In the Spotlight, July 29
Drop in Resource Booklet
A new kind of map is being distributed in downtown Toronto, showing where people in need can find nearby help. Developed by the Downtown Yonge BIA, the Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource booklet includes 20 drop-in agencies within 1.8 kilometres of Yonge and Dundas.
Working in partnership with Ryerson University, the Downtown Yonge BIA researched and produced the booklets as a pilot project, aimed at raising awareness of the services available and better coordinating access to those services.
How to report a crime infographic
As the weather warms up and event season starts to get closer, we have been working closely with our partners at the Toronto Police Service, and specifically 51 Division and 52 Division, to develop tools and tips for making the spring and summer months as safe and problem-free as possible.
One of the most common concerns we hear from people is that they don’t know when to report an issue and what the best way to report an issue would be. The police encourage reporting of incidents – even when they are not emergency calls – because this data is used to analyze trends and allocate resources. So the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA) has developed a handy one-pager entitled How to Report a Crime (see below). It lists the five (5) different channels of reporting incidents to police and includes handy details on contact numbers and online reporting forms.
Play the Parks 2016 Contest!
Don’t forget to enter our Play the Parks Ultimate Downtown Yonge Experience Contest for your chance to WIN a prize package including a 1-night stay at the Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel, dinner for 2 at the Hard Rock Café, tickets for 2 at a Massey Hall concert & more!
What's New in Downtown Yonge
National lipstick day at Hudson's Bay Eaton Centre
Join us to celebrate everyone’s favourite beauty staple…the Lipstick! Meet our team on Queen Street for some great treats & visit the cosmetics department for lipstick inspired sweets, while you make your own mural on a virtual graffiti wall. Also, stock up on your favorite lipstick as every cosmetic counter has a special in store for you. Offers also available on www.thebay.com.
To Do in Downtown Yonge
YOU ARE INVITED!
Chelsea invites you to a free screening of Avatar, on their Market Garden patio. Food will be available on site for purchase and all proceeds from popcorn sales will go to SickKids Foundation.
33 Gerrard Street West
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Come and celebrate India Day at Yonge Dundas Square on August 7, 2016. Come and experience great cuisine, culture and entertainment all day long. More info: http://www.panoramaindia.org/
Time: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E
Pan American Food Festival
A one of a kind gastronomic event is taking over the heart of Toronto, one that promises to reveal the flavours of the Americas, local artists and talent: The PAN AMERICAN FOOD FESTIVAL
August 13th and 14th, the forth annual PAN AMERICAN Food Festival will showcase the best of the best food products, celebrating the great cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The Pan American Food Festival (PAFF) will showcase restaurants, food producers, chefs and the variety of national and regional cuisines of the Western Hemisphere, with a spotlight on one country each year.
A cultural festival of art, music and folklore will enhance the food experience to celebrate the region’s diverse cultural expression.
Featured Country: This year, the featured country is Bolivia.
Culture and Art: We aim to promote all kinds of cultural activities, indoors and outdoors, to increase the feeling of magic. The PAFF will promote professional and community artists, featuring the music and folklore of the 41 Pan American countries.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E
Music Mondays - A lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity
Welcome to our 25th Anniversary Season!
Music Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent since its inception in 1992. Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience.
Please join us for this, our 25th Anniversary Season. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at 12:15pm from May through the end of August.
August 1, 2016
Allison Au, saxophone
The Allison Au Quartet
Fresh off their Forest Grove CD release US/Canadian Tour, the 2016 Juno winner for “Best Jazz Album: Group” Allison Au Quartet comes to Music Mondays to perform selections from the album along with a selection of Jazz standards.
August 8, 2016
True North - Canadian Duos for Violin & Piano
As a much sought after collaborative pianist, Stephanie Chua has performed in some of Canada's most important contemporary ensembles including Trio Fibonacci, Toca Loca, and Contact Contemporary Music. She performs regularly as a duo with violinist Véronique Mathieu, whose recent collaboration with composer Adam Scime was covered by the Strad Magazine, and successfully reviewed in Toronto. Their performance for Music Mondays will include Sonata No. 1 in E minor by Healey Willan and works by Claude Champagne, Violet Archer & Heather Schmidt.
August 15, 2016
Anastasia Rizikov, piano
Surrealism at Midday
Anastasia first performed for Music Mondays at the young age of 13! This summer she returns as a seasoned 17 year-old, during which time her concert schedules have taken her all over Europe - Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Poland, Ukraine, Russia - the United States, and Canada, where she has played in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, and the Kremlin. Her program will include F. Liszt- Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171; M. Ravel- Gaspard de la Nuit; and A. Scriabin- Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30.
