Halloween Happenings in Riverside 2019

Riverside LOVES the Halloween season and it shows! There are so many exciting things happening in Toronto’s Riverside for Halloween to celebrate the spookiest time of the year.

Here is a breakdown of Halloween happenings in Riverside:

Smartypints Trivia 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Eastbound Brewing Co
700 Queen St E
7:30pm

Head over to Eastbound Brewing Co for a spooky Halloween themed trivia night – costumes are HIGHLY encouraged! Winners for best individual costume and best team costume will be chosen. Costume & trivia champs get FREE flights of beer on the house.

Halloween Party on The Rooftop 
October 31, 2019
The Broadview Hotel
106 Broadview Ave
5:00pm – 11:30pm

Celebrate Halloween at the Broadview Hotel for a spooky Day of the Dead themed Halloween Party on The Rooftop! Help raise funds for Red Door Family Shelter: donate min $5 (cash only) and wear your Halloween costume to be entered for a chance to win a one night stay at The Broadview Hotel!

Patchwork Orange Pumpkin Ale
Eastbound Brewing Co
700 Queen St E

On tap and in cans! Patchwork Orange Pumpkin Ale. The secret is 100 pounds(!) of real pumpkin purée, giving this seasonal ale the flavour profile of your favourite pumpkin pie, with aromatic notes of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Come by the brewpub for a pint, or stop by the retail fridge and pick up a few cans to pair with some Halloween candy

 

 HOWL-o-WEEN Party! 

Wednesday, October 30
3:30pm – 5:30pm
No registration required.

“Join us for tricks & treats! Don’t forget to wear your costume. Presented with the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre.”

Degrassi Park Pumpkin Parade

Friday, November 1
5:30pm – 9:00pm

One last night to let your Jack-o-Lantern shine – join the Pumpkin Parade in Degrassi Park!

True Crime Trivia Movie Edition 

Thursday, October 24
I’ll Be Seeing You
747 Queen Street East
6:00pm

A night of True Crime Trivia Movie Edition!

Films to focus on:
Extremely Wicked and Shockingly Evil and Vile
My Friend Dahmer
Murder in New Hampshire
Monster

Tickets: $13.50

Riverside Halloween Fest and Fundraiser 2019 

Saturday, October 26
1:30pm – 5:00pm

Join us for spooky FREE fun at Riverside Halloween Fest! RAIN or SHINE

Each year, on the last Saturday in October, kids (of all ages, dogs welcome too!) can dress up and join the fun of Riverside’s Halloween Fest –  whether it’s your alter-ego, superhero, or just as a mere form of expression – come out and enjoy! Riverside Halloween Fest & Fundraiser is presented by Nell & Natasha’s Real Estate Homeward, the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, and the Riverside BIA. Donations are welcomed in support of the South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre

Halloween Kiddie Costume Parade 

Saturday, October 26
3:30pm

 Leaving from 807A Queen Street East: guided by the Riverside BIA, kids and parents will meet & greet and get fun treats from local Riverside businesses! Free reusable bag provided by Nell & Natasha!

Take a look at the participating Riverside businesses for the Kiddie Costume Parade

Dance of the Damned 

The Opera House Toronto
Saturday, October 26
19+

Back to throw the best party of the year, Rue Morgue presents Dance of the Damned Halloween Party. Be sure to get creative with your costume for a chance to win up to $500 in cash.

Tickets range from $30 at the door to $100 for VIP
“Gates of hell open at 9pm”

Horror Movie Trivia

Sunday, October 27
I’ll Be Seeing You
747 Queen Street East
6:00pm

Another night of horror movie trivia!

Films to focus on:
Scream
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Final Destination
The Blair Witch Project

Nomads Restobar – Riverside Business Profile Series

To most people, ‘nomad’ is a word used to describe those who wander. To folks in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, it’s the name of a new restaurant and a way to let their taste buds travel!


Nomads Restobar - Riverside Toronto

 

With success at his first Nomads in Port Credit, owner Jonathan Harvey and his team decided to expand their concept to Toronto. Then, in the summer of 2019, after a couple years of planning, the family-run business opened its doors in Riverside — an up and coming east side neighbourhood with a “sense of community” that Jonathan noticed immediately.

“It is a suburban area that is quickly growing into what I believe will be one of the most popular areas in Toronto,” he said, describing the people in Riverside as down to earth and the business community as supportive and collaborative.

Nomads, Riverside Toronto
Nomads ‘Broadview’ location at 701 Queen St E features Red Seal chef ‘Chile’s’ globally inspired, locally sourced menu.  Dynamite dishes include kalbi short ribs, cauliflower pakora, and bison sliders. The bright, open, and airy restaurant also boasts a long list of drinks and some specials.

“Our most popular product would be our Amsterdam blonde beer paired with a shot of Jameson,” said Jonathan. “We have dubbed this a Happy Meal.”


