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OBIAA Award Goes to RVBIA Founder

At the recent OBIAA Conference held in Toronto, the founder of the Roncesvalles Village BIA, Mr. John Wakulat, was awarded the prestigious Alex Ling Lifetime Achievement Award. The Alex Ling Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to a person in the Ontario BIA movement with major lifelong contributions to BIAs. The award is named after Alex […]

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Earth Hour in Roncesvalles Village

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. Thanks also to all […]

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Roncesvalles Polish Festival Honoured at FEO Conference

Festivals and Events Ontario announced the 2015 top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario at is conference this past week. These recipients represent the best festivals and events held in Ontario, a select group of celebrations which draw both an international and a domestic audience. The Roncesvalles Polish Festival was among the recipients of this […]

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Happy New Year!

The members and the board of the Roncesvalles Village BIA wish you a happy new year and look forward to a fantastic 2015!  

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Happy Anniversary

The Roncesvalles Village BIA was honoured to receive a declaration from the City of Toronto at this week’s TABIA Awards Night, held at the beautiful Palais Royale. The Roncesvalles Village BIA received congratulations on reaching its twenty-eighth anniversary, making us one of the older BIAs in Toronto (and the world.) The Roncesvalles Village BIA was […]

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Happy Hallowe’en From Roncesvalles Village

Happy Hallowe’en from everyone in Roncesvalles Village. Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy evening. From 2011, here’s our contribution to that year’s Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade, a great local tradition, now entering its tenth year! This pumpkin was carved by local artist Chris Szynkowski.  

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A Taste of Roncy

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 […]

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RoncyWorks Pilots New Public Ashcans

RoncyWorks, our tireless group of volunteers, maintains our street gardens through the RoncyWorks Green Team and helps to keep Roncesvalles Avenue beautiful. One of the biggest challenges RoncyWorks has had to deal with is cigarette litter. Cigarette butts end up in our gardens, in our gutters, on our sidewalks and more. Around the world cigarette litter is […]

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Gol! Where to Catch World Cup Action on Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles Village has always had a good crop of sports bars, but during the World Cup a few more options become available as our neighbourhood goes mad for footie! A great option, and well known for soccer fanatics, is the Dizzy at 305 Roncesvalles. They are renowned for their early morning broadcasts of European football […]

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Roncy Rocks! June 14

On 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! For more info please visit roncyrocks.com

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Welcome to our New Website!

Due to recent changes with our server, the old Roncesvalles Village website is now defunct. Welcome to our new website! Over the coming days and weeks you will see some impressive developments here. For now, please explore and feel free to provide comments and suggestions.

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Thank You Tony, and Welcome John!

At the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Roncesvalles Village BIA, Tony Cauch announced his retirement from the position of Chair of the BIA. Serving as the Chair of the BIA for some fourteen years, Tony lead the BIA through some of the most significant events of its history, including the founding of the Roncesvalles Polish […]

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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 […]

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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. Full 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 […]

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Shine A Light On Roncy!

Join us for a free screening of the Hollywood holiday classic Babes In Toyland, starring Laurel and Hardy with a cameo by Shirley Temple at the Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles) at 2:00. After the movie, join us at 4:00 at the High Park Baptist Church (just up the street at Hewitt Ave.) for a lantern-making […]

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Roncesvalles Village Lighting Exchange Returns!

Join us on Saturday November 27 for the Roncesvalles Village Lighting Exchange at the Polish Credit Union. Bring any two old strands of incandescent holiday lights and get one free strand of new energy-efficient LED lights! Also: free hot chocolate and great deals and draws for shopping in Roncesvalles Village!

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Roncesvalles Village BIA Board Honoured at City Hall

On November 16 there was a brief ceremony at City Hall to thank the hard-working volunteers of City of Toronto agencies, boards and commissions. Many hundreds of people volunteer their free time to serve on various boards, including those that govern the 72 BIAs in Toronto. Outgoing mayor David Miller thanked the assembled people for […]

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Santa and Święty Mikołaj Come to Roncesvalles!

A great annual tradition returns! On December 4, Santa Claus and Święty Mikołaj will once again arrive at the Polish Credit Union to usher in the Christmas season in Roncesvalles Village. We’ll have popcorn, hot chocolate, prizes, carollers, and a great photo shoot at the High Park Library with Santa (and Santa) and neighbourhood kids. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

The board and members of the Roncesvalles Village BIA wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. Have a great time with friends and family this weekend!

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Roncesvalles Wins CBC Song Quest!

We’re delighted to announce that Roncesvalles surged ahead of all competitors in the Ontario section of CBC’s Song Quest to win. Thanks to everyone who voted, and thanks especially to Roncy businesses who got the word out! As Rachel at Hawk Eyes said: “Roncy needs the love.” We’re looking forward to hearing what Jully Black […]

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Three Suggestions For Better Construction

Over the past few months, the Roncesvalles Village BIA has been contacted by many political candidates to get our view on construction in the City of Toronto. The Roncesvalles Village BIA is staunchly non-partisan, and so we are offering the following recommendations regarding construction to anyone who cares to read them. 1) The City of […]

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Construction On Roncesvalles Moving Quickly

A little more than a month into the second and final round of construction, residents and shopkeepers in Roncesvalles Village are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Track work is proceeding quickly. Comments like “Wow, they’re moving fast!” are commonly heard. Track is in place on nearly half the street, […]

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Sorauren Park Festival This Saturday

After a one-year hiatus, the Sorauren Park Festival is making a very welcome return to our neighbourhood! With a Kids’ Zone with rides and prizes, Jowi Taylor and the Six-String Nation Guitar, children’s author Stephen Hutchings, food, a beer garden, craft vendors and live music, this promises to be a great event, so come on […]

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Polish Credit Union Celebrates 65th Anniversary

It’s part celebration of the Polish Credit Union’s 65th anniversary, part launch party for Roncylicious, and all a lot of fun! There was a lot of activity today in the parking lot of the Polish Credit Union. At the opening ceremonies John Wakulat, Chair Emeritus of the RVBIA, praised the Credit Union as a strong […]

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Construction Sucks

Cheeky Community Campaign to Support Local Business Turns Heads In Roncesvalles Village Normally, shop local campaigns are the result of the efforts of a BIA or other business association. But once again, the residents of Roncesvalles Village have shown great initiative and genuine support for their community. After all, this is the community that uniquely […]

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Roncesvalles Village Finally Gets Its LCBO

RVBIA Chair Tony Cauch and Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri diNovo were among the assembled at a modest opening ceremony for the latest addition to the neighbourhood, Roncesvalles Village’s own LCBO. We’ve waited for this for a long time, years in fact, and we’re thrilled that it’s finally here!

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Roncylicious Returns to Roncesvalles Village in August!

Our annual celebration of the great food culture of Roncesvalles Village is coming back! We’re very pleased to announce the return of Roncylicious to Roncesvalles Village from August 3 to 31. This event is a “licious” style restaurant promotion, with great specials and prix fixe meals and deals at participating restaurants and specialty food shops, […]

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Roncy Rocked!

This past Saturday, we had a blast with our first annual Roncy Rocks! Thanks to all the musicians, artists, participating businesses, staff and volunteers who made this a great day on Roncesvalles! (Photos courtesy of Ted Best and Gerry LeBrun.)

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Roncy Rocks! Coming June 19

Roncy Rocks!, our first annual celebration of art, music and culture in Roncesvalles Village, is happening on June 19! We will have stages and art displays all up and down Roncesvalles Avenue from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., as well as more art and music in various places on Roncesvalles until late into the evening! […]

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Spring Fever!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Spring Fever event. As you know, we had to delay this event by one week when a windstorm brought cold temperatures and gusts of up to 90 km an hour! After a mad scramble to reschedule the event, it went ahead on May 15th, and a good time […]

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Spring Fever Coming To Ronces May 15!

