In the Spotlight, April 28
Thanks to everyone who came out to clean our laneways!
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.
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
Sunday May 8, 2016 at 7:30am
Yonge Street and Roselawn Ave. 4 Blocks South of Sporting Life (2400 Yonge St)
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!
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
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
Events at Massey Hall
Rheostatics with special guest Amelia Curran
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
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
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 Higuera, piano
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 “Moonlight” Sonata.
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
MOSPEAKER MASTERCLASS: HUMOUR
May 4, 2016
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM EDT
Facilitators: Michel Neray and Evan Carter
THE CRAFT OF COMEDY FOR SPEAKERS
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
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
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 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.
Hailing 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.
Alissa Vox Raw - 6 p.m.
If 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-392-6915 for further details.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Turban Up 2016
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
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)
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