Celebrating 140 Years of Parkdale Village with 4 Days of Giveaways!

Help us Celebrate & You Could Win!

The Parkdale Village BIA invites residents, visitors, shop owners and Parkdale lovers to celebrate the 140th Year Anniversary of Parkdale Village. Although January 1st marks the date that Parkdale became a village, the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will be celebrating the rich history of Parkdale Village from January 25-27th, 2019 by inviting residents and visitors to take a stroll down memory lane, explore the many businesses who will be celebrating in their own ways, and enter to Win in our 4 Days of Giveaways Contest!

Parkdale’s 140th Anniversary Contest! We’ve got 4 days of giveaways!! We’re drawing winner (s) daily from January 24th to 27th. Win 1 of a few HUGE prize packs, to enter simply Like, Share or Comment on our Contest post on Instagram or Facebook. Enjoy prizes from Plentea, Sho Izakaya, Isla Filipino BBQ & Bar, Food & Liquor, Rustic Cosmo Cafe, Sylvie and Shimmy, Mythology, Skyline Restaurant, Cicis’ Pizza, The Grand Trunk, Frances Watson, Worker Bee Supply Co, The Imperative, The Public Butter, Rice & Noodle, Made You Look, North Standard Trading Post, Vegendale Brewery, Glory Hole Doughnuts, Easy Restaurant, The Workroom, Three Fates, Shopgirls Gallery Boutique, Studio Brillantine and more! Stay tuned for more details about prizing! One prize pack per person. Ontario residents. Winners drawn by 4pm daily. Contest runs January 24-27, 2019.

140th Anniversary Party at The Grand Trunk on Sat January 26th 9pm. Cake, cheap drinks, fun prizes – let’s celebrate!

Parkdale Anniversary Chef’s Specials @ Islas Filipino BBQ & Bar all weekend long!

“Bowie Lives” at The Cadillac Lounge on Sat January 26th 9pm; Bowie Lives returns to Toronto and The Cadillac Lounge Saturday January 26, 2019. Sam Grosso, owner of the Cadillac Lounge says “By far the coolest and best Bowie Tribute I’ve seen!” Bowie Lives is excited to return to the club after 2 sold out appearances! Reserve Your Seats!

Free skewers at Sho Izakaya from Jan 25-27! When you spend more then $7 on a lunch or dinner meal, you get one beef skewer or pork neck skewer for free, until supplies last.

Parkdale Doughnut & Special Deals at Glory Hole Doughnuts;

  • 10% off website pre-orders for the whole month of January (no code, automatic discount)
  • Jan 19-20: Fried Chicken Doughnut Sandwich (partnered with PG Clucks) $10 tax incl, pre-order only!
  • Jan 26-27: Special Parkdale Anniversary flavour doughnut

Gift with Purchase & Ballot Box Contest at Common People Shop all weekend! More info to come!

Balloon POP with prizes @ Shopgirls Gallery Boutique – with discounts + Yummy treats in store! Come visit them Sat Jan 26th and Sun 27th.

Special Promotions @ Sylvie and Shimmy from Jan 26-27!

HUGE Sale @ North Standard Trading Post Enjoy 20% off EVERYTHING in the shop including sale items this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Outerwear remains at 30% off! Can’t make it in? Shop online with discount code PARKDALE and you’ll receive 20% off your entire order!

Parkdale Jewellery @ Made You Look Jewellery! – Jan 25 – Feb 14, 14k gold necklaces with your favorite Parkdale Street Name; Brock, Jameson, Wilson Park, Milky Way and more!

10% off flash Parkdale Tattoos throughout January at Makara Tattoo Shop.

Art Sale at Elaine Fleck Gallery, from 10% to 50% off. on selected artworks. Start the new year off right with great buys on curated contemporary art!

Winterlicious at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, Fri January 25-Feb 7. Enjoy a prix fixed dinner for $43 at this Parkdale gem. Small, dark & cozy, serving locally grown, Italian inspired fare, served with love. An extensive wine line focuses on wines from Ontario and Italy.

Feel Reggae Seminars at The Boxing Loft Social Club, Sat January 26th 4pm. The Feel Reggae Seminars introduce some of Canada’s most talented reggae artists and give you an opportunity to hear their stories, ask questions and reason about the Canadian reggae scene.

Solo Exhibition at The Margin of Eras on now till Sat January 26th 12pm-7pm. Loading Falasteen — a solo exhibition by Shatha Al-Husseini. Shatha Al-Husseini is a Palestinian artist by way of Jerusalem (her baba) and Gaza (her mama). Now based in Tkaronto, she was born in Saudi Arabia and raised both there and Nova Scotia. Shatha’s interdisciplinary practice is rooted in making art and community spaces that are connective, restorative, and ultimately (hopefully) transformative through collaboration. 

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph at The Assembly Theatre Fri January 25th & Sat January 26th 8pm. Staged by core members of The Assembly Theatre’s resident company, this new production of the timely and tender dark comedy is sure to be one of the most exciting events in the indie theatre scene this winter.
Gruesome Playground Injuries follows Kayleen and Doug over three decades, from their first meeting in a school nurse’s office into an adulthood filled with scars, heartbreaks, and other wounds that never quite heal.

Intro to Brush Lettering Workshop at Paper Plus Cloth on Sunday January 27th 12-2pm. Learn the basics of modern calligraphy in the Intro to Brush Lettering Workshop – taught by Toronto-based calligrapher & designer Alicia Spence, in this 2-hour workshop.

