In the Spotlight, November 20
Ice, Wine & Dine, Nov 22nd from 3pm to 10pm on Elm Street
Delight your senses for an evening of food, drinks and entertainment at the annual Ice, Wine & Dine. Taste delectable sampler menus from the different restaurants and have a sip of one (or two) of our signature Martinis at the Ice Lounge while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the different entertainment all night long. Explore Elm Street and take photos at our interactive Ice Sculptures.
KidzFest, Nov 29th from 11am to 5pm at Yonge-Dundas Square
Come to Yonge-Dundas Square for a day of free family-friendly fun. The day’s festivities include stage performances and meet and greets with some of the children’s favourite characters – the Octonauts, Frozen Ice Queen & Princess, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell.
You can also take your family holiday photos in our life-sized snow globe!
For schedule and more information, please visit Winter Magic website.
The City is conducting a review of the bylaws governing outdoor cafés on the public right-of-way (sidewalks). The objectives of the review include harmonizing the regulations that exist in the former municipalities, reviewing the fees and developing updated outdoor cafe guidelines.
The Outdoor Café Guidelines will help café applicants understand the outdoor café part of the Bylaw. The Guidelines will also help café owners and managers create functional and attractive café spaces, and ensure that safe, comfortable and universally accessible cafes and sidewalks are created.
Consultations with stakeholders are an important part of the process. There are three consultation sessions to get feedback on the draft Outdoor Café By-law and Guidelines:
SESSION 1 – STAKEHOLDERS
Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308/309
SESSION 2 – GENERAL PUBLIC
Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308/309
SESSION 3 – GENERAL PUBLIC
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue, Council Chambers
Please RSVP with Olga Kusztelska for the stakeholder meeting.
Disability accommodations may be provided with 10 days advance notice.
Contact Olga Kusztelska at 416-392-7964 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the
harmonization of the outdoor café and marketing by-laws.
For the Outdoor Café Guidelines, you may contact Chris Ronson at 416-392-8008 or
Visit www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay for more details about the review.
Toronto’s laneways are ‘untapped potential,’ group says
By Luke Simcoe, Metro
They may be dark, full of litter and covered by graffiti, but to Mackenzie Keast Toronto’s laneways are the next frontier of urban development.
“We’ve got 2,400 laneways in the city, totalling about 250 kilometres,” he said. “There’s not a lot of other cities around the world that have such an extensive network.”
Keast is a co-founder of the Laneway Project, a non-profit organization promoting the potential of Toronto’s back alleys. Whether you want to set up a business in a laneway, or just want to get more lighting in your alley, Keast says the group can help with “the nitty gritty of implementation.”
“There’s not a lot of new public spaces being built in Toronto, so we see laneways as an untapped opportunity,” he said.
Keast wants Toronto to follow in the footsteps of cities like Vancouver, Chicago and Melbourne, where laneways are being transformed into pedestrian arcades and playing host to pop-up markets and live theatre.
“In Melbourne, they found all these under-utilized laneway spaces and transformed them into beautiful pedestrian walkways,” he said. “You’ve got cafes, bars and restaurants spilling out into the streets. It’s a great atmosphere.”
In an effort to bring similar initiatives to Toronto, the Laneway Project is hosting a public forum on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Great Hall at 1087 Queen St. West.
“There are people who are trying to make these things happen in Toronto,” Keast said. “We’re trying to bring them together.”
The Future of Retail On Yonge
As Toronto’s original commercial centre, Downtown Yonge has experienced enormous changes to its retail landscape over the years, running the full spectrum from the general store to the modern shopping mall and everything in between. This video delves into how the retail sector continues to evolve in response to the shifting socioeconomic character of the neighbourhood and our fast-changing relationship with how we shop. What kind of retail experience do you want to see on Yonge Street? Let us know in the comments!
Opportunity for local and independent businesses at #localTOmrkt
Downtown Yonge BIA would like to highlight a new opportunity for member businesses, just in time for the holidays!
AdHoc, a new joint venture for producing pop-ups, is putting together a month-long holiday market called #localTOmrkt at the vacant lot on the corner of Yonge and Gould. BlogTO is one of their partners and looking to promote the BlogTO app. AdHoc is inviting all local and independent businesses in Downtown Yonge to either come and take part in the market that supports independent creators and local businesses of Toronto, or offer some kind of discount or promotion that users would have access to upon download of BlogTO’s app.
AdHoc wants to support the local businesses in the area and this would be an opportunity to promote your business through BlogTO and #localTOmrkt.
AdHoc is also very interested in any kind of partnership or in-kind sponsorship opportunities as this is the first year this market is being put together.
For more information, please contact the AdHoc team at email@example.com
You might also like to read the attached media release, or check out today’s coverage in BlogTO: http://www.blogto.com/fashion_style/2014/11/toronto_gets_a_new_holiday_pop-up_market/
What's New in Downtown Yonge
Yonge and Grenville Branch Relocation Notification
This branch will be closing at 12 p.m. on Friday, November 28, 2014 and relocating to 500 Yonge Street. We will be open for business at our new location on Monday, December 1, 2014.
