The inaugural edition of the Dundas West Fest is coming!
In collaboration with the Dundas West BIA & the Little Portugal BIA. The Dundas West Fest aims to unite businesses, residents and the many communities that together make up the neighbourhood.
When: June 8, 2013, 11am – 10pm
Where: Dundas Street West from the Old Village of Brockton to Little Portugal
The 12 city blocks fest will feature: 3 entertainment stages, 6 busker zones, over 40 Licensed patios, Children’s activities, great food, live music and fabulous shopping.(Over 200 Unique Vendors).
Enjoy a full day of arts, music, kids’ activities, food, drink and shopping!
For more information contact:
Helder Ramos, Coordinator Dundas West Business Improvement Area, 416-540-6750, Email: DuWestBIA@gmail.com, or go to www.dundaswestfest.ca
On Saturday, May 11th come out to LAMP Community Health Centre’s Walk for Change 5K Walkathon, and support the 1 in 5 Canadians living with mental illness in your community. You can help reduce the stigma of mental illness, and raise funds to benefit local mental health support programs, such as LAMP’s own Among Friends. This program provides social and recreation opportunities to individuals facing mental health challenges and helps them work toward recovery while promoting health, community, and respect.
The event begins at LAMP Community Health Centre near Islington Ave & Lakeshore Blvd West, with Registration at 9am and the walk at 10am. Join members of the community as they walk 5km through the Etobicoke-Lakeshore area, stopping first at the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital buildings, and continuing passed the Mastercard Centre on Kipling, towards the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery on Evans. Along the way, speakers will bring the history to life while discussing the importance of community mental health services to those of us affected by mental illness. All members of the public are welcome.
Register now at: http://walk4change13.eventbrite.ca
In case you missed the exciting news, we at CityEvents, Toronto’s premier event planning boutique, have expanded operations to include CitySocial, our social media management & training division! The new services being offering consist of designing and executing online marketing campaigns for products and events, focusing on social media planning and tactics. Additionally, we will have training and guidance available for those who wish to manage their own online marketing, but are not familiar with social media, or the right strategy for them.
We cater our event planning and marketing services to small and medium size businesses in international trade, arts and culture, and the hospitality sectors, as well as non-profit organizations. We are also offering our new social media services in French and Spanish!
Two weeks ago we had the opportunity to launch CitySocial, as the official social media sponsor of UnExpected ’13, the Opening Night VIP Party for the Canadian Special Events Expo. Our team managed online interactions prior to and after the event, and were responsible for on-site promotion of contests, and social media engagement. This recent expansion will now offer our client’s the opportunity for one stop shopping at CityEvents, from product and event development, marketing strategies, metrics, and more.
Check out the photos from UnExpected ’13 and our CitySocial launch: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityeventstoronto/sets/72157633048285693
What can be more exciting than when a foodie hears that the Toronto Underground Market (TUM) and Food Truck Eats, two of the most popular street food events, joined together to host a Street Food Block Party? Last Saturday, May 5th 2012, Toronto foodies gathered for a mouth-watering and amazing, Cinco de Mayo-themed evening at the Evergreen Brick Works. Street food has been on a new trend in GTA in the last year. Numbers of food lovers started to increase their support for Toronto food trucks and pop-ups.
The admission fee was $20 and these 3,000 tickets sold out in 6 hours. Instantly people were asking around the Internet to see if anyone had some extra tickets. Luckily, I got 4 tickets for friends and myself (well, I woke up early and waited in front of my laptop for 3 hours before they started to sell the tickets).
TUM released the vendor list and map about two weeks before the day of the event. My friend and I all got super pumped up when we read all the information and food pictures online. We planned our route and the must eat/desire list for the night. I totally lost my mind when I saw the photo of “Lobster Poutine” from Rock Lobster. All of my friends know that I am a crazy lobster lover and will pay anything to eat Lobster!
For my friends, and I the Rock Lobster was the spot, but another highlight of the night was Caplansky’s food truck. Caplansky is well known as their smoke meat and they first started as a restaurant on College Street then purchased a food truck team. We choose to end up our wondering evening by having “Maple Bacon Doughnuts” from Caplansky.
The event started rolling at 6pm, the parking lots were already packed with cars by the time we arrived around 7pm. This resulted in driving home and returning to Brickworks via a taxi. Parking at this venue is a whole other story. People decided to park all along Bayview Avenue. Hungry foodies were excited and ready to start a fantastic journey that would last well into the night. The night was very successful; every vendor had a line up full of craving food lovers. Evergreen Brick Works has a great outdoor covered space with great facilities to host this type of event (despite the parking).
If you think this type of event sounds fun and you’re looking for another street food event – Food Truck Eats and Peller Estaesin Niagara-on-the-Lake are hosting 16 food trucks on May 20th and 21st. For more information or to buy the tickets, please visit: http://reservations.andrewpeller.com/events/food-truck-eats.html
On Wednesday April 18, 2012, CityEvents, RPC Group and Bar Vespa collaborated to welcome many Torontonians for this month’s Liberty Social Hour. Taking place in the heart of Liberty Village, this season’s social hour was themed as a celebration of spring. Local residents of the village, as well as others from around Toronto were pleased with the opportunity to socialize and get to know what this new neighbourhood is all about. When the evening began, the sun was shining and the drinks were flowing. Bar Vespa, the host restaurant, was filled within a few short moments, and was ready to encourage the crowd to mingle.
As the night led on, the amount of people in attendance picked up, and so did the conversation. It was clear that many of the guests had different reasons for attending Liberty Social Hour. Some were there just to meet up with a friend, others were curious to see what the hype was all about. Each guest had heard the buzz about the social hour in different ways. For some, it was hearing through past attendees, others through social media, and for a small handful, they were persuaded by the many posters surrounding the Liberty Village area.
Overall the environment was very friendly and outgoing. The same guest that stayed for 30 minutes was just as satisfied as the guest that stayed for four hours. Whether the guest was there to have a drink with old friends, or a stranger to the community, everyone felt welcomed and walked away having had a great interaction with another. As guests made their way out of Bar Vespa, they were surprised with a gift bag filled with exciting new products and deals from within Liberty Village and the surrounding area. As well, they received a special treat contributed by Bar Vespa.
Liberty Social Hour is an event meant to bring social interaction to many types of Toronto individuals. It allows one to learn more about what Liberty Village has to offer, as well as the type of people who fill it. Make sure to keep an ear out for the next Liberty Social Hour coming up in a few short months. Be a part of the growing neighbourhood of Liberty Village, and have the chance to be a part of the excitement.