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Gallery City on Eglinton Ave Summer 2017

Gallery City Art Crawl and Contest

The York Eglinton BIA is proud to announce that we have 14 art stops in the Gallery City Art Crawl!

The outdoor gallery

This summer Eglinton Avenue is transforming into an urban art gallery from Weston Road in the west, to Laird Drive in the east following the route of the new Metrolinx LRT stations. Showcasing art from 12 local artists, ‘Gallery City’ will run from July 3, to August 25, 2017. Participants are invited to come out, enjoy the many unique and vibrant Eglinton business communities along the corridor, and enter to win one of the more than 40 paintings on display.

Quentin VerCetty – Tshimwana Mask

Loving it local

Gallery City is a joint initiative of Metrolinx, Crosslinx Transit Solutions – Constructors (CTSC), the seven Eglinton Business Improvement Areas, and Eglinton businesses along the future LRT route from Mount Dennis Station to Laird. To secure the art for the initiative, Gallery City has partnered with all the local non-profit arts organizations along Eglinton Avenue, including Urban Arts, NIA Centre for the Arts, Art Starts and the Artbarn School.

Come visit our locations and enter the contest to win art by

Camille Lauren

Bonnie Pullan

Shirley Mpagi

Quentin VerCetty

Spend the afternoon exploring our neighbourhood and taste something new. Grab some take-aways and chill under a tree at a local park.

Where it all began

The original Gallery City concept was conceived in partnership between the York-Eglinton BIA and Hogtown Mascots, under the artistic direction of John Kernaghan, in 2013. It ran for approximately three months in the Oakwood and Eglinton community.

This year, Gallery City brings together local businesses, property owners and local artists from across Eglinton. The six designated art crawls will re-create Eglinton as a destination for Torontonians and tourists and invite new foot traffic along the corridor.

Summer in the City

“Summer is the perfect time to celebrate our city, and art, the streets and the neighbourhoods that make Toronto such a great place to be”.   (Aadila Valiallah, York Eglinton BIA Coordintor)

Eglinton Avenue is a main throughfare in the City of Toronto. We want people to come out and get reacquainted with the many historically rich and diverse neighbourhoods along Eglinton this summer.

For more information on Gallery City and an interactive map of the art displays, visit


The Feast is On: Happy Eid!

To all those who fasted, celebrated, or acknowledged Ramadan, please have a Blessed and Happy Eid this weekend as the feast begins on Sunday.

Eid marks the end of Ramadan which is a month of daily fasting from dawn until dusk and a month of giving charity.

It’s all about the food this Sunday

Muslim around the world and in Toronto will celebrate Eid this Sunday with a feast.  The food at various celebrations across will vary greatly representing the vast cultural mix of people who are Muslim.  Culinary delights rooted in tastes found across Asia, Africa, and Europe (areas such as the Mediterranean, and the Balkans) will grace the tables of homes, mosques and community centers beginning early Sunday morning. Modern mixes of juices and smoothies will be upstaged by traditional milks boiled with almonds and raisins and saffron, drinks with rose water and apricot nectar, seeds and herbs, mint and basil will be shared among friends and family. Meets and savories with varying degrees and mixes of spices will sampled and taken across to neighbours and and friends along with baked goods and desserts.

There is nothing like food to bring people together. Combined with the collective hardship of fasting there is also a unity in the celebration that begs to be shared.

The kid next door

Muslims apparently make up over 7% of the 6.4 million people in the Greater Toronto Area (link).  Like any other group of people categorized by “religion”, Muslims are a pretty diverse bunch.  For those who have been following CNN’s United Shades of America, you may have caught on to the fact that, as with many other ‘religious groups’, identity and group affiliation is as much cultural as it is based on belief.

This year the City of Toronto hosted a ‘Fast in the 6’ event at Nathan Phillips Square on June  9th to celebrate the themes of diversity, unity and prosperity,    Torontonians of all sorts gathered for a shared experience of breaking fast at sunset and fundraising for the Daily Bread Food Bank. It was an evening of arts, entertainment and, at sunset, food, hosted by G98’s Mark Strong.

