Monday, August 31, 2009

...see the green - say goodbye

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St Clair Ave West. Is about to lose the large green verge along side the north side of Home Depot. This green area is a pleasant addition to the avenue that will be missed. Placed there at the time of the stock yards conversion to big box retail now the poles have been cut and new poles moved back towards the Home Depot store.

A look at the new planned streetscape drawing indicates there will be no large volume of grass area.

The loss of the green space can be used to highlight a the rapid and massive changes taking place one again the north Junction area   àASIDE: is their a name the local community puts to the area around St Clair Ave West and Weston rd, if anyone knows would they please let the blog know.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

McBride building site open house Sept 16th 2009

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Photo credit - x3nomik Site


A meeting with Gord Perks and a  city planner at Indian Road Public School on 9/16/2009 @ 7.00.



A COMMUNITY MEETING TO

DISCUSS

the Proposed Car Wash @

2803 Dundas Street West

(at the old McBride site)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

7 - 9 pm

Indian Road Crescent Public School

285 Indian Road Crescent (at Humberside)

Should you have any questions, please contact Meri Newton at 416-338-5178, by email at

mnewton@toronto.ca

HOSTED BY

THE WEST BEND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

E-mail: info@thewestbend.ca Website: www.thewestbend.com

Come out and

• Hear from the developer and the architect

• Talk with City Planner Chris Dunn about this

proposal

• Share your thoughts on this development.

...post submitted by Jay and Martin L

A COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS the Proposed Car Wash

2803 Dundas Street West (at the old McBride site)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009   7 - 9 pm

WHERE                                                                   Mr Perks, Poster Link

Indian Road Crescent Public School 285 Indian Road Crescent (at Humberside)

Should you have any questions, please contact Meri Newton at 416-338-5178, by email at mnewton@toronto.ca

HOSTED BY THE WEST BEND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

E-mail: info@thewestbend.ca Website: www.thewestbend.com

Come out and • Hear from the developer and the architect • Talk with City Planner Chris Dunn about this proposal

• Share your thoughts on this development.

post submitted by Jay and Martin L

Friday, August 28, 2009

Between Roncesvalles and Landsdowne, a neighbourhood in search of a name

National  post article on the Fuzzy Boundaries group

...area west of the Junction, from Davenport Street to Bloor Street and between Dundas Street and Lansdowne Avenue, has somehow remained nameless [link]

and a link to their upcoming meeting

Mimicofest Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 3pm to 8pm

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Theatre of Change will present its second annual presentation of Mimicofest, a community event showcasing local artists. Conceived by Artistic Director, Arturo Fresolone, Mimicofest not only offers food for the soul like, musical bands, dance troupes, theatre and children’s activities, but also a farmers market. Food and refreshments will also be available to take care of the body . Admission to the event is free and all are welcome. Please find attached a poster for the event and a press release for the event.



The event takes places this Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 3pm to 8pm at Amos Waites Park at the foot of Mimico Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd. W.

If you could please post this information online, that would be great!



For additional information, please contact Theatre of Change at: 416-503-4129 ortheatreofchange@hotmail.com.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Junction BIA input on the High Park Ave and Dundas St West traffic lights

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We asked the Local  BIA about their opinion on the new lights , they have provided their view which details  an astute view of the intersection that was missed in the original post - that of safety.

their comments...unedited

Safety First!


I am so very glad to see that stop lights are going up at the very
dangerous intesection of Dundas Street West and High Park Ave. It is a
horrific sound and sad event when I hear from my office the sound of
metal crashing together and then rushing to see if my assistance is
needed. Anyone who has driven north on High Park and turned west onto
Dundas St.knows that it is often very difficult to see oncoming
traffic and this seems to be when most accidents occur. Too many
accidents have happened and the lights will certainly make this a much
safer intersection for cars, pedestrians and of course dogs being
taken on walks! A safe Junction is a great Junction.





Anna-Louise Richardson
Executive Director
The Junction BIA

Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale August 28 - 30, 2009

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Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale
August 28 - 30, 2009

Friday from 6 p.m. Opening Reception

Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Show & Sale | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Art Soirée;
free admission
Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Show & Sale Continue; free admission
@ Sunnyside Pavilion
1755 Lake Shore Blvd., Toronto
The inaugural Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale is a three-day
fine art event that takes place in the historic Sunnyside Pavilion on
Toronto*s waterfront from August 28-30, 2009. It provides a showcase
for approximately 70 dynamic emerging and established artists, and
features painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fashion, and
jewelry, alongside live music and art performances. So, join us! Meet
the artists, support their practice, and purchase high-quality juried
works, all at the spectacular Sunnyside Pavilion. Free admission. Rain
or shine.

Opening Reception
Don*t miss our Opening Reception which kicks off the event on Friday,
August 28, from 6 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, and include:
- A preview of the artworks and selection of award winners: First Place
Award for Outstanding Artist and Second Place Spotlight Award,
generously sponsored by South Beach Condos + Lofts, as well as the
Grazyna and Martin Kabat Award.
- The prize winners selection jury includes: David Angelo * Art
Collector, Member of the Advisory Board for the Museum of Contemporary
Canadian Art in Toronto, Betty Chee - Art Collector, Architect, Kelly
McCray - Artist, Art Collector, Curator for Edward Day Gallery, Krystyna
Mularczyk - Artist, Community Liaison, and Camilla Singh - Artist,
Independent Art Curator
- A live music performance by jazz singer Mars Horodyski
- Enjoy a martini bar, delicious drinks, fabulous hors d*oeuvres, and
fantastic conversation in the stunning grounds of the Sunnyside
Pavilion.

