February featured a series of events that levelled up the usual love rhetoric. Working with some amazing event partners, the Gladstone was thrilled to be able to host exhibitions, panels discussions and dinner parties that went beyond the usual platitudes of a Valentine’s Hallmark card. Check out highlights from the hotel in February below, including pictures and press coverage! Click on any image to see the full Facebook album!
Wedge Curatorial Projects — a love ethic Opening Reception
Wedge’s annual exhibition in the 2nd floor gallery features stunning photography and video work by seven local and international artists. Curated by Emilie Croning, a love ethic explores and celebrates contemporary ideas around Black love in all its forms, including love of community, family, partners, places and of oneself. The show has been given some awesome press, and one of this year’s artists, Jah Grey, was featured on the cover of Now Magazine! Photos of the opening reception (below) by Nathalia Allen — @amillionminds.
Love is Love Prix Fixe Dinner and Galentine’s Cabaret
The goal with this year’s Valentine’s Day was to make it as inclusive and welcoming as possible. We invited people to come for dinner and a cabaret alongside their pals, parents, and/or partners. So naturally we were thrilled to be given a shout out for non-traditional pre-fixe (thanks Daily Hive!) and our Golden Girl’s Cabaret (thanks She Does The City!)
How to Love a Jamaican: A Conversation with the Author
Wedge Curatorial Projects presented an amazing discussion about how we love, featuring Jamaican-born author Alexia Arthurs (her celebrated collection of short stories, How to Love a Jamaican, was selected as a top pick by Oprah Magazine!) in conversation with Toronto-based cultural commentator Sharine Taylor. The panel made Now Magazine’s List of The best Black History Month 2019 events in Toronto too!
Love Actually Exhibition
Curated by Scarlet O’Neil, this year’s exhibition made waves in the wedding and photography communities for its powerfully evocative pictures. Wedding Bells Magazine highlighted some “seriously emotional wedding-day moments”, and Toronto Life interviewed 10 photographers about how the stories behind the pictures are “guaranteed to warm your cold heart”.
Exhibition Opening Photos (below) by @momentsbylauren on Instagram
Wedge Curatorial Artists Panel Discussion
Participating artists from a love ethic discussed their work in a round moderated by exhibition curator Emilie Croning.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Parties in the Melody Bar
It’s like a night of Netflix, but with over 100 of your best friends. RuPaul’s DragRace Allstars was yet another fabulously fantastic season. Hosted by Allysin Chaynes and Champagna, each week featured amazing performances and hilarious commentary. Sorry to have missed out? Fear not! A new season of Drag Race has already started. Click here for details: every Thursday night in the Melody Bar.
Music Bingo — Grand Prize Night
Thanks to SteamWhistle Pilsner we were able to give out another hilariously timely monthly Grand Prize at Music Bingo. The lucky winner got prepared for their journey home during Wednesday night’s snowstorm with a brand new snowsuit! The next Grand Prize night is on March 24th. Click here for more Music Bingo.
Bent Beauty Supreme
We’ll admit it, this event was technically in March, but we just had to share photos from the busted beauty pageant ASAP. It’s one of our favourite annual events to host, with dozens of creative creatures coming to the Ballroom to strut their stuff and perform on our fabulous runway.
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