In the Spotlight, June 12
Play the Parks with PRIDE
Play the Parks with Pride will kick off Celebrations on June 24th.
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.
*North By North East (NXNE) Alternative Stage will also be playing Trinity Square on June 16, 18, 20; and College Park on June 19.
June 19–22, 2014 at Yonge-Dundas Square
If you’ve been to NXNE before, you know we put on four nights of huge, all-ages headlining shows at Yonge-Dundas Square that will have Toronto talking for the rest of the year. If you’re new, it’s pretty simple: show up (rain or shine) and see a bunch of bands for free. Yes, that’s right. Free – no fine print. For full schedule at Yonge-Dundas square please click here.
MONDAY, JUNE 16 | Trinity Square Park
The Shoe (USA) 12:00 PM
The Shoe is the improvisational music project between actress Jena Malone ('The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' 'Into the Wild,' and 'Sucker Punch') and musician Lem Jay Ignacio. Malone brings with her an instrument called "The Shoe" – an old steamer trunk with a plethora of electronic instruments inside.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 | Trinity Square Park
Briar Rabbit (Chicago, IL, USA) 12:00 PM
Singer / Songwriter
Growing up under the watchful eye of his uncle B.B. King, it seems only fitting that Briar Rabbit has grown up to become quite the gentleman, and one that is musically inclined. From the midwest to the middle east, Rabbit has captivated crowds with romantic melodies and colourfully layered narrative that evokes painfully beautiful imagery through honest lyricism.
THURSDAY, JUNE 19 | College Park
Sc Mira (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) 12:00 PM
Sc Mira's honest strums are mixed with emotive lyrics, creating music that is kind and at times haunting. Drawing inspiration from many artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, and The Avett Brothers, Sc Mira shapes music that is written for old souls and the young at heart. Their country influence and quivering vocals breed a new type of folk rock with pop sensibilities.
FRIDAY, JUNE 20 | Trinity Square Park
Toby Goodshank (New York, NY) 12:00 PM
Toby Goodshank made his high-profile musical debut playing acoustic guitar in The Moldy Peaches. He has a prolific solo career, recording 14 albums in a five-year span (and effectively making us all look lazy by comparison.) While his style usually focuses around his solo guitar and singing abilities, it also draws from a variety of pop, underground art, and musical influences. Unconventional song structures, humor, innuendo, and wordplay are staples of his music.
More details over on the schedulizer.
Celebrate Pride at HUDSON'S BAY Queen Street
Celebrate Pride with English Laundry DJ
June 21 from 2 – 7pm
2nd floor, English Laundry
Let’s dance & Be proud as English Laundry kicks off our Pride Celebrations!
Celebrate Pride with Azzaro Fragrances
June 23 from 12 – 2:30pm
Celebrate Mont Blanc fragrances & Joe Boxer underwear
June 24 from 12 – 2:30pm
Menswear Underwear, Lower Level
The fragrance experts are at Pride Central and a Drag Hostess opening our Pride Central festivities. Here is the opportunity to discover your scent. There would be scents featured from the international fashion & fragrance capitals of the world. Plus, the chance to win a fragrance gift basket at the finale of the week.
Celebrate Pride with EMPORIO ARMANI INTIMATES & ARMANI FRAGRANCES
Wednesday, June 25 from 12 – 2:30pm
Menswear Underwear, Lower Level
Celebrate Pride with ARMANI JEANS DJ
Armani Jeans, 2nd floor
The Armani Eagle is spreading it’s wings and men are exposing their Armani bands. Come see the Armani Jeans models and shake your booty to the DJ spinning great Pride music, enjoy great refreshments. Also, receive a special bonus with your purchase from Armani Jeans.
DIESEL DAY WITH DIESEL UNDERWEAR & MEN’S FRAGRANCE
Thursday, June 26 from 12 – 2:30pm
Lower level, Men’s Diesel Underwear
Come and rev up at the Diesel Fragrance runway with a DJ spinning dance music and to get keep your motor running take a selfie with the Diesel Underwear Ambassador and you get a ballot to win a prize! Plus, see a Drag performance too!
Calvin Klein 103.9ProudFM Live Radio remote
Thursday, June 26 from 3 – 7pm
Lower level, Men’s Calvin Klein
Meet Mike Chalut from 103.9 ProudFM as he conducts his radio show in a live remote in the Men’s Calvin Klein shop will take place with great fun to be had by customers in the store & radio listeners of ProudFM. Calvin Klein underwear will be featured and you can win great prizes from CK.
Celebrate Pride - Calvin Klein Underwear Fashion show
Friday, June 27 at 12:30pm
Lower level, Men’s Underwear
Celebrate Pride with CK Jeans DJ
Friday, June 27 from 2 – 7pm
2nd floor, CK Jeans
See International Pride walk down the underwear runway featuring the colours of the rainbow flag & other countries of the world. Prizes will be given away with a female impersonating hostess with dance music with DJ Dave to get you dancing.
Celebrate Pride with CK Jeans DJ
June 28 from 2 – 7pm
2nd floor, CK Jeans
Calvin Klein is sending out the great vibes for an exciting send off to the Pride parade and be sure you have your great CK Jeans look ready!
*Event details are subject to change
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!
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!
VISIT DOWNTOWN YONGE’S PILOT POP-UP GALLERY
Carrier Arts Organization will be transforming a 4,000 sq.ft. space – once used as a massage parlour – on the second-storey space at 1 Gerrard Street West.
A collaboration between broker Cory Rosen of Goudy Real Estate, Ghazaleh Etezal of Vacantful.com and the Downtown Yonge B.I.A., the pilot pop-up will run from June 14 to June 21, 2014 with public gallery hours on both Saturdays from 12 noon to 5p.m. as well as by appointment.
Thanks also to sponsors Office of the President and the Faculty of Drawing & Painting at OCAD University and Steamwhistle Brewery.
For information about the exhibition, please email email@example.com
Downtown Yonge BIA has announced the next project in O’Keefe Lane
After an April spring clean, we are pleased to announce the next project in O’Keefe Lane in partnership with the Mirvish Theatre and the NXNE festival. Artists Alexa Hatanaka & Patrick Thompson will be painting an incredible art installation starting from Monday June 16th. Their canvas is the exterior structure of the Mirvish Theatre from which they will take their inspiration.
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
Open House in June: Join Us for Refreshments
As part of our mission to shine light on the practice of hypnosis, we are hosting an open house so that you can meet our hypnotists and learn more about our practices in a relaxed, stress-free environment. You'll be able to tour our office, leave the meeting with knowledge of what hypnosis is and what it isn't, and if you choose, we can perform an assessment to evaluate whether you can be hypnotized. Please join us for free refreshments and an enlightening discussion:
Friday, June 13, 2014
Drop in any time from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Morpheus Clinic for Hypnosis
15 Elm Street (near Yonge and Dundas) 2nd Floor in Suite 106
If you have questions, you can call us at any time at 416.556.4068.
The Yonge Street Mission is giving freely over 30,000 books
Over 30,000 books will be freely shared at The Yonge Street Mission’s (YSM) 10th Annual Community Book Fair! A time to promote literacy, education and reading enjoyment. Please join us to get books for you and your friends and family on June 14-19. Come and enjoy complimentary Starbucks coffee at 306 Gerrard Street East by Parliament.
306 Gerrard Street East, inside the Centre for Urban Education.
Days and Hours:
Saturday, June 14, 10am-1pm
Monday, June 16, 10am-12pm, and 2pm-4pm
Tuesday, June 17, 10am-12pm, and 2pm-4pm
Wednesday, June 18, 10am-12pm, and 2pm-4pm
Thursday, June 19, 10am-1pm
Free Parking available at YSM’s Double Take Thrift Store’s parking lot by 310 Gerrard Street East.
