It was a night to remember as the Grand Rotunda was transformed into beautiful Italian landscape to welcome guests into this year’s La Dolce Vita event. The second annual fundraising gala was held in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation and The Trillium Health Partners and raised a record-breaking $90,000! The evening featured a pizza cook-off, shopping for a cause, and of course, some Italian antipasto.
Over 1500 community members, influencers and celebrity guests came to Square One Shopping Centre to experience a large variety of food stations, cocktails, and espresso. The vendors included the cutest gelato bar truck, and guests could indulge in a charcuterie spread as people on stilts paraded around the venue in Venetian masks.
The event featured special culinary host Bobby Flay, who personally judged the pizza making contest between two representatives from the foundation. Flay was pictured trying different vendors and commenting on how to make the perfect pizza to event emcee and Top Chef Canada judge Janet Zuccarini.
The mall was transformed into a beautiful Italian-inspired piazza with fountains, bite-sized decadent Italian pasta, and even Italian treats do try. Guests were transported into a sweet night for a good cause and the evening did not disappoint!
Thank you to everyone who supported La Dolce Vita we can’t wait to see what happens next!
Want to see a preview of the night? Check out this highlight reel here.
This upcoming Monday, Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga is hosting an exclusive event to launch their new sustainability initiative, featuring urban beekeeping! Yes, beekeeping! The Square One rooftop will now be home to four beehives, in an effort to support the growth of their population. It’s amazing to see Square One making use of *all* space, and giving these bees a new home!
To help kick-start the initiative, Square One will be partnering with health and wellness superstar Steph Shep, and Nike trainer, Eva Redpath, including a free body conditioning and flow class led by Eva on the roof!
Did you know? Bee populations are currently in decline all around the world, with urban development and climate change as just two causes for their habitat loss. “At least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of all plants require cross-pollination to spread and thrive, and here in Canada, bees are our most important pollinators.” – Source
Want to learn (and see) more? Keep your eyes peeled on @ShopSquareOne and @NatashaNKPR‘s Instagram stories for an inside-look to the event!
Our office (and our clients!) have been obsessed with the Royal Wedding for weeks, so we put together a quick recap of some ways we’ve showed love for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day!
Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville
On May 19th, bright and early at 6 AM, the Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville hosted a Royal Breakfast for guests to view the wedding in luxury and comfort! Seated in the hotel’s stunning (and newly renovated) Courtyard Ballroom, they enjoyed a delicious luxe British breakfast prepared by the Windsor Arms’ executive and pastry chefs. Guests indulged in a curated selection of Windsor Arms loose leaf teas, assortment of scones and crumpies, traditional English bubble and squeak ,and even a Royal-inspired lemon elderflower wedding cake!
Square One created a fun tribute to some of Meghan’s most iconic fashion moments in the lead up to the Royal wedding, including the iconic Meghan Coat from LINE the Label that she wore for her engagement!
With it being hardly a week since their nuptials, we’re remembering all the sweet moments the couple shared since their first blind date! Just weeks after they met, Harry surprised Meghan with a safari camping trip to Maun, Botswana! *Swoons*
We’ve assembled a list of MEC must-haves so you can have your own romantic getaway camping trip this summer! This Wine Glass set is perfect for a night under the stars! No romantic night is complete without snuggling up with some cozy blankets and pillows- at around $20 you could get tons of these Camp Pillows to make your evening ultra- cozy. Lastly, you of course need the perfect tent! Try out this Cabin 6 Person Tent for a spacious romantic hideaway.
How did you celebrate the Royal Wedding? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!
There’s no doubt that the Holiday season has arrived, and while it may feel early to some, we can’t wait to celebrate. There is no shortage of events this season- check out what we’ve been up to and what we have planned!
Swarovski’s Holiday Tree and Sparkle Pop Up at Square One
On Wednesday night, Swarovski decked the halls of Square One Shopping Centre with the unveiling of their annual holiday tree and the globally exclusive Sparkle Pop Up! Hosted by ETalk’s Danielle Graham, who was dressed by Square One, the night kicked off with guests arriving on a sparkly Swarovski-blue carpet, followed by the unveilings from Swarovski’s Managing Director of Canada, Aurelie Pepion, and Square One’s Marketing Director, Toni Holley. Party band, Dwayne Gretzky, wrapped the night with a spectacular musical performance!
The Crystal Holiday Tree will be on display throughout December and is an amazing 26.5’, adorned with 14 tiers of gorgeous crystals and topped with an iconic Swarovski Star. Oversized Swarovski gift boxes form its base, allowing customers a great backdrop for a selfie! A first-of-its-kind, the Sparkle Pop Up includes a digital playground with an interactive fashion experience for guests to enjoy. Among other cool features, customers can virtually try on jewellery with The Stylefinder, making it easier to tick some gifts off their lists! Stop by to see these amazing displays and pick up a sparkly gift for someone special!
Tinsel Town at Thompson Toronto
The Thompson recently hosted their Tinsel Town at Thompson Toronto event, inviting guests to cozy up and watch a holiday film! Guests were welcomed onto the Rooftop Lounge for special holiday cocktails, the Berry Merry Holiday or the Cherry Cordial. Next, there were app-sized samples of classic diner menu items at the Thompson Diner, including poutine and even chicken and waffles! In the Lobby Bar, guests were greeted with a Snack Bar where they could load up on their favourite treats for the movie! Of course, you can’t watch a holiday film without hot chocolate. The Thompson provided a fully stocked DIY Hot Chocolate Bar, with marshmallows, donuts, and candy cane skewers for the finishing touch! Thompson Toronto capped the night with two holiday movies, where guests could relax in the private Screening Room to watch either The Holiday or Love Actually!
Mark Your Calendars!
Holiday Magic in Bloor Yorkville
All I want for Christmas is some Holiday Magic! Bloor-Yorkville is transforming into a magical holiday wonderland starting on Saturday Nov 18th for the kick-off of Holiday Magic season, which will last until December 31st. Make sure you plan a visit to be a part of this magical experience!
GLOBUS Photography Exhibition
Do you hear what I hear? GLOBUS, an exhibition by Internationally renowned photographer, Florian Innerkofler, opens Nov 16th! Swing by the Art Square Gallery Cafe (across from the AGO) by November 20th to see some amazing artwork! The exhibit displays images captured during Innerkofler’s world travels while shooting high-profile campaigns. Have an artist on your shopping list this year? Prints can be bought in the gallery or online for as low as $260!
Murder On The Orient Express with Links of London
Movie tickets are a great early present and a fun stocking stuffer! Bring a friend to see Murder on the Orient Express, an exciting murder-mystery that recently hit theatres! As the official jewellery partner to the film, Links of London perfectly captures the film’s 1930s British style. (And there’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than with some gorgeous jewelsand a fantastic film for those chilly winter nights!)
#SQ1SLAY the Holidays
Of course, the holiday season isn’t complete without gift-giving! The second annual #SQ1SLAY program transforms Square One into the perfect holiday shopping destination. Indulge in a festive shopping experience with a gift-wrapping station, stores to satisfy anyone on your gift list, an easy 10 Ways to Park at the shopping centre with aninteractive map, and of course an annual photo with Santa! This year Santa can be found in the Enchanted Forest, a winter wonderland where the entire family can capture a holiday memory to cherish for years to come. Your beloved family pet can even join in on the festivities and pose with Santa between 7:30PM and 9PM on December 10th! Other great features include extended holiday hours and multi-option valet services. Plan a visit before December 24th to ensure you complete all your holiday shopping (and get a picture with the big man in red)!
Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas in Toronto this year with these great events! Make sure you follow us to stay in-the-loop with future celebrations. 🙂