All posts by Ric Amis

COWANATION Street Sale – June 2

Parkdale’s Biggest Treasure Trove – The Annual COWANATION Street Sale!

Cowan Ave. closes off to traffic at 9 am – 4 pm, or thereabouts, so people can stroll the sidewalks and avenue for this annual street sale of goods – used, new, antique, household, yard and whatchamacallits. Sunday, June 3rd is the rain date. You will find Parkdale has as a whole has picked up on the spirit of Cowanation with residents on Dunn, Springhurst and Spencer setting up yard sales as well. Come one, Come all!

Laneway Suites meeting hosted by RMRA – May 29

The Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association (RMRA) is sponsoring a meeting for residents to hear from City planners and laneway experts about this approach to additional neighbourhood housing – Laneway Suites. Toronto City Council will be voting in early June to possibly allow as-of-right secondary or Laneway Suites in Toronto. Let our Councillor and City staff know your thoughts on this topic.

Laneway Suites can provide:
• new rental housing opportunities
• ageing in place for seniors
• multi-generational family living

Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 128 Fern Ave. (Fern Ave. PS auditorium)

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust AGM – May 26

Come out to the back-to-back Annual Members Meetings (AGMs) for the Neighbourhood Land Trust (NLT) and Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT). The AGM is an opportunity to participate in the decisions that the NLT & PNLT are making on your behalf.

At PNLT’s AGM members will consider new by-laws and elect new members of the board of directors, the decision making body of this community controlled organization.

To vote at this meeting you must first become a member of PNLT by registering in advance or at registration on the day. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Parkdale. Sign up online at PNLT.CA. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors of either the NLT (charity) or PNLT (not-for-profit) please contact info@pnlt.ca. Proof of membership will be required. Please bring photo ID.

The NLT and PNLT are organizations that seeks to build a just, healthy, and inclusive neighbourhood. The NLT and PNLT acquires and manages land under the unique community ownership model of a community Land Trust (CLT), promoting long-term community benefits, affordability, and enabling democratic local planning.

• Food & Childcare Provided.
• Tibetan interpretation.

Date: Saturday, May 26th, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (doors open 2:30 p.m.)
Place: 201 Cowan Ave. (Church of the Epiphany & St. Mark)

All-Candidates Meeting – May 30

The Parkdale Residents Association is hosting a Provincial All-Candidates meeting. This is Parkdale residents’ opportunity to hear directly from all the political parties running candidates for election in the Parkdale-High Park riding. One of these candidates will be our elected representative in the Ontario Legislature.

Date: Wednesay, May 30th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 250 Dunn Ave. (Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church)

Doors Open TORONTO/Parkdale – May 26 & 27

Gallery 1313 at 1313 Queen Street West (entrance at the west gate) is participating in the annual Doors Open Toronto event, May 26 & 27. Gallery 1313 is housed in the building which was for Division 6 of the City of Toronto Police Force (1931-1963). They are hosting an exhibition celebrating Parkdale architecture by artists in their Process Gallery (May 23 to June 4), reception May 24th, 8 p.m. Guides will also share the building’s history and significance.

For more information about this and other events that are part of  Doors Open Toronto click HERE.

Date: Saturday & Sunday , May 26th and May 27th, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place: 1313 Queen St. West (Gallery 1313)

Town Hall on Cannabis Legalization – May 17

Come out for a Town Hall meeting on Cannabis Legalization with special guest Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers of Justice and Health, for a discussion on the legalization of cannabis in Canada.

Please register HERE, as space is limited.

Date: Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 432 Runnymede Road (Runnymede United Church)

Parkdale Town Square Project Meeting – May 16

The City is hosting a community information meeting on the Parkdale Community Hub (AKA Parkdale Town Square) project where you can learn about this initiative, ask questions of City Staff, and share your comments.

The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services that support the local Parkdale community.

At this meeting, City staff will introduce the Parkdale Community Hub project, provide an overview of their work and consultation to-date, present a set of principles to guide any changes to the intersection, and give a brief update on area planning and heritage work. Your comments are important in guiding the next steps in the Parkdale Community Hub project.

Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St. W., (Parkdale Library auditorium)

Plant Fair & Craft Sale – May 12

The Horticultural Society of Parkdale and Toronto is holding their amazing annural spring plant fair and craft sale.

Perennials • Annuals • Pollinators • Natives • Herbs & Veg • House Plants • Hard-to-get Plants

For beginning and sophisticated gardeners: choice plants, the “Green Elephant” sale, herbs and hard-to-get perennials from select GTA nurseries and horticultural member’s own gardens—all at the best prices in town! Bring your questions, they’ll have gardening experts on hand!

Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place: 214 Wright Ave., (Roncesvalles United Church)

Spring into Parkdale Festival – May 12

Join your neighbours and friends for Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market!

What better way to celebrate all that Parkdale has to offer then by bringing together all of our favorite things about this wonderfully dynamic, creative, eccentric, historic community. Come and experience Parkdale Love!

Enjoy musical & artistic entertainment, free activities, a sidewalk sale along Queen Street West, side road closures and over 4 Pop Up Markets. Plus, launching this year the 10,000 sqft ‘Foodora Night Market’ from 4pm-10pm where you can enjoy some of Parkdale’s most eclectic food and Chef’s all in one place and under the stars! From $5 to $12 enjoy cuisine from around the world and most importantly from Parkdale Chefs! From glorious donuts to Tibetan, Japanese & Cuban inspired cuisine, includes food vendors, musical entertainment, bike parking, patio seating & more! Entry to market is free, vouchers for food can be purchased online (here) or on site, each purchaser receives a $10 Foodora coupon, plus visit 4+ food vendors & you could win a $200 Gift Card to any Parkdale Restaurant, $30 Foodora Credit & your favorite Toronto’s Finest artist designed cell phone case! (Vegetarian & Vegan options are available, unlicensed area, all ages.)

For full details on all the amazing things happening click HERE

Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place: all along Queen St. W., (Dufferin to Roncy)

(dis)Placed in Parkdale: Gentrification & Community – May 5

(dis)Placed in Parkdale: Gentrification & Community
Saturday, May 5th

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Jane’s Walk – Meet at Parkdale Project Read (1209 King St. W.) Join the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust in learning how to preserve, protect and build a just, healthy and inclusive neighbourhood. See Parkdale through the eyes of divers residents and organizations in pursuit of equitable development. Speakers will share stories of building participatory strategies in response to pressures of displacement. Glimpse the future of a site of conflict and of community empowerment through Augmented Reality technology present by the Canadian Film Centre.

12:00 PM to 2:30 PM: Break and Gallery Tour Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St. W.)

2:30 PM to 5:00 PM: Public Panel Discussion – Democratizing the Economy in Toronto  – with Mercedes Sharpe Zayas (Parkdale People’s Economy; Cutty Duncan (formerly Social Planning Toronto); Wayne Chu (City of Toronto); Katharine Ranking (University of Toronto). Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St. W.)

Light refreshments, childcare and Tibetan translation provided during the public panel.