Say ‘YES’ to concerts in 2017

The year just keeps getting better and better in the 6ix. With food festivals already underway and exciting movies on the horizon, what else do Torontonians have to look forward to in 2017? CONCERTS! Experiencing your favourite artist or band live is such an exhilarating feeling –  you just can’t stop yourself from singing (or screaming) the lyrics to your favourite jam or fangirling with a crowd of complete strangers. And with a killer concert line-up this year, music lovers are sure to be groovin’ straight into the new year. Here’s our concert wish list:

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017 | Where: Air Canada Centre

From your screens and to the stage, Game of Thrones IS COMING. Composer Ramin Djawadi plans to give audiences an “immersive music and visual experience” with a full orchestra and choir, so you can kick back and imagine you’re in the show yourself! A concert so intense they make Khaleesi’s dragons look tame! Ok, maybe not but if it’s anywhere as incredible as the show, you’re definitely in for an unforgettable musical experience.

Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Tour

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017 | Where: Air Canada Centre

Ariana’s positively infectious vocals are coming back to bless us for her third concert! With the variety she packs into her album, you could say Ariana is a musical force to be reckoned with. She’ll definitely get you groovin’ “Side to Side.”

Lionel Richie: All the Hits

When: Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Where: Air Canada Centre

Your hearts will melt when you hear his angelic voice pulse through the stadium. His classic throwbacks will have you in love all over again. While this makes a perfect date night concert, we take no responsibility if Lionel Richie turns out to be the man your date was, in fact, looking for.

Bon Jovi: This House is not for Sale

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Where: Air Canada Centre

Did you miss them? We sure did, and we have the karaoke videos to prove it.

The Weeknd: Starboy Legend of the Fall

When: Friday, May 26, 2017 | Where: Air Canada Centre

When does he EVER fail us. Think of his short film MANIA as a teaser for his concert… awesome right?

Kehlani: SweetSexySavage Tour

When: Sunday, June 4, 2017 | Where: Rebel (Toronto)

This is a special one; Kehlani’s FIRST tour for her album SweetSexySavage. The grammy-nominated songstress definitely has something special in store for her audience.

Total Package Tour: New Kids On The Block, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men

When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Where: Air Canada Centre

Ok, hold up! What did we do to deserve all this talent all in ONE show? A nostalgic experience that should not be missed! Seriously, when do you think you’d ever have a chance to experience this level of throwback all at once? The Total Package Tour is a total gift from these classic artists, so don’t miss out on it!

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour

When: Friday, June 23, 2017 | Where: Rogers Centre

SOLD OUT, already? We’re not surprised… With numerous hit albums under their belt and being the true definition of musical veterans, these guys are definitely worth scouring third-party ticketing sites for. Your wallet might hate you, but your musical soul won’t.

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams Tour

When: Monday, August 21, 2017 | Where: Rogers Centre

Bright, bold and full of energy! You can probably expect anything from bursting confetti to coloured Holi powder to shoot out from the sky at a Coldplay’s concert. This one is definitely on our bucket list!

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 | Where: Air Canada Centre

If you find yourself reminiscing about old high school dances in the 90’s, this is the concert for you. Prepare for a sweaty atmosphere filled with good vibes and soul-funk sounds. Bruno Mars will definitely have you dancing all night!

Get’cha wallets ready folks! Trust us, with a concert line-up so big you’ll have memories and #TBT posts for months, maybe even years to come!

Calling all foodies: Winterlicious now a week away


Alright foodies, it’s almost time for Winterlicious. From January 27- February 9, your tastebuds can explore any of Toronto’s 220+ participating restaurants ready to offer you a tasty and affordable dining experience. We can’t forget to mention the one-of-a-kind ticketed Culinary Events taking place in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, which will feature some of Toronto’s top chefs!

Three-course prix fixe menus are offered for lunch ranging from $18 – $28 and dinner ranging from $28 – $48. Having a tough time deciding which restaurants will satisfy all your foodie cravings? Check out our options to gauge your tasty imagination.

Bistro feelsJazz Bistro 

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If you’re in the Yonge-Dundas corridor area and want to enjoy live jazz while you eat, Jazz Bistro is the place to be. An excitingly fresh menu with locally sourced ingredients that are sure to keep your tastebuds dancing along with the music.

Gourmet shareable dishes?East Thirty-Six 

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Just before you head home with your co-workers, stop by for crafty cocktails and affordable share plates chef’d up by Brent Maxwell (previously at Millcroft Inn, Auberge du Pommier & Luma).

Authentic Italian 7 Numbers Danforth 

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Everyone is a part of the familia; Mama Rosa makes sure you taste every spice in her authentic Southern Italian dishes. The lively, welcoming atmosphere will remind you of dinnertime at your nonna’s house and have you back at Authentic Italian in no time!

Let’s go for sushiNami Japanese Restaurant

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Known to the Financial District for 30 years, Nami continues to serve foodies a unique dining experience with their Sushi Bar and Robata Bar – serving made-to-order grilled meat, vegetables and fresh seafood!