Due to inclement weather on May 8, we were forced to postpone our Spring Fever Event til May 15. Come celebrate Spring on Roncesvalles Avenue! All-day Sidewalk Sale from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Fun for the whole family from noon until 4:00: Local musicians Face painters Craft Table Bouncy Castles Balloon Clowns Flowers for […]

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Roncesvalles Now Open To Two-Way Traffic! Buses start two-way on Monday

After nine months of construction, the TTC has announced that two-way bus service will return to Roncesvalles on Monday, April 26 at 5 am. The buses will leave Dundas West station and travel south to the Sunnyside loop, where passengers may board the streetcar and continue along King. The westbound 504 King streetcar will continue […]

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Roncesvalles Village BIA Honoured At OBIAA Conference

It is with pride that we announce that the Roncesvalles Village BIA has been awarded the Special Events and Promotions Award at this year’s Ontario BIA Association conference. RVBIA Vice-chair Andrew Chomentowski accepted the award on behalf of the BIA. In particular, this award acknowledges the extraordinary success of the Roncesvalles Polish Festival, which in […]

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Roncesvalles Village At BIA 40th Anniversary Celebration

Toronto is well-known as being an innovative city. Great artists, businesspeople, thinkers and scientists call Toronto home. What is less well-known is that the BIA movement started in Toronto. In 1970 the Bloor West Village BIA became the first BIA in the world. Last Saturday we were pleased to attend a celebration of the 40th […]

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Roncesvalles Village Commemorates Tragedy In Poland

People of Polish origin in Toronto and around the world were shocked by news this morning that Polish President Lech Kaczyński, First Lady Maria Kaczyński, and many dignitaries and senior members of the Polish government and military perished in a tragic plane crash in western Russia. The tragedy, which resulted in the deaths of nearly […]

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Charity Sale at Copernicus Lodge

On Friday and Saturday Copernicus Lodge (66 Roncesvalles Avenue) is holding its annual fundraising sale. Hats, visors, t-shirts and more for men and women are on sale, all under $5. This sale will go on Friday April 23 from 1:00 until 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday April 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m. All proceeds […]

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Free Parking On Roncesvalles

From now until November 2010, there will be up to three hours of free parking in any legal parking spot on Roncesvalles Avenue. Please note that free parking is not a free-for-all. Illegal parking in no-parking zones will still get you a ticket. But for our law-abiding neighbours, come on down and enjoy everything that […]

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Easter In Roncesvalles Village

Roncesvalles Village is full of colour this Easter weekend! Spring is in the air, flowers are on display up and down the street, and people are out in large numbers to enjoy the beautiful weather. Easter is a major holiday in Polish tradition, and on Saturday Roncesvalles thronged with people carrying traditional decorated baskets with […]

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Roncesvalles Village Sees The Light During Earth Hour

What a great night on Roncesvalles Avenue! Despite the chilly temperatures, a crowd of about 150 people showed up at Grafton Parkette for a rally (hosted by local resident and CBC Radio personality Bob Mackowycz) in advance of our first annual Earth Hour Candlelight Walk. (Roncesvalles Village was featured briefly on CTV National News for […]

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Earth Hour Is Coming To Roncesvalles Village!

On March 27 at 7:30 p.m. come to Grafton Parkette (15 Roncesvalles Avenue, just north of Queen) to attend the rally for Earth Hour 2010! At 8:30 a candlelight walk will lead us up Roncesvalles to the Revue Cinema. Along the way you’ll be serenaded by street musicians and treated nicely by local participating businesses, […]

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Mystery Sign Maker Strikes Again!

This past week a number of new signs appeared on construction fencing and gravel piles on Roncesvalles, much to our delight! Clearly this is the work of the same mystery messenger who festooned the neighbourhood with the “So Sucky!” signs that Torontoist reported on a while back. We really liked the “Mt. Roncy” and “♥ […]

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Tłusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday) Comes To Roncesvalles

An annual Polish tradition, Fat Thursday is the last hurrah before the fasting perios of Lent. Traditionally, celebrants feast on Fat Thursday, particularly on the popular (and really tasty!) Polish “donut” called pączki (pronounced POONCH-kee) and faworki (“angel wing” pastry.) What a better day to try out something tasty! Tłusty Czwartek is big on Roncesvalles. […]

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Another Story Raises Community Funds

We would like to congratulate Another Story Bookstore for their holiday fundraising efforts. Their annual holiday gift-wrapping campaign raises funds for worthy charities. This year they raised $1204 for PARC (Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre), an important community centre serving Parkdale and Roncesvalles Village. This is yet another example of the terrific community spirit shown […]

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Victoria Flower Shop Moves On…

Alicia, who operated Victoria Flower Shop at 420 Roncesvalles Avenue for 18 years, closed her shop last Friday. She has been thinking about retiring from the flower business for quite some time, and recently sold her property and tells me that she’s looking forward to a lengthy holiday. We wish her all the best in […]

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Local Runners Fundraise for Haiti

Local resident Nick Capra organized a marathon in Cap Hatien, Haiti last year. This year’s marathon has been cancelled due to the earthquake, so he is organizing a fundraising run called Training for Solidarity to benefit relief work in Haiti instead. The run will be either 10km or 20km. Walkers are also welcome. This is […]

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Roncy Rocks!

Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents Association invites you to… roncy rocks! a marketplace of community groups RMRA meeting – Tue Jan 29th Fern Public School, 128 Fern Ave 7pm to 9pm The RMRA is running a marketplace for community groups active in / around our neighbourhood. Essentially this is a networking event, a chance for you to […]

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How To Get To Roncesvalles (and where to park)

There are lots of ways to get to Roncesvalles, by car, on foot or by transit. For those who are maybe a bit confused by the parking and transit situation, we have created a PDF guide, downloadable by clicking on the image at left. Please feel free to download this guide and make a point […]

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The Local Turns Five!

Drop in on Melissa, Rupert and lots of great musicians (including Yawd Sylvester, Good Right Arm String Band, and Jay Clark and the Jones) on December 20th for The Local’s fifth anniversary. In a short five years, The Local has grown to become one of the most popular venues on Roncesvalles and a regular part […]

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Poles Stand Out – Quietly

Local man’s book pays tribute to those who made a difference in the New World (Excerpted from Toronto Sun article by Mike Strobel.) We’ve sort of forgotten about the Poles. And I don’t mean the ones at Filmore’s and the Brass Rail. I mean the 300,000 of Polish descent who inhabit the GTA, no fuss, […]

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Santa and Święty Mikołaj Come to Roncesvalles!

UPDATE: If you got your photo taken with Santa and Święty Mikołaj, your photos are now ready for pickup at Elektra Photo, 285 Roncesvalles Avenue, during regular business hours. Please bring your reminder slip. Santa and Święty Mikołaj came to Roncesvalles Avenue by fire truck this past Saturday, December 5th. They handed out lots of […]

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Santa and “The Grinch” at the Revue!

From noon until 2:00 on Saturday the 19th, you can co-star with Santa on the big screen at the Revue! You’re invited to get free digital photos taken at the Revue (which will be emailed to you), courtesy of Impact Photography. Prints with Christmas cards can be ordered for $6 and picked up later from […]

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Mayor Miller Declares Shop Local Week

From the office of David Miller: Whereas TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) recognizes the tremendous contribution of small business to the economic sustainability of Toronto and to our fiscal recovery during the present economic down-turn. It is important that residents recognize the role of small business in the growth and success of Toronto […]

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Roncesvalles Village In Peru

Just to show that our Villagers get around, here’s a photograph (courtesy Richard Ruminski, Sutton Group, rruminski@nullsutton.com) of our Roncesvalles shopping bag enjoying the sights of Lima, Peru!

