In the Spotlight, March 20
March 26th is Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness and we need your help!!!
Here in Toronto, Epilepsy Toronto will be working with community groups, schools, businesses, and hospitals to help raise awareness about epilepsy. We are asking you to take part as a Purple Day Ambassador and help us get information about epilepsy on Purple Day!
Started in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a nine-year-old Nova Scotia student who wanted to educate her school after being diagnosed with epilepsy, Purple Day has spread across Canada and was officially recognized by Parliament in 2012.
Epilepsy is an important issue in our community. Across the country 1 in 100 people live with epilepsy, meaning 40,000 people in Toronto from all walks of life and professions are affected by the disorder. Some have seizures that can disrupt their lives on a daily basis; others can manage with medication or surgery. What they all have in common is a public that often misunderstands or is misinformed about the realities of living with epilepsy.
We are asking for your support to wear purple, hand out epilepsy information, hang a purple day poster or incorporate purple into your window display. With your support we can build awareness of epilepsy throughout the community, breakdown barriers and stigmas and raise funds to allow Epilepsy Toronto to continue to support people living with epilepsy.
Contact Brandon for flyers, buttons and posters at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ryerson Image Centre celebrates the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival with four new exhibitions and an international symposium
Scotiabank Photography Award: Stan Douglas
Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases
Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: The Same Problem 5
Curious Anarchy: The Photographic Collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik
Collecting and Curating Photographs: Between Private and Public Collections
The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) celebrates the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival this May with four new exhibitions and an international photography symposium.
Guest curated by Robert Bean, Scotiabank Photography Award: Stan Douglas features the work of acclaimed Vancouver artist Stan Douglas, the winner of the third annual Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA). Presented by Scotiabank, the exhibition is organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. As Bean writes, “The stories, sites and events that Douglas investigates are familiar and historically situated. Through his photography and film work, the images often describe the overlooked histories of cultural identity, displacement and injustice, revealing an uncanny resemblance to present-day events. The tension between fact and fiction encourages the spectator to create and participate in the meaning of the work.” SPA includes a $50,000 award, a Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition at the RIC, and a book deal with international publisher Steidl. The exhibition will be on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 – June 1, 2014.
Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases addresses the representation of black lesbian and queer identity, focusing largely on post-apartheid South Africa. A social and political activist as well as an artist, Muholi endeavours to bring radical change to conventional perceptions of lesbian and transgender communities who suffer from continuous attacks in South Africa. Curated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel, this exhibition will be featured as a Primary Exhibition during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and will be on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 – June 1, and again June 18 – August 24, as part of WorldPride Toronto 2014.
On the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, acclaimed Canadian media artists Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, present the latest instalment of an ongoing collaborative project. The Same Problem 5 explores questions of the ego and memory within a reconstruction of deeply felt media experiences. This exhibition will be a Public Installation during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and will be on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 – June 1, and again June 18 – August 24, as part of WorldPride Toronto 2014.
Curious Anarchy: The Photographic Collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik displays a selection of photographic objects from the private collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik, curator of photography and special projects at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). This exhibition and its accompanying publication and digital component are conceived by second-year students in the film and photography preservation and collections management master of arts program at Ryerson University, under the instruction of Sophie Hackett and Dr. Gaëlle Morel. The exhibition will be on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 – June 1, 2014.
From May 1 through May 3, 2014, the Ryerson Image Centre is pleased to host its third annual symposium on photography entitled Collecting and Curating Photographs: Between Private and Public Collections. Collectors, curators and scholars will gather to discuss how the photograph has become a collectible item and subject of academic study since the nineteenth century. This conference will highlight the dialogue established between private collectors and museum curators. Participants include: Quentin Bajac (Museum of Modern Art, NYC); Howard Greenberg (Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC); and Ann and Harry Malcolmson (collectors, Toronto); as well as 17 other renowned photography experts from around the world. Organized by Dr. Thierry Gervais, the symposium is generously supported by the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, and the Consulat Général de France à Toronto. Admission to the symposium is FREE. For more details and updated symposium program, please visit: http://ryerson.ca/ric/lectures/uplectures.html
Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, Toronto
ADMISSION IS FREE
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre has opened a new art gallery, part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project
The first exhibition entitled Moving on: Ryerson University Students Explore Urban Transport around the Greater Toronto Area features the work of second-year photography production students from Ryerson University’s Image Arts program.
At a time when thinking about transit has never been more important in this city, the students embarked on a documentary project on the subject of urban transportation. This exhibition offers the viewer a varied and nuanced look at the day-to-day experience of Toronto’s current transit system and the construction of its future one.
