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Warming up the Corner of Victoria and Queen

As part of the City’s Street Art Program called START the utility box at the south west corner Victoria and Queen now has a warming glow. Artist Emilia Jajus proudly displays her finished project.


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.


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 7

Richtree Natural Market Restaurant Grand Opens at Toronto Eaton Centre

Richtree unveils innovative 20,000 sq. ft. marketplace restaurant, using cutting-edge technology to serve organic, natural, and locally grown food, fast.

Richtree Natural Market Restaurants opened the doors of their new flagship market restaurant concept in Toronto Eaton Centre. This state-of-the-art marketplace features a collection of 11 unique eateries, all serving up natural and organic food from local sources - a significant departure from the ordinary and often unhealthy options afforded in other quick service restaurants.

"Richtree Natural Market Restaurant is 'Where Good Comes Together,' said Robin Michel, CEO. “To us, that means bringing together delicious fresh food, made with only natural or organic ingredients sourced from local purveyors, then leveraging the latest technology to create a completely new restaurant experience that has something for everyone. Our vision for Richtree Natural Market Restaurants is to make it easier for consumers to find good food, that's good for you, and good for the earth."

These efforts are brought to life through the Richtree Market Pass Mobile; a response to the conventional payment card systems found at most establishments. A component of this unique ordering system, succinctly described as "Grouping", provides a groundbreaking solution for group ordering. The Market Pass allows any number of phones to be associated with one Market Pass account, allowing one person to pay for a group of people without requiring everyone to order from the same eatery or at the same time.  Those without mobile phones are supplied with a wooden market pass card that allows participation in Grouping.

What makes Richtree Natural Market Restaurant different? All natural. Locally sourced when possible. Antibiotic & Pesticide Free. Organic produce in meals and salad bar. Only wild caught seafood. Boiled bagels and fresh baked muffins every day. Pastries are never frozen. Restaurant quality food using exclusive recipes. No artificial anything — EVER!

Technology highlights include: more than 50 LCD screens in-store; 23 foot video wall; virtual hostess, Mrs. Green, a hologram that welcomes customers to the Richtree experience; touch screen kiosks allow for multi-kitchen ordering, helps busy customers avoid line-ups; high-tech kids area features an interactive video wall and projections to engage Richtree's youngest customers; Market Pass app for iOS and Android, for mobile payment and collecting rewards.

To learn more, follow Richtree Natural Market Restaurant on Twitter @RichtreeMarket and visit www.TEC.richtree.com.


What's New in Downtown Yonge

Disney’s Aladdin

Aladdin will launch at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon) November 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this exuberant new musical. Aladdin’s journey will sweep audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.

Tickets are on sale for the Toronto engagement at Mirvish.com or by calling (416) 872-1212 or (800) 461-3333.



Mirvish Celebrates 50 Years in Theatre

Mirvish Productions will present 18 shows and employ over 500 artists on its four stages in Toronto – the Royal Alexandra, Princess of Wales, Ed Mirvish and Panasonic theatres. This is the largest season Mirvish has ever presented and include: The Two Worlds of Charlie F; Henson Alternative’s Puppet Up! – Uncensored; The Musical of Musicals,The Musical!;Brian Bedford starring in The Last Confession; Olympic Skater Elvis Stojko starring in Chicago, The Musical; New Touring Productions of Disney’s The Lion King, We Will Rock You, American Idiot and Rain; All-Canadian Casts for God of Carnage and Dead Metaphor.

The upcoming Mirvish season for 2013-14 is divided into two subscription series – the Mirvish Theatre Subscription and the Off-Mirvish Subscription – and eight additional shows not on subscription. Subscriptions are still available for sale. Call TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.


What's on

Join the 100th Anniversary Celebrations with FREE tours of The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is celebrating its 100th Anniversary with Free tours on Wednesday, October 9 at 5 p.m.; Thursday, October 10 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 12 at 11 a.m. 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby).

For a special evening on October 10, members of the original restoration team – David and Patti Hannivan and Janis Barlow – will recount some exciting and interesting stories about the project and how this beloved theatre was restored to its original glory.

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is a National Historic Site and the only operating double-decker theatre left in the world. www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg100.



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Indigo Books & Music Inc.


Meet one of the greatest hockey players of all time, Bobby Orr as he signs copies of his new memoir, Orr: My Story.

For full event guidelines visit indigo.ca/events.
Indigo Eaton Centre
220 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.


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.



Ryerson Image Centre’s September 2013 Exhibitions:

Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art.

September 18 - December 15 at the Main Gallery, University Gallery, Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall

This exhibition presents photographs from the Black Star Collection with contemporary works by aboriginal artists to examine the role of the artist as activist, as chronicler and as provocateur in the ongoing struggle for indigenous rights and self-empowerment.  

Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries: Artistic Experiments and Innovation in Film and Video

September 18 - October 27 at the Student Gallery

Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries is a selection of experimental film and video works produced by students of the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.



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



Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Extended Projects
Catch up on your sleep after October 5, then revisit the projects between October 6 – 14 and see them in a new light.

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 "Delta Blues" 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., the recently renovated, 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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