Here at CityEvents we specialise in planning and promoting boutique events around the city. However, to get right into the winter spirit we’ve thought we would pick some of our favourite highlights happening around the city this winter season.
So if you’re climbing aboard a westjet to Toronto this winter or call it your home here are some of our personal highlights to see this season.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair -November 1 – 10, 2013
The Royal Agricultural winter fair is the largest indoor agricultural and indoor equestrian competition in the world.
Now in its 90th year the fair draws over 340,000 visitors ever y year to experience a mixture of horse shows, dog shows and over 300 vendors. Along with a plethora of family fun competitions to see there is also fine wining and dining on offer from luxurious ring-side dining to late night dance parties at The Hitching Ring Bar.
Santa Claus Parade – November 17, 2013
Since 1905 the Santa Claus Parade has been a staple Toronto tradition. Kids and adults alike will be mesmerised by the stream of animated floats, marching bands, and thousands of costumed dancers interacting with the crowd. This is a must see for anyone with children and really lets the Christmas spirit set in.
Cavalcade of Lights – Saturday November 30, 2013
For nearly half a century the cavalcade of lights celebration has dazzled crowds with thousands upon thousands of LED lights and decorations. It is also the celebration of the start of the holiday season by lighting up one of the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees around.
The event also features live music from some of Canada’s top musical talent with soul singer Divine Brown, Grammy award winner CarvinWinans and electro-pop artist Diamond Rings all playing this year’s event. There is also a fantastic fireworks display and an ice skating party in Nathan Phillips Square making this event a true Toronto holiday tradition.
Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market – November 29 to December 15, 2013
A tradition in most cities, a Christmas market captures everything we hold dear about the holiday season and Lowe’s Toronto Christmas market is exception.
This annual free events encapsulates holiday cheer with an array of stalls offering handcrafted goods, mulled wine, craft beer, festive illuminations and decorations and of course plenty of sweets and treats. There is loads of family entertainment on offer from musicians and carol singers to Santa’s workshop where kids can have the chance to meet Santa and his elves.
Winterlicious – January 31 – February 13, 2014
Taking place after the madness of Christmas and New Year’s is Winterlicious, a 2 week long celebration of creative cuisine and gourmet food from around the world.
For any food lover winterlicious is unmissable with every taste and palette catered for with over 100 of Toronto’s top 100 restaurants hosting some culinary treats. It’s the perfect opportunity to try new things and indulge in a few extra naughty winter treats.
We hope you have the chance to visit some or maybe all of this events! Enjoy the winter !
Daniels Spectrum – Artscape and Regent Parks New Event Venue and Platform for Culture Exchange & Collaboration
Toronto’s Downtown East neighbourhood has a new arts and cultural centre! Daniels Spectrum, located at 585 Dundas Street East is Toronto’s new cultural hub. This centre is the home for many local community programs including: COBA Collective of Black Artists, Native Earth Performing Arts, Regent Park School of Music, Regent Park Film Festival, ArtHeart Community Art Centre, Pathways to Education, and Centre for Social Innovation.
Daniels Spectrum is designed to encourage creativity, showcase artistic talent, and support workshops for social and cultural innovation. The centre is filled with colour from the outside exterior to the inside, with inspiring art amongst the walls of the hallways and rooms. The 6,000-square-foot ADA SLAIGHT HALL, fully equipped with video projection, sound system, lighting grid, retractable seating and stage provides an affordable space, great for hosting a community or non-profit event.
The MDC PARTNERS COURTYARD is a 4,000-square-foot outdoor space, perfect for outdoor performances and gatherings. Among the two larger spaces are additional spaces perfect for smaller performances, workshops, community meetings, receptions, and art exhibitions.
Daniels Spectrum is a great addition to Toronto’s Downtown East neighbourhood. A terrific community centre and venue space! For more information on Daniels Spectrum visit:
2nd Floor , located at 461 King St. W is the city’s newest event venue.
The 3,000 square foot space offers an open concept, clean industrial feel including exposed brick walls, large bright windows, a 36 foot bar with custom light boxes, 12 and a half foot high ceilings and hardwood floors.
This venue was designed by MSDS Studio, the same team who designed SPiN Toronto.
The space includes full bar and snack area. In the specially designed and elevated DJ booth they have high-quality furniture and all A/V equipment needed for a DJ. It is great when planning an event as the venue is already wired for sound, video etc
Plan a private event there! You can use this venue for weddings, social events, parties, launches, concerts, previews, film and photo shoots, runway shows and more. The venue can hold up to 160 people for seating and 215 people for standing events. The venue can be transformed to suit any occasion and style, making it the perfect space for hosting and customizing events. We were happy with the great sightlines and blank canvass the venue has to either keep as is or dress up.
2nd Floor has great catering from executive chef Jon Lovett, offering a seasonally sourced menu. All dishes are crafted with locally grown ingredients from a variety of regional suppliers.
For the launch of 2nd Floor, the owners had donated the space to the Toronto Transit Alliance for a transit symposium on Tuesday, January 22. The symposium included a transit discussion and debate moderated by former mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson with panelists including TTC CEO Andy Byford, former Toronto chief city planner Paul Bedford and community activist Desmond Cole.
King St East AVEDA Beauty School will soon host the ‘Live Hair Showdown’ portion of the 2013 Born To Style Competition
The flagship Aveda Institute professional hair and beauty school in Toronto is directly opposite St James Park at 155 King St East. This is the green space where the 2012 Occupy Movement settled in the city, and the salon below and school up top both have wide windows that look out on to the park. For some students that must have been very challenging scenery. Truly gifted beauticians are therapists and empathic to ailments and societal malaise. The best of the breed do indeed feel like they were called to the job of being hair stylists from a higher power – they feel like they were born to style.
Born to Style is a nationwide search for Canada’s next top stylists; its a real contest into which many dozen young people will enter and four will find, after winning a live competition, that their entire tuition worth approx $10K each is paid in full.
AVEDA Institute Canada challenges young people to step up and prove they are Born to Style again in 2013; applicants need to show contest admin why they deserve to be included in each city’s top five finalists group. They need to make and publish video media to show what they will do when asked to perform in a live hair styling competition in front of important guests, and be judged by celebrity stylists in all four cities across Canada.
2013 Born to Style Hair School Scholarship Contest, presented by Aveda Institute Canada is the exact same structure as last year, and accepts video submissions until 1st March 2012.
This social media contest was created to help innovative and imaginative youth who are just starting out in beauty craft and perhaps, as yet, do NOT even know the basics of cutting hair. This challenge could be the first step in a new career as a beautician or fashion stylist. The competition is designed to help these young artists become world class stylists and a satisfying career that begins by winning all tuition expenses paid prize to be redeemed at AVEDA Institute in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.
Do you wonder what it would be like to win a contest like this? How would this change your life, exactly? The Aveda Institute Canada blog did a good job Catching Up With Winnipeg’s Robyn Thompson, the girl that won the grand prize in Winnipeg last year.
There will be four hair showdowns, one in each city Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver. Stay tuned to the social media channels in each of the cities for the dates.
Check out this video that was made after Born To Style in Vancouver 2012!
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