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.
Dundas Street Construction 2017
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.
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 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:
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
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
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: 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)
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