In the Spotlight, September 1
Fashion on Yonge
Fashion on Yonge struts the runway 3rd time around on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at our new home – College Park Building.
See the latest Fall 2015 collection and a sampling of the food and services available in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. Come early, listen to great music and see our models get styled. Before and in between shows, you can also consult with stylists on-site.
Play the Parks in Full Swing
Summer continues to sizzle in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. Enjoy free concerts in the parks, for list of venues and schedule, visit www.downtownyonge.com/playtheparks
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Sunday, September 6
Join us on Sundays at 10am for free boot camp class presented by Hard Candy Fitness Toronto. Meet us on Hayter Street, between Aura Tower and College Park Building, just north of Yonge and Gerrard Streets. Weather Permitting.
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Discovery Tours - Music History
Last Music Tour runs on September 9.
This year the Downtown Yonge has partnered with Heritage Toronto to provide a free Music History tour along Yonge Street. This tour is offered on select dates in the summer and departs at 6:30pm from the corner of Yonge Dundas. You will be able to spot our Discovery Team by looking for the green flag.
Open Streets TO
Open Streets TO, the city’s largest free recreation program is happening this weekend – September 6 from 9am to 1pm. It will connect the diverse neighbourhoods and people across the city by temporarily opening Bloor Street and Yonge Street to people and closing them to cars. Come out and enjoy this 5km route! In the Downtown Yonge BIA, there will be programming on McGill Granby Parkette, Hayter Street and on Yonge Street from Shuter to Queen Street.
For more information go to: openstreetsto.org
Canada’s Walk of Fame Free Festival at Yonge-Dundas
Taking place from noon -11 p.m. daily from September 29 – October 1 at Yonge-Dundas Square, the jam-packed Free Festival lineup has an exciting mix of programming from live music to book readings, dance lessons and performances and lunchtime workouts with Goodlife Fitness. There will also be food trucks, giveaways and nightly films.
The Free Festival is hosted by comedian Johnny Gardhouse and musical performances include Grammy-nominated singer Trevor Guthrie, veteran-alternative rockers 54-40, country darling Kira Isabella, actress and singer-songwriter Jill Hennessy (Law & Order and Crossing Jordan), JUNO Award-winning rock musician Tomi Swick, and 20-year-old pop artist Francesco Yates who Pharrell has touted as the next big thing. Plus the seven winners of this year’s Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC (to be announced in September), will take the stage.
For a current schedule of programming visit canadaswalkoffame.com. Additional programming will be announced in the coming weeks.
What's New in Downtown Yonge
Saturday, September 5 from 2:00pm until 10:00pm
A day of performance and interactive installations taking place in the heart of Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square from 2-10pm. Robert Everett Green of the Globe and Mail describes the event as “[a] marathon of sound in the middle of traffic.” This year Music in the Barns presents composer John Oswald’s epic composition, “Spectre,” recreated for 1000 string instruments. For this special participatory performance John & Music in the Barns have taken on the challenge of getting 1000 string players to come to Yonge & Dundas Square to join them in the performance of this ground-shattering work. Click here for more information or to sign up and participate.
Along the theme of large groups, The Element Choir, a 40 person plus group of improvising singers under the direction of Toronto avant-garde vocalist Christine Duncan, will be preforming this year’s festival. This year will also feature performances by avant-garde percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, shoegaze orchestra Flowers Of Hell, free improv duo Not The Wind, Not The Flag and many more.
THE ELEMENT CHOIR
FLOWERS OF HELL
MUSIC IN THE BARNS present JOHN OSWALD's "SPECTRE" with 1000 strings
NOT THE WIND, NOT THE FLAG
CORY LATKOVICH & ROB GRIEVE
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Virgin Mobile presents Indie Friday
Friday, September 4 at 8:30 pm.
Edwin Yearwood is the undisputed soca king and charismatic lead singer of Krosfyah. His skill with melodies and lyrics have rocked the hips and soothed the souls of Krosfyah supporters worldwide.
One of the region’s hottest vocalists and songwriters, his career started at the age of 14, when he won the first Teen Talent Competition he entered, in 1983, with a performance of Billy Preston’s "You Are Everything To Me" that left the audience spellbound. His star has risen ever since, and he has won numerous awards across the region and around the world.
When it comes to Canada’s Caribbean music scene, Dr. Jay is soca royalty, whose musical talents and ongoing recognition for his experience in building soca’s nightlife culture over the past 25 years, make 'De Soca Prince' the nation’s undisputed #1 soca DJ. He has taken the sweet sounds of the Caribbean worldwide, and worked with some of the genre’s biggest stars, including Edwin Yearwood. He hosts and produces Soca Therapy (which he started more than a decade ago) on VIBE 105 and has received numerous awards for his work with the soca music community, including being named Soca Music Ambassador for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly known as Caribana).
Acclaimed Trinidadian singer and songwriter Darryl "Farmer Nappy" Henry celebrates over 30 years in the soca music industry and his rich legacy continues to grow. He ended last year on a high note as he was crowned with the “Calypso of the Year” award for his blockbuster groovy soca hit "Big People Party," from the National Action Cultural Committee (NACC) in Macoya, Trinidad. Stepping out on his own after many years with the HD Band, he has released two internationally-acclaimed albums and has seen mainstream recognition at MTV Iggy, where, in addition to a strong review of his 2012 album, he was voted “Artist of the Week,” and at The New Yorker’s website to give readers insight into “a comprehensive sound of the Caribbean.”
Free concert Friday, September 4 at 8:30 pm.
In association with Ryerson University and the Downtown Yonge BIA
Toronto Independent Film Festival at Carlton Cinema
For Schedule, click here: http://www.film-fest.ca/2015lineup.htm
Toronto Cider Festival
The Toronto Cider Festival will be the event to remember; creatinga harvest in the heart of Toronto, allowing you to experience and fall in love with a variety of amazing Ciders from across the country. Whether you are a cider lover or just looking to try something new, this is the perfect event for an unforgettable end of summer experience.
Kick back, relax, and take a break from the busy city life with our fun-filled extravaganza! Come and spend the day with your friends in downtown Toronto, as we showcase some of Canada’s best craft ciders, Toronto's finest food trucks, live music, and more! You will also be able to enjoy cocktail competitions, contests and games, all while sipping down refreshing ciders from the top producers in the country.
For more information visit us at http://www.torontociderfestival.com/
We look forward to hosting you at our event!
Visit Mackenzie House at Spadina Museum's City Cider event - Sept. 20
Sunday, September 20, 12 to 5 p.m.
Drop by the Mackenzie House table for information about our museum programs and the opportunity to print a special City Cider souvenir on our historic proof press! Included in admission to City Cider.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
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: September 5, 24, 26;
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.
July 7 to September 4
12 noon (45-minutes)
New this summer the EWG will be offering a 45-minute lunchtime tour of both theatres to the public. From Tuesday to Friday, visitors will get a chance to see the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre and the whimsical Winter Garden Theatre.
When: Spetember 1,2,3,4
Cost: Adults, Students and Seniors: $5 (includes HST)
Cash only | No reservations required.
Toronto International Film Festival 2015
From September 10 to 20, 2015.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60-plus countries every September. TIFF film programs have earned a reputation for excellence, and a diverse array of films is shown – from Hollywood galas to the best in international cinema to the latest home-grown comedies … and everything in between.
Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)
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