Crisis at Exhibition Place (CNE grounds)

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is very concerned about what is happening at the South end of Parkdale.

Exhibition Place (EP) is a City-owned regional amenity of extremely high public value, comprised of 192 acres in the core of one of North America’s largest cities. As Toronto’s population continues to grow and the City becomes increasingly developed, Exhibition Place has the unparalleled potential to offer the residents of Toronto access to much-needed open space. Exhibition Place also has the clear potential to become a world-class urban attraction.

But this potential is under threat. Recent events indicate that, under the problematic direction of the Exhibition Place Board of Governors, the City is in grave danger of losing much of this valuable amenity for future generations.

The case of MUZIK is a particularly egregious case-in point. Unbelievably, the Board has proposed an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) that would extend the lease period of MUZIK beyond the current 21-year limit to allow the lease to extend to 2034 (!). The proposed means of extending the lease period is to *change the designation of the lands in the Westerly portion of Exhibition Place from ‘park/open space’ to ‘rejuvenation area’*—in other words, *to remove public open space in order that private businesses may benefit from public assets indefinitely into the future*. In addition, the report makes clear that this OPA is primarily offered on behalf of the owners of MUZIK, a nightclub at which there were recently two murders, which the local Councillors believe is not in the public interest, and which use in no way enhances Exhibition Place or conforms to the sort of uses to which these lands were originally to be put.

To add insult to injury, the report is explicit that taxpayers, as opposed to MUZIK, are to foot the bill for bringing the OPA forward for the benefit of this problematic establishment.

These recommendations represent an outrageous failure of our public officials to act as stewards of the public trust. More generally, the piecemeal apportioning of Exhibition Place lands to the highest bidder, are coming forward without there having been any comprehensive public process aimed at identifying the presently desired uses of this valuable amenity and creating a comprehensive vision for realizing the potential of what could be one of Toronto’s most impressive public amenities. Indeed, we suspect that most Torontonians aren’t even aware that this vast amount of open space is owned by the City.

As a small first step in reclaiming this amazing public amenity for PUBLIC use, the PRA calls for Exhibition Place officials to immediately close down MUZIK, and remove the barriers to the statues and land that should be rightfully enjoyed by the public to whom this land belongs.

The Star recently wrote 2 articles on this topic: Sept. 21st and Sept. 19th.

Sorauren Avenue Park 20th Anniversary Party – Sept. 26th


4:00 p.m. The Monkey Bunch – for kids of all ages!
5:00 p.m. Teen Music Sensations! Up-and-coming talent
6:00 p.m. Square Dancing on the Square. Join in! No experience necessary!
7:00 p.m. Cake Decorating Winners Announced With VIPs
7:20 p.m. Paul James Band – Blues rock extraordinaire
8:20 p.m. Outdoor Movie – 1995 Classic “Jumanji” (PG). Bring your lawn chairs!

Kids Zone Fun 4 – 6 p.m. Great games & activities!

Soccer Skills 4 – 6 p.m. in the park. Footie fun!

Ball Hockey 4 – 7 p.m. on Wabash Ave. (closed). Bring your sticks!

Giant Community Dining Table & Fine Food Vendors 5 – 8 p.m.

History Exhibits Sorauren Stories & Secrets: Past, Present & Future

Celebrity Emcees including Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies), and surprise guests!

Full details at
@Sorauren Park #sp20th

Date: Saturday, September 26th
Time: 4:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m.
Place: Soraurent Park (289 Sorauren Ave. at Wabash Ave.)


Gain Leadership Skills at Scouts (for Girls & Boys Age 5 to 26)

The 3rd Toronto Scout Group has been serving the Parkdale community since 1909 by providing programming for girls and boys from the age of 5 through to 26 yeara old.
The goal of scouting is to create well rounded individuals with diverse interests that can contribute to society; where youth can discover the best in themselves and the best in others. This is achieved through programs that challenge youth to discover and engage in their local community and explore the great Canadian outdoors whilst having lots of fun and making new friends.
By forming the youth into small groups for challenges they gain leaderships skills when training younger youth that can be applied to their future lives.  The well established scouting infrastructure allows a group to introduce youth to the great Canadian outdoors inexpensively through camping and diverse outdoor adventures.
For more information see their website or contact by email at

Federal All Candidates Meeting – Sept. 29th


Come meet the Federal candidates running in the Parkdale–High Park riding. This is your opportunity to question the candidates on matters that are important to you AND hear their vision for our community.

Federal election day is on Monday, October 19th, 2015. Advance polling runs from Friday, October 9th to Sunday, October 12th. Click here for voter information.

