Yorkville Murals Returns

YORKVILLE MURALS RETURNS TO BLOOR-YORKVILLE CELEBRATING CONTEMPORARY MURALISM AND PUBLIC ART
The annual three-day cultural event returns September 24th – 26th 2021, and starts the season on Bellair St. this June with Café Artois Yorkville and a mural by artist Nina Chanel Abney

JUNE 2ND (Toronto, ON) – Creating a positive environment focused on art, community and new experiences and celebrating the return of public events, Yorkville Murals is pleased to announce its 2021 edition. The annual three-day cultural event will take place from September 24th-26th, and introduces a start to the season on Bellair St. this June with the Café Artois Yorkville initiative and a mural by artist Nina Chanel Abney.

New this year, Yorkville Murals presents Café Artois Yorkville, a beautiful and locally-inspired outdoor dining space which provides additional seating throughout Bellair St. in support of participating local restaurants. From June 14th to November 1st, Stella Artois, in partnership with Yorkville Murals and the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (BY BIA), has created a European oasis complete with lighting, tables, chairs and flowerbeds for a premium experience as the city begins to enjoy outdoor dining once again.

Amplified by a powerful art program with local artist and artist-in-residence Kirsten McCrea, Kirsten will lend her artistic eye to the project by painting colourful patterns on different areas of Café Artois, making the space more vibrant and in harmony with Yorkville’s high-end spirit. Guests can enjoy a meal outdoors from participating Bellair restaurants including Trattoria Nervosa, Coco Espresso Bar, Vaticano and Yamato with neighbouring restaurants Cibo Wine Bar and Hemmingway’s also taking part in the initiative.

“Café Artois Yorkville and the start of the Yorkville Murals season creates a perfect setting for our neighbourhood restaurants to reopen their outdoor dining for the city,” says Briar de Lange, Executive Director of the Bloor-Yorkville BIA. “We’re thrilled to see the continued collaboration between Yorkville Murals and our local businesses, and we look forward to celebrating the 2021 edition safely with the community.”

Coinciding with the launch of Café Artois Yorkville, Yorkville Murals is also pleased to unveil a thoughtful and provocative public mural by artist Nina Chanel Abney, curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes for ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art. Titled “Generally Speaking” the project animates and transforms Bellair St. and the Yorkville neighborhood by injecting sentiments of joy and hope through a bold and colourful piece that changes the status quo, asking pedestrians to ‘stop’ for a moment of consideration.

“We’ve established Yorkville Murals as a highly-anticipated annual event that brings people together through public art and evokes positive emotion within the community.” says Alan Ganev, Director of Yorkville Murals and Taglialatella Galleries. “It’s incredibly rewarding for us to have the opportunity to safely continue the festival this year and create vibrant new works and initiatives throughout the neighbourhood starting in June. Yorkville Murals supports a positive environment focused on art, community and new experiences, and we couldn’t be more excited for what we have upcoming for our three-day event when it returns in September.”

The 2021 edition of Yorkville Murals has been designed as a safe, self-guided experience in the heart of Toronto. Through the creation of artistic murals in Bloor-Yorkville, and the implementation of cultural activations, the project further reinforces the neighbourhood as a landmark for public art and culture. This year, the event is also a program partner of the ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022.

More information on the three-day annual Yorkville Murals event from September 24th-26th, including artist installations, speaker panels, and movie screenings, will be announced soon. Stay up-to-date by visiting www.YorkvilleMurals.com.

Please note, the June 14th opening date of Café Artois Yorkville is contingent on the Province of Ontario moving into Step 1 of reopening, when outdoor dining is allowed to resume. -30-

 

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About Yorkville Murals:
Toronto’s Yorkville Murals is an annual three-day cultural event that celebrates contemporary muralism and public art. It will take place from September 24-26th. Through the creation of artistic murals in Yorkville, and the implementation of cultural activations such as artist installations, speaker panels, and movie screenings, this project focuses on making Yorkville a landmark in Toronto for public art and an ultimate tourist destination.

The event organized in partnership with the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area is also a program partner of the ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022. YVM builds on Yorkville’s reputation as a historic enclave of Toronto’s early twentieth century art scene. The event has been designed as a safe, self-guided experience in the heart of Toronto.

About INK Entertainment:
INK Entertainment is a leading lifestyle, hospitality and entertainment company. Operating since 1982, INK Entertainment has demonstrated an enviable ability to read the pulse of ever-changing cultural times and tastes, responding with a host of successful enterprises, including the luxury boutique Bisha Hotel, critically acclaimed global restaurant brands Byblos (Toronto & Miami), Weslodge (Toronto & Dubai), FIGO, Estia, La Société (Montreal), Patria, Sofia, and STORYS Building; private member club The Spoke Club, Canada’s largest Dance Music Festival VELD Music Festival; a number of trendy clubs, including REBEL, Toybox, CUBE, the gaarden, Cabana Pool Bar and Dragonfly Nightclub; and Taglialatella Galleries first Canadian location.

