Riverside is Getting a New Mural

The Riverside BIA has exciting plans for a new mural this summer! The mural will be located at 105 Broadview Ave. on the Pizza Nova wall. This wall is highly visible from the Broadview Hotel, Queen St. East, and more!

The theme for this mural is community engagement and vibrancy to represent and reflect upon the neighbourhood throughout the years. Riverside is a neighbourhood that maintains a small-town atmosphere through events and community engagement which is why we are reaching out.

We are currently looking for an artist to complete this project; the artists should be familiar with the area and objectives of the BIA.

If you know of any artists that you think would be a good fit, please spread the word!

Please send us a proposal with your contact information, samples of your work and where/when it was done, and any social media links. Send to office@riverside-to.com

Support the Community by Joining the Riverside Green Initiative


Did you know that the Riverside has a Green Initiative? 

With the gardening season quickly approaching, the Riverside Community Garden in Joel Weeks Park is welcoming new members. Memberships are available to anyone who lives, work or plays in the Riverside neighbourhood. The garden operates on a communal model with shared space and no plots from May to October during the gardening season. Memberships are $25 to $35 per season and allow you to grow fresh vegetables and herbs. 

The group was formed in early 2012 with the purpose of doing outreach, education, and community‐building around green initiatives in Riverside. Although community gardening is a core interest of the group, current and future activities also include community clean-ups, education around nutrition, container gardening, and farmers markets in partnership with Toronto Parks and Recreation, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the Riverside BIA, the Ralph Thornton Centre and others community partners.

Want to learn more or become a member for 2019? Contact riversidegreeninitiative@gmail.com

Check out the Annual Riverdale Artwalk During Eats & Beats 2019

Riverdale-ArtWalk-2-lo-res-S2The annual Riverdale Artwalk, happening alongside Riverside Eats & Beats on June 1st, showcases local artists in Jimmie Simpson Park and in Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre.

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 1st alongside the annual Riverdale Artwalk. Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

While you’re at Eats & Beats Streetfest, head over to the easterly end of the neighbourhood to Jimmie Simpson Park and the Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre for the Riverdale ArtWalk.  Hosted by the Artists’ Network, the Riverdale ArtWalk is a FREE two-day (June 1 & 2), public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in Jimmie Simpson Park and the Community Centre in Toronto’s flourishing Queen St. East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto’s season, the Riverdale ArtWalk is consistently ranked one of the top outdoor shows in the GTA. It is a great place to connect with artists and buy that perfect piece for your home!


The festival hosts over 170 participating artists and the inclusion of local community groups and entertainment. Now in its 20th year in the Riverdale/Leslieville area of Toronto, the festival has grown to reach an audience of over 25,000 art enthusiasts and supporters. Through new partnership opportunities with the local BIA, the Riverdale Artwalk expects to continue to grow.

Preview the featured artists HERE #TorontoArtWalks #ArtWalkSquare



To check out all the fun details of Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, register for activities, and let us know you’re coming!

So come join us – and share your memories on social media using #EatsNBeats2019 and #RiversideTO. 



Shop these HOT BUYS at Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streetfest

To learn more about Eats & Beets, visit our event guide (PDF), and register for June 1st! So come join us – and share your memories on social media using #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO!

Check out these HOT BUYS, amazing deals, and fantastic finds on Saturday, June 1st at Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streetfest along Queen St. East from the DVP to Empire Avenue. 

Dreamy Beauty Bar: 
11:00am – 5:00pm, 717 Queen St. East
Visit the Dreamy Beauty Bar to enjoy some refreshments,
tour the space and receive a 20% discount on all services!

Riverside Arts Market – Shop Local:
11am – 6pm, 790 Queen St. East
Meet local artisans & shop from over 50 local vendors under one roof.

Arts Market

Jazz It Up at Dimensions: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 732 Queen St. East
Live music with the sounds of Benton and Harte will bring you an incredible blend of classics and current hits. Come inside and enjoy inspiring art!

Riverdale Trading Company Vinyl Sidewalk Sale: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 760 Queen St. East
Shop Riverdale Trading Co’s sidewalk sale with 30% off vinyl & enjoy DJ tunes!

