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We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

City Kitchen Restaurant N Bar

As the latest addition to Toronto Eaton Centre’s varied food establishments, our 200 seat casual dining restaurant “CITY KITCHEN RESTAURANT N BAR” is a welcome addition for locals and tourists to Toronto. Located on Yonge Street at the corner of Shuter Street, we are an up-scale family facility that offers specialities covering quality Canadian food for lunch and dinner.

Location: 220 Yonge St., Eaton Centre
Phone: (416) 519-5839
Website: http://citykitchen.ca/


The Elm Tree Restaurant

The Elm Tree Restaurant offers its guests modern European meals constructed from familiar ingredients, a full service bar, stocked with local beers, international wines, and liqueurs to create any desired cocktail. House specialities include lamb shank, Chilean sea bass, and our crispy Cornish hen. We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. See you soon!

Location: 43 Elm St.
Phone: (416) 901-7339



TLP (short for Three Little Pigs) will add some midday diversity to the neighbourhood’s current crop of fast food outlets and sub shops. The new space will stick to home-style drinks and snacks, like iced tea, apple cobbler and sandwiches stuffed with lamb, meatloaf and peameal bacon.

Location: 15 Elm Street



Welcome Kaiju to our neighbourhood!

We feature authentic Japanese curry, a fragrant, light and heart warming meal. Our curry is a rich and comforting sauce packed full of sweet and savoury flavours, slow cooked to perfection over 48 hours. This sauce is complemented with a fried or grilled katsu (breaded cutlet).

Location: 384 Yonge Street, Unit 51 (Shops at Aura below Bed, Bath and Beyond)
Phone: (647) 748-6338
Facebook/Twitter: KaijuToronto


Member Highlights

Inglot Cosmetics

Calling all makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts. Inglot Cosmetics is coming to Toronto and opening its doors at Dundas Square. Come experience the world's leader in colour cosmetics and be blown away by our selection. Inglot expertly combines the latest scientific technology with intense and vibrant colours.

Located at 21 Dundas Square Street.
Website: www.inglottoronto.com


Bubble Tease

Bubble Tease Shop has moved their location from 10 Dundas East and is now located at 25 Carlton Street. Visit their new location and enjoy delicious bubble tea and specialty drinks.



The Senator Restaurant has partnered with Hurrier

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.
For more information, click here

The Senator Restaurant has partnered up with Hurrier to bring comfort food right to your door.
Visit https://www.usehurrier.com/senator to place an order and have any of your Senator favourites delivered to you via bike courier.
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.

Location: 249 Victoria Street, Toronto



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


Did you know that...

The trains have arrived!

In the spring of 2015, Union Pearson Express (UP Express) will launch as Canada’s first dedicated airport express rail service, connecting Toronto’s downtown core to Toronto Pearson International Airport. UP Express will provide a fast route, taking only 25 minutes each way and departing every 15 minutes, 19 ½ hours a day. There has been significant progress on the corridor, tracks and stations, with many residents now seeing the UP Express project come to life as it nears completion. 

In mid August, after a 20,000 kilometre journey, we welcomed the first 2 UP Express trains to Toronto. Built by Nippon Sharyo in Japan, these  state-of–the art trains were shipped in lots from Toyokawa, Japan to Savannah, Georgia and then on to Rochelle, Illinois where Nippon Sharyo’s plant is assembling and testing the train cars under Metrolinx stewardship. The remaining trains will be arriving on a cascading basis over the coming months.

Before arriving in Toronto, the first 2 trains underwent high and low speed testing on Chicago’s Metra Line and are now undergoing a comprehensive testing and commissioning program in Toronto. Starting in September, the first 2 trains began testing on a variety of GO corridors and the Spur into terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson. Over the coming months, you will be seeing many UP Express trains on the GO corridors from now until the launch next spring.

Follow us at @UPexpress and remember to #Trackthetrains

Read more: UP Express Train Facts


Opportunity for local and independent businesses at #localTOmrkt

Downtown Yonge BIA would like to highlight a new opportunity for member businesses, just in time for the holidays!

AdHoc, a new joint venture for producing pop-ups, is putting together a month-long holiday market called #localTOmrkt at the vacant lot on the corner of Yonge and Gould. BlogTO is one of their partners and looking to promote the BlogTO app. AdHoc is inviting all local and independent businesses in Downtown Yonge to either come and take part in the market that supports independent creators and local businesses of Toronto, or offer some kind of discount or promotion that users would have access to upon download of BlogTO’s app. 

AdHoc wants to support the local businesses in the area and this would be an opportunity to promote your business through BlogTO and #localTOmrkt.

AdHoc is also very interested in any kind of partnership or in-kind sponsorship opportunities as this is the first year this market is being put together.

For more information, please contact the AdHoc team at info@adhocpopup.com

You might also like to read the attached media release, or check out today’s coverage in BlogTO: www.blogto.com


80% of responding Toronto Mayoral and Council candidates support building the Minimum Grid

Earlier this year, Cycle Toronto called on all candidates running for mayor and council for the next term of council to commit to building the Minimum Grid: a city-wide grid of 100 km of protected bike lanes and 100 km of bicycle boulevards by 2018.

You can find the press release here.


Is your business wheelchair accessible?

Here are some of the things to consider:

- Is the entrance barrier-free? (ie. no stairs to enter, unobstructed sidewalk)
- Are doorways wide enough (minimum 35”) for a wheelchair or walker to pass through?
- Are some of the tables standard height (29”) with removable chairs?  Bar height tables or booths pose challenges.
- Are washrooms on the main floor or do they have elevator/ramp access?
- Are washroom stalls big enough (minimum 72”x72”) for a wheelchair to enter?

