In the Spotlight, December 17
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 23, 2015 to January 3, 2015. The office will reopen on January 4, 2016.
51 Division and the Good Shepherd Shelter are doing a food drive for the month of December.
Public invited to participate in City of Toronto music survey
The City of Toronto is requesting public input through a music survey that will help define the City's new music strategy being developed for City Council's consideration.
The online survey will be available until December 31 at http://bit.ly/1NfLIRV.
"As City Hall works to help build Toronto’s music sector, we need you to tell us where we should focus our efforts" said Mayor John Tory. “Our residents deserve a vibrant music scene, which can help make Toronto attractive to visitors and drive economic growth, job creation and investment in our city."
The public will also have an opportunity to view the music strategy that is currently being developed by the City's Toronto Music Advisory Council. The draft strategy can be viewed at http://www.toronto.ca/music.
"It is essential that Toronto have a music strategy that the city's music community and the public support,"said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Co-Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council. "The survey will contribute to making this strategy of long-term benefit to the city."
The City of Toronto is also asking artists to continue applying to its Music 311 program. Music 311, which has featured songs from more than 45 artists since its launch in July 2015, showcases original music written and recorded by Toronto-based artists for call-hold playback on the City’s 311 customer service line. Interested artists are asked to the review submission guidelines and program details at http://www.toronto.ca/music.
Details about the City's current music initiatives are also available at the above web address.
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.
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What's New in Downtown Yonge
Visit Santa's Log Cabin Built By Timber Block!
End Date: Thu Dec 24, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The man in red is back in town and he can’t wait to see you again! Come see Santa in his Log Cabin, built by Timber Block while he’s here before Christmas. Book ahead to listen to Santa read you a Christmas story and get a photo with him, so you can skip the line-ups and get back to the good stuff -- wrapping gifts and counting down how many more sleeps until the big day.
Reservations to see the man in red are now available on the CF Toronto Eaton Centre Website.
Back for the second year, CF Toronto Eaton Centre is thrilled to offer select Sensitive Santa appointments in partnership with Autism Speaks for children affected by ASD and their families.
With lighter crowds and wait times, Sensitive Santa appointments are individual per child. Appointments space is limited so book today!
A visit to Santa’s Log Cabin will cost $10 per child this year – with two free adults per child. All funds will be donated to one of three charities when you purchase your ticket. You have the opportunity to choose where your funds will be donated to ---
Covenant House or
Women’s College Hospital Foundation.
CF Toronto Eaton Centre will also offer select Community Friday sessions for Santa’s Log Cabin where no reservation is required. Check our FAQs for more information.
To Do in Downtown Yonge
The Christmas Story
This dramatisation of the nativity story has been performed every December since 1938. It was first performed at St. Martin’s -in-the-fields in London and brought to Toronto complete with script and costumes by Patricia Frank who was the daughter of St. Martin’s vicar and then married his student John Frank who became priest at Holy Trinity.
December 2015 performances are as follows:
- Evening shows at 7:30 PM – Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20
- Afternoon Matinees at 4:30 PM – Saturday 19 and Sunday 20
We welcome new performers, stage crew, and ushers every season. 2015 Rehearsals for adults begin October 29 and for all cast beginning Sunday, November 1. If you wish to join the production please call 416-598-4521 x 301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For tickets Go to the Christmas Story web page.
Annual Christmas Concert at City Hall
You are all invited to attend the annual Christmas Concert at City Hall, on December 24, 2015. The concert begins at 11:30 am and will conclude at 12:30pm.
This year's event hosted by Adam Wylde from KiSS 92.5 and Co-Host of Entertainment City.
- Tower Brass
- James Bourne, organist
This festive concert is free and for all ages. The concert begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Rotunda of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. Sign language interpretation will be provided.
The concert lasts approximately one hour and will conclude with a visit from Santa!
Please visit the official event page for further details.
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor West Tower, 100 Queen St. W.
A Victorian Christmas
Tuesday, November 24 until Sunday, January 3, 2016
Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, Dec. 25 & 26 and Jan. 1
This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.
During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa!
Included with Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)
Kids’ Crafts - Extra fun for kids during tours - Dec. 27 to Jan. 3
Sunday, December 27 to Sunday, January 3
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Dec. 25 & 26 and January 1
Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, then enjoy some kid time printing in the recreated printshop and making a New Year's noisemaker!
Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)
Hogmanay! A Scottish New Year Celebration - December 30
Wednesday, December 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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. Popular musicians Gin Lane will perform. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Tickets: $22.50 plus tax. Please call 416-392-6915 for further details.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale
From November 17, 2015 to January 3, 2016.
Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 1980s are long over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and – in mythic rock tradition – sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon, these rockers are forced to realize that their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit.
Tickets: $39.95, $69.95, $99.95
Ross Petty Productions celebrates their 20th anniversary at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre with a high-flying, brand new version of Peter Pan. This year also marks Ross Petty’s farewell performance as an actor on the Elgin stage. Come and boo Petty, cheer Plumbum and introduce your children to the magic of live theatre – and see why this show has become a family tradition for the holidays!
Tickets: $34 to $76
Eric McCormack’s The Concert I Never Gave
In support of Rethink Breast Cancer
Eric McCormack brings a night of music and storytelling to the Winter Garden Theatre in support of Rethink Breast Cancer. McCormack, the Emmy-winning star of Will & Grace and Perception, conceived The Concert I Never Gave as a charity event in memory of his parents, who both died of cancer. Featuring iconic music from the 1970s and 1980s by Elton John, The Who, Billy Joel and Queen, McCormack will be backed by a house band that includes musical director Loren Gold, drummer Tyler Stewart and bassist Murray Foster. All money raised will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer – a charity that offers support, resources and advocacy to those affected by the disease.
Tickets: $75, $85, $100 and $125
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
Four-time Emmy nominee and Tony Award-winning actor and activist Alan Cumming brings Emmy-winning musical director Lance Horne and cellist Eleanor Norton to Toronto to showcase what the New York Times calls an "emotional firestorm," with songs by artists as diverse as Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Miley Cyrus … “delivered passionately and with tremendous theatrical authority."
Tickets: $49.50 to $139.50
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 19, 26; January 2, 7, 9, 16, 21, 28, 30.
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)
Momondays Toronto - December 21
Let's face it, the holiday season is depressing enough. What we need is a little less ho-ho-ho-ing and a little more mo-mo-mo-ing! So, for this momondays, we're amping up the laugh-o-meter with stories that will have you howling... with laughter, of course!
Don't miss the last momondays of the year as we laugh out the old and LOL our way to 2016!
momondays is upstairs at The Hard Rock Cafe!
Put storytelling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation, and 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!
Info and tickets: http://www.momondays.com/toronto/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/194521850889259/
Time: 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto
Address: 279 Yonge St.
Admission: $15 online (available until December 18) / $2
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