In the Spotlight, August 12
The Downtown Yonge BIA's Strategic Plan 2016
The Downtown Yonge BIA (DBYIA) is embarking on a strategic planning process that focuses on the rapidly-changing and growing neighbourhood and the role of the organization.
With fast-paced residential development, significant population increases, a trend towards intensification and the range of challenges that growth brings, DYBIA recognized the need to evolve, be entrepreneurial, and have the ability to act on market opportunities.
This means the organization needs to be empowered with a choesive vision and strategic framework that both "dreams big" but allows for being nimble and flexible in execution.
To that end, a month-long search for the right consultant began in early May 2016 with the distribution of a closed RFP to a grounp of seven strategic planning specialists.
Submitted proposals were carefully compared and contrasted to identify the best fit.
In june, the Executive Committee and Staff made recommendations to the DYBIA Board of Management, which approved the appointment of Sage Communications, a firm specializing not only in strategic development, but also community engagement- a key element of the DYBIA's mandate.
For more on SageComm, please visit their website at: www.sagecomm.com
With extensive experience both with BIAs and in complex urban environments, SageComm is well positioned to take DYBIA to the next level.
The team from SageComm- spearheaded by co-founder and senior strategist Lindsay Sage- launched the strategic planning process in July at the bi-monthly Board meeting.
The plan will be defined in two distinct phases, which are expected to take about approximately six (6) months.
Phase I includes deep stakeholder engagement and research; and
Phase II includes board engagement and strategic plan development.
We will be bringing members and stakeholders up to speed about the Phase I findings at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November, but in the meantime please keep an eye on this space for regular updates, as well as on our Twitter & Facebook pages.
Play the Parks 2016
Grab some food from your favourite Downtown Yonge BIA restaurants or food courts, and let us take you on a journey around the world through music at the four different locations.
|August 16||12PM-1PM||Mexico Amigo Mariachi Band with Amin Llaven Peon*|
|August 23||12PM-1PM||Yoser Rodriguez|
|August 18||12PM-1PM||The Dreamboats play the Beatles**|
|August 25||12PM-1PM||The Spandettes|
|September 8||12PM-2PM||The Soul Motivators|
|August 13||5PM - 7PM||Kashka|
|August 21*||11AM - 2PM||The Arsenals|
|September 8||5PM - 8PM||Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble|
|September 10||5PM - 7PM||Tich Maredza Band|
|September 18*||11AM - 2PM||Turbo Street Funk|
* Special Thanks to the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto
** In association with Beatles 50 T.O.
Fashion On Yonge 2016
Join us Wednesday September 7 for a FREE Interactive Fashion Experience as Fashion on Yonge hits the Catwalk for it’s fourth year!
Everyone is invited to come see the hottest looks for fall 2016 available at the different retailers in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. During the event indulge in a little pampering courtesy of local salons and spas and enjoy food and beverages from local bars and restaurants.
From 6:00 – 8:00PM we invite you to step inside the historic Holy Trinity Church for three runway shows featuring falls best fashions.
Watch the Games Live August 6-21!
As part of the SLC’s summer programming and in support of our community engagement initiatives, the SLC’s Community Engagement Committee will be live streaming the 2016 Olympic Games on the big screen in the SLC Amphitheatre from August 6th to 21st. Let the SLC be your on-campus home to cheer on our Canadian athletes from the heart of the city.
Pull up a seat, enjoy the Games and show your support for Team Canada by using #RSLC.
Anyone is welcomed to come watch the games here while our doors are open.
Fresh Wednesdays at Nathan Phillips Square
Fresh Wednesdays features a Farmers' Market and local food vendors at Nathan Phillips Square.
Support your local farmers and pick-up your favourite fruits, vegetables, freshly baked breads, tarts and pies, cheeses, meats, flowers and more! The Farmers’ Market continues to run every Wednesday until October 12.
Tasty Thursdays at Nathan Phillips Square
Tasty Thursdays features a lineup of local food truck vendors and entertainment by Live from City Hall, generously supported by TD and in partnership with Music Canada, from July 7 – August 25. The weekly event offers a combination of delicious cuisines and live music from 11 am – 2 pm making it the perfect lunch hour escape!
