TABIA Launches Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street – – a new program focused on helping main street businesses connect to digital tools to help them manage and grow their businesses.On Monday, June 13, the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) in collaboration with Google, MasterCard, Rogers, Yellow Pages and Shopify, held their Digital Main Street Launch Party at the Drake Hotel. The Digital Main Street (DMS) initiative is a platform to help businesses, within BIAs, all across Toronto bring their company into the digital age. TABIA and the DMS partners believe that a key factor in becoming and maintaining a successful business, in this day and age, is having a great online presence.

DMS will provide Riverside BIA member businesses with free access to platform to help effectively launch their businesses into the online world and ensure that they are maximizing their online presence. The platform provides many services to businesses:

Digital Assessment
A questionnaire that reviews a business’ online presence. After the assessment, a list of tasks and strategies are provided to help improve online presence

Digital Service Squad
A group of students from George Brown College who have partnered with this initiative to help businesses with any of their DMS Platform and Assessment questions.

Resource Library
Many texts and resources to help improve one’s digital presence

A module for BIAs with workshops and presentations, to learn strategies and techniques to better improve their areas.

The Riverside BIA will be participating in this initiative and is in the process of testing the DMS platform. Once we are all set up with the platform, we will be extending this opportunity to Riverside businesses.

 Stay tuned for more!!

Get Ready for: Beaches Jazz Fest ‘Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside’

The Beaches International Jazz Festival is coming to Riverside July 8-10!!!
 The ‘Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside’ music festival will be happening in Jimmie Simpson Park Friday evening (6-10pm), Saturday (12-10pm), and Sunday (12-6pm).
This is an amazing opportunity to invite new customers to enjoy what you have to offer.
To help share the news about Riverside’s fabulous shops and restaurants, we will be preparing and sharing the following blogs to help highlight places to eat, drink and shop to music festival-goers:
  • Riverside Brunch Spots, Wednesday, June 22nd
  • Shop Riverside- f/t Retail and Services, Tuesday, June 28th
  • Riverside Lunch Spots, Wednesday, June 29th
  • Riverside Dinner Spots and Late Night Spots, Wednesday, July 6th
If you are planning to offer any specials, please let us know and we will help feature them!

Launch of 2016 Riverside Good Food Markets

Riverside’s 2016 Good Food Market season is launching this month again with two locations offering healthy, fresh and affordable produce every Thursday, 2-6pm (June to September):

1)  The Queen/Saulter Good Food Market (right beside the Library) launched June 16
2) The Rivertowne Good Food Market in Joel Weeks Park (Munro and Matilda St) launches June 23A project of local community associations, the Riverdale Food Working Group and the Ralph Thornton Centre, these markets are  “a community-led initiative working to make Riverdale/Riverside a food friendly and food secure neighbourhood”.

Volunteer based, Good Food Markets are a great example of a successful community initiative where people work together for the common goal of providing high quality, fresh and affordable food.  Fresh produce is delivered on market day, and is available essentially at cost for community members.

FoodShare Toronto is the supplier for the Good Food Markets in Riverside.  About 80% of what is ordered each week is local, with at least 2 organic items.

These markets feature seasonal local produce, plus imported favourites, to offer the greatest quality and cultural value to the neighbourhood. Each market uniquely reflects its community and is a vibrant and important gathering place providing opportunities for neighbours to meet, share information and celebrate.

Ralph Thornton Centre’s Sunday Night Out for Grownups 

June 29th TD Toronto Jazz Festival at the Opera House!

On June 29th at 9:00pm Celebrate the 30th anniversary when the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in Riverside, with Fanfare Ciocarlia / Lemon Bucket Orkestra at the Opera House  at the Opera House Ticket informationhere


Riverside 2016 Calendar of Events
Ralph Thornton Centre’s After School Program  ‘End of Year Party Fund’. 
the After School Program will be out front of the RTC on Wednesday June 22nd selling our fresh homemade lemonade from 4:00 – 5:45pm. All funds we raise that day will go towards the last 3 days on program and school the kids have on June 27, 28 and 29th for 3 full days of their own programming which will all contain snacks, water-balloon fight supplies and other goods for them to freely purchase for their last ‘week of program’ with us.

Come support one of the largest service organizations in the East End, proudly providing financial grants to community projects for the past 50 years and approximately $50,000 annually for the last few. Please contact me at if you want to get involved (please include “William Chan” in the subject line) or send him a message through Facebook.

Toronto’s Best Flea Market heads outdoors for its 4th successful seasonThe Leslieville Flea is thrilled to announce the summer dates and locations for their outdoor markets!

“We can’t wait for summer!” says organizer Chris Roberts.  The Leslieville Flea is back at the beautiful Ashbridge Estate in Leslieville the 3rd Sunday of each month starting June 19th.  There will also be a special SPEAKEASY flea which will take place in the Distillery District as part of the TD Jazz Festival on June 25th.  Both venues are steeped in history and provide a beautiful backdrop for the Leslieville Flea and all the fab finds from the market’s vendors.

About the Leslieville Flea
The Leslieville Flea is curated, monthly market with over 60 vendors selling vintage, salvaged, furniture, antiques, collectibles upcycled and handcrafted goods.

Distillery District Speakeasy Flea – in the Distillery District
Saturday, June 25th from 2pm-9pm
The entire Distillery District will be licensed for this event and visitors can stroll, eat and drink vintage inspired cocktails while shopping the best vintage and handcrafted vendors around!
Guests will also be treated to live music performances as part of the TD Jazz Fest.

Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East (between Greenwood and Coxwell)
Sunday, June 19th
Sunday, July 17th
Sunday, August 21st
Sunday, September 18th
Sunday, October 16th  from 10am-5pm

These markets will feature beer from Left Field Brewery, Coffee served from a super cool red mini truck and select food vendors.  Stroll the gorgeous 3 acres while drinking, eating and shopping from the best selection of vintage and handcrafted vendors around.  There will be live music and Indie88 will be there playing tunes to keep you hopping.

For more details and to check out our online shop go to

Event Organizers
Brigid Elmy and Chris Roberts
Contact Info:

 Leveraging Web Technologies to Increase Business Efficiency
Email (event contact information):
Brigid Elmy
Manager, Business Development Projects The Chang School of Continuing Education,Ryerson University  Office: 416-979-5000 x 6674Event Description:
Web technologies can unlock value and boost efficiency in your business functions. Join four industry experts as they explore open source, paid, and mobile technologies that can reduce time and cost spent on administration, provide critical analytics, and help grow your business.

Entrepreneurs and business owners will be interested in this upcoming panel discussion led by industry and web technology specialists.

Admission is free. For more information and to RSVP please visit

When & Where
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | 04:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Chang School, Ryerson University
350 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1W1


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