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Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

Kaiju

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

 


 

Her Boutique

Welcome Her Boutique to our neighbourhood!

Location: Shops at Aura, Level P1, Unit 28, 384 Yonge St. Toronto
(Yonge & Gerrard below Bed Bath & Beyond)

 


 

Bianca Shoes

Bianca Shoes has just opened up on the Market Level next to Dollarama at College Park

Location: 777 Bay St.
Phone: (647) 341-5347

 


 

Sobey’s

Sobeys has also just opened up its food court seating, located at College Park on the College Level

Location: 777 Bay St., #427
Phone: (416) 506-1626
Website: www.sobeys.com

 


 

Hard Candy Fitness

Madonna opened Hard Candy Fitness Toronto at the AURA tower on February 11th.

Location: 382 Yonge Street (corner of Gerrard Street), 4th Floor
Phone: (416) 979-1645
Website: www.hardcandyfitness.com

 

Dunk'n Dip Express

Dunk'n Dip Express is located in the new Aura Condo building at 384 Yonge St. We aim to delight customers with our menu of delicious savoury and sweet foods. Marvel at our chocolate fountains, get a savoury crepe for lunch, or stop by for a hot chocolate or latte. We are so excited to have our second location in downtown Toronto!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dunkndip1
Website: www.dunkndip.ca/

 


 

Weight Watchers

Join for Free! Drop by for details!

Location: 372 Yonge St., 2nd floor
1 block south of Gerrard, upstairs from Thai Express/Villa Madina
Website: www.weightwatchers.ca

 


 

Jackson’s Burger

Welcome Jackson’s Burger to our neighbourhood at 374 Yonge Street! Check out their review on Blog TO

Website: Jackson’s Burger

 


 

College Currency Investments

Welcome College Currency Investments to our neighbourhood at 437 Yonge Street!

Website: www.collegecurrency.ca

 


 

Lucullus Bakery

Welcome Lucullus Bakery to our neighbourhood at 31 Elm Street!

Website: www.lucullusbakery.com

 


 

Tim Hortons

Two new Tim Hortons locations are open in our neighbourbood: 10 Dundas St East and 595 Bay St. at the Atrium on Bay.

Website: www.timhortons.com

 


 

Dukes Refresher + Bar

Welcome Dukes Refresher + Bar to the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood! The new restaurant is located at Yonge & Gerrard. They had their grand opening on December 4th, 2013. Congratulations on the new location!

Website: dukesrefresher.ca

 


 

McDonald’s

Welcome McDonald’s at 356 Yonge Street, congratulations on your grand opening on November 26th.
This McDonald’s is the largest in Ontario and is the flagship store

Website: www.mcdonalds.ca

 


 

REDS Midtown Tavern

Reds proudly launched our second location at Yonge and Gerrard on October 30th, 2013. Reds Midtown Tavern is the perfect locale for connecting with colleagues and friends, where good conversation meets great food, as well as a social midpoint for Toronto’s East and West neighbourhoods.

Like good conversation, we think delicious food should be shared. Our culinary team led by Executive Chef Matt Robertson has created an impressive menu of reimagined classics with a unique selection of social sharing plates including our freshly shucked oysters and our signature Tavern Butcher Board.

Website: redsmidtowntavern.com

 

Coming

We look forward to the future openings:

T.L.P. Sandwich Co. – 15 Elm St
Fit for Life – 3 Gerrard St East

 

Member Highlights

Tangerine

ING Direct Canada is renaming itself Tangerine, a brand that it says reflects its image as an edgy, innovative bank.

The country’s largest online-only bank is required to change its name under the terms of its sale to the Bank of Nova Scotia in September, 2012.

The rebranding – including new signage and promotional materials – won’t take place until spring 2014, the company said Tuesday.

But the company said it decided to announce the name change as soon as it was chosen.

For more information, click here.

221 Yonge St, 416-644-5929

 

Shop College Park

New stores have been recently openned at College Park, 777 Bay st.

 


 

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

 


 

Mahaya Health Services has new owners

Elena and Lindsey are the new owners of Mahaya Health Services since spring 2013Mahaya Health Services is located at 2 College Street, Suite 105. 

Mahaya Health Services is a multi disciplinary alternative health clinic offering Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Did you know most services at Mahaya are covered by your extended health benefits? For more information on who we are and what we have available check out our website at www.mahayahealth.com. You can also follow us Facebook and Twitter for great health tips.. and there is always a cup of tea ready in the clinic, so come by and say hi! We look forward to seeing you at Mahaya.

