SORAUREN PARK HOSTS FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE DOUBLE-BILL AUGUST 27
The Sorauren Outdoor Movie Season continues at the Town Square this summer with a special double-feature on Saturday August 27 called “Two Toms Night” showing Big, starring Tom Hanks and Days of Thunder, starring Tom Cruise.
This year’s film series is sponsored by myself, along with Dundas West Animal Hospital, Master Mechanic High Park and Scooter Girl Toys.
For updates and weather alerts, follow @SoraurenPark on social media.
THE REVUE CINEMA SEEKS BOARD DIRECTORS
Toronto’s oldest independent movie theatre, The Revue Cinema at 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, is seeking at least one new Director for their Board for a 3-year term starting this fall.
The Revue is a federally-incorporated not-for-profit organization known for its specially curated cinema series and events. As a volunteer member of the Board, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and sustainability of an important Toronto cultural landmark and community hub and gain valuable experience in:
collaborating with a group of keen and active board volunteers
learning about the inner workings
connecting with the community
The Board is looking for people who can bring a passion for its mission and encourages applications from individuals from all walks of life.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 24, 2022. Learn more at revuecinema.ca
SAFETY & MOBILITY IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED FOR HIGH PARK
Local City Councillor Gord Perks recently gave an update on the status of The High Park Movement Strategy (HPMS), which will rethink the travel network serving High Park in the context of the city’s growing population, changing travel patterns, and the impacts of COVID-19. The goal is to improve mobility within the park while prioritizing safety, accessibility, and the park’s ecological integrity. The study will also explore interim solutions
Transportation Services has reviewed the need for pedestrian crossing protection on Parkside Drive and recommends installing traffic control signals on Parkside Drive where it intersects with High Park Trail, located north of The Queensway overpass. Traffic control signals will provide enhanced safety for vulnerable road users using the trail as well as the existing transit stops.
Other recommendations include:
The installation of traffic control signals on Parkside Drive, approximately 100 metres south of Spring Road (at High Park Trail).
Amending the existing parking prohibition in effect at all times on the west side of Parkside Drive, between Bloor Street West and The Queensway, to be in effect between Bloor Street West and Spring Road.
Amending the existing stopping prohibition in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Monday to Friday, except public holidays on the west side of Parkside Drive, between Bloor Street West and The Queensway, to be in effect between Bloor Street West and a point 30.5 metres south of Spring Road.
Prohibiting stopping from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Monday to Friday, except public holidays on the west side of Parkside Drive between Spring Road and The Queensway.
Authorizing the installation of parking machines on the west side of Parkside Drive.
Learn more about the HPMS project and timeline here.
POLISH FESTIVAL RETURNS TO RONCY SEPT 17-18, 2022!
Roncesvalles Village is gearing up for the return of its annual street festival after a two-year pandemic hiatus – and this time, it is joining forces with the community music and arts festival, Roncy Rocks! which previously took place annually in June.
Well known as one of Toronto’s most vibrant, unique, and creative communities, attendees will find an amazing variety of global cuisines from local eateries (including Polish favourites), exceptional shopping, and quality services, as well as performances by talented local artists and musicians, including Indigenous programming and family-friendly activities. Discover treasures along the 18 blocks of boutique shops and merchants.
Now entering its fifteenth year, the Roncesvalles Polish Festival; A Celebration of Local Food, Art, Music & Polish Community is made possible by the Roncesvalles Village BIA; made up of more than 270 members in Toronto’s West End, serving the community of more than 16,000 residents for over 35 years.
Find more information about the Festival, as well as Vendor, Sponsorship, Entertainment or Volunteer Performer applications at PolishFestival.ca.
DANCE LESSONS AND COMMUNITY BAKING EVERY WEDNESDAY IN JULY AT SORAUREN PARK
There is nothing quite like summer evenings in Toronto parks, and on Wednesday evenings (6-8:30pm) in July, the Friends of Sorauren Park are hosting two great events for the community.
The first is For Goodness Bakes! featuring fresh baked goodies made in the wood-fired bake oven at the park from ingredients donated by wonderful neighbourhood bakeries. Quantities are limited. Pay what you can, and all proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park and free park programming.
For Goodness Bakes schedule:
July 6: Sourdough bread, croissants and cinnamon buns, Blackbird Baking Co.
