Go to the Polls for Fun on Saulter at Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest!

As part of the Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, Ralph Thorton Community Center will be hosting ‘mock polls’ with fun themes in advance of  Election Day, including a kids vote! Plus Eat Your Way Through the Caribbean with fun & delicious cooking workshops inside the RTCC (registration required).

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 2nd alongside the 20th annual Riverdale Artwalk. Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

>>>CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS & LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING <<<<<

CHECK OUT THE EVENT GUIDE (PDF)

Take Part in the Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s Mock Polls on Saulter St:

As part of the Eats & Beats Streetfest this year the Ralph Thornton Community Center will be hosting a voting “dress rehearsal” in advance of June 7th the Provincial Election Day.  The mock “Polls” will be open from 1:00pm– 6pm, located in the festival’s Saulter street closure with a special “Kids Vote”, with results posted in the Centre afterwards.

Children can cast their ballots at the “Animal Party” pop-up voting booth on Saulter Street at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre. The “Dog Party,” the “Cat Party,” the “Lobster Party” and the “Dinosaur Party” will all be vying for seats in the Animal Legislature, with campaign posters, buttons, and flyers developed by children in the RTCC After School and Mentor Programs. Election results will be posted on social media and the RTCC website, and there just may be some social media campaigning prior to “Animal Election Day.” The polling area will also feature resources for adults preparing for the June 7 Provincial election day- this is a great chance for the whole family to ‘get your democracy on!’.

Eat Your Way Through the Caribbean – Inside the Ralph Thornton Community Centre:

During Riverside Eats & Beats – Riverside Meets the Caribbean at the RTCC and the Taste is…well…Irie! COOK. EAT. TAKE HOME. Tasty treats from Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad. From a Caribbean breakfast of Trinidadian bakes and Buljol; to Jamaican and Haitian patty; and jerk chicken and Trini doubles.Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on cooking session from 1-5pm with a Master Caribbean chef on the 2nd Floor in the Betsy Swift Kitchen.

To Reserve your spot and pay, pls contact Grace at info@jamaicaneats.com – space is limited! Workshop details below:

First Workshop: 9:30 – 11AM CARIBBEAN BREAKFAST – Fee: $10/pp: Trinidadian Bakes and Buljol; Jamaican fried dumpling; ackee and saltfish; ripe plantain; Haitian accra; Jamaican saltfish dritters; Haitian and Jamaican hot chocolate

Second Workshop: 12-2pm – Fee: $20/pp: Jamaican patty; Haitian patty, including Pate Code; Jamaican coco bread; Haitian and Jamaican hot chocolate

Third Workshop: 3-5pm – Fee: $20/pp: Trinidadian doubles; jerk chicken; Haitian beignet; rice an’ peas; Haitian and Jamaican hot chocolate

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

More About the Ralph Thornton Community Center:

The Ralph Thornton Community Center is a City owned, community managed facility which offers space, support, and service to many community organizations and partners.  RTCC is where neighbours meet, events are celebrated, programs are enjoyed, and support is exchanged. RTCC shares the historic Post Office building at 765 Queen St. East with partner tenants the Queen/Saulter branch of Toronto Public Library and the South Riverdale Child Parent Centre.

The Centre is named after Ralph Thornton, a devoted community leader and activist, was born in Toronto in 1905 and died in September 1974 at the age of 69.

For most of his working life, Ralph Thornton was an independent taxi driver.  Outside of his occupation, he fought hard for working class residents around housing, income security, and city planning.

In the late 1960s, Thornton was instrumental in fighting for residents whose homes were being expropriated by the City of Toronto.  His efforts led to changes in the Expropriation Act in 1968, which required the City give displaced residents enough money for their current home to purchase a comparable one.

To check out all the fun details of Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, register for activities, and let us know you’re coming!

So come join us – and share your memories on social media using #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO for chance to win a free Riverside t-shirt!

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, and Metroland Media.

Check out the 20th Annual Riverdale ArtWalk during Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest June 2nd

The 20th annual Riverdale Artwalk, happening alongside Riverside Eats & Beats on June 2nd, showcases local artists in Jimmie Simpson Park and in Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre.

