Our Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations

The summer has officially started and that means airports are getting busier as more people start their summer vacations. With so many places to visit this summer, we decided to share with you our top 5 favourite summer vacation destinations.

Disney World

If you’re planning to have your vacation a family affair, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Disney World. They offer something for everyone; whether you want to visit the House of Blues to enjoy some drinks, food and music, or have brunch with Minnie Mouse. The sunny state provides perfect weather for your family to enjoy all the fun Disney World has to offer.

Aruba

Everyone needs to experience an island getaway sometime in their life and Aruba is definitely a destination that will give you everything you want. If you want to sit back, relax and enjoy the view then Aruba is definitely a place for you. They offer beautiful white sand beaches that will have you wishing you lived there. Or you can have fun and party with locals at their annual Carnival celebrations.

Hong Kong

The small island of Hong Kong is the perfect destination for travellers that are looking to learn about a new culture, shop and party. Vacationers can expect to explore the many temples and grand statues, like the Tian Tan Budda statue that is 34 meters high. One of the more unexpected highlights of Hong Kong is their energetic nightlife, where you can meet people from all over the world!

New York

New York is a great city to visit if you’re travelling on a budget. The city that never sleeps offers great night life for those looking to party and meet new people. Aside from that New York has great restaurants owned by top chefs and summer festivals that take over the streets. No need to break the bank for a good time in New York too!

Banff

Banff is perfect for outdoors people that like a summer vacation to include a lot of activities. Keeping it close to home, you gaze over the Canadian staple, the Rockies, while kayaking in Lake Louise. With something so beautiful within our own country it’d be a shame to have never experienced it.

June Festivals in the City

June is not only home to beautiful weather and start of
summer, but also kicks-off festival season in the city. So we put together a
list of our favourite festivals this month that we think you should check out.

NXNE (June 15 – 19)

NXNE showcases some of the
best new music and films by independent artist and creators that are “ones to
watch”. Aside from phenomenal music and movies, the festival also has Game Land
where you can test out new video games; and Future Land a panel from some of
the greatest innovators in the gaming and music industry.

Front Street Foods (June 13 – August 5)

This year located at Adelaide Place, the Front Street Foods Festival welcomes
guest to enjoy some of the city’s favourite street food. The food at the
festival showcases some of Toronto’s top chefs, bakers and artisanal food
makers. With more than enough good food for everyone, it’s something you can’t
miss!

Luminato (June 10 – 26)

Luminato celebrates
local and international art, theatre, music, dance and film. Located in various
places within the city, the festival allows some of the most talented artist
come out and showcase their work to city-goers.

Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival (June 16 – 18)

Taking place at Sugar Beach, the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival
provides a fun weekend by the waterfront. Now in its 8th year, you
can sample wine and beers while taking in some great live music.  

 Dundas West Festival (June 11)

Happening this weekend, the Dundas West Festival, brings together the
community to celebrate the diverse cultures and art that that area is known
for. It stretches across 12 city blocks and has of live music, food and vendors
to celebrate.

Kick-start your summer at Ever After Music Festival: Canada’s largest EDM festival

The weather is warming up and having more sunny days reminds us that summer is just around the corner! With the arrival of summer also comes festival season, so why not kick-start the fun with Canada’s largest EDM Festival! From June 3 – June 5 at Bingesman in Kitchener, you can watch Skrillex, Zedd, Adventure Club and many more DJs rock the stage. Join us and have the best festival experience of the year!

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Ever After Music Festival becomes largest EMD festival in Canada after extending festival dates and DJ line-up 

                         – Skrillrex to headline Friday June 3 –

Toronto, ON (May 2, 2016) – Kicking off music festival season in epic proportions,Ever AfterMusic Festival is proud to announce their newly extended dates; officially making them the largest EDM festival in Canada. Ever After will begin on Friday June 3 (5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) with brand new headliner Skrillrex, and will run until Sunday June 5 in Kitchener at Bingemans (425 Bingemans Centre Drive). 

