Spring Festival Attractions: 365 days of smile, Cowanation, Pride, Greek Folk & Eat for Tibet!

Less then 2 weeks to go till our May 7th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – We hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support over 100 participating community organizations, artists, musicians & shops..


Land Trust: Learn more about the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, how you can become a donor and get involved!  


#365daysofsmile: Parkdale-based visual artist Bareket Kezwer invites you to share what makes you happy in her interactive chalk installation – come out and take part in her ongoing project, #365daysofsmile


Cowanation: Join one of Parkdales largest treasure trove community groups & help fill in the colors of Parkdale,  steady hands not required, plus learn more about Cowanation!  


Sistema Toronto: Get inspired by this children’s musical ensemble children and discover the joy of belonging to something greater than the sum of its parts.


Parkdale Film & Video Showcase: Learn more about how you can become an artist, curator, or film and art community member & help shape the curatorial direction of the 2016 program!


You Can Sit With Us: Pride Toronto is just around the corner, find out how you can support, participate and enjoy!


Friends of Marcos: Enjoy the sounds of Greek folk!


Students for a Free Tibet Canada: Are you crazy for Momo’s, then head over to SFTC to find out how you can Eat for Tibet on May 8 and donate, support & eat for a great cause!  

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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!


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.


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


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!


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

Come Spring into Parkdale with Us!

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Live entertainment, shopping deals and great food are just some of many reasons to come spend the day in Parkdale this Saturday May 9th!

Join us this Saturday as we celebrate the third Spring into Parkdale Festival and Sidewalk Sale from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.  The Parkdale BIA will be set up at four (4) key intersections all day long Queen and Triller, Queen and Jameson, Queen and Cowan and Queen and Cowan. We have over 75 businesses and community organizations also joining in on the fun this year too! For a list of participating businesses and locations please see below and click here for a map to all the fun:

Norling – 10% off until 5:00pm

Contrast Living – When customer buys $10 or more, they will get a Hello!Sunshine Soap for free. sidewalk sale (selected items), and also some Mother’s Day gift set in store.

The Tempered Room – Spring Festival and Mother’s day special!

Cambie Designs – 10% off of our BLANKETS

North Standard Trading Post – 15% off  sale on North Standard goods

Shopgirls Gallery Boutique – Sidewalk sale rack and mother’s day promotion

Food and Liquor – Food sampling/Drink specials

Wind Grove Interiors – Check out the new Showroom Upstairs – Sidewalk Sale on selected items

Black Pug DMK – Check out the new workshop with teaching/ tool clinics in the lower space.

This Little Piggy – pop up shop with Elise Maree Trickey in the store, we will have a sale as well. The entire shop will be 15 % off.

Mankind Grooming Studio for Men – Mankind will be very happy to offer complimentary beard/moustaches trims and 20% off on all of our products.

Public Butter – for a giant bicycle sale, as well as offering deals on all our furnishings and clothing.

Community 54 – DJ set-up outside doing scratch lessons and demos for kids

Duggan’s Brewery – Grab some BBQ, made on site root beer and cream sodas for the kids, live music – Brewery Tours inside

Yummy Stuff – Come by and decorate your own cookie! While you’re there pick up something for mom with discounts on mother’s day cakes, cookies etc.

Made You Look – Jewellery Artists will be set up outside to showcase their beautiful work and offer special deals!

Mata Petisco Bar  – will be offering some delicious menu items, which include: specialty in house peppers and Brazilian style street food (Cheese Bread, Cassava Frites, Pastel)

 Frou Frou Vintage – Sidewalk sale on selected items outside  and offering discounts on goods inside the store

West End Comics  – Storewide Sale – 20-75%! trades, comics, action figures, statues

 Westend Food Coop – Mini farmers market and artisanal foods (gelato, cheese, etc.)

Studio Brilliantine – Sidewalk sale on selected items

The Boreal Gelato Company –   will be hosting artist vendors in store and on the bench outside

Captains Treasures – Sidewalk sale on selected vintage and antique furniture and items. Don’t forget to check out the huge selection inside as well!

Glory Hole Doughnuts– Come visit Glory Hole at the Crown Flora Spring Market!

Chartreuse Style – Sidewalk sale – discount rack on selected items, plus save the tax on all purchases

Steve Pella Hair – Sidewalk sale on selected hair care products

Daisies Vintage  – Sidewalk sale – Everything on sale for 30% off, this includes vintage clothing and antique household items / small furniture pieces. Free freezies, popsicles and drinks!

Capital Espresso – Refreshing cold drinks and great coffee!

Sylvie and Shimmy – We will be having a 20% off store wide sale for the Spring into Parkdale event which we will continue on Sunday, as we are celebrating our 2nd Anniversary.

96 Tears Vintage – Sidewalk sale – rack of clothing

House of Vintage – Lots of vintage goodies and deals.

