|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!
On June 26 St. Joseph’s Health Centre unveiled the Our Lady of Mercy Wing, which is the culmination of years of fundraising, planning and work. This four-storey addition to St. Joe’s features an expanded family birthing centre, a floor dedicated to children’s health care, and 92 beds specifically for elder care.
As usual, Roncesvalles Village showed its support at this event. Special thanks to Alternative Grounds, Mabel’s, the Chocolateria, Gurts, Barque Smokehouse, Seventh Sister Bakery and Sweetpea’s for their support of this event. RVBIA Chair Tony Cauch, also a volunteer on the board of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, attended the event on behalf of the BIA. He is pictured below with his mother.
Photographs courtesy of Image Professional Photography.
Everyone’s getting in on the action during this year’s Euro Cup! Roncesvalles is festooned with the red and white of both the Polish and Canadian flags as Poland and Ukraine co-host the Euro Cup in 2012.
You can watch all the games in various places on Roncesvalles including:
Loons, 416 Roncesvalles Avenue
The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Avenue (especially for the Irish games)
Roncy’s Bean, 385 Roncesvalles Avenue
Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Avenue
The Dizzy, 305 Roncesvalles Avenue
Chopin Restaurant (for a really authentic Polish experience!) 165 Roncesvalles Avenue
Roncy was abuzz when Poland tied Russia this week, and we had reporters from CFRB, CBC and CityTV on the street. Poland’s next game is Saturday, June 16 at 2:00 against Czech Republic. Go Poland!
|May 6, 2012|
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This Sunday, May 6, at 11:00 a.m., join members of the Roncesvalles Village Historical Society, the Roncesvalles Village BIA and celebrated local author Andrew J. Borkowski, author of Copernicus Avenue, for a very special Jane’s Walk down Roncesvalles Avenue.
All are welcome.
A sure sign of spring in Roncesvalles Village is the annual Swieconka, a traditional blessing of Easter Food Baskets on Holy Saturday at St. Casimir’s Church.
This is one of the most long-standing and beloved traditions in Polish culture. At St. Casimir’s Church literally thousands of baskets are blessed every Holy Saturday as people come from all over the Greater Toronto Area to Roncesvalles Village.
All photographs courtesy Liz Szynkowski of Impact Photography.
The Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden group has launched a website to promote its proposal for a new peace garden at Roncesvalles and Dundas. The garden would green and beautify the triangular space at Dundas and Roncesvalles, and commemorate the area’s role in the War of 1812 and the resistance of local aboriginal warriors to the landing of the American fleet in Humber Bay. The website includes project information and updates, as well as a newsletter sign-up, donation form, and other resources.
The DRPG group is an organization of local residents, formed as a committee of the Roncesvalles-Macdonnel Residents’ Association, in partnership with the Roncesvalles Village BIA and the City of Toronto. Other community partners include the Roncesvalles Village Historical Society, Roncesvalles Renewed, and the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto.
|March 31, 2012|
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This is a terrific community effort that will be taking place at the High Park Baptist Church on Saturday March 31.
Community groups, local non-profit groups and more will be in attendance.
A kids’ fun room will be open from 11 until 4:30, with arts, face painting, and more.
Celebrate with great local musicians with a jam and rehearsal at noon, followed by a concert from 3:00 until 4:30.
This is a great way to connect with your neighbours and remember those who have moved on.
For more info visit the Facebook page or email .
|February 28, 2012|
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Please join the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association on Tuesday February 28th for a presentation and community discussion about the Dundas-Roncesvalles Peace Garden. This initiative aims to green and beautify the triangular space at Dundas and Roncesvalles, and to commemorate its role in the War of 1812 and the resistance of local aboriginal warriors to the landing of the American fleet in Humber Bay.
The BIA is very excited by this proposal. The beautification of this space was identified as a major streetscape priority under the BIA’s 2003 Streetscape Strategy, which considers this intersection be the northern gateway to Roncesvalles Village. The BIA is also excited at this opportunity to take part in the War of 1812 Bicentennial, which will take place over the next 2 1/2 years.
The Battle of York started just south of the foot of Roncesvalles, about where the Boulevard Club stands today. In 1813, Americans landed there and marched east. In preparation for the expected battle, Canadian/British engineers needed a road that connected Fort York to the west, near to the likely American landing point. As a result, plans showing a road running straight across what is now High Park had to be scrapped in favour of a road that could be built more quickly. In order to avoid all the creeks and marshes of the Humber/High Park system, the road took a sharp turn and then circled around the park. And that is why Dundas suddenly turns north at Roncesvalles. The entire layout of Toronto’s west end was determined by the expediencies of war.
Also, Canada would not have existed after the War of 1812 without the help of First Nations allies, whose local presence is remembered in street names such as Indian Road and Algonquin Avenue.
The Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden Group is a committee of the RMRA, in partnership with the Roncesvalles Village BIA and the City of Toronto. Other community partners include the Roncesvalles Village Historical Society, Roncesvalles Renewed, and the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto.
The meeting will be held on February 28 at 7 pm at Fern Avenue Public School, 128 Fern Avenue.
The merchants of Roncesvalles Village wish you all the best for the holidays and a safe and happy New Year!
Thank you for all your support this year. We look forward to seeing you in 2012!
On Monday November 7 Roncesvalles Village BIA Chair Tony Cauch hosted a brief tour of Roncesvalles Village by a group of Italian businessmen representing Confcommercio (an Italian association of small businesses involved in trade and commerce, services and tourism) and representatives of four Italian “Street Associations” (the Italian analogue of our BIAs.)
The delegates visited City Hall and several different BIAs in Toronto to learn about how the BIA model works in Toronto, and how BIAs interact with the City, neighbourhood partners, and how BIAs participate in City-building projects like Roncesvalles Renewed.