The Riverside BIA is celebrating 40 Years in 2020.  First formed in 1980 by a group of local business and property owners, the Queen Broadview Village Business Improvement Area is one of the first dozen BIAs in Toronto and the world. The BIA spans Queen Street East from the Bridge (Queen Street Viaduct) to just past De Grassi Street. In 2004, the name change to the ‘Riverside’ BIA reflected the neighbourhood’s name since the 1880s.  The BIA and business community it serves have seen many other changes over the decades – some very big news and others perhaps hidden gems.

This year to celebrate and commemorate these first 40 years, we are sharing 40 short stories of the BIA! Stay tuned for one or two new stories each week of this year and find them all here:

Story #14: Lynne Patterson’s Story

Story #13: Everyone Knows Riverside’s George the Barber

Story #12: ‘De Grassi Street’ vs ‘Degrassi Street’

Story #11: Nell and Natasha: Riverside’s Community Builders

Story #10: Beaches International Jazz Festival’s ‘Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside’

Story #9: What’s in a name? The Story of The Broadview Hotel in Toronto’s Riverside Neighbourhood

Story #8: Alquimia Mural 

Story #7: It’s About Time: “Time and A Clock” Public Art in Riverside

Story #6: Change is a Brewin’ in Riverside 

Story #5: Tkaranto Past / Tkaranto Future Mural at Riverside

Story #4: Ramping up the Arts in Riverside

Story #3: A Telltale Sign of Riverside: Ron Fletcher and Stan Jones’ Riverside Gallery, and the Riverdale ArtWalk

Story #2: Dimensions Custom Framing Turns 20 Years + The Hidden Teacup

Story #1: How it all Began with the Queen-Broadview Village BIA in 1980