Maxwell's Music House encompasses both a live performance venue and a music school where professional teachers instruct students in their choice of instrument and style during half-hour lessons. Parents can enrol kids or sign themselves up to learn to sing, beat drums, learn piano or use telekinesis to pluck the strings of electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. A range of music styles abounds to sate most musical appetites, including rock, pop, jazz, classical, and blues. Learn to read music in one of the jam space practice rooms, or practice rock star air splits during lessons on the facility's real concert stage. Meanwhile, instructors with extensive professional performing experience guide maestros-to-be as they learn the finer points of playing favourite songs using their own instruments or one of the facility's provided song-makers. Students can take home an optional recording of their lessons, with which can be used to track personal progress or to lure wild guitars from their caves.
Bees’ Knees Dance offers adult dance courses, specifically geared toward beginners, in a fun and low-pressure environment. Students can put their sextet of drop-in dance classes ($10 each) to jump, jive, and wail through the lighter-than-air Lindy Hop moves of swing dancing. The one-hour classes are led by a fearless brigade of instructors ready to take on even the most inexperienced of toe-tappers. And with six to 30 students in the typical class, you'll enjoy social interaction far more pleasant than your ill-fated attempt to hand out free hugs at the zoo. The fall schedule has currenly has classes offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday evenings and a new session starts each month—see the schedule page for up-to-date info on current offerings.
Meet Market Adventures propels singles out of the grocery aisles or from behind the computer screen to help them interact with like-minded individuals during a slate of social events and getaways. Throughout Canada and the United States, participants embark on interactive outings such as pub-crawls, horseback riding, and sushi-making classes that encourage mingling and casual conversation. Clients can also head out on longer adventures to the Grand Canyon, the Costa Rican jungle, or to a dude ranch, which, in spite of its name, is not only for surfers.
In addition to attending in-person events, members can also take advantage of free online services such as online dating, personal matchmaking, and advice and articles from dating experts.
The instructors at Bees' Knees Dance strive to help all of their students move with grace and energy. They believe that everybody has the potential to be a terrific dancer, whether the specific dancing involved is swing or jazz. Beginner swing classes offered include Lindy Hop and Charleston.
Voted the best city spa in 2010 by Chatelaine, sweetgrass spa seizes luxury services back from the exfoliated fists of men by offering its therapeutic treatments to women only in a comfortable environment. During the 30-minute facial, sweetgrass spa’s friendly aestheticians will remove the clutter clogging clients’ skin vents while moisturizing and revitalizing the skin to leave visitors with a fresh-off-the-lot new face shine. The 30-minute relaxation massage eases pain and pressure through firm yet gentle strokes and gliding motions that improve circulation and relieve built-up tension. Arrive early to enjoy the indulgent spa amenities at sweetgrass, including a whirlpool, a sauna, and a pool with an underwater treadmill, as well as towel service and a guest change room with lockers containing spa attire.
Soccer, dancing, and food?that's one plausible recipe for a happy life, and Babaluu has supplied all three ingredients for the past two decades. The restaurant is a celebration of Latin America's favorite pastimes, from the complimentary salsa classes Wednesday through Sunday to the aji panca spices in the marinade for the Peruvian-style chicken. As international soccer plays on TV, bartenders blend margaritas and deftly remove the corks and tiny ships from wines from Argentina and Chile.
Babaluu's ambience and food changes throughout the week.
On Wednesdays and Sundays, chefs fill a tapas menu with the likes of Colombian empanadas and fish tacos. In the days between, they serve more substantial entrees, such as beef tenderloin in a red-wine demi-glace. No matter the night (except Monday and Tuesday, when the restaurant is closed), the setting transforms at the strike of 10 p.m. The lights dim, the twinkle of candlelight flecks the stone and wood walls, and a house DJ spins tunes for Babaluu's signature After Dark event. Come at another time, and the special event might be a regional wine tasting.