In the Spotlight, February 19
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TOM* MOVES INTO HISTORIC LANDMARK ON DOWNTOWN YONGE
TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2015 - Toronto Men's Fashion Week (TOM*), in partnership with Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA), is moving into the historic landmark, College Park on 444 Yonge Street, for TOM* Fall /Winter 2015 Collections from February 23rd to March 3rd, 2015. The square adjacent to the venue - which leads into College Park west of Yonge - will set the scene for the TOM* Winter Fashion Festival throughout the week.
"We are thrilled with our partnership with Toronto Men's Fashion Week," says Mark Garner, Executive Director for DYBIA, "With Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom coming into the neighbourhood, this could have not come at a better time. Furthermore, it will complement our Fashion On Yonge event in September featuring the other business members in the community. TOM's presence showcases the evolution of fashion on Yonge Street."
With Art Deco style, the magnificent venue is 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, very much reminiscent of The Great Gatsby. Opened on October 30th, 1930, College Park on 444 Yonge Street was the second home of the Eaton's department store in Toronto. The building was originally envisioned as an extremely tall skyscraper in the spirit of the Empire State Building in New York City before restraints of the Great Depression held the building to only seven floors. The venue features a 1940's-era wooden elevator - one of only two in the city of Toronto - which was declared a historical landmark.
"The millennial man is attracted to something that tells a good tale like the wingtip shoe or a tweed jacket. Men love heritage, in that something has a history," says Jeff Rustia, Executive Director of TOM*, "The event venue itself will appeal to the new male consumer's focus and attraction to authenticity. No doubt, College Park at 444 Yonge Street, built in the 30's, will appeal to men's need for history and heritage, while at the same time provide a space for them to experience the hunt and excitement of exploring new menswear and men products."
"I am excited to have TOM* move into one of Canada's most important streets, Yonge Street, and more importantly, into a beautiful venue that proudly wears history on its sleeve. Plus of course the added value of having massive storefront windows to reach and promote to the public directly."
The College Park entrance adjacent to the venue will be the scene of a Winter Fashion Festival. Using the latest in heating technology, the square will play host to a series of captivating attractions from men's pop up shops, different men-focused retailers, gourmet food trucks and service providers. The festival will attract the general public as well as local and non-local visitors to take in the world of men's fashion while providing a fashionable social space for TOM* attendees.
Toronto Men's Fashion Week (TOM*) is the eighth Men's Fashion Week in the world along with fashion capitals such as London, Paris, Milan and Florence. By spotlighting the most innovative, creative and talented of menswear designers in Canada, TOM* promotes awareness of Canadian menswear on the world stage. With cutting-edge runway shows and presentations, TOM* draws tourism to Toronto and Ontario providing a boost to the industry and economy. There has been a global cultural shift among men, TOM* represents the new millennial man who is unashamed about loving fashion and dressing for success.
The Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA) is a non-profit organization that works on behalf of over 2,000 local businesses and property owners to create a more vibrant and safe downtown. The heart of the city, this neighbourhood offers spectacular shopping and dining experiences on Yonge Street, in the world-famous Toronto Eaton Centre and throughout a diverse array of stores and restaurants in the area. Outdoor concerts, live theatre, community festivals call this home. DYBIA is accessible from Queen, Dundas and College subway stations.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Rhys Dowbiggin, Public Relations - General Inquiries
Jessica Domingo, Public Relations - Sponsors
Nicole Seymour, Public Relations - Designers
Leaders in Retail Pop-up Case Competition
Bigger isn’t always better in retail, and we’re celebrating it with our Leaders in Retail first annual Pop-up Case competition February 27-28, 2015. Pop-up shops are temporary stores that create buzz and are an innovative and creative way to engage with customers, and we want to bring some to Downtown Yonge! Ted Rogers School of Retail Management will have 10 teams battling it out to create new and exciting proposals for select properties in the BIA, with winning teams awarded $2500 worth of prize money! Is it a poppin’ idea? We think so! Click here to find out more information http://bit.ly/1zR1Npd
MEN…MEET ON 5! AT THE HUDSONS’ BAY QUEEN STREET
From Bay Street to Yonge Street, a full block length of the Hudson’s Bay Queen Street location is dedicated to Men Only!!
The Hudson’s Bay Queen Street location has everything any Man would want in a swanky atmosphere.
Men’s Fragrances, Men’s Shoes, Made-to Measure service, John Allan’s Club (Men’s Grooming) and definitely Fashions. It can all be found on the 5th floor. You can find looks for the street-style savvy individual to the distinguished businessman. With the great selection of menswear, the possibilities are endless! We even have more new designer brands for you to discover.
There is also an added bonus! There is a Personal Shopper available at your service, to help you reinvent your image and possibly save you shopping time with your busy schedule. For more information speak to a Personal Shopper attendant at 416-861-6413.
So to all the Men out there & to those who love to buy for the special man in their life, Hudson’s Bay Queen Street 5th floor is the place to be.
If you would like to find out about any upcoming Men’s events taking place email HudsonsBayQueenStreetevents@hbc.com or visit our Concierge on the main floor.
Please visit our Promotions page to check all Hudson's Bay promotions.
Following are the events & promotions taking place at Hudson Bay Queen Street.
CLINQUE BONUS at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street
WACOAL Fit for the Cure
Coming Friday, March 20th, 2015.
Visit Ladies lingerie dept. on the 6th floor for more details.
MODERN CLASSICS – 55+Fashion Presentation “It all starts with M..”
