Check out the following update from our local Riverside BIA!


Welcome to the Neighbourhood:
Lan Vietnamese Restaurant

Lan Vietnamese Restaurant at 755 Queen Street East celebrated their much-anticipated opening in Riverside on June 23rd and is offering great promotions (Read all about it on our Blog)With traditional Vietnamese dishes, luxurious hand carved furniture, and refined French architecture, LAN Restaurant brings old Hanoi to life right here in Riverside.

Here’s a note from Lan Phuong:
——Hello all the lovely people! I just want to post a reminder for our OPENING DATE JUNE 23rd (Thursday) of LAN Restaurant- 755 QUEEN STREET EAST.

It is very easy and just take me not even a second to write such a reminder, but the feeling of this moment when I am able to write and remind you all about the Opening Date June 23rd is too extreme and overwhelming not just for me, for my husband, but for our whole team, especially after such the longest time of our devotion, of our hard works every second of every single days and nights for exact 12 months in construction and over 18 months in the whole restaurant business process and journey….

Just a bit about us, my husband’s true and deepest passion has always been about FOOD. As to me, I have always had the biggest love for my family back home, and for my most beautiful HA NOI CITY where I was born, as well as where I have had all of the sweetest childhood memories of a life of a “little pink princess”. And so my biggest dream has always been all about finding ways to bring my first and most beautiful country of Vietnam to my second lovely home in Canada. For me, it is also a way I am sending the messages to my parents, my relatives, and my friends back home that I have never forgotten about them, as well as not forgetting the country and the city where I originally came from. Hence, we decided to take on this toughest and hardest journey to combine both my husband’s food passion and the biggest dream of my life. With this longest and most exhausting business journey that me and my husband have taken until now, my biggest and only hope is doing our very best so that we could be able to introduce and make Canadians also fall in love with our most authentic and delicious both Northern and Southern Vietnamese Cuisine, as well as our beautiful Vietnamese culture.

Please stop by and help welcome them!!

TABIA Launches Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street – – a new program focused on helping main street businesses connect to digital tools to help them manage and grow their businesses.

On Monday, June 13, the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) in collaboration with Google, MasterCard, Rogers, Yellow Pages and Shopify, held their Digital Main Street Launch Party at the Drake Hotel. The Digital Main Street (DMS) initiative is a platform to help businesses, within BIAs, all across Toronto bring their company into the digital age. TABIA and the DMS partners believe that a key factor in becoming and maintaining a successful business, in this day and age, is having a great online presence.

DMS will provide Riverside BIA member businesses with free access to platform to help effectively launch their businesses into the online world and ensure that they are maximizing their online presence. The platform provides many services to businesses:

Digital Assessment
A questionnaire that reviews a business’ online presence. After the assessment, a list of tasks and strategies are provided to help improve online presence

Digital Service Squad
A group of students from George Brown College who have partnered with this initiative to help businesses with any of their DMS Platform and Assessment questions.

Resource Library
Many texts and resources to help improve one’s digital presence

A module for BIAs with workshops and presentations, to learn strategies and techniques to better improve their areas.

The Riverside BIA will be participating in this initiative and is in the process of testing the DMS platform. Once we are all set up with the platform, we will be extending this opportunity to Riverside businesses.

 Stay tuned for more!!

Get Ready for: Beaches Jazz Fest ‘Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside’

The Beaches International Jazz Festival is coming to Riverside July 8-10!!!
 The ‘Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside’ music festival will be happening in Jimmie Simpson Park Friday evening (6-10pm), Saturday (12-10pm), and Sunday (12-6pm).
This is an amazing opportunity to invite new customers to enjoy what you have to offer.
To help share the news about Riverside’s fabulous shops and restaurants, we are sharing the following blogs to help highlight places to eat, drink and shop to music festival-goers:
  • Riverside Brunch Spots (Released)
  • Shop Riverside- f/t Retail and Services, Tuesday, June 28th
  • Riverside Lunch Spots, Wednesday, June 29th
  • Riverside Dinner Spots and Late Night Spots, Wednesday, July 6th
If you are planning to offer any specials, please let us know and we will help feature them!

