The Riverdale Hub in the east end of Toronto houses the Social Gardener Café, Riverdale Hub Gallery, unique event and work spaces, green initiatives and work-based training programs. Our innovative space has been developed to inspire social entrepreneurship, drive innovation and build community capacity.
WHAT WE'RE ABOUT @ RIVERDALE hub
The purpose of the Riverdale Immigrant Women Enterprises (RIWE), commonly known as the Riverdale Hub, is to sustain a vibrant organization that balances the socio-economic, cultural, environmental and artistic needs and aspirations of minority communities.
Nurture and foster values of creativity, inclusion, social justice, environmental sustainability, equity and community health.
Our vision animates a working model of innovative social entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and community revitalization through the arts. We strive to create a transformative space informed by values of innovation, sustainability and equality to become a catalyst for progressive social change and action. We aspire to bring together artists, environmentalists, and other progressive groups and individuals to create synergies, share and develop ideas for community revitalisation.
- Provide space for social enterprise development and programming that enable minority women and their families to develop sustainable livelihoods and achieve financial self-sufficiency.
- Offer training and placement to marginalised women and youth in the enterprises developed to enable them to get a foothold in the Canadian job market.
- Create social enterprises that support food security and promote the physical, mental health and wellbeing of the community.
- Sustain programming through sound financial management and development of equity within the building.
- Offer co-working and event space to the community to sustain our programs and services.
- Revitalize the community through collaborative partnership development.
- Create a green building that will minimize our environmental footprint, model sustainable energy management to organizations and communities.
- Create gallery spaces where the cultural art forms of minority communities are valued, promoted and showcased.
- Make the Riverdale Hub fully accessible to the community through its programs and structure.
KIND WORDS @ RIVERDALE hub
Reading your positive reviews truly warms our hearts. It is the fire that keeps us going and reminds us – this is why we do this! Being able to create food that is healthy, affordable, nutritious, delicious and keeps you coming back is incredibly rewarding! Thank you to all of our lovely, loyal customers, new & returning.
Providing the materials for each project was very motivating and helpful. Every session was well-organized and informative. I have learned so much about art, and the communication with the organizer and other artists was excellent! Totally loved this experience!
I loved the warm environment. The field trips were so fun and needed in this time of isolation. The teachers were very skilled. I loved the focus on women of colour artists - very life affirming. Loved the opportunities to engage with the Hub and show our work there. Such a supportive and encouraging environment.
It was a great opportunity for artists, it improved their artwork and it was safe and comfortable place to speak.
It was an amazing opportunity for me to learn from many different types of artists and see their artworks, share their experiences and knowledge, moreover to know about this brilliant project [Art and Everyday Life] for newcomers, with great management.
"The topics were comprehensively explored by very knowledgeable instructors. They conveyed their love for their chosen field of expertise in a very engaging manner."
"I loved how inclusive and informative the program was."
“Phenomenal program - I'm very grateful for this opportunity!”
“[I] felt welcomed and safe to share [my] experiences.”
“[I liked] the information that was provided, organization, and diversity in education. I especially enjoyed art history, how each artist use[s] it to express their individuality to share their story and all the different artist[s] right here in our city. I enjoyed the group and sharing our work with each other and the new skills I gained.”
“I open[ed] my mind and creativity to new visual arts [such] as photography and college photomontage.”
“This program has inspired me in so many ways and has allowed me to deepen my art practice. All the facilitators were excellent, the presentations were relevant and engaging. I loved the emphasis on art that promotes decolonization.”
“I loved the artist[s] that came to share their amazing talents with us. I learnt so much and have a new foundation [of] love for photography and art including collaging.”
Great place with a brilliant cause for women.
Adorable cafe – perfect place to sit and read or meet a friend for a bite. Plus all the food is 100% vegan!
Great vegan options!! And super eco-friendly with their own produce garden.
Love this COVID-safe urban oasis! Three of us had a peanut-butter smoothie, a tropical smoothie, jack fruit wrap, bowl with masala chick peas --all delicious--in a spacious inner courtyard today. This delightful vegan cafe supports immigrant women and deserves your support.
This cafe is incredibly beautiful! An amazing patio where you can chill with some drinks, and scrumptious plant based food. The service is phenomenal, and best of all, all the profits go back to helping local community, since it is a non-profit. Just a perfect place, to be quite honest. Also, they have a rooftop garden on the top and, omg, everything is grown naturally, fresh and they use that in their food ingredients. I mean how much more environmentally friendly can you get???
The BBQ jackfruit wrap is sensational! Also had two orders of the hibiscus iced tea. It was lovely. Great, friendly chill staff. Lovely patio out back.
We stopped in and were excited to find out that everything was vegan! The staff were wonderful and the food was amazing. Their Chick-un wrap was great as was the banana bread. Definitely get a smoothy!
Last week I ordered the Fancy Toast for the first time and was BLOWN away! They served a fluffy and thick slice of toast to me, topped with so much creamy avocado, sun dried tomatoes, sesame seeds, leafy greens and this lovely tahini turmeric dressing!! IT WAS SO GOOD. I know they grow produce on their rooftop so I'm pretty sure the tomato and greens were grown in house which is so amazing, I love hyper-local!