Celebrate your father with the perfect outing in Toronto

Father’s Day is coming soon! Are you looking for the ultimate way to surprise dad this year? On June 16 2013, celebrate your father with the perfect outing in Toronto!

2013 Father’s Day Walk/Run

Sunday, June 16 2013, 8:30a.m, Ashbridges Bay Park

Help Celebrate Fathers by raising funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer Canada. This national 5km family event takes place at Ashbridges Bay Park. Donate and register here.


Father’s Day Brunch at Casa Loma

Sunday, June 16, 2013, Casa Loma- 1 Austin Terrace


Experience Father’s Day brunch in the stately elegance of Toronto’s famous castle. The Library is a spectacular setting for your meal. After brunch, enjoy a self-guided tour of the castle. http://www.casaloma.org/




4th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show

Sunday, June 16, 2013, from 12pm to 5pm- on Bloor Street, Between Avenue Road & Bay Street
Give your dad a Father’s Day to remember! He will walk the red carpet with over 120 beautiful examples of classic and exotic cars, including Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari & more. http://www.yorkvilleexotics.com/


Jubilee Queen Father’s Day Cruise

Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 11.30 am- 539 Queens Quay West

Looking for a unique Fathers Day gift? Experience Father’s Day brunch from the water on Jubilee Queen Cruise. You will enjoy a 2 hour tour of the Toronto Islands & Harbour while feasting on a fabulous buffet menu prepared fresh on board by an  award winning chef. Get more info here 


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The Trump

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Ask Deb, Event Venues, Toronto, Uncategorized

ballroom staircaseThe newly opened Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto, located in the financial district, is an example in luxury and beauty.  The tower which has 261 rooms was designed to show off Toronto’s impressive skyline.  The launch in March showcased some of the chef’s specialties and full chocolate bar.

Trump is known for being glamorous and larger than life that is present in the new hotel and towers where guests can enjoy of  a 12 000 sq ft event space.

There a several options available from meeting spaces to ballrooms the Trump tower is designed to cater to a wide variety of needs. The available event space includes The Grand Salon, The Grand Ballroom, The Trump Boardroom, and Ballrooms 1-3 which can be used individually or combined, the same goes for Salons 1-3.

At the launch event the extra ballroom design was courtesy of MB Designs Inc; with flowers, candlesticks, lamps, geometric walls to add an extra touch to any event.

lamp on table

If you are always on the look out for great event space then why not consider the city’s newest edition into the luxury hotel market to furnish you with a space for your unforgettable experience in the making. There are many things associated with Trump Hotels including drama, beauty, opulence and glamour all of which would make your event more memorable.

Trump SalonThe Trump International Hotel and Tower is located in the heart of the financial district at 325 Bay Street. For more information on event spaces visit their website at trumptorontohotel.com or call (416) 306-5800.

Have Fun This Valentine’s Day With Special Events Happening Around The City

February 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Ask Deb, Toronto, Uncategorized

Valentine’s Day is here again and there are plenty of fun and romantic specials for those interested. There is a diversity of events happening in Toronto for couples, families and, singles this Valentine’s Day, take part with the following events.


Some of the restaurants that are getting into the spirit of the romantic day include Earth Bloor West, which has an a la carte four course tasting menu, romance someone special with Valentine’s Day at Boehmer or enjoy Scarpetta and Bar Vespaall of which have created a special Valentine’s Day menu perfectly suited to dining with your special someone.Take in a performance at Casa Loma of Dracula: A Love Story by the Brant Theatre Workshop on the 14th; the event includes champagne and chocolate. If you are looking for something that is exciting and risque this Valentine’s Day consider Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque presents, Be Mein Valentine, at the Gladstone Hotel on February 10 and 11.You can indulge your creativity with Valentine’s Day Cooking Classesat Aphrodite Cooks, from February 11 to 14, where couples can learn how to make French or Italian dishes.




Valentine’s Day is not just for couples, it can be fun for the whole family. On February 19, the always enchanting Casa Loma is a having Valentine’s Family Brunch in their beautiful library.  Have fun indulging your sweet tooth with the Valentine Day Candy Making Workshop at Todmordon Mills Heritage Museum on February 12 or enjoy Kensington Market with the Valentine’s Day Sweets and Chocolate Tour happening on February 12.


Singles needn’t worry about lack of events to attend on a day geared towards couples; Toronto is filled with opportunities for singles to have fun. No Sweetheart Required, is a festival presented by Cabbagetown Theatre Company from February 9 to the 14, the festival includes performances, music and more.  There is also the humorously named Toronto’s Largest Singles Anti-Valentine’s Day Party hosted by C-Lounge on the February 11.  and our recommended event:  Among the numerable things happening in the city this Valentine’s Day a few stand out among them is Shanny in the City and Gary Wilson’s Eligible Inc. Social Club present Valentine’s Masquerade Event, it is an exclusive and mysterious event happening in downtown Toronto on February 10. The event includes appetizers, drinks and door prizes.

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8 Tips on Planning and Hosting Winter Events

February 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Ask Deb, Event Venues, Ontario

The days are shorter, the night are longer but don’t let old man winter stop you from hosting your most fabulous event yet! Follow these CityEvents tips to create a Winter Wonderland on any budget

1. Pick a Theme and Stick to it!

For a winter event let the season inspire you and all your décor, theme, activities, and food options. A fun festive tip to try is pick one winter item, anything from a crystal icicle, a snowy forest, or a roaring fire and from that item recreate the feel, smell, taste, touch and sound that object brings you in all your event’s details.

