DON VALLEY STOMPERS to perform at Eats & Beats in Riverside Street Fest!

As part of Eats & Beatsin Riverside’s  Big Horn Beats on Saulter, DON VALLEY STOMPERS will be performing at Saulter Street from 1:00pm- 3:30pm. This is truly fitting since Riverside Toronto western edge is along the Don Valley.


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Fresh music with Toronto’s local jazz band the Don Valley Stompers, a powerful 7 piece band that play in the New Orleans dancehall tradition. This high energy band takes old-time jazz seriously – they even have a Sousaphone – and clearly intend to carry the tradition into the future, while enjoying themselves immensely.


Don Valley Stompers in New Orleans. Photo by Brian Towers

Don Valley Stompers in New Orleans. Photo by Brian Towers

With Juno nominee Rob Teehan and other blow-your-socks-off band members, this 1pm free street concert is one that you don’t want to miss. Literally, they are going to be performing acoustically as their sound is so powerful they won’t need any amplification!

Want a pre-event taste? Click HERE to hear a live You Tube recording of the Don Valley Stompers.


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


Get Ready to Levitate and Experience a Yoga Like No Other!

During Eats & Beats in Riverside Flying Yogi will once again be demonstrating their unique yoga suspension at the Saulter, Big Horn Beats street closure. This is one of the many fun activities happening on Saulter street during Eats & Beats in Riverside.

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THE FLYING YOGI, is Canada’s first Suspension Yoga Studio, offers Suspension Yoga classes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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With the support of the revolutionary OmGym Suspension System, the world’s most versatile, multi-purpose yoga sling, Suspension Yoga combines traditional yoga poses with resistance training, aerobatics and gymnastics for a super fun workout.  Stop by their stand in Saulter street to “hang out” and you’ll discover the fun as well as the amazing health benefits that suspended inversions have to offer!

Aerial movements will help to decompress your spine, strengthen your core and increase flexibility with the deepest most delicious stretches imaginable.  After only a couple of minutes of inverting with the OmGym Suspension Yoga sling, you will be guaranteed to feel exhilarated, refreshed, and possibly even taller!

Be sure to check out their Studio location: 245 Carlaw Ave., Suite 007 Toronto. Tel: 647-993-YOGI (9644)   email:


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


Quince Flowers & The Happiness Block Party on Munro Street

From 2:00- 6:00pm Oma Chiropractic & Quince Flowers are bringing together people from their circles and yours for the sheer fun of it during the Happiness Block Party on Munro Street Plus, they are celebrating the launching QT, a new venture by Quince Flowers. Relax your body, put flowers in your hair, and enjoy the musical styling of The Woodshed Orchestra and the sound of children’s laughter. Smiles and hugs are free!

During Eats & Beats Munro street will be running a tea and sympathy garden. This means you’re welcome to stop in for tea in a delightful calming atmosphere, and share your worries with a lovely elder.  On your way out you can expect a free hug! But be wary, if you don’t accept a hug you may get tickled with feathers. Also set up at this delight filled party, will be Choco Soul vendors, who will tantilize your senses with mouth-watering horizontally traded chocolate.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the QT truck! It will be on the streets for Eats & Beats to help you fill your flower craving. With QT – call Quince flowers (416)-594-1414 with an order, and they will happily deliver it to your house. Be on the lookout for new sales at Quince Flowers because there will be some big ones following Eats & Beats!

Quince Flowers Riverside Oma Chiropractic

Quince Flowers 

Truly, Quince Flowers is the place to be if you need designer flowers. From roses to tulips to their iconic succulent plant balls, Quince Flowers has everything your heart desires. Come by 660 Queen Street East on July 7th for the Eats & Beats festival to get fantastic flowers as well as participate in a variety of family friendly activities including Beach Balls, Hula Hooping, and Bubble Blowing.

Quince Flowers is dedicated to making you happy. They care about their customers and their well-being. Quince Flowers is proud to say that they find the best quality flowers that are out there. Next time you’re in the neighbourhood stop on in; or if you don’t want to leave your house give them a call and the QT truck will be over within 24 hours!

Partnering in this happy party is Oma Chiropractic. Oma Chiropractic is a practice of doctors and health practitioners who take a holistic more natural approach to caring for yourself. Oma Chiropractic focuses on building health by releasing tension, improving function and increasing resilience through hands-on personalized care. They want you to feel so good under their care that, symptomatic or not you make Oma a part of your regular wellness routine.

