Liberty Commons the New ‘Rock’ of Liberty Village

March 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Event tips, Event Venues, Ontario, Toronto

Comments Off

Oliver and Bonacini welcomed Big Rock Brewery to Toronto with a collaborative, unique two-level, fully accessible heritage space, known as Liberty Commons. The modern brewpub venue offers up two separate and unique areas to rent out or go big with a full restaurant buyout.

Barrel Room is a great space with room for either a breakfast rendezvous or a full seated dinner of groups of up to 32, or have a reception style gathering for groups of a 47. The Barrel Room comes equipped with a 60” flat screen television, but you do have to be conscious of shrinking the guest list if a/v is required. The room is backdropped with an upcycled beer cask wall and exposed brick.

The Drink Tank offers an airy space with slightly smaller capacity. Up to 24 people can be seated or 30 people for reception style mixers, private get-togethers or business breakfasts. The Drink Tank gives guests a great visual of the brewmasters at work in the on-site brewery, perfect for a beer lager enthusiasts or an ale-themed event.

The entire restaurant will get 173 guests seated or a large soiree with 340 standing. For any option, a cocktail services can be provided,  with limitations on draft, and you can also tailor the beverage selections to enhance your guests’ experience! Match that with a customizable menu – including vegan and vegetarian- and you have a great event on your hands.

Liberty Commons - Photo by Cindy La (web)

A look in at the cozy space at Liberty Commons. Photo by: Cindy Le

For all booking inquiries contact:



Written by: Paula McDines

Hotel X Toronto: bringing all your hospitality needs to the urban scene

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Event tips, Event Venues, Uncategorized

Comments Off

"VFMLID=76517265" Coming Soon, Hotel X is one of the most unique hotel resorts in the city of Toronto that provides a full hospitality, sports and entertainment complex in a diverse urban setting.

Located on the historic grounds of the Exhibition Place, just south of the vibrant work/live community Liberty Village. Hotel X is indeed a unique environment as guests are enchanted with garden surroundings and outstanding views. Don’t forget that Hotel X is a LEED certified project which leads this resort to aspire to obtain the highest levels of environmental sustainability!hotel-x-toronto_meetings_a

Not only is Hotel X a fantastic resort and accommodation establishment, but the hotel also contains 16 meeting spaces and a screening room for conferences, meetings, and corporate events.  This accommodation hotel can also accompany events being held at other CNE buildings such as BMO Field or the Allstream Centre.

This space would work well for screenings, presentations, VIP or Networking themed receptions as well as a variety of meetings and events. Hotel X brings more life to the CNE site and will add to the event experiences in the area.  With little or no hotel accommodation in the area they can serve business client doing business in Liberty Village or involved in one of the onsite events.

Book your accommodation or group inquiry today at Toronto’s LEED certified and exclusive resort at Hotel X.

For link to website:


More than your neighbourhood coffeehouse: Boxcar Riverside

June 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Event tips, Event Venues, Toronto, Uncategorized

Comments Off

The up and coming neighbourhood, Riverside, became a lot trendier with the opening of Boxcar Riverside, part of the Boxcar Social brand. Boxcar Social is a rustic-chic, coffeehouse that offers premium coffee, craft brews and charcuterie plates. The Riverside coffeehouse is the second location, with the first  at Yonge street and Birch avenue.

Photo courtesy of Boxcar Social

Photo courtesy of Boxcar Social

The owners wanted to do something they loved and they wanted to do it right. Bringing their customers beans from all over North America and having fresh, organically certified ingredients is very important to them. With the success of their first shop, they were able to bring great coffee, local beers and foods to the east-end.

Boxcar Riverside is a large, trendy coffee shop located at Boulton avenue and Queen street east. The gorgeous spot is a great place to get some work done and enjoy a quiet cup of your favourite coffee or host a private party and enjoy the local craft brews on tap.


Photo courtesy of Boxcar Social

Photo courtesy of Boxcar Social

Courtesy of: Boxcar Social

Hours of Operation
Monday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Wednesday: 8 a.m.  – 12 a.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.


