Orchestra Toronto's inaugural 1955 season got right to the point. It had, after all, only one concert. That concert, however, made such an impact that the dedicated 55-member company, then known as The Bennington Heights Community Orchestra, continued to perform works alongside a string of renowned conductors until 1998, when it put its magical rings together and morphed into Orchestra Toronto. The largest distinction between Orchestra Toronto and other companies: it's truly a community project, corralling volunteer musicians to make up its 80-member team and deliver everything from Mendelssohn symphonies to flamenco concerts.
In real life, smiling is one of the easiest ways to be friendly and flirtatious. This is also true on the online dating site Lavalife.com, whose free Smile tool can be used to send a grin to any members who appeal to you. Once the virtual connection is made, guests or members in any of Lavalife.com's three communities—dating, relationships, and intimate encounters—can communicate through a variety of platforms, including voice and mobile. To help users find matches among millions of profiles, Lavalife.com offers customized searches with various filters, including age, location, languages spoken, and Star Wars versus Star Trek. Lavalife.com enforces strict privacy rules for its 18 and older clientele, and its customer-service team mans phones and email 24/7 to answer any user questions.
Since 2002, 25Dates.com's staff has created age-specific dating events like this for straight, gay, and lesbian singles in LA, Chicago, New York City, and all across Canada. At a typical event, they set up attendees with 25 one-on-one dates at stylish downtown venues, each lasting three minutes. After each mini-date, participants write "yes" or "no" behind the ID number of the person they just met. 25Dates.com then finds mutual matches and exchanges the two parties' contact info. In addition to countless happy case studies, more than 75% of participants find at least one match, a number that has caught the eye of myriad press outlets.
Visit the historic Bloor Hot Docs Cinema to view fun films and intriguing documentaries. Opened in 1913, this cinema is in Toronto’s dynamic Annex neighborhood. The open and airy interior features both floor and balcony seating, perfect for viewing the large projection screen. Now under the new management of Hot Doc, Bloor Cinema plays an exciting selection of Canadian and international documentaries to choose from all year round. They also host special documentary presentations and showcases, including the must-see Doc Soup Series. The Bloor Cinema is part of the new culturally rich Bloor St. Culture Corridor. They also follow an earth-friendly green initiative by using 100 percent green electricity through Bullfrog Power.
The Scotiabank Theater in Toronto features some of the best cinema technology in all of Canada, with their brand-new IMAX and UltraAVX systems. The reclining chairs are a well-loved feature of the latter, perfect for enjoying long movies without straining your back. The trip up the seemingly endless escalator before entering the cinema complex proper gives a sense of departing the normal world to enter the fictional reality of your movie. The VIP theater tickets are well worth the extra cost, featuring luxurious seating and a smaller, more intimate viewing setting that’s perfect for a movie date.
Improv actors help audiences sharpen their sleuthing skills during murder-mystery dinners at Mysteriously Yours... Mystery Dinner Theatre. After dining on three-course meals, guests band together to solve murder mysteries full of unexpected and humorous plot twists. Further complicated by the actors' false accusations and refusal to speak English, the two-hour caper ends with the unveiling of a killer.