FREE PARKDALE Art + Design + Food Tours – Part Three!


As we head into the end of 2014 we are proud to announce the third part to our Parkdale Gallery Crawl series. Beginning in September we toured a different section of Queen Street for a fun filled evening, discovering some of the best stores, galleries and restaurants in the area. Celebrating the great art, design and food in the neighbourhood, we have also been able to meet the business owners, artists, chefs and people that make the area so unique. Pictures can be seen here and here and itineraries for the first and second walk can be found here and here.

This month’s walk will focus on the middle section (along Queen from Lansdowne to Sorauren), offering another evening of exciting discoveries. Please join us as we explore some of the stores, galleries, bars and restaurants along Queen Street West that make Parkdale so great. Happening Thursday November 27, from 6-8:00 pm, this will be our final walk of 2014. For a full itinerary and to RSVP click here – Max. 50 participants

Walks are led by renowned art journalist and Art InSite founder Betty Ann Jordan
RSVP via or [email protected]; LATE? Call cell 416-453-3120

If you are a PVBIA business owner and you would like to take part in future walks please contact us and let us know! (416) 536-6918 or [email protected]

West Queen West Study Walking Tour

Beginning in July, City of Toronto planning staff began conducting a study of West Queen West from Bathurst St. to Roncesvalles Ave. The study will look at the heritage character and value of buildings in the area, height of new developments, existing policies, public space improvements, transit issues and parking in the area, understanding and defining the character of the street and developing a vision for future development along the street. The first of two walks is set to take place this Saturday November 8th and will focus on Parkdale. Starting from Dufferin at the Amphitheatre the walk will continue west, ending at Roncesvalles. Community members are encouraged to join the walk to share thoughts and ideas about the neighbourhood. More details can be found here about the walk and the study. WQW Study

FREE PARKDALE Art + Design + Food Tour – Part Two!


Coming up: Our Second of Three, Free Culture Walks Throughout Parkdale!

FREE PARKDALE (QUEEN WEST) Art + Design + Food Tours
Thursday October 23, 6:00 – 8:00PM
Continuing on after our last walk in September where we got an exclusive look at some of hot spots in East Parkdale (along Queen from Dufferin to Cowan Ave.), please click for an itinerary and some pictures of this walk.

This month’s walk will focus on the West end (along Queen from Triller Ave. to Roncesvalles), offering another evening of exciting discoveries.
Please join us as we explore some of the stores, galleries, bars and restaurants along Queen Street West that make Parkdale so great.
Click here for a detailed itinerary – Max. 50 participants

Walks are led by renowned art journalist and Art InSite founder Betty Ann Jordan
RSVP via or [email protected]; LATE? Call cell 416-453-3120

Thurs. November 27, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
RSVP via (Toronto Arts + Culture Group)
or Betty Ann Jordan, 416-979-5704; [email protected]

FREE PARKDALE Art + Design + Food Tours



FREE PARKDALE (QUEEN WEST) Art + Design + Food Tours
Please join us as we discover some of the spots along Queen Street West, that make Parkdale so notable.

Thursday September 25, 6:00 – 8:00PM

Walks are led by renowned art journalist and Art InSite founder Betty Ann Jordan

Click here for a detailed itinerary and to RSVP – Max. 50  participants

RSVP via or [email protected]; LATE? Call cell 416-453-3120

Brought to you by the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA)

NEXT BIA-SPONSORED PARKDALE WALK 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Thurs. October 23, 2014 RSVP via (Toronto Arts + Culture Group) or Betty Ann Jordan, 416-979-5704; [email protected]

Share your Parkdale love and vote for the Best of 2014!

It’s that time of year again, time to have your say in picking the top shopping spots, bars and restaurants throughout the City with NOW Magazine’s Best Of Toronto Reader’s Choice. Parkdale is full of great spots to shop, grab a bite or have drinks with friends and this year’s list of nominees prove that well. Take a few minutes to vote for your favourites and let the rest of Toronto know that Parkdale is the place to be!


