West Queen West (WQW) has joined the City of Toronto’s Bee City initiative. WQW, working along with Green Gardeners, have made sure that all 77 WQW planters have been planted with plants that will attract the over 300 species of Bees and hundreds of other pollinators. The 2 kilometre stretch on Queen Street West from Bathurst to Gladstone has become a pollinator paradise. 

“Its super important for the general public to understand the importance of pollinators and bees in our city and this gives WQW a lovely opportunity to educate folks about the importance of bees with respect to food sustainability and food supplyJustin Di Ciano, Councillor Ward 5, City of Toronto

At the same time WQW has also continued to add to its “Outdoor Planter Art Gallery” and will have over 40 planters covered with art by the end of the summer. It makes a visit to WQW, a visit full not only of great shopping, eating, and playing but also a unique & exciting experience!


 “Our office is happy that West Queen West has decided to join in “Bee City”, by planting plants that attract pollinators in their 77 planters; I’m also excited to take a stroll along the “West Queen West Outdoor Planter Art Gallery” & hear all the great stories “Michael Layton, Councillor Ward 19 City of Toronto.


West Queen West has partnered with MyStreet and is using location and proximity based mobile technology to tell OUR stories and to communicate with our community and shoppers.

Download the MyStreet app and discover OUR stories; What’s Bee City?  What plants are in the planters? Who’s the artist on this planter? Who painted the mural at Sanko? Take a tour of WQW Graffiti Lane and so much more!


“MyStreet allows you to interact with and engage your visitors without requiring them to keep their eyes glued to their phones. Campaign messages arrive when visitors are in specified areas and ranges, so they can enjoy browsing around and know they'll be notified about what's important to them when the time is right”. Tom Hawkett, MyStreet


Press Conference

Date: Thursday August 4th ,2016

Time (EST):10:00 AM    Robert Sysak, Executive Director WQW

                    11:05 AM    Andrew Roy, Green Gardeners

                    11:10 AM    Edward Gajdel, The nonlinear portrait 

                    11:15 AM   Tom Hawkett, myStreet

Location: Trinity Bellwood Park, Queen & Strachan


For a pdf of this article: West Queen West Bee Project 


Contact: Robert Sysak           Phone: 416.820.2727     Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.