July 13: Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and ginger cookies, Mabel’s Bakery and Specialty Foods
July 20: Beer cheddar scones and pork sausage rolls, Oy’s Joys Bakery
July 27: White and whole wheat dinner rolls, Robinson Bread
The second event is free World Dance Lessons, happening at the Town Square and led by local dance professionals. All are welcome to learn and participate. The schedule so far:
July 20: Spanish Flamenco with Pamela Briz Guijaro
July 27: TBA
Lessons are free thanks to the support of donations to the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park.
And don’t forget, free Summer Movies are showing at the park on the third Saturday of the month from June to September. The July 23 movie is Rear Window, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, directed by Alfred Hitchcock – starting at 9pm. Bring your lawn chairs and get popcorn and drinks at the snack shack!
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE PARKDALE HALL
Every Sunday, The Parkdale Hall hosts a mosaic of vendors selling everything from vintage, collectibles, clothing, jewelry, arts, crafts, and much more.
Visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1605 Queen Street West. Admission is free.
In addition, on Saturday June 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Made for Me Marketplace is on — an inclusive Toronto pop-up market showcasing the city’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. The event will include vintage, skincare, accessories, art, and more, with vendors stationed at their new outdoor lot at 1668 Queen Street West.
Come shop, meet new friends, and leave with that item made just for you! Follow on instagram @madeformemarketplace for more information.
And on the Canada Day Long Weekend, July 2-3, the Parkdale Hall will host an indoor/outdoor event with shopping, entertainment, barbecue, fireworks, and community! Open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1605 & 1668 Queen Street West.
The Parkdale Hall has a long history in the neighbourhood. Originally the Parkdale Theatre, it opened in 1920 and was designed by Detroit’s finest movie palace architect, C. Howard Crane. The theatre’s interior was opulent, with an expansive ornate plaster ceiling, gilded details, crystal chandeliers, and more than 1500 luxurious leather seats.
For general and vendor inquiries, contact email@example.com or 437-241-7260.
OUTDOOR MOVIES RETURN TO SORAUREN PARK THIS SUMMER!
After a two-year absence, the Friends of Sorauren Park are pleased to host its summer movie series on the Town Square once again. Mark your calendars for the fourth Saturday of the month from June to September. The first move — the classic 1994 Jim Carrey comedy Dumb and Dumberwill screen Saturday, June 25, starting at 9:30 pm. For the full schedule visit the Outdoor Movie page at SoraurenPark.com.
The summer outdoor movies would not be possible without the financial support of returning presenting sponsors:
Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates;
Master Mechanic High Park;
Dundas West Animal Hospital; and
Scooter Girl Toys (Snack Shack sponsor)
Movies are free but donations are welcome at the Snack Shack (serving popcorn and drinks) to cover the many costs.
The Friends of Sorauren Park also rely on volunteer support to organize and host its summer outdoor movie series. Interested in helping out? Join the Sorauren Park Film Crew!
BASKETBALL JAMBOREE AT CHARLES G WILLIAMS PARK
The Friends of Charles G. Williams Park are hosting a Basketball Jamboree this coming Saturday, June 11, on the two courts at Charles G. Williams Park across the street from Sorauren Park.
The event tips off at 10 am, with registration starting at 9:45 am. Ages 5 to 6 will convene on the junior court, while ages 7 to 8 will dribble on the main court.
The Jamboree features skills games and competitions, guided by Toronto triple threat players and coaches. There is no admission fee, but donations to support the Friends and free programming in the park are most welcome.
Plus, participants will have a chance to win prizes, generously donated by local toy shop, Scooter Girl Toys!
After a two-year hiatus, Dundas West Fest is returning as “Do West Fest” and will transform the heart of Little Portugal into a vibrant community street festival with live music, artisans, and plenty of delicious food and drink to try from local restaurants from June 3-5.
Dundas Street is named after historic figure Henry Dundas, who aided in the subjugation of Indigenous peoples in Canada during his role as British Home Secretary. In 2021, Toronto City Council voted in favour of a motion to rename the street, along with subway stations, a library, Yonge-Dundas Square, and a number of parks. While the City is in the renaming process, the event will be known as Do West Fest until the street name has been changed.
“The change is significant to us as it marks a new chapter for the neighbourhood, of combined efforts in improving the area with true community spirit in mind,” states the website.
The street festival will take over Dundas Street West from Ossington Avenue to Landsdowne Avenue, with those eager to celebrate the Portuguese community in Toronto. More than 50 licensed patios and 200 unique local vendors will take part, plus busker performances, art installations, and outdoor entertainment.
