The purpose of this meeting is to decide on the BIA’s program and budget for 2020 (see over). This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved. If you wish to obtain a copy of the complete proposed budget and audited financial statement, please contact the BIA.
Proof of BIA membership will be required. Please bring photo ID and either a business card, utility bill showing business/tenant name and address, or your City of Toronto property tax bill. Only members of the BIA, and legal representatives of BIA members (proof required), are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, states that Business Improvement Area Members are defined as “all persons who own rateable property in a business property class and all persons who are non-residential tenants of rateable property in a business property class in a business improvement area.” A “person” is defined by Chapter 19 to include “a corporation and the heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representatives of a person to whom the context can apply according to the law.” No person in attendance shall have more than one vote.
Please note: As per the amended City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 19, adopted by City Council at its meeting on July 4-7, 2017, designates are no longer eligible to vote on behalf of BIA members at annual general meetings. Therefore, a designate form has not been included in your AGM notice package.
Liberty Village BIA proudly presents its annual signature event: Give Me Liberty Street Party on June 13, 2019 at 4:00-10:00 pm on Fraser Avenue north of Liberty Street. Fraser Avenue will be transformed into an outdoor patio with over 50 VENDORS FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES, as well as the TFC, Toronto Argos and the Toronto Wolfpack players, cheerleaders and mascots.
Pet Fashion Show, sponsored by Pet Valu
Free-family friendly activities
Food, drink, music and fun for everyone!
Meet us for coffee and cookies on Wednesday June 5, and Friday June 7 from 10-11am to purchase advance drink tickets and enter for a chance to win Toronto Wolfpack VIP season access (including tickets to all games for the remainder of the season and access to the VIP lounge).
Purchase advance drink tickets 4 for $20 until June 12 at:
The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Wedding in Liberty Village
Liberty Village is a unique campus style paradise where you can find trendy young professionals with their dogs, plenty of unique cafes and restaurants. As you take in the heritage buildings, be sure to take a photo for insta before you visit the top spots for your wedding service needs. What are you looking to find? We got it! From specialized baked goods, beautiful stationary to stunning venues! It’s always good to shop and support local retailers!
Caffino offers a wide array of in-house services, including working with your vendors, event planners and you, to ensure that every detail is perfect. The capacity is 25 people which meshing indoor and outdoor spaces.
Mildred’s as a wedding venue is an ideal choice for many! It’s ideal for a variety of event styles, including their incredible four course dinner menu with delightful passed hors d’oeuvres to start, the options of a food station and an open bar for 100 guests, and a cocktail style celebration fits up to 200 guests.
Old meets new at Liberty Commons! Original heritage building features like wood slat elevator screens and massive wooden beams contrast with sleek geometric tile, leather banquettes and marble tabletops. The result is a space with a polished, yet casual atmosphere.
For the ultimate catering experience, Provisions, takes on the challenge of creating an art installation that serves as the ultimate reflection of a couple’s relationship. They believe your wedding day menu should be a representation of your love for one another. It’s all about the couple on the special day!
We Cater to You delivers amazing catering to be remembered! The company makes shopping local a priority and often works directly with farmers to get the freshest produce and meat for their dishes. The menu is diverse and expansive, so you’re sure to find a handful of dishes that suit your taste! Bonus: they do quite a few gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian plates, making it easy to find options for your guests with dietary restrictions.
For an Instagram-worthy dessert table, look no further! For the Love of Cake will deliver the cake of your dreams. The bakery can craft trend-forward geode cakes bursting with colour, sleek and simple monochrome cakes, whimsical cupcake towers and just about everything in between. It can even handle baking and packaging your favours, if you want to kill two birds with one stone.
For quality photographs to share with family, friends or just to post on Instagram, you’ll need a professional! 5ive15ifteen is an internationally published photography studio, specializing in weddings. Available for local and international bookings.
For brides hosting weddings too far from Vent Blow Dry Bar, stop by the day before your wedding for a deep scalp massage and wash. As many wedding hair stylists will tell you, day old hair is ideal for styling. The natural oils of your hair will help the style hold. With their two products lines, AG Hair and Moroccanoil, our stylists can help create the perfect palette for your wedding day hairstyle.In the midst of wedding planning? Click hereto check one more thing off your list and inquire about their customized bridal packages.
Looking for a way to take your wedding decor to the next level? You’ve got to check out these balloons! Fun, spirited & creative – it would make the perfect photoshoot backdrop! TO Baloons will work with you to create the perfect arrangement for your event. These beautifully designed balloons will surely be a talked about hit at your wedding!
Looking for a custom engagement ring? Look no futher! At Carnabys you can customize many of our hand-crafted engagement rings and wedding with colour gemstones, colour diamonds and/or alternative metal options to create a ring that is perfect for your unique personality. If you wish, we can create and design a one-of-a-kind ring to your specifications, using state-of- the-art technology that brings your vision to life.
LUXE Destination Weddings is a team of wedding experts specializing in planning destination weddings at the world’s most exclusive hotels and resorts. LUXE will custom tailor your destination wedding vision and create a wedding as unique and special as every bride and groom they work with.
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.
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.”
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.”
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!”
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!”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!”
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.”
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.”
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!”
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.”
Liberty Village BIA Celebrates International Women’s Day 2019
March 4, 2019 (LIBERTY VILLAGE, TORONTO) – In honour of International Women’s Day, the Liberty Village Business Improvement Area (LVBIA) will recognize and celebrate women’s leadership in our community. We reach out to you not only to celebrate women, but to do what you can to make a positive difference for all women.
This year, we will be recognizing and honouring women who are vital to the Liberty Village community, and celebrating their achievements both locally and globally.
The LVBIA is launching a multi-channel recognition campaign where you can share your story by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 6th tagging the Liberty Village BIA handles and using #IWD2019inLV on social media.
The International Women’s Day 2019 theme is #BalanceforBetter. It is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.
Message from the IWD – “From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence. Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.”
International Women’s Day continues to be a powerful platform globally that unifies tenacity and drives action for gender parity, while celebrating the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women.
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Liberty Village BIA (LVBIA) The Liberty Village BIA, founded in 2001, was the first commercial-based Business Improvement Area in Canada. We proudly represent over 800 businesses with more than 11,000 employees, all located in our unique campus style community situated on the west side of Toronto’s downtown core.
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We are working jointly with the City of Toronto on a project to revitalize the public space in front of the properties at Zoomerplex and 147 Liberty Street. This project has been a long-standing goal of ours and is supported by City of Toronto, Economic Development & Culture. Construction to begin Spring – Summer 2019!
Liberty Grace Church, 25 Liberty Street, Toronto, ON M6K 1A6
(Atlantic Ave &Liberty St)
4:00 to 7:00pm
The Liberty Street BIA and the City of Toronto are working jointly on a project to revitalize the public space in front of the properties at Zoomerplex and 147 Liberty Street. This project has been a long-standing goal of the Liberty Street BIA and is supported by Economic Development & Culture. Designs for two parkettes are underway and we wish to introduce you to the project and get your feedback.
This is a drop-in event in gallery format with an opportunity for Q&A and a general discussion with representatives.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Memorable initiatives Chaired by a member of the Board of Management:
Animated Public Realm (APR)
Responsible for streetscape projects and the outdoor assets of the BIA.
Gardens at King St & Atlantic Ave and Linear Park on Liberty St
Graffiti Removal on Municipal Property
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.
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.
Discounted Metropasses for members (No longer available as of December 2018)