In the Spotlight, December 4
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).
The Future of Retail On Yonge
As Toronto’s original commercial centre, Downtown Yonge has experienced enormous changes to its retail landscape over the years, running the full spectrum from the general store to the modern shopping mall and everything in between. This video delves into how the retail sector continues to evolve in response to the shifting socioeconomic character of the neighbourhood and our fast-changing relationship with how we shop. What kind of retail experience do you want to see on Yonge Street? Let us know in the comments!
What's New in Downtown Yonge
CANADIAN NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM TAKE ON UNIVERSITY ALL STARS IN 2 GAME SERIES AT RYERSON’S MATTAMY ATHLETIC CENTRE
Tickets are just $15! Bring the whole family!
Come witness the future of hockey as the Canadian National Junior Team faces off against the University All Stars in two games at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre on December 13thand 14th. Seven players each from the Ryerson Rams, University of Toronto Varsity Blues and York Lions make up the All Star team that will face Canada’s top junior hockey players as they wrap up their selection camp in preparation for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship taking place in Toronto and Montreal.
Puck drop is set for 7pm on Saturday, December 13th and 1pm on Sunday, December 14th. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting mattamyathleticcentre.ca, via phone at 1-855-985-5000 or in person at all Ticketmaster retail outlet or the Mattamy Athletic Centre box office on a game day.
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 5-7, 12-14, 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.
Friday, December 5th, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 6th, 4:30 pm
Sunday, December 7th, 4:30 pm
Friday, December 12th, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 13th, 4:30 pm
Saturday, December 13th, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 14th, 4:30 pm
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
Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bake seasonal treats in the historic kitchen. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $20.00
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)
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 5 from 3pm – 7pm
Sat Dec 6 from 3pm – 7pm
Sun Dec 7 from 9am – 1pm
Fri Dec 12 from 3pm – 7pm
Sat Dec 13 from 3pm – 7pm
Sun Dec 14 from 9am – 1pm
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
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. Join us for an evening to celebrate the talented performers from Toronto's LGBTQ community. Snow Queen stars Bunni Lapin, Nikki Chin, Devine Darlin, Jada Hudson, Sapphire Titha-Reign and Carlotta Carlisle – with special performances by vogue group Toronto Kiki Ballroom Scene Alliance and pop sensation REVERSE. Audiences will be entertained by an original script that follows the queens trying to get into the festive spirit. It will have you laughing and singing along to your favourite holiday songs. All ticket proceeds from the event will be donated to The 519 Church Street Community Centre in support of their year-long programming for the LGBTQ community. Tickets: $25 to $45
From Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Saturday, January 10, 2015. The third exhibition of the RBC Emerging Artist Project features a group exhibition of works by OCADU alumni, faculty and students – Franco Arcieri, Michelle Forsyth, Anda Kubis, Rebecca Ladds, Alex McLeod, Hazel Meyer and Lisa Myers. Curated by Andrea Fatona and Caroline Langill. Admission: Free.
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 6, 13, 20, 27
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 07, 14 KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS! -11:00 AM
Dec 09, 14 GIFT OF MUSIC - 8:00 PM
Dec 14, 14 KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS! - 11:00 AM
Dec 15, 14 MOMONDAYS TORONTO - 5:30 PM
Dec 17, 14 ISX PRESENTS: INTERNATIONAL WEDNESDAYS! - 9:30 PM
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 23, 15 ARYA CONCERTS & EVENTS PRESENTS - 9:00 PM
For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge Street
Pantages Martini Bar - Martini Week
December 1st – 7th, 2014
7 days, 7 martinis, $7 -- plus buy one appetizer, get one free this week only
$1 from each sale goes to The 519 Church Street Community Centre
Sponsored by Iceberg Vodka
Visit Pantages Martini Bar for more information!
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!
Dec. 3 - Luke Maxim
Dec. 4 - Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils
Dec. 5 - Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party
Dec. 10 - Sean Meredith-Jones
Dec. 11 - The 24th Street Wailers
Dec. 12 – Meanwood
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)
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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