Eaton Chelsea, Toronto: SickKids Foundation Donor of the week
The Eaton Chelsea is a proud supporter of SickKids Foundation, the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada which provides critical support for patients at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) - one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions. As part of the SickKids Foundation’s Donor of the Week celebration, the Eaton Chelsea presented a cheque for C$90,000 to the SickKids team.
To learn more about the Donor of the Week go to: http://goo.gl/Yy8i4g
Photo – L to R: Dr. Jonathan Kronick, Chief of Education, SickKids Learning Institute; Wendy Dempsey, Manager, Sponsorship & Cause Marketing, SickKids Foundation; Ron Pellerine, General Manager, Eaton Chelsea, Toronto; Russell Holtby, Tarpon Contracting; Josef Ebner, Regional Vice President – Canada and Managing Director, Eaton Chelsea, Toronto; Seanna Dempsey, Vice President, SickKids Foundation and Sean Schurr, Director, AboutKidsHealth, The Hospital for Sick Children.
Busy? Get your FLU shot on the go!
Cloud Care Clinics, Toronto’s top interdisciplinary medical health practice, is inviting you to get your free FLU shots. Just drop by during or after work – unless you prefer a Saturday – and speak to the receptionist.
We are located at 55 Dundas Street East (Yonge and Dundas).
Our phone number is: 416-361-6000; and
Our clinic hours are:
Mon, Tue: 8:30am to 7pm
Wed-Fri: 8:30am to 8pm
Sat: 9am to 4pm
To Do in Downtown Yonge
The Arts & Letters Club Annual Show & Sale of Small Works, CDs & Books by Club Members
Sunday November 30, 2014, 1pm - 4pm
14 Elm Street, 2 blocks north of Yonge and Dundas
Prepare to be delighted and enticed by the Club’s talent, just in time for holiday gift giving. This is a wonderful, festive opportunity to chat directly with the Club’s artists, writers and musicians and to buy their latest works. Light refreshments will be served, free admission.
For more information please visit www.artsandlettersclub.ca 416 597 0223
Mackenzie House Events
November 25, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house.
Included drop-in activities:
- Write a letter to Santa - November 21 - December 21
- Kids' Crafts - December 27 - January 4
Holiday admission rates: Adults: $7.08, Seniors, Youth & Children: $4.42 (plus HST)
Christmas Baking Workshop at Mackenzie House
Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bake seasonal treats in the historic kitchen. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $20.00
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
From Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Saturday, January 10, 2015. The third exhibition of the RBC Emerging Artist Project features a group exhibition of works by OCADU alumni, faculty and students – Franco Arcieri, Michelle Forsyth, Anda Kubis, Rebecca Ladds, Alex McLeod, Hazel Meyer and Lisa Myers. Curated by Andrea Fatona and Caroline Langill. Admission: Free
From Friday, November 21, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015. They’re back! This year’s holiday pantomime stars CBC star Danielle Wade slipping out of Dorothy’s red slippers in the recent Mirvish production of The Wizard of Oz, and becoming our glass-slippered heroine. Patty Sullivan, the genial host of Kids’ CBC, will show her dark side as Cinderella’s evil stepsister, while the evil quotient is enhanced by Ross Petty’s nasty stepmother, squeezing his generous figure into a femme-fatale evening gown. Dan Chameroy’s iconic character of Plumbum is joined by pumpkin-haired favourite Eddie Glen to lead an extraordinary cast in Cinderella – the gags to riches family musical! A holiday treat for the whole family!
Tickets on sale now! From $27 to $89
Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. For one night only, the Classical Theatre Project presents Shakespeare's Hamlet. Don't miss Benjamin Blais – founding member of Red One Theatre Collective and Artistic Director of the Storefront Theatre – in the starring role as the Prince of Denmark in this film noir-inspired production of one of the greatest pieces of drama in the western canon. The Classical Theatre Project has performed to over one million audience members across North America since 2001.
Tickets: $71 and $107
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: November 20, 29. December 6, 13, 20, 27
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)
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.
Nov 22, 14 THE RIVER STREET BAND - 8:30 PM
Nov 23, 14 KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS! - 11:00 AM
Nov 23, 14 949 THE ROCK PRESENTS: 'ORGANIZED INSANITY' ALBUM RELEASE - 6 PM
Nov 24, 14 MOMONDAYS TORONTO - 5:30 PM
Nov 29, 14 GARNER FIREBIRD AND THE BRAD HARRISON QUINTET - 8:00 PM
Nov 30, 14 KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS! - 11:00 AM
For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge Street
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.
Martinis & Manis - Tuesday-Friday - $30 for Mani & a "French mani" Martini, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
What's On at Martini Bar:
$5 pints (Sleemans, Sapporo and Blanche de Chambly), wine and cocktails from Monday to Friday, 4pm to 6pm.
An assortment of delicious appetizers and bar snacks (all under $10)
After Work Party at Pantages Martini Bar is on Monday through Friday, 4pm to 6pm. We look forward to seeing you!
Join us for Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Call for more information on performers and performance dates.
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!
November 26 - The Michael Danckert Quartet
November 20 - The Gary Kendall Band
November 27 - The Jack de Keyzer Band
Classic Rrock Friday's
November 21 - The Ross Nielson Band
November 28 - The Nomads
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.
Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information
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