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Open house on September 15!

The Bond Place Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Toronto is holding an open house on September 15, 2016 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Visit us and enjoy our world class catering, signature beverages and a chance to win A TRIP FOR TWO TO MONTREAL!

Hope to see you there!

Address: 65 Dundas St E, Toronto
Phone: (416) 362-6061


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. Public Opening, Sunday, September 11, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. 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

Project Church - Granby (L16544)

Toronto Hydro is planning to rebuild the aging street lighting system in your community. The rebuild includes the replacement of the existing street lighting poles within the City of Toronto’s public property allowance in front of or adjacent to your lot.

The civil and electrical portions of this project are expected to begin by late July 2016 with an approximate completion date of early September 2016. The boundaries include Granby Street (North), Church Street (East), McGill Street (South), and Sheard Street (West).

Please view the road closures 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 8

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.




Safety & Security Checklist

Dear Downtown Yonge members, neighbours, and colleagues,

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 summer and fall months as safe and problem-free as possible.

To this end, here is our Safety & Security Checklist for Summer-Fall 2016.

One of the most common concerns we hear from businesses 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.


Download 51 Division

Download 51 Division

Download 52 Division

Download 52 Division

For hard copies: Email us, let us know how many you need, and we can drop some off at your business or property.

Have you heard of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)? It promotes the reduction of both the fear and incidence of crime through good design and effective use of the built environment. Police offer free CPTED assessments of both commercial and residential properties as a service to the community and will provide a set of recommendations for an individual property. If you're interested, either contact us and we'll connect you to the Crime Prevention Officer for your Division, or reach out to your local Division directly.

For businesses that experience ongoing incidents in their premises, have you considered signing a Trespass Letter with your local police?

Not all street-based issues are police-related. Often, in downtowns, social issues are evident on the street. DYBIA works closely with various social agencies to support the work they do getting street-involved individuals into programs. Make sure you have a copy of our Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource to be able to provide information about drop-in services within an easy walk of Downtown Yonge.

Download the Drop-in Resource

Download the Drop-in Resource

For hard copies: Email us, let us know how many you need, and we can drop some off at your business or property.

Did you know that you can place a Concerned Citizens Call requesting outreach services? If you see someone on the street in need of outreach, phone 3-1-1 and ask for Streets to Homes to send an outreach worker. Make sure you mention identifying characteristics (height, hair colour, clothing, etc.) and the location of the individual.



Play the Parks 2016

Grab some food from your favourite Downtown Yonge BIA restaurants or food courts, and let us take you on a journey around the world through music at the four different locations.

McGill Granby Parkette

September 10 5PM - 7PM Tich Maredza Band
September 18* 11AM - 2PM Turbo Street Funk


*In association with Canada's Music Incubator


Play the Parks 2016 Contest

Don’t forget to enter our Play the Parks Ultimate Downtown Yonge Experience Contest for your chance to WIN a prize package including a 1-night stay at the Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel, dinner for 2 at the Hard Rock Café, tickets for 2 at a Massey Hall concert & more! 

Just let us know your favourite Play the Parks artist!



What's New in Downtown Yonge

Post your pics for the chance to win the ULTIMATE Salad King prize!

This year we celebrate our 25th year of serving up your Thai favourites, and our brand new website is just one of the ways we’re marking the occasion. We’ll be thanking the city we call home with incredible prizes, special offers and much much more, including your chance to WIN a lifetime of FREE meals at Salad King!

Details: http://saladking.com



Join us for our Holiday Open House

The Bond Place Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Toronto is holding an open house on September 15 2016 from 4:00pm top 6:30pm. Visit us and enjoy our world class catering, signature beverages and a chance to win A TRIP FOR TWO TO MONTREAL! Hope to see you there!

Details: http://bondplace.ca



To Do in Downtown Yonge

Destination Thailand

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa proudly presents the 3rd Destination Thailand festival, the first Thai Festival to ever take place in the world famous Yonge-Dundas Square. It is held in collaboration with the Thai and Asian communities and businesses in Toronto.

Save the date for Saturday, 10 September 16. It’s the day the Square will be transformed into a mini Thai street corner. We are excited to showcase the best Thailand has to offer to the Canadians and tourists from around the world. The event will kick off at 10 am and complete at 8 pm, featuring famous Thai food from local restaurants, Muay Thai, traditional Thai Dance, exotic fresh Thai fruits, Thai handicrafts, authentic Thai massage, world class Thai beer, live entertainments and much more.

