Get A Fresh Look At The Medicines Growing In Your Own Back Yard!

Ever wonder if plants that you consider “weeds” and any use, or if there were plants in you own backyard that could heal you?

Well, look no further. On Oct. 26th at 12pm, Riverside’s local herbalist – Danette Steele – will take you on a walking tour to discover that there are actually a lot of medicinal plants literally right in front of you. Many everyday local plants have a lot of healing properties… and Danette, who also has her practice with Oma Chiropractic, loves to share plant wisdom with people to encourage safe and effective self-care using herbal medicine

On the Medicinal Plant Walk some of the wild plants that you will see and talk about are: Dandelion, Burdock, Plantain, Yellow dock, and Red clover. Plus, you’ll get the medicinal down low on everyday herbs that you have in your kitchen and backyard.


An insiders Surprise medicinal weed is…. The pervasive Dandelion. This plant is awesome – it is known as the plant of survival / survivors!! The root is a great tonic for the digestive system and the liver; the leaf is a mild bitter – also a liver tonic. The leaf is a diuretic and encourages elimination through the kidneys, and Dandelion is included in combination remedies for skin problems, for aching joints and gout.


So Who is Danette?


Danette has been working as a Herbal Medicine Practitioner for many years. A recent returnee from Nova Scotia (her former home) where she taught, led plant medicine walks by the sea, harvested plants for medicine at organic farms, and made root medicines in a local clinic.

She has clinical practice where she meets with people who want to work with her to develop treatment plans using whole herbs and nutrition for wellness. She works through Oma Chiropractic and the Centre for Social Innovation, in addition to her Halifax Clinic

Danette is also an avid city farmer, working with people using a collaborative design process to design edible gardens for food and medicine and pollinators.

Come check out this Free Medicinal Walk, with a couple of tasters along the way. Register here:

Riverside WalkFEST was possible due to generous sponsorship from Streetcar.



Every Brick has a Story to tell…

In Riverside Toronto, there is a plethora of historic buildings and a layered history of the urban planning and development starting from before the 1800s.

Detailing of Jilly's brick

Detailing of Jilly’s brick

Ever wonder how certain buildings were built? How did people build structures without contemporary tools? Are there reasons why you see an abundance of some materials over others, and most intriguingly, what are the politics and back stories behind what was built in riverside, and what never ended up materialising. 

Scadding Cabin Plaque

Scadding Cabin Plaque

This Walk is a collection of stories behind the urban planning that shaped both Riverside and had an impact on the wider city of Toronto. From Toronto’s first house – Scadding Cabin – gracing the Riverside boundary, the Opera House being a vaudeville hot spot, the artisanal process of making the signature Riverside bricks, to the development to Don Mount Court/Rivertowne community – Canada’s first mixed-income development.


The Opera House – former Vaudeville Haunt

This fascinating walk will be led by two knowledgeable East-siders:

Adrian Lightstone, local resident, engineering/architectural economist, and overall urbanist, he has contributed to Spacing Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star on urban planning related issues.

Edward Keenan is the author of “Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto” and writes columns about city politics, planning and life for The Grid, The Toronto Star, and Spacing. He spent his childhood living in Riverside.

Space is limited. Register now and get inspired:

Riverside WalkFEST was possible due to generous sponsorship from Streetcar.

Be Riverside’s “Top Dog” on the Dog/Fitness Walk

Riverside ‘Top Dog’ Challenge

Dog image

 At 9am on Oct 26th start the day with an “amazing race” style “walk” that allows you to explore neighbourhood parkettes, tests your mental agility and your dog’s skills.

Woman walking her dog in the park

Plus…. You’ll get swag bags, finish with Pizza from Pizziaolo and healthy snacks from Oma Chiropractic and the chance for your dog to be Riverside’s TOP DOG!


Put on by Oma Chiropractic, EnergyXchange, and Fit Dogs

Register for the Dog/ Fitness Walk at:

Riverside WalkFEST was possible due to generous sponsorship from Streetcar.

Olive & Olive Cooking Demos with Chef Av Atkian

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Join Chef Av Atkian for a Catalan tapas demo at Olive & Olives 779 Queen St. E. on Oct 26th during the Riverside WalkFEST

The two tasty appetizers that you will learn how to create are:
Catalan Pan Con Tomate – garlic rubbed toasted bread with grated fresh tomato, olive oil and salt.

Stuffed sautéed olive with Manchego cheese, wrapped with Serrano ham and glazed with Ferianes Arrope.
Space is limited so be sure to sign up for your spot.

Chef & Restaurateur, Av Atikian
Av Atikian’s career spans 35 years in the restaurant industry. Being raised in a Middle Eastern family, hospitality and the making and sharing of food was central to his development as a chef and restaurateur. A passion for cuisine and wine has led this Chef/ Sommelier to TV appearances, charity functions and cooking competitions as well as opening his own restaurant, JAMcafe.

Av has also established relationships with wine merchants, and wineries, resulting in exquisite collaborations. This paired with his lucid use of intense flavours and traditional technique has fostered a loyal clientelle and critical acclaim.
Av continues to design and host tastings and pairing dinners and is pursuing a new business venture showcasing his cuisine and flair.

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Get To Know Some Behind The Scenes Design Tips & Tricks on This Inspiring Walk!

The Covet Garden team is super excited to be leading this year’s Riverside WalkFEST’s  Art, Fashion & Design Walk.  Just as aims to take a peek into the homes of Toronto’s creative community, the goal of this year’s Art, Fashion & Design Walk is to take a peek into the backrooms of our favourite Riverside boutiques.


Covet Garden back issue

Not only do we want to share the amazing array of design resources available in the neighbourhood, we want to show that shop owners can help you solve all of your design dilemmas.


Quince Flowers floral arrangement

It’s our second year at the event and we’re keen to delve even deeper into the trade secrets of local art, home and fashion stores. We’ll be visiting a wide range of shops and services including Quince Flowers, Dimensions Framing, The Artists’ Network, Silhouette Tailoring, macFAB, Bergström Originals, Here & Now, Common Sort, Vintage Vibes and Kimberly Jackson. All are independent businesses and all are willing and able to provide advice as well as some mighty fine objects.

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macFAB home & fabric store


 And Covet Garden will be along for the ride to introduce you to these great businesses and to maybe pick up a few new design tricks ourselves!


Kimberly Jackson hutch

Kimberly Jackson hutch

Covet Garden is for folks who are curious about real spaces. We take a peek into the homes and lives of some of the city’s most interesting people—spaces that have not been styled by interior decorators. Covet Garden is inspirational, not aspirational.

Space is limited. Register now and get inspired:

Riverside WalkFEST was possible due to generous sponsorship from Streetcar.