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Canadian National Exhibition
Photo of CNE 2017 courtesy of Hab Four.

Spend the remaining days of summer soaking up the hottest events happening in Toronto! The Canadian National Exhibition and Toronto International Film Festival are annual events that dominate everyone’s must-see lists before the weather cools down. 

Canadian National Exhibition

Running from August 17 to September 3, 2018, “The Ex” is Canada’s largest annual fair held at Exhibition Place. Taste weird combinations of food like a s’more fried chicken sandwich or an ice cream popsicle dipped in gold. Test your luck at traditional carnival games, pet farm animals, or catch a variety of shows - like the Aerial Acrobatics and Ice Skating Show or Aquarama on the water. There’s so much to see and do from live music to cat shows, check out the CNE website for everything that’s going on

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Every year Toronto rolls out the red carpet to celebrate astonishing films, and tickets are available for the 10 day event. The festival runs from September 6 to 16, with many more smaller events happening around the city. There’s no shortage on what to watch, and TIFF released every trailer for each film debuting during the festival. Festival season is filled with magic and excitement, and there’s a chance you’ll see Ryan Gosling on the streets of Toronto after seeing him on screen. Tickets sell out so to avoid disappointment, purchase tickets in advance of your trip. 

Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market

If you’re looking to explore the neighbourhood of Toronto, make sure Kensington Market is on your list. Pedestrian Sundays is celebrating its 15th year as Toronto’s neighbourhood festival and it’s located in Kensington Market, a unique couple of blocks located 15 minutes west of the city core. It is a delight for the senses, with everything from food to poetry to dance. No cars allowed, giving you the space to walk and soak in the sights. Purchase some rare finds at the community yard sale or look through a curated art fair that will focus on two and three dimensional artworks. Mark August 26 and September 30 on your calendars and find directions here.

Spend the last days of summer tucked away in Toronto’s Garden District at Ramada Plaza, a downtown hotel close to all the attractions while also being surrounded by a garden. Many people will be flocking in for TIFF, have your hotel be your oasis with amenities like breakfast available daily, an indoor pool with hot tub, and wifi throughout the hotel. 

With so many events you can’t miss, be sure to plan your stay in advance! 
Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto Canada
Image courtesy of the City of Toronto

In the heart of downtown Toronto, there’s a never-ending list of exciting events taking place. For your visit to Toronto take advantage of the big city perks and see creations from world famous creators. 

The Art of Banksy

The buzz around Banksy doesn't fade. This limited exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides showcases 80 original works from the anonymous England-based street artist known for his satire and political statements. The $35 million showcase is the world’s largest collection of Banksy’s work and will be in Toronto until September 2, 2018. However, exhibit times vary and tickets are necessary, so double-check details about The Art of Banksy exhibit before heading out.

Inuit Art at the AGO

If you are unable to reserve tickets for the Banksy exhibit, The Art Gallery of Ontario has its own special exhibit on contemporary Inuit life. From June 16 to August 12 the exhibit, Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak, will pay tribute to Canada’s north and the enduring legacy of two of the biggest names in Inuit art. This exhibit is included with general admission and gallery visitors can enjoy free admission every Wednesday night from 6 to 9pm. 

Wicked at Ed Mirvish Theatre

The historic Ed Mirvish Theatre will be home to the musical comedy Wicked from June 20 to August 5, 2018. The classic ‘untold story of the witches of Oz’ has melted the hearts of many and is a must-see broadway production. While the production’s legacy hasn’t slowed since its premiere in 2003, it's only available for a limited time in Toronto so be sure to purchase tickets

ROM Summer Fridays

Spend a night at the museum during The Royal Ontario Museum’s Summer Fridays. Running every Friday from July 6 to September 21, the galleries and exhibits will be open late from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. Drink and listen to live performances among the dinosaurs with an unforgettable view of the city. Every night is different, so check the ROM’s site to see who will be performing each Friday.

These exhibits and shows have travelled far and wide to be in Toronto, but you don’t need to travel far if you plan ahead. Consider staying close in a downtown hotel like Ramada Plaza, where the Ed Mirvish theatre is a block away and the Royal Ontario Museum is only a couple blocks away. Ramada Plaza is right by Allan Gardens, a pocket of nature amidst the busy cityscape, but the city remains at your doorstep with a subway within walking distance to the hotel.  

There will always be something to do in the city, but make it easier by booking your stay at a downtown hotel in advance.

Video by TD Salsa in Toronto

Whether you live to salsa or have just always been a little salsa curious, the TD Salsa in Toronto Festival is for you. Happening from July 2-22, the festival is a three week long celebration of Latin culture. Going strong for 14 years now, the original two day
Salsa on St. Clair street festival still happens over the course of the festival’s run; it takes place July 7 & 8.  

