|Happy Summer! |
Here's another issue of The Ripple, your Waterfront BIA e-Newsletter. Hope you've been enjoying a summer of fun in the sun! Feel free to share this issue with your colleagues, friends and family by following the instructions at the bottom. As always, it's better by the water!
The Secret Beyond the Garden
There is a lovely art gallery on the west side of the waterfront, quietly engaging with the community in celebration of fine art.
Arcadia Gallery, tucked away just beyond the Toronto Music Garden, is a hidden treasure on Bathurst Quay.
|Photo Credit: Laurie Stevenson |
The gallery is a part of Arcadia Housing Cooperative, the first artists' co-op in Canada. Founded by a small but dedicated contingent of arts pioneers in 1980, the co-op not only provides 110 units of live/work space for artists and their families, but it boasts a performance space, darkroom, workshop, pottery studio, green roof and beautiful courtyard gardens.
Arcadia Gallery, located on the first floor of the co-op, has been host to a dozen shows per year for more than 25 years. With sculpture, oil, sketching, mixed media, and installation, it has embraced a variety of art forms. Many of the painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers who have shown their work in Arcadia Gallery actually reside within the co-op itself.
The gallery's latest exhibit is Cameron Kuntz's Saints in Underwear & Other Stories, a collection of mixed media paintings exploring spirituality, running August 4 to 26 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 PM. Then, from Sept. 2-23, new work by Greg Watson features paintings in acrylic and watercolour. Don't miss the opening reception on September 2nd!
Coming this fall, for the first time Arcadia will be participating in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche,
|Photo Credit: Victoria Piersig |
the City of Toronto's "All-Night Contemporary Art Thing"
(September 29/30). A group show called Quay Sera Sera
will display Arcadia Housing Cooperative artists' responses to Toronto's changing waterfront environs.
Stay tuned on Facebook
for more details!
The waterfront enchants all with its artful beauty - and a visit to Arcadia Gallery is our best-kept secret!
Arcadia Gallery680 Queens Quay Westarcadia.firstname.lastname@example.org/Arcadia.Art.Gallery
A Cruise Fit for a Queen!
It's been a busy year for Queen Elizabeth II . . . not only has she welcomed the 2012 Summer Olympics to London, but she is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee with 60 strong years on the throne! We have a queen on our waterfront, too,
with her own "jubilee" to share.
Jubilee Queen Cruise Lines
The Jubilee Queen
is Canada's largest luxury River Showboat. She is the signature vessel of Jubilee Queen Cruise Lines
, which celebrates its 25th anniversary i
n the Toronto harbour this year!
Boarding the Jubilee Queen provides guests with the royal treatment.
She recreates an era of elegance, when service reigned supreme. Breakfast, afternoon, or evening with Her Majesty is complete with breathtaking panoramic views of the spectacular Toronto skyline.
The Jubilee Queen takes care of all the special touches and little details that only a queen would notice. With Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee this year, it's only fitting that you take a cruise on Her Majesty's finest showboat!
249 Queens Quay West, Suite 109
416 203 7245
If you haven't visited the Museum of Inuit Art Gallery
, you're missing out! It's a cultural spot that is one-of-a-kind.
This summer, MIA is holding Collectors' Nights
on Friday evenings. Visit the museum and embark on an exclusive gallery tour, gaining insights into Inuit art as well as a "how-to" guide on purchasing - plus the opportunity to buy quality Inuit art works. Jazz up your home with a unique piece of Inuit art . . . it doubles as a conversation starter!
for your preferred date. Refreshments served will include wine and hors d'oeuvres.
MIA is a world-class gallery supporting Inuit artists and collectors, showcasing the most prominent Inuit artworks. It is home to the Global Inuit Art Project, an initiative that advances understanding and appreciation of Inuit art through comprehensive online resources, artist services and in-gallery programming.Museum of Inuit Art Gallery207 Queens Quay West416 640 email@example.com
Charity Starts at Home
|Photo Credit: Goran Bulut|
It all started with Margaret Thatcher.
In 1986, she donated a British-made sailboat to Rick Hansen, which eventually led to the founding of the Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia.
