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Updated Oct 3rd, 2017
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission will replace the streetcar tracks at the intersection of Queen Street West and McCaul Street. The Start Date is: October 16, 2017 and the Expected End Date is: November 6, 2017. The intersection at Queen Street West and McCaul Street will be closed to through traffic during construction. Sidewalks will remain accessible, and pedestrians will be detoured safely around the work area.

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Updated Sep 16th, 2017
The Queen St. West B.I.A. is pleased to announce its 9th annual all-night exhibition of art and music by Canadian independent artists during Nuit Blanche. Out of Site 2017 is curated by Earl Miller and will consider the theme of “play,” featuring artwork by outstanding Canadian independent artists and collectives.

Out of Site 2017: Contemporary Art & Music on Queen St. West

September 30, 2017 from 8pm to 4am (during Nuit Blanche)

  

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The Queen St. West B.I.A. is pleased to announce its 9th annual all-night exhibition of art and music by Canadian independent artists during Nuit Blanche.

 

Out of Site 2017 is curated by Earl Miller and will consider the theme of “play,” featuring artwork by outstanding Canadian independent artists and collectives.


Commissioned Works:

1. Donna Akrey, Sorry.  A public sculpture installation in which the word “sorry” is spelled out in large letters. Installed in a parking lot, these letters are intermittently carried around Queen Street West by performers.

 

2. Leah Bartlett, Dogs Playing Poker.  A participatory theatrical recreation of the famed kitsch “dogs playing poker” painting.

 

3. Keith Cole.  All The Things That Go Unnoticed That Want To Be Noticed.  A performative walking tour of the Queen Street West area that not only entertains but also raises engaging questions about this urban space.  Among many other things, the performance seeks answers from the neighbourhood’s past to some of today’s pressing social questions.

 

4. Maya Ben David, Snake Girl’s Hyperbolic Time Chamber.  A performance comprising a revenge-based wrestling narrative where David plays a snake that will battle Nazi scientists to be freed from a giant transparent bubble.

 

5. Anitra Hamilton, Cock Robin.  A photo collage of a robin atop a grenade provides a commentary on the inherent violence of nature and how that violence often underlies beauty and innocence.

 

6. Laura Kikauka, The-Never-Ending-Red-Carpet.  A tribute and parody of fashion, addressing the infamous adage, “One person’s definition of good taste is another one’s bad taste.” Kikauka will create wearable garments, “MODified redi-mades” with found objects.

 

Nuit Blanche Independent Projects:

 

Studio F Minus, Disturbing Graffiti.  Exploring the use of light as a medium for public art in an urban setting, CITYLights Toronto will create a site-specific installation to illuminate features, public art, and buildings in Graffiti Alley.

 

Harley Valentine, Future writing exercises on Terrazzo Tower.  Valentine engages with the Cordian element of Terrazzo Tower, rearranging the sculptural piece within its unique urban/pastoral setting.

 

Cherish Violet Blood, Kitakio'sinnooniks.  A theatrical parody on evening entertainment for roaming insomniacs alike broadcast live from Campbell House Museum over 12 hours. Programming includes audience interviews, invited guests, a midnight tea party, live music, and film screenings.

 

Several venues along Queen St. West will also be participating with additional art and have applied for extended hours of alcohol service until 4 AM: Nocturne, Bovine Club, Barchef, The Rivoli, Horseshoe Tavern, Wild Wing, and Queen Mother Café.

 

Art and Entertainment thrive on vibrant Queen West, the historic area that has spearheaded Toronto’s trendsetting culture, and bourgeoning subcultures, for decades.  Known for its mixture of fashion shops, galleries and indie music bars, Queen West is a major shopping district while retaining its unconventional roots, and is a world-renowned hub day and night.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Earl Miller, Curator, earledwinmiller@gmail.com

 

Spencer Sutherland, Queen St West B.I.A., spencer@queenstwestbia.ca

 

Updated Aug 25th, 2017
Nuit Blanche is coming soon, on Saturday September 30th, and we will be continuing our Out of Site series for its eighth year!The art program this year (tentatively) includes the following:1. Donna Akrey, Sorry. Outer Layer, 577 Queen St W.2. Leah Bartlett, Dogs Playing Poker. Alex Wilson Community Garden. 556 Richmond St W.3. Keith Cole, All The Things That Go Unnoticed That Want to Be Noticed. Various locations.4. Maya Ben David, Snake Girl’s Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Arc’teryx. 339 Queen St W.5. Anitra Hamilton, Cock Robin. Roma Rush, 504 Queen St W.6. Laura Kikauka, The-Never- Ending-Red-Carpet. Various locations including corner of Queen & Soho and Graffiti Alley.

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Nuit Blanche is coming soon, on Saturday September 30th, and we will be continuing our Out of Site series for its eighth year!

