The Steam Whistle Roundhouse: A great spot in the heart of downtown Toronto

August 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Venues, Toronto

With more than 20 years in the business, the Steam Whistle Roundhouse is the ideal venue to host an event. Every year, it has more than 60 weddings, a variety of corporate parties, fundraisers, art shows, auctions, concerts, book readings, media launches etc.

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The venue can hold up to 750 people and has two main rooms:

  • The Main Hall: 250 people for a seated reception and can be customized to accommodate any kind of event
  • The Gallery: Also a 250 person capacity, great for performances and art events

The venue has 60’ ceilings and large windows offering a great view of Toronto.

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More perks: A variety of in-house suppliers can be used to customize the space. As well, their list of exclusive caterers can provide a wide variety of gourmet for your guests.

Being located downtown, at the foot of the C.N. Tower, provides a ton of exciting opportunities for your event. The amazing decor and atmosphere is the icing on the cake. The venue is surrounded by history including the nearby railway heritage centre and historic trains that fill roundhouse park.

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Steam Whistle has thought of everything: they also do home delivery! So, private events, corporate parties, anniversary celebrations or neighbourhood gatherings, just give them a call and Steam Whistle Home Delivery will bring the party to your place!

For more information, you can check the Steam Whistle’s website:

Steam Whistle Roundhouse

255 Bremner Blvd


Phone: 416.362.2337.



CFPDP to induct four NEW members into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame!

August 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Past Events

After celebrating the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary last year, CFPDP is excited to hold yet another induction ceremony on November 3, 2014. Honourable David Crombie, Chair, Canadian Disability Hall of Fame and Honourable Vim Kochhar, CFPDP Chair will welcome four new members into the fold at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Concert Hall in Toronto.

Each year, it gives CityEvents great pleasure to assist CFPDP in the planning of this awards ceremony and witness many outstanding Canadians inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Selection Board has chosen the following inductees in the categories of Builder, Achiever or Athlete.  These individuals have been selected because they have truly made a difference for people with disabilities.

  • Sudarshan Gautam, Achiever – First armless person to climb the summit of Mount Everest without the use of prosthetics.
  • Mark Wafer, Builder – As a Tim Hortons franchisee, Wafer has hired nearly 100 people with disabilities in competitively paid positions and developed an influential case mode for inclusive hiring practices.
  • Elisabeth Walker-Young, Achiever – Four-time Paralympic swimmer and multi-medalist Walker-Young was recently named Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto.
  • Chris Williamson, Athlete – Visually impaired athlete and Markham, Ont. Native Williamson is one of the world’s most decorated para-alpine racers.

Maureen Sabia, Chairman, Canadian Tire Corp. will be the keynote speaker this year. CFPDP is expecting an incredible turn out with over 500 guests registered for the event.

The Hall of Fame, located at both the former Metro Hall and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, is open to the public around the clock. Nominations come from sources across Canada, including community groups, private citizens, associations and organizations of and for people with physical disabilities.

For more information about CFPDP visit their website,

CityEvents will be tweeting live from the event. Follow us on Twitter @CityEvents for frequent updates.



El Catrin Destileria: Get ready to transport your taste buds!

August 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Venues, Toronto

Located in the famous Distillery District, El Catrin is waiting for you. This restaurant specializes in Mexican food and is an unforgettable culinary experience.


Peckish or hungry? Let yourself be carried away by a number of dishes created by one of Mexico City’s top chefs. Best part yet is that you can choose from a large selection of items starting from $4 and up.


If you’re looking to enjoy some Tequila and Mezcal, you can choose from over 118 bottles, giving El Catrin the largest collection of Tequila and Mezcal in Toronto. El Catrin also carries other bottles like Clase Azul Anejo, Don Julio Real, Jose Cuervo 250th Anniversary and more.

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As for the decor, it is breathtaking! Inside, you can admire an amazing mural while waiting for your delicious meal. Outside, the venue has one of the largest patios in Toronto where you can gather around a large cauldron, which is used to warm you up throughout the year.


