Toronto 2011

The world’s greatest celebration of the whiskies, Whisky Live Toronto, now in its sixth year, is Canada’s whisky tasting event of the year, bringing the celebration of whisky to Toronto in Constitution Hall, North Building of the Metro Toronto Covention Centre.

Whisky Live Toronto is the international celebration of whisky, bringing all the whiskies of the world together under one roof. Whisky Live prides itself on bringing together the finest whiskies, great food and a range of education and entertainment to make learning about whisky both fun and stimulating. Whether you are a whisky enthusiast an uninitiated newcomer or just looking for a day out that offers you something different Whisky Live has something for everyone

Whisky Live gives you the unique opportunity to sample the greatest whiskies in the world, whilst mingling with the producers and distillers, marketeers and visitor centre staff, all under one roof. In addition to learning about the world of whisky, you will be able to sample rare and sought-after whiskies and meet the stars of the industry.

With great food, masterclasses and much more, Whisky Live is a great day out and a memorable experience.

Ticket Options

Friday 4th November, VIP Ticket 4pm to 10pm. $99
Including Whisky Live tasting glass, show guide, 10 vouchers and food.

Friday 4th November, Evening Ticket, 6.30pm to 10pm. $65
Including Whisky Live tasting glass, show guide, 6 vouchers and food.

Please note last pour will be at 9.40pm

Vouchers are exchanged for drinks and more vouchers can be bought at the show for a value of $2.00.

Masterclasses on sale now - $20 - limited spaces!

Tutored tastings of around 40 with the Brand Ambassador taking you through the range of expressions.

The masterclasses are on sale at $20 in addtion to any entrance ticket to Whisky Live.

Room 1

4.30pm - MC1 - The Glenlivet

Join Frank Biskupek, Ambassador for The Glenlivet, as he introduces you to The Glenlivet Nadurra Triumph 19 Year Old and guides you through a tasting of The Glenlivet, the single malt that started it all.

6.15pm - MC2 - Isle Of Arran

A cross-section of Isle of Arran’s classic non-peated whiskies. Included will be an example of the limited-bottling Bourbon Single Cask series and also the 14 Year Old - Arran’s oldest whisky yet released. In keeping with the Arran philosophy, these premium Single Malts are presented at their high natural strengths, allowing their full, rich and complex characteristics to shine through. Host: Andy Hogan

8.00pm - MC3 - Highland Park

It is fascinating to consider how the early licensed distilleries survived despite the considerable obstacles of their remote locations. They survived because of exceptional quality and individuality of their spirits. Join Marc Laverdiere and experience the magic of Highland Park

Room 2

4.45pm - MC4 - Johnnie Walker

A tasting flight of award winning whiskies from the House of Johnnie Walker. Learn what makes Johnnie Walker whiskies so unique, including the Johnnie Walker Blue Label – each bottle is carefully selected and crafted from over 10,000 barrels of some of the world’s rarest whisky stocks. Host: Stuart Brown

6.30pm - MC5 - Crown Royal

Discover the journey of Crown Royal with Master Blender Joanna Scandella, an expert with 20 years of experience in creating new products, quality assurance and blending. Blending over 50 whiskies with passion to create Crown Royal for the 1939 Royal visit of the King and Queen is an art that continues till today

8.15pm - MC6 - Canadian Club and Maker's Mark - Canada vs. USA

Join Brand Ambassadors Dan Tullio and Tish Harcus, as they present Canadian Club and Maker’s Mark, discussing the rich history of both brands, outlining the unique production process of each, leading a guided tasting and pointing out the differences between Canadian Whisky and Bourbon.

Room 3

5.00pm - MC7 - Bulleit Bourbon

Distiller Tom Bulleit, the great-great-grandson of Augustus Bulleit who created the 175 year-old recipe for the award-winning Bulleit Bourbon, will be on hand to guide the tasting. Bulleit Bourbon consistently wins medals and accolades at the most prestigious sprits competition in America, including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In 2007, Bulleit Bourbon earned its second Gold Medal and fourth consecutive medal, beating other well known premium bourbons.

6.45pm - MC8 - Diageo's Classic Malts

Discover the world of Classic Malts as Stuart Brown, Brand Ambassador takes you through a journey around Scotland.

8.30pm - MC9 - Glenfiddich

Renowned Glenfiddich Global Ambassador, Ian Millar is returning to Canada for a visit and will host a tasting of the World’s Most Awarded Single Malts from Glenfiddich. Ian Millar will share his 35+ years of experience in scotch whisky, having worked for a number of distillers in various roles including bottling, mashing, distillation and warehouse. Ian held many distillery management positions prior to joining independent family distillers William Grant & Sons in 1998 as Distilleries Manager for the company's flagship Glenfiddich and Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky distilleries. The comprehensive tutored tasting will include the 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old, 18 Year Old, 21 Year Old as well as the limited edition Snow Phoenix. The final release in the world, of the Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix, will hit LCBO shelves just in time for the holidays! Enjoy!

Tasting Booths

Whisky Live Toronto gives visitors the unique opportunity to sample some of the greatest whiskies in the world. At the same time you mingle with producers, independent bottlers and brand ambassadors, can ask those questions you have always wanted to ask and hear the answers from the heart of the industry.


Whisky Experiences

The Whisky Experiences are the education and entertainment zones, with themed areas providing sensory experiences and education about the whisky world. With a dram always on hand the Whisky Experience seeks to educate and entertain those who want to learn a little more about the diversity of this delicious nectar.


Sample vouchers are the event’s currency and enable you to sample the varied selection of whiskies available at the show. You receive a number of vouchers as part of your entrance ticket (10 for VIP and 6 for Standard); additional vouchers can be purchased from the Whisky Magazine stand in the show at a cost of $2.00 each. You will require between 1 to 3 vouchers for each sample, depending on the age and rarity of the Whisky (at the exhibitors discretion)

Directions to the MTCC

The show will take place in Constitution Hall in the North Building of the MTCC.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

North Building

255 Front Street



M5V 2W6


This fully-accessible, barrier free building is found at 255 Front Street West, between the InterContinental Toronto Centre to the east and the CN Tower and Rogers Centre to the west.

You can access the North Building through the main entrance doors on Front Street, or from the east via the Skywalk, a glass-enclosed access-way from Union Station and mass transit.



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