“Ready, set, play!” with the Queen/Saulter Library at Riverside Eats & Beats

Don’t miss out on the fun to be had at the Saulter Street closure with live music and fun activities for all ages. 

Riverside’s Annual Eats & Beats Streetfest is back – this year on Saturday June 2nd alongside the Riverdale Artwalk. Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street.

From 1pm to 5pm on June 2nd, the Queen/Saulter Library  will be in the festival’s Saulter Street Closure with a variety of interactive kids’ activities including face painting and their Pop-Up Learning Lab 3D Printer Demo, face painting and more during the 6th Annual Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest! Materials will be provided.

And don’t miss the Don Valley Stompers as they bring down the house with live New Orleans-style Jazz from 1-4pm, just outside the library! This high energy band takes old-time jazz seriously – they even have a Sousaphone – and clearly intend to carry the tradition into the future, while enjoying themselves immensely.

PLUS for the young and the old, test your national knowledge & spin the wheel with Historica Canada’s trivia challenge. Historica Canada is the largest independent organization dedicated to history and citizenship in Canada. Some of Historica Canada’s other nationwide programs include Encounters with Canada and The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Here are some Canadian trivia questions to get you thinking. (Answer Key below)


Answers: 1. Bluenose 2.Village 3.Telescope  4. Winnipeg Falcons

FUN FACTS about the Queen/Saulter Library:

An episode of the Kids of Degrassi Street (the original Degrassi series) was filmed in the branch. The branch exterior and the surrounding area was made up to appear to be from the 1930s for the filming of the movie Cinderella Man. Many other films and TV shows have been filmed in or around the branch.

The branch opened in 1979 and was relocated in 1980 to the former Postal Station G, designed in 1913 by architect E. J. Lennox, the architect who also designed Old City Hall, Casa Loma and the King Edward Hotel! The branch’s wooden doors, marble flooring and marble counters date back to 1913.

The branch shares its space with the Ralph Thornton Centre, a multipurpose community facility that serves the greater Riverdale area, and will also be doing fabulous activities in its 2nd floor space during Riverside Eats & Beats – stayed tuned!

In addition to the Library’s greats books and multi-media, the branch has fun and free programs like the Lego Club, Saturday Family time, health and wellness talks, and a whole schedule of great programming. Also, be sure to make use of the library’s great services like after hours’ book drop, express checkout, pedometer lending, computer workstations and free WI-FI.

To check out all the fun details, register for activities and let us know if you’re coming to the #RiversideTO #EatsNBeats Streetfest!

BIG THANK YOU to Riverside Eats & Beats sponsors for helping make this fantastic event possible: the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, and Metroland Media.