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We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

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



We look forward to the future openings:

Fit for Life – 3 Gerrard St East


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.


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.



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...

The trains have arrived!

In the spring of 2015, Union Pearson Express (UP Express) will launch as Canada’s first dedicated airport express rail service, connecting Toronto’s downtown core to Toronto Pearson International Airport. UP Express will provide a fast route, taking only 25 minutes each way and departing every 15 minutes, 19 ½ hours a day. There has been significant progress on the corridor, tracks and stations, with many residents now seeing the UP Express project come to life as it nears completion. 

In mid August, after a 20,000 kilometre journey, we welcomed the first 2 UP Express trains to Toronto. Built by Nippon Sharyo in Japan, these  state-of–the art trains were shipped in lots from Toyokawa, Japan to Savannah, Georgia and then on to Rochelle, Illinois where Nippon Sharyo’s plant is assembling and testing the train cars under Metrolinx stewardship. The remaining trains will be arriving on a cascading basis over the coming months.

Before arriving in Toronto, the first 2 trains underwent high and low speed testing on Chicago’s Metra Line and are now undergoing a comprehensive testing and commissioning program in Toronto. Starting in September, the first 2 trains began testing on a variety of GO corridors and the Spur into terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson. Over the coming months, you will be seeing many UP Express trains on the GO corridors from now until the launch next spring.

Follow us at @UPexpress and remember to #Trackthetrains

Read more: UP Express Train Facts


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.


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.


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

Downtown Yonge BIA will be holding the annual Winter Magic. Due to the amount of entertainment and the scale of the set-up, we will have at each event the following temporary road closures will be in effect:

Ice, Wine & Dine Event
Elm Street (between Yonge Street and Bay Street) will be closed from 6am to midnight on Saturday, November 22, 2014:
- from Yonge Street to Eaton Chelsea entrance (22 Elm), both directions closed to vehicular traffic.
- from 31 Elm Street going west  to Bay Street, partial road closure - south curb lane.
- North curb lane will be maintained as emergency lane, no structure to be built there.

Dundas Square Street (the road to the south of Yonge-Dundas Square) will need to be temporarily closed at Yonge Street to O’Keefe Lane on Saturday, November 29th from 6:00am to 8:00pm with vehicles loading and unloading equipment. 

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 20

Winter Magic

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.



Consultation Sessions

Harmonization of outdoor cafe and marketing bylaws on the public right-of-way (sidewalks) and Outdoor Café Guidelines

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:

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308/309

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308/309

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 okuszte@toronto.ca 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

Courtesy The Laneway Project

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.

Entitled Engaging In-Between Spaces, the event features five speakers, including Mark Garner of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area and Walk Toronto founder Dylan Reid.

“There are people who are trying to make these things happen in Toronto,” Keast said. “We’re trying to bring them together.”



What's on



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 info@adhocpopup.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

A Victorian Christmas at Mackenzie House

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

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: 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)
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

Nov 22, 14 THE RIVER STREET BAND - 8:30 PM
Nov 23, 14 KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS! - 11:00 AM
Nov 24, 14 MOMONDAYS TORONTO - 5:30 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!

Jazz Wednesday's
November 26 - The Michael Danckert Quartet

Blues Thursday's
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 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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