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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, 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.

Trinity Square Park

August 30 12PM-1PM Ammoye

College Park Courtyard

August 25 12PM-1PM The Spandettes
September 8 12PM-2PM The Soul Motivators

McGill Granby Parkette

September 8 5PM - 8PM Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble
September 10 5PM - 7PM Tich Maredza Band
September 18* 11AM - 2PM Turbo Street Funk

Mackenzie House

September 7 12PM-1PM Kamancello


*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!



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.

Click here for your free tickets



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/

Admission: $30

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E



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



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 with Casey Mecija

Pierre Kwenders
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.

Watch “Sorry

Casey Mecija
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.



Lunchtime Live!

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.




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.



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/



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

Lunchtime tours

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

until August. 27, 2016 (Wednesday to Saturday only), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

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.


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)
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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