Ottawa’s New Luxury Event Centre has WOW Factor in Spades
OTTAWA, September 27, 2016—The Sohal family comprising brothers Sonny and TJ, their wives Kiran and Anu and award-winning entrepreneur Anand Aggarwal, announced today the official opening of the $20M Infinity Convention Centre. The National Capital Region’s newest most vibrant and luxurious wedding and event venue is located minutes away from the Ottawa International Airport and joins the South Ottawa family-owned and operated hotel properties – the Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn by Hilton, the soon to be built Homewood Suites by Hilton and The Residence Inn by Marriott.
Originally from Niagara Falls, the Sohals have been in the hospitality field for two decades. Recognizing the business opportunity in the lack of hotels in Ottawa’s south end as well as the limited available high-end spaces available for social and corporate events, the entire family relocated to Ottawa in 2007.
An Event Producer’s Dream Venue
The Sohals have built a venue that is an event planner’s dream-come-true. Bold, modern design, flexible, functional spaces, advanced technology and a talented and visionary culinary team have come together with meticulous attention to provide exceptional client experience: the hallmark of all Sohal family operations.
Manager Anu Sohal underscores the family’s commitment to every person who comes through the door of a Sohal hotel: “Our guests are our biggest priority and it all starts by treating them as if they were friends of the family. You take care of people best when it comes from the heart.”
Infinity Convention Centre was designed by renowned local architect Robert Woodman. Jolanta Lukas and her firm Royal Design, veterans in designing for the hospitality industry, put the polish on the interior spaces. The 15,000 sq. ft., 1,500 person capacity space is customizable and obstruction free, with soaring 23’ high ceilings. A show-stopping pre-function space boasts a high gloss marble floor, a stunning one-of-a kind crystal chandelier and a programmable water feature. Additional structural attributes include 3 luxurious “bridal suites” that can be used for green rooms and VIP lounges; a deluxe boardroom with full AV capability for small meetings which replicates the amenities of the ballrooms and several flexible suites for use as on-site production offices.
Outstanding Audio Visual Capabilities
More commonly found in Las Vegas hotels, the in-house AV system at Infinity Convention Centre is revolutionary for Ottawa, and one of only a few of its kind in Canada. A fully digital low-voltage LED house lighting system augmented by 150 fixtures with a 360 degree range of motion is entirely computer controlled, enabling unlimited range of ambiance with 256 different colour options and various effects at the click of a mouse. Infinity’s built-in, digitally processed, sound system provides 360 degrees of impeccably balanced acoustics with exceptional clarity for presentations and ambient music, as well as a variable dance floor system. Seven built-in 200 inch high-definition screens and projectors, in addition to second level AV control/DJ booths maximize the floor space.
Gourmet Farm- to-Table Fine Dining for Groups up to 1500
With capacity to service 2000 gourmet-plated meals or 3500 guests, and a walk-a-round cocktail menu (far exceeding actual venue maximum capacity of 1500), Infinity Convention Centre’s kitchen has been designed and equipped to efficiently produce fine-dining quality meals in high volume for banquets and events. Leading the innovative and acclaimed culinary team, Executive Chef Jason Peters is a 2003 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris with over 15 years’ progressive experience in fine dining and hotels across Canada and around the world. Peters brings his appreciation for fresh, local and sustainable cuisine gained while working with different cultures in various countries as well as at select iconic Canadian properties. Using the best quality, natural, local ingredients – locally raised meats, sustainable fish and seafood, organic produce and cheese from expert local craftsmen, Peters supports the local farming community to bring event guests exceptional farm-to-table Canadian menus that are complemented by locally produced beer, wine and coffee.
Says Chef Peters, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to channel my passion and experience to create gourmet experiences for the myriad of events that will take place here. Cultural weddings, top-tier corporate events and charity galas each provide their own unique creative opportunity for me”.
Noteworthy Events Already Booked
Demand for just such a venue that combines high capacity, exceptional facilities infrastructure and culinary excellence, is soaring. The following is a sampling of high-profile events already confirmed at the newly named Official Convention Centre of the Ottawa Senators.
• Ottawa Wine & Food Festival Tasting Alley (November 2016)
• The Women’s Business Network BYAs Gala (April 2017, April 2018)
• Mary Kay Cosmetics corporate event honouring outstanding achievement for Canadian consultants (2016)
• Harley Davidson Owners Group (HOG) 1000+ person reception style (July 2017)
• The Leeder-Norris wedding -Cyril Leeder’s son (2017)
• Cultural weddings and events for diverse ethnic groups including:
• October 2nd – Saudi family engagement party – 60 people
• October 9th – Muslim family from Somalia – décor – traditional set-up – 200 people
• Muslim Weddings (from Somalia, Lebanon and Afghanistan); South Asian Weddings (various countries of origin); Greek/Italian and Syrian/ Italian Weddings; Italian Wedding, Vietnamese/Chinese Wedding, Nigerian Wedding; and more.
Infinity Convention Centre is located at 2901 Gibford Drive Ottawa, ON K1V 2L9. For more information, to book a tour or to book an event please visit: www.infinityconventioncentre.com or call 613-696-1580. You can also find Infinity Convention Centre on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
Grand Opening Gala – Hosted By Ben Mulroney
Infinity Convention Centre will swing its grand doors wide open to 600 VIP guests in garments of Hollywood opulence and frill for the black tie “Putting on the Ritz” Grand Opening Gala on October 13th. This invite-only luxury event, emceed by special guest Ben Mulroney, includes a premium open bar and elaborate posh fare to satisfy guests’ appetites for dinner. Upon entering, Ottawa’s glitterati will be mingling over showy entertainment, and eccentric cocktails. As the evening unfolds, the living room lounge doors will open to reveal the ballroom dressed as a ritzy Hollywood Supper Club. This lavish evening will showcase headlining entertainment; The Director’s Showband and Les Oiseaux du Paradis. Let us spoil you on this first class affair as we present to you Ottawa’s newest and most impressive event space.
ABOUT INFINITY CONVENTION CENTRE
Located in a hotel cluster on Hunt Club Road near the Ottawa International Airport, the $20M family owned and operated Infinity Convention Centre is the Capital’s most vibrant and luxurious wedding and events venue. Bold modern design, flexible, functional spaces, unmatched in-house audio visual capability and a talented and visionary culinary team create unique and multi-fold event possibilities. Helmed by Executive Chef Jason Peter, custom menus feature inspired farm-to-table cuisine prepared using locally sourced ingredients.
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