Social Events Program 2019

Don’t miss our Social Activities, all are Welcome!

Get out on the town in Toronto.  Join your colleagues, sponsors, speakers and partners for a variety of fun social events created for the group.   Choose and register for some of our social events that may interest you and/or your guest. Plus visit the many excellent restaurants available to you for your gatherings Thursday and Saturday Nights.

Toronto Group Tour – (All Welcome!)

Thursday, September 26th

Sailing on Lake Ontario

11: 00 am – 4:00 pm

For everyone – Your Host, Dr. David Cowan

We have a fun and relaxing Sailing Adventure planned for this afternoon hosted by Dr. David Cowan on board Chicken Soup VI a Beneteau 49.  We will start off our afternoon with a luncheon at the Island yacht club, an Award-winning facility enjoying the fresh air and beautiful views.  Then our Sail will continue heading out to Explore Toronto Harbour and outside and around the Toronto islands.  Then we will head out to sail in the lake and enjoy the views of our beautiful Toronto from the water.

Lake Ontario takes its name from the Huron or Wendat language meaning ‘large lake’ or possibly ‘lake of shining waters’. It is the most easterly of the Great Lakes. It receives its water from the Niagara River in the southwest corner and empties into the St. Lawrence River in the northeast angle of the lake.

Here are some fun facts about this Great Lake:

  • Length: 193mi / 311km
  • Width: 53mi / 85km
  • Depth: 283ft / 86m
  • Deepest: 802ft / 244m
  • Surface Area: 7,340sq mi / 18,960sq km
  • Coastline: 712 mi/1,146 km (incl islands)

Although slightly smaller than Lake Erie surface-wise, by volume, Ontario is about 3 times larger. There are also two groups of islands in the lake – the Toronto Islands and a group of islands at the eastern end of the lake. The Toronto Islands help form Toronto Harbour. Left over from a long-eroded sand spit, they contain parklands, beaches, yacht clubs, a unique small residential community (no vehicles!) and an airport. At the eastern end of the lake, lie several large islands such as Amherst and Wolfe islands and many more, smaller islands such as Main Duck and Simcoe. You will enjoy this day on the Waters of Lake Ontario!

$ 155.00 Per Person (Includes Sailing, luncheon, transfer and all taxes and gratuities)  SPACE IS LIMITED

Guests Gather in the Main Lobby at 10:30 am. (The guests will take taxis to and from the dock at Queens Quay West.

Tour 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Dress: Warm casual


Tour of the Aga Kahn Museum and Luncheon

Thursday, September 26th – (All Welcome)

9:30 am – 2:30 pm (Meet in Lobby at 9:15 am)

The Aga Khan Museum (French: Musée Aga Khan) is a museum of Islamic art, Iranian (Persian) art and Muslim culture in the North York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The museum is an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. It houses collections of Islamic art and heritage, including artifacts from the private collections of His Highness the Aga Khan, the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, and Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan, which showcase the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations.

The Collection

The museum is dedicated to the acquisition, preservation, display and interpretation of artefacts relating to the intellectual, cultural, artistic and religious traditions of Muslim communities, past and present. Artefacts include ceramics, metalwork, and paintings covering all periods of Islamic history. Manuscripts in the collection include the earliest known copy of Avicenna’s Qanun fi’l-Tibb (“The Canon of Medicine”) dated 1052. A music programme is planned, which will work to expand knowledge of the traditional music of Asia and the Islamic world, as well as their contemporary expression.

The museum will become a repository of historical materials related to the Ismaili community and house research programmes related to each one of the aspects of its institutional mission. It will also provide a space for permanent exchanges between the Islamic and the Western worlds on educational, cultural and socio-economic issues.

Aga Kahn Museum Tour followed by a Luncheon (Location to be advised)

Cost: $ 155.00 p.p. (Includes Transportation, Guide, Museum Tickets, Luncheon and all Tax and Gratuity Included)

Dress:  Business Casual 


Welcome Reception – Appy’s and Drinks with Sponsors

Thursday, September 26th (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm) (Continued New Format)

InterContinental Hotel – (All Welcome!)

Plan to experience the many Restaurants in Toronto and reacquaint with your friends and colleagues!  (Pre Dinner Reception, Dinner on Own!)

