BIA’s Taste of Little Italy 2018: Come one, come all, come hungry! Experience an explosion of food, culture and so much more

May 22, 2018 by  
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The much-anticipated Taste of Little Italy event is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate Father’s Day, the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Toronto’s beautiful summer weather than by exploring one of Toronto’s most colourful and fast-evolving neighbourhoods?

The Little Italy Business Improvement Area (BIA) is set to jump-start this weekend-long food and culture event on Friday, June 15. The festival will run along College Street, between Shaw Street and Bathurst Street.

BIA’s Taste of Little Italy is free admission and TTC accessible. Festival hours are as follows:

Friday, June 15, 2018           6:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, June 16, 2018      11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 17, 2018         11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

With all the memorable elements you loved as a child, the BIA has added so much more! Your kids will love the midway, featuring fun carnival games with great prizes to win. If you don’t have kids, your inner child will surely have a ball. Or catch some air at the skatepark where you can enjoy skateboarding lessons. Check it out here: From sports and games to food and entertainment, this event is perfect for any fun family outing, or an evening with your friends.

Come catch a World Cup match at your favourite iconic bar, or adventure to one of the many new trendy restaurants and experience a blast of flavours. At the beloved Bar Raval, experience one of Canada’s most talented chefs Grant van Gameren’s explosive Spanish creations, or check out the hype at newly-opened Pinky Ca Phe chez Leemo Han, chef at Toronto hot spots Oddseoul and Hanmoto. Take full advantage of the beautiful weather with the extended patios until 1 a.m.!

This year, entertainers are coming from all over the world to perform at Taste of Little Italy. On Saturday night, see globally-celebrated singer-songwriter Sandro Giacobbe. Come back on Sunday for a performance by Dr. Draw, Toronto’s own violinist extraordinaire! Live performances are happening all day, everyday for the duration of the weekend.

Walk along picturesque College Street and find great shopping from local Toronto artists and designers where you can find jewelry, apparel, accessories, sports gear and so much more for yourself or for your loved ones!


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Host Website Little Italy BIA:



Twitter: www.twitter/TOlittleitaly

Brunswick Bierworks: a collective looking for beer craftsmanship and quality!

May 16, 2018 by  
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Brunswick Bierworks is a Canadian partnership brewery which values craftsmanship and quality. It collaborates and innovates with 25 local, domestic and international breweries to offer the freshest and highest qualitative beer possible.

Located at 25 Curity Avenue in North East Toronto, close to Taylor Creek Park, Brunswick Bierworks is the unique venue you are looking for your next event.



At the beginning a family hotel, it became a legendary venue for the community thanks to the help of the Senior Brewing Advisor, Christian Riemerschmid von der Heide, who has worked in the brewery and beverage industry for over 30 years and is a master brewer by profession, having brewed iconic brands from Augustiner in Munich to Guinness in Dublin.


Mains – Features

  • Brunswick Bierworks features high-tech equipment all manufactured by NSI Newlands, one of the finest manufacturers of beer equipment in the world, which allows the brewery to offer 20 different types of beer and to manufacture 200 cans per minute.
  • The brewery offers their products for guests to purchase in the Bottle Shop.
  • The Taproom is available for product launches, beer dinners, community events, gallery showings and intimate live sets. ?It features exposed brick, an open floor plan, fresh beers on tap and capacity for 150 people.
  • Flagship brands,?seasonal and limited release collaboration brews are also available on tap or for purchase through the Bottle Shop.



The brewery welcomes all kind of events and customizes the event quote based on a bar minimum spend that accommodates the size, duration and nature of your event. With a total taproom space including washrooms & prep kitchen of 3380 square feet, Brunswick Bierworks welcomes events serving up to 150 people.

Desserts – The Icing

Brunswick Bierworks is the perfect venue to offer originality and authenticity to your next event. With a strong history and quality products, you can be sure that your guests won’t forget your event.


Hours: Monday-Sunday up to 2am

Address: Brunswick Bierworks, 25 Curity Ave. Toronto, ON M4B 3M2

Contact: 416.285.1269 or

Capacity: Main taproom: 150 standing, 80 seating

                     Tasting cellar: 35 standing, 20 seated


Lasa by Lamesa: Filipino Food with a Modern Twist

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The LASA by Lamesa restaurant is open for more than a year and a half and has already earned its spot on the buzzy St. Clair Avenue. The restaurant is managed by the same owners as the Lamesa restaurant downtown in Queen Street.

In a cozy and welcoming environment, guests can enjoy a Filipino dish with a twist. The Filipino culture has always been influenced by Chinese traders, Spanish settlers and American soldiers, therefore the Filipino cuisine is a mishmash of their own flavors and all these foreign influences.

The ‘Meriendas’, the Filipino name for a light snack, can be considered as starters at LASA. BBQ pork belly, lumpias and other Filipino inspired snacks are only a handful among the Merienda menu.

