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                                                                                                                                                  Hats off to the annual galas, bene-
                                                                                                                                                  fits, cultural festivals, sporting
                                                                                                                                                  events, and award, fashion, and
                                                                                                                                                  trade shows that keep the city on
                                                                                                                                                  its feet.
                                                                                                                                                  No matter where you work or what events you




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                                                                                                                                                  plan, you'll want to keep abreast of the biggest,
                                                                                                                                                  most influential events on the Toronto social calen-
                                                                                                                                                  dar. These are events that create buzz, set trends,
                                                                                                                                                  and bring back attendees year after year. The list
                                                                                                                                                  contains large consumer events like the Canadian




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                                                                                                                                                  National Exhibition, Toronto International Film
                                                                                                                                                  Festival, and Taste of Little Italy, but it also includes
                                                                                                                                                  the leading corporate gatherings, from award
                                                                                                                                                  shows to trade shows to holiday dinners. Clearly,
                                                                                                                                                  the organizers of these successful events are doing
                                                                                                                                                  something right. So praise them, pan them-but
These events make an impact on the city year after year. Here’s a look behind the                                                                 don't ignore them. There's much to learn about
                                                                                                                                                  Toronto's top 100 events, and getting to know
scenes at the people and companies who put them together.                                                                                         them better starts right here.



Trade Shows, Public
                                                                        showcase for renovating, decorating, and landscaping products.
                                                                        Exhibits feature windows, doors, kitchens, bathrooms, furnishings
                                                                        and accessories, fencing, paving, landscaping, decks, outdoor furni-      Sports Events
Shows & Exhibitions                                                     ture, pools and spas, and more. Visitors include manufacturers,
                                                                        importers, exporters, and the general public. The Toronto Star
                                                                        Room to Dream and Chrysler Dream Gardens are among the pro-
                                                                                                                                                  1. CANADIAN OPEN TBA, 2007 Angus Glen Golf Club,
                                                                                                                                                  Markham, Ontario. The Canadian Open is the third-oldest nation-
1. *CANADIAN GIFT & TABLEWARE ASSOCIATION GIFT                          gram highlights. This year, the show will include a daily focus on        al open championship in the world. It is a premier event on the
SHOW January 28-February 1, 2007; August 12-15 International            new product launches.                                                     PGA Tour and, along with the British and U.S. Opens, it is part of
Centre and Toronto Congress Centre. The Canadian Gift and                                                                                         the Triple Crown of open championships.
                                                                        7. ONE OF A KIND SHOW AND SALE March 29-April 2,
Tableware Association's twice-annual trade show is the largest gift     2007; November 23-December 3, 2007 Direct Energy Centre,                  2. FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP CANADA 2007 July 1-22,
industry trade show in Canada. The event is slated to expand fur-       Exhibition Place. Launched in 1975, the One of a Kind Show and            2007 National Soccer Stadium, Exhibition Place. Toronto is one
ther in 2008 when additional space under construction at the            Sale is Canada's finest craft show, providing a forum for artists,        of six cities across the country that will host the FIFA U-20
Toronto Congress Centre becomes available. The show features            craftspeople, and designers to promote and sell their unique and          World Cup Canada 2007 games, which run from July 1-22. The
more 1,100 exhibitors and attracts over 27,000 retail buyers from       often handmade creations to the public. The show, which features          final match takes place at the new National Soccer Stadium at
across Canada and around the world.                                     about 450 exhibitors, began as a Christmas event. The concept             Exhibition Place.
2. *CANADIAN HOME FURNISHINGS MARKET January 13-                        grew in 1979 to include a spring show, and expanded again in
                                                                        2001 with the One of a Kind Chicago Show.                                 3. GRAND PRIX OF TORONTO July 6-8, 2007 Exhibition
16, 2007 International Centre. The annual Canadian Home                                                                                           Place. The Grand Prix of Toronto (formerly Molson Grand Prix
Furnishings Market is a major event in the Canadian home furnish-        8. ROYAL AGRICULTURAL WINTER FAIR AND ROYAL                              of Toronto) is Canada's largest annual sporting event. The
ings industry. More than 400 manufacturers from across North            HORSE SHOW November 2-11, 2007 Direct Energy Centre,                      2.824-kilometre track features 11 turns going through
America and around the world gather to display their products and       Exhibition Place. Founded in 1922, the Royal is an annual 10-day          Exhibition Place and along Lakeshore Boulevard.
services, see the latest styles, and keep abreast of emerging           celebration of all things agricultural, horticultural, canine, and
trends. Exhibits feature furniture, bedding, lighting, decorative       equestrian. The fair's program includes a garden fair with plants,        4. GREY CUP November 25, 2007 Rogers Centre. The 95th
accessories, juvenile furniture, and appliances, plus related goods     flowers, and horticultural gadgets for gardeners, fruit and veg-          Grey Cup will be the 46th Grey Cup hosted by Toronto since the
and services. In 2006, 12,000 professionals, including more than        etable competitions, and a dog show. The Royal Horse Show is              championship's inception in 1909. It is the biggest annual TV
6,000 buyers, visited the show.                                         an important stage in the selection of international show-jumping         event in Canada, regularly drawing more than four million viewers.

3. CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AUTOSHOW February 16-                         competitors. There are show-jumping competitions, classes for             5. INTERNATIONAL BOWL January 6, 2007 Rogers Centre.
25, 2007 Rogers Centre and Metro Toronto Convention Centre.             hunters, horse and pony showings, and carriage driving events.            The International Bowl, a new NCAA college American football
Since 1974, the AutoShow has fashioned a spectacular stage for the      9. TORONTO INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW January 13-21,                         bowl game, is the only post-season bowl game played outside
auto industry to showcase its finest-and for the media and car-buying   2007 Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Organized by the             the United States.
public to see what's new and what's next. The annual event features     National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Toronto                    6. QUEEN'S PLATE June 24th, 2007 Woodbine Racetrack.
1,000-plus cars and trucks on display and encompasses more than         International Boat Show is Canada's largest marine marketplace,           Inaugurated in 1860, the Queen's Plate is North America's oldest
850,000 square feet in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's North      showcasing more than 1,000 paddle boats, runabouts, fishing boats,        thoroughbred stakes race. The race takes place at Woodbine
and South Buildings and the Rogers Centre. Manufacturers often use      performance boats, sport boats, sailboats, and luxury yachts. There       Racetrack, which seats 12,000 guests and has 21 barns that
the show to premier new vehicles in Canada and North America.           are also engine manufacturer exhibits and a wide selection of             accommodate more than 1,800 horses.
4. CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION (CNE) August 17-                        marine gifts and accessories. Highlights boating seminars, antique
                                                                        boats, a kids' activity area, and the world's largest indoor lake for     7. ROGERS CUP August 11-19, 2007 Rexall Centre, York
September 3, 2007 Exhibition Place. Founded in 1879 to encour-
                                                                        boaters, complete with floating docks in-water boat displays.             University. This year, the best players in women's tennis will vie
age the development of agriculture, manufacturing, industry and
                                                                                                                                                  for the Rogers Cup in Toronto, while the men compete for the
commerce, and the arts, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is       10. TORONTO SPORTSMEN'S SHOW March 14-18, 2007,                           cup in Montreal.
now the oldest annual fair in the world. Often referred to as the       Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. The five-day Toronto
“Ex,” the 18-day event features every imaginable carnival ride and      Sportsman's Show, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2007, is       8. TORONTO INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACE
includes several trade shows and spectacles such as the Canadian        Canada's largest fishing and outdoor show with an average of              FESTIVAL June 16-17, 2007 Toronto's Centre Island. This
International Air Show. The fair traditionally ends on Labour Day,      125,000 attendees. More than 450 exhibitors, among them retailers,        annual dragon boat regatta is the largest regular event of its
the first Monday in September. Average attendance is 1.3 million.       manufacturers, and associations, show off the latest fishing, boating,    kind outside Asia. More than 160 teams of dragon-boaters from
                                                                        camping, hiking, archery, and canoeing gear. Special activities and       around the world will participate in the two-day festival and
5. MOTORHOME & TRAILER SHOW February 28-March 4,
                                                                        attractions cater to fishermen, hunters, and archers as well as outdoor   competition.
2007 International Centre. For 35 years, the Spring Motor Home
and Trailer Show has taken over the entire main complex of the          and water sport enthusiasts and visitors looking for lodges and tours.
                                                                                                                                                  9. TORONTO MARATHON October 14, 2007. Toronto's
International Centre for its annual show. Dubbed the “BIG                                                                                         largest annual athletic event, the Toronto Marathon draws about
Recreation Vehicle Show,” the five-day event features huge exhibits                                                                               12,000 participants from more than 30 countries. The full
displaying motor homes, trailers, fifth-wheels, park models, folding                                                                              marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
campers, camper vans, luxury highway coaches, and relocatable
housing. Exhibitors include major manufacturers, distributors, deal-                                                                              10. VANIER CUP November 23-25, 2007 Rogers Centre.
ers, recreation vehicle clubs, recreation vehicle resort operators,                                                                               The Vanier Cup is the championship trophy of Canadian
finance and leasing specialists, accessories outlets, and service and                                                                             interuniversity men's football. Named after Georges Vanier, for-
technical advisors.                                                                                                                               mer Governor General of Canada. The 2007 Vanier Cup, to be
                                                                                                                                                  held at Toronto's Rogers Centre, will be part of the 2007 Grey
6. NATIONAL HOME SHOW April 13-22, 2007 Direct Energy                                                                                             Cup festivities.
Centre, Exhibition Place. The National Home Show is an annual                   Canadian Tableware & Gift Association - Gift Show 2007