Plan to be in Toronto early to kick off the 2019 CARDP Scientific Meeting and Don’t Miss the Hands on Course with Dr. Mark Lin

presidents bash dinner

Welcome to Toronto!  To kick off our 27th Annual Scientific Meeting we will join our meeting sponsors other delegates and guests to rekindle old acquaintances and make new.  This year we have continued with the change in format and will feature a Reception Style event hosted early in the Sponsor Trade show area, allowing you the chance to then experience Toronto’s many excellent Restaurants.  The Welcome Reception will be hosted on the Lower Level of the InterContinental Hotel.

Cost: Complimentary with Registration

Dress:  Business Casual


Friday, September 27th

The Marilyn Denis Show Taping and Luncheon


Friday, September 27th – (Partner’s Program)

8:45 am – 2:30 pm (Meet in Lobby at 8:45 am Sharp)

The Marilyn Denis Show After 19 years as the face of “CityLine,” Gemini Award-winning host Marilyn Denis returns to daytime TV with her own show. It’s a mix of lifestyle and entertainment segments featuring experts and celebrity guests, giving the popular Denis one hour each day to — as she says — “reconnect with fans old and new.”

The show has a lifestyle-oriented format similar to Denis’s previous Citytv talk show CityLine, but also regularly features celebrity entertainment guests, which are not commonplace on the Citytv program. Denis had left CityLine in 2008 following the split of the assets of CHUM Limited (Denis was primarily employed as morning co-host on CHUM-FM, which was retained by CTV, whilst her secondary employer Citytv was acquired by Rogers). The current program is produced in the same Toronto building (at 299 Queen Street West) in which CityLine was based during Denis’s tenure, in the same studio as CityLine which was renovated specifically for the show. On November 17, 2015, the show celebrated its 1000th episode.

The Marilyn Denis Show tapes Monday to Friday at 10:30am. Audience members must arrive at the studio located at 299 Queen Street West, by 9:15am SHARP. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend the show, and present valid photo ID.

Followed by a Luncheon at Azure Restaurant (Sapphire Room) at the InterContinental Hotel.  Estimated 12:30 Luncheon.

Cost: $ 135.00 p.p. (Transportation, Taping, Luncheon, 1 Glass of Wine and all Tax and Gratuity Included) SPACE IS LIMITED

Dress:  Business Casual 


Friday Night President’s Party and Tribute to

“Dr. Emmanuel Rajczak”

Lower Level, InterContinental Hotel – Ballroom A

Friday, September 27th (6:30 pm – 12:00 am)

All Welcome, Speakers, Sponsors, Delegates & Guests

Space will be Limited

This Year we are continuing with the new format, to involve the entire group.  The President’s Party be on Friday Night to create a more Casual and Fun Night for everyone.  Pre-Dinner Reception followed by Dinner and Presentations.  The evening will also feature a Tribute to Dr. Emo Rajczak and all he does and has done for CARDP.

Followed by a Dance for all to enjoy with a Local Band

The St. Royal Band

Entertaining us for the evening reception, Dinner and Dance will be the sounds from the St. Royal Band.  Their journey began on the other side of the world, in Melbourne, Australia. There, while leading his own band, Andrew St. Royal was looking towards home with a vision for a new entertainment company. After returning to Toronto, Andrew founded St. Royal Entertainment and assembled the first St. Royals band. This ambitious group endeavored to make their musical mark at events across the city.

Since 2011, our original St. Royals band has grown into a diverse, equal-opportunity family of talented and professional musicians, DJs, event producers, and entertainment consultants. In 2013 we welcomed our own audiovisual production and design company into the St. Royal group with the addition of St. Royal Production. We have grown from the original 7-member group back in 2011 – our first St. Royals band – into an entertainment staffing agency with a huge roster of talented professionals and we’re grateful to get to work with amazing clients and leading brands.

Cost: $ 195.00 p.p. (Tax Included)

Dress:  Business Casual


Afternoon Tea 

High Tea at the Omni, King Edward

Saturday, September 28 (12:00 pm – 2:30 pm) – (Partner’s Program)

Includes High Tea, Tax and gratuities and transfers.

Meet in Lobby @ 11:45 am

Throughout its long history, The Omni King Edward Hotel has set the standard for luxury hotels in Canada. As Toronto’s first luxury hotel, it has long been the first choice of Toronto’s elite, as well as convention goers, political figures and business travelers.

