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Take Your Meeting to the Next Level Part of a $23 million modification project guided by leaders in convention centre design, eight new meeting rooms are now available on our South Building’s 600 Level. The new space offers contemporary finishes inspired by representations of natural elements, a refreshed registration, modern balconies that overlook Level 700, and offers a state-of-the-art digital experience. www.mtccc.com/level600 For booking enquiries, please call (416) 585-8120 or email sales@mtccc.com

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Business Events Toronto’s exciting brand messaging reflects a progressive attitude and elevated standards in event hosting. It’s the difference between meetings that transpire and meetings that inspire; a place to meet versus the place to be; and seeing beyond what’s now to what’s next.

YO U R CA N A D I A N EXPERIENCE

STARTS HERE! Thriving. Global. Diverse. Toronto is Canada’s Downtown, where innovation, inclusivity, progressiveness and excellence are at the heart of the story. Toronto is your gateway to Canada. Renowned for its big-ticket events, top attractions, unique restaurants and vibrant nightlife, not to mention cultural hotspots and festivals, Toronto is the largest and most-visited destination in the country. The experts at Business Events Toronto can help you tap into the excitement. They’ll introduce you to a citywide network of

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1,000-plus members and industry partners, innovative thought leaders, next-level meeting spaces and unique off-site venues. Enhance your program with extraordinary local experiences and contemporary approaches to global cuisine. Whatever your vision, you’ll find the energy, ideas and resources to bring it to life in Toronto. Take a closer look—the views are different here!

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Contents 3 1 S P O R T H O ST I N G The sky’s the limit when it comes to experiencing major league sports in Toronto

7 CA N A DA’ S D O W N TO W N Innovation, inclusivity, progressiveness and excellence are at the heart of Toronto’s story

3 3 E V E RY NEIGHBOURHOOD T E L L S A S TO RY Discover Toronto’s key heritage districts

8  Off-site Venues 13 Convention & Conference Centres 16 Taste Toronto! 21 Hot Properties

2 4 E L E VAT E D EXPERIENCES Modern luxury is not a product; it’s an experience!

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33 3 8 LO N G E R N I G H TS , BRIGHTER L I G H TS

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52 BUSINESS EVENTS TO R O N TO Look for this symbol to see or hear more about the story.

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5 4 TA I L O R E D J U S T FO R YO U ! Take a Toronto signature experience and make it your own

4 7 T R A N S P O R TAT I O N PLANNING Arriving and getting around the city couldn’t be easier

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The moment an empty room became full of possibility. Whether you’re hosting an intimate meeting or a cast of thousands, Fairmont Royal York holds Toronto’s grandest gatherings. And with total renewal across the hotel – from lobby to rooms to a fresh new culinary experience – the city’s essential event destination has entered a whole new era.

To book an event, email rfp-ryh@fairmont.com Or call 416 368 2511 ext 2657 Gateway to your Toronto moment. fairmont.com


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Toronto is vibrant and alive—impressive, thrilling, captivating and never the same experience twice. Smart and sophisticated, Toronto’s unique energy fuels its people, art, culture, attractions, restaurants, meetings and events. Toronto is home to the best, where you can work with the best and have access to the best. It all happens in Canada’s Downtown!

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CANADA’S

DOWNTOWN EVENT LEADERSHIP

Toronto hosted 951 meetings and events in 2017 that brought 400,000 delegates and generated spending of $634 million.

TORONTO IS HOME TO…

Toronto and its partners have booked 934 new meetings and events for future years.

In 2018, Toronto will host 26 citywide conferences and events.

40% of Canada’s business headquarters A diverse population with over 51% born outside of Canada

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OFF-SITE AND ON-POINT Rebel Entertainment Complex

Are you havin’ a laugh? Toronto’s Second City is much more than a comedy club. The Mainstage Theatre and Training Centre facility is perfect for a town hall meeting, trade show or presentation. Host a cocktail reception before or after a performance, or book the entire venue for your next staff outing.

The Rec Room

VI B R ANT Rebel Entertainment Complex is Toronto’s largest nightlife destination with 45,000 sq. ft. of event space including breezy waterside terraces and a 135 ft. long private deck overlooking Lake Ontario and the city skyline. In the heart of downtown, and just steps from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, The Rec Room is a great place to get your game on, with over 40,000 sq. ft. of event space filled with entertainment, dining and activities. The Second City 8

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Party Toronto style. Scan the QR code on page 5 to see more photos of Rebel and The Rec Room.

Photos: Ink Entertainment; Cineplex; The Second City

From chic waterside lounges to sky-high towers, Toronto’s unique meeting and event spaces inspire new ideas and perspectives.


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The City Within a Park

Opened in 2017, The Symes is an art-deco heritage building in Toronto’s trendsetting Junction neighbourhood. The renovated industrial building can accommodate a total of 630 guests and features vaulted ceilings and skylights, an outdoor terrace and a fully-licensed bar. Close by, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s new home is a generous, 55,000-sq.-ft. renovated industrial buidling featuring a café, meeting rooms and event space.

Toronto is renowned for its abundant green spaces. → Surrounded on all sides by Gothic revival

stonework, Hart House’s magnificent grassy Quadrangle is a private, licensed outdoor space on the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. → Fort York National Historic Site, home to

Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings, is a unique setting for meetings, receptions and dinners. More than 25 acres of rolling green space accommodates up to 10,000 people for outdoor events. → Toronto Botanical Garden has 17

award-winning themed gardens and a variety of indoor/outdoor event spaces for up to 350 people. Perfect for small staff retreats, executive meetings, corporate luncheons and cocktail receptions.

Send your group racing through the Toronto Botanical Garden in an eco-friendly scavenger hunt where teams solve pollination- or plant-themed clues and earn points.

Omni King Edward Hotel Crystal Ballroom

Photos: Omni Hotels & Resorts; Ontario Place Corp.

HISTOR I C After an extensive, hotel-wide renovation, the Omni King Edward Hotel’s historic Crystal Ballroom is open for the first time in decades. A $6.5-million makeover has restored the 5,000-sq.-ft. room’s original splendour with intricate mouldings, floor-to-ceiling windows and magnificent chandeliers. Perched on scenic, lakeside bluffs, The Guild Inn Estate’s recent $20-million renovation includes a lovely bistro and enormous event centre featuring a vast terrace bordering manicured grounds—famously decorated with architectural fragments from Toronto heritage buildings.

