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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


Fine Art Auction


Two shows at the Arts and Letters Club

The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto presents two art shows: Rebecca Last’s acrylic paintings, Traces of Here: Exposure and Catharine Parr Traill and the Fall Group Show, ajuriedmembers’ show in all media.
The concurrent shows run from October 2 to 29, 2016.

Open to the public one day only, Sunday, October 2, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. 

To arrange a private viewing with the artist, please contact the Club, 416-597-0223, ext. 1;

For more than a century The Arts and Letters Club has brought together the professional and the enthusiast, the artist and the art lover, the traditional and the modern.

Location: 14 Elm Street
Website: www.artsandlettersclub.ca


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


Jazz Bistro is Toronto’s 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


Hard Rock Cafe

For 38 Years Hard Rock Toronto has been serving delicious American and local cuisine prepared by world-renowned chefs. Take a stroll through musical history with our extensive collection of authentic memorabilia. For reservations and private events toronto_sales@hardrock.com

Notes: Patio and private room available, wheelchair accessible, show this ad for 15% off.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto,
279 Yonge Street


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.


How to report a crime infographic

As the weather warms up and event season starts to get closer, we have been working closely with our partners at the Toronto Police Service, and specifically 51 Division and 52 Division, to develop tools and tips for making the spring and summer months as safe and problem-free as possible.

One of the most common concerns we hear from people is that they don’t know when to report an issue and what the best way to report an issue would be. The police encourage reporting of incidents – even when they are not emergency calls – because this data is used to analyze trends and allocate resources. So the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA) has developed a handy one-pager entitled How to Report a Crime. It lists the five (5) different channels of reporting incidents to police and includes handy details on contact numbers and online reporting forms. 

51-52 Division


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

Watermain Replacement & Road Reconstruction on Gerrard Street East and West

From Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street and from University Avenue to Elizabeth Street

April 18 - October 28, 2016

The City of Toronto is replacing a section of the watermain and City-owned portions of substandard water services on Gerard Street East and West from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street, University Avenue to Elizabeth Street.

The project also involves reconstructing Gerrard Street (Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street), installing improved cycling lanes and improving sidewalks and streetscaping in some areas. This project is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, improve water distribution, reduce the risk of watermain breaks and improve the roads and cycling infrastructure.

To read full notice, please click here.


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, October 10

Strategic Plan Survey

Strategic Plan Survey

The Downtown Yonge BIA board and staff team are excited to work in collaboration with members, residents, community partners and stakeholders to create a new strategic framework for our organization, including a refreshed organizational mission, vision and values. To accomplish this, we need your input. Please take few minutes to complete this Stategic Plan Survey and share your thoughts!

The Downtown Yonge BIA's Strategic Plan 2016

The Downtown Yonge BIA (DBYIA) is embarking on a strategic planning process that focuses on the rapidly-changing and growing neighbourhood and the role of the organization.

A four (4)-member sub-committee of the DYBIA’s Board of Management has been struck and will begin developing the plan in September 2016.

The DYBIA is currently compiling a list of stakeholders consisting of members, partners & other that we will be reaching out to in the course of the month.

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

The Push for Change

The Push for Change

Join the fight in ending youth homelessness! Joe Roberts will be at Yonge-Dundas Square on October 23! Come & cheer him on as he makes his way across Canada!

The Push for Change

Website: The Push for Change




You're invited to attend Bikes & Beats, a celebratory evening of music, curated by Tony Quarrington, Toronto's very own Jazz legend. Tony will be joined on stage by Laura Fernandez, as well as Evalyn Parry who will perform her highly acclaimed bicycle show, Spin. Soozi Schlanger will also sing a song specially prepared for the evening.

Proceeds from the evening will support Charlie's FreeWheels, a not-for-profit organisation that supports youth with new skills, confidence, and bicycles.

When: October 27th, 7:30 - 11:00 pm
Where: Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St. E
How much: $100 for a great cause!



