A Taste of the Middle East at Eats and Beats by Tabülè in Riverside!!

Taste and experience your Middle Eastern culinary adventure of flavours, dancing flair, and filigree henna tattoos with Tabülè at Eats and Beats event on June 1st.


Tabülè has developed quite a reputation among the city’s finest Middle Eastern eateries. Those that frequent Tabülè are constantly restating their adoration for the savory and hearty menu options and the unique interpretation of Middle Eastern Cuisine.

gord groverDuring the Eats & Beats Street Fest you can delight your taste buds with an array of delectable of Middle Eastern Cuisine tasters, also get an introduction to belly dancing with an acclaimed dancer and a chance to adorn yourself with gorgeous henna tattoos by Gord Grover.

Sara SkinnerDon’t miss the belly dancing performance by Sarah Skinner the master of belly dancing at 3:00pm. Sarah Skinner is a multi-talented artist: An innovative, mesmerizing performer and highly acclaimed dance instructor, she is also well known for her artistry as a dance photographer and unique costume designer. For more information on Sarah Skinner, check out her website: www.shakemyday.com

Tabülè is an emerging hot spot, which surpasses expectations; Diana Sideris and her husband Rony Goraichy noted that the food is accessible for all. Their award winning Davisville and Yonge location is in the heart of midtown Toronto. Patrons from all four corners of the city travel for a unique dining experience that features the exotic flavours of the Middle East. They have just expanded their business and opened their second location in the Riverside on 810 Queen Street East and had their grand opening last Wednesday on May 22nd.

“We are so excited bout being here,” Diana said. “The BIA has been fantastic and it has an amazing community group of businesses.” Diana and Rony look forward to providing live entertainment with belly dancing every Saturday night.

The Riverside BIA is delighted to have Tabülè in our area.


Blues & Rhythms BBQ by Nell & Natasha at Eats and Beats in Riverside!!

Sounds like the Riverside

The Mother and Daughter Team Nell Bradshaw and Natasha Varjacic are hosting their 4th Annual Free BBQ for Eats and Beats Event on June 1st.

On June 1st at the Eats and Beats from 1-4PM, feed your stomach and soul at Nell and Natasha’s free BBQ and enjoy “HUDU RISING BLUES BAND performing classics and originals. Glen Filazek, “Hudu Rising Blues Band” founder, and his twin boys Max and Arlo have been playing music publicly since 2004. They began playing folk and Country classics by artists such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. The transition to Blues music happened quickly as the budding talents of Max and Arlo flourished.

Arlo studied with Toronto Blues legend and two-time Juno nominee Michael Pickett, when he was 6 years old. Arlo currently studies drums with Joseph Janisse, drummer of the rock group Rocketface. Hudu Rising Blues Band began by playing at various events and private parties in and around the Toronto area since 2004. They have played at events such as the Scotia Bank Toronto Buskerfest, Toronto Cabbagetown Festival, the Woodbridge Fall Fair and the Woodbridge Ribfest.

nell & Natasha Who are Nell & Natasha?

 Nell &  Natasha have more than 25 years experience serving buyers and sellers of Toronto Real Estate. Living and working in the heart of the Riverside district Nell and Natasha are active contributors to the community.  Because real estate is also about the communities in which we choose to live and work, they believe in giving back.

They host Annual neighbourhood events like a Spring BBQ and Halloween Pumpkin Patch from their office at 807A Queen Street East (conveniently located across from Jimmie Simpson Park).  Proceeds from these events always go to local charities.  Natasha is also active in the Riverside Business Association as an Executive Board Member of the Riverside BIA.

Nell is involved in community organizing, special events and fundraisers.  She and Natasha also support community development a world away.  Each month Nell and Natasha donate a portion of their commissions to help provide food, school supplies and access to clean water to the children and families of All Saints Anglican Church in Maseno, Kenya.

Get to meet this Dynamic duo this Saturday, June 1st at the Eats & Beats Street Fest. In addition to the great band and free BBQ, make sure you don’t miss out on other entertainments for your little ones, such as: face paintings, balloons, prizes and many more!