Serving dinner seven days a week and brunch on weekends, Nomads is a great place to kick back and relax after work or on weekends. Visit them in Riverside to connect with your family and friends in a lively atmosphere and to treat your taste buds to mouthwatering dishes. Click here to reserve a table and make the best of your next gathering!

 

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.

Riverside BIA 2019 Annual General Meeting: Recap & Photos

A tremendous thank you to Riverside BIA members and the community for making our 2019 Annual General Meeting a success. Our membership celebrated accomplishments of the past year, approved an ambitious 2020 budget, and discussed issues that are important to Riverside. Read on to get a recap…

Riverside BIA AGM 2019

Riverside BIA AGM 2019 – Social time & Registration, thanks to Eastbound Brewing Co for bringing the beer and to Good Karma for generous portions of their delicious finger foods!

Riverside BIA AGM 2019

Riverside BIA AGM 2019 – Paula Fletcher, our Councillor and Riverside BIA Board member, spoke about the Ontario Line

Riverside BIA AGM 2019

Riverside BIA AGM 2019 – BIA Awards were presented to…drumroll…Pizza Nova, Switchback Cyclery and Bergstrom Originals!!

Riverside BIA AGM 2019

Riverside BIA AGM 2019 – 2019 Streetscape Award Presented to Pizza Nova (Left to right: Vince Ambra- Pizza Nova, Rosie Jeffares – Riverside BIA Co-Chair, Domenic Primucci – President of Pizza Nova)

Riverside BIA AGM 2019

Riverside BIA AGM 2019 – Marketing Award was presented to the Switchback Cyclery team!

Riverside BIA AGM 2019

Riverside BIA AGM 2019 – Meet and greet with new Riverside businesses such as Nomad’s

Riverside BIA AGM 2019

Riverside BIA AGM 2019 – thank you, everyone, for an amazing night from Riverside BIA Co-Chair Rosie Jeffares and Executive Director Jennifer Lay

Riverside Branded Pole Wraps are Up!

Riverside BIA Chair Mitch Korman with Installer from Street Graffiti Solutions

As part of the Riverside BIA’s streetscape improvement plan, Riverside-branded hydro pole wraps went up over the past week. These special wraps are a great anti-postering and anti-graffiti solution from Street Graffiti Solutions– which specialized in eradicating vertical litter from pole and street assets. This installation completes the Riverside BIA’s approved capital cost-share project for 2019.

With the addition of these wraps, we are so proud to showcase Riverside and keep cleaner streets, while adding a pop of colour to beautify the neigbouhood!

Installer from Street Graffiti Solutions wrapping a pole

Sash & Bustle Bridal Boutique – Riverside Business Profile Series

Sash & Bustle Bridal Boutique, 779 Queen Street East, Toronto

Some might argue Sash & Bustle Bridal Boutique was, in a way, the start of many great things to happen in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood.

In 2015, the new bridal shop painted its facade white, filled its windows with exquisite gowns, and breathed life into a tired building along Queen Street East near Saulter Street.

Sash & Bustle Bridal Boutique Riverside Toronto

“When we first moved in you could see the area was up and coming, with some hot restaurants and bars,” says Veronica Tomik, a sales manager at Sash and Bustle. In fact, Riverside has evolved tremendously since the bridal shop opened.

In 2016, the Riverside Pollinator Mural was completed just west of Sash & Bustle’s location, and shortly after the Queen Garden Centre opened adjacent to that, bringing even more vitality to the neighbourhood. In 2017, The Broadview Hotel building was revitalized and had its grand opening, “some of the brides are hosting their weddings there too!” says Veronica.

There are so many things to love about doing business here, says Veronica, noting working with other Riverside business owners has been a huge plus. “If you want to collaborate on fun events there is always someone to depend on,” she says, “it’s simply the perfect neighbourhood for us.”

Owned by sisters Vanessa and Andrea Dineen, Sash & Bustle offers a personalized and relaxed bridal shopping experience for all brides and bridal parties.

“Our brides are modern women in love!” says Veronica, “They are down to earth, with an urban lifestyle but love to take the time to get back to nature. They also love to shop locally and support small businesses. Our brides want to feel like a bride on their big day, but not necessarily a traditional one.”

Sash and Bustle Bridal Boutique Owners, Vanessa and Andrea Dineen, Riverside Toronto

Sash and Bustle Bridal Boutique Owners, Vanessa and Andrea Dineen, Riverside Toronto

The boutique carries a curated collection of gowns, accessories, and giftware that brides and their party can browse and try on in Sash & Bustle’s intimate relaxed boutique setting. At their appointment, brides-to-be are given all the knowledge they need, while having a lot of fun. At the end of their visit, all brides are given swag bags filled with goodies from Riverside merchants.

If you have a big day coming up, make an appointment with Sash & Bustle to get all your needs met, whether it’s your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, accessories and wedding bands – or all of the above! Contact Sash & Bustle Bridal Boutique. 

 

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.