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Downtown Yonge BIA receives Merit Award for Celebrate Yonge at IDA Conference in New York

Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area has received a merit award for our work on Celebrate Yonge in summer 2012. Recognized among 13 entries in the category of Events & Programming, this award centers on improving the image and vitality of downtowns and delivering projects that communicate the vision, mission, function and achievements of the business association. Mark Garner, Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge BIA commented, “The Downtown Yonge team is honoured and excited by this award. The IDA is a leading advocate for vibrant and successful downtowns. This award recognizes the teams visionary and dedicated work last year and shows that we’re headed in the right direction for Yonge Street.” “The Downtown Yonge BIA project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA president and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The Celebrate Yonge project is a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.”

The Downtown Yonge BIA received the award during the IDA World Congress & 59th Annual Conference on October 7th 2013.

The Washington, D.C based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 550 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.


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NOW OPEN | The Private Dining Room at JOEY Eaton Centre

JOEY Eaton Centre is excited to announce that our Private Dining Room is officially open.

Whether it is a business lunch meeting, an intimate dining experience or a cocktail style reception our team will work with you to customize your event needs. Our Private Dining Room offers a sophisticated, modern environment that is perfect for any function.  From handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines selected by our restaurant Sommelier, to globally inspired artisan-made dishes and an experience your guests are sure to remember – JOEY Eaton Centre looks forward to hosting you and your guests.

For further information, to book your event or to view our new space please email Avalon Olivadoti, Event Manager, at aolivadoti@joeyrestaurants.com

Location: 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto



Mahaya Health Services has new owners

Elena and Lindsey are the new owners of Mahaya Health Services since spring 2013Mahaya Health Services is located at 2 College Street, Suite 105. 

Mahaya Health Services is a multi disciplinary alternative health clinic offering Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Did you know most services at Mahaya are covered by your extended health benefits? For more information on who we are and what we have available check out our website at www.mahayahealth.com. You can also follow us Facebook and Twitter for great health tips.. and there is always a cup of tea ready in the clinic, so come by and say hi! We look forward to seeing you at Mahaya.

Location: 2 College Street, Suite 105


Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome new businesses to Downtown Yonge.


Dukes Refresher + Bar

Welcome Dukes Refresher + Bar to the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood! The new restaurant is located at Yonge & Gerrard. They had their grand opening on December 4th, 2013. Congratulations on the new location!

Website: dukesrefresher.ca




Welcome McDonald’s at 356 Yonge Street, congratulations on your grand opening on November 26th.
This McDonald’s is the largest in Ontario and is the flagship store

Website: www.mcdonalds.ca



Spellbound Hair Design

Congratulations to Spellbound Hair Design on their new location at 261 Yonge Street. They had their grand opening on November 6th which was very successful!

Website: spellboundhairdesign.com



REDS Midtown Tavern

Reds proudly launched our second location at Yonge and Gerrard on October 30th, 2013. Reds Midtown Tavern is the perfect locale for connecting with colleagues and friends, where good conversation meets great food, as well as a social midpoint for Toronto’s East and West neighbourhoods.

Like good conversation, we think delicious food should be shared. Our culinary team led by Executive Chef Matt Robertson has created an impressive menu of reimagined classics with a unique selection of social sharing plates including our freshly shucked oysters and our signature Tavern Butcher Board.

Website: redsmidtowntavern.com



The Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute

The Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute currently provides traditional Shaolin Kung Fu (Martial arts) and Qi Gong ( Soft forms) classes to students from all walks of life, age groups and religious makeup. We offer Shaolin instruction for Shaolin Qi Gong (moving meditation / chi kung), traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, Sanda / Sanshou / Chinese Boxing, and Sitting Meditation.

Website: www.stqitoronto.com



We look forward to the future openings:

T.L.P. Sandwich Co. – 15 Elm St
Weightwachers – 372 Yonge St
Fit for Life – 3 Gerrard St East


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



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For all enquiries, please contact:
Phone: (416) 597-0255
Email: bia@downtownyonge.com

In the Spotlight, December 19

Thank you to all our sponsors and partners who helped make Winter Magic possible.

We had five great signature winter magic events that include Buskertainment, Kidzfest, Illuminite, Ice, Wine & Dine, and Window Wonderland.


What's on

The Senator Restaurant Dresses Up for Dinner

A new look, a new chef, and a new Senator are ready to serve you dinner tonight. Under the masterful watch of chef Andrew Taylor (Langdon Hall, Sequoia Grove), the Senator is announcing a brand new dinner menu inspired by Canadian classics and the youthful spirit of Downtown Toronto.

