Harry Rosen launches Canada Goose 2016 Winter Collection with a “Get Out There” party on the rooftop
When there’s an ice-bar, there is Canada Goose. And the phenomenon is not just limited to Canada. It always makes me proud to see our Goose jackets being worn everywhere on my trips to the cold, Nordic countries.
Last Thursday, November 26, Harry Rosen on Bloor transformed its rooftop into its own version of ice bar to celebrate the launch of Canada Goose’s new 2016 collection.
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Winter and outdoors were the perfect combination for this event. Invited friends and VIPs were greeted with a Canada Goose coat to wear for the night, and a pair of Canada Goose gloves to keep. Sadly, sizes for my tiny hands weren’t available, but the hot cider served at Harry Rosen‘s Canada Goose ice bar did an equivalently good job.
After being warmed up by the hot beverage, guests tasted four kinds of whiskeys from The Macallan 1824 Series, the Gold was served in a refreshing cocktail garnished with cranberries; the Amber, the Sienna, and the Ruby were served straight up or on the rocks.
The wall above the ice bar was where Canada Goose’s new “Out There” film was being projected on. The film was directed by veteran filmmakers Paul Haggis and Sean Bobbitt (BSC) and tells the true stories of four inspiring individuals who have personal (emotional) connections with Canada Goose.
Karl Bushby, an adventurer who in the past spent 11 years in the British Army, now sets himself off on a life-challenging journey: to walk through 25 countries, across 58,000km and ultimately, back to England, where he calls home. He is still walking in his Canada Goose gear, and to date, he has survived through the snake-infested Columbian rivers, the Canadian Rockies and the crossing of the Bering Strait.
Paddy Doyle, a First Air pilot who spends his career flying across Northern Canada, encounters a Canadian arctic storm and survives an emergency landing on ice.
Lance Mackey, a hardcore champion dog-sled racer who wins both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest races back to back, continues to race the Alaskan terrain in Canada Goose’s light-weight gear and accessories after a four-year battle with throat cancer.
Marilyn Hofman-Smith, a medevac flight nurse who fell into the frozen Churchill River located less than 1000 km away from the Artic Circle, gets saved by her companion who was able to pull her up with the grab strap attached to the back of her Canada Goose Snow Mantra Parka.
Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest back in 1982, continues to participate in over 30 world-class expeditions including those to the Canadian Rockies, South America, Nepal, and India. He dresses himself in Canada Goose Skreslet Parka in Summit Pink to fight the cold.
Many of the guests, though, were distracted by the delectable bites served by The Food Dudes and did not realize the film was being played. They devoured red beet risotto balls, pizza squares, savoury pastries, and meatballs with bao buns before heading to the fireplace, not to keep warm, but to burn some s’mores.
(photos by Terrence)
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