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
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.
On behalf of the Roncesvalles Village BIA, I wish to extend condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Coun. Rob Ford; who passed away today, March 22, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. His commitment to the City of Toronto, and this organization, is acknowledged and appreciated. — Chair Emeritus, Tony Cauch
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!