At the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Roncesvalles Village BIA, Tony Cauch announced his retirement from the position of Chair of the BIA.
Serving as the Chair of the BIA for some fourteen years, Tony lead the BIA through some of the most significant events of its history, including the founding of the Roncesvalles Polish Festival in 2005 and Roncy Rocks! in 2010, the expansion of the BIA to include all of Roncesvalles Avenue in 2007, and guided our organization through the unprecedented upheaval of construction from 2009 to 2012.
Tony will continue to serve on the board of the BIA as Chair Emeritus, joining Founding Chair John Wakulat and long-time Vice-Chair Andrew Chomentowski. The board of the Roncesvalles Village BIA looks forward to his continued guidance and wishes him the best for his future endeavours.
John Bowker, owner of She Said Boom!, was appointed Chair of the Roncesvalles Village BIA at the Annual General Meeting.
John has served on the board of the BIA for many years as Chair of the Beautification Committee and since 2012 as Vice-Chair. In this role he oversaw the creation of a number of murals on Roncesvalles Avenue, including the popular, cost-effective and innovative Top to Bottom Mural Project.
John also represented the Roncesvalles Village BIA in the community group Roncesvalles Renewed, which provided significant input to the City of Toronto in designing the new streetscape of Roncesvalles Avenue, including the dozens of new trees and the many planter beds that now beautify our street.
Throughout this process, John fostered strong relationships between the Roncesvalles Village BIA and numerous local community groups, including the Roncesvalles-MacDonell Residents’ Association, the Sunnyside Community Association and the High Park Residents’ Association, as well as dozens of community volunteers who gave of their time and expertise to the benefit of our neighbourhood’s high street, Roncesvalles Avenue.
John was also a driving force behind the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden, which is expected to be constructed in late 2014 and will be a significant gateway feature for the north end of Roncesvalles Avenue.
Len McAuley, owner of Pollocks Home Hardware, served as chair of the Business Continuity Committee through the construction, and as chair of the Properties and Maintenance Committee, has been appointed vice-chair of the board of directors of the Roncesvalles Village BIA.
|September 14, 2013 11:00 am||to||September 15, 2013 7:00 pm|
The eighth annual Roncesvalles Polish Festival, presented by Sobieski Vodka, makes its return to Roncesvalles Village on September 14 and 15. Join us for a terrific variety of entertainment, including traditional Polish song and dance ensembles, the best North American polka and disco polo bands, terrific local musicians, and our special musical guests direct from Poland, Brathanki!
Add to this kids’ entertainment, two midway areas, fantastic food from Poland and around the world, and you have the makings for an unforgettable weekend!
Learn more at www.polishfestival.ca. See you in September!
On June 15 Roncesvalles Village hosted the most successful edition of Roncy Rocks! to date. Beautiful weather, great music, inspiring art and great participation from members of the Roncesvalles Village BIA all made it a rockin’ good day of music and art in Roncesvalles Village!
Thank you to the staff and volunteers, musicians and artists, sponsors and media partners, and all participating members for making this a perfect day in our neighbourhood.
Special thanks to Liz Szynkowski, chair of the Roncy Rocks! committee, and our generous sponsors: Vicinity Rewards, 383 Sorauren, Roncesvalles Dental Centre, Barque, Chander Chaddah, Peggy Nash, Pollocks Home Hardware, In Home Kitchen and Bath Boutique, Sweetpea’s, SNAP Fitness and First National Homestead Realdom, as well as media partners CIUT and NOW Magazine.
|June 15, 2013|
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On Saturday June 15 Roncesvalles Village will come alive with local music and art. Great local bands including Oh Susanna, Big Rude Jake, and the Monkey Bunch will entertain, and dozens of local artists will display and sell their works, and local merchants will be on the street in an all day sidewalk sale.
Get ready for a rockin’ good day of music and art in Roncesvalles Village. Roncy Rocks! is presented by Vicinity Rewards.
For more info, please visit roncyrocks.com
|March 23, 2013|
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On Saturday March 23 the Roncesvalles Village BIA and RoncyWorks will be joined by the World Wildlife Fund to put on a great Earth Hour event in Roncesvalles Village.
The evening kicks off with two candlelight walks, one starting at the Revue Cinema, and the second starting at Grafton Parkette in Roncesvalles’ south end. Both walks assemble at 8:00 p.m.
We will be walking to the library, where we will be treated to an hour-long celebration of music and environmental awareness with performances by Liam Titcomb and others, free coffee and hot chocolate courtesy of Coffee And All That Jazz, and much more!
Join us, or join many diners in Roncesvalles Village as they once again “Do It In The Dark” by dining by candlelight in participating restaurants and cafés.
Join us at Smock Cafe at 287 Roncesvalles Avenue at 2:00 for a kids’ lantern-making session to prepare for the evening walk!
Thank you from the merchants of Roncesvalles Village for a great 2012!
We wish you the best that the season has to offer and a safe and happy new year!
At the second annual TABIA (Toronto Association of BIAs) Awards Night, on November 13, the Roncesvalles Village BIA received two awards.
Roncesvalles Village was nominated for a “Round of Applause” award by the Village of Islington BIA for its work with RoncyWorks, a community group dedicated to maintaining a clean and beautiful street. The Village of Islington BIA, in consultation with the Roncesvalles Village BIA and RoncyWorks, was inspired to institute a volunteer program of its own.
Michael Comstock was a long-time advocate for his neighbourhood of St. Lawrence Market and served as president of TABIA until April 2012. Michael passed away in September, and to honour his memory, TABIA established the Michael Comstock Community Builder Award.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the first recipient of the Michael Comstock Community Builder Award is our own Andrew Chomentowski, long-time chair of our Marketing and Promotions Committee and now Chair Emeritus of the Roncesvalles Village BIA.
While everyone was having a scary good time on Roncesvalles in the days leading up to Hallowe’en, the BIA again showed its support and appreciation for the Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade, a great Roncesvalles Village tradition, by having a local artist (Collin Szynkowski) carve a pumpkin for the parade.
|October 28, 2012|
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St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre is hosting the first annual Toronto West Hallowe’en Fest fundraiser on Sunday October 28. This family-friendly event includes a bouncy castle, live music, mascots and characters on the parade route. The party? Thriller flash mob dance, live music, photo booth, pumpkin decorating, kids food, fun and much more!
The Toronto West Halloween Fest supports great care close to home at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. This is where 500,000+ of our friends and neighbours turn when they need care just minutes away for their loved ones.
After signing in at St. Joe’s at 2:00, participants will go on parade through Roncesvalles Village, arriving at the Palais Royale at 4:00 for a party featuring Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra and hosted by CityTV’s Dina Pugliese.