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Marketing Industry                                                      honour the best in Canadian advertising. The program is celebrating its
                                                                        85th year and has been a juried competition for more than 40 years.
                                                                                                                                                    Art & Design
Events                                                                  7. CASSIE AWARDS November 2007 Westin Harbor Castle.
                                                                        Organized by the Institute of Communication and Advertising,
                                                                                                                                                    Events
1. BESSIES AWARDS May 9, 2007 Sheraton Centre Toronto                   Association of Quebec Advertising Agencies, and Publicité Club de           1. INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW (IDS) February 22-25, 2007
Hotel. Organized by the Television Bureau of Canada in conjunction      Montréal. the Cassie awards recognize Canadian advertising that             Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. The Interior Design
with the Broadcast Executives Society, the Bessies are an annual cel-   achieves measurable business results.                                       Show, owned by Merchandise Mart Properties, is a showcase
ebration of the best in Canadian English-language television adver-                                                                                 for contemporary residential design, with exhibitors displaying
                                                                        8. MARKETING HALL OF LEGENDS DINNER February 1,
tising. The competition is open to all television commercials created                                                                               the newest Canadian and international furnishings, fixtures, and
                                                                        2007 Granite Club. Organized by the Toronto chapter of the
for a Canadian viewing audience and originated by an agency/pro-                                                                                    accessories. Now in its ninth year, the three-and-a-half-day show
                                                                        American Marketing Association (AMA) and Mandrake, an executive
duction facility incorporated in Canada.                                                                                                            attracts 50,000 visitors, including design professionals, buyers,
                                                                        search firm with a specialty in marketing. The Marketing Hall of
                                                                                                                                                    and consumers. An opening night gala and program of speak-
2. BROADCAST EXECUTIVES SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUN-                          Legends dinner honours Canadians who have dedicated their lives to
                                                                                                                                                    ers and seminars round out the event.
CHEON December 6, 2007 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Every             the pursuit of excellence in marketing. The event, now in its third year,
year, the Broadcast Executives Society hosts a Christmas luncheon       is meant to honour a body of work and a lifetime of achievements.           2. TORONTO ART EXPO March 15-18, 2007 Metro Toronto
for more than 1,000 guests. The society's members include profes-                                                                                   Convention Centre. Toronto Art Expo, with more than 300
                                                                        9. NATIONAL ADVERTISING BENEVOLENT SOCIETY
sionals from the radio, television, cable, film, advertising agency,                                                                                exhibiting artists. The event is an opportunity for serious artists
                                                                        GALA (NABS) May 10, 2007 Kool Haus. The annual NABS gala is
and marketing sectors.                                                                                                                              to display their work for discriminating purchasers, art connois-
                                                                        a fund-raiser for the National Advertising Benevolent Society, a
                                                                                                                                                    seurs, and art professionals. Each year, a panel of independent
3. CANADIAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION AWARDS                                charitable organization that provides assistance to advertising,
                                                                                                                                                    jurors chooses the participating artists. The works of art exhibit-
November 16, 2007 Westin Harbour Castle. The Canadian                   media, and related industry professionals.
                                                                                                                                                    ed include paintings, drawings, original prints, photographs,
Marketing Association awards celebrate the best in Canadian
                                                                        10. RADIO MARKETING BUREAU'S CRYSTALS GALA LUN-                             sculptures, and mixed media.
results-based marketing. The 35-year-old show is the country's
                                                                        CHEON March 9, 2007 Fairmont Royal York. The annual Crystals
largest marketing awards gala, attracting 2,000 marketers, clients,                                                                                 3. TORONTO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR (TIAF)
                                                                        Gala Luncheon, organized by the Radio Marketing Bureau, is
and suppliers.                                                                                                                                      October 25-27, 2007 Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Now
                                                                        Canada's only awards show celebrating the best in radio advertising.
                                                                                                                                                    it its eighth year, the Toronto International Art Fair showcases
4. CANADIAN MEDIA DIRECTORS COUNCIL ANNUAL
                                                                        11. STORE - CANADA'S RETAIL CONFERENCE June 4-5,                            contemporary art by national and international artists. More
CONFERENCE March 27, 2007 Metro Toronto Convention
                                                                        2007 Toronto Congress Centre. Every year in conjunction with STORE,         than 3,000 pieces of artwork are displayed. Major galleries
Centre. The Canadian Media Directors' Council is a nonprofit
                                                                        its annual conference for the retail industry, the Retail Council of        and cultural institutions from across the country and around
body comprised of media professionals representing advertising
                                                                        Canada hosts the Excellence in Retailing Awards. The honours passed         the world take part as exhibitors and participants in the
and media management companies.
                                                                        out at the show include specific category awards, such as                   thought-provoking cultural programs. The event attracts
5. CANADIAN PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY (TORONTO)                          Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.       artists, collectors, critics, curators, and art professionals from
ACE AWARDS April 25, 2007 Arcadian Court. The CPRS' annual                                                                                          Canada and abroad.
                                                                        12. STRATEGY AGENCY OF THE YEAR AWARDS Mid
Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE) awards recognize cre-
                                                                        November Location TBA. The 18th annual Strategy Agency of the Year          4. TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION (TOAE) July
ativity and excellence in public relations for Toronto and the sur-
                                                                        award honours the best in Canadian advertising creativity and strategy.     6-8, 2007 Nathan Phillips Square. The Toronto Outdoor Art
rounding areas. Awards are presented to entrants from the corpo-
                                                                        The awards program, organized by Strategy magazine, also celebrates         Exhibition features the work of a diverse array of artists and
rate, agency, nonprofit, and government sectors.
                                                                        the top media planning shop, top media director, and the winner of          craftspeople, from established professionals to undiscovered
6. MARKETING AWARDS GALA March 29th, 2007 Location                      the B!G Award, which recognizes thought leadership that goes                talents and aspiring students. An estimated 100,000 visitors
TBA. Produced annually by Marketing Magazine, the Marketing Award's     beyond traditional ad campaigns.                                            attend the three-day event.
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                                   Hospitality                                                                9. NIAGARA ICEWINE FESTIVAL January 19-28, 2007.
                                                                                                              Niagara Icewine Festival, Canada's largest annual Icewine celebra-
                                                                                                              tion, features a myriad of wintry activities and attractions, including   Media Industry
                                   Events
                                                                                                              gala evenings, ornate ice bars, frozen art exhibits, and, of course,
                                                                                                              tours of the region's wineries. The event is one of three wine festi-
                                                                                                              vals organized annually by the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Events
                                                                                                                                                                                        1. CRYSTAL BALL November 2007 (Location TBA). Reach for
                                                                                                              10. NIAGARA WINE FESTIVAL September 21 - 30, 2007.
                                   1. *CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE                                                                                                         the Rainbow's annual Crystal Ball, which is entering its 21st year,
                                                                                                             Known to locals as "Grape and Wine,” the Niagara Wine Festival is
                                   SHOW February 18-20, 2007 International Centre. The Canadian                                                                                         supports children and young adults with disabilities. The event
                                                                                                             the largest of three wine festivals. The 10-day affair features numer-
                                   Food and Beverage Show is an annual showcase of food and bever-                                                                                      features a V.I.P. champagne reception and four-course gourmet
                                                                                                             ous activities and attractions, including winery tours and tastings,
                                   age products for the benefit of the hospitality industry. The show                                                                                   dinner with wine and liqueurs. More than 200 products and vaca-
                                                                                                             concerts, Niagara cuisine, artisan shows, wine seminars, family
                                   supports attendees in the development of new menu ideas. More                                                                                        tions are available in the silent auction, while fantasy vacations
                                                                                                             entertainment, and one of Canada's largest street parades.
                                   than 650 exhibits by local, national, and international suppliers dis-                                                                               and luxury vehicles are sold in the live auction.
                                   play branded, specialty niche, and commodity products. More than          11. SANTE-THE BLOOR YORKVILLE WINE FESTIVAL May
                                                                                                                                                                                        2. GILLER LIGHT BASH November 6, 2007 ( Location TBA).
                                   9,700 guests attended the 2006 event                                      8-12, 2007 Bloor-Yorkville Neighbourhood. South Africa will be one
                                                                                                                                                                                        The Scotiabank Giller Light Bash, once a house party, takes place
                                                                                                             of 14 countries showcasing its wines at the ninth-annual Sante: The
                                   2. CUVEE GALA March 2-4, 2007 Fallsview Casino Resort,                                                                                               at the same time as the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala. The fund-
                                                                                                             Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festival. More than 70 world-renowned winer-
                                   Niagara Falls. Cuvée Weekend, as consisting of the Cuvée Gala,                                                                                       raising event, which benefits Frontier College, gives 600 literary
                                                                                                             ies will participate in the five-day festival, which also features
                                   Cuvée Awards, and Cuvée en Route, a tasting program involving                                                                                        enthusiasts an alternative way to celebrate the annual awarding
                                                                                                             celebrity chefs, gourmet foods, and participation by top Toronto
                                   more than 40 wineries, is a celebration of the best in Ontario wine                                                                                  of the $40,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Once the winner is
                                                                                                             restaurants. Scheduled events include a Wines of South Africa-
                                   and food. Proceeds go to the Niagara Community Foundation.                                                                                           announced, the Scotiabank Light Bash turns into a live concert.
                                                                                                             themed party at the Carlu and a unique blending of wine and music
                                                                                                                                                                                        Guests-including famous writers-from the formal awards ceremo-
                                   3. FRIENDS OF WE CARE GALA DINNER May 5, 2007 Metro                       at the Royal Ontario Museum.
                                                                                                                                                                                        ny often make their way to the bash for post-gala cocktails.
                                   Toronto Convention Centre. Over the past 23 years, Friends of We Care     12. TASTE OF LITTLE ITALY June 15-17, 2007 College Street
                                   has been dedicated to sending physically disabled children to summer                                                                                 3. GILLER PRIZE ANNUAL DINNER AND AWARD CER-
                                                                                                             from Bathurst to Shaw Sts. Every year, Toronto's Little Italy communi-
                                   camps. This gala dinner, supported by the food service and hospitality                                                                               EMONY November 6, 2007 Four Seasons Yorkville. The
                                                                                                             ty closes College Street West for three days and celebrates its cul-
                                   industry, features a reception, silent auction, dining, entertainment,                                                                               Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's most lucrative literary compe-
                                                                                                             ture and cuisine with Taste of Little Italy. The friendly, music-filled
                                   dancing, and a raffle.                                                                                                                               tition, awards $40,000 to the winner and $2,500 to each of the
                                                                                                             event features a wide range of mouth-watering Italian food, much of
                                                                                                                                                                                        other finalists. The annual prize recognizes excellence in
                                   4. G.I.F.T. & CROHN'S & COLITIS SUPERGALA February 3,                     it served by local restaurants. These establishments participate by
                                                                                                                                                                                        Canadian fiction, and the black-tie award ceremony attracts
                                   2007. Last year, this “supergala” attracted 4,000 guests and raised       serving modestly priced “tastings” to promote their signature dishes.
                                                                                                                                                                                        leading members of the publishing, media and, arts communi-
                                   more than $3 million. The event's proceeds are divided among              In a true Canadian manner, several non-Italian restaurants with exotic
                                                                                                                                                                                        ties. Last year's event drew 450 guests, including Justin
                                   inflammatory bowel disease research and a number of children's char-      menus join the party.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Trudeau, Adrienne Clarkson, Margaret Atwood, Wendy
                                   ities supported by sponsor the Grocery Industry Foundation…               13. TASTE OF THE DANFORTH August 10-12, 2007 Danforth                      Crewson, Eric Peterson, and Janey Wright.
                                   Together. The Beach Boys will be the headline entertainers at this        Ave. Modeled after Taste of Chicago, Taste of the Danforth is a
                                   year's soiree at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.                                                                                                4. INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS (IFOA)
                                                                                                             yearly, three-day festival celebrating Hellenic culture and cuisine.
                                                                                                                                                                                        October 17-27, 2007 Harbourfront Centre. The International
                                   5. GOURMET FOOD AND WINE EXPO March 23-25, 2007                           Attendees will find no shortage of pork, chicken, and beef kabobs,
                                                                                                                                                                                        Festival of Authors, launched in 1980, brings together the best
                                   International Centre. The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, a quarter           souvlaki, pita, and roast quail, but other foods, particularly Thai and
                                                                                                                                                                                        writers of contemporary literature from around the world. The
                                   century old this year, offers attendees the chance to sample some of      corn on the cob, are also available. With traffic shut down, the street
                                                                                                                                                                                        festival includes readings, interviews, lectures, roundtable dis-
                                   the world's finest wines while learning about wine and fine cuisine.      is turned over to activities like carnival games, children's rides, and
                                                                                                                                                                                        cussions, and public book signings. It also presents a number
                                   Canada's largest food and wine show features tastings, chef               beer and wine gardens.
                                                                                                                                                                                        of special events, among them readings by Scotiabank Giller
                                   demonstrations, and live musical entertainment. Some of the wines         14. TORONTO TASTE June 10, 2007 Venue TBA. Toronto Taste                   Prize and Governor General's Awards finalists, and the award-
                                   showcased are just making their way into the country, and many            is a food extravaganza supporting Second Harvest, a 22-year-old            ing of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.
                                   new industry-related products and services will be unveiled for the       nonprofit organization that supplies fresh and frozen foods to 230
                                   first time.                                                                                                                                          5. MAGNET-CANADA'S MAGAZINE CONFERENCE
                                                                                                             social-service programs citywide. Every year, Second Harvest per-
                                                                                                                                                                                        June 13 - 15, 2007 89 Chestnut. MagNet is a new annual con-
                                   6. GRAN CRU CULINARY & WINE FESTIVAL Wine Tasting:                        suades 70 top chefs to participate in the outdoor event by setting
                                                                                                                                                                                        ference for the Canadian magazine industry, presented by
                                   November 1, 2007; Dinners in Private Homes: November 3, 2007.             up food stations and serving delicious meals for charity. The event
                                                                                                                                                                                        Magazines Canada and the Circulation Management
                                   Three-year-old Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival features gourmet          draws about 2,000 ticket buyers and includes activities such as a
                                                                                                                                                                                        Association of Canada (CMC). The two-day event will feature as
                                   cuisine paired with fine international wines. The three-day event         raffle, silent auction, wine auction, and live entertainment.
                                                                                                                                                                                        many as 50 seminars, the CMC Excellence Awards Luncheon,
                                   includes tasting opportunities and intimate fine dining in private        15. TORONTO WINE & CHEESE SHOW March 23-25, 2007                           Volunteer of the Year awards, CMC Annual Connoisseurs Club
                                   homes. Proceeds benefit the Toronto General Hospital and Toronto          International Centre. The annual Toronto Wine & Cheese Show is             Party, and more.
                                   Western Hospital.                                                         recognized worldwide for showcasing the best in fine wine, beer,
                                                                                                                                                                                        6. NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS GALA June 15,
                                   7. HOSTEX March 2-4, 2008, (in conjunction with the Canadian              single-malt whisky, specialty foods, and cheese. Professional chefs
                                                                                                                                                                                        2007 Carlu. The magazine industry celebrates excellence in
                                   International Food and Beverage Show) Direct Energy Centre,               display their skills in the Gourmet Kitchen Theatre, offering tips on
                                                                                                                                                                                        Canadian magazines at the annual National Magazine Awards
                                   Exhibition Place. HostEx produces a dynamic yearly trade show,            the preparation of everything from soup to stir-fries. Other attrac-
                                                                                                                                                                                        gala, produced by the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
                                   combining restaurant and accommodation operators with leading             tions include seminars on grapes, vintages, and viticulture, a
                                                                                                                                                                                        Each year, more than 2,200 entries from across Canada are
                                   suppliers. Nearly 9,000 foodservice professionals attend, making it       recipe-laden show guide and wine and beer competitions.
                                                                                                                                                                                        judged and winners are presented with gold and silver awards.
                                   Canada's largest hospitality industry trade event. Attractions include                                                                               This year's event will take place at the Carlu, with cocktails and
                                   900 exhibit booths, 18 industry-specific workshops, cooking classes                                                                                  dinner preceding a 90-minute awards presentation. Afterwards,
                                   led by top Canadian chefs, two popular tasting areas-Wineries of                                                                                     revelers will move into the main lobby and adjoining party
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                                   the World and Spotlight on Micro Breweries-and thousands of new                                                                                      rooms to schmooze.
                                   products and services.
                                                                                                                                                                                        7. SUNNYBROOK GOLF CLASSIC Date and Location TBA.
                                   8. KITCHENER-WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST October 5-13,                                                                                                      Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's annual Sunnybrook Golf
                                   2007. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, a nine-day festival in the twin                                                                                Classic raises money for hospital initiatives in the areas of patient
                                   cities of Kitchener-Waterloo, kicks off yearly on Thanksgiving week-                                                                                 care, education, and research at the hospital. Ticket buyers get
                                   end. It is based on the original German Oktoberfest and bills itself                                                                                 the chance to play with Sunnybrook physicians, executives, and
                                   as “Canada's Great Bavarian Festival.” Many celebrations in the fes-                                                                                 staff. After the game, everyone participates in a cocktail recep-
                                   tival take place in venues called festhallen that serve beer and tradi-                                                                              tion, silent auction, and plated dinner. There are also award pre-
                                   tional foods, and host traditional dancing and music, particularly                                                                                   sentations,
                                                                                                              Toronto Taste 2006
                                   polkas. The event also features a Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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                                                                                                                                                    music venues at night. NXNE Film Festival on June 7-10 runs par-
Entertainment
                                                                          prestigious cultural events in Canada. Each year the Genies bring
                                                                          together more than 1,600 key film professionals, craftspeople, and        allel to the music festival.
                                                                          industry decision-makers for a nationally televised gala.
                                                                                                                                                    9. TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF)
Industry Events                                                           6. HOT DOCS CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMEN-
                                                                          TARY FESTIVAL April 19-29, 2007 Various locations in the Annex
                                                                                                                                                    September 6-15, 2007. Glitterati and cineastes from Hollywood
                                                                                                                                                    and around the globe descend on Toronto to fete and enjoy the lat-
1. CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK March 7-10, 2007 Fairmont Royal                    and Bloor-Yorkville. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary          est celluloid offerings from the world's best filmmakers. It is a week
York Hotel. Now in its 25th year, Canadian Music Week is an annual        Festival is North America's largest documentary festival. Each year, it   and a half of parties, galas and intriguing films, documentaries, and
conference supporting the growth of the country's music, media, and       presents over 100 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and              shorts. The festival, which turns 31 this year, is centred on the Bay
entertainment industries. The event, which is sponsored by the            around the world. Through its industry programs, the festival also        and Bloor Streets neighbourhood, which is home to several luxury
Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations, combines             provides a full range of professional development, market, and net-       hotels and a number of movie theatres.
seminars, a trade exposition, and award shows, including the Indies:      working opportunities for
Independent Music Awards. There is also a new music festival involv-      documentary professionals.
ing more than 40 Toronto clubs and concert halls, which host per-         Last year, the festival
formances by over 600 participating bands.                                attracted over 1,700 dele-
                                                                          gates from around the
2. CANADIAN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME ANNUAL
                                                                          world, including documen-
GALA January 28, 2007 Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The
                                                                          tary filmmakers, buyers,
Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala celebrates the accomplish-
                                                                          programmers, distributors,
ments of Canada's popular music songwriters and those who have
                                                                          and commissioning editors.
contributed significantly to their legacy. This fourth-annual gala is a
star-studded evening, featuring top Canadian and international            7. MUSIC INDUSTRIES
recording artists. The gala is fast evolving into one of the leading      ASSOCIATION OF
events on the Canadian music calendar. The Society of Composers,          CANADA (MIAC) &
Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) is a funding part-         PRO AUDIO & LIGHT-
ner, while the SOCAN Foundation is a founding patron.                     ING SHOWCASE (PAL)
                                                                          August 26-27, 2007
3. DORA AWARDS June 25, 2007 Elgin Winter Garden. The Dora
                                                                          International Centre.
Mavor Moore Awards, presented by the Toronto Alliance for the
                                                                          MIAC/PAL is Canada's
Performing Arts, honour the creators of over 200 theatre, dance, and
                                                                          largest trade show for musi-
opera productions annually in five major categories: general theatre,
                                                                          cal instruments and acces-
independent theatre, dance, opera, and theatre for young audi-
                                                                          sories, keyboards, pub-
ences. Each winner receives a bronze statue cast from an original by
                                                                          lished music, software, and
sculptor John Romano. The Doras are named for Dora Mavor
                                                                          professional sound, light-
Moore, a well-loved teacher and director who helped establish
                                                                          ing, and video equipment.
Canadian professional theatre in the 1930's and 1940's.
                                                                          An estimated 600 retail
4. GEMINI AWARDS Date and location TBA. First awarded in                  stores are represented, with
1986, the Geminis celebrate the achievements of TV members of the         total attendance of more
                                                                                                             Songwriters Association gala awards dinner.
Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Awards are presented           than 3,500.
in 87 categories for the best television productions in Canada. The
                                                                          8. NORTH BY NORTHEAST MUSIC FESTIVAL (NXNE)                               10. WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION
four day event, which involves three separate awards galas, also
                                                                          June 7-10, 2007 Holiday Inn on King. Now in its 13th year,                CRYSTAL AWARDS March 9, 2007 Fairmont Royal York.
includes several special awards given out for various reasons such as
                                                                          the North by Northeast (NXNE) Music & Film Festival                       Presented by Women in Film and Television - Toronto, the annual
lifetime achievement.
                                                                          and Conference features the best new music and film, predomi-             Crystal awards recognize the achievements of women in
5. GENIE AWARDS February 13, 2007 Carlu. The Genie Awards,                nantly from independent creators and producers. The festival              screen-based media. Since its inception in 1988, the program
honouring outstanding achievements in the Canadian film industry,         spans four days and nights, offering a broad range of panel               has passed out honours to more than 80 of Canada's most
were inaugurated 27 years ago by the Academy of Canadian                  discussions, roundtables, workshops, and seminars by day                  accomplished women and men working in film, television,
Cinema & Television. The annual show has become one of the most           and performances by 450 bands at 30 participating live                    and new media.




Fashion & Beauty                                                          importers, and distributors. The
                                                                          event includes seminars, fashion

and Hairdressers                                                          shows, and special receptions.

                                                                          5. LANCOME COLOUR

Industry Events                                                           DESIGN AWARDS GALA
                                                                          (LCDAS) November 2007
                                                                          Location TBA. Established in 2005,
1. BUY DESIGN April 21, 2007 Distillery District. A charity event         the annual Lancome Colour Design
benefiting Windfall Clothing Service, Buy Design showcases for the        Awards showcase Canadian talent
newest clothing fashions by the city's top designers.                     in fashion and makeup. The fashion
                                                                          portion of the awards is open to
2. CANADA'S BRIDAL SHOW Winter: January 5-7, 2007;
                                                                          fourth year Ryerson School of
Fall: September 28-30, 2007 Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
                                                                          Fashion students only, while the
Canada's Bridal Show features over 450 wedding vendors from
                                                                          makeup competition is national.
across the Greater Toronto Area. Fashion shows are held twice
a day.                                                                    6. LOOK GOOD FEEL BET-                   The National Bridal Show
                                                                          TER BALL November 17, 2007
3. *FASHION NORTH - THE MENSWEAR SHOW Winter:                                                                                                       is a twice-annual showcase of women's fashion accessories, casual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PHOTO: COURTESRY OF THE NATIONAL BRIDAL SHOW
                                                                          Fairmont Royal York. This black-tie fund-raiser raises money for Look
February 4-6, 2007; Summer: August 19-21, 2007 International                                                                                        apparel, and fashion items. The event is a forum for fashion retailers
                                                                          Good Feel Better, a nonprofit organization committed to helping
Centre. FashionNorth - The Menswear Show is a three-day show-                                                                                       to wheel and deal with wholesalers and importers. Products exhibited
                                                                          women face how cancer and its treatment affects their appearance.
case for the men's fashion industry. Suppliers and retailers use the                                                                                include hats, scarves, jewelry, hair accessories, sunglasses, belts, hand-
                                                                          The annual event, founded in 1992, attracts 700 influential partygoers,
show to meet face to face and conduct business. Exhibits feature                                                                                    bags, watches, hosiery, lingerie, casual apparel, beauty products,
                                                                          personalities, and captains of the beauty industry.
new collections from internationally acclaimed designers, manufac-                                                                                  umbrellas, and shoes.
turers, importers, and distributors. The event includes seminars,         7. L'OREAL FASHION WEEK March 12 - 17, 2007, Spring TBA
fashion shows, and special receptions.                                    Location TBA. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of Canada           9. TORONTO STAR NATIONAL BRIDAL SHOW Spring:
                                                                          (FDCC), L'Oreal Fashion Week (formerly Toronto Fashion Week) is the       January 26-28, 2007, Exhibition Place; Fall: September 7-9, 2007,
4. *FASHION NORTH - THE WOMENSWEAR SHOW Winter:                                                                                                     International Centre. National Bridal Show is a twice annual con-
                                                                          country's premier showcase for Canadian design talent. Every year, the
February 25-27, 2007; Summer: August 19-21, 2007 International                                                                                      sumer show for the bridal industry. Attendees get ideas from
                                                                          FDCC holds two fashion weeks, one in spring and another in fall. Each
Centre. FashionNorth-The Womenswear Show is a three-day showcase                                                                                    Toronto's wedding experts. Exhibitors include wedding planners,
                                                                          features 30 to 40 separate fashion shows.
for the women's fashion industry. Suppliers and retailers use the show                                                                              jewelers, florists, bakeries, formal ware providers, and much more.
to meet face to face and conduct business. Exhibits feature new col-      8. *MODE ACCESSORIES SHOW January 28-30, 2007; August                     Activities include fashion shows and guest speakers offering tips on
lections from internationally acclaimed designers, manufacturers,         12-14, 2007 Doubletree International Plaza Hotel. Mode Accessories        weddings.


36    bizbash.to march/april 2007
TOP 1OO TORONTO EVENTS

                                                                           evening is a recreation of the glam-
Benefits, Galas, &                                                         orous Rio Carnival. Over 60 perform-
                                                                           ers and hundreds of unique and fabu-

Fundraisers                                                                lous costumes are flown to Toronto
                                                                           from Rio de Janeiro. Mesmerizing
                                                                           dancers showcase the sequined and
1. BAYCREST INTERNATIONAL PRO-AM HOCKEY TOUR-
                                                                           feathered creations and invite atten-
NAMENT April 26-28, 2007 Ice Gardens Arena, York University. The
                                                                           dees to join them on the dance floor.
Baycrest International second Annual Pro-Am Hockey Tournament,
                                                                           The 2007 event will benefit the
benefiting research at Baycrest into Alzheimer's disease, is a recre-
                                                                           Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research
ational tournament for individuals aged 30 and up. The event is                                                         Fashion Cares gala fundraiser
                                                                           Centre Foundation.
organized in conjunction with the Toronto Maple Leafs and NHL
Alumni Associations. Each team participating in the tournament will        5. DRAGON BALL February 17, 2007 Metro Toronto Convention                 The black-tie event features incredible decor, gourmet sit-down din-
have the opportunity to draft a former NHL star to play on or coach        Centre. The Dragon Ball is one of the top events on the Toronto           ing, live entertainment, dancing, and a live auction. The gala attracts
their team.                                                                social calendar. The 17-year-old gala, which benefits the Yee Hong        more than 1,000 of Toronto's corporate and social elite.
                                                                           Centre for Geriatric Care and Yee Hong Community Wellness
2. BELL CELEBRITY GALA October 4, 2007 Metro Toronto                                                                                                 9. TRANSAMERICA DRIVE FOR LIFE CHARITY GOLF
                                                                           Foundation, attracts 1,800 guests, including politicians, celebrities,
Convention Centre. Bell Canada invites about 200 artists, entertain-                                                                                 TOURNAMENT Date and Location TBA. Every year Transamerica
                                                                           corporate leaders, and community dignitaries.
ers, musicians, and athletes to its annual Bell Celebrity Gala fund-                                                                                 Life Canada donates the proceeds from it's Drive for Life golf tourna-
raiser, making its possibly the most celebrity-jammed event of its         6. FASHION CARES GALA May 12, 2007 Distillery District.                   ment to charities dedicated to health and wellness or social and
kind in Canada. In 2006, more than 2,300 guests attended and               Fashion Cares, a benefit for the AIDS Committee of Toronto, has           community causes.
helped raise over $1 million. The event includes live entertainment        chosen the Distillery District as the site of its 21st annual gala.
                                                                                                                                                     10. URBAN ANGEL GOLF CLASSIC July 17, 2007 Angus Glen
and a plated dinner. The beneficiary is SickKids Foundation.               Producer Chip Quigley, president of Kingdom Entertainment, will
                                                                                                                                                     Golf Club, Markham, Ontario. About 280 participants will tee off at
                                                                           guide the event creatively, following the departure of Phillip Ing, who
3. BLOOR STREET ENTERTAINS November 28, 2007 Various                                                                                                 Angus Glen Golf Club for St. Michael's Hospital's annual golf fund-
                                                                           held the role since the gala's inception in 1987. The fund-raiser will
retail stores with a gala at the Royal Ontario Museum. Every year for                                                                                raiser, the Urban Angel Golf Classic. In addition to driving and put-
                                                                           include a gourmet dinner, stage show, live auction, shopping oppor-
the past decade, hundreds of guests have descended on Bloor-                                                                                         ting, the day includes a gourmet lunch and dinner, tasting and activi-
                                                                           tunities in the boutique, and a fashion show.
Yorkville to dine at some of the neighbourhood's top retail boutiques                                                                                ty stations, live and silent auctions, a raffle, and door prizes. Q107
as part of Bloor Street Entertains, a fund-raiser supporting the           7. LEADERSHIP SINAI SPRING BALL March 29, 2007 Four                       radio host John Derringer will serve as master of ceremonies.
Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (Canfar). The city's top chefs       Seasons Hotel. The theme of the eighth annual Leadership Sinai
                                                                                                                                                     11. VENETIAN BALL October 2007 Location TBA. The annual
prepare the meals. Last year's event attracted a record 800 ticket         Spring Ball, in support of Mount Sinai Hospital, will be “Live from
                                                                                                                                                     Venetian Ball in Vaughan has raised millions for the Villa Charities
buyers. After dinner, the guests repair to a local party space to dance    South Beach.” The ritzy event attracts 500 high-income, urban profes-
                                                                                                                                                     family of organizations, which provide care for the less fortunate and
the night away.                                                            sionals and entrepreneurs between the ages of 25 and 50
                                                                                                                                                     support community and cultural initiatives. Designed to invoke the
4. BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL BALL April 21, 2007 Metro Toronto                    8. TEDDY BEAR AFFAIR November 17, 2007 Metro Toronto                      spirit of 15th Century Venetian Carnevales, the ball features delicious
Convention Centre. Toronto's Brazilian Carnival Ball, is the largest       Convention Centre. In 20 years, the annual Teddy Bear Affair charity      food and drink, lively entertainment, famous faces, and an auction.
and most spectacular annual Brazilian gala in the world. This dazzling     gala has raised nearly $14 million for the Children's Aid Foundation.     Dress is black tie and ball gowns. Don't forget your mask.




                                                                                                                                                     unteers organize Terry Fox Runs in Canada and around the world. The
Festivals, Parades,                                                                                                                                  runs are non-competitive, no prizes are awarded, and there are no
                                                                                                                                                     entry fees or minimum amounts of money to raise. A certificate of

Walks & Holiday                                                                                                                                      appreciation is given to participants when they complete their runs.
                                                                                                                                                     9. TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL (CARIBANA) FESTI-

Events
                                                                                                                                                     VAL August 4-6, 2007. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2007,
                                                                                                                                                     Caribana is the largest Caribbean festival in North America. Each
                                                                                                                                                     year, the two-week festival attracts over a million participants,
1. AIDS WALK FOR LIFE-TORONTO September 16, 2007.                                                                                                    including many American tourists. The 1.5-km. parade is a festival
Every year, thousands of men, women, and children participate in                                                                                     highlight, with its thousands of brilliantly costumed masqueraders
Aids Walk for Life-Toronto to raise money for the AIDS Committee                                                                                     and dozens of trucks carrying bands playing live soca, calypso, steel
of Toronto (ACT). More than $7 million has been generated since                                                                                      pan, reggae, and salsa music. Other events include the King and
the first event took place in 1989. The colourful costumes worn by                                                                                   Queen of the Bands Competition and the two-day Olympic Island
many of the walkers contribute to the festive atmosphere. AIDS                                                                                       Caribbean Arts Festival.
Walk For Life-Toronto is part of a national movement called AIDS
Walk Canada.                                                                                                                                         10.TORONTO SANTA CLAUS PARADE Date TBA. The
                                                                            Pride Toronto gala dinner
                                                                                                                                                     Toronto Santa Claus Parade debuted in 1905 when a single float
2. BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL July 20-29,                                                                                                   carrying Santa arrived at Toronto Union Station and made its way to
2007 Queen Street East. This music festival comprises several              5. FRINGE OF TORONTO THEATRE FESTIVAL July 4-15,                          the downtown Eaton's department store. Today, with more than 25
events, starting with Parti Gras held Friday to Sunday in the Distillery   2007. The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival is the largest theatre       floats, 25 bands, and 1,700 participants, the annual parade is one of
District. Midweek, Balmy Beach Club hosts Ovation of Jazz, which           event in Toronto with more than 130 independent theatre compa-            the largest events of its kind in the world. About 1,500 volunteers
includes food from top chefs, a silent auction, and live music. Finally,   nies taking part. In 2006, a record 47,222 people bought tickets,         operate the elaborate floats, march in bands, and participate as
StreetFest, a free street festival on Queen Street East running            generating more than $340,000 for the participating artists. The          clowns and costumed characters. The parade starts at the corner of
Thursday to Saturday, features performers playing in clubs, restau-        Fringe gives artists an opportunity to create their own plays and         Bloor and Christie Streets and winds up at the corner of Front and
rants, and nontraditional spaces.                                          tries to make the performances accessible and affordable for the          Church Streets.
                                                                           members of the community. Venues include neighbourhood pubs,
3. CAVALCADE OF LIGHTS OPENING CELEBRATION                                 outdoor sites, and traditional theatre spaces.                            11. WEEKEND TO END BREAST CANCER WALK
November 24-December 31, 2007 Nathan Phillips Square. The                                                                                            September 7-9, 2007. The Weekend to End Breast Cancer is one of
annual Cavalcade of Lights sets Toronto aglow with a month-long            6. PRIDE WEEK FESTIVAL June 15-June 24, 2007. Toronto                     the most successful fund-raisers in Canadian history. In four years, it
series of events, including spectacular fireworks, projection light        Pride is a spectacular week of arts and culture throughout the city.      has raised $60 million to support breast cancer initiatives at Princess
shows, and lighting displays in city neighbourhoods. The First             One of the world's largest gay and lesbian themed festivals, it           Margaret Hospital. Last year, 5,382 men and women took part in
Lighting Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square is always a glittering      attracts thousands of visitors to participate in hundreds of activities   the two-day, 60-km. walk through the streets of Toronto, raising a
evening, culminating in the lighting of Toronto's official giant           and events, culminating in the massive Pride Parade and Dyke              record $17.2 million. Would-be walkers must raise at least $2,000 in
Christmas tree. Live music fills revelers with the spirit of the season.   March with their colourful and flamboyant floats and performers.          donations to qualify to participate.
4. CHIN INTERNATIONAL PICNIC July 1-3, 2007 Exhibition                     7. SUMMERLICIOUS/WINTERLICIOUS TBA 2007. Twice a
                                                                                                                                                     12. WINTERCITY FESTIVAL January 26-February 8, 2007.
Place. One of Toronto's most popular multicultural events, the CHIN        year, Toronto's favourite restaurant promotion returns with more
                                                                                                                                                     Now in its fourth year, WinterCity Festival is an annual festival dedi-
Picnic is held every summer at the Canadian National Exhibition            than a hundred of the city's top restaurants offering special, three-
                                                                                                                                                     cated to celebrating everything winter. The 14-day, city-wide pro-
Grounds. The event, which debuted in 1967, features about 2,000            course prix fixe menus that encourage restaurant goers to sample
                                                                                                                                                     gram has three parts: The WOW (Wild on Winter) weekend series
performers, including musicians and dancers, along with amuse-             their fare. The menus are available at lunch and/or dinner at dis-
                                                                                                                                                     of outdoor events and activities, including concerts and skating
ment park rides, an international shopping bazaar, and international       count prices. Reservations are recommended.
                                                                                                                                                     parties, at Nathan Phillips Square; indoor arts performances and
food concessions. A highlight is the famous Mr. CHIN and Miss              8. TERRY FOX RUN September 16, 2007. This year marks the 27th             other activities at Toronto attractions such as the Toronto Zoo and
CHIN Bikini Contests. This annual event is said to be the largest free     annual Terry Fox Run in Toronto. The event commemorates Terry Fox's       Ontario Science Centre; and discounted prix fixe menus at partici-
picnic in the world with an estimated 250,000 people attending.            Marathon of Hope and raises money to fight cancer. Thousands of vol-      pating restaurants.



