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We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

M. J. Zafar Chartered Accountant and Consultants

M. J. Zafar is an innovative Chartered Accountant and Business Management Services firm, built on the principle 'We are not just accountants'. We are your partner in taking your business towards success. We deal with every situation in its own perimeters, understanding the challenges inherent to that specific situation and developing a customized solution. We provide a wide range of services, some of which are:

- Business taxes, personal taxes and financial planning;
- Incorporation/Business Registration; Start-up services;
- Business plans; Facilitation of bank and other financing;
- Audit, Reviews and Compilations (Notice to Reader);
- Bookkeeping; bookkeeping reviews and Accounting Consulting.

Location: 49 Elm St., Suite 201, Toronto
(Elm at Bay)
Phone: (647) 931-2425
Website: www.mjzafar.com


City Kitchen Restaurant N Bar

As the latest addition to Toronto Eaton Centre’s varied food establishments, our 200 seat casual dining restaurant “CITY KITCHEN RESTAURANT N BAR” is a welcome addition for locals and tourists to Toronto. Located on Yonge Street at the corner of Shuter Street, we are an up-scale family facility that offers specialities covering quality Canadian food for lunch and dinner.

Location: 220 Yonge St., Eaton Centre
Phone: (416) 519-5839
Website: http://citykitchen.ca/


The Elm Tree Restaurant

The Elm Tree Restaurant offers its guests modern European meals constructed from familiar ingredients, a full service bar, stocked with local beers, international wines, and liqueurs to create any desired cocktail. House specialities include lamb shank, Chilean sea bass, and our crispy Cornish hen. We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. See you soon!

Location: 43 Elm St.
Phone: (416) 901-7339



TLP (short for Three Little Pigs) will add some midday diversity to the neighbourhood’s current crop of fast food outlets and sub shops. The new space will stick to home-style drinks and snacks, like iced tea, apple cobbler and sandwiches stuffed with lamb, meatloaf and peameal bacon.

Location: 15 Elm Street



Welcome Kaiju to our neighbourhood!

We feature authentic Japanese curry, a fragrant, light and heart warming meal. Our curry is a rich and comforting sauce packed full of sweet and savoury flavours, slow cooked to perfection over 48 hours. This sauce is complemented with a fried or grilled katsu (breaded cutlet).

Location: 384 Yonge Street, Unit 51 (Shops at Aura below Bed, Bath and Beyond)
Phone: (647) 748-6338
Facebook/Twitter: KaijuToronto


Member Highlights

Inglot Cosmetics

Calling all makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts. Inglot Cosmetics is coming to Toronto and opening its doors at Dundas Square. Come experience the world's leader in colour cosmetics and be blown away by our selection. Inglot expertly combines the latest scientific technology with intense and vibrant colours.

Located at 21 Dundas Square Street.
Website: www.inglottoronto.com


Bubble Tease

Bubble Tease Shop has moved their location from 10 Dundas East and is now located at 25 Carlton Street. Visit their new location and enjoy delicious bubble tea and specialty drinks.



The Senator Restaurant has partnered with Hurrier

The Senator is Toronto’s oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria. Since then, the Senator became a Toronto landmark under the guidance of Bobby Sniderman. Bobby purchased the Senator in 1984 after a successful run at Sam the Record Man. The Senator has always focused on the highest quality ingredients like Cumbrae’s Farms Beef, organic milk from Sheldon Creek Dairy, fresh-squeezed orange juice, home-made stocks, sauces, and batters, and a commitment to only use organic wherever possible. The Senator is entering the digital age with an expanded social presence and a whole new look. Learn more about the Senator at: thesenator.com, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
For more information, click here

The Senator Restaurant has partnered up with Hurrier to bring comfort food right to your door.
Visit https://www.usehurrier.com/senator to place an order and have any of your Senator favourites delivered to you via bike courier.
They are currently using Hurrier for delivery services. It's available from 4:30pm to 9:00pm and it will feature their dinner menu as well as a few items from the lunch menu.

Location: 249 Victoria Street, Toronto



NOW OPEN | The Private Dining Room at JOEY Eaton Centre

JOEY Eaton Centre is excited to announce that our Private Dining Room is officially open.

Whether it is a business lunch meeting, an intimate dining experience or a cocktail style reception our team will work with you to customize your event needs. Our Private Dining Room offers a sophisticated, modern environment that is perfect for any function.  From handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines selected by our restaurant Sommelier, to globally inspired artisan-made dishes and an experience your guests are sure to remember – JOEY Eaton Centre looks forward to hosting you and your guests.

