Valentine’s Day Guide for the Maters and the Haters

February 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Past Events

Whether you’re married, in a relationship, single or have children, there is something for everyone this Valentine’s Day season!  Here’s your guide in picking the perfect way to celebrate this season of love.

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If you’re thinking ‘ I hate Valentine’s Day, it was created by card companies to get more money’, you’re in luck because we have a list of anti VDay activities for you too!

Couples 

This weekend (Feb 15-16) the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will be screening the classic film Casablanca as the TSO will perform Max Steiner’s iconic score.

For couples wanting to sweeten things up, Le Dolci is offering a Valentine’s Day cupcake decorating class. Learn how to bake and decorate like a pro while working with fondant, and buttercream making hearts, roses, bows and Cupid’s arrows, in this hands-on decorating class.

Sweep your partner off their feet with the Valentine’s Big Band Dance.  An evening promising to deliver a night of romance, dinner and dancing. The band will be performing hits from the big band era, including hits by Bobby Darrin, Peggy Lee and Glen Miller.

For the animal lovers out there, The Toronto Zoo will be featuring a Valentine’s event with the opportunity for couples to look at how different animals raise their young.  The evening will start off with a romantic dinner, followed by meeting some animals, learning about their offspring, and culminating in a visit to the zoo’s reproductive labs.

Family 

For parents who want an evening of romance but can’t find a sitter, Pawsitively Pets has an exciting alterative that the kids will love. Close encounters with several animals and a special pizza dinner! A fun evening for everyone.

On Sunday if you’re feeling to lazy to cook from all the weekend excitement, Old Mill Toronto will be hosting Sunday brunch and dinner buffet with a little Valentine’s twist on it. Both meals will feature a selection of favourites and specialty dishes. And did you know the Old Mill is celebrating 100 Years?

Take a walk on the sweeter side of Kensington Market at Tasty Tours.  Chocolates, cupcakes, pastries, you name it the tour will bring you there.  The tour will take place on Friday, February 14.

Singles 

Single and ready to mingle? Well you’re in luck because Valentine’s Day seems to be a bumping time for singles events.
On Friday House of Moments will hold the Sugar and Spice Valentines Party. This event features a dinner, dance with open bar option included.  Attendees will groove to live music and DJ Ricky Lee amusing music.

Those in their 20s to 30s can search for love at Simply Sophisticated Speed Dating with a complementary glass of wine and gourmet appetizers.

Singles looking for their Sherlock or Nancy Drew make your way to the Royal Ontario Museum. The ROM is holding a singles-only murder mystery. A curator has been murdered and a trail of clues left behind. After the code has been cracked have the opportunity to explore the ROM famous collections. A night of mystery, learning and maybe even love.

The Beaver (ladies only) on Queen West, with a DJ’s spinning all female artists (LGBTQ)

An all male singles evening will be held at The Marquis of Granby. Meet 10 – 12 single bachelors while enjoying complementary drinks and appetizers. (LGBTQ)

The BOND Affair Pop Up Dinner Series promises to be a night of mystery and luxury. Four course gourmet meals, unknown set locations (golf clubs, museums art galleries ect.) and hors d’oeuvres with drinks in the Bond lounge.  Valentine’s Day has already sold out but will be hosting others, so keep your double o’ open for the next one!

Anti-Valentines Day

Finally those of you who can’t stand this day, why not be surrounded by others who feel the same.

Revival Restaurant will be holding its 2nd annual Anti-Valentines Day Mixer. Enjoy fun and games as well as Dj Ideal who will be spinning everything from R&B to Funk.

Looking to let off some steam, Zirger Academy Martial Arts has a workshop for you.  Pad Drills Valentine’s Day workshop is a great workout and an even better way to forget the chocolates, flowers or even that ex. 

If you need a good laugh to get through the day, Second City has the show for you,  “We’ll Tickle The Funny Bone. The Rest is Up to You.”  So put down the ice cream bucket and save the tissue for tears of laughter.

 

 

20th Annual Disability Hall of Fame Inductees 2013

logoOn Tuesday November 5th, 2013, 20th Annual Disability Hall of Fame Inductees was held by the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP) at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Around 300 guests came out to celebrate 5 honorable inductees who made an outstanding contribution in their fields.

Here is a list of inductees who were celebrated:

- Paralympian Stephanie Dixon who was the first Canadian woman in history to win five gold medals in a single Paralympic Games winning 19 medals throughout her career.

- Ramesh Ferris, who is a global leader in the battle to end polio. He hand-cycled more than 7,000 kilometres across Canada to raise money and awareness for global polio eradication, education and rehabilitation and provide humane support and rehabilitation for the survivors.