What's New in Downtown Yonge

Girls Belong Here

Girls Belong Here

In celebration of International Day of the Girl on October 11, Plan International Canada is launching the “Girls Belong Here” initiative to stand up for girls’ rights and show why girls belong in the leadership seat. The three-day “Girls Belong Here” installation features chairs that symbolize Canada’s decision-making seats, facing mirrors that allow girls to see themselves in those powerful seats. Participants are invited to take a selfie, holding up placards with belief statements and share their photos online to show their support for International Day of Girl. We are asking everyone – men, women, boys and girls – to stand up for gender equality and declare that #GirlsBelongHere.

Date/Time: October 9-11, 2016 / 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM 
Location: Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario) / Level 1, outside the Gap store
Price: Free



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Monster Rock Orchestra

Friday, October 7th, 7:00 pm-11:00pm

Monster Rock Orchestra is returning to Yonge-Dundas Square and lighting up the night on October 7th! 

Monster Rock Orchestra is a FREE #facemelting show combining pop and rock music with lasers, turning performances into a visually spectacular phenomenon. A one-of-a-kind event in Canada and featuring music from the 70's all the way to today's hits, it's designed to be enjoyed by audiences from all stages of life. Other performers include: - Mississauga Pops Concert BandLast Bullet

Rock out at Yonge-Dundas Square starting at 7 PM on Fri Oct 7!
Check out www.MonsterRockOrchestra.com for more.

Time: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free



The Red Cube

The Red Cube

October 14-15

The Red Cube is a mysterious entity that has been giving clues to the public via social and posters around Toronto. These clues and materials have directed people online to TheRedCube.ca where they have the chance to see these clues come to life and guess who they think the Red Cube is. They will also see a countdown to a reveal event at YDS where they can go see if they were right and finally find out who or what the Red Cube is. Once there, they will be able to interact with the Cube to  experience what surprise it has waiting for them.

Website – https://theredcube.ca
Social - @TheRedCube2016
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theredcube2016/

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free



momondays Toronto October 24, 2016

momondays Toronto

October 24, 2016

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/



Mackenzie House Events

Some exciting events are coming up at Mackenzie House this Fall! Check it out:

Read All About It: The First World War as Front Page News

Runs until January 29, 2017

This exhibit examines the challenges faced by Toronto newspapers during the First World War. Never had there been a greater demand by the public for up to the minute information; never had there been greater restrictions from the government on what the newspapers were allowed to print. Newspapers that broke the Chief Censor's rules could face financial penalty or even be shut down.
Included with regular admission.


City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour

Sunday, October 16, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The walk starts at the Cemetery. Meet at the main entrance.
A drama-enhanced walk in one of Toronto's oldest and most historic cemeteries. Highlights include the graves of Mackenzie and other prominent figures. Hear stories of murder, heartbreak and great perseverance. After the walk, participants are invited to return to Mackenzie House for a tour and some light refreshments. The Necropolis Cemetery is located at 200 Winchester Street, the west side of the Don Valley near Riverdale Farm.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. $12.50 plus tax.
Not recommended for children under 8 years of age.

Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

Top Ten Event

Traditional Peking OperasThursday, October 13th at 7:30 p.m.

The Top Ten Event is a unique offering where 10 profound Canadians get 10 minutes each to change the lives of the people in attendance. In just 100 minutes, the audience is taken on a journey as authors, entrepreneurs, politicians, musicians, philosophers, actors and media personalities share hilarious and heart-wrenching insights that will change the way you see life and the world around you. This night of inspiration will help raise money for Future Possibilities for kids!

Tickets: $52 to $152


Dido and Aeneas, presented by Opera Atelier

From Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Purcell's tragi-comic masterpiece of English theatre, Dido and Aeneas, returns to Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. This Opera Atelier production features the stunning Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta, with artists from Atelier Ballet, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Toronto Children's Chorus.

Tickets: $39 to $184


Special EWG Ghost Tour

Monday, October 24 and Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.

What do a lonely trombone player and a lady who prefers lavender perfume have in common? They are just two of the alleged ghosts who are said to inhabit the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres. Join us this October for a 90-minute ghost tour that will feature tales of spooky spirits and playful phantoms. From rows of seats that fold down on their own to elevators that stop on non-existent floors, you will hear about all the strange goings-on that occur both onstage and off!

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
Time: 7:00 PM


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: October 8, 22

Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on October 13, 15, 20 and 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



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