For more information on Boxcar Social:

Kensington Brewing Company says ‘Drink Good Beer’

June 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Event tips, Event Venues, Uncategorized

Comments Off


Kensington Market is one of the most famous areas in downtown Toronto, home to many independent shops, hidden bars and multicultural restaurants. Every year, tourists visit the market and take their taste-buds on a culinary adventure. The Kensington Brewing Company, an independently owned and operated craft beer company, is located in the heart of Kensington Market and delivers unique and tasty beers that fully represent the neighbourhood.

The team at KBCo is currently overseeing the construction of their own microbrewery, retail store and bar. Located at 299 Augusta Avenue, the opening of the KBCo brewery is scheduled for mid 2016. With capacity for just 30 people, the new KBCo space will be the perfect venue for small, intimate events. Until then, you can find the team at their temporary office just down the street at 156 Augusta Avenue.

KBCo offers numerous beers so customers can choose a brew that suits their preference. Some brews on the menu include: Baldwin FishEYE Pale Ale, Fruit Stand Watermelon Wheat and their most famous, Augusta Ale .

For more information on Kensington Brewing Company visit:


Premiere Event Venue The Carlu Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

April 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Event Venues

After the re opening of the Carlu in May 2003. This historical landmark is a one of a kind architectural masterpiece at Yonge and College Street.   Back in the day, in the 1930’s, it was the estate of Lady Eaton, Toronto department store president and heir Sir John Craig Eaton’s wife. Even then it was the venue of sumptuous soirées in the sophisticated spaces designed by French architect Jacques Carlu.

 Years later, Mark Robert and Jeffry Roick, took a leap of faith on renovating the building for it to become the historic Art Moderne venue that it is now.   The Carlu, named after its architect, is at this time referred to as “the highest profile restoration in

Krista MacKinnon Photography

Canada” and designated a National Historic Site in 1982. The Herittage Award for Best restored place by the Canadian Event Perspective Magazine is one of the many awards won by this venue. Along goes the Architectural Excellence Award in 2004 by Ontario Architectural Association and 2012 Canada’s Top Venue by Meeting + Incentive Travel Magazine and many more.

Mark Robert refers to it as “more of a museum that houses special events”

On May 1st, 2003, Robert and Roick opened the seventh floor to the public once again.  They renamed the venue for the famous architect and his wife whose delightful painted murals of pastoral life were unearthed beneath 27 years of neglect.

five15teen photography

About the Carlu :

In a nutshell this is over 500,000 guests, over 1650 events (from weddings, charity, awards, concerts, Fashion shows to corporate meetings and social events.

But it is also featured with these sumptuous spacessuch as:

            -The Auditorium: It is 8,500 square feet in total with capacity for 1,200 theatre-style seats (460 fixed in the Balcony, 740 removable on the lower level) and a 1,200 square foot stage.

           – The Round Room : Dining for up to 300 guests, or 240 with a dance floor; capacity for stand-up receptions for up to 450 people. An original Art Moderne design and décor, including domed ceiling, Art Moderne murals and central Lalique fountain.

          – The Grand Foyer: It is 10,000 square feet total, allowing for 700 people for dinner or more than 1,500 guests for cocktail-

Mark Anthony Studios

style receptions. With eight rigging points in the ceiling used for trussing, draping, hanging, etc. And marble and monel metal embellished elevators. Also the main artery runs entire length of seventh floor, acting as gathering area for all useable spaces or solo for multi-purpose functions or ceremonies.

          – The Clipper Room(Private Dining rooms): Smaller in scale, with two adjoining rooms at 650 and 300 square feet each (seated

dinner capacity for 50) with expansive exterior windows. Graced with floor-to-ceiling mirrored doors and Art Moderne-inspired furniture design and fixtures. Ideal for conferences, breakout rooms, individual meeting rooms, intimate dinners or as a Bridal Room

           -The  Sky Room: Capacity for 300 for cocktail receptions or 210 for seated dinners (150 seated with dance floor) , may be used as cocktail area prior to Round Room dinner event or separately for ceremonies and/or luncheon eventsTwo large skylights and north facing windows; simple and clean décor

As you can see, “The Carlu has lots up its sleeve for the future”…

For more information, go to or on Twitter