Hi-Lo: A New Riverside Local

Photo by Jesse Milns from BlogTO

Photo by Jesse Milns from BlogTO

The new Riverside watering hole, Hi-Lo is a fabulous new addition to the hood. Hi-Lo’s owners are an East End powerhouse with Riverside’s Table 17, Leslieville’s Ascari Enoteca and Gavin Holmes being the man behind the bar, who knows when you need a top up.

Paying homage, to the beloved Avro, Hi-Lo provides a low-key “where everyone knows your name” vibe, but mixes in a trendier higher brow polish. With drinks that cater to both a high and low budget and pallet with  drinks range from $5 bottles of Heineken to $13 cocktails using exotic and classic ingredients and top-rail booze.

Photo from Toronto Life

Photo from Toronto Life

Although not a formal eating establishment, Hi-Lo whets the pallet with quality, yet unpretentious tastes which include: chicken liver mousse, fried chickpeas, Superbowl-style chili, ham-and-cheese platter, a daily sandwich, pickled quail eggs, house marinated olive, and homemade pickles.

The décor is an eclectic mix with a stunning reclaimed wood table, re-purposed arcade game tables, a classic pinball machine and a funky wall photo-collage of old-school Rock legends.

So pull up, take a load off and grab a drink at the local.


Coming Together For Breakfast + Investing in Community

On Friday Morning, December 13th, An Sibin Pub, Chef Scott from Culinary Adventure Co. and the Riverside BIA are coming together to create a community fundraiser for St. John’s Compassionate Mission – a charity that also has the bakery on Broadview which acts as a social enterprise.

Deborah Baic - Globe & Mail

Picture Taken by: Deborah Baic – Globe & Mail

Since 2001 St. John’s Bakery has been one of Toronto’s finest and unique artisan bakeries that bakes  breads and sweets made with certified organic ingredients using French recipes that are over 200 years old. More than just baking exquisite bread, they also provide important skill building opportunities for those on the margins of society; they work with people on Ontario Works, people with Disabilities, people struggling with addictions, people with emotional and  mental illness, people new to Canada and single parents.

Chef Scot from Culinary Adventure leads wildly popular food tours and adventures throughout Toronto, with one of his most popular being the Riverside/Leslieville Food Tour, which stops at the St John’s Bakery. Moved by the employee stories, and the bakery’s empowering mission of helping some of societies most vulnerable to help themselves, Chef Scott felt he wanted to do more.

Last year Chef Scott, An Sibin Pub and The Riverside BIA teamed up to make this happen with the Riverside Antler Breakfast, to add some extra holiday cheer to those at St. John’s Compassionate Mission. The event was such a success, ad was a great way for the Riverside Community  businesses and residents, as well as folks from outside of the east end, to get together and share some holiday cheer.

This year, on Friday Dec 13 with 2 seatings at 8am & 10am  we will have great music by Stella Panacci, raffle prizes, a visit from Santa, and of course a hearty Irish Breakfast which has plenty of meat lovers and veggie options.

  • Scrambled Eggs,
  • Irish Links,
  • Bacon,
  • Home Fries,
  • Baked Beans (vegetarian),
  • Green salad,
  • Fruit Salad,
  • Mountain View Estates Organic Coffee, and
  • Barry’s Irish Tea complements of Empire by Bullet

We hope you can join us for this Community event.

You can get your tickets here: button-register

Mustard Seed/ Sisters of St. Joseph and Fontbonne Place – Nurturing Community for Riverside’s older generations

For all of our events Riverside businesses feel it is important to support our local charities. For Light up the Riverside on Nov 30th our local Charity is Mustard Seed/ Sisters of St. Joseph and Fontbonne Place. Read on to learn more about these dedicated organizations.

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SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH began in 1651 in southern France to serve the needy. The order has spread throughout the world. 4 Sisters of 4 different nationalities came to Canada in 1851 (via the U.S.) to care for victims of the Irish famine: orphans and the sick in fever sheds They went on to establish hospitals, schools, homes for the needy, addiction treatment in Toronto and across Canada, plus third–world missions.

