Bonjour Brioche – Riverside Business Profile Series

Bonjour Brioche

Bonjour Brioche has been a hotspot for heavenly Parisian inspired pastries and petite des Jeunes in Riverside since 1997. 

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When Lori Feasson and her pastry chef husband Henri opened their bakery, fresh bread was non-existent anywhere else along Queen Street East and brunch was a thing reserved for Toronto’s west end.

“You would not believe what it was like here 20 years ago,” says Lori. Back then she had a buzzer under the cash register so Henri could run upstairs if there was any sort of danger.

The couple chose the corner of Queen and Degrassi for the location of their cafe mostly because it was, and still is, within walking distance to their home in Leslieville and, says Lori, despite Riverside’s bad rap two decades ago, it’s always had a very neighbourly vibe.

“You can feel it as soon as you get over the bridge.”

With an all-day breakfast and brunch menu featuring the likes of brie and garlic aioli on a fresh baguette and Croque Madam, Bonjour Brioche is now easily one of Toronto’s top brunch spots (with a guaranteed lineup out the door on weekends). 

“There’s nothing here that isn’t started from scratch, which is why the bakers start at midnight on weekends,” says Lori.

In addition to a dedicated and talented staff, she attributes the bakery’s success to its ability to always stay consistent with its hours, products, and service. While Riverside has changed drastically over the years, Lori says Bonjour Brioche is very much still the same.

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Thank you – Riverside Culinary Walk 2019!

Riverside Walks, free guided walking tours series of Riverside neighbourhood had another great walk this past weekend at the 2019 Culinary Walk! Attendees had the privilege of visiting 5 Riverside restaurants and getting free samples at every location! 

We wanted to give a special thank you to…

All of the businesses that made this possible:

Animal Liberation Kitchen for the yummy vegan meal and showing all your love about it.
Good Karma for the farm-fresh food and for the large portion.
Eastbound Brewing Company for some great beer and pretzel!
St Johns Bakery for the most delicious fresh bread and amazing olive oil.
Wine Rack for the sangria tasting!

Toronto Food Tours & John Anderson:

For doing an awesome job leading the walk! Be sure to check out their other food tours, and find them hosting events at St Lawrence Market. 

All of the attendees:

It wouldn’t have been possible without you! Thanks for bringing the community together and for learning a bit about Riverside. 

Enjoy some photos from this awesome walk! 

Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Block Party – Your Live Music Guide

The Beaches Int’l Jazz Festival is back in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood with The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside BLOCK PARTY on July 5-7th!! 

The admission to the event is free and a mixture of music and vendors will be present for everyone. Spend your weekend with the relaxing sounds of Riverside and Leslieville, and come dine in the neighbourhoods’ fabulous local cafes and restaurants!

If you’re thinking about heading out to the festivities, here’s a heads up on the exciting lineup! Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Poster 2019 page 2The party starts on Friday, July 5th at 7pm until 10:30pm with musicians jamming out on Lewis, Saulter, Boulton, Degrassi, and McGee!

MOKA will kick things off on Lewis with music from the Caribbean, Latin America and more.

Stacey Renee will be entertaining crowds at Saulter, a Toronto Singer, Songwriter, Performer & Indie Rock Artist, Stacey has entertained crowds across North America. 

Soul Session will be at Boulton performing soul music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, & 90’s – Soul Sessions will swing the crowd through songs from four different eras with a live band and amazing vocalists. 

Toronto All-Star Big Band plays swing music from the 1930’s and 40’s, comprised of members aged 16-22, listen to them at Degrassi! 

Soukustek will be at McGee, they combine the rhythms and the sounds of guitars from Africa and seamlessly blend them with the flavour of the Colombian Caribbean.

Toronto All-Star Big Band

Toronto All-Star Big Band

On Saturday, July 6th the block party is all day afternoon from 2pm-6pm with musicians playing the afternoon away on Lewis, Saulter, Boulton, and McGee.

The Chicago Project will start things off on Saulter with t0 share some of the amazing songs of Chicago. They are a dynamic 9-piece band that includes a 3-piece horn section. 

United Soul will bring you a smokin’ rhythm section accompanied with 70’s funk and soul music with a modern twist on Boulton.

Megacity Swing Band will be at McGee performing original songs. They are a full sized jazz band and perform jazz, Latin, and swing tunes in Toronto.  

Megacity Swing Band

Megacity Swing Band

On Saturday evening from 5pm-9pm the block party in Riverside will feature a similar lineup as Friday evening, new performances include… The Jerome Tucker Band on Saulter playing funky rhythm and blues, and The Rockin Mojos on Degrassi performing blues songs with an edge. 

Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band

On Sunday, July 7th, musical performances will be taking place from 1pm-4pm on Lewis, Saulter, Boulton, Degrassi, and McGee. With performers from the previous days, make sure to dance to your new favourite musicians or visit another street for a new musical adventure!

While you’re in Riverside make sure to check out all the fun and explore Riverside’s fabulous shopping and dining! This won’t be an event you want to miss! Enjoy the tunes at the Block Parties happening on Lewis, Saulter, Boulton, Degrassi, McGee, Booth, Park Corner and 904 Queen as well as at the Main Stage in Jimmie Simpson Park. Visit the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside website for more details.

Be sure to snap and share a picture of your experience in any of our neighbourhood spots with hashtag #‎RiversideTO.

