Here is an update from our local Riverside BIA!

Don River Valley Park is a New Super Park Coming to Riverside’s Backyard

Toronto Mayor John Tory announced private funding of The Don River Valley Park – which will be the centrepiece of Toronto’s downtown: a 200-hectare ravine Superpark spanning “south of Gerrard Street to Corktown Common… reaching west toward the revitalized Regent Park andeast towards Riverside”. Riverside BIA was on location to watch the Mayor’s announcement and meet the funders.

Here is an excerpt from the media release about the announcement:

TORONTO, ONTARIO (October 18, 2016) – Today at a news conference at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto Mayor John Tory, joined by Evergreen CEO Geoff Cape, and the Don River Valley Park Campaign Chair Andy Chisholm, patrons and supporters, marked the ‘First Mile’ of the city-wide ravine strategy.

The Don River Valley Park project, which started as a multi-year public and private fundraising campaign launched last year by Evergreen in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, aims to create a ‘super park’, a massive 480-acre green space spanning from Evergreen Brick Works south to the mouth of Lake Ontario.

With this announcement, Mayor Tory and Ms. Romoff request that the Parks and Environment Committee study the feasibility of designating this area a City of Toronto Park and identifying next steps in the Lower Don Trail Master Plan.

“Toronto was built around its ravines. They give the city a unique identity that has defined how our city has grown. This project allows us to celebrate our ravines, talk about the important role they play for our residents, our resilience and our quality of life,” said Mayor Tory. “With the help of private donors, we will continue to make improvements to the Lower Don Valley like new way-finding signage and entry points that will help residents access and navigate this park.”

“These innovative partnerships are at the heart of building thriving and livable cities,” said Evergreen CEO Geoff Cape. “Thank you to our donors and partners for their extraordinary support and dedication in giving Torontonians and visitors to our great city access to the incredible green space that is the Lower Don.”

Read the full release

Riverside’s Halloween Fest
Oct 29th

Riverside’s annual Halloween Kiddie Costume Parade is coming up on October 29th! It’s an all-day extravaganza – please share with your networks! 

Kids of all ages are invited to get into costume and join in for some fun and spooky happenings at Riverside’s FREE Halloween Fest on October 29, 2016, presented by Nell & Natasha’s Real Estate Homeward, the Riverside BIA, Team Sheppard, and Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre:

  • START the day at 10AM with Haunted House and Pumpkin Carving in Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre (10AM-2PM).
  • JOIN THE FUN outdoors starting at 11AM across the street at Nell & Natasha’s (807A Queen E) for more pumpkin carving, face painting, costume contest and more! (11AM-3PM). Donations are welcome for local worthy causes!
  • From 2PM to 3PM Enjoy the spooky sounds of Vocalwork Children’s Choir (807A Queen E)
  • AT 3PM, take part in the Riverside BIA’s Kiddie Costume Parade, leaving from 807A Queen Street East (3PM-4PM): kids and parents will be guided to meet & greet and get fun treats from more than 20 local Riverside businesses! (Businesses: it’s not too late to take part – contact:
  • IF YOU DARE, stay on for Riverside’s Ghost Walk from 5PM-6PM, starting from 807A Queen St East to learn from our guide about local Riverside ghost stories dating back to the 1800s – some quirky, and others not for the faint of heart!

The guided walks portion of the day is supported by Team Sheppard Re/MAX, the Riverside BIA’s 2016 Walks series sponsors.

Let us know you’re coming:

Small Business Forum 2016
Oct 25th

Join 2,500 entrepreneurs at the Small Business Forum and learn how various technologies and organizations can help you operate and grow your business.

