CONNECTING THE DOTS: HOW RALF MADI BUILT HIS CAREER ON CURATING CONNECTION
Dolce Magazine|Spring 2021
Everything Madi has worked on has led him to his dream project: a hotel in Bali that he can’t wait to present to the world
ESTELLE ZENTIL

There’s a common theme in everything Ralf Madi creates: connectivity. Madi’s undeniable talent is the original way he sees people and the world around him. As a self-made success — entrepreneur, event curator, club owner, restaurateur and investor — he built his career on his love for bringing people together through curated experiences.

To fully understand where Madi is today, it is important to get to know where he came from and the influences that surround his life. Raised by a single mother, Madi understood the importance of hard work and knew from an early age that he would be in charge of creating a purposeful and fulfilling life for himself: “I create families. Family doesn’t just have to be blood. You can create a family. I think it’s such a new world now. Go and create your family.”

Outgoing and uber-friendly, Madi’s connections of friends and family span the globe. By the time he was 21, he had a whopping 700 people attend his self-thrown birthday celebration. “This is what I love to do, bringing people together, making people happy, through music. I was able to mix all these amazing people together. They were all there for a common purpose, for my birthday. So when I finished university, right away I jumped into the bar business,” says Madi.

Naturally, Madi thrived in the hospitality realm, and after graduating from university, he started managing a bar in Toronto called Mad Bar on Richmond Street. While building his clientele at Mad Bar, Madi’s trajectory led him to meet Charles Khabouth — the ultra-successful nightclub owner, restaurateur, music promoter and hotelier, known as Toronto’s “King of Clubs.” Khabouth took Madi under his wing for three years at the Guvernment, one of Canada’s largest and longest running nightclubs. Under Khabouth’s tutelage, Madi learned how to take the hospitality business to the next level and build a company from the ground up.

With hands-on experience under his belt, Madi started a production company with his friend and business partner Zark Fatah, curating events for different clubs across the city. The venture was a success, with a loyal following, and provided Madi with a foundation on which to open his first club at the age of 30, called Century Room (now Everleigh).

Having worked hard to attain a footing in the industry, Madi kept his head on his shoulders and carefully invested his hard-earned savings. “I bought real estate back in the day — all preconstruction — so I was really smart with my money. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, I’m in the clubs. I’m going to travel and spend it on girls and cars and all that.’ Real estate is the most important thing for you to build the foundation for yourself and wealth.”

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