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Downtown Yonge BIA receives Merit Award for Celebrate Yonge at IDA Conference in New York

Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area has received a merit award for our work on Celebrate Yonge in summer 2012. Recognized among 13 entries in the category of Events & Programming, this award centers on improving the image and vitality of downtowns and delivering projects that communicate the vision, mission, function and achievements of the business association. Mark Garner, Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge BIA commented, “The Downtown Yonge team is honoured and excited by this award. The IDA is a leading advocate for vibrant and successful downtowns. This award recognizes the teams visionary and dedicated work last year and shows that we’re headed in the right direction for Yonge Street.” “The Downtown Yonge BIA project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA president and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The Celebrate Yonge project is a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.”

The Downtown Yonge BIA received the award during the IDA World Congress & 59th Annual Conference on October 7th 2013.

The Washington, D.C based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 550 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.


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100th year Anniversary of RBC Yonge & Grenville Branch

You are cordially invited to attend the 100th Anniversary Celebration of RBC Yonge & Grenville Branch. Thursday, December 5, 2013 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP before November 15, 2013, by contacting Terry Greene at 416-974-2679 or terry.greene@rbc.com
Location: 468 Yonge St, Toronto


Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.



Welcome McDonald’s at 356 Yonge Street, congratulations on your grand opening on November 26th.
This McDonald’s is the largest in Ontario and is the flagship store

Website: www.mcdonalds.ca



Spellbound Hair Design

Congratulations to Spellbound Hair Design on their new location at 261 Yonge Street. They had their grand opening on November 6th which was very successful!

Website: spellboundhairdesign.com



REDS Midtown Tavern

Reds proudly launched our second location at Yonge and Gerrard on October 30th, 2013. Reds Midtown Tavern is the perfect locale for connecting with colleagues and friends, where good conversation meets great food, as well as a social midpoint for Toronto’s East and West neighbourhoods.

Like good conversation, we think delicious food should be shared. Our culinary team led by Executive Chef Matt Robertson has created an impressive menu of reimagined classics with a unique selection of social sharing plates including our freshly shucked oysters and our signature Tavern Butcher Board.

Website: redsmidtowntavern.com



The Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute

The Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute currently provides traditional Shaolin Kung Fu (Martial arts) and Qi Gong ( Soft forms) classes to students from all walks of life, age groups and religious makeup. We offer Shaolin instruction for Shaolin Qi Gong (moving meditation / chi kung), traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, Sanda / Sanshou / Chinese Boxing, and Sitting Meditation.

Website: www.stqitoronto.com



We look forward to the future openings:

T.L.P. Sandwich Co. – 15 Elm St
Weightwachers – 372 Yonge St
Fit for Life – 3 Gerrard St East


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 closures

Pyrotechnic show during the Cavalcade of Lights event at Nathan Phillips Square
These are the following road closures for the event:
- Bay St, south of Dundas St W to north side of Queen St W
- Hagerman St, from Elizabeth St to Bay St
- Elizabeth St, from Dundas St West to Hagerman St
- Albert St, from Bay St to James St
- James St, from Albert St to Queen St West
Road closure date and times: Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 7 pm to 8:45 pm.

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, Nov 28

Downtown Yonge BIA presents Winter Magic!

A series of signature events to bring holiday cheer in the Downtown Yonge BIA Neighbourhood!


Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1, Noon to 4pm

Unique and dynamic Street performers entertain holiday shoppers in Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood. All the donations raised by the Buskers will go to Raising the Roof.

Photo Contest
Spot the busker, snap a photo and share on Twitter or Facebook #WMBusker for a chance to win gift certificates from Downtown Yonge BIA.


Window Wonderland

Nov 15 to Dec 1 throughout Downtown Yonge neighbourhood

Window Wonderland rekindles the tradition of holiday window displays. Experience the nostalgia as Ryerson Retail Management students partner with businesses to create eye-catching holiday windows throughout Downtown Yonge BIA. This is a competition amongst the students. There will be two winners – the Judges’ Choice and the People’s Choice.

Visit Downtown Yonge BIA Facebook page and vote for your favourite window. Voting ends November 29th


What's on

ING Direct Initiative

Do you have old sports equipment that you no longer need? The Toronto Cafés will take them off your hands (as long as they’re clean).