Please RSVP by August 26 2009
Monies collected will go towards supporting the Art Show.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please get in touch with
us.
EMAIL
sunnysideartshow@gmail.com
PHONE
416.622.7077
416.522.4291
WEB
www.artinitiatives.ca

500 and 530 Keele St ramps and raised roadbed to be resurfaced

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The ramps (at rear, not visible from Keele St) and raised roadways are to be resurfaced this year according to the site staff of the industrial unit rental site.

This is a much welcomed contribution to the upkeep of the only "modern" built industrial building in the Junction. The building was planned and  built by the CPR Railroad to bridge the gap between rail and road haulage. It  was perfectly maintained during their ownership. In the past few years maintenance levels have declined. This may have to do with the new owners having to run the property at a much lower rental rate than the rail road.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fuzzy Boundaries discussion about neighbourhood identities



















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This image features the many faces of our community past and present.
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While those in the pictures may know each other by name, many aren't sure what to call the neighbourhood.

A residents' group called Fuzzy Boundaries has initiated a naming process for the area. You are invited to our second lively discussion about neighbourhood identities on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church (110 Franklin Avenue). Urban affairs specialist, CBC broadcaster and National Director of the annual Jane Jacobs Walk, Jane Farrow will discuss the naming experience of the West Queen West community group Active 18. Fuzzy Boundaries member Chris Kwaczek will also speak about neighbourhood demographics.

A Q & A will follow. All are welcome to attend this free event.

For details call Kevin at 416-537-1128 or visit fuzzyboundaries.ca where discussions about our great neighbourhood take place online.

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Colour photo by Vic Gedris, black & white photo City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Subseries 52, Item 665


Many thanks to our generous sponsors - realtors who are investing in the community where they work:
Chander Chaddah, Joseph (Joe) Russo and Grace Soares, Anita Merlo

Fenwick Automotive Product a big part of their site is for lease

Aug 16th 2009 002In 2008 top employers of Toronto  Fenco Products was listed in the group of 1,000-2,499 people employed business at their plant located at 1100 Caledonia Rd. deeper classification identified them as  a Mfr-mtr vehicle parts 3363 All Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing.

Now much of their manufacturing plant sits empty awaiting a renter. It appears the company still has a head office at this location and manufacturing plants elsewhere.

Hoipefully this large industrial tract will remain industrial.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sweet Celebrations

One of the few things that the Junction is missing is a really decadent bakeshop. 

Just a short jaunt west on Dundas past the Humber River @ 4158 Dundas, is a new cupcake shop called Swirls.  The original location is in Streetsville and they hope to be open their Dundas location very soon, the opening has been delayed due to the recent City strike and their permits were delayed.  Their Grand Opening is scheduled for September 12th.  http://www.swirlscupcakes.ca/index.php

Apparently the owner of Swirls looked at the Junction for a location but found better rent a little West.  A wise thing that the owners did was have two retailers combine in the the same space, the cupcake business is beautifully complemented by a coffee shop.  They also have lots of parking at the back of their store.  cupcake 001           cupcake 002

High Park Ave and Dundas St West traffic lights ribbon cutting ceremony

The lights at the intersection of High Park Ave and Dundas St West are going in right now to the joy of many, to cerebrate the community building benefits these lights will bring to the Junction, a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned at the completion of the installation of the traffic control lights.

Improved walk ability, easier back and forth flow when moving across Dundas St West., easier left hand turns, much easier for families push strollers around, are all great benefits of this installation.

Having a ribbon cutting ceremony will give the community a chance to let the city staff, local councillor, planning department, and the police department all know we want the Junction to a high priority and let  them know we appreciate there efforts.

The ceremony will receive official City of Toronto ribbon for this event.

Right now we getting in touch with the transportation and planning departments as the construction company doing the work to find out the completion date for the lights so we can post a date.

Bea Mozdzanowski of the councillors office will help pin down the completion date of the installation, she also helped get the ribbon.

If you have any ideas about the ceremony or want to help please email the blog at thejunctioneer@gmail.com.The lights at the intersection of High Park Ave and Dundas St West are going in right now to the joy of many, to cerebrate the community building benefits these lights will bring to the Junction, a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned at the completion of the installation of the traffic control lights.

Improved walk ability, easier back and forth flow when moving across Dundas St West., easier left hand turns, much easier for families push strollers around, are all great benefits of this installation.

Having a ribbon cutting ceremony will give the community a chance to let the city staff, local councillor, planning department, and the police department all know we want the Junction to a high priority and let  them know we appreciate there efforts.

The ceremony will receive official City of Toronto ribbon for this event.

Right now we getting in touch with the transportation and planning departments as the construction company doing the work to find out the completion date for the lights so we can post a date.

Bea Mozdzanowski of the councillors office will help pin down the completion date of the installation, she also helped get the ribbon.



The lights at the intersection of High Park Ave and Dundas St West are going in right now to the joy of many, to celebrate the community building benefits these lights will bring to the Junction, a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned at the completion of the installation of the traffic control lights.

Improved walk ability, easier back and forth flow when moving across Dundas St West., easier left hand turns, much easier for families push strollers around, are all great benefits of this installation.

Having a ribbon cutting ceremony will give the community a chance to let the city staff, local councillor, planning department, and the police department all know we want the Junction to a high priority and let  them know we appreciate their efforts.

The ceremony will receive official City of Toronto ribbon for this event.

Right now we getting in touch with the transportation and planning departments and the construction company doing the work to find out the completion date for the lights so we can post a date.

Bea Mozdzanowski of the councillors office will help pin down the completion date of the installation, she also helped get the ribbon.

