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Toronto's Neon Museum is coming to Toronto!

Mark Garner in the laneway behind Victoria Street, Toronto.

Toronto will soon have a neon sign museum and the Downtown Yonge BIA needs your help establishing it! Although the exact location for the museum isn’t yet set in stone, the refurbished neon signs will be set-up as an outdoor urban experience in Downtown Yonge, where everyone can visit, free of charge, and appreciate these neon relics of years gone past.

Do you have a neon sign, or know someone who does, and would like to donate it to the Downtown Yonge BIA? Or can you tell us which neon signs we need to preserve; which signs we should be on the lookout for during our search? If so, please reach out to us! You can contact us on Twitter or Facebook, or email us at bia@downtownyonge.com. Don't forget to check out the museum's Facebook page for all the latest!
(Photo: Dave LeBlanc from The Globe & Mail)

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Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource

Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource booklet

We just updated our Drop-In Resource Booklet? Check out the Winter/Spring 2017 version of the Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource booklet. Want some hard copies? Just let us know and we’ll bring some over to your business!


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


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


Coming Up

The DYBIA Parklet program will be back this summer and better than ever! This year we are working with Ryerson University architecture students to design the 2017 parklets. Details are still being finalized, but installation is expected to begin in the Spring.


Member Highlights

Winter Group Show at the Arts & Letters Club

Winter Group Show

An exhibition of works in a wide range of styles and media by Arts & Letters Club members.

Public Opening, Sunday, February 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The show runs until March 3.
For any inquiries about the show or the Arts & Letters Club, please contact 416-597-0223, ext. 1; catering@artsandlettersclub.ca

For more than a century The Arts and Letters Club has brought together the professional and the enthusiast, the artist and the art lover, the traditional and the modern.

14 Elm Street, www.artsandlettersclub.ca



Urban Philosophy Men’s Grooming

Treat “That Special Someone” to a luxurious Hot Towel Shave for $35 (Reg. price of $45) Offer expires March 3rd. or Pick up a Valentine’s Day Gift Card Now available at Urban Philosophy Men’s Grooming!

Address: 20 Richmond St E, Toronto
Phone: (647) 352-4424
Website: urbanphilosophy.ca


SÜÜP Health Bar

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!


T|bar at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

T|bar at Chelsea Hotel

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 at Chelsea Hotel

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 at Chelsea Hotel

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


Whats On

City of Toronto rolls out Vision Zero Road Safety Plan for 2017 – seniors safety zones, red light cameras, road safety audits

Mayor John Tory and Councillor Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, outlined 45 new measures that will be introduced this year targeted at eliminating fatalities and reducing serious injuries with an emphasis on pedestrians, school children, older adults, cyclists, aggressive and distracted driving, and motorcyclists. These measures are part of the City’s $54 million in funding the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and overall traffic safety measures this year.

Among the initiatives that the City is introducing immediately include:
• creation of Seniors Safety Zones to be implemented at 12 high-priority locations, with increased pedestrian walk-times, enhanced signage and enhanced pavement markings • implementation of red light cameras at 76 new locations • accessible pedestrian signal installations at 20 additional locations • geometric safety engineering improvements at 13 locations • road safety audits at 14 high-risk collision locations • expansion of the school Watch Your Speed Program at 20 additional locations • speed reductions along 32 additional corridors • expansion of the mobile Watch Your Speed Program – including 12 additional pole-mounted speed display units in the city's central core, and • implementation of increased pedestrian walk times at 50 additional signalized intersections.

More information about the specific measures being implemented and locations is available in a backgrounder available at http://bit.ly/2i9v2HM.


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

A New Life 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. More Information


Protecting Toronto’s Live Music Venues

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.

A report to the Toronto Music Advisory Council and the Economic Development Committee is expected in early 2017. Read more here.


Whats On

Yonge Dundas SquareThere’s always something happening at Yonge-Dundas Square. For complete event listings, visit www.ydsquare.ca

Toronto Eaton CentreStay 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

Yonge Street Environmental Assessment Study

Yonge Street looking North at Dundas St

Interested in following the Yonge Street Environmental Assessment (EA) process? Check out the City of Toronto’s website dedicated to it. Don’t forget to subscribe to the mailing list for all the latest!


Road Closure Notification

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, February 24

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) - Preparation of 2016 Annual Report

This year we are putting out an open RFP for our 2016 Annual Report design and production. Please find the RFP and note that the deadline for submission of a proposal is March 3, 2017.



DT this is your moment!
We are building a plan for our growing Downtown

Downtown Toronto Skyline

Find out how it will improve liveability for all Torontonians and join in the conversation with Toronto's Chief Planner and the heads of Transportation and Parks, Forestry & Recreation.

Drop in and tell us your thoughts!

A Conversation on Downtown
10:00 a.m.
Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner
Barbara Gray, GM, Transportation Services
Janie Romoff, GM, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Moderated by Ken Greenberg, Ryerson City Building Institute

11:15 -12:30 p.m. and 1:00 - 2:15 p.m
Parks, Public Spaces and Mobility
Community Services & Facilities and Housing
Buildings & Neighbourhoods

Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas Street West, Toronto
8th floor

To register, please go to the Eventbrite page.



