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Our Mission Statement
The Waterfront Business Improvement Area
is the voice of the business community.
It is committed to improving and promoting
the Waterfront area through investment and advocacy to maintain its position as one of Toronto's premier shopping, business, entertainment and tourist destinations.
NEW CBC TELEVISION SHOW
BIA MEMBER OPPORTUNITY
Deadline: August 12
Are you a fan of the tv show Dragons' Den? Do you own a business and are looking for funds and resources to give you a much-needed boost? The CBC is searching for struggling Canadian businesses to participate in its exciting new business show! The deadline to apply is August 12: click here to find out more...
EXCITING HARBOUR AND ISLAND TOURS
Embark on a 45-minute sightseeing tour around Toronto's spectacular waterfront on a City View Cruise Lines cruise, and include the Toronto Islands in your journey - our Ste. Marie I Cruise Boat includes free drop off and pick up at Centre Island!
During the cruise, enjoy the sun on the upper deck or relax in our enclosed lower deck. There are also snacks and a licensed bar onboard.
Our first tour departs from Harbourfront Centre at 11:00 AM, with additional tours following every 75 minutes. Groups of 20 or more guests can arrange for a 9:45 AM departure as well. Our last pickup at Centre Island is at 7 PM, but if you miss our boat, no worries - you can return on the public Toronto Island ferries at no additional cost.
Tickets can be purchased both at the boat and at the ticket booth at Harbourfront Centre. Groups are encouraged to call to make reservations.
Waterfront Experience Card holders receive 15% OFF all boat tours.
City View Cruise Lines
230 Queens Quay West, Suite 257
416 533 3567
SIZZLING SOUNDS AND MOVEMENTS
Dancing on the Pier is Harbourfront Centre's newest social-interaction initiative that explores popular dance trends from across the globe and brings them to the Harbourfront Centre site for the public to enjoy for FREE.
This August, Toronto's downtown waterfront will be filled with sizzling sounds and movements from the best local choreographers, social dance clubs and DJs! Participants of all ages can learn a number of exciting dance styles including Egyptian belly dance with Habeeba Hobeika Egyptian Dance Ensemble, burlesque with Urbanesque Dance, bollywood with DIYAS Arts & Entertainment, jazz with Silhouettes , and house-style dance with Toronto's favorite urban dance troupe, Gadfly.
This is a great opportunity to get more active and meet new people from the GTA and beyond! Join us every Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. (near the new Community Tent #1) throughout the summer season until September 1!
This event is part of Hot Spot Summer, presented by Harbourfront Centre and our lead summer partner, the Toronto Port Authority. For more information on Dancing on the Pier or other Harbourfront Centre events, please call or visit our website.
235 Queens Quay West
416 973 4000
IS PAIN LIMITING YOUR SUMMER ACTIVITIES?
Now is the perfect time to come to Harbourfront Chiropractic for relief of your pain and prevention of re-injury.
For the entire month of August, Harbourfront Chiropractic is offering a complimentary massage to all new patients when they have their first chiropractic treatment.
Let us help you to eliminate your pain so that you can enjoy the rest of your summer!
Our mission is to help people attain pain relief and fuller health by correcting the underlying problems causing the body pain and dysfunction. We also strive to educate the community that life and health come from within, and the maintenance of health prevails over the treatment of disease.
5 Rees Street @ Queens Quay West
416 260 0082
CONNECTING COMMUNITY AND GARDENS
Digging in the dirt was great to do when we were kids and it's still fun today as adults! The Harbourfront Community Centre (HCC) knows firsthand how beneficial gardening is for one's health, offering volunteers of all ages the chance to get dirty! HCC currently has a community vegetable garden plot at Fort York and seniors also grow herbs in our courtyard. The demand for garden space continued to grow and now we have begun to bring life back into an overgrown, vacant space next to the Community Centre!
The Community Connect Garden will be an interactive space with butterfly-friendly, drought-resistant plants; a kitchen garden for herbs/veggies; a children's story garden, original art, seating and wheelchair-accessible raised planting beds. The Garden will be volunteer-built and funded through donations.
