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.
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
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