The Kingsway History
The Kingsway Business Improvement Area began as the Kingsway Business Men’s Association in 1949. On December 3, 1973, the Council for the Borough of Etobicoke passed a by-law establishing the Kingsway Business Improvement Area and creating a Board of Management.
From the very beginning, the promotion of the Kingsway Area has always been one of the Kingsway BIA’s top priorities. Over the years, the Kingsway BIA has sponsored many promotional events centering on special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and the Millennium. The Kingsway BIA has successfully transformed an annual sidewalk sale held in June into a much larger venue now known as the Kingsway Summer Sidewalk Festival. One of the KBIA’s crowning achievements is the Taste of the Kingsway Festival. This event held in early September each year has grown from a small restaurant orientated venue to a large community Festival attracting over 200,000 people last year. One of the key successes of this Festival is the monies raised for local charities such as Out of the Cold, The St. Joseph Health Centre Foundation, The Gatehouse and The Dorothy Ley Hospice.
The Kingsway BIA also supports the “Out of the Cold Program” through the sponsorship of an annual Christmas Concert produced by the local area Churches. In addition to promotional events, the Kingsway BIA greatly enhances the area through beautification and capital projects programs. The centre medians along Bloor Street in the Kingsway are truly unique with lighted trees, distinctive flags and beautiful flowers. Wrought iron benches, waste receptacles and coach lanterns add a decorative flair to the area. The Coach Lantern Logos adorning the hydro poles help light the night sky and provide a warm ambiance welcoming visitors to the Kingsway.