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Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.


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




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




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



We look forward to the future openings:

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


Member Highlights

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.



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

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



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

In the Spotlight, May 15

Fashion on Yonge

With the success of Fashion on Yonge last year, we are bringing the event back! Join us for “Fashion on Yonge Year 2” on September 3rd, at Trinity Square Park. This exciting outdoor Fashion Festival will proudly showcase the shops, restaurants and services of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area and we invite you to be a part of it! There are lots of opportunities for our members to engage!


Downtown Yonge BIA Supported McHappy Day

The Downtown Yonge BIA supported McHappy Day on May 7th at McDonalds located at 356 Yonge Street. The staff supported this event by making meals in the kitchen, selling balloons and cashier. We helped raise money for the Ronald McDonald House and other local charities. The Downtown Yonge BIA’s Executive Director and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly are pictured above.


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



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



Small Business Money Forum

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Toronto City Hall

Looking for advice on financing your small business? Want to learn more about crowd funding? Then attend the Small Business Money Forum.
Presented by Enterprise Toronto, this free event includes a keynote speech by Ruthie Burd, founder of The Lunch Lady, a successful business that grew from a small startup to an operation with more than 50 franchises and 250 employees.

More information at toronto.ca/enterprisetoronto



What's on

Ryerson University Orientation Week Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking for ways to get students to notice your business? Ryerson University’s Orientation Week, which takes place August 24th to September 1st, welcomes over 5,000 incoming students to the campus situated right in the core of downtown Toronto. Sponsoring this week long event is the perfect opportunity for your business to connect with this highly engaged group of students aged 18-21, along with 100+ volunteers, and access to the rest of the student demographic gained through social media exposure. 

The week aims to provide new students with an opportunity to explore their interests, the campus, and city while creating meaningful connections and relationships with other Ryerson students, faculty and community members.

For more information on becoming a Ryerson University Orientation Week Sponsor, please contact Troy Murray, Sponsorship & Fundraising Officer, Student Affairs, at troy.murray@ryerson.ca

Follow us on twitter: @RUStudentLife
Check out our blog: http://studentlife.ryerson.ca/



The launch of the new Certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Join us and celebrate the launch of the new Certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics, which will be offered for the first time in Fall 2014. Meet our academic coordinators, subject matter experts, and industry professionals as they discuss how this new certificate program will meet the growing demands of the many organizations that utilize data analytics, big data, and predictive analytics.

Location: The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Heaslip House, 7th Floor, Peter Bronfman Learning Centre 297 Victoria Street, Toronto
Contact Us: Phone: 416.979.5035 Email: ce@ryerson.ca

RSVP ryerson.ca/ce/bigdata



The Toronto Zombie Walk & Halloween Parade is Dying to Work with You!

This is the premiere cultural event in Toronto's horror communities and inclusive to all who wish to participate. Last year, it attracted crowds of more than 10,000 people consisting of the walking dead, living observers and hoards of photographers. The 12th Toronto Zombie Walk & Halloween Parade will take Place at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, October 25th, 2014.

There are a lot of opportunities to engage, for more information contact: Thea Munster | sponsor@torontozombiewalk.ca | 416-830-1336



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

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

 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

Follow us @RICgallery



What's New in Downtown Yonge

Morpheus Client Care OPEN HOUSE!

Call us now for a Free Consultation!

Having trouble losing that lingering winter weight? Decided to stop smoking, but don’t know how? The Morpheus Clinic for Hypnosis has been helping people overcome a variety of issues for the past seven years. Our successful and direct results-based hypnosis has proven to be consistently effective so we’re opening our doors for free, half-hour, walk-in consultations. You’ll get a chance to speak privately with one of our hypnotists, learn more about our process, and find out if hypnosis can work for you! Walk-ins will only be taken on Friday, June 13 between 12:00pm and 4:00pm.

We’re located at 15 Elm St. Suite 106. If you have questions, you can call us at any time at 416.556.4068.



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.



Ryerson Farmers’ Market





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

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.



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. 



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Join us for Victoria Day long weekend

Pogue Mahone is a traditional Irish Pub located in Toronto's downtown core, just a short walk to the Eaton Centre. Featuring a classic pub menu and a fabulous Irish brunch, Pogue Mahone provides a perfect backdrop for friends, get-togethers, large families and business lunches and dinners. Be sure to enjoy our spacious patio (reservations welcomed)!

