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The City of Toronto is looking for new and innovative uses for Old City Hall

Check out Ryerson University’s “A New Life for Old City Hall”, a report that looks at sparking some new and creative ideas to use this fantastic building.


Protecting Toronto’s Live Music Venues

In November, City Council approved a motion designed to protect Toronto’s vibrant music scene by preserving live music venues and creating a more fertile environment for new industry to emerge. Read more here.


Member Highlights

SÜÜP Health Bar

From our kitchen pots and spoons, to the local fresh produce we cook with, SÜÜP Health Bar is built on the foundation of placing our customers’ health first.

Come see us at 382 Yonge St, unit 1!


Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen

NOW Pouring!
The NEW Pogue Mahone Pub and Kitchen is everything you love about your local – and much more. We’re your place for local and hard-to-find craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, untraditional pub favourites like our Zen Bowl, Elk Burger or Tiki Pork Taco’s.

Host your holiday social at the newly renovated Pogue Mahone and raise a glass!

Location: 777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 598-3339

Follow the party at @PogueMahoneTO or PogueMahone.ca


T|bar at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

T|bar, located in the Chelsea Hotel is the perfect place to dine. T|bar is for anyone that wants a refined dining experience, a pre-dinner beverage, a late-night cocktail or a decadent breakfast. T| bar is suitable for all occasions, whether you’re with friends, colleagues or having a business meeting. With a warm and intimate atmosphere, you will enjoy your food and the company you are with.

T|bar’s decadent breakfast is served 7am – 10am during the weekdays and an extended breakfast is available on weekend from 7am - 2 pm. T|bar is also a great place to eat lunch, including an authentic Indian Curry Buffet that is made from scratch in house Monday to Friday 11:30am – 2pm. This authentic buffet has been around for over 20 years and headed by our Sous Chef, Gaurav Kapoor.

T|bar is a place to enjoy crafts beers from Mill Street Brewery or one of the five refreshing specialty Caesar cocktails with a twist, such as The “Latin Dancer”, created by Executive Chef Brian MacAskill. Whatever your indulgence, T|bar has a variety of dishes that will have you coming back for more. Stop by T|bar Monday through Sunday to relish in the beautiful decor and delicious cuisine.

T|bar Hours
Mon-Fri: 7am - 10am, 11:30am - 1:00am
Sat-Sun: 7am - 1am

Location: Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W
Call 416 585 4352 for more information


Did you know that...

The Downtown Yonge BIA publishes monthly retail listings & traffic counts?


Drop in Resource Booklet

A new kind of map is being distributed in downtown Toronto, showing where people in need can find nearby help. Developed by the Downtown Yonge BIA, the Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource booklet includes 20 drop-in agencies within 1.8 kilometres of Yonge and Dundas.

Working in partnership with Ryerson University, the Downtown Yonge BIA researched and produced the booklets as a pilot project, aimed at raising awareness of the services available and better coordinating access to those services.


Have you considered volunteering, but don’t know where to start?


Why not check out our volunteer listings! From dentists to handy people, there’s something for everyone! Click Here


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

Transit Notice

Queen Street at Bay Street Priority rail replacement at streetcar stops

December 2 to 5 & December 9 to 12, 2016

During the weekends of December 2 to 5 and December 9 to 12, TTC track crews will be working to replace worn rails at the westbound and eastbound streetcar stops on Queen Street at Bay Street. During both weekends, 501/301 Queen will divert in both directions to accommodate these priority rail repairs – see below for TTC service details.

Traffic restrictions on Queen Street (both weekends - 6 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday)
Traffic will be reduced to the curb lanes in each direction through the rail replacement work zone. Work crews will occupy the track area. On-street parking and turning restrictions will be in place to create a safe work zone for the crew, and keep traffic moving through the area.

TTC service changes (each weekend - 6 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday)
- Streetcars will divert around the Queen and Bay area during this work. For updates on transit service, please visit ttc.ca.
- A shuttle bus service will be provided on Queen Street.

Please view full transit notice here.


Construction Update

Watermain Replacement, Road Resurfacing and Trench Restoration on Shuter St. From Yonge St. to Sherbourne St.

New End Date: December 30, 2016

The City of Toronto is replacing the 140-year-old watermain and completing road and sidewalk repairs on Shuter Street from Younge Street to Sherbourne Street. Work is progressing.

From November 14-18 the contractor completed most of the paving from Yonge Street to Bond Street. Staring November 21 – 24 the contractor will pave the road from Bond Street to Church Street. On November 25, the contractor will lay the top course of asphalt from Victoria Street to Church Street.

To read full update, please click here.


Public Notice

Sewer Inspection and Condition Assessment on Yonge St. from Gould St. to Dundas St. East

End Date: December 23, 2016

The City of Toronto will be conducting a condition assessment and inspection of the sewer system on Yonge Street, from Gould Street to Dundas Street East on the dates specified above. This project, which is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program, will help improve local sewer collection system.

To read full update, please click here.


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 2

2016 Annual General Meeting

A big thank you to all of our members and stakeholders who attended our 2016 Annual General Meeting!

Annual Meeting

We had a great turnout, with some very interesting and lively discussions on the future of the Downtown Yonge area. Special thanks to our keynote speaker Marilia Cimini for giving us an update on the Yonge St Environmental Assessment, to Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam for your continued support in the work that we do, to both 51 and 52 Toronto Police Divisions for your continued service to keeping the area safe, to Lindsay Sage from sagecomm for the update on our Strategic Plan, and to Mark Goldrup and the whole team at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre for hosting us. We’d also like to thank our Board of Directors for your continued commitment in the growth and success of the Downtown Yonge area.

We are excited to see what 2017 brings, but in the meantime, here are some highlights!

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting



Illuminite and Kidzfest


Thank you to everyone who participated in Illuminite and Kidzfest.

 Illuminite photos   Kidzfest photos



What's on



Connecting Youth to Work

Location: 381 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 807-3244



What's New in Downtown Yonge

Newly renovated Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen is open!

NOW Pouring!
The NEW Pogue Mahone Pub and Kitchen is everything you love about your local – and much more. We’re your place for local and hard-to-find craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, untraditional pub favourites like our Zen Bowl, Elk Burger or Tiki Pork Taco’s.

Host your holiday social at the newly renovated Pogue Mahone and raise a glass!

Location: 777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 598-3339

Follow the party at @PogueMahoneTO or PogueMahone.ca



To Do in Downtown Yonge

The Christmas Story at the Church of the Holy Trinity

Friday, November 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Christmas In The SquareThe 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

momondays Toronto

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 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!


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:

Mackenzie Escapes! - December 4

Sunday, December 4, at 2:15 and 4:15 p.m.

Bruce Beaton Portrays William Lyon Mackenzie and tells the true story of his escape following the Rebellion of 1837. Loyal friends, close calls, icy water and hiding with pigs: it's an amazing tale! Included with admission to the museum. Adults: $7.08; Seniors/Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax).


Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories – Included with admission

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

Sleeping Beauty

From November 25, 2016 to January 7, 2017

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


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 3 and 8 p.m.

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 8, 10, 15, 17, 31.
Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on November 19, 24 and 26 and December 1, 3, 22 and 29, 2016, and January 5, 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)
Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg



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