Dec 01
Register to attend City-lead Round Table discussion about Loblaw Site, 2280 Dundas St W.
Please Share With Your Neighbours. Choice Properties REIT, the owner of the Loblaw site at 2280 Dundas St West, the south-east corner of Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West, is looking to submit an application to redevelop the site with a mixed-use development including residential, commercial, employment and community uses, a City park, new streets and potential relocation of the high school.

In order to understand what the community envisions for this site before the application is formally submitted, City Planning staff, together with Councillor Gord Perks' office, are hosting round table discussions which will focus on key themes such as Built Form and Use, Public Realm and Sustainability.

The City-lead Round Table Discussions will take place:
Monday, Dec 11, 2017. 7pm
Cafeteria, Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton Secondary School,
1515 Bloor Street West (corner of Bloor St W/Dundas St W)

** You must register on-line to attend **

Please note that a second evening, Tuesday December 12th will be made available only if the December 11th meeting reaches registration capacity.

If you are unable to attend the Community Meeting but are interested in further information, please contact City Planners Aviva Pelt, or Joanna Kimont, or Councillor Gord Perks' office.

Register to attend

Nov 4
Pumpkin Sale Fundraiser: A Huge Success!
Thank you to all who came out to support the park. Through your generosity, we raised $2,900 towards Sorauren Park improvement.

Oct 6
Pumpkin Sale Fundraiser: Sat, Oct. 21
Friends of Sorauren Park is holding its annual Pumpkin Sale Fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 21, 9am – 12 noon on the Sorauren Town Square. Purchase your pumpkin at the park; 100% of proceeds go to support Friends of Sorauren Park and free park programming. Hosted by Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates Broker.

Watch video produced by JbyJ Video Production.

Sept 12
WaBASH Fall Festival Sept 23
Bring your family, friends and neighbours to the party in the park! The bash on Wabash!

The Friends of Sorauren Park and its partners present The WaBASH Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 23 from 4-10pm at the park, 50 Wabash Avenue.

More info

June 01
Volunteer to help build new bake oven
Work is under way and we need your muscle!

On the plaza behind the Fieldhouse work has started on the new bake oven. Construction will continue periodically over the summer and we need volunteers to help. Are you handy with a hammer? Got a few hours to spare? Sign up to volunteer and you'll be notified of the construction schedule.

May 31
Friends of Sorauren Park meeting June 1 At the Fieldhouse starting 7 p.m., all invited
You’re invited to the monthly meeting of the Friends of Sorauren Park. We'll be discussing upcoming initiatives including Outdoor Movies, The WaBASH festival, and construction of the new bake oven. As well, a local dog owners' group will report back on possible improvements to the off-leash area. Get involved, learn about volunteer opportunities, and help us shape the future of our community park.

Join us at the Sorauren Fieldhouse on Thursday starting at 7 p.m.

May 31
Share your playground ideas - Come to our brainstorming session on Wed., May 31
Friends of Charles G. Williams Park received over a hundred responses to its recent survey and will be sharing some of the feedback at a special May 31 meeting, to be held on the main floor of the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse. Neighborhood business owner and landscape architect, Eric Gordon, will be leading a guided brainstorming session to come up with exciting opportunities and solutions to some of our park issues. This is a great chance to share with other parents, grandparents and friends of the park.

Please also note that the park includes the basketball court, wading pool and surrounding grassy areas.

May 31
A Note from Councillor Gord Perks: Pre-application open house, 2280 Dundas Street West (Loblaw/former Zellers site)
I would like to inform you of a meeting about a proposed redevelopment at the southeast corner of Bloor and Dundas, at 2280 Dundas St W. At my request the developer has agreed to have this meeting before designing their full proposal, which gives us a chance to shape their application. This will be the first of several meetings over the coming months.

Many of you were part of a previous conversation about the potential for this site, creating a community framework during the preparation of the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study in 2009. The Bloor-Dundas area is detailed under "Opportunity Site 8" and may contain useful insight for this upcoming meeting.

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Informational Board Viewing
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Address by Councillor Perks
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Question Period
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Informational Board Reviewing

Meeting Location: 2280 Dundas St W, in the former Zellers space

Please see PDF for further details.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, are interested in providing comment, in receiving more detailed information, or being informed of upcoming meetings please email me at and City Planners Joanna Kimont and Aviva Pelt through

This will be a very important conversation for all of us, I hope to see you on June 14th.

Councillor Gord Perks
Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
(t) 416-392-7919
(f) 416-392-0398
twitter: @gordperks
Facebook: @GordPerks

Apr 23
Take the Playground Survey
Have your say in planned improvements to the playground at Charles G. Williams Park, otherwise known as the Sorauren playground.

The Friends of the Playground invite you to complete a quick online survey. The purpose of this survey is to get a better understanding of the community’s use of the playground.

The park is slated for renovation in 2020 and the Friends will be working with the City to help design the park to best meet the needs of the community. The possibility to complete smaller improvement projects before the larger redesign exist as well, so please complete the survey with that in mind.

Please also note that the park includes the basketball court, wading pool and surrounding grassy areas.

Take the survey online. You can also sign-up for the playground-specific newsletter produced by the Friends of the Playground.

History note: Charles Gower Williams, a local resident who raised his family with wife Mary Williams on Wright Avenue, died 100 years ago this year while fighting in the First World War.

More info

Apr 22
The RMRA has served our community since 1973. We would like to continue our efforts on your behalf, however, during the past year we have had challenges filling positions on our Executive and attendance numbers for meetings have noticeably decreased. We have 400+ on our mailing list, yet only 40- 50% of received emails are opened and read.

There are many community issues the RMRA would like to continue to represent you in on, including:

If you value your community, please come to our April meeting to discuss the future of the RMRA, including: The RMRA will be meeting at Fern Avenue P.S. this coming Tuesday April 25, 2017 from 7:00- 9:00 pm to discuss these important issues.

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Gym
When: Tuesday, April 25, 7-9pm

Feb 28
Heads Up! Sorauren Sports 2017
Registration starts Wednesday, March 8, at 7 a.m.

Registration for Sorauren Park soccer, baseball and tennis starts March 8, 2017 at 7 a.m. Soccer and baseball programs are run jointly by the volunteer Sorauren Park Sports Association and Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Be sure to have your Family and Client numbers (provided by Parks, Forestry and Recreation) available when you register.

Register early as the spots fill quickly. You’ll find the program codes on the Parks, Forestry and Recreation website. Printed FUN Guides are also available in libraries and community centres.

You can register online or by telephone. Visit the City website for details.

Feb 21
RMRA Outreach Meeting - Looking for passionate residents to work with RMRA Executive
Since 1973, the Roncesvalles Macdonell Resident's Association has been actively promoting the our community as an exciting safe and diverse place to live in Toronto. The first major successful project for the RMRA was the need for park space. This started with the acquisition of the south east corner of Wabash and Sorauren for the Charles G. Williams park. This activity then inspired more residents to lobby for the old TTC barns on the north east corner to be allocated for more park space and eventually a community centre.

If you walk along any of the east west streets in our neighbourhood, you will notice that the tree canopy on those streets is very healthy. That is because the RMRA worked very resolutely with Toronto Hydro to have the electrical high voltage feeder network of cables buried underground. (At the ends of each street there one high voltage cable that comes onto an east/west street but after a short distance it is routed into an underground transformer vault.)

Join our information session and learn how you can help improve our community!

