September is a busy month for us all, so let’s keep this intro short and sweet. From a cursive writing workshop, and a sleeper sofa you will actually be comfortable on, to a list of musical performances, our September edition of Where To Support Local has a little bit of everything. Scroll on to find it all. Thanks for your interest in Old Town Toronto and for supporting local 😀.

Drama Classes for Toddlers to Teens

Beginning this fall, YPT’s Drama School is re-imagined for an even more immersive experience, offering students two 12-week sessions (September to December 2023 and February/March to June 2024). At the end of each session, students will perform on a YPT stage for friends and family! Classes take place at YPT’s brand new education centre, YPT 161 Studios, as well as Etobicoke’s Assembly Hall.

Young People’s Theatre
165 Front St E,416-862-2222
Instagram: @ypttoronto

Box Office is open on Weekdays: 9am – 5pm

Creating Cursive: The Importance of Handwriting
Presentation & Workshop

Join special guest, Edda Manley, Handwriting Analyst & Cursive Writing Educator, as she introduces you to the benefits of cursive handwriting and its evolution in this one-of-a-kind presentation. She guarantees you will never look at handwriting the same way again. All materials will be supplied to help you teach cursive handwriting to others. If you have a favourite pen to make notations, be sure to bring it along.

Toronto’s First Post Office | Town of York Historical Society
260 Adelaide St E, 416-865-1833
Instagram: @tos1stpo
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5:30pm.
Sat: 10am – 4pm. 
Sun: 12pm-4pm.

Have you tried Pilates?

It’s a great way to tone, lengthen and strengthen your body. Rebalance Pilates caters to one-on-one and semi-private Pilates session where classes are designed to support your unique fitness goals.

Check out our 3-class introductory package today and bring Pilates into your movement practice.
Fall in love with movement. Fall in love with Pilates.

Thank you to client Mara N for this glowing recommendation!

Rebalance Pilates
75 Sherbourne Street, Unit 226, 416-894-8553
Instagram: @rebalancepilatestoronto
By appointment only

September Special at Nami Restaurant

Nami Japanese Restaurant continues to celebrate its 39th anniversary. Thank you for your support. We truly appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again.

In Japan, the number 39 is sometimes used to mean “Thank You.” As a token of our appreciation to all our customers, we are offering our dishes for $39.

Special Kaisen Don $39
(Available Tuesday to Friday)
10 kinds of thinly sliced sashimi on a bed of sushi rice. Comes with miso soup.

Special Dinner Plate $60
($90 Value)
(Available Tuesday to Saturday)
Assorted Sushi and Maki, Harami Steak 3oz, Agemono, Edamame, Garden Salad

Including 1 Drink

Nami Japanese Restaurant
55 Adelaide St E, 416-362-7373
Instagram: @namirestaurant
Tues – Fri: 11:30am – 2pm & 5pm – 9pm.
Sat: 5pm – 9pm.

Elevated Personal Training at Altitude


The personal training experience at Altitude sets itself apart from any other in Toronto. At Altitude, you not only collaborate with our exceptionally knowledgeable and skilled coaches, but you also do your sessions within our performance-boosting simulated altitude environment. Training at simulated altitude drives physiological adaptations that lead to health, fitness and performance benefits you can’t achieve in a regular gym. Accelerate results by harnessing the advantages of personalized coaching combined with altitude training. Book a complimentary session with one of our awesome coaches and immerse yourself in the unique realm of one-on-one coaching within our specialized environment.

Altitude Athletic Training
56 Colborne St, 416-366-3838
Instagram: @altitudeathletic
Mon – Fri: 6am – 9pm.
Sat & Sun: 7am – 1pm.

Get School ready with Wildlife Thrift Store!

Get back to school ready with Wildlife Thrift Store! From backpacks to binders, we’ve got you covered!

We’re stocked with a wide variety of back-to-school essentials that won’t break the bank. Looking to refresh your wardrobe for the new school year? Look no further! Our Thrift Store is a treasure trove of stylish clothing options for students of all ages. Create the ultimate study space with our affordable furniture and decor options! Whether you’re a student or a parent, you’ll find everything you need to start the school year off right.

Wildlife Thrift Store
67 Front St E, 416-861-9080
Instagram: @wildlifethriftstore
Everyday 10am – 8pm

The Today Sleeper at The Chesterfield Shop
(YES- this is a sofa-bed AND a comfortable sofa- all-in-one!)

It’s September!
Where did the summer disappear to?
Are you starting school? Having sleep-over company?
Come to the BEST sofa-bed store in the country- right here on King Street East!

The Today Sleeper allows you to experience easy living from day to night.
The Today Sleeper is offered in six sizes and three arm styles. Featuring a 4 inch mattress in high density, high resiliency foam and seat cushions that become part of the sleeping area, the Today Sleeper combines beauty and function for a delightful sleeping experience.

Huge selection, with in-stock availability!
Can’t wait to see you. Call us for details, or drop in anytime.

The Chesterfield Shop
275 King St E, 416-667-1150
Instagram: @thechesterfieldshop

Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm.
Sun: 11am – 5pm.

Introducing Forme from Dean Davidson

Inspired by whimsical Parisian architecture, the designs of Forme feature rich Art Nouveau details. Sculpted metal, elegant ovals, and malachite cabochons highest the beauty of this collection.

With mesmerizing green swirls and distinctive marbling, Malachite is a striking stone that is said to provide protection and inspire positive change.

Dean Davidson
145 Berkeley St, 416-203-8222
Instagram: @deandavidson

Wed – Sat: 10am – 6pm.
Sun: 12pm-5pm.

Vision Therapy at St. Lawrence Eye Care

We offer vision therapy services at our clinic. If your child suffers from strabismus (eye turn), amblyopia (lazy eye), or has experienced brain injury or trauma, book an assessment with Dr. Ronald Nhan today!