HCC is competing for funds in the Share Your Care contest offered by Fido and Evergreen. You can help by voting daily until August 14th to support HCC's garden! For more information, contact Karen here.
Waterfront Experience Card holders receive 10% OFF any purchase in the café.
Harbourfront Community Centre
627 Queens Quay West
416 392 1509
GOT HALITOSIS? WE CAN HELP!
Halitosis is also referred to as oral malodor, but most of us know it quite simply as "bad breath".
Bad breath can be distressing and a bit of a social handicap. It's not a wonder that we spend millions each year on efforts to freshen our breath with various gums, mints, sprays, and mouthwashes.
According to an Oral-B survey, 44% of Canadians cite bad breath as the "most offensive oral misdemeanour in the workplace" - and 1 in 10 say they will miss meetings in order to avoid speaking to colleagues with bad breath!
The most common cause of halitosis is bacteria on the teeth and tongue that can produce unpleasant and very toxic chemicals. There are a plethora of other causes including smoking, alcohol, dentures, and more.
The awkward irony of halitosis is that many people aren't aware they have it. This is because the cells in the nose that are responsible for the sense of smell actually become unresponsive to the continuous stream of bad odour.
Proper care of the mouth and teeth and regular visits to the dentist are important and are the most effective way to control bad breath. Regular brushing, flossing, rinsing, and tongue scraping can help prevent problems.
At Infinity Dental we can help with the identification and treatment of bad breath. We will evaluate and analyze your halitosis concern and ensure that you will be confident about your breath.
Receive a free electric toothbrush! Call for more details. Offer ends Aug. 31, 2011.
31 Lower Simcoe Street
416 INFINITY, 416 463 4648
PROFESSIONAL PRINTING SERVICES ON
Looking for a custom-made birthday gift idea for your friend or loved one? iPrintExpress can help you create tailored gifts for your friends and family with personalized magazine covers and wine labels, custom printing on fresh flowers, and photo books.
Since 2002, we have worked with the waterfront community as a close group of professionals committed to providing hassle-free quality print services with quick turnaround time.
In addition to our personalized gifts, we are the community's go-to place for signs, posters, banners, business cards, flyers and more! Owner Igor Tsyganok says, "We are never stale - we consistently offer fresh, original ideas using the latest technology available." At iPrintExpress, our customers' needs and trust come first: we offer services such as private mailboxes, key cutting, passport photos, Fedex and UPS services, secure document shredding, fax service, Internet access, and scanning.
Check out our website for more information on our products and services. We look forward to working with you to build a positive working partnership on Toronto's waterfront!
Waterfront Experience Card holders receive 10% OFF all regular priced services.
264 Queens Quay West
416 260 2226
SERVING TORONTO FOR OVER 30 YEARS
JetLink Printing and Communications Inc. has been in the printing business since 1980, serving Toronto's business district and Waterfront area with pride. We have established long term business relationships with clients by ensuring that they receive the best quality and value in our products and services. Owner Salomon Ponte says, "We concentrate on innovative solutions to improve the flow of documents by focusing on the newest digital technology."
With more than one location, JetLink is able to serve you both better and faster, enabling you to meet your deadlines. We also offer complimentary pickup and delivery for our services. Throughout our 30+ years of business, we have offered exceptional services to many companies and their supporting offices throughout North America, operating right within the Waterfront area.
Spend $200 or more before tax and receive a gift card to Winners, The Bay, Home Outfitters, ESSO, Zellers, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart or Designer Depot.
20 Bay Street, Main Floor
416 867 1911
FEEL REFRESHED AND UPLIFTED
Life can be stressful. One way to reduce the stress in your life is to find a spa that works for you and your lifestyle. Kalena Aroma Boutique and Spa is a favourite mini-getaway in the waterfront area, located at the base of Spadina Avenue.
