Fireside Culture Week 2012 – A Retrospective

Fireside Culture Week 2012 was a huge success!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  For those of you who missed out, or who just want to re-live the magic, The Parkdale BIA presents: Fireside 2012 – A Retrospective.

Fireside Culture Week was kicked off with our Opening Night Launch Party at Goodfellas Gallery.  It was sponsored by Beau’s Brewery, Cobs Bakery and HomEquity Bank.  Parkdale’s Coriander Girl and Le Tibet provided floral arrangements and delicious food.

Gord Perks came out to support the festival, and chatted to performer Jeff Quick.

Shuggie and The Bandits.

The fabulous Esther Kim organized the launch party.

The next night was the Fireside Comedy night “Funny For Money” at The Sister.  Some of my fave Toronto comedians participated, including Chris Locke, Sarah Hennessy, Kathleen Phillips, Ladystache, Adam Christie and so many more!  The audience voted on their fave solo and group comedians.

Kathleen Phillips won for best solo comedian.  Her character piece about “Paris, France” and mustard was well-crafted, brilliantly performed and hilarious.

She won the trophy for “Funniest in Parkdale”.  The evening was hosted by Fireside Festival Director Marcus McLean!

Hilarious sketch duo Ladystache won for funniest group. They earned that “Irish Princess” tiara!

Wednesday evening was Fireside’s Theatre Night at Big Guy’s Coffee Shop!  I didn’t make it to this event, but I heard rumors that there was a specially crafted “Fireside Ale” – I would have loved to try it.

On Friday night our queer event “Queer Parking” took place at The Cadillac Lounge! It was fabulous, and packed with wonderful people.

Parkdalian Phillip Cairns read his poetry.

Featuring the performance and hosting talents of Miss Fluffy Souffle, Queen of Parkdale!

an incredible show by Regina the Gentlelady of Light Fires!

AND a fabulous duet of The Boy Is Mine featuring Kelly McMicheals!

And dance jams late until the night by DJ Max Mohenu.

Saturday was the main performance day for Fireside, featuring performances in the Dufferin Amphitheatre and in businesses throughout Parkdale all day long.   I wish I could have gotten to all the events.

Beatface played the Amphitheatre to a happy audience of music lovers.

Thunderfunk at the amphitheatre.

Zuviri at the amphitheatre.

Yeah, You’re Right at Big Guy’s Coffee Shop.  Thanks to Esther for the picture!

Sage Tyrtle told her captivating stories at The River Trading Company.

People packed into Not My Dog for our hip hop event

featuring, among many, Shocka!  Thanks to Shaun C for the beautiful pictures.

Looks like an incredible performance.

It was an incredible week filled with culture and creativity and fun that made me so proud of our community and the Parkdale BIA.  See you next year!

Fireside Opening Night Launch Party Tonight!

TONIGHT is the launch party for Fireside Culture Week 2012 presented to you by Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area. On Monday March 12, 2012, we will be celebrating Fireside Culture Week at Goodfellas Gallery, located at 1266 Queen St W from 7pm – 11pm.

For additional information on the week of events for Fireside Culture Week, please stay tuned to this website!

Questions?  [email protected] or call 416-536-6918.

Fireside Culture Week 2012!

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area is thrilled to present Fireside Culture Week from March 12-17, 2012.  Fireside is a week filled with art and performance along Queen Street West from Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue.

Fireside will kick off on Monday, March 12 with our Opening Night Launch Party at Goodfellas Gallery located at 1266 Queen West from 7:00pm-11:00pm. Refreshments are courtesy of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Red Bull and Cobs Bakery. Other sponsors include HomEquity Bank and Dressed To Kill Magazine. Entertainment for the evening will be Jeff Quick and Shuggie & The Bandits.

Tuesday, March 13 is Fireside’s “Funny For Money” competition at The Sister, 1554 Queen West from 7:00pm-10:00pm where stand up comics, duos and troupes are invited to compete for cash prizes. Featuring sketch duo Ladystache and improv troupe POMP.

On Wednesday, March 14, Fireside will celebrate theatre at Big Guy’s Coffee Shop, 1718 Queen West from 7:00pm-10:00pm. The evening will include readings, wine tastings and a specially crafted Fireside ale.

On Friday, March 16, Parkdale presents Fireside’s official gay bash – Queer Parking at location TBC, from 10:00pm – 2:00am. Featuring DJs Max Mohenu and performances by Miss Fluffy Souffle, Regina of Light Fires, and Philip Cairns.

Saturday, March 17 is the Fireside Community Day, where talented performers will be entertaining Parkdale in various locations throughout the day!

Updates and further information regarding specific events are available at

For more information please contact Heather Douglas at [email protected]

Fireside auditions featured in the Parkdale Villager!

Thank you to Erin Hatfield and the Parkdale Villager for including a story about the Fireside Auditions in their February 21st issue!

Check out this picture of us judges being blown away by Parkdale’s talent!

Toronto’s talented blow away BIA judges

Performers will take part in annual Fireside Culture Week

Like a scene from a television talent show, Marcus McLean, Heather Douglas and Ellie Anglin from the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) sat facing the stage at an open call audition, ready to be blown away.

And they were.

“I was really happy to see all the talent that came out and was hugely impressed by the talent Toronto has. It makes me proud of my city,” said Douglas, the coordinator of the Parkdale Village BIA.

The trio were at a local pub Wednesday, Feb. 8 to audition possible performers, musicians, dancers, actors, comedians, poets, performance artists, magicians, clowns and more for the BIA’s Fireside Culture Week IV, which takes place on Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue March 12 to 17.

There were more than a dozen performers who auditioned including a storyteller that Douglas said kept the judges captivated with her tales.

“If the auditions we saw were any indication, I think it will be our best year yet,” Douglas said. Everyone should definitely come out and check it out.”

From those auditions, the judges will choose the performers for the week-long event.

Fireside Culture Week offers residents and visitors experience food, music, art, theatre, comedy and more about 40 venues in the area.

Now in its fourth year, Fireside Culture Week was started by the Parkdale Village BIA as a means to draw people out of their homes and into the establishments along Queen Street West between Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue in what can sometimes be a bleak and boring time of year.

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.