Leslieville/Riverside News: #Riverside TO BIA Weekly Update

  • Featured: Spotlight on The Opera House; Apply for Canada Summer Jobs Grant
  • BIA Notices/Reminders: Get Involved in Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest; February is Riverside Month of Love; Tourism Toronto Media Opps; Summerlicious Applications Due Feb 19 
  • 2020 Riverside BIA Event Calendar
  • Upcoming Riverside BIA Member Happenings
  • Neighbourhood News: Ontario Line Update; City of Toronto Survey on Hookah Smoking
Submit YOUR Riverside news & events via  office@riverside-to.com · 416-466-8167
Spotlight on The Opera House

As part of the Riverside Business profile series, we’re putting a spotlight on one of the neighbourhood’s longest-standing business: The Opera House.  Big thanks to owner and Riverside BIA Board member Athena for all that she does!

Get a sneak peak of the article below (thanks to Karen from k-media):

With year-round events including concerts, film shoots, fundraisers, raves and even weddings, The Opera House has been a destination for entertainment in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood for 30 years. At least 3000 people most weeks tour through the Queen Street neighbourhood on event nights to visit the venue at 735 Queen Street East.

“I would like to think that the venue has helped with the revitalization of our neighbourhood,” says The Opera House owner and general manager, Athena Ellinas-Towers, and there’s no doubt that’s true.

Back in 1989 when Athena opened The Opera House with her family – Dad (Adam), Mom (Eleni) both brothers brothers (Gus and Chris) – the only other ‘entertainment venue’ she remembers in Riverside was…read the rest on the Riverside Blog!

Apply for Canada Summer Jobs Grant

The Canada Summer Jobs Program is now open for application and will close at 3PM EST on February 24th. Local priorities for Toronto–Danforth are as follows:

  • Support for a specific type of project: Projects supporting small businesses
  • Support for projects that offer programs and/or support to specific target groups: Children and/or youth (e.g., summer camps)
  • Support for projects that offer programs and/or support to specific target groups: Newcomers / Refugees
  • Support for projects that offer programs and/or support to specific target groups: Seniors
  • Support for projects in a specific economic sector: Arts, entertainment and recreation​ 

As in 2019, funded employers are no longer restricted to hiring students: all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants. Get more details and APPLY

Get Involved in Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest

Tuesday, March 24 to Sunday, March 29 is Riverside’s Annual Wine & Craft Beer Fest.  
It’ll be a week-long celebration of Ontario wine, local beer and Riverside businesses, featuring: talks, classes and prixe fixe events (March 24-29) and the ever-popular Expo (March 28)!
Here are some ways you can get on board:
  • March 24-29: Host a prix fixe event or promotions: restaurants, bars and cafes can host special events, such as prix fixe meals or classes with wine/ craft beer pairings. Partner up with one of your existing wine or beer reps or let us know if you need a recommendation! Let us know what you’ll be doing to be included in promotions!
  • March 28: We are seeking pop-up food vendors for the EXPO, and also donations for our Silent Auction in support of the Ralph Thornton Community Centre. 
  • Promote your regular specials: restaurants, bars and cafes that offer regular wine or beer specials (BYOB, 1/2 price…) can promote these as part of the festival! Just let us know!
To get involved just email marketing@riverside-to.com
February is Riverside Month of Love
February is ‘Riverside Month of Love’ where we’re spot lighting stories, events, promotions, photos and anything in the theme of love throughout the month (e.g. love and customers/ clients/ colleagues, love and the neighbourhood, beloved food, drink, and items, self-love, promotions/ specials around Valentine’s Day/ Family Day!)

Share with us via marketing@riverside-to.com or simply tag us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram and we’ll help spread the word!

Tourism Toronto Media Opps
A note from Tourism Toronto:

Tourism Toronto is currently working on our “What’s New in Toronto” spring 2020 press release! We are particularly interested in new openings, events, exhibits and tours that are happening/set for March – May, 2020. 

If you have any news you would like to see added to the press release, please send to Catalina Matamoros cmatamoros@TORCVB.COM by February 21st

Summerlicious Applications Due Feb 19
A note from the City of Toronto:

Summerlicious 2020 application submissions to participate in upcoming Summerlicious & Winterlicious events are due by February 19, 2020.

Participation criteria, application process information and the application form can be found at www.toronto.ca/licious.  Restaurants that have recently participated in Winterlicious and/or Summerlicious and are currently eligible do not need to re-apply. 

Questions? wintersummerlicious@toronto.ca , eirine.papaioannou@toronto.ca  or 416-392-7902.

Our 2020 calendar gives you an overview of what’s happening this year in terms of Riverside BIA-wide events throughout the year! Email office@riverside-to.com anytime with your questions and to get involved in any BIA events.
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 office@riverside-to.com



Ontario Line Update

Hundreds of community members came out to the Metrolinx-hosted Open House about Ontario Line transit project in Riverdale on January 28th.

BlogTO Article about the Open House: Public Meetings about Ontario Line Leave Toronto with More Questions than Answers

Metrolinx Ontario Line Info:

For BIA Members: 
Take the Riverside BIA’s Ontario Line Survey

Community Action – East End Transit Alliance:
eastendtransitalliance@gmail.com, Facebook @EastEndTransitAlliance,Twitter: @EastEndTransitAlliance.

City of Toronto Survey on Hookah Smoking

The City of Toronto is proposing that hookah smoking be treated the same way as other substances such as commercial tobacco, cannabis, and e-cigarettes/vapour products. The proposed approach is to prohibit all hookah smoking in enclosed public places, enclosed workplaces, and some outdoor spaces and enhance enforcement powers to improve compliance.

They are interested to hear from business owners and operators on how the City can support them to ensure that their business complies with the revised approach on hookah smoking.
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