Alternative Autumn Events: Oct. 5-19, 2020

#WeLoveHV !  

With COVID-19 restrictions, our annual Fall Fair had to be cancelled. However, we are pleased to announce new ways to celebrate our community and support our local businesses. These self-directed activities for different ages will get neighbours out exploring Harbord Village in a new way. (Watch this page for updates!

Local Business Passport | Chalk Art Gallery | Love Our Laneways | Busker Fest

Local business passport

Visit five local businesses, including at least one new one from the list below, and send photos of your receipts, or yourself with your purchases at the places of business, to, and receive a free annual HVRA membership!

Every photo also gets you an entry in a draw for a gift certificate and other great prizes – the more you shop, the better your chances of winning!

Keen to do more? Then post photos of your favourites on your choice of social media tagged with #WeLoveHV to help promote the businesses you love.

Enjoy scanning our long list of local businesses (you’d never believe how many!), including these new ones, bravely opening during a pandemic year:

New Businesses 2020

  • On College: Lebanese Garden, Silver Arrow, Northern Fades, Jell & Chill, Om Market, and Found Coffee
  • On Lippincott: Happy Burger
  • On Bloor: Shuyi Delicious, Daily Dumpling Wonton, Cuppa Tea, Wild Wing, Haven Plant-Based Eatery, The Runner’s Shop, Indian Desire, Gyugyuya, Knockout Chicken, The Fry, Unicorn Cafe, Kibo Sushi, Mi Taco, Santouka, Udon Kitanoya, Fixt Wireless Repair, Tea 18, and Chuan Noodle
  • On Brunswick: Aunty Lucy’s
  • On Harbord: YGO Lab, La Diperie, and Kwesiya Clothing & Decor (West-African inspired design)

Chalk art gallery

Younger residents are encouraged to create chalk art around the neighbourhood for everyone to enjoy. Walk around to find the drawings, and post photos on social media with the hashtag #WeLoveHV to immortalize them.

Love HV laneways

Take a self-directed tour of our fantastic laneway art. Start with the information and map on our Laneway Naming page, including the 2017 project of laneway murals, sponsored by the Tranzac Club, Street ART Toronto, and local businesses and neighbours. Also post pics of your favourites on social media with #WeLoveHV.

These websites will tell you more about garage-mural artists who have painted some of the garages in Harbord Village:

And have you noticed the StoryPost plaques posted around Harbord Village? See how many you can find! They come from our award-winning Oral History project, and a map on the Harbord Village History website will give you a head start finding them. These ones relate to laneways:

  • #2 Chestnuts
  • #6 Chickens
  • #10 Horses
  • #12 Milk
  • #14 Playing

HV BuskerFest — Pop-up musical entertainment

We’re also planning a day of safely distanced laneway performances by musicians who live in the neighbourhood. But our grand finale Buskerfest has had to be postponed due to recent COVID developments and the need to ensure the safety of residents.  We look forward to making live music with you as soon as public health and the weather permit! Check back here for information.

Featured performers (subject to change) are planned to include:

  • Anne Lindsay
  • The Back Alley String Quartet (members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra)
  • Wayne and Brian on Fiddle and Guitar
  • Caledon County

Though we can’t gather in large groups, we look forward to seeing you around the neighbourhood!

For more info or to help out, contact