Spring Festival Photos & a BIG thank you to Parkdale!

What an incredible 6th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market! This years event saw the return of the 10,000sqft food market, an even bigger 10,000sqft Kids zone, a Little Tibet market, Zero Waste Fair and so much more!!!

Thank you to all the volunteers, board & committee members as well as businesses, artists, residents, participants and partners such as Foodora, The Boulevard Club, Toronto Parking Authority, Students for a Free Tibet Canada, Zero Waste Hub Toronto,  & Roncy BIA who helped make this an incredible success.

View more event photos on Facebook here or the Kids Zone portraits here.

Photos: Snapd Bloor West, Becca Gilgan Photography, Worker Bee Supply, Parkdale Village BIA, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

May 12th Spring into Parkdale Festival – Little Tibet Market, Zero Waste Fair, DJ Fluffy Souffle, Tennis & more!

The countdown in ON for our Saturday May 12th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market – We’re bringing back some of last years favorites and launching a few new attractions!

 

Foodora Night Market (4pm-9pm): With the success of last years Foodora Night Market it was clear visitors loved the eclectic tastes of Parkdale Chefs. This years 10,000 sqft food market features more scrumptious food from glorious doughnuts, Filipino BBQ, to Tibetan & Japanese cuisine, patio seating and tunes by DJ Sparkdale! Food can be purchased from individual vendors. *Receive a $10 Foodora Voucher with your purchase (*first time Foodora customers) and don’t forget to fill out a Ballot & win $200 towards your favorite Parkdale Restaurant!. (1325 Queen St W @ Cowan). Tents generously provided by Roncy Rocks.

The Kids Zone: Brought to you by The Boulevard Club,is a 10,000 sqft free outdoor family play area located at Callender Ave featuring free crafts, face painting & so much more! (1624 Queen W):

  • Smash!: Grab a tennis racket and check out The Boulevard Club inflatable ‘Smash Zone’ – how fast can you hit the tennis ball!?   
  • Say Cheese!: Grab a silly prop and let photographer Becca Gilgan snap a photo portrait of your family or crew. All images are free & posted on Facebook after the Festival. 
  • Mobile Skate park: Get those kids on some wheels! Learn to skateboard or scooter at the Evolve mobile skate park, equipment and instructors available on site!
  • DJ Fluffy Soufflé: Unabashed, unapologetic, and loads of fun, Miss Fluffy Soufflé is sure to keep the whole family entertained and on their feet!
  • 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!
  • Chaulk in up! 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 

The Cycling Zone: Visit the Cycling Zone where you can get a free bike tune up and learn more about local cycling advocacy groups and projects. This is a side road closure located next to the Kids Zone (1624 Queen St W @ Callender).

The Community Zone: Brought to you by Adam Helps, is a 5,000 sqft road closure located at Cowan Ave and features local groups and agencies doing incredible work within the Parkdale Community – come & support a cause, spin to win, donate or learn more about getting involved! (1313 Queen St W @ Cowan). 

Music to our Ears: Enjoy a mix of musical genres from Jazz to folk, there’s something for every music lover! Performance schedule coming soon! (Community Zone)

The Zero Waste Fair: Hosted by Zero Waste Hub Toronto features repair, reuse, recyclers, DIY interactive activity stations, workshops, waste/eco educators / activists, and an interactive plastic litter/waste art installation. Vendors will be located around the Parkdale Library, down Cowan Avenue and in Masaryk-Cowan Park. (220 Cowan @ Queen St W)

The Little Tibet Market: Hosted by Students for a Free Tibet Canada, invites you to kick off the celebration with a “Sangsol” opening ceremony and enjoy Tibetan arts & crafts, vendors, music, poetry, a fashion show & more! Performance schedule coming soon! (1447 Queen St. W @ Jameson)

Love Lettering Project: A community art project that asks people to write anonymous love letters to the places they live, then hang these love notes for strangers to find, spreading the Parkdale Love! (1375 Queen St W @ Close Ave)

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. This bigger then ever Flea starts at the Dufferin Amphitheatre and weaves all the way down Noble Street (1266 Queen St W @ Noble).

