Check out this update from our local Riverside BIA!



 In this email you will find:

  1. BIA Member Opportunity: Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside 2017
  2. Welcome to the Neighbourhood: LCBO
  3. Street Smart Tips for Crime Prevention
  4. Riverside Businesses Upcoming Events
  5. Discounted Tickets for the GTA Home and Reno Show and the National Home Show
  6. Opportunity for Riverside Members: Buy Good Feel Good Show
  7. Huffington Post ‘Best of’ Feature Opportunity for Riverside Businesses
  8. Riverside BIA 2017 Calendar of Events
  9. Neighbourhood News

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BIA Member Opportunity: Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside 2017

Based on a successful first year in 2016, the Beaches International Jazz Fest will be bringing back ‘The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside’ to Jimmie Simpson Park again in 2017.  The event will take place again on the first weekend of the Jazz Festival: 
July 7th (5-10pm), 8th (12-10pm), and 9th (12-6pm).

Riverside BIA members have the opportunity to reserve a a 10′ x 10′ space at a special rate of $500.00 for the three days of the festival, with the option of bringing their own setup or having that covered for $175.00 (including framed/pegged tent, table, chairs).
Please contact Lido at  to reserve your spot.

Welcome to the Neighbourhood: LCBO

Toronto’s newest LCBO has officially opened at 772 Queen St. E beside BMO’s Queen/Saulter Branch bank in Riverside.  Here are some fast facts about the store courtesy of LCBO:

  • The 4,096 square-foot store has more than 2,300 square feet of display space. It carries a wide selection of more than 1,000 wines, spirits, beers, ready-to-drink cocktails and coolers. It also features a selection of up to 90 VINTAGES premium wines and spirits.
  • The store has a prominent Ontario wine display showcasing nearly 148 Ontario wines, including some 79 VQA wines.
  • It also features 80 linear feet of refrigerated shelving, which offers a wide selection of Ontario craft beers as well as other domestic and imported brands, ready-to-drink cocktails and coolers. There is also a chilled wine section that features 8 linear feet of refrigerated shelving.
  • There are three checkouts available, and the store is wheelchair accessible.

Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Riverside Businesses Upcoming Events  


Oma Chiropractic & Wellness: DIY All Natural Baby Care Products

In this hands on workshop, learn the in’s & out’s of making your own baby care products. Not only is making your own products extremely cost effective, you also gain piece of mind knowing exactly what is going into the product, and eventually onto your baby’s skin.
All natural & made with love… what more could your baby ask for?

Learn to make your own:

BABY POWDER (infused with therapeutic herbs)
DRY SHAMPOO (for busy Moms & Dads!)
$50 – includes all materials! Just show up and get ready to learn!

Hosted by Nidhi Sachdeva, founder of Gesundheit Wellness & Firoza


Sewing Program from Adults

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WHERE:  Mustard Seed
791 Queen Street East
WHEN: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m.FREE OF CHARGE!

Some materials and patterns are available. Or feel free to bring your own.
Call 416-465-6069 for more details!


Library Pop-Up Learning Lab (PULL) at Queen/Saulter Branch For February! 

For the month of February, the Queen/Saulter Library will be getting a Pop-Up Learning Lab that includes a 3D printer, Macbooks, SnapCircuits, computer coding kits, Google Cardboard virtual reality viewers, and more! There will be a staff member who will be able to lead sessions on how to use these new technologies. Some of the workshops and public training sessions available include using iMovie, Intro to 3D Design, and Photo Editing using GIMP. These are hands-on sessions where you will get a chance to learn and have access to these technologies for free.

Pop-Up Learning Lab (PULL) at Queen/Saulter Library in February
In addition, you can also register for any of these public trainings through Eventbrite (can be accessed through once they have been posted:
3D Certification for the Public – 1hr
 Feb 24th – 10:30-11:30AM @ RTC
3D Design for the Public – 2hrs
Feb 24th – 2:30-4:30PM @ RTC
iMovie for the Public – 2hrs
Feb  28th – 1:00-3:00PM @ RTC [Public]

Contact for more information regarding registration or visit and access Eventbrite to register for a session.


