Lighting up Roncesvalles for the Holidays

winter-reindeerShopping on Roncesvalles will be extra delightful this Saturday, as our shops are primped and prepped for the holiday season. Plan a leisurely stroll down the street on December 3rd, for lots of inspiration.

There will be carollers singing in the season along Roncy from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be lights in the windows, hot chocolate at the cafés, and good cheer in the bistros. Plus, an official Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. in front of the Roncesvalles United Church (RUC), while a choir sings.

If there isn’t actually snow on the ground or in the air, no worries, there are snowballs in the making. This year we’ve partnered with the Roncesvalles United Church (at Wright and Roncesvalles) for some Family Fun that will start at 3 p.m. Here’s what’s planned:

  • 3:30 – 3:50 pm – Music Hosted by Classical Music Conservatory
  • 3:50 – 4:00 pm –  “Reindeer Romp”: Hosted by Acting Out
  • 4:00 – 4:20 pm – Holiday storytelling: Hosted by RUC
  • 4:30 – 4:50 pm – Indoor snowball fight: Hosted by RUC
  •            4:55 pm – Everyone outside for official Christmas Tree lighting

Other activities: (3 pm – 4:30 pm)

  • Hot chocolate and cookies available.
  • Paper airplane making (and sailing them off the balcony): Hosted by Scooter Girl
  • Colouring Table: Hosted by the BIA
  • Tree Decoration Making: Hosted by The Artful Child, children’s creative art school

Lights, camera, action! Let the good times roll on Roncy as we enter the last month of the year. Let’s start to celebrate cherished traditions and make space in our lives for new ones.

We hope you will join us!

Shop the Neighbourhood Challenge

Shop the Neighbourhood logoMost people from Roncesvalles Village love that we have so many great shops, services and awesome places to eat, drink and be merry. On Saturday, let’s show Canada our shop local spirit  as the Yellow Pages brings their Shop the Neighbourhood Challenge to Roncesvalles Avenue.

Official event times: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Event location: High Park Library Lawn, Corner of Wright Ave. and Roncy.

Share your love: When you spot something awesome along Roncesvalles, snap it and tag it #shoproncy and #shopthehood.

While you’re at it, you can pick up free promotional items such as shopping bags, balloons and scarves – but quantities are limited, so make sure you get out during the official event times.

Shop The Neighbourhood is a national Yellow Pages campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of local shopping and supporting small businesses in neighbourhoods across Canada.

Volunteers needed to conduct visitor surveys

The Roncesvalles Village BIA is working with a research team from Ryerson University’s Urban Planning program in conducting surveys of visitors, shoppers, residents and members of the Roncesvalles Village BIA. They will be focusing on parking issues and solutions. We need volunteers to help survey visitors and shoppers specifically along Roncesvalles Avenue during the week of July 24 to 30. Each survey would take approximately 3-5 minute to complete.

If you or someone you know from the neighbourhood could spare 30 minutes to an hour to greet people on Roncesvalles and ask them a series of questions:

  1. Please get in touch with our survey coordinator Darin Rankine using the form below.
  2. Please use our Doodle Poll to let us know what dates and times you would be available to conduct surveys for up to an hour. The choices are any time between 9 AM to 8 PM from Sunday, July 24 to Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Your help is much appreciated.

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Cheri DiNovo recognizes Cookery at Community Appreciation Gala

MPP Cheri DiNovo presents Alison Fletcher with New Business Community Award for Cookery - Photo by Shane Jeffery

MPP Cheri DiNovo presents Alison Fletcher with New Business Community Award for Cookery

While celebrating new local businesses at the 7th Annual Community Appreciation Gala on June 14th, MPP Cheri Dinovo recognized Alison Fletcher, owner of Cookery. Well known in the neighbourhood and beyond, Cookery is a specialty kitchenware store, cooking school, and event space that opened in Roncesvalles Village, less than two years ago, in August 2014. A small business owner and proud mother of two young children, Alison makes the time to engage with the community. She set up cooking classes for kids and adults inspiring them to cook. The Cookery has quickly grown to be an important part of the community, supporting many causes and events.

Alison joined the Roncesvalles Village BIA as Secretary of the Board in August 2015 — only one year after opening her shop — and immediately set about co-creating a Strategic Plan, that drew on member input gathered earlier in the year.

Most recently Alison teamed up with Marcy Verburg, RVBIA Marketing and Promotions Committee Chair, to revive Roncy Rocks, an annual RVBIA event that celebrates local business, music, arts and community spirit. Roncy Rocks was cancelled in 2015 and was not slated to run this year, but Alison made it her mission to help raise the money needed. Held on June 11, 2016, Roncy Rocks Music & Arts Fest West made a successful comeback.

Congratulations Alison of Cookery!

Celebrating Cookery Achievements RVBIA Chair Len McAuley, Cookery Owner Alison Fletcher, and RVBIA Manager Veronica Feihl – Photos by Shane Jeffery

Roncy Rocks Music & Arts Fest West 2016

Don’t miss Roncy Rocks on June 11

Once again Roncesvallians will get to celebrate their local culture, commerce and community spirit with the revival of Roncy Rocks on June 11. Plan your day. Bring your family, friends and neighbours. Welcome others to discover why hanging out on Roncesvalles is such a delight.

Roncy is well known for its fabulous array of unique shops, Polish heritage, street gardens, and over 40 restaurants, cafés and pubs.  On June 11, from 10 AM to 8 PM, we’ll showcase our local musicians and artists along the 18 blocks of Roncesvalles Avenue. Centres of live music, art, fashion and fun for the whole family will arise along our generous, tree-lined sidewalks.

This year, our street fest will feature 10 hours of live music with headliners The Grapes of Wrath, The Monkey Bunch and NQ Arbuckle … a juried art show, the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show, a kids zone, barbeque demo, fashion show, outdoor bistro seating, and the Roncy Sidewalk Sale, …PLUS we’ll celebrate the Official Opening of the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden.

Welcome everyone! Roncesvalles Avenue is easy to get to, and once you’re here, you’ll get why Roncy rocks!

Visit roncyrocks.com for more info.