• Drink Toronto: Ultimate Rooftop Patio Party

    150 King St W

    (Note: as of July 10...there are very very FEW tickets left for this Patio Party...if you have not yet purchased, or are on the waitlist, you can try and get a ticket at the link I provided. Also, I will post a meeting spot where we can meet as a group once I get INSIDE on Tuesday). We will collaborate with our friends at Drink Toronto on their 2nd Summer Patio Party, and this incredible event space (IQ Venues) on King Street West...before you read further, please check out these pictures.. This could be YOU on July 16th.. https://www.drinktoronto.ca/blog/heres-what-we-did-at-junes-patio-party/ June's bash was a smash success, with tons of summer-ready drink lovers joining us on the spectacular iQ Venues rooftop for wine, cocktails, beer – not to mention a gorgeous menu filled with vegan and pulled pork tacos, fried oysters, artisan cheese and charcuterie, and a Jamaican BBQ pit for jerk chicken and tempeh. We are back for another round with our fantastic partners Vantage Venues and The Wine Sisters, and we highly recommend you get your ticket now (like right now) as this party is guaranteed to sell out quickly. June sold-out, 300 guests..again..check out the pictures! What: The Ultimate Summer Rooftop Patio Party – July edition. I'm listening...: Party the night away in the heart of the financial district on iQ Venues' spacious and stunning rooftop patio. With the setting sun bouncing off the shimmering office towers, cool down with a refreshing rosé, ice-cold beer, or expertly made craft cocktail (or something else – there's loads of options!). Sway to the happy beats of our energetic DJ, and feast on something utterly delicious created by a team of super-talented chefs from Vantage Venues. (Tempted? Just skip to the bottom to buy your tickets now). What you'll get: Your ticket includes all food and drink: wine, beer, cocktails and food stations. Yes, non-alcoholic, gluten-free and vegan options will be available. You may even get a glimpse to your future as our resident Tarrot card reader is offering insights all night long. Where: iQ Venues King York Terrace, 150 King St. W. (at University), 2nd floor. When: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — arrive any time after 6 p.m., hey, it's a party, not a dictatorship! Ticket price: An unbelieveable $50 everything included! (Tax is extra, obvs.) TICKETS AT THIS LINK: https://www.drinktoronto.ca/tours/julys-ultimate-rooftop-patio-party Getting there: 1. Get yourself to 150 King St. W. — the building is located at the northeast corner of King and University — and enter the main doors. We advise you to take TTC or a taxi. There's a TTC stop and subway stop on the corner. Remember, traffic downtown can be hairy. 2. Find the west bank of elevators and go to iQ Venues on the 2nd floor. 3. Depart elevator and head for the music, laughter and sounds of delicious drinks being poured

  • 40th Montreal International Jazz Festival (and lots of art galleries!)

