Entertainment & Activities, Venues

Etc. Jan. 2014

Introducing The Carbon Bar

Where there’s smoke there’s fire … a wood-fire pit, actually, a signature cooking method of the recently opened Carbon Bar. From the masterminds behind Nota Bene, the new Queen Street East bistro serves up slow-roasted meats, snacks and sharing plates in a spacious, modern setting. The location is the former home of a Disney rehearsal space, CityTV studio and a nightclub. Buy-out capacity fits around 100 guests. A chef’s table seats 12.

Spherical lighting fixtures hang from lofty industrial ceilings, burgundy leather booths pop from exposed brick, and eclectic accents make great eye candy. A second-floor dining room, seating 30, overlooks the space with the option of privacy draping. A back door offers private entry for VIPs and celebrities. Chef David Lee, formerly of Splendido, is in the kitchen dishing up American cuisine.


Get Your Caricature On

Photo credit: James Pope Photography Photo credit: James Pope Photography

Artist Alma Roussy of Alma Art recently elevated her talent for drawing caricatures by taking it to the wall – a digitized graffiti wall, that is! For Starlight Soiree, a recent Juvenile Diabetes benefit (pictured), Roussy created giant caricatures of guests using a digital spray paint can. Her work was projected on the graffiti wall screen and a computer hook up printed out glossy takeaways of the end results.

The artist, who has a studio at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, has an innate talent for capturing personalities, customizing portraiture entertainment with logo-branded paper and event or subject themes. Producing up to 10 portraits an hour from scratch, she can double that to 20 an hour using a template with a pre-printed body. As well as caricatures (which make great gifts!), Roussy is also available for live mural work, invitation and website illustration.


Scent An Event

What does your event smell like? Master perfumer Tracy Pepe of Nose Knows Design creates custom scents that help enhance and brand a setting or product through olfactory sensory experiences. Her latest assignment — the subtle but impactful proprietary champagne-and-caviar aroma that greets guests in the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto lobby. “Scents translate emotions and create lasting memories,” says Pepe, who uses only all-natural, alcohol-free, essential oils.

EPIQ Vision provides the technology that atomizes the essential oils into an aromatic vapour that’s diffused throughout the room. There are many ways to implement a customized scent for a lasting impression. An invitation could introduce the fragrance that guests will recognize upon entering the event space, with a scented candle in the takeaway gift bag triggering memories when lit weeks later. Nose Knows Design also offers dry diffused scented banners, ideal for trade shows and point-of-purchase marketing.