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Two shows at the Arts and Letters Club

The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto presents two art shows: Rebecca Last’s acrylic paintings, Traces of Here: Exposure and Catharine Parr Traill and the Fall Group Show, ajuriedmembers’ show in all media.
The concurrent shows run from October 2 to 29, 2016.

Open to the public one day only, Sunday, October 2, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. 

To arrange a private viewing with the artist, please contact the Club, 416-597-0223, ext. 1;

For more than a century The Arts and Letters Club has brought together the professional and the enthusiast, the artist and the art lover, the traditional and the modern.


Two solo shows at the Arts and Letters Club

The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto presents two solo shows: At the Edge of the Ocean, photographs by Felicity Somerset, and drawings by Peter G.S.Large, At Large: Travels with My Sketchbook.
The concurrent shows run from September 3rd to the 30th. 

To arrange a private viewing with the artist, please contact the Club, 416-597-0223, ext. 1;

For more than a century The Arts and Letters Club has brought together the professional and the enthusiast, the artist and the art lover, the traditional and the modern.

Location: 14 Elm Street
Website: www.artsandlettersclub.ca


Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown

The world’s largest full-service Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown completes their $14.5 million Transformation May 31, 2016. 

Newly renovated guest rooms and meeting space are available now!

Location: 475 Yonge St. Tel: (416) 924-0611


T|bar at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

T|bar, located in the Chelsea Hotel is the perfect place to dine. T|bar is for anyone that wants a refined dining experience, a pre-dinner beverage, a late-night cocktail or a decadent breakfast. T| bar is suitable for all occasions, whether you’re with friends, colleagues or having a business meeting. With a warm and intimate atmosphere, you will enjoy your food and the company you are with.

T|bar’s decadent breakfast is served 7am – 10am during the weekdays and an extended breakfast is available on weekend from 7am - 2 pm. T|bar is also a great place to eat lunch, including an authentic Indian Curry Buffet that is made from scratch in house Monday to Friday 11:30am – 2pm. This authentic buffet has been around for over 20 years and headed by our Sous Chef, Gaurav Kapoor.

T|bar is a place to enjoy crafts beers from Mill Street Brewery or one of the five refreshing specialty Caesar cocktails with a twist, such as The “Latin Dancer”, created by Executive Chef Brian MacAskill. Whatever your indulgence, T|bar has a variety of dishes that will have you coming back for more. Stop by T|bar Monday through Sunday to relish in the beautiful decor and delicious cuisine.

T|bar Hours
Mon-Fri: 7am - 10am, 11:30am - 1:00am
Sat-Sun: 7am - 1am

Location: Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W
Call 416 585 4352 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 Cafe

For 38 Years Hard Rock Toronto has been serving delicious American and local cuisine prepared by world-renowned chefs. Take a stroll through musical history with our extensive collection of authentic memorabilia. For reservations and private events toronto_sales@hardrock.com

Notes: Patio and private room available, wheelchair accessible, show this ad for 15% off.

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


Did you know that...

The Downtown Yonge BIA publishes monthly retail listings & traffic counts?


Drop in Resource Booklet

A new kind of map is being distributed in downtown Toronto, showing where people in need can find nearby help. Developed by the Downtown Yonge BIA, the Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource booklet includes 20 drop-in agencies within 1.8 kilometres of Yonge and Dundas.

Working in partnership with Ryerson University, the Downtown Yonge BIA researched and produced the booklets as a pilot project, aimed at raising awareness of the services available and better coordinating access to those services.


How to report a crime infographic

As the weather warms up and event season starts to get closer, we have been working closely with our partners at the Toronto Police Service, and specifically 51 Division and 52 Division, to develop tools and tips for making the spring and summer months as safe and problem-free as possible.

One of the most common concerns we hear from people is that they don’t know when to report an issue and what the best way to report an issue would be. The police encourage reporting of incidents – even when they are not emergency calls – because this data is used to analyze trends and allocate resources. So the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA) has developed a handy one-pager entitled How to Report a Crime. It lists the five (5) different channels of reporting incidents to police and includes handy details on contact numbers and online reporting forms. 

51-52 Division


Have you considered volunteering, but don’t know where to start?


Why not check out our volunteer listings! From dentists to handy people, there’s something for everyone! Click Here


Want to help shape the future of Downtown Toronto?

