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Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.


Her Boutique

Welcome Her Boutique to our neighbourhood!

Location: Shops at Aura, Level P1, Unit 28, 384 Yonge St. Toronto
(Yonge & Gerrard below Bed Bath & Beyond)



Bianca Shoes

Bianca Shoes has just opened up on the Market Level next to Dollarama at College Park

Location: 777 Bay St.
Phone: (647) 341-5347




Sobeys has also just opened up its food court seating, located at College Park on the College Level

Location: 777 Bay St., #427
Phone: (416) 506-1626
Website: www.sobeys.com



Hard Candy Fitness

Madonna opened Hard Candy Fitness Toronto at the AURA tower on February 11th.

Location: 382 Yonge Street (corner of Gerrard Street), 4th Floor
Phone: (416) 979-1645
Website: www.hardcandyfitness.com


Dunk'n Dip Express

Dunk'n Dip Express is located in the new Aura Condo building at 384 Yonge St. We aim to delight customers with our menu of delicious savoury and sweet foods. Marvel at our chocolate fountains, get a savoury crepe for lunch, or stop by for a hot chocolate or latte. We are so excited to have our second location in downtown Toronto!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dunkndip1
Website: www.dunkndip.ca/



Weight Watchers

Join for Free! Drop by for details!

Location: 372 Yonge St., 2nd floor
1 block south of Gerrard, upstairs from Thai Express/Villa Madina
Website: www.weightwatchers.ca



Jackson’s Burger

Welcome Jackson’s Burger to our neighbourhood at 374 Yonge Street! Check out their review on Blog TO

Website: Jackson’s Burger



College Currency Investments

Welcome College Currency Investments to our neighbourhood at 437 Yonge Street!

Website: www.collegecurrency.ca



Lucullus Bakery

Welcome Lucullus Bakery to our neighbourhood at 31 Elm Street!

Website: www.lucullusbakery.com



Tim Hortons

Two new Tim Hortons locations are open in our neighbourbood: 10 Dundas St East and 595 Bay St. at the Atrium on Bay.

Website: www.timhortons.com



Dukes Refresher + Bar

Welcome Dukes Refresher + Bar to the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood! The new restaurant is located at Yonge & Gerrard. They had their grand opening on December 4th, 2013. Congratulations on the new location!

Website: dukesrefresher.ca




Welcome McDonald’s at 356 Yonge Street, congratulations on your grand opening on November 26th.
This McDonald’s is the largest in Ontario and is the flagship store

Website: www.mcdonalds.ca



REDS Midtown Tavern

Reds proudly launched our second location at Yonge and Gerrard on October 30th, 2013. Reds Midtown Tavern is the perfect locale for connecting with colleagues and friends, where good conversation meets great food, as well as a social midpoint for Toronto’s East and West neighbourhoods.

Like good conversation, we think delicious food should be shared. Our culinary team led by Executive Chef Matt Robertson has created an impressive menu of reimagined classics with a unique selection of social sharing plates including our freshly shucked oysters and our signature Tavern Butcher Board.

Website: redsmidtowntavern.com



We look forward to the future openings:

T.L.P. Sandwich Co. – 15 Elm St
Fit for Life – 3 Gerrard St East


Member Highlights

Shop College Park

New stores have been recently openned at College Park, 777 Bay st.



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



Mahaya Health Services

Mahaya Health Services is a multi disciplinary alternative health clinic offering Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Did you know most services at Mahaya are covered by your extended health benefits? For more information on who we are and what we have available check out our website at www.mahayahealth.com. You can also follow us Facebook and Twitter for great health tips.. and there is always a cup of tea ready in the clinic, so come by and say hi! We look forward to seeing you at Mahaya.

Location: 2 College Street, Suite 105


Did you know that...

Downtown Yonge BIA receives a Ward 27 City Builders Award

The Downtown Yonge BIA received a Ward 27 City Builders Award from councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam on March 6th. The Downtown Yonge BIA is recognized for their significant contributions to making Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale a dynamic place to live, play, study and work.


