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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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

Toronto Tops the List in Canada for Meetings & Events

Toronto Tops the List in Canada for Meetings & Events

Toronto has been named the top city for meetings and events in Canada, in Cvent, Inc.’s inaugural rankings. The rankings are compiled based on sourcing activity through the Cvent Supplier Network.

In 2017, more than 40 million room nights worldwide and $14.7 billion of business were sourced through the Cvent Supplier Network – helping to support more than 715,000 events around the globe.

“We’re thrilled to have been named the Top Meeting Destination in Canada by Cvent, a recognition of our passionate community that is an industry leader in the meetings and events industry,” said Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Known as ‘Canada’s Downtown,’ Toronto is a city renowned for big-ticket events, top attractions, unique restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. We’re excited to share the energy found in our destination with each of the 400,000 delegates we welcome to Toronto every year.”

Additionally, Mississauga ranks 6th on the list, bringing even more accolades and recognition to the region.

“When we first launched Top Destinations in 2012, the only cities highlighted were located in the United States. Now, six years later, Top Destinations includes six lists covering every region in the world,” said Chris McAndrews, Vice President of Marketing for the Cvent Hospitality Cloud.

The top 10 cities in Canada for 2018 are:
1. Toronto, Ontario
2. Vancouver, British Columbia
3. Montreal, Quebec
4. Calgary, Alberta
5. Ottawa, Ontario
6. Mississauga, Ontario
7. Banff, Alberta
8. Edmonton, Alberta
9. Whistler, British Columbia
10. Quebec City, Quebec

“The cities featured in this year’s Top Destinations lists have invested significant time, energy, and resources into building premier locations that entice organizations, large and small, to plan meetings and events in their areas,” said McAndrews.

Methodology
Destinations around the world compete on a variety of factors including the accessibility of the destination and facilities for events, price and price flexibility, quality of facilities, quality of services, personal safety for attendees, and having a point of differentiation.

Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities worldwide featured on the Cvent Supplier Network to compile the seventh annual list. Activity was tracked from January 2017 through December 2017 and the ranking was then determined by a set of qualifying criteria consisting of:

  • Unique Request For Proposals Received
  • Total Room Nights
  • Awarded Request For Proposals
  • Awarded Room Nights
  • Percentage of Qualified Meeting Venues
  • Number of Profile Views

Top Ten Reasons to Meet in Toronto West

2018 Toronto West Business Events Guide
2018 Toronto West Guide for Business Events planners

The 2018 Toronto West Guide for Business Events planners has arrived, delivered to more than 34,000 business events professionals across Canada. The guide is designed to educate and inspire planners on all that the Toronto west region has to offer for their meetings and events.

The Toronto West guide offers a dual platform (print and digital) guide on the region. The guide was distributed with the Ignite Magazine February / March 2018 issue this week to more than 34,000 corporate, association, government and third party meeting, conference and business event planners.

Toronto West is a destination within the region for groups looking for convenience, great accommodations, a wide variety of versatile meeting space and lots of dining options. It is ideally suited for fly-in meetings where local staff can interact with colleagues from across the country. Two large convention centres, as well as large conference space within a number of hotels in the area are conducive to sales meetings or product launches.

It’s all about connectivity in Toronto West – a great place to hold your next meeting and event. Inspired by the launch, here are the Top Ten reasons to plan a meeting here:

  1. Connectivity:  The Toronto West region connects all of Canada through Toronto Pearson International Airport. It’s also at the conjunction of four major highways that connect the Greater Toronto Area with all compass points from the surrounding region.
  2. Downtown Close: The UP Express is the easiest way to get groups downtown in total comfort. After meetings are done, shuttle the group to Pearson for the 25 minute direct line to Union Station and the rest of Toronto.
  3. Affordability: While almost all airport hotels have recently renovated, you’ll be spared the higher cost of downtown hotels. Check out the refreshed meeting space, rooms redesigned with the business traveller in mind and great amenities.
  4. Culinary Mastery: Area hotels feature fresh farm-to-table menus and utilize local ingredients. The trend for sharing and small plates mean more mingling and an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country.
  5. Focused Meetings: Keeping your group together—away from distractions—is another plus for area hotels. With combined meeting space and guest rooms, and large convention centres close by, getting business done has never been easier.
  6. Sports Hub: The nearby Hershey Centre features OHL and the Raptors 905 games, a great group activity for the evening. And local ice rinks are perfect for sports tournaments.
  7. Move to Wellness: Keeping fit on the road is a snap, with updated and modern gym  and pool facilities.
  8. Shopping and Entertainment: Sherway Gardens and Square One feature high-end retail.
  9. Business Hub: Mississauga is home to over 60 corporate headquarters in the pharmaceutical, financial, medical research and food and beverage industries.
  10. Relaxation: During the summer months, take advantage of the nearby Woodbine Racetrack for a night of thoroughbred racing entertainment or treat your group to a golf tournament at Royal Woodbine Golf Club, only minutes away from area hotels.

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