For further information, to book your event or to view our new space please email Avalon Olivadoti, Event Manager, at aolivadoti@joeyrestaurants.com

Location: 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto


Did you know that...

The trains have arrived!

In the spring of 2015, Union Pearson Express (UP Express) will launch as Canada’s first dedicated airport express rail service, connecting Toronto’s downtown core to Toronto Pearson International Airport. UP Express will provide a fast route, taking only 25 minutes each way and departing every 15 minutes, 19 ½ hours a day. There has been significant progress on the corridor, tracks and stations, with many residents now seeing the UP Express project come to life as it nears completion. 

In mid August, after a 20,000 kilometre journey, we welcomed the first 2 UP Express trains to Toronto. Built by Nippon Sharyo in Japan, these  state-of–the art trains were shipped in lots from Toyokawa, Japan to Savannah, Georgia and then on to Rochelle, Illinois where Nippon Sharyo’s plant is assembling and testing the train cars under Metrolinx stewardship. The remaining trains will be arriving on a cascading basis over the coming months.

Before arriving in Toronto, the first 2 trains underwent high and low speed testing on Chicago’s Metra Line and are now undergoing a comprehensive testing and commissioning program in Toronto. Starting in September, the first 2 trains began testing on a variety of GO corridors and the Spur into terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson. Over the coming months, you will be seeing many UP Express trains on the GO corridors from now until the launch next spring.

Follow us at @UPexpress and remember to #Trackthetrains

Read more: UP Express Train Facts


Opportunity for local and independent businesses at #localTOmrkt

Downtown Yonge BIA would like to highlight a new opportunity for member businesses, just in time for the holidays!

AdHoc, a new joint venture for producing pop-ups, is putting together a month-long holiday market called #localTOmrkt at the vacant lot on the corner of Yonge and Gould. BlogTO is one of their partners and looking to promote the BlogTO app. AdHoc is inviting all local and independent businesses in Downtown Yonge to either come and take part in the market that supports independent creators and local businesses of Toronto, or offer some kind of discount or promotion that users would have access to upon download of BlogTO’s app. 

AdHoc wants to support the local businesses in the area and this would be an opportunity to promote your business through BlogTO and #localTOmrkt.

AdHoc is also very interested in any kind of partnership or in-kind sponsorship opportunities as this is the first year this market is being put together.

For more information, please contact the AdHoc team at info@adhocpopup.com

You might also like to read the attached media release, or check out today’s coverage in BlogTO: www.blogto.com


80% of responding Toronto Mayoral and Council candidates support building the Minimum Grid

Earlier this year, Cycle Toronto called on all candidates running for mayor and council for the next term of council to commit to building the Minimum Grid: a city-wide grid of 100 km of protected bike lanes and 100 km of bicycle boulevards by 2018.

You can find the press release here.


Is your business wheelchair accessible?

Here are some of the things to consider:

- Is the entrance barrier-free? (ie. no stairs to enter, unobstructed sidewalk)
- Are doorways wide enough (minimum 35”) for a wheelchair or walker to pass through?
- Are some of the tables standard height (29”) with removable chairs?  Bar height tables or booths pose challenges.
- Are washrooms on the main floor or do they have elevator/ramp access?
- Are washroom stalls big enough (minimum 72”x72”) for a wheelchair to enter?

Why should wheelchair accessibility matter to you? People with disabilities account for an estimated $25 billion in national consumer spending each year. This group is also estimated to influence the spending decisions of 12 to 15 million other Canadians. In addition to the large spending power of this group, accessibility should be on your radar because of the imminent implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The AODA will soon mandate that all businesses and public spaces meet minimum accessibility requirements. If cost is an issue, new initiatives such as the StopGap program and the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund are available:

At AccessTO we review restaurants, bars and cafes that are wheelchair accessible. The criteria used is developed from the City of London Design Standards and Accessibility Guidelines for the City of Toronto. We provide measurements and photos to our readers so that they can evaluate a restaurant for themselves and participate in Toronto’s vibrant food and entertainment scene. If you think your business meets our criteria please get in touch - we would love to discuss reviewing you on our site!

Check out our website for more helpful tips.


Downtown Yonge BIA receives a Ward 27 City Builders Award

The Downtown Yonge BIA received a Ward 27 City Builders Award from councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam on March 6th. The Downtown Yonge BIA is recognized for their significant contributions to making Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale a dynamic place to live, play, study and work.


