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.  

 

 

INK Cares supporting our front line workers

We extend our thanks to the frontline workers for all they have done during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than anyone could have imagined, their lives have been turned upside down as they put their health at risk to help us. As part of an INK Cares initiative and to express our sincere gratitude, each week our kitchen staff at the Bisha Hotel are preparing a selection of sweet and savoury food donations for the incredible teams at Toronto hospitals. While remaining inside is the greatest way to support healthcare workers and at-risk individuals, we hope to provide a moment of relief and offer this as a token of our appreciation during these trying times. We can’t thank you enough.

 

 

Do you know a heroic team of frontline workers helping combat COVID-19? Email us at pr@inkentertainment.com to request a complimentary food donation. We will do our best to accommodate all inquiries.
 
 
 

An important message from INK Entertainment

These are incredibly difficult and unprecedented times. Each day we come to work, we look forward to providing our guests with memorable experiences and warm service. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to close all of our Canadian venues effective immediately.

As the world navigates the coronavirus, we extend our thanks to local officials and healthcare professionals for all they are doing. We offer our deepest gratitude to our valued guests and local community for their unwavering support over the years and their understanding of this decision during an incredibly difficult time.

The situation is fluid. We are closely monitoring the news, recommendations from the government and health experts, and the development of the virus. We want to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and will remain closed until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back as a valued guest as soon as we can.

We wish you and your family health and wellness.

Sincerely,

Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Charles Khabouth pays tribute to Lebanese roots with new restaurant Amal

For the first time in Charles Khabouth’s 30+year career, with over 20 hospitality venues in operation and five more in the works, the award-winning restaurateur and Beirut-born entrepreneur will pay tribute to his Lebanese roots with the opening of Amal, a modern Lebanese cuisine restaurant, this spring in Toronto.

Designed by the award-winning design firm and long-time partner Studio Munge, Amal will completely reinvent the Bloor Street space formerly occupied by the hospitality powerhouse’s La Société. Offering an undeniable modern charm, the look and feel of the venue is inspired by traditional Lebanese architecture and design.

“I have wanted to open a Lebanese restaurant for many years,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “As a native of Lebanon, ensuring authenticity was paramount. Last year, members of the INK team and I travelled there to curate the best it has to offer and bring to Amal. We have one of the best executive chefs from Beirut, we worked with one of the Middle East’s biggest design firms to create the brand, and we handpicked and imported the restaurant’s décor and dishware. I believe this level of authenticity will elevate our city’s dining scene to new heights.”

Executive Chef Rony Ghaleb joins the INK Entertainment team with more than 25 years of progressive experience as a chef at some of the most renowned hospitality venues in Lebanon. Chef Ghaleb’s menu will feature contemporary versions of traditional shared plates. Amal will be open for lunch and dinner daily, with brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays.

The second location in Coconut Grove, Miami is scheduled to open later this year.

Head to www.amalrestaurants.com for more information.

Where to treat your Valentine for dinner this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air and the city of Toronto is one of the world’s best cities to wine and dine your significant other. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, INK Entertainment and its restaurant properties have specials and prix fixe menus sure to swoon whoever your Valentine may be.

Akira Back

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Named one of the OpenTable 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada for 2020, it’s a no-brainer that this Japanese-Korean fusion spot should be at the top of your list for Valentine’s Day dinner. Akira Back will have a 6-course prix fixe menu for $110 a person.

 

Byblos

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 With two locations in Toronto (Uptown and Downtown), you have double the chance of snagging a table at this Mediterranean hot spot. Better hurry though – The $85 prix fixe menu features the Short Rib Kebab, Black Truffle Rice, Ras el Hanout Black Cod and more.

 

Estia

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 The Yorkville spot for Ottoman Cuisine, which embraces Greek and Turkish fare, has an $85 prix fixe menu with wine pairings for an additional $45. Featured items on the menu include Lamb Adana, Wagyu Moussaka, Cured Yellowtail and more.

 

FIGO

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 The Italian inspired cuisine restaurant will have a Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu for $75 with additional wine pairings for $35. We cannot think of a more romantic meal than pasta and wine.

 

KOST

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 The Baja Peninsula inspired spot on the 44th floor of Bisha Hotel will have a 3-course prix fixe menu for $95 a person. With this and the best view in the city, what could more romantic?

