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The annual Riverdale Artwalk, happening alongside Riverside Eats & Beats on June 1st, showcases local artists in Jimmie Simpson Park and in Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre.

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 1st alongside the annual Riverdale Artwalk. Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

While you’re at Eats & Beats Streetfest, head over to the easterly end of the neighbourhood to Jimmie Simpson Park and the Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre for the Riverdale ArtWalk.  Hosted by the Artists’ Network, the Riverdale ArtWalk is a FREE two-day (June 1 & 2), public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in Jimmie Simpson Park and the Community Centre in Toronto’s flourishing Queen St. East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto’s season, the Riverdale ArtWalk is consistently ranked one of the top outdoor shows in the GTA. It is a great place to connect with artists and buy that perfect piece for your home!

The festival hosts over 170 participating artists and the inclusion of local community groups and entertainment. Now in its 20th year in the Riverdale/Leslieville area of Toronto, the festival has grown to reach an audience of over 25,000 art enthusiasts and supporters. Through new partnership opportunities with the local BIA, the Riverdale Artwalk expects to continue to grow.

Preview the featured artists HERE #TorontoArtWalks #ArtWalkSquare

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To check out all the fun details of Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, register for activities, and let us know you’re coming!

So come join us – and share your memories on social media using #EatsNBeats2019 and #RiversideTO. 

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Check out these HOT BUYS, amazing deals, and fantastic finds on Saturday, June 1st at Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streetfest along Queen St. East from the DVP to Empire Avenue. 

Dreamy Beauty Bar: 
11:00am – 5:00pm, 717 Queen St. East
Visit the Dreamy Beauty Bar to enjoy some refreshments,
tour the space and receive a 20% discount on all services!

Riverside Arts Market – Shop Local:
11am – 6pm, 790 Queen St. East
Meet local artisans & shop from over 50 local vendors under one roof.

Jazz It Up at Dimensions: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 732 Queen St. East
Live music with the sounds of Benton and Harte will bring you an incredible blend of classics and current hits. Come inside and enjoy inspiring art!

Riverdale Trading Company Vinyl Sidewalk Sale: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 760 Queen St. East
Shop Riverdale Trading Co’s sidewalk sale with 30% off vinyl & enjoy DJ tunes!

Dresden Vision Building Station: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 733 Queen St East
Dresden will have a mobile building station where you’ll be able to build your own glasses and even get the lenses cut on the spot! There will be games for kids including corn hole and face painting, so even if you don’t need glasses, you can get a fake pair painted on!

Get Well-Crafted at Brika’s Sidewalk Sale:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 768 Queen St. East
Find a great selection of well-crafted artisanal goods and gifts at Brika’s sidewalk sale!

Komplete Strength Personal Training Sessions Raffle:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 740 Queen St. East
Stop by Komplete Strength to enjoy some tunes, tour the studio and a chance to win one in two 3-session Personal Training prize OR 1-month free unlimited class pass!

Here & Now Closing Sale:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 770 Queen St. East
Here & Now is closing with a BIG BIG sale! Everything must go, up to 90% off!

Queen Garden Center: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 771 Queen St. East
Get Your Green on at Queen Garden Centre! Shop specials on gardening plants and supplies at the Queen Garden Centre, right beside the festival’s Saulter Street closure!

Irish Design House Sidewalk Sale: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 756 Queen St. East
They offer sustainable, handmade fashion & crafts from Ireland via the Riverside store. Have you seen the sewing school? Ask about signing up! 

Mustard Seed Court-Yard Sale:
12:00pm – 3:00pm, 791 Queen St. East
Inexpensive hand-made jewellery and a few odds & ends in the lovely Fontbonne Ministry court-yard. All proceeds will go to support Mustard Seed Programming, Fontbonne Ministries.

Bergström Sidewalk Sale:
11:00am – 5:00pm, 781 Queen St. East
Don’t miss Bergstrom’s ever-popular Sidewalk Clearance Sale! Accessories, footwear, and clothing from $5 and up! Come early for the best selection!

Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio Gets:
9:00am – 3:00pm, 70 McGee St.
Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio gets you addicted to an awesome yoga experience with killer playlists & essential oil massages. Come try your first class FREE plus receive 10% off class packages (in person only, not applicable for unlimited memberships).

Sash & Bustle Sash & Bustle Gift Card Draw & Info Session:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 779 Queen St. East
Sash & Bustle will be hosting an information booth for neighbours and local brides to chat all things wedding and bridal related! Guests will be encouraged to participate in a draw to win $250 Sash & Bustle gift card.

To learn more about Eats & Beets, register for June 1st! So come join us – and share your memories on social media using #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO!

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Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back! Join us on Saturday, June 1st to taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen St.  between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

Check out all the fun details on our event guide (PDF).

Let us know you’re coming by registering on our event page#RiversideTO #EatsNBeats Streetfest!

This years event will feature a number of live performances and activities at street closures including:

Broadview Ave & Queen St. East

  • Eats & Beats Main Stage and Eastbound Beer Garden
  • Performances: Sugar Foot Stompers, Welcome & DJ Beats, Turbo Street Funk, Monkey Fighting Snakes, Samba Toronto and DJ Battle.
  • Toronto Food Tours Culinary Tent with Chef Scott & the Toronto Food Tours doing a pig roast, deep-frying turkeys and shucking east coast oysters.

Carrol St. & Queen St. East

  • Pirate Life! Join the crew to search for the hidden treasure 
  • Road safety promotion with Switchback Cyclery and Downtown Auto Group

Munro St. @ Queen St. East

  • Activate! Block Party on Munro
  • Make-your-own smoothie by bicycle from Oma Chiropractic 
  • Terrarium workshop ($$, registration required) and their 5th annual photobooth at Quince Flowers 

 Saulter St. & Queen St. East 

  • Live music and Ready, Set, Play!
  • Drag Queen Story Time with drag performers, Lucy Flawless and Lucinda Mui from East Toronto Drag Queen 
  • Historica Canada’s trivia challenge to test your national knowledge
  • Ralph Thornton Community Centre & “Pop Up Voting” RTCC is hosting a dress rehearsal with a “Kids Vote” polling station on Saulter Street.
  • Pop Up Eats & Live Beats at Saulter Street Brewery

There will be a variety of great east and buys from a variety of Riverside Businesses all along Queen St. East.

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Here’s a guide to all the HOT EATS available on Saturday, June 1st during Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streefest along Queen St. East from the DVP to Empire Avenue.

Eastbound Brewery: 
1:00pm – 4:30pm, 700 Queen St. East
Stop by Eastbound Brewing Co for their wide menu of homemade brews and dishes to pair!

Bless Your Mouth at Sweet Jesus Icecream:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 780 Queen St. East
Stop by Sweet Jesus where you can ‘bless your mouth’ with the best and trendiest in cool treats.

Animal Liberation Kitchen – The ALK:
11:00am to 7:00pm, 717 Queen St. East
Come join us for our ooey gooey vegan Mac’n’Cheese, jacked up BBQ jack fruit sandwiches and refreshing SMOOTHIES!

Fresh Baked at Broadview Bakery & Deli:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 728 Queen St. East
Enjoy a huge selection of well-priced, freshly baked, preservative-free Montreal-style bagels, baked pastries and deli items.

Hot Nitro Brew & Cold Fireball at Tertulia: 
1:00pm – 8:00pm, 711 Queen St. East
Enjoy there delicious lattes, scones, puff pastries, sandwiches, iced tea, salads and awesome music!

Tastes of the Middle East at Tabülè:
1:00pm – 5:00pm, 810 Queen St. East
Delight the senses with an array of delectable Middle Eastern tasters and adorn yourself with gorgeous Henna tattoos by Gord Grover.

Strawberry Social at Ruby Watchco: 
1:00pm – 5:00pm, 730 Queen St. East
Stop by to enjoy fresh Strawberry Treats for sale on Ruby Watchco’s sidewalk including Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade, Strawberry Blondies and Strawberry Soft Serve.

