In the Spotlight, June 17
Come join us on June 22nd to celebrate as Play the Parks 2016!
This June 22 through September 18 we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the sun as you enjoy a free concert series at different locations with in the Downtown Yonge area.
This year’s season is curated by Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. In addition to operating the iconic theatres, Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall presents over 400 events of all kinds in their halls and dozens more on stages across Toronto. They are committed in finding new and engaging ways to showcase the range of talent, diversity and possibilities of our Music City and their partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA brings a summer’s worth of amazing programming to Play the Parks.
Show your Canadian pride and celebrate Canada’s Birthday with us!
Spend your Canada Day in Downtown Yonge BIA and be part of our annual Living Flag at Yonge-Dundas Square on July 1st! Get your red or white shirt early and enjoy the different cultural performances curated by the Canada Folk Art Council of Toronto while you wait for the flag formation.
Check back our website regularly for complete schedule.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates: #DYLivingFlag
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, participating in the flag formation or as a volunteer please email Andrea Switzer, Events and Marketing Specialist, Downtown Yonge BIA.
The Living Flag is presented by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with the Canadian Folk Art Council of Toronto.
What's New in Downtown Yonge
Take your selfie to the next level with TPH® 3D printed selfie figurines!
Looking for a unique way to capture your milestone moments? Give the ultimate personalized gift with a 3D Selfie from The Printing House! With stunning colour and life-like detail, these 3D printed figurines make great presents for you and your loves ones to celebrate any occasion.
Visit the TPH® 3D Printing & Scanning Studio at 66 Wellington St. West in the TD Centre and have your pose captured to create your custom 3D Selfie. Come in costume, bring your family or your special someone! Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, wedding, pregnancy, or just a special keepsake, a 3D Selfie is an incredible way to document your memories.
Book your experience today: tph.ca/3D-booking or at your local TPH branch (Queen & Yonge).
Location: 66 Wellington St. West, Unit E004 in the TD Centre
The TPH® 3D Printing Centre & Scanning Studio is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.
2016 EURO PARTY
June 10, 2016 – July 10, 2016
We’re having a 2016 Euro Party and you’re invited! Join us and cheer on your favourite team. We’ve got our TVs ready, our patios ready, and our flags ready. All we need now is you.
Visit www.tsn.ca for the schedule and reserve your table today! www.dukepubs.ca
Please note Duke of Devon (M-F), Duke of Westminster (M-F), Duke of Somerset and Duke of Kent will open early for the 9:00 a.m. matches.
Location: Duke of Somerset, Duke of Richmond
June 20 - 22, 2016, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
A three-day open house where you can talk to City staff about the directions for the Downtown Plan.
Location: Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John Street
Organized by: The City of Toronto
YOUTH DAY Toronto - Sunday, July 24
Now in its 10th year, YOUTH DAY Toronto (YD T.O) is a FREE annual festival celebrating the positive achievements of young people 14-29 in the arts; showcasing their music, dance, art, photography, fashion & film in front of some 35,000 visitors.
Held at Yonge-Dundas Square, YD T.O has been named an ‘Event of Municipal Significance’ by The City of Toronto and includes a Yonge Street closure from Dundas to Shuter streets that transforms Yonge Street into a vibrant vendor marketplace.
The event features 12 hours of non-stop performances on 2 outdoor stages plus the tented YD Art Gallery and live painting on the square. YD T.O holds a world-record for having the most back-to-back live performances, thanks to the two stages and includes performances from all genres of music and dance and a surprise headline act every year.
If you are a youth interested in the arts or want to show your support we are now accepting volunteers for YD T.O 16 and you can register, free here: http://www.youthdayglobal.com/toronto/volunteers/
Additionally, we are still accepting vendors for our Yonge Street market and have opportunities for everyone from food trucks and retail vendors to community groups and offer special rates for Community / Non-profit groups and youth entrepreneurs. http://www.youthdayglobal.com/toronto/vendors/
Chelsea Hotel welcomes the Heart&Stroke Big Bike
WHAT: The Heart&Stroke Big Bike is an exciting fundraiser that is ideal for community organizations, corporations and groups who want to join the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s race to save lives, and create more survivors from coast to coast.
Presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, the Heart&Stroke Big Bike is one of the primary community fundraising events for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This fun-filled event features a bicycle built for 30, with teams of energetic riders pedaling through 200 communities in nine provinces – raising awareness and funds along the way.
Teams, made up of 29 riders plus a driver, work together to raise funds for life-saving heart and stroke research, and celebrate their success by pedaling through their communities on the biggest bike in Canada. This year the Foundation aims to raise $8.36 million across the country. Together with the Big Bike team riders, we’re transforming how communities think about, prevent, manage and live with heart disease and stroke. Visit bigbike.ca to learn more and register for later dates in July and August.
WHEN: July 21st 2016 - Prime time’s still available
WHERE: Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West.
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To Do in Downtown Yonge
Purple Walk for Epilepsy Toronto
Saturday, June 26, 2016 | 11 A.M.