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Gym
When: Tuesday, Feb 28, 7-9pm

Feb 01
King Street Pilot Project Public Meeting
On February 13th, 2017, City Planning will be holding the first of many public consultations on the King Street Pilot Project. The Study will explore a range of pilot options that recognize the different neighbourhood contexts along the 6km corridor from Dufferin Street in the west to River Street in the east. You can find information about this project at

Pilot projects are an efficient and cost-effective way for cities to quickly test out new ideas in order to learn important lessons about what works and what doesn't. The City has used pilot projects on a number of other projects, most notably the Bloor Cycling Pilot and the Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Tracks.

You are invited to join in the conversation. The first public consultation is being held on:
Monday, February 13th, 2017
6:30 PM to 9 pm
Metro Hall, Room 308/309, 55 John Street (SE corner of King Street West and John Street)

You can also join the conversation online at If you would like to review the project details and join the mailing list visit Of course, you can also email me at for more information.

I look forward to seeing you at the first public consultation on February 13th.

Councillor Gord Perks
Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
(t) 416-392-7919
(f) 416-392-0398

More info

Jan 18
RMRA Meeting Jan 31: Questionnaire and any other concerns about Toronto 2017 Budget
Please plan to attend the meeting on Tuesday, Jan 31, at Fern Ave PS, from 7-9 pm, to discuss the questionnaire and any other concerns.

If you have not taken the 5 question survey already, please click here. The questionnaire is anonymous. Do not forget to fill in the postal code of your address so that we can better understand the geographical distribution of the answers. There is a blank field at the end of the survey for you to fill out if you want to document more information about any particular issue that you might be involved with.

Note that the survey will be closed off Sunday evening January 22, 2017 so that we have time to process the results.

Councillor Perks is holding another meeting for residents of the Ward to comment on the budget.
Thursday January 26th, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School
1515 Bloor St W, 3rd Floor Staff Room

Take the survey

Jan 6
Help Create a letter to Councillor Perks about our 2017 Budgetary concerns
Toronto City Council is finalizing a budget in February, and your feedback is important. It will directly affect transit, libraries, parks and community centers. There’s a shortfall of $91 million in the operating budget and billions of dollars short in unfunded projects in the capital budget. Here is a concise overview, courtesy of the Toronto Star.

Your residents’ association would like to reflect your priorities - so please take two minutes to share your views on the budget. The questionnaire is anonymous. Do not forget to fill in the postal code of your address so that we can better understand the geographical distribution of the answers.

Do not forget to attend our January 31 RMRA meeting at Fern Ave PS to discuss the questionnaire and any other concerns even more. Go to this link to begin the short 5 question survey. There is a blank field at the end of the survey for you to fill out if you want to document more information about any particular issue that you might be involved with.

Councillor Perks is holding another meeting for residents of the Ward to comment on the budget.

Thursday January 26th, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School
1515 Bloor St W, 3rd Floor Staff Room

Take the questionnaire

Jan 4
Rink: Waiting for really cold weather
Hoping to have good ice by Jan. 7-8 weekend. A hard-working team of Sorauren Park Hosers has successfully set up the boards to prepare for this year’s natural ice rink.

Now the waiting begins. It takes several days of consistent below-zero weather to allow enough floods to create a good surface. Forecasts are calling for days of prime flooding weather starting this Wednesday, Jan. 4. So with luck and daily flooding, the rink will be open for skating this weekend, Jan. 7-8. But before heading to the rink, check our website or watch our social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for updates.

Until the rink is open, please stay off the surface. Footprints (human and canine variety) in soft ground make craters that take a lot of volunteer work to fix, and delay the rink opening.

Thanks to the many volunteers who have signed up or renewed this year... our best showing yet. Hoser army!

more info

Dec 16
RMRA Members
Are you aware that there is a heritage study of Queen street, from Bathurst to Roncesvalles taking place? If you have sentiments about the character of your neighbourhood, please read on. There are major development pressures moving west along Queen and south along Roncesvalles. Development and rejuvenation of our main streets is exciting but how do you want the new look to unfold? At all of the recent public meetings when developers presented their development proposals, the overwhelming majority of attendees rejected their proposals as too large of a scale for our neighbourhood. A Heritage Designation on a property or a larger area is another persuasive tool to assist City Planners and the Community to guide developers in the best direction for everyone. Please review the following 3 sections about the West Queen West Heritage Study. If you have thoughts and opinions about this study, please send your comments to the consultants at and copy the RMRA at

Section 1 is the actual presentation by the City’s consultant on Tuesday November 29, 2016. The visuals of their presentation can be seen at these links:
WQW HCD Study CCM2 Presentation
WQW HCD Study CCM2 Panels 1
WQW HCD Study CCM2 Panels 2

The report recommends that Queen street (from Bathurst to Roncesvalles) be divided into 4 sub areas and each area considered on its own merits for a Heritage designation.

Area A runs from Roncesvalles to Macdonell/ Jameson. (see pages 27 & 28 of presentation document) This area apparently does not have the necessary integrity and character defining elements; thus existing bylaws and guidelines are sufficient planning tools. These are:

The report may recommend some properties be designated but the majority of the properties will remain as is.

Area B runs from Macdonell/Jameson to Dufferin. (see pages 29 & 30 of presentation document) This area apparently “has sufficient integrity and character defining elements to merit a heritage conservation district designation.” When an area has a Heritage designation, the landowner is required to maintain the original streetscape appearance of the property but almost anything goes behind that portion. The City’s/Consultant’s web site for this project can be seen by clicking here.

Section 2 is a letter sent to the consultant from a number of local community groups along Queen Street West. It is strongly recommending that the entire length of Queen from Bathurst to Roncesvalles be given a Heritage Designation. The letter may be downloaded for reading here.

Section 3 is a very thoughtful review of the Queen streetscape mainly from Dufferin to Roncesvalles. It was authored by Jack Gibney, a member of the Sunnyside Historical Society. Jack is saying that development is needed along the street but it should complement the existing streetscape as there are a lot of significantly important architectural buildings throughout our neighbourhood. He has included many photos to support his opinion. Jack has included a number of authoritative Heritage Conservation Designation references at the end of his review for further in depth reading if desired. His review can be viewed at this link.

Please review this material about this important community issue and send in your comments to the City’s consultant by December 20, 2016 and copy the RMRA -

Nov 29
Join our volunteer rink crew
Become a Sorauren Hoser and help maintain the ice. With the cooperation of Mother Nature, it will be rink season at Sorauren Park. That means the volunteer Sorauren Hosers are getting ready to set up the boards, prepare the hoses, and most importantly, set up this year’s schedule of nightly rink flooding (and Rink Drink pub nights).

The volunteer commitment is one night a week (plus the occasional stand-in when someone can't make it).

Learn more and Join Us!

Nov 25
RMRA November Meeting: How Will the City Budget Affect Transit Users?
Come join activist and author Steve Munro for a lively discussion on Toronto's transit future!

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Gym
When: Tuesday, Nov 29, 7-9pm

Oct 28
Exhibition Place Wants to Discard More Park Space
Exhibition Place, Board of Governors are in the process of developing a new Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2019. A Consultant’s report on the new Strategic Plan for 2017-2019 will be presented to the public. During each portion of the presentation groups will be asked to work together to respond to his questions. This will be your chance to provide your views on the future of Exhibition Place – 192 acres of City owned property by the Lake.

