SPOTLIGHT ON YONGE ST
WHERE TO EAT, SHOP & LIVE
There was a time, just a few decades ago, that Yonge Street between Wellington and College was the epicentre of Toronto sleaze. The venerable Massey Hall on Shuter, the original home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, gave the area some cultural heft and the legendary A& A Recordings and Sam the Record Man were meccas for vinyl lovers, but who are we kidding? Massage parlours and strip clubs ruled.
The opening of the Eaton Centre in 1977 signalled a new era, and since then the area has slowly turned into a hot spot for both high and pop culture. Massey Hall is still going strong. Go to the movies at the massive Yonge- Dundas Cineplex, see a stage show at the Elgin/ Winter Garden or Mirvish theatres or just bliss out among the fountains at Yonge- Dundas Square.
It’s becoming a desirable neighbourhood in which to live, with more than 700 floors under construction at various condo developments, the Eaton Centre continues to evolve – Saks Fifth Avenue is opening this week next to the Bay at Queen – and Ryerson University has added sparkle with its new glass- walled Student Learning Centre.
Here’s where you can shop, eat and live on and around this vital strip.