Dundas School Fun Fair: June 15th

Join the fun at the Annual Dundas School Fun Fair on June 15th from 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Dundas Junior Public School. 

Come out and support this wonderful community event that happens to be the biggest fundraiser for the school. 

The fair has a number of activities for kids to enjoy, including bouncy castles, carnival-style games, glitter tattoos, crafts, and the chance to win lots of prizes! It also offers the ‘Taste of Dundas’ – which features delicious and internationally diverse food that represents the incredible multi-cultural community.

Change is in the Air in Riverside – Spring 2019

Change is in the air and the neighbourhood has been very active the past few months with all of the new businesses opening up. With the nicer weather slowly making its way, the neighbourhood has been out and about trying all of the new locations. Continue reading to keep up with all of the new changes in the neighbourhood and pick your next night out!

Blackbird Bakery (Opening in fall 2019!) – 635 Queen St. E 
One of Toronto’s most popular bakeries from Kensington Market is setting up shop in the east end and we can’t wait for the smell of fresh bread to be lingering the streets of Riverside! Visit them right across the street from Dark Horse Espresso!

Instagram: @bbirdco
Website: https://blackbirdbakingco.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbirdco/


Riverside Square (Opening soon!) – 667 Queen St. E
The first building in Riverside Square is nearing completion. We should be expecting residents moving in soon!


Good Karma (Open now!) – 689 Queen St. E
We’re more than happy to welcome Good Karma to Riverside! Their mission is to inspire mindful eating and connecting people to real food. Good Karma is a concept created to help you improve your body and mind from the inside and out. They’re committed to supporting small growers who are farming sustainably and be completely transparent with their customers about what’s in their food, and where it came from. If you’re looking for a healthy meal, Good Karma is definitely worth a try! 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goodkarma.ca/?ref=py_c

Nomads (Open now!) – 701 Queen St. E
It was sad having to say farewell to one of the only sushi spots in Riverside, but Nomads made it a little less sad. Welcoming a family owned Restobar to the neighbourhood! With their passion for great food, great service, and a great community, we’re sure they’ll be the perfect new addition to Riverside. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nomadsbroadview/
Instagram: @nomadsbroadview
Website: https://www.nomadsrestobar.com/

Animal Liberation Kitchen (Open now!) – 717 Queen St. E
ALK is here to bring you affordable vegan options! They’re a Toronto based, family-run food business inspired by animal rights and social justice. At Animal Liberation Kitchen, they don’t feel the need to pressure people into feeling guilty about eating meat; but simply offer a healthy and tasty alternative! Even though we only welcomed them to the neighbourhood in March, they’ve already been such a big part of our community and have joined us by participating in the Wine & Craft Beer Fest! 

Instagram: @animal.liberation.kitchen
Website: https://thealk.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ANIMAL-LIBERATION-KITCHEN-305055456219378/

KABOOM Chicken (Closed now) – 722 Queen St. E
It is sad to say that KABOOM Chicken has closed its doors in Riverside, but you’ll be happy to know that they’re already on the hunt for a new location, and have plans on taking part in festivals this summer. 

‘ēst Restaurant (Opening this summer!) – 729 Queen St. E
We said goodbye to Sugar Loaf, but are welcoming ‘ēst restaurant by Chef Sean Macdonald; a Canadian Cuisine inspired by cultures within Canada. Chef Macdonald has won many awards and titles including the Alberta Regional Competition of the 2015 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, the title of the 2016 Game Changer where he was featured on the cover of BRANDED Magazine’s 2016 winter issue, and the Canadian title for the San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition leading him to represent Canada in the World Championships in Italy. 

Instagram: @est.restaurant 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/estrestaurant/

Komplete Strength (Open now!) – 740 Queen St. E
We’re so excited to welcome Komplete to the neighbourhood! They’re a strength, conditioning, mobility, movement, 1 on 1 and customized small group training studio. They’re currently offering 50% off first month memberships! It’s a great time to give them a try.  

Website: https://www.kompletestrength.com/ 
Instagram: @kompletestrength
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamkomplete/ 

Riverside is Getting a New Mural

The Riverside BIA has exciting plans for a new mural this summer! The mural will be located at 105 Broadview Ave. on the Pizza Nova wall. It is a highly visible wall and a great opportunity for an artist to share their work. The wall can be seen from the Broadview Hotel and Queen St. East by foot, car, streetcar, and more!Riverside Mural Wall

The theme for this mural is community engagement and vibrancy to represent and reflect upon the neighbourhood throughout the years. We are looking for a design that is vibrant, colourful, abstract in nature and/or based on large colour blocks.

The wall is made of bricks and the portion of the wall to be covered with the mural is 32 ft. wide and 14 ft high. The budget to complete this is $4500 which includes the artist fee, and any materials needed.

The deadline for submissions is June 17th, 2019 and the timeline is:

  • Selection of Artist: June 21st
  • 1st Rendering: July 3rd
  • Final Rendering: July 19th
  • Window for Completion: August 5th – September 6th

We are currently looking for an artist to complete this project; the artists should be familiar with the area and objectives of the BIA. If you know of any artists that you think would be a good fit, please spread the word!

Please send us your contact information, portfolio of past work and/or any social media links to office@riverside-to.com

Have you Heard About Appleseed Yoga?

Have you heard about Appleseed Yoga in our neighbourhood? Here’s a bit about it. 

Appleseed currently runs a number of local kids yoga programs for children from strong walkers/runners up to age 18. In September 2019 they are offering their first Tween Yoga program (ages 9-12). Drop-in yoga classes include Toddler Yoga, After School Kids Yoga (ages 4-8), and Family Yoga. They also run Yoga Camps (Summer, PA Days, March Break), Birthday Parties, and Private Kids Events. They have also created the Yoga Storytime program in Toronto and run it in a growing number of daycares, schools, and libraries.Megan Snider is the Founder of Appleseed Yoga. The idea came to her after training in yoga and having a baby. She wanted to continue to share yoga with her son and couldn’t find any kids yoga programs in the city! She took a kids yoga training program and travelled across Canada and the States to learn about this new and exciting field. Shortly after Megan’s second son was born, she dedicated spare time to starting Appleseed and running kids yoga classes in the neighbourhood.

Appleseed operates their drop-in class schedule from the Ralph Thornton Centre at 765 Queen Street E.  Be sure to check out a class and learn more on the website

Streamlined Application Process for Business Licences in Toronto

Applying for a new business licence or permit?

The City of Toronto is improving the application process for new business licences and permits. As of June 3, 2019, applicants will need to submit a complete application with all their documents. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application requirements and forms are available online at toronto.ca/licences.

The improved application process will help you get your licence in one visit. Submit your complete application at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor, East York, ON M4C 5R1.

Note: The new business licence application process does not apply to taxicab and limousine owners, or business licence renewals.

Questions? More information at toronto.ca/licences