The Digital Main Street Team is here again!

Since 2016, the Parkdale Village BIA has been a partner of the City of Toronto & TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) for the Digital Main Street project. The project has offered numerous services to Parkdale BIA businesses since launching, most recently in 2018 with helping businesses upload 360 interior photos of their stores on Google Maps & Streetview – for free!.

We’re excited to share that the Digital Main Street team will be working with the Parkdale BIA once again, for a duration of four weeks, starting on November 4th, 2019. Free to Parkdale BIA members, the Digital Main Street team helps you navigate the often confusing and overwhelming online universe. From helping you set up Facebook, a website, deciding what Point of Sale (POS) system is the right choice, or helping you come up with a strategy for Toronto’s Shop Locally Day on Sat November 30th, 2019. Keep an eye out for a Digital Main Street team rep who will be visiting your shop over the next few weeks to help you get started. You can also contact the Digital Main Street team directly at [email protected]

If you have any questions or concerns about Digital Main Street working in our neighborhood, please do not hesitate to let us know.

www.digitalmainstreet.ca

Support Local Weekend is Coming Up Nov 30th!

Shop Local NOW Mag - 2015

On November 30th, 2019 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 30 within our amazing Parkdale Village! But that’s not all, don’t let your support of community entrepreneurs start and end on Nov 30, we hope you’ll shop and re-explore your community throughout December. And don’t forget, supporting local doesn’t always mean shopping, why not visit a new place, make a donation or enjoy an evening show!.

Stay tuned for dozens of deals, promotions and local events we’ll be sharing or take a look at the Sneak Peak below!. Share your own local recommendations and favorites 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!

The 1605 Night Market – Nov 23, 2019
Happy Snowman Paint n Sip @ TO Lounge – Nov 26, 2019

Officially Unofficial Fan Art Show Opening Night @ Norther Contemporary Gallery – Nov 28th, 2019

Quique Escamilla Live @ Today / Tonight – Fri Nov 29, 2019
The Come Up Market Winter Edition @ 1605 Queen St. W – Sat Nov 30th
Seniors Community Engagement Program @ Parkdale Intercultural Association – Sat Nov 30th, 2019
Beatles VS Stones @ Stones Place – Fri Nov 28th, 2019
He Lives In You – Farewell To The Lion Concert @ Bonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church – Dec 14, 2019
Handmade Holiday Fare @ Northern Contemporary Gallery – Dec 15, 2019
Market Place @ Parkdale Center for Innovation – Dec 7, 2019

The Fall Vintage Crawl is here!

The seasons changing & you still don’t have a Halloween costume – all great reasons to grab some friends and hit up Parkdale for a late night shopping party!

The Parkdale Village BIA is thrilled to be sponsoring the Vintage Crawl yet again, there’s 9 great vintage shops to check out and it all happens Thursday October 24th, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Don’t forget to check out the Vintage Crawl Toronto website, and their Facebook Event Page where they’ve got all the stores mapped out, making it easy for you to plan your route. While you’re here in Parkdale stay in top shopping form and treat yourself to a bite to eat and some cocktails along the way!

Participating Venues from Dufferin to Roncesvalles in Parkdale include:

Public Butter
1290 Queen Street West

House of Vintage
1239 Queen Street West

Armed
1380 Queen Street West

Common Sort
1414 Queen Street West

Nouveau Riche Vintage
1424 Queen Street West

Black Diamond Vintage
1614 Queen Street West

Bones & Busk
1616 Queen Street West

Peoples Champ Vintage
1696 Queen Street West

96 Tears
1714 Queen Street West

Parkdale Village 2020! – We need your feedback

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) would like to thank everyone who inquired and attended our recent Annual General Meeting on October 9th, 2019.  Unfortunately the meeting was not attended by as many members as we would have liked and in an effort to service our membership better we ask that you take a quick 1 min survey to help us better prepare for next years AGM.

SURVEY
(if you wish to complete the survey in person, please make arrangements via our office)

A reminder that the purpose of this meeting was to approve the BIA’s budget and general program for 2020.
Although the Board continues to build off of the incredible 2017 Members Survey Results, of which were used to define priorities for our 2018-2025 Workplan, we still need your continued feedback, support & participation.  