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Roncesvalles Lighting Exchange

On November 14th Roncesvalles Village residents did a little bit for the environment by exchanging hundreds of strands of old holiday lights for brand new LED lights. This program, put on by TABIA, Toronto Hydro and the Roncesvalles Village BIA, is growing in success every year. This year we handed out over 200 strands of […]

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Shop Local and Support Howard Public School

On December 4th and 5th, shopping on Roncesvalles will raise money for Howard Public School’s Ground Rejuvenation Project. Various retailers on Roncesvalles will donate a portion of sales on December 4th and 5th to Howard Public School. Different retailers offer different donations, feel free to enquire or just download the attached flyer. Participating businesses are: […]

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Santa and Święty Mikołaj Are Coming To Roncesvalles!

On Saturday December 5th Santa Claus and Święty Mikołaj (Polish St. Nicholas) are returning once again to Roncesvalles Avenue, courtesy of the Toronto Fire Department! You can greet Santa in front of the Polish Credit Union at 12:00 noon on the 5th. We’ll have seasonal songs, hot chocolate and popcorn. From 1:00 to 3:00 you […]

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Loons Reopens!

As many of you know, a number of our members’ basements were flooded in late October. Loons Pub and Restaurant (416 Roncesvalles) was particularly hard hit, and has been closed for several weeks. We’re pleased to announce that they’re reopening tonight. Drop by for a pint and some good times!

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Roncesvalles Businesses Voted NOW’s “Best of Toronto”

Congratulations to Imelda (123 Roncesvalles) and the Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles), both winners in NOW Magazine’s recent “Best of Toronto” issue. Imelda was awarded the Critic’s Pick of “Best Shoe Store In Toronto”, while the Revue was voted by readers “Best Repertory Cinema in Toronto” for the second year running. Imelda and the Revue join […]

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Mabels Turns One!

Congratulations to Mabels Bakery (323 Roncesvalles Avenue, www.mabelsbakery.ca) which celebrated its first anniversary today! Many happy returns, Lorraine!

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Mobifest Returns to the Revue!

The 4th annual Nokia Mobifest Toronto will be held at the Revue Cinema on November 17th. Check out the world’s best made-for-mobile films and be there as the winners are announced. This years screening will include the films created at the first ever Toronto Made for Mobile 24 hour Challenge, sponsored by the City of […]

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Lighting Exchange at Polish Credit Union

On Saturday November 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 the Roncesvalles Village BIA is hosting the Toronto Hydro sponsored LED lighting exchange. The Lighting Exchange will be at the Polish Credit Union at 220 Roncesvalles Avenue. How does it work? Simple! Bring two strands of old incandescent lights and you’ll receive one strand of new, energy-efficient […]

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Thank You Stenia!

Stefania (Stenia) Baran has been an integral part of the Roncesvalles community for many years as manager of St. Stanislaus-St. Casimir’s Polish Parishes Credit Union. Her service to the Credit Union is about to come to an end. Stenia is retiring at the end of November and the board of the RVBIA wishes her well […]

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Parking Returns To Roncesvalles: You Should Too!

The construction on Roncesvalles is nearing completion for this season, with a number of blocks in the north end still in the throes of digging. Nevertheless, things are getting back to normal, and it’s easier than it has been for months to visit your favourite spots on Roncesvalles. Driving is still technically northbound only, but […]

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Put Your Money Where Your House Is: Shop Roncesvalles!

Roncesvalles Village is a great place to shop anytime. During the construction a number of our businesses have special deals and incentives to keep you shopping on the street. For example: Pollocks Home Hardware offers free delivery for any purchase over $50. Alternative Grounds also offers free delivery of coffee to local residents. Just call […]

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Roncesvalles redesign: your input is needed

Toronto’s Public Realm section is leading the detailed design phase of the Roncesvalles streetscape improvement project. The City needs your input to help them understand our local priorities and the local conditions. For example, a number of businesses have told the BIA that they are currently unable to build a patio out front due to […]

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West Toronto Railpath phase one completed. And phase two?

Photo: Bikingtoronto.com The newly-completed first phase of the West Toronto Railpath offers a tantalizing glimpse of what could become a critical artery for west end cyclists.  If completed, the path would provide a safe, fast route from the Junction through Roncesvalles and Parkdale, finshing near Strachan and King. While the path does link with the […]

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First photos from Polish Festival

Photo: Kevin Gonsalves Toronto photographer Kevin Gonsalves captured some great images from this weekend’s Polish Festival. The photos were uploaded as part of his Project 60, a series depicting 60 themes each with 60 photos shot within 60 minutes over 60 days. The photos can be viewed as a Flickr slideshow here. While the BIA […]

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Public Realm to lead Roncesvalles redesign, hosting public meeting Sept. 21

Councillor Gord Perks has announced that the City’s Public Realm Section is leading the detailed design phase of  the Roncesvalles Streetscape Improvement Project. The project leader will be Elyse Parker, the heavy-hitting director of the Public Realm Section, within the City’s Transportation Division. Ms. Parker’s appointment is fantastic news for Roncesvalles.  Before becoming director of […]

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Kino Kultura: Revue Cinema celebrates Polish film during festival, Sept. 18-20

From the Revue Cinema website: Where Roncesvalles Ave. and King St. meet, there sits an imposing bronze monument that’s about five metres high and four metres across. The sculpture is rent in half by a jagged vertical fissure, and its concrete base bears a single word running its full width: KATYN. How many of us […]

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Construction? Festival!

Roncesvalles is under construction, and we are working hard to earn your business. The RVBIA encourages our neighbours to continue to support business on Roncesvalles through this challenging time. Put your money where your house is—shop locally! GREAT NEWS! Everything is a go for the 2009 RONCESVALLES POLISH FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 19 AND 20, 2009. Read […]

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City of Toronto reveals leukemia hot spots to be created by diesel rail expansion

A few weeks ago, Toronto’s public health officer, Dr. David McKeown, filed an official objection to Metrolinx’s proposal for a diesel-powered rail link to the airport. Dr. McKeown said that the additional 400 or so diesel-powered trains travelling daily through our neighbourhood would create unacceptable risks of leukemia. The Clean Train Coalition, representing communities along […]

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National Post: TTC to begin Downtown Relief Line study this fall

Roncesvalles TTC riders may have a new subway option within the next decade. The National Post reports that the TTC will “seriously study” the long-proposed Downtown Relief Line (DRL) this fall. Under the proposal, the new subway line would likely begin at Dundas West station, travel underneath Roncesvalles/Dundas West towards Liberty Village. From there, it […]

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Toronto’s Health Officer files objection to diesel rail expansion

David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, has filed an official objection to Metrolinx’s proposed Georgetown South Service Expansion and Union-Pearson Rail Link (GSSE/EPRL) using diesel trains. Mr. McKeown says that Metrolinx has underestimated the health effects of 5-9 times as many diesel trains passing through our neighbourhood each day. He […]

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Flushing Out the Truth: Roncesvalles needs a Living Sidewalk!

Wastewater is the very definition of an unsexy subject, but the issue seems to be attracting more and more attention from environmental activists and regulators. The attention explains the urgent need for Roncesvalles Renewed’s proposed Living Sidewalk, which would transform Roncesvalles from a concrete funnel flushing stormwater down our combined sewers into a massive absorption […]

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New TTC construction methods will mean quieter streetcars

Steve Munro posts a fascinating overview of the history of streetcar use in Toronto, and lays out the argument explaining why they are preferred over buses, not just in Toronto but in many cities of the world. One tidbit caught our eye: the reconstructed streetcar tracks should be much quieter than what has previously existed: […]

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Coming Soon To A Neighbourhood Near You: LCBO!

