Riverside Shines With New Accessibility Ramps!

Today, Riverside received 8 brand new accessibility ramps! Thanks to the partnership between LoyaltyONE and StopGap Foundation, Riverside businesses got the chance to receive a custom-made StopGap ramp for free!

On October 4th, LoyaltyONE were donating a limited amount of ramps to businesses, so we all went to the street looking for businesses owners and managers offering them this great opportunity! We got quite a few members joining and the ramps were delivered today!


Check them out… Don’t they look beautiful?

Riverside StopGap Ramp

StopGaps Ramps arriving!!

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Also, many other businesses already have their StopGap ramps that they put out just when in need, in that case, we got stickers to put on the windows, so if someone wants to go in, but your ramp is not outside, they can call you and get assistance with the ramp! If you need one of them, please, just drop by the BIA office to get yours, or email: office@riverside-to.com and we’ll drop it off to you.

Riverside StopGap ramp sticker

Light Up Riverside Gives Back: Welcoming Donations to Mustard Seed!

Light Up Riverside, the Riverside BIA’s annual holiday event, will once again enliven the community with a tree lighting, live choir music, photobooth, hot drinks and lots of cheer! The fun festivities are happening on Saturday, November 24th, from 5pm to 7pm in the Mustard Seed Courtyard.

This year, donation items will be welcomed for our host, Mustard Seed, in support of their mission “to be a welcoming space — where your life skills can grow, where your creative energies can be unleashed, where imagination, playfulness, and beauty can be celebrated, where your self-worth, dignity, healing, wholeness and spirituality can flourish, and above all, where community is nourished”.

Mustard Seed runs many different programs and welcomes all the community to be part of it. Some examples of their programs include:

  • Community Kitchen: Delicious, nutritious, affordable meals prepared and shared in the community.
  • Nifty Knitters: Learn to knit and crochet or work on your own project.
  • Crafts and Sewing: Opportunities for creativity; supplies provided.
  • Whimsical Wednesdays for Women: Lunch, crafts, sewing, cards and more.
  • Friday Adult Drop-In: Conversation and games.
  • Saturday Adult Drop-In: Lunch, conversation and games.
  • Spiritual Spas, Special Events and Workshops
  • Community Garden Plots

Everyone is welcome to donate at Light Up Riverside from 5pm-7pm for a chance to win a gift basket donated by Dianna and Patrick from Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX.

Let us know you’re coming to Light Up Riverside!!

A BIG thank you to our 2018 Light Up Riverside co-sponsors, Baird MacGregor Insurance LP and Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX, and to Fontbonne Ministries for hosting again in the Mustard Seed Courtyard.

Riverside Light Up 2018

Lighting Up Riverside With the Help of Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX

On November 24th Riverside BIA and our co-sponsors, Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX & Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP, will be hosting the annual Light Up Riverside holiday event. Light Up Riverside is a free community event that encourages everyone to come out and celebrate the holiday season with live music, photos with Santa, treats and a Christmas tree lighting.

The event will take place from 5-7pm at the Mustard Seed Courtyard (791 Queen Steet E).

Riverside Gillis & Kennedy REMAX

Patrick Gillis and Dianna Kennedy of Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX, Light Up Riverside 2018 Co-sponsors (Photo courtesy of Giancarlo Pawelec | PawelecPHOTO)

With last years event being such a success we are excited to have Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX and Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP back as our co-sponsors again this year. Light Up Riverside takes place beside Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX and just a short distance away from Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP in the Mustard Seed Courtyard.

Patrick Gillis and Dianna Kennedy have been apart of the Riverside community for quite some time now and have been there through all of the changes and enthusiasm that Riverside has to offer. With a combined 50 years of experience in the area’s real estate,  Dianna and Patrick have strong ties to the community. We sat down with Patrick and Dianna to ask them some questions about this year’s Light Up Riverside and their participation in Riverside as a community.