About Bloor-Yorkville:
Since entrepreneur Joseph Bloor founded the Village of Yorkville in 1830, the heart and soul of Toronto has distinguished itself as a premier shopping, dining and cultural destination. The Bloor- Yorkville neighbourhood is bordered by Scollard Street to the north, St. Mary Street to the south, Avenue Road to the west and Church Street to the east. The Bloor-Yorkville BIA initiates and funds many neighbourhood improvements, including the newly improved Bloor Street trees, gardens and granite sidewalks. For the latest information on stores, events and parking facilities, visit www.blooryorkville.com. Find Bloor-Yorkville on Facebook and follow @BloorYorkville on Twitter and Instagram

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.

 

 

Taglialatella Toronto to host Peter Andrew Lusztyk exhibition

Taglialatella Galleries Toronto is proud to announce their latest exhibition with Toronto-based photographer Peter Andrew Lustyk. The exhibition will showcase his popular currency series.

A freelance photographer since 2009 and a professor of photography at the University of Toronto, Lusztyk is an accomplished artist that has collaborated with National Geographic and Apple, with features in Netflix, Esquire and Fast Company, among others.

“As the first Canadian Taglialatella Galleries location, we are incredibly excited to feature Peter Andrew’s work that pays tribute to Canada in such a nostalgic and patriotic way,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries Toronto. “His unique ability to transform ordinary objects like money to inspiring pieces of art is representative of his talent, and exactly the kind of engaging and entertaining works we strive to showcase.”

The exhibition runs from February 22nd to March 7th, 2019 from 11AM – 7PM daily.

Charles Khabouth wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Entertainment & Hospitality

Congratulations to INK Entertainment’s CEO and Founder Charles Khabouth on winning Ernst & Young (EY)’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Entertainment & Hospitality sector for the Ontario region. 

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Ontario awards program honours the visionaries who dare to think differently to pioneer new solutions, combinations and possibilities. This year, 46 finalists across nine categories were recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit, unyielding high standards and commitment to purpose-driven leadership. The awards took place on Thursday, October 25th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with many of Ontario’s successful entrepreneurs and business owners in attendance. 

“Creating experiences is my passion and seeing guests enjoy themselves at our venues is the ultimate motivator,” says Khabouth. “I extend my congratulations to all of the other finalists at last night’s gala. To work in this industry and be recognized by EY is an incredible honour. I can assure you INK Entertainment has much more to come.”

Leading the entertainment and hospitality scene since the early 1980’s, Khabouth is known and respected for his risky out of the box ideas. From Toronto’s ground-breaking Club Z and nightclub Stilife, award-winning restaurants, luxury boutique hotel brand Bisha and a recent venture into the art world, Khabouth’s 30-plus year career has been nothing short of inspiring.

Taglialatella Galleries to host graffiti legend RISK this November

Taglialatella Galleries Toronto announced today that it will host a solo show by graffiti artist RISK. The two-week exhibition will showcase mixed media art and the artist’s legendary collection of neon and car plate artworks. In true RISK fashion, the artist will be arriving ahead of the exhibition to paint one of his signature murals on the exterior and interior of the Taglialatella Toronto gallery just in time for the show.

“RISK is an incredible artist that pushes the boundaries of mixed media art with finesse and creativity that inspires,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries Toronto. “The mural he is painting that will envelop our gallery walls is a true testament to his originality and innovation.”

The exhibition will run from November 1st to November 15th at Taglialatella Toronto located at 99 Yorkville Avenue.

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Taglialatella Galleries Toronto to host Metamorphosis by Rubem Robierb

Taglialatella Galleries Toronto announced they will be showcasing Rubem Robierb‘s latest exhibit Metamorphosis – with other Taglialatella Galleries showing pieces – for one month. Metamorphosis by Rubem Robierb explores Robierb’s journey as a visual artist, harnessing the strong aesthetic skills gained from his initial work as a photographer, which he now employs within a diverse range of multi-media prints, paintings, sculptures and three-dimensional works.

“We are incredibly excited to host the gallery’s first of many solo shows,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries Toronto. “We strive to create a unique experience at the gallery that features cool, imaginative and thought-provoking works, which is exactly what Rubem’s art accomplishes.”

Exclusive to the Toronto show, Robierb has created limited edition black and white silkscreen with diamond dust prints available for purchase. The signed prints are a unique rendition of his signature vibrantly coloured Bullets and Butterflies works.

The exhibit opens in Toronto on Thursday, September 27th.

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INK Entertainment partners with Tennis Canada for 2018 Rogers Cup

INK Entertainment is partnering with Tennis Canada and is pleased to offer you a discount on tickets for the 2018 Rogers Cup. The world’s best in men’s tennis are back in Toronto from August 6th – 12th. Past champions to compete include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, plus Canada’s stars Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov.

Head to the Rogers Cup website and use code “RCINK18” to save up to 20% off your tickets.
 
 

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Charles Khabouth speaks at Globe and Mail’s Small Business Summit

INK Entertainment CEO and Founder, Charles Khabouth, joined the Globe and Mail‘s third annual Small Business Summit today. As a panelist sharing key lessons from leading entrepreneurs, the group dove deep into complex matters including employee retention, establishing a thriving workplace culture, trials and tribulations, and work-life balance.

 

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