Monday, 16 January 2017

The "Marconi" Lounge

Ever wondered about our beautiful "Marconi Lounge"?

Fred Barton, Canada's first wireless operator was the guest of honour at a dinner at the new National Club in 1908 to discuss the wonder of the age, wireless communications. Guglielmo Marconi was essentially the Steve Jobs of his era. His invention and company began a regular transatlantic radio-telegraph service on 17 October 1907 between Clifden Ireland and Glace Bay, Canada.

The National Club opened its doors on December 17, 1907 and invited Fred Barton to speak about Marconi's world-changing invention. Since then, our main floor lounge has been called "The Marconi Lounge."

Monday, 5 December 2016

Bubble Magic at The National Club Holiday Brunch

After a spectacular holiday brunch this Sunday, the kids (of all ages) went to the National Club lounge for an amazing show of bubble magic that had everyone wanting to get into the act.

Family Holiday Brunch At The National Club

This past Sunday the National Club held its very popular Holiday Brunch, with well over 300 members and family members celebrating the start of the season.

In addition to the always spectacular buffet and dessert table, the kids (of all ages) were entertained by a bubble magic show. Have a look at some of the fun in the below video.


Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Ryerson DMZ at The National Club

As part of the National Club's exciting new partnership with the DMZ at Ryerson University, we recently hosted their "Startup Showcase."

DMZ (Digital Media Zone) is an internationally recognized business incubator of early-stage technology startups. It helps startups succeed by connecting them with customers, advisers, influencers and other entrepreneurs. Since 2010 it has incubated over 260 startups and raised over $200 million. The top-ranked university incubator in North America and third in the world, the DMZ is a hub of innovation, collaboration and commercialization. Members with the DMZ can develop digital technology, accelerate product launches and contribute to Canada's growing success in the digital economy.

The National Club has recognized business and industry leaders since 1874. We are delighted to honour this tradition by acknowledging the next generation of entrepreneurs and building a relationship with an innovative organization that has a track record of fuelling entrepreneurs with the resources to grow their startups into successful companies. The DMZ connects entrepreneurs with customers, advisors, influencers and other entrepreneurs as part of a community that supports and fosters technologies that transform various industries.

Pictured above are National Club President Craig Smith, Director Malcolm MacKillop and Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Bottle Shock Movie & Wine Night

A few photos from our August 17th combination movie night and wine tasting: Bottle Shock.

Presented by the Club's Cinefile Society, "BOTTLE SHOCK" is the true story of how in 1976 a simple California wine turned the wine industry on it’s head and left a few French connoisseurs with sour grapes.

Our friend and movie critic extraordinaire Thom Ernst talked about the movie and Brian Perry our resident sommelier shared the secrets behind the delicate tastes and aromas of a truly fine wine by leading us through a blind tasting.

A great time was had by all.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Cigars and Malt Whisky on the Rooftop

About 30 members and guests enjoyed a rollicking night of whisky, cigars and fun at The National Club last Friday. There were fine cigars led by Trae Zammit, founder and owner of cigar emporium The Smokin’ Cigar, and rare whiskies led by Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador Beth Havers.