Downtown Oshawa August Newsletter

One of our biggest months of the year has now come to a conclusion. Bikes on Bond and Kars on King were both wildly successful with literally thousands of citizens coming down to enjoy all that we have to offer. My thanks are most sincerely extended to all those who volunteered their time and energy to make them so wonderful. However, we have time to take a bit of a breath and then, keep going as there is lots more to do.
We look forward to the Durham Region Film Festival hosting a gala at the Regent Theatre in September, a butter tart festival

Thanksgiving weekend, the Santa Claus and Remembrance Day Parades, a Christmas festival in November plus the usual assortment of Christmas activities in December. I am also looking forward to an assortment of member meetings, breakfasts, the AGM and the routine one-on-one chats that I so much enjoy with folks on a daily basis.

Next year promises to be equally exciting with planning having already begun on a variety of repeat and new activities. Regardless of all the great things we do for Downtown Oshawa, the most important initiatives to bring people here and to put feet on the street starts with each of us as we promote our businesses and simply support one another and Downtown Oshawa on a daily basis. Keep up the good work.


Thanks to everyone who came out to help make Bikes On Bond a hugely successful event! The streets were full with motorcycles from all over the province and downtown was alive with people, music and amazing vendors. Even with a few minutes of rain we had a great turn out. We enjoyed live music from Juno Award winning artist Paul James. Congratulations to the our contest winners.


Kars on King was a great time as always! Downtown was bustling with people of all ages and the cars were lined up as far as the eye could see. We were entertained by musical guests Two For The Show and Pauly and the Goodfellas. The crowds sang along and danced well into the evening. We saw an impressive display of classic cars, lining the streets from William and Simcoe to Athol and Albert and beyond! Downtown businesses took part in the day by providing specials and opening their doors wide to the increased traffic on the streets. Hollywood Cone had a $5 shake deal, Sunnyside Eatery had a Kars on King Special, Crazy Jack employees were seen handing out flyers in person on the streets, Comic Alley Toys hopped around the corner to set up a small table with toy cars and collectables and many more participated in the day! A huge thank you to our amazing volunteers for their valued contributions!


Armstrong Funeral Home has been family owned and operated since 1930. Debbie Armstrong is the fourth generation to proudly serve the residents of Durham Region during their time of need. Located just east of Mary on King they are excited to be a part of the boundary expansion and new members of the BIA.

During Bikes On Bond they participated as a vendor, interacting with the public and speaking with people about the importance of making funerals a more manageable process for family members by planning in advance. Providing this type of education to the public shows their care and concern for their patrons and for the community! As well their involvement with the BIA has been hugely appreciated!

This year, as a way to give back to the community, anyone who came to their booth had the chance to enter their draw.
The winner will receive $100 to use at either Mackie Harley Davidson or GP Bikes!
“We’ve always done everything we can to support the community and try whenever we can to participate in the events that are happening downtown Oshawa!”


The Royal Spice restaurant is a popular spot in Oshawa. Located on King Street West, they are known for serving only the very best quality of North Indian Cuisine, with a smile. The Chef Ajay is a talented young chef with already so much experience to his name. He combines his talent for cooking with his unbounded creativity to continuously create dishes that are exciting, unique, and most importantly, delicious. “Since opening in Oshawa the people here really seem to appreciate our food! We had a very good experience at both Bikes On Bond and Kars On King this year! We knew people would be out enjoying the event, the music and all the things to see and I realized how great it would be for them to enjoy the music and the event while eating my food! Thanks to Oshawa for giving us lots of love.