In the Spotlight, April 14
Want to help shape the future of Downtown Toronto?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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!
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
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Have you considered volunteering, but don’t know where to start?
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
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.
Trinidadian-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.
The Jay Snider Band - 5:50 p.m.
Guitarist 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.
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.
Events at Massey Hall
Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd - Animals
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
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
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
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 UPSTAIRS at The HARD ROCK!!
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!
REMEMBER TO LIKE THE NEW MOMONDAYS TORONTO FACEBOOK FAN PAGE AND SUBSCRIBE TO EVENTS!!
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
Friday, 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
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)
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