Kid Icarus – This weekend only! – Buy any 2 Kid Icarus cards and get the 3 one for free

Cadillac Lounge – Seniors country live music matinee on our patio from 3:30 to 6:30

Crown Flora Studio – Spring Market, gift giveaways, special gifts for Mom

Jola’s Good Catch – Full day of programming and sales

Loonie Times – See the Loonie Times Mascot throughout Parkdale, Plus stop by the shop and get a behind the scenec look of the Loonie Times shop where some of the most recognized and loved mascots are made!

The Well of Alternative Medicine – will be doing a sidewalk sale, We will have items off on clearance as well as packaged basket bundles at discounted prices for those last minute Mother Day shoppers.

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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!

Spring into Parkdale Festival has sprung!

Last weekend Spring made a brief appearance in Parkdale Village for the 2nd Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale and Festival on April 26, 2014. We would like to thank all the businesses and community partners who participated and the many residents and visitors that strolled our neighbourhood!

With so many participants we are well underway in growing this event and hopefully becoming a must visit in the years to come – thank you volunteers and BIA members! Please see below for a snapshot of the weekend, more photos can be viewed on Facebook. Some photo credits: Hitoshi Murakami

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Spring into Parkdale Festival – Birthday, Sliders, Drums, Chalk & Alumni!

There’s so much to do at our 2nd Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale & Festival on Saturday April 26th 10am-6pm!

To continue our weekly countdown we’re announcing even more attractions!  We hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support all that Parkdale Village has to offer. As you stroll the strip, be sure to stop by Triller Avenue, Sorauren Avenue, Cowan Avenue & Dufferin Street for free attractions.

Happy Birthday: Help North Standard Trading Post celebrate their 1 year Anniversary & get 15% off select gear, enjoy prizes, giveaways & more! Visit 1662 Queen St West @ Triller.

Cheese: Did you know Parkdale is home to the worlds most loveable mascots! Join the Loonie Times Mouse mascot at Triller & Sorauren for hugs and high fives!

Sliders: Enjoy delicious porchetta sliders at Maialino’s Restaurant or stock up on some olive oil, biscotti & dry pasta at 1688 Queen St W @ Triller.

Drums: Bang your heart away on the Zoosemobile Interactive Drum Sculpture entirely made of recycled material, catch it along Queen St W.

Chalk: Enjoy the artistry of the Chalkchick as she illustrates the streets of Parkdale.

Alumni: You don’t have to be Parkdale Collegiate Institute Alumni to meet the Parkdale Panther Mascot & learn about PCI’s 125th Anniversary, visit them at Cowan.Spring into Parkdale Attractions 4 - 2014


Click below for more info on activities & entertainment:

Cheese, Exploration, Sistema, Horses & Rock!

Pride, Treasure, Superman & Eagles!

Art Market, Spa Deals, Portraits & Tours!

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Spring into Parkdale Festival – Art Market, Spa Deals, Portraits & Tours !

Although Spring is here, its clear she has yet to grace us with her presence. We certainly hope she’ll make an appearance for our 2nd Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale & Festival on Saturday April 26th 10am-6pm!

With over 50 businesses and community partners participating, lots of giveaways and numerous free activities for kids, we’re sure they’ll be enough to warm your hearts and help you forget about this years gruelling winter.

To kick off our 5 week countdown we’re delighted to share a sneak peak at some attractions and hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support all that Parkdale Village has to offer. As you stroll the strip, be sure to stop by Triller Avenue, Sorauren Avenue, Cowan Avenue & Dufferin Street for free attractions.

Art Market: Explore numerous local crafts, artisans and vendors at the Spring into Parkdale Art Market brought to you by Parkdale Flea and Goodfellas Gallery. This indoor market at 1266 Queen St W @ Dufferin/Noble is free & still accepting submissions for local artists.

Spa Package: Get pampered at Red Carpet Queen with a special 1 day only Spring Pamper Spa Package, including facials, body treatment, massage, product discounts and more! Contact them at 1291 Queen St W @ Brock for more details!

Food Tour: Start & end your Parkdale experience with Foodies on Foot and the 501 Streetcar Food Tour!

Portraits: Step right up and get your free caricature portrait from local artist Cat Reyto  

Picasso: Select your free bird feeder at our craft table and paint away!

Stay tuned for more details as we continue to announce over 50 wonderful partners, entertainers and businesses who can’t wait to see you Spring into Parkdale! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram #springintoparkdale Spring into Parkdale Attractions - 2014

Spring into Parkdale on Sat April 26, 2014

The Parkdale Village BIA is delighted to announce the 2nd Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale & Festival on Saturday April 26th 10am-6pm!

Put on your best sneakers, grab a friend and take a stroll down Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West this Spring for a day filled with free kids activities, sidewalk sale, giveaways, buskers & so much more!Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale & Festival - 2014

Meet the shop owners and community groups that make up our thriving neighbourhood and enjoy a wonderful day exploring Parkdale Village! For more details on how to participate as a vendor, entertainer or volunteer, email [email protected] and click below for an update on activities & entertainment:

Cheese, Exploration, Sistema, Horses & Rock!
Pride, Treasure, Superman & Eagles!
Art Market, Spa Deals, Portraits & Tours!