Here is an update from our local Riverside BIA!

Riverside Winefest
Recap and THANK YOU!!!
Riverside Winefest, in its 2nd year, was a resounding success with:

  • 20 participating restaurants and retailers hosting events from March 29-April 3
  • 10 wineries from diverse parts of Ontario – Niagara, Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shore – took part in one or more events
  • 1,068 people pre-registered for the week-long event (!!)
This event could not have happened without the support of so many amazing people…


Riverside Winefest
Please Share your Feedback!

To continue to improve on the Riverside Winefest experience for next year – please take 5 minutes to fill out this quick feedback survey:

Survey for Riverside Businesses:

Survey for Riverside Residents & Visitors:

What are you Doing for
Riverside Eats & Beats on June 4th?

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Street Festival is coming up Saturday, June 4th, 1pm-6pmon Queen Street East between the DVP and Empire Ave, happening in conjunction with the Riverdale Art Walk (June 4th and 5th in Jimmie Simpson Park). Local eateries will be opening their doors serving tasting plates and musical entertainment. There will be a variety of destination points with live music, and entertainment and of course mouthwatering Riverside tasters.

Planning for the festival is now in full swing! Here’s a summary of what in store so far:

  • Munro Street (partial street closure north of Queen E): Activate! Block Party with Bicycle-Powered Music, Skateboard Camp and Demos, plus bicycle themed activities hosted by Riverside businesses
  • Broadview & Queen (partial street closure south of Queen E to the laneway):  Beats on Broadview! Enjoy a diversity of food, fun and all sorts of funk, presented by Streetcar Developments and An Sibin Pub
  • Saulter Street (partial street closure south of Queen E to the laneway): Eats & Beats Culinary Tent; Queen/Saulter Library Branch presents Ready, Set, Play!; music by Dustin & Caleb; and activities in the Ralph Thornton Centre
  • McGee Street (partial street closure south of Queen E to the laneway): annual community BBQ, music and festivities presented by Nell & Natasha’s Real Estate Homeward
  • All along Riverside’s 10 Blocks (Sidewalk Sale Permit – DVP to Empire Ave – Queen St E remains open to traffic): all local eateries and retailers are invited to open their doors and host specials, tasters, music, sidewalk sales, and/or other activities from 1pm-6pm – this is your time to shine!

In 2015 year nearly 50 Riverside businesses did something special as part of Eats & Beats. This year, as always, all Riverside businesses are invited to take part!

Let us know what you plan to do for Eats & Beats so we can include it in all our promotions – last year’s event attracted 8,000 residents and visitors – let’s work together to make this year’s event even bigger and better!!

Riverside Eats & Beats Event Contact: Jennifer (

Riverside Guide 2016 – Advertising Opportunities

We are publishing the 2016 edition of the Riverside Magazine. We have a great story line up and will again be including a complete business directory. The magazine will go to households and businesses in the Riverside and as well to hotels and tourist spots downtown.

We are selling ads in this publication and invite you to participate to spread the word about your business. Sarah Dann who runs Local Magazine is working with us to produce this issue of Riverside Magazine and if you are interested in advertising, you can reach her at 

April: You’re Invited to BMO Queen/Saulter Branch FREE Business Workshop Series!!

The BMO Queen/Saulter Branch has done it again – giving back to the community is their motto!  As part of their efforts to support our small- to midsized business owners, they are partnering with the Shirlaws group to offer a series of FREE business workshops!! Join Mark Fornasiero and take steps to realize your unique vision for your business and grow on your terms.  Please RSVP to: Michael Kirouac, Branch Manager or 416-461-0951

Workshop Series includes:

Tuesday, April 12: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Building a powerful culture in your business.

Strategies and plans are only as good as the leaders and staff who implement them.

Tuesday, April 19: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Learn how outside investors value your company.

Strategic choices can help you increase the equity value of your company.

Digital Media Summit
The Digital Media Summit is a one-day social media and interactive marketing conference bringing together the biggest brands to examine the growth and innovation of social and digital content.

Taking place in Toronto, at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday, May 5th, the Digital Media Summit is an opportunity to connect and learn with hundreds of like-minded professionals and industry leaders.

