Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Block Party – Your Live Music Guide

The Beaches Int’l Jazz Festival is back in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood with The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside BLOCK PARTY on July 5-7th!! 

The admission to the event is free and a mixture of music and vendors will be present for everyone. Spend your weekend with the relaxing sounds of Riverside and Leslieville, and come dine in the neighbourhoods’ fabulous local cafes and restaurants!

If you’re thinking about heading out to the festivities, here’s a heads up on the exciting lineup! Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Poster 2019 page 2The party starts on Friday, July 5th at 7pm until 10:30pm with musicians jamming out on Lewis, Saulter, Boulton, Degrassi, and McGee!

MOKA will kick things off on Lewis with music from the Caribbean, Latin America and more.

Stacey Renee will be entertaining crowds at Saulter, a Toronto Singer, Songwriter, Performer & Indie Rock Artist, Stacey has entertained crowds across North America. 

Soul Session will be at Boulton performing soul music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, & 90’s – Soul Sessions will swing the crowd through songs from four different eras with a live band and amazing vocalists. 

Toronto All-Star Big Band plays swing music from the 1930’s and 40’s, comprised of members aged 16-22, listen to them at Degrassi! 

Soukustek will be at McGee, they combine the rhythms and the sounds of guitars from Africa and seamlessly blend them with the flavour of the Colombian Caribbean.

Toronto All-Star Big Band

Toronto All-Star Big Band

On Saturday, July 6th the block party is all day afternoon from 2pm-6pm with musicians playing the afternoon away on Lewis, Saulter, Boulton, and McGee.

The Chicago Project will start things off on Saulter with t0 share some of the amazing songs of Chicago. They are a dynamic 9-piece band that includes a 3-piece horn section. 

United Soul will bring you a smokin’ rhythm section accompanied with 70’s funk and soul music with a modern twist on Boulton.

Megacity Swing Band will be at McGee performing original songs. They are a full sized jazz band and perform jazz, Latin, and swing tunes in Toronto.  

Megacity Swing Band

Megacity Swing Band

On Saturday evening from 5pm-9pm the block party in Riverside will feature a similar lineup as Friday evening, new performances include… The Jerome Tucker Band on Saulter playing funky rhythm and blues, and The Rockin Mojos on Degrassi performing blues songs with an edge. 

Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band

On Sunday, July 7th, musical performances will be taking place from 1pm-4pm on Lewis, Saulter, Boulton, Degrassi, and McGee. With performers from the previous days, make sure to dance to your new favourite musicians or visit another street for a new musical adventure!

While you’re in Riverside make sure to check out all the fun and explore Riverside’s fabulous shopping and dining! This won’t be an event you want to miss! Enjoy the tunes at the Block Parties happening on Lewis, Saulter, Boulton, Degrassi, McGee, Booth, Park Corner and 904 Queen as well as at the Main Stage in Jimmie Simpson Park. Visit the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside website for more details.

Be sure to snap and share a picture of your experience in any of our neighbourhood spots with hashtag #‎RiversideTO.

Take a Lunch Break During the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside

The Beaches Int’l Jazz Festival is back in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood with The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside BLOCK PARTY on July 5-7th!! Make sure to take a lunch break while you take in the festivities!

Lunch can either be a 1- 2 hour social with friends or a quick grab and go. Riverside has many great spots to have a delicious lunch, especially if you are here to check out the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Jazz Fest! 


The Opera House Grill 
737 Queen Street East
Open from 11:30am – 9pm (Closed Sunday)

Offers a casual atmosphere with a fully licensed patio. The grill is the only restaurant to offer Greek cuisine in the neighbourhood. House specialties include souvlaki, gyros, and more menu items!Opera House Grill

Nomad’s Restobar
701 Queen Street East
Open 10am-2am

The menu is globally-inspired, offering a broad range of items to appeal to every tastebud. A visit here is like a quick culinary trip around the world. Explore the menu here!Nomad's

Eastbound Brewing Co. 
700 Queen Street East
Open from 11am – 12pm

Good beer, paired with good food! It is a casual, dark-hued brewpub offering a diverse selection of snacks plus upscale sandwiches & mains.Eastbound Brewing Co.

Peasant Table 
782 Queen Street East
Open from 11am – 11pm on Saturday, and 11am – 9pm on Sunday

A Germanic-Italian restaurant where the chefs truly cook with love. Some of the highlights for lunch here are the burrata and the beef carpaccio!

The Peasant Table

Bonjour Brioche 
812 Queen Street East
Open 8am – 4pm 

A popular French bakery known for making some of the best baguettes, croissants, quiche, all-day breakfast and brunch in the city. Look at the menu to see all the foods they serve!

Bonjour Brioche


711 Queen Street East
Open 7am – 8pm

A Latin American term referring to a social gathering of artists and like-minded socialites. This coffee shop is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in Riverside, they have sweets, sandwiches, coffees, and more!


Animal Liberation Kitchen (ALK)
717 Queen Street East
Open 11am – 4pm 

A Toronto based business inspired by animal rights and social justice. They offer an affordable, tasty, and healthy plant-based menu!