If you have any ideas about the ceremony or want to help please email the blog at thejunctioneer@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Gerard Kennedy Seeks Director of Community Outreach

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The office of MP Gerard Kennedy has posted this call for a Director of Community Outreach:

Position Title: Director of Community Outreach
Location: Toronto

Function: Political/Community/Administrative

New/Replacement: New

GENERAL

Reporting to Gerard Kennedy, MP, the Director of Community Outreach is responsible for engaging Parkdale-High Park community organizations and the public-at-large by acting as a liaison, organizing meetings, events and advocacy campaigns, and creating a variety of different types of communications.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Work with groups (local, business, resident/tenants, ethnic, religious, service, arts, issue oriented, etc.) in the community on federal issues; supervise and support a diverse volunteer team to: organize meetings, special events, and campaigns on specific issues; manage correspondence and appointments in the community; represent the MP at community functions that he cannot attend; create content for newsletters, websites and bulletins; achieve publicity in local and regional media.

SKILLS REQUIRED

Friday, August 21, 2009

High Park and Dundas St West traffic lights going in now



...has started today in earnest with Beacon contracting on site cutting the concrete for installation of the poles and the laying of the wire.  YEA this is going to be great - you will be able to cross at High Park and Dundas St West with safety and ease.

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BACKGROUND information from city staff reports
At the request of Councillor Bill Saundercook, Ward 13, Parkdale–High Park, on behalf of area residents, Transportation Services staff investigated the feasibility of installing traffic control signals at this intersection.
...city staff COMMENTS
Dundas Street West is classified as a major arterial roadway with a speed limit of
50 km/h. High Park Avenue is a local roadway operating northbound and southbound with a speed limit of 40 km/h. The TTC operates transit service on both Dundas Street West and High Park Avenue.

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COMMUNITY MEETING - THE NEW 11 DIVISION

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

COMMUNITY MEETING - THE NEW 11 DIVISION
On Tuesday the 25th of August 2009, a community meeting will be held at
the Davenport – Perth Neighbourhood Centre.  This centre is located at
1900 Davenport Road.  The meeting will take place from 7:00PM –
8:30PM in Perth Hall at the centre.  The purpose of this meeting is to
present the draft designs for our new police station to the community,
and to answer any questions that may arise.  Present at this meeting will
be representatives from the Toronto Police Service, Stantec Architecture
Ltd, the design committee and the advisory committee.

This project is on schedule and actual on site work will begin in the
near future.
Our anticipated occupancy of the completed building is in November 2011.

Source: 11 Division Community Bulletin, August 2009
http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/d11/20090817-d11_community_bulletin.pdf

last nights storms bring tree and tree branches down in the Junction

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The storm last night bought a tree down onto a house in the Junction causing some damage to a second floor deck. When the insurance agent arrived he said this is the 5 place he had visited this morning in the west end of the city.

Another tree across the street lost a large branch also.

Many streets in the Junction have large branches or sections fall off during big storms in the past few years, it seems just about very big storm causes some of this.  Could this show a need for more preventive tree maintenance?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Soil Day With John Slack - At Downsview Park Wednesday September 16th at 5pm


Soil Day With John Slack - At Downsview Park


Wednesday September 16th at 5pm


FoodCycles is a non-profit city farm, based in the Downsview Park. It raises worms, produces nutritious, vibrant soil and grows food.



The theme of this presentation will be:

"How and why to nourish your soil".

Learn how to keep your soil healthy and productive. This presentation is especially important for organic gardeners. It will include a soil test demonstration for the fertility of the soil .

There will be an open discussion of gardening techniques and you will be able to ask John your gardening questions, and concerns.

Location: 70 Canuck Ave. Toronto Map Date: Wednesday September 16th

Time:'from 5:00 - 6:30pm
We are planning a potluck and invite you to bring bring your favorite dish for your family or to share.

..Please bring bio-degradable, or re-usable plate and cup and cutlery

This lecture and demonstration is free but participants should register.

For more information, and to register, please contact Susan at perth-dupontcg@frogstar.com

about Jack slack

excerpt from

By Rob Wallbridge - Special to The AgriNews

If John Slack had his way, farmers, especially organic farmers, would spend a lot less time worrying about the amount of soluble nutrients in their topsoil. The former mining prospector and current head of the Northern Organic Research and Development Co. (NORDC) spoke at the recent Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario symposium in Dixon's Corners. According to Slack, the topsoil and its soluble nutrients are only a small, and even relatively unimportant, part of a much larger picture of what's happening in the planet's most complex system - the soil.

While he acknowledges the usefulness some soil test measures -- cation exchange capacity and organic matter in particular - John Slack calls for a much more holistic approach to soil management. In particular, he wants us to pay attention to the geology and the microbiology of our soils.[link to complete article at agrinewsinteractive]

Junction Arts Festival banners up today

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The Junction BIA went all out and rushed though the banners for the Arts Festival to get them up on the street poles.

Just so everyone knows the Junction BIA office is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Symes Rd separation wall flowers

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Symes Rd is now closed to traffic about at its mid point, this was accomplished by installing a wall across the  roadway at the intersection of the industrial point of the road and the residental area.

The constructed wall has left with an opening between the two distinct sections of the roadway. Now residents have placed flowers pots at this opening. just wonderful, exhibiting a great community contribution.

for further images see the related posts below.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

2141-2137 Bloor Properties Retail life in Bloor West Village

As retail in the junction is such a concern the blog thought it would posit what life is like in Bloor west Village retail leasing space. One of the most interesting items about this property owners retail offering is it's just being out of the BIA area - meaning lower rents.