The restaurants also offers a various vegetarian menu. There are vegetarian meriendas such as vegetable lumpias and tofu.

The motto of LASA is to offer modern and freshly made Filipino dishes and at the same time a fast service. This makes the restaurant ideal for a quick lunch or dinner. The USP of the restaurant is really the fast service, the tasty food and the modern Filipino charisma. The restaurant can hold up to 32 seated guests.

LASA also offers sharing dishes for two to three people and a combo plate for one. When ordering the combo plate, guests can choose between different kind of meat or chicken combined with rice and vegetables. LASA can also prepare vegetarian alternatives for the sharing and combo plates.

Guests can order fresh vegetables, also called ‘Gulay’ and salads prepared according to the Filipino kitchen rules.

Steamed Jasmine rice and garlic fried rice can be served with every starter and main dish.

You can order large party trays for 12-15 people at LASA by Lamesa. These orders have to be made at least 48 hours in advance and can only be picked up at the restaurant. The menu of the party trays consists of finger food, vegetarian, chicken, beef stew and desserts.
This restaurant is definitely worth a visit! For more information, visit the website or contact the restaurant via mail or phone.


634 St Clair Ave. West
Toronto ON M6C 1A9



Opening hours:
Monday closes
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 PM – 9 PM

The Travel Centre: the relaxing corporate venue!

May 9, 2018 by  
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Belonging to the Flight Centre Travel Group, The Travel Centre’s equipment is truly state-of-the-art. Located in 425 King St W, in the entertainment district at the corner of King & Spadina, the Travel Centre offers a strategic location for your next meeting.



As its objective is to offer a corporate meeting space while promoting its different services,  the Flight Centre Travel Group opened its Travel Centre in September 2017.

Designed by renowned Canadian architecture and design firm Quadrangle, the Travel Centre’s mission is to open the world for those who yearn to explore it.

Here you can see the different trips the Centre offers while collaborating with your partners in a comfortable environment.


Mains – Features

  • With 10,000 square feet, be prepared to enter an elegant vintage atmosphere.
  • High definition monitors in the foyer showcase the current campaigns and exciting travel destinations.
  • Upstairs, you will discover the main event space designed to resemble an elevated airport lounge.
  • The entire upstairs area can be transformed into an entertaining event space for your next event whether it be a seminar, hosted networking event or staff party.



The clean, monochromatic décor and state-of-the-art conference technology will allow you to offer a quality and unforgettable meeting.


Desserts – The Icing

If you are looking for a nice atmosphere for your next meeting, the Travel Centre is the place to be. It offers high-tech equipment, large space and is located in midtown Toronto. You might even discover your next dream holiday while you’re there!  Click here for more information.




Hours: Monday – Friday: 08am – 7pm

Saturday: 11am – 5pm.

Address: 425 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

Contact: Hoda Adoelsaud; 416-921-1177; 416-451-5036 or

Capacity: 70 delegates


BLUEBLOOD Steakhouse – To celebrate your special day with delectable food at Casa Loma

May 8, 2018 by  
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Located inside the gallant castle, Toronto’s Casa Loma, BlueBlood Steakhouse provides a refined dining experience in an upscale environment. Dining inside the magnificent and iconic Casa Loma will prove to be an unparalleled experience. BlueBlood Steakhouse is the perfect venue for your next special event.


BlueBlood has a large selection of house cocktails.  The Once Upon a Time drink is one of many from their extensive list, made from a mix of Bulleit Bourbon, Crown Royal, Northern Harvest Rye, Calvados, brown butter and salted caramel. It’s a pleasant variation on an old-fashioned served under a glass dome. When the dome is lifted, the smoke curls up – a treat for all senses.


The venue offers 138 elaborate seats at Casa Loma. It is a modern and edgy feel with a juxtaposition of classic heritage architecture, unique heirloom antiques and modern art pieces by Andy Warhol, Mr. Brainwash and Salvador Dali. Offering a modern twist on the classic steakhouse, the menu highlights various cuts of the finest beef from around the world, as well as fresh seafood and an extensive international wine and spirit list.

With a section dedicated to fine beef cuts from around the world, including a list of Wagyu from Mishima Reserve (U.S.A.), MB9+ (Australia) and A5 (Japan). A Wagyu filet tasting includes all three. They also have seafood towers, tableside caesar salad, and fiery desserts like a baked Alaska and flambéed crêpes


A sweet way to start your special night! Try their profiteroles, served in a chocolate sphere with a side of house-made hazelnut ice cream. When the chocolate sphere is melted by the warm chocolate source, house-made hazelnut ice cream appears. That sounds tasty! They also have a lot of fantastic desserts. Let’s give it a try!


Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 5pm – 12am (kitchen closes at 11pm)

                Thursday – Saturday 5pm – 1am (kitchen closes at 11pm)

Address: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto ON M5R 1X8  <Valet Parking Available>

Contact: +1.416.353.4647 /


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