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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto’s Homemade Caesar mix now available to the public!

The Chelsea Hotel has introduced their new and deliciously blended Caesar mix in T|Bar. Made in-house from fresh and local ingredients, this Caesar mix has made the perfect introduction to the upcoming warm season ahead. As one of the many options on the T|Bar beverage menu, it has grown into a frequently ordered drink of choice.

Created by Chef Brian MacAskill, this tasty classic Canadian Caesar mix is the key ingredient for five specialty created Caesars served in T|Bar: The Classic, The Checkout, The Whasssabbi, The T|Garden and the Latin Dancer. Locals can now enjoy the convenience of T|Bar’s homemade Caesarmix !

What better way to kick off the spring with the Chelsea Hotel’s delicious homemade Caesar mix- now available for purchase in-store.

Caesarmania at T|Bar 

Sunday Brunch Every Sunday from 11am until 2pm
$19 per person*
c|aesarmania – all signature c|aesars only $9 during Saturday & Sunday Brunch!
For reservations call 416.277.5025

* Includes choice from Sunday Brunch menu, juice, coffee or signature loose leaf tea and a collection of breakfast pastries. Taxes and gratuities not included.

T Bar also features an authentic Indian lunch buffet which is available weekdays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The buffet includes traditional Indian curry dishes all of which are prepared from scratch in house.

Location: T|Bar in the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Address: 33 Gerrard St. W.

For more information visit www.chelseatoronto.com or call 1-800-CHELSEA (2435732)


The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto takes Accessible Tourism to the next level

New Innovative Accessibility Program Launch

The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, is pleased to be the first hotel to adopt Closing the Gap, an accessibility program designed to enhance the hospitality experience for persons with disabilities. The Chelsea will offer a Guest Accessibility Package to hotel guests, providing them with a wealth of information to make the most of their stay, including information about the hotel, its amenities and surroundings in a way that speaks to persons with disabilities. Designed by Accessibility Professionals of Ontario (APO), a full-service accessibility consulting firm, the Chelsea is committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to the same information as all guests – consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equal opportunity.

For more information, click here.


2015 Brings new talent to Monarch’s Pub

Lively and energetic, Monarchs Pub is downtown Toronto's must-visit live music venue. While HD televisions keep sports fans up to date on the latest scores and games, music buffs can enjoy live jazz, blues or rock performances six nights a week.

Monarchs Pub has also introduced a new menu that is as enticing and diverse as its musical selection. Available from 5pm-11pm, the extensive à la carte menu features contemporary pub fare including delicious starters, hearty mains and tempting desserts, while a special late-night menu is available from 11pm to 1am. Guests can also sip samples from Monarchs Pub's impressive range of domestic and international brews, featuring Mill Street beers on tap.
Upping the ante even more, Monarchs Pub has also teamed up with Young Lions Club, bringing fresh new talent and creating unique and memorable music experiences for all.


Visit monarchpub.ca or facebook.com/monarchspub to reserve, for more information and monthly music listings!

Location: Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St.
Call 416 585 4352 or visit www.monarchspub.ca 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 Café

The Hard Rock Café Toronto is located directly across from the massive Eaton Centre department store mall. The memorabilia-stocked restaurant serves up distinctive meals and refreshing beverages for any rocker with a taste for diversity. So roll on in and get ready to rock the night away at Toronto's bustling Hard Rock Café.

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


Did you know that...

80% of responding Toronto Mayoral and Council candidates support building the Minimum Grid

Earlier this year, Cycle Toronto called on all candidates running for mayor and council for the next term of council to commit to building the Minimum Grid: a city-wide grid of 100 km of protected bike lanes and 100 km of bicycle boulevards by 2018.

You can find the press release here.


Is your business wheelchair accessible?

Here are some of the things to consider:

- Is the entrance barrier-free? (ie. no stairs to enter, unobstructed sidewalk)
- Are doorways wide enough (minimum 35”) for a wheelchair or walker to pass through?
- Are some of the tables standard height (29”) with removable chairs?  Bar height tables or booths pose challenges.
- Are washrooms on the main floor or do they have elevator/ramp access?
- Are washroom stalls big enough (minimum 72”x72”) for a wheelchair to enter?