Date: Tuesday, September 29th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: 128 Fern Avenue – Fern Avenue Public School

Co-Hosted by the Roncesvalles Macdonnell Residents Association and the Parkdale Residents Association 


Swansea 8,000 Years – Sept. 13th

This 1-day event is in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Etienne Brûlé’s expedition with the Wendat-Huron down the Toronto Carrying Place Trail to the shores of Lake Ontario. Come and meet Etienne Brûlé and the many great historical figures who ventured the Trail leading to the development of Toronto as we know it today!

Plenty of things to do for ALL ages. A few highlights:
♦  You can be a part of history – audition to be one of the historical figures – click here.
♦  Unveiling of The Moccasin Project with Elder Gary Sault of the Mississauga of the New Credit Nation
♦  Arrival of the final stage of the 3-day Brûlé-Wendat Expedition
♦ Savour historic food prepared by Chantal Vechambre
♦ Métis Fiddler Quartet

Rain or Shine – Entrance is FREE (click here for more detail)

Date: Sunday, September 13th
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place: 222 Riverside Drive – Lucy Maud Montgomery Parkette

Co-Hosted by the Swansea Historical Society and the Swansea Area Ratepayers Association


Workshop – Mapping the Needs & Assets of Parkdale – Sept. 10

Parkdale Community Needs & Assets Mapping

What challenges do we face in Parkdale? What about Parkdale’s unique strengths, resources and abilities? Through this workshop, PCED would like to discuss these questions, and identify ways to tackle challenges while also building community wellbeing and shared wealth to create a more inclusive and just Parkdale.

Help develop a Parkdale neighbourhood plan. Attend this workshop and develop a neighbourhood vision for Parkdale, one that offered the opportunities for diverse community members, groups, and stakeholders to share their thoughts, ideas, and visions for what we value most in Parkdale for community wellbeing.

Open for anyone living and working in Parkdale

Registration on-line here or by email –

Date: Thurs., September 10th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 201 Cowan Ave. – Greenest City (at St. Mark’s Church)


Parkdale History – 400th Anniversary

“The Shared Path” presentation to mark the 400th anniversary of Etienne Brule (and Champlain) along the Humber River, and first contact with the aboriginal peoples of the area. Jack Gibney of Parkdale Village Historical Society (PVHS) and Daryl Landau of Roncesvalles Village Historical Society (RVHS) presenting.

Date: Wed., August 26th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 228 Roncesvalles Ave. (at Wright Ave.) – High Park Library


Historic Houses of Parkdale – on Rogers TV

Series 372, Subseries 58 - Road and street condition photographsVIEWING LIVE STREAMING via a web browser

All Rogers Customers (cable, internet, wireless, home phone) can watch the shows online WHEN they are airing on the channel.

You first have to REGISTER for a MyRogers account (don’t need to be a Rogers customer).  Go to their website:

Top left corner, big red box that says ‘Watch Now’.  All you have to do is login ONCE using your MyRogers Account Login.   Please note you can also watch any Rogers TV station throughout the country with this feature.

To watch “Structures” during the scheduled air times, please make sure you select Toronto in the top right corner.

Subsidized Backyard Tree Planting – LEAF

LEAF offers a subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program to help you get the right tree in the right place. For approximately $150 to $220 per tree you will get a site consultation in your yard with an arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree (or two to four feet tall for evergreen trees) and full planting service.

Or, if you want to plant in your front or side yard (or just like to get your hands dirty), try the Do-It-Yourself version of the program. For $100 to $150 per tree, you’ll receive access to online tree care and maintenance video workshops, personalized advice from arborists by email, and a tree delivered right to your door!

Native shrubs and garden kits are also available. The program is available to homeowners, multi-units, and businesses across Toronto.

For more information on how the program works or to book a consultation, visit


Queer West Film Festival – August 7 – 9

The 7th Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival will be hosting a 3-day arts festival this year, expanding their annual film festival from a one evening screening. Increasing the length of the event will allow them to showcase more of the very best of emerging LGBTQ filmmakers both locally and internationally.

Movies @ THE REVUE CINEMA, 400 Roncesvalles Ave.
Doors Open @ 3:30 PM | Films start: 4 PM

Tickets online @ TICKETSCENE
Tickets also @ Revue Cinema Box Office and
For Your Convenience tickets also available @ Sun Milk Variety Store, 1547 Dundas W. (July 15 to August 9)
Ticket Prices: $10 each night or Three Day Passes for $25

Accessibility: The washroom is not wheelchair accessible.
All screenings – Restricted – No one under 18 admitted. ID Required.