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As one of the World’s great cities, Toronto has more than your average number of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. Whatever your joint passions are, there’s sure to be something in the city that can help you both feel happy and in love on the most romantic day of the year. Take a look at some our recommendations below, or go your one way! This city is romantic whatever you do. And it’ll be even more romantic when you’re staying at Ramada Plaza Toronto Hotel, which is perfectly located and has everything you need for a relaxing and romantic stay.

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Back with Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen’s death was one of many low moments in 2016, but his words live on, and boy are they beautiful. You can enjoy a romantic and celebrate the recently departed singer songwriter at Bampot Bohemian House on February 14. Split into two parts, one a video installation and the other - the highlight - performances of his music and poetry, it promises to be a really special night for fans of his the great man.

Toronto Zoo Romance

You might think of the zoo as being romantic, but then you’ve never been to Toronto Zoo around Valentine’s Day, have you? This year, the zoo will be hosting two ‘Love at the Zoo’ events, on February 11 and February 14. During the event you’ll learn about the funny and awkward courting misadventures of the animals in the zoo, as well as enjoying a romantic meal and an encounter with a special animal.

A Night at the Theatre

There’s also the opportunity an all fun night in Toronto on February 14. If that sounds appealing, how about the smash hit musical The Bodyguard? It’s opening on February 11, so just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Christmas is nearly upon us, and there are few things more fun to do at this time of the year than heading the theatre. Toronto’s top class arts scene provides plenty of opportunities for families and culture vultures to get their fill this festive season, with three great shows taking place this December. Some are classic, some are thoughtful, and some are all out fun. Which will you choose? Book your stay at the Ramada Plaza Toronto Hotel and you’ll be right in the mix of cultural Toronto.

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Sleeping Beauty

Join a star studded cast for a night of musical hilarity at the Elgin Theatre, where Sleeping Beauty will be playing until January 7. Family shows are a tradition at the Elgin and this, the 21st annual show, promises to be as much fun as ever before! This is billed as being suitable for kids from 9 to 93, so pack all the family together and head down for a night of musical, festive goodness.

A Christmas Carol

Soulpepper’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a Toronto tradition. Taking place from now until December 24 at the Young Centre For The Performing Arts, the classic tale follows evil old Ebeneezer Scrooge as - with the help of a few spirits - he learns the true meaning of the Christmas period. Funny, traditional, and heartwarming, it’s everything that a Christmas story should be.  

Come From Away

Come From Away is a new musical from Canadian playwrights Irene Sankoff and David Hein. The show, which is making its Canadian debut, follows the lives of those stranded following the cancellation of flights on September 11, 2011 - and the Newfoundland locals who take them in. A story of hope and human kindness, it’s perfect material for a festive outing.

There’s plenty to keep visitors to Toronto busy and entertained this November, with three great festivals taking place at venues in the city and beyond. Discover all about Canada’s thriving agricultural scene, see some of the latest and best films, and get it to the Christmas spirit. Whether you attend one, two, or all three of the festivals listed below, you’ll be well positioned when you book a stay at the Ramada Plaza Toronto hotel. All our rooms feature free Wi-Fi, a 40” LCD TV, and a bathrobe, so you can feel right at home, away from home.

Hamilton Film Festival

Take a drive to Hamilton - just an hour from Toronto - between November 5 and December 13 and catch some of the best films around. The festival features full length films, documentaries, shorts, and animated movies that total more than 150 in all. Of these, nearly a third were filmed in Hamilton! Check out the full schedule here - we’re sure they’ll be a film that captures your interest!

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Agriculture Fair

The annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair returns to Toronto from November 4 - 13, and will celebrate all their is to love about agricultural life, including fresh food and equestrian competitions. Head down to get your fill and learn a thing or two about where your food comes from. You may even be inspired to try growing your own produce at home!

Cavalcade of Lights

There’s going to be plenty of fun Christmas events coming up over the next 8 weeks, but it all begins with the Cavalcade of Lights. This event, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, takes place on November 26 and includes the lighting of the city’s christmas tree, live performances, singalongs, and plenty of yuletide goodness. Takes place at Toronto City Hall from 7pm.

Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Home Games, Jays Tickets, Toronto Hotels

The 2016 MLB season is in full swing, which means visitors to Toronto have plenty of exciting Toronto Blue Jays home games to look forward to. All of those home games go down at the beautiful Rogers Centre, just a short distance from our comfortable downtown Toronto hotel. 

Here’s a quick rundown of the Jays’ September home games!

Boston Red Sox | September 9-11  

After a week on the road, the Jays return to their home field for a trio of pivotal home games opposite David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox. Can they kick off September on a high note by defeating these American League rivals? Head over to the stadium to find out!

Tampa Bay Rays | September 12-14

Immediately after their series with the Red Sox, the Jays welcome the dangerous Tampa Bay Rays to Toronto for three, high stakes games. Don’t miss ‘em!

New York Yankees | September 23-26

The Jays will spend the middle of the month on the road, travelling to Los Angeles and Seattle for games against the Angels and the Mariners. Once these games are in the rear-view mirror, the team returns to Toronto for four high-stakes home games opposite the ever-dangerous New York Yankees.  

Baltimore Orioles | 27-29

The Jays wrap up a busy September with three home games against the third-ranked Baltimore Orioles. Get your tickets to watch the team close out the month on a high note!

Yes, the Toronto Blue Jays’ busy schedule of home games mean that visiting sports fans never have to go long without the live sports they crave. Get your tickets to any of the games listed above by clicking here! Of course, you’ll also need a comfortable place to rest up when all the MLB thrills are over, and in Toronto, there’s no better choice in that regard than our conveniently located hotel. Book a room with us today! We look forward to welcoming you to town. 

 Florida Georgia Line, Toronto Concerts, things to do in Toronto

Toronto is always hosting massive concerts, and the coming September is no exception to that rule, as a number of big name musicians will be making their way through town. Given that many of those musicians specialize in the country music genre, the coming weeks look particularly interesting for country music fans!

Without further ado, here are three, awesome country concerts going down in Toronto this September:

Florida Georgia Line | September 1

On the first night of September, country music superstars Florida Georgia Line will be taking the stage at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre with hit tunes like Cruise and This is How We Roll. The talented duo will be supported by other staples of the genre in Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown. Tickets for this country music mega concert start as low as $102. Get yours here, and enjoy the show!

Billy Currington | September 7-8

One week after Florida Georgia Line’s show, country songwriter Billy Currington will be stopping in Toronto for a pair of shows at The Danforth Music Hall. You can catch Currington, who is the musician behind songs like People Are Crazy and Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer, for tickets that cost just $45.00. Get yours here!

Dolly Parton | September 9

On September 9th, country music legend Dolly Parton will take the stage at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. One of the biggest names in country music, and one of the most nominated artists in Grammy history, Parton is the woman behind classic country tunes like Jolene, Islands in the Stream and 9 to 5. Catch her in action for tickets that start as low as $41. Get yours here!

Yes, the coming September looks like a great one for country music fans in Toronto. To enjoy any of the concerts listed above, and everything else that makes our city special, simply book a room at our centrally located Toronto hotel today. We look forward to making your visit a special one! 

Toronto Raptors, NBA, Eastern Conference Finals

TO is on fire in the sports scene recently! Last year it was the run for MLB World Cup, and now, the Raptors are making a run for the NBA championship, taking on Le Bron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and it makes for one fantastic reason to visit Toronto this month. The Raptors defeated the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat to take on the Cavs, and sure, the Game 1 didn’t go the way of the Raptors but the team is ready to turn the tide.

Time is running out! With only three more home games to go, book your TO accommodations at the Ramada Plaza Toronto Hotel and get yourself a seat at Air Canada Centre not! Who knows – you’ll probably even see Drake on the sidelines, mistaking himself for the head coach!

The full schedule is available on TSN and the official Raptors site, but the general breakdown for home games in the current Eastern Conference Finals is as follows:

Saturday, May 21 at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25 at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 29 at 8:30 p.m.

The Ramada Toronto Plaza hotel is located in the heart of downtown TO, about a half hour’s walk from the Air Canada Centre or a quick cab ride. Your walk will take you through the lively St. Lawrence Market, featuring more than 100 amazing artisan shops and boutiques offering up a gorgeous array of just about everything. It’s a lovely way to pass the afternoon before the game, as the market closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays (closed on Sundays). After a walk through the market, sit down to a great pre-game dinner at one of several choice restaurants in the area. So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay today and enjoy the ride to the NBA title!