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Start Your Holidays on Roncy!

The Holiday Season is fast approaching. Kick it off with us on December 1 and 2!

On December 1st Shop Roncy Late. Participating shops will have promotions, sales and activities until 9:00PM, with select shops staying open until 10:00 PM.

December 2nd bring your family to Roncy and visit Santa at Willem and Jools at 125 Roncesvalles in the early afternoon before you make your way over to the High Park Library for story telling followed by a fake snowball fight on the Library lawn. Carolers will sing in the season during the day and at dusk as our community tree is lit in front of the Roncesvalles United Church.

There is no cost for our community events, but we encourage you to bring donation items for the Roncesvalles United Church Sunday Meal Program, Dining with Dignity. This program serves 16,000 fresh meals per year; lunch and dinner every Sunday. Every little bit helps! The church accepts donations Monday to Friday between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM or all day Sunday. We will be accepting perishable food items on their behalf from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM on December 2nd.

Schedule of Events:

December 1st
Late Night Shopping
Shops are open until 9:00 PM with special in store activities or promotions
*Select stores open until 10:00 PM

December 2nd
Holiday deals continue along Roncy all day long!

Santa at 125 Roncesvalles Avenue early afternoon
4:00 PM : Storytelling at High Park Library
4:30 PM : Fake Snowball fight on the library long
5:15 PM : Community Tree Lighting in front of the Roncesvalles United Church

Donations accepted outside from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.
Otherwise please bring them to the church office.

Follow our Event Page  to stay up to date!

Roncesvalles Village Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, this year was once again a huge success.

We are so lucky to live in a village in this big city, where many of our residents and shopkeepers believe in contributing their time and effort — and cash — to making our community better in so many ways.

Having people who are willing to spare time for volunteer work is not something we take for granted, Life get’s so busy that it’s hard to fit in one more task. Yet, so many in this community make time despite the pressures, and for that we are so grateful.

For the second year, we held The Roncesvalles Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to thank those who contribute significant time to the enhancement of our street and the BIA’s community events. 

Our special guest this year was Carolyn King of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, who was also an early champion of the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden. She was involved in sharing heritage stories, and inspiring young artists in making designs for the Peace Path. She consulted on native trees and plants as well as the Garden design, and continues to be a Friend of the Peace Garden. Carolyn initiated the Moccasin Trail project, which marks places of Indigenous history and invites observers to understand why these places are significant. The Peace Garden is marked with the Anishinaabe moccasin design. Carolyn is a leader in advancing the causes of recognition, renewal and justice for her people. She encourages better relations with Canada’s Indigenous people, and is a model of inspiration for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people alike. To know her is to love her, and to laugh with her, whenever possible.

We gave special recognition to a few new volunteers and some who took on new roles:

Welcome Aboard Award for New Volunteers:

  • Daniele Stoddard: social media for Roncy Rocks and the Roncesvalles Polish Festival
  • Karen Pivnick and Ken: for adopting the native garden near The Westerley 

Snowball Award for Volunteer taking on new roles

  • Rahel Schneeberger-Brown: for planting an edible garden at George Brown and spearheading activation of the north end during the Polish Festival, with the addition of a DJ stage, sponsored and operated by George Brown and friends
  • Alexis Victor: for her multiple roles including sponsorship, graphics, the Art Zone, and the Art Gallery at Back Lanes Studio 

Roncesvalles Abroad Award for volunteer efforts extending from Roncesvalles and beyond.

  • Emma Coulter: for her ever increasing commitments to the Dinner With Dignity program at the Roncesvalles United Church which serves 16,000 meals per year.

A big thank you from all who attended to our Members who contributed the exceptionally tasty food:

 
La Cubana
Pizzeria Defina
Alimentari
Barque Smokehouse and Butcher Bar
De la Mer
The Dizzy
The Ace
Mable’s Bakery and Specialty Foods
McAuslan Brewery

 

A delighted thank you from all our community volunteers to the businesses that contributed volunteer gifts:

A Good Read
Alimentari Italian Grocery
Another Story Bookshop
Barque Butcher Bar
Barque Smokehouse
Cookery
De La Mer
Drapes and More
Image Photography
Kennel Café
La Cubana
Lexco.Art
Moretti Hair
My Olive Roncesvalles
Pollocks Home Hardware
Pizzeria Defina 
Roncesvalles Apple Specialists
Roncesvalles Welcome Guardian Pharmacy
Scooter Girl
Snap Fitness
Stasis Preserves Deli & Pantry
Sweet Thrills
The Ace
The Dizzy Gastro Sports Pub
The Mercantile
The Revue Cinema
Willem & Jools 
Wine Rack Roncesvalles

And last, but not least, a very special heartfelt thank you to David Neinstein of Barque Smokehouse and Barque Butcher Bar who orchestrated this wonderful event, and for our Masters of Ceremonies:  Reverend Anne Hines of the Roncesvalles United Church and Brian Bertrand of the High Park Library who challenged our knowledge of the Village, kept us laughing, and helped make this evening one to remember.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering with the BIA, contact us at info@roncesvallesvillage.ca

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

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.