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Bloor Improvement Group AGM

The following meeting announcement comes from the Bloor Improvement Group (BIG) chair, Donna Cowan:

YOU ARE INVITED to attend the Bloor Improvment Group (BIG) Annual General Meeting

BIG will be reporting on activities of the last year, seeking input on future plans, and electing new board members.

Bloor Improvement Group (BIG) Annual General Meeting
June 9, 2010

Bells on Bloor: Pedal-Powered Parade and Music Ride

The annual Bells on Bloor bike parade takes place on Saturday May 29th, departing from High Park at noon. I estimate it will come through our neighbourhood sometime between 12:30 and 1:00pm. Anyone with a bike can participate, or if you prefer to watch, bring some bells or musical instruments down to Bloor St. More details at

Bells on Bloor 2010 PosterBells on Bloor 2010 Poster

Bells on Bloor 2010 Poster

Bells on Bloor 2010 Poster

Poster for the Bells on Bloor parade, May 29 2010.

Jane's Walk - Railpath over Bloor

Jane's Walk - Railpath over Bloor

Photo by Vic Gedris, 2010-05-02

New Bloor Festival

There will be a street festival on Bloor St. between Lansdowne Ave. and Dufferin St. on Saturday July 24, 2010, from 1-9PM. Festival organizers are looking for volunteers, vendors, performers, and any other help with organization. Details are on the New Bloor Festival website.

Better and Better!

Once again Bloor St. will be closed to vehicles. The street will be filled with all kinds of arts, crafts, and fun activities for everyone — children, adults, and families.

Make plans now to join the fun!

Rent one or more tables to sell your art or crafts or give out information about your organization. Organize sport or art activities. Volunteer to help organize and manage the event. Perform on one of the two stages. Donate money or goods to the festival. Buy the t-shirt! Be creative!

1540 Bloor West (Proposed Giraffe condo) at the OMB

The following notice comes from the West Bend Community Association and Friends of Dundas and Bloor:

Make Your Views Known at the OMB Hearing for
1540 Bloor Street West (Giraffe)

The OMB hearing for 1540 Bloor Street West (the Giraffe building) will be held January 19th – 21st, and Jan 25th - 29th, 2010, at the OMB office at 655 Bay Street, Suite 1600, beginning at 10:00 am. If possible we would like you to attend Tuesday to show a strong community presence.

Bloor Street LAF (Light, Art and Food)

A fun event on Bloor St. between Lansdowne and Dufferin on November 21st. Info provided by the organizers, and more details available online at :

Invitation to collaborate in LAF NIGHTLIGHT PARTY | Bloor Street Walk
LED lights, batteries, magnets and materials will be available to make small light sculptures for Bloordale blue streetlight poles.
Nov. 21, 2009, 4:30pm to 7:30pm at 1211 Bloor (the empty Shawarmama restaurant)
For more information about Nightlight contact Dyan at

Bloor Dundas 'Avenue' Study - consultants' report and material posted

 Map from the City of Toronto.Bloor Dundas Avenue Study: Map from the City of Toronto.
The following email comes from Corwin Cambray, City of Toronto planner:

The Consultants' Final Report on the Bloor Dundas 'Avenue' Study and supporting material are now posted on the study's web site:

Feedback on the Final Report can be submitted by completing the Comments Form also posted or submitting comments directly to the City by September 18, 2009.

Railpath: Bridges get some upgrades

Dupont Bridge gets painted with Railpath letteringDupont Bridge gets painted with Railpath lettering

Although the "unofficial" Railpath Opening Parade happened just over one month ago, work still continues on some of the Railpath's final touches.

Recently, the Dupont and Bloor bridges were painted orange, and new "West Toronto Railpath" lettering was added. The wooden bridge decking is now complete, and the railings are installed. If you go past the bridges at night, you will also notice that there is a strip of white LED lighting above the lettering.

Kevin Putnam caught some of the work in action in this series of photos.

Railpath Opening Parade

Railpath Opening Parade

The Railpath parade crosses the Bloor St. bridge, southbound.

Photo by Vic Gedris, 2009-06-20. A complete gallery of photos from this event are on Vic's Website.

Other discussions of the Railpath opening parade are on the I Bike TO website.

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