Fast forward a dozen years, and a similar non-profit charitable organization was founded closer to home. Today the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario
continues to be organized and run by a committed group of volunteers, dedicated to providing those with disabilities with the opportunity to learn about and enjoy sailing. The program is open to all adults of Ontario, regardless of their disability or age.
"See that? That's my wheelchair,
and I'm not in it."
The DSAO's most active chapter is the Queens Quay Disabled Sailing Program - right here on our waterfront! Relying on donations and support from corporate and private sponsors, the QQDSP hosts programs such as recreational sailing with qualified sailing companions; the Learn to Sail Program with certified instructors; racing on Wednesday evenings; and special events such as Regattas, BBQs, and sails around the Toronto Islands.
Queens Quay Disabled Sailing ProgramDocks at 283 Queens Quay West416 214 firstname.lastname@example.org
There are approximately 100,000 disabled people living in Toronto. For those that are members of the QQDSP, it's an opportunity to leave their disabilities behind
and build confidence and self-esteem while enjoying the independence
and freedom that one experiences when wind, sun and spray join forces to make a perfect sailing day. It's an opportunity to engage in a sport where both able-bodied and disabled people can compete side-by-side.
|Photo Credit: Goran Bulut|
Modifications on the (untippable!) boats accommodate the disabled sailors' needs, such as a windless system to compensate for poor hand strength, a Sip 'n' Puff system that enables quadriplegic people to operate the boat through the control of their breath, and others. The sailors' disabilities vary from arthritis, blindness or deafness to limited mobility or the simple trials of becoming elderly. QQDSP provides therapeutic, recreational and social rehabilitation, with the aim of allowing members to go from stressed to smiling during their getaway on the water.
Please contact the QQDSP to get involved - the program is fueled from the kindness and spirit of volunteers in the community.
A Cool Thought for a Hot Day
Summer isn't even over, but it's definitely not too early to book your 2012 holiday party!
'Tis the season to reserve and secure your preferred date to avoid disappointment!
Consider the Radisson Admiral, our intimate, boutique-style hotel right on Toronto's waterfront.
We're the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion - from our trendy, urban decor to our panoramic views of the harbour and skyline, we're both chic and sophisticated.
As an added bonus when you book your party, we are pleased to offer:
- complimentary event space
- $99.00 guest room rate (standard, single or double occupancy)
- complimentary upgrade to deluxe accommodation for your designated VIP
- door prize of an overnight stay in deluxe accommodation with full buffet breakfast
- 2011 pricing on all festive menu selections
Contact us today to get started. This will be a party you won't forget!
Come to Our Home or We'll Go to Yours
at Queen's Quay Terminal
has made a change - and change is great!
At RBC Insurance, our mission is "always earning the right to be clients' first choice in Insurance." Recently, J.D. Power and Associates ranked RBC Insurance Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Auto Insurers in the Ontario and Atlantic Region.
Moving from generalist to specialist, RBC Insurance has modified our already Client First approach model to best serve our clients. Great insurance advice is conveniently available within the waterfront neighbourhood . . . and if you can't come to the store, our store will go to you!
Whether you are looking for Home, Auto, Travel, Life, Health, Business or Wealth advice, RBC Insurance has you covered.
We have brought all of your needs for insurance advice under one store so that you may have a convenient, efficient, and enjoyable experience. Our licensed Insurance advisors at the Queen's Quay Terminal store are dedicated to their field of expertise: Property & Casualty
, Life & Living Benefits
, Business and Wealth Management. You can customize your insurance portfolio and take advantage of these specialists on site - or our advisors can even visit you
in your home or office! We're proud to have Cantonese- and Mandarin-speaking advisors who are committed to helping all audiences.
Come meet our new team
of Insurance experts at the Queen's Quay Terminal store to complete a no-obligation insurance portfolio review and receive a Toys R Us gift card
as our appreciation.
Queen's Quay Terminal
207 Queens Quay West
Fresh is Best
In a city the size of Toronto, it's important to have activities taking place that help one to feel a part of a community. Sobeys Urban Fresh in Queen's Quay Terminal holds a farmers' market on Wednesday afternoons that does just that.
