Entertainment & Activities, Venues

Etc. February 2015

Details Rule At Good Son

The Good Son is a buzz-worthy addition to West Queen West, opening in time last fall to host Jennifer Aniston at TIFF. Located at Queen and Dovercourt, guests enter through a pantry-like vestibule. Floor-to-ceiling patio doors front the resto-bar’s deep space, with a large open kitchen at back helmed by season four Top Chef competitor Vittorio Colacitti. A 22-seat chef’s table is close by.

The décor is beautifully eclectic in a cozy, handsome Victorian home kind of way with a quirky mix of old-style leather and industrial metal furnishings. A lot of thought and antique shopping went into creating the inviting detail-centric design. A book-filled library nook cuddles one area of dining tables; walls of antique plates, frames and clocks preside over others. Buy-out is available with a capacity for 160 reception-style. Upstairs, speakeasy bar The Wayward, The Good Son’s “brother” is also event available.

Hip Hopping Entertainment

Patrick Lum, and twin brothers Wayne and Wei Yuan have happy feet … and arms, and legs, and hips. Heck, these boys of Your Private Dancers have the whole breakdancing mosh down pat with groovin’ moves, body popping action, and daring flips and tricks. The crew customizes staging, costumes, soundtrack and performance length to bring high energy, a gravity-defying physicality and interactive crowd appeal to festivals, weddings, trade shows and special events.

Interestingly, the trio, who met in high school, started the dance company to help raise funds for their other business venture, August Brand, an online unisex fashion and accessories line. Their leather goods line may interest planners in search of gifts and promos. Check out Wallet One, a brandable leather wallet that charges USB devices.

Put A Sizzle On Teambuilding

Throw some shrimp on the barbie, mate! Fire up groups with a taste of patio season and some collaborative teamwork at the Weber Grill Academy, Toronto’s first indoor barbecue cooking school. A custom-built ventilation system at the Vaughan, ON-based venue brings four gas barbecues, two smokers and five charcoal grills to life in a sleek, ultra mod stainless steel kitchen setting. Bright and airy, colourful lifestyle and food shots poster the windows yet still let the light in.

Top pitmaster, celebrity Chef Michael P. Clive leads the three-hour hands-on, helpful tips-packed classes, taking aspiring grilling enthusiasts, a maximum of 28 people, through their BBQ paces. A dynamic and animated personality, chef offers three main grill menu choices: Surf and Turf, Classic BBQ or a Sea of Grilled Flavours. Post class, groups enjoy their grilled creations in an adjacent social area. A patio opens this summer.