TORONTO — Ink Entertainment has big plans for the site of Sound Academy in Toronto. The lifestyle and entertainment company, which owns restaurants such as Weslodge, La Société and the upcoming Bisha Hotel & Residences, will turn Sound Academy into a concert venue that doubles as a versatile corporate event and dance space.
Ink has hired Toronto’s Studio Munge design firm, (recently rebranded from Munge Leung) to design the 45,000-sq.-ft. project, which will sport a sculpted ceiling, high-gloss contemporary surfaces and a black-and-gold colour scheme. Main features of the new two-floor complex will include a 65-foot stage with an expansive installation of LED video walls, as well as private VIP access, views of the city skyline and a connection to the outdoor Cabana Pool Bar.
“Being in this industry for over 30 years has given me the opportunity to see and experience some of the world’s best practices in hospitality and entertainment,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, Ink Entertainment. “My vision for this space was to create something with Alessandro [Munge] that is mature and sophisticated, both in the way that it looks and functions. Ultimately, I wanted to design a space that creates a complete sensory experience for our guests.”