Main Stage Keynote Presenters

Diana Goodwin, AquaMobile
Jeremy Potvin, World of Angus
Devon Brooks, Blo Blow Dry Bar

Full agenda will be announced in July.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
South Building, Level 800
Exhibit Halls F & G

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration is FREE, but registration is required

Toronto Bakers Market is Back in Spooky Style
Oct 30th

I’ll Be Seeing You Bar

I’ll Be Seeing You Bar

Oma Chiropractic & Wellness Centre Workshops  

Get your Headshot: Discount for BIA Members

Riverside BIA members are eligible to receive a preferred rate of $285 + HST by emailing using the code “RIVERSIDE”.

Special rate for Riverside BIA members
preferred rate is $285 + HST instead of $349+ HST -Email for the booking and use the reference code “RIVERSIDE”

Take Part in Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Artists and businesses alike are invited to be a part of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival occurring in May 2017.

The Riverside BIA is currently gauging interest in participating in the CONTACT Photography Festival from businesses wanting to partner with artists to showcase work as part of the festival.

The CONTACT festival is the largest photography event in the world and provides a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. More than 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions, and 1 million festival-goers take part throughout the month within the Greater Toronto Area. Beginning in 1997, CONTACT continues to be a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to celebrating the art of photography.

In order to get involved, businesses should email to express their interest in taking part in the event. This should be done as soon as possible so artists can be matched to a business prior to the December 5th, 2016, deadline.

Early registration fees, which may be cost-shared with the artist, are $275 + HST before November 7th, 2016, after which the prices increase.

For more information about the event, visit

Riverside 2016 Calendar of Events
Hubbard Park Opening 
Join Us Saturday,Oct 22nd
Starting at 11AM 548 Gerrard st. E. 
(just West of Broadview)Councillor Paula Fletcher is proud to invite you to the official opening of Hubbard Park honouring William Peyton Hubbard. In 1894 William Hubbard became Toronto’s first Black elected politician, serving first as City Alderman and then as Acting Mayor. With Hubbard Park, Toronto will finally have a major public space that honours the important contribution of this remarkable Riverdale resident.

Ralph Thornton Centre
ESCAPE Sundays

IX Gallery Exhibit: Figureplay
Oct 27th-Nov 12th 

IX Gallery helps support Visual Arts and our thriving community in Riverside. Check out exhibit:

Figureplay by Toronto Artist John Douglas Tiller –October 28th to November 12th

Opening Reception : Thursday, Oct 27th 6:30 to 9:00 pm

Exhibition runs October 28th to November 12th

Monday to Friday 1:00 to 5:30 pm
Saturday  1:30 to 4:30 pm
11 Davies Ave, #101
Toronto, Ontario M4M 2A9 Canada

South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre
Lashes & Staches
Live & Silent Auction – Nov 12 

South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre invites you to their 17th annual live and silent auction, Lashes and Staches. There’ll be over a hundred great items to bid on, plus, craft beer tasting sponsored by Beau’s, live music by Johnnie Blue and a themed photo booth.

they have auction items donated from generous businesses such as the Ontario Science Center, National Ballet of Canada, Kumon, Oaks ‘n Acorns, Lady Marmalade, Good Neighbour and many more!  Check their Facebook page for more of the great items up for auction.

Tickets are available for purchase online – admission includes hors d’oeuvres, and all proceeds from this event go towards supporting our programs and services.

Don’t forget to reserve your babysitter!

Event Details:

Saturday, November 12th, 7-11pm

Ralph Thornton, 765 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Babes in arms only
Lashes and Staches is proudly sponsored by:

David Borg

33 Developments Inc.

Space for Lease in Riverside:
27 Davies Ave

RIVERSIDE DISTRICT QUEEN and DVP,- One main floor unit. 1325 sq. feet. OFFICE/STUDIO. Amazing view toward downtown and Don River. Professional street scape. Quick access to DVP, QEW, King and Queen Street-cars; steps from Queen St. East (Leslieville and Riverside), Fully renovated, turnkey, kitchenette and 2 piece washroom. 2 enclosed offices and large open area. Air conditioned. Available immediatley. $1975, plus hydro.

Availability Date: 10/1/2012 – Call Carol or Andre – 416–469-2189



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