In the Spotlight, June 30
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.
Elm St parklette is back for Summer 2016!
We invite everyone to sit, relax & enjoy the parklette on Elm St just west of Yonge. Don’t forget to share your photos with us!
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.
For full schedule please visit Play the Parks website.
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.
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
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/
To Do in Downtown Yonge
30th Annual Toronto Jazz Festival
June 24 - July 3, 2016
Location: Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St
Please call for more details at 416-363-5299.
Multicultural Canada Day
Friday, July 1, 2016
Come Down to Yonge-Dundas Square to celebrate Canada Day!
Live performances, international arts, crafts and Food Market.
Time: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E
Saturday, July 2 & Sunday, July 3, 2016
Kicking off at 2PM on July 2nd, this outrageous and unprecedented drag marathon is sure to defy and inspire even the wildest imaginations!
Divas, dudes and darlings, take note. This year, the stakes (and heels) are higher than ever. Be a part of drag history as DRAG ON! snatches the official Guinness Book of World Records title for Largest Drag Stage Performance.
Featuring the fiercest looks and freshest routines of more than 50 of Toronto's reigning queens and kings and a backdrop of dramatic beats by Britney Spears impersonator extraordinaire Derrick Barry (RuPaul's Drag Race, X Factor), this massive moment in the history of live drag performance is co-hosted by legendary lovelies, Lady Bunny and Bianca Del Rio. You don't want to miss this, Miss Thing!
There are unforgettable performances, floats crammed with frenzying bodies of all varieties and hundreds of joyous, costumed platoons singing their unique messages of Pride! And it's true what they say about the world's grandest parade: you never know what famous smiles you’ll see marching down Yonge Street.
The herd starts moving at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd and the only sure thing to expect is the unexpected.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E
July 8 - 24, 2016
Toronto's premier prix fixe food event is back and tastier than ever! For two mouth-watering weeks, celebrate the city's culinary scene through three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus served at more than 220 of Toronto's top restaurants, including 24 new participants.
Discover delicious food at exceptional value – start planning your Summerlicious experience today!
For a list of participating restaurants click here.
Join us for Summerlicious
Make your reservation at redsmidtowntavern.com and you can hashtag with: #redsmidtowntavern
The official tags for Summerlicious are:
Instagram & Twitter: @LiciousTO
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.
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).
July 11, 2016
Bach and Beyond
Recent Doctor of Musical Arts graduate from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester N.Y., and winner of the 2012 National Organ Playing Competition of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Aaron returns to his native Toronto to perform a program with a mixture of Baroque and modern music, including works by Bach, Böhm, Jan Welmers's minimalist Laudate Dominum and Henry Cowell's Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 14.
July 18, 2016
Transcriptions and Works for the Spanish Guitar
American born guitarist Cary Savage completed his Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, before moving to Montréal in 2002 where he completed Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at l’Université de Montréal. Cary will be performing some of the greatest works ever written on the Spanish Guitar; works by J.S. Bach, Isaac Albeniz, Francesco Tarrega, and Agustín Barrios Mangoré.
July 25, 2016
Organ Music from Québec
Denis Gagné is currently Organist at St-Vincent de Paul Church in Laval and was previously at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, Saint-Léonard and Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel. He has served as Director and Vice President of Les Amis de l'orgue de Montréal. This coming June he travels to Europe to perform a recital at the great Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris for Les Amis de l'Orgue de Luxembourg. We are thrilled Denis will be joining us at Music Mondays in July to perform an all-Québecois program of works by Daveluy, LeBuis, Warren, and the Bédard Suite du deuxième ton.
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, 8 July, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
From his days growing up in the small fishing village of Wedgeport, Nova Scotia, to his days fronting Halifax indie-rock outfit Sleepless Nights, AA Wallace has always been an outlier, carving out his own musical niche that was often in stark contrast to what was going on around him. His debut album (disambiguation) was a solitary endeavour, with the artist writing, producing and recording the songs himself in his bedroom in Halifax. The album was a critical success, being called “both melancholic and philosophical” (Earshot) and “the most insidiously catchy bedroom pop we’ve heard all year” (Toronto Star). In early 2016, he released his follow-up, In Alpha Zones, Wallace’s report from the sidelines – sometimes exploratory and other times warm and familiar, a fresh piece of music that allows new audiences to discover him while maintaining the lyrical and musical aesthetics he is already known for.
With a collection of poignant and soulful original material to add to the repertoire of personal and original takes on pop songs that won over a devoted and growing following,Liz Loughrey’s voice showcases a style influenced by equal parts Etta James and Amy Winehouse. Working with renowned Toronto producer/songwriter/musician Adrian X (The Weeknd, Drake, Kylie Minogue, Serena Ryder), Loughrey, a genuinely old soul, creates a brand of pop that speaks to the past and signals a bright future.
Jordan Alexander’s heart-felt lyrics, catchy choruses and sultry voice are a staple of her acoustic-based music. The release of her debut album, The Lonely Hearts Club, produced by Jarvis Church (Philosopher Kings, the Soul Station), precedes her appearance in the Square.
Friday, 15 July, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
Poet-musician-actor of Algerian descent Mehdi Hamdad performs “bilingual couscous punk” under the moniker Mehdi Cayenne. With a performance career rotted in his teenage years spent exploring Ottawa-Gatineau’s spoken-word scene, he’s come a long way from the self-described “hippie, crazy guy with my classical guitar, just yelling at every place in town that would let me do it.” His third album, AUBE, combines his poetic roots with electro-pop and more.
Known for charismatic live performances and contagious energy, Melanie Brulée’s latest album, 2015’s Débridée, features collaborations with French-Canadians Anique Granger, Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner (Red Moon Road), Charles Tilden (Delta Will) and FayeBlais, and travels from surf-folk-rock to pscyhedelia and beyond. A proud ambassador for mental health, Melanie offers bilingual self-confidence workshops for youth across Canada.
