TSE Venues Guide 2018

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7 LISTINGS QUICK LINKS BANQUET VENUES COMMUNITY + CULTURAL ARTS VENUES CONFERENCE + CONVENTION CENTRES HISTORIC VENUES LECTURE HALLS + EDUCATION FACILITIES MEETING SPACE + OFFICE FACILITIES MUSEUMS + GALLERIES NIGHTCLUBS, LOFTS + PRIVATE CLUBS PRIVATE EVENT SPACE RESTAURANTS + PRIVATE DINING SPORTS + ACTIVITY VENUES THEATRES + CONCERT HALLS INDEX ATTRACTIONS LISTINGS QUICK LINKS So many elements—AV, décor, catering, entertainment, etc.—go into transforming a space from its everyday look into a visually stunning and memorable event experience. However, a setting's bottom-line potential begins with size, location and ambience. Personally, out of those three factors, the way a venue makes me feel is extremely important. It's the character of a room, the mood of a space, the vibe you get even before a stitch of staging comes into play. While you may be scouting out venues with a specific theme in mind, some spaces just tell you what they want to be the moment you walk in. This issue—our second annual digital Venues Guide—is full of welcoming, ambient event spaces and places. Venues We Love EDITOR'S NOTE Instagram-worthy details at Oretta Experience local along The Bentway Instagram-worthy: Pique guest interest with an invite to the latest ultra-cool spot in town. Events in buzz-worthy settings not only gather street-cred among target audiences, but they also garner event promotion on their social media feeds. TIP: Include quality venue photos in guest invites and event materials as a visual RSVP tease. As I read through the pages, key words that describe settings pop out—historic, collaborative, authentic, flexible, unique, etc. What are you looking for? I want to give an appreciative shout out to all of our advertisers—you make everything possible. Also, thank you to the event planners and suppliers who contributed the great event tips you'll see throughout the issue. Don't forget this guide is easy to use with page navigation that's just a swipe to the left. If you enjoy this issue, stay tuned for Idea File, our next digital guide filled with all of the other creative elements you need to stage exciting events. Idea File is due out later this spring. Cheers! What makes a great event venue? Keep these ideas in mind when selecting an event venue: Sustainability: The bar is constantly being raised on forward-thinking environmental initiatives as more venues embrace green best practices, and planners and attendees seek them out. Think paperless materials, zero-waste, rooftop kitchen gardens, and local, in-season buying. TIP: Weave your venue's environmental stewardship into the event narrative. Celebrate Local: Local now means not only choosing a venue in town, but also one that's a fierce supporter of its region, community, culture and economy, whether that's through its locavore food and beverage choices, social initiatives, historical preservation, and more. TIP: The popularity of craft breweries and pubs as event venues makes it easy to toast local. Pay It Forward: Many events are choosing to host in performance, cultural and public spaces that pay the gig forward with rental proceeds going to support community and artists. Toronto offers numerous urban options that work on a not-for-profit model. TIP: Socially minded venues often include in-house amenities, such as audio-visual, in the rental fee making them very budget- friendly.

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