A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE (CANADIAN) THINGS

If you’re hosting an event in Toronto in 2017, you’re in for an extra special treat. You’ll be in the perfect place to enjoy all things Canada, as the country celebrates the 150th year of Canadian Confederation.

From iconic Canadian fixtures like maple syrup and mounties, to lesser known exports like Hollywood’s funniest comedians (like Mike Myers), discover 150 of the best Canadian people, places and things in our latest mini-magazine. It’s all Canadian and can be found right here in Toronto – Canada’s Downtown.

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ALISON’S WONDERLAND

Passion, creativity, and wonder go into every event planned by our newly award-winning event planner extraordinaire Alison Owers-Graham.

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Alison Owers-Graham

Tourism Toronto superstar Alison Owers-Graham was the very deserving recipient of the “Planner of the Year” award at the PCMA Canadian Innovation Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland last week.

Ever humble about her win, Alison says, “It was pretty special because I was in such fantastic company.”

Masterminding nearly 20 major events each year, she always aims to up the ante.

Of her dedicated event planner, Julie Holmen, Director of Sales, Corporate and Incentive at Tourism Toronto, says, “Whether it’s tracking down artists and performers, working with our members for news ideas, or bringing her own love of Toronto to life, Alison’s passion always shows!”

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PCM-YAY!: Alison accepting her award at the PCMA CIC in St John’s last week.

Where does she get her endless inspiration for her work?

“It comes from loving what I do. I get to create something different every single day, whether it’s a theme, a menu, or décor. Each and every thing makes me happy!” she says.

And planning events in Canada’s Downtown makes her job a little easier: “There is so much diversity in everything that is Toronto, you could easily have an event every day of the week and each one would be completely unique.”

Congratulations to Alison from everyone at Tourism Toronto!

KIDS’ STUFF!

If you’re coming to Toronto for a business event or convention, turn the trip into one the whole family will love. From bumper cars to fearsome sharks, there’s no end to the fun designed for kids and adults alike. Here are a few of our favourites.

ripleys-aquariumRIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF CANADA 

Something fishy is going on! From a giant octopus and glowing jelly fish to stingrays you can pet, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is jaw-dropping in every way.

 

ontario-science-centreONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE 

Electricity, outer space, wildlife, gravity: find the answers to all the mysteries of this planet…and even a few others at the Ontario Science Centre. It’s always a hair-raising adventure.

 

romROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM 

Yep, it has dinosaur, but that’s just the start! Mummies, meteorites, suits of armour, and even a bat cave await you at the ROM.

 

playdiumPLAYDIUM

There are video games. And then there’s Playdium, complete with every arcade game you could want to play, a Laser Maze, and go-karts!

 

 

legolandLEGO LAND 

They should really call this Lego Heaven instead. Watch a Lego action movie in a theatre that snows, visit miniature Lego cities, and build with more bricks than you’ve ever seen. Lego Land has it all.

to-zooTORONTO ZOO 

This huge, sprawling Toronto Zoo has nearly every animal you can think of… and a bunch more you never knew existed! Be sure to say hello to the baby Pandas before they return home to China.

 

For more fun things to do with your kids when you visit, check out Yo-Toronto!

COMING TO CANADA’S DOWNTOWN

The next year promises to be one of the most exciting yet for Canada’s Downtown. With new places to stay, visit, eat, and celebrate, here are some of the must-sees and cant misses for 2017!


HOTELS

Hotel X Toronto, Opening 2017
The only hotel property in Exhibition Place, Hotel X will be a unique lakefront urban resort bringing a cutting edge mix of hospitality, sports and entertainment. hotelxtoronto.com

X MARKS THE SPOT: The Skybar at Hotel X

Bisha Hotel and Residences, February 2017
Bisha is the newest private-label boutique brand to originate in Toronto since the 60’s. Rising 44 storeys, the Bisha flagship property will be situated in the heart of the Entertainment District on Blue Jays Way. bisha.com Continue reading “COMING TO CANADA’S DOWNTOWN”

BOOST ATTENDANCE WITH OUR TOOLKIT

Congratulations, you’ve selected Toronto, Canada’s largest city, as the host destination for your next meeting or event! We are committed to helping make this your best event yet so you’ll find plenty of useful resources on the Business Events Toronto site. From our meeting planner tool, to up-to-date travel information and a calendar of events, you’ll find everything you need to make your event a smashing success.

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Continue reading “BOOST ATTENDANCE WITH OUR TOOLKIT”

TEAM SCREAM

Nothing brings people together like being scared! Here are some of the city’s most spine-tingling events happening this Halloween, perfect for your company’s team building activities!

teambuild-newHAUNTED WALKS
Toronto has a long, storied history…and not all of it is good. Experience some of the city’s most disturbing stories from award-winning storytellers. These terrifying real-life tales take you into the haunted tunnels of a 19th century fortress, working gallows, and a haunted apartment building that drove its occupants mad. hauntedwalk.com/toronto-tours/

 

SCREEMERS
Screemers dares guests to “live the fear,” where all manner of creepy, scary and down-right mortifying are on the prowl! Located on the historic grounds of Exhibition Place, Canada’s most popular indoor scream park includes an asylum for the criminally insane, a haunted castle, a 3D nightmare, and a terrifying maze!  screemers.ca

 

ESCAPE ROOMS
Team work, resourcefulness and smarts are the only way to find your way out of Toronto’s most challenging and terrifying escape rooms, including a time-travel laboratory, a mysterious secret society, and the deceptively simple “red room.” realescapegame.ca

 

LEGENDS OF HORROR
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Over 1.5 bone-chilling kilometres through the bowels of Toronto’s historic castle, Legends of Horror is an immersive, theatrical interpretation of classic horror figures, featuring Dracula, The Invisible Man, and Frankenstein’s Monster brought to frightening life. legendsofhorror.ca

With Halloween just around the corner, we’re on a candy kick! Toronto is home to some sweet candy stores full of delicious gifting ideas for your meetings and events. Here are just a few of our favourites!

SWEET TEMPTATIONS

Experience candy flashbacks at Sweet Temptations by Sugar Mountain, in the heart of the PATH, downtown Toronto’s underground shopping network. It offers up nostalgic candy treats including Pink Elephant Popcorn, Pop Rocks, and Popeye Candy Sticks, along with German and U.K. imports. 130 King Street West (The Exchange Tower) Concourse Level, 416-364-1461

 CHOCOLATES X BRANDON OLSEN

Chef Brandon Olsen and his fiancé, artist Sarah Keenlyside, are the co-owners of CXBO, offering  colour-splattered chocolate creations with unique flavor combinations like Yuzu Sake, Cinnamon Brown Butter, and Lime Ginger Black Pepper. What began as Olsen’s hobby became a full-time gig since opening their storefront location, with Keenlyside taking on marketing, packaging and design. 1132 College St., cxbo.ca

THE CANDY BAR

Since 2012, The Candy Bar has brought a sugar high to Canada’s Downtown. It offers swag bags, candy buffets, and gift baskets, full of award-winning chocolate bars, imported licorice, and all forms of gummi candy, for special and corporate events. 416-532-0123, thecandybar.ca

SWEET ADDICTIONS CANDY CO.

The latest candy store to hit Toronto’s streets is right beside Dundas West mainstay, Lakeview Lunch. Sweet Addictions offers unique candy, sodas, chocolates, chips and cereals from all over the world. 1134 Dundas St W.