Employing professional broadcast equipment, the memory restorers at Toronto Home Movies weave threadbare tapes into a sleek tapestry of digital imagery. Adept analog whisperers gently coax VHS, HI8, 8MM, Digital 8, and MiniDV ($12.50 per hour) or film ($25 for 100 ft. of 16mm film) into selflessly giving their content to the 21st century. Audio/visual virtuosos ready home videos, old movies, and public service announcement collections for transfer with a thorough cleaning and conditioning. After technicians edit out reel markers and empty frames, computers step in to scrutinize and enhance every frame for optimal colour and clarity. Customers leave with a high-quality DVD that, like every sequel ever made, is a vast improvement on the original.
At Vert Catering, head chef Pedro Dos Santos leans on years of professional experience and a Mediterranean culinary mindset to create wholesome meals out of local and organic food sources. The take-out menu is offered Wednesday–Friday and changes daily, although you might find pork goulash, fried polenta cakes, beef pot pie, or maple barley salad (check Vert's Facebook page for updates).
Catering options are more predictable. Assorted danishes and scones, trays of organic fruit, and croissandwiches show up at corporate breakfasts. Luncheons come to life with vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, hot meals of shepherd's pie or roast chicken, and hors d'oeuvres of corn cakes and empanadas. Also a caterer to the environment, Vert donates untouched food to local hostels, composts organic waste, and powers its building with carbon-neutral cold fusion.
The restaurants on Chef Jono’s resume reads like a dream list of any Toronto-area culinary artist. Starting his career at upscale Italian eateries in the ‘70s, he has since served as executive chef at Fenton’s, The Senator, Centro, La Raclette, and Left Bank Bistro, to name a few. In the ‘90s, he catered for the Ford/Saleen racing team and served as a private chef in France and Italy. After founding several culinary enterprises—including Sasha Bread—he calls upon all this experience today to prepare gourmet meals for clients in the comfort of their homes.
ThePhotoBooth.ca enlivens events from corporate parties to weddings and bar mitzvahs with photo booths that utilize 10-megapixel cameras to capture high-resolution shots. Groups of up to eight people can complete three- or four-picture sessions in about a minute, and shots eject about 30 seconds later on high-quality photo paper in a choice of black-and-white, sepia, or colour. Rentals include unlimited photo sessions, allowing guests to try out a variety of backgrounds, real-time slideshows, and green screens that put subjects on their choice of Jupiter's moons. An on-site attendant—who also performs setup and tear-down—helps partygoers maximize the booth experience and explains how guests can view and share photos via logging on to a private web gallery, accessible for one year.
In Da Leonardo Bistro's kitchen, located in the heart of Little Italy, chefs use ingredients sourced from Toronto farms and organic producers to whip up fine Italian dishes. Based on time-honoured recipes, handmade dishes include pizzas with toppings such as mango and garlic shrimp as well as pastas tossed with clams and vodka-blush rosé sauce that’s always embarrassed to be seen out of its bottle. A wealth of salads, paninis, and classic desserts such as tiramisu rounds out the menu. In warmer months, patrons can enjoy their meals on the outdoor patio.
At 2 Step Bhangra Dance Academy, professional dancers lead students through fast-paced, intricately choreographed dances set to Punjabi music. The constantly updated dance routines pay homage to their East Indian roots while incorporating innovative moves. In addition to dance classes, the instructors also perform at functions and host kids' parties.