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Would you Walk A Mile in these shoes?

What if it could help end violence against women and promote gender equality?

On May 12, support White Ribbon – the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women – by participating in Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.

Event Details

What: A one-mile walk in heels, through the heart of the Financial District
Where: Starts and ends at Yonge Dundas Square
When: Thursday, May 12 from 12:00 – 1:00pm
Why: Raise funds for White Ribbon and show your support for ending violence against women.

Register your team today!


Member Highlights

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


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


T|bar at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

T|bar, located in the Chelsea Hotel is the perfect place to dine. T|bar is for anyone that wants a refined dining experience, a pre-dinner beverage, a late-night cocktail or a decadent breakfast. T| bar is suitable for all occasions, whether you’re with friends, colleagues or having a business meeting. With a warm and intimate atmosphere, you will enjoy your food and the company you are with.

T|bar’s decadent breakfast is served 7am – 10am during the weekdays and an extended breakfast is available on weekend from 7am - 2 pm. T|bar is also a great place to eat lunch, including an authentic Indian Curry Buffet that is made from scratch in house Monday to Friday 11:30am – 2pm. This authentic buffet has been around for over 20 years and headed by our Sous Chef, Gaurav Kapoor.

T|bar is a place to enjoy crafts beers from Mill Street Brewery or one of the five refreshing specialty Caesar cocktails with a twist, such as The “Latin Dancer”, created by Executive Chef Brian MacAskill. Whatever your indulgence, T|bar has a variety of dishes that will have you coming back for more. Stop by T|bar Monday through Sunday to relish in the beautiful decor and delicious cuisine.

T|bar Hours
Mon-Fri: 7am - 10am, 11:30am - 1:00am
Sat-Sun: 7am - 1am

Location: Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W
Call 416 585 4352 for more information


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 Cafe

For 38 Years Hard Rock Toronto has been serving delicious American and local cuisine prepared by world-renowned chefs. Take a stroll through musical history with our extensive collection of authentic memorabilia. For reservations and private events toronto_sales@hardrock.com

Notes: Patio and private room available, wheelchair accessible, show this ad for 15% off.

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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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


Yonge Buzz Archive


For all enquiries, please contact:
Phone: (416) 597-0255
Email: bia@downtownyonge.com

In the Spotlight, March 31

Stakeholder Survey

Want to share your thoughts on how we’ve been doing? Take part in our Stakeholder Survey & let us know what you think about our services and programs! This survey only takes 5 minutes to complete, and if you complete the survey by April 30 2016, you will have a chance to win some great prizes!



What's on

Our Spring 2016 Community Laneway Cleanup is coming up soon! Join us!

On Friday, April 22, 2016, we will be having our 3rd annual Spring Community Laneway Cleanup and we are inviting everyone to join us in making our laneways safer & more inviting! Interested in joining the fun? Get in touch with us at bia@downtownyonge.com!



To Do in Downtown Yonge


Tune up Toronto

JAZZ.FM91 is excited to announce the second of our 2016 Music Business Seminars, in partnership with TD Bank Group, and Music Ontario

Date: Sunday, April 10
Time: 11:00AM-5:15pm; workshops, 7:00pm; artist showcases
Location: Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario
Admission: FREE

This seminar is exclusively designed for Ontario’s JAZZ community, featuring a day of workshops and networking curated to advance your performing, recording and touring careers. Join Top players in the industry, both onstage and behind-the-scenes at Toronto’s fabulous Jazz Bistro where you’ll get the inside track on how to grow and thrive.

After the full day of inspiring and informative workshops and speakers, the Jazz Bistro will host a showcase of young, up and coming artists who will get to strut their musical stuff for industry luminaries.

Here’s just a few of the panelists we’ve lined up:
Sophie Millman (chanteuse extraordinaire)
Richard Underhill (Shuffle Demons)
Aaron Davis (Holly Cole)
Jane Harbury (one of Canada’s top publicists)
Jae Gold (accountant to the stars)
Josh Grossman (artistic director, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival)
Brad Barker (JAZZ.FM91 music director, host of Afternoon Drive)

Here is the rundown:
11:00AM-5:15PM Workshops
5:30PM-6:30PM Networking
7:00PM-9:00PM Artist Showcases

FREE lunch will be provided
A full schedule will be announced shortly

To register for this free seminar, go here: http://tuneuptojazz1.eventbrite.ca



Steinway piano fundraising concert

The program for April 7th is the first collaboration of these two great Canadian performers since their student years at University of Toronto. At this concert, we will unveil the church's new Steinway "B" concert grand. Proceeds of the concert go to the acquisition cost of this fine instrument. The Church of the Holy Trinity is grateful for the generous assistance of Steinway Piano Gallery of Toronto.

William Aide, piano is a pre-eminent pianist, teacher, and author. He received his musical education at the University of Toronto and the Julliard School of Music. A specialist in Canadian music, Aide has performed more than 30 premieres of Canadian works, including five piano concertos for the CBC. He is the former Head of the Keyboard Division at the University of Toronto and was the inaugural R.E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance. His recordings comprise the complete Chopin Etudes and Preludes, the Brahms Cello sonatas with Ofra Harnoy, and Centremusic discs of vocal and chamber music works by John Beckwith and Talivaldis Kenins.

Robert Aitken, flute has had a varied career as a flautist, educator, conductor and composer. He has served as co-principal of the Toronto Symphony, taught at the University of Toronto, founded the Shawnigan Summer School of the Arts, served as director of the Advanced Studies in Music program at the Banff School of Fine Arts. More recently he has been very active as a conductor with New Music Concerts (Toronto), with orchestras in Canada and Japan.

General admission $25 at the door, or contact (416) 598-4521 ext. 301 or email: musicmondayscs@gmail.com

All funds raised will go towards installation and ongoing maintenance.

Join us in Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square beside the Toronto Eaton Centre to hear this beautiful instrument come to life!



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).

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

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

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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