The Senator has always been known for the highest quality food at the most amazing prices. Toronto has been enjoying our locally sourced ingredients, hand squeezed juices, and house-smoked salmon for more than 80 years (making the senator the undisputed oldest restaurant in Toronto). The Senator is bringing those same principles to a totally revamped dinner menu inspired by modern technique, old world dishes, and Senator classics.

Highlights include an Ontario Beet and Chicory Salad with apple cider pumpkin seed vinaigrette and pomegranate ($8), Chicken Pot-Au-Feu with roast parsnip, carrot, fennel, roasted potato and salsa verde ($18), Braised Boneless Shortrib of Beef with mash, honey-mustard glazed root veg ($18) and the tried and tested 8 oz Cumbrae Naturally Raised Beef Burger served with Hand Cut French Fries, Sautéed Onions, Tomato and Lettuce ($15).

Our BYOB policy also makes every meal feel like hosting dinner at home. For the more adventurous, there are one-of-a-kind cocktails such as the East India (St. Remy Brandy, Kraken Dark Rum, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, Triple Sec, Maraschino Liqueur, Bitters), craft beers (Highlander Scottish Ale, Beau’s Lug Tread, St-Ambroise Pale), and our totally original “Chocoholics”; lightly alcoholic milkshakes inspired by 1920s soda jerks (S’more Like It - Marshmallow Vodka, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Honey, Vanilla Ice Cream, Sheldon Creek Organic Milk, and Chocolate Syrup)

The Senator isn’t changing, but it’s learning some new tricks and with $8 apps and desserts, and $18 mains, it’s possible to eat well here, and to eat here often.

The Sen has been a Toronto landmark for over 80 years, come join us for our next, delicious chapter!

More About the Senator
The Senator is Toronto’s oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria. Since then, the Senator became a Toronto landmark under the guidance of Bobby Sniderman. Bobby purchased the Senator in 1984 after a successful run at Sam the Record Man. The Senator has always focused on the highest quality ingredients like Cumbrae’s Farms Beef, organic milk from Sheldon Creek Dairy, fresh-squeezed orange juice, home-made stocks, sauces, and batters, and a commitment to only use organic wherever possible. The Senator is entering the digital age with an expanded social presence and a whole new look. Learn more about the Senator at: thesenator.com, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Please Contact Peter Moscone for Inquiries 416-909-6461 or peter@thesenator.com



What's New in Downtown Yonge

Join the ‘Swingalong Saturday Brunch’ at Jazz Bistro, in support of Daily Bread Food Bank and CBC’s Sounds of the Season

Jazz Bistro, the home for jazz in the city, presents their Swingalong Saturday Brunch this weekend and for the next four Saturdays - November 30, December 7, December 14, and December 21, in support of Daily Food Bank and CBC’s Sounds of the Season.

We invite holiday revelers of all ages to come and join popular jazz and cabaret singer Jenni Burke, for a songs of the season swingalong. Admission to the Swingalong is $5 or, free with a non-perishable food item.

You can also enjoy a great meal from Chef Brad Macdonald’s new brunch menu both delicious and reasonably priced.

Jazz Bistro Swingalong Saturday Brunch from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Saturdays’ November 30, December 7, December 14, and December 21.

Make your reservations today by calling 416.363-5299. For further information about Swingalong Saturday Brunch and our upcoming schedule of great jazz talent, visit www.jazzbistro.ca. For the jazz fans on your list, a Jazz Bistro Gift Certificate is a thoughtful idea.




Hockey Day in Toronto

On Saturday, January 11th, we are hosting Hockey Day in Toronto. The Ryerson Rams Men's Hockey Team face-off against the visiting University of Waterloo Warriors at 2:30 PM. Tickets to the Men's game will also be valid for the Women's game at 7:30PM. The women host their cross town rivals, U of T Varsity Blues. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Hockey Hall of Fame 2 for 1 Admission Voucher. We'll also be giving away a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs tickets courtesy of Molson, and a ton of other great prizes.



Grand Opening of RBC at Yonge & Gerard on January 28, 2014



To Do in Downtown Yonge

THE CHRISTMAS STORY at the Church of the Holy Trinity captures the true spirit of the Holiday season

The Holiday Season fast approaches and that meanssoon it will be time for THE CHRISTMAS STORY at the Church of the Holy Trinity (right beside the Eaton Centre). The cast of Angels, Shepherds, Kings and Singers - even an infant Baby Jesus! - are ready to remind you of the most important message of Christmas. Plays December 6-22, 2013 (Fri-Sat-Sun).