- Jerry and Annie Johnston who introduced Canada’s first program for disabled skiers and were instrumental in the growth of the sport in Canada.

- Founder, publisher, editor and guiding spirit of Abilities magazine connecting 80,000 readers across Canada, Raymond D. Cohen (posthumously)

- This year’s Lifetime Achievement recipient is David Crombie who always has time for disability issues, beginning with his Mayor’s Task Force on the Disabled, and then, for 20 years the selection committee chair for the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame and gifted MC for every presentation.

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After guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, the award-giving ceremony started with a speech provided by CFPDP Chair, Honourable Vim Kochhar. After he presented the awards, each of the inductees made a touching short speech that made guests reconsider about the importance how to view people with a disability. The hall was filled with applause due to the inductees’ amazing speeches.

YWCA Donate & Learn Workshop – Search & Social Marketing

May 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Past Events, Toronto, Uncategorized

Supported a great cause and learned from ABC News, Google Canada and Green Lotus search engine and social media marketing experts. Speakers provided industry best practices to better manage your online marketing strategy, improve brand awareness and your bottom line.

Where: YWCA Toronto Headquarters, 87 Elm St. Toronto (Bay & Dundas)

Admission: FREE with a donation to the YWCA Toronto Girls’ Centre

Whether just starting to plan an online marketing strategy or deep into implementation; the Donate & Learn Workshop provided the knowledge, strategies and networking opportunities needed to improve online marketing results,&take your businesses to the next level!

For more information contact:

YWCA Donate & Learn – Search and Social Media Workshop

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YWCA.TO

Twitter: @YWCAToronto

Sponsored by: Go Daddy, Toronto Star’s NewInHomes.com, Epic Cruises and Big3 Video Agency

100% of donations went to the YWCA Girl’s Centre – a judgment free and supportive environment for young women to start building their futures. The YWCA Girls’ Center members are media savvy, fearless future leaders. Supporting members of the Girls’Center becoming exactly who they’d like to be!

Product – Nightclub

April 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Event Venues, Ontario, Toronto

INK ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHED ITS NEWEST NIGHTLIFE DESTINATION “PRODUCT”  OPENED ON MARCH 16TH, 2013.

This is London has closed and reopened as a newly redesign nightclub and event venue. Product a new nightlife destination from Charles Khabouth’s INK Entertainment.

Joe Ghost and Toronto Raptors DJ 4 Korners rocked the beats and took part in the nightclub’s grand reopening celebration 3 weeks ago.

The new design has at the same influences as a modern New York penthouse apartment and a Studio 54 with a mix of colourful paintings, collage works, murals and sculpture. According to the designer Kenny Baird :” The club’s ultra-chic interior design is an “art collector’s residence-meets-nightlife” concept”.

PRODUCT is located in the heart of Toronto’s amazing entertainment district, close to the area’s finest restaurants and theatre district. (364 Richmond Street)

Its capacity goes from 200 to 1200 reception style
Here some of the specificities & features :
• Video projection
• Programmable intelligent lighting
• Women’s spa & washroom
• VIP sections
• 2 floors
• Valet parking

About Ink Entertainment:

INK is one of Canada’s foremost hospitality and entertainment companies, setting the trend in world-class music and sound, forward design, mouth-watering food and an A-list clientele of celebrities, musicians, artists, professionals and corporate partners alike.

Manage by visionary entrepreneur Charles Khabouth, INK has demonstrated an acute ability to adapt to the trends of the entertainments industry

More information and pictures: http://inkvenues.com/venues/product/

CityEvents goes Social

April 3, 2013 by  
Filed under CitySocial, Past Events, Toronto

 

In case you missed the exciting news, we at CityEvents, Toronto’s premier event planning boutique, have expanded operations to include CitySocial, our social media management & training division! The new services being offering consist of designing and executing online marketing campaigns for products and events, focusing on social media planning and tactics. Additionally, we will have training and guidance available for those who wish to manage their own online marketing, but are not familiar with social media, or the right strategy for them.

We cater our event planning and marketing services to small and medium size businesses in international trade, arts and culture, and the hospitality sectors, as well as non-profit organizations. We are also offering our new social media services in French and Spanish!

Two weeks ago we had the opportunity to launch CitySocial, as the official social media sponsor of UnExpected ’13, the Opening Night VIP Party for the Canadian Special Events Expo. Our team managed online interactions prior to and after the event, and were responsible for on-site promotion of contests, and social media engagement. This recent expansion will now offer our client’s the opportunity for one stop shopping at CityEvents, from product and event development, marketing strategies, metrics, and more.

Check out the photos from UnExpected ’13 and our CitySocial launch: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityeventstoronto/sets/72157633048285693

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