|September 14, 2013 11:00 am||to||September 15, 2013 7:00 pm|
The eighth annual Roncesvalles Polish Festival, presented by Sobieski Vodka, makes its return to Roncesvalles Village on September 14 and 15. Join us for a terrific variety of entertainment, including traditional Polish song and dance ensembles, the best North American polka and disco polo bands, terrific local musicians, and our special musical guests direct from Poland, Brathanki!
Add to this kids’ entertainment, two midway areas, fantastic food from Poland and around the world, and you have the makings for an unforgettable weekend!
Learn more at www.polishfestival.ca. See you in September!
On June 15 Roncesvalles Village hosted the most successful edition of Roncy Rocks! to date. Beautiful weather, great music, inspiring art and great participation from members of the Roncesvalles Village BIA all made it a rockin’ good day of music and art in Roncesvalles Village!
Thank you to the staff and volunteers, musicians and artists, sponsors and media partners, and all participating members for making this a perfect day in our neighbourhood.
Special thanks to Liz Szynkowski, chair of the Roncy Rocks! committee, and our generous sponsors: Vicinity Rewards, 383 Sorauren, Roncesvalles Dental Centre, Barque, Chander Chaddah, Peggy Nash, Pollocks Home Hardware, In Home Kitchen and Bath Boutique, Sweetpea’s, SNAP Fitness and First National Homestead Realdom, as well as media partners CIUT and NOW Magazine.
|June 15, 2013|
|11:00 am||to||8:00 pm|
On Saturday June 15 Roncesvalles Village will come alive with local music and art. Great local bands including Oh Susanna, Big Rude Jake, and the Monkey Bunch will entertain, and dozens of local artists will display and sell their works, and local merchants will be on the street in an all day sidewalk sale.
Get ready for a rockin’ good day of music and art in Roncesvalles Village. Roncy Rocks! is presented by Vicinity Rewards.
For more info, please visit roncyrocks.com
|March 23, 2013|
|8:00 pm||to||9:30 pm|
On Saturday March 23 the Roncesvalles Village BIA and RoncyWorks will be joined by the World Wildlife Fund to put on a great Earth Hour event in Roncesvalles Village.
The evening kicks off with two candlelight walks, one starting at the Revue Cinema, and the second starting at Grafton Parkette in Roncesvalles’ south end. Both walks assemble at 8:00 p.m.
We will be walking to the library, where we will be treated to an hour-long celebration of music and environmental awareness with performances by Liam Titcomb and others, free coffee and hot chocolate courtesy of Coffee And All That Jazz, and much more!
Join us, or join many diners in Roncesvalles Village as they once again “Do It In The Dark” by dining by candlelight in participating restaurants and cafés.
Join us at Smock Cafe at 287 Roncesvalles Avenue at 2:00 for a kids’ lantern-making session to prepare for the evening walk!
Thank you from the merchants of Roncesvalles Village for a great 2012!
We wish you the best that the season has to offer and a safe and happy new year!
At the second annual TABIA (Toronto Association of BIAs) Awards Night, on November 13, the Roncesvalles Village BIA received two awards.
Roncesvalles Village was nominated for a “Round of Applause” award by the Village of Islington BIA for its work with RoncyWorks, a community group dedicated to maintaining a clean and beautiful street. The Village of Islington BIA, in consultation with the Roncesvalles Village BIA and RoncyWorks, was inspired to institute a volunteer program of its own.
Michael Comstock was a long-time advocate for his neighbourhood of St. Lawrence Market and served as president of TABIA until April 2012. Michael passed away in September, and to honour his memory, TABIA established the Michael Comstock Community Builder Award.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the first recipient of the Michael Comstock Community Builder Award is our own Andrew Chomentowski, long-time chair of our Marketing and Promotions Committee and now Chair Emeritus of the Roncesvalles Village BIA.
While everyone was having a scary good time on Roncesvalles in the days leading up to Hallowe’en, the BIA again showed its support and appreciation for the Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade, a great Roncesvalles Village tradition, by having a local artist (Collin Szynkowski) carve a pumpkin for the parade.
|October 28, 2012|
|2:00 pm||to||6:00 pm|
St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre is hosting the first annual Toronto West Hallowe’en Fest fundraiser on Sunday October 28. This family-friendly event includes a bouncy castle, live music, mascots and characters on the parade route. The party? Thriller flash mob dance, live music, photo booth, pumpkin decorating, kids food, fun and much more!
The Toronto West Halloween Fest supports great care close to home at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. This is where 500,000+ of our friends and neighbours turn when they need care just minutes away for their loved ones.
After signing in at St. Joe’s at 2:00, participants will go on parade through Roncesvalles Village, arriving at the Palais Royale at 4:00 for a party featuring Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra and hosted by CityTV’s Dina Pugliese.
The Roncesvalles Village BIA has long enjoyed good relations with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto. Not only is the Consulate General the official patron of the Roncesvalles Polish Festival, it has partnered with the BIA in bringing great content to the Festival, and supporting many other initiatives in the Polish community, such as the Ekran Polish Film Festival, held every fall at the Revue Cinema.
After years of service to both Poland and Canada in his role of Consul General, Mr. Marek Ciesielczuk has been reassigned and is expected to return to Poland. At a ceremony on June 29 at the Consulate, Andrew Chomentowski (Chair Emeritus, RVBIA) presented Mr. Ciesielczuk with a letter of gratitude from the BIA as well as a Roncesvalles-themed gift basket.
Mr. Grzegorz Jopkiewicz has been elevated to Acting Consul General.
Special thanks to the businesses who contributed to the gift basket for the Consul General, including: SOHO Framing and Art, Ecotique, Another Story Bookshop, Stasis Local Preserves, The Chocolateria, and the Mercantile.
Mr. Marek Ciesielczuk is featured in the first photo. In the second, at far left: Consul Grzegorz Jopkiewicz, at far right, His Excellency Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Canada.