Streamlined Application Process for Business Licences in Toronto

Applying for a new business licence or permit?

The City of Toronto is improving the application process for new business licences and permits. As of June 3, 2019, applicants will need to submit a complete application with all their documents. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application requirements and forms are available online at

The improved application process will help you get your licence in one visit. Submit your complete application at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor, East York, ON M4C 5R1.

Note: The new business licence application process does not apply to taxicab and limousine owners, or business licence renewals.

Questions? More information at

Thank you + Photos: Doors Open Walk

Riverside Walks, free guided walking tours series of Riverside neighbourhood – is back for another season! This past weekend, Lynne, Ron and Geraldine led 3 Doors Open walks that explored the past, present and the future of Riverside. 

Although, we were sad to cancel the walk at 10:00am on May 25th due to thunderstorms; we had a great time at the other walks throughout the weekend.

Thank you to everyone for their understanding and for showing up to the walking tour. It was a busy weekend here in Riverside with over 100 guests learning about the history and changes of the Riverside neighbourhood. 

Enjoy the photos of this great weekend!

Support the Community by Joining the Riverside Green Initiative


Did you know that the Riverside has a Green Initiative? 

With the gardening season quickly approaching, the Riverside Community Garden in Joel Weeks Park is welcoming new members. Memberships are available to anyone who lives, work or plays in the Riverside neighbourhood. The garden operates on a communal model with shared space and no plots from May to October during the gardening season. Memberships are $25 to $35 per season and allow you to grow fresh vegetables and herbs. 

The group was formed in early 2012 with the purpose of doing outreach, education, and community‐building around green initiatives in Riverside. Although community gardening is a core interest of the group, current and future activities also include community clean-ups, education around nutrition, container gardening, and farmers markets in partnership with Toronto Parks and Recreation, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the Riverside BIA, the Ralph Thornton Centre and others community partners.

Want to learn more or become a member for 2019? Contact

Check out the Annual Riverdale Artwalk During Eats & Beats 2019

Riverdale-ArtWalk-2-lo-res-S2The annual Riverdale Artwalk, happening alongside Riverside Eats & Beats on June 1st, 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 1st alongside the 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 Eats & Beats Streetfest, head over to the easterly end of the neighbourhood to Jimmie Simpson Park and the Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre for the Riverdale ArtWalk.  Hosted by the Artists’ Network, the Riverdale ArtWalk is a FREE two-day (June 1 & 2), 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 170 participating artists and the inclusion of local community groups and entertainment. Now in its 20th year in the Riverdale/Leslieville area of Toronto, the festival has grown to reach an audience of over 25,000 art enthusiasts and supporters. Through new partnership opportunities with the local BIA, the Riverdale Artwalk expects to continue to grow.

Preview the featured artists HERE #TorontoArtWalks #ArtWalkSquare



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 #EatsNBeats2019 and #RiversideTO. 



Shop these HOT BUYS at Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streetfest

To learn more about Eats & Beets, visit our event guide (PDF), and register for June 1st! So come join us – and share your memories on social media using #eatsnbeats and #RiversideTO!

Check out these HOT BUYS, amazing deals, and fantastic finds on Saturday, June 1st at Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streetfest along Queen St. East from the DVP to Empire Avenue. 

Dreamy Beauty Bar: 
11:00am – 5:00pm, 717 Queen St. East
Visit the Dreamy Beauty Bar to enjoy some refreshments,
tour the space and receive a 20% discount on all services!

Riverside Arts Market – Shop Local:
11am – 6pm, 790 Queen St. East
Meet local artisans & shop from over 50 local vendors under one roof.

Arts Market

Jazz It Up at Dimensions: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 732 Queen St. East
Live music with the sounds of Benton and Harte will bring you an incredible blend of classics and current hits. Come inside and enjoy inspiring art!

Riverdale Trading Company Vinyl Sidewalk Sale: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 760 Queen St. East
Shop Riverdale Trading Co’s sidewalk sale with 30% off vinyl & enjoy DJ tunes!

Dresden Vision Building Station: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 733 Queen St East
Dresden will have a mobile building station where you’ll be able to build your own glasses and even get the lenses cut on the spot! There will be games for kids including corn hole and face painting, so even if you don’t need glasses, you can get a fake pair painted on!

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

Komplete Strength Personal Training Sessions Raffle:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 740 Queen St. East
Stop by Komplete Strength to enjoy some tunes, tour the studio and a chance to win one in two 3-session Personal Training prize OR 1-month free unlimited class pass!

Here & Now Closing Sale:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 770 Queen St. East
Here & Now is closing with a BIG BIG sale! Everything must go, up to 90% off!

Here and Now

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

Irish Design House Sidewalk Sale: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 756 Queen St. East
They offer sustainable, handmade fashion & crafts from Ireland via the Riverside store. Have you seen the sewing school? Ask about signing up! 

Mustard Seed Court-Yard Sale:
12:00pm – 3:00pm, 791 Queen St. East
Inexpensive hand-made jewellery and a few odds & ends in the lovely Fontbonne Ministry court-yard. All proceeds will go to support Mustard Seed Programming, Fontbonne Ministries.

Bergström Sidewalk Sale:
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!

Bergstrom Eats & Beats

Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio Gets:
9:00am – 3:00pm, 70 McGee St.
Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio gets you addicted to an awesome yoga experience with killer playlists & essential oil massages. Come try your first class FREE plus receive 10% off class packages (in person only, not applicable for unlimited memberships).

Sash & Bustle Sash & Bustle Gift Card Draw & Info Session:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 779 Queen St. East
Sash & Bustle will be hosting an information booth for neighbours and local brides to chat all things wedding and bridal related! Guests will be encouraged to participate in a draw to win $250 Sash & Bustle gift card.

Sash and Bustle Eats & Beats