Ontario Place

Toronto the Green Toronto’s outdoor spaces rival its indoor ones for variety, beauty and functionality. Inspired by regional landscapes, the grounds of Ontario Place have been revitalized to include the Trillium Park and William G. Davis

Trail—7.5 acres of public green space and bike paths. A dramatic open-air pavilion plays host to daytime or magical evening events. The gentle slopes of the Summit, located at the southern tip of the park, offer expansive views of the city skyline and Lake Ontario.

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STOR I E D The Globe and Mail Centre is a sleek event space perched atop the iconic Canadian news organization’s headquarters. Located close to the Historic Distillery District, the space offers ultra-modern amenities and sweeping city and lake views. Casa Loma has always been dressed to impress, but now it’s gone one better with the 140-seat BlueBlood Steakhouse. Mix and mingle amid curved leather banquettes, twinkling antler chandeliers and an impressive art collection that includes Andy Warhol’s depictions of Canadian icons Karen Kain and Wayne Gretzky.

The Globe and Mail Centre

Century-old Casa Loma’s historic interior spaces and manicured grounds provide the perfect setting for themed events inspired by anything from the jazz age to Beauty and the Beast.

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Perfect for any occasion, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada dazzles guests with its breathtaking collection of 16,000 marine animals in its themed galleries. The venue accommodates up to 1,200 for cocktails and offers a host of unique dining options. Just steps away, the iconic CN Tower’s newly renovated LookOut Level reveals a more fluid and dynamic event space as well as stunning floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of Lake Ontario, the city and surrounding region. Host up to 600 guests in 360 Restaurant, which offers a revolving view of the city and a taste of Canadian cuisine from coast to coast.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

CN Tower LookOut Level 10

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Cultural Hot Spots

R OYA L O N TA R I O M U S E U M Wander amongst the dinosaurs, historic costumes, ancient Greek artifacts and other priceless collections. Listed among the world’s most beautiful museums by Condé Nast Traveler, the ROM can host up to 5,000 guests for cocktails. B ATA S H O E M U S E U M From Chinese bound foot shoes to Elton John’s silver platform boots, the Bata Shoe Museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of shoes and footwear-related objects. The museum atrium, with capacity to host 300 for cocktails, dazzles with a four-storey art glass window flooding the expansive space with light. T H E GA R D I N E R M U S E U M The Gardiner Museum’s stunning, minimalist interior spaces house contemporary ceramics, European, Chinese and Japanese porcelain and ceramics from the Ancient Americas. AGA K H A N M U S E U M Striking architecture and dramatic interior and exterior spaces characterize the Aga Khan Museum, which offers unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations. DESIGN EXCHAN GE Once the site of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Design Exchange is Canada’s only museum dedicated to the preservation of design heritage. The magnificent art deco Historic Trading Floor accommodates 500 reception guests. A R T GA L L E RY O F O N TA R I O Designed by celebrated Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry, the AGO offers a host of venues amongst its fine Canadian, European and contemporary collections, punctuated by dramatic sculptural staircases, glass atriums and quintessentially Canadian Douglas fir detailing.

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Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Photos: Metro Toronto Convention Centre; Beanfield Centre

Toronto’s convention and conference centres each have unique calling cards: distinct locations, customizable event spaces and bespoke interiors. They all share a common goal—to host your most successful and inspiring event ever.

Beanfield Centre

Located just west of downtown, Exhibition Place is home to two outstanding conference and event centres. The Enercare Centre is Canada’s largest trade show facility with over one million sq. ft. of flexible event space in an attractive, LEED Gold certified venue. The Beanfield Centre offers fast, free Wi-Fi, stunning art-deco flourishes, an underground walkway to the adjacent Enercare Centre, and easy access to Toronto’s newest luxury property—neighbouring Hotel X.

The award-winning Metro Toronto Convention Centre has added eight contemporary new meeting rooms to its South Building 600 level. Enjoy modern fixtures, a refreshed registration area and a unique configuration highlighted by balconies overlooking the spacious lower level. This stateof-the-art, downtown convention facility offers a total 442,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, 77 meeting rooms, multi-purpose ballrooms and a theatre.

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The International Centre Rotunda

Visitors love The International Centre for the short hop to Pearson Airport and abundant free parking at the 548,000-sq.-ft. multi-purpose conference facility, not to mention six customizable exhibition halls, sustainable event leadership, and easy access to surrounding hotels and highways.

With over one million sq. ft. of multi-functional event space spread over two buildings, the Toronto Congress Centre is a well-appointed, highly adaptable venue for galas, conventions and conferences. It’s close to the airport, which means easy access for attendees and vendors. Consulting chef, Mark McEwan, one of Canada’s culinary innovators, ensures next-level culinary options.

Photos: International Centre; Toronto Congress Centre; Sheraton Centre Toronto; Westin Harbour Castle

Meet in Style Toronto’s largest hotels have it all: perfectly appointed accommodations, splendid spas, internationally acclaimed restaurants and full-service conference and convention facilities. With 25 multi-purpose rooms and more than 20,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space, including a newly renovated, pillar-less convention venue, the Toronto Hilton accommodates groups of up to 2,000 in style.

The Sheraton Centre Toronto recently completed an extensive $120-million renovation. The property can host groups of up to 3,500 in 60 meeting rooms and more than 130,000 sq. ft. of functional venue space.

Sheraton Centre Toronto Grand Ballroom

With 36 versatile meeting and function rooms, four hospitality suites and a VIP boardroom, the historic Fairmont Royal York hosts meetings and events for up to 1,670 guests. The hotel is undergoing an extensive transformation. Phase one, recently completed, features elegant, plush carpeting, unique accents and clean, sophisticated lines in the hotel’s meeting rooms as well as elevated culinary offerings. The Westin Harbour Castle

The Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre is a full service, self-contained convention centre with over 70,000 sq. ft. of light-filled meeting space for up to 3,000 people, an outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Ontario, Toronto Islands and park space, and an on-site convention services team. BusinessEventsToronto.com

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KITCHEN CO N F I D E N C E

▲ Easily the most buzzed about

From fine dining to casual nibbles, Toronto kitchens are dishing out globally-inspired goodness from dusk to dawn. Eat-in, catered or dine around, Toronto’s culinary scene will elevate your event from excellent to unforgettable.

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◂ Kick it old school at The Civic, The Broadview Hotel’s elegant main floor restaurant serving modern dishes derived from historical menus. Groups of up to 240 people can head to the 127-year-old landmark’s 7th floor Rooftop, which features a spectacular 360° glass, pyramidal skylight, and unobstructed views of the Toronto skyline and The Don River.

restaurant of 2018, Pick 6ix, a partnership between Canadian rapper Drake and celebrated Chef Antonio Parks, offers casual dining in a luxury-lounge setting. The eclectic menu reflects Toronto’s diversity and Park’s global roots. The modular space, including a VIP room and patio, can host groups of up to 300.

