Leslieville/Riverside News: #RiversideTO BIA Weekly Update

Check out this update from our local Riverside BIA!

  • Featured: “Game of Thorntons” RTCC’s Annual Fund-raising; Welcome to Riverside: Animal Liberation Kitchen
  • BIA Notices/Reminders: Wine & Craft Beer Fest is coming up! Join the fun!; Jasper Dandy – Riverside Business Profile
  • Riverside BIA 2019 Event Calendar
  • Upcoming Riverside BIA Member Happenings 
  • Neighbourhood News: RTCC – New Board of Management Members Needed; East Harbour Open House Invite – March 27th

Submit YOUR Riverside news/events via office@riverside-to.com

“Game of Thorntons” RTCC’s Annual Fund-raising! 
RTCC’s Annual Fund-raising Gala and Silent Auction takes a darker turn…“Winter has ended” and the great Houses of Riverside – including the Boultons, the Saulters,  the McGees, the Grants, and the DeGrassis – are gathering at Thornton Castle to divide the spoils, to determine who will get to sit on the Copper Throne, and to win possession of the legendary Thornton Jewel – a diamond circled sapphire, worth a Queen’s ransom (appraised value over $2,000!)

Many treasures will be available for the highest bidder (there is no truth to the rumour that the lowest bidder will be forced to march through the streets, subject to the abuse of the entire city — we save that for our elected officials!)  Unlock your treasury, and acquire the finest art, jewelry, food and drink, and much more to take back to your own abode!

On May 11, all roads lead to Thornton Castle, where Kings, Queens, and commoners alike will quaff the finest brews from the Eastbound and Saulter breweries, sample rare vintages from the Counties of Niagara, Prince Edward, and lands beyond the seas. 
Feast on delicious sweets transported, at enormous peril, across the mighty Don River from famed bakers Daniel et Daniel in distant Cabbagetown, and sample wild boar, gamebirds, and other delights from the renowned ovens of Il Ponte. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  They are now available online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/game-of-thorntons-tickets-57954099271?aff=ebdssbdestsearch, and at RTCC Reception. 

Read all about the Game of Thorntons on the blog post!

Welcome to Riverside: Animal Liberation Kitchen! 
After many years of doing local events and festivals, they have finally found a home to call their own.
The ALK menu will be filled with vegan and organic food options that include a great selection of nutritious smoothies, pressed juices, comfort food, daily soup and stews, grain salads and sandwiches. Not only is the food packed with nutrients, but it also convenient for those on the go.

Come and visit at 717 1/2 Queen Street East, near Broadview and Queen from 12pm to 7pm!

Read more about it on our blog post!

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest is Now LIVE!
Join us in this 5-day long event enjoying all that our area has to offer in terms of Wine & Beer!
Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest is now live, check all the details here!  
Tuesday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 6th is the 5th Annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest!

It is not too late for Riverside businesses to get involved!

It’ll be a week-long celebration of Ontario wine, local beer and Riverside businesses, featuring: Talks (April 2), Flight Night (April 3), Tasting Night Market (April 4), Prix Fixe Events (April 2-6), and the ever-popular Expo (April 6)!!

Here are ways you can get on board to make this a fabulous community event once again:

  • April 2-6th: Host a prix fixe event: restaurants, bars and cafes can host special events, such as prix fixe meals or classes with wine/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!
  • April 3rd: Take part in Wednesday Flight Night – restaurants, bars and cafes can promote an existing or special flight of beer or wine as part of the festival – just let us know to be included in promotions
  • April 6th: We are seeking pop-up food vendors for the EXPO, and also donations for our Silent Auction in support of Ralph Thornton Community Centre. Seeking Silent Auction Items in support of our Fundraiser for the Ralph Thornton Centre children’s’ programming
  • 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
HUGE thanks to our 2019 Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest Sponsors: Hulmark and Bentall Kennedy, and festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co, Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events!

Riverside Business Profile – Jasper Dandy
Ever wondered how the new bar on the block came up with its unusual name? 

Jasper Dandy owner, Cam MacDonell explains, “There was a meeting of the minds one night and the word Dandy kept getting bounced around. We were then told of a ferret that our friend, Chris Steele, owned named Jasper Dandy. It was perfect! After saying it in conversation a few times, and with Steele’s blessing, it was settled.”Cam’s friend is now has a lifetime supply (or at least a few pounds) of chicken wings available to him on the house, thanks to his creative contribution.

Open since July 2018, Cam has transformed the former Boots and Bourbon bar into a welcoming and comfortable neighbourhood pub, offering sports fans a new place catch a Leafs game with full sound – or any Toronto sports team in action, for that matter. In addition to chicken wings, Jasper Dandy’s menu features burgers, Pad Thai, perogies and other classic comfort foods.


Read the entire story on our blog post!


Our 2019 calendar shows an overview of what’s happening this year! Email marketing@riverside-to.com anytime with your questions and to get involved.  
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 marketing@riverside-to.com


RTCC – New Board of Management Members Needed

Looking to make a difference in our community?
Come join the Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s Board of Management! RTCC is a gathering place that welcomes, connects and engages the community in all its diversity. The board is responsible for the overall management, operation and maintenance of the centre.
We especially encourage candidates with interest and/or experience in fundraising, marketing, evaluation, financial stewardship or community outreach. 
The board is friendly, accessible and consensual, and promotes building the capacities of its members and the community.

You are invited to complete a brief questionnaire https://www.ralphthornton.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Candidate-Questionnaire-2019.pdf and e-mail it to the Nominations Committee by Friday April 5, 2019.

East Harbour Open House Invite – March 27

Join us inside the former Unilever industrial building to check out the space before it’s transformed into the #SoapFactory and learn about the continuous evolution of development plans for East Harbour.

Check more details of the invitation here!

Register to join here: https://www.addevent.com/event/PL3137875

Please feel free to share with your community groups.


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