Riverside Featured on Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2018 Medals

On May 17th, the Riverside BIA took part in the 2018 Scotiabank Waterfront Toronto Marathon’s secret Medal Reveal Night! For the big Reveal, the Riverside BIA got together with 100 runners, our local Councillor Paula Fletcher, the Canadian Running Series (CRS) team and medal artists’, to unveil the medal and do a special photo opp in partnership with the TTC which stopped traffic on the bridge.

Photo op on the bridge with 100 runners and VIPs

Photo op on the bridge with 100 runners and VIPs

The 2018 Finishers’ medals feature the Riverside bridge with a TTC streetcar, something which has become a symbol of our neighbourhood. Ever since the bridge’s iconic art was commissioned by the BIA and City in the 1990s, this image has been an important daily fixture and inspiration, along with the streetcars that pass through every few minutes.  The message of the medal is the ever-changing, dynamic yet resilient neighbouhrood and city made by many community-builders. This mirrors the mission of the CRS to work together to use running as a platform to build a healthier, happier, more sustainable city and showcase it to the world.

Framed medal featuring the Riverside Bridge and TTC streetcar, now at the Riverside BIA office

Framed medal featuring the Riverside Bridge and TTC streetcar, now at the Riverside BIA office

The Riverside BIA is so proud to have been a part of the big reveal this year, and to have received a copy of this amazing medal which will be proudly displayed in our office. Big thanks to Councillor Fletcher and Canadian Running Series!

Read the full Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Medal Reveal Media Release

Pamper Yourself and Get Fit at Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest June 2nd

During Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, pamper yourself and get fit with demos, deals and more at Riverside shops and services – experience the many fitness and self-care options Riverside has to offer!

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 2nd alongside the 20th 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.

>>>CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS & LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING <<<<<

CHECK OUT THE EVENT GUIDE (PDF)

Here are some of the highlighted comfort, beauty and wellness specials and services on offer during Riverside Eats & Beats:

Ready for a change and a new summer hairstyle? 

Lone & Co is a collection of independent creators in a warm and inclusive environment. Meet their stylists or Book Online. During Riversie Eats & Beats Streetfest, Lone & Co is having a Gift Basket Draw! Stop by their sidewalk booth at 717 Queen E from 2:00pm – 6:00pm and cast your ballot for a Kevin Murphy gift basket ($200 value)!

Treat yourself to a service by Waxon Waxbar – the best waxing salon in Toronto!

Voted as the #1 waxing salon in Toronto, Waxon Waxbar focuses exclusively making you smooth! Their reasonable pricing makes it easy to remove any unwanted hair for both men and women. During Riverside Eats and Beats Streetfest, stop by their location at 766 Queen E from 1-6pm and inquire with their guest services team on how NEW clients can receive a FREE service card.

Looking for a place to stay the weekend?

The Broadview Hotel has been revamped from the buildings historic beginnings as a meeting hall in 1890s, to its reopening as a boutique hotel in 2017. Located in Riverside at Queen and Broadview, the charming hotel is your gateway to the city’s most captivating neighbourhood. During Riverside Eats & Beats Streetest, from 1pm-6pm stop by The Broadview Hotel at 106 Broadview Ave where they will be celebrating with music & food. It’s also a luxe place to stay the night or weekend while you enjoy all the local festivities – but be sure to book your stay in advance through their convenient online system.

Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio Will Get You Addicted to Feeling Good!

Chi Junky’s squad of wellness experts welcomes you to stop by their open house at 70 McGee Street during Riverside Eats & Beats from 9am-3pm. Get Addicted to an awesome yoga experience with free classes & offerings. Come try your first class FREE plus receive 10% off class packages (in person only, not applicable for unlimited memberships).

Get excited for an epic demonstration by Diamond Muay Thai

Diamond Muay Thai & Fitness at 740 Queen E will be hosting live Muay Thai + Boxing Demos during Riverside Eats & Beats with athletes and fitness enthusiasts, including kids! If your summer goals are to get fit and gain confidence Diamond Muay Thai offers multiple classes for kids and adults to try this summer.

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 #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO for chance to win a free Riverside t-shirt!