Grammy award-winning DJ Zedd and Canada’s own Adventure Club are also set to headline the festival alongside a hotly anticipate lineup of some of the world’s best DJs includingCashmere Cat, Dillon Francis, REZZ, Zomboy and more! With no better way to celebrate the start of summer, Ever After Music Festival is an electronic dance music festival featuring some of the best DJs from all over the world. It’s a weekend festival unlike any other, with theatrical performers, theme inspired dancers, state of the art stage productions, exclusive VIP lounges and poolside cabana, as well as a waterpark, midway and an array of vendors on-site. Combining stunning visuals and high class performances, it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable music experience for all festival goers.  All headliners are scheduled to perform at 9:30 p.m.(all days). See below for full line-up

Friday: SkrillexFlux PavilionGetterAutoerotiqueTeam EZY

Saturday: Adventure Club,RL GrimeJauzMarshmelloCashmere CatGhastlySNBRNSamo Sound BoyManzone & Strong

Sunday: ZeddFlosstradamusDillon FrancisZomboyShiba SanREZZSleepy TomDeko-ze

To schedule an interview with a DJ, media accreditation or transportation from Toronto, please contact Chrissy Newton, VOCAB Communications, chrissy@vocabcommunications.com,416.705.9523.

Ever After Music Festival is known for attracting the best musical artists in EDM, with incredible performances that will keep festival goers’ fists pumping and dancing all through the weekend. Their headliners hitting stage this year are ready to do just that and more. Representing the Canadian side is Adventure Club, a Montreal-based duo comprised of Christian Srigley and Leighton James. Together they’ve hit stages all over North America, Europe, and Asia. They’re best known for hits such as Rise and Fall, Wonder, Need Your Heart and just recently releasedtheir hottest new track Limitless.

Alongside Adventure Club, crowd pleaser and fan favourite Zedd will also be headlining the festival, firing up crowds with his best international hits. Zedd’s career skyrocketed afterreleasing his debut studio album in 2013 which included mega hit Clarity, peaking at number eight in the Billboard Top 100 and earning him a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. The momentum didn’t end there as hits like Stay the Night, Break Free and his most recent hit I Want You To Know also received massive airplay. His songs have featured artists like Hayley Williams, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Jon Bellion and more. Undoubtedly at the top of his game, Zedd’s performance will be a must-see amongst all festival goers at Ever After Festival.

The event will tantalize festival goers hosted in the Tri-City area, Bingemans which has been a favorite for campers and park enthusiasts alike with rolling hills and wooded surroundings.

“Bingemans provides the perfect backdrop for the fairytale themed Ever After Music Festival,”says Ever After’s organizer Gabriel Mattacchione, President of Beyond Oz Productions Inc.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.everafterfest.com.

Tickets range from:

  • Two day pass $135
  • Two day all access pass $185
  • VIP two day pass $260
  • One-day stage view VIP lounge $1500
  • Two-day stage view VIP lounge $3000
  • One-day Poolside VIP Cabana $1100
  • Two-day Poolside VIP Cabana $2200

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EverAfterMusicFest

Instagram: @EverAfterFest

Twitter: @EverAfterFest

                                                         -30-

For more information, media kit, images or to schedule an interview with a DJ, please contact:Chrissy Newtown, VOCAB Communications at Chrissy@vocabcommunications.com – 416.705.9523

Fun ways to break a sweat

 With summer fast approaching us the pressure to feel your
best on at the beach is setting in. However if you’re like some of us in the
office, going to the gym may not be your forte! So why not take a different approach?
Here are some fun ways you can break a sweat while having a ton of fun.

Pursuit OCR

Located north of Dufferin and Queen Pursuit OCR brings recess back with their indoor
playground. Upgrading the average playground, their facility has monkey bars,
rope climbing and an adult size ball pit. Why not relive your childhood while
breaking a sweat?