Unique Retail Spaces of approximately 800 sq. ft, 2200 sq. ft,plus. All the benefits of Bloor West Village without Business Improvement Area surtaxes. Located next door to an associate branch office of Manulife Securities, a national financial services business. Suitable for many retail uses, including service businesses and destination locations. Located in one of the most successful and sought after retail locations in the Greater Toronto Area. Located on Bloor Street West, close to Runnymede Road. The Retail has high vehicular and excellent pedestrian traffic with ample area parking that includes rush hour street parking. Starbucks and other National Retailers such as Tabi International, Trade Secrets, No Frills and many more close by is a major plus. Copy and paste web address www.2141-2137bloor.com into browser for more information and photos. 5 Year NET Lease. Brokers protected.

2141-2137 Bloor Properties

Mom to Mom sale Sept 19 9:30am in the junction

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source junction parents blog

Toronto's Medical Officer of Health objects to Metrolinx’s proposed diesel rail expansion in Georgetown South Corridor

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The Medical Officer of Health has posted a Letter of Objection regarding the diesel train expansion.

The letter written to the The Honourable John Gerretsen Minister of the Environment  supports a transit expansion based on electrification, and  requests that, as Minister of the Environment, you permit the project to proceed only under the following conditions:

1. That new train services and service expansions proceed only as electrified services;

2. That Metrolinx be required to conduct ambient air quality monitoring prior to

implementation of new train services or service expansions, in order to establish an air

quality baseline and concentration gradient. The chemicals to be measured are:

• Combustion gases – carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide;

• Particulate matter (ultrafine (PM0.1), respirable (PM2.5) and inhalable (PM10);

• Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, 1,3-butadiene,

benzene and acrolein;

• Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – total and benzo(a)pyrene; and,

• Greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide; and

3. That Metrolinx establish a community liaison committee to:

• Deal with issues arising from the proposed construction;

• Provide input on selection of mitigation strategies; and,

• Provide input to the mobility hub planning process.

full letter link here with more city docs link below.




The Honourable John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment

Monday, August 17, 2009

Junction Arts Festival 2009 site up now

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Lovely afternoon in the Park - Clay and Paper bicycle theatre troop in Vine Parkette

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Today was one of those days that made one feel great about the community in which we live.  Thank you to the "Junk Mommas" who hosted the exuberant Clay and Paper bicycle theatre troop in Vine Parkette.

It was a perfectly sunny day, where a plethora of children splashed in the cool wading pool (which was sorely missed during the recent strike).  Families gathered on picnic blankets, munching on barbecued goods while chatting with their neighbours and watching the entertaining puppet show.

It could have not been a more perfect community building event.

Internet domain squatting in the Junction

Internet domain squatting has arrived in the Junction by reports.



Someone or some people appear to be watching to see what new businesses are coming into the Junction, probably by looking at renovation work being done on  store fronts. These people are then registering the Internet domain names of  new business  in various forms.

Then when the new business owner attempts to register the name - it is unavailable to them unless they purchase it from the domain squatter.

One of the most insidious parts of this, is the registering of different variants of the name, making it even harder for the new business and probably the "fair use" possible register to get something even close to their store name.

Although the CIRA Dispute Resolution Policy (.ca) is available it is very expensive for a small business and probably more so than paying the scam price of the domain squatter

A few businesses in the Junction have reported this occurring.

So if you think you want a Junction related domain register it before your plans are known.

Update: 3:55pm

This post has generated 1 telephone call wondering about the issue and three emails from different Junction web companies all thinking they were being referenced in the post - although the blog posted no names.

Just to let everyone know who posts like this occur.. the blog gets emails from many people about issues and or suggestions for posts, usually the blog starts and drafts (currently there now 83 are such drafts)  and sits on the idea until further information comes in, and if enough interest or surprising info comes in - the item gets posted, the 1st draft for this post came about about 3 mths ago.

Darian of comfusers.com who was not one of the emailers posted a comment which is good reading, we have moved the 1st pargraph up into the post here...

In regards to your internet squatting post above, it is terrific that this is being mentioned. Though your definition source for the term “Cybersquatting” is not the best, the basic idea is correct. Specifically, a company will in BAD FAITH and with the sole intention of profiting from the purchase the name or brand likeness of another company. This most definitely is cybersquatting and on the low side of ethical business practices. Reputable web design companies do not promote this type of behavior.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Call for Nominees - Junction Residents Association

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The JRA will be holding elections at its November 12th meeting for the following positions: 2 x Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Chairs for the following Committees: Urban Development, Parks, Communications, Safety and Green.

A nominating committee will be formed in time for an October event (TBA) at which people can meet those who want to run.  If you are interested in being part of the Nominating Committee, please email info@junctionra.ca.  We are looking for two people.

Thanks,

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tagging in the Junction

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Tagging in the Junction is becoming much more prevalent currently. The two guys own this house and rent it out as apartment really have a difficult time keeping graffiti off the side of their garage as it faces an laneway that fronts on to Vine parkette. Do the people on the south side of Vine Ave. see this happening?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cyclops, Clay and Paper Theatre's puppet show this weekend at Vine Parkette

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Hey Junction families...
Dufferin Grove's resident theatre troupe is coming to the Junction!


Join your community


Sunday, August 16th from 4-7pm


in Vine Parkette


to enjoy Cyclops, Clay and Paper Theatre's puppet show on wheels.


Enjoy an afternoon of face painting, bicycle decorating (kids!  bring your bikes!) and more.


Be sure to bring your loonies for our post-show BBQ.