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)

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!

Tulips Giveaways: Head on over to our Festival info booth at Roncesvalles & Queen St W, grab a Festival Map and free tulips! (1 potted tulip per person, till quantities last) 

Performance Schedule: Enjoy musical performances at 4 Zones!

Thank you Sponsors, Partners, BIA Members & Visitors!
The Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market is brought to you by the Parkdale Village BIA, FoodoraThe Boulevard Club, Adam Helps, Toronto Parking Authority, and is in partnership with Zero Waste Hub Toronto, Students for a Free Tibet Canada and TABIA. Thank you for your support and commitment to Parkdale Village!

Spring Festival Attractions: Comic Books, Roadrunners, Growing Veggies, Drums & Lanterns!

WOW 2.2 weeks to go till our May 7th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – this year we promise to be bigger & more colorful with added family activities & exciting promotions taking place along Queen Street West. We’ll be announcing activities, performers and deals on a weekly basis. We hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support over 100 participating community organizations, artists, musicians & shops.

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MYseum on the Move!:  B.A.N.D and Myseum of Toronto want you to share personal photos, objects and memorabilia that represent what Toronto means to you.

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Parkdale Roadrunners: Parkdales running club wants to make little art with you! Drop by their booth to screen your own award  and tell them  what makes you #1. Snag a photo on the podium with your award and let’s celebrate everyone that makes up the goodness that we call Parkdale!  

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Free Comic Book Day!: May 7th marks the 15th Anniversary of Free Comic Book Day and what better way to celebrate then by checking out West End Comics!

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Spring Art: Join the Skeir Gallery & The Queen West Art Crawl for community chalk painting and fresh lemonade! Plus check out their spring themed art for sale! 

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Making Room Community Arts: Join this radically inclusive, multi-disciplinary arts company as they use blueprint designs to create lanterns that will help them further imagine what to do in Masaryk Park.

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Eat Grow Share: Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow your own vegetables, then join Greenest City and learn how to plant using super efficient growing containers – let’s get growing Parkdale!

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Saboumando: Enjoy this drum and dance collective which celebrates the music, dance and culture of Guinea, West Africa.

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Musical Bike: Hop aboard this Interactive travelling Art Exhibit and drum your heart out!

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Yummy Stuff: Enjoy cupcake & cookie decorating, plus lots of Mother’s Day cupcake specials!

 

 

 

Spring into Parkdale – Call for Volunteers & Team Leaders

Do you Love Parkdale, if so, the Parkdale Village BIA needs your help in lending a friendly hand during our outdoor community event on Saturday May 7th, 2016 – The Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival!

If you’re friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please email Estuardo Ibarra at [email protected] and briefly share your availability, past volunteer work and duties you think you would be suitable for.

Up to 40 Volunteer positions are available for a series of four (4) to six (6) hour shifts, happening between 9:00am & 8:00pm as well as some paid Team Leader positions.

Duties may include:

  • Face Painting
  • Assisting at the Photo Booth
  • Assisting Event Photographer
  • Assisting Performers
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to lift 40 pounds)
  • Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
  • Cotton Candy Operator
  • Craft Workshops
  • Promotional Product Distribution
  • Cleanup crew
  • Survey Outreach

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Volunteers may be required to participate in a training session.

We look forward to working with you!

Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Saturday May 7th, 2016!

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!

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Spring Festival Attractions – 200 Foot Quilt, Tibetan dance, Tread on it & Volunteers Needed!

The countdown has started – only 3.5 weeks to go till our May 7th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – this year we promise to be bigger & more colorful with added family activities & exciting promotions taking place along Queen Street West. To kick things off we’ll be announcing activities, performers and deals on a weekly basis. We hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support over 100 participating community organizations, artists, musicians & shops.

