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Join us for The Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Cześć! This weekend will mark the twelfth year of the Roncesvalles Polish Festival,  the largest celebration of Polish Culture in North America! 

Indulge in traditional Polish dishes  including pierogi, kielbasa, bigos and cabbage rolls while dancing along with continuous live music on multiple stages including Polka and Euro Dance Bands, Polish folklore song and dance groups.  Saturday night enjoy the ever-popular Dance Under The Stars polka party at the main stage. 

You can expect to see our local shops and merchants with side walk sales and street front displays, over 40 local restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bistros offering sample plates, along with expanded street patios.

There is excitement for the whole family! We have Midway rides, Carnival games, a Euro Car show, Art Zone and Historical Displays and so much fun you’ll have to come for both days! 

So come and join us for the Roncesvalles Polish Festival on September 16th and 17th! 

Roncy Rocks Thanks You!

It’s official, summer is here, albeit a rainy one but it is here and we couldn’t be more excited!

On June 17th we kicked off the season with the eighth year of Roncy Rocks, our annual Arts and Music Festival that celebrates the vibrancy of our community. The day was a great success thanks to sponsors, partners, members, musicians, artists and the Roncesvalles community.  

The Kids and Family Entertainment Zones were bustling all day with families enjoying crafts, carnival style games and a wide variety of entertainment, including a skateboarding pot bellied pig named Petunia! 

The Art Zone and Library Lawn was stacked with talented artists showing and selling their work, the Fashion Show featured beautiful offerings from Roncesvalles boutiques. As always, the music was a highlight of the day. From The Jessica Stuart Few to Trapper, to Danny Michel to the young and talented Moscow Apartment the entertainment did not disappoint! 

Three weeks after the event we are still and will continue to be humbled by the community love and the smiles shared on June 17th. Thank you for making Roncy Rock!

We can’t wait for next year!

Gearing up for Roncy Rocks, June 17

The Roncy Rocks event team is ramping up to celebrate the neighbourhood along Roncesvalles Avenue on June 17th.  Roncesvalles Village abounds with creative talent. Artists, entrepreneurs and other inspired community leaders and volunteers make marvellous things happen. They exemplify the spirit we cherish. Roncy Rocks celebrates this spirit by showcasing accomplished and rising local talent along Roncesvalles Avenue.

Onlookers enjoying performance that is off screen at Roncy Rocks 2016.

There will be something for everyone.

  • Music on the Main Stage at Wright Ave.
  • Music and a BBQ Demo with Mark Cullen at Grenadier Road
  • A juried Art Show in the Art Zone at Westminster featuring local artists
  • Fashion Shows on the steps of St. Vincent de Paul RC Church
  • Street-long sidewalk sale
  • Kids activities at Fern Ave.
  • Dog Show and family entertainment at Galley

Roncesvalles Avenue will NOT be closed. The 504 streetcar will continue to run up and down the street. 

small portion of four side streets adjoining Roncesvalles will be closed. The remaining part of these side streets will be two-way for the day.

  • Grenadier Road, east of Roncesvalles
  • Westminster Avenue, east of Roncesvalles
  • Wright Avenue, west of Roncesvalles
  • Galley Avenue, east of Roncesvalles

Local artists are invited to apply for space at this year’s Art Zone at Westminster Avenue. The application deadline for this juried show is May 28thArtist’s Application Form

The music lineup will be announced on our Roncy Rocks website and Facebook pages. Meanwhile, you can still take a look back at 2016

If you and a friend can help us make Roncy ROCK on June 17th, please check what’s available on our Volunteer page and signup using our Volunteer Registration Form.

Mark the date and invite your friends.

Job Postings

The Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area (RVBIA) is seeking candidates for two jobs:

  1. Roncy Rocks Sponsorship Manager
  2. RVBIA Coordinator

Roncy Rocks Sponsorship Manager position is a short-term contract for Roncy Rocks, an RVBIA event celebrating music, arts, and community to be held on Roncesvalles Avenue,  June 17, 2017. The Sponsorship Manager is responsible for soliciting and securing sponsorship dollars to enable the Roncy Rocks planning team to execute a successful event.  The event is budgeted at 2016 levels but has significant room to grow if additional sponsorship funds can be secured.  Read more about the Roncy Rocks Sponsorship Manager position and how to apply.

The RVBIA Coordinator position is a part-time contract to ensure the successful execution of Sponsored Events for the RVBIA (Roncy Rocks, Roncesvalles Polish Festival, and other) as well as the smooth running of the RVBIA, in conjunction with the Manager.  This role reports to the Manager, RVBIA.  Read more about the RVBIA Coordinator position and how to apply.

Application Deadline for either position: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at 5 PM

Local Peace Ribbon campaign ripples through Roncy

White ribbon tied to around a street tree displaying the words "Love" and "Diversity."Neighbours of a local mosque in Roncesvalles Village had already started working on a plan to express their support for the congregants at a time when Muslim communities have increasingly been experiencing  racism in countries around the world. After this week’s attack on a Mosque in Quebec City the group went into immediate action tying white ribbons around local posts expressing “All Faiths Welcome.”

“We want those coming to worship to feel safe in our community,” explains Jessica Olivier, who lives near the Mosque. “We need an antidote to those who are driven by their fears and hatreds. Canada is a country where we embrace diversity. The isolated acts of a few can’t be allowed to overshadow the sentiments of the many.”

This action echoed the thoughts of many in Roncesvalles Village who wanted to counteract increasing acts of racism. The Roncesvalles Village BIA quickly moved to support this campaign by tying ribbons to the trees lining Roncesvalles Avenue. The ribbons express sentiments of Peace, Hope, Love and support for diversity. “Our community – both residents and businesses — have been very welcoming of Syrian and other refugees. We want to express our empathy and support for both new and established Muslims who live here or who come here to pray,” says Roncesvalles Village BIA Chair, Len McAuley. “There comes a time when you have to be more vocal about what we stand for.”

The effort is very grass roots. It’s a DIY campaign. There is no place to order or purchase ribbons. If you support it, you can simply find your own white ribbon and your own words to express your support. Some supporters are making infinity loops from thin white ribbon and are pinning them to their coats or lapels as part of their personal show of solidarity for the sentiments expressed.

Global News covered this story on January 31, 2017, ‘All faiths welcome’: West-end Toronto community ties white ribbons in solidarity with local mosque