Megan Sheppard’s

There’s something about Megan!!!


 Megan Sheppard is a Realtor but not your conventional kind. She stems from three generations of realtors serving the Riverdale, Leaside, Leslieville and the Beaches neighborhood. Her father Kent Sheppard, who is the most important influence in her career as a Realtor is one of the founders and owners of RE/MAX Hallmark.

She describes the core of what she does as transforming clients’ lives from one stage to another; with a host of clients ranging from first time buyers to seniors. Her innate ability to communicate and care about people gave her the inspiration to collaborate with the Riverside IGNITE 2015 WalkFEST to organize Megan’s Boot and Coat Drive.

Megan came up with this idea while driving her clients and noticed that there were a lot of homeless people without shoes or mismatched shoes. This inspired her not only to collect boots but also coats for the fall and winter seasons. Giving back is very important to Megan because of her belief of “Paying it forward” and her endless love for people across all walks of life.

Besides her career as a Real Estate agent, she is also a certified Massage Therapist and Yoga instructor, a world traveler and loves to collect rocks. Her dream in life is to someday open a retreat centre.

You can connect with Megan directly here

Find out more about Megan’s Boot and Coat Drive and other Riverside WalkFEST events here

Get Fit Body & Soul on the Fitness Fun Walk

8am- 10am: Fitness Fun Walk
STARTS @ Oma Chiropractic (1 Munro Street)
ENDS @ Chi Junky (70 McGee Street)


On October 25 wake up early and get refreshed body and soul with a taster of Riverside’s Health and Wellness options, by not just hearing about them, but experiencing the practice first hand.

If you have been meaning to do something for yourself and get mentally and physically backin shape, this is the walk for you.  Led by Rachelle Wintzen-  RYT, CNP,  and Founder of  Chi Junky Wellness Concierge & Private Yoga Studio. Rachelle is a featured expert in Chatelaine, Best Health Magazine and many other media publications. Chi Junky specializes in personalized, convenient semi-private classes and services to get you addicted to your health!

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On this rejuvenating  walk  Rachel will start you off at  Oma Chiropractic where Adrienne Mc Ruvie  will lead mindfull stretching and start off your morning by building your health by releasing tension. Adrienne in addition to being a Chiropractor, she is also trained as a Reflexolgist, Reiki Therapist and Yoga teacher, and she integrates these wellness methods into her practice.

energy xchange

EnergyXchange is another key stop along the way where participants will have a mini-fitness workshop. EnergyXchange is known as the Un-gym, they are a cutting-edge fitness clinic that pairs amazing instructors with dynamic classes to help keep your mind and your muscles guessing.

Chi junky

The last stop on this Fitness Fun Walk is the newly opened Chi Junky. Designed for busy people looking for a healthy change, Chi Junky makes achieving total wellness simple, accessible and realistic. Think of them as your one-stop shop for clean living. No more commuting, guesswork, stress or excuses when it comes to your health.

In addition to a great start to your weekend, you’ll get treated to special promotions and complimentary guilt-free snacks & beverages offered at each stop. Participants get a swag bag full of goodies and a raffle prize, and  you could be one of the few to get the highly coveted Riverside T-shirt. Plus, top this walk with breakfast treats from  holistic chef, Anushka from  nushnosh.

Sign up for this walk and check out others here: button-register


Riverside is proud to be a TO2015 IGNITE community partner.

Riverside WalkFEST is supported by Ontario Ignite


New Book on History in Riverside from Author Elizabeth Gillian Muir!

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Author is one of the many words one could use to describe Elizabeth Gillian Muir. She is also an educator, researcher, key-note speaker, and volunteer. Living in Toronto, Elizabeth is a retired professor of Canadian Studies at the University of Waterloo and Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto. Having graduated from Queen’s University (Honours BA for English), McGill (BTh, PhD), and Harvard Business School (HRPBA), Elizabeth has had an abundance of experience in the world of education, making her an incredibly knowledgable woman in a variety of areas.