Dresden Vision Building Station: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 733 Queen St East
Dresden will have a mobile building station where you’ll be able to build your own glasses and even get the lenses cut on the spot! There will be games for kids including corn hole and face painting, so even if you don’t need glasses, you can get a fake pair painted on!

Get Well-Crafted at Brika’s Sidewalk Sale:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 768 Queen St. East
Find a great selection of well-crafted artisanal goods and gifts at Brika’s sidewalk sale!

Komplete Strength Personal Training Sessions Raffle:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 740 Queen St. East
Stop by Komplete Strength to enjoy some tunes, tour the studio and a chance to win one in two 3-session Personal Training prize OR 1-month free unlimited class pass!

Here & Now Closing Sale:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 770 Queen St. East
Here & Now is closing with a BIG BIG sale! Everything must go, up to 90% off!

Here and Now

Queen Garden Center: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 771 Queen St. East
Get Your Green on at Queen Garden Centre! Shop specials on gardening plants and supplies at the Queen Garden Centre, right beside the festival’s Saulter Street closure!

Irish Design House Sidewalk Sale: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 756 Queen St. East
They offer sustainable, handmade fashion & crafts from Ireland via the Riverside store. Have you seen the sewing school? Ask about signing up! 

Mustard Seed Court-Yard Sale:
12:00pm – 3:00pm, 791 Queen St. East
Inexpensive hand-made jewellery and a few odds & ends in the lovely Fontbonne Ministry court-yard. All proceeds will go to support Mustard Seed Programming, Fontbonne Ministries.

Bergström Sidewalk Sale:
11:00am – 5:00pm, 781 Queen St. East
Don’t miss Bergstrom’s ever-popular Sidewalk Clearance Sale! Accessories, footwear, and clothing from $5 and up! Come early for the best selection!

Bergstrom Eats & Beats

Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio Gets:
9:00am – 3:00pm, 70 McGee St.
Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio gets you addicted to an awesome yoga experience with killer playlists & essential oil massages. Come try your first class FREE plus receive 10% off class packages (in person only, not applicable for unlimited memberships).

Sash & Bustle Sash & Bustle Gift Card Draw & Info Session:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 779 Queen St. East
Sash & Bustle will be hosting an information booth for neighbours and local brides to chat all things wedding and bridal related! Guests will be encouraged to participate in a draw to win $250 Sash & Bustle gift card.

Sash and Bustle Eats & Beats


Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streetfest is back on Sat, June 1st!

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back! Join us on Saturday, June 1st to taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen St.  between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

Check out all the fun details on our event guide (PDF).

Let us know you’re coming by registering on our event page#RiversideTO #EatsNBeats Streetfest!

This years event will feature a number of live performances and activities at street closures including:

Broadview Ave & Queen St. East

  • Eats & Beats Main Stage and Eastbound Beer Garden
  • Performances: Sugar Foot Stompers, Welcome & DJ Beats, Turbo Street Funk, Monkey Fighting Snakes, Samba Toronto and DJ Battle.
  • Toronto Food Tours Culinary Tent with Chef Scott & the Toronto Food Tours doing a pig roast, deep-frying turkeys and shucking east coast oysters.

Carrol St. & Queen St. East

  • Pirate Life! Join the crew to search for the hidden treasure 
  • Road safety promotion with Switchback Cyclery and Downtown Auto Group

Munro St. @ Queen St. East

  • Activate! Block Party on Munro
  • Make-your-own smoothie by bicycle from Oma Chiropractic 
  • Terrarium workshop ($$, registration required) and their 5th annual photobooth at Quince Flowers 

 Saulter St. & Queen St. East 

  • Live music and Ready, Set, Play!
  • Drag Queen Story Time with drag performers, Lucy Flawless and Lucinda Mui from East Toronto Drag Queen 
  • Historica Canada’s trivia challenge to test your national knowledge
  • Ralph Thornton Community Centre & “Pop Up Voting” RTCC is hosting a dress rehearsal with a “Kids Vote” polling station on Saulter Street.
  • Pop Up Eats & Live Beats at Saulter Street Brewery

There will be a variety of great east and buys from a variety of Riverside Businesses all along Queen St. East.