RiversideTO at NOW Readers Choice Awards 2019

So it comes that time of the year again to vote and to celebrate your favourite locations in Toronto with the NOW Readers’ choice awards!

As you know, #RiversideTO is a small little neighbourhood full of gems, so bear with us while we show you everyone that got nominated!!

BEST BAR: Hi-Lo & I’ll be seeing you…

BEST BUTCHER: Butchers of Distinction 

BEST COCKTAIL BAR:  I’ll be seeing you…

BEST DINER: White Lily

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT: Tabule

BEST SPLURGE RESTAURANT: The Civic at The Broadview Hotel

BEST VEGAN: Animal Liberation Kitchen 

BEST WINE BAR: Chez Nous Bar

BEST HAIR SALON: Lone & Co. Salon

BEST CONCERT HALL: The Opera House

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE: The Opera House

BEST CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING AND ACCESSORY STORE: Common sort

Oma Chiropractic & Wellness – ‘Good in the Hood’ Series

‘Good in the Hood’ Series

Oma Chiropractic & Wellness

Oma is a wellness clinic that works to inspire hope, build health, and celebrate life. They have been apart of the Riverside Neighbourhood for 12 years and helps many individuals and families with a self-care and wellness routine. Oma is the “Wellness Hub” and offers many avenues to your health and wellbeing: everything from Chiropractic Care to Massage to Yoga to Naturopathic care, and more!

To book a service, visit the clinic at 1 Munro St. or book online! The clinic is open from Monday to Friday (8am-12pm, and 3pm-7pm) and on Saturday from 9am-1pm!

Thank you to the  J & C Toronto Real Estate Team for creating ‘Good in the Hood,’ a short video series featuring local businesses and owners and their stories. They are a dynamic local husband and wife real estate team that live and work in Toronto’s East End who wanted to put a spotlight on the Riverside/Leslieville businesses they know and love. 

Learn all about Riverside’s Alquimia Mural

The Riverside BIA is happy to announce that it’s 2019 Mural ‘Alquimia’ is completed!!

Riverside 2019 Mural Alquimia

Collage of the Riverside 2019 Mural Alquimia

It was an amazing process from engaging the community, choosing the wall and getting it approved, applying for the City of Toronto Mural Grant, and getting everything together to create this colourfull and vibrant mural!

About the 2019 Mural – Alquimia

‘Alquimia’ (spanish for ‘alchemy’) is a mural in a semi-abstract style. Paying homage to the Riverside neighbourhood, the mural is an interpretation of the quote “This river I step in is not the river I stand in” that speaks of the inevitable nature of all things: Alchemy and change.  Everything moves. Everything transforms into something else.

It is a connection to the past while celebrating its future, progress and growth of the community.

Through the use of vibrant colour palettes,  the aim is to inject light and energy, hoping to make everyone feel welcome and uplifted, while transforming the corner into a space of mental elevation for everyone.

About the Mural Artist

Jacquie Comrie is a multidisciplinary Toronto-based artist and mental health advocate.

Whether as murals on buildings, large scale structures, or canvases, her body of work is a dynamic exploration of colour as a universal language of human emotion. With mental health issues on the rise across the globe, her goal is to continue creating inclusive, colourful spaces of mental reset to ultimately help improve the lives of all individuals, one wall at a time.
To learn more about Jacquie, visit her website www.jacquiecomrie.com

Thank You to the Businesses Involved!

A special thanks to Pizza Nova who provided the wall space and continuous support throughout the ideation process. Thank you to Anjuli Solanki who through her leadership during the Riverside Public Art Walk engaged the community in the mural’s design. Thank you to Riverside BIA’s Streetscape Committee for all of the hard work and time volunteered in the planning process for the mural. And thank you to the City of Toronto funding the project.

While strolling through Riverside check out the mural, feel uplifted and take some selfies, enjoy some photos… don’t forget to tag us #RiversideTO

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St. John’s Bakery – Riverside Business Profile Series

St. John’s Bakery 

Unbeknownst to many locals, St. John’s Bakery on Broadview Ave. is a destination for bread lovers all over Toronto and beyond.

“People drive for miles just to come to our little place.” says bakery manager Shawn Burk. “On a Saturday it’s packed all morning.”

Not only that, but the bakery’s 13 varieties of sourdough bread is sold at over 40 high-end grocery stores across Toronto, including Pusateri’s in Yorkville. St. John’s signature Cilantro Olive Loaf has won numerous awards.

In addition to pumping out fresh organic bread every day, St. John’s Bakery offers paid hands-on training to marginalized individuals in need of both compassion and work experience. The bake shop’s employment success rate is 100 percent.

“We had one guy who was on the street for 25 years,” says Shawn. “By the end of it, he was a lead baker.”

The diversity of the people in Riverside is one of Shawn’s favourite things about living and working here. “It’s a neighbourhood that has every walk of life,” he says. “There’s something different about Riverside and it just feels comfortable.” 

Owned and operated by St. John the Compassionate Mission since 2001, the bakery is open five days a week. Any bread that hasn’t sold by the end of the day is donated to the mission which serves over 60,000 meals a year in Riverside.

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 Riverside Business Profile. Read other blogs from her: 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.

Thank You & Photos – Riverside Coffee Culture Walk

Such a fantastic time was had on the Riverside Coffee Culture Walk on August 10th! We had an amazing and engaged group of coffee enthusiasts. Thanks to all the Baristas from Merchants of Green Coffee, Tertulia and Boxcar Social! Coffee lovers got full-on demos, pour-overs, talks and tastes of Riverside’s many unique coffee spots.

Special thanks to walk leader Manu for, once again, participating in this walk and sharing his deep coffee knowledge!

Check out upcoming Riverside Walks here

Manu starting off Riverside Coffee Culture Walk 2019

Manu starting off Riverside Coffee Culture Walk 2019

Merchants of Green Coffee and its 101 Coffee Rules

Merchants of Green Coffee and its 101 Coffee Rules.

1st Riverside Coffee Walk Stop: Merchants of Green Coffee Demo, from roasting the bean, to grinding, brewing and drinking it.

1st Riverside Coffee Walk Stop: Merchants of Green Coffee Demo, from roasting the bean to grinding, brewing and drinking it.

 
2nd Riverside Coffee Walk Stop: Tertulia. Learning more about Spanish Latte and drinks with coffee

2nd Riverside Coffee Walk Stop: Tertulia. Learning more about Spanish Latte and drinks with coffee.

Tertulia: George testing attendees' knowledge with an impromptu coffee test!

Tertulia: George testing attendees’ knowledge with an impromptu coffee test worth a 1lb coffee bag!

 
 
3rd Riverside Coffee Walk Stop: Boxcar Social - Getting ready to try Cold Coffee, Cascara tea and more!

3rd Riverside Coffee Walk Stop: Boxcar Social – Getting ready to try Cold Coffee, Cascara tea and more!

Boxcar Social

Boxcar Social

Boxcar Social Nitro Cold Coffee

Boxcar Social Nitro Cold Coffee