Check out this update from our local Riverside BIA!
Featured: Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 is Live; Riverside Visits Les Clefs D’Or; Blog Series – Get the Dirt on Gardening in Riverside
BIA Notices/Reminders: Crime Prevention – Beware of Fake Bills; Upcoming Repairs along Queen St E; CONTACT Photography Exhibits In/Around Riverside; Riverside Community Garden; Spaces for Lease in Riverside
Upcoming Riverside BIA Member Happenings
Neighbourhood News: Unilever Precinct Planning Study Meeting on May 15th; You’re Invited: East End ‘Bridges to Art’ Project Visioning
The festivities that you know and love will be happening on the first Saturday of June within the Riverside BIA along Queen E from the DVP to Empire Avenue, alongside the Riverdale ArtWalk. This year’s festival has an amazing roster of activities and events:
Riverside BIA Chair Mitch Korman and Executive Director Jennifer Lay
This week, the Riverside BIA’s Chair Mtich Korman, Executive Director Jennifer Lay, and local resident and Marketing Committee member Lynne Patterson, presented to Les Clefs D’Or Concierges of Ontario at their meeting at the Soho Metropolitan. We had a warm welcome as we delivered an update on all the exciting changes in our great ‘hood since our last visit with them in 2014 – how time flies!
Who Are Les Clefs D’Or?
Les Clefs d’Or is a society of Hotel Concierge whose aim as an organization is to facilitate the exchange of ideas between our members and to provide mutual assistance in order to better serve our valued guests.
Speaking to Les Clefs D’Or is a great opportunity for Riverside to showcase what our neighbourhood has to offer and for hotel concierges to recommend our restaurants, shops, festivals, walks (and more) to their clients!
Next, we look forward to bringing Les Clefs D’Or to Riverside for a great experience!
Blog Series – Get the Dirt on Gardening in Riverside
The Riverside Blog series is back with a fresh news, just in time for gardening season. Get great tips from local resident and blogger, photographer and writer, Karen Lloyd of k-media:Gardening season is coming upon us like a vigorous clematis and Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood along Queen Street East is full of green-piration!
Whether you’re looking for perennials, shrubs, veggies, medicinal herbs, stylish and whimsical decor to spruce up your outdoor living space, or gardening gloves, be sure to check out our roundup of where to shop in Riverside for all your growing needs, and outdoor living dreams….
A couple Riverside businesses have gotten fake bills in the past week.
The photo shows a real versus a fake $50 where you can see clear differences, once you know, with the fake bill: colours are more vibrant than usual, and the holograms are opaque or incorrect. People provide fake bills as part of a scam where the ‘customer’ waits for staff to be busy and distracted, and then ‘customer’ may be pushy and impatient – putting the pressure on staff even more.
Training all staff to spot fake bills (usually $50s or $100s) and ‘customer scam’ techniques like this, and saying NO to accepting the bill or making change for the bill, are good ways to help prevent this crime.
Upcoming Repairs on Queen St East in Riverside
Note from City of Toronto:
The City is planning to repair sections of roadway and sidewalks along Queen St E between the DVP and Greenwood Ave, and we wish to reach out to you for awareness.
Our 2018 Utility Cut Repairs Program includes some work along Queen St E, concentrating on sections of sidewalks and roadway damaged by utility companies. Our contractor is planning to start shortly, and may take approximately three weeks to complete.
Construction notices will be distributed to all businesses and residents at least 48 hours prior to construction starting. The TTC will also be notified.
CONTACT Photography Exhibits In/Around Riverside
This year, the annual CONTACT Photography Festival is Getting Bigger in Toronto’s East End, with exhibits in and around Riverside – highlighted exhibits include:
Isolation @ Artists’ Network Gallery
630 Queen St East (Gallery inside Dark Horse), May 1-27 (Reception May 4, 6pm-9pm), Isolation Talks: May 10, 7pm & May 19, 1pm, Details
Jack Gilbert Exhibition @ IX Gallery
11 Davies Ave, Unit 101, A Sick Kids Hospital Foundation Fundraiser, May 1–31 (Reception May 17, 6:30pm–9:30pm), Details
Wonder by Laird Kay @ Former Weston Bread Factory
462 Eastern Ave, Open Saturday & Sunday May 12 & 13 and May 19 & 20, 10am-4pm each day, Details
Riverside Community Garden
Did you know….
The Riverside Community Garden is an amazing garden space right here in Riverside’s Joel Weeks Park. The garden is open to membership for anyone who lives, works or plays in the Riverside neighbourhood.
The garden operates on a communal models (shred space, no plots) during gardening season from May – October to grow fresh vegetables and herbs. Membership is just $25-35 per season.
Prime Spaces for Lease along Riverside’s Queen St East:
Available Aug 1, 2018:
733 Queen Street East, 550 sq feet with Basement and Loft
Contact 416-466-0313 x 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Available Fall 2018:
777 Queen St East, front section of Elbers Antique store (1,100 sq ft)
Ideal tenant in clothing, retail, office business (no food/hospitality)
Inquiries: Ron at 416-466-3938 or email@example.com
Unilever Precinct Planning Study Meeting on May 15
On May 15, please join City Planning staff to learn about the outcomes of the Study and the review of First Gulf’s East Harbour applications. The meeting notice for this event may be viewed directly here.
Date: May 15, 2018 Time: 6:15-8:30pm
Brief presentation by the City at 7:00pm, Drop-in Open House 6:15-8:30pm Place: Queen Alexandra Middle School, 181 Broadview Avenue, Gymnasium
You’re Invited: East End ‘Bridges to Art’ Project Visioning
A lot more public art will be coming to ‘hoods in Ward 30 with the East End Bridges to Art Project: 9 underpass projects including a new mural in the underpass bridge at De Grassi St in Riverside. Thanks to Councillor Paula Fletcher for championing this amazing project.