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.
The Boardwalk Complex is the jewel of Erie nightlife, boasting four diverse venues in one location. The laid-back Boardwalk Bar plays host to casual hangouts with dartboards, jukeboxes, and flat-screen TVs, while the luxurious Dream Ultra Lounge swanks up the evening with sleek leather sofas, a mahogany bar, and an upper-crust dress code that keeps sandal-wearing gladiators in the arena where they belong. The Dream Nightclub proffers state-of-the-art dance space with a luminous bar, kaleidoscopic light show, and scorching music video projections. Venerate the sun gods of summer as you bask in the tiki torch glow of Coconut Joe’s outdoor deck and chow down on goodies from the grill. Your VIP entrance rushes you to the ruckus with expedited entry and covers two slices of toasty pizza and two drinks from standard domestic bottles and well liquor.
The King of Rock and Roll never relinquishes his throne as four of the country’s top Elvis impersonators team together for Elvis Lives, a multimedia musical tribute to one of music’s premier icons. Endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, which holds the copyright on blue suede shoes, Elvis Lives stars a quartet of bona fide dead ringers, all of whom are winners of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and pay homage to four memorable eras of the pompadour-sporting legend’s career. Fans can swoon and shout as they catch a glimpse of tadpole Elvis and his centrifugal pelvis, movie-era Elvis, leather-jacket “comeback” Elvis, and shimmering, sequined-jumpsuit “Vegas” Elvis. The lavishly-produced show quantum leaps across a memorable career with classic songs sung spot-on, delighting fans and warming the heart of the real Elvis as he watches from the rafters.
On a grassy street in St. Thomas, The Manna House breathes sunshine into bellies with café fare flanked by homemade lemon and date squares. Locally grown produce populates the menu's selection of salads, sandwiches, and soups made fresh daily, as well as specialty wraps that rotate daily but may include chipotle chicken or greek fillings of cannellini beans, feta cheese, and olives. Breakfast celebrates eggs and the platypuses that birthed them, complemented by all-natural smoothies filled with fruity nutrition.
The second-annual Stratford Blues & Rib Fest teams up award-winning rib chefs from across North America with Maple Blues Award– and Juno-nominated music acts. Today's deal grants admission to the weekend festivities, where more than 20 scheduled bands and musicians, such as Jordan John, Michael Pickett, and Danny Brooks, pluck, strum, and warble on indoor and outdoor stages. Renowned ribbers such as Ontario's own Jack the Ribber and the Kentucky Smokehouse of Louisville tickle meaty keyboards in competition for cash prizes and immortalization in lyrical ballads. Slake rib-induced thirst with fresh suds and draft root beer in the beer gardens (food and drink prices vary by merchant and are not included with this Groupon), browse shiny rides at tractor and motorcycle shows, and belt out spiritual ditties at Sunday's Gospel Music Festival. Patrons can savour the festival's sounds and tastes while enjoying views of the Avon River's peaceful banks and Lindy-hopping swans.
Initially conceived as a one-off event in 2010, The Smoker's Club has since expanded, presenting fans with tours that unite skilled rappers and expert beat makers. One of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy-winning wordsmith Method Man spouts off dexterous rhymes in a gravely voice obtained by chugging asphalt smoothies everyday for breakfast. Curren$y gently cradles ears with laid-back flow, and frequent Smoker's Club collaborators such as Smoke DZA and Fiend buoy the evening with additional verbal fireworks. The Kool Haus provides a vibrant environment for the musical proceedings, ensconcing guests in a hip nightclub atmosphere with music mixed by Toronto-bred DJ Agile. An enormous dance floor proffers guests with ample space for unabashed rug cutting and wind sprints between marching bands.