For many years, our neighbourhood has lacked something that most neighbourhoods have: an LCBO outlet. We have long advocated for a Roncesvalles Village outlet, arguing that a government monopoly should not be forcing residents to drive outside their own neighbourhoods to buy a bottle of wine, harming local businesses as well as the environment. The […]

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Senator Stanley Haidasz Passes at 86

Stanley Haidasz passed away last week at the age of 86. Mr. Haidasz distinguished himself as a medical doctor before entering politics in 1957. He represented the riding of Parkdale from 1962 until 1978, when he became Canada’s first senator of Polish descent. During his career, he was instrumental in the creation of Medicare, the […]

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Reconstruction update: limited parking and traffic movement restored

After meeting with the BIA, the City and reconstruction crews have agreed to restore limited parking and car traffic movement to Roncesvalles during water/sewer replacements, scheduled to continue until the end of the year. This is very good news for Roncesvalles, which had previously been told there would be no parking at all on Roncesvalles […]

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Taking Out The Trash

The garbage strike, now in its fourth week, has been hard on our businesses and on our street. Our businesses have made great efforts to keep Roncesvalles tidy. I’ve seen people tidying up in front of their stores, and tidying up around the trash bins on Roncesvalles. Your efforts are deeply appreciated! The RVBIA has […]

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Water main and sewer work to begin next week – traffic to be restricted

Councillor Gord Perks reports that water main and sewer work along Roncesvalles is to begin next week. The official notice can be downloaded here. From the City notice: The City of Toronto has awarded contracts to Varcon Construction and Comer Group to undertake the following: •    Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Boustead Avenue […]

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Toronto Star: Roncesvalles is “how a neighbourhood ought to be built”

Toronto Star columnist and neighbour, Joe Fiorito, has nice words for Roncesvalles, naming it as one of five things to love about Toronto: “Old and plain and true, its butcher shops are reminiscent of the Poland of 100 years ago. If you live nearby and need a chop, or a loaf, or grapes, or stamps, […]

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Strike!

The strike by 24,000 City workers has resulted in greatly reduced services and the cancellation of an important Roncesvalles community meeting scheduled for June 27. Councillor Gord Perks has posted the City’s contingency plan to assist Torontonians. In the meantime, residents are advised that there will be “zero tolerance” for illegal garbage dumping, and at […]

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Public Meeting: Roncesvalles Construction Design – June 27 – CANCELLED

Update: Gord Perks has confirmed that this meeting will be cancelled due to the strike. More info to come. The latest preliminary streetscape concepts are available for viewing. The BIA urges all businesses and community members to examine the PDFs of the sidewalk plan (part one is the southern half, and part two is the […]

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Polish Consulate Hosts Reception for Roncesvalles Polish Festival

As the official patron of the Roncesvalles Polish Festival, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto hosts an annual reception for festival sponsors, participants, and BIA members. We were gratified this year to have an excellent turnout, including a number of new faces from Roncesvalles Avenue. Marek Ciesielczuk, Consul General, wrote the […]

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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 […]

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Roncesvalles Polish Festival September 19 and 20

The Roncesvalles Polish Festival is coming to Roncesvalles Village on September 19 and 20. Visit polishfestival.ca for more information.

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Contra-flow bike lane planned for Fermanagh

At its June 3 meeting, the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure committee will be discussing a proposed contra-flow bike lane planned for Fermanagh between Roncesvalles and Sorauren. This lane would allow cyclists to ride eastbound on a road that is one-way westbound for motorists. Via Biking Toronto

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Calling All Mural Artists!

The RVBIA is calling on all mural artists to submit proposals for our latest mural site at 484 Roncesvalles Avenue, right at the top of Roncesvalles Avenue. You can download the RFP by clicking here, and view the mural location by clicking on the image at right. All submissions must be received by 1:00 p.m. […]

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Toronto Sun op-ed: Roncesvalles redo a victory for neighbourhoods

On Friday, the Toronto Sun published an op-ed by John Bowker, chair of the BIA’s Beautification Committee and the BIA’s representative in Roncesvalles Renewed. The article celebrates the unity of our neighborhood, as we prepare for the 2009-10 reconstruction of Roncesvalles. It also criticizes efforts by suburban councillors to turn Roncesvalles into a busy highway […]

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City Council votes 34-5 to approve Roncesvalles streetscape proposal

Today, Toronto City Council voted 34-5 to approve a staff report proposing numerous Roncesvalles streetscape improvements, including new public spaces and accessible transit stops. This report borrows many ideas from the BIA’s 2003 streetscape strategy, and was unanimously approved by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee a few weeks earlier, following an extensive Environmental Assessment […]

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Corner of 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 […]

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Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale this Saturday – Map available online

Nearly 70 houses are participating in this year’s Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale! The sale takes place Saturday May 23, 2009 from 9am-3pm (rain date: May 24, 2009). This event is brought to you by the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association in conjunction with the High Park Residents’ Association and the Sunnyside Community Association. A map of participating […]

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The measurable benefits of urban trees

Local resident and Roncesvalles Renewed member Jane Humphreys forwarded an interesting article from a recent issue of Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association. It’s called “Branching Out” and is written by James Schwab. You can read the PDF here or view it in HTML format here. The article condenses the findings of a […]

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Roncesvalles Village Honoured By Visit From First Lady of Poland

Roncesvalles Village was honoured today by a visit from Maria Kaczyńska, First Lady of the Republic of Poland. The First Lady visited Copernicus Lodge this afternoon. RVBIA Chair Tony Cauch and Vice-Chair Andrew Chomentowski were guests at a gala dinner this evening in honour of the First Lady at the John Paul II Centre.

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Support Our Local Hospital: Sponsor Tony at Lori’s Legacy Walkathon

From RVBIA Chair Tony Cauch: Every year I participate in Lori’s Legacy Walkathon. Lori’s Legacy has been raising money for cancer research and care at our hospital, St. Joe’s, for ten years now. We’ve raised over $1 million in that time, with over $300,000 going towards a state-of-the-art digital mammography machine. Please sponsor me in […]

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RAYS: Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale Coming Soon

The 2nd annual Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale (RAYS) is coming!! Saturday May 23, 2009 from 9am-3pm (rain date: May 24, 2009). Brought to you by the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association in conjunction with the High Park Residents’ Association and the Sunnyside Community Association. Sell your stuff from the comfort of your front yard (or garage)! Buy […]

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Ankles rejoice! “Roncesvalles Two-step” to be leveled

City transportation staff have confirmed that they intend to level out the notorious “Roncesvalles Two-Step” (right), which has been the cause of several twisted ankles and dropped packages. The unusual two-step sidewalk stretches over two blocks on the east side, between Neepawa and Westminster. A three-step sidewalk near Boustead on the west side apparently cannot […]

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Western Waterfront Master Plan aims to clean up Sunnyside Beach

The City’s Western Waterfront Master Plan is now available online, and it includes several ideas for making the western waterfront safer, more accessible and more enjoyable. The plan also includes proposals for restoring and strengthening connections between the waterfront and Roncesvalles, an idea long-championed by the BIA. A short-term goal of the plan is a […]

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Diesel-powered airport rail plan faces steam-powered opposition

Jeff Gray of the Globe and Mail reports growing opposition to the Metrolinx proposal to build a diesel-powered airport rail line through Toronto’s West end. Weston residents have long opposed the existing plan, saying it would harm neighborhoods and would serve only a small group of airport travelers. Now residents in Roncesvalles, the Junction and […]

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Latest City/TTC reconstruction proposal preserves 92% of on-street parking

City/TTC proposals for widened sidewalks and curb extensions would allow for new public uses such as patios, merchandise displays, benches, gardens or public art. In some cases, these  sidewalk “bumpouts” would allow TTC riders to board the streetcar without crossing a lane of car traffic. Such public enhancements were recommended by the BIA in its […]

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Lanes, tracks and bikes – oh my!