Combining a spa and boutique for her organic product line, owner Elena Kalyuzhnaya has been helping to relax and rejuvenate Torontonians for the past several years. One favourite treatment, "Wrapped Up in Seaweeds," is 90 minutes of pure bliss, ending with a rainfall shower and cup of Wild Seaweed Garden Tea.
Many of the featured organic products are made on location. Clients can purchase healing products like Rose Facial Tonic Hydrosol, a gentle spray that can be used as a quick spritz during a "hot flash," or to soothe anxiety.
Kalyuzhnaya points out, "My products are meant to complement rather than replace medical treatments." Her knowledge of aroma therapy allows her to guide her clients to the best solutions for their needs.
Waterfront Experience Card holders receive 10% OFF all regular priced spa and services (RMT excluded) at the Waterfront Location this August.
Kalena Aroma Boutique and Spa
458 Queens Quay West
647 349 5010
You are invited to attend our Artist Preview Gala
Friday, September 30, 2011
6:00 ~ 8:00 PM
Queen's Quay Terminal
Note: The first 250 to RSVP will receive complimentary wine tasting tickets from our featured wineries. Experience the delicious tastes of Ontario's finest wines FREE with your early RSVP. Check in at our WBIA booth on arrival to receive your tickets & be entered to WIN a fabulous Waterfront Hotel Staycation!
UPCOMING LOCAL CONVENTIONS
Get your business ready!
Start thinking about 2012...
IT'S EASY TO GO TO THE CNE
Once again, GO Transit is selling "early bird" CNE tickets - you can save up to 31% off the regular price!
Until August 18, visitors can purchase their discounted CNE ride-all-day and admission tickets from any GO Transit station along the Lakeshore lines, including Union Station.
When the 2011 CNE season starts on August 19, GO will continue to sell CNE tickets but at the regular price. The CNE runs from August 19 to September 5; it's a fun Toronto tradition, offering something for everyone. For more information on the CNE, visit www.theex.com.
GO will be modifying the weekday and Labour Day weekend Lakeshore service, too. Some of the trains will be making special stops at Exhibition GO Station from August 19 - September 5. Visit gotransit.com/cne for more information.
In the meantime, pick up your "early bird" tickets for discounted summer fun!
20 Bay Street, Suite 600
POLAR BEARS SPOTTED AT
QUEEN'S QUAY TERMINAL
Come to the M. and G. Thiel Educational Centre at the Museum of Inuit Art every Saturday from 12 - 4 PM this August and make your own complimentary stencil prints of polar bears and ulus, traditional Inuit knives.
Experience Canada's only public museum south of the Arctic devoted exclusively to one of Canada's most celebrated artistic achievements: Inuit art. The Museum's permanent display and extraordinary rotating exhibition space features an ongoing exhibition of hundreds of works of Inuit art, ranging from sculpture carved from stone, antler, ivory and bone, to ceramics, prints and wall hangings.
Waterfront Experience Card holders receive 2-for-1 adult admission, plus 10% OFF framed/unframed prints.
Museum of Inuit Art, Queen's Quay Terminal
207 Queen's Quay West
416 640 1571
AN HISTORICAL TREASURE ON
There is a quiet, unassuming earlier period masterpiece right on Toronto's Waterfront that has been having adventures for 68 years!
It's Nautical Adventures' Tall Ship, the Empire Sandy.
She was built in England as an Englishman/Larch class Deep Sea tugboat (not a Tall Ship!) and went into service on July 14, 1943.
Empire Sandy: Before
She sailed on war duty in the Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the English Channel. Learn the Sandy's complete story and view Official Log Books of her voyages in WWII here.
Empire Sandy: After
In 1982, a metamorphosis was complete, changing the WWII tugboat to a grand 1800-style Tall Ship. As a Tall Ship, the Empire Sandy has sailed in all the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, Boston, New York, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cuba, and other Caribbean seas.
Be a part of history and sail on one of the Sandy's cruises! The 2011 sailing season includes two afternoon Air Show Cruises on Sept. 3 and 4; call for details. Check out our website for our program for the War of 1812 celebrations!
