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).
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.