HallowQueen: Experience Halloween on Queen West

Fun for the young, old, or undead!


Haunted Legend of the 501

FREE rides on a vintage streetcar

A spooky vintage streetcar will travel along Queen St. West between McCaul and Bathurst Streets from Thursday October 29th to Saturday October 31st. Onboard, a professional photographer will be available to take your picture with The Queen of Hearts! Also joining the ride will be Canadian Feed the Children, a registered charity accepting donations for their Hunger Haunts campaign that feeds children in need.

Thursday October 29th: 8pm to 11pm
Friday October 30th: 8pm to 11pm
Saturday October 31st: 1pm to 4pm, and 8pm to 11pm

Pick up points:
Queen & McCaul (Westbound)
Queen & Portland (Eastbound)

Complimentary Ticket:


Wicked Queen West – Exploring the Dark Side

FREE Walking Tour

Queen Street West is one of the most popular streets in Toronto and considered one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. Despite the shiny storefronts and the appearance of big chain stores, there are shadowy nooks and crannies and stories as dark as a raven’s beak.

This tour is an exploration of Queen Street’s dark past, with stories of the criminal underworld of gangsters and gun smugglers and the alternative underground goth culture which was based here for more than a decade beginning in the 90s. We will look at some of the influences on the goth look from pop culture and how in turn pop culture was influenced by the goth scene.

Above all, this is a chance to learn more about this famous part of Toronto and to experience it in a way most never have, walking it with a local expert tour guide!

Thursday October 29 @7pm
Friday October 30 @7pm & 11pm
Saturday October 31 @2pm & @7pm

Where to meet:
This walking tour starts at the Black Bull Tavern at 298 Queen St W, Toronto ON

Where it ends:
This tour ends near the intersection of Queen St W and Portland St.

FREE – This tour is sponsored by the Queen Street West BIA

​- Queen Street’s beginnings as Lot Street
- The emergence of Goth culture in music and fashion
- The stores and clubs (past and present) of “Little Gotham”
- A busted gun-smuggling ring
- Story of a bartender turned bank robber from the Horseshoe Tavern
- What Queen Street is all about today
- And more!

Register Online at HallowQueen.cc or TourGuys.ca


Out of Site 2015: Contemporary Art & Music on Queen St. West

October 3rd, 2015 from 8pm to 4am (during Nuit Blanche)



The Queen St. West B.I.A. in association with MuchFACT is pleased to announce its seventh annual all-night exhibition of art and music by Canadian independent artists. Out of Site 2015 features five Nuit Blanche independent projects curated by Earl Miller that consider the themes of technology and participation in public art, and proudly includes a special feature by MuchFACT entitled ON TILT: 30 AIR DANCERS IN A PARKING LOT.

Visit Queen West from University to Bathurst during Nuit Blanche for several art installations and bars open late.

Visit Queen West from University to Bathurst during Nuit Blanche for several art installations and bars open late.

Out of Site 2015 features artwork by several outstanding Canadian independent artists:

1. ON TILT: 30 AIR DANCERS IN A PARKING LOT is a collaboration betweenMuchFACT, and two of the creative minds behind WayHome Music & Arts Festival, painter Charles Bierk and designer Spencer Cathcart. Set to the sights and sounds of MuchFACT funded music videos, the installment has enlisted a troupe of 30 air dancers (more commonly known as ‘those flappy things at used car dealerships’) to bring the night to life, and set the stage for a cosmic dance party that will be funny, and beautifully weird. ON TILT: 30 AIR DANCERS IN A PARKING LOT that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. located in the Bell Media parking lot at 299 Queen St. West in downtown Toronto.

2. Matt Crookshank, Awesome Cheesecake’s Oracle is a sculptural performance piece. Loosely based on the wise trash heap from Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock, the piece encourages participants to seek advice or listen to sound art from this “sentient heap” containing the performer.

2. Catherine Heard, The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate is an artists’ multiples project that makes art affordable for all. Multiples by local artists are sold for $2 each from Northern Beaver gumball machines in five locations along Queen Street West.

3. Risa Horowitz, real-time-slow-motion (all night sun) is a mesmerizing, technically masterful video loop of the sun, which forms an ironic contrast to the surrounding event that takes place at night.