The exhibition is co-sponsored by Metrolinx and runs until April 3, 2014.
Dates: January 31 to April 3, 2014
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Gallery Level
189 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1M4
For more information www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg
About RBC Emerging Artists Project
The RBC Emerging Artists Project is a unique partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust
that has allowed the Elgin anhd Winter Garden Teatre Centre to develop a gallery for
exhibiting student and emerging artists’ work.
Odon Wagener gallery Toronto presents "Yonge Street" an exhibition of new artwork by artist Glenn Priestley
Exhibition Dates: April 10 - May 3, 2014
Opening Reception with artist: Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. at 198 Davenport Road, Toronto
Odon Wagner Gallery is pleased to present new works of art by Glenn Priestley in an exhibition titled "Yonge Street". Priestley is a Toronto born painter, now living in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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WorldPride 2014 Toronto
WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO) is a ten-day international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. It highlights Canada’s continued progress in human rights, and the diversity and dynamism of Toronto. WP14TO is presented by Pride Toronto, producer of Canada’s largest annual festival of LGBTTIQQ2SA* culture and human rights, under license from InterPride.
Pride Toronto’s 2013 festival drew 1.2 million participants, with a 46 per cent increase in international visitors. 95 per cent of those visitors indicated they were likely to attend WorldPride in 2014. The total economic impact was $286 million over the 10-day festival period, which was a $9 million increase from the 2012 festival.
WorldPride programming has been scheduled to take place throughout the month of June right across the Greater Toronto Area, and will include participation by major galleries, museums and cultural institutions. The official festival dates are June 20-29, 2014.
Enclosed you will find instructions for completing the application – please read the entire application carefully as there are changes from the 2013 program. We are excited to partner with you for the upcoming festival.
What's New in Downtown Yonge
All good things must come to an end, but in this case, the good things are just beginning.
The Massey Tower Presentation Centre is closing this month to make way for construction. Our final day of business will be Sunday, March 23th, 2014. We thank you for helping to make us the BILD and OHBA 2013 Projects of the Year and we look forward to continued success.
A limited selection of incredible suites is still available.
Visit us today for your last chance at pre-construction pricing! Don’t miss your chance to find your place in the spotlight.
After the 23rd, we will be available by appointment. For further inquiries, please contact us
at the number below.
The World’s Biggest Bookstore scheduled to close at the end of March
Toronto, ON ‐ Paracom Realty Corporation, Brokerage announces its appointment as the exclusive listing/leasing broker for 20 Edward Street, currently the World’s Biggest Bookstore, scheduled to close at the end of March 2014.
The new property owner, Lifetime Developments, is envisioning an exciting and transformational new Restaurant Row for the site that will be ready in time for TIFF 2015.
Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Toronto steps from Yonge & Dundas Square and The Toronto Eaton Centre, this new culinary mecca at 20 Edward St. will add to the ever improving landscape of the area, including the recently announced flagship Nordstrom’s and Sax Fifth Avenue stores.
Designed by Turner Fleisher Architects, with multi‐level patio opportunities, soaring ceiling heights, column free space, and common ‘back of house’ elements, this new restaurant row will be the best dining experience Toronto has to offer.
With 250 feet of frontage, each of the 4 restaurants will have numerous eye catching signage and branding opportunities to pull in the millions of yearly patrons from the many office buildings, stores, hotels, universities, theatre and entertainment offerings Yonge and Dundas has to offer.
“We are really excited to work on this project and know that being steps from Toronto’s busiest intersection the site will attract the best ‘New to Market’ operators along with established Canadian brands and international chefs and concepts. 20 Edward Street will be Toronto's ultimate restaurant destination” says Jordan Karp, Vice‐President, Retail Advisory Services and lead for Paracom on the project.
For further details please visit www.twentyedwardretail.com and/or contact the Listing Brokerage for comment.
Hard Candy Fitness
“Music makes the people come together” - Madonna
“Music is like is a legal drug for athletes,” says Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education, one of the world’s leading authorities on music and exercise. “It can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent.” In my experience, music helps distract exercisers away from feeling the discomfort of the workout. It takes them somewhere else. In addition, it helps make the class make sense-when you do things to the beat it just feels better. Lastly, music help stimulate and arouse. The right music selection can make you want to get up and move. Similarly for cool down and meditiation the right music will make you want to calm right down. We have the most amazing studio sound systems at Hard Candy Fitness. We know how important music is and we take time to select the right mixes as well as the systems we play them on. Come to HCF and hear the difference. You will see the results
Location: 382 Yonge Street (corner of Gerrard Street), 4th Floor
Phone: (416) 979-1645
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Fi(gh)t for the Cure event
Receive a complimentary fitting in a Wacoal or b.tempt’d bra by a Wacoal fit specialist.
