Celebrate Father’s Day in Riverside

Father's Day in RiversideThere is so much to do in Riverside, come with us and check out a few options to show your dad or father figure how much you appreciate them! With a variety of options available, there is something for everyone!

Eastbound Brewing Co. 

Fly Tying workshop paired with a flight of Eastbound Beer! Hands-on instruction on how to tie a fly for your next fishing trip from Drift Outfitters. Participants receive 15% off brunch!

Spaces are limited so get your tickets today!Eastbound Brewing Co. Father's Day

Broadview Hotel 

Join the Broadview Hotel on their rooftop patio from 12:00pm to 4:00pm to enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ with one complimentary Mint Julep courtesy of Woodford Reserve for just $45 (plus tax and grats). 

To make a reservation, please email dinewithus@thebroadviewhotel.ca or call 416-362-8439!

Broadview Hotel Father's Day BBQ

Toronto Food Tours

Whether you and your dad want to bond over local IPAs or you want to honour him with good eats, Join TO Food Tours on there East End Craft Beer & Bites Tour at 4pm.

RSVP to treat your dad to a cold one!

TO Food Tours Father's Day Beer

Don’t forget to enter the TO Food Tours Father’s Day Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win delicious experiences! 

1.Urban Whiskey Trail (Tickets for 2)
2.East End Craft Beer & Bites Tour (Tickets for 2)
3.BBQ Grilling 101 (Tickets for 2)

Visit Instagram and Facebook to enter the giveaway, make sure to follow all the steps!

TO Food Tours Father's Day Giveaway

The Peasant Table

Looking for a special on drinks? The Peasant Table will have $5 mimosas, caesars ($7 with bacon & bacon vodka), draft beer, and liquor!peasant table caesarSaulter Street Brewery

Two beers with a meat and cheese board from Butchers of Distinction at Saulter St. Brewery for $25 (tax included)!Saulter St. Brewery Father's Day


Bring your dad into a class on Sunday at Framewrk to enjoy a workout together (please see the schedule)!

Email connect@framewrk.ca to reserve your spot!

framewrk fathers day

Arts Market

For Father’s Day, shop Riverside Arts Market with over 50 local vendors & artisans to choose from! Whether you’re looking for something funny or heartfelt, you’re sure to find something that will put a smile on Dad’s face!

Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Fathers Day

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

THANK YOU + PHOTOS Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest 2019

Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, in its 7th year, was described by Riverside festival-goers and businesses alike as ‘the biggest and best celebration yet’ with:

  • 8,000+ people enjoying the festivities in Riverside on June 1st
  • 50+ participating restaurants, vendors and retailers hosting events/ activities
  • 15+ live performances by Toronto musicians and artists
  • street closures over the weekend packed with fun & meaningful activities and attractions
  • 400+volunteer hours contributed to festival planning and execution
  • 600 popsicles distributed!
  • $1,000+ raised to Nellie’s from the Nell & Natasha BBQ!
  • 500 pints poured in our Eastbound Brewing Co. Beer Garden – a new activity for the festival!!
Eats & Beats Thank you