This event is brought to you by the Junk Mommas - if you have any questions, or want to be on our email list for future events simply email junkmommas@gmail.com


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Click here for the Cyclops Poster

Justin Rutledge hosts Saturday concert, with special guests Jason Collett and The Beauties; September 12

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THE JUNCTION ARTS FESTIVAL:



Justin Rutledge hosts Saturday concert, with special guests Jason Collett and The Beauties; September 12




Toronto, ON, August 13, 2009 – The 17th annual Junction Arts Festival (September 9 – 13, 2009) presents a mosaic of unique visual, dance, literary and musical arts, where internationally renowned singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge plays headliner and host to a special night of rockin’ country music, friends and live collaboration on Saturday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m.



The concert will feature specially invited guests Arts & Crafts recording artist Jason Collett and The Beauties, and will take place on the outdoor festival main stage in the Junction City Square (2960 Dundas Street West at Pacific Avenue).



Proud Junction native Justin Rutledge states, “I've witnessed the Junction grow over the years into a community teeming with creative businesses and a vibrant cultural core. The Junction Arts Festival is, in my opinion, Toronto's best street fest. The great spirit of the festival represents the optimism and renewed energy of one of Toronto's oldest and greatest neighbourhoods. Please come celebrate it with us.”



Juno nominated Rutledge, who has crafted three albums to critical acclaim; No Never Alone (2005), The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006) and Man Descending (2008), is equally famous for his mesmerizing live performances and will be supported by his band; Bazil Donovan (bass), David Baxter (guitar), Blake Manning (drums) and Burke Carroll (steel).



Jason Collett, whose sentimentality for songwriting and ability to capture daily life with his own classic poetic style, is an artist that Rutledge looks forward to performing with for the first time.



A key figure in Toronto’s indie scene and a member of Broken Social Scene, Jason Collett recently released his newest solo album Here’s To Being Here (2008), as the anticipated follow-up to 2005’s critically acclaimed Idols of Exile.


Collett explains, “I feel this is a Rock ’n Roll music record. Rock ’n Roll music encompasses all sorts of influences – country, blues, gospel... all those things, and I’m just part of that tradition.”



The Beauties are a group of prolific musicians made up of Darin McConnell, Jud Ruhl, Shawn Creamer, Paul Pfisterer, Derek Downham and The Bogoo, who, every Sunday night are the house band at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern (a favourite hangout of Justin Rutledge) for a night of tar-kickin', twang-rockin', spirits and barn-dancin'.



Please Note: Further festival details and more artist announcements are coming soon. For schedule updates please visit regularly at www.junctionartsfest.com.



Attracting 200,000 visitors in 2008, the Junction Arts Festival, produced by the Junction Forum for Art and Culture, takes place along one kilometre of Dundas Street West between Keele Street and Quebec Avenue, and features five free days of artistry and innovation; Visual Art Exhibits (September 9 to 13), Live Music Concerts (September 11 and 12), and the Street Performance Artists, Literary Artists, KidZone, Green Village and Artisan/Vendor Market (during weekend street closure, September 12 and 13).



The 2009 Junction Arts Festival is generously supported by title sponsor the Junction Business Improvement Area and the active involvement from Junction area businesses and residents.



The Junction Forum for Art and Culture (JFAC) is a non-profit arts presenting organization and its main project is the annual Junction Arts Festival. The hands-on JFAC Board of Directors, chaired by Councillor Bill Saundercook, consists of dedicated cultural producers, artists, residents, business owners and politicians, all of whom are based in the Junction.


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Maria Street is a west east running street paralleling Dundas St West in west Toronto, situated  in an former industrial area centered around the CPR operations in the area the street still has a small number buildings of an industrial character that may have been used for small enterprises during the  begin of the last century. Now the lots of these buildings are a mix of a house and out buildings created and modified as needed.

Maria Street has some sections that are very well cared for – such as the area pictured above in the top image. Well kept gardens and lawns, tidy garbage storage, all in well lived homes as can be seen by the full yet neatly arranged strollers and kids toys on the verandas.  In this section many have chairs for sitting and viewing the evening and quick chats with passersby.

The larger industrial development passed Maria Street by. The street never attracted the large plants such as Vine Ave and Mulock Ave did.  The plants jumped over to the west side of Runnymede Rd.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Toronto West End Web – Raising An Online Community Wednesday August 19th from 10am-noon

Text by Paul Reynolds


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For the last two months, Junction-based design and marketing company Totally Spun has hosted networking events in the neighbourhood. In June a general meet-up of web savvy and web curious residents alike was held at Crema Coffee Co., and in July a meet-up of local artists interested in online organizing happened at Wise Daughters Craft Market. (Links to the recaps for each of these events are below)

On Wednesday August 19th from 10am-noon, the third monthly meet-up will happen at Gingerbread House Family Cafe (2790 Dundas Street West). This month's meet-up is geared toward the established online community of parents and family in the Junction. Breaking the tradition of evening meetings, this 10am-noon meet-up will give local parents and their kids – who aren't always available after the dinner hour – an opportunity to come out to a family friendly environment and talk about online organizing, web and social media.

Co-organizer of this month's event Irina from The Junction Parents Blog will share some of the successful efforts the established online parent community has used in the past to get it where it is today, leading to an open discussion of ideas for carrying forward that momentum. Totally Spun owner Paul Reynolds will be on hand to advise on specific technologies and services and to facilitate the event.

Parents and their kids from around the Junction and surrounding neighbourhoods are welcome, as well as non-parents interested in organizing families on our corner of the net or anyone wanting to learn from this community's successes so-far.