August 22, 2016
VC² are an innovative cello duo that bridge the gap between Ludwig Van and Van Halen. Comprised of multi-genre cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, the Toronto-based duo seeks to present programs that are both artistically challenging and easily accessible to the casual concertgoer. They have performed in venues ranging from intimate pubs to Roy Thomson Hall and are constantly searching for new ways and spaces to bring art music to a wide variety of audiences. Their performance will feature works by master cello pedagogues and Canadian contemporary composers with a few added surprises.
August 29, 2016 - Gala 25th Anniversary Concert
David Braid, piano
Hailed in the Canadian press as “A jazz genius to call our own” (Macleans Magazine), Steinway Piano Artist David Braid was recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' “JazzID Award.” Join us to hear David perform on our new Steinway “B” piano, in a Gala Music Mondays 25th Anniversary Concert, presented by Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto. There will be a reception following the concert.
For more information please visit: http://www.musicmondays.ca/currentseason.html
Admission: PWYC with a suggested minimum donation of $5.00
Location: The Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square Toronto, ON M5G 1B1
Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square
Friday, 29 July, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
Splitting his time between Montreal and Mexico City, Boogat came to national attention with his 2016 JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year with Neo-Reconquista. Having earned his chops in Quebec City’s hip-hop scene, he has constantly reinvented himself across his prolific discography and unique artistic approach. His forceful and witty rapping seamlessly blends with programmed and live instrumentation and crosses genre boundaries including cumbia, reggaeton, salsa, hip-hop, worldbeat, tropical bass and more. Proof of his adventurousness lies not only in his music but also in the list of other boundary-defying artists with whom he’s worked: turntablist Kid Koala, Afro-futuristic electro-beat artist Pierre Kwenders, Quebecois pop star Marie-Mai, Argentinian electronic producer Mati Zundel and more.
Watch “El Lobo”
From Toronto and Vancouver by way of Chile, El Salvador and Argentina, the three members of Los Poetas come together and bring a Latino experience soaked in hip hop culture. The group speaks to the struggles and injustices that exist in their homeland and their duty to preserve their Latin roots through beats and rhymes. Employing “Spanglish,” the trio fluently incorporates both English and Spanish in their music like no others, allowing them to bridge the gap between the Americas – and beyond. Skilled in the trade of that ol’ boom-bap, “Los Poetas” are true masters that represent the voice of the youth unheard.
Friday, 5 August, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. In the wake of Haligonian Ben Caplan’s second album, he's gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America. With his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling, with rough and textured tones that cut through crowded halls, and an enormous voice that roars louder than raucous crowds. Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, he’s often edgy and dark, holding a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His second album, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world. It's all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It's uncharted territory, and Caplan's leading the way.
Newfoundlander Taryn Kawaja began performing at the age of 5, left her hometown at 17, and lived in Calgary and Toronto before settling Halifax, where she formed ambient/pop band KawajaBear. Following the band’s end in 2012, Kawaja devoted herself to her piano compositions, creating an entirely new repertoire of songs and poetry, re-emerging as a solo artist in 2013. Her dark resonating chord combinations, thick dramatic piano riffs and emotionally saturated vocals have been described as “sweet, haunting, and gorgeous,” evoking Fiona Apple and Grizzly Bear. Rooted in her rigorous classical background Kawaja creates a unique pop fusion that has been captivating audiences across the country.
Friday, 12 August, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
The Heavyweights Brass Band
Whether receiving props from The Roots on Twitter, jamming with puppets on CBC Kids' Mamma Yamma, recording with the legendary Giovanni Hidalgo or being championed by influential DJ and tastemaker Gilles Peterson, The Heavyweights Brass Band enjoy crossover appeal and respect from music's elite. Inspired by the New Orleans brass-band tradition, the group keeps one foot firmly-rooted in the rich legacy of jazz while the other foot steps forward into the future. Like the music's originators, the Heavyweights are unafraid to incorporate influences from disparate areas of the musical spectrum, from pop hits of the day to original compositions, from R&B and funk throwbacks to the infectious rhythms of Latin America, all woven together with the thread of adventuresome sophistication. The band has shared the stage with such influential groups as The Roots, Trombone Shorty, Galactic and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and built up a loyal following. Their sophomore release, Brasstronomical, further emphasised their original compositions, revealing a stronger, bolder, funkier and more mature music that continues to grow.
After three solo albums, MINOTAURS founder and frontman Nathan Lawr made the transition from guitar-slinging singer-songwriter to bandleader with 2010’s The Thing. Though the form has changed, the core remains: Lawr is a folk artist, and MINOTAURS is a folk band. But the “folk” here isn’t a genre. It’s about connecting with the community, mobilizing people, reflecting and questioning the world in a conscious and deliberate way. That might be more likely to happen in the context of a strummy acoustic number full of literal lyrics. But it could also be embedded in an eight-minute jam, beating to a pulse that makes it impossible to stay still. The idea that art can – should – make a difference is what links all of Lawr’s work, and defines MINOTAURS.
Friday, 19 August, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
Imagine the kind of alternative big-band a guy like Tom Waits would put together. Then imagine they figured out a way to soak up all 120-plus years of Massey Hall history, and perform it, through a 21st-century filter. This should give you something of a sense of theMassey Hall Band, comprised of acclaimed adventurous players from across the jazz spectrum, reinterpreting and reinventing the music you thought you knew. From Lightfoot to Feist, Blue Rodeo to Constantines, Dylan to REM, the Band explores, expands and rewrites the Songbook. As a part of the city-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ last Toronto show, the Band turns to the Fab Four’s catalogue to reintroduce audiences to some of pop music’s most timeless work.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.
momondays Toronto August 22, 2016
August 22, 2016
A Special Night of moMusic and moMagic!!!
Don’t miss this special night of story wrapped in music and magic!
What will make it so special? Well, you’ll experience four incredible musicians to entertain us all evening. There will be one mind-blowingly amazing magician who will perform his wizardry with us — and on us! Plus, it will be Michel’s moBirthday at midnight, so his friends are planning some extra surprises to keep the party going!
MOMONDAYS is UPSTAIRS at The HARD ROCK!!
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!
REMEMBER TO LIKE THE NEW MOMONDAYS TORONTO FACEBOOK FAN PAGE AND SUBSCRIBE TO EVENTS!!
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
Play the Park - August 3
August 3, 12 to 1 p.m.
Bring your lunch to Mackenzie House and enjoy live, outdoor music provided by the Downtown Yonge BIA. FREE
Kids' Crafts - Saturdays & Sundays in July and August
Saturdays & Sundays in July and August, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, then enjoy some kid time doing an historically-based activity. Regular admission applies.
The Brain Project presented by Telus - Until Aug. 31
Mackenzie House is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer's and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Mackenzie House will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Theatre Museum Canada presents Behind the Curtain
This pop-up exhibit offers a chance to see costumes, props and other theatre wonders up close. Behind the Curtain will give you a glimpse into what goes on when artists and production staff collaborate as a team to bring theatre to life. This exhibit also provides a sample of what you might discover in the Theatre Museum’s permanent collection.
Tickets: Free. Location: Davies Takacs Lobby
This summer the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is offering mini lunchtime tours of the theatres every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 6 to August 26. Starting at 12 noon the tour is only 45 minutes and will take you to the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin and the whimsical Winter Garden. Tours are $5 (cash only) and reservations are not required, just show up before noon at the front doors of the theatre at 189 Yonge Street. Regular 90-minute tours on Thursdays at 5pm and Saturdays at 11am will continue throughout the summer as well.
When: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 12 noon (45 minutes) until August 26, 2016
Lunch time tours: August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26.
Cost: $5 for everyone. Cash only.
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: August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.
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)
Please Please Take Me To Maple Leaf Gardens
August 17 - 8pm
Classic Albums Live: Beatles 1966 at Maple Leaf Gardens
Join us in celebrating the Beatles' last Toronto show with Classic Albums Live performing the 1966 set in its entirety, along with the band's greatest hits.
Not only has it been 50 years since the Beatles performed in Maple Leaf Gardens, but it’s been almost 20 years since anyone’s seen any concert at Maple Leaf Gardens. As part of Toronto’s celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ last show at Maple Leaf Gardens, the stadium now known as Mattamy Athletic Centre is about to rock again to the sound of the original British Invaders. Classic Albums Live recreates that last Beatles Toronto show, performing the original set list in its entirety as well as hits from across the Fab Four’s catalogue.
For more information on Beatles 50 T.O. visit: toronto.ca/beatles50
Classic Albums Live and its roster of A-list musicians from across the country perform rock favourites exactly as you remember hearing them.
CONCERT - TICKETS ON SALE NOW
*PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS SALES OVER THE PHONE ARE ONLY AVAILABLE BY CALLING THE MASSEY HALL BOX OFFICE AT 416-872-4255
Location: Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton St, Toronto
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