DRIVE TO SUCCESS WITH LUXURY COACH

DRIVE TO SUCCESS WITH LUXURY COACH

Let’s be honest, sometimes transportation can be a pain in the neck when planning an event. On top of planning and executing your event, you’ve got to make sure people can get there. And on top of that, you’ve got to consider all the other events that are happening in the city; potential road closures, accidents, while coordinating pick-up spots for your attendees. And of course, perhaps the biggest headache, that dreaded seven-letter word in Toronto: traffic!

GO HEADACHE-FREE OR GO HOME
If that first paragraph has you reaching for a bottle of Advil, hold on. Because when there’s a will, there’s a way. Especially when it comes to the transportation needs for your events. Whether you’re moving one person or many, Luxury Coach is your headache-free answer. Their team of transportation experts can accommodate your requirements, all while providing quality service.

Luxury Coach prides itself on being a leader in transportation coordination and service in the Greater Toronto Area, for the past 20 years. Their experience and dedication earns them a reputation among Fortune 500 companies, as well as tour companies and clients in their field.

LOOK THE PART
The team at Luxury Coach knows that image is everything, and is the key to a successful event – especially to attendees. They go the extra mile in providing guests with the ultimate luxury experience, including amenities that wow, plus the added touch of a professional and courteous staff as the icing on a very lavish cake. Guests consistently comment that travelling with Luxury Coach feels comfortable and safe, and their professionalism and service makes for a memorable experience.

Offering a diverse fleet of vehicles including sedans, sport utility, limousines, executive vans, shuttle coaches and full size 56-passenger highway coaches, they accommodate groups of all sizes. Not one to rest on their laurels, Luxury Coach is continuously upgrading their fleet, ensuring they’re replaced every two to three years.

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TRAVEL SAFE AND LUXURIOUSLY
Passenger comfort and safety is a top priority, so much so that all vehicles, regardless of size, are equipped with seat belts. Plus, all commercial vehicles are equipped with electronic tracking devices, monitoring the drivers’ activities while alerting dispatchers to excessive idling and speeding. For added safety, all drivers undergo yearly testing with certified instructors, so their skills are up to speed.

Their NEW VIP Coach can accommodate up to 28 passengers, including such amenities as beverages and  food service. With all the comforts of a travelling VIP room, arrangements are worry-free and safe, while you enjoy the comfort and company of your guests.

The team has made a name in the Toronto events community with a commitment to serving clients. They’re more than willing to work with you based on your needs for any specific event.

So if you want to arrive while seated in the lap of luxury; sit back, relax and leave the headaches to Luxury Coach. They’ll get you where you need to be, in the best way possible.

CANADIAN TOURS INTERNATIONAL LEADERS IN DESTINATION MANAGEMENT

CANADIAN TOURS INTERNATIONAL LEADERS IN DESTINATION MANAGEMENT

If you want to gift incentive travellers with the ultimate Canadian experience, you’ll want to do it right. And doing it right means engaging the services of a destination management company who knows what they’re doing. In fact, why not take it up a notch and work with a company whose reputation precedes them? Incentive travellers deserve what’s best and the right DMC will give them just that – especially when they’ve won awards in their field and have over 35 years of experience.

SO, WHO YOU GONNA CALL?
Toronto’s very own Canadian Tours International (CTI) Destination Management. Since 1979, their multilingual team has served over 150,000 travellers in a variety of travels from group tours, to specialty tours, to individual travel, and of course, incentive programs. They’ve got it all with a reputable service that includes an innovative team of planners who know Canada, and likewise Toronto, inside out. What does that mean for your incentive group? A perfectly planned trip, suited to your team’s interest that includes organized meals, venues, transportation, logistics, entertainment and more.

YOURS TO ENJOY.
Canada is the 2nd biggest country in the world and Toronto is its largest city. Take a while to let that sink in and you’ll realize that the opportunities for your incentive travels are endless. With Canada’s vast landscape and Toronto’s thriving culture, you won’t know where to start. Luckily, CTI always does. With a goal to inspire, entice and motivate incentive travellers within their personal and professional lives, some past programs included:

  • Canoe races
  • Chartered flights to Canadian landmarks
  • Unique sightseeing tours
  • Winter activities like snowmobiling, dogsledding, heli-skiing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Technical programs
  • Exclusive lodges
  • Winery tours
  • Out of the box gala evenings

CIRQUE INSPIRED TOUCH!
This past spring 2018, CTI was tasked with putting together a 5-day itinerary for an incentive group of 300 attendees from Mexico, during Toronto’s most blossoming season. The itinerary included iconic Toronto experiences like dinner atop the CN Tower, tours of Toronto’s prominent neighbourhoods and attractions, VIP evenings at the city’s trendiest bars, a catered celebration at the Royal Ontario Museum, an exclusive winery tour, and to top it all off, an elegant dinner at Toronto’s Ritz Carlton Hotel.

The final evening’s dinner included a private Cirque inspired performance by performers from Cirque-u-l’air. This performance act which is in the style of Cirque du Soleil style with mythical costuming and ethereal musical accompaniment is something that most would like to cross off their bucket lists. Brought right to their dinner tables, the group was wowed by aerial acrobatics, a pixel poi performance, and balancing artists. It was a feast for their stomachs and their eyes. It was also a rare experience that stayed with attendees well after they went home. And it was all brought together by the hardworking team at CTI.

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CTI truly knows how to build a seamless experience and program, and execute it effortlessly.

REGALE AT THE GLOBE AND MAIL CENTRE

REGALE AT THE GLOBE AND MAIL CENTRE

Yes, that’s right. You can now host your next event at Canada’s headquarters for authoritative news. In 2017, Canada’s most widely read news source opened its very own event space: The Globe and Mail Centre. Not far from the downtown core and located in Toronto’s actual Globe and Mail head office, the space is elegant, flexible, but most importantly, offers some of the best skyline views to add as a backdrop for your next event.

PARTY, CONVENE, OR MEET WITH A VIEW
Whether it’s a conference, intimate gathering, wedding, award shows, product launch, media event, or other corporate celebration, The Globe and Mail Centre prides itself on its flexibility and variety of customizable space. The best part? Each space offers a scenic view of Toronto’s dazzling skyline, including Lake Ontario.

Located in the King East Design District, the Globe and Mail Centre is a short distance from downtown Toronto, and also nearby charming neighbourhoods like the nearby Distillery Historic District and the Canary District. It’s easy to get to and easy to pair with a program of events, if needed, since it’s located in such a dynamic part of town.

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
With a variety of spaces, your event can be easily customized to your liking. Elegance meets high-tech convenience as all rooms are equipped with the latest AV technology, including refined furnishings that are LEED Gold Certified. At the upper-most floor of the Globe and Mail building, spaces include the Event Hall and Lounge that can be combined into a massive 6,500 sq. ft. room or easily separated into two distinct areas. The Event Hall (3,700 sq. ft.) and Lounge (3,800 sq. ft.) can be arranged to your needs. Let your creativity run wild as you conceptualize your ideal event whether it’s an elegant seated dinner, a themed product launch, or your company’s next holiday party. When the weather permits, the spacious and charming Terrace (2,800 sq. ft.) makes for a breezy gathering overlooking the downtown skyline, Lake Ontario, and the Toronto Islands.

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DECK THE HALLS
Actually, you can leave that to the Globe and Mail Centre! This year, plan your holiday themed event that’ll have your employees RSVP’ing faster than you can say ‘mistletoe’. You can expect only the highest quality catering and services, for your ideal festive get together. The Globe and Mail Centre works with carefully selected caterers and suppliers who share their high standards, and in turn work with you to make sure everyone’s aligned to ensure a successful event. And with the dazzling Toronto skyline acting as the backdrop, there will be more than enough holiday magic to enliven your holiday event.

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FMAV: The MVP of AV

FMAV: The MVP of AV

As the largest Canadian-owned audiovisual company, FMAV employs more than 250 staff across seven offices from coast to coast, including Toronto. What sets FMAV apart is a focus on partnering with their clients. While most AV companies simply rent gear to their clients, the team at FMAV intimately works with meeting planners, creating a connection that helps them achieve their business goals.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
This summer, FMAV partnered with Jays Care Foundation for the second consecutive year on their Curve Ball Gala to produce an event recognized as one of the best in Canada for 2018. The Gala raised funds to teach life skills and create lasting social change for children in marginalized communities across Canada. Working closely with Jays Care Foundation, including Candice and Alison Events Group, FMAV provided detailed expertise and care towards the Gala’s objective of elevating the attendee experience. This included the entire Blue Jays roster and more than 1,500 VIP guests, all within the Rogers Centre.

The gala gave guests a rare opportunity to not only root for the home team, but also mingle amongst the team’s biggest stars, coaches and alumni. All the while dining on the baseball diamond where the Blue Jays play. Working with such an iconic venue presented challenges for FMAV’s timeline as the Blue Jays hosted a home game the night before and after the gala. There were also audio challenges taking into account that it’s a stadium that seats 50,000, as well as seating-related issues since it’s highly important not to impact the turf in any way.

Working closely with Jays Care, FMAV’s team used graphics and content projections to immerse attendees into the journey and impact of the organization including:

  • A map of Canada featuring pinned locations showcasing the reach of Jays Care Foundation and the children who were helped by the organization
  • Creative seating arrangements: taking into consideration the field’s dimensions, FMAV conceptualized a horseshoe-shaped seating layout, bringing the audience closer to the stage
  • The Jays Care logo and imagery was projected onto a 20 ft. tall circular truss, simulating a baseball
  • 8 ft. by 8 ft. LED wall used to simulate a diamond, positioned on either side of the podium
  • Simulated draping décor outlined the field throughout the gala dinner

    “FMAV went above and beyond for us and accounted for every detail. They are experts in creating intimate amazing events, and the team was incredible in supporting us to tell our story though brainstorming and building engaging content in order to demonstrate our theme of ‘unstoppable kids’.” – Jenny Le, Manager, Events, Jays Care Foundation.

GALA EXTRAVAGANZA
The result was a spectacular event that truly captivated attendees, transformed the venue, and was their largest success to date in terms of donations. Jays Care hit a home run raising a whopping $1.5 million in support of Unstoppable Kids in the programs across Canada. The team’s efforts did not go unnoticed, with BizBash naming it one of the Top 100 Events in Canada of 2018.

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MAKE WAVES AT RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF CANADA

MAKE WAVES AT RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF CANADA

What’s big, watery, and filled with fish? More like 20,000 of them, including invertebrates and two green sea turtles. And no, it’s not Lake Ontario. Instead, you’ll find all these eclectic sea creatures happily swimming along the vast water-filled habitats of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. With nine galleries of salt and freshwater environments, there are aquatic specimens from around the world and Canada that live here – including sharks! The Dangerous Lagoon (where sharks reign), is the largest exhibit with 2.9 million litres of salt water. Rainbow Reef, just as colourful as it sounds, is the most diverse exhibit with over 100 different species of tropical fish.

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SEA AND BE SEEN
The masses just can’t get enough. Who doesn’t love petting string rays and taking selfies in front of a giant wall of glowing jellyfish? Earlier this summer, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada surpassed 10-million visitors after opening its doors to the public just four years ago! From day one tourists and locals line up to see and be seen with the aquarium’s exotic and photogenic marine life, conveniently located in Toronto’s downtown core, near most iconic attractions. It’s become a vital Toronto landmark in attracting both tourists and business to the city. One of Toronto’s most popular spots on social media, it’s a sought-after corporate event venue for galas, celebrations, fundraisers, holiday parties, meetings and more.

UNDER THE SEA AND OVER THE MOON
Plan the corporate event of a lifetime, leaving your delegates in constant awe of their surroundings. In between cocktails and bites, guests can roam fish-filled tunnels, play around with over 100 interactive exhibits, and fill their brains with fun facts from the aquarium’s knowledgeable education team. When it comes to events, Ripley’s goes above and beyond in creating a truly unique experience for guests.

For larger events with a capacity of up to 1,200 people, the Aquarium Rental is ideal as it gives delegates full access to all exhibits. Rental times begin at 7 PM from Sunday to Thursday, excluding late June, July and August. Event planners can customize the space to their liking with food stations and bars throughout, and ample space for varied entertainment opportunities. The possibilities are endless. For a more formal vibe, the lobby can host seated dinners of up to 200 guests, with intimate dining options available in the Rainbow Reef and Ray Bay galleries (up to 80 and 60 guests respectively).

