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We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

Urban Philosophy Men's Grooming

Address: 20 Richmond St. East, Unit 112
Phone: (647) 352-4424


Member Highlights

Welcome to the NEW Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown!

The world’s largest full-service Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown completes their $14.5 million Transformation May 2016

The $14.5 million “Transformation 2016”, when complete May 2016, will see the world’s largest full-service Marriott Courtyard hotel in downtown Toronto offering redesigned guest rooms with a residential feel, tone-on-tone décor offering relaxation and abundant comfort along with stylish bathrooms, new corridors, new Marriott beds, in-room safes, mini fridges, 60 TV channels and FREE Wi-Fi!  The guest rooms are some of the most spacious in Toronto with many features attractive to millennials and generation x. Rooms are available now!

Our redesigned contemporary meeting space is available now. This conference and event space accommodates up to 400 guests. There is new expanded meeting room space that provides additional meeting and meal events for up to 200 people.

Guests will appreciate the refreshed lobby and new lobby Bistro. The lobby continues to feature the Go Board that offers the latest news, maps and recommendations for local dining, shopping and attractions displayed on a 52” screen. The hotel offers an indoor lap pool, whirlpool, 24-hour fitness centre, valet and concierge.

The same heart-of-downtown-Toronto location remains. Located next to Yonge and College Streets in a residential-commercial neighbourhood that is under an exciting modernization. Experience how urban Torontonians live and sample the local restaurants and shopping next to the hotel. The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is next to major a business districts, entertainment, shopping and subway transit. It is only a 9 minute walk to the Eaton Centre and a 14 minute walk to Bloor Yorkville area.

Visit us at: www.marriott.com/yyzcy
Visit our Transformation website for updates: www.Courtyardtorontorenovation.com

For information contact: Loreen Lalonde, Director Sales and Marketing, 416-934-5578


The Saint James Hotel

Located at 26 Gerrard Street East, where metropolitan city life meets lush village green, the Saint James Hotel offers affordable boutique accommodations in close proximity to the city’s most sought-after areas of interest. Defined by its relaxed atmosphere, contemporary design and decor, and proximity to a wide variety of local restaurants and attractions, the Saint James is superb in its value and ideal in its surroundings.

The hotel’s unique downtown location provides guests with access to a myriad of local attractions including spas, restaurants and coffee shops–many of which the St. James has partnered with in order to provide guests with top-notch service and exclusive prices. The Church St. area, also known as the Village, is only a block away from the Saint James, and provides guests with a wide variety of bars and nightclubs.

Proximity to both Dundas and College subway stations connect guests with some of Toronto’s leading spots, including the CN Tower, the Air Canada Centre and the Bay Street Financial District, a short subway ride away.

The Saint James offers contemporary boutique appeal, where you want to be, affordably.

For reservations and more information please call 416-645-2200 or 1-844-645-2200 or visit thesaintjameshotel.com

Address: 26 Gerrard St East, Toronto, ON M5B 1G3


T|bar at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

T|bar, located in the Chelsea Hotel is the perfect place to dine. T|bar is for anyone that wants a refined dining experience, a pre-dinner beverage, a late-night cocktail or a decadent breakfast. T| bar is suitable for all occasions, whether you’re with friends, colleagues or having a business meeting. With a warm and intimate atmosphere, you will enjoy your food and the company you are with.

T|bar’s decadent breakfast is served 7am – 10am during the weekdays and an extended breakfast is available on weekend from 7am - 2 pm. T|bar is also a great place to eat lunch, including an authentic Indian Curry Buffet that is made from scratch in house Monday to Friday 11:30am – 2pm. This authentic buffet has been around for over 20 years and headed by our Sous Chef, Gaurav Kapoor.

T|bar is a place to enjoy crafts beers from Mill Street Brewery or one of the five refreshing specialty Caesar cocktails with a twist, such as The “Latin Dancer”, created by Executive Chef Brian MacAskill. Whatever your indulgence, T|bar has a variety of dishes that will have you coming back for more. Stop by T|bar Monday through Sunday to relish in the beautiful decor and delicious cuisine.

