In the Spotlight, January 22
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
Winterlicious in Downtown Yonge
Toronto's winter culinary celebration is the perfect opportunity to discover diverse cuisine in a variety of local restaurants and take part in unique culinary events. WInterlicious runs from January 30th to February 12th, 2015.
Have you made your reservations for Winterlicious yet? Dine at great restaurants in Downtown Yonge including Bangkok Garden, Bannock, Jazz Bistro, ORO Restaurant & Private Dining, REDS Midtown Tavern, Scaddabush, Eaton Chelsea's T|Bar, & Trios Bistro!
For more information and menu selection, visit http://bit.ly/1y6hOeP
TOKENS 4 CHANGE RAISES AWARENESS OF YOUTH HOMELESSNESS ON FEBRUARY 6
Over 500 Toronto students/volunteers are gearing up for the fifth annual Tokens4Change™. On Friday, February 6, 2015 look for T4C volunteers throughout the downtown in the TTC, PATH, and offices raising awareness and collecting donations for Youth Without Shelter.
Five years ago, a group of young Toronto volunteers set out to raise awareness of these issues by creating Tokens4Change™, focused on youth supporting youth.
On Friday February 6th, 400+ students from more than twenty GTA schools will turn the heads of commuters across thirty TTC, PATH and office locations, performing theatre pieces, dance routines, spoken word poetry and presenting art installations. Over the course of the day, these students will collect donations to support transportation costs and essential support programs at Youth Without Shelter. The students will be joined in their efforts by employee volunteers from more than 12 GTA companies.
In addition to art installations and performances in subway stations, within the PATH system and at office locations, students will perform on Friday, February 6th in a 12:30 pm arts showcase at the Tangerine Downtown Toronto Cafe, where the KiSS 92.5 Street Team will be on location.
We encourage our members, visitors, residents and students to donate either online at www.tokens4change or throughout the downtown on Friday, February 6, 2015.
Twitter: @tokens4change and @YWSToronto
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tokens4change & www.facebook.com/Youth-Without-Shelter-YWS
Instagram: tokens4change and ywstoronto
Websites: www.yws.on.ca and www.tokensforchange.com
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
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
Toronto BIA Cup
The second of this two-game tournament will be played on February 11th on Ryerson's home turf in the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens). The winner of the series will be awarded the newly created BIA Cup.
Union Pearson Express reveals a flexible fare
Union Pearson Express (UP Express) announced its flexible fare structure on December 10 during a special event at UP Express’ new Toronto Pearson Station, offering significant discounts for PRESTO card users.
Metrolinx President and CEO Bruce McCuaig announced that with a PRESTO card one-way adult fare between Union Station and Toronto Pearson would be only $19. Riders without a PRESTO card will pay $27.50.
PRESTO, already in use by ten transportation agencies in the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa area, is currently being rolled out on the TTC. There are also additional discounts offered to seniors, students, children and people riding shorter distances.
Discounted rates are also being offered to families (two adults and up to three children), and qualified airport employees will be able to ride for $10, or purchase a $300 monthly pass.
McCuaig noted that the service will be delivered on time and on budget, and that the fare structure would mean the service will be self-sustaining in three to five years.
For more details on UP Express fares, click here.
Joining McCuaig and UP Express President Kathy Haley for the announcement were Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca. They unveiled the new 808 square metre UP Express Pearson Station, which sits directly adjacent to the Automated People Mover service that links Terminals 1 and 3. The new station will help shift some of the 35 million passengers that use Toronto Pearson as a vital hub every year.
The Premier was also able to tour an UP Express train for the first time, showcasing amenities specifically designed with air travellers in mind, such as level platform boarding, luggage racks, Wi-Fi and information screens.
With a one-way trip taking just 25 minutes, rain or shine, UP Express trains will leave Union Station and Toronto Pearson every 15 minutes, 19 and a half hours a day starting next spring.
UP Express is just one project among $16 billion dollars of transportation improvements Metrolinx is bringing to the region. For more information, please visit here.
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Mackenzie House Events
Robbie Burns Day at Mackenzie House
Sunday, January 25, 12 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the birthday of the infamous 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/Children $4.42, (plus tax) 4 and under free.
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
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: Jan 22, 24; February 5, 7, 12, 14, 26, 28
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required
Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. Just for Laughs is pleased to present Canadian comedian Darrin Rose at the Winter Garden Theatre. Rose brings his hilarious stand-up act, featuring new material that everyone can relate to about sibling rivalry and pursuing parental approval. Dubbed “one of the hottest comedians in Canada” by GQ magazine, Rose is also the host of Match Game on the Comedy Network.
Marilyn: Forever Blonde
February 11 to 15, 2015
An evening with Marilyn Monroe gives audiences a chance to experience the woman, the songs and the unforgettable moments. Featuring over 17 songs from her films, Marilyn: Forever Blonde takes you on an intimate journey as she tells her own story of a vibrant woman who has inspired generations and continues to capture hearts around the globe. This faithful recreation pays homage to Monroe in her own words and music, and stars Sunny Thompson as the incomparable and iconic Marilyn.
Tickets: $39.95, $79.95 and $99.95
Wed., February 11, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Hailed by the Boston Herald as a crowd pleaser, pop pianist Jim Brickman remains true to his reputation as he takes the audience on a can't-miss-journey punctuated by his engaging wit and romantic melodies, both classic and new.
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.
Jan 23 ARYA CONCERTS & EVENTS PRESENTS - 9:00 PM
Jan 25 THE VINYL SESSIONS - BRUCE BRUNCH - 12:00 PM
Jan 27 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Jan 30 DANCE FOR A CAUSE - 9:00 PM
Feb 01 THE BIG GAME! - 4:00 PM
Feb 03 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Feb 04 NAME THAT TUNE TRIVIA, MUSIC FROM 70S, 80S & 90S - 6:30 PM
Feb 10 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Feb 17 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Feb 24 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge Street
Live nights of Music at 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!
Thurs., Jan. 22 - The Swingin’ Blackjacks
Fri., Jan. 23 - Young Runnings
Wed., Jan. 28 - The Vipers
Thurs., Jan. 29 – Mark Bird Stafford
Frid., Jan. 30 - Tennessee Voodoo Coupe
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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