Nathan Phillips Square | 100 Queen Street West | Free Admission
What's New in Downtown Yonge
Two solo shows at the Arts and Letters Club
The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto presents two solo shows: At the Edge of the Ocean, photographs by Felicity Somerset, and drawings by Peter G.S.Large, At Large: Travels with My Sketchbook. Public Opening, Sunday, September 11, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The concurrent shows run from September 3rd to the 30th.
To arrange a private viewing with the artist, please contact the Club, 416-597-0223, ext. 1;
For more than a century The Arts and Letters Club has brought together the professional and the enthusiast, the artist and the art lover, the traditional and the modern.
14 Elm Street, www.artsandlettersclub.ca.
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Pan American Food Festival
A one of a kind gastronomic event is taking over the heart of Toronto, one that promises to reveal the flavours of the Americas, local artists and talent: The PAN AMERICAN FOOD FESTIVAL
August 13th and 14th, the forth annual PAN AMERICAN Food Festival will showcase the best of the best food products, celebrating the great cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The Pan American Food Festival (PAFF) will showcase restaurants, food producers, chefs and the variety of national and regional cuisines of the Western Hemisphere, with a spotlight on one country each year.
A cultural festival of art, music and folklore will enhance the food experience to celebrate the region’s diverse cultural expression.
Featured Country: This year, the featured country is Bolivia.
Culture and Art: We aim to promote all kinds of cultural activities, indoors and outdoors, to increase the feeling of magic. The PAFF will promote professional and community artists, featuring the music and folklore of the 41 Pan American countries.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E
Please Please Take Me To Maple Leaf Gardens
August 17 - 8pm
Classic Albums Live: Beatles 1966 at Maple Leaf Gardens
Join us in celebrating the Beatles' last Toronto show with Classic Albums Live performing the 1966 set in its entirety, along with the band's greatest hits.
Not only has it been 50 years since the Beatles performed in Maple Leaf Gardens, but it’s been almost 20 years since anyone’s seen any concert at Maple Leaf Gardens. As part of Toronto’s celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ last show at Maple Leaf Gardens, the stadium now known as Mattamy Athletic Centre is about to rock again to the sound of the original British Invaders. Classic Albums Live recreates that last Beatles Toronto show, performing the original set list in its entirety as well as hits from across the Fab Four’s catalogue.
For more information on Beatles 50 T.O. visit: toronto.ca/beatles50
Classic Albums Live and its roster of A-list musicians from across the country perform rock favourites exactly as you remember hearing them.
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*PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS SALES OVER THE PHONE ARE ONLY AVAILABLE BY CALLING THE MASSEY HALL BOX OFFICE AT 416-872-4255
Location: Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton St, Toronto
Tony Hawk Lands in Canada - August 18
“TWO LIVE DEMOS AT 8AM AND 12PM!
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will bring his awe-inspiring athletic skills, along with his massive 14 foot vert skateboard ramp, to Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square on August 18, 2016, celebrating the Canadian launch of his signature apparel, accessories and footwear brand at Walmart Canada. The Tony Hawk Lands in Canada event will feature Hawk and the talents of five renowned skateboarding heavyweights, Kevin Staab, Andy Macdonald, Amelia Brodka, Lincoln Ueda, and Evan Doherty. The day will kick off at 8:00-9:00 am with the five world class skateboarders warming up on the ramp and surprise appearances by Hawk himself at 8:15 am and 8:40 am. Then, at 12:00pm, Hawk and all five skaters will return to perform a bonus 45-minute demo. Both shows will include product giveaways and more.
As a skateboard innovator for over 30 years, Hawk is famously known for being the first to land a ‘900’ – a trick that involves performing two-and-a-half 360 degree spins in mid-air. Still a force to be reckoned with, 48 year-old Hawk wowed audiences this past June when he nailed the ‘900’ move that he first performed at the 1999 X Games.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E
An authentic Mexican Fiesta focused on promoting and celebrating Mexican, art, music, culture and cuisine @ Yonge Dundas Square on Aug 21, 2016.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E
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.
