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MII SANDWICH now open @ 10 Dundas East

Oh my MII goodness! Food Court dining at 10 Dundas East just got lick-your-lips more exciting! Following rave reviews of the MII SANDWICH flagship eatery at Yorkdale Mall, our chefs bring their passion for fresh and flavourful Vietnamese fusion cuisine downtown for an upscale, casual dining experience. 

So what’s on the menu? Tacos and baos (steamed buns) filled with succulent beef, pork, chicken and zesty lemongrass, basil and cilantro. Crisp Asian inspired salads tossed with signature dressings and diet-friendly vinaigrettes. Slow simmered, without MSGm pho beef noodle soup – the ultimate winter comfort food and mmmmore! Join us for lunch, dinner or enjoy an authentic Vietnamese coffee or logan berry iced tea. Do your taste buds a flavour… don’t miss the MII SANDWICH Chinese New Year special on premium Peking Duck tacos and baos – now till the end of February!

Address: 10 Dundas St East, Food court - 3rd Flr, Unite 331, Toronto ON M5B 2G9
Tel: 416 599 7655


The Saint James Hotel

Located at 26 Gerrard Street East, where metropolitan city life meets lush village green, the Saint James Hotel offers affordable boutique accommodations in close proximity to the city’s most sought-after areas of interest. Defined by its relaxed atmosphere, contemporary design and decor, and proximity to a wide variety of local restaurants and attractions, the Saint James is superb in its value and ideal in its surroundings.

The hotel’s unique downtown location provides guests with access to a myriad of local attractions including spas, restaurants and coffee shops–many of which the St. James has partnered with in order to provide guests with top-notch service and exclusive prices. The Church St. area, also known as the Village, is only a block away from the Saint James, and provides guests with a wide variety of bars and nightclubs.

Proximity to both Dundas and College subway stations connect guests with some of Toronto’s leading spots, including the CN Tower, the Air Canada Centre and the Bay Street Financial District, a short subway ride away.

The Saint James offers contemporary boutique appeal, where you want to be, affordably.

For reservations and more information please call 416-645-2200 or 1-844-645-2200 or visit thesaintjameshotel.com

Address: 26 Gerrard St East, Toronto, ON M5B 1G3


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 Café

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.

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


Did you know that...

The Youth Job Connection (YJC) program offers paid pre-employment training and job placements to youth across Ontario. Our role at Yonge Street Mission is to help local youth find and retain suitable jobs through a combination of pre-employment training, mentorship, and job placements.

Program Benefits

- Candidates who are ready to work and motivated to succeed
- Pre-screened youth who have completed the pre-employment training
- Access to job fairs, job postings and tailored job placements
- Financial incentives to offset on-boarding and training costs
- Unique opportunities to support and mentor youth in the community Youth
- Paid training workshops to help you succeed in the labour market
- Paid job placement after completing the mandatory training
- One-on-one guidance and mentorship
- Essential job search and workplace skills
- Valuable work experience in a career you finally enjoy!

The Yonge Street Mission
T: 416-929-9614 x 2252  
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Union Pearson Express fare slashed from $27.50 to $12

Union Pearson Express train

The one-way cash fare for Toronto's Union Pearson Express (UPX) airport train has been lowered to $12 in an attempt to attract riders. The fare will be $9 with a Presto card.

Commuters who want to use the UPX to travel to or from Bloor West (near Dundas Street) and Weston will be charged about $5, roughly equal to a GO transit fare for the same distance.

The new fares go into effect March 9.


Charlie’s FreeWheels are hiring!

Charlie's FreeWheels

Charlie's FreeWheels is accepting applications for one of the core roles.

Program Coordinator

If you have experience working with youth and are passionate about cycling, we would love to hear from you!

The successful candidate will assist with outreach, program design, execution, and evaluation. Alongside the Executive Director, they will communicate the success of programming to key stakeholders while also contributing to grant writing and budget management.

See the full listing, here, if you would like more information

Terms of Employment: 35 hours per week, 6-month contract with possible extension
Compensation: $22/hr

To apply, send a cover letter and resume in PDF format by email to hiring@charliesfreewheels.ca

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 24th, 2016

About Us
Charlie's FreeWheels' mission is to mobilize, empower and engage youth, using bicycles as a driver for personal growth and positive social change. We celebrate youth ingenuity and maintain a supportive, inclusive and fun learning environment.