As we reported in January of 2008, balancing cyclist safety with transit accessibility is becoming a key issue that will determine the likely success or failure of various design proposals for the 2009-10 reconstruction of Roncesvalles. A widened sidewalk bumpout would allow riders to board the streetcar directly from the curb, but such a design would leave […]

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Roncesvalles EA open house materials available online

Thanks to everyone who attended the open house on March 23. The meeting was part of the provincially-mandated Environmental Assessment process, whose main purpose is to report on the environmental impact of permanently keeping Roncesvalles a two-lane road. This is how Roncesvalles presently functions, except for weekday mornings, when west-side parking is prohibited and Roncesvalles […]

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KiteWorks Festival at Sorauren Park

Join us on Saturday, April 4* from 1 to 3.30 p.m. for an afternoon of art animated by dance and music! Stroll the streets surrounding Sorauren Park and Roncesvalles Avenue to the melodies of accordions and violins. Witness guerilla performances and ad-hoc exhibitions that creatively comment on local histores, present-day realities and future visions of […]

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What stormwater management is really about (Hint: rhymes with “spit”)

Cities across the world have made stormwater management a top priority, encouraging green roofs, downspout disconnections and innovative drainage systems. In Toronto, the annual budget for stormwater management is $40 million. To a non-expert, this may all seem fine, but we often remain unclear on why stormwater management is so important. The fact is, we […]

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Sculptures permanently removed from High Park

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” […]

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Edward Jones Seminar

Edward Jones (281 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-488-1530) is hosting a free seminar entitled: When Will I Get My Money Back? Find out how the investment decisions you make today may influence the time it takes for your portfolio to recover. Refreshments will be served. To reserve your seat please call or stop by today.

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Cheri diNovo Spring Levee

Cheri diNovo Spring Levee March 24, 6:30 p.m. Lithuanian Hall (1573 Bloor St. West at Alhambra) Our MPP Cheri diNovo has asked me to invite all members of our BIA to attend her annual Spring Levee, honouring Volunteers and New Businesses in our riding. Delicious Food by Max’s Market. All are welcome! You can find […]

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Open House to present Roncesvalles streetscape improvements – March 23

The City of Toronto has scheduled a second Open House to present its proposals for Roncesvalles streetscape improvements: Monday March 23, 2009 6:00pm – 9:00pm (presentation at 7:00 pm) Howard Jr Public School, 30 Marmaduke St. Via Councillor Gord Perks: Thank you to everyone who continues to stay engaged in this project. I know that […]

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2009 Spring Fever Event — Saturday May 9th on Roncesvalles!

Get ready for Spring Fever! We start with a day-long sidewalk sale, showcasing the best our merchants have to offer. Then we add local artists, musicians and artisans, as well as loads of family fun up and down Roncesvalles. Put it all together and you have an unforgettable day on our favourite street.Read all about […]

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Will Roncesvalles’ hanging signs comply with a new bylaw?

The City is currently drafting a permanent sign bylaw. The new bylaw is apparently a response to criticism of the large number of unlicensed, illegal billboards that have appeared throughout the city. Such signs have the effect of dispossessing Torontonians of their own public spaces. The Roncesvalles Village BIA strongly supports City efforts to restore a sense […]

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Messages From MP Gerard Kennedy and RVBIA Chair Tony Cauch

From Gerard Kennedy’s press release: Today parliament will be debating an urgent opposition motion to release half of any new federal infrastructure funding from cost-sharing in order to create jobs in the most effective, fair and efficient fashion. Over the past three weeks, government reports and opposition research have confirmed that parliamentary direction is needed […]

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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, […]

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Polish Film Festival Coming to a Theatre Near You

We are excited by the possibility of a Polish Film Festival as a part of this year’s Roncesvalles Polish Festival. Early meetings between the Revue Cinema, the RVBIA and local filmmaker Marta Ogonek have been extremely promising, and we can look forward to a showcase of great Polish film at the Revue in September.

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Blackout Update

The RVBIA was in attendance at yesterday’s meeting regarding the recent blackout. The meeting was hosted by our MPP Cheri diNovo and Councillor Gord Perks, who also happens to be on the board of Toronto Hydro. Also on the panel were representatives from Ontario Hydro and Hydro One. The long and short of it is, […]

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Blackout!

UPDATE: Councillor Gord Perks has arranged a public meeting to discuss the blackout on Thursday, January 22 at 7:00 at the Parkdale Public Library at Queen and Cowan. Representatives from Toronto Hydro and Hydro One will be present. The residents associations of Ward 14 will also be holding a meeting about the blackout this Sunday, […]

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Walk and Bike for Life Community Meeting

We know a lot of our neighbours along Roncesvalles are cyclists. We’d like to invite you to a discussion in mid-January about better integrating cycling into the neighbourhood. We’ll also talk about enhancing the experience of pedestrians and making Roncesvalles a true “slow” street, in the best sense of that word. At the meeting, we’d […]

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Happy Holidays from the Roncesvalles Village BIA

Last weekend, coordinator Keith Denning visited Roncesvalles as Santa, visiting our businesses and shoppers (see picture at right.) To the businesses, friends and neighbours of Roncesvalles Village, we wish you the best for the holidays and a Happy New Year! Tony Cauch, Chair Andrew Chomentowski, Vice-Chair Roncesvalles Village BIA

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Santa at the Revue

Santa returned to the Revue Cinema this past weekend, and kids of all ages got the chance to see their photos with Santa on the big screen courtesy of the Revue’s terrific digital projector! The RVBIA thanks the Revue, volunteers from the Revue Film Society, Tenzin Dorjee, digital photographer extraordinaire from Impact Photography, all the […]

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Santa Claus and Święty Mikołaj Arrive!

Santa and Święty Mikołaj arrived on Roncesvalles Avenue a bit after noon Saturday December 6th. They travelled in style on a fire truck from Station 345, and spent time handing out candy to the assembled kids before moving into the library for a kids with Santa photo shoot. Musical entertainment was provided by Andy Kruk […]

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Quick guide to holiday events around Roncesvalles

Until December 20 Holiday Wreath Workshops Colborne Lodge, High Park Contact: Cheryl Hart 416-392-6916 $26.19/person, pre-registration required Photo: SNAP Bloor West Until January 4 Christmas in the Park Colborne Lodge, High Park 416-392-6916 Tue-Sun: 12-4pm; $5.71/Adults, $3.33/Children December 14 Children’s Christmas Pageant Emmanuel Howard-Park United Church 214 Wright Ave, 416-536-1755 www.ehpchurch.org 10:30 am December 18 […]

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Western Waterfront Master Plan public meeting and open house – December 9

From the City of Toronto’s Waterfront website: The Western Waterfront Master Plan Team would like to invite you to attend the 3rd Public Meeting and Open House for the Master Plan to be held on December 9th at St. Joseph’s Health Centre (30 The Queensway, Toronto), at 7:00 p.m.  Meeting Notice City of Toronto: Western […]

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Roncesvalles Village Turns On to LED Lights

The Roncesvalles Village BIA would like to thank everyone who came out to exchange their old incandescent holiday lights for free LED lights. TABIA, Toronto Hydro, and the RVBIA are pleased to report that the community really came through this year. We took in over seven hundred old light strands, and gave out 368 new […]

