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We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

Dunk'n Dip Express

Dunk'n Dip Express is located in the new Aura Condo building at 384 Yonge St. We aim to delight customers with our menu of delicious savoury and sweet foods. Marvel at our chocolate fountains, get a savoury crepe for lunch, or stop by for a hot chocolate or latte. We are so excited to have our second location in downtown Toronto!

Our Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/dunkndip1
Website: www.dunkndip.ca/



Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers is having an open house on February 8th
Open House between 11am & 2pm

372 Yonge St., 2nd floor
1 block south of Gerrard, upstairs from Thai Express/Villa Madina

Website: www.weightwatchers.ca



Jackson’s Burger

Welcome Jackson’s Burger to our neighbourhood at 374 Yonge Street! Check out their review on Blog TO

Website: Jackson’s Burger



College Currency Investments

Welcome College Currency Investments to our neighbourhood at 437 Yonge Street!

Website: www.collegecurrency.ca



Lucullus Bakery

Welcome Lucullus Bakery to our neighbourhood at 31 Elm Street!

Website: www.lucullusbakery.com



Tim Hortons

Two new Tim Hortons locations are open in our neighbourbood: 10 Dundas St East and 595 Bay St. at the Atrium on Bay.

Website: www.timhortons.com



Dukes Refresher + Bar

Welcome Dukes Refresher + Bar to the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood! The new restaurant is located at Yonge & Gerrard. They had their grand opening on December 4th, 2013. Congratulations on the new location!

Website: dukesrefresher.ca




Welcome McDonald’s at 356 Yonge Street, congratulations on your grand opening on November 26th.
This McDonald’s is the largest in Ontario and is the flagship store

Website: www.mcdonalds.ca



REDS Midtown Tavern

Reds proudly launched our second location at Yonge and Gerrard on October 30th, 2013. Reds Midtown Tavern is the perfect locale for connecting with colleagues and friends, where good conversation meets great food, as well as a social midpoint for Toronto’s East and West neighbourhoods.

Like good conversation, we think delicious food should be shared. Our culinary team led by Executive Chef Matt Robertson has created an impressive menu of reimagined classics with a unique selection of social sharing plates including our freshly shucked oysters and our signature Tavern Butcher Board.

Website: redsmidtowntavern.com



We look forward to the future openings:

T.L.P. Sandwich Co. – 15 Elm St
Fit for Life – 3 Gerrard St East


Member Highlights


NOW OPEN | The Private Dining Room at JOEY Eaton Centre

JOEY Eaton Centre is excited to announce that our Private Dining Room is officially open.

Whether it is a business lunch meeting, an intimate dining experience or a cocktail style reception our team will work with you to customize your event needs. Our Private Dining Room offers a sophisticated, modern environment that is perfect for any function.  From handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines selected by our restaurant Sommelier, to globally inspired artisan-made dishes and an experience your guests are sure to remember – JOEY Eaton Centre looks forward to hosting you and your guests.

For further information, to book your event or to view our new space please email Avalon Olivadoti, Event Manager, at aolivadoti@joeyrestaurants.com

Location: 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto



Mahaya Health Services has new owners

Elena and Lindsey are the new owners of Mahaya Health Services since spring 2013Mahaya Health Services is located at 2 College Street, Suite 105. 

Mahaya Health Services is a multi disciplinary alternative health clinic offering Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Did you know most services at Mahaya are covered by your extended health benefits? For more information on who we are and what we have available check out our website at www.mahayahealth.com. You can also follow us Facebook and Twitter for great health tips.. and there is always a cup of tea ready in the clinic, so come by and say hi! We look forward to seeing you at Mahaya.

Location: 2 College Street, Suite 105



Stations of the Heart

Lawyer by profession, writer by avocation, Darlene Madott practices family law on Bond Street, across from St. Michael’s Choir School and Cathedral.

Ben McNally’s bookstore at Bay and Queen carries her Stations of the Heart, which the author says would make a wonderful gift for Valentine’s or post-Christmas giving: the way to anyone’s heart being “an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.”

“Sensual, vivid, intense,” Madott’s women remain open and vulnerable, despite heart break and betrayal: from station to station, each is on a singular pilgrimage toward joy, intent on embracing life openly and courageously; her men understood with a rare forgiveness.  Madott’s fiction has garnered literary awards. Stations of the Heart is her 6th collection of interconnected stories. Her 7th, Making Olives and Other Family Secrets (Ripasso) will be launched at the Columbus Centre, May 14, 2014, and can be pre-ordered through Ben McNally’s.

To order this book CLICK HERE


Did you know that...

Downtown Yonge BIA receives Merit Award for Celebrate Yonge at IDA Conference in New York

Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area has received a merit award for our work on Celebrate Yonge in summer 2012. Recognized among 13 entries in the category of Events & Programming, this award centers on improving the image and vitality of downtowns and delivering projects that communicate the vision, mission, function and achievements of the business association. Mark Garner, Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge BIA commented, “The Downtown Yonge team is honoured and excited by this award. The IDA is a leading advocate for vibrant and successful downtowns. This award recognizes the teams visionary and dedicated work last year and shows that we’re headed in the right direction for Yonge Street.” “The Downtown Yonge BIA project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA president and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The Celebrate Yonge project is a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.”

The Downtown Yonge BIA received the award during the IDA World Congress & 59th Annual Conference on October 7th 2013.

The Washington, D.C based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 550 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.


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

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


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For all enquiries, please contact:
Phone: (416) 597-0255
Email: bia@downtownyonge.com

In the Spotlight, February 6

Thursday, February 13 is Second Harvest Hero Day!

You’re invited to lunch at Salad King on Thursday February 13

Join us for lunch at Salad King, home to Toronto’s favourite Thai restaurant located at 340 Yonge St. (north of Yonge and Dundas). As a generous restaurant partner, Salad King will be doing the following:

February 13 - Donating all proceeds to Second Harvest

- February 9 - 15 - Asking guests to round up their bill to the nearest dollar for Second Harvest
- February 13 - Hero-fying employees! Management is asking employees to don a green Hero mask, cape, and wear a Hero button
- February 13 - Reserving 1 table of 6 for media and heroes
- Setting an example and building awareness among the restaurant community on how you can support food rescue and give back to the community
- Salad King management will be coming for a Donor Tour of Second Harvest week of Feb 3-7
- Post-event cheque presentation at the restaurant

Call to action: How can you help on Feb. 13th?
- Eat lunch or dinner (or both!) at Salad King on February 13th
- Eat at Salad King the week of Feb 9th and round up your bill for Second Harvest
- Tweet and Facebook your friends using #HeroDay2014

Salad King: 340 Yonge St, Toronto. Phone: 416.593.0333



City of Toronto hosting public consultation sessions to review bylaws on sidewalk patios and boulevard cafés

The City of Toronto's Municipal Licensing and Standards division has undertaken a review of the City's bylaws governing boulevard cafés/sidewalk patios as well as the operation of sidewalk stalls outside businesses. The goal is to create one bylaw for Toronto.

Each former municipality has a pre-amalgamation bylaw that regulates boulevard cafe and marketing activities. As a result, the requirements, approval processes, permit types and application fees are different depending on the area where the business is located.

As part of this review, the City is hosting a series of public consultation meetings to discuss the existing bylaws and items to consider when drafting the new bylaw.

Topics include:
- the role of residents and local business owners in the permit issuance process
- minimum sidewalk clearance to accommodate pedestrian traffic
- new opportunities for establishing on-street boulevard cafés curbside and in on-street parking spaces where feasible
- requirements concerning separation of the area including fencing, partial and full enclosures, and
- design guidelines for construction.

Public consultation meetings
Each of the following four meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, February 6 in City Hall's committee room 2
- Tuesday, February 11 in East York Civic Centre's council chamber
- Thursday, February 13 in Etobicoke Civic Centre's main boardroom
- Tuesday, February 18 in North York Civic Centre's committee room 3

More information or to provide feedback: http://www.toronto.ca/haveyoursay

Staff will report to the Licensing and Standards Committee later this year on the review.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Tammy Robbinson, Strategic Communications Division, 416-338-3761, trobbin@toronto.ca



What's on

Brave the cold on the Coldest Night Of the Year - February 22

Walk with hundreds of others on Saturday, February 22, 2014 on the Coldest Night Of the Year in Toronto in support of the Yonge Street Mission.

The event is a non-competitive 5km and 10km winter walkathon to support the hungry, hurting and homeless. Join our Lead Sponsor, Manulife Financial, to walk for a great cause, enjoy a complimentary drink at a Starbucks rest stop along the route, smile for the camera as City covers the event, and enjoy an energetic after party as we celebrate post-walk.

Register today - visit www.ysm.ca/cnoy for more details.



The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre has opened a new art gallery, part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project

The first exhibition entitled Moving on: Ryerson University Students Explore Urban Transport around the Greater Toronto Area features the work of second-year photography production students from Ryerson University’s Image Arts program.

At a time when thinking about transit has never been more important in this city, the students embarked on a documentary project on the subject of urban transportation. This exhibition offers the viewer a varied and nuanced look at the day-to-day experience of Toronto’s current transit system and the construction of its future one.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by Metrolinx and runs until April 3, 2014.

Dates: January 31 to April 3, 2014
Admission: FREE
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Gallery Level
189 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1M4

For more information www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

About RBC Emerging Artists Project
The RBC Emerging Artists Project is a unique partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust
that has allowed the Elgin anhd Winter Garden Teatre Centre to develop a gallery for
exhibiting student and emerging artists’ work.



WorldPride 2014 Toronto

WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO) is a ten-day international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. It highlights Canada’s continued progress in human rights, and the diversity and dynamism of Toronto. WP14TO is presented by Pride Toronto, producer of Canada’s largest annual festival of LGBTTIQQ2SA* culture and human rights, under license from InterPride.

Pride Toronto’s 2013 festival drew 1.2 million participants, with a 46 per cent increase in international visitors. 95 per cent of those visitors indicated they were likely to attend WorldPride in 2014. The total economic impact was $286 million over the 10-day festival period, which was a $9 million increase from the 2012 festival.

WorldPride programming has been scheduled to take place throughout the month of June right across the Greater Toronto Area, and will include participation by major galleries, museums and cultural institutions. The official festival dates are June 20-29, 2014.

Enclosed you will find instructions for completing the application – please read the entire application carefully as there are changes from the 2013 program. We are excited to partner with you for the upcoming festival.

Click here for more information



What's New in Downtown Yonge

The Senator Restaurant Dresses Up for Dinner

A new look, a new chef, and a new Senator are ready to serve you dinner tonight. Under the masterful watch of chef Andrew Taylor (Langdon Hall, Sequoia Grove), the Senator is announcing a brand new dinner menu inspired by Canadian classics and the youthful spirit of Downtown Toronto.

The Senator has always been known for the highest quality food at the most amazing prices. Toronto has been enjoying our locally sourced ingredients, hand squeezed juices, and house-smoked salmon for more than 80 years (making the senator the undisputed oldest restaurant in Toronto). The Senator is bringing those same principles to a totally revamped dinner menu inspired by modern technique, old world dishes, and Senator classics.

Highlights include an Ontario Beet and Chicory Salad with apple cider pumpkin seed vinaigrette and pomegranate ($8), Chicken Pot-Au-Feu with roast parsnip, carrot, fennel, roasted potato and salsa verde ($18), Braised Boneless Shortrib of Beef with mash, honey-mustard glazed root veg ($18) and the tried and tested 8 oz Cumbrae Naturally Raised Beef Burger served with Hand Cut French Fries, Sautéed Onions, Tomato and Lettuce ($15).

Our BYOB policy also makes every meal feel like hosting dinner at home. For the more adventurous, there are one-of-a-kind cocktails such as the East India (St. Remy Brandy, Kraken Dark Rum, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, Triple Sec, Maraschino Liqueur, Bitters), craft beers (Highlander Scottish Ale, Beau’s Lug Tread, St-Ambroise Pale), and our totally original “Chocoholics”; lightly alcoholic milkshakes inspired by 1920s soda jerks (S’more Like It - Marshmallow Vodka, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Honey, Vanilla Ice Cream, Sheldon Creek Organic Milk, and Chocolate Syrup)

The Senator isn’t changing, but it’s learning some new tricks and with $8 apps and desserts, and $18 mains, it’s possible to eat well here, and to eat here often.

The Sen has been a Toronto landmark for over 80 years, come join us for our next, delicious chapter!

More About the Senator
The Senator is Toronto’s oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria. Since then, the Senator became a Toronto landmark under the guidance of Bobby Sniderman. Bobby purchased the Senator in 1984 after a successful run at Sam the Record Man. The Senator has always focused on the highest quality ingredients like Cumbrae’s Farms Beef, organic milk from Sheldon Creek Dairy, fresh-squeezed orange juice, home-made stocks, sauces, and batters, and a commitment to only use organic wherever possible. The Senator is entering the digital age with an expanded social presence and a whole new look. Learn more about the Senator at: thesenator.com, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

They are currently using Hurrier for delivery services. It's available from 4:30pm to 9:00pm and it will feature their dinner menu as well as a few items from the lunch menu.