Wine Rack Pulls Out the Funk:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 731 Queen St. East
Stop by for a spin with the Wine Rack’s ever-popular Dancing Grapes and for a taste of refreshing sangria.

Broadview Hotel: 
1:00pm – 9:00pm, 106 Broadview Avenue
Celebrating music, food and the neighbourhood we love! Drop by for a taste of The Broadview Hotel and to try their new menu at The Civic Restaurant.

Opera House Grill: 
11:00am – 11:00pm, 737 Queen St. East
Join us as we celebrate Eats & Beats on our fully licensed patio! They bring a taste of the Danforth to Queen Street with a Greek Menu.

Brickworks Cider House: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 700 Queen St. East
Get your home-made Whole Apple Pie and Strawberry Mint & Basil sorbet ($$) at Brickworks Ciderhouse!

Butchers of Distinction Pavement BBQ: 
1:00pm – 3:30pm, 738 Queen St. East
Butchers of Distinction will be grilling yet another delectable treat… come early as they sell out annually!

Lan Restaurant:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 755 Queen St. East
Come by Lan’s to enjoy the famous Vietnamese coffee for $2!

Rockabilly Beats at The Comrade:
2:00pm – 6:00pm, 758 Queen St. East
Come by The Comrade for honky-tonk & rockabilly beats by The Marty Allen Band!

To check out all the fun details of Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, register for activities, and let us know you’re coming! 

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There is so much to do in Riverside, come with us and check out a few options to enjoy your day in the ‘hood!’ 

Looking for a special gift for your mom?

The Arts Market is the perfect place for the perfect gift. There is no shortage of gift options here with products ranging from jewelry to pottery, and photography sourced from over 175 local designers and artists. 

Arts Market

Find your mom the perfect outfit and accessories at Bergström Originals. All collections are designed in Toronto, with bold colours and clean prints, the collections stand out from other stores. 

Bergström Originals

Looking for an experience?

Spend the day at the Leslieville Mother’s Day Flea Market at the Broadview Hotel. Enjoy the afternoon shopping for vintage and handcrafted goods followed by a BBQ and beverages on the Lincoln Terrace.

Leslieville Mother’s Day Flea Market

Pamper your mom at the hub of health and wellness, Oma Chiropractic. The clinic offers a number of services such as massage therapy, chiropractic care, and naturopathy. Purchase a gift card to help your mom relax and reset. 

Oma Chiropractic

Looking for a night out?

Visit Ruby Watchco for a special night out, a new menu is offered every night from Canadian culinary masters, Chef Lynn Crawford and Chef Lora Kirk. The price fixed menu makes the perfect dining experience to celebrate your mom. 

Ruby Watchco

Treat your mom to a night out at the Broadview Hotel! With 3 eateries, there is something for all mother’s – Enjoy the main floor dining room, the Civic with a menu focus on seasonal ingredients, the Cafe/Bar with a more casual atmosphere, and the Rooftop Bar that features incredible views over the Don River and Toronto Skyline.

Broadview Hotel

It doesn’t matter what type of mom you have, there is something for everyone in Riverside! 

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Riverside Walks, free guided walking tours series of Riverside neighbourhood – is back for another season! Riverside kicked off the series of walks with the ‘Wild Plant Walk’ on May 4th, led by Clinical Herbalist Danette Steele.

Thank you to everyone that braved the morning drizzle and showed up to the walking tour! It was a busy morning at the corner of Saulter & Queen St!! On the east side, a huge success with SRCPC Stroller-a-thon and Bake Sale and on the west corner, people gathered since 10:30am to enjoy Danette’s herbal teas. There were Dandelion root tea, Nettle leaf tea and Hibiscus tea. 

Enjoy the photos of this great morning! 

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As part of efforts throughout Toronto, Riverside joined the over 200,000 folks who came together for the 15th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces.


Riverside residents, businesses, and volunteers from George Brown College School of ESL teamed up to clean in and around Joel Weeks Park, Carroll St, Thompson St, Davies Ave, Munro St, and Hamilton St. The Ralph Thornton Community Centre also organized a clean up of McClearly Playground and surrounding streets and spaces on Friday afternoon!

