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We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

M. J. Zafar Chartered Accountant and Consultants

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

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

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


City Kitchen Restaurant N Bar

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

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


The Elm Tree Restaurant

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

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



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

Location: 15 Elm Street



Welcome Kaiju to our neighbourhood!

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

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


Member Highlights

Inglot Cosmetics

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

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



The Senator Restaurant has partnered with Hurrier

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

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

Location: 249 Victoria Street, Toronto



NOW OPEN | The Private Dining Room at JOEY Eaton Centre

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

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

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

Location: 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto


Did you know that...

Clean Toronto Together 2015

Covenant House staff and youth participated in the "Clean Toronto Together" effort by the Downtown Yonge BIA. They were among volunteers from local businesses and organizations who helped spruce up the neighbourhood during the annual spring clean up.


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

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

You can find the press release here.


Is your business wheelchair accessible?

Here are some of the things to consider:

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

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

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

Check out our website for more helpful tips.


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

EVENT NOTICE for Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mark your Calendars - Sunday, May 10th for the upcoming road closures for the Sporting Life 10k benefitting Camp Oochigeas.

Road Closures:

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 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 7

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes is White Ribbon’s largest annual fundraising event. Men are asked to put on a pair of high-heels and walk a mile from Yonge-Dundas Square through the Financial District to raise funds and show support for ending violence against women.

We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 21 from 12 – 2 pm for Walk A Mile In Her Shoes. Over 1,000 men (and women) will come together at Yonge Dundas Square to participate in the Walk, raise funds for White Ribbon, and stand up and speak out about violence against women.

Register now as a team or individual at www.walkamiletoronto.ca



What's on

The Chelsea food truck launches Friday, May 8th on the Market Garden patio!

Starting May 8, the Chelsea Hotel’s very own food truck will be open for business. Located on the Hotel patio, off Walton Street, the food truck will feature Mexican inspired cuisine such as tacos, churros and roasted corn cob. The patio is also licensed, so guests can enjoy cold refreshments such as locally brewed Mill Street beers. The Chelsea food truck will be open all summer for lunch and dinner.

To celebrate the launch, the Chelsea Hotel will be giving away 1,000 FREE TACOS starting at 11am!
Live entertainment with Turbo Street Funk!
Beer sampling with Mill Street Brewery from 11am until 3pm!



Chelsea Hotel, Toronto’s Homemade Caesar mix now available to the public!

The Chelsea Hotel has introduced their new and deliciously blended Caesar mix in T|Bar. Made in-house from fresh and local ingredients, this Caesar mix has made the perfect introduction to the upcoming warm season ahead. As one of the many options on the T|Bar beverage menu, it has grown into a frequently ordered drink of choice.

Created by Chef Brian MacAskill, this tasty classic Canadian Caesar mix is the key ingredient for five specialty created Caesars served in T|Bar: The Classic, The Checkout, The Whasssabbi, The T|Garden and the Latin Dancer. Locals can now enjoy the convenience of T|Bar’s homemade Caesarmix !

What better way to kick off the spring with the Chelsea Hotel’s delicious homemade Caesar mix- now available for purchase in-store.

Caesarmania at T|Bar 

Sunday Brunch Every Sunday from 11am until 2pm
$19 per person*
c|aesarmania – all signature c|aesars only $9 during Saturday & Sunday Brunch!
For reservations call 416.277.5025

* Includes choice from Sunday Brunch menu, juice, coffee or signature loose leaf tea and a collection of breakfast pastries. Taxes and gratuities not included.

T Bar also features an authentic Indian lunch buffet which is available weekdays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The buffet includes traditional Indian curry dishes all of which are prepared from scratch in house.

Location: T|Bar in the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Address: 33 Gerrard St. W.

For more information visit www.chelseatoronto.com or call 1-800-CHELSEA (2435732)




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

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

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



What's New in Downtown Yonge

TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Update

Torch Relay

The Pan Am Games Torch Relay will be a 41-day journey that will share the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 communities. Deeply rooted in history and tradition, the Pan Am flame will be lit on May 28 in a traditional ceremony in Teotihuacan, Mexico, before it travels to Canada.

Fast Facts:
- The Torch Relay takes place May 30 to July 10
- 3,000 torchbearers
- 5,000+ kilometres on the road
- 15,000+ kilometres in the air
- 60+ alternative modes of transportation, including plane, train and ferry boat

Community Celebrations Produced by the City of Toronto.

PanAm Torch Relay will arrive in Toronto Saturday, July 5 and travel throughout the city until Friday, July 1th when it heads to the Opening Ceremonies.

Key Dates for Torch Celebration:
July 4: Lighting of Prince Edward Bloor Viaduct
July 5: Scarborough – Pan Am Aquatic Centre
July 7: Rexdale – Albion Centre
July 8: North York – Mel Lastman Square
July 9: DT Toronto – Nathan Phillips Square

In addition to the Community Celebration, please visit http://www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay/pan-am-games and download the route map for more information about the celebration sites in your neighborhood.