T|bar Hours
Mon-Fri: 7am - 10am, 11:30am - 1:00am
Sat-Sun: 7am - 1am

Location: Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W
Call 416 585 4352 for more information


Jazz Bistro is Toronto’s jazz venue and dining destination

Located at 251 Victoria St., three-level club includes a performance and dining area, wine bar, private event space and expansive rooftop patio. The open-concept design ensures guests on the second floor balcony have a perfect view of the stage, which features a magnificent red pop Steinway piano (the only one of its’ kind in the world). The warm and inviting space serves as an intimate setting for authentic, live jazz performances by some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, and will focus on promoting Toronto’s own jazz artists. The space creates a comfortable atmosphere for quality modern bistro dining.

For upcoming events click here.

Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information


Hard Rock Cafe

For 38 Years Hard Rock Toronto has been serving delicious American and local cuisine prepared by world-renowned chefs. Take a stroll through musical history with our extensive collection of authentic memorabilia. For reservations and private events toronto_sales@hardrock.com

Notes: Patio and private room available, wheelchair accessible, show this ad for 15% off.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto,
279 Yonge Street


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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 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



Coming up

Would you Walk A Mile in these shoes?

What if it could help end violence against women and promote gender equality?

On May 12, support White Ribbon – the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women – by participating in Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.

Event Details

What: A one-mile walk in heels, through the heart of the Financial District
Where: Starts and ends at Yonge Dundas Square
When: Thursday, May 12 from 12:00 – 1:00pm
Why: Raise funds for White Ribbon and show your support for ending violence against women.

Register your team today!


Street Smart

Road Closure Notification

Streetcar Track Reconstruction

Streetcar Track Reconstruction at the King Street West & Charlotte Street and Adelaide Street West & Charlotte Street Intersections

March 29 - April 22, 2016

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission will replace the streetcar tracks and complete some sidewalk repairs at the intersections of Charlotte at King and Charlotte at Adelaide. This work is required to bring the track infrastructure and damaged sidewalks to a state of good repair and is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program.

Work Areas:

- The King/Charlotte intersection will be fully closed from midnight March 29 to April 10, 2016.

- The Adelaide/Charlotte intersection will be partially closed from April 11 to April 22, 2016.

- Access to driveways will be maintained at all times.

To read full notice, please click here.


Watermain Replacement & Road Reconstruction on Gerrard Street East and West

From Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street and from University Avenue to Elizabeth Street

April 18 - October 28, 2016

The City of Toronto is replacing a section of the watermain and City-owned portions of substandard water services on Gerard Steet East and West from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street, University Avenue to Elizabeth Street.

The project also involves reconstructing Gerrard Street (Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street), installing improved cycling lanes and improving sidewalks and streetscaping in some areas. This project is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, improve water distribution, reduce the risk of watermain breaks and improve the roads and cycling infrastructure.

To read full notice, please click here.


Sporting Life 10k Road Closures - Sunday May 8, 2016

Yonge Street will be closed from Lawrence Avenue to Eglinton Avenue from 4:30am until 10:30am. Fort York Blvd* will be closed from Bathurst Street to Lakeshore Blvd from 4:30am until 12:30pm.

* Local access will be available to Fort York Blvd area condominiums.

Road closures will be in effect from 7:15am – approximately 11:30am. The streets will re-open as soon as the last participant passes through each section and the Toronto Police Department deems it safe to re-open the roads.

To read full road closure notice, please click here.
Visit www.sportinglife10k.ca for specific area access maps and up to date race information.


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


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Phone: (416) 597-0255
Email: bia@downtownyonge.com

In the Spotlight, April 14

Want to help shape the future of Downtown Toronto?

Downtown Toronto Skyline

You’ve probably noticed that Downtown is growing. A lot. All this growth has brought plenty of change to Downtown, and, as more growth comes, we need to make sure it’s accompanied by the things that will make and keep Downtown great for all. That’s what TOcore is all about. As Downtown continues to grow, we need a new plan to help shape its future. It’s been almost 40 years since the City prepared a comprehensive plan at the scale of the Downtown, and this new plan—informed by a new vision and 7 strategies—is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a new blueprint for our core.

Want to help shape the future of Downtown Toronto? Share your thoughts on what DT should look like by using #DTAdvice on all social media platforms, as well as by visiting the TOcore website: http://bit.ly/1Vmflcx



Our Spring 2016 Community Laneway Cleanup is coming up soon! Join us!