Location: 2 College Street, Suite 105

 

Did you know that...

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.

 

Downtown Yonge BIA receives Merit Award for Celebrate Yonge at IDA Conference in New York

Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area has received a merit award for our work on Celebrate Yonge in summer 2012. Recognized among 13 entries in the category of Events & Programming, this award centers on improving the image and vitality of downtowns and delivering projects that communicate the vision, mission, function and achievements of the business association. Mark Garner, Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge BIA commented, “The Downtown Yonge team is honoured and excited by this award. The IDA is a leading advocate for vibrant and successful downtowns. This award recognizes the teams visionary and dedicated work last year and shows that we’re headed in the right direction for Yonge Street.” “The Downtown Yonge BIA project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA president and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The Celebrate Yonge project is a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.”

The Downtown Yonge BIA received the award during the IDA World Congress & 59th Annual Conference on October 7th 2013.

The Washington, D.C based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 550 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.

 

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 Closures on Sunday May 11th, 2014

Rolling road closures and rolling road openings will be in effect for Yonge Street from Erskine Street to Richmond Street from 7:45am – 11:00am. This means that the cross roads ie Grosvenor St, College St, Gerrard St (all the way to Richmond St) will be closed to vehicle traffic as the runners approach the intersections. After the last group of runners leave the start line (Yonge St @ Roselawn, the roads will begin to open once the intersections are clear.

Vehicles will be allowed to cross at major intersections before 11:00am. However, only when deemed safe to do so by police officers on duty. Expect the longest delays between 8:30-10:00am. If possible, it is best to avoid crossing Yonge St., during these hours.

If you have any questions please email info@sportinglife10k.ca

This is Canada’s premier running event with the largest net proceeds going to charity.

For more information, click here.

 

Queen St. & Victoria St. Intersection Closed

For Streetcar Track and Road Reconstruction
May 12 to May 31, 2014*

This year, from May 12 to May 31 the intersection of Queen Street East and Victoria Street will be fully closed for streetcar track replacement and partial road and sidewalk construction. This work is required to bring the track infrastructure and adjacent road to a state of good repair.

Work Hours
Work will typically take place from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. The first few days of concrete breaking and removal at the intersection will continue to 11 p.m. To meet project timelines and the return of streetcars, periods of late evening and overnight work will be conducted during phases of rail installation by the TTC.

For more information, click here

*Timeline subject to change due to unforeseen events

For more road closure news visit www.toronto.ca/transportation/road_info

 

Yonge Buzz Archive

 

Contact

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

In the Spotlight, May 1

Clean Toronto Together: Downtown Yonge BIA

The Downtown Yonge BIA would like to thank all of our members for participating in our Clean Toronto Together event on Friday, April 25th, 2014. Our members that participated include Tangerine, REDS Midtown Tavern, Covenant House, HNR Properties, Tim Hortons, Yonge Street Mission, Mirvish, CPLC 51 Division, and Councillor Krystyn Wong-Tam. CP24 also conducted a live report on site during the whole event. Click here to see some clips of the event bit.ly/QGhm4I

 

Covenant House Toronto Youth and Staff Help Clean Up the Street

Covenant House Toronto youth and staff rolled up their sleeves at the Clean Toronto Together: Downtown Yonge BIA effort to clean up O’Keefe Lane.

O’Keefe Lane was recently spruced up by staff members and youth from the homeless youth agency Covenant House Toronto who joined several other downtown business community members in the initiative.

O’Keefe Lane is located close to the agency. The Downtown Yonge BIA has long-term plans to beautify the alleyway and transform it into a pedestrian promenade.

“It’s a wonderful way for our youth to learn more about good citizenship and leadership in our community,” says Erin Boudreau, Associate Manager, Communications at Covenant House Toronto. “We’re taking part to show our support for the vital work that the Downtown Yonge BIA does for this neighbourhood.”

Over the past 30 years, several Downtown Yonge BIA member businesses have hired youth staying in the crisis shelter and longer-term residence at Covenant House. By giving homeless youth a chance, the businesses have demonstrated their commitment to improving the community. 

The lane clean-up was sponsored by the Downtown Yonge BIA as part of a larger Clean Toronto Together program facilitated by the City. The program aims to keep Toronto’s reputation as safe, respectful, clean and green. Events around the city were scheduled throughout Earth Week.
As the country’s largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis shelter along with comprehensive services, including education, counselling, and employment assistance to some 3,000 youth annually. To do all this, the agency relies on donors for 80 percent of its $20-million annual operating budget.

