In this email you will find:

1) Potential Seminar/Workshops for BIA Members
2) Sign up for Riverside BIA Accessibility Workshop  Jan 27th
3) Dragon’s Den Opportunity
4) Microbrewery looking for space in Riverside
5) Ward 30 Bike Events – Riverside BIA members welcome
6) Neighbourhood News

YOUR INPUT IS REQUESTED FOR POSSIBLE BIA SEMINARS:The BIA Marketing committee is evaluating some learning opportunities, where our local businesses would share their successes with our members and we would invite a guest speaker industry expert – the first topic for consideration is having e-commerce on your website.

If you have any comments on seminar topice or prefered dates/times for workshop please contact the bia office at

Is your business in compliance with AODA?

Register NOW for the Free Accessibility Workshop Jan 27 ; 6 – 8pm Visit HERE

AODA stands for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – Here is your opportunity to find what your requirements are- by law; if you are accessibble, and what you can do to be accessible

Plan to attend – Jan 27th – 6-8pm for an Accessibility Workshop .

The workshop will cover:

  • The business case for accessibility
  • Practical tips and best practices for BIAs and their communities
  • Tools and resources for you to take away
  • Opportunity to ask an accessibility expert questions and personalized support
  • Network and coordinate with BIA and community members
  • A clear understanding of what you need to do to comply with the AODA.

Register NOW for the Free Accessibility Workshop Jan 27 ; 6 – 8pm Visit HERE

CBC’s DRAGONS’ DEN.  is currently developing a new online/mobile program called NEXT GEN DEN, a version similar to the original DRAGONS’ DEN, but made exclusively for the digital world.They  are looking for young entrepreneurs (40 years old and under) who need the money to fuel a specific aspect of their start-up, idea or small business. They are casting  now and plan to shoot in mid-November. If you know of any young entrepreneurs that would be interested in this opportunity, visit to watch a trailer and apply!

Any questions or comments – please contact Alicia Chirrey
Dragons’ Den 416-205-8987

And – we hope you saw Dragon’s Den on Wednesday, when our very own Marie from Pulp Kitchen danced with the dragons!


The BIA received a request from a local resident who is looking to start a small microbrewery and retail shop in Riverside. The vision of the brewery is to be local, fresh and community-focused.  They have a start-up budget and modest size requirements.  The are looking for500-1000 feet, with  high ceilings, and strong floor supports. Do you know of any property owners/tenants  who might be interested in sharing / renting their space?  Queen frontage is not necessary the back of a shop with an alley entrance would work.

Please contact the BIA if you are interested, or know anyone.


Ward 30 Bikes, the local advocacy group of Cycle Toronto is inviting members of the Riverside BIA to some of the events
Saturday, January 17, First Gulf has invited us on a tour of the site of the former Unilever factory, for which they are in the early stages of developing a master plan to develop the land. Before visiting the site, Ward 30 Bikes will lead a walk of the surrounding area to look at current and potential bike routes in the area. We will meet at the Queen/Saulter library (765 Queen St E) at 10:00 am, and end the walk at 21 Don Roadway.
Ward 30 regular meeting on Tuesday, February 3 at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre (955 Queen St E) at 7:00 pm.
Presentation from Ryerson students  on cycling connections in Riverdale. Monday, February 9, 7:00 pm, at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.
It would be great to see some representation from the Riverside BIA at any of these events. It would also be great to meet with someone from your organization to discuss how we can work together on issues of mutual interest.


Thank you to all the BIA members who supported the South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre’s Mad for Kids Auction! The 2014 edition of the Centre’s annual fundraising event raised more than $15,000, thanks to the support of generous community members like yourselves!The money raised will support programming at your non-profit drop-in.

The event was a fun night out for program participants and community members who bid in the silent and live auction, snapping retro photos at a photo booth, tasted scotch, and snacked at the food table.

We hope to have your continued support and your attendance at the 2015 auction!

With much appreciation for your generosity,
The South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre Fundraising Committee

Toronto’s The Tiny Record Shop set to present themed vinyl exhibitions throughout the winter.
Elliott Brood

Toronto — The Tiny Record Shop is existed to reveal details of a series of vinyl exhibitions planned throughout the rest of this winter. More details below.  Located at 804 Queen Street East in Toronto’s booming Riverside/Leslievillecommunity, The Tiny Record Shop caters to the city’s music lovers with a curated selection of new and vintage vinyl from around the world.   Recently the shop has hosted packed in-store performances from Born Ruffians and Elliott BROOD.
The Music of The Smiths January 13th to January 18th
Come celebrate The Music Of The Smiths.  The Tiny Record Shop has every 12″ and LP from the iconic-Manchester band on display for sale at the shop including some very hard to find rarities.Nineties Week February 3rd to February 10th
The Tiny Record Shop looks back on an era when Compact Disc was the ruling format and vinyl was near death.  Come check out The Tiny Record Shop’s finds from what is now a highly collectible era.

Please drop us a line at if you have any comments or questions.
CheersPerry Lupyrypa
Executive Director, Riverside BIA
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