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Toronto is proud to host IncentiveWorks, Canada’s Meetings and Events show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. Welcome guests and vendors from across North America!

Stop by booths 1708 and 1809 as Business Events Toronto brings Canada’s Downtown to life. Check out the baked goods, shopping courtesy of the Aga Khan Museum’s gift shop, coffee and virtual reality courtesy of MetaVRse, and even a full-size Beck taxi! Inside, Cash Cab host Adam Growe greets passengers and tests their Toronto knowledge for a chance to win great prizes.

The show is on today from 11:30am to 4pm!

STAFF PICK: INNOVATION HUB

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MaRS Discovery District

101 College Street.

MaRS is at the crossroads of innovation and commercialization, where researchers make new discoveries that they can bring to the market. It also reflects Toronto’s architectural trend toward striking contrasts, a spectacular fusion of old and new. And the stunning four-storey, 62-foot-high glass atrium is an outstanding event space.

By Andrew Weir, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Toronto.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

There’s never a dull moment for an event planner. At Business Events Toronto, our own event planners extraordinaire, Moriah Bacus and Alison Owers-Graham, understand that you have to be ready for anything. Here are a few things they never leave the house without!

CHARGER-01PORTABLE CHARGER When you’re at an event, your phone is your life line. “It’s great to take advantage of charging stations at a show, but sometimes you can’t leave your phone behind to juice up,” says Owers-Graham. A portable phone charger means you can get a charge while staying in charge. Continue reading “TOOLS OF THE TRADE”

5 IN 5: Enercare & Allstream Centres

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The area surrounding the Enercare and Allstream Centres is home to some of Toronto’s most amazing architecture and fascinating history! So take a quick walk during break times or at the end of the day to explore these 5 attractions, all within a 5 minute walk or so!

BMO Field

170 Princes’ Boulevard

After the conference, catch a game at BMO Field, Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium. It’s home to Canada’s National soccer team, Toronto FC (Canada’s first Major League Soccer team), and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. In 2015, the stadium was upgraded to include 8,400 new seats, new clubs and suites, and four massive columns that will hold up a roof, covering all of the seats in the east, west and south stands.

Stanley Barracks

2 Strachan Avenue

The limestone “New Fort” was built by the British army in 1841 to replace the nearby Fort York (see below). In 1892, it was renamed Stanley Barracks in honour of Governor Lord Stanley (of Stanley Cup fame). Canadian forces took over from 1870 to 1947. The barracks then served as public housing until the early 1950s and the Toronto Maritime Museum until 1998. Today only one of the original buildings survives. Construction of Hotel X is underway in the surrounding area.

Princes’ Gates

100 Princes’ Boulevard

The stunning arched gateway at Exhibition Place commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. The gates were unveiled during a visit from Edward, Prince of Wales and Prince George on August 30, 1927. The gates are topped by the Goddess of Winged Victory statue, and the nine pillars represent the Canadian provinces in existence at the time.

Toronto Inukshuk Park

789 Lake Shore Boulevard West

The Toronto Inukshuk Park is home to one of the largest inukshuk in North America, made from 50 tons of mountain rose granite by acclaimed Inuit artist Kellypalik Qimirpik! And inukshuk is an important symbol of Canada’s Aboriginal people, serving as a guide to travellers on land and sea, providing comfort, advice and spatial orientation.

Fort York*

250 Fort York Boulevard

One of Canada’s most important historical structures is just minutes away! (*Okay, this one’s actually a 9-minute walk.) Fort York includes the largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings constructed by the British Army and Canadian troops to defend Upper Canada from the newly independent United States. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1923. Today, visitors can enjoy tours, exhibits, and period settings, as well as many festivals and concerts in the summer months!

TEAM UP WITH TORONTO

Make your meetings and events fun, energetic and creative. There’s no shortage of unique team building activities around the city. Here are five of our favourites!

EDGEWALK

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TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: The EdgeWalk dares you to step outside the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere.

Nothing brings people together faster than a little fear. Experience the thrill of a lifetime at 1,168 feet above the ground at EdgeWalk. We dare you to walk around the outside perimeter of the Western Hemisphere’s tallest attraction and Toronto icon, The CN Tower.

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5 IN 5: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

As part of a new series, we’re stepping outside the doors of Toronto’s convention centres, meeting spaces, and hotels to explore some of the new and noteworthy spots to check out! 5in5-MTCC-04.png

So, you’re going to a conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Think that means you won’t have a chance to see anything else in Toronto? Here are 5 things within a 5-minute walk from the MTCC that you can check out during a break or after the conference.

  1. Indulge Farmer’s Market (David Pecaut Square at Wellington & John Street). Get a little taste of the country in the heart of the city at David Pecaut Square. Every Thursday from May until October, hundreds come to the square to pick up local fruits and vegetables, grab lunch and baked goods from the many food vendors, and listen to live music.
  2. Deq Terrace and Lounge (181 Wellington Street West). When the day is done you’re only minutes away from a refreshing, hand-crafted cocktail with stunning surroundings. Head north to DEQ, an urban terrace with an open-air firepit and a view of Simcoe Park and the CN Tower.
  3. Woodpecker Column. Just outside the south entrance to the MTCC, look up to check out the Woodpecker Column, a 1997 sculpture by Dai Skuse and Kim Kozzi from the Canadian artist collective, FASTWURMS. The giant pair of woodpeckers, perched on the side of a 30-metre tall column full of holes, adds a little nature and whimsy to the downtown core.
  4. Steam Whistle Brewing Roundhouse (255 Bremner Boulevard). Just steps away from the MTCC is the Steam Whistle Brewing Roundhouse. The former Canadian Pacific Railway repair house was built in 1929. Note the 120-foot turntable to get cars in and out. Today, the red-brick structure is home to one of the city’s best local breweries, known for its Pilsner.
  5. Lick It (250 Queens Quay West). Head south for a cool, tasty treat at Lick It. It features freshly made gelato flavours every day, from decadent chocolate hazelnut to refreshing lemon rosemary. Walk across the street to the WaveDecks and watch the planes take off from the island airport while you enjoy your delicious scoops.