Contact: Erin Boudreau, Associate Manager, Communications. (416) 204-7094

 

 

We want your opinion!

The Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA) is conducting a survey amongst our membership as well as the greater community that Live, Work, Play and Learn within the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood.

The purpose of the survey is to obtain information which will be used in discussions for the organization’s strategic planning process and will be integral to defining our role in the community, services we offer our membership and focus for the organization in the years to come.

We are encouraging community engagement, as such, those completing the survey by May 19th, 2014 will be eligible to win some great Downtown Yonge prizes! Prizes include (3) three (1) one-night stays at the Pantages Hotel, (1) one Apple iPad, (1) one Cadillac Fairview SHOP! CARD, (1) one $100 voucher for Elmwood Spa and gift vouchers for an array of Downtown Yonge restaurants.
The survey is accessible via the link www.DYBIAsurvey.com or via hardcopy print.

Should you require a printed copy of the survey, please call the DYBIA office at 416-597-0255 and we will arrange the delivery of a printed version.

We look forward to receiving your input on the survey and increased involvement in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood.

On behalf of the Board of the Directors and the Management team of the Downtown Yonge BIA we thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,
Mark Garner
Executive Director & CSO

 

 

World Pride Affiliate Event

Take part in celebration of World Pride. You can host events or special promotions at your businesses like having an art exhibit, live DJ or music, or educational talks. If you have an idea you want to discuss, contact us at 416-597-0255 or bia@downtwownyonge.com

 

 

Public invited to step into the world of wayfinding

The City of Toronto is working on a wayfinding strategy and is encouraging the public to get involved. Wayfinding refers to a system for helping residents, commuters and visitors find their way around a city. More than just signs and maps, wayfinding also involves names, landmarks and new media, as well as elements of the public realm such as lighting, street furniture and public art.

Those interested can learn more about the unfolding strategy on wayfinding by attending a Jane's Walk on the subject called "Are we there yet – pedestrian wayfinding in Toronto" on Saturday, May 3. More details about the walk are available at http://bitly.com/1nrHluf.

In addition, an event called "Leading the Way: understanding the world of wayfinding" will take guests on a tour of wayfinding initiatives from around the world and describe the benefits of wayfinding for Toronto. This event will be held on Monday, May 5 at 80 Gould St. on Ryerson University's campus. Phil Berczuk, an expert in wayfinding and a consultant to the City of Toronto, will be the keynote speaker. More details are available at http://bitly.com/1lJuuiY.

Wayfinding is also the subject of a display that will be featured in the rotunda of Metro Hall, 55 John St., from May 6 to 9.

The City is preparing to undertake a survey to obtain public input on a wayfinding strategy. The survey will be available Saturday, May 3 on the City's wayfinding website at http://www.toronto.ca/wayfinding.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Steve Johnston, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca
Follow us on twitter @TorontoComms

 

 

What's on

Stars on 3rd



Jazz Bistro is launching their 3rd floor "Jazz Cellar" Rooftop Patio on Thursday May 1st with DJ Leo Love and live percussionist Peter B, 7-11pm.

3RD FLOOR “JAZZ CELLAR” PATIO OPENS MAY 1ST!

You simply have to see it for yourself…our gorgeous rooftop patio is a popular destination for drinks after work, and as of May 1st will be open for lunch. Featuring full-service bar, luxurious seating and state of the art audio-visual equipment, the space is an ideal venue for private functions, from cocktail receptions and private dinners to product launches and birthday parties. The Jazz Cellar is wheelchair accessible. For private event inquiries email Sybil Walker: sybil@jazzbistro.ca

 

 

Reds Midtown Tavern Tasting Sessions

Tasting Table every Wednesday night at 6:30 pm at Reds Midtown

Stop by and sample delicious samples of featured wines, signature cocktails, premium liquors, and more. Every Wednesday night, we have fun and casual informational sessions at our communal Tasting Table, featuring different beverages and some tasty shareables to complement them.

Tickets are $20 per person: call 416-598-3535 to book a spot or find out more about upcoming sessions. A great way to relax after work with friends. 