Where: Trinity Square Park & Toronto Downtown Marriott Eaton Center (525 Bay Street)
What? A 5K walk in the heart of the downtown Toronto core that will paint the city PURPLE!
momondays Toronto June 27, 2016
June 27, 2016
Put story-telling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation, and drop in a load of laughs. Mix in real, live music, and great conversation with some of the nicest people on the planet, then push the ‘high’ setting… and out comes momondays!
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 including hst. 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!
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/
Rez Bluez - July 8
On Friday, July 8, Rez Bluez returns to our new home at The Eagles Club on 17 Elm Street, in downtown Toronto. Opening this show is the multi-talented Cliff Cardinal, accompanied by Dave Deleary. Cliff will be playing new songs that are from his debut release. Not only a musician, Cliff is also a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Playwright program, and is a recent nominee for ‘Best Performance’ for his one-man play Huff, which received 4 nominations at the upcoming Dora Mavor Moore Awards. You do not want to miss this edgy, alternative, dynamic duo!
JUNO award-winner Murray Porter will command the stage as he always does, but this time as a Solo. He’ll be sharing new songs from his soon-to-be recorded album STAND UP!! The new songs reflect his views as an Indigenous Man on: the Murdered and Missing Women, through his song, Highway 16; the Idol No More movement; the environment; and just plain old good Love. You can see Murray performing on National TV right now on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Networks’ The Solstice Concerts, plus on the upcoming Indspire Awards on Global-TV this summer…so stay tuned!
Location: The Eagles Club, 17 Elm Street.
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.
June 20, 2016
Described as an “inspirational musician” (Le Progrès, France) and possessing “great depth of musical interpretation” (The Daily Herald), Canadian pianist Ronée Boyce is quickly establishing herself as an artist of intense musical sensibility. Winner of the New York International Piano Competition, she will be joined by cellist Helen Yang.
June 27, 2016
Dévah Quartet - Yamaha and D'Addario Artists
This quartet has performed live for thousands on main stages in Toronto for events such as Canada Day in Dundas Square 2014, featured in the UK Magazine 'PROG', performed for Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games Countdown Launch, Vancouver's Alternative Fashion Week, TIFF, and aired on radio across North America. Join us for a time-lapse concert of Dévah Quartet as they take you through their seven-year development from acoustic classical quartet to the electric prog-rock band they currently are.
July 4, 2016
Koichi Inoue, piano
Albeniz's Iberia Book III
A long-time favourite of Music Mondays, Koichi Inoue, Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University, who now makes Toronto his home, returns to continue his performances of Albeniz’s cycle for piano Iberia. This summer he performs book 3 of 4: El Albaicín (district of Granada), El Polo (Andalusian dance), and Lavapiés (after the district of Madrid).
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, June 24 - 8:00 pm-11:00pm
Legendary Canadian reggae group Messenjah was originally formed in 1980, and reconstituted in 2014. As the first Canadian reggae band signed to a major label (Warner Music), the JUNO Award-winning band became a major influence on successive generations. Touring all over North America and the Caribbean, as well as appearing in several movies – including Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise, Messenjah is Canada's most popular reggae group.
The first Reggae Recording of the Year recipient to receive a JUNO Award four consecutive years running, Exco Levi won his fifth nomination this year for the single “Hello Mama.” Born in Manchester, Jamaica, Levi, an ardent soccer player, came to Toronto in 2005. Influenced by Bob Marley, Sizzla and Peter Tosh, his unique sound pays tribute to the founders of reggae music, with a modern twist.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.
Live From City Hall
As part of the City of Toronto's continuing commitment to create more live music opportunities for our city's vibrant and varied talent, the Economic Development and Culture and Facilities Management divisions - with support from TD Bank - have launched Live from City Hall, a new evening concert series held in the first-floor rotunda of one of Toronto's most iconic buildings.
Each Live from City Hall performance will showcase sets by two different local artists, celebrating the original sounds of Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods. These free admission performances take place twice per month on Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Performances - City Hall,100 Queen Street West, Rotunda
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
Mackenzie House Events
The Brain Project presented by Telus
June 3 to August 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.
Trove: A View of Toronto in 50 Treasures - Luminato Art Exhibition
June 10 to 26
This installation is part of a City-Wide Art Exhibition for Luminato 2016. Helmed by renowned Toronto-based artist Scott McFarland, this exhibition will feature 50 photographs of 50 unique objects and artworks from private and public collections across the city. Mackenzie House is the host of one of these works which will be displayed on exterior walls of buildings (as in Mackenzie House), digital signage and website banners throughout the city.
Mackenzie House celebrates Pride Month with a special event!
10 Minute Talks: A Very Short History of LGBT Issues in Toronto
Wednesday, June 29, 7 to 9 p.m.
Join us for four micro talks that will explore the history of LGBT issues in Toronto. The atmosphere will be casual and intimate as the talks will occur throughout the home of Toronto's Rebel Mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. Refreshments and stimulating conversation are a given.
Tickets are limited - don't miss out! $15/person. Call 416-392-6915.
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: June 18, 23, 25, 30; July 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 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)
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