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

St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 15, 2015

Closure times: 8am-3pm
Location: St. George St, College St, Huron St, Devonshire Place, Bloor St. W.


For 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 5

Downtown Yonge BIA Laneway Waste Audit

In recent years, the Downtown Yonge BIA has been working to improve the safety, functionality, and appearance of our lane ways.

The first step is to address the quantity and location of waste collection in the lane ways, with the aim of improving service for businesses and making the lanes more attractive for users.

There are a very wide range of solutions used by other major metropolitan cities which are we are considering implementing in our BIA. In order to find the best solution for our neighbourhood, we undertook a 24-hour audit of the waste generated by businesses which back onto O’Keefe Lane from Shuter Street to Dundas Street.

This waste audit required all businesses along O’Keefe Lane to participate and we were very happy with the responses and the cooperation of all our members. Thank you to all participating businesses and your staff for helping ensure the audit was a success. Now that the waste has been collected our contractor will analyze it off site to determine how best to maximize recycling and diversion, as well as to understand the quantity of waste produced.

The information gathered by this audit will be confidentially shared with each individual business to help improve recycling and waste reduction, as well as provide us with information to improve future services. We hope to apply these lessons across the full 1.5km lane ways network in Downtown Yonge.

For more information on this project please contact Mark Garner at MGarner@downtownyonge.com or Michael Costantino at MCostantino@downtownyonge.com.



Vote Today to Help Support Emerging Music Talent!

RBC and RBC Foundation are calling on all Canadians to vote on which arts organization should receive additional financial support for their Emerging Artists Program - and Canada's Walk of Fame and their Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program has been chosen to represent the Music category. Help support the best of emerging Canadian music talent by clicking here TODAY.



What's on


Presented by Ryerson University
Monday, March 9th – 6:30pm
Mattamy Athletic Centre – 50 Carlton St East

As a unique kick off to the CIS Men’s Basketball Final 8 Championship, Ryerson presents a speakers forum to discuss the culture of basketball, the business of the sport and the unique story that is Canada’s rise.

Speakers and moderators to date:

- Masai Ujiri – President & GM, Basketball Operations – Toronto Raptors – KEYNOTE SPEAKER
- George Raveling - Director of International Basketball – Nike
- Gersson Rosas - ‎Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations - Houston Rockets
- Ed Tapscott - Director of Player Development & Player Programs – Washington Wizards
- John Saunders – Journalist, Commentator and Host – ESPN and ABC
- Stu Jackson – Former GM - Vancouver Grizzlies and NBA League Executive
- John Bitove – Founder – Toronto Raptors
- Glen Grunwald – Former GM – Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks
- Michele O’Keefe - Executive Director – Canada Basketball
- Mark Bayne - North America Field Rep – Nike
- Mike George - NBA Agent – Excel Sports Management
- Ro Russell – Founder - Grassroots Canada
- Wayne Parrish – COO- Postmedia, Executive Director & CEO – Canada Basketball

3 panel discussions:
* Grassroots to the NBA- Toronto’s Story
* Globalization and Future Directions - On the Court and in the Boardroom
* Journey and Effect- 20 Years of the NBA in Canada

For Tickets – cisfinal8to.ca / http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004E51A3AB4496 / Mattamy Athletic Centre Box Office.
Discounted price with the purchase of a Final 8 game ticket.



CIS Men's Basketball Final 8 Championship


In just two months the CIS Men's Basketball Final 8 Championship comes to Toronto.  The best in basketball talent from across Canada will gather at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre - former Maple Leaf Gardens, as the top 8 University teams compete for the title of CIS Champion. This is the first time ever the championship has been hosted in Toronto and we want to show Canada, Toronto is Basketball!

This years championship will include a 4-day festival, the Downtown Yonge Final 8 Fan Fest will also be on-site at the former gardens. Fans will have the chance to meet celebrities, check out skills challenges, hall of fame exhibits and fun activities for all ages, best of all admission to the Fan Fest is FREE!

See all the action live March 12th - 15th 2015 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: Online at ticketmaster.ca / By phone 1-855-985-5000.
For more information go to www.mattamyathleticcentre.ca



Let's paint the town green in two thousand and fifteen!

Please click here to read more about St. Patrick's Day Parade Best Dressed Window competition.





What's New in Downtown Yonge


Win your wedding at the Chelsea Hotel – Book a Silver, Gold, Platinum or Enchanted Buffet wedding package to take place in 2016, and you’ll be automatically entered! The winner will receive a grand prize of a $10,000 credit towards their dream wedding at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, our team here at the Chelsea Hotel is devoted to making any experience an unforgettable one.

