In the Spotlight, August 26
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.
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 choesive 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 grounp 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.
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.
|August 25||12PM-1PM||The Spandettes|
|September 8||12PM-2PM||The Soul Motivators|
|September 8||5PM - 8PM||Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble|
|September 10||5PM - 7PM||Tich Maredza Band|
|September 18*||11AM - 2PM||Turbo Street Funk|
*In association with Canada's Music Incubator
Fashion On Yonge 2016
Join us Wednesday September 7 for a FREE Interactive Fashion Experience as Fashion on Yonge hits the Catwalk for it’s fourth year!
Everyone is invited to come see the hottest looks for fall 2016 available at the different retailers in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. During the event indulge in a little pampering courtesy of local salons and spas and enjoy food and beverages from local bars and restaurants.
From 6:00 – 8:00PM we invite you to step inside the historic Holy Trinity Church for three runway shows featuring falls best fashions.
What's New in Downtown Yonge
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.
14 Elm Street, www.artsandlettersclub.ca.
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Toronto Cider Festival
The Toronto Cider Festival is back again at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, August 27, 2016 and we’re bringing cottage life to the heart of Toronto. Kick back and relax in our Muskoka chairs, as we showcase 40 varieties of refreshing quality ciders including amazing craft ciders from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.
This year's festival features a cottage lounging area, delicious food pairings from some of Toronto’s tastiest food trucks. To add to your experience, there will be live entertainment, contests, games, and a photo booth for you to capture some of your best memories from this end of summer festival.
Last year was a SOLD OUT success. Don’t miss your chance to attend the 2nd Annual Event. Purchase your ticket online to reserve your spot before tickets sell out. General Admission Ticket Price is $30. Tickets are available at https://torontociderfestival.eventgrid.com/
For more information visit us at http://www.torontociderfestival.com/
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E
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
Music Mondays - A lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity
Welcome to our 25th Anniversary Season!
Music Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent since its inception in 1992. Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience.
Please join us for this, our 25th Anniversary Season. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at 12:15pm from May through the end of August.
August 29, 2016 - Gala 25th Anniversary Concert
David Braid, piano
Hailed in the Canadian press as “A jazz genius to call our own” (Macleans Magazine), Steinway Piano Artist David Braid was recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' “JazzID Award.” Join us to hear David perform on our new Steinway “B” piano, in a Gala Music Mondays 25th Anniversary Concert, presented by Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto. There will be a reception following the concert.
For more information please visit: http://www.musicmondays.ca/currentseason.html
Admission: PWYC with a suggested minimum donation of $5.00
Location: The Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square Toronto, ON M5G 1B1
Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square
Friday, August 26, 8:00 pm-11:00pm
Pierre Kwenders, spokesman of modern Africa, humbly shares his rich cultural heritage through his music. With his progressive music coloured with Congolese rumba and Afro-electro beats, the singer explores an innovative path. His JUNO Award-nominated and Polaris Prize longlisted debut full-length Le Dernier Empereur Bantou is an ultimate cry of joy, employing Cajun rhythms, mythical characters and childhood musings and reminiscence along with nods to his own musical background: South-African Afropop artist Johnny Clegg, and music from the ‘80s generally. Chosen as one of Radio-Canada's 2014-2015 Révélations in the world music category, the Montrealer of Congolese origin brings together a unique and powerful mix of sounds and rhythms.
Casey Mecija has been a fixture in Toronto’s music scene for the last decade. In the mid 2000s, she helped turn her home into a community hub, hosting basement concerts that would help to launch the careers of some of Canada’s most popular artists, while fundraising for the local foodbank. She fronted the orchestral-pop band, Ohbijou, which was born out of the spirit of the home, founded on friendship and a desire to make music and art that inspired social change. By 2013, Ohbijou had become wrapped-up in the industry it originally hoped to shirk and, exhausted by compromise, touring and the pressures of appealing to markets, the band went on hiatus. Mecija returned to school, completing a Masters and PhD at the University of Toronto. Currently the host of CBC radio’s The Doc Project, Mecija has released her first solo album, Psychic Materials. It’s a return to her DIY roots, bravely addressing queerness, diaspora, history and love – “an atmospheric saga,” wrote Exclaim!in their 8/10 review. In her insistence that art has a place in social movements, and her fearless ability to match melody to desire, again, she offers her listeners assurance that music can give language to emotions not yet named.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.
Monday, September 5, 12:30 pm-1:30pm
Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based Colombian born interdisciplinary artist-curator and musician. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002. Her work explores the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American Diaspora and vernacular.
In 2007 Pimienta created The Tiny Box Collective alongside Kyle Mowat and Toni Darling in London Ontario, the collective focused on marrying art, music and performing arts as a way to integrate the artistic community in the city. In 2010 supporting the release of her first album Color LP Pimienta toured Latin America, USA and Europe gaining international recognition not only as a music performer but as advocate for Women in technology and Arts and the reformation of immigration policies in Canada. In 2012 she created Bridges, a multi-disciplinary festival featuring artists and musicians from South America and Canada working in similar ways as a way to break with Latin pre-conceptions. In 2013 she created Girl Talkz, a curated show featuring female-up-and-coming performing artists in Toronto. In 2014 she created GlitClit - A dj collective alongside music partners Kvesche Bijons and Blake Macfarlane, now HIGHWORLD, this dj collective aims to integrate electronic and live music, opening doors to djs, mcs and performers outside of Toronto, as a way to integrate music communities in the GTA. All of these projects are still active today.
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.
THE TENTH ANNUAL
MANIFESTO FESTIVAL OF COMMUNITY & CULTURE
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
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.
momondays Toronto September 26, 2016
September 26, 2016
MOMONDAYS is UPSTAIRS at The HARD ROCK!!
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!
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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/
Mackenzie House Events
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
This summer the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is offering mini lunchtime tours of the theatres every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 6 to August 26. Starting at 12 noon the tour is only 45 minutes and will take you to the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin and the whimsical Winter Garden. Tours are $5 (cash only) and reservations are not required, just show up before noon at the front doors of the theatre at 189 Yonge Street. Regular 90-minute tours on Thursdays at 5pm and Saturdays at 11am will continue throughout the summer as well.
When: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 12 noon (45 minutes) until August 26, 2016
Lunch time tours: August 25, 26.
Cost: $5 for everyone. Cash only.
Theatre Museum Canada presents Behind the Curtain
This pop-up exhibit offers a chance to see costumes, props and other theatre wonders up close. Behind the Curtain will give you a glimpse into what goes on when artists and production staff collaborate as a team to bring theatre to life. This exhibit also provides a sample of what you might discover in the Theatre Museum’s permanent collection.
Tickets: Free. Location: Davies Takacs Lobby
Toronto International Film Festival 2016
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.
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: August 25, 27. September 1, 3, 24, 29
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)
Nuit Blanche Toronto
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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