Sweet and Savoury Culinary Walk

On October 25 at join us for the 11am– 2pm: Savoury Culinary Walk –Registration Required and the  2:30pm – 5:30pm:  Sweet Culinary Walk Registration Required

These tours allows foodies to get a taste of Riverside’s sweet and savoury burst of flavours. Our local celebrity chef lead groups on an educating eating binge through Toronto’s historic Queen Street East and authentic local restaurants and bakeries, visiting culinary gems and, in between bites.

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We live in the times where a city’s culinary scene is the most significant and accessible depot of local culture. Eating locally and authentically has become the easiest and tastiest route to getting a sense of a place’s real traditions.

Tastings include Olive oils, Ontario wines, middle eastern delights,  homemade shortbread, variety of chocolates, and much more.

We live in the times where a city’s culinary scene is the most significant and accessible depot of local culture.

The way to a person’s heart is the stomach… so let us show you the way.

This is one tour you do not want to miss!

Chef Scott Savoie, owner of “The Culinary Adventure Company” is the gregarious guide for this walk – he’s passionate to showcase the culinary diversity of Canada’s largest city to locals and visitors alike. Culinary Adventure Co. Specializes in food tours, cooking classes, corporate team building events, pop up dinners and tastings, and outdoor activities with a culinary theme such as canoe and beach dining adventures and mushroom forages. It has been ranked the #1 tour company in the city by Trip Advisor since August 2011.


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Riverside is proud to be a TO2015 IGNITE community partner.

Riverside WalkFEST is supported by Ontario Ignite

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Style, Décor & DIY Walk

Ever wonder what to look out for when picking out the perfect fabric for re-upholstering  an upcycled chair? What are some quick tips for buying, conditioning, and arranging flowers yourself

On Saturday October 25 at  1:00pm- 3:00pm join us for the  Style, Décor & DIY Walk

Starting at  Quince Flowers ( 660 Queen Street East)

Get style and home décor tips and tricks and DIY ideas from Riverside boutiques on this fun and fashionable walk. Learn what pieces to invest in and where you can cut costs, how to make a $50 outfit look like a million bucks, what to look for when reupholstering or choosing fabric, how to upcycle décor, and where to get sweet vintage finds.

Some of the stops on this stylish walk include:


Photo by Nick Wong

Quince Flowers – not your typical flower shop, they are artists who use flowers and their clients vision as their raw materials. Not only do they craft beautiful floral masterpieces (and their shop is truly a refreshing oasis), but they are also fantastic community builders, always ready to use their creative flair to any community event.


Dimensions Custom Framing is a fresh and expansive gallery whose owners Ellen Davidson and Wendy Palmer have an immense passion for all things creative. They have a great sense of humor, and framed everything from newspaper pictures of Rob Ford to a tattered pair of ballet shoes.


The newly opened Irish Design House, owned by Irish designers Sinead Clarke, a knitwear designer, and Benny Corrigan – a graphic designer, this store houses textiles, knitwear, jewelry, homewares and crafts from all parts of Ireland. The Irish Design House is a cosy and inviting store that feels like a home.  Each piece has been handmade, some using traditional methods but in contemporary designs.


The Fabric destination, macFab is the place to go for all the coolest fabrics, draperies and supplies.  Always striving to be ahead of the curve, this boutique fabric store also specializes custom upholstery. As quoted by the owners, “We only buy what we love and would buy for ourselves. Everyone deserves quality, from a candle to a handmade Canadian sofa. Craftsmanship is timeless. You have to visit to experience and see all the things that inspire your own version of HOME.”

Daniela Andrews

Daniela Andrews

This walk will be led by lifestyle blogger and designer, Daniela Andrews, of Curious Citizen. Aside from her total devotion to chocolate (100% cocoa if you please), Daniela is also wild about fashion, travel, food, style, and décor, and she’s oh so happy to share those passions with you during your time together. Check out more about Daniela at CuriousCitizen.com

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Riverside is proud to be a TO2015 IGNITE community partner.

Riverside WalkFEST is supported by Ontario Ignite

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Riverside’s Medicinal Plant & Herb Walk

Riverside’s Medicinal Plant & Herb Walk

On Saturday October 25th join us from 2:00pm – 4:00pm for  Riverside Ignite 2015 WalkFEST’s Medicinal Plant & Herb Walk.

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 Starting at  Quince Flowers (660 Queen Street East)  our neighbourhood Herbalist and City Farmer, Danette Steele, will teach us about the ultimate in accessible, local and sustainable food and medicine. Participants will learn about the local wild plants and how to use them safely as we gather up the weeds around Riverside!

Many wild plants (aka weeds) are good food and medicine. This walk will take us along Riverside sidewalks, lane-ways, and parks where we will identify local plants and enjoy a herbal treat from Pulp Kitchen. The Walk is fully accessible and will take place rain or shine – so be sure to dress for the weather. It will be an amazing opportunity to learn that many of the weeds that we pull out of our vegetable and flower gardens, and that we walk by in our local parks and along our sidewalks are actually good for us!  About 5-10 wild plants will be identified,  harvested and explained  as you learn different ways to heal all sorts of health problems.


