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Latest news & updates

Explore to win 2024 summer contest

An exciting contest is coming your way this summer, as we’re giving you a chance to win 1 of 14 $300 prize packs just for shopping in the neighbourhod!

New Trainings for Members

New webinars and trainings available to Downtown Yonge BIA members.

Strategic Plan 2023 – 2028

The Downtown Yonge BIA is excited to launch a new strategic plan, one that outlines the priorities, actions, and ambitions for the organization over the next five years.

Check out what’s coming up:


CF Play Makers Giant Pop-Up Slide at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

07-26-2024

Presented by Cadillac Fairview at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 9:00 am Fri, Jul 26 @ 9:00 am

Join CF Toronto Eaton Centre and the Canadian Olympic Committee to raise awareness about the...

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Join CF Toronto Eaton Centre and the Canadian Olympic Committee to raise awareness about the importance of play by visiting the giant pop-up slide just south of Centre Court (by Victoria’s Secret).Open during shopping hours, the slide is free of charge for both kids and adults. Don’t miss it!

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Tags:   FreeFestivals & Special Events

In the Photographic Gallery: July 2024

08-02-2024

Presented by Gallery Arcturus at Gallery Arcturus, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm + 4 more dates and times

Tue, Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 01 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 02 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

Our newest exhibit space on the museum's third floor has work now by János Gárdonyi, Lenka...

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Our newest exhibit space on the museum's third floor has work now by János Gárdonyi, Lenka Holubec, Joachim Oepkes, Simeon Posen and a revisiting of the previous exhibit PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY featuring collaged family snapshots by deborah harris, Sae Kimura and Vivian Felsen.

The Photographic Gallery features rotating exhibits of new work and images from the permanent collection of Gallery Arcturus and now includes two wonderful boat sculptures by Floyd Kuptana from the collection of Jean Paul Albert.

Come sit down with our photography books -- plus catch a glimpse south toward St James Cathedral in Toronto's old town.

Find the Photographic Gallery near the top of the stairs, next to the Drawing Room and the Dark Room.

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Tags:   Art Free Media & Design

Summer in the Library: Shilling, Heywood, Valyi

08-02-2024

Presented by Gallery Arcturus at Gallery Arcturus, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm + 4 more dates and times

Tue, Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 01 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 02 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

The second-floor Library features rotating works that are from the permanent collection and on...

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The second-floor Library features rotating works that are from the permanent collection and on loan to Gallery Arcturus. See a collection of sculpture by Floyd Kuptana and Susan Valyi on long-term display.

Paintings hanging now are by Travis Shilling and Della Heywood.

Come sit down with our art books -- plus catch a glimpse south toward St James Cathedral in Toronto's former old town.

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Tags:   Art Free Media & Design

“Building an Ark” + “moved by the invisible” in Summer

08-02-2024

Presented by Gallery Arcturus at Gallery Arcturus, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm + 4 more dates and times

Tue, Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 01 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 02 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

The two exhibits “Building an Ark” & “moved by the invisible” continue in the west and...

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The two exhibits “Building an Ark” & “moved by the invisible” continue in the west and east rooms of the Genesis gallery space. Explore a complete environment of artworks -- including hard and soft sculpture, collage, painting and even digital images. Experience pieces by Ramona Zoladek, Floyd Kuptana, Travis Shilling, deborah harris, Peggy Mersereau and Sae Kimura.

Work is regularly installed throughout the building -- continue up to the second and third floors -- including our newest display room, the Photographic Gallery.

All installations are created by curator deborah harris in collaboration with her assistant Sae Kimura and collaborating artists.

Voyage through nine exhibit spaces from Tuesday to Saturday, 12 noon to 5:30pm. CLOSED AUGUST 3 - 19

Supported by the Foundation for the Study of Objective Art, a registered charity.

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Tags:   Art Free Media & Design

Play The Parks Jul 25, 2024 - Trinity Square Park

07-25-2024

Presented by Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area at Trinity Square Park, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm

Experience the magic of live music this summer with "Play the Parks," a free concert series held...

