Posted on April 18th, 2017

Please join us on Sunday April 23rd to give a little love back to our neighbourhood for our Annual Kensington Market Community Clean Up.

We will be meeting at Sonya's Parkette (on Oxford just east of Augusta) on Sunday between 12 noon and 2pm to pick up some supplies and spread out through the neighbourhood to tidy things up.

We will supply the equipment and some refreshments. You supply a little time and dedication. Together we can make a difference for our community.

Our Community Clean Up is sponsored by the City of Toronto, The Laneway Project, KMAC and the Kensington Market BIA.

Please RSVP via this email link and let us know when you can show up.

You are also encouraged to tell your friends and neighbours about our spring cleaning event, the more the merrier.

If you can't make it during our event time, but want to participate, get in touch.  We'll get you a manageable assignment.

Many thanks to all of you who are volunteering! We couldn't do this without you.  See you on Sunday!

Posted on April 6th, 2017

Information to be posted here soon.

Posted on March 23rd, 2017

NEWS (MARCH 2017): Preserving culture and history
March 22nd, 2017

Process to designate Kensington Market underway

By Geremy Bordonaro

After a year of study and consultation, the city is going ahead with the process to designate Kensington Market a Heritage Conservation District (HCD). The decision was announced at a community consultation meeting last month.

“It’s a two-year process,” said Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina). “By this time next year, we’ll have a new Heritage Conservation District here in Kensington.”

“We’ve heard a whole range of passionate articulations on why this place has been so important in your lives”—Melanie Hare, partner, Urban Strategies

Prior HCDs have been used primarily to maintain architectural heritage. This HCD will instead preserve the culture and history of the market. Protecting an area based on something that doesn’t have so much of a tangible presence may prove difficult, noted the councillor.

“The history and heritage of Kensington is unlike anywhere else. It’s not just physical and architectural. It’s not about a row of townhouses or unique Victorians. It’s as much about cultural and intangible heritage,” he said. “How do you seek to ensure that the intangible and the cultural continue to grow along with the architectural? That’s what the challenge is as we develop this.”

Tamara Anson-Cartwright, program manager for the city’s Heritage Preservation Services, said there is a key difference in how an HCD works that will help the community.

“With a Heritage District Plan it’s about conserving what is there as well as thinking about how change will occur in the future,” she said. “Other planning studies are all about “What will be the future?’”

Anson-Cartwright said the community was very productive.

“I thought it was excellent. It was very informing and engaging. What I appreciated was the understanding of the depth of analysis that has been done,” she said. “I’ve been with the city for two years and I think it was one of the best meetings that we have had.”

The planners involved in the designation not only actively welcome community participation; they have been counting on it ever since this process began.

“What has worked well since the first phase is that we set up a stakeholder advisory committee. They were very engaged and helped us a lot,” said Anson-Cartwright. “One of the keys for success in this second phase will be getting that type of community engagement.”

At the heart of the consultation process is a desire to protect the market, and discussions in part centered around the proposed boundaries of the market, currently Spadina Avenue, Dundas, Bathurst and College streets.

One audience member argued that those streets “provide a shield from downtown and should not be included”, while another felt that those streets “do not reflect the culture of the community”.

“We’ve heard [terms like] chaos, we’ve heard anarchy, we’ve heard evolving, we’ve heard welcoming,” said Melanie Hare, a partner with Urban Strategies, who chaired the community meeting. “We’ve heard a whole range of passionate articulations on why this place has been so important in your lives and in many different generations of families.”

The staff report formally endorsing all the HCD recommendations will be presented to the Toronto Preservation Board on April 20.

“Going forward council will formally endorse proceeding,” said Cressy. “Over the next years, we’ll develop the specific tools and regulatory provisions to forward the Heritage Conservation District. I have to tell you, now is when we’re going to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work.”

Posted on March 23rd, 2017

Kensington Market's Compost Day for 2017 is: Saturday April 29th.

Compost will be dropped at the south west corner of Bellevue Square Park (the construction fence will be temporarily moved) at roughly 10 am.

Other locations and times are visible in the Councillor Cressy's pamphlet posted below.

Posted on March 23rd, 2017

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Opening night! at Kensington Market's new theatre friendly space: Kensington Hall, located at 56C Kensington Ave.

Toronto-based Wolf Manor Theatre Collective presents: Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov’s turn-of-the-century domestic drama which focuses on  three sisters who struggle with the boredom of a provincial Russian garrison town, and desire to return to Moscow in order to escape the familial claustrophobia. Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters is a sweeping exploration of vanquished desire, family, death, and legacy. Wolf Manor reimagines this classic in a gender-fluid dreamscape. By exploring unconventional casting, they reimagine and explore contemporary relevance amongst classic stories.