This event could not have happened without the support of so many amazing folks…


  • Riverside Eats & Beats 2019 Sponsors including the Riverside BIA, Hullmark, Bentall Kennedy, and Metroland Media.
  • Riverside Eats & Beats Marketing CommitteeAdrienne, our Event Chair, and the whole Oma Chiropractic team for helping host fab activities at the Munro Street closure; Kristin from Jam Factory T.O. for bringing more sound and dance to the fest and being our amazing Main Stage MC; Chef Scott for bringing Toronto Food Tours Culinary tent to Broadview, Giancarlo of PAWELECphoto for event photography, Judy and the Queen/Saulter Library Branch team for fun activities for all agesJohn & the Ralph Thornton Community Centre team for hosting fun activities and for bringing the Game of Thrones throne. Dave for hosting the festival’s Eastbound Brewing Co. Beer Garden. 
  • Riverside BIA Board: Rosie, Adrienne, Dave, Natasha, Athena, and Ellen who hosted amazing activities during the festival. Special thanks to our Co-Chair, Rosie, for representing the Riverside BIA throughout the festival and the always supportive Co-Chair Mitch, and MPP Julie Dabrusin for supporting the neighbourhood and warm welcome on our main stage. 
  • Street Closure Hosts: Nell & Natasha Real Estate Homeward for hosting their always-popular free annual BBQ & Blues on McGee; Oma Chiropractic, and Quince Flowers on Munro St; Switchback Cyclery and DAG for giving out 600 popsicles on Carrol St.; Queen/Saulter Library and RTCC who hosted activities on Saulter; and Artists’ Network for cross promoting and collaborating on outreach with the Riverdale ArtWalk, so our two events come together as one.
  • Riverside Restaurants, Retailers and Community Centres who hosted excellent activities:  Shout out to the many who hosted great food tasters, specials and other activities such as Brickworks Ciderhouse, Tertulia, The ALK, Broadview Bakery, Ruby Watchco, The Wine Rack, The Opera House Grill, Butchers of Distinction, Lan Restaurant, The Comrade, Tabule, Arts Market, Common Sort, Dimensions Custom Framing, The Broadview Hotel, Here & Now, Irish Design House, Bergstrom, Sash & Bustle, Mustard Seed, Chi Junky Studio, Brika, Dresden, Dreamy Beauty Bar, Komplete Strength, and The Queen Garden Centre.
  • Artists, Musicians, Artisans and Vendors who helped enliven our streets and community spaces: Samba Toronto, Don Valley Stompers, Monkey Fightin’ Snakes,  Sugar Foot Stompers, DJ Battle, Stuart Brignell Electric Trio, the Ugly Horse, and The Nobody’s.
  • Graphic designer Geo who created the event’s signature design, enlivening promotional materials that helped make this event come to life and captured people’s attention online and on the streets
  • Other Eats & Beats Volunteers: all our fabulous, hard-working George Brown ESL Students, our Marketing Committee members, and other volunteers for their essential support and extra hard work this year!
  • Riverside BIA Maintenance staff Drew for helping get the moving parts into the right place at the right time
  • Last but certainly not least the amazing, strong BIA Office Team for this year’s festivitiesLais, Carly, Jessica and Barb for supporting every step to make this event a success!

Now, please let us know what you thought of Eats & Beats 2019 by completing our 2 min survey to help us to make the next one even better!


(p.s. if you see your photo and would like a high res copy, please email us at marketing@riverside-to.com)

Riverside Eats & Beats Gallery (June 1, 2019)

Sidewalk Sale at Bergstrom

Souvlaki at the Opera House Grill

Road Safety with Switchback Cyclery and DAG

Free Popsicle’s from Switchback Cyclery

Balloon Artist: Andre Beauchamp, be sure to follow his Instagram @fun.withatwist

Cold Brew Samples from Tertulia

Animal Liberation Kitchen

Saulter St. Closure

Samba Toronto Performance

Dundas School Fun Fair: June 15th

Join the fun at the Annual Dundas School Fun Fair on June 15th from 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Dundas Junior Public School. 

Come out and support this wonderful community event that happens to be the biggest fundraiser for the school. 

The fair has a number of activities for kids to enjoy, including bouncy castles, carnival-style games, glitter tattoos, crafts, and the chance to win lots of prizes! It also offers the ‘Taste of Dundas’ – which features delicious and internationally diverse food that represents the incredible multi-cultural community.

Change is in the Air in Riverside – Spring 2019

Change is in the air and the neighbourhood has been very active the past few months with all of the new businesses opening up. With the nicer weather slowly making its way, the neighbourhood has been out and about trying all of the new locations. Continue reading to keep up with all of the new changes in the neighbourhood and pick your next night out!

Blackbird Bakery (Opening in fall 2019!) – 635 Queen St. E 
One of Toronto’s most popular bakeries from Kensington Market is setting up shop in the east end and we can’t wait for the smell of fresh bread to be lingering the streets of Riverside! Visit them right across the street from Dark Horse Espresso!

