Spring into Parkdale – Call for Volunteers

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The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during an outdoor community event on Saturday May 9th, 2015 – in Parkdale!

If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please email Andrea Switzer 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.
Duties may include:

  • Poster/flyer distribution
  • Face Painting
  • Photo Booth
  • Event Photography
  • Assisting Performers
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to lift 40 pounds)
  • Street décor
  • Craft Workshops
  • Promotional product distribution
  • Street teams
  • Social media
  • Cleanup crew


Volunteers may be required to participate in a training session.

We look forward to working with you!

Spring into Parkdale Festival – Call for Performers

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 Attention all musicians, buskers, kids performers, etc. The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for great acts to feature at our annual Spring into Parkdale Festival! We are looking for a wide range of performers for our third annual community festival and are now accepting submissions . If you love Parkdale and want to share your talent with our great neighbourhood, please get in touch!

 To apply for consideration, please submit the following:

  • A sample of the music or performance you would like to share at the Spring into Parkdale Festival (i.e. an MP3, video or link to your website)
  • The following information:
    • Band/Artist name
    • Short artist bio (140 characters)
    • Contact information: contact name, phone, email, and website

 Submit by 4pm, April 2, 2015 to [email protected]


Spring is just around the corner Parkdale!

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It may be cold and the snow feels like it’s here to stay but spring is just around the corner, and with it brings another fabulous Spring into Parkdale festival!
2015 will be the third year for the festival and each year it gets bigger and better! 

In our first two years we saw some (very) cold temperatures, with the festival happening in mid to late April, so this year’s festival will take place on Saturday May 9th!

There will be giveaways, performances, a sidewalk sale and lots of other fun things happening all along Queen Street West throughout the day. Stay tuned for updates and details about the event. If you have questions about how to participate please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Accessibility is Good for Business: Workshop Open to all BIA Members

The Parkdale BIA invites you to attend a FREE WORKSHOP on the business case for accessibility and AODA compliance.

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What businesses need to know and do!

Do you know what your requirements are under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)? Do you know how to use accessibility to build profit, strengthen employee retention, gain new and repeat customers?

Accessibility is Good for Business will include:

  • The business case for accessibility
  • Practical tips and best practices for BIAs and their communities
  • A clear understanding of what you need to do to comply with the AODA
  • Tools and resources for you to take away
  • Opportunity to ask an accessibility expert your questions
  • Network and coordinate with BIA and community members

When: Wed. November 26, 2014

Time: 6:00pm -8:00pm

Cost: Free!

Who: All BIA members

Where: Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen St West, Toronto

Register: guestlistapp.com/events/290964

Should you require more information or any accommodations in order to attend, please contact Constance Exley, Go ON Project Manager: 647-502-7047 or [email protected]

The Parkdale Library is an accessible venue. In consideration of others, this workshop is scent-free.

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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 Meetup.com or [email protected]; LATE? Call cell 416-453-3120

Thurs. November 27, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
RSVP via Meetup.com (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 Meetup.com or bajor[email protected]; LATE? Call cell 416-453-3120

Brought to you by the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA)  www.parkdalevillagebia.com

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

The Lab Cab Festival entertains Parkdale for a second year!

This past weekend the Parkdale Village BIA sponsored the second Lab Cab Festival & Sidewalk Sale in Parkdale Village!  Patrons enjoyed over 100 multi-arts performers at 80+ venues and it was a wonderful opportunity for visitors to meet business owners, shop locally and participate in free activities! A huge thanks to all our volunteers, the festival organizers, the artists and shop owners who took part. Also, thanks to the organizations and community partners that supported the event, the residents and visitors who came out to support Parkdale!  Please enjoy some event photos online at Lab Cab & Parkdale BIA!

Photos courtesy of Parkdale Village BIA, Lab Cab Festival and Jeremy Mimnagh.

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