We had great support from the City of Toronto, which in partnership with Glad, donated bags and gloves. Besides Paula Fletcher donation of compost at Joel Weeks Park on Sunday, April 27th.

Riverside has been organizing similar annual cleanups for over five years now and it is good to observe that the level of litter in our community at this time of year has been going down year over year – thanks to smaller but very important everyday litter clean up efforts year round.

Thanks to everyone who supported the annual Riverside Clean Up and thanks for your efforts day to day to keep our community beautiful!

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Riverside Business Profile Series

Tertulia

Tertulia opened its doors on Queen Street East in August 2018 with interesting art on the walls, friendly staff, delicious baked goods, and a variety of ways to get your caffeine fix.

When David Kennedy bought the building, he knew he wanted something with a character for it. “I knew when I purchased this building I wanted to bring something really special to the community,” says Kennedy. 

Then the name “Tertulia” came across – a word that that dates back to the 16th century Spain and came with a meaning that resonated.

A tertulia is a gathering place of friends who come together to talk about things like art, culture, books, life – whatever is of interest, it was the perfect name for a coffee shop that values creativity and independent expression.

The community has welcomed and being very receptive to Tertulia into the neighbourhood, the cafe has hosted several successful events at the coffee shop, including a well attended creative thinkers series.

Riverside is evolving but still has that sense of realness. There’s a real authenticity to Riverside.

Located at 711 Queen Street East, Tertulia is open seven days a week from 7 am to 7 pm. With sweets, sandwiches, and savoury coffees, it’s the perfect ways to spend an afternoon in Riverside.

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series giving you the inside scoop on Riverside, Toronto. Read other blogs in the series: Riverside PatiosPlaces to Stay in RiversideBrunch SpotsHealth & Wellness in Riverside,  Kid-Friendly RiversideEvent & Catering SpotsRiverside ChefsSelf-Care in RiversideIt’s Easy Being Green in RiversideThe Dirt on Gardening in RiversideEat Around the World in Riverside, and Saying ‘I Do’ East of the Don.

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On April 3rd, OBIAA released its newest handbook “The Business of Accessibility: How to Make Your Main Street Business Accessibility Smart”. This handbook offers no-cost and low-cost ideas, gathered from people with first-hand experience, to inspire businesses to go beyond the minimum requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).


This latest handbook is a companion to OBIAA’s “AODA for BIAs Handbook” released in 2016. “The Business of Accessibility” includes:

  • Low-cost and no-cost tips on how businesses can be more accessible in such areas as lighting, signage, websites, space layout, and more
  • The business case for accessibility and Ontario’s changing demographics
  • A Built Environment Accessibility Checklist
  • Stories of Ontario businesses
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Built Environment Accessibility Resources

 
To get an accessible PDF version of the handbook, visit http://obiaa.com/Accessibility
 
If you would like a print copy of the handbook, please email: accessibility@obiaa.com
 

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It was June 2002 when Harold Seligman opened Here & Now’s doors for the first time in Riverside. The retail store was one of the first of its kind in the neighbourhood.

Harold has had other clothing stores in the 80s before spending 10 years travelling the world. When he came back in the early 2000’s he decided Riverside was the right place to start fresh.

At first, foot traffic was slow but that didn’t make him give up. Harold said to himself “I’ll try this for a year and see how it goes.” His bet paid off and as the years went on, he upgraded his merchandise, foot traffic increased and finally things went off.

Now he’s glad to see how the neighbourhood changed for the better. Harold understands that this is a new era, where online shopping is taking over the clothing retail market. At the same time, retirement is starting to sound like a good idea. So “there are a lot of signs telling me that is time to stop”, says Harold.

“It’s been a great ride on Queen East and now is time to enjoy the next chapter in my life,” says Harold.

Here & Now will keep its doors open until the end of June, but Harold alerts he had to restock twice in the past couple of weeks just after he put up the signs. So, this is the time to pay your last visit!

Here & Now
770 Queen St East
Tues-Sat: 11am-6pm
Sun: 12pm-4pm

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