Downtown Yonge BIA receives Merit Award for Celebrate Yonge at IDA Conference in New York

Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area has received a merit award for our work on Celebrate Yonge in summer 2012. Recognized among 13 entries in the category of Events & Programming, this award centers on improving the image and vitality of downtowns and delivering projects that communicate the vision, mission, function and achievements of the business association. Mark Garner, Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge BIA commented, “The Downtown Yonge team is honoured and excited by this award. The IDA is a leading advocate for vibrant and successful downtowns. This award recognizes the teams visionary and dedicated work last year and shows that we’re headed in the right direction for Yonge Street.” “The Downtown Yonge BIA project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA president and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The Celebrate Yonge project is a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.”

The Downtown Yonge BIA received the award during the IDA World Congress & 59th Annual Conference on October 7th 2013.

The Washington, D.C based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 550 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.


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 Closures on Sunday May 11th, 2014

Rolling road closures and rolling road openings will be in effect for Yonge Street from Erskine Street to Richmond Street from 7:45am – 11:00am. This means that the cross roads ie Grosvenor St, College St, Gerrard St (all the way to Richmond St) will be closed to vehicle traffic as the runners approach the intersections. After the last group of runners leave the start line (Yonge St @ Roselawn, the roads will begin to open once the intersections are clear.

Vehicles will be allowed to cross at major intersections before 11:00am. However, only when deemed safe to do so by police officers on duty. Expect the longest delays between 8:30-10:00am. If possible, it is best to avoid crossing Yonge St., during these hours.

If you have any questions please email info@sportinglife10k.ca

This is Canada’s premier running event with the largest net proceeds going to charity.


Queen St. & Victoria St. Intersection Closed

For Streetcar Track and Road Reconstruction
May 12 to May 31, 2014*

This year, from May 12 to May 31 the intersection of Queen Street East and Victoria Street will be fully closed for streetcar track replacement and partial road and sidewalk construction. This work is required to bring the track infrastructure and adjacent road to a state of good repair.

Work Hours
Work will typically take place from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. The first few days of concrete breaking and removal at the intersection will continue to 11 p.m. To meet project timelines and the return of streetcars, periods of late evening and overnight work will be conducted during phases of rail installation by the TTC.

For more information, click here

*Timeline subject to change due to unforeseen events

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 3

Purple Day on March 26th in support of Epilepsy Toronto

Thank you to all of our members who supported Epilepsy Toronto on Purple Day on March 26th. Some of our members that supported and raised awareness for Purple Day include Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Kernels Popcorn, Elephant & Castel, Bond Place Hotel, Golden Griddle, American Apparel, Home Sense, Baton Rouge Restaurant, Sunrise Records, and Godiva.

Photo of Eaton Chelsea staff members supporting Purple Day in support of Epilepsy Toronto



Shops at Aura

Congratulations to the Shops at Aura on their grand opening on March 19th. Strategically located at the corner of Yonge and Gerrard—just below the AURA, Canada's tallest condominium that boasts 78 stories of beautiful glass architecture — The Shops at Aura offers Toronto a unique downtown shopping experience. With 123 retail outlets at your disposal and steps below Madonna's famous Hard Candy Fitness, The Shops at Aura will provide everything you need to #findyouraura

384 Yonge Street, Concourse Level



Things Looking UP for Travel to Toronto Pearson and Back

Fast, reliable, and convenient travel from the downtown core to Toronto Pearson International Airport — it’s something we’ve only dreamed of during that often-frenzied and nerve-wracking drive on congested roads.

In spring 2015, with the launch of the Union Pearson Express (UP Express), the dream will become a reality. Toronto will soon join the ranks of leading global financial centres that have high quality, dedicated express rail service from their airport to downtown.

A one-way trip from Union Station to Terminal 1, including two brief stops at Bloor and Weston GO stations, will take just 25 minutes. For added convenience, UP Express trains will depart every 15 minutes.

To be located in the SkyWalk of Union Station, the UP Express station will be convenient for not only local business travellers, but also visitors who want to experience Toronto’s finest restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions and business establishments.

To make the journey more enjoyable, guest service representatives will assist travellers and a variety of station and onboard amenities will feature Wi-Fi access, charging stations, luggage racks, airline check-in kiosks, and flight information and infotainment screens.

Learn more at www.upexpress.com.

