Change is in the Air in Riverside This Summer

Change is always in the air in Riverside, check out some of the big and little changes in the ‘hood this summer!

The Broadview Hotel: Grand Opening Soon!

The biggest and most anticipated change coming to Riverside this summer is the opening of the revitalized Broadview Hotel. Now with a target opening of early July, the hotel has all sorts of hype surrounding what’s inside, from its amazing rooftop space to the lux toiletries (by Riverdale-based Graydon) and vinyl record collections that will be curated for its rooms (by Riverside’s own Tiny Record Shop!). Everyone is so excited to see the Broadview Hotel open its doors and discover what’s inside. Keep an eye out for announcements!

New ‘Riverside Roots Aboriginal Mural’: Coming to 650 Queen St East

Riverside is getting a new mural on the wall of 650 Queen Street East, thanks to support from the Riverside BIA, Canada 150, StreetART Toronto, and Woodgreen Community Services (for providing the wall for the mural). The mural is being completed by Aboriginal artists: Isaac Weber (a well-known street artist), Philip Cote (a veteran Indigenous artist, elder and muralist), and Destiny Rae Wheatley.

We invite you to join in the community consultation happening next week – RSVP at

The mural is anticipated to be completed by early August.


Broadview and Queen Keeps Changing

With the An Sibin Pub and now Dangerous Dan’s closed there is much speculation on what’s going in at either location. It’s top secret at the moment – and no we don’t have the answers – but have only heard that a big tenant has signed a lease at the former An Sibin. We will share any news when we have it.

Caribbean Sunset Opens

Caribbean Sunset opened up on June 15th in 753A Queen East, a space that had sat vacant for some months since vacated by Green Jar and formerly occupied by long time tenant Ambiance Chocolate.  Offering mouth watering fare such as Jerk Chicken, Goat Curry and Oxtail at reasonable prices- you can also get a fresh coconut to sip on! A big welcome to the neighbourhood for owner Douglas and his team!

Queen Garden Centre

They only opened in late May, but the Queen Garden Centre already feels like a fixture in the community. From their contributions to the success of local community events such as the Ralph Thornton Centre’s Spring Affair Fundraiser and Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, to their hard work to beautify this former parking lot, they are an amazing team.  Stop by and say hello, while checking out their great native plants. They should be open three seasons of the year!

Clinique De Mode Opens

Another recently opened business animating a formerly quiet space is Clinique De Mode, a medical skin boutique that opened up in late May in the former Northern Cross Diamonds space at 750 Queen East. Check out their sunny space and see what they have on offer!

Urban House Cafe

Coming soon is the Urban House Cafe, which will occupy a formerly long time vacant space at 718 Queen East. They will be serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks inside and on their outdoor patio space. Read more about them on GOODHOOD.

Riverside Square Full Steam Ahead

After a long hiatus, the Riverside Square development – that will stretch from Queen Street, south to Eastern and west to the East Don Roadway – is full steam ahead. With the crane in place since late March, work is well underway on Riverside Square’s four-level-deep parking garage, which will rise to grade level over the next several months. Following the completion of the project’s first phase, future residential and commercial phases will add even more life to the 4.5 acre site, while a new public park fronting Queen Street will create a new neighbourhood amenity.Read up on the latest from Urban Toronto.

Burger Shoppe/ BQM Getting Licensed

The Burger Shoppe/ BQM is moving forward with getting their liquor license so you can enjoy some brews with your burgers!

Speaking of Brews…Saulter Street Brewery is Opening!

Eastbound Brewing Co. opened up just recently at 700 Queen E to much acclaim, and now Riverside’s second brewery will be opening soon!

Anticipated to be opening in June, the Saulter Street Brewery is going in at 1-31 Saulter St (walk down Strange Street past Stemz to find it), and will be equipped with a 20-hectolitre brewery, a 40-seat tasting room with a retail area to try and take home beer. We look forward to their Riverside Pilsner!!

