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We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

City Kitchen Restaurant N Bar

As the latest addition to Toronto Eaton Centre’s varied food establishments, our 200 seat casual dining restaurant “CITY KITCHEN RESTAURANT N BAR” is a welcome addition for locals and tourists to Toronto. Located on Yonge Street at the corner of Shuter Street, we are an up-scale family facility that offers specialities covering quality Canadian food for lunch and dinner.

Location: 220 Yonge St., Eaton Centre
Phone: (416) 519-5839
Website: http://citykitchen.ca/


The Elm Tree Restaurant

The Elm Tree Restaurant offers its guests modern European meals constructed from familiar ingredients, a full service bar, stocked with local beers, international wines, and liqueurs to create any desired cocktail. House specialities include lamb shank, Chilean sea bass, and our crispy Cornish hen. We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. See you soon!

Location: 43 Elm St.
Phone: (416) 901-7339



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



Welcome Kaiju to our neighbourhood!

We feature authentic Japanese curry, a fragrant, light and heart warming meal. Our curry is a rich and comforting sauce packed full of sweet and savoury flavours, slow cooked to perfection over 48 hours. This sauce is complemented with a fried or grilled katsu (breaded cutlet).

Location: 384 Yonge Street, Unit 51 (Shops at Aura below Bed, Bath and Beyond)
Phone: (647) 748-6338
Facebook/Twitter: KaijuToronto



We look forward to the future openings:

Fit for Life – 3 Gerrard St East


Member Highlights

Inglot Cosmetics

Calling all makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts. Inglot Cosmetics is coming to Toronto and opening its doors at Dundas Square. Come experience the world's leader in colour cosmetics and be blown away by our selection. Inglot expertly combines the latest scientific technology with intense and vibrant colours.

Located at 21 Dundas Square Street.
Website: www.inglottoronto.com


Bubble Tease

Bubble Tease Shop has moved their location from 10 Dundas East and is now located at 25 Carlton Street. Visit their new location and enjoy delicious bubble tea and specialty drinks.



The Senator Restaurant has partnered with Hurrier

The Senator is Toronto’s oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria. Since then, the Senator became a Toronto landmark under the guidance of Bobby Sniderman. Bobby purchased the Senator in 1984 after a successful run at Sam the Record Man. The Senator has always focused on the highest quality ingredients like Cumbrae’s Farms Beef, organic milk from Sheldon Creek Dairy, fresh-squeezed orange juice, home-made stocks, sauces, and batters, and a commitment to only use organic wherever possible. The Senator is entering the digital age with an expanded social presence and a whole new look. Learn more about the Senator at: thesenator.com, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
For more information, click here

The Senator Restaurant has partnered up with Hurrier to bring comfort food right to your door.
Visit https://www.usehurrier.com/senator to place an order and have any of your Senator favourites delivered to you via bike courier.
They are currently using Hurrier for delivery services. It's available from 4:30pm to 9:00pm and it will feature their dinner menu as well as a few items from the lunch menu.

Location: 249 Victoria Street, Toronto



NOW OPEN | The Private Dining Room at JOEY Eaton Centre

JOEY Eaton Centre is excited to announce that our Private Dining Room is officially open.

Whether it is a business lunch meeting, an intimate dining experience or a cocktail style reception our team will work with you to customize your event needs. Our Private Dining Room offers a sophisticated, modern environment that is perfect for any function.  From handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines selected by our restaurant Sommelier, to globally inspired artisan-made dishes and an experience your guests are sure to remember – JOEY Eaton Centre looks forward to hosting you and your guests.

For further information, to book your event or to view our new space please email Avalon Olivadoti, Event Manager, at aolivadoti@joeyrestaurants.com

Location: 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto


Did you know that...

The trains have arrived!

In the spring of 2015, Union Pearson Express (UP Express) will launch as Canada’s first dedicated airport express rail service, connecting Toronto’s downtown core to Toronto Pearson International Airport. UP Express will provide a fast route, taking only 25 minutes each way and departing every 15 minutes, 19 ½ hours a day. There has been significant progress on the corridor, tracks and stations, with many residents now seeing the UP Express project come to life as it nears completion. 

In mid August, after a 20,000 kilometre journey, we welcomed the first 2 UP Express trains to Toronto. Built by Nippon Sharyo in Japan, these  state-of–the art trains were shipped in lots from Toyokawa, Japan to Savannah, Georgia and then on to Rochelle, Illinois where Nippon Sharyo’s plant is assembling and testing the train cars under Metrolinx stewardship. The remaining trains will be arriving on a cascading basis over the coming months.

Before arriving in Toronto, the first 2 trains underwent high and low speed testing on Chicago’s Metra Line and are now undergoing a comprehensive testing and commissioning program in Toronto. Starting in September, the first 2 trains began testing on a variety of GO corridors and the Spur into terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson. Over the coming months, you will be seeing many UP Express trains on the GO corridors from now until the launch next spring.

Follow us at @UPexpress and remember to #Trackthetrains

Read more: UP Express Train Facts


Opportunity for local and independent businesses at #localTOmrkt

Downtown Yonge BIA would like to highlight a new opportunity for member businesses, just in time for the holidays!