UP Express is a Division of Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Metrolinx continues to build more transit and improve transportation for hundreds of thousands of Ontario residents with UP Express as a key component.



What's on

Chelsea knows great art



Odon Wagener gallery Toronto presents "Yonge Street" an exhibition of new artwork by artist Glenn Priestley

Exhibition Dates: April 10 - May 3, 2014

Opening Reception with artist: Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. at 198 Davenport Road, Toronto

Odon Wagner Gallery is pleased to present new works of art by Glenn Priestley in an exhibition titled "Yonge Street". Priestley is a Toronto born painter, now living in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

For more information, click here




The biggest Saturday of the Year for music fans is almost here: Record Store Day, Saturday April 19th! Celebrate it at Sunrise Records 336 Yonge (just north of Dundas) and Sunrise Records 784 Yonge (just south of Bloor). Hundreds of exclusive music releases will be available from artists such as David Bowie, Grateful Dead, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, One Direction, Motorhead, Green Day, The Doors, Katy Perry, The Pixies and many, many more.

BARENAKED LADIES LIVE! The party lasts all day. Sunrise 336 Yonge will host a live performance by the inimitable Barenaked Ladies at 1pm. Get here early!

MEET ROCK ICON PAUL RODGERS! Don't miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Paul Rodgers, also at Sunrise 336 Yonge. The meet-and-greet starts at 6:30pm with the iconic rock singer, founding member of Free and Bad Company, autographing copies of his new CD and LP "The Royal Sessions."



The Ryerson Image Centre celebrates the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival with four new exhibitions and an international symposium

Scotiabank Photography Award: Stan Douglas
Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases
Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: The Same Problem 5
Curious Anarchy: The Photographic Collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik

 Collecting and Curating Photographs: Between Private and Public Collections

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) celebrates the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival this May with four new exhibitions and an international photography symposium.
Guest curated by Robert Bean, Scotiabank Photography Award: Stan Douglas features the work of acclaimed Vancouver artist Stan Douglas, the winner of the third annual Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA). Presented by Scotiabank, the exhibition is organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. As Bean writes, “The stories, sites and events that Douglas investigates are familiar and historically situated. Through his photography and film work, the images often describe the overlooked histories of cultural identity, displacement and injustice, revealing an uncanny resemblance to present-day events. The tension between fact and fiction encourages the spectator to create and participate in the meaning of the work.” SPA includes a $50,000 award, a Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition at the RIC, and a book deal with international publisher Steidl. The exhibition will be on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 – June 1, 2014.
Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases addresses the representation of black lesbian and queer identity, focusing largely on post-apartheid South Africa. A social and political activist as well as an artist, Muholi endeavours to bring radical change to conventional perceptions of lesbian and transgender communities who suffer from continuous attacks in South Africa. Curated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel, this exhibition will be featured as a Primary Exhibition during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and will be on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 – June 1, and again June 18 – August 24, as part of WorldPride Toronto 2014.
On the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, acclaimed Canadian media artists Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, present the latest instalment of an ongoing collaborative project. The Same Problem 5 explores questions of the ego and memory within a reconstruction of deeply felt media experiences. This exhibition will be a Public Installation during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and will be on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 – June 1, and again June 18 – August 24, as part of WorldPride Toronto 2014.
Curious Anarchy: The Photographic Collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik displays a selection of photographic objects from the private collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik, curator of photography and special projects at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). This exhibition and its accompanying publication and digital component are conceived by second-year students in the film and photography preservation and collections management master of arts program at Ryerson University, under the instruction of Sophie Hackett and Dr. Gaëlle Morel. The exhibition will be on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 – June 1, 2014.
From May 1 through May 3, 2014, the Ryerson Image Centre is pleased to host its third annual symposium on photography entitled Collecting and Curating Photographs: Between Private and Public Collections. Collectors, curators and scholars will gather to discuss how the photograph has become a collectible item and subject of academic study since the nineteenth century. This conference will highlight the dialogue established between private collectors and museum curators. Participants include: Quentin Bajac (Museum of Modern Art, NYC); Howard Greenberg (Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC); and Ann and Harry Malcolmson (collectors, Toronto); as well as 17 other renowned photography experts from around the world. Organized by Dr. Thierry Gervais, the symposium is generously supported by the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, and the Consulat Général de France à Toronto. Admission to the symposium is FREE. For more details and updated symposium program, please visit: http://ryerson.ca/ric/lectures/uplectures.html

Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, Toronto

Follow us @RICgallery



What's New in Downtown Yonge

In April ING Direct supports Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation

Since 2002 the Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation has been working to double Toronto’s tree canopy to offset the effect of climate change and pollution. Targeting neighborhoods and urban areas which will most benefit from being green, the foundation helps to beautify Toronto at the same time as making our city more environmentally stable. They promote philanthropy, corporate support and community involvement to achieve a range of enhancements to our parks that City can no longer be supported alone.

We’re looking forward to getting our hands dirty at an Orange in the Community tree-planting event in partnership with Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. Keep checking the OG if you’re interested in getting involved!  To learn more about our friends at Toronto Park & Trees Foundation visit them www.torontoparksandtrees.org

ING DIRECT Cafe, 221 Yonge St.



Regional Relief Strategy

Transit services along the Yonge corridor are becoming increasingly crowded as the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) continues to experience unprecedented growth. In the face of this regional problem, Metrolinx, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the City of Toronto and York Region are working together to propose a regional solution.

Through the Yonge Relief Network Study, Metrolinx is looking at regional network options to relieve Yonge-University-Spadina subway crowding and improve how people move around the region. We are seeking input on the preliminary list of options and how we evaluate them.

The City of Toronto, with support from the TTC, has initiated the first phase of the Relief Line Assessment Study, seeking public input on the study approach and a consultation plan. Following Council approval of this phase, the study will evaluate route and station options for a new rapid transit line connecting the central business district to the Danforth Subway Line.

These projects, along with complementary ongoing work at Metrolinx, York Region, the TTC and the City, form the Regional Relief Strategy (see adjacent map).

Public and stakeholder consultation will be integral to this process and we will be hosting a series of public meetings over the coming months. This session will include a joint presentation, followed by opportunities to provide specific feedback on the individual projects.

Please join us for the first round of consultation:

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Sheraton Centre Toronto, Dominion Ballroom, 123 Queen Street, Toronto, ON
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Presentation at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 10066 Yonge Street, West Richmond Hill, ON
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1094 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
(Please note parking is limited)

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Holy Name Parish, 71 Gough Avenue (one block west of Pape Station), Toronto, ON
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presentation at 10:00 a.m.
This meeting will focus on the Relief Line Project Assessment

Join us to provide input on these major projects. There are big decisions ahead. We look forward to listening to your ideas on how we can get our region moving.

For more information, please visit RegionalRelief.ca or e-mail us at:
Metrolinx: yongereliefnetworkstudy@metrolinx.com
City of Toronto: reliefline@toronto.ca
York Region: contactus@vivanext.com
Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez composer le 416 869-3200 ou le 1 888 GET-ON-GO (438-6646).



Hard Candy Fitness

“Music makes the people come together” - Madonna

“Music is like is a legal drug for athletes,” says Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education, one of the world’s leading authorities on music and exercise. “It can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent.”  In my experience, music helps distract exercisers away from feeling the discomfort of the workout.  It takes them somewhere else. In addition, it helps make the class make sense-when you do things to the beat it just feels better. Lastly, music help stimulate and arouse.  The right music selection can make you want to get up and move. Similarly for cool down and meditiation the right music will make you want to calm right down. We have the most amazing studio sound systems at Hard Candy Fitness. We know how important music is and we take time to select the right mixes as well as the systems we play them on. Come to HCF and hear the difference. You will see the results

Location: 382 Yonge Street (corner of Gerrard Street), 4th Floor
Phone: (416) 979-1645




You simply have to see it for yourself…our gorgeous rooftop patio is a popular destination for drinks after work, and as of May 1st will be open for lunch. Featuring full-service bar, luxurious seating and state of the art audio-visual equipment, the space is an ideal venue for private functions, from cocktail receptions and private dinners to product launches and birthday parties. The Jazz Cellar is wheelchair accessible. For private event inquiries email Sybil Walker: sybil@jazzbistro.ca



Senator Restaurant is featured in the New York Times

Restaurant Report: Senator Restaurant in Toronto

A red neon sign warms the facade of the Senator Restaurant, Toronto’s oldest restaurant, just as it did in the days when streetwear meant fedoras and overcoats. Inside, with its vinyl booths, shiny wood counter and huge mahogany mirror, it looks much the same as when it opened in 1929. And until recently, so did its menu. Standards like liver and onions, house-made meatloaf and a B.L.T. kept regulars and tourists happily, if predictably, fed.

