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VENUES | AV + COMMUNICATION | DÉCOR + RENTALS | FOOD + DRINK | ENTERTAINMENT + ACTIVITIES | PLANNING + LOGISTICS | INDEX Think Inside The Box Shipping containers are having a moment, as marketers and event planners discover their versatility in deploying brand activations, promotional ideas and retail space. Toronto, in fact, just got an entire shipping-container neighbourhood with the opening of the Stackt Container Market, a shopping, dining and event destination at the corner of Front and Bathurst. Composed of 120 freight boxes, Stackt houses a mix of tenants, including a mobile location of Belgian Moon Brewery. The eclectic market also offers designated event space. In addition to a food and beverage pavilion and multiple courtyards, there's the Studio and North Hall created from 10 shipping containers. Use them independently or combine them with the courtyard in between for events up to 210 guests. The space comes furnished. Beer tastings and group gatherings can also be held in the Belgian Moon Brewery. Sustainable Dining The opening of Planta Queen, the third Toronto plant- based restaurant from Chase Hospitality Group, proves even meat lovers are clamouring for a taste of vegan cooking, especially dishes that showcase Chef David Lee's deft touch with plant-based ingredients. The restaurant replaces Lee's Nota Bene, transforming the 7,000-sq.-ft. space with a design inspired by Chinese courtyards known as hutong, and an Asian-influenced menu. Filigree metal panels, hand-painted murals and red Japanese maple installations provide an opulent aesthetic. A mix of rounds with Lazy Susans centre table, and banquettes, set the main dining room. Copper mesh chandeliers hang above the lounge-bar. The restaurant certainly solves dietary dilemmas for event planners -- Lee's globally inspired, high- end approach innovates cuisine made without animal products (including dairy), while elevating flavour and presentation. Capacity is 150 with a private dining room for 30. Classic Beauty Named after Hollywood icon Grace Kelly, Grace brings together the elegance of heritage architecture with classic design elements. The new 2,400-sq.-ft. venue, located in a historical building in Toronto's old stockyards north of the Junction, offers two function areas, each featuring statement walls as design or branding backdrops. Bathed in light from multiple windows and clerestory skylights, the space offers exposed brick-and-beam structural bones and lofty industrial ceiling. Grace's Room, the main space, accommodates up to 150 reception-style. The Tasting Lounge is more intimate. Use it as an extension to the larger room, for breakout meetings, or as a VIP lounge. The room features a custom millwork cabinet and wet bar, lounge chairs and a live-edge wood boardroom table. Toben Food by Design exclusively oversees the venue's catering from its neighbouring kitchen commissary. Eclectic Warehouse We love quirky, non-traditional venues, so we're glad that custom furniture designer Metropolis-Living is continuing to share its space for events after its move to a new home in the Castlefield Design District. The 5,200-sq.-ft. warehouse is a wonderland of industrial chic, filled with eclectic, vintage pieces and loads of staging room. Ultra-cool salvaged relics are everywhere, displayed in clever vignettes. Vintage advertising, neon signs and old industrial tools cover walls, and unusual lighting, kitschy pieces, antique furnishings and taxidermy oddities fill the two event areas that accommodate up to 300 guests. A handsome bar fashioned from reclaimed wood takes centre stage in the Boiler Room. The Foundry Lounge offers old pinball machines and a red London-style phone booth, perfect for selfies. An on-site kitchen is available. 9

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