WHAT: West End Web: Junction Parents
WHEN: Wednesday, August 19th 10am – noon
WHERE: Gingerbread House Family Cafe (2790 Dundas Street West at Indian Grove)

Totally Spun is a Junction-based business specializing in web design, development, online promotion and social media. Totally spun is the host of the monthly West End Web events.http://totallyspun.com

Junction Parents Blog is a local family oriented blog at the heart of the neighbourhood's online community and co-organizer of this month's event. http://junction-parents.blogspot.com

Gingerbread House Cafe is a new restaurant in the neighbourhood providing a family-friendly atmosphere and home style cooking. They graciously donated the use of their space for this month's event. http://gingerbreadcafe.ca

Recap of July's event: http://totallyspun.com/2009/08/10/west-end-web-arts/
Recap of June's event: http://totallyspun.com/2009/06/18/west-end-web-recap/

30 Weston Rd photo update

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As the demo company continues to bring own of the many buildings on the site, the new view is about to occur as this last large building facing St Clair Ave. comes down.  Interestingly they have decided to break the building apart with the tanks inside dismantling them in time with the demo of the structure. The new Avenue mall designed for the site will not rise as tall as the existing building.

For a short while between demo and construction phases of this site a vast northerly view will be available that has not been visible since the settlement of the Junction.

As the demo company continues to bring down one of the many buildings on the site, the new view is about to occur as this last large building facing St Clair Ave. comes down.  Interestingly they have decided to break the building apart with the tanks inside dismantling them in time with the demo of the structure. The new Avenue mall designed for the site will not rise as tall as the existing building.

For a short while between demo and construction phases of this site a vast northerly view will be available that has not been visible since the settlement of the Junction.

Thanks for the Paint!

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The Junction Residents Association would like to thank West Toronto Paint for their generous donation of pool paint and expertise for this face lift to the Vine Parkette Pool.

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It was Laura who asked for the paint early in the summer, and received an immediate positive response, and wasn't even disappointed when she had to return and ask Alan for more paint!  It truly was a group effort, with neighbours Derry, Reid and Craig from Vine Ave sweeping and putting down the first coat.  Then Genevieve and Dave  from Durie Street put the final coat and design.  There has been a lot of positive feedback from pool users, and there is hope that the rest of the pool can be painted next season.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

CALL FOR JUNCTION ARTISTS AND BUSINESSES FOR BOOM TIMES SPRING FLING 2010




Background

The Boom Times Spring Fling originated at the 2009 Amalgamation Celebration at Humberside Collegiate Institute, collaboration between Boom Times Cabaret, the Junction Historical Society, the Junction Residents Association, students, historians, artists, businesses and community groups.  Building on its momentum, the Junction Residents’ Association’s new Cultural Committee is spearheading the coordination of a 2nd and bigger, more inclusive, multi-disciplinary event in 2010.

2010 Plans

There are two key components to the Spring Fling.  The JUNCTION HISTORY MASH-UP will offer a mix of modern and traditional storytelling techniques from native drums to video images, from mime to rap.  This theatre piece will be researched, dramatized and performed by local high school students working collaboratively with local historians for performances in early June and at the arts festival in Sept.

The second element of Spring Fling involves local artists who will mentor secondary students, supported by local businesses, in consultation with local historians, to create original art which will be exhibited in storefronts in June and ideally right through next summer and into Junction Arts Festival week.



This multi-disciplinary visual arts piece of Boom Times Spring Fling is envisioned to include photography, textile art, sculpture, mapping, painting, cartooning and anything else our artist/student teams can imagine.

If you are a Junction-area artist, working in any one of a number of disciplines/media, and would like to mentor participating high school students, here is what you need to do:

  • Send us your bio and tell us where you live (must be Junction, but boundaries are fluid)

  • Share your idea for a student-driven arts project on the theme of Junction history and culture

  • Tell us how you will mentor the creative process

  • Include a budget for equipment/materials

  • Find yourself a Junction-area business partner to exhibit the students’ work in June (and preferably through September, though logistical constraints may have to be accommodated)*


*If you are an artist and need help to find a business partner, please be in touch.

*If you have a business and want to get involved in the project but need an artist to partner with, we will help find you a match.

Here is what the overseeing JRA Cultural Committee/Boom Times Team will do:

  • Apply for funding to cover artists’ fees, student honoraria, materials and promotion

  • Match artist/business pairs with students from the participating high schools

  • Provide historians to act as resource people, and access to the Junction archives

  • Promote the activities and culminating exhibitions in the community


PLEASE APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE – FINAL DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 18 TO:


culture@junctionra.ca

York-Eglinton International Street Festival Friday August 14th and Sat at 1607 Eglinton Ave West

The second annual York-Eglinton International Street Festival offers everyone a weekend of hot music and fun activities. On Friday, the street gets hopping with Djs and a sidewalk sale from 3 pm to 9 pm. On Saturday, see live musical performances by R&B, Reggae, Soul and Ska artists including Steele, Comfort, Mountainedge Crew, Jay Davis, and Frankie Foo & the YoYo Smugglers. Street magician Ray Chance will also perform, along with a number of multicultural dance troupes. There’ll be exciting giveaways, kids’ activities, and more. Free.yorkbia Img_Logo

WHAT: 2nd Annual York-Eglinton International Street Festival

WHEN: Friday August 14th 3 pm to 9pm: Along Eglinton Ave strip from Marlee to Dufferin & Saturday August 15th noon to 9pm at 1607 Eglinton Ave West

WHERE: Along Eglinton Ave strip from Marlee to Dufferin & 1607 Eglinton Ave West

WHO: The York-Eglinton BIA

Interested in VOLUTEERING or VENDOR opportunities contact us info@yorkbia.com or 416-789-1835

Playground's Gaming Inc
The York-Eglinton BIA is excited with the new addition of Playground's Gaming Inc to this years International Street Festival.

