THANK YOU & PHOTOS! Riverside Public Art Walk 2019

Riverside Walks, free guided walking tours series of Riverside neighbourhood had another successful and sunny walk this past weekend at the 2019 Riverside Public Art Walk! Attendees had the benefit of learning about public art in the neighbourhood which weaves together stories of changes over space and time, heritage, people, nature, and ways of living.

If you missed it and want to attend a future walk, make sure you check out our Riverside Walks page! 

We wanted to give a special thank you to…

Anjuli Solanki, for doing an excellent job of leading the walk. Anjuli is a former Executive Director of the Riverside BIA and helped implement many of the Riverside public art projects that you learned about on the tour! 

Jacquie Comrie, for attending and speaking on her ideas and intentions for her new mural that will be coming into the neighbourhood shortly! 

All of the attendees, it wouldn’t have been possible without you! Thanks for bringing the community together and for learning about the art in Riverside. 

Enjoy some photos from this awesome walk! 

Butchers of Distinction – Riverside Business Profile Series

Butchers of Distinction

A good neighbourhood should not be without a good butcher shop.

Until 2013 that neighbourhood was Riverside –  a community in Toronto’s east end that now fully appreciates the wonderful food and prepared meats local brought to them by Butchers of Distinction.

“My favourite thing about running a business in Riverside is the support we receive from people in the neighbourhood,” says partner and head butcher Robert Mee. “We’ve been here for five years and seeing the same faces since day one makes us proud.”

Robert says Butchers of Distinction specializes in whole animal butchery, done right in the shop – proper old-school style. While the Queen Street East butcher features a variety of Ontario meats, Robert says the dry aged steaks are the most popular, along with their sausages as they are making close to 400 pounds a week now.

butchers of distinction

This butcher shop got its name through the original partners, because as Robert says “We do things differently here.” It is a proper old school butchers shop.

In addition to supplying Riverside residents (and restaurants) with the best meats in Ontario, Butchers of Distinction also supports the local community in many other ways through fundraising, donating to auctions and by building relationships with other businesses in the neighbourhood.

“The sense of community is strong here and it’s very important for us to be a part of that,” says Robert.

butchers of distinction Karen Lloyd from Riverside

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series Riverside Business Profile. Read other blogs from her: Riverside PatiosPlaces to Stay in RiversideBrunch SpotsHealth & Wellness in Riverside,  Kid-Friendly RiversideEvent & Catering SpotsRiverside ChefsSelf-Care in RiversideIt’s Easy Being Green in RiversideThe Dirt on Gardening in RiversideEat Around the World in Riverside, and Saying ‘I Do’ East of the Don.

2019 Riverside Magazines Are Here!

After a lot of hard work, the 2019 Riverside Magazines are complete!

The magazines have now been distributed! Keep your eyes peeled in all of the businesses in Riverside to grab your very own copy, or, click here to view a digital copy! 

For this issue of the Riverside Magazine, we reveal a fresh contemporary style. Immerse yourself in learning about the present, and future of Riverside. Pick up on all of the new happenings, live music and entertainment, and eats in the neighbourhood. We’ve got something for everyone! 

The Riverside BIA would like to extend our appreciation for the amazing work done by the entire team. We would like to take this opportunity to give a VERY special thank you to

  • Giancarlo Pawelec, Managing Editor & Advertising Sales
  • Lais Fabricio, Editor & Advertising Sales
  • David Watson, Writing & Advertising Sales
  • Jennifer Lay, Copy Editor
  • George Conidis, Graphic Design

The endless hours that you’ve all spent working on this project to make it perfect has shown your dedication and commitment to being a great part of the community. Each individual on the team has helped us in so many ways and it wouldn’t have been possible without their hard work! It has been a very enjoyable experience working with each and every one of you! 

Thank you so much! 


The Canada Business App

Are you a small business that needs help accessing government programs and services simply and quickly? 

Being a business owner can be quite difficult that’s why the Canada Business App is your mobile business partner! Download the app to navigate government services, receive tailored recommendations, and get personalized notifications on funding applications or when to file taxes. 

Canada Business is a mobile business consultant designed to provide business owners with essential information and tools to help Canadian’s focus on building their business. 

The app is customizable to anyone, business owners can customize their experience through creating a profile that allows them to manage a list of notifications, calendar updates, unlock personalized features, and tailor search results. 

You can now download the Canada Business App on the App Store here, and on Google Play here.


Summerlicious in Riverside

Summerlicious 2019 is almost here, it features specials from restaurants throughout the city from July 5 – 21! Experience Summerlicious at restaurants in Riverside by indulging in world-class three-course dining, at exceptional prix fixe prices. 

Il Ponte
625 Queen Street East
11:30am-2:30pm & 5pm-10pm (Monday-Friday)
5pm-11pm (Saturday) & (Closed Sunday)

Il Ponte’s fresh thinking on Italian cuisine is present in their seasonal menu and freshly made daily specials. By using local ingredients and importing authentic Italian products, they are able to achieve a unique Summerlicious menu that features modern updates to authentic Italian dishes!

$28/Lunch or $43/Dinner

Make sure you check out their menu and make a reservation!

Prohibition Gastrohouse
696 Queen Street East
11am-2am (Monday-Friday) & 10am-2am (Saturday-Sunday)

This pub is the perfect spot for after-work drinks or catching up with friends. The Summerlicious menu features many vegan and vegetarian dishes like Gazpacho, Kale Caesar, Mediterranean Buddha and one of Toronto’s best Truffle Mac & Cheeses. 

$23/Lunch or $33/Dinner

Make sure you check out their menu and make a reservation!

prohibition gastrohouse

Reservations are officially open! Use #LiciousTO and #RiversideTO to document your foodie adventure in the neighbourhood!