A toast to Oktoberfest!

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Ontario, Past Events, Toronto

In Munich, Germany people have already said “O’zapft is” (“The beer is tapped”). In Germany Oktoberfest started on September 20th and lasts until October 5th. So it is time for women to dress in their “Dirndl” and for men to put on their leather shorts. See for yourself, the following picture shows one of the crowded beer tents this year!

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But no worries if you did not make it to Germany – Toronto hosts some great Oktoberfests as well!

Mill Street Brewery – The BEER HALL Oktoberfest on October 4th

Mill Street Brewery presents their annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 4th at The Beer Hall at Mill Street Brewery. It is one of the biggest Bavarian Bashes in Toronto! They have live entertainment, traditional food fare, 20 different beers on tap and a ceremonial keg tapping. Tickets are $25 and it is $200 for a table (for 10 people). For more information or tickets call them at 416.681.0338

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Canadian Cancer Society  OktoberFEAST on October 16th

On October 16th the Canadian Cancer Society`s 2nd Annual OktoberFEAST takes place at the Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.). The venue, a century-old former streetcar repair facility creates the perfect atmosphere for beer lovers and foodies! The place will unite beer enthusiasts, brewers, restaurants as well as Canada’s most trusted cancer charity. Tickets are $25 and for more information visit www.cancer.ca/oktoberfeast

Toronto Oktoberfest October 3rd and 4th

Last but not least there is the Toronto Oktoberfest presented by Piller’s. True to the Bavarian roots, they claim to offer an authentic “Festehalle experience”. For 2014 they have increased the capacity of their tent, which is 35,000 sq ft. People can also access an outdoor space, a real Biergarten! And there is non-stop music now, so no excuses to stop dancing! This is going to be great news for beer lovers: There will be at least 12 varieties of German and European beers. The event takes place on October 3rd and 4th. “Tapping of the Keg” starts on Friday October 3rd at 4:30 pm until 1:00 am. On Saturday October 4th is is “Stein Haus Day” from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm. On Saturday October 4th it is “Ein Prosit Closing Party” from 7:00pm to 1:00 am. Get tickets here:

“Tapping of the Keg”

“Stein Haus Day”

“Ein Prosit Closing Party”

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For further questions send a mail to info@torontooktoberfest.ca

So you see, there are great opportunities to attend an Oktoberfest! Be sure not to miss them.


Bright Nights, Bright Dreams – Charity Soirée

September 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Non-Profit Events, Past Events, Toronto

“Making dreams come true for kids living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.”

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On November 13th  2014, the 3rd Annual Charity Soiree “Bright Nights Bright Dreams” will take place – so save the date! The event is supposed to bring dreams to life for children with life-threatening illnesses or physical disabilities. Before this year is out, Sunshine will have fulfilled dreams for over 7,000 children! It is the second annual nationally branded event here in Toronto.

Join us for a theatrical evening in support of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada. There will be great special features like a unique tasting experience, a candy buffet and hors d’oeuvres and refreshments! For sure not only the kids will love that. There will also be some special guests – who is kept in secret so far. Last but not least dream silent auction items are available.

When: Thursday, November 13, 2014 – from 6pm to 9pm

Where: The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning SickKids, Toronto

Get tickets here!

In support of Sunshine. Dreams for kids since 1987

The Round Venue – Celebrating its first birthday September 19th!

September 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Venues, Ontario, Toronto

Experience a captivating space in the heart of Kensington Market. Welcome to the Round Venue – the biggest licensed venue in the Kensington area! Immerse yourself in this venue, which is fully equipped with a licensed bar, a commercial kitchen, and a performance stage. Discover the  dynamic style of the multidisciplinary event space and their fresh sounds.

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Last year in September the venue opened its doors to the public. The venue offers a great variety of events like electronic music or dancing, cabaret, live bands or art nights. What’s special is that you will find many local artists among them. The owners strive to make it a hub for arts and culture in Toronto.

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The Round Venue can be booked for private events like corporate events or birthdays. Either you can book the whole venue or ask for a separated area you receive for your guests. Since the venue can host up to 200 people it is great for bigger events.

The Round Venue offer a great menu serving appetizers and main dishes made out of fresh and local ingredients. For the near future, the owners plan to have a general menu because so far it is just offered when an event takes place.

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If you love a great choice of drinks you will be statisfed with the Round Venue’s offerings. They offer a great variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks! They have plenty of domestic and imported beers, the variety goes on to vines, scotches and cognac.

On September 19th the Round venue’s first birthday with an amazing dance party is going to take place. So take the chance to check out the venue. Visit CityEvents Facebook fanpage because we are giving away two tickets for the night.