Why should wheelchair accessibility matter to you? People with disabilities account for an estimated $25 billion in national consumer spending each year. This group is also estimated to influence the spending decisions of 12 to 15 million other Canadians. In addition to the large spending power of this group, accessibility should be on your radar because of the imminent implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The AODA will soon mandate that all businesses and public spaces meet minimum accessibility requirements. If cost is an issue, new initiatives such as the StopGap program and the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund are available:

At AccessTO we review restaurants, bars and cafes that are wheelchair accessible. The criteria used is developed from the City of London Design Standards and Accessibility Guidelines for the City of Toronto. We provide measurements and photos to our readers so that they can evaluate a restaurant for themselves and participate in Toronto’s vibrant food and entertainment scene. If you think your business meets our criteria please get in touch - we would love to discuss reviewing you on our site!

Check out our website for more helpful tips.


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

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


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Phone: (416) 597-0255
Email: bia@downtownyonge.com

In the Spotlight, October 2

Trinity Square Park


Remembrance Day

The Downtown Yonge BIA is proud to announce that we will be repairing the clock tower at Trinity Square Park. We are working with Parks, Forestry and Recreation at the City of Toronto in improving the space.  

We invite you to join us pay homage to our servicemen and women this day at one of these locations: Yonge Street at: Richmond; Shuter, Dundas, Gould, Gerrard; College or Wood Streets.

After observing the two minutes of silence at 11am, bagpipers will play The Lament to honour those who have fought for our country.



What's on

Farmers' Market at Ryerson



What's New in Downtown Yonge

Notice - Consultation Sessions



TOnight – a new app!


September 22, 2015 Toronto ON… The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) unveils a new tool that puts cultural access into the pockets of the people of Toronto.

TOnight is the first comprehensive app that brings Toronto performing arts events to your mobile device. The app provides listings of some of the most intriguing theatre, dance, and opera performances happening in and around Toronto. By simply loading TOnight on your mobile device, you’ll have instant access to: up-to-date information about what’s on stage, a virtual theatre map, the ability to share show details via social media, email and text message, and to purchase tickets while on the go. Your virtual T.O.TIX box office is now only a touch away!

“We all know that audiences today are pressed for time and spending their entertainment dollars more selectively,” said Jacoba Knaapen, Executive Director of TAPA. “Building on the success of T.O.TIX - Toronto’s One-Stop Ticket Shop, TOnight is part of the emerging vocabulary of dynamic outreach at TAPA. We are committed to build contemporary audiences with the launch of this new city-wide app.”

TOnight is a cooperative initiative that involves designer and project manager Blair Francey at BFdesign, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (BIA). “It is great to be a partner with TAPA to bring TOnight to Toronto! Any time you can apply technology to improve accessibility to arts and culture, specifically to live performance, it helps connect the changing demographic of our neighborhoods which is a benefit to all”, says Mark Garner, Executive Director and CSO of the Downtown Yonge BIA.

“We're pleased to be partnering with TAPA on the TOnight app,” said Terry Mundell, President & CEO of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association. “This is a great opportunity for tourists and locals alike to connect with the incredible performing arts community in Toronto. Download the app today to take full advantage of arts and culture at your fingertips.”

TOnight was made possible through the generous funding support of the following government agencies: Toronto Arts Council, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Ontario Arts Council.

TOnight will be available to download (keyword search: Toronto TOnight) for Android and iOS on Wednesday, September 30.



To Do in Downtown Yonge

6th Annual World Poutine Eating Championship

Sunday October 3rd 2015, 10am - 4pm

Smoke’s Poutinerie is hosting its 6th Annual World Poutine Eating Championship on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. This extremely unique, one of a kind event will run from 10am – 4pm with FREE Poutine being served all day long!!! The World Poutine Eating Championship is the 2nd largest professional eating competition in the World and is one of Canada’s most anticipated sporting events of the year. This event will feature the World's top competitive eaters including 1st ranked eater Matt “the Megatoad” Stonie and 2nd ranked eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut as they battle for Poutine supremacy! The event will also include an amateur eating contest for aspiring eaters.

Smoke’s Poutinerie, the World’s Largest & Original Poutinerie, is a Canadiana Brand that loves to showcase its weird, wild & wacky persona. You won’t want to miss this event as it is a perfect demonstration of just how INSANE things can get when Smoke’s Poutinerie is involved! We are extremely excited to announce that Destoyer, the world renowned KISS Tribute Band will be returning to our stage again this year after totally rockin’ the square in 2014! Band members are revved up and raring to belt out glam metal classics and make the audience feel like their knees are full of jello.