This highly anticipated Thai cultural extravaganza awaits you, providing an ideal opportunity to discover “Thainess” right in the heart of downtown Toronto at the world famous Yonge – Dundas Square..

We hope to see you there.



Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E



Fall Fair

Sunday, September 18th - 1pm - 4pm

Location: Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. East.




SEPT 9-18 • 2016

10 years ago a group of artists, activists and creatives got together to talk about a big idea. A major festival, built by young people, to unite, inspire and empower our own through arts and culture. To bring together the collective brilliance from across the city to break bread, break beats and break new ground. We asked Toronto to stand up. Just look at us now. Keep shining family. Join us as we celebrate 10 years at your service. Welcome to Manifesto 10.

Sunday September 18th - 3pm-11pm - Yonge-Dundas Square - FREE

Sounds by:
A Tribe Called Red
Celebrity Marauders

Website: http://mnfsto.com/

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



Lunchtime Live!

Monday, September 19, 12:30 pm-1:30pm

Meet Derin Falana. A 22 year old rapper/dancer from Brampton, ON aka the suburbs of Toronto. The city that's home to stars like Alessia Cara and Pryde has been hit with epidemics of depression and suicides over the past few years. Growing up, Derin and his crew ViniciCircle were around these tragedies multiple times. From that feeling of being trapped in the suburban cycle of life (go to college, pay off your debt, go to the same 5 places at night, start over), comes his latest project Live From Rocky Mountain. The cover, created by 7th Kind and Nicky Chulo, is inspired by the book Where The Wild Things Are and a perfect representation of this mixtape as a whole. Derin has imagined a world that he wishes he could live in, and now is doing everything he can to take him and everyone from Brampton there.



Monday, September 26, 12:30 pm-1:30pm

Shakqueel Burthwright (better known as Drew Howard or 88 Camino), is a Canadian rapper born in the Scarborough region of Toronto, Canada . Shakqueel began rapping at the age of 17 years old. Listening to an array of musical creatives spanning several genres helped him develop a sound that has a lot of replay value. When Shakqueel was 9 years old, his mother moved away to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for school and brought him with her for a new journey. Eight years later, Drew returns to Toronto, Canada and had a mission to pursue music on a high level. After releasing a ton of old music numerous years ago, 88 Camino has taken more than a year off to perfect his craft and he is ready for the world to hear his drug-infused euphoric timeless sound. His unique perspective is a result of his interests in real life observations.

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



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.



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/



JDRF Revolution Ride, presented by Sun Life Financial

September 26, 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.



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.


An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography by Nathan Cyprus

Ordinary Weather: An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography by Nathan Cyprus
Continues until September 22, Noon to 5 p.m.
Part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival

There is a sense of wonder in our surroundings that seems to only truly manifest itself when we become tourists in an unfamiliar landscape. In Ordinary Weather, emerging photographer Nathan Cyprus questions this lack of wonder in our everyday surroundings. Setting out to explore Toronto by bicycle, he finds a city in transition and discovers the awareness which he sought, but is so often ignored, is in actuality ever available.

Regular admission applies.

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



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events

Toronto International Film Festival 2016

From September 8 to 18, 2016 – with screenings at various times

For 20 years, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre has proudly hosted the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – the leading public film festival in the world. This year, from September 8 to 18, the TIFF returns with over 50 featured films in both theatres – from Hollywood galas to international cinema to the latest home-grown comedies. There is always something for everyone at the TIFF. More information to come!

Buy rush tickets at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre box office, through the TIFF box office or online.


Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8 p.m.

The award-winning stand-up comic and actor (The Infidel, Gladiator, The Mummy, Shaun the Sheep Movie) is a brilliant and sometimes provocative but always an entertaining performer who puts political correctness aside to deliver big laughs. One of Britain's freshest and original comics, Omid Djalili hams up the accents and underlines the clichés before pulling the Persian rug from under the audience.

Tickets: from $31.64 to $48.39


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 September 8, 10, 15, 17 and 22, 2016 and 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



Nuit Blanche Toronto

Saturday, October 1, 2016 

Toronto's free all-night contemporary art event, the magic of Nuit Blanche Toronto returns from sunset to sunrise on October 1, 2016. Experience Toronto transformed by artists for one night only, all night long.



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