More than your neighbourhood coffeehouse: Boxcar Riverside

June 29, 2016 by  
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The up and coming neighbourhood, Riverside, became a lot trendier with the opening of Boxcar Riverside, part of the Boxcar Social brand. Boxcar Social is a rustic-chic, coffeehouse that offers premium coffee, craft brews and charcuterie plates. The Riverside coffeehouse is the second location, with the first  at Yonge street and Birch avenue.

Photo courtesy of Boxcar Social

Photo courtesy of Boxcar Social

The owners wanted to do something they loved and they wanted to do it right. Bringing their customers beans from all over North America and having fresh, organically certified ingredients is very important to them. With the success of their first shop, they were able to bring great coffee, local beers and foods to the east-end.

Boxcar Riverside is a large, trendy coffee shop located at Boulton avenue and Queen street east. The gorgeous spot is a great place to get some work done and enjoy a quiet cup of your favourite coffee or host a private party and enjoy the local craft brews on tap.


Photo courtesy of Boxcar Social

Photo courtesy of Boxcar Social

Courtesy of: Boxcar Social

Hours of Operation
Monday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Wednesday: 8 a.m.  – 12 a.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.


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Stylish and Sophisticated: The Gates

June 27, 2016 by  
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Located on the corner of Church street and Gerrard street, The Gates boasts as one of downtown Toronto’s most genuine landmarks and undiscovered gems. As the venue was built in 1870, restorative measures took place to ensure The Gates is suitable for future use. Part of the restorative process included installing hardwood floors and LED lights to highlight the original factory support beams and brick archways.

The Gates is a warm and inviting venue which is ideal for corporate functions, receptions and product launches. With 9’ ceilings and over 4000 sq. ft. of floor-space, The Gates can accommodate 350 people for a reception style event or 120 for a seated event.

Features of The Gates:

  • Use of in-house PA and audio system
  • Two (2) TV monitors
  • Projection screen
  • Full day site access or day prior if space is not rented
  • Qualified on-site event consultant
  • LED lighting
  • Client can bring in their own alcohol with no corking fees


For more information:

66 Gerrard St.E.

Toronto ON

M5B 1G3


How to market your event and create the buzz with Youtube

June 27, 2016 by  
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If you have been following our series of how to market and create the buzz on social media, here is our new video!

This time we are telling you how to promote your event through Youtube: the number 1 video-sharing website used by millions of users. Youtube is a great tool to promote your events as it is free, easy to use and can increase your exposure on the web. The more popular your videos are, the more visibility you will get. In this video, we are explaining you how to use Youtube and how to create an interesting, as well as tips on how to create the buzz and to promote your event efficiently.


Here are some highlights of the video:


  • Use a catchy title and focus on the description: before posting your video, make sure to use a title that will drag the attention of your viewers, but also a good description of the content of your video. Keywords are everything on youtube as they will help you be more findable. Make sure to use specific keywords on the description and to use any other related keywords in the tags field.


  • Create good videos: Creating a good content is essential to create the buzz and attract more viewers. Make sure you are prepared for the filming of your video by choosing a specific location, having a script ready to structure your video.


  • Create the buzz: many companies use Youtube to promote their company, so it is essential to stand out from the crowd. Creating an original content will help you create the buzz and attract viewers. Also, it is essential to increase your brand awareness so add your logo and colours to your videos so people will recognize you more easily.

In order to create the buzz, make sure to make your audience the star of your video. You can interview the attendees of your event or create a vlog to show the organization of the event.


Watch our video below for more complete information and tips



Thank you for watching, and don’t forget to like this video, share it and subscribe to CityEvents to gain valuable knowledge about planning your future events.

Riding Towards Success, Toronto’s Harley-Davidson Cafe

June 23, 2016 by  
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Engines were roaring and barbecue was smoking as guests poured into 1903 Cafe, Toronto’s Harley-Davidson cafe. The grand opening of the cafe was supported by numerous open-bars, complimentary barbecue, a DJ and a JumpStart Rider Simulator.

The simulator is a stationary Harley-Davidson motorcycle, fitted to a Jump Start stand where attendees were able to sit on the bike and feel the power as they revved its engine. Even the most inexperienced of riders were able to take part in the fun.

Open just till September, 1903 Cafe gives Harley enthusiasts a look into the rich history of the company by showcasing an extensive lineup of bikes, tools and branded gear. 1903 Cafe aims to bring bike lovers from far-and-wide to enjoy the memorabilia, fresh coffee and great conversation.  The Harley-Davidson Cafe is a Canadian concept and the first of its kind in the world.

After a pour of one of their freshly made coffees, provided by Toronto’s Fahrenheit Coffee, the Harley-Davidson’s won’t be the only thing speeding off into the sunset.

The space is available for special events and can fit up to 350 people and currently has long, communal bench seating with a few lounge areas.


Photo taken by Deb Lewis

Experience 1903 Cafe at:

96 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z4


Schmooze Welcomes Snow Cones and Beer Pong for the Perfect Partio

June 20, 2016 by  
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Schmooze just keeps getting better and better! This past Friday’s event was a huge success with over 200 people in attendance. The rooftop was transformed into a colourful, lantern decorated garden, complete with flowers and balloons giving the patio the perfect summer feel.

27761950656_9a78c36458_zMiller Genuine Draft sponsored the event providing complimentary drinks to guests who arrived before 6:30 p.m., which was the perfect start to the night. The sun was shining bright and warm, making the snow-cone machine a massive hit. Guests were also treated to complimentary barbecue courtesy of Treeline Catering, which included sliders and skewers. A new addition to this Schmooze event was the classic party game of beer pong, set up to the right of the bar. The game was played by many guests, and even created a spectator gathering.


Guests created memories by taking pictures for our social media contest, the winner receiving a $25 Sweet Jesus ice cream gift card. To enter, contestants posted a picture using the hashtag, #MaisonAfterWorkSchmooze. The winner chosen by the most number of likes on the post. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winner @paola_latronico!


On behalf of CityEvents, we would like to thank everyone who came to Schmooze with us and made this yet another successful event. Don’t forget to join us Friday, August 12 for more after-work fun on one of Toronto’s best rooftop patios!


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