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Lace Up for the 3rd Annual Sears Great Canadian Run

On September 21, participants will embark on a 100-kilometre relay from Toronto to Blue Mountain Resort to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer. Proceeds raised from The Run will be collected by the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation and will be evenly allocated between supporting the Sears Cancer Clinic at The Hospital for Sick Children and the Sears Childhood Cancer Fellowship at SickKids that conducts national paediatric oncology research.

"The Sears Great Canadian Run supports a cause that is important to our customers and associates" said Calvin McDonald, President and CEO, Sears Canada Inc. "A cancer diagnosis for a child is devastating, and Sears Canada is showing these children and their families that they are not alone as they fight their battle. I thank all participants who have registered for the Run and I look forward to seeing them and the hundreds of Sears associates who are also participating on September 21."

Team sponsorship and general donations can be made at www.TheRun.ca website.


2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Elgin Theatre

The Chandelier Gala on October 7 will cap off the Elgin Theatre’s 100th anniversary celebration in grand style. The evening event includes two opportunities to celebrate – a major gifts dinner in the Winter Garden Theatre or a cocktail supper in the cascading lobbies. The Gala concludes with a night of entertainment in the Elgin Theatre that celebrates a century of entertainment from vaudeville to musical theatre such as Cats, Tommy, Opera Atelier and other theatrical triumphs. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.ca.

Christopher Plummer is the Honorary Chair of the 100th anniversary committee. The Chandelier Gala is part of the Chandelier Project launched a year ago. Funds raised at the Chandelier Gala will be used to re-create the chandelier and to support the ongoing conservation and protection of this National Historic Site.

The elegant Tiffany-style chandelier not only illuminated the theatre, but also highlighted the gold-leaf plaster motifs of musical instruments that decorate the dome. The bowl was fabricated with stunning amber-coloured stained-glass jewels strung together with brass trim.


Historic Yonge Street Heritage Conservation District Study

The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about the Historic Yonge Street Heritage Conservation District Study, ask questions and share your comments.

September 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street, 2nd floor (Auditorium).

On October 2nd, 2012 City Council authorized the Historic Yonge Street area for a Heritage Conservation District study under Section 40(1) of the Ontario Heritage Act.

This Community Consultation meeting is intended to introduce the Heritage Conservation District Study to community members and provide information on the Study’s scope and process. The meeting will also be an opportunity for community members to share views about areas of heritage interest in Historic Yonge Street.

You can view a copy of the Authorization background information here.

To speak to the preservation officer directly, contact Lauren Archer at (416) 392-2653 or larcher@toronto.ca. You may mail your comments to the preservation officer at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 17 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.
You may also contact Councillor Wong-Tam, Ward, 27, at (416) 392-7903 or by email at councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca.


Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.


Spirit Halloween

Spirit Halloween at Yonge and Dundas in the Atrium is now open! Print out this section of the newsletter and receive 20% off any single item! Please also donate to Spirit of Children, as 100% of all profits goes directly to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Centre here in Toronto.

Website: www.spirithalloween.com




Beauty Products and Salon now open that carries all major beauty products and appliances and does all kinds of waxing, threading, and ear piercing. Located at AURA, P1 Level, Unit 41, 384 Yonge Street (Yonge & Gerrard). Phone: 647-342-5305




Four thousand square feet of prestige beauty awaits customers

Shoppers Drug Mart celebrated the opening of its second ever enhanced beautyBOUTIQUE at the Toronto Eaton Centre. On August 28 Shoppers Drug Mart's President and CEO Domenic Pilla provided insight into the development of the concept and the company's position in beauty retail. The Shoppers Drug Mart is located on level 1 near the Queen Street TTC entrance.

Website: beautyBOUTIQUE



We look forward to the future openings:

Roll Play Cafe – 10A Edward

A new board game cafe located in the heart of Toronto. Please stay tuned as we bring you updates on their opening!

Twitter: @rollplaycafe
Website: http://www.rollplaycafe.com


Shark Club is anticipated to open mid-September at 10 Dundas East on Level 3. 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!


