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RVBIA Summer Intern – Events, Marketing and Communications Assistant

We are looking for a summer intern to assist the Roncesvalles Village BIA with its Special Events, Marketing and Communications . The candidate must be a student at a College or University who will be resuming their studies in the fall. Preference will be given to students pursuing the fields of Marketing, Communications and or Special Events. This is a paid position at 30 hours per week for 14 or 15 weeks starting May 14, 2018. The application deadline is May 7, 2018 at noon.

Position Summary:

The Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Association (RVBIA) is looking to hire a summer intern to assist with tasks related to special events for the RVBIA. This includes sponsored events like our Mural Project, Roncy Rocks, Roncesvalles Polish Festival, and non-sponsored events like preparations for our Annual General Meeting and our Holiday Marketing Event. The intern will also be involved in supporting related marketing, media and member communications

With your help, the association will be able to extend its ability to communicate to the association’s business members, the community, its festival stakeholders, fans and would-be festival goers in support of two special events. You will help us build on the neighbourhood’s tradition of being an outstanding place to live, work, play and thrive. Each year, the RVBIA hosts the Roncesvalles Polish Festival that draws 300,000 to 400,000 visitors and Roncy Rocks a much smaller festival, which celebrates local music, arts, business and community spirit.


  • Assist the Event Coordinator with digital media including drafts posts for publication on BIA & related festival websites & social media, take photographs, and draft or publish Member email updates in regards to the festivals.
  • Alongside the Event Coordinator, assist with development of promotional and media materials re: event programming for seniors, children, youth and families, local musicians and artists which includes individuals from Indigenous and visible minority heritage. Candidate may communicate directly with the designer, collect files and distribute logos and other graphics needed.
  • Administrative tasks as needed: maintaining contact lists, responding to public inquiries about the festivals, such as programming, transit, accessibility to venues, washrooms, information, volunteerism and assistance, including health and safety concerns and responding to standard BIA-Member and vendor inquiries regarding the festival
  • Researches suppliers and is able to obtain competitive quotes.
  • Attend committee meetings related to event planning and project management, contribute ideas and suggestions
  • Support the Event Coordinator with vendor and artisan coordination including contracts and site plans
  • Assists in coordinating, orienting and managing volunteers involved in special events, surveys and other success measurement activities.


  • Pursuing post-secondary studies in Marketing, Event Management or Urban and Regional Planning
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks, self-motivate, use collaboration tools and problem solve
  • Ability to manage time and priorities
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills paired with online publishing and social media savvy
  • Design and photography skills and training is an asset

Structure & Compensation

This is a summer internship position at 30 hours per week for 14 or 15 weeks, starting on May 14, 2018.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to the RVBIA Manager at  In your cover letter, please state in your last paragraph, the mode of transportation you would generally use to get to Roncesvalles Avenue and Marion Street and the time it would take you to get there from your home during morning rush hour. The application deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018 by noon. Applications received after that time will not be considered. Short listed applicants will be interviewed on Wednesday, May 9th.  Start Date: May 14, 2018.

Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area (BIA)

Roncesvalles Village BIA (RVBIA) works with the City of Toronto to create a thriving and safe business area. It oversees streetscape improvements and special events to increase business, employment, shopping, tourism, volunteers and sustainable city living.

The RVBIA is an association of business owners along Roncesvalles Avenue, run by a volunteer Board of Management, one manager and a coordinator with the help of community and student volunteers. The RVBIA acts on the priorities and values of its business members to ensure a thriving main street to serve and delight the local community and visitors. We are looking for an enthusiastic student – passionate about special events and communications – to work with our team in the Roncesvalles Village neighbourhood and assist with our local festivals.

Working with a successful BIA can supply the chosen candidate with invaluable experience.  Through learning the day-to-day workings of a professional association and the culture of an effective workplace, the candidate will be well positioned for their professional future.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Start Date: Monday May 14, 2018

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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
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
De La Mer
Drapes and More
Image Photography
Kennel Café
La Cubana
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

Roncy Rocks Thanks You!

It’s official, summer is here, albeit a rainy one but it is here and we couldn’t be more excited!

On June 17th we kicked off the season with the eighth year of Roncy Rocks, our annual Arts and Music Festival that celebrates the vibrancy of our community. The day was a great success thanks to sponsors, partners, members, musicians, artists and the Roncesvalles community.  

The Kids and Family Entertainment Zones were bustling all day with families enjoying crafts, carnival style games and a wide variety of entertainment, including a skateboarding pot bellied pig named Petunia! 

The Art Zone and Library Lawn was stacked with talented artists showing and selling their work, the Fashion Show featured beautiful offerings from Roncesvalles boutiques. As always, the music was a highlight of the day. From The Jessica Stuart Few to Trapper, to Danny Michel to the young and talented Moscow Apartment the entertainment did not disappoint! 

Three weeks after the event we are still and will continue to be humbled by the community love and the smiles shared on June 17th. Thank you for making Roncy Rock!

We can’t wait for next year!