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We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

Boyd’s barber Shop

Address: 5 Carlton St
Phone: 647-351-BOYD (2693)


Urban Philosophy Men's Grooming

Address: 20 Richmond St. East, Unit 112
Phone: (647) 352-4424


Member Highlights

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


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The Downtown Yonge BIA publishes monthly retail listings & traffic counts?


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Want to help shape the future of Downtown Toronto?

Downtown Toronto Skyline

You’ve probably noticed that Downtown is growing. A lot. All this growth has brought plenty of change to Downtown, and, as more growth comes, we need to make sure it’s accompanied by the things that will make and keep Downtown great for all. That’s what TOcore is all about. As Downtown continues to grow, we need a new plan to help shape its future. It’s been almost 40 years since the City prepared a comprehensive plan at the scale of the Downtown, and this new plan—informed by a new vision and 7 strategies—is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a new blueprint for our core.

Want to help shape the future of Downtown Toronto? Share your thoughts on what DT should look like by using #DTAdvice on all social media platforms, as well as by visiting the TOcore website: http://bit.ly/1Vmflcx


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

Watermain Replacement & Road Reconstruction on Gerrard Street East and West

From Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street and from University Avenue to Elizabeth Street

April 18 - October 28, 2016

The City of Toronto is replacing a section of the watermain and City-owned portions of substandard water services on Gerard Street East and West from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street, University Avenue to Elizabeth Street.

The project also involves reconstructing Gerrard Street (Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street), installing improved cycling lanes and improving sidewalks and streetscaping in some areas. This project is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, improve water distribution, reduce the risk of watermain breaks and improve the roads and cycling infrastructure.

To read full notice, please click here.


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


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

In the Spotlight, May 13

Join us for the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto!

May 28, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Presented by Great Gulf

This event offers free and rare access to more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. More than 30 of this year's buildings are participating for the first time.

The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of "Re-used, Re-visited and Revised" explores the adaptive repurposing of buildings throughout Toronto's architectural history.

For the first-time ever, Doors Open Toronto will feature a keynote speaker – acclaimed designer Karim Rashid. With over 3,000 designs in production and more than 300 awards, Rashid is regarded as one of the most prolific designers of his generation. More details about this event will be announced in May.

Other exciting elements offered this year are the themed walking tours sponsored by the Carpenters' Union and activities at City Hall. The tours and the City Hall activities will delve into the stories, histories and rebirth of a variety of Toronto's neighbourhoods.

The popular OpenInsights speaker series returns as well, covering current topics in design, architecture and the revitalization of Toronto.

Doors Open Toronto is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with community partners.
For more information about Doors Open Toronto, visit our website.



What's on

Three evenings of food, fun and your favourite canadian cookbook authors

Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 5.30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Meet Mairlyn Smith, author of "Homegrown", and sample recipes from the book. Have your cookbook signed, and enter to win one of two great prizes.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 5.30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Meet Derek Dammann and Chris Johns, authors of "True North", and sample recipes from the book. Have your cookbook signed, and enter to win one of two great prizes.

Location: Hudson's Bay Queen Street, 176 Yonge St., 7th floor



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Join the Fraternal Order of Eagles!


Join the Fraternal Order of Eagles this summer as they hold free Saturday afternoon Darts, Shuffleboard & Pool games!

Help them kick off the summer fun on Saturday, May 28th with a buffet dinner followed by karaoke!

For details, please call: 416-597-0242.



momondays Toronto May 30, 2016

momondays Toronto

May 30, 2016
05:30 PM EDT - 9:30 PM EDT

Host: Michel Neray


If you've been to momondays in the past bunch of months, you may have heard Jean-Paul Bedard share his story of sexual abuse, alcoholism, recovery and elite running. JP won the 2015 "Golden Shoe Award" as Canadian Runner of the Year. "JP's Team" is a community of athletes and altruists working together to raise funds and awareness for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. When you check out during your ticket purchase this month, you'll have the opportunity to donate to JP's team. Feel free to donate $1 or $2... or $100 or $200!
Learn more about JP's Team: http://www.runjprun.com/jps-team.html

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!

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!

Remember to like the new momondays Toronto Facebook fan page and subscribe to events! https://www.facebook.com/momondays.toronto/events

Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge St., Toronto ON M5B 1N8, Canada
Price: $15 plus hst - online (available until May 27) / $25 including hst - at the door

Info & Tickets: http://www.momondays.com/toronto/

Website and Tickets: www.momondays.com/toronto
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/924043114378779/



Music Mondays - A lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity

Welcome to our 25th Anniversary Season!

Music Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent since its inception in 1992. Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience.

Please join us for this, our 25th Anniversary Season. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at 12:15pm from May through the end of August.

