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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

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


Did you know that...

The Downtown Yonge BIA publishes monthly retail listings & traffic counts?


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! Click Here


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


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



Street Smart

Road Closure Notification

TTC Notice - Bay track work bw Edward and Elm - Apr 25 to May 22

Bay Street from Dundas Street West to Elm Street will be limited to one lane in each direction from April 25 to May 2 while TTC crews weld new streetcar track. Bay Street will also be closed to northbound traffic and reduced to one lane of southbound traffic for TTC track replacement and road construction work from May 2 to May 22.

The City is taking steps to minimize disruption to the public during this closure by extending work hours to reduce the project duration and by using variable message signs in the area to inform drivers of the road closures.

More information about TTC route diversions is available at http://www.ttc.ca/

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

In the Spotlight, April 28

Thanks to everyone who came out to clean our laneways!

group photo

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA) a note of thanks to everyone who came out last week to clean our laneways! Your engagement and partnership is humbling and we thank you all for your ongoing support in delivering a vision for our neighbourhood that is in keeping with the larger vision we all have to be a world class destination.

DYBIA has been implementing our laneway strategy over the last (4) four years which includes cleaning and beautifying these spaces and treating them the same as other public realm assets (Roads and Sidewalks), making them clean, safe, usable and programmable.

A big thank you to Councillor Wong-Tam for your engagement and ongoing support in our neighbourhood and a big thank you to Toronto Police Services, 51 and 52 divisions, for your support and engagement.

Thank you all for your help and support and we look forward to growing our program later this year for the “Fall” clean 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.

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.

For more information got to: www.whiteribbon.ca or www.walkamiletoronto.ca

Register your team today!



What's on

Science Rendezvous

Sat, 7 May, 2016

Come join Ryerson University at Yonge-Dundas Square for the 9th annual Science Rendezvous. Science Rendezvous is Canada’s national celebration of science, with free public events and activities all across the country. We at Ryerson University host an all-day event in the heart of the city that includes amazing research, hands-on activities, displays and stage shows that delight and demonstrate how science plays a part in our everyday lives. Bring the whole family. There is something for everyone!

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. East, Toronto



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

Run Day:
Sunday May 8, 2016 at 7:30am

Start Line:
Yonge Street and Roselawn Ave. 4 Blocks South of Sporting Life (2400 Yonge St)

10k Route:

Canada's EASIEST and one of the fastest 10k's anywhere! The course runs right down the middle of Canada's most iconic street — Yonge Street! Whether you are a novice looking for an easy 10k course, or a seasoned veteran looking to set a PB, this is the event for you! Enter today to dash down Yonge Street while helping to send a kid with cancer to camp.

Course details: The start line is four blocks south of Sporting Life, 2400 Yonge St (at Yonge St. & Roselawn Ave.). From there, the course heads south (downhill) on Yonge Street all the way to Richmond Street. It then turns west on Richmond St. W, through the Entertainment District, continues south on Peter St./Blue Jays Way past “Gretzky's” to Front St. The course then goes west along Front St., south on Bathurst St., and then west on Fort York Blvd. to the finish line!

Click to download route map

Visit www.sportinglife10k.ca for specific area access maps and up to date race information.



Free Comic Book Day!

Join us at the Silver Snail as we also celebrate our 40th Anniversary! We will be giving away tons of free comics (see a list of titles here), including two zines by local artist Jason Kieffer (JasonKieffer.com), Drawing Thinking of You Dancing and Cabbagetown.

On top of all that, we'll be celebrating our 40th with a special sale and events! Details of the sale will be announced the day of, so stay tuned.


Location: Silver Snail, 329 Yonge St



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Week of Joy

April 29, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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 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!

