In this blog post, we’ll be talking about Toronto’s bustling entertainment scene. From our favourite rooftop patios and breweries, to concerts and theatre productions happening that week, ResortSuite has everything you need to make sure HITEC Week is a fun time as well as a productive one!
We’d like to start this post with the list of some of the best rooftop patios in the city. Here in Toronto, we only have a few months to sit outside, have a drink and enjoy the warm sunshine. So when the summer season hits, we all get as much patio time as we can. For HITEC attendees coming from the warmer states, don’t be surprised if the Canadians that you meet always choose a patio as their first option for grabbing drinks.
Since your stay might be limited to only visiting a few, some of the nearest ones to the HITEC venue (Metro Toronto Convention Centre) include: Oasis by Wayne Gretzky’s, The Porch, Lavelle & Thompson Hotel.
With Canada having a huge UK influence, you’ll notice that the pubs in Toronto tend to have a mix of English, Irish & North American feel to them. Here’s a list of a few recommended pubs that are near the Metro Convention Center:
- Overdraught Irish Pub
- The Loose Moose
- Jack Astors
- Fionn MacCool’s
- Town Crier Pub
- Elephant & Castle
- The Fox & Fiddle
Toronto’s craft beer scene is definitely on the rise. If you want to experience our local beers, we recommend that you visit these breweries. Have a pint, grab a bite or maybe take a brewery tour.
Steam Whistle – Steam Whistle sells only one kind of beer – Pilsners. With their tagline of “Do one thing really, really well”, we can attest that their pilsners do not disappoint. Another great thing about SteamWhistle is that they’re right next to the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
Amsterdam Brewhouse – Amsterdam Brewhouse has a wide selection of their own brews with access to beautiful lakefront dining at HarbourFront (just an 8-minute walk from the Metro Toronto Convention Center) making it one of our favourite spots to hang out in the summer time.
Mill St. Brewery – Mill St. was one of the first microbreweries to set up shop in Toronto. Based in the historic Distillery District, a visit to Mill St. is always worth the trip.
Thinking about having your own Toronto Craft Beer Adventure, here’s a list of the Top 10 Microbreweries in Toronto.
Concerts and Live Music
Toronto’s concert scene during HITEC Week seems to be quite busy. A few notable acts in town during HITEC Week are Joss Stone, Nickelback, Third Eye Blind and Lady Antebellum.
If in case you’re coming a bit earlier to set up, U2 (June 23rd), Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (June 23rd & 24th) are set to be onstage the weekend before HITEC starts.
For HITEC’s party-loving crowd, Toronto’s clubbing scene is definitely one to look forward to. It’s a bit difficult to create a proper “Top 10 list” as there’s so many types of venues that will cater to different party personalities. From swanky lounges, casual drinks & dancing to massive clubs with famous DJ’s, Toronto’s clubs guarantee to give you an awesome night.
And speaking of clubbing, don’t forget to come meet us at the HITEC Opening Party on June 26th at Muzik Night Club!
Now if you really want to get to know Toronto’s clubbing scene, here’s a list of 29 night clubs.
Toronto’s theatre scene may not be as big as New York’s Broadway or London’s West End but over the past few years, Toronto has been gaining a reputation for high-quality theatre, with the Entertainment District being known as the best area for it.
And while you’re at it, here’s a guide to the all the shows happening in Toronto during HITEC Week.
Canada is known to be the birth place of some famous comedians such as Seth Rogen, Howie Mandel, Mike Myers and Michael J. Fox. Canadian comics are guaranteed to make you laugh no matter where you’re from.
Out of the 10, the nearest ones to the MTCC are YukYuks and Second City. Quick facts: Dan Aykroyd started his career at Second City Toronto. Yukyuks featured notable comics Jim Carrey, Howie Mandel & Russel Peters during the early days of their career.
Well there you have it, we hope this list leaves you with some great options for your downtime during HITEC Week!
Be sure to drop by and say hi at Booth 2501!