MEET THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR PARKDALE-HIGH PARK MPP
Community members are invited to meet the provincial election candidates running in our local riding of Parkdale-High Park during an all-candidates meeting at Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Avenue.
Wednesday, May 18, from 7p.m. to 9p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association (RMRA); the High Park Residents’ Association; West Bend Community Association; and Sunnyside Residents’ Association.
Participants are asked to come prepared to wear a mask during the meeting, or attend virtually via the RMRA Facebook page, where the event will be live streamed from 7 p.m.
The 2022 Ontario general election will be held on June 2, 2022, to elect Members of the Provincial Parliament to serve in the 43rd Parliament of Ontario.
The Sorauren Farmers’ Market will once again be a regular feature each Monday on the Town Square in Sorauren Park as vendors return on May 23 for their 12th outdoor season.
This year, the market is excited to offer a BIPOC New Farmer Initiative to provide ongoing support in a welcoming environment for a new farmer who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour. The initiative will provide a subsidized spot at the market and holistic mentorship covering a range of topics tailored to the specific needs and interests of the participant(s).
The market will also see a return of outdoor music, and local musicians are invited to express interest here. Interested vendors can apply for a spot at the market here.
The market takes place each Monday from 3-7 p.m. until October 31, 2022. For more information and a list of vendors featured each week, visit soraurenmarket.com.
INDIGENOUS MURAL UNVEILED AT RONCESVALLES UNITED CHURCH
(Photo: Andrew Faiz)
Roncesvalles United Church this month celebrated the unveiling of the first-ever Indigenous artwork inside the walls of a church in Canada.
In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, in 2020 Rev. Anne Hines invited acclaimed Indigenous artist and educator Philip Cote to paint “anywhere he chose and anything he chose,” within the sanctuary “to symbolize us giving back space to our Indigenous friends.”
The “Walls of Welcome” mural depicts the Ojibwe Algonquin people’s creation story, and features Turtle Island underneath the Christian images in the church’s stained glass windows.
In an artist statement, Cote says, “The mural is a visual story of our beginning. It’s the first of its kind in a church. This is how the narrative is going to change. Our story needs to be inside all institutions and across the country.”
Cote spoke about his work at the event, which also featured a premiere showing of a documentary on the making of the mural by P.J. Marcellino and Jo Proux.
This is the second artwork by Cote in the neighbourhood, as he has also painted a mural titled “The First Peoples“, at the corner of Roncesvalles and Garden Avenue in 2018 commissioned by the Roncesvalles Village BIA in Partnership with StreetARToronto.
SORAUREN PARK HOSTS SPRING SWAP
April , 2022
On Saturday, April 23 at the Sorauren Park Town Square, drop off your gently used bicycles, as well as spring and summer sports and recreational equipment in the morning — and swap them for something new in the afternoon!
All bicycles and equipment dropped off must be clean and in good working order. Broken and unusable equipment will not be accepted. Please no bike helmets, kayaks, canoes, paddles, or winter sports equipment.
Play equipment (roller blades; skateboards, kiddie pools, sand boxes)
Fitness equipment (yoga gear; free weights)
Will not accept:
Winter sports equipment (hockey/skiing/sleds/toboggans); bike helmets; kayaks/paddles/canoes; anything broken or too dirty, too worn out.
For more information please go to soraurenpark.comand follow @soraurenpark on social media for updates!
CITY INTRODUCES IMPROVED SAFETY MEASURES FOR PARKSIDE DRIVE
April , 2022
After a traffic accident on Parkside Drive that killed two people last October, Toronto City Council has reviewed a number of safety measures for the busy street, and Transportation Staff continue to work on improvements.
The speed limit has been reduced from 50km/hr to 40 km/hour and new signs have been posted. In addition, the first rotation of Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) is scheduled to take place in April. The ASE device was placed on Parkside Drive and is still in the testing phase with activation to take place soon.
This month, Councillor Gord Perks asked the General Manager of Transportation, Barbara Gray when we can expect to see the options for the long-term plans for Parkside Drive and when they will be shared with the community.
The following additional measures were recommended:
install a traffic signal on Parkside Drive at Geoffrey Street for pedestrians to safely cross from the Toronto Transit Commission bus stop;
install a sidewalk on the west side of Parkside Drive between Spring Road and just north of the underpass;
install a sidewalk on the west side of Parkside Drive between Bloor Street south to High Park Boulevard;
improve lighting in the Parkside Drive underpass
For the upcoming Infrastructure and Environment Committee meeting in May, Transportation staff will provide an update including conceptual ideas for the bike lanes and Complete Street design. They will also provide information on the timeline for implementation.
