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Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen

The NEW Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen to open mid-November

The Beer is Near
Renovations are officially underway and come mid-November we’ll be pulling 24 taps, pouring hand-crafted cocktails, serving made-in-Pub fare with a flair and hosting live music Thursdays to Saturdays!
We look forward to raising a glass!

Location: 777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 598-3339

Follow our reno at @PogueMahoneTO or PogueMahone.ca


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


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


Did you know that...

The Downtown Yonge BIA publishes monthly retail listings & traffic counts?


Community Council nixes plan for 80-storey tower at Toronto city core

Toronto’s Community Council has given the thumbs-down to a proposed 80 storey mixed-use condominium tower at the corner of Elm and Yonge streets — touching off what could be an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) battle over what would be one of the tallest buildings on the Toronto skyline.

Toronto planners had already recommended refusal of the plan by the Goldberg Group to build the tower at 8 Elm Street, and when the report came to the October 13 meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council, neighbours voiced their support of that refusal.

To read full article, please click here.


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.


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

Notice for Victoria Street & Dundas Square streetscaping from Oct 19th to Nov 16th 2016

This is to advise you that we have been granted permission from the City of Toronto, Transportation Services to commence streetscaping at 252-258 Victoria Street.
Streetscaping work will be taking place in the following locations:
Dundas Square – from 21 Dundas Sq. West to O’Keefe lane (Oct 19 – Nov 02)
Victoria Street – 252-258 Victoria Street North to 21 Dundas (Nov 02 – Nov 16)

Traffic flow and sidewalks will be maintained on Victoria Street and Dundas Square.

The work will occur from Wednesday Oct 19th to Nov 16th, 2016

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact: Jordan Guest, 416-666-2481, Tucker Hirise Construction

To read full notice, please click here.


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


Yonge Buzz Archive


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

In the Spotlight, October 20

The Downtown Yonge BIA's Strategic Plan 2016

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

Downtown Yonge has spoken! After numerous focus groups & a wide deployment of our Strategic Plan survey, we will now begin analyzing and sifting through the responses & distinct thoughts mentioned by all the stakeholders, members & friends of Downtown Yonge. A four (4)-member sub-committee of the DYBIA’s Board of Management was struck in September 2016 to work closely with the consulting team, and a summary of the initial findings will be released during our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November 2016.

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.




Illuminite - November 19, 2016

Presented by Samsung


Downtown Yonge BIA invites you to kick off the holidays with Illuminite, a magical evening of music, dance & spectacle in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Enjoy music from Toronto’s Ride the Tiger, followed by a stunning tree lighting performance from TDC Entertainment with special guests the St. Michael’s Choir.

For updates follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @DowntownYonge


Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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



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!



To Do in Downtown Yonge

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 23, 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.


Spirit Walk - October 29 - Only 7 p.m. spots left!

Saturday, October 29, 7 p.m. 
(Sorry, 7:30 p.m. is sold out!)

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! Tickets must be purchased in advance.$12.50 plus tax. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather. For further details, please call 416 392-6915.

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



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

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!

Time: 7:00 PM Tour is approximately 90 minutes
Cost: Adults: $12; Students & seniors: $10. Cash only! Tickets available at the door and reservations are not 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


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 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26.

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