DUKE Scavenger Hunt 2021 Contest Rules

Duke Heights BIA is excited to introduce Duke Scavenger Hunt, a fun community event in the Duke Heights BIA, for a 21-day period between December 1- December 21, 2021. The Contest is open to legal residents of Ontario. Participants who have not reached the age of majority in Ontario at the time of entry into this Contest must be accompanied by an adult for taking part and claiming prizes.

The contestants will need to visit a number of businesses and different landmarks in our area and complete certain activities on the GooseChase app to earn points and win 21 daily prizes and 3 grand prizes at the end.

Game Rules for the contestants: Q&A

  1. What is Duke Scavenger Hunt? Duke Scavenger Hunt is a fun, competitive game among individuals and teams that encourages exploration and discovery of Duke Heights BIA, our community area and some of our valued local businesses.
  2. What’s Duke Heights BIA? Duke Heights BIA is an association of over 2,500 businesses located within the following boundaries: Steeles Ave. W, Dufferin St., Sheppard Ave. W & Keele St.
  3. When does the game begin? The scavenger hunt begins at 12:00 PM EST on December 1st, 2021 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 21st, 2021.
  4. Can I play by myself or will I need a team? Individual play is possible, but team play is more fun!! (tip: sign up as individuals, even if you are playing together as a team, for more chances to win for the team 😊)
  5. Who’s eligible to play? All legal residents of Ontario who have reached the age of majority. Employees of Duke Heights BIA and their immediate family (i.e. parent, spouse, sibling, child, grandparent, grandchild) are not eligible to compete for prizes.
  6. Is there a cost to participate? No, it’s free!
  7. What do I need to participate? Each individual (or team captain) is required to have a smartphone with data capabilities and download the free Goose Chase app to participate (make sure your phone is fully charged) When downloading the app, you will be asked to accept the terms of references.
  8. How do I join the game? Once you download the Goose Chase app on your smartphone, choose a unique name for you/your team and simply join the game using code: 6767J4 Then wait for the game to start on December 1st at 12:00 pm. IT’s that simple!
  9. How will I win points? Points are assigned for each completed task on the Goose Chase app, such as: Solve a riddle; Take a selfie/photo/video at assigned location and upload it in the app; Scan the QR code found at each location; Click “follow”, “like”, “review” for additional points. There is no preferred or designated order of completion of tasks.
  10. What’s in it for me, besides the fun? There will be a daily prize to be won for each of the 21 days of the event!!! Each daily prize is a $300 gift certificate/voucher redeemable at one of our awesome local businesses.
  11. Will I know which is the daily prize I compete for? No! We like surprises, and we bet you like them too!

And you won’t be disappointed, since we have lots of vouchers to choose from: restaurants, dance classes, glasses, teeth cleaning, luxury auto detailing, cookie baskets, groceries and many more!

  1. How do I win? Just play the game and accumulate as many points as possible in one day!
  2. How will I know if I won? Oh, you will! Keep an eye on the notification on the Goose Chase and a team member will ask for your email/phone number to contact you directly.
  3. But wait, there’s more!! Since it’s the season for receiving but also for giving, the daily winner will have the opportunity to choose a charity, located in our BIA that we, the organizers, can share some joy with. So, for each daily prize won, we will also give a $300 donation to the charity of your choice, that’s located in the DUKE Height BIA.
  4. What about the grand prizes? Each player (individual or team) is eligible for only one daily prize for the entire event. However, you are encouraged to continue to play for the entire duration of the event and accumulate as many points as you can. The 3 players/teams with most points at the end of the event will qualify to win one of the three grand prizes each worth $1000!
  5. What if there are more players with the same amount of points: Then the organizer team will have a random and impartial draw. The decisions are final.

PLEASE NOTE:

The scavenger hunt will be conducted on an honor system. However, if the organizers deem that photos and/or videos have been photoshopped or otherwise digitally altered, you or your team will be disqualified.

If you or your team Captain cannot be reached within 48-hours after being declared a winner, you or your team will be disqualified and the next team in the points hierarchy will be declared the winning team.

If a winner is under the age of 18, to claim a prize they must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should follow the City of Toronto’s public safety guidelines at all times, including staying home if they feel sick or have reason to believe they have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Participants are encouraged to wear face masks and maintain proper social distance.

The BIA does not assume responsibility for any personal injury, death or property damage which may be caused to or by any individual during their participation in the Scavenger Hunt.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS:  email us at  info@dukeheights.ca

Download and Print the Rules and Q&A

DUKE Scavenger Hunt 2021 Begins on December 1st

 

This is the season of giving and receiving!

