|March 23, 2013|
|8:00 pm||to||9:30 pm|
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|
|2:00 pm||to||6:00 pm|
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.
The Roncesvalles Village BIA has long enjoyed good relations with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto. Not only is the Consulate General the official patron of the Roncesvalles Polish Festival, it has partnered with the BIA in bringing great content to the Festival, and supporting many other initiatives in the Polish community, such as the Ekran Polish Film Festival, held every fall at the Revue Cinema.
After years of service to both Poland and Canada in his role of Consul General, Mr. Marek Ciesielczuk has been reassigned and is expected to return to Poland. At a ceremony on June 29 at the Consulate, Andrew Chomentowski (Chair Emeritus, RVBIA) presented Mr. Ciesielczuk with a letter of gratitude from the BIA as well as a Roncesvalles-themed gift basket.
Mr. Grzegorz Jopkiewicz has been elevated to Acting Consul General.
Special thanks to the businesses who contributed to the gift basket for the Consul General, including: SOHO Framing and Art, Ecotique, Another Story Bookshop, Stasis Local Preserves, The Chocolateria, and the Mercantile.
Mr. Marek Ciesielczuk is featured in the first photo. In the second, at far left: Consul Grzegorz Jopkiewicz, at far right, His Excellency Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Canada.
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.
Thank you to all that have attended Roncy Rocks! A huge thanks to everyone who made it a rockin’ good day on Roncesvalles: our merchants, artists, musicians, entertainers, staff, volunteers, and, of course, our sponsors:
Absolute Tent and Event Rentals, Howard Park Residences, Chander Chaddah, Sweetpea’s, Pollocks Home Hardware, Barque Smokehouse, Roncesvalles Dental Office, Roncy’s Bean, Mike Tech, Phila Optical, RL Sound, The Chocolateria, Revue Cinema, Art Gallery of Ontario, First National Real Estate, SOHO Art and Framing, Thai Chef Cuisine, Sweet Thrills, Envoy and High Park Wallpaper and Paints.
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!