Jazz is a visceral thing for Juno-winner Brandi Disterheft, meant not to be played softly in the background of a restaurant but exhilaratingly embodied on stage. Her instrument—the double bass—demands such deep physical engagement just to keep its huge, rumbling rhythms under control, even as she takes the stage in ethereal white dresses modelled on those worn by Charles Mingus. The pulsing bass lines underlie not only the original arrangements and compositions brought to life by her sidemen, but, on many tunes, her own voice, which can take on a range of exotic-sounding flavours or bloom into a slightly smoky, pop-radio-ready sweetness. After catching her in concert at the Montreal Jazz Festival, About.com Montreal described a "sound accessible enough to attract non jazz fans while still impressing the purists."
Gym-Max presents fitness fanatics with a fully equipped facility open seven days a week. Scheduled throughout the week at all three locations, trainer-led group fitness classes provide students with a chance to appease the sweat gods by filling bright studios with calorie-crushing exercises. Hasten heart rates in athletic conditioning classes, or channel the Tour de France in spinning classes without having to learn the French word for “velocipede.” Minds and bodies get centred in a yoga class, and Zumba shows students how to shimmy into shape. A month of full access to Gym-Max's well-maintained, spacious gym facilities gives customers free rein to bulk up with free weights, practice fashion runway strutting on a treadmill, or train for their next elevator boycott on a stairmaster.
Like arriving at school naked, going to school in a bustling bar is something that usually only happens in dreams. However, in BartenderOne’s signature MasterClass, that dream becomes a reality as students try their hand behind the bar at a variety of nightlife hubs during mobile, hands-on classes, taught by head bartenders from across the country. This class is just part of the school's unique offerings, which were created by the school’s founders, who surveyed 14 bartending schools on five continents before founding BartenderOne. They wanted to offer their students a preeminent bartending education, so they fused the best of the curricula they saw and left out archaic practices, such as memorizing lists of outdated recipes. The resulting classes run the gamut from full bartender training to workshops on specific skills, such as martini-making, whiskey pouring, or balancing another bartender on your nose. The school is run by people who own and operate bars and restaurants, and they guaranteed internships for all of their graduates.
Lunenburg Pub & Bar nourishes clientele with its extensive menu of delectable pub grub and a full bar brimming with copious brews, wines, and cocktails. Customers can savour pizza slices or juicy burgers while nestled within the three-level restaurant's main lounge area, or imbibe a pint in its lower-level bar or on the all-season outdoor patio. A stonework interior shelters more than 15 flat-screen televisions, and the eatery boasts an abundance of maritime-themed tavern decor, such as a pirate-ship wheel and the employment of servers found among nearby ship wreckage. A spacious upper level houses a dance floor and concert venue for live music.
Europe's Medieval and Renaissance eras were periods in which knights developed sophisticated systems for swordplay, martial arts, and looking really, really cool. Ottawa Swordplay's founder Craig Shackleton, who holds a degree in classical history, and his fellow instructor John Enzinas teach adults and kids to recreate the swordplay of these eras. They ground their curriculum in the research of Johannes Liechtenauer—who the instructors say unified the fighting arts of his time—and teachings from manuscripts that were compiled as far back as 1325.
After research sessions and discussions on sword theory, the instructors lead their students into a padded practice area for hands-on classes. They teach beginners how to grab hold of longswords—a two-handed weapon—and engage in unarmoured combat. Instructors Shackleton and Enzinas can also teach how to adapt these techniques to more advanced weapons, such as a German rapier, a single-handed weapon knights used while texting.