Destination Overview Toronto
Located in North America and attracting more than 25 million visitors each year, Toronto is Canada's leading tourism and business destination and houses a diverse population of 2.8 million people. A world leader in business and finance; the dynamic city drives growth in all sectors including arts, culture, technology, tourism and sports and is home to more corporate head offices than any other city.
As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is also the most economically important and consistently ranks as one of the most livable cities in the world. From its thriving economy, extraordinary infrastructure, abundance of cultural attractions and activities to enjoy; Toronto is the perfect location for corporate business travellers looking to host an exciting event, meeting, conference or incentive trip. Below we take a look at some of the top venues, corporate hotels and activities to enjoy during your trip to Toronto.
Toronto is one of the most accessible cities in North America and is easily reachable from Canada and the USA, offering a short 90-minute flight for 60 per cent of the U.S. population. However, if you are further away the best and quickest way of travelling to the city is by air at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The airport is located just 20 minutes away from the centre of the city with regular 24 hour shuttle buses and taxis available as well as the recent addition of the Union Pearson (UP) Express - this is the new express rail service to Union Station in downtown Toronto.
Whether you are planning a corporate retreat, an exhibition, a meeting or a product launch, Toronto offers a vast range of event spaces to fulfill every possible brief. From sleek skyscrapers to quirky warehouses, a castle in the centre of a city to Canada’s largest convention centre, Toronto offers an extraordinary selection of inspirational meeting venues for your events providing highly creative options.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Metro Convention Centre is a huge award-winning event venue and the only facility that has hosted both a G20 and a G7 Summit. Home to some of the largest trade shows and galas in the city, it has more than 600,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting room space, holding anything from 40 people all the way up to an impressive10,400 for a banquet-style event! The centre offers state-of-the-art facility, free Wi-Fi and is situated just a stone’s throw away from the bustling city centre.
Direct Energy Centre
The Direct Energy Centre is Canada’s largest exhibition and convention centre, boasting more than one million square feet of space and home to annual trade shows including the National Home Show and Toronto’s Sportsmen Show. Offering both indoor and outdoor space, the Direct Centre can host up to 8,200 seated visitors as well as an incredible 20,000 seated in an open air stadium.
Royal Ontario Museum
For those looking to add cultural flavor to their next corporate event, the Royal Ontario Museum presents many unique opportunities. With over 30 galleries showcasing permanent art installations, archaeology and natural science; the spectacular venue offers a number of beautiful and functional meeting spaces for events both big and small. Hosting anything from 100 guests at a dinner or meeting, to 2,500 for an awards evening or exhibition, the Royal Ontario Museum ensures to leave a long lasting impression on all of your guests.
Originally built as a department store in the early 1900’s, the Burroughes Building offers the perfect venue for a wide variety of events and in recent years has proven to be a very popular location. The building has been expertly renovated to carefully preserve its fantastic character features and includes unique wood details, huge windows, classic exposed brick and a rooftop patio. The third and sixth floors are reserved for special events such as products launches, NYE and Halloween parties etc, and being right in the core of downtown, always seems to be a favourite for PR companies.
Although Toronto was originally an overnight destination for nearby Canadians and Americans, it now sells itself as a glamorous and upcoming urban business destination with a vast array of sleek and stylish hotels.
Park Hyatt Toronto
Perfectly situated in the heart of the fashionable Yorkville area, Business travellers are able to immerse themselves in luxury setting including an incredible spa, on site fine dining restaurants and a rooftop bar with unbelievable views of the sprawling city. All of the rooms feature super fast Internet; up to three different phone lines and a business centre with up to date technical and audio visual equipment. The hotel boasts 10 unique meeting spaces, which vary from intimate meeting rooms through to a grand and highly elegant ballroom.
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
Situated in a quieter, downtown area of Toronto, the Ritz—Carlton offers business travellers the best of both worlds with the finest attractions and museums, sports arenas, and entertainment and financial districts just a short walk away. The hotel offers 267 hotel rooms, all of which have been finished to the highest standard including iPod dock and huge flat screen TVs as well as unparalleled meeting spaces for groups of all sizes. Meeting space include the luxury ballroom, with an impressive 7,400 square feet of space accommodating up to 600 guests, the elegant Wellington room and the spacious pre-function space with dramatic floor to ceiling windows that overlook Metro Park Hall.
