OTTAWA — Infinity Convention Centre, featuring 15,000 sq. ft. of space, will hold its grand opening in the nation’s capital Oct. 13, it was announced in mid-September.
The facility is located in a hotel cluster near Ottawa International Airport, adjacent to West Hunt Club retail developments, and can accommodate 1,200 people in a customizable, obstruction-free space featuring 23 ft. ceilings. The pre-function area features a marble floor, crystal chandelier and programmable water feature.
Designed by local architect Robert Woodman, the convention centre offers three ‘bridal suites’ that can be used for green rooms and VIP lounges; a boardroom with full audiovisual capability for small meetings; and several flexible suites that can function as onsite production offices.
On the audiovisual side, the facility will be outfitted with a fully digital low-voltage LED house lighting system. Every fixture is computer controlled (including chandeliers and lobby water feature), and 150 fixtures can each rotate 360 degrees and emit patterned light effects.
Infinity Centre’s custom built-in system provides 360 degrees of sound, for presentations, and ambient music with a variable dancefloor system. Seven built-in, 200-inch, high-definition digital screens are coupled with digital projectors.
On the food and beverage front, the venue can serve 2,000 plated meals or a 3,500-guest, walk-around cocktail menu (far exceeding actual venue capacity). The kitchen features separate prep/plating areas that can simultaneously handle up to three events.
Heading up the kitchen is executive chef Jason Peters, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris with more than 15 years experience in fine dining and hotels across Canada and around the world. His resume includes senior roles in kitchens at Fairmont Properties, Shangri-La Hotels, Le Cordon Bleu – Signatures, and Ottawa’s Shaw Centre convention facility, where he was a member of the opening team.
As part of its farm-to-table philosophy, Infinity Convention Centre will source ingredients locally. Core local suppliers include Ferme Mariposa, Plantagenet, Ont.; Anderson Farms, Ashton, Ont.; and Bearbrook Farms, Navan, Ont., for meat and fish; Back Forty, Lanark, Ont. and Fifth Town Cheese Company, Prince Edward County, Ont., for artisanal cheese; Lowertown Brewery, Ottawa, for craft beer; and Bridgehead Coffee, Ottawa, for coffee.