Toronto Tuesday 03.09: Parkdale Festival

Parkdale’s summer community festival

This post is part of the weekly Toronto Tuesday series

Last Saturday, while the mercury remained high at around 34ΒΊC, my neighbourhood was busy hosting the “Parkdale Then and Now” festival. The celebration, sponsored primarily by the Parkdale village business improvement association, was full of fun stuff – live music, food, bazaar with tons of art and craft stalls, book sale and a couple of entertainment zone exclusively for kids (I wanted to play in the bouncy castle too…) πŸ™

↑ Music bands providing live entertainment. There were atleast three groups performing when I was walking around the area.
↑ Parkdale Bazaar, setup next to the Toronto Public Library, an intersection which was once the “town centre” of the old Parkdale village.

Community

↑ Groups such as the Community Development Group, Youth Initiative, Resident’s Association, Village Business Improvement Association, Food Bank, etc., and services facilitated by three large community centres and a public library operated by the City of Toronto provide several avenues for residents to engage and help each other.

This festival sprawled on Queen Street West between Dufferin and Roncesvalles avenues. I’ve lived in this area for over three years now and it has changed (gentrified) a lot. I hope in another five years this neighbourhood will have a bigger and busier festival, perhaps that would mean shutting down the street for a day.


↑ Clair Culliford, who runs the Parkdalenews.com website was spotted at his booth while juggling with three balls. Check out the website, join the mail list and become a facebook fan. Clair and I are known to bump into each other at random locations around the neighbourhood.

I love this aspect of Toronto’s summers. While Parkdale was celebrating, there were atleast three other areas in Toronto that were organising events. Does your neighbourhood host community festivals like this?