Celebrating Women in Liberty Village for IWD 2019

Celebrating Women in Liberty Village for IWD 2019

The Liberty Village BIA is proud to be celebrating International Women’s Day by recognizing and celebrating the talents, achievements and leadership of women in our community.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked Liberty Village business community to submit the names of women they felt deserved to be highlighted. The community answered the call, thank you to all who put names forward to recognize employees, coworkers, connections and friends; special thank you to the men for being allies and amplifying women’s voices.

If you wish to join us in celebrating IWD 2019, it is not too late to participate! On Friday March 8th, post on Instagram using the hashtags #IWD2019inLV #BalanceforBetter and tagging @LIBERTYVILLAGEBIA, we’ll share your posts in our story, and make a compilation of them in a blog post published later in March.

 

You can also visit our Facebook and Instagram channels throughout the day to help us amplify women’s voices by liking, commenting and sharing the achievements the community is sharing!

 

Without further due, here are 13 women who embody the spirit of the connected, creative and innovative community that is Liberty Village.   

Tammy Yiu Coyne, Partial & Squab

Find her on LinkedIn and Instagram @partial.gallery
She is a multi-faceted and multi-talented, accomplished entrepreneur who contributes greatly to the arts community in Toronto, though both her business as well as her work with the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.”

         Eric Rochon, Brood Studio


Anne Flamant,
Dare & DefyFind her on LinkedIn and Instagram @anne.flamant & @dndstrategy
In the short time that Anne has been sharing 8Space with us, she’s amazed me every week with her dedication to not only building her business, but also in volunteering her time with the various community groups and boards that she is a part of, while also showing genuine care and support for her fellow studio mates. She is woman who inspires me to continue to overcome challenges both big and small on the daily.”

         Tammy Yiu-Coyne, Partial


Libby Garg, Freshii LV &
WorkSoluteFind her on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram @libby.garg
“In addition to being a beautiful human being through and through, Libby is running, not 1 but 2 companies. She operates the Freshii in Liberty Village, and she has founded a start-up called WorkSolute that helps hundreds of business owners simplify the process of hiring and paying staff in the restaurant and retail industries. Libby also makes time to give back to the community and is always making herself available for people in her network. Thank you Libby for being awesome!”

         Anne Flamant, Dare & Defy


Wendy Hallam Martin,
Take 5 ProductionsFind her on LinkedIn  
“Wendy is an Emmy Award winning Editor for her work editing The Handmaid’s Tale. She is a fantastic example of females leading the way, and works right here at Take 5 in Liberty Village!

    Rachel McKim, Take 5 Productions Inc


Julie Kaye,
Telecom By DesignFind her on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram @telecombydesigninc
Julie is a pioneer woman in tech having founded Telecom By Design in Jan 2008 and she has been a pillar in the Liberty Village community since that time. In addition to her strong professional accomplishments, she is a local Liberty Village advocate.  She founded Allies in Tech which aims to amplify women in the technology community within Liberty Village. Julie was also recently elected as the first female Chair of the LV Business Improvement Area, and is a board member for WBE Canada.

         Libby Garg, WorkSolute


Jurenda Landry,
Kase InsuranceFind her on LinkedIn and Instagram @jurenda_j
“Jurenda is the director of KASE client services. She has been named as one of the top 10 insurance brokers in Canada last year. Most importantly she has helped KASE insurance to grow in double digits in 2018 and be name as one of the 2018 top insurance brokerages in Canada. KASE insurance would not be as successful without her leadership.”

         Stanislav Kojokin, Kase Insurance

Isabelle LeBlanc, Telecom By Design

Find her on LinkedIn under her name
Isabelle has been a member of the tech community for 20 years, she always steps in and show up to a variety of initiatives. Most recently moving our back-end operations to the AWS platform, and working with our team on a beta test solution on AWS. Isabelle has worked at TBD Telecom By Design for 9 years and continues to expand our business service offerings.

