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Population: 2.8 million, according to the
city of Toronto.
Airport: The Toronto Pearson International
Airport (6301 Silver Dart Drive, torontope
arson.com) is a Tier 1, or large hub, airport
located 14 miles from downtown Toronto.
Weather: Average temperature is 48.2
degrees. Peak season for tourism is from
April to August.
Convention Centers: The Enercare Centre
(100 Princes' Blvd., enercarecentre.com)-
the country's largest exhibition and
convention center-offers one million
square feet for events and is LEED Silver
certified. The Toronto Congress Centre
(650 Dixon Road, torontocongresscentre
.com) has one million square feet of
space, including 70 meeting rooms, two
ballrooms, and 10 convention halls. The
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (222
Bremner Blvd., mtccc.com) downtown
has 600,000 square feet of exhibit and
meeting space, including 77 meeting
rooms, a 1,232-seat theater, and 78,000
square feet of ballroom space.
Largest Hotel: The Chelsea Hotel (33
Gerrard St. West, chelseatoronto.com) has
1,590 guest rooms and 23 meeting rooms.
The largest meeting room, the Churchill,
covers 5,200 square feet.
(326 Adelaide St. West, kiintoronto.com)
Known for its regional Thai staples, 2 Khao
San Road reopened in March 2017 after relocating to a central downtown location. The new spot
Experience two takes
features two floors spread across 3,200 square
on Thai cuisine in very
feet of space, leaving ample room for dining and
entertainment. The restaurant is colorful, with
patterned wall tiles imported from Thailand,
Chef Nuit Regular and Jeff Regular opened their
floor-to-ceiling windows, and artwork by Torontolatest restaurant, 1 Kiin, in May. The 1,800-square- based artist Jimmy Chiale. The first-floor dining
foot space was gutted and recreated by interior
room has space for 100 standing or 75 seated,
designer Katherine Gudov and builder Circorp, and while on the second floor, a private dining and
is meant to showcase the diversity of Thailand.
event space called Bang Sue can hold 60 standing
Nuit aimed to replicated the beauty of her
or 40 seated. Bang Sue offers a view of the entire
hometown and childhood in the space through
restaurant, plus mood lighting and a bar inspired
soft pinks, opulent lighting fixtures, and plush
by the street-food stalls in Bangkok. Currently,
velvet seating. The restaurant seats 48 or holds
Khao San Road only permits buyouts of Bang Sue.
60 for cocktails, and is available for full buyouts.
(11 Charlotte St., khaosanroad.ca)
Break from Reality
The Rec Room Roundhouse, owned by the
cinema chain Cineplex, opened a new location
downtown in July. The 40,000-square-foot space
offers two different dining destinations inside:
Three10, an upscale casual restaurant focused
on Canadian cuisine, and the Shed, a fast-casual
pizzeria. There is also a variety of event spaces,
including the Yard with 90 different arcade
games, the Void for an immersive VR experience,
and a theater auditorium for live programming.
The entire venue has room for 1,200 people
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seated or 1,250 for cocktail receptions; it can seat
an additional 300 guests on the patio. The space
offers buyouts for the individual event spaces
and the entire venue. (255 Bremner Blvd.,
1 House of VR, located in Queen West, is the
latest in adult-play spaces for techies to explore
the world of virtual reality. The 4,200-square-foot
lounge, open since May, offers ample space for
entertainment and events. The first floor-which
has room for 75 standing and 25 seated on
benches-offers guests a mixed-reality greenscreen experience and artistic murals that have
augmented-reality functionality. The second
floor-which holds 125 standing and 30 seated
on benches-houses 15 360-degree viewing
pods where guests can select different realities
to experience. Builders Manual Arts Collective,
interior designer Stephanie Payne, and lighting
designer Enersmart worked to ensure the space
was approachable and yet playful. The House of
VR is available for full buyouts. (639 Queen St.
Drink Toronto (drinktoronto.ca)
offers alcohol-centric tours of several
Toronto neighborhoods. Participants
get to interact with bartenders,
sommeliers, owners, and chefs at
venues from award-winning restaurants to secret, hidden bars. And, of
course, drinks are served at every stop.
Pricing starts at $120 per person for
a two-and-a-half-hour tour. Planners
can work with the company to create
private group tours for as many as
10 people. -Amy Gordon
photos: Brittany CarmiChael (drink toronto), Courtesy of venues (all others)
Ideal for teambuilding, these venues offer classic
arcade games and VR stations.
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