The art program this year (tentatively) includes the following:

1. Donna Akrey, Sorry. Outer Layer, 577 Queen St W.

2. Leah Bartlett, Dogs Playing Poker. Alex Wilson Community Garden. 556 Richmond St W.

3. Keith Cole, All The Things That Go Unnoticed That Want to Be Noticed. Various locations.

4. Maya Ben David, Snake Girl’s Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Arc’teryx. 339 Queen St W.

5. Anitra Hamilton, Cock Robin. Roma Rush, 504 Queen St W.

6. Laura Kikauka, The-Never- Ending-Red-Carpet. Various locations including corner of Queen & Soho and Graffiti Alley.


Each year we apply for an extension of hours on behalf of bars/clubs/restaurants within our BIA, to permit the sale and service of alcohol until 4am.  If you are interested to participate in this program, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

We encourage all business in our BIA to host additional artwork and events during Nuit Blanche.  Please let us know if you are planning something that should be included in our program.



Updated Jul 17th, 2017
Despite frequent rain, the sidewalk construction is progressing at a good pace, and we have been assured that the project will remain on schedule. The south side is on track to be finished by the end of July, and the north side by the end of August. There are two teams of workers on this project, and they have been good to ensure pedestrian access is maintained to each storefront during this process. After which, the Parkettes on Ryerson and Denison will be completed in the fall without further disruption on Queen Street West. We are keeping a close watch over their work, and have bi-weekly meetings with the project manager for updates. For more information email: info@queenstwestbia.caOn-Street Parking
Construction Update
Despite frequent rain, the sidewalk construction is progressing at a good pace, and we have been assured that the project will remain on schedule. The south side is on track to be finished by the end of July, and the north side by the end of August. There are two teams of workers on this project, and they have been good to ensure pedestrian access is maintained to each storefront during this process. After which, the Parkettes on Ryerson and Denison will be completed in the fall without further disruption on Queen Street West. We are keeping a close watch over their work, and have bi-weekly meetings with the project manager for updates. For more information email: info@queenstwestbia.ca
On-Street Parking
Program Review
The Toronto Parking Authority has reviewed their hourly rate structure for on-street parking, and determined that a price increase is necessary. Their position comes from multiple factors; the rate of inflation, turnover demand, public transit rate increases, and a comparison to similar North American cities. Their proposal suggests our community will see a price increase from $3/hr to $4/hr along Queen Street W, between Bathurst and Simcoe.

The TPA is seeking your feedback on the proposed changes before they are approved. To explain how these changes may affect your business, please email: 


Ian Maher, Vice President of Strategic Planning (Ian.Maher@Toronto.caOR 
Ann Marie Chung, Sr. Policy & Planning Analyst (AnnMarie.Chung@Toronto.ca
prior to Friday, September 1st, 2017.
Up & Coming
There are proposals for new construction in our area, and their Development Applications with the city are currently Under Review. The consultation periods for both developments is not open, but you can contact the associated City Planners for more details.

464 Queen Street W 
Planner: Paul Johnson (Pjohnso3@toronto.ca)
Follow this link for a description and renderings of the expected product:
http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2017/06/low-rise-office-building-proposed-464-queen-street-west

336 Queen Street W 
Planner: Kirk Hatcher (khatche@toronto.ca)
Follow this link for a description and renderings of the expected product:
http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2016/08/4-storey-office-and-retail-building-proposed-336-queen-west
Instagram under new Management
Have you met our new Instagram photographer Patrick? Make sure your business operators are on the lookout for him, because their shop might be the next one to get featured! Follow @QueenStWestBia on Instagram and Twitter, for pictures and community updates.
Sidewalk Cafes & Marketing Displays Review
The City is reviewing permit fees, regulations, as well as the design for sidewalk cafés and marketing displays. Two public meetings were held to review proposed new regulations; proposed fees; and issues related to movement on the sidewalk. Follow this link for more information:https://www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20Toronto/Municipal%20Licensing%20&%20Standards/1-Files/Policy%20and%20Consultation/June%202017%20Cafe%20Design%20Guidelines%20FINAL%20WEB.pdf
FREE EVENT
We have partnered with The Laneway Project, our City Councillors office, and the Garment District to throw a community event in Graffiti Alley. The event will have live music, local food vendors, a licensed bar, and several activations organized by your neighbours. Everyone is invited, so please stop by and introduce yourselves to the organizers in the hard hats!
Queen Street West Experiences
We are developing promotional packages that offer curated experiences within our neighbourhood for a variety of demographics. These outings will be designed around seasonal holidays, city events or festivals (ex. Mother’s Day, Janes Walks, Back to School, Canadian Music Week, Nuit Blanche, etc.). The packages would then be advertised to the public as contest prizes, and winners would be required to share their experiences via their social media for additional advertising. If you would like your business to be part of this campaign, please email: 
social@queenstwestbia.ca for more information.
New Store Lookout
There are several new businesses in the community, so please take a moment to meet your new neighbours and make them feel welcome!
Social Media Content
Do you need help with your online and social media presence?
CONTACT:  social@queenstwestbia.ca for a FREE session with our content creators!
They will generate & edit professional photos, videos, and written descriptions based on the needs of your business.
Follow this link to see a sample of their work:  https://vimeo.com/213977411
Updated Jun 14th, 2017

