CHILL Ice House is a cool, family attraction by day and a hip ice lounge at night. This is the newest addition to Toronto’s busy tourism scene and it opens to the public July 2014.
A wide variety of ice sculptures including inter-active displays will excite visitors of all ages. They will be displayed in a unique environment where everything is produced in ice – the walls, tables and chairs, a bar, curtains, sculptures, glasses even a colored portrait featuring the city’s skyline.
The idea for the CHILL Ice House in Toronto originated with Gresham Bayley who spent his free time during university years working with Iceculture, one of the world’s leading ice sculpture companies. Gresham traveled the world creating permanent ice lounges – in Dubai, Greece, India and all over the US.
He has also been involved with other large ice projects, such as the Disney fairy-tale castle in Times Square, New York City, the World Ski Championships and a global warming exhibition in Oslo, Norway at the time Al Gore received his Nobel Prize.
‘We designed CHILL to incorporate the most intriguing ideas from some of the ice lounges we have created. And I wanted a venue that would appeal to families as much as the bar crowd. I think I have been able to address both groups, effectively’ says Gresham.
‘When it came to designing the interior of the lounge I turned to my cousin, Heidi Bayley who is president of Iceculture and is responsible for creating many of the ice lounges I helped install’, he added. Heidi is very experienced in ice décor and understands the value of effective LED lighting – and this will be very obvious when visitors enter the lounge.
‘While ice lounges are understandably extremely popular in hot climates, having a venue in Toronto has great benefits’, Gresham explains. ’After all, Canadians do know a thing or two about ice and snow, so this becomes a truly Canadian experience for people around the globe. We want locals and visitors to come and see what we can do’.
With the Iceculture facility just two hours away from Toronto, CHILL can take advantage of the skilled carvers and the technology that the company has. ‘It means we can theme our interior and change a look frequently’, says Gresham. ‘A haunted house at Halloween, displays to coincide with sporting events in the city such as the motor racing Grand Prix, NHL play-off hockey games, CFL football championships, and what about lacrosse?’ asks Gresham. For private corporate events, the ability to customize and brand the experience is unsurpassed.
With more than 15 years experience in the ice business, Gresham has made the most of seeing the world and taken advantage of being able to rub shoulders with the rich and famous. From the Superbowl to the Oscars, he has made magic at VIP parties around the globe.
‘It’s amazing how ice captures the imagination of people in the sports and entertainment world’, emphasizes Gresham. ‘They are universally mesmerized by what we present in ice’. Attached to the ice lounge is a regular lounge which provides a warm area for private parties or lounge guests just wanting to extend their visit.
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