Friday, 22 July, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
Making waves across the country and beyond, the electro rap of the Montreal-based Maritimers Radio Radio is living proof that language barriers don't exist when it comes to their eclectic French-Acadian lyrics and contagiously fun hip-hop beats. Short-listed for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize for their second album, Belmundo Regal, and winners of awards including: a 2011 Independent Music Award for Rap/Hip-Hop Album, a 2010 Miroir for Best Hip-Hop/Urban Performance at the Festival d'été de Québec, a 2010-2011 Révélation Musique Radio-Canada title, and a Félix for Hip-Hop Album of the Year in 2012.
Watch “My Dance Floor”
Herencia de Timbiqui
A fusion of peaceful Afro-Colombian Pacific poetry and contemporary urban music, the band creates a dialogue between the 11 members’ empirical musical knowledge (herencia, or “heritage”) garnered in their home village on the Timbiqui River with the sounds of the city of Cali, which has embraced them. Herencia de Timbiqui makes clear that tradition is not for museums, but can be enhanced and enriched. To that end, they merge it with salsa and son, reggae and rock, jazz and funk. Their 2015 album This Is Gozar was produced by acclaimed musician, DJ and producer Will “Quantic” Holland.
Watch “Te invito”
Friday, 29 July, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
Splitting his time between Montreal and Mexico City, Boogat came to national attention with his 2016 JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year with Neo-Reconquista. Having earned his chops in Quebec City’s hip-hop scene, he has constantly reinvented himself across his prolific discography and unique artistic approach. His forceful and witty rapping seamlessly blends with programmed and live instrumentation and crosses genre boundaries including cumbia, reggaeton, salsa, hip-hop, worldbeat, tropical bass and more. Proof of his adventurousness lies not only in his music but also in the list of other boundary-defying artists with whom he’s worked: turntablist Kid Koala, Afro-futuristic electro-beat artist Pierre Kwenders, Quebecois pop star Marie-Mai, Argentinian electronic producer Mati Zundel and more.
Watch “El Lobo”
From Toronto and Vancouver by way of Chile, El Salvador and Argentina, the three members of Los Poetas come together and bring a Latino experience soaked in hip hop culture. The group speaks to the struggles and injustices that exist in their homeland and their duty to preserve their Latin roots through beats and rhymes. Employing “Spanglish,” the trio fluently incorporates both English and Spanish in their music like no others, allowing them to bridge the gap between the Americas – and beyond. Skilled in the trade of that ol’ boom-bap, “Los Poetas” are true masters that represent the voice of the youth unheard.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.
THE CARLTON MIDNIGHT SOCIETY proudly presents:
KAIJULY: A Midnight Japanese Monster Movie Marathon!
On July 16th, The Carlton Midnight Society celebrates its 1-year anniversary with its most epic and ambitious event to date - KAIJULY: A Midnight Japanese Monster Movie Marathon beginning at 11pm and ending at 7am the next morning!
We'll be screening 4 classic kaiju films back-to-back on the BIG SCREEN to help raise funds for THE TORONTO STAR FRESH AIR FUND that helps send children to summer camp. Games, prizes and more!
- DESTROY ALL MONSTERS at 11pm
- KING KONG ESCAPES at 1am
- WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS at 3am
- GAMERA VS. GUIRON at 5am
All films (with the exception of KING KONG ESCAPES) will be presented UNCUT and UNCENSORED in their original JAPANESE language with ENGLISH subtitles.
Saturday, July 16th at 11:00 PM
$20 per ticket (includes admission to all four films)
Tickets on sale now at the cinema (20 Carlton St at Yonge and College) and online at: www.CarltonCinema.ca!
momondays Toronto July 25, 2016
July 25, 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 cash. 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!
REMEMBER TO LIKE THE NEW MOMONDAYS TORONTO FACEBOOK FAN PAGE AND SUBSCRIBE TO EVENTS!!
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/
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.
Canada Day: Put a Maple Leaf on It - July 1 to 3
July 1 to 3, 12 to 5 p.m.
Celebrate Canada's 149th birthday with a visit to Mackenzie House! On Canada Day weekend, use our 1845 press to print a Maple Leaf on a postcard, a poster or a fabric patch! Included with admission. Regular admission applies.
Play the Park - July 6
July 6, 2016, 12 to 1 p.m.
Bring your lunch to Mackenzie House and enjoy live, outdoor music provided by the Downtown Yonge BIA. FREE.
Kids' Crafts - Saturdays & Sundays in July & August
Saturdays & Sundays in July and August, 12 p.m. 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.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Toronto Summer Music Festival presents The Rape of Lucretia
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Benjamin Britten's devastating chamber opera offers compelling drama and contemporary commentary on issues of power, religion, sexuality and gender politics that resonate today more deeply than ever. This production – produced at The Banff Centre – is presented as a part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival, in collaboration with Against the Grain Theatre and the Canadian Opera Company.
Tickets: $35, $55, $75, $95.
This summer the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is offering mini lunchtime tours of the theatres every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 6 to August 26. Starting at 12 noon the tour is only 45 minutes and will take you to the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin and the whimsical Winter Garden. Tours are $5 (cash only) and reservations are not required, just show up before noon at the front doors of the theatre at 189 Yonge Street. Regular 90-minute tours on Thursdays at 5pm and Saturdays at 11am will continue throughout the summer as well.
When: From July 6 to August 26, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 12 noon (45 minutes)
Lunch time tours: July 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29.
Cost: $5 for everyone. Cash only.
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: 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)
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
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