Instagram: @bbirdco
Website: https://blackbirdbakingco.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbirdco/


Riverside Square (Opening soon!) – 667 Queen St. E
The first building in Riverside Square is nearing completion. We should be expecting residents moving in soon!


Good Karma (Open now!) – 689 Queen St. E
We’re more than happy to welcome Good Karma to Riverside! Their mission is to inspire mindful eating and connecting people to real food. Good Karma is a concept created to help you improve your body and mind from the inside and out. They’re committed to supporting small growers who are farming sustainably and be completely transparent with their customers about what’s in their food, and where it came from. If you’re looking for a healthy meal, Good Karma is definitely worth a try! 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goodkarma.ca/?ref=py_c

Nomads (Open now!) – 701 Queen St. E
It was sad having to say farewell to one of the only sushi spots in Riverside, but Nomads made it a little less sad. Welcoming a family owned Restobar to the neighbourhood! With their passion for great food, great service, and a great community, we’re sure they’ll be the perfect new addition to Riverside. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nomadsbroadview/
Instagram: @nomadsbroadview
Website: https://www.nomadsrestobar.com/

Animal Liberation Kitchen (Open now!) – 717 Queen St. E
ALK is here to bring you affordable vegan options! They’re a Toronto based, family-run food business inspired by animal rights and social justice. At Animal Liberation Kitchen, they don’t feel the need to pressure people into feeling guilty about eating meat; but simply offer a healthy and tasty alternative! Even though we only welcomed them to the neighbourhood in March, they’ve already been such a big part of our community and have joined us by participating in the Wine & Craft Beer Fest! 

Instagram: @animal.liberation.kitchen
Website: https://thealk.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ANIMAL-LIBERATION-KITCHEN-305055456219378/

KABOOM Chicken (Closed now) – 722 Queen St. E
It is sad to say that KABOOM Chicken has closed its doors in Riverside, but you’ll be happy to know that they’re already on the hunt for a new location, and have plans on taking part in festivals this summer. 

‘ēst Restaurant (Opening this summer!) – 729 Queen St. E
We said goodbye to Sugar Loaf, but are welcoming ‘ēst restaurant by Chef Sean Macdonald; a Canadian Cuisine inspired by cultures within Canada. Chef Macdonald has won many awards and titles including the Alberta Regional Competition of the 2015 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, the title of the 2016 Game Changer where he was featured on the cover of BRANDED Magazine’s 2016 winter issue, and the Canadian title for the San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition leading him to represent Canada in the World Championships in Italy. 

Instagram: @est.restaurant 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/estrestaurant/

Komplete Strength (Open now!) – 740 Queen St. E
We’re so excited to welcome Komplete to the neighbourhood! They’re a strength, conditioning, mobility, movement, 1 on 1 and customized small group training studio. They’re currently offering 50% off first month memberships! It’s a great time to give them a try.  

Website: https://www.kompletestrength.com/ 
Instagram: @kompletestrength
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamkomplete/ 

Riverside is Getting a New Mural

The Riverside BIA has exciting plans for a new mural this summer! The mural will be located at 105 Broadview Ave. on the Pizza Nova wall. It is a highly visible wall and a great opportunity for an artist to share their work. The wall can be seen from the Broadview Hotel and Queen St. East by foot, car, streetcar, and more!Riverside Mural Wall

The theme for this mural is community engagement and vibrancy to represent and reflect upon the neighbourhood throughout the years. We are looking for a design that is vibrant, colourful, abstract in nature and/or based on large colour blocks.

The wall is made of bricks and the portion of the wall to be covered with the mural is 32 ft. wide and 14 ft high. The budget to complete this is $4500 which includes the artist fee, and any materials needed.

The deadline for submissions is June 17th, 2019 and the timeline is:

  • Selection of Artist: June 21st
  • 1st Rendering: July 3rd
  • Final Rendering: July 19th
  • Window for Completion: August 5th – September 6th

We are currently looking for an artist to complete this project; the artists should be familiar with the area and objectives of the BIA. If you know of any artists that you think would be a good fit, please spread the word!

Please send us your contact information, portfolio of past work and/or any social media links to office@riverside-to.com