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Who Are We?
The Bloordale BIA is a Business Improvement Area that represents Bloor Street West from Dufferin to just west of Lansdowne. We have been around since 1976 and are considered one of the oldest BIAs in the City of Toronto. Within our BIA, we are an amazing mix of service, retail, food/restaurant businesses and most of which are small independent owners. The BIA works to improve the local economy, beautify the streets and adjacent public spaces, create some marketing efforts and advocate on issues that directly impact the business community (crime, safety and even taxes!)
What We Need
Timeline for completion of project: July 15th, 2020.
The budget for this project: $9500 (before tax) and is inclusive of all associated costs including materials, equipment, artist fees, anti-graffiti coating etc.
Please submit your proposal, portfolio and a minimum of 2 references to firstname.lastname@example.org Before April 3rd, 2020 at 5pm.
Questions may be emailed regarding the project to email@example.com.
SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND
Bloordale Village BIA is one of 83 BIAs (Business Improvement Area) in the City of Toronto and is currently accepting proposals to create an inaugural neighbourhood publication.
This magazine will focus on creating a printed publication with transferable elements to digital platforms that highlights our community, primarily focusing on the member BIA businesses. Each member business must be listed in the publication at least once.
The purpose of this Request for Proposal is to solicit pitches from design firms and/or individual designers who can deliver a publication concept that meets these explicit audience goals and shares a passion for our community.
Extraordinary proposals will include an understanding of our history, mission, current brand identity, and the potential for a pivotal evolution in our print design that informs all our existing platforms moving forward. Ideal proposals will come from the communities we aim to reach.
Bloordale Village BIA was founded in 1976 and was one of the first BIAs formed in the world. Bloordale is an extremely diverse neighbourhood with a mix of creativity, grittiness, and good food!
Find out more about Bloordale Village BIA at bloordalevillagebia.com.
This Request for Proposal represents our requirements for a magazine that is deeply informed by multiple designers or a design team that offers perspectives and concepts from our target audience. Proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST on March 11, 2020.
If the designer or design team submitting a proposal will be subcontracting any work in order to complete requirements for this project (such as photographers, graphic designers, etc), each instance must be clearly stated on the proposal. Details on each subcontractor, including name and a link to the subcontractor’s work, must also be included.
All costs should be itemized and clearly explained.
Contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the accepted proposal. All contractual terms and conditions will be subject to review by the Bloordale Village BIA and will include scope, budget, schedule, and other necessary items as pertaining to the project.
PROJECT PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION
Bloordale Village requires a visual design, layout, editorial team and photography team to showcase the member businesses alongside unique and positive elements of the community. There are so many untold stories and tales that lay within the neighbourhood that need to be captured and shared.
Design a publication that makes community members want to learn more about the businesses in the neighbourhood and visit them!
This design should incorporate the rich history of Bloordale Village. Subtle nods to the BIA’s evolution will be appreciated. The publication should be undeniably page-turning, with an even mix of photography, intentional illustration, and clear, clean use of type. Above all else, the publication should be a product that can never be mistaken for a real estate ad, or another toss-away flyer.
The scope of this project includes design and layout, editing, writing, photography and supporting in the sponsorship efforts to increase the revenue generated through selected ad placements.
The selected design team will be responsible for working with our BIA Manager and some Board Members to help guide some of the elements of the magazine and to make connections with individual community members or businesses.
The selected team will also be responsible for conducting necessary audience feedback and industry analysis. The following must be met to achieve a successful project:
Deliver complete templates for designing various types of interior pages (plus covers) of a full-color magazine/publication, which will provide a flexible but distinct structure to work with in designing the actual magazine.
Bloordale Village will provide notes, on an ongoing basis, summarizing work and decisions from the Marketing Committee or Board including:
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL AND PROJECT TIMELINE
Please submit your proposals or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 #BloordalePumpkins Winner is: Town Cards!
This was the second year that the Bloordale BIA hosted the friendly community contest of #BloordalePumpkins! Twelve businesses put their creativity to the test and had some fun. The community then voted on their favourite pumpkins.
And the results are in!
1st Prize - $100 to Town Cards
2nd Prize - $75 to Dead Dog Records
3rd Prize - $50 to Anatomica
Top Left: The Dupe Shop
Top Right: Queen's Shop
Bottom Left: Anatomica
Bottom Right: Dead Dog Records
Bloordale Pumpkins is back!
In celebration of Fall and Halloween, we created this community initiative in the fall of 2018.
How does it work?
Bloordale businesses will be given a pumpkin to decorate, carve, dress up, paint or get creative with. Members of the community will then need to visit the pumpkins online (by following the hashtag #BloordalePumpkins) or visiting them in store.
Then, members of the community will vote for their favourite pumpkins!
When does it take place?
Pumpkins should be ready and on display in stores or windows by October 25th for voting to take place from October 26th to November 1st @ 11:59pm.
Where does voting take place?
Vote online here!
One vote per email. Voting closes on November 1st at 11:59pm.
What are the prizes?
The winning Business Pumpkins will win cash awards as follows:
Community Voter Prizes
There are also 4 (four) cash prizes of $25 that will be drawn at random by all qualifying email addresses that voted for their favourite pumpkins.
*individual staff members of businesses are eligible to vote.
When will the prizes be announced?
All prizes will be announced or winners contacted no later than November 10th, 2019.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com