Location: Yonge Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free



Events at Massey Hall

Rheostatics with special guest Amelia Curran

Fri Apr 29, 2016 - 8pm

Iconic art-rockers Rheostatics have influenced countless artists over their 35 years and 13 albums, while helping to define, celebrate and reinvent what it means to be Canadian. In 2007, the band chose Massey Hall to host their farewell concert; we’re honoured that they’ve chosen to return to participate in the series. Also on the bill is the pride of Newfoundland, JUNO Award-winning and Polaris Prize nominee singer-songwriter Amelia Curran.

Offering unparalleled insight into the country’s most storied live music venue, the Live at Massey Hall concert and film series is devoted to extraordinary Canadian artists and milestone moments in their careers. Free streaming of the 30-minute HD Live at Massey Hall films, which also feature interviews and backstage footage, is available at liveatmasseyhall.com.


Admission: $18.94 - $29.50


George Thorogood & The Destroyers with special guest JW Jones

Fri May 6, 2016 - 8pm

Blues rock titan George Thorogood is still rockin’, more than 40 years on. The "Bad to the Bone" singer and his band, The Destroyers, continue to tour and record, proving they’ve lost none of the drive that propelled them from their very first gig in 1973.

Ottawa native JW Jones has released eight albums, performed in nineteen countries on four continents, and is part, according to Billboard of “a new wave of young talent moving onto Canada’s blues stage.” He has been nominated for more than a dozen Maple Blues Awards and a 2015 JUNO Award; performed alongside The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Junior Watson and many more; and seen many legends contribute to his own work, including David “Fathead” Newman, Ray Charles’ long-time saxophonist, and guitar legend Hubert Sumlin.

Performance Powered by Lexus.


Admission: $49.50 - $99.50

Location: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St, Toronto



Music Mondays - A lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity

Welcome to our 25th Anniversary Season!

Music Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent since its inception in 1992. Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience.

Please join us for this, our 25th Anniversary Season. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at 12:15pm from May through the end of August.

May 2, 2016

Agincourt Madrigal Singers and Chamber OrchestraAgincourt Madrigal Singers and Chamber Orchestra

If Music Be the Food of Love
Multi-award winning Agincourt Madrigal Singers (MusicFest Nationals, the CMEA Leslie Bell Award, first place in National Music Festival Association and Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival) will be joined by the Agincourt Chamber Orchestra. Over 60 young performers will open our 25th Anniversary Season with works by David Dickau, Palestrina, David MacIntyre, Dan Davison, Peter Warlock and Mozart, all conducted by James Pinhorn and Amanda Tulk-O’Reilly.

May 16, 2016

Su Jeon HigueraSu Jeon Higuera, piano

Night Music
Join us at midday for an intriguing program of “Night Music.” Acclaimed by the Winnipeg Free Press as a “dynamo pianist”, Dr. Su Jeon Higuera, a graduate of The Juilliard School, l’Université de Montréal and The Glenn Gould School performs works by Heather Schmidt, Grieg, Chopin and the ever popular Beethoven “MoonlightSonata.


For more information please visit: http://www.musicmondays.ca/currentseason.html

Location: The Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square Toronto, ON M5G 1B1




momondays Toronto

May 4, 2016
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM EDT

Facilitators: Michel Neray and Evan Carter


NOTE: All moSpeaker masterclasses are limited to 12 participants and they really do regularly sell out. Find more information and tickets at: http://www.momondays.com/mospeaker-academy/humour-masterclass/

A common speaker’s joke starts with the question, ‘Do I have to be funny?’ The answer, of course, is, ‘Only if you want to get paid.’ The truth is that no matter how serious your topic is, or no matter how tragic the story is… humour always plays a major role in your ability to connect with your audience and keep them engaged. But what if you’re not naturally funny? What if you can’t tell a joke to save your life? What if you can’t find a place in your story to insert a laugh?

But this masterclass isn’t just about learning how to find the funny; it’s about taking the story you have and enhancing it with humour. This is the stuff that separates the professionals from the amateurs. Our unique exercises use the craft of comedy to improve memorability, audience engagement, impact, effectiveness and well, everything, including even your speaker fee!

