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Think Pink at the Bond Place Hotel

During the month of October, the Bond Place hotel is running a special promotional package that supports the Breast Cancer Foundation of Canada. For every reservation that is booked in October with an arrival before October 31, the hotel will be donating $1 to the Foundation. We have also set up a ‘Think Pink!’ package that offers our guests a one night stay in an upgraded room, free parking, free internet, a Bottle of wine, and complimentary early check-in and late check-out.

For each package booked, a $5 donation will be made to the Foundation.


Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.


Bell Trinity GoodLife

Brand New Equipment
World-renowned Group Exercise fitness classes
Spin Room
Professionally trained staff to assist you in achieving your goals
Health Centre with Registered Massage Therapy and Acupuncture

The Bell Trinity GoodLife is one of the newest locations in the downtown area. Located at 483 Bay Street just north of Queen Street, across from Nathan Phillips Square. Casey and George, the two Fitness Advisors, welcome all new comers with a great first experience. This club prides itself on a great work ethic and a clean, safe environment. For more information call 416-408-4856 to book a time to speak with Casey or George. 

Website: www.goodlifefitness.com



Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill

Twice-voted, Canada's Best Sports Bar, Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill is NOW OPEN on the dynamic northeast corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street in Toronto, Ontario. Visit us on the 3rd level at 10 Dundas East.

Shark Club is the ultimate sport bar experience with a modern relaxed and fun atmosphere and offers sophisticated food, great cocktails and exceptional service. The Shark Club is the spot to bring clients for lunch, friends for a round at happy hour and to catch the big game!

Website: www.sharkclubs.com



Roll Play Cafe

Roll Play Cafe is a new board game cafe located in the heart of Toronto at 10A Edward St. At Roll Play Cafe, they are dedicated to bringing you a comfortable and top-quality play experience. With their friendly and knowledgeable servers, fresh and delicious food and drinks, and massive and ever-growing board game library, you, along your friends, family and colleagues will always have an exciting adventure waiting for you at Roll Pay’s tables. Come in, get comfortable, and Play On!

Website: www.rollplaycafe.com




Starbucks now open at 407 Yonge just north of Gerrard from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Website: www.starbucks.ca



Currency Exchange & Money Transfer by Sultan

A money exchange house on Bay just north of Edward.

Address: 639 Bay st.
Phone: (416) 345-1616
Website: www.sultanexchange.com



We look forward to the future openings:

McDonalds – at 456 Yonge
REDS Wine Tavern – at Aura Yonge & Gerrard


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

Toronto Zombie Walk & Halloween Parade in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation
October 26 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Nathan Phillips Square North on Bay, East on Grenville, South on Yonge to Queen, then back To Nathan Phillips Square.

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


Yonge Buzz Archive


Downtown Yonge is hiring


The Downtown Yonge BIA is seeking to hire a passionate, dynamic, and creative urbanist to fill the role of full time Planner I. The candidate is expected to have a comprehensive background in urban planning, with special interest in downtowns and the public realm. The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience in a wide variety of planning issues and subjects including but not limited to planning applications, urban design, public art, signage, retail, transportation, and urban revitalization.


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 17

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

Introducing Sultan Exchange, a New Money Transfer Service

“As part of our promise to continuously serve our customers with the best service,” says Tarek Jaber, Toronto Branch Manager. Sultan Exchange has recently opened a new branch in Downtown Toronto on 639 Bay St. offering their clientele the different financial services offered in this domain.

Sultan Exchange are specialists and leaders within the field of Foreign Exchange Solution Management and Money Transfer Business. “We guarantee exchange rates significantly better than those offered by the banks both for present and future markets and a high level of customer service that will not only meet but also exceed expectations,” adds Jaber.

Sultan Exchange has developed a vast global network that allows them to send money and make payments for minimal markets costs. Their unbeatable rates and exceptional customer services is evidenced by the clients that they currently deal with.