Best Dance Club


Best Florist

Coriander Girl

Best Green Store

Common Sort

Best Jewellery Store

Made you Look

Best Unisex Clothing Store

North Standard Trading Post

Best Vintage Furniture Store

Queen West Antique Centre

Best Bar

Cadillac Lounge

Best Beer Selection

The Rhino

Best Breakfast

Easy Restaurant

Best Caribbean Restaurant

Bacchus Roti

Best Cocktail Bar

Zeze Food and Drink

Best Cupcake

Yummy Stuff

Best Donut

Glory Hole Doughnuts

Best Mexican

Grand Electric

Best Mixologist

Esther Kang @ The Yukon


Steve McKeon @ Small Town Food Co

Best Patio

Cadillac Lounge

Best Prix Fixe

Local Kitchen

Best Restaurant

Restaurant Chantecler


Grand Electric

Best Roti

Bacchus Roti


Mother India

Best Taco

Grand Electric

FIXT POINT Celebrates 135th Parkdale Anniversary with Theatre!

What better way to celebrate an Anniversary then with music and theatre!

Parkdale Village has had a long love affair with entertainment, boasting over 6 movie theatres and endless leisurely attractions, the area was a hub for entertainment seeking visitors for over 100 years. In present day, entertainment, music and theatre are still present with the help of numerous small businesses, one such is FIXT POINT Studio’s.

This month, FIXT POINT presents The Keith Richards’s One Woman Show at their 1550 Queen St W studio.
Produced by their sister company Suitcase in Point, the play features Mona who loves The Stones. She can’t get enough of Keith Richards. She’s pretty-well obsessed.

Performed by Deanna Jones, Mona’s ‘trip’ through Keith’s life from boyhood to drug-Parkdale Anniversary Posters - Fixt Point - Jan 2014bust (Toronto 1977) includes run-ins with Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Gram Parsons and a giant tongue. A live rock score, played by Kevin Richardson, invokes the world of the Stones and, in particular, the raw sounds of Keith.

You’re invited to come celebrate Parkdale Village’s 135th Anniversary by supporting theatre and enjoying this rock & roll play on Saturday January 25th @ 7:30pm. Advance tickets ate $15 and $20 at the door, space is limited, cash bar, play running time 60mins, not intended for children. For ticket details click here.

Visit us weekly as we share more Anniversary Celebrations, or click here to learn more about Parkdale’s rich history.

Parkdale Patio Guide

The best part about summer is, arguably, dining al fresco. Whether you’re out for a full meal or a quick pint, nothing beats sitting in the sun on one of Toronto’s many patios. You don’t need to look far to find them – some of the best to be had are in your own backyard.

From Dufferin to Roncesvalles, here is a list of the licensed restaurants within the Parkdale Village BIA that have an outdoor patio:

Rustic Cosmo

Rustic Cosmo Café

Famous for its cow-in-martini-glass logo, Rustic Cosmo has been a Parkdale staple since 1995. Known for its delicious sandwiches, breakfasts and friendly, familiar faces, this little gem of a café has a charming little backyard patio too.


The Parkdale Drink

Asian-inspired cuisine and live DJs create a fun, party-like atmosphere in this resto-martini bar. With an intimate back patio complete with natural stone waterfall, The Parkdale Drink is a contemporary night-time neighbourhood destination.

Cadillac Lounge

Cadillac Lounge

This large backyard patio resembles a funky cottage-country deck and half of it is covered, which is perfect for inclement weather. The Caddy’s menu has undergone a delicious upgrade; try the microgreen house salad or any of their smoked meats. Addictive.

The Rhino

The Rhino

Though technically it’s a side patio, The Rhino’s outdoor seating area is one of two in Parkdale that faces the street. A perfect place for people watching, there’s ample room and more than 20 beers on tap to satisfy anyone’s taste. Plus, their menu is affordable, satisfyingly diverse and includes a section of “something on a stick.”

Grand Electric

Hip tacos and bourbon joint, Grand Electric, is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week (closed between 4-5:30pm). Their backyard patio, cozy with communal picnic tables, is currently pending approval by the City. Check back for more updates over the next few weeks on

OM Restaurant

Om Restaurant

If you’re going to hit up a patio in Parkdale, you might as well take advantage of the resident Tibetan diaspora while you’re at it. Om serves up authentic Tibetan and Indian dishes – including delicious momos – and its large south-facing back patio is tucked away under the canopy of neighbouring trees.

not my dog

Not My Dog

Open from 7pm to close, Not My Dog offers a secluded back patio that’s only accessible through its basement. The Dog’s menu is incredibly affordable and surprisingly Asian-inspired (try the perfectly spicy chicken curry). There’s also live music.