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, and Metroland Media.

Check out HOT EATS at Riverside Eats & Beats Streefest June 2nd

Here’s a guide for your taste buds of the HOT EATS available during Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streetfest on June 2nd , all along Queen Street from the DVP to Empire Ave.

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 2nd alongside the 20th 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.

>>>CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS & LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING <<<<<

CHECK OUT THE EVENT GUIDE (PDF)

HOT EATS – ALL ALONG QUEEN ST EAST from DVP to EMPIRE AVE:

SMASH! Ping Pong Serves up Eats & Beats Sat, Jun 2nd 4:00pm- 2:00am 672 Queen St East. Don’t miss out on ping pong, BBQ food and drink specials and killer tunes.

Get ‘Smoothie’ Deals at Pulp Kitchen! Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00- 6:00pm  689 Queen St East. Get a Berry Bliss Smoothie or Skintastic Juice for just $3 at Pulp Kitchen’s grand re-opening!!

Eastbound Brewery. Sat, Jun 2nd from 1:00-4:30pm, 700 Queen St. E. Stop by Eastbound Brewing Co for their wide menu of home-made brews and dishes to pair!

Brickworks Cider House. Sat, Jun 2nd time 1-6pm, NEW LOGO (Brickworks) 709 Queen St East. Get your home-made apple pies and homemade candy apples ($$) at Brickworks Ciderhouse! Plus enjoy complimentary Cider Samples from 1-6pm.

The Real KFC at Kaboom Chicken. Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm-6:00pm. 722 Queen St East. Stop by for delicious Asian fusion including the crispiest Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) Toronto has to offer!

Fresh Baked at Broadview Bakery & Deli. Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm-6:00pm. 728 Queen St East. Enjoy a huge selection of well-priced, freshly baked, preservative free Montreal-style bagels, baked pastries and deli items.

Sweet Adventures at Sugar Loaf. Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm-5:00pm. 729 Queen St East. Enjoy a special selection of sweets and pastries European non-traditional style.

Butchers of Distinction Pavement BBQ. Sat, June 2nd 1:00pm-3:30pm. 738 Queen St East. Butchers of Distinction will be grilling a “pastrami” of Limousin Beef Bavette to be served on Rye bread with house-made organic pickles.

Wine Rack Pulls Out the Funk. Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm – 6:00pm. 731 Queen St. East. Stop by for a spin with the Wine Rack’s ever-popular Dancing Grapes and for a taste of refreshing cider!

Opera House Grill. Sat, Jun 2nd 11:00am – 11:00pm. 737 Queen St. East. Join us as we celebrate Eats & Beats on our fully licensed patio! We bring a taste of the Danforth to Queen Street with our Greek Menu!

Jerk Pit & Corn Roast with Live Beats at Caribbean Sunset. Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm-6:00pm. 753A Queen St East. Enjoy all the best of the Caribbean including a jerk pit, corn roast and caribbean-style live entertainment at Caribbean Sunset!

Rockabilly Beats at The Comrade. Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm-6:00pm. 758 Queen St East. Come by The Comrade for honky-tonk & rockabilly beats by The Marty Allen Band!

Lan Restaurant. Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm-6:00pm. 755 Queen St. East. Come by Lan’s to enjoy their famous deep fried Vietnamese Spring Roll for 1/2 price!

Bless Your Mouth at Sweet Jesus Icecream. Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm-6:00pm. 780 Queen St. East. Stop by Sweet Jesus where you can ‘bless your mouth’ with the best and trendiest in cool treats.

Tastes of the Middle East at Tabülè. Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm-5:00pm. 810 Queen St. East. Delight the senses with an array of delectable Middle Eastern tasters and adorn yourself with gorgeous Henna tattoos by Gord Grover.

 

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 #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO for chance to win a free Riverside t-shirt!

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, and Metroland Media.

Go to the Polls for Fun on Saulter at Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest!

As part of the Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, Ralph Thorton Community Center will be hosting ‘mock polls’ with fun themes in advance of  Election Day, including a kids vote! Plus Eat Your Way Through the Caribbean with fun & delicious cooking workshops inside the RTCC (registration required).

