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

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!

Roncy Rocks 2019

Veronica F.Events, Roncy Rocks

A celebration of our local music, art, community and entrepreneurial spirit On June 8th, multiple entertainment zones will be raised on Roncesvalles Avenue, inviting the community and visitors to experience along the length of our thriving main street. From our Main Stage performers, to the Art Zone, Beer Garden, Kids Zone and Family Friendly Stage. There will be plenty of … Read More

Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden Celebrates International Downtown Award

Veronica F.2019, Beautification, Community News, Greening, Project, Special Events

On Friday, May 17th, the Roncesvalles Village BIA and the Friends of Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden celebrated an Award of Excellence for Public Space Improvements received from the International Downtown Association (IDA) for the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace  Garden (DRPG). This Award is particularly significant because the IDA values collaboration. In its realization, this project galvanized the support of many community … Read More