But Bob Sniderman, who has owned the Senator since 1984 (a longtime regular, he rescued it from demolition), sensed Torontonians had begun taking the restaurant for granted: The room would fill up before shows at the Pantages Theater across the street but clear out by curtain time. So late last year, he undertook a reboot of sorts. While leaving the beloved décor untouched, Mr. Sniderman surprised scene-watchers by snagging Andrew Taylor, the chef at Langdon Hall, an acclaimed restaurant in a Relais & Châteaux hotel in nearby Cambridge, Ontario, to revamp the Senator’s menu.

“The vision was to make this not just a diner, but a destination,” said Mr. Taylor, a Chicago native. “We wanted to get a little artistic, but still keep it simple.”

Among his additions during a recent visit: A painterly plate of three fist-size golden beets in a vinaigrette of pumpkinseed oil and apple cider vinegar, punched up with pomegranate seeds; a meaty fillet of snow-white pickerel atop an earthy, elegant white-bean ragout; and gorgeous desserts like a traditional sticky toffee pudding. (Starters and entrees will change with the seasons.)

Another addition is the gleaming La Marzocco machine that’s cranking out superb espresso drinks using a custom roast from a local microroaster, Dark City.

Mr. Taylor’s insistence on local ingredients meant the Senator had to change how it sources food.

“Typically, restaurants have one or two suppliers,” said Peter Moscone, the manager. “We now have 40.”

The products include apple cider from Spirit Tree Cidery; beer from Beau’s, a microbrewer; produce from Sanci’s in Kensington Market; and organic milk and cream from Sheldon Creek Dairy.

Updates to breakfast and lunch will come next; Mr. Taylor has already added irresistible homemade jams from Rose’s and maple syrup from Haggart’s Farm in Owen Sound.

The Senator Restaurant, 249 Victoria Street; 416-364-7517; thesenator.com.



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Her Boutique launch party

We cordially invite you ti the launch of Her Boutique. Join us for Coctails & Hors d'oeuvres
Thursday April 3, 2014 - 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

RSVP by Thursday March 27, 2014 to info@herboutiquetoronto.ca

Location: Shops at Aura, Level P1, Unit 28, 384 Yonge St. Toronto
(Yonge & Gerrard below Bed Bath & Beyond)



Free networking event entitled "Today's Multicultural Marketplace: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know"

Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is hosting a free networking event and panel discussion to address the challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs face in our diverse market. Our expert panelists will share best practices and discuss building your entrepreneurial toolkit.

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University, Heaslip House
7th Floor, Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON

Please see www.ryerson.ca/ce/multicultural for more details



How do YOU use Social Media? We want your opinion!

We would like to invite you to participate in a small focus group to discuss how you interact with articles, videos, and other content online. You do not need any specialized knowledge, but we will be discussing how you use social media. The focus group will last no longer than 90 mins and will include pizza and drinks!

When: Tues April 8th at 7:15pm and Thurs April 10th at 12:15pm
Where: Digital Media Zone, at Ryerson University, 10 Dundas St E, 3rd Floor (Yonge/Dundas)



Amanda Martinez

Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Amanda Martinez’s Mexican and South African roots get equal play in her music – a marvellous mash-up of both cultures and flamenco soul. A cherished presence on the Toronto scene, Martinez has garnered praise for her remarkable voice, as well as her philanthropy with local and international organizations. Her new album, Mañana, is produced by acclaimed Grammy Award-winner Javier Limón (Mariza, Buika).

