Earth hour Environmental Art Walk

This Earth Hour Saturday The Riverside has a day long array of sustainably inspired  events.

The Artists’ Network members take an innovative approach to gallery spaces, through this collective pop-up exhibit. Led by local Riverside resident Lynne Patterson, this moving exhibit showcases art that either has an environmental theme, or uses/repurposes materials that reduces the art pieces environmental impact.

 janet potter

macFAB (755 Queen Street East) is the starting location for the ART walk.

Register for the Free Art walk here:

Speaking of macFAB,

Get something beautiful that lasts! macFAB’s whole philosophy is quality furnishings and fabrics, which literally last a life time. macfab repurposes well-made antiques, and gives them a modern edge with high quality upholstery. They work at giving the beautifully made furniture a whole new life … and as the bones of the furniture are made to last for generations, unlike much cheap trendy furniture, they won’t end up in the landfill after a year or two.



Saturday March 29th Riverside is the Place to be!

Join us for WWF’s official Toronto Earth Hour celebration!

Author profile imageKELLY O’CONNOR•MARCH 18, 2014

For everyone at WWF, Earth Hour is one of the highlights of the year – an opportunity for us to slow down and reflect on the world around us, where we’re going, and where we want to go.  Earth Hour is a chance to think about what climate change means to you, personally, and a chance to stand together with your community for the future you want, a future where climate change is no longer a threat.

Earth Hour

© Jeremiah Armstrong / WWF-Canada

In Toronto, we’ll be celebrating Earth Hour with the Riverside neighborhood at Queen St. East and Saulter St. Get ready for a great event for the whole family at this free outdoor concert. Together with the Riverside BIA and Ralph Thornton Centre, WWF is putting together a fantastic evening of music, fun and conversation on climate change.

7:45 pm | Concert kick off with the GLO Show Choir
8:15 pm | Remarks by David Miller, CEO of WWF-Canada and Paula Fletcher, City Councillor
8:30 pm | Lights off and moment of reflection
8:35 pm | Musical performance by the Lucas Stagg Band

Check out for all the details.

Why not turn Earth Hour into a full day of celebrations? Join Riverside for an afternoon of fun-filled and free activities for the entire family.

2-5 pm | Lantern making workshop with the Riverside Green Initiative
4 pm    | Environmental ArtWalk led by the Artist Network
4-6 pm | Recycled paper workshop with artist Janet F. Potter

For more information on the afternoon activities and to register, visit: our eventbrite

We hope to see you there!

Earth Hour in RiversideTO March 29


Join WWF-Canada for Earth Hour celebrations in Riverside on Saturday, March 29th

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(events are free, but we would like to know the #s for planning)

Riverside Earth Hour

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Earth Hour is an opportunity to reflect and think about what climate change means to you—and to stand up for the future you want. This year, stand up with your community.  

Join WWF-Canada for Earth Hour celebrations in Riverside on Saturday, March 29th, starting with an afternoon of fun-filled and free activities for the entire family. And end the evening with an outdoor concert with music and special speakers. It will be a great evening for the whole family. We hope to see you there!


 Riverside Community Activities Activites:

  • 2-5pm   |  Free Family Friendly Lantern Making Workshop at OMA Chiropractic (2 Munro at Queen E)
  • 4:00pm |  Free Environmental ArtWalk start at macFAB home store (755 Queen St E)
  • 4-6pm   |   Free Workshop/Demonstration at Dimensions Framing (732 Queen St E)
  • 8:30-9:30pm  |  Free Yoga by Candlelight at energyXchange (698 Queen St E)


Evening Schedule:


  • 7:45pm  |  Concert kick off with the GLO Show Choir at Queen St. E and Saulter St.
  • 8:15pm  |  Remarks
  • 8:30pm  |  Lights off countdown
  • 8:35pm  |  Musical performance by the Lucas Stagg Band     Visit for more information


2-5pm – Free Family Friendly Lantern Making Workshop by Riverside Green Initiative at Oma Chiropractic – (corner of Queen & Munro St).  Families can drop-in to OMA Chiropractic between 2-5pm to make a colourful kids lantern craft for  Earth Hour!  Learn more about the Riverside Community Garden and other green initiatives happening in Riverside

4-6pm -Free Workshop/Demonstation at Dimensions Framing -(732 Queen St E). Create paper from Milk Cartons – by established Mixed Media Artist Janet F. Potter.  Janet’s workshop and exhibit is at Dimensions Custom Framing & Gallery – Riverside’s preeminent destination for exceptional custom framing and fine art.  Reclaimed Milk Carton Paper Worshop

4pm – Free Envirnomental ArtWalk starting at macFAB home store -(755 Queen St E), tour various businesses along Queen St East.Finishing at Studio 756  (756 Queen E) where you can meet several of the artists.  Environmental themed exhibits from the Artist Network – Walk led by Artist Network

8:30 – 9:30 pm (Earth Hour) – Free Yoga by Candlelight at energyXchange– 698 Queen St E.  Spend Earth hour doing your mind and body good at the Free Yoga Class – by Candlelight.  Thanks to the team at energyXchange for opening up your studio.

Candle Light Yoga

7:45 – 9:30pm Earth Hour Outdoor Concert – Street Level at Queen &  Saulter – just outside the Ralph Thornton Centre at 765 Queen St East.  The GLO Show Choir from the Etobicoke School of the Arts will kick off the evening, followed by special appearances from David Miller, President and CEO of WWF-Canada, the WWF Panda mascot and more. The lights off countdown will take place at 8:30pm, when the Lucas Stagg Band will perform the Earth Hour Anthem. Bring your family and friends and don’t forget your lantern and reusable mug (free refreshments!).