Good Karma
689 Queen Street East
Open 11am – 10pm 

A new take-out Indian restaurant. Their mission is to inspire mindful eating and connecting people to real food. If you’re looking for a healthy meal, check out the menuGood Karma

Beer and Quality Meets (BQM)
688 Queen Street East
Open 11am – 10pm on Saturday, and 12pm – 9pm on Sunday 

Self-described as a “champion of handcrafted burgers, bourbon and craft beer.” With over 30 uniques beers, curated and selection of bourbons and spirits and an exciting menu they certainly have the skills to pair your burger, sandwich or salad with the perfect drink.BQM

With all these great options (and SO MUCH MORE!) available during The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside, it’s definitely hard to pick just one, but not to worry, you’re always welcome back for more! Be sure to snap and share a picture of your experience in any of our neighbourhood spots with hashtag #‎RiversideTO.

Dinner and Late Night Spots for the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside

The Beaches Int’l Jazz Festival is back in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood with The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside BLOCK PARTY on July 5-7th!! Looking to check out a restaurant in the neighbourhood and grab a bite to eat after a big day at the music festival? Make sure you check out our list for some of the best eats in Riverside!

Eastbound Brewing Company
700 Queen Street East
Open from 11am – 12pm

Not only is Eastbound Brewing Company a great spot to grab lunch, but it’s also a great place to socialize over a delicious dinner. With good beer and good food, you can’t go wrong at this local spot. They’ve got such a diverse menu, offering items like their classic grilled Miami ribs, to the house-made pickle plate. Your taste buds are always in for a treat at Eastbound.

810 Queen Street East
Open from 11:30am – 11:00pm 

Located in the heart of Riverside, Tabule Riverside offers traditional middle eastern dishes and exotic cocktails. Tabule is the perfect venue for a wonderful meal in an inviting environment. There are many gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options as well. Be sure the try one (or four) of their four award-winning appetizers. Riverside Locals live for their flash fried cauliflower appetizer and falafel!

The Comrade 
758 Queen Street East
Open from 5 pm – 2 am (Closed Sunday)

If you’re attending The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside on Friday or Saturday, you’re one of the lucky ones because the Comrade will be ready to serve you in their comfy and homey feeling restaurant. They’ve got $2 a shuck oysters and a huge variety of delicious cocktails.

Check out their full menu here:

Hi Lo Bar
753 Queen Street East
Open from 5:30pm – 2:00am

If you’re not too hungry, and you’re looking for snacks and a couple drinks, Hi Lo is the place to be. It has great music, a great vibe, and arcade games! If you want to drink where the locals drink, this is the place! Don’t be afraid to hit the dance floor!

Urban House
718 Queen Street East
Open from 11:30am – 2am

If you’re looking for cheap (and delicious) eats, Urban House is the place to be. They also have a great selection of beer taps at cheap prices, and we’ve heard a lot of great things about their pad thai and dumplings.

With all these great options we know it’s nearly impossible to choose just one place… and that’s why you’ll need to come back to Riverside! Be sure to snap and share a picture of your experience in any of our neighbourhood spots with hashtag #‎RiversideTO.


Celebrate Father’s Day in Riverside

Father's Day in RiversideThere is so much to do in Riverside, come with us and check out a few options to show your dad or father figure how much you appreciate them! With a variety of options available, there is something for everyone!

Eastbound Brewing Co. 

Fly Tying workshop paired with a flight of Eastbound Beer! Hands-on instruction on how to tie a fly for your next fishing trip from Drift Outfitters. Participants receive 15% off brunch!

Spaces are limited so get your tickets today!Eastbound Brewing Co. Father's Day

Broadview Hotel 

Join the Broadview Hotel on their rooftop patio from 12:00pm to 4:00pm to enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ with one complimentary Mint Julep courtesy of Woodford Reserve for just $45 (plus tax and grats). 

To make a reservation, please email or call 416-362-8439!

Broadview Hotel Father's Day BBQ

Toronto Food Tours

Whether you and your dad want to bond over local IPAs or you want to honour him with good eats, Join TO Food Tours on there East End Craft Beer & Bites Tour at 4pm.

RSVP to treat your dad to a cold one!

TO Food Tours Father's Day Beer

Don’t forget to enter the TO Food Tours Father’s Day Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win delicious experiences! 

1.Urban Whiskey Trail (Tickets for 2)
2.East End Craft Beer & Bites Tour (Tickets for 2)
3.BBQ Grilling 101 (Tickets for 2)

Visit Instagram and Facebook to enter the giveaway, make sure to follow all the steps!

TO Food Tours Father's Day Giveaway

The Peasant Table

Looking for a special on drinks? The Peasant Table will have $5 mimosas, caesars ($7 with bacon & bacon vodka), draft beer, and liquor!peasant table caesarSaulter Street Brewery

Two beers with a meat and cheese board from Butchers of Distinction at Saulter St. Brewery for $25 (tax included)!Saulter St. Brewery Father's Day


Bring your dad into a class on Sunday at Framewrk to enjoy a workout together (please see the schedule)!