AdHoc, a new joint venture for producing pop-ups, is putting together a month-long holiday market called #localTOmrkt at the vacant lot on the corner of Yonge and Gould. BlogTO is one of their partners and looking to promote the BlogTO app. AdHoc is inviting all local and independent businesses in Downtown Yonge to either come and take part in the market that supports independent creators and local businesses of Toronto, or offer some kind of discount or promotion that users would have access to upon download of BlogTO’s app. 

AdHoc wants to support the local businesses in the area and this would be an opportunity to promote your business through BlogTO and #localTOmrkt.

AdHoc is also very interested in any kind of partnership or in-kind sponsorship opportunities as this is the first year this market is being put together.

For more information, please contact the AdHoc team at info@adhocpopup.com

You might also like to read the attached media release, or check out today’s coverage in BlogTO: www.blogto.com


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.


Downtown Yonge BIA receives a Ward 27 City Builders Award

The Downtown Yonge BIA received a Ward 27 City Builders Award from councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam on March 6th. The Downtown Yonge BIA is recognized for their significant contributions to making Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale a dynamic place to live, play, study and work.


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

For 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 18

Dear members of the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood and community,

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is almost behind us! As those of you who attended the Annual General Meeting in November are well aware, this year has been a busy and successful one for myself and my team at the Downtown Yonge BIA (DYBIA).

We remain first and foremost committed to the stewardship of our vibrant and eclectic district, which means prioritizing engagement not only with member businesses and property owners, but also with residents, employees, students and visitors. Whether you live, work, play, invest, or learn in Downtown Yonge, you are part of our community and we want to hear from you.

A highlight for us this year was that almost 1,100 of you responded to our first-ever Stakeholder Survey, which provided us with valuable insight into issues and vision for the area.

That survey, along with the conversations and opinions generated by our high-impact Yonge Love campaign, will form the basis for strategic planning by the DYBIA Board in 2015 as well as our vision for a revitalized Yonge Street.

Our events continue to attract and engage visitors both local and global, as well as highlight the diverse offerings of the businesses in our neighbourhood.

Buskerfest alone drew some 1.3 million people into the area, generating almost $12 million of economic impact for Toronto.

Yonge Street is a key economic driver for our neighbourhood and this great city.

Next year, we’ll be amping up our focus on, and engagement with, music industry growth in Toronto with increased programming in our parks and green spaces, so watch out for 2015 Play the Parks details on our website.

Add to that our ongoing work to improve and activate public space, there are plans in the works to improve McGill and Granby parks, kick off our laneway strategy and grow our active transportation strategy.

Did you use one of our bike valets at an event this year? Or see the mural in O’Keefe Lane that we coordinated as part of the NXNE Festival during the summer? Did you skate down Yonge Street during Open Streets TO? If so, you’ll begin to understand the energy and passion that we as a team feel for this neighbourhood.

In 2015, look out for more events, more engagement, more retailers, more public art, laneway improvements and increased discussion on the future of Yonge Street revitalization.
Downtown Yonge is at a great moment in our evolution.

Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and help add content to our bi-weekly Yonge Buzz newsletter.

Most importantly, please feel free to come and talk to us about your ideas, dreams and vision for Downtown Yonge. Our door is always open!

Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and all the best in 2015!


Mark Garner
Executive Director & CSO
Downtown Yonge BIA


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 24, 2014 to January 2, 2015. The office will reopen on January 5, 2015.


Thank you to all of our members, associates & guests that attended the Downtown Yonge BIA Annual General Meeting on November 27th at The Pantages Hotel Toronto. It was great discussing what we accomplished in 2014 and what’s to come for 2015! Please see the attached document to view the Annual General Meeting Presentation (5MB).



What's on

LAST CHANCE: Our 2014 Yonge Love project will be closing on December 31st 2014.

Yonge Street is changing

We want to hear from you about where it’s headed

Since June, we’ve been engaging Torontonians in a conversation about the neighbourhood through a series of content and initiatives – sharing the stories of its past, surveying its present, and imagining its future. What do you love about Downtown Yonge? What needs to change? How do we continue to make this neighbourhood one of the best in the world in which to live, work, play and learn?

Visit yongelove.ca to Share your Ideas!



Music On Yonge Street

Live music has played a huge role in the history of Downtown Yonge.
How should live music be a part of a future vibrant Yonge Street? Let us know at yongelove.ca!




What's New in Downtown Yonge


Heart & Stroke Charity Gift Wrap Campaign

Friday, December 12 – December 24
Corner of Yonge & Richmond Street, Main floor

Hours of Operation: 
Monday – Saturday from 10am – 9pm
Sunday from 10am – 8pm
December 24 from 10am – 5pm

In the spirit of gift giving, make a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation and have your purchases gift wrapped by Heart & Stroke volunteers.


Meet Canadian Olympians Chloe, Justine & Maxime Dufour-Lapointe

Thursday, December 18 from 4 -6pm on the Main floor

Come and take a selfie with Canada's favourite sister & pick up a pair of Olympic Red Mittens.
Make a difference for Sport in Canada.



