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.
In real life, smiling is one of the easiest ways to be friendly and flirtatious. This is also true on the online dating site Lavalife.com, whose free Smile tool can be used to send a grin to any members who appeal to you. Once the virtual connection is made, guests or members in any of Lavalife.com's three communities—dating, relationships, and intimate encounters—can communicate through a variety of platforms, including voice and mobile. To help users find matches among millions of profiles, Lavalife.com offers customized searches with various filters, including age, location, languages spoken, and Star Wars versus Star Trek. Lavalife.com enforces strict privacy rules for its 18 and older clientele, and its customer-service team mans phones and email 24/7 to answer any user questions.
By fusing together a bistro, jazz club, and art gallery, The Gallery Studio Cafe remains dedicated to owner Derek Houghton's vision of supporting local artists. Chef Carol, The Gallery Studio Cafe's certified cuisine concocter, assembles an array of tapas, soups, sandwiches, and brunch fare in her open kitchen, allowing diners to watch as Carol preps their meals and sharpens her samurai swords for vegetable chopping. Comfy European white leather furniture cozies up beside the café's real fireplace amid canvases crafted by local and international artists displayed throughout the expansive gallery space. In addition to jazz performances four nights a week, ranging from Thursday-night acoustic renditions to Saturday-afternoon sessions, The Gallery Studio Cafe hosts abundant musical events, including swing music every second Wednesday of the month and whenever Fred Astaire's ghost drops by.
Wanting to fuse Mediterranean hospitality with modern elegance, the owners of Zemra Bar Lounge took design plans into their own hands, opening their walls and stage to local artists and musicians. Subdued light bounces off red and goldenrod walls dotted with paint, highlighting the friendly wait staff as they bustle between the dining room and kitchen. Inside the culinary chemistry lab, chefs Ghandour and Brunke prepare pastas, steaks, chops, and seafood from a menu of fine Pan-Mediterranean fare. To compliment the cuisine, the chefs recommend a variety of wines or one of the bar master's signature cocktails. Events such as the open mic on Wednesdays and live music on Fridays create a festive atmosphere while reflecting the local community, their talents, penchant for creativity, and ability to whistle in Italian.
FastLife’s team of matchmaking gurus employs innovative couple-creating techniques to run their themed speed-dating events that help single professionals aged 25–50 mingle and meet potential partners and friends. FastLife's staff meticulously plans events based on proprietary client compatibility reports, inviting clients to events based on potentially spark-generating similarities in age, personality, and recurring dreams about each other. Each private rapid-fire session unfolds in one of the city’s upscale environs such as Atelier Noir and Libra Lounge—granting 20 men and women a chance to spend 5–10 minutes at a table getting to know one another via small talk and public diary readings. Should guests find a match, FastLife staff facilitates an exchange of personal details to enable future rendezvous. Under FastLife’s dedicated helm, events generally proffer at least one match for 90.1 per cent of attendees.