Email to reserve your spot!

framewrk fathers day

Arts Market

For Father’s Day, shop Riverside Arts Market with over 50 local vendors & artisans to choose from! Whether you’re looking for something funny or heartfelt, you’re sure to find something that will put a smile on Dad’s face!

Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Fathers Day

Whatever you do – we wish you and your Dad a Wonderful Father`s Day!!

THANK YOU + PHOTOS Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest 2019

Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, in its 7th year, was described by Riverside festival-goers and businesses alike as ‘the biggest and best celebration yet’ with:

  • 8,000+ people enjoying the festivities in Riverside on June 1st
  • 50+ participating restaurants, vendors and retailers hosting events/ activities
  • 15+ live performances by Toronto musicians and artists
  • street closures over the weekend packed with fun & meaningful activities and attractions
  • 400+volunteer hours contributed to festival planning and execution
  • 600 popsicles distributed!
  • $1,000+ raised to Nellie’s from the Nell & Natasha BBQ!
  • 500 pints poured in our Eastbound Brewing Co. Beer Garden – a new activity for the festival!!
Eats & Beats Thank you

This event could not have happened without the support of so many amazing folks…


  • Riverside Eats & Beats 2019 Sponsors including the Riverside BIA, Hullmark, Bentall Kennedy, and Metroland Media.
  • Riverside Eats & Beats Marketing CommitteeAdrienne, our Event Chair, and the whole Oma Chiropractic team for helping host fab activities at the Munro Street closure; Kristin from Jam Factory T.O. for bringing more sound and dance to the fest and being our amazing Main Stage MC; Chef Scott for bringing Toronto Food Tours Culinary tent to Broadview, Giancarlo of PAWELECphoto for event photography, Judy and the Queen/Saulter Library Branch team for fun activities for all agesJohn & the Ralph Thornton Community Centre team for hosting fun activities and for bringing the Game of Thrones throne. Dave for hosting the festival’s Eastbound Brewing Co. Beer Garden. 
  • Riverside BIA Board: Rosie, Adrienne, Dave, Natasha, Athena, and Ellen who hosted amazing activities during the festival. Special thanks to our Co-Chair, Rosie, for representing the Riverside BIA throughout the festival and the always supportive Co-Chair Mitch, and MPP Julie Dabrusin for supporting the neighbourhood and warm welcome on our main stage. 
  • Street Closure Hosts: Nell & Natasha Real Estate Homeward for hosting their always-popular free annual BBQ & Blues on McGee; Oma Chiropractic, and Quince Flowers on Munro St; Switchback Cyclery and DAG for giving out 600 popsicles on Carrol St.; Queen/Saulter Library and RTCC who hosted activities on Saulter; and Artists’ Network for cross promoting and collaborating on outreach with the Riverdale ArtWalk, so our two events come together as one.
  • Riverside Restaurants, Retailers and Community Centres who hosted excellent activities:  Shout out to the many who hosted great food tasters, specials and other activities such as Brickworks Ciderhouse, Tertulia, The ALK, Broadview Bakery, Ruby Watchco, The Wine Rack, The Opera House Grill, Butchers of Distinction, Lan Restaurant, The Comrade, Tabule, Arts Market, Common Sort, Dimensions Custom Framing, The Broadview Hotel, Here & Now, Irish Design House, Bergstrom, Sash & Bustle, Mustard Seed, Chi Junky Studio, Brika, Dresden, Dreamy Beauty Bar, Komplete Strength, and The Queen Garden Centre.
  • Artists, Musicians, Artisans and Vendors who helped enliven our streets and community spaces: Samba Toronto, Don Valley Stompers, Monkey Fightin’ Snakes,  Sugar Foot Stompers, DJ Battle, Stuart Brignell Electric Trio, the Ugly Horse, and The Nobody’s.
  • Graphic designer Geo who created the event’s signature design, enlivening promotional materials that helped make this event come to life and captured people’s attention online and on the streets
  • Other Eats & Beats Volunteers: all our fabulous, hard-working George Brown ESL Students, our Marketing Committee members, and other volunteers for their essential support and extra hard work this year!
  • Riverside BIA Maintenance staff Drew for helping get the moving parts into the right place at the right time
  • Last but certainly not least the amazing, strong BIA Office Team for this year’s festivitiesLais, Carly, Jessica and Barb for supporting every step to make this event a success!

Now, please let us know what you thought of Eats & Beats 2019 by completing our 2 min survey to help us to make the next one even better!


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Riverside Eats & Beats Gallery (June 1, 2019)

Sidewalk Sale at Bergstrom

Souvlaki at the Opera House Grill

Road Safety with Switchback Cyclery and DAG

Free Popsicle’s from Switchback Cyclery

Balloon Artist: Andre Beauchamp, be sure to follow his Instagram @fun.withatwist

Cold Brew Samples from Tertulia

Animal Liberation Kitchen

Saulter St. Closure

Thank you to Giancarlo from PAWELEC Photo for the following pictures: