Riverside Eats and Beats | Riverside

Riverside, which is a neighbourhood east of the Don Valley along Queen Street East, is hosting it’s annual Eats & Beats Fest on Saturday June 6th from 1pm to 6pm. Riverside is just minutes from the downtown core and is easily accessible by streetcar and contains many artist’s lofts, some galleries, and a wide variety of restaurants and shops including numerous unique destinations.

Riverside sign

During Eats & Beats in Riverside, area restaurants will be serving special tasting plates (the Eats part) and presenting live music (the Beats part). At many different destinations there will be live music and entertainment. There will be arts events including a live painting, outdoor spin classes, cooking demonstrations, craft sales and lots of kid friendly events.

Live music will get you moving and shaking and will range from Jazz to Samba to Celtic. The atmosphere will be electrifying and festive. Click through to riverside-to.com for a list of what to expect… BBQ and blues bands and flowers and coffee and knitting and burgers and fine arts and heritage buildings.

The Riverside area is a prime example of neighbourhood regeneration without gentrification or pretension. Look for the trademark quotes embedded in the sidewalk on the four corners of the intersection of Broadview and Queen which are part two of a public art installation “Time and a Clock” by Eldon Garnet. The four quotes read “Distance = velocity x time”, “Too soon free from time”, “Time is money, money is time” and “Better late than never”. Part one is placed on the Queen Street bridge across the Don Valley and reads “This river I step in is not the river I stand in”. Part three can be found in Jimmie Simpson Park further east on Queen Street atop banner poles and spells out TIME. – one of the touches that make the neighbourhood vibrant and unique.

Time sidewalk quote

Walkable planets project | walkable planets project

One of the joys of living in a city like Toronto is the wonderful discoveries that you make during your daily routine. One of these discoveries was the walkable planets projects, an art installation in the Christie Pitts area. One of the sadder parts to living in Toronto is that the artist has taken the project down at the request of the city.

Artist Jode Roberts (more here) created a series of signs and installed them along Grace Street and Gore Vale Avenue. The signs were similar stylistically to typical street parking signs in an attempt to fly-under-the-radar with city hall because no permit was obtained. There was one sign for each planet in the solar system (except poor old Pluto who was bumped off the stellar list) and they imparted a quirky factoid about the relative sizes of the planet versus the sun.

The project spanned a two kilometre stretch of street scape with each sign’s distance from the next in proportion to the actual distances the planets are apart from one another. Clearly, I found and photographed these last summer.

Read more about the project in the Toronto Star here.

Saturn sign

Jupiter sign