The sounds, sights and Taste of Little Italy

August 1, 2017 by  
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The Mastro and San Daniele Taste of Little Italy food festival took place last month, June 16 – 18. My eyes were busy, my ears were buzzing and my stomach was full of delicious Italian food.

 

The sights of the Taste of Little Italy were plentiful. From the vendors up and down the streets to the authentic Italian restaurants, I really was immersed in the Italian culture. I was able to see some of the renowned restaurants serving the community, despite the rain. I enjoyed the sights of many restaurants extending their patios. Trattoria Taverniti embraced their Italian heritage by simply decorating their extended patio with the classic red and white checkered table clothes. This, coupled with the old brick exterior and the beautiful Italian entry door, provided the perfect visual for the festival.

 

If the sights weren’t enough, there was a combination of musical performers adding to the culture. Italian performers from the community lined the streets on almost every corner, while acclaimed electric violinist, Dr. Draw, played a memorable show right outside the CHIN building. The variety of music and the sound of Torontonians enjoying the festival made the trip in the rain all worthwhile.

 

And of course, the reason everyone goes to street festivals – the FOOD!

 

The night started off at Hogtown Pub and Oysters with prosecco – a delicious Italian white wine, paired with oysters. The two complemented each other well and made for a nice light treat to converse over. The owner shared with us his commitment to not only the Taste of Little Italy, but the community as well. He would be spending the night at his restaurant all weekend shucking oysters to ensure everything was ready each day to serve their guests – if that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is!

 

Once the rain let up we enjoyed some traditional Italian food, cosy enough for the wet evening. There was arancini, ravaioli, spiducci, and we can’t forget about gelato; the sweet, delectable gelato from Sicilian Café.

 

Café Diplomatico did not disappoint with their savoury snacks and rich history. As the first licensed patio in Toronto, Café Diplomatico continues to satisfy their customers. All of the dishes complimented each other well. The sauce on the arancini and raviolis was to die for. Nonna’s tomato sauce recipe drizzled over the freshly made arancini and raviolis made it feel like I was really in Italy.  For years guests have flocked to Café Dip for their infamous barbecued spiducci skewers during the festival. Since the very beginning of this traditional event, the Dip has sold nearly 250,000 spiducci and are looking to reach that record milestone this year.

 

The stories shared by the owners of Café Diplomatico added to the evening and brought some old-time Italian culture to light. When Café Diplomatico first opened, there was no kitchen and only hot plates. The owners at the time would make the food at home and bring it down to Café Dip to serve. In the end, Café Dip has held true to their Italian roots and continues to serve the community – which includes some high profile names like Sophia Loren and Nelly Furtado!

 

We finished off on a high note with a massive gelato dessert from Sicilian Café. It consisted of four flavours of gelato, strawberries and freshly made waffles. Sicilian Café, the oldest gelato shop in Toronto, was the first to develop tartufo and has many gelato flavours to choose from, which made it so difficult to decide which dessert to have. I will definitely be going back to try some more! As Maria Galipo says – “a lot can happen over a bowl of ice cream.”

 

There really was a little bit of everything from the sights, to the sounds, to the tastes. This was a festival to remember!

 

For some of our photos visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityeventstoronto/albums/72157682259269674

 

MetaVRse:  Virtual and Augmented is the New Reality for Events

February 27, 2017 by  
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Getting bored of the same old – same old at events? What to blow away your guests and have your next events to be talked about for a while to come?  What we are about to tell you about is the newest and hottest must have at events this coming season and beyond.

On November 8th, 2016,  CEO and Co- Founder, Alan Smithson, introduced the world to Toronto-based Virtual and Augmented Reality Innovation Agency, MetaVRse.

Here are some new and exciting things that will make your next event a little different. Our favourite was the  360° Photo Booth.

MetaVRse Emulator ELITE is the world’s most advanced DJ performance system, a.k.a. It’s the future of DJ’ing. With the world’s largest capacitive touchscreen, the Emulator ELITE is the updated and more tactile version of the original Emulator. If you want to really wow the crowd, have the DJ perform on this machine, guaranteed “rave” reviews for your event.

For a fully immersive guest experience, MetaVRse 360° Photo Booth will take up to 10 people to a world specifically branded to your event. With a fully customizable photo background and booth exterior, the specifically designed “green room” takes a picture or video using a futuristic 360° camera to capture the scene. Afterward, your guests can view their experience on touch screens or VR Headset and have it sent to them so the experience can be shared with their friends via social media.

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Testing out a virtual world with MetaVRse’s VR Headset and handheld remotes at the November 8th 2016 Toronto unveiling.

