In 2004, Warren Lee was a high-school teacher by day and a muay thai kick-boxing private trainer on the side. But demand for his private lessons grew, and eventually the one-man business blossomed into a full-time combat fitness business. Today, Lee runs Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai (TKMT) Academy at three locations, all of which provide friendly atmospheres for students to work up a sweat, shed stress, and learn self-defense. The staff credits its unintimidating and professional attitude with helping to draw an almost even split of male and female students—a rarity in martial-arts gyms.
All three locations feature pristine facilities and include men's and women's changing rooms and individual showers, as well as a boxing ring, grappling mats, thai pads, heavy bags, and an assortment of training equipment. The staff of committed instructors includes Ajahn Amnat Yodkwain, a former professional fighter and muay thai master who has trained in Thailand's combative arts since the age of 7. All of the academy's instructors possess CPR and first-aid certification and participate regularly in professional development. In order to join the team, they must also pass a series of rigorous tests designed to challenge their skills in muay thai, general fitness, and kicking cookie jars off the top shelf.
If you recognize most of the faces on E. Fulcher Group’s website, it’s because the agency has had great success in landing its students jobs in its half a century of training actors and models. Due to its successful alumni and membership in elite talent-agent organizations, the company has been lauded with myriad accolades, including a recommendation from the International Modeling and Talent Association.
Now serving as both an agency and talent school, E. Fulcher Group hosts modelling, acting, and auditioning classes led by industry professionals who’ve had success booking top gigs. The intensive courses span up to six weeks in length, covering basic acting skills, how to be comfortable and natural on camera, and the statistically best cookies to ply casting crews with during auditions. While students are in the school’s training programs, they can audition for any of Fulcher Agency’s open-call casting sessions for commercials, films, music videos, and print ads.
The winner of the Toronto Sun's Readers' Choice Award for seven years running, Bartending School of Ontario has trained the next generations of expert mixologists since 1974. Within a classroom designed like a fully functional bar, the hands-on program's licensed instructors teach pupils the techniques behind crafting more than 150 cocktails. They continue refining student skills during lessons on martinis, shooters, and beer, which cover skills such as performance pouring and precise measuring.
In addition to the drink-making process, the school's teachers emphasize other fundamentals of the gig, including crafting garnishes and opening the cash register without a crowbar. Once students earn their internationally recognized accredited certification, the school assists them with job-placement resources, including a classifieds with 40?60 postings a week.
In a natural wharf provided by the Toronto Islands, Harbourfront Centre offers avenues to a world of unbroken horizons and wave-splashed winds. Along with education and licensing services and boat rentals, the knowledgeable navigators curate special events, such as a swashbuckling Tall Ships festival for Canada Day and annual voyages to prove the harbour is round.
Power- or sail-boaters with appropriate licensing and a completist's perspective on panoramas might pursue membership for multiple voyages. With rental options for all experience levels for power- or sail-boats and even yachts, Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating provides a sense of freedom otherwise accessible only to boat owners and their boats' wise-cracking GPS systems.
One of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites 2010, Livemocha opens the door to multilingual mastery thanks to comprehensive lessons and a helpful online community that has grown to more than 15 million people. Through programs such as the popular Active course, students work to build conversational fluency in one of 38 languages, from French to Urdu. Courses include proven educational content from publishers such as HarperCollins. Cultural notes and practice with native speakers help students grasp conversational subtleties, such as the difference between a Spanish trill and the mating call of a blue jay.
Armed with globe-spanning lexicons containing two of the world's most popular languages, the communication conveyors at the International Language Schools of Canada's Toronto campus untie non-native tongues with their evening foreign-language courses. Meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the small group sessions venture through transcontinental conjugations in French, English, and Spanish. Instead of relying on rote memorization, ILSC's instructors build understanding through participatory communication exercises, including interpersonal conversation and trust falls into waiting dictionaries. Courses arm wayfarers with elocutionary secret weapons, allowing them to order english muffins in style, realize a dream of becoming a Real Madrid announcer, or explain the concept of restraining orders to amorous French skunks. Students looking to formally assert their dominance of English can take the test preparation course for the IELTS, TOEFL, and TOEIC exams. ILSC's beginner to advanced offerings vary between languages and session dates, and Groupon holders are encouraged to check ILSC's schedule before booking tickets to Togo or agreeing to enter a rap battle against Mr. Bean.