4. Marc Losier, AUTOTXT is a “printing press” programmed to print a continuous scroll of social media activity about Nuit Blanche 2015 in real time.

5. Michael Yuhasz, Mobile Camera Obscura is a mobile camera obscura designed to carry passengers who will experience the moving image entering the camera obscura through the lens while listening to sound art by Cam McKittrick.

6. Paula John, Automated (Fortune) Teller Machine looks like a normal ATM but instead of dispensing cash, it will dispense fascinating predictions about the future.

Several bars and music venues along Queen West will be serving late (until 4am). Participating venues include: Queen Mother Café, Horseshoe Tavern, Rivoli, Cameron House, BarChef, Hideout, Bovine, Nocturne, Rock Lobster, and Arepa Café.

Out of Site 2014: Contemporary Art & Music

Out of Site 2014: Contemporary Art & Music on Queen St. West

October 4th, 2014 from 8pm to 4am (during Nuit Blanche)

The Queen St. West B.I.A., in association with MuchFACT and Much, is pleased to announce its sixth annual all-night exhibition of art and music by Canadian independent artists. Out of Site 2014 features six Nuit Blanche independent projects curated by Earl Miller, which consider the theme of humour in public art, and also a large outdoor screening by MuchFACT in the Bell Media parking lot at 299 Queen St. West in downtown Toronto.

Out of Site 2014 features:




Special Offers for Holiday Shoppers!

Check out exciting special offers on Queen St. West. This section will be updated as more offers are made available.

Kiehl’s, 407 Queen St. West



Out of Site 2013: Neighbourhood Walks

Out of Site Postcard

The Queen St. West B.I.A. in association with MuchFACT and MuchMusic is pleased to announce Out of Site: Neighbourhood Walks, its fifth annual all-night exhibition of art and music by Canadian artists.

The date for Out of Site is October 5-6, from dusk till dawn. Exhibitions are located on Queen St. West between University and Bathurst.

Out of Site 2013 features:

Please see below for a map of the event (click to enlarge).

Out of Site Postcard



The Future Streetscape of Queen St.West

Click here to see the handout from our Jane’s Walk

Urban Toronto’s Dumitru Onceanu summarizes our Jane’s Walk and streetscape master plan ideas in the article below. Everyone is welcome to share their thoughts about the Queen St. West streetscape by emailing us at info@queenstwestbia.ca, posting on the Urban Toronto comments section or by tweeting to @queenstwestbia.


The Queen St. West BIA has hired PMA Landscape Architects (working with Chris Hardwicke of &Co and Janos Badovinac of Fugitive Glue) to create a Streetscape Master Plan. The final design will be revealed in November 2012.


Over $50,000 raised for the Starlight Foundation of Canada

Over $50,000 was raised for the Starlight Foundation of Canada during this year’s Torontoland Snowman campaign. The Queen St. West BIA was proud to take part in this initiative with Tourism Toronto. Thank you to everyone who participated! Below is a photo our our snowman, designed by artist Melinda Josie.

Giant Snowbird
Photo by Jackson Chiu

Outstanding Capital Streetscape Improvement Award

On October 26th, 2011 TABIA hosted the inaugural Toronto BIA recognition awards. We were nominated and won in the category of Outstanding Capital Streetscape Improvement Award for our custom designed bike racks by OCAD University Students Michael Pham (Halo) and Evi K. Hui and Olivier Mayrand (Speech Bubbles). BIA Chair Spencer Sutherland and Executive Director Laura Schaefer were present to accept the award from Councillor Michael Thompson, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, and TABIA President Michael Comstock.

A special thank you to our past chair Marc Glassman and the jury of the design contest–Councillor Vaughan, Lisa Rochon and Justin Garak, OCAD University, designers Michael Pham, Evi K. Hui and Olivier Mayrand, and Raj Kumar at the City of Toronto for all of their hard work on this project. It continues to put Queen St. West on the map!


Have you checked out the Shoppes at Queen West? The shopping complex at Queen and Portland offers a FREE hour of parking with a $20 purchase at Loblaws, Joe Fresh and Winners. Parking for  BMO customers is free.