Parkdale Project Read’s Community Craft-a-palooza on Saturday January 26th 1pm-4pm. Happy Crafters and literacy lovers unite for a wintery afternoon of crafty creations. Come join us for a knitting social, or a jewellery-making workshop! We will have different crafting stations as well as craft instructors, so participants can share tips on the craft they love, or learn a brand new one! Register to raise funds for Parkdale Project Read and support the event by emailing [email protected]

More Events added daily!

Residents and visitors will also be encouraged to learn more about the community by visiting the Parkdale Village BIA and Facebook page, where historical photos and stories will be shared throughout the month. #proudlyparkdale

Learn more about Parkdale Village history here!

The Well of Alternative Medicine Celebrates 135th Anniversary with puppies!

Two of our favourite things are coming together for the 135th Parkdale Village Anniversary – free massages & puppies!!Parkdale Anniversary Posters - The Well - Jan 2014

Parkdale Village was for many years a retreat for Toronto’s wealthy where they could come and not only vacation with family and enjoy numerous forms of entertainment, but also relax and recover in nature. The neighbourhoods close proximity to High Park and the waterfront as well as many green spaces, offered visitors a perfect retreat for health & wellness. Continuing the tradition is The Well of Alternative Medicine located just east of Brock Avenue. This Parkdale staple which boats “Made in Parkdale” in their signage and is managed by Parkdalean Marta Dos Santos will be offering:

1. Free 15 minute massages from 10:30-4:30pm all weekend

2. Free Puppy Therapy sessions. The puppies will be homed in the front window of the clinic and available for people to come in and pet or play with outside of nap and pee times. Interacting with animals, especially puppies can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, reduce feelings of loneliness and of course put a smile on anyone’s face

3. An opportunity to win a free 60 minute massage or 45 minute Infrared Detox Sauna Treatment by visiting The Well of Alternative Medicine on Facebook and clicking “LIKE” throughout January. You’re name will then be entered into a draw.

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

Below, a historical snapshot of visitors enjoying what Parkdale Village and the surrounding areas had to offer.

Enjoying the waterfront in 1908

Enjoying the Waterfront in 1908

High Park Sidecars 1904

Enjoying High Park in 1904

CNE 1911Strolling the 1911 Canadian National ExhibitionJameson South from King 1946

The lush greenery of Jameson Avenue in 1946

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 Village Celebrates 135th Year Anniversary!

Parkdale Village 135th Anniversary - 2014The Parkdale Village BIA invites residents and visitors to celebrate the 135th Year Anniversary of Parkdale Village.

Although January 1st marks the date that Parkdale became a village, the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will be celebrating the rich history of Parkdale Village from January 25-26th, 2014 by inviting residents and visitors to take a stroll down memory lane, explore the many businesses who will be celebrating in their own ways, and admire the Victorian architecture within Parkdale Village. Residents and visitors will also be encouraged to learn more about the community by visiting the new Parkdale Village BIA website 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 Anniversary Parkdale Village!

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

Artscape helps Celebrate Parkdale Village Anniversary!

There’s no shortage of history at 1313 Queen Street West at Cowan Avenue, currently the home of the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area and other community groups.The corner lot, including Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre has evolved from the areas Fire Hall and Police Station to a community based centre. The original building at 1313 Queen St W was demolished in 1931 to make room for a more modern police station, which still stands today. The buildings more recent development wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Artscape, which opened the space as the Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre in 1998 and is now home to the BIA as well as groups such as Gallery 1313 and Kababayan Community Centre. Thanks to Artscape for helping us to retain and celebrate Parkdale’s diverse culture. To read more, click here.


To read more about Parkdale Village History, click here.

Get to know our neighbours:  buy some artvolunteer your time, read a book, reupholster that chairbuy some vintage fashion or replace that broken light bulb.

Photos: City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Public Library Archives

Jinks Art Factory Celebrates Parkdale Village Anniversary!

If you haven’t yet met Parkdale’s identical twin sisters Sarah and Jen Wetmore, this month is the perfect time, they’re celebrating Parkdale’s Anniversary all month long with a 30-70% off sale at Jinks Art Factory (1664 Queen St. W). The factory space has no shortage of gems and distractions, offering tattoo services, coffee and fashion, it’s an ideal place to support Parkdale made and Canadian inspired! Jinks Art Factory

To learn more about Jinks Art Factory and their story, take a peak: Post City

Get to know Sarah and Jen’s Neighbours: Order some custom pastries, bring your furry friend in for a checkup, hunt for treasure, get your hair done.

Photos: Jinks Art Factory

Glory Hole Doughnuts Celebrates Parkdale Village Anniversary!

Since opening her doors to the D-Nut lovers of Parkdale, Ashley’s Glory Hole Doughnuts (1596 Queen St. W.) has added new dimension to the growing food movement in Parkdale, and we love her for it!Having only opened in 2012, one would never think the shop was a new kid on the block, but the GHD team has embraced Parkdale as much as Parkdale has embraced them (bear hug!).

If you think your guts can’t handle another delight, you’re wrong, come out and support Glory Hole Doughnuts and Parkdale by taking a big bite out of the Parkdale Village Anniversary inspired Doughnut – the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Cracker Jack!!!

Parkdale Anniversary themed Doughnut!To learn more about Glory Hole Doughnuts and Ashley’s story, take a peak: Coriander Girl Blog, blogto.comThe Food Files, Little Red Umbrella

Get to know Ashleys Neighbours: Pick up some flowers, read a Comic, get a tune upbuy some art, make a dinner reservation

Photo: Glory Hole Doughnuts