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

Kelly C. Gamble

When the very long-awaited Ace Lodge Toronto lastly opened this summer time, it turned an prompt cultural sensation (not to mention the go over star of our September/Oct concern). Intended by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the constructing is an impressive stability of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered lobby bar and sunken eating home the two running to feel simultaneously grand and personal. 

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

But the common downtown place even now has another trick up its sleeve — all the way up on the 14th flooring, to be actual. On Friday, the Ace Lodge Toronto debuted its rooftop bar, Evangeline. An additional neighborhood institution in the creating, it presents the finishing touch to a landmark architectural undertaking that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named after the 1st attribute-length film to be built in Canada, Evangeline appears to be destined to participate in an specially outstanding job on the TIFF social calendar. That reported, Torontonians will be happy to hear it also plans to host open up-to-everyone DJ nights and dance functions all year extended, complementing a menu of treats and modest 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 spaces, the 80-seat lounge feels as cosmopolitan as it does calming — part downtown penthouse and element rural cabin. Operating with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Resort Group’s in-house Atelier Ace design and style staff formulated a color palette that conjures a walk in the woods on a crisp slide working day, pairing muddy green hues with pick out hits of coppery purple.

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 Love Letter to the Metropolis

Seven years in the earning, the Ace Resort Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork cloth. Shim-Sutcliffe’s initially important hospitality job allows people to witness the firm’s putting consideration to element up close.

Developing on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to one particular of Toronto’s signature developing products, highlighted through substantially of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit under rows of vertical crimson bricks that even further add to the space’s rustic warmth.

Brutalist accents go on an additional one particular of the Ace Hotel Toronto’s major motifs. Rugged concrete columns enhance a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, put in below on possibly facet of the room’s northern hearth.

These heavier aspects contrast the lounge’s light-weight wood ceilings and wood-framed furnishings, manufactured all the extra inviting by their marginally classic glance. A sequence of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of relaxed domesticity.

Another especially charming touch is the periscope-esque lights that extends down from the ceiling. In retaining with the Ace Hotel’s pattern of partnering with regional designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s tailor made fixtures have been produced 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 seems to be more than a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s ever-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s interior normally takes on an specially passionate ambiance come sunset, when its caramel tones actually occur to lifestyle. And for those who show up a bit later on in the evening, the brilliant lights of the towers out the window introduce a further style of cinematic glow. For readers and locals alike, the cozy-meets-cosmoplitan space is a testomony to Toronto’s exclusive mix of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.

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