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THE BIZBASH.TO GUIDE TO
EVENT DESIGN FIRMS                                                                                                                            Our directory of event design
                                                                                                                                              firms in the Greater Toronto Area.
                                                                                                                                              THREE EVENT PLANNING AND DESIGN
                                                                                                                                              Three Event Planning and Design focuses on corporate
                                                                                                                                              events and independent design projects such as set decor.
                                                                                                                                              The company was formed in 2006 by Rob Dittmer, who has
                                                                                                                                              a background in public relations and event planning. Dittmer
                                                                                                                                              is currently the event manager for Holt Renfrew at Yorkdale
                                                                                                                                              Shopping Centre. (50 Gooch Ave., Toronto, ON M6S 4L6,
                                                                                                                                              416.831.4491)
                                                                                                                                              3RD UNCLE DESIGN
                                                                                                                                              Formed in 1993, 3rd Uncle Design specializes in innovative
                                                                                                                                              design for corporate, retail, hospitality, custom residential,
                                                                                                                                              and interior spaces. The three principles, Arriz Hassam, Paul
                                                                                                                                              Syme, and John Tong, all have backgrounds in architecture.
                                                                                                                                              Their work consistently demonstrates resourceful, creative,
                                                                                                                                              and conceptual thinking. Invariably, their spaces are memo-
                                                                                                                                              rable, functional for users, and their work reinforces the
                                                                                                                                              image and identity of the client. (80 Camden Street, Suite
                                                                                                                                              300, Toronto ON M5V 1V1)
                                                                                                                                              5TH ELEMENT EVENTS
                                                                                                                                              Founded by Aaron Kaufman and Richard Cheng in 2004, 5th
                                                                                                                                              Element Events is a full-service design and production com-
                                                                                                                                              pany, offering everything from event design and decor to
                                                                                                                                              entertainment and conference management. Formerly with
                                                                                                                                              Crown Entertainment, Kaufman and Cheng have designed
                                                                                                                                              and produced events for clients ranging from Avon to Brown
                                                                                                                                              Shoe Co. The company's in-house management of all
                                                                                                                                              aspects of an event lends itself to seamless event execution.
                                                                                                                                              (250 Don Park Rd., Unit 16, Markham ON L3R 2V1)
                                                                                                                                              AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
                                                                                                                                              Former nursery school teacher Renee Birnbaum started An
                                                                                                                                              Affair to Remember in 1991. The firm specializes in florals
                                                                                                                                              and has worked on corporate and charity events as well as
                                                                                                                                              private functions, weddings, and bar/bat mitzvahs. Prior to
                                                                                                                                              striking out on her own, Birnbaum worked for Mandell
                                                                                                                                              Entertainment. (35 West Pearce St., Richmond Hill ON, L4B
                                                                                                                                              3A9, 905.881.6686)
                                                                                                                                              DÉCOR & MORE
                                                                                                                                              Décor & More is a busy, full-service event company with
                                                                                                                                              more than 20 employees, including on-staff designers and
                                                                                                                                              planners. Whether you're planning a large gala or a small,
                                                                                                                                              intimate dinner, Décor & More will make your event stand
                                                                                                                                              out. The principles are co-presidents Leslee Bell and Dan
                                                                                                                                              Noot, and vice president of sales Bryan Bell. Bell founded
                                                                                                                                              the firm in 1991 after gaining industry experience working
                                                                                                                                              for an event planner. The company has 30,000-square-foot
                                                                      MMD Inc. worked with event planners Solutions With Impact to            warehouse filled with props and furniture. (1171 Invicta Dr.,
                                                                                                                                              Oakville ON, L6H 4M1, 905.844.1300)
                                                                      create the brightly coloured Bell Celebrity gala fundraiser.
                                                                                                                                              DECOR WITH GRANDEUR
                                                                                                                                              A full-service design company with in-house planners and
                                                                                                                                              designers, Decor with Grandeur works on all nature of cor-
                                                                                                                                              porate events, including conferences, galas, movie pre-
                                                                                                                                              miers, grand openings, trade shows, awards banquets,
                                                                                                                                              appreciation evenings, and holiday celebrations. President
                                                                                                                                              Walter Galvao has background in planning and managing
                                                                                                                                              events, design, and decor. The firm's warehouse and show-
                                                                                                                                              room is stocked with specialty linens, chair covers, props,
                                                                                                                                              lounge furniture, and more. (3150 Ridgeway Dr., Unit 41,
                                                                                                                                              Mississauga ON, L5L 5R5)
                                                                                                                                              DESIGN2DECOR INC.
                                                                                                                                              Event planners call on Design2Decor Inc. when they want
                                                                                                                                              their event space to conjure up a specific era or place.
                                                                                                                                              Creative director and co-founder Paras Mehta and a team
                                                                                                                                              of detail-oriented designers work together to faithfully
                                                                                                                                              achieve their clients' creative visions. The full-service design
                                                                                                                                              and event management company works on everything
                                                                                                                                              from themed galas and fund-raisers to weddings and
                                                                                                                                              high-end residential events. Its in-house capabilities include
                                                                                                                                              concept development, event design, floral design,
                                                                                                                                              and graphic design. (18 Bram Court, Unit 9, Brampton, ON
                                                                                                                                              L6W 3R6)
                                                                                                                                              DESIGNING TRENDZ INC.
                                                                                                                                              Designing Trendz Inc. is a full-service decor and design firm
                                                                                                                                              catering to events large and small. The company specializes
                                                                                                                                              in backdrops, draping, linens and chaircovers, floating
                                                                                                                                              tables, florals, ice sculptures, special effects, and entertain-
                                                                                                                                              ment. Its supply of backdrops encompasses a range of pop-
                                                                                                                                              ular themes, including Cirque du Soleil, Hollywood, jungle,
                                                                                                                                              music, and winter wonderland. Creative Director Craig
                                                                                                                                              Gruzd, who was born and raised in South Africa, has a back-
                                                                                                                                              ground in both landscape design and kosher catering. (62
                                                                                                                                              Bartor Road, Unit 6, Toronto ON, M9M 2G5, 416.665.6794)
                                                                                                                                              DESIGNS BY KAREN BAKER
                                                                                                                                              Designs by Karen Baker works on corporate events, wed-
                                                                                                                                              dings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and henna parties. The company
                                                                                                                                              specializes in centrepieces, floral and non-floral backdrops,
                                                                                                                                              balloon decor, linens, chair covers, and room decor. Karen
                                                                                                                                              Baker is the principal. (200 Viceroy Rd., Unit 12, Concord
                                                                                                                                              ON L4K 3N8, 905.886.8100)
                                                                                                                                              DEVINE DECOR
                                                                                                                                              Devine Decor, established in 2002, focuses on weddings
                                                                                                                                              and other special events. The company was founded by sis-
                                                                                                                                              ters Lauri and Danielle Spagnuolo. The pair came about
                                                                                                                                              their interest in this trade at home, as their mother also had
                                                                                                                                              a decor company, and this led to their eventual career in
                                                                                                                                              event decor. (41A Stave Cres., Richmond Hill ON, L4C 9K1,
                                                                                                                                              416.725.8777)
                                                                                                                                              DISPLAY ARTS OF TORONTO
                                                                                                                                              Display Arts of Toronto specializes in interior and exterior
                                                                                                                                              design and decor. Formed in 1965, the company has nine
Three Design used golden statues to impress the guests at the Star   Neil Aselin Explorations of Inner Space decorated the restaurant space   employees. Its services include digital imaging, promotional
Schmooze during the Toronto International Film Festival.             of the North York IKEA store with their own furniture and accessories.   design, and seasonal and tradeshow decor. Erin O'Brien is
                                                                                                                                              the president. (225 Sterling Rd., Unit 103, Toronto ON, M6R

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EDEN PLANNING                                                   Initially, the company focused on chair covering and carries a     PARTYZAZZ                                                         even an elephant. The company also specializes in set and
Founded in 2001, Eden Planning focuses on corporate             wide selection, with many options in colour, texture, and          Partyzazz has expertise in balloon decor, centerpieces, fabric    floral design, production, metal works, and overall room
events, conferences, fund-raisers, gala events, and holiday     style. The firm gradually expanded and also specializes in         draping, floral design, and graphic design. The company,          decor. (380 Birchmount Road, Unit 1, Toronto ON, M1K
celebrations. It is a small company led by principal Deni       fabric draping, ceiling canopies, backdrops, table linens, and     which formed in 1980, focuses on corporate functions, meet-       1M6, 416.469.9906)
Kondric and event coordinator and planner Dallas Hopko.         more. The owners are Anna Brandes and Enza Fierro. (3715           ings, weddings, and bar/bat mitzvahs. Principle Heather
Kondric has 12 years of experience in the event industry.       Chesswood Drive, Toronto ON, M3J 2P6)                              Hennick's background is in graphic design, floral design, and
Hopko previously worked with the Walt Disney Company            JAAC EVENTS                                                        decor. Other services include design of posters, signage,         GOLF COURSES
and at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts as an event planner.         JAAC was founded in 2001 as a service and consulting               props, and unique promotional items. (Thornhill ON,
(1571 Dockray Dr., Milton ON, L9T 5L4, 905.878.0638)            agency to the hospitality trade. Two years later, it expanded      905.881.5736)                                                     Here are 50 courses for golf out-
ELEVATED EVENTS                                                 to also provide meeting management and event design                PRIME TIME EVENTS
Give your event a liftoff with Elevated Events, a decorating    services. The company works on everything from complete            The Prime Time Events team provides a full range of event         ings, tournaments, or business
company with a focus on balloon decor. President Helen
Bukovec is a certified balloon artist. She also has more than
                                                                multi-day conferences for hundreds of delegates to a large,
                                                                themed gala dinners. Clients include large corporations and
                                                                                                                                   services, including theme and decor packages, florals,
                                                                                                                                   entertainment, technical production, audiovisual support,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     entertaining.
24 years experience as a floral designer, and she designs       associations. (1268 Roseberry Crescent, Oakville, Ontario          catering, casinos, arcades, and interactive events. The           ANGUS GLEN GOLF CLUB
drapings and foam-core props. (26 Moford Cres., Toronto         L6M 1V9, 905.847.3363)                                             group also offers conference management and speech writ-          Excellent service coupled with two very different courses, the
ON M9R 2G6, 416.726.5943)                                       LAVENDER POODLE PRODUCTIONS                                        ing multi-media support. Prime Time creates and produces          south course being the more challenging, has made Angus
EVENT2EVENT                                                     Lavender Poodle covers everything from concept to decor to         business meetings, corporate and fund-raising events,             Glen a top executive golf destination. Named for the
Event2Event designs tailor-made events featuring specialty      theme cocktails. Formed in 1998, the firm specializes in           theme parties, award ceremonies, product launches, appre-         Aberdeen Angus cattle that once occupied the land, Angus
props and backdrops and custom florals and decor. The           multi-media event planning and management. Many of its             ciation events, trade shows, company parties, and conven-         Glen is home to the Canadian Open 2007 and is one of
company was formed in 1988. Marilyn Katz is the chief exec-     clients are blue-chip corporations. Founder Lulu Vibert is a       tions. (1335 Grosvenor St., Oakville ON, L6H 3L4, 905.            Canada's premier semi-private golf facilities. Year-round
utive, while Alanna Gross is the creative director. (156A       well-known consultant on fresh trends in design and decor.         842.9406)                                                         banquet and meeting facilities can accommodate groups of
Highbourne Road, Toronto ON, M6J 1L3, 416.480.0315)             The company has worked on many product launches, art               S.A.S PARTY DECORATIONS                                           up to 500 people. Public dining on the terrace overlooks the
EVENTDECORATOR.COM                                              openings, and events related to architecture and film. (30         Established in 1986, S.A.S specializes in balloons, fresh flow-   18th green. A member of the Prestige Player's Club. (10080
Founded in 1998, Eventdecorator.com is an event design          Beech Ave. PH20, Toronto ON, M4E 3H2, 416.694.6438)                ers, chair covers, displays, and props. The company focuses       Kennedy Road, Markham, ON, L6C 1N9, 905.887.0090)
firm serving clients from Toronto north to Muskoka. The com-    MCNABB ROICK & ASSOCIATES                                          on corporate events, weddings, and bar/bat mitzvahs.              BALLANTRAE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
pany's areas of expertise include concept development, cre-     Established in 1991, McNabb Roick does it all-from decor           Founder Sylvie Younan has a background in hotel reserva-          Ballantrae is Canada's first Audubon International Certified
ative props and backdrops, specialty linens and chair covers,   design and fabrication to event planning and implementa-           tions. (19 Altaire Ave., Toronto ON, M1W 2R1,                     Signature Sanctuary. Doug Carrick designed the 18-hole,
and decor and custom florals. The founder and creative          tion. McNabb Roick is a sister company of furniture rental         416.490.0410)                                                     par-72 course with 50 acres of water hazards. Built on former
director is Elizabeth Johnston. (3 Albert Street West,          specialist Signature Rentals. President Jeffry Roick got his       STARDUST EVENTS                                                   potato fields, the 18-hole, 6,764-yard, par-72 championship
Hillsdale, On L0L 1V0, 705.835.5535)                            start in graphic design, then moved into catering, and even-       Founder Julie Brunjes operates Stardust with assistance from      golf course is on a Scottish links style layout. The course was
EVENTS BY DESIGN                                                tually formed an organization that serves all facets of the        her in-house team of designers and planners. The eight-year-      designed by Doug Carrick and it's located 30 minutes from
Event by Design has been coordinating weddings, private         event industry. Many of the firm's employees have been with        old company focuses on props, room design and decor, flo-         Toronto. A handsome, appropriately sized clubhouse over-
functions, and professional corporate events since 1995.        him since his early days in the business. (581 Wellington St.      ral design, and theme decor. Brunjes has a background in          looks the 18th green. (1 The Masters South, Hwy 48,
President Georgina Bruinsma Cajic has a background in           West, Tronto ON, M5V 1G3, 416.703.1000)                            the film and television industry. (461 Alden Road, Unit 24,       Ballantrae, ON, L4A 1M2, 905.640.6333)
event planning. The company specializes in theme decor          MMD INC.                                                           Markham ON, L3R 3L4)                                              BEACON HALL GOLF CLUB
and design as well as overall event management. (202 St.        The Mmd team has designed events of all types and sizes,           STRAIGHT STREET EVENT SERVICES                                    Designed by Bob Cupp, Beacon Hall is a private, equity
Marks Road, Toronto ON M6S 2H9, 416.767.0939)                   from intimate private receptions to blue-chip corporate galas      Founded in 1997, Straight Street specializes in scenery and       owned 18-hole, 6,907-yard, par-72 course situated on the
HIDDEN TREASURES FOR ALL OCCASIONS DECOR                        and high-profile fundraisers. Mmd's goal is to create events       decor-particularly live decor such as animals and celebrity       Oak-Ridges Moraine, 30 minutes north of Toronto. Beacon
This company focuses on weddings and, to a lesser degree,       that perfectly reflect the vision and goals of its clients. The    look-alikes. The company also provides lighting, audiovisual      Hall is ranked 19th in the world by Golf Digest and since its
corporate events. It was formed in 1988 and is headed by        company was formed in 1994. Its principles are Mary Anne           and staging services. Keith Kissner and Heather Melrose,          inception in 1988 it has consistently been ranked among the
president Manti Samra. (5004 Timberlea Blvd. Unit 33,           Flegar, Barbara Ficko, and Mary Ficko, who have combined           who have 45 years combined industry experience, are the           top 10 golf courses in Canada. In 2006, SCOREGolf ranked
Mississauga ON, L4W 5C5, 905.282.9393)                          expertise in the fields of art, fashion, floral design, and mar-   co-founders. Kissner's background is in lighting, stage           Beacon Hall number five in Canada. (400 Beacon Hall Drive,
FOS DECOR CENTRE                                                keting. (3289 Lenworth Drive, Studio D2, Misissauga ON,            design, and sound, while Melrose has experience in interior       Aurora, ON, L4G 3G8, 905.841.9122)
FOS specializes in custom centerpieces, contemporary floral     L4X 2H1, 905.238.8434)                                             design and event coordination. (65 Trillium Park Place, Unit      BIGWIN ISLAND GOLF CLUB
design, lighting, backdrops, and theme props. The company       MUGUETTE MOREAU DESIGNS                                            13, Kitchener ON, N2E 1X1, 519.893.3668)                          Located three hours north of downtown Toronto in Muskoka,
was formed 10 years ago by president Miki Klevan, who           Muguette Moreau is a design firm focusing on draping fab-          VISIONS DISPLAY INC.                                              Bigwin Island Golf Club is a championship, 18- hole, 7,166-
began his career in event planning and audiovisual. (84         rics, backdrops, ceilings, and buffet tables. Muguette             Joann Craigie, founder of nine-year-old Visions Display Inc.,     yard, par-72 course. It is accessible only by water or air. The
Citation Dr., Unit 11, Vaughan ON, L4K 3C1, 905.760.0040)       Moreau, who has 25 years experience in event design, has           was previously the assistant manager of visual presentation       highlights of the course layout are the ”Look Out” 6th hole
HAVE A SEAT                                                     worked previously in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and               at Simpsons. Craigie is known for realism in her events. A        and the spectacular Lakeside Finish on the 18th hole. (PO
Have A Seat has been dressing stylish functions for 10 years.   Montreal. (157 Booth Ave., Tronto ON, M4M 2M5, 416.778.9981)       recent circus themed party featured live lions, tigers, and       Box 5611, Baysville ON, P1H 2L5, 800.840.4036)
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BRAEBEN GOLF COURSE                                             people. (1235 Deerhurst Drive, Huntsville, ON, P1H 2E8,                    Wooden Sticks Golf Club
A public 18-hole, 6,415-yard, par-72 championship golf          800.461.4393)
course and a nine-hole, par-three academy golf course,          DEVIL'S PULPIT GOLF ASSOCIATION
BraeBen was designed by architect Ted Baker and is built on     Consisting of two private championship courses four miles
top of a former landfill site. BraeBen provides tournament,     apart on the Niagara Escaprment, Devil's Pulpit is an 18-
wedding, and banquet facilities with seating for up to 200      hole, 7,162-yard, par-71 course, while Devil's Paintbrush is a
people. The first hole is the hardest shot on the course.       links-style 18-hole, 6,772 yard, par-72 heathlands walking
(5650 Terry Fox Way, Mississauga, ON L5V 2N7, 905.615.4653)     course. The courses were designed by Michael Hurdzan and
THE CLUB AT BOND HEAD                                           Dana Fry, and were built by Scott Abbot and Chris Haney,
Home course of PGA tour professional Ian Leggatt, the Club      inventors of the Trivial Pursuit board game. In 2006, Devil's
at Bond Head features two semi-private, 18-hole courses         Paintbrush was ranked the number four golf course in
designed by Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. The site's event      Canada by SCOREGolf. (3035 Escarpment Sideroad, Box
facilities accommodate as many as 350 guests and include a      370, Caledon, ON, L0N 1C0, 519.927.3001)
striking wraparound veranda with panoramic views of the         EAGLES NEST GOLF CLUB
course and surrounding country. (4805 7th Line, Bond Head,      A Doug Carrick designed former sand and gravel pit, Eagles
ON, L0G 1B0, 877.472.6348)                                      Nest is an 18-hole, 7,476-yard, par-72 public links course,
COPPER CREEK GOLF CLUB                                          located in Vaughan, Ontario. Facilities include a 36,000
A Doug Carrick designed public 18-hole, 7,000-yard, par-72      square foot clubhouse, a five star restaurant, a heliport, and
championship golf course, Copper Creek is situated in the       a banquet hall that can accommodate up to 250 people.
Humber River Valley in the town of Kleinburg, just 35 minutes   (10000 Dufferin St., Maple, ON, L6A 1S3, 905.417.2300)
north of downtown Toronto. There is a 40,000 square foot        GLEN ABBEY GOLF CLUB
copper roofed clubhouse with event seating for up to 550        Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Glen Abbey is a ClubLink 18-
people. Watch out for the 10th hole! (11191 Hwy 27, P.O.        hole, 7,112-yard, par-72 course in Oakville, Ontario that is
Box 796, Kleinburg, ON, L0J 1C0, 905.893.3370)                  open to the public. Glen Abbey can accommodate group up
CRANBERRY RESORT GOLF CLUB                                      to 200 people. Glen Abbey hosted the Bell South Canadian
Cranberry is a public 18-hole, 6,750-yard, par-72 champi-       Open in 2004. (1333 Dorval Drive, Oakville, ON, L6J 4Z3, 800.288.0388)
onship golf course designed by Tom McBroom and the first        GLEN EAGLE GOLF CLUB
Audubon Certified golf course in Canada. (19 Keith Ave.,        Glen Eagle is a 27-hole, 7,056 yard, par-72 semi-private
RR#4, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 4T9, 800.465.9077)                   championship course designed by Rene Muylaert and is
DEER CREEK GOLF COURSE                                          located 40 minutes from Toronto in Bolton, Ontario.
Deer Creek offers 45 holes of championship golf: Deer Creek     Banquet facilities can accommodate up to 300 people with
North, the most challenging, is a 27-hole, 6,650-yard, par-71   additional outdoor patio seating for 150 more. (15731
course; Deer Creek South, is an 18-hole, 6,045-yard, par-71     Regional Road 50, Caledon, ON, L7E 3H9, 800.665.3915)                    HERON POINT GOLF LINKS                                           the 6,901-yard, par 71 Highlands, and the 6,204-yard, par-72
course; and Deer Creek Golf Academy is a teaching and           GRANDVIEW GOLF CLUB                                                      Heron Point is an 18-hole, 6,841-yard course on 257 acres in     Valley. Horseshoe has seven meeting rooms, accommodat-
practice facility with a nine-hole executive course. A 50,000   Part of the Delta Grandview resort, this golf facility features          Ancaster, Ontario. This private ClubLink facility was designed   ing groups of 10 to 250 people. Book ahead for an appoint-
square foot on-site banquet facility can accommodate up to      two courses, the 18-hole, 7,065-yard Mark O'Meara course,                by golf course architect Thomas McBroom and is home to           ment in the on-site spa. (1101 Horseshoe Valley Road, Barrie,
1,200 people. Golf tournaments are available for up to 450      reserved for ClubLink members and Delta guests, and a                    the Canadian Professional Golf Tour's Canadian Masters           ON, L4M 4Y8, 800.461.5627)
golfers. (2700 Audley Road North, Ajax, ON, L1Z 1T7,            nine-hole course available only to Delta guests. The Mark                tournament. The banquet facilities accommodate groups of         HUNTERS' GLEN GOLF CLUB
866.661.6617)                                                   O'Meara course hosted 2002 Telus Skins Game. Delta offers                200 guests. (2787 Dunmark Road, Alberton, ON, L0R 1A0,           A onetime private club that went public in 1995, Hunters'
DEERHURST RESORT                                                condo-style accommodations, fine and casual dining, and a                905.304.1414)                                                    Glen features an 18-hole, 6,670-yard course designed by
Deerhurst Resort is comprised of two public 18-hole golf        recreation centre. (245 Grandview Drive North, Huntsville,               HOCKLEY VALLEY RESORT & GOLF COURSE                              Robbie Robinson. The site also has a nine-hole course and a
courses and Deerhurst Golf Academy. Located three hours         ON, P1H 1Z4, 877.472.6388)                                               Situated on a 300-acre site in Orangeville, Hockley Valley is    70,000-square-foot indoor golf centre. The banquet space
north of downtown Toronto on the shores of Peninsula Lake       HAMILTON GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB                                             a four-season resort with a public, 18-hole, links-style golf    holds 200 guests, and a covered outdoor patio seats an
in Muskoka, Deerhurst recently became the first Canadian        A private club established in 1894, Hamilton Golf & Country              course designed by Thomas McBroom. The resort has 14             additional 250. Other amenities include a 75-foot pool and
home of ESPN Golf Schools. Deerhurst Highlands, the more        Club (known locally as Ancaster) is one of 10 founding mem-              flexible meeting rooms, all with high-speed Internet access.     beach volleyball pit. (9001 Hwy. 50 RR#1, Kleinburg, ON, L0J
challenging of the two golf courses, is a 7,011-yard, par-72    bers of The Royal Canadian Golf Association. In 2006,                    The banquet facilities accommodate groups of 400 guests.         1C0, 905.856.9000)
course, while Deerhurst Lakeside is a 4,612 yard, par-64        SCOREGolf rated Hamilton the 3 number three course in                    (RR#1, 3rd Line, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2Y8, 519.942.0754)         KING VALLEY GOLF CLUB
course. Deerhurst Resort offers 700,000 square feet of          Canada. The club hosted the Bell Canadian Open in 2003                   HORSESHOE VALLEY RESORT                                          King Valley is a private, 18-hole ClubLink course designed
accommodation, dining, leisure and conference facilities all    and the Canadian Open in 2006. (232 Golf Links Road,                     Horseshoe Valley is a four-season resort in Barrie, about an     collaboratively by Curtis Strange and Doug Carrick. Forests
under one roof and can accommodate groups of up to 1,000        Ancaster, ON, L9G 2N5, 905.648.4471)                                     hour north of Toronto. There are two 18-hole golf courses:       of tall pines frame undulating fairways that both challenge