2. Stay Warm!

The temperature may be dropping but your parties are heating up!  Make sure your guests stay warm, and bundle up coming and leaving your event. It can be anything from having a heated area when lining up to enter the venue to as simple as offering extra mittens and scarves to your guests when they leave (bonus points for having your event logo on the accessories!). For smaller parties have your guests brave the cold with a cup of Goodnight Hot Chocolate!

3. Make Outside Inside

Why let the seven feet of snow outside your door limit your options. Make outside inside with different heating setups. Try installing a tent area to take advantage of a larger lawn. Small budgets are no problem, as decorating a yard with fairy lights and having folded blankets on chairs creates a winter wonderland while giving your guests a chance for a breath of frosty fresh air.

4. Safety First

Safety should be a concern for all savvy planners year round but winter presents its own unique challenges. As much as possible check the weather reports for the day of your event and shovel, salt, and snow-blow all walkways! Always do a run-through of your whole floor-plan to make sure there are no slipping and sliding risks. Have enough coat racks (or coat check) as well as mats for wet boots and shoes. As always, for any guests who were feeling the festive winter spirit and consumed have alcohol, insist on a taxi or have alternative transportation on standby. Two numbers for the Toronto area are: Beck 416-751-5555, and City Taxi 416-740-2222

5. Use the Season to Your Advantage

Winter is the best time to match your décor to the season. Ice sculptures, and ice luges (for beverages) are beautiful, reasonably priced, and an impressive visual for your guests. The lower light of the afternoon sets any candles and lighting aglow. Rich colours: crimson, snow white, pine greens pop against the drab background of the urban winter. The crisp air makes savoury smells more noticeable, and any warmth always draws people in off the street. Counterpoint the heat and energy of your party with the frosty outside and all your event choices will be that much more of a standout.

6. Try Something Different

As beautiful as the winter season is there is something to be said with doing the exact opposite! Vacation sales spike in the New Year for a reason – people want an escape! This is the perfect time to juxtapose a wacky or different theme to shake your guests out of their winter hibernation. Who wouldn’t want to try a January Hawaiian Luau or a Murder Mystery Dinner instead of a traditional February Valentine’s day party?  Get creative and try something no one else is doing! It’s sure to be noticed.

7. Timing is Everything

They’re called the “Winter Blahs” for a reason. Holiday season is very busy with Christmas, Chanukah, New Years and reunions. Guests may be worn out by January 1st, but there is a large empty period from Jan – March. This is the perfect time to plan your winter party and give your guests something to look forward to! Half the trick in creating a good buzz is standing out from the competition, and with little else going on even the smallest party will shine.

8. Make it Fun!

This is the most important thing to remember! As planners we can get caught up in the detail and forget to see the big picture. People come to events to have fun, so think critically. Is this something I would have fun at? Spontaneity is the key to fun; why not whip up a snowball fight at midnight? Drop snowflake confetti? Keep your guests guessing and keep it fun! Happy Planning!!


Event Fundraising Strategy & Planning

September 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Ask Deb, Non-Profit Events, Ontario, Toronto

When it comes to your fundraising events, if you were starting over, how different would they look?

1. Become more data driven.
It is impossible to run a successful event fundraising program without understanding the characteristics of your participants and the linkages between those characteristics and giving.

2. Understand the difference between metrics and analytics.
Event fundraisers are talking about not just measuring more and better, but also predicting donor and participant behaviours. You can use your analysis as a blueprint to think strategically about how to improve your event’s future fundraising results.

3. Think in segments.
It’s essential to target your segments differently. Within each event there are definitely groups of participants that we should focus on more than most. It is essential that you identify up front how many segments you can actually administer.

4. Predict future activities.
This is basic segmentation developed from descriptive analysis. But while this helps to focus efforts, it is essentially reactive 3and does little to develop new gifts.

5. Think relationships.
All aspects of the event marketing relationship are changing. Social media is perhaps the most obvious change, but there are other choices you can use. Rather than treating social media as a standalone channel or replacement for traditional tactics, event marketers should be looking for ways to use social media to support and enhance the successful programs they already have in place.

6. Drive fundraising productivity.
In some organizations fundraisers spend too much of their time doing tasks that the marketing should be doing for you. We’re seeing some organizations use their CRM and personal fundraising systems to take advantage of automation, email and social media to make personal fundraisers more credible with their donors and shorten the cultivation cycle.

7. Use social media to connect and facilitate dialogue.
You’re are accountable for your events’ participation in social media—even if your aren’t engaging in those conversations yourself. You must train, educate and support your event participants who fundraises on behalf of the organization.

8. Remember the 80/20 rule.
Do you treat all event participants equally? You shouldn’t! The most effective events focus the majority of their efforts on the participants with the highest potential return, which typically constitutes only about 15% of the participant base.

9. Give your donor database the respect it deserves.
We recommend that you not overlook an analysis of the structure of your data gathering itself. This is an area all-too-often ignored. This includes administration of hundreds of thousands of participants and donor records and millions of transactions.

10. Be different.
The audit and evaluation of your events should include comprehensive participant, donor, market and competitive analysis. Understanding how you will compete and differentiate your events is critical to success.

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