Celebrating RiversideTO’s Future, Past and Future when we “Bring Down Broadview”


Broadview and Queen is the heart of Riverside, and the Riverside BIA is thrilled to be able to Stop the Traffic, and “Bring Down Broadview” at the Riverside Eats & Beats Street festival on June 7th.  The Corner of Queen & Broadview is a diversity of food, fun and all sorts of funk with  Streetcar DevelopmentsAn Síbin Pub and Boots & Bourbon  showcasing a  lineup of musical acts and treats.  We will be celebrating Riverside’s Future, Past and Present  while we “Bring Down Broadview”




Come visit info booths at Queen & Broadview and see future plans Riverside and Toronto’s East end.  Recently, we have been getting plenty of coverage – referring to our ‘hood as “The Happening Place in Toronto”   And…there is  even more planned as Riverside plans to welcome the world in 2015 for the PanAm/Para Pan Am Games!!  There is info on:

Ignite 2015 – PanAm/Para Pan Am Games

Riverside Bridge Lighting Capital Project

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Wayfinding Markers for pedestrians to navigate the entry to Riverside

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Riverside’s next piece of Public Art – a tribute to the history of Sport in Riverside

TTC infrastructure improvements as we prepare for the Futuristic Street Cars – put your name in a draw for a chance to be one of the first to Ride the new Street Car.


A celebration of theatre in the East end and input on the future of the Crow’s Nest




 Join the team from the Royal Canadian Curling Club – one of Riverside’s iconic athletic epicenters to see a display of historical memorabilia including trophies, street maps, photos and historic items.  – Find out about the Historic Dunlop Trophy and Riverside’s Bike Race from the 1800s.


Also on hand will be Gerald Whyte of the Riverdale Historic Society.  At around 3pm, visit with local Historian Ron Fletcher and the Riverside Historical Walk  concludes at our FlagShip corner. Explore the Heritage of Riverside.

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Get a taste of Celtic and Soul food, music, and drink and enjoy a BBQ feast and some of Ontario’s best Craft Beers on the AnSibin Pub Broadview Back Patio and Beer Garden.  Sample a host of delicious bites from Boots and Bourbon.  At 1pm sit back under the shade of the rainbow umbrella’s with the roots, blues and folk sounds of   Keith Jolie ;   and at 2:30, The Tall Grass singers  ( Chloe Watkinson and the Roberts Sisters will harmonize Southern Gospel and Old Time Country music, with a bit of  jazz, blues and soul. At  4pm get your boots stomping with Boots and Bourbon leading line and dancing lesson, and then taking it out flash mob style.   Steak night starts at 5pm – 3 different sizes and styles of Steak at great prices!!! Wind it up with the AnSibin Pub after-party at 10pm  –  live Celtic Rock with the O’Deadly’s Irish morsels and show off your Gallic foot work with guest Celtic band.

Keith Jolie

Keith Jolie

Tall Grass Singers

Tall Grass Singers


Thanks to our prime sponsors Nell & Natasha Homeward Realty  and Streetcar Developments




macFAB Dresses up Riverside

In mac fab 1celebration of macFAB Sews grand opening, macFAB will be making us all look a bit more fabulous with Pride themed headbands and bow tie workshops, while they deck out the hood for Eats & Beats.

macFAB has been a dedicated participant and contributor to the Annual Eats &Beats StreetFest over the years by featuring their unique talents in the form of decorating and glamorizing Queen Street East. This year is no exception as they will be designing colourful and festive Pride/Mardi Gras themed skirts for the planters on Queen Street East to commemorate the World Pride Festival.


macFAB owns two locations. The first is a boutique fabric furniture decor shop. The second is a sewing supplies notions from around the world store. Both are staples of the Queen Street East Riverside area…not only because of their array of eclectic collections of quality high-end fabrics for upholstery and drapery, but everything about macFAB epitomizes “FAbUlOuSiTy!!!”

The BIA team in bowties and headbands

The BIA team in bowties and headbands


Owner Dale Sonier purchased the company 18 years ago from the original owners and moved it to Queen East neighbourhood 4 years ago in their continued quest to always strive to be ahead of the curve; transforming the business, with the help of his partner, Patrick Kennedy,

“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. ”



….The unstoppable macFAB now make Sofas.



