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We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.

City Kitchen Restaurant N Bar

As the latest addition to Toronto Eaton Centre’s varied food establishments, our 200 seat casual dining restaurant “CITY KITCHEN RESTAURANT N BAR” is a welcome addition for locals and tourists to Toronto. Located on Yonge Street at the corner of Shuter Street, we are an up-scale family facility that offers specialities covering quality Canadian food for lunch and dinner.

Location: 220 Yonge St., Eaton Centre
Phone: (416) 519-5839
Website: http://citykitchen.ca/


The Elm Tree Restaurant

The Elm Tree Restaurant offers its guests modern European meals constructed from familiar ingredients, a full service bar, stocked with local beers, international wines, and liqueurs to create any desired cocktail. House specialities include lamb shank, Chilean sea bass, and our crispy Cornish hen. We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. See you soon!

Location: 43 Elm St.
Phone: (416) 901-7339



TLP (short for Three Little Pigs) will add some midday diversity to the neighbourhood’s current crop of fast food outlets and sub shops. The new space will stick to home-style drinks and snacks, like iced tea, apple cobbler and sandwiches stuffed with lamb, meatloaf and peameal bacon.

Location: 15 Elm Street



Welcome Kaiju to our neighbourhood!

We feature authentic Japanese curry, a fragrant, light and heart warming meal. Our curry is a rich and comforting sauce packed full of sweet and savoury flavours, slow cooked to perfection over 48 hours. This sauce is complemented with a fried or grilled katsu (breaded cutlet).

Location: 384 Yonge Street, Unit 51 (Shops at Aura below Bed, Bath and Beyond)
Phone: (647) 748-6338
Facebook/Twitter: KaijuToronto



We look forward to the future openings:

Fit for Life – 3 Gerrard St East


Member Highlights

Inglot Cosmetics

Calling all makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts. Inglot Cosmetics is coming to Toronto and opening its doors at Dundas Square. Come experience the world's leader in colour cosmetics and be blown away by our selection. Inglot expertly combines the latest scientific technology with intense and vibrant colours.

Located at 21 Dundas Square Street.


Bubble Tease

Bubble Tease Shop has moved their location from 10 Dundas East and is now located at 25 Carlton Street. Visit their new location and enjoy delicious bubble tea and specialty drinks.



ING Direct Canada is renaming itself Tangerine, a brand that it says reflects its image as an edgy, innovative bank.

The country’s largest online-only bank is required to change its name under the terms of its sale to the Bank of Nova Scotia in September, 2012.

The rebranding – including new signage and promotional materials – won’t take place until spring 2014, the company said Tuesday.

But the company said it decided to announce the name change as soon as it was chosen.

For more information, click here.

221 Yonge St, 416-644-5929


Shop College Park

New stores have been recently openned at College Park, 777 Bay st.



The Senator Restaurant has partnered with Hurrier

The Senator is Toronto’s oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria. Since then, the Senator became a Toronto landmark under the guidance of Bobby Sniderman. Bobby purchased the Senator in 1984 after a successful run at Sam the Record Man. The Senator has always focused on the highest quality ingredients like Cumbrae’s Farms Beef, organic milk from Sheldon Creek Dairy, fresh-squeezed orange juice, home-made stocks, sauces, and batters, and a commitment to only use organic wherever possible. The Senator is entering the digital age with an expanded social presence and a whole new look. Learn more about the Senator at: thesenator.com, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
For more information, click here

The Senator Restaurant has partnered up with Hurrier to bring comfort food right to your door.
Visit https://www.usehurrier.com/senator to place an order and have any of your Senator favourites delivered to you via bike courier.
They are currently using Hurrier for delivery services. It's available from 4:30pm to 9:00pm and it will feature their dinner menu as well as a few items from the lunch menu.

Location: 249 Victoria Street, Toronto



NOW OPEN | The Private Dining Room at JOEY Eaton Centre

JOEY Eaton Centre is excited to announce that our Private Dining Room is officially open.

