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Rob Ford and Tony Cauch on Roncesvalles Avenue.

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

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

Facebook logo  Shop the neighbourhood

Twitter logo  @shopthehood_ca

Instagram logo  shopthehood_ca


dinovolevee.jpgLast night members of our BIA were celebrated at Cheri diNovo’s first annual Spring Levee. Congratulations to Shiela Koffman (Another Story Bookstore, at left in photo) who received an award for her ongoing volunteer efforts, and Shannon Doyle (The Mercantile) who received an award in recognition of her innovative new business on Roncesvalles.

Free Speech Reading Series at Tinto

Each month features three writers and one songwriter from the Parkdale/High Park area, two men and two women. Expect to hear more prize-winning authors, brilliant comedians and some of Canada’s best songwriters on the last Monday of each month.

The Free Speech Reading Series starts at 7:00. PWYC.

About the host:

Johan Hultqvist is an activist and the lead singer of JUNO-nominated Afrobeat collective Mr. Something Something. He grew up in Sweden but calls Roncesvalles Village home. His only remaining vice is wine gums.

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to the High Park Baptist Church, which is celebrating its 100th year serving our community.

Other notable “first birthdays” in our neighbourhood include:

• the Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles), which recently held its one year anniversary party, celebrating its first successful year as a not-for-profit, neighbourhood cinema.

• My Dog’s Daycare (111 Roncesvalles)

• Junction Skateshop (404 Roncesvalles)

• Bravo! Gelato (411 Roncesvalles)

Another significant anniversary is happening this weekend. The Local (396 Roncesvalles) is celebrating its fourth anniversary of bringing great food, beer and music to Roncesvalles Village on Saturday, December 20th. Drop in and celebrate with them. Cheers!