by Maeve Salichuk

The Waterfront BIA

– Growing Business on the Toronto Waterfront –

The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (BIA) invites you to share in the excitement this summer with spectacular events, new restaurants and a spirit of fun that just won’t quit! Established in 2004, this community driven organization is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of the Waterfront area. The area welcomes 17 million visitors annually to experience one of Toronto’s premier destinations.

Check out the triple award-winning Singing Ambassadors, Thursdays through Mondays from 10 am to 6 pm, June 22nd until September 4th. “The Singing Ambassadors make people smile and join in as they inform and perform along Toronto’s vibrant Waterfront” states Carol Jolly, Executive Director, The Waterfront BIA. “They not only share information and help direct people to the many amazing places on Toronto’s Waterfront, but their a cappella performances enhance the visitor experience all summer long.”

Carol Jolly


Explore the Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM), returning to HTO Park this year. Due to popular demand the market is now weekly, held on Saturdays from 11 am to 8 pm, May 20th until October 7th, rain or shine! Operated by Scadding Court Community Centre, this open-air market features top local crafters, artisans, chefs and bakers, offering wonderful delights including unique art, upcycled handmade sterling silver jewelry, and shade-grown ethical artisan coffee. It’s the perfect place to shop and dine this season. “WAM celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of the community, inviting visitors and residents of the city alike to discover new foods and artisanal crafts from up and coming local businesses” says Kevin Lee, Executive Director, Scadding Court Community Centre.

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Relax and enjoy great food and drinks on the Waterfront this summer and all year long, with both new and re-vamped restaurants opening in the Queen’s Quay Terminal.

The Pearl, newly modernized and featuring award-winning Chinese cuisine and dim sum, offers exquisite panoramic views of Toronto’s Waterfront.

Photo by Andy Barrow

The Goodman Pub and Kitchen, formerly known as the Watermark Irish Pub and Restaurant, has been fully renovated and brings with it an innovative and intriguing menu (they have an elk burger)! Now open for business, guests will enjoy stunning views of the Islands from the beautiful Waterfront patio.

Pie Bar, set to open in July, is described as a quirky, unexpected take on traditional Italian food. Hang out and enjoy the comfortable atmosphere on the patio or bring this unique taste home with takeout.

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Also, scheduled to open in July is Joe Bird, featuring a menu and ambiance suited to all ages. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Joe Bird has beautiful Waterfront views, and a healthy, yet indulgent menu in a funky, fun atmosphere.

The Redpath Waterfront Festival, held this year from July 1st to 3rd, was a fantastic way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Featured attractions included activities with the Royal Canadian Navy, the Waterfront Artisan Market, the West Coast Lumberjack Show, dance performances and the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, to name just a few. The Redpath Waterfront Festival is held annually and is a lively affair that helps promote Toronto as a Waterfront destination, both locally and internationally. With many attractions for people of all ages, the festival also welcomes a fleet of Tall Ships every three years, scheduled for return in 2019. For more information visit

The Waterfront is certainly the place to be this season for endless excitement and stunning views. For more information visit