A Fresh Distillery Opens in The Historic Toronto Distillery District

May 4, 2017 by  
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Hydroponic Herb Garden above the Bar at Spirits of York Co.

On Thursday, May 11tth, the Spirit of York Distillery Co. will open to the public offering their unique bottles of vodka and gin premium spirits. The small batches are being created using fresh spring water in stainless steel tanks using only locally-sourced ingredients.

The space is perfect for events. There is a large bar featured as the room’s centerpiece, with a three-tiered hydroponic fresh herb garden directly above it as well as a wall of botanicals and dried herbs used to infuse their spirits.  A specialty bitters bar is ideal for interactive demonstrations, mixology training, innovation, and education for others who are as passionate about spirits as Spirit of York Co. is.

There are also other rooms perfect for private dining and Team building here is a unique idea for your team.

The space fits up to 150 people and has maintained the historic features of brick and beam from the original roots of Toronto’s distillery hub.  Like many historic spaces, the venue has achieved a great mix of old and modern, with the lighting design and layout being a key feature. The Spirit of York Co. has brought back the art of distilling to the historic Distillery District with this contemporary ‘Spirits Hub’.

The Spirit of York will be exclusively available at their new location. But, keep your watch for their concoctions in the LCBO in the future. Perhaps at specialty cocktail bars, we can hope…

For more information visit:

Website: SpiritofYork.com

Instagram: @SpiritofYork

Twitter: @SpiritofYork


The Fermenting Cellar Wedding Expo – Distillery District

May 5, 2014 by  
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On April 13, the Fermenting Cellar held its second annual wedding open house in the Distillery District. This rustic yet stylish building showcases a brick exterior that captures the nostalgia of the building, which still resembles its 1861 façade. Heavy timber beams and limestone walls work elegantly together to capture and create a unique and mesmerizing one-of-a-kind atmosphere that can be molded and transformed. You will be enchanted from the moment you set eyes on it.

The Fermenting Cellar Wedding Expo 1This rustic and earthy table setting features a burlap raw tablecloth, bamboo flatware and rattan chargers. A simple mono or duo tone arrangement would compliment this setting, creating a simple and understated elegance.

The Fermenting Cellar Wedding Expo 6
This bold ensemble features gold/glass bead chargers, regal gold plated flatware, a paprika taffeta tablecloth and gold chiavari chairs. A mixed bouquet to highlight the season adds a beautiful finishing touch and pulls the colours together perfectly.

The Fermenting Cellar Wedding Expo 5This white table setting is classy and simple. This foundation works well when highlighting a feature color palate, in this case, purple. Bold, bright and rich tones work well on this backdrop, keeping the theme chic, stylish and sophisticated.

The Fermenting Cellar Wedding Expo 2

The three chandeliers in a row create the perfect space to position the head table. And the limestone wall gives great ambiance and character. No pipe and drapes necessary for this layout!

This set up allows for just about 100 guests in the ceremony. The wonderful thing about the Fermenting Cellar’s space is that it’s completely open concept. The above is just one suggestion for where and how to set up the service.

The Fermenting Cellar Wedding Expo 7

The Fermenting Cellar’s second annual wedding expo in the Distillery District.

Quick facts about the Fermenting Cellar:

  • A blank canvas that can be transformed into a dramatic backdrop for any event
  • A 7,500 square foot fully air-conditioned and heated space, including radiant floor heating
  • No room rental fees, staffing charges or 15 percent landmark commission fee applied when selecting in-house catering
  • Chattel rentals starting at $20 per person including tables, chairs, linens, bar glassware and all place settings, one lounge set and four white plexi-glass bars
  • Basic sound & lighting package starting at $2,200, with full A/V capabilities at an additional cost
  • Mandatory security guard presence starting at $225.00 per guard; minimum two guards
  • Wheelchair access including ample parking
  • 35 ft. ceiling; 16.3 ft. to bottom of beams

Space capacity:
With ceremony and dance floor

  • 200 plated
  • 200 stations
  • 300 cocktail

NO ceremony WITH dance floor

  • 300 plated
  • 300 stations
  • 500 cocktail

NO ceremony and NO dance floor

  • 350 plated
  • 400 stations
  • 600 cocktail

Partners for the wedding expo included Archeo, The Distillery Restaurants, The Boiled House, Eco Stems, Parlour, Chair-man Mills, Eventsouce.ca, Got Style, Lexx DB, Dance Floor Décor and Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc.

More information about the Fermenting Cellar can be found here.