From its humble beginnings back in 2005 as a two day event, the festival has snowballed into a nationally acclaimed celebration that brings more than 320,000 people together. The experience is totally interactive. This is not your average festival where you walk around and watch performances. When you attend Salsa in Toronto, be prepared to be part of the action. It’s a non-stop party in the streets of the city!

Of course, there’s plenty to watch too and don’t forget about the food. Every aspect of the celebration is worth the trip. All ages are welcome at the festival and there’s something here for everyone. Art exhibitions will showcase Latin art. Salsa parties will get everyone in a celebratory mood and give emerging and established bands the opportunity to share their passion. Over the course of the festival more than 300 artists will perform.

If you’ve never salsaed before—no problem! There will also be plenty of opportunities for those new to salsa dancing to learn the steps of this high energy dance. Even better, the lessons are provided for free by many of the dance schools around the city during the festival. Check the Salsa in Toronto website for lesson dates, locations and times.

If you’re looking for hotels in Toronto that would be perfect for unwinding after a busy day of salsa dancing, look no further than the Ramada Plaza Toronto. Our convenient downtown location is ideal for getting to and from the city’s big events. We offer elegant and comfortable accommodations and top-notch amenities


Toronto’s Luminato Festival is for all those who love to create and those who love to be surrounded by creativity. This year’s festival runs from June 6 to 24 and, as always, will completely reimagine the city’s public spaces.


The Luminato Festival is a celebration of art and culture in all its forms. Theatre performances, dance shows, and music will all be on display during the event’s run. The schedule also includes thought provoking talks, such as that led by renowned human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney and her father-in-law, journalist Nick Clooney. The arts lineup includes such acts as, the documentary Mankiller, an Irish re-telling of Swan Lake, and lively musical event, the Ward Cabaret. Of, course, this is just the tip of the iceberg; there is a ton to see and do at Luminato.


In fact, there’s so much going on during the festival you may have trouble narrowing down your choices. If this is the case, not to worry. Luminato has pre-curated a selection of shows for each type of arts lover. In total, there are 34 shows happening this year.


Those who buy tickets to 3 shows will save 15 percent. If you buy tickets to four shows you’ll save 20 percent, and if you purchase tickets for five or more shows you’ll get 25 percent off. If you’re planning to pick up tickets to multiples shows it’s important to note that a few of the shows don’t qualify for the discount.


If you’re going to be coming to the city for the 2018 Luminato Festival and are looking for a hotel in the Toronto area, the Ramada Plaza Toronto is an excellent choice. Our central location is ideal for getting around to see all the shows and our comfortable and affordable rooms make the Ramada Plaza the ideal place to retire at the end of a busy day of soaking in arts and culture.

There’s a lot going on in the Toronto area in the coming weeks. For sports fans, the hometown Blue Jays are having a promising opening season and music enthusiasts have Canadian Music Week to look forward to.


The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a solid start so far this season, particularly in comparison to where they were last April. At this point they’re at 9-4 and their offence is looking strong. Games against the Cleveland Indians have been called off due to rain two times in a row now, and delay may just benefit the Jays in the end as several injured players could be back in the lineup by the time the match-up happens. As always, tickets for games can be purchased ahead of time or at the gate.


As far as the music scene goes, Canada has its own style, its own vibe and its own sound. Nothing puts this uniqueness on full display better than Canadian Music Week, now in its 26th year. This year, music week runs from May 7th to May 13th and, as always, will feature a lively lineup of music industry conferences and world class musical acts.


No matter your musical inclinations, you’ll find something to suit your tastes here. Music week features artists from around the world and covers a wide range of genres. Festival goers have a chance to check out both veteran and emerging artists. This year 1000 bands will play at more than 60 venues across the city. It’s the ultimate chance to immerse yourself in music.


Just a few of the artists set to perform are: Sloan, 2 Chainz, The Used, Slow, CupcakKe, Iskwé, Loma, Modern Space, Sango, and Keys N Krates. The festival is expected to draw around 160,000 music enthusiasts and will have artists from 35 countries. For the full list of shows you can check out the Music Week schedule.


Of course, for those who want to delve deeper into the musical industry, there is a whole host of summits and informational sessions. The conference schedule lists all of these events so that you can properly plan your full musical experience. There are a variety of ways to get involved in Canadian Music Week and tickets and wristbands are now available.    


If you’re going to be in Toronto in May and are looking for accomodation for a Blue Jays game or Canadian Music Week, the Ramada Plaza Toronto puts you in the heart of the action. With affordable rates and a central location, you’ll be right where you need to be to enjoy all the excitement.

As any film buff will tell you, Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival is the place to be every spring. The documentary film festival has grown to be the largest of its kind in North America. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival and is sure to be an extraordinary experience. 


More than 150 of the world’s best documentaries will be shown during the festival’s run. This year the focus according to the festival’s director of programming, Shane Smith, is on, "Formidable filmmakers, in unrelenting pursuit of the truth". With that sentiment in mind, 50 percent of the films being shown have been made by female filmmakers. 


This year Hot Docs runs from April 26 to May 6 and, if previous years are any indication, should draw over 200,000 visitors during its run. A group of theatres in the heart of Toronto play host to the bustling activity. The Hot Docs Cinema, which is a century old landmark theatre in the Annex area that’s been lovingly renewed to its former glory, has been given a new purpose with the festivities. TIFF Bell Lightbox also plays host to some of the festival’s offerings.


Between shows there’s plenty of other activities to enjoy at the festival. Forums, conference sessions and the Doc Shop allow you to completely immerse yourself in the world of documentaries. Passes and packages can be purchased ahead of the event. Ticket packages come in 6, 10 and 20 packs and can be used in any configuration you’d like. There is also a discount for those who purchase early.


If you’re going to be in town and are looking at hotels for the the Hot Docs Festival, be sure to check out the Ramada Plaza Toronto. We’re under a 15 minute drive to most of the festival’s events and provide all the amenities you’ll need to unwind after a busy day of film fervor.

posted by: Ramada Plaza Toronto on: June 18, 2018 6:03:44 PM

As one of Canada’s biggest cities, Toronto is often lucky to welcome some of the biggest names in music for unforgettable live performances. There are always so many live music events going on in the city, so we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting big-ticket concerts coming up in March:


Lorde | March 9

This young musical ingenue from New Zealand took a long hiatus after her smash debut album, Pure Heroine. Turns out she was grinding hard on a new album that is just as catchy as and somehow even more mature than her first. Lorde will be headlining at the Air Canada Centre on March 9 as she tours for her second studio album, Melodrama. You’ve probably jammed along to Green Light and Homemade Dynamite on the radio, so don’t miss your chance to watch this unique and dynamic performer live on stage! Tickets start at $79.50.


Justin Timberlake | March 13 and 15

Long gone are Timberlake’s teenybopper N’Sync days. Fresh off his ultra-successful Super Bowl performance, Justin Timberlake set off on his Man of the Woods tour, performing his classic hits and brand new jams such as his new song Filthy. Justin Timberlake is as sexy as always, with a grown up R&B twist that you won’t want to miss. This will certainly be an unforgettable show, whether you’re with friends or a special someone. The show is anticipated to be so popular that two performances are scheduled at the Air Canada Centre - be sure to get your tickets fast. Tickets start at $80.


P!nk | March 20 and 21

Speaking of the Super Bowl, legendary singer and performer P!nk reminded us all of her vocal chops by belting out the national anthem before the big game. This entertainment powerhouse isn’t slowing down, with new smash hits like What About Us and Beautiful Trauma still taking over the charts nearly 20 years after the release of her debut album. Not only does P!nk deliver vocally, but her performances are always full of impressive dance moves and feats of athleticism normally rare in a live performance. Tickets start at $94 at the Air Canada Centre.


If you’ll be hitting up the Air Canada Centre for one of these world-class live events, there’s no better place to stay than the Ramada Plaza Toronto Downtown. Hop in an Uber or cab and you’ll be at the Air Canada Centre in less than 10 minutes, or easily take transit in less than 20 minutes. A scenic walk towards the city’s waterfront will get you to the venue in just 30 minutes. If you’re checking out an unforgettable concert in Toronto this March, Ramada Plaza Toronto Downtown will make sure your experience is comfortable and convenient.

posted by: Ramada Plaza Toronto on: June 18, 2018 6:02:36 PM

If you’re in Toronto around Valentine’s Day, don’t miss a chance to go out on an unforgettable date in this magical and vibrant city. In a city this unique, the activity options are endless, but check out a couple of our suggestions below:


Go on a café tour

It would take years to explore all the amazing offerings of Toronto’s coffee scene, but if you’ve only got one day, check out Le Tour de Café – Coffee Appreciation & Sweet Indulgence. This organised tour lets you explore Toronto’s flourishing scene of independent cafes and pastry shops in Corktown and Riverside, in the city’s east end. In addition to sampling a selection of specialty coffee and sweets, you’ll also get to meet the talented baristas, bakers, and business owners that take so much pride in their work. Talk about a sweet date! Tours run on select Sundays and begin at 10:30 am.


