Burdock Perfectly Pairs Music, Food and Brews

May 30, 2017 by  
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Located just west of Dufferin Station on the corner of Bloor St. W and Pauline St. (1184 Bloor Street West), the Burdock is comprised of a music hall, restaurant and a microbrewery with rotating brews.

The music hall is a long rectangular, fully sound isolated intimate space that can hold up to 96 people standing, with an additional 40 folding chairs on site for those who prefer a seat. Mainly used as a live music venue, the space can also be used for intimate showcases, seminars, workshops or private parties.

Burdock Music Hall

Burdock Music Hall. Photo courtesy of Burdock

Additional features include full bar service where they serve their own fresh brews, a sound booth, world-class Mayer Sounds systems, iPod plug-in and DJ capabilities.

If you’re interested in checking out the space in action, there are usually local acts playing on the stage in the music hall, the kitchen cooks up locally sourced and seasonally available dishes that are perfect for sharing, and now that the weather is getting warmer, their corner patio will be the perfect excuse to stop by.

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Burdock’s side patio and entrance off of Pauline St.

If you’re in a rush but still want to taste their brews, The Bottle Shop, entrance on Pauline St., is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Check out Chef Jeremy Dennis’ menu and upcoming acts at http://burdockto.com/

For information on booking the music hall for your next event, contact booking@burdockto.com  

 

Astrolab: Blast Off Into The Event Space of Your Dreams

May 22, 2017 by  
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Want to create quality content in a space that caters to all your best eventspace or filming & studio needs? Book a space at AstroLab Studios Inc now! It’s the perfect venue space for all kind of events and offers a wide range of spaces available for customization.

Astrolab offers you access to the space and gear you need to create your dream projects of all shapes and sizes using the all-inclusive equipment packages. The Studios caters to commercial, independent film and music video production. Studio spaces are available for rent even by the hour and with 3 different studios to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect setting that fits your needs.

Studio 1 (Photo Courtesy of Astrolab)

Studio 1 (Photo Courtesy of Astrolab)

STUDIO 1
Studio 1 is 2,789 square feet (including support spaces) and access to support spaces. 4×4 grid with 17? clear height and 44’ x 50’ white cyc (can be painted any colour for an additional charge), Dedicated 200 amp three-phase service, Distro, grip and lighting equipment with Built-in cyc lights.

STUDIO 2
Studio 2 with 1,500 square feet has access to support spaces with17? clear heights, 27’ x 30’ white cyc and 200 amp three-phase service.

STUDIO 3
Studio 3 with 300 square feet comes pre-lit with pro level and pre-rigged LED lighting.Includes 18? continuous white cyc wall, grid at 12? from floor, and access to support spaces. All lighting is top-of-the-line, user-friendly LED.

Studio 3 In Action (Photo courtesy of Astrolab)

Studio 3 In Action (Photo courtesy of Astrolab)

Still looking for a space to prep before filming? Astrolab has you covered. Offering support spaces for hair & makeup, a kitchen lounge, wardrobe, audio recording and mixing booth, editing and color spaces and offices (Boardroom), you’ll find everything you need at Toronto’s first on-demand studio.

For further information check check out http://astrolab.studio .

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416-844-0191
629 Eastern Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M 1E4

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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Paula McDines

The brand new and beautifully designed Bisha Hotel is ready for guests

May 15, 2017 by  
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The much-anticipated arrival of Bisha Hotel & Residence is approaching, with an expected unveiling for later this spring/early summer and it looks really cool. The 44-storey building in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, will be home to 355 residential suites and offers 96 luxury boutique hotel rooms.

Since the location of Bisha is prime real estate in one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods, the amenities and event spaces are top notch and include; a rooftop infinity pool with restaurant and bar that overlooks Lake Ontario, 24-hour Café and main floor terrace and state of the art exercise facility.

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The design of all the interior spaces was led by Alessandro Munge from STUDIO, save for the 9th floor which musician Lenny Kravitz designed with inspiration from music, art and his travel experiences.

In addition to the hotel suites, Bisha also offers a number of rentable venue space for events. The lobby lounge can accommodate 130 seated or 200 for a cocktail reception with space on the main floor patio, for the perfect summer party.  At CityEvents we learned about all the spaces first hand and see a lot of potential for corporate events as well as the growing cultural events in Toronto.

Their biggest venue space is 2300 square feet and resides on the 43rd floor with spectacular views of the city and can be used for larger events or an intimate meeting space.  We anticipate this roof patio and view to be one of the best in the city.

Stay tuned to learn more about INK Entertainment’s flagship hospitality property.

http://bisha.com/

Bisha Hotel & Residences

80 Blue Jays Way

Toronto, ON

M5V2G3

P: 416-551-2800

 

Legends Never Die: The El Mocambo

May 15, 2017 by  
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Try as fate might, the El Mocambo is here to stay. The building that houses the legendary El Mocambo has had live music played in it since the original building was erected in 1850. Over the years it has hosted music for Toronto’s Hungarian, Irish and Portuguese communities. Had a Latin club on the top level,  a German dance club and even a striptease show at one point in 1971.

In 1972 it was rebranded to appeal to youthful blues and rock fans, bringing in the likes of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Tom Waits, U2, and Elvis Costello.  Its infamy exploded in 1977 with a surprise performance by the Rolling Stones (where they also recorded the Love You Live album). They booked massive acts like Blondie, the Ramones, Devo and Joan Jett. Basically, it was the place to go for live music in Toronto.

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The Rolling Stones play El Mocambo under the alias ‘The Cockroaches’ March 1977. Photo courtesy of Toronto Star.

Changes in the music industry’s touring practices meant a decline in business for the El Mocambo, unable to book big names, they resorted to small local acts. The club was sold in 1986 and suffered many changes of hand and closures over the years.

But like a classic rock band, the El Mocambo resurrected in the 90’s as an underground and garage music venue hosting the likes of White Stripes and Zoobombs and helping in the launch of Peaches, Toronto’s breakout electronic musician and performance artist.

El Mo changed hands and was reinvented once again in 2001 to feature music from every genre and a particular focus on charity events, hosting fundraisers for War Child, Amnesty International, Free the Children, World Vision and Blanket-Fest.

 

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The famous neon palm tree El Mocambo sign will continue to hang out front after more than 65 years. Photo from INK Entertainment’s Instagram.

November 6th, 2014 was to be the final swan song for the venue that could. At the last minute, the venue was bought by Dragon’s Den outspoken Michael Wekerle. But it has been closed since then, but for good reason, it’s been under renovations for yet another reincarnation.

This time around the El Mocambo will be home to a recording and production studio, designed my the same people that did Jimi Hendricks studio in NYC, as well as host live music events. The new El Mo will be managed by INK Entertainment, the same company behind REBEL, UNIUN, and Batch.  The remarketing and lead up is quickly gaining momentum on social media for the summer 2017 reopen. In the meantime, you can buy swag from their pop-up shop (when it’s not sold out of branded classic logo shirts and hats), Prohibition at 66 Kensington.

Keep an eye on our blog if this excites you as much as it does us. We’ll be sure to keep you updated

– Paula McDines

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