Friday, Dec 19 from 12 -6pm in the corner of ladies Fragrances, Main floor

Fragrance Bottle Engraving services provided for: Armani, Clinique, Dior, Elizabeth Arden, Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf & YSL.
Service provided on a first come, first served basis.

* May reserve the amount of bottles engraved per customer. See in-store for more details.

HUDSON’S BAY - QUEEN STREET - 176 Yonge Street





Busy? Get your FLU shot on the go!

Cloud Care Clinics, Toronto’s top interdisciplinary medical health practice, is inviting you to get your free FLU shots. Just drop by during or after work – unless you prefer a Saturday – and speak to the receptionist.

We are located at 55 Dundas Street East (Yonge and Dundas).
Our phone number is: 416-361-6000; and
Our clinic hours are:
Mon, Tue: 8:30am to 7pm
Wed-Fri: 8:30am to 8pm
Sat: 9am to 4pm





To Do in Downtown Yonge

The Christmas Story

A Toronto tradition since 1938
December 19-21

The Christmas Story at the Church of the Holy Trinity is one of Toronto’s oldest and best-loved Christmas traditions. First staged here in 1938, this classic pageant first began in St. Martin-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 167-year-old architectural treasure, brings its own charm to the presentation.

Performance schedule:
Friday, December 19th, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 20th, 4:30 pm
Saturday, December 20th, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 21st, 4:30 pm
Sunday, December 21st, 7:30 pm
Running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Admission: Suggested donation: Adult - $20, Child - $5

Location: Church of the Holy Trinity (on the west side of the Toronto Eaton Centre)
Address: 19 Trinity Square, Toronto. M5G 1B1




Mackenzie House Events

A Victorian Christmas at Mackenzie House

November 25, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house.

Included drop-in activities:
- Write a letter to Santa - November 21 - December 21
- Kids' Crafts - December 27 - January 4

Holiday admission rates:  Adults: $7.08, Seniors, Youth & Children: $4.42 (plus HST)

Hogmanay! - Dec. 29

Monday, December 29, 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. 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.

Haggis Making Workshop at Mackenzie House on Saturday January 17

Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915



Santa is coming to the Chelsea!

The Eaton Chelsea, Toronto has teamed up with Santa to give back this holiday season! Kids of all ages can stop by the hotel greet Santa and even get a photo with him. As a proud supporter of SickKids Foundation, a donation box will be set up with all proceeds going back to SickKids Foundation.

Santa will be at the Eaton Chelsea, Toronto on the following dates:

Fri Dec 19 from 3pm – 7pm
Sat Dec 20 from 3pm – 7pm
Sun Dec 21 from 9am – 1pm

SickKids Foundation is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada which provides critical support for patients at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) - one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions. In 2014, the Eaton Chelsea has raised C$90,000 for the SickKids team.

For more info visit www.eatonchelsea.com or call 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5734)



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events


From Friday, November 21, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015. They’re back! This year’s holiday pantomime stars CBC star Danielle Wade slipping out of Dorothy’s red slippers in the recent Mirvish production of The Wizard of Oz, and becoming our glass-slippered heroine. Patty Sullivan, the genial host of Kids’ CBC, will show her dark side as Cinderella’s evil stepsister, while the evil quotient is enhanced by Ross Petty’s nasty stepmother, squeezing his generous figure into a femme-fatale evening gown. Dan Chameroy’s iconic character of Plumbum is joined by pumpkin-haired favourite Eddie Glen to lead an extraordinary cast in Cinderella – the gags to riches family musical! A holiday treat for the whole family!
Tickets on sale now! From $27 to $89

EWG Tour

Year-round guided tours of this National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – last for 1½ hours and 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.

Dates: December 18, 20; Jan 03, 22, 24;
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



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.

Interested in planning your next event at Hard Rock Café Toronto? Visit our Parties & Special Events section or download our booking information packet

Dec 21, 14 KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS! - 11:00 AM
Dec 28, 14 KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS! - 11:00 AM
Dec 31, 14 HUNGAMA 2015 - 10:00 PM
Jan 13, 15 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Jan 17, 15 BEATLES '65....LIVE! - 8:00 PM
Jan 20, 15 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge Street



Live nights of Music at 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's menu 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.

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

Monarchs New Year’s Eve Blues Party
Countdown to midnight with party favours, good friends and electrifying blues featuring two of Toronto’s most renown Blues musicians Jack de Keyzer and Jerome Godboo.
Doors open 6:00pm
Live music 9:00pm
$35 per person (advance tickets on sale now)

Wed., Jan. 14 - The Harley Card Quartet
Thurs., Jan. 15 - The Mackenzie Blues Band
Fri., Jan. 16 - Sun K
Wed., Jan. 21 - The Edwin Sheard Trio
Thurs., Jan. 22 - The Swingin’ Blackjacks
Fri., Jan. 23 - Young Runnings
Wed., Jan. 28 - The Vipers
Thurs., Jan. 29 – Mark Bird Stafford
Frid., Jan. 30 - Tennessee Voodoo Coupe

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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