In the Spotlight, July 31
Fashion on Yonge
With the success of Fashion on Yonge last year, we are bringing the event back! Join us for “Fashion on Yonge Year 2” on September 3rd, at Trinity Square Park. This exciting outdoor Fashion Festival will proudly showcase the shops, restaurants and services of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area and we invite you to be a part of it! There are lots of opportunities for our members to engage!
Play the Parks
Downtown Yonge BIA presents year two of Play the Parks. Trinity Square and College Park Courtyard will be animated twice a week with free concerts and fitness classes throughout the summer. This year promises to be an exciting season featuring up and coming artists playing wide array of music - from folk to rock to jazz. Hard Candy Fitness Toronto and Bell Trinity GoodLife Fitness are bringing their high energy dance classes outdoors! Click here for Play the Parks schedule.
Free Bike Repair Clinic on Thursday July 31
Need a mechanic to give your bike a once-over to make sure that it’s fit for the road? Interested in learning some basic bike repair skills? Come to our free bike repair clinic this Thursday July 31 in the courtyard of 777 Bay St., located on the southeast corner of Bay and College. We’ll be there with Charlie’s Freewheels from 4pm-7pm to conduct bike safety checks and to talk about basic maintenance and repair techniques.
We will also have a constable from 51 Division at the event to answer any questions about bike safety and to help you register your bike with the Toronto Police. Look for the Downtown Yonge BIA tent and flag!
100+ bike racks coming to Downtown Yonge
Downtown Yonge is full of cyclists! As the area continues to grow and develop, we are seeing an increase in the demand for bicycle parking. Starting this weekend, we will be installing a total of 102 custom BIA bike racks, creating a total of 204 bike parking spaces. We designed our racks to be more space efficient than the traditional ring and posts.
Keep an eye out for the new racks at the following locations:
Dundas Street West between Yonge & Bay
Yonge & Gerrard
Bay & Albert
Bay & College
Open Streets TO
We have received news that a new event is being brought to Yonge Street this summer. Open Streets TO is a project that promotes physical activity and active lifestyles in Toronto. For two Sunday mornings in August, parts of Bloor Street and Yonge Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and people will be invited to walk (or cycle, or roller skate, or scooter) the route. Similar events have been held in many cities throughout the world and often see a strong rise in sales for local businesses.
This is a very unique type of event for Downtown Yonge because vending is not permitted anywhere along the event route. It is a fantastic opportunity to open early, and encourage participants to shop at your store, eat breakfast at your restaurant, or learn more about your business.
This project will operate a soft closure for vehicles which means that major cross streets will remain open to vehicles as usual, just Yonge Street itself will be closed.
The event will run on two days:
Sunday, August 17th 8am – 12pm
(the street closure will be from 7am until 1pm for set up and take down)
Sunday, August 31st 8am-12pm
(the street closure will be from 7am until 1pm for set up and take down)
Don't Miss This Year's Scotiabank BuskerBall!
Scotiabank BuskerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto returns to the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood this August 21 - 24th and kicking off the festival is the Scotiabank BuskerBall, an unforgettable fund raising gala night, Tuesday, August 19th, at the nostalgic Mattamy Centre (former Maple Leaf Gardens). This year's Ball features new acts, an improved live and silent auction and even more exciting food and drink (including a Whiskey tasting bar)!
This is an up close and personal VIP preview of some of the worlds best buskers who will attend the street festival and amaze over a million people. It's your chance to get a sneak peek - before the crowds arrive!
It's the most entertaining VIP event that Toronto has to offer! Even better, is that while you enjoy this unique spectacle of ridiculous comedy and outrageous skill, you can feel good about your contribution. Your attendance and participation in the Scotiabank BuskerBall will allow Epilepsy Toronto to offer specialized support programs and services to thousands who struggle to live well with seizures.
Yonge Love Launch
This week sees the launch of a creative community consultation called Yonge Love. It is a 6 month project where we ask what people love about Yonge Street. Visit the website at yongelove.ca and share your views on the neighbourhood. We are also hosting an Instagram competition at #yongelove for a chance to win incredible prizes. Next up: the Yonge Love pop up at 444 Yonge Street – opening next week.
O’Keefe Lane Mural complete!
We partnered with NXNE Art and Mirvish Productions, the two storey mural in O’Keefe Lane is finally completed. Artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson spent all last week painting this incredible artwork. Stop by next time you’re in the neighbourhood!
Ryerson University Orientation Week Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking for ways to get students to notice your business? Ryerson University’s Orientation Week, which takes place August 24th to September 1st, welcomes over 5,000 incoming students to the campus situated right in the core of downtown Toronto. Sponsoring this week long event is the perfect opportunity for your business to connect with this highly engaged group of students aged 18-21, along with 100+ volunteers, and access to the rest of the student demographic gained through social media exposure.
The week aims to provide new students with an opportunity to explore their interests, the campus, and city while creating meaningful connections and relationships with other Ryerson students, faculty and community members.
For more information on becoming a Ryerson University Orientation Week Sponsor, please contact Troy Murray, Sponsorship & Fundraising Officer, Student Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow us on twitter: @RUStudentLife
Check out our blog: http://studentlife.ryerson.ca/
What's New in Downtown Yonge
Join other businesses and show that you care!
Scotiabank BuskerFest is back by popular demand, coming Aug 21st to 24th to the downtown Yonge neighbourhood. Produced by Epilepsy Toronto the festival supports 40,000 people with epilepsy and their families in our community and is the largest event of its kind in the world! Last year this festival attracted over 1.7 million visitors and we’re looking forward to even greater numbers in the year ahead.
With support from the Downtown Yonge BIA, Epilepsy Toronto is pleased to be launching the “i care” campaign during the festival. Local businesses are encouraged to become community champions by supporting the “i care” campaign which will help raise funds for the epilepsy community.
