Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streetfest is back on Sat, June 1st!

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back! Join us on Saturday, June 1st to taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen St.  between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

Check out all the fun details on our event guide (PDF).

Let us know you’re coming by registering on our event page#RiversideTO #EatsNBeats Streetfest!

This years event will feature a number of live performances and activities at street closures including:

Broadview Ave & Queen St. East

  • Eats & Beats Main Stage and Eastbound Beer Garden
  • Performances: Sugar Foot Stompers, Welcome & DJ Beats, Turbo Street Funk, Monkey Fighting Snakes, Samba Toronto and DJ Battle.
  • Toronto Food Tours Culinary Tent with Chef Scott & the Toronto Food Tours doing a pig roast, deep-frying turkeys and shucking east coast oysters.

Carrol St. & Queen St. East

  • Pirate Life! Join the crew to search for the hidden treasure 
  • Road safety promotion with Switchback Cyclery and Downtown Auto Group

Munro St. @ Queen St. East

  • Activate! Block Party on Munro
  • Make-your-own smoothie by bicycle from Oma Chiropractic 
  • Terrarium workshop ($$, registration required) and their 5th annual photobooth at Quince Flowers 

 Saulter St. & Queen St. East 

  • Live music and Ready, Set, Play!
  • Drag Queen Story Time with drag performers, Lucy Flawless and Lucinda Mui from East Toronto Drag Queen 
  • Historica Canada’s trivia challenge to test your national knowledge
  • Ralph Thornton Community Centre & “Pop Up Voting” RTCC is hosting a dress rehearsal with a “Kids Vote” polling station on Saulter Street.
  • Pop Up Eats & Live Beats at Saulter Street Brewery

There will be a variety of great east and buys from a variety of Riverside Businesses all along Queen St. East.

Taste these HOT EATS at Riverside’s Eats & Beets Streetfest

To check out all the fun details of Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest view our event guide (PDF), and register to let us know you’re coming! 

Here’s a guide to all the HOT EATS available on Saturday, June 1st during Riverside’s Eats & Beats Streefest along Queen St. East from the DVP to Empire Avenue.

Eastbound Brewery: 
1:00pm – 4:30pm, 700 Queen St. East
Stop by Eastbound Brewing Co for their wide menu of homemade brews and dishes to pair!

Bless Your Mouth at Sweet Jesus Icecream:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 780 Queen St. East
Stop by Sweet Jesus where you can ‘bless your mouth’ with the best and trendiest in cool treats.

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Animal Liberation Kitchen – The ALK:
11:00am to 7:00pm, 717 Queen St. East
Come join us for our ooey gooey vegan Mac’n’Cheese, jacked up BBQ jack fruit sandwiches and refreshing SMOOTHIES!

Fresh Baked at Broadview Bakery & Deli:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 728 Queen St. East
Enjoy a huge selection of well-priced, freshly baked, preservative-free Montreal-style bagels, baked pastries and deli items.

Hot Nitro Brew & Cold Fireball at Tertulia: 
1:00pm – 8:00pm, 711 Queen St. East
Enjoy there delicious lattes, scones, puff pastries, sandwiches, iced tea, salads and awesome music!

Tastes of the Middle East at Tabülè:
1:00pm – 5:00pm, 810 Queen St. East
Delight the senses with an array of delectable Middle Eastern tasters and adorn yourself with gorgeous Henna tattoos by Gord Grover.

tabule eats and beats

Strawberry Social at Ruby Watchco: 
1:00pm – 5:00pm, 730 Queen St. East
Stop by to enjoy fresh Strawberry Treats for sale on Ruby Watchco’s sidewalk including Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade, Strawberry Blondies and Strawberry Soft Serve.

Wine Rack Pulls Out the Funk:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 731 Queen St. East
Stop by for a spin with the Wine Rack’s ever-popular Dancing Grapes and for a taste of refreshing sangria.

wine rack

Broadview Hotel: 
1:00pm – 9:00pm, 106 Broadview Avenue
Celebrating music, food and the neighbourhood we love! Drop by for a taste of The Broadview Hotel and to try their new menu at The Civic Restaurant.

Opera House Grill: 
11:00am – 11:00pm, 737 Queen St. East
Join us as we celebrate Eats & Beats on our fully licensed patio! They bring a taste of the Danforth to Queen Street with a Greek Menu.

