The Mimico Village BIA
Tulip Art Project & Tulip Festival

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The Mimico Village BIA Tulip Art Project and Tulip Festival is approaching its 15th year and continues to make a great difference and inspire school-age students through art and spirit of community.

The Tulip Art Project and Tulip Festival are community initiatives developed and sponsored by the Mimico Village BIA, a group of Royal York Rd. shop owners who are working to make a difference in the Mimico Community. The Mimico Village Tulip Art Project works to not only demonstrate the talents of our young Etobicoke residents, but to raise awareness of the students through its creative and hands on approach, about the importance of caring for their community.

Children from Etobicoke area schools and community groups take part in the Tulip Art Project. The students design and paint (twenty three) 4ft tulip forms. The day of the festival the tulips are unveiled, and their arrival is celebrated by the community. The tulips remain displayed throughout the spring and summer season on Royal York Road. A new project was also introduced at the 2009 Tulip Festival. The students of Bishop Allen Catholic High School created The Tulip Festival Art Award; a nine panel painting that honors a member or organization of the community that is making a difference. Recipients of the Tulip Festival Art Award are: Toronto Police 22 Division, community police; Birmingham Police College; Mr. Bill Kassel, chairperson of the Mimico Village BIA; San Remo Bakery; and Cornerstone Christian Fellowship.

The Tulip Festival is a much anticipated event for families of the Etobicoke area. The festival offers a great family fun day with Free Events. Free activities for children include a Large Inflatable Obstacle Course,  Carnival Games and Prizes, Face painting, Cookie Decorating, Great Children’s Entertainment, Candy Floss, Popcorn and much more! This year we are super pleased to announce that an award winning Magician will be joining us, along with Many Musicians and  Skateboard, Karate and Yoga Demos ! Be sure to visit our 2017 event page for details about what is happening at this year’s festival.

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A message from Maria Shaw, The former Mimico Village Tulip Festival Coordinator

It has been a great pleasure to work with the Mimico Village BIA and the Etobicoke school teachers and be a part of this one of a kind art project and festival.

In 1997, Chairperson Bill Kassel approached the late Mark Selkirk the creator of the Toronto Moose Art, and asked Mark what he could do for the children of the Mimico Community. Mark Selkirk created the brilliant vision of the tulips that school-age children could design and paint, and the tulips then be displayed on Royal York Rd. throughout the spring and summer season.

Mr. Kassel took the initiative to bring this vision to life by working with Mark Selkirk to make it happen for the community. There became the Tulip Art project, celebrated by a festival for the children where their tulip designs would be unveiled. The project since has been a much anticipated event for the school-age children and the community. It has been an honour to work with Bill Kassel since 2007. He is committed to serving the families of South Etobicoke, and a true community hero.

I am truly touched by both Mr. Kassel and the San Remo brothers Rob, Nick and Ed Bozzo who are dedicated to and care for their community; following in their father’s footsteps of the late Max Kassel who established Kassel’s pharmacy in 1948, and Mr. Natalie Bozzo who along with his brothers; Giuseppe, Peter, and Giancarlo established San Remo in 1969.

Special thanks to Joe Salib, Accountant for U a member of the Mimico Village BIA since 2007. Joe’s commitment to the Tulip Art Project and Tulip Festival, and South Etobicoke community is outstanding. During the winter months Accountant for U stores the tulip forms. Joe is an active member of the BIA committee, and helps to make the project happen year after year.

Daniel Barclay is a tulip artist himself. Without his craftsmanship the tulip art project would not be possible. Daniel prepares the tulips for the school-age children to paint. He delivers and picks up the 4ft forms and primes the tulips to perfection so they could weather the season. He then installs them in our Royal York Planters. Thank you Daniel for your continued commitment.

I would like to thank The Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church, Nando Tullo State Farm Insurance, Brad Jones Ridley Funeral Home Lakeshore for their continued support of the children of the South Etobicoke community through their commitment to the Tulip Festival. Thank you to my son Daniel Shaw, who has walked the journey of my time with the Tulip Festival and has worked year after year to set up the event and volunteer; and my daughter Abbey Shaw and friends, who have come to offer their volunteer support onsite, year after year.

Thank you Bill, Joe and Rob and the Mimico Village BIA for making me a part of this wonderful project. Thank you to all who take part in supporting the children, and the South Etobicoke community year after year through the Tulip Art Project and Tulip Festival. You all make a great difference.

Sincerely,
Maria Shaw
Former Volunteer Tulip Art Project and Tulip Festival Coordinator until 2015

A family-owned business, Max Kassel started the pharmacy in 1948 with the dream of creating a close-knit store that really cared about the health and well-being of its customers. Back then it was just a small neighborhood pharmacy that provided the necessities needed for everyday life. Deliveries were made by bicycle and people came from miles around, not only to pick up their prescriptions, but to get advice on health and wellness issues. As the neighborhood grew, so did the pharmacy.

In 1970, after graduating from the University of Toronto, Bill Kassel joined his father behind the counter as a pharmacist. As the present owner, he continues to run the pharmacy with the same high-standards in quality and exceptional customer service as his father did.

Located in Old Mimico, SanRemo has been serving the community and the GTA since 1969. The bakery was founded by Natale Bozzo and his brothers: Passed down to the next generation, the bakery is now run by Natale’s sons: Nick, Edward, and Robert Bozzo. They are proud to continue the traditions set out by their family.