Ontario College of Health & Technology educates its students to herald a healthier and safer tomorrow. Through programs that focus on disciplines as diverse as massage therapy and private investigation, the private career college readies pupils for long-term success in their chosen field. Yet the school expands its scope beyond career tracks, offering the casual learner an arsenal of new skills. The culinary department, for example, takes two forms: by day, Red Seal–certified cooking instructors train full-time students to become chefs in restaurants and hotels, but by night, they oversee proteges' first steps into the kitchen or second steps back into the kitchen after realizing they left their headlights on. In comprehensive workshops, students learn to properly sauté, simmer, and bake dishes so that they can treat their family to a nice meal or throw a fitting party for a foodie friend.
Alexandra Evans knows firsthand the myriad benefits of Bikram yoga. After discovering the exercise form while living in Japan, the director of Bikram Yoga Hamilton Dundas noticed a marked change in her skin, physique, and ability to reach cans of green beans on a high shelf. Following certification and teaching stints in cities throughout Canada and in Mumbai, India, Evans established her 3,000-square-foot studio in Dundas as a place to share her teachings with enthusiastic students, helping them build muscle tone, burn calories, and centre their minds.
Crock A Doodle equips kids and adults with colourful paints to coat kitchen-safe pottery pieces in individual expressions of creativity. The drop-in pottery studio provides creative fodder for hungry brain waves with a host of lead-free bowls, plates, and more. After each ceramic vessel of ingenuity is completed, it is professionally kiln-fired and emerges, like a delicious butterfly, vibrant and ready to be pummelled with ketchup. Would-be Michelangelos can skillfully brush a jumbo coffee mug ($20), ice-cream bowl ($16), or ceramic trophy ($22).
The grappling gurus at Gravity Climbing Gym take a friendly approach to instruction during their Indoor Rock 101 class, stressing fun over heights achieved and safety over everything. Knowledgeable instructors outfit ascendant amateurs in a harness and shoes before showing them the ropes, knots, and belay skills required to scale with safety and success. Like medical school, a single lesson at Gravity equips students with enough information to strike out on their own. After completing the lesson, newly christened climbers are free to roam the gym and test their technique on Gravity's varied climbing walls.
We are a small and friendly women’s gym. There are no posers, no men, nobody judging you. You can drop in anytime and start your workout right away – no waiting. Women feel good about getting fitter, leaner and stronger. Unlike other gyms where you join and never actually go – this one is quick, fun and it works.
After making a name for herself in the world of theatrical costuming during stints on the production teams of The Lion King and Mamma Mia!, Dilys Tong co-created Sew Be It Studio in 2005 in order to inspire others to craft their own wearable art. Lindsey Wise, a graphic designer and former magazine art director, joined her in 2009, and together they helm workshops and classes alongside a cast of dedicated instructors. At their two studios, the staff lead students through hands-on tutorials or arm them with DIY patterns for items such as a lace tank top, a flower headpiece, or a leather mini wallet ideal for fitting into a regular-size wallet. Enhancing the space are studio mascots Betty and Madi, a pair of well-dressed pups who can often be found lounging around in a variety of miniature ensembles.