Commercial Facade Improvement Program:
http://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/31/101000045431.html

Heritage Planner Tips & Resources:
http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=09a2c51ab13e2410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Queen Street West Heritage Conservation District Plan:
http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e9a20621f3161410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Heritage Planner:
Douglas.McGlynn
douglas.mcglynn@toronto.ca
416 338 1091

Updated May 5th, 2017
We are an organization that is funded and run by business and property owners on Queen Street West from University to Bathurst and supported by our City Councillor according to guiding principles from City Hall. Our mandate is to protect the unique culture of our neighbourhood, support local merchants, and create opportunities for our members to flourish.

Welcome Members!


You are getting this electronic newsletter because you are a part of the Queen West BIA (Business Improvement Area)
 
We are an organization that is funded and run by business and property owners on Queen Street West from University to Bathurst and supported by our City Councillor according to guiding principles from City Hall.
 
Our mandate is to protect the unique culture of our neighbourhood, support local merchants, and create opportunities for our members to flourish. Feel free to get more involved, or at the very least be in touch so we can better represent your visions and concerns.
 

 

Membership News

Thanks to all that came out to our latest BIA Social hosted by Tequila Bookworm! Our next Social is scheduled MON JUN 56:30-8:00pm. Tequila Bookworm - 512 Queen St W, will again host us in their upstairs room. Hope to see you there!
Be part of history: Name the Lane! There are a couple of laneways in the area, off Graffiti Alley / Rush Lane, that don't have a name. As we populate these spaces more and more and nourish the unique culture that they invite, we are working with local residents to animate dead spaces in our neighbourhood. Check out namethelane.ca and get imaginative. 
Construction sucks but… we have to the build the Toronto today that we want to live in tomorrow. Stay tuned for updates on streetcar reroutes (yup, we have buses again this summer), construction updates (Queen and McCaul streetcar tracks, sidewalk repaving Bathurst to Spadina, etc.), and remember the good news: new trees and parkettes. 
 

Upcoming Events - Janes Walk Toronto


Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist, authour and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Join us this Sunday May 7th for a walking tour through the streets of Toronto. Explore talk and celebrate our neighborhood. For more information check out Janeswalk.org

Get Involved

 Advocacy, development, traffic, parking, city bureaucracy, pest control, anything that gets your goat, let us know and we will see if we can help. 

Our next Board Meeting will be WED MAY 10 from 1-3pm at Campbell House, RSVP to info@queenstwestbia.ca 
 
Events big and small, street animation, promotion, social media, connect with us so you can have a stronger voice. Join the marketing & events committee which meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 

Call for submissions!:

The @QueenStWestBIA Instagram is almost up and running. Submit your shops images with copy info for a chance to have new product, weekly specials dishes, events and more featured!

Hashtag #TheOriginalQueenWest

Submit to:
social@queenstwestbia.ca 
*please ensure images are clear, in focus and have minimal filters.  

Do you need help with your online and social media presence? 
CONTACT:  social@queenstwestbia.ca  for a FREE session with our content creators! 
They will generate & edit professional photos, videos, and written descriptions based on the needs of your business. 
Follow this link to see a recent sample of their work:  https://vimeo.com/213977411
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Updated Feb 20th, 2017
We invite you to help commemorate the stories of our community!Share suggestions of names for the un-marked laneways and new parkettes that capture the spirit and creative vibe of Queen West and Rush Lane.Visit www.NameTheLane.ca to participate. 
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We invite you to help commemorate the stories of our community!
Share suggestions of names for the un-marked laneways and new parkettes that capture the spirit and creative vibe of Queen West and Rush Lane.
Visit www.NameTheLane.ca to participate. 
Updated Nov 30th, 2016
Our Streetscape Master Plan was originally developed in 2012 with construction planned for 2014, but was postponed due to the Pan Am Games.  In 2016, the project resumed with all funding commitments intact and renewed support from City Council.Here is an excerpt from the 2012 Master Plan, showing some of the key features.

Our Streetscape Master Plan was originally developed in 2012 with construction planned for 2014, but was postponed due to the Pan Am Games.  In 2016, the project resumed with all funding commitments intact and renewed support from City Council.

Here is an excerpt from the 2012 Master Plan, showing some of the key features.
QSW Master Plan Excerpt.pdf   (5.3MB PDF)