Why should wheelchair accessibility matter to you? People with disabilities account for an estimated $25 billion in national consumer spending each year. This group is also estimated to influence the spending decisions of 12 to 15 million other Canadians. In addition to the large spending power of this group, accessibility should be on your radar because of the imminent implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The AODA will soon mandate that all businesses and public spaces meet minimum accessibility requirements. If cost is an issue, new initiatives such as the StopGap program and the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund are available:

At AccessTO we review restaurants, bars and cafes that are wheelchair accessible. The criteria used is developed from the City of London Design Standards and Accessibility Guidelines for the City of Toronto. We provide measurements and photos to our readers so that they can evaluate a restaurant for themselves and participate in Toronto’s vibrant food and entertainment scene. If you think your business meets our criteria please get in touch - we would love to discuss reviewing you on our site!

Check out our website for more helpful tips.


Downtown Yonge BIA receives a Ward 27 City Builders Award

The Downtown Yonge BIA received a Ward 27 City Builders Award from councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam on March 6th. The Downtown Yonge BIA is recognized for their significant contributions to making Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale a dynamic place to live, play, study and work.


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


Yonge Buzz Archive


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

In the Spotlight, January 8

Please see the important notice from Councilor Kristyn Wong Tam

Good Afternoon,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write to Councillor Wong-Tam about College Park. We like to provide you with a quick update on the status of this initiative, as well as solicit your feedback.

Construction on the multi-million dollar revitalization of College Park is set to commence late in 2015. Beginning in 2012, the redesign process involved several community consultations and stakeholder meetings over the course of several months in 2012 and 2013. The design concept for the park can be seen here.

Since the last consultation, City Legal staff have been working with the adjacent property owners in an effort to secure leasing agreements to areas contiguous to the park that are privately owned, with the goal of ensuring that these lands remain green space. These negotiations have been difficult, but the City is nearing agreements that would allow these parcels of land to be re-designed and maintained with the rest of the park.

With these agreements in hand, construction on the park is anticipated can begin, in conjunction with necessary work of replacing the waterproofing materials of the parking garage underneath the park. The water proofing and below grade park construction is expected to last for one year, with the rest of the park being completed afterwards. While the elongated construction period is not ideal, it was decided that it would be preferable to completing the park in one year, only to have to tear it up a few years later to do work on the garage.

The future of the Barbara Ann Scott ice rink was one of the main points of discussion during the consultation process, as the current rink and adjacent facility are at the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced. The estimated cost of rebuilding the rink was equal to the total budget of the entire redesign. After much consideration the community decided to focus on re-designing and revitalizing the rest of the park, leaving the construction of a new rink to a second phase of development. The current park designs are structured in such a way as to easily facilitate the addition of a skating pad in the future. Many people were disappointed to hear that the park would be without a rink, at least in the short term. Others preferred the omission of the rink from the current design, since the rink was used 24/7 and can be very loud at night.

Councillor Wong-Tam would like to solicit feedback from you as to whether she should be try and secure the additional funding required to include an ice skating feature in the current phase of redevelopment. We have created a short survey that asks whether you would support an ice feature, and if so, should the design be similar to the original rink, or should it function more like the ice trail at Evergreen Brickworks that allows recreational skating but not ice hockey. The attached photo illustrates this kind of ice trail. Please take a minute to fill out the survey prior to January 15 2015 here.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite A5
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
(416) 416-392-7903

Twitter @kristynwongtam

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Public accountability and government transparency are important to Councillor Wong-Tam. Scheduling a meeting with the councillor or her staff, may require you to register as a Lobbyist. You are advised to check online for more information http://www.toronto.ca/lobbying/index.htm



What's on


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


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



What's New in Downtown Yonge

TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games are coming and this is your opportunity to participate in an international celebration of pride, diversity and culture.

The Games call for more than 10,000 athletes from 41 countries to compete in 51 sporting events, making it the largest international multi-sport competition Canada has ever held.

And the celebration has already begun!

Toronto will ignite the Pan Am spirit on Tuesday, February 17th, as The Ontario Heritage Trust launches its annual Heritage Week. The event celebrates Ontario’s Sport Heritage.
The launch will take place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Ryerson University’s campus. Starting at 9:30 a.m., Torontonians can: 

- experience interactive sports activities including wheelchair basketball
- view sport demonstrations by official Games supporters
- meet sports personalities and PACHI, the official Games mascot
- visit a sports heritage expo and parts of the former Maple Leaf Gardens
- enjoy refreshments

Our Canadian athletes need your cheers to support them as they compete fiercely for a spot on the podium. Pan Am Games tickets went on sale December 8, 2014 and Parapan Am Games tickets will follow in March. Visit www.ontario.ca/games2015 to learn more and be a part of Canadian history.



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.





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





To Do in Downtown Yonge

Mackenzie House Events

Haggis Making Workshop at Mackenzie House on Saturday January 17

Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

EWG Tour

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;
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required

Darrin Rose

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.
Tickets: $30.89

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



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 13 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Jan 17 BEATLES '65....LIVE! - 8:00 PM
Jan 20 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Jan 27 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Jan 30 DANCE FOR A CAUSE - 9:00 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!

Wed., Jan. 14 - The Harley Card Quartet
Thurs., Jan. 15 - The Mackenzie Blues Band
Fri., Jan. 16 - Sun K
Wed., Jan. 21 - The Edwin Sheard Trio
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.

For upcoming events click here.

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


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