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
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)
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What's New in Downtown Yonge
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Update
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.
- 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
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
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
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.
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)
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 09 - CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK - 8:00 PM
May 11 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
May 18 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
May 20 - ISX PRESENTS: INTERNATIONAL WEDNESDAYS! - 9:30 PM
May 23 - ROCK FOR COMPASSION - 7:30 PM
May 24 - THE VINYL SESSIONS - CCR - 4:00 PM
May 25 - MOMONDAYS TORONTO - 5:30 PM
May 26 - PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
May 29 - ARYA CONCERTS & EVENTS PRESENTS - 9:00 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!
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.
Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information
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