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Toronto's Neon Museum is coming to Toronto!

Mark Garner in the laneway behind Victoria Street, Toronto.

Toronto will soon have a neon sign museum and the Downtown Yonge BIA needs your help establishing it! Although the exact location for the museum isn’t yet set in stone, the refurbished neon signs will be set-up as an outdoor urban experience in Downtown Yonge, where everyone can visit, free of charge, and appreciate these neon relics of years gone past.

Do you have a neon sign, or know someone who does, and would like to donate it to the Downtown Yonge BIA? Or can you tell us which neon signs we need to preserve; which signs we should be on the lookout for during our search? If so, please reach out to us! You can contact us on Twitter or Facebook, or email us at bia@downtownyonge.com. Don't forget to check out the museum's Facebook page for all the latest!
(Photo: Dave LeBlanc from The Globe & Mail)

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Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource

Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource booklet

We just updated our Drop-In Resource Booklet? Check out the Winter/Spring 2017 version of the Downtown Toronto Drop-In Resource booklet. Want some hard copies? Just let us know and we’ll bring some over to your business!


The Downtown Yonge BIA publishes monthly retail listings & traffic counts?


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


Coming Up

The DYBIA Parklet program will be back this summer and better than ever! This year we are working with Ryerson University architecture students to design the 2017 parklets. Details are still being finalized, but installation is expected to begin in the Spring.


Member Highlights

Winter Group Show at the Arts & Letters Club


The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto presents two art shows: Laura Jones, Photographer, Baldwin Village: an immigrant experience, 1967 and the Spring Group Show, a juried members’ show in all media. 

The concurrent shows run from March 5th to March 31st. Open to the public one day only, Sunday, March 12th, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. 

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


SÜÜP Health Bar

SÜÜP Health Bar

From our kitchen pots and spoons, to the local fresh produce we cook with, SÜÜP Health Bar is built on the foundation of placing our customers’ health first.

Come see us at 382 Yonge St, unit 1!


T|bar at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

T|bar at Chelsea Hotel

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 at Chelsea Hotel

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 at Chelsea Hotel

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


Whats On

The City of Toronto is looking for new and innovative uses for Old City Hall

A New Life for Old City Hall

Check out Ryerson University’s “A New Life for Old City Hall”, a report that looks at sparking some new and creative ideas to use this fantastic building. More Information


Protecting Toronto’s Live Music Venues

Protecting Toronto’s Live Music Venues

In November, City Council approved a motion designed to protect Toronto’s vibrant music scene by preserving live music venues and creating a more fertile environment for new industry to emerge.

A report to the Toronto Music Advisory Council and the Economic Development Committee is expected in early 2017. Read more here.


Whats On

Yonge Dundas SquareThere’s always something happening at Yonge-Dundas Square. For complete event listings, visit www.ydsquare.ca

Toronto Eaton CentreStay 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

Yonge Street Environmental Assessment Study

Yonge Street looking North at Dundas St

Interested in following the Yonge Street Environmental Assessment (EA) process? Check out the City of Toronto’s website dedicated to it. Don’t forget to subscribe to the mailing list for all the latest!

Gardiner Expressway Ramp Reconstruction & Improvements to Harbour Street (Lower Simcoe Street to Bay Street)

 The City of Toronto is constructing a new off-ramp from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe Street. The contractor will begin demolition of the existing off-ramp to York, Bay and Yonge Streets in April 2017 followed by construction of the new off-ramp to Lower Simcoe Street and improvements to Harbour Street between Lower Simcoe and Bay Streets.

Beginning Monday, April 17 to January 2018, the eastbound off-ramps from the Gardiner Expressway to York-Bay-Yonge Streets will be closed due to the construction work. Details

Development News

Cresford has recently resubmitted its plans for the development at Yonge and Gerrard. The new mixed-use tower will be 98-storeys tall. The proposal also includes 957 residential units. For more details on the proposal please click here. We will keep you updated on the community consultation as soon as those details become available.   


Road Closure Notification

For more road closure news visit www.toronto.ca/transportation/road_info


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

In the Spotlight

CALL TO ARTISTS - New banner designs in celebration of #Canada150

As Canada marks its 150 years, Downtown Yonge BIA (DYBIA) will join the celebration with the banners reflecting Yonge Streets’ past, present and future. DYBIA would like to make a call to artists and submit design proposals that captures Yonge Street’s culture, trade, identity, and people. Deadline is April 7. For details, click here.


Safety & Inclusiveness in Downtown Yonge

As many of you are aware, we have been working on developing an Safe & Inclusive approach to street-based social issues. We believe that through partnership, collaboration and some innovative thinking, we stand a better chance of finding new solutions to long-standing challenges.

One of those ‘new solutions’ is an initiative dubbed The Walkabout, where an Aboriginal Elder, in partnership with police officers, does street outreach in the downtown. Downtown Yonge is a partner in the initiative and supports the project through funding. The program runs monthly and now includes several outreach workers, several police officers from 51 Division as well as at least one, if not two, Elders from the Aboriginal community.

Launched as a pilot in Summer 2016, the project aims to break down walls, build bridges and most importantly offer street-involved individuals options for accessing services and getting off the street. Downtown Yonge sees this as a more effective way to address the root causes of street involvement, with better long-term outcomes that a pure enforcement approach.

You can view the article here, and the video here.



Dundas Street Construction 2017

Dundas Construction

The City of Toronto’s Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination Office (MCIC) has identified Dundas Street East from Yonge to Church Street to undergo TTC streetcar track and watermain replacement. Work will include resurfacing or reconstruction of the adjacent road/traffic lanes and the replacement of fire hydrants and water valves. This project will also involve the reconstruction of O'Keefe Lane from Gould Street to Gerrard Street. Work on O'Keefe Lane will be completed within two weeks. Dates for this work will be provided in the construction notice.

Final details have not been released yet, but work is expected to take place April to October 2017. For more information on this project please click here.



TOcore is a once in a generation opportunity to shape the future of Downtown by taking a comprehensive look at the policy and infrastructure frameworks that support growth, including those that deal with planning, parks and public spaces, mobility, community services and facilities, culture and climate resilience. The City needs your help in shaping the direction they need to take. Please take this survey and share your thoughts! Survey closes March 13, 2017. 



What's on


You won't want to miss your chance to be a rockstar at Thirty Bar & Lounge's Karaoke night on Friday, March 17th! Not your thing? Then sit back and enjoy the sounds of Mark Teixeira trio on Friday, March 24!  

To Do in Downtown Yonge

The Toronto Short Film Festival

The Toronto Short Film Festival

The Toronto Short Film Festival will return to the Carlton Cinema for a third time, March 13-17, to showcase the best of international short filmmaking to our cinephile audiences. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter for photos, posters and updates!

Tickets will be available soon from the Carlton Cinema, at $5 per block.



St. Patrick's Day at Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen!


Party at the new Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen this St. Patrick’s Day! Join us for our St. Patrick’s Celebration!

March 14 – 16: Enjoy St. Practice Guinness features

March 17:  The party starts @ 11am with live music from 4pm to close

March 18-19: Recovery Brunch from 11:30am – 3pm.

Celebrate friends, fun and all that’s Irish.

Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen

777 Bay St. (at College & Bay)




Mackenzie House Events

Some exciting events are coming up at Mackenzie House this Fall! Check it out:

Mackenzie House

March 'Musements - Family Fun during March Break - Mar. 11 to 19

Sat., March 11 to Sun., March 19, 12 to 5 p.m.

Drop in for some Victorian fun! Typeset your name on the 1850s printing press, make a craft to take home, and have a cookie in the historic kitchen.

Regular admission applies.


From Riots to Respectability: The Irish Experience in Toronto – A Walking Tour - Mar. 18

Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Starting point – St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto

This walking tour tells the story of the flood of Irish immigrants to Toronto in the 1840s and 50s driven from their home by famine and sectarian violence.  The huge numbers brought about dramtic change in the city's politics and governance and helped to create what we are today.  Learn about the Irish journalists, mayors, rebels and rioters as you explore Cabbagetown, historic King Street, famine memorials, Cathedrals and the haunts of the wealthy and the poor.  Tour finishes at Mackenzie House. 

$10 per person including tax. 


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



Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events


SousatzkaFrom Saturday, February 25 to Sunday, April 9, 2017

Strictly limited engagement prior to Broadway

The world premiere of the new musical Sousatzka is based on the original novel Madame Sousatzka by Bernice Rubens. Set in 1982 London, Sousatzka tells the story of a young musical prodigy torn between two powerful women from vastly different worlds: his mother (a political refugee in a strange land) and his piano teacher (a brilliant eccentric with a shattered past). These two proud, iconoclastic women must ultimately cross cultural and racial divides to find common ground, or else put the boy’s bright future in jeopardy.
Tickets: $60 to $175


Public Tours - Every Thursday and Saturday

Public ToursGuided 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: February 25; March 2, 4, 11, 16, 18, 25, 30.

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



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