Check out this update from our local Riverside BIA!


Riverside Mural Launch is Aug 27th

Riverside has a new mural! Please join in our free community celebration on
Sunday, August 27th.

Let us know you’re coming!

‘Tkaranto Past/Tkaranto Future’, was created by Indigenous artists Odinamaad (Isaac Narcisco Weber), and Chief Ladybird (Nancy King), along with Indigenous youth and traditional knowledge keeper Philip Cote. The artists’ creation is rich in symbolism, stories and connections – from intricate designs rooted in nature, to the feather holding Toronto’s urban setting.

Experience the mural, hear from Traditional Wisdom Keeper Philip Cote and local BIA and political reps, meet the artists, and enjoy Indigenous food, live music, dance and craft workshops. Activities will include Traditional Drumming and singing by Shandra Spears Bombay, Hoop Dancing by Nimkii Osawamick, and Medicine Pouch craft workshop by Tammy Enosse.

This Cultural Hotspot SPARK project was made possible by support from the Government of Canada, City of Toronto, StreetART Toronto, Riverside BIA, Government of Ontario. Thanks also to Woodgreen Services and  Sherwin Williams.

Rivertowne BBQ Needs Your Support
The Rivertowne BBQ is seeking support from local businesses to make their annual BBQ a success! They are also seeking volunteers to help with the BBQing and the many fun activities planned – please see the letter below from the residents group and check out the fun in store here.
Rivertowne Safety 1st Program
Joan King Foundation
July 10th, 2017
To Whom It May Concern,
Re: Donations to the 7th Annual Rivertowne Community Barbeque
The Rivertowne Safety 1st is a resident collective which is comprised of Toronto Community Housing women-leaders dedicated to making a positive impact in their community. The group accomplishes this goal by leading and supporting programs and events in the community; including: breakfast program, children’s after-school program, annual holiday appreciation event, community clean ups, Black heritage celebration, and the annual barbeque. Since forming, Safety 1st has experienced programming success and formed key partnerships and relationships with Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Police Services, Ralph Thornton Centre, and the City of Toronto Parks, Recreation and Forestry department, as well as local businesses. 
For the past 6 years Safety 1st has organized a summer BBQ event to support community engagement, neighbourhood integration, residents’ access to services, and to connect residents with local service providers and businesses in South Riverdale. The event is always well attended with over 400 residents participating.
This year’s event will be held on August 19th at 50 Matilda Street. Rivertowne Safety 1st is seeking your support and would appreciate any contributions your company/organization can make in the form of gift certificates, supplies, food and/or financial donations to help purchase items desperately needed to make this year’s celebration a success. Safety 1st is prepared to leverage their partnerships and reach to ensure residents are fully aware of the businesses/organizations that made the annual BBQ a success.
Your generosity will go a long way to help the residents of Rivertowne feel they are remembered and supported. As a valued member of South Riverdale please consider making a contribution to make this event a special one for everyone.

Riverside Blog Series is Here
The Riverside BIA is teaming up with local writer and photographer Karen Lloyd of k-media to bring out the best of Riverside through a monthly blog series. Throughout the next year, we will be highlighting a variety of topics like where to stay in Riverside, health and fitness, kid-friendly shops and services, brunch, Riverside Chefs, self-care, and so much more. You can find the blogs on Riverside’s regular blog post and through all our social media. 

First up is the Riverside Patio Blog f/t the 11 fabulous spots that folks can drink and dine al fresco in Riverside!
If we have missed any patios, just let us know!

If you have anything to contribute to any of these topics or have a blog idea and content to share, please get in touch:


Toronto Youth Job Corps is Looking to Revitalize Spaces

The Toronto Youth Job Corps are currently seeking spaces to revitalize and beautify through colour. Businesses and organizations that are interested will not have to pay for any labour costs, only covering the costs of paint and supplies.

The Toronto Youth Job Corps are a mental health mentorship program for youths who are out of school and facing difficult times with their mental health, revitalizing dull spaces into vibrant colour therapy murals. 

For more information and inquiries, please contact


Riverside Online Business Directory – Does Your Listing Need Updating?
Did you know: if you are a Riverside business or organization, you have a listing in our online Directory?!

Please take a look at yours and you are welcome to email us changes to your Directory Listing including write up, photos, videos or other content that you would like to highlight.

See your Directory Listing here
Please email any content changes to

Digital Main Street in Riverside + Grant Program

Through a partnership with the Riverside BIA, the Digital Main Street team has been going door to door to visit Riverside businesses and organizations to find out how they can help you this summer with your digital needs.  Our fabulous support person Michelle is providing one-on-one support at your location and convenience for FREE, like Google 360 photos of your space, assistance with website, social media, and more.  If you have not connected with them yet and would like to, pls reach out to

PLUS – Digital Main Street is offering a new program: “The Starter Company Plus – Digital Main Street program” to help businesses go digital. They have created a complete 8-week training program which will develop and implement an integrated and comprehensive digital transformation plan for your business. You can also receive a $2500 grant towards the implementation of your plan. Don’t miss this opportunity! Register now


Reminder About Bylaws for Outdoor Business Signs


Outdoor sidewalk signs are a great way to get noticed and promote your business. However, did you know there are rules to having a sign? The Toronto Municipal Code (Chapter 693, Signs) lay out requirements for businesses, particularly:

  • Every business displaying a portable sign (e.g. A-Frame) must first obtain a permit to do so (693-21)
  • Your permitted sign must be located on the public property (e.g. the sidewalk) adjacent to your business
  • Your sign must allow for an unobstructed pedestrian clearway of a minimum of 2.1m
  • No more than one portable sign can be displayed for a business
  • Your sign can only be displayed during your business operating hours
  • Sign size must be between 0.5m and 1m in height, and no wider than 0.6 m

This reminder is being sent as the Riverside BIA has received complaints from local residents related to business signs obstructing sidewalks. While anyone can file a complaint with the City’s Municipal Licensing and Standards office, it is important for businesses and residents to work together in efforts to resolve disputes prior to involving authorities. Having great business-community relations is what makes Riverside a great place to live, work and play, so please be respectful of the rules and please work with residents and each other when these issues arise.

