Embracing the spirit of the holidays

Roncy Sings in the Season

Poster for Roncy Sings in the Season As you stroll down Roncesvalles Avenue on December 5th, from 1 to 4 p.m., the street will resound with the joyful voices of local carollers.

This year, eight groups of carollers will take to the street. All five churches in Roncesvalles Village have agreed to contribute a choral group to sing Christmas Carols on Roncesvalles. The Polish Church will sing Polish carols and the Greek church will sing in Greek. We also have a French choral group that has stepped forward and a seniors choral group from Copernicus Lodge.

In addition, we’ll have Eskapade, a vocal ensemble from Etobicoke School of the Arts which has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Canada and the USA.

Please take time just to enjoy the music!

Then look around you and just enjoy the magic of the street. You’ll notice lights and delights to be found in all of the shops, cafes, bakeries, restaurants and pubs.

At the heart of the street, you’ll find a community project to adorn with solar lights a couple of trees by the Roncesvalles United Church. Check it out. You too can Shine Your Light!

Shop the Neighbourhood on November 28

Show your support for local business

Shop The Neighbourhood brand

Shop The Neighbourhood is a free initiative of Yellow Pages, a company with a century-long legacy of working with Canada’s small businesses. The event’s third edition will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015, in various cities across Canada.

The Roncesvalles Village BIA is taking part in the Shop The Neighbourhood campaign for a second year. We’re fortunate that many of our residents already shop local. But at this time of the year there are big ad campaigns to draw people away and these two days are notorious for driving dollars online or across the border

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, Shop The Neighbourhood serves as a reminder to residents that their dollars have a greater impact in their communities when spent locally.

Our business owners are constantly facing new challenges, so we appreciate free initiatives that help small businesses stand out and that highlight the importance of buying local,” says RVBIA Chair, John Bowker.

Small businesses play a key role in creating strong local economies:

  • They represent two thirds of all the jobs generated in Canada’s private sector1
  • They drive close to 30% of Canada’s GDP1
  • They keep the decision power close to home and reinvest in the community

When we make purchases at our local retailers, we directly contribute to the prosperity of our neighbourhoods. In 2014, over 750,000 Canadians joined the Yellow Pages campaign, spending $89 million at local businesses during the Shop The Neighbourhood event.

Illustrated gift box with heart shaped decoration.

For local deals and specials.

Shop The Neighbourhood will feature exclusive deals at local businesses to encourage local spending, accessible via the YP ShopWise app.

Social media: #shopthehood

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OBIAA Award Goes to RVBIA Founder

John WakulatAt the recent OBIAA Conference held in Toronto, the founder of the Roncesvalles Village BIA, Mr. John Wakulat, was awarded the prestigious Alex Ling Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Alex Ling Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to a person in the Ontario BIA movement with major lifelong contributions to BIAs. The award is named after Alex Ling, one of the founders of the world’s first BIA, the Bloor West Village BIA, in 1970. Today there are 83 BIAs in Toronto, hundreds across Canada, and thousands upon thousands around the world.

John got his start in Roncesvalles Village in the 1950s when he started work at Pollocks Hardware Store. He bought the store in 1976 and it rapidly became one of the top stores in the Home Hardware chain.

In 1986 John was instrumental in founding the Roncesvalles Village BIA, a merger of two smaller BIAs on Roncesvalles Avenue. He served as chair of the Roncesvalles Village BAI for many years and still sits on the board as Chair Emeritus.

John has also served as president of TABIA, the Toronto Association of BIAs from 2002 until 2010, returning to the role in 2012.

We congratulate John for this richly deserved award!

Earth Hour in Roncesvalles Village

11080437_10206410004948078_6124953394082057884_o A great time was had by all on Saturday evening in our sixth annual Earth Hour walk down Roncesvalles Avenue.

Over 70 people attended to share the evening together, including our MP Peggy Nash.

Thanks to the organizers, especially Karyn Klaire Koski, marshals Andrea and Sarah, and RoncyWorks volunteer Veronica Feihl.

11103121_10206409983067531_6380543109670910719_oThanks also to all of the businesses who dimmed their lights for the evening. Many Roncesvalles restaurants were lit by candlelight for the evening, which made for a great atmosphere and a wonderful way to participate in this important worldwide event.

Earth Hour is now celebrated in over 170 countries around the world. Millions of Canadians participate every year.

11088954_10206409997227885_7838925428047573555_oSpecial thanks to the Revue Cinema, the Chocolateria, the Herbal Dispensary and Clinic, Fresh Collective, Cookery and Soho for their generous donations which were given to our Earth Hour trivia contest winners at the end of the walk.

See you next year!