In the Spotlight, April 23
Artists wanted to beautify Yonge Street!
The Downtown Yonge BIA is very excited to partner with Street ART Toronto’s Outside of the Box program to beautify all 14 of our traffic signal boxes in Downtown Yonge. This is part of a citywide initiative to paint a total of 64 traffic signal boxes by the end of Summer 2015.
Downtown Yonge is home to over 2,000 businesses and has a daytime population of 575,000 people. If you or someone you know is interested in showcasing art on one of the busiest and most iconic streets in Canada, click here for more information on the application process:
Artists proposing to paint boxes in Downtown Yonge are asked to devise a concept that reflects the neighbourhood’s history and cultural identity. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium per completed box. The deadline for applications is May 8th, 2015 at 5pm. Apply now!
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes is White Ribbon’s largest annual fundraising event. Men are asked to put on a pair of high-heels and walk a mile from Yonge-Dundas Square through the Financial District to raise funds and show support for ending violence against women.
We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 21 from 12 – 2 pm for Walk A Mile In Her Shoes. Over 1,000 men (and women) will come together at Yonge Dundas Square to participate in the Walk, raise funds for White Ribbon, and stand up and speak out about violence against women.
Register now as a team or individual at www.walkamiletoronto.ca
Kids to Teens Yoga Teacher Training: May 29 - 31 2015
This course is designed to help yoga instructors, daycare workers, ECE, Elementary and High School teachers to add a new skill set to their toolbox! This course will help those enrolled to hone their skills in teaching yoga to young people of various age groups. Learn energizing poses, calming poses and breathing styles that encourage focus and self- awareness while giving children and teens tools they can use for a lifetime! Participants will learn fun filled sequences, as well as how to develop class structure, and marketing classes and courses. Nannies and parents who are interested in bringing yoga into the home can also take this course.
Location: The Yoga Sanctuary, College Studio
Address: 2 College St, Suite 306
WIN $10,000 TOWARDS YOUR DREAM WEDDING
Win your wedding at the Chelsea Hotel – Book a Silver, Gold, Platinum or Enchanted Buffet wedding package to take place in 2016, and you’ll be automatically entered! The winner will receive a grand prize of a $10,000 credit towards their dream wedding at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, our team here at the Chelsea Hotel is devoted to making any experience an unforgettable one.
Contest entry period: January 1 – December 31, 2015
Grand Prize Draw: A random prize draw will take place on February 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.
Visit http://goo.gl/huutoX for complete contest rules. Enter now and make your dream wedding a reality!
What's New in Downtown Yonge
TORONTO 2015 invites you to the Are You Ready? Conference
A free one-day event that will explore the Games as a catalyst for advancing accessible tourism.
This is an exciting opportunity to learn how improved accessibility positively impacts your bottom line and how you can be promoted on the TORONTO 2015 tourism portal and online portals of Tourism Toronto & Ontario Tourism.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Ryerson Athletic Centre
(50 Carlton St., Toronto)
Networking breakfast: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Panel discussions and keynotes: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Building a Movement reception: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To Do in Downtown Yonge
MONARCHS PUB RE-LAUNCH
Featuring an exciting new partnership with Mill Street Brewery and a menu relaunch, Monarchs at the Chelsea Hotel is the place to be to hear some of the city’s best talent in Jazz, Blues, Funk and Soul. Monarchs has created a legendary experience for Toronto’s music lovers, while showcasing a revamped contemporary menu with twists on classics like burgers and nachos including a stellar lineup of Mill Street craft beers and world-class live music.
To celebrate the new partnership between Monarchs and Mill Street, the perfect pairing of beer and live music comes together for a unique event featuring an exclusive cask takeover and tasting with a Mill Street brew master. A pioneer in Canada’s microbrewery history with over 25 varieties of beer, Mill Street has a limited cask available to sample, while local talent courtesy of media agency Young Lions Music Club draws in music lovers. A jazz-busking quintet discovered on the streets of Toronto, Turbo Street Funk combines musical styles from R&B to Colombian porro, creating a “street jazz” sound that gets the crowd moving wherever they play. The Gene Hardy Band, an R&B trio, bring the Blues and Funk to the party, winding down the night in time for the grand prize draw combining gift vouchers courtesy of the Chelsea Hotel and Mill Street.
Be sure to bring your business card to enter a grand prize draw for the Ultimate Toronto Experience: a stay for two at the Chelsea Hotel, dinner at Mill Street Brew Pub, Mill Street swag as well as limo service to Mill Street and back to the hotel.
Print Month - Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, 12 to 5 p.m.