    It's January 15th, it's cold outside, and hard to think of the summer already. But I am. VERY IMPORTANT: Please read all this information over first before you RSVP. We will return to Montreal for the 11th time, and enjoy once again the Montreal Jazz Festival..just in time for the 40th anniversary!! Last year, 22 members came on this trip, with memories forever. The Montreal Jazz Festival (June 27-July 6) by most accounts is the largest Jazz Festival in the world, bringing about 2 million people out over the 10 days. (this includes 500,000 "tourists") https://www.montrealjazzfest.com/en/About/LeFestival The full line-up is still months away, but I've already been given a small piece of the inside scoop of what the possibilities are. 2019 goal of 1000 concerts (2/3 of them are free), 15 concert halls, 10 outdoor stages. Comments and reviews from 2018... https://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Arts-and-Culture/events/246585617/ This itinerary is strictly for the sake of our exchange now..AN EXAMPLE , all elements part of it, can be moved, modified and transformed…but we followed a flow like this in 2018, and it worked out very well. ----------------- DAY 1..WED Evening Montreal check-in late afternoon 5PM A Behind the scene tour of the Montreal Jazz Festival 8PM First ticketed indoor concert DAY 2...THURS 11AM-4PM Various Jazz walking tours and gallery visits 5PM-8PM Free jazz outdoor concerts 9PM Second ticketed indoor concert 11PM More free outdoor music...with thousands of people! DAY 3...FRIDAY 11AM-3PM Check out 2-3 new art gallery openings 3PM-5PM Free time 6PM Free outdoor music 9PM Third ticketed concert. Reserved seat in the “special guests” section for major outdoor show DAY 4...SATURDAY 10AM Group breakfast close to Jazz site? 12 NOON Art Gallery visits 6PM FULL GROUP DINNER 9PM Fourth ticketed concert. Final TICKETED Jazz Festival concert (VIP seating) ----------------------------- For those interested in this trip: 1) I provide 3 1/2 days of programming on the ground (Wednesday night, all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday, returning to Toronto on Sunday July 7th at your leisure) 2) You are responsible for your own travel (drive, bus, train, fly), and accommodations (friends, hostel, Airbnb, Hotel), and any insurance you may require. I do it this way because you each have your own individual budgets. We aim to Meet in Montreal about 4pm on Wednesday July 3rd. The best rates and availability are for those who get on top of this sooner than later. I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH. You can recoup my non-refundable fee by spending an hour on this, and getting it taken care of early (even though 6 months away, some space is already filled). Use Trivago or Kayak if looking for Hotel options...and/or Airbnb etc, or your travel specialist. There is no "wrong" place to stay in Montreal, but ideally you want to be about 1-2km from St.Catherine St/Place des Arts. Getting around..taxi, walk, bus..subway is excellent. Most the of the music we will hear is at Place des Arts on Ste Catherine. 3) The breakdown of the non-refundable fees to me are as follows: This is for the work that goes into putting these trips together from scratch.. -general Toronto Arts & Culture Meetup.com members ($150) First trip -returning Meetup members ($125) Once you firm your interest and commitment, you will have 3 days to send the funds to me via paypal or email interac (to this email address). I will then confirm you! 4) IMPORTANT NOTE: Last year we set a budget in advance on what we would spend on concert tickets/tours. We agreed $225 was to cover that cost. So we will stick to something similar for now. Once I firm up our concert shows in 3-4 months, that is when this ticket/tour money is DUE (and sent to me, as I have to credit card pre-pay for ALL the tickets/tours). It worked out very very well last year. I will give you 3-4 weeks notice for this transfer Ok..Questions Greg [masked]

  • Art & Architecture: Queen's Park Legislative Building

    Join me for an Art & Architecture private tour of the Legislative Building/Queens Park. This is an INSIDE TOUR only. We've done this tour before 3-4X, and its quite interesting and worth repeating. Note the time. (3:30pm-5pm). We will meetup at 3:15pm This 90-minute FREE tour: 1) explores some of the works on display from the Government of Ontario’s Art Collection 2) provides an in-depth look at the unique architecture of this historic building The Government of Ontario Art Collection was the first publicly funded art collection in Canada. Dating from 1853, it currently numbers over 2,600 original works of art. Many of these works can be found in Ontario’s Legislative Buildings in Toronto and in ministries and government offices throughout the city. A significant number are also located in over 30 towns and cities across the province. Broad in scope and eclectic in nature, the collection is made up of historical and contemporary paintings, works on paper, indoor and outdoor sculpture, official portraits and antique furnishings and decorative objects. The requirements for this tour are twofold: 1) RSVP here on meetup. We have space for 25 members ONLY. 2) You must email your first/last name to me via meetup email Do NOT do this until I send out reminder and update about one week before. As this is a government building, I need to know exactly who is attending. You will need to bring ID to enter the tour and building. 3) I will reconfirm the week before..June 24.. Within 48hrs of this tour.. cancellations are strongly discouraged. 4) I am only able to accommodate Meetup members on this tour.