Waterfront Experience Card holders receive 25% OFF public cruises.
600 Queens Quay West, Suite 103
OH, THE PLACES YOU WILL GO!
No matter where you go or what you do when you get there, everything we make at Tilley Endurables, from our famous Hats to our travel clothing, is designed for the rigours of travel, but versatile enough for everyday adventures.
Wrinkle, stain and pick-pocket resistant, squishable to carry-on size, you can machine wash just about everything, or just soak 'em in a sink and hang to dry. With some clever mixing and matching, day looks become evening, business becomes bohemian chic. Then, with a few zips, pants or skirts turn into shorts, jackets into vests.
We guarantee so many of our items for life because we make them right in the first place. And make them right, right here in Canada - from start to finish. The result is world-class quality and middle-of-nowhere-class durability. How Canadian is that?
Drop by Tilley Endurables in Queen's Quay Terminal; come and enjoy our free coffee and cookies and let our friendly and expert staff show you our incredible collections.
Waterfront Experience Card holders receive a FREE pair of comfy, fast-drying, guaranteed UNHOLeY-for 3-years Tilley travel socks ($16) with a reasonable purchase.
Tilley Endurables, Queen's Quay Terminal
207 Queens Quay West
416 202 0463
CANADA'S LEADING STERLING SILVER JEWELLERY STORE
Vivah Jewellery has been the leading silver store in Canada for over 30 years! We have exceptional product and affordable prices.
We offer a fantastic collection of sterling silver jewellery, semi precious stone jewellery, fashion jewellery and bridal jewellery. No matter your tastes, no matter your budget, with our thousands of amazing items to choose from, you are sure to find that perfect piece of jewellery.
All this month Vivah Jewellery is pleased to offer you our new fall arrivals! You will be awed by our large selection of jewellery in new and exciting designs. Be sure to ask about our one-of-a-kind pieces!
Drop by Vivah in the Queen's Quay Terminal, and let one of our courteous sales associates assist you in all your jewellery needs.
August Special: buy 1 item, get the 2nd item 50% off (2nd item of equal or lesser value, excludes all items ending in $0.99).
Vivah Jewellery, Queen's Quay Terminal
207 Queens Quay West
416 682 1085
QUEENS QUAY BOULEVARD DESIGN UPDATE
Waterfront Toronto has completed 60% of the engineering drawings for the revitalization of Queens Quay Boulevard from Lower Spadina Avenue to Bay Street. After an extensive series of meetings with stakeholder groups, City of Toronto and TTC staff and a public meeting, the detailed drawings have been submitted to the City for review. The project will transform the dysfunctional street into a grand boulevard on the waterfront.
The City's funding commitment for the project is expected to be in place in September and then the first stage of construction can begin in the fall.
The public is invited to review the detailed design at our office. Please contact us to arrange to see the drawings.
YORK QUAY CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Excavation continues for the York Quay underground parking garage next to Harbourfront Centre and crews have begun to prepare for the construction of the parking garage.
During the last month, approximately 20,000 cubic metres of soil and rock have been excavated and construction crews are now 10 metres below grade in most of the construction site. The majority of the excavation will be completed in August and the first stages of construction will begin. The construction will involve waterproofing of the excavated area, concrete works and the construction of the footings for the tower crane that will be used to move materials for the construction of the garage.
Check out more news from Waterfront Toronto here.
20 Bay Street, Suite 1310
416 214 1344
WHERE YOU ARE MORE THAN A PATIENT
is pleased to announce that we are opening our 3rd
office in the Waterfront area!
After launching our first location on Queens Quay six years ago, we opened Cityview Dental at Spadina & Bremner just three years later. We are expanding once again to include Parkview Dental at Lakeshore and Bathurst, near the statue of the Fallen Soldier. All three offices are proud to serve Toronto's waterfront community, offering regular dental services as well as Invisalign clear aligners and Zoom! bleaching treatments.
