Check out this update from our local Riverside BIA!


Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest  Program is Live!
Riverside’s Annual Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th alongside the Riverdale ArtWalk – as the festival helps Ontario and Canada ‘Celebrate 150’. Spanning Riverside’s 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East from the DVP to Empire Avenue, this year’s festival will feature:

Saturday, June 3rd, 1-6pm:
Live performances and activities at street closures including: Munro (Activate!), Broadview (Indigenous and Ingenious), Saulter (Culinary Tent & Ready, Set, Play) and McGee (Arts Market Pop Up market); as well as a variety outdoor food tasters, promos & live music hosted by Riverside businesses all along Queen E

Sunday, June 4th, 1-4pm:
Live music and activities at street closures including: Saulter (Leslieville Farmers Market + MomentTO) and McGee (Nell & Natasha’s BBQ & Blues + PirateLife 15 ft ship and BMO tent); plus a Samba parade along Queen E (sidewalks) and more great food tasters and promos hosted by Riverside businesses all along Queen E.

View the full Event Guide (PDF)
Check out all the details, register for activities and let us know you’re coming!

Take Part in Cultural Hotspot’s
HOT Eats Program!

HOT Eats is part of the Cultural Hotspot, a City of Toronto and partner-produced program that celebrates arts, culture and creativity in local communities and highlights restaurants, cafés and bakeries in Hotspot neighbourhoods through May to October 2017. This year the program is putting a focus on Toronto’s east side -that means you!

The 2017 Cultural Hotspot – East York/East End has begun!
Look forward to an amazing six month celebration of arts, culture and community in the vibrant East York/East End area. With 26 new innovative partner projects, a wealth of galleries, theatres, parks, museums and restaurants, and hundreds of exciting community event listings – with more added each week – this spot is going to be HOT!

  • Help spread the word by sharing the project on social media
  • Visit for a full listing of projects, partners and events to explore – some starting this week!
  • Save the Date for the Signature Celebration – June 17 from 1 – 4 p.m. – a free community fair on the new East York Civic Centre grounds featuring live music, dance performances, interactive art activities and community tables, with refreshments and fun for the whole family.

 And join  East York/East End for another amazing Cultural Hotspot year!
Be on the lookout for the Program guides, and ads in print, radio, transit and social media.   Many thanks to you all for your support and participation and help in getting us to this day!
Please don’t hesitate to contact Sabra (416- 392-6371) , Nadira (416 -392-6833) or Hyesoo Kim, Arts Program Officer, Arts & Culture Services at or 416-392-1210, if you have any additional questions.

Riverside Walks 2017 Starts May 6, Runs May-October

‘Riverside Walks’ is our series of FREE local walking tours throughout the spring, summer, and fall (May-Oct). They invite everyone to come and explore the vibrant Riverside neighbourhood and get to know Riverside businesses better! Sponsored by Team Sheppard Re/MAX, our 2017 walks will showcase Riverside’s diverse culture, heritage, and culinary delights – catering to a wide variety of interests.  All walks are led by local residents and Riverside personalities.

Coming Up in MAY 2017:

  • REGISTER NOW! May 6, 2-4PM: Wild Plants For Food & Medicine in Riverside – Led by Clinical Herbalist Danette Steele
  • REGISTER NOW! May 6, 3-5PM: Riverside Pub Walk – Led by John Anderson of Toronto Food Tours
  • REGISTER NOW May 27 & 28, 10AM-12PM & 1-3PM: Riverside Walks for Doors Open Toronto – Led by Historian Ron Fletcher & Team Sheppard
If you would like to get involved in any of these walks, pls feel free to get in touch with any questions at or 416-466-8167.

Riverside Businesses 
Upcoming Events/ Offers  

Complimentary Fitness Class at Framewrk Studio

Need a little spring time fitness revamp? 
Did you know there’s a fitness studio in 9 Davies with classes at lunch, after work and in the early mornings?  A variety of classes like Essentrics, Pilates, Strength/Conditioning and Yoga are offered. The community is fun and easy going. If you are part of the Riverside BIA please come and check out a complimentary class at Framewrk.

Just mention you saw this ad in the Riverside BIA Newsletter and you’re in!

Framewrk – 9 Davies Unit 206, Toronto ON M4M2A6

Oma Chiropractic & Wellness Events

Queen/Saulter Library 


Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s Spring Affair Fundraiser

Community Police Day

Nobody’s Perfect: FREE Parenting Program

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This free parenting program is offered for parents and caregivers with children 6 years and under. Parents will talk about children’s growth and learning, behavior, health and safety and the stress of parenting.

Groups meet once a week for 8-10 weeks. Childcare and books are included. TTC tokens are available if needed.

Location: Yonge Street Mission (Christian Community Centre)
Date: Tuesday March 21st- May 16th, 2017
Time: 12:30-2:30pm

To register, please contact:
Yonge Street Mission: (416_ 929-9614
Family Services Department
Toronto Health Connection (416) 338-7600

East End Accountability Group: Join in the Conversation

As part of our community involvement as volunteers in Regent Park, Cabbagetown, and Riverside, we are excited to invite you to join this peer-to-peer group.

What is the Accountability Group?

For the past 2 years, Accountability Groups have helped us meet our goals.  At the beginning, people’s goals were primarily work-related (finding employment /contracts/new business etc) but individuals quickly found that personal goals like time management, work-life balance, and health were actually at the core of our productivity.  This is a no-fee community group, run by volunteers.  Read on to see if this could help you too!

What is the purpose of this group?

The Accountability Group helps entrepreneurs, individuals and job-seekers to reach their goals. We do this by creating a space for people to hold their own feet to the fire, connecting into the energy of group collaboration. Freelancing, independent consulting, entrepreneurship, job-hunting and the like can be isolating activities. We have used a private virtual community on, and the brainstorming and support comes to life at frequent in-person meetings in Toronto IRL.  This is a no-fee community group, run by volunteers.

If you would like to be part of this life-changing event – not kidding ;)  – please send an email to accgrouptoronto (at) gmail (dot) com.  

We will reply with news of the meeting logistics and answer any questions you may have.  For background on the group, click here.

We wish you all the best for reaching your dreams!

Michelle Ransom & Christine Martin


Opening Reception: Space & Time – The Landscape by Brian Naimer

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As part of the Scotiabank CONTACT festival, this exhibit will run until May 26th with gallery hours of 1-5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Check out the event on Facebook here

Ralph Thornton Centre
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