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Welcome Dr. Anidjar Optometrist

Recently moving back to her home town of Toronto, Dr. Anidjar is excited to open the doors of her new Optometry office in Downtown Yonge. After completing her Optometry degree at The Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, she spent time interning with Optometrists and Ophthalmologists in New York, Philadelphia, and Dallas. Dr. Anidjar's new office is located at 2 College Street (Suite 210) right by the subway at Yonge and College.
Her main offering to the community is comprehensive eye care, and she is passionate about raising awareness of eye health, particularly for children. It’s difficult to spot vision trouble in young children as they rarely complain and do not understand what it means to see clearly. As a result, it is too common that eye-related issues are overlooked, and this can negatively impact a child's learning and development. Many eye-related issues that occur in school-aged children are preventable if caught early. Dr. Anidjar is a strong advocate of annual eye examinations for children as young as six months of age as a way of helping to spot early-onset problems. Did you know that OHIP covers these annual eye exams for kids until the age of 19? 

In addition to all of this, Dr. Anidjar is excited to provide eye-care for the entire community. She provides vision, glaucoma testing, and  binocular vision testing; prescription checks;  ocular health examinations; complete dilated retinal and contact lens fitting and evaluations as well as being licensed to provide ocular therapeutics when required. 

Each visit to Dr Anidjar is made as comfortable, informative and efficient as possible, while she makes sure to address all the patients’ eye care needs! Check out  www.DrAnidjar.com and facebook.com/DrAnidjarOptometrist. To book an appointment, drop by or call the office at: 647 748 3937 (EYES).


Whats On

There’s always something happening at Yonge-Dundas Square. For complete event listings, visit www.ydsquare.ca

Stay current on ongoing events taking place at the Toronto Eaton Centre. For complete event listings, visit torontoeatoncentre.com/en/custom/Pages/Events.aspx Follow Toronto Eaton Centre on Facebook and Twitter for latest events, fashion style advice and gift ideas. Facebook: facebook.com/torontoeatoncentre
Twitter: twitter.com/toeatoncentre


Downtown Dare Contest

April’s Downtown Dare is to tell us where you buy your Spring wardrobe in Downtown Yonge on Facebook or Twitter. @DowntownYonge or post on our facebook wall  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Downtown-Yonge-BIA/129986034347. The lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to Thai Express. Contest ends April 30, 2013

Congratulations to January winner

of a $20 gift certificate to Eggspectation in the Eaton Centre Tim Devlin, who told us his favourite place for coffee is the café at Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens.



Calling All Creative Minds
Always dreamt of spending a night in the Bond Place Hotel Honeymoon Suite and enjoying a scrumptious breakfast for two at the PomAnar Juicery and Grill? Here’s a chance to make this dream into reality by entering the ‘Bouquet of Fun 2013’ Spring contest on the Bond Place Hotel Facebook page. Take part in the excitement, but hurry because the winner will be announced on Apr. 15. http://bit.ly/BouquetofFun2013Contest


Share Your Story

The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre wants to hear your stories. Add your own personal chapter to the story of the Elgin Theatre as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of the theatre in 2013! Send them your own personal stories and recollections to pay tribute to this elegant theatre. Add your story at The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre website.


Street Smart

For more road closure news visit www.toronto.ca/transportation/road_info



For all enquiries, please contact:
Phone: (416) 597-0255
Email: bia@downtownyonge.com

What's New in Downtown Yonge, April 4

The wait is over for fashion-loving Canadian brides-to-be

Hudson's Bay is launching the Canadian flagship of renowned bridal retailer, Kleinfeld Bridal, in its Toronto Queen Street location. For the first time ever, blushing brides do not have to cross the border to "Say Yes" to the Kleinfeld experience. With exclusive rights to the brand in Canada, Hudson's Bay will open a 20,000-sqft Kleinfeld flagship in early 2014. Brides will now have access to expert bridal consultants and the same scope and breadth of designer gowns available at the New York Store.

Hudson's Bay is already number one in Canadian bridal registry, and the new Toronto Kleinfeld Bridal flagship adds to this position, offering Canadian brides an unmatched addition to its current line of gifts, home and lifestyle products - perfect for any bride-to-be.

"This is a thrilling day for our team at Kleinfeld," says Ronald Rothstein, Co-Owner of Kleinfeld Bridal. "We are the largest luxury bridal retailer in the world and look forward to bringing the finest selection of exclusive designer wedding gowns to Hudson's Bay."

"We are so happy to bring the leader in bridal fashion, Kleinfeld Bridal, to Hudson's Bay, and to Canada," says Bonnie Brooks, President, Hudson's Bay Company. "Bringing Kleinfeld to Canada further supports our overall product differentiation strategy for Hudson's Bay, which is to deliver new, relevant and exclusive brands and concepts to the marketplace. This incredible partnership will further our position as Canada's headquarters and leading destination for gift registry, and now for designer bridal wear. Hudson's Bay is proud to provide what will be the only full-service bridal destination, offering brides and their wedding parties a full selection of fashion, jewelry, gifts and more."