These recommendations aim to achieve Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan through a combination of short-term measures and a complete redesign of the street.
More information on the City Council motion can be found here.
CITY OF TORONTO ENVIRONMENT DAY – APRIL 2
This spring, do your part to create a cleaner, greener, and more liveable Toronto. Drop off reusable and recyclable items such as clothing, small appliances, non-perishable food items, and electronics. You can also drop off household hazardous waste for safe disposal and pick up free compost for your garden.
When: Saturday, April 2nd 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, 1751 Lakeshore Blvd West
Local City Councillor Gord Perks will also be hosting three community compost days, where free leaf compost will be available for pick up. Please bring your own shovel and containers if you are planning to pick up compost.
Here are the details for the compost days:
Thursday, April 28th at Masaryk Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Ave.) 2:00 p.m – while supplies last
Saturday, April 30th along Wabash Ave. 10:00 a.m. – while supplies last
Saturday, May 7th at King George Junior Public School (25 Rexford Rd.) 10:00 a.m. – while supplies last
RONCESVALLES VILLAGE SUPPORTS THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE
Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, communities and businesses around the world have mobilized to support Ukrainian people who have been displaced.
Locally, the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Association and Social Justice and Anti-Racism committee have identified organizations people in the community can support that advocate for equitable safe passage and resettlement of refugees.
In addition, various shops in Roncesvalles Village have started their own donation drives and fundraising initiatives:
The Old Country Shop is collecting humanitarian aid donations items to be sent to refugees via Meest Canada. All packages will be delivered into Ukraine to Meest Humanitarian Fund in Lviv and distributed to selected Ukrainian charity relief organizations who will distribute goods all throughout Ukraine. Visit the Old Country Shop’s website for more information about what items to donate. Items can be dropped off at 355 Roncesvalles Avenue between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Cookery (303 Roncesvalles Ave) is hosting Chef Sasha Gaponovitch for an evening of traditional Ukrainian food on March 25, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Ukraine war effort and the local Ukrainian community. More information: www.cookery-store.ca
Scooter Girl Toys (187 Roncesvalles Ave) is raffling off a 12” blue “Our Glowing Hearts” Neon Light to support the people of Ukraine. You can purchase tickets for the draw on their website or in store until 5 p.m. on March 20th. 100% of the funds raised will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
JOIN THE PARKDALE PEOPLE’S ECONOMY WORKING GROUPS
The Parkdale People’s Economy invites members of the community to come together on April 4, from 6-8 p.m. for an evening of collaboration.
The meeting will provide a space for residents and community partners to review the Parkdale Community Plan and determine priority actions.
The Parkdale People’s Economy, also known as Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED) Project, is a network of over 30 community-based organizations and hundreds of community members collaborating to build decent work, shared wealth, and equitable development in Parkdale.
RONCESVALLES AND HIGH PARK RATED BEST PET-FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOODS FOR RENTERS
A dog at Sorauren Park – one of many parks and green spaces in the Roncesvalles Village neighbourhood.
Did you know that Toronto is recognized internationally for being a top pet-friendly city? A 2022 study by Luko revealed that Toronto was among the Top 10 most dog-friendly cities in the world.
The city is home to over 230,000 dogs, has more than 114 pet shops and 65 off-leash dog areas, with easy access to plenty of trails and parks.
A new report from liv.rent reviews the most pet-friendly neighbourhoods in Toronto for renters. From the number of available rentals that will welcome you and your pet to the number of pet amenities in the area, the list lays out where you and your furry friend will be most comfortable.
High Park ranked #4 on the list, and Roncesvalles Village ranked #5. It’s easy to understand why, when both neighbourhoods offer plenty of green spaces, off-leash dog areas and trendy pet shops within walking distance.
“Roncesvalles enjoys a reputation as one of Downtown Toronto’s more renter-friendly neighbourhoods thanks to the sheer selection of rental properties available. The prime location means you may have to pay a bit more, but the good news is many of Roncesvalles’ apartments, detached homes and townhouses are amenable to pets,” the report says.
THE REVUE CINEMA OFFERS SPECIAL SCREENING OF MALCOLM X FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
In celebration of Black History Month, The Revue Cinema in Roncesvalles Village is offering a 30th Anniversary Screening of MALCOLM X on February 21.