Sign up on YSM’s Facebook! Share with your friends. Follow us on Twitter @YSM_TO! Celebrate with us #YSMBookFair
For more information visit www.ysm.ca
The Yonge Street Mission, T: 416-929-9614
Remington's Men of Steel 21st Anniversary Event & Pride 2014
Remington's Men of Steel is Toronto's only all male nude strip club. Today, Remington's Men of Steel welcomes women in every day of the week while maintaining an exclusive Men Only floor every Friday and Saturday. Today, the club boasts two fully renovated floors with a state of the art liquor dispensing system. Remington's Men of Steel has a variety of exciting dancers representing a diverse mix of ethnicity, shapes and sizes that grace our stages.
On June 12, 2014 Remington's Men of Steel is celebrating its 21st anniversary. In case you missed last year's party, this is your chance to come and enjoy some gorgeous dancers and great staff, plus the club will be giving out prizes throughout the night. All are welcome to attend the event, there will be no exclusive men/women floors.
The Feature show will be performed and choreographed by Ashton, Remington's "It boy" who was recently featured in Odyssey Magazine as well as Remingtons promo video clips.
The 21st Anniversary party will last throughout the day with the main event starting at 8pm into the early morning hours.
On a different note, this year's World Pride in Toronto will be well represented at Remington's Men of Steel. Sponsored by Iceberg, 40 male dancers will be covering pride week events, with both floors open to all genders, no special invitations necessary. Pride Week business hours with extended liquor license are:
Thu June 26, 5pm-4am
Fri June 27, 4pm - 4am
Sat June 28, noon - 4am
Sun June 29, noon - 4am
Remington's Men of Steel, 379 Yonge St., 416-977-2160
"Tasting Affair" at REDS Midtown Tavern
Wednesday Nights in June at Reds Midtown Tasting Table, 7:30pm
Stop in and enjoy delicious featured beverages, signature cocktails, specialty liquors, and more. Every Wednesday night, we have fun and casual get-togethers at our communal Tasting Table, featuring different beverages and some tasty shareables to complement them.
Offering a uniquely social experience with lots of opportunity to meet and mingle, our communal table is the perfect place for a night out with friends, or a great reward for after work celebrations with your team. Tickets are $30 per person: call 416-598-3535 to book a spot or find out more about upcoming events.
Reds Midtown Tavern, 382 Yonge St #6
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Are you ready for the World Cup?
Come cheer on your favourite team with St. Louis Bar & Grill and Kiss 92.5’s Devo Brown! Watch with us and join the pool to give us your predictions as to who will win! You could win awesome FIFA jerseys and a FIFA fridge throughout the tournament! Starts on June 12th to July 13th! Valid only at St. Louis Atrium, 528 Yonge St, and Fairview locations. Please see or call store for details.
Follow us on twitter for all the latest info: @stlouistrio and use the hashtag #devobrownWC14.
St. Louis Bar and Grill, 595 Bay St, in the Atrium Building, 647-435-9464
Reserve your space at Duke Pubs
Location: Duke of Richmond, Duke of Somerset www.thedukepubs.ca
2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
June 20 – 28, 2014
Mattamy Athletic Centre
Wheelchair Basketball Canada will host the top female wheelchair basketball players on the planet June 20-28, 2014 in Toronto for the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. World-class female athletes will converge on the Mattamy Athletic Centre to showcase the elite skills and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball the most popular sport for athletes with a disability in the world. The tournament will be the largest women’s world championship in history featuring 12 participating countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, and United States.
For more details: www.2014wheelchairbasketball.com
Anastasia Rizikov, piano
Pianist Anastasia Rizikov made her unforgettable Toronto recital debut for Music Mondays when she was only 13. Now a seasoned 15-year-old, she returns with international tours under her belt and a recording for CBC Radio 2.
