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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STAFF PICK: INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT

My Favourite International Restaurant: Lee

Lee Restaurant: 601 King Street West. susur.com/lee

I entertain clients from around the world and one surefire restaurant for every palate is Susur Lee’s namesake restaurant, Lee. It’s located in the heart of Toronto’s coolest nighttime playground, great for before and after dinner activities! Don’t leave without trying Chef Lee’s signature, 19-ingredient Singapore Slaw and pick up a set of autographed, custom-designed chopsticks by the master himself.

By Mark Crawford, Director, International Business Development, Tourism Toronto.

HAUNTING GROUNDS

In the spirit of Halloween, we’re exploring some of Toronto’s most lavish and exciting venues that are also home to some of the city’s most fascinating ghost stories. We hope you don’t spook easily!

College Park

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FOOTSTEPS IN THE PARK: Who roams the halls of art-deco College Park?

Hear footsteps on the 7th floor of Toronto’s art-deco gem, home of The Carlu? Then you might be having an encounter with the College Park ghost. She apparently favours the auditorium and the staircases, where the footsteps, whistling, and a woman’s voice are often heard. Some think it’s the ghost of Margaret Beattie, the wife of Eaton’s company founder, Timothy Eaton, who died in 1933.

Casa Loma

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TUNNEL VISION: Keep you eyes and ears open in the underground tunnels of Casa Loma

With a fascinating story in and of itself, it’s no surprise that, Casa Loma, Toronto’s iconic castle has some spooky goings on. Deep inside the underground tunnels of the monolithic 1914 Gothic Revival structure, built by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, there have been reports of the unexplained sounds of horses trotting.

University College

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DIABOLOS: The diabolical story behind University College’s gargoyles

There’s an eerie story of love, betrayal and murder behind the gargoyles hanging over an entryway at the University of Toronto’s University College building. During construction in the 1850s, two stone masons working on the building, Ivan Reznikoff and the aptly named Paul Diabolos, were competing for the love of the same woman. After they discovered the infidelity, an axe and dagger battled ensued, ending in the death of Reznikoff at the hand of Diabolos. To this day, creaking and banging can be heard at night, said to be the ghost of the jilted lover. Read the whole gruesome tale here.

Royal Ontario Museum

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IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?: The original director of the ROM, Dr. Charles Currelly, sill roams its halls.

Dr. Charles Currelly, the original director of the Royal Ontario Museum, dedicated his life’s work to creating its collection of Egyptian artifacts. So it would make sense that he wouldn’t want to leave it all behind. Today, his ghost is said to wander the halls of the East Asiatic section, wearing his nightshirt.

Historic Fort York

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HOLDING THE FORT: Some refuse to leave the historic battle site

Fitting that Fort York, the site of one of the War of 1812’s bloodiest battles, is also home to a number of ghost stories. A mysterious woman roams the officers’ quarters and soldiers in uniform walk the grounds at night, along with other creepy goings on.

Get more Toronto ghost stories here!

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!

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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. 

NU NEWS

IN WITH THE NU: Tourism Toronto President and CEO Johanne Bélanger,  Director of International Development Mark Crawford, and the Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of International Trade,  meet with the NU SKIN team in Guangzhou last week. 

Tourism Toronto is proud to announce the city of Toronto will host Canada’s largest travel delegation ever to come from China. In 2018, NU SKIN Greater China will reward up to 6,000 of its elite salespeople with a trip to Canada’s Downtown. We are excited to treat the delegates to Toronto’s unique attractions, neighbourhoods, and cuisine.

“Top destinations from around the world were bidding in hopes of attracting NU SKIN,” said Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “This win is further evidence that Toronto has emerged as a leader in the international incentive travel sector.”

NU SKIN joins other big Chinese companies who have selected Toronto for incentive travel, including Perfect China, Joymain, and Sun Hope, bringing more than 11,000 Chinese travellers to the city.

We look forward to welcoming NU SKIN delegates to Toronto in 2018!