Downtown Toronto Skyline

You’ve probably noticed that Downtown is growing. A lot. All this growth has brought plenty of change to Downtown, and, as more growth comes, we need to make sure it’s accompanied by the things that will make and keep Downtown great for all. That’s what TOcore is all about. As Downtown continues to grow, we need a new plan to help shape its future. It’s been almost 40 years since the City prepared a comprehensive plan at the scale of the Downtown, and this new plan—informed by a new vision and 7 strategies—is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a new blueprint for our core.

Want to help shape the future of Downtown Toronto? Share your thoughts on what DT should look like by using #DTAdvice on all social media platforms, as well as by visiting the TOcore website: http://bit.ly/1Vmflcx


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

Watermain Replacement & Road Reconstruction on Gerrard Street East and West

From Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street and from University Avenue to Elizabeth Street

April 18 - October 28, 2016

The City of Toronto is replacing a section of the watermain and City-owned portions of substandard water services on Gerard Street East and West from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street, University Avenue to Elizabeth Street.

The project also involves reconstructing Gerrard Street (Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street), installing improved cycling lanes and improving sidewalks and streetscaping in some areas. This project is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, improve water distribution, reduce the risk of watermain breaks and improve the roads and cycling infrastructure.

To read full notice, please click here.


For more road closure news visit www.toronto.ca/transportation/road_info


Yonge Buzz Archive


For all enquiries, please contact:
Phone: (416) 597-0255
Email: bia@downtownyonge.com

In the Spotlight, September 23

The Downtown Yonge BIA's Strategic Plan 2016

The Downtown Yonge BIA (DBYIA) is embarking on a strategic planning process that focuses on the rapidly-changing and growing neighbourhood and the role of the organization.

A four (4)-member sub-committee of the DYBIA’s Board of Management has been struck and will begin developing the plan in September 2016.

The DYBIA is currently compiling a list of stakeholders consisting of members, partners & other that we will be reaching out to in the course of the month.

With fast-paced residential development, significant population increases, a trend towards intensification and the range of challenges that growth brings, DYBIA recognized the need to evolve, be entrepreneurial, and have the ability to act on market opportunities.

This means the organization needs to be empowered with a cohesive vision and strategic framework that both "dreams big" but allows for being nimble and flexible in execution.
To that end, a month-long search for the right consultant began in early May 2016 with the distribution of a closed RFP to a group of seven strategic planning specialists.

Submitted proposals were carefully compared and contrasted to identify the best fit.

In June, the Executive Committee and Staff made recommendations to the DYBIA Board of Management, which approved the appointment of Sage Communications, a firm specializing not only in strategic development, but also community engagement- a key element of the DYBIA's mandate. For more on SageComm, please visit their website at: www.sagecomm.com

With extensive experience both with BIAs and in complex urban environments, SageComm is well positioned to take DYBIA to the next level.

The team from SageComm- spearheaded by co-founder and senior strategist Lindsay Sage- launched the strategic planning process in July at the bi-monthly Board meeting.

The plan will be defined in two distinct phases, which are expected to take about approximately six (6) months.

Phase I includes deep stakeholder engagement and research; and

Phase II includes board engagement and strategic plan development.

We will be bringing members and stakeholders up to speed about the Phase I findings at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November, but in the meantime please keep an eye on this space for regular updates, as well as on our Twitter & Facebook pages.



Strategic Plan Survey

Strategic Plan Survey

The Downtown Yonge BIA board and staff team are excited to work in collaboration with members, residents, community partners and stakeholders to create a new strategic framework for our organization, including a refreshed organizational mission, vision and values. To accomplish this, we need your input. Please take few minutes to complete this Stategic Plan Survey and share your thoughts!



Yonge Love Wins Top Honours from International Downtown Association

Prestigious Pinnacle Award Recognizes Downtown Yonge BIA’s Innovative Consultation Campaign

TORONTO  September 9, 2016 – For the first time, a Toronto BIA has won top honours from the International Downtown Association (IDA). The Downtown Yonge BIA’s innovative Yonge Love consultation campaign was singled out for global recognition, receiving the IDA’s 2016 Pinnacle Award in the Leadership and Management category.