 

Patria

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Spice up your Valentine’s dinner with this King West Spanish tapas spot. Patria will have a $85 prix fixe menu with an additional $45 for wine pairings.

 

Sofia Restaurant & Bar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Also named one of the OpenTable 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada, Sofia is celebrating Valentine’s Day for three nights. The Love, Sofia series happens from February 13th to 15th and will feature specials with lovers in mind. With its lush interiors and secluded aura, Sofia is also at the top of our list for some one on one time with your love.

 

 

 

 

2020 brings brand new design and concept to King Street’s The Spoke Club

Upon serving members for more than 14 years, The Spoke Club will temporarily close on January 1st, 2020 for a full venue renovation. Driven by industry-leading entrepreneurs Fernando Mammoliti, and Charles Khabouth and Danny Soberano of INK Entertainment, luxurious service, delicious dining, sophisticated design and innovation are at the heart of the new Spoke Club iteration.

“We partnered with INK Entertainment earlier this year to revitalize the distinguished Club with new art, entertainment and culinary offerings,” says Fernando Mammoliti, owner, The Spoke Club. “While maintaining the private member legacy, we will continue this mandate by bringing something entirely new and progressive to North America’s private member club scene.”

“Elevated and sophisticated design with incomparable experiences are crucial to the new club,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “The membership offering will evolve too. Our focus is not solely on what you do or what industry you are part of, but who you are and what you yearn for.”

With designs by award-winning Toronto-based firm Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects, the extensive renovations will encompass all floors and introduce a to-be-announced dining concept by INK Entertainment. A new and robust membership will also be available to future and existing members once the club reopens in the late spring 2020. For one final night, members and the public are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve and send off the iconic club. A semi-formal affair, tickets for guests can be purchased via Eventbrite and inquiries for table packages can be directed to concierge@thespokeclub.com or by calling 647-338-5915.

La Société bids Au Revoir to Bloor

INK Entertainment‘s award-winning French bistro La Société will celebrate its final night of service on New Year’s Eve. The restaurant opened in June of 2011 and instantly captured the city’s attention for its inventive French fare, luxurious furnishings and jaw-dropping 20 by 30 ft stained-glass ceiling. After an incredibly successful first year, INK announced its plans to open a second location in Montreal.

“We have had an amazing tenure on Bloor Street with La Société,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “We attribute this lifespan to our talented chefs, staff, and of course our loyal customers. The city is evolving, as are we, and we think Toronto is ready for what we have coming.”

Accelerating Toronto’s culinary scene for nearly three decades, Toronto can expect a new addition to Charles Khabouth’s restaurant empire at the coveted Bloor Street space in the near future.

La Société will be hosting a special four course farewell dinner on Tuesday, December 10th, featuring a $90 set menu and $45 wine pairing option. The final night on New Year’s Eve will serve a $100 luxe prix fixe menu starting at 7:30pm, with a DJ and complimentary sparkling wine at midnight. Regular restaurant hours will resume for the month of December.

To make a reservation one last time, head to OpenTable or call 416-551-9929.

Russell Young debuts Heroes + Heroines Collection at Taglialatella Toronto

Heroes + Heroines will illuminate the walls of Taglialatella Galleries with Hollywood stars when celebrated American silk screen painter Russell Young comes to town November 21st to launch his latest collection.

In the same way he often ventures out into the wilder parts of America, Russell’s work likewise ventures into the furthest reaches of our psychologies and myths. After a ten-year journey with Taglialatella Galleries, Russell now returns to Toronto with a new collection that celebrates those sought after reaches. Heroes + Heroines is a lodestar by which to navigate luxury, celebrity, and reinvention, a path which is only made possible to us by someone as experienced and daring as Russell has proven to be over his storied life and career.

“Russell joined us for the inaugural launch of Taglialatella Galleries Toronto in July 2018 and we are thrilled to have him back,” says Alan Ganev, gallery director, Taglialatella Galleries. “We strive to provide Toronto art lovers with the most sought after works from the contemporary and pop art world. By paying tribute to current and classic Hollywood celebrities, from Kendrick Lamar to Sharon Tate to Andy Warhol, there is something here for everyone.”

