One of a kind finds at Fashionably Dead Club

Meet Rozlyn and Rosario, owners of Fashionably Dead Club @fashionablydeadclub, located at 717 Queen St E, unit 201 in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. 

Fashionably Dead Club is a clothing line showcasing original artwork by Rozlyn and Rosario. 

Fashionably Dead Toronto Riverside Clothing Business

Photo Credit: @rozlyndubztattoos and @thewolfrosario of @fashionablydeadclub

They do almost everything themselves, from creating the artwork to making their own silkscreens and stitch patterns. Also, they do all of their own printing by hand and love to feature large scale images, lots of prints per item, and creative layering. 

Rozlyn and Rosario do their own embroideries on sweatshirts, hats and tote bags. Their specialty is one of a kind finds and comfortable clothing for day to day wear. 

At heart, they have fun making art and hope you enjoy wearing it! 

Fashionably Dead clothing Riverside Toronto

Photo Credit: @rozlyndubztattoos and @thewolfrosario of @fashionablydeadclub

Be sure to check out Fashionably Dead Clothing at their official Instagram account @fashionablydeadclub to learn more and to hear about pop up show events at their 717 Queen St E location.

Welcoming Hermie’s Kitchen – Filipino Cuisine in Toronto’s Riverside

Meet Hermie’s, a new restaurant in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, located at 701 Queen St. East, offering Canadiana and Filipino cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Originally based out of Orillia, after many requests for them to start a second location, Hermie’s opened the doors to their Riverside location on December 14th, 2022, and have already received a warm welcome from many locals. 

Hermies Restaurant Riverside Toronto

Photo Credit: @hermies701

Hermie’s is proud to provide their customers with generous portions of  traditional Canadiana foods and unique Filipino fare made by Chef Hermie. Hermie’s extensive menu gives diners a choice of traditional breakfasts like omelettes, poutines, and steak and eggs, to lunch and dinner meals like Sizzling Sisig Pork and Chicken Adobo. 

Hermies Restaurant Riverside Toronto

Photo Credit: @hermies701

Hermie’s plans on offering Karaoke nights and Trivia.

Be sure to check them out at or at their official Instagram account @hermies701.

New Short Film Shares Life Story of Riverside’s George Iliadis and his Broadview Beauty Parlour

George Iliadis has owned his barbershop in Riverside, Toronto for the last 59 years. He has also been married to his wife for the same amount of time. In this short documentary, George shares with us his life story, how the pandemic affected him and the keys to happiness in business and marriage. Watch this short documentary film by Selina McCallum (https:/ full film (full credits below):


Full Film here:


A short documentary film by Selina McCallum (https:/

Directed by Selina McCallum

Written by Selina McCallum

Director of Photography Wade Hudson 1st Camera Selina McCallum

Edited by Ohemaa Smith

Coloured by Ohemaa Smith Music and Sound Mix by Adrian Edwards

Drone Shots by Ryan Dela Cruz BTS Photographer Sharon Mendonca

Special Thank You to George’s daughter, Helen Konstantinidis and the whole Illadis family!

Riverside BIA: Looking Back on 2022, Looking Ahead to 2023

A message from Riverside BIA Executive Director, Jennifer Lay:

Let’s take a moment to reflect on 2022. It has been an incredible year of re-emergence into the new normal, once again bringing out that vibrancy, constant buzz and small-town-in-the big-city atmosphere that characterizes this business community

We’ve been adjusting together to post-pandemic norms and we will continue to do so in 2023. We’ll also be starting to navigate the major transit construction of the incoming Ontario Line project on which our BIA has spent countless hours over this past year being a liaison and advocate for our members, and will continue to do so in the coming years.

The Riverside BIA Board of Management and staff team are here, to support our members and work with community collaborators, through information updates, one-to-one support, enhanced online presence, streetscape programs like weekly graffiti removal services and public art, community events and campaigns and other programming that supports foot traffic and local economic development, and more.

I want to thank the Riverside BIA’s hard-working volunteer Board of Directors. They are local business/property owners and operators right here in Riverside. This year was an election year and we will be welcoming in some new Board members as well as welcoming back some long-serving members, in 2023. A big thanks also to our hardworking staff team of 2022!

Thanks also goes to our a larger network of supports through the Toronto BIA Association (TABIA), the City of Toronto and all their dedicated services and supportive programs, Councillor Paula Fletcher’s office, our provincial MPP Peter Tabuns, and federal MP Julie Dabrusin, our incredible plethora of community partners and collaborators.

As this Year in Review will attest we have accomplished so much in 2022 by working together – from the 20+ mini-festivals we hosted in the new Riverside Common park, to our Queen East Eats and Window Wonderland programs – these are just a few examples!

We have seen a few of our member businesses close or move on, and have welcomed many new businesses and faces to Riverside. This is an ever-changing business community with 42 years of history of the BIA, and over 125 years of industrious Riverside business people who have done big things right here. 

We can look back with pride on the many collaborative initiatives of the Riverside BIA from the past year to help celebrate the strong spirit here as we say farewell to 2022 and look to the new adventures of a new year. 

Wishing everyone safe, happy and healthy holidays and here’s to working together in 2023!

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Experience ‘You Were Here’ Public Art Installation in Riverside BIA

You Were Here’ is a new interactive light installation in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood that uses motion tracking to animate the hundreds of butterflies lit with LED lights by artist Meghan Cheng. This interactive public art can be found by passers-by at Korman & Co in #RiversideTO, 721 Queen E, just steps east of Broadview Ave.

The art is part STEPS Public Art’s I HeART Main Street and the Inspired Art program. Learn more about the art and the supporters below, and we encourage everyone to go check out this incredible installation this fall. STEPS and U of T Inspired Art Team is out gathering thoughts about the value of public art this week – pls share your thoughts via their survey!

About the Art:

‘You Were Here’ is an interactive light installation that uses motion tracking of people walking by to animate the lighted butterflies.

The installation alludes to the beauty found in loving something that is lost and aims to acknowledge a person’s presence, however brief it may be.

The installation is made of hundreds of individually lit butterflies. Each butterfly was 3D printed and individually shaped to create a unique creature. The hundreds of LED lights are controlled using the program, TouchDesigner.

It was made specifically for the site at 721 Queen St E.

More about Artist Meghan Cheng:

Meghan creates artwork in the form of light sculptures, projection mapping or screen-based work for live performances, galleries and public spaces. Her work is interactive and data based, in that she takes real world elements such as audio, motion and web and social media activity and uses that data to drive visual elements. Meghan makes digital content that feels tangible, relatable and natural through the use of hand drawn images, photography, acoustic instrumental music as well as generative forms. Meghan has a master’s in fine arts from York University (Toronto, ON) and a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA).

About I Heart Mainstreet and the Inspired Art Impact Program:

I HeART Main Street is presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank, and generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and funding provided by the Government of Ontario; Inspired Art Impact is made possible through a partnership with Toronto Metropolitan University. We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the City of Toronto, MITACS, RBC Royal Bank, the Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. The City of Toronto’s Main Street Innovation Fund is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario); The CreateSpace Residency is supported by the City of Toronto as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of PuD Ready Commitment, Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council.

You Were Here art by Meghan Chen in Riverside BIA and photo credit Selina McCallum

Close up of ‘You Were Here’ art by Meghan Cheng in Riverside BIA and photo credit Selina McCallum

Close up of 'You Were Here' art by Meghan Chen in Riverside BIA and photo credit Selina McCallum

Artist installs ‘You Were Here’ – art by Meghan Cheng in Riverside BIA and photo credit Selina McCallum