Here’s to strong women – may we know them, may we be them and may we raise them! If you’re looking to celebrate International Women’s Day this year on March 8th for International Women’s Day, then look no further. If you live in Toronto, you’re likely inundated on the daily with events, festivals and shows going on all around the city. I actually find it quite tough to pick between what to hit or what to miss. But, I always know that if there’s an event at or hosted by The Drake, it’s one I wanna be at hands-down. So, that’s why I thought I would share a bit about some of the upcoming events that will be celebrating all things women this month!
The Vagina Dialogues: International Women’s Day Edition
Venue: Drake Lounge, Toronto
March 8, 2018, 7 p.m.
I’m not sure if I could be more excited for this one, folks. I love the idea of people who identify as female from all walks of life, different backgrounds and cultures, coming together to talk about some of the issues that may tie or divide us – but with the collective goal of connection. This interactive cocktail night in celebration of women, and in support of women at one of Toronto’s trendiest venues, will have all proceeds from the event donated to Toronto women’s drop-in centre, Sistering.
Your ticket to this event includes some kick-ass women-power themed cocktails and tasty appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts, created and served by the award-winning Drake Hotel catering team. You’ll also get sweet swag bag, including items from natural brands like Province Apothecary, Sweet Spot Labs, Designs for Health, CanPrev, NFH and many more. And if that’s not enough. you’ll be entered in for a chance to win some awesome prizes from Brass and Unity, I Love My Muff, Province Apothecary, Float TO, gift baskets galore, dinner for 2 at the Drake… and many more!
Women’s Day With Bad Girls Collective
Venue: Drake Sky Yard, Toronto
March 8, 2018, 7 p.m.
If you haven’t heard of Bad Girls Collective yet, you’ve gotta check them out ASAP! Another International Women’s Day themed event, this one celebrates all women by pausing to recognize our brilliance and endless achievements. We stand together, celebrating the need for (gender, economic, social and cultural) equality, our beautiful miracle-building bodies, and above all else, love.
Bad Girls Collective is encouraging you to rally your women-loving gang and join them for a very special evening in The Drake Hotel Sky Yard. Featuring Rose Aura photography and a specialty Women’s Day themed cocktail list with proceeds going to Sistering: A Woman’s Place.
Venue: The Pavilion, Prince Edward County
March 8, 2018, 5 p.m.
The Drake Devonshire in PEC is also celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th. Let’s hear it for local women as they come together for a mix + mingle over delicious eats and drinks by some of their most-talented women chefs, wine makers and producers from the County, including:
Alexandra Feswick, Drake Devonshire
Lili Sullivan, Pomodoro
Enid Grace, Enid Grace
Rebecca Hunt, Picnic
Elisha Andrewsky, Midtown Brewing
Trisha Cook, The Hayloft + The Good Place
Ashley Inglis, Guapo’s Cantina
Lynn Sullivan, Rosehall Run
Patricia, Fifth Town Cheese
Mackenzie Brisbois, Trail Estates
Sherry Karlo, Karlo Estates
You can enjoy a special International Women’s Day cocktail menu as you mingle. Stay after dinner for 1/2 priced wine and more eats from their new menu. Proceeds from the evening will go to support the Wellington Heritage Museum’s Garden Project.
Sunday Wine Social With The Grape Witches
Venue: Drake One Fifty, Toronto
March 11, 2018, 6 p.m.
It’s time to rally your fellow wine women and join The Drake and The Grape Witches for a class that’ll get you up to snuff on all things wine. With their growing coven, The Grape Witches are passionate about wine, sweet times and rad spaces. Run by Krysta and Nicole, they’re real life best friends who have worked in the wine industry for a long time!
By educating people on low intervention, natural wines made by people around the world, they’re working on making it less confusing for consumers. After this witchy wine event, you can stick around and enjoy your favourite bin-end selection at half price. Come share the magic of wine, which involves a lot of wild laughter, smirking, trouble, life-altering flavour and community – if you let it.
Happy International Women’s Day! See you there!
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Catherine Sugrue, CNP
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