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.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Burns Night at the National Club

Our traditional Burns Supper last night was a resounding success, with over 100 members and guests in attendance. The officers of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, led by Major Dodds, presented and provided the pipes and honour guard. Captain the Reverend Dr. Malcolm Sinclair gave the Immortal Memory and Past President Stephen Lautens acted as Master of Ceremonies.

Dinner was prefaced by a whisky tasting of 12, 15 & 18 year old Glenfiddich. Soup was Cullen Skink (a thick soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions), haggis with taties and neaps, venison tenderloin and trifle, all washed down with generous portions of whisky and wine, followed by cheese and fruit and port.

It is safe to say no one left hungry.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas at the National Club

There's nothing like this time of year at The National Club, whether it's our cozy real fireplaces or the almost dozen decorated trees throughout the Club.

Yesterday was the Year End Members' Luncheon, with spectacular food from Chef James and the kitchen staff, and a "State of the Union" address by Club President Bruce Bowser.

Make sure you come by to enjoy the festive spirit between now and Dec. 24th.