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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.

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.

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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Twitter logo  @shopthehood_ca

Instagram logo  shopthehood_ca

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!