In the Spotlight, June 3
Play the Parks is back!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
YOUTH DAY Toronto
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/
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/
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 6, 2016
Praised by New Music Toronto for their “top-notch playing and captivating stage presence,” Reverb Brass is a fast-rising, virtuosic chamber ensemble dedicated to cutting-edge contemporary works.
June 13, 2016
Old-School Love - As heard on JAZZ FM.91, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and in many of Toronto’s best clubs from Rivoli on Queen West to Hugh's Room, Russell Drago Trio features the “velvety smooth” stylings of jazz vocalist Russell Drago. It's all about versatility where touches of the old-school standard meet sly and swinging things off the beaten track. Songs to include When I Fall in Love, I Could Write a Book, It Ain't Necessarily So, Old Cape Cod, and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.
June 20, 2016
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.
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
Massey Hall presents Lunchtime Live!
June 6, 2016
Justin Gray’s Synthesis is a creative world music ensemble that explores elements of traditional Indian raga music in a contemporary format. The ensemble is led by award winning bassist and composer Justin Gray on bass veena, an instrument he designed and co-created in 2010. The group also features renowned Canadian virtuoso Ed Hanley on tabla, and creative percussionist Derek Gray on Tibetan singing bowls. Together, these artists forge a unique cross-cultural blend of melodies and grooves, which draw inspiration from the past while remaining connected to the present.
June 13, 2016
Circle Band is a Toronto-based, Persian-music band founded in 2011. With a unique fusion of jazz and psychedelic rock with elements of traditional Eastern music, the band focuses on classical and contemporary Persian poetry, and is led by the songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Shahab Baradaran, accompanied with Saman Shahi on piano, synthesizer and tar, and Reza Moghaddas on the bass.
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
June 16, 2016
Mattie Leon - 5 p.m.
Mattie Leon is a singer-songwriter whose music strikes a beautiful balance between R&B, soul and pop. Last year saw the release of his debut EP Terrace – a rhythmic meditation on struggling relationships. Recorded predominantly in his Bloor West Village apartment in the bitter cold of winter, Mattie self-produced this effort and was joined only by his brother and long-time band mate Mike on drums. Over the last seven years, Mattie has been a lead singer and multi-instrumentalist for The Sweet Mack and The Shakedown. Having left those two ventures, he has set out on his own to carve a path as a solo artist. You can find Mattie gigging around Ontario, releasing videos and recording covers of some of his favourite artists' songs.
Visit the website
Hannah Shira Naiman - 6 p.m.
In the unlikely metropolis of Toronto, far from the rolling hills of Appalachia, young Hannah Shira is snuggly tucked under the sheets, the light switched off, and the door gently closed. A few feet away, her parents' old-time string band practice is about to begin. Today, the pulse of the music that permeated her slumber radiates in her original banjo-driven songs. Her first album, Tether My Heart, was the culmination of decades of influence from her musical upbringing, combined with her own explorations into the themes and imagery of traditional folk music. In 2014, Hannah took residency in Virginia and West Virginia to further her understanding of Appalachian fiddling, flatfoot dancing, and ballad songs. This year, enriched by her studies and experiences in that land, Hannah Shira Naiman is set to record her second full length album, Know The Mountain. Visit the website
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.
Riots & Redemption: The Troubled Times of William Lyon Mackenzie - Walking tour
Saturday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m.
A Guided Walk In partnership with Heritage Toronto
Meet at Courthouse Square at 10 Court Street.
This tour delves into two violent incidents in the turbulent life of William Lyon Mackenzie. It begins with the execution of Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews in 1838 and finishes with a group re-staging of the infamous Types Riot of 1826. Participants are invited to take part! The tour ends at 132 Front Street East.
Please note: You must pre-register for this tour at www.heritagetoronto.org
PWYC, $5 to $10 donation suggested.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
June 5, 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
DiversityFest is the celebration of Canada’s cultural kaleidoscope presenting an array of entertaining arts and culture performances. DiversityFest is a day long FREE festival on June 5, 2016 in the heart of Downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square. Starting at 1:00 PM the festival will feature some of the best Canadian and International artists and performances showcasing an eclectic fusion of South Asian, Chinese, Filipino and Arab arts and culture.
You can also find out more on Twitter! @Diversity_Fest #DiversityFest2016
Location: Yonge Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
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 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 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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