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  • 19 Jun 2018 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mulberry Picking Returns to The Annex - A reminder

    It’ s Happening on July 7, from 3 to 5 pm and we need volunteers to help. 

    Come and taste the delicious treats from Bean and Baker Malt Shop and COBS bread while picking the berries. 
    The ARA thanks them for their support. Stop by the stores and let them know how much you appreciate their support of community events

    Click here for all details!

    We need volunteers:

    •         to set up and staff our welcome table at Sibelius Park
    •         to guide groups to the trees and lead the picking
    •         to pick berries

    We also need equipment: long ladders, tarps for collecting the berries, and long poles for shaking the trees. 

    And finally, we need trees identified for picking.

    If you wish to volunteer and/or supply equipment or if you wish to have your tree picked, please send us your name, email and telephone number to: events@theara.org.

  • 06 Jun 2018 8:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Return of the Farmers’ Market

    The Bloor- Borden Farmers’ Market started today!  The Balloon lady was there today and expect to see some of your favourite musicians all summer!

    Every Wednesday, you can find the Bloor-Borden Farmer’s Market at the Green P parking lot, between Lippincott and Borden, just south of Bloor.

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    The market is focused on real farmers, selling what they grow.  An abundance of fresh products awaits you.

    When:            Every Wednesday
                           3pm – 7pm till October 

    Where:          Green P parking lot
                          Between Lippincott and Borden, South of Bloor

  • 05 Jun 2018 4:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The back of the large sign for Sibelius Park will be graced with a new mural this summer. The Annex Residents’ Association has formed a partnership with the City’s StreetARToronto (START) and Councillor Cressy’s office to make this happen. You may be familiar with START projects in our neighbourhood, such as the Indigenous work along the wall of the building on the northeast corner of Spadina and Dupont. StreetARToronto will supervise the creation of the mural by local artist Talie Shalmon, who grew up in The Annex and played in the park.  Our hope is that not only will the mural be an attractive addition to the park décor, it will discourage the graffitists who have tagged the sign in the past, often with rather derogatory remarks.

    The ARA used the opportunity of people visiting the park  to collect free compost on June 2 to survey their opinions and ideas, and of course those of the children and their parents there simply to play. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, as it was a few days earlier from students of Huron Street Public School. 

    Pictured in the photo from left to right: Sandra Shaul, The ARA; Councillor Cressy; artist Talie Shalmon; Margaret Cresswell, StreetARToronto artist and mentor, and Catherine Campbell, manager of StreetARToronto

  • 25 May 2018 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 14 ,  Last ARA Board Meeting  of the season, 7 p.m. at  the Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road. All welcome!

  • 20 May 2018 9:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ARA would like to thank Radke Films Fage commercial for their generous donation of $500. They recently filmed a scene in St. Alban’s Square. We ask film and production companies to make donations to the ARA in recognition of the inconvenience that filming can cause in our neighbourhoods.

  • 26 Apr 2018 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ARA is holding its annual general meeting on April the 26th, at 7:30 at the Friends Meeting House at 60 Lowther. The keynote speaker will be the Reverend Cheri DiNovo, the former NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park and the new Minister at Trinity-St Paul’s United Church. Cheri grew up on Bedford Road, so her new post is a bit of coming back home. She will be talking about the vibrant asset that Trinity-St Paul’s has become for our community, and her plans to build on that.

    You will have the opportunity to renew your membership or join the ARA for the first time!

    For more information about membership, please go to http://www.theara.org/join-us


  • 18 Feb 2018 4:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Crucial Meeting Next Week -  Wednesday, February 21
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Intercontinental Hotel, 220 Bloor Street West, Barclay room

    The Annex Residents’ Association is encouraging all local residents to come to a community meeting on a proposed development at 64 Prince Arthur.

    The meeting, sponsored by the ADI Development Group, is to get the Annex’s reaction to their proposed 29 storey high-rise (see drawing to the left).

    When ADI Development Group first met with the ARA, the developer was proposing a 16 -19 storey condo and waxed on about wanting to work with the community.

    In actions that made a mockery of these assurances, ADI then filed an application for a 29-storey high-rise (more than twice the height of the apartment building next door) that is totally out of scale to the neighbourhood. The developer is taking its plans to the OMB.

    Come to the meeting to discuss this latest threat to the fabric of the Annex!

    When:   6:30– 8:30 P.M.,
     Wednesday, February 21                           

    Where:  The Intercontinental Hotel, 220 Bloor Street West, Barclay Room


  • 21 Aug 2017 11:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    End of Summer Annex 2017 CornFest

    We invite you to Our Annual Annex Cornfest

    Sunday September 17th 4-6 p.m.   
    Rain or Shine!

    Sibelius Park

    Enjoy lovely music by 'The Hollers'.
    Sing along or dance. 

    Meet your neighbours.
    New Members always welcome!


  • 21 Aug 2017 9:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sunday, September 24, 2017 noon to 4:30 pm
    Tickets:  $25 each and $40 for two

    Buy tickets here:

    Join us for a great afternoon exploring the stories and houses of Walmer Road 

    Your ticket gives you the following options:

    • Guided tour of Walmer Road, one of the most unsung but most storied streets in The Annex
    • Behind the facades self-guided tours of a small selection of some of the finest houses on Walmer Road
    • Registration, complimentary refreshments and a self-guided tour of the historic building of the Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study.

    Three cultural organizations will be participating in our tour:

    • The Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, our registration centre, café and tour site, originally the home of the Canadian Ambassador to Washington
    • Behind-the Scenes at Trinity St. Paul Church tours led by Mary Lou and other members of the Fallis family
    • The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, one of Toronto’s finest Indigenous community cultural centres, with guided tours provided.

    Online ticket sales close at noon on Saturday, September 23. Cash only at the door (Eric Jackman Institute of Child study, 45 Walmer Road).
    For tickets click here.

  • 03 Jul 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tour de Bloor (Bike and Buy) Passports" are now available at

    Curbside Bikes and Sweet Pete’s (in the Annex) and Kensington Natural Bakery (460 Bloor). (There is also a downloadable version at: https://www.cycleto.ca/bloor-loves-bikes )

    The passports are available to cyclists and non-cyclists alike. Passport holders who visit a minimum of 20 of the 75 businesses in the Annex and Koreatown, are eligible to be entered into draw for a new Simcoe bike (retail value $850) and other prizes. (The ROM also offers a 20% discount on admissions for passport holders.)

    The program runs to mid-September. The objective is to promote local businesses to the thousands of new cyclists on Bloor St.

    The initiative is supported by all local Residents’ Associations.

    Support local business. Shop locally.

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