For every woman that participates*, Wacoal will donate $2 to Komen for the Cure® for breast cancer research and outreach programs.
Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal or b.tempt’d bra or Wacoal shapewear piece purchased at the event.
OUR GIFT TO YOU WITH $100 WACOAL PURCHASE (before taxes) - QUILTED WRISTLET **
While supplies last.**
* No purchase necessary. Must booked an appointment for the fitting.
Fit for the Cure® is a registered trademark of Susan G. Komen®.
Canadian donations to go to the Global Promise Fund - a Canadian affiliate organization – of Susan G. Komen®.
Please call 416-861-6501 to book your appointment TODAY!!
Hudson's Bay, 4th Floor, Lingerie Dept. Queen St.
2014 FLAIR BARTENDING CHAMPIONSHIP
Watch Toronto's best bartenders compete in two rounds of world-class Flair Bartending!
Preparing T Bar's signature caesar
Flipping bottles and having fun!
For details call 416-277-5025
Location: Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St.
Community Meet & Greet at the ING DIRECT Café
In addition to banking and Client services, the Downtown Toronto Café, like all ING DIRECT Cafés, is a community space that welcomes community groups, local charities and not-for-profits, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The Downtown Toronto Café generates revenue from Network Orange fees, tea, coffee, pastries and other items. All revenue generated in the Downtown Toronto Café goes to support a different local charity every month. In addition to a donation cheque, the Toronto team dedicates OITC hours to each charity.
March Café Charity: Earth Rangers
Mission: To educate and empower children to Bring Back the Wild
About Earth Rangers: Picture every person you know working to protect biodiversity. Picture all of these people acknowledging the impacts of their small, daily actions. Picture our planet thriving because a new generation of leaders is mindful about its health. At Earth Rangers we imagine this every day. We believe children can make it a reality.
We all get busy and forget how our daily actions affect the world around us. We forget that, while important, we’re just one part of a huge ecosystem. Children don’t – they’re passionate about protecting life on earth. When they learn how their behaviours can help, they don’t ignore them, they act. Earth Rangers provides children with the opportunity to protect animals, to improve the environment and to make a difference. We are the Kids’ Conservation Organization.
Animal Ambassadors Meet & Greet
Saturday March 29 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Bring the family to meet our friendly critter.
Location: ING DIRECT Cafe, 221 Yonge St.
Her Boutique launch party
We cordially invite you ti the launch of Her Boutique. Join us for Coctails & Hors d'oeuvres
Thursday April 3, 2014 - 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
RSVP by Thursday March 27, 2014 to email@example.com
Location: Shops at Aura, Level P1, Unit 28, 384 Yonge St. Toronto
(Yonge & Gerrard below Bed Bath & Beyond)
Make the Weekend Last at Bangkok Garden Restaurant
Bangkok Garden, the first restaurant to bring Thai food and culture to Toronto over 30 years ago, recently opened their newly renovated bar & lounge. This downtown Toronto hot spot offers Thai Tapas and a beverage menu including exotic cocktails and martinis, a large selection of international beers and an extensive wine list. The opening came just weeks after Bangkok Garden received the 'Thai Select Premium' designation by Thailand's Ministry of Commerce, recognizing Thai restaurants with a rating of 5 stars or higher that serve premium quality, authentic Thai food, provide outstanding service and a Thai ambiance.
DON FRANCKS, SUNDAY NIGHTS IN MARCH AT THE JAZZ CELLAR
Jazz Bistro, the home for live jazz in the city, is pleased to present legendary vocalist Don Francks as part of a new series that takes place Sunday evening in The Jazz Cellar, our beautiful 3rd floor lounge.
At 82 years young, Francks has just released “21st Century Francks,” a live recording captured in 2002 at The Top O’ the Senator. He will be performing songs from the CD, with many surprises in store along the way.
When Don Francks opens his mouth to sing, he takes his audience on a journey. This celebrated singer and actor is widely regarded as one of the finest and most authentic jazz voices in Canada, having released several recordings including “Jackie Gleason Says: No One in This World is Like Don Francks” (with guitar legend Lenny Breau) , “Lost and Alone” (featuring orchestra arrangements by conductor Patrick Williams) and the original motion-picture soundtrack to Finian’s Rainbow; among others.
