Riverside’s New Mural: Tkaranto Past/ Tkaranto Future

Riverside has a new mural created by artists Odinamaad (Isaac Narcisco Weber), Chief Lady Bird (Nancy King) and Dave, along with Indigenous youth and traditional knowledge keeper Philip Cote who helped with youth workshops to conceptualize the mural design. The work on the mural was completed on July 20th on the walls of Woodgreen Services at 650 Queen Street East.
See a video of the completed mural!

      

The artists’ creation is rich in symbolism, stories and connections – from the floral designs on the west wall, all the way to the feather on the south wall. This is a mural full of messages of celebration and survivance of the past, as well as welcomings and good wishes for the future. No piece of this mural is without meaning and is truly a blessing to have it as a part of Riverside.

Stay tuned for details of mural launch celebrations coming up on August 27th, 3-6pm outside 650 Queen St E – pls save the date!

Rendering of mural design on 650 Queen Street East

Background 

Toronto has the largest population of urban indigenous populations, but there are few public visual markers that showcase the cultural vibrancy, voice and creativity of these communities.

As a district with a long and rich history, the Riverside BIA feels it is important to ensure that there is also reference to Indigenous heritage. For this reason, we focused on engaging a group of Aboriginal artists to do a piece in Riverside that speaks to the area’s First Nations heritage. The ‘Tkaranto Past/ Tkaranto Future’  (Toronto Past/Toronto Future) Mural will reference historical communities in the area, but also showcase the community as being one that is vibrant and contemporary.

Detailed sketches of mural designs

The piece is a blend of traditional woodland and contemporary street art styles – reflective of the different generations that have been involved in the mural’s creation. Philip Cote, is a veteran Indigenous artist, elder, and muralist. Isaac Weber is a well-known street artist. Destiny Rae Wheatley is a young emerging artist. Chief Ladybird is of Potawatomi/Chippewaand  is a visual artist and teacher from Mnjikaning Rama First Nation, based in Toronto. Further, these artists have engaged with the next generation through a series of workshops with youth from Council Fire, to help inspire the mural design.

 
Left to Right Philip Cote, Two Youth  from Council Fire, Destiny Rae Wheatly, Isaac Narcisco Weber 
The Community info session for the mural was held on June 21st at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre.
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The mural painting took place from July 16th-20th.

Thank you to mural supporters:  This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada,  StreetARToronto, Cultural  Hotspot , Ontario 150, and Woodgreen Community Services (for lending us their wall!)

Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada, StreetARToronto, Cultural  Hotspot , Ontario 150, et Woodgreen Community Services

THANK YOU & PHOTOS- Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest 2017

Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, in its 5th year, was described by Riverside festival-goers and businesses alike as ‘the biggest and best celebration yet’ with:

  • 2 days of fun activities celebrating 150, Indigenous roots and local business and community
  • 10,000+ people coming out to Riverside on June 3rd & 4th
  • 50+ participating restaurants, vendors and retailers hosting events/ activities
  • 20+ live performances by Toronto musicians and artists
  • street closures over the weekend packed with fun & meaningful activities and attractions
  • 350+ volunteer hours contributed
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This event could not have happened without the support of so many amazing people!!!
 
THANK YOU:
  • Riverside Eats & Beats 2017 Sponsors: the Riverside BIA, Ontario 150, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, Hullmark Developments, Downtown Automotive Group, & Metroland Media!
  • Riverside Eats & Beats Marketing CommitteeAdrienne, our Event Chair, for helping host a fantastic Munro Street closure party; Chef Scott for bringing Toronto Food Tours Culinary demos, a pig roast, and a walking tour to the festival, Karen for event photography, Lynne for leading the Riverside ArtWalk Tour, Giancarlo, Alexis and Jeff for coming out and lending their muscle to help run the show. Glenn, Maria, John & the whole Ralph Thornton Community Centre team for lending event equipment and hosting ESCAPE childcare activities all weekend. Dave for open the doors at Eastbound all weekend, and Lynn for bringing support and great activities via BMO.
  • Riverside BIA Board: Rosie, Adrienne, Dave, Natasha, Athena, and Ellen who hosted amazing activities during the festival. Special thanks to Ryan at Hullmark for sponsoring the event, and to our Chair, Mitch for helping lead our Samba Toronto parade and supporting our special MomenTO activities with the City of Toronto and Councillor Paula Fletcher.
  • Street Closure Hosts: Big thanks to: Barb Nahwegahbow for hosting the Indigenous & Ingenious Summer Show & Sale on Broadview; Arts Market for hosting a fun pop market on McGee; to Nell & Natasha for hosting their always-popular free annual BBQ on McGee; Oma Chiropractic, Quince Flowers, and Switchback Cyclery for hosting the Munro Block Party; Queen/Saulter Library, 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 including Kaboom Chicken, The Wine Rack (we love your dancing grapes!!), Tabule, Arts Market, Common Sort, Downtown Toyota & il ponte, Dimensions, Pulp Kitchen, Eastbound Brewing Co, Butchers of Distinction, The Opera House Grill, Mary Macleod’s, The Peasant Table, The Comrade, Smash, Chi Junky Studio, The Broadview Hotel, Here & Now, Irish Design House, Bergstrom, Sash & Bustle, Broadview Bakery, Mustard Seed, I’ll Be Seeing You, Lan Restaurant, and Sugar Loaf!
  • Artists, Musicians, Artisans and Vendors who helped enliven our streets and community spaces: Don Valley Stompers; Youth Drum, Suzanne Smoke & Cedar Smoke; Metis Fiddling & Jigging Trio; Lindsay Foote; Samba Toronto; the Entertwangers; Elana Harte f/t Jen Benton; Dustin & Pat; Tune Your Ride’s bicycle-powered line up; Evolve Skate Camp and PirateLife, plus many more fantastic local artists and vendors.
  • Our local political reps: Councillor Paula Fletcher for her ongoing support in helping make these street events a success, and our MP Julie Dabrusin and MPP Peter Tabuns.
  • Graphic designer Geo who created the fresh, 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: JenniferBradley, Anjuli, and Barb for supporting every step to make this event a success!