For the second year, the "Urban Market" offers waterfront residents and visitors local Ontario produce,
BBQ hamburgers, roasted corn, baked potatoes, drinks, cookies, pies, and much more, each Wednesday from 11 AM to 6 PM. The market is held right in front of Queen's Quay Terminal, helping to bring the neighbourhood together. It's your best place to go when you want a yummy apple pie to celebrate a special family occasion!
Sobeys also holds the market on Thursdays and Fridays at its Bay St. and its St. Clair locations. Check out the meal deal of a burger, corn, potato and water for just $5!
Sobeys at Queen's Quay Terminal also has a new manager - Tyler Stevens. Tyler has been working in retail for over 10 years, with Sobeys for three years. Having been a store manager for over two years, Tyler started at the QQT location in June. Aside from a passion for food and conversation, Tyler enjoys meeting new and old customers and assisting in any way to ensure shoppers have the best experience possible.
If you see Tyler in the store, say hello! He's always got a great meal idea and is your go-to guy for featured specials in store,
Sobeys Urban FreshQueen's Quay Terminal207 Queens Quay West416 603 1212sobeys.com
Spreading Good Vibrations All Summer Long
The Good Vibrations:
on Toronto's Waterfront!
"...I've gotta find a new place where the kids are hip!"
The Beach Boys reunion has had everyone buzzing with excitement, and those good vibrations have spread to Toronto's Waterfront this summer with the Good Vibrations
You may have seen our eight energetic students on the waterfront this summer. They're offering assistance, directions and recommendations to tourists, visitors, and residents, keeping them well-informed of all that the waterfront has to offer. But that's not all - the Good Vibrations also break out into impromptu a cappella performances of Beach Boys number
s (now that's something you
may not have expected)!
"We stopped to listen to them all rehearse;
we got goose bumps on our arms.
Truly they sounded amazing!!"
Spot them with their colourful fedoras, branded uniforms, and INFO
badges and they're pleased to give you a hand while you're exploring the waterfront. Need a place to park? Ask an Ambassador! Need a place to eat? Ask an Ambassador! They know the waterfront like the back of their hands. And if you're looking to pick up one of our new, FREE Waterfront Savings Cards
, you know who to go to!
"Always big smiles . . . they are fabulous
and boy can they SING."
The Good Vibrations
' repertoire includes summer time Beach Boys favourites like Fun, Fun, Fun; Little Deuce Coupe; I Get Around; Wouldn't It Be Nice; Don't Worry Baby and Barbara Ann
. The program is proudly sponsored by Waterfront Toronto, committed to making the Toronto Waterfront a welcoming destination for tourists and locals in Toronto this summer.
"What a great group...
I'm still humming Beach Boy tunes!"
Catch the team between 10 AM and 5 PM on Thursday to Monday until Labour Day. You'll have fun, fun, fun 'til your Daddy takes the T-Bird away!
The Waterfront BIAQueen's Quay Terminal, South Atrium207 Queens Quay West416 596 email@example.com
Canada Post returns to the waterfront
For over 20 years, York Quay Fine Foods has been serving the waterfront community. Located at the intersection of York St. and Queens Quay, York Quay Fine Foods is part of the 77/99 Harbour Square condominium.
Customers' needs and wants change continuously with time, and sometimes it's a challenge for stores to keep up! The business was struggling and seeking a way to renew its presence in the community.
Soon, opportunity knocked: the Harbour Square Post Office closed in the winter of 2010. Many residents of the waterfront found this to be an inconvenient change, and the new owners of York Quay Fine Foods saw the potential: "We have extra space in our store, why don't we open the Harbour Square Post Office again here!"
With two years of hard work behind them, the owners of York Quay Fine Foods have successfully brought Canada Post back to the waterfront. Now there's a guaranteed place to go whenever you need stamps or want to send a parcel!
And if covering your mailing needs isn't enough, a sushi take out bar has also been introduced at York Quay Fine Foods. Customers can order directly from the chef, who has nine years of experience perfecting the art of FRESH sushi creation.
Prepare for a different experience the next time you enter the store - it's clean, well-organized, and contains a real variety of products. "We're changing and now we need your support!"
York Quay Fine Foods89 Queens Quay West
416 203 firstname.lastname@example.org