On Friday, April 22, 2016, we will be having our 3rd annual Spring Community Laneway Cleanup and we are inviting everyone to join us in making our laneways safer & more inviting! Interested in joining the fun? Get in touch with Rebecca Stubbs at rstubbs@downtownyonge.com!



Stakeholder Survey

Want to share your thoughts on how we’ve been doing? Take part in our Stakeholder Survey & let us know what you think about our services and programs! This survey only takes 5 minutes to complete, and if you complete the survey by April 30 2016, you will have a chance to win some great prizes!



What's on

Host your next Fundraiser at Blaze!

Blaze Pizza is such a perfect place to have a fundraiser that even if you weren’t thinking of having a fundraiser, you might want to start an organization just to raise some funds here. It’s a great place for your group to connect, and the pizzas pretty much just sell themselves. And with every purchase made, a percentage is donated back to your organization. Sold? Good. See you and your fantastic supporters at your fundraiser soon.

Address: 10 Dundas St., Toronto



Community Consultations on Supervised Injection Services



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Have you considered volunteering, but don’t know where to start?

Tune up Toronto

Why not check out our volunteer listings! From dentists to handy people, there’s something for everyone! http://www.downtownyonge.com/volunteer_opportunities



Week of Joy

As spring approaches and we start to see those temperatures rise, we invite you to join us for one of the largest ice-cream parties in the city. Kick-off the season on Friday, April 29 2016 with a tasty frozen treat, great music and lots of fun! Did we forget to tell you it is FREE?

Come down to the square, share joy and share happy!

Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Yonge Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free



Live From City Hall

As part of the City of Toronto's continuing commitment to create more live music opportunities for our city's vibrant and varied talent, the Economic Development and Culture and Facilities Management divisions - with support from TD Bank - have launched Live from City Hall, a new evening concert series held in the first-floor rotunda of one of Toronto's most iconic buildings.

Each Live from City Hall performance will showcase sets by two different local artists, celebrating the original sounds of Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods. These free admission performances take place twice per month on Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Performances - City Hall,100 Queen Street West, Rotunda
April 21, 2016

Xolisa - 5 p.m.

XolisaTrinidadian-Canadian emcee and producer Xolisa pays homage to the fundamentals of conscious Hip Hop, while pushing those golden-era conventions to new heights. She executes a sound that is technically tight yet lyrically fluid, boom-bap yet futuristic, abstract yet familiar. She's respected worldwide by notable taste-making deejays - including Toronto's Dj Mel Boogie, who called her "one to watch in the city" - and has received nods from G98.7 FM, The Black Canadian Awards, Urbanology Magazine and Manifesto Festival. She's a proud alumna of Canada's Music Incubator Program and has released two EPs.

Visit the artist's website


The Jay Snider Band - 5:50 p.m.

The Jay Snider BandGuitarist and vocalist Jay Snider has played the main stage at Yonge-Dundas Square and has opened for headliners Ron Hawkins, I Mother Earth and Alexisonfire. His current blues-infused indie rock group, The Jay Snider Band, are quickly becoming a staple of local music institutions, such as The Horseshoe, The Silver Dollar, The Gladstone Hotel and The Cameron House. The band is wrapping their sophomore album, El Segundo.

Visit the band's webpage


Music Event Organization Panel Discussion - 6:30 p.m.

On April 21, the Live From City Hall music series will be followed by a music-themed discussion in the City Hall rotunda that will help music event organizers find out more about applying for outdoor event or alternative space permits, policing requirements, and general best practices for running smooth events that integrate successfully with surrounding communities.

Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., the panel will feature City representatives from Economic Development & Culture, Parks Forestry & Recreation, Solid Waste Management Services, Toronto Police Services, Transportation Services and other divisions.

The panel discussion will be followed by audience questions and will wrap up at 8 p.m.

Find out who's playing Live From City Hall.
For more information visit: www.toronto.ca/music



Events at Massey Hall

Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd - Animals

Fri Apr 15, 2016 8pm

Blast back to the past with pitch-perfect, gimmick-free performances of the best the 1960s and ‘70s had to offer. Classic Albums Live and its roster of A-list musicians from across the country perform rock favourites exactly as you remember hearing them. “Our relationship with Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall has been more than just harmonious. It’s been illuminating. People pay attention when you say you play at Massey Hall.” —Craig Martin, Artistic Director of Classic Albums Live

Pink Floyd’s Animals album is the fan favourite. The CAL Floyd band has built a reputation for being the ultimate destination for Pink Floyd purity. This show will feature Rob Phillips, whose masterful touch will drift us all towards the sublime.


