At under a year old, Bar Vespa has already made an impression in Liberty Village as a great place to get quality Italian food in a welcoming environment. The have received warm reviews from Dine.to, The Star, The Globe and Mail and Toronto Life.
They carry a wide variety of dishes that showcase the diversity of Italy from Caprese Salad, Sausage Penne, Butternut Squash Ravioli and, Mushroom Pizza (a three mushroom white pizza).
Bar Vespa also has the distinction of hosting great events like the upcoming Liberty Social Hour: Carnival del Sol on April 18, 2012, as well as their Battle of the DJs every Saturday.
The warm atmosphere attentive staff make Bar Vespa a good dining experience. They also have a patio which is great place to meet friends and try one of their many beers including the Birra Sophia (inspired by Sophia Loren), which will be priced at $5 dollars at Liberty Social Hour on April 18.
Bar Vespa is part of the Fab Concepts family which includes Brazen Head, Pour House and Foggy Dew.
Outside may have been freezing rain but things were heating up for the 7th Noche Caliente Liberty Village Social Hour at Williams Landing!
The 100 plus guests ranged from young professionals enjoying a post work signature Liberty Village cocktail, to marketing CEOs networking the room, to a retired couple out for an evening of fun. The attendants may have been varied but everyone had one thing in common: Liberty Village! Despite being the fastest growing district in Toronto Noche Caliente Liberty Social Hour perfectly captured the close-knit neighborhood spirit of the Village community.
Chatting with a six-time veteran of Liberty Social Hour, Amelia Paddington, she filled us in on how she became a fixture at the Liberty Social hour. “My husband and I walked into the first one without a clue to what was going on and not knowing a soul, but by the end of the night we had met so many people, some of whom even lived in our building and we had never spoken to! It’s gotten so much bigger since that first social hour, but its community events like these that make me love where I live”.
Over 20 local businesses generously donated samples, gift cards, and coupons to promote the village and appreciate its residents. Everyone left with a gift bag and a smile on their face. January may be the longest month of winter, but in Liberty Village they kicked the year off with a bang! Can’t wait for the next one!
Don’t get left behind, find out when the next Liberty Social Hour is on www.torontocityevents.ca, www.inlibertyvillage.com, or follow CityEvents on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with upcoming events!
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For more information on this event visit, www.torontocityevents.ca, Facebook/LibertySocialHour-NocheCaliente, www.williamslanding.ca or www.inlibertyvillage.com, and supported by www.mercadonews.com, andwww.bhive.ca.
A few companies helped make this event possible were, Mercado, Vocado, Lust for Lashes, Portrait Dental, Deanceology, BrazenHead, Temple Kitchen, Bar Vespa, King West Fitness, Body Food, Magic Oven, Sell off Vacations, Vibrant Lifestyle, The Floor Studio Inc., Dinning Date Night, and Liberty Village Eye Care.
A Warm November Night in Toronto’s ‘Hottest Neighbourhood’
The Liberty Social Hour promoted its first event of the winter, La Noche Caliente, as an opportunity to ‘enjoy a blazing hot night in the winter’ and it proved to be quite the accurate description. La Noche Caliente, held at Locus 144, provided a very soothing and stylish ambience distinguishable by its dimmed lights and delightful live music. Located on 147 East Liberty Street, this resto-lounge caters to all demographics as owner Cassius Williams gracefully states, “our main priority is to offer fantastic service; we are very casual in our style and not pretentious or judgemental in any way.” The atmosphere was incredibly friendly as strangers became acquaintances and workers expanded their networks over a few reasonably priced drinks.
The event was organised through RPC Group and City Events and promoted “the chance to connect with the artistic, urban, professional, chic crowd at Liberty Village.” Liberty Village is widely considered the hottest new neighbourhood in Toronto, as seen through its communal growth as new condominiums, offices, and shops continue to shape its increasingly dynamic community. Events such as La Noche Caliente provided workers and residents in the area, overwhelmingly young professionals, to meet like-minded individuals and expand their respective networks. Roger Caltworth, a consultant for an innovative start-up IT firm said he moved to Liberty Village five years ago from downtown and since then has not regretted it. “I’ll probably live here for another five years and then eventually move to the suburbs. My property has already doubled in value since I purchased it and it will continue to rise,” as he said with a smile. However, Roger’s one comment was this: “I’d like to see more independent shops and local businesses in the area.”
