Leslieville/Riverside News: #RiversideTO BIA Weekly Update

Check out this update from our local Riverside BIA!

  • Featured: Riverside’s 2019 Magazine is on the Streets; Thank You & Photos for Eats & Beats; Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside; Streamlined Application Process for Business Licenses in Toronto
  • BIA Notices/Reminders: Community Alert; Filming Notification on Boulton Ave.
  • Riverside BIA 2019 Event Calendar
  • Upcoming Riverside BIA Member Happenings
  • Neighbourhood News: Toronto Raptors at Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre; Ralph Thorton Community Centre AGM June 12

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

Riverside’s 2019 Magazine is on the Streets
Hot off the press, and coming to Riverside and surrounding neighbourhoods this week, is our fresh new issue of the Riverside Magazine!

The Riverside Magazine is an exciting annual publication that highlights life in this happening Toronto ‘hood. Original articles put a focus on food, entertainment, public art, and local products and services that make up the bustling 10 blocks of the Riverside BIA. With eye-catching photo spreads, in-depth local business stories, and a handy directory, the Riverside Magazine is a must-read for those who live, work and/or visit in and around this ever-changing Toronto neighbourhood.

Riverside BIA businesses are getting their copies of the fresh issue this week… Stop by to grab yours!

Thank You & Photos for Eats & Beats 
Riverside Eats & Beats, in its 7th year, was described by local businesses, residents, and visitors alike as ‘the best and biggest celebration yet’ with:

  • 8,000+ people enjoying the festivities in Riverside on June 1st
  • 50+ participating restaurants, vendors and retailers hosting events/ activities
  • 15+ live performances by Toronto musicians and artists
  • street closures over the weekend packed with fun & meaningful activities and attractions
  • 400+volunteer hours contributed to festival planning and execution
  • 600 popsicles distributed!
  • $1,000+ raised to Nellie’s from the Nell & Natasha BBQ!
  • 500 pints poured in our Eastbound Brewing Co. Beer Garden – a new activity for the festival!!

This event could not have happened without the support of so many amazing folks…THANK YOU to every one of you!! Check out our BLOG & full PHOTO GALLERY which gives a big shout out to all!

Now, please let us know what you thought of Eats & Beats 2019 to help us continuously improve for the next one!

Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside 
The Beaches International Jazz Festival is bringing ‘The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside’ back to Jimmie Simpson Park and Queen Street East again in 2019.

In addition to the great festivities in Jimmie Simpson Park, there’ll be an amazing line up of FREE live music at Riverside street closures on Lewis, Saulter, Boulton, De Grassi, and McGee, paired with sidewalk specials and food tasters from Riverside’s local restos and shops along Queen St. East!

For more information and a schedule, visit our events calendar! 

Streamlined Application Process for Business Licenses in Toronto

The City of Toronto is improving the application process for new business licenses and permits. As of June 3, 2019, applicants will need to submit a complete application with all their documents. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application requirements and forms are available online at toronto.ca/licenses.

Questions? More information on the blog!

Community Alert
The Riverside BIA became aware that there is a man currently approaching a few businesses in the East End mentioning he’s with the City or Hydro and that he needs to take a look at some electrical wiring in the store. However, when he leaves, people notice products missing in the store.
This has happened a couple of times already in Leslieville as well. 
So, be aware, ask for identification and when in doubt contact your provider directly.
Filming Notification on Boulton Ave. Notice from Kim IV Productions Inc.: “We will be filming INTERIOR scenes at Boxcar Social on Boulton Ave. on June 7, 2019, between the hours of 8am – 12pm. 
       PREP: 7am – 8am
       FILMING: 8am – 12pm 
       WRAP: 12pm – 1pm

Our production vehicles and film equipment will be located on:

  • South side of Queen St. East between Broadview Ave. & Saulter St.
  • 6 spots on Boulton Ave. close to 4 Boulton Ave. for our Generator & Craft Truck. 

We will begin reserving the 6 spots on Boulton Ave. on June 5th at 8pm and the South side of Queen St. on June 6th at 6pm and depart by 1pm on June 7th. During our filming, we will have a Paid Duty Officer to assist with traffic safety.If you have any questions, please approach any crew member and ask to speak to Sari Miettinen, Location Manager, or call 416-871-0704.”


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


Toronto Raptors at Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre

As part of the 2019 NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors recently visited the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre to unveil the renovations completed. 

Many youths in the community were joined with players Chris Boucher, Marc Gasol, Danny Green, Jeremy Lin, Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam  Friday afternoon for the dedication of the NBA Cares Learn and Play Centre. 

The renovations have allowed for 4 spaces within the centre; a multi-purpose room, a recreation room, a preschool room and a gym. Visitors will have places to read, use computers and laptops, the ability to do digital graffiti and make snacks. In terms of physical activity, there are spots for basketball skills and drills, ping pong, board games and video games.

Ralph Thorton Community Centre AGM June 12

RTCC members, volunteers, community partners and residents are invited to join us at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 12.  The evening begins at 5:30 PM with a light dinner and an opportunity to meet friends and colleagues from the Centre, and continues at 6:30 PM with the business portion of the meeting.  This will be followed by the presentation of the RTCC Community Volunteer Awards, and a brief break prior to our panel discussion, which is scheduled to begin at 7:15 PM. 

Everyone is welcome for either or both parts of the meeting.  If you are planning on joining us for dinner, require Chinese translation, or childcare, please RSVP to RTCC at 416-392-6810 or info@ralphthornton.org.  


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