Dine Around Tour the town on foot with Drink Toronto walking tours. Guided by local food and drink pros, you’ll taste the best wine, beer and spirits in Toronto and enjoy food pairings to match. @drinktotours

Photos: Elaine Fancy Photography; Joel Levy; Ryan Emberly

Pick 6ix


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Scan the QR code to see Assembly Chef’s Hall in action.

Hall Together Now Chef-driven food halls are shaking up the culinary scene in Toronto with fresh and fast handcrafted food in casual, social settings. Here are just some of the experiences you can taste while exploring the city.

◂ Assembly Chef’s Hall: Taste signature dishes from 17 top Toronto chefs, restaurateurs and baristas under one roof, in Canada’s first chef-driven community market. From Mediterranean share plates and new Asian cuisine, to next level espresso and Bangkok-style street food, it’s a big taste experience.

Assembly Chef’s Hall

In late 2018, Holt Renfrew will open a new Colette Grand Café at its Yorkville retail location, celebrating the essence of sophisticated French style in a casual-elegant Mediterranean dining experience. Watch for famed Momofuko’s soon-to-open concept restaurant. While the theme is a well-guarded secret, the eatery will occupy the entire third floor of the restaurant’s existing multi-level downtown building. Fresh and local are the calling cards at Craft Beer Market, where a huge selection of crafted beverages is offered

alongside fresh local fare. The restaurant gives generously to community programs and sources its goods responsibly. Groups of up to 400 can gather in their large space with semi-private dining room and seasonal patio. Amano Pasta at Union Station is a hopping new eatery offering fresh, homemade pasta and take-away baked goods and sandwiches, made fresh with local ingredients. The elegant and efficient space can accommodate 100, and it often does; especially at aperitivo hour when a one-price cheese and meat plate and buck-an-ounce wine draw crowds.

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Some food halls can be booked for groups. All of them cater. Set up a food hall experience right at your event with a tapas tasting station, raw oyster bar, wine pairings and other food hall goodies.

Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s: Shop, dine-in or takeaway from this food-lover’s paradise located below Saks Fifth Avenue on Yonge Street. Enjoy unique food experiences like CO/LAB, a rotating partnership with the city’s food experts including the wildly popular Momofuku. Campo Food Hall: Market by day, tapas hall by night, this Spanish-inspired food hall seats 70 and offers grab-and-go snacks, a bar, retail store and sit down restaurant. Venue buy-out is available for special events. Harboureats by Mercantino: Sit down or grab and go from the Chef’s Table, the Raw Bar’s specialty crafted sushi selection or the Taqueria’s Mexican-inspired cuisine.

IN THE WORKS… More food hall experiences are coming to Toronto. Eataly—the acclaimed international Italian food market—opens its first Canadian location in 2019 in the heart of Toronto’s stylish Yorkville neighbourhood. The vibrant Italian food marketplace will feature a mix of food markets, restaurants and eateries spanning 50,000 sq. ft. over three stories. Waterworks Food Hall, a heritage redevelopment project opening in 2020, will feature a 20,000-sq.-ft. Europeanstyle market hall. Unlike other food halls, Waterworks will open onto green space— St. Andrews Playground, one of downtown’s oldest parks.

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Creating memorable events on the water

SEE FOR YOURSELF

Hundreds of Toronto restaurants offer unique signature dishes at prix-fixe prices during the annual Winterlicious and Summerlicious festivals. It’s a great way to taste Toronto!

DINING

Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission

El Catrin

A M E X I CA N M O M E N T Toronto has fallen in love with Mexican food, and no wonder. Who can resist traditional Oaxacan dishes heated over a 28-ft.-long open flame at Quetzal on vibrant College Street? Rosalinda, a plant-based Mexican eatery in the financial district, serves dishes such as spicy carrots in mole and Tijuana-style broccoli. Situated along Toronto’s Gerrard Street East, Chula Taberna Mexicana is a two-story space inspired by Mexican cantinas. With two outdoor patios and three tequila bars, Chula is well equipped to host large parties and private events. El Catrin is a Distillery District darling, serving authentic and modern Mexican cuisine. Enjoy the heated outdoor patio while sharing items from the ambitious tapas-style menu.

Located at the heart of downtown Toronto at one the city’s top attractions, Mariposa Cruises offers a truly unique meeting space for your event. Offering spectacular views of the city and award-winning hospitality and service, a Mariposa Cruise is the perfect venue to create an unforgettable experience for your event.

416-203-0187 mariposacruises.com


FOR YEARS, DIVERSIFIED HAS COUNTED ON THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE TO SAY ‘YES’ TO BIGGER AND BETTER IDEAS. Diversified Communications Canada is a respected organization with a portfolio of medical and non-medical business events. Key among these is Pri-Med Canada (formerly Primary Care Today), held annually at The International Centre. “Because of their ideas, experience and our great relationship, we continue to create, develop and support business communities with our market-leading events.” says Steve Dempsey, General Manager at Diversified. “Their apparent inability to say ‘no’ to anything we ask of them, mixed with a creative spirit and a drive to constantly improve everything gives them a distinct competitive edge.” At Pri-Med Canada, we accommodated 4,000+ attendees over 4 days in a 300,000 sq. ft. space with a keynote lecture hall, 7 additional lecture halls, 7 breakout rooms, a 40,000 sq. ft. restaurant and a 30,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall. Looking back on our long relationship with Diversified, we’ve witnessed the power of “yes”. Why not call us and see for yourself?

Steve Dempsey, General Manager Pri-Med Canada

InternationalCentre.com 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON tf 1.800.572.3250

3 500+ EVENTS A YEAR 3 $7 M RENEWAL PLAN 3 500,000+ FT2 EVENT VENUE 3 5,000 FREE PARKING SPACES


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Hotel X Toronto

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Photos: Boomerang Art & Design; Sam Dyess Photography

Modern, luxurious suites, flexible meeting spaces, palate-perfect dining and rock star amenities are redefining hospitality and event hosting in downtown Toronto.

The Ritz-Carlton

New York City-based Library Hotel Collection has opened Hotel X, its very first Canadian luxury boutique property and the only hotel on Toronto’s burgeoning Exhibition Grounds. The 30-storey property boasts unique panoramic views from the rooftop Falcon SkyBar, as well as 83,000 sq. ft of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, full-service spa and an impressive sports and fitness facility. The hotel is steps to the Enercare Centre and Beanfield Centre.

PRO PERTIES O F DISTIN CTI ON Toronto offers luxury accommodations to meet any taste or style. For classic sophistication, The Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La and The Four Seasons are unparalleled. Stylish, boutique properties like Le Germain Hotel and Thompson Toronto offer a refined, modern experience.

Located in the heart of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, the Novotel Toronto Centre’s recent renovation reveals 90 updated rooms and suites, and a completely new pool and fitness centre. The top floor signature suites at Hilton Toronto have been redesigned with all the comforts of home by Sarah Richardson Design Inc.—one of Canada’s top interior designers—with soothing colours and luxurious furnishings. The views? Fabulous as ever! The InterContinental Toronto Centre, the only hotel in Toronto attached to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, has renovated three Club InterContinental floors to showcase 91 luxurious guestrooms, complimentary private check-in, deluxe continental breakfast and a private boardroom and lounge. BusinessEventsToronto.com

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Get a closer look at the Bisha Hotel and Akira Back cuisine. Scan the QR code on page 25.

◂ Just outside of the downtown core, The Broadview Hotel serves as the gateway to Toronto’s east end. This lovingly restored historic building features three restaurants and killer rooftop patios. Got the beat? Every guestroom is decked out with a turntable and vinyl record albums from the neighbouring Tiny Record Shop.

Canopy by Hilton

OPENING SOON ▲ The only Canopy by Hilton hotel in Canada will anchor The Rosedale on Bloor mixed-use condominium tower when it opens in 2019. Expect larger guestrooms and best-in-class cuisine from this smart casual brand.

H OT E L S

The new Kimpton Saint George hotel has transformed the former Holiday Inn Toronto Bloor Yorkville with a tip-to-toe makeover: 189 luxurious guestrooms and suites plus 2,000 sq. ft. of meeting space make this boutique hotel a picture perfect place to stay. Opening July, 2018.

The Broadview Hotel

J AZZB ISTRO

A 65-storey hotel soaring high above the heart of downtown is operating temporarily as The Adelaide Hotel Toronto with 256 guestrooms, upscale spa and three floors of meeting space. The luxury hotel will rebrand in late 2018 as Canada’s first St. Regis Hotel.

TORONTO’S PREMIER JAZZ SUPPER CLUB

Three floors of flexible event space, gourmet cuisine, and world-class live music nightly!

RESERVATIONS 416.363.5299 251 VICTORIA STREET, TORONTO, ON M5B 1T8 jazzbistro.ca

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Kimpton Saint George

Photos: Worker Bee; Ink Entertainment; 2018 Hilton Worldwide; Nicole Finlay for Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants

Bisha Hotel

◂ At Bisha Hotel, situated in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, you can relax in a room decorated by rocker Lenny Kravitz or tuck into modern Japanese cuisine with a Korean twist at Akira Back, the Michelin-starred chef’s first namesake restaurant in Canada.


ELEVATE YOUR NEXT EVENT.

Delta Hotels by Marriott

TO R O N TO’ S A I R P O R T H OT E L S : B I G ST Y L E , S H O R T C O M M U T E Work, connect and relax in the newly opened M Club Lounge at the Toronto Airport Marriott, where members enjoy access to a dedicated concierge staff as well as courtyard and golf course views. Modern and comfortable, a $15-million renovation has revitalized the DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Airport (previously the Travelodge Toronto Airport), now featuring a Turtle Jack’s restaurant.

Photo: Delta Hotels by Marriott

After a multimillion-dollar renovation, the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre (formerly the International Plaza Hotel + Conference Centre Toronto Airport) now features premium amenities, a new destination bar with strong wine list and modern sharing plate menu. Bright and modern, with all-suites accommodation, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport (formerly the Quality Suites Toronto Airport) has joined the Hilton Portfolio of Brands.

Looking for a truly unique location to host a reception, holiday party, product launch or team building event? Then keep Toronto’s top attraction top of mind. We pair beautifully renovated flexible event spaces and spectacular expanded views, thanks to our new Window Walls, with customizable award-winning cuisine that celebrates the best of local and Canadian food and beverage.

Let our team take your event to the next level.

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E L E VAT E D EXPERIENCES Modern luxury is not a product; it’s an experience! Dazzle and reward top performers with sophisticated cuisine, refined accommodations and curated interactions with Toronto tastemakers.

ZO O M

THE EVENT: KAO Germany’s annual Global Zoom 18 World Artistic Event brings 3,000 Goldwell and KMS affiliated hairstylists from all over the world to Toronto, September 30 to October 1, 2018.

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THE AGENDA: Two days of hair-fashion shows, competitions and international artist demonstrations. Highlights include the global premiere of Goldwell’s 2019 Color Zoom Collection during the gala show. VENUES: The Enercare Centre, Beanfield Centre, Toronto Event Centre and Rebel Entertainment Complex.

WHY TORONTO? “The creative spirit and inspiring atmosphere— as well as the diversity of Toronto—will make Global Zoom 2018 special and unique,” says John Moroney, vicepresident and creative director, KAO Salon Division. “The venues are perfect and the fact that everything is close by in the city is a great advantage.”

Photos: George Restaurant, Jennifer Gauld, Mike Day; KAO Group

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Go behind the scenes. Scan the QR code to see more photos from Global Zoom 2017.

George Restaurant

Unparalleled wine pairings and carefully curated menus by Executive Chef Lorenzo Loseto, a Gold Medal Plate winner, take fine dining at George Restaurant to the next level. Canoe never disappoints with an inventive menu reflecting Canada’s diverse landscape, history and culture, not to mention its dramatic 54th floor location in one of Toronto’s financial district towers.


Innovation Meets Ideation At Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, we’re rethinking the ways you connect and create. From seamless prep and expert support to flexible layouts and cutting-edge technology, we provide everything you need for inspired and productive meetings. Featuring 60 meeting rooms and over 130,000 square feet of functional venue space, we can accommodate meetings for up to 2,000 people. Our associates go above and beyond to provide inventive ideas and smart tools so you can deliver forward-thinking results. To learn more or to book your event, call 416 947 4807 or email sheratoncentretorontosales@sheraton.com.

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Ideal Executive Car Service

DAY-T RI P P E R S → Spend a day touring the scenic country

roads just outside of Toronto, or head to nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake to tour wineries and back-road vineyards in your choice of vehicle offered by GTA Exotics. New additions to the fleet include a McLaren MP4-12C, Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Huracán.

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The Substance Group can curate a Toronto Blue Jays VIP experience that includes a premium-level suite, pre-game field-level access and a visit from VIP Jays alumni. A fan’s dream come true! →

Let the experts at Savour Toronto reveal Toronto’s secret foodie hotspots for an unforgettable exclusive group experience. Taste your way through eclectic Kensington Market, hip Dundas West and Ossington or Old Chinatown. →

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→ Shop The T Dot, a luxury shopping tour service

run by celeb stylist and influencer Alexis Honce, will take you on an exclusive tour of the city’s best boutiques.

TORONTO’S PREMIER GROUND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, PROVIDING OUR GUESTS WITH SAFE, PUNCTUAL, AND HIGH-QUALITY AIRPORT TRANSFERS AND CAR SERVICES.

Photos: GTA Exotics; BITE Beauty

SEE FOR YOURSELF

Book an exclusive group session at Lip Lab by BITE, a bespoke boutique experience in the trendy Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood where guests can create their own all-natural, personalized lipstick. Custom blend your preferred texture, finish and scent with any of the 200 exclusive pigments. Founded by Torontonian Susanne Langmuir, BITE Beauty is now owned by global luxury brand leader LVMH.

For your next booking needs please contact us through: www.idealexeccars.com T: 844 42 IDEAL (43325) E: booking@idealexeccars.com Download our free app for Apple and Android devices


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During the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition, Business Events Toronto and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre treated a group of 80 guests to a Toronto-style glamping (i.e., glamour + camping) adventure.

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“I wanted to showcase that Toronto can be anything you want it to be. The clients were in the middle of the city, but there was this beautiful green space on the water with these gorgeous views.” — A L I S O N O W E R S - G R A H A M , SENIOR EVENT PLANNER, TO U R I S M TO R O N TO

The Setting: Guests arriving at Ontario Place enjoyed a lakeside champagne reception and stunning city views before heading to dinner in a magical forest setting, complete with beautifully dressed tables, china service, linens and stunning florals. Later, guests lounged cottage-country style: in Muskoka chairs by a roaring campfire on the shore of Lake Ontario while roasting ice wine marshmallows.

The Food: A charcuterie board presented in a real kayak; a three-course meal featuring salmon jerky and grilled steak; deconstructed s’mores. The Entertainment: An acoustic guitarist serenaded the guests during the dinner service. Scan the QR code on page 25 to experience more glamping in the city.

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Meetings That Inspire Inspire new ideas and fresh thinking when you host your next meeting or event at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. Located on the vibrant shores of Lake Ontario, enjoy panoramic lake views from modern, well-appointed guest rooms and 70,000 square feet of self-contained venue space, customizable catering and in-room audiovisual services. From the Metropolitan Ballroom to the elegant Regatta Room, overlooking Lake Ontario, the hotel can accommodate events from intimate gatherings of 10 to a gala dinner of 2,000 to a plenary session for 3,000. To make a reservation, visit westinharbourcastletoronto.com or call 416.361.7466.

ENJOY A SIGNING BONUS OF: • 1,000 Starpoints® for every 10 contracted room nights (up to 100,000 maximum) • Up to a 5% rebate on master billed rooms • Complimentary guestroom Wi-Fi for your entire group • Special rates to extend your stay through the weekend

*Based on availability. Valid for contracts signed April 1, 2018 to December 14, 2018. Valid for contracts actualizing April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. Signing bonus redeemable to a maximum of 100,000 Starpoints. ©2018 Marriott International, Inc. All rights reserved. For full terms and conditions, visit westin.com/toronto.

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S P O RT H O ST I N G Invictus Games Triumphs in Toronto

The program featured a dozen adaptive sports, as well as family-friendly events, concerts and informal talks hosted at venues such as Nathan Philips Square and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. The Air Canada Centre hosted the sold-out opening and closing ceremonies. The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel was the official host hotel and the site of the Invictus Village—a meeting and celebration space for all.

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Toronto Invictus Games CEO Michael Burns says Prince Harry was awed by the local enthusiasm and support for the games, but Burns wasn’t surprised: “there are many passionate sports fans in Toronto, and great venues that support them.”

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Photos: Toronto Invictus Games 2017; Canadian Tourism Commission; Hockey Hall of Fame

Hosting the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 was a special moment for the city. Established by Prince Harry, the games are the only international multi-sport event for injured, active duty and veteran servicemen and women. The city hosted 550 Invictus athletes from 17 countries.

Toronto’s Winning Sports Venues M A J O R L E AG U E T E A M S . H I G H -T E C H FAC I L I T I E S . Rogers Centre: Home to the Toronto Blue Jays. Located next to the CN Tower. Scotiabank Arena: Formerly the Air Canada Centre. Home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Rock. BMO Field: Home to the Toronto FC, the Toronto Argonauts and the Canadian Soccer Association.

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Host a special event at the Hockey Hall of Fame where you can entertain guests in a unique space, invite a hockey legend to meet your team and have professional group photos taken with the iconic Stanley Cup.

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Discover what the Hockey Hall of Fame has to offer. Scan the QR code on page. 33.

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E V E RY NEIGHBOURHOOD T E L L S A STO RY Toronto isn’t all glass towers and glittering skyscrapers. A proud “city of neighbourhoods,” Toronto has revitalized three of its key heritage districts, where the unique cultural vibe, attractions and stylish venues inspire Instagram-worthy moments.

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The Historic Distillery District The collection of Victorian-era industrial buildings, that were once part of the Gooderham & Worts Distillery, have been authentically restored and retrofitted to house hip cafés, fashionable shops, cutting-edge restaurants and cultural spaces. The district is a National Heritage Site and a must-see for visitors to Toronto. Cluny Bistro Private Dining Room: A modern French casual bistro, Cluny’s private dining room can host 80 for a seated dinner. Archeo: Located in an old carpentry shop, the warm and intimate space is accented by high yellow pine ceilings, exposed brick walls and reclaimed timber tabletops. Hosts 150 for cocktails and 118 for a plated event.

Photos: Canadian Tourism Commission; Thane Lucas

The Loft: The newly renovated mezzanine level of The Boiler House features stunning décor against a historic backdrop, harvest-style tables and a 20-foot bar. Hosts 120 for cocktails. The Fermenting Cellar: This 7,500-sq.-ft. flagship venue, with its heavy timber beams, 32-ft. high ceilings and industrial chic vibe, is a blank canvas for gatherings of 600 for cocktails and 350 for a plated dinner.

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LIB E RT Y V IL L AG E The 19th century factories and warehouses that dot the Liberty Village neighbourhood just west of downtown are now home to tech startups, cozy cafés and enterprising restaurants. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is a popular hangout serving locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Its VIP seating area gives groups of 14 an exclusive, behind-thescenes view of the kitchen. The restaurant can host 100 for a sit-down dinner or 200 for a cocktail reception.

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Caffino Ristorante: Classic Italian food is served in a former Victorian rug-making factory; beautifully renovated with soaring windows and an outdoor courtyard. The dining room can host 125 for dinner.

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Every year, during the last weekend in May, Toronto hosts Doors Open, an opportunity to explore some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. The free event features walking tours, a speaker series, music series and other special programs.

13,000sq ft of meeting space 486 guest rooms and suites diverse catering options DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown 108 Chestnut Street Toronto Ontario M5G 1R3 416-597-6319 www.torontodowntown.doubletree.com

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Cafe Belong, the Brick Works’ on-site restaurant, specializes in local, sustainable and organic fare, and offers full-service event planning and catering services.

Evergreen Brick Works An oasis of calm in the bustling city, the Brick Works was once a noisy brickmaking factory and quarry. Today, wildlife thrives in peaceful ponds and meadows where the quarry once stood. The site’s collection of sustainably-focused new and original structures (16 of which are deemed historically significant), as well as imaginative outdoor spaces, play host to community festivals, workshops and art installations. Tap into teambuilding opportunities, such as outdoor seasonal planting or ice skating. The CRH Gallery and Koerner Gardens: A 28,000-sq.-ft. bright and versatile space featuring long kilns and drying tunnels lit by architectural lighting.

Photo: Evergreen Brick Works

The Pavilions: A centrally located and covered 25,000-sq.-ft. outdoor space with capacity for 2,000 guests. Check out the Brick Works’ unique venues by scanning the QR code on page 33.

Frances and Tim Price Terrace: This 7,500-sq.-ft. outdoor space provides an impressive panoramic view of the ponds and the Weston Family Quarry Garden. The BMO Atrium: Located in the Platinum Centre for Green Cities and with capacity for 250 guests, this versatile space is a combination of industrial brick and modern architecture accented by graffiti walls and soaring ceilings.

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Toronto turns up the heat, strings up colourful lights and gets cozy when the mercury drops. Wintertime means dazzling light festivals, outdoor sports, holiday markets and lively indoor experiences. Bundle up and experience some of Canada’s best-loved traditions, festivals and activities.


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This 220-metre ice skating track loops around concrete pillars supporting the overhead Gardiner Expressway. The trail—phase one of a plan to transform a 1.75-km stretch of underutilized land into public activity space—hosts skating parties, live music, art installations and warming stations. Skate rentals are available on-site. (January–March)

When the Winter Stations art exhibits arrive on Toronto’s eastern beaches, you might find larger-than-life wind chimes, climbable sculptures or an interactive, moving labyrinth. This whimsical international design competition, which challenges entrants to reimagine new uses for the beach’s lifeguard stands, celebrates the city’s winter waterfront landscape. (February–March)

WINTER LIGHT EXHIBITION, O N TA R I O P L AC E A shape-shifting pyramid that changes colour as you approach and a mirrored room that seems to go on forever were just two of a dozen Winter Light Exhibition installations at Ontario Place, a unique waterfront property that is being transformed into a vibrant, year-round destination. Enjoy the on-site ice skating rink or warm up at the communal bonfire. (December–March)

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Holiday Markets

The picture-perfect Toronto Christmas Market fills the Historic Distillery District with twinkly lights and charming wooden cottages selling holiday-themed goods and treats. Outdoor activities, cozy campfires, local food trucks and the Etsy Holiday Market delight at the Brick Works’ annual Evergreen’s Winter Village. Stroll over to Toronto City Hall to enjoy the public skating rink and to browse for unique gifts at the Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square.

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When Tourism Toronto partnered with three local artists to brighten up winter nights, they got glowing results. Literally! Each artist created a winter-themed mural using glow-in-the-dark elements to brighten city streets. “This was the first time we’ve had glow-in-the-dark murals in the city,” says Margaux Cabais, social community manager, Tourism Toronto. “The murals drove foot traffic and encouraged passersby to take photos to share online. It got people excited and gave them something new to see in the neighbourhoods.”

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Toronto is the first Canadian city to be designated a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts

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The Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto offers the ideal setting for your downtown events. From board meetings to product launches or corporate-wide celebrations, we feature spectacular event spaces from the iconic Crystal Ballroom to the exquisite Vanity Fair Ballroom. With delectable cuisine that is second to none, our event planning professionals will ensure all your events are a success.

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TO R O N TO : YO U R BAS ECA M P FO R I N N OVAT I O N Canada’s largest city is a hub of sector knowledge and industry initiative—with access to expert speakers and thought leaders who can contribute to your compelling and attendance-driving agenda.

THE LEAD E R S CI R C L E The Leaders Circle program partners with the city’s top thinkers, innovators, academics and researchers to attract international meetings to Toronto. Conventions and citywide business meetings help to strengthen Toronto’s global reputation, promote innovation and leave a legacy of social and economic benefits to the city and region.

Business events make a significant contribution to the city. The 2018 Leaders Circle Recognition Gala recently honoured 12 leading experts whose efforts to bring high-profile international meetings generated more than $63 million in economic impact for Toronto. Without a local ambassador, 70 per cent of international conventions would not consider an overseas destination. Toronto is a world leader in life sciences, tech and finance and is making in-roads into renewable energy. The promotion of the city’s intellectual assets to the world helps meeting planners enhance content and programming, exhibitor base, attendance and sponsorship.

Photo: Henry Lin, 424U Photography

Industry ambassadors were honoured at the 2018 Leaders Circle Gala.

