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

Posted on December 16th, 2016

This Sunday the 18th, you and your family are invited to attend Red Pepper Spectacle Art's 🏮🎏🏮lantern making workshop to prepare for your participation in next Wednesday's Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade. ✨💫Be a part of lighting up the longest night of the year.

The workshop happens at the United Steel Workers Hall, 25 Cecil St from 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Materials and instruction are provided, and it only costs $12.  👍

You should note that there will also be lanterns for sale on Wednesday the 21st ahead of the parade.

Posted on December 15th, 2016

One of the cooler things to have happened in Kensington Market this past year was local resident Ben Lory's 100 Kensington Posters project which we launched at last August's  Pedestrian Sunday. 💯See the embedded video below which looks back on the project. 🎥 You can also view all of the posters at: 👍Thanks for partnering with us Ben! It was a pleasure working with you.  Much respect. 🙏

Posted on December 11th, 2016

Posted on December 9th, 2016

Local Kensington Market artist 🎨 & resident Anna Paliy has an art exhibit currently up at Eative Film Café. Pictured here is a piece titled: "Isadora" a tribute to Isadora Duncan, the mother of Modern Dance. She was one of the first American women to break out of the classical form and create what is now contemporary dance. She led a rich and fascinating life... google her... she eventually married a Russian man and became a USSR citizen & communist, which didn't go over so well south of the border... Anyway, Anna has some lovely artworks like this one up for viewing until December 15th. The show is titled: "Cabinet of Curiosities". Do check it out and enjoy some of the fine fare that Eative Film Café has to offer.

Posted on December 8th, 2016

A number of you have been contacting me with questions about the fence that has been erected in Bellevue Square Park.

The park is going to be revitalized next year, at the moment they are tearing down the old public washroom to facilitate this process.

I am attaching a pic of the plan for your reference of the park that will be in place by the end of 2017.
PDF available for download here

Posted on December 8th, 2016

Kensington Market fights for survival
Local councillor Joe Cressy calls the city’s efforts to preserve Kensington “unparalleled,” but rising rents and bylaw ­enforcement around building code violations have left a different smell in the Market

How the other half lives
It was everything I’d ever wanted in a first apartment – a place where, more than anywhere else in the city, I could feel my cultural history

Of chaos and community in Kensington Market
Can we preserve a village of welcome for the unpolished in our city?

The singular beauty of Kensington Market? its people
Most of the stores have long-time customers and people who come not just to shop and eat, but to see one another

Kensington Market: a timeline
From its early days as a Jewish Market through to present-day bohemian food haven

Posted on December 8th, 2016