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golfers and afford stunning vistas. The clubhouse accommo-         THE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB                                           THE REES JONES COURSE AT GRAND NIAGARA                           or guests at one of the Delta Rocky Crest, Delta Grandview
dates groups of as many as 200. (15675 Dufferin St., King          In 1979, Lee Trevino shot 67 to win the Canadian PGA             Located ten minutes from the falls, this 18-hole, Rees Jones-    Inn or Delta Sherwood Inn. (1 Hamer Bay Road, Mactier,
City, ON, L7B 1K5, 905.841.9262)                                   Championship at the National, setting the course record in       designed course is a gentle 5,737 yards from the forward         ON, P0C 1H0, 866.323.3305)
KLEINBURG GOLF CLUB                                                the process. Remarkably, the record still stands. In the 2006,   tees and a daunting 7,425 yards from the championship            ROYAL ONTARIO GOLF CLUB
Opened in 1961, Kleinberg is a public club featuring three nine-   SCOREGolf ranked this private, 6,965-yard, par-72 course         tees. The course is part of the picturesque, 770-acre Grand      A public, 18-hole course built on the site of a former Oakville
hole courses designed by David Moote and Rene Muylaert.            as the number one golf course in Canada. George and Tom          Niagara development on the shores of the Welland River. A        equestrian centre, Royal Ontario is one of the Kaneff Golf
The Gold, at 3,390 yards, is the longest. Amenities include a      Fazio designed the challenging 18-hole layout in 1976. (134      second 18-hole course, designed by Greg Norman, is sched-        Group's stable of golf courses. The course stretches 5,225 to
clubhouse, restaurant, pro shop, and practice green. (115          Clubhouse Road, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 2W2,                         uled to open in 2009. (8547 Grassy Brook Road, Niagara           7,074 yards, depending on whether one plays the front or
Putting Green Cres., Kleinburg, ON, L0J 1C0, 888.616.4500)         905.851.7422)                                                    Falls, ON, L0S 1K0, 866.607.4653)                                back tees. A 12,000-square-foot clubhouse seats 250 visitors
THE LAKE JOSEPH CLUB                                               NATIONAL PINES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB                               THE RAVEN GOLF CLUB AT LORA BAY                                  for banquets and corporate events. (6378 Trafalgar Road,
Lake Joseph features a picturesque 18-hole, 6,985-yard             A private ClubLink course, 18-hole National Pines stretches      One of seven Raven Golf Clubs owned and operated by              Milton, ON, L0P 1E0, 877.769.2518)
course on a sprawling 421-acre lot in Muskoka. A ClubLink          7,013 yards and features demanding fairways and challeng-        Intrawest, this Raven is an 18-hole, 7,112-yard course co-       ROYAL WOODBINE GOLF CLUB
property with course design by Tom McBroom, the private            ing greens. The course, which is located a short drive south     designed by pro golfer Tom Lehman and Canadian golf              Water comes into play in each of the 18 holes in this 6,446-
facility also has a nine-hole academy course, luxury villas with   of Barrie, was designed by Thomas McBroom.                       course architect Thomas McBroom. Club amenities include          yard Toronto golf course, located a 25 minute drive from the
stone fireplaces and private decks, and indoor or outdoor          (8165 10th Sideroad, Innisfil, ON, L9S 4T3, 705.431.7000)        an expansive short-game practice area, qualified instructors,    downtown core. The 25,000-square-foot clubhouse, open
dining at the Water's Edge Wine Bar and Grill. (RR#2, Elgin        NOBLETON LAKES GOLF CLUB                                         and a restaurant with panoramic views of Georgian Bay and        year-round, features a dining room with a seating capacity of
House Road, Port Carling, ON, P0B 1J0, 705.765.2000)               Nobleton is a semi-private, 27-hole golf club on Highway         the Niagara Escarpment. (107 East Ridge Drive, Thornbury,        168. Golf instruction is available through the Royal Golf
LEGENDS ON THE NIAGARA                                             27 just north of the town of Nobleton. Golfers can choose        ON, N0H 2P0, 519.599.7500)                                       Academy. Lessons start at $55 for a half hour. (195 Galaxy
Located just south of Niagara Falls near the site of the 1814      from among three par-36, nine-hole courses. The site's ban-      THE RICHMOND HILL GOLF CLUB                                      Blvd., Toronto, ON, M9W 6R7, 416.674.4653)
Battle of Chippewa, Legends features two 18-hole courses,          quet facilities feature flexible room sizes and can accommo-     Despite its short yardage and gentle slope, the par-70           SILVER LAKES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
a nine-hole course, 18-hole putting course, and the Jim            date as many as 350 guests. (125 Nobleton Lakes Drive,           Richmond Hill is a challenging course. The narrow fairways       Carved from a mature forest, this 18-hole, 7,029-yard, par-
McLean Golf School. The sprawling clubhouse, built in the          Nobleton, ON, L0G 1N0, 905.859.4070)                             with thick forest on either side see to that. There's also the   72 course is located on 200 acres of gently rolling country-
shape of a 19th Century fort, has banquet space for as             NOTTAWASAGA INN GOLF COURSE                                      need to traverse the Don River. After your game, why not         side in the lush Holland Landing area. The ranch-style club-
many as 300 guests. Legends hosted the 2004 LPGA                   Located just 45 minutes north of Toronto, the Nottawasaga        grab a bite to eat in the newly renovated bar and restaurant?    house accommodates 200 guests and provides a
Canadian Women's Open. (9561 Niagara Pkwy., Niagara                Inn is the only resort in Ontario surrounded by 45 challeng-     For corporate events, the clubhouse features a banquet           view of the finishing holes. The outdoor patio, which is pro-
Falls, ON, 866.465.3642)                                           ing, regulation holes of golf, including a 27 hole and 18 hole   room with seating for 200. (8755 Bathurst St., Richmond Hill,    tected from the elements by a canopy, seats 70 guests.
MILL RUN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB                                       course. At 6,625 yards, the par-71 Ridge 18 hole course is       ON, L4C 0H4, 905.889.4653)                                       (21114 Yonge St., R.R. 1, Newmarket, ON, L3Y 4V8,
Nestled in the rolling hills of Uxbridge, Ontario, Mill Run is a   designed to be playable by all, yet is capable of challenging    THE RIDGE AT MANITOU GOLF CLUB                                   800.465.7888)
public course providing challenging golf as well as interest-      the skills of the most advanced golfer. The Inn also offers      Named best new course in Canada in 2006 by Golf Digest,          ST. ANDREWS VALLEY GOLF CLUB
ing scenery. The site encompasses two 18-hole courses, the         over 60,000 sq.ft. of convention and banquet facilities,         the Ridge is an 18-hole, 6,815-yard, par-72 course intricate-    At over 7,304 yards from the back tees, semi-private St.
Championship and the Executive Highlands. In the club-             including a 21,000 sq.ft. Trade Centre, 2 amphitheatres and      ly designed around rock ridges, white pines, and century-        Andrews Valley can be a real monster, but with at least five
house, the Mill Room accommodates as many as 450 guests            36 meeting rooms. There are 269 guestrooms, a 70,000             old hemlocks. Summer evenings at this private club feature       tee decks on every hole, it's easy to pick a tee appropriate
and includes access to a private patio. (269 Durham Road 8,        square foot sports and LeisureDome, and a newly opened           barbecues and dancing on the patio to live jazz and other        for your ability. The 18-hole, par-72 course was designed by
Uxbridge, ON, L9P 1R1, 800.465.8633)                               NHL size Centre Ice Sportsplex arena. (6015 Highway 89,          music. The social calendar includes wine tasting and cook-       Rene Muylaert and built to USGA standards. The clubhouse,
MISSISSAUGA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB                                    Alliston, ON L9R 1A4, 800-669-5501)                              ing lessons. (160 Inn Road, R.R. 1, Parry Sound, ON, P2A         which features fireside dining, is suitable for groups of as
This George Cumming-designed, private, 18-hole course              OSPREY VALLEY GOLF CLUB                                          2W7, 705.389.3978)                                               many as 120 guests. (368 St. Johns Sideroad East, Aurora,
has hosted the Canadian Open six times. In addition to the         Osprey Valley is a public club boasting not one, not two, but    THE ROCK GOLF COURSE                                             ON, L4G 3G8, 905.727.7888)
course proper, the club also has an 18-hole putting green,         three 18-hole golf courses. Heathlands, a 6,810-yard, par-71     A challenging 6,545-yard course carved out of the rugged         ST. GEORGE'S GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
newly completed bunker and pitching area, and large driv-          links-style course designed by Doug Carrick, is the most chal-   terrain near the village of Minett on Lake Rosseau, this Nick    A frequent host of championship golf competitions, St.
ing range. There are several meeting rooms available, two of       lenging. Hoot is a 7,091-yard wasteland-style course, while      Faldo-designed course was voted best new course in               George is a private, 18-hole, 6,490-yard course ranked by
which seat 130 and hold 150 for receptions. (1725                  Toot is a slightly longer parkland-style course. The club does   Canada by Golf Digest in 2004. The name the Rock refers to       SCOREGolf as one of the top courses in Canada. The club
Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON, L5H 2K4, 905.278.5281)          not have a clubhouse, but there is a pro shop and café.          the dramatic outcroppings of exposed Canadian Shield rock        has six event spaces, including the Founders room, which
MONTERRA GOLF CLUB                                                 (18821 Main St., RR#2, Alton, ON, L0N 1A0, 519.927.9034)         that give the course its natural beauty and doubles as major     seats 120 and holds 150 for cocktail parties. When com-
Part of Intrawest's Blue Mountain Resort, Monterra is a            REDTAIL GOLF COURSE                                              hazards for golfers. (1185 Juddhaven Road, Minett, ON, P0B       bined with the adjacent St. George's Room, there is seat-
Thomas McBroom-designed 18-hole course featuring a tra-            Designed by Donald Steel and Tom MacKenzie, Redtail is an        1G0, 866.765.7625)                                               ing for as many as 180 guests. (1668 Islington Ave.,
ditional links layout. The 6,581-yard, par-72 site has rolling     18-hole, 6,800-yard course located just outside St. Thomas,      ROCKY CREST GOLF CLUB                                            Etobicoke, ON, M9A 3M9, 416.231.3393)
bent grass fairways, 86 bunkers, seven lakes, ravines, creeks      Ontario. Exclusive and private, the understated yet challeng-    A private, 18-hole, 6,943-yard course, this ClubLink site fea-   SUMMIT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
and some spectacular elevated tee shots. Amenities include         ing par-72 course is open to clients and friends of the own-     tures rolling fairways framed by coniferous forest and           A private, 18-hole course, Summit Golf & Country Club was
full-service golf shop, deli and bar, and 18,000-square-foot       ers, Chris Goodwin and John Drake. Redtail hosted the 2005       accented by outcroppings of rugged Canadian Shield rock.         founded in 1912. Seven years later, prolific golf course archi-
practice area. (C/O Blue Mountain Resort, RR#3,                    Investors Group Ontario Men's Amateur Championship.              The log cabin clubhouse is perched on a rock overlooking         tect Stanley Thompson redesigned the course, creating
Collingwood, ON, L9Y 3Z2, 416.798.4900)                            (Mill Road, Port Stanley, ON, N0L 2A0, 519.633.4653)             the 18th green. To play, golfers must be ClubLink members        some holes for distance, others for accuracy, and still more
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for a precise short game. The club's banquet facilities accom-
modate as many as 120 guests. (11901 Yonge St., Richmond
Hill, ON, L4E 3N9, 905.884.8189)
TABOO GOLF CLUB
The home course of 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir,
Taboo is a Ron Garl-designed, semi-private, 18-hole course
on the shores of Lake Muskoka. Set on over 380 acres of pic-
turesque countryside, the course is part of a luxury resort with
several event spaces, ranging from a 12-person boardroom
to a banquet room with seating for 240. (1 Muskoka Beach
Road, R.R. 1, Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1R1, 866.982.2669)
THE TORONTO GOLF CLUB
Founded in 1876, Toronto Golf Club is the third oldest golf
club in North America. In 1912, English golf architect Harry
Colt was commissioned to design an 18-hole, 6,185-yard,
par-70 course, which eventually hosted three Canadian
Opens, in 1914, 1921, and 1927. Howard Watson designed
the site's nine-hole course in 1921. (1305 Dixie Road,
Mississauga, ON, M8V 3T1, 905.278.5255)
WESTMOUNT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Designed by Stanley Thompson in 1931, Westmount is a pri-
vate, 18-hole, par-72 golf course, complete with a pro shop,
electric golf cart rentals, and caddie service. The club hosted
the Canadian Open Golf Championship in 1957 and the
LPGA du Maurier Classic in 1990. The site also features a
curling rink and four clay tennis courts. (50 Inverness Drive,
Kitchener, ON, N2M 4Z9, 519.742.2323)
WOODEN STICKS GOLF CLUB
Twelve of the 18 holes in this Ron Garl-designed course
were inspired by different famous golf holes from the PGA.
The club has six on-site luxury cabins, each with two bed-
rooms, four beds and, two bathrooms, along with a com-
mon area and bar. The banquet facilities can accommodate
as many as 220 people. (40 Elgin Park Drive, Uxbridge,
ON, L9P 1N3, 905.852.4379)                                          Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
WOODINGTON LAKE GOLF CLUB
A semi-private 18-hole, 7,015-yard golf course set on 200          meeting rooms combine to form 3,000 square feet of floor            quet hall. (5425 Robinson St., Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7L6,           CHARLES INN
acres of rolling Tottenham countryside, Woodington Lake is         space. If you have a group to feed, there's a Keg Steakhouse        800.263.6208)                                                       Built in 1832, the 12-room Charles Inn was totally refurbished
designed for the low- to mid-handicapped player. The club          & Bar in the lobby. (5950 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls, ON          RADISSON HOTEL & SUITES FALLSVIEW                                   in 2004. For small corporate gatherings, a private area off the
is expanding and will soon open an additional 18-hole              L2G 3L7, 800,771,1123)                                              Located within walking distance of many falls attractions, the      dining room seats 10. The adjoining verandah, accessed via
course. A 30,000-square-foot clubhouse accommodates 300            DOUBLETREE RESORT LODGE & SPA FALLSVIEW                             15-story, 232-room Radisson has 900 square feet of event            French doors, serves as a breakout room. (209 Queen St.,
guests, with the main banquet room holding 250 on its own.         Doubletree is located two blocks from the falls adjacent to         space. The larger of the two meeting rooms seats 50 for ban-        Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, 905.468.4588)
(7110 Mill St., Tottenham, ON, L0G 1W0, 888.265.1987)              the Sklyon Tower. This 18-storey hotel has eight meeting            quets and holds 60 for receptions. Hotel amenities include          HARBOUR HOUSE HOTEL
                                                                   spaces, the largest of which seats 196 for banquets and             an indoor pool, fitness room, and several dining options,           Ranked number one out of 10 Niagara-on-the-Lake hotels
                                                                   holds 400 for receptions. Hotel amenities include a two-lane        including Outback Steakhouse, Pizza Hut, and Timothy's              reviewed by www.tripadvisor.com, the 31-room Harbour
NIAGARA REGION HOTELS                                              lap pool, whirlpool, and cedar sauna. For dinner, check out         Coffee. (6733 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7,           House overlooks the Niagara River. An on-site boardroom
                                                                   the seasonal menu at Buchanans. (6039 Fallsview Blvd.,              800.333.3333)                                                       seats 14 guests, while Founder's Hall at nearby Peller Estates
Our directory of Niagara area                                      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V6, 800.730.8609)                            RAMADA ALL SUITES HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTRE                         Winery holds 30. Take a ride up the Niagara River to the
                                                                   EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL-FALLSVIEW                                      This seven-storey, 73-room hotel, located three kms. from           Niagara Gorge with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, located just
hotels.                                                            The 42-story Embassy offers a panoramic view of the nearby          the falls, has an indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room, and fit-      steps away from the property. (85 Melville St., Niagara-on-
AMERICANA CONFERENCE RESORT & SPA                                  falls. Opened in 2003, the 512-room hotel has over 10,500           ness room. There are five boardrooms and nine meeting               the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, 866.277.6677)
The 210-room Americana, located six kms. from the falls, has       square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space, including        rooms, the largest of which seats 240 for banquets and 300          MOFFAT INN
a 25,000-square-foot indoor water park with a retractable          penthouse boardrooms and hospitality suites. Amenities              theatre-style. (7389 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, ON L2H            This historic 22-room inn dates back to 1835 and is located
roof. Other amenities include a spa, wireless Internet             include a heated pool, two spa tubs, a fitness centre, two          2W9, 866.307.8483)                                                  in the heart of the Old Town Heritage District. A private, two-
hotspots, and comedy entertainment in the House of                 restaurants, and a Starbucks. (6700 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara        RENAISSANCE FALLSVIEW HOTEL                                         bedroom penthouse suite with a fully equipped kitchen is
Comedy. The 21,000-square-foot meeting facility includes a         Falls, ON L2G 3W6, 800.420.6980)                                    This 262-room boutique-style hotel has 12 meeting rooms             available for small meetings. Hotel amenities include a spa,
ballroom that seats 850 for banquets and holds 1,000 for           GREAT WOLF LODGE                                                    comprising over 13,000 square feet of event space. The ball-        exercise centre, lap pool, and outdoor hot spring. For din-
receptions. (8444 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1H4,         This family oriented resort's main attraction is a 103,000-         room is the largest room, able to seat 250 for banquets or          ner, Tetley's specializes in hot stone cooking, fondue, and
800.263.3508)                                                      square-foot indoor water park, highlighted by a 12-level tree       hold 350 for receptions. Hotel amenities include a lounge,          steaks. (60 Picton St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0,
BEST WESTERN CAIRN CROFT HOTEL                                     house water fort. The property has 406 guest rooms and five         dry saunas, a fitness centre, and indoor pool. Head to the          905.468.4116)
This five-storey, 165-room Best Western is located three kms.      meeting rooms, the largest of which seats 170 for banquets          18th floor and check out the Rooftop Fallsview Grille for a         PILLAR AND POST INN, SPA & CONFERENCE
from the falls. The property has a New Orleans-style court-        and holds 200 for receptions. On-site dining options include        panoramic view of the falls. (6455 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara         CENTRE, THE
yard with trees, exposed brick, and old-fashioned lampposts.       a buffet and Pizza Hut Express. (3950 Victoria Ave., Niagara        Falls, ON L2G 3V9, 866.370.4889)                                    A former canning factory, the Pillar and Post is a five-star,
Courtyard amenities include a heated pool and two                  Falls, ON L2E 7M8, 800.605.9653)                                    SHERATON FALLSVIEW HOTEL & CONFERENCE                               122-room hotel with a relaxed country charm. It has 11 meet-
whirlpool hot tubs. The Oak Room, the largest and most ver-        HILTON NIAGARA FALLS FALLSVIEW HOTEL                                CENTRE                                                              ing spaces, the largest of which seats 216 for banquets and
satile of the eight meeting spaces, accommodates 225 for           The Hilton is a 34-storey, 516-room hotel overlooking both          All 402 rooms at the 32-storey Sheraton Fallsview, located          holds 250 theatre-style. Amenities include a spa, heated salt-
banquets and 300 for receptions. (6400 Lundy's Lane,               the Canadian and American sides of the falls. Amenities             just 300 yards from the falls, feature the incredibly comfort-      water pool, and fitness centre. The Condé Nast “2006 Gold
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1T6, 905.356.116)                            include shuttle service to the falls and other local attractions,   able Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. The 8,470-square-foot              List” ranked Pillar and Post the number one hotel in Ontario.
BEST WESTERN FALLSVIEW                                             an indoor water park, and rooftop restaurant. An enclosed           column-less ballroom can be divided into three separate             (48 John St. West, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0,
Located one block from the falls in the heart of the Fallsview     walkway provides direct access to the new Fallsview Casino          function areas or opened up to seat 700 for banquets or             888.669.5566)
Tourist Area, this Best Western has 243 rooms, each with a         Resort. The Grand Falls ballroom seats 450 for banquets and         1,200 theatre-style. The adjacent 2,700-square-foot foyer is        PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL & SPA
private balcony or patio. The list of amenities includes indoor    625 theatre-style. (6361 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON         great for receptions. (6755 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON      Named in honour of King George V, who stayed in the
and outdoor pools, a whirlpool, and sauna. For dining, check       L2G 3V9, 888.370.0325)                                              L2G 3W7, 800.493.5187)                                              inn when he was a prince, the 114-room Prince of Wales fea-
out the Apollo Grille family restaurant. (6289 Fallsview Blvd.,    HOLIDAY INN BY THE FALLS                                            SHERATON ON THE FALLS                                               tures stunning Victorian decor and an array of luxury ameni-
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V7, 905.356.0551)                           This six-storey, 122-room Holiday Inn is situated directly          This 670-room Sheraton recently renovated its lobby and             ties. These include a spa, indoor saltwater pool, and tea
BEST WESTERN FIRESIDE HOTEL                                        across from Fallsview Casino, one block from the falls beside       features a 125,000-square-foot indoor water park. Other             served daily in the Drawing Room. There are six meeting
This Best Western, located three kms. from the falls, has 96       the Imax theatre and adjacent to the Skylon Tower.                  amenities include outdoor pool, spa, and fitness centre.            spaces, the largest of which accommodates 90 guests.
rooms, each with its own fireplace. Rapids Restaurant offers       Amenities include an outdoor pool, spa, and restaurant spe-         There are 22 function rooms, the largest weighing in at over        (6 Picton St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0,
fine dining in an atrium-style setting overlooking the Niagara     cializing in steak and pizza. The meeting and banquet facili-       17,000 square feet and able to accommodate 2,100 for                888.669.5566)
Gorge. Hotel amenities include a heated indoor pool,               ties seat 200. (5339 Murray St., Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3,         receptions and 1,440 for banquets. (5875 Falls Ave., Niagara        QUEEN'S LANDING INN & CONFERENCE RESORT
whirlpool, sauna, and fitness centre. Children under 17 stay       888.465.4329)                                                       Falls, ON L2G 3K7, 888.229.9961)                                    This 142-room Georgian-style hotel is situated on the bank
for free. (4067 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5,             MARRIOTT NIAGARA FALLS FALLSVIEW HOTEL & SPA                        TRAVELODGE CLIFTON HILL                                             of the Niagara River, opposite the Shaw Festival Theatre.
905.374.2027)                                                      Located just 100 yards from the falls, the 23-floor, 432-room       The 68-room Travelodge Clifton is located a block from the          There are 19 meeting rooms, ranging from boardrooms to a
BROCK PLAZA HOTEL                                                  Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview has a spa, indoor pool,            falls. A value-priced motor inn, it offers wireless high-speed      ballroom that seats 300 for banquets and 420 theatre-style.
Situated across from the falls in the Falls Avenue                 sauna, and exercise room. For dining, check out the steak           Internet and complimentary parking. Family suites accommo-          The Tiara restaurant offers a view of the harbour and serves
Entertainment Complex, the Brock features original 1920's          and seafood menu in the award-winning Terrapin Grille. Nine         date 10 guests, and children under 18 stay for free. Enjoy night-   locally grown organic greens often harvested just hours
architecture and decor and an indoor walkway to Casino             meeting rooms are available, some offering views of the falls.      ly karaoke at the Beer Garden Patio overlooking Clifton Hill.       before being served. (155 Byron St., Niagara-on-the-Lake,
Niagara. The newly renovated 234-room property has 12              The largest space seats 300 for banquets. (6740 Fallsview           (4943 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N5, 800.668.8840)        ON L0S 1J0, 888.669.5566)
meeting spaces, including a 7,500-square-foot ballroom that        Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6, 888.501.8916)                     TRAVELODGE NIAGARA FALLS BONAVENTURE                                RIVERBEND INN & VINEYARD
accommodates 900 guests. (5685 Falls Ave., Niagara Falls,          NIAGARA FALLSVIEW CASINO RESORT                                     This 118-room Travelodge offers value-priced accommoda-             Nestled within its own vineyards, family-owned Riverbend is
ON L2E 6W7, 800.263.7135)                                          Perched on a cliff overlooking the falls, this massive 30-storey    tions three kms. from the falls. Amenities include indoor           located a short drive from downtown. Each of the 21 guest
CLARION PRESIDENT HOTEL & SUITES BY THE                            complex occupies 23 acres of land. The casino has 150 gam-          and outdoor heated pools, a whirlpool hot tub, and sauna.           rooms has a fireplace, satellite television, and Internet
FALLS                                                              ing tables and more than 3,000 slot machines. The five-star         Parking is free, and there is an on-site restaurant. (7737          access. Ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the vine-
A 10-minute walk from the falls, the Clarion has 192 newly         hotel has 368 rooms and 50,000 square feet of meeting               Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1H3, 800.578.7878)              yards. There are two meeting spaces, a boardroom that seats
renovated guest rooms, including a selection of suites with        space. The largest meeting room is a 28,000-square-foot hall                                                                            12 and a coach rouse that seats 42. (16104 Niagara River
whirlpool tubs. At 1,150 square feet, the largest meeting          that accommodates 1,680 for banquets and 2,625 for recep-                                                                               Pkwy., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, 888.955.5553)
room accommodates 150 guests for banquets and 165 for
receptions. For casual dining, check out Dahlia's restaurant
                                                                   tions. (96380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7X5,
                                                                   888.FALLSVU)
                                                                                                                                       NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE                                                 SHAW CLUB HOTEL
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Shaw Club is located on the busy corner of Picton and
and lounge. (6045 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y3,         OLD STONE INN                                                       REGION HOTELS                                                       Wellington Streets, across the street from the Shaw Festival
800.263.2566)                                                      Old Stone Inn is located 500 meters from the falls. More than       BEST WESTERN COLONEL BUTLER INN                                     Theatre. Completely refurbished in 2006, it feels more like a
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT NIAGARA FALLS                                a century old, it once housed a flourmill and was twice rav-        The 28-room Best Western Colonel Butler Inn is located min-         private club than a hotel. Each of the 30 rooms is decorated
Located just a block from the falls, the Courtyard by Marriot      aged by fire before being turned into a 144-room hotel in           utes from downtown. Some rooms have fireplaces.                     with original photography produced by local artists. Hotel
has 258 comfortable rooms designed for business travelers.         1977. The property's charms include a dining room with              Amenities include a hot tub, universal gym, and meeting             amenities include a lounge, fitness room, and free parking.
Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, outdoor pool with          wood-burning fireplace, brass chandeliers, and cathedral            facilities. Parking and breakfast are free. (278 Mary St.,          (92 Picton St., P.O. Box 642, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S
waterslide, sauna, whirlpool, and fitness center. The two          ceilings. Its seven meeting spaces include a 100-seat ban-          Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, 866.556.8882)                      1J0, 800.511.7070)

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WHITE OAKS CONFERENCE RESORT & SPA                                vate zoo. Located an hour east of Toronto, it houses more           groups of up to 1,000. (55 Lakeview Park Drive, Oshawa,          favourites like Cliffhanger, Drop Zone Stunt Tower and Top
A member of the International Association of Conference           than 300 animals in a 42-acre park setting with a meandering        ON, L1H 8S7, 416.201.9717)                                       Gun. Paramount provides catering and event co-ordination.
Centers, White Oaks is a seven-story, 220-room resort on a        creek and duck-filled ponds. Highlights include the elephant        KORTRIGHT CENTRE                                                 Ask about group rates. (9580 Jane St., Vaughan, ON, L6A
13-acre estate across from the Royal Niagara Golf Course.         rides and live productions in the Animatheatre. The zoo is          Situated north of Toronto on more than 800 acres of forest,      1S6, 905.832.7000)
Amenities include a spa and 75,000-square-foot fitness cen-       open from May through October. (340 King St. East,                  meadows, and wetlands, Kortright Centre hosts 135,000 vis-       SCARBOROUGH HISTORICAL MUSEUM
tre. The conference facility comprises 21 meeting rooms,          Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3K5, 905.623.5655)                             itors annually and is Canada's largest environmental centre.     Located in picturesque Thomson Memorial Park,
the largest of which accommodates 750 guests for recep-           BOYD CONSERVATION AREA                                              The site welcomes small and large corporate groups for ban-      Scarborough Historical Museum tells the story of
tions. (253 Taylor Road, SS4, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S         Situated on 237 acres and nestled in the steep-sided                quets, parties, and teambuilding events. (9550 Pine Valley       Scarborough's first settlers. A white picket fence circles the
1J0, 800.263.5766)                                                Humber River Valley, Boyd Conservation Area features19 pic-         Drive, RR 2, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 1A6, 905.832.2289)              historic buildings, creating an appealing backdrop for out-
                                                                  nic sites (a few have shelters). The park, which was created in     MCMICHAEL CANADIAN ART COLLECTION                                door events. Thomson Memorial Park features picnic areas,
                                                                  1957, also has two bocce courts, a sand volleyball court, a         The McMichael Canadian Art Collection features paintings         bike paths, a playground, and petting zoo. (1007 Brimley
OUTDOOR VENUES                                                    soccer field, and seven kms. of hiking trails (one of which         by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. The gallery      Road, Toronto, ON, M1P 3E8, 416.338.8807)
                                                                  encircles the grounds). (8739 Islington Ave., Vaughan, ON,          also houses an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures,    STEAM WHISTLE BREWING
Our directory of all kinds of                                     416.667.6295)                                                       and prints by First Nations and Inuit artists. The buildings,    Steam Whistle Brewing is a flexible venue with two event
                                                                  BRUCE'S MILL CONSERVATION AREA                                      made of fieldstone and hand-hewn logs, are surrounded by         spaces that together accommodate as many as 750 guests.
open-air spaces for events and                                    Located about an hour north of Toronto off Highway 404,             100 acres of conservation land. (10365 Islington Ave.,           The larger space, the Hall, seats 250 for dinner and holds as
entertaining.                                                     Bruce's Mill has 10 kms. of hiking trails, 11 picnic areas,
                                                                  sports playing fields, a driving range, and a pool available for
                                                                                                                                      Kleinburg, ON, L0J 1C0, 905.893.1121)
                                                                                                                                      MEL LASTMAN SQUARE
                                                                                                                                                                                                       many as 500 for receptions. This room features 30-foot train
                                                                                                                                                                                                       doors that open to an outdoor patio with a great view of the
                                                                  private rental. The site hosts the annual Sugarbush Maple           Mel Lastman Square is a large concrete square in North York      city skyline. (255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON, 416.362.2337)
                                                                  Syrup Festival and York Region Festival Safety, and it's home       Civic Centre in Toronto's North York community. The site         SUNNYBROOK PARK
PLAZAS, COURTYARDS                                                to the York Region Safety Village. (3291 Stouffville Road,
                                                                  Stouffville, ON, L4A 7X5, 905.887.5531)
                                                                                                                                      houses an ice rink/reflecting pool and outdoor theatre.
                                                                                                                                      Programmed events include concerts, a farmer's market, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Used as a transit camp for troops preparing to leave for
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Europe during World War II, Sunnybrook Park is a sprawling
AND PARKS                                                         CENTENNIAL PARK AND CONSERVATORY, SKI                               cultural festivals. The square will be under construction in     147-acre park that officially opened in 1969. Site features
AFRICAN LION SAFARI & GAME FARM                                   CENTRE                                                              2007 and no special events are scheduled. (5100 Yonge St.,       include Sunnybrook Stables, a vita parcours exercise trail, the
A private, drive-through wildlife park with more than 1,000       Formed in 1967, Canada's centennial anniversary,                    North York, ON, M2N 5V7, 416.395.7415)                           Thomas H. Thompson Nature Trail, a sports pavilion, and a
animals representing over 100 species, African Lion Safari        Centennial Park comprises 525 acres of plant conservatory           METRO HALL SQUARE                                                sports field complex. (1132 Leslie St., Toronto, ON, M3C
offers a unique outdoor experience. Catered picnics for           and recreational facilities. Three greenhouses contain more         Metro Hall Square is a large public square adjacent to the       3L7, 416.769.9870)
groups of 50 to 3,000 are available. The banquet facility         than 12,000 square feet of plants. Other park features              Metro Centre complex at Wellington Street. West and John         SUNNYSIDE BEACH
accommodates 280 guests, while a meeting room holds 60.           include ski hills, indoor hockey arenas, tennis courts, a public    Street. (55 John St., Toronto, ON, M5V 3C6, 416.397.9887)        Located minutes west of downtown Toronto on Lake
Admission includes a boat cruise and a ride on the park's         golf course, a mini-Indy track, and a 2,200-seat stadium.           MILLER LASH HOUSE                                                Ontario, Sunnyside Beach has the versatility to host beach
"Nature Boy" railway. (R.R. 1, Cambridge, ON, N1R 5S2,            (399 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON, M9C 2Y2,                         The Miller Lash House is a beautifully restored residence on     parties, beach volleyball tournaments, and any number of
800.461.9453)                                                     416.394.8754)                                                       the University of Toronto's Scarborough Campus. The patio,       water sports. Check out the Boardwalk Café for small groups.
ALBERT CAMPBELL SQUARE                                            DOWNSVIEW PARK                                                      surrounded by meticulously manicured lawns and peony-            For large gatherings, Observation Terrace holds 800 guests
Named in honor of Scarborough's first mayor, Albert               Canada's first national urban park, Downsview Park is a             filled gardens, accommodates a clear-span tent that seats        and the Courtyard holds 1500. (1755 Lakeshore Blvd.,
Campbell Square is a concrete-lined civic venue outside           644-acre property on a former Canadian military base. The           250 and holds as many as 350 for receptions. As well, a          Toronto, ON, 416.769.9870)
of the Scarborough Civic Centre. It features a waterfall,         site is home to the Hanger, a 45,000-square-meter multi-            field tent on the lawn holds groups of up to 500.                TODMORDEN MILLS HERITAGE MUSEUM AND
wading pool, and winter skating rink. The square hosts            purpose facility. It also hosts numerous festivals, including       (130 Old Kingston Road, Toronto, ON, 416.287.7000)               ARTS CENTRE
a number of events including a New Year's Eve celebration.        Love Winter, Ice Carving Competition, Springfest, and               MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE                                              Set on a 23-acre property in the scenic Don Valley, this
(150 Borough Drive, Toronto, ON, M1P 4N7,                         Canada Day. (35 Carl Hall Road, Toronto, ON, M3K 2B6,               Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Molson                    indoor-outdoor museum features historic homes, a brewery,
416.338.3295)                                                     416.952.2222)                                                       Amphitheatre is one of the city's top summer entertainment       paper mill, wildflower preserve, and the old Don Train
ALBION HILLS CONSERVATION AREA                                    EXHIBITION PLACE                                                    venues. This state-of-the-art, semi-enclosed facility, which     Station. The venue is suitable for tented events requiring
Ontario's first conservation area, Albion Hills, set in the       Home to more than 100 trade and consumer shows and spe-             opened in 1995, features reserved seating for 9,000 in a cov-    seating for as many as 200 guests. (67 Pottery Road,
rolling forest of the Caledon Hills, was created in 1954. The     cial events, Exhibition Place attracts about 4.5 million visitors   ered pavilion and lawn seating for an additional 7,000 on an     Toronto, ON, M8W 2K9, 416.396.2819)
1,100-acre park, which is located about an hour drive from        annually. The 192-acre site houses many historical buildings        attractively landscaped grass amphitheatre bowl. (909            TORONTO ISLAND PARK
Toronto, features camping, hiking, swimming, mountain bik-        owned by the City of Toronto. The list of annual events             Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, ON, M6K 3L3,                      The Toronto Islands are a chain of small islands providing a
ing, and cross-country skiing. The park's heated chalet has a     includes the129-year-old Canadian National Exhibition and           416.260.5600)                                                    shallow natural harbour for the City of Toronto. Features and
snack bar and dining area with a fireplace. (16500 Hwy. 50,       Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. (Lake Shore Blvd. West.,            NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE                                           attractions include 568 acres of parkland, a small residential
Palgrave, ON, L0N 1P0, 800.838.9921)                              Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3, 416.263.3600)                                 Located in front of Toronto City Hall, this popular public       community, Toronto Natural Science School, Gibraltar Point
APPLEBY COLLEGE                                                   HIGH PARK                                                           space features an ice rink/reflecting pool and garden area.      Lighthouse, three private yacht clubs, a public marina,
A private school for students in grades 7-12, Oakville-based      Situated in the far west of midtown Toronto, High Park com-         The site hosts many civic activities and special events,         amusement area, and airport. (Toronto, ON, M8Z 2T7,
Appleby College features charming 19th Century buildings          prises 399 acres, a third of which remain in their natural state.   including cavalcade of lights, farmers market, Toronto           416.392-8193)
and picturesque grounds with mature trees. Outdoor facilities     The site has numerous attractions and amenities, including          Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival           TORONTO ZOO
for rent by small and large groups include the athletic fields,   historic Colborne Lodge, a zoo, an open-air Shakespearean           and Tasty Thursdays. Paid parking is available underneath        The Toronto Zoo, located in beautiful Rouge Valley, is a year-
tennis courts, and a paved terrace. Food service, including       theatre, an outdoor ice rink, and sports fields. For dining,        the square. (100 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N1,           round zoological park with more than 5,000 animals repre-
meal packages and bartending, is available. (540 Lakeshore        check out the Grenadier Café and Teahouse. (1873 Bloor St.          416.392.7902)                                                    senting over 460 species. The site covers 710 acres and
Road, West, Oakville, ON, L6K 3P1, 905.845.4681)                  West, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2, 416.392.1111)                           ONTARIO PLACE                                                    includes more than 10 kms. of hiking trails. There are six pic-
BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE                                       HISTORIC FORT YORK                                                  A public waterfront amusement park minutes from down-            nic sites (some with covered shelters) that accommodate
Located next to York University, Black Creek Pioneer Village      Historic Fort York was the birthplace of modern Toronto in          town Toronto, Ontario Place features numerous rides and          groups of up to 600. (361A Old Finch Ave., Toronto, ON,
brings history to life with 40 carefully restored heritage        1793. It was also the site of the Battle of York during the War     attractions as well as a concert stage, IMAX theatre, and pub-   M1B 5K7, 416.392.5900)
homes, shops and gardens. For corporate gatherings,               of 1812. The fort has Canada's largest collection of original       lic marina. The site welcomes corporate groups for a range       YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE
choose between the 3,240-square-foot Pavilion, featuring          War of 1812 buildings and is designated as a National               of events, including teambuilding, product launches and          This high traffic and high visibility location is well suited for
banquet facilities and a stage with concert sound and light-      Historic site. Open year round, Historic Fort York offers guid-     fund-raising. (955 Lake Shore Blvd West, Toronto, ON, M6K        promotional, media, and corporate events. The venue has
ing, and Pioneer Patio, an outdoor venue overlooking Black        ed tours and hosts events with up to 5,000 guests. (100             3B9, 416.314.9900)                                               an extensive range of in-house equipment and resources
Creek. (1000 Murray Ross Pkwy., Toronto, ON, M3J 2P3,             Garrison Road, Toronto, ON, M5V 3K9, 416.392.6907)                  PARAMOUNT CANADA'S WONDERLAND                                    for staging events. A retractable stage canopy has just
416.736.1733)                                                     JUBILEE PAVILION AND LAKEVIEW PARK                                  More than three million guests visit Paramount annually. The     been installed to improve the site's attractiveness and flexi-
THE BOWMANVILLE ZOOLOGICAL PARK                                   Located on the shore of Lake Ontario in Oshawa, ”The                site accommodates groups as large as 10,000. It features         bility in wet weather conditions. (40 Dundas St W, Suite
Established in 1919, Bowmanville Zoo is Canada's oldest pri-      Jube” caters to outdoor events and can accommodate                  more than 200 attractions and over 60 rides, including adult     227, Toronto, ON, M5G 2C2, 416.979.9960)
Opulence Catering &
Event Management
At Opulence, we understand the needs of our clients for both corporate and
social events. One event planner will work with you throughout the entire
event planning and logistics, as well as supervise the event so that all you
do is enjoy your guests' company.