In addition to the above activites, here are some of the promotions happening in Riverside on March 29th

Belly Dancing – while Balancing Candles at Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine  Across the from the Earth Hour Mainstage is Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine at 810 Queen E.  Before, During and After Earth Hour experience their award winning service and cuisine.  Starting at 8:30pm entertainment will include Belly  Dancing, while balancing Candles!

Free Shave and Shoulder Massage – for customer’s visiting Broadview Beauty Shop.  Pop in an meet George the Barber, who has been servicing customers on Queen St E for 50 years.  George is an iconic figure in Riverside – he is often showcased in movies and TV shows looking for a “good oldfashioned barber”.  To be eligible for your free Shave and Shoulder Massage, mention you saw this Earth Hour promotion on-line.

Extended Shopping hours (until Earth Hour 8:30pm)  at Olive & Olives  –  just 2 doors East of the Earth Hour Mainstage – visit this much sought after purveyor of artisan olive oil, olives, manuka honey, exotic spices and more.

12 x $12 Promotion In-Store at Mary MacLeod’s Shortbread 639 Queen St E   12 shortbread cookies for $12, with $1 going to Evergreen Charity promoting Green Cities.

Brunch service with Children under-10 Eat Free Promotion at Prohibition Gastrohouse – during the day of Mar 29th at 696 Queen St E



Click here to Register for Events



Streetcar Rail Repairs at Queen & Broadview – March 1 and 2 2014

Starting at 7am on March 1, 2014, the TTC will be carrying out repairs at Queen St E and Broadview.   The work will be done on the week-end to ensure that the 504 King Streetcar is operational on Monday.


Excavation work to expose rail will be conducted during the day on Saturday.  There will be diversions to traffic as follows:


504 King Streetcar Route – Streetcars will be diverted both ways via Broadview, Dundas W, Parliament St and King St to route

504 Temporary Bus Replacement Service will be provided between Broadview Station and Queen/Parliament intersecction.


For detail please click here:

RiversideTO has what you are looking for for Valentine’s Day

Stamp happy valentine's day and i love you.

The countdown to Valentine’s is here – and you don’t have to look any further that #RiversideTO  for all your needs.


We have Chocolates, Cards, Flowers, Gifts, Wine and more that will sure to delight your sweetie.  While many restaurant seatings are filling up there are some still available.  If dining out is not on your plans, we can also help you have a special romantic dinner in.

Walk, TTC or Drive along Queen East between the DVP and Degrassi and you will find:

Chocolates and Sweets:

A visit to Chocolatier Ambiance Chocolate is a delight for everyone.  Ambiance Shown here is a box contained 24 hand-crafted chocolates (this is the box I bought for my husband…he doesn’t share!!).  Blog TO lists Ambiance Chocolate as one of the Best Chocolate Shops in Toronto.

If you are looking for something with a British Flair, then Empire the Collection has a large stock of chocolates from across the pond – and many other great gift items. Pick up a box of Chocolates for that special someone. Three sizes of Cadbury Milk Trays, Roses in Tins or Boxes, Butler’s Assorted Truffles, Thornton’s Dark Chocolate and Quality Street. EmpirevalWhile there, be sure to pick up a card for your sweetie from Keep Me Posted  keep me posted(Also on a BlogTO list for the best cards in TO).


Yummy shortbread from Mary MacLeod

If you want something other than chocolates –visit Mary MacLeod ShortBread for a tasty cookie treat – they  have a great Valentine’s Promotion on right now! Tall canisters of Chocolate Crunch, 4″ mini’s in traditional or chocolate crunch, canisters of nuts and our red gift boxes all for $10.; or Desmond and Beatrice or Petite Sweets for a cupcake masterpiece.  Check out Desmond and Beatrice’s  “Love of Mayan”  for the big day Thanks to @brookejenn for the photo.d&b

Gift Items:

Bergstrom’s Original is  fully stocked in 8 great colours of their ever-popular 3-in-1 bags! At $72, could they be the perfect gift for your Valentine?

Bergstrom's Original - 3 in  1 bag

Bergstrom’s Original – 3 in 1 bag

Or what about a unique cooking experience from Olives & Olives –  – a class on how to debone, stuff and roast a whole Chicken (this is a gift that you can also benefit from :0)

A cooking Class from Olive & Olives

A cooking Class from Olive & Olives

Perhaps find that special little number from Debbie’s Vintage Vibes or Common Sort.  Don’t forget the Wine from Wine Rack Barb-wine rack

And be sure to wrap the gift up pretty with some Ribbon from macFABsews 7-8-heart-grosgrain-ribbon


 Quince Flowers is hosting the Artist Network show – For the Love of Art.  You can pick up a one of a kind painting and some flowers.  Look at what Quince has on special:QuinceVal




Healing for the Body

OMA Chiropractic has OMA Love on Friday Feb 14th – an evening to love yourself (and your love one ) which includes:  Hand Reflexology, Shoulder and Neck Chair Massages, Tarot Card Readings, Vendors and more…all this for a $5 donation towards Nellies Shelterphoto (2)


Special Dinners in

You can get special romatic meals from:  Appetite  ; RubyEats,  Tabule.  Or, visit Butcher’s of Distinction butchersfor some an old fashioned custom cut, sourced from local farms,  from your neighbourhood butcher,


And of course – evening entertainment

Rasputins has singles night  Come drink vodka and feel happy!!!



Boots and Bourbin has Valentine’s Country Line Dancing for Lovers and Lonesome Hearts


And An Sibin Pub is having an anti-Valentines Party



So much to choose from in #RiversideTO – please visit our wonderful local merchants, surprise your sweetie and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day