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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

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

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.


Member Highlights

Two solo shows at the Arts and Letters Club

Sculptors Andrew Benyei and Judy Raymer Ivkoff: The Third Dimension.

Public Opening, Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

To arrange a private viewing with the artist, please contact the Club, 416-597-0223, ext. 1;

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


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, 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’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 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


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

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Road Closure Notification

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In the Spotlight, January 20

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.



To Do in Downtown Yonge


Toronto's winter culinary celebration offers the perfect opportunity to discover delicious cuisine at more than 220 restaurants and experience unique culinary events.

Winterlicious guides are sent to all participating restaurants and will be available at Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St W) starting December 19th.

When: January 27, 2017 - February 9, 2017
Where: Citywide at more than 220 restaurants
Pick up a guide in January at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Reservations / Advance Tickets: Required

Website: http://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious



2017 Tokens4Change Event Listing

Tokens4Change is a 12 hour event that aims to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Toronto.

Created seven years ago by a group of young Toronto volunteers, Tokens4Change is a 12 hour event that aims to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Toronto.

On Friday, February 3rd between 7 am and 7 pm, more than 400 student volunteers from over 17 schools across the city and 100+ adult volunteers will inspire commuters in 24+ TTC, PATH and office locations with performances of spoken word poetry, theatre, dance, visual art, and music. Volunteers will be collecting donations with all proceeds going to support transportations costs and essential empowering programs at Youth Without Shelter. Tokens4Change helps homeless youth overcome the diverse range of obstacles they must overcome to break out of the cycle of homelessness.

Presenting sponsor Tangerine will host the Tokens4Change Volunteer Hub with arts showcase at 1:30 pm at the Tangerine Downtown Toronto Café (221 Yonge Street).

For Tokens4Change performance locations and schedules visit: http://www.tokens4change.com/about-t4c-partners/event-schedule-and-venues/. Your donation can build a future.

For more information or to volunteer contact: tokens4change@gmail.com or 416.748.0110 ext. 39.



Take action and be part of 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 January 30, 2017

momondays Toronto

January 30, 2017

'Tis the season to get MO'd at momondays!!!

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®!

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!!

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


Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge St., Toronto ON M5B 1N8, Canada
Price: $15 plus hst - online (available until May 27) / $25 including hst - at the door

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



Mackenzie House Events

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

Cast Iron Press - Create a Victorian-style Valentine

Part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival
Saturday, January 21, 12 to 5 p.m.

Are you looking for a special and personal way to tell someone how you feel? At Mackenzie House you will print a customized Valentine on an historic, 1850s cast iron press in a recreated mid-Victorian print shop. You will write a message using a straight pen and ink, and seal it all with melted wax.

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax), Children (4 and under): Free.

Robbie Burns' Day Celebration

Sunday, January 22, 12 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the birthday of the beloved Scottish Poet with toe-tapping live music, shortbread and a taste of haggis! Hear some comical stories about that oft' misunderstood concoction!
Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youth $4.42, Children $3.76 (plus tax) 4 and under free


Read All About It: The First World War as Front Page News - Until Jan. 29

Continues until January 29

This exhibit examines the challenges faced by Toronto newspapers during the First World War. Never had there been a greater demand by the public for up to the minute information; never had there been greater restrictions from the government on what the newspapers were allowed to print. Newspapers that broke the Chief Censor's rules could face financial penalty or even be shut down. Included with Regular Admission.


Victorian Valentines - A Workshop

The Pleasure of the Handwritten Letter - A Valentine Workshop
Thursday, February, 9, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Join us for an intimate evening that celebrates the romance of handwritten letters. Listen to poignant Victorian letters.  Print a valentine on our 1850s press. Write your own letter with nib pen and ink and seal it with wax. Participants are invited to bring meaningful letters of their own to share with the group during refreshments.

$15 plus tax per person. Tickets are limited so participants are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance by calling the site at 416-392-6915.

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



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

Measure for Measure and The Winter's Tale

From Tuesday, January 17 to Sunday, February 19, 2017

Groundling Theatre Company (Tom McCamus and Lucy Peacock. Photo: Michael Cooper)

The Groundling Theatre Company is thrilled to announce a remount of their sold-out, Dora-Award-winning rendition of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, along with a new gender-twisted production of Measure for Measure, in repertory at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Starring Canada’s top actors, both shows will provide audiences with an experience of Shakespeare like never before, with seating on the beautiful and historical Winter Garden stage – with the theatre house serving as the backdrop. This intimate chamber production, directed by Graham Abbey, will feature a stellar cast of Canadian stars.
Tickets: $29 to $79


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 3 and 8 p.m.

New York’s infamous all-male ballerinas return to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre with a fresh batch of highbrow hilarity following their acclaimed performance in Toronto in 2011. Brimming with breathtaking artistry and rampant sauciness – and with affectionately irreverent tributes to the classical ballet canon – the cross-dressing company has been making audiences laugh for more than 40 years. In their hotly demanded return, The Trocks will lovingly skewer such balletic favourites as Swan Lake, La Esmeralda and Don Quixote. Don’t miss this international dance sensation showcase their extraordinary technical prowess … in size 12 pointe shoes!
Tickets: $35 to $115



From 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.

Sousatzka features a compelling fusion of South African, eastern European, classical, jazz and contemporary music. It is at once emotional, humourous, exhilarating and full of hope – while, at the same time, dealing with some of the most profound social and political issues confronting our lives today.

The show – directed by Adrian Noble – stars Tony Award® winner Victoria Clark and Tony Award® nominee Montego Glover, and is choreographed by 10-time Tony Award® nominee Graciela Daniele.
Tickets: $60 to $175


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: January 12; February 4, 11, 23, 25.
Please note: Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on January 19, 21, 26 and 28, 2017 and February 2, 9, 16 and 18, 2017 due to activities in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience these cancellations may have caused you.

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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