Photo: Susan Poizner

Photo: Susan Poizner

Danette Steele, M.A., RH (OHA), who is leading this walk,  has more than 25 years of experience as a community and clinical herbal practitioner. With a busy private herbal practice in both Toronto and Halifax, Danette consults and teaches widely on self-sufficiency and sustainable practices for health and wellness using medicinal plants. Danette loves to share healing plant wisdom. She creates a participant-focused approach in her teaching spaces and is committed to a joyous and rigorous herbal learning experience – through workshops, consultations, weed walks, herbal intensives, plant meditations and herbal courses.

 Wild herbal teas will be available for tasting – so please bring your travel mug

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Riverside is proud to be a TO2015 IGNITE community partner.

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Cycle from Riverside to Evergreen Brickworks!

On Saturday October 25, 2014 at 11am Join Riverside in a cycle tour that starts off at Switchback Cyclery @ 651 Queen Street East.

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Did you know that Riverside has one of the prime entrances to the Pan Am Path? The Pan Am Path/ Don Valley trail is a beautiful natural escape along the Don River in the middle of the city. Get a taste of a portion of this 80km path which will  bring together residents, local organizations, artists and businesses to create truly vibrant public spaces that are reflections of those communities along the route. For this cycle we will head up to one of the key stops – the Evergreen Brickworks!


The Don River has played an integral role in Toronto’s history. As profiled by Jennifer Bonnell is an assistant professor in the History Department at McMaster University in her book, Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley.

For example did you know:

  1. 1.     The Don River caught fire on at least two occasions
  2. 2.     The lower portion of the Don was straightened, widened, and deepened
  3. 3.     The Don Valley used to be a popular location for summer homes
  4. 4.     Squatters also holed up in shacks and caves in the Don Valley
  5. 5.     The steep sides of the Don Valley used to be popular with skiers
  6. 6.     The Don Valley used to be a hotbed of malaria
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Photograph by Andrew Williamson for Blog TO

Plus, at Evergreen Brickworks they will be celebrating Cask Days – so there will be some beer refreshments to indulge in at the end of the cycle up.  While you are up at the Brickworks,   Bike Works’ space open to chatting with fellow cycling enthusiasts about what Evergreen Brickworks is doing with their community bicycle hubs throughout the city, and at Evergreen Brickworks and how they are making the Lower Don Trail more accessible to communities.


Photo courtesy of Evergreen

Leading this meandering tour are two Riverside mainstays!  Switchback Cyclery, which offers not only great bikes and service, but also provides an opportunity for members of the Sanctuary community to work together in this exciting enterprise. Also Riverside’s all-star Rachel Conduit, will be co leading.  In a very small nutshell she is a bar owner, avid bike rider, cat lover, and community planner.

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Riverside is proud to be a TO2015 IGNITE community partner.

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Riverside AGM Theme “ Embracing Ignite 2015 Community Partnership and getting ready for 2015 when the eyes of the world will be on us”



“Riverside is ready to host the world in 2015”, claimed Mitch Korman, Chair of the Riverside Business Improvement Area (BIA) as he welcomed an impressive guest list at their AGM held on Sept 30, 2014 at the Royal Canadian Curling Club.  The highlight was a special announcement by MPP Tabuns and Councillor Fletcher awarding  2 Ontario IgniteTO Grants totally $20,000 for the October 25, 2014 Riverside WalkFEST and the June 2015 Riverside Eats & Beats StreetFEST.

Councillor Fletcher and MPP Tabuns announcing Riverside IgniteTO Funding

Councillor Fletcher and MPP Tabuns announcing Riverside IgniteTO Funding

MPP Tabuns stated ”The 2015 Games will be the largest international multi-sport event this country has ever hosted and we are proud to be part of the Host community.  The Riverside BIA has a track record of community leadership and involvement and we are pleased to help Riverside embrace the Ignite 2015 status.”  Councillor Fletcher, exclaimed “I’m always proud to support local businesses, and the Riverside BIA has an exceptional history of delivering signature events, like WalkFEST and Eats & Beats. This partnership with the PanAm Games is a terrific initiative to showcase this very special neighbourhood, the gateway to the east end, when the eyes of the world are on Toronto.”