Tickets: $29.50 to $49.50
Call Ticketmaster at 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca

Location: 189 Yonge Street
Website: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre

A Walk to Courthouse Square

Saturday, April 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
In the 1850's, Mackenzie's print shop was two blocks away from Court House Square, where his friends Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews were hanged for treason on April 12, 1838. The walk explores the changes in Mackenzie's Toronto between his escape in 1837 and return in 1850, and concludes with a dramatic presentation in Court House Sqsuare.

Tour begins at Mackenzie House (82 Bond Street) and concludes at Court House Square. Free.

Location: 82 Bond Street
Website: Mackenzie House




Join in Toronto’s newest discovery Off the Beaten Path photo scavenger hunt, which will take place in the downtown core. This interactive discovery initiative takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 between 11am and 5pm. Participant teams of up to 6 people will begin the hunt at our secret location, which will be announced 3 days prior to event date on our website www.otbptoronto.com. Upon registration teams will be given a variety of challenges that they must complete. The event will then end with a swinging after party and awards ceremony at the iconic Imperial Pub on Dundas St. E.

This event is presented by Humber College Event Management students, who are bringing education to life by using the skills they have learned in the classroom and taking them to industry. Humber College is committed to the success of students through excellence in learning and teaching. To learn more about Humber College, visit http://www.humber.ca/about-humber.

Cool places to discover all found in TO? Check out the house on Saint Patrick Street that has been sliced in half! In the mood for vintage? visit 69 Vintage on Queen Street West, and discover. For the sweet tooth, visit Wanda’s Pie in the Sky on Augusta Avenue, for an amazing variety of cakes and pastries to suit every desire.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, March 12th, and are offered at the early bird price of $25 per person until April 3rd. Sign up with a team of up to 6 members, and participate in this new and exciting event.

For more information visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OTBPToronto or to purchase tickets, visit our website at www.otbptoronto.com.

For further information, contact:
Jenna MacPhail
Email: otbptoronto@gmail.com
Phone: 647-998-9722



The Rolling Stones an Easter Sunrise Spectacle



Celebrate the eve of First Responders Day

Please join us on April 30, 2014!

On Wednesday April 30th Jazz Bistro is host to a very special event. With the organization United by Trauma and MPP Frank Klees we will be celebrating the eve of the announcement of Bill 15 - First Responders Day with a benefit evening to raise funds for First Responders, Medial Personnel and Military affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Our goal is to raise funds sufficient enough to purchase a Trauma Dog for a Toronto Police Officer suffering from PSTD.

Ernie, a trauma dog in training will be attending with his grandfather and there will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, a fabulous silent auction, music by Glass Tiger and the Coppertones - the Toronto Police Services band and a chance to win a Sunwing Vacation of your choice.

Join Colin and Joan Hunter, the Jazz Bistro staff, MPP Frank Klees, the founders of United by Trauma and 'Ernie' as we join forces to further this very worthy cause and celebrate First Responders Day.

If you wish to come on board as a sponsor making a contribution to our Silent Auction please contact Sybil Wlaker at Jazz Bistro 416-363-5299 or sybil@jazzbistro.ca or irunandrock@gmail.com.

Thank you and see you there.

Jazz Bistro
251 Victoria Street, Toronto M5B 1T8
Dinner Reservations: 416-363-5299
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JazzBistroTO 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JazzBistroTO



EWG Tour

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.

Dates: April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 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



Persée, presented by Opera Atelier

April 26 to May 3, 2014

Six performances only:
April 26, 29, 30 and May 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m.
April 27 at 3 p.m.

Persée is a landmark production for Opera Atelier. The company’s 2000 production was the first fully staged incarnation of the opera since it inaugurated the Royal Opera House at Versailles in 1770 during the wedding celebrations of the future Louis XVI to Marie Antoinette.

Opera Atelier’s 2004 remount of Persée was the subject of a documentary that has subsequently become an international calling card for Opera Atelier. Following the astounding success of Armide in 2012, the Royal Opera House has invited Opera Atelier back to Versailles this May with Persée. This prestigious engagement has allowed Opera Atelier to enhance Persée’s visual elements, making it the company’s most lavish production to date.

The moving story of a man’s ascension from his questionable beginnings to his rightful place as a god, Persée is a retelling of the classical Greek Perseus myth.

Tickets: $174, $124, $86, $61, $45
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




From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to Toronto for a limited engagement! WE WILL ROCK YOU features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group, Queen.  It's the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other, so don't miss the party!