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 2nd alongside the 20th annual Riverdale ArtWalk. Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

While you’re at the Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest on June 2nd, head over to the easterly end of the neighbourhood to Jimmie Simpson Park and the Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre for the 20th Annual Riverdale ArtWalk.  Hosted by the Artists’ Network, the Riverdale ArtWalk is a FREE two-day (June 2 & 3), public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in Jimmie Simpson Park and the Community Centre in Toronto’s flourishing Queen St. East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto’s season, the Riverdale ArtWalk is consistently ranked one of the top outdoor shows in the GTA. It is a great place to connect with artists and buy that perfect piece for your home!

The festival hosts over 175 participating artists and the inclusion of local community groups and food vendors. Now in its 20th year, the festival has grown to reach an audience of over 20,000 art enthusiasts and supporters. Through new partnership opportunities with the local BIA, the Riverdale ArtWalk expects to continue to grow.

Artists will be exhibiting painting, photography, mixed media, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture:

The event is free and open to the public so you can experience art all in one area from 11am-6pm each day. Enjoy this chance to discuss art with local artists. Be on the lookout for that perfect piece to take home and make your own.

Make sure to cast your ballot for the People’s Choice Award and you could win one of over 20 artworks. Vote at the Artists’ Network booth located along Queen Street East. Look for the “I Gave Art” sign onsite in participating artists booths.

Preview the featured artists HERE #TorontoArtWalks #ArtWalkSquare

 

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To check out all the fun details of Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, register for activities, and let us know you’re coming!

So come join us – and share your memories on social media using #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO for chance to win a free Riverside t-shirt!

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, and Metroland Media.

 

 

Shop these HOT BUYS & More at Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streetfest June 2nd!

Check out HOT BUYS, amazing finds, sweet deals, freebies and much more at Riverside’s Eats and Beats Streetfest sidewalk sales along Queen St E from the DVP to Empire Ave.

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 2nd alongside the 20th annual Riverdale Artwalk. Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

>>>CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS & LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING <<<<<

CHECK OUT THE EVENT GUIDE (PDF)

LONE & CO Salon Gift Basket Draw!
Sat, Jun 2nd 2:00pm – 6:00pm
717 Queen St. East
Stop by Lone&Co Salon’s sidewalk booth and cast your ballot for a Kevin Murphy gift basket ($200 value)!!

Jazz It Up at Dimensions
Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm – 6:00pm
(LOGO Dimensions) 732 Queen St. East
Live music will bring you a blend of classics to current hits from Sandra Bouza (2pm-4pm). Come inside and enjoy inspiring art!

Muay Thai & Cultural Demo
Sat, Jun 2nd 2:00pm-5:00pm
740 Queen St. East
Hosting live Muay Thai + Boxing Demos with athletes and fitness enthusiasts, including kids!

Riverdale Trading Company Vinyl Sidewalk Sale
Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm – 6:00pm
760 Queen Street East
Shop Riverdale Trading Co’s sidewalk sale with 20% off vinyl & enjoy DJ tunes!

Waxon Waxbar NEW Clients Receive a Free Service!
Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm – 6:00pm
766 Queen St. East
Inquire with our guest services team how NEW clients can receive a FREE service card.

Get Well-Crafted at Brika’s Sidewalk Sale
Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm – 6:00pm
768 Queen St. East
Find a great selection of well-crafted artisanal goods and gifts at Brika’s sidewalk sale!

Here & Now Clothing
Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm-6:00pm
770 Queen St East
Here & Now is celebrating their 16th Anniversary with a 20-75% off sale!

Get Your Green on at Queen Garden Centre
Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm – 6:00pm
771 Queen St. East
Shop specials on gardening plants and supplies at the Queen Garden Centre, right beside the festival’s Saulter Street closure!