The film commemorates the life and legacy of the late human rights leader and icon, who was also a controversial Black activist and leader of the struggle for Black liberation.
Malcolm X hit bottom during his imprisonment in the ’50s. He became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination on Feb 21st, 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.
The film is directed by Spike Lee and stars Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett.
The Revue opened in 1912, making it the oldest operating cinema in Toronto. Visit their Eventbrite pageto purchase tickets.
TORONTO’S OLDEST HINDU TEMPLE TO GET A MAKEOVER
Toronto’s oldest Hindu temple, on Fern Avenue in Roncesvalles Village, is about to get a major facelift.
While the building dates back to the late 1800s, from around 1910, it was home to the Fern Avenue Church of Christ until purchased by Hindu Prarthana Samaj. In the 1960s it became a place of worship for a group of Hindu families in the city.
Now, the Hindu Prarthana Samaj community wants the former church building to look more like a temple. They aren’t planning on tearing down the building or increasing the footprint. They will only demolish the front of the building and replace it with a more traditional Hindu structure.
On February 5 Hindu Prarthana Samaj performed Bhumi Puja to mark the official start of construction of the Temple, which will commence in March.
Plans also include renovations to the inside with columns with niches, decorative features, new washrooms, and a new dining hall. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.5 million.
SORAUREN PARK OPENS NATURAL ICE RINK
Each year, local community group, the Friends of Sorauren Park, build and maintain a natural ice rink at the park with a spirited group of volunteers called “The Hosers”.
In another pandemic winter, such community initiatives are a way of bringing people together for some much-needed outdoor fun and connection.
“The value of the rink to our community is immeasurable. It’s always abuzz with kids of all ages learning to skate or tearing around, chasing and playing. There’s always a spirited shinny game, and we also get lots of teenagers and young adults out to have a bit of fun,” said Joël Campbell, Chair of the Friends of Soauren Park in a recent Toronto Life article. “Our mighty team of 50 plus ‘hosers’ who flood the rink every night has become quite the example of how volunteerism, teamwork and camaraderie can enrich and activate our park.”
The all-volunteer Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew floods the rink every night at 9 pm, with additional shifts at 7 am on weekends and when possible. Conditions will improve in the weeks ahead.
The rink is supported by local Roncesvalles Village sponsors, including myself, Chander Chaddah, Broker, Sutton Group Associates Brokerage, Scooter Girl Toys, and Evolve Chiropractic. To read more about the Sorauren Park rink, and find out the latest updates on rink conditions, or to join their group of volunteers, visit SoraurenPark.com
To read more about other community rinks in the city, view the Toronto Life story here.
COUNCILLOR PERKS HOLDS COMMUNITY BUDGET TOWN HALL
The City of Toronto recently released the 2022 tax-supported operating and capital budgets, setting collective goals and determining the level of service provided to Toronto residents. The budgets also guide decisions on what City infrastructure will be purchased, built and repaired.
In a statement released by Gord Perks, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 4, Perks says the transit crisis, the shelter crisis, the affordable housing crisis, and the lack of movement on our environmental goals are not being properly addressed by the city.
He invites the community to discuss what is proposed, what is not included, and how you can be involved in moving the conversation forward at an online Community Budget Town Hall on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 pm.
Residents can also share feedback on the staff-recommended budgets with the Budget Committee by registering to speak at its meetings on January 24 and 25, or by submitting written comments by email or mail. Speakers are asked to register by 4:30 p.m. on January 21 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-392-4666.
More information about the City’s budget, details on meetings and reports as well as how you can get involved is available at Toronto.ca/Budget.
SUPPORT THE PARKDALE COMMUNITY FOOD BANK THIS HOLIDAY
For community members wishing to spread joy and help others this holiday season, donations of non-perishable food and toys are being accepted for the Parkdale Community Food Bankat the Roncesvalles United Church until December 21.
Drop off times are: Monday to Friday 10 AM – 3 PM and Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM at the Wright Street entrance.
For those wishing to donate from home, Scooter Girl Toys on Roncesvalles has made it easy: Shop at their website, scootergirltoys.com and leave a note at checkout that the toys are to be donated to the Parkdale Community Food Bank toy drive.
The food bank has also made it easy to donate from home, with their “community cornucopia” initiative, which runs until December 24. Go to the website and choose which items you’d like to donate to fill the cornucopia. 100% of every donation assists the food bank with purchasing holiday food for the community. Help them reach their goal of $20,000 this year!
