GET YOUR TICKETS! Riverside Antler BreakfastFriday December 18th

Check out this video from 2014 to see all the fun that’s in store!

The Culinary Adventures Company presents the 2015 Riverside Antler Breakfast

December 18th starting at 8am at An Sibin Pub.

Tickets are $20 each ($10 for kids under 12).

You friends and neighbours plus a full delicious breakfast await you!

Here what’s on the menu: Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Beans, Ham Carving station, Cheese Platters, Fresh Fruit Platters, Yogurt, Fresh Baked Croissant, Tea/Coffee, Apple & Orange Juice.

You’ll also enjoy live music, Santa for the kids, and lots of giveaways!
Get your tickets online now or at the BIA office (761 Queen Street East). You can also donate directly online.

This year’s proceeds are again in support of the Rivertowne Breakfast Program, championed by Joan King and the Rivertowne Safety First Program. Funded by local mothers and community partners provides children, youth and families in the neighbourhood with a free, warm breakfast once a week. It also aims to bring people in the Rivertowne community together regardless of their family’s income level and give them something to look forward to while building a sense of community.

p.s. Culinary Adventures Co. is also donating 5% of its online gift card sales for the month of December to the Rivertowne Breakfast Program!

Last Day Dec 14: #QueenStEast ‘s #WindowWonderland Contest

Some of the Window Wonderland’s on display in Riverside!

Due to some unseasonably warm weather, this context was extended an extra week while folks get in the mood for winter and the holidays!

All Riverside BIA businesses are invited to enliven their shop window in the theme of  ‘Window Wonderland’ and compete for best window. The BIA will buy a $100 gift certificate from the winning Riverside shop for the winning customer to spend!

This contest is also happening all along Queen Street East from Leslieville to The Beach BIAs – let’s make Queen Street East shine this holiday season!!

Contest rules:

  • Up until Dec 14th, encourage your customers to share photos of your window on Instagram/Twitter, using hashtags #WindowWonderland and #QueenStEast. 
  • By Dec. 15, the Winning Window for Riverside will be announced, based on the photo with most likes/retweets – and the phototaker will get a $100 gift certificate to  spend at that business for their holiday shopping! (courtesy of the BIA)
  • Dec. 15-20  BIA will feature the winners!
It’s not too late to take part in this fun community contest!

To take part please contact Jennifer Lay at 416-466-8167

Welcome to the Neighbourhood Dollarama! 
After much anticipation, Dollarama has opened in Riverside! The new store integrates into Riverside‘s streetscape with a small street frontage, but a whole galore of items in a large downstairs space.

Many residents and businesses alike have been happily running down the street to pick up items, that weren’t previously available in the neighbourhood.

New Riverside Community Notice Board is here for you!

Join the New Riverdale, Leslieville, Riverside Community Board!

Social media platforms connect us with people around the world.  But how do we start a conversation with our neighbours?

Enter 18Blocks – a free, hyper-local, online network designed to help neighbours connect around common interests.  By posting notes with photos, neighbourhood residents, community organizations, and local businesses can reach out to discover one another, or be easily found.  In turn, neighbours can comment publicly or respond privately to notes. Riversideneighbourhood has joined the community Board!

The platform is good news for Riverside businesses. The company is offering local retailers the ability to create and post notes on the site for free.  In addition, Riverside businesses receive a free listing on the company’s neighbourhood directory.

It takes just seconds and you can use it to post a note about anything – from an in-store event/special to a note just saying ‘thanks’ for a helping hand.

18 Blocks is active in 16 neighbourhoods across Toronto.  Over the last year, they have partnered with BIAs and other local organizations on community initiatives including, Spring into Parkdale, the Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival, YIMBY, The Junction Summer Solstice Festival, and the Bloordale Laneway Crawl….and now they are partnering with Riverside BIA!

Visit the Riverdale, Leslieville, Riverside noticeboard today and get started!!

 Sundays, the Ralph Thornton Centre is making “Date Night” a reality for parents in Riverdale
By purchasing a weekly “Date Night Passport”, parents can leave their children at the Ralph Thornton Centre on Sundayevenings.  From 4:30 to 8:30 PM, RTC will provide “dinner and a movie” and other activities for the children in a safe, supervised environment.  In addition, the “passport” will entitle parents to a 20% discount – only valid on that particular “Date Night” – to a number of local restaurants and other services.  Passports will cost $20 for each child age 6-12, and $30 for each child 2-6. (Every additional child per family will be “discounted” by $5 off the one child price!)
How to be a “Date Night” Restaurant
  • Sign a simple agreement to participate, by agreeing to offer a 20% discount to “passport holders” between 4:30 and 8:30 onSunday evenings
  • Provide a copy of their current menu so they can be posted on the “Date Night” bulletin board
  • Promote this opportunity through flyers (provided by RTC) and their social media and other advertising .
This initiative is sponsored by the Ralph Thornton Centre and the Riverside BIA. For more information,
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Riverside Businesses Give Back with ‘Goldiboxes’

Riverside businesses are taking part in the GOLDIBOX program, an initiative of Super Six For Kids, a group of George Brown students, who have brought these gold boxes to selected locations around Toronto for the next two weeks.  It’s easy for businesses to take part – just put out your GOLDIBOX and tell your customers to drop in gently used children’s book!  Super Six for Kids has the goal of collecting 500 donated books for The Children’s Book Bank.

Participating Riverside businesses include:

  • Pulp Kitchen: 717 Queen Street East
  • Common Sort: 804 Queen Street East
  • Appetite: 722 Queen Street East
  • Common Sort: 804 Queen Street East
  • Dark Horse Espresso Bar: 630 Queen Street East
  • Dimension Framing: 732 Queen Street East
  • The Riverside BIA Office: 761 Queen Street East


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