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

Canada’s Walk of Fame
September 16 - 21: TV trucks parked on Victoria Street for CWOF Gala
Saturday, September 20 - 7 p.m. to 21 - 11 p.m.: Canada's Walk of Fame
Yonge from Shuter to Queen (full)
Yonge from Dundas W to Shuter (full)
Queen from Victoria to Yonge (west curblane)
Victoria from Dundas Sq to Queen (north curblane)
Shuter from Yonge to Victoria (west curblane)


Freedom Day event at Yonge-Dundas Square. The closure will take place on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m.


Nuit Blanche
Saturday, October 5 from 4 p.m. to Sunday, October 6 9 a.m.
Queen St W from Yonge to University
Bay St from Dundas to Wellington

For more 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 19

The Starlight Lounge: An Evening of Dining & Dancing to Celebrate 75th Years

Maple Leaf Aerie 2311 Toronto

Take a trip back to the 1930s to celebrate the Eagles Club 75th Anniversary. The Fraternal Order of Eagles will be hosting an anniversary dinner dance to recognize this milestone.

Since the Eagles Club, Aerie 2311 at 17 Elm Street, received its charter in 1938, they decided to hold a 1930-style event: Starlight Lounge. These lounges were popular in most big cities during the 1930s, so the Eagles Club banquet room will be decorated in 1930 style, featuring 1930 music and guests are encouraged to wear period fashion.

While synonymous with the Depression, the music of the 1930s was far from depressing. Jazzy, and happy, it gave people inspiration, and something to cheer them up. Swing and blues produced some of the most enduring songs of all time. It was the Golden Age of Hollywood and Art Deco. In fashion hemlines went down and shoulders got broader.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles advocated for the founding of Mother’s Day, provided the impetus for Social Security, and helped end job discrimination based upon age. They support police, firefighters, and others who protect and serve. Eagle fundraising of millions yearly provide support for medical centres to build and conduct research into spinal cord injuries, kidney disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, help handicapped kids, end the isolation of seniors, and make life a little brighter for everyone.

Take advantage of this opportunity to step inside this Elm Street fixture and step back in time. Join in celebrating on Saturday September 28th from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Appetizers and cocktails from 5 p.m. with a catered meal at 7 p.m. Ticket price $25.



Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Saturday, October 5, 2013 6:51pm to sunrise. All night long!

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. The eighth edition of the event will transform Toronto with 112 art projects created by more than 500 local, national and international artists. The event draws more than one million local enthusiasts and out-of-town visitors. One of the highlights for this year is world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's "Forever Bicycles" sculpture at Nathan Phillips Square. This complex and abstract installation, consisting of 3,144 bicycles, is the largest edition of this work to date. The installation is the only version of the art work to be displayed in an open air, public space.

Travel Packages:
Visitors travelling to Toronto for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on October 5, 2013 can book special Scotiabank Nuit Blanche travel packages at 15 Toronto hotels and be the first to experience the official preview event Behind the Nuit on Friday, October 4. This offer includes an opportunity to meet with the curators and be among the first to preview Ai Weiwei's "Forever Bicycles". Further information on travel packages is available at www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/travel-packages.


What's New in Downtown Yonge

Today Marks First Day of Rehearsal for Disney’s Aladdin

The full cast of Disney's Aladdin, a new musical based on the Academy Award® winning animated film, began rehearsals today in New York City. Aladdin will launch at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon) November 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, grossing over $500 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation) and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.

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

Manifesto Community Projects

Toronto's Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture has become something of an annual tradition, and the organizers at Manifesto Community Projects have just announced the seventh installment of the event. Running from September 19 to 22, it culminates in a day-long free concert at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Among the artists included in Manifesto's Live at the Square programming are Freedom Writers, Thugli, Smash Brovas backed by the Juice Water Quartet, Sean Leon, Unbuttoned, and Souls of Mischief. More artists will be announced.

Other attractions include the Manifesto Art Show, the third annual Floor Awards (celebrating urban dance in Toronto), Last Style Standing Battle (featuring dance and interdisciplinary art), the Freshest Goods Market, and various workshops, panel discussions and more.