For community members wishing to use the toy bank, it will be hosted at The Parkdale Hall on the 22nd and 23rd of December (times TBA). Please check the Parkdale Community Food Bank’s social media channels.
The Parkdale Community Food Bank’s mission is to ensure barrier free food with choice, dignity and respect for all. They feed more than 3000 individuals every month.
SEE THE NUTCRACKER LIVE AND SUPPORT THE PIA BOUMAN SCHOOL
It is 1896 and a young girl named Clara is given an old Nutcracker; after a harrowing challenge she is transported to the enchanted land of the Sugar Plum Fairy….
Toronto’s longest running Nutcracker ballet is back with in-person shows this year!
The Pia Bouman School for ballet and creative movement continues its 36-year tradition of offering the community the magic of its beloved Nutcracker created by Artistic Director, Pia Bouman and interpreted by the artistry and passion of the school’s young dancers, ages 6-17.
Saturday, December 18th and Sunday, December 19th: Matinee at 1:30pm and Evening performance at 7:30pm at the Pia Bouman Studio Theatre (225 Sterling Rd, Unit 103).
There are two ways to watch the performances:
Option 1 – In person at PBS Studio Theater at 225 Sterling Road; there are very limited in-person tickets available; the ticket price is $75. PBS will absorb all service and processing fees.
Option 2 –Livestream to the world; ticket price is $25. PBS will absorb all service and processing fees. If the live stream is a family and friends event, a donation equalling the number of people watching is appreciated (piaboumanschool.org/donate).
The 2021 Nutcracker will be danced by a Covid restricted cast, but each of our dancers is thrilled to invite you to join them on their creative journey. Ongoing and generous community support means so much to the school and the dancers.
On December 8, the Sorauren Farmers’ Market will host an extra special Holiday Craft Market at the Roncesvalles United Church.
Enjoy delicious food and fresh produce from more than 20 local farmers, and enjoy holiday treats and crafts from a talented selection of artisans. Get your holiday shopping done and support local!
There will also be live music by Conny Nowe and Rachel Melas.
The farmers market, which is held outdoors at Sorauren Park in the warmer months, has moved indoors to the Roncesvalles United Church at 240 Roncesvalles Avenue this winter. The hours are the same, 3-7 p.m., but the day is different – taking place on Wednesdays instead of Mondays.
Expect an array of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables and locally produced goodies. Follow @soraurenmarket on Instagram, where they post their vendor list weekly.
HIGH PARK ZOO CELEBRATES HOLIDAY SEASON WITH FESTIVE TREE-LINED SNOWFLAKE WALK
After a long closure through the Covid-19 pandemic, the High Park Zoo is once again open to the public and, from December 5 to January 8, 2022, decorated holiday trees will stand on parade lining the road through the zoo for festive cheer.
The trees, which are all sponsored and decorated by local businesses, will be a prominent feature of High Park’s Snowflake Walk – a ticketed event taking place December 12 and 19th from 5-6 pm. This is a night time walk through the zoo to enjoy the sparkling trees.
The event, which is organized by the Friends of High Park Zoo, is pay what you can, with a suggested donation of $10 per family. People can also vote for their favourite tree at highparkzoo.ca
After the event, the trees are recycled as enrichment toys for the enjoyment of some of the zoo animals who love to play with them.
The High Park Zoo’s 11 paddocks are home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, wallabies, emus and sheep. The Zoo, which was established in 1893, is free to the public and attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year.
PUBLIC SURVEY OPEN FOR WABASH COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTRE
On November 3, the City of Toronto design team presented and collected community feedback on a draft design for the new community centre planned for the Wabash Community Recreation Centre at Sorauren Park.
It was a fourth virtual public meeting about the project, and City design consultants, Diamond Schmitt Architects and PMA Landscape Architects, released the draft designs for the exterior, interior and landscaping for the new centre, to be built on the site of the former Canada Linseed Oil Mills.
Through consultation with community members, Indigenous representatives, and the City’s operational staff, the Angler option was selected as the site design that will be further developed.
The latest online survey gives community members an opportunity to share feedback on the draft design. Concepts for net-zero energy usage are also included.
The survey is open till November 17 and all responses are anonymous. For more information, visit toronto.ca/WabashCRC.
A recording of the Nov. 3 meeting will also be posted to YouTube with automatic closed captions in many languages.
