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Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.


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



Weight Watchers

Welcome Weight Watchers to our neighbourhood at 372 Yonge Street!

Website: www.weightwatchers.ca



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


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, January 23

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.



16th Annual Longest Underground Clothing Drive

Date: January 20 - January 24, 2014
Time: 7:30am to 2:30pm
Location: 18 Locations along the Toronto underground PATH

Yonge Street Mission celebrates the 16th Annual Longest Underground Clothing Drive. Event will be taking place on Monday January 20th till Friday January 24th 2014. Volunteers at 18 locations will be accepting donations along the Toronto PATH. Four within Downtown Yonge are Atrium on Bay (concourse level), Bell Trinity Square (concourse level), Hard Rock Café (11 a.m.- 11:00 p.m.), and 2 Queen Street E. (street level).

All drop-off locations are expecting another successful year as they collect new and lightly used clothing. Donations will go to the Mission's Double Take store which serves as an employment initiative of the Mission, providing jobs and affordable clothing to the Regent Park, St. James Town and Moss Park communities since 1999. With the chance to win 1 of 21 prizes totaling over $2,000, participants won't leave empty handed.

For further details please visit our website: http://clothingdrive.ysm.ca


What's on

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



Celebrate Family Day on ice with RBC

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/



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: http://www.exileeditions.com/singleorders2012/madottstations.html



What's New in Downtown Yonge

Grand Opening of RBC at Yonge & Gerard on January 28, 2014



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.

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

For more information click here



To Do in Downtown Yonge

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. 



Keep warm & cozy with us at the Starbucks/Extreme Pita at St. Michaels Hospital!

209 Victoria Street, Toronto

Celebrate Chinese New Year! Come join us on January 27th for the launch of the new Peach Blossom Tea latte! Only available in Toronto/Vancouver for a limited time!

Come in for the new Caramel Flan latte for a comforting caffeine fix along with a toasty cinnamon brioche! Flakey cinnamon layers on the outside with a soft cinnamon-y centre!

Follow us on Twitter! @ExtremeStar209 for upcoming events and promotions.



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!



Duke Pubs Robbie Burns Festival

Monday, January 6 to Sunday, January 26, 2014

Celebrate Robbie Burns Day with the Duke Pubs. During our festival we’ll feature traditional Scottish menu specials and Caledonia Best, brewed in Scotland. On Friday, January 24th, we’ll have pipers and drummers performing traditional Scottish songs as well as the Address to a Haggis!

Piper Schedule:
Friday, January 24th - Richmond 12:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; Somerset 5:30 p.m.

Robbie Burns Day:
Saturday, January 25th - Richmond 5:00 p.m.; Somerset 5:30 p.m.

Price:  No cover charge
Contact Information:  www.thedukepubs.ca
Duke of Somerset: 416-640-0921 dukeofsomerset@rogers.com 
Duke of Richmond: 416-340-7887 dukeofrichmond@rogers.com
Sponsors of Event: Caledonia Best        



Robbie Burns' Day Celebration at Mackenzie House

Saturday, 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.

It's Robbie Burns at Pogue Mahones!

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Traditional Robbie Burns Supper & Scotch Nosing
$45 per person
Festivities start at 6:30 p.m. Limited seating. Reserve early.

More Info: http://www.poguemahone.ca/



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/



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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