Check out this update from our local Riverside BIA!
Featured: Let’s Talk Business + Community in Riverside & Leslieville; Thank You + Photos Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2018!
BIA Notices/Reminders: Will You Take Part? Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest – Let Us Know by April 13th!; Clean Riverside Together April 20th & 22nd; Digital Main Street Support in Riverside Extended to May 4 – Book Your Time; Space for Lease in Riverside
Upcoming Riverside BIA Member Happenings
Neighbourhood News: Vacant Unit Tax Rebate Program Ends July 1; Ralph Thornton Community Centre Seeking Board Members
Let’s Talk Business + Community in Riverside & Leslieville April 19th
Riverside and Leslieville BIA members are invited to an interactive panel and discussion:
Crime, Safety, Gentrification, Overdose Crisis, Homelessness, Mental Health Concerns….
These are topics around situations that your business may have recently experienced. How did you respond? Do you and your staff talk about ‘what to do if’? Would you like to talk to others who may have had similar experiences? Would a conversation with representatives from our local service agencies help?
If so, come and join us on April 19 to be part of the conversation. It’s a start: Together with local agencies, the Riverside BIA and Leslieville BIA, we’ll open up a dialogue to help us all meet the daily challenges of living and doing business in our urban neighbourhoods.
Will You Take Part in Riverside Eats & Beats 2018? Let Us know by April 13th!
Pls email us by APRIL 13 to get into the printed Event Guide
Riverside’s annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is coming Saturday, June 2nd (1-6pm). The festivities that you know and love will be happening on the first Saturday of June within the Riverside BIA along Queen E from the DVP to Empire Avenue, alongside the Riverdale Art Walk.
As always, all local businesses and organizations are invited to open their doors and host specials, tasters, music, sidewalk sales, and/or other activities during the festival!
To be included in our printed Event Guide which goes out to 10,000 residents & businesses, let us know what you have planned for June 2nd by April 13th.* Please see last year’s event guide for examples of activities to help you develop your description (or if you took part last year and are doing a repeat just email us with REPEAT).
Sat, June 2, 1-6pm
Your Activity Name:
Timing of Your Activity:
Description of Your Activity (1 short sentence):
Using Your Sidewalk Space: The Riverside BIA has applied for a Sidewalk Sale permit to enable businesses and other vendors to animate the sidewalk space along Queen Street East, from the DVP to Empire Avenue. You must maintain a minimum clearance of 2.13 m from the face of the curb for the unimpeded passage of pedestrian traffic, or to a greater distance as may be directed by staff from Transportation Services.
Hosting Live Music: The BIA has applied for a Noise Exemption permit for the hours of 1pm to 6pm on June 2nd. You can host your own live music (or DJ’d music) from your storefront or on your sidewalk space (abiding by the Sidewalk Permit rules above).
Street Closures: The BIA has applied for partial street closure permits for: Munro (north of Queen), Broadview (South of Queen to the laneway), Saulter (south of Queen to the laneway), and McGee (south of Queen to the laneway);NOTE: Queen Street East will remain open to vehicle traffic throughout the festival.
Clean Riverside Together: April 20th-22nd
Rivertowne/Riverside Clean Up 2016
Riverside/Rivertowne Clean Up 2015
Riverside/Rivertowne Clean Up 2013
As part of efforts throughout Toronto, Riverside is joining the over 200,000 residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups as we come together for the 15th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces.
Join in Riverside Clean ups, including:
Friday, April 20th: 1:30pm Meet outside the Ralph Thornton Community Centre (765 Queen E) to get gloves and bags for clean up of Queen St E, Saulter St, Saulter Street Parkette, and McCleary Playground.
Sunday, April 22: 10AM-12PM: Meet at Thompson and Munro to collect your gloves and bags for clean Up of Joel Weeks Park and streets and laneways in and around Rivertowne and Riverside – south to Queen E, west to Davies, north to Dundas, east to Broadview. Refreshments from Tim Hortons provided!
Digital Main Street Support in Riverside -Extended to May 4th – Book Your Time!
Based on great success working with Riverside BIA businesses this year, Digital Main Street is extending Ricardo’s time with us until May 4th!! He will be in Riverside the week of April 16-20 and April 30-4. As a member, you can receive support on website, social media, SEO, Google My Business, enhanced Google 360 photos and more. Ricardo will be providing up to 10 hrs of 1:1 support to Riverside BIA members on a first come first served basis.
The Vacancy Unity Tax Rebate Program was available for commercial and industrial properties that were either partially or completely vacant for 90 or more consecutive days. In 2017, Toronto City Council approved changes to phase out the program and is fully discontinuing the program as of July 1, 2018. Learn more