Category Archives: Our Neighbourhood

Mural Artists to Discuss Design Concepts with Community

As part of the StreetARToronto Parntership Program, the Roncesvalles Village BIA has commissioned two artists renowned for their public art, Philip Cote and Jim Thierry Bravo, to produce mural for Roncesvalles Village. The mural will be located at the intersection of Garden Ave and Roncesvalles Ave. 

Part of the process involves gathering feedback by the artists from the community. We’ve held an online survey to gather initial thoughts around the thematic framework. During the second stage of our consultation the community will be able to meet and speak with the artists on June 2nd from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. The third stage will include a survey and consultation to be held at Roncy Rocks on June 9th from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the site of the new mural.

To learn more about the project, read our post  A New Mural for Roncesvalles Village.

To register for the community consultation to be held June 2, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the High Park Library, please register on our eventbrite page.

see and discuss the proposed concept, meet the artists during Roncy Rocks on Saturday June 9th, at Roncesvalles and Garden Avenue between 1:30 and 3:00 pm.

A New Mural for Roncesvalles Village

The Roncesvalles Village BIA has commissioned two artists renowned for their public art, Philip Cote and Jim Thierry Bravo, to design a mural for Roncesvalles Village. The project, funded by the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program and the Roncesvalles Village BIA, will add a contemporary piece to the murals on Roncesvalles Avenue for community members and visitors to enjoy.

The artists have begun to collaborate on the project and will produce a design that focuses on themes of Nature, Community and Stewardship in the area. To understand these themes, and how they are valued among Roncesvalles community members and visitors, the artists will gather thoughts and reflections through a SURVEY now available on the Roncesvalles website until May 28. They will present two to three design concepts to the Roncesvalles community on June 2 at the High Park Library and again at the Roncy Rocks Music and Arts Festival on June 9. After receiving final feedback about the design from the community, Cote and Bravo will begin producing the mural.

The work and thinking of Cote and Bravo reflect themes that RVBIA’s Street Advisory Committee believe are important to the Roncesvalles community. These themes include: Nature in the City, Urban Community, and the interconnected concepts of Legacy, Sustainability and Stewardship. According to RVBIA Chair, Len McAuley, it is important to reflect on the knowledge of Indigenous peoples when considering a theme such as legacy. “Many think “legacy” refers only to the man-made things that have survived from the past,” Chair McAuley explains. “But we should ask ourselves: what about the knowledge and wisdom that has been handed down from the Indigenous peoples as well as the settlers? What knowledge, values and resources can we pass on to support a sustainable future?”

Themes concerning sustainability and legacies can be challenging to depict in art. However, RVBIA board member, Adam Langley, believes that Cote and Bravo can achieve something compelling and thoughtful for the community. Langley explains that Cote’s “knowledge of Indigenous stewardship principles rooted in the Seven Fires Prophecy — which still has great significance to this time in our collective history” — will work well with Bravo’s “aptitude for capturing the spirit and dynamics of a community.”

As an Indigenous artist and graduate of OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design, Cote uses his research and art to unearth and reveal his cultural experience and knowledge of signs of Indigenous symbols, language and interpretation. According to Cote, “The Seven Fires Prophecy of the Anishnaabe-Ojibwe people encourages the union of all peoples of the human race to ensure a kinship that will lead to peace and harmony.” Phil Cote lived on Roncesvalles Avenue for 3 years and remains involved in the community.

Jim Bravo majored in drawing and painting at OCAD University. Since completing his studies, Bravo has worked on over 30 public mural and many private large-scale commissions. Through local arts organizations, Bravo has also served as an arts mentor for several at-risk youth initiatives. Originally born in Ecuador, Bravo has lived in the Parkdale—High Park area for the last 30 years.

Philip Cote’s works and CV can be viewed online at: www.tecumsehcollective.wixsite.com/philipcote

Jim Thierry Bravo’s works and CV can be viewed online at:
www.JimBravopaintings.weebly.com

Community Survey

We invite community members to participate in the Roncesvalles Village mural project survey.

Start Your Holidays on Roncy!

The Holiday Season is fast approaching. Kick it off with us on December 1 and 2!

On December 1st Shop Roncy Late. Participating shops will have promotions, sales and activities until 9:00PM, with select shops staying open until 10:00 PM.

December 2nd bring your family to Roncy and visit Santa at Willem and Jools at 125 Roncesvalles in the early afternoon before you make your way over to the High Park Library for story telling followed by a fake snowball fight on the Library lawn. Carolers will sing in the season during the day and at dusk as our community tree is lit in front of the Roncesvalles United Church.

There is no cost for our community events, but we encourage you to bring donation items for the Roncesvalles United Church Sunday Meal Program, Dinner with Dignity. This program serves 16,000 fresh meals per year; lunch and dinner every Sunday. Every little bit helps! The church accepts donations Monday to Friday between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM or all day Sunday. We will be accepting perishable food items on their behalf from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM on December 2nd.

