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Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

M. J. Zafar Chartered Accountant and Consultants

M. J. Zafar is an innovative Chartered Accountant and Business Management Services firm, built on the principle 'We are not just accountants'. We are your partner in taking your business towards success. We deal with every situation in its own perimeters, understanding the challenges inherent to that specific situation and developing a customized solution. We provide a wide range of services, some of which are:

- Business taxes, personal taxes and financial planning;
- Incorporation/Business Registration; Start-up services;
- Business plans; Facilitation of bank and other financing;
- Audit, Reviews and Compilations (Notice to Reader);
- Bookkeeping; bookkeeping reviews and Accounting Consulting.

Location: 49 Elm St., Suite 201, Toronto
(Elm at Bay)
Phone: (647) 931-2425
Website: www.mjzafar.com


City Kitchen Restaurant N Bar

As the latest addition to Toronto Eaton Centre’s varied food establishments, our 200 seat casual dining restaurant “CITY KITCHEN RESTAURANT N BAR” is a welcome addition for locals and tourists to Toronto. Located on Yonge Street at the corner of Shuter Street, we are an up-scale family facility that offers specialities covering quality Canadian food for lunch and dinner.

Location: 220 Yonge St., Eaton Centre
Phone: (416) 519-5839
Website: http://citykitchen.ca/


The Elm Tree Restaurant

The Elm Tree Restaurant offers its guests modern European meals constructed from familiar ingredients, a full service bar, stocked with local beers, international wines, and liqueurs to create any desired cocktail. House specialities include lamb shank, Chilean sea bass, and our crispy Cornish hen. We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. See you soon!

Location: 43 Elm St.
Phone: (416) 901-7339



TLP (short for Three Little Pigs) will add some midday diversity to the neighbourhood’s current crop of fast food outlets and sub shops. The new space will stick to home-style drinks and snacks, like iced tea, apple cobbler and sandwiches stuffed with lamb, meatloaf and peameal bacon.

Location: 15 Elm Street



Welcome Kaiju to our neighbourhood!

We feature authentic Japanese curry, a fragrant, light and heart warming meal. Our curry is a rich and comforting sauce packed full of sweet and savoury flavours, slow cooked to perfection over 48 hours. This sauce is complemented with a fried or grilled katsu (breaded cutlet).

Location: 384 Yonge Street, Unit 51 (Shops at Aura below Bed, Bath and Beyond)
Phone: (647) 748-6338
Facebook/Twitter: KaijuToronto


Member Highlights

Inglot Cosmetics

Calling all makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts. Inglot Cosmetics is coming to Toronto and opening its doors at Dundas Square. Come experience the world's leader in colour cosmetics and be blown away by our selection. Inglot expertly combines the latest scientific technology with intense and vibrant colours.

Located at 21 Dundas Square Street.
Website: www.inglottoronto.com



The Senator Restaurant has partnered with Hurrier

The Senator is Toronto’s oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria. Since then, the Senator became a Toronto landmark under the guidance of Bobby Sniderman. Bobby purchased the Senator in 1984 after a successful run at Sam the Record Man. The Senator has always focused on the highest quality ingredients like Cumbrae’s Farms Beef, organic milk from Sheldon Creek Dairy, fresh-squeezed orange juice, home-made stocks, sauces, and batters, and a commitment to only use organic wherever possible. The Senator is entering the digital age with an expanded social presence and a whole new look. Learn more about the Senator at: thesenator.com, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
For more information, click here

The Senator Restaurant has partnered up with Hurrier to bring comfort food right to your door.
Visit https://www.usehurrier.com/senator to place an order and have any of your Senator favourites delivered to you via bike courier.
They are currently using Hurrier for delivery services. It's available from 4:30pm to 9:00pm and it will feature their dinner menu as well as a few items from the lunch menu.

Location: 249 Victoria Street, Toronto



NOW OPEN | The Private Dining Room at JOEY Eaton Centre

JOEY Eaton Centre is excited to announce that our Private Dining Room is officially open.

Whether it is a business lunch meeting, an intimate dining experience or a cocktail style reception our team will work with you to customize your event needs. Our Private Dining Room offers a sophisticated, modern environment that is perfect for any function.  From handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines selected by our restaurant Sommelier, to globally inspired artisan-made dishes and an experience your guests are sure to remember – JOEY Eaton Centre looks forward to hosting you and your guests.

For further information, to book your event or to view our new space please email Avalon Olivadoti, Event Manager, at aolivadoti@joeyrestaurants.com

Location: 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto


Did you know that...

Clean Toronto Together 2015

Covenant House staff and youth participated in the "Clean Toronto Together" effort by the Downtown Yonge BIA. They were among volunteers from local businesses and organizations who helped spruce up the neighbourhood during the annual spring clean up.


80% of responding Toronto Mayoral and Council candidates support building the Minimum Grid

Earlier this year, Cycle Toronto called on all candidates running for mayor and council for the next term of council to commit to building the Minimum Grid: a city-wide grid of 100 km of protected bike lanes and 100 km of bicycle boulevards by 2018.

You can find the press release here.


Is your business wheelchair accessible?

Here are some of the things to consider:

- Is the entrance barrier-free? (ie. no stairs to enter, unobstructed sidewalk)
- Are doorways wide enough (minimum 35”) for a wheelchair or walker to pass through?
- Are some of the tables standard height (29”) with removable chairs?  Bar height tables or booths pose challenges.
- Are washrooms on the main floor or do they have elevator/ramp access?
- Are washroom stalls big enough (minimum 72”x72”) for a wheelchair to enter?

Why should wheelchair accessibility matter to you? People with disabilities account for an estimated $25 billion in national consumer spending each year. This group is also estimated to influence the spending decisions of 12 to 15 million other Canadians. In addition to the large spending power of this group, accessibility should be on your radar because of the imminent implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The AODA will soon mandate that all businesses and public spaces meet minimum accessibility requirements. If cost is an issue, new initiatives such as the StopGap program and the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund are available:

At AccessTO we review restaurants, bars and cafes that are wheelchair accessible. The criteria used is developed from the City of London Design Standards and Accessibility Guidelines for the City of Toronto. We provide measurements and photos to our readers so that they can evaluate a restaurant for themselves and participate in Toronto’s vibrant food and entertainment scene. If you think your business meets our criteria please get in touch - we would love to discuss reviewing you on our site!

Check out our website for more helpful tips.


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



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


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

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



What's on

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
Contact: 416-928-3236
Website: www.theyogasanctuary.net




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.

Be a part of the TO2015 legacy and register now at ayrconference.eventbrite.ca
Website: toronto2015.org/are-you-ready
Contact: areyouready@toronto2015.org





To Do in Downtown Yonge


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.



Mackenzie House Events

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

EWG tours

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

The Waterboys

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.
Tickets: $52.89

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)
Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg



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 28 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Apr 30 - HARD ROCK RISING - 8:00 PM
May 04 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
May 08 - ROCK FOR DIMES - 7:00 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!

Visit monarchpub.ca or facebook.com/monarchspub to reserve, for more information and monthly music listings!

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.

For upcoming events click here.

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


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