Please contact Peter Moscone for Inquiries 416-909-6461 or peter@thesenator.com

For more information click here



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Weight Watchers is having an open house on February 8th

372 Yonge St., 2nd floor
1 block south of Gerrard, upstairs from Thai Express/Villa Madina
Open House between 11am & 2pm



Winterlicious - Toronto's winter culinary celebration

January 31 to February 13, 2014

This winter, explore the finest flavours in the city during Toronto's most anticipated culinary celebration. Winterlicious is the perfect opportunity to discover diverse cuisine in a variety of local restaurants and take part in unique culinary events. Check out great restaurants in our neighbourhood that will be participating in Winterlicious!

Bannock will be offering $15 lunch & $25 dinner options.
Address: 401 Bay St
Contact: 416-861-6996

Bangkok Garden will be offering $15 lunch & $25 dinner options.
Address: 18 Elm St
Contact: 416-977-6748

Bb33 Bistro & Brasserie will be offering $20 lunch & $35 dinner options.
Address: Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St W
Contact: 416-585-4319

Trios Bistro will be offering $20 lunch & $35 dinner options.
Address: Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay St
Contact: 416-204-9018

For more information about culinary events and participating restaurants please visit Winterlicious.



Celebrate Family Day on ice with RBC

Join us on Monday, February 17 for a free Family Day skate at any one of these many locations.

Pleasure skaters, hockey players and first-timers alike are invited to bundle up, lace up and come out for a spin on the ice. Join Olympic gold medal ice hockey champions and former NHL stars for free skating and other special surprises at one of many locations downtown and across the GTA. Full details at http://www.rbc.com/familyday/



Two FREE seminars

The team at the Downtown Toronto ING DIRECT Café wants you to achieve financial well-being, so join us this February for two FREE seminars to help you do just that. Bring your partner to “Couples and Finance” on February 15th or join us on February 22nd for “The ABCs of TFSAs and RSPs”. Space is limited! Please RSVP here to avoid disappointment. 




Sears Yonge and Dundas will close its doors forever on Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Great selection of liquidation merchandise, from fashion to shoes and furniture.

Visit our Lower Main and Main Floors for outstanding, never to be repeated deals!
Fixture and equipment sales on the Second Floor.
Cuiscene Restaurant and Tim Horton's open daily from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Fourth Floor. Closed Weekends.
Listen to the in-store announcements for up-to-the-minute specials.

SEARS - Toronto Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge St, Toronto



Come and celebrate the Winter Garden’s 100th Birthday on Family Day with a FREE tour of The Theatre Centre

This February the Winter Garden Theatre will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary.

On February 16, 1914 the Winter Garden Theatre opened to the public. It closed in 1928 due to declining interest in vaudeville and survived virtually unchanged until its restoration in the 1980s.

Learn more about the history and restoration of both the Winter Garden and Elgin theatres by joining us this Family Day for a free public tour at 11 a.m.

There will also be free tours on Thursday, February 20 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, February 22 at 11 a.m.

Dates & Times:
Monday, February 17 at 11 a.m. – Family Day
Thursday, February 20 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 22 at 11 a.m.
Location: 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)

Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg



Brent Butt
Almost a Movie Star Tour

February 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Paul Mercs Concerts is pleased to present well-known Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, writer and international Emmy nominee Brent Butt in advance of the release of his new movie No Clue.

Written by and starring Brent Butt, No Clue is a comedic yet dark thriller that combines the best elements of traditional murder mysteries with a gritty, contemporary feel as it follows an unwitting hero who is in way over his head.

For more information, visit Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street

Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month

Weekends in February, 12 to 5 p.m.
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. 

Monday, February 17, 12 to 5 p.m.
On Family Day, visit us and celebrate Black History Month.



Single Thread Theatre Company performances of "Firebrand: The Mackenzie House Story"

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 - 10 pm
February 6,7,8; 13,14,15; 20,21,22

This February, Single Thread Theatre Company presents "Firebrand: The Mackenzie House Story", a walking-tour play written uniquely for the Mackenzie House museum. The show will be staged in four rooms of the museum and feature professional actors. More information on Single Thread at www.singlethread.ca.

Content Advisory – Adult Situations   
Tickets available at https://mackenziehousestory.eventbrite.ca/



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!



Live nights of Music

Weekly at Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel
Join in for five fabulous live music nights each week at Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel at 33 Gerrard St. Come out to play some tunes, meet new friends and hear great music at their Acoustic Open Stage every Tuesday. Enjoy North America’s leading jazz bands every Wednesday and electrifying blues with Toronto's most renowned musicians every Thursday. Rock your Friday night away with a different live classic rock band every week and dance the night away to all your favourites with their live DJ every Saturday. 

Call 416 585 4352 or visit www.monarchspub.ca for more information

Jazz Bistro

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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