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.
For information contact: Loreen Lalonde, Director Sales and Marketing, 416-934-5578
To Do in Downtown Yonge
CAMP CHELSEA TO THE RESCUE!
The 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.
Trinidadian-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.
Ginger Ale & The Monowhales - 5:50 p.m.
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.
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.
momondays Toronto - April 25
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!
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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.
Family DROP-IN during March Break - March 12 to 20
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
Thursday, 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
Tuesday, 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
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)
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