Francks has starred in many CBC television specials with jazz compatriots Jimmy Dale, Guido Basso, pianist Maury Kaye and the late, great Ron Collier. In the sixties he moved to New York City where he performed on The Jackie Gleason Show, sang at The Blue Angel, and recorded a live album at the Village Vanguard. He also made several appearances on the Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett and Merv Griffin shows. Next stop: Hollywood, where he guest-starred in shows like The Wild Wild West, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mannix, and Mission: Impossible. “La Femme Nikita”, “The Listener”, “My Bloody Valentine” and “I’m Not There”. His list of work as a voice-over artist for ads and cartoons is simply too vast to even begin mentioning!
Don Francks will be performing on Sunday, March 9, 16, 23 and 30. The music starts at 8pm and there is only a $5.00 cover charge.
Peter Donato, Special Assignment Inc.
Ori Dagan, Jazz Bistro Marketing
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 & Times: March 20, 22, 27, 29
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)
St. Louis Bar & Grill is your neighbourhood bar and grill, with great deals 7 days a week!
St. Louis Bar & Grill Atrium has joined in on the NCAA March Madness pool with Kiss 92.5’s Devo Brown! Come watch the madness with Devo Brown and the St. Louis team this Thursday March 20th at noon at St. Louis Bar and Grill in the Atrium building (595 Bay St., Bay and Dundas). St. Louis Bar & Grill will also be treating the #DevosMadness winners with gift cards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places!
Please call store for more details or follow them on twitter: @stlouistrio. For pool details, please go to: www.devobrown.ca/madness. Deadline to join the pool is Thursday March 20th at noon.
See stlouiswings.com for more details.
Atrium on Bay: 595 Bay Street, Toronto, 647-435-9464
Duke Pubs Curry Celebration
So deliciously spicy, you'll want to make our curry at home. In fact, we want you to! The Duke Pubs are featuring spicy dishes this month, including a new dish, Chicken Curry Karma, made with Steam Whistle Pilsner. Purchase a Duke Pubs Curry Take-Home Kit for $12.99, which includes the Chicken Curry Karma recipe, Duke Pubs Rhubarb Chutney, and Duke Pubs Curry Spice (retail value $25.00).
Price of Event: No cover charge
Sponsors of Event: Steam Whistle Pilsner
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:
March 21 & 22 - Dean Aivaliotis
March 28 - Steve Koven
March 29 - Victor Xu
April 4 & 5 - Dean Aivaliotis
April 11 & 12 - Ewen Farncombe
April 25 - Steve Koven www.stevekoven.com
April 26 - Victor Xu
Visit Pantages Martini Bar for more information!
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.
Mar 19 - The Melissa Boyce Quartette
Mar 20 - The Distillery
Mar 21 - The High Rollers
Mar 23 - 2014 FLAIR BARTENDING CHAMPION
Mar 25 - Kate Todd
Mar 26 - The Michael Danckert Quartette
Mar 27 - The Jack de Keyzer Band
Mar 28 - Pat Rush
Saturdays - Dance the Night Away with DJ Supreme
For more details please visit Events Calendar
DISCOVER TORONTO’S HIDDEN TREASURES WITH OFF THE BEATEN PATH PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
Join in Toronto’s newest discovery Off the Beaten Path photo scavenger hunt, which will take place in the downtown core. This interactive discovery initiative takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 between 11am and 5pm. Participant teams of up to 6 people will begin the hunt at our secret location, which will be announced 3 days prior to event date on our website www.otbptoronto.com. Upon registration teams will be given a variety of challenges that they must complete. The event will then end with a swinging after party and awards ceremony at the iconic Imperial Pub on Dundas St. E.
This event is presented by Humber College Event Management students, who are bringing education to life by using the skills they have learned in the classroom and taking them to industry. Humber College is committed to the success of students through excellence in learning and teaching. To learn more about Humber College, visit http://www.humber.ca/about-humber.
Cool places to discover all found in TO? Check out the house on Saint Patrick Street that has been sliced in half! In the mood for vintage? visit 69 Vintage on Queen Street West, and discover. For the sweet tooth, visit Wanda’s Pie in the Sky on Augusta Avenue, for an amazing variety of cakes and pastries to suit every desire.
Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, March 12th, and are offered at the early bird price of $25 per person until April 3rd. Sign up with a team of up to 6 members, and participate in this new and exciting event.