Leslieville/Riverside News: #Riverside TO BIA Weekly Update

  • Featured: 40 Years, 40 Stories – Share Yours; February Month of Love – Date Ideas in Riverside; Welcome to the Neighbourhood – Good Juice Box Vintage
  • BIA Notices/Reminders: Apply for Canada Summer Jobs Grant; Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest – Get Involved; Free Accessibility Building Audit & Certification
  • 2020 Riverside BIA Event Calendar
  • Upcoming Riverside BIA Member Happenings
  • Neighbourhood News: Ontario Line Update; Toronto’s Coronavirus Preparedness Plan
Submit YOUR Riverside news & events via  office@riverside-to.com · 416-466-8167
40 Years, 40 Stories – Share Yours


The Riverside BIA is celebrating 40 Years in 2020!  First formed in 1980 by a group of local business and property owners, the Queen Broadview Village Business Improvement Area is one of the first dozen BIAs in Toronto and the world.In 2004, the name change to the ‘Riverside’ BIA reflected the neighbourhood’s name since the 1880s.  The BIA and business community it serves have seen many other changes over the decades – some very big news and others perhaps hidden gems.

This year to celebrate and commemorate these first 40 years, we’d like to capture and share 40 short stories of the BIA from local business and property owners, residents and visitors. These stories will become a blog series, virtual time capsule, and self-guided Scavenger Hunt that will help local people and tourists alike get to know the Riverside BIA in 2020 and for years to come.

If you have a short story, pls share it with us via office@riverside-to.com (ideally written story plus photo(s)) or call us 416-466-8167 and we will help record your story. You can submit it with your name or anonymously.

February Month of Love – Date Ideas in Riverside

It’s February, it’s chilly but we’re kicking off the celebrations of the Month of Love here in Riverside with some amazing local date night experiences featuring local spots and events: I’ll Be Seeing You’s Comedy Nights, Brickworks Ciderhouse’s ‘Apple of my eye’ event, The Broadview Hotel (everything!), Oma Chiropractic & Wellness Centre’s Love Yourself event, Ēst Restaurant,  Chez Nous Wine Bar, and  Toronto Food Tours ‘Perfectly Paired’ event….

Read all about it on the Riverside Blog and stay tuned for more Month of Love features!

Welcome to the Neighbourhood – Good Juice Box Vintage

We’re please to welcome new Riverside BIA member Good Juice Box Vintage, who’ve just opened this week at 768 Queen St E. Sarah Sussman is the owner and curator. Originally from Calgary, Sarah has been a Toronto resident for the past two years.

The shop is uniquely organized by colour and style and consists of unisex vintage clothing and accessories hand-picked by Sarah herself. She calls Riverside her “safe haven” and looks forward the future of her store in Riverside.

Help give Sarah and Good Juice Box Vintage a warm welcome!  

Apply for Canada Summer Jobs Grant

The Canada Summer Jobs Program is now open for application and will close at 3PM EST on February 24th. Local priorities for Toronto–Danforth are as follows:

  • Support for a specific type of project: Projects supporting small businesses
  • Support for projects that offer programs and/or support to specific target groups: Children and/or youth (e.g., summer camps)
  • Support for projects that offer programs and/or support to specific target groups: Newcomers / Refugees
  • Support for projects that offer programs and/or support to specific target groups: Seniors
  • Support for projects in a specific economic sector: Arts, entertainment and recreation​ 

As in 2019, funded employers are no longer restricted to hiring students: all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants. Get more details and APPLY

Get Involved in Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest

Tuesday, March 24 to Sunday, March 29 is Riverside’s Annual Wine & Craft Beer Fest.  
It’ll be a week-long celebration of Ontario wine, local beer and Riverside businesses, featuring: talks, classes and prixe fixe events (March 24-29) and the ever-popular Expo (March 28)!
Here are some ways you can get on board:
  • March 24-29: Host a prix fixe event or promotions: restaurants, bars and cafes can host special events, such as prix fixe meals or classes with wine/ craft beer pairings. Partner up with one of your existing wine or beer reps or let us know if you need a recommendation! Let us know what you’ll be doing to be included in promotions!
  • March 28: We are seeking pop-up food vendors for the EXPO, and also donations for our Silent Auction in support of the Ralph Thornton Community Centre. 
  • Promote your regular specials: restaurants, bars and cafes that offer regular wine or beer specials (BYOB, 1/2 price…) can promote these as part of the festival! Just let us know!
To get involved just email marketing@riverside-to.com
Free Accessibility Building Audit & Certification

The Rick Hansen Foundation is offering free building accessibility audits and certifications to nonprofits, businesses, and public sector organizations. A limited number of audits are available and the deadline to apply is March 27, 2020. 
More info and apply

Our 2020 calendar gives you an overview of what’s happening this year in terms of Riverside BIA-wide events throughout the year! Email office@riverside-to.com anytime with your questions and to get involved in any BIA events.
P.S. Check out our detailed Riverside Online Events Calendar which showcases BIA member and community events – to get your event posted, submit anytime to office@riverside-to.com



Ontario Line Update

City of Toronto Executive Council on January 29th added several motions to enable the City to enter into a shared agreement with Metrolinx, and further strategies to help leverage the motions passed around the Ontario Line in October 2019, such as a request for a TPAP (Transit Project Assessment Process) for the Ontario Line. Read the latest Council Minutes

Metrolinx Ontario Line Info:

For BIA Members: 
Take the Riverside BIA’s Ontario Line Survey

Community Action – East End Transit Alliance:
eastendtransitalliance@gmail.com, Facebook @EastEndTransitAlliance,Twitter: @EastEndTransitAlliance.

City of Toronto Coronavirus Preparedness Plan

Regular updates regarding the coronavirus in Toronto, including helpful information and resources, are available on the Toronto Public Health website at:




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