Opera House

Brickworks Cider House: 
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 700 Queen St. East
Get your home-made Whole Apple Pie and Strawberry Mint & Basil sorbet ($$) at Brickworks Ciderhouse!

Butchers of Distinction Pavement BBQ: 
1:00pm – 3:30pm, 738 Queen St. East
Butchers of Distinction will be grilling yet another delectable treat… come early as they sell out annually!

Butchers of Distinction Pavement BBQ

Lan Restaurant:
1:00pm – 6:00pm, 755 Queen St. East
Come by Lan’s to enjoy the famous Vietnamese coffee for $2!

Rockabilly Beats at The Comrade:
2:00pm – 6:00pm, 758 Queen St. East
Come by The Comrade for honky-tonk & rockabilly beats by The Marty Allen Band!

Mother’s Day in Riverside

Mother's Day in Riverside

There is so much to do in Riverside, come with us and check out a few options to enjoy your day in the ‘hood!’ 

Looking for a special gift for your mom?

The Arts Market is the perfect place for the perfect gift. There is no shortage of gift options here with products ranging from jewelry to pottery, and photography sourced from over 175 local designers and artists. 

Arts Market

Arts Market

Find your mom the perfect outfit and accessories at Bergström Originals. All collections are designed in Toronto, with bold colours and clean prints, the collections stand out from other stores. 

Bergström Originals

Bergström Originals

Looking for an experience?

Spend the day at the Leslieville Mother’s Day Flea Market at the Broadview Hotel. Enjoy the afternoon shopping for vintage and handcrafted goods followed by a BBQ and beverages on the Lincoln Terrace.

Leslieville Mother's Day Flea Market

Leslieville Mother’s Day Flea Market

Pamper your mom at the hub of health and wellness, Oma Chiropractic. The clinic offers a number of services such as massage therapy, chiropractic care, and naturopathy. Purchase a gift card to help your mom relax and reset. 

Oma Chiropractic

Oma Chiropractic

Looking for a night out?

Visit Ruby Watchco for a special night out, a new menu is offered every night from Canadian culinary masters, Chef Lynn Crawford and Chef Lora Kirk. The price fixed menu makes the perfect dining experience to celebrate your mom. 

Ruby Watchco

Ruby Watchco

Treat your mom to a night out at the Broadview Hotel! With 3 eateries, there is something for all mother’s – Enjoy the main floor dining room, the Civic with a menu focus on seasonal ingredients, the Cafe/Bar with a more casual atmosphere, and the Rooftop Bar that features incredible views over the Don River and Toronto Skyline.

Broadview Hotel

Broadview Hotel

It doesn’t matter what type of mom you have, there is something for everyone in Riverside! 


Thank you + Photos: Wild Plant Walk

Riverside Walks, free guided walking tours series of Riverside neighbourhood – is back for another season! Riverside kicked off the series of walks with the ‘Wild Plant Walk’ on May 4th, led by Clinical Herbalist Danette Steele.

Thank you to everyone that braved the morning drizzle and showed up to the walking tour! It was a busy morning at the corner of Saulter & Queen St!! On the east side, a huge success with SRCPC Stroller-a-thon and Bake Sale and on the west corner, people gathered since 10:30am to enjoy Danette’s herbal teas. There were Dandelion root tea, Nettle leaf tea and Hibiscus tea. 

Enjoy the photos of this great morning! 

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Thank you & Photos: Riverside Clean Up

As part of efforts throughout Toronto, Riverside joined the over 200,000 folks who came together for the 15th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces.

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Riverside residents, businesses, and volunteers from George Brown College School of ESL teamed up to clean in and around Joel Weeks Park, Carroll St, Thompson St, Davies Ave, Munro St, and Hamilton St. The Ralph Thornton Community Centre also organized a clean up of McClearly Playground and surrounding streets and spaces on Friday afternoon!

We had great support from the City of Toronto, which in partnership with Glad, donated bags and gloves. Besides Paula Fletcher donation of compost at Joel Weeks Park on Sunday, April 27th.

Riverside has been organizing similar annual cleanups for over five years now and it is good to observe that the level of litter in our community at this time of year has been going down year over year – thanks to smaller but very important everyday litter clean up efforts year round.

Thanks to everyone who supported the annual Riverside Clean Up and thanks for your efforts day to day to keep our community beautiful!

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