Tread on it & 18blocks: Take part in an interactive t shirt making workshop with artist Jeff Mann by treading patterns on shirts using recycled car parts, tires and paint! Do you have new, unwanted shirts you would like to donate to this activity, then contact 18blocks today and help us reuse & recycle!

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Stitching Our Own Safety Net What does a 200 foot quilt look like? Come check out this art piece made by over 500 individuals and groups which advocates for issues effecting low income Ontarians.

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Tibetan Dance: Enjoy traditional dances and songs performed by the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre Opera Group.

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Creating Together Family Resource Centre – Explore Family services  while your little ones enjoy kids crafts, the sand table and a photo opp with the centre’s adored Frog & Elephant mascot!

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This Little Piggy: Join our west end baby boutique for face painting and an outdoor Pop Up shop featuring gently used items by ‘Little White Sneakers’!

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Volunteers: Interest in volunteering at our Spring Sidewalk Festival, Call for Volunteers – Spring into Parkdale – 2016

Spring Festival Attractions – Art with Linda, The Pan Piper & Parkdale Flea

The countdown has started – only 4 weeks to go till our May 7th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – this year we promise to be bigger & more colorful with added family activities & exciting promotions taking place along Queen Street West. To kick things off we’ll be announcing activities, performers and deals on a weekly basis. We hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support over 100 participating community organizations, artists, musicians & shops.

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Art with Linda: Painting Parkdale – Environmental Art Educator Extraordinaire Linda Naccarato invites children, families and community members of all ages  to add their mark to a sidewalk/street mural mapping our neighbourhood. Using natural, terracotta-based paint, participants will paint their how they see the community, their favorite spots, and dreams for the future of Parkdale!

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Parkdale Flea: 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

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Parkdale Animal Hospital: Baked goods & prizes! Come out to support the Farley Foundation and you could win some wonderful raffle items for you and your furry friend. 1654 Queen St W @ Triller

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The Pan Piper: Parkdales very own Pan Piper Hameed Shaq brings us the sounds of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Stay tuned for weekly updates, official schedules and locations!

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May 7th Spring into Parkdale with us for our annual Sidewalk Festival!

We’re so excited to start sharing details about our 4th annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Sat May 7th! This season we hope to introduce you to new businesses and re-discover some of the old gems; offering special deals, discounts, gift with purchases, come out & support our thriving business community. Step into places you’ve read about and never had a chance to discover like; Old Trunk Antiques & Contrast Living, Love & Greed and Passion for the Past, Glory of India and Himalayan Kitchen, BAND Gallery, West End Comics and Cadillac Lounge, Mata and Mother India, Parkdale Flea and 4 Your Hair Extensions, The Well, PARC and so many more!

Parkdale has so many incredible community organization’s, artists and crafters, and we’re excited to share the stage with them. Stay tuned for exciting local artisans presenting interactive fun for the whole family and weekly attraction and partner announcements. Plus, this year we hope to bring a few side road closures with added community activities – Stay posted via #springintoparkdale on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

We hope your Parkdale family will join ours on May 7!

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Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – Call for Artists & Entertainers

Planning has kicked off for the 4th Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Sat May 7th from 11am-6pm!!!  If you’re a local artist, crafter, performer, musician or busker and want to share your talent with the community, we would love to hear from you. We have a few spots remaining within the ‘FUN’ zones created along Queen Street West for the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival and you may just be the perfect fit.

Please submit the following details by Friday April 1 via email to [email protected]

  • Name of Applicant
  • Name of Band/Artist
  • Describe your act/medium (abstract dance, kids performer, visual art)
  • Short artist bio (140 characters)
  • Contact information: contact name, cell, email, and website
  • Have you recently shared your performance, crafts, art at an event?
  • List any equipment and/or space you would require (table, technical needs, wall for mounting)

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View photos from last years event here.