Irresistibly Irish – AN SIBIN PUB at Eats & Beats in Riverside Street fest!

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The bar at An Sibin Pub


Get a taste of Celtic food, music and drinks at An Sibín Pub on June 1st. Mill Street and Guinness beer tasting trays, delicious Irish morsels and show off your Gallic footwork with guest Celtic band.

There will be a Live Irish Session featuring 8-14 players that will take place from 1-4pm and the after party for “The High Drive” Celtic Jam Session which will take you away to Ireland with their drums and fiddles.

There are so many different beers, and you often don’t get a chance to taste them all.  Satisfy your desire to compare a range of different beers with Mill Street Samplers specials ($5) and Guinness Family Sampler ($6) . In spirit of tasters these will also be accompanied  by the finger food house specialties, such as: Burger Sliders and Chip Butty Sliders (this is a fresh baked bun, stacked with house cut fries, creamy coleslaw served with chipotle aioli- a contemporary twist on favorite Irish ingredients).

So, What’s An Sibín Pub All About?

An Sibín Pub brings A Touch of Ireland to The Riverside.  The name, pronounced “ahn shebeen,” refers to Ireland’s historic after-hours speakeasies. Affectionately known to neighbours as “The Shebeen” it has and the warm, true-to-heart hospitality the Irish are well known for. Aptly named a “House of Ceol” (Gaelic for Music), they have a fantastic music line up which includes céilí (pronounced Kay-lee) and Celtic music jam sessions and dancing, to bands like Covered in Cash, a rockabilly/country/rock/acoustic band.  

An Sibín has definitely become a destination restaurant for Irish ex-pats in Toronto and those who want to experience some real Irish culture. “Here they can come and chat with one of 17 Irish staff members, eat an authentic Chip Butty, sip one of over 20 craft and Irish beers or ciders on tap, and feel like one of the family,” says Scott and Rick.  

Rick, Tim & Scott

Rick, Tim & Scott

Partners Rick Auiler and Scott Brockington first opened in the former ‘Real Jerk’ location last August, which was a much beloved landmark in Riverside.  Rick and Scott offer a combined 15-year history of successful Irish destinations in Toronto, including St. James’ Gate, The Irish Embassy, PJ O’Brien’s  and Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar. Chef Tim Pettigrew, has created a unique fusion of traditional and contemporary Irish favourites with fresh local ingredients, and a unique Toronto flair. Plus, he often works to pair An Sibín’s extensive on-tap beer offerings with in-season fare.

Aqua/Nibii Wawashkana Performing at Eats & Beats Street Fest

Riverside is proud to also celebrate the launch of National Aboriginal History month with musician, Aqua, also known as Nibii Wawashkana (Water Flower) as part of the Eats & Beats in Riverside Street Fest. This is an opportunity to recognize and honor the heritage and culture of Aboriginal communities in Canada.


Aqua is a proud Aboriginal woman. She was gifted her spirit name 4 years ago and has been on a self-discovering journey ever since. Her music is an expression of her life experience thus far, with a beautiful mix of Ojibway, French, and English. She shares her story as she believes it heals, inspires, and just plain feels good. Aqua’s greatest love in life is sharing her gifts with others through her drum circles, acting, and singing. She is a free spirit who truly believes in equality.

The Riverside BIA is thrilled to have Aqua perform on Saulter Street as part of the Fresh Food & Beats on Saulter Street Destination

Free VIP Riverside Culinary Adventures Tour During Eats & Beats Street Fest… Read on to get your exclusive spot

culinary adventuresAre you a diehard foodie and adrenaline junkie? Do you thrive on thrills? Are you someone who pushes your culinary boundaries and elevates your epicurean experiences to new heights? Or do the thoughts of new and unique gourmet exploits awaken your senses and tempt your taste buds? Then get ready for a total food rush!!!

 On June 1st at 12:00 and 3:00pm Get a taste of the Culinary Adventure Company’s most popular Riverside Tour for free! There are only 20 spots, and you can get yours by being one of the first to tweet out the hashtags: #EatsNBeats, #EatsAndBeats, #RiversideTO

If you’re one of the first 20 to tweet this out you could get a free spot on Chef Scott’s special Eats & Beats version of the

onion_smRiverside/Leslieville Culinary Adventure Tour!    

Culinary Adventure Tours pride themselves on providing the best & most unique foodie experiences. In fact, they won the 2012 Ontario Tourism Award for Best Culinary Tourism Experience! Be the first to tweet out #EatsNBeats, #EatsAndBeats, #RiversideTO and join Chef Scott on a food crawl, and get a “Behind the Scenes” peak into the city’s culinary underbelly!

On Culinary Adventure Tours, you’ll:

Get the skinny on the city…..take a food crawl through the culinary underbelly of Toronto with an international private Chef/culinary instructor and a certified downtown big city foodie.

Discover where the locals chill, chow down and live it up…maybe meet some local Chefs and food lovers…and if you’re lucky, get invited to an underground dining experience.

carrotDiscover some eclectic food shops and nifty neighborhoods – and get a feel for the real, and have a taste of the town.  Our promise to you…no tourist traps, no chains and no bull (unless we’re eating it). Just a whole lotta fun and a whole lotta food.

Whether we hop a streetcar or walk the beat, our tongue ‘n cheek tour guides will treat you to a mega mix of yummy treats, entertaining architectural and historical tidbits, funny stories and quirks about Toronto and its occasionally ‘unusual’ inhabitants.

Check out Culinary Adventure Company’s Website to find out more about their tours and adventures.


Fresh, Healthy and Affordable food is coming to Riverside – Launching at Eats & Beat Street Fest!!


Come and join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony to launch the Riverside Good Food Market at the corner of Queen St E & Saulter on Saturday, June 1st, at 2:45pm. As part of the Eats & Beats in Riverside Street Fest, local eateries will be opening their doors for mouthwatering tasting plates and live music entertainment along with the 15th annual Riverdale Art Walk.


Volunteer based, the Good Food Market is a great example of a successful community initiative in which people work together for the common goal of providing high quality, fresh, and affordable food to our neighborhood.  Fresh Produce is delivered on market day, and is available essentially at cost for community members.


The Riverside Good Food Market is part of the Riverdale Food Working Group’s Good Food Market Hub project, and is led by community members such as:

  • Ralph Thornton Centre (RTC)
  • Toronto Community Housing Corp (TCHC)- Rivertowne
  • FoodShare Toronto
  • South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC)
  • The Mustard Seed
  • Riverside Business Improvement Area (BIA)


FoodShare Toronto is the supplier for the Riverside Good Food Market.  They deliver fresh,  affordable,  local,  and healthy fruits and vegetables on  market day.


For all of those interested in affordable healthy eating, the Riverside Good Food Market will be an amazing opportunity for you to eat healthy at affordable prices, as you help your community at the same time.


Starting on June 6th, the Riverside Good Food Market will be a weekly event- taking place  every Thursday from 3:00pm – 7:00pm at the corner of Queen St E & Saulter –  providing the Riverside Community with fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer months.


Contact Coreen Jones at or 416-461-7925, ext.344

South Riverdale Good Food Market

AUTORICKSHAW to perform at Eats & Beats in Riverside Street Fest!


As part of Riverside’s Eats & Beats Street Fest, AUTORICKSHAW will be performing at the 6th annual Munro St. Party and they will take you on a magical music carpet ride.

Eats & Beats’ Munro street party will be an eclectic mix of world music, instrument making, and an overall fun time in a Bedouin tent-like setting.

Autorickshaw’s music with sitarist Chris Hale, lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz, funk and folk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India.

Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw is one of the most intriguing acts on the world music and jazz landscapes, garnering 2004 and 2007 JUNO nominations for World

Music Album of the Year, winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005,  and a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in World Music and the  CAPACOA Touring Artist of the Year award, both in 2008.

Autorickshaw is committed to their role as music educators through school performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops and master classes on topics as diverse as jazz improvisation, South Indian and western vocal/choral technique as well as percussion from around the world.

Autorickshaw will be performing at 4:30pm, but check out our eventbrite for the complete Eats & Beats in Riverside Street Fest programming (tickets aren’t mandatory, they just help us know how many people to expect).