DRUMHAND to perform at Eats & Beats in Riverside Street Fest!


As part of Riverside’s Eats & Beats Street Fest, DRUMHAND will be performing at the 6th annual Munro St. Party!

Eats & Beats’ Munro street party will be an eclectic mix of world music, instrument making, and an overall fun time in a Bedouin tent-like setting.

DRUMHAND use hands, sticks and mallets to pound out old and new rhythms on weathered skins: evoking ancient forms of messaging via global beats for dancing bodies and curious ears!

DRUMHAND was founded by percussionists David Chan, Larry Graves and Steve Mancuso in 2008 in an effort to combine the circuitous rhythms of West Africa, Cuba, India and Brazil with the jazz-imbued horn work in the spirit of New Orleans parade bands and the uplifting spirit of American Roots Music.

Known for their innovative orchestrations; dynamic and uplifting performance energy; and artistic accessibility for audiences of all ages. Many of DRUMHANDʼs compositions feature the one-stringed ʻstomach harpʼ of Brazil or the box shaped Gome foot-drum of West Africa alongside the woodwind explorations of Marcus Ali and brass love of Rebecca Hennessy.The groupʼs ʻfolkloricʼ-style vocals appear in a variety of languages and sometimes offer audiences a part in the show.

DRUMHAND will be performing at 2:30, but check out our eventbrite for the complete Eats & Beats in Riverside Street Fest programing (tickets aren’t mandatory, they just help us know how many people to expect).  riversideeatsbeats.eventbrite.com

Rosedale Heights School of the Arts Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Exhibit in #RiversideTO at Hangman Gallery

The senior art and photography students of Rosedale Heights School of the Arts are proud to display their current work, based on the relationship between text and image, as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.


Rosedale School Exhibit for Scotiabank CONTACT festival at Hangman Gallery

Rosedale School Exhibit for Scotiabank CONTACT festival at Hangman Gallery


Images of Students installing the exhibit:


These exciting images and more are on display now.


Please visit

The Hangman Gallery – – 756 Queen St East

April 16 – May 5 , 2013

Closing Reception : May 4, Saturday  7 – 9 PM

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 5 PM


About the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival:

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1997 and now a charitable organization, the Festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography, through a diverse range of programmes.

As a leading proponent of photography, the Festival increases exposure and recognition for local, Canadian and international artists and is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. It stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.8 million. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.


About the Hangman Gallery:

The Hangman Art Gallery is located in the middle of an exciting neighbourhood of creative and visual arts professionals. It is the home of the Artists’ Network.

It supports a thriving fine arts community by providing exhibition spaces to connect art lovers and collectors with members and non-members artists alike. It is a venue where artists from all stages of their career can meet and showcase their personal perceptions of the realities of contemporary life. artistsnetwork.ca/hangman.



About Rosedale Heights School of the Arts


A vibrant, non-semestered school in the heart of the city, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts is a soulful community where young people can thrive in academics, arts and sports. Identified by Maclean’s Magazine as one of the top ten schools in Canada (2005), many students choose to stay for a fifth year as they continue to be enriched by the artistic and academic opportunities provided by the dedicated staff and the guest artists who enrich our students’ lives.

At Rosedale Heights School of the Arts they believe that the arts are for all young people, that they enrich the academic lives of students, and that “talent” should not dictate a young person’s access to learning. This philosophy makes Rosedale the only arts school in the Toronto District School Board that does not audition.  Through a non-audition policy, they aspire to cultivate a culture of cooperation and teamwork through the arts as opposed to one of competition.

Students and not expected to choose “majors,” , they encourage interdisciplinary exploration of the arts in the hope that students discover their own interests and own ways of expressing themselves at a time in their lives when exploration and self-discovery is so important.

Their  approach to the arts emphasizes creative process in addition to technique. They cultivate student voice through students writing, developing, composing and curating their shows. Creativity, the ability to communicate through a variety of arts and media for a variety of purposes, is a skill that will be fundamental in the 21st century.  Creativity takes many forms, and that the ability to express personal voice through creativity will serve all our students well throughout their lives and in all of their endeavours.


Approximately 95% of Rosedale graduates attend university or college.

Help Bring Bixi Bikes to #RiversideTO

Hey Riverside – Help make it easier for people to travel and shop in the East End!  Please click the Bixi Bike Support link and sign this petition to expand Bixi!!  It will only take 10 seconds, and will help make a difference!!

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Toronto businesses see BIXI as an important service for attracting customers and making commuting easier.   It’s great for our neighbourhood is so many ways (environment, health, businesses, accessability, and so much more)

The demand for BIXI is significant. Given the high level of ridership and demand at the edges of the service area, Cycle Toronto wants to see an expansion across a larger service area.