We’re looking for items such as:
- Soccer uniforms
- Shin pads
- Soccer socks/shoes
- Ice skates (men, women, children)
- Helmets
- Pads
- Sticks
- Any other used soccer/skating equipment you may have!

Are you wondering why we want your old stuff? For the month of November, the Toronto Cafés are supporting Second Kicks and Skate to Great, which are organizations that give children the change to enjoy soccer and skating.

In addition to collecting equipment, we’re also donating 100% of funds generated in the Cafés in November to both organizations.

Second Kicks has donated over 10,000 uniforms since 2004. In 2011, ING DIRECT collected 325 jerseys, 75 pairs of shorts, 50 balls and 30 pairs of soccer shoes. Let’s double this in 2013!

Skate to Great’s mission is to provide every child the opportunity to skate, regardless of their circumstances. Skate to Great's main initiative is to collect new and used hockey and figure skates (along with equipment such as pads, sticks and helmets) for organizations that need them.


What's New in Downtown Yonge

Join the ‘Swingalong Saturday Brunch’ at Jazz Bistro, in support of Daily Bread Food Bank and CBC’s Sounds of the Season

Jazz Bistro, the home for jazz in the city, presents their Swingalong Saturday Brunch this weekend and for the next four Saturdays - November 30, December 7, December 14, and December 21, in support of Daily Food Bank and CBC’s Sounds of the Season.

We invite holiday revelers of all ages to come and join popular jazz and cabaret singer Jenni Burke, for a songs of the season swingalong. Admission to the Swingalong is $5 or, free with a non-perishable food item.

You can also enjoy a great meal from Chef Brad Macdonald’s new brunch menu both delicious and reasonably priced.

Jazz Bistro Swingalong Saturday Brunch from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Saturdays’ November 30, December 7, December 14, and December 21.

Make your reservations today by calling 416.363-5299. For further information about Swingalong Saturday Brunch and our upcoming schedule of great jazz talent, visit www.jazzbistro.ca. For the jazz fans on your list, a Jazz Bistro Gift Certificate is a thoughtful idea.



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Bangkok Garden Contest

Watch the Leafs play at Bangkok Garden on December 19th and you’ll have a chance to watch them live at the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Michigan!  

No purchase necessary, raffle tickets will be given out to the first 35 guests watching the game in Bangkok Garden’s newly renovated bar. Enjoy half priced appetizers with your friends (5-7pm Daily) and enjoy the game. The winner will be announced at the end of the Leafs game.



THE CHRISTMAS STORY at the Church of the Holy Trinity captures the true spirit of the Holiday season

The Holiday Season fast approaches and that meanssoon it will be time for THE CHRISTMAS STORYat the Church of the Holy Trinity (right beside the Eaton Centre). The cast of Angels, Shepherds, Kings and Singers - even an infant Baby Jesus! - are ready to remind you of the most important message of Christmas. Plays December 6-22, 2013 (Fri-Sat-Sun).

A cast of more than 100 volunteer performers from across the city - many of who return year after year - join with professional choral musicians and organist to tell this ages-old story through mime, narration, and song. Beautiful costumes, dramatic lighting design and the majesty of the Holy Trinity Church (an 166 year old architectural treasure in its own right) bring a special magic to this not-to-be-missed Nativity experience.

The story of the Nativity is told through a series of narrated scenes linked by beautiful organ music and carols from an unseen choir. Close to 100 volunteers, including babies who take turns playing the role of baby Jesus, perform in one of two casts. The Church of the Holy Trinity, a 166-year-old architectural treasure, brings its own charm to the presentation.

Time: 4:30 pm matinees: December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22.  
7:30 pm evening shows: December 6, 13, 14, 20, 21 & 22
Admission: Reservations recommended. Suggested donation: Adults $20, Children $5.
Location: The Church of The Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto (beside the Eaton Centre)

More information: http://www.holytrinitytoronto.org



8th Annual December Show and Sale of Small Works

Ever wondered about the building marked by that historical plaque on Elm Street? Come for a rare visit to our unique historic venue on Sunday, December 1st. Enjoy the festive atmosphere, meet the exhibitors and have your holiday purchases signed! Visual artworks in a variety of media by Arts & Letters Club Members. Books of biography, history, fiction, poetry and humour.  

