BD Beats 2024

Broadview Danforth Beats 2024

Bands

Rudy Ray

Raha Javanfar Band

Ori Dagan

Fat Quarter Band

Joanne Powell

Linda Carone

Suzi & Doug

Fraser Melvin Band

Tim Bovaconti Band

Graham Nicholas Band

Toronto Jazz Collective

Alex McCulloch Band

Mike T Kerr Band

Carl Bray Band

Tzevi Sherman and the 401 Express

Chloe Watkinson Quartet

All Angels Jazz Band

Quality Building Supplies

Hammond Morgan

Adam Beer Colacino

Roast Chicken Ramblers

Kyle Sullivan

Alan Zamaitis Trio

Fergus Hambleton

Jessica Stuart Trio

The Del Fi's

Ricky Toledo Band

Roots Down Band

Sean Stanley Trio

Sponsors

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Teuta Guci Real Estate

Carrot Common Shops, Grocery, & Health Professionals

Schedule

Check back frequently as we add more bands!

 Date 337 Danforth Ave Parkette
6pm - 9pm
156 Danforth Parkette
6pm - 9pm
348 Danforth Carrot Common Courtyard
1pm - 4pm
Thu Jun 6 Rudy Ray Fraser Melvin Band  
Fri Jun 7 Raha Javanfar Band Tim Bovaconti Band   
Sun Jun 9      Graham Nicholas Band
Thu Jun 13 Ori Dagan All Angels Jazz Band   
Fri Jun 14 Rudy Ray Quality Building Supplies   
Sun Jun 16      Hammond Morgan 
Thu Jun 20 Rudy Ray Ricky Toledo Band  
Fri Jun 21 Ori Dagan Fergus Hambleton  
Sun Jun 23      Roast Chicken Ramblers
Thu Jun 27 Fat Quarter Band Jessica Stuart Trio  
Fri Jun 28 Rudy Ray The Del Fi's  
Sun Jun 30      Alan Zamaitis Trio
Thu Jul 4 Rudy Ray Toronto Jazz Collective  
Fri Jul 5 Chloe Watkinson Quartet Alex McCulloch Band  
Sun Jul 7      Alan Zamaitis Trio
Thu Jul 11 Ori Dagan All Angels Jazz Band  
Fri Jul 12 Rudy Ray Tim Bovaconti Band  
Sun Jul 14      Alan Zamaitis Trio
Thu Jul 18 Rudy Ray Fraser Melvin Band  
Fri Jul 19 Ori Dagan Roast Chicken Ramblers  
Sun Jul 21      Mike T Kerry Band
Thu Jul 25 Joanne Powell Roots Down Band  
Fri Jul 26 Rudy Ray Tim Bovaconti Band   
Sun Jul 28      Carl Bray Band 
Thu Aug 1 Ori Dagan Toronto Jazz Collective   
Fri Aug 2 Linda Carone TBD  
Sun Aug 4      TBD 
Thu Aug 8 Rudy Ray  Fraser Melvin Band  
Fri Aug 9 Ori Dagan  Fergus Hambleton Band   
Sun Aug 11      Sean Stanley Trio 
Thu Aug 15 Raha Javanfar Band  Roots Down Band   
Fri Aug 16 Van Sulli  Tzevi Sherman and the 401 Express   
Sun Aug 18      TBD 
Thu Aug 22 Rudy Ray  Fraser Melvin Band   
Fri Aug 23 Fat Quarter Band  Roast Chicken Ramblers   
Sun Aug 25      Alan Zamaitis Trio 
Thu Aug 29 Suzi & Doug  Jessica Stuart Trio   
Fri Aug 30 Rudy Ray  Tim Bovaconti Band   
Sun Sep 1     TBD 
Monday, 07 February 2022 09:45

Toronto store moves to four-day work week and says they'll never go back

Toronto store moves to four-day work week and says they'll never go back Marlin Spring

Check out this great article from BlogTO, published on Feb 6, 2022 by Amy Carlberg:

A Toronto store has said they'll never go back after shifting to a four-day work week due to lockdowns.

Pet store Small Wonders reduced their hours almost immediately when lockdowns first began in 2020, but they never could have predicted where it would lead.

The store was originally open seven days a week for 10 hours a day, and and reduced hours to being open for six days a week for eight hours a day in March 2020, closing on Sundays.

"On again off again restrictions for the past two years, as well as people working from home or not working at all, made it possible to reduce hours because customers could shop during hours they weren't able to," Small Wonders owner Keiley Routledge tells blogTO.

The pet store never had to close entirely throughout lockdowns as they were deemed essential from the start, though Routledge still felt the impact of them like other small businesses. She credits the survival of the business to a devoted customer base and the pets people started buying to keep themselves company.

By this point, the reduced hours mean that nobody works more than four days a week, the number of staff per shift reduced too.

"Reducing staff hours does not mean reducing staff salaries," says Routledge.

"Working retail during COVID times is extremely stressful, due to many factors. Hours were reduced, but salaries remained the same."

She emphasizes that communication with both her staff and her customers has been key in reducing hours and moving to the four-day week.

"Our customers have become used to our reduced hours. We've tried to remain in communication with them via many avenues, including social media, as things changed," says Routledge.

"Reduced working hours have allowed our staff to take better care of themselves and their families. A four-day work week allows them to de-stress and look after their mental health. Productivity has not been affected in the least."

The customers that have supported Small Wonders in the move have outnumbered the ones they've lost due to the reduced hours. While they can't predict when they might consider expanding hours again while everything is still so uncertain, they're pretty sure they'll never go back to a seven-day retail week.

"It's simply more civilized," says Routlege. "People tend to forget that while they may be able to enjoy weekends, retail has become a seven-day-a-week expectation. Maybe it's time we all learned to step back, take a breath, and respect our fellow humans."

The store has also still not reopened for in-store shopping, sticking with a curbside pickup model for now. They're hoping to do a modified reopening in a few weeks, mostly so their store cat can get used to customers and dogs entering the store again.

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