 

 

The Ryerson Image Centre celebrates the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival with four new exhibitions and an international symposium

Exhibitions:
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

Symposium:
 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

www.ryerson.ca/ric
416-979-5164
ric@ryerson.ca
Follow us @RICgallery

 

 

What's New in Downtown Yonge

The Yonge Street Mission Feeds Thousands of Toronto’s Poor and Vulnerable

Thousands of Toronto’s poor and vulnerable were fed for the Easter season at The Yonge street Mission. Did you know? Since 1896, The Yonge Street Mission’s meal symbolizes a new beginning for the hungry, hurting and homeless. A meal is a vital link to 100 programs and services. Annually, over 140,000 meals are served. Volunteers and donations are accepted year round. People interested to help make a difference or to feed an entire table of 10 for $31 should go online www.ysm.ca.

 

 

Youth United in Visionary Action Demonstrate Hope for Toronto Centre

A group of youth, 12-14 years of age, are taking their action plans to their constituency leaders and inspiring policy makers to take part in cleaning up their neighborhood.  Hard hitting topics such as bullying, gender inequality in sports, gang violence and littering are on the top of the list this year.

In partnership with World Vision, The Yonge Street Mission developed a youth leadership and social justice program called Youth United in Visionary Action (YUVA).  The past month, YUVA’s presented a series of community action plans of pressing concern for youth living with poverty. They made these presentations  to Toronto-Centre’s MPP Glen Murray and Toronto Centre-Rosedale City Councillor Pam McConnell at Toronto’s City Hall, and then to National Chief Shawn Atleo in Ottawa.  YUVA’s in return gained face-to-face invaluable insight on civic engagement from political dignitaries.

“We are thrilled with the impact that the youth are having in their community because of the YUVA program! Kids are becoming strong, positive, and effective leaders, and their lives are transforming because of it” says Natasha Armstrong, YUVA Manager.

Now in the execution phase of their action plans, the youth have met regularly with other youth led groups, such as the St. James Town Youth Council, and have organized an upcoming “Community Clean-Up Day”. MPP Glen Murray and over 150 people are expected to participate.

To register or to learn more contact 416-929-9288. Natasha Armstrong, YUVA Manager.

“Community Clean Up Day” - May 10th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help YUVA Youth pick up litter and beautify the St. James Town neighbourhood

Meet: 225 Wellesley Street East

 

 

Ryerson Farmers’ Market

 

416-899-1990
www.appletreemarkets.ca

 

 

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

 

 

Senator Restaurant is featured in the New York Times

By MICHAEL KAMINER
Restaurant Report: Senator Restaurant in Toronto

A red neon sign warms the facade of the Senator Restaurant, Toronto’s oldest restaurant, just as it did in the days when streetwear meant fedoras and overcoats. Inside, with its vinyl booths, shiny wood counter and huge mahogany mirror, it looks much the same as when it opened in 1929. And until recently, so did its menu. Standards like liver and onions, house-made meatloaf and a B.L.T. kept regulars and tourists happily, if predictably, fed.

But Bob Sniderman, who has owned the Senator since 1984 (a longtime regular, he rescued it from demolition), sensed Torontonians had begun taking the restaurant for granted: The room would fill up before shows at the Pantages Theater across the street but clear out by curtain time. So late last year, he undertook a reboot of sorts. While leaving the beloved décor untouched, Mr. Sniderman surprised scene-watchers by snagging Andrew Taylor, the chef at Langdon Hall, an acclaimed restaurant in a Relais & Châteaux hotel in nearby Cambridge, Ontario, to revamp the Senator’s menu.

“The vision was to make this not just a diner, but a destination,” said Mr. Taylor, a Chicago native. “We wanted to get a little artistic, but still keep it simple.”

Among his additions during a recent visit: A painterly plate of three fist-size golden beets in a vinaigrette of pumpkinseed oil and apple cider vinegar, punched up with pomegranate seeds; a meaty fillet of snow-white pickerel atop an earthy, elegant white-bean ragout; and gorgeous desserts like a traditional sticky toffee pudding. (Starters and entrees will change with the seasons.)

Another addition is the gleaming La Marzocco machine that’s cranking out superb espresso drinks using a custom roast from a local microroaster, Dark City.

Mr. Taylor’s insistence on local ingredients meant the Senator had to change how it sources food.

“Typically, restaurants have one or two suppliers,” said Peter Moscone, the manager. “We now have 40.”

The products include apple cider from Spirit Tree Cidery; beer from Beau’s, a microbrewer; produce from Sanci’s in Kensington Market; and organic milk and cream from Sheldon Creek Dairy.