Admission: $29.50 - $59.50


Randy Bachman

Thurs Apr 21, 2016 8pm

Few artists can claim to have made a bigger impact on popular music than Randy Bachman, widely regarded as the "architect of Canadian rock n' roll," His list of unforgettable anthems turned pop-culture touchstones includes such hits as “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” "Taking Care of Business," "Looking Out for #1" and "Let It Ride" for Bachman-Turner Overdrive; and "American Woman," "No Sugar Tonight," “Undun” and "These Eyes" with The Guess Who.

His Massey Hall performance features guest appearances by singer/guitarist Terra Lightfoot and Dallas Good.


Admission: $39.50 - $79.50



SFJAZZ Collective - The Music of Michael Jackson & Original Compositions

Sat Apr 23, 2016 8pm

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest instrumental performers/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene. The SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco is the Collective’s home base.

Miguel Zenón – Alto Saxophone
David Sánchez – Tenor Saxophone
Sean Jones – Trumpet
Robin Eubanks – Trombone
Warren Wolf – Vibraphone, Marimba
Edward Simon – Piano
Matt Penman – Bass
Obed Calvaire – Drums


Admission: $39.50 - $69.50

Location: Massey Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto



momondays Toronto - April 25

momondays Toronto

Put story-telling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation, and drop in a load of laughs. Mix in real, live music, and great conversation with some of the nicest people on the planet, then push the ‘high’ setting… and out comes momondays!


momondays is held each month upstairs at The Hard Rock Cafe right across from The Eaton Centre and Dundas Square. If you’re driving you’ll find cheap parking under Dundas Square in the Green P lot. If you’re taking the TTC get out at Dundas and just cross the street! If you’re walking well just walk!!

Save your seat (and a few bucks) by getting advance online tickets for just $15 plus hst — available online until the Friday before the show. Tickets at the door are $25 including hst. Doors open for advance ticket holders at 5:30 pm for socializing, networking and merry-making. General admission at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm sharp.

Come early to grab a great seat and give yourself time to eat, drink and socialize! You really do meet the nicest people at momondays!


Info and tickets: http://www.momondays.com/toronto/



Mackenzie House Events

April is Print Month! Sundays - April 17 & 24

Mackenzie House presents Print Month. Every weekend participate in a different print activity in our recreated print shop. Included with regular admission.

Included with Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax); Children (4 and under): Free.

Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

Lucio Silla, presented by Opera Atelier

Lucio SillaFriday, April 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

Love proves to be more powerful than the tyrant Lucio Silla – ancient Rome’s most infamous dictator. Passion, intrigue and redemption take centre stage in Mozart’s first masterpiece. Opera Atelier’s staging created a sensation at the Salzburg Festival and Milan’s La Scala.
Tickets: $38 to $191


Journey to Happiness

J.L. WitterickThursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

In support of the Toronto Wildlife Centre
International best-selling author J.L. Witterick presents this feel-good, inspirational show about the search for what makes us happy, told through narrative, music, photography and cinematography. Witterick and a live band will perform hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and today. This uplifting show – in support of the Toronto Wildlife Centre – will be sure to leave a smile on everyone’s face.
Tickets: $35, $45, $60, $75, $150


Public Tours - Every Thursday and Saturday

Guided tours of this National Historic Site and the last operating double-decker theatre in the world, recount the history and restoration of the complex. Visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre, the unique and resplendent Winter Garden Theatre and samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. As well, a backstage exhibit housing the Winter Garden’s original Simplex Silent Film Projector and a dressing room containing artifacts from the time period are on view.

When: Thursdays at 5 p.m. (90-minutes); Saturdays at 11 a.m. (90-minutes)
Dates: April 16, 23, 28, 30.
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.

Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on March 17, 19, 24 and 26, 2016 and April 7 and 21, 2016 due to activities in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience these cancellations may have caused you.

Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)
Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg


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