Join us for Victoria Day long weekend where we will be celebrating the warm weather with cold beers, hot food and good ol’ fashioned Irish hospitality! Pogue Mahone was this year’s WINNER of Best Sweet and Exotic Wing at the Toronto Wing Festival! Stop by the pub to enjoy our delicious wings in your favorite flavor every Tuesday for 1/2 price.

With a large selection on brews on tap and a scrumptious Irish Brunch a visit to Pogue Mahone Irish Pub is a must! Call/email us today (416) 598-3339 info@poguemahone.ca

Address: 777 Bay St. Toronto, ON (416) 598-3339



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

MAY 16 – Selca! The Kpop #Selfie Party! – 9:00 PM
MAY 17 – AfroSonic Entertainment – 10:00 PM
MAY 20 – Nikki Clarke Show – 7:30 PM
MAY 26 – MoMondays Toronto – 5:30 PM
JUN 06 – SuperSonic - The Rock 'n' Roll Tribute to OASIS – 9:00 PM
JUN 07 – Killer Dwarfs Live – 8:00 PM

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



Massey Hall presents
A New Live Concert and Concert Film Series

The music in this video is an instrumental version of “Hot Dreams” by Timber Timbre.

Offering unparalleled insight into the country’s most storied live music venue, Live at Massey Hall honours a rich past and looks to an exciting future, drawing in audiences around the world with an investment in the concert-going experience. A new series devoted to Canadian artists, it marries the thrill of live performance and the intimacy of behind-the-scenes access. Live at Massey Hall concerts will be recorded, filmed, and edited into a series of 30-minute episodes, made up of concert night footage, to be later broadcast online. With tickets to the live events priced at a symbolic $18.94, a nod to the year of Massey Hall’s founding, Toronto audiences can have first-hand knowledge of what the legend is all about, and witness the emergence of Canada’s next generation of musical greats. Live at Massey Hall is proud to present its inaugural performers: Timber Timbre with special guest Cold Specks, and Coeur de Pirate with special guest Bry Webb.


TIMBER TIMBRE with special guest Cold Specks

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8pm
Famous for a sound at once stripped-back and lavish, Timber Timbre leverages front man Taylor Kirk’s sultry croon and imagistic lyrics to great effect. With Hot Dreams, the band's third album on Arts & Crafts, Kirk and collaborator Simon Trottier daub vibrant colour across Timber Timbre's ever-evolving palette, connecting arid western to plodding horror with the pomp of Hollywood phantasm. timbertimbre.com
LISTEN: “Curtains?!” “Hot Dreams

Raised in Toronto and influenced by the Deep South, Cold Specks (a.k.a. Al Spx) draws on an intricate patchwork of experiences. One to watch since bursting onto the musical scene with 2012’s “doom soul” album I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, the young singer-songwriter last stunned Massey Hall audiences during the 2013 Luminato tribute to Joni Mitchell with her soulful rendition of “Black Crow.” coldspecks.com
LISTEN: “Blank Maps” “Winter Solstice


COEUR DE PIRATE with special guest BRY WEBB

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8pm
Montreal’s piano-playing pop vocalist Coeur de Pirate, who sings primarily in French, has been winning over audiences of all stripes for years: one doesn’t need to understand the lyrics to be seduced by her romantic spirit and sweeping intensity. This month, she releases the beautiful Trauma, her first album of English-language songs, which features a series of covers by the likes of Bon Iver and The Rolling Stones. coeurdepirate.com
LISTEN: “Flume” “Adieu

For more than a decade, Bry Webb was a fixture on Canada’s indie scene as lead singer of the beloved rock band Constantines. After deciding to take time off from the group, he reinvented himself as a solo act in 2011, releasing the critically acclaimed Provider, a contemplative and captivating album of folk music. His much-anticipated follow-up, Free Will, comes out in May. brywebb.com facebook.com/mr.brywebb
LISTEN: “Free Will” “Rivers of Gold


For additional information on Live at Massey Hall or any of the artists listed above and for high-resolution photographs, artist biographies, concert and photo accreditation requests, please visit masseyhall.com/media or for any specific requirements, please contact:
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall
Stephen McGrath, Media Relations Manager, 416 593 4822, Ext. 318
Meghan McCready, Marketing & Publicity Coordinator, 416 593 4822, Ext. 330
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Canada M5J 2H5
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The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, a charitable not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Governors, presents programming that reflects and is widely embraced by the citizens of Toronto and around the world. With public and private support, including from various organizations, foundations, and countless individuals across the globe, the Corporation preserves the legacy and founding vision of the Massey Family, who donated the iconic venue, Massey Hall, as a gift to the city in memory of their son, Charles Albert, himself a musician.

