January 29, 2023

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First Look: The Ace Hotel Toronto’s New Rooftop Bar Evangeline

When the very long-awaited Ace Hotel Toronto ultimately opened this summer, it grew to become an quick cultural feeling (not to mention the cover star of our September/Oct situation). Developed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the developing is an impressive equilibrium of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered lobby bar and sunken dining home equally handling to really feel at the same time grand and intimate. 

A view of the fireplace lounge area at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.

But the common downtown place even now has one more trick up its sleeve — all the way up on the 14th flooring, to be exact. On Friday, the Ace Lodge Toronto debuted its rooftop bar, Evangeline. A different local institution in the building, it supplies the finishing touch to a landmark architectural undertaking that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named just after the very first characteristic-size movie to be produced in Canada, Evangeline seems destined to enjoy an particularly well known part on the TIFF social calendar. That stated, Torontonians will be happy to hear it also ideas to host open-to-anyone DJ nights and dance functions all 12 months lengthy, complementing a menu of treats and little dishes by Patrick Kriss (of Michelin star-profitable Alo fame).

A cozy grouping of furniture at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.

As with the Ace Lodge Toronto’s other hospitality areas, the 80-seat lounge feels as cosmopolitan as it does calming — component downtown penthouse and part rural cabin. Doing work with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Hotel Group’s in-residence Atelier Ace design and style crew made a colour palette that conjures a wander in the woods on a crisp slide day, pairing muddy green hues with find hits of coppery red.

A lounge chair by the fireplace at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.
Brutalist wall art by David Umemoto at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.
Shim-Sutcliffe boldly suspended a bar from steel rods in the triple-height lobby of the Ace Hotel Toronto.

The Ace Lodge Toronto is a Really like Letter to the Metropolis

Seven years in the making, the Ace Lodge Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork material. Shim-Sutcliffe’s initially big hospitality job lets individuals to witness the firm’s putting awareness to detail up shut.

Building on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to one particular of Toronto’s signature developing components, featured all through a great deal of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit below rows of vertical crimson bricks that even further add to the space’s rustic warmth.

Brutalist accents go on another one particular of the Ace Resort Toronto’s most important motifs. Rugged concrete columns enhance a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, set up below on either facet of the room’s northern fireplace.

These heavier components distinction the lounge’s mild wooden ceilings and wood-framed furnishings, produced all the extra inviting by their a bit vintage appear. A collection of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of comfy domesticity.

Another significantly charming touch is the periscope-esque lighting that extends down from the ceiling. In keeping with the Ace Hotel’s pattern of partnering with regional designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s customized fixtures were being created by Toronto studio MSDS.

A view of the outdoor patio at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.

The 50-seat indoor lounge is joined by a 30-seat outside patio that appears to be more than a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s at any time-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s inside can take on an particularly romantic ambiance arrive sunset, when its caramel tones really appear to lifetime. And for all those who display up a bit later on in the night, the vivid lights of the towers out the window introduce a different sort of cinematic glow. For readers and locals alike, the cozy-satisfies-cosmoplitan area is a testament to Toronto’s exclusive mix of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.