Hey Everyone, check out this update from our local BIA!

February is Riverside’s Month of Love
Call for Submissions

Streetcar Developments ‘Lovebot’ at 630 Queen E – designed to disrupt people’s daily routines and remind them there is magic and love around every corner 

No doubt there is lots of love in Riverside, and if you start looking for love, you’ll find signs of it everywhere. This month we are blogging, tweeting, facebooking and instagramming in the name of love!! Anytime this month please share your stories or photos with us (marketing@riverside-to.com) in the themes of:

  • Love and your customers/ clients/ colleagues
  • Love and the neighbourhood/ family/ friends
  • Beloved food, drink, and items
  • Self-love
  • Signs and Symbols of Love
  • Old flames or new flames
  • And of course promotions/ specials you are having around Valentine’s Day/ Family Day!

Or simply share your own stories using hashtag #RiversideTOLove and we will re-share!

Love Riverside, Love Your Website
Free Business Website Promo from Riverside’s k-media!

BMO Showing Love for Customers and Riverside Businesses with Special Promotion!

Riverside’s local BMO Queen & Saulter Branch (774 Queen St. East) is holding a special promotion until February 29th, 2016 or the first 40 customers, while also showing love for Riverside businesses!

Anyone can bring in their investment statement from another Financial Institution to BMO’s Queen/Saulter Branch for a complementary personal financial review. They’ll receive sound financial recommendations and may also receive a $50 gift card to a select local Riverside retailer (No purchase required. Visit the Queen & Saulter Branch at 774 Queen St. E. for details.)

March 29-April 3 is 2016 Riverside WineFEST: For the Love of Local Wine and Business

Riverside WineFEST will take place March 29 to April 3, bringing local Ontario wineries to Riverside! Last year’s event was a hit and this year’s event will be even more fabulous.

This year we are already seeing a fantastic response with over 15 businesses and community partners to date expressing an interest in hosting a wine tasting event, prixe fixe promotion or other special event. This is a great opportunity to either do a customer appreciation event, and bring loyal customers back into one’s business, as well as bring new people through the door for a relaxing time, and then stay for a while to shop/ eat/ drink, and socialize.

Let us know if you would like to be included in this year’s Riverside WineFEST or get more info atmarketing@riverside-to.com


Canada Summer Jobs – You Could Get Funding to Hire a Summer Student

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Small businesses can apply to have up to 50% of the minimum wage funded

Canada Summer Jobs:

  • provides work experiences for students;
  • supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
  • recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesseswith 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

The funding priorities for the this area are: 

  • Organizations that provide programs and services to youth, children at risk, families and recent immigrants
  • Organizations that support recreation and social integration
  • Organizations that invest in cultural and creative industries to strengthen our Canadian identity
  • Organizations that help small businesses to become more innovative, competitive and successful

The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2016 is from January 4, 2016 to February 26, 2016.

Call for Applications: Riverdale Art Walk (Artists’ Network) – Feb 7 (early-bird)

18blocks.com 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. Riverside neighbourhood has joined the 18blocks.com 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!!

The Leslieville Flea is back at The Distillery! 
Step out of the cold and into The Leslieville Flea!

We are a curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up – cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and work from select artisans.

The next Leslieville Flea is February 21st from 10am-4pm.

With 50+ vendors and all kinds of unique and interesting wares strolling

The Leslieville Flea is a great way to spend a chilly Sunday!

Where: The Distillery District in the Fermenting Cellar, 55 Mill Street, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Dates; February 21st, March 20th , April 17th
Time; 10am-4pm


LInk to map of Fermenting Cellar




Cross-country auditions begin Feb. 6, 2016 in Toronto

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January 14, 2016 – It’s time for entrepreneurs across Canada to polish their pitches to be part of DRAGONS’ DEN’s extraordinary 11th season on CBC-TV. This February, producers will hit the road on a 33-city audition tour to find the country’s best businesses in need of a Dragon investment.

As seen on DRAGONS’ DEN last night, auditions will be open to the public and kick-off inToronto on Feb. 6 in the Barbara Frum Atrium at CBC’s Toronto headquarters (250 Front St. W.). All audition dates and cities are listed below, and venues are listed online. Tour dates will continue to be updated through the DRAGONS’ DEN website (cbc.ca/dragonsden/auditions).

The audition tour will welcome participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. Aspiring entrepreneurs should prepare to pitch their concept to theDRAGONS’ DEN producers in five minutes or less. If they show the producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons. Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online and bring a completed application form to the audition.

Online auditions are open now and will continue in-person throughout February, March and April across the country. Producers will be on the lookout for Toronto entrepreneurs on Feb. 6.


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