VR Headsets is how much of MetaVERses fantasies become augmented reality, and its application is only limited to your wildest activations. The headset act like goggles, letting the wearer see a scene or video in full 360° view. Explore the entire scenario by simply moving your head, more immersive techniques allow you to walk around, and with handheld remotes the 3D world becomes interactive.

Contact website for even more exciting tools to integrate into your next event http://metavrse.com/

 

Written by: Paula McDines

BARO – Visit The Neighbourhood

February 23, 2017 by  
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Step into the South American food culture at Baro and feel like you are in midst of one of  South America’s exotic neighbourhoods. Located on the trendy King St., Baro in downtown Toronto is the right place for you to go for your next event. 

Interior Event Space at Baro location (Photo courtesy of BARO)

 

Baro is not only a place for having dinner with your family, it is also a great venue for your next event with three floors to choose from.

The main floor can accommodate intimate group gatherings of up to 25, the second floor which features the lounge (and a secret speakeasy called Escobar) can hold up to 70 guests, perfect for personal or working functions.

In the Loft, the largest of the spaces at 1,850 square feet, on the very top floor away from the hustle and bustle of busy King St. are where the larger events are held. This open and airy space with brick and exposed beams and a fully functioning wet bar a can hold up to 210 guests and be decorated in any which way desired.  There are also plans to open a rooftop patio come spring time.

The menu at Baro is filled with tasty mains and appetisers no one can, or should, resist.  Baro offers an in-house catering service by chef Steve Gonzalez. Or you are welcome to choose from one of the many catering services Baro recommends, such as Encore Catering, The Food Dudes Inc. or, our favourite, Citizen Catering.

Almost every kind of event can be celebrated here, from art galas and film and photo shoots to private dinners, weddings and birthday parties.

Don’t miss the opportunity to book your event now at Baro.

For all event inquiries for The Loft email Megan,  Events Coordinator, at MEGAN@BAROTORONTO.COM

For all other inquiries INFO@BAROTORONTO.COM

485 KING ST WEST | TORONTO, ON | M5V 1K4 |  416 363 8388 |

http://barotoronto.com/

The Lodge on Queen & CityEvents presents: Halloween Soiree

October 7, 2015 by  
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It’s a Hell of a Party and Halloween Night is Back with more Chills and Thrills than ever before.
Don’t miss a chance to party in costume at one of Toronto’s newest and most exclusive private clubs and event spaces this Halloween. With a library seating, private dining areas and a spacious dance floor, this two-story mansion-inspired lounge is the perfect place to spend the year’s wildest holiday.
The Lodge on Queen is the perfect host and you are invited. Come out for a house party you won’t want to miss. The soiree will include a candy with all your childhood favorites snacks.
Live entertainment will include none-other than DJ Hen
Date: Saturday, October 31st
Time: Doors open at 8:00PM
Location: Lodge on Queen: 251 Queen Street West (w of University) 2nd and 3rd Floor
www.lodgeonqueen.club

Tickets: www.universe.com/lodge
$50 Members, $65 non members
Early Bird Pricing before October 18th: $55
Non Members Groups of 10: $500
Ticket Includes: Entry, Midnight Buffet, 5 drink tickets, DJ & Dancing
(Private seating available, inquire at info@torontocityevents.ca)
For all sponsorship opportunities other inquiries please contact CityEvents at 416-619-0596
For past year’s Halloween pictures, click here to visit photos.http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityeventstoronto/sets/72157622716549972/
www.torontocityevents.ca
www.lodgeonqueen.club
@cityevents

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Directors Lounge VIP at Everleigh

September 15, 2015 by  
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Thank you for coming our VIP Directors Lounge event on September 10th at Everleigh.  We had a great time with you at Everleigh Toronto.  In our time together, we celebrated opening of #TIFF40.  The venue set up a long red carpet at the entrance, and welcomed our guests with Belvedere themed drinks. .Everyone was exciting with TIFF in town.

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We celebrated #TIFF49 with tasty appetizers and the DJ played latest dance music.  People enjoyed dancing into the night!!

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The venue was a great match for the celebration. In the entrance the long red carpet continued to main floor and on the main floor they had a popcorn girl and another step and repeat logo wall inside for more images.  Indeed was also onsite providing samples and hosting an Instagram contest.

Thank you for joining us at Everleigh.  We were happy to see you and celebrate tiff with you.  See you on Sept 18th at Schmooze at Maison Mercer and the TIFF Bachelors Party that will be at Everleigh later in the evening.

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For photos of the event:  (deb to follow withlink)

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