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Best Chinese New Year Celebrations in Toronto


The Chinese New Year also knows as the Lunar New Year, falls on January 28th this year. The Chinese will be ringing in the Year of the Rooster all over the world, with events in every major city, from Sydney, Australia, to London, England. If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area this weekend, check out one of these events to start off the Lunar New Year with a bang.


Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto, ON

Date & Time: February 4 & 5, 12pm – 6pm

Admission: FREE!

This festival originated in Vancouver in 2009, and was built into the following year’s Winter Olympics as a legacy event. The festival was so successful that over 500,000 visitors from all across the world will remember it for years to come. In 2010, the successful event expanded to Toronto to be enjoyed by the vast Chinese community. This free festival brings Life, Soul and Art together in one exhilarating production, and fosters collaborations between Asian communities and other Canadians.


The Year of the Rooster: A Chinese New Year Celebration


Location: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON

Date & Time: Saturday, February 4, 7:30pm

Admission: Tickets from $39.75

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be performing a special program in celebration of the Lunar New Year. The fourth annual event will feature a Chinese folk instrument called the pipa, and will be performed by Wu Man, an internationally recognized pipa musician.


CNTV Chinese New Year Gala 2017

Location: Sony Centre, 1 Front St E, Toronto, ON

Date & Time: February 27, 8pm

Admission: Tickets from $38

This extravaganza is the biggest social networking event of the year for the Chinese community. The gala will host more than 800 of China and Canada’s most elite artists to perform. If you can’t make it to Toronto to experience the magic, don’t worry; the whole production will be broadcasted live on Bell Fibe TV for you to watch in the comfort of your own home.


Toronto Chinese New Year Ball


Location: Hilton Suites Markham, 8500 Warden Avenue, Markham, ON

Date & Time: February 4, 6pm – 7:30pm

Admission: $250.00

For those of you looking for a more formal event to celebrate the Year of the Rooster, this ball is an excellent option. The champagne, special fusion cuisine and formal dress code will make you feel elite for the night, while the festivities will make you feel as though you were celebrating in Mainland China. Enjoy a musical performance, traditional lion dance, and silent auction, while you celebrating the coming year.

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The Best Comedy Clubs in Toronto


Toronto is filled with comedy clubs all throughout the city, with hilarious people, from Russell Peter’s to lesser-known comedians trying to catch a break. Laugh your heart out at any one of these comedy clubs around the city, we promise you won’t regret it.


The Second City

Location: 51 Mercer St, Toronto, ON


This comedy club originated in Chicago in 1959 and it received so much praise that it opened two new locations in Toronto and Hollywood. It has grown into one of the best comedy clubs in Toronto, and one of the best schools of improvisation. They have live improv and sketch comedy shows each night, and enough classes to satisfy anyone’s needs.


Comedy Bar

Location: 956 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON


When it comes to comedy, the Comedy Bar has everything you could hope for. Whether you’re interested in stand-up, improv, or sketch comedy, this venue has it all. Maybe you’ll even come to realize that you have a knack for comedy, and then you can sign up for one of the many comedy classes they have to offer.


Yuk Yuk’s



This is one of the most well-known comedy clubs in the city! With its many locations scattered across Toronto and the GTA, you are bound to find one local to your area. They have stand-up comedy shows every week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The best part is you get free entrance to any show during the week of your birthday.


120 Diner

If you’re looking for a not-so-typical comedy club, this is the one for you. 120 Diner incorporates pub food, drinks, comedy, live music, and karaoke all in one. It is a great place to go for a night out with your friends if you’re looking for something that is out of the box. Laugh until your stomach hurts with their stand-up comedy, and then try out the stage for yourself during the karaoke portion of the night.


Port Credit Comedy Festival

Location: 161 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, ON


We’re throwing this one in as an added bonus; it’s not a year round comedy club, but if you’re a big fan of comedy then you do not want to miss out on this event. The festival will run from February 23rd – 26th at the Clarke Memorial Hall. Each night there will be a different lineup of hilarious acts to light up the stage. Buy your tickets in advanced to experience the hilarity.

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6 Ways to Make Your Apartment Feel Homey

Image of comfortable white double sofa in day room

Relocating for work can be tough, especially when your short-term rental doesn’t feel like home. We’ve come up with a list of a few ways to make your rental apartment feel homier.


  1. Display Photos

First on our list is displaying photos of family and friends. Relocating to a new city might make you miss your loved ones from back home. Placing a few pictures frames around the apartment will remind you of the people you love and help add décor to your temporary home.


  1. Add an aroma

Adding an aroma to your apartment can really change the mood of any room. Whether it is a burning candle or a natural oil diffuser, incorporating a scent of your choice will make you feel more at home.


  1. Flowers

Who doesn’t love the look and smell of fresh flowers? Not only do they help to decorate the room and add a pop of colour, but they’ll add a fresh scent to your apartment. Pick out your favourite type of flowers to personalize your space. For an added bonus, putting a bouquet of flowers next to your bed is believed by some to improve health.


  1. Shower Products

Many short term rentals will provide you with shampoo and body soap for your showers, but if you’re looking to personalize your space, purchase your own shower products. Buy your favourite brands that you use at home so it feels like nothing has changed.


  1. Listen to Music

Bring a portable speaker that you can hook up to your phone or computer and listen to your favourite music. Let yourself relax and get comfortable in your new space.


  1. Stock up the Fridge
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Activities to help you Embrace Winter

snowStaying busy in the winter time can be a challenge when all you want to do is curl up next to a warm fireplace with a hot coffee and a book. We challenge you to embrace all that the Canadian weather has to offer and do some winter activities this season.


If you are visiting Mississauga for the first time, here are some of the best winter activities in the area.



Cute boy and his parents skating together on the rink


…at Celebration Square

Located in the heart of Mississauga, this public square is a staple for the locals, and a great place to come for a skate. The City offers free patrolled public skating between the hours of 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m on weekdays, and 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m on weekends. Don’t let it hold you back if you don’t have your own skates; rentals will be available on site for a fee.


…at the Harbourfront Centre

If you’re willing to travel a bit further for some good ol’ skating fun, make your way to downtown Toronto for DJ Skate Nights. From now until February 18th, the Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront Centre will be hosting “Toronto’s block party on ice”, Saturdays from 8-11pm. Each week a new DJ will light up the night with an impressive performance while you skate away the winter blues.


Skiing and Snowboarding

If you’re a big fan of these winter sports, you have to check out Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, just 2 hours north-west of Mississauga. The large and exhilarating ski runs will have your eyes watering and heart pumping by the time you get to the bottom of the hill, and then you’ll understand why it is the busiest resort in Ontario. Stay the night in one of their onsite lodges or chateau’s, and enjoy all that the Blue Mountain village has to offer, including restaurants, bars, and shops.


Hockey Game


If you’re as hockey crazed as the Torontonians and GTA locals are, then you’ll fit right in. Get into the winter spirit and go watch the most valuable franchise in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs. They may not be the best team in the league, but the fan spirit never dies in this hockey crazed city. You won’t be let down by the fun atmosphere in this arena, whether the game’s outcome is a win or a loss.



Looking for some good eats this winter? Check out this year’s Winterlicious lineup, starting on January 27th until February 9th. This culinary event gives you the chance to indulge in cuisine from all over the world at participating restaurants in Toronto. Feast in 3-course meals at discounted prices, and choose from over 200 different eateries.

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What is Corporate Housing?


When temporarily travelling for work assignments or relocating for a job, oftentimes the company will provide their employee with a short-term housing solution for the duration of their assignment, or while they find a home to relocate to. The corporate housing solution provides employees with a fully furnished apartment for their safety and comfort.


Furnished apartments come equipped with appliances, furniture, cookware, bedding, and toiletries to sustain the tenants for two weeks. City Gate Suites provide our customers with only the best, high end furnishings for a comfortable yet luxurious living space. For one all inclusive monthly payment, your rent and utilities are paid for and you have access to all the building’s amenities. Corporate housing provides all of this for less than the cost of a hotel stay.

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How to Stay Healthy While Travelling for Business

1. Stay Active:


A major component of staying healthy while travelling is maintaining an active lifestyle. This can be difficult when you are following a busy work schedule, so the key is to make a routine and commit to it. Make sure to choose a type of workout that you enjoy, this will keep you motivated to continue exercising.



2. Carry a Water Bottle:

Carry around a reusable water bottle to remain hydrated throughout the day. Water has many health benefits for the body, it increases energy to keep you focus and alert while you work, and it relieves fatigue for those stressful work days.


3. Eat Healthy:

  • Meal Preparation


Travelling for business may mean that you don’t have much time throughout the day to cook or to go to a restaurant for a nutritious meal. Being crunched for time often leads people to unhealthy fast food restaurants for a quick option. Preparing your meals ahead of time allows you to eliminate the urge to eat unhealthy, while also saving you time and money. Cook your meals the night before and pack them in containers to take to work.

  • Snacking


Eating small snacks throughout the day is important to keep you from getting overly hungry. Oftentimes when people don’t snack in between their meals they tend overeat at each meal. By eating snacks throughout the day, you provide yourself with enough energy to keep you going until your next meal.

Snacks are easy to throw into a purse or a briefcase for times you need energy throughout the day. Choose foods like granola bars, nuts, or dried fruits.


4. Sleep


Travelling is exhausting, especially so when you’re travelling for work. Make sure that you leave yourself enough time to get a good night’s rest of at least 7 to 8 hours each night. Take breaks throughout the day to rest and energize yourself before jumping back into your work.

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Events Worth Making the Trip to Toronto For

If you’re on vacation in Mississauga or the Greater Toronto Area and you’re looking for a fun activity this September, make the trip to the city. Going to Toronto might be a bit of a drive, but it’s well worth it if you’re going to one of these events. Toronto welcomes millions of visitors each year, and for a good reason! There is so much you can do and see in this city, the possibilities are endless. Try out one of these 4 activities as the fall season approaches.


Toronto International Film Festival

This prestigious film festival, most commonly known as TIFF, spans over 2 weeks from September 8th to 18th. If you’re a movie buff, then this is a must attend event. Enjoy notable films from 87 countries around the world, and vote for your favourites to win an award. This publicly attended event often is hosts to 4,000 industry professionals, so you might even get a glimpse of your film’s leading actor or actress.


donaldsonBlue Jays

Catch the Toronto Blue Jays in action this September at the Rogers Centre. This world class baseball team is currently holding the top spot in the MLB’s East division, and will soon fight to clinch the World Series championship. Grab a hot dog and a beer and get into the baseball spirit. With tickets starting at only $9, anyone can afford to travel to Toronto for the day. The Blue Jays have instilled excitement into the city and the whole country, as Canadians can now experience a sports team that is in a position to bring home the championship trophy. If you want an exciting night out, come feel the spirit at this 53,000 seat stadium.


ripsRipley’s Aquarium of Canada

The large and beautiful aquatic exhibit will leave you in awe throughout the entirety of your visit. Ripley’s Aquarium is home to 13,500 specimens, in both marine and freshwater habitats. Feel like you are a part of the display as you go into a walk-through tank, with fish and shark swimming next to you and over your head. Enjoy vibrant coral reefs, discover unique fish species, and even touch stingrays.


edgeCN Tower

This world famous tourist attraction is known as the 3rd tallest tower in the world. If you’re going to make the visit to this attraction, you can take the elevator up 346 metres to the observation deck and experience the glass floor, giving you unique views of the Toronto. The tower offers fine dining at the 360 Restaurant which rotates to give diners a gorgeous panoramic view of the city. If you’re feeling extra adventurous you can try out the CN Tower’s newest feature, the EdgeWalk, which allows you to walk along the perimeter of the tower while harnessed 356 metres above the ground.

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6 Must Have Apps for Business Travellers

Travelling for work can be stressful, as it usually means there will be an interruption in your daily routine.  Relocating to an unknown city where you don’t know your surroundings or even the local language can make doing your job difficult, but with all the new technology this doesn’t have to be a problem. Nowadays people can be more productive on the road by making use of these 6 apps.



This must have app is number one on our list because of its handy features allowing you to track all your expenses easily in one application. Take pictures of receipts, create reports, and get approvals from your office all through the app. Concur makes it easy to manage your expenses when travelling so you can quickly create your invoices.



Simply forward all your reservation confirmation emails to TripIt, and the app will make a master itinerary of your trip so that you can easily access your plans in one place. Use reservations for flights, car rentals, restaurants, and more.



One of the benefits of travelling is getting to discover new things from around the world, whether it be new restaurants, clothing shops, or other services. Yelp allows you to search for whatever type of service you need, and gives you a list of suggestions with reviews from other app users. You will be able to discover the best locations in your area, as deemed by the locals.


Google Drive

This app is crucial for being able to create, edit, review, and collaborate on work with your team from anywhere in the world. Google Drive allows you to create documents and share them with anyone to edit in real time, and your changes will be seen across all devices simultaneously.



Surely by know you have heard about this famous ride sharing company. If you haven’t already downloaded it, you might want to before you go on your next trip. Uber allows you to request a driver to pick you up and take you to your requested location, while paying through the app itself. This app provides you with a more cost effective alternative to using taxicabs.



Booking a flight or a rental car can be tough when you have so many options to choose from. It can be stressful to search multiple different websites to find the best deal possible, so Kayak does it for you. This app searches hundreds of different sites to find you the best options, so you don’t have to put in the work.

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Things to Do This Labour Day Weekend


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The end of summer is rapidly approaching with the Labour Day long weekend just around the corner. This means a few things for us Canadians, the kids are going back to school, and we get an extra day off work to soak up the final days of summer. If you’re in the GTA and looking for something to keep you busy for Labour Day weekend, City Gate Suites’ blog has you covered.


Canadian National Exhibition

the exCommonly known as the “CNE” or “The Exhibition”, this event takes place for 18 days at the end of the summer ever year, and brings about 1.5 million visitors. The CNE takes place in downtown Toronto on the waterfront, boasting beautiful views of the lake.


It is the largest fair in Canada, and for good reason, as you can find carnival games, rides, concerts, shopping, unique carnival food and much more. One of the most popular events to take place each year is the Airshow which runs September 3rd to 5th, and includes performances from the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, and many others. Other events to get excited for include the daily dog shows, and the concert performed by Walk of the Earth.



Football Game

footballFootball fans get excited for this exciting CFL game this Labour Day. The Toronto Argonaunts will go battle the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Monday. Head out to the Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton for the 6:30pm kickoff. These two teams will be going head to head for the second place position in the league’s standing. You don’t want to miss out on this thrilling game.

Make a day trip out of it by driving to the beautiful town early in the day and visit their famous waterfalls. Webster’s Falls and Albion Falls are some of the most popular ones, and they are only a 15-25 minute drive from the field.



Picnic at Jack Darling Memorial Park

This diverse park is located in Port Credit by the waterfront of Lake Ontario. It is the perfect place to take your family for a fun and relaxing picnic. Running water and barbeques are available in the park’s picnic areas. Once you’re finished eating you can take a walk through their nature trails, or on the sandy beach, or even go for a swim in the water.



fishIf you have a love of fishing, take the time this long weekend to truly relax while you catch some fish. Some popular fishing spots in Mississauga and the surrounding areas include Port Credit Harbour, Lake Aquitaine, Bluffer’s Park, and High Park.


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