Digital Main Street is Back!

We’re excited to announce our partnership with Digital Main Street (DMS) will be continuing!

Riverside will have the presence of Lorenzo, a digital squad member, to work one on one with businesses to improve its digital presence. He will be able to help you in whichever digital aspect you need. 

The primary role of Digital Main Street is to assess your digital needs and teach you how to better navigate through the online options you have. Lorenzo can help you gain a basic web presence, or enhance your existing web presence by helping you activate easy-to-use tools such as Google My Business, social media, or setting up a free trial of an e-commerce shop (through Shopify). He can also provide some guidance, resources and recommendations on how your business can progress digitally.

There is absolutely no cost to you as a business as this service is being offered through the BIA. 

Lorenzo will be here in Riverside for the weeks of July 29th, August 12th, August 26th, and September 9th. Schedule a time with Lorenzo at

It doesn’t matter your level of savviness, you can always improve it and DMS is here for you!

  • Looking to update your website?
  • Wondering how to get Google to work for your business?
  • Willing to increase the sexiness of your social media?
  • Learning your way through MailChimp?

Let DMS help you meet your digital goals!

Schedule a time with Lorenzo at

Digital Marketing Workshop – Thank You & Photos

Here at the Riverside BIA, our main goal is to help the businesses thrive in any aspect that they need. In today’s day and age, we realize digital marketing is essential to a business’s growth.

The BIA set up a free digital marketing workshop lead by Ricardo Mallaco. During today’s workshop, Ricardo taught us all about Google My Business! Ricardo has worked with the BIA in the past and we have really enjoyed working with him and all of the help he has given us!  It was a great success and we all learned a lot so we hope to have more informative workshops in the future!

If you’d like to take part in upcoming events make sure to sign up for our newsletter on our website on the bottom right of the main page!

Thank you so much to Ricardo Mallaco for sharing his knowledge with our BIA Business Members! We really appreciate it!

Energy Savings Rebate Program for Retailers in Ontario

On June 20, 2019, the Government of Canada launched the federal Energy Savings Rebate Program for retailers in Ontario to make energy-efficient products more accessible to people and businesses across the province.

The new program will provide approximately $200 million over two years to participating retailers to help Ontario residents purchase energy-efficient products—such as ENERGY STAR certified washers, dryers, and smart thermostats. Retailers will provide rebates of up to 25 percent off the price of eligible products, helping Ontarians reduce energy use, save money, and fight climate change, at home.


Application Period:

  • For retailers with locations in five or more municipalities: June 20, 2019, to July 24, 2019.
  • For retailers with locations in one to four municipalities: June 20, 2019, to March 31, 2020.

How to Apply:

The application form is available at Energy Savings Rebate (ESR) program: Application for Ontario. To complete and submit your application, please use the fillable version of the Application form. The HTML version is available for your reference. Guidance for completing the application is available at Energy Savings Rebate program: Applicant guide.


To be eligible, you must be:

  • a retail company
  • incorporated in Canada
  • have a brick and mortar presence in Ontario
  • carry and intend to provide incentives for at least four of the eligible product categories

For more information and for an application form, please refer to the program website HERE.

To respond to any questions that you may have, the Government of Canada has scheduled teleconferences for 3:00 PM (ET) on Tuesday, July 16, and July 23. The teleconference line is 1-877-413-4788 and conference ID 4505311.

Hair Code – Riverside Business Profile Series

Hair Code owner Stavros Pappas has enjoyed watching Riverside evolve and grow (much like hair) since he opened his salon nearly a decade ago.

In 2010, the neighbourhood was home to far fewer restaurants and bakeries, not much night of a nightlife, and only one other hair salon – Broadview Beauty Parlour, located right next door. Still, there was a buzz about this particular stretch of Queen Street East that seemed exciting and inviting to Stavros.

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“We always felt the vibrancy of the area with its historic and heritage buildings, as well as the strong sense of community,” he said. “Riverside has always felt right and we are very happy to see it grow.”

In addition to the successful development of Riverside, Hair Code has also grown as a business, much is part to do with his friendly, talented team of stylists. Clients are treated to a latte upon arrival, followed by a thorough consultation, and leave with a gorgeous new do.

hair code

Hair Code specializes in creating unique hairstyles that best match your unique personality and lifestyle.

“Our client’s satisfaction is what we always strive for,” says Stavros.

Over the past eight years, he’s watched Riverside undergo significant revitalization and gentrification, and is looking forward to what the future holds.


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.

Commemoration of the Danforth Tragedy

The City of Toronto and Danforth community invite all Torontonians to ceremonies on July 21 and 22 remembering those who lost their lives and recognizing those injured during the July 22, 2018 shooting on Danforth Ave.

Both events will be solemn commemorations. Media and the public are asked to respect the privacy of those impacted by the shooting. The City of Toronto Community Safety & Wellbeing Unit, Victim Services Toronto, and St. John’s Ambulance including therapy dogs will be available for those who require emotional support or resources during the commemorative events.

Commemorative Ceremony:
Sunday, July 21 at 1:30pm
Withrow Park (North East corner) – 725 Logan Ave.
The ceremony will include the reading of names, a moment of silence, a musical selection from an interfaith choir, a recognition of the injured, and a poem written and read by the City of Toronto Poet Laureate, Al Moritz.

Community Vigil:
Monday, July 22 at sunset (8:51pm)
Alexander the Great Parkette (Logan Ave. and Danforth Ave.)
A moment of silence will be observed and nearby church bells will toll in remembrance of the two young women who lost their lives. Community members may wish to bring candles.

As both ceremonies are outside, those wishing to attend are reminded to check the weather and prepare for the conditions, including bringing an umbrella for rain, or hats and water for hot weather.

Click here to learn more!