[more+]

Experience the magic of live music this summer with "Play the Parks," a free concert series held in the vibrant downtown Yonge parks. Each week, talented musicians bring their unique sounds to the heart of the city. This week, enjoy a performance by Tracy Pham, an R&B jazz singer-songwriter and pianist based in Toronto. Combining her Vietnamese identity, vulnerable lyrics, and inspirations from Nina Simone, Cleo Sol, D’Angelo, and Tom Misch, Tracy creates a unique blend of jazz and R&B/soul. After years of being a hidden musician, she is now stepping into the spotlight and finding her voice.

Join us for the Free Summer concert series in Downtown Yonge! Play the Parks is presented by TD Ready Commitment.

In 2024, Play The Parks is expanding into additional cities across Ontario thanks to the support provided by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

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Tags:   Music OutdoorFree

Lite-Brite: Worlds of Wonder

08-31-2024

Presented by Illuminarium at The Distillery District at Illuminarium at the Distillery District, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm + 30 more dates and times

Mon, Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 01 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 02 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Aug 03 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Aug 05 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Aug 06 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Aug 07 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 08 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 09 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 22 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Aug 28 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 29 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

Experience the magic of imagination brought to life in this captivating cinematic journey that...

[more+]

Experience the magic of imagination brought to life in this captivating cinematic journey that combines the nostalgic delight of Lite-Brite with the cutting-edge immersive technology of Illuminarium.‍

Discover the world of Lite-Brite, with thousands of colourful lights. Have fun exploring, playing games, and creating your own art in our most gamified immersive experience yet! The new show features an immersive narrative with interactive lights, twelve gaming stations, and friendly hosts.‍

Three Themed Worlds: Guests will immerse themselves in the real-life magic of Lite-Brite, rekindling a sense of childlike wonder.

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Tags:   Media & DesignArt

CF Play Makers Giant Pop-Up Slide at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

07-26-2024

Presented by Cadillac Fairview at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 9:00 am Fri, Jul 26 @ 9:00 am

Join CF Toronto Eaton Centre and the Canadian Olympic Committee to raise awareness about the...

[more+]

Join CF Toronto Eaton Centre and the Canadian Olympic Committee to raise awareness about the importance of play by visiting the giant pop-up slide just south of Centre Court (by Victoria’s Secret).Open during shopping hours, the slide is free of charge for both kids and adults. Don’t miss it!

[less-]
Tags:   FreeFestivals & Special Events

In the Photographic Gallery: July 2024

08-02-2024

Presented by Gallery Arcturus at Gallery Arcturus, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm + 4 more dates and times

Tue, Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 01 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 02 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

Our newest exhibit space on the museum's third floor has work now by János Gárdonyi, Lenka...

[more+]

Our newest exhibit space on the museum's third floor has work now by János Gárdonyi, Lenka Holubec, Joachim Oepkes, Simeon Posen and a revisiting of the previous exhibit PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY featuring collaged family snapshots by deborah harris, Sae Kimura and Vivian Felsen.

The Photographic Gallery features rotating exhibits of new work and images from the permanent collection of Gallery Arcturus and now includes two wonderful boat sculptures by Floyd Kuptana from the collection of Jean Paul Albert.

Come sit down with our photography books -- plus catch a glimpse south toward St James Cathedral in Toronto's old town.

Find the Photographic Gallery near the top of the stairs, next to the Drawing Room and the Dark Room.

[less-]
Tags:   Art Free Media & Design

Summer in the Library: Shilling, Heywood, Valyi

08-02-2024

Presented by Gallery Arcturus at Gallery Arcturus, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm + 4 more dates and times

Tue, Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 01 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 02 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

The second-floor Library features rotating works that are from the permanent collection and on...

[more+]

The second-floor Library features rotating works that are from the permanent collection and on loan to Gallery Arcturus. See a collection of sculpture by Floyd Kuptana and Susan Valyi on long-term display.

Paintings hanging now are by Travis Shilling and Della Heywood.

Come sit down with our art books -- plus catch a glimpse south toward St James Cathedral in Toronto's former old town.

