Tall, Dark and Handsome: the Dominion Keeps Getting Better With Age

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Toronto’s oldest landmark pub, The Dominion, was first established in 1889 by Robert Davies, the third son of one of the most prominent families in the history of Toronto brewing. He founded the Dominion Brewery, in competition with his brother who started The Don Brewery, just a little bit down from where he would later open the pub and hotel. The brewery is now a heritage site called Dominion Square. The Dominion Brewery produced internationally acclaimed lagers and ales for over 60 years. By the time of Davies death in 1916, he had become one of Toronto’s wealthiest residents.

The original building still stands today at 500 Queen St. E as the Dominion Pub and Kitchen. In keeping with its history, the interior has been stripped down to the original bricks and is decorated in with dark tufted leather couches, wood paneling, and wire lights, it’s easy to feel as if you’ve stepped into a speakeasy. The bar is stacked with 24 craft taps, lots of bourbons, plenty of spirits for hand-crafted cocktails, and wine.

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(Left) Front Dining and Lounge area with rich tufted leather seating (Right) Fully Stacked Bar. Photo courtesy of Dominion Pub and Kitchen

The Robert Davies Room, named in honour of the man mentioned above, is an entirely private room at the south end of the building with raised windows facing Queen St. E., low and high seating options, and large mirrors on one side of the room that reflects a painting of the an original Dominion Brewing Co.’s Club Ale label on the exposed brick on the opposite side. There is two screen in the room with connection capabilities. The Robert Davies room is perfect for smaller gathers and celebrations and can accommodate up to 60 guests for both cocktail or seated receptions.

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(Left) North View if Robert Davies Room (Right) South View of Robert Davies Room. Photos courtesy of Dominion Pub and Kitchen

The Back Dining Room is a semi-private and rectangular space with a stage on the back north wall that would be perfect for presentations, performances, speeches, or a moderately sized party for any reason. There are cozy bench seating and warm wood paneling that the runs the length of the room on one side facing original archways to the rest of the restaurant. The Back Dining Room can hold up to 100 standing, or 70 – 80 guests seated, depending on table arrangement.

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Back Room View from the Stage, Photo courtesy of Dominion Pub

Go for glory and host a party for up to 200 guests with a whole venue buyout.

If you want to check out the spaces beforehand, every Friday and Saturday night the Dominion hosts live music. Check out their amazing food during at Beats n’ Brunch on Sundays from 11 – 3 p.m., or check out their exciting and surprising menu here (which can be customized for events).

For booking information:  Events@Dominionpub.ca or call: 416-366-5555

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Written By:

Paula McDines

A Summer full of (awesome) Movies!

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Do you like movies as much as we do? If so, then you’re in luck! Again this year, the city will be home to more outdoor movies in a variety of neighbourhoods, sure to please any movie buff. Invite your friends and family, and grab your popcorn, for these FREE outdoor movie experiences. CityEvents has cultivated this schedule for your convenience.  

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Contact Dance Film Festival

A unique opportunity for both film and dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos and intimacy of human connection through physical movement. Five different screening programs will be presented alongside dance workshops, jams and parties where dancers fly and bodies collide with force, grace and tenderness.

Please Check out the full schedule here:

http://contactdancefilmfest.com/films.html

-    June 28 @ 9pm, Toronto Spins – Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Road.

-     June 29 @ 8pm, Zen and the Art of Dance Mechanics, Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street.

-     June 30 @ 5:30pm, Rotating View Points – Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street

-     July 1 @ 2pm-  An Intimate Dance: Journeys Through Movement and Touch – Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street,

-     July 1@ 8pm, Gala Film Screenings and Award Ceremony – Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue.

 

Free Outdoor Movies at Harbourfront

Free movies are coming back to the Harbourfront this summer. Toronto loves seeing films in the great outdoors, and even more so when they’re screened down by the water.

-    July 5 @ 9pm, Air Bud – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage.

-    July 12 @ 9pm, Wayne’s World – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage.

-    July 19 @ 9pm, Meatballs – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage.

-    August 2 @ 9pm, My Internship in Canada – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage.

-    August 9 @ 9pm, Belle – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage.

 

Please Check out the full schedule here:

http://www.blogto.com/film/2017/04/free-outdoor-movies-harbourfront-toronto-summer-2017/

 

Movies in St. James Park

Movies in St. James Park is back! Join us and enjoy free movie screenings in the park.

-    June 22 @ 8pm, Pride Toronto Affiliate Event with a free live drag show.

-    July 27 @ 9pm, Movies in St. James Park – TBC.

-    August 24 @ 8pm, Movies in St. James Park – TBC with a special live performance.

 

Please Check out the full schedule here:

https://www.oldtowntoronto.ca/index.php/events

 

Corktown Common Park

For the second summer running, Toronto Outdoor Picture Show will present films in the beautiful park at Corktown Common, in Corktown. Just minutes from many bustling east-side Toronto neighbourhoods – Riverdale, Regent Park & the Distillery, along others – this new neighbourhood is home to another great, urban TOPS screening series, under a city skyline that can’t be beat!

