This issue features . . .
1GO Media Ltd.
Centreville - Toronto Islands
Cirque du Soleil - Kurios
Harbourfront Centre
ICL Project Management
Nautical Adventures - Empire Sandy
The Rostie Group
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Toronto Port Authority - Sail-In Cinema
Waterfront Singing Ambassadors
The Westin Harbour Castle

S H O P   L O C A L
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Pick up your FREE Waterfront Savings Card at The Waterfront BIA office in Queens Quay Terminal OR ask one of our Waterfront Singing Ambassadors so you can enjoy special offers and savings at many of our Waterfront businesses!
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KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities

  1. POST or TWEET the phrase "Reality is Relative!" on your personal Facebook and/or Twitter page.
  2. Mention The Waterfront BIA and Cirque du Soleil and include both #Kurios and #TOwaterfront in your post or tweet.
  3. Enter on Facebook AND Twitter to double your chances of winning!


Two winners will be randomly selected on Friday, August 29th and contacted via their social media account to arrange their prize pick-up at The Waterfront BIA office. (Each Prize Package value: $198.)
If the winner does not pick up their prize within one week, another winner will be selected. Only one entry per social media account will be accepted.  GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, August 14 - Jaws

Friday, August 15 - Jurassic Park
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Saturday, August 16 - E.T.

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Kevin Currie
 Wheel Excitement

Dermot McKeown
Radisson Admiral Hotel

Shey Clark
Great Lakes Schooner Company

Blair Keetch
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Board of Management

Kathi Bonner
Brookfield Properties

Nancy Gavin
Redpath Sugar

Christina Medeiros
Maple Leaf Quay

Helder Melo
Harbourfront Centre

Rosie Middleton
Mariposa Cruises

Pam McConnell

Executive Director
Carol Jolly

Operations Manager 
Public Relations 
Peter Ashworth
Ashley Lloyd
Ashworth Associates

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Pete Richardson
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Wendy Biss

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Dear ,

Here's the August issue of
The Ripple e-Newsletter to share with your colleagues, friends and family.

Picture yourself here on Toronto's Waterfront. Just a short walk south from Union Station.

Note: Due to road construction, if you are driving to the Waterfront please drive east of your destination before proceeding south to Queens Quay West which temporarily runs one-way west only.  It's better by the water.

Welcome to Our Newest Waterfront BIA Member: 1GO Media!

portrait of a young woman talking on a cell phone over lunch
1GO Media is creating a new waterfront neighbourhood digital marketplace that is designed to connect WBIA members with people who eat, shop, work, play, live, and stay on Toronto's waterfront.  The new online neighbo�rhood will stimulate unique ways to create value, loyalty and business opportunities.


More news will be coming over the next few months. Meanwhile, merchants, you'll be hearing from 1GO very soon!


1GO Media has just relocated to The Rostie Group offices at 20 Bay Street, right in the core of Toronto's waterfront.


1GO Media Ltd.

1100-20 Bay Street

[email protected]

New Thrills at Centreville Amusement Park

Get excited for the official launch of Centreville's BRAND NEW Toronto Island Mine Coaster! With taller dips, tighter turns and a longer track, the new T.I.M. Coaster is BIGGER and better! Keep your eyes peeled on Centreville's website and Facebook page for details about the official Grand Opening.

In addition to launching the new coaster, they will also be re-opening the Frog Bog and Leaping Lily Pad, as well as re-launching the beloved Bumper Cars with a whole new rodeo-ready look and feel!

Bring your family down to Far Enough Farm and experience their many new furry and feathered friends, like Charlie the Nubian-Boer goat, Chukar Partridges, and Merrylegs the Polish Pony. Visit Centreville Amusement Park and Far Enough Farm in August to experience these new and exciting kid-sized thrills!  


Centreville Amusement Park
The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal
9 Queens Quay West
416 203 0405

Cirque du Soleil Unveils Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

Steam engines, moving pictures, and flying machines are among the collection of otherworldly imagery, paired with mesmerizing acrobats, which await audiences at Cirque du Soleil's new touring show KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities, opening August 28 under the Grand Chapiteau at The Port Lands, Toronto Waterfront.

Michel Laprise, the artistic director behind Madonna's Super Bowl XLVI halftime show and MDNA tour, has created a makeshift mechanical world with a whole new level of eye-popping circus numbers. KURIOS premiered April 24 in Montreal to rave reviews, causing Cirque du Soleil to extend the Toronto run until October 19, 2014!


