Get Your Butt In Here!
RoncyWorks, our tireless group of volunteers, maintains our street gardens through the RoncyWorks Green Team and helps to keep Roncesvalles Avenue beautiful.
One of the biggest challenges RoncyWorks has had to deal with is cigarette litter. Cigarette butts end up in our gardens, in our gutters, on our sidewalks and more. Around the world cigarette litter is proving to be one of the biggest litter problems that communities face.
RoncyWorks and the Roncesvalles Village BIA are piloting a public ashcan program. In many locations on Roncesvalles Avenue you can find these ashcans, provided at no cost by Keep America Beautiful. Please make good use of them, as well as the ashtrays that you will find on every public garbage can. Get your butts in there, and help to keep Roncesvalles Village beautiful.
The Roncesvalles Village BIA thanks the entire RoncyWorks team, with special thanks to project leader Veronica Feihl, Bronwen Evans from Keep America Beautiful, and Philip Homerski from Keep Hamilton Green and Green.
Roncesvalles Village has always had a good crop of sports bars, but during the World Cup a few more options become available as our neighbourhood goes mad for footie!
A great option, and well known for soccer fanatics, is the Dizzy at 305 Roncesvalles. They are renowned for their early morning broadcasts of European football matches and their superior food, and routinely make it onto top ten lists for sports pubs in Toronto. Loons at 416 Roncy is another popular spot, especially considering their new TVs and their huge, inviting patio.
The Roncy Public at 390 Roncesvalles is a good choice for something a little more upscale. Well-appointed with great TVs and food and drink options that are a notch above average make this a nice spot to catch a game.
During the 2012 Euro Cup Chopin Restaurant at 165 Roncesvalles was a very popular spot for anyone wanting to catch Team Poland (or anyone else), and Gabby’s, just down the street, is also a favourite sports hangout.
There are a couple of spots on Roncy that you might not think of when thinking about watching a World Cup game, but Roncy’s Bean at 385 Roncesvalles is a good choice if you’re a soccer fan who isn’t interested in quaffing a pint. And while the Local at 396 Roncesvalles is best-known for their great live music and local craft brews, they will have two big projectors showing every World Cup game!
Roncesvalles Village is also served as the origin of a new breed of cat, the Sphinx. The hairless cat, made famous by Mr. Bigglesworth from the Austin Powers movies, can trace its origins to a back alley behind Roncesvalles Avenue, where a litter was discovered in 1963, according to the Toronto Star.
Roncesvalles Avenue has had a long and proud association with the TTC. The Roncesvalles division is the oldest in the TTC, built by the Toronto Railway Company in 1895.
Today, Roncesvalles serves as the final leg of the 504 King Street streetcar line, the busiest in the city. No fewer than five streetcar routes serve our community, which can be accessed from the 508 Lakeshore West, the 501 Queen Street, the 505 Dundas West, the 506 College Street as well as the 504 King. The northern tip of Roncesvalles is just a few minutes’ walk south of the Dundas West subway station.
Today, Roncesvalles Village is a diverse, vibrant community, attracting people of all backgrounds. You can see new parents pushing strollers, as seniors enjoy a quick walk to High Park. Artists and musicians bring vitality and creativity to the neighborhood, helping to sustain historic cultural venues such as the Palais Royale and the Revue Cinema, one of Canada’s oldest movie houses.
The community is incredibly tight-knit and active. In 2007, the Revue survived extinction after a tireless group of volunteers fought to declare the Revue an historic site, and persuaded local residents Danny and Letty Mullin to purchase the property and allow the community to operate it as a non-profit business. Other community organizations include three residents’ associations, theRoncesvalles-Macdonell RA, the High Park RA and the Sunnyside Community Association. Recently, these organizations formed a partnership with the Roncesvalles Village BIA, called Roncesvalles Renewed, which is helping to advise the City as it prepares plans for a major reconstruction of Roncesvalles, currently scheduled for 2008. Such commitment to our local communities and businesses helps make Roncesvalles one of Toronto’s most unique, dynamic and welcoming places to live.