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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.

For more information, click here.


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 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


Hard Rock Café

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


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.


UP Express


Business and leisure travellers now have a new option to get between downtown and Toronto Pearson. Opened in June of 2015, the Union Pearson (“UP”) Express is a dedicated express rail service. Trains run every 15 minutes, and each trip takes just 25 minutes – regardless of traffic or weather. It’s easy to use – you can buy a ticket online in advance, or just go to the UP Express platform, located along the Skywalk between Union Station and Rogers Centre. 

Adult fares are $19 per trip with a Presto Card ($27.50 without). There’s free Wi-Fi on trains and in stations, up-to-the-minute flight information, and airline check-in kiosks where you can print baggage tags even before you arrive at the airport.

For more information, please visit www.upexpress.com


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

New Year's Eve Celebration

On Thursday, December 31, 2015, the City of Toronto will be celebrating New Year's Eve on Nathan Phillips Square. Part of the celebrations will include a fireworks show and there will be a safety fallout zone created around Toronto City Hall. The following streets will be closed or have vehicular traffic restrictions on Thursday, December 31, 2015 into Friday, January 1, 2016.
BAY ST. - 11:00 pm to 12:30 am
HAGERMAN ST. - 11:00 pm to 12:30 am
ELIZABETH ST. - 11:00 pm to 12:30 am

Street Closure Notification

For more road closure news visit www.toronto.ca/transportation/road_info


Yonge Buzz Archive


For all enquiries, please contact:
Phone: (416) 597-0255
Email: bia@downtownyonge.com

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.



Food Drive

51 Division and the Good Shepherd Shelter are doing a food drive for the month of December.



What's on

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.

Media contact: Shane Gerard, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5711, sgerard@toronto.ca



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.


The Return of Sensitive Santa

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!


Giving Back this Christmas Season

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 ---
Autism Speaks
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  christmasstory@holytrinitytoronto.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.

Performances by:
- All The King's Voices
- Toronto Beaches Children's Chorus
- Toronto Mass Choir

Accompaniment by:
- 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.



Mackenzie House Events

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


Peter Pan

November 27, 2015 to January 3, 2016, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.

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

Two shows on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3 and 8 p.m.

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



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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