Corporate Services:
Breakfasts and Breaks, Lunches, Dinners, Barbecues, Employee and
Customer Appreciation, Christmas Parties, Product Launches, Film Making,
Openings, Fashion Shows, Board Meetings, Sales and Marketing Meetings

Additional Services:
Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Christenings, Barbecues, Engagement Parties,
Picnics, Religious Holidays, Birthdays, Anniversaries

We deliver flair and imagination, together with superior food and
professional service, to make your event unforgettable.

Edith Jakobs
Opulence Catering & Event Management
3197 Bathurst St.
Toronto ON M6A 2B2
Telephone: 416.783.7000
Fax: 416.783.6455
Web: www.opulenceevents.com
THE BIZBASH.TO GUIDE TO OUTDOOR VENUES

ZION SCHOOLHOUSE                                                       In summer, glass doors open to an outdoor patio, offering         peted decks. (264 Queen's Quay West, Suite 506, Toronto,           dinner and dancing events. The company also charters
Zion Schoolhouse, built in 1869, has been restored to the              expansive views of the city skyline. The bar is renowned for      ON, M5J 1B5, 416.861.0437)                                         Serendipity Princess, a three-deck paddle wheeler, for cruis-
1910 period to reflect schooling at that time in the farming           its martinis. (Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Ave. Road, Toronto, ON,        EMPRESS OF CANADA                                                  es in Barrie's Kempenfelt Bay. This ship seats 152 and holds
community of L'Amaroux. It is one of Toronto's last remain-            M6P 1H4, 416.924.5471)                                            The Empress of Canada is a 116-foot luxury cruise ship in          265 for receptions. (10 Robert St. East, Penetanguishene,
ing one-room schoolhouses. The grounds form a great                    SKYBAR                                                            the Toronto harbour with a capacity of 550. The newly ren-         ON L9M 1L6, 888.833.2628)
backdrop for corporate receptions. There is space for a tent           A 3,000-square-foot, third-floor rooftop patio at the             ovated vessel, which features a grand promenade deck,              MUSKOKA STEAMSHIPS
that could accommodate as many as 60 guests. (1091 Finch               Guvernment Complex, Skybar holds 400 guests and fea-              was recently featured on Restaurant Makeover. (260                 This company operates three steamboats on the Muskoka
Ave. East, Toronto, ON, M2J 2X3, 416.395.7435)                         tures two bars, a sound system, barbeque grill, and               Queen's Quay West, Toronto, ON, M5J 2N3, 416.260.5665)             Lakes. Built in 1887, the 99-passenger Royal Mail Ship
                                                                       panoramic views. The space is located above Drink and is          GREAT LAKES SCHOONER COMPANY                                       Segwun is the oldest operating steamship in North America.
                                                                       accessible via the Drink entrance. The decor is minimal           This company charters traditional schooners, luxury motor          The Wenonah II, built in 2002, holds 200 passengers and fea-
TERRACES/ROOFS/                                                        white, the lighting is cool blue, and the lounge seating is
                                                                       cushioned. (132 Queen's Quay East, Toronto, ON, M5A
                                                                                                                                         yachts, and historic paddle wheelers for cruises in Toronto har-
                                                                                                                                         bour. One of its vessels is the 164-foot, three-masted, gaff-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tures three dining rooms, three decks, and an on-board ele-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            vator. The Wanda III, a steam yacht built in 1915, accommo-
GARDENS                                                                3Y5, 416.869.0045)                                                rigged schooner Kajama, which holds 225 guests and fea-            dates 24 guests. (185 Cherokee Lane, Gravenhurst, ON P1P
C LOUNGE/FIRE & ICE LOUNGE                                             SKYLOUNGE                                                         tures a 1,006-square-foot skylit dining room. (249 Queen's         1Z9, 866.687.6667)
C Lounge's 2,000-square-foot patio has a guest capacity of             Situated in the courtyard of the InterContinental on Bloor        Quay West, Suite 111, Toronto, ON, M5J 2N5, 416.260.6355)          NAUTICAL ADVENTURES
214. In summer, it features a wading pool, cabanas, and                Street West in Yorkville, Skylounge features exotic tex-          HARLEQUIN CRUISES                                                  Nautical docks its two charter boats a short distance from
cushy couches. In winter, Iceculture uses refrigeration                tures of Brazilian wood, designer sofas, silk pillows, and        Harlequin's River Gambler features a large dance floor and         one another along Queens Quay West. The Empire Sandy,
equipment to transform the patio into the Fire & Ice                   alpaca throws. It also offers an impressive wine list and         holds as many as 500 guests on its two decks. For banquets,        a 200-foot authentic tall ship, seats 180 and holds 275 for
Lounge, a space in which the walls, floors, ceilings, furnish-         tapas-style Mediterranean menu. The space is open from            the lower deck seats 184, while the upper deck seats 120.          receptions. The 92-foot Wayward Princess holds 249 for
ings, and even the drinking glasses are made of ice. (456              May to October, weather permitting. (Intercontinental             (1 Yonge St., Suite 104, Toronto, ON, M5E 1E5, 416.364.6999)       seated events and 325 for receptions. (600 Queen's Quay
Wellington St. West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E3, 416.260.9393)               Toronto, 220 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1T8,                JUBILEE QUEEN CRUISES                                              West, Suite 103, Toronto, ON, M5V 3M3, 416.364.3244)
DRAKE HOTEL                                                            416.960.5200)                                                     The Jubilee Queen has a sundeck, two dance floors, and car-        OBSESSION III YACHT CHARTERS
Located in the artsy Queen Street West neighbourhood,                  SPADINA HISTORIC HOUSE & GARDENS                                  peting and drapery throughout. It docks next to the Toronto        Obsession III is a 78-foot motor yacht located on Queens
the Drake's Sky Yard rooftop deck offers a year-round patio            Six-acre Spadina Historic House & Gardens features one of         Music Garden on Queen's Quay West. (249 Queen's Quay               Quay at the foot of Yonge Street. It features two decks, a
experience. The Moroccan themed, half-covered space has                Toronto's finest restored Victorian and Edwardian gardens.        West, Suite 109, Toronto, ON, M5J 2N5, 416.203.7177)               retractable dome roof, elegant dining room, and spacious
daybeds and large sofas for lounging and communal tables.              Feast your eyes on the more than 300 varieties of flowers         KLANCY YACHT CHARTERS                                              sunlit/moonlit dance floor. The ship accommodates 190 pas-
The rooftop accommodates 150 guests for receptions, and                and vegetables. The terraces and gardens can accommo-             Klancy Yacht's Klancy II is a 66-foot. luxury yacht with a guest   sengers. (47B Harbour Sq., Toronto, ON, M5J 2V3, 416.955.9595)
smoking is permitted. (1150 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON,               date as many as 100 guests for receptions. (285 Spadina           capacity of 100. The steel-bodied vessel's panorama deck           PIONEER CRUISES
M6J 1J3, 416.531.5042)                                                 Road, Toronto, ON, M5R 2V5, 416.392.6910)                         can be enclosed in inclement weather. Klancy II has been           Pioneer operates two cruise vessels. The Pioneer Princess is
EDWARDS GARDENS                                                        TORONTO BOTANICAL GARDEN                                          operating on Toronto's waterfront since 1989. Cruises are          a Mississippi-style paddle wheeler powered by twin diesels.
Home to the Toronto Botanical Garden, Edwards Gardens is               Two large event spaces at Toronto Botanical Garden                available from May to December. (151 Queen's Quay East,            It has a newly renovated top deck with dance floor and
a former estate garden in the Don Valley with perennials and           flow into open-air courtyards that function as quiet              Toronto, ON, M5S 2Y5, 416.866.8489)                                accommodates 150 guests. The 175-passenger Pioneer
roses on the uplands and wildflowers, rhododendrons, and                outdoor rooms. These courtyards are designed as relaxing         LADY MUSKOKA CRUISES                                               Queen is a luxurious motor yacht with a granite-topped 20-
an extensive rockery in the valley. The year-round, 35-acre            green spaces for special events and all types of private          This 300-passenger, 104-foot cruise ship is docked behind          foot oak paneled bar, handmade sofas and arm chairs, and
park is located on Wilket Creek, which is a haven for geese,           functions. The gentle sound of flowing water has been             the Muskoka Riverside Inn in Bracebridge, Ontario. The ship,       canopy covered dance floor. (151 Queen's Quay East,
swans, and ducks. (777 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto, ON,                incorporated into the courtyards to encourage a feeling of        which travels the Muskoka River and Lake Muskoka, is avail-        Toronto, ON, M5A 1B6, 416.391.1888)
M3C 1N4, 416.392.8188)                                                 serenity. Parking is free. (777 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto,      able for private charters after its scheduled and advertised       SCUGOG ISLAND CRUISES LIMITED
EMPIRE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE                                             ON, M3C 1P2, 416.397.1349)                                        cruises. The cost is $850 per hour plus GST. Minimum cruise        This company operates a 100-passenger double-decker
This heated street-front patio in the heart of Toronto's               TORONTO MUSIC GARDEN                                              time is two hours. (P.O. Box 1327, 300 Ecclestone Drive,           cruise boat called the MV Woodman. Group rates are avail-
Yorkville neighbourhood is open for dining year-round.                 Part of Harbourfront, the 3.2-acre Toronto Music Garden           Bracebridge, ON P1L 1V4, 800.263.5239)                             able for groups of 30 or more. The ship docks at Palmer Park
Sliding glass doors connect the 110-seat outdoor space to              was designed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and landscape designer           MARIPOSA CRUISES                                                   Pier at the base of Queen Street. in Port Perry, ON. (16100
the restaurant's main dining room. Empire features European            Julie Moir Messervy as an interpretation in nature of Bach's      Mariposa, which operates seven cruise ships docked at              Old Simcoe Road, Port Perry, ON, L9L 1P3, 877.877.2091)
cuisine in an upscale casual environment. (50 Cumberland               First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Each dance move-             Toronto's Queen's Quay Terminal, can accommodate                   YANKEE LADY YACHT CHARTERS
St., Toronto, ON, M4W 1J5, 416.840.8440)                               ment in the suite corresponds to a different section of the       groups and functions of 20 to 600 passengers. The Captain          This family owned company, which has operated a charter
GUILD GARDENS                                                          garden. (475 Queen's Quay W., Toronto, ON, 416.397.1366)          Matthew Finders, the company's flagship yacht, stretches           company for 24 years, charters three vessels in Toronto har-
Situated atop the Scarborough Bluffs, Guild Gardens offers             ULTRA SUPPER CLUB                                                 144 feet and accommodates 600. (207 Queen's Quay West,             bour. The 75-foot Yankee Lady II, which features a large bow
a unique glimpse into Toronto's past. Throughout the                   This swanky rooftop patio at Ultra is white-on-white with         Suite 415, Box 101, Toronto, ON, M5J 1A7, 416.203.0178)            area, accommodates 100 guests. Yankee Lady III and Yankee
grounds, which surround the old Guild Inn in Guildwood                 wooden cabanas and leafy palms, straight out of South             MIDLAND TOURS                                                      Lady IV both stretch 115 feet in length and hold 300. Private
Park, greenery and flowers frame architectural relics of               Beach. Ultra begins each evening as a restaurant, but             Midland Tours charters Miss Midland for cruises in Georgian        charters are five hours in length, including four hours of cruis-
demolished neoclassical Toronto buildings. (191 Guildwood              morphs into a nightclub after 11 p.m. The patio offers a cool-    Bay's picturesque 30,000 islands region. The boat holds            ing time. (151 Queen's Quay East, Toronto, ON, M5A 1B6,
Pkwy., Scarborough, ON, M1E 1P5, 416.392.8188)                         er, quieter alternative to the goings-on inside. A casual grill   300 guests, but a maximum of 150 is recommended for                416.868.0000)
JAMES GARDENS                                                          and wooden tables contribute to the mellower vibe. (314
Located on the Humber River, James Gardens is a former                 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2, 416.263.0330)
estate garden with spring-fed ponds, a wide variety of flow-           VERTICAL RESTAURANT & BAR
ers, and rare trees. The ten-acre property features terraced           Situated on the mezzanine level of First Canadian Place in
stone pathways and the historic James Gazebo. The site is              the Financial District, Vertical features a 150-seat patio
open dawn to dusk year-round. (Edenbridge Drive, Toronto, ON,          overlooking the parkette and waterfall on King Street For
M9A 3G7, 416.392.8186)                                                 larger functions, Vertical also has a 70-seat dining room,
MINK NIGHT CLUB                                                        two private dining rooms and a separate bar/lounge with a
Winner of “The Best Patio in Toronto” at the Toronto                   stunning 40-foot sandstone bar top. (100 King St. West,
Nightclub Awards, Mink Night Club has a 3,500-square-foot,             First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON, M5X 1E1,
two-level patio (heated and enclosed in winter). The music             416.214.2252)
on the club's main floor is usually Hip Hop and R&B, with              WATERSIDE BISTRO
House on Thursdays and Saturdays. Dress Code: No runners               You probably know Waterside Sports Club for its indoor
or athletic gear on Thursdays or Saturday, with exceptions for         tennis courts, driving range, and fitness centre, but did you
designer brands. (150 Pearl St., Toronto, ON, M5H 1L3, 416.977.4446)   know about Waterside Bistro? This lakeside eatery serves
MUZIK                                                                  non-members as well as members and features two patios,
MUZIK is the former Horticulture Building at Exhibition Place.         one with a canopy, the other open with umbrellas. Total
The site's three acres of outdoor licensed patio space                 patio seating is 200. Parking is free. (255 Queen's Quay
accommodates 5,600 guests. MUZIK will install customized               East, Toronto, ON, M5A 1B6, 416.203.0470)
bars, tents, and cabanas in the patio area. The indoor space
holds as many as 3,000 guests. There are nine bars in the
main area, and space is available for private service bars. (15        BOATS & YACHTS
Saskatchewan Road., Toronto, ON M6K 3C3, 416.595.9998)                 ANGUS YACHTS OF TORONTO
NAVA RESTAURANT & BAR                                                  Angus Yachts' lineup of charter boats ranges from a sleek
Nava's 4,000-square-foot patio accommodates 500 guests.                six-person 33-footer to a stunning 46-foot Hunter that can
The ground-floor space features an outdoor bar and has                 carry up to 12 passengers. The company offers both skip-
southern and western exposure. The combination of an                   pered and bareboat charters in Toronto and Georgian Bay
eight-foot fence, fire pit, heated floor, and multiple heaters         for client entertainment, teambuilding or special occasions.
keeps the cold at bay in winter. (125 York Blvd., Richmond             Arrange to have your cruise catered, or sail to a local yacht
Hill, ON, L4B 3B4, 905.709.1933)                                       club for a meal. (Port Credit Harbour Marina, 1 Port St.
PANORAMA LOUNGE                                                        East, Mississauga, ON, L5G 4N1, 905.274.2968)
The Toronto Sun voted Panorama Lounge as having the best               CANAMAC CRUISES
views in Toronto. Two outdoor terraces perched above Bloor             Canamac Cruises offers chartered boat cruises in the
and Bay on the 51st floor of the Manulife centre offer stun-           Toronto harbour on three boats. M.V. Stella Borealis is a
ning northern and southern perspectives on the cityscape.              132-foot vessel that holds 200 for seated events or 284 for
Teak deck chairs and small tables furnish the space. Indoors,          receptions; the company's flagship 108-foot Aurora Borealis
floor-to-ceiling windows in the main room and bar also look            has a retractable roof and accommodates 200 guests; and
out onto the city. (Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St. West, 51st           the M.V. Jaguar II, which holds 100 guests, is a 98-foot
Floor, Toronto, ON, M4W 1A5, 416.967.0000)                             ocean cruising yacht. (10 Yonge St, Suite 1601, Toronto,
PARKWOOD                                                               ON, M5E 1R4, 416.214.2774)
Parkwood, which features landscape designs of the 1930's,              CAPTAIN JOHN'S HARBOUR RESTAURANT
is one of Canada's last remaining grand estates. Once the              Located in the MS Jadran, a permanently docked former
home of auto baron R. Samuel McLaughlin, the 12-acre                   Adriatic cruise ship at the foot of Yonge St. at Queen's Quay,
estate is now a national historic site, open year-round. There         this restaurant features two banquet spaces: the Dubrovnik
are two locations for outdoor events, the tennis court, which          Room holds 250 for seated events or 1,000 for cocktails,
holds 200 guests, and the formal garden, which holds 130.              while the Captain's Quarters seats 60 and holds 100 for
(270 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa, ON, L1G 4T5,                            receptions. (One Queen's Quay West, Toronto, ON, M5J
905.433.4311)                                                          2H1, 416.363.6062)
ROOF LOUNGE                                                            MISS TORONTO
The legendary Roof Lounge on the 18th floor of the Park                Operating for 25 years, the 72-foot Miss Toronto is a 100
Hyatt Hotel in Yorkville is a favourite among locals and               passenger cruise boat available for charter at Toronto's
celebrities. Illustrations of famous writers on the walls recall       Harbourfront. Eighty percent of the yacht can be enclosed
an era when the space was a hangout for Toronto's literati.            during inclement weather, and there are two separate, car-


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