Hailed as the place to go for the Best Cheap Drinks by the readers of The Coast, Oasis Pub and Eatery attracts sports fans with $10 pitchers of beer and a whole bunch of big screen TVs showing all the major sports and UFC fights. Over plates of chicken wings, burgers, or poutine layered with thin slices of King of Donair–licensed meat, friends gather together for weekly events such as open-mic nights, karaoke, and live music.
During Reel Babies movie showings, theatres transform into child-friendly arenas where new parents can enjoy recent releases while tending to tykes. Empire Theatres keeps the auditorium lights dim and lowers the volume on new films such as Our Idiot Brother, One Day, and The Debt, ensuring an environment conducive to child-care. Parents can transport their mini-me to the auditorium's "exersaucer", baby swing, and play mat, allowing young minds to expend energy otherwise spent solving Fermat's Last Theorem. Additionally, a changing table and bottle warmer ensures parents can remain in the theatre for all reunion scenes between protagonists and their coffee makers.
The Lower Deck Pub and Red Stag Tavern serve classic and reinterpreted pub grub amid a festive maritime atmosphere befitting their oceanfront settings. The Lower Deck Pub's menu rolls out appetizers including one-and-a-quarter pounds of mussels, steamed with fresh cilantro, oranges, bell peppers, garlic butter, and Alexander Keith's ale ($9.99). Fans of gourmet burgers can snag the Montreal Monster, layering smoked ground beef with an onion ring, a soft-fried egg, and house-made pickles ($12.99), or the house-made Harvest burger, comprised of chickpeas, lentils, black beans, and various protein-packed plants ($11.99. The deck specialties fling forth entrees such as the seafood grill, stacking charbroiled salmon, jumbo shrimp, Digby scallops, and pan-fried haddock ($23.99). Diners enjoy ocean views from the outdoor seating, as well as live entertainment seven nights a week, including a DJ every weekend and a puffin improv troupe every Monday.
Mixing modern aesthetics with classical form, BJM Danse crafts riveting pieces, choreographed by some of the preeminent names in contemporary dance. Patrons can marvel at muscular dance moves and impress past versions of themselves at time travelling dinner parties by witnessing the world premiere of BJM guest choreographer Cayetano Soto's Fuel. Rossini Cards sets the sumptuous, kinetic choreography of Italian ballet director Mauro Bigonzetti to the familiar, operatic tunes of Rossini. The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium provides ample space for dancers to undertake rhythmic feats, with balcony seating proffering clear views of the stage.
Since its first year more than 25 years ago, Greek Fest has immersed attendees in Greek culture and culinary tradition with a four-day indoor and outdoor festival. Each day, visitors can explore a cultural exhibition spanning traditional crafts, art replicas, and religious artefacts; guided tours roam within the local Byzantine Greek Orthodox church to highlight colourful iconography and ornate interior architecture. A massive white-tented dome hosts live music played on painted mandolins while dance troupes perform regional dances. Children can work out extra adrenalin in a kids' area, where coaches supervise soccer-training zones to keep them away from wild vuvuzelas. A contest running throughout the festival can award two participants with a trip to Greece, allowing them to further explore Greek culture.
Foodies can placate their palates with a range of authentic Greek dishes, assembled from the grill and formed into plates of souvlaki, chicken-filled pitas, and beef donair kebabs. Mythologists can also explore the obsessions of Dionysus at a Greek wine tasting led by local sommeliers Costa Elles.
In the years since its 1938 construction, the Chester Playhouse has seen use as a movie theatre, live performance space, and even the home of a puppet theatre company. The venue grew in size as it bounced between owners and occupants, but it maintains the intimate feel of its community roots, and almost none of the feral marionettes. The cheery blue building, resembling a beach house with its wide outer balcony and strand of flags along its awning, hosts professional productions and musicians throughout the year, along with playing host to after school programs and summer theatre workshops.