Finding the perfect tea requires a sensitive palate. Kimicha's founder Kimiko Uriu has been working endlessly to do that; she selects each one of the shop's many offerings from the hundreds of different teas available in regions like China, India, and Japan. Her skill shows; she's a certified tea specialist and her selections have won awards from the North American Tea Championship.
She's not shy about passing those skills along, though. The shop hosts events that include tastings of new teas and classes that teach students to blend their own teas, pair foods and tea, or try teas from every region of the world. The shop stocks everything newly discovered aficionados might need as well, from ornate serving sets to sleek matcha bowls.
The National Arts Centre is one of Canada's only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts emporiums, showcasing more than 100 performances a year. In Hymn of Praise, Bach interpreter Simone Dinnerstein performs a Baroque keyboard concerto, along with Mendelssohn's choral masterpiece, giving audiences a performance that enlightens the eardrums. The seats are located in either the orchestra or mezzanine sections of Southam Hall, offering Groupon buyers a great vantage point from which to enjoy this historically-based performance. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Calgary Woman's Show brings together businesses, entertainers, educators, and robot overlords to appeal to female sensibilities. On the entertainment stage attendees might catch a pole-dancing for fitness exhibition, a rock-and-roll concert, or a martial-arts demo. The seminar theater might feature anything from a medical Q&A to a discussion on the Divine Feminine. And on the market floor, merchants including bakeries, cosmetics companies, and fashionable tastemakers sling their wares.
Previously esteemed with the Queen's University Human Rights Initiative Award, Reelout celebrates the most acclaimed selections in queer film and video of the last ten years. The film festival exhibits a varied selection of features and shorts in categories such as documentary, tawdry romance, and high school drama. Kick off the festival right with the dress-as-your-favourite star costume party on opening night or don a sexy Ursa Minor outfit for one of the other days of the festival. Check out the program for detailed movie descriptions.
The Kingston Canadian Film Festival celebrates local and national productions with a three-day presentation of new movies, film receptions, and director and cast discussions. Film enthusiasts explore the life and career of the late Nell Shipman in "On a Grand Scale," a curated exhibition that probes her theatrical contributions as an actress, writer, director, and inventor of the scrolling credit. The silent-film-era artist, known for portraying strong female characters throughout her 13-year career, starred in more than 20 films, including movies based on James Oliver Curwood stories. As the clock tolls 4 p.m., audiences make their way into a darkened theatre for a showing of Shipman's Back to God's Country— a taboo-shattering 1919 silent film set in the Arctic wilderness—which will be paired with live musical accompaniment and fake indoor blizzards.