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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.


Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.


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:

McDonalds – 456 Yonge St
Fit for Life – 3 Gerrard St East
Spellbound Hair Salon – 261 Yonge St


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

Illuminite Road Closures:
Dundas Sq St from Yonge St to O'Keefe Lane
Closure: 5:00pm to 11:00pm (November 15)
Closure: 9:00am to 11:00pm (November 16)
Event: 6:00pm to 8:00pm (November 16)

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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Downtown Yonge is hiring


Downtown Yonge BIA is looking for an experienced Clean & Safe Operations Supervisor to deliver safety, cleanliness and other operational services and initiatives in our vibrant downtown district.

For complete details see Job Opportunities under the About Us page.



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

In the Spotlight, October 31

Winter Magic brings the best of the holiday season to Downtown Yonge Neighborhood!

Presented by the Downtown Yonge BIA, this annual festival transforms the heart of downtown into a winter playground with five unique, seasonal events. These events are: Illuminite, a dazzling  tree lighting ceremony;  Ice, Wine and Dine, an outdoor food and wine festival on historic Elm St.; Kidzfest, a full day of free rides, entertainment and meet-and-greets; Buskertainment, featuring weekend street performers; and the Window Wonderland holiday window display competition.

For more information, visit www.wintermagic.ca.


What's on

Thailand gives official approval to Toronto restaurants

Salad King & Bangkok Garden are among 22 Toronto eateries having their pedigrees vouched for with Thai Select Cuisine designation, which identifies restaurants that offer at least 60 per cent authentic Thai foods, employ traditional cooking methods and import ingredients from Thailand. Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce has given them the approval.

The program has quietly been in existence here since 2004. However, the program is relaunching and expanding this month, first in Toronto and then across Canada, with different standards and a more aggressive marketing approach. It also marks the introduction of a Premium “5-star or higher” rating for which Linda Modern Thai, Bankok Garden, Golden Thai and Mengrai Gourmet Thai qualify.

With Toronto diners having an increasingly diverse, well-travelled palate, local Thai lovers can be skeptical. Thai Select restaurants have a displayed certificate and use of the program’s logo. They have to reapply after three years.

More information is available at http://www.thestar.com



City of Toronto launches blog as resource on heritage conservation districts

The City of Toronto has launched a new blog to help Torontonians learn more about the Heritage Conservation District (HCD) studies and plans happening throughout the city. The blog is called Heritage Conservation Districts in Toronto.

The City of Toronto is currently studying five potential HCDs, comprising about 2,000 properties. The five areas being studied are:
• Historic Yonge Street: Yonge Street between Davenport Road to the north and Carlton Street to the south, including areas west of Yonge Street on Carlton Street, Wellesley Street, St. Joseph Street, St. Nicholas Street and Irwin Avenue.
• Garden District: from Allan Gardens south to Moss Park between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets
• St. Lawrence: from Adelaide Street south to the railway corridor, between Yonge  and Parliament Streets
• Queen Street East: Queen Street East from the Don River to DeGrassi Street
• King/Spadina: between University Avenue and Bathurst Street east of Spadina Avenue, the study area runs between Queen and Wellington Streets. West of Spadina Avenue, the study area runs between Adelaide and Front Streets.

More information is available at http://hcdtoronto.wordpress.com. The blog is maintained by Heritage Preservation Services, City Planning Division.



What's New in Downtown Yonge

Senator Restaurant gets refreshed on Victoria St.

Historic Senator Restaurant on Victoria St. gets a subtle makeover. Don't worry, the room still evokes 1948. Inside are high ceilings, a soda fountain and glowing Deco fixtures. It’s a diner but a classy one, not like those aluminum American tubes resembling railway cars.

The Senator remains a touchstone of good taste and comfort. The Senator has been slinging coffee and eggs since 1929, under various names and owners. It connects to a time when sodas were jerked, and jewels, not tomatoes, were heirlooms.