Surfset Toronto

Surfset Toronto
brings surfing to the city by giving you a full body work out by using real
surfing techniques. Their indoor studio located near Yonge and Eglinton offers
a variety of classes that focus on different areas of the body.

Toronto School for
Circus Arts

Circus Arts gives
you the opportunity to push yourself into doing something different. Located in
Downsview Park, the facility offers flying trapeze classes and drop-ins ranging
in difficulties that will have you one step close to the big top.

Archery District

Archery District
gives you the chance to have your inner Hawkeye come out in a game of archery
tag. Similar to dodge ball, archery tag has players face-off against each other
to tag each other out by hitting each other with their arrows. Don’t worry this
is a no pain game; arrows are foamed tipped allowing for you to safely enjoy
the game!

Bubble Soccer

Bubble Soccer is soccer but puts
players into a huge bubble only leaving their legs exposed to kick the ball.
Although this addition to a traditional game makes it more difficult to win, it
also results to some hilarious moments with friends.

Things to do Victoria’s Day long weekend

The weather is finally warming up and the long weekend is just around the so we got to ask how are you spending your long weekend? We decided to fill you in on some cool things happening around the city for this May 2-4 weekend.

Artfest

Artfest celebrates painting, photography, fine craft, live music and more from the country’s best artist. This is the 10th annual Artfest and it takes place in the Distillery Saturday May 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Electric Island

The fourth annual Electric Island opens this Monday May 23 and takes over Hanlan’s Point at the Toronto islands.  Throughout the summer Electric Island host events that fall on the long weekends. So, head over to the islands to enjoy the warm weather with live music and picnic.


Brewer’s Backyard

How can you celebrate May 2-4 weekend without sipping on your favourite Ontario craft beer? Evergreen Brickworks is giving people the chance to relax and enjoy Ontario’s craft brews; all while meeting the brewers that make them. If you’re a beer enthusiast then you need to be at the Brewer’s Backyard this weekend. 

Rib Fest & BBQ Bash

If you love BBQ then you need to be at Yonge & Dundas square this Saturday. The first annual Rib Fest & BBQ Bash is taking over to give Torontonians the best of the best. Featuring the top Rib teams in Canada and BBQ dishes from many cultures, this is an event your taste buds will not want to miss.

Watch Fireworks

There are only two times in the year that we Canadians get to celebrate with fireworks, so missing out on one of them is not an option! Head over to Ashbridge’s Bay on Monday to end your long weekend the right way, with a professional fireworks show.

PLACES IN THE CITY TO SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH

Luckily for your sweet tooth Toronto has become a city filled with ways to meet your cravings. It seems that there is a new dessert arriving in the city every week. So far we’ve welcomed doughnut cones and ice cream tacos; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg…or ice cream.

Today we’re sharing with you some of our favourite dessert places in the city. You’re welcome!

Sweet Jesus

If
you’re around John St. and Adelaide St. W and you see a line up leading out to
the street, it’s probably because of Sweet
Jesus
. People have been flocking to this ice cream shop since they opened
their doors. Sweet Jesus takes soft served to another level, introducing
signature creations like the Krusty Cone, their twist of the traditional vanilla
cone with sprinkles but theirs has cotton candy! No matter what “pimped out
cone” you get from them you surely will be satisfied.

Eva’s Original Chimney’s

Although
you might not have heard of them you probably know of their signature dessert,
the Chimney Doughnut Cone. The doughnut cone has become one of the most popular
desserts of 2016 and is literally an ice cream cone made from a doughnut. To
get your fix from this food truck, check out their website to find out where
they will be each week.

Milk Bar Toronto

Milk Bar was founded by the masterchef
judge and pastry chef Christina Tosi. With six locations in New York, one in
Washingtion and of course one in Toronto, this international bakery brings a
unique spins to home-style desserts. Pay them a visit and you can help yourself
to their signature cakes like the salted pretzel cake!