Kristine Dandavino, mezzo soprano
Brett Kingsbury, piano
A pair of achingly beautiful song cycles by Canadians Srul Irving Glick and Pierre Mercure bookend a recital by a young singer possessed of a magnificent voice.
Toronto Brass Quintet
The recently formed Toronto Brass Quintet is comprised of some of Ontario's most exciting and versatile brass players, each bringing a unique voice to the ensemble.
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.
Jun 13 – KPop Masquerade Party! – 9:00 PM
Jun 15 – Kids Eat Free Sundays! – 11:00 AM
Jun 22 – Kids Eat Free Sundays! – 11:00 AM
Jun 23 – MoMondays Toronto – 5:30 PM
Jun 25 – ISX Presents: International Wednesdays! – 9:30 PM
Jun 27 – TD Toronto Jazz Festival – 8:00 PM
Jun 28 – TD Toronto Jazz Festival – 8:00 PM
Jun 29 – 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
Toronto: Street Level – A Photography Exhibition
In association with Tangled Arts and Disability Festival
Tuesday, May 1 to the end of July
Toronto: Street Level is an exhibition of photographs by ten artists with disabilities, created through a workshop led by Vincenzo Pietropaolo. The goal of the exhibit was to photograph through the broad lens of social justice and document the humanism of Toronto in the context of accessibility issues for residents with physical disabilities. In partnership with Tangled Arts + Disability Festival.
Included in regular admission.
In association with Heritage Toronto
Saturday, June 21, 10 to 11:30 am
Explore the history of the men and women who took part in the lively journalism scene in Toronto from 1826 – 1892: their triumphs, feuds and friendships. William Lyon Mackenzie played a central role, inspiring both enemies and imitators. The walk is free, and begins at 160 Frederick Street, just north of Front Street (meet at Heritage Toronto plaque), finishing at Mackenzie House.
82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.
American Kid, Patty Griffin’s seventh album, is her first album of mainly new material since 2007. This new album – much of which Griffin says “was written to honor my father” – returns to typical Patty Griffin territory: powerful, personal and unpredictable songs arranged and performed in a style that doesn’t entirely repeat anything she’s done on her previous albums.
Welcome to Night Vale
Thursday, July 2, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.
Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. Music by Disparition. (Image: Rob Wilson)
Tickets: $29.50 and $37.50
Landed: Together in Canada
May 29 to June 29, 2014
The second exhibition of the RBC Emerging Artist Project features the photography of Sarah Foy, Master student from Ryerson’s Image Arts faculty. Landed: Together in Canada is a multimedia installation that tells stories of same-sex binational couples who immigrated to Canada because they could not freely live together in the United States. The project explores how these couples struggled to stay together, how they decided to come to Canada, and how recent changes in American law may (or may not) affect their plans for the future.
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: June 12, 14, 21, 28
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
Return To Grace
July 8 - 20, 2014
A GLORIOUS HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO A MUSIC ICON.
RETURN TO GRACE traces the greatest musical moments of a generation with song favourites that include “Heartbreak Hotel”, “All Shook Up”, “Love Me Tender”, and more! From the early years, through to the amazing ’68 Comeback Special, to the historical Aloha from Hawaii concert, experience RETURN TO GRACE to re-live the music that changed rock and roll forever!
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.
Join us for Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday:
June 13 - Victor Xu
June 14 - Tom McGill
Toronto Jazz Festival - June - from 7 to 10pm at Martini Bar
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!
June 17 - Ginger St. James
June 24 - The Terra Hazelton Trio
June 18 - The Lester McLean Quartette
June 25 - Melissa Lauren
June 12 - The Dan McKinnon Blues Band
June 19 - Mark "Bird" Stafford
June 26 - The Jack de Keyzer Band
Classic Rock Friday
June 13 - The Kristen Anzlec Band
June 20 - Big Rude Jake
June 27 - Brian Blain and The Blainettes
Dance the Night Away Saturdays with DJ Supreme
June 21 - Groove Corporation
June 28 - Irene Torres and The Sugar Dev
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