Call For Artists!

Call for Artists: Public Art Mural “Thank You Frontline Workers!”

Are you a visual artist or do you know one looking to make a mark in the public realm? 

With the support of the City of Toronto and BIA Office, Lakeshore Village BIA is looking for a mural artist for their project “Thank You Frontline Workers!” to be installed fall of 2021


This is an open, Toronto-wide competition for an artist able to execute a large-scale outdoor wall mural.

The Lakeshore Village BIA Board will select an artist to plan and execute a mural at 3001 Lake Shore Blvd. West.  Submissions must take into consideration a budget of $5000 for the planning and execution of the mural, including unveiling event in coordination with the BIA.

The 2021 mural theme is “Thank You Frontline Workers!”. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, heroes like medical staff and essential workers were at the forefront of keeping the community at large safe and healthy.  This mural should be a tribute to them and include the Canadian Flag, City of Toronto Flag and City of Toronto logo.

Eligibility:  Open to any Toronto based professional artists with a connection to Lakeshore Blvd. W and Lakeshore Village.

Project Description:  The mural should represent a call out to the Frontline workers of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Including medical and emergency staff and essential workers like grocery store, restaurant, retail staff who have continued to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic.


June 1 Submissions Open

July 31 Submissions Close

August 1-31 Artist Development Period with consultation from the BIA

September 1- October 1 Mural Installation

October TBD – Unveiling Event (Based on Public Health Guidelines)

Artists are requested to provide the following:

  • Statement of interest: 200 words that includes any information that may be relevant to your relationship to Lakeshore Blvd W or Lakeshore Village, or to the theme of the project.
  • Resume or short biography that includes any experience with art in the public realm or large-scale murals.
  • Visual support materials of 3 works past and present.

Submissions can be sent to Attn: 2021 Mural. All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm EST, July 31, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

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Stronger Minds Circle: Small Business Owners

Stronger Minds Circle: For Small Business Owners hosted by Lakeshore Village BIA and Beacon Digital Therapy

Topic: Navigating Stress & Anxiety amidst the second wave of the Pandemic  

Date: January 11th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm  

COVID-19 impacts us all. But as a small business owner, you face the added stress of trying to keep your  business profitable in an extremely challenging economic environment.  

The list of responsibilities you face may feel overwhelming: paying employees, keeping up with rent,  protecting employee safety, the stress of layoffs, long hours and, of course, a worry about the future of  your business.  

However, the impact of the pandemic is not just economic – it also impacts your mental health. Business  owners across the country are reporting high levels of stress. It can be easy to neglect your mental  health when you are hyper-focused on your business, but it is critical to keep it a priority.  

Join us for this online forum to discuss how the pandemic is affecting the mental health of the small  business community. Our goal is that everyone will leave the session feeling a bit stronger together, and  with some useful tips, resources, and inspiration. 

Facilitator: Dr. Khush Amaria
Dr. Amaria is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Canadian
Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT-ACTCC) and the
Ontario Psychological Association. She is credentialed as a CACBT-ACTCC
Certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. Dr. Amaria is the mental health
expert that both CBC Radio and Breakfast Television turn to for advice in
their programming.

Lakeshore Village BIA Members Alison Tunley of MiBody Health and Fitness and Monika Meulman of The Healing Muse will be joining as panelists. 

Registration link:

Enjoy Lakeshore Village!


Thanks for joining us in Lakeshore Village. We are home to many mainstreet businesses with unique and delightful offerings. From perfect gifts to perfect meals, check out our directory to shop local, and shop the shore! Stay in touch by emailing to sign up for our newsletter.

Shop Lakeshore: Businesses Re-Opening

While not yet business as usual in Lakeshore Village, many businesses are open for curb-side pick-up, delivery and take-out, and as the Province of Ontario lifts restrictions more are opening every day. Opening may be a little different as businesses follow strict health protocols and we thank you in advance for adhering to them, and supporting our local Lakeshore businesses. Shop Local!

COVID-19 Update

Dear BIA Members,

The BIA Board of Directors would like to encourage our members to adhere to the current rules that all levels of government have implemented. Ontario has now declared a state of emergency and ordered all bars, restaurants, theatres, child care centres, recreation centres and privates schools to close immediately.
City of Toronto’s updates and resources for businesses:

Government of Canada updates and resources for businesses:

With the outbreak of Covid-19 it is highly recommended that people practice social distancing. Stay home for all but the most essential tasks, and by no means should you socialize in large groups unnecessarily. We will continue to encourage through our social media channels local shopping at stores, and at those restaurants that are available for take out and delivery. These are unprecedented times and we must all do our part.

We will send updates and resources as they are available.


Chris Korwin-Kuczynski

Grilled Cheese Challenge POSTPONED TO 2021

The 5th annual Grilled Cheese Challenge is postponed to 2021

The challenge is real.  The sandwiches are amazing.  We will have 3 delectable categories for our challengers to complete.  Will your favourite win?  Do you believe you have the very BEST grilled cheese recipe in the GTA?   Get ready to be challenged!

 For more information, or to get involved visit
Why Grilled Cheese?
Lakeshore Village BIA was looking for a unique theme for a gathering based around food to encourage residents of Toronto to come and explore the great business in New Toronto along Lakeshore Boulevard.  When the idea of a festival around Grilled Cheese Sandwiches was suggested, we jumped at the chance!  Everyone loves a great grilled cheese sandwich. Right? It’s a comfort food, warm and cheesy goodness.  So, lets go for it!
Each year we grow to be bigger and better than the year before.  With 100% increase of attendees each year, we are definitely the place to be!  This year is no different with family fun events, kids stuff and vendors like any other festival, but our Grilled Cheese Challenge is a call for Food Lovers to come and try some of the best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches out there.  The challenge is real.  The sandwiches are amazing.  From noon till 5pm, you can come and sample Grilled Cheeses from the Challengers (*fees may vary from vendor to vendor) From a simple cheese classic to the gourmet dynamic cheese recipe , we look forward to seeing what the competitors come up with.Come out and for some family fun, great food and vote for your favourite Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Great Locations Available!

Thinking of opening a business in Lake Shore Village or our surrounding areas?  There are many great locations available in New Toronto, Mimico & Longbranch.  Contact one of our great local agents!

Re/Max Edge Realty Inc.
Re/Max Edge Realty Inc.
2977 Lake Shore Blvd. W
Realty Life Ltd., Brokerage
Realty Life Ltd., Brokerage
2807A Lake Shore Blvd. W

Many events to come…


There’s so much to do in Lakeshore Village, Mimico, Longbranch & Mimico by the Lake!

The 2018 Directory is in the works.  If you want to be included, please email for details!  If you haven’t received a copy, please email us and we will get you one!  Use it to find business and services in the 4 BIA areas so that you and your family can shop local and help our community thrive!   We also list many Events and Activities for the whole family. From Longbranch Fest, Grilled Cheese Challenge, Concerts in Mimico by the Lake, Mimico Tulip Festival and Culture Days, you will want to keep the Directory handy all year. Visit our Joint Website for more information.