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!
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).
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
HUDSON’S BAY QUEEN STREET EVENTS
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.
FRAGRANCE BOTTLE ENGRAVING ARTIST
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
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.
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
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.
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
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)
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 20, 14 ARYA CONCERTS & EVENTS PRESENTS - 8:00 PM
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
Jan 23, 15 ARYA CONCERTS & EVENTS PRESENTS - 9:00 PM
Jan 25, 15 THE VINYL SESSIONS - BRUCE BRUNCH - 12:00 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.
Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information
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