Category Archives: Community

Let’s Make Sure Ontario Place Really is for ALL

Now is the time to let people of Ontario into the back room!

Ontario Place for All is worried the Ontario government and developers are right now deciding the future of Ontario Place behind closed doors.

 We need to act immediately to challenge this blatant disrespect of our communities. Public consultation is the hallmark of good urban planning and good public policy.

Click HERE to send a letter to Premier Ford and Lisa Macleod, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, demanding they hold off any decision until all the proposals have been released for public review and consultation.

Let’s overwhelm the Premier with requests!!!

Artists Call for Submissions: Winter Light Exhibition 2020

Calling all Artists – The Winter Light Exhibition at Ontario Place

Ontario Place is seeking the imagination and creativity of Ontarian artists or collectives to submit a proposal for the 2020 Winter Light Exhibition which takes place on the 15-acre West Island. Winter Light invites submissions from Ontario artists or collectives to create site-specific light projects with an interactive component that meet the curatorial theme Cocoon / to Cocoon. Projects must present a unique and engaging interpretation of the curatorial theme ‘Cocoon’ and focus on utilizing both light and user engagement to encourage, stimulate or motivate audience interaction. With a mandate to exhibit great art in a public space and use it as a catalyst for visitor interaction and engagement.

The curatorial theme is Cocoon / to Cocoon. Applicants are challenged to interpret the concept of being ‘Cocooned’ within the exhibit and the exhibition itself.

Evaluations will be made based on artistic merit in line with the curatorial theme, size + footprint of the exhibit, the use of light and interactivity, and the viability of the exhibit to succeed outdoors in the winter elements.

The Winter Light Exhibition is in its third year. Check out videos from our first and second year.

Ontario Place is currently accepting submissions for the Winter Light Exhibition. Project timelines are as follows:

  • Site Tours: Applicants are encouraged to visit Ontario Place. To schedule your visit, contact
  • Submission Due Date: November 27, 2019 at midnight EST
  • Exhibition Dates: February 2020 – March 2020

For more info and to submit your project:

Sorauren Avenue Park Pumpkin Parade – Nov. 1

It’s that time of year again! Join neighbours and friends at Sorauren Avenue Park on Friday Nov. 1 for the annual pumpkin parade. Please bring your carved pumpkins starting at 6pm to put them out on display.

The Sorauren Pumpkin Parade has become a huge success with more than 1500 participating pumpkins in the event in past years. However, with the growing success of the event, there’s a need for more volunteers and support from the community to make sure the event can continue. Volunteers would need to commit 2-4 hours to help  with greeting event attendees and helping with cleanup of pumpkins at the end of the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please email –

Events Details:
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Put your pumpkins out on display
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  – Pumpkin Parade
9:00 pm on-wards – Collect your pumpkins for disposal

All participants are responsible for ensuring that their pumpkins, candles and other materials are disposed of properly at the end of the night.

Block by Block Parkdale – Oct. 19

Toronto Ward Museum is launching Block by Block Toronto, a participatory, multimedia project that engages diverse young people in the collection and interpretation of oral histories from across the city. By training young people to interview community members about their lived experiences, the project preserves and animates stories of migration, settlement and civic life in an effort to build a more inclusive city: one story and one neighbourhood at a time.

The goal of Block by Block is to deepen relationships in and between communities through the exchange of personal stories, reflections and resources. They hope to contribute to better public understanding of settlement experiences and the roles that neighbourhoods play in those experiences through interactive programming, exhibitions, art and storytelling. They think these experiences have been underrepresented in Toronto and that there is a lot to learn from them. RSVP HERE.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 19th, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place: 1499 Queen St. West (Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre)

Queen St. West Area Study Community Meeting – Oct. 17

The City is holding a meeting on the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Planning Study to present draft Official Plan policies. Information on the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plans will also be provided at the Open House. They welcome your comments and there will be opportunities to ask questions of City staff.

They will discuss the results of the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Planning Study, which spans Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue, and provide an update on the heritage survey and HCD Plans.

