Here is an update from our local Riverside BIA!

Riverside is Getting a New Mural
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Riverside is getting a mural on the west-facing wall of Elbers Antiques at 777 Queen Street East. Long a neglected spot targeted by graffiti, this mural will help revitalize and brighten this area of the Riverside BIA, thanks to a City of Toronto mural grant.

Read all about the design, themes and the mural artist in our Blog.

Let us know what you think of the mural design via this feedback survey

Repair Cafe at Ralph Thornton Centre

BRIKA Family Fun Day


We’re the Co-Founders of BRIKA – a Toronto-based company that is the leading platform for the most talented artisans and designers. We are growing our retail footprint, and we are now open for business at 768 Queen Street East in the Riverside neighborhood!

We’d love for you to join us on Saturday, July 23rd from 11am – 3pm for a family fun day at our newly opened shop. There will be treats, giveaways and merriment for you – and any little ones you know…

Please drop by, we can’t wait to see you there!

My best,
Jen & Kena


The Chi Junky​ studio now offers kids yoga in #RiversideTO! Tuesday 10am until August 23 & Wednesday 4:15pm starting September 14 $20 drop in ages 4+

Signup email or text/call 416.670.4403

Toronto Design Offsite Festival Looking for Window Installation Venues 

Do you have a venue you’d like to have activated with a window installation, event, or exhibition? Get involved with the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is an annual event that takes design out of the studio and into the streets of Toronto. It is the largest cultural celebration of design in Canada that confirms that Toronto is a hub for design and creativity. Our 7th annual Festival Week happens January 16-22, 2017.
TO DO 2016 had 85+ events, 99,000+ visitors, 66+ million brand impressions, and 58+ million press impressions with just over 400 designers. Of the 99,000+ visitors, 99% said they would recommend the festival to their friends and would return, 40% of visitors have an annual income of $80,000+, and 14% of visitors have an annual income of $150,000+.

TO DO events, exhibitions, and window installations brought 2,000+ visitors into the Junction neighborhood. Jessica Myers, Executive Director of theJunction Business Improvement Area, said of TO DO:
“I encourage many of the Junction BIA businesses to become involved in TO DO by either hosting designers, installations or exhibits. Because this neighbourhood is synonymous with art and design, I enjoy teaching the business owners how to highlight those elements within their space, and show them that design takes on many shapes and forms and can be accessible by all.”

TO DO can increase visibility and foot traffic to your business, which may tend to slow down after the holiday rush. By participating in this vibrant Festival, you can support designers and artists, while meeting and building relationships with new customers and the creative community in Toronto.

Click here to learn more about becoming a host venue.
Host Venue Registration Due Date: Friday, July 22, 2016

Click here to learn more about creating your own project.
Registration Due Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

If you have any questions or want to learn more, check out our Annual Report (link below), or email

TO DO 2015/2016 Annual Report

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Toronto Design Offsite Festival
1214 Queen Street West, Studio 203
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J6

Riverside 2016 Calendar of Events

Rivertowne Annual BBQ – Call for Support & Volunteers

Riverside’s ‘Rivertowne’ community, located just north of Queen Street East, is hosting it’s 7th Annual Community BBQ on August 13th! They are welcoming the wider neighbourhood to come enjoy live music, food and entertainment for the whole family.

To make the BBQ a success they are seeking donations from local businesses, such as Gift cards, drinks, and/or sponsorship of an activity such as face painting, cotton candy machine, snow cone machine.
They are also seeking Volunteers to assist with the festivities.
Please contact Joan King at

Riverside Green Initiative Invites you to their July Garden Workshop & Picnic


Ralph Thornton Centre’s Sunday Night Out for Grownups 








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