“Toronto is a great city with a great downtown. We are very proud to be recognized as a world leader,” says Downtown Yonge’s Executive Director Mark Garner. “We certainly believe Yonge Love was a remarkable project, and we are delighted to receive this prestigious international award.”

Yonge Love was an innovative consultation spearheaded by Downtown Yonge, compiling more than 2,000 responses through an interactive mix of original video, editorial content, social media and street-level engagement. Yonge Love produced a unique picture of how people feel about Yonge Street, and what they would like to see as future improvements.

“We are now using what we learned through Yonge Love to help set our strategies and priorities. It is a very useful guide as we shape the evolution of Canada’s most iconic street,” Garner says.
The IDA is a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centres. Its annual Downtown Achievement Awards recognize exceptional projects highlighting organizational advances.

Pinnacle Award winners – the IDA’s the highest level of recognition – are featured on the organization’s website as best practices. Other winners this year include Chicago’s Riverwalk project, Huntsville, Alabama’s book boxes program, and Washington, DC’s NoMa Parks initiative.  
“We are honoured to be named alongside such great cities as Chicago and Washington, and we congratulate them on their outstanding projects,” Garner says. “We hope others – here in Toronto and around the world – will be inspired to build on these innovations, helping to create great downtown neighbourhoods.”



What's on

The Summer season has come to an end, which means Play the Parks 2016 has also drawn to a close, as well as Fashion On Yonge 2016!

A HUGE thank you to all of the retailers, services & restaurants who helped make Fashion On Yonge a reality, as well as Massey Hall & all the participating bands who made Play the Parks the most successful yet! Check out the highlights:

Play the Parks   Fashion On Yonge
Play the Parks   Fashion On Yonge

But don’t forget, we’ve got more events coming up, including:

Remembrance Day - November 11, 2016
Illuminite 2016 - November 19, 2016
Kidzfest 2016 - November 26, 2016

Keep checking back for updates!



The Push for Change

The Push for Change

Join the fight in ending youth homelessness! Joe Roberts will be at Yonge-Dundas Square on October 23! Come & cheer him on as he makes his way across Canada!

The Push for Change

Website: The Push for Change



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Canada's Walk Of Fame Festival

Taking place September 23 – 25 at Yonge-Dundas Square, the jam-packed Free Festival line up has an exciting mix of programming including live music, book readings, dance performances, film and television screenings and sports activations including an autograph signing with Toronto Maple Leafs alumni. There will also be lunchtime workouts with Goodlife Fitness, food trucks and tons of giveaways.

Free Festival is hosted by comedian Johnny Gardhouse and features the following:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3


13:00: JILLEA



16:30: DANCE




20:00: ZEUS








17:00: KAYO

18:00: JSOUL

19:00: TOP5





15:30: DANCE







More Detail Here: Event Website

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.



JDRF Revolution Ride, presented by Sun Life Financial

September 30, 2016

The JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes is a high- energy stationary cycling event that will challenge Canadians to go further to defeat diabetes. Put your physical fitness to the test to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). Select your challenge, raise funds and join the revolution!

Date: September 30 2016 Time: 9:00am- 6:00pm All participants please arrive to registration 45 minutes before your ride time.



momondays Toronto September 26, 2016

momondays Toronto

September 26, 2016

momondays is held each month upstairs at The Hard Rock Cafe right across from The Eaton Centre and Dundas Square. If you’re driving you’ll find cheap parking under Dundas Square in the Green P lot. If you’re taking the TTC get out at Dundas and just cross the street! If you’re walking, well, just walk!!

Save your seat (and a few bucks) by getting advance online tickets for just $15 plus hst — available online until the Friday before the show. Tickets at the door are $25 cash. Doors open for advance ticket holders at 5:30 pm for socializing, networking and merry-making. General admission at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm sharp.

Come early to grab a great seat and give yourself time to eat, drink and socialize! You really do meet the nicest people at momondays!


Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge St., Toronto ON M5B 1N8, Canada
Price: $15 plus hst - online (available until May 27) / $25 including hst - at the door

Info & Tickets: http://www.momondays.com/toronto/



Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016Saturday, October 1, 2016 

Nuit Blanche Toronto is back for its 11th year on Saturday, October 1, 2016. For one sleepless night, from 6:58 pm until sunrise, the familiar is discarded and Toronto is transformed into an artistic playground for a series of exhilarating contemporary art experiences in unexpected public spaces.