Mackenzie House joins with the Royal Academy of London and the wider "print" community to present Print Month. Every weekend participate in a different print activity in our reproduction print shop. On Easter weekend, choose a design and print a seed packet on the vintage1845 press. Take some seeds home for spring planting!
Included in regular admission. Adults: $6.19, Seniors (65 +) & Youth (13-18 yrs): $3.54, Children (5-12 yrs.): $2.65 (plus tax). Children (4 and under): Free
From Riots to Respectability: The Irish experience in Toronto in the 1800s, A Walk - May 2
In partnership with Jane's Walk
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.
Starting point - St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street
Ends at - Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street
Be transported back in time to the 19th Century through the eyes of Irish immigrants to Toronto. Driven from their home by famine and sectarian violence, the Irish quickly brought about dramatic change in Toronto's politics and populations. As you stroll Cabbagetown and walk along historic King Street, the tour will make stops at Famine memorials, Cathedrals, the haunts of the wealthy and the poor, and maybe even a pub! Learn about the Irish journalists, mayors, rebels and rioters who helped create our great city. Approximately 2 hours in length. FREE
Interlove: An Exhibition of Documentary Photography - May 12
Documentary Photography by Colin Boyd Shafer
Tuesday, May 12 to Sunday, August 16
Mackenzie House is proud to host the premiere of new works by award-winning photographer, Colin Boyd Shafer. Interlove is an exhibition of documentary photographs that explore how people with differing beliefs come together in love and shared respect. Included with regular admission.
Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax), and Children (4 and under) are Free.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Year-round guided tours of this National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – last for 1½ hours and 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.; Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Dates: April 23, 25, 30; May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 30
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Waterboys return to North America for an extensive tour in support of their new album, Modern Blues, due out in Canada in April 2015. Founder and frontman Mike Scott will be joined on all dates by the same musicians who played on the recording, including legendary Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood.
The Vakhtangov Academic Theatre: Smile at Us, oh Lord!
Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Vakhtangov Academic Theatre of Russia is back with a new theatrical masterpiece, Smile at Us, Oh Lord! Set during the first half of the 20th century, Smile at Us, Oh Lord! is the story about every man who is vehemently opposed to wrongdoing and whose journey through life opens his eyes and heart to the fate of Jews around the world. Based on two novels by the Lithuanian-born Israeli writer Grigory Kanovich, Smile at Us, Oh Lord! is a play full of tragi-comedic moments and soulful music. In Russian with English subtitles.
Tickets: $55, $65, $95, $115, $125, $155
Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)
Hard Rock Café Events
The Hard Rock Café Toronto is located directly across from the massive Eaton Centre department store mall. The memorabilia-stocked restaurant serves up distinctive meals and refreshing beverages for any rocker with a taste for diversity. So roll on in and get ready to rock the night away at Toronto's bustling Hard Rock Café.
Interested in planning your next event at Hard Rock Café Toronto? Visit our Parties & Special Events section or download our booking information packet.
Apr 24 - ARYA CONCERTS & EVENTS PRESENTS - 9:00 PM
Apr 26 - THE VINYL SESSIONS - ROLLING STONES STICKY FINGERS - 12:00 PM
Apr 26 - THE VINYL SESSIONS - ROLLING STONES STICKY FINGERS - 4:00 PM
Apr 27 - MOMONDAYS TORONTO - 5:30 PM
Apr 28 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Apr 30 - HARD ROCK RISING - 8:00 PM
May 04 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
May 06 - CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK - 8:00 PM
May 07 - CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK - 8:00 PM
May 08 - ROCK FOR DIMES - 7:00 PM
May 09 - CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK - 8:00 PM
For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge Street
2015 Brings new talent to Monarch’s Pub
Lively and energetic, Monarchs Pub is downtown Toronto's must-visit live music venue. While HD televisions keep sports fans up to date on the latest scores and games, music buffs can enjoy live jazz, blues or rock performances six nights a week.
Monarchs Pub has also introduced a new menu that is as enticing and diverse as its musical selection. Available from 5pm-11pm, the extensive à la carte menu features contemporary pub fare including delicious starters, hearty mains and tempting desserts, while a special late-night menu is available from 11pm to 1am. Guests can also sip samples from Monarchs Pub's impressive range of domestic and international brews, featuring Mill Street beers on tap.
Upping the ante even more, Monarchs Pub has also teamed up with Young Lions Club, bringing fresh new talent and creating unique and memorable music experiences for all.
Monarchs will be featuring monthly specials with Mill St. at the bar, so be sure to check it out!
Location: Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St.
Call 416 585 4352 or visit www.monarchspub.ca for more information
Jazz Bistro is Toronto’s newest 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.
Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information
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