Leslieville/Riverside News: #Riverside TO BIA Weekly Update

  • Featured:  Riverside Month of Love – Gift Ideas; Congrats on 4 Years in Riverside: Arts Market; Love Yourself Event Feb 21 at OMA
  • BIA Notices/Reminders: City of Toronto Survey: Sidewalk Litter; Apply for Canada Summer Jobs Grant Until Feb 24; 40 Years, 40 Stories – Share Yours; Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest – Get Involved; Upcoming Webinars from Accessibility Canada; East End Arts Survey
  • 2020 Riverside BIA Event Calendar
  • Upcoming Riverside BIA Member Happenings
  • Neighbourhood News: Ontario Line Update; Nellie’s Coldest Night of the Year Walk -Volunteers Needed!
Submit YOUR Riverside news & events via  office@riverside-to.com · 416-466-8167
Riverside Month of Love – Gift Ideas
Riverside’s businesses offer unique gift experiences and we’ve put the spotlight on some of them in the Riverside Blog, from a concert at The Opera House​ to pampering at Barefoot Beauty, it’s all right here. Check out our gift ideas blog f/t Quince Flowers, Oreya Studio, Dimensions Custom Framing & Gallery, Token, Blackbird Baking Co., Barefoot Beauty, and The Opera House. 

Congrats on 4 Years in Riverside: Arts Market
Love Yourself Event Feb 21 at OMA
City of Toronto Survey: Sidewalk Litter

A note from the City of Toronto MLS policy review team:
The City of Toronto is reviewing issues related to cigarette butts and litter in front of licensed businesses, in particular, the regulation described in Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, requiring licensed businesses to install and maintain temporary cigarette butt receptacles on the sidewalk adjacent to their business. The purpose of this work is to keep sidewalks cleaner by simplifying rules for licensed businesses, and raising awareness of responsibilities of business owners.
We are seeking feedback on these issues to inform a report to General Government and Licensing Committee in Spring 2020. As BIAs and licensed businesses, we encourage you to provide your feedback via a short survey, until February 28, 2020. 
If you have any questions about this review, please contact us at mlsfeedback@toronto.ca.
Apply for Canada Summer Jobs Grant Until Feb 24

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

40 Years, 40 Stories – Share Yours


The Riverside BIA is celebrating 40 Years in 2020!  First formed in 1980 by a group of local business and property owners, the Queen Broadview Village Business Improvement Area is one of the first dozen BIAs in Toronto and the world.

In 2004, the name change to the ‘Riverside’ BIA reflected the neighbourhood’s name since the 1880s.  The BIA and business community it serves have seen many other changes over the decades – some very big news and others perhaps hidden gems.

This year to celebrate and commemorate these first 40 years, we’d like to capture and share 40 short stories of the BIA from local business and property owners, residents and visitors. These stories will become a blog series, virtual time capsule, and self-guided Scavenger Hunt that will help local people and tourists alike get to know the Riverside BIA in 2020 and for years to come.

If you have a short story, pls share it with us via office@riverside-to.com (ideally written story plus photo(s)) or call us 416-466-8167 and we will help record your story. You can submit it with your name or anonymously.

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!
  • 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!
  • Donate to the Expo Silent Auction: showcase your business while giving back by donating to our Silent Auction – proceeds will go to the Ralph Thornton Community Centre children’s programming
To get involved just email marketing@riverside-to.com
Upcoming Free Webinars from Accessibility Canada
Accessibility Canada has a number of free webinar coming up – from making accessible videos to doing social media accessibly – see topics, dates, and details.
East End Arts Survey
Help shape arts & culture in the East Toronto by filling out East End Arts second annual survey. They want to know more about how East Enders value art, what an artistic community means to them, and how East End Arts’ programming can better serve our communities.  Answers are totally anonymous, and if you fill it out you’ll have a chance to win a gift basket with prizes from some of their favourite East Toronto businesses, valued at over ?200! 

Take the survey: bit.ly/2P77lhR  Deadline Feb 28, 2020.

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

City of Toronto Executive Council on January 29th added several motions to enable the City to enter into a shared agreement with Metrolinx, and further strategies to help leverage the motions passed around the Ontario Line in October 2019, such as a request for a TPAP (Transit Project Assessment Process) for the Ontario Line. Read the latest Council Minutes

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.

Nellie’s Coldest Night of the Year Walk – Volunteers Needed!

Seeking volunteers to be Route Marshalls for Nellie’s Coldest Night of the Year Walk fundraiser on Feb 22nd. The time commitment is 3:30-8pm. All volunteers get a toque and can enjoy refreshments and live music at Ralph Thornton Community Centre at the end of the walk.

To Volunteer: Just go to https://cnoy.org/volunteer  and choose location ‘Toronto Riverdale Pape – Nellie’s.



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