February Newsletter: Parkdale Love, MPAC & Digital Main Street

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Our February Newsletter is out and covers items such as:

  • Parkdale Love: Thank you to everyone who supported the Parkdale Village 137th Year Anniversary campaign & reception! Photos from our community reception are now on Facebook & Website courtesy of photographer Kendra Marjerrison.    Our campaign saw over 100 community leaders, shops & residents get together to celebrate our rich history and make connections. Additionally, we saw great imitative from the many shops offering incentives during the campaign and a big thank you to the shop owners who provided door prizes for the reception. We encourage you to continue the Parkdale Love, meet your neighbors, promote each others businesses, work together and help build another 137 years of Parkdale!
  • 2016 Event & Marketing Snapshot:A reminder that the 2016 Event & Marketing snapshot has been distributed, please check your mailboxes, additionally our website for details. We have started to receive inquiries about participating in upcoming events or requesting support in promoting your marketing/promotions, remember we are here to help so please reach out to us.
  • Vandalism: We have seen increased damage and vandalism to our winter floral plants within the planters this season. If you see any vandalism please contact us, likewise if the planters are damaged or need to be cleaned out.
  • Graffiti Removal Contract: In the coming weeks we will be posting a Request for Estimate regarding the extended maintenance contract for Graffiti Removal within our BIA. The RFE will be available online, once a vendor is awarded the contract we will notify members about the extended Graffiti removal service and how this may benefit your business even more.
  • Digital Main Street: We’re excited to announce that the Parkdale BIA is taking part in a City of Toronto & TABIA pilot project ‘Digital Main Street Portal’.  Free to BIA members, the Digital Main Street Portal helps small businesses navigate the often confusing and overwhelming online universe. From helping set up a Facebook business page to deciding what Point of Sale system is the right choice, the Digital Main Street Portal is Toronto small businesses guide to all things digital.A select group of BIA businesses & organizations have been chosen for the pilot phase and will be contacted within the next few weeks. If you have any questions about this program please contact us today.
  • MPAC Property Assessment Session: As always, MPP Cheri DiNovo will be hosting a residential MPAC information Session to assist residents with questions they may have about their assessment, how it works and what to do if they disagree with the assessment.
    Tuesday February 9th @ 7:00pm
    Runnymede Library (2178 Bloor St W)

The Reclamation Project Documentary Released

The Parkdale BIA is proud to share the anticipated “The Reclamation Project Documentary“. In July of 2012, 50+ of Toronto’s premier graffiti, mural and street artists liberated one of Canada’s largest graffiti walls. A highly vandalized sound barrier, located at Queen West and Dufferin alongside the Metrolinx rail tracks, targeted by Toronto’s Graffiti Bi-law. At the request of the property developers, the community and in partnership with Metrolinx a team of local artists and community arts workers assembled to organize and coordinate a monumental mural that encompasses the entire wall from end to end. This mural incorporate artists of different urban styles, community volunteers and local arts organizations in an efforts to create a historical installation that represents and preserves Toronto’s street art scene in its current state.


Executive Producers: Urbancorp Producer, Director: Reginald Tiessen

Special thanks to: Metrolinx & GO Transit, City of Toronto, Parkdale Village BIA, New Found Network, Creative Factory, David Mandell, Tony Manocchio, Alex Gelman, Colin Rauscher, Jodi Callan, Sarah Hamel, Dr. Chris M. Drohan, José-Gabriel, Bill Emerson and all the artists who contributed their time and talent.