Most importantly there is a proposal coming forward from Exhibition Place Board of Governors to change the Official Plan designation of the westerly portion (West of BMO Stadium) from heritage, park/green space to redevelopment. If this designation is passed, more park space will be lost to new developments. The eastern portion of the Exhibition grounds already has this designation. That is why one sees the Hotel being built and there are rumblings for a second building in the works for that area.

Parkdale and Liberty Village are two adjacent neighbourhoods that are in dire need of open park/green space.

Help create a new vision for Exhibition Place that includes the wishes of local neighbourhoods! Plan to attend this meeting and voice your thoughts and concerns.

Date: Wednesday, November 2nd
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 pm
Place: FOUNTAINBLU (Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place)

Oct 28
Roncesvalles Refugee Relief Winter Clothing Drive
While Roncesvalles Refugee Relief waits for their two sponsored families to arrive, we are assisting many refugee families who have arrived in Canada during the past year.

Some of the newcomer families RRR has been working with have expressed a need for warm winter clothing. We will be holding a Winter Clothing Distribution Centre on Thursday, November 10 from 10am-2pm. It will be held at Roncesvalles United Church, formerly Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, at Roncesvalles and Wright Ave.

Please ask friends, family and colleagues for clean winter clothing, in good repair. Coats, jackets, snowsuits, snow pants, toques, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and boots are needed. Blankets will be accepted. A few pairs of skates have already been donated. We will also hand out skates if we can collect more.

We will also be providing a light lunch for those in attendance. So if you or anyone you know would like to contribute food, that is also welcome. We are going to serve lots of veggies, fruit, sandwiches, cheese, crackers and yummy sweets - finger food to keep it easy.

Clothes hangers are needed as are sturdy shopping bags and boxes.

All donations may be dropped off at 18 Hewitt between Saturday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 9.

If you would like to get involved with this one day event, we would happy to have your assistance.

Oct 24
City of Toronto Planner's Walk of Dundas and Roncesvalles - Thurs, Oct 27, 5-7pm
In November of 2015 City Council requested a review of development along Roncesvalles Avenue, between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and on Dundas Street West, between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue, in Ward 14.

Plan to attend this walk and give your thoughts and opinions to the planners about what you like about our neighbourhood. This information is used to help produce guidelines for future development.

Be sure to RSVP the planner, Aviva Pelt at 416-392-0877 or email her This is necessary so that an appropriate number of planners can be available to work with manageable groups of walkers. Look forward to seeing you Thursday October 27th at the Grafton Ave parkette for the walk.

Oct 7
Town Hall Meeting: Electoral Reforms
Arif Virani and Mark Holland are holding a town hall meeting to get our ideas about Electoral Reforms in our Federal Government. October 11, 2016 from 7 - 9 pm. Bishop Marrocco, Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School.


Sept 27
Get Your Pumpkins - 9th Annual Halloween Fund Raiser for Sorauren Park
Come join us from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on SATURDAY, Oct 22nd at the Sorauren Park Town Square (beside the field house) for face painting, hot apple cider and of course loads and loads of pumpkins (for sale).

100% of proceeds donated towards park improvements.

This year we are raising funds towards a new pizza oven for Sorauren Park

Download PDF

Sept 6
Sept 24 Outdoor Movie Summer Series: E.T.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be the third and final film of the Outdoor Movie summer series at Sorauren Park. The movie will be shown on the outdoor screen Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

E.T. was the clear winner in the community movie poll, taking 43% of the online votes. Wall-E came second at almost 15%.


Aug 15
The Tragically Hip's Last Show Simulcast at Sorauren Park - Aug 20
The Tragically Hip's last show will be simulcast at Sorauren Park on Sat, Aug 20‎th, brought to you by the friends of Sorauren park

Aug 12
Roncesvalles Parking Survey
Over the course of the summer the Roncesvalles Village BIA, community leaders, and a handful of volunteers have been conducting a Parking Study of the the blocks flanking Roncesvalles Avenue. The purpose of this study is to identify the parking situation and issues on a block-by-block basis. If any issues seem to be having a predominant negative effect on the neighbourhood, then potential solutions will be examined in order to address them in an efficient manner.

Being part of the community, residents know the intricacies of the neighbourhood better than anyone else and can give great insight to researchers. In addition, the opinions and suggestions of resident members are highly valued in both finding issues and creating solutions. This is why, as part of the study, the Roncesvalles Village BIA team has created a survey for residents in the area. This survey will give us a more robust idea of the potential and perceived issues surrounding parking in Roncesvalles. We would greatly appreciate if you would spend two minutes of your time to complete the survey as it will greatly benefit the data we are trying to collect and further our knowledge of the parking arrangements in the area.

Take the survey

Jun 8
Roncy Rocks 2016 - Sat, Jun 11
Roncy Rocks Music & Arts Fest West is making a triumphant return to Roncesvalles Village on June 11 2016! Designed for our local community, it is a day to come and celebrate the hood.

From music & fashion to kids activities there is something fun for everyone. 10am - 8pm.

Jun 8
Peace Garden Grand Opening - Sat, Jun 11
The Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden turns a barren jut of concrete, at the intersection of Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto, into a new public space of repose under native trees. Peace, not war, is celebrated here, through justice and reconciliation events, artistic and heritage expressions.

Jun 1
Outdoor movie: Saturday, June 25
Join us at dusk — bring your lawn chairs & blankets!

The Wabash Building Society, in association with our generous sponsors, is pleased to present the Sorauren Outdoor Movies in the Square Summer 2016 season.

All movies will be shown on the Town Square in the park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Pass-the-hat donations will support the programs of the non-profit Wabash Building Society.

There will be popcorn.


June 25, 9:15 p.m.
Aug. 13, 8:45 p.m.
Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Movie titles will be posted on the Sorauren Park website when confirmed. Check back often or follow us on Twitter @SoraurenPark


Avryll McNair, Bosley Real Estate
Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates
Master Mechanic High Park
Pavlena Brown & Monte Burris, Trust Realty Group

May 23
Roncy Goes to the O.M.B.

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Gym
When: Tuesday, May 31, 7-9pm

Mar 07
Kids sports registration opens March 9
Registration for Sorauren Park soccer, baseball and tennis opens at 7 a.m. this Wednesday March 9, 2016. The season starts in May.

Be sure to have your Family and Client numbers (provided by Parks, Forestry and Recreation) available when you register. You can register online, by phone or by person at select Parks, Forestry and Recreation locations, including Masaryk-Cowan and Mary McCormick community centres.

Register early as the spots fill quickly. Visit the Sorauren Park Sports website for more details on kids soccer and baseball including program barcodes and information on becoming a volunteer coach. The soccer and baseball leagues run on the steam and energy of volunteers! (City staff run tennis lessons.)

more info

Mar 07
A Festival of Community, Dogs, Adoptions and Kid's Activities with music, Food & Contests. A free event presented by Master Mechanic & Dundas West Animal Hospital.

Date:Saturday May 14, 2016 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location:at Master Mechanic - 2 Howard Park Avenue

Mar 07
Lace Up with Team Diabetes!
Join Team Diabetes and be part of a team that’s making a difference in the lives of over nine-million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes.

Walk, run or hike with us at exciting International and Canadian events - at home and around the world.

You don’t have to be an athlete to sign up! Team Diabetes prepares you for the physical challenge and provides you with the support you need to achieve your fundraising goals.

