Toronto Star readers voted – And REBEL’s a Winner!

Each year, Toronto Star asks their readers to vote for people and businesses they think are the best in class. With over 5,000 nominations and less than 10% making it to the winners circle, we are proud to share that Rebel was selected as the Best Nightclub! As Toronto’s largest nightlife and concert destination, Rebel hosts some of the biggest events citywide. 2020 already looks to be another huge year with performances by Tiesto, Tchami, Steve Aoki, Jauz, and many more!

Thank you to the loyal customers for their support – this wouldn’t be possible without you!

For a full list of winners, head to the article here.

Solaris Winter Music Festival returns with massive 2-day lineup

Toronto’s largest winter music festival Solaris is back inside REBEL on December 26th & 27th with a massive lineup for its 2019 edition.

 

deadmau5 returns to his hometown with his mau5trap crew – featuring Seven Lions, No Mana, Qrion, Bentley Dean and No Fone – on December 26th for an epic first day of the festival.

Trance legends and Toronto favourites Above & Beyond close out the last day on December 27th, with rising producer i_O joining them inside the Main Room. NOIR will be host to returning DJ to the festival and bad ass bass producer Borgore.

2-day tickets go on sale Friday, October 18th at 10AM EST. For more information, head to www.solarismusicfestival.com or follow Solaris Music Festival on Facebook or Instagram.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Where to get your spook on during Halloween weekend in Toronto

There is a lot of treats going down in Toronto during Halloween weekend, but don’t get tricked into going to the wrong party. Fear not – We got you covered with a list of the hottest Halloween events happening in the city, courtesy of INK Entertainment and its venues.

Canada’s largest entertainment complex, REBEL, is pulling out all the stops with THREE Halloween parties. On Friday, October 25th, Thriller returns featuring future-house pioneer Oliver Heldens. Shuffle and rage the night away in your costumes with an all bass lineup inside NOIR – Featuring LUKAV, KHAØS, Crookedd and MAJR.

On Saturday, October 26th is Mortem – The city’s BIGGEST Halloween party sponsored by Jack Daniel’s. All four rooms will be alive with performers and DJs. Go sexy, scary, or go home because there will be cash and prizes awarded to the best costume of the evening. On Halloween night, ASYLUM is back and taking it to the next level as the country’s LARGEST party. All four rooms will be activated with Jed Harper spinning in the Main Room and Stokes on MC duties, plus Scotty Scratch will be inside NOIR dropping all the hip hop bangers. DJ Narvas and MC Sketch are playing in Savage and TorontoJungle.com will be taking over the Purple Room. How creative can you get this year? Dress to impress – Best costumes of the night will win cash & prizes!

 

The newest nightclub in the INK Venues roster, Toybox, will be hosting the craziest Halloween party on King West on October 26th. Jack’s Halloween is going to be wild and he is ready to celebrate like never before. Get your crew together, get in costume and get ready to drink the night away. You’re definitely going to need a hangover potion remedy the next day.

 

The biggest Halloween parties are also hitting up Niagara Falls! On Friday, October 25th, Dragonfly Nightclub will be hosting its horrifying Haunted Mansion party – Think you can make it through? And that’s only the first of two wicked events – Nightmare on Fallsview returns as the city’s BIGGEST Halloween party! Bring out your best costumes and come party at the city’s hottest event.

 

CUBE will also be hosting the Halloween edition of its weekly Status Saturdays series and is sponsored by Kraken Rum.

Advance tickets required for entry to these events are available at www.inktickets.com – But don’t wait! These events will sell out and you don’t want to miss out.

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.

Drake surprises concertgoers at REBEL Entertainment Complex

Last Thursday, Toronto’s own Majid Jordan took the stage at REBEL to close out their The Space Between World Tour with a few surprise guests. The duo, signed to OVO Sound, brought out label-mates Baka Not Nice and the 6ix God himself – Drake.

Drake surprised concertgoers with his first Canadian performance of “God’s Plan”, which has spent 11 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts, and took the opportunity to drop some announcements.

“The reason I’m here tonight is because I’m back in the city finishing my album,” he announced to the screaming crowd. “I got a new single dropping tomorrow night too, just in case you got some free time.” That single – “Nice For What” – released last Friday night with an epic video attached featuring a slew of famous female entertainers.

Drake also announced that OVO Fest would be returning this summer to the Air Canada Centre.

Photos courtesy of Maggie Elizabeth for Rap Season.

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REBEL finalist for the 2017 Gold Key Awards

Congratulations are in order for INK’s newest nightclub REBEL – the venue has been listed as a finalist for Boutique Design’s Gold Key Awards in the Best Nightclub/Lounge category. In its 37th year, the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design is one of the industry’s most prestigious honours and is presented in New York with BDNY and HX: The Hotel Experience. Awards are given to those recognized which are the most influential and innovative in design work.

REBEL, located on Polson Pier in Toronto, is a 47,400-sq.-ft. nightclub and venue designed by regular INK Entertainment collaborators Studio Munge. Alessandro Munge, principal of the studio, states, “International cities and luxury fashion were a key ingredient, as the original creative concept and mood stemmed from a Roberto Cavalli gown. As the narrative continued to evolve into a progressive escape of performance and indulgence, that lovely dress blossomed into a symbolic motif of woman and animal.”

Highlights of the venue include the custom 32-ft. rotating light system (also known as “The Ring”), the deconstructed drum kit in the upper stairwell, LED screens and lights surrounding the venue and the gorgeous view of the Toronto skyline from the back bar or upper level room NOIR. REBEL hosts a regular nightclub event called Revolution Saturdays every weekend, which features DJs and special guests in the Main Room, Purple Room, Savage and the aforementioned NOIR. REBEL has also been host to a number of concerts over the past year including Sting, Khalid, Carl Cox, and deadmau5 – just to name a few.

For more information on the Golden Key Awards, head to Boutique Design’s digital edition. For more information on REBEL, head to their website.

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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.