If you still wish to obtain a copy of the complete AGM proposed budget and audited financial statement, please contact the BIA and we will drop off or mail you a copy of the package.

A few key highlights from our 2020 Budget & Programming;

  1. Lowering the Levy
  2. Relocating Spring Festival funds towards Streetscape initiatives such as; Street Cleaning + Maintenance, Community Safety + Crime Prevention  
  3. Relocating Administrative & Staffing costs towards Streetscape initiatives 
  4. Supporting more local events & festivals within the area throughout the year
  5.  Increasing our contribution to Capital Reserve funds, in anticipation of the Parkdale HUB Development

The BIA currently funds, manages and helps facilitate dozens of Streetscape, Marketing, Events & Advocacy initiatives within Parkdale Village along Queen Street West and continues to seek additional guidance from members to ensure that we are focusing on initiatives that represent members interests.

The general functions of a traditional BIA are to:

  • To oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally-owned land, buildings and structures in the area beyond that provided at the expense of the municipality generally
  • To promote the area as a business or shopping area
  • To maintain business improvement area-initiated streetscaping and capital assets within the business improvement area
  • To offer graffiti and poster removal services respecting building facades visible from the street, to all member property owners who provide written consent, upon approval of the program by the general membership of the business improvement area
  • To undertake safety and security initiatives within the business improvement area
  • To undertake strategic planning necessary to address business improvement area issues
  • To advocate on behalf of the interests of the business improvement area
  • To support economic development
  • To provide services to members as needed

Thank you and let’s make 2020 in Parkdale Village the best yet!

Annual General Meeting – Wed Oct 9, 2019

As a member of the BIA, you are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting: Wednesday October 9th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.) Parkdale Centre for Innovation, 1464 Queen Street West, Toronto (Queen St. West & Lansdowne Ave)

Agenda

1. Call to Order, Introductions and Opening Remarks

2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

3. Approval of 2018 Annual General Meeting Minutes

4. Auditor’s 2018 Report

5. Appointment of Auditor for 2019

6. Report from Ward 4 City Councillor Gord Perks

7. Sub-Committee Reports

8. Proposed Program and Budget for 2020 (see over)

9. New Business 

The purpose of this meeting is to approve the BIA’s budget and general program for 2020. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved. If you wish to obtain a copy of the complete proposed budget and audited financial statement, please contact the BIA. Please forward a copy of this notice to your non-residential tenants. For more info contact Anna Bartula, BIA Executive Director 416-536-6918 [email protected]

Proof of BIA membership will be required. Please bring photo ID and either a business card, utility bill showing business/tenant name and address, or your City of Toronto property tax bill. Only members of the BIA, and legal representatives of BIA members (proof required), are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, states that Business Improvement Area Members are defined as “all persons who own rateable property in a business property class and all persons who are non-residential tenants of rateable property in a business property class in a business improvement area.” A “person” is defined by Chapter 19 to include “a corporation and the heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representatives of a person to whom the context can apply according to the law.” No person in attendance shall have more than one vote. Please note: As per the amended City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 19, adopted by City Council at its meeting on July 4-7, 2017, designates are no longer eligible to vote on behalf of BIA members at annual general meetings. Therefore, a designate form has not been included in your AGM notice package.

Momo Crawl 2019 is coming – are you ready!

Momo Crawl TO 2019 is coming back to Little Tibet, Parkdale and it’s bigger and better than ever!

This July 28th in Little Tibet (Parkdale), Students for a Free Tibet Canada is ecstatic to host you Toronto foodies on a steamy savoury crawl for the top Momos.


What’s a Momo you ask? Momos are delicious Tibetan (and Himalayan) dumplings (meat or veg) mixed with a balanced blend of herbs and spices, hand-wrapped in dough and steamed to perfection.

Buy a Momo passport for Little Tibet for $25, and open your gates to Little Tibet. You may think the passport is just a document that authorizes travel or authenticates the bearers’ identity, but it grants you a GRAND total of 10 Momos from a variety of different Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants in Parkdale.