Schedule of Events:

December 1st
Late Night Shopping
Shops are open until 9:00 PM with special in store activities or promotions
*Select stores open until 10:00 PM

December 2nd
Holiday deals continue along Roncy all day long!

1:00PM – 4:00 PM – Santa at Willem and Jools
Enjoy hot cider and cookies and get your photo taken with Santa
*No cost, pictures will be emailed afterwards
4:00 PM : Storytelling at High Park Library
4:30 PM : Fake Snowball fight on the library long
5:15 PM : Community Tree Lighting in front of the Roncesvalles United Church

Donations accepted outside from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.
Otherwise please bring them to the church office.

Follow our Event Page  to stay up to date!

Roncesvalles Village Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, this year was once again a huge success.

We are so lucky to live in a village in this big city, where many of our residents and shopkeepers believe in contributing their time and effort — and cash — to making our community better in so many ways.

Having people who are willing to spare time for volunteer work is not something we take for granted, Life get’s so busy that it’s hard to fit in one more task. Yet, so many in this community make time despite the pressures, and for that we are so grateful.

For the second year, we held The Roncesvalles Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to thank those who contribute significant time to the enhancement of our street and the BIA’s community events. 

Our special guest this year was Carolyn King of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, who was also an early champion of the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden. She was involved in sharing heritage stories, and inspiring young artists in making designs for the Peace Path. She consulted on native trees and plants as well as the Garden design, and continues to be a Friend of the Peace Garden. Carolyn initiated the Moccasin Trail project, which marks places of Indigenous history and invites observers to understand why these places are significant. The Peace Garden is marked with the Anishinaabe moccasin design. Carolyn is a leader in advancing the causes of recognition, renewal and justice for her people. She encourages better relations with Canada’s Indigenous people, and is a model of inspiration for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people alike. To know her is to love her, and to laugh with her, whenever possible.

We gave special recognition to a few new volunteers and some who took on new roles:

Welcome Aboard Award for New Volunteers:

  • Daniele Stoddard: social media for Roncy Rocks and the Roncesvalles Polish Festival
  • Karen Pivnick and Ken: for adopting the native garden near The Westerley 

Snowball Award for Volunteer taking on new roles

  • Rahel Schneeberger-Brown: for planting an edible garden at George Brown and spearheading activation of the north end during the Polish Festival, with the addition of a DJ stage, sponsored and operated by George Brown and friends
  • Alexis Victor: for her multiple roles including sponsorship, graphics, the Art Zone, and the Art Gallery at Back Lanes Studio 

Roncesvalles Abroad Award for volunteer efforts extending from Roncesvalles and beyond.

  • Emma Coulter: for her ever increasing commitments to the Dinner With Dignity program at the Roncesvalles United Church which serves 16,000 meals per year.

A big thank you from all who attended to our Members who contributed the exceptionally tasty food:

 
La Cubana
Pizzeria Defina
Alimentari
Barque Smokehouse and Butcher Bar
De la Mer
The Dizzy
The Ace
Mable’s Bakery and Specialty Foods
McAuslan Brewery

 

A delighted thank you from all our community volunteers to the businesses that contributed volunteer gifts:

A Good Read
Alimentari Italian Grocery
Another Story Bookshop
Barque Butcher Bar
Barque Smokehouse
Cookery
De La Mer
Drapes and More
Image Photography
Kennel Café
La Cubana
Lexco.Art
Moretti Hair
My Olive Roncesvalles
Pollocks Home Hardware
Pizzeria Defina 
Roncesvalles Apple Specialists
Roncesvalles Welcome Guardian Pharmacy
Scooter Girl
Snap Fitness
Stasis Preserves Deli & Pantry
Sweet Thrills
The Ace
The Dizzy Gastro Sports Pub
The Mercantile
The Revue Cinema
Willem & Jools 
Wine Rack Roncesvalles

And last, but not least, a very special heartfelt thank you to David Neinstein of Barque Smokehouse and Barque Butcher Bar who orchestrated this wonderful event, and for our Masters of Ceremonies:  Reverend Anne Hines of the Roncesvalles United Church and Brian Bertrand of the High Park Library who challenged our knowledge of the Village, kept us laughing, and helped make this evening one to remember.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering with the BIA, contact us at info@nullroncesvallesvillage.ca

Shop the Neighbourhood Challenge

Shop the Neighbourhood logoMost people from Roncesvalles Village love that we have so many great shops, services and awesome places to eat, drink and be merry. On Saturday, let’s show Canada our shop local spirit  as the Yellow Pages brings their Shop the Neighbourhood Challenge to Roncesvalles Avenue.

Official event times: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Event location: High Park Library Lawn, Corner of Wright Ave. and Roncy.

Share your love: When you spot something awesome along Roncesvalles, snap it and tag it #shoproncy and #shopthehood.

While you’re at it, you can pick up free promotional items such as shopping bags, balloons and scarves – but quantities are limited, so make sure you get out during the official event times.

Shop The Neighbourhood is a national Yellow Pages campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of local shopping and supporting small businesses in neighbourhoods across Canada.