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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

Open Streets

Sunday September 6, 2015

Open Streets are programs where the streets are opened to people and closed to cars. People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become “paved parks” where people of all ages, abilities, and social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds can come out and improve their health.

You will be unable to access your garage from Bloor Street during these times:
Bloor St (Spadina Ave to Parliament St) closed 8am-2pm
Yonge Street (Bloor St to Queen St) closed 8am-2pm

Open Streets TO will "soft close" streets. Vehicles will be able to cross the route at major intersections throughout the program.

For more information click here.
Visit our website at www.openstreetsto.org


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, 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.

For more information and updates: www.downtownyonge.com | Facebook + Twitter: @DowntownYonge #FashionOnYonge



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

McGill Granby Parkette

Thursday, September 3
5pm to 7pm:
Sam Drysdale & Melissa Bel & Janice Kwan

Sunday, September 6
9am to 2pm:
Gene Hardy


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.

For updates, follow us on Twitter or Facebook: @DowntownYonge



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.

* Please note that registration is required and can be done at http://heritagetoronto.org/tours/2015-tours/
Call 416-597-0255 Ext 223, email: bia@downtownyonge.com




What's on

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.

Open Streets TO Fact Sheet

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.



Farmers' Market at Ryerson



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.

Performances by:

MUSIC IN THE BARNS present JOHN OSWALD's "SPECTRE" with 1000 strings



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!




Mackenzie House Events

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.

Lunchtime Tours

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)
Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg


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