Fall Fair

This is the big social event of the HVRA year, bringing together the whole range of Harbord Village residents for fun, music, socializing, and a silent auction. It takes full advantage of Margaret Fairley Park (Brunswick and Ulster) on the first Sunday afternoon after Labour Day.

2017 Fall Fair

Sunday Sept. 10 was an ideal day of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. We made the most of the newly refurbished Margaret Fairley Park, with activities for the whole family and the whole neighbourhood. The photos below tell some of the story. Thanks to Graham Rempe for being official photographer; contributions also from Merrill Swain.  (Click on the white arrows to see a slide show.) 

The delicious food and drink was provided with the generous sponsorship of local businesses. Our thanks go to Fiesta Farms, Pizza Nova, and Tim Horton’s.

We also thank the 100 donors who stocked the Silent Auction table with wonderful items, gift cards, and tickets. Money raised here supports the ongoing activities of the HVRA (including the costs of running the Fall Fair and other events, initiatives such as the tree inventory, and also our own donations to such good causes as the Green P Farmer’s Market).

10 Editions
312 Optical
Akai Sushi
Alex Cuts
Almond Butterfly Bakery
Anne Roper
Annex Photo
Aunties & Uncles
Bakka Phoenix Books
Bata Shoe Museum
Blackbird Bakery
BMV Bookstore
Body Invest
Caspar Haydar Design
Caversham Booksellers
Cheese Magic
Clay Design
Cobs Bread
College Street Optical
Crafty Coyote
Crêpes à GoGo
Dirty Bird Waffles
East of Brunswick
Elchi Chai Shop
Famoso Pizzeria
Fancy Frank’s
Fiesta Farms
Flock Rotisserie & Greens
Free Times Café
Gardiner Museum
Global Cheese
Good for Her
Greg’s Ice Cream
Gripped Publishing
Harbord Bakery
Harbord Convenience
Harbord Dentistry
Harbord House
Harbord Street BIA
Harvest Kitchen
Her Father’s Cider Bar
Hooked Seafood
Independent City Mart
J’s Apron
Jelly Modern Doughnut
Jimmy’s Coffee

Peter Macaulay and Mary Neumann
Karen Millyard
Kensington Brewery
King’s Landing Barber Shop
Listening Centre
Lotus Yoga
Magic Noodle
Manic Coffee House
Margaret Procter
Mars Diner
Miles Nadal JCC
Myo Medical Wellness
Nu Bagel
Pet Valu
Piano Piano
Pya’s Boutique
Queen Video
Randolph Academy
RBC, Spadina
Rexall, Bloor
River Tai
Rowe Farms
St. Louis Bar & Grill
Sanagan’s Meat Locker
Shopper’s Drug Mart, Bloor
Sivinanda Yoga
Solo Hair Salon Yorkville
Swiss Chalet
Tarragon Theatre
Textile Museum
Things Japanese
Tom’s Place
Top Cuts
Toronto Popcorn Co.
Torreira Imports
Urbane Cyclist
Wanda’s Pie in the Sky
Wiener’s Home Hardware
Working Moms
Wright Real Estate

2016 Fall Fair

In 2016 it was a big street party on Brunswick just south of Ulster, closed to traffic with the consent of neighbours and the city. That’s right beside the usual location of Margaret Fairley Park, currently undergoing renovation. The weather was glorious, the food from local businesses was delicious, and the silent auction was the best ever.

The photos displayed below were taken by Richard Longley (identified in captions as RL), Christian Mueller (CM), Margaret Procter (MP), Anne Stevens (AS), Merrill Swain (MS), and Wendy Trueman (WT). Put your cursor over the photos below, then click on the arrows to move through the slide shows.


Several hundred visitors made the most of the fine weather and each others’ company. Use the arrows to move through the slide show.

Kids caught the infectious enthusiasm, entertaining themselves and everyone else by dancing, playing, drawing, eating, and having their faces painted by volunteers from St. Stephen’s Community House. Use the arrows to move through the slide show.


The Nags’ Players provided roaming entertainment, and seven musical groups kept us singing and dancing. Where else could you get free shows like this?

The Lineup: The Turnups, Murray Powell, Joe Hall (with Tony Quarrington, George Dobo, and Casey Irwin), The Nags Players and their horse, The Groovees, Nuno Cristo and three of his cavaquinho students, Paddy on the Cell Phone, and The Real Deal. Click on the arrows to see the photos.

The Volunteers Who Made it Happen

Christian Mueller and Wendy Trueman, co-chairs of the HVRA Fall Fair, spent a hot summer making arrangements for street closure, licensing, security, entertainment, food and drink, table and chair rental, and also of course recruiting more volunteers for the day. At least 60 people helped run the show. That’s too many to list, but you probably saw them there, enjoying themselves! Click on the arrows to move through the slide show.

Donations and Silent Auction

We ate well at the Fall Fair because local businesses gave us a break on their delicious food and drink. That includes Fiesta Gardens for the burgers and hot dogs, Independent City Market for the condiments, Rasa for its chopped salad, Aroma for coffee, Crafty Coyote for pulled BBQ’d lamb sandwiches, and Kensington Brewery for beer. We also appreciate the cash gifts from Workin Moms Productions, which is filming in our area, and from the Harbord Street Business Improvement Area and the newly renovated Coin O Rama Laundromat.

The 2016 silent auction was the most exciting and the most productive ever. That’s because of the organizing skills of Wendy Trueman and Deanna Hendriks, and also the enterprise of Anna Barnett, Ann Eyerman, Marilyn Martin and others who canvassed local businesses for donated items to sell. COBS Bread, for instance, donated a year’s supply of bread and a fine basket of goodies to go with it. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and the ROM gave memberships. Piano Piano offered a luxury dinner, one of many local restaurants giving gift certificates for eating and drinking. Independent City Market and other stores also provided gift certificates, often with samples of their goods. Several individual donors gave event tickets for resale.

This is the one time of year that HVRA raises money for its own work. We appreciate the generosity of all 109 of our silent-auction donors! Click here for a PDF file listing them.

From past Fall Fairs, a few photo memories:

Panoramic view of the 2010 HVRA Fall Fair
The scene in Margaret Fairley Park, 2010. Fiona Smith and son at right, enjoying the September day with many other Harbord Villagers. Photo by Wendy Smith.