Visit their homepage http://roundvenue.com or directly come to the venue on 152A Augusta Ave.? Kensington Market, Toronto.

In-N-Out Took Over Toronto at Ganzi: CityEvents was Thrilled to be Hired by In-N-Out Burger as their Local Event Planner

September 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Past Events, Toronto

First and foremost, thank you to everyone who came out to the In-N-Out Burger Pop-up at Ganzi Osteria. It was a great success and we are honored to have been a part of such an exciting event. Thank you to the entire team at In-N-Out, the fabulous crew at Ganzi Osteria and the CityEvents staff for making it a big hit.

Here at CityEvents, we’re huge fans of In-N-Out Burger and having an opportunity to bring the famous Double Double® to Toronto, if only for a bit, was a blast for us.  I can see why In-N-Out Burger is so popular, not only are the burgers awesome but the staff that travelled to Toronto were friendly ambassadors. They worked well with the onsite team and you could see they wanted to ensure the best product possible was served to Torontonians. I could tell they were impressed with the excitement in Toronto around their Pop-up.

Over the course of the day, we had hundreds, upon hundreds of loyal fans waiting in line, eager to get a taste of In-N-Out. We were so excited to see that In-N-Out’s earliest fan, actually arrived at 6:30 A.M (now that’s a true fan).

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The excitement didn’t end with just the fans, but the media showed up, from around the city to get a shot of the event. Not only did In-N-Out burger cause a social media frenzy here in Toronto, they were trending on Twitter. It’s safe to say, In-N-Out Burger was the talk of the town for a few days and I’m sure Toronto would welcome them back.

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For some, this was an opportunity to re-experience a restaurant they’ve loved for years, or for others, it was a chance to taste a bit of the magic that has made In-N-Out a household name. All in all, Toronto definitely showed that we love In-N-Out, just as much as we love Tim Hortons.

Overall it was an exciting day and during all of the excitement inside while people tasted the famous In and Out Burger Deb Lewis from CityEvents and Dan from Ganzi were speaking to the media about this one day Pop Up.

A few media mentions include: This interview with SunTV  and article in National Post .

Stay tuned for more photos of the event next week in our newsletter.

Check out this video to take a look at what went down at the pop-up!

Small but Lovely Events in Toronto’s communities!

September 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Venues, Toronto

The warm weather is changing soon. Use the remaining sunny days and attend one of Toronto’s smaller community events. We have provided a few ideas in this article where you can attend a local event within a big city.

The Beaches host a very interesting event, which the artist lovers among you will like! The Beach Guild of Fine Art group presents it’s annual fall show and sale featuring paintings by over 40 of the Guild artists. You will also find lucky draw and a gift boutique there. The event takes places on Friday September 19th to Sunday September 21st from 10 am to 5 pm. Come to Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.

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The Beaches host another event that’s is especially interesting for families and kids! The Mooseketeer Kid’s Club encourages children to come up with creative ideas to collect loose change all summer. By doing so, they help take a bite out of canine cancer. There are prizes for top coin collectors! This is the kid’s portion of the 3rd Annual Walk to End Canine Cancer. The event takes place Saturday September 29 at noon. Come to Kew Beach and walk to End Canine Cancer. Visit www.beachesliving.ca/ to check out more events at the beaches!

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At this time of the year almost all of the crops are in! Come to the Leslieville Farmers Market and buy local and seasonal food! The Market’s Mission is to “Foster engagement and relationship among market goers and local environmentally responsible food producers, The Leslieville Farmers’ Market increases access to and awareness of local and seasonal food.”

Taste the different flavor of locally grown food and appreciate its organic origin. The Farmer’s Market is at Jonathan Ashbridge Park?and takes place every Sunday from 9am-2pm ?on Queen St E. between Greenwood & Coxwell. The? 2014 Season: May 25th to October 26th.  Check out their website for more details http://leslievillemarket.com.

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Last but not least we want to introduce you to a small and unique festival at RoncesvallesVillage. If you have Polish roots or if you are interested in getting to know their culture, this event is the best opportunity! This Polish Festival is North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture in Toronto’s neighborhood! You can enjoy local and international music, folklore and entertainment from near and far on multiple stages. Join the  “Dance Under The Stars” polka party as well as cuisine from Roncesvalles’ renowned restaurants and experience a traditional Polish fare. The event takes place from Saturday September 13th to Sunday September 14th.  To see more pictures visit the event’s website click here 

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As you see, there are lots of great events coming up! But there are so many more taking place in Toronto this month. Check out our event calendar and find out what is pleasing you.

By Mareike Kanning 

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