Event Date:May 1

Registration Deadline:April 1

Distances 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon


more info

Feb 17
Road Closures on Lansdowne due to Metrolinx bridge work at Rideau Ave

There will be 3 weekend full road closures of Lansdowne Avenue:

Jan 26
Roncesvalles Refugees Gala FUNdraiser
You can help bring a refugee family to Canada! A fun event with a heart!

Spend an evening having fun, enjoying food and drink, being entertained and making a difference!

What you can expect:

Date:Feb. 4, 2016

Time:7 pm - 11:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Fee $100.00 (Charitable receipts are being investigated)

Location:St. Casimir's Parish Hall, 156 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L4

Jan 25
Parkdale Community Health Centre Meeting
There is a meeting in the Parkdale Public Library to discuss the welcome plan of government sponsored Syrian refugees coming to our neighbourhood.

Date: Jan 27, 2016

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

Location: Parkdale Library - basement auditorium
1303 Queen St W.

Jan 22
RMRA Annual General Meeting

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Gym
When: Tuesday, Jan 26, 7-9pm

Jan 19

Making Toronto a CLIMATE CHANGE Leader

Councillors Doucette and Perks are hosting a meeting about climate change.

Wednesday, January 27th

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School

1515 Bloor St West at Dundas, 3rd floor Staff Room


Ward 14 - Councillor Perks’ Office


Phone: 416 392 7919

Jan 13
Let's Plant Trees
Hello There,

As a RoncyWorks member - I am helping to bring attention towards a City of Toronto Tree Planting Strategy. City Councillors; Gord Perks & Sarah Doucette are planning a community meeting.... plan to attend. More information on our blog. Please pass on our information to your friends.

Karyn Koski

More info on the RoncyWorks website.

Jan 12
Start PLaying Rugby!
Roncesvalles! We are offering a free INTRO to Rugby Basics for children ages 8-14. Older players are also welcome. Come out to try Rugby with Nomads! This is indoor pre-season, non-contact training. Free for all new players! Season begins Saturday Jan. 16, from 2-4pm. Hosted at St. Michael's College School Dome.

Register here. More info on

Dec 20-23
U of T Well-being Study
A research team at the University of Toronto is looking for participants to take part in a study on factors influencing well-being. Would you be willing to complete an online survey? If you are between 18 and 75 years of age you are eligible to take part in this important research. Qualifying participants will have a chance to win $150 in appreciation for their participation.

If you would like more information please contact us at If you would like to participate please click on the following link to start the survey: click here.

Dec 20-23
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.

Nov 23
Community Meeting on 35 Wabash Avenue

City Planning is holding a Community Consultation meeting to review the 35 Wabash Avenue Re-zoning Application. The meeting will give you an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

Details are as follows:

Public Consultation will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 7- 9 PM at Fern Avenue Public School, 128 Fern Avenue.

The application proposes a 4-storey apartment building at 35 Wabash Avenue. The proposal consists of 62 dwelling units and 65 vehicle parking spaces in one underground level.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Avery Carr, City Planner, and/or Councillor Gord Perks, .

Nov 17
Roncesvalles / Dundas Planning Study

The City of Toronto is undertaking a Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Boustead Avenue and Queen Street West, and Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

The study will focus on the built form and physical character within the study area and how to approximately accommodate future growth. This includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, heritage assessment and streetscape and landscape improvements.

Public Consultation will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 7- 9 PM at Fern Avenue Public School, 128 Fern Avenue.

Your input is important to this process.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please forward your comments to Councillor Perks at and/or Aviva Pelt, City Planner at

Nov 05
Sorauren Park meeting Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.
The next meeting of the Wabash Building Society in support of Sorauren Park will discuss:

All invited. The meeting starts Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse.

Nov 02
Meridian Credit Union sponsors Sorauren Hosers
Meridian Credit Union, soon moving to Howard Park Avenue and Roncy, will sponsor the all-volunteer Sorauren Hosers natural ice rink crew for the 2016 season. Funds will be put towards new equipment for the rink, including new hoses (yeah!) and signage.

Interested in joining the rink crew? The commitment is one night per week on a flooding crew, for the two months or so the rink is operational (weather depending). On-call "spares" also welcome. Among the many benefits: you’ll get invitations to Rink Drinks events at a local establishment. Contact us!

Nov 02
New! Pumpkin Parade Clean-up Nov. 2
Due to the growth of pumpkin parades (oops!), the City now asks communities to provide volunteers to toss expired pumpkins in the compost bins.

Come to the park Monday, Nov. 2 at 10am. Bring your wagons and wheelbarrows, gloves and coffee. Many hands make light work!

Nov 01
11th Annual Pumpkin Parade Sunday, Nov. 1, starting at dusk
The world-famous Sorauren Pumpkin Parade returns, just in time for jack-o-lantern artists to reflect on the national election, Blue Jays, and other news from our times... not to mention all things ghoulish.

The day after Halloween, place your lit pumpkins along the park’s main pathway. Walk, ride or take TTC... it gets busy!

Produced by you. Sponsored by Councillor Gord Perks and the non-profit Wabash Building Society.


Oct 31
Pumpkin Sale raises funds for park
Thanks to everyone who bought a pumpkin at the 8th annual Pumpkin Sale Fundraiser in support of Sorauren Park. Almost $2,000 was raised towards park enhancements, such as a new bake oven as part of the Town Square... stay tuned! And you can still donate.

Thanks again to Chander Chaddah, Broker, Sutton Group Associates for organizing the sale and donating all the pumpkins. A great crop from the Caledon pumpkin patch this year.

Oct 27
Roncesvalles / Dundas Planning Study
Councillor Perks recently requested that the Toronto and East York Community Council pass a motion to:

Request the Director, Community Planning to conduct a review of development on Roncesvalles Avenue, between Queen Street West and Boustead Ave. and on Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Ave., including an inventory of current applications and current development pressure in the area and to work with the Director, Transportation Services to review potential streetscape improvements on Dundas Street West in the context of current and future development proposals;

Request the Director, Community Planning and the Director, Urban Design, to assess the applicable policy framework in the area and consider developing additional urban design and built form guidelines, including an assessment of heritage resources, to be used to inform the review of current and future development proposals, and to develop an understanding of what defines the character of the street;

Request the Director, Community Planning to report to Toronto and East York Community Council in the second quarter of 2016 on the status of this work.

Come, discuss and engage with this city Planning Study Review the RMRA Community Planning Survey Understand the City Planning Study Process Decide how you can become involved Obtain updates on the various development projects in the neighbourhood.

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Gym
When: Tuesday, October 27, 7-9pm

Oct 24
8th Annual Pumpkin Sale to Benefit Sorauren Park - Oct 24

Sept 28
RMRA All Candidates Meeting
How will you vote? Federal election all candidates meeting.

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Gym
When: Tuesday, September 29, 7-9pm

Aug 05
Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary celebration Sept. 26
Come celebrate the park's anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 4 to 10 pm. Come to the park for:

July 13
Comment on the Cycling Network Plan Draft Map - from the City of Toronto
The City of Toronto is developing a new 10-year plan for growing, connecting and renewing Toronto's cycling network. Help us plan where in the city we should invest in cycle tracks, bike lanes, shared roadway routes and trails. As part of Phase 2 consultations, we invite you to comment on the Draft Map.


July 13
Rooming House Review - from the City of Toronto
The City has just released the Rooming House Review Public Consultations report, prepared by Public Interest Strategy and Communications. It has also launched a survey inviting participants to provide feedback on the findings of the report.