August 15, 2016
Anastasia Rizikov, piano
Surrealism at Midday
Anastasia first performed for Music Mondays at the young age of 13! This summer she returns as a seasoned 17 year-old, during which time her concert schedules have taken her all over Europe - Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Poland, Ukraine, Russia - the United States, and Canada, where she has played in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, and the Kremlin. Her program will include F. Liszt- Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171; M. Ravel- Gaspard de la Nuit; and A. Scriabin- Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30.
August 22, 2016
VC² are an innovative cello duo that bridge the gap between Ludwig Van and Van Halen. Comprised of multi-genre cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, the Toronto-based duo seeks to present programs that are both artistically challenging and easily accessible to the casual concertgoer. They have performed in venues ranging from intimate pubs to Roy Thomson Hall and are constantly searching for new ways and spaces to bring art music to a wide variety of audiences. Their performance will feature works by master cello pedagogues and Canadian contemporary composers with a few added surprises.
August 29, 2016 - Gala 25th Anniversary Concert
David Braid, piano
Hailed in the Canadian press as “A jazz genius to call our own” (Macleans Magazine), Steinway Piano Artist David Braid was recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' “JazzID Award.” Join us to hear David perform on our new Steinway “B” piano, in a Gala Music Mondays 25th Anniversary Concert, presented by Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto. There will be a reception following the concert.
For more information please visit: http://www.musicmondays.ca/currentseason.html
Admission: PWYC with a suggested minimum donation of $5.00
Location: The Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square Toronto, ON M5G 1B1
Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square
Friday, August 12, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
The Heavyweights Brass Band
Whether receiving props from The Roots on Twitter, jamming with puppets on CBC Kids' Mamma Yamma, recording with the legendary Giovanni Hidalgo or being championed by influential DJ and tastemaker Gilles Peterson, The Heavyweights Brass Band enjoy crossover appeal and respect from music's elite. Inspired by the New Orleans brass-band tradition, the group keeps one foot firmly-rooted in the rich legacy of jazz while the other foot steps forward into the future. Like the music's originators, the Heavyweights are unafraid to incorporate influences from disparate areas of the musical spectrum, from pop hits of the day to original compositions, from R&B and funk throwbacks to the infectious rhythms of Latin America, all woven together with the thread of adventuresome sophistication. The band has shared the stage with such influential groups as The Roots, Trombone Shorty, Galactic and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and built up a loyal following. Their sophomore release, Brasstronomical, further emphasised their original compositions, revealing a stronger, bolder, funkier and more mature music that continues to grow.
After three solo albums, MINOTAURS founder and frontman Nathan Lawr made the transition from guitar-slinging singer-songwriter to bandleader with 2010’s The Thing. Though the form has changed, the core remains: Lawr is a folk artist, and MINOTAURS is a folk band. But the “folk” here isn’t a genre. It’s about connecting with the community, mobilizing people, reflecting and questioning the world in a conscious and deliberate way. That might be more likely to happen in the context of a strummy acoustic number full of literal lyrics. But it could also be embedded in an eight-minute jam, beating to a pulse that makes it impossible to stay still. The idea that art can – should – make a difference is what links all of Lawr’s work, and defines MINOTAURS.
Friday, August 19, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
Imagine the kind of alternative big-band a guy like Tom Waits would put together. Then imagine they figured out a way to soak up all 120-plus years of Massey Hall history, and perform it, through a 21st-century filter. This should give you something of a sense of theMassey Hall Band, comprised of acclaimed adventurous players from across the jazz spectrum, reinterpreting and reinventing the music you thought you knew. From Lightfoot to Feist, Blue Rodeo to Constantines, Dylan to REM, the Band explores, expands and rewrites the Songbook. As a part of the city-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ last Toronto show, the Band turns to the Fab Four’s catalogue to reintroduce audiences to some of pop music’s most timeless work.