InterContinental Toronto Centre
Located in the very heart of downtown Toronto, the InterContinental Toronto Hotel is the perfect bolthole for any business traveller. Situated just a short distance from the financial district and the CN Tower, it is also connected to the Toronto Convention Centre and merges affordable luxury, ideal location, state of the art technology and meeting facilities with personalised customer service. The hotel itself offers up to 586 spacious guestrooms and 15 different meeting rooms with a total of 5760 square metres of exhibition space and is fully equipped with all of the latest technology and equipment.
Incentives / Attractions…
There’s only one way to reward the best employees and that’s by giving them the best there is to offer! With Toronto’s diverse and extremely exciting landscape there really is something for everyone to enjoy. For team incentives, how about escaping to the wild Niagara Falls and enjoy the breathtaking views and the captivating waterfall that has inspired awe for generations. Or take an adrenaline filled speedboat trip and a helicopter ride to hover over the Falls for a view that will rival any other. Alternatively, you and your fellow delegates could take a relaxing boat trip and cruise down Lake Ontario whilst enjoying a 3-course meal and the stunning views.
For those that would rather stay in the city, there are almost unlimited options and attractions to explore and enjoy. From a one of a kind shoe museum to an outdoor amusement park; contemporary to traditional art galleries, and plenty of boutique shops, bars and restaurants. Or how about enjoying a spot of sight seeing and exploring Toronto’s landmarks from the world famous CN Tower, watch a hockey, basketball or live music concert at one of the city’s impressive sporting and entertainment venues or take a trip to Canada’s largest aquarium and look up at a shark from a 97-metre walkway!
Toronto is home to some world class corporate entertainment; whether delegates require background music during dinner or something to draw footfall to an exhibition stand, here at Scarlett Entertainment we can provide you with the perfect entertainment to really illuminate your event!
LED Robot Dancer
Making waves at events all over Canada and the USA, the LED Robot Dancer is a larger than life 10ft robot that guarantees to light up any event! Packed with state of the art design, over 500 LED lights and a crowd safe CO2 cannon, which shoots mesmerising metal like sparks through the air! With a highly professional attitude and a high-energy persona, he will impress and amaze crowds and create an electric atmosphere. A favourite at corporate events, club nights and private parties, this robot also has a softer side and can cater to weddings, bar mitzvahs and birthdays.
Comedy Magician Toronto
A popular choice at corporate events and business functions; this Comedy Magician provides consistently funny and entertaining acts, whilst building a great rapport with all of his audience members. Blending two disciplines seamlessly, he creates the perfect interactive, clean and funny show for corporate functions, resulting in a highly unique and memorable performance every time. During his shows, the whole audience become involved and is invited to interact with props that include chickens, car batteries, a giant cigarette, and a little fun filled danger, ensuring that guests will remember your event for years to come!
Disco & Funk Band Toronto
Known as the funkiest band in Canada, the Disco and Funk Band capture the horn fired sounds and hedonistic fun of the 1970s with incredible energy and colour. At the forefront of neo-funk-and-disco, our talented ensemble is sure to blow the roof of any event with their musical perfection and contagious energy. Regularly booked for large corporate events, festivals, carnival events, and private parties, the charismatic group guarantee to give your guests the time of their lives and ensure the dance floor is full all night long.
Mime Act Canada
Perfect for those looking for unusual entertainment, our talented mime artist is regarded as one of the best mimes in Canada and has already appeared on The Comedy Network, The Big Comfy Couch and other big TV appearances. Offering a variety of exciting performances, he is able to provide a silent comedy stage show - perfect for after dinner corporate events as well as providing interactive workshops, which are great for corporate team building, and providing a fun way to unify an organisation and increase its productivity.
Aerial Show Toronto
Providing a purely opulent visual experience at all kinds of corporate events, our talented aerialists offer completely customised circus entertainment for occasions of all kinds. Having toured globally and taught internationally, the internationally and highly acclaimed aerialists are available to perform a variety of acts, from solo hoops through to multiple aerialists performing on a variety of apparatus. Whether you are looking to WOW your guests at a corporate event or private party, Aerial Show Toronto can guarantee an incredibly visual experience, specifically designed with the crowd in mind.
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