CTV’s ETALK hosts 14th Annual Canadian Filmmakers’ Party at The Spoke Club

Canada’s brightest in entertainment were seen kicking off the festival season at The Spoke Club during ETALK’s 14th annual Canadian Filmmakers’
party. ETALK hosts including Anchors Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, Reporters Chloe Wilde and Tyrone Edwards, and LA correspondent Liz Trinnear were seen mingling with guests and enjoying the rooftop patio.

The Spoke Club served a delicious selection of charcuterie, salads and canapés paired with Dobel Tequila and 1800 Tequila cocktails and music by local DJ Chris Laroque. Notable guests in attendance included Amanda Brugel from The Handmaid’s Tale, The Social hosts Cynthia Loyst, Melissa Grelo and Jess Allen, Yannick Bisson of Murdoch Mysteries, Vikings and Orphan Black actor Eric Johnson, Love Island reality star Eric Hall, TV host and designer Steven Sabados, celebrated photographer Caitlin Cronenberg and many more.

INK Entertainment goes green with the gaarden

INK Entertainment just announced its latest partnership with Hoegaarden, a refreshing Belgian wheat beer made with orange peel, by bringing a taste of the tropics to Queen Street West. The gaarden will be Toronto’s go-to rooftop beer garden patio with lush greenery encasing the space, as well as views of the city’s skyline and the perfect place to soak up the sun.

The gaarden will offer shareable light bites and cocktail menu curated by expert mixologist Nishan Nepulongoda. The beverages will feature fresh ingredients and include patio favourites such as frosé, pina coladas, a jalapeno margarita, a new spin on a Caesar and a beer cocktail, plus Hoegaarden on tap.

“The gaarden offers a whole new energy to Queen Street West,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “It is the perfect place to take a midday break from shopping along Queen West or to enjoy Toronto’s summer nights.”

Launched June 7th, the gaarden will be open to the public Wednesday to Saturday from 4PM to late. It will feature communal tables with high-top chairs, a 20-seat bar and private booths with bottle service available.

Check out the gaarden online at www.thegaardento.com or on Instagram at @thegaardento. Please enjoy responsibly.


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Cabana Pool Bar enters its seventh year with its biggest lineup yet

Cabana Pool Bar just released its lineup for Summer 2019 and it is BIG. Steve Aoki kicks off the season on Sunday, June 2nd as part of the Grand Opening weekend – With the official Grand Opening party happening Saturday, June 1st.

Rounding out June is French producer DJ Snake on Sunday, June 9th, Instagram star and DJ Chantel Jeffries at the Rose Party on Saturday, June 22nd and rapper Tyga as part of Canada Day on Saturday, June 29th. Fetty Wap returns to Cabana on Saturday, July 6th. Tchami will also be stopping by for the Tchami Presents: Confession – Summer Edition Tour on Sunday, June 16th with special guests Chris Lorenzo and Noizu.

Along with all the special guests rolling through, all your favourite themed parties are BACK for Summer 2019. The 6th Annual Red Party and White Party return on Sunday, June 30th and Sunday, August 11th respectively. These are two of Cabana’s staple parties so you do not want to miss out. 

Starting things off is the Enchanted Garden party sponsored by Ketel One Botanicals on June 8th and the Belvedere Eclipse Party on June 15th. Things will get a little crazy on July 13th with the infamous Unreal Pool Party and will be turning up the heat – Latin Heat, that is – on July 20th. Grey Goose Soiree and Corona Sunsets will be returning throughout the season.

INK Entertainment announces new partnership with The Spoke Club

INK Entertainment CEO Charles Khabouth and President Danny Soberano are pleased to announce a brand new partnership with The Spoke Club. Joining new owner Fernando Mammoliti, the trio will be revitalizing Spoke Club with new art, entertainment and culinary offerings while respecting and maintaining the private member legacy. To launch INK’s involvement, current members can anticipate a refreshed rooftop patio for Summer 2019 and a new curated art collection to revive the venue’s interior.

“The Spoke Club’s longstanding history as an exclusive, private member club is something we respect tremendously,” says Charles Khabouth. “Premium products and experiences are fundamental to our business, and we look forward to offering our expertise in hospitality to this establishment’s well-respected community.”

Working with the award-winning Toronto-based design firm Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects, The Spoke Club will begin floor-by-floor renovations starting in 2020.

Toybox officially opens in downtown Toronto

The latest entertainment and nightlife venue from INK Entertainment has officially opened in downtown Toronto. Toybox – located at King and Portland – roared in on February 1st and 2nd for their Grand Opening weekend with the launch of Jack Your Saturdays – the club night brand – and Toy Factory Fridays – the brand for electronic events – featuring special guest DJ RL Grime.

Toybox is a 4000 square foot venue which welcomes guests to become captivated by the sophisticated, state of the art interior design. Captivating your mind with snake berry and eel walnut custom leather upholstery, modern pop culture accents and enchanting lifelike digital artwork, this adult playground is designed to summon your inner child on any giving night.

With Toybox’s 1200 guest capacity, it introduces a brand new irresistible nightlife atmosphere to Toronto’s elite Entertainment District. From electrifying Friday nights to enchanting Saturdays with characters from your wildest dreams, Toybox delivers an experience that this city was waiting for.

