Toronto Showcases Diverse Venue Options for MPI WEC

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Toronto Showcases Diverse Venue Options for MPI WEC

By Blair Potter | May 13, 2019

Photo courtesy Metro Toronto Convention Centre

MPI’s 2019 World Education Congress (WEC) begins June 15 in Toronto, and events will be held at a variety of venues, representing the city’s diverse group options. Let’s take a look at some of the spaces.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Most WEC activities will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which debuted in 1984 when the North Building opened for business with a formal dedication by Queen Elizabeth II. The centre covers more than 2 million square feet, including seven exhibition halls (442,000 square feet), 77 meeting rooms (129,000 square feet), two ballrooms (78,000 square feet) and a 1,232-seat theater. The centre has hosted more than 20,000 events and has added $6.3 billion in direct-spending economic impact to the community.

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Echo Beach at Ontario Place

Attendees of the Opening Night Celebration (6-9:30 p.m., June 15) will “Celebrate Canada” on Toronto’s iconic Echo Beach at Ontario Place with big stages, big sounds and big fun all around. Featuring lakeside views and interactive experiences, including an assortment of tastes from across the country, delight in the cheerful summer vibes of the great Canadian outdoors. It’s Canada’s festival, representing the country’s robust diversity through vibrant performances, lively culinary activations and colorful activities. Don’t miss the celebration. Casual summer attire is recommended. Hosted by Tourism Toronto (+ destination partners).


Toronto Event Centre

The MPI Foundation brings you Rendezvous at the Toronto Event Centre (9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., June 17). Rendezvous is WEC’s can’t-miss fundraising and networking event, which includes live entertainment, an open bar and plenty of chances to dance and network. All proceeds from this ticketed event benefit grants, scholarships and education for individuals in the industry.

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The Toronto Event Centre is a transformative historic venue set on the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) grounds. With multiple bar setups and private sections, it is the perfect location for Rendezvous. The original Horticultural Building on the CNE grounds, constructed in 1907, it is an architectural landmark that juxtaposes Toronto’s classical charm with a post-modern twist accented by a crystal glass dome. Since its inception in 2005, the event centre has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation and features the gold standard of state-of-the-art technology, style and flexibility. It has developed a reputation for luxury, elegance and unsurpassed service. Sponsored by InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton, Venetian Las Vegas, Visit San Jose. Entertainment sponsors: Caesars Entertainment, Warren Peace.

Rebel & Cabana Pool Bar

Toronto is Canada’s Downtown, home to big-ticket events, globally inspired cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and colorful entertainment. You’ll experience all of this set against the dazzling backdrop of Toronto’s skyline during the Closing Night Celebration: Let Yourself In at Rebel & Cabana Pool Bar (6:30-10 p.m., June 18). Immerse yourself in interactive dance performances, experiential installations, Toronto-centric entertainment and a flavorful journey across the city’s multicultural neighborhoods.

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Rebel & Cabana Pool Bar are extraordinary, multi-dimensional spaces that evolve through the day and well into the night with 45,000 square feet of striking design and unexpected wonder combined with powerful sound, immersive light, sensual forms and tactile details to delight and astound at every turn. Cabana Pool Bar transforms Toronto’s waterfront into a “Day-to-Night” party spot with private cabanas, daybeds and enough room for 2,500 people to take in the view and all the sun you can take. This multipurpose venue offers breathtaking views of the city skyline and waterfront. Hosted by Tourism Toronto.

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Blair Potter
Blair Potter

Blair Potter is managing editor for The Meeting Professional. He likes toys and collects cats (or is it the other way around?).