Parkview Dental is expected to open on August 22, and we continue to provide service in all phases of dentistry at our other two locations. You'll enjoy a warm and inviting atmosphere during your visit with us. Our patients often tell us that our office feels more like a spa than a dental office - and we wouldn't have it any other way!
Waterview Dental Cityview Dental
218 Queens Quay West 355 Bremner Blvd
416 368 2855 416 883 0070
WESTIN ON THE WATER
The Ultimate Wellness Experience at
The Westin Harbour Castle!
Whether through our Superfoods menus, Heavenly amenities or WestinWorkout facilities, The Westin Harbour Castle is constantly adding new options to its daily offerings that promise to leave our guests feeling renewed and re-energized.
This summer, we have added Yoga by Hotel Yoga Inc. to our list of weekly services, where guests can indulge in complimentary yoga sessions from our fifth floor sundeck on Tuesdays (Candlelight Yoga), Wednesdays (Boot Camp Yoga) and Thursdays (Yoga for Runners & Tight Hips). For the month of August, Waterfront Experience Card holders can take advantage of a special rate of $15 per session. We have also incorporated these offerings into our meeting break options and corporate clients are able to experience Yoga-inspired breaks.
Our focus on wellness also carries over into our well-maintained WestinWorkout facility, which offers breathtaking views of the Toronto Islands from our treadmills, or can be experienced through our Running Concierge program. This is a refreshing guided tour where a personal concierge will guide guests along the running trails while pointing out areas of interest. Runners of all levels are welcome, and this has also become a popular option for groups looking for an energizing beginning to their meetings.
The Westin Harbour Castle
1 Harbour Square
416 869 1600
YANKEE LADY CAME TO TOWN
Toronto's Yankee Lady Yacht Charters has been operating for over 28 years, starting in the early 80s when cousins John and Jim Greeley partnered up to purchase their first cruise boat, the Yankee Lady I. Soon after, the 100-passenger Yankee Lady II was added and began cruising in the Toronto Harbour.
With dreams of providing a larger venue to the Toronto community for weddings and corporate functions, John began to design the Yankee Lady III in the mid-90s while attending the Marine Survey School in Florida.
Slowly over two years, what was drawn on paper became a reality, and John and Jim, with the help of others, built the Yankee Lady III with their own hands. In 1997 the 300-passenger Toronto cruise boat was named the most beautiful passenger ship in the harbour.
Six years later, the Greeley cousins built a fourth addition to the Yankee Lady family that included heating and air conditioning. The Yankee Lady IV began operating the summer of 2006, the same year that I and II were sold.
Today, as in the 80's, Yankee Lady Yacht Charters takes pride in providing great service for 2 to 300 people on its Toronto owned, designed and built yachts.
Waterfront Experience Card holders receive 20% OFF lunch and dinner cruises tickets, 10% OFF charter fees.
Yankee Lady Yacht Charters
390 Queens Quay West, Suite 814
416 868 0000
STAFF BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
Executive Director: Carol Jolly Nancy Gavin, Redpath Sugar Limited
Executive Assistant: Lynn Haderlein Blair Keetch, PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre
Communications Coordinator Christina Medeiros, Maple Leaf Quay
& Newsletter Editor: Danielle Biss Helder Melo, Harbourfront Centre
Public Relations: Peter Ashworth, Rosie Middleton, Briarlane Property Management
Ashworth Associates Public Relations Craig Somers, CitySightseeing Toronto
and Communications Cindi Vanden Heuval, Mariposa Cruises
email@example.com Pam McConnell, City Councillor, Ward 28
www.ashworthassociates.com Adam Vaughan, City Councillor, Ward 20
Contact us at the WBIA
Chairman: Kevin Currie, Wheel Excitement firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Dermot McKeown, Radisson Admiral Hotel or 416.596.9821
Vice-Chair: Shey Clark, Great Lakes Schooner www.waterfrontbia.com
Vice-Chair: Rob Zeidler, Brookfield Properties