Participating Restaurants:
Daiko
Garleek
Himalayan Kitchen
Little Tibet
Loga’s Momo Corner
Norling
Om Restaurant
Shangrila Restaurant
Songtsen Gampo Cafe *NEW*
Tashi Delek Cafe
Tiny Cafe *NEW*

Momo Crawl TO is presented by the Parkdale Village BIA alongside many other generous sponsors.

#MomoCrawlTO #LittleTibet #SFTCanada

For any questions or concerns contact us at: [email protected]
Visit our facebook page to learn more about what we do: https://www.facebook.com/sftcanada

Parkdale’s May 11 Spring Festival is coming!

The countdown in ON for our Saturday May 11th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market – We’re bringing back some of last years favorites!

Night Market (4pm-9pm): With the success of last years 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! (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. (1624 Queen W) Some attractions include:

  • Smash!: Grab a tennis racket and check out The Boulevard Club inflatable ‘Smash Zone’ – how fast can you hit the tennis ball!?   
  • Roar: Come meet T-Rex the 7 foot dinosaur!
  • Magic Gym Bus: Enjoy this 40 foot gymnastics & dance obstacle course!
  • Say Cheese!: Grab a silly prop and get 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!

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. (Close Ave and Queen St West).

The Community Zone: 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, donate or learn more about getting involved! (1313 Queen St W @ Cowan).  

The Zero Waste Fair: Hosted by Zero Waste Hub Toronto features repair, reuse and recycler vendors. (Dufferin Amphitheatre @ 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 at 11:00am. Enjoy Tibetan arts & crafts, vendors, music, poetry, a fashion show & more! Performance schedule coming soon! (1447 Queen St. W @ Jameson)Parkdale Flea Market: Browse this special Spring Festival edition of the Parkdale Flea Market at their NEW location, bringing together some of the best and most unique products from Antiques, Vintage, Collectables, Local Artisans and Designers. (1605 Queen St W @ Triller Ave)

Parkdale’s 140th Birthday Installation: take a photo, grab a loot bag, celebrate Parkdale!

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 @ Triller Ave)

Crown Flora Flower Market: The Floral event of the season returns. Join some of Crown Florals favorite artisan vendors in their indoor market, and shop your heart out at the indoor/outdoor flower market! (1233 Queen St. W. @ Gwynne)

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!

Tulip Giveaways: Head on over to Sorauren Ave & Queen St W for tulip giveaways while quantities last!

Performance Schedule: Enjoy musical performances at 4 Zones! Schedule coming soon for Community Zone, Kids Zone, Little Tibet Market & Night Market.

Thank you Sponsors, Partners, BIA Members & Visitors!
The Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market is brought to you by the Parkdale Village BIA, The Boulevard Club, 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!

Call for Volunteers – Spring Festival 2019

The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 11th, 2019 – in Parkdale Village!

If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to [email protected] along with your resume, listing any relevant past volunteer experience.

Up to 40 Volunteer positions and a few paid positions are available for a series of three (3), six (6) and eight (8+) hour shifts, scheduled between 7:00am & 11:45pm.

Duties may include:

  • Night Market support
  • Photo Booth Assistant
  • Sound Equipment Support
  • Driver/Delivery
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to repeatedly lift 40 pounds)
  • Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
  • Craft Workshops
  • Face Painting
  • Cleanup/hospitality crew
  • Survey Outreach

Volunteers/Staff may be required to participate in an orientation session.

Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market on Saturday May 11th, 2019!

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!

UPDATE: King, Queen, Roncy, Queensway Reconstruction in 2019

February 21, 2019 Update from Councillor Gord Perks regarding the latest update on King- Queensway-Queen-Roncesvalles Project from Chief Engineer, Michael D’Andrea. Please find his email below:

As you know, in early February, the City issued the tender for the planned project at the intersection at King / The Queensway / Queen / Roncesvalles. This project included: sewer and watermain replacement, replacing the entire TTC overhead and track infrastructure within the intersection and west along The Queensway, Streetscaping, road and intersection works along the Queensway, rehabilitating the bridge over Parkside Drive, removing the right-turn channel at Queensway and King Street and overall intersection / road improvements within the area. Based on feedback received to date from contractors considering the tender, there are areas of construction and design that require additional review and clarity to ensure the construction delivery schedule and budget can be upheld and delivered according to plan.

