Have a look below for an update from our local BIA!


 In this email you will find:

  1. 2016 Riverside BIA Calendar – Pls Mark YOUR Calendar!
  2. Love Riverside, Love your Website – Free Business Website Promo from Riverside’s K-Media!
  3. Feb 12 Oma Chiropractic Love Yourself Event: Self Care for a Good Cause
  4. Feb 14 BMO Hosting Amazing Family Skate Day at Jimmie Simpson + Special Promotions
  5. An Old Love: Honoring the History of the Hutchison Stone in Riverside
  6. Love the Riverside Arts Market
  7. Canada Summer Jobs- You Could Get Funding to Hire a Summer Student
  8. Neighbourhood News

Do you have something to submit for future editions? Please email any info and images to office@riverside-to.com

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

Feb 14 BMO Hosting Amazing Family Skate Day + Special Promotions all Month!On Sunday February 14 the Queen & Saulter branch of Bank of Montreal will be hosting a Family Skate day at the Jimmy Simpson Arena (870 Queen E) from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Families can enjoy refreshments, wonderful BMO goodies, fun activities, amazing prizes, and a special opportunity to meet the BMO Bear!

BMO Queen/Saulter branch is also holding a draw for a $500 Gift Certificate to Great Wolf Lodge!!! Yup, FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!

…and this is on top of their Kids Account promotion where they will match a $25 deposit towards your child’s future and a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant of your choice for a Personal Financial Review.

An Old Love: Honoring the History of the Hutchinson Stone in Riverside

In the theme of  Riverside’s Month of Love, we’ll be celebrating this East End family of entrepreneurs and the automotive history in Riverside as the Hutchinson family, one of the builders of the east end, preserves their family namesake stone.

Join us Friday Feb 12th at 2pm to Celebrate the transfer of the Hutchinson Stone to the family at 77 East Don Roadway 
Celebrate this namesake stone, Preserved by Streetcar Developments and transfered back to the original family. We would be pleased to have you join us as we hear from some elderly Hutchinson Family members who will be able to chat about the days when it was an operating machine shop! – This is a great chance to speak with real history primary sources!!

Read more HERE

Love the NEW Riverside Arts Market

We were waiting in anticipation for the Riverside Arts Market to open it up, and it’s opening day was Wednesday February 10th.

With an assortment of over 50 artisans, it’s hard to stop your eyes from dancing through all of the beautifully creative and unique pieces available.  From quirky cards and antique furnishings to jewelry and handmade skin care, there is a wide selection for almost every taste. We urge you to come check out market,  and welcome the artisans to the neighbourhood. Open Wednesday to Sunday.

Love 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!!

 A Taste for Life 2016 – April 20th

Lynne Patterson and Megan Sheppard are Co-hosting , the annual fundraiser for Fife House at Tabule, Queen East in Riverside.
On Wednesday April 20th , restaurants across the city will donate a percentage of their receipts to Toronto’s Fife House.

In 2015, approximately 3,500 diners participated at 60 restaurants across the city to raise in excess of $105,000 in support of people and families living with HIV/AIDS.



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