YLMC NYE is an annual celebration of the city’s new creative generation, as we collectively and enthusiastically look to a new year that belongs to us and us alone.
We’re a tight-knit clan, us Young Lions. But at a sold-out, 800-person celebration, we obviously expect that we’ll see some new faces, and that’s something we’re very excited about. New friends + old friends = the best social formula.
Below is a breakdown of everything you might want to know if you’re joining us on this night; from set times to directions and transport details to attire and other expectations. We’ve also included some details on the players involved in making this an incredible night. A suggested read for YLMC originators and newcomers alike.
YLMC NYE ethos:
Young Lions Music Club prides itself in being a collective of bright, unique, creative, and respectful young men and women, all connected by their insatiable need for music. This is not an uptight clan; coming to a YLMC event is to say that you’re prepared for the best night you’ve had in a good while.
We embrace a fun time at all costs, without self-restraint. We do not embrace anyone pushy, rude, or disrespectful. Know that you are a guest of ours and Palais Royale's, and know that we won't allow for the actions of a couple goofballs to dilute the collective experience.
In other words: No pretention. No bottle service. No bro fights.
Palais Royale - The History:
Palais Royale is one of the many hidden treasures of our fair city. Erected in the 1920’s, originally as a boat house, the venue soon became the dance hall/ballroom of the legendary Sunnyside Amusement Park. Since then, everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to the Rolling Stones have graced the venue stage. Even though the amusement park is long gone, the venue stands tall, and we’re honoured to be hosting our little shindig within its walls. Check out our history lesson for more.
Young Lions Music Club - The New Tradition:
Our vision is to leave our own mark on the tradition of this time-honoured building; rather than living on past laurels, we’re etching ourselves into the history books.
While 2013 has been a game changer/record breaker for many of us, we’re more interested in looking forward than back. So NYE is about looking forward; to 2014, and to hopes and dreams of the future. Come prepared to share your own hopes for the New Year and beyond, and lets collectively channel the energy needed to make them all come to fruition for everybody.
It’s New Years Eve, and it’s a good time to look your best.
The YLMC are a stylish bunch. As we know that our people take pride in their appearance, we don’t feel the need to designate a specific dress code; we know that everyone will put in the effort.
While there exists no formal dress code, we trust that everyone understands that this is a classy affair. And, by virtue of this, we can assume that nobody wants to be the one who slipped by with a barely passing grade on what is appropriate attire. Dress to impress, because it’s fun to do so.
One thing that is mandatory, however, are dancing shoes. It’s going to be high-energy, and the dance floor is going to be full. So wear something boogie-friendly on your feet or you’re going to be on the outside, sitting through the most spirited sing-a-longs that you’ve ever witnessed.
Doors open at 9pm to sweet selections from DJ Lazy Ray. Dwayne Gretzky starts their first set at 10pm. Last call is at 2am. Everything that happens in between will shape your memories for years to come.
Last year, seemingly everyone came all at once (around 10:30/11) which put a major strain on the door and coat check. While we’ve doubled our staffing in both areas, we still suggest coming early so that the entrance is fluid, and your good times start immediately upon arrival.
The Food Menu:
Palais Royale’s globally-trained Executive Chef Steffan Howard has devised a mouth-watering a la carte-style food menu for the evening, created by locally sourced ingredients that includes butter pork soft tacos, “pregnant” potato skin poutine, ontario apple & bacon coleslaw, and plenty of vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options. We trust that there’ll be something to make everyone’s taste buds tingle, and the food station is open all night long.
The full menu and pricing is available to peruse here. No need to order in advance; tickets will be sold on site.
Grolsch will be our exclusive beer provider for the evening. Their 455ml swing-top bottles will be available for $8 at all bars.
In addition to beer, a full bar will also be available, including all standard liquors, wine, champagne, and more. Everything will be reasonably priced; cocktails around $6.50, wine by the glass at $8.
Your Evening’s Entertainment:
DJ Lazy Ray:
Raymond Gillespie, aka DJ Lazy Ray. is a man with a tremendous ear, and an even more tremendous collection of records. Simply put, he’s our vote for best DJ in the city.
From classic rock to classic funk to classic pop to classic hip hop, dude spins the originators (with a healthy dose of the imitators, as well).
If you frequent some of the hotter spots in this fine city, such as Terroni, Camp Four, Wrongbar, The Hoxton (the list goes on), you’ve probably had a taste. But on New Years Eve, he’ll be bringing the full flavour menu.
Three years ago a group of friends, many of them recognizable through other creative endeavours, got together to collectively revisit their favourite songs of all-time. What has happened since then is remarkable: a cover band that has stirred excitement from Vancouver to Ottawa, and sold out more shows in 2013 than many of the country’s most successful artists. “Toronto’s Greatest Cover Band" will make you forget that ‘Under Pressure’ isn’t a DG original.
Watch Dwayne claim Fleetwood Mac’s classic album Rumours as their own this past spring at a sold-out Great Hall.
The sprinkles & sparkles: Adam Belanger & Fezz Stenton
More than just “bands on a stage”, Young Lions Music Club is renowned for our commitment to unique experiences, and we collaborate with many of the city’s most talented artists to bring our nights to life.
This year, we’ve enlisted two of our go-to guys to make the night sparkle. Set designer Adam Belanger and projection artist Fezz Stenton will be bringing their talents to the fold, turning the Palais into a one-night-only dreamscape of hopes & dreams for 2014.
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Directions & Transportation options:
Palais Royale is at 1601 Lakeshore Blvd West, directly south of the foot of Roncesvalles avenue, on the shores the great Lake Ontario. Map it here.
Travel by car:
Palais Royale’s parking lot is exclusive to our event. It’s accessible by heading along Lakeshore Blvd from the east or west. Just follow the signs. Please have you designated driver situations figured out before you leave the house.
Travel by TTC:
Get to the corner where King St West and Queen St West meet Roncesvalles. Head due south and cross the pedestrian bridge over the Gardiner Expressway.
We’ve let the major cab companies know that there’s a big party happening at Palais. They should be around to drive you home near the end of your night.
There is a mandatory coat check available for $3.
That’s the ins and outs of NYE 2014. If there are any further questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org