As a result, the City of Toronto is rescheduling the delivery of this project to 2020.

Efforts are underway between several City Divisions and TTC to firm up the design, schedule, and tender and reporting to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee. We expect to provide additional information to all stakeholders involved (Parkdale BIA / Roncesvalles BIA / St. Joseph’s Health Centre) in April – with more details to follow for the residents in the area at a later date.

We understand that the wait and anticipation for this construction has been a long time coming; however, the City and TTC wanted to ensure that the planned construction will be delivered according to the plan, schedule and budget that works to mitigate traffic and TTC service impacts as much as possible. We look forward to meeting with you and stakeholders soon, to further discuss these measures.

I will continue to provide you with information and updates as they are received.

Thank you for your patience while city staff do the necessary background work to ensure the intersection work is done on time and within budget.

Regards, Councillor Gord Perks

Ward 4, Parkdale High-Park


Published Feb 9, 2019

The TTC will be reconstructing the intersection at King / Queen / Roncesvalles / Queensway (KQRQ) in 2019. The construction will take place in three phases as outlined below. This is a joint project by the TTC, Toronto’s Transportation Services and Water Division.

Overall Scope of work – Starting in April 2019;

  • As part of the state of good repair work, the aging sewer and track around the intersection needs to be replaced
  • Relocating the eastbound centre platform streetcar stop to the far side of the intersection
  •  Realigning the King Street West leg to create a better intersection angle and increase green space
  •  Modifying / constructing street car platforms at Glendale Avenue
  • Continue the bump-out treatment on Roncesvalles at this intersection

As part of the Sunnyside Community Association area traffic study that was completed in 2008, the city will also be;

  • Modifying the signal at Glendale Avenue and Queensway
  • Adding dedicated eastbound – left – turn lanes at Sunnyside Avenue, Glendale Avenue, and The Queensway
  • Signalizing intersection at Sunnyside and The Queensway
  • Modifying the streetcar track vertical alignment (slope at Claude Avenue that will visually and physically enhance the existing right-in / right-out at Claude Avenue)

Time Line This work will take place in three main stages;

  • Stage 1: Roncesvalles (from Harvard to The Queensway / Queen Street West
    • March 31st, 2019 to August 4, 2019
  • Stage 2: Queen Street West and The Queensway (Sunnyside to Triller)
    •  August 4, 2019 to Winter 2020
  • Stage 3: The Queensway (Parkside to Sunnyside)
    • April 2019 to October 2019

Road Closures;

  • Roncesvalles will be closed to “Thru-Traffic” March 31 to August 4 2019
    • Grafton Ave Closed (Traffic must circulate using Laneway to Harvard Avenue)
    • Access to Queen Street Laneway Closed
    • 1 Lane to remain open on Harvard Avenue at all times
    • Bump-out retrofit to coincided during this time
  • South Side of the Queensway (Parkside Bridge to Sunnyside) April 10 to August 4 2019
    • Access to Toronto Pump Station required at all times
    • Southside Parkside Bridge to coincide during this stage
    • Cross Over required at Colborne Lodge
  • Full King – Queen – The Queensway – Roncesvalles intersection closure August 4 to October 7 2019
    • Queensway to be local access only to Glendale
    • Intersection opens October 8 (All legs of the intersection open, reduced lanes East and West)

BIA Members;

  • The Parkdale BIA and the Roncesvalles BIA is working with individual businesses to help support them throughout this process, if you have any questions please contact your respective BIA office.

More details on each phase of construction will be provided as we approach the specific dates. There will also be a link for this project on the Councillors website and the City’s website. As with all construction related projects timelines may be slightly altered.

This project will improve public transportation and realm, pedestrian environment, and traffic circulation in this area.

If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact Councillor Gord Perks’ Office Ward 4 Parkdale – High Park.