El Catrin has more than 5 independent areas including 2 semi-private dining room and one semi-private room, El Bodega. So, El Catrin is a great venue for all kind of events.

Address: 55 Mill Street, Toronto

Phone: 416.203.2121



By: Raphaëlla Tareau

Maison Mercer: a multi-experience venue perfect for hosting a variety of events and functions!

August 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Venues, Toronto

Maison Mercer stands out as an event location because it is a multi-level spot. Whether you are looking for a performance stage, dance floor, catering kitchen, Mercer offers it all.  But what’s is most important for the summer- they have a roof top patio!

Being located in Toronto´s Entertainment District, the venue has a great location – just some minutes away from the Bell TIFF Lightbox, Rogers Centre, Metro Convention Centre.

Maison Mercer is a 12,000 square foot venue and it can host groups of 250 up to 1300 guests at full capacity. To offer its clients an unforgettable and unified event, they provide state of the art audio and lightning system, video walls.

A unique feature is the Maison Terrace, incorporating the South Beach style mixed with classic French European garden features. Providing great views of Toronto’s skyline, guests can enjoy the evening sun and enjoy the atmosphere of an urban place that takes you away from the city for a while! With a capacity of 350 persons the space is perfect for events.

Amenities and services at a glance

  • On-site Event Planner
  • Nearby self park
  • LED video walls and LCD 3D TV screens
  • Wireless microphone and Function One audio system
  • Wi-Fi
  • Event consulting services
  • Photography & Videography services
  • Ground transportation service (valet, car service)
  • Security services, catering services and coat check
  • Audio/visual technician
  • DJ services
  • Entertainment bookings
  • Event production services, invitation, flyers, print service

The venue at a glance

  •      Adress

15 Mercer Street ?(between John Street and Blue Jays Way)
Toronto, ON M5V 2M9
Tel: 416 341 7777
Fax: 416 971 0477

  •      Indoor Capacity

950 (Standing Cocktail Reception)
180 (Seated Dinner)

  •  Terrace Capacity

350 (Standing cocktail reception)
60 (Seated)


AFTERWORK DISARONNO TERRACE SCHMOOZE – A Refreshing night with Disaronno

August 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Past Events


On Friday August 15th Maison Mercer &Disaronno joined up for a unique edition of the Afterwork Schmooze!

As usual, the After Work Schmooze was accompanied by a complimentary BBQ and happy hour drinks. People enjoyed tasty burgers, grilled corn and chicken skewers.  On top of that, Disaronno – “the world’s favourite Italian liqueur” – offered free samples of Disaronno Sour and passed appetizers such as meatballs, bruschetta bites and Amaretto marinated cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto. So the guests had the full Italian experience!

A Live Jazz Band rounded off the event in a musical manner. The three musicians accompanied the first hours of the Schmooze with live music. Later on, a DJ took over. With his mix of current and classic club beats he ensured a relaxed and joyful atmosphere at the patio. Luckily, the weather was sunny that Friday so there was no need for a warm jacket even in the late hours.

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This After Work at Maison Mercer’s gorgeous rooftop terrace was the 3rd Schmooze that was co-hosted by Shanny in the City and CityEvents. The promotion via Social Media and Word-of-Mouth made many people curious about the event as the terrace was crowded in the first few hours. Many guests and familiar faces who attended the last Schmooze evenings returned because they had a really good time and met some nice people.

Many guests mentioned they liked the event due to the great terrace and how it makes you feel as if you are on a short holiday!  What is a better start to your Friday than $3.50 happy hour drinks, some food and meeting people? Hanging out on the sofas or at the bar having Toronto’s skyline in the background is a great extra on top!

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Abdi and Cassandra  attended the Schmooze for the first time. Here are their impressions. Abdi said that “the energy, atmosphere and execution of the event was outstanding and was a perfect way to end off the summer.” Cassandra mentioned that this event “certainly attracted crowds of young business professionals. The appetizers coupled with tasty Disaronno Amaretto made this a memorable and delicious afterwork schmooze.”

Make sure to check out the photos of the event

Written by Manon Larbot

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