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.
CentreStage Theatre showcases local talent in musicals, comedies, and dramas produced entirely by volunteer artists. The amateur thespians dedicate themselves to exploring works by Canadian wordsmiths as well as internationally acclaimed shows. Upcoming productions include theatrical fare designed to induce toe tapping, tug at heartstrings, tickle funny bones, and sweet-talk pancreases. Performers tread the boards at CentreStage's newfound brickfront venue, which seats 100 in its stadium-style theatre. The site also boasts a wheelchair-accessible entrance and ample parking for cars and airships.
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.
Lion's Head Tavern seamlessly fuses the Old World charm of a rustic Scottish pub with the camaraderie and fun of a modern sports bar, serving up ales, fried haddock, and grilled steaks as games play on an enormous big-screen TV. Barkeeps pour out frosty mugs of Alexander Keith's beer to thirsty rec-league teams and cheery regulars, and chefs whip up hearty burgers on kaiser buns and gravy-covered tins of shepherd's pie.
At Lion Head's Tavern, live music and entertainment livens up late nights every Thursday through Saturday while patrons dine on classic bar cuisine such as pizzas, burgers, and wings. Crips fries and nachos lead to chicken fingers, hot turkey sandwiches, cheese pizzas, and pan-fried haddock, alongside draught beers and liquors.
Named Best Martini and Best Cocktail by the Coast, Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant lives up to its name by doling out sumptuous edibles and extravagant cocktails into the wee hours of the night. Challenge barkeeps on the spot to concoct a favourite drink, an unlisted spirit, or a dove from behind a scarf to prove the depth of his or her mixology knowledge. Swirl the frothy Caramel Apple martini ($10), the snappy Envy martini ($10), or the sour I've Got a Secretini ($10) while you thoughtfully appraise the bold paintings on display, portraying European architecture, photogenic cows, and matching hand models.