Facebook Twitter Linkedin

Member Highlights

Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Paintings by Corin Pinto & Literary Posters by Carol Anderson - November 6, 2016; 1 pm until 4pm

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


Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen

The NEW Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen to open mid-November

The Beer is Near
Renovations are officially underway and come mid-November we’ll be pulling 24 taps, pouring hand-crafted cocktails, serving made-in-Pub fare with a flair and hosting live music Thursdays to Saturdays!
We look forward to raising a glass!

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

Follow our reno at @PogueMahoneTO or PogueMahone.ca


Sugarmoon Salon

Microbladding has arrived at SugarMoon!

Call or email us for more details about our Semi-Permanent, Microblading service!

If your brows are thinning, have gaps, are uneven, or just need some extra definition, this could be the opprtunity you've been waiting for!

Location: 2 College Street Suite 202
Tel: 1 855 89 SUGAR (78427)
Email: info@sugarmoonsalon.com
Website: sugarmoonsalon.com


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

Notice for Victoria Street & Dundas Square streetscaping from Oct 19th to Nov 16th 2016

This is to advise you that we have been granted permission from the City of Toronto, Transportation Services to commence streetscaping at 252-258 Victoria Street.
Streetscaping work will be taking place in the following locations:
Dundas Square – from 21 Dundas Sq. West to O’Keefe lane (Oct 19 – Nov 02)
Victoria Street – 252-258 Victoria Street North to 21 Dundas (Nov 02 – Nov 16)

Traffic flow and sidewalks will be maintained on Victoria Street and Dundas Square.

The work will occur from Wednesday Oct 19th to Nov 16th, 2016

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact: Jordan Guest, 416-666-2481, Tucker Hirise Construction

To read full notice, please click here.


For more road closure news visit www.toronto.ca/transportation/road_info


Yonge Buzz Archive


For all enquiries, please contact:
Phone: (416) 597-0255
Email: bia@downtownyonge.com

In the Spotlight, November 4

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.

Downtown Yonge has spoken! After numerous focus groups & a wide deployment of our Strategic Plan survey, we will now begin analyzing and sifting through the responses & distinct thoughts mentioned by all the stakeholders, members & friends of Downtown Yonge. A four (4)-member sub-committee of the DYBIA’s Board of Management was struck in September 2016 to work closely with the consulting team, and a summary of the initial findings will be released during our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November 2016.

Check out this picture of just a small slice of the creative input received!

Strategic Plan

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 Sage Communications, 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

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM

Join the Downtown Yonge business community in remembering the services and sacrifices made by Canada’s war heroes throughout history. Bagpipers will be at the following intersections to play The Lament and observe the moment of silence, Yonge Street and -

- Richmond Street
- Shuter Street
- Dundas Street
- Gould Street
- Elm Street
- Gerrard Street
- College Street
- Wood Street
- Grosvenor Street / Alexander Street



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



To Do in Downtown Yonge


Fantastic BeastsCalling all No-Majs and Wizards!
Get Your Wands ready for #FantasticBeastsTO

On Weds Nov 9th, fans are invited to visit the square and celebrate the upcoming highly anticipated theatrical release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Fans will be able to step inside a world exclusive immersive environment and view costumes from production, participate in exciting activations and receive their very own collectable wand!

For something truly magical, join us on Tues Nov 8th at 5pm, to see the stars from the film as they attend special red carpet event opening the exhibit.

Watch “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in theatres on November 18th!

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/



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



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).


Christmas Baking Workshop for Adults

Saturday, December 10, 10am – 1pm

Come and try your hand at Victorian Christmas baking in our wood stove, learning about the tastes and culinary technology of the 1850's! Pre-registration and pre-payment required $20 plus HST.


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: November 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26.

Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on October 29, 2016 due to activities in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience this cancellation 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



Stay informed on our latest news! Fill in the form below to subscribe to Downtown Yonge Buzz!


Sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter to stay up-to-date on Downtown Yonge

Sign Up Now


Download the Free Mobile APP and get a listing of some of the most intriguing theatre, dance and opera performances happening in and around Toronto.

Twitter Follow Us
Facebook Like Us
Check In
Copyright © 2017 Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area. All rights reserved