The ground-floor restaurant is as described. Dark vinyl pads the wooden booths. The linoleum floor is weathered but clean. The music is low, the mirrors big and the kitchen doors swing open with a creak. It’s just before curtain time at nearby Ed Mirvish Theatre, and couples are finishing off their old-fashioned sundaes. There are dinner offerings that wouldn’t have existed in 1948, lovely plates such as golden beets showered in pomegranate seeds, julienned radicchio and crunchy pumpkin seeds.

More information is available at http://www.thestar.com



Shaolin Tempe Quanfa Institute

Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute was founded in 1996 by Master Shi Guo Song. It occupies 400mu and has about 1000 students. The institute focuses on the study of Shaolin martial arts and cultural education.

In 2009, Master Shi Guo Song established the first Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute in Markham, Toronto, Canada, and taught Shaolin wushu, Qi Gong, meditation. It manifests the 1500 years Shaolin culture.

Master Shi Guo Song’s disciple, Shi Chang Dao is teaching Shaolin Qi Gong in the downtown area of Toronto, Canada.

While we encourage the teaching of Kung Fu and Qi Gong to strengthen and revitalize one’s body, we also contemplate calm and peaceful meditation. Shaolin studies denounce all violent activities. Our goal is to set up Shaolin cultural and Buddhist centers in every part of the world and to manifest the 1500 years old tradition of Shaolin spirit.

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.


Booster Juice Achievements

Booster Juice is pleased to announce that Dale Wishewan, President & CEO of Booster Juice has been named the 2013 Prairies Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and has received the 2013 Business-to-Consumer Products and Services Award for the Prairies Region!

Booster Juice is also honoured to receive the 2013 TECHNOMIC Canadian Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Award

Thank you to all of our Franchise Partners for all of your efforts to provide exceptional customer service, store experience and product quality to our loyal patrons.



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Brand New at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street

Flawless skin, plush lashes, a bold brow and flushed cheeks – try the season’s top trends from our favourite new collections – Giorgio Armani, Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura, Anna Sui and Kiehls. Visit our beauty department at Hudson’s Bay where our experts can answer questions and design a routine that’s right for you. Our advisors also offer complimentary mini facials and free samples of skin care including a week’s supply of foundation.

Visit thebay.com/beautysavings to receive your $10 beauty savings coupon redeemable on any cosmetics purchase of $50 or more made between Friday November 1st and Sunday November 3rd. There may not be a time machine to take you back to 1993, but with a little effort and customized care we will make you feel great in your own skin.



Sears Canada Beauty Gala

Join us for our Party LOOK! Beauty Gala on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Tickets are $10.00 each, available in Cosmetics and Fragrances on the Main Floor. Two dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to Look Good Feel Better, Canada's only cancer charity dedicated to helping women manage the appearance-related challenges of cancer and its treatments.
Cosmetics/Fragrances. Noon to Nine. Main Fl.

Free Community Skate at Maple Leaf Gardens

Come out and celebrate the Heritage Toronto Plague being presented to Ryerson University and Loblaw recognizing the restoration of Maple Leaf Gardens.

There is a free community skate at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Thursday November 14th from 3pm-4pm, everyone is welcome!



Pogue Mahone Irish Sessions!

Every Sunday 3pm-6pm
A traditional Irish Gathering Of Musicians

Here's how it works... Any Sunday, bring in your instrument & play along with internationally acclaimed Celtic musicians. Or just come on by to listen!

Hosted by Jon Pilatzke & Pat Simmonds

Winter Magic

A community-driven festival celebrates the best of the holiday season in a high energy, urban destination area, located in the heart of Toronto. Winter Magic signature events vary in theme, audience, location and include: Illuminite, Ice, Wine & Dine, Kidzfest, Buskertainment, and Window Wonderland.

For more information visit: wintermagic.ca



Remembrance Day at City Hall

Every year on November 11, Canadians acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country during times of war, military conflict and peace.

City of Toronto services marking Remembrance Day take place at Old City Hall and at each of the Civic Centres across Toronto: East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York. Services are also held at Fort York. The public is invited to attend these events.

Community organizations also organize services across the city, as does the Province of Ontario.

For those unable to attend, the Remembrance Day Service at Old City Hall is shown live on Citytv, CP24 and broadcast live on the radio station Newstalk 1010.



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



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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