In the Spotlight, December 16
Downtown Yonge BIA Office Holiday Hours
Please note the following hours during the holiday season.
The Downtown Yonge BIA office will be closed from December 22, 2016 to January 2, 2017. The office will reopen on January 3, 2017. However, we are still accessible via email for any questions or concerns.
Dundas Street Construction 2017
The City of Toronto’s Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination Office (MCIC) has identified Dundas Street East from Yonge to Church Street to undergo TTC streetcar track and watermain replacement. Work will include resurfacing or reconstruction of the adjacent road/traffic lanes and the replacement of fire hydrants and water valves.
Final details have not been released yet, but work is expected to take place April to October 2017. Once the details have been finalized, we will notify our members. For more information on City of Toronto MCIC construction projects please click here.
What's New in Downtown Yonge
Experience the height of excitement at CF Toronto Eaton Centre!
Don't miss out on your chance to see the biggest Christmas tree in town at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Measuring at a whopping 108' tall with the star on top, this tree is brings whimsy and spectacle that you have to see with your own eyes. Over 200,000 LED bulbs add sparkle and a touch of holiday magic to shoppers and tourists alike. Come see what over 4.5 million visitors are seeing this holiday season. The tree will be on showcase until early January. And while you're here, be sure to visit our newly welcomed retailers at Canada's first Saks Fifth Avenue, Uniqlo, and Nordstrom who are all celebrating their first holiday season at CF Toronto Eaton Centre.
Location: CF Toronto Eaton Centre
Address: 220 Yonge St.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
To Do in Downtown Yonge
The Christmas Story at the Church of the Holy Trinity
The Christmas Story is now one of Toronto's oldest and best-loved holiday traditions. First staged here in 1938, this pageant began in St. Martin's-in-the-Fields church in London, England in 1928. Queen Elizabeth and her sister Margaret were taken to see it when they were little girls.
The story of the Nativity is told through a series of narrated scenes linked by beautiful organ music and carols from an unseen choir. Close to 100 volunteers, including babies who take turns playing the role of baby Jesus, perform in one of two casts. The Church of the Holy Trinity, a 169-year-old architectural treasure, brings its own charm to the presentation.
DATES: December 9 - 11, 16 - 18 and 22 - 24
3 Weekends of Performances... including two special Christmas Eve matinees at 1:30 and 4:30pm (ASL sign language interpretation will be available at select performances)
Dec 9 at 7:30pm
Dec 10 at 4:30 and 7:30pm ASL at 7:30 pm performance.
Dec 11 at 4:30pm (matinee only)
Dec 16 at at 7:30pm
Dec 17 at 4:30 and 7:30pm
Dec 18 at 4:30pm (matinee only) ASL
Dec 22 at 7:30pm
Dec 23 at 7:30pm
Dec 24 at 1:30pm and 4:30pm
Location: The Church of the Holy Trinity
Address: 19 Trinity Square, Toronto
Admission: Suggested donation: Adult - $20, Child - $5.
For reservations and more information: thechristmasstory.ca or 416-598-4521 Ext. 301
momondays Toronto December 19, 2016
December 19, 2016
'Tis the season to get MO'd at momondays!!!
Put story-telling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation. Then drop in a load of laughs. Mix in real, live music, and great conversation with some of the nicest people on the planet, then push the ‘high’ setting… and out comes momondays®!
Think of momondays as a variety show bouncing off the walls of personal story-telling...
Momondays is for all kinds of people like you with a great story and life lessons to share, from people who have never set foot on stage, to professional speakers and everyone in-between!
Each show, you experience six speakers and performers tell a few personal stories. Some are funny, some are thought-provoking, all are motivating.
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!
REMEMBER TO LIKE THE NEW MOMONDAYS TORONTO FACEBOOK FAN PAGE AND SUBSCRIBE TO EVENTS!!
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
Some exciting events are coming up at Mackenzie House this Fall! Check it out:
Sunday, December 18, 2:15pm and 4:15pm
Victorians loved their ghost stories-even at Christmas time. Join us and sample a few scary Christmas tales along with some cider warmed on our cook stove.
Thursday, December 29, 7pm-9pm
Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight. Musicians Gin Lane will perform. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Tickets: $22.50 plus HST.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Ross Petty Productions celebrates its 21st anniversary at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre with the first-ever production of Sleeping Beauty, the Deliriously Dreamy Family Musical! Guest Star Hilary Farr from HGTV’s Love it or List It makes her Toronto theatrical debut as Petty’s evil successor. And in an eye-opening performance, Kinky Boots star A.J. Bridel plays the drowsy heroine. Great family fun for kids from 3 to 93!
Tickets: $27 to $99
Measure for Measure and The Winter's Tale
Groundling Theatre Company (Tom McCamus and Lucy Peacock. Photo: Michael Cooper)
The Groundling Theatre Company is thrilled to announce a remount of their sold-out, Dora-Award-winning rendition of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, along with a new gender-twisted production of Measure for Measure, in repertory at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Starring Canada’s top actors, both shows will provide audiences with an experience of Shakespeare like never before, with seating on the beautiful and historical Winter Garden stage – with the theatre house serving as the backdrop. This intimate chamber production, directed by Graham Abbey, will feature a stellar cast of Canadian stars.
Tickets: $29 to $79
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
New York’s infamous all-male ballerinas return to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre with a fresh batch of highbrow hilarity following their acclaimed performance in Toronto in 2011. Brimming with breathtaking artistry and rampant sauciness – and with affectionately irreverent tributes to the classical ballet canon – the cross-dressing company has been making audiences laugh for more than 40 years. In their hotly demanded return, The Trocks will lovingly skewer such balletic favourites as Swan Lake, La Esmeralda and Don Quixote. Don’t miss this international dance sensation showcase their extraordinary technical prowess … in size 12 pointe shoes!
Tickets: $35 to $115
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: December 17, 31, 2016; January 5, 7, 12, 2017
Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on December 22, 24 and 29, 2016, and January 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28, 2017 due to activities in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience these cancellations may have caused you.
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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