“We are specialists in every service that we have to offer from money transfers, money exchange, and bill payments. We are flexible, reasonable and more than ready to help with all of your foreign exchange and money transfer requirements,” concludes Jaber.



What's New in Downtown Yonge

International storytelling movement to create new stories for a great city at RTA Transmedia Centre

On October 19th, Ryerson’s RTA School of Media will bring internationally renowned diy days to Canada for the first time. Presented in association with United Way Toronto the free, interactive event invites artists and activists to explore new stories, enact social change, and make ideas come to life to improve lives in local communities.

"diy days Toronto is a new step for us in our youth programming and collective action,” says Experience Designer Lance Weiler. “Over the course of the day, participants play a "Wish for the Future" collaborative game that turns wishes for the future of Toronto into stories, prototypes, and collective actions. We are excited to be partnering with the Urban Design Guerillaz, the Ryerson Transmedia Centre and United Way Toronto to create a tangible, positive, collective action from the heart of Toronto." 

Centered on storytelling and rapid prototyping, diy days’ interactive approach encourages participants to learn, do and share in a collaborative environment. Through power talks and hands-on workshops participants such as storytellers, hackers, game designers, architects, engineers, activists, and educators will be challenged to stretch their skills to innovate around a central theme new stories for a great city.

Registration for this free gathering is now open. Find full details at http://toronto.diydays.com.


To Do in Downtown Yonge

Downtown Yonge BIA would like to invite to RBC’s Small Business Networking Event at the Maple Leaf Garden’s on October 24th at 5pm.

You're Invited to the Annual Small Business Networking Event!

Followed by a Q&A session with local experts:
- Hear about Business Intelligence & Opportunities in the Downtown Core.
- How do identify and protect yourself from Business Fraud. 
- Explore the value of Financial Planning for you and your business.

Thursday October 24th, 2013
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maple Leaf Gardens, 4th floor Alumni Lounge, 60 Carleton St, Toronto, Ontario.  

Please RSVP by  October 18th, 2013  
by contacting Brian Lifchitz at 416 974 0004
or Brian.Lifchitz@rbc.com



Ghost Tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

A special ghost edition tour of the historical Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre on Monday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Learn about the history and restoration of the complex and hear tales of the alleged ghosts and spirits that are said to inhabit the building. Not necessarily a spooky tour, but some of the stories may send a chill up your spine.

Monday, October 28 at 7 p.m. (approximately 90 minutes)
Adults: $12; Students & seniors: $10. Tickets available at the door, cash only and reservations are not required. For further information call (416) 314-2871. The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is located at 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen St., opposite the Eaton Centre)





City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour

Sunday, October 20, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Join Mackenzie House for a drama-enhanced walk through the Necropolis Cemetery, to visit the graves of William Lyon Mackenzie and his family, his fellow rebels and rivals. After the walk, participants are invited to return to Mackenzie House, for a tour and some light refreshments. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Adults (16 yrs. & older):$12.50+HST; Children 8-15 yrs.: $10.50+HST.

Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather.

For further details, please call 416-392-6915

Spirit Walk

Saturday, October 26, 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., or 7:30 p.m. Let your imagination take over as we lead you through downtown alleys and laneways to discover some of Toronto’s reputedly haunted buildings… Return to gas-lit historic Mackenzie House, and soothe your goosebumps with mulled cider and biscuits as you hear about the ghost stories associated with the house!

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Adults (16 yrs. & older):$12.50+HST; Children 8-15 yrs.: $10.50+HST.

Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather.

For further details, please call 416-392-6915




Find some furry friendship and give our special guest Elmo a BIG hug as we enjoy a special story-time to celebrate an amazing new show! Sesame Street Live - Make a New Friend will be on-stage at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts from December 27-29.

For tickets visit sonycentre.ca.
Indigo Eaton Centre
220 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Saturday, October 26, 2:00 p.m.

Events Calendar

Stay current on ongoing events taking place at Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood. Check out our Events Calendar for latest updates.



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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