Baldwin Street Village is located on Baldwin Street between Beverly and McCaul Street and includes the piece of McCaul between Baldwin and Dundas. It is home to many great restaurants and other stores and is a prime lunch destination for those who at UofT, OCAD, the many nearby hospitals, Queens Park, and others.
In summer 2008, on the third Sunday in July, August and September, Pedestrian Sundays hopped over Spadina Avenue from Kensington Market and turned Baldwin Street and the bottom of Henry Street into a car-free zone filled with pedestrian friendly activities, music, and events.
August 23 2009
Pedestrian Sunday in Baldwin Village
We would love for you to join us again by showing your community spirit on
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Noon to 7:00 pm
for another lively celebration of community, culture and ecology.
Baldwin Village is a hidden treasure nestled in the heart of downtown - a history-rich urban village that represents the culturally diverse heartbeat of Toronto. Composed of a collection of 38 independent restaurants and retailers, this community is amplified by an abundance of international cuisine.
A cultural mosaic of people and lifestyles can be found in Baldwin Village. In addition to the exotic cuisines and warm personality of its family-run businesses, with both the Ontario College of Art & Design and the Art Gallery of Ontario just steps away, one also feels a distinct artistic influence in the area. Meanwhile, the adjacent University of Toronto campus and its students add a scholastic flavour to the neighbourhood.
Named after Dr. William Baldwin in the early 1800s, over the years, the neighbourhood has been home to many different groups: Jewish settlers in the 1920's, expatriate American draft dodgers and hippies during the Vietnam War, and the Asian community, already rooted in nearby Chinatown, flourished here in the 1980s.
The merchants and residents of Baldwin Village invite visitors to join them this summer as they introduce Toronto's best-kept secret to the city through a series of Pedestrian Sundays celebrations. This summer, why settle for just a taste of one culture when you can taste the world!
Here is the tentative schedule as it is at this point:
11:45 – 12:30 Moyo wa Africa (to open event up with drumming) http://www.moyowaafrica.com
2:00 – 2:30 Tai Chi (University Settlement)
2:30 – 3:15 Annie Si-Wing Tung http://www.annietung.com
5:30 – 6:15 Janet Panic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XupaCno0V0&feature=related
1:45 – 2:30 Tanya Philipovich http://www.myspace.com/tanyaphilipovich
3:15 – 4:00 Michael Louis Johnson http://www.facebook.com/Michael.Louis.Johnson
4:45 – 5:30 Gary Bluestone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoj38qxCLiI
6:15 – 7:00 Sistah Lois http://www.nuzest.net/aop/index.html
8:30 - 10:00 Little Video Shop Movie
Pedestrian Sunday Baldwin: September 16, 2008
What do you see for Baldwin Village in the future? Given the huge arts community we hope to come up with a fun, futuristic vision for the street. Visionaries welcome! Featuring...
Gypsy Rebels Authentic Gypsy Music
Richard Underhill Juno Award Winning Jazz Great
Steve Mann Ensemble International Hydraulophonist Musical instrument using pressurized water
irieband Spirited Reggae Band
Mz. Mosea and Band Dynamic Soulful Singer
Max Woolver Blues Band Grassroots
Chris Bezant & Craig Saltz Duo Gypsy Jazz-Django Reinhardt Style
Usmic Music - Yoshi & Chie Yamano Guitar, Digeridoo, Sitar, Vocals
Jim Reid - Guitar and Vocals
Ardene Shapiro - Guitar and Vocals ... and many more Guest Artists
Community Think Tank What's your vision for the future of Baldwin Village? ...with Michael J.
Baldwin Village Film Fest Free Movies on the Street Bring blankets and pillows ...we'll supply movies & popcorn
Children's Events :) games, art & crafts, music, face painting and lots more
Self Guided Walking Tour of Baldwin Village present to the turn of the century
International Delicious Food ...And a swell time for all !!
Baldwin Street Village is known for its diverse collection of restaurants.
- Bocca - Italian
- Cafe La Gaffe - French
- Fujiyama - Japanese
- Gateway of India - Indian
- Jodhpore Club - Indian
- John's Italian Cafe - Italian
- Kowloon Dim Sum - Chinese/Dim Sum
- Kuni Sushi Ya - Japanese
- La Bodega - French
- Mangiacake Panini Shop - Italian
- Margaritas - Tex-Mex
- Matahari Grill - Malaysian
- MiDi Bistro - French Bistro
- Papaya Tree - Vietnamese
- Sage Cafe - French Bistro
- Sambuca Grill - Italian
- Thai Paradise - Thai
- Vegetarian Haven - Vegetarian
- Village Idiot Pub - Bar
- Wah Sing Seafood - Chinese/Seafood
- Yun Sing Pastry Shop - Chinese/Pastries
Other businesses include
- Baldwin Natural Foods - Organic food store
- Baldwin Village Inn - A Bed and Breakfast place, http://www.baldwininn.com/
- Alan Rutherford Studio Gallery - formerly Signs of Significance, http://www.artistalanrutherford.com