Art & Wine with your Valentine

Toronto’s Paintlounge is offering an array of Valentine’s Day events from February 10th to 14th. If you and your loved one are creative types (and even if you aren’t!), you’ll have a blast expressing yourselves and getting a unique keepsake to remind you of this magical date. Choose from a structured step-by-step adult painting workshop, a paired workshop where you and your date collaborate on a piece, or take part in some freestyle painting where you can create whatever your heart desires! All supplies and materials are provided, plus complimentary coffee and beer and wine available for purchase. Two of Paintlounge’s locations are just a 10 minute drive away from Plaza Toronto Downtown.


The Ramada Plaza Toronto is a great place to stay if you’re exploring the city with your special someone. Our central location and affordable rates mean you can spend less time planning transit and budgeting, and spend more time enjoying the company of the one you love.


1. Visit Toronto Christmas Market

Until December 23, the historic Distillery District transforms into the Toronto Christmas Market, garnering its inspiration from the markets in Eastern Europe. Sip on mulled wine, listen to classic carols and warm yourself over a roaring fire pit while eating pork knuckle, schnitzel or the Canadian classic poutine. Check out the non-stop entertainment, the outdoor heated beer and mulled wine gardens and the magical 50-foot-tall white spruce Christmas tree that’s decorated with more than 40,000 lights.


2. See the Fair in the Square

Nathan Phillips Square, which is located right in the heart of Toronto, is hosting a fabulous Holiday Fair until December 23rd. Combining the charm and elegance of a Christmas market with the excitement and allure of a thriving winter carnival, the Fair in the Square is a great place to search for the perfect gift, take the family skating, or enjoying a romantic evening drink at the Square’s ice bar.


3. Go to a DJ Party on Skates

Taking place on the Natrel Rink each Saturday evening until February, DJ Skate Nights at the Harbourfront Centre are the best parties in town. So sharpen your skates and expect to hear some stellar DJ sets as you warm up your winter nights.


4. Celebrate 150 Years of Canadian Christmas at Casa Loma

Magical Casa Loma is celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Christmas until January 7, 2018. You can expect fantastic performances from illusionists and ice skaters, as well as some breathtaking holiday décor, including a mighty 40-foot-tall tree in the Great Hall, designed by fashion icon Jeanne Beker and eight other signature trees by talented Canadian designers. The kids can visit Santa in his castle workshop and participate in arts and crafts.


5. Experience Winter at Ontario Place

Ontario Place, which is located on Toronto’s iconic waterfront location is the city’s newest destination for all of your favourite winter activities. Go ice skating, warm your toes around the bonfire, or explore the Winter Light Exhibition, which features 12 illuminated exhibits by 20 local artists that are woven through the beautiful winter landscape.


Nestled in the colourful cultural tapestry of downtown Toronto's Garden District, the Ramada Plaza Toronto Hotel is a great option for a winter getaway. This gorgeous heritage property is bursting with elegance and charm – which just adds to the winter magic.

posted by: Ramada Plaza Toronto on: June 18, 2018 6:00:08 PM

Big cities never sleep, and the biggest city in Canada is no exception. Even on Christmas Day, when many have the day off to spend time at home with family, there is no shortage of things to do out and about. Check out our suggestions below for 3 things to do on Christmas Day in Toronto:


Ice skate at Nathan Phillips Square

The outdoor ice skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square is open throughout the holidays, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Rink hours are 10 am to 10 pm, weather permitting. There’s nothing more festive than lacing up a pair of skates and cruising around the rink with friends or family under a backdrop of glittering lights and an impressive holiday tree. Skating is free and skates and helmets are available for rent. Nathan Phillips Square is located at the foot of Toronto City Hall, just a 20 minute walk from Ramada Plaza Downtown Toronto.


See the Christmas flower show at Allan Gardens

Located right across the street from Ramada Plaza Downtown, Allan Gardens is a historic Toronto landmark with an impressive array flora and foliage throughout its grounds and inside its picturesque Conservatory. Every Christmas the Conservatory features a holiday flower show, with over 30 varieties of poinsettia and other wintery floral masterpieces. The Conservatory is open every day from December 3 to January 7 from 10 am to 5 pm, including Christmas Day. Entry is free!


Visit the aquarium

The fish don’t sleep in on Christmas Day! Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, just a 15 minute drive or 20 minute transit ride away from our hotel, is open from 9 am to 11 pm on Christmas Day. Visit with the sharks, jellyfish, or bright colourful fish throughout the aquarium’s many permanent galleries and feature exhibits. Tickets start at $9 for kids under 5 and range up to $35 for adults.


There’s plenty to do on Christmas Day if you’ll be visiting Toronto for the holidays! Our convenient location means you can get all around town easily and roam the usually-bustling streets on Christmas Day.