Woodgreen’s Photo Exhibition and The Bead Goes On @ Eats & Beats

Come visit Woodgreen’s “Hand out” – an amazing visual display of black and white photographs taken by our community, and enjoy the Bead goes on, a Women’s Economic Development Project that will be selling their unique beaded jewelry!

Don’t forget to check it out!

June 1st, from 1PM-6PM @ Riverside’s Eats & Beats Street Fest!

Hand out


“Hand Out” is a captivating visual display of photographs taken by our community that is homeless, or has experienced living on the streets. The open hand symbolism includes attributes such as: Balance, Choice, and Justice. Depictions of an open right hand is an image that is recognized and used as a sign of protection, faith, family, blessings, power and strength in many different cultures. In this exhibition, Our community photographer’s will share the objects that they hold dear to their hearts. Objects that give them faith, hope and joy.


With 75 years of success, Woodgreen Community services is one of the largest community services agency in Toronto helping 37,000 people a year! By helping people to find safe and affordable housing, professional training to enter the job market, childcare access, youth programs , employment training, among many other, Woodgreen has become an important player in providing well-being for the community and the society in general.




Nellie’s 40th Anniversary @ Riverside’s Eats & Beats Street Fest!

Come celebrate Nellie’s 40th anniversary with a cake cutting  ceremony @ 3PM and be a part of this amazing success story of helping women and children in our community since 1973!

During Eats & Beats, Nellie’s will be showcasing a photographic exhibit of several women with a personal  statement of their journey.  The community is also invited to participate in a community fabric mural on what safety means to you. Refreshments will be served together with the cake cutting ceremony, and a brief video screening about women at Nellie’s.

Nellie's Pride March - 2011


Nellie’s – a cornerstone in serving women and children in the community


In 1973, to fill the need for homeless women’s shelters, June Callwood opened Nellie’s Shelter and named it after Nellie McClung – the pioneer feminist who advocated for and helped women gain the right to vote in Canada.

With the goal of helping, protecting and supporting women of all ages in different situations and conditions, since its launch, Nellie’s has helped over 15,000 women to overcome their difficulties and go forward with happy and healthy strong lives.

The Need

Even though we live in a time were women have more space in society, ancient problems of violence, abuse, poverty and homelessness still surrounds women, that does not receives the care that they deserve, and are forced to face alone those difficult situations. That’s when Nellie’s come in; with 36 beds in a 100 year old building, rain or shine, Nellie’s is open to every women and child who look for help and support with no questions asked.

What do they do for Women and Children?

If you think that this is just another shelter that only offers a plate of supper and a bed to sleep, you are completely wrong. At Nellie’s women can find a place to go back up and reconstruct their lives as strong and independent women, ready to face the world again. Protection, safety, confidentiality, counseling, connections with the community, Help to make their voices heard in court, and to access affordable housing are just a few things that Nellie’s does for women and children, and what makes it a special, unique, and amazing place, different from any other.




DON VALLEY STOMPERS to perform at Eats & Beats in Riverside Street Fest!

As part of Riverside’s Eats & Beats Street Fest, DON VALLEY STOMPERS will be performing at Saulter Street at 1pm . This is truly fitting since Riverside Toronto western edge is along the Don Valley.

Don Valley Stompers in New Orleans. Photo by Brian Towers

Don Valley Stompers in New Orleans. Photo by Brian Towers

Fresh music with Toronto’s local jazz band the Don Valley Stompers, a powerful 7 piece band that play in the New Orleans dancehall tradition. 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.

With Juno nominee Rob Teehan and other blow-your-socks-off band members, this 1pm free street concert is one that you don’t want to miss. Literally, they are going to be performing acoustically as their sound is so powerful they won’t need any amplification!

Want a pre-event taste? Click HERE or the photo below to watch a live performance of the Don Valley Stompers.

Don Valley Stompers photo by Toronto Jazz Festival

Don Valley Stompers photo by Toronto Jazz Festival