About Yorkville News
Yorkville News is a community based, on-line resource, focused on the Bloor-Yorkville district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It consists of two main parts: a web site and email subscription system. The emphasis is on local cultural events, promotion of non-profit/charitable organizations and local community topics. It complements other local information sources.
Yorkville News email updates are free to subscribers. There is no paid advertising, no sponsored pop-up ads, no subscription fees and no government funding. All costs of operating the service are paid for by the publisher, as a courtesy to the Yorkville community.
Yorkville News originally began as an email publication known as the “Yorkville eNewsletter” in March, 2006. The web site was created in August, 2006 as an archive for back-issues of the eNewsletter to enable new subscribers to view earlier updates. The site also became an archive for monthly issues of the Yorkville Art Walk updates. News and Events updates from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) were also included as a convenience for local residents. Additional content was gradually added and the site now functions both as an archive and as a growing source of information on local, upcoming cultural events. The archive role will diminish as more content is added.
All staff members are volunteers, who contribute their time and talent to the community. If you feel you have a skill that you could add value to the site, please let us know using the contact form. (You are also welcome to call if that is more convenient for you. See the "Address & Phone" link.)
Paul Ferri - Publisher/Sponsor
Paul established the Yorkville News site in August, 2006 as a courtesy to the Bloor-Yorkville comunity. He is the creator and was the initial editor for each of the following sub-pages and sections within the Yorkville News site:
* Yorkville Art Walk / Arts Update (since Apr/06)
* "The Heart of Yorkville" (since Feb/11)
* Yorkville Remembers (since Jun/11)
Paul is deeply committed to the community and contributes to the Bloor-Yorkville district as:
* Publisher/Sponsor of this web site
* A Director of the Yonge-Bloor-Bay Business Association (YBBA) and an active member of the Membership Committee and the Toronto WWII Memorial Committee.
* Vice President (2012-2013) of the Toronto-Forest Hill Rotary Club, which meets weekly in Yorkville
Paul's "real job" in Yorkville is helping clients make real estate choices regarding Yorkville Real estate as a Sales Representative with RE/MAX Unique Inc., Brokerage (Yorkville). He has based his real estate practice in Yorkville since 2004. You can view his profile at LinkedIn Profile
Shalom is a student at OCADU who majors in Drawing and Painting. While these are his primary skills, he also does graphic design and web development of which he contributes to Yorkville News. In addition to this portrait, you can view some of his work and information through:
Recent & Past Volunteer Staff
Christine Armstrong - Arts Editor
Christine joined Yorkville News in December, 2011 and wrote the Yorkville Arts updates from January to June, 2012 . She is the past Community Relations Manager with Business for the Arts (BFTA) and acted as the primary liaison for BFTA with other groups and organizations. Christine also wrote much of the web content for artsScene, the national young professionals network for the arts. She has an extensive background in the performing arts (Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal) and has held various roles in arts organizations inlcuding: General Manager of the Toronto Youth Theatre; Publicist for Third Wall Theatre; Assistant General Manager for Infinitheatre and Producer for Two-Wheeler Productions.
Dylan Gnitecki - Graphics Specialist & Web Programmer
Dylan is recent graduate of Canadian Business College, located in Yorkville, Toronto. Dylan helped with the Yorkville News site from 2011 to 2012 and has contributed graphics, logos and web programming to the site. He continues to develop his skills and makes good use of his graphics talents in creating art. You can view his profiles at: