Monday, 16 March 2015

Meet Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF - March 31st

Join us March 31, 2015, for an exclusive evening at The National Club with Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival.

On March 31, 2015, The National Club Cinephile Society will welcome Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. This will be a rare and exclusive chance to peek behind the scenes at TIFF, now one of the world’s foremost film festivals. Discover why Cameron Bailey has twice been named one of “Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People” by Toronto Life magazine. Bring some friends or reserve a corporate table.

The National Club will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to TIFF, so you will be helping to support this important cultural charity.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Games Night!

March 19, 2015 at 6:30 ~ The National Club’s Innovations Committee has come up with a fun-filled event for everyone who’s enjoyed playing those wonderful “Board Games.” Our first-ever Games Night, hosted by Winnie Go and members of the Innovations Committee, will take place on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 pm in the Billiards Room on the 4th floor. The games for the evening will be Scrabble, Connect-4 and Euchre.

Come on out and enjoy playing some of these nostalgic games with your fellow members and guests. A selection of light snacks and finger foods will be served throughout the evening.

COST: $20.00 PER PERSON + HST ● TIME: 6:30 PM

Friday, 27 February 2015

Anne of Green Gables at the National Club

Did you know The National Club was one of the external sets for the movie "Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story" (2000)?

The director decided that The National Club was perfect to stand in for a London hotel. You might not place it immediately because the buildings to the north of the Club were CGI-ed out with a massive green screen and replaced with what looks like Regent Street from the actual London. The director's description of the challenges of shooting on Bay Street and the technical requirements are below, along with some fuzzy screen captures form the movie itself. You will recognize our front door and railing with our logo.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

A Blast From the National Club's Past

In preparation for the Club's 140th anniversary celebrations our Past President Stephen Lautens has been searching for some of the early artifacts and documents of The National Club.

Deep in the back of the National Club's vault he found a metal box. It contained a treasure trove of 100+ year old documents, all perfectly preserved. No one at the Club had seen them in living memory. They included the lease from the original clubhouse (1874-1907) at 89 Bay Street ($50 a month), all the documents relating to raising the money to build the new clubhouse (1905-07), the construction documents, and early letters from members grumbling about getting time on the pool tables and limits on betting at cards.

One amusing exchange was from 1915 when a member complained at having been "disturbed" and asked to leave the Club at 1:10 AM while still playing billiards.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Winterlicious On Now!

Our prix fixe "Winterlicious" menu is on from now until February 13th for both lunch and dinner. Don't forget to try the Braised Beef Short Rib and Lobster Ravioli “Surf and Turf”.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Oscar Night Party 2015

The National Club Cinephile Society requests the pleasure of your company at our second annual Oscar Preview Party. Last year's Oscar Party was an outstanding and glittering success.

Our guest host Johanna Schneller (Globe & Mail film critic) will talk about this year’s Oscar nominees (with film clips) with an all-star cast of her movie critic colleagues:

PETER HOWELL - Toronto Star

Members and guest are invited to join us Thursday, February 19, 2015

Champagne Reception: 6:15 p.m. in the Bar Lounge
Gourmet Dinner: 7:15 pm. in the Main Dining Room
Dress: “Hollywood elegant” / tuxedo or dark suit
Price: $80 per person + HST
RSVP: Margaret Creador at 416-364-3247 or

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Photos from Burns Night 2015

Here are a few more photos taken by one of our guests at Burns Night.

 Thanks to Derwin Mak for the photos.