Riverside ArtFEST features Double Bubble for kids & adults


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Double Bubble @ 1-3pm will feature Bubble painting which is a fascinating crafty activity for kids, which produces different results every time. Your child is sure to have fun, and will create some beautiful cards, and prints to decorate their bedroom too! Let their imagination run wild and Viola!!! …a memorable piece of art is created. Adults can also tap into the kid within and have fun.

This fun workshop will be led by Janet Potter in collaboration with the Artists’ Network. Donations are welcomed; and all proceeds go the Woodgreen Community Shelter.


June 20 FREE Riverside Historical Walking Tour

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Sunday July 20, at 1:00pm take a free Historical Walk in Riverside. Join us in exploring the Historic part of Queen Street East between the DVP and just past Degrassi. Riverside Toronto has a rich history dating back to the late 1700s. The Queen Street Bridge over the Don River was one of the few crossings, making Queen Street the main East-West artery of Toronto. Get the details on some of the oldest buildings in Toronto to insider info on local anecdotes that make the Riverside a district steeped in stories. Led by Riverside Aficionado, Ron Fletcher –   former Riverside BIA Chair, one of the original founders of the Riverdale Historical Society, Heritage Toronto guide, Jane’s Walk Walk leader, and ‘Over the Don’ author.


Sign up through the our eventbrite page.

Taste of Riverside July 26th 2014



Summer is here!!! … and what a better way to enjoy it than whetting your appetite with an eclectic mix of food and wine on the Taste of Riverside culinary tour. Savour and discover the vibrancy of a community that began as a small village back in the 1850’s and has transformed itself into one of Toronto’s hippest new neighbourhoods and the headquarters of Toronto’s film industry.  Learn about it history and culture….and how local citizens helped to shape the Toronto of today. Experience Riverside / Leslieville’s small town feel despite its close proximity to downtown Toronto.


Join us as we walk along historic Queen St. meeting the shop keepers and tasting their succulent wares. From sweet to savoury, our personable tour guide will give you a ‘behind the scenes’ take on one of the city’s best kept secrets. Guaranteed to be a fun filled and palate pleasing hour!!!  Whether you have lived in Toronto all your life or are visiting for the first time…this is one tour not to miss.  Take the Queen streetcar and get off at Broadview. Tours run rain or shine. Tour leaves promptly at scheduled start time, so please ensure you plan to arrive a few minutes early.

To register, please click here

Riverside ArtFEST After Party – @ the Jam Factory!

SUNDAY, JULY 13TH @ The Jam Factory (2 Matilda St) – 8pm – $15 Adv – All Ages
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Join us for a musical experience!

MAN FOREVER & SO PERCUSSION (http://www.thrilljockey.com/thrill/Man-Forever/ & http://sopercussion.com/)
Oneida drummer Kid Millions teams up his minimalist psych percussion project Man Forever with famed contemporary percussion quartet, So Percussion. Hot off the release of their collaborative album Ryonen (Thrill Jockey), they will be preforming these entrancing pieces in a rare concert appearance. Driving rhythms barrel under drifting vocal drones, moving like a storm front as the music slowly mutates, adding & subtracting simple elements as it navigates it’s path. Sounding at times like a perfect machine, don’t miss these masters at work.

MUSIC IN THE BARNS performs NICOLE LIZEE (www.musicinthebarns.com & http://www.nicolelizee.com/)
Artscape Wychwood Barns based boundary pushing chamber ensemble performs Jules Léger Prize winning composer, Nicole Lizee’s haunting piece Hitchcock Etudes. Montreal based composer Lizee will be in attendance for this special performance. A twisted thrill ride of warped Hitchcock, scores & sound bites are chopped up & re-assembled by a contemporary string ensemble, turning already ominous creations into languid glitched out nightmares. Accompanied by visual from Hitchcock’s films spliced & mangled to match their aural counterparts, Hitchcock Etudes is a serious psych horror trip for the modern avant gardist.

GORDON MONAHAN (http://www.gordonmonahan.com/)
Renowned sound artist, avant thinker, Electric Eclectics co-programmer & Governor General Award winner Gordon Monahan performs a set with his classic sauerkraut synthesizer. Using fruits, vegetables & sauerkraut as voltage controllers for a home programmed synthesizer Gordon creates whistling, glitchy electronic tones & drones. Spectral patterns glisten & gurgle under sweeping frequencies. Manipulating the secret tonality of organics. A rare Toronto performance by a Canadian experimental luminary.

7 PM – Plus a pre-show artist talk & cocktail reception with Man Forever, So Percussion & NIcole Lizee!

8 PM – Concert

$15 Concert
$25 Artist Talk & Concert

Tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes & www.uniiverse.com/percussionforever


PATCH it-Up Live Painting in Riverside


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The PATCH Project installs permanent and temporary art in underused spaces, like construction sites or empty storefronts, that strengthen community ties, and beautify the streetscape while building the capacity of emerging artists to exhibit in the public realm. They work to improve the urban experience for local residents and visitors alike, while using the proceeds to fund community arts programming for youth in some of the city’s most underserved communities through their host agency – The STEPS Initiative.

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Through a collaboration with PATCH, the Riverside BIA is excited to animate a few of our empty and transitioning storefronts, beginning with the Riverside’s ArtFEST. The lead PATCH Artist for this project is Melissa Luk, an east-ender who completed a Riverside mural in 2013, also supported by the BIA. Accompanying Melissa is artist Emanuel Ciobanica.  Melissa’s style is whimsical and poignant often creating understated references to the location of her work – an ideal match for Riverside’s historical and community-oriented neighbourhood.

We invite you to come and watch the creation process of this new work, during a live art painting to take place during ArtsFEST, between Boulton and Grant street on the north side of the Queen Street East.