Molson Canadian Cider is one of the most recent additions to this fantastic event, guests can enjoy a nice cold glass of cider while partaking in some 80’s themed activities – 80’s hairstylists will be on-site to make you “look the part” and our “Little Smoke’s” Kid Zone will offer fun for all ages!

Interactive Games, 1000’s of Prizes & Giveaways, Entertainment of all kinds…..who could ask for more?! Are you a fan of the 80s?! Did you grow up in the 80s?! We welcome all ages and generations to this spectacular event! See you there!!!



Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

October 3, 2015 • sunset to sunrise
A free all-night contemporary art event

The 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will feature more than 60 contemporary art projects by Toronto's art community and four curated exhibitions produced by the City of Toronto.



T-Dot Fest: An Urban Music Festival

Sunday October 4th 2015, 10am - 10pm

Over 30 artists performing on the stage including Karl Wolf w/B.A.E, Filto Blanko, JD ERA, Linda Luztono, Gee Wunder, Goliath Paw, Jay Evans, Sage Harris, Daniella Watters, Rafz w/ Marigold Kingrey, The Grant Brotherz and many more.



Murray Porter appearing Solo

Friday Oct 23rd, 2015 @9pm.
Fraternal Order of Eagles Club, 17 Elm St, Toronto. $10




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 including the illustrious *TOM – Toronto Mens Fashion Week and Fashion on Yonge, hosted by the Downtown Yonge BIA. Get back into the swing of things with our listing of upcoming events, latest promotions and a special feature on one of our most prominent tenants, The Carlu. All that and more in this issue of Talk in the Park.

The Fall issue of the Toronto College Park e-newsletter, Talk in the Park.



Mackenzie House Events

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at Mackenzie House

Saturday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to Sunday, October 4 at 7 a.m.
Mackenzie House is pleased to host the installation "Walking Together," an artist-led, intergenerational community project. The goal of the project was to help heal painful memories of the residential school system that have affected generations of First Nations people. First Nations High School students spent a day touring the former Mohawk Institute with residential school survivors. They used their cameras to capture moving stories of the past and present. Their photographs will be projected onto the windows of the home of Toronto's first mayor and neighbor to Egerton Ryerson, one of the most vocal proponents of the residential school system. Free. 

City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour - Oct. 18

Sunday, October 18, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Not recommended for children under 8 years of age

The walk starts at the Cemetery, 200 Winchester Street, west side of the Don Valley, near Riverdale Farm. 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. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Adults (16 yrs. & older):$12.50 plus tax; Children 8-15 yrs.: $10.50 plus tax.

Spirit Walk - October 24

Saturday, October 24 at 7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Not recommended for children under 8 years of age

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 plus tax; Children 8-15 yrs.: $10.50 plus tax.

Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather. For further details, please call 416 392-6915

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)

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



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

The Bad Plus and Joshua Redman

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8 p.m.
As though it were always destined to be, powerhouse trio The Bad Plus finds their fated fourth member in long-time friend and collaborator, saxophonist Joshua Redman. When Redman joined the trio as a special guest a few years back, a brilliant collaboration was born. Enjoy an evening of new and familiar sounds.
Tickets: $39 to $99


The Good Lovelies

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8 p.m.

The Good Lovelies throw away their own rulebook on Burn the Plan, a new album that combines their affecting songwriting and impeccable vocals with adventurous new elements. Burn the Plan is a study in how individual voices find common ground. What keeps the Juno Award-winning Lovelies together is not just an uncanny musical compatibility, but also their unshakable friendship.
Tickets: $29.50 to $49.50


Armide, presented by Opera Atelier

From October 22 to 31, 2015

Be swept away by one of the most enthralling love stories of all time, played out against a background of hopeless love, obsession and magic. This production of the French baroque masterpiece took Versailles by storm – and remains the ultimate expression of Opera Atelier’s unique esthetic.
Tickets: $181, $126, $84, $51, $38


Alex Cuba

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 8 p.m.

A three-time Latin Grammy winner, Alex Cuba has co-written and collaborated with Canadian music giants Nelly Furtado, Ron Sexsmith and Blue Rodeo, as well as with Dominican superstars Milly Quezada and Juan Luis Guerra. Cuba is a purveyor of rock, soul, pop and Latin funk that elegantly bridges his past in Havana to his present in British Columbia.
Tickets: $29.50 to $49.50


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: October 3, 8, 10, 31;
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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