Category Archives: Local Interest

Sunnyside (Roncy) Pedestrian Bridge Mural Launch Party – July 27th

Chicago artist Justus Roe, his local Public Art Assistants, as well as members of the Parkdale – High Park community have been hard at work transforming the Sunnyside (Roncesvalles) Pedestrian Bridge to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday and the “Year of Public Art” taking place in Chicago and Toronto (sister Cities).

Join them for “Building Bridges of Flavour”, a locally inspired menu by Palais Royale Chef Steffan Howard, along with local musicians, artist Justus Roe, and John Tory – Mayor, City of Toronto.

We look forward to celebrating the completion of this new artwork with you – and ask that you RSVP by Monday, July 24th for this community event!

Date: Thursday, July 27th
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Palais Royale (1601 Lake Shore Blvd West, Suite 100)

Women Paint transforms Parkdale Laneway – July 16

A talented mix of emerging and established Toronto-based artists will transform the laneway that runs north behind 1468-1486 Queen Street West — between Lansdowne Avenue and Macdonell Avenue — into an outdoor art gallery. Working side by side, the collective of all female artists will paint approximately 2,000 square feet of murals that respond to the theme of “Intersectional Feminism: Representing Diverse Experiences”.

Women PaintAs a closing celebration, community members, mural enthusiasts and interested Torontonians / Parkdalians are invited to meet the artists and be inspired by the murals.

Date: Sunday, July 16th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: the laneway that runs north behind 1468-1486 Queen Street West—between Lansdowne Avenue and Macdonell Avenue.

Community Control over Development in Parkdale – June 29

COME LEARN ABOUT HOW TO GAIN GREATER COMMUNITY CONTROL OVER DEVELOPMENT IN PARKDALE

The Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED) and Atkinson Foundation are organizing the first in a series of lectures – ON COMMUNITY BENEFITS.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS 101 – Come learn about using Community Benefit Agreements as tools for gaining greater community control over development.

THE PANEL
Rosemarie Powell – Toronto Community Benefit Network
Mariam Paul – East Scarborough Storefront
Michelle Francis – Community Action Planning Group
Moderated by Jenn Miller – Atkinson Foundation

Date: Thursday, June 29th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

WQW Planning Study & Heritage District Report Meeting – June 26

This Town Hall meeting will present the final report recommendations of the West Queen West Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study. The Study reviewed all the properties on Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

The WQW HCD is but a component of a much larger WQW Planning Study started in 2015. This meeting is the kickoff and start of a conversation about the Parkdale and West Queen West areas can change and grow over time.

The evening will begin with an Open House from 6:30-7:00pm, followed by:
•   A brief summary by City Staff on the WQW Heritage Study;
•   Background on the Planning Study;
•   Planning policies, building guidelines;
•   Approaches to main street development.
•   The type of development that may be possible in Parkdale / West Queen West; and,
•   Next steps in the Planning Study process.

This presentation is followed by a discussion facilitated by the project team. This is where YOU can ask questions and share your comments. For more information contact Councillor Perks Councillor_Perks@toronto.ca or City Planner Graig Uens guens@toronto.ca, 416-397-4647.

Date: Monday, June 26th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – Open House,
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Presentation &  Discussion
Place: 1115 Queen St W. – The Theatre Centre

Sunnyside Pedestrian Bridge Street Art Meeting – June 12

The STEPS Initiative, in cooperation with Street Art Toronto, will be hosting a community information session to provide local community members and stakeholders with some information about the project, artist, design, and opportunities for engagement.

This International cultural exchange will host one of Chicago’s most prominent street artists – JUSTUS ROE – to create an energetic and engaging abstract piece across the length of the pedestrian bridge to Sunnyside beach. http://stepsinitiative.com/

Come out and shape your neighbourhood!

Date: Monday, June 12th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)
Can’t make the info session? Check them out at Roncy Rocks on June 17th

Community Control over Development in Parkdale – June 20 & 29

COME LEARN ABOUT HOW TO GAIN GREATER COMMUNITY CONTROL OVER DEVELOPMENT IN PARKDALE

The Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED) and Atkinson Foundation are organizing the first in a series of lectures – ON COMMUNITY BENEFITS.

DEVELOPMENT 101 – Come learn about the development and planning process in Parkdale and how to gain greater community control.

THE PANEL
Benjamin Hoff – Urban Strategies
Clara Stewart-Robertson – Jane-Finch Community Centre
Claire Heese-Boutin – Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust
Moderated by Emily Paradis U- niversity of Toronto

Date: Tuesday, June 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 201 Cowan Ave. – St. Marks Church

COMMUNITY BENEFITS 101 – Come learn about using Community Benefit Agreements as tools for gaining greater community control over development.

THE PANEL
Rosemarie Powell – Toronto Community Benefit Network
Mariam Paul – East Scarborough Storefront
Michelle Francis – Community Action Planning Group
Moderated by Jenn Miller – Atkinson Foundation

Date: Thursday, June 29th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

King Street TTC Pilot Study – May 18

We invite you to attend the King Street Pilot Study Public Meeting!

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.

At this public meeting, the City will be seeking feedback on a preferred pilot design that has been developed for the corridor.

We encourage you to attend our public meeting to learn more and share your thoughts on the work we’ve done to date on the King Street Pilot Study. For more information on the pilot study, please visit the project website.

Date: Thursday, May 18th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 225 Front St. W. – (InterContinental Toronto Centre, Ballroom)

Dowling Ave. Cycling Route Consultation – May 17

You are invited to the 2nd Public Open House to discuss the proposed cycling route on Dowling Avenue, between the existing signed cycling route on Sorauren Avenue and the Waterfront Trail.  The objective of this route is to provide residents with easier and safer access to the waterfront by bicycle and create a gateway to greenspace for our Parkdale neighbourhood.

Date: Wednesday, May 17th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust AGM – May 6

Come out to attend the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) 2nd annual member’s meeting.

PNLT is a non-profit organization that seeks to build a just, healthy, and inclusive neighbourhood. The 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.

At this event,  members will elect 9 new members of the board of directors, the decision making body of this community controlled organization.

The AGM is an opportunity to participate in the decisions that the PNLT is making on members behalf. To vote at this meeting you must be a member of PNLT – click here to apply.

• Food & Childcare Provided.
• Tibetan interpretation.

Date: Saturday, May 6th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (doors open 2:30 p.m.)
Place: 250 Dunn Ave. – Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church