Happy 135th Anniversary Parkdale Village! Click here for photos!

Join Parkdale Village for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Parkdale Village BIA is delighted to be supporting the 2013 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival! Join us in exploring a collaborative effort between the Parkdale Village BIA and Parkdale Collegiate Institute.

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Students were given the opportunity to interpret through photography the theme “Field of Vision”, and what it represents within their Parkdale Village community. Join us for the Festivals opening night reception, Saturday May 4th 6-9pm andexplore over 30 student artists in 9 venues within Parkdale Village.

For more details about participating venues & supporters, visit;

Go Lounge, My Roll Life, Chartreuse Style, West End Comics, PARC, Boutique Cafe, Ground Level Cafe, Common Sort, West End Food Coop, Gallery 1313, Mark Christopher Gallery, The Baitshop and curator Jonathan Groeneweg

The exhibit runs May 1-31, 2013

Celebrate Parkdale Village with a Reading at PARC!

If you’ve ever walked through, near or around the Queen St. W. and Sorauren Avenue intersection then you’ve certainly walked passed PARC, however, like many visitors and even residents you may not have realised that there lies an organization that is the heart of Parkdale.

The idea of PARC (a social service agency) was born in 1977 when a group of volunteers observed the large number of adults living in Parkdale rooming houses and boarding homes. Many were survivors of the psychiatric system, had little money, few family contacts and no real place to go and connect with peers. Throughout its 30+ year history, PARC members have been making their presence known to the community in positive and creative ways such as a street-side flea market in the late seventies (photo below). Other arts + craft groups to come out of PARC include Bitch ‘n Stitch, a candid harm reduction group from the 80’s and the modern-day Knitting Group, responsible for various ‘yarn bombings’ seen on traffic poles around the neighbourhood.

A recent edition to PARC’s programming is the BOOK WITH US, reading and discussion series, with next week’s guest author Andrew J. Borkowski, Winner of the 2012 Toronto Book Award, as he shares his collection of short stories from “Coppernicus Avenue” on Monday January 21st, 2013 at 7pm.

PARC Book with US

Set primarily in the neighbourhood of fictional Copernicus Avenue, Andrew Borkowski’s debut collection of short stories is a daring, modern take on life in Toronto’s Polish community in the years following World War II. Featuring a cast of young and old, artists and soldiers, visionaries and madmen, the forgotten and the unforgettable, Copernicus Avenue captures, with bold and striking prose, the spirit of a people who have travelled to a new land, not to escape old grudges and atrocities, but to conquer them.

To learn more about PARC, visit them here.

Get to know PARC’s Neighbours: grab some breakfast, cater your next party or order more cowbell!

Photo: PARC