Akira Back receives first Michelin star prior to Bisha restaurant opening

The 2018 Michelin Guide Seoul announced that renowned Chef Akira Back was awarded one Michelin star for his innovative restaurant concept DOSA in Seoul, South Korea.

“To be recognized and awarded one Michelin Star is an amazing honor for me,” said Chef Akira Back. “And to be given such a prestigious honor in my hometown is truly an incredible achievement. Korean cuisine has constantly been my inspiration as I open restaurants around the world, so to receive this award here is very special.”

Back was born in Korea but was raised in Aspen, Colarado and grew up as a snowboarder on the slopes in Colarado. He now operates restaurants in Las Vegas, Jakarta, and Delhi, as well as opening his own restaurant, Akira Back, inside Bisha Hotel and Residences in late-November.

The Bisha Toronto, INK Entertainment and ICONINK staff would like congratulate Akira Back on his first of many Michelin stars and look forward to having be a part of the team.

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Above & Beyond and more announced for upcoming INK Events shows

INK Events is bringing some serious heat to Toronto’s concert listings within the next few months and into 2018. See below for a full list of events:

November 24th – Tchami x Malaa: No Redemption Tour at REBEL

November 25th – A-Trak and Sharam at REBEL

November 25th – Vini Vici at UNIUN Nightclub

December 1st – Blasterjaxx at UNIUN Nightclub

December 1st – Ella Mai at Adelaide Hall

December 8th – Nicky Romero at UNIUN Nightclub

December 10th – Murda Beatz at UNIUN Nightclub

December 16th – 20th – Daniel Caesar at The Danforth Music Hall

December 29th – Eric Prydz at REBEL

February 1st & 2nd – Above & Beyond: Common Ground at REBEL

February 28th & March 1st – dvsn at REBEL

April 4th & 5th – Majid Jordan at REBEL

May 2nd – Kygo at Air Canada Centre

For tickets, head to the official INK Tickets website or Ticketmaster.ca.

Solaris Winter Music Festival announces 2017 lineup

JUST ANNOUNCED – INK Entertainment and Live Nation present Solaris Winter Music Festival – returning for its fifth edition with headliners Zeds Dead and Steve Aoki in the Main Room and NGHTMRE and Ookay inside NOIR.

The two-day festival happens from December 26th to 27th at REBEL and will feature previously mentioned headliners, Oliver Heldens, Slushii, as well as up-and-comers Parker and Bijou. Tickets go on sale Wednesday November 21st and start at $99.50.

Toronto’s own Zed’s Dead burst onto the scene back in their hometown with their weekly club night Bassmentality at Wrongbar, which hosted Skrillex, Borgore and Nero, and haven’t stopped since through their own event Deadrocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and Deadbeats which originated in Toronto but has since gone global. The duo have released multiple EPs, as well as their debut album Northern Lights back in 2016. We’re excited to have these hometown heroes close out Day One of Solaris 2017.

Steve Aoki is an American electro house DJ, producer and music executive for label Dim Mak and no stranger to Toronto music festivals. Aoki has collaborated with artists such as Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Linkin Park and has done remixes for artists such as Kid Cudi. He has released several EPs and albums, notably Wonderland, which was nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. As an INK Events regular, we’re stoked to have Steve close out the second and final day of Solaris 2017.

For more information regarding Solaris Music Festival, please head to the official website.

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Bisha Hotel and Residences celebrates grand opening on November 27th

Bisha Hotel and Residence, located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, will celebrate its grand opening on November 27th 2017. Although open to public since September, the luxury-brand hotel celebrates its official opening with staff, friends & family, Toronto’s elite and a few celebrities.

Bisha, the Blue Jays Way hotel by INK Entertainment’s own Charles Khabouth and Lifetime Developments, is part of the Loews Hotels brand and designed by Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge, with the seventh floor designed by Lenny Kravitz. The hotel harbors restaurants Kost, French Made, Lobby Bar and the soon-to-be opened Akira Back.

The 44-storey building is comprised of nine floors dedicated hotel rooms, with the remaining nine to 42 for the luxe one or two bedroom residential spaces. From the stunning views from our rooftop pool and restaurant Kost to art pieces from Grace Zeppeli throughout each room and being one of TIFF’s hot spots during this past year’s festival, the grand opening is sure to be a luxurious affair for its guests.

For more information and booking inquiries, head to the official Bisha Toronto website