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MII SANDWICH now open @ 10 Dundas East

Oh my MII goodness! Food Court dining at 10 Dundas East just got lick-your-lips more exciting! Following rave reviews of the MII SANDWICH flagship eatery at Yorkdale Mall, our chefs bring their passion for fresh and flavourful Vietnamese fusion cuisine downtown for an upscale, casual dining experience. 

So what’s on the menu? Tacos and baos (steamed buns) filled with succulent beef, pork, chicken and zesty lemongrass, basil and cilantro. Crisp Asian inspired salads tossed with signature dressings and diet-friendly vinaigrettes. Slow simmered, without MSGm pho beef noodle soup – the ultimate winter comfort food and mmmmore! Join us for lunch, dinner or enjoy an authentic Vietnamese coffee or logan berry iced tea. Do your taste buds a flavour… don’t miss the MII SANDWICH Chinese New Year special on premium Peking Duck tacos and baos – now till the end of February!

Address: 10 Dundas St East, Food court - 3rd Flr, Unite 331, Toronto ON M5B 2G9
Tel: 416 599 7655


The Saint James Hotel

Located at 26 Gerrard Street East, where metropolitan city life meets lush village green, the Saint James Hotel offers affordable boutique accommodations in close proximity to the city’s most sought-after areas of interest. Defined by its relaxed atmosphere, contemporary design and decor, and proximity to a wide variety of local restaurants and attractions, the Saint James is superb in its value and ideal in its surroundings.

The hotel’s unique downtown location provides guests with access to a myriad of local attractions including spas, restaurants and coffee shops–many of which the St. James has partnered with in order to provide guests with top-notch service and exclusive prices. The Church St. area, also known as the Village, is only a block away from the Saint James, and provides guests with a wide variety of bars and nightclubs.

Proximity to both Dundas and College subway stations connect guests with some of Toronto’s leading spots, including the CN Tower, the Air Canada Centre and the Bay Street Financial District, a short subway ride away.

The Saint James offers contemporary boutique appeal, where you want to be, affordably.

For reservations and more information please call 416-645-2200 or 1-844-645-2200 or visit thesaintjameshotel.com

Address: 26 Gerrard St East, Toronto, ON M5B 1G3


Jazz Bistro is Toronto’s 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.

For upcoming events click here.

Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information


Hard Rock Café

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.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto,
279 Yonge Street


Did you know that...

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.

Program Benefits

- 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!

The Yonge Street Mission
T: 416-929-9614 x 2252  
Find us on Facebook or Twitter


Union Pearson Express fare slashed from $27.50 to $12

Union Pearson Express train

The one-way cash fare for Toronto's Union Pearson Express (UPX) airport train has been lowered to $12 in an attempt to attract riders. The fare will be $9 with a Presto card.

Commuters who want to use the UPX to travel to or from Bloor West (near Dundas Street) and Weston will be charged about $5, roughly equal to a GO transit fare for the same distance.

The new fares go into effect March 9.


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

For road closure news visit www.toronto.ca/transportation/road_info


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Phone: (416) 597-0255
Email: bia@downtownyonge.com

In the Spotlight, February 25

#LiftHerUp this International Women’s Day

Plan International Canada to launch an interactive 3D installation for girls’ rights awareness

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Plan International Canada is launching the “Lift Her Up” campaign to create a conversation about the very real impact that words can have on girls’ power and potential as they become confident women who will stand up for their rights and the rights of others. Members of the public are invited to join Plan International Canada to discover the impact of how words can lift girls up.

The one-day “Lift Her Up” installation, located at the Toronto Eaton Centre, involves 3D technology and a collective social voice to lift up a holographic image of a girl. We are asking everyone – men, women, boys and girls – to use #LiftHerUp to send messages of empowerment, and each of those messages will affect the holographic girl in some way – just as words and voices have an impact in the real world.

WHAT: 3D hologram #LiftHerUp installation

WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 between 10am – 9:30pm

WHERE: Toronto Eaton Centre, Level 1, outside The Gap (north end of mall, near Dundas Station),
220 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2L7

Join our International Women’s Day conversations online:
- Plan Canada
- @plancanada
- @biaagcanada
- Join Plan’s #LiftHerUp movement to support girls’ and women’s rights

About Plan International Canada and the Because I am a Girl initiative

Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Because I am a Girl is Plan’s global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty. Visit plancanada.ca and becauseiamagirl.ca for more information.



In The Air, Tonight

Ryerson School of Image Arts and Ryerson Image Centre
February 4 - March 4, 2016

For the third year running Public Visualization Studio present In The Air, Tonight, a month-long interactive architecture installation aimed at encouraging a larger discussion on the topic of homelessness in Toronto.

Here’s how it works:

- Every time someone tweets using the hashtag #homelessness a red pulse appears on the Ryerson Image Centre.

- New for this year: every time someone donates to the STAR Learning Centre, a program that helps people transition from homelessness to housing, a bright white pulse appears on the building.

- In between tweets and donations a blue wave-like animation appears changing with the wind speed and direction.

- Participants can watch the building change colours through a live feed at: http://intheairtonight.org/

The installation launched on February 4 at the Ryerson School of Image Arts and Ryerson Image Centre and will take place every evening for a month. If you are interested in speaking with someone from Public Visualization Studio about In The Air, Tonight please feel free to reach out to schedule an interview.

Video available here: https://youtu.be/DAgmfGVU4E8



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Live From City Hall

As part of the City of Toronto's continuing commitment to create more live music opportunities for our city's vibrant and varied talent, the Economic Development and Culture and Facilities Management divisions - with support from TD Bank - have launched Live from City Hall, a new evening concert series held in the first-floor rotunda of one of Toronto's most iconic buildings.

Each Live from City Hall performance will showcase sets by two different local artists, celebrating the original sounds of Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods. These free admission performances take place twice per month on Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall (100 Queen St. W., main floor rotunda).

February 25th 2016

Donné Roberts - 5 pm

DonnĂ© RobertsBorn in Madagascar and raised in Moscow, Donné Roberts performs traditional Malagasy music with modern arrangement. He sings in French, Russian, English and mainly in Malagasy, yet this never proves to be a barrier to the audience - proof that music truly does transcend language. He was the first black VJ on MTV Russia and as a member of the African Guitar Summit project he won a 2005 Juno Award for the album Internation.

Visit the artist's website


Dijah SB - 6 pm

Dijah SBDijah SB is a 22-year-old rapper born and raised in Toronto. She's released several albums and mixtapes to date, which have received national and international attention - including most recently Screwface Chapter 1 with producer Chavos.  As with the best emcees, Dijah transcends spitting clever bars to telling lyrical stories – often about her love for Toronto.  In her own words, "I love repping Toronto and hope to one day bring a piece of the city with me through music, worldwide."

Visit the artist's webpage


Find out who's playing Live From City Hall.
For more information visit: www.toronto.ca/music



moSpeaker Masterclass: Story Development

momondays Toronto

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NOTE: All mospeaker masterclasses are limited to 12 participants and they really do regularly sell out. Find more information and tickets at: http://www.momondays.com/mospeaker-academy

STORY DEVELOPMENT: How to identify the key ‘story’ elements of your journey and structure them in a way that takes the audience along for the ride.

In this masterclass, you will focus on story – your story. If you already ‘know’ what your story is, you’ll have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of it – and hopefully, you’ll discover the ‘story behind the story’. If you have a topic but are not quite sure what your story is yet, well, fasten your seatbelt, because this is where it all begins. Then, you’ll map out all the elements of your story in a way that takes the audience along for the ride!

