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Toronto named 4th most livable city in the world

Three Canadian cities have been ranked among the most livable cities in the world on the influential list released by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The report ranks 140 cities from around the world and scores them in five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Vancouver outscored Toronto by 0.1 points to claim 3rd spot just behind Vienna and Melbourne. Calgary ranked 5th.

Congratulations Toronto!


Take advantage of lunch time Play the Parks before fall

Sadly there is only a week of the popular Play the Parks series of lunch time activities at College Park and Trinity Square Park.

Step outside at lunch time to be energized with music and movement, as you recharge, bask in the sun on colourful Muskoka chairs, and enjoy free music and other physical activities in this vibrant downtown community.


Dance your way to fitness with personal trainer and certified Zumba instructor, Candice Paulsen on Wednesday at College Park, noon to 12:45 pm, September 11! Spice up your workouts, pack some workout gear and meet the challenge!

Noon Tunes

Play the Park is a way to support emerging talent in Toronto’s Indie music scene and provide great tunes to eat lunch by.

Friday, Sep 6 - Gillian Nicola at Trinity Sq
Tuesday, Sep 10 - Don Guinn Trio at College Park
Friday, Sep 13 - TNTrio at Trinity Sq

Check out Play the Parks for a complete list of performers.


Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.



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



Disney Store in the Toronto Eaton Centre

Grand Opening Celebration – Saturday, September 7. 9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony. 12 – 4 p.m. Meet Goofy & Pluto in Trinity Way. Free gift to first 500 guests.

Website: Disney Store




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



New name, new sign, new owner – but the same great taste

Tummy Time at 374 Yonge has changed its name to Loverman.



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

Sunday, September 8 from 4 to 11 p.m.:
The Carlu Fundraising Event Valet Parking
Westside curb lane Yonge from College to Gerrard.


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 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 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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 5

TIFF on Yonge

Festival runs from September 5 to September 15

Red carpet premiers with international stars are coming to Yonge Street for 10 celebrity filled days at four tiff venues in the Downtown Yonge Area. An array of films will be featured at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin), Winter Garden Theatre, and the Ryerson Theatre. From Premiere Galas, Restored Classics, World Cinema, book-to-movie adaptations, Big Chill Anniversary Celebration, this year’s festival has something for everyone.

The Ryerson Theatre at 43 Gerrard St. E. with its 1,200-seat capacity, makes for a great social experience. From high-profile Special Presentations to the wild Midnight Madness, the Ryerson Theatre has become a Festival favourite.

The Elgin Theatre and Winter Garden Theatres at 189 Yonge Street is the only double-decker theatre left in the world — sitting seven storeys above the Elgin theatre — is a real escape from the everyday.

This year TIFF has a number of free events planned in Yonge-Dundas Square along with having an information booth set up. Learn more about TIFF's Free Events in Yonge-Dundas Square at www.ydsquare.ca

For Event details see www.downtownyonge.com/events/calendar.html



2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Elgin Theatre

Announcing the Chandelier Gala and celebration week

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.


What's New in Downtown Yonge

Downtown Yonge held their First ever Fashion on Yonge Event on September 4 in Trinity Square

On Setember 4th you could see the hottest looks from the Fall Collection that’s available in more than 600 retail stores within Downtown Yonge BIA neighborhood; taste the sumptuous fares from some of the restaurants in the area; and consult with stylists on site.

There were three shows reflecting the fashion on Yonge – Urban, Vibe, and Chic.


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."



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Book Signing with Martin Popoff

Meet Martin Popoff, music writer and Rush aficionado, as he signs copies of Rush: The Illustrated History, an epic visual celebration of the legendary band. Indigo Eaton Centre Saturday, September 7th, 1 p.m.

Events Calendar

Stay current on ongoing events taking place at Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood. Check out our Events Calendar for latest updates.



Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche returns for an eighth year and will once again transform the city into an open-air art gallery.

Audiences can experience more than 100 art pieces on Saturday, October 5, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. This year Nathan Phillips Square features "Forever Bicycles" a sculpture by artist Ai Weiwei as well as are projects along the city's streets, in corporate lobbies, store fronts and alleyways for a single night.

Free Admission. Complete event information visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

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



Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival

Maestro Fresh Wes and Friends Welcome Emcee Shad to Guest Perform

The line-up continues to grow for the landmark concert celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Maestro’s groundbreaking career as the godfather of Canadian hip hop on Saturday, September 21 at 8 p.m. at Massey Hall, as part of 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. Other headlining acts at Massey Hall include Burton Cummings and Band (Thursday, September 19) and Serena Ryder (Friday, September 20).

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).

The Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival is a central part of a series of signature events that include the Red Carpet Induction Ceremony, the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards, the Inductee Charity Ball and the national broadcast on Global, which will air in the fall. For information about the Festival and Canada’s Walk of Fame, visit www.canadaswalkoffame.com




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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