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Canada Day flag fashion.

Letter from the editor: We'll be back on July 10

This week is the first of many themed issues as Yonge Street looks to identify trends in Toronto and the GTA. Sheena Lyonnais talks about what we have in store for the summer and how you can get involved. 

Donny Ouyang in Russia for the Young Entrepreneur's Alliance Summit.

Yonge Interviews: Donny Ouyang, President of Rayku

Donny Ouyang has been a leader in entrepreneurship since he was only 15. Now 21, he just returned from representing Canada at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit and is now preparing to take Rayku, his on-demand learning company, to critical mass. 

The Ontario Spring Water Sake Co bar in Toronto's Distillery District..

Sake and the new Japanese culinary renaissance

We may not have our own Japantown, but the GTA has more than 700 Japanese restaurants in the region. Now, with eastern North America's first sake brewery, Toronto may become a leader in a new, hungrier breed of Japanese culture. 

The 519 Community Centre.

Keeping the village gay

As Toronto prepares for this weekend's Pride parades and next year's World Pride festival, Church Street takes steps to maintain its LGBT identity into the future with the launch of the Village Study. 

Brennan McEachran of HitSend.

Startup University: How local universities are prepping next-gen entrepreneurs

In an attempt to meet the needs of 21st century industries, Toronto universities are looking to the startup world for inspiration. They've launched entrepreneurial programs, incubators and accelerators to ensure graduates learn to think creatively.

Catherine Graham, President of Rightsleeve.

The top female tech leaders in Toronto

Twitter launched its Canadian office last week, and former CBC exec Kirstine Stewart is at the helm. With Marisa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg making headlines for their work at Silicon Valley tech companies, Yonge Street looks at Stewart and two other women who are leading Toronto's tech industry.

City Councillor Josh Colle, Toronto's Music City Campaign 2.0 panel at NXNEi.

NXNEi: Rebranding Toronto as "Music City"

A group of music industry veterans and city councillors unveiled their campaign to rebrand Toronto as "Music City" at last week's interactive NXNEi conference. The 4479 Toronto campaign aims to promote Toronto as one of the world's best music destinations all while boosting tourism, funding, and opportunities for musicians. 

Curtis Yim, President of Enactus Ryerson, celebrating his team's victory at the 2013 National Exposition.

Business smarts meets big hearts

From beekeeping to mad science, a group of Ryerson students are using their entrepreneurial know-how to improve the lives of people in the GTA and around the world. Now, they've won an opportunity to compete internationally. 

Ryan Dyment, co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library

First Tool Libraries, now Timebanks: Toronto's Zeitgeist movement is expanding

Ryan Dyment, co-founder of the Tool Library and soon-to-be-unveiled Toronto Timebank, opens up about the Zeitgeist movement, leaving the rat race, and his vision for a resource-based economy. 

Rachel Young of Camaraderie.

Yonge Interviews: Rachel Young, co-founder and owner of Camaraderie Coworking

Camaraderie, one of Toronto's first coworking spaces, recently expanded and relocated to the west end. We talked to co-founder and owner Rachel Young about her plans for the new space and her interest in developing a new Dundas St. West BIA. 

Bradley Wentworth of Red Riding Goods with his BULLITT cargo bike.

The new downtown economy is pedal powered

The growing cargo bike delivery movement in Toronto has resulted in the emergence of a new economy, one where local businesses support one another with minimal impact on the environment. On a worldwide scale, Toronto falls behind. But a few local cyclists are gearing up to change that.

Mauricio Meza and Jorge Silva of Komodo OpenLab.

Inclusive mobile technology will increase job opportunities for those with disabilities

At Komodo OpenLab, it's not just the innovations but the innovators that make the company unique. In partnership with Toronto colleges, software developer Eric Wan helped create a revolutionary product that is allowing people with disabilities--including himself--to control mobile devices through wheelchairs. 

Rachel Pellett and Heather Mee of Emma's Country Kitchen.

St. Clair West's greatest success stories come from within the community

From old to new, St. Clair West is a neighbourhood in transition. While the right-of-way streetcar plan continues to divide the area, businesses are growing and the streets are becoming more beautiful. The common thread? The community itself. 

Doors Open Toronto.

We're taking a break

Yonge Street is taking a break, but we'll return to our regularly scheduled programming on May 29. In the meantime, we've rounded up some of our favourite local stories to encourage you to get outdoors and explore the city. 

Jason Rizzuti from Segway of Ontario

Explorations: The Distillery District on a Segway

The Distillery District is one of the city's historical gems and just one of many areas gearing up for Doors Open Toronto. We explore what makes its history so rich while gliding around the neighbourhood on Segways. 
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