Between December 1- December 21, 2021, DUKE Heights BIA is excited to invite the BIA community and all our Toronto neighbors to participate in the DUKE Scavenger Hunt, a fun community event aimed to animate the BIA’s streets and create buzz around shopping, dining local and promoting local businesses.

The contestants will need to visit a number of businesses and different landmarks in our area and complete certain activities within the span of 21 days.

In addition, to meeting with our local businesses and receiving a prize, each winner will have the opportunity to also give to one of our local charities!

See instructions for the contestants in brief:

  • Download the GooseChase app on your smartphone (all participates in the scavenger hunt will require a phone to upload pictures to the app)
  • Search Duke Scavenger Hunt 2021 or use the DUKE Hunt code to enter the game, which will published on our social media pages very soon.
  • Complete missions on the GooseChase app and accumulate points to be eligible to win prizes.
  • At the end of each day, the contestant/team with the highest points will win a prize worth $300. Each contestant/team can only win one of the daily prizes.

Keep an eye on the DUKE Heights BIA Facebook and Instagram pages in the next few days for the contest rules and final instructions on how to participate.

DUKE Heights BIA Annual General Meeting 2021

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DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA)
2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
-Virtual Zoom Meeting-
Thursday, November 25, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Registration link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uceqtqTIjG9av85ET8OalxRuoTjhTXKll

Registration QR Code:To scan the QR code on your phone, open the Camera app/Lens and point your phone at the QR code in the box above. Make sure the QR code is inside the box on your screen and then tap the pop-up notification.

AGENDA

  • Call to Order, Introductions and Land Acknowledgement Statement
  • Electronic meeting, recording of the meeting and voting protocols
  • Declaration of Conflict of Interest
  • Approval of 2020 Annual General Meeting Minutes
  • 2020 Report Audited Financial Statements
  • Appointment of Auditor for 2021
  • Ward Councillors’ Update
    • Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 6
    • Councillor Anthony Perruzza, Ward 7
  • 2021 Year in Review and Committee Reports
  • Approval of Budget for 2022 (see over)
  • New Business
  • Adjournment

The purpose of this meeting is to decide on the BIA’s program and budget for 2022. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved. A copy of the proposed budget and audited financial statement will be available after verified registration.

Duke Heights BIA Annual General Meeting will once again be taking place virtually to ensure the safety of our BIA Members, Board of Directors, City of Toronto Councillors, Representatives and BIA staff.

In accordance with The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, Business Improvement Area, only members of the proposed BIA and their legal representatives (proof required), are eligible to vote at the General Meeting. No person in attendance shall have more than one vote.

All participants must register in advance for the meeting. The BIA member verification is required. Please submit the required information at the registration link below.

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uceqtqTIjG9av85ET8OalxRuoTjhTXKll

or visit dukeheights.ca and click on the AGM link located at the top of the home page. Once registration and BIA membership information is confirmed, BIA members will receive a meeting link to the AGM meeting. Participants are requested to log into the AGM zoom meeting by computer.

The Registration deadline is 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

For more information contact Lia Martelluzzi, Executive Director at lia@dukeheights.ca or visit dukeheights.ca.

Please forward a copy of this notice to your commercial/industrial tenants.

DUKE Heights Back2School Backpack Drive 2021 put smiles on 700 faces!

September 1, 2021

During the last week of August 2021, DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area worked with the local City Councillors to present two separate backpack drives for the York Centre and Humber River-Black Creek communities. Our sincere gratitude to Upper Crust for generously supporting us by sponsoring 700 backpacks.

On Monday, August 30, 2021, our backpack- and school supplies giveaway took place at the Downsview Park. Thanks to the City Councillor James Pasternak and his staff for organizing a Back2School event for the ward 6 residents. The team invited families to gather in the Downsview Park as we gave away about 350 backpacks filled with notebooks, coloring pens, pencils, crayons, math sets, and more to school-age children from the Humber River Black-Creek community.

Our backpack drive to help distribute supplies and prepare students for back-to-school continued until Wednesday, September 01, 2021, at the Fountainhead Park located at 445 Sentinel Road with help from the City Councillor Anthony Perruzza and his staff. We distributed another 350 backpacks among families from the York Centre area. The local MPP, Tom Rakocevic also joined us for the event.

We recognize that while we all are working together to recover from the pandemic, back to school supplies can be a financial burden for many families, especially if there has been a loss of income since last year due to the pandemic. Our Backpack Drive initiative was an attempt to relieve some of that burden and support the students who are going back to school this September.