         Julie Kaye, Telecom By Design


Rosa Muscillo,
CaffinoFind her on LinkedIn and Instagram @caffinotoronto
Rosa’s first love is architecture, she went on the work on projects like The Plaza Hotel & the St Regis in NYC, as well as the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. She created Caffino 23 years ago, back at the very beginning of the transformation of Liberty Village. She watched businesses come and go in the area, as her own grew steadily, until becoming a hidden gem cherished by locals.”

         Antoinetta Fabiano, Caffino

Krista Sayer, Telecom By Design

Find her on LinkedIn under her name
“Krista works at TBD Telecom By Design and continues to play an integral part in keeping us all connected. Krista was asked to create a new website and since then go on to build out (2) more websites! As well, Krista has stepped into and contributed to a local group called Allies in Tech. Krista continues to be proactive and responsive and we thank her for her contributions!”

         Julie Kaye, Telecom By Design

 


Natalia Schiopu,
JobstartFind her on LinkedIn
“Natalia is a champion for other women, new Canadians and people with disabilities through the Mentorship program at Jobstart. A genuinely caring person, Natalia’s passion and dedication to understanding the needs of people shines through.”

         Anne Flamant, Dare & Defy


Helen Tansey,
Sundari WomenFind her on Instagram @helentanseyphotography & @sundariwomen
“Helen is a highly skilled photographer who operates out of Liberty Village on Jefferson. She is an absolute delight of a human, a phenomenal photographer but most importantly has created a beautiful project called Sundari Women which recognizes the beauty (both inner and outer) of women especially those over 50.”

Sandy Weir, Smooth Wax Bar


Suzanne Tyson,
Higher Ed PointsFind her on LinkedIn
“Suzanne is the Founder of Higher Ed Points, a start-up that helps students pay tuition by letting them and their loved ones convert loyalty points into cash. Her company was selected by a network of thousands of activators to be a SheEO Venture, and receive funding through the Radical Generosity campaign. In addition to running her business, she also consults for Edge IP in Liberty Village. Thanks Suzanne for making higher education more accessible!”

         Anne Flamant, Dare & Defy


Amelia Zhang,
AthlonFind her on LinkedIn under her name
As a UX/UI designer, Amelia is a champion for the voice-of-the-customer. This may sound simple, but she is currently part of a team that is tackling one of the most disruptive and revolutionary technologies in 2019: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. Amelia has been involved with building user-centric design solutions that streamline complex problems and bring accessibility to emerging technologies.”

         Eilbron Meghdies, Athlon

 

Meet your new Board of Management!

Meet your new Board of Management!

The new Liberty Village BIA Board of Management is ready! The Board will continue to build our community with exciting projects, initiatives and events to support the growth of the businesses in Liberty Village!

Mark your calender’s for the 2019 Give Me Liberty Street Party on June 13th, the new Art Benches coming in spring and much more!

Executive Committee

 

 

Chair: Julie Kaye, TBD Telecom By Design

 

 

 

 

Vice-Chair: David Essig – Regus Canada

 


 


Treasurer: Graham Giles- Beanfield Technologies

Chair of the Finance Committee

 

 

 

Secretary: Connie De La Vega – Property Owner

Chair of the Animated Public Realm 

 

 

Committee Chairs

 

 

Advocacy Committee: Jodi Spegel – First Capital Realty

 

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Committee: Stanislav Kojokin- Kase Insurance

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing Committee: Anne Flamant – Dare & Defy Strategy

 

 

 

 

Retail & Restaurant Committee: Libby Garg – Freshii

 

 

 

 

 

Events Committee: Yohannes Habtemariam – The Craft Brasserie & Grille

 

 

Directors

 

 

Charles Arbez – Hullmark Developments Inc

Advocacy Committee

 

 

 

Marco De’Elle – B Suite Salon & Spa

Retail & Restaurant Committee

 

 

 

Danelia Pereira – Bank of Montreal

Retail & Restaurant Committee

 

 

 

 

Tiina Stewart – York Heritage Properties

Events Committee

 

 

 

Sandy Weir – Smooth Wax Bar

Retail & Restaurant Committee

 

 

 

Chris Wilkins – EDge Interactive

Marketing Committee

 

Help us shape the future of the community by volunteering on one of our committees!

Liberty Village Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Liberty Village Holiday Gift Guide 2018

“WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING!!!”

Local Liberty Village shopper says, “You must stay in Liberty Village!!”

Liberty Village has everything you need for your gift giving – some of Toronto’s best coffee shops, restaurants and bars; eclectic retail shops and bakeries.

We have everything you need here! Need a gingerbread shaped like an elf? Fresh, roasted coffee beans? Homemade, vegan soap? Holiday Ugly Sweater greeting cards? You need it, we got it!

Looking for practical or fancy, quirky or classic? There are lots of options for your loved ones perfect gift! (You might even find something for yourself too!)

Liberty Village Coffee Shops

Liberty Village has a variety of coffee shops to suit any type of coffee lover!

Balzac’s Liberty Village, 43 Hanna Ave #123 

Balzac’s limited edition Winter Blend, it’s a rich and harmonious balance of sweet plum and dark chocolate notes!

Louie Craft Coffee, 1187 King St W

Louie has a specialty blend is sure to give you a morning buzz with it’s dark, chocolaty notes.

Brodflour, 8 Pardee Ave

Liberty Village newest inspiration, Brodflour – an in-house bakery and cafe brimming with coffee beans! Get a chemex to make fresh coffee at home!

Mad Batter Bakers , 135 Jefferson Ave

Treat your loved ones to Toronto’s best decorated Soft Gingerbread and Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies!

Smitten Kitten / I Have a Crush On You , 51 Jefferson Ave

Need a unique gift? Check out specialty gallery & gift shop filled with artist-designed accessories, holiday greeting cards & more!

Demo Soap, 171 East Liberty St, Suite 123

You’re a Gift Giving Genius and that’s why you get the perfect present at Demo Soap – soap for all – flavours range from sweet and fruity to woodsy and complex, in many forms like doughnuts and giant fortune cookies.

West Elm , 109 Atlantic Ave

From home decor, bedding to kitchen supplies, West Elm has you covered this Holiday season! Stuck on a gift? Who doesn’t love a scented candle or a comfy chair?

Carnabys Bespoke Jewellery , 171 E Liberty St #135

Treat your loved one to a beautiful piece of jewellery! What about these – triplets, sister stack rings in 14kt yellow gold or a bespoke ring for the one you love!

Running Room , 61 Hanna Ave #1

Last minute shoppers – run here to get your gifts for that fitness enthusiast in your life.

Ohlindawear Boutique , 171 E Liberty St #121

This says it all – from gymwear to swimwear!

Smoothwax Bar, 110 Atlantic Ave

Skincare never goes out of style!  That’s why you have to visit Smoothwax Bar this  Holiday season.

Cures Beaute , 171 E Liberty St unit 141

Pedi – mani, facial, polish, massage, spa day and gift cards! Just saying…  

B Suite Salon & Spa ,  132 Atlantic Ave

Deliver performance, strength and longevity this holiday season – give the gift of great hair with KEVIN.MURPHY products.

Pet Valu , 1176 King St W

Premium natural treats, and toys galore, nothing but the best for our four legged friends. They would be happy to play in the gift wrap, but even naughty pets deserve a little treat, how can you say no to that face?

 

Organic Garage, 42 Hanna Ave

This holiday season, make sure you’re giving the real ones in your life a gift made with real ingredients!

Love Me Do , 79-50 Lynn Williams St.

Advent calendar goodies, stocking stuffers or little somethings to show you’re thinking of them, Love Me do can help!