Contest entry period: January 1 – December 31, 2015
Grand Prize Draw: A random prize draw will take place on February 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.

Visit http://goo.gl/huutoX for complete contest rules. Enter now and make your dream wedding a reality!



March Break at the Chelsea Hotel

The perfect solution for entertaining the kids this March break is Camp Chelsea at the Chelsea Hotel! This March Break, there is quite an eventful lineup of activities that are planned. From March 13 – 22 kids can escape to Camp Chelsea. From 9AM – 5PM, kids are able to enjoy a variety of arts and crafts, sports, behind-the-scene tours of the hotel, games, family pool including Toronto’s only indoor “Corkscrew” waterslide. Kids also receive two snack, lunch and dinner. Families can also win great prizes ranging from attractions passes to complimentary nights back by participating in various evening activities such as Bingo, Family Fear Factor. Best of all, evening activities are complimentary for all hotel guests.

New this year to the Chelsea is “A Pirate Life!” Kids can enjoy an entertaining breakfast with some of Toronto’s friendliest pirates.

Appearances from Pirate Life Sunday March 15, Thursday March 19, and Saturday March 21. Be prepared to see the pirates from 8am to 8:30am and 9:30am to10:00am.

Don’t forget to Show Your Key and Save while visiting the Chelsea Hotel over the break to enjoy some of the many attractions Toronto has to offer at a special discounted price when you use your room key.

For more information about March break at the Chelsea or Camp Chelsea click here.





To Do in Downtown Yonge

Clean Toronto Together 2015

The city's annual spring clean-up is back on Friday, April 17!

Led by the City of Toronto's Live Green Toronto team, the Clean Toronto Together campaign is a weekend celebration that brings together thousands of Toronto residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups to remove litter and keep our city clean and green.

You can do your part by getting together with friends, family, co-workers and classmates to clean a park, or any other space that needs your help.

To get started, please register your corporate clean-up.
Registration will close on Monday, April 13.




Mackenzie House Events

Haggis Making Workshop

Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for this unique opportunity to make a rustic Scottish meal including the infamous Haggis. Participants will work in the historic kitchen and explore the lives of 19th-century Scottish settlers - with special guest Maggie Newell, historic cook and culinary historian, from Gibson House Museum. $30 plus tax. To register call 416-392-6915.


Family DROP-IN during March Break

March ‘Musements: March 14 to 22
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) and Children (4 and under) are Free.

Interlove: An Exhibition of Documentary Photography - May 12

Documentary Photography by Colin Boyd Shafer
Tuesday, May 12 to Sunday, August 16

Mackenzie House is proud to host the premiere of new works by award-winning photographer, Colin Boyd Shafer. Interlove is an exhibition of documentary photographs that explore how people with differing beliefs come together in love and shared respect. Included with regular admission.
Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax), and Children (4 and under) are Free.

Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

EWG tours

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: March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required


Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8 p.m.
A leading light of this generation’s Portuguese and global Fado movement, Camané has been called the greatest fadista since Amália Rodrigues and Maria de Fé. Having launched his career as a teen by performing in clubs and theatrical revues, the singer released his debut disc in 1995 – and has sold more than six million albums since.
Tickets: $29.50 to $59.50

The Once

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Following the release of their new album, Departures, the Newfoundland folk-roots trio is embarking on a world tour with British chart-topper Passenger. The Once will showcase their reflective lyrics and powerful blend of voice and melody as they headline their own show at the Winter Garden Theatre for Toronto fans.
Tickets: $29.50 to $49.50

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



Hard Rock Café Events

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.

Interested in planning your next event at Hard Rock Café Toronto? Visit our Parties & Special Events section or download our booking information packet

Mar 11 - MONTHLY TRIVIA - 6:30 PM

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



2015 Brings new talent to Monarch’s Pub

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 has also introduced a new menu that 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, featuring Mill Street beers on tap.
Upping the ante even more, Monarchs Pub has also teamed up with Young Lions Club, bringing fresh new talent and creating unique and memorable music experiences for all.

Monarchs will be featuring monthly specials with Mill St. at the bar, so be sure to check it out!

Visit monarchpub.ca or facebook.com/monarchspub to reserve, for more information and monthly music listings!

Location: Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St.
Call 416 585 4352 or visit www.monarchspub.ca for more information



Jazz Bistro is Toronto’s newest 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


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