Massey Hall (178 Victoria St.) / Toronto
Tickets $18.94 on sale Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 12 PM
For tickets call 416 872 4255, buy online masseyhall.com
or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office (60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON)



Mackenzie House Events

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
Tuesday, May 1 to the end of July
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. In partnership with Tangled Arts + Disability Festival.

Included in regular admission.

Journalists and Editors in 19th Century Toronto - A Guided Walk - June 21

In association with Heritage Toronto
Saturday, June 21, 10 to 11:30 am
Explore the history of the men and women who took part in the lively journalism scene in Toronto from 1826 – 1892: their triumphs, feuds and friendships. William Lyon Mackenzie played a central role, inspiring both enemies and imitators. The walk is free, and begins at 160 Frederick Street, just north of Front Street (meet at Heritage Toronto plaque), finishing at Mackenzie House.



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

Royal Wood

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Canada’s most dapper troubadour isn’t wasting any time. Having spent the better part of the past year touring North America and Europe in support of his Juno Award-nominated album We Were Born to Glory, Royal Wood is hard at work on a follow-up record, slated for release in the spring of 2014. More sublime songwriting and heart-tugging melodies are a sure bet. (Photo: Malcolm Craig)

Tickets: $29.50 and $39.50 availabe at the box office or at www.ticketmaster.ca


Free open house at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre as part of Doors Open Toronto

Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.)
This National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – recounts the history and restoration of the complex. Visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre and the unique and resplendent Winter Garden Theatre, plus see samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery.

Cost: Free during Doors Open Toronto No reservations required
Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario



Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8 p.m.
After being catapulted onto the international scene in 1996 by the single Novocaine for the Soul, California’s EELS deftly sidestepped the one-hit wonder trap to stand among alternative rock’s most interesting acts. The only official member of this band with the ever-changing lineup, singer-songwriter (and award-winning documentary filmmaker) Mark Oliver Everett, has hit the road in support of an 11th studio album.

Tickets: $29.50 and $39.50 availabe at the box office or at www.ticketmaster.ca


Landed: Together in Canada

May 29 to June 29, 2014
The second exhibition of the RBC Emerging Artist Project features the photography of Sarah Foy, Master student from Ryerson’s Image Arts faculty. Landed: Together in Canada is a multimedia installation that tells stories of same-sex binational couples who immigrated to Canada because they could not freely live together in the United States. The project explores how these couples struggled to stay together, how they decided to come to Canada, and how recent changes in American law may (or may not) affect their plans for the future.

Admission: Free


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 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



Ed Mirvish Theatre presents


May 27 - June 8, 2014
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of FLASHDANCE is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance - What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," and "I Love Rock & Roll." In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth.

FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay), and Robert Cary with direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis).


Return To Grace

July 8 - 20, 2014

RETURN TO GRACE traces the greatest musical moments of a generation with song favourites that include “Heartbreak Hotel”, “All Shook Up”, “Love Me Tender”, and more! From the early years, through to the amazing ’68 Comeback Special, to the historical Aloha from Hawaii concert, experience RETURN TO GRACE to re-live the music that changed rock and roll forever!





Returns September 3 – November 2, 2014

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” The New York Times.

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One—born with emerald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete—and completely satisfying—musical in a long time” USA Today.

Ed Mirvish Theatre - 244 Victoria Street, Toronto
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

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

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

Sponsors of Event: Moosehead Lager




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:

May 16, 17 - Tom McGill
May 23 - Dean Avatiolis
May 24 - Victor Xu
May 30, 31 - Dean Avatiolis
June 6, 7 - Ewen Farncombe
June 13 - Victor Xu
June 14 - Tom McGill

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 20 - Mike Daley
May 27 - Kate Todd

Jazz Wednesday
May 28 - The Michael Danckert Quartette

Blues Thursday
May 15 - The Chris Antonik Band
May 22 - The Ross Neilson Band
May 29 - The Jack de Keyzer Band

Classic Rock Friday
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.

Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information




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