The Marquee at Cabana Waterfront Patio

Opening this Saturday October 24th with 5,400 square feet of heated and tented dining space, The Marquee is Toronto’s newest steak and seafood house accentuated by Canadian artist Bruno Billio’s “TRON: As The Sun Sets” fluorescent installation.

“We reinvented Cabana this summer as the city’s largest outdoor restaurant patio to allow for a fun and safe dining experience,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “As we enter the colder seasons, we are excited to do it again with a new dinner and Sunday brunch menu, and Bruno Billio’s interactive art installation. It is a stunning body of work that creates an incredible, photo-worthy art scene inside the tent. With minimal entertainment available in the city right now, the activation creates a fantastical and elegant dining experience unlike anything else in Toronto.”

The structure of the outdoor dining space will be bathed in colours of an electric sunset composed of yellow and pink neon string that create a large-scale ceiling installation. The sunset colours will wash along the sides through colour-filtered moving projections and create a glowing neon orange jewel Hennessy bar in homage to the iconic liquor brand.

A new dinner menu by Oliver and Bonacini has been reimagined to cater to the colder weather and features a variety of satiating steaks and seafood, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available as well.

A winter inspired cocktail list by the award-winning mixologist, Nishan Nepulongada, integrates warm and chilled elixirs, including a Fireball Hot Toddy, Warm Fashioned, Spicy Margarita and a vodka-based apple cider.

As safety remains a top priority, all rules and regulations established by local health and government authorities will be implemented at The Marquee.

To reserve a table, visit www.opentable.com/cabana-waterfront-patio. To view The Marquee’s menu and special offers, visit www.cabanapoolbar.com.

CityView Drive-In launches Concert Series presented by Toyota

Our team at CityView Drive-In is thrilled to announce an all-new Concert Series presented by Toyota Canada and will be kicking things off with Glass Tiger on Thursday October 8th. 

The series will host more than 200 vehicles and each will have a reserved spot to park. A minimum of seven feet of distance between vehicles will allow guests to safely enjoy live entertainment on a 238-foot stage and three large LED screens from the comfort of their own vehicle.

“Toyota Canada knows that live music is important to Canadians – and that it’s something many of us are really missing right now – so we’re thrilled to be giving more people opportunities to experience it again,” said Cyril Dimitris, Toyota Canada’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

With a special Best Spot in the Lot promotion, Concert Series guests can also look forward to exciting on-site upgrades courtesy of Toyota. 

For a contactless experience, tickets can be purchased online in advance and will be scanned at the front gate via a touchless system. Follow @cityviewdrivein or visit www.cityviewdrivein.com for updates and show announcements!

 

CityView Drive-In hosts TIFF screenings

Launched in June as Toronto’s first contactless outdoor concert and entertainment venue, CityView Drive-In is thrilled to host the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and offer a safe screening experience for Toronto movie lovers this festival season.

“Motivated to always push the entertainment envelope, it was important INK Entertainment adapted to this new way of life and produced a venue that could accommodate guests while traditional indoor avenues were forced to close their doors,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “We opened CityView Drive-In as a safe and creative solution to bring entertainment to our local community, and we are pleased to share our venue as a safe resource to showcase the beloved film festival’s programming.”

Designed to host 200+ vehicles in reserved parking spots a minimum of seven feet apart, guests can enjoy TIFF films from a massive state-of-the-art digital screen from the comfort of their own vehicle. To listen, guests will be provided with a designated FM radio frequency to tune in from their cars without needing to lower their windows. Concessions will also be available for online purchase and contactless delivery to the guest’s vehicle. As always during TIFF, attendees can look forward to fun activations and sampling onsite.

CityView Drive-In x TIFF Programming:

 Thursday September 10th, OPENING NIGHT, 8PM – David Byrne’s American Utopia

Friday September 11th, 7:45PM – Once Upon A Time in Miami

Friday September 11th, 11:59PM – The Third Day

Saturday September 12th, 7:45PM – Bruised

Saturday September 12th, 11:59PM – Shadow in the Cloud

Sunday September 13th, 9PM – Private Screening

Monday September 14th, 9PM – Private Screening

Tuesday September 15th, 9PM – Private Screening

Wednesday September 16th, 9PM – Pieces of a Woman

Thursday September 17th, 9PM – Enemies of the State

Friday September 18th, 9PM – Bruised

Saturday September 19th, CLOSING NIGHT, 7:30PM – The Water Man

 

For a full list of events and CityView Drive-In programming, follow @cityviewdrivein or visit www.cityviewdrivein.com to learn more.

 

For tickets and additional screening information, visit tiff.net/films. Public tickets go on sale at 10AM, Saturday, September 5th.

 

 

Amal Toronto Grand Opening

The INK Entertainment team is humbled to announce the opening of Amal, a modern Lebanese cuisine restaurant located at 131 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Meaning hope, Amal pays homage to the culture, food and people of Lebanon.

With Beirut-born executive chef Rony Ghaleb at the helm, Amal portrays the cultural and culinary practices of Lebanon. A cuisine influenced by the different civilizations that held power in the region, the menu includes elevated Lebanese dips, cold and hot mezze, skewers, platters, carne and the customary plat du jour, along with a selection of the Middle East’s Arak spirit.

“As a Lebanese-Canadian, I take great pride in offering an authentic dining experience at Amal,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “My wish is that we tribute the people of Lebanon in a positive way and continue to bring awareness to the amazing yet challenged country, especially during this time of need. The Lebanese are such passionate and hospitable people, with deep love for family and celebrating life together. We plan to honour this way of living with Amal in Toronto, and soon with our second location in Coconut Grove, Miami.”