Our core program is a Build-a-Bike course. Young people gain skills to build and safely ride a bicycle, which they get to keep for free upon completing the program. They are also given a helmet, lock, bell and a set of lights. Charlie’s has developed additional programs to ensure that youth can stay involved for the long term. We also offer both volunteer and employment opportunities for our graduates.

We primarily work with youth, aged 12-25, who reside in Regent Park, Moss Park and St. James Town. We also work with young people who are struggling to find stable housing from across the GTA.

242.5 Queen Street E., Toronto
T. 416.546.2200

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

Streetcar Track Reconstruction

Streetcar Track Reconstruction at the King Street West & Charlotte Street and Adelaide Street West & Charlotte Street Intersections

March 29 - April 22, 2016

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission will replace the streetcar tracks and complete some sidewalk repairs at the intersections of Charlotte at King and Charlotte at Adelaide. This work is required to bring the track infrastructure and damaged sidewalks to a state of good repair and is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program.

Work Areas:

- The King/Charlotte intersection will be fully closed from midnight March 29 to April 10, 2016.

- The Adelaide/Charlotte intersection will be partially closed from April 11 to April 22, 2016.

- Access to driveways will be maintained at all times.

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, March 17

Welcome to the NEW Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown!

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

The $14.5 million “Transformation 2016”, when complete May 2016, will see the world’s largest full-service Marriott Courtyard hotel in downtown Toronto offering redesigned guest rooms with a residential feel, tone-on-tone décor offering relaxation and abundant comfort along with stylish bathrooms, new corridors, new Marriott beds, in-room safes, mini fridges, 60 TV channels and FREE Wi-Fi!  The guest rooms are some of the most spacious in Toronto with many features attractive to millennials and generation x. Rooms are available now!

Our redesigned contemporary meeting space is available now. This conference and event space accommodates up to 400 guests. There is new expanded meeting room space that provides additional meeting and meal events for up to 200 people.

Guests will appreciate the refreshed lobby and new lobby Bistro. The lobby continues to feature the Go Board that offers the latest news, maps and recommendations for local dining, shopping and attractions displayed on a 52” screen. The hotel offers an indoor lap pool, whirlpool, 24-hour fitness centre, valet and concierge.

The same heart-of-downtown-Toronto location remains.  Located next to Yonge and College Streets in a residential-commercial neighbourhood that is under an exciting modernization.  Experience how urban Torontonians live and sample the local restaurants and shopping next to the hotel. The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is next to major a business districts, entertainment, shopping and subway transit.  It is only a 9 minute walk to the Eaton Centre and a 14 minute walk to Bloor Yorkville area.

Visit us at: www.marriott.com/yyzcy
Visit our Transformation website for updates: www.Courtyardtorontorenovation.com

For information contact: Loreen Lalonde, Director Sales and Marketing, 416-934-5578



What's on



To Do in Downtown Yonge


Camp ChelseaThe Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, Canada’s largest hotel and family fun headquarters has put together a fun filled camp program for children. Parents can rest easy knowing their child is in a safe and fun environment while they are at work or out shopping for the day. Camp Chelsea is available for kids ages 5 to 12 years old, and is an all inclusive program with a wide variety of activities to keep all the campers happy. All activities are lead by the Chelsea’s fun and friendly camp coordinators and include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts around the hotel and supervised swimming – including access to Toronto’s only indoor “Corkscrew” water-slide. Chelsea campers will also have the chance to visit and play with the resident bunnies, Marble and Thumper.

Parents have the option of full or half day programs - the full day program runs from 9 am to 5 pm which includes lunch, dinner and two snacks and the half day program, which runs from 9 am to 1 or 1pm to 5pm with a snack and lunch or dinner.

Camp Chelsea will run from March 12 to March 19, 2016 and will also be back for summer break. Parents can find out more about Camp Chelsea by clicking here or calling 416-585-8959.



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 (100 Queen St. W., main floor rotunda).

March 24, 2016

Xolisa - 5 p.m.