FONTBONNE PLACE. In1999, St. Michael’s Hospital (then owned & operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph) pulled out of their satellite clinic at 791 Queen St.E. The Sisters sought what needs could be served there. Permanent safe affordable housing for women 40 to 60 was decided upon. As the zoning laws permit only 3 storeys, there are only18 one-bedroom apartments plus a 3- bedroom on the ground floor.

MUSTARD SEED. The space on the ground floor adjacent to the buildings next door and the basement were unsuitable for housing. Sister Gwen Smith, who had worked for 10 years in Parkdale in social justice (including housing, refugees, community gardens, community kitchens and wholesale food store), was invited to explore what needs might be met in this space. With the government reduced resources for social services, Sister was told not to siphon funds or resources from other services, but rely solely on support from the Sisters and their benefactors.

With encouragement from agencies like Ralph Thornton, South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Jimmy Simpson, St. Michael’s Hospital and Woodgreen a community garden, community kitchen and an art group were started. Other Sisters & friends added their talents of sewing, health care, foot care, counselling, spirituality, meditation, computer training, crafts, gentle tai chi, self-expression via writing, baking. East End Drop-in Network asked Mustard Seed to provide a drop-in in the cold weather. Mustard Seed was a founding member of the Riverdale Food Working Group, which promotes affordable nutritious food with workshops, markets and farm field trips. These activities are where the mission of Mustard Seed takes place: to nurture community!

Boulton Avenue Child Care Centre happily providing quality and affordable childcare in #RiversideTO for over 25 years

Riverside is fast becoming one of the destinations for families with young children.  It makes sense that we would be home to some great child care centres.  We are profiling the Boulton Avenue Child Care Centre, who are one of the Community Supporters for the Light up the Riverside Tree Lighting Ceremony, Sponsored by Matt & Ben, on Saturday Nov 30th at Mustard Seed (Queen E & Degrassi)



Located in the Royal Canadian Curling Club building on Broadview Ave., just north of Queen St. E., Boulton Avenue Child Care Centre has been providing affordable, quality child care to the families of Riverside, Leslieville and Riverdale for more than 25 years.


The goals of the centre are simple: to operate a safe, nurturing and welcoming daycare, where children have every opportunity to learn and grow. Boulton’s play-driven approach challenges a child’s curiosity and heightens his/her awareness and self-confidence. Our programs (from birth to age 10) allow children to play in situations that facilitate healthy physical, emotional and cognitive growth in a warm and secure environment.


We believe that to achieve the maximum benefit from an experience, a child must feel that he/she is loved, valued and cared for.


The role of the family is integral to Boulton’s philosophy, and our staff not only encourage parent participation, but also offer support and resources to the families we serve as well as to the community at large.


The Staff at Boulton Avenue Child Care, know that healthy eating is always a goal for parents.  Please enjoy this fun, healthy snack for the little ones – and if you want to see more, visit their website and check out this article on 7 healthy snacks for kids http://boultonchildcare.com/7-easy-veggie-recipes-for-kids/


Rainbow Pepper Snacks by Boulton Ave Child Care Centre

Rainbow Pepper Snacks by Boulton Ave Child Care Centre


Pepper Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow, dreams that you dare to dream—like your kids happily eating vegetables—really do come true. Extra parent points if you can get them to sing the song while they snack. Source: Parents



The staff and board of the Boulton Avenue Child Care Centre will be manning a tasty treat table during the Light up the Riverside – Saturday Nov 30th at 5-7pm at Mustard Seed Gardens (Queen & Degrassi)

Matt and Ben Light up the Riverside

For more information on Boulton’s programs, please contact June Schappert at 416-463-7625 and visit us online at boultonchildcare.com.


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Follow us on Twitter (@BoultonAve) to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Boulton each day as well as parenting news from around the web.




#ShopTheHoodRiverside Nov 30th – Local Deals/Promos….+..Win an TShirt – I Love RiversideTO Contest

SHOP THE HOOD – #RiversideTO

MARK Saturday November 30th as #ShopTheHoodRiverside  in your Calendar!!!

 Holiday Savings, Promotions. Celebrations and More..