Updates to breakfast and lunch will come next; Mr. Taylor has already added irresistible homemade jams from Rose’s and maple syrup from Haggart’s Farm in Owen Sound.

The Senator Restaurant, 249 Victoria Street; 416-364-7517; thesenator.com.

 

 

To Do in Downtown Yonge

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)

On Saturday, May 3rd celebrate Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) at Toronto’s premier action figure and comic book store, The Silver Snail! Join thousands of fans for the largest FCBD event in downtown Toronto, and take advantage of 20-50% off in-store at the 38th Anniversary sale (some restrictions apply), get acclaimed artist Dave Johnson to sign a copy of this year’s anniversary poster, have photos taken with local cosplayers, and much more!

SPECIAL GUESTS:
- Dave Johnson (cover artist, 100 Bullets, Deadpool, Superman: Red Sun) – signing/sketching 12-7pm
- Kalman Andrasofszky (artist, Captain Canuck, X-Treme X-Men, X-23) – signing/sketching 2-7pm
- Spent Pencils Studio members – signing/sketching all day
- 501st Legion (Imperial costuming organization) – Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, and more in attendance

WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

WHERE: Silver Snail Comics, 329 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor
Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/730408756980001/
Twitter hashtag - #SnailFCBD

CONTACT: George Zotti 647-502-3712 or george@silversnail.com

 

 

Mackenzie House Events

Journalists and Editors in 19th Century Toronto

Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A Guided Walk - In association with Jane's Walk

Mackenzie House marks World Freedom of The Press Day with a walking tour that explores the men and women who took part in the lively journalism scene in 19th century Toronto, including William Lyon Mackenzie. The walk is free and begins at 160 Frederick Street (at the Northwest corner of Front & Frederick Streets.) The walk is free.

 

"All in a Mother's Day" Workshop

Sunday, May 4 , 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
(Ages 16 & Up)

With Mother's Day approaching, explore the lives of Victorian mothers and daughters at Mackenzie House. Prepare seasonal baking using period recipes in the historic kitchen. Then explore the ideals and realities of courtship, marriage and motherhood. Complete your visit with a tasty afternoon tea! Not recommended for children.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. $20 plus tax.
Please call 416 392-6915 for further details.

 

Doors Open Toronto

Saturday and Sunday, May 24 & 25,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last admission: 4:30 p.m.

Mackenzie House participates in this city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage. As the theme of this year's Doors Open event is Secrets & Spirits… Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door, visitors will also be able to hear about the ghost stories associated with the site.
Admission is FREE.

Location: 82 Bond Street
Website: Mackenzie House
Contact us: 416-392-6915 or machouse@toronto.ca

Toronto: Street Level – A Photography Exhibition

In association with Tangled Arts and Disability Festival
Toronto: Street Level is an exhibition of photographs by ten artists with disabilities, created through a workshop led by Vincenzo Pietropaolo. The goal of the exhibit was to photograph through the broad lens of social justice and document the humanism of Toronto in the context of accessibility issues for residents with physical disabilities.

 

 

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

Persée, presented by Opera Atelier

April 30, May 2, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Lully’s Persée is a landmark production for Opera Atelier. The company’s 2000 production was the first fully staged incarnation of the opera since it inaugurated the Royal Opera House at Versailles in 1770 during the wedding celebrations of the future Louis XVI to Marie Antoinette.

Opera Atelier’s 2004 remount of Persée was the subject of a documentary that has subsequently become an international calling card for Opera Atelier. Following the astounding success of Armide in 2012, the Royal Opera House has invited Opera Atelier back to Versailles this May with Persée. This prestigious engagement has allowed Opera Atelier to enhance Persée’s visual elements, making it the company’s most lavish production to date.

The moving story of a man’s ascension from his questionable beginnings to his rightful place as a god, Persée is a retelling of the classical Greek Perseus myth.

Tickets: $174, $124, $86, $61, $45

 

Sebastian Maniscalco

May 9, 7 p.m. Winter Garden Theatre
A Just For Laughs Festival favourite, Sebastian brings his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modern behaviour and decorum to Toronto, trying to bridge the gap between the Italian-American Old World he grew up in and the contemporary frenetic world we all live in today.