Whether it is a business lunch meeting, an intimate dining experience or a cocktail style reception our team will work with you to customize your event needs. Our Private Dining Room offers a sophisticated, modern environment that is perfect for any function.  From handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines selected by our restaurant Sommelier, to globally inspired artisan-made dishes and an experience your guests are sure to remember – JOEY Eaton Centre looks forward to hosting you and your guests.

For further information, to book your event or to view our new space please email Avalon Olivadoti, Event Manager, at aolivadoti@joeyrestaurants.com

Location: 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto



Mahaya Health Services has new owners

Elena and Lindsey are the new owners of Mahaya Health Services since spring 2013Mahaya Health Services is located at 2 College Street, Suite 105. 

Mahaya Health Services is a multi disciplinary alternative health clinic offering Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Did you know most services at Mahaya are covered by your extended health benefits? For more information on who we are and what we have available check out our website at www.mahayahealth.com. You can also follow us Facebook and Twitter for great health tips.. and there is always a cup of tea ready in the clinic, so come by and say hi! We look forward to seeing you at Mahaya.

Location: 2 College Street, Suite 105


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.


Downtown Yonge BIA receives a Ward 27 City Builders Award

The Downtown Yonge BIA received a Ward 27 City Builders Award from councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam on March 6th. The Downtown Yonge BIA is recognized for their significant contributions to making Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale a dynamic place to live, play, study and work.


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

Zombie Walk – October 25

START: Nathan Phillips Square~ West on Armoury St., North on University Ave, East on College St, South on Yonge st, West on Queen st.
END: Nathan Phillips Square

For 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 23


The Downtown-Young BIA in partnership with Creativiva is gearing up to bring Toronto it's most spectacular tree lighting ceremony yet.

This year's "Illuminite" highlights will include a brand new aerial ballet - a stunning choreography staged high up on a building façade - live music, dance, circus, roaming characters and interactive activities. The public is invited to witness Dundas Square transform into a multi-stage entertainment venue as performances are put on anywhere from eye level to rooftops, both among the crowd or up on stage. From glowing LED characters to life-sized toy soldiers, an eleven piece band to the headlining aerial ballet, audiences should expect nothing conventional from the evening festivities. Over 10 thousand people are expected to turn up this year to enjoy this 360 degree theatrical experience planned right in the heart of the city.

Illuminite is on November 15, starting with DJ playing at 5pm.
Creative concept and directed by Lukas Cabalka

Winter Magic evets:
Window Wonderland – November 15-30, 2014
Ice, Wine and Dine – Saturday November 22, 2014
Kidzfest – Saturday November 29, 2014



What's on

The Future of Retail On Yonge

As Toronto’s original commercial centre, Downtown Yonge has experienced enormous changes to its retail landscape over the years, running the full spectrum from the general store to the modern shopping mall and everything in between. This video delves into how the retail sector continues to evolve in response to the shifting socioeconomic character of the neighbourhood and our fast-changing relationship with how we shop. What kind of retail experience do you want to see on Yonge Street? Let us know in the comments!



Free Reiki Class at Tangerine Café

Wed, October 29th, 11 am - 12:30 pm at The Tangerine Downtown Toronto Cafe, 221 Yonge Street, upstairs in the Thompson Block room.

Details: Stephanie Norwich, M.Ed.(Counselling), Reiki Master presents a beautiful and inspiring reiki talk followed by a question period.

Topics include: 1) What is reiki? 2) The reiki treatment, 3) The benefits,
4) How it works, 5) The history, 6) Usage: relationships, children, friends, pets, and plants, 7) Self treatment, 8) Volunteering Reiki, 9) The 3 levels of training, and 10) How to become a licensed Holistic Practitioner.

Contact: Space is limited! Call Stephanie Norwich at (416) 531-8061 or email her at thehealingteam@gmail.com to reserve your seat.



TORONTO 2015 Youth Summit – Apply Now!