In 2011, Toronto launched the BIXI public bike system with 1,000 bicycles in a condensed service area. This was well behind many other cities  who launched their public bike systems on a much wider scale. Montreal launched with 3,000 bicycles in 2009 and expanded to 5,000 bicycles in the same year. Toronto’s system originally called for 3,000 bicycles distributed between Dupont Street to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, Broadview Avenue to the east and High Park to the west…..We are still waiting….Riverside has been campaigning to expand Bixi Bikes to the East End for almost 2 years!!  Let’s keep up the effort!!

BIXI is ideal for short trips and provides relief to overcrowded streetcars, buses and subways.  It just makes sense!!

Please – do your part –  visit the link, sign your name…it will only take a moment of time, and can help make a difference.

And…share this request broadly – pass this along!!!!!

Many Thanks

Your friends, neighbours and businesses in Riverside!



Jane’s Walk – May 5, 2013

Hey Riverside,

Jane’s Walk is approaching  fast! On May 5, 2013 from 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, you can experience all the main locations that have made and enhanced Riverside into this amazing neighborhood that we all love and enjoy.

“Take a walk down Riverside’s Historic Queen Street East and have a walking conversation on how things are made in Toronto’s Riverside District. Although known for its heritage buildings, award-winning restaurants, and the street that inspired the cult classic Degrassi TV series, Riverside’s secret also lies in its artisans and community builders of many sorts.  Get a behind the scenes view of where and how everything from fashion and furniture designs, to streetscaping and community parks are made in Riverside. “

Made in Riverside

1. (start) The Ralph Thornton Centre – making community,

2. Bergstrom Originals – making Fashion,

3. Olive & Olives – making olive oil

4. Mac Fab workroom – re-making furniture and home furnishings

5. Hangman Gallery and Studio – making art

6. Quince Flowers – making flower arrangements

7. Streetcar – making homes

8. Joel Weeks Park and TCHC – a community making parks

9. (end) Matt Durant’s Studio –   remaking & reclaiming

Along the way we will explore making streetscapes and what makes a neighbourhood distinctive and inspiring to be in – you’ll never look at a street the same way!

Let us know you’re coming:    RiversideJanesWalk.eventbrite.com

About the Jane’s Walk Leaders:

Morgen Peers, maps and plans neighbourhoods and builds outdoor furniture for the greater good. He is based in the Greater Toronto area, where he works with communities, institutions and governments to create better, more profitable places.

Rachel Conduit, is a local personality instrumental in reviving Toronto’s East End. Among her many initiatives, she has spearheaded local community garden projects, the East End Icon calendar – highlighting the area’s unsung heroes, has organized “The Little Art Show”, and a community East End Bike Ride. She is the owner of the “The Avro” in Riverside and “The Handlebar” in Kensington Market.

Anjuli Solanki, is the Director of Marketing and Events at the Riverside BIA and has a background in community engagement, public programming and urban research. She has a passion for public spaces and public art.

Thyme Again Gardens – Toronto CSA Program – JOIN NOW!

The concept of Community Supported Agriculture reflects an innovative and resourceful strategy to connect local farmers with local consumers. Consumers buy an annual membership in the CSA, and the farmer provides members with a weekly supply of farm fresh produce.

How long does the program run?
The season will run for 17 weeks from June 25th to October 15th

Where do I pick up my weekly basket?
At Olive & Olives, which is located at 779 Queen St East

When can I pick it up?
On Tuesday evenings between 4:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m

What does the 2013 Membership cost and how do I pay?
the cost of a Toronto membership for 2013 is $570
A deposit of $200.00 is payable upon registration
The balance of $370.00 is payable on first delivery June 25th

What will my weekly basket include?

The contents of your basket will depend on what’s growing on any given week- what’s available changes throughout the growing season. Typical spring produce includes radishes, rhubarb, asparagus, lettuce, spinach, arugula  mustard greens, green onions, strawberries, podding peas & sugar snaps. Summer brings Swiss chard, beans, zucchini, tomatoes, kale, carrots, beets, eggplant, cucumbers, endives, leeks and melons. And then in late summer and into fall, you’ll see squashes, tomatillos, tomatoes, kale, leeks, beets, carrots, garlic, cooking onions, peppers, radicchio, lettuce mixes, arugula, spinach, potatoes, sweet potatoes, melons, Chinese cabbage, radishes and rutabaga. And all throughout the season you’ll have access to a wide variety of fresh herbs like basil, parsley, fennel, oregano, lovage, thyme, sage, mint, dill and cilantro.

To Sign up you can contact
Lorraine at Thyme Again Gardens, thymeagain@sympatico.ca
Mia at Olive & Olives, 416-551-8181, contact@oliveolives.com

DEADLINE  for registration is MAY 31, 2013

613 394 1139