  • WEST QUEEN WEST CULTURE + FOOD WALK Sat. June 22, 4 – 6 PM, 2019

    WEST QUEEN WEST CULTURE + FOOD WALK Sat. June 22, 4 – 6PM, 2019 Sponsored by West Queen West Business Improvement Area http://www.WestQueenWest.CA Led by Betty Ann; LATE? CALL cell[masked] (texts likely missed…) ITINERARY (NIAGARA to EUCLID) GETTING THERE Queen West 501 bus/streetcar to Niagara St + walk 1 minute south to 267 Niagara; PARKING side-streets MEET Betty Ann inside the LightForm/Flos lighting showroom NOTE: IF IT’S RAINING, we will stay mostly indoors NIAGARA STREET 3:45 – 4:00 PM GATHER @LIGHTFORM/FLOS 267 Niagara 4:00 – 4:20 @LIGHTFORM /VIEW + DISCUSS amazing new light-works, (sculptures that light up). [TBC] MEET Staffer to learn more. 4:25 – 4:40 @PARI NADIMI GALLERY 254 Niagara (rear)/ SEE Jesse Colin Jackson: Skip Stop a visually exciting + critically acclaimed exhibition centring on a pair of large photographs that present overlapping views of the rise and fall of the five towers of Regent Park South. LEARN why architects, urbanists and residents of the “new” Regent Park have been trekking to the gallery to see the show. QUEEN STREET WEST 4:45– 4:55 @ANNE SPORTUN 742 QSW / Anne Sportun creates fine jewellery inspired by nature + her belief in the universal language of forms. BROWSE showroom/boutique of Toronto’s go-to designer for “precious everyday” contemporary wedding rings + gold pieces complimented by affordable + desirable jewellery by five talented fellow-designers 4:45 – 5:05 @BEN SHERMAN 734/ BROWSE the mid-priced print shirts + spring jackets for which this “mod” (since 1963) London, UK-based men’s-wear boutique in shop whose décor evokes a platform in the London tube. MEET Mgr. Lawrence Tam to LEARN about this season’s theme “King’s Road Ivy” (as in Ivy League). -CROWN FLORA STUDIO/ GREENHOUSE 740/ Low-maintenance green plants, including air plants in a two-pronged storefront shared with a smoothie + juice bar -TERRONI QUEEN 716/ “Terroni” means “earth,” but is also a derogatory term used by Northern Italians to refer to their southern Italian neighbours. A Meghan Markle fave, this flagship Southern-Italian resto owned by a local food clan boasts a large, leafy rear PATIO -SUD FORNO 716/ Terroni-owned bakery + takeout (with small 2nd-floor rear PATIO) bakes superb sourdough-based breads in-house + gourmet pizza by-the-slice topped with figs, walnuts, zucchini-blossoms + such -CUMBRAE’S 714 / Top-notch indie butcher-shop + deli; steaks, prepared takeout foods, sandwiches such as pork-belly 5:15 – 5:25 @TOY TERMINAL 710/ Best toy store in TO, formerly on Richmond at Bathurst, with staff headed by owner Nader (27 years in toy biz); MEET team to LEARN about age-appropriate, well-made toys, incl. European, with classics, new-trend + educational 5:30 – 5:40 @DUTIL DENIM 704/ Vancouver-based denim label/boutique selling the best high-end denim jeans + jackets for women + men, including Canadian brand Naked + Famous + own Dutil label. MEET Brad to learn about trends including tie-dye denim + unbleached denim. 5:40 – 6:00 WALKABOUT + BROWSE: -FILSON 694/Long-running (since 1897) retailer offering rugged outdoor clothing, travel bags & watches -L’OCCITAINE 692/France-based chain selling skincare, bath & hair products (many made with natural ingredients). -JOHN FLEUVOG 686/ Wildly colourful + artistic shoes of uncommon eclecticism; “More than 60 new styles for spring-summer season.” 6:00 PM OUTING ENDS @NANA @785 QSW/Bangkok street-food brought to you by the folks behind Khao San Road resto. ---- 6:00 – 7:30 PM [OPTIONAL] POST-WALK NOSH at your own expense @ NANA @785 QSW We have RESERVATION for 10 but there may be room for more….STARTERS $7 - $12 >King Mushroom Salad, Papaya Salad, Tom Yum Soup w. Shrimp MAINS $17 ie. Mi Ga Ti w. Pork (thin rice noodles, red curry sauce, coconut milk, ground pork, tofu, long beans, beansprouts, chiles, peanuts) + of course, variants of Pad Thai SAVE THE DATE: NEXT WQW WALK Sat, July 20, 2019, 4 to 6 PM >RSVP via Meetup.com

  • The Power Plant: Summer 2019 Opening Party

    The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

    (all the Opening Night details are now posted in Comment section below) Welcome to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. Admission is FREE. We attend most of these Opening events, and have done so for many years. Join us for a party to kick off the New Year and celebrate the launch of The Power Plant's Winter 2019 Summer Season! http://www.thepowerplant.org/ProgramsEvents/Events/Opening-Party/Summer-2019-Opening-Party.aspx Looks like mostly sculptures and video installations this opening...(visual arts..) Be amongst the first to experience exhibitions by: 1) Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige http://www.thepowerplant.org/Exhibitions/2019/Summer-2019/On-Scams.aspx 2) Mario Pfeifer http://www.thepowerplant.org/Exhibitions/2019/Summer-2019/If-you-end-up-with-the-story-you-started-with,-the.aspx 3) Thomas J Price http://www.thepowerplant.org/Exhibitions/2019/Summer-2019/Ordinary-Men.aspx Note: Please read over the bio's and descriptions at links I have provided, so you have a better idea on artists and their works. Normally 100+ members attend, and we meet as a small group in advance of the opening around 730pm on night of. More details closer to date. If this is your first event, this is very good night to come out if you wish to meet some new people at our pre-opening meetup at 7:30pm. Cash bar etc..outside under the Tent. Always a special night..Art by the Lake

  • Drinks & Jazz with The Kensie Jazz Band at The Cameron House

    The Cameron House


    Let's hang out for a night of jazz music and drinks at The Cameron. Tickets are $15 for Meet Up Members who RSVP. Otherwise it's $20 at the door.

  • Art and Architecture on the Spadina Line

    1 Bedford Rd

    We will collaborate with the Toronto Society of Architects on 3 walking tours this summer (all of them new!!)...In this tour, we travel by subway between St George and Vaughan. (Subway costs are extra..btw) Tours are led by architects.. As well, they've given us a 30% ticket discount promo code. Regular tickets are $15, our price is $10!! Which of course is excellent. This offer is only valid until May 31, so act in next few days..otherwise regular $15 price will incur. We will meet out front of St. George Station, and we finish at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station (I will have to come back to St George to get home etc...maybe you as well??) About this Tour (there are about 10 tickets left) Opened in 1978, the Spadina subway line broke from tradition – if Toronto’s subway stations had once been known for being functional but severe, the Spadina Line redefined Toronto’s commuter experience with inspiring architecture and museum-worthy artwork that set a new standard for the city’s transit system. In 2017, six new stations – each a collaboration between local architects, celebrated international studios, and renowned artists – were added to the line, making the Spadina Line one of Toronto’s most impressive and integrated collections of contemporary art and architecture. Join us on this one-of-a-kind subway ride as we explore the stories behind the underground gallery that is the Spadina Line! From grounded brutalist hubs to playful multi-coloured stops, come explore the line’s unique stations – all drastically different from one another and featuring integrated artwork in fun and unexpected ways. Along the way we will discuss the collaborative process between architects, artists and engineers to achieve these beautiful and functional buildings, as well as some of the challenges faced when integrating art into public settings. Highlights on this tour include stations designed by Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects and Will Alsop. Promo code is TSA30 Ticket link here: (for Sunday June 16th tour) http://torontosocietyofarchitects.ca/tours/art-and-architecture-on-the-spadina-line/