The 3 MsDistrict Oven 

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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Moroccan! If you end up in Little Italy, this spot combines all savoury flavours these cultures have to offer with seasonal and quality ingredients for maximum satisfaction. Pair it off with any of their many wine options!

Mama’s good influence Leña 

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Inspired by his mother-in-law, Chef Anthony Walsh’s culinary imagination creates Southern American dishes with a twist of Spanish and Italian influences.

It’s not what it sounds likeKamasutra Indian Restaurant & Wine Bar

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We can’t leave out the spices from north Indian cuisine. The Kamasutra restaurant offers fine Indian dining with a contemporary look packed with traditional flavours.

Did someone say Vodka bar?Schnitzel Hub European Bistro 

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Enjoy a cozy casual night in Toronto at Schnitzel Hub with their authentic Eastern and Central European food. The drink menu guarantees a party for your tastebuds!

GOSH! So many great options to choose from, one can only dream to visit all! It’s not too late to make your reservations… better get to it!

Fan Expo 2016 is here!

Yesterday Fan Expo 2016 kicked off at the Metro Convention
Centre and it is taking over Toronto from September 1 – 4. Fan Expo is Canada’s
largest sci-fi, horror, comic, gaming, and anime event and the third largest
pop culture event in North America. This massive celebration of everything geek
culture attracts over 129,000 people from all around the world. So we decided to
help you let your nerd flag fly this weekend, with our top 5 things you need to
check out this weekend.

Celebrity Spotting

Fan Expo is known for bringing in some of the top stars in
television, movies, comics, gaming and anime; and this year is no different. Some
of the celebrities attending Fan Expo this year are William Shatner, John
Cusack, Adam West, Mark Hamill and comic book legend Stan Lee. You can get up
close with them by purchasing tickets for autographs and photo ops. However you
don’t need to cough up the big bucks to see celebrities, you will often spot
them while you’re walking on the show floor.

Take in all the attractions

Sometimes people that are new to the convention scene overlook
the events that are happening off the show floor. Some of these attractions include
celebrity panels, cosplay classes, exclusive screenings and gaming tournaments.
This year you need to check out professional eSports gamers face off for money
in the Northern Arena Finals presented by Bell Canada. Or you can even buy
tickets to join Stan Lee for brunch on Sunday morning. If none of the attractions
at Fan Expo tickles your fancy, also keep your eyes out for events around the
city inspired by Fan Expo.  

Artist Alley

Of course Fan Expo attracts big name comic artist; but it
also attracts some of the city’s best talent. Artist Alley allows independent
artist to showcase their work and fandom. It is also the perfect opportunity to
pick up new unique and sometimes customizable artwork for your place.

Cosplay

This one is a no brainer, with cosplaying becoming more
popular it’s only natural that you should take in and grab a few pictures with
people that are attending the expo in cosplay. It’s the perfect way to relive
your childhood, as you see your childhood heroes come to life. Also, some of
these cosplays are elaborate and will keep you in awe.

Sunday Sales

Fan Expo has no shortage of merchandise, whether it is
action figures, prints, t-shirts or video games there is a lot to buy when at
Fan Expo. It can be overwhelming and quite expensive sometimes. However the
best deals happens on Sunday, the last day of the expo, and it is the best time
to pick up last minute merchandise.

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.

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.

It’s #ThirstyThursday ! Perfect time to celebrate the launch of the NEW Brickworks Ciderhouse cider, Queen St. 501… named after Toronto’s own vintage Queen 501 streetcar! 

Head to Betty’s pub, Scotland Yard, Dukes Refresher or The Firkin, to taste this amazing craft cider brewed right in the heart of the city!

Comedian Trixx Grabs the Cover of NOW Magazine

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When I sit down with Frankie “Trixx” Agyemang and tell him I’m happy he’s finally on NOW’s cover, he’s modest at first, saying he’s amped and honoured. Then his eyes light up.

“This should make some comedians happy,” he says, smiling mischievously. “Can’t wait for the Facebook messages afterwards.”

Boom. In less than a minute he’s revealed the kind of brass-balls honesty that makes his stand-up act so funny. This is Trixx the fearless truth-teller, the comic who doesn’t like performing at certain open mics frequented only by other comics who never laugh.

Why not? I ask. Are they bitter?

“Comedians bitter?” he says, his face deadpan. “Never.”

Okay, the guy’s got attitude. It’s there in the snarl or cocky look he sometimes adopts in publicity photos. You can also see it when he crosses a stage to begin his act, even before he picks up the mic, scanning the audience for any sign of dissent. Read More.

Toronto love and workout guru, Aviva Reimer, is launching the Perfect-Fit in Toronto, just in time for the season of love: Valentine’s Day!

January 27, 2014 (Toronto, ON), Feel unlucky in love? Just out of a relationship and getting your groove back?  Need a new workout routine? OR are you a fan of dinner parties to mix and mingle? The Perfect-Fit, a Toronto-based fitness company bundled with a dating service, is the perfect way to get you back into the dating scene. Aviva Reimer, the company founder, will whip you into shape (body, heart and mind) to transform you into your new confident self.  Kicking off the launch, the Perfect-Fit, is hosting a mixer on March 26, at Panorama (55 Bloor Street West, South Tower) from 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. in Toronto, with Brad Smith, former Bachelor and Entertainment City Host, to showcase their offerings.