Directed by Mallory Fisher
Stage Managed by Virginia Cardinal
Light Design by Elizabeth Elliot

Christina Fox as Irina
Meghan Greeley as Vershinin
Jordin Hall as Tusenbach
Arinea Hermans as Masha
Kaleb Horn as Kulygin
Scott McCulloch as Chebutykin
Nikolas Nikita as Natasha
Dana Puddicombe as Olga
Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski as Andrey

Produced by Dylan Brenton & Kate Stenson

Location & Showtimes:

Kensington Hall (56 Kensington Ave.)

March 15 at 8:00pm ($15 advance, $18 door)
March 16 at 8:00pm ($15 advance, $18 door)
March 17 at 8:00pm ($15 advance, $18 door)
March 18 at 2:00pm ($12 advance, $15 door)
March 18 at 8:00pm ($15 advance, $18 door)
March 19 at 2:00pm ($12 advance, $15 door)
March 22 at 8:00pm ($20 advance, $23 door)
March 23 at 8:00pm ($20 advance, $23 door)
March 24 at 8:00pm ($22 advance, $25 door)
March 25 at 2:00pm ($20 advance, $23 door)
March 25 at 8:00pm ($22 advance, $25 door)
March 26 at 8:00pm ($22 advance, $25 door)

Posted on March 2nd, 2017


Kensington Market Community Meeting
Regarding Pedestrian Sundays 2017

Monday March 6th at 6:30 pm
St. Stephen’s Community House 91 Bellevue Ave., Gym

You are invited to join your City Councillor, Joe Cressy and the Pedestrian Sunday organizers to discuss the 2017 season of Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market. Please come and share your constructive ideas and show your support for our monthly events which showcase our unique neighbourhood and celebrate it’s diversity, pride, vibrance and vitality.

This year’s PSKs will occur on May 28, June 25, July 30, August 27, September 24 & October 29.

If you would like to RSVP for the meeting or Volunteer for this year’s PSKs please email us.

Posted on February 21st, 2017

Please join us on Monday February 27th for a seminar on Bar & Restaurant Patron Safety at the Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. 6 to 8 pm.

Learn early stage recognition of an overdose or intentionally drugged patrons and how to treat them. With the participation of the Queen West Central Toronto Community Health Centre, TRIP (Toronto Rave Information Project), the Kensington Market BIA. and City Councillor Joe Cressy, we aim to provide Bar & Restaurant management and staff with information, training and treatment options for dealing with overdoses and drugged patrons.

This seminar includes access to free Naloxone kits for establishments. 

Space is limited:  Please RSVP via Facebook: @NotInMyBar or  Instagram: @Kensington_BIA

You can download a .pdf of the event poster here.

Please feel free to share links for this event with your co-workers and friends in the industry, or print the poster for your establishment.

Posted on January 27th, 2017

Dear Merchants of Kensington Market,

Please review this linked letter ASAP.

Get in touch with Patrick your coordinator if you have any questions.

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Dear Kensington Market Merchants,

The City of Toronto's 2017 Commercial Façade Improvement Grant program was launched today.

Click here to download the application form: .docx (microsoft word) or .pdf (adobe)

The submission deadline is Thursday, May 18, 2017 or when grant funds have all been committed.


The Commercial Façade Improvement Program provides funding to commercial and private property owners to redesign, renovate or restore commercial or industrial building façades. The eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, brick cleaning, restoration, wheelchair accessibility, doors, signage, windows, lighting and masonry.

What are the benefits?

Improving the appearance of your building’s façade shows that you care about your property. In addition, your neighborhood streetscape is improved. This provides a more welcoming environment to work, shop and live.

How is funding calculated?

Half of the cost of eligible improvements to commercial or industrial building façades is covered and will be based on the lowest contractor estimate submitted with the application. The minimum funding is $2,500 with a maximum of $10,000 for non-corner properties. A corner property is eligible for maximum funding of $12,500.

Who is eligible?
  • You must be the property owner or have the permission of the property owner
  • Your building must be located in a Business Improvement Area (BIA) that has been in existence for five (5) or more years
  • You must not owe outstanding taxes to the City
  • You must not start your improvement project before the funding application is approved
  • You must have not received the maximum façade improvement funding for your property in previous years.

How do I apply?
  • Applicant contacts the City's BIA Office to determine eligibility
Phone 416-392-1005
Fax: 416-392-1380
  • Applicant completes application form.
  • City reviews the application.
  • City approves or declines the application.
  • City issues funding cheques to successful applicants upon completion of the agreed-upon work.

Posted on January 19th, 2017

Kensington Market's
2nd Annual
Chinese Lunar
New Year

Please drop in and say hi to your friends and neighbours on Sunday January 29th. All good people are welcome to this informal neighbourhood get together as we celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Facebook event page