Quince Flowers Riverside Oma Chiropractic

Oma Chiropractic


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

TTC Queen Street East Construction – May- June 2014

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Rail Replacements at Streetcar Stops on Queen Street East

Mid-May to Mid-July 2014

During this year’s major track work at the intersections of Queen/Leslie (May 11 to June 21*) and Queen/Broadview (June 30 July 25), the TTC will also be replacing worn rail at various streetcar stops along Queen Street East between Jones Avenue and Parliament Street.

During the scheduled Leslie/Queen and Broadview/Queen work, streetcars will be diverting north to Gerrard Street East, while buses will run on Queen Street with a minor diversion via Dundas Street East.

The TTC is committed to minimizing disruption to the community and will take advantage of the streetcar diversions that will be put in place for the two intersection projects. Coordinating this required work will reduce the duration of impacts to streetcar service on Queen Street East as much as possible.


The stop rail replacement work will be conducted during the weekdays and weekends.

Generally, the work at each of the stop location will take between 3 to 4 days to complete.

While this work is scheduled to be conducted during the daytime, some evening work may be required.

Traffic lanes will be reduced at each location to create a safe work zone, and on-street parking will be temporarily restricted within the work areas.


Table title:Queen Streetcar Stop Rail Replacement Locations
Street Direction Timeline
Street:Booth Avenue Direction:West Timeline:May 12 – 15
Street:Logan Avenue Direction:East Timeline:May 20 – 23
Street:Logan Avenue Direction:West Timeline:May 26 – 29
Street:Brooklyn Avenue Direction:East Timeline:May 30 – June 2
Street:Brooklyn Avenue Direction:West Timeline:June 3 – 6
Street:Carlaw Avenue Direction:East Timeline:June 19 – 22
Street:Caroll Street Direction:West Timeline:July 1 – 4
Street:River Street Direction:East Timeline:July 10 – 13
Street:River Street Direction:West Timeline:July 14 – 17
Street:Tracy Street Direction:East Timeline:July 21 – 24
table sub-title:Three additional stops will be considered if time permits
Street:Bright Street Direction:East Timeline:TBD
Street:Pape Avenue Direction:East Timeline:TBD
Street:Sackville Street Direction:West Timeline:TBD
Note: There is no track work planned in this area from June 22 to June 30.


What to expect

Break/remove concrete to expose the rail along length of the streetcar stop (approx. 36m). Remove and replace rail, and place new concrete. Set to cure. The track allowance beyond the active work zones will be used for equipment and material storage.

The TTC regrets any inconvenience resulting from the track work. Efforts will be made to complete the work within the scheduled timelines while streetcars are diverting north to Gerrard Street East.


A new explainer video takes viewers through the Queen Street East intersection work Youtube link opens in new window and shows TTC customers, as well as drivers, cyclists and pedestrians how to get around during construction.

Planned closures are as follows:

Leslie St. and Queen St. E. – May 11-June 21: Replace 80 year-old water mains and install new streetcar tracks to connect to the Leslie Barns, the storage and maintenance facility being built to house Toronto’s new low-floor streetcars.

Victoria St. and Queen St. E. – May 11- 31:  Replace tracks and switches.

Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. – June 30- July 25:  Replace tracks and switches.

The 501 Queen streetcar, and 504 King streetcar during the Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. intersection closure, will divert during this work. Frequent replacement bus service will be provided along Queen St. E. between Coxwell Ave. and River St. Increased north-south bus service on Greenwood, Jones and Pape Aves. will help get customers to and from Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) should they opt to take the subway.

The TTC, and the Leslieville and Riverside BIAs, remind everyone that businesses remain open, and encourage residents to continue to support local business during construction.

The TTC thanks its customers and the local community for their patience as we work to improve transit in Toronto.


Map of TTC closures along Queen St E

The streetcar diversion between Spadina and Church.

Several other streetcar routes, including 301 Queen, 502 Downtowner and 503 Kinstord, will be replaced by bus service.

Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue will be closed from June 30 to July 27 while track is replaced.

Part of the diversion is to create a route to the new streetcar facility at the bottom of Leslie. The TTC is laying down new track and replacing a water main, working with the city.

Queen E. streetcar diversionThe diversion to Gerrard St. East will add 12 minutes to the trip. (TTC)


Riverside is the place to be on the First Weekend of June, with the dynamic duo of Eats & Beats in Riverside StreetFEST and The Riverdale Art Walk!

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On Saturday, June 7th, the Riverside District (Located on historic Queen St. East between the DVP and Empire Ave) is hosting their annual spring Eats & Beats StreetFEST. Come and join us for a festival showcasing Riverside’s family friendly food outlets and unique small town in the big city atmosphere.

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 The Riverside District is renowned for its home design shops, heritage architecture, coffee shops, food providores and popular contemporary restaurants.  Local eateries will be opening their doors serving tasting plates and musical entertainment in the heart of Queen Street East.