Admission Free. 11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.
The Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm St



Santa's Log Cabin

Sunday, December 1, 2013 to Monday, December 23, 2013

This Christmas bring the kids to visit Santa Claus in his log cabin. They can climb on to his lap and whisper in his ear while mom or dad take a photo. Don't forget to bring your camera! 

Santa will be in his log cabin on Saturdays and Sundays starting December 1 and Monday, December 23 from 10am-4pm. Online reservations are required. 

TEC will be hosting two pet days where families can bring their furry friends for a photo session with Santa. November 30th from 2:30pm - 5:00 pm and December 13th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm.

For more information or to reserve click here

Skype with Santa

Monday, December 2, 2013 to Monday, December 23, 2013

Let your children tell Santa what they want for Christmas via Skype. Santa will be Skyping from his office in the North Pole right into your home.  Available Monday to Thursday from December 2 through to December 23, from 4pm – 8pm, parents can register their child for a 10 minute Skype session.

For more information or to reserve click here



Visit Mackenzie House's table at Fort York's Frost Fair

At the Fort York Frost Fair

Saturday & Sunday, December 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Try your hand at printing your own Frost Fair souvenir on the Mackenzie House proof press. Printers were part of the Frost Fairs as long ago as the late 17th century in England. Your souvenir will be modelled on those from the past. Included with admission to the Fort.

Christmas Baking Workshop for Adults at Mackenzie House

Saturday, December 7
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Come and try your hand at Victorian Christmas baking in our historic kitchen, while learning about the tastes and culinary technology of the 1850s! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. $20 plus tax.

Please call 416 392-6915 for further details.



A Victorian Christmas at Mackenzie House

Tuesday, November 26, until Sunday, January 5, 2014
Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m
Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.
Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth/Children: $4.42 (plus tax)

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. 
Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa! Included with admission.

Pogue Mahone Irish Sessions!

Every Sunday 3pm-6pm
The Irish Sessions continue to breathe life into the atmosphere at Pogue Mahone on Sunday afternoons! Bring your own instruments and jam along with the band, or just come down for some good old fashion fun!

Pogue Mahone is taking party bookings on a daily basis, so remember to book in advance and they can assist you to make this year’s event a success.

They are also taking advance reservations for New Year’s Eve, Sandy MacIntyre will be back for a repeat performance with Steeped in Tradition, and tickets are $44.99 for a three course dinner along with champagne toast at midnight. Cover for the door is $20.

More Info: http://www.poguemahone.ca/



Great Britain’s Royal Ballet brings The Nutcracker to Canadian Cinemas just in time for the Holidays

Great Britain’s world famous Royal Ballet pirouettes into Canadian cinemas this December for a limited two-night engagement, just in time for the holidays. Visions of sugar plum fairies and tin soldiers will soon be dancing in the heads of many Canadians as the UK’s premier ballet, in collaboration with Arts Alliance Media, broadcasts its world-renowned production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet from the Royal Opera House stage to cinemas across the country.

Tickets are on sale now for the two-night engagement, which will hit the big screen at Cineplex Odeon Yonge & Dundas Square on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:00pm. An encore performance will be presented on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 12:55pm.

Audiences will be transported from their cinema seats to the front row of the famed Royal Opera House where they will be immersed in a quintessential British holiday experience live from the Covent Garden Stage. The series is a must-see event for fans of the ballet, and a wonderful introduction to those who’ve always wanted attend—all for the price of a movie ticket and some popcorn.

Ballet performances included in this season:
THE NUTCRACKER, December 12 & 22, 2013
GISELLE, January 27, 2014
SLEEPING BEAUTY, March 19, 2014 and April 13, 2014
THE WINTER’S TALE, April 28, 2014
For a complete listing of participating Cineplex Theatres screening The Nutcracker Ballet on December 12th and 22nd, Click here



Live nights of Music

Weekly at Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel
Join in for five fabulous live music nights each week at Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel at 33 Gerrard St. Come out to play some tunes, meet new friends and hear great music at their Acoustic Open Stage every Tuesday. Enjoy North America’s leading jazz bands every Wednesday and electrifying blues with Toronto's most renowned musicians every Thursday. Rock your Friday night away with a different live classic rock band every week and dance the night away to all your favourites with their live DJ every Saturday. 

Call 416 585 4352 or visit www.monarchspub.ca for more information

Jazz Bistro

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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