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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

Promotions, March 23

NEW – Brunch & Beats at Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen!

Brunch & Beats

Brunch & Beats

Brunch & Beats

Brunch with us and enjoy our new brunch menu, mimosas for the table and a DJ spinning every Sunday from 11am – 3pm.
Discover why we’re the best brunch on the block!

Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen
Address: 777 Bay St. (at College & Bay) | Website: poguemahone.ca



Hudson’s Bay Events

Hudson's Bay


Guys' Night Out
Hudson's Bay

Thursday, April 6 | 6:30pm-9:00pm
Men's Department | 5th Floor
Join us for a night of drinks, appetizers and exclusive savings on men's spring 2017 arrivals. Plus, enjoy a live performance by Repartee and enter for your chance to win a Hudson's Bay prize pack between April 3 and 6 (a value of $1,000). Follow @Hudsonsbaymen today. #HBGNO.

No purchase necessary. Visit the Hudson's Bay Facebook page for full contest rules, including eligibility and description of prize: facebook.com/hudsonbaymen.
RSVP (bayevents@hbc.com) to gain access to our exclusive HB Guys' Night Out lounge at the event.

All about Toys
Saturday April 8th
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Toy Department, Concourse
Join us to meet Marshall from Paw Patrol, enjoy complimentary face painting and participate in crafts with Our Generation as we celebrate new arrivals in Hudson's Bay's Toy department.

Beauty Heros
Thursday, April 27th
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Main Floor Cosmetics & Beauty Underground
Super powered skin care and epic colour. Meet these star products at our April charity event. Purchase your $10 ticket from any cosmetics or fragrance counter. $2 from each ticket sold will benefit Look Good Feel Better, a charity that has been helping women manage the effects of cancer on their appearance for 25 years. Enjoy gifts with purchase, refreshments and more while you shop the latest in beauty.
Tickets available in store

We're Feeling Spring Style
Saturday April 8th, 15th & 22nd
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3rd Floor
Check out the latest in women's contemporary fashion while enjoying refreshments, brow touch ups from Brow Gal, special gifts with purchase and tunes from Bellosound. Get ready for spring and summer with the latest from Diane von Furstenberg, Theory, Mo & Co, Vince and more.

Hudson's Bay

April 5th - 30th
Lancôme, Main floor
Purchase $39.00 or more of Lancôme product from April 5 -30 receive a free 7-piece gift and be the first to purchase on April 5th you receive an additional deluxe sample. Plus, you can customize your Lancôme 7-piece Gift! You can choose your Day Cream and Favourite make up duo and it's put all together with 5 other Lancôme essentials. Estimated value of the gift is up to $152. You can have more if you purchase $95 or more and choose a specialized eye or face gift. See a Lancôme specialist for full details.
RSVP phone number (if needed): 416-861-9111 and ask for the Lancôme counter

Hudson's Bay

Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2
Join us for a weekend of great savings where the entire family can enjoy an extra 20% off on regular, sale & clearance prices. See in-store for full details. Some exclusions may apply.
RSVP phone number (if needed): 416-861-9111

Location: 176 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON | Phone: 416-861-9111 | Website: thebay.com



Jazz Bistro

Book for your next corporate or private event

Phone: 416 363 5299 | Address: 251 Victoria St., Toronto | Website: jazzbistro.ca/



REDS Midtown Tavern

REDS Wine Tavern

Phone: 416 598 3535
Address: 382 Yonge St, Unit 6
Website: http://redsmidtowntavern.com/



Try a glass of Hop House 13 Lager today!

Try a glass of Hop House 13 Lager today!

Our Guest Tap – Hop House 13 Lager (March 06, 2017 – April 02, 2017)

Light and hoppy, with floral and citrus notes, Hop House 13 is a flavourful double-hopped lager from the makers of Guinness and is made with Galaxy, Topaz and Mosaic hops.


Why Irish Eyes are Smiling at Duke Pubs!

Why Irish Eyes are Smiling at Duke Pubs!

Monday, March 6th to Sunday, April 2nd 2017

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! From Monday, March 6th to Sunday, April 2nd we’re featuring Guinness paired with our Beef and Guinness Stew. We’re also featuring the Irish Cure cocktail – a Bloody Caesar with Guinness, Smirnoff Vodka and horseradish. Join us for live music on Friday, March 17th at both pubs, starting at 4:00 p.m.

Feature Beer: Guinness Draught

Location: Duke of Somerset, Duke of Richmond
Public Contact Information: www.thedukepubs.ca
Duke of Somerset: 655 Bay Street; 416-640-0921 dukeofsomerset@rogers.com
Duke of Richmond: 20 Queen Street W.; 416-340-7887 dukeofrichmond@rogers.com



Booster Juice

Booster Juice

A sought after blend of mint, bananas and pineapples as well as freshly squeezed apple and cucumber juice.

Address: 20 Dundas St W F07, Toronto | Phone: (416) 598-9494 | Website: boosterjuice.com



St. Louis Bar & Grill

St. Louis Bar & Grill

St. Louis Bar & Grill

See stlouiswings.com for more details.

Location: St. Louis Bar and Grill Atrium, 595 Bay Street, Bay and Dundas, 647-435-9464



Bangkok Garden Presents: Songkran Festival

Bangkok Garden - Songkran

Dinner + Water Fight

Songkran, meaning to move or step forward, is the Thai New Year Celebration. Join in the fun with our water fight right inside the restaurant, which symbolizes cleansing of the spirit, mind, body and washing away bad luck for the year ahead.

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 5:00-8:30 PM buffet dinner, 8:30 PM-9:30 PM water fight (with bar snacks to follow)
Location: 18 Elm Street
Tickets: $40 (includes taxes and water gun. Drinks & gratuities extra)

Bring along:
– your  clothes or an extra shirt
– running shoes
– a big appetite
– 007 aim

15% off Early Bird Special until Monday, April 3rd with code EARLYBIRD15.
Buy Tickets


Bangkok Garden - Lunch Buffet

Bangkok Garden - Lunch Buffet

Enjoy an assortment of hot & cold appetizers, Thai curries, stir-fries, desserts and our famous Noodle Bar. Available Mondays to Fridays. $15.95


Bangkok Garden - Sharing Menu

Bangkok Garden - Sharing Menu

Perfect for sharing, our small plates menu caters well to those who like to try an assortment of Thai

Bangkok Garden, 18 Elm Street, 416.977.6748; www.bangkokgarden.ca Reserve online



Winter Reviver

Me Time Package

Say Goodbye to winter with this head to toe refreshing treatment - $215 (value $245)

Start with a dip in our whirlpool, followed by a relaxing eucalyptus steam to reduce stress and tension;  then enjoy a 75 minute heated Deep Siam Massage with lemongrass, plai, tumeric, and other herbs, which help with asthma, cramping, inflammation, detoxifying, and even the common cold (the compress is yours to take home after the treatment!).

Following your massage, our Focus Facial will quench your skin to combat the dry, cold temperatures.  Includes a cleanse, tone, exfoliation, hydrating masque and moisturizing.

Not available as a Gift Card and cannot be combined with any other offers certificates or discounts, including ESE Cards.

Elmwood Spa,18 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1G7, 416-977-6751, spa@elmwoodspa.com




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