The playground was the one place where we could forget all of life's problems. It was a place where we could have fun, play games and spend time with friends. It was our own little world. This is what Play Grounds Gaming Inc. ("Playgrounds") is all about. (click here for more info)

Junk Mammas Presents Cyclops at Vine Parkette

Junk Mommas Presents:

Junk Mammas Proudly Presents:
O O O O
LIVE! IN PERSON! FREE!
Join your community for Clay and Paper Theatres’ latest outdoor puppet show Cyclops, plus an afternoon of face painting, bicycle decorating and more! Great for all ages!

Psst! Bring your Loonies for a post-show BBQ, and your bikes for some good old fashioned bike decorating!

Clay & Paper's new bicycle-based theatre project Cyclops: Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad, rolls out summer 2009! This mobile performance squad will animate and energize environmental and cycling events across Toronto from May to August, bringing theatre and cycling enthusiasm to the unsuspecting public.

As we take our unique brand of theatre to the streets, we will develop new performance venues and enliven Toronto's public spaces while drawing attention to urban environmental issues and promoting active living. Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Cyclops will be bringing the bicycle revolution to the city for the next 3 summers! http://www.clayandpapertheatre.org/index.php/main-content/cyclops.html

Where? Vine Parkette

When? Sunday, Aug 16, 4pm to 6pm

Email junkmammas@gmail.com for more info.

Monday, August 10, 2009

2009 Bikeway Network Program - Installation of Bicycle Lanes Committee Recommendations


West Toronto lanes  in green text
The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:
1. City Council approve the installation of bicycle lanes on the following roadways:
a. Bellamy Road North, from Porchester Drive to Brimorton Drive;
b. Bloor Street West, from Mill Road to Beamish Drive;
c. Brock Avenue, from a point 25 metres north of Seaford Avenue to Florence
Street;

d. Crescent Town Road, from Dawes Road to Victoria Park Avenue;
e. Huntingwood Drive, from Victoria Park Avenue to Birchmount Road;
f. Lansdowne Avenue, from Rideau Avenue to Dundas Street West;
g. Moore Avenue, from Welland Avenue to Bayview Avenue;
h. Rathburn Road, from Mimico Creek to Islington Avenue;
i. The Westway, from Martin Grove Road to Royal York Road; and
j. Trethewey Drive, from Jane Street to Black Creek Drive.


2. City Council approve the installation of contra-flow bicycle lanes on the following roadways:
a. Argyle Street, from Northcote Avenue to Lisgar Street, from Dovercourt Road
to Ossington Avenue, and from Shaw Street to Givins Street;

b. Bellwoods Avenue, from a point 90 metres north of Queen Street West to
Robinson Street;
c. Glen Cedar Road, from Dewbourne Avenue to Eglinton Avenue West;
d. Fermanagh Avenue, from Roncesvalles Avenue to Sorauren Avenue;
e. Florence Street, from Brock Avenue to Sheridan Avenue;
f. Gladstone Avenue, from Waterloo Avenue to Argyle Street;
g. Havelock Street, from Lindsey Avenue to Dewson Street;
h. Lindsey Avenue, from Brock Avenue to Dufferin Street;
i. Maitland Place, from Jarvis Street to a point 100 metres west of Homewood
Avenue;
j. Shaw Street, from Dundas Street West to Harbord Street;
h. Waterloo Avenue, from Dufferin Street to Gladstone Avenue.

as well as changes to this area...

City Council approve amendments to the existing bicycle lanes on Rogers
Old Weston Road to Oakwood Avenue, and amend the associated parking
in consultation with the Ward Councillors.
a. to provide parking on the south side of the road, between Blackthorn
and Bronoco Avenue;

drawing pdf link for this area from COT (City of Toronto)
b. to relocate the parking from the north side of Rogers Road, between
Avenue and Earlscourt Avenue, to the south side of the roadway; and
c. to relocate the parking from the south side of Rogers Road, between
Avenue and Rosethorn Avenue, to the north side of the roadway.

link to staff report

Art Works Art School has moved from 2451 Bloor Street West to 238 Jane Street

Art Works Art School an independent art teaching establishment has moved closer to the Junction - probably  their only reason for moving :-).

They have an art supplies and book store with the business, which right now is the closest one to the Junction, and good taste in signs...

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from their site,
art Works art GalleryOur new building includes a spacious main floor gallery. We are asking for submissions from returning confident students and emerging and established artists. We plan to have many opportunities for group and solo shows by the awarded candidates. The process is simple, clear and available on line under art Works art Gallery located in the side bar. For a list of upcoming submission deadlines and exhibition schedule please look on line at www.artworksartschool.com. Please call the office for gallery hours.
art Works art School Arts & Letters Cub (AWAS Arts & Letters Club)

The AWAS Arts & Letters Club offers yet more options to our growing and diverse community. Annual membership fee entitles you to numerous benefits and services including free access to Family Days, Discounts on Birthdays, Classes, Art Supplies, Life Drawing Sessions as well as invitations to Events, Openings, Workshops, Book Clubs, Lectures and Professional Exhibition opportunities. For Further information or to request a membership package, please call our office or email us.

art Works art Store

New to art Works is our art store, with competitive pricing. We sell quality items that we think work best for students. You can order the items we know you will need for any of our classes. Our prices are competitive and we are convenient. You can make great art with a minimal amount of supplies, but we feel it is important to have good quality. All of our materials have been tested by teachers, and are used in our classes. We also carry items for loot bags, gifts and portfolio sketchbooks for teens.

Art Works Art School link


Is a community based art school whose mandate is to introduce adults, children and teens to the enriching world of artmaking.







 






Sunday, August 9, 2009

Canadian Rogers Eastern Limited is looking for a (tig) Welder (cwb Certified Stainless Steel Tig Welder)

Canadian Rogers Eastern is again hiring for a industrial job in the Junction. As many industrial jobs have left the Junction again is it good to see this company hiring. The company  pulls a great deal of the industrial load in the Junction, greatly helping the area live it's character.

