DUKE Eats Festival & Free Outdoor Movie – June 29, 2019



DUKE EATS food festival is back to Toronto this summer, the tastiest time of the year! Get ready to eat, shop and have some fun on Saturday June 29th, 2019 from 5 PM to 9 PM!
No admission fees, it’s FREE!

Come with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, giveaways and fun!
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The festival will be complemented by a FREE movie screening at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School from 8 PM courtesy by Anthony Perruzza, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 7. Bring your family and enjoy an outdoor movie and refreshments on an exciting evening during the Canada Day weekend! Don’t forget your lawn chair and blankets!


DUKE Careers- Manufacturing Connections

May 01, 2019

On 11th April 2019, DUKE Heights BIA successfully hosted a first-of-its-kind career exploration event, ‘DUKE Careers- Manufacturing Connections, bringing together local BIA businesses, industry professionals, employment service providers and job seekers under the same platform to discuss career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, especially in the food and furniture sectors.
With high concentration of manufacturing businesses in the DUKE Heights BIA, a major challenge highlighted by our membership lies in hiring and retaining employees in their workforce. The role of the BIA is to act as an intermediary to connect them to the right talent pool by working with local employment service providers. With the intent to manufacture these connections, the first DUKE Careers event was launched.


The event was inaugurated by Anthony Perruzza, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 7 and James Pasternak, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 6. The focus for the first half of the day was on dispelling stigmas associated with careers in manufacturing and learning about the emerging workforce needs based on the evolving industry. This included presentations and panel discussions by various industry professionals from the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, University of Toronto, ThinkTank Toronto, Trillium Advanced Manufacturing and Ontario Manufacturing and Learning Consortiums (OMLC). The participants seemed to engage well in these sessions and had their queries addressed by the panelists.


The second half involved networking with food and furniture manufacturing businesses from the BIA and employment service providers through exhibitor desks. During this time, we witnessed a lot of buzz in the room where job seekers actively reached out to the exhibitors to learn more about the current job opportunities and employment support available to start a career in the manufacturing sector. The event closed with a participant feedback survey to capture the learnings and outcomes of the event.


DUKE heights would like to thank our project sponsors Metcalf Foundation and York Entrepreneurship Development Institute and all our community partners for their support and participation. We look forward to creating more employment opportunities in our BIA by building stronger connections with the local communities!

Finch West Goods Movement Stakeholder Workshop on April 11, 2019

The City of Toronto invites local businesses who depend on commercial shipping and freight delivery to participate in this workshop to discuss ways to improve commercial shipping and freight transportation in the Finch West area of Toronto.

Background and Objectives
Over the next four years, Metrolinx will be constructing a new light rail transit (LRT) line on Finch Avenue West from Highway 27 to Keele Street. The LRT will require some permanent changes to the road network, and will affect traffic patterns and potential truck route options.
The City is developing the Finch West Goods Movement Transportation Master Plan (TMP) to consider the LRT related changes, as well as to recommend other opportunities to provide for safe, efficient, and effective transportation of freight in the area. More information is provided in the attached backgrounder.
A consultant team led by Wood (woodplc.com) and CPCS (cpcs.ca) is supporting the City’s completion of the study and will facilitate the workshop. The workshop is being held early in the project to seek the input of local businesses that depend on commercial shipping and freight delivery, to understand your transportation needs and to discuss issues and solutions in a small-group setting among your peers.

Agenda (Tentative) April 11, 2019
08:30 – 09:00 AM Registration and Light Breakfast
09:00 – 09:40 AM Introductory Remarks and Consultant Presentation
09:45 – 10:30 AM Small Group Discussions (Round 1) – Trends and Needs
10:30 – 11:15 AM Small Group Discussions (Round 2) – Issues and Solutions
11:15 – 11:30 AM Closing Remarks
Study team will be available for follow-up discussion after the workshop (optional)

Venue Details
Julius Banquet Centre
2201 Finch Avenue West
Toronto, ON, M9M 2Y9
Free parking

Please register to attend this workshop using the online form:

or, through the contacts below.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team.

