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SÜÜP Health Bar

From our kitchen pots and spoons, to the local fresh produce we cook with, SÜÜP Health Bar is built on the foundation of placing our customers’ health first.

Come see us at 382 Yonge St, unit 1!


Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen

NOW Pouring!
The NEW Pogue Mahone Pub and Kitchen is everything you love about your local – and much more. We’re your place for local and hard-to-find craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, untraditional pub favourites like our Zen Bowl, Elk Burger or Tiki Pork Taco’s.

Host your holiday social at the newly renovated Pogue Mahone and raise a glass!

Location: 777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 598-3339

Follow the party at @PogueMahoneTO or PogueMahone.ca


The Big Classy Small Works Show and Sale #2 at the Arts & Letters Club

The Arts & Letters Club’s annual Show and Sale features small works by Club members:
paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, music CDs, books…and more!

Public Opening on Sunday, November 27, 12—4 pm,
Free admission; light refreshments. Come and enjoy our festive ambience.

For more than a century the Arts & Letters Club has brought together the professional and the enthusiast, the artist and the art lover, the traditional and the modern.

14 Elm Street www.artsandlettersclub.ca

Location: 14 Elm Street
Website: www.artsandlettersclub.ca


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


Did you know that...

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


Drop in Resource Booklet

A new kind of map is being distributed in downtown Toronto, showing where people in need can find nearby help. Developed by the Downtown Yonge BIA, the Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource booklet includes 20 drop-in agencies within 1.8 kilometres of Yonge and Dundas.

Working in partnership with Ryerson University, the Downtown Yonge BIA researched and produced the booklets as a pilot project, aimed at raising awareness of the services available and better coordinating access to those services.


Have you considered volunteering, but don’t know where to start?


Why not check out our volunteer listings! From dentists to handy people, there’s something for everyone! Click Here


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

Construction Update

Watermain Upgrades, Streetscaping, Road and Streetcar Track Reconstruction on Richmond St. from Church St. to York St. from November 18 - 30, 2016.

Thank you for your patience as work on Richmond Street continues to completion. In an earlier update we indicated that surface paving work would take place between November 19 and 21.

With weather and temperatures shifting, the contractor will complete the work on November 18. In order to do this, work will start at 4:00 a.m. and continue to 6 p.m. We will work to avoid intersections during peak times.

Please find below, a summary of the remaining work and schedule.


Construction Update

Watermain Replacement, Road Resurfacing and Trench Restoration on Shuter St. From Yonge St. to Sherbourne St.

The City of Toronto is replacing the 140-year-old watermain and completing road and sidewalk repairs on Shuter Street from Younge Street to Sherbourne Street. Work is progressing.

From November 14-18 the contractor completed most of the paving from Yonge Street to Bond Street. Staring November 21 – 24 the contractor will pave the road from Bond Street to Church Street. On November 25, the contractor will lay the top course of asphalt from Victoria Street to Church Street.

To read full update, please click here.


Public Notice

Sewer Inspection and Condition Assessment on Yonge St. from Gould St. to Dundas St. East

The City of Toronto will be conducting a condition assessment and inspection of the sewer system on Yonge Street, from Gould Street to Dundas Street East on the dates specified above. This project, which is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program, will help improve local sewer collection system.

To read full update, 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, November 18

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Thank you to everyone who paused to commemorate Remembrance Day with us at the 9 different locations along Yonge St. A special thank you to Cieslok Media, Samsung Canada and Clear Channel Canada for joining the ceremony this year. Check out the photo album for highlights!



The Downtown Yonge BIA's Strategic Plan 2016

The Downtown Yonge BIA (DYBIA) is embarking on a strategic planning process that focuses on the rapidly-changing and growing neighbourhood and the role of the organization.

With the research and stakeholder engagement phase now complete, the Working Group is now down the path of the development of foundational elements of the new Strategic Plan, this includes a refreshed vision, mission and organizational values. The Board of Directors spent a morning together earlier this month, hearing from the Working Group and doing their own work to drive forward this phase. Once these foundational pieces are defined, the development of the complete plan will follow. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this important process so far, your input has been invaluable. Don't forget, a summary of research findings will be shared at the Annual General Meeting on November 24.

With fast-paced residential development, significant population increases, a trend towards intensification and the range of challenges that growth brings, DYBIA recognized the need to evolve, be entrepreneurial, and have the ability to act on market opportunities.

This means the organization needs to be empowered with a cohesive vision and strategic framework that both "dreams big" but allows for being nimble and flexible in execution.
To that end, a month-long search for the right consultant began in early May 2016 with the distribution of a closed RFP to a group of seven strategic planning specialists.

Submitted proposals were carefully compared and contrasted to identify the best fit.

In June, the Executive Committee and Staff made recommendations to the DYBIA Board of Management, which approved the appointment of sagecomm, a firm specializing not only in strategic development, but also community engagement- a key element of the DYBIA's mandate. For more on sagecomm, please visit their website at: www.sagecomm.com

With extensive experience both with BIAs and in complex urban environments, sagecomm is well positioned to take DYBIA to the next level.

The team from sagecomm- spearheaded by co-founder and senior strategist Lindsay Sage- launched the strategic planning process in July at the bi-monthly Board meeting.

The plan will be defined in two distinct phases, which are expected to take about approximately six (6) months.

