In the Spotlight, March 6
The St. Patrick's Day Parade Window Dressing Competition
The St. Patrick's Day Parade Window Dressing Competition, the parade's broadcast partner CP24 will be sharing photos of decorated shop fronts on their website (reaches 564,000 Torontonians).
This window dressing competition is a simple and cost-effective way for your members to promote their businesses to a large group of Torontonians (and of course get the community in the St. Patrick's Day spirit!).
Please encourage the businesses in your organization to send in photos of their decorated window to firstname.lastname@example.org before March 10th in order to be featured on the St. Patrick's Day Parade Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StPatricksDayParadeToronto and now CP24.com!
Photos will start being posted on March 1st.
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 email@example.com
50% of appetizers
$5 drinks all night long
Special Candy Apple Martini
Pantages Hotel - 200 Victoria St, Toronto
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.
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
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.
To Do in Downtown Yonge
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
Friday March 14 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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.
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.
Celebrate our Grand Opening with a unique underground shopping experience!
Exclusive Industry preview Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Shops at AURA - Aura at College Park, 388 Yonge St, Toronto
The Carlton Cinema presents THE ROOM with special guests Tommy Wiseau & Greg Sestero March 14-16
Sometimes a movie is so strange, so different, so indescribably odd, that it transcends the boundaries of bad and becomes something altogether wonderful. The Carlton Cinema, already known for embracing so-bad-it’s-good films such as the sold-out “Sharknado,” are excited to be bringing Tommy Wiseau’s cult film masterpiece THE ROOM to Toronto audiences.
THE ROOM, often referred to as ‘The Citizen Kane of bad movies’, is coming to The Carlton March 14-16 with special appearances by writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau & co-star Greg Sestero. Sestero has recently penned a tell-all book on the making of The Room, titled “The Disaster Artist”, which has just had its film rights bought by James Franco!
Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero will be on hand for a meet and greet / Q&A period after each of the following screenings:
Friday, March 14 – 9:00, 9:30, 10:30, 11:45 & 12:15
Saturday, March 15 – 9:00, 9:30, 10:30, 11:45 & 12:15
Sunday, March 16 – 9:00, 9:30, 10:30
Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St. (at Yonge) $15 in advance, $18 at the door - Tickets available in person or online at www.picatic.com/TheRoomToronto
Beer, wine & mixed drinks (including “Scotchka” - the odd Scotch/Vodka mix characters are seen drinking in the film) will be available at our bar to enjoy in the auditorium.
The Room merchandise, including blu rays, posters and bobbleheads, will be available for purchase in the Carlton lobby.
March 14, 15 & 16 – ONLY at the Carlton
TOMMY WISEAU | 99 MIN | 2003 | US | Rated R
Featuring Q&A periods, meet and greets, & autograph signings with
TOMMY WISEAU & GREG SESTERO
Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.
The film has cultivated a dedicated audience akin to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and screenings of THE ROOM are known for their raucous audiences who delight in participating with the film as it plays. Lines of dialogue are screamed back at the screen and viewers gleefully throw plastic spoons through the air.
For more information, please contact:
Christy Fletcher or Alan Smith
Carlton Cinema management office
Visit us at carltoncinema.ca - Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @MLTCarlton
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 6, 8, 13, 15, 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)
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 Karma Masala, 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
St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Pogue Mahone
Saturday March 15th: Denis Martel Duo (The Saturday of before St. Patty’s Day)
Monday, March 17th: TNT Duo (1:30pm-5:30pm) & D Eve Archer Trio (8pm-close 12am)
There is live music every Saturday night (10pm-close 1am), brunch is served every weekend (10:30am-3pm), along with a Build-your-own-Caesar Bar during brunch for $2.99.
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 1st - Ewen Farncombe
March 7 & 8 - Dean Aivaliotis
March 14th - Ewen Farncombe
March 15th - Tom McGill
March 21 & 22 - Dean Aivaliotis
March 28 - Steve Koven
March 29th - 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 5 - Michael Bell Jazz Band
Mar 6 - The Jerome Godboo Band
Mar 7 - Big Crush
Mar 11 - Phil Naro and Herve Bassett
Mar 12 - The Chuck Jackson Band
Mar 13 - The J.W. Jones Band
Mar 14 - Robin Hawkins and the Royals
Mar 18 - Jerome Tucker and Tim Bastmeye
Mar 19 - The Melissa Boyce Quartette
Mar 20 - The Distillery
Mar 21 - The High Rollers
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