Discounted Tickets for  National Home Show

The National Home Show & Canada Blooms:
Bringing you the largest North American display of innovative products, new ideas, & great deals for all things home & garden with over 700 retailers & industry experts.The event runs from March 10-19th at the Enercare Centre near Exhibition Place.  The National Home Show & Canada Blooms are offering tickets for $14 with the promo code ‘TABIA17’ (compared to the regular admission price of $20.00).
Direct link to the ticket purchase page (National Home Show) eTic.cfm?code=NHS2017&disc= TABIA17

Opportunity for Riverside Members: Buy Good Feel Good Show


Please share this with the members of Riverside BIA: 

The “Buy Good. Feel Good.” Expo is Canada’s only show dedicated to fair trade and ethically sourced products. The Expo offers buyers an opportunity to source from the largest selection of eco-friendly apparel, handmade accessories, unique home decor, and much more. Connect with other businesses and access hundreds of unique products at great wholesale prices!

Riverside BIA members are offered complimentary admission to the Opening Reception and Private Viewing on Friday May 12th, 2017. Register here: http://thefairtradeshow. com/buyers

The Riverside BIA office will also have a limited number of free tickets to the Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo for BIA members, compliments of the Show – pls contact if interested.

If you would like a copy of the Buyers Information please contact christine@

Huffington Post ‘Best of’ Feature Opportunity for Riverside Businesses


Message from Huffington Post’s Sacha DeVoretz:

I am going to be in Toronto on March 2nd & 3rd – and would love to include businesses in Riverside BIA in my blog on the “Best of Toronto area in 2017.”

This will include:
– a video interview
– featured in the blog post 
– I am also including a 30 sec separate video of your business which you can use for your own social media and website 
– the video file of the interview.

Here are a few examples of cities I have recently featured: sacha-devoretz/abbotsford-bc- hidden-gem_b_11769754.html sacha-devoretz/best-sights- dining-and-at_b_13495294.html

The fee is $191. Each business will be featured for approx. 1 minute in the video blog and they will receive a copy for their own use.

Please ask the local businesses to contact me directly for more details and to secure their video interview time (it is limited to 10 spaces) at


R. Murray Schaffer’s Odditorium @ Crow’s Theatre

Soundstreams presents R. Murray Schafer’s Odditorium, a theatrical concert that beautifully weaves together dance, theater, and opera selections from his acclaimed Patria cycle. Under the creative direction of award winning director Chris Abraham, this performance takes you deep into Schafer’s mind, finding sideshows, lovers, buskers, and Tantric experts.  March 2nd-5th, Crow’s Theatre.
Buy tickets herePatrons can get more information here: http://www.soundstreams. ca/performances/main-stage/r- murray-schafers-odditorium/

Nobody’s Perfect: FREE Parenting Program

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This free parenting program is offered for parents and caregivers with children 6 years and under. Parents will talk about children’s growth and learning, behavior, health and safety and the stress of parenting.Groups meet once a week for 8-10 weeks. Childcare and books are included. TTC tokens are available if needed.

Location: Yonge Street Mission (Christian Community Centre)
Date: Tuesday March 21st- May 16th, 2017
Time: 12:30-2:30pm

To register, please contact:
Yonge Street Mission: (416_ 929-9614
Family Services Department
Toronto Health Connection (416) 338-7600


Buy Good, Feel Good Expo
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The Buy Good. Feel Good.” Expo is Canada’s only show dedicated to fair trade and ethically sourced products. The Expo offers buyers an opportunity to source from the largest selection of eco-friendly apparel, handmade accessories, unique home decor, fair trade foods, organic beauty, and much more. Buyers will be able to access hundreds of unique products at great wholesale prices.
The event takes place from May 12-14th at the Heritage Court located in the Enercare Centre at Exhibtion Place. energy. This year’s three-day event will bring together a variety of stakeholders including businesses, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and thousands from the general public.The Expo offers an exciting opportunity for buyers to see the largest selection of social and environmentally-conscious products in an open booth marketplace. Connect with importers and source new products from eco-friendly apparel to handmade jewellery at great wholesale prices. Whether you are looking to see the latest trends or learn more about what’s available, the Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo
has everything to suit your needs!

Register here to show us you’re coming!

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