This feedback will be considered as the city moves on to the next phase of the review. It is essential that the city receives feedback from public consultation participants to ensure that the findings of the process are representative of the diverse perspectives of Torontonians.

Please read the report, fill out the survey, and share both with your networks. For more information on the process, visit the Rooming House Review website.


June 3
Traffic Restrictions in Ward 14 During the PanAm/Parapan Games
From Councillor Gord Perks office regarding the temporary traffic changes, including parking changes, in Ward 14 during the PanAm/Parapan Games.

Dufferin St (July 11 – July 26)
No parking on Dufferin St. (east side) between Springhurst Ave. and Queen St. from July 11 to July 26.
No parking on Dufferin St (west side) between King St. and Queen St. from July 11 to July 26.
No standing on Dufferin St. (west side) between Springhurst Ave. and Thorburn Ave. from July 11 to July 26.

Manitoba Dr (July 4 to July 26)
Manitoba Dr. will be closed from Saskatchewan Rd. to Strachan Ave. from July 4 to July 26

Ontario Dr (July 4 to July 26)
Ontario Dr. will be one-way northbound between Lake Shore Blvd. and Manitoba Dr. from July 4 to July 26.

Springhurst Ave (July 11 to July 26)
No standing on Springhurst Ave. (north side) between Jameson Ave. and Dufferin St. from July 11 to July 26.
No standing on Springhurst Ave (south side) between Dunn Ave and Spencer Ave. from July 11 to July 26.
Springhurst Ave will be one-way westbound between Dufferin St. and Tyndall Ave. from July 11 to July 26.
No left turn from westbound Springhurst Ave. onto Jameson Ave. from July 11 to July 26.

Strachan Ave (July 4 to July 26)
No right turn from southbound Strachan Ave. onto Manitoba Dr. from July 4 to July 26.
Strachan Ave southbound will be closed between Lake Shore Blvd. and Fleet St. from July 4 to July 26.

Tyndall Ave (July 11 to July 26)
No standing on Tyndall Ave. (east side) between Springhurst Ave. and Thorburn Ave. from July 11 to July 26

In addition to traffic changes near Pan Am Park (Exhibition Place Grounds), some traffic restrictions will be in place for road race events near Exhibition Place and High Park. Find out more about the road race routes and traffic restrictions at or by visiting

The City of Toronto has revamped its website with a new road restrictions map that will provide real-time information on roadwork and other activities that are taking place on city streets. Residents will have the opportunity to look at the impacts of the road restrictions and see the level of severity – ranging from major to moderate to minor – as they prepare to travel.

The map can be accessed at

There will also be temporary public transit changes. Traffic restrictions will result in temporary diversions on some TTC routes, including Route 172 Cherry St., Route 29 Dufferin and Route 329 Dufferin. Be sure to visit regularly for the latest information.


May 18
How do we measure Parkdale’s wellbeing?
Attend the Parkdale Wellbeing Indicator Development Workshop
This project is a community-based planning initiative to develop a long-term neighbourhood plan for Parkdale. The project foregrounds participatory planning process and resident engagement for visioning and shaping the future of Parkdale that we want to create together. The project is organizing a series of workshops to discuss challenges, assets, and strategies for building a healthy neighbourhood and community shared wealth. The first workshop is on developing neighbourhood wellbeing indicators.

Measuring what matters to our wellbeing
How do we measure progress of our neighbourhood and local economy? GDP is often used as a standard measure of economic activities, but it is limited because it fails to attend to complex social and cultural factors that equally matter to our wellbeing and local economy. Then, how can we know how well we are living? How do we define ‘progress’? What is important to our decent working lives? These are some of the questions that we will explore in this workshop.

Please join the workshop!

• Spaces are limited! Please RSVP online or by email to

• Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

• For more information, please visit the project website:

Date: June 27th, Saturday

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Location: PARC 2nd Floor, 1499 Queen Street West

*This session is open for anyone who lives and works in Parkdale! (The RMRA boundaries are within Parkdale)


Jun 18
Should the speed limit be 30 km/h on our roads?
From Councillor Perks Office: Traffic safety and speed issues are a serious concern in our neighbourhoods. Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) has called a special meeting to consider a staff report on reducing the speed limit on all local roads (TEYCC neighbourhoods) to 30 km/h.

The meeting will be held Monday June 22, 6 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, I encourage all of you to attend or write to Community Council to share your views on the item.

May 29
Outdoor Community Tennis Club Operations
Parks Forestry and Recreation (City of Toronto) is reviewing its public tennis court operations and the Policy for Outdoor Community Tennis Club Operations. We are seeking public input through an online survey and a series of public meetings.

1. The Tennis court Survey is available online now until August 4, 2015 at

2. PFR is hosting a series of public meetings (one in each district). Everyone is welcome to attend and share their thoughts.

Toronto/East York District
Tuesday, June, 7-9 p.m.
East York Community Centre – Gym
1081 1/2 Pape Ave.

Please RSVP if you will be attending any of the sessions by emailing Susan Lewis, Policy Officer, Parks Forestry and Recreation or calling 416-392-0098.

May 05
Vanishing Point - Music and Photography by John MacMurchy
This show will feature original music and photographic images that compliment each other in a selection of duos, trios and quartets. Joining John will be Dan Ionescu - guitar, Mark Kieswetter - piano, Ross MacIntyre - bass, and Alan Hetherington - percussion.

Refreshments will be available. Admission $20.


May 04
Roncesvalles Development Survey
The Roncesvalles-Macdonell Resident's Association (RMRA) along with the High Park Residents Association (HPRA) and the Sunnyside Community Association are conducting a survey to collect input from our fellow neighbours into how Roncesvalles Village can accommodate development and retian the character and feel that makes the area such a unique and cherished community.

The results of this survey will inform work currently underway to create a Roncesvalles Village Planning and Development Study, which will guide expectations for future development in Roncesvalles Village, from Queen Street to Bloor Street and from High Park to the Landsowne/rail corridor.

Click on the link below to begin the survey. Your responses will be anonymous. The survey contains 26 questions and should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Take survey

Apr 27
RMRA Meeting - Making Our Community a Green & Healthy Place to Live
Just in time for the growing season:

Presentations by representatives from the Toronto Environmental Alliance, LEAF and Sorauren Park Farmer's Market.

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Gym
When: Tuesday, Apr 28, 7-9pm

Apr 24
InART: A Parkdale Pop Up Sale
Come check out the show and go home with a dope piece of art. There's going to be a lots of cool art work as well as a silent auction and refreshments from local shops. It's pop art! It's Parkdale! You gotta come!

Where: Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen St. W)
When: Monday, April 27 from 6:00-10:00PM


Apr 24
Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre Celebrates 35th Year
Members, staff, volunteers and supporters catalysts of change for countless lives at PARC.


Apr 27
RMRA Meeting - Making Our Community a Green & Healthy Place to Live
Just in time for the growing season:

Presentations by representatives from the Toronto Environmental Alliance, LEAF and Sorauren Park Farmer's Market.

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Gym
When: Tuesday, Apr 28, 7-9pm

Apr 13
Toronto Life article
Condo of the Week: $700,000 for a two-level concrete suite near Roncesvalles

Mar 27
Ward 14 Environmental Days - Saturday April 4, 2015
The Ward 14 Community Environment Days will be on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Sorauren Park along Wabash Avenue (South of Dundas Street West).

Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose:
Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring used or unwanted household items to the Community Environment Day event.

Mar 27
RMRA Meeting - Our Community is Evolving to Include More Condos
A new 10 storey condo is proposed for Roncesvalles at Howard Park and others are likely to follow. Join us with an expert panel to discuss and plan how our neighbourhood can best accommodate and benefit from new development.

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Gym
When: Tuesday, Mar 31, 7-9pm

Mar 25
Roncesvalles BIA is sponsoring the Earth Hour Walk
Join your neighbours for the sixth annual Earth Hour candlelight walk in Roncesvalles Village, Saturday March 28, 2015. We will be meeting in front of Starbucks at Dundas and Roncesvalles at 8:30 and walking south to Queen Street.

Please bring candles and lanterns or flashlights!

Before or after the walk please visit participating BIA restaurants and cafés and "do it in the dark" by dining by candlelight!

Mar 25
Metrolinx is removing the second train bridge over Lansdowne
Lansdowne Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic between Rideau Ave. and Shirley St. beginning on Saturday, March 28, at 6 a.m. until Monday, March 30, at 6 a.m. to allow for equipment delivery and removal of the bridge girder. the new bridge will be installed at a later date.

Mar 17
GO Transit: UP Express Service Testing Continues With Overnight Trials Beginning March 30
Beginning March 30, UP Express trains will be operating intermittently overnight to get ready for service launch. Trains will be tested every 15 minutes along the corridor from Union Station to Pearson Airport from 8pm to 3am.

Testing will take place Monday to Friday and will be intermittent pending weather and testing conditions. There will be no testing on Good Friday, April 3. Following the overnight service testing, daytime simulated service testing begins April 13. As with the overnight service testing, trains will run every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday from Union Station to Pearson Airport.

How this will affect you?

Residents may hear the trains operating in the rail corridor. When UP Express daytime weekday service testing begins on April 13, any remaining GTS construction (e.g. noise walls) will be limited to occasional evenings and weekends. Reminder that train time is any time so please be safe and remember not to trespass onto the rail tracks.

Mar 03
Help Plan the Park’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
Do you have event organizing skills? Like to work with musicians? Know how to entertain kids? Looking for a great opportunity to get involved in the community?

A fun-loving group of people and organizations are developing ideas and plans for Sorauren Park’s 20th Anniversary celebration, to take place Sunday, Sept. 6, during the Labour Day long weekend.

The first planning meeting is Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm at a local residence (not the Sorauren Fieldhouse). If you’d like to contribute ideas, your valuable contact list, your sweat and spirit, please RSVP via the contact form and one of our volunteers will get back to you. Hope to see you there!

The RMRA is also assembling historical information about the park. Were you involved in the battles of the early 1990s to establish the park? Do you have stories or memorabilia you'd like to share? Please contact:
Norman Kolasky
Co-Chair & Treasurer RMRA


Mar 02
Sorauren Park Kids’ Sports Registration March 11
City of Toronto registration for Sorauren children's soccer, t-ball, t-rex ball, rookie ball and tennis lessons opens MARCH 11 at 7am. You can register online, by phone, or in person.

To register, you’ll need a Family Number and client numbers for each registrant, plus the codes for the programs you want. You can see all the Sorauren codes at the Sorauren Sports website.

Sorauren Park is a “house-league” scene, based on a philosophy of sportsmanship, skills-building, and fun for everyone. The league is a partnership between Parks, Forestry and Recreation and local parents who coach and fundraise.

Interested in coaching at Sorauren Park? Let us know at, and one of our volunteers will get in touch with you.


Mar 01
RMRA - Were you a part of the community effort to have the City turn the old TTC barns property into Sorauren Park?

I am attempting to collect and save these personal experiences, before they are all lost, in support of the planned 20th anniversary celebrations later this summer.

If you can help, please contact me.

Norman Kolasky
Co-Chair & Treasurer RMRA

Feb 03
Family Day Feb. 16 at the Park
With the Farmers’ Market and Sorauren Rink in full swing, the park is an excellent destination for Family Day this year, Monday, Feb. 16.

Take a twirl on the ice, then warm up at the Sorauren Farmers’ Market in the Fieldhouse. The Market will have special activities for Family Day. Follow the Market on Twitter at @soraurenfarmmkt or the Park @soraurenpark for up-to-date information on activities.


Feb 03
Park Volunteers Meeting (WBS) - Thursday Feb. 5
Join your neighbours for the regular monthly meeting of the Wabash Building Society in support of Sorauren Park this Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 pm at the Sorauren Fieldhouse, 50 Wabash Avenue.

You can get involved with planning for the park’s 20th anniversary, coming Sept. 6. Other agenda items include an update on Town Square Phase 2 construction planning; where the Wabash Community Centre sits in the proposed new City budget; and more.


Jan 23
RMRA Meeting - Jan 27
We asked and you answered! Come hear the results of our neighbourhood survey. We will be discussing the results of our survey with a focus on developments in the neighbourhood.

Plus: An update on the development proposal at 35 Wabash (Next to Addison's)

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave
When: Tuesday, Jan 27, 7-9pm

Jan 19
RMRA - Patio Survey
Several establishments have applied for patio licences during the past year. The decision related to these patio license applications were based on polls taken of residents living within 120 metres of the proposed patio location. The RMRA Executive wishes to conduct a broader neighbour survey of opinion with respect to the establishment of patios. The purpose of this survey is to understand what our residents think about outdoor patios as well as the appropriate size of future polls.

Your responses will be anonymous. The survey results will be used as a planning tool.

Your feedback is important to us. Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions.

Deadline for submissions is midnight January 26, 2015.

Take survey

Jan 16
Parkdale-High Park Education Town Hall with MPP Cheri DiNovo - Jan 22
MPP Cheri DiNovo is hosting an Education Town Hall on January 22nd 2015, (7-9PM) at the Parkdale Library Auditorium in response to constituent feedback concerning the numerous changes occurring in our public elementary schools as result of redevelopment intensification.

With a focus on Ward 14 issues (TDSB Ward 7), the agenda will involve a panel discussion and an opportunity to ask questions. Cheri has pulled together a panel that will include TDSB Ward 7 Trustee Robin Pilkey, MPP Peter Tabuns (Education Critic) & Krista Wylie, Fix Our Schools. As well, local community organizations have been invited to set up information tables.


Jan 15
Albert Crosland Community Meeting - January 20
City Councillor Gord Perks invites you to a meeting with community members and City of Toronto Parks staff to discuss the concept design for the Albert Crosland Parkette.

Tuesday, January 20
07:00PM - 08:30PM
at the May Robinson auditorium
20 West Lodge Avenue

Dec 01
29th Annual Nutcracker presented by the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement
For the 29th year, the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative movement, a not-for-profit dance school in Parkdale, brings together nearly 100 dancers ages 7-18 along with a community of volunteers to share this holiday favourite. As an annual tradition for many families in the area, the event brings Parkdale and its surrounding communities together for an evening of dance and holiday cheer. All proceeds go to supporting the school’s programming and bursary funds.

Ticket prices $15- $40.
Opening Night Show & Cocktail Reception: $55 (Section A seats)

Tickets available online now. Limited seats available at the door.

