The Toronto Rum Diaries

July 9, 2015 by  
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This is the summer of RUM and the forecast looks Dark and Stormy. The Rum Exchange is a unique rum themed bar located in downtown Toronto. The décor is very club-ish and the venue caters mostly to the after work crowd. Throughout the week the Rum Exchange offers after work drink specials. From Monday- Friday you can enjoy $5 bar rail and house wine along with $3 domestic beer and complimentary appetizers. The high top tables in the centre of the venue are made to look like old wooden rum barrels that have been repurposed very obviously playing on the rum theme. The Rum Exchange is primarily a bar, but they do offer some small plates such as bruschetta, chicken tenders and lamb skewers.


Founder Rumen Dimitrov has a passion for all things alcohol. Not only did he open the Rum Exchange, but he is also the founder of Pravda Vodka Bar which stocks more vodka varieties than anywhere else in the city.  His vision was to create the perfectbar/lounge for the after work crowd and it seems his vision has been achieved. Behind the bar is lit up in bright colours displaying the most impressive collection of rums in Toronto. Get introduced to the best and most recent rums on the market at one of the Rum Exchange’s rum tastings. They have more than 80 rums in stock so you’re guaranteed to find something that satisfies your tastes.



The Rum Exchange loves to host private and corporate functions. Scotiabank and KPMG have held their events there. The space can host anywhere between 50 and 125 people and comes fully equipped with an AV system (both screen and projector), microphone and DJ booth at no extra charge. It’s also really close to a lot of hotels which is very convenient if you’re bringing in people from out of town.  For any event the Rum Exchange offers the choice between either standing or passed hors d’oeuvres that include vegetarian, seafood and meat options.

If rum is your thing or you’re simply into having a good time, be sure to check out the Rum Exchange.



The Rum Exchange Information:

Address: 67 Richmond St. West, Toronto (Bay and Richmond Sts.)


Contact: (416) 941-0000

Your next conference venue is closer than you think

July 7, 2015 by  
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The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) Learning Centre provides a premium meeting space with an exclusive members-only conference room. HRPA Learning Centre is conveniently located at Bloor St West and Queens Park which can be easily accessed  by TTC. The closest subway stations to the HRPA Learning Centre are Bay and Museum stations.


Venue Features:

Board room:

–  Dimensions: 33’0” x 20’0”

–  A/V Equipment: white board (interfaces with laptop) , conference phone

Conference room

–  Dimensions: 21’4” x 17’0”

–  A/V Equipment: equipment (interfaces with laptop)

Class room A

–  Dimensions: 28’3” x 16’0”

–  A/V Equipment: white board (interfaces with laptop)

Class room B

–  Dimensions: 28’3” x 26’9”

–  A/V Equipment: white board (interfaces with laptop)

Class room C

–  Dimensions: 28’3” x 25’0”

–  A/V Equipment: white board (interfaces with laptop)
Depending on the set-up of the room, some of the spaces available at this venue can hold up to 220 people.

The HRPA offers different styles to set-up your room. These styles include workshop, square, theater and u-shape. As the host, you have the ability to choose the style that fits best with your meeting.


This venue is a sophisticated meeting space and each room comes equipped with useful technology such as video conferencing, interactive projectors and all of the other audio-visual tools you would need for a successful event. They also offer a catering service at an extra cost.
It is not necessary to make a reservation for the networking area as all of the guests that are renting meeting rooms are permitted to use this facility at no additional cost. This networking area allows your guests to meet and talk with like-minded people between meetings.


The HRPA Learning Centre will provide you with a comfortable and professional space in a convenient location. Be sure to check it out for your next meeting!

Adress: 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2X9

Telephone: 416.923.2324



Delta Toronto Hotel: The amazing new hotel majestically rises to the sky

June 18, 2015 by  
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The new Delta Toronto Hotel,  is located between the Air Canada Centre and the Rogers Centre, beside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre so is perfect for events associated with the trade centre. This hotel rises in heart of the downtown in Toronto and has 17,000 square feet of meeting space spread over 12 venues/rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and built-in audiovisual equipment. Its largest space, the SoCo Ballroom, is 6,528 square feet and holds 700 theatre-style. It also has a 4,000-square-foot terrace with city views that holds 300 for receptions which is a rare find at a hotel.

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This brand new hotel has several nice meeting rooms, that are easily customized to a variety of set ups.  The following information on the meeting rooms provide comfortable spaces for all meeting planners.  Number of Guest Rooms: 567,  Number of Meeting Spaces: 12, Largest Meeting Room Capacity: 700.

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Above all, the best feature in this hotel is well-filled rooms. These rooms have a great space to relax and  enjoy the great view from there.   We look forward to hosting clients for their meetings and events with a reception on the large deck looking over the Steamwhistle Brewery.

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Address: 75 Lower Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON M5J 3A6, Canada

Phone: (416) 849-1200

The Richmond – Under New Management

June 16, 2015 by  
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The Richmond is a contemporary gallery located in the heart of the fashion district, and just steps from downtown. Perfect for art showings, corporate functions and social events of all sizes the Richmond is one of Toronto’s premium spaces, so all clients would  be offered  one of the great opportunity for spending great celebrations.

The Richmond’s location and staff continue to be the perfect spot to create memorable experiences meant to be share, The Richmond is the ideal location for meetings, receptions, closing dinners, product launches and all your corporate function needs.

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Essentially, the venue  is ideal for a variety events or special celebrations because the interior is uniquely designed and used a variety of Green materials.. Clients are attracted to the Richmond because the space is flexible in nature, this venue can be transformed to create a unique event for every client.

Regardless of the event, everyone feels comfortable surrounded by the modern sophistication of The Richmond. Sprawling 18 foot ceilings rise up from the serenity of bamboo flooring to create an open, spacious environment, ready for anything.   The Richmond is ideal for gatherings as large as 150 people and has a great prep area and coat check.  The Richmond is a special space and enjoyed by a variety of clients.

Address: 477 Richmond St. W. Suite 104 Toronto, ON, M5V, 3E7


Twitter: @TheRichmondTO


Meeting At The Hoxton – An Event Planners Dream

October 31, 2011 by  
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The Hoxton is the latest venture by business partners Jesse Girard and Richard Lambert, – and comedian Kenny Hotz – the guys behind Parts & Labour and The Social.  The venue is named after London’s Hoxton neighbourhood and is located in Toronto’s hip King West area steps from the Thompson Hotel.

The Hoxton highlights include a great stage area, state of the art sound system making the acoustics phenomenal, and a 8,000 sq. ft. space that can hold up to 600 people.  The main idea was to keep the space versatile, with lack of excessive décor and the large number of installed flat screens it is an event planners dream. The Hoxton allows customized decor and can accommodate the bells and whistles for whatever event the venue is hosting, whether it is corporate or private bookings.

In just over a month the Hoxton has played host for events celebrating TIFF, Fashion Week, store launches, and this week is their first large scale fundraiser “Fireball” (

Expect The Hoxton to be a crowd and corporate pleaser. and @the_Hoxton

Guest Post by Jay Reyes and Deb Lewis, ( CMP, Chief Experience Officer of CityEvents, ( You can connect with Deb at CityEvents ( or on Twitter. @cityevents