While great things happen all over the City, it necessary to boast (in our blog) that our little corner of the world at Eglinton and Oakwood / Dufferin has always been a place of diversity welcoming new people and traditions and histories evolving together.  The Muslim population of our neighbourhood is not evident, however, there are two mosques within a 10 minute walk of our main corners and you can find Halal restaurants if you care to look.  If you stop for a while and chat on the street you will find more people, Muslim or not with Eid stories to share than you would have expected.

Eid Mubarak!

And as always, we invite you to visit.

Three Parks Near You to Take Advantage of This Summer

by Isabela Muñoz

Summer is just right around the corner, and you know that means. The sun is out, the air is warm, and just about everyone is happier. There is no better way to spend these happy days of your lives than at a park near you. Whether that means going for a stroll, having a picnic, or just soaking in the sun that summer has to offer, a park is the place to be. Especially one where you can benefit from its proximity! Here is a list of parks near the York Eglinton BIA which make for a great way to spend an afternoon in the neighborhood.

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Walter Saunders Memorial Park

This park may be small, but don’t let that discourage you.  Walter Saunders Memorial Park has a lot to offer to people of all ages. As a small park, it surprisingly has plenty of green space, so make sure to bring a blanket and snacks for a picnic.. The splash pads in the park are a big hit for the kids and perhaps even for the adults who can’t handle the Toronto heat. The park also has a basketball court for those looking to practice and stay active.

The most intriguing aspect of Walter Saunders is probably the historical 9 km trail that passes through the park, also known as the York Beltline Trail. The trail runs from Bowie Avenue all the way to Bayview Avenue. It follows an abandoned railway which goes back 125 years ago. The railway was constructed in 1892 as a commuter railway line to promote growth in new suburban neighbourhoods north of what was then the city. Now, the railway has mostly been buried by the trail but you still get a real sense of its presence and it is interesting sight to see.

Many people walk and run along the trail but for some real exploration, if you get to know this trail by bike you can explore its nature landscapes such as the Moore Park ravine, one of Toronto’s best.

If you’re looking for a craft to pursue while in the park, Arts in the Park and the Steps Initiative are hosting a series called Woven, celebrating our rich textile history. Join them for their 2017 summer programming on June 24, July 29 and August 26 for some weaving and pom pom making!

Cedarvale Park

The next park on the list is Cedarvale Park. This park may be more known to the public since it is much bigger than the park above. The park is located between the subway stations Eglinton West and St. Clair West making it very accessible to those who use the TTC. It is bordered by steep hills, perfect for snowy winters or even some adventurous summers; yes, I’m talking about rolling down the green hills!

This park is a hub for outdoor activity. It has four tennis courts, two sport fields, and a baseball diamond. There is also and outdoor exercise area near the south side of the park equipped with pull-up bars, dip bars, and other fitness equipment to help you stay in shape.

For those who are dog owners, there is a permanent off-leash area within the park. Whether you’ve got a small or big dog, your canine companion will be thrilled with the size of the dog run and convenient water station.. If you don’t mind keeping your dog on-leash, bring it to its new happy place, Cedarvale Ravine. This ravine is another perfect temporary urban escape to nature.

Fairbank Memorial Park

This well-kept park is located on Dufferin Street just south of Eglinton Ave West. It’s got plenty of green space, hills and a great amount of facilities to take advantage of on a sunny summer day in Toronto. These facilities include a baseball diamond, five bocce courts, a basketball court, and lastly but definitely not least, an outdoor pool, perfect for those hotter-than-you-want-it-to-be days that are coming soon.

On site is the Fairbank Memorial Recreation Centre. Just like the park itself, this community centre has a lot to offer to its visitors. Their facilities range from a crafts room to a fitness room and everything in between.

People who visit Fairbank Memorial Park can spend their whole day there. With so much to do and so many facilities, you’ll never get bored.


There is no reason to choose which park to visit.  The hot weather is just beginning and there is plenty of time to explore all three!

Come visit us while you’re in the neighbourhood.