Lismer Hall, Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Avenue, Toronto

Date and Time:
Dec 18 at 7:30 pm
Dec 19 at 7:30 pm
Dec 20 at 2:00 pm
Dec 21 at 2:00 pm

For more details, please email or call 416-533-8705


Nov 13
Planning Meeting: Union-Pearson Campaign
Jessica Bell of the TTC Riders group is having a planning meeting on Tuesday November 18 from 5pm - 6.30pm to talk about the the Union Pearson campaign, the need for more stops, lower fares, and electrification on the Union Pearson line.

Metrolinx will be announcing a new timeline for electrification, as well as the fare price this December 11. This is a key time to coordinate our work and win concrete changes for riders. If you are interested in working on this short campaign then please come to this meeting.

Location OPSEU's offices at 31 Wellesley St East, near Wellesley St Subway stop, board room E.

Please invite other organizations or individuals who want to work on this initiative. Please share the petition for more stops, lower fares, and electrification now. We nearly have 1000 signatures already.

Call Jessica Bell, at 647 772 8770 or email her at for more information.

Nov 07
Registration for Parent Summit in Toronto Begins Today
Toronto parents are invited to register to attend one of three Parent Summit sessions taking place on November 19 and 22. These sessions are an opportunity for parents to provide valuable feedback regarding their experiences with child care as well as to learn more about the child care system and available programs and services.

Dates and locations:
Wed, Nov 19: City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
Sat, Nov 22: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
Sat, Nov 22: Scarborough Civic Centre, 50 Borough Dr.

Parents can register for a session online at or by calling 311 between today and November 18. Child care, translation and special accommodation can be arranged during registration. All parents of young children are invited to participate in the sessions whether or not they use licensed child care.


Nov 07
From Councillor Perks’ office: West Queen West Study
City Planning staff are conducting a study of Queen Street West from Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. Please join us for a walking tour of Queen Street West from Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue.

We want to hear your thoughts and ideas as we walk through your neighbourhood, to help inform the direction and objectives for the study. Please join us for a chance to enjoy an afternoon with members of your community, while becoming more engaged in this important project.

To speak to the planner directly, contact Avery Carr, at 416-392-0423 or

Date: Saturday, November 8th
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Meeting Place: Parkdale Amphitheatre, Northwest corner of Queen Street West and Dufferin Street


Nov 06
Fundraiser at the Village Playhouse
This annual fundraiser is a sneak preview performance of the Village Playhouse production of “Strictly Murder” on Thursday November 6th, 2014, prior to its official opening the following night.

The doors will open at 7:00pm, the performance starts at 8pm. It is festival seating.

STRICTLY MURDER by Brian Clemens. Directed by Harvey Levkoe

Conflicts that play out in a British couple’s rustic cottage in Provence may affect the direction of the greater conflict that is about to envelope Europe. We dare you to separate the good guys from the bad in this thrilling tale of murder and espionage set in 1939.

Tickets are only $18/each, you can email us at for tickets.

Don’t miss out on this entertaining evening!

Oct 28
Pumpkin Fundraiser Report
Thanks to everyone who came out to support this year's sale for the Sorauren Park Town Square with the glorious weather and your unfailing generosity. We were able to raise over $3,300 from pumpkin sales and another $450 or so from tee shirt sales, realizing almost $3,900.00. What an outstanding day! We beat our previous high by almost $1,500.00. Congratulations!

Oct 22
RMRA First Annual Halloween Contest
Do you know a neighbour with great Halloween Spirit?

We want to know about it!

Please send a photo and the address via facebook or to

We will announce the winner in each of these categories:


Oct 20
Notice of RMRA October AGM meeting - Tues Oct 28 - Fern Ave PS 7-9 pm
The RMRA usually has an Annual General Meeting agenda at its May meeting. This was set aside because of the provincial elections earlier this year.

We attempted to reschedule our AGM for September but delayed it again. Since there were so many active candidates for the municipal election in our ward, we had an all candidates meeting for the municipal election.

Finally we will be having our AGM at our October meeting. This is an important meeting as the officers of the RMRA are elected. Plan to attend.

Additionally we will be presenting the following Motion to amend the RMRA Constitution and By-Laws to be voted upon:

Be it resolved that the RMRA Constitution and By-laws be amended as explained and proposed in the attached document titled "RMRA Motion to Change Membership Structure February 2014", for the purposes of easing the RMRA's administrative burden, encouraging more frequent member donations, and encouraging more robust meeting participation by all persons interested in the area within the RMRA boundaries.

Instead of the fresh strawberry desert that we normally serve, we will be serving an apple crisp with apples donated by Bizjak Farms. Bizjak Farms is a producer from the Niagara region who sell their products at the Sorauren Market every Monday afternoon.


Oct 10
Get Your Pumpkins Here - 7th Annual Halloween Fundraiser
Come join us from 9am - 12pm on Saturday, Oct 25 at Sorauren Park Town Square for face painting, hot apple cider, and of course, loads and loads of pumpkins for sale.

100% of proceeds donated to the Town Square. This year we are raising funds towards phase 2 fundraising to complete the Sorauren Park Town Square.


Sep 29
Proposed Changes to Garden Ave Public School Catchment Area
Public information meeting concerning the proposed boundary changes for Garden Ave PS, Parkdale Jr. & Sr. PS, and Alexander Muir Gladstone Jr. & Sr. PS.

Where: Garden Ave PS, 225 Garden Ave, Gymnasium
When: Tuesday, Sept 30, 6:30-7:30pm


Sep 28
RMRA Meeting - Municipal Election, All Candidates Debate
The first half will be a debate among the 4 councillor candidates, 7-8 pm. The second half will be a debate among the Public (5) and Catholic (1) trustee candidates, 8-9pm.

Where: Fern PS, 128 Fern Ave, Cafeteria
When: Tuesday, Sept 30, 7-9pm

Sep 04
Roncesvalles Polish Festival - Sept 13-14
Get Ready for an Unforgettable Weekend! Enjoy great Polish, local and international music, folklore and entertainment from near and far on multiple stages, including the ever-popular “Dance Under The Stars” polka party on Saturday night, fantastic cuisine from Roncesvalles’ renowned restaurants, and of course, lots of traditional Polish fare, including pierogi, kielbasa, bigos, cabbage rolls, and much much more!


Sep 03
Neighbourhood Safety & Charity Funfest - Sept 6
Master Mechanic High Park auto repair shop is celebrating 15 years of being a local business in our diverse community. Their event highlights community safety and the opportunity to give back.

Monies raised at this event will be donated to the Redwood Shelter and the Moosonee Northern Dogs Rescue.

Saturday, Sept 6, 10am-4pm. 2 Howard Park Ave. (at Dundas)


Jun 23
Town Square opening — July 7
The official opening of the new Sorauren Park Town Square, Phase 1, has been postponed to Monday, July 7 due to construction delays.

Please come to the park on Monday, July 7 at 6 pm to help usher in this new public space. The Farmers Market will be open, and there will be entertainment and festivities to mark the occasion.


May 05
St. Martin-in-the-field annual Spring Fling
We hope you can join us and help support PARC's Music Program this Sat. May 10. Festivities begin at 6:30PM. Tickets are $40 and include a $25 charitable receipt. To reserve yours contact Shelagh McPherson at (416) 766-8546 or email

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Starts at 6:30 PM
151 Glenlake Avenue


May 01
Greening Your Grounds: Get Started!
The Toronto and Region Conservation is holding a FREE workshop on eco-landscaping this Saturday at the College Shaw Library.

