The Gulf Islands Film & T.V. School (GIFTS) was founded by a group of Canadian filmmakers and entrepreneur George Harris with a mission to offer hands-on learning opportunities during digital film production intensives. GIFTS students learn by doing with the help of a faculty of award winning media professionals including Velcrow Ripper, Nettie Wild, and Peter Campbell. Select alumni also return to the school to act as mentors. Located on Galiano Island, the school seamlessly blends a rustic camp environment catering to junior (ages 10-14 ), youth (ages 14-18 ), and adult (ages 19+) groups with cutting-edge digital technology, and courses focus on a variety of topics including documentary, visual effects, and acting on camera.
The "LT" in LT Dance Studio stands for "live to," "love to," and "learn to," hinting at the studio's welcoming attitude for dancers of all ages and skill levels—whether they're just starting out on the dance floor or seasoned steppers looking to hone their skill. The faculty of seasoned instructors draws from a wide range of backgrounds in dance, from contemporary modern, jazz and hip hop, to ballet and pointe. Students as young as 2 years study the mystifying movements of tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop and adults of any age build strong, flexible bodies by mastering these styles along with contemporary and lyrical dance.
The talented choreographers at Subwalk Dance Centre aim to instill a passion for dance in pupils 8 and older as they master various styles and develop a healthier lifestyle. In front of the studio's wall-to-wall mirrors, students with no previous experience or ability to categorize the species of their dance shoes can discover the joy of fusing movement to music in high-energy intro classes that cover hip hop and salsa. Instructors guide dancers through House's footwork and the dynamic arm movements of Waacking, helping their skills grow as they move through beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses. Subwalk Dance Centre also hosts intensive training workshops that can grant fledgling dancers the skills needed to take down a charging flash mob in just five weeks.
At Hog Shack Cook House the pit masters smoke their meats for 6 to 24 hours to bring out the tangy flavour that characterizes authentic Kansas City barbecue. Though taking its cue from KC, the menu plays host to a wide variety of dishes including Cajun chicken penne and pulled pork tacos. Traditional beef ribs and house-smoked brisket keep things classic as servers dish out heaping portions and bartenders fill glasses with one of more than 70 craft beers. By keeping the suds flowing, sauces slathered, and tuning the TVs to the big game or ultimate infomercial reel, the barbecue gurus foster a festive environment while adhering to the sensibilities of Southern and Midwestern hospitality.
An associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Victoria Warfield has dedicated her life to music. Experienced in performing as a concert pianist and directing choirs, Victoria also offers private lessons that tutor music-makers as young as 3 years old in specialized Parent & Tot sessions. Older students can tailor their efforts toward the Royal Conservatory of Toronto examinations or veer into pop or jazz styles. Adult lessons shake off rust from years of neglect or fruitless attempts of practicing the flute on a hollow churro to give students a new artistic outlet during classes that focus on music appreciation.
Cadenza Music offers a massive selection of books and resources for beginner and advanced musicians. Students looking to enhance their repertoire can find solace in private and group lessons in piano, voice, harmony, and rudiments. Books and materials divulge information on violin techniques, guitar methods, and ukuleles, alongside CDs and reference books.