Search and Social Rank Symposium 5 – a night of ideas!

Please join us for an evening presentation that is quite unlike any other event you will attend this fall.  In this dinner party, alcohol infused symposium, five different web marketing wizards are set to show-and-tell some sharp new ideas in search engine optimization and social media marketing, and… it all promises to be rather fun.  These guys are practacle jokers and this could be the best way to learn new cyber skills to help your website gain more traffic and recognition.  Come hungry, and prepare to laugh and learn as you feed your brain.

Its a fact that Google’s search algorithm is not published anywhere – its top secret.  Business owners and website designers can’t go look up the details anywhere to learn what the most important ranking factors are today…   Even the most exalted experts can only relate what they believe is true, and Search Engine Optimization SEO is always changing.  This craft is not taught in school – it must be learned on the job.

Social Media Marketing SMM on the other hand, is a more artful discipline that traffics in the generosity of friends and complex group dynamics.  But this artform is also very important part of is evolving fast and equally important as it drives consumer behavior… So what happens when you fuse SEO and SMM together?

Search and Social Rank Symposium Number Five celebrates the art and science of optimizing websites to be found first on Google for popular search queries.

The Event Speakers are four different artists and scientists who live and work at the intersection of Search Engine Optimization SEO and Social Media Marketing SMM.  These SMM experts will share their own true stories, tips and tactics for manufacturing findability.

When: Tuesday October 15th 2013 – 6pm to 9:30pm

Where: The Boiler House Loft in The Distillery District, 18 Tankhouse Lane, Toronto, Ontario

Tickets: SOLD OUT!

Moderated by Rob Campbell of Smojoe, Search and Social Rank Symposium Five stars Brian Rotsztein, Jennifer Balogh and Geoff Whitlock.

business storyteller, seo, rob campbell, contest journalism,Rob Campbell will Moderate, and discuss Memeweaving.  Campbell is a renown content marketing for SEO blogger and personality in Toronto who is known for using weird tactics to help clients gain page one rankings.  Rob will start and end the night’s discussions and set Speakers on a course to  explore the tools, tips and tactics found at the intersection of SEO and SMM.

Rob will discuss his latest ebook, Contest Journalism and how to do get a huge SEO lift using web contests, as a contest expert in a fifteen minute presentation entitled, “How to use web contests to rank 1st on Google!”   Rob’s presentation is funny and interesting – he uses real life examples to show how simple matches have helped sponsors build brand recognition on social networks, and rank #1 for common search terms on Google.

Jennifer Balogh, email marketing Jennifer Balogh is an email marketing wizard, and Senior Director, Account Management and Strategy at Vigorate Digital Solutions. She’ll speak on “Email Marketing in a Social World” which is set to explain, humourously or otherwise, why your company’s marketing department should still be using digital marketers and not falling for all this social media baloney. No actually, that’s probably not what she’s going to be talking about. but rather more like  how social media has impacted and improved email marketing systems.  In her eight years on the job, Jennifer has seen email marketing grow in many directions, and yet her vast experience is packed full of secrets and advanced solutions ; when you see the way she does her email newsletters it might change how you execute your next campaign.

eco friendly blog, Nikki FotheringhamNikki Fotheringham writes a popular eco friendly blog Green Moxie and is set to share “Five Secrets To Brand Storytelling”.  Nikki Fotheringham, by being personable and using her God given natural social media marketing super powers, has built quite a following of readers and fans on Facebook and Twitter.  The reason why is simple – she creates high quality content and is an advanced internet storytelling. Nikki is going to take fifteen minutes and present five slides to show us how she grew her little blog into a widely read (green) monster.

Brian Rotsztein is the travel weary President of the Canadian Internet Marketing Association, and CEO of Uniseo Montreal SEO & Internet Marketing Agency serving English and French speaking Quebec as well as a popular blogger at Purposive.  Brian has been engaged in web marketing since 1997.  He has authored the books “SEO for 2012”, and “Content Marketing Ideas: 200+ Tips for Your SEO and Social Media Strategy” which are available at Rotsztein.com.  Brian will be speaking about “How to Use Web Videos to Increase Ranking and Conversions”.  Mr. Rotsztein frequently speaks at large conferences like WordCamp, PodCamp, Social Media Breakfast, and others across Canada and the US.

content marketing agency secretsGeoff Whitlock, CEO of Content Marketing Agency will show a couple of amazing little videos and talk around them – hewill discuss the “Inter dimensional relationship between Paid Media, Owned Media and Earned Media” and share real life examples of how he delivers value to brands by executing or erecting creative scaffolding that become story filled monuments to his three different approaches to digital marketing.  Geoff will share his POEMS, Paid, Earned and Owned Media on the Web.

