Since 1993, Pink Floyd tribute band Comfortably Numb has artfully recreated the seminal psychedelic group's sonic soundscapes live in concert. Each guitar riff and synthesizer drone hearkens back to Pink Floyd's 1970s heyday, an era during which Roger Waters still performed as Pink Floyd's front man and most fans still looked for secret messages in the folds of his hair. Spectators can opt to exercise eardrums on a solitary aural expedition or double the memories by bringing along a friend. Those unfamiliar with Comfortably Numb's virtuosic ways can check out the band's videos. Concert-goers can expect unobstructed views within the confines of Métropolis's vast amphitheatre from any area without being forced to drag along a trampoline.
The experienced movers and shakers at Master School of Bartending impart the art of mixology on budding professionals with bilingual, hands-on libation-blending classes. A comprehensive four-hour course ($68) furnishes all necessary supplies, including alcohol, and delves into cocktail concocting by exploring various creations such as cosmos, martinis, mojitos, fancy coffees, and a number of fruit-infused shooters that students may sample. Learn to twist lemon or lime rinds into lively garnish or how to capture the eyes and interests of circus scouts by juggling bar tools and performing other dazzling tricks that fall under flairtending. With the school's advantage in job placement at many spirited establishments, recent grads are known to feel confident searching for mixology gigs or competing in grade-school science fairs after completing the course.
One of the first FlowRiders available in the area, Maeva Surf’s indoor system grants surfing aficionados a place to ride waves safely no matter the season or weather. The double FlowRider’s powerful pumps hurl water, like a schoolchild with a squirt gun, at 40 km/h along a trampoline-like surface made of tightly stretched canvas, creating two waves that accommodate a maximum of six surfers. During the introductory FlowBoard class, students absorb 30 minutes of instruction covering safety techniques and wave patterns, followed by 30 minutes on the waves themselves. Each ride on a flowboard lasts anywhere between 1 and 45 seconds depending on the level of expertise of the riders and whether they believe time is a construct of the mind. Meanwhile, students with reservations can choose to experience bodyboard instead. After class, students can browse the attached shop for beachwear and surfing paraphernalia such as Oxbow sandals ($17), a Rip Curl bathing suit ($50), and an O’Neill belt ($23).
Struck by wanderlust after reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels, Joe Kowalski decided to kindle his own passion for adventure by exploring the uncharted rapids of the Ottawa River with a group of fellow college students. There they discovered a multi-channel paradise—the six-mile-wide river churned through dozens of islands, jutting rocks, secluded beaches, and gorgeous waterfalls, as well as calmer paddling runs. Their stories and videos attracted guests, spurring the loosely organized group to band together in 1975 to become Wilderness Tours. To date, they have guided more than one million people safely down the river.
Today, the guides spend most of their time on white water rafting day trips, pausing in their runs to lead body-surfing and cliff-jumping adventures at some of the river's calmer spots. A riverside lunch is also provided to refuel paddlers for the second half of their run.The main resort also makes use of the stunning topography and forests that surround the river during rock-climbing, bungee jumping, and mountain biking excursions. The Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort offers luxury accommodations alongside a restaurant and bar.
At the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, speedy vessels round tracks that line the city streets in 11 races. This year marks the return of the popular NASCAR Canadian Tire showdown and the Firestone Indy Light, which disappeared for the past 13 years to chase its dreams of soap-opera stardom. Fans can watch famous drivers, which have included Jacques Duval, Danica Patrick, and Patrick Carpentier, race through the city streets from general-admission trackside seating for all three days of the Grand Prix, which will summon thrills and horizontal hairdos as the cars whip past. Tickets also grant unlimited enjoyment of access to the event’s paddocks, concerts, fireworks, and a full schedule of family-friendly activities. Or, autophiles can log in for three days of access to the live web stream, which will broadcast practices, qualifying rounds, sit-down interviews with famous engines, and races such as the Formula Tour 1600 and the Spec Racer Ford Pro.
Mountain Equipment Co-op gears its customers up for adventure in the great outdoors. The shop stocks hiking, biking, and climbing equipment and accessories, along with all the clothing and footwear you need for excursions in the snow or out on tropical waters. Whether you're searching for a pair of running shoes for a jog around your neighbourhood, or the tools to equip yourself for a weeklong journey through the Alaskan wilderness, Mountain Equipment Co-op is your one-stop shop.