In the Spotlight, June 26
Free Bike Repair Clinic on Thursday June 26
Downtown Yonge BIA, in partnership with Canderel and Charlie’s Freewheels, will be hosting a free bike repair clinic in the courtyard of 777 Bay St., located on the southeast corner of Bay and College. Drop by anytime this Thursday between 4pm and 7pm to learn about bike safety and maintenance.
An experienced mechanic will be able to conduct safety checks on your bike and will walk you through basic bike repair and maintenance techniques.
This is the first in a series of bike clinics hosted by Downtown Yonge BIA. Hope to see you there!
Play the Parks with PRIDE
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.
Bike to WorldPride and park your bicycle for free at our Bike Valet!
Downtown Yonge BIA and Pride Toronto are excited to sponsor Bike Valet at the WorldPride parade this Sunday, June 29th.
Bike valet is a free and secure bike parking service operated by Cycle Toronto. Simply drop off your bike, receive a ticket, and pick it up when you’re ready to leave. Think of it as a coat check for bikes!
Bike Valet hours this Sunday are from 1:00pm until midnight. The valet will be located on the south side of Dundas Street West, between Yonge and Bay. Just look for the Downtown Yonge BIA and WorldPride flag and the bright orange Cycle Toronto tent!
Celebrate Pride at HUDSON'S BAY Queen Street
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!
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 email@example.com
Follow us on twitter: @RUStudentLife
Check out our blog: http://studentlife.ryerson.ca/
What's New in Downtown Yonge
Remington's Men of Steel welcomes World Pride 2014 Toronto
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.
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
Summerlicious July 4 - 20, 2014
For two mouth-watering weeks in July, savour delicious three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 200 of the city’s top restaurants.
Pogue Mahone Irish Pub, 777 Bay St
Cuisine: Irish Pub Fare, Market Fresh
$15 Lunch | $25 Dinner
T Bar, Eaton Chelsea, 33 Gerrard St W
$15 Lunch | $25 Dinner
Bangkok Garden, 18 Elm St
$15 Lunch | $25 Dinner
Oro Restaurant, 45 Elm St
$25 Lunch | $45 Dinner
Trios Bistro, 525 Bay St
Cuisine: Canadian, Contemporary, Market Fresh
$20 Lunch | $35 Dinner
Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St
Cuisine: Bistro, Canadian, Contemporary
$20 Lunch | $35 Dinner
Bannock, 401 Bay St
Cuisine: Canadian, Contemporary, Market Fresh
$15 Lunch | $25 Dinner
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
Koichi Inoue, piano
A long-time favourite of Music Mondays, pianist Koichi Inoue returns with an atmospheric program of music by Fauré, Chopin and Isaac Albeniz.
with Abigail Carr, baroque violin
Gretchen’s Muse specializes in music of the 18th century. Founded in 2012 by violinist Abigail Karr, they’re one of New York City’s newest period chamber music ensembles. Presented in cooperation and with thanks to the Toronto Music Garden.
Raymond Spasovsky, piano
France Unleashed Critics have praised Raymond Spasovski for his “impeccable playing, virtuosity and musicality”. Music by Chabrier, Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy, and Satie played by a Music Mondays favourite.
Zorana Sadiq, soprano
Joe Macerollo, accordion
Peter Tieffenbach, piano
Nothing Compares to You
Accordionist Joe Macerollo and soprano Zorana Sadiq reimagine the songs of Kate Bush, Prince and Radiohead and boil them down to their deep, dark essence – from the Bulgarian sweep of Kate Bush’s pop-scenas to the sweet synth build of Prince’s perfect pop.
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 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
Jul 06 – Kids Eat Free Sundays! – 11:00 AM
Jul 06 – CCR BBQ Brunch – 12:00 PM
Jul 11 – Go Downtown – 10:00 PM
Jul 13 – Kids Eat Free Sundays! – 11:00 AM
Jul 16 – ISX Presents: International Wednesdays! – 9:30 PM
Jul 19 – Hard Rock Presents: Zeppelinesque – 9:00 PM
Jul 20 – Kids Eat Free Sundays! – 11:00 AM
Jul 23 – ISX Presents: International Wednesdays! – 9:30 PM
Jul 27 – Kids Eat Free Sundays! – 11:00 AM
Jul 28 – MoMondays Toronto – 5:30 PM
Jul 30 – ISX Presents: International Wednesdays! – 9:30 PM
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.
Tuesday, July 1, 12 to 5 p.m.
Celebrate Canada's 147th birthday with a visit to Mackenzie House! In the printshop, learn more about the role of the media in Confederation and print a Canada Day souvenir using our nineteenth- century printing press. Regular admission applies.
Kids' Crafts Weekends - July through August
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
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 28; July 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31;
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
Toronto Jazz Festival - June - from 7 to 10pm at Martini Bar
June 27 & 28 - Steve Koven Duo
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!
July 1 - Eric Efferman
July 8 - Mike Daley
July 15 - Michael Danckert & Paul Martin
July 29 - Kate Todd
July 2 - Turbo Street Funk
July 9 - The Emily Steinwall Jazz Band
July 16 - The Andy de Campos Jazz Band
July 23 - The Melissa Boyce Quartette
July 30 - The Michael Danckert Quartette
June 26 - The Jack de Keyzer Band
July 3 - The Jerome Godboo Band
July 10 - Dylan Wickens and The Grand Na
July 17 - The 24th Street Wailers
July 24 - The Brian Cober Blues Band
July 31 - The Jack de Keyzer Band
Classic Rock Friday
June 27 - Brian Blain and The Blainettes
July 4 - Topper
July 18 - Bad to The Bone
July 25 - The Frank Cosentino Band
Dance the Night Away Saturdays with DJ Supreme
June 28 - Irene Torres and The Sugar Dev
July 5 - The Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Finals
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