Ed Mirvish Theatre
244 Victoria Street

April 29 - May 10, 2014
Tickets:  416-872-1212   www.mirvish.com



Isabella Rossellini comes to the Luminato Festival June 6-8

Green Porno
Live on Stage
Conceived and Performed by Isabella Rossellini
Canadian Premiere
June 6-8 Winter Garden Theatre

“Beautifully bizarre.” – New York Magazine
Imagine the art of seduction on an arthropodan or elephantine scale. Such is the orgasmic, orgiastic and occasionally acrobatic bent of internationally acclaimed actress Isabella Rossellini’s vibrant invasion of zoological boudoirs, based on her short Green Porno, Live on Stage films for the Sundance Channel. A lifelong lover of animals, Rossellini dons costume versions of their skins, scales and wings for this delightfully insightful, DayGlo examination of the quirks, curiosities and frequently fatal risks of sexuality and reproduction across a spectrum of species.

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



2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship

June 20 – 28, 2014
Mattamy Athletic Centre

Wheelchair Basketball Canada will host the top female wheelchair basketball players on the planet June 20-28, 2014 in Toronto for the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. World-class female athletes will converge on the Mattamy Athletic Centre to showcase the elite skills and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball the most popular sport for athletes with a disability in the world. The tournament will be the largest women’s world championship in history featuring 12 participating countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, and United States.

For more details: www.2014wheelchairbasketball.com



Make the Weekend Last at Bangkok Garden Restaurant

Bangkok Garden, the first restaurant to bring Thai food and culture to Toronto over 30 years ago, recently opened their newly renovated bar & lounge. This downtown Toronto hot spot offers Thai Tapas and a beverage menu including exotic cocktails and martinis, a large selection of international beers and an extensive wine list. The opening came just weeks after Bangkok Garden received the 'Thai Select Premium' designation by Thailand's Ministry of Commerce, recognizing Thai restaurants with a rating of 5 stars or higher that serve premium quality, authentic Thai food, provide outstanding service and a Thai ambiance.

Bangkok Garden, 18 Elm Street, 416.977.6748
reserve online



Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday

See what's happening inside The Martini Bar in Toronto. Select from our creatively inspired drink menu and more than 40 distinct martini recipes. Witness the awakening of nightlife in downtown Toronto through floor-to-ceiling windows, or sink into a plush sofa and absorb the ambient house music. Savor a blend of satisfying cuisine and imaginative cocktails!

Monday-Sunday Avoid the line-ups, arrive early and enjoy $6.00 martinis before 6pm.

Join us for Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday:

April 4 & 5 - Dean Aivaliotis
April 11 & 12 - Ewen Farncombe
April 25 - Steve Koven
April 26 - Victor Xu

Visit Pantages Martini Bar for more information!



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's menu 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.

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

Showcase Tuesday
April 8 - Aimie Page and Steve Doade
April 15 - Jesse Whitely
April 22 - Herve Bassett and Michael lDanckert
April 29 - Kate Todd

Jazz Wednesday
April 7 - Laura Fernandez
April 9 - The Bobby Niossi Band
April 16 - Robin Banks
April 23 - Lynda Covello,Deep Dark Secrets
April 29 - The Michael Danckert Quartette

Blues Thursday
April 3 - The Jerome Godboo Band
April 10 - David Vest
April 17 - The Conor Gains Band
April 24 - The Jack de Keyzer Band

Classic Rock Friday
April 4 - Soul Patch
April 11 - North of 7
April 18 - Little White Lies
April 25 - Wilt T and The Spirit

Location: Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St.



Live nights of Music

Weekly at Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel
Join in for five fabulous live music nights each week at Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel at 33 Gerrard St. Come out to play some tunes, meet new friends and hear great music at their Acoustic Open Stage every Tuesday. Enjoy North America’s leading jazz bands every Wednesday and electrifying blues with Toronto's most renowned musicians every Thursday. Rock your Friday night away with a different live classic rock band every week and dance the night away to all your favourites with their live DJ every Saturday. 

Call 416 585 4352 or visit www.monarchspub.ca for more information

Jazz Bistro

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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