A PSA about the dangers of texting while driving filmed by Werner Herzog is definitely the best way to get an important message across. Watch the full doc here and pass it on!
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1 part pop cultural icon, 1 part beard, Chuck Klosterman appeared in the Ballroom on Tuesday to promote his new collection of short stories “I Wear the Black Hat” and to answer host Stuart Berman‘s questions on everything from Rob Ford to the Spice Girls.
We’re still not sure where we fit on the villain spectrum, but we are sure that Chuck Klosterman comes with a lot of well-argued ideas and a large contingent of intellectually hip fans.
It’s no secret that we love burlesque and boylesque a lot around here! So, when we found this subversive version of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” by Seattle boylesque troupe Mod Carousel created we found the message extremely clear and highly entertaining.
We’ve always been big fans of nature and the wild side. But as Queen West city dwellers sometimes we just want to pass on the bug bites, sore backs and sweat factor that can come with roughing it in the woods.
Now that the Gladstone Hotel’s management co., Sequel Hotels and Resorts, has added Muskoka’s Touchstone Resort (stays from $149 per room/ night + tax) to their roster, we can satisfy our adventurous side without sacrificing any of our getaway indulgences.
Set smack on the shore of Lake Muskoka, a very quick vroom from Bracebridge and Port Carling, this rustic-meets-refined oasis had us at hello, from the sleek Canadiana décor to the gorgeous condo suites complete with lavish baths and a fireplace in every bedroom.
While the indoors are almost as great as the outdoors, we couldn’t wait to get outside for the stretch of white sand beach (the other side of Touchstone’s secluded peninsula is ideal for boating) and Muskoka’s only infinity pool. When we dragged ourselves out of our chaises, there was canoeing and kayaking, tennis, beach volleyball, bocce and croquet to play. Not to mention brewery tours, a boat museum and a treetop aerial course nearby.
Complement your hike or swim with a tropical fruit wrap or tension-melting massage at the resort’s polished Touch Spa (open 7-days-a-week.) Post pampering, we continued relaxing at Taste Restaurant, where real farm-to-fork menu choices from the Savour Muskoka culinary trail are enhanced by a lakeside patio and rich interior that pays homage to Muskoka’s heritage of wooden boat building. Taste’s fun and funky dock hut outpost also serves up juicy burgers and local fave Kawartha Dairy ice cream.
Happen to be planning a wedding or meeting? Be sure to also take a peek at the Boathouse, Muskoka’s only year-round event venue located just a few feet from the water’s edge. (Great group rates are available on request.)
Simply book a stay for yourself this summer. We promise you’ll leave Touchstone Resort relaxed, refreshed and a happy camper.
It’s finally July, and other than being a perfect summer month filled with bike rides and park hangs, July also happens to be when Toronto’s Festival of Beer takes place. As huge beer advocates and the official hotel of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, we’ve decided to go ahead and deem all of July BEER MONTH.
To kick off the Beer Month celebrations, we’ll be giving away 2 tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer every Friday afternoon in July.
Tweet this: Everything’s gonna #beer alright @GladstoneHotel July is #BeerMonth with Beer Cocktails, Beerwich Wednesdays and more http://ow.ly/mDu1a
Come by the Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar or Cafe and fill out a ballet in person.*
Do both to double your chances of winning each week!
It’s simple. Beer Month is a whole month dedicated to all things beer. We’re tapping into the Beer Month spirit by offering a daily $10.50 Beer Cocktail list featuring drinks like a Marmaladed Beer Sour and a Baesar, $5 pints and burgers every Monday, a beer-based Beerwich special every Wednesday paired with $5 pints of Wellington and even a special Bunks ‘n Beers hotel package combining tickets to the nearby Festival of Beer with a night stay in one of our artist designed Classic Rooms.
*No purchase necessary. Limit of 1 Twitter and 1 on-site entry per person, per week.
We are happy to be celebrating Toronto’s Bike Month with a regular bike-commuting staff–but what about our hotel guests? It’s this cycling question that prompted us to get together with Toronto’s newest, locally-focused bike company, Gallant Bicycles and gear up for something big.
As of July 1st, Gladstone Hotel guests will have the ability to borrow one of our two new, stunning, custom, single speed, cruiser-style bikes (pictured above) built by Gallant Bicycles. With their storefront location at 678 Bloor Street West and a mandate to design, paint, and assemble their bikes right here in downtown Toronto, we are excited to have new bikes-to-borrow at the hotel that are just as locally-aligned as our arts projects, room amenities and restaurant.
A truly Toronto mode of transportation, biking in the city is fast, adventurous and best of all, it’s free. Starting July 1st, hotel guests can simply sign out their own Gallant bike-to-borrow at the Front Desk (bike lock, basket, helmet and Toronto City bike map included), and put the pedal to the metal–or whatever the bicycle-equivalent term is for that.
Whether it’s to explore the Waterfront Trail, check out the scene at Trinity Bellwoods Park or just load up on ravishing retail finds, there’s no better way to get around Toronto than on a Gladstone Gallant.
Launched in March 2013, Gallant Bicycles is located at 678 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Offering a very unique custom bike shopping experience, where you choose everything from your frame type and colour (of which they have so many good options, this step can be harder than passing a rollerblader in the bike lane), right down to your gears and pedals, Gallant’s impressive portfolio of custom options is only surpassed by their innovative and welcoming store layout. But where Gallant really ride ahead of the pack, is by sourcing all their design, painting and assembly right here in downtown Toronto!
Gallant also offers Canada’s largest selection of Canadian-made cycling accessories including local brands like YNOT Cycle, Orontas, OOQI grips, and 2 Doggies (dog collars & leashes made from bicycle tubes).
Sleek, local and ready to ride! We’re popping a wheelie with excitement over the new addition of Gallant bikes-to-borrow and we think you will too.
If you want to get a sneak peek of our new Gallant bikes-to-borrow or just check out some of Gallant’s other custom bike set-ups and riding accessories, come by the Art Bar tomorrow night any time after 5pm and visit the Gallant booth set up for Cycle Toronto’s Bike Month Wrap Party.
This is really cool. A music label in Germany has used the nostalgia and general cool-factor of vinyl in a hyper technological way. The result–a very successful ad campaign and a record player that is materialized out of paper and played through a smart phone!
Celebrating the launch of the 2nd season of his Food Network show, World’s Weirdest Restaurants, premiering on June 17th, host and all-round wacky chef, Bob Blumer treated a handful of adventurous Gladstone diners to a seriously weird 4-course dining experience last night.
The menu was inspired by some of the World’s Weirdest Restaurants, created by Bob and executed by our own Executive Chef Michael G. Smith. Highlights (emphasis on lights) included: Recreating a German meal in mine shaft complete with headlamps, seeing Dean McDermott spear a stuffed chicken with his head, and watching footage of Bob take a wrestling drop-kick to the face in Paris.
Full of weird experiences and delicious food, we still left this event hungry for the premier of season 2 of World’s Weirdest Restaurants.
This hilarious video of Jimmy Fallon and John Krasinski lip syncing makes us laugh til we’re crying. But, most of all, it makes us crave karaoke.
Luckily, it’s Friday and that means Karaoke with Peter Styles is only a few short hours away. So, if you’re craving it too, make sure you come to the Melody Bar tonight for 11pm and show John Krasinski how Katy Perry is really supposed to be sung.