Marshalls now open at Yonge & Gerrard

Big brands and unbelievable deals. Marshalls is the destination for designer clothing, footwear and accessories for women, men and kids. Step up your style and your savings.

The first 100 customers this morning were eligible for a prize of a gift certificate.
E-taxis were biking around the downtown core ready to transport people to the grand opening savings. Check it out.



Liberals Leadership Convention brings thousands downtown

From April 5 to 7 the nation’s eyes will be on the Federal Liberal Leadership Convention as the Party elects a new leader. Over 5,000 people will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre participating or covering the events. Downtown Yonge will be on display as delegates enjoy the delights of our vibrant core.



Good-food advocate and chef to help guide Ryerson’s Food Services reinvention

For the next three months, renowned good-food advocate and chef Joshna Maharaj will be sharing her sage advice with the team that’s tasked with reinventing Food Services at Ryerson University.

“At Ryerson our new approach to food needs to be innovative, collaborative and holistic,” says Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president, administration and finance. “I’ve heard from students, faculty and staff that they want food that’s wholesome, affordable, sustainable, delicious and diverse. That’s a tall order, and it’s the reason I am delighted to welcome Joshna as our dedicated food champion to help guide us on this exciting journey.”

Over the last several years, Toronto-based Maharaj has made a name for herself as one of the leading experts and proponents of high-quality food, especially in large institutional settings.

“Ryerson is well poised to be a visionary leader in both enhancing university life and building a more sustainable food system,” says Maharaj. “We need to start thinking about food as the fuel that animates a university community. I believe that good food is the most effective, accessible and joyful way to engage that community.”

Maharaj’s main tasks at Ryerson will be advising on the development of the request for proposals for a new Food Services management operator, developing new performance indicators for Food Services (focusing on sustainability, variety and competitive pricing) and engaging with students, faculty and staff on food strategy.


To Do in Downtown Yonge

Grand Slam of Curling at the Gardens

The Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly Maple Leaf Gardens, is hosting Sportsnet’s Grand Slam of Curling - The Players’ Championship, April 16 to 21. The Players’ Championship is the final Grand Slam event of the season and will feature 30 of the world’s best teams in curling who will battle for up to $400,000 in prize money and bonus dollars.

A great reason to attend the first draw! In celebration of the Grand Slam of Curling - Players’ Championship bringing world class curling back to the City of Toronto, all tickets for Tuesday, April 16 will be available on a two-for-one basis or you can purchase a family four pack for only $30. Get your tickets now to cheer on the world’s best men’s and women’s curling teams.

Online: ticketmaster.ca, phone: 1 855 985 5000 or in person: at any Ticketmaster outlet or visiting Mattamy Athletic Centre box office - 50 Carlton St. Toronto. Tickets for groups of 10 or more contact nadine.ransom@ryerson.ca, 416 598 5962.

For more information, please visit mattamyathleticcentre.ca.

ING Direct Cafe screens Award-Winning Documentary

On April 6th 1992, Serb paramilitary forces fired upon a peaceful demonstration in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia, marking the beginning of a four-year siege of that city that claimed 11,541 lives, and spurred a worldwide Bosnian refugee-fueled diaspora that now has deep roots in Toronto. To commemorate the beginning of the Bosnian War 21 years ago, Culture Shutdown and Schaffner Press are hosting an event on Wednesday, April 10 at the ING Direct Café at 221 Yonge St.

The event will feature a screening of the award winning documentary “Miss Sarajevo,” followed by a remote Q&A with director Bill Carter. A short presentation given by PhD student and Bosnian Canadian Jasmin Mujanovic about the current state of Bosnia's cultural institutions will follow. Many Bosnian refugees now live in Toronto and have become a strong component to our multicultural city. This event is a chance to educate Torontonians on a piece of their history, as well as the present state of affairs in Bosnia. 

The event is free and open to the public. The doors at the ING DIRECT Cafe at 221 Yonge Street will open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening will begin shortly after.



Scotch Tasting at the Duke of Somerset

Join the Duke of Somerset on Monday, April 15 for a Scotch Tasting with food pairings, presented by Diageo’s Scotch Ambassador. Starts at 6 p.m. $40 per person. Call 416 640 0921 to reserve a spot.
Duke of Somerset, 655 Bay St / Duke of Richmond, 20 Queen St W.
Call the Duke of Somerset at 416 640 0921, email dukeofsomerset@rogers.com or visit www.thedukepubs.ca for more information.

Live nights of Music weekly at Monarchs Pub in the Delta Chelsea Hotel

Join in for five fabulous live music nights each week at Monarchs Pub in the Delta Chelsea Hotel at 33 Gerrard St. Come out to play some tunes, meet new friends and hear great music at their Acoustic Open Stage every Tuesday. Enjoy North America’s leading jazz bands every Wednesday and electrifying blues with Toronto's most renowned musicians every "Delta Blues" Thursday. Rock your Friday night away with a different live classic rock band every week and dance the night away to all your favourites with their live DJ every Saturday. Call 416 585 4352 or visit www.monarchspub.ca for more information.





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