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.

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.

REMINDER: Parkdale Connected this Wednesday!

Don’t forget to join us at The Rhino this Wednesday (Feb 15th) from 7 – 10pm to learn some expert tips on how you can use Social Media to market your business!  Featuring an interactive workshop by Social Media Maven Sue Edworthy.  Grab one of the Rhino’s million kinds of delicious beers and follow along with Sue on your wireless devices.

Presented by the Parkdale Village BIA as part of Social Media Week Toronto.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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.

Parkdale Connected – February 15th, 2012.

The BIA presents Parkdale Connected on February 15th, 2012 as part of Social Media Week Toronto. This event aims to assist Parkdale business owners in the use of Social Media marketing, and will also serve as a general meeting for our membership. Parkdale Connected features Social Media Expert and Parkdale resident Sue Edworthy at 7pm in the upstairs meeting room at The Rhino (1249 Queen West).

Attendees are encouraged to bring their wireless devices to follow along as Sue facilitates an interactive workshop on the use of Facebook and Twitter as marketing tools to establish and maintain Parkdale BIA members’ small business online presence. At the end of the evening, participants will have learned what they need to create their own accounts and pages, types of campaigns they can use to increase business and profile, and worked with fellow BIA members to gain the perspective of both an “outside eye” coupled with the understanding of fellow small business owners.

Please take some time to complete this short survey on your businesses’ Social Media Usage by January 31st to help us serve you better.

Facebook Event Page

Twitter Hashtag: #SMWTOParkdale

Social Media Week Toronto Event Page

Parkdale Picks

Parkdale Picks for Friday December 29, 2011 – Thursday January 5th, 2012!

Parkdale has all sorts of events this week to help you to say goodbye to 2011 and ring in the New Year!

December 30th
  • Philistine, 1394 Queen West, 11am – 7pm. Boxing Day Sale Continues! 
  • The Shop Under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen West, 10pm – 2:30am. New Year’s Eve Eve Bash! HotKid w/ Spitfist, Hate Gang & Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots). $5.
December 31st 

  • Keriwa Café, 1690 Queen West. Five-course prix-fixe New Year’s eve tasting menu, with seatings at 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10pm. $125 per person (add $50 for wine pairings). 416-533-2552,
  • Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen West, New Year’s Eve party with Johnny Z Karaoke and 70s dance party.
  • Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen West. 10pm – 4am. Love Triangle party with three events in one venue features Jokers of the Scene w/the Soul Proprietor of Bedouin Sound Clash, iDRUM, and Runway Renee in the Ballroom, second floor Champagne Gallery and the Melody Bar.  $40 all parties, $50 dinner.  Tickets at Gladstone, Rotate This, Soundscapes.
  • Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen West. 9pm. White Girl NYE party with DJs Patrick McGuire, Josh McIntyre & Ghetto Gold Matt spinning hip-hop.  DJ Scott Wade (Smithfits) on the main floor after midnight playing new wave, Britpop and punk. $10.
  • Pia Bouman School for Ballet, 6 Noble, AlienInFlux + Promise Warehouse New Year’s Eve party with Jake Fairley, Jeremy P Caulfield, Kevan Fraser, Ali Black and DBoom spinning house and techno. In the Bass Lounge Djunya, the Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Friendlyness & Isax, Spyne and Violet perform. 10:30 pm till 5:30 am. $40 online. 416-533-3706,
  • The Sister, 1554 Queen West.  9pm.  Ready Steady Ring: A Mod New Year with Modraphelia fashion show, DJ Bobbi Guy and music of The Jam. $20, adv $15 (Rotate This, Soundscapes and Good Catch General Store).
  • Wrongbar, 1279 Queen West. 9pm. DJ Sneak and special guests.  Advance $30 (Rotate This, Soundscapes, online at
January 1st, 2012:
  • Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar, 1214 Queen West. Family Acoustic Brunch – Bluegrass

January 3rd, 2012:

  • Chartreuse Style, 1692 Queen West. Pop-Up Trunk Sale. 11-5pm until January 15th.  Up to 75% off at Parkdale’s Eco-Boutique.

January 4th, 2012

  • Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen West. The Neil Young’uns. 

January 5th, 2012

  • Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar, 1214 Queen West.  Bradleyboy Mac Arthur.  
  • Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen West.  Rust Belt Lights, Thirtyseven, Bathurst. $10.



Parkdale Picks for December 15th to 22nd

Here’s What’s Goin’ On in Parkdale This Week:

Parkdale Picks December 15 – 22nd

Thursday, December 15th, 9pm, Wrongbar, 1279 Queen West.  4th Annual Adrift Booty Shaking Contest Featuring DJ Funk.

Thursday, December 15th, 7pm, The Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen West, Burning Boyz, Ike Cedar and the Daydrinkers and Clang play The Cadillac. Bring an unwrapped toy or buy a gift card at the door for children living at our local shelter.

Friday, December 16th, 5-9pm, Academy of the Impossible, 213 Wallace Ave.  Warm the Academy of the Impossible with the Parkdale Street Writers, find out what the Parkdale Street Writers are all about and how you can get involved!

Friday, December 16th, 6 pm, 1275 Queen West. Community 54 Store Launch – opening of Community 54’s Toronto location (fashion meets video arcade!) featuring a special in-store meet and greet with rapper Rich Hil.

Friday, December 16th, 10 pm, The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen West.  5th Annual Parkdale Festivus! A dance party for a great cause with music provided by DJ Vaneska and raffle prizes donated by Parts & Labour, C2 Apparel, Crows Nest Barber Shop, The Pearl Harbour Gift Shop, MISFITSTUDIO, Jack Astor’s, Doublenaut, Bikes on Wheels and lots more. $10 at the door, with proceeds going to Interval House, a Toronto Shelter that provides emergency services for abused women and children.

Saturday, December 17th, 10 pm, The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Quwwn West. The Parkdale Soul Revue with DJs Mark Pesci and Kristal Kent spinning sweet soul music by the likes of Stax, Volt, Hi, Chess, Motown and more. Special Christmas edition will include the best soul of the season plus the usual year-round classics! Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

Saturday, December 17th, 2pm. Masaryk-Cowan CRC, 220 Cowan Avenue Auditorium. Keys to the Studio concert.  Keys to the Studio is a collective of artists diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Sunday, December 18th, 10 – 5, Gladstone Hotel Art Bar.  Peepboo Holiday Pop-Up Boutique, Peepboo is a system of dressing for breastfeeding Moms, handmade in Toronto.

Sunday, December 18th, 6pm, Gladstone Gallery, Book Launch for Shelley Hornstein’s Losing Site: Architecture, Memory And Place.

Monday, December 19th 3-7pm, Sorauren Farmers Market (inside the Fieldhouse, 50 Wabash Avenue).