Category: Events

Celebrate Winter 2016

Did You See Us?

Music, happiness, dance and most of all friendly neighbours made the scene this past Saturday during our “Celebrate Winter 2016” event.

The York-Eglinton BIA brought some holiday spirit to our community through its “Celebrate Winter 2916” event. The afternoon consisted of 3 musical stations along Eglinton Avenue West between Marlee Avenue and Dufferin Street.

The first station was outside of Toronto Latino. A local hub for latin products, food and services. Here you had non-stop Christmas Carols in various languages for everyone’s enjoyment!

Walking down a little bit east was our second station. Just outside of Maria A. Shchuka Public Library. The Fairbank Village Artist Circle Choir directed by Isabel, a local community face painter. Isabel led a community choir of  Christmas carols and encouraging people to sing along. Many people captured by the atmosphere decided to join and enjoy the snowy afternoon,  including members of Toronto Police 13 Division.

A Latin guitarist joined the choir along with our own business members from Azure & Company Inc. A multitasking company that offers a variety of services ( The ladies from Azure delighted us with a repertoire of Filipino Christmas Carols.



Further east, you would20161217_142826 have found Snooky Tynes and his band. The band was located just outside of City Super Deals, our neighbourhood dollar store. They delighted us with fun music that made us move our bodies and warm up in the cold afternoon.
During the “Celebrate Winter 2016” event there were table games to enjoy. Free vouchers for local restaurants were handed out together with informative flyers. With the voucher, you could get a free “hot beverage/soup” at participating locations. We are happy to say that 100 vouchers were given to people passing by.




Finally, at the end of the day, we received an amazing surprise in our office. Kente Klaus came to wish us and some of our businesses Happy Holidays!



Thank you to all our supporters and drivers that accompanied our ‘Celebrate Winter 2016″ and special thanks to all businesses involved in the different Activities:


Yarnsomaniacs Cafe 1568 Eglinton Ave W
Ming City Restaurant 1662 Eglinton Ave W
Budapest Restaurant 1708 Eglinton Ave W
RL Carenderia 1481 Eglinton Ave W
McDonalds Restaurant 1807 Eglinton Ave W
The Entertainment Kitchen 1561 Eglinton Ave W
Mainsha 1559 Eglinton Ave W
Maria A. Shchuka Library  1745 Eglinton Ave W
City Super Deals  1634 Eglinton Ave W

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Reggae Lane Mural Unveiling!


Come see the new York-Eglinton BIA Mural in Reggae Lane. Replacing an older mural visible from Oakwood, the new mural tells the story of a culturally rich and vibrant community, and is part of the laneway revitalization initiative spearheaded by the Laneway Project with support from Josh Colle’s office.

The Reggae Lane mural is one step in transforming Reggae Lane into an inviting and secure place for our community.  Please join us on July 16, 2016 2pm-6pm for the Mural Unveiling and an afternoon of activities, food and music as part of the Laneway Crawl Series hosted by the Laneway Project.

The event will feature activities such as drumming workshops, dub poetry, and will induct local musical icon Nana McLean into the Reggae Hall of Fame. The afternoon will include live performances from local reggae legends such as Carl Henry, Otis Gayle and Jay Douglas who will perform his original song “Reggae Lane”.

A big thank you to City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program, which has generously funded this mural.

ReggaeLane Crawl



What: Reggae Lane Crawl and the unveiling of the second mural

When: Saturday July 16 th ( 2:00pm – 6:00 pm)

Where: Reggae Lane from Oakwood Ave to the Green P lot at 1529 Eglinton West





RL paint poster



Things to do:

2 pm: Pop up art project, drumming workshops

3 pm: Mural unveiling, dub poetry and light snacks

4-6 pm: Live music by Otis Gayle, Carl Henry, Carole Reid, Everton Pablo Paul, Bernie Pitters, Jay Douglas, and honour Reggae Hall of Fame recipient Nana McLean



The Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk is passing through our neighborhood!

Did you know?

Jane’s Walk was named after urban activist and writer, Jane Jacobs. Born in 1916, her work focused on community-based approaches to city building.  She lived in Toronto for the second half of her life and is most well known here for her opposition to the Allen Rd and Spadina extension project. She viewed cities as ecosystems, with interdependencies nestled into their survival. She dedicated her life to influence the ways in which urban planning evolved in the context of studies, statistics and urban revitalization.  Her greatest contribution has been introducing sociology concepts such as “eyes o20150502_144812n the street” and “social capital” to our urban planning approaches.

The first Jane’s Walk took place in 2007 and has since occurred in cities across North America and around the world.

The Jane’s Walk consists of a series of free walking tours through different urban neighborhoods. Jane’s Walk encourages people to get out of their houses, get to know their neighborhoods and their city’s architecture, history and heritage.  It also aims to give people a reason to meet others that live around their area and to discover new places that otherwise would not be known. The tours are led by local community lead
er which allows a more personal take on the local culture, the social history and the planning issues faced   by the residents.

We invite you to join this year’s walk on May 7th, 2016, 2pm starting at Maria Shchuka Library.

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