Phase I includes deep stakeholder engagement and research; and

Phase II includes board engagement and strategic plan development.

We will be bringing members and stakeholders up to speed about the Phase I findings at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November, but in the meantime please keep an eye on this space for regular updates, as well as on our Twitter & Facebook pages.




What's on

Illuminite - November 19, 2016

Presented by Samsung


Downtown Yonge BIA invites you to kick off the holidays with Illuminite, a magical evening of music, dance & spectacle in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Enjoy music from Toronto’s Ride the Tiger, followed by a stunning tree lighting performance from TDC Entertainment with special guests the St. Michael’s Choir.

For updates follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @DowntownYonge

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free



Kidzfest - November 26, 2016


Join Downtown Yonge BIA at Yonge-Dundas Square for a day of fun for kids of all ages, meet Paw Patrol’s Chase & Little Charmer’s Hazel, ride the Ferris wheel and much more!

For updates follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @DowntownYonge

Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016
Time:11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free



What's New in Downtown Yonge

Newly renovated Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen is open!

NOW Pouring!
The NEW Pogue Mahone Pub and Kitchen is everything you love about your local – and much more. We’re your place for local and hard-to-find craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, untraditional pub favourites like our Zen Bowl, Elk Burger or Tiki Pork Taco’s.

Host your holiday social at the newly renovated Pogue Mahone and raise a glass!

Location: 777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 598-3339

Follow the party at @PogueMahoneTO or PogueMahone.ca



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Christmas In The Square

Friday, 25 November, 6:00 pm-8:00pm

Christmas In The SquareChristmas in the Square is a musical celebration that launches The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign in Toronto. Held in the heart of the city, Yonge-Dundas Square, The Salvation Army hosts a Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing-a-long featuring the Salvation Army Youth Brass Band and Festive Singers. The evening is full of family fun and inspiration as we gather together and join our voices to bring the spirit of Christmas to our city.

This event features Toronto's largest bell standing over three stories tall! Free jingle balls, song sheets, hot-chocolate, coffee, and other treats while quantities last.

The event is free and open to the public. The iconic Salvation Army Christmas Kettles are set up throughout the square to receive charitable donations. All of the funds collected at this event are used to support the social service work of The Salvation Army in Toronto including homelessness programs, support groups for those struggling with addition and Christmas toys and meals for families experiencing financial challenges.

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E



28th Annual Drug-Free Marshals Christmas Festival

The 28th Annual Drug-Free Marshals “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” Christmas Festival will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square. It’s an afternoon of family fun with seasonal and teen entertainment, free draws, hot chocolate and Santa and his elves. It’s also about kids telling other kids to be drug-free!

The event has a theme of drug abuse prevention through education and is sponsored by the Church of Scientology of Toronto and the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, with participation of downtown merchants and is open to all free of charge.

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E



momondays Toronto November 21, 2016

momondays Toronto

November 21, 2016

Get your MO on at momondays!!!

Put story-telling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation. Then 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®!

Think of momondays as a variety show bouncing off the walls of personal story-telling...

Momondays is for all kinds of people like you with a great story and life lessons to share, from people who have never set foot on stage, to professional speakers and everyone in-between!

Each show, you experience six speakers and performers tell a few personal stories. Some are funny, some are thought-provoking, all are motivating.

momondays is held each month upstairs at The Hard Rock Cafe right across from The Eaton Centre and Dundas Square. If you’re driving you’ll find cheap parking under Dundas Square in the Green P lot. If you’re taking the TTC get out at Dundas and just cross the street! If you’re walking, well, just walk!!

Save your seat (and a few bucks) by getting advance online tickets for just $15 plus hst — available online until the Friday before the show. Tickets at the door are $25 cash. Doors open for advance ticket holders at 5:30 pm for socializing, networking and merry-making. General admission at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm sharp.

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!


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/



Mackenzie House Events

Some exciting events are coming up at Mackenzie House this Fall! Check it out:

Mackenzie Escapes! - December 4

Sunday, December 4, at 2:15 and 4:15 p.m.

Bruce Beaton Portrays William Lyon Mackenzie and tells the true story of his escape following the Rebellion of 1837. Loyal friends, close calls, icy water and hiding with pigs: it's an amazing tale! Included with admission to the museum. Adults: $7.08; Seniors/Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax).


Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories – Included with admission

Sunday, December 18, 2:15pm and 4:15pm

Victorians loved their ghost stories-even at Christmas time. Join us and sample a few scary Christmas tales along with some cider warmed on our cook stove.



Thursday, December 29, 7pm-9pm

Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight. Musicians Gin Lane will perform. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Tickets: $22.50 plus HST.

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



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

Sleeping Beauty

From November 25, 2016 to January 7, 2017

Ross Petty Productions celebrates its 21st anniversary at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre with the first-ever production of Sleeping Beauty, the Deliriously Dreamy Family Musical! Guest Star Hilary Farr from HGTV’s Love it or List It makes her Toronto theatrical debut as Petty’s evil successor. And in an eye-opening performance, Kinky Boots star A.J. Bridel plays the drowsy heroine. Great family fun for kids from 3 to 93!

Tickets: $27 to $99

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: December 8, 10, 15, 17.
Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on November 19, 24 and 26 and December 1, 3, 22 and 29, 2016, and January 5, 2017 due to activities in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience these cancellations may have caused you.

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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