Fairmont Royal York Hotel’s 90th Birthday Celebration – Mon. Jun. 24, 2019
by A.J. Lam
The Royal York Hotel, one of Canada’s iconic landmark hotels, originally as part of Canadian Pacific, now as part of Fairmont and Accor Hotels, celebrated its 90th anniversary in grand style with a majestic transformation and ultimate luxury ushering a new era.
After the public unveiling, with the official ribbon-cutting presided by Toronto’s Mayor, John Tory, on June 11, of the transformed gilded and frescoed lobby dominated by a regal clock and an anniversary cake with waltzing gold figurines, Toronto’s glitterati were invited to an enchanted evening of scintillating music, delectable drinks, delicious food and delightful fashion to celebrate the fabulous Royal York Hotel’s 90th Birthday and the beginning of A New Era on June 24.
After an early performance by the Saraphina String Quartet in the Ballroom full of delicious deserts, the Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra was rocking and rolling in the Concert Hall all night long, punctuated by ceremonial remarks and Royal York Hotel replica cake cutting.
In the Canadian Room, top Canadian fashion houses such as UNTLD and Christopher Bates had their exquisite designs paraded down the up-lit runway by beautiful models, in front of a backdrop of the awe-inspiring CN Tower-dominated Toronto skyline.
“Fairmont Royal York has always been a defining feature of the Toronto skyline and we are excited to announce the next stage in its time-honored history,” said Edwin Frizzell, regional vice president and general manager, Fairmont Royal York. “As we celebrate 90 years of outstanding service, incredible people and history-making moments, it is with great pride that we prepare to unveil the most significant transformation this building has ever seen. A grand scale renovation that both modernizes the property and stays true to our past, this project is a reflection of our storied history and a look into our exciting future. We are certain that the changes planned for the hotel will capture Toronto’s bold new energy and we look forward to debuting our extraordinary transformation over the course of 2019.”