Check out more news at GOODHOOD and

Genesis Downtown

In late May, Genesis Motors Canada launched its first Canadian retail boutique at 630 Queen Street East in Riverside. “Athletic elegance in design is at the core of Genesis vehicle design for its vehicles, and that inspiration is reflected in Genesis Downtown. With sleek, modern, and rich finishes, this new space sets the brand apart from traditional dealerships with a luxurious, yet welcoming, boutique-style facility for clients.” Read more.

Last for now but certainly not least….

Riverside Celebrates 150 Banners are Up!

Thanks to the Ontario 150 Celebration program for support of Riverside’s festivities in 2017, Riverside now has colourful banners celebrating this special occasion as well as local pride. These special banners will be up until the end of the year to enjoy!

Riverside’s New Mural: Tkaranto Past/ Tkaranto Future

Rendering of mural design on 650 Queen Street East

Toronto has the largest population of urban indigenous populations, but there are few public visual markers that showcase the cultural vibrancy, voice and creativity of these communities.

As a district with a long and rich history, the Riverside BIA feels it is important to ensure that there is also reference to Indigenous heritage. For this reason, we focused on engaging a group of Aboriginal artists to do a piece in Riverside that speaks to the area’s First Nations heritage. The ‘Tkaranto Past/ Tkaranto Future’  (Toronto Past/Toronto Future) Mural will reference historical communities in the area, but also showcase the community as being one that is vibrant and contemporary.

Detailed view of mural designs

Mural artists include: Isaac Weber is a well-known street artist, Philip Cote, is a veteran Indigenous artist, elder and muralist, and Destiny Rae Wheatley

The piece will be a blend of traditional woodland and contemporary street art styles – reflective of the different generations that have been involved in the mural’s creation. Philip Cote, is a veteran Indigenous artist, elder, and muralist. Isaac Weber is a well-known street artist. Destiny Rae Wheatley is a young emerging artist. Further, these artists have engaged with the next generation through a series of workshops with youth from Council Fire, to help inspire the mural design.

Left to Right Philip Cote, Two Youth  from Council Fire, Destiny Rae Wheatly, Isaac Weber 
The Community info session for the mural was held on June 21st at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre.

The mural painting will start in July and the Community Mural Launch will be Saturday, August 5th including meet and greet with the artists, enjoy live music, cake, refreshments and celebratory remarks.


Thank you to mural supporters:  Canada 150, StreetARToronto, Cultural  Hotspot , Ontario 150, and Woodgreen Community Services (for lending us their wall!)

THANK YOU & PHOTOS- Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest 2017

Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, in its 5th year, was described by Riverside festival-goers and businesses alike as ‘the biggest and best celebration yet’ with:

  • 2 days of fun activities celebrating 150, Indigenous roots and local business and community
  • 10,000+ people coming out to Riverside on June 3rd & 4th
  • 50+ participating restaurants, vendors and retailers hosting events/ activities
  • 20+ live performances by Toronto musicians and artists
  • street closures over the weekend packed with fun & meaningful activities and attractions
  • 350+ volunteer hours contributed
This event could not have happened without the support of so many amazing people!!!
  • Riverside Eats & Beats 2017 Sponsors: the Riverside BIA, Ontario 150, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, Hullmark Developments, Downtown Automotive Group, & Metroland Media!
  • Riverside Eats & Beats Marketing CommitteeAdrienne, our Event Chair, for helping host a fantastic Munro Street closure party; Chef Scott for bringing Toronto Food Tours Culinary demos, a pig roast, and a walking tour to the festival, Karen for event photography, Lynne for leading the Riverside ArtWalk Tour, Giancarlo, Alexis and Jeff for coming out and lending their muscle to help run the show. Glenn, Maria, John & the whole Ralph Thornton Community Centre team for lending event equipment and hosting ESCAPE childcare activities all weekend. Dave for open the doors at Eastbound all weekend, and Lynn for bringing support and great activities via BMO.
  • Riverside BIA Board: Rosie, Adrienne, Dave, Natasha, Athena, and Ellen who hosted amazing activities during the festival. Special thanks to Ryan at Hullmark for sponsoring the event, and to our Chair, Mitch for helping lead our Samba Toronto parade and supporting our special MomenTO activities with the City of Toronto and Councillor Paula Fletcher.
  • Street Closure Hosts: Big thanks to: Barb Nahwegahbow for hosting the Indigenous & Ingenious Summer Show & Sale on Broadview; Arts Market for hosting a fun pop market on McGee; to Nell & Natasha for hosting their always-popular free annual BBQ on McGee; Oma Chiropractic, Quince Flowers, and Switchback Cyclery for hosting the Munro Block Party; Queen/Saulter Library, who hosted activities on Saulter; and Artists’ Network for cross promoting and collaborating on outreach with the Riverdale ArtWalk, so our two events come together as one.
  • Riverside Restaurants, Retailers and Community Centres who hosted excellent activities:  Shout out to the many who hosted great food tasters, specials and other activities including Kaboom Chicken, The Wine Rack (we love your dancing grapes!!), Tabule, Arts Market, Common Sort, Downtown Toyota & il ponte, Dimensions, Pulp Kitchen, Eastbound Brewing Co, Butchers of Distinction, The Opera House Grill, Mary Macleod’s, The Peasant Table, The Comrade, Smash, Chi Junky Studio, The Broadview Hotel, Here & Now, Irish Design House, Bergstrom, Sash & Bustle, Broadview Bakery, Mustard Seed, I’ll Be Seeing You, Lan Restaurant, and Sugar Loaf!
  • Artists, Musicians, Artisans and Vendors who helped enliven our streets and community spaces: Don Valley Stompers; Youth Drum, Suzanne Smoke & Cedar Smoke; Metis Fiddling & Jigging Trio; Lindsay Foote; Samba Toronto; the Entertwangers; Elana Harte f/t Jen Benton; Dustin & Pat; Tune Your Ride’s bicycle-powered line up; Evolve Skate Camp and PirateLife, plus many more fantastic local artists and vendors.
  • Our local political reps: Councillor Paula Fletcher for her ongoing support in helping make these street events a success, and our MP Julie Dabrusin and MPP Peter Tabuns.
  • Graphic designer Geo who created the fresh, enlivening promotional materials that helped make this event come to life and captured people’s attention online and on the streets
  • Other Eats & Beats Volunteers: all our fabulous, hard-working George Brown ESL Students, our Marketing Committee members, and other volunteers for their essential support and extra hard work this year!
  • Riverside BIA Maintenance staff Drew for helping get the moving parts into the right place at the right time
  • Last but certainly not least the amazing, strong BIA Office Team: JenniferBradley, Anjuli, and Barb for supporting every step to make this event a success!

Now, if you attended the festival please let us know what you thought of Eats & Beats 2017 to help us all improve for the next one, to make it even better:

Riverside Eats & Beats ‘Pops-Up’ on Saulter June 4th!

Sunday on Saulter Street offers a unique blend of music, history and local food and veggies on June 4th. The Leslieville Farmers’ Market and MomenTO Mobile Museum Pop-ups are just some of the highlights!

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th alongside the Riverdale ArtWalk. Join us as the festival helps ‘Celebrate 150’ and Indigenous roots, with festivities spanning Riverside’s 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East from the DVP to Empire Avenue.


During your time at the Eats and Beats Streetfest on June 4th, make sure to stop by the Saulter Street closure, south of Queen St E. From 1-4pm, get a taste of the Leslieville Farmers’ Market as it ‘pops-up’ in Riverside! Shop for your fresh, local prepared food and veggies from local farmers and producers. Plus, enjoy live music by local artists and residents Dustin & Caleb!