XolisaTrinidadian-Canadian emcee and producer Xolisa pays homage to the fundamentals of conscious Hip Hop, while pushing those golden-era conventions to new heights. She executes a sound that is technically tight yet lyrically fluid, boom-bap yet futuristic, abstract yet familiar. She's respected worldwide by notable taste-making deejays - including Toronto's Dj Mel Boogie, who called her "one to watch in the city" - and has received nods from G98.7 FM, The Black Canadian Awards, Urbanology Magazine and Manifesto Festival. She's a proud alumna of Canada's Music Incubator Program and has released two EPs.

Visit the artist's website


Ginger Ale & The Monowhales - 5:50 p.m.

Ginger Ale & The Monowhales Ginger Ale & The Monowhales, a self-proclaimed "ragtag group of musicians" led by Sally Shaar's bewitching pop vocals, have been shaking up the Toronto indie rock scene for the past three years. The chemistry between each member of the Monowhales causes rooms to buzz with an energy every time they take the stage to deliver sugar, spice, and just enough strife.

Visit the band's webpage


Music Event Organization Panel Discussion - 6:30 p.m.

On March 24, the Live From City Hall music series will be followed by a music-themed discussion in the City Hall rotunda that will help music event organizers find out more about applying for outdoor event or alternative space permits, policing requirements, and general best practices for running smooth events that integrate successfully with surrounding communities.

Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., the panel will feature City representatives from Economic Development & Culture, Parks Forestry & Recreation, Solid Waste Management Services, Toronto Police Services, Transportation Services and other divisions.

The panel discussion will be followed by audience questions and will wrap up at 8 p.m.


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



momondays Toronto - April 25

momondays Toronto

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!


Info and tickets: http://www.momondays.com/toronto/



Doors Open Toronto

The 17th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, offering FREE and rare access to more than 120 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of Re-used, Re-visited and Revised will explore the adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto's architectural history.

Doors Open is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.



Mackenzie House Events

Family DROP-IN during March Break - March 12 to 20

March ‘Musements
Mon. to Fri.: 12 to 4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun.: 12 to 5 p.m.

Drop in for some Victorian fun! Typeset your name on the 1845 printing press, make a craft to take home, and have a cookie in the historic kitchen. Regular admission applies. Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax) Children (4 and under): Free


April is Print Month! Sundays - April 3, 10, 17 & 24

Mackenzie House presents Print Month. Every weekend participate in a different print activity in our recreated print shop. Included with regular admission.

Included with Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax); Children (4 and under): Free.

Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

An Intimate Evening with Jonathan Goldstein

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Jonathan Goldstein, who The Atlantic called "the Wes Anderson of podcasting," hosted and produced CBC Radio's WireTap. An evening with Jonathan Goldstein offers a rare opportunity to hear his storytelling in person with visual accompaniment, taking the experience beyond the limitations of radio and print. Goldstein’s signature brand of wry, self-deprecating humour is a staple of Canadian media, and he is presently at work on a new podcast for Gimlet Media.
Tickets: $29.50 to $49.50


Lucio Silla, presented by Opera Atelier

Lucio SillaThursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 16, 2016
Love proves to be more powerful than the tyrant Lucio Silla – ancient Rome’s most infamous dictator. Passion, intrigue and redemption take centre stage in Mozart’s first masterpiece. Opera Atelier’s staging created a sensation at the Salzburg Festival and Milan’s La Scala.
Tickets: $38 to $191


Shane Koyczan

Shane KoyczanTuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Author and spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan’s 2013 anti-bullying video “To This Day” has nearly 18 million views, and his latest album – Debris – features a guest appearance from songwriter Ani DiFranco. A winner of the American Poetry Slam championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Koyczan’s solo performances – including two sold-out Harbourfront Centre Theatre shows in 2015 – have been celebrated for their “furious honesty” and “tender humanity.”
Tickets: $19.50 to $49.50


Journey to Happiness

J.L. WitterickThursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

In support of the Toronto Wildlife Centre
International best-selling author J.L. Witterick presents this feel-good, inspirational show about the search for what makes us happy, told through narrative, music, photography and cinematography. Witterick and a live band will perform hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and today. This uplifting show – in support of the Toronto Wildlife Centre – will be sure to leave a smile on everyone’s face.
Tickets: $35, $45, $60, $75, $150


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: March 31; April 9, 14, 16, 23, 28, 30.
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.

Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on March 17, 19, 24 and 26, 2016 and April 7 and 21, 2016 due to activities in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience these cancellations may have caused you.

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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