 

10 Incredible Mural Arts in DUKE Heights will brighten your day!

August 2021

Over the past few months, DUKE Heights BIA had the privilege of being a part of ArtworxTO project of the City of Toronto that aimed to produce various mural art projects to beautify prominent streets in the area. The murals work to bring passersby and residents together to strengthen the bonds between community members and nearby businesses using unifying art pieces. Throughout these unprecedented times, street art can provide a sense of solace and trust to residents and local businesses while offering meaningful work to local artists that share special connections to the neighborhood. Next time you see a mural, take a moment to stop and admire its beauty and remember the artist’s passion for the city that fueled each paint stroke.


Mural Art Title: “Red Birches”

Location: 4925 Dufferin St & Gerry Fitzgerald

Artist: Adele Steinberg

Instagram: @adele_steinberg

Bio:

Adele has decades of painting experience with diverse mediums which she has honed through her membership at the Willowdale Group of Artists and North York Visual Artists. Adele is a long-time resident of North York where she raised her family and taught art for many years as a teacher. “Red Birches” is Adele’s first mural. Her art was inspired by its proximity to G Ross Lord Park as it reflects one’s interconnectedness to nature and the beauty of this symbiotic harmony.


Mural Art Title: “Pull Up a Chair”

Location: 1106 Alness St (south of Flint Rd)

Artist: Alisha Davison

Instagram: @alisha_lucia

Bio:

Alishia is an artist and illustrator located in Toronto, she loves working with various mediums to capture human connection and its interactions with the natural world. She is a passionate volunteer in the DUKE Heights area and takes pride in the welcoming nature of the community. Alisha’s mural “Pull Up a Chair” incorporates DUKE Height’s rich history of furniture manufacturing and design in the community. Alisha takes the familiarity of a chair and repurposes it in a plethora of ways to encourage passersby to take a step back and look a little differently at the ordinary.


Mural Art Title: “Memphis Dreams”

Location: 63 Alness St

Artist: Caylen Monroe

Instagram: @caylenmonroe

Bio:

Caylen is a painter from birth, beginning with portraiture and later evolving their work into large-scale murals. They are passionate about important topics like queerness, gender non-conformity, and feminism and regularly express this through their art. Caylen’s ties to the community, as both a former resident and York University student, inspired them to be a part of the street art beautifying process. Their passion for colour inspired their mural “Memphis Dreams”, a maximalist interpretation of a familiar home space, inspired by the Memphis Milano Design firm.


Mural Art Title: “Building People”

Location: 3983 Chesswood Dr

Artist: Dina Belaia

Instagram: @Dina_belaia_artist

Bio:

Dina’s artistic journey began at a young age in Russia, and her passion brought her to York University to continue her studies. She is an illustrator and graphic designer and has continued her work painting murals around the community. Dina’s mural “Building People” reflects on the importance of people in bringing to life their surroundings, like the very neighborhood the artwork is located in. She is inspired by the diversity of the people and businesses of the DUKE Heights area and spends a lot of her time enjoying all that the community has to offer.


Mural Art Title: “New Energy”

Location: 598 Champagne Dr

 Artist: Janny Van Der Eyken Mol

Instagram: @JaiaVM

Bio:

Jaia is a Mexican-born artist who immigrated to Canada in 2010 with no education, work experience, or connections to support her in a new country. Jaia worked hard to build a life for herself, her first job was at a small skateboarding warehouse near Downsview Park. Jaia’s recent education at OCAD has fuelled her visual artwork and inspired her to undertake her first experience painting a mural. Jaia’s mural “New Energy” actively represents the up-and-coming changes to the community, especially those that broaden the access to healthcare in the area.


Mural Art Title: “Lift Each Other in the Heights”

Location: 2361 Petrolia Rd

Artist: Marianne Langford

Instagram: @Paintsixx

Bio:

Marianne is a former elementary school teacher who now resides in Toronto. Her family immigrated from Egypt in 1965 and she later pursued teaching at York University, winning Teacher of the Year in 2002. As a newly budding artist, she has found solace in her artwork during the pandemic and the mural’s completion is a long-awaited goal that she is deeply proud to check off her list of achievements. Marianne’s mural “Lift Each Other in the Heights” reflects the supportive nature and unity of the businesses and community members in the area.


