Are you planning on hiring?

Does your business have 99 staff or less?

If so, you may be eligible for up to $2,000 in government grants for hiring someone 29 years old or under with the Employing Young Talent Incentive.

To qualify for the grant you must:

  • Be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • Hire a youth between the ages of 15 and 29
  • Have fewer than 100 employees
  • Carry health and safety and third person liability coverage
  • Comply with all relevant labour and human rights legislation
  • Not use the money for someone already working for you
  • Employ the youth for a minimum of 20 hours per week

For more information, contact Beth Kesselman at St. Stephens: 416-925-2103 x4334 or

Les Clefs D’Or Tour in Riverside

Last Thursday we had an amazing time showing Riverside around for a group of concierge from Les Clefs D’Or Toronto.

Les Clefs D’Or is a society of Hotel Concierge whose aim is to facilitate the exchange of ideas between members and to provide mutual assistance in order to better serve our valued guests. The golden keys worn by these concierges signify their membership in the organization and are granted exclusively to those who have not only consistently demonstrated an unsurpassed knowledge of their respective communities, but by those who demand excellence of themselves when meeting the needs of each guest.

With their mission in mind, the Riverside BIA hosted a tour with a group of Les Clefs D’Or Concierges in order to showcase a few of many amazing gems of Riverside. Time was short but full of information and exchange of tips and ideas.

Take a look at some great moments of that night…

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Learning all about Eastbound beers and the history of the building

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A lot of cool history facts from Lynne, a long time Riverside resident

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Listening carefully to Chef Scott, from Toronto Food Tours, choice of pizzas from Peasant Table

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Touring one of the corner rooms of The Broadview Hotel

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Classic Riverside view of a Streetcar

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THANK YOU & PHOTOS – Riverside Halloween Fest 2018

Riverside Halloween crowd never disappoints! Even on a rainy morning, an amazing number of kids showed up this past Saturday, Oct 27th to have lots of fun!

A huge thank you to Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre for hosting their amazing pumpkin carving and Haunted House and to Nell & Natasha Real Estate Homeward for creating their always festive event with face painting, pumpkin decoration, treats, hot chocolate and music with Sing Along Tim. Thanks also to George Brown College volunteers who helped during the event. All this raising money to support the year-round Rivertowne Breakfast Program by Rivertowne Safety 1st.

At the end kids of all ages went with the Riverside BIA on a Kiddie Costume Parade trick or treating at 20 local businesses, ending up at the Queen/Saulter Library Branch for spooky story time! Thank you to all the businesses that joined the BIA on this amazing event!

Enjoy the photos of the event and Happy Halloween everyone!!

Pumpkin Carving at Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre…

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Photo courtesy of Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre


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Big thanks to Nell & Natasha for hosting their annual Pumpkin Donation and lots of other fun on McGee St!

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Crafty creations in progress at Nell & Natasha’s!

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Face painting is always a lot of fun!

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Sing Along Tim beat the cold with a lot of great music!

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Kiddie Costume Parade…

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Kiddie Costume Parade starting at Common Sort!

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David from Arts Market always with a cool costume!

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What a mighty parade! Everyone lining up so not to miss any candy op!

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Diamond Muay Thai just getting started with our long line of trick or treaters!

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Ellen, from Dimensions Custom Framing, treating kids with candy and parents with Bailey’s! How about that?

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The Broadview Hotel on their first participation in our parade! First of many, I’m sure!

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Riverside Dental distributing candy AND toothpaste for a good hygiene after all those sweets!

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Adrienne welcoming everyone at Oma Chiropractic & Wellness

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Right across the street, Quince Flowers with a bowl of sweets!

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Inside Switchback Cyclery to warm up a little bit!

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Brand new shop and already part of the fun! Treats at Dresden!

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We couldn’t skip The Opera House

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Last but not least Ralph Thornton Centre, just before the Storytime at the library.

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And then SpOoOoky Storytime at Queen/Saulter Toronto Library with Judy!

Big Smoke Vinyl Show @ Jasper Dandy

Riverdale Trading Company is gearing up for their inaugural Big Smoke Vinyl Show taking place at Jasper Dandy on November 3rd from 11am-4pm!

Riverdale Trading Co is the largest used record shop in Toronto (18,000+) and specializes in original and rare vinyl. They also offer a wide selection of merchandise and smoking accessories.

The Big Smoke Vinyl Show will be offering thousands of records for guests to browse and purchase, including vintage, new, rare, and collectible pressings brought in by various vendors from all over Ontario. Pair that with a beer and Jasper Dandy’s signature burger and you have a winning combo! As an added bonus, rock journalist Martin Popoff will be in attendance to tell visitors stories about his multiple-decade long stint of interviewing rock stars.

Riverdale Trading Co has also generously donated three autographed records which will be raffled off in support of the Ralph Thornton Community Centre. One such record is a Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy vinyl autographed by Dizzy Reed!

Tickets can be purchased at the event.

$20 Early Bird @ 10 am
$4 Admission @ 11 am – 4 pm
$20 Burger + Beer + Admission @ 11 am – 4 pm


For more information see:

Big Smoke Vinyl Show Facebook Event Page


Kitras Art Glass POP UP SHOP in BRIKA

As you may know at BRIKA, is your go-to shop when buying modern craft from highly talented artisans. They search in the market to bring you high-quality, beautiful gifts. Brika’s idea is to be a place for every person who inspires or is inspired by, the power of following your passions. With that said, nothing makes more sense than hosting a popup shop from Kitras Art Glass.

If you’re looking for a unique locally made holiday gift idea, be sure to check out Kitras Art Glass pop up shop in Brika over November and December. Kitras Art Glass is a family run business based out of Fergus, Ontario. They are currently the largest hot glass studio in Canada. Kitras Art Glass specializes in garden art, home decor, and gifts.

Kitras Art Glass is a family run business based out of Fergus, Ontario. They are currently the largest hot glass studio in Canada. They specialize in garden art, home decor, and gifts. Along with creating beautiful art glass pieces, Kitras Art Glass has made it apart of their business to give back to their community by collecting food items for Daily Bread Food Bank.

‘We love celebrating everything handmade and the process that goes into the making of designs and products. BRIKA is all about that and I personally have been following their story ever since their own Pop Up in Hudson’s Bay many years ago, so when I saw that they had a Pop UP opportunity within their shop I jumped on it. It’s the perfect place for us to tell our story with the Riverside community and share our work with Toronto. As we come into a season that has a heavy focus on gift giving we want to promote giving back to the community, which is why we are fundraising for the food bank, as well as the stories behind why people give gifts. We foster the belief that gifts with meaning to connect people together. That moment collected build into stories and that those stories create the Everyday Beautiful. We hope to share some beauty with the community as we Pop Up and meet everyone! … also this year our company is celebrating 30 Years in business. We can’t wait to celebrate with you all and share our work!’ – 

Lucy Kitras

Kitras Art Glass – Creative Director

To learn more about Kitras Art Glass you can check out their website and be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Follow also BRIKA on Facebook and Instagram!