Sash & Bustle Bridesmaids Sample Sale & Sidewalk Sale
Sat, Jun 2nd 10am-6pm
779 Queen St. East
“Stop by Sash & Bustle’s one day only Bridesmaids Sample Sale & Sidewalk Sale for amazing deals on bridesmaids gowns, lingerie, gifts, and accessories!” For one day only, Sash & Bustle is hosting a Bridesmaids Sample Sale and Sidewalk Sale! We’ll have a number of gorgeous gowns on sale out on the sidewalk as well as inside our boutique ranging from $25-$175. Please note that bridesmaids appointments will be drop-in only, so stop by early! We will also have goodies like lingerie, gifts, and accessories on MEGA SALE ranging from $5-$100! There’s something for everyone, so come shop the sale! We can’t wait to see you!

Bergström Sidewalk Sale!

Sat, Jun 2nd 11:00am-5:00pm
781 Queen St. East
Don’t miss Bergstrom’s ever-popular Sidewalk Clearance Sale! Accessories, footwear, and clothing from $5 and up! Come early for the best selection.

Pop By to Celebrate with Gillis & Kennedy!
Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm – 4:00pm
785 Queen St. East
Celebrate with local realtors Dianna Kennedy and Patrick Gillis! Enjoy free popcorn, bottled water, plus a prize draw of cookbooks by local chef Lynne Crawford!!

Riverside Arts Market – Shop Local
Sat, Jun 2nd 11:00am-6:00pm
790 Queen St. East
Meet local artisans, shop over 50 local vendors under one roof. 1:30PM-2:15PM Live music by Joanna Kellam from Scribble Me Silly!

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White Elephant Sale
Sat, Jun 2nd 12:00pm – 4:00pm
791 Queen St. East
A treasure trove of unique items for sale. All proceeds will go to support Mustard Seed Programming, Fontbonne Ministries.

Common Sort Massive Sidewalk Sale
Sat, Jun 2nd 1:00pm – 6:00pm
800 Queen Street East
Check out Common Sort’s huge sidewalk sale to get amazing deals on the best in the trendiest pre-loved fashion.

Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio Gets You Addicted to Feeling Good!
Sat, Jun 2nd 9:00am-3:00pm
70 McGee Street
Come try your first class FREE plus receive 10% off class packages (in person only, not applicable for unlimited memberships).

To check out all the fun details of Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, register for activities, and let us know you’re coming!

So come join us – and share your memories on social media using #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO for chance to win a free Riverside t-shirt!

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, and Metroland Media.

Taste the Eats & Feel the Beats on Broadview Ave at Riverside Streefest’s Main Stage

Dance your heart out, enjoy cold brews and great eats at Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest’s Broadview street closure f/t food &  drink from Toronto Food Tours and Eastbound Brewing Co, plus live tunes by Turbo Street Funk, Samba Toronto & more!

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 2nd alongside the 20th annual Riverdale Artwalk. Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

Enjoy a diversity of live musical performances and activities on Broadview with our Eats & Beats Main Stage, along with cold brews in the Eastbound Beer Garden and culinary delights from Toronto Food Tours!

>>>CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS & LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING <<<<<

CHECK OUT THE EVENT GUIDE (PDF)

Performance Schedule:

1pm Turbo Street Funk,

2pm Festival Welcome & DJ Beats at the Mainstage. At the Culinary Tent: Toronto Food Tours will be dishing out fabulous food demos and samples

2:45pm Charleston Lesson with Bees’ Knees Dance. Founded in 1999 by notable Toronto dancer Mandi Gould, Bees’ Knees Dance is now thriving under an enthusiastic collective of the studio’s instructors. Dance your heart out with professionals at 2:45pm.

3pm Get your swing dancing on with the Sugar Foot Stompers.

4pm Learn the Samba at 4pm a dance with its root in the Brazilian spirit, has planted itself here in Toronto where it’s budding with fun for everyone of all ages.

5:00pm DJ Beats at the Main Stage. At the Culinary Tent: more fun culinary demos at the Toronto Food Tours!

Read on for more about our Main Stage featured band, the Toronto Food Tours Culinary Tent, and Eastbound Beer Garden:

Turbo Street Funk defy convention; whether they’re playing a festival, pub, concert hall, or even on a busy street corner, the infectious sounds of Turbo Street Funk always sound at home. With a performance style rooted in the New Orleans horn band tradition, Turbo Street Funk combine Top 40 hits with top notch originals in an incendiary show that gets people moving.

Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk started as a professional busking band, performing on the streets of Toronto each spring and summer while members of the band attended university. The band received high praise from local journalists for their fresh sound and popularity with Toronto audiences.

The band includes; Casey Van – on vocals, guitar & harmonica, Juan Manuel Arce – on Alto Saxophone, Joel Eric Szabo – on French Horn, Camilo Gallon – on Drums and Ian Feenstra on the Sousaphone!

This is the band’s fourth year at the Annual Riveride Eats & Beats Streetfest and we’re glad to have them back!!

Toronto Food Tours is excited to present from 1pm-6pm a special pig roast and deep fried turkey at their culinary tent at the Riverside Eats & Beats Broadview street closure, and at 2pm and 5pm a dynamic lineup of Chefs, Local Restaurateurs, plus Food and Drink Artisans from across the city who will be demonstrating incredible summer recipes, and offering lots of culinary tips and tricks along the way. Check for culinary schedule and delicious details: tofoodtours.com

PLUS, from 1pm-6pm you can enjoy all the tunes while lounging in the Eastbound Brewing Co. Beer Garden, right next door in the Starbank Convenience parking lot (behind 705 Queen St E). Eastbound will be pouring fresh pints with a stage view. Pull up a stool and enjoy the beats!

More about Eastbound Brewing Co:

This local Riverside brew pub – conveniently located right across the street at 700 Queen St East, beside the Broadview Hotel – believes fresh beer is better beer. Same goes for fresh food. Eastbound Brewing Co. thinks that making good beer and good food with good stuff is everything. Whether it is fresh cut fries, house-made pickles or a pretzel baked that day, it is all made right in house!

Stop by Eastbound Brewing Co at 700 Queen St E during Eats & Beats to enjoy their wide menu of home-made brews and dishes to pair from 1pm-4:30pm!

To check out all the fun details of Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, register for activities, and let us know you’re coming!

So come join us – and share your memories on social media using #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO for chance to win a free Riverside t-shirt!

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, and Metroland Media.

Taste Summer with Toronto Food Tours Culinary Tent at Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest June 2nd

Toronto Food Tours will be cooking up something special in their culinary tent with a special pig and turkey roast, plus culinary demos from a dynamic lineup of chefs at Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest’ Broadview Street closure!

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 2nd alongside the 20th annual Riverdale Artwalk. Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

>>>CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS & LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING <<<

CHECK OUT THE EVENT GUIDE (PDF)

Toronto Food Tours is excited to present from 1pm-6pm a special pig roast and deep fried turkey at their culinary tent at the Riverside Eats & Beats Broadview street closure.

PLUS, at 2pm and 5pm a dynamic lineup of Chefs, Local Restaurateurs, and Food and Drink Artisans from across the city who will be demonstrating incredible summer recipes – offering lots of culinary tips and tricks along the way. Check for culinary schedule and delicious details: tofoodtours.com

More about Toronto Food Tours

Toronto Food Tours is locally owned and operated by partners Chef Scott Savoie, the city’s original and iconic food tour guy, and John Anderson, a local restaurateur and pub owner for over 25 years. They are dedicated to featuring the culinary and cultural diversity of the city through food, drink tours, edible escapades, cooking class and tastings. Their goal is to give visitors and locals alike a curated taste of place showcasing the best of locally grown Ontario foods, Artisanal Wines, Beers & Spirits served by local chefs and bartenders that are proud of their craft.

“We have been doing tours with Chef Scott for several years now. He always makes us feel like a VIP. This time we went on the Little Italy tour. The food and stories were fantastic. Will be booking his Canoe Escapade this summer and really want to do the St. Lawrence Market tour.” – T. Beaulieu, Toronto

“We did a corporate team building event for our staff. It was just so much fun. Everyone had a ball. The food was delicious and Chef Scott and John we such great hosts.” – P. Rivard, Toronto

To check out all the fun details of Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, register for activities, and let us know you’re coming!

So come join us – and share your memories on social media using #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO for chance to win a free Riverside t-shirt!

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, and Metroland Media.