New Planters Coming to Parkdale!

Marking street locations for new planters

Parkdale Village BIA Board Vice-Chair Sarah Dougall (Made You Look) helps to mark locations for new planters to be installed in June 2015. Accompanied by vendors Deano and Chris from Humberview and Classic Displays and City planning staff Antonella Nicaso.

In early May our old planters were taken away and many have wondered what will replace them. We are thrilled to announce that in the next two weeks Parkdale will be in full bloom again with sleek new planters brimming over with a full summer floral display. This week we have been out with vendors and City of Toronto staff to mark out the final locations.
In addition to the new planters we are happy to bring back our summer floral hanging baskets and this year they look more beautiful than ever, adding to the charm and beauty of Parkdale.
Now that summer evenings are upon us we invite you to take a stroll down Queen Street and to have a look and enjoy these new additions to the streetscape!

For more information: Parkdale_New_Planters_June 2015

Restaurant Study – Interim Control Bylaw

If you did not have a chance to attend Mondays community meeting to discuss the Interim Control Bylaw Restaurant Study), please take a moment to view the presentation below and share your comments with Dan Nicholson at [email protected]

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.

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 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.

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.

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Twitter Hashtag: #SMWTOParkdale

Social Media Week Toronto Event Page