Originally built in 1903 by Mr. George Gooderham – a developer and one of Toronto’s wealthiest men – at a cost of $6 million, the opulent hotel was intended to stem the tide of development that was moving toward the newly opened city hall at Bay and Queen Streets.

At the time, the King Edward Hotel was not simply a luxury hotel. Boasting an art collection that would be worth more than $75 million today, it was an exclusive destination where men enjoyed port and cigars in sweeping parlors while ladies sipped tea in the hotel’s elegant sitting lounges.

In 1921, an 18-story addition made the hotel one of Toronto’s tallest buildings. The 17th and 18th floors featured a lavish social venue, the Crystal Ballroom, named for its impressive crystal chandeliers. This stylish venue quickly became the place to see and be seen and served as the backdrop for countless society weddings, balls and dances.

Today, The Omni King Edward Hotel is proud to keep the legacy of “the King Eddy” alive. We treasure this unique gem and continue to work toward restoring and preserving a regal icon of Toronto’s history.

While “happy hours” can be a lot of fun, there’s something pleasingly civilized about afternoon tea… It’s become a long-standing Toronto social tradition.  Find just what you’re looking for in a classic afternoon tea experience at The Omni King Edward Hotel. Perfect for both intimate gatherings and get-togethers with friends, this long-standing Toronto social tradition is a special way to spend an afternoon.

Afternoon Tea at the Omni, King Edward Hotel

(Sample Menu – Fall menu to be advised)

Summer Garden Tea

Vegetable Sustenance

Chilled PEI Potato Vichyssoise

Savoury Finger Sandwiches

“Three Sisters” Corn, Squash, Beans & Prairie Grains

Summer BLT Basil, Lettuce & Tomato Confit

Chopped Egg, with Kozlik’s Triple Crunch Mustard & Sweet Dill Pickle

Ontario Foraged Mushrooms, with Arugula

Oka Cheese, with Okanagan Fruit Chutney on Bannock Flatbread

Selection of Delicate Pastries

Maple Sugar Shack Butter Tart


Saskatoon Berry Galette

Niagara Peaches and Cream Madeleine

Rosewood Mead Strawberry Eton Mess


Cape Breton Blueberry Grunt Scone

Served with Devonshire Cream, House Made Ontario Strawberry Jam and Lemon Curd

Classic Cream Scone

Served with Devonshire Cream, House Made Ontario Strawberry Jam and Lemon Curd

(Afternoon Tea accompanied by a glass of Sparkling Wine or Sherry.)

Cost: $ 85.00 p.p. (Tax and Gratuity Included, 8 Minute Walk from the Hotel, Taxi’s will be provided)

King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1 E9 – Phone: (416) 863-9700


 Group Dinner at Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant and Show at Second City

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 – (All Welcome!)

7:30 pm – Finish

Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 7:15 pm (Or Meet Onsite)

Playing host to Wayne’s personal collection of memorabilia, Wayne Gretzky’s Toronto is in fact three places in one!

The upscale dining room has a unique décor which highlights Wayne’s greatest moments, where you can enjoy great food and great, friendly service. The winning sports bar boasts 50 HDTV’s showing all sports, all the time. Located just behind our restaurant you’ll find the Iconic Second City Theatre. Wayne Gretzky’s is pleased to partner with Second City in offering super convenient dining options right next door to their Main-stage Theatre.

The Second City has been keeping Toronto audiences laughing for more than 40 years with our unique brand of improvisation and outrageous sketch comedy, created and performed each night by the world’s premier comedy troupe.  Starting in 2019, The Second City is proud to present the Fall Mainstage Revue. The 2019 Mainstage cast will nobly carry on the tradition of boundary-breaking, cutting-edge comedy.  Filled with hilarious original sketches and songs performed by Toronto’s legendary comedy troupe, the (as yet untitled) Fall ’19 Mainstage Revue promises to deliver uncontrollable bouts of gut-churning, tear-inducing laughter. The Best is Yet to Come Undone and a brand-new collection of sketches, absurd characters, and hilarious songs inspired by the ridiculous, ever-changing world around us.

Cost: $ 105.00 p.p. (Tax and Gratuity Included, 5 Minute Walk from the Hotel)

Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant and The Second City

51 Mercer Street, Toronto, ON M5V 9G9