Saturday, 23 May 2015

Doors Open Toronto 2015

The National Club was overwhelmed by the interest of the public in the Club. On our first day at Doors Open we welcomed almost 1200 people. At times were were running 4 tours at once and the lineup outside was still down and around the block.

All our guests were impressed by the history and beauty of our 1907 clubhouse.


Monday, 18 May 2015

Join Us For Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

For the very first time The National Club will be participating in Doors Open Toronto and allowing the public a rare look inside our 108-year-old clubhouse at 303 Bay Street.

The 16th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf is held on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, offering free and rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. 

Founded July 6, 1874, the National Club's first clubhouse opened at 96 Bay Street on March 30, 1875 as a home for the "Canada First Movement". Its first decade was a little rocky, suffering “financial embarrassment” in 1879 and again in 1883, with an appeal to its members to set the accounts in good shape. By 1893 the Club was ready to move out of the building it was renting and buy its own on King Street, but then the economic depression of 1894 hit and the Club decided it was more prudent to walk away from it’s $2,000 deposit on the United Empire Building and concentrate on renovating the current building. The Club moved next door to 94 Bay Street (owned by a Club member) during most of 1896 and moved back in that November to enjoy “an era of prosperity unparalleled in its history” – at least looking back from 1900 when one of the first club histories was written.

The National Club was so successful by the beginning of the 20th century that it was again contemplating new and enlarged premises. By 1903 membership had increased from 300 to 500 and the premises at 96 Bay Street were feeling cramped. Despite objections that moving north of King Street would put the Club “out of the core”, a location was found between King and Adelaide Streets known as Robinson House. The deep lot included an apple orchard at the back. The National Club  saved and raised a $140,000 from its members to buy the land and erect a new clubhouse at 303 Bay Street with all the conveniences, including delivery through the alley of large blocks of ice for the state of the art wooden refrigerators and cooking meals over coal ranges. On September 12, 1906 the cornerstone was laid and on December 17, 1907, The National Club’s new premises opened.

The 48,000 square foot clubhouse has been renovated, restored and maintained over the past 108 years to all its Edwardian glory. It houses the club's art collection, 40,000+ bottle wine cellar and many surprises.

Book your tour through the Doors Open Toronto website.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Annual Golf Tournament - May 25th

The National Club's annual golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 25th at the the prestigious Scarboro Golf and Country Club. With a rich history, the Club has been the site of four Canadian Opens and several amateur championships, and has been ranked in the top 40 golf courses in Ontario.

Members will have the opportunity to sponsor a golf hole or take part in a live auction with the proceeds benefiting this years’ “Giving Back” charity: Opportunity International.

Founded in 1971, they provide access to savings, small business loans, insurance and training to over five million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in more than 20 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbours and build a safety net for the future.

Book now for this great event.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

140th Anniversary Gala Dinner - April 23rd

Join us on Thursday, April 23rd for The National Club's 140th anniversary gala dinner.  Enjoy an evening filled with fine wine, gourmet food and exceptional entertainment.

CTV and TSN Sports Television personality Rod Black will be our Master of Ceremonies for a fun-filled evening, with lots of surprises. Special guests will include past Presidents and Honorary Life Members. Their dedication and contributions played a major role in the success we enjoy today as one of Canada’s leading Private Clubs with our rich and celebrated heritage.

Just announced... Our musical entertainment will be performed by Juno Award winner, Toronto singer/songwriter Sean Jones. “Magnetic”, “Captivating” and “Genuinely soulful” are just a few of the accolades describing Sean Jones; a performer whose international stock is on the rise. His interpretive performances of R&B and Soul classics have wooed fans from across Canada and the US. Sean has shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Cole, David Foster and The Tenors to name a few.

Executive Chef James Stewart will prepare an elegant five-star menu along with champagne and wines from our extensive cellar to commemorate our special milestone anniversary.


Monday, 13 April 2015

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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19TH, 2015
COST: $20.00 PER PERSON + HST ● TIME: 6:30 PM
DRESS: CASUAL