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Riverside 2016 Eats & Beats RECAP

Riverside Eats & Beats, in its 4th year, was described by Riverside businesses and festival-goers alike as ‘the best and busiest yet’ with:
  • 10,000+ people coming out to Riverside on June 4
  • 50+ participating restaurants,vendors and retailers hosting events/ activities
  • 20 live performances by Toronto musicians and artists
  • street closures jammed packed with activities and attractions
  • 200+ volunteer hours contributed on June 4

This event could not have happened without the support of so many amazing people!


  • Riverside Eats & Beats 2016 Sponsors: Streetcar Developments, Hullmark Developments, Downtown Automotive Group, Metroland Media and GOODHOOD!
  • Riverside Eats & Beats Marketing CommitteeAdrienne for being our Event Chair and helping host a fantastic Munro Street closure party; Chef Scott for bringing Toronto Food Tours Culinary Walks and demos to the festival. Jeff for the amazing promotional videos. Martha our summer student for your fantastic volunteer coordination, blogging, and blowing up all those balloons! Karen for event photography. Lynne, Giancarlo, Alexis, and Jessica for coming out an running the show on the 4th as Event Ambassadors. Glenn, Maria, John & the whole Ralph Thornton Centre team (and our event Charity Partner) for providing their amazing lounge space and fun activities. Michael for stepping up with great activities via BMO.
  • Riverside BIA Board: All our fantastic volunteer Board members who helped spread the word and came out to support the events. Special thanks to Dale from macFAB whose support to have the BIA office, enabled us to coordinate and maintain a team of volunteers and supplies that bring the street alive.
  • Street Closure Hosts: Big thanks to Nell & Natasha for hosting those always-popular free annual BBQ; and again to Oma Chiropractic, Quince Flowers, The Ralph Thornton Centre, and the Queen & Saulter Library, who hosted outstanding events and activities that anchor the festival; and the Artists’ Network for cross promoting and collaborating on outreach with the Riverdale Art Walk, so our two events come together as one.
  • Riverside Restaurants, Retailers and Community Centres who hosted excellent activities:  Shout out to the teams at County Riverside, An Sibin, The Wine Rack, Tabule, Arts Market, Common Sort, il ponte, Downtown Toyota, Dimensions, Pulp Kitchen, Smash! Ping Pong, The Peasant Table, Butchers of Distinction, The Comrade, Irish Design House, Bergstrom, The Opera House, Broadview Bakery, Mustard Seed, Royal Canadian Curling Club, Sugar Loaf, Dangerous Dan’s, Chi Junky and so many more!
  • Artists, Musicians, Artisans and Vendors who helped enliven our streets and community spaces: Don Valley Stompers, Turbo Street Funk, Samba Toronto, HUDU Rising Blues, VocalWork Children’s Choir, Black & Blonde, Dustin & Caleb, Toronto English Country Dance Assembly, Tune Your Ride’s bicycle-powered line up, plus many more fantastic local artists, authors and vendors.
  • Councillor Paula Fletcher for her ongoing support in helping make these street events happen.
  • Mike Major from the City BIA office, who has been a champion for this event.
  • Graphic designer Geo who created the fresh, enlivening promotional materials that helped make this event come to life and captured people’s attention online and on the streets
  • Other Eats & Beats Volunteers: all our fabulous, hard-working George Brown Students and other volunteers for their essential support and extra hard work on June 4th!
  • Riverside BIA Maintenance staff Drew for helping get the moving parts into the right place at the right time
  • Last but certainly not least the amazing, strong BIA Office Team: Especially Jennifer,The Director of Marketing & Public Programs, who did a tremendous job in managing this event and Martha, our Canada Summer Jobs Intern, for supporting every step to make this event a success!

Please let us know what you thought of Eats & Beats 2016 to help us all improve for the next one, to make it even bigger and better:

Survey for Riverside Businesses

Survey for Community Vendors and Artisans

Survey for the Public

Ralph Thornton Centre’s Sunday Night Out for Grownups 
June 29th TD Toronto Jazz Festival at the Opera House!

On June 29th at 9:00pm Celebrate the 30th anniversary when the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in Riverside, with Fanfare Ciocarlia / Lemon Bucket Orkestra at the Opera House  at the Opera House Ticket informationhere


Riverside 2016 Calendar of Events
Toronto’s Best Flea Market heads outdoors for its 4th successful season

The Leslieville Flea is thrilled to announce the summer dates and locations for their outdoor markets!

“We can’t wait for summer!” says organizer Chris Roberts.  The Leslieville Flea is back at the beautiful Ashbridge Estate in Leslieville the 3rd Sunday of each month starting June 19th.  There will also be a special SPEAKEASY flea which will take place in the Distillery District as part of the TD Jazz Festival on June 25th.  Both venues are steeped in history and provide a beautiful backdrop for the Leslieville Flea and all the fab finds from the market’s vendors.

About the Leslieville Flea
The Leslieville Flea is curated, monthly market with over 60 vendors selling vintage, salvaged, furniture, antiques, collectibles upcycled and handcrafted goods.

Distillery District Speakeasy Flea – in the Distillery District
Saturday, June 25th from 2pm-9pm
The entire Distillery District will be licensed for this event and visitors can stroll, eat and drink vintage inspired cocktails while shopping the best vintage and handcrafted vendors around!
Guests will also be treated to live music performances as part of the TD Jazz Fest.

Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East (between Greenwood and Coxwell)
Sunday, June 19th
Sunday, July 17th
Sunday, August 21st
Sunday, September 18th
Sunday, October 16th  from 10am-5pm

These markets will feature beer from Left Field Brewery, Coffee served from a super cool red mini truck and select food vendors.  Stroll the gorgeous 3 acres while drinking, eating and shopping from the best selection of vintage and handcrafted vendors around.  There will be live music and Indie88 will be there playing tunes to keep you hopping.

For more details and to check out our online shop go to

Event Organizers
Brigid Elmy and Chris Roberts
Contact Info:


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