Dundas Street Construction 2017

Dundas Construction

The City of Toronto’s Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination Office (MCIC) has identified Dundas Street East from Yonge to Church Street to undergo TTC streetcar track and watermain replacement. Work will include resurfacing or reconstruction of the adjacent road/traffic lanes and the replacement of fire hydrants and water valves.

Final details have not been released yet, but work is expected to take place April to October 2017. Once the details have been finalized, we will notify our members. For more information on City of Toronto MCIC construction projects please click here.



What's on

Celebrate the legacy of Honest Eds with us at An Honest Farewell Feb 23-26!

An Honest Farewell

Celebrate the legacy of Honest Eds with us at An Honest Farewell Feb 23-26! Don't forget to check out our display while you're there!

Honest Ed’s may be closing its doors, but Ed’s legacy is his unique ability to foster community can carry on. For years, Ed opened his doors to immigrant families, hosted street parties and gave away free turkeys. Now it’s time for us to carry the torch through all of our city and community building initiatives, starting with TO4E this February 23-26, 2017.

#torontoforeveryone #TO4E

Visit: www.torontoforeveryone.com
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2k49NDg



To Do in Downtown Yonge

The Toronto Short Film Festival

The Toronto Short Film Festival

The Toronto Short Film Festival will return to the Carlton Cinema for a third time, March 13-17, to showcase the best of international short filmmaking to our cinephile audiences. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter for photos, posters and updates!

Tickets will be available soon from the Carlton Cinema, at $5 per block.



Take action and be part of Coldest Night of the Year!

Coldest Night of the Year

An estimated 150,000 Canadians experience homelessness outside - help those who can’t escape the cold and join us for our Coldest Night of the Year WALK on February 25th.

Visit http://cnoy.org/toronto to register and create your team. #CNOY2017#TransformTorontoTogether



momondays Toronto February 27, 2017

momondays Toronto

February 27, 2017


On February 27, 2012 we held our first momondays. We were on the second floor of a tea room. There was no stage, no microphone, no lighting, so music and no alcohol. Just tea.

But now look! momondays is in 14 locations from coast to coast!
This calls for a celebration! A gala party thing kind of celebration!!!

Wha???? You still don't know what momondays is??

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!!

Doors open for advance ticket holders at 5:00 pm for socializing, networking and merry-making. General admission at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm sharp.


Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge St., Toronto ON M5B 1N8, Canada
Price: $15 plus hst - online until the Friday before the show / $25 including hst - at the door

Info & Tickets: http://www.momondays.com/toronto/



Music at Jazz Bistro

Music at Jazz Bistro

Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.



Mackenzie House Events

Some exciting events are coming up at Mackenzie House this Fall! Check it out:

Mackenzie HouseMackenzie 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.

The Dumplings of Toronto - February 25

Saturday, February 25, 12 to 5 p.m.

The foods we eat tell compelling stories about our identity and our city. Dumplings are universal and highlight both the ethnic diversity and cultural similarities of Toronto’s communities and neighbourhoods. Once a month Mackenzie House Museum invites visitors to explore Toronto’s immigrant communities through the dumpling. Visitors will enjoy cooking demonstrations on our historic 1860s wood burning stove, learn about various cultural traditions and recipes, and sample dumplings from around the globe. Join us on Saturday February 25, 2017 to learn about the Kibbeh (Kubbeh, Kubbah), a popular dumpling enjoyed throughout the Middle East. 


March 'Musements - Family Fun during March Break - Mar. 11 to 19

Sat., March 11 to Sun., March 19, 12 to 5 p.m.

Drop in for some Victorian fun! Typeset your name on the 1850s printing press, make a craft to take home, and have a cookie in the historic kitchen.

Regular admission applies.


From Riots to Respectability: The Irish Experience in Toronto – A Walking Tour - Mar. 18

Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Starting point – St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto

This walking tour tells the story of the flood of Irish immigrants to Toronto in the 1840s and 50s driven from their home by famine and sectarian violence.  The huge numbers brought about dramtic change in the city's politics and governance and helped to create what we are today.  Learn about the Irish journalists, mayors, rebels and rioters as you explore Cabbagetown, historic King Street, famine memorials, Cathedrals and the haunts of the wealthy and the poor.  Tour finishes at Mackenzie House. 

$10 per person including tax. 


Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events


SousatzkaFrom Saturday, February 25 to Sunday, April 9, 2017

Strictly limited engagement prior to Broadway

The world premiere of the new musical Sousatzka is based on the original novel Madame Sousatzka by Bernice Rubens. Set in 1982 London, Sousatzka tells the story of a young musical prodigy torn between two powerful women from vastly different worlds: his mother (a political refugee in a strange land) and his piano teacher (a brilliant eccentric with a shattered past). These two proud, iconoclastic women must ultimately cross cultural and racial divides to find common ground, or else put the boy’s bright future in jeopardy.
Tickets: $60 to $175


Public Tours - Every Thursday and Saturday

Public ToursGuided 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: February 25; March 2, 4, 11, 16, 18, 25, 30.

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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