Housed in a century-old dairy barn amid authentic stable fixtures, vintage theatre seats, and rural checkered textiles, Herongate Barn Theatre shines the footlights on arts culinary and dramatic. Presented the Eat Smart award, Herongate's food architects daily prepare an ever-changing smorgasbord of comfort classics, which have including among their savoury ranks plates of roasted pork loin with applesauce, roast beef, and cranberry chicken. Not to go unaided into the great digestive unknown, entrees are dutifully partnered with down-home sides such as Mom's sweet-potato bake and a full drink menu. Diners can graze as they lap up regular performances on the stage.
Second-year music director Danielle Lisboa leads the volunteer-based Orchestra Toronto, which has been wooing ears with tightly spun symphonic works for nearly 60 years. The 80-piece ensemble reassembles in February, providing concertgoers respite from cold-weather blues and panhandling snowmen with "Winter Tales," a collection of fiery, accessible compositions from several legendary composers. Lars-Erik Larsson's The Winter's Tale sets the show in motion before giving way to a quartet of classics, including Chris Meyer's In Memoriam Henryk Gorecki and Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite no. 2. To start the afternoon, attendees can pop into a pre-concert chat, where Clasical 96.3 FM personality Alexa Petrenko will discuss the day's set and explain how violins maintain such curvy physiques. Recognized among Canada's elite venues, George Weston Recital Hall creates an acoustical cocoon with painstakingly insulated walls and retractable curtains and panels that can be rearranged for optimal sound.
Founded in 2010, Canada Rugby League acts as the governing body over all things rugby league, a fast-paced style of play emphasizes speed and momentum. The organization oversees the operations of Canada's national team, the Wolverines, in addition to domestic club games, community leagues, and developmental programs. Indeed, the CRL claims responsibility for many different branches of the sport. That's because the CRL is committed to reintroducing rugby to fans and players of all ages on a national scale. The organization hopes to infuse Canadian summers with new, rugby-related experiences that exceed the intensity of competitive sun bathing matches.
West Indian and Caribbean cuisine are the stars inside Coconuts' festive, sprawling restaurant, which flanks a breezy outdoor patio replete with a red wooden deck. A steel-topped bar furthers the atmosphere of fun, and a pool table infuses the space with a relaxed lounge vibe. On Sunday nights, a 14-item buffet feeds families and their favourite strangers, and live DJs dispense rhythmic diversions and free legal advice in rhymed couplets.
Now a full-time author and fixture on the public-speaking circuit, Lee Cockerell retired from his post at Walt Disney World in 2006 after establishing himself as a management and hospitality-industry innovator. As the Senior Operating Executive for 10 years, Lee led a Disney team of 40,000 employees and managed the operations of 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and entertainment village, and Mickey's entire entourage.