Ticket: $39.89 availabe at the box office or at www.ticketmaster.ca

 

Straight No Chaser – Under the Influence

May 10, 8 p.m. Winter Garden Theatre
This a cappella group brings their special brand of music to Toronto. Hot off the heels of their latest album Under the Influence the gentlemen will be performing old favourites and new hits, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Ticket: $39.89 availabe at the box office or at www.ticketmaster.ca

 

EWG Tour

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: May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29, 31

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)
Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

 

 

WE WILL ROCK YOU

From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to Toronto for a limited engagement! WE WILL ROCK YOU features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group, Queen.  It's the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other, so don't miss the party!

Ed Mirvish Theatre
244 Victoria Street

April 29 - May 10, 2014
Tickets:  416-872-1212   www.mirvish.com

 

 

Duke Pubs Feature Wings and Moosehead

Jolly Good Fun at the Duke Pubs
Monday, May 5th to Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Pop by the Duke Pubs this month for our new wing features! Try our boneless chicken wings or 'pig' wings in a variety of new sauces including garlic parmesan, chili lime, and Indian butter chicken.

No cover charge
Location: Duke of Richmond, Duke of Somerset
www.thedukepubs.ca

Duke of Somerset: 416-640-0921 dukeofsomerset@rogers.com

Duke of Richmond: 416-340-7887 dukeofrichmond@rogers.com

Sponsors of Event: Moosehead Lager

 

 

Mother's Day is a Special Day!

 

 

MUSIC MONDAYS

May 5 - Annie Zhou, piano

CBC Radio has called 14-year-old Annie Zhou “Canada's next piano superstar”. Zhou was a CBC Music Next! artist for 2013.
She’s currently a full scholarship student at the Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she studies with Marietta Orlov. Annie plays a program devoted to the music of Bach and Chopin.

May 12 - NEXT!
Jana Miller, soprano & Kristan Toczko, harp

Les Chemins de L'Amour Songs of love from England, France, Austria, Italy and Israel by this captivating young duo from Montréal. This concert is being recorded by CBC Radio2’s IN CONCERT for future broadcast as part of NEXT!, a series devoted to Canada’s next generation of virtuoso performers.

May 19 - The Herbert Trio: Aaron Schwebel, violin; Keith Hamm, viola; Britton Reily, cello

J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations The exciting young violinist Aaron Schwebel has assembled a crack string trio to perform Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations , in its entirety, in an arrangement for his group.

May 26 - Duo Agilis: Izabella Budai, flute & Pei-Chen Chen, piano
La Flûte Française The newly formed Duo Agilis (flutist Izabella Budai and Pei-Chen Chen, piano) devote their inaugural program to music by French composers. Devienne, Sonata Op. 58 Nr. 5; Gaubert, Fantaisie; Briccialdi, Solo Romantico Op. 72; Libermann, Sonata Op.23.

The Church of the Holy Trinity
10 Trinity Square Toronto, Tel: 416-598-4521 Ext 223

Check our Website for updates www.musicmondays.ca
Artists and programmes subject to change without notice. 

 

 

Doors Open Toronto announces full line-up for 2014

Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf introduces its full list of new and returning buildings, an exciting speakers series, city-wide walking tours and special programming for 2014. The details are now available online at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen

"Doors Open Toronto is a great example of a community event that has become a city-wide celebration," said Mayor Rob Ford. "Thanks to the committed partnership from our sponsor Great Gulf, the local community and the buildings for opening their doors, this event continues to be a huge success and attracts more and more residents every year."

The 15th annual weekend celebration of architecture takes place Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, offering rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. This year's theme is Secrets and Spirits… Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door.

"Doors Open Toronto gives residents across the city an opportunity to explore many of the significant architectural sites that collectively shape our city's identity," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee. "It is a chance to discover some of Toronto’s most distinguished and internationally-recognized landmarks."

"Great Gulf is delighted to return as presenting sponsor of Doors Open," said Christopher Wein, President, Great Gulf Residential. "A city’s soul and expression can be seen not only in its history, geography and culture, but also in the buildings most loved by its residents. Now in its 15th year, Doors Open continues to enlighten the community by inviting everyone to discover our city’s hidden treasures and the secrets behind its doors."

New for this year, Great Gulf presents Utilities by artist Michael Cook at the Great Gulf, Yonge + Rich Presentation Centre. This exhibit features photographs of the tunnels, sewers, drains and waterways that lie beneath the city – the crucial infrastructure that is normally hidden from view.

