Interim Control By Law Community Meeting

An Invitation from Councillor Perks

Councillor Gord Perks would like to invite you to a Community Consultation Meeting regarding the Queen Street West Restaurant Study.

Toronto City Planning has been conducting a study to review the impact of restaurants (and similar uses) for the lands on and flanking Queen Street West, between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

Over the past few years, this section of Queen Street West has seen an increase in restaurant/bar type uses replacing a broad range of commercial uses. Community concerns of noise, vandalism, garbage and congestion problems have also increased.

In August 2010, in response to these concerns, Councillor Perks moved a motion that City Planning be directed to undertake a study of this section of Queen Street to determine if any additional zoning is required to mitigate negative impacts associated with restaurants and bars on the surrounding area. That study is well underway.

Further, at the October 30/31, 2012 Toronto Council Meeting, on the advice of both City Planning and City Legal staff, Councillor Perks introduced an Interim Control By-law at City Council, to prohibit new restaurants and second floor expansions on Queen St West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street.

Prohibiting the establishment of new restaurants and second floor expansions within this study area for a one year period allows City Planning the opportunity to study which of the existing provisions ought to be changed in order to help alleviate the concerns related to land use issues.

The City is holding another Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this study and theInterim Control By-law. The meeting will include information on thepurpose and findings of research undertaken by planning staff, and provide an opportunity to ask questions and share your comments.

The meeting will be held Monday, November 26th, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at theMay Robinson Auditorium (20 West Lodge Avenue). Please see attachment for more information, including further details about the study.

The Parkdale BIA Invites Community Members To The TD Green Streets Garden Celebration and Tour!

On Wednesday October 17th at 12pm, the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will celebrate its Urban Garden Development Project with the launch of its reinvigorated community gardens, historical plaques and a cheque presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a brief tour of all six gardens along Queen Street West within Parkdale Village.

The Parkdale Village BIA represents one of 21 communities selected from across the country to receive a 2012 TD Green Streets grant to support expansion of their downtown urban reforestation program.

Please meet us at the Elm Grove Garden, located on the south west corner of Queen Street West and Elm Grove Avenue.  Here we will celebrate the launch of our reinvigorated community gardens and historical plaques with a ribbon cutting, comments from Councillor Gord Perks, the BIA, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada. This ceremony will be followed by a brief tour of the other revamped gardens within Parkdale Village.


About TD Green Streets: TD Green Streets is a national program that supports innovative practices in municipal forestry. Through this unique program, communities across Canada are eligible to receive matching grants of up to $15,000 to support local forestry projects. TD Green Streets is open to Canadian municipalities, Aboriginal communities and Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) in Montréal, Vancouver and Toronto. For more information about TD Green Streets visit

Good Bye to Heather Douglas

As some of you may know, our wonderful Executive Director of over 4 years has left the BIA to take an amazing new position at another organization.  Heather’s contributions to the BIA have been invaluable, and she has been instrumental in making PVBIA one of the most happening BIAs in Toronto.  We will miss her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

On Tuesday we celebrated her tenure at the BIA with a delicious cake courtesy of Morag Cleeveley from Yummy Stuff Bakery.

We also gave Heather a beautiful photo to remind her of Parkdale, taken by a PCI student as part of the Parkdale Who Knew? CONTACT exhibitions, which Heather created and coordinated.

Heather will always treasure the time she spent in Parkdale and meeting all its wonderful community members and business owners.

The PVBIA is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.  The job listing on Charity Village can be found here.

In the interim, Ellie Anglin will be serving as Acting Executive Director.  Please contact her at [email protected] or at 416-536-6918.

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.