Parkdale Village Welcomes Back the Contact Photography Festival!


Please join us throughout the month of May as we welcome back for the fifth year the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival!

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered again with the students and teachers at Parkdale Collegiate Institute, this year. Led by the talented team at Hello Foto, the students were instructed and guided through a number of photography methods and techniques. The photos displayed this year featured some very special subjects, Parkdale businesses and their owners! We are thrilled with the work the students have produced and look forward to sharing the portraits of local businesses and the people that own and operate them, with you the whole month of May, 2015.

Join us for the opening reception Friday May 1st, 5:00 – 8:00pm at each of the participating venues: Elevator, Community 54, JR’s Natural Health and Bulk, Common Sort, Wind Grove Interiors, Food and Liquor, Glory of India Roti CuisineTibet Hair and Beauty Salon Inc, and Tibetan Emporium and Entertainment.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photo Festival Launch!

This past weekend marked the city wide launch of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. This years programming saw an exciting addition as local photographers Hitoshi & Vincent from Hello Foto joined as curators and spent the winter season working with Parkdale Collegiate Institute students on the principles of photography and how to interpret the theme “Identity”.

We invite you to visit all 9 venues as well as the additional curated shows in Parkdale Village at General Hardware Gallery, Gallery 1313 and Goodfellas Gallery.

See below for more details about participating venues: Queen West Antique Centre, Food & Liquor, This Little Piggy, Common Sort, Leesa Berry Haircutting, The Well of Alternative Medicine, The Parkdale Drink, The Public Butter & Rustic Cosmo Cafe.

The exhibit runs May 1-31, 2014. We thank the participating businesses, Hello Foto, CONTACT organizers and the teachers and students of Parkdale Collegiate Institute.

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PCI Students view their work on opening night!


Parkdale, Who Knew? – CONTACT Photography Festival

As part of Scotiabank’s CONTACT Photography Festival, the Parkdale Village BIA presents “Parkdale, Who Knew?”.   Jonathan Groeneweg, artist and teacher, mentored the students of Parkdale Institute Collegiate to create a four-venue exhibition that explores the secrets and beauty of the Parkdale neighbourhood through their photography.

Please join us at our opening night reception on Thursday, May 3rd from 7-10 at Boreal Gelato Company at 1312 Queen Street West.  Visit Boreal Gelato, Brown Sugar Bakery (1374 Queen West), Poor John’s Cafe (1610 Queen West) and eco-boutique Chartreuse Style (1692 Queen West) to view the exhibits throughout the month of May.


The students of Parkdale Collegiate Institute present the photographic results of their exploration of Parkdale and mentorship with Jonathan Groeneweg, Artist, throughout various locations in Parkdale in the month of May


Students at Parkdale Collegiate Institute have been working under the mentorship of artist Jonathan Groeneweg, a master’s student in documentary media, to create photo-documentary works in response to the theme “Parkdale, Who Knew?” for the Parkdale Village BIA. Their results will be explored and presented in four locations throughout the Parkdale neighbourhood – at eco-boutique Chartreuse Style (1692 Queen West), Poor John’s Cafe (1610 Queen West), Brown Sugar Bakery (1374 Queen West) and The Boreal Gelato Company (1312 Queen West) as part of the city-wide Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

“Parkdale, Who Knew?” will be a foray into the hidden treasures of Parkdale Village before it was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1889. Take a journey with the students as they discover the Parkdale of yesteryear and reflections of what it is today.

In addition to the PVBIA-presented “Parkdale, Who Knew?” there will be several CONTACT exhibitions throughout Parkdale, including “Acts of Exposure” at Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen West) throughout May.

Join us on Thursday, May 3rd, for the Opening Reception of “Parkdale, Who Knew?” from 7 – 10 pm at Boreal Gelato (1312 Queen West) to kick off the exhibit, celebrate the student’s achievements and enjoy some wine and snacks.