The TORONTO 2015 Youth Summit has 300 spots available for Ontario youth aged 16–24 who want to learn hands-on about the value of sport to community and the true legacy that an international multi-sport Games can leave on a region.

The two-day Summit’s theme of “building community through sport” will inspire youth to live healthy, active lives while providing them with the tools to build communities rich in sport, arts and culture. Youth will also hear inspiring keynote addresses, attend skill-building workshops, take part in community-based activations, and network with peers and leaders.

Youth must reside in Ontario and be between the ages of 16–24 on January 1, 2015


March 21–22, 2015

Downtown Toronto — conference space to be announced



What's New in Downtown Yonge

Panera Bread® Honours Breast Cancer Awareness Month with
Pink Ribbon Bagel®

Bagels available in Ontario bakery-cafes in October To Benefit Rethink Breast Cancer

Panera Bread is joining the fight against breast cancer for the 14th year by baking its signature Pink Ribbon Bagels. A staple every October in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the sales of more than 9 million signature Pink Ribbon Bagels® over the years have raised over $2 million for breast cancer charities system-wide.

This October, at participating Panera bakery-cafes in Ontario, a portion of the sale of each Pink Ribbon Bagel will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer to help support its mission to continuously pioneer cutting-edge breast cancer education, support and research that speak fearlessly to the unique needs of young (or youngish) women.

To celebrate the Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign’s 14-year North American anniversary, Panera will donate .25 cents to benefit Rethink for every Pink Ribbon Bagel sold during the month of October.

On Wednesday, October 8th, Panera celebrated “Go Pink” Day and donate 100% of all sales of Pink Ribbon Bagels to Rethink.

“Panera Bread locations in Ontario are honoured to work alongside our customers to support Rethink in October,” said Maria Paletta, Local Marketing Coordinator. “We’re proud to offer the Pink Ribbon Bagel as a way to help raise both funds and attention for the cause during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Shaped in the form of the iconic pink ribbon, the Pink Ribbon Bagel features cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar, and is baked fresh each morning by Panera’s bakers at each bakery-cafe.

The Pink Ribbon Bagel concept began in 2001, when Sue Stees, co-owner of 18 Panera Bread franchises and a breast cancer survivor, began searching for ways to help other women fighting the same disease. Her search led her to the kitchen where she developed the Pink Ribbon Bagel. She sold 27,000 bagels in her bakery-cafes that first year and was awarded the “You Can Make a Difference Award” from Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

In photo is Joe Rossetti, Bakery Market Manager and MJ DeCoteau, Executive Director of Rethink Breast Cancer.



Join us at the October Business Networking Social!

Featuring guest speakers specializing in Social Media, Business Accounting & Wealth Management.

October 30th, 2014
5:30 pm -8:00 pm

Maple Leaf Gardens
Mattamy Athletic Centre
Alumni Lounge - 4th Floor
50 Carlton Street, Toronto, M5B 1J2

Please RSVP by October 24th, 2014
by contacting Brian Lifchitz at: (416) 974-0004
or Brian.Lifchitz@RBC.com



Yonge and Grenville Branch Relocation Notification

This branch will be closing at 12 p.m. on Friday, November 28, 2014 and relocating to 500 Yonge Street. We will be open for business at our new location on Monday, December 1, 2014.




To Do in Downtown Yonge

Zombie Walk

START: Nathan Phillips Square~ West on Armoury St., North on University Ave, East on College St, South on Yonge st, West on Queen st.
END: Nathan Phillips Square.

The Official Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade After Party will be at the Hard Rock Café (279 Yonge st) and feature Black Cat Attack (Oshawa), DJ Eric Von Eric and more. Doors open at 9pm.

You can bet yer coffin lids you don't wanna miss what's sure to be the graveyard event of the season! All this and much, much more for the lowly price of $12 in advance, $15 at the door, so start scroungin' them bones right now!

Check out the awesome entertainment planned for the night.



