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.

7 WAYS TO ADD LEISURE TO YOUR NEXT TORONTO BUSINESS TRIP

“Bleisure” travel has become increasingly popular over the last few years – when professionals mix business with leisure, by adding vacation days on to work-related trips. If business is bringing you to Toronto, you can easily turn the visit into a memorable trip for the whole family or spend quality time with your partner with these 7 unique date ideas.

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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!

THE CN TOWER TURNS 40!

Considered a national icon and a must-see attraction in Toronto – the CN Tower is arguably the most recognizable landmark in the city. While it is one of Toronto’s top attractions, it’s also a corporate venue for hosting meetings and events of up to 2,000 people. From its spectacular views and award-winning cuisine to the flexible meeting space (including a private in-house theatre and revolving restaurant), the CN Tower is an inspired venue for your next event. This Toronto icon is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, standing at 553m/1,815 ft. It also boasts  a couple of unique accolades like the world’s highest ‘hands-free’ walk (called the EdgeWalk) at 116 stories above ground, as well as the world’s highest wine cellar according to the Guinness World Records. It opened in 1976 and celebrates its 40th anniversary on June 26th

HERE & NOW

HERE & NOW

Four reasons that now’s the time to visit Toronto!

With the rousing Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, an unforgettable bat flip, and Drake bringing international attention to the “6IX,” 2015 was an incredible year for the city of Toronto. And 2016 is poised to be even bigger. From rejuvenated neighbourhoods to renovated hotels to exciting events, here are four reasons why there’s never been a better time to visit Canada’s Downtown.

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WORKING TIFF: Natalie Portman greets fans at the Toronto International Film Festival

TIMES OF OUR LIVES
Dubbed “Canada’s premier city,” Toronto joins Mexico City, Bordeaux and Abu Dhabi on The New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go in 2016. Writer David Shaftel says, “Toronto has long been known for its cultural diversity and continues to draw major artistic and sporting events.” The revitalized Queens Quay at the waterfront, The Junction neighbourhood’s influx of new cafés, bars, and shops, and the Toronto International Film Festival’s promise of another year of glitz and glamour are all counted as reasons to visit.

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SAKS TO BE YOU: Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled its first Canadian store in Toronto in February

COMING SOON
Big things are coming to Toronto this year. Make room in your closet as the first Saks Fifth Avenue in Canada just opened on Queen St. in February, and Nordstrom opens this fall. The Toronto Blue Jays kick off their 40th season with a home opener on April 8 against the Boston Red Sox. Pride Toronto hosts its first-ever “Pride Month” with extended programming and provocative events, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joining the Parade on July 3rd (also a first for a sitting PM!) The 10th annual Luminato Festival, Toronto’s global multi-arts celebration, runs from June 10 – 26. And On June 26, the CN Tower fetes its 40th birthday with special events and offers.

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RAINBOW BRIGHT: Pride Toronto celebrates all month long this June

CHECK OUT TIME
Make your stay in Toronto even more comfortable, as some of the most popular hotels in the city have recently undergone major renovations. The downtown Courtyard Marriott’s $14.5 million transformation with redesigned guest rooms, new beds, contemporary new meeting spaces, and new lobby bistro is nearly complete. The Thompson Hotel recently unveiled their new Lobby Bar, after a $1.5 million reno, complete with a high-tech, private event space called “The Front Room,” featuring an 60 sq. ft. multi-functional HD media wall and a 100-person capacity. The Omni King Edward, Toronto’s first luxury hotel, has gotten a $40 million restoration from the ballrooms, meeting facilities and updated restaurant and bar to the 301 guest rooms.

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LOBBYIST: The Thompson Hotel’s new Lobby Bar is part of hotel rejuvenation across the city

CURRENCY EVENTS
The favourable US/Canadian exchange rate means that your money goes a little further when you visit Toronto. Now you can treat yourself to more. How? We suggest upgrading your hotel room to a deluxe suite, treating your group to a night out on the town, or taking a helicopter ride over Niagara Falls!