Wintertime in Canada brings snow, ice and freezing temperatures â perfect for an evening at the ice rink. With places to ice skate popping up all over the city in season, expert and novice skaters, one of the most romantic and beautiful of these rinks is at Nathan Phillips Square.
Here, a reflecting pool is transformed into a glistening sheet of ice lit by 300,000 LEDs, turned on during the Cavalcade of Lights Festival. The ice rink is framed by the Square’s Freedom Arches, with panoramic views of the city from an upper level roof terrace.
Those make up the majority of people who come out.â A decade ago, East-Asian clubgoers were generally from Hong Kong, but these days, most 20-something patrons are now from Mainland China. International students like to show off their cash at clubs. They’re also kind of shy.
When Epic Nights organized K-pop events, they were really busy, but not very social. The first time we did it, a lot of Korean people came out and they said the music made them feel like home,â David said, adding that many of those who attended were small groups of exchange students. Filipinos are much more likely to prefer hip-hop.
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A lot of parties in Toronto now, they play house music,â David said. But when you go to hip-hop club, you’re going to get a different clientele of people.â At these events, both the dress code and drink preference are very different: more sneakers, and more Hennessey.
Racism exists in the club. David says that Korean attendees stopped coming out to events once they realized a lot of Chinese people were showing up, too. Taiwanese clubgoers also preferred not to mingle with mainland Chinese. East-Asians who were born or predominantly raised in Canada are more likely to interact with other nationalities than are new immigrants.
It’s really hard for them to mingle because of language barriers,â said David. Club owners can be prejudiced, too. They’ll be like, I don’t want Asians, I don’t want any black guys, I don’t want any brown guys,â David said. Turn them all away at the door.â Even though club owners aren’t technically allowed to do this, bouncers can refuse entry using comments about clothing, intoxication, or ID.
They will start turning away certain people in the beginning just so they don’t start becoming a niche crowd,â David said. He believes that expensive quotas at clubs like Maison are a way to make sure a club doesn’t get too Asian, and says lucrative party bookings are sometimes even turned down for the same reason.
Karen K. Ho is a business reporter who was born and raised in Toronto.
It’s kind of crazy,â David said. Less people are partying, Asian and otherwise: the recent recession, an industry-wide decline in attendance and a rise in the number of promotion companies means club owners willing to host Asian nights are making a lot less money. Three years ago, at the same spot I am today, I’d see 1,000 people a week,â David said. Karen K. Ho is a business reporter who was born and raised in Toronto. She recently discovered the joy of Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night and Liberte’s coconut yogurt.