Riverside Businesses 
Upcoming Events/ Offers  

Upcoming Event at The Broadview Hotel

Get all the details on The Broadview Hotel’s Facebook page

Irish Design House Sewing School & Summer Camp in August!

Welcome to the Irish Design House’s Sewing School and Summer Camp. We have been teaching sewing and pattern drafting classes here at the store’s studio for quite some time, but this will be our very first summer to host our summer camps. We have taught this same camp during the month of July and will be running it again in August pending demand.  Classes will be taught by Sinéad. A maximum of 10 students per day. 

There will be select days over the course of the summer that will be allocated to the camps. There are two age groups – girls & boys aded 6-10 and girls & boys aged 11-14. No experience is necessary and each student will work at his or her own pace. This is a really fun day to allow students to explore their creativity and create a t-shirt design that they can take home at the end of the day. All materials and blank t-shirts are provided. All you need is a packed lunch. 

 Available dates: 

Age 6-10  August 7th, 10th $70

Age 11-14   August 8th, 11th $75

If you have a group of interested children and these dates do not suit, please get in touch and we can try to accommodate you. Please book asap to confirm your date of choice as there are only 10 places per day. You can book multiple days if you think this is something your child will enjoy. 


If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at hi@theirishdesignhouse.comor via the website.


Chi Junky Offers Unlimited Classes Until August 31st

Creative Office Space Available @beauparlantdesign and @labcreativeinc are opening up their office to entrepreneurs looking for a space outside of their house. Contact them about this opportunity!

Lab Creative Inc.
3 Munro Street, unit 103, Toronto, ON M4M 2B7
647-361-4293 |

Bright ground floor office space shared with an Interior Design + Architecture Firm and Branding + Graphic Design firm.
Located in the vibrant Riverside Community.
Just off of Queen Street East, west of Broadview Avenue.
Easy ground level access for clients and visitors.
On the 501, 502 and 504 streetcar line.
Dedicated desk space at a large communal table.
Shared Meeting area four 4 chairs – with large wall mounted computer monitor and display shelves.
Key Access.
High speed internet.
Use of the small kitchenette and washroom. $350 + hst per month per desk .


Dusk Dances 23rd Season

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Good afternoon, 
It is with great pleasure and honor that we would like to invite you to the Dusk Dances festival, to experience dance in the outdoors! Dusk Dances began with a strong desire to build bridges between dance artists and the general public, lower the theatre walls, and bring access to the art form. Our 23rd season will be nothing short of dazzling. Do not miss out!
The program will include new and remounted works by:
Ofilio Sinbadinho, Gadfly – Rawrabide
Rhodnie Désir – Dusk Society
Sashar Zarif – Homing Spirits
Dana Gingras, Company 605 – New Animal (excerpt)
Sylvie Bouchard, BoucharDanse –  La gigue en souvenir
Withrow Park, Toronto
Evening Performances: August 7-13, 7:00PM
Matinées: August 10 and 13, 2:00PM
Withrow Park is located south of the Danforth, between Logan and Carlaw.
Closest subway station: Chester.

For more information on Dusk Dances at Withrow Park, click here!

Making Peace Exhibition Running Free Tours Until Sep 24th

The exhibit is an international outdoor gallery called Making Peace. The exhibit is presented along Front St E, from Cherry along Front St E into Corktown Common. Making Peace is the largest exhibit of its kind in the world and the 1st showing in North America.
The exhibit pays tribute to peace makers all over the globe, including Lester B.Pearson: born in Toronto, Pearson was Canada’s 14th Prime Minister, but also Canada’s only individual Nobel Peace laureate.

TOURS: FREE Tours are offered every Sunday @ 10:30am and last approximately 45-50 minutes

 All information can be found at:

The exhibition closes on Sept 24.

Find Your Nearest Healthcare Services with

Developed by University of Toronto students, is an innovative website and application that helps patients find the nearest hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies, and other healthcare services available anywhere in Canada…including healthcare providers in Riverside! It also shows holiday hours, family doctors accepting new patients, wait-times at walk-in clinics, the opening hours of clinics and pharmacies, and even healthcare providers who speak a specific language.
The application is a social enterprise focused on improving the Canadian healthcare system, so the service is free & ad-free.
The service is a great way to help people visiting or living in Riverside find healthcare services when and where they need it. Visit or get the app on your mobile device today!

Are You Looking to Set Up Shop in Riverside? iSDesignLabs is Here to Help!

isDesignLabs is a local design studio is looking to get more involved in the neighbourhood. Our passion is in creating holistic brands and wholesome customer experiences with a particular focus on new businesses and innovative enterprises. 

Some of our services: brand strategy, brand consulting, logo design, interior design, decor, event design and custom art. We always open for a chat!


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