From the book: “John Bright and his family lived in this frame house on Queen Street East, west of Broadview Avenue, built in the 1830s next door to the Bank of Commerce” – From a watercolour by John Wesley Cotton. Photo: Toronto Reference Library, JRR 909

Her interest in writing sparked when she was very young, having a piece published in Children’s Life Magazine at the age of ten, and she continued on to write material ranging from children’s books to adult nonfiction. When Elizabeth first moved from Ottawa to Toronto, she lived on De Grassi St., making her familiar with the Riverside area. When Dundurn Press asked her to write the history of Riverdale, her jouney to research and write “Riverdale: East of the Don” began.


From the book: “Detail of the 1878 map of York from the Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of York, before Riverdale was annexed.” Photo: Toronto Reference Library

This book gives a finely detailed recount of the growth and development of Riverdale, the Riverside area being a significant part within. The book begins with the earliest settlements and prominent families in Riverdale when Riverside and Leslieville were joined in 1884, and goes on to talk about many other intriguing components of the neighbourhood’s history. This includes the struggles with pollution in the Don River and how they were overcome, various accomplishments of the women of Riverdale, and the progression in ethnic diversity and multiculturalism, something that Toronto is widely recognized for in present-day. Elizabeth also goes into deep detail on the history of the streets and buildings in Riverdale, many of which are widely-recognized in Riverside. Essentially, this is a thoroughly researched collection of history of Riverdale and, by extent, Riverside.

With WalkFEST 2014 quickly approaching, you may be able to catch Elizabeth Gillian Muir at one of our History Walk stops. And, if we’re lucky, there may be signed copies of her book available for purchase as well! Make sure to come on out and participate on October 25th!

Creatively Animating Riverside’s Transitioning Storefronts

The Riverside BIA has taken a creative approach to their transitioning storefronts – by adding art to them.

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Through the PATCH Project’s PATCH It Up program, Melissa Luk and Emanuel Ciobanica created new work for the Riverside community’s transitioning store fronts, during the Riverside ArtFEST held on July 13th 2014. Generously supported by the Riverside BIA, this three-paneled mural highlights the heritage of the neighbourhood by drawing inspiration from its busy business district, depicted through the artists’ whimsical aesthetic.

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Lead artist Melissa began the process for this mural by taking a walk through the Riverside neighbourhood, through which she was inspired by the various “visual puns” and mentally stimulating signs in the community. Some of these visuals cues run parallel to Luk’s own political and civic interests, such as an awareness of local flora and fauna, urban homesteading, gentrification, and heritage preservation. Through her artistic process, she was able to incorporate the essence of the Riverside community, without the use of common, obvious, or generic imagery.


The Riverside BIA felt that animating transitioning storefronts, would also be a draw for new businesses, as it shows that the BIA is invested promoting the neighbourhood, and creating enjoyable streetscapes for potential customers. An active and invested BIA is one that also works to serve the businesses within it, attracting new potential businesses to the BIA.

Check out the video on the creation of this piece here


Help us Win the NXT City Contest! It will only take a minute!!!

Riverside Park Revitalization Project


First, take a look at this video!



Hey everyone! Would you like to see McCleary Parkette (located in Riverside, TO) be revitalized? A few people from the Riverside BIA have teamed up and created a plan to revamp the currently bleak and overlooked space on the corner of McGee & Queen Street. We submitted this plan to the NXT City Contest, and it was posted to Facebook along with 95 other submissions. The prize for winning this contest is a grant to turn these plans into reality! How can we win? Well, the photo of that plan that accumulates the most likes over the next week or so will receive the grant!


So! If you could just take a second to log on to your Facebook and LIKE THIS PHOTO, you will be helping us to get closer to our goal of revitalizing and beautifying McCleary Parkette (and feel free to share the photo if you want!). You can see our plan for the project below!