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Santa Claus and Święty Mikołaj Come To Roncesvalles

On December 6th at 12:00 noon, Santa Claus and Święty Mikołaj (Polish Santa) will continue a great annual tradition. They will come to Roncesvalles Avenue by fire truck to the Polish Credit Union (220 Roncesvalles Avenue). There will be free treats, hot chocolate, carollers and holiday music. From 1:00 until 3:00, kids can get their […]

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Cavalcade of Lights

‘Tis the season! Once again, the RVBIA, TABIA and Toronto Hydro are pleased to present the Cavalcade of Lights. We are committed to doing things that improve the environment and conserve energy. If you bring two (2) old strings of incandescent seasonal lights to the Toronto Hydro-Electric System Booth and we will exchange them for […]

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Copernicus Lodge Christmas Bazaar November 8

Copernicus Lodge (66 Roncesvalles Avenue) invites everyone to their annual fundraising Christmas Bazaar on November 8th between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Gift items, books, toys, and a great assortment of food will be available. All proceeds will provide much-needed support to the seniors of Copernicus Lodge

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RVBIA members benefit from TABIA membership

As RVBIA members, all Roncesvalles business and property owners automatically receive membership in TABIA, the umbrella organization of Toronto BIAs. TABIA works with the 65 BIAs in Toronto, representing more than 27,000 individual BIA members. From the TABIA website: Founded in 1980, TABIA gives Toronto Business Improvement Areas a voice. From advocacy to collective bargaining, […]

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A Note From the Board

To our neighbours, volunteers, businesses, sponsors, entertainers, vendors and visitors: Despite the rain and clouds, we pulled together and put on one amazing two-day party! We had over forty brilliant musical acts, over one hundred unique vendors, and well over 150,000 guests! You all helped to make this event our most successful yet! Thank you […]

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Roncesvalles Polish Festival Draws Record Crowds

Neither the threat of rain nor its arrival on Saturday evening dampened the spirits of visitors to Roncesvalles this past weekend. Our neighbourhood was visited by record-breaking numbers of people, making this the biggest Festival to date. The Roncesvalles Village BIA would like to extend its thanks to the Festival sponsors and patrons, our members, […]

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Volunteers use paintbrushes to beautify Roncesvalles and fight graffiti

Look up! Where you might have once seen an ugly graffiti-strewn wall, today you will likely see a colorful mural, painted by local artists such as Leanne Mlanden (above). Ms. Mlanden is one of several community volunteers who have given their time and skills to the Roncesvalles Top to Bottom Mural Project. Lisa Rainford from […]

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Roncesvalles Polish Festival Sept. 13th and 14th

The 2008 Roncesvalles Polish Festival is coming up fast! Our annual celebration of Roncesvalles Village and its Polish heritage brings upwards of 100,000 visitors to our neighbourhood. Great music, entertainment, food and drink will abound on our street on Saturday Sept. 13th and Sunday Sept. 14th. The Roncesvalles Village BIA is honoured to once again […]

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Coming in August: Roncylicious!

We’re always thrilled with ideas to promote our neighbourhood and our businesses. And the latest great idea is: Roncylicious! This idea was conceived by Chris Murie, owner of The Dizzy. A collaborative effort between Roncesvalles restaurants, other businesses, and the RVBIA, Roncylicious will promote our restaurants and our street throughout the month of August, typically […]

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Sorauren Festival July 19th!

The annual Sorauren Park Festival is once again upon us. The RVBIA is proud to sponsor this terrific day in the park once again. Barbecue, kids’ games, the Sorauren Farmer’s Market and great live music will fill up the park, along with our friends and neighbours, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The weather looks […]

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Roncesvalles reconstruction to take 12 months, beginning August 2009

Councillor Gord Perks has informed the BIA that the 2009-10 reconstruction of Roncesvalles is tentatively scheduled to take place between August 2009 and August 2010.  The reconstruction time has expanded due to a provincial requirement that the lead water mains beneath Roncesvalles be replaced. This requirement adds an additional big project to the existing two […]

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Roncesvalles EA display boards available online

On July 9, the City of Toronto and the TTC hosted an open house to outline various proposals for the 2009-10 reconstruction of Roncesvalles. The open house is part of the Environmental Assessment process, required under provincial law. The City’s Roncesvalles EA page can be viewed here. The City also posted the display boards that […]

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Who’s the “Best of Toronto”? We are!

Surfing the internet the other day, I was very pleased to see the large number of Roncesvalles businesses that are featured on various “Best of Toronto” lists at www.blogto.com/toronto Of course, we already know that we’ve got the best of Toronto in our neighbourhood, but it’s nice when other people notice!

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Roncesvalles Avenue Environmental Assessment Public Open House July 9th

The public is invited to an Open House and Public Consultation regarding the planned streetscape improvements of Roncesvalles Avenue in 2009. The Open House will be on Wednesday, July 9th from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Room at Emmanuel Howard Park United Church (214 Wright Avenue at Roncesvalles). The City regards public consultation […]

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BIA to take part in Bloor Dundas Avenue Study

The Roncesvalles Village BIA has been invited to participate in the Bloor Dundas Avenue Study, which will help shape development under the City’s Official Plan. The study will look at Bloor Street from Keele to Dundas Street West, and Dundas Street West from Bloor to Boustead Avenue, the nothern tip of the Roncesvalles Village BIA. […]

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No more left turns along Roncesvalles?

Left turns along streetcar routes may soon be a thing of the past, according to yesterday’s Toronto Star and today’s National Post. Traffic services staff are considering a ban, which would prevent streetcars from being blocked behind a row of motorists as they try to turn left. The King route, of which Roncesvalles is the […]

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Sharing space along Roncesvalles

The recent death of a cyclist on Eglinton Avenue reminds us of the dangers of riding on roads dominated by cars. In this tragic case, the driver of a parked car thoughtlessly opened her door into the path of the cyclist, who then fell into the path of a cube van. His death has prompted cycling […]

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Façade improvement grant deadline approaching fast

All Roncesvalles Village BIA members are eligible for the 2008 Commercial Façade Improvement Program. This is possibly the single best benefit the City provides to individual businesses. The City will pay half the cost of eligible improvements to your storefront, to a maximum grant of $10,000, or $12,500 for a corner property. The deadline for […]

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The challenges of greening Roncesvalles

Trees and greenery are an important community priority, for both aesthetic and environmental reasons. Urban trees provide shade, cool the air and actually consume 15 times as much carbon dioxide as the same trees in a rural setting. For these reasons, the City wants to double the urban tree canopy from the current 17 percent […]

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City applies its graffiti bylaw to itself

In 2005, the City of Toronto passed a bylaw that allowed it to charge private businesses that had been hit by graffiti vandals. If the businesses failed to remove the graffiti within three days, the city would remove it itself and charge the business the costs and possibly a fine. While the BIA strongly supported […]

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Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale – May 31

We really like this idea. A neighbourhood-wide yard sale with a charitable angle? This is perfectly in line with the spirit of our community! From their press release: The 1st annual Roncesvalles Avenue Yard Sale (RAYS) is coming!! Saturday May 31, 2008 from 9am-3pm. Rain or Shine. Brought to you by the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association, […]

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City announces EA for Roncesvalles reconstruction

In 2009, the TTC will be replacing the streetcar tracks along Roncesvalles, and the City will perform major repairs on the sidewalks at the same time. The BIA has been working with community members, City staffers, the TTC and Councillor Gord Perks’ office to seek streetscape improvements beyond the basic state-of-good-repair. As a result of […]

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City swiping unlicensed A-frame signs without warning

Image: Municipal Licensing & Standards Allowable Locations: This diagram shows where A-frame signs may be located, according to a new City bylaw. Today’s Toronto Star reports that the City has begun swiping A-frame signs without warning from businesses who have not received a $200 license sticker. The businesses are charged a $100 retrieval fee to […]

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RVBIA Chair to Participate in Lori’s Legacy Walkathon

Tony Cauch, chair of the Roncesvalles Village BIA, is a very active member of our community. One of his passions is our hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Every year, Tony participates in the Lori’s Legacy Walkathon, which raises money in support of cancer care at St. Joe’s. This year the Walkathon is on Saturday May […]

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A new subway line for Roncesvalles?

