Category Archives: Our Roncesvalles

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.

Clean Train Coalition Fundraiser at Revue Cinema

Beginning with the startling fact that Canadian babies are born with up to 287 industrial chemicals in their blood, director (and parent) Barri Cohen investigates the links between industrial chemicals, environmental degradation and childhood illness — and asks why governments are doing so shockingly little about the problem. Barri Cohen (documentary director), Leo Petrelli (documentary subject), and Mike Sullivan, of the Clean Train Coalition will take part in a Q&A after the screening.

For more information about the film and the local issue please see www.toxictrespass.com and www.cleantrain.ca

Corner of Roncesvalles and High Park

Roncesvalles and High Park

Photo linked from blogTO

Rick McGinnis follows up his interesting history of Roncesvalles/Queen with this post on the corner of Roncesvalles and High Park. (Could Roncesvalles/Howard Park be next?) (UPDATE: Try Roncesvalles/Dundas West!)

Here we learn that the apartment building at the northeast corner of Roncesvalles/Fermanagh was originally an office building, the headquarters of York County Savings and Loan, and it once had main floor storefronts.

Sculptures permanently removed from High Park

Mark di Suvero FLOWER POWER

FLOWER POWER by Mark di Suvero (Photo: rutard.ca)

Two sculptures by internationally-renowned artist Mark di Suvero have been permanently removed from High Park. The sculptures,”Flower Power” (above) and “No Shoes,” were created in the 1960s and are considered important works in the abstract expressionist style. According to Clara Hargittay, with Toronto’s Culture Division, “Flower Power” is likely the most valuable work of public art in Toronto’s collection.

The pieces have long suffered deterioration at their High Park location. After restoration, “Flower Power” will be relocated to a more protected location, in a central waterfront park to be created as part of the Concord Adex development. The City of Toronto will keep ownership. Discussions are underway to determine the final home for “No Shoes.” The decision to relocate came after consultations with members of the Art Committee for Public Places.

Old Roncesvalles

Jason Crowtz, a volunteer with the Revue Cinema, was doing some historical research on the Revue and found this page from an old edition of the Toronto World from about 1923. I like it: it shows us that our neighbourhood spirit and co-operation is nothing new!

Of particular note is the ad for W.R. Willard, Barrister and Solicitor (115 Roncesvalles). Opening in 1915, this business ranks with the Revue Cinema as among the oldest businesses on our street.