For upcoming events and to see what’s inside the box for yourself, head to www.ToyboxToronto.com



Charles Khabouth reveals secrets to sartorial success in Forbes interview

Following his EY Entrepreneur of the Year win in the Entertainment and Hospitality sector, CEO and Founder Charles Khabouth sat down with Forbes to discuss INK Entertainment and its properties, his legacy in Toronto’s hospitality industry and all things fashion. 

To read more about Charles, his favourite designers and the success of INK properties, head to the full interview here.

Photo by Jesse Milns for Forbes.

Toybox to open in early 2019 in Downtown Toronto

INK Entertainment is proud to announce Toybox will open early 2019 in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood.

From the same team behind Rebel, Toronto’s largest nightlife and concert venue, luxury outdoor daylife destination Cabana Pool Bar, Queen Street West’s swanky Cube Nightclub and Niagara Fall’s go-to party place Dragonfly, guests can be sure Toybox will join the ranks of INK Entertainment’s other coveted nightlife destinations.

With a two room, two sound format, weekly events include the city’s biggest dance night on Fridays, a Top 40 open format music party on Saturdays, and opportunities for live music performances every night of the week.

For updates on opening date and future events, head to www.ToyboxToronto.com or follow Toybox on social media – @toyboxtoronto

UNIUN Nightclub to close in 2019

INK Entertainment announced today that UNIUN Nightclub will be closing its doors as of January 2nd 2019. 

Launched in 2012, UNIUN was the first venue of its kind with LED-light installations, a top-of-the-line sound system and a chic industrial feel. Home to some of Toronto’s biggest parties, top artists such as Calvin Harris, Tiësto, A$AP Ferg, Steve Aoki, Fat Joe and Afrojack have performed inside the venue’s weekly Factory Fridays and UNIUN Saturdays events.

In celebration of the last six years, UNIUN will be hosting five massive closing parties: Bass artists Borgore and Getter on Wednesday, December 26th and Thursday, December 27th, as well as the final Factory Fridays and UNIUN Saturdays on December 28th and 29th. The last and closing party of the series will be on New Year’s Eve. Tickets can be purchased for these events via the UNIUN Nightclub website.

UNIUN’s exit may be bittersweet, but it is a sign of new and exciting things to come from INK Entertainment.

HXOUSE launches with The Weeknd & special guests at REBEL Entertainment Complex

REBEL Entertainment Complex was on a whole other level last night when HXOUSE – a not-for-profit initiative established by XO creative director La Mar Taylor – celebrated its launch with an exclusive concert featuring The Weeknd, NAV, Bryson Tiller and The Neighbourhood. The event was proudly presented by STACK, Google Pixel 3 and INK Entertainment.

HXOUSE is a next generation incubator and accelerator for young, Toronto/GTA-based creatives backed by the XO team La Mar Taylor, Ahmed Ismail and Abel Tesfaye (better known as The Weeknd). The initiative is at the forefront of fostering innovation and opportunities for creative entrepreneurs and will help facilitate connections within the music and entertainment industry for said creatives. HXOUSE is meant to empower and inspire young entrepreneurs who would not receive this kind of outlet otherwise. It will teach youth the tools, programming and networking in this industry through mentorship, funds and the freedom to activate their talent and translate it into a sustainable career.

The event inside REBEL on November 6th capped off two days of panels, discussions and excitement for the HXOUSE team as they showcased their new collaborative workspace located at Artscape Daniel’s Launchpad. The concert featured friends of the XO family, including The Weeknd – himself, plus surprise appearances by rappers 88Glam, Gunna and Belly.

The Weeknd also broke news to the hometown crowd that his next album, titled Chapter 6, is on the way

INK Entertainment was proud to partner and present with HXOUSE, the XO team, STACK and Google Pixel 3 for last night’s event and will continue to assist in fostering young creatives in the city of Toronto.

Check out photos from HXOUSE LIVE via our Facebook page – Shot by Visualbass Photography.

Weed is Legal: What that means for your nightlife experience

Weed Is Legal! What a time to be alive. Fast forward 20 years from now, kids are going to ask you “Whoa, what was it like when Cannabis wasn’t legal?” Weird right?!? With the official legalization of marijuana this past Wednesday, you probably have a few questions about consuming it during your nightlife or concert experiences. 

Can you bring cannabis into a nightclub? A concert venue? How much can you bring? What can you smoke it out of? 

Don’t worry, we got you – the INK Entertainment team has answers! Here are 5 easy guidelines for using cannabis at any INK venue:

  1. Only individuals 19 years or older can possess or consume cannabis – Same for alcohol, same for weed. Simple.
  2. The legal purchasing outlet is the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) – Don’t purchase off some random person outside.
  3. The legal allowable quantity is 30 grams of dried legal cannabis and its oil equivalent – No one is going to smoke 30 grams in one night – Only bring what you need.
  4. Cannabis can be brought inside venues but can only be smoked in the designated outdoor smoking areas – Bundle up! Winter is coming.
  5. Permitted items to smoke cannabis at a venue are joints, vapes and smaller plastic pipes – Leave your 10ft bong at home, bro.

TL;DR: Smoke it if you got it! Make sure you’re within these guidelines and you’ll have a dope night.