Leslieville/Riverside News: #RiversideTO BIA Weekly Update

Check out this update from our local Riverside BIA!

  • Featured: Something Really Cool is Coming Up!; Commercial Façade and Property Improvement Program!
  • BIA Notices/Reminders: Riverside BIA Graffiti Removal Services Have Got You Covered; Interested in Hosting a PRIX FIXE Menu during Wine & Craft Beer Fest?
  • Riverside BIA 2019 Event Calendar
  • Upcoming Riverside BIA Member Happenings 
  • Neighbourhood News: Share your Input at Upcoming Bylaw Reviews; Coxwell Avenue Rail Bridge Upgrades

Submit YOUR Riverside news/events via office@riverside-to.com

Something Really Cool is Coming Up!!
Riverside is known for its historical importance in the past, its vibrant present and a great future lies ahead!​Riverside is known for its historical importance in the past, its vibrant present and a great future lies ahead!

There are a lot of things happening in the neighbourhood and because of that, the BIA is planning to translate all these feelings into something!

So, please, share your feelings with us so we can better represent that into what’s coming up…

Let us know:

  • What do you like most about Riverside? 
  • How do you feel about the neighbourhood?
  • How do you want people to feel about this neighbourhood?

Be part of it, email your thoughts to marketing@riverside-to.com OR call/text: 416-303-4484!

Commercial Façade and Property Improvement Program
The application is received in a first come first served basis, and the funding usually runs out prior to the deadline! ​
2019 Commercial Facade Improvement Grant is open, apply NOW!

Each year, the Program provides funding to commercial and private properties to redesign, renovate or restore commercial or industrial building façades. The eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, brick cleaning, restoration, wheelchair accessibility, doors, signage, windows, lighting and masonry. 

Your application must contain:

  • Quotes from 2 different contractors for each improvement (at least 3) you want to make in your facade.
  • In case you rent, a letter from the landlord giving you permission to tackle the renovation.
  • You need to a drawing of the renovation project. It does not need to be done by a professional, it just needs to clearly show the changes you’re planning.
  • Application form

Download application form, here

Need contractors references? Have questions? Don’t know where to start?
Feel free to contact the BIA Office:
office@riverside-to.com OR 416-303-4484

BIA Notices/Reminders: Riverside BIA Graffiti Removal Services Have Got You Covered

A reminder that the Riverside BIA has its members covered for graffiti removal: our regular contract with Wipeout covers all along Queen Street East (Davies to Empire Ave) including the first 10 ft from the sidewalk back, including storefronts. 

For anything outside of the coverage zone, a special rate for quick graffiti removal services is available and Riverside BIA members can contact:  Paul at 905-632-9849 or pmaynard@wipeoutclean.ca

p.s. Wipeout also provides services such as sidewalk cleaning & gum removal, painting, mold remediation, and more – just give them a call!

Interested in Hosting a Flight Night or Prix Fixe Menu during Wine & Craft Beer Fest?
Join us in this 5-day long event enjoying all that our area has to offer in terms of Wine & Beer!
Tuesday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 6th is the 5th Annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest!

It’ll be a week-long celebration of Ontario wine, local beer and Riverside businesses, featuring: Talks (April 2), Flight Night (April 3), Tasting Night Market (April 4), Prix Fixe Events (April 2-6), and the ever-popular Expo (April 6)!!

Here are ways you can get on board to make this a fabulous community event once again:

  • April 2-6th: Host a prix fixe event: restaurants, bars and cafes can host special events, such as prix fixe meals or classes with wine/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!
  • April 3rd: Take part in Wednesday Flight Night – restaurants, bars and cafes can promote an existing or special flight of beer or wine as part of the festival – just let us know to be included in promotions
  • April 4th: Take part in our Tasting Night Market: The BIA is looking for up to 10 shops to host free wine tastings to make up our Tasting Night Market – the BIA covers the SOP and partners you with a wine/beer provider -you provide the space and help promote and make it a welcoming atmosphere. First come first served – let us know ASAP if you’re in!
  • April 6th: We are seeking pop-up food vendors for the EXPO, and also donations for our Silent Auction in support of 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
See photos from last year’s event here!!


Our 2019 calendar shows an overview of what’s happening this year! Email marketing@riverside-to.com anytime with your questions and to get involved.  
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 marketing@riverside-to.com


Share your Input at Upcoming Bylaw Reviews

The City of Toronto is reviewing the following bylaws and wants your feedback!
1. Clothing Drop Boxes Bylaw Review February 28, 2019, 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, Committee Room 3

2. Body Rub Parlours and Holistic Centres Bylaw Review March 4 – March 19, 2019

3. Vehicle-For Hire Bylaw Review March 4 – March 19, 2019

There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy. Visit the consultation websites for more details on how you can:
•   Attend public consultations
•   Submit written feedback
•   Subscribe to email updates
Feedback from these consultations will be used to inform reviews of these bylaws. Reports on these reviews are expected to go to City Council in the second quarter of 2019. 
To learn more about each of them, check out our blog!

Coxwell Avenue Rail Bridge Upgrades

The City of Toronto will soon be upgrading and improving the Coxwell Rail Bridge, including repairing steel girders and columns, repairing concrete abutments, replacing concrete stairs and median, and repairing & cleaning retaining walls. This much-needed work is scheduled to take place between April and September. 

New Mural for New Bridge:
After the completion of the work, the Coxwell Underpass will be one of the next bridges to be part of the ‘East End Bridges to Art’ project.

Traffic Management Plan: Coxwell will remain open to Southbound traffic during the construction. Northbound traffic will be diverted east along Gerrard and north on Woodbine. Driveways on Coxwell will still be accessible. 

If you have additional questions you can contact the Project Manager, Manzur Rahman, 416-392-4509, or manzur.rahman@toronto.ca


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