3rd Annual Chalk My Walk returns on June 8!

Join us from 2 to 5 p.m. in Mount Dennis!

On Saturday June 8, the Mount Dennis BIA is proud to host the 3rd Annual Chalk My Walk.  Featuring FREE live entertainment, kids activities, and bike giveaways, our yearly event is also an opportunity to meet with local eco-initiatives and active transportation groups!

Bike and Prize Giveaways
Our partners at York South Weston Reuse, Repair, Ride will be raffling away bikes at Chalk My Walk – including one trike, several kids bikes, and one adult bike. To enter our raffle please fill out a ballot at one of our member businesses (no purchase necessary):

There are multiple kids’ bikes to be won and one adult bike. There will also be a ton of kids prizes as well as 3 copies of Community Bikeways‘ Albert Koehl’s book, “Wheeling through Toronto“.

How to Enter:
The raffle is open to all ages. Participants can fill in up to 2 ballots per prize, per visit. No purchase necessary…but is appreciated! 🙂Ballots will be accepted until closing on June 7, 2024.

Fill out a ticket: blue tickets for a toddler/kids bikes, red tickets for kids’ bikes and/or black and white tickets for the adult bike. Don’t forget to take the half of the ballot that says “Keep This Coupon”. Participants must be present at Chalk My Walk during the draw to claim the prize. Proof of ID will be required to claim prizes.

York South West Reuse, Repair, Ride is dedicated to engaging diverse stakeholders of York South-Weston to create a climate action plan, while supporting the local economy and honouring reconciliation

Live Entertainment
The Mount Dennis BIA has arranged for a full afternoon of free family entertainment at our main stage on Hollis Street under the Mount Dennis mural. Local resident and world-renowned DJ Cosmic Cat is back along with Mount Dennis’ own favourite unicyclist, dazzling Darren Bedford.

Performing on the street this year are 3 acts from the Toronto Fringe Festival. Dance Fachin and their project, The Fourth R: reduce, reuse, recycle, Revolutionize returns with their interdisciplinary presentation that fuses climate science, dance and video projections together.

New this year is Honeyball Puppetry performing “Chloe and Meraki”. Chloe is a little girl who lives in a big, bustling city on the edge of a beautiful ocean. She has all the material things a child could want, but her greatest wish is to have a friend. When she meets Meraki, a wild sea otter, they share a magical encounter that changes both their worlds!

Also coming to Chalk My Walk for the first time is Breakaway Entertainment performing “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” – In a tale of betrayal and redemption, follow the journey of a young musician ensnared by the ruthless clutches of fame’s dark underbelly. Escaping through the soulful melodies of Billy Joel & Elton John, watch as love and inspiration intertwine within the humble notes of a small-town piano, nestled in an old Italian restaurant.

Bex in Motion – is a one of a kind performer who incorporates comedy, acrobatics, juggling and mesmerizing hula hoop tricks into her show.

The Grand Salto Theatre is also performing and creates playful, physical and thought provoking performances that blend theatre, circus, clown, mask and dance.

Not to be missed is Ballroom Expressions‘ Igor Borysov’s Salsa demonstration! Join in as Igor takes you through some salsa steps.

Free Bike Tuneups
Chalk My Walk wouldn’t be complete without Learning Enrichment Foundation’s Bike Assembly and Maintenance Team providing free bike tuneups for the Mount Dennis Community

Kids Activities
The 68th Beavers are returning with their eco-themed crafts and scavenger hunt and the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre will be giving out fun temporary tattoos and popcorn!


Local Eco-Initiatives and Active Transportation groups
Come and meet local community groups and learn about the great work they’re doing in the area:

The Toronto Nature Stewards support the ecological restoration of ravines and natural areas by picking up litter, removing invasive plants, planting native species, and monitoring the environmental impact of stewardship activities. They meet as small, local groups to care for approved sites in Toronto’s ravines and natural areas.

Our Future First specializes in conflict transformation, community engagement, and process design. Collaborating in partnerships, they co-organize experiences that foster youth leadership and shared visioning.

Lost Rivers‘s objective of Lost River Walks is to encourage understanding of the city as a part of nature rather than apart from it, and to appreciate and cherish our heritage. Lost River Walks aims to create an appreciation of the city’s intimate connection to its water systems by tracing the courses of forgotten streams, by learning about our natural and built heritage and by sharing this information with others.

The Mount Dennis Community Association (MDCA) is back – meet your neighbours and learn how you can make a difference in your community!

The Mount Dennis ecoNeighbourhood Initiative (MDeNI) aims to break silos and show that sustainability can be envisioned and incorporated in all the moving parts of a neighborhood: business, housing, transportation, jobs, amenities, and culture.

Save Eglinton Flats Coalition is a collaboration of community groups dedicated to  preserving the Eglinton Flats parks system which includes Fergy Brown Park, Topham Pond, and Pearen Park.

Community Bikeways (aka the Toronto Community Bikeways Coalition (TCBC)) is a volunteer advocacy group that believes municipal transportation priorities must be urgently re-ordered toward better cycling, transit, and walking facilities.

Live Green Toronto (LiveGreenTO) is a City of Toronto program that helps you & your community go green.

Stay tuned for updates. We look forward to seeing you on June 8th!

Join us for Date Night in Mount Dennis!

Did you miss Valentine’s Day? Looking for a fun, local, date night?

The Mount Dennis BIA is pleased to host our first “Date Night, Mount Dennis” that includes the following:

  • a pizza-making workshop at Culinarium with award-winning chef, Luciano Schipano (6 – 7:30 pm)
  • a beginner dance class at Ballroom Expressions with Igor Dragovic (8 – 9 pm)
  • End the night at either supercoffee for a coffee and a treat or the Irish Rose for a glass of wine or a pint for $5 and a beautiful long-stemmed rose — on the house!

Only $60 per couple for a memorable evening “on the town”! (not including wine)

Limited to the first 10 couples who RSVP to [email protected]

The next Community Environment Day is Saturday June 24, 2023

Join Darknubia Naturals at the Selfcare and Wellness Expo!

This Sunday, June 25, join Mount Dennis BIA’s Darknubia Naturals at the Selfcare and Wellness Expo! Get your free tickets before they are gone: 

Community Safety meeting on Tuesday June 20, 2023

Join Councillor Nunziata and Toronto Chief of Police Myron Demkiw on June 29, at 6:30 p.m. for a Community Safety Meeting. There will be a presentation by Toronto Police 12 Division followed by a question and answer session. 

 

Community safety is everyone’s concern, so please come out and be heard. The meeting will be at the @lef_digital at 116 Industry St. 

 

For more information, please contact Councillor Nunziata’s office at 416-392-4091.

Chalk My Walk returns June 10, 2023!