A cast of more than 100 volunteer performers from across the city - many of who return year after year - join with professional choral musicians and organist to tell this ages-old story through mime, narration, and song. Beautiful costumes, dramatic lighting design and the majesty of the Holy Trinity Church (an 166 year old architectural treasure in its own right) bring a special magic to this not-to-be-missed Nativity experience.

The story of the Nativity is told through a series of narrated scenes linked by beautiful organ music and carols from an unseen choir. Close to 100 volunteers, including babies who take turns playing the role of baby Jesus, perform in one of two casts. The Church of the Holy Trinity, a 166-year-old architectural treasure, brings its own charm to the presentation.

Time: 4:30 pm matinees: December 21 & 22.  
7:30 pm evening shows: December 20, 21 & 22
Admission: Reservations recommended. Suggested donation: Adults $20, Children $5.
Location: The Church of The Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto (beside the Eaton Centre)

More information: http://www.holytrinitytoronto.org



Happy Holiday’s from Hudson’s Bay Queen Street



A Victorian Christmas at Mackenzie House

Until Sunday, January 5, 2014
Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m
Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.
Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth/Children: $4.42 (plus tax)

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. 
Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa! Included with admission.

Pogue Mahone Irish Sessions!

Every Sunday 3pm-6pm
The Irish Sessions continue to breathe life into the atmosphere at Pogue Mahone on Sunday afternoons! Bring your own instruments and jam along with the band, or just come down for some good old fashion fun!

Pogue Mahone is taking party bookings on a daily basis, so remember to book in advance and they can assist you to make this year’s event a success.

They are also taking advance reservations for New Year’s Eve, Sandy MacIntyre will be back for a repeat performance with Steeped in Tradition, and tickets are $44.99 for a three course dinner along with champagne toast at midnight. Cover for the door is $20.

More Info: http://www.poguemahone.ca/



Santa's Log Cabin

Sunday, December 1, 2013 to Monday, December 23, 2013

This Christmas bring the kids to visit Santa Claus in his log cabin. They can climb on to his lap and whisper in his ear while mom or dad take a photo. Don't forget to bring your camera! 

Santa will be in his log cabin on Saturdays and Sundays starting December 1 and Monday, December 23 from 10am-4pm. Online reservations are required. 

TEC will be hosting two pet days where families can bring their furry friends for a photo session with Santa. November 30th from 2:30pm - 5:00 pm and December 13th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm.

For more information or to reserve click here

Skype with Santa

Monday, December 2, 2013 to Monday, December 23, 2013

Let your children tell Santa what they want for Christmas via Skype. Santa will be Skyping from his office in the North Pole right into your home.  Available Monday to Thursday from December 2 through to December 23, from 4pm – 8pm, parents can register their child for a 10 minute Skype session.

For more information or to reserve click here



Monarchs Pub New Years eve Blues Party

Countdown to midnight with party favors, good friends and electrifying blues featuring two of Toronto’s most renowned Blues musicians Jack de Keyzer and Jerome Godboo.

Doors open at 6:00pm and live music begins at 9:00pm. Advance tickets are on sale now – call the Eaton Chelsea Holiday Hotline at 416-585-8992 for more information or to reserve your ticket!

Turkey to Go

No one has to know that your secret ingredient to a tender, juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is our team of chefs! The Eaton Chelsea, Toronto has partnered with Ontario’s finest growers and food producers to deliver the perfect dinner right to your home. 

Your Turkey-to-Go is expertly packaged for reheating and includes full instructions to ensure you achieve professional results. As a bonus, the Eaton Chelsea, Toronto and Orderit.ca will each donate $10 from every turkey sold to the SickKids Foundation! Delicious food for a great cause! For more information call our holiday line 416-585-8992.



New Years Eve at Pantages Martini Bar

Start the new year off right with our New Years Eve Party featuring drink specials and live entertainment all night long.

- Party favours
- Champagne Toast at Midnight
- NYE Martini Special - $10 Martinis All Night
- Passed Hors D’oeuvres 11PM - Midnight
- Live Entertainment - DJ performing All Evening

Location: Pantages Hotel Toronto
Address: 200 Victoria St

New Years Celebration

Ring in 2014 at Pogue Mahone

Live Music with "Sandy MacIntyre & Steeped in Tradition". Plus party flavours and Champagne at midbight!
3 course dinner $64.99
$20 Cover Charge After 9:00pm
Without Dinner Package

Location: Pogue Mahone
Address: 777 Bay St



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 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., 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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