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!

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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Date Change for Fireside Auditions!

Call for Performers to Audition for Fireside Culture Week

Fireside Culture Week IV presents FIRESIDE: “The Auditions” on Wednesday, February 8th from 1-8 pm at The Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen West). We invite performers of all kinds to audition to be in Fireside IV in Parkdale from March 12th to the 17th.  We are seeking musicians, dancers, actors, comedians, poets, performance artists, magicians, clowns, and more! We want to see your talent, and please pass this along to your talented friends.

Please contact Ellie at [email protected] to schedule an audition.

We are specifically seeking headliners for our main stage, LGBT performers and artists for our queer party, and stand-ups and sketch troupes for our comedy night; but we have a whole week and a long street to fill full of talent, so come one and come all to audition for a spot!

What: Fireside: The Auditions

When: February 8th, 2012, 1pm – 8pm

Where: The Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen West

Please contact [email protected] or call 416.536.6918 for more information about Fireside.

Parkdale Picks

Parkdale Picks for Friday December 29, 2011 – Thursday January 5th, 2012!

Parkdale has all sorts of events this week to help you to say goodbye to 2011 and ring in the New Year!

December 30th
  • Philistine, 1394 Queen West, 11am – 7pm. Boxing Day Sale Continues! 
  • The Shop Under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen West, 10pm – 2:30am. New Year’s Eve Eve Bash! HotKid w/ Spitfist, Hate Gang & Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots). $5.
December 31st 

  • Keriwa Café, 1690 Queen West. Five-course prix-fixe New Year’s eve tasting menu, with seatings at 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10pm. $125 per person (add $50 for wine pairings). 416-533-2552, keriwacafe.ca.
  • Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen West, New Year’s Eve party with Johnny Z Karaoke and 70s dance party.
  • Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen West. 10pm – 4am. Love Triangle party with three events in one venue features Jokers of the Scene w/the Soul Proprietor of Bedouin Sound Clash, iDRUM, and Runway Renee in the Ballroom, second floor Champagne Gallery and the Melody Bar.  $40 all parties, $50 dinner.  Tickets at Gladstone, Rotate This, Soundscapes.
  • Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen West. 9pm. White Girl NYE party with DJs Patrick McGuire, Josh McIntyre & Ghetto Gold Matt spinning hip-hop.  DJ Scott Wade (Smithfits) on the main floor after midnight playing new wave, Britpop and punk. $10.
  • Pia Bouman School for Ballet, 6 Noble, AlienInFlux + Promise Warehouse New Year’s Eve party with Jake Fairley, Jeremy P Caulfield, Kevan Fraser, Ali Black and DBoom spinning house and techno. In the Bass Lounge Djunya, the Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Friendlyness & Isax, Spyne and Violet perform. 10:30 pm till 5:30 am. $40 online. 416-533-3706, www.ilovepromise.com.
  • The Sister, 1554 Queen West.  9pm.  Ready Steady Ring: A Mod New Year with Modraphelia fashion show, DJ Bobbi Guy and music of The Jam. $20, adv $15 (Rotate This, Soundscapes and Good Catch General Store).
  • Wrongbar, 1279 Queen West. 9pm. DJ Sneak and special guests.  Advance $30 (Rotate This, Soundscapes, online at wrongbar.eventbrite.com)
January 1st, 2012:
  • Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar, 1214 Queen West. Family Acoustic Brunch – Bluegrass

January 3rd, 2012:

  • Chartreuse Style, 1692 Queen West. Pop-Up Trunk Sale. 11-5pm until January 15th.  Up to 75% off at Parkdale’s Eco-Boutique.

January 4th, 2012

  • Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen West. The Neil Young’uns. 

January 5th, 2012

  • Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar, 1214 Queen West.  Bradleyboy Mac Arthur.  
  • Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen West.  Rust Belt Lights, Thirtyseven, Bathurst. $10.



Parkdale Picks for December 15th to 22nd

Here’s What’s Goin’ On in Parkdale This Week:

Parkdale Picks December 15 – 22nd

Thursday, December 15th, 9pm, Wrongbar, 1279 Queen West.  4th Annual Adrift Booty Shaking Contest Featuring DJ Funk.

Thursday, December 15th, 7pm, The Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen West, Burning Boyz, Ike Cedar and the Daydrinkers and Clang play The Cadillac. Bring an unwrapped toy or buy a gift card at the door for children living at our local shelter.

Friday, December 16th, 5-9pm, Academy of the Impossible, 213 Wallace Ave.  Warm the Academy of the Impossible with the Parkdale Street Writers, find out what the Parkdale Street Writers are all about and how you can get involved!

Friday, December 16th, 6 pm, 1275 Queen West. Community 54 Store Launch – opening of Community 54’s Toronto location (fashion meets video arcade!) featuring a special in-store meet and greet with rapper Rich Hil.

Friday, December 16th, 10 pm, The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen West.  5th Annual Parkdale Festivus! A dance party for a great cause with music provided by DJ Vaneska and raffle prizes donated by Parts & Labour, C2 Apparel, Crows Nest Barber Shop, The Pearl Harbour Gift Shop, MISFITSTUDIO, Jack Astor’s, Doublenaut, Bikes on Wheels and lots more. $10 at the door, with proceeds going to Interval House, a Toronto Shelter that provides emergency services for abused women and children.

Saturday, December 17th, 10 pm, The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Quwwn West. The Parkdale Soul Revue with DJs Mark Pesci and Kristal Kent spinning sweet soul music by the likes of Stax, Volt, Hi, Chess, Motown and more. Special Christmas edition will include the best soul of the season plus the usual year-round classics! Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

Saturday, December 17th, 2pm. Masaryk-Cowan CRC, 220 Cowan Avenue Auditorium. Keys to the Studio concert.  Keys to the Studio is a collective of artists diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Sunday, December 18th, 10 – 5, Gladstone Hotel Art Bar.  Peepboo Holiday Pop-Up Boutique, Peepboo is a system of dressing for breastfeeding Moms, handmade in Toronto.

Sunday, December 18th, 6pm, Gladstone Gallery, Book Launch for Shelley Hornstein’s Losing Site: Architecture, Memory And Place.

Monday, December 19th 3-7pm, Sorauren Farmers Market (inside the Fieldhouse, 50 Wabash Avenue).