On May 24 at the new Fort York Toronto Library Branch, audiences can hear six influential architects speak on Redesigning Toronto, a Pecha Kucha-style talk discussing the architectural and urban planning of Toronto. On May 25 at Harbourfront Centre, audiences can hear renowned urban designer Ken Greenberg reflect on Harbourfront Centre: A 40-year Legacy of Transforming the Toronto Waterfront.

Toronto City Hall will be a hotspot during the Doors Open Toronto weekend. Visitors can expect access to key locations such as the 27th floor observation desk, the council chamber and the Mayor's Office, and special exhibits and activities, including:
- "[murmur]", the documentary oral history project conveying the emotional attachment citizens have to Toronto
- "Exposed Toronto", an exhibition of photographs inspired by this year's program theme
- "My City Hall Mystery", a family-friendly scavenger hunt leading to key locations in City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.

This year's Doors Open Toronto also presents free walking tours. Sponsored by the University of Toronto, the city-wide tours are aligned with the event theme and focus on secrets, spirits and mysteries. This year's tours include:
- The Ghosts and Spirits of the Historic Distillery District
- The Spirit of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse at Toronto Harbour
- The Spirits of Exhibition Place, including paranormal hotspots
- Communing with the Spirits? Doubt and Belief in Toronto the Good
- Mount Pleasant Cemetery: Where Soldiers Rest in Peace
- The Layers of Leaside Tour
- Village of Islington ARTwalk and Trolley Tour
- Guild Park: Where Art Meets Culture
- The Mysteries of the University of Toronto.

Full program details, including a complete list of new and returning buildings, walking tour registration and information about talks are available at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen.

About Doors Open Toronto
Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design. It is sponsored by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.

About Great Gulf Group
Established in 1975, the Great Gulf Group of companies including Great Gulf, Ashton Woods Homes, First Gulf Corporation, Tucker HiRise Construction, Brockport Systems Ltd. and Taboo Resort Golf and Spa, is one of North America’s premier real estate organizations. With major projects in Canada and the United States, the company’s fully-integrated activities span the entire real estate spectrum.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

 

 

Isabella Rossellini comes to the Luminato Festival June 6-8

Green Porno
Live on Stage
Conceived and Performed by Isabella Rossellini
Canadian Premiere
June 6-8 Winter Garden Theatre

“Beautifully bizarre.” – New York Magazine
Imagine the art of seduction on an arthropodan or elephantine scale. Such is the orgasmic, orgiastic and occasionally acrobatic bent of internationally acclaimed actress Isabella Rossellini’s vibrant invasion of zoological boudoirs, based on her short Green Porno, Live on Stage films for the Sundance Channel. A lifelong lover of animals, Rossellini dons costume versions of their skins, scales and wings for this delightfully insightful, DayGlo examination of the quirks, curiosities and frequently fatal risks of sexuality and reproduction across a spectrum of species.

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

 

 

2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship

June 20 – 28, 2014
Mattamy Athletic Centre

Wheelchair Basketball Canada will host the top female wheelchair basketball players on the planet June 20-28, 2014 in Toronto for the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. World-class female athletes will converge on the Mattamy Athletic Centre to showcase the elite skills and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball the most popular sport for athletes with a disability in the world. The tournament will be the largest women’s world championship in history featuring 12 participating countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, and United States.

For more details: www.2014wheelchairbasketball.com

 

 

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:

April 25 - Steve Koven
April 26 - Victor Xu

Visit Pantages Martini Bar for more information!

 

 

Live nights of Music at 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'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.

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

Showcase Tuesday
May 6 - Sean Pinchin
May 13 - Tim Bovaconti & Pat Allcock
May 20 - Mike Daley
May 27 - Kate Todd

Jazz Wednesday
May 7 - The Gene Hardy Trio
May 14 - Laura Hubert
May 28 - The Michael Danckert Quartette

Blues Thursday
May 1 - The Jerome Godboo Band w/Sean Kellerman
May 1 - The 24th Street Wailers
May 8 - The Brant Parker Band
May 15 - The Chris Antonik Band
May 22 - The Ross Neilson Band
May 29 - The Jack de Keyzer Band

Classic Rock Friday
May 2 - Topper
May 9 - The Gator James Band
May 16 - The Danny Marks Band
May 23 - The Dylan Tree
May 30 - Guitar Stars: Rob Quail & Steve Grisbrook

Dance Saturdays
Dance the Night Away Saturdays with DJ Supreme

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.

 

 

 

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