The Toronto International Boat Show enthralls maritime enthusiasts and novices alike with more than 1,000 sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and cruisers on display and a plethora of attractions. Requiring six days of construction, an indoor lake grants attendees free inflatable and paddleboat rides atop more than one million gallons of Lake Ontario water. Five thousand gallons of water and native aquatic Ontarian critters occupy the 40-foot long Great Canadian Fish Tank, and Duma, a 6-year-old Jack Russell terrier, enchants onlookers by waterskiing, steering a boat, and emitting a series of sacred barks that summon Poseidon from the rippling waves below. Seafarers such as Zac Sunderland, the youngest person to circumnavigate the Pacific Ocean solo at age 16, discuss their travels and experiences at more than 140 enrapturing seminars. Toronto International Boat Show’s Discover Boating Centre stays staffed throughout the event’s duration with experts that can help spectators traverse their way through the show, answer boating-related queries, and dispense tips on which brand of pipe cleaners makes the most convincing catfish masks.
The HSC works to protect animals and the environment through hands-on programs and investigative work, in addition to supporting animal shelters and wildlife-rehabilitation centres. In order to meet its goals of protecting animals, fighting cruelty, and educating others about animal rights, the HSC relies entirely on donations.
Ontario Lung Association is among Canada’s leading not-for-profit health organizations and has invested more than $27 million into research to help the prevention and control of asthma and other chronic lung diseases. To help children in need properly receive their asthma medication, Ontario Lung Association relies completely on donors and educational partners for funding. Half of all new asthma cases in Ontario occur in children under the age of 15, and asthma is a leading cause of hospitalization and absenteeism from school.
Many of the women Interval House serves arrive without basic necessities. The organization's residential program provides welcome kits for families when they arrive in order to help smooth their transitions into the shelter. Each family member receives a set of basic hygiene essentials, including shampoo, soap, towels, diapers, and toothbrushes. By providing basic items, the shelter hopes to alleviate stress levels as women begin their transitions out of violent situations.
The National Ballet of Canada graces the nation's stages with classic and contemporary repertoire culled from across the globe, bolstering the emerging works of Canadian choreographers. Onegin sees the pairing of Tchaikovsky's rich harmonies with the plot of Pushkin's classic poetic novel, balancing the two with John Cranko's modern choreography and the Good Witch of the North's flirtatious cackle. Allow an orchestra seat ($123.74–$171.20) to envelop you as the melodramatic composition fills the room, or gaze upon the embellished costumes and coiling formations from a nestled seat in Ring 3 ($134.47) or Ring 4 ($94.92). Arrive early, as late callers will be forced to eat an entire ballet slipper before being seated at intermission.
Hosted by the Arthritis Research Foundation, Power of Movement fundraises for the foundation through yoga sessions held across the country. The event, which raised $10,000 during its inaugural fundraiser and now features 2,000 participants across Canada raising $1.6 million, began in 2005 when Dorna Chee found herself hospitalized after being diagnosed with lupus. As a yoga instructor, she turned to her breathing exercises to help manage pain and achieve mental calmness during her hospital stay. She experienced substantial benefits, and thought to share them with the world. She pitched an idea for a yoga-based event, with proceeds benefiting the Arthritis Research Foundation. Participants fundraise to support the foundation.and also take a Power of Movement yoga class, which vary by location.