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Get BIG on Bloor! On Saturday June 20, 2009, Bloor Street West will be "car free" from Christie Pits Park to Lansdowne Avenue from 1:00pm to 9:00pm. Come celebrate local community, business, arts and culture. Rent one or more table and join the festival. Sell something, share something, teach something—use your imagination!

At 6:00 pm, you are invited to join us for for Toronto's BIG dinner party.  Invite your friends and family to this one-of-a-kind experience.

Bring something BIG to the table. What would YOU like to bring?  Maybe it is a BIG thing, a BIG idea, or a BIG meal. Whatever you can dream up! Make it BIG and email dougal[at]dougalco.com for adjusting your promotions on the website.

Click here to view the current map:
Bloorcourt and Bloordale Map of BIG Festival 2008

Schedule for June 20, 2009

9:00 start street closure and table setup
10:00 street closed, tables ready for vendors
12:00 street closed, all vendors vehicles cleared
1:00 festival starts, stage entertainment starts, children’s activities start
6:30 BIG dinner party, invite all your friends and neighbours
9:00 all festival activities end, start clearing street and removing barriers
11:00 Bloor Street re-opens to traffic

Details

For all participants / vendors:

  • rent a table or more, sign up online or by mail  OR drop in to
    Working Women's Community Centre
    533A Gladstone Avenue
    TORONTO ON
  • sell it BIG (think of a way to be unique or literally BIG with your service / presentation)
  • you will receive updates as we get closer to the festival
  • there will be public meetings as we get closer to the festival
  • you will receive a table number and location and a vending permit for the festival about a week before

For existing Bloor Street retail stores

  • the activity will all be out on the street, you can join in by renting a table to sell your wares
  • sign up online or by mail
  • no additional permit is required to sell on the street for the festival
  • you can sell any merchandise that you usually sell in your store
  • sell it BIG (think of a way to be unique, or literally BIG with your service / presentation)

For existing restaurants

  • the action will be all out on the street, you can join in by renting tables for your customers to eat at
  • all food must be prepared in your own restaurant kitchen and either
    • served to customers inside your restaurant
    • served to customers on outside tables
    • sold as takeout
  • if you want to prepare food on the street you will need to obtain a Temporary Food Vendors permit from Toronto Public Health Department,
  • make something BIG, a big meal, big drink, a big plate...make a special for Toronto
  • we are expecting BIG crowds, please make sure you have enough food
  • Second Harvest has offered to pick up unused food at the end of the festival, if you are interested, read the guidelines and contact them for pickup - Melissa Dedic, 416-408-2594 or melissad@secondharvest.ca
  • make arrangements to reduce as much as possible and remove any garbage

For existing liquor licences

  • a temporary liquor licence extension is required to serve alcohol outside your establishment, contact the AGCO for the correct form
  • the area must be adjacent to the licensed establishment and surrounded by a barrier
  • if you need barriers and extra table and chairs, we can arrange to rent them for you, at our cost -
    7' barrier - $7
    8' table - $8
    chair - $2
  • submit your application 30 days before the event, with a drawing of the proposed extension
  • BIG on Bloor is arranging arranged for the Declaration on Municipal Significance, and the letter non-objection from the city clerk for all the establishments on this section of Bloor Street
  • BIG on Bloor will send the letter of notice to Police, Fire, Public Health and Buildings for all the establishments on the street
  • we are expecting BIG crowds, please make sure you have enough food and drink
  • have something BIG to eat or drink
  • it will help to pay for the festival if you can make a donation to the BIG festival
  • make arrangements to reduce as much as possible and remove any garbage

Other food vendors

  • a Toronto Public Health permit is required for all food prepared and sold on the street
  • sign up for a table to reserve your space
  • bring your own tent, if you have one
  • we are expecting BIG crowds, please make sure you have enough food
  • sell a special BIG meal, treat, or drink for the day
  • Second Harvest has offered to pick up unused food at the end of the festival, if you are interested, read the guidelines and contact them for pickup - Melissa Dedic, 416-408-2594 or melissad@secondharvest.ca
  • make arrangements to reduce as much as possible and remove any garbage