Exclusive to Taglialatella Galleries, Young will release a piece entitled Marilyn Hollywood, a luxurious portrait of the iconic starlet. The hand-pulled screenprint on paper with Russell’s famed use of diamond dust will be available for purchase in three different colours, from a very limited edition of just 15.
In addition to the exhibition launch, Russell will be interviewed by performance coach, author, and researcher Richard Dolan. Richard has served as an advisor to iconic, legendary and world renown celebrity brands ranging from Mike Tyson, Rémy Martin, Chanel, Pagani Automobili, Google, Virginia Black, and Bentley to name a few.

In Heroes+Heroines, Young looks past the darker side of excess and sets his sights on pure stardom with a cast of characters instantly recognizable for their embodiment of American fame. A wall of heroes and a wall of heroines immortalize icons and the nature of longing with the artist’s signature, luxurious use of diamond dust. This collection of stars is not only an ode to beauty, success, and possibility, but also the unending search to grasp the American Dream.

Launching November 21st , the exhibition will be open to the public from 6pm to 8pm opening night, and will run until December 4th during regular gallery hours.

TREC Brands wins Employer of the Year at the Canadian Cannabis Awards

Congratulations are in order for the team at TREC Brands as they were awarded Employer of the Year at the Canadian Cannabis Awards, presented by Lift & Co.

The sixth annual awards ceremony was held on November 8th inside the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Hundreds of people from Canada’s cannabis industry were in attendance and the top people, brands, products and companies were recognized in 32 categories.

TREC Brands won Employer of the Year thanks to its 10% for Good initiative, which the team called upon other companies to join in to help build a positive legacy for cannabis and corporate social responsibility. The initiative donates to Dress for Success Toronto, HXOUSE and Cannabis Amnesty. CEO Trang Trinh was also a finalist in the Womxn in Weed – Trailblazer Award.

For a full list of winners, head to Lift & Co.’s website here.

 

Bisha Hotel celebrates 2nd Anniversary with Back 2 Bisha initiative

On November 27, 2017, Bisha Hotel & Residences burst on to the scene with a spectacular grand opening party for more than 1,000 guests. Now, two years later, the luxury hotel has succeeded in establishing its place as a creative hub in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant Entertainment District.

Recognized by Condé Nast Traveller as one of Toronto’s top hotels, Bisha is celebrating its two-year anniversary by offering special packages designed around the number ‘two’. On behalf of all guests, Bisha will also be giving back to the community. For every night’s stay in November, the hotel will make a donation to The Remix Project, a local arts-organization that helps young people in marginalized and under-served communities. With more than 3,000 pieces on display, art is a key pillar of the hotel.

Bisha Hotel Toronto was founded by visionary impresario Charles Khabouth, who was recognized as one of the ‘coolest boutique hotel owners in the world’ by Forbes Magazine. Since opening the hotel two years ago, Bisha has garnered numerous international accolades, been featured in glossy magazines, and hosted celebrities from the worlds of film, music, and sports.

“This is my first hotel project and we had a very specific vision of the role we wanted to play in the city,” says Charles Khabouth. “We felt there was opportunity for a hotel that is both luxurious and sexy, with a focus on art, design, and innovative dining concepts. To watch Bisha come to life and be so successful, in such a short time, is extremely gratifying.”

In addition to giving back to The Remix Project, the hotel will celebrate its second anniversary with a series of initiatives including:

ANNIVERSARY PACKAGE: Guests can take advantage of the ‘Back 2 Bisha’ anniversary offers this month. Package includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms and breakfast for two at KŌST, the stunning Baja-inspired rooftop restaurant with one of the ‘dreamiest swimming pools in the world’, as recognized by Matador Network.

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST: The hotel is encouraging fans to share a favoured photo taken at the hotel using the hashtag #Back2Bisha for a chance to win an overnight stay and breakfast for two.

LIMITED EDITION MENUS: At the highly acclaimed Akira Back, fans will delight in a special limited edition anniversary menu that features new items including ribeye tacos and poached lobster from Michelin Star Chef Akira Back. At French Made, the hotel’s Parisian-inspired café, signature Birthday Cake slices will be available throughout the month.

For more information or to book your stay, head to the official Bisha website.