Classic horror films at Carlton Cinema

The Carlton Cinema is doing classic horror films every Saturday in October.

Showing Child's Play Oct 25 at 9:15pm.

Location: Carlton Cinema - 20 Carlton St, Toronto



Mackenzie House Events

Spirit Walk

Saturday, October 25, 7 and 7:30 p.m.
Explore downtown alleys and laneways and discover some of Toronto's reputedly haunted buildings. Return to gas-lit historic Mackenzie House for treats and ghost stories associated with the house.

Not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Adults: $12.50 plus HST, Children: 8-15 years $10.50 plus HST.
Call 416-392-6915 for tickets.

Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

Special EWG Halloween Tour

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7 p.m.

A special ghost edition tour of the historical Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre will take on Thursday, October 30 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.

Tour is approximately 90 minutes
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Tickets available at the door. Cash only | No reservations required

EWG Tour

Year-round guided tours of this National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – last for 1½ hours and 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.

Dates: October 25; November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15.
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


Alcina, Presented by Opera Atelier

Thursday, October 23 to Saturday, November 1, 2014

George Frideric Handel’s Alcina is a Baroque masterpiece that will mark Opera Atelier’s first major Handel production at the Elgin Theatre. Alcina tells the story of a sorceress whose world is a mirage composed of the souls of her past lovers and the Christian knight Ruggiero who is destined to set them free. Canadian soprano Meghan Lindsay, who audiences will remember as Agathe in Der Freischütz, is in the title role. Opera Atelier is delighted that Alcina includes some of Handel’s most famous dance music, giving a unique opportunity to feature the superb artists of the Atelier Ballet. (Photo: Bruce Zinger).

Tickets: $38, $54, $78, $116, $166

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca, or buy them at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre box office (Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until show time on performance days; closed Sunday and Monday).

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



Ed Mirvish Theatre presents


Returns September 3 – November 2, 2014

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” The New York Times.

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One—born with emerald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete—and completely satisfying—musical in a long time” USA Today.

Ed Mirvish Theatre - 244 Victoria Street, Toronto
Tickets:  416-872-1212   www.mirvish.com



Hard Rock Café Events

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.

Interested in planning your next event at Hard Rock Café Toronto? Visit our Parties & Special Events section or download our booking information packet

Oct 26, 14 KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS! - 11:00 AM
Oct 27, 14 MOMONDAYS TORONTO - 5:30 PM
Oct 30, 14 ROCK 'N HARD FOR SICKKIDS - 7:00 PM
Oct 31, 14 HALLOWEEN HAUNT - 10:00 PM

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



Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday

See what's happening inside The Martini Bar in Toronto. Select from our creatively inspired drink menu and more than 40 distinct martini recipes. Witness the awakening of nightlife in downtown Toronto through floor-to-ceiling windows, or sink into a plush sofa and absorb the ambient house music. Savor a blend of satisfying cuisine and imaginative cocktails!

Monday-Sunday Avoid the line-ups, arrive early and enjoy $6.00 martinis before 6pm.
Martinis & Manis - Tuesday-Friday - $30 for Mani & a "French mani" Martini, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

What's On at Martini Bar:
$5 pints (Sleemans, Sapporo and Blanche de Chambly), wine and cocktails from Monday to Friday, 4pm to 6pm.
An assortment of delicious appetizers and bar snacks (all under $10)

After Work Party at Pantages Martini Bar is on Monday through Friday, 4pm to 6pm. We look forward to seeing you!

Join us for Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Call for more information on performers and performance dates.

Visit Pantages Martini Bar for more information!



Live nights of Music at 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's menu 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.

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

Jazz Wednesday's
October 29 - Big Rude Jake

Blues Thursday's
October 30 - The Jack de Keyzer Band

Classic Rock Friday's
October 24 - The Dylan Tree 

Dance Saturdays
Dance the Night Away Saturdays with DJ Supreme

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 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.

For upcoming events click here.

Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information


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