Patrons at Ace Hotel Toronto’s new rooftop bar can imbibe cocktails and far-reaching views at Evangeline – whatever the season.
Atelier Ace designed the space, which occupies the 14th floor of the Shim-Sutcliffe designed building in the city’s Fashion District. Evangeline is said to be named for the first feature film to be made of our Canada in 1914 – a silent drama adapted by Marguerite Marquis from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1847 poem Evangeline. The film tells the story of the Great Upheaval and the expulsion of the French-speaking Acadian people from Maritime provinces by the British.
Some 100 years on, Toronto is the epicentre of Eastern Canada’s television and film production industry, and the lounge has a suitably cinematic vibe thanks to its wraparound terraces and glass windows and doors that capture panoramic views of the city at golden hour.
Midcentury vibes from the hotel’s lobby find fresh expression inside the bar via olive-coloured sofas and rich, warm tones of the furniture and giant area rugs. Indoor planting injects colour and vibrancy year-round, with two large fireplaces anchoring the bar’s interior, surrounded by a signature ceramic mural by Montreal artist David Umemoto.
Small plates have a party vibe with charcuterie, chips & dip, ’nduja-stuffed olives with halloumi, shrimp cocktail, and freshly shucked oysters on offer, besides an impressive cocktail list.