Thanks to our prime sponsors Nell & Natasha Homeward Realty  and Streetcar Developments


Botanical Gaiety – Riverside Eats and Beats World Pride Art Exhibit



This year Riverside Eats and Beats will feature a hot new art exhibit! In association with WorldPride, ArtMart Gallery will be showcasing some of its most incredible work yet.

The art show will feature works from a diverse group of queer and allied artists using a unique variety of artistic mediums. This talented group was brought together by their love of botany and work in the floral industry. Given the artistic nature of the group it was inevitable that their exhibit would strongly reflect their history in the botanical world.


A sculpture featured at the exhibit by Patrick Beh

The exhibit will feature the works of Emily Soden, Genevieve Bismonte, Mika Sato, Monica Jeffares, Patrick Beh, Rosemary Jeffares, Sophie Bedingham-Smith and Valerie Marchand.

Stop by the event on June 7th at ArtMart Gallery, the eastside’s hottest new gallery. It is located on the lower level of Quince Flowers flagship store at 660 Queen Street East.


An illistration featured at the exhibit by Emily Soden


Thanks to our prime sponsors Nell & Natasha Homeward Realty  and Streetcar Developments

Free VIP Riverside Culinary Adventures Tour During Eats & Beats Street Fest… Read on to get your exclusive spot

Are you a diehard foodie and adrenaline junkie? Do you thrive on thrills? Are you someone who pushes your culinary boundaries and elevates your epicurean experiences to new heights? Or do the thoughts of new and unique gourmet exploits awaken your senses and tempt your taste buds? Then get ready for a total food rush!!!

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On June 7th  at 10:30am and 2:30pm Get a taste of the Culinary Adventure Company’s most popular Riverside Tour for free! There are only 20 spots, and you can get yours by being one of the first to tweet out the hashtags: #EatsNBeats, #EatsAndBeats, #RiversideTO


If you’re one of the first 20 to tweet this out you could get a free spot on Chef Scott’s special Eats & Beats version of the Riverside/Leslieville Culinary Adventure Tour!    

Culinary Adventure Tours pride themselves on providing the best & most unique foodie experiences. In fact, they won the 2012 Ontario Tourism Award for Best Culinary Tourism Experience! Be the first to tweet out #EatsNBeats, #EatsAndBeats, #RiversideTO and join Chef Scott on a food crawl, and get a “Behind the Scenes” peak into the city’s culinary underbelly!

On Culinary Adventure Tours, you’ll:

Get the skinny on the city…..take a food crawl through the culinary underbelly of Toronto with an international private Chef/culinary instructor and a certified downtown big city foodie.

Discover where the locals chill, chow down and live it up…maybe meet some local Chefs and food lovers…and if you’re lucky, get invited to an underground dining experience.

Discover some eclectic food shops and nifty neighborhoods – and get a feel for the real, and have a taste of the town.  Our promise to you…no tourist traps, no chains and no bull (unless we’re eating it). Just a whole lotta fun and a whole lotta food.

Whether we hop a streetcar or walk the beat, our tongue ‘n cheek tour guides will treat you to a mega mix of yummy treats, entertaining architectural and historical tidbits, funny stories and quirks about Toronto and its occasionally ‘unusual’ inhabitants.

Check out Culinary Adventure Company’s Website to find out more about their tours and adventures.


The Ralph Thornton Centre – 100 year in Riverside! CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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As part of the Eats & Beats in Riverside StreetFEST on June 7th, The Ralph Thornton Centre will be celebrating our historic building’s 100th anniversary! 100 years ago the laying of the cornerstone of the historic building took place.  Come out and discover Ralph Thornton’s extraordinary journey, from its days as a Postal Station to its current relationship with the community and the people it serves.  There will be a guided building tour, a kid’s scavenger hunt, and cake, along with musical entertainment!!

Ralph Thornton Centre was established by Toronto City Council in 1980 as a “multi-purpose community facility” within the former Postal Station G, at 765 Queen Street East.  The organization has been a cornerstone of the vibrant South Riverdale community for 30 years.  Over the years, RTC has played a key role in bringing residents together to identify, discuss and address local issues and needs.

1 pm: Join local historian Ron Fletcher for a tour of the building and the neighbourhood

or children can join the

Sidewalk Parade

Follow the Clown Crier to the front of the building “under the clock” for


1- 5 pm: children’s activities and community displays outside the library on Saulter St and inside the building

(listen for historical scavenger hunt and historical display inside)


Thanks to our prime sponsors Nell & Natasha Homeward Realty  and Streetcar Developments