Events for Event Planners – Beat the Catch 22

March 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Past Events

As an event manager, meeting planner or overall special events coordinator, we all have one common goal – to provide the biggest, the best and most out-of-the-box events to our clients. Most of this comes with experience but a good chunk of it is due to exposure. Our ideas and inspirations come from everywhere. From creating, attending or running an event, to a night on the town with friends and yes, even a good ‘ol lounge session in front of the TV. After all, who would’ve of thought of a lollipop dress as a way to serve dessert, or fishbowl centrepieces? If experience is what you lack, or you’re looking for some fresh new ideas, expose yourself to the following shows and resources to help broaden your creative spark and event knowledge!

Canadian Special Events Expo 2014 & Event Tech-ology Summit

This three-day event is jam-packed with new ideas, inspiration and affordable solutions for your event planning endeavours. Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from March 25-27, 2014 the CSE Expo provides planners with the tools and resources to make your events POP, all while strengthening your professional network. Whether you’re an experienced event planner or are new to the game, you will definitely want to attend! This year’s expo includes over 50 new vendors, food trucks, and chocolate and ice bar samples. You can even join ISES on the show floor for insights and knowledge from industry experts at no cost! Have a burning tech question? Head to the tech bar to get your questions answered and even bring your own devices! Also, be sure to check out APPSTRAVAGANZA – new for this year, it will introduce innovative and effective online technology with hands-on and guided learning. This expo provides many opportunities and is not to be missed!

Ignite Business Event Expo (IBE)

The Ignite Business Event Expo will be returning to Toronto on April 8th and 9th at the Direct Energy Centre. Attend this event for NEW and exciting inspiration to help your career. Connect with unique suppliers and be sure to check out the experience zones that will help spark and kindle creativity. This expo offers an exciting business environment that sets the stage to perfectly network and connect!


Have you heard of IncentiveWorks? Coming up on August 19th and 20th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is Canada’s largest event for planners and organizers! This show gives industry professionals the opportunity to network with vendors, suppliers, speakers and other resources to stay current on what what’s hot and trendy! With a trade show of over 700 local, national and international suppliers in the meetings and events industry, you’re sure to make some meaningful connections!

Event planning is a career that is fast and is forever-changing. Trends are as unpredictable as spring in Toronto 2014. Stay relevant by exposing yourself to resources and network to equip you with the tools to be at the forefront of the event industry.

The Unique, Sleek and Chic FountainBlu

March 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Venues, Ontario, Toronto

Fountain Blu- Toronto’s Premier Event Venue

In the heart of Toronto’s historic Exhibition Place is a FountainBlu, 5,500 square feet of elegance, class and history. FountainBlu is Toronto’s Premier event venue. FountainBlu is luxury redefined.

The venue caters to groups of every scale and type, from executive board meetings, weddings, to small-scale conventions. Meeting space includes two elegant rooms that will accommodate 20 to 600 people.

As your guests enter the venue, their minds are sure to be captivated by beautiful exposed brick, an intricate art piece of the theatre symbol; comedy and tragedy masks as well as a truly lavish grand staircase that leads you to the second floor. The second floor offers two rooms, a ballroom equipped with two stunning chandeliers, as well as a portable dance floor where planners can customize the layout. The second floor of FountainBlu also offers a smaller, more intimate meeting area. Both areas have direct walkout access to an outdoor patio. The Queen Alexandra Theatre is also available in conjunction with FountainBlu, a stunning theatre auditorium with seating available for up to 1, 250 guests.



In addition, FountainBlu is equipped with:
• Top-of-the-line sound systems
• Video distribution
• Wi-Fi System
• Cutting edge technology
• Portable satellite bars

Overall, FountainBlu is by far one of the most unique, stunning and versatile facilities in the city of Toronto. Work together with management of FountainBlu to make your chic, unique and sleek function an unforgettable one. Check out or reach out to for more details!

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.

CN Tower

The CN Tower is one of Toronto’s most recognizable and celebrated landmarks that has over 1.5 million people visits each year.  Did you know this popular attraction is also one of the city’s top Toronto corporate event venues?

A variety of spaces makes the CN Tower the perfect choice for events with formal dining, receptions, casual meetings, product launches, corporate parties, festive season events and intimate gatherings. The CN Tower staff are great and can help you plan every detail and offer audio visual Capabilities and special decor.

360 The Restaurant, with an outstanding view of Toronto more than 1,000 feet below, provides impeccable service for groups of up to 400 seated 600 for a stand-up reception or include the LookOut level and Horizons for a party of up to 2000. Horizons, located on the LookOut Level, Complete with sound system, stage, dance floor, built-in TV, video and monitors to support a variety of presentation and entertainment options. Meeting Rooms & Maple Leaf Cinema are equipped for audiovisual presentations, a variety of room layouts can accommodate up to 90 people for meetings, breakout sessions, working lunches, and more.

 If you haven’t considered the CN Tower for your next event, it’s time to take a closer look!!

Get more information on their website, like their Facebook page and follow them @TourCNTower

VIVACITY: Toronto Special Events Network & CityEvents Industry Event

Hosted by Toronto Special Event Network and CityEvents, this 4th event of the year will focus on inspiration and the unstoppable drive every successful event professional possess.

Where: STORYS BUILDING, 11 Duncan St, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3G6, Canada

When: Monday, Sept 23, 2013, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


$15 per person (Pay Online:  $20 per person at the door. (Please RSVP here first: Toronto Special Events Network Website)

For more information:

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Twitter : @TSENevents

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