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Your social calendar for #IIDEX13

Published by Candis Green, August 29, 2013.

IIDEX Canada is an ideal opportunity to catch up on CEUs, check out new products and network with colleagues over cocktails. But it is also a great time to celebrate your profession at an awards gala and have dinner a beautifully designed restaurant. Luckily for you, we have prepared your social calendar for IIDEX Canada.

Wednesday September 25 – ARIDO and Innovation Awards Gala

The ARIDO Awards showcase excellence, innovation and originality in interior design.

Registered members of ARIDO can receive this highly regarded honour by submitting projects in ten different categories: residential; retail spaces; workplaces; health-care facilities; marketing centres; public and institutional spaces; hotels and recreational spaces; restaurants, bars and clubs; restoration and adaptive reuse; and special projects. Esteemed representatives from the design community judge each entry on its own merit.

Organized by Interior Designers of Canada, the IIDEX Canada Innovation Awards were established in 1984 to celebrate the latest and most innovative product designs and booth creativity. The Innovation Awards are exclusively for IIDEX Canada exhibitors and are judged by representatives from the design community.

New location! The ARIDO and Innovation Awards gala will be held at the Fairmont Royal York in the Canadian Ballroom, located at 100 Front Street in Toronto.

A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the awards ceremony and dinner commencing at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased here. To learn more about the event visit the gala website.

Thursday September 26 – Dine by Design

Want to dine at some of Toronto’s best designed restaurants? Looking to make dinner reservations for the Thursday night of IIDEX?

Purchase tickets for Dine by Design and enjoy a prix-fixe menu with the restaurant’s lead designer. Learn about the restaurant’s design concept while enjoying a meal with colleagues and friends. Once you purchase your prix-fixed dinner, you will receive a ticket with the restaurant name, address and time. Simply bring your ticket to dinner and enjoy the evening!

Restaurants participating this year are:

Thursday night parties

Loosen your tie and enjoy a drink at the show partners' booths and in the lounge located on the main aisle during the IIDEX show floor cocktail party.

This is an exciting way to end your day and a great opportunity to network with all the exhibitors, associations, interior designers and architects at the show.

Immediately following the annual show floor party, select Toronto furniture and design showrooms will open their doors for an evening of parties you won't want to miss.

All parties are FREE!

Shuttle service will be available from IIDEX at the Direct Energy Centre to all downtown showrooms participating in the Thursday Night Showroom Parties. 

Participating showrooms include:


National Industry Partners
Benjamin Moore Midgley Shaw Contract Altex Cosentino Interface
Hunter Doulgas Mohawk Group Levey Industries Williams Sonoma For The Trade Lauzon PC350
Caesarstone Canada Arconas Samsung Knoll keilhauer Architex