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Summer Solstice 2018 in VSP

It’s back..Solstice fun in Vermont Square Park!  Thursday June 21, 2018 – from6:00pm

summer soltice VSP

Please join the SVRA and your neighbours to celebrate 17 – 18 hours of daylight – it’s the LONGEST day of the year. Come enjoy a hot dog BBQ (including beef, chicken and veggie dogs), S’mores and an awesome bonfire in VSP.

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Jam with Russell!!!

Bring your guitars, ukulele, recorder, accordion, shakers bongos, bells, triangles, maracas, cymbals….heck, even your glockenspiel to the park for some musical fun with Russell Leon a.k.a Russell Sprout! from 6:00 – 7:00

Bonfire until 10:00pm.

Wood contributions VERY welcome!

An awesome huge THANKS to   unnamed  for their very generous contribution to the event!

Happy Summer everyone – Hope to see you all in the park – Let the games begin!

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OPEN TUNING – right here in Seaton Village – Saturday June 9, 2018

Open Tuning 2018 Schedule

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the

5th annual Open Tuning Festival schedule!

Seaton Village is the place to be on Saturday, June 9, with more than 100 acts performing simulataneously at more than 20 venues from 2pm – 10pm! 

We encourage everyone to visit our schedule event planning application. It’s the best way to discover great music and plan your festival day ahead of time. You can browse performances and search by time, artist or venue. 

See the complete 2018 Festival day schedule at


There are still plenty of openings for volunteers who can lend a couple of hours on festival day. We need Roving Festival Ambassadors, Equipment Wranglers,Photographers/Videographers and more. View all volunteer opportunities by clicking on the link below. You can easily choose when and how to be part of this fantastic free street music celebration. High school students can earn community service hours!


Organized by friends and hosted by neighbours, Open Tuning is a volunteer-run, community celebration of music. We remain committed to running without corporate sponsorship and rely entirely upon individual donations. By donating what you can, you help us offset costs for things like poster printing, park permits, and sound equipment rentals for the many neighbourhood stages. Please donate today!


For further information about Open Tuning,

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Dupont St Developments Construction Meeting: Tuesday May 29, 2018

Dupont Development Construction Management Public Open House

May 29th 6:30 – 8:30pm

St Bruno Catholic School, gym (402 Melita Crescent)

Councillor Cressy and Councillor Mike Layton are hosting an Open House to give residents an opportunity to discuss the progress of a number of development projects along Dupont Street in Wards 19 and 20. At the meeting, you will be able to review the Construction Plans for 420, 500, 740 and 840 + 860 Dupont Street and learn more about managing construction in the area.


Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Time: 5:30pm- 7:30pm
Location: St. Bruno’s Catholic School, 402 Melita Crescent  (just west of Christie/south of Davenport)

The City’s adoption of a final report on August 25, 2014 was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). A tentative settlement was reached through mediation that City Council voted to endorse in March 2016 with hearing completion in May 2016. The OMB issued a decision on January 20, 2017 approving OPA 271 and Zoning By-law 1011-2014. On February 1, 2017, the OMB issued a decision approving the site-specific Official Plan amendment and Zoning By-law amendment applications for the sites at 275 Albany Avenue & 420 Dupont Street, 500 Dupont Street, 740 Dupont Street, and 840-860 Dupont Street

Site work has begun at the 740 Dupont St/RioCan project (formerly Grand Touring Automobiles) + the Pioneer gas station has closed (sob) on the Sobey’s project site signalling the start of the redevelopment process in Ward 19. Two of the applications are slated for construction soon in Ward 20: 500 Dupont and 420 Dupont.

Both Councillors’ goal is to ensure that the impacts from construction are managed and limited – to do this,  feedback is needed from local residents and residents’ associations!

For further information please refer to the City’s website here.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to contact our offices to learn more:

Councillor Cressy, 416-392-4044 or email
Councillor Layton, 416-397-4110 or email






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Ward 20 Community Environment Day Saturday May 26

When: 10:00 am – 2:00pm

Where: Central Tech School (along Borden St north of Harbord St/south of Lennox St) 

Ward 20 ED 2018 

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University Rosedale All Candidates Forum – Tuesday May 22, 2018

All Candidates Forum for University-Rosedale (Ontario 2018 Provincial Election)

Venue: Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts           427 Bloor St W (@ Robert St)

Date: Tuesday 22nd May

A total of six candidates will be participating in the forum:
  • Jessica Bell (New Democratic Party)
  • Jo-Ann Davis (Liberal Party)
  • Tim Grant (Green Party)
  • Gillian Smith (Progressive Conservative Party)
  • Daryl Christoff (New People’s Choice Party)
  • Doug MacLeod (Independent)
  • The candidate for the Libertarian Party, Les Zulauf, will be in the audience, but will not be participating with the other candidates
Format: Each candidate will be given 2 minutes for an opening statement and 2 minutes for a closing statement. Note: these time limits [and the times given below] may be altered according to the number of candidates [the fewer the candidates, the more time each gets to speak at each interval] and the advice and wishes of the sponsoring organizations. It should not exceed 5 minutes in any case
Followed by: Questions from the floor, including from sponsoring organizations
Questions may be posed to one candidate or ideally to all candidates. If the question is for all candidates, each candidate will be given one minute each to respond.
If the question is asked of one candidate, that candidate will be given one minute to respond. – All other candidates will be given 30 seconds to comment on the question and/or its response. At the discretion of the Chair, the candidate who was asked the original question may be allowed a 30 second rebuttal.
This election’s all-candidate’s Forum is being sponsored by:
Harbord Village Residents’ Association (HVRA),
Avenue Bloor Cottingham Residents’ Association (ABCRA)
Annex Residents’ Association (ARA),
Seaton Village Residents’ Association (SVRA),
Palmerston Area Residents’ Association (PARA),
Huron Sussex Residents’ Organization (HSRO)
Grange Community Association (GCA)
Bloor Annex Business Improvement Area (BIA)
Mirvish Village BIA
The Harbord Street BIA


