In the Spotlight, August 20
2015 Pan American Games Impact Survey
The 2015 Pan Am/ Para Pan Am Games are almost coming to an end, and we want to hear from YOU! Your opinions matter to us! Please take 5 minutes to complete our survey on the impacts of the Pan Am Games on YOUR business & your thoughts moving forward. Click the link to share your opinions with us: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QY6JC7K
Toronto Men’s Fashion Week Runway Shows
TOM*s Spring/Summer 2016 Collections will feature Canada’s top menswear designers like Philippe Dubuc, Christopher Bates, Dalla and Hip & Bone. TOM* SS16 will also see the return of the Emerging Menswear Designer Award in which five finalists will compete in front of a panel of elite fashion industry professionals for a chance to win a grand prize - $10,000 cash, a one-year membership at Toronto Fashion Incubator, professional lookbook images, a feature in TOM* Magazine, a primetime runway show at TOM* Fall/Winter 2016 and a runway presentation at the upcoming “Yonge on Fashion” on September 9th, 2015. Other feature events include TOM*s Mensfashion4hope, the most prestigious male celebrity charity fashion show in Canada - all in support of the KOL HOPE FUND AT SICKKIDS to help children with disabilities.
TOM* proudly showcases the most innovative, creative and talented menswear designers from Canada on to the world stage. For tickets and more information, go to www.tomfw.com.
Play the Parks in Full Swing
Summer continues to sizzle in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. Enjoy free concerts in the parks, for list of venues and schedule, visit www.downtownyonge.com/playtheparks
9am to 2pm:
College Park Courtyard
Join us on Sundays at 10am for free boot camp class presented by Hard Candy Fitness Toronto. Meet us on Hayter Street, between Aura Tower and College Park Building, just north of Yonge and Gerrard Streets. Weather Permitting.
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Cultural and Historic
Our friendly Discovery Team offers free tours of the Cultural and Historic Downtown Yonge neighbourhood from June 9 to August 28, 2015. Hear fascinating facts about the Old City Hall, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, Massey Hall and more.
Tours run from Tuesdays through Saturdays, and departs at 3pm from the corner of Yonge Dundas. You will be able to spot our Discovery Team by looking for the green flag. The tours are approximately an hour.
Tours are offered in English, French, Spanish and Russian. If you would like to take a tour in any of the offered languages besides English, please book the tour in advance to ensure that the service is available. For tour in English, feel free to drop by the corner of Yonge Dundas at least ten minutes before the start time.
For larger group tours, we can arrange a special day and time.
Book your Cultural and Historic tour now! Call 416-597-0255 Ext 223, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Music Tour runs on September 9.
This year the Downtown Yonge has partnered with Heritage Toronto to provide a free Music History tour along Yonge Street. This tour is offered on select dates in the summer and departs at 6:30pm. * Please note that registration is required and can be done at http://heritagetoronto.org/tours/2015-tours/
The Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy returns to the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood for another excitement-filled year. The longest and most vibrant street in the world is a perfect venue for the largest epilepsy event in the world and North America's largest Street Performer Festival!
The last of the major festivals in the Toronto summer entertainment season, the festival is spontaneous, colourful and bursting with the unexpected. There is something for everyone; silent comedy and slapstick, daredevils and magicians, high skill circus acts and a wide variety of music, clowns, contortionists, acrobats, aerialists, puppets, fire and a few things we have no words to describe. Over 170 of the best street performers in more than 70 acts from Canada and around the world will take on Yonge Street from August 27th to 30th. Admission by donation. All proceeds to Epilepsy Toronto.
Purple Walk for Epilepsy
Epilepsy Toronto is having the inaugural Purple Walk. On Sunday, August 30th a sea of purple if going to flow through the streets of Toronto and arrive at the heart of BuskerFest at Yonge-Dundas Square. For more information: http://www.epilepsytoronto.org/events_event.php#event55
Open Streets TO
Open Streets TO, the city’s largest free recreation program is happening – September 6 from 9am to 1pm. It will connect the diverse neighbourhoods and people across the city by temporarily opening Bloor Street and Yonge Street to people and closing them to cars. Come out and enjoy this 5km route! In the Downtown Yonge BIA, there will be programming on McGill Granby Parkette, Hayter Street and on Yonge Street from Shuter to Queen Street.
For more information go to: openstreetsto.org
Fashion on Yonge
Fashion on Yonge struts the runway 3rd time around on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at our new home – College Park Building.
See the latest Fall 2015 collection and a sampling of the food and services available in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. Come early, listen to great music and see our models get styled. Before and in between shows, you can also consult with stylists on-site.
What's New in Downtown Yonge
HUMP DAY BLUES SERIES
Every Wednesday, the Toronto Blues Society and Jazz Bistro bring music fans performances from Canada’s finest blues musicians. Don’t miss intimate shows by local favourites and some of the best Canadian touring artists.
Harmonica great Carlos del Junco has toured Canada regularly since 1996 and tours often in Germany and the United States. He has played all the major jazz, blues, and folk festivals across Canada. Jimmy Bowskill has been impressing his musical elders since age 11, when he attracted the attention of the late great bluesman, Jeff Healey, by busking outside his Toronto club. Since then, Jimmy has toured internationally, including shows in Germany, Ukraine, France, Mexico and at the World Expo in Japan in 2005. He has also received a Juno Award nomination for Best Blues Album. carlosdeljunco.com | jimmybowskill.com
Come see the Dynamic Duo of Canadian Blues at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro August 26!
Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for TBS members)
Location: Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., Toronto
To Do in Downtown Yonge
A REAL MEXICAN FIESTA TO CELEBRATE ALL THINGS MEXICO!
On Sunday August 23, 2015 from 12 - 9pm MexFest is back for the 2nd year in a row at Yonge-Dundas Square. Come and experience in MexFest 2015 the richness of Mexico with authentic Mexican cuisine, crafts, dance, traditional and contemporary music!
Come for the culture, stay for the Fiesta! Live Mexican Bands all day including Mariachi Los Gallos, Rock "Saul Torres Band", Rosy Cervantes, Vivianna Castell and Sugar Heat Band, Folkloric Dance Groups, Jaime Elizondo and many more!
Toronto Cider Festival
The Toronto Cider Festival will be the event to remember; creatinga harvest in the heart of Toronto, allowing you to experience and fall in love with a variety of amazing Ciders from across the country. Whether you are a cider lover or just looking to try something new, this is the perfect event for an unforgettable end of summer experience.
Kick back, relax, and take a break from the busy city life with our fun-filled extravaganza! Come and spend the day with your friends in downtown Toronto, as we showcase some of Canada’s best craft ciders, Toronto's finest food trucks, live music, and more! You will also be able to enjoy cocktail competitions, contests and games, all while sipping down refreshing ciders from the top producers in the country.
For more information visit us at http://www.torontociderfestival.com/
We look forward to hosting you at our event!
This year, for the very first time, a generous donation enabled Music Mondays to commission a brand new work in celebration of Holy Trinity’s deep musical heritage. Composer and well-known CBC music host Peter-Anthony Togni’s Benedicite receives its world premiere on August 24th. You won’t want to miss this moving work.
Our concerts take place in the warm, inviting and accessible space of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from Bay Street’s wheels of commerce and the bustle of the Eaton Centre. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at noon from May through the end of August.
August 24 - Blackwood: Peter-Anthony Togni, organ and piano, Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet
August 31 - Rachel Krehm, soprano, Canzona Chamber Players, Evan Mitchell, conductor
Play the Park - Lunch Hour Music - August 20
Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 12 to 1 p.m. - Sea Perry Trio (Singer-songwriter)
Mackenzie House will be participating in the Downtown Yonge BIA's lunchtime concert series. Grab some lunch and enjoy it in the Mackenzie House courtyard along with live musical performances. Admission is FREE.
Kids' Crafts - Saturdays & Sundays in August
12 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.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
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: August 20, 22, 27, 29; Spetember 5, 24;
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.
July 7 to September 4
12 noon (45-minutes)
New this summer the EWG will be offering a 45-minute lunchtime tour of both theatres to the public. From Tuesday to Friday, visitors will get a chance to see the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre and the whimsical Winter Garden Theatre.
When: August 21, 25,26,27,28; Spetember 1,2,3,4
Cost: Adults, Students and Seniors: $5 (includes HST)
Cash only | No reservations required.
Toronto International Film Festival 2015
From September 10 to 20, 2015.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60-plus countries every September. TIFF film programs have earned a reputation for excellence, and a diverse array of films is shown – from Hollywood galas to the best in international cinema to the latest home-grown comedies … and everything in between.
Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)
Hard Rock Café Events
The Hard Rock Café Toronto is located directly across from the massive Eaton Centre department store mall. The memorabilia-stocked restaurant serves up distinctive meals and refreshing beverages for any rocker with a taste for diversity. So roll on in and get ready to rock the night away at Toronto's bustling Hard Rock Café.
For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge Street
2015 Brings new talent to Monarch’s Pub
Lively and energetic, Monarchs Pub is downtown Toronto's must-visit live music venue. While HD televisions keep sports fans up to date on the latest scores and games, music buffs can enjoy live jazz, blues or rock performances six nights a week.
Monarchs Pub has also introduced a new menu that is as enticing and diverse as its musical selection. Available from 5pm-11pm, the extensive à la carte menu features contemporary pub fare including delicious starters, hearty mains and tempting desserts, while a special late-night menu is available from 11pm to 1am. Guests can also sip samples from Monarchs Pub's impressive range of domestic and international brews, featuring Mill Street beers on tap.
Upping the ante even more, Monarchs Pub has also teamed up with Young Lions Club, bringing fresh new talent and creating unique and memorable music experiences for all.
Location: Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St.
Call 416 585 4352 or visit www.monarchspub.ca for more information
Jazz Bistro is Toronto’s newest jazz venue and dining destination
Located at 251 Victoria St., three-level club includes a performance and dining area, wine bar, private event space and expansive rooftop patio. The open-concept design ensures guests on the second floor balcony have a perfect view of the stage, which features a magnificent red pop Steinway piano (the only one of its’ kind in the world). The warm and inviting space serves as an intimate setting for authentic, live jazz performances by some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, and will focus on promoting Toronto’s own jazz artists. The space creates a comfortable atmosphere for quality modern bistro dining.
Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information
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