You will work on:

- Where and how to insert a laugh for comedic relief or to make a point more pointed
- The 4 fundamentals of funny
- How to develop a humour mindset
- The vocabulary of comedy
- Timing and pacing

In addition, you will use your own material or prepared story in exercises specifically designed to add smiles, snickers and big belly laughs to your talk.

This masterclass is facilitated by Michel Neray, founder of momondays, and Evan Carter, master humorist, doyen of the comedy in Toronto, Second City instructor, and mentor to many.

Venue: Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1B4

Price: $277

Website and Tickets: http://www.momondays.com/mospeaker-academy/humour-masterclass/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1509382786031076/



Massey Hall presents Lunchtime Live!

May 9, 2016

isKw√©isKwé (pronounced “iss-kway” and the Cree word for ‘woman’) was one of CBC Music’s ’10 Artists to Watch in 2016’ and making the Strombo Hundo cut for 2015. Her cross-cultural aesthetic is as striking as her tripped-out blend of soul, which weaves together her Irish and Cree/Dene roots with hip hop breakbeats, left-field R&B, and traces of piano pop.
isKwé - Official Site

May 16, 2016

a l l i eA Toronto native, a l l i e draws from the diversity of her early life growing up in the heart of downtown, and gradually created a world all her own through her idiosyncratic approach to songwriting. Inspired by the vintage sounds of classic soul crooners like Otis Redding and Etta James, but equally infatuated with experimental artists like Flying Lotus and Little Dragon, her unique sound evokes both past and future.
a l l i e - Official Site

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.



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

May 12, 2016
Co-Presented by SING: The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival

Pressgang Mutiny - 5 p.m.

XolisaHailing from the port of Toronto, Pressgang Mutiny are Canada's youngest shantymen and have been roaring out songs of the sea since 2012. Local favourites in their hometown and on the Canadian and American East Coasts, they are keeping alive a vital tradition of work songs that represent the world's first truly multicultural music. They recently wrapped an album and will be touring the US and Europe this summer.

Visit the groups's website


Alissa Vox Raw - 6 p.m.

Alissa Vox RawIf a jazz diva from the 1920s were reincarnated into the body of a multitrack-looping indie songstress, you would get Alissa Vox Raw. Often with no more than a loop pedal and her voice, she creates rich tapestries of sound from a multitude of organically-built harmonic parts, interwoven to create full music beds. Old style soul, doo-wop and blues are reinterpreted through new technologies and given a contemporary twist.

Visit the artist's webpage


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



Mackenzie House Events

A Jane's Walk - Women Who Pushed Victorian Social Boundaries - May 7

Unladylike: 10 Women Who Pushed Victorian Social Boundaries
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.

This walking tour begins at the southwest corner of York and Front Streets and will start promptly at 10 a.m. In the 19th century, "unladylike" was a strong insult indeed. This tour includes the stories of 10 women who, in their various ways, pushed the social boundaries of 1800s Toronto, through the pursuit of careers, love and independence.

Historic Baking Workshop - Temperance and Tea - May 14

Temperance and Tea - Historic Baking Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The idea of limiting and controlling the amount of alcohol sold and consumed dates back well before the Prohibition Movement of the 1920s. Try your hand at Victorian Temperance-era Tea recipes like Raspberry Vinegar (for drinking, not for your salad!), Victoria Sandwiches, Temperance Cake and other appropriate treats. Learn about the development of the Temperance movement and participate in a mock Temperance Meeting in Mrs. Mackenzie's parlour. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

$25 plus tax. Contact us at machouse@toronto.ca or call 416-392-6915 for further details.

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



Turban Up 2016

May 15, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Come out and enjoy a day full of cultural festivities, learning about the Sikh community in the diverse GTA and breaking down barriers. See how you look in a turban, enjoy a community kitchen meal which is integral to the Sikh Culture. Watch a martial arts demonstration and enjoy art created by Indo-Canadian youth focusing on the integration of cultures in Canada. All for the price of your time.

Location: Yonge Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

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 28, 30; May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.

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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