Valentine’s Day Guide for the Maters and the Haters

February 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Past Events

Whether you’re married, in a relationship, single or have children, there is something for everyone this Valentine’s Day season!  Here’s your guide in picking the perfect way to celebrate this season of love.

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If you’re thinking ‘ I hate Valentine’s Day, it was created by card companies to get more money’, you’re in luck because we have a list of anti VDay activities for you too!


This weekend (Feb 15-16) the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will be screening the classic film Casablanca as the TSO will perform Max Steiner’s iconic score.

For couples wanting to sweeten things up, Le Dolci is offering a Valentine’s Day cupcake decorating class. Learn how to bake and decorate like a pro while working with fondant, and buttercream making hearts, roses, bows and Cupid’s arrows, in this hands-on decorating class.

Sweep your partner off their feet with the Valentine’s Big Band Dance.  An evening promising to deliver a night of romance, dinner and dancing. The band will be performing hits from the big band era, including hits by Bobby Darrin, Peggy Lee and Glen Miller.

For the animal lovers out there, The Toronto Zoo will be featuring a Valentine’s event with the opportunity for couples to look at how different animals raise their young.  The evening will start off with a romantic dinner, followed by meeting some animals, learning about their offspring, and culminating in a visit to the zoo’s reproductive labs.


For parents who want an evening of romance but can’t find a sitter, Pawsitively Pets has an exciting alterative that the kids will love. Close encounters with several animals and a special pizza dinner! A fun evening for everyone.

On Sunday if you’re feeling to lazy to cook from all the weekend excitement, Old Mill Toronto will be hosting Sunday brunch and dinner buffet with a little Valentine’s twist on it. Both meals will feature a selection of favourites and specialty dishes. And did you know the Old Mill is celebrating 100 Years?

Take a walk on the sweeter side of Kensington Market at Tasty Tours.  Chocolates, cupcakes, pastries, you name it the tour will bring you there.  The tour will take place on Friday, February 14.


Single and ready to mingle? Well you’re in luck because Valentine’s Day seems to be a bumping time for singles events.
On Friday House of Moments will hold the Sugar and Spice Valentines Party. This event features a dinner, dance with open bar option included.  Attendees will groove to live music and DJ Ricky Lee amusing music.

Those in their 20s to 30s can search for love at Simply Sophisticated Speed Dating with a complementary glass of wine and gourmet appetizers.

Singles looking for their Sherlock or Nancy Drew make your way to the Royal Ontario Museum. The ROM is holding a singles-only murder mystery. A curator has been murdered and a trail of clues left behind. After the code has been cracked have the opportunity to explore the ROM famous collections. A night of mystery, learning and maybe even love.

The Beaver (ladies only) on Queen West, with a DJ’s spinning all female artists (LGBTQ)

An all male singles evening will be held at The Marquis of Granby. Meet 10 – 12 single bachelors while enjoying complementary drinks and appetizers. (LGBTQ)

The BOND Affair Pop Up Dinner Series promises to be a night of mystery and luxury. Four course gourmet meals, unknown set locations (golf clubs, museums art galleries ect.) and hors d’oeuvres with drinks in the Bond lounge.  Valentine’s Day has already sold out but will be hosting others, so keep your double o’ open for the next one!

Anti-Valentines Day

Finally those of you who can’t stand this day, why not be surrounded by others who feel the same.

Revival Restaurant will be holding its 2nd annual Anti-Valentines Day Mixer. Enjoy fun and games as well as Dj Ideal who will be spinning everything from R&B to Funk.

Looking to let off some steam, Zirger Academy Martial Arts has a workshop for you.  Pad Drills Valentine’s Day workshop is a great workout and an even better way to forget the chocolates, flowers or even that ex. 

If you need a good laugh to get through the day, Second City has the show for you,  “We’ll Tickle The Funny Bone. The Rest is Up to You.”  So put down the ice cream bucket and save the tissue for tears of laughter.



The Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon

The Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon is the hottest and new nightspot where anyone can come and have country western experience in downtown Toronto. Last December, the Tap House Toronto closed its doors and re-opened as the Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon. This Country / Rock destination incorporates a bar, restaurant and live music venue, located in the heart of the Entertainment District above Adelaide Hall.

The Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon welcomes you with western style interior.  It has a capacity of a group of people up to 299.  In summer, you will enjoy the large rooftop patio, which allows you experience one of the best views of Toronto’s skyline.



The Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon features the southwestern style menu such as chili, corn dogs and barbecued entrees and more. It offers you not only restaurant and bar experience but also entertainment such as live music, line dancing and a mechanical bull, making your country style night more exciting.


The Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon coincides with MRG Ventures’ continuing journey into the music scene in Canada. Blog TO has already voted one of the city’s Best Live Music Venues. Most recently, MRG Ventures opened Hideaway Records & Bar in London and the Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon will be the latest addition to the group of cutting edge music venues and bars.


The Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon will take you to country and let you experience home-style food, great music and welcoming hospitality in a comfortable and warm atmosphere.  The space is great for a themed event with a saloon feel.


For more information:



Twitter: @RockNHorseTO

Instagram: @RockNHorseTOb

Taste of The Kingsway

August 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Food and beverages, Ontario, Past Events, Toronto

16th Annual Taste of the Kingsway Festival

Come celebrate & have fun, food and music!

This Fall Festival take place along Bloor Street W. (from Prince Edward
Drive to Montgomery Road) is a food & entertainment extravaganza for the whole family.


Over 200 exhibitors will be participating in this year’s event along with the ever popular Scotiabank Dog Show, Rock Climbing Walls and Street Performers. Beer gardens, 2 grand stages with non-stop entertainment, Midway Rides, the biggest Dog Show in Etobicoke, Artisan & crafter pavilions, clowns, face painters, auto show, Charity Pancake Breakfast in support of Out of The Cold and so much more!

Where: The Kingsway BIA (On Bloor Street West. between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Road), 3029 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke

When: Friday, September 6th, 6pm-10pm,

 Saturday, September 7th, 11am-10pm,

 Sunday, September 8th, 11am-6pm

Free admission.

Getting there: The Taste of the Kingsway is located on Bloor Street (between Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road) easily accessible by subway, exit at the Royal York Subway Station, leave the car home and come enjoy this 3 day festival using the TTC.

For more information contact:

Web site:

Twitter : @thekingswaybia

Give Me Liberty 2013 – Neighbourhood Networking

On Thursday June 6th, the CityEvents team attended the, “Give Me Liberty After Work Party”. The event was located on Fraser Avenue on the west side of Lamport Stadium. Although the weather was uncooperative a good turnout of residents, business owners and Liberty Village lovers braved the wet weather. These brave souls enjoyed the many tents that contained food, drink and local businesses from the Liberty area. A DJ helped keep the mood light as partygoers enjoyed networking as they bounced from tent to tent. These tents included Good Life, AutoShare, Zipcar, Aroma, Yogurty’s, Maizal, Vogue Supperclub and 25 Liberty to name a few. Besides the weather the event was enjoyable and a great way to experience some of Liberty Villages many offerings.

For more information on upcoming Liberty Social events visit:

Liberty Village BIA website

OR go on Facebook

Dundas West Fest


The inaugural edition of the Dundas West Fest took place on the 8th of June 2013!

In collaboration with the Dundas West BIA & the Little Portugal BIA. The Dundas West Fest aimed to unite businesses, residents and the many communities that together make up the neighbourhood.


Where: Dundas Street West from the Old Village of Brockton to Little Portugal

The 12 city blocks fest  featured: 3 entertainment stages, 6 busker zones, over 40 Licensed patios, Children’s activities, great food, live music and fabulous shopping.(Over 200 Unique Vendors).


Dundas West Fest was a premiere destination for music lovers. From hot world music to hip independent sounds. Music lovers found what they sought. Musicians of all types were playing live at many of the bars.fabulous shopping.(Over 200 Unique Vendors).The list of food places on Dundas was incredible. From locations such as Enoteca Sociale, Quinta, Wallflower, Bivy, The Lakeview, The Guild, Brockton General, and The Grove.2 Kids’ Zones within its perimeter, filled with fun activities for kids and families.Hope you enjoyed a full day of arts, music, kids’ activities, food, drink and shopping! 

For more information contact:

 Twitter:@DundasWestBIA, @DundasWestFest


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