Thank you LVBIA Board of Management 2014-2018

 Thank you LVBIA Board of Management 2014-2018

A big thank you to the Directors who served on the Liberty Village BIA Board of Management from 2014-2018. It goes without saying your contributions in your respective roles and committees helped to make Liberty Village the dynamic, thriving, creative tech hub it is today.

A special thanks to the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition to the Committee Chairs.

We are happy to welcome back returning Directors, Julie Kaye, Connie De La Vega, Marco De’Elle, Chris Wilkins and Libby Garg.

 

Top row left to right: Alicia Kuntz, Marco De’Elle, Deborah Thompson, Kristen D’Angelo, Chris Wilkins, Simon Gitalis, Jay Fernandes, Julie Kaye Bottom row left to right: Leona Savoie, Rod Bell, Jane Siklos. Regrets: Libby Garg, Rod Ponce, Arian Ebrahimi

 

Former Chair Rod Bell with Jane Siklos enjoying their thank you gifts.

 

 

Memorable initiatives Chaired by a member of the Board of Management:

  • Animated Public Realm (APR)

  • Advocacy

    • Responsible for engaging all levels of government, City Departments and staff as well as diverse stakeholders in moving forward significant projects that have far reaching impact across Liberty Village. These include a New Road for LV as well as the Master Plan.
  • Ambassador, Recruitment & Expansion

    • Has two diverse mandates; First to engage those business owners, employees and property owners of Liberty Village to participate in the BIA and build a strong base for the committees and the Board under the recruitment banner. Second is the actual Boundary Expansion of the BIA to better reflect the growing nature of Liberty Village and to encompass those businesses and properties in that area.
  • Events

  • Marketing

  • Retail & Restaurant

    • Working in partnership with the LV Residents Association,  several thousand “Welcome Totes” were delivered by BIA teams to residential units that contained coupons, samplers, flyers and postcards of over 30 retail / restaurant businesses.
    • Passport to Savings Program  filled with discounts to local retailers, delivered to 10,000 to local residents, businesses and surrounding community.
  • TTC 

    • Discounted Metropasses for members (No longer available as of December 2018)

UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER PUB CRAWL

UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER PUB CRAWL

The Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl is a unique opportunity to experience three Liberty Village pubs!

What a fun night filled with joyous Holiday spirited with the amazing LVBIA & community members!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl, wore an ugly holiday sweater for the contest and participated in our holiday trivia! And of course a BIG congrats to our Holiday Trivia, Ugly Holiday Sweater contest & gift card raffle winners!

We appreciate your support and involvement with the LVBIA!

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS:

  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Barcelona Tavern, 109 Atlantic Avenue 

 

  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – The Craft Brasserie & Grille, 107 Atlantic Avenue
     

  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – 3 Brewers Liberty Village, 2 Liberty Street
     

 

And thank you to our MC, and participating pubs: Barcelona Tavern TorontoThe Craft – Brasserie & Grille & 3 Brasseurs Canada!

Stay tuned for updates on our next event in Spring 2019!

24-Hour Lamport Respite Site, City of Toronto

1155 King Street West – Parking lot at Lamport Stadium

 

The facility is expected to open by December 2018 with St. Felix being the operator. 

Please contact Victoria Bowman from St. Felix for all operational questions in-regards to this facility. 

Phone: 416-203-1624

Email: connect@stfelixcentre.com

 

 St. Felix Centre Liberty Village Respite Site FAQ

During the construction period, about 150 parking spaces will be unavailable. More spaces will re-open as construction progresses. Following the completion of construction, about 75 spaces will be unavailable.

 

Replacement street parking along Fraser Avenue and Jefferson Avenue at Lamport Stadium is being explored at this time. Consultation with local establishments, the elected City Councillor, as well as approval from City Council is required. If approved, the expected timeline for replacement street parking availability is February to March 2019. Toronto Parking Authority is also actively looking into alternative parking arrangements.