What are you most looking forward to for this year’s Light Up Riverside event?

This year we are very excited to be doing a gift basket giveaway with a value of up to $200! Enter to the draw will be free, however, we encourage donation for the Mustard Seed/Fontbonne Ministries. We love Light Up Riverside because it is a very fun event. Everyone is happy and enjoying themselves and it is a great way to kick off the holiday season. The Light Up is full of energy and we love the Christmas carols and meeting new people. We really encourage people to come out because it is a great way to meet new people in the community.

What does this event mean to you and your business?

This event is really important to us because it allows us to step out of our office and meet the people. It allows people to get to know who we are and gives us the chance to spend time with the community. Our office is right next to the Mustard Seed Courtyard so being able to step outside of the office and hang out with the people of the community through this event is just great.

What is your favourite part of the holiday season?

We just love Christmas! The holiday season is really wonderful because everyone is in the giving mood and it is just a fun time of the year. The carolling is something I really enjoy as well as the gift-giving part (Patrick Gillis). The holidays are great because it gives people the opportunity to get together with people we don’t see as often as we would like and to spend time with friends and family (Dianna Kennedy). 

What are some of your favourite things to do in Riverside?

The list is endless. There are so many fun things to do in Riverside, one thing we both enjoy doing is going for dinner at the Broadview Hotel and hanging out at their rooftop patio. Riverside is great because there is always so many festivals and events that take place. We really enjoyed our time at the Eats and Beats festival and the diversity of the neighbourhood (Dianna Kennedy). All the walks are great, the Public Art Walk and the Culinary one were incredible (Patrick Gillis). The Riverside Community is great because of its diversity and we love how there are always new spots opening up that we can try out. 

THANK YOU to our 2018 Light Up Riverside co-sponsors, Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX and Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP, and to Fontbonne Ministries for hosting again in the Mustard Seed Courtyard. 

For more information check out Light Up Riverside event page.

Welcome to Riverside Neighbourhood: Dirty Pawz Dog Wash

Dog lovers, rejoice! Riverside neighbourhood just gets it first dog wash and it’s the perfect place to keep your dog clean – and happy! Dirty Pawz Dog Wash opened Sunday 11th, at 804 Queen St. E!

Dirty Pawz Dog Wash is an easy to use self-serve dog wash, it provides a safe & stress-free environment to bathe your dog without the mess at home. They also offer other services including treats, accessories and pet laundry.

Dog Wash Highlights

  • Super efficient, fully confined, easy to use and safe for all dogs, cats and other small animals
  • 10-minute full cycle wash timer includes: rinse, shampoo, conditioner, flea and tick shampoo and a hi/lo blow dryer – with an option to extend
  • Several payment options: coin, debit/credit tap
  • Loyalty App coming soon
  • PAUSE feature if you wish to use your own shampoo or need to stop the timer
  • Drainage system to ensure hair-free and water-free floor
  • A disinfectant function to clean the machine after each use


$12.00 for each 10-minute wash cycle to include: rinse, shampoo, conditioner, flea and tick shampoo and a hi/lo blow dryer

$4.00 for each additional 6 minutes added to the timer

*equipped with a 30-second PAUSE button which can be used 2x within every wash cycle

Learn more about them here: www.dirtypawzdogwash.com/

The Results for 2018 NOW Readers’ Choice Award are live!

Riverside NOW readers choice

After a long waiting period, the results for the Annual NOW Magazine Award for the Best of Toronto are in. The readers made their choice and we’re happy to share it with you some Riverside love!

Tabulè – Best Middle Eastern Cuisine

Tabulè – Best Falafel

Ruby Watchco – Best Prix Fixe

Streetcar – Best Condo Developer


Also, a special shout-out to runners-up:

Common Sort – Best Consignment Clothing and Accessory Store

Arts Market – Best Unique Gift Store

Lone & Co. – Best Hair Salon


Thank you for everyone that voted and see you in the ‘hood!