The Bake Shoppe

The Bake Shoppe was established in 2005
by the ladies behind The Wedding Cake Shoppe. They bring pop culture to old
school treats. If you’ve seen the Drake cookies, well they are the ones behind
them. Who said you can’t have your cookies and celebs too?

Bang Bang Icecream and
Bakery

Located
in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood, Bang Bang Icecream and Bakery brings
the best of both their worlds together to make delicious ice cream sandwiches. If
ice cream sandwiches aren’t your thing, you can always try their unique ice
cream flavours in a freshly baked waffle cone.

Ways to make this Mother’s Day special!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and the panic to make your mom feel great on her special day is starting to set in! Don’t worry we got a few ideas to make this Mother’s Day celebration special!!

Breakfast in bed

The best way to start Mother’s Day is to treat your mom to breakfast in bed. Although this can be intimidating, sticking an easy recipe is a great way to make this experience less stressful for you. Here are three easy to make pancake recipes from The Domestic Geek. However if you are still hesitant don’t worry, because you can always treat your mom out, we personally love Mildred’s Temple.

Pampering goes a long way

Mother’s spend a lot of their time worrying about others and not themselves, so why not remind your mom that she needs to take time for herself too. Treating her to a manicure, pedicure or massage is an easy way to make her feel special!

Getting her car cleaned

While your mom is being pampered for the day, you can surprise her by getting her car thoroughly cleaned. Whether you do it professionally or yourself, your mom will surely appreciate you making her car as clean as she expects you to keep the house!

Enjoy the outdoors

Spring’s good weather makes it the perfect time for moms that enjoy hiking or exploring the outdoors! Humber River, Taylor Creek, High Park are a few places around the city that you and your mom can explore this weekend.

Join a class

Although Mother’s Day is great, it’s important to show your appreciation to your mom throughout the year. The best way to put aside time for you and your mom is to join a weekly or monthly class together. Whether it is a fitness, cooking or art class you and your mom create memories that will last a lifetime.

Toronto YouTubers You Should Watch

Earlier
this week YouTube unveiled their Toronto YouTube space, located in George Brown
College School of Design near Richmond and Sherbourne. YouTube had all of the
city’s most popular YouTubers like Lilly Singh, Mathew Santoro and Lauren
Riihimaki in attendance to open the space.

This
will be the 9th YouTube creative space in the world; with the others
in Paris, Mumbai, Berlin, Sao Paulo, New York, Tokyo, London and Los Angeles.
Being amongst a few, this new space confirms what Torontonians knew for a long
time, that we have top notch content creators!

That
is why we decided to share with you a few Toronto YouTubers you should watch!

iiSuperwomanii

Yes
we know she is one of the most popular YouTubers in the world, but we couldn’t
keep her away from this list. Lilly Singh started uploading videos to cope with
depression she experienced during university. She uses her culture and love for
pop culture to create comedy that makes others laugh. She is also an advocate
for women empowerment, through her campaign Girl Love, so it’s hard not to fall
in love with her!

Rachel David

Rachel
is a former TV personality that made the venture to YouTube almost a year ago.
With years of TV under her belt, she definitely knows how to entertain. On her
channel she invites influential people, like NBA’s Delon Wright, for challenges
and games. She also vlogs about her amazing adventures inside industry events!

Bianca Harris

Bianca
joined YouTube in 2013 and brings her viewer’s professional make up tips and
tutorials. She was introduced to the art of make up at a young age when she
would perform as a dancer. Her passion for the art inspired her to study it in
college and pursue it as a career. She has worked professionally as a makeup
artist with CTV, MMVAs, Diesel and E! Canada.

Lauren Toyota in Real Life

Many
recognize Lauren from her Much Music VJ days, where she interviewed the biggest
stars in the music industry. Luckily for us, Lauren ventured onto YouTube where
she talks about veganism, meditation, food and so much more. She sets to inspire
her viewers to follow their dreams and be fearless. You can also check her out
on her other channel Hot
for Food
!

