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Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

Boyd’s Barber Shop

Address: 5 Carlton St
Phone: 647-351-BOYD (2693)


Urban Philosophy Men's Grooming

Address: 20 Richmond St. East, Unit 112
Phone: (647) 352-4424


Wiz Vision Inc.

Your 1-stop shop for great eyewear, and they're having a fantastic promo! Check them out Shops at Aura!

Address: Aura Concourse Shopping Mall, 384 Yonge St, Unit #113
Phone: (647) 351-8978


Member Highlights

Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown

The world’s largest full-service Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown completes their $14.5 million Transformation May 31, 2016. 

Newly renovated guest rooms and meeting space are available now!

Location: 475 Yonge St. Tel: (416) 924-0611


The Lounge

Located on the second floor of the Senator, The LOUNGE is a very charming and intimate Parisian style café serving you breakfast and lunch Wednesday – Saturday! Come by & say “bonjour”! Bon appetit!

Location: 249 Victoria St.Tel: (416) 364-7517
Website: http://thesenator.com/


T|bar at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

T|bar, located in the Chelsea Hotel is the perfect place to dine. T|bar is for anyone that wants a refined dining experience, a pre-dinner beverage, a late-night cocktail or a decadent breakfast. T| bar is suitable for all occasions, whether you’re with friends, colleagues or having a business meeting. With a warm and intimate atmosphere, you will enjoy your food and the company you are with.

T|bar’s decadent breakfast is served 7am – 10am during the weekdays and an extended breakfast is available on weekend from 7am - 2 pm. T|bar is also a great place to eat lunch, including an authentic Indian Curry Buffet that is made from scratch in house Monday to Friday 11:30am – 2pm. This authentic buffet has been around for over 20 years and headed by our Sous Chef, Gaurav Kapoor.

T|bar is a place to enjoy crafts beers from Mill Street Brewery or one of the five refreshing specialty Caesar cocktails with a twist, such as The “Latin Dancer”, created by Executive Chef Brian MacAskill. Whatever your indulgence, T|bar has a variety of dishes that will have you coming back for more. Stop by T|bar Monday through Sunday to relish in the beautiful decor and delicious cuisine.

T|bar Hours
Mon-Fri: 7am - 10am, 11:30am - 1:00am
Sat-Sun: 7am - 1am

Location: Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W
Call 416 585 4352 for more information


Jazz Bistro is Toronto’s 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


Hard Rock Cafe

For 38 Years Hard Rock Toronto has been serving delicious American and local cuisine prepared by world-renowned chefs. Take a stroll through musical history with our extensive collection of authentic memorabilia. For reservations and private events toronto_sales@hardrock.com

Notes: Patio and private room available, wheelchair accessible, show this ad for 15% off.

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


Did you know that...

The Downtown Yonge BIA publishes monthly retail listings & traffic counts?


Have you considered volunteering, but don’t know where to start?


Why not check out our volunteer listings! From dentists to handy people, there’s something for everyone! Click Here


Want to help shape the future of Downtown Toronto?

Downtown Toronto Skyline

You’ve probably noticed that Downtown is growing. A lot. All this growth has brought plenty of change to Downtown, and, as more growth comes, we need to make sure it’s accompanied by the things that will make and keep Downtown great for all. That’s what TOcore is all about. As Downtown continues to grow, we need a new plan to help shape its future. It’s been almost 40 years since the City prepared a comprehensive plan at the scale of the Downtown, and this new plan—informed by a new vision and 7 strategies—is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a new blueprint for our core.

Want to help shape the future of Downtown Toronto? Share your thoughts on what DT should look like by using #DTAdvice on all social media platforms, as well as by visiting the TOcore website: http://bit.ly/1Vmflcx


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

Watermain Replacement & Road Reconstruction on Gerrard Street East and West

From Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street and from University Avenue to Elizabeth Street

April 18 - October 28, 2016

The City of Toronto is replacing a section of the watermain and City-owned portions of substandard water services on Gerard Street East and West from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street, University Avenue to Elizabeth Street.

The project also involves reconstructing Gerrard Street (Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street), installing improved cycling lanes and improving sidewalks and streetscaping in some areas. This project is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, improve water distribution, reduce the risk of watermain breaks and improve the roads and cycling infrastructure.

To read full notice, please click here.


For more 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, 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.

Come join us on June 22nd to celebrate as Play the Parks 2016 kicks off at Trinity Square Park with a free concert starting at 5:00PM!

The Massey Hall Band is not your Grandparent's big band. This is a unique band made up of some of the most creative, talented, and unconventional musicians in Toronto. The iconic venue’s resident band collaboratively works with artists to create new versions of familiar music through the use of re-composition, arrangement and improvisation. Expect to hear something new and quirky, based in the familiar past of popular music you've known and loved.

For more details please visit Play the Parks website.



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

Take a look at 2015 Living Flag event!
Facebook: 2015 Living Flag event

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.




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

Public Contact Information: www.thedukepubs.ca
Duke of Somerset: 655 Bay Street; 416-640-0921 dukeofsomerset@rogers.com
Duke of Richmond: 20 Queen Street W.; 416-340-7887 dukeofrichmond@rogers.com



What's on

TOcore Expo

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.
Take a ride with us



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!

Register Now or email walk@epilepsytoronto.org
Already Registered? Click here to visit your Personal Walk Page



momondays Toronto June 27, 2016

momondays Toronto

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 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

Ronée Boyce, piano

Duo Primo
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

Dévah Unplugged
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

Messenjah with Exco Levi & HighPriest

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.


Exco Levi
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

Find out who's playing Live From City Hall.
For more information visit: www.toronto.ca/music



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.



Location: Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton St, Toronto
Website: http://www.mattamyathleticcentre.ca



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)
Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg


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