Enjoy the free, city-wide celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto's arts community. Visit www.nbto.com for more information on the 2016 program.



Lunchtime Live!

Monday, October 3, 12:30 pm-1:30pm

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts.

Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.

R.I.S.E. Edutainment was founded by Randell Adjei in April of 2012 as a weekly open mic event called R.I.S.E poetry at the Scarborough Resource Centre. The initiative was created to provide a platform for local performing artists to express themselves in a positive way through Vocal performing arts, something he felt his community of Scarborough was lacking.  The first event garnered a small, but intimate group of 25 youth.  Since then, the program has become a key cultural engagement and 'Vital Idea' for young people across the GTA.


Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.



The Accountant Airstream

Tuesday, October 4th, 7:00 am-7:00pm

Warner Bros. is creating an exciting, custom "Escape Room" experience inside an Airstream Trailer. The public will have the opportunity to try and "complete the escape" by solving a series of puzzles and logic problems, all themed on the upcoming film, The Accountant. For Every team that completes the escape within the 10-minute window, they will be entered into a draw to win a $5,000 cash prize.

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square



Monster Rock Orchestra

Monster Rock Orchestra

Friday, October 7th, 7:00 pm-11:00pm

Monster Rock Orchestra is returning to Yonge-Dundas Square and lighting up the night on October 7th!  Monster Rock Orchestra is a FREE #facemelting show combining pop and rock music with lasers, turning performances into a visually spectacular phenomenon. A one-of-a-kind event in Canada and featuring music from the 70's all the way to today's hits, it's designed to be enjoyed by audiences from all stages of life. Other performers include: - Mississauga Pops Concert BandLast Bullet

Rock out at Yonge-Dundas Square starting at 7 PM on Fri Oct 7!
Check out www.MonsterRockOrchestra.com for more.

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square



Mackenzie House Events

Some exciting events are coming up at Mackenzie House this Fall! Check it out:

Read All About It: The First World War as Front Page News

Opens Sept. 27 and runs until January 29, 2017

This exhibit examines the challenges faced by Toronto newspapers during the First World War. Never had there been a greater demand by the public for up to the minute information; never had there been greater restrictions from the government on what the newspapers were allowed to print. Newspapers that broke the Chief Censor's rules could face financial penalty or even be shut down.
Included with regular admission.


City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour

Sunday, October 16, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The walk starts at the Cemetery. Meet at the main entrance.
A drama-enhanced walk in one of Toronto's oldest and most historic cemeteries. Highlights include the graves of Mackenzie and other prominent figures. Hear stories of murder, heartbreak and great perseverance. After the walk, participants are invited to return to Mackenzie House for a tour and some light refreshments. The Necropolis Cemetery is located at 200 Winchester Street, the west side of the Don Valley near Riverdale Farm.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. $12.50 plus tax.
Not recommended for children under 8 years of age.

Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

Traditional Peking Operas

Traditional Peking OperasSaturday, October 1st at 7:30 p.m.

Traditional Peking Operas – with a history of about 200 years – was formed through the combination of various musical and performance techniques. Today, audiences usually view Peking Operas in a concentrated form – the Zhezi Xi – the highlight of drama – which people never tire of watching. This time, several classic Zhezi Xi will perform on stage in Toronto.

Tickets: $28 to $118


Top Ten Event

Traditional Peking OperasThursday, October 13th at 7:30 p.m.

The Top Ten Event is a unique offering where 10 profound Canadians get 10 minutes each to change the lives of the people in attendance. In just 100 minutes, the audience is taken on a journey as authors, entrepreneurs, politicians, musicians, philosophers, actors and media personalities share hilarious and heart-wrenching insights that will change the way you see life and the world around you. This night of inspiration will help raise money for Future Possibilities for kids!

Tickets: $52 to $152


Dido and Aeneas, presented by Opera Atelier

From Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Purcell's tragi-comic masterpiece of English theatre, Dido and Aeneas, returns to Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. This Opera Atelier production features the stunning Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta, with artists from Atelier Ballet, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Toronto Children's Chorus.

Tickets: $39 to $184


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 24, 29

Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on October 1, 6, 13, 15 and 20, 2016 due to activities in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused you.

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



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