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We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

M. J. Zafar Chartered Accountant and Consultants

M. J. Zafar is an innovative Chartered Accountant and Business Management Services firm, built on the principle 'We are not just accountants'. We are your partner in taking your business towards success. We deal with every situation in its own perimeters, understanding the challenges inherent to that specific situation and developing a customized solution. We provide a wide range of services, some of which are:

- Business taxes, personal taxes and financial planning;
- Incorporation/Business Registration; Start-up services;
- Business plans; Facilitation of bank and other financing;
- Audit, Reviews and Compilations (Notice to Reader);
- Bookkeeping; bookkeeping reviews and Accounting Consulting.

Location: 49 Elm St., Suite 201, Toronto
(Elm at Bay)
Phone: (647) 931-2425
Website: www.mjzafar.com



TLP (short for Three Little Pigs) will add some midday diversity to the neighbourhood’s current crop of fast food outlets and sub shops. The new space will stick to home-style drinks and snacks, like iced tea, apple cobbler and sandwiches stuffed with lamb, meatloaf and peameal bacon.

Location: 15 Elm Street


Member Highlights

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto’s Homemade Caesar mix now available to the public!

The Chelsea Hotel has introduced their new and deliciously blended Caesar mix in T|Bar. Made in-house from fresh and local ingredients, this Caesar mix has made the perfect introduction to the upcoming warm season ahead. As one of the many options on the T|Bar beverage menu, it has grown into a frequently ordered drink of choice.

Created by Chef Brian MacAskill, this tasty classic Canadian Caesar mix is the key ingredient for five specialty created Caesars served in T|Bar: The Classic, The Checkout, The Whasssabbi, The T|Garden and the Latin Dancer. Locals can now enjoy the convenience of T|Bar’s homemade Caesarmix !

What better way to kick off the spring with the Chelsea Hotel’s delicious homemade Caesar mix- now available for purchase in-store.

Caesarmania at T|Bar 

Sunday Brunch Every Sunday from 11am until 2pm
$19 per person*
c|aesarmania – all signature c|aesars only $9 during Saturday & Sunday Brunch!
For reservations call 416.277.5025

* Includes choice from Sunday Brunch menu, juice, coffee or signature loose leaf tea and a collection of breakfast pastries. Taxes and gratuities not included.

T Bar also features an authentic Indian lunch buffet which is available weekdays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The buffet includes traditional Indian curry dishes all of which are prepared from scratch in house.

Location: T|Bar in the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Address: 33 Gerrard St. W.

For more information visit www.chelseatoronto.com or call 1-800-CHELSEA (2435732)


The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto takes Accessible Tourism to the next level

New Innovative Accessibility Program Launch

The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, is pleased to be the first hotel to adopt Closing the Gap, an accessibility program designed to enhance the hospitality experience for persons with disabilities. The Chelsea will offer a Guest Accessibility Package to hotel guests, providing them with a wealth of information to make the most of their stay, including information about the hotel, its amenities and surroundings in a way that speaks to persons with disabilities. Designed by Accessibility Professionals of Ontario (APO), a full-service accessibility consulting firm, the Chelsea is committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to the same information as all guests – consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equal opportunity.

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Did you know that...

80% of responding Toronto Mayoral and Council candidates support building the Minimum Grid

Earlier this year, Cycle Toronto called on all candidates running for mayor and council for the next term of council to commit to building the Minimum Grid: a city-wide grid of 100 km of protected bike lanes and 100 km of bicycle boulevards by 2018.

You can find the press release here.


Is your business wheelchair accessible?

Here are some of the things to consider:

- Is the entrance barrier-free? (ie. no stairs to enter, unobstructed sidewalk)
- Are doorways wide enough (minimum 35”) for a wheelchair or walker to pass through?
- Are some of the tables standard height (29”) with removable chairs?  Bar height tables or booths pose challenges.
- Are washrooms on the main floor or do they have elevator/ramp access?
- Are washroom stalls big enough (minimum 72”x72”) for a wheelchair to enter?

Why should wheelchair accessibility matter to you? People with disabilities account for an estimated $25 billion in national consumer spending each year. This group is also estimated to influence the spending decisions of 12 to 15 million other Canadians. In addition to the large spending power of this group, accessibility should be on your radar because of the imminent implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The AODA will soon mandate that all businesses and public spaces meet minimum accessibility requirements. If cost is an issue, new initiatives such as the StopGap program and the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund are available:

At AccessTO we review restaurants, bars and cafes that are wheelchair accessible. The criteria used is developed from the City of London Design Standards and Accessibility Guidelines for the City of Toronto. We provide measurements and photos to our readers so that they can evaluate a restaurant for themselves and participate in Toronto’s vibrant food and entertainment scene. If you think your business meets our criteria please get in touch - we would love to discuss reviewing you on our site!

Check out our website for more helpful tips.


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

Scotiabank BuskerFest Festival

On THURSDAY AUGUST 27 AT 9:30 a.m. – SUNDAY AUGUST 30th at 11:59 p.m.
Yonge Street will be closed to traffic for the event; from Richmond to College Street.
Elm Street & Edward Street will also be closed from Yonge Street – 130 feet in.
Any deliveries to 10 Dundas St. must use Laneway access only.

*Please note Queen, Shuter, Dundas & Gerrard Streets will remain open for traffic.

For more information find special area noticeor visit www.torontobuskerfest.com


Open Streets

Sunday September 6, 2015

Open Streets are programs where the streets are opened to people and closed to cars. People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become “paved parks” where people of all ages, abilities, and social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds can come out and improve their health.

You will be unable to access your garage from Bloor Street during these times:
Bloor St (Spadina Ave to Parliament St) closed 8am-2pm
Yonge Street (Bloor St to Queen St) closed 8am-2pm

Open Streets TO will "soft close" streets. Vehicles will be able to cross the route at major intersections throughout the program.

For more information click here.
Visit our website at www.openstreetsto.org


For 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, 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

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) returns to 444 Yonge Street, College Park from August 17th to August 25th.

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.



What's on

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

Mackenzie House
Noon to 1pm:
Thursday, Aug 20 -  Sea Perry Trio

McGill Granby Parkette
5pm to 7pm:
Thursday, Aug 27 - Coco Love Alcorn & Wilderness of Manitoba
Thursday, Sept 3 - Sam Drysdale & Melissa Bel & Janice Kwan

9am to 2pm:
Sunday, Sept 6 - Gene Hardy


College Park Courtyard
Noon to 1pm:
Wednesday, Aug 26 - John Showman trio


Trinity Square
Noon to 1pm:
Thursday, Aug 27 - Jillea


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.

For updates, follow us on Twitter or Facebook: @DowntownYonge



Discovery Tours

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: bia@downtownyonge.com

Music History

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.

Open Streets TO Fact Sheet

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.

For more information and updates: www.downtownyonge.com | Facebook + Twitter: @DowntownYonge #FashionOnYonge



Farmers' Market at Ryerson



What's New in Downtown Yonge


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.

Carlos del Junco & Jimmy Bowskill | August 26 @ 8:00 pm

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



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!




Music Mondays

All Concerts are held Mondays at 12:15 at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square Toronto, right beside the Eaton Centre.

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

Check out our website: www.musicmondays.ca
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MusicMondaysToronto



Mackenzie House Events

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.

Lunchtime Tours

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)
Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg



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.

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

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.

For upcoming events click here.

Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information


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