#SSRS5 on Twitter , follow Rob Campbell @Roberrific and @VigorateDigital @CityEvents, @brianrotsztein @ShepDaddy @GreenMoxie @Geoffness


For more information: www.searchandsocialrank.com or our host www.jib.ca

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2012 Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District

December 4, 2012 by  
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Christmas is in the air above the red brick cobblestones and inside each of the many Victorian era heritage buildings in the Distillery District until Dec 16th 2012; there’s a wide selection of hard-to-find goods and services associated with the season at the third annual Toronto Christmas Market.

Toronto Christmas Market, front gate by Jamie leigh TO

The 2012 Toronto Christmas Market is distilled from the old school European – style festive organization that brings together culturally rich family entertainment including musicians, carolers and children’s choirs. These markets originated in Germany, beginning in the early 1400?s, and are now being held in many countries all over the world, and this is arguably Canada’s biggest and best example. You can follow the Toronto Christmas Market on Twitter @TOChristmasMkt

This is a world class shopping destination. The stuff sold here is very rare and special as merchants must apply and are selected by jury for the right to sell unique products all along the different streets. The Distillery District is playing host, for the third year in a row to this festive extravaganza that is expected to bring three hundred thousand people to the compound.

thumbnail pictures of the submissions to 2011 Toronto christmas market photo contest

Lowe’s 2012 Toronto Christmas Market has a photo contest and you could win $250 cash or dinner in any of three world class Distillery District Restaurants!

Check the 2012 Toronto Christmas Market Photo Contest on Lenzr, or visit the Toronto Christmas Market website.

Toronto .com logo

Sponsored by Toronto.com, this photo contest allows attendees to compare notes. Last year this same call-to-action collected over 300 pictures, which in turn accrued over seven thousand votes as folks laboured to get their pics up into the Top Ten to be eligible for the grand prize.

Prizes for the 2012 competition are as follows,

Lowe's TCM logoWinner will receive a $250.00 cash prize,

2nd place will receive a $150.00 Distillery Restaurant gift certificate

3rd place will receive a $100.00 Distillery Restaurant gift certificate.


Upload original photos now and until December 25th

Voting begins December 15th and ends midnight Dec 25th

Top ten images advance to judges. *Sponsor is Judge, Here is a link to the Term of Use page unique to this contest. Winner announced on Lenzr blog Jan 1st 2013. Lowe’s 2012 Toronto Christmas Market event runs from Friday Nov 30th to Sunday December 16th, 2012 at The Distillery District, Must Be 13yrs older to enter – gift certificates and cash prizes will be mailed anywhere in Canada only. Good luck!

Exceptional Distillery District Hospitality Locations

February 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Ask Deb, Event Venues, Toronto, Uncategorized

I want to highlight for you one of this cities most talked about regions, The Distillery District. It has a lot of history for the city; filled with Victorian Industrial Architecture its past is very much present in the local businesses that currently occupy it. It is a chic location perfect for having fun among friends.

Archeo Trattoria's Bar

Many places in this city do Italian food but, Archeo Trattoria does it well.  The spacious environment lends itself well to hosting events; it can fit up to 200 people. Archeo also has a patio perfect for the summer. If you find yourself in the Distillery District don’t hesitate to try it out.

If you’ve ever had to choose between a great environment and great food you can appreciate Tappo Wine Bar and Restaurant as it has both. With their extensive menu and culinary skill it has a lot going for it. Specializing in classic Mediterranean and Italian food and extensive wine list; Tappo knows how to create an enjoyable meal. Its patio features two stainless steel fire pits.

The Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill has a comfortable, dare I say cozy environment. The menu is where the real fun begins which includes oyster, but also fish, pork, duck and steak frites.

For those of you that are more adventurous there is the Stirling Room.  It is a progressive and sophisticated lounge and bar for the young urban professional.  With weekly events this lounge is a great place to meet new people or connect with friends.  The décor is impressive with quartz counter tops and a baby grand piano that has been converted into a DJ booth.

Baby grand paino DJ booth

The Distillery District is extensive so I have only highlighted a few locations that I think stand out, but I want to know what in the Distillery District you enjoyed so please leave a comment in the section below.  These are just some of the restaurants and lounges in the Distillery there is also a number of event venues to be found at: www.fermentingcellar.ca


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