Now, if you attended the festival please let us know what you thought of Eats & Beats 2017 to help us all improve for the next one, to make it even better:

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Riverside Eats & Beats ‘Pops-Up’ on Saulter June 4th!

Sunday on Saulter Street offers a unique blend of music, history and local food and veggies on June 4th. The Leslieville Farmers’ Market and MomenTO Mobile Museum Pop-ups are just some of the highlights!

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th alongside the Riverdale ArtWalk. Join us as the festival helps ‘Celebrate 150’ and Indigenous roots, with festivities spanning Riverside’s 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East from the DVP to Empire Avenue.

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During your time at the Eats and Beats Streetfest on June 4th, make sure to stop by the Saulter Street closure, south of Queen St E. From 1-4pm, get a taste of the Leslieville Farmers’ Market as it ‘pops-up’ in Riverside! Shop for your fresh, local prepared food and veggies from local farmers and producers. Plus, enjoy live music by local artists and residents Dustin & Caleb!

Also on Saulter will be the MomenTO pop-up museum which, in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, explores the stories of remarkable people, places and events in the history of Toronto and Canada.  MomenTO highlights people, places and events from 1867 to 2017 that are significant to the history of Canada and Toronto. Come by at 3pm for a special presentation of Riverside history with special guests from MomenTO, Riverside BIA Chair Mitch Korman, Barry Slater (our local Riverside history aficionado from the Royal Canadian Curling Club,) and Ward 30 Councillor Paula Fletcher.

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LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING to the #RiversideTO #EatsNBeats Streetfest

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIAOntario 150BMO Queen & Saulter BranchHullmarkDowntown Automotive Group, and Metroland Media

Check out these HOT BUYS and more at Riverside’s Eats and Beats Streetfest

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

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th alongside the Riverdale ArtWalk. Join us as the festival helps ‘Celebrate 150’ and Indigenous roots, with festivities spanning Riverside’s 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East from the DVP to Empire Avenue

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Arts Market Takes to the Street on McGee

Make sure to stop by our McGee Street closure, south of Queen Street East, where the Arts Market takes to the street to showcase your favorite vendors plus live music! Happening on June 3rd from 1-6PM, the outdoor market will include a variety of interesting and eye-catching items including handmade leather goods, jewellry, scents, cards, vegan and cruelty free products. And don’t miss Toronto folk artist Lindsay Foote, keeping the energy fun and exciting from 2-5PM! (p.s. Vendors will also be outside the Arts Market shop at 790 Queen Street East for more hot buys and music from Dusty Sleeves and the Sound Machine!)

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Jazz It Up at Dimensions at 732 Queen St E.

On Saturday, June 3rd from 1-6pm make sure to stop by Dimensions Custom Framing and Gallery during the Riverside Eats and Beats Streetfest. Here, you will be greeted with beautiful photography and stunning art pieces including the “O’Canada” by Sandra MacGilivray. Plus, from 2-4pm, live music from Elana Harte featuring Jen Benton will bring you an incredible blend of Classic Music through the decades from 70s to current hits. Make sure to drop by to join in the fun and excitement!

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Common Sort Massive Sidewalk Sale at 800 Queen St. E

Check out Common Sort‘s huge sidewalk sale to get amazing deals on the best in the trendiest pre-loved fashion. The sale takes place on June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm.

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Tiny Record Shop Spinning it with Live DJs on June 3rd from 1-6pm

Come to 804 Queen St. E to check out some of the hot vinyl finds while grooving to the in-house DJ breaking out on this stretch of Riverside.

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Sash and Bustle on 779 Queen St E.

On June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm, Sash and Bustle will be holding a sidewalk sale with 10-40% on gifts and select accessories, shoes, hair pieces, wedding planners, pens, luxury straws, pocket mirrors and more!

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Waxon Waxbar at 766 Queen St. E.

