The Shameful Tiki Room: It’s time to escape!

June 20, 2017 by  
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From their website.

Did you know about the The Shameful Tiki Room in Toronto? Located near the Parkdale neighborhood, this restaurant is an extension of Vancouver. This diner is a real travel back in history.  His creator is Ernest Gantt, a former soldier, opened his restaurant in 1934 and even had the pleasure to serve Charlie CHAPLIN. So it’s been 83 years that this amazing atmosphere, music and visual atmosphere exists!

Sit down and close your eyes, every sense will be awaken: you will feel a welcoming sensation, hear exotic music, smell the fresh air of Hawaii mixed with smell of Hawaiian food, with this and the decoration you feel you are in the middle of a Hawaiian bar.

Food and drinks are also themed, you can drink a rum based cocktail for $8 or bowls for 4 or more from $23! Food can be shared such as Tiki Nachos ($16), or smaller exotic food such as Coconut Mango Rice with Naan Bread for only $7!

The restaurant has a maximum capacity of 70 customers! Don’t wait and book a table or this fun location for your next event.

For more information and photos visit their website: http://shamefultikiroom.com/toronto/

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From their website.

 

 

Location: The Shameful Tiki Room

                1 378 Queen Street West

                ON M6K1L7

                TORONTO

 

Follow them on their social media:

Facebook: The Shameful Tiki Room Toronto

Twitter: @ShamefulTikiTO

Instagram: @ShamefulTikiTO

 

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

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

Woman in PR: Support, Share, Grow, Succeed Together.

May 10, 2017 by  
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On Thursday April 27th, 2017, the Toronto Chapter of  The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations (Women in PR Canada) was officially launched. To introduce the organization to Toronto, there was an exclusive event held at the Sony Centre of Performing Arts with speeches from industry leaders addressing the question ‘What’s Next for Women in Canada’s PR Industry?’.

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The evening was moderated by Vanessa Morcom, Owner and Publicist, Morcom Media; PR Leas, ME to WE and Speakers included: Christine Faulhaber, President & CEO, Faulhaber Communications;  Chitra Aanand, Doctoral REsearcher and Professor; Scott Evens, General Manager, Edelman Toronto; Daniela Kelloway, Founder and CEO, ClutchPR; and Bunmi Adeoye, Vice-President, NKPR Inc.

Over the course of the evening we were reminded by Faulhaber that we need transparency, interns need more information and opportunity to shine and feel the chance to ‘manage up’ instead of being asked. She spoke of how risk taking never stop in the PR industry and we should take those risks to grow and share. “Fostering a community of collaboration versus competition is so important and often overlooked in our industry.”

Chitra Aanand spoke to the issues of quality and how woman must become leaders in business. She spoke powerfully about how we each must find out narrative, our own unique power and to figure out the messages we send to ourselves and no never lose those things in the ace of adversity. Aanand said, “Women dominate the PR industry; we are in a very opportunistic place in this industry.  What is most important for women in any industry is to be bold, be provocative in your thinking, take risks and surround yourself with people that believe in our vision”.

One of the few males of the evening, Scott Evans, let us know that the issues at hand are recognize, that women do have male counterparts willing and ready to see and help the change happen. He also reminded us that not everyone has the same goals, we are as unique in our goals are we are on our paths to those goals. He said, “We are all responsible for talking openly and creatively about how we can continue to push for environments where women can lead and succeed.”

Daniella Kalloway took the stage, full of life, to let us know that in the future of the PR industry, we are going to have to go back to our root. I stark reminder of the technological advances being made in our lifetime will vastly change how we head forward. Bring back the human element, connect with each other, face-to-face, collaborate and share ideas, this is how we will protect the women and industry. “To be part of an industry full of inspiring entrepreneurs and professionals is a hugely rewarding experience and I feel a duty to support and mentor other women in our field. If we support each other we will all rise together.”

The last speaker came out strong and a message of the present issues, PR in a Time of Protest. Bunmi Adeoye told of her observations on the current global situation, how we need to really open our eyes and ears to what is happening because if not, missing the mark will happen. To achieve this , we must be will to learn to grow personally and to set examples and be inspiration for others. The more we know and open ourselves to, the more we can be supportive, empathetic in chaotic times.“Every time, a person has an opportunity to see a capable, competent, hardworking and inspiring leader, it’s a chance for others to envision a future where they can guide others in their own unique way with their own unique gifts.”

Canadian Women in PR was developed for women (and men!) to share ideas, contacts, experiences and advocacy. “One of our main goals when forming this organization was to provide a place for women to thrive earlier in their careers and to strengthen the capabilities of established leaders in the PR industry,” said Talia Beckett Davis, Chairwoman and President, Woman in PR Canada.

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Women in PR Canada is the only organization in the country theat is dedicated to advancing women in the PR field. On the website, http://womeninpr.ca, you can find all kind of amazing and inspiring information, sign up to become a member and get access to job listings, online courses,  networking events and more.

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