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Annual Spring Clean Up

On April 28th, join over 200,000 residents, students, businesses, organizations and communities as we clean Toronto together for the 16th annual spring cleanup!

The Roncesvalles Village BIA & RoncyWorks will be hosting the Roncesvalles Avenue Community Clean Up. We will be encouraging BIA members to clean in front of their businesses on the sidewalk and their back laneway. We will be inviting community members to assist us with the gardens and tree grates along Roncesvalles.

All items needed for the clean up will be provided by the City of Toronto and the Roncesvalles Village BIA.  We will have two groups meeting at 10:50AM; one meeting at Dundas and Roncesvalles Peace Garden, and the other meeting and Howard Johnson Inn. We will make our way up the street at 11:00AM and meet in the middle of Roncesvalles Avenue to end the clean around 1:00PM. Dress comfortably and for the weather!

 

Earth Hour 2019

Dim Your Lights During Earth Hour

This year, Earth Hour, the event that recognizes Climate Change and the need for climate action, is being taken indoors to venues along Roncesvalles and Queen Street and further into Ward 4.  You can find all the businesses and shops along Roncy that are participating on our Facebook page or by heading to Earth Hour Ward 4 website.

So, whether at home or joining in with others, we hope you will join us Saturday, March 30th from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m! Don’t forget to include #RoncyEarthHour in any photos or images you post (on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) during and after the event.

Request for Proposals

Website Re-Design and Development

The Roncesvalles Village BIA is seeking proposals for the re-design and development of our new website.

Responses are due no later than July 10 at 4 p.m.

Project Overview

Our website’s primary objective is to promote Roncesvalles Avenue — its commerce, events, amenities, community and culture — thereby sustaining our thriving main street, driving consumer traffic to our Members and stimulating employment and economic growth. We want to position our brand (our main street) as a must visit destination, and a great place to live and work.

This will be done by:

  • strengthening customer and community loyalty to our businesses
  • attracting new visitors
  • recruiting volunteers for our marketing and operational activities
  • capturing the stories and images that exemplify our culture, uniqueness and initiatives.

Project Timelines

  • RFP Sent: June 22, 2018
  • Questions due by June 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Proposals Due: July 10, 2018
  • Finalists Selected & Contacted : July 11, 2018
  • Shortlist interviews: July 13, 2018
  • Winner Selected & Contracted : July 16 , 2018
  • Project Kick-off : July 17, 2018
  • New Website Launch Target Date: November 16, 2018 to be confirmed with vendor

Thank you for your interest in responding to this RFP. We look forward to your response.

View the Request for Proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact Veronica Feihl at manager@nullroncesvallesvillage.ca no later than June 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

About us

The Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) exists to improve business conditions for its business members on Roncesvalles Avenue through street beautification, property maintenance, events and marketing, while spurring economic development and community building.

 

Meet Abby Bushby

RoncyWorks Green Team Profiles

To mark Garden Days 2018, the Roncesvalles Village BIA is showcasing the dedicated community members who maintain our sidewalk gardens and beautify our vibrant street.

Abby Bushby

Abby Bushby is the Chair the Friends of Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden organization and a volunteer gardener with Roncy Works. She maintains the Peace Garden located at the eastern corner of Roncy and Dundas.

The Peace Garden was constructed in 2016, “after a few years of research, advocacy, community collaborations, artistic planning, and drumming up of support.” This collaboration included a partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, who have designated the Peace Garden as a “place of heritage and continued interest through the Moccasin Identifier Project.

According to Abby, advocating for the Peace Garden was about beautification and commemoration. “Gardening at the Peace Garden grew out of a wish to green and beautify a sad and sterile intersection at Dundas and Roncy with an odd, concrete jut of land,” said Abby. “The Peace Garden celebrates the historical origins of this portion of Dundas Street, as both an Indigenous path, and as a military road for the Battle of York 1813.” In addition to the historical significance of the Peace Garden, Abby also appreciates “nurturing the native species of trees, grasses and floral plants, as well as the companionship of other Peace Garden and RoncyWorks gardeners.”

Sprouting Sacred Tobacco

One unique attribute of the Peace Garden is how it features indigenous sacred plants and art engravings, known as the Peace Path. “We continue to work with Indigenous partners to grow and illustrate traditional Indigenous agriculture. Last year it was a Three Sisters Mound of corn, beans, squash, as taught to us by growers at Six Nations of the Grand River. This year we are growing sacred tobacco from seeds gifted by a woman from Sheguiandah First Nation, and planted by Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.”

Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden

Maintaining the Peace Garden and its public square is raft of challenges, due in large part to its location and popularity. “Maintenance of the Garden presents some challenge. Maria Kolos and I sweep up butts and pull coffee cups out of the plant beds. We clear furniture and advertisement clutter from the displayed community arts projects.” However, receiving compliments on the Peace Garden and explaining its purpose to visitors makes all of the maintenance worth it. “More rewarding though, every time we garden, one or more passersby stop to say ‘thanks’, and to chat about the purposes of the Peace Garden, which enriches us all.  In every conversation we learn a little, and impart a little more appreciation of public, streetside garden for a greener community.”

Learn more about the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden here.