We wanted to give a huge thank you to the Beaches International Jazz Festival for hosting a fun-filled weekend at the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside during July 5-7th! The weekend was full of live music, dancing, good food, sidewalk sales, and smiling faces!
Thanks to all the Riverside businesses who took part and hosted sidewalk sales!
Check out a few of the photos from the weekend!
Opening up day 2 of the Sounds of Leslieville and Riverside on the main stage at Jimmie Simpson Park!
A huge crowd enjoying the live music at DeGrassi street!
Soukustek killing it with the African beats on the main stage!
Soul Sessions taking over Boulton Street!
The Imbayakunas at Saulter Street!
Motown Mania on the main stage!
Riverside Walks, free guided walking tours series of Riverside neighbourhood had another successful and sunny walk this past weekend at the 2019 Riverside Public Art Walk! Attendees had the benefit of learning about public art in the neighbourhood which weaves together stories of changes over space and time, heritage, people, nature, and ways of living.
If you missed it and want to attend a future walk, make sure you check out our Riverside Walks page!
We wanted to give a special thank you to…
Anjuli Solanki, for doing an excellent job of leading the walk. Anjuli is a former Executive Director of the Riverside BIA and helped implement many of the Riverside public art projects that you learned about on the tour!
Jacquie Comrie, for attending and speaking on her ideas and intentions for her new mural that will be coming into the neighbourhood shortly!
All of the attendees, it wouldn’t have been possible without you! Thanks for bringing the community together and for learning about the art in Riverside.
Enjoy some photos from this awesome walk!
Butchers of Distinction
A good neighbourhood should not be without a good butcher shop.
Until 2013 that neighbourhood was Riverside – a community in Toronto’s east end that now fully appreciates the wonderful food and prepared meats local brought to them by Butchers of Distinction.
“My favourite thing about running a business in Riverside is the support we receive from people in the neighbourhood,” says partner and head butcher Robert Mee. “We’ve been here for five years and seeing the same faces since day one makes us proud.”
Robert says Butchers of Distinction specializes in whole animal butchery, done right in the shop – proper old-school style. While the Queen Street East butcher features a variety of Ontario meats, Robert says the dry aged steaks are the most popular, along with their sausages as they are making close to 400 pounds a week now.
This butcher shop got its name through the original partners, because as Robert says “We do things differently here.” It is a proper old school butchers shop.
In addition to supplying Riverside residents (and restaurants) with the best meats in Ontario, Butchers of Distinction also supports the local community in many other ways through fundraising, donating to auctions and by building relationships with other businesses in the neighbourhood.
“The sense of community is strong here and it’s very important for us to be a part of that,” says Robert.
After a lot of hard work, the 2019 Riverside Magazines are complete!
The magazines have now been distributed! Keep your eyes peeled in all of the businesses in Riverside to grab your very own copy, or, click here to view a digital copy!
For this issue of the Riverside Magazine, we reveal a fresh contemporary style. Immerse yourself in learning about the present, and future of Riverside. Pick up on all of the new happenings, live music and entertainment, and eats in the neighbourhood. We’ve got something for everyone!
The Riverside BIA would like to extend our appreciation for the amazing work done by the entire team. We would like to take this opportunity to give a VERY special thank you to:
- Giancarlo Pawelec, Managing Editor & Advertising Sales
- Lais Fabricio, Editor & Advertising Sales
- David Watson, Writing & Advertising Sales
- Jennifer Lay, Copy Editor
- George Conidis, Graphic Design
The endless hours that you’ve all spent working on this project to make it perfect has shown your dedication and commitment to being a great part of the community. Each individual on the team has helped us in so many ways and it wouldn’t have been possible without their hard work! It has been a very enjoyable experience working with each and every one of you!
Thank you so much!
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