DRINK WITH THE FISHIES

On Thursday, September 27 from 8pm-12am, Ripley’s is hosting their annual Octo-berfest where beer aficionados can raise a stein of craft beer and enjoy live music, all under the magic of charming sea creatures. The ten local breweries taking part in the festivities are: Steam Whistle, Cowbell Brewing, Nickel Brook Brewing Co., Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewery, Lost Craft Brewing Co., Muskoka Brewery, Railway City Brewing Co., Lake of Bays Brewing Co., and Collective Arts Brewing. Admission costs $30+HST and you must be 19 years old or older to attend. The evening includes Bavarian entertainment by Matt Lebar Ensemble, food, and of course, lots of fun! Purchase your tickets here.

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CANTRAV: PARTNERS IN YOUR SUCCESS

CANTRAV: PARTNERS IN YOUR SUCCESS

The most crucial part of planning a successful event is ensuring that a well thought out idea is executed properly. Enter Cantrav Services Inc., event planning experts who know that a healthy dose of creativity plus strategy makes for a seamless event that not only reflects a client’s vision, but is fun! On top of conveying a meaningful message, an impactful gathering still offers attendees a great time that they won’t soon forget.

EXECUTION IS EVERYTHING

Cantrav is one of Canada’s most reputable business events experts and leading ‘Destination Management Company’ (DMC). They serve as event whizzes who know the destination like the back of their hands, and can creatively marry their knowledge to the client’s needs. Cantrav offers this in spades, coupling their passion for Toronto with an innovative team that’s unafraid to push boundaries. Their formula is simple: a dash of creative vision with strategic insight, blended with their client’s goals, and remarkable execution.

KNOW YOUR MARKET

Especially when it’s the Prime Minister of Canada! Recently, Cantrav was the chosen DMC for an elite conference of 263 leading philanthropists from all over the world. Every detail throughout the three-night program was to reflect high level opulence. With a VIP guest list including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and U.S. President George W. Bush, the pressure was on.

Cantrav meticulously managed all the logistical details including branding, transportation, entertainment, offsite event production, hospitality suites, activities and more. An opening gala dinner was held at the Liberty Grand, with guests transported from their hotels via luxury coaches. Picture the scene: a lush red carpet welcomes guests as they’re greeted by two Royal Canadian Mounted Police on horseback. Inside the ballroom, the décor was tastefully elegant with white tones, gold accents, and florals.

Morning sessions were also top of mind, as Cantrav ensured that the impact from the previous evening’s gala would continue into the following day. An exquisite lunch was organized for guests at the Royal Conservatory of Music where once again the space was minimalist, chic and always elegant. With custom curated activities, conference members were entertained with a post-lunch sightseeing tour of Toronto’s most cultural and awe-inspiring attractions. No impressionable opportunity was left behind.

THE CHERRY ON TOP

Consistency is key when hosting a successful conference. As the final evening approached, Cantrav knew that the ambiance had to remain in line with the previous events, while being even more impactful. Why? This would be the delegates’ final impression. Did we mention Justin Trudeau would be there? Held at the Royal Ontario Museum, the evening’s tone would be modern-day elegance combined with traditional flair. Once again, opulent simplicity would take precedence with high and low floral arrangements, cirque-inspired centerpieces, and other regal details. Guests were entertained by cirque performances and soft musical performances, so as not to overpower interpersonal mingling.

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A CONFERENCE WELL DONE

The end result was a highly-successful conference and a very happy client. Cantrav hit all their targets in seamlessly organizing a high-level three-day event, from transportation and activity logistics to food and beverage coordination and event produciton, all while showcasing Toronto as a world-class destination.

Cantrav understands that impression is everything. They also know Toronto well, and there’s a lot to know about this eclectic city. With a variety of venues, local offerings, and different elements to consider, it takes an experienced DMC with the right industry leaders to navigate all the essentials efficiently, and craft a successful gathering. Luckily, Cantrav Services Inc. is both passionate about Toronto and what they do, so clients know they are in good hands when working with their team.

Learn more about the Cantrav team and how they can help elevate your next event here