In addition to BIA members, MPP Tabuns, Councillor Fletcher; senior reps from the Pan Am / Para Pan Am games and city staff in attendance including, Aaron Glynwilliams, Senior Manager, External Partnerships at Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee  Pan Am, James Gen Meers, Executive Director Pan Am Path, Brent Chamberlain, Chair, Pan Am Path;  John Kiru;  President of TABIA;  Mike Major ,Marianne Szczuryk and Michael Bertuzzi from  City of Toronto Economic Development & Culture;  John Rishworth, Shop the Neighbourhood and more


John Rishworth, Mike Major and John Kiru at the Riverside AGM

MPP Tabuns introduced  Aaron Glynwilliams who outlined the scope and legacy of the Pan Am /Parapan Am Games  – with a special mention of the CIBC Athlete’s Village immediately to the East of Riverside.  During the Games, over 10,000 Athletes and officials will be staying in DownTown Toronto.  Riverside will be hosting thousands of visitors who want a local Toronto Flavor.

Audience watching Presentations at Riverside AGM

Audience watching Presentations at Riverside AGM


Councillor Fletcher welcomed Brent Chamberlain, Executive Director-Friends of the Pan Am Path.  Brent, lives in Riverside and runs on the PanAm trail regularly and shared the short and long term plans for the 80+km PanAm Trail, which runs through Riverside, and has an entrance  off Queen Street to the Lower Don Recreational Trail

Brent Chamberlain - Chair of the PanAm Path presenting at Riverside AGM

Brent Chamberlain – Chair of the PanAm Path presenting at Riverside AGM


The Riverside BIA has been operating as Community Partner with the PanAm/ Para Pan Am games for over 4 months, having previously been awarded Ignite 2015 Community Partner Status.  However, it wasn’t until last week that the BIA received confirmation that they were also awarded a grant for 2 BIA Festivals.  The Riverside WalkFEST planning has been underway for several months, and are now able to significantly expand  outreach and programming.


At the AGM, BIA Board members showcased their 2014 accomplishments and outlined 2015 plans which will further help Riverside host the world.  Rachel Conduit, chair of the Streetscape committee presented details for the completion of the 3 year Riverside Bridge Gateway Capital Project.  Rachel received unanimous approval for this plan and announced that the lighting will be installed on Oct 25th.   With the Riverside Branding and wayfinding marker installed in early 2015.  The project would be complete well in advance of the PanAm games.   Rachel thanked the sponsors:  Streetcar Development, Hullmark Development, Harhey Developments, Ashlar Urban Realty.  Rachel thanked Councillor Fletcher for securing Public Realm funding and supporting the release of Section 37 funds.  Rachel noted that this project would not happen without City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture project leadership and 50/50 grants and thanked Mike Major, Marianne Szczuryk and Raj Kumar.

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Rick Aulier of An Sibin Pub presented the annual Riverside AGM Streetscape award of excellence.  An Sibin was the winner in 2013, and was thrilled to announce there was a tie for 2014 – the recipients are – newcomer The County General, and long standing member Baird MacGregor.  The County was recognized for transforming the corner of Bolton and Queen with their beautiful patio, planters and benches – all of which Bobby has designed, implemented and maintains.  Beyond the exterior, just this week they installed a behind the bar mural of a historical map of the neighbourhood – please pop in and see it.  Baird MacGregor has long been an anchor for the BIA’s East side.  Their seasonal planters have no rival, and this past year, they remodeled their east curb side  to provide ample parking space for employees and customers.  Congratulations.

An Sibin provided Guiness Stew at Riverside AGM - YUMM

An Sibin provided Guiness Stew at Riverside AGM – YUMM


Marianne Szczuryk facilitated the Board Election.  Chair Mitch Korman was delighted to report that 8 of the 9 board members planned to return.  Returning members are:  Dale Sonier, Mia Sturup, Adrienne McRuvie, Adam Meery, Rosie Little Jefarres, Aly Damji, Natasha Varjacic and Mitch Korman.  Saeed Mohammed has stepped down, and Mitch thanked Saeed for his long standing service.  Athena Towers-Perrin of The Opera House stepped up to replace Saeed. The members unanimously approved the new board.


Closing remarks included impromptu remarks and accolades to the Riverside BIA from Mike Majors, Manager of Economic Development and Culture.  Mike claimed that “Riverside BIA is an example to all other BIA’s and they set the standard for the quality and quantity of work they do, and the community relationships”  Jim Rishworth of Shop the Neighbourhood exclaimed that Riverside was “the most successful” Taste the Neighbourhood Tour during their inaugural Toronto Promotion.  The Riverside Tour was the first one to sell out – and in less than 24 hours.


Mitch Korman concluded by thanking Rick Aulier and AnSibin for the delicious Guiness Stew and Curry the members enjoyed and recognized Brian McAndrew of the Royal Canadian Curling Club as our host. Brian shared with the group that on this day in 1929, the RCCC first opened.  He also announced that in 2015 the RCCC will also be welcoming the world LGBT bonspiel in March, and the RCCC will proclaim for one day to have a PanAm Bonspiel for the annual Riverside BIA bonspiel.  Mitch said that the BIA looks forward to this.  Mitch acknowledged the tireless and outstanding efforts of Perry Lupyrypa – Executive Director and Anjuli Solanki – Marketing and Public Programs Director and adjourned the meeting.