The job...
Canadian Rogers Eastern Limited. {www.canadianrogers.com} is looking for a
Tungsten inert gas

(tig) Welder (cwb Certified Stainless Steel Tig Welder) in
High Park / Parkdale, Ontario to start as soon as possible

Terms: This is a permanent, full time job, which requires working days.

Salary: will be negotiated and depends on the skills and experience of the applicant.

Education: The applicant should have completed college.

Experience: at least five years experience.

Credentials required: The applicant should have Welder Trade Certification, Canadian Welding Bureau Certification , Technical Standards Safety Authority (TSSA) Certification.

Major Work Area: New fabrication

Type of Establishment/Work Setting Experience: Manufacturing

Area of Specialization: Custom fabrication, Ornamental work

Welding Techniques: Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) (TIG)

Type of Machine Experience: Gas welding machines

Welding Positions: Flat, Horizontal, Vertical

Materials: Stainless steel, Aluminum alloys, Non-ferrous materials

Weight Handling: Up to 23 kg (50 lbs)

Specific Skills: Interpret welding process specifications, Operate manual or semi-automatic, fully automated welding equipment, Operate manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment, Fit, braze and torch-straighten metal, Operate oxygen arc cutting equipment (arc-air), (AOC), Select filler rods, Operate hoisting and lifting equipment, Prepare jigs or set-ups for welding, Operate previously set-up welding machines to fabricate or repair metal parts and products, Maintain and perform minor repairs on welding, brazing and soldering equipment

Additional Skills: Read and interpret welding blueprints, drawings specifications, manuals and processes, Examine welds and ensure that they meet standards and/or specifications

Security and Safety: Bondable

Own Tools/Equipment: Tools, Steel-toed safety boots, Welding helmet

Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities: Fast-paced environment, Attention to detail

Essential Skills: Reading text, Numeracy, Oral communication, Working with others, Problem solving, Decision making, Critical thinking, Job task planning and organizing, Continuous learning

Profile: for Canadian Rogers Eastern Limited

Custom sheet metal products.

Apply

By email:

jkirk@canadianrogers.com

Order Number: 4565707

Post date: 2009-08-04

Toronto's out-of-bounds attractions [Toronto Star article]



The star has a article about closed public spaces in the city, it presents a view fully endorsed by this blog.

Despite the triumph of Doors Open, there are important spaces that are off limits in Toronto – architecture created for the public that is, unfathomably, locked up tight.


from the article...

The Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion says as much about the Toronto of today as of yesterday.

Built in the early 1920s, this once-marvellous lakeshore structure speaks of a time when swimming in public still entailed some modesty, not to mention formality. With its fortress-like walls and neo-classical architecture, it evokes a sense of grandeur; swimming here was not simply fun, it was ennobling.

Keep in mind that this was the place where men and women went to change into their bathing costumes, not where they went to swim. It was also a place to enjoy the scenery, read a newspaper and meet friends.

Today, it is a shadow of its former self. Semi-renovated, half-closed, it remains clearly popular. But there's a tackiness to the pavilion now that belies its builders' intentions. On a sunny evening, the café is full of Torontonians enjoying hotdogs and beer. Beach volleyballers fill the space between the building and Lake Ontario.

Look a little more closely, however, and the pavilion reveals itself as a warren of locked doors, chained gates, closed stairwells and unused spaces. Worst of all, what might be the most attractive feature of the complex, the raised balcony level that wraps around the complex, is closed. link to full article

Friday, August 7, 2009

Junction Arts Festival Weavers Wanted!

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Festival Weavers Wanted!




The theme of the 2009 Junction Arts Festival is ‘Weaving Mosaics’ and we are looking for a creative and dedicated team of volunteers to help bring together all the magical elements of this year’s event into one seamless art extravaganza. Each volunteer brings a special gift to weave into the fabric of the festival and be sure your piece will be seen and heard by all that come to experience the excitement and magic of the street. It is our aim to make these experiences as enjoyable, memorable, and fulfilling as possible, and we cannot do this without the help of our brilliant volunteers.

We are also looking for charismatic members to lead and usher our exciting “green team” as part of this year's Green Village at the festival. Join us as we answer the call and endeavor to make this a greener and more environmentally friendly festival than any we’ve had before.

Coveted Festival Weaver positions available:

•Reception and Opening Night Gala Hosts! •Kid zone Handlers! •Gallery Guides! •Green Team! •Know-it-all Info Staff and Access Gatekeepers! •Technical Support (Roadies)!

Skill Requirements:

-Enjoys creating excitement and fun for self and others -Would like to smile, laugh and play all day -Mosaic weaving experience not required, will train -Dynamic and dedicated -Passionate about Art and Culture

-Available for at least a five hour shift (hopefully more!) between Sept 9-13

-Be at one of our happening orientation sessions: To be announced (tentative Thursday August 27th, or Monday August 31st at 7pm)

Register by email at volunteer@junctionartsfest.com or phone us at 416-767-5036 and let us know if you would like to be involved in this great community event. If you have services or expertise that fit outside of our listed needs please contact us.


Additional Information:

We invite you to come and be part of this visually stimulating, environmentally friendly, street festival.  This year’s festivities starts September 9th with an opening night gala, Channel Zero movie night on the Thursday, Live music starting Friday night featuring Toronto’s own green band, Mr. Something-Something, headlined by Justin Rutledge with The Beauties and Jason Collett on Saturday, and full street closure featuring our sensational street performers on Saturday and Sunday September 12th to the 13th




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