Look for our contest details and enter to WIN KURIOS show tickets in this month's issue! 


Cirque du Soleil - KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities  

The Port Lands
51 Commissioners Street
1 877 653 4501

Explore the World Close to Home

Harbourfront Centre's Summer of Wonder continues with weekend festivals and fun activities throughout the month of August. 


Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean at Island Soul (August 1-4) and dance to the rhythms while you indulge in the flavours of the islands all weekend! Don't miss Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah on August 1 (tickets on sale now) with Ballet Creole as the show opener.


Explore the culture of South America's biggest country at Expressions of Brazil (August 8-10), co-produced by Southern Mirrors and Puente. Tempt your taste buds at the legendary Hot & Spicy Food Festival (August 15-17) and connect with the global legacy of Taiwan at TAIWANfest (August 22-24).


Experience the vibrant artistic spirit of Ashkenaz Festival (August 29-September 1), co-produced by the Ashkenaz Foundation and don't miss The Leslieville Flea on August 3; Shop vintage, salvaged, or up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques and collectibles on the shores of Lake Ontario. There's even more going on throughout the month - visit for complete details.

Harbourfront Centre 
235 Queens Quay West
416 973 4000

New Planning and Project Management Company Arrives

Interested in developing or re-developing a piece of property but don't know what the difference is between the two options? Unaware of what your risks could be when developing a property? Who will tell you what is allowed and not allowed to build on a piece of land?

ICL Project Management Solutions Inc. can help you with these questions and more. The firm offers land use planning and project management services including feasibility reports, risk management process, concept plans, and owner project management representation from the pre-development stage to construction. They will deliver their service with emphasis on integrity, competence, and loyalty.

ICL has recently expanded and opened a satellite office here in the heart of the Waterfront community and are abreast with contemporary office culture as they enjoy a co-working space at 20 Bay Street! 

ICL Project Management

WaterPark Place - 20 Bay Street
647 880 6354

Exclusive Summer Cruising on Lake Ontario

Join Nautical Adventures on one of their exclusive cruises including a Fireworks Dinner Cruise, a Rocking Blues Cruise and two Air Show Cruises that will be sailing out of the Toronto Harbour. At 200 feet in length, 11,000 square feet of sail, and 740 tons, Toronto's largest sailing ship the Empire Sandy offers a unique opportunity with a historical flare. Climb aboard and enjoy the experience of dining and dancing under the open sky!


Nautical Adventures also offers private chartering for special events aboard either of its two ships. Choose between the 275 passenger Tall Ship Empire Sandy or the 325 passenger motor vessel Wayward Princess and host your next corporate event or celebrate that special day. Birthdays, weddings, a graduation or anniversary, Nautical Adventures will provide an elegant yet exhilarating experience you won't soon forget!

Nautical Adventures

103 - 600 Queens Quay West
416 364 3244

Meetings Made Easy with Videoconferencing

Videoconferencing is a convenient and effective meeting option which can save your organization time and money, and offers many advantages over traditional business meetings.


Lower your travel expenses - Share information with colleagues around the world in mere seconds without unnecessary travel costs. Gain a competitive "edge" - Videoconferencing gives you the instant "edge" in an increasingly globalized business world by allowing for a variety of diverse perspectives from off-site associates with limited planning or notice. Stay 'in the loop' - Whether connecting from home or conducting business off-site, videoconferencing allows you to effortlessly manage your business priorities while remaining an integral part of the decision making process. Reduce your company's carbon footprint - Virtually bring together groups from several key locations rather than relying on high-emission transport to get everyone into the same room.


Their cutting-edge equipment is safe, secure, and reliable, AND they offer on-call technical support throughout the entire videoconferencing process to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly. Let The Rostie Group host your next videoconference.


The Rostie Group 
WaterPark Place - 20 Bay Street 
416 214 1840 

Client Testimonial . . . 

"The Rostie Group is so much more than a landlord - they have given us an amazing 9 to 5 home. The Rostie team has made it extremely easy for us, not only to relocate and get up and running but also with exceptional service and attention to the littlest detail.  Now we can focus on our business, with total confidence that we can keep growing and they will be there for us.  We're very happy with our decision to locate with them, right in the core of the Waterfront!"

Alizabeth Calder

President & COO, 1GO Media Ltd.

SUP - Surfing with a Twist

Try Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) this summer! Originating in Hawaii, this off-shoot of surfing can be fun for the whole family. What better place to try it than the beautiful Toronto Island just minutes from the downtown core.


Toronto Island SUP is a business dedicated to connecting people with the outdoors (on the water), by offering SUP rentals and a variety of classes & tours for both individuals and groups. Instructors are certified with Paddle Canada as advanced SUP instructors and have continued their education in the Health & Fitness fields. If you're looking to escape the 'hustle & bustle' of the city, it's just a short ferry ride to Wards Island to enjoy all the beauty it has to offer. Come play on the island in the sun; freedom on the water!

Toronto Island SUP
Wards Island, Toronto Islands
5 Third Street
416 877 4668

Discover the Waterfront as Never Before

A limited number of FREE tickets are now available to what is sure to be one of the hottest, most unique events on Toronto's summer entertainment schedule - the Toronto Port Authority's 4th annual Sail-In Cinema.


Ranging from the prehistoric, to the oceanic, to the intergalactic, this year's movies, selected by the public in a record-breaking 4,900 votes, have something for everyone and will include Jaws (back by popular demand) on Thursday, August 14, Jurassic Park on Friday, August 15, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on Saturday, August 16.


Sail-In Cinema is the first event of its kind in the world and provides the unique opportunity to watch movies from both land and sea on a giant, floating, two-sided screen. Movies will begin at approximately 8:45 pm each night at Sugar Beach (25 Dockside Drive). Don't delay to register for your free ticket.


Toronto Port Authority
60 Harbour Street 
416 863 2000

Spend Your Evening Wrapped in Emerald

Peridot, the most well-known gem variety of olivine, is a bright yellow-green gemstone that is referred to as "evening emerald". This is because it glows vibrantly at night, even in dim candlelight, and does not change in artificial light.


Gem quality peridot is found in Arizona, Burma, the Red Sea Islands, and sometimes even in meteorites. This stunning gemstone can also be discovered where volcanic activity has occurred. The higher the purity of green in a peridot, the higher the value is.


Peridot is ideal for gift giving in August, being the official birthstone, and doubles as a great everyday accessory requiring minimal care. The lime green colour is a perfect accent for outfits including white, turquoise, peach, and yellow. Fun Fact: legend says that peridot was one of the favourite gemstones of Cleopatra and that many of the "emeralds" worn by her were actually peridot. Visit Vivah and check out their fabulous peridot pieces in contemporary sterling silver settings and find your favourite piece today! 

Vivah Jewellery, Queen's Quay Terminal
207 Queens Quay West, Ground Floor
416 682 1085   

Introducing our 2014 Waterfront Singing Ambassadors!  

June 19 - September 1, the award-winning Waterfront Singing Ambassador program features eight lively Ambassadors who travel along Toronto's Waterfront offering assistance, directions and recommendations to visitors, as well as impromptu a cappella singing performances. The Waterfront Ambassadors help to put our community "on the map" throughout the city, being the most unique program of its kind in Toronto. Our Ambassadors engage residents, visitors, and our members, ensuring all are assisted and entertained while on the Waterfront. Contact us for a FREE special appearance at your next event!

The 2014 Waterfront Singing Ambassadors are John Paulo Amor, Samantha Bielanski, Allen Chien, Dominic Ebona, Dianne Oliveira, Peter Raimondo, Beth Robertson and Sheree Spencer. Their repertoire features ten a cappella summertime favourites arranged by internationally-published com�poser, arranger and per�former Aaron Jensen.


The Singing Ambassadors are part of an overall strategy to make the Toronto Waterfront a welcoming destination. The program is also made possible with assistance from Ontario's Summer Jobs Service and Waterfront Toronto.

Scarborough resident John Paulo Amor is a charismatic individual who is not a stranger in the Toronto music scene. As the lead singer/ songwriter for the Band called "DiverseCity", he has propelled the group to being opening acts for major YouTube artists such as D-Pryde, Crystalyne, Courage My Love, and Paradis
e Fears. Paolo is one of the youngest performers on staff but his experience singing in front of a crowd gives him the confidence to excel. He plans to take Music Industry and Performance at Centennial College to pursue his dream as a songwriter for major record label artists. 





Toronto-based performer Samantha Bielanski, who currently resides in Parkdale, is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts. She has been busy making her mark on the Toronto musical theatre scene and has recently performed with the Lower Ossington Theatre as well as First Act Productions. Some of her past credits include Stinky Kids, HAIR, All Shook Up, and Fugitive Songs.


Allen Chien
, a resident of the Annex, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto Tourism Operations Management. He has sung in many choirs at U of T, such as the Hart House Jazz Choir, Hart House Chorus, the Faculty of Music's Master Chorale, Men's Chorus, and the award winning a cappella choir, Tunes. Beats. Awesome. Allen is excited to be a part of the award winning Waterfront Singing Ambassadors for the third year in a row.

A young and talented vocalist from North York, Dominic Ebona is an  alumnus of the world renowned Toronto Children's Chorus and is experienced with the choral arts, performing in some of the world's famous concert venues such as the Roy Thomson Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna. Dominic expanded his musical horizons as he graduated from Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, specializing in Vocal Music for four years. Heading into his second year at the University of Toronto, Dominic looks to broaden his musical signature as the new co-musical director of the award winning collegiate a cappella group, Tunes. Beats. Awesome.




Dianne Oliveira is a graduate of Sheridan's Musical Theatre Performance Program. Prior to that, Dianne attended Cawthra Park Secondary School for the Arts where she studied music and drama.  She is a passionate about fitness, fashion, and writing, completing her first play in 2012 and currently working on a second piece. Dianne is thrilled to be a part of the Waterfront Singing Ambassador program and grateful for the chance to sing in the sun and entertain Toronto. Born and raised in Mississauga, Dianne now lives in North York.




After graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from U of T,
Peter Raimondo
learned to fly planes in the Czech Republic while travelling solo across Europe for 5 months. Upon his return, he leveraged his singing skills (honed through a combination of high school choirs, sketch comedy musical revues, and a great deal of karaoke) to land an a cappella singing gig. Peter lives in Maple, Ontario.



A resident of Rosedale and recent graduate of the Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College, Beth Robertson has trained classically for many years and enjoys singing jazz and music theatre. She is a current member of Theatre 20s Emerging Artist Ensemble, performing in local cabarets all across the city. Most recently she toured across Southern Ontario with Opera Luminata as a features soloist. Notable roles are: Wendla (Spring Awakening), Ellen (Miss Saigon), and Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls) to name a few. She has a great interest and passion for working on Canadian musicals and has done such workshops as The Theory of Relativity, Bloodless and Rain Dogs.

Sheree Spencer is a versatile singer and violinist, with a strong passion for the arts. A graduate  from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Double Minor in Drama Performance and Environment Studies, Sheree utilizes her artistic interests in various forms within the performing arts. She has sung with note worthy musicians such as Oliver Jones and Ranee Lee while singing with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir and has also been a chorister with the McGill Symphonic Choir, and the Schulich Chamber Singers.  International experiences include attending the Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts as a Berkshire Scholar and performances in France and London, UK. As a violinist, Sheree has performed a variety of styles which range from Broadway/Musical Theatre to Classical music within Canada and Italy. Sheree is fluent in French and English and lives in Scarborough.

The Waterfront BIA  
Queen's Quay Terminal - 207 Queens Quay West
Ground Floor, South Atrium 

Here's what a member had to say about our Ambassadors . . .
"I've heard them sing and they are wonderful!
Michael Persaud, Member Care Account Engagement Representative, Tourism Toronto 


A visitor wrote to say . . .

"What a great way to promote a BIA! Your ambassadors are fabulous!!!" 

Simon Capet, Award-Winning International Conductor - read his bio here.

Explore Toronto

The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel has partnered with City Sightseeing Toronto to offer a great new package for the summer. Explore Toronto like you've never seen it before with two 24-hour City Sightseeing Toronto "Hop-on, Hop-off" bus tour tickets, AND a harbour cruise! 


This exclusive experience package consists of 2 City Sightseeing Toronto hop-on/hop-off tickets per stay ($79 savings), complimentary in-room internet ($14.95 savings), as well as your overnight, deluxe accommodations featuring the signature Westin Heavenly� Bed and Shower. Perched on the vibrant waterfront of Lake Ontario, the Westin is dedicated to traditional luxury and customized service, and offers a plethora of amenities to create an experience that both the business and leisure traveller will not soon forget.

The Westin Harbour Castle
One Harbour Square
416 869 1600
1 866 716 8101