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 This year we have a whole host of different activities happening, including:

Nell & Natasha’s Blues & Rhythms BBQ, where you can Feed your stomach and soul at Nell & Natasha’s Annual Free BBQ and HUDU Rising Blues Band performing classics and originals from 2:00-6:00pm. PLUS face painting also sorts of different family activities.

 Three informative and entertaining walks; there is the Diversity of Riverside Historical Walk at 1:00pm, and discover the diverse history of Riverside. The walk kicks off with the 100th Anniversary of the Ralph Thornton Centre, and is led by local historical aficionado, Ron Fletcher. The RAW Art & Insider Tour at  2:00pm, starting at the Riverside booth at Jimmie Simpson Park, where you can get the inside scoop on historical Riverside and the Riverdale Art Walk. Artists’ works are showcased in store fronts in this pop-up street gallery. Plus, keep your eyes on twitter @RiversideBIA  &  @Culinaryadvco  for an exclusive space on Chef Scott Savoie’s Culinary Adventure Co. – where foodies get their adrenaline rush – will be doing this free Riverside insiders food tour.

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 From 1:00pm Tastes of the Middle East – Excite & Delight the Sense with Food, Dance and Filigree Henna. Delight the senses with an array of delectable of Middle Eastern tasters. 3:00pm get an intro into belly dancing with acclaimed Sarah Skinner, known for her mastery of belly dance. Adorn yourself with gorgeous Henna tattoos by Gord Grover.

Big Horn Beats on Saulter Street will come alive with fresh music with local horn band, Don Valley Stompers (1:00-3:30pm) – a powerful New Orleans style brass band, plus other surprise musical guests. RTC’s 100 Anniversary Celebrations (1:00pm) Kid’s interactive crafts and activities, including face painting, musical origami, rainbow necklace making and colourful cookies!

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 Streetcar & An Síbin Pub Presents “Bringing Down Broadview” This street is a diversity of food fun and all sorts of funk. Streetcar Developments, An Síbin Pub and Boots & Bourbon will have a lineup of musical acts and treats. Get a taste of Celtic and Soul food, music, and drink! Enjoy a BBQ Feast and some of Ontario’s Best Craft Beers on the Back Patio & Beer Garden, plus a host of delicious bites from Boots & Bourbon. At 4pm get your boots stomping with Boots & Bourbon leading line dancing lessons, and then taking it out flash mob style. Steak Night Begins at 5pm come enjoy 3 different sizes & styles of Steak at Great Prices!  Come for the after-party at 10pm for some live Celtic Rock with The O’Deadly’s. Irish morsels and show off your Gallic foot work with guest Celtic band.

Munro Street Eats and Beats 2013

Happiness Block Party on Munro Street From 2:00- 6:00pm Oma Chiropractic & Quince Flowers are bringing together people from their circles and yours for the sheer fun of it. Plus, we’re celebrating the launching QT, a new venture by Quince Flowers. Be relaxed in your body, put flowers in your hair, and enjoy the musical styling of The Woodshed Orchestra and the sound of children’s laughter. Smiles and hugs are free!

Janes Walk 2013

 The Riverdale Art Walk is a two-day (June 7th -8th ), public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in retail spaces, artists’ studios and Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto’s flourishing Queen East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto’s season, participating artists are selected through an anonymous jury process, and is an initiative of the Artists’ Network, a not-for-profit, member-driven, arts organization dedicated to the development of self-sustaining, professional artists. Visit for more information.

Eats & Beats has a diversity of other great activities going on from 1:00-6:00pm

1:00pm & 3:00pm Olive & Olives Rainbow Themed Culinary Workshops at 779 Queen St. East.

1:00pm-4:00pm BMO – Celebrate with BMO Bear at 711 Queen St. East

1:00pm-6:00pm Burger Shoppe Boogie Serving up their “Hot Hawaiian” and boogie down with their live DJ at 688 Queen St. East

1:00pm-6:00pm Fresh Food at Riverside Market  

1:00pm-6:00pm Mustard Seed Bazaar at 791 Queen St. East

1:00pm-6:00pm Wine Rack Pulls Out the Funk at 731 Queen St. East

1:00pm-6:00pm Woodgreen ‘To Walk In My Shoes’ Exhibition at 650 Queen St. East

2:00pm-4:00pm Dimensions Banging Down the House at 732 Queen St. East

4:00pm macFAB Dresses up the World! With bowtie and head band workshops at 734 Queen St. East

4:00pm-7:00pm Hi-Lo Spins Out the Vintage at 753 Queen St. East

Plus, Riverside Businesses are holding tastings and sidewalk sales.


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