“Game of Thorntons” RTCC’s Annual Fund-raising

RTCC’s Annual Fund-raising Gala and Silent Auction takes a darker turn…

“Winter has ended” and the great Houses of Riverside – including the Boultons, the Saulters,  the McGees, the Grants, and the DeGrassis – are gathering at Thornton Castle to divide the spoils, to determine who will get to sit on the Copper Throne, and to win possession of the legendary Thornton Jewel – a diamond circled sapphire, worth a Queen’s ransom (appraised value over $2,000!)

Many treasures will be available for the highest bidder (there is no truth to the rumour that the lowest bidder will be forced to march through the streets, subject to the abuse of the entire city — we save that for our elected officials!)  Unlock your treasury, and acquire the finest art, jewelry, food and drink, and much more to take back to your own abode!

On May 11, all roads lead to Thornton Castle, where Kings, Queens, and commoners alike will quaff the finest brews from the Eastbound and Saulter breweries, sample rare vintages from the Counties of Niagara, Prince Edward, and lands beyond the seas. 
Feast on delicious sweets transported, at enormous peril, across the mighty Don River from famed bakers Daniel et Daniel in distant Cabbagetown, and sample wild boar, gamebirds, and other delights from the renowned ovens of Il Ponte. 

Portrait takers will be on hand to capture this event, so all will be dressed in their most regal finery – and ‘borrowed plumes’ will be available for commoners who wish to look the part. 

There will be dragons, direwolves, lords, ladies, knights, and commoners – sharing the quest for the Thornton Jewel and the other baubles to be had at the “Game of Thorntons.”

An event so grand requires much support. We invite all in the realm to be part of this spectacle. Should you have items to donate to this humble kingdom let them know by phone or mail. No gift is too small and your generosity shall be heralded throughout the land!  Your emissary can contact us at 416-392-6810 or by raven at info@ralphthornton.org.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  They are now available online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/game-of-thorntons-tickets-57954099271?aff=ebdssbdestsearch, and at RTCC Reception. 


Big Thanks to Hullmark and Bentall Kennedy: Our 2019 Wine & Craft Beer Fest Sponsors!

Riverside is kicking off spring with our 5th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest that will take place from Tuesday April 2nd to Saturday April 6th. Get to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces while enjoying Ontario wines and local craft beers – all in local Riverside venues. The 2019 five day festival is made up of a variety of events that include wine tastings, talks, and demos by special guests. The first event on the festival is a FREE Craft Beer Talk & Tasting hosted by the Toronto Public Library’s Queen/Saulter Branch.

We are excited to have Hullmark and Bentall Kennedy as our sponsors for the 5th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, while supported by our festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co, Saulter Street BreweryToronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

Hullmark has been a strong community member within Riverside for several years. Hullmark has shown support for Riverside in past events, such as our annual Eats and Beats Streetfest, Riverside Bridge Lighting and public art projects and we excited to have their support again. Beyond being just a real estate investment and development team, Hullmark is a city builder committed to shaping a vibrant urban Toronto, with Riverside certainly being no exception to this.

100 Broadview Ave. Hullmark Project in Riverside

On Broadview, just south of Queen, The Ninety lofts –Hullmark development– A mixed-use the building that integrates existing 1900’s architecture with contemporary glass and aluminum cladding.

Bentall Kennedy is a new partner to Riverside that is looking forward to supporting a great annual community event. Bentall Kennedy is a property management company that has thrived for over 100 years and whose goal is to build value. Bentall Kennedy is one of Canada’s largest property management firms that manage, retail, office, residential and industrial properties.

A BIG THANK YOU to this year’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest sponsors who have helped make this annual event a reality once again. 

This FREE event will fill up fast, so reserve your spot now: Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest

Jasper Dandy – Riverside Business Profile

Riverside Business Profile

Jasper Dandy

Ever wondered how the new bar on the block came up with its unusual name?

Jasper Dandy owner, Cam MacDonell explains, “There was a meeting of the minds one night and the word Dandy kept getting bounced around. We were then told of a ferret that our friend, Chris Steele, owned named Jasper Dandy. It was perfect! After saying it in conversation a few times, and with Steele’s blessing, it was settled.”


Cam’s friend is now has a lifetime supply (or at least a few pounds) of chicken wings available to him on the house, thanks to his creative contribution.

Open since July 2018, Cam has transformed the former Boots and Bourbon bar into a welcoming and comfortable neighbourhood pub, offering sports fans a new place catch a Leafs game with full sound – or any Toronto sports team in action, for that matter. In addition to chicken wings, Jasper Dandy’s menu features burgers, Pad Thai, perogies and other classic comfort foods.

After working in the west end for many years, Cam decided it was time to take his food and restaurant career east of the DVP.

We decided on Riverside for the community feel,” he says. I grew up in a small town. I love being in the city. It’s the best of both worlds,” he says.


Karen Lloyd from Riverside

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series giving you the inside scoop on Riverside, Toronto. Read other blogs in the series: Riverside PatiosPlaces to Stay in RiversideBrunch SpotsHealth & Wellness in Riverside,  Kid-Friendly RiversideEvent & Catering SpotsRiverside ChefsSelf-Care in RiversideIt’s Easy Being Green in RiversideThe Dirt on Gardening in RiversideEat Around the World in Riverside, and Saying ‘I Do’ East of the Don.

Something Really Cool is Coming Up!

Riverside Mural Involvement_TEASER

Riverside is known for its historical importance in the past, its vibrant present, and a great future looking forward!

There are a lot of things happening in the neighbourhood and because of that, the BIA is planning to translate all these feelings into something! We’re always trying to improve the neighbourhood, whether that be through local events or streetscape projects that beautify the already beautiful Queen St – and this is no exception!

So- please, share your feelings with us so we can better represent that into what’s coming up…

Let us know:

  • What do you like most about Riverside? 
  • How do you feel about the neighbourhood?
  • How do you want people to feel about this neighbourhood?
  • What does Riverside mean to you?

To be a part of this exciting upcoming project, email your thoughts to marketing@riverside-to.com OR call/text: 416-303-4484!

Share your Input at Upcoming Bylaw Reviews

The City of Toronto is reviewing the following bylaws and wants your feedback!

1) Clothing Drop Boxes Bylaw Review
February 28, 2019, 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, Committee Room 3

The aim of the review is to discuss potential improvements to the Clothing Drop Boxes Bylaw to ensure that clothing drop boxes remain safe and maintained. More information: http://ow.ly/SqGe30nItzE

2) Body Rub Parlours and Holistic Centres Bylaw Review
March 4 – March 19, 2019

The aim of the review is to update the licensing bylaw to promote public health and safety, as well as effective oversight and enforcement. There will be four public consultations and five stakeholder meetings. More information: http://ow.ly/zPdw30nGZC8

3) Vehicle-For Hire Bylaw Review
March 4 – March 19, 2019

The aim of the review is to discuss potential updates to the bylaw for taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies, such as Facedrive, Lyft and Uber.  There will be nine public consultations, each focused on a specific area of the bylaw. Topics to be discussed include accessibility, vehicle equipment and public safety. More information: toronto.ca/vehicleforhirereview


There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy. Visit the consultation websites for more details on how you can:

  • Attend public consultations
  • Submit written feedback
  • Subscribe to email updates

Feedback from these consultations will be used to inform reviews of these bylaws. Reports on these reviews are expected to go to City Council in the second quarter of 2019.