CASA LOMA TAKES HOME BEST VENUE AWARD

Toronto’s Casa Loma was named Best Venue for Weddings and Events at the BizBash Event Style Awards on November 15, 2016. The BizBash Style Awards honour the event and meeting industry’s best across North America, with over 1,000 submissions received this year. Casa Loma was the only Canadian finalist included in their category.

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Completed in 1914, this historical landmark is one of North America’s only castles, making it a top tourist attraction and event venue in Toronto. It welcomes more than 350,000 visitors and plays host to more than 250 events annually.

The venue offers a one-of-a-kind backdrop for any event, featuring 60ft-high oak beamed ceilings in the Great Hall and several other unique event spaces on the main floor, all decorated in traditional early 1900’s elegance, rich wood finishes and marble flooring.

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An outdoor terrace offers a magnificent view of the five-acre estate gardens below and the city skyline. The estate also features sparkling fountains, unique sculptures and an expansive collection of rare florals.

For more information on venue rentals and events, visit the Casa Loma website.

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!

GLOBAL DIVERSITY PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY IN TORONTO

Farah, an advocate for advancement of women and girls in developing countries, talks about Toronto’s unique mix of diversity and how it provides opportunities for businesses to thrive, build and succeed.

FARAH MOHAMED Founder, G(irls)20

Toronto has an amazing mix of diversity—and I mean socio-economic diversity, cultural diversity and financial diversity. It is literally the playground that G(irls)20 works in internationally, but all represented here, in one place.

Girls and women are part of the fabric of Toronto in a big way. You don’t have to squint too hard to find girls and women succeeding in this city. We’ve got a premier who’s a woman, and look at all the women running in elections. Many CEOs of massive organizations in Toronto are women. We have major hospitals run by women, and our social-profit sector and academia feature women. Toronto is an incredible place for girls and women in all sectors. If I had a summit in Toronto, as we did in 2010, one of my biggest challenges would be deciding whom to put on the podium. There are so many accomplished women here.

If people want an education in global diversity and opportunity, Toronto is a great place to come and figure that out. The combination of our financial, academic, health-care and social-profit sectors provide opportunity for anyone from anywhere with any background to participate in some way in Toronto. We’ve got a thriving social sector, our volunteer sector is unbelievable, and people are civically engaged. I’m not being naive. We have challenges, but we are addressing them. People see this as a place to succeed, thrive and build. And they’re right.

G(irls)20 is a Toronto-based social-profit with a big mission: the economic and educational advancement of women and girls in the developing world. The organization’s annual summit is held in that year’s host G20 country, with young delegates attending from all G20 nations, as well as the European Union, African Union, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region.

Choose Toronto for your next event!

Toronto is the top Canadian domestic business travel destination and the most popular choice for U.S. sponsored association meetings outside the U.S. Famous for its diversity, Toronto may be the world’s most global city, with 50 per cent of the population born outside of Canada.

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!