2019 Riverside Calendar of Events!

It’s the end of January and the Riverside BIA is in full motion planning year-round events for the community!

You can see the full calendar below, or check all the details of each of them in our month-to-month calendar.

Eager to participate in one of them? Businesses and residents are welcome to our sub-committee meetings for each of these events, please contact us at marketing@riverside-to.com to learn how to get involved!

2019 Riverside Events Calendar

Beat the Winter Blues in Riverside

Winter isn’t all doom and gloom – especially when you’re in Riverside! From exploring the fantastic coffee scene, enjoying a craft beer flight, or catching a comedy night full of belly laughs, the neighbourhood provides a great excuse to say ‘no’ to hibernation mode this winter season!

Hit the Ice Rinks

Brush up on your snowplow stop, or perfect that Axel jump! Riverside and surrounding areas have no shortage of both indoor and outdoor ice rinks for people of all ages to enjoy.

Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre

Regent Park South 

Riverdale Park East

Greenwood Outdoor Skate Rink

Warm up With Craft Beer and Cider

Riverside has some of Toronto’s most well-known breweries and cider houses, so set a date, rug up, and head down to warm your bones with great drinks and food to match.

Brickworks Ciderhouse

Get a taste for what Brickworks Ciderhouse has to offer at their Wassail Cider Festival being held on February 9th. Featuring cider sampling, food, live music, and more, tickets can be purchased here, or by contacting Brickworks at 647 341 4500.

Eastbound Brewery

Check out their weekly food & drinks specials, or join them for trivia nights throughout February.

Saulter Street Brewery

Exercise your trivia prowess at Saulter Street’s February Quiz Club on February 6th from 6.45PM – 9PM.

Explore Riverside’s Parks and Outdoor Spaces

Joel Weeks Park

Thompson Street Parkette

Corner of Broadview Ave/Thompson St (North West of Queen St. E)

McCleary Playground

Corner of McGee St and Queen St E.

Jimmie Simpson Park

Bruce Mackey Park

The Rooftop Bar @ The Broadview Hotel

Providing amazing views of the Toronto skyline and the Don River, The Rooftop Bar at The Broadview Hotel opens every night from 5PM till late to get you through the winter chills.

Explore Riverside’s Winter Events

Johnnie Walker Dinner @ The Civic

Sample rare whisky pours, learn about flavour profiles, and indulge in five paired courses with the Johnnie Walker team on February 5th. Reservations can be made here.

Riverside Wine and Craft Beer Festival

Come down to celebrate wine and craft beer from over 20 different vendors from Tuesday 2nd April to Saturday 6th April.

Comedy Night @ I’ll Be Seeing You

Tuesday nights made fun again with weekly comedy nights from 8:30PM onwards at I’ll Be Seeing You bar, located at 747 Queen St E.

The Joy of Writing Workshop

Toronto Public Library Queen/Saulter branch is hosting a writing workshop every Tuesday from 7PM – 8:30PM until the beginning of May. Visit the TPL website for more further info and more upcoming events.

ITF Tae Kwon Do

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre is hosting weekly Tae Kwon Do classes from 6:30PM – 8:30PM every Tuesday and Thursday for both kids and adults. Classes are free, taught by qualified black belt instructors, and instruct on essential self-defence, kicking, punching, and sparring techniques.

Calligraphy Healing Meditation

Experince the power of Tao calligraphy with Master Zhi Gang Sha every Wednesday from 7PM – 8:30PM until the beginning of March. Tao calligraphy allows deep healing to take place by transforming low frequency and vibration in soul, heart, mind, energy, and matter into high frequency and vibration, bringing balance, healing, realization, and transformation. Classes are $20 and spots can be reserved by emailing info@Da-Ai.ca.

Saulter Street Stairway Gallery

Escape the cold and check out Wendy Lu’s exhibit at Saulter Street Stairway Gallery from January 12th – February 24th. The exhibit is free to enter and can be accessed via the third and fourth floor of The Ralph Thornton Community Centre


Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery Showcasing Wendy Lu’s Artwork

The Transformation of Portraits, Landscapes & Technologies

January 12 to February 24, 2019

9 am to 9 pm, Monday through Sunday, free to enter

Looking for a free thing to do inside on a chilly winter day? Check out the Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery’s new exhibit featuring artist Wendy Lu. Wendy Lu is a Hard of Hearing, Taiwan born, Toronto-based multimedia artist and designer who graduated with Specialized Honours from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts. Wendy lost her hearing as an infant and has undergone brain surgery and three cochlear implant surgeries since then. Wendy’s visualizations attempt to depict analogues of perceptual difference, including drop-outs, disconnects and scrambling artifacts, based on her lived experience aurally negotiating and interpolating in communication with others.

Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery

The colourful exhibit includes a range of acrylic and coloured pencil artwork that is done on both canvas and paper. The artwork is a visual thought experiment that works to explore and creatively expand on a range of references and concepts. Wendy’s art evokes a sense of reverence in viewers/participants toward our interactions and adaptations of technological structures within our collective society.

Love, Hope and Peace – Wendy Lu

Group Portrait – Wendy Lu

Wendy Lu’s artwork will be on display at the Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery from January 12th to February 24th. The gallery is free to enter and can be accessed through the second and third floor of the Ralph Thornton Community Centre. If you are interested in learning more about the Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery’s upcoming shows and about the space be sure to check out the Ralph Thornton Centre website.  If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork feel free to contact the Riverside BIA or the Ralph Thornton Centre for more information.




Learning about Toronto’s History just got easier!

Heritage Toronto has gone digital and we couldn’t be happier. Heritage Toronto has partnered up with Driftscape to create an easy way to access and discover nearby Heritage Toronto plaques from their fingertips. The Driftscape app allows users to discover and learn about Toronto’s Heritage Plaques remotely from their devices.

Riverside Driftscape

The Driftscape app is free to download and works on both Android and iPhone devices. Driftscape has multiple content partners, including Toronto Public Library, Toronto Arts Foundation, Park People and many more. As the photo shows above, each content partner has is identified by their logo and lets you know what interesting information is available near you.

Driftscape launched in November of 2017 and is a Toronto based start-up. The app will provide you with a notification when you approach something interesting, whether that be with arts, history or culture.

Riverside Driftscape fig2

Driftscape holds up to 270 of Toronto Heritage plaques on the app, allowing for anyone nearby to discover the plaques and view media right from their device. The photo above shows that near Riverside BIA there are four Toronto Heritage Plaques including the Conboy Carriage Company. You can then click on the Toronto Heritage Logo and it will provide all of the information on the plaque, along with a photo of the plaque itself. Just as the Toronto Baseball Grounds (Sunlight Park) photo shows.

Heritage Toronto has four different types of plaques, the Century Home Plaque, Heritage Property Plaque, Commemorative Plaque and The Legacy Plaque. All plaques will be featured on the Driftscape App along with information and media on the place.

Heritage Toronto explains that Driftscape is just the first step towards their digital rejuvenation.

So next time you go for a walk around Riverside be sure to download the app and explore all of Riverside’s Heritage Plaques.

BIA Commercial Façade Improvement Program 2019

Riverside Commercial Façade Improvement Program 2019

Did you know the City of Toronto provides funding for the improvement and beautification of commercial and industrial buildings for BIA members?

In an effort to improve the appearance, functionality, safety, and competitiveness of local businesses, the City of Toronto offers BIA members minimum funding of $2,500 and maximum of $12,500 to put towards upgrades for their businesses. What’s better? 50% of the cost of renovation is covered, meaning upgrades which may have previously been unfeasible are now more attainable. To make it even easier on businesses, Riverside BIA maintains a list of contractors to help assist in your application – please contact office@riverside-to.com for more information.

2019 brings new additions to the grant in the form of an additional $2,500 for accessibility upgrades in order for storefronts to be AODA compliant. Upgrades include widening of entryways, permanent ramps, and exterior accessibility devices which make our neighbourhoods more accessible for all – who can complain about that?!

IMPORTANT: The Grant is offered on a first come, first served basis and the money runs out before the deadline! So, be prepared to apply as soon as the 2019 grant is released!

Eligibility for the Commercial Façade Improvement Grant is based on several prerequisites such as property ownership, business location within a BIA, no outstanding taxes owed, and previous eligibility.

For further information on how to apply for the Commercial Façade Improvement Program and to read testimonials from businesses who have received the grant, see here.

Check here the official changes made by the City to the grant.