The Hamilton Thunderbirds, a shining star in the 92-year-old Intercounty Baseball League's galaxy, electrify baseball fans with a slate of matches against teams sourced from all corners of Ontario. The Thunderbirds, led by batting ace Chris Piano, take on the league-leading Barrie Baycats on May 29 and the second-place Brantford Red Sox on June 26, seeking to best their vaunted opponents in fielding, pitching, hitting, and downward-facing-dog poses. TBird Family Day Packs provide nine innings' worth of diversion for two adults and two children at the recently renovated, 2,700-seat Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. While cheering on the diamond's denizens or practicing astral projection, groups can split four ballpark hot dogs and four drinks between them.
Working with one of the country's most famous artists might cause some to rest on their laurels, but for Patricia Corsini, the years she spent as a personal assistant and photographer to renowned artist Robert Bateman only pushed her to keep exploring. Robert's sweet tooth led Patricia to culinary school at George Brown College, after which she became executive chef of Cook Gourmet Inc., where culinary experts show aspiring cooks how to craft elegant dishes.
In one of the company's many cooking classes, Sunshine en Provence courses lead students through each step of creating a bistro-style meal, and Some Like It Haute! sessions focus on stylish summertime meals. Classes are taught in a gourmet kitchen with a wide assembly of tools at students' disposal.
Cook Gourmet Inc.'s crew also caters events small and large, even providing personal-chef services for clients' dinner parties.
At Paddle Sport Performance, students learn stand-up paddleboarding and other water sports under the tutelage of Derek Schrotter, whose credentials include an instructor certification from the World Paddle Association and a turn as the WPA's Canadian Director. Meeting clients at waters around Toronto and surrounding cities, Schrotter rents stand-up paddleboards and leads lessons for sportsmen of all skill levels. At Paddle Sport Performance's shop, Schrotter maintains a stock of water-sports gear that ranges from complete Joe Bark stand-up paddleboards to personal flotation devices.
Recently featured on Beerhogger, Cameron’s Brewing Company culls all-natural ingredients to brew premium ales and lagers while warmly welcoming the public to brewery tours and beer tastings. Bring a guest to explore Cameron’s 10,000-square-foot, 30 hectolitre brewing facility, mapping out two kilometres of ale-bustling pipes and challenging stainless steel vats to staring contests. Each tour provides a tasting of Cameron’s four signature potables: Cameron’s lager, Cameron’s cream ale, Cameron’s auburn ale, and Cameron’s dark 266, the Canadian Brewing Awards’ 2010 North American–style dark lager gold medal winner. At the conclusion of each tour, newly appointed sud-sophomores can stop into Cameron’s onsite retail store to select some expertly crafted brews to take home or perform a literal rendition of "99 Bottles of Beer."
Since its Toronto location opened in 1976, Yuk Yuk's has been a collective launching pad for such comedy heavyweights as Jim Carrey, Rick Moranis, and Russell Peters. All of Yuk Yuk's laugh-establishments invite seasoned jokesters and up-and-coming comedians to their stages every weekend for up to three days of high hilarity and three nights of cozy lodging atop their cocktail tables. Many Yuk Yuk's locations offer drinks, dinner, or bar fare during the show, but those interested in dining should contact their club of choice to find out about reservations.
Owned by veteran performer and choreographer Perri McCall—whose former students include Dancing With the Stars professionals Mark Ballas and Derek Hough—Performers Dance Studio's faculty teaches all ages the art of body movement in more than 10 disciplines. Within the 3,000-square-foot facility, classes of 15–20 students glide across two studios that sport flooring specifically engineered to support dance. Perri's accomplished faculty represents a diversity of performance backgrounds and specializes in instilling creativity in younger pupils while emphasizing the technical foundations necessary for all ages to be proficient in dance styles such as jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, tap, and Morse code tap.