You will work on and develop:

- The five layers of differentiation – what makes YOUR story different!
- The core of your story – the story behind your story.
- The classic story structure since ancient Greek times
- The two struggles your story must embody
- The moral/lesson/key insight of your story
- The moSpeaker 3x3+2 memory grid, and a complete map of your story using the Index Card ‘Trick’ so you could lose the notes.

In addition, we will borrow key bits from the rest of the moSpeaker Academy curriculum as needed to help your story come alive.

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM EST - 5:30 PM EST
Venue: Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1B4
Price: $247
Facilitator: Michel Neray

Website and Tickets: http://www.momondays.com/mospeaker-academy/story-development-masterclass/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1672020083051571/



momondays Toronto - 4th moAnniversary moGala moParty

momondays Toronto

March 7, 2016


What started 4 years ago on the second floor of a little tea room in Toronto has now grown to 14 cities. Wow! Who would have thunk it? This deserves a party. A big, BIG party!

Get ready for the most incredible speakers, storytellers, musicians, and performers that you'd find anywhere! Plus you’ll be with the nicest people on the planet, and yes, that includes YOU!

So grab a friend or two, or grab enough friends to reserve a branded table or two. We have special plans for groups that you won't want to miss out on! See the ticketing options for details.

Save your seat (and a few bucks) by getting advance online tickets for just $15 including hst — available online until the Friday before the show. Tickets at the door are $25. Doors open for advance ticket holders this month 30 minutes earlier, at 5:00 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!

Date: March 7, 2016
Time: 05:00 PM EST - 9:30 PM EST
Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge St., Toronto ON M5B 1N8, Canada
Price: $15 online (available until March 4) / $25 at the door
Host: Michel Neray

Info and tickets: http://www.momondays.com/toronto/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/964867810273234/



Doors Open Toronto

The 17th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, offering FREE and rare access to more than 120 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of Re-used, Re-visited and Revised will explore the adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto's architectural history.

Doors Open is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.



Mackenzie House Events

Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month - Weekends in February

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. 

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



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

An Intimate Evening with Jonathan Goldstein

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Jonathan Goldstein, who The Atlantic called "the Wes Anderson of podcasting," hosted and produced CBC Radio's WireTap. An evening with Jonathan Goldstein offers a rare opportunity to hear his storytelling in person with visual accompaniment, taking the experience beyond the limitations of radio and print. Goldstein’s signature brand of wry, self-deprecating humour is a staple of Canadian media, and he is presently at work on a new podcast for Gimlet Media.
Tickets: $29.50 to $49.50


Lucio Silla, presented by Opera Atelier

Lucio SillaThursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 16, 2016
Love proves to be more powerful than the tyrant Lucio Silla – ancient Rome’s most infamous dictator. Passion, intrigue and redemption take centre stage in Mozart’s first masterpiece. Opera Atelier’s staging created a sensation at the Salzburg Festival and Milan’s La Scala.
Tickets: $38 to $191


Shane Koyczan

Shane KoyczanTuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Author and spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan’s 2013 anti-bullying video “To This Day” has nearly 18 million views, and his latest album – Debris – features a guest appearance from songwriter Ani DiFranco. A winner of the American Poetry Slam championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Koyczan’s solo performances – including two sold-out Harbourfront Centre Theatre shows in 2015 – have been celebrated for their “furious honesty” and “tender humanity.”
Tickets: $19.50 to $49.50


Journey to Happiness

J.L. WitterickThursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

In support of the Toronto Wildlife Centre
International best-selling author J.L. Witterick presents this feel-good, inspirational show about the search for what makes us happy, told through narrative, music, photography and cinematography. Witterick and a live band will perform hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and today. This uplifting show – in support of the Toronto Wildlife Centre – will be sure to leave a smile on everyone’s face.
Tickets: $35, $45, $60, $75, $150


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: February 25, 27. March 3, 5.
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.

Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on March 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26, 2016 due to activities in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience these cancellations may have caused you.

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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