As the parent company of some of the most successful venues in Toronto, INK Entertainment is proud to own and operate Bisha Hotel & Residences in partnership with Lifetime Developments and Loews Hotel and Resorts, as well as acclaimed restaurant brands Byblos, Patria, FIGO, NAO Steakhouse, MACHO Radio Bar, Weslodge, and La Société.
INK Entertainment is also responsible for some of Toronto’s hottest nightclubs and concert venues, including REBEL, Cube, Uniun, Dragonfly, and the Miami-inspired outdoor patio and poolbar, Cabana Pool Bar.
INK Entertainment is also at the forefront of the Toronto music scene, operating a number of DJ-headlined events with top musical performances, including the popular music festival VELD Music Festival, as well as Digital Dreams Music Festival in partnership with Live Nation. INK Entertainment also powers Rap Season, the multi-platform promoter and events brand and have featured acclaimed artists such as Future, Travis Scott, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mac Miller and Majid Jordan among others.
Beyond Toronto, INK Entertainment operates a number of popular venues internationally, including Byblos Miami, Weslodge Dubai, Morah Dubai and La Société Montreal. Within 2017/18, INK Entertainment has plans to open an additional 11 properties globally.
As leaders in the industry, INK Entertainment has worked in partnership with notable brands, including Live Nation, MLSE, Veuve Clicquot, GUCCI, Belvedere Vodka, Bud Light and the Toronto International Film Festival, to name a few.
INK Entertainment is led by legendary entrepreneur Charles Khabouth, named consistently as one of the Most Influential Torontians by Toronto Life Magazine.
Founder and Principal of INK, has been a recognized entrepreneur, visionary and fashion icon in the Canadian nightlife scene since the early 1980's with Toronto's groundbreaking Club Z and legendary nightclub Stilife. His risky out of the box ideas and determined point of view have set the foundation and fueled the aspiration for a thriving hospitality industry in downtown Toronto. While his list of partners has included the likes of The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil, Charles has brought a strategic and trailblazing philosophy to an otherwise stereotyped industry. This has earned him a revered spot amongst Canada's elite as a transformer that has changed the face of entertainment and built INK to be one of the country's most reputable companies.
A finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Awards, he has a penchant for all forms of design and a profound desire to put Toronto on the global radar. Charles has made a career of elegantly fusing together art and commerce, and continues to do so through his evolution in business and imagination. This has lead him to expand his professional repertoire to include restaurateur, hospitality guru and finally hotelier. Pushing the envelope whenever he can, Charles appreciates shock value and has the keen intuition of giving the public what it wants even before they know it themselves.
A pioneer in the service and hospitality industries, Danny Soberano has been involved in some of Toronto's most successful restaurant ventures. Since the age of 14, Danny has been at the helm of such city favourites as Dinkel's, PWD, Marketta and Axcess. In 1986, along with a few investors, Danny purchased Allseas Fisheries Inc., exclusive distributors of fresh fish and seafood to major retailers, hotels and white tablecloth restaurants. As the largest shareholder and operating partner, Danny has built the company into one of the leading seafood businesses in Canada.
Danny began his impressive restaurant career working as a coat check boy at Toronto's popular 1970s nightclub, Dinkel's. Quickly recognized for his hard work and dedication, Danny worked his way up the ranks to become the nightclub's manager, and finally, a partner. He put himself through University, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto and continued to overlook all functions at Dinkel's as it was reincarnated into PWD at 88 Yorkville, one of the longest lasting clubs in the city.
Looking for his next challenge, Danny went on to co-own Marketta, one of Toronto's first restaurants to have its own operating fish market. In 1999, Danny opened Axcess, one of the trendiest and most successful neighbourhood restaurants in the Yonge and Lawrence area.
With over 40 years of experience under his belt, Danny joined INK Entertainment as President in 2002. Now directing a range of long-term innovation and strategic initiatives for INK Entertainment, Danny's passion and expertise helped to set the tone for the company's success. "Charles and I are able to grow INK Entertainment together because we have the same vision and continue working collaboratively towards that vision; which is to deliver quality service and innovation."
An active philanthropist, Danny supports numerous charitable organizations, including the Princess Margaret Foundation, Toronto General Hospital, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and Yaldeinu, an organization dedicated to preserving the traditions and ideal of Judaism by providing education to Jewish children in various parts of the world.
Danny was honoured in 2009 by Or Haemet School for his dedication to the community and for his seven-year leadership as President of Petah Tikva; the longest running presidency since its inception 55 years ago.