Today’s National Post reports that the TTC will "seriously consider" a plan for a new subway line that would run underneath Roncesvalles from the Dundas West station. One proposed map of the route (above) shows the subway stopping at Sorauren and Dundas, and then travelling down to Liberty Village. The subway then travels east-west along […]

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Sorauren Fieldhouse Opening April 19!

Mark these dates in your calendar… on Saturday, April 19, you’ll have a chance to tour the new Sorauren Park Fieldhouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during an open house. Then on Monday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m., join Mayor Miller and other luminaries as the Fieldhouse is officially opened with ribbon-cutting ceremony. The […]

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Spring Fever Event 2008

The Roncesvalles Village BIA is pleased to present this year’s Spring Fever Event. The day-long event is on Saturday, May 10th. The all-day sidewalk sale up and down Roncesvalles is only the beginning! There will also be entertainment, a craft centre, on-street food, face painting, music, and the ever-popular jumping castles for the kids at […]

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The 20-Minute Makeover: April 18th at 2:00

From the City of Toronto website: Put the clean back in our streets! It’s time to commit your participation in the City’s 5th annual 20-Minute Toronto Makeover. Mayor David Miller is asking all Torontonians at work, school or at home to stop what you’re doing on Friday, April 18, 2008, come outside at 2:00pm and […]

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RVBIA Hires New Coordinator, Gets New Address and Phone

The Roncesvalles Village BIA has hired a new coordinator. Keith Denning, a long-time Roncesvalles resident, was hired after considering a number of talented applicants. Keith is very fond of our neighbourhood. He worked at the Revue Cinema for many years, and then played a part in the Revue Film Society’s successful bid to save the […]

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Earth Hour 2008 – March 29th, 8-9 pm

On March 29, from 8 p.m.to 9 p.m., millions of people in cities across the world will turn off their lights for Earth Hour – a global lights-out event to show support for action on climate change. Toronto is the lead Canadian city commemorating Earth Hour. The City’s goal is to have one million participants […]

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Revue to present options for a new facade on March 22

The Bloor West Villager has the scoop! “Architects will present proposals for restoring the Revue’s facade during a public consultation meeting March 22 at the theatre. A group from E.R.A. Architects Inc. will be working on the restoration project, thanks to the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and its ‘Preservation Works!’ program. The team, led by […]

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It’s time for an LCBO on Roncesvalles

The upcoming closure of the Rogers Video (Howard Park and Roncesvalles) and the relocation of the Royal Bank (at Fermanagh) have renewed a perennial community demand for an LCBO store on Roncesvalles. The image at right, prepared by local resident Dale Fallon, shows the locations of LCBO stores in the west end, including the newest […]

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Roncesvalles reconstruction WILL take place in 2009

Councillor Gord Perks has just called us to confirm that the planned reconstruction of Roncesvalles will indeed take place in 2009. Work will likely begin in early spring after the thaw, and will continue through the summer. The Roncesvalles Village BIA is preparing a disruption plan to help businesses cope during the reconstruction.

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How to balance accessibility with bike safety

One of the more appealing features of the proposed reconstruction plan for Roncesvalles is the promise of being able to board the streetcar directly from the curb. However, this is more complicated than one might think. For one thing, there is the question of how traffic will move if snow is not completely cleared away […]

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Public spaces or parking spaces?

The City and the TTC appear to have reached a general consensus on the basic design theme of the street, proposed for the 2008 or 2009 reconstruction of Roncesvalles. Back in July, the TTC presented a preliminary plan for curb extensions (bumpouts) onto Roncesvalles. The TTC’s plan widened the sidewalk at TTC stops along the […]

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Public meeting to discuss pay parking at Howard Public School – Jan. 17

Karen Palkowski of the High Park Residents’ Association informs us about an important public meeting to take place on January 17 at Howard Public School (30 Marmaduke St), from 7-9 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the possibility of making the school’s parking lot available to the public, presumably outside school hours. […]

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TTC to present route options for western waterfront streetcar

On January 23 and 24, the TTC will host public information meetings, presenting route options for the proposed Western Waterfront Streetcar. This new streetcar route will connect Union Station to the foot of Roncesvalles, via the waterfront. This project will no doubt have a large impact on the Parkdale, Liberty Village and  Roncesvalles neighbourhoods. The […]

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Getting ready for the reconstruction

While the 2008 or 2009 reconstruction of Roncesvalles promises exciting changes, the BIA understands that businesses are very concerned about construction logistics and disruptions. There are still many questions that need to be settled soon so that businesses can make their plans and adjustments. We hope to have these answers for you soon. In the […]

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Last day at Karl’s, as Province forces Roncesvalles business to close

After almost 46 years of service, Karl’s Butcher and Grocery (105 Roncesvalles) is closing today. On a street famous for its sausages, the closing is a major blow for Roncesvalles Village. Karl’s is among the first of several neighborhood meat shops that may face closure following a recent decision by the provincial government to impose […]

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DiNovo demands changes to rules ‘butchering’ Roncesvalles meat shop

The BIA just received this press release from Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo’s office: DECEMBER 12, 2007: Today MPP of Parkdale-High Park and NDP Small Business Critic, Cheri DiNovo, asked the Minister of Food and Agriculture to amend the 2001 Food and Safety Quality Act to keep hundreds of small businesses like Karl’s Butcher & […]

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Province Forces Popular Local Butcher Out of Business After 46 Years

Today, the Toronto Star spent hours interviewing staff and customers at Karl’s Butchers and Grocery (105 Roncesvalles), which has sold fresh sausages on our street for 46 years. Karl’s has been forced out of business by the province. In October, the provincial government decided to enforce a harsh, literal interpretation of the 2001 Food and […]

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See Santa at the Cinema – December 8

On December 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Santa Claus will drop by the Revue for a FREE pre-holiday visit by invitation of the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area.Photographer Andrew Chomentowski of Image Professional Photography will preserve the moments when the jolly old elf confers with the children and email the digital photos free […]

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City Seeks Our Street Furniture Wish List

On September 1 2007, the City entered into a 20-year contract with Astral Media to provide garbage bins, bus shelters and other items under the Coordinated Street Furniture Program. In exchange for providing, installing and maintaining these items, Astral will be given exclusive rights to sell advertising on bus shelters and information pillars. There is […]

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The BIA is Hiring, Seeks New Coordinator

Last Friday, our coordinator,  Leah Dimitrakopoulos, worked her last day for the Roncesvalles Village BIA. She is leaving to pursue other opportunities at other BIAs. We would like to thank Leah for her service to the BIA and the community. The Roncesvalles Village BIA is now seeking a new administrative coordinator. The position is part-time […]

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Exchange Your Lights – Save Money, Save Energy

Councillor Gord Perks, along with the Roncesvalles Village BIA, will be hosting a light exchange. This very special opportunity will take place on Saturday, November 24th between 2-4 pm in front of the Polish Credit Union, 220 Roncesvalles Avenue. All residents of the City of Toronto can participate in this great event by bringing two […]

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Santa to Visit Roncesvalles

Everyone is invitied to greet Santa Claus and Swiety Mikolaj, who will be visiting Roncesvalles on Saturday, December 1 at 1:30 pm. They’ll be arriving on a Station #15 fire truck at 1:30 pm in front of the St. Stanislaus & St. Casimirs Polish Parishes Credit Union (220 Roncesvalles Ave). There will be free hot […]

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Polish Festival Attracts Over 100,000 Visitors

The 2007 Roncesvalles Village Polish Festival, held on Sept. 15 and 16, was a tremendous success, attracting over 100,000 visitors. Here are some images from the 2007 festival, courtesy of Peter Bacler.                          