Mural Art Title: “Mid-Century Modern Duke Heights”

Location: 4465 Chesswood Dr

Artist: Sarah Alinia Ziazi

Instagram: @the.sarah.az

Bio:

Sara is an artist based in Toronto, having honed her skills in Illustration at OCAD University. Her work was featured in several Canadian galleries and art societies in America as she loves to combine traditional and digital mediums to inspire her work. She has numerous friends and family who reside in North York and associates the DUKE Heights community with the people she loves.  Sara’s mural “Mid-Century Modern Duke Heights” is a modernist twist on simple furniture design to invoke feelings of optimism about the flourishing of home furniture businesses in the area.


Mural Art Title: “Art Deco”

Location: 493 Alness St

Artist: Victor SY Wei

Instagram: @victorsywei

Bio:

Victor is a passionate storyteller that aims to articulate the neighborhood’s history through his work. His diverse portfolio is led by his passion for traditional folk art with a modern twist as he loves to work with inspiring colours to brighten mundane objects. Victor is a frequent visitor of the DUKE Heights area and his fond memories of the community helped inspire his mural. Victor’s mural “Art Deco” is influenced by the art deco style of visual arts as he incorporates unique designs and patterns that shine a new light on unadorned furniture.


Mural Art Title: “That’s How We Knoll”

Location: 1111 Alness St (north of Flint Rd)

Artist: Victoria Day

Instagram: @artistvictoriaday

Bio:

Victoria is a printmaker and craftsman, constructing large-scale murals and artwork that incorporate ideas of introspection and unapologetic feminism. As a former resident of the area, Victoria relishes in the beauty of the neighborhoods, often biking through Downsview Park where it brings her great joy to find murals scattered throughout the area. Victoria’s mural “That’s How We Knoll” incorporates imagery from a dynamic and spunky tool cabinet that reimagines the traditional woodworking apparatus that much of the furniture and manufacturing industry in DUKE Heights utilizes.


Mural Art Title: “Furniture in Nature”

Location: 907 Alness St

Artist: Yasaman Mehrsa

Instagram: @Yasamanmehrsa

Bio:

Yasaman began to practice art actively in 2018 and later worked on various community projects within the Toronto area and beyond. Her primary motive is the interconnectedness between humans and nature as she uses her work to emit positive energy and tell important stories. She is a resident of North York and as a regular commuter, she appreciates the positive and enlightening energy that colourful and bright art installments bring to the area. Yasaman’s mural “Furniture in Nature” uses design to symbolically shape and mold the vibrant neighbourhood setting.

 

Call for Submissions: York Centre Bell Box Murals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 1, 2021

Artists are invited to submit an application to paint a mural on one of 23 Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in Ward 6, 13 in the Downsview neighbourhood and 10 in the Duke Heights BIA area of Toronto in July as part of the Bell Box Murals Project.

  • Artists will be chosen by a community jury and paid $750.
  • DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS – 5:00 pm Monday, May 24, 2021

For application details please email us at yorkcentrebellboxmurals@gmail.com

FREE Cleanup by your BIA!

We will pick it up and take care of it for you!

Do you have skids, dumping, recycling, electronic waste, propane gas tanks, garbage, wooden debris, tires, construction material or any other waste you’d like to dispose of? DUKE Heights BIA will be collecting and disposing of all commercial waste for the annual beautification clean-up.

What do the business owners and tenants need to do?
A BIA representative will reach out to you during the next couple of weeks with a clean-up form. Once you receive your form, check the boxes at the back of this flyer indicating which waste materials you’d like us to pick-up.

When will this occur?
The week of April 22nd (Earth Day week)

After completing the form, a DUKE Heights BIA staff member will contact you to confirm waste pick details including day and time.

This cleanup is solely for our BIA members.

Discover DUKE Photo Exhibition – Winners Announced!

April 09, 2021

The first ever Discover DUKE photo exhibition has come to an end after eight weeks of rigorous contest among professional photographers and enthusiastic amateur snappers and one week of display on the DUKE Heights BIA Facebook event page. The event received tremendous response from more than a thousand viewers and fans on our official event page.

Thank you to all who made the first Discover DUKE photo exhibition a success! We look forward to welcoming everyone back soon in our area for more creative fun out in the sun.

Here are the top ten photographs selected by the followers on our official Facebook event page.

Call for Submissions : Discover DUKE Photography Exhibition

Deadline Extended to March 01, 2021

Discover DUKE… because every picture has a story to tell!

DUKE Heights BIA would like to invite all aspiring photographers, young and seasoned, amateurs or pros, students, professionals or retirees, from our community and beyond, to explore the BIA and submit unique photographs that capture the essence of our business community.

Visit https://dukeheights.submittable.com/submit to submit your photos.

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Discover DUKE is an initiative that will be made possible through the generous support from ArtworxTO.

Call for Submissions : Discover DUKE Photography Exhibit