Receive 20% off the walk-up ticket rate when using our promo-code: TABIADMS16

Some of this year’s Keynote Speakers include: 
·  Michael Wekerle – Difference Capital, Canada
·  Pedram Farsaii – The Washington Post, USA
·  Ashu Avasthi – LinkedIn, Canada
·  Jeffery Hayzlett – The Hayzlett Group, USA
Key Conference Takeaways
·         Online Branding Execution
·         New Advertising Strategies
·         Quality Content Development
·         Marketing Applications
·         Community Strategy
·         Cross-Platform Monetization
·         Mobile Applications

To register and for more information on this year’s event please visit:

As part of our Digital Main Street initiative, TABIA has partnered with Google and Yellow Pages Group to offer members a free session to learn about digital marketing tools. This is an invitation-only workshop for TABIA members and space is limited so please register early
Digital Marketing for Main Street – Presented by Google Canada & Yellow Pages Group

Do you want to enhance your BIAs online presence and support your members with the best digital tools? This workshop session will focus on how BIAs can leverage digital marketing tools to increase visitation and spending in their BIA and support members to grow their digital adoption. This session will cover:
·         An Introduction to the Digital Main Street program.
·         Why Digital Marketing Matters.
·         Tools to help establish and grow an online presence, create content and increase engagement and sales.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Google – 111 Richmond Street West 12th Floor, Toronto, ON M5H 2G4, Canada (Richmond St at York)
Please REGISTER online at

Mastering of a Music City – TABIA Exclusive Offer
TABIA has partnered with Canadian Music Week on a one-day conference “The Mastering of a Music City” where speakers from around the world will come together to join in sessions that break down the value of a musically creative community from the economic to the esoteric

Join us for this day-long summit that takes place during Canadian Music Week, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Sheraton Center, Toronto.

The Mastering Of A Music City” will explore in-depth the relationship between creative city planning, quality-of-life and the music industry

The “Music City” is a true 21st Century paradigm – a shared realization that cities across the globe enjoy an often-huge economic dividend from the creation, performance and reception of music.

Click here to purchase tickets with our exclusive TABIA Discount promo code ‘TABIAMC16’:

Riverside 2016 Calendar of Events
HonkMobile – App for Parking 
Urban parking is a headache. Anyone who drives in the 6ix knows it’s expensive and it can sure test your patience. It’s also frustrating for residents – blocked driveways and circling cars congesting our streets.

There’s an app that looks to solve this and bring the pain out of parking: meet HonkQ. It’s a free platform that let’s residents and businesses alike rent out their empty parking spot (this includes your driveway). It’s a win-win: money in residents’ pockets; and it gets cars off the streets and into parking spots faster, cheaper and safer.

HonkMobile is running a limited time offer: if you list your spot by Sunday April 10th you will get a $20 Visa gift card! List it for free here:

The Green Community Hub is a grassroots, collaborative hub for sharing of practical solutions to reduce energy consumption and build more sustainability into our lives and neighbourhoods.  We meet every Tuesday evening to learn and to discuss information and to network with professionals and experts in various fields.  We are inviting everyone from the neighbourhood who is interested in the benefits and opportunities of living and doing business in a more sustainable manner.  We have subject matter experts, professionals, suppliers and designers, as well as business and social entrepreneurs.
Having worked for many small businesses over my career I have experience in understanding cost restraints, cash flow and making payroll.  Any sustainability plan has to make economic sense.

We intend to help members of our hub create a roadmap of the most appropriate choices for their situation.  By building realistic paths to saving energy and money members will be reducing their ecological footprint and building resilience into our community.

With the focus over the coming decades to move Canada’s economy to a carbon-free foundation, each of us has opportunity to learn, share and contribute to our shared goal.  You are invited to be part of our community, a green hub to seek knowledge, where we all speak the same language.

Learning From the Millenials- Internet of Everything (IoE)
This exciting speaker series focuses on how Millennials behave as consumers, interact with businesses, create and execute ideas, and make lifestyle choices. As this generation changes the digital landscape, find out what it takes to innovate successfully for the Millennial consumer market.

The Internet of Everything is changing the world as we know it. Join industry and academic leaders in learning how to navigate the ecosystem of information and interactivity that is native to the Millennial generation of consumers.

Admission free. For more information and to RSVP please visit

When & Where
Date & Time:  Friday, April 15, 2016 | 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Venue & Address:
Chang School, Ryerson University
Heaslip House, 7th floor

297 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1W1

Email (event contact information):

Brigid Elmy
Manager, Business Development Projects
The Chang School, Ryerson University
Office: 416-979-5000 x 6674


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