Temporary HOV Lanes
- Open to vehicles with three or more people (June 29-July 27), two or more people (July 28-August 18), Games vehicles, accredited media, emergency vehicles, electric vehicles with green license plates, public transit and taxis
- Operating from 5am to 11pm
- Incorporates existing HOV lanes where applicable

Temporary HOV Lanes on sections of:
- Highway 427
- Highway 404 (uses existing HOV lanes)
- Highway 401
- Gardiner Expressway
- Lakeshore Boulevard (Toronto)
- Jane Street (York Region)

Visit  www.ontario.ca/games2015 for more info on:

- Transportation info and advise to plan ahead
- Detailed maps and info about traffic changes near venues
- Travel guide and e-bulletin sign up for businesses

Event at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (Ryerson Athletic Centre)

- Venue hosts all men’s and women’s basketball and wheelchair basketball competitions during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
- In total, 384 athletes will compete at Ryerson during the Games — 192 in basketball and 192 in wheelchair basketball
- This is a live broadcast venue
- The basketball competition schedule — listing all preliminary games by country — is available now at http://www.toronto2015.org/0/basketball-schedule
- No Games-operated road closures surrounding the Ryerson Athletic Centre. However, there will be additional traffic on nearby streets
- PrideHouseTO will hold a street festival every weekend of the Games in the neighbourhood
- Basketball schedule: Training: July 11 – 25; Competition July 15 – 25
- Wheelchair Basketball schedule: Training: Aug 3 – 15; Competition: Aug 8 – 15.



Kids to Teens Yoga Teacher Training: May 29 - 31 2015

This course is designed to help yoga instructors, daycare workers, ECE, Elementary and High School teachers to add a new skill set to their toolbox! This course will help those enrolled to hone their skills in teaching yoga to young people of various age groups. Learn energizing poses, calming poses and breathing styles that encourage focus and self- awareness while giving children and teens tools they can use for a lifetime! Participants will learn fun filled sequences, as well as how to develop class structure, and marketing classes and courses. Nannies and parents who are interested in bringing yoga into the home can also take this course.

Location: The Yoga Sanctuary, College Studio
Address: 2 College St, Suite 306
Contact: 416-928-3236
Website: www.theyogasanctuary.net



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Monster Rock Orchestra

Monster Rock Orchestra (MRO) - the face-meltingly awesome hit concert and laser show - moves to Yonge-Dundas Square in summer 2015!

Catch us on Friday, May 22nd at 7:00 PM, for a free show that combines blazing riffs of rock music, supported by an orchestra, with enough lasers to bring down Starship Enterprise!

Location: Yonge Dundas Square



Mackenzie House Events

Interlove: An Exhibition of Documentary Photography - May 12

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

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

Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 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.

Toronto Jane Austen Festival - May 29 to 31

May 29 to 31, Hours vary
Last admission: 4:30 p.m.
Taste, touch, smell and hear the textures of life in Regency England - experience Jane Austen's world through food, fashion, music, games, lectures, hands-on workshops, and dancing. From delicious historical meals to writing with a quill pen and learning the coolest dance moves from 1815, this weekend will immerse you in the world Austen lived in. The festival will take place at the Market Gallery, Mackenzie House and Montgomery's Inn. Visit www.JaneAustenDancing.ca for updates or call 416-578-1031. Final details will be available closer to the date.

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



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

EWG tours

Year-round guided tours of this National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – last for 1½ hours and recount the history and restoration of the complex. Visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre, the unique and resplendent Winter Garden Theatre and samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. As well, a backstage exhibit housing the Winter Garden’s original Simplex Silent Film Projector and a dressing room containing artifacts from the time period are on view.

When: Thursdays at 5 p.m.; Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Dates: May 9, 14, 16, 30
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.


Doors Open Toronto

Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.)

Free open house at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre during Doors Open Toronto. 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


The Vakhtangov Academic Theatre: Smile at Us, oh Lord!

Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Vakhtangov Academic Theatre of Russia is back with a new theatrical masterpiece, Smile at Us, Oh Lord! Set during the first half of the 20th century, Smile at Us, Oh Lord! is the story about every man who is vehemently opposed to wrongdoing and whose journey through life opens his eyes and heart to the fate of Jews around the world. Based on two novels by the Lithuanian-born Israeli writer Grigory Kanovich, Smile at Us, Oh Lord! is a play full of tragi-comedic moments and soulful music. In Russian with English subtitles.
Tickets: $55, $65, $95, $115, $125, $155

Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)
Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg



Hard Rock Café Events

The Hard Rock Café Toronto is located directly across from the massive Eaton Centre department store mall. The memorabilia-stocked restaurant serves up distinctive meals and refreshing beverages for any rocker with a taste for diversity. So roll on in and get ready to rock the night away at Toronto's bustling Hard Rock Café.

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

May 08 - ROCK FOR DIMES - 7:00 PM
May 11 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
May 18 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
May 26 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM

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



2015 Brings new talent to Monarch’s Pub

Lively and energetic, Monarchs Pub is downtown Toronto's must-visit live music venue. While HD televisions keep sports fans up to date on the latest scores and games, music buffs can enjoy live jazz, blues or rock performances six nights a week.

Monarchs Pub has also introduced a new menu that is as enticing and diverse as its musical selection. Available from 5pm-11pm, the extensive à la carte menu features contemporary pub fare including delicious starters, hearty mains and tempting desserts, while a special late-night menu is available from 11pm to 1am. Guests can also sip samples from Monarchs Pub's impressive range of domestic and international brews, featuring Mill Street beers on tap.
Upping the ante even more, Monarchs Pub has also teamed up with Young Lions Club, bringing fresh new talent and creating unique and memorable music experiences for all.

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

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

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



Jazz Bistro is Toronto’s newest jazz venue and dining destination

Located at 251 Victoria St., three-level club includes a performance and dining area, wine bar, private event space and expansive rooftop patio. The open-concept design ensures guests on the second floor balcony have a perfect view of the stage, which features a magnificent red pop Steinway piano (the only one of its’ kind in the world). The warm and inviting space serves as an intimate setting for authentic, live jazz performances by some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, and will focus on promoting Toronto’s own jazz artists. The space creates a comfortable atmosphere for quality modern bistro dining.

For upcoming events click here.

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


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