A New Bike Shop in the Hood: SWITCHBACK Cyclery

Take your bike and cycle away in Riverside and check out the new SWITCHBACK Cyclery Bike Shop!

On June 2013, SWITCHBACK Cyclery a bike shop located at 651 Queen Street East in Toronto’s Riverside Neighbourhood has opened with a wide selection of bikes and accessories for sale in a warm and welcoming service environment. No more going far out of your way just to visit a bike shop that can help you fix a few things.


With a concept of a pit stop, Switchback Cyclery aim to help ‘bike to work’ bikers by offering quick and fast services and repairs during rush hour. Other than providing fast services to those on their way to work and need a quick fix for their bike to avoid making them coming late to work, they also do custom built bikes. You can choose every single detail that you want on your bike and Switchback Cyclery will deliver.


Under the umbrella of Sanctuary Ministries, Switchback Cyclery offers not only great bikes and services but also an opportunity for members of the Sanctuary community to work together in this exciting enterprise and access employment opportunities. It took more than a year of planning and hard work to apply for a grant with an awarded funding that takes them to where they are now.

Sanctuary is a Christian charitable Organization that seeks to establish and develop holistic, inclusive and healthy community. They welcome people who have, for the most part, known only rejection and abuse. Reaching out to a downtown neighborhood plagued with homelessness, drugs, prostitution, unemployment and AIDS and offer dignity, support and direction to people who want to reclaim healthy, meaningful lives.

With the need for this type of organization continually on the rise, they are looking forward to pursue further developments and expand their services to the community by facilitating an outlet such as Switchback to channel their member’s skills and expertise.

Currently, Switchback’s Soft Opening hours are Monday – Friday from 9am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-6pm. But don’t miss out on their Grand opening in August 11th, 2013 and they are officially open they will be open from 7.30am-7pm. Furthermore, there will be classes in the future for people who would like to know more about taking care of their bikes.

Check out their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com.SwitchbackCyclery

Or their website at: www.switchbackcyclery.ca

Wild Plant Medicine Walk and Sidewalk Clean-up in Riverside!!

GOODFOODMARKETLOGOCROPPEDOn July 11th, 2013 – Starting at 6PM, our neighbourhood Herbalist and City Farmer, Danette Steele, will teach us about the ultimate in accessible, local and sustainable food and medicine. Participants will learn about the local wild plants and how to use them safely as we gather up the weeds around our local Riverside Good Food Market!

This workshop starts at the corner of Queen Street East and Saulter Street – close by the Riverside Good Food Market. It will be an amazing opportunity to learn that many of the weeds that we pull out of our vegetable and flower gardens, that we walk by in our local parks and along our sidewalks are actually good for us!  About 5-10 wild plants will be identified,  harvested and explained (Plantain, Dandelion, Burdock, Yellow dock, Motherwort – among others ….) as you learn different ways to heal all sorts of health problems, and helps your community at the same time!

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Danette teaches us about edible weeds at Ben Nobleman Park

Danette Steele, M.A., RH (OHA), has more than 25 years of experience as a community and clinical herbal practitioner. With a busy private herbal practice in both Toronto and Halifax, Danette consults and teaches widely on self-sufficiency and sustainable practices for health and wellness using medicinal plants. Danette loves to share healing plant wisdom. She creates a participant-focused approach in her teaching spaces and is committed to a joyous and rigorous herbal learning experience – through workshops, consultations, weed walks, herbal intensives, plant meditations and herbal courses.


Wild herbal teas will be available for tasting – so please bring your travel mug and wear your comfy clothes if you plan to help with the clean-up!

 Don’t Forget to Check it Out!

Want to know more?

Please Contact the Riverside BIA at office@riverside-to.com, (416) 466-8167

Riverside Good Food Market On Wheels!


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As an addition to the regular Good Food Market that happens every Thursday from 3-7PM at Queen and Saulter, a pop-up bike will be on Rivertowne selling fresh and affordable food on market days from 3:30-5:30PM.

Come and Buy fresh Fruit & Vegetables at very Good Prices!



Interested? Look for the yellow and blue cart in front of 50 Matilda or in Joel Weeks Park!

What is a Good Food Market??

Volunteer based, the Good Food Market is a great example of a successful community involvement where people work together for the common goal of providing high quality, fresh and affordable food to our neighborhood.  Fresh Produce is delivered on market day, and is available essentially at cost for community members.

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Share your ideas with us!!

Any particular fruit or vegetable you would like to see at our market? Any recipe you would like to share? Just send a Tweet with #RiversideGFM or #RiversideGoodFood and let us Know!!  Your  produce of choice/recipe might be at the market on the following week!

Would like to Volunteer? 

Contact Alex Macdonald at alex.macdonald@live.com

Eats & Beats raised funds for Nellie’s Shelter’s Kid’s Camp

As a charity partner for Eats & Beats Street Fest, The Riverside BIA partnered with Nellie’s Shelter for Women and Children, who were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

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Donation tree at Munro Street


Lemonade stand at Munro Street

Among the festivities Nellie’s had a caking cutting and photo exhibition,  A Life Reclaimed by Annie Sakkab.

In addition to their anniversary celebrations, Nellie’s raised over $700 in donations during the event.  These funds will go towards supporting Nellie’s kids summer camp programs.


Rainbow making at Nellie’s Kid’s Camp

From music, art, cooking, sports, and outings around the city, children from Nellie’s shelter and community will have the opportunity to engage in social, recreational, and educational experiences they otherwise would not have.  To find out more about this summer camp program you can click here to find out more

Nellie’s is continuing to accept donations through their website: www.nellies.org or here: donate now!

Happy Father`s Day

If you are wondering what to get, or what to do to celebrate with Dad on Father’s Day, then Riverside Toronto has it all for you!!

Pick up a great Card for Dad at Keep Me Posted at 724 1/2 Queen E.keepmeposted card– check our their gift selection too – they share space with Empire by Bullet – so, if dad is a Brit or fan of the Monarchy, there is always something for him – like..this funky Union Jack Inspired Mugempiremug

For Dad- Fashionista’s – you have to visit Here & Now (Riverside’s  answer to Winners and Outlet Stores; here&nowDador see what Fab in-house designer Bergstrom’s Originals has with their new line of Men’s Shirts.bergstromdad



Maybe Dad is looking for something for the home or Garden.  macFAB Fabrics and Home has a great line of patio items (custom umbrella’s and outdoor patio wear), plus their home store is hopping with new and affordable items. macfabhome A visit for Riverside Home/Design items wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Kimberly Jackson’s Canadian made items.  If Vintage is what dad prefers – them, there is Studio Pazo or Phil’s.  And…if Dad is a traditionalist – you must visit the award winner Elber’s Antiques and Refinishing to see what Ron has in stock.  Ron has been in the hood for over 30 years, so, he surely knows a thing or 2 about antiques.

The tech Dad will find his latest apple gadgets at Carbon computing.  Great service, and selection…and no crazy Apple Store Line-ups.


For the Foodie dad – pick up a ready made gift basket from Olive & Olives – on sale now is  tasty aperitivos at Olive & Olivesolive


Don’t cook on Father’s Day.  Dad will love Prohibition Gastrohouse on his day.  Prohibtion  brunch – kids under 12 eat free.  Prohibition Hooch Hour – 4-7 & 10 to midnight
Sports on TV  and a special free gift for Dad – from all the kids at PGH!

  • Gastro-Fried Ice Cream, topped with Guinness-Infused
  • Crème Anglais. (Quantities limited)





Whatever you do – we wish you and your Dad a Wonderful Father`s Day!!