 

Winter and pet clothing donations needed!

The SSHA has received a very positive response thus far from residents eager to volunteer or donate winter and pet clothing to St. Felix for this location. We would like to extend a big thank you to those who have offered to help!

Please contact ssha.homeless@toronto.ca if you would like to volunteer or donate clothing this holiday season.

 

 

Enbridge Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Liberty Village Update

Enbridge Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Liberty Village Update

Enbridge Gas Distribution is dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas. As part of that commitment, we’ll be reinforcing our existing natural gas network in Liberty Village. We started this work as of October 15, 2018, and expect to be complete in February 2019.

 

During construction, we’ll be working in the following areas:

  • Lynn Williams Street We’ll be storing our equipment and materials in a fenced off area near the plaza entrance at 100 Lynn Williams St. just before Western Battery Rd.
  • East Liberty Street We’ll be carrying out construction work on E. Liberty St. from Hanna Ave. to Pirandello St.
  • King Street West at Jefferson Avenue, and Hanna Avenue at East Liberty Street We’ll be carrying out construction work on:
    o King St. W. extending from Jefferson Ave. to Atlantic Ave.
    o South on Atlantic to Snooker St.
    o East on Snooker St. to Hannah Ave.
    o And south along Hanna to E. Liberty St.Additional equipment storage areas will be located along Jefferson Ave. south of King St. W.; and on Hanna Ave. south of E. Liberty St.

 

If you have any questions or concerns related to this work, you can reach an Enbridgerepresentative at 1-855- 884-5112 or enbridgegasmedia@enbridge.com.

Bike Lockers Available for Rent in Liberty Village

Bike Lockers Available for Rent in Liberty Village

Three Bike Locker locations:
  • Hanna Ave & Liberty St – Not currently available.
  • Atlantic Ave & Liberty St – 2 lockers available
  • Fraser & Liberty St – 2 lockers available

  • Rent at a monthly fee.
  • Lock and key are provided. (Deposit is required.)
Bike Locker Sign up:
  1.  Please arrange an appointment to sign up for a bike locker.Please call 416 516 1723 or by email admin@libertyvillagebia.com.

 

 

1st Annual Liberty Village BIA Holiday Bash

LVBIA’s First Annual Holiday Bash was a success!

The evening of holiday cheer began at The Carpet Factory, where the Yonge Guns Quartet gracefully caroled with a crowd of our ugly-sweater wearing members. On site, Beanfield kindly provided hot chocolate and apply cider to warm us up before our stroll! Next, we strolled over to The Fueling Station, Liberty Market and the final stop for the celebrations at Brazenhead Irish Pub. Noteable classics were sung: “All I want for Christmas is You”, “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and Liberty Village BIA’s own, “Liberty Village BIA Jingle Bells”!

At Brazenhead Pub, the evening began with Yonge Guns Quartet singing festive tunes. Our MC for the evening, Arian Ebrahimi from KASE Insurance, welcomed guests and launched the Ugly Sweater Contest, as food & drink were served.

The Ugly Sweater Contest began with our judges, Libby Garg from Freshii, Chris Wilkins from EdgeInteractive and Greta & Geoff Black from Carnaby’s Bespoke Jewellery, taking notes on Ugly Sweaters for Individuals and Teams. After much contemplation, they found the ugliest sweaters most deserving of prizes!

Team Winners: 

  1. Ugliest Sweaters: The Carpet Factory
  2. Uglier Sweaters: HJC
  3. Ugly Sweaters: Beanfield Group

Congratulations Team Winners!!

A big thank you to everyone who came out for a night of fun and games! Also, thank you for your support: The Carpet Factory, The Fueling Station, Beanfield & Brazenhead Pub!

See you next year for the Second Annual Holiday Bash!

 

‘Happy Holidays & Happy New Year’!

Cheers,

LVBIBA