Launch of 2016 Riverside Good Food Markets

Riverside’s 2016 Good Food Market season is launching this month again with two locations offering healthy, fresh and affordable produce every Thursday, 2-6pm (June to September):

1)  The Queen/Saulter Good Food Market (right beside the Library) launched June 16
2) The Rivertowne Good Food Market in Joel Weeks Park (Munro and Matilda St) launches June 23A project of local community associations, the Riverdale Food Working Group and the Ralph Thornton Centre, these markets are  “a community-led initiative working to make Riverdale/Riverside a food friendly and food secure neighbourhood”.

Volunteer based, Good Food Markets are a great example of a successful community initiative where people work together for the common goal of providing high quality, fresh and affordable food.  Fresh produce is delivered on market day, and is available essentially at cost for community members.

FoodShare Toronto is the supplier for the Good Food Markets in Riverside.  About 80% of what is ordered each week is local, with at least 2 organic items.

These markets feature seasonal local produce, plus imported favourites, to offer the greatest quality and cultural value to the neighbourhood. Each market uniquely reflects its community and is a vibrant and important gathering place providing opportunities for neighbours to meet, share information and celebrate.

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

Hello Riverside Residents!

We​’r​e so excited to be part of this incredible neighbourhood and want to introduce ourselves. We are a functional fitness and mindful movement studio and our philosophy is ​your ​body is the framework of your life.

We believe that building a strongand balanced body creates a better life. Our class schedule includes ​a wide range of ​movement practices from intense cardio and strength training classes like Hardcore Assets and Core Express to fluid and dynamic lengthening classes like Essentrics and Soulfull Flow Yoga and meditative, restorative Yin Yoga​.

Please join us at 9 Davies Avenue, unit 206 for one of our classes​.​

Our schedule can found at or email us at or give us a call 647 352 6683.

Josephine Cuthill
Framewrk Studio – Functional Fitness and Mindful Practices
9 Davies Avenue, Unit 206 Toronto ON M4M 2A6
*416 277 6312 mobile
*647 352 6683 studio

Note From Walk my Dog Toronto

We met at the Riverside EatsnBeats festival, where you either faced off against your adorable pup or our mascot Dr. Jay in a skills test to see who is smarter: you or your dog?! Overall the dogs proved to be smarter with their ability to do tricks in exchange for treats!
We are a dog-walking company that uses a GPS walk tracker to keep you in the loop about your dog’s walks. If you or anyone you know needs our services, mention the EatsnBeats festival and we’ll give one free walk ($20-$30 value).
Check out your pictures here. Let us know if you’d like a higher res version of any of them. And if you want to keep in touch with us, sign up for news at the bottom of our website.

Gilleen Witkowski, Owner
Walk My Dog Toronto
Tel: 416-943-6294

Ralph Thornton Centre’s After School Program  ‘End of Year Party Fund’. 
the After School Program will be out front of the RTC on Wednesday June 22nd selling our fresh homemade lemonade from 4:00 – 5:45pm. All funds we raise that day will go towards the last 3 days on program and school the kids have on June 27, 28 and 29th for 3 full days of their own programming which will all contain snacks, water-balloon fight supplies and other goods for them to freely purchase for their last ‘week of program’ with us.

Come support one of the largest service organizations in the East End, proudly providing financial grants to community projects for the past 50 years and approximately $50,000 annually for the last few. Please contact me at if you want to get involved (please include “William Chan” in the subject line) or send him a message through Facebook.

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services – Volunteer Call Out 
Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services is currently looking for Volunteer Runners/Drivers for our Meals on Wheels program. Our agency wishes to help break cycles of isolation for seniors. We believe that a way forward is through having more volunteers. To volunteer or for more information, please call 416-962-9449 ext. 225 or e-mail us at
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