Keeping the Beach vibrant is up to all of us

For a while there have been rumblings of the Beach’s slow demise. Despite the recent media reports, we continue to see new businesses open and others expanding. The Beach business community is resilient, and with the many community-based projects filling the calendars of the spring, summer and fall, the Beach is offering more for its […]

Summer Music in the Park Series

While Kew Gardens will be bopping on numerous occasions throughout the Beaches Jazz Festival, that’s not the only music that’s planned this year in the revamped park. The Beach Village BIA presents its 2017 Summer Music in the Park Series, free, select afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. in the plaza, featuring performers from across […]

How one group is helping butterflies find their way

A beautiful partnership has emerged between several local groups and a national environmental organization. The Beach Garden Society (BGS) is working with local groups like the Beach Village BIA, the Beaches Rec Centre, the Toronto Tool Library,  the Toronto 188 Girl Guide group and more, in coordination with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterfly Way project, […]

Foodies rejoice: Beach-a-licious is here

Beach restaurateurs are adding a little extra spice to the local dining scene with the creation of Beach-a-licious, a two-week festival of food taking place in restaurants, pubs and bars along Queen Street East from March 14 to 27. The event, an initiative of the Beach Village Business Improvement Association, will promote local food and […]

BIA looks at the year that was and the year ahead

The Beach Village BIA represents more than 300 businesses and service professionals. 2015 saw progress with its initiatives including community events, streetscaping and member promotion, all in the spirit of “bringing more feet to Queen Street.” Streetscaping is a significant component of a pedestrian-friendly, accessible, vibrant neighbourhood. The BIA street audit helped prioritize 2016 initiatives […]

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 15, 2015

Kew Gardens plan has fans and detractors Re: ‘Kew Gardens ‘help’ not necessary,’ Letters to the Editor, Dec. 1: On March 18, 2014, there was a public meeting at the Beaches Rec Centre about updating Kew Gardens. Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon invited a few youths to this meeting, including ourselves. We attended with a few friends. […]

A guide to spotting the elusive species Beacher familia

Evening sightings of the ‘Pillow-toting popcorn-munching Beacher familia’ are expected to increase in the coming weeks in neighbourhood parks across Ward 32. These annual glimpses coincide with the arrival of Movie Nights, the popular summer film festivals hosted by the Beach Village BIA, Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, and friends of parks groups. The familia […]