Friday, August 26, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
Pierre Kwenders, spokesman of modern Africa, humbly shares his rich cultural heritage through his music. With his progressive music coloured with Congolese rumba and Afro-electro beats, the singer explores an innovative path. His JUNO Award-nominated and Polaris Prize longlisted debut full-length Le Dernier Empereur Bantou is an ultimate cry of joy, employing Cajun rhythms, mythical characters and childhood musings and reminiscence along with nods to his own musical background: South-African Afropop artist Johnny Clegg, and music from the ‘80s generally. Chosen as one of Radio-Canada's 2014-2015 Révélations in the world music category, the Montrealer of Congolese origin brings together a unique and powerful mix of sounds and rhythms.
Casey Mecija has been a fixture in Toronto’s music scene for the last decade. In the mid 2000s, she helped turn her home into a community hub, hosting basement concerts that would help to launch the careers of some of Canada’s most popular artists, while fundraising for the local foodbank. She fronted the orchestral-pop band, Ohbijou, which was born out of the spirit of the home, founded on friendship and a desire to make music and art that inspired social change. By 2013, Ohbijou had become wrapped-up in the industry it originally hoped to shirk and, exhausted by compromise, touring and the pressures of appealing to markets, the band went on hiatus. Mecija returned to school, completing a Masters and PhD at the University of Toronto. Currently the host of CBC radio’s The Doc Project, Mecija has released her first solo album, Psychic Materials. It’s a return to her DIY roots, bravely addressing queerness, diaspora, history and love – “an atmospheric saga,” wrote Exclaim!in their 8/10 review. In her insistence that art has a place in social movements, and her fearless ability to match melody to desire, again, she offers her listeners assurance that music can give language to emotions not yet named.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.
momondays Toronto August 22, 2016
August 22, 2016
A Special Night of moMusic and moMagic!!!
Don’t miss this special night of story wrapped in music and magic!
What will make it so special? Well, you’ll experience four incredible musicians to entertain us all evening. There will be one mind-blowingly amazing magician who will perform his wizardry with us — and on us! Plus, it will be Michel’s moBirthday at midnight, so his friends are planning some extra surprises to keep the party going!
MOMONDAYS is UPSTAIRS at The HARD ROCK!!
momondays is held each month upstairs at The Hard Rock Cafe right across from The Eaton Centre and Dundas Square. If you’re driving you’ll find cheap parking under Dundas Square in the Green P lot. If you’re taking the TTC get out at Dundas and just cross the street! If you’re walking, well, just walk!!
Save your seat (and a few bucks) by getting advance online tickets for just $15 plus hst — available online until the Friday before the show. Tickets at the door are $25 cash. Doors open for advance ticket holders at 5:30 pm for socializing, networking and merry-making. General admission at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm sharp.
Come early to grab a great seat and give yourself time to eat, drink and socialize! You really do meet the nicest people at momondays!
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Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge St., Toronto ON M5B 1N8, Canada
Price: $15 plus hst - online (available until May 27) / $25 including hst - at the door
Info & Tickets: http://www.momondays.com/toronto/
Mackenzie House Events
Kids' Crafts - Saturdays & Sundays in August
Saturdays & Sundays in August, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, then enjoy some kid time doing an historically-based activity. Regular admission applies.
The Brain Project presented by Telus - Until Aug. 31
Mackenzie House is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer's and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Mackenzie House will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Theatre Museum Canada presents Behind the Curtain
This pop-up exhibit offers a chance to see costumes, props and other theatre wonders up close. Behind the Curtain will give you a glimpse into what goes on when artists and production staff collaborate as a team to bring theatre to life. This exhibit also provides a sample of what you might discover in the Theatre Museum’s permanent collection.
Tickets: Free. Location: Davies Takacs Lobby
This summer the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is offering mini lunchtime tours of the theatres every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 6 to August 26. Starting at 12 noon the tour is only 45 minutes and will take you to the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin and the whimsical Winter Garden. Tours are $5 (cash only) and reservations are not required, just show up before noon at the front doors of the theatre at 189 Yonge Street. Regular 90-minute tours on Thursdays at 5pm and Saturdays at 11am will continue throughout the summer as well.
When: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 12 noon (45 minutes) until August 26, 2016
Lunch time tours: August 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26.
Cost: $5 for everyone. Cash only.
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: August 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.
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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