Manifesto is inspired by hip-hop culture, "Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit organization working to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture. Aiming to provide a platform and the resources needed to advance the growth of the arts as a tool for positive change on the individual, community and city level."



Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival

Canada’s Walk of Fame, in partnership with National Premier Partner RBC, is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for a parade of stars on Saturday, September 21. In addition to its annual red carpet show and star unveiling ceremony outside the Elgin Theatre on Yonge Street, Canada’s Walk of Fame is offering fans free performances on the red carpet from some of Canada’s most exciting acts and up-and-coming talent.

On September 21 beginning at 12:30 p.m., Canadian Indie-Electro-R&B band Dirty Radio will kick off thecelebrations, followed by performances from the winners of the RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize. Also heating up the stage will be two-time SOCAN Award and MTV Europe Music Award-winning singer-songwriter Karl Wolf. The red carpet show culminates at 3 p.m. with the celebrity arrivals and star unveiling ceremony celebrating the 2013 induction of: Bob Ezrin; Terry Fox; Victor Garber; Craig and Marc Kielburger; Oscar Peterson; Christine Sinclair; Alan Thicke; and 2013 Allan Slaight Award Recipient Carly Rae Jepsen.

Schedule of performances on Saturday, September 21 - Yonge Street, between Queen and Shuter: Dirty Radio 12:30 – 1 p.m.; RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize Winners showcase 1:15 – 2:10 p.m.; Karl Wolf  2:20 – 2:50 p.m.; Canada’s Walk of Fame 2013 Red Carpet Induction Ceremony 3 – 4:30 p.m.

The Red Carpet is part of the 15th Anniversary of Canada’s Walk of Fame signature events that include Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards, where Mike Myers, Carly Rae Jepsen and Martin Short are among the superstar celebrities taking centre stage, Inductee Charity Ball, the national broadcast on Global, which will air in the fall, as well as the fourth annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival.

Returning to Toronto from September 19-21, the Festival covers three days of music, featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic performers. Concerts at Massey Hall include Burton Cummings and Band with special guest LeE HARVeY OsMOND (Tom Wilson); Serena Ryder with special guest 54-40;and Maestro Fresh Wes and Friends, celebrating 25 years of his groundbreaking career, joined by special guests K-OS, Kardinal Offishall, Classified, Shad and most recently announced special guests to join the line-up, JUNO Award-winning artists Divine Brown and Rascalz,as well asmulti-ECMA Award-winning rock band The Trews.

Tickets for Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival are on sale now. To purchase, visit canadaswalkoffame.com or call the theatre box office: 416-872-4255 (Massey Hall).

In addition to the ticketed shows, Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival will present three free performances at Monarchs Pub at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel: The Jack De Keyser Band (September 19), Groovestone (September 20) and The Michael Danckert Jazz Band (September 21). As well, Cineplex Entertainment will offer free movie screenings at their Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas cinemas showcasing the films of some of Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees. The movie screenings will run on Saturday, September 21 beginning at 9:15 a.m.



To Do in Downtown Yonge

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.



Freedom Day

On September 25, over 3500 students from the GTA and surrounding areas will gather in Yonge-Dundas Square to celebrate the legacy of Simon Wiesenthal and learn about the unique rights and freedoms we are afforded as Canadians.

They are proud to welcome Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield as keynote speaker. He will share with students his unique perspective of the world from a bird’s eye view, and what he learned from space about the need for the world to band together and stand up for human rights.

Mackenzie House

Visit Mackenzie House, the restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto's first Mayor, a radical journalist and publisher, and leader of the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada. The modern addition includes a re-creation of Mackenzie's printshop, as well as an exhibit gallery. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 to 5 p.m. Admission rates are Adults: $6.19; Seniors and Youths: $3.54; and Children: $2.65 (plus applicable taxes).

Location: 82 Bond Street
Website: Mackenzie House



Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Saturday, October 5, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Experience Toronto transformed by more than 110 contemporary art projects created by close to 500 artists. All night long! Free! Complete event information visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

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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