*programme will be announced May 29th

https://www.topictureshow.com/corktown-common-park-1

 

Open Roof Festival

Open Roof Festival is a not for profit, outdoor music and film festival providing Toronto with a summer experience like no other, highlighting independent filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world. The Festival is a fun, unique experience that is more than just a party – its an evening of shared experiences. Of Toronto’s music and film scene. Of refreshments. And, of enjoying Toronto’s beautiful summer nights with friends.

-    June 21, Everybody Wants Some! 

-    June 28, Sing Street

-    July 05, The Lobster

-    July 13, Sleeping Giant

-    July 20, A Off the Rails

-    August 3, The Fits

-    August 10, The Splash

-    August 17, My Blind Brother

-    August 23, Closet Monster

-    August 24, Hunt for the Wilderpeople

 

Please Check out the full schedule here:

http://www.openrooffestival.com/contact/

 

City Cinema at Yonge-Dundas Square

Yonge-Dundas square is changed to nice outdoor movie theatre in this summer too. You can enjoy a free outdoor film screening. They will screen some short films and classic comedy feature films. For more information, please check the full line-up.

 

Please Check out the full schedule here:

http://www.ydsquare.ca/city-cinema.html


Don’t forget to check out our blog and social media for more information.

The Drake Effect

May 6, 2017 by  
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As part of Drake Hotel Properties recent expansions, the Junction Triangle will now get a taste of the hip trendsetter all to itself. The Drake Commissionary, opening this spring at 128 Sterling Rd. (right beside Henderson Brewery) will be an 8,000 sq. ft. creative culinary and social neighbourhood hub.

Drake Commissary will offer fully customizable event planning that will include every step from innovative food and drink, to art, music, and décor. Expect expert event coordination for anything from afternoon brainstorming sessions to team building events where you can get your hands messy at a cooking class. And of course, there will be a bar for after work cocktails accompanied by talks from artists.

Continuing with their promise to serve healthy, unprocessed food, the new bakery will be dedicated to exploring new and fresh creations daily using locally sourced products. The whole place is set to become a “gastronomic town square” that blends the edges of guests and chefs.

The Drake’s expanding empire now includes the Commissary, Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty, Drake Devonshire Inn and multiple Drake General Stores. Each venue encapsulating and reflecting its own unique neighbourhood.

Read all about the features and exciting happenings here, and stay tuned for more information as it becomes available

 

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A Fresh Distillery Opens in The Historic Toronto Distillery District

May 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Event tips, Event Venues, Toronto, Uncategorized

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Hydroponic Herb Garden above the Bar at Spirits of York Co.

On Thursday, May 11tth, the Spirit of York Distillery Co. will open to the public offering their unique bottles of vodka and gin premium spirits. The small batches are being created using fresh spring water in stainless steel tanks using only locally-sourced ingredients.

The space is perfect for events. There is a large bar featured as the room’s centerpiece, with a three-tiered hydroponic fresh herb garden directly above it as well as a wall of botanicals and dried herbs used to infuse their spirits.  A specialty bitters bar is ideal for interactive demonstrations, mixology training, innovation, and education for others who are as passionate about spirits as Spirit of York Co. is.

There are also other rooms perfect for private dining and Team building here is a unique idea for your team.

The space fits up to 150 people and has maintained the historic features of brick and beam from the original roots of Toronto’s distillery hub.  Like many historic spaces, the venue has achieved a great mix of old and modern, with the lighting design and layout being a key feature. The Spirit of York Co. has brought back the art of distilling to the historic Distillery District with this contemporary ‘Spirits Hub’.

The Spirit of York will be exclusively available at their new location. But, keep your watch for their concoctions in the LCBO in the future. Perhaps at specialty cocktail bars, we can hope…

For more information visit:

Website: SpiritofYork.com

Instagram: @SpiritofYork

Twitter: @SpiritofYork

 

Fresh Batch of Venue Space in the Heart of Downtown – Batch Gastrobrewery.

April 4, 2017 by  
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Fresh into their one-year anniversary and celebrating with their 100th batch of brew, Batch by Creemore Springs is the kind of place where you go with friends and colleagues to get made-in-house craft brews and classic comfort food with a twist.

This two-level multi-space venue just south of Richmond St. on Victoria St (75 Victoria St.). opened in the spring of 2016 with the idea to bring small town mentality of Creemore, Ontario into the heart of Toronto’s downtown.  Don’t forget to grab a case of their crafts and some local swag on the way out.

With seven big screens sprinkled throughout the spaces, A/V accommodations are available as well as free wifi in addition to sommelier services and customizable menus (with vegetarian options!).

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Batch Main Level Bar, photo courtesy of Batch.

Full venue buyout of the will get you 177 seated or 250 reception style.

Or opt for just the main floor and get up to 122 seated/180 reception style.

Downstairs has a ping pong table and arcade games with a separate bar and a window into the busy kitchen, this more secluded area will seat 50 or stand 70.

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Lower level where everyone gets to sit at the Chef’s table. Photo courtesy of Batch

Visit their website: http://batchtoronto.com/#home

Contact Andrew.scott@batchtoronto.com, 416-254-6881 for all booking inquiries

Or fill out the inquiry form here: http://events.batchtoronto.com/#contact

 

Written by: Paula McDines

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