Tibet Kitchen

Tibet Kitchen

One of the two Tibetan restaurants in Parkdale with a patio, Tibet Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner. In addition to Tibetan delicacies, Tibet Kitchen’s menu includes other Asian favourites like spring rolls and great deals on (spicy!) lunch specials too. Vegetarian friendly.



This casual backyard patio is a haven for local hipsters and hippies alike, with live music, a feel-good vibe, affordable pub grub and an infamous fish tank. Go here for a low-key pint with your Parkdale posse.

The Sister

The Sister

Casual pub The Sister (previously known as Mitzi’s Sister) has been a Parkdale favourite for years. Open at 4pm, their patio seats 40 and is the perfect place for a comforting daily special like roast beef dinner on Sundays, $5 Martini Mondays, half-price nachos on Tuesdays, and $12 pitchers of Great Lakes Golden Horseshoe on Thursdays. Plus, kids eat free Wednesdays until 7pm.



Coming soon is local owner/chef Peter Ramsay’s seafood joint Geraldine. This hot-spot will boast the second of only two front street patios along the Parkdale BIA strip and will surely please seafood aficionados looking for a twist!


Food and Liquor

The newest kid on the black, late night snack bar Food and Liquor has taken over the premises of patio favourite Poor John’s Café. Expect quality times from 5pm to close, Thursday to Monday, with a menu developed by chefs from Campagnolo and Victor at Hotel Le Germain.

Amico's Pizza

Amico’s Ristorante

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this August, Amico’s offers reliable classic Italian pizzas (half-price on Wednesdays), pasta and sandwiches in a cozy restaurant with a backyard patio. The atmosphere is casual and family-friendly – plus, from Thursday to Saturday, it’s open until 4am.


Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

Located at the west end of Parkdale’s Queen West strip, Local is an Italian kitchen and wine bar, specializing in house-made pasta and simple, locally-grown foods. Add to that a backyard patio and what’s not to love?

Stay tuned for an extended Parkdale Patio Guide as we reveal more hidden gems, unlicensed courtyards, patios & outdoor spaces!

You’re Invited – to get lost in FullWorth!

If you`ve ever ventured into FullWorth, a local grocery & bargain store at Close Avenue, one of the first things you may notice is the tinted window office that hovers over the cash teller and store, in there lays a Parkdale staple – Kam! Having helped start the family business over 30 years ago in 1980, he`s been working the store ever since and loving it. From luggage to groceries, FullWorth is truly a one stop shop! One of the biggest misconceptions about the store is its size, although it is currently half the original size, new and current customers are still surprised when they venture to the back of the store where fully stocked kitchen, bed and bath departments await. FullWorthAlthough not a resident, Kam is a big part of the Parkdale community, having a few other Parkdale properties under his belt and the store keep him pretty busy, which he doesn’t mind as meeting people is his  passion.

Kam invites you to get lost in the isles, come check out FullWorth on Sunday January 27th for their NO TAX Parkdale Anniversary Sale on all housewares, gifts and clothing!


Go Lounge Celebrates!

What better way to celebrate an Anniversary then with a Party!

This Friday Jan 25th Samantha and Alisa invite you to join them at Go Lounge as they raise a glass to Parkdale Village`s anniversary with drink specials, giveaways, $1.34 Americanos all week long and of course board game fun! If you`re not the board game type at heart, not to worry, the friendly and social atmosphere is just enough to want to sit back and start to wish you were the board game type at heart – it`s never too late!

Go Lounge

Wondering what all the hype is about, read more: blogto, Toronto Life, Well Preserved, The Grid.   

Check out Samantha and Alisa`s neighbours: Eggs Benny please, enjoy some Sicilian food, eco shop, or paint that spare bedroom.              

Photo: Go Lounge, PVBIA

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