Take a Lunch Break During the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside

The Beaches Int’l Jazz Festival is back in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood with The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside BLOCK PARTY on July 5-7th!! Make sure to take a lunch break while you take in the festivities!

Lunch can either be a 1- 2 hour social with friends or a quick grab and go. Riverside has many great spots to have a delicious lunch, especially if you are here to check out the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Jazz Fest! 

SIT DOWN

The Opera House Grill 
737 Queen Street East
Open from 11:30am – 9pm (Closed Sunday)

Offers a casual atmosphere with a fully licensed patio. The grill is the only restaurant to offer Greek cuisine in the neighbourhood. House specialties include souvlaki, gyros, and more menu items!Opera House Grill

Nomad’s Restobar
701 Queen Street East
Open 10am-2am

The menu is globally-inspired, offering a broad range of items to appeal to every tastebud. A visit here is like a quick culinary trip around the world. Explore the menu here!Nomad's

Eastbound Brewing Co. 
700 Queen Street East
Open from 11am – 12pm

Good beer, paired with good food! It is a casual, dark-hued brewpub offering a diverse selection of snacks plus upscale sandwiches & mains.Eastbound Brewing Co.

Peasant Table 
782 Queen Street East
Open from 11am – 11pm on Saturday, and 11am – 9pm on Sunday

A Germanic-Italian restaurant where the chefs truly cook with love. Some of the highlights for lunch here are the burrata and the beef carpaccio!

The Peasant Table

Bonjour Brioche 
812 Queen Street East
Open 8am – 4pm 

A popular French bakery known for making some of the best baguettes, croissants, quiche, all-day breakfast and brunch in the city. Look at the menu to see all the foods they serve!

Bonjour Brioche

GRAB & GO 

Tertulia
711 Queen Street East
Open 7am – 8pm

A Latin American term referring to a social gathering of artists and like-minded socialites. This coffee shop is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in Riverside, they have sweets, sandwiches, coffees, and more!

Tertulia

Animal Liberation Kitchen (ALK)
717 Queen Street East
Open 11am – 4pm 

A Toronto based business inspired by animal rights and social justice. They offer an affordable, tasty, and healthy plant-based menu!

ALK

Good Karma
689 Queen Street East
Open 11am – 10pm 

A new take-out Indian restaurant. Their mission is to inspire mindful eating and connecting people to real food. If you’re looking for a healthy meal, check out the menuGood Karma

Beer and Quality Meets (BQM)
688 Queen Street East
Open 11am – 10pm on Saturday, and 12pm – 9pm on Sunday 

Self-described as a “champion of handcrafted burgers, bourbon and craft beer.” With over 30 uniques beers, curated and selection of bourbons and spirits and an exciting menu they certainly have the skills to pair your burger, sandwich or salad with the perfect drink.BQM

With all these great options (and SO MUCH MORE!) available during The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside, it’s definitely hard to pick just one, but not to worry, you’re always welcome back for more! Be sure to snap and share a picture of your experience in any of our neighbourhood spots with hashtag #‎RiversideTO.

Dinner and Late Night Spots for the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside

The Beaches Int’l Jazz Festival is back in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood with The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside BLOCK PARTY on July 5-7th!! Looking to check out a restaurant in the neighbourhood and grab a bite to eat after a big day at the music festival? Make sure you check out our list for some of the best eats in Riverside!

Eastbound Brewing Company
700 Queen Street East
Open from 11am – 12pm

Not only is Eastbound Brewing Company a great spot to grab lunch, but it’s also a great place to socialize over a delicious dinner. With good beer and good food, you can’t go wrong at this local spot. They’ve got such a diverse menu, offering items like their classic grilled Miami ribs, to the house-made pickled plate. Your taste buds are always in for a treat at Eastbound.

Tabule 
810 Queen Street East
Open from 11:30am – 11:00pm 

Located in the heart of Riverside, Tabule Riverside offers traditional middle eastern dishes and exotic cocktails. Tabule is the perfect venue for a wonderful meal in an inviting environment. There are many gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options as well. Be sure the try one (or four) of their four award-winning appetizers. Riverside Locals live for their flash fried cauliflower appetizer and falafel!

The Comrade 
758 Queen Street East
Open from 5 pm – 2 am (Closed Sunday)

If you’re attending The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside on Friday or Saturday, you’re one of the lucky ones because the Comrade will be ready to serve you in their comfy and homey feeling restaurant. They’ve got $2 a shuck oysters and a huge variety of delicious cocktails.

Check out their full menu here: http://thecomraderestaurant.com/

Hi Lo Bar
753 Queen Street East
Open from 5:30pm – 2:00am

If you’re not too hungry, and you’re looking for snacks and a couple drinks, Hi Lo is the place to be. It has great music, a great vibe, and arcade games! If you want to drink where the locals drink, this is the place! Don’t be afraid to hit the dance floor!

Urban House
718 Queen Street East
Open from 11:30am – 2am

If you’re looking for cheap (and delicious) eats, Urban House is the place to be. They also have a great selection of beer taps at cheap prices, and we’ve heard a lot of great things about their pad thai and dumplings.

With all these great options we know it’s nearly impossible to choose just one place… and that’s why you’ll need to come back to Riverside! Be sure to snap and share a picture of your experience in any of our neighbourhood spots with hashtag #‎RiversideTO.