Vision therapy will help train the eyes and brain to work together which will improve your child’s quality of life.

St. Lawrence Eye Care
12 Church St, 416-504-7523
Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm.

Get your health & fitness back on track
with 6SFitness

Now that summer is almost over, it is time to get your health and fitness back on track!

Our 90 day introductory program is the perfect way to start a new fitness journey and achieve your goals! You will work 1-on-1 with a coach to learn the basis, join our group classes, and receive nutrition coaching from one of our Registered Dietitians. You do NOT need to be “fit” to start and you do NOT need to have any prior experience. In fact, most people who start with us have no prior fitness experience.

Our programs are customized, effective, fun, and sustainable. If you put in the work, you will see results!

There is a place for everyone at 6S to reach their full potential!

Book your 15 min intro chat to learn more about how you can get started with us today!

209 Adelaide St E, 416-518-5746

Mon – Wed: 6:30am – 8:30pm.
Thurs – Fri: 6:30am – 7:30pm.
Sat: 9am – 11:30am.
Sun: 10am – 12:30pm.

The Luxe Experience + The Luxe Finale
at Sash + Bustle

To make your wedding dress shopping journey even more magical, S+B has launched 2 different Luxe Appointments; perfect for no matter where you are in your dress shopping journey.

Kick off your shopping journey with a bang! Find your dream dress at The Luxe Experience; an extended appointment (150 mins) featuring bubbly, charcuterie and more!

Or, end your shopping journey in the most perfect way at The Luxe Finale. Pick up your dress and/or accessorize your wedding day look in style in this extended appointment (90 mins) featuring bubbly, charcuterie and more!

Book your spot today!

Sash + Bustle
111 Berkeley St, 647-340-5850
Instagram: @sashandbustle
Tues – Fri: 10am – 7:30pm.
Sat + Sun: 8:30am – 7pm.

September Live Musical Events at C’est What

Sept 8 | Landdon Worshell feat. MER & Janisa
Tickets $15 adv | $20 door | 8:30pm doors | 9pm show
Sept 9 | The Hot Five Jazzmakers | 3-6pm | PWYC
Sept 15 | Cloud 9 | 9pm | PWYC
Sept 16 | Mike Sharp & Local Honey feat. Special Guests
Tickets $15 adv | $20 door | 8:30pm doors | 9pm show
Sept 22 | Xavier Jazz Ensemble | 9pm | PWYC
Sept 23 | The Hot Five Jazzmakers | 3-6pm | PWYC
Sept 23 | Mozi Bones feat Special Guests
Sept 24 | Women in Music Toronto | Songwriter Showcase
Tickets $15 adv | $20 door | 6pm doors | 7pm show
Sept 29 | William K-Tell Band | 9pm | PWYC
Sept 30 | GrooveFellas | 9pm | PWYC

C’est What
67 Front St. E, 416-867-9499
Instagram: @cestwhatto
Sun & Mon: 4pm – 12am
Tues & Wed: 12pm – 12am

Thurs – Sat: 12pm-1am

Bring Your Own Container to Save $5
at ChocoSol

✅ Save money when you bring your own container to buy bulk chocolate!

✅ Buy any 3 bars and get $4 off – as well as 1 free bar.

✅ Buy any 10 bars and get $25 off!

At ChocoSol we transform cacao, the food of the gods, into small-batch, bean-to-bar, artisanal dark chocolate that is as ecologically regenerative as humanly possible from sourcing and transporting, to processing and packaging. Come visit us soon!

St Lawrence Market, lower level, 416-551-6670
Instagram: @chocosoltraders
Tues – Fri: 9am – 7pm.
Sat: 7am – 5pm.
Sun: 10am – 5pm.

Happening at Novotel Toronto Centre this September

DCFA x Novotel Toronto Centre
Experience our next exhibit: Metamorphosis: A Journey of Artistry and Expression” featuring the works of Toller Cranston and Cylla von Tiedman, live until September 17. This exhibition offers a fascinating exploration of transformation, creativity, and the convergence of multiple art forms.

Happy Hour at Cafe Nicole Bistro + Bar
Join us from 4-6pm daily for happy hour drink specials like $5 sparkling wine, $7 Aperol Spritz or Amsterdam 3-Speed Beer! Visit for more info and to explore our menu!

Planning an event? Make Novotel Toronto Centre your backdrop. With 10 meeting spaces and a dedicated team, we’ll work with you to bring your event to life and exceed your expectations. Visit to learn more!

Novotel Toronto Centre
45 The Esplanade, 416-367-8900
Instagram: @novoteltorontocentre

Celebrate Staff Appreciation this September

Come and join us in commemorating the Spirit of September: celebrate staff appreciation throughout September at The Sultan’s Tent!

Plan a group dinner for 8 or more at The Sultan’s Tent in September and enjoy a warm welcome cocktail, plus a 10% discount on food. This offer is valid from Mondays to Thursdays, September 1st to 30th.

Please note: This discount does not include beverages and gratuity.

The Sultan’s Tent & Café Moroc
49 Front Street E, 416-961-0601
Instagram: @thesultanstent
Sun – Thur: 5pm – 10pm.
Fri & Sat: 5pm – 12am.


Tasty starter, many toppings of burgers
on top of the veggie or meaty patties

Starting with crispy and crunchy onion tower and wrecking balls, build your burgers with what ever you want and try or craft milkshakes.

Wagyu, elk, beef, chicken and Veggie or vegan patties with different toppings of cheese, veggies and bacons make your burgers more interesting

The Works Craft Burger and Beer
60 Wellington St E, 416-594-9675
Instagram: @works_burger

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