“Downtown Yonge BIA is proud to support a worthwhile charity like Epilepsy Toronto which impacts the lives of children and families affected by epilepsy. I encourage our members to be a great supporter of community initiatives, get behind “i care” and help Epilepsy Toronto continue to improve lives.”
- Mark Garner, The Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge BIA
Here are two easy steps to become a community champion.
1) Sign up as a community supporter and receive “i care” swag from Epilepsy Toronto.
2) Help raise money for epilepsy between Aug 18-24th, 2014:
a. Ask customers for a donation in support of epilepsy when cashing out.
b. Offer a “top up your bill” option to customers.
c. Have an “i care” featured item (a product or special drink/meal) with a percentage being donated to Epilepsy Toronto.
We appreicate your involvement and will thank you by listing your support on the Scotiabank BuskerFest website and festival program distributed in the Toronto Star across the GTA.
Let’s show the city that the Downtown Yonge area cares!
To Do in Downtown Yonge
How do you get to Juilliard? You practice six hours a day. Already prodigiously talented, hard work payed off for Mississauga’s Ji Soo Choi, now in her first year at the prestigious school. Works by Franck, Prévost and Sarasate.This concert is being recorded by CBC Radio 2’s IN CONCERT for future broadcast as part of CBC Music Young Artist of 2014.
CBC Music Young Artist of 2014
Bryan Cheng, cello
Sylvie Cheng, piano
The 16-year old Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng is already recognized for his natural, virtuosic command of the cello and his mature, impassioned musicianship. As the cellist of Cheng2 Duo, he and his pianist sister, Silvie Cheng have given many recitals in Canada and the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. This concert is being recorded by CBC Radio 2’s IN CONCERT for future broadcast as part of CBC Music Young Artist of 2014.
Kornel Wolak, clarinet
Canzona Chamber Players
Evan Mitchell, conducto
Evan Mitchell, the young assistant conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, presents rarely heard works for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra by Mendelssohn, Krenek and Buczinski.
Rachel Krehm, soprano
Canzona Chamber Players
Evan Mitchell, conductor
Les Nuits d’Eté: The brilliant young soprano Rachel Krehm sings Mozart`s Exultate Jubilate and the heavenly Nuits d’Eté by Hector Berlioz with orchestral accompaniment.
The Church of the Holy Trinity
10 Trinity Square Toronto, Tel: 416-598-4521 Ext 223
Check our Website for updates www.musicmondays.ca
Artists and programmes subject to change without notice.
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.
Jul 31 - Rhythms 2014 - 7:00 PM
Aug 03 - Kids Eat Free Sundays! - 11:00 AM
Aug 10 - Kids Eat Free Sundays! - 11:00 AM
Aug 17 - Kids Eat Free Sundays! - 11:00 AM
Aug 18 - MoMondays Toronto - 5:30 PM
Aug 20 - ISX Presents: International Wednesdays! - 9:30 PM
Aug 22 - ARYA Conerts & Events Presents - 9:00 PM
Aug 24 - Kids Eat Free Sundays! - 11:00 AM
Aug 31 - Kids Eat Free Sundays! - 11:00 AM
For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge Street
Mackenzie House Events
Kids’ Crafts at Mackenzie House
Saturdays & Sunday, 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.
82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Toronto International Film Festival 2014
From September 4 to 14, 2014 – with screenings at various times
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60-plus countries every September. TIFF film programs have earned a reputation for excellence, and a diverse array of films is shown – from Hollywood galas to the best in international cinema to the latest home-grown comedies … and everything in between.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the TIFF website.
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: July 31; August 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30.
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)
Ed Mirvish Theatre presents
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” The New York Times.
Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One—born with emerald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete—and completely satisfying—musical in a long time” USA Today.
Ed Mirvish Theatre - 244 Victoria Street, Toronto
Tickets: 416-872-1212 www.mirvish.com
Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday
See what's happening inside The Martini Bar in Toronto. Select from our creatively inspired drink menu and more than 40 distinct martini recipes. Witness the awakening of nightlife in downtown Toronto through floor-to-ceiling windows, or sink into a plush sofa and absorb the ambient house music. Savor a blend of satisfying cuisine and imaginative cocktails!
Monday-Sunday Avoid the line-ups, arrive early and enjoy $6.00 martinis before 6pm.
Martinis & Manis - Tuesday-Friday - $30 for Mani & a "French mani" Martini, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
What's On at Martini Bar:
$5 pints (Sleemans, Sapporo and Blanche de Chambly), wine and cocktails from Monday to Friday, 4pm to 6pm.
An assortment of delicious appetizers and bar snacks (all under $10)
After Work Party at Pantages Martini Bar is on Monday through Friday, 4pm to 6pm. We look forward to seeing you!
Join us for Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Call for more information on performers and performance dates.
Visit Pantages Martini Bar for more information!
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!
Aug 5 - The Sinners Choir
Aug 12 - Les Garant
Aug 19 - James Sloan
Aug 26 - Kate Todd
Aug 6 - The Melissa Lauren Quartet
Aug 13 - The Vipers
Aug 20 - The Melissa Boyce Quartet
Aug 27 - The Michael Danckert Quartet
July 31 - The Jack de Keyzer Band
Aug 7 - The Jerome Godboo Band
Aug 14 - The Gary Kendall Band
Aug 21 - The Swingin' Blackjacks
Aug 28 - The Jack de Keyzer Band
Classic Rock Friday
Aug 1 - The High Rollers
Aug 8 - The Danny Marks Trio
Aug 15 - Tony Springer
Aug 22 - Caution Jam
Aug 29 - The Lynda Covello Band
Dance the Night Away Saturdays with DJ Supreme
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