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Grafton Parkette Transformed

Over the summer and fall, a remarkable transformation occurred at the Grafton Parkette. This parkette, located just north of Queen Street, had been a neglected scrap of land. Today it is a beautiful focal point for the community. How did this happen? Grafton tranformed: The parkette had been a neglected patch of space (below), but […]

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RVBIA Annual General Meeting – Oct. 24, 2007

All BIA members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, to take place on October 24, at the St. Stanislaus-St.Casimir’s Polish Parishes Credit Union (220 Roncesvalles Ave., basement). The meeting will be preceded by a free dinner, which will begin at 6pm. The meeting itself will begin at 7pm.

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Dundas West BIA To Get Rush Hour Parking

Today’s Globe and Mail has a story about how the Dundas West BIA faced off against the TTC in order to introduce rush hour parking along its street. Interestingly, the BIA seems less concerned about parking availability than the fact that two lanes of rush-hour traffic turns Dundas into an unappealing “highway”: From the Globe […]

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Putting Pedestrians First

This week, the City of Toronto hosted Walk21, an international conference examining ways to improve the pedestrian realm on our streets. This year’s theme is “Putting Pedestrians First.” The conference reflects a recent shift in thinking at City Hall, where the once-dominant car is now being asked to take a back seat to the needs […]

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Revue Cinema to Reopen on October 4

After 16 months of hard work and heroic fundraising efforts, the Revue Cinema will repoen its doors on October 4. The historic theatre, built in 1912, had been one of the oldest, continuously operating movie houses in Canada until its closure in June 2006. A group of community activists and film-lovers worked tirelessly to save […]

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29-Storey Tower Proposed for Dundas and Bloor – Your Input Sought

A 29-story condominium tower has been proposed for Dundas and Bloor, on the site of Joe Mercury’s. This project may set an example for new buildings along Roncesvalles, which has been designated for denser development under the City’s Official Plan. A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20, to gather public input on […]

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Roncesvalles Reconstruction Likely Delayed Until 2009

City staff has warned the BIA that the major reconstruction of Roncesvalles, still officially planned for 2008, will most likely be delayed until 2009. This is because a reconstruction of this scale will probably require an Environmental Assessment, and also because the project has become more complex with new features being added, such as curb […]

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Canada’s Rising Piano Stars to Perform During Polish Festival

The Roncesvalles Village BIA, Copernicus Lodge and the Canadian Chopin Festival are pleased to present Canada’s Rising Stars, who will perform during the 2007 Polish Festival, September 15 and 16. These young and talented pianists have won several awards worldwide, and we are proud to have them play at our festival. Location: Copernicus Lodge, 66 […]

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The Legacy of Col. Walter O’Hara

Today’s Toronto Star features an interesting article about Col. Walter O’Hara, whose legacy lives on in the names of several Roncesvalles area streets. Read “Soldier’s story forever etched in city streets” IMAGE (right): Col. O’Hara’s beloved West Lodge

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The Local to Host Revue Cinema Benefit – August 25

Following a successful Open House last Saturday, the Revue Film Society will be having a fundraising party, to be hosted by The Local pub, located just next door. This “Revue Revival” party will take place on August 25 at 2pm until close. From the Society’s website: The benefit concert will help the Revue Film Society […]

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Two (or Three) Proposals for Roncesvalles

A key streetscape priority for the BIA and the community has been the creation of bumpouts, or extensions of the sidewalk onto the street (click here to view an example). These would become new public spaces, allowing for new uses such as patios, benches, gardens or public art. It is hoped that such bumpouts would […]

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Signs of Uniqueness Seen Hanging Along Roncesvalles

Photo: Piotr Bazlerz Hanging Signs create a unique sense of place along Roncesvalles Recent efforts to save the Sam the Record Man sign have reminded us of the place-making powers of signage. A few weeks ago, NOW Magazine highlighted 18 other unique signs that serve as minor landmarks in their neighbourhoods. On Roncesvalles, we too […]

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Artist Chosen for Grafton Mural Project

Photo: Toronto Harbour Commission Archives Sunnyside Amusement Park, 1923 After viewing many responses to its Request for Proposal, the BIA has chosen Walter Ruston to paint a mural at the Grafton Parkette. Walter will paint a scene depicting the history of the Sunnyside Amusement Park, which entertained Torontonians from the early 1920s until it was […]

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Pharmacy Shoppe Closes After 30 Years

After over 30 years of service, Andrew and Christine Musial have retired, closing the Pharmacy Shoppe at 179 Roncesvalles. Thank you to them both for three decades’ worth of excellent service and commitment to the community. Good luck and best wishes! Guardian Drugs (137 Roncesvalles) has acquired the Pharmacy Shoppe business. We are told that […]

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BIA Launches a New and Improved Website

Photo: Piotr Bazlerz The Roncesvalles Village BIA website now has a number of new features that will improve our ability to communicate with our members and the general public. The new features include: A blog feature has been added, allowing for easier and more frequent posting of news (RSS feed to come now available — […]

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Sorauren Park Festival, Saturday July 21

The Sorauren Park Festival is a wonderful showcase of the best local music, local art, locally-grown food and locally-brewed beer! This is a special community event for the whole family. The festivities will take place at Sorauren Park on Saturday July 21 2007, from 9 am to 10 pm.

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Revue Cinema to Remain Open

The BIA is overjoyed to learn that the Revue Cinema will remain open as a cinema. Councillor Gord Perks has the scoop here. Hooray for neighbours Danny and Letty Mullin, who have purchased the Revue, and will allow the non-profit Revue Film Society operate the cinema on behalf of the community. The Revue Film Society […]

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Attention Businesses! Meeting Called for June 27

A general meeting for BIA members has been called for June 27, 6-8 pm, at the High Park Library. The purpose of this meeting will be to update members about the reconstruction of Roncesvalles, currently scheduled for 2008 2009 (UPDATE: The project will likely be delayed. Click here for more details). The BIA has been […]

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Graffiti Removal Program Widened

The BIA’s innovative graffiti removal program has been now extended to include all of Roncesvalles. Under the program, the BIA regularly patrols Roncesvalles, and when it finds any graffiti visible from the street, it is immediately removed. Not only does this program save businesses from having to deal with the graffiti, it sends a clear […]

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BIA Expands, Welcomes New Directors

It’s official: our street is now unified within the Roncesvalles Village BIA. Now all Roncesvalles businesses will benefit from increased city funding, improved streetscapes and the reduced costs of doing business that come with being a BIA member. At its special meeting on March 12, the expanded BIA welcomed five new members to its Board […]

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Images from the 2006 Roncesvalles Village Polish Festival

Last year’s festival, which took place on September 16 and 17, attracted over 70,000 visitors. Here are some images, courtesy of Andrew Chomentowski (Image Professional Photography). To view more images, please visit the festival’s presenting sponsor, St. Casimir’s-St. Stanislaus Polish Parishes Credit Union, which also has an archive of images from the 2006 festival.  

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