CIS Men's Basketball Final 8 Championship
TORONTO IS BASKETBALL!
In just two months the CIS Men's Basketball Final 8 Championship comes to Toronto. The best in basketball talent from across Canada will gather at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre - former Maple Leaf Gardens, as the top 8 University teams compete for the title of CIS Champion. This is the first time ever the championship has been hosted in Toronto and we want to show Canada, Toronto is Basketball!
This years championship will include a 4-day festival, the Downtown Yonge Final 8 Fan Fest will also be on-site at the former gardens. Fans will have the chance to meet celebrities, check out skills challenges, hall of fame exhibits and fun activities for all ages, best of all admission to the Fan Fest is FREE!
See all the action live March 12th - 15th 2015 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: Online at ticketmaster.ca / By phone 1-855-985-5000.
For more information go to www.mattamyathleticcentre.ca
Let's paint the town green in two thousand and fifteen!
Please click here to read more about St. Patrick's Day Parade Best Dressed Window competition.
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
What's New in Downtown Yonge
WIN $10,000 TOWARDS YOUR DREAM WEDDING
Win your wedding at the Chelsea Hotel – Book a Silver, Gold, Platinum or Enchanted Buffet wedding package to take place in 2016, and you’ll be automatically entered! The winner will receive a grand prize of a $10,000 credit towards their dream wedding at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, our team here at the Chelsea Hotel is devoted to making any experience an unforgettable one.
Contest entry period: January 1 – December 31, 2015
Grand Prize Draw: A random prize draw will take place on February 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.
Visit http://goo.gl/huutoX for complete contest rules. Enter now and make your dream wedding a reality!
WINE BAR NOW OPEN AT THE CHELSEA HOTEL!
The Chelsea Hotel welcomes their very own Wine Bar! Open 3pm-11pm, the Chelsea Wine Bar offers its guests a wide selection of great wine and snack selections. Discover the amazing tastes and styles of the different wine regions that were selected at the Chelsea Hotel.
For a limited time, enjoy a personally designed flight of 3 wine glasses, 2oz each, for only $10! The featured wine of the month at the Chelsea Hotel is Trapiche Pure Malbec, Argentina.
Location: In the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W
Call 416 585 4352 for more information
March Break at the Chelsea Hotel
The perfect solution for entertaining the kids this March break is Camp Chelsea at the Chelsea Hotel! This March Break, there is quite an eventful lineup of activities that are planned. From March 13 – 22 kids can escape to Camp Chelsea. From 9AM – 5PM, kids are able to enjoy a variety of arts and crafts, sports, behind-the-scene tours of the hotel, games, family pool including Toronto’s only indoor “Corkscrew” waterslide. Kids also receive two snack, lunch and dinner. Families can also win great prizes ranging from attractions passes to complimentary nights back by participating in various evening activities such as Bingo, Family Fear Factor. Best of all, evening activities are complimentary for all hotel guests.
New this year to the Chelsea is “A Pirate Life!” Kids can enjoy an entertaining breakfast with some of Toronto’s friendliest pirates.
Appearances from Pirate Life Sunday March 15, Thursday March 19, and Saturday March 21. Be prepared to see the pirates from 8am to 8:30am and 9:30am to10:00am.
Don’t forget to Show Your Key and Save while visiting the Chelsea Hotel over the break to enjoy some of the many attractions Toronto has to offer at a special discounted price when you use your room key.
For more information about March break at the Chelsea or Camp Chelsea click here.
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month
Weekends in February, 12 to 5 p.m.
Toronto has a rich legacy in the literature and the newspapers of the early Black community in Ontario. Visit Mackenzie House on weekends in February, and learn more about some of the Black Victorians of Toronto, featuring those who published newspapers during that era. Visitors can take a piece of this important history home when they print a souvenir copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, in the re-created 1850's printshop. Included with regular admission.
A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto – An Exhibit - Jan. 31 to Mar. 1
Saturday, January 31 to Sunday, March 1
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m.
This exhibit introduces members of the Black community in Victoria Toronto and their contributions to the City. Curated by historican Afua Cooper, the exhibit examines the varied aspects of Black life in mid-Victorian Toronto.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Celebrate Heritage Week with FREE tours
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: February 19 (Free), 21 (Free), 26, 28. March 5, 7, 12, 14
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required
Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8 p.m.
A leading light of this generation’s Portuguese and global Fado movement, Camané has been called the greatest fadista since Amália Rodrigues and Maria de Fé. Having launched his career as a teen by performing in clubs and theatrical revues, the singer released his debut disc in 1995 – and has sold more than six million albums since.
Tickets: $29.50 to $59.50
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.
Feb 22 - THE VINYL SESSIONS - THE ROLLING STONES BRUNCH - 12:00 PM
Feb 23 - MOMONDAYS 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! - 6:00 PM
Feb 24 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Feb 27 - ARYA CONCERTS & EVENTS PRESENTS - 9:00 PM
Mar 07 - NYTHESPIRIT.COM PRESENTS - 7:00 PM
Mar 11 - MONTHLY TRIVIA - 6:30 PM
Mar 27 - ARYA CONCERTS & EVENTS PRESENTS - 9:00 PM
For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge Street
2015 Brings new talent to 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 has also introduced a new menu that 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, featuring Mill Street beers on tap.
Upping the ante even more, Monarchs Pub has also teamed up with Young Lions Club, bringing fresh new talent and creating unique and memorable music experiences for all.
Monarchs will be featuring monthly specials with Mill St. at the bar, so be sure to check it out!
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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