Plus…you could WIN a Riverside Custom Designed T-Shirt


Win This Riverside T Shirt - I Love Riverside Because....fill in the blanks, tweet it out, email or facebook it

Win This Riverside T Shirt – I Love Riverside Because….fill in the blanks, tweet it out, email or facebook it

It’s our way of saying Thanks to our Amazing East End Toronto Community.

On Sat Nov 30th join us for our Riverside Tree Lighting Ceremony and ShopTheHoodRiverside Promotion and Community Celebration.  Riverside businesses will show their LOVE by offering promotions and special features as part of SHOP THE NEIGHBOURHOOD


The Riverside BIA will be  randomly awarding Riverside one of a kind T-Shirts to participants in the “RiversideTO  Love OUR HOOD Contest from now until Dec 14th.

Check out these PROMOTIONS From RIVERSIDE Businesses on Sat Nov 30th….

15% off Hair Services at Hair Code

15% off Hair Services at Hair Code

Hair Code – 15% off all Hair Services |Dimensions Dimensions Custom Framing – $25 Gift Certificate with Purchase over $100 |macfab_home_logo macFAB Fabrics – Free Needle Felting Kit with $50 Fabric Purchase | 

10% off entire Store - Olive & Olives

10% off entire Store – Olive & Olives

Olive & Olives 10% off the entire store

15% off Minor Chair Refinishing ($Min $50)

15% off Minor Chair Repair ($Min $50)

Elbers Antiques Refinishing – 15% of Minor Chair Repair (Min $50)   

Common Sort - 15% off entire store

Common Sort – 15% off entire store

   Common Sort – 15% off Entire Store  |

24fitflyer___Content   24Fit Toronto – Free 4 week Boot Camp Challenge  |

Mat and ben logo for home page   Matt & Ben, Re/Max Hallmark Brokerage – Free Hot Chocolate and Treats – Tree Lighting Ceremony |

Quinceshop Quince Flowers – $75 Gift Card for Fresh Flowers for $50 – save $25  |

 marymcleodMary MacLeod Shortbread – One free Box of Shortbread with purchase over $50  oma 10 years|Oma Chiropractic – $25 off $100 Purchases (not including Services)  |

401930_131202280416736_304589200_n Switchback Cyclery – 20% off any 2013 Linus or Brodie Bicycle  |

April Kalamkar Silver Jewelry Invite Kalamkaar – Furniture and Home Accessories for less |

Here & Now – In store specials and sale on Yoga Jeans

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Broadview Bakery $1 off sandwiches and $5 off cakes when you spend $50

Ruby eats

Ruby Eats  Unveiling of Chef Lora’s white chocolate cranberry gingerbread blondie

healthy wheyThe Healthy Whey  10% off all supplements (excluding Whey Products) and $3 off coupons for the Wild Rose Detox

butchersButchers of Distinction   $10 gift card for every $50 purchase (one per customer)

pulp kitchen

Pulp Kitchen – PK Sandwiches – $2 off


Riverside Dental Center  Free teeth whitening for new patients

canadian pie Canadian Pie Company – Buy 1 Fruit Pie Get the 2nd Half Price…and more…check regularly  – visit www.ShopTheNeighbourhood.com for details.

I Love RiversideTO Because….TShirt Contest Details:

The Riverside BIA will be  randomly awarding the Riverside one of a kind T-Shirts to participants in the “RiversideTO  Love OUR HOOD Contest from now until Dec 14th.


Finish the sentence “I Love RiversideTO because….” in words, a picture, a video – however you want to tell us.

Send it to us via TwitterFacebook, email – however you want to connect and we’ll “share your love” and be awarding Riverside T-Shirts at random courtesy of downtown businesses.

The Details

We don’t want to miss any of your Love… so make sure your emails, posts, tweets etc – include words

  • I Love RiversideTO 
  • the hashtag #shopthehoodRiverside  

   Have Fun!!   Enter as many times as you like. Prizes awarded randomly until Dec 14


 join us for our Riverside Tree Lighting Ceremony and ShopTheHoodRiverside Promotion and Community Celebration on Saturday November 30th when our businesses will show their LOVE by offering promotions and special features as part of SHOP THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Matt and Ben Light up the Riverside

Follow us on  and Facebook,  Twitter and use the hashtag #shopthehoodRiverside to see what’s happening “