The Leaders Circle is an excellent resource for planners, according to manager Kathy Nicolay: “We are connected to those industry experts who know exactly what is happening in our city in their respective fields.” theleaderscircle.ca

V I S I T T H E M E T R O TO R O N TO C O N V E N T I O N C E N T R E ’ S YO U T U B E C H A N N E L TO L E A R N M O R E ABOUT THE 2018 HONOREES. YO U T U B E . C O M / U S E R / C O N V E N T I O N C E N T R E

OpenText Enterprise World 2017 OpenText Enterprise World is among the largest technology conferences in the industry. After holding the event in various U.S. cities, the organization felt it was time to return home to Toronto for the 2017 and the 2018 events, according to OpenText’s senior global event manager, Jasmine Cargioli, and senior corporate event planner Shawna Creen. As Canada’s largest software company, OpenText holding its biggest ever event in Toronto was like a homecoming celebration last year. This unique event attracted more than 5,000 customers, industry thought leaders and technology professionals in 2017. Organizers expect an even bigger turnout in 2018. The 2018 event will be held July 10–12, and will return to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Cargioli and Creen shared more details about what makes Toronto the ideal venue for Enterprise World. Great Facilities: “At the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, we found something that really worked for us last year,” Cargioli says. “It has the meeting space that we need, all under one roof, and there is room to expand as we look to grow year-over-year. Having several hotels within easy reach is also very convenient for our staff and attendees.” Easy Transportation: “With attendees from all over the world, we really encouraged everyone to use the UP Express train service from the airport. This fast, reliable service was a great selling feature and benefit for attendees,” says Creen. Special Event: “Our closing event at Polson Pier was a uniquely Toronto experience overlooking the city and Lake Ontario,” according to Creen. “We had a Canadian band and we ended with fireworks over the lake. That was an awesome experience for international guests and Torontonians alike.” BusinessEventsToronto.com

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SIB OS 2 0 1 7 This conference, exhibition and networking event for the financial services industry, organized by Swift and held October 16–19, 2017, was the largest Sibos in the Americas to date with delegate attendance of more than 8,000. Chantal Van Es, head of Sibos for Swift, gives a behind-the-scenes look. Great Connections: “The reason we love to go to Toronto and the reason we come back is the ease of use. The city is very navigable and easy to get to. It has excellent connections.” Venues: “The conference was at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and we always get a very warm welcome there. We also did events at the Hockey Hall of Fame and Ripley’s Aquarium. They loved it all.” One More Thing: Toronto is “…a foodie heaven.”

In 2020, Toronto will host 10,000 visitors attending the Amway China Leadership Seminar. It’s the largest Chinese travel delegation to ever visit Canada and is expected to bring $80 million in spending to the city. ”This is the first time a destination is working with us on our incentive plan—an exciting collaboration for both Toronto and Amway China,” says Angela Keung, vicepresident of sales, Amway Greater China Region.

CITYWIDE CONFERENCES 2018 Rotary International Convention; June 23–27, 2018 OpenText Enterprise World 2018; July 10–12, 2018 Palo Alto Networks— SKO FY2019; August 20–23, 2018

KAO Germany, Global Zoom 18 World Artistic Event; September 29– October 1, 2018 International Air Cargo Forum & Exhibition; October 16–18, 2018

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TO R O N TO’ S K E Y EC O N O M I C S EC TO R S • Financial Services • Information Technology • Life Sciences • Renewable Energy Clean Technology

Collision, North America’s fastest-growing tech conference, will build on the Toronto region’s momentum as a hub for technology and innovation, by holding its gathering in the city in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Toronto will host the 2019 conference May 20–23 at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. Collision, created by the team behind Web Summit, the world’s largest and most influential tech event, attracts CEOs of the world’s largest companies, founders of exciting startups, leading investors and media, from more than 120 countries. “There is such energy in the city, such an open, cosmopolitan and global atmosphere. Great companies are being started and incredible talent is coming out of the region,” says Paddy

Cosgrave, CEO of Web Summit. It will be the first time the conference will be held outside of the U.S. “Hosting a conference of this magnitude demonstrates how meetings and events can be a powerful catalyst for economic development for sectors like technology and innovation, showcasing and elevating the booming tech industry, people and companies that have made the Toronto region a tech powerhouse,” says Johanne Bélanger, president and CEO of Tourism Toronto.

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Toronto Pearson International Airport

TO R O N TO : CA N A DA’ S GAT E WAY Arriving and getting around the city couldn’t be easier thanks to modern infrastructure, safe and efficient public transit, taxi cabs, Uber and Lyft, as well as widely available rental car and private group busing services.

Did You Know? 60% of the U.S. population lives within a 90-minute flight of Toronto?

Toronto’s two airports—Toronto Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport—serve 200 global destinations in 55 countries. torontopearson.com billybishopairport.com

Toronto Pearson is Canada’s busiest airport, welcoming 48 million passengers annually and handling service to more than 174 cities around the world. In early 2018, Toronto Pearson received an Airport Service Quality Award and earned the title of Best Large Airport by Airports Council International, the global organization representing the world’s airports. During the summer 2018 travel season, Toronto Pearson will see several new airlines enter the local market, as well as expanded service from existing carriers and more frequent flights on some high demand routes. Here are some of the highlights: Air Canada: New direct service to Buenos Aires, as well as new routes from Toronto to Bucharest, Zagreb, Shannon and Porto, Portugal.

Head down to the city: UP Express is a fast, direct rail link between Pearson Airport and Union Station, right in the heart of downtown Toronto. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, updated flight information, infotainment screens and more. upexpress.com

Flair Airlines: A new Canadian low-cost carrier offering flights from Toronto to Edmonton and Halifax, as well as Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver, Victoria and Abbotsford, B.C.

Toronto recently added six new subway stations, connecting downtown with important outlying destinations and venues, including York University, Pioneer Village and Downsview Park. ttc.ca Toronto Pearson Airport

Europe: British Airways is adding capacity to the U.K., including more flights to London Gatwick. New carriers serving Europe include Primera Air, offering service three times weekly to Birmingham and London Stansted airports, and four times weekly service to Paris.


Share the Moment Share your special event in a serene setting at The Westin Prince, Toronto. Nestled on 15 acres of rolling parkland, easily accessible from downtown and the highway, host your wedding, corporate retreat or business meeting in over 30,000 square feet of inspiring indoor and outdoor venue space. From the privacy of a tranquil garden to a grand ballroom, our event professionals will ensure your occasion is truly spectacular. To make a reservation, visit westin.com/princetoronto or call 416.444.2511.

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6IX IN THE CITY

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Toronto has many nicknames—Hogtown, the Big Smoke, T.O. and T-Dot—but when Canadian rapper Drake dubbed his hometown “The Six” Torontonians never looked back. Here are six uniquely Toronto ideas for delegate welcome gifts, thank-you treats and giveaways.

