In the Spotlight, December 3
Downtown Yonge BIA Annual General Meeting
Thank you everyone who joined us at our Annual General Meeting on November 26th. Thank you to Gregg Lintern, our Keynote Speaker for a wonderful presentation.
Review and Resolve - New year coming up!
The new year is coming up! Join the Toronto Business Networking Club on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Rex’s Bar & Kitchen (635 Bay St) for a free evening of learning from leading experts & networking with other professionals and entrepreneurs. Check out the event page for details: http://bit.ly/1Sp8YQx
25 MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN TORONTO TO PEARSON AIRPORT – REGARDLESS OF TRAFFIC OR WEATHER
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
Youth Job Connection
The Youth Job Connection (YJC) program offers paid pre-employment training and job placements to youth across Ontario. Our role at Yonge Street Mission is to help local youth find and retain suitable jobs through a combination of pre-employment training, mentorship, and job placements.
- Candidates who are ready to work and motivated to succeed
- Pre-screened youth who have completed the pre-employment training
- Access to job fairs, job postings and tailored job placements
- Financial incentives to offset on-boarding and training costs
- Unique opportunities to support and mentor youth in the community Youth
- Paid training workshops to help you succeed in the labour market
- Paid job placement after completing the mandatory training
- One-on-one guidance and mentorship
- Essential job search and workplace skills
- Valuable work experience in a career you finally enjoy!
What's New in Downtown Yonge
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!
Start Date: Thu Nov 26, 2015
End Date: Thu Dec 24, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Reservations to see the man in red are now available on the CF Toronto Eaton Centre Website.
Santa will be in his authentic Log Cabin built by Timber Block beginning November 26th. Nestled in Trinity Square Park, directly outside CF Toronto Eaton Centre, a visit to Santa’s Log Cabin gives you and your child the chance to hear Santa read a story, share all your Christmas wishes and take photos.
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 ---
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
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
Mackenzie Escapes! - with Storyteller Bruce Beaton - December 6
Sunday, December 6
12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. 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)
A Victorian Christmas - Begins November 24
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
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 5, 12, 19, 26.
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)
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