WE THE RESIDENTS NEED TO GET IT RIGHT – These Official Plans when approved will be entrenched for the next 20 or 30 years.

Date: Thursday Oct. 17, 2019
Time: Open House 5 pm – 8pm; Presentation – 6:30 pm
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library Auditorium

PRA Federal All-Candidates Meeting + Call for Volunteers – Oct. 16

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is hosting a Federal All-Candidates meeting. This is Parkdale residents’ opportunity to hear directly from the candidates running  for election in the Parkdale-High Park riding. One of these candidates will be our elected representative in Federal Parliament.

FREE COMMUNITY DINNER for the event will be provided starting at 6:30 PM courtesy of Greenest City – “EAT, THINK, VOTE” campaign.

Advance Voting takes place between Oct. 11th and 14th. You can get further details HERE on where to vote, what information you need and a list of all the candidates.

To prepare for the meeting the PRA attempted to contact ALL the registered candidates. We asked them in advance of the event to consider one question – What your vision is [for the future of] of Parkdale?

Given the principals, practices and policy of diversity and inclusivity that the PRA upholds and with much consideration the PRA Executive has rescinded our invitation to the Peoples Party of Canada candidate

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave. (May Robinson auditorium)


As you know a lot is happening in Parkdale around development, affordability, food security, transit, etc.

The PRA is a small but vocal voice for local residents. The PRA reviews proposed development projects, we attend meetings, advise the City as needed, advocate for residents, participate in studies, campaign for local issues, share and highlight information to the community on behalf of other organizations, etc.

We’re looking for more people who want to bring their skills to the table, be passionate about advocacy and help us engage the community.

If you’re interested in contributing your time and skills towards community consultations, local events and participating in planning meetings please let us know!

Right now we need volunteers for:
• All-Candidates Meeting Oct 16th: postering, community engagement, Tibetan translation services, event set-up and strike, timekeeper, Facebook live capture
• Graphic Design work: PRA logo re-design
• CRM Management
• New Executive Members: help us plan new events and initiatives for 2020

Nuit Blanche in Parkdale – Saturday

If you are going out on Saturday night to enjoy Nuit Blanche check out what is happening locally in West Queen West / Parkdale. There are some local artists showing works during the nights festivities. To find out more click HERE.

Explore nearly 90 art projects created by over 300 artists, across 9 neighborhoods.

Date: Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Time: After Sunset and into the wee hours of the morning
Place: West Queen West / Parkdale / all over town


Have YOUR SAY on the Future of Exhibition Place – Oct. 10

It’s YOUR turn to talk about the future of Exhibition Place.

Exhibition Place is in OUR backyard – for some it is their backyard (local park and green space).

Eleven local residents’ groups from the area have put in hundreds of volunteers hours in public meetings, working groups, written reports and held community meetings regarding what happens to this PUBLICLY OWNED LAND. Here is what the PRA and West Side Community Council (WSCC) have to SAY.

To view and comment on the draft vision and guiding principles for the Exhibition Place Master Plan come to this public meeting. Check out the City’s information.

Date: Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Time: Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Presentation/Q&A: 7:00 p.m.
Place: 105 Princes’ Boulevard – Room 201ABC (Beanfield Centre – elevator available at North Entrance)

Community Hub Tours – Oct. 2 & 8

Planning for the new Parkdale Community Hub is underway!

As our community prepares for this development, join your Parkdale neighbours on a tour of one or both of the existing vibrant hubs below to learn about their green building design, youth and resident community engagement, and community-led design initiatives.

The tours are FREE and will include return bus transportation from PARC (1499 Queen St W) to each hub, light refreshments and food, as well as tokens, childminding, and translation, as needed.

Please RSVP with Karla at or (416) 537-2262 x269

Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
Time: 9:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Place:  1499 Queen St. W. (PARC to Bathurst-Finch Hub)
Date: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Place:  1499 Queen St. W. (PARC to East Scarborough Storefront)