Toronto, June 14, 2015 – If it’s one thing that you can be sure of about Toronto, it’s that the weather is mainly crap. Eight months of solid winter are followed by temperamental summers that can be either too cold, too hot, too wet, or all of the above. So for the painfully few nice days that exist, it’s important to stop whatever you’re doing and get outside!
I had never been to Cabana Pool Bar, but was invited to their 2015 summer launch this past weekend with special guest DJ and producer Tiësto. The venue is unlike anything Toronto’s waterfront has ever seen. What was once The Docks, later becoming Polson Pier, has a completely new setup sharing no more than the retail space it sits upon. Entertainment impresario Charles Khabouth has outdone himself with Cabana. He’s built an exceptional summer playground comparable to anything I’ve seen in Las Vegas, Cancun, or Miami. Of course, Toronto doesn’t have the high tourism and visitor turnaround that a Vegas strip or South Beach has. As a result, you’ll expect to see a lot of the same people week in and week out. But some pretty damn beautiful people at that.
Gone are those old Docks & PP days of crappy public school cafeteria food, watered down drinks, mediocre sound systems and really shady characters. Khabouth has cleaned up or better yet luxed-up the place with premium beverages, top notch staff, houkah pipes, a killer sound system and even brought in a full menu from local favourites Oliver and Bonacini. This comes as no surprise, Khabouth is known for being a stickler for details. With Ink Entertainment pull, you know the musical lineup is going to look very impressive this summer. Expect a steady stream of A-list talent hitting the DJ decks.
Cabana is an incredible weekend vacation oasis inside of North America’s fourth largest city. The beauty of Cabana is that if you’re not willing to trek up north in traffic or blow big bucks on a Vegas or Miami weekend – you can get a bit of that vacation party vibe right at home. Cabana is a beach party vibe, so unless you’re hiding out in your private cabana or VIP outside of the pool area, expect to get hit with the odd water gun blast, beachball to the head, and perhaps even a cigarette burn (like I did).
Step out of line though and the bouncers will stomp your ass. Zero tolerance for violence means security is ultra hardcore at Cabana. That’s probably a good thing. Juice head Guido control measures bro. Untz, untz, untz, untz…
Photos: Spiro Mandylor, spiro.ca
Cabana Pool Bar Launch Party with TIËSTO