Want to update your yard, but don't know where to start? Learn about the newest trends in residential landscaping and how to use rain gardens, rain barrels and permeable pavers to add pizzazz to your property. We will lead you through the steps to creating a personalized plan for your property. Join us for this inspirational session!

Saturday, May 3, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 PM
College/Shaw Library
766 College St, Toronto

Click here to register


Apr 14
Community Clean Up - April 26
Sorauren Park and Charles G. Williams Park clean up on April 26. Help keep our parks litter free!


Apr 07
St. Joseph’s Community Reference Panel on Future Directions for Care
The public is invited to meet the St. Joseph’s Community Reference Panel on Future Directions for Care, a group of 36 randomly selected community members who have been asked to help develop St. Joseph’s priorities for the next five years.

At this meeting, members of the public will work with the Reference Panel to define the health care priorities and needs of the community surrounding St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

What: Community Meeting on Future Directions for Care

When: Wednesday April 9th – 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Doors open at 6:20pm

Where: St. Casimir’s Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto

Why: St Joseph’s Health Centre is updating their strategic plan and wants to better


Apr 01
Union Pearson Express Electrification Environmental Assessment – Notice of Completion
Metrolinx is proposing to electrify the UP Express service beginning at the future UP Express Union Station in the City of Toronto and terminating at the future UP Express Pearson Station in the City of Mississauga.

Metrolinx has completed an Environmental Project Report (EPR) in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08 for the Union Pearson (UP) Express Electrification project.

The EPR for the UP Express Electrification project is now available for a 30-day review period starting April 1, 2014 on the project website and at several locations. Interested persons are encouraged to review this document and provide comments by April 30, 2014.


Feb 17
Sorauren kids' sports registration starts March 5
Registration for the popular kids' soccer and baseball/t-ball programs starts on March 5 through Parks, Forestry and Recreation. For registration information, visit the City's registration page here. Also visit the Sorauren Park Sports website. The season starts in early May... yes, winter will come to an end.


Feb 14
Celebrate Family Day Feb. 17 with special Sorauren activities
Hot chocolate, cider, baked goods at the Market (2-7pm); Snowman competition; All-ages shinny and pleasure skating; stargazing at 6:30pm - come see the moons of Jupiter.


Feb 01
2nd Annual Blues for Edmond - A Benefit Concert for PARC
Honouring the life of Edmond Yu and fighting the stigma of mental health and poverty. Featuring KC Roberts & the Live Revolution - Parkdale Funk. Thursday, Feb 20, 7pm, Revival, 783 College Street.

Reserve your tickets by emailing or calling PARC's Resource Development office: (416) 537-2262 ext. 244


Jan 26
RMRA meeting - After School Activities Marketplace
RMRA meeting Tuesday January 28, 2014. Fern Avenue Public School, 7-9pm.



Dec 01
NO JETS TO - Our City, Our Waterfront: A Panel Discussion -
Monday, Dec 9. Join former Toronto mayor David Crombie, former chief planner Paul Bedford, renowned architect Jack Diamond and author Jane Fairburn. Former mayor David Miller will also speak.


Nov 19
28th Annual Nutcracker presented by the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement
For the 28th year, the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative movement, a not-for-profit dance school in Parkdale, brings together nearly 100 dancers ages 7-18 along with a community of volunteers to share this holiday favourite. As an annual tradition for many families in the area, the event brings together the community of Parkdale for an evening of dance and holiday cheer.


October 01
Church Buildings Around Roncesvalles
The Roncesvalles Village Historical Society presents a glimpse into the architecture and history of some of the religious buildings in the area.

Thursday, Oct 3, 6:30 - 8 pm, High Park Library, 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

September 30
Pumpkin Sale - Sat. Oct. 26
Get your wagons ready... the annual Sorauren Pumpkin Sale in support of the Wabash Building Society takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. till noon at the Fieldhouse.


July 02
Green Barrier - Community Pitches Living Noise Walls
Residents in neighbourhoods adjacent to the Union-Pearson rail line are countering Metrolinx’s plans to erect soundblocking barriers along the route with proposals to build green walls to act as separation between communities and the tracks.


May 27
RMRA Strawberry Social
Please join us for our annual general meeting and strawberry social with special guest Jorge Miguel. Fern Avenue Public School, 7-9pm.


May 21
Metrolinx’s Proposed Staging Area Near Sorauren Fieldhouse
On Wednesday, May 22 at Fern Ave PS – 7 to 8:30 pm, Councillor Perks is having a meeting to review details of Metrolinx’s proposed staging area. Please attend and voice your thoughts about this proposal.


Apr 29
Grand Opening - In Home Kitchen & Bath Boutique
Grand opening of the new showroom and design centre for your kitchen and bathroom needs. 343 Roncesvalles Ave., Thursday, May 2, 6-8pm.


Apr 19
No Casino Toronto Meeting
The Community Meeting with No Casino Toronto has been moved to Tuesday April 30 from 7-9pm. The location remains at Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. West.


Apr 18
Book with Us, with Author Joe Fiorito
For a reading adventure celebrating the richness and diversity of our neighbourhood. Join us as great observer and master storyteller, Joe Fiorito, reading from Union Station, his new book. Monday, April 22, 7pm, at PARC 1499 Queen St. W.


Apr 17
Roncesvalles Village Real Estate Report
It has been some time since I have written a Roncesvalles Village Real Estate Report. It seems the time has arrived to start anew because of a development that affects everyone in the neighbourhood.


Apr 11
Assessing the Work of Mayor Ford
A survey wants to hear from both the Mayor’s supporters and detractors. Already people have been recording their thoughtful comments, but hundreds more are needed to ensure a statistically valid sample of Toronto views. The survey will run through April, after which results will be publically available at the TO Council Critic website.

Take the survey

Apr 10
Sorauren Park Town Square Community Consultation April 17
See the exciting, new, not-yet-revealed plans for the Town Square from The Planning Partnership, the design consultancy hired by the City. Add your input before construction drawings are prepared. April 17, 7 - 8:30 pm, at Parkdale Community Centre, 75 Lansdowne Avenue.


Apr 09
Fieldhouse Painting Days - April 13 and 20
Handy with a brush? Or just want to volunteer, contribute to the community and have a coffee and pizza with neighbours? Join the volunteers painting the interior ground floor of the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse.

Contact to sign up. All supplies provided including coffee, snacks, lunch, tunes. Volunteer for prep day and painting day, or just one day, or just one hour... everything helps! All ages (yes, you too, high schoolers looking for hours).

Prep day: Saturday, April 13, 10 – 5 pm
Painting day: Saturday, April 20, 10 – 5 pm


Apr 08
An Evening with Giller Prize winning author, Linden MacIntyre - April 18
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.


Apr 04
Friday April 5th: A Community Celebration In Support of the Clean Train Coalition
Let’s Beat the Winter Blues! Come and meet your neighbours and friends, enjoy the music, and help make our neighbourhood a better place for everyone!

Featuring live performances by:

All are welcome. Friday April 5th, 6:30pm
Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre
1900 Davenport Road (at Symington)

Mar 27
Ward 14 Environment Day April 6 on Wabash Avenue at the Park
Councillor Gord Perks's Environment Day is earlier this year... come to Wabash Avenue by the park on Saturday, April 6 between 11 am and 5 pm for the annual event.

Remember, traffic will be restricted on Wabash Avenue during the event.