Experience What North America's Largest South Asian Mainstreet Marketplace has to Offer
This slice of the Indian subcontinent offers a wide selection of products and services exhibited in an exotic display of sights, sounds, tastes and aromas.
You don’t need to be South Asian to enjoy the attractions of this lively enclave, located along Gerrard Street between Coxwell and Greenwood, a BIA since 1982. Here you'll find an abundance of exotic delights. Colourful saris, exquisite fabrics, mouth-watering regional delicacies and delightful dining, dazzling jewellery, traditional musical instruments, audio and video entertainment and so much more; all await you at the Gerrard India Bazaar.
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We May Be Small – But We Have It All
Discover over 125 shops and restaurants which represent the many regional diversities of South Asian culture, food, music and products.
The Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area (BIA) proudly represents over 100 business with over 500 employees. Our boundaries span Gerrard Street East from Glenside Ave to Coxwell Ave
Please Continue to Shop Local and Support Small Business
Canada’s main streets are iconic symbols of urban life and belonging — where we go to shop and do business, eat, play and participate in civic life. The harsh reality is that COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on our main streets. Many small businesses, for example, have already been lost, and more will continue to close permanently in the coming days, weeks, and months. We need bold action right now.
Artwork by Rosena Fung via The ‘Main Street Art Challenge’ One of 42 new artworks across the City of Toronto, brought to life in collaboration with BIA's, The STEPS Initiative and 25 local creatives; many of whom identify as emerging or BIPOC artists.
#LOCALLOVE in the Time of COVID19
Restaurants have closed their dining rooms, but have kept the kitchens open. Along with increased health and safety best practices, these business owners have embraced the use of online platforms to keep quick and easy meal options widely accessible throughout the neighbourhood. A number of other shops have stepped up to the challenge by coordinating local pick up and delivery for essential goods or virtual services. It’s a somewhat frightening and uncertain time for us all, but we continue to move forward together, offering kindness and support to neighbours as we practice physical distancing.
Village of Dreams
From a village in Punjab to the first dedicated Bollywood theatre in North America. The Naaz Theatre, was not an immediate success. But owner Gian Naz refused to give up.
The whole family pitched in. Naz’s wife Shobha worked the ticket counter and prepared snack food to sell. Their children—Tina, Sunila, Ken, and Sonny—distributed flyers at gurdwaras and Hindu temples to advertise upcoming films. Business picked up within months.
South Asian entrepreneurs soon identified the large theatre-going crowds as an emerging market and businesses proliferated in the immediate vicinity of the theatre in the 1970s and 1980s. The majority of businesses were (and remain) mom-and-pop enterprises.
By 1982, the South Asian character of the business strip was formalized with the creation of the Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area. Over the years, the BIA would fund additional parking spaces, and improvements to the sidewalks and streetlights, and host annual street festivals that continue today.
Watch Village of Dreams to Learn more about how Little India Toronto began
Fostering Local Economic Development and Revitalization
Historically all BIA’s have helped to promote the area as a desirable place to live, work, and shop. This is often achieved through developing a strong brand, content and marketing practices, coordinating special events and sponsorships, keeping open communication with local community groups, and even recruiting businesses to occupy vacant properties.
Fostering local economic development and revitalization in an area can stimulate new impetus for tourism and investment in the wider community. Increased business activity can improve both the municipal and sales tax base and support public services of beneﬁt to all. Fostering community engagement can strengthen and build community interest, spirit, pride and networks well beyond the boundaries of a BIA.
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The BIA team works hard to bring together tools and resources to empower small business owners and maintain our vibrant mainstreet marketplace.
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What Our Visitors Are Saying
The Bazaar is a fantastic local destination to spend the day exploring with friends, family, or even solo!
The Gerrard India Bazaar is an exciting neighbourhood with so much going on. The annual Festival of South Asia is a great summer celebration for all, and I encourage everyone to make it out.
Amazing place for great Indian food, shopping and feel the vibrance of India right here in Toronto. We get all Indian clothing and accessories at Gerrard street at great prices. So, no need to travel all the way to India for shopping.
When the weather starts to heat up I always long for the bazaar. I've been coming since I was a young teen.
This is my favorite spot to stock up on fresh spices whenever I am in Toronto. Please support local... Business owners here will never let you down, best curry in town 🥰
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How to Reach Us
Gerrard India Bazaar BIA Office
1426 Gerrard Street East,