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 2nd alongside the 20th annual Riverdale Artwalk. Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

>>>CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS & LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING <<<<<

CHECK OUT THE EVENT GUIDE (PDF)

Take Part in the Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s Mock Polls on Saulter St:

As part of the Eats & Beats Streetfest this year the Ralph Thornton Community Center will be hosting a voting “dress rehearsal” in advance of June 7th the Provincial Election Day.  The mock “Polls” will be open from 1:00pm– 6pm, located in the festival’s Saulter street closure with a special “Kids Vote”, with results posted in the Centre afterwards.

Eat Your Way Through the Caribbean – Inside the Ralph Thornton Community Centre:

During Riverside Eats & Beats – Riverside Meets the Caribbean at the RTCC and the Taste is…well…Irie! COOK. EAT. TAKE HOME. Tasty treats from Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad. From a Caribbean breakfast of Trinidadian bakes and Buljol; to Jamaican and Haitian patty; and jerk chicken and Trini doubles.Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on cooking session from 1-5pm with a Master Caribbean chef on the 2nd Floor in the Betsy Swift Kitchen.

To Reserve your spot and pay, pls contact Grace at info@jamaicaneats.com – space is limited! Workshop details below:

First Workshop: 9:30 – 11AM CARIBBEAN BREAKFAST – Fee: $10/pp: Trinidadian Bakes and Buljol; Jamaican fried dumpling; ackee and saltfish; ripe plantain; Haitian accra; Jamaican saltfish dritters; Haitian and Jamaican hot chocolate

Second Workshop: 12-2pm – Fee: $20/pp: Jamaican patty; Haitian patty, including Pate Code; Jamaican coco bread; Haitian and Jamaican hot chocolate

Third Workshop: 3-5pm – Fee: $20/pp: Trinidadian doubles; jerk chicken; Haitian beignet; rice an’ peas; Haitian and Jamaican hot chocolate

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

More About the Ralph Thornton Community Center:

The Ralph Thornton Community Center is a City owned, community managed facility which offers space, support, and service to many community organizations and partners.  RTCC is where neighbours meet, events are celebrated, programs are enjoyed, and support is exchanged. RTCC shares the historic Post Office building at 765 Queen St. East with partner tenants the Queen/Saulter branch of Toronto Public Library and the South Riverdale Child Parent Centre.

The Centre is named after Ralph Thornton, a devoted community leader and activist, was born in Toronto in 1905 and died in September 1974 at the age of 69.

For most of his working life, Ralph Thornton was an independent taxi driver.  Outside of his occupation, he fought hard for working class residents around housing, income security, and city planning.

In the late 1960s, Thornton was instrumental in fighting for residents whose homes were being expropriated by the City of Toronto.  His efforts led to changes in the Expropriation Act in 1968, which required the City give displaced residents enough money for their current home to purchase a comparable one.

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 #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO for chance to win a free Riverside t-shirt!

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, and Metroland Media.

Check out the 20th Annual Riverdale ArtWalk during Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest June 2nd

The 20th annual Riverdale Artwalk, happening alongside Riverside Eats & Beats on June 2nd, 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 2nd alongside the 20th 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 the Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest on June 2nd, head over to the easterly end of the neighbourhood to Jimmie Simpson Park for the 20th Annual Riverdale ArtWalk. Hosted by the Artists’ Network, the Riverdale ArtWalk on June 2nd and 3rd, the ArtWalk is bigger and better than it has ever been before, with over 170 established and emerging artists exhibiting painting, photography, mixed media, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture.

The event is free and open to the public so you can experience art all in one area from 11am-6pm. Enjoy this chance to discuss art with local artists. Be on the lookout for that perfect piece to take home and make your own. Now in its 20th year the festival has grown to reach an audience of over 20,000 art enthusiasts and supporters.

Make sure to cast your ballot for the People’s Choice Award and you could win one of over 20 artworks. Vote at the Artists’ Network booth located along Queen Street East. Look for the “I Gave Art” sign onsite in participating artists booths.

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 #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO for chance to win a free Riverside t-shirt!

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, and Metroland Media.