Also on Saulter will be the MomenTO pop-up museum which, in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, explores the stories of remarkable people, places and events in the history of Toronto and Canada.  MomenTO highlights people, places and events from 1867 to 2017 that are significant to the history of Canada and Toronto. Come by at 3pm for a special presentation of Riverside history with special guests from MomenTO, Riverside BIA Chair Mitch Korman, Barry Slater (our local Riverside history aficionado from the Royal Canadian Curling Club,) and Ward 30 Councillor Paula Fletcher.

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LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING to the #RiversideTO #EatsNBeats Streetfest

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIAOntario 150BMO Queen & Saulter BranchHullmarkDowntown Automotive Group, and Metroland Media

Check out these HOT BUYS and more at Riverside’s Eats and Beats Streetfest

Check out amazing finds, sweet deals, freebies and much more at Riverside’s Eats and Beats Streetfest along Queen St E from the DVP to Empire Ave.

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th alongside the Riverdale ArtWalk. Join us as the festival helps ‘Celebrate 150’ and Indigenous roots, with festivities spanning Riverside’s 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East from the DVP to Empire Avenue

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Arts Market Takes to the Street on McGee

Make sure to stop by our McGee Street closure, south of Queen Street East, where the Arts Market takes to the street to showcase your favorite vendors plus live music! Happening on June 3rd from 1-6PM, the outdoor market will include a variety of interesting and eye-catching items including handmade leather goods, jewellry, scents, cards, vegan and cruelty free products. And don’t miss Toronto folk artist Lindsay Foote, keeping the energy fun and exciting from 2-5PM! (p.s. Vendors will also be outside the Arts Market shop at 790 Queen Street East for more hot buys and music from Dusty Sleeves and the Sound Machine!)


Jazz It Up at Dimensions at 732 Queen St E.

On Saturday, June 3rd from 1-6pm make sure to stop by Dimensions Custom Framing and Gallery during the Riverside Eats and Beats Streetfest. Here, you will be greeted with beautiful photography and stunning art pieces including the “O’Canada” by Sandra MacGilivray. Plus, from 2-4pm, live music from Elana Harte featuring Jen Benton will bring you an incredible blend of Classic Music through the decades from 70s to current hits. Make sure to drop by to join in the fun and excitement!



Common Sort Massive Sidewalk Sale at 800 Queen St. E

Check out Common Sort‘s huge sidewalk sale to get amazing deals on the best in the trendiest pre-loved fashion. The sale takes place on June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm.


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Tiny Record Shop Spinning it with Live DJs on June 3rd from 1-6pm

Come to 804 Queen St. E to check out some of the hot vinyl finds while grooving to the in-house DJ breaking out on this stretch of Riverside.


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Sash and Bustle on 779 Queen St E.

On June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm, Sash and Bustle will be holding a sidewalk sale with 10-40% on gifts and select accessories, shoes, hair pieces, wedding planners, pens, luxury straws, pocket mirrors and more!

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Waxon Waxbar at 766 Queen St. E.

On June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm, try the gold standard in waxing! New clients to Waxon Waxbar with proof of waxing at any competitor get their 1st wax free! (Proof includes: Receipt, Gift Card, Email, etc.)


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Here & Now Clothing’s Anniversary Sale at 770 Queen St. E.

BIG Anniversary sale on June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm! Take 25-75% off everything in the store!


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White Elephant Sale from 2-4pm on June 3rd

Come to 791 Queen St. E for a treasure trove of unique items for sale. All proceeds will go to support Mustard Seed Programming, Fontbonne Ministries.


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Bergström Accessories Sale at 781 Queen St. E!

Don’t miss Bergstrom‘s amazing sidewalk sale including $5 to $40 accessories and handbags, and specials on shoes. Get there early! Sale runs on June 3rd from 11am-6pm. 


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

Chi Junky’s squad of wellness experts welcomes you to stop by their open house at 70 McGee Street on June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm and #GetAddicted to an awesome yoga experience with free classes & offerings.

LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING to the #RiversideTO #EatsNBeats Streetfest

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIAOntario 150BMO Queen & Saulter BranchHullmarkDowntown Automotive Group, and Metroland Media