100 Queen Street West, Suite A14 Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 (t) 416-392-7919 (f) 416-392-0398 www.gordperks.ca twitter: @gordperks Facebook: @GordPerks

Façade Improvement Grant

New for 2019 – get up to $15,000  for 50% of the cost of renovating your business facade & for adding AODA Approved accessibility features!

The Facade Improvement Program provides up to $15,000 for 50% of the total cost of storefront renovations & beautification. The base grant provides up to $12,500 for the purposes of completing storefront facade upgrades and beautification. For example, a business could get new signage, upgrade the windows and entranceway, install building-front lighting, and restore the heritage brickwork. 

New this year, businesses can get an additional add-on to the grant of $2,500 for accessibility upgrades to help make your business entranceway meets AODA Standards. For example, the storefront entranceway could be widened, a permanent ramp could be added, and an automatic door opener could be installed.

The Facade Improvement Program is a great opportunity for property owners & business owners located in the BIA area, as it allows you to improve your property frontage at a fraction of the cost, and helps businesses put their best foot forward in attracting customers!

We expect that funding for this program will be renewed by City-Council in mid-February of 2019.

The eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, brick cleaning, restoration, wheelchair accessibility, doors, signage, windows, lighting and masonry.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Improving the appearance of your building’s façade shows that you care about your property. In addition, your neighborhood streetscape is improved. This provides a more welcoming environment to work, shop and live.

HOW TO APPLY?

Funding for this program is given out on a first-come-first basis. Applicants must select 3+ facade improvements that they wish to implement by year-end, as well as any accessibility features that they wish to include in order to get the  $2,500 accessibility top-up. Two quotes for each renovation must be provided to the city, which they will use to assess the value of the renovations. Grant funding will be assessed based off of the lowest of the two quotes.

The Following are examples of improvements that the Facade Improvement Program will cover:

  • Brick cleaning treatments such as power washing
  • Re-pointing of brick masonry
  • Exterior painting (not including painting of brick) as part of other façade improvements
  • Replacement of doors or windows (on any level on the front facade of the building)
  • Replacement or repair of cornice, parapets and other architectural features
  • Installation or replacement of awnings or canopies
  • Installation and improvement of signage
  • Installation or upgrading of exterior lighting features
  • Professional redesign of storefront
  • Installation of wheelchair ramps and accessible entrances
  • Other improvements as agreed to by the Manager at the City BIA Office

The program does not cover the following improvements:

  • Brick painting
  • Stucco work
  • Window Decals / Clings
  • Interior renovations
  • Same-as replacement of existing features
  • Cafe Patios

All work considered must result in a physical improvement of the building facade, not just a simple replacement due to ware.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • You must be the property owner or have the permission of the property owner
  • Your building must be located in a Business Improvement Area (BIA) that has been in existence for five (5) or more years
  • You must not owe outstanding taxes to the City
  • You must not start your improvement project before the funding application is approved
  • You must have not received the maximum façade improvement funding for your property in previous years.

Applying for the Facade Improvement Program is very simple:

  1. Collect two quotes for each of the three or more pieces of facade work that you wish to complete through the program.
  2. Complete and submit the application form as indicated in the application form.
  3. If approved for funding, you will go into an agreement with The City of Toronto – Economic Development & Culture Division.
  4. Once the facade improvements are completed and accounted for, the city will provide the grant funding to the successful applicant.

The program is first-come-first-serve starting at the beginning of each calendar year when The City sets its budget. While there is a due date for the program, it is highly recommended that members submit their paperwork as soon as possible, as funding is often 100% allocated by mid-April.

STEP 1 TO 5

  1. Applicant contacts the City’s BIA Office to determine eligibility
    Phone 416-392-1005
    Fax: 416-392-1380
    E-mail: [email protected]
  2. Applicant completes application form
  3. City reviews the application. Funding review committees are composed of local architects, business owners, historical experts and other community representatives and make recommendations to City Council
  4. City approves or declines the application
  5. City issues funding cheques to successful applicants upon completion of the agreed-upon work.

City Program Website / Sample Commercial Facade Application 2018

Special thanks to the Danny / Danforth Mosaic BIA for resources and info.