  • Ontario Craft Beer Week Launch Party

    Junction Craft Brewing

    The 9th Annual Ontario Craft Beer Week "Community within Communities" Launch Event is happening on June 8th at the award winning Junction Craft Brewing! 20+ Ontario craft breweries will be serving up some delicious brews! Price includes: FOUR 5oz samples of beer... Fools Paradise Band, Games, Craft Beer Market, Pop-Up Kitchen and more! Seems like good value for a Saturday afternoon! You can purchase additional drink/food as you like. $20 per ticket (and prices goes up on May 15th) Ticket link here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg9msxidfa020450&oseq&c&ch&fbclid=IwAR2sKIKZDagr-_63f6oAh4OS3Cn6Jk-roi20WYU6b24hQGYjyl7h1kt1_4Y More info on Ontario Craft Beer Week here: http://www.ocbweek.ca/about/

  • Sip & Sail: Harborfront Cruise #2

    The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

    (June 6..Final info is posted in the Comment section below) We've not done a Harbour Cruise in 5yrs, so its time! As we've recently passed 20,000 members, its time to get out on the water and meet a few of you!! Hopefully, many of you will be interested in this. I think so. I researched this a great deal..which boat at which time in what month, and at what cost. There are many events on Meetup right now, so open the ALL button to see them all. PLEASE read all the info below..very important to follow the steps. We have about 60 spots on each trip (other one is Saturday May 25th) Info: This is a 2-hour Harbour tour on a Saturday night, and the only one until September. Cost is about $30-$32 at the link provided. Drinks on board are about $9-11 range, and appetizers can also be purchased. see link (restricted to 19yrs +) Doors Open 6:15PM – 6:45PM Cruising: 6:45PM – 8:45PM (DEPARTS AT DOCK BEHIND POWER PLANT GALLERY) (on The Oriole...https://mariposacruises.com/about-us/our-fleet/oriole/ https://mariposacruises.com/public-cruises/toronto-cocktail-cruise/ https://mariposacruises.com/cruise-search/?q=1&endDate=2019-06-30&brand=Mariposa&keyword=cocktail&paxSize=1-19 This event is about 10 weeks today..a beautiful Spring night. Steps to follow: 1) Sign up on Meetup 2) Purchase your ticket within 48hrs of Meetup signup. If not, you will be removed. We have 60 spots. 3) You must have a photo/first name posted in your profile. Not blank, nor initials 4) You'll need to email directly that you've purchased your ticket at [masked] 5) You will then be included in an email closer to date as to where we will meet in advance of Boarding and/or what we may do..possibly stop into Power Plant Gallery. Ok..over to you.. Greg

  • New Meets Old (walking tour with Toronto Society of Architects)

    We will collaborate with the Toronto Society of Architects on 3 walking tours this summer (all of them new!!) Tours are led by architects.. As well, they've given us a 30% ticket discount promo code. Regular tickets are $15, our price is $10!! Which of course is excellent. This offer is only valid until MAY 31, so act in next few days..otherwise regular $15 price will incur. About this tour With over 150 years of architectural history and home to over 80 heritage designated buildings, the University of Toronto’s St. George campus is without a doubt one of the most unique and remarkable architectural collections in Canada. This historical campus though is far from a museum. With just over 90,000 students, as well as thousands of faculty and staff, the University is a city that is continuously growing and evolving – requiring new buildings, retrofits and renovations to keep up with its changing population. Join us on this walk as we explore how architects have worked around, added to, repaired, adapted and sometimes even relocated some of the university’s earliest structures. Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities that arise when dealing with heritage structures. Along the way we will explore a wide range of buildings and landscapes – from High Victorian masterpieces with gleaming glass additions, to Brutalist behemoths and modernist pioneers – many which challenge preconceptions of what heritage is and raise the question of how can we preserve our past while meeting the needs of the future. Highlights in this tour include the Royal Ontario Museum, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Robarts Library and One Spadina Crescent. Promo code: TSA30 Ticket link here: (for Sunday June 2 tour) http://torontosocietyofarchitects.ca/tours/new-meets-old/