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Avoiding Disaster: Partnering With the Right People to Make Your Event a Success [content sponsored by IHG]

September 28, 2016 by Caroline Comeau, Director of Sales - Canada, IHG
Caroline Comeau

You sit back in your chair, and let out an exhausted sigh. Nothing about this meeting is going as planned. Everything that could go wrong, has. The food & beverage is incorrect, the internet is down, and there aren’t enough

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Don Appetit! Carbon Bar’s Extravagant Lobster Burger

September 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Carbon Bar, the lively barbecue restaurant in downtown Toronto, is offering, until the end of September, The Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia lobster burger for $20 (with the purchase of a pint of Alexander Keith’s beer). And what an extravagant burger

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Industry Insider: In-House or Outsource?

September 23, 2016 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMM, CMP

As long as I have been involved in meetings and incentives, I have watched corporations go through the struggle of deciding if their events are best run by their own staff or by outside event professionals.  Although making a choice

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Thinking Outside the Box

September 22, 2016 by COURTNEY STANLEY
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When we meet, we change the world—unless we’re bored, that is. How many times have you sat in a conference session and: Texted every person from your phone in 30 minutes (yes, it is possible)? Fallen asleep (you may or

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Play Time

September 22, 2016 by ROGER HASKETT
Roger Haskett

Ask yourself: “How many times do we expect teams, meetings, conferences to work in an environment that produces dead rats?” Huh? A 2014 study conducted by a group of psychologists and neurologists found that if you take play away from

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Don Appetit! Nirvana Spreads its Wings

September 9, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nirvana continues to be one of my favourite spots for Northern Indian food in the Toronto area — and now, the restaurant is looking for additional locations. Indeed, Nirvana is looking to franchise, concentrating in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding

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Booking a Meeting at a Hotel? Here's what you need to know! [content sponsored by IHG]

September 8, 2016 by Caroline Comeau, Director of Sales - Canada, IHG
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Autumn is busy season for meetings and conferences, and before we know it, it will be 2017! With the Fall colours beginning to show, it is time to start planning for next year. One way to stay on top of

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Don Appetit! One’s Upmarket Plates

September 7, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Hard to believe it’s been nine years since One restaurant opened in the Hazelton Hotel in Toronto’s tony Yorkville neighbourhood. Part of celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s restaurant group, One, under executive chef Andrew Ellerby and chef de cuisine Darby Piquette,

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Don Appetit! Piano Piano Goes Further

September 2, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Piano Piano is the latest incarnation of Splendido, which for many years has anchored the dining scene on leafy Harbord Street, in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. Last December, Splendido owner Victor Barry closed the restaurant and rebranded as Piano Piano, serving

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Don Appetit! Trius Winery’s Sophisticated Plates

September 2, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Tucked away in Niagara Wine Region, Trius Winery at Hillebrand features an onsite restaurant, headed up by executive chef Frank Dodd, that turns out upscale plates built on first-rate, locally sourced ingredients. One night, there are two stellar soups, one

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The M+IT-IW Happy List

August 31, 2016 by Lori Smith
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Here at Meetings + Incentive Travel (M+IT) and IncentiveWorks (IW) we’ve been on a mission to destress, unwind, relax, chill, stay healthy, have a life…and still get our work done! As part of this journey, we’ve made a list of the small things

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It's Time to Exercise Your Right to Negotiate

August 30, 2016 by HEATHER REID
Heather Reid, Contract Expert

Venue rental contracts, in their first draft form, have been carefully crafted by the venue’s legal counsel to shift the brunt of financial and logistical risks to the event host, and maximize the venue’s revenues. Venues are rightfully protecting their