On June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm, try the gold standard in waxing! New clients to Waxon Waxbar with proof of waxing at any competitor get their 1st wax free! (Proof includes: Receipt, Gift Card, Email, etc.)

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Here & Now Clothing’s Anniversary Sale at 770 Queen St. E.

BIG Anniversary sale on June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm! Take 25-75% off everything in the store!

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White Elephant Sale from 2-4pm on June 3rd

Come to 791 Queen St. E for a treasure trove of unique items for sale. All proceeds will go to support Mustard Seed Programming, Fontbonne Ministries.

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Bergström Accessories Sale at 781 Queen St. E!

Don’t miss Bergstrom‘s amazing sidewalk sale including $5 to $40 accessories and handbags, and specials on shoes. Get there early! Sale runs on June 3rd from 11am-6pm. 

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Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio Gets You Addicted to Feeling Good!

Chi Junky’s squad of wellness experts welcomes you to stop by their open house at 70 McGee Street on June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm and #GetAddicted to an awesome yoga experience with free classes & offerings.

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BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIAOntario 150BMO Queen & Saulter BranchHullmarkDowntown Automotive Group, and Metroland Media

Make sure not to miss any of these Hot Eats during Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streetfest

A guide for your taste buds on June 3rd and 4th along Queen Street from the DVP to Empire Ave.

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th alongside the Riverdale ArtWalk! Join us as the festival helps celebrate 150, with festivities spanning Riverside’s 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East from the DVP to Empire Avenue.

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SMASH! Ping Pong Serves up Eats & Beats on Saturday, June 3rd from 1-6pm.

Don’t miss out on ping pong, food and drink specials ,and killer tunes at 672 Queen St East.

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Taste the Real KFC at Kaboom on Saturday, June 3rd from 1-6pm

Kaboom will be slinging KFC (korean fried chicken) – on the street! Come out to 722 Queen St E to get a taste!

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BBQ & DJ Beats at Downtown Toyota on June 3rd from 1-6pm

Downtown Automotive Group will be celebrating Riverside’s Eats & Beats with DJ beats and hot sizzlers grilled fresh with authentic Italian flavor by Il Ponte.

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but2Butchers of Distinction Pavement BBQ on 738 Queen St E, June 3rd and 4th

The Master butchers of BoD will cook marinated breast of local lamb and serve it on house-made flat bread with pickled spring vegetables and organic rhubarb compote. Come on out on both June 3rd and June 4th from 1-3:30pm for a taste!

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Sweet Adventures at Sugar Loaf Await on June 3rd (1-6pm) and 4th (1-3pm)

Enjoy a special selection of sweets and pastries European non-traditional style at 729 Queen St East.

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Sweet Beats n’ Boozy Treats at I’ll Be Seeing You Bar on Saturday, June 3rd from 1-6pm

Stop by 747 Queen St E and enjoy a cool summer Sno Cone! Plus, head inside for a ‘grown up’ version, lunch nibbles and sweet beats.

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The Comrade BBQ & Beats on Saturday June 3rd from 1-6pm

Come by The Comrade at 758 Queen St E for amazing BBQ eats and honky-tonk & rockabilly beats by The Marty Allen Band!

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Wine Rack Pulls Out the Funk at 731 Queen St. East on June 3rd and 4th

Stop by on June 3rd from 1-6pm for a taste of refreshing sangria and check out the selection of wine, cider and more! Come on by June 4th from 1-4pm for a taste of VQA wines, plus ice-cold cider and sangria!

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Eastbound Serves Up Snacks & Guest Brews at 700 Queen St E.

Stop by Eastbound Brewing Co, Riverside’s newest neighbour! Check out their fresh space, snacks and guest brews from 1PM to 12AM on both June 3rd and June 4th.

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Opera House Grill Provides a Taste of Greece on June 3rd and 4th from 11am-11pm

Join Opera House Grill, at 737 Queen Street E to celebrate Eats & Beats on their fully licensed patio! They bring a taste of the Danforth to Queen Street with our Greek Menu!

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Lan’s Restaurant offers delicious refreshment at 755 Queen St E.

Come by Lan’s on June 3rd from 1-6pm and June 4th from 1-4pm to enjoy their most delicious and popular Vietnamese iced coffee for only $1!

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Tastes of the Middle East – Excite & Delight the Senses with Food & Filigree Henna at Tabule on June 3rd

Delight the senses with an array of delectable Middle Eastern tasters and adorn yourself with gorgeous Henna tattoos by Gord Grover. The food and art happens on Saturday, June 3rd from 1-5pm at Tabule, located at 810 Queen St. E

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Nell & Natasha’s Rhythm & Blues BBQ on Sunday, June 4th from 1-4pm

Feed your stomach and soul at Nell & Natasha’s Annual Free BBQ, refreshments, and guest band performing classics and originals on the McGee St. Closure.

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LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING to the #RiversideTO #EatsNBeats Streetfest 

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIAOntario 150BMO Queen & Saulter BranchHullmarkDowntown Automotive Group, and Metroland Media.