‘’I encourage everyone, if you haven’t been, you need to come to the next one…I love meeting new people and minute I walked through the door I met somebody new and I’ve been talking to her like I’ve known her for a while. So every time I’m here, I end up with a new friend, an acquaintance, somebody I actually stay connected with. That’s what I really love about it’’ Karlyn mybeautybank.ca
‘’I think it’s a really cool event. It’s my second one. And it’s just good to get off the office, network and meet new people and expand your business’’ Peter midniteruntoronto.com
‘’I actually saw a poster across the street …. and I decided to come check it out. There’s a great vibe, the people here are really friendly. It’s good times.’’ Joshua Liberty, Village Resident
This was the only critical comment mentioned at the event. Many of the guests thoroughly enjoying the evening but also wondered why more events like this don’t happen more often in the area. Liberty Village is a thriving and vibrant community but as any young professional will tell you, the motto is ‘work hard, play hard’ and it’s simply difficult to ‘play hard’ in Liberty Village. This is why La Noche Caliente was so successful. It gave the residents an opportunity after work to enjoy a drink, hear great music, and socialize with others before heading out into the chilly November evening.
The night however belonged to the residents and businesses of this trendy community. The event showed its flair and culture with the live jazz band, the Sultan of Soul. The lead singer’s calming voice could have you imagining a resort in the Caribbean. City events and RPC Group provided the platform and their work have continuously made this community even more connected with each other. RPC Group’s objective in using social media is to ‘effectively reach, build and maintain relationships with their consumers.’ The mood reflected this perception as the evening started: quiet and formal but gradually became more casual through the vibrant soulful music and the inevitable dancing which accompanied it.
Cassius Williams hopes to see more lounges in the area as a way of bringing clientele from other neighbourhoods to Liberty Village. Many of the guests said they were already spending more of their time on the weekends in Liberty Village than before. If events like ‘La Noche Caliente’ were organized more frequently then they may no longer need to travel east for that enjoyable night out.
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|We present to you, round two of Liberty Social Hour: Noche Caliente
inLibertyVillage.com and CityEvents invites you to a series of casual socializing and networking events. This fall, we will be hosting evening events at Locus 144 and William’s Landing in Liberty Village. Located just minutes away from the chaotic streets of the downtown core, Liberty Village is an emerging community just west of downtown Toronto. The stomping ground for many artists and new local business establishments, Liberty Village is the new creative hub of Toronto; projecting all that is artistic, urban, and chic. The Liberty Social Hour will give local residents and businesses a chance to experience the potential of Liberty Village at different venues while interacting with their community. It’s the perfect opportunity to create valuable relationships while exchanging and sharing ideas and opinions concerning the life and work in Liberty Village. Enjoy one of the many beautiful venues that Liberty Village has to offer. You can’t help but to become engaged in your community!“CityEvents and InLibertyVillage.com hosted the summer Liberty Social Hour –Le Belle Ete, which enabled locals to mingle with each other. Locus 144, located in The Liberty Market, held a successful community networking event showcasing their unique dinner menu and spirits lists. The ambience of Locus144 is very soothing, a great place to unwind and submerge yourself into the warm and cozy colour pallets of the decor. Lights were dimmed to perfection and the music just loud enough so people could still talk.” -SnapDownTowntoronto.comWinters may be cold but we are bringing the heat to Liberty Village- Noche Caliente.Join us on the following days and create valuable relationships within your community – in your Liberty Village:Wednesday, November23rd.
– Locus 144, 144-171 Liberty St., www.Locus144.com Half price appitizers, Drink specials include: $5 bar rail drinks, $6 beers and $8 wine
Thursday, January 26th. - William’s Landing, 120 Lynn Williams St.
From 5:30PM to 9:30PM, socialize, mingle, network, and experience your community.
You can always find a new weekly drink or food special when you come to Liberty Social Hour.
For pictures of the November 23rd Liberty Social Hour: Noche Caliente go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150385859481687.355646.512176686&type=3&mid=53