In the Spotlight, November 5
Saturday, November 14, 2015, starts at 5pm
Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto
Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area kicks off the holiday season with Illuminite. Enjoy breathtaking entertainment and lighting of the holiday tree in the heart of Downtown Yonge!
Event starts at 5pm with live band.
Tree Lighting ceremony begins at 6pm.
Illuminite is presented by the businesses in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. For updates, follow us on Twitter or Facebook: @DowntownYonge
Ice, Wine & Dine
Saturday, November 21 from 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Elm Street, between Yonge and Bay Streets
Delight your senses in 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 cocktails at the Ice Lounge while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the different entertainment all night long. Explore Elm Street and take photos with interactive Ice Sculptures.
Ice, Wine and Dine is presented by the businesses in the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area. For updates, follow us on Twitter or Facebook: @DowntownYonge
Saturday, November 28, 2015 11am-5pm
Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto
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 the Octonauts, Alex the Lion from Madagascar, your favourite princesses and super heroes.
KidzFest is presented by the businesses in the Downtown Yonge Improvement Area.
Free Admission. Donation accepted for Downtown Yonge BIA charity partners.
For updates, visit wintermagic.ca or follow us on Twitter or Facebook: @DowntownYonge
Youth Job Connection
The Youth Job Connection (YJC) program offers paid pre-employment training and job placements to youth across Ontario. Our role at Yonge Street Mission is to help local youth find and retain suitable jobs through a combination of pre-employment training, mentorship, and job placements.
- Candidates who are ready to work and motivated to succeed
- Pre-screened youth who have completed the pre-employment training
- Access to job fairs, job postings and tailored job placements
- Financial incentives to offset on-boarding and training costs
- Unique opportunities to support and mentor youth in the community Youth
- Paid training workshops to help you succeed in the labour market
- Paid job placement after completing the mandatory training
- One-on-one guidance and mentorship
- Essential job search and workplace skills
- Valuable work experience in a career you finally enjoy!
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Fall in love with Toronto College Park!
Just when seasonal temperatures are cooling off, College Park is heating up with events and activities you won’t want to miss! Catch up with a recap of events held right here at TCP.
The Fall issue of the Toronto College Park e-newsletter, Talk in the Park.
Walking Together - An Art Exhibition - On Now
On until November 15
An exhibition inspired by the poignant stories of loss and courage shared by survivors of the Mohawk Institute, a residential school from 1831 to 1969. Featuring mixed-media artwork by First Nations students from Pauline Johnson Collegiate Vocational School, Brantford, Ontario, the project is the culmination of an inter-generational community arts program coordinated by the Woodland Cultural Centre.
Included with regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax)
A Victorian Christmas - Begins November 24
Tuesday, November 24 until Sunday, January 3, 2016
Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, Dec. 25 & 26 and Jan. 1
This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. 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.
During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. 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 Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale
From November 17, 2015 to January 3, 2016.
Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 1980s are long over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and – in mythic rock tradition – sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon, these rockers are forced to realize that their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit.
Tickets: $39.95, $69.95, $99.95
Ross Petty Productions celebrates their 20th anniversary at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre with a high-flying, brand new version of Peter Pan. This year also marks Ross Petty’s farewell performance as an actor on the Elgin stage. Come and boo Petty, cheer Plumbum and introduce your children to the magic of live theatre – and see why this show has become a family tradition for the holidays!
Tickets: $34 to $76
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
Four-time Emmy nominee and Tony Award-winning actor and activist Alan Cumming brings Emmy-winning musical director Lance Horne and cellist Eleanor Norton to Toronto to showcase what the New York Times calls an "emotional firestorm," with songs by artists as diverse as Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Miley Cyrus … “delivered passionately and with tremendous theatrical authority."
Tickets: $49.50 to $139.50
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 5, 12, 28.
Cancellations: Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on November 7, 14, 19, 21 and 26, 2015 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)
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