ModernDayShivalry

Shivani,
a talented photographer and beauty guru, started her YouTube channel in 2013.
Many of her videos feature beauty tutorials and skin care routines. Her channel
sky rocketed 6 months ago when she uploaded her Kylie Jenner Transformation
video, having her made over into the youngest Kardashian. The video went viral
and gathered over 2 million views!

ASAP Science

Up
there with iiSuperwomanii on the popularity scale are the guys from ASAP
Science. Created by Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown in 2012, the channel touches
on many debates and random facts that happen to do with science. Want to know
the science behind bacon or if birds can actually deliver messages, well look
no further these guys can clue you in!  

5 Tips to Watching a Raptors Game

Fresh off the heels of last night’s win, Toronto Raptors fans are excited about game 4. Here at VOCAB we are huge Raptors fans so we thought we’d share with you tips to make watching the game a better experience. The Raptors face off against the Indiana Pacers today at 3pm and with these 5 quick and easy tips you will be ready to cheer for Lowry in no time!

1. Surround yourself with like minded people

Watching basketball is fun on its own, with the best of the best pulling out all the stops to make their cities proud, but it can be even more fun. Watching the game with your friends and other fans will amp up your energy and make the experience better. One of the best places to watch the game is in Jurassic Park, otherwise known as Maple Leaf Square. Fans flock there every playoff game and although some there may not understand why you prefer Kyle Lowry over Demar DeRozan, or vice-versa; everyone can agree the Raptors are in it to win it!!

2. Show off your Raptors spirit

Similar to why you need to watch Raptors games with fellow fans, you need to show your raptors guide. You can’t feel the excitement of the game if you’re not covered in team spirit, right? Whether you are wearing your Jonas Valanciunas jersey, OVO Raptors gear or even dusting off your retro Vince Carter jersey you know everyone you see will appreciate it. Don’t worry if you don’t have any Raptors gear because wearing the red and black is great too!

3. Watch on a big screen…or many screens

As a Raptor fan it’s important that you’re catching every minute of the game and the best way to do that is to watch the game on the biggest screen possible. It is our duty as Raptor fans to be able to point out if the referees made a bad call, right? Having a big screen, or many screens, helps you point out any fouls the referee might have missed. It also eliminates anyone blocking your view. One of the best spots in the city for a ‘big screen’ or ‘many screen’ experience is The Real Sports Bar. Just get there early it may be crowded with fans like you!

4. Indulge a lot

Nothing says basketball than indulging in the best finger foods out there. Having a nachos and wings as an appetizer, main dish and dessert are the only ways to eat dinner while watching the game!

5. Plan ahead

Whether you are watching the game out at bar or in inviting friends to watch in the comfort of your home, it is very important to plan your night right. Organize designated drivers, a taxi or even have your family and friends sleepover. Make sure that you and your friends are able to safely have fun watching the game.

What do you plan on doing this April?

Happy April! This is the month of creative film festivals,  beautiful flowers in bloom, delicious food festivals, and the return of the Toronto Blue Jays! Now that April has begun the options are limitless and the fun will be endless. What do you plan on doing?

The annual Hot Docs film festival has returned and will be screening over 200 films that showcase the up-and-coming talent in the filmmaking industry.

Toronto’s largest park is going to be in bloom this April! High Park’s Cherry Blossoms will have grown from little buds to the beautiful flowers this month and it’s a site to see! Be ready to see the Sakura blooming soon.

Toronto is well known for embracing its multicultural heritage so be sure to check out Curry Fest on April 9. The popular ingredient and style of cooking has it’s own festival that incorporates the Southern and Southern Asia cooking styles with a Toronto twist!

Are you ready to cheer on the American League East 2015 titleholders? That’s right the Toronto Blue Jays are getting ready to have another successful season this year and all they need is you to cheer them on! Their home opener game is on April 3 as they face off against the Tampa Bay Rays. Let’s go Jays!