All posts by Ric Amis

Town Hall on Affordable Housing in Toronto – Mar. 29

TOWN HALL ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN TORONTO

The Federal Government is taking steps to address affordable housing. The 2017 Budget includes an additional $11 billion commitment to the new National Housing Strategy – that means access to affordable housing in Parkdale.

Arif Vrani, event organizer and MP for Parkdale-High Park and Adam Vaughan, MP for Spadina-Fort York will be on-hand to discuss the Governments strategy for affordable housing in Toronto.

This is an opportunity for residents to share their perspectives on the need for affordable housing in Parkdale and beyond!

Date: Wednesday, March 29th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave. (May Robinson Auditorium)

Exhibition Place Public Consultation – Mar. 8

The community is invited to attend  Exhibition Place Public Consultation Session to review the Draft Strategic Plan 2017 to 2019 that the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place has developed.

This is Parkdales’ opportunity to have input into how Exhibition Place will develop over the next few years. We need to maintain and preserve the open/green space, historical buildings and art works in this 192-acre city owned property by the Lake.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend and if you require free parking to feedback@explace.on.ca

If you are unable to attend either session Exhibition Place welcomes your feedback. Please send all comments to feedback@explace.on.ca – all commentary will be read and taken into consideration.

Find the Strategic Plan 2017-2019 (DRAFT version) here.
Find the HLTA presentation presented to the Board of Governors in January, here.

Date: Wednesday, March 8th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Beanfield Centre, Room 200, Exhibition Place (former Automotive Building)

Milky Way Garden Visioning Workshop – Mar. 13

What: Greenest City & Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) will host a series of community consultations to collect input from local residents in order to redesign 87 Milky Way into a shared urban agriculture space for Parkdale. Planners and designers will use that input to create both an urban design and business plan for the space.

Visioning Workshop – Participants will be guided through a visioning process to capture needs, wants, and dreams, as they relate to the redesign on 87 Milky Way into a community space for urban agriculture.

Why/Background: The Milky Way Garden is a 7000 sq ft green space in our Parkdale neighbourhood (behind Parkdale Library). The land has been stewarded by a local ESL class and GC for nearly a decade, but until recently this was a temporary agreement with the private owners of the land. The PNLT will soon purchase this land, to secure a dedicated urban agriculture space for Parkdale. This piece of community owned land will continue to be used for urban agriculture activities, but will be redesigned to reflect the needs and desires of local residents.

Who should attend: Parkdale Residents, members of Greenest City and members of PNLT.

Tibetan translation provided. Please contact the organizers for additional translation needs. If you have questions please email monique@greenestcity.ca or call 647.438.0038

RSVP HERE

Date: Monday, March 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

Call For Mural Artists – Deadline Mar. 24

Parkdale artists are invited to submit a request for application to paint one of eight Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in Parkdale as part of the 2017 Bell Box Murals Project.
Murals will be painted May 1 – 8, 2017.

Applicants will be sent more details of the submission process. Artists will be chosen based on their connection to the community, experience painting on outdoor surfaces, concept for the mural and a portfolio of past work.

For submission details contact: ParkdaleBellBox@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/bellboxmuralsproject/

The DEADLINE for submitting an application request is 5:00pm, Friday, March 24, 2017.

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Murals 2017 are a partnership between The Parkdale Village BIA, the Bell Box Murals Project, and Bell Canada.
Paint donated by Benjamin Moore Paint.

Community Meeting 376R Dufferin St. (33 Acres Brewing Co.) – Mar. 1

Vancouver based 33 Acres Brewing Company will be holding a pre-hearing meeting to discuss their proposed plans for 376R Dufferin Street.

They are proposing to renovate the existing one-storey industrial building to include a craft brewery, retail store, restaurant and associated outdoor patio. These uses are currently not permitted at this industrial site.

Details regarding the proposed renovation will be available at the community meeting. Their Committee of Adjustment application is available on-line by searching the City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment – Development Application Centre – Reference # A1222/16TEY.

For more information or should you have questions and are unable to attend, please contact Joshua Michnik via email: toronto@33acresbrewing.com

Date: Wednesday, March 1st
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement – Meeting Room A)

CANCELLED – OMB Community Consultation – Mar. 9

Cheri DiNovo, our MPP, will be holding a community consultation on the future of Toronto’s relationship to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Torontonians deserve a real say about the future of our neighbourhoods and what they look like. But too often, the unelected and unaccountable Ontario Municipal Board makes important decisions that affect our communities.

The Ontario government is currently reviewing the OMB and needs to hear from residents. Please share this event with your neighbours and networks.

This free event is accessible and open to everyone. Please register at: http://cheridinovo.ca/omb-town-hall/

Date: Thursday, March 9th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 1515 Bloor Street West (Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School )

20th Anniversary for Gallery 1313

Since 1997 the Parkdale Village Arts Collective (PVAC), not-for-profit organization, has held more than 1,400 exhibitions with 800-plus artists and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. It’s helped the neighbourhood become an art hub for emerging and established artists alike with members from across Toronto.

For more information click here

Location: 1313 Queen St. West (west of the Parkdale Library)

King Street Pilot Study – Feb. 13

King Street is the busiest surface transit route in the entire City, carrying more than 65,000 riders on a typical weekday.

The King Street Pilot Study is about exploring bold, transformative ideas for how to redesign King Street in order to move people on transit more efficiently, improve placemaking and the public realm, and support business and economic prosperity.

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 (the PRA has made sure Parkdale is included).

The pilot options will be analyzed and evaluated using a variety of transportation, transit, city-building, and economic perspectives. Consultation and engagement is a critical part of the King Street Pilot Study, and a variety of community and neighbourhood groups, businesses and BIAs, and other key stakeholders will be involved throughout the study.

You are invited to join and add YOUR voice the conversation! Read more about the Pilot Study here.

Date: Monday, February 13th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 55 John Street, Room 308/309 (Metro Hall)

Stories from Parkdale – Feb. 3

The 150 Stories Project began as Brick and Mortar Toronto’s response to the current disconnect between Toronto audiences and artists.
15 groups were given the task of picking a Toronto community that does not often see itself in today’s storytelling.
Each participant interviewed one person from their group’s chosen community and each group then created a performance piece based on the stories heard in the interviews.
The result: 15 communities, 150 storytellers, 150 stories.

This group is, lead by Luis Fernandes, is focused on the Parkdale community
For the past 10 years, and until 2016, Luis Fernandes and the Unit 102 Actor’s company owned and operated the successful Unit 102 Theatre in Parkdale. That is, until they were forced out several months ago by development in the very neighbourhood they helped to grow. While they search for a new location for their company, Luis chose to focus on the community and find out just exactly what stories are hidden within.

Order tickets here and use discount code “PARKDALE” to get $15 OFF

Date: Friday, February 3rs
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Place: 1402 Queen Street East, #c3 (The Attic Arts Hub)