You’re probably wondering what we mean when we say “cultural events.” Aren’t all events cultural? Well, yes, broadly defined, that’s true: weddings are quintessential cultural celebrations of love; birthday parties are a cemented cultural tradition; and even work-related events like networking nights are cultural (having a good “work-culture” is key).
That said, the Gladstone has a more specific definition of cultural events. Every event mentioned above is a private affair. They’re invite-only gatherings, and the hotel hosts tonnes of them every month. But this Victorian venue also creates space for another genre of events. The Cultural Programming calendar includes dozens of different events, from weekly to monthly to one-time only. Here’s a sample:
Life Drawing Classes have been at the Gladstone for over 30 years
Halloween, New Years, and Pride Parties
Weekly Music Bingo
80s Dance Parties in Partnership with Good Kids
Weekly RuPaul’s Drag Race Screening + Performance.
These events are all public-facing and arts-focused. They are driven by creativity and performance, often featuring work by local artists and musicians, and are open and accessible to a diverse community. Whether it’s a book launch and reading or a lively dance party, the goal is for everyone to have fun and feel welcome.
Hosting community, charity, and arts parties is part of the Gladstone’s commitment to social responsibility, a commitment that was recently recognized with a B-Corp Certification (there are 2,400 B-Corp certified businesses around the world so far, all held to high standards of social and environmental responsibility; learn more here).
Part of this commitment means continuing to foster innovative cultural events that reflect our communities and their values. Whether it’s a poetry night on Unpacking Toxic Masculinity, a kids’ storytelling circle with drag queens Fay and Fluffy, or a harvest dinner series based on Ontario’s natural growing season, new cultural events are always just around the corner. Our goal is to reflect and respond to what people are talking about and how they want to spend their nights out.
So what’s next then? We’re looking for partnerships! If you have a an exciting event idea that needs a venue (experienced event team included), get in touch with our cultural programming team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for a list of Pride month happenings, summer beer celebrations, and maybe even a trivia or two.