THE JUNCTION COMES ALIVE WITH WINTER WONDERLAND OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION
Returning to The Junction neighbourhood this year is the 2nd Annual Window Wonderland, transforming businesses along Dundas Street West into an outdoor gallery that is interactive, engaging, and magical.
The exhibition, which takes place November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022, incorporates the work of 40 local and international artists and Augmented Reality (AR) to create an impressive public art display.
Window Wonderland is a safe and family-friendly outdoor public art experience that everyone can enjoy, allowing for social distancing by following Ontario’s health and safety guidelines.
In partnership with international tech company ARTivive, 20 interactive painted windows and a mural can be accessed through their AR app. Visitors can download the free ARTivive APP, activate the AR camera and watch our windows come alive!
A fourth round of public consultation for the new Wabash Community Recreation Centre planned for the site of the former Canada Linseed Oil factory at Sorauren Park is scheduled for Wednesday November 3, 2021.
The virtual public meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30pm and the City of Toronto will present the draft design, which was developed based on previous rounds of community consultation, reflecting the project vision, design principles and big moves.
Construction for the project is anticipated to take place from Spring 2023 to Spring 2026.
The meeting will be recorded and posted to YouTube, for those who cannot attend. Community members can also review and provide feedback on the draft design in an online survey between November 3-17, 2021.
For the link to the survey and further information about the new community centre, visit toronto.ca/WabashCRC
For additional information, or if you require accessibility accommodations to participate, contact: Ashley Wilson, Senior Project Coordinator: 416-392-4289; email@example.com
LOCAL GROUPS ASK COMMUNITY TO BAN SINGLE USE PLASTICS
This October, Waste Reduction Week (Oct. 18-24) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Canada, and local community group Roncy Reduces is hosting a pop-up event at Wright & Roncesvalles on October 20th from 3:30 – 5:30pm to remind residents and businesses that it is ok to say “No Thank You” to single-use plastics.
Stop by to chat, get info, sign up for news and check out their unique reusable Market Bags made from upcycled upholstery fabric that was destined for landfill. A limited number will be for sale to support future Roncy Reduces projects.
On the same day, another Reduces Group in Toronto, Green Wave West, has a similar event happening in the Bloordale area. You can learn more by visiting their website or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both initiatives are part of the Green Neighbours Network, a group fostering collaboration among diverse, action-oriented organizations working in Toronto to prevent climate breakdown, strengthen climate resilience, and advance climate justice.
For more information on efforts to protect and sustain our shared environment through evolution and innovation in waste reduction, visit the Waste Reduction Week website.
“THE ANGLER” DESIGN CHOSEN FOR WABASH COMMUNITY CENTRE
An important milestone in the construction of the new community centre planned for Sorauren Park was reached this week when the City of Toronto announced it had chosen a site design.
Earlier this year the City, in collaboration with Diamond Schmitt Architects, conducted consultations with members of the community, Indigenous groups and the City’s operational staff, where five proposed site design options were discussed.
Of the five designs, “The Angler” was chosen and will be further refined with additional consultation to take place later this fall.
The Angler design was the preferred choice for the Friends of Sorauren Park, who have long advocated for the renovation of the former Canada Linseed Oil Mill on Wabash Avenue into a community centre for all. Some of the key features include:
The design preserves the Town Square and Fieldhouse, in which the City and community have invested more than $1-million
The only design that preserves the full grassy slope facing the Town Square and creates an integrated hardscape/softscape community event space, enhancing the way the park is used for outdoor movies and performances
Preserves the tree grove including the serviceberries near Wabash Avenue, and many other trees cared for by Adopt-a-Tree volunteers in 2014 and 2015
speaks to the reality of the rail corridor that cuts the park on an angle, and to the angled Robert Watson condo building north of the park
the fourth building block tucks neatly into the landscape of the park along the railway creating a “wedge” that becomes a clear focal point on the park side, and an entrance space on the rail corridor side, with the potential for a “great lobby” that invites community interaction
accommodates all the City-mandated community centre program plans
creates interesting roof space options
maintains the circular flow of the park and provides easy access to a planned future footbridge crossing the tracks and connecting the park to the West Toronto Railpath
retains and integrates the industrial heritage features of the linseed building
aligns with the preferred design principles already outlined by Friends of Sorauren Park and confirmed through FOSP-led community consultations and survey (1,200 responses)
For more information on the planned community centre, which will serve the neighbourhoods surrounding Roncesvalles, Parkdale and High Park, visit the City of Toronto’s project page.