 
We are thrilled to be offering a full-service workout and dating company”, says Aviva Reimer, founder of the Perfect-Fit. “When I was training people, I found everyone was looking for love and I started to set people up on dates.  This led me to start connecting people I was training and expanding my business.”
 
The Perfect-Fit dinner date concept is simple, the team matches an equal group of single men and women (based on interests and age) to meet for dinner at an upscale Toronto restaurant – a night of friendly conversation and good food. The dinner date parties range from prices – The Perfect Mixer (one date is $150 and the four date package $450). With the dinner dates singles can increase their circle of friends, make business connections or even find their Perfect-Fit.
 
“When I was training people, I found everyone was sharing their secrets and confiding in me about searching for love, and I started to set people up on dates", says Aviva Reimer.
 
On the workout side, the Perfect-Fit will whip you into shape at their gym in Thornhill.  Packages range from group class (ten sessions $200) which includes: bootcamp, women’s workout class, men’s workout class, teen classes to private full lifestyle/body packages (starting at $2,340) which includes a three month workout commitment three times a week. The Perfect-Fit also offers The Transformation Package ($9,360) where the client gets their butt kicked into shape: a year long commitment with 144 workouts, a full makeover plus a diet plan. The Perfect-Fit has a great package for anyone who needs to revamp their lifestyle and kick off a new year.
 
At the launch party the Perfect-Fit team will be showcasing their offerings – i.e. a new client mingle, mini-dates, new client signups. Media are invited to attend to meet the team and experience the Perfect-Fit first-hand. Brad Smith, former Bachelor and Entertainment City Host, will be available for interviews with Aviva Reimer.
 
About Aviva Reimer
Entrepreneur, Health and Fitness Specialist and business owner Aviva Reimer, CEO of Perfect- Fit. Commitment, dedication and passion to help people improve their life, are just a few characteristics that set Aviva Reimer apart from other industry professionals. Aviva comes from a background of fitness, image consulting, make-over’s, and event planning. Since 1990, Aviva has been changing peoples lives, and her results driven determination, knowledge and experience insures all goals are met for dedicated and enthusiastic clients of all ages. http://perfect-fit.ca.
 
About Brad Smith:
Brad Smith is a former professional Canadian football wide receiver and slotback but currently is the Entertainment Host for Entertainment City for Rogers/CityTV. He most recently played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Toronto Argonauts in the 2007 CFL Draft but has also played for the Montreal Alouettes. Smith is the son of former Montreal Alouettes’ president, Larry Smith. http://www.bachelorcanada.ca/bachelor.
 
In 2012 Brad became the first bachelor Canada. He is currently engaged to Bianka Kamber from the first season of the show.
 
In September of 2013 Brad was hired by Rogers/CityTV to become a full time entertainment host and personality appearing on Entertainment City, Breakfast Television and Rogers Your World this Week.
 
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Chrissy Newton, VOCAB Communications at Chrissy@vocabcommunications.com416.705.9523 or Jessica Glover, GLO Communications at Jessica@glocommunications.ca416.892.4833
 

                                             

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Flight Centre to Host Travel Expo at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre
 
– The Travel Doctor is IN at the 2014 Toronto Travel Expo –
 
What: For one day only, over 50 of Canada’s leading travel specialists will come together under the one roof to unveil their latest range of travel service offerings and destination information sure to inspire you.  Consumers and media are invited to the expo to speak with the experts and secure an exclusive deal with massive savings on flights, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, coach tours and much more!

When: Saturday, January 18, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
 
Where: North Building, Hall C
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2W6

Prize Offerings:
Air Canada Vacations – two free flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Uniworld – free River Cruise, valued at $5,000 CAD
Carnival Cruise –  free seven night cruise
Bahia Principe Resorts – free seven night stay in one of their all-inclusive resorts in Dominican Republic, Jamaica or Mexico
Rail Europe – free $250 rail voucher
Travel Expo – win your trip for free (up to $10,000 CAD) 

Attendees who book a flight or travel package on the day of the Travel Expo will be entered into a draw to win their trip for free.

Consumer and Media Event Activities: 
The Travel Doctor and his four nurses will be on-site “diagnosing” consumers’ winter blues symptoms and prescribing personalized travel remedies.

Below is a list of the exhibitors that will be present (list subject to change):
Air Canada & Air Canada Vacations
AMResorts
Contiki Holidays
G Adventures
GOGO Worldwide Vacations
Intrepid Travel
Oasis Hotels & Resorts
Real Resorts
Rocky Mountaineer
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Sandals
Sunwing Vacations
Topdeck Travel
Trafalgar
Transat Holidays & Nolitours
WestJet Vacations
And Many More….

Go to: http://www.travelexpo.ca to learn more.
 

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Chrissy Newton, VOCAB Communications at chrissy@vocabcommunications.com – 416.705.9523 Jessica Glover, GLO Communications at Jessica@glocommunications.ca- 416.892.4833