Things To Do In Toronto

"Jesus Christ Superstar" in Toronto on January 2–24 (Up to 42% Off)

"Jesus Christ Superstar"