The Kajama's white masts billow in the wind as its sharp prow cleaves the waters of Lake Ontario. The three-masted, gaff-rigged 164-foot schooner casts the same striking silhouette as it did 80 years ago during its first incarnation as a trade ship that sailed from Spain to Norway. Today, Great Lakes Schooner Company has restored the German-built schooner to its maiden-voyage splendour. Though they've preserved the boat's 1930s charm, they also retrofitted the Kajama for its daily tours with such amenities as a licensed bar and galley where cooks bring selections from their menu of pub fare to life.
Though it serves as the crown jewel of the fleet, the Kajama is flanked by four other large and small ships. Panoramic lake views and a retractable top-deck roof characterize the Obsession III, whereas the Challenge boasts two LCD TVs and a full-service bar. Tall Ship Cruises Toronto rents out their fleet for corporate cruises, charter tours, weddings, and pirate-school reunions, all of which launch from the scenic downtown harbourfront.
As the leaves began to slip into their autumnal shades in September of 1988, Ottawa’s artists won a years-long battle to secure their city a municipal art gallery of its very own. Built with the hopes of showcasing the unique energy and voices of the local artistic scene, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) has, in the two decades since its founding, upheld its advocacy and celebration of municipal talent with an ever-changing roster of exhibits. An ongoing lineup of interactive programs and events cultivates a community of art lovers and sparks cultural discussions. Meanwhile, kids' art camps bolster the creativity of local youngsters and the egos of any cryogenically defrosted Monets in attendance. The OAG also houses the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, a compendium of upward of 1,600 homegrown masterpieces from the modern period featuring celebrated artists including Emily Carr, Jack Shadbolt, and Paul-Émile Borduas.
Dedicated to upholding the celebrated customs of Indian craftsmanship and culture while keeping abreast of current trends, Vanita Kollections outfits patrons in chic apparel that celebrates India’s rich heritage. Amid the shop’s stock of boldly hued garments laden with ornate embroidery, clothiers help shoppers try on traditional items including saris forged from materials such as crepe, chiffon, and georgette. Champions of dressing women for all manner of occasions, staffers keep shelves stocked with celebratory garb ranging from glittering bridal wear to sleek suits. To ensure that each customer looks her best, the store’s tailors’ fingers fly as they perform in-house alterations, creating a sleek fit, lengthening hems, and shortening pant legs in the event of a reverse growth spurt.
Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is Ontario’s 3rd largest public art gallery and has of the finest collections of art in Canada, featuring over 9,500 works of art including historical European, historical Canadian and contemporary art. The AGH presents exhibitions that change three times a year.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was founded out of necessity; in 1945, the Grand Philharmonic Choir was preparing a recital and needed tuneful accompaniment for the harmonic voices. Once its backup duty was over, however, the newly convened orchestra quickly established itself as an independent source for both classical and pops concerts performing more than 100 concerts annually in the Waterloo region. Now home to 52 on-staff musicians, the orchestra continues its decades-long tradition at venues around Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and Cambridge. From his position as music director, Edwin Outwater oversees the joyful noise, which ranges from baroque to Beethoven to the Beatles and Broadway. Since assuming the role in 2007, Outwater has been one of the orchestra's most vigorous boosters, arranging the group's first commercial recording in a decade, engineering an exploration of prog rock in collaboration with the Institute for Quantum Computing, and knitting sweaters for each musician's instrument.
Since opening in 1978, Artworld Fine Art has expanded along with Toronto's art scene, expanding into a 7,200 square-foot open-concept space that allows paintings and sculpture to be displayed around performance art such as dance, music, and literature readings. Gallery Director Donna Child??who has headed the space since 1995??and her team represent more than 30 local and international artists.
In addition to displaying art, Artworld also helps clients take care of their own, offering restoration, cleaning, appraisals, and custom framing. Not surprisingly, their framing materials are museum quality, including acid-free matting and UV-protective glass that prevents 99% of glare.