Month: October 2018

Streetscape Master Plan

The Yonge + St. Clair BIA has launched a Streetscape Master Plan process to reimagine the streetscape and determine investments in the public realm over the next 5 – 10 years.

The Streetscape Master Plan will guide the BIA’s investments in public realm improvements such as:

– Sidewalk improvements
– Paving materials
– Trees and vegetation
– Street furniture (benches, bike racks, etc)
– Lighting

The Master Plan is expected to be completed by Spring of 2019.

Over the coming months, we’ll be providing ongoing updates to the process including opportunities for the public to get involved!


October 30, 2018

Public Open House

We’re inviting members of the public, local stakeholders, businesses, and property owners to have their say. This is an introductory visioning session to help our consultant – Janet Rosenberg Studios (JRS) and Gensler – lay the framework for a draft Master Plan. The draft Plan will be presented to the public at a later date for further feedback and refinement.

The format is open house, to allow you to come in and provide your input at your leisure. Short remarks by JRS and Gensler will be provided at 5:45pm.
Yonge + St. Clair Streetscape Master Plan Public Open House
October 30, 2018
5:00pm – 7:30pm
55 St. Clair W
Toronto, ON




Public Feedback Survey
We need your input! Complete the survey to help us create a Streetscape Master Plan that better serves you. We’re looking for input on all aspects of the public realm, which our consultant will use to guide the framework of the draft Master Plan.
Responses must be received no later than December 3, 2018.



Thanksgiving at Yonge + St. Clair

1415 Yonge Street
With Oktoberfest just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the week-long event than with this go-to schnitzel spot, Schnitzel Hub? Local office catering platform Platterz paid the Hub a visit to learn more about the fall festivities and enjoy a pretzel and a pint.
Read the full story here.


Pop Physique
1560 Yonge Street
October 6 – 8
 Free classes this holiday weekend!  October 6, 7 and 8. Space is limited – book your spot now online, on the app, or in studio. HAPPY CANADIAN THANKSGIVING 💕
Learn more and book online here.



New Balance
1510 Yonge Street
Another look at our Men’s and women’s HeatLoft apparel. And if you’re looking to amp up your run game, check out the Fuel Cell Impulse and feel the difference in speed and performance. Available in all shops now. Happy running!
See the full line and give them a follow here.




1560 Yonge Street
For sale starting this week in all our restaurants. Perfect for beginners and experts alike, John Bil’s Ship to Shore: Straight Talk from the Seafood Counter pulls back the curtain on the fish business to give seafood lovers the information and confidence they need to make smart decisions about the fish they consume.
Check out Cava here.





Greenhouse Juice
2 St. Clair Ave E
Any tough-to-please relatives in attendance at this year’s feast? Butter them up with this side dish. Golden and crisp on the outside, smooth and creamy on the inside, this baked butternut squash is a real crowd-pleaser, sure to satisfy even the staunchest of food critics at the Thanksgiving table. What’s more, its turning-of-the-leaves aesthetic makes for a beautifully autumnal plate.

Get the recipe here.




The Papery
1424 Yonge Street
Boxed Christmas cards are here! We have a wide variety for everyone. The first of our photos about this features the amazing stand up and pop up cards by MOMA (the Metropolitan Museum of Art).
See all their cards and more here.




Ace Sports Clinic
1 St. Clair Ave. W., Ste 300 & 302

10% off your first visit until the end of October, 2018. Ace Sports Clinic is focused on inspiring high performance. We work with people who strive to be their best and our team of experts take a collaborative approach to help you achieve your goals in health, wellness, and productivity.

Live well. Keep playing.


Toronto Public Library – Deer Park
40 St. Clair Ave E
October 11 | 2 – 4pm
This historical drama is based on the events surrounding the release of the Pentagon Papers, documents which detailed the history of the United States’ political and military involvement in Vietnam. The story centers on Kay Graham, the first female newspaper publisher in the country (specifically of the Washington Post), as well as her tough editor, Ben Bradlee. The two become involved in an unprecedented power struggle between journalists and the government, exposing a cover-up that has spanned four different American presidencies.
Learn more here.