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Seaton Village Laneway Buildings Survey

Laneway Building Surveys for property owners with a laneway building, laneway building occupants and neighbours adjacent to a laneway building

Please take the survey intended for you!

As you may know, the City of Toronto is bringing a set of policies forward around laneway housing. It is expected that draft guidelines (Official Plan Amendments and zoning by-laws) will be approved at the June 6th Toronto East York Community Council meeting. After that, it will be brought to City Council for a final vote in July 2018.

In anticipation of this initiative, the Seaton Village Residents’ Association created an inventory of all laneway buildings thought to be converted to single and two-storey housing or studio space in the neighbourhood.

Seaton Village has 45 laneways and approximately 40+ 1 and 2 storey existing laneway houses and studio spaces.

We are hoping to learn how your laneway structure functions to better inform our discussions with the City and to help guide these new policies. Our purpose is not to threaten or remove existing laneway housing or garage studio conversions

We hope you can fill out these surveys; one for homeowners or tenants of a main house a second for the occupants of a laneway building (studio space/residential) and third for neighbours adjacent to those structures…Please note that ALL information is confidential. We will not share personal information or comments with tenants/homeowners or neighbours. 

Our timelines are tight! pls complete the survey by midnight on Sunday May 20  THANKS! 

Homeowner or main house Tenant  Survey

Laneway Structure Occupant  Survey

Neighbour Survey


To contact the SVRA, please email:

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Vermont Square Park Field Refurbishment work: May 2018

Members of the SVRA, Vermont Square Park Dog Off-Leash Association (DOA), City Staff from DOLA (Nancy Aranha and Tara Coley), our Park Supervisor, Brian Green, Nadia Blackburn (General Supervisor, Parks TEY), Bob Duguid and Gord Dol (Dol Turf Specialists) met in Vermont Square Park on April 26, 2018 to view existing conditions and discuss a plan to address issues of concern specific to the central field.


Those issues include: grading, drainage, sub surface soil conditions (the compacted soil and ways to improve those conditions) viable field covers and conditions around the stage including pronounced irrigation heads (tripping hazards).



  • the high/heavy use of the field by humans and dogs,
  • The intense compaction /conditions of the earth in the field area
  • the effects of dog urine on grass,
  • the impact of uses including dog activity on the field after a (heavy) rain and during the Spring thaw that damages plant root systems

A variety of field covers beyond sod (Kentucky Blue Grass) and grass were discussed along with the preference to ensure as much access to the field as possible during the spring and summer months.


Historically, although grass is the original ground cover for much of the southern portion of the park/the central field, it has never been successful over time//with heavy use of the central field (although it does grow elsewhere with relative success.) Instead, several native species such as Chickweed, Camomile and Plantain have established in the field and elsewhere with relative success.  Unfortunately, since 2015, the ground/soil in the park’s central field has become incredibly compacted allowing the perfect conditions for Knotweed to take root. Knotweed is a highly invasive and noxious species that the City of Toronto strives to eliminate. It muscles out other species. It is an annual, meaning, the plant goes to seed then dies back in the fall and re-emerges in the spring leaving the area bare during the shoulder seasons.


The group decided the following plan for the Spring/May 2018

Beginning the week of May 14, 2018, Dol Turf Specialists will:

  1. Excavate around the stage and install 4″ depth of limestone screenings,
  2. Lower east CB frame and grate by 2″ / one ring,
  3. Grade out ponding areas and make adjustments to grade in the existing swales to ensure drainage flow to CB’s. Remove surplus excavated material from site,
  4. Core aerate the field to 6″ depth
  5. Seed with 3 way Ryegrass
  6. Fertilize
  7. Set up “barriers” in area to be protected, not the entire field.
  8. Perform second round of aeration and slit seeding with ryegrass at future date 2018
  9. Every two weeks, Parks and/or community reps, or both, will relocate barriers to protect another section of field, and rotate the protection area around the field. This will gradually open up increasingly more field area within weeks of the start date.

***Top soil will be added if/as required

The main stage are and adjacent field area will be available for OPEN TUNING Festival 2018  use on June 9, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: During this time, the treed area east of the playground/stage and south of Bill Bolton Arena will be available for any off-leash activity.

The SVRA and VSP DOA will ensure messaging to the community is consistent and accurate. Signs will be posted at the park/on the fences around the site, email blasts, information on the SVRA website and Seaton Village and the Dog People Facebook group pages will be updated.


Other notes: future field upkeep and care is essential to the long-term success of the field. The SVRA and DOA + Park Staff will endeavour to find ways to curtail use of the field during the spring thaw, wet seasons, and after a (heavy rain.)

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