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MakeLab’s Edible Selfie Photo Booth lets guests make their own personalized treats. A laser cutting and engraving machine caramelizes photos onto macarons and cookies for a sweet takeaway. makelab.ca Main and Local is a sassy souvenir supplier offering city-inspired gifts “that don’t suck.” Its fun conversation pieces include socks celebrating Toronto public transit, Canadian Mounties and more. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Pop Art style, raccoon coasters are a reminder that Toronto is city where many cultures—and an abundance of raccoons— live in harmony. mainandlocal.com

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Pure maple cubes are handmade with love by Sixty Six Brix. Grate flakes of maple over a sweet or savoury dish for a unique twist. Wow gala event attendees with The Maple Six tasting station, where guests can watch as pieces of sharp artisanal cheese are wrapped in ribbons of pure frosted maple taffy. sixtysixbrix.com BusinessEventsToronto.com

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Calming, refreshing or energizing, these small-batch facial mists by Woodlot from the Likely General Store are a great way to relax after a busy day. Choose from aromas of juniper, cedar, lavender and bergamot, or a combination of rose, palo santo and geranium. likelygeneral.com

Succulent Chocolates and Sweets hand crafted artisan bonbons are a luxurious treat. Made with 35 per cent cream, butter, real fruit and nuts, they’re available in bold and natural flavours from Chili Pepper to Espresso Bean to Earl Grey Tea. succulentchocolates.com

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Planning an event in Toronto? Business Events Toronto (BET) is your first point of contact. An early conversation about your needs will enable the team to make connections with Toronto’s best resources and talent. That’s what 360° Service is all about, according to Kathryn Wakefield, director of client services.

CONNECT “We can do everything from providing video content and images, to helping planners produce their collateral and meeting guides, to providing social media support and even content for their tweets,” says Wakefield, “But more importantly, we can connect planners to the local talent and resources in our city.” For example, when the International Confederation of Midwives decided to include an outdoor walk and celebration as part of its 2017 Toronto Congress, BET helped the organization navigate the city permits process as well as resources available to support the event. PLAN “We have such amazing outdoor venues, including our parks,” says Wakefield, ”So for planners looking for something different, the city has created this terrific online portal. It’s a step-by-step walkthrough, with information on permitting that’s needed, policing, security, and even garbage and cleanup requirements. Those are the kinds of resources we make sure planners are aware of.”

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SUPPORT 360° Service also means BET will help you consider arrival options, connect you to talent to maximize the effectiveness of your event, and follow-up to receive feedback and say: ”thanks for coming.” Says Wakefield: ”Our mandate, fundamentally, is to support planners’ needs and their objectives; to help make their meeting a success.” Here’s what 360° Service can do for you • Attendance building and promotional resources • Customs and immigration liaisons • Help with site selection and visits • Customized microsites for your conference or event • Planning insights and local best practices • Innovative partnership opportunities • Complimentary RFP service • Dedicated client services manager • Media support, including PR, social media and online resources

Tourism Toronto proudly sponsors the Relax, Recharge, Renew program, providing a muchneeded break for parents of children with special needs. With partner support, Business Events Toronto and Tourism Toronto offer a weekend getaway package for local parents, including a limousine pickup, a two-night hotel stay and tickets to museums and attractions, while kids can enjoy a specially-planned weekend at a high-quality, provincially-funded respite centre.

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Tara Gordon Vice-president Sales & Service tgordon@torcvb.com “My passion is urban design, so when I have the opportunity to explore the city I always seek out areas that showcase adaptive reuse at work. Whether it’s discovering a new designer shop in a tucked-away laneway of the the Historic Distillery District or exploring the market at the Evergreen Brick Works, I love to see how our past is incorporated into the present. This makes me very excited for the development by Sidewalk Labs of a smart city and how that space is transformed in the coming years!”

Loren Christie Director of Sales, Canada & International Congress lchristie@torcvb.com “The rooftop of The Broadview Hotel is one of my personal favourite places in the city. It offers a fantastic bar with great views of the increasingly hip Queen Street East. Having lived in the area for 20 years, it has been amazing to watch the changes to the neighbourhood.”

Jane Eastmure Director of Sales, U.S. Market jeastmure@torcvb.com “On Saturday mornings I love to go to the St. Lawrence Market. The area comes alive with fresh offerings of produce, meats and cheeses from the nearby farms and local vendors. The flavours and tastes reflect the diversity of our city!”

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At the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) 2018 Convening Leaders conference in Nashville, Business Events Toronto hosted clients, customers and attendees in the “Imaginarium”—a 5,000-sq.-ft. hospitality and activation lounge. It’s a comfortable space where industry professionals can relax, learn and network while experiencing the best of Toronto. “We typically rent a lot of furniture to create the environment,” says Kathryn Wakefield. “But this year we purchased most of the furniture instead, and all of it was donated to a shelter so that families who were trying to get back on their feet had help furnishing a new apartment or home.” The furniture was donated to Park Center, a community program that empowers those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Mark Crawford Director, International Business Development mcrawford@torcvb.com “My favourite restaurant in Toronto is Susur Lee’s namesake restaurant, Lee. Located in the heart of the King Street West neighbourhood, its location offers lots of options for before and after dinner activities. If you go, don’t leave without trying Chef ’s signature, 19-ingredient Singapore Slaw!”

Kathryn Wakefield Director of Client Services kwakefield@torcvb.com “There are so many amazing places in our city, but my favourite has to be watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the outdoor amphitheatre in High Park. The performances draw you in to the point that you sometimes forget you are even in the city.” BusinessEventsToronto.com

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TA I LO R E D J U ST FO R YO U ! Take a Toronto signature experience and make it your own. All it takes is a little imagination and a helping hand from the talented and dedicated team at Business Events Toronto.

The Toronto skyline provided the perfect backdrop and the venue had various areas for members to enjoy. Food and beverage were outstanding, the music was perfect, both inside and out. We could not get people to leave!” Pamela A. Troop, director, Meetings, Operations & Special Events, ASAE

Toronto’s unique natural spaces and vibrant festival scene were showcased during special events last August when the city hosted the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for its 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition. The Event: Business Events Toronto hosted and produced The Classic, a fundraising gala evening designed to offer guests a taste of the city’s signature annual events. Featured Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival, Pride Toronto, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and more. The Setting: Rebel Entertainment Complex The Food: Guests tucked into treats like “North by Northeats” big rock battered cod and “Nuit Blanche Blast” cotton candy stations with glow-in-the-dark cones. The Entertainment: Chinese dragon and lion performers, Bollywood and Caribbean carnival dancers, buskers and a roof-raising finale featuring Alan Frew and Tom Cochrane.

F E STIVA L INS PIRAT I O N Toronto Jazz Festival Nuit Blanche Canadian Music Week Taste of the Danforth Toronto Fringe Festival Chinese New Year Salsa on St. Clair BuskerFest Discover more festivals and events at SeeTorontoNow.com

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2018 Business Events Toronto - The Inside Guide for Meeting & Event Planners  
2018 Business Events Toronto - The Inside Guide for Meeting & Event Planners