[less-]
Tags:   Art Free Media & Design

“Building an Ark” + “moved by the invisible” in Summer

08-02-2024

Presented by Gallery Arcturus at Gallery Arcturus, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm + 4 more dates and times

Tue, Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 01 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 02 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

The two exhibits “Building an Ark” & “moved by the invisible” continue in the west and...

[more+]

The two exhibits “Building an Ark” & “moved by the invisible” continue in the west and east rooms of the Genesis gallery space. Explore a complete environment of artworks -- including hard and soft sculpture, collage, painting and even digital images. Experience pieces by Ramona Zoladek, Floyd Kuptana, Travis Shilling, deborah harris, Peggy Mersereau and Sae Kimura.

Work is regularly installed throughout the building -- continue up to the second and third floors -- including our newest display room, the Photographic Gallery.

All installations are created by curator deborah harris in collaboration with her assistant Sae Kimura and collaborating artists.

Voyage through nine exhibit spaces from Tuesday to Saturday, 12 noon to 5:30pm. CLOSED AUGUST 3 - 19

Supported by the Foundation for the Study of Objective Art, a registered charity.

[less-]
Tags:   Art Free Media & Design

Play The Parks Jul 25, 2024 - Trinity Square Park

07-25-2024

Presented by Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area at Trinity Square Park, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm

Experience the magic of live music this summer with "Play the Parks," a free concert series held...

[more+]

Experience the magic of live music this summer with "Play the Parks," a free concert series held in the vibrant downtown Yonge parks. Each week, talented musicians bring their unique sounds to the heart of the city. This week, enjoy a performance by Tracy Pham, an R&B jazz singer-songwriter and pianist based in Toronto. Combining her Vietnamese identity, vulnerable lyrics, and inspirations from Nina Simone, Cleo Sol, D’Angelo, and Tom Misch, Tracy creates a unique blend of jazz and R&B/soul. After years of being a hidden musician, she is now stepping into the spotlight and finding her voice.

Join us for the Free Summer concert series in Downtown Yonge! Play the Parks is presented by TD Ready Commitment.

In 2024, Play The Parks is expanding into additional cities across Ontario thanks to the support provided by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

[less-]
Tags:   Music OutdoorFree

Lite-Brite: Worlds of Wonder

08-31-2024

Presented by Illuminarium at The Distillery District at Illuminarium at the Distillery District, Toronto
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm + 30 more dates and times

Mon, Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 01 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 02 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Aug 03 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Aug 05 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Aug 06 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Aug 07 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 08 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 09 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 22 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Aug 28 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Aug 29 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

Experience the magic of imagination brought to life in this captivating cinematic journey that...

[more+]

Experience the magic of imagination brought to life in this captivating cinematic journey that combines the nostalgic delight of Lite-Brite with the cutting-edge immersive technology of Illuminarium.‍

Discover the world of Lite-Brite, with thousands of colourful lights. Have fun exploring, playing games, and creating your own art in our most gamified immersive experience yet! The new show features an immersive narrative with interactive lights, twelve gaming stations, and friendly hosts.‍

Three Themed Worlds: Guests will immerse themselves in the real-life magic of Lite-Brite, rekindling a sense of childlike wonder.

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Tags:   Media & DesignArt

Yonge Street Looking North, Taken from South of Dundas. Pedestrians on sidewalk and cars on road.

Located in the heart of Toronto, the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood is a vibrant melting pot of arts and culture and history, showcasing a diverse business mix of restaurants, retail, services and more!

Member Businesses

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Residents

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Since

2001

A world leading downtown neighbourhood renowned for its culture, commerce, opportunity and liveability.

The Downtown Yonge B.I.A has been working to ensure our members thrive by strengthening the culture and economy of the neighbourhood through our programs, partnerships and advocacy.

community

Our Values

Responsive

We recognize and prioritize the challenges that are imminent & time sensitive with targeted programming and collaboration.

Collaborative

We recognize the need to develop partnerships that focus on addressing key challenges affecting the local area.

Inclusive

We represent the needs of diverse people & businesses. We convene conversations that balance these perspectives.

Innovative

We are creative and forward-thinking in our approach to solving challenges, building partnerships, and developing strategies.

Results-Oriented

We focus on delivering services and solutions that are effective, measurable, and scalable.