Pavilion Profile: Ontario House

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Interior: Ontario House pavilion
Setting the mood – big screens bring a bit of Ontario to Concord Place

At first glance, Ontario House is an example of a venue that gets everything right. Effort was put into making what is otherwise a big box into something attractive for guests. The exterior, designed by Toronto's Hariri Pontarini Architects, has a unique design involving of coloured ropes which make the outer shell breath light both inward and outward. See this stunning image taken at dusk looking west from the front door.

Once inside you can experience all the attractions – including their 4-minute long 4D theatre (which is a complete hoot), their "thought-controlled" computing attraction and other games including one involving RIM Blackberry products.The space is open and the ceiling is high, making it very comfortable for the expected 300+ guests that will be allowed in here at one time.

Big screens surround the indoors of the space. The "mind-control" attraction, where you put on a headset that apparently reads your alpha and beta brainwaves to control lights on the Canadian Parliament building, Niagara Falls or CN Tower is a bit of silly fun. I can vouch that I received no brain damage trying it out!

Perhaps the best aspect of the facility is that during evenings it will host free live concerts – it will be a great intimate venue for music. There is a long, attractive bar where you can buy glasses of Ontario microbrew, or Niagara VQA wines. You can order from a yummy menu that features lots of cheese, meat and vegetarian selections. This is just going to be a great place to hang out, and as it is so close to many other great attractions like Maison du Quebec & Saskatchewan House, you should really try to make Concord Place a must-see destination.

The best way to get here is either via the Skytrain (Main & Terminal station), or by foot along the seawall from Yaletown.

- post by Mike

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