To Roncy With Love

Veronica F.Our Roncesvalles, Roncesvalles Village BIA

Mural by Philip Cote and Jim Bravo, The Original People Leading to the Eighth Fire 2018.

Over the last five years, I’ve had the privilege to serve this community through the many activities and positive impacts of the Roncesvalles Village BIA. This past year has demonstrated extraordinary strength, resilience and mutual support among the locals and businesses in our community. It’s been an honour to serve my community and as I prepare to retire from the … Read More

Roncesvalles Polish Festival Cancelled for 2020

Veronica F.Polish Festival

Following the City of Toronto’s announcement that events are cancelled through September 30 due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Roncesvalles Polish Festival will not be held this September 19 & 20, 2020. We want to thank you for your patience, your optimism and the opportunities you have provided us to host this amazing festival on Roncesvalles Ave. We would also like … Read More

COVID-19 Pandemic

Veronica F.COVID19

Getting Through This Together As we shift our lives to get through the pandemic, our businesses on Roncesvalles are doing their best to serve us, while following public health directives. Whether their doors are open for business, or they are now operating exclusively online or by phone, they are here for us! Thank you for your continued support of our … Read More

Reopenings on Roncesvalles

Veronica F.COVID19

Masked chef prepares food in front of local pub, called The Local, during pandemic.

Stage 1 Reopenings Ontario reached Stage 1 of reopening on May 19th for retail, non-emergency health services and counselling, veterinary and animal services, as well as community services, outdoor recreational amenities, and maintenance, among others. Businesses on Roncesvalles that have reopened in Stage 1 Retail: In addition to operating online, or with curbside pickup and delivery, all businesses that sell … Read More

Roncy Businesses Pitch In to Support Frontline Workers

Veronica F.Community News, COVID19, Members News

While our businesses have been furiously pivoting their operations to continue serving customers in these extraordinary times, they are also showing creativity and generosity in directing efforts where these are most needed. Recent examples: Bathing Belle is making masks, and has donated 100 to Copernicus Lodge. Some of these were made with fabric donated by Old Country Shop. You can … Read More

Don’t Turn Out the Lights on Small Business

Veronica F.COVID19, Roncesvalles Village BIA

Lightbulb glowing in the dark

Small businesses are the backbone of Toronto’s economy and many are a day away from turning off their lights for good.  Today rent is due for the first time since the government-imposed shutdown for all but essential businesses. With businesses closed and no revenue coming in, small business tenants cannot afford to make rent and small business landlords cannot afford to … Read More

Pollinator Corridor Along Roncesvalles

Veronica F.Greening

Monarch butterfly on white flowering plant.

Local Pollinator Garden Campaign The 23 gardens along Roncesvalles  form a significant part of the Pollinator Corridor of Roncesvalles Village. Now plans are in the works to create additional pollinator corridors from east to west to High Park from the Charles G. Williams Park along Wright, Westminster, and High Park Boulevard, and from the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden, along Boustead … Read More

Who tends the street gardens along Roncy?

Veronica F.Community News, Greening

Street garden plants with shop in background.

It’s an awesome collaboration. The Roncesvalles Village BIA (RVBIA) owns the 23 street gardens along Roncesvalles Avenue.  21 of these gardens were installed during the reconstruction of Roncesvalles completed in 2011. These were a significant part of the beautification desired by the community, which also included plans for a tree canopy, benches and wider sidewalks. The intent was to create … Read More

Thank You Roncesvalles!

Veronica F.Roncy Rocks

A huge thank you to all our Roncy Rocks vendors, artists, fellow sponsors, performers, musicians, and Roncesvalles businesses, staff, our volunteers and committee members and of course everyone who came out to enjoy the day – it was a wonderful day we were so happy to share with ALL of you. See you again next year!