City of Toronto Project Manager Consultant Team Project Manager
Edward Presta John McGill
Major Projects Unit, Transportation Services Principal, Transportation Planning
Edward.presta@toronto.ca, (416) 338-6582 John.mcgill@woodplc.com, (905) 330-9569


Find the background information for the Finch West Goods Movement Stakeholder Workshop here:

FGMS Stakeholder Workshop Background

DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest ‘A Huge Success’



February 18, 2019

It was a chilly Family Day with temperature -15°C but you could hardly tell due to all the excitement happening at the DUKE on Ice event. The Champagne Centre parking lot in front of the Paramount Ice Arena was packed with residents celebrating the holiday as the Duke Heights BIA was hosting the first DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest. We wanted to provide North York families with an affordable day of family entertainment with loads of free giveaways and fun activities and our guests responded graciously.

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The Ice rink was full to capacity throughout the day as families enjoyed free skating, free face painting and caricature drawing. With free maple syrup taffy, free hot chocolate and free cookies, children thoroughly enjoyed all free outdoor games that included beanbag toss, golf putting, snowman and a huge slide for them to play on. Thanks to our event partner, Lumacare, for their support all through and for donating free books for all kids to take home courtesy of the “First Book” programme. Catchy tunes played by local disc jockey and Zumba demonstration by local fitness experts upped fun for the audience all afternoon.

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Food trucks set up by Wickedly Sinful and Pancho’s Bakery were on site offering poutine and churros respectively. Soupalicious was also there handing out a variety of delicious soups. Emily Rose Apiaries had tables selling a different kinds of artisan honey and Knitting Legends came with their range of knitted goods and chains. Our sponsors from Scotiabank were also present giving out freebies and offering free financial advice. A variety of raffle prizes were offered including Google Home Mini, gift certificates from Paramount Ice and La Liga Toronto, a gift basket from Lumacare, and tickets to the Ripley’s Aquarium courtesy of Scotiabank, and many more.

Thanks to everyone who attended. If you missed this year, mark your calendars now! DUKE on Ice is surely coming back next year on Family Day.

Family Winterfest Coming to North York on Family Day, February 18th, 2019



A first-of-its-kind family fun event in winter in North York with food, music, ice-skating, and free giveaways on this Family Day! Admission is free. Come with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, giveaways and fun!

Free Activities:
• Indoor skating
• Raffle draw
• Maple Syrup Snow Taffy
• Books for every child to take home
• Games and activities

If you are still looking to obtain a space at the event or are interested in sponsoring or volunteering at the our winterfest, contact events@dukeheights.ca.

DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest



A first-of-its-kind family fun event in winter in North York with food, music, ice-skating, and free giveaways on this Family Day! Admission is free. Come with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, giveaways and fun!

On February 18th, 2018, we are planning to host a winter festival called DUKE on Ice and it will be held at the Champagne Centre. The festival will include music, ice-skating, food vendors (like soups, hot chocolate, finger foods, etc.), fun family friendly activities, and more!
By hosting the only event of its kind, our goal is to promote North York and provide a winter festival for our neighbouring communities. It will also provide local food and event vendors an opportunity to promote their businesses and this area.
DUKE Heights BIA works to bring investment to the Downsview and the Dufferin-Keele neighbourhood. We expect this event to attract many children, families, and community members as it is held on the Family Day. This event will be a unique attraction for the neighbourhood!

Date: Monday, February 18th, 2019 (Family Day)
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Address: Champagne Centre, 2 Champagne Drive, Toronto, ON M3J 0K2

For further updates keep an eye on the Event Page on Facebook : DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest


2018 Annual General Meeting


The DUKE Heights BIA members are invited to attend our 2018 AGM.

Where: Painters Union Hall
            132 Toro Rd. Toronto
When:  Thursday, November 29th, 2018
            6:00 – 8:00 pm

The Purpose of this meeting is to approve the DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area’s budget and general program for 2018. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial or industrial property owners in the BIA. The AGM is an opportunity for members to participate in the decisions that your BIA is making on your behalf.

For further details and the 2016 BIA budget please click the links below to review the 2018 AGM Notice.

DUKE Heights BIA 2018 AGM Notice

If you are interested in join the DUKE Heights BIA Board of Managers, have questions about the AGM or budget, please contact the BIA.