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TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games

Event at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (Ryerson Athletic Centre)

- Venue hosts all men’s and women’s basketball and wheelchair basketball competitions during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
- In total, 384 athletes will compete at Ryerson during the Games — 192 in basketball and 192 in wheelchair basketball
- This is a live broadcast venue
- The basketball competition schedule — listing all preliminary games by country — is available now at http://www.toronto2015.org/0/basketball-schedule
- No Games-operated road closures surrounding the Ryerson Athletic Centre. However, there will be additional traffic on nearby streets
- PrideHouseTO will hold a street festival every weekend of the Games in the neighbourhood
- Wheelchair Basketball schedule: Training: Aug 3 – 15; Competition: Aug 8 – 15.

Important dates to remember:

August 7 - Parapan Am Games Opening Ceremony
August 15 - Parapan Am Games Closing Ceremony (located at Nathan Phillips Square; this is a non-ticketed event).


Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

M. J. Zafar Chartered Accountant and Consultants

M. J. Zafar is an innovative Chartered Accountant and Business Management Services firm, built on the principle 'We are not just accountants'. We are your partner in taking your business towards success. We deal with every situation in its own perimeters, understanding the challenges inherent to that specific situation and developing a customized solution. We provide a wide range of services, some of which are:

- Business taxes, personal taxes and financial planning;
- Incorporation/Business Registration; Start-up services;
- Business plans; Facilitation of bank and other financing;
- Audit, Reviews and Compilations (Notice to Reader);
- Bookkeeping; bookkeeping reviews and Accounting Consulting.

Location: 49 Elm St., Suite 201, Toronto
(Elm at Bay)
Phone: (647) 931-2425
Website: www.mjzafar.com



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


Member Highlights

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto’s Homemade Caesar mix now available to the public!

The Chelsea Hotel has introduced their new and deliciously blended Caesar mix in T|Bar. Made in-house from fresh and local ingredients, this Caesar mix has made the perfect introduction to the upcoming warm season ahead. As one of the many options on the T|Bar beverage menu, it has grown into a frequently ordered drink of choice.

Created by Chef Brian MacAskill, this tasty classic Canadian Caesar mix is the key ingredient for five specialty created Caesars served in T|Bar: The Classic, The Checkout, The Whasssabbi, The T|Garden and the Latin Dancer. Locals can now enjoy the convenience of T|Bar’s homemade Caesarmix !

What better way to kick off the spring with the Chelsea Hotel’s delicious homemade Caesar mix- now available for purchase in-store.

Caesarmania at T|Bar 

Sunday Brunch Every Sunday from 11am until 2pm
$19 per person*
c|aesarmania – all signature c|aesars only $9 during Saturday & Sunday Brunch!
For reservations call 416.277.5025

* Includes choice from Sunday Brunch menu, juice, coffee or signature loose leaf tea and a collection of breakfast pastries. Taxes and gratuities not included.

T Bar also features an authentic Indian lunch buffet which is available weekdays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The buffet includes traditional Indian curry dishes all of which are prepared from scratch in house.

Location: T|Bar in the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Address: 33 Gerrard St. W.

For more information visit www.chelseatoronto.com or call 1-800-CHELSEA (2435732)


The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto takes Accessible Tourism to the next level

New Innovative Accessibility Program Launch

The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, is pleased to be the first hotel to adopt Closing the Gap, an accessibility program designed to enhance the hospitality experience for persons with disabilities. The Chelsea will offer a Guest Accessibility Package to hotel guests, providing them with a wealth of information to make the most of their stay, including information about the hotel, its amenities and surroundings in a way that speaks to persons with disabilities. Designed by Accessibility Professionals of Ontario (APO), a full-service accessibility consulting firm, the Chelsea is committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to the same information as all guests – consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equal opportunity.

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Did you know that...

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.


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

The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Temporarily close the road to park police vehicles (Mounted Unit Command Post) for the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

LOCATION: JAMES ST TORONTO at QUEEN ST W to ALBERT STAlso closing Albert St from Bay St to James St.

Time period:
July 31, 6:00 pm - August 1, 7:00 am
August 1, 6:00 pm - August 2, 7:00 am
August 2, 6:00 pm - August 3, 7:00 am


The Lovin' Local Food Festival

Dundas Square Street road closure on August 8 for the Lovin' Local Food Festival presented by Live Green Toronto.

On Saturday, Dundas Square Street will be closed between Yonge Street and O’Keefe Lane. The closures will be in effect from 6:30 AM to 11:59 PM.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 416-392-9714 or msingh@toronto.ca.


Open Streets

Sunday, August 16 and Sunday September 6, 2015

Open Streets are programs where the streets are opened to people and closed to cars. People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become “paved parks” where people of all ages, abilities, and social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds can come out and improve their health.

You will be unable to access your garage from Bloor Street during these times:
Bloor St (Spadina Ave to Parliament St) closed 8am-2pm
Yonge Street (Bloor St to Queen St) closed 8am-2pm

Open Streets TO will "soft close" streets. Vehicles will be able to cross the route at major intersections throughout the program.

For more information click here.

Visit our website at www.openstreetsto.org


Scotiabank BuskerFest Festival

On THURSDAY AUGUST 27 AT 9:30 a.m. – SUNDAY AUGUST 30th at 11:59 p.m.
Yonge Street will be closed to traffic for the event; from Richmond to College Street.
Elm Street & Edward Street will also be closed from Yonge Street – 130 feet in.
Any deliveries to 10 Dundas St. must use Laneway access only.

*Please note Queen, Shuter, Dundas & Gerrard Streets will remain open for traffic.

For more information find special area noticeor visit www.torontobuskerfest.com


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, July 30

Fashion on Yonge Year 3

Downtown Yonge BIA is bringing back Fashion on Yonge! Join us for our 3rd season on September 9th and put the spotlight on your business. This exciting festival will proudly showcase our members – shops, restaurants, retailer and services. We invite you to be part of it!

For more information, email cdiego@downtownyonge.com



Play the Parks in Full Swing

Summer continues to sizzle in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. We invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free music concert series this summer on weekdays and nights. Schedule listed below:

Trinity Square

Mackenzie House

Noon to 1pm on the following Thursdays:
Aug 13 - Charmie Deller
Aug 27 - Jillea

Noon to 1pm on the following Thursdays:
Aug 20 -  Sea Perry Trio


McGill Granby Parkette

College Park Courtyard

5pm to 7pm on the following Thursdays:
Aug 27 - Coco Love Alcorn & Wilderness of Manitoba
Sept 3 - Sam Drysdale & Melissa Bel & Janice Kwan

9am to 2pm on the following Sundays:
Aug 16 - The Unseen Strangers & Guests
Sept 6 - Gene Hardy

Noon to 1pm on the following Wednesdays:
Aug 12 - Lily Frost 
Aug 19 - Friendly Rich & The Lolipop People
Aug 26 - John Showman trio

For list of venues and schedule, visit www.downtownyonge.com/playtheparks

Wellness Classes

Energize your weekend!

Join us on Sundays at 10am for free boot camp class presented by Hard Candy Fitness Toronto. Meet us on Hayter Street, between Aura Tower and College Park Building, just north of Yonge and Gerrard Streets. Weather Permitting.

For updates, follow us on Twitter or Facebook: @DowntownYonge



Discovery Tours

Cultural and Historic

Our friendly Discovery Team offers free tours of the Cultural and Historic Downtown Yonge neighbourhood from June 9 to August 28, 2015. Hear fascinating facts about the Old City Hall, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, Massey Hall and more.

Tours run from Tuesdays through Saturdays, and departs at 3pm from the corner of Yonge Dundas. You will be able to spot our Discovery Team by looking for the green flag. The tours are approximately an hour.

Tours are offered in English, French, Spanish and Russian. If you would like to take a tour in any of the offered languages besides English, please book the tour in advance to ensure that the service is available. For tour in English, feel free to drop by the corner of Yonge Dundas at least ten minutes before the start time.

For larger group tours, we can arrange a special day and time.
Book your Cultural and Historic tour now! Call 416-597-0255 Ext 223, email: bia@downtownyonge.com

Music History

Music Tour runs on July 29 / August 5, 19 / September 9
This year the Downtown Yonge has partnered with Heritage Toronto to provide a free Music History tour along Yonge Street. This tour is offered on select dates in the summer and departs at 6:30pm. *Please note that registration is required and can be done at http://heritagetoronto.org/tours/2015-tours/




What's on

Farmers' Market at Ryerson



What's New in Downtown Yonge


Every Wednesday, the Toronto Blues Society and Jazz Bistro bring music fans performances from Canada’s finest blues musicians. Don’t miss intimate shows by local favourites and some of the best Canadian touring artists.

David Gogo | August 5 @ 8:00 pm

As one of Canada’s hardest working and most prolific blues guitar virtuosos, David Gogo has amassed a worldwide fanbase and an impressive list of accomplishments. He has earned four JUNO nominations, the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year, the CBC Saturday Night Blues’ Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year.
David has played on stage with Johnny Winter, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley and has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragicially Hip, Buddy Guy, Little Feat and Jimmy Vaughan. In March 2013, he performed as the supporting act for blues legend B.B. King for the third time in his career, this time at the Port Theatre in Gogo’s hometown of Nanaimo, BC. www.davidgogo.com

David Vest | August 12 @ 8:00 pm

David Vest is a fabulous, foot-stompin’ roots-rocker and boogie-woogie piano player, who can just as effortlessly play beautiful jazz and country blues ballads. His live shows are legendary, and his career probably pre-dates rock and roll itself.

Onstage with Big Joe Turner and opening for Roy Orbison before he was old enough to vote, he later played with blues giants like Bo Diddley, Jimmy T99 Nelson, and Hubert Sumlin. He wrote the first songs recorded by Tammy Wynette and has been credited with keeping an important part of Americana alive.

Don’t miss David as he brings down the house at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro on August 12!

Anderson/Sloski | August 19 @ 8:00 pm

Lance Anderson is a Juno award winning producer (Leahy) and ‘Maple Blues Keyboardist of the Year’ (2013). He currently tours and records with Shakura S’Aida, having just completed a tour of Europe with her in July 2015. Michael Sloski is is one of the most recorded drummer’s in Canada; he is a drummer’s drummer, having recorded and played with everyone from Bruce Cockburn to Holly Cole to Manteca to The Cameo Blues Band and many more.

Together, Lance and Michael have been performing as the country’s premiere Hammond organ and drum duo for over a decade. Two of the country’s most respected players, playing the music that they love at an incredible level of depth and feeling. Wherever either of them wants to go…they can. 

Don’t miss Anderson/Sloski as they bring their powerhouse show to Toronto’s classiest music venue August 19. www.makeitrealrecords.com

Carlos del Junco & Jimmy Bowskill | August 26 @ 8:00 pm

Harmonica great Carlos del Junco has toured Canada regularly since 1996 and tours often in Germany and the United States. He has played all the major jazz, blues, and folk festivals across Canada. Jimmy Bowskill has been impressing his musical elders since age 11, when he attracted the attention of the late great bluesman, Jeff Healey, by busking outside his Toronto club. Since then, Jimmy has toured internationally, including shows in Germany, Ukraine, France, Mexico and at the World Expo in Japan in 2005. He has also received a Juno Award nomination for Best Blues Album. carlosdeljunco.com | jimmybowskill.com

Come see the Dynamic Duo of Canadian Blues at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro August 26!

Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for TBS members)
Location: Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., Toronto



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Victorious Festival

August 2, 2015 2:00 pm.m - 11:00 p.m.

Victorious Festival is an event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. It will be held in Yonge-Dundas square, the busiest square in downtown Toronto. Victorious Festival features concerts by several talented artists from North and South America, art, strongman shows, BMX, prizes, and a variety of food vendors with an international flavour.

This is a FREE event for all. There will be fun activities for kids.

For more info please visit: www.victoriousfestival.ca



10th Annual Kultura Filipino Arts Festival

Energized by cultural pride and a progressive outlook on the Filipino-Canadian experience, Kultura Filipino Arts Festival has captivated the broader Toronto public for a decade with its innovative programming of live performances, traditional and modern cuisine, curated interactive art installations and a bustling marketplace.

Please join us for our 10th year on Sunday, August 9th, from 12noon until 7pm!



Lovin' Local Food Fest

Saturday, 8 August, 2015 11:00am - 10:00pm

The City of Toronto's first Lovin' Local Food Fest will be a full day celebration of local food and drink.

Featuring the best of Toronto's local food and music scene — with Chef Lynn Crawford, chef competitions (you be the judge!), restaurants, food trucks, Ontario wines, beers and ciders, family fun zone, buskers, prizes and more — there will be something for everyone.

Performers on the main stage include Jully Black, The Spoons, and Delhi to Dublin.

See what's on the menu and get the full concert lineup at www.livegreentoronto.ca

Location: Yonge Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.



Music Mondays

All Concerts are held Mondays at 12:15 at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square Toronto, right beside the Eaton Centre.

This year, for the very first time, a generous donation enabled Music Mondays to commission a brand new work in celebration of Holy Trinity’s deep musical heritage. Composer and well-known CBC music host Peter-Anthony Togni’s Benedicite receives its world premiere on August 24th. You won’t want to miss this moving work.

Our concerts take place in the warm, inviting and accessible space of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from Bay Street’s wheels of commerce and the bustle of the Eaton Centre. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at noon from May through the end of August.

August 3 - Soloists of the Cui International Music Festival:
Monique McDonald, soprano
Irina Rindzuner, soprano
Ricardo Rosa, baritone
Gulchekhra Inoyatova, piano and more…
August 10 - Altius Guitar Duo: Adam Batstone and Chad Yacobucci, Guitars
CBC Music Young Artist of 2015
August 17 - William Aide, piano
August 24 - Blackwood: Peter-Anthony Togni, organ and piano, Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet
August 31 - Rachel Krehm, soprano, Canzona Chamber Players, Evan Mitchell, conductor

Check out our website: www.musicmondays.ca
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MusicMondaysToronto



Mackenzie House Events

Interlove: An Exhibition of Documentary Photography

Documentary Photography by Colin Boyd Shafer
Runs until Sunday, August 16

Mackenzie House is proud to host the premiere of new works by award-winning photographer, Colin Boyd Shafer. Interlove is an exhibition of documentary photographs that explore how people with differing beliefs come together in love and shared respect. Included with regular admission.
Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax), and Children (4 and under) are Free.

Kids' Crafts - Saturdays & Sundays in July & August

12 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.

Play the Park - Lunch Hour Music - August 20

Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 12 to 1 p.m. - Alysha Brilla
Mackenzie House will be participating in the Downtown Yonge BIA's lunchtime concert series.  Grab some lunch and enjoy it in the Mackenzie House courtyard along with live musical performances. Admission is FREE.

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



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

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 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.

Lunchtime Tours

July 7 to September 4
12 noon (45-minutes)
New this summer the EWG will be offering a 45-minute lunchtime tour of both theatres to the public. From Tuesday to Friday, visitors will get a chance to see the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre and the whimsical Winter Garden Theatre.

Cost: Adults, Students and Seniors: $5 (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



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.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge Street



2015 Brings new talent to 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 has also introduced a new menu that 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, featuring Mill Street beers on tap.
Upping the ante even more, Monarchs Pub has also teamed up with Young Lions Club, bringing fresh new talent and creating unique and memorable music experiences for all.

Visit monarchpub.ca or facebook.com/monarchspub to reserve, for more information and monthly music listings!

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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