In response to the recent tragedy in Beirut, Khabouth along with other prominent Lebanese-Canadian business leaders have formed the Lebanese Canadian Coalition (LCC) – with the single goal of supporting the relief efforts to re-build Beirut. The LCC has committed to fundraise $2.5 million dollars, with all proceeds donated to the Humanitarian Coalition and the Canadian Red Cross, and will be used specifically for relief efforts in Beirut.

Amal has already been featured in and received rave reviews by CBC, NewsTalk 1010 and Toronto Star.

Find us online:
www.amaltoronto.com
@amaltoronto
@amalmiami
www.opentable.ca/amal-restaurant-toronto

Introducing City View Drive-In

While the city continues to reopen and implement creative solutions for our new normal, INK Entertainment is thrilled to announce CityView Drive-In, Toronto’s newest outdoor concert and entertainment venue. Presenting concerts, movie nights, unique events and more, CityView is an entirely contactless experience in the heart of Toronto’s docklands, with the picturesque Toronto skyline as a backdrop.

Designed to host 200+ vehicles in reserved parking spots a minimum of seven feet apart, guests can enjoy live entertainment from the 238-foot stage and three large LED screens supplied by Apex Sound & Light from the comfort of their own car. For a completely contactless experience, tickets are to be purchased in advance online and will be scanned at front gate via a touchless system.

To kick things off, Monster Truck will perform on July 16th, followed by performances by Allan Rayman on July 18th and A Tribe Called Red on August 6th, with many more shows to be announced. 

For a full list of events, exciting announcements, policies and regular updates on CityView Drive-In, follow @cityviewdrivein or visit www.cityviewdrivein.com to learn more.

Covid-19 Precautions

Our commitment to you

We are very eager to reopen and serve you as valued guests. We want to assure you that health, safety and warm hospitality remains our top priority at all INK Entertainment venues. While we navigate the new normal, new measures and protocols will be implemented at our venue.

Listed below are a few of the measures we have implemented to date:

  • All staff will be trained on and wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Frequent hand washing remains crucial and compulsory.
  • Continued vigilance in our sanitization efforts, including hourly cleaning of commonly touched venue surfaces, workspaces, tables, door handles and phones will occur daily.
  • Furniture and surfaces that guests come in contact with, such as tables, chairs, benches and menus, will be disinfected after each use.
  • Increased antibacterial soaps will be readily available in our restrooms and sanitizing dispensers will be installed across our restaurant for staff and customers. 
  • Tables will be spaced a minimum of six feet apart with a maximum of six guests per table, as per Toronto Public Health.
  • If anyone is unwell, they will not have to come to work or will be asked to go home and recover. Transparency between staff and management regarding well-being is paramount.
  • We are actively monitoring updates from all levels of government and health officials and will adjust our protocols as necessary and recommended.

 

We thank you, dear guests, for your continued support in this uncertain time. We look forward to welcoming you back.

 

 

Yorkville Murals Returns for 2nd Year

Yorkville Murals returns for second year to bring happiness and positivity during these extreme times

Designed to beautify the streets and surrounding buildings of Yorkville, Toronto, Yorkville Murals is producing brand new murals and artistic initiatives for this summer and fall.

To officially launch the second edition of the artistic festival, Yorkville Murals’ tenth mural was recently painted in the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Avenue by global muralist, Jason Botkin. In addition to new murals, this year’s festival scheduled for August 28th to 30th will include intimate panel sessions, exhibitions and screenings that adhere to local health and safety guidelines.

For the mural schedule, locations and regular updates on Yorkville Murals, follow @yorkvillemurals or visit www.yorkvillemurals.com to learn more.

Yorkville Murals is proudly presented by romeo’s gin and Bloor-Yorkville BIA

The 4th Annual DanceAble Goes Virtual

The 4th annual DanceAble goes Virtual

INK Cares along with its partners at Variety Ontario and Substance Cares are excited to host the fourth edition of the all-inclusive dance party, DanceAble. Hosted by Z103.5’s Tony Monaco and with DJ sets in Rebel Nightclub, members from the disabled community can virtually access the dance party from home on June 23rd, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Launched in 2017, DanceAble is about bringing families, businesses, and the greater local community together to create a world that is inclusive and accessible, and where people with disabilities are recognized and appreciated. With more than 500 guests and community members at last year’s dance party at Cabana Pool Bar, it was important to host the event while Toronto continues to isolate.

To RSVP, visit bit.ly/danceable and to stream, visit Variety Ontario on Instagram, Facebook or YouTube on June 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Instagram and Facebook: @VarietyOntario

YouTube: Variety Ontario

INK CEO Charles Khabouth Discusses COVID-19 and the Hospitality Industry

INK CEO Charles Khabouth sits down for a one-on-one discussion with the Financial Post regarding COVID-19 and the hospitality industry.

Disclosing that the lockdown brought business to a halt overnight, he remains hopeful that creative solutions with health and safety top of mind will help the community return to a new normal.

https://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/nightclub-king-charles-khabouth-salvage-empire-social-distancing-pummels-hospitality-sector

Mr. Brainwash Limited Edition Prints in support of Street Haven

Art has the ability to bring joy in the most challenging times.

As the world continues the fight against COVID-19, it is more important than ever to look for the positives and to give back when possible. INK Entertainment’s Taglialatella Galleries is thrilled to be partnering with legendary pop-artist, Mr. Brainwash, on a limited edition We Love Canada print.

Available for purchase as of today, 10 per cent of the signed prints’ sales will be donated to Street Haven, a local organization supporting women experiencing, or at risk of homelessness.

   

As the Canadian outpost of the Taglialatella brand, Taglialatella Galleries New York launched an Art for Relief campaign in March to share positive imagery and support local charities during this time. Featuring internationally renowned artists like Mr. Brainwash, Burton Morris, and Russell Young, the Art for Relief campaign has raised nearly $20,000 USD.