Artist Eden Bender: Winner of the Yonge + St. Clair People’s Choice Award

This past summer Yonge + St. Clair was home to nine unique brain sculptures as part of the Toronto wide art initiative titled The Brain Project. As part of the initiative, Yonge + St. Clair was the title sponsor for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ which allowed the public to vote for their favourite brain sculpture which would have been designed by a talented group of artists, celebrities and thought-leaders from across North America.

This year’s People’s Choice winner was Eden Bender, whose sculpture titled ‘Connect/ Disconnect’ brought in over 3800 votes! We recently sat down with Eden during her exclusive private dinner provided by BUCA and The Delisle Space (as one of her two winning prizes) and asked her about the inspiration behind Connect/ Disconnect and why she chose to be a part of The Brain Project.

What was your creative thinking process behind Connect/Disconnect and how long did it take to create this sculpture?

I wanted to symbolize some of the challenges one faces with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). This sculpture required three weeks to produce with periods in between for drying. The first step was to create the contours of the brain and allow for it to dry. The pods were individually flocked and then applied to the surface of the brain. The flocked pods were then attached one by one to the brain.

Connect/Disconnect references Autism Spectrum Disorder and how the ASD brain experiences the world, sometimes in isolation. How have you captured this reality in your sculpture?

I selected the colour blue because of its emotional impact. There is an implied sadness but blue also represents the sky and the sea. These are symbolic of the need to feel grounded. The blue is also a cool colour that creates a distancing effect, symbolizing the isolation a person on the spectrum might experience. The flocking has a very soft surface that draws you in to touch. Sensory stimulation is very calming for those with ASD. The pods represent memories that in a normal brain connect as a point of reference and help to define appropriate behaviours but these pods remain disconnected.


Your work is heavily influenced by the adversity of the human condition. Was this theme always the motivation behind your sculptures and paintings, or has it
evolved over time?

I think I have always been intrigued by the ability to overcome hurdles in life. Everyone has their own trials but it is how we learn to overcome them that I try to depict in my work. I think part of being human is having flaws and the inner strength it requires to challenge them, our resiliency. My years of volunteer and community involvement have inspired most of my work and tell a story of inner strength. We have all at some point in our lives felt defeated, but success is defined differently for everyone. Part of my work is to demonstrate positive reinforcement to others including a kind of mantra for myself.

Have you always worked in this medium, or did you begin your career as an artist producing other types of work?

I have always loved discovering new materials that best relay my concepts. I studied Fine Arts majoring in painting, sculpture, and drawing. I have worked with bronze, wood, silver, oils, acrylics, resin, wax, steel, industrial waste, and more but I still enjoy researching and taking courses on new materials and techniques.

Is this your first year participating in The Brain Project? If so, what excited you the most about this city wide initiative?

It is my first year participating in The Brain Project. I have had many family members and friends who suffered from a brain disease and so it is close to my heart. The number of youth afflicted with mental illness and an ever growing population of elderly will leave us in a crisis for resources to provide proper care. We need to build more facilities like Baycrest to meet the demand. This venue has reached a large audience and has been a great way to engage the public with issues surrounding the brain. Hopefully it will inspire others to support this cause and realize the urgency.

What role do you think public art plays in sparking conversations or raising awareness about particular health or social issues?

I think The Brain Project is an innovative example of how we can start conversations. Public art is an excellent way to stop people in their tracks on the way to work voluntarily.

You exhibit some of your work at Muse Gallery – a neighbourhood gallery here at Yonge + St. Clair. Can you tell us about some other current projects that are underway and what we can expect from you in the near future?

I have been exhibiting in this neighbourhood for many years and there are so many art lovers and supporters here. It is one of the many attributes of this community. I am currently working on several projects, one of which is a sensory exhibition inspired by ASD. I am creating sensory sculptures and spaces that challenge traditional living spaces. I am a firm believer that as our needs change, we also need to adapt our homes, schools and work spaces to meet them. I am also in the process of making a participatory installation that explores the impact of acts of kindness.

Yonge + St. Clair is home to many different art forms, what compelled you to participate in this project and what initiatives are you excited to see in the area?

The world around us has a great effect on our mental stability. It is great to see that there is an effort to maintain historical low rise buildings and green spaces incorporated into the neighbourhood. I look forward to more site specific art initiatives.

Thanks Eden!

For more information on The Brain Project please visit