INK ENTERTAINMENT TO UNVEIL MEGA ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX IN 2016
Sound Academy to close in January for complete remodel
Sound Academy will officially close its doors as of January 2016, to undergo a complete remodel that will include major structural work. The new venue will reveal an exceptional, premier world-class space to function as a state-of-the-art live concert venue, a versatile corporate event space and a spectacular dance space for club nights.
Designed by Studio Munge, INK Entertainment’s long time creative partner, the 45,000 square foot space will feature design aspects such as a fashionable black and gold colour scheme, high-gloss contemporary surfaces, unusual animalistic and vegetal patterns, and subversive graphics. The venue will also feature a sculpted ceiling, along with state-of-the-art visual displays. A focal point of the new venue will be a bold patterned floor: the skin that connects all the spaces together.
“The main of objective of the remodel was not only to deliver a visually striking platform for guests and headliners, but to elevate their collective experience to new heights of hedonism,” says Alessandro Munge, Principal, Studio Munge.
The new venue will also feature two floors with private VIP access, sprawling views of the city skyline and a seamless connection to the luxury outdoor lounge, Cabana PoolBar. The venue’s main feature will be a 65-foot stage, with an expansive installation of LED video walls.
“Being in this industry for over 30 years has given me the opportunity to see and experience some of the world’s best practices in hospitality and entertainment,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “My vision for this space was to create something with Alessandro that is mature and sophisticated, both in the way that it looks and functions. Ultimately I wanted to design a space that creates a complete sensory experience for our guests.”
Throughout the venue will be multiple bars, each with their own design concepts, and a large dance floor. There will also be an exclusive and discreet backstage club situated discretely away from the main stage, as well as an intimate yet dynamic side club that will feature impressive views of the city, also tucked away from the main room. The mezzanine will house a pièce de résistance – a grand central bar with a light installation hung above, with lush VIP booths that will offer unobstructed views of the main stage.
Through immersive light features, a state-of-the-art sound system and the implementation of some of the world’s most advanced LED lighting technology, guests will be instantly absorbed into a world of sensorial self-indulgence at the new venue.
About INK Entertainment
INK Entertainment is Canada's leading lifestyle and entertainment company. Operating since 1982, INK Entertainment has demonstrated an enviable ability to read the pulse of ever-changing cultural times and tastes, responding with a host of successful enterprises, including the Parisian-themed Bistro La Société (Toronto and Montreal), the deejay-headlined VELD Music Festival and a number of trendy nightclubs, including Uniun, F-stop, CUBE, Dragonfly, and Tattoo Queen West.
Headquartered in Toronto and helmed by visionary entrepreneur Charles Khabouth, INK Entertainment's innovative approach, fusing dining, lifestyle, entertainment and design has led the company to team up with several significant industry partners in Canada and the U.S.: Cirque De Soleil on the Beatles Revolution nightclub in Las Vegas; Loews Hotels and Resorts for La Société Montreal and several American-based projects in 2015-16; ICON Legacy for Weslodge, Patria, Byblos (Toronto, Miami, Dubai), NAO Steakhouse, FIGO and Storys Building and; Lifetime Developments for Bisha Hotel & Residences, the newest private label hotel and residence brand to originate in Toronto since The Four Seasons in the 1960s. For more information, visit www.inkentertainment.com or connect with INK Entertainment on Facebook and Twitter.