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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!

A Taste of Roncy

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On July 26, in partnership with the Yellow Pages Group, we hosted the inaugural “Taste Your Neighbourhood” event in Roncesvalles Village.

Called “A Taste of Roncy”, this was a fun and free guided tour of some of the food businesses of Roncesvalles Village. About two dozen people congregated at the top of Roncesvalles Avenue and enjoyed an espresso shot courtesy of Starbucks before visiting the following businesses:

  • Stasis Local Foods (476 Roncesvalles, for cheese and prosciutto samplers)
  • La Cubana (392 Roncesvalles, for some tasty Cuban sandwiches)
  • Mabel’s (323 Roncesvalles, for lemon squares)
  • Pizzeria Defina (321 Roncesvalles, for margherita pizza slices)
  • The Mercantile (297 Roncesvalles, for some fantastic chocolate treats)
  • and Ed’s Real Scoop (189 Roncesvalles, for dessert!)

Along the way our visitors were treated to some stories about Roncesvalles Village’s history and present, as well as a short presentation from each business.

We hope to bring this event back to Roncesvalles Avenue in 2015.

Roncy Rocks! June 14

RoncyRocks2014-logo-no-date784x394On Saturday June 14 Roncesvalles Village will come alive with music and art for the fifth annual Roncy Rocks!

Featuring the best local artists and musicians as well as an all-day sidewalk sale, Roncy Rocks promises to be a rockin’ good day of music and art in Roncesvalles Village!

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Santa and Święty Mikołaj Arrive In Style

On Saturday December 4, Santa Claus and Święty Mikołaj were greeted by a large and enthusiastic crowd of children as they arrived on a fire truck from Lansdowne Fire Station.

After arriving at the Polish Credit Union, the Santas were greeted by a children’s choir from the nearby Polish School at St. Casimir’s Church.

The Roncesvalles Village BIA put on a very enjoyable family-friendly show for the neighbourhood, with free popcorn, hot chocolate (courtesy of the Chocolateria), music and chocolate Santas (from European Fine Foods).

Following this, Santa and Święty Mikołaj retired to the High Park Library for the ever-popular free kids’ photo shoot.

The Roncesvalles Village BIA would like to thank everyone who made this a great day on Roncesvalles, including our volunteers and staff, our friends at Toronto Fire Station #426, the Polish Credit Union, Image Professional Photography, Elektra Photography, Sweetpea’s, High Park Library, Let The Good Times Roll DJ, The Chocolateria and Starbucks.


Roncesvalles Will Be Running Over With Chocolate

The Revue Cinema returns with its latest edition of the Epicure Revue with a screening of the wonderful foodie film Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.

rv_chocolateventposter_web.jpgFull details can be found on the Revue Cinema website here.

The Revue has partnered with many Roncesvalles businesses, each of whom will be doing something really special on the day, including:

The Chocolateria (361), offering a post-screening chocolate tasting ($20) and 10% discount on sales.

Fat Cat Wine Bar (331), offering a special chocolate fondue and chocolate drinks for 2 ($30)

Blue Plate (392), offering a chocolate-infused four course pre-film dinner ($30, reservations recommended)

The Dizzy Gastro Sports Pub (305), offering an all day game dish with chocolate mole sauce.

Lardon (390), offering a Chocolat-inspired wine tasting. The post-screening session is sold out, but a second tasting is set for Tuesday December 14 ($25).

The Mercantile (297), offering a pre-show free chocolate sampling from 5:00 on.

Alternative Grounds (333), offering Queen “E” Espresso Chocolate Clusters. Bring your Chocolat theatre program for a 10% discount.

Lit Espresso Bar (221), offering a week-long discount on a Caffé Mocha, from Dec. 15 to 22.

Mabel’s Bakery (323), offering their famous Triple Chocolate Brownie for under $3!

The Old Country Gift Shop (355) offering a wide range of traditional German chocolates and marzipan treats.

Sweet Thrills (399), offering a wide selection of British chocolate treats.

Another Story Bookshop (315), offering a 10% discount on select chocolate-themed books. Show your ticket stub or program for a discount on Chocolate Wars, Chocolat, the book that inspired the movie, other other select titles.