May 16, 2016

Su Jeon HigueraSu Jeon Higuera, piano

Night Music
Join us at midday for an intriguing program of “Night Music.” Acclaimed by the Winnipeg Free Press as a “dynamo pianist”, Dr. Su Jeon Higuera, a graduate of The Juilliard School, l’Université de Montréal and The Glenn Gould School performs works by Heather Schmidt, Grieg, Chopin and the ever popular Beethoven “MoonlightSonata.


May 25, 2016

Mary Kenedi, pianoMary Kenedi, piano

One of Schubert’s most popular pieces of chamber music, his “Trout” Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 will be featured by well-known Toronto performers Mary Kenedi, piano; Valerie Sylvester, violin; Sheila Smyth, viola; Susan Naccache, cello; and Neal Evans, double bass.



May 30, 2016

Mary Kenedi, pianoMichael Westwood, clarinet

Ashes of Soldiers
With forthcoming tour dates across Canada and in Europe, a third commission and premiere in two years, and an ambitious new project to perform the five “Benny Goodman” concertos over the next three years, Michael Westwood is a highly sought after soloist and chamber musician. He is joined by soprano Kripa Nageshwar and pianist Chad Heltzel performing works by Mahler, Vaughan Williams, and Ashes of Soldiers by Collin Eatock.


For more information please visit: http://www.musicmondays.ca/currentseason.html
Admission: PWYC with a suggested minimum donation of $5.00

Location: The Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square Toronto, ON M5G 1B1



Massey Hall presents Lunchtime Live!

May 16, 2016

a l l i eA Toronto native, a l l i e draws from the diversity of her early life growing up in the heart of downtown, and gradually created a world all her own through her idiosyncratic approach to songwriting. Inspired by the vintage sounds of classic soul crooners like Otis Redding and Etta James, but equally infatuated with experimental artists like Flying Lotus and Little Dragon, her unique sound evokes both past and future.
a l l i e - Official Site

May 30, 2016

Nick ShermanOjibway singer-songwriter Nick Sherman gives new meaning to “the voice in the wilderness,” or rather, the voice from the wilderness. His songs are inspired by his memories of those trapline sounds, by great songwriters, and by the timeless hymns of celebration and lamentation on his reserve. His gentle voice is rich with honesty and the vitality of youth, but tempered with world-weariness, atop his strong, simple guitar. Nick's deeply personal lyrics are inspired by the lives of people in his community, events in the world around him, and his Aboriginal heritage and resonate with soul-brushing candour as he sings the boreal forest blues.
Nick Sherman - Official Site

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.



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.

Performances - City Hall,100 Queen Street West, Rotunda

May 26, 2016

Runaway Angel - 5 p.m.

Runaway Angel Successful solo artists in their own rights, Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers never imagined that their collected talents as Runaway Angel would catapult them to the next level. In their short time together, they've received four Country Music of Ontario Award nominations and were named one of "Ontario's Hot Country Acts to Watch" by the Toronto Star. They'll be releasing of their debut album on April 22nd and have festival bookings lined up for throughout the summer. 
Visit the trio's website


Johnson Crook - 6 p.m.

Alissa Vox RawJohnson Crook is a heart throbbin', boot stompin' alt-country band made up of singer-songwriter Noel Johnson, his good friend and bassist Jared Craig, and brothers Trevor and Nathan Crook. Johnson Crooks' songwriting is rustic, catchy and heartfelt - drawing inspiration from Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen and Elliott Brood - while they're live shows consist of Canadiana hand clappers, rootsy ballads and everything in between. They recorded an EP earlier this year and will be hitting the road shortly on a full summer tour.

Visit the band's website


Find out who's playing Live From City Hall.
For more information visit: www.toronto.ca/music



Mackenzie House Events

Historic Baking Workshop - Temperance and Tea - May 14

Temperance and Tea - Historic Baking Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The idea of limiting and controlling the amount of alcohol sold and consumed dates back well before the Prohibition Movement of the 1920s. Try your hand at Victorian Temperance-era Tea recipes like Raspberry Vinegar (for drinking, not for your salad!), Victoria Sandwiches, Temperance Cake and other appropriate treats. Learn about the development of the Temperance movement and participate in a mock Temperance Meeting in Mrs. Mackenzie's parlour. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

$25 plus tax. Contact us at machouse@toronto.ca or call 416-392-6915 for further details.


Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf - May 28 & 29

Saturday and Sunday, May 28 & 29, 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. Admission is FREE.

Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse



Turban Up 2016

May 15, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Come out and enjoy a day full of cultural festivities, learning about the Sikh community in the diverse GTA and breaking down barriers. See how you look in a turban, enjoy a community kitchen meal which is integral to the Sikh Culture. Watch a martial arts demonstration and enjoy art created by Indo-Canadian youth focusing on the integration of cultures in Canada. All for the price of your time.

Location: Yonge Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

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: May 14, 19, 21, 26
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


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