DineTOgether INITIATIVE AIMS TO SUPPORT LOCAL RESTAURANTS
Restaurants in the city of Toronto are slowly recovering after months of lockdown, and to support the beleaguered industry, the City of Toronto has launched a DineTOgether program with special prix-fixe feature menus.
Between Sept. 17 and Oct. 3, diners can explore Toronto’s diverse culinary scene with special two-item menus ranging from $15 to $50 per person at more than 270 restaurants.
In the Roncesvalles Village area, these restaurants are taking part:
Musoshin (9 Boustead Ave)
This new ramen shop in Roncesvalles Village has options for chicken karaage, pork ramen with house noodles and white miso vegan ramen on lunch and dinner menus for $20-$25.
Bar Bacan (369 Roncesvalles Ave)
A $20 dinner menu at this Argentinean / Latin American restaurant includes arepa with yucca fries and a dessert.
Inter Steer Tavern (357 Roncesvalles Ave)
Enjoy a 2-course lunch or dinner for $35 including black bean soup and smoked BBQ ribs at this traditional Polish pub with patio dining on Roncesvalles Avenue
The Friendly Thai (223 Roncesvalles Ave)
A $15 lunch menu and a $25 dinner menu includes Thai favourites for takeout, delivery, patio and indoor dining.
iSLAS Filipino BBQ and Bar (1690 Queen St W)
Offering a $25 dinner menu including Filipino spring rolls, adobo or fiesta noodles.
Le Baratin (1600 Dundas St W)
Enjoy a dinner of steak-frites, vegetarian tarte iflette or fish of the day with dessert for $40
Share your meal highlights and tag your posts and photos with hashtag #ShowLoveTO.
For more information on the DineTOgether program, participating restaurants and menus, visit the City of Toronto website.
MOCA CELEBRATES LOCAL ARTISTS WITH FIRST-EVER TRIENNIAL
Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) on Sterling Road is set to launch its first-ever triennial survey, with 21 of the most energizing artists and art collectives working in the city.
Opening on September 29, 2021, the Greater Toronto Art 2021 (GTA21) is envisioned as a long-term commitment to Toronto’s artistic future, a framework that will continue to support the city’s creative community while addressing the most pressing issues of our time.
GTA21 marks a renewed focus by MOCA on the local art scene and offers significant support for the featured artists to realize new and/or expanded work. Visitors will encounter 21 specially commissioned or never-before-seen artworks spanning all three floors of the Museum in a range of media including drawing, sculpture, performance, painting and video.
While hundreds of large-scale exhibitions are mounted each year around the world, MOCA’s GTA exhibition is defined by its pledge to Toronto artists and the commissioning of new projects that add to a local and global discourse.
This first edition of GTA21 has been generated by the curators Daisy Desrosiers, Rui Mateus Amaral and November Paynter, with leadership and support from MOCA Executive Director and CEO Kathleen Bartels.
Beyond the Museum walls, the exhibition features several public artworks, a set of responsive digital components, a variety of public programmes and learning initiatives, and an accompanying publication.
The next GTA Triennial will take place in 2024 with a different team of curators and a continued focus on how an expanded view of Toronto can further encapsulate the spirit of this evolving and hyper-diverse city.
While most cultural and food festivals were cancelled this year due to the ongoing pandemic, (including the Roncesvalles Polish Festival), Toronto can look forward to celebrating at North America’s largest Ukrainian Festival, September 18-19 in Bloor West Village.
The festival will have a hybrid model this year, giving people an opportunity to experience Ukrainian culture and hospitality at its best: including Ukrainian dancers, vocalists, musicians, and a special youth segment – either in-person or virtually.
At the Bloor West location (2425 Bloor Street West), vendor kiosks will offer authentic Ukrainian food and beverages, crafts and collectibles. Cultural pavilions will feature interactive cultural activities and displays of historical and contemporary interest.
Festival organizers are working closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on safe execution, with its top priority being the health and well-being of audiences, talent, press and industry, and residents of the community.
Masks are required at all festival venues by Toronto Public Health authorities, and festival organizers will provide each ticket holder with a FREE cloth mask.
Since the 1880s, when immigrants from Ukraine to Canada embraced the opportunity to work, prosper and raise families in peace and freedom, Ukrainian culture has enriched the Canadian landscape. Today, more than 4 million people in Canada can trace their heritage to Ukraine.
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