Experience the Indigenous & Ingenious Show and Sale in Toronto’s Riverside Nov 16/17th

Have you heard? The Indigenous & Ingenious Show and Sale will be back for its 5th year in Toronto’s Riverside. It’s all happening November 16th and 17th, 11AM-6PM at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and features 19 Indigenous artists and artisans, including hand drumming and singing, food, and incredible art works.

Shandra Spears Bombay will do traditional hand drumming and singing at the Indigenous & Ingenious Show & Sale (pictured here at the launch of Tkaranto Past/Tkaranto Future Mural in Riverside)

An exciting show and sale this year will feature 19 brilliant Indigenous artists and artisans with authentic Indigenous goods including beadwork, paintings, antler and wood carvings and antler jewellery, moccasins, art cards, prints, gemstone jewellery, textiles, honey and beeswax candles, stained glass, leatherwork, dreamcatchers and lots more.

Chief Lady Bird Art

Artwork by Chief Lady Bird Art awaits at the Indigenous & Ingenious Show and Sale

Indigenous & Ingenious is a great place to do your holiday shopping. Tasty Indigenous food prepared by Gail King and crew is available all weekend. Admission is $5.00 and that gives you a chance to win a fabulous door prize! Everyone welcome! The Ralph Thornton Centre has an elevator and is fully accessible.

NOW Readers’ Choice 2019 – Congrats to Riverside Winners & Runners Up!

NOW Readers’ Choice results are out and NOW has rounded up everything you love about this city (because Readers are Fundamental!).

BIG CONGRATS to all the Riverside businesses who are Winners and Runners Up in their categories. Here’s a run down:

Blackbird Baking Co. – WINNER of BEST BAKERY/BREAD (can’t wait for their Riverside location to open up!)






AJ’s Antique Revival – WINNER of BEST DESIGN FIRM (find them at Arts Market in Riverside!)

Congrats to ALL the Winners and Runners Up of NOW Readers’ Choice

Riverside Halloween Fest 2019: Thanks + Photos!

An amazing turnout of little troopers came to Riverside’s Halloween Fest this past Saturday (October 26th) and we had great weather for it! A big thanks to Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre for hosting their always popular pumpkin carving and haunted house. Kudos to Nell & Natasha’s Real Estate Homeward Brokerage for putting on another fabulous – their 10th Annual! – Pumpkin Giveaway which was, as always, a festive event full of pumpkin decorating, face painting, tasty treats, and game. The event raised over $850 to help support the South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre!

Last but certainly not least, the Riverside BIA put on another fun-filled Kiddie Costume Parade, thanks to participation from 20 local businesses and organizations! Families ended the parade at the Queen/Saulter Library Branch for spooky stories 😉

We heard from families that they look forward to this event all year, and so do we. Enjoy the memories and happy and safe Halloween everyone!!

Riverside BIA volunteers putting out balloons for the Kiddie Costume Parade

Haunted House at Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre

Pumpkin Carving at Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre

Treats at Nell and Natashas Real Estate Homeward Brokerage

Painted pumpkins await a home -donations to the South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre

Kids busy decorating pumpkins at Nell and Natashas

Kid enjoying face painting and lolly pop game at Nell and Natashas

Kid decked out in costume and face paint at Nell and Natashas

Painted pumpkins galore!

Big thanks to our Riverside BIA volunteers and staff

Proud event organizers left to right)- Lisa Crocker from Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre, Natasha and Nell from Real Estate Homeward Brokerage, and Jennifer Lay from Riverside BIA office

Lining up for the Riverside Kiddie Costume Parade

Kiddie Costume Parade is on the move!

First stop, Sash and Bustle Bridal Boutique

Treats from Token Gift Shop

Treats at The Opera House Grill and Patio

Treats from Dresden Vision

Treats from The Wine Rack

Treats from Switchback Cyclery

Treats at Dark Horse Espresso

Treats at Quince Flowers

Treats at Oma Chiropractic and Wellness Centre

Treats at The Broadview Hotel

Treats from Oreya Studio

Treats at Dimensions Custom Framing and Gallery

Treats at Little Peeps store

Treats at Common Sort

Treats from Arts Market Riverside

Treats at Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine

Last candy stop was Ralph Thornton Community Centre

Finished off the Kiddie Costume Parade with spooky stories at the Queen Saulter Library Branch!

Halloween Happenings in Riverside 2019

Riverside LOVES the Halloween season and it shows! There are so many exciting things happening in Toronto’s Riverside for Halloween to celebrate the spookiest time of the year.

Here is a breakdown of Halloween happenings in Riverside:

Smartypints Trivia 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Eastbound Brewing Co
700 Queen St E

Head over to Eastbound Brewing Co for a spooky Halloween themed trivia night – costumes are HIGHLY encouraged! Winners for best individual costume and best team costume will be chosen. Costume & trivia champs get FREE flights of beer on the house.

Halloween Party on The Rooftop 
October 31, 2019
The Broadview Hotel
106 Broadview Ave
5:00pm – 11:30pm

Celebrate Halloween at the Broadview Hotel for a spooky Day of the Dead themed Halloween Party on The Rooftop! Help raise funds for Red Door Family Shelter: donate min $5 (cash only) and wear your Halloween costume to be entered for a chance to win a one night stay at The Broadview Hotel!

Patchwork Orange Pumpkin Ale
Eastbound Brewing Co
700 Queen St E

On tap and in cans! Patchwork Orange Pumpkin Ale. The secret is 100 pounds(!) of real pumpkin purée, giving this seasonal ale the flavour profile of your favourite pumpkin pie, with aromatic notes of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Come by the brewpub for a pint, or stop by the retail fridge and pick up a few cans to pair with some Halloween candy


 HOWL-o-WEEN Party! 

Wednesday, October 30
3:30pm – 5:30pm
No registration required.

“Join us for tricks & treats! Don’t forget to wear your costume. Presented with the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre.”

Degrassi Park Pumpkin Parade

Friday, November 1
5:30pm – 9:00pm

One last night to let your Jack-o-Lantern shine – join the Pumpkin Parade in Degrassi Park!

True Crime Trivia Movie Edition 

Thursday, October 24
I’ll Be Seeing You
747 Queen Street East

A night of True Crime Trivia Movie Edition!

Films to focus on:
Extremely Wicked and Shockingly Evil and Vile
My Friend Dahmer
Murder in New Hampshire

Tickets: $13.50

Riverside Halloween Fest and Fundraiser 2019 

Saturday, October 26
1:30pm – 5:00pm

Join us for spooky FREE fun at Riverside Halloween Fest! RAIN or SHINE

Each year, on the last Saturday in October, kids (of all ages, dogs welcome too!) can dress up and join the fun of Riverside’s Halloween Fest –  whether it’s your alter-ego, superhero, or just as a mere form of expression – come out and enjoy! Riverside Halloween Fest & Fundraiser is presented by Nell & Natasha’s Real Estate Homeward, the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, and the Riverside BIA. Donations are welcomed in support of the South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre

Halloween Kiddie Costume Parade 

Saturday, October 26

 Leaving from 807A Queen Street East: guided by the Riverside BIA, kids and parents will meet & greet and get fun treats from local Riverside businesses! Free reusable bag provided by Nell & Natasha!

Take a look at the participating Riverside businesses for the Kiddie Costume Parade

Dance of the Damned 

The Opera House Toronto
Saturday, October 26

Back to throw the best party of the year, Rue Morgue presents Dance of the Damned Halloween Party. Be sure to get creative with your costume for a chance to win up to $500 in cash.

Tickets range from $30 at the door to $100 for VIP
“Gates of hell open at 9pm”

Horror Movie Trivia

Sunday, October 27
I’ll Be Seeing You
747 Queen Street East

Another night of horror movie trivia!

Films to focus on:
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Final Destination
The Blair Witch Project

Nomads Restobar – Riverside Business Profile Series

To most people, ‘nomad’ is a word used to describe those who wander. To folks in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, it’s the name of a new restaurant and a way to let their taste buds travel!

Nomads Restobar - Riverside Toronto


With success at his first Nomads in Port Credit, owner Jonathan Harvey and his team decided to expand their concept to Toronto. Then, in the summer of 2019, after a couple years of planning, the family-run business opened its doors in Riverside — an up and coming east side neighbourhood with a “sense of community” that Jonathan noticed immediately.

“It is a suburban area that is quickly growing into what I believe will be one of the most popular areas in Toronto,” he said, describing the people in Riverside as down to earth and the business community as supportive and collaborative.

Nomads, Riverside Toronto
Nomads ‘Broadview’ location at 701 Queen St E features Red Seal chef ‘Chile’s’ globally inspired, locally sourced menu.  Dynamite dishes include kalbi short ribs, cauliflower pakora, and bison sliders. The bright, open, and airy restaurant also boasts a long list of drinks and some specials.

“Our most popular product would be our Amsterdam blonde beer paired with a shot of Jameson,” said Jonathan. “We have dubbed this a Happy Meal.”

Serving dinner seven days a week and brunch on weekends, Nomads is a great place to kick back and relax after work or on weekends. Visit them in Riverside to connect with your family and friends in a lively atmosphere and to treat your taste buds to mouthwatering dishes. Click here to reserve a table and make the best of your next gathering!


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.