Thank You & Photos: 8th Annual Riverside Antler Breakfast

Each year, on a Friday in mid-December, businesses and community come together for the Annual Riverside Antler Breakfast. Neighbours got together at the crack of dawn for some hearty eats, great company, fun entertainment and of course, their antlers. It’s all in support of a good cause: the Rivertowne Breakfast Program, which provides a hot breakfast to youth, families and anyone in need, every Friday, year-round!

This amazing charitable event was held again thanks to the innovative partnership of the Riverside BIA, Toronto Food Tours, The Ralph Thornton Community Centre, and the Rivertowne Safety 1st group. This year the fun happened on Friday, December 13th, 7:30am-10:30am.

We are proud to recognize our amazing sponsors and donors for 2019:

Santa Sponsor:

Outline Financial

Santa’s Helper Sponsors:

BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, Nell & Natasha’s Real Estate Homeward, Avling Kitchen & Brewery, Kiwanis Club of East York & Mary Ellen Trimble, Toronto Food Tours & St. Lawrence Market

Reindeer sponsors: 

Oma Chiropractic & Wellness, il ponte, York Search Group, MPP Peter Tabuns

Elf sponsors: 

Irish Design House, Shadows S2 Productions Inc, Dimensions Custom Framing & Gallery

Silent Auction donors: 

Quince Flowers, Tabule, Brickworks Ciderhouse, Julie Dabrusin, Dresden Vision, Bonjour Brioche, Toronto Food Tours, Queen Garden Centre, PAWELECphoto

The official amount raised will come shortly but while we put the numbers together, let’s enjoy the memories!

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Good in the ‘Hood Series: Dirty Pawz – a Self-Serve Dog Wash in Toronto’s Riverside Neighbourhood

Did you know there is a self-serve dog wash right here in Riverside? It’s called Dirty Pawz and you can find them at 804 Queen St E.

As part of the Good in the ‘Hood Series, Dirty Pawz paired up with J & C Real Estate to produce a fun video showing what they’re all about. Cute Alert!

Dirty Pawz has some exciting updates to share for 2020! Here are some new amenities and programs they are launching:

  • Installation of Wheelchair Accessible Door,
  • Therapy and Service Dog Days – we wash,
  • DP VALET – Our New Drop Off We Wash Service (launching December 2019)
  • De-Skunk Package and Service – U wash or Drop Off, Loyalty Program,
  • New Price: $15.00 per wash – 10mins  (effective 01/01/20)

Learn more about Dirty Pawz

Background to ‘Good in the Hood’ series: A dynamic local husband and wife real estate team, J & C Toronto Real Estate Team, work in Toronto’s East End and are putting the spotlight on small businesses in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, that they know and love. They’ve put their experience in film and videography to work to create ‘Good in the Hood’, a short video series featuring local businesses and owners and their stories. Stay tuned for more and check out the J & C Team at www.jandcrealty.com

Congrats to our #RiversideTO #WindowWonderland Contest Winner & VOTE NOW for Best of #QueenEast

This year’s #Riverside TO #WindowWonderland was a hot contest with tons of gorgeous windows on display.  The top shot goes to winner blair88 who took a great shot of the winning window at Oma Chiropractic & Wellness Centre

Blair shared about the inspiration behind his photo “Oma Chiropractic has been in our neighbourhood for quite some time and I have used their services on multiple occasions…I found their holiday window to have a bit of a vintage flair which is reflective of the Riverside neighbourhood. I thought it was a great wonderful ‘reflection’ of the people who live here…Thanks!”

OMA’s window is specially designed by local artist Katherine Hartel, who prepares their holiday window every year! You can check out more photos of the process of painting the window and of Katherine’s work at katherinehartel_art 

Blair is being recognized and awarded at the Riverside Antler Breakfast.


THANKS to all the Riverside businesses who dressed up their windows so fabulously – take a look at our blog which shows snaps of many of them. Don’t miss coming by to enjoy them – whilst doing your shops and eats – into the New Year!

THANKS also to all our fabulous Instagrammers who took a moment to snap and share their unique views as part of the contest – take a look at some of the top shots:

BUT THE CONTEST ISN’T OVER YET….NOW WE’RE MOVING ON TO CROWN THE CHAMPIONS OF QUEEN EAST!

The (friendly) rivalry is at a high among the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) on Toronto’s Queen Street East!

Having crowned champions in their local #WindowWonderland competitions in the Riverside BIA, Leslieville BIA and The Beach Village BIA, the top 3 from each now go up against each other for bragging rights to be ‘Champions of #QueenEast’!

CAST YOUR VOTES BY DECEMBER 16TH to help us decide who will get bragging rights for Top 3 Window Wonderlands on Queen East.

May the most wonderful windows win!

Vote for your top 3 windows on Queen Street East HERE

 

Check out the #WindowWonderlands in #RiversideTO!

Once again, Riverside shops and retailers have created Window Wonderland displays with festive imagery that gets us in the holiday spirit. Everyone was encouraged to snap a photo of their favourite and share it on Instagram using the #RiversideTO and #WindowWonderland hashtags.

While the Riverside contest ended December 11th, with the winner being announced at the Riverside Antler Breakfast, we wanted to showcase all the wonderful windows on display which will be up till the new year to enjoy whilst doing your holiday shops, eats and, of course, self-care dates! Check them out below 🙂

BUT THE CONTEST ISN’T OVER YET….NOW WE’RE MOVING ON TO CROWN THE CHAMPIONS OF QUEEN EAST!

The (friendly) rivalry is at a high among the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) on Toronto’s Queen Street East!

Having crowned champions in their local #WindowWonderland competitions in the Riverside BIA, Leslieville BIA and The Beach Village BIA, the top 3 from each now go up against each other for bragging rights to be ‘Champions of #QueenEast’!

CAST YOUR VOTES BY DECEMBER 16TH to help us decide who will get bragging rights for Top 3 Window Wonderlands on Queen East.

May the most wonderful windows win!

VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 3 WINDOWS ON QUEEN STREET EAST! (CHOOSE 3) HERE

Common Sort at 760 Queen St E in Toront's Riverside, Gorgeous by Day & Night

Common Sort at 760 Queen St E in Toronto’s Riverside, Gorgeous by Day & Night

Common Sort at 760 Queen St E in Toront's Riverside, Gorgeous by Day & Night

Common Sort at 760 Queen St E in Toronto’s Riverside, Gorgeous by Day & Night

Oma Chiropractic's Winning Window at 1 Munro St by Artist Katherine Hartel, Riverside Toronto

Oma Chiropractic’s Winning Window at 1 Munro St by Artist Katherine Hartel, Riverside Toronto

 

Riverside Antler Breakfast Raises Funds Each Year for the Year-Round Rivertowne Breakfast Program

Each year, on a Friday in mid-December, businesses and community come together for the Annual Riverside Antler Breakfast: join your neighbours at the crack of dawn for some hearty eats, great company, fun entertainment and of course, your antlers – all in support of a good cause! It all happens at The Ralph Thornton Community Centre (765 Queen E, 2nd Fl). This amazing charitable event is organized and supported by the Riverside BIA, Toronto Food Tours, The Ralph Thornton Community Centre, and the Rivertowne Safety 1st group. This year the fun is happening on Friday, December 13th.

Proceeds of the Riverside Antler Breakfast support The Rivertowne Breakfast Program, providing a hot breakfast to youth, families and anyone in need every Friday, year-round!

About the Rivertowne Breakfast Program

The Rivertowne Breakfast Program is championed by Rivertowne Safety 1st, a resident collective comprised of Toronto Community Housing women leaders dedicated to making a positive impact in their community. The Breakfast Program runs every Friday, year-round, to provide children, youth and families in the neighbourhood with a free, warm breakfast. It also aims to bring people in the Rivertowne community together regardless of their family’s income level and give them something to look forward to while building a sense of community. This program is supported by a variety of community partners including Ralph Thornton Community Centre, Riverside BIA, and Toronto Food Tours. The program runs in Rivertowne on Friday mornings, 7am-11am, at 50 Matilda Street, Toronto.

Children enjoying the Rivertowne Breakfast Program, Riverside, Toronto

Children enjoying the Rivertowne Breakfast Program, Riverside, Toronto

The Riverside Breakfast Program began in 2012, and was funded entirely by Rivertowne residents, the majority of who belong to low-income households. The program initially served 28 residents, mostly youth. Since then, the program has grown to provide a warm breakfast to close to 80 residents and is supported by local fundraising efforts. Of the participants in the Breakfast Program, 60% are youth (13-29), 20% are children (0-12), 10% are people with disabilities and 10% are seniors.

The weekly cost to host this program once a week (Friday mornings) is under $200, or less than $3 per person. The program is a way for the community to come together to ensure that vulnerable members of the community, particularly children and youth are provided with a healthy breakfast and social connections.

A healthy breakfast is provided every Friday at the Rivertowne Breakfast Program, Riverside, Toronto

A healthy breakfast is provided every Friday at the Rivertowne Breakfast Program, Riverside, Toronto

A number of participants are seniors and people with disabilities, who often face barriers to regular employment, or are on fixed incomes. This breakfast enables them to connect with their community while also receiving a nutritious breakfast. The weekly breakfast typically includes pancakes, turkey bacon, eggs, bagel, cheese, milk, and orange juice. A diversity of cultures benefit from the Rivertowne Breakfast Program, furthering the important goal of bringing people in the community together.

What do people say about the program?

“The program is very helpful because as a single mom, I know my child is getting a healthy, hot meal”- N

“I have 5 kids and my 6-year old child is diabetic, making it very important to get the healthy meals that the program offers.”- F

“I’m a single mom of three kids, and am attending college. The program helps me and my kids to get a good meal before they go to school, it takes away the worry.” -J

“Friday morning is less stress for me. Me and my kids get up and go to aunty Joan to eat breakfast.” F

“Friday is a family day for me. It’s a blessing.” F

“Friday is a nutritious day for me. Usually, I eat just cereal.” A

“I look forward to Friday, breakfast is great! Normally I would not eat at all!” J

“I look forward to meeting people in the building.” And good eats.” T

“The breakfast program and Joan is the heart of Rivertowne, it keeps the community together, everyone is always welcome. “ J

“It’s always better for me to have breakfast here. Especially when I cannot go outside with my wheelchair.” CH

“Thank you for this idea. It’s very helpful for everyone here including me. A blessing.” B

“This program is very reliable, brings the community together and helps families and children. It saves us time every Friday and the service is fantastic.” N

“I love coming to breakfast and appreciate getting woken up for it.” S

“Everyone is so friendly. And I see my long-time friend.” S

Here are ways you can support the Rivertowne Breakfast Program