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 December 2015
Nutcracker 2015

Presented by the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement.

Come and see the wonderful 30th anniversary production of Pia Bouman's Nutcracker! Join us on the opening night for a pre-show chat, meet some of the cast, enjoy a glass of wine and indulge in wonderful nibbles before the show (additional info on the website).

For more info and tickets, click here.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 7:30pm
Friday, Dec. 18, 7:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2:00pm

Where: Lismer Hall, Humberside C.I., 280 Quebec Ave.

 April 2013
An Evening with Giller Prize winning author, Linden MacIntyre

In support of the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Giller Prize Winner and host of "CBC News: the fifth estate" will read from his latest best-selling novel, Why Men Lie.

$30.00 adults, $15 students and seniors (tickets include pre-talk glass of wine and post-talk discussion with author)

To order tickets please visit: or call 416-533-3706

When: Thursday, Apr. 18, 7:30pm
Where: 6 Noble Street, Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement
Hosted By: Johanna Schneller, Globe and Mail

 December 2012
Nutcracker 2012

Presented by the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement.

The unique sparkle of this production of Nutcracker derives from the collaboration of 96 dancers, 7 - 18 years old, as many volunteers, and a 26 year legacy. This traditional telling is a seasonal "must see" for Torontonians young and old. It never fails to bring tears and smiles to the eyes of even the most seasoned ballet aficionado.

For more info and tickets, click here.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 7:30pm
Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2pm
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2pm

Where: Lismer Hall, Humberside C.I., 280 Quebec Ave.

 November 2012
Nov 27 RMRA Meeting

The RMRA invites you to join us to discuss a Parkdale Community Land Trust - how a Community Land Trust could protect affordability and community assets.

When: Tuesday, November 27, 7-9pm
Where: 128 Fern Avenue Public School, Gym

Nov 26 Get Out and Play!

Creating Together Family Resource Centre invites you to its annual fundraising gala. There will be silent auction, music, live entertainment. Come out and support this great Parkdale Family Resource Centre.

For more information, call 416-537-1004. Advance tickets available at Creating Together, 1497 Queen St. West

Tickets: Pay what you can (minimum $5)
When: Monday, Nov. 26, 7-10pm
Where: Parts and Labour, 1566 Queen St. West

Community Meeting on the Queen Street Planning Study

City Planning will be hosting a Community Meeting on Monday November 26 to present findings and preliminary recommendations of the Queen Street Restaurant Study.

When: Monday, Nov. 26, 7pm
Where: Mary Robinson auditorium, 20 West Lodge

Nov 1 Soreauren Park Pumpkin Parade

Bring your jack-o-lantern to Soreauren Park for the annual and original Pumpkin Parade! Tour the gallery of pumpkins along the path: witness the zeitgeist in pumpkin art.

Contrary to earlier reports, the City of Toronto has agreed to continue its practice of cleaning up the pumpkins the day after the event. Thanks to our hard-working City crews.

 October 2012
Oct 30 RMRA Meeting - Roncesvalles Village Historical Society

Join us for a presentation of Roncesvalles: Heritage, Identity and Tall Tales. Featuring Andrew J. Borkowski, author of Copernicus Avenue.

When: Tuesday, Oct 30, 7-9pm
Where: 128 Fern Avenue Public School, Gym

Oct 27 Sorauren Pumpkin Sale Fundraiser

Support the Sorauren Town Square campaign and get your Halloween pumpkins at the annual Sorauren Pumpkin Sale. Pumpkins generously donated by Chander Chaddah/Broker, Sutton Group, and Joanna Lang/Mortgage Manager, Scotiabank. All proceeds are doubled thanks to matching grants!

When: Saturday, Oct 27, morning
Where: Sorauren Fieldhouse

Oct 27 Day of the Living Bears Halloween Event

A fundraiser for the Farley Foundation.

Halloween Haunted House & Teddy Bear Surgery.

Kids can bring their ripped or torn teddy bears and dress up in surgery with Dr. Kinghorn and Dr. O'Keefe to help sew them back together.

Tour the Haunted Rooms if you dare! Prizes for best children and pet costume. Face painting, games for kids and Halloween treats!

When: Saturday, Oct 27, 12-3pm
Where: Roncy village Veterinary Clinic, 215 Roncesvalles Village

Oct 19 The Social Cost of National Security Conference

Presented by the Canadian-Arab Institute, the Civil Liberties Association, and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto.

A one-day interdisciplinary symposium assessing the impact of global counter-terrorism initiatives on Canadian society.

This conference explores and addresses a rarely touched topic: what are the side effects of the increased securitization of our lives? How do we prevent the emergence of discriminatory behaviour from the continuing War on Terror?

Click here for more information about the conference.

When: Friday, Oct 19
Where: University of Toronto, Faculty of Law Flavelle House, 78 QueenÕs Park Cres.

Oct 14 Clean Trains Now Rally

Clean Train Coalition is holding a rally on Sunday, Oct. 14 to keep up the pressure on both Metrolinx and the McGuinty government.

Parade starts at 1 pm. Assemble at West Toronto Railpath and Wallace Ave. Please bring noise-making casserole pots and banners. The parade will go along Bloor St., down Roncesvalles Ave., to Sorauren Park for the Rally for Clean Trains at 2 pm.

There will be performances by special musical guests, information booths, speakers and festivities.

Bring friends and neighbours!

When: Sunday, Oct 14
Where: Sorauren Park

Oct 4 Wabash Building Society Community Meeting

All invited. Updates on the Metrolinx noise wall, Pumpkin Sale & Parade, Town Square construction, Clean Train Rally, Farmers' Market, Fieldhouse permits, and more. We welcome new faces around the table!

When: Thursday, Oct. 4, 7pm
Where: Sorauren Fieldhouse

 June 2012
Jun 17 Little City Festival (formerly Totstock)

The annual Little City Festival is a day of music, fun, and food for the whole family.

When: Sunday, June 17
Where: Sorauren Park

 May 2012
May 26 Spring Fun Fair - Garden Ave. Public School

Don't miss our biggest event of the year - fabulous silent auction, inflatable mazes, bouncy castle, book sale, Victorian tea room, cupcake decorating, toonie jar sale, visiting fire truck, old fashioned games, live entertainment.

Rain or shine!

When: Saturday, May 26, 10am - 2pm
Where: Garden Ave. Public School, 225 Garden Ave.

May 12 Sorauren Gardening Day

Calling all green-thumbers (and anyone who just likes to muck about in the dirt): Saturday, May 12 is our annual gardening day where once again weÕll be gathering to look after the plants and grounds around the Sorauren Fieldhouse.

The event starts at 10am at the Fieldhouse and will last a few hours. Please bring any gardening gear you might have including gloves, pruners, rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows. High-schoolers: collect some volunteer hours! Everyone welcome. If you'd like to volunteer, please send an e-mail to Doug Bennet.

When: Saturday, May 12, starts at 10am
Where: Sorauren Fieldhouse

Artists in the Hood

Painting exhibition by Catherine Beaudette, Maihyet Burton, Michael Gerry, Frances Patella, James Ridyard.

Please join us to celebrate superb work by local artists on the May 11-13 weekend at The Upstairs at Pizzeria Defina on Roncesvalles. In addition, 15% of all sales of artwork will benefit the Wabash Building Society.

Free tapas, courtesy of Pizzeria Defina!

When: Friday, May 11, 7 - 10pm (Opening Reception)
             Saturday, May 12, 12 - 6pm
             Sunday, May 13, 12 - 4pm
Where: The Upstairs at Pizzeria Defina,
               321 Roncesvalles Ave.

May 09 Parkdale Community Information Fair

Come learn about the services available in your community. Meet organizations that help with:

Child Care
Legal Aid
And more!

For more information, contact Shanelle Smith, Community Outreach and Development Coordinator.

Parkdale Community Information Centre
1303 Queen St. West, Toronto ON

When: Wednesday, May 09, 4:30pm - 6pm
Where: Parkdale Public School, Small Gym

 April 2012
Apr 24 RMRA Meeting - Spring Has Sprung

Join us for gardening tips and tricks, with our expert panel of garden and tree specialists. Bring your questions, but please don't bring your plants.

When: Tuesday, April 24, 7-9pm
Where: 128 Fern Avenue Public School, Gym

April 05 Town Square Meeting

You're invited to the monthly meeting of the Wabash Building Society. We'll provide an update on the Town Square campaign, behind-the-scenes fundraising activities, discussions with Parks, Forestry & Recreation, and more!

When: Thursday, April 5, 7pm
Where: Sorauren Fieldhouse

April 03 Sports Permits Town Hall

Come learn about the new increased fees for sports field permits that will affect Sorauren Park. You can make a deputation. The mayor and councillors have been invited to attend. No need to register. For more info contact at or 416-392-4035.

When: Tuesday, April 3, 7pm
Where: City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Queen St. West

 March 2012
Mar 31 Celebrate Roncy March 31 at High Park Baptist Church

Visit the WBS booth at the Celebrate Roncy event starting at 11am Saturday, March 31. Come for community networking, entertainment, food and a neighbourhood celebration... Mark your calendars!

Mar 30 Emmanuel-Howard Park United Church 11th Annual Wine & Cheese Gala

Friday March 30, 8pm to midnight.

The Gala features live jazz, live and silent auctions and a selection of wines and cheeses. Special guests are comic Carolyn Bennett and The Paul Goudy Quintet.

Every year many important members of our community attend such as local business owners, politicians and local media. Last year 250 people attended and we raised $10,000.

EHP is a progressive, caring church located in the Highpark/Parkdale area of Toronto. We offer two weekly services as well as many small groups and programs. One of the many programs offered by EHP is our Outreach Program. We feed over 100 people lunch and a hot dinner every Sunday, offer informal counselling, winter clothing and toiletries, links to resources and a warm, caring atmosphere for those in need. The cost of running the Outreach Program is $20,000 per year. During the week our church is home to many other services: Brownies, Cubs and Scouts, Al-Anon and CA, The Village Healing Centre etc.

Tickets cost $25 which includes one glass of wine and a selection of hors dÕoeuvres.

If you are unable to attend you could still purchase a ticket and donate it back. These tickets will be given to church members who are financially limited.

You can also support the event by donating a service or item for the auction.

Please email Sara Robinson at to confirm that you will be attending or to make a donation.

Mar 01 Wabash Building Society Meeting

Want to learn more about the Town Square campaign and all the efforts happening in the background? Interested in volunteering for our fundraising event teams? And what the heck is happening with the Community Centre plans, anyway?

Join us this Thursday, March 1 at 7pm at the Sorauren Fieldhouse for the monthly Wabash Building Society meeting. A full and fun agenda.

 February 2012
Feb 27 Community Event for children with Learning Disabilities

A free community event at the YMCA Academy to educate families about their rights under the Ministry of Education Individualized Education Plans for children with learning disabilities.

The event takes place at 7pm on Monday, February 27th at the YMCA Academy, located at 15 Breadalbane St. (we share the same building as the Central YMCA). No RSVP required - just drop in!

When: Monday, February 27, 7pm
Where: YMCA Academy, 15 Breadalbane St.

Feb 02 Wabash Building Society Meeting

Join us at the Sorauren Fieldhouse Feb. 2 at 7pm for updates on the Town Square campaign, rink, Metrolinx sound barrier along the rail line, and more.

When: Thursday, February 02, 7pm
Where: Sorauren Fieldhouse

 January 2012
Jan 30 RMRA Meeting

Join us Tuesday January 31 at Fern School at 7 pm for a presentation and Q&A with Metrolinx. Progress and upcoming work on the GO Georgetown Line and Airport Link, and plans for the Dundas West Transit Hub will be the topics of discussion.

When: Tuesday, January 31, 7-9pm
Where: 128 Fern Avenue Public School, East Door

 December 2011
Dec 09 4th Annual Roncy Craft and Cocktail Event!
Hosted by Penny Walintschek, Ingrid Gertz and Saskia Wassing-Shepherd

Please join us for cocktails, conversation and shopping with 3 fabulous handmade artisans and crafts people.

Items for sale this year include jewellery, ornaments, housewares, textile art, bags original glass art.

Even if shopping isn't in your plans, we do hope you will join us for a fab night and libations.

When: Friday, December 9 at 6:30pm
Where: Penny's House, 59 Parkway Ave.
Phone: 416-516-1324

Dec 01 Wabash Building Society Meeting at the Sorauren Fieldhouse

Stay up to date with Town Square fundraising plans, the natural ice rink, and other goings-on at the park by attending monthly meetings of the Wabash Building Society, all invited. Next meeting is Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7pm at the Sorauren Fieldhouse.

When: Thursday, December 1 at 7 pm
Where: Sorauren Fieldhouse

 November 2011
Nov 20 Get Out & Play!

Creating Together Family Resource Centre invites you to its annual fundraising gala.

Creating Together Parkdale Family Resource Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides a warm and stimulating environment for children from birth to six years old to play, learn and socialize. In operation since 1976, Creating Together has enriched the lives of thousands of families in the Parkdale/High Park area.

Silent Auction. Music. Live Entertainment

Tickets: Pay What You Can (min. $5). Advance tickets available at Creating Together, 1497 Queen St. W.

For more information, call 416-537-1004

When: Sunday, November 20, 7-10 pm
Where: Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W.

 October 2011
Oct 25 RMRA Meeting

The meeting will present a bird's eye view of various sites that are currently being studied for the purpose of redevelopment and intensification.

  1. Wabash Square, east of the Wabash Field House, which Doug Bennet will talk more about, at a future meeting.
  2. 35 Wabash Ave. - development status.
  3. Giraffe Condos @ 1540 Bloor St W. - development status
  4. Queen St W Restaurant Study (Parts & Labour @ OMB)
  5. 1624 Queen St W - has city any plans for demolition, redevelopment?
  6. Sterling Road development, north of Nestle.
  7. 2376 Dundas St W, north of The Crossways - proposed development.
  8. Howard Park Lofts - officially and unofficially.

Two guest speakers will talk about these project:

Dan Nicholson, our City of Toronto area planner, on the official status of some of these developments.

Roland Rom-Colthoff, principal of RAW Design / Architecture Studio, will talk with us about the planning and marketing plans for Howard Park Lofts.

When: Tuesday, October 25, 7-9pm
Where:128 Fern Avenue Public School, East Door

Oct 23 Get Your Pumpkins Here

4th Annual Halloween Fundraiser for the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse.

Come join us from 10am - 1pm on Sunday, October 23 at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse for face painting, hot apple cider and, of course, loads and loads of pumpkins for sale.

100% of proceeds will be donated to the Fieldhouse.

Same as last year, we are raising funds towards the development of our new town square (to be located to the east of the Fieldhouse).

Hosted by Chander Chaddah and Joanna Lang.

When: Sunday, October 23, 10am - 1pm
Where: Sorauren Park Fieldhouse

 September 2011
Sept 27 RMRA Meeting - All Candidates Debate

Come, meet your local candidates and voice your questions or concerns.

The party leaders will also be debating the same night but our meeting of our local candidates will be livelier.

When: Tuesday, September 27, 7-9pm
Where:128 Fern Avenue Public School, East Door

Sept 25 Adult Literacy Volunteer Tutors Training Event

The MOVE (Maximizing Opportunities for Volunteer Educators) Project invites all Adult Literacy Volunteer Tutors to a volunteer tutor training event.

When and Where:

Thursday September 29, 2011 at 6 - 9pm
Scadding Court Community Centre
707 Dundas Street West (at Bathurst Street)

Saturday October 1, 2011 at 10am - 4pm
Parkdale Project Read
1209 King Street West (at Dufferin Street)
Please bring a dish to share at the Potluck Lunch.

Wednesday October 5, 2011 at 6 - 9pm
St. Christopher House
248 Ossington Avenue (at Dundas Street West)

Thursday October 13, 2011 at 6 - 9pm
Scadding Court Community Centre
707 Dundas Street West (at Bathurst Street)

Please RSVP your acceptance to Vanessa at or by phone at 416-591-7384 by Monday September 26, 2011.
Sept 16-18 The Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Now entering its sixth year, the Roncesvalles Polish Festival brings a unique old-world charm to Roncesvalles Village, well known as one of TorontoÕs most vibrant, diverse and creative neighbourhoods. Come and experience everything what Roncesvalles Village has to offer: the rich Polish heritage, the art, music and culture, the fabulous restaurants and unique, trendy shops.

When: Friday - Sunday, September 16-18
Where: Roncesvalled Avenue

Sept 10 Grand Opening of Centre of Gravity West

Acrobats! Stilt walkers! Jugglers! FREE for the whole family! Try us out! Circus workshops, circus shows, face painting, balloons & popcorn!

When: Saturday, September 10, 1-4pm
Where: 213 Sterling Rd.

Sept 08 Sorauren "Town Square" Meeting

The first meeting of the new season for the Wabash Building Society will focus on the new Ņtown squareÓ planned for the fenced-off space between the Fieldhouse and the abandoned linseed factory.

WeÕll report on the results of recent meetings at City Hall and on- site, following from the successful design workshop in June.

All invited.

When: Thursday, September 08, 7 pm
Where: Sorauren Fieldhouse

Sept 03 Saturday Night Movie in the Park
Featuring Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Weather permitting, classic cartoons will be shown at around 8:30 pm, and then Scott Pilgrim vs. the World when it gets dark. Bring a chair or a blanket, some snacks and drinks, and join us for a movie in Fuller Park.


When: Saturday, September 03, 8:30 pm
Where: Albert Crosland Parkette, on Fuller Ave. (2 blocks west of Landsdowne Ave., and north of Queen St. W)

 August 2011
Aug 27 Saturday Night Movie in the Park
Featuring Zombieland

Weather permitting, classic cartoons will be shown at around 8:30 pm, and then Zombieland when it gets dark. Bring a chair or a blanket, some snacks and drinks, and join us for a movie in Fuller Park.


When: Saturday, August 27, 8:30 pm
Where: Albert Crosland Parkette, on Fuller Ave. (2 blocks west of Landsdowne Ave., and north of Queen St. W)

 July 2011
July 16 Environment Day

Bring your hazardous household goods and old electronics for proper disposal. Pick up compost and blue bins. Learn about City of Toronto environmental programs.

When: Saturday, July 16, 10am-2pm
Where: On Wabash Avenue by the Fieldhouse

 June 2011
June 25 - July 2 Roncesvalles-High Park Historical Photo Exhibit

134 fabulous photos of our neighbourhood from 1859 to 1949.

When: June 25 to July 2
Where: City Hall Rotunda

June 28 Community Consultation Meeting: Queen Street West Restaurant Study

The study area covers the lands on and flanking Queen Street West, between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. The study will examine possible changes to the Zoning By-law to mitigate negative impacts associated with restaurants and bars on the surrounding area.

When: Tuesday, June 28, 7-9pm
Where: May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Avenue

June 26 13th Annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase:
Performance by REnarrate artists Tamara Platisa and Sasa Rajsic

All programs pay what you can! Please visit for full program details.

When: Sunday, June 26, 12pm
Where: Parkdale Amphitheatre (Queen and Dufferin)

REact: Solidarity Sunday

To commemorate the G20 standoff in Parkdale one year ago, the Parkdale Showcase will screen works of artistic protest, with some videos interpreting and reacting to the events of Toronto's G20, while others, screened at past Showcases, are a testament to resistance movements nationally and internationally. With opening remarks by Dr Kate Milberry.

When: Sunday, June 26, 2pm
Where: The Rhino, 2nd Floor, 1249 Queen St. W.

June 25 13th Annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase:

All programs pay what you can! Please visit for full program details.

When: Saturday, June 25, 2:30pm
Where: Toronto Public Library, Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen St. W.)

REread: Parkdale Stories

When: Saturday, June 25, 3:30pm
Where: Toronto Public Library, Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen St. W.)

Screening Under the Stars - Outdoor Family Friendly Program

When: Saturday, June 25, 9pm
Where: Fuller Avenue Parkette (Just north of Queen St. W. on Fuller Ave.)

June 24 13th Annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase:
REvisit: Showcasing Parkdale Film + Video Shorts (Opening Night Screening)

All programs pay what you can! Please visit for full program details.

When: Friday, June 24, 7-9pm
Where: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave.

June 24-26 13th Annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase:
REnarrate and REside Media Installations from sunrise to sunset

This year, video installations will be hosted in partnership with several Queen West businesses in their storefronts: REside artists Liz Knox at Common Sort (1414 Queen Street West), and Cheryl Rondeau at Capital Espresso (1349 Queen Street West), and REnarrate artists Department of Unusual Certainties at Ground Level Cafˇ (1496 Queen Street West).

All programs pay what you can! Please visit for full program details.

June 22 13th Annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase:
Artist Talk with REnarrate Artists

Julian Higuerey Nunez, The Department of Unusual Certainties (Brendan Cormier, Christopher Pandolfi, and Simon Rabyniuk) and Tamara Platisa and Sasa Rajsic

All programs pay what you can! Please visit for full program details.

When: Wednesday, June 22, 7-9pm
Where: Ground Level Cafˇ, 1496 Queen St. W.

June 19 Totstock 2011

Totstock is a noisy, vibrant, whimsical celebration of community. It's a once-a-year party in the park with live music, children's games and activities, story-telling and sing-a-longs, great food and drinks in support of the westend food co-op and the common good time.

When: Sunday, June 19, 2-5pm
Where: Sorauren Park, Wabash & Sorauren

 May 2011
May 31 RMRA Meeting - Greening and Gardening in Roncesvalles

This is a gardening special so bring your questions about plants, flowers and gardens and talk to some of the experts in attendance.

This is our Annual General Meeting and the last for this 2010 Š 2011 season. Also it is Strawberry Social time so leave a bit of room after your dinner for strawberries and vanilla yogurt ice cream

When: Tuesday, May 31, 7-9pm
Where:128 Fern Avenue Public School, East Door

May 18 The Parkdale Beauty Pageant Society Presents...

Please join us for a fundraiser party in celebration of the upcoming 13th Annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase. All money goes toward supporting this year's Showcase, including artist fees, educational workshops and PWYC screenings. PLUS there are lots of awesome prizes to be won!

Fun and games and prizes from 8 - 11pm

$10 cover, $8 if you're dressed in pink
Raffle tickets on sale
Cash bar

Featuring the greatest prizes you can imagine from our generous neighbourhood businesses and lovely friends. Stay tuned for more details!

No RSVP necessary - all comrades welcome!

For more information please contact the Parkdale Beauty Pageant Society

When: Wednesday May 18, 7:30 - 11pm
Where: Poor John's Cafˇ, 1610 Queen Street West

May 16 CTC Railbender 2

Get electrified! Join the CTC for the 2nd Anniversary Railbender Party at the Gladstone Hotel! Entertainment TBD.

Hear our expert report on the electrification of the Georgetown Corridor including GO Transit and the Air Rail Link, as we continue to "debunk the myths" that Metrolinx keeps feeding the public on electrification.

Special guest will include the author of OUR report on electrification, Greg Gormick.

When: Monday, May 16, 7 - 10pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel

May 14 Sorauren Park Beautification Day

Help us clean up the park and gardens! Bring your gardening gear and gloves. Bags provided. Email if youÕd like to volunteer.

When: Saturday, May 14, 10am - 1pm
Where: Sorauren Park

All Day Sidewalk Sale on Roncesvalles

Bouncy castles! Crafts! Face painters! Balloon Clowns! Musicians & much more!

Free Looney Tunes Cartoons at the Revue at 4pm!

Plus community tree planting!

When: Saturday, May 14, 10am-6pm
Where: Roncesvalles Avenue

The Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale

Come catch the RAYS 4th Annual community-wide yard sale.

To register, email This year RAYS is pleased to support The Redwood Shelter.

When: Saturday, May 14, 9am-3pm
Where: Roncesvalles neighbourhood

May 07 Jane's Walk

This walk celebrates our community spirit and the Polish heritage of Roncesvalles Village. We also explore unusual things along the way, such as the reason for the rubber sidewalk in front of St. Vincent De Paul's Church, the legacy of the infamous local Boyd Gang, and the site of some of the fiercest chess matches in the hood.

When: Saturday, May 07, 11am, rain or shine
Where: Rendezvous at the High Park Baptist Church

 April 2011
Apr. 14 West End Girls

Stand-up comedy on the edge of Parkdale, spring fever edition. Starring Carolyn Bennett, Dawn Whitwell, Sabrina Chevannes, Jill Knight, Muniza Raul, Sarah Maud Carver, Raffaella Diana, Paula Lucidi, Candice Gregoris, Daniela Saioni ... and Darren Pyle.

When: Thursday, April 14, 8pm
Where: Poor John's, 1610 Queen Street West
Price: $5 or PWYC

Apr. 07 Wabash Building Society Meeting

We need your voice to help advocate for the new Town Square for Sorauren Park (in the vacant land between the buildings on Wabash). Come to this monthÕs WBS meeting on Thursday, April 7 starting at 7 p.m. at the Sorauren Fieldhouse. All invited. Learn whatÕs going on at the park and get involved!

When: Thursday, April 7, 7pm
Where: Sorauren Fieldhouse

Apr. 04 Book Launch for Copernicus Avenue by Andrew J. Borkowski

Featuring a reading by Andrew J. Borkowski and musical accompaniment by local blues band The Grayceful Daddies.

Please RSVP by March 25 to

When: Monday, April 4, 6-8pm
Where: 403 Roncesvalles Avenue

 March 2011
Mar. 08 The Roncesvalles Village Historical Society Presents:
Writing Roncesvalles: Imagining a Neighbourhood

A literary panel at High Park Public Library, 228 Roncesvalles Ave., Tuesday, March 8, 6:30pm.


Pat Capponi
Author, Last Stop Sunnyside, The Corpse Will Keep, Upstairs in the Crazy House

Ray Robertson
Author, Gently Down The Stream, David, What Happened Later

Eva Stachniak
Author, Necessary Lies, The Garden of Venus, The Winter Palace (forthcoming)

Moderated by:

Andrew J. Borkowski
Author, Copernicus Avenue

 February 2011
Feb. 18 Clean Train Coalition Demonstration at 20 Bay Street Starting at 8:30am

Despite the proven superiority of electric trains, the McGuinty Liberals are pushing ahead with plans to buy diesels for a rail link to Pearson Airport - plans to be approved by Metrolinx on February 18th. We will be there demonstrating our opposition to more diesels, and calling on the Province to build it right as electric from the start.

When: Friday, February 18, 8:30am
Where: Metrolinx, 20 Bay Street

 December 2010
Dec. 09 Roncy Construction Update Meeting at Howard Park

Our councillor, Gord Perks is hosting a meeting to provide an update about the Roncesvalles construction delays and to give community members an opportunity to ask questions about the project. Click here for more details.

When: Thursday, December 9, 7-9pm
Where:Howard Park Junior Public School (General Purpose Room), 30 Marmaduke St.

 November 2010
Nov. 16 Join the Clean Train Demonstration at Metrolinx

The Clean Train Coalition needs your help. Members of coalition is planning to attend the Metrolinx Board Meeting on Nov 16, at 9 am, to bring their message directly to the decision makers at Metrolinx - that electrification must be the #1 rail transit priority for Metrolinx and the Government of Ontario. They would like you to join them. They would also ask if you would forward this message to your association or network, so that other friends can join them at this gathering.

When: Tuesday, November 16, 9 am
Where:20 Bay Street at Queen's Quay

 October 2010
Oct. 26 Sneak Preview of Roncesvalles "Years Gone By"

Photo exhibit of mineral baths in High Park, winter sports and other photos from 100 years ago. Speakers: The Roncesvalles Village Historical Society with Michael Craig.

When: Tuesday, October 26, 7-9 pm
Where:128 Fern Avenue Public School, East Door

Oct. 23 3rd Annual Halloween Pumpkin Fundraiser for the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse

Come and join us for face painting, hot apple cider and of couse loads and loads of pumpkins (for sale).

100% of proceeds donated to the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse (last year, we raised just over $2000.00. This year we are hoping to do better so we can pay for the moving of pavers (reclaimed from City Hall) for what we hope will be our new town square - to be located to the east of the field house.

When: Saturday, October 23, 10am - 1pm
Where: Sorauren Park Fieldhouse

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HOPE Garden Final Fall Clean Up

The garden is definitely starting to look like fall; thereÕs a bit more harvesting to do but things are slowing down and itÕs about time to start saving those seeds for next season (remember to let them turn brown on the stalk first). WeÕll continue our Wednesday work parties until October 6. Help us: mulch the compost, harvest herbs and dry them in the greenhouse, save seeds, weed the pathways, and clean up the garden for the Festival.

Mark your calendar for the final fall clean up days: join us either Saturday, October 16 or Sunday, October 17 to prepare the garden for winter.

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 16-17
Where: HOPE Garden, 220 Cowan Ave.

Oct. 04 Growing the Future: Food Program for Youth Ages 13-15

Learn more about joining our cooking & gardening program. Activities & meal included. For more information contact Emma at

When: Monday, October 4, 3:30-6pm
Where: Masaryk Cowan Community Recreation Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.

Oct. 02 Parkdale Food, Earth and Culture Festival

The countdown has begun: just two weeks until we have a blast in the park. Yep, itÕs the annual Food, Earth and Culture Festival on Saturday, October 2.

In celebration of healthy local food and Parkdale, this year weÕll be preparing much of our food, using local, seasonal ingredients and cooking at the Parkdale Neighborhood Church. We will also have a few tasty bites from our favourite neighbourhood restaurants, like Tibet Kitchen and AliÕs Roti shop. Cost: $2 donation. Plus, the HOPE gardeners are putting on a bake sale fundraiser. TheyÕll be baking up a storm of sweet treats to satisfy your afternoon sweet tooth.

On stage, we have a variety of acts from dancing to singing to puppets: Baro Dununba (African drumming group), Shadowlands Puppet Theater, Tibetan Youth Cultural Performance, and more.

Besides the main festival stage, there will be loads of activities happening in the park. Catherine Campbell, our community artisit, will be making watercolour postcards with folks, Sketch will be hosting a papermaking workshop, Tenzin will be back in action with games and art activities for children, chocoSol with their delicious chocolate, massages, bike tune-ups, and much more! Spread the word and see you there!

When: Saturday, October 2, 12-4pm
Where: Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave

Oct. 02 Help out: volunteer with us or make a donation

If youÕd like to volunteer for a 2-3 hour shift serving food, setting up, cleaning up, or dishwashing, please contact Leslie by email: or leave a voicemail at calling 647-438-0038. YouÕll get a plate of food on us and that good feeling from helping out.

You could also help out with a donation. Here are some things we could use for the festival and afterward. If you have one of these items and would like to offer it, please bring it to the Greenest City office at Masaryk-Cowan Community Center (220 Cowan) on September 27, 28, or 29. If those dates donÕt work, email to make other arrangements.

When: Saturday, October 2, 12-4pm
Where: HOPE Garden, 220 Cowan Ave

 September 2010
Sept. 28 RMRA All Candidates Meeting

You are invited to an All Candidates Meeting for our ward in the upcoming municipal election.

When: Tuesday, September 28, 7-9 pm
Where: Fern Avenue PS, Auditorium

Sept. 26 Clean Train CoalitionÕs GO ELECTRIC Music Event

You are cordially invited to attend the Clean Train CoalitionÕs GO ELECTRIC music event on Sunday, September 26th in Sorauren Park, from 1:00pm Š 5:00pm. Local musicians will perform throughout the afternoon, with keynote speakers taking the stage at 3:00pm.

Join the growing number of Torontonians who understand that electrified transit on the Georgetown Corridor is the only sustainable option we have.

LetÕs build it once. LetÕs build it right.

Sept. 18 Gardening Day

Saturday, Sept. 18 starting at 10 am Ń help us weed the garden around the Sorauren Fieldhouse, prepare planting beds for new trees and gardens, and do a general clean-up. All welcome, bring your gardening tools for a day of community building and camaraderie.

Sept. 13 Wholeplay parenting classes

Starting Sept. 13, this program offers early childhood development and parenting classes and service at the Sorauren Fieldhouse on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Sorauren Farmers Market

Every Monday, 3 - 7pm, at Sorauren Park

Sept. 08 Wabash Building Society monthly meeting

All invited... agenda items include the town square development, municipal election, mural and others. Starts at 7pm at the Fieldhouse.

 July 2010
Jul. 25 Electric Train Music Series

Help Drum Diesel Out of Town, Perth Square - Special Sunday Concert

Jul. 18 Electric Train Music Series

Acoustic Performance by Mark Ripp, at Erwin Krickhahn Park.

Jul. 17 Skateboard Event in Fuller Park

This Saturday July 17th a skateboarding clinic will be set up at Albert Croslands Parkette (Fuller Park) from 9am to 5pm. Instruction will be provided for new boarders and those who are looking to improve their skills - just bring your skateboard and helmet! Ramps and rails will be temporarily installed for a day of skateboarding fun.

The event is co-sponsored by Parks & Recreation and The Junction Skateshop (404 Roncesvalles).

Jul. 11 Electric Train Music Series

Acoustic Performance by Adam Volpentesta, at Carlton Park.

Jul. 04 Electric Train Music Series

Acoustic Performance by Andrew Cash, at Campbell Park.

Every Sunday in July at 12:30pm in the Junction Triangle. The Electric Train Music Series is held in conjunction with the Junction Triangle Picnics in the Parks, 11am - 1pm every Sunday in July.

 June 2010
Jun. 27 Totstock Festival at Sorauren Park

On Sunday, June 27th, from 2-5pm, Sorauren Park will come alive with song, dance, stories and more.

Brought to you by the totsquad (and lots of volunteer moms and dads, join us!), totstock is a vibrant, noisy, whimsical celebration of family and community.

There will be live music, childrenÕs games and activities, story- telling & puppet shows, great food & a rollicking good time all in support of the Wabash Building Society in particular & the common good in general.

Please consider bringing:

  • Your child's bike or trike for the bicycle parade
  • A sunhat and a reusable bottle or mug
  • A pocketful of toonies (this is a fundraiser after all)

 May 2010
May 29 High Park Choirs Annual Spring Concert

Join renowned Artistic Director Zimfira Poloz and the High Park Choirs of Toronto as they delight audiences with their beautiful and unique sound and their innovative repertoire at their annual spring concert.

Date: Saturday, May 29, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: St. Anne's Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Ave. (near Dufferin and Dundas)
Tickets: Available at the door: $20 adults and $15.00 children/students/seniors
Contact: or 416-762-0657

May 27 City-wide Zoning By-law Meeting

The City of Toronto is proposing to adopt a new City-Wide Zoning By-law in the summer of 2010 for the amalgamated City of Toronto which regulates the use of land, the size and location of buildings and structures, parking and loading. Information on the proposed City-wide Zoning By-law is available on the City's website.

The open house meeting will be held on May 27, 2010, from 4:00 - 9:00 pm, in Committee Room 4 at City Hall, 100 Queen St. West, Toronto. Further information on the Open House, including requests for special assistance, can be obtained by calling (416) 392-0194.

In chapter 150 of the new Zoning by-law, there are restrictions on the types of home occupations that will be allowed. Check this chapter and the entire By-law if you are concerned. You may also contact our councillorÕs office, Gord Perks, at 416-392-7919 for assistance in understanding your issues.

May 25 RMRA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Strawberry Social

This is our final meeting until September. Get ready to enjoy a great summer.

When: Tuesday, May 25, 7-9 pm
Where: Fern Avenue PS, Auditorium

May 15 & 16 High Park Choirs Spring Auditions

The High Park Choirs of Toronto is conducting spring auditions for children aged 5 to 18. Give your children a choral music education and performance experience that will enrich their lives!

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm in the
Location: Kingsbury Room, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Road

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Location: Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road

Please contact the choir manager to reserve an audition time at (416) 762 0657

May 15 The 3rd annual Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale (RAYS) is coming!

Brought to you by the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents' Association in conjunction with the High Park Residents' Association and the Sunnyside Community Association.

Sell your stuff from the comfort of your front yard (or garage)! Buy things from your neighbours! Bring your friends and let them explore one of the city's best neighbourhoods!

Please register your yard sale by contacting Chris via email at

For more info, please stay tuned to this website and the RAYS blog:

May 15 Help Build the New Sorauren Park Community Patio

No experience necessary! We'll have the professionals to help us amateurs build a beautiful new patio at the Fieldhouse on Saturday, May 15... mark your calendar now! The event includes a community BBQ. Help leave a lasting legacy as we finish the landscaping around the Fieldhouse, funded by the Walmart-Evergreen Community Grounds program and supported by the City of Toronto and volunteer power.

See you at the park!

May 11 Meeting of the Roncesvalles Village Historical Society

The Secrets of Sorauren Park: Have you ever wondered why the trees are so stumpy? Are you curious who stopped it from becoming a garbage truck yard?

Stop in for a discussion on the origins of Sorauren Park and a film featuring Barbara Hall, Irene Atkinson, and others.

When: Tuesday, May 11 at 7pm
Where: High Park Library, 228 Roncevalles Ave.

May 02 Sorauren-Wabash Railway Loop "Jane's Walk"

Join Wabash Building Society chair Doug Bennet and special guests for the first Sorauren "Jane's Walk". The walk is part of a program of free guided tours held around Toronto and now across North America in memory of urban guru Jane Jacobs.

We'll meet on Sunday, May 2 at 1 pm at the southwest entrance to Sorauren Park (corner of Sorauren and Wabash). We'll explore human and natural history during the walk, which will proceed up Sorauren, across the Dundas bridge, down Lansdowne to Rideau and looping back along Wabash.

What was here before us? What connection does this corner of Toronto have to Napoleon? How did continental conquest shape the neighbourhood to this very day? Why is Wabash Avenue so weirdly wide? How can we reclaim abandoned industrial property for civic use in the spirit of Jane Jacobs? These are just some of the topics and surprises in store for you in this history-steeped walk in ancient Brockton.

To register for the walk, visit the Jane's Walk web site.

 April 2010
Apr. 17 Environment Day and Open House

Join Mayor David Miller, Councillor Gord Perks, city officials and neighbours for the annual Wabash Avenue Environment Day on Saturday, April 17, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Bring old electronics, batteries and hazardous household goods for safe disposal. Pick up free compost. Buy replacement recycling bins and learn about City green projects.

PLUS: Drop by the Sorauren Fieldhouse for our special Open House, featuring Fieldhouse user groups. Learn what's going on at the park and the Fieldhouse, and get free coffee courtesy Roncey Starbucks.

Click here for more info at the City web site.

When: Saturday, April 17, 10am - 2pm
Where: Wabash Avenue

Apr. 16 Freedom to Express - A Parkdale Project Read Community Event

We are calling on learners, tutors, volunteers, staff and board members to perform. Read a poem, sing a song, dance a dance, show off your talents. Group performances are welcome! Please note, we've reserved 6 spots for readings and 6 spots for theatre, dance or musical performances.

To sign up, you can either email or come in to PPR and sign up on the sheet posted near the back of the space.


Parkdale Project Read
1209 King St. West, Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario M6K 1G2
Telephone: 416-531-6308
Fax: 416-531-5710

Apr. 11 Little Monsters and The Lower Ossington Theatre Bring you... Morro and Jasp GO GREEN

In Partnership with: UNIT Productions and Mixed Company Theatre

An engaging, entertaining and interactive look at being environmentally friendly, Morro and Jasp GO GREEN turns assumptions about going green on their heads and teaches us that every little bit makes a difference. Explored by the loveable and highly laughable Morro and Jasp, the messages hit home for both kids and adults like never before.

When: Sunday, April 11, 2 shows - 11am & 2pm
Where: The Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave., Toronto, ON
Tickets: $15

For tickets, call 416-915-6747 or online at and

Apr. 01 Wabash Building Society Monthly Meeting

Join us this Thursday, April 1 (no joke) at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse to volunteer for upcoming events and provide your input into park development.


  • Environment Day Open House planning
  • Patio build planning (it's going to be fantastic!)
  • Solar panel update (plan to put solar panels on Fieldhouse roof)
  • Jane's Walk update
  • Donor appreciation event planning
  • AGM planning, next meeting in May
  • New business

 March 2010
Mar. 28 Earth Hour 2010: Inorganic Market

Drop off old computers, cell phones, printers etc.

When: Sunday, March 28, 10am - 3pm
Where: No Frills, 2178 Bloor St. West (near Runnymede)

Mar. 27 Earth Hour 2010: Annual Candlelight Walk

Join Your Community by Powering Down and standing up for the Planet. Turn off the lights, turn down the heat, unplug the electronics then.....walk by candlelight.

Bloor West Village: starting at Alex Ling Fountain, (Jane /Bloor)
The Junction: starting at the Junction Train Station Platform, Dundas West & Pacific
Roncesvalles: starting at Grafton Park (Grafton street/Roncesvalles)

Pre Walk Rallies: Come early for the entertainment, information about environmental initiatives and refreshments, courtesy of MPP Cheri DiNovo's team.
Join A Walk: Bring your own candle and join in Earth Hour.
After the Walk: Support local Businesses participating in Earth Hour and continue the Greening of Parkdale - HighPark

When: Saturday, March 27, festivities start @7:30pm, walk start @8:30pm

Mar. 10 Sorauren Park Sports - Registration Day

Remember to register your kids for soccer, t-ball and rookie ball on March 10 for this year's season starting in May. Full registration details can be found on the City's web site here:

The all-volunteer Sorauren Parks Sports Association, which runs the programs with the City, is looking for parent coaches and assistant coaches... no experience necessary; a short crash-course in coaching will be offered. Sorauren Sports is a lot of fun. If you're interested in coaching, please contact chair Liz Leason at

Mar. 04 Wabash Building Society Meeting

This week's WBS meeting featuring these hot agenda items:

  • Meet Peter Lewis, our new Parks and Rec supervisor
  • Event planning:
    April 17 Environment Days Open House
    May 15 Community Patio Build
    May 29 Donor Appreciation Event
    Volunteers needed for all events!
  • Proposal: Solar panels on Fieldhouse roof
  • 35 Wabash Avenue: Condo update
  • Fieldhouse Mural Update
  • New Business... bring your ideas

Learn what's going on at the park and how you can contribute.

When: Thursday, March 4, 7 pm
Where: Sorauren Park Fieldhouse

Mar. 02 Celebrate the Clean Train Coalition's 1st Anniversary

The opportunity to make electric trains a reality in the Georgetown South Corridor is still very much alive. Come celebrate the first anniversary of the Clean Train Coalition and find out how you can help bend the rails to electrify the Georgetown Corridor!

When: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 7 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

Music by Kitgut Stringband, Rob Joy, Michael Johnston

Remarks by Mayor David Miller at 8 pm

 February 2010
Feb. 23 RMRA Meeting with Alex Keefer & the Historical Society

You are invited to a presentation with guest speaker Alec Keefer. Find out where to begin your historical research about your home's history. Discover your home's past lives. Dig into the origins of your property.

When: Tuesday, February 23, 7-9 pm
Where: Fern Avenue PS, Auditorium

Feb. 18 Community Meeting

35 Wabash building was demolished but what kind of development is going in there?

Gord Perks, City Councillor of Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park, will be presiding the meeting.

When: Thursday, February 18, 6pm
Where: Parkdale Community Recreation Centre:
Room 108, 75 Lansdowne Avenue

Feb. 15 The West End Food Co-op presents:
Sorauren Farmers' Market & Silent Auction

Music - entertainment - wonderful items to bid on! All proceeds go towards our future co-op store.

When:Monday, February 15, 3-7 pm
Where: Sorauren Park Fieldhouse

Feb. 07 Sunday Skates @ Sorauren Park Rink

Lace up your skates at the Sorauren Park Rink. Starting this Sunday, February 7th from 12 - 3 pm - pleasure skating, shinny and good food. Warm up with hot chocolate and delicious chili made by Chrissy from Grenadier Rd. Proceeds going to the Wabash Building Society. Join us every Sunday in February (weather permitting).

See you at the rink!

Feb. 04 Wabash Building Society February Meeting

Come to the next meeting of the WBS to stay in touch with developments concerning the community centre, the new community patio, upcoming special events at Sorauren Park and more.

When: Thursday, February 04
Where: Sorauren Park Fieldhouse

 January 2010
Jan. 26 RMRA Meeting - Roncy Rocks!

Come visit a marketplace of community groups at a special event organized by the Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents' Association. Learn what makes this a great neighbourhood and see how you can get involved with any of the following groups or projects:

  • Clean Train Coalition
  • Grafton Community Garden & The West End Flower Faeries
  • Greenest City & Sorauren Farmers Market
  • Howard Park Home & School
  • Howard Park Grounds Rejuvenation
  • High Park Residents Association
  • Parkdale Village BIA
  • PARC: Parkdale-Activity Recreation Centre
  • Parkdale Public Health Clinic
  • Revue Cinema
  • Roncesvalles Renewed
  • Roncesvalles Vilage BIA
  • Roncesvalles Greening Committee
  • Roncesvalles Village Historical Society
  • Sorauren Park Dogs
  • Sorauren Park Skating
  • Sorauren Park Sports Association
  • Wabash Building Society
  • Sunnyside Community Association
  • West End Food Co Op
  • Charles G Williams Park
  • Roncy Roadwreck
  • and more

When: Tuesday, January 26, 7-9 pm
Where: Fern Avenue PS, Auditorium

Jan. 22 PARC and the Six String Nation Guitar

PARC & The String Nation Guitar invite: members of High Park and Parkdale area to come to PARC for an evening of celebration and information.

Jowi Taylor, a local resident, maestro of the Six String Nation Guitar will make a presentation of the Guitar and tell its story. Ken Whiteley and Mike Ford, and PARC members will take to the stage to perform using the Six String Nation Guitar.

When: Friday, January 22, 7-8:30 pm
Where: PARC 1499 Queen Street West (Queen and Sorauren)

 November 2009
Nov. 21 Roncey Craft Alliance Roncesvalles

You're invited to stop in for a drink...a treat...and to browse our selection of handmade Canadian goodies!

Get your holiday shopping done in one relaxing evening. And support local artists at the same time!

Featuring the works of:

  • Saskia Wassing-Shepperd (brooches, textiles, handbags)
  • Jennifer Buckland (suede bags, Christmas stockings, suede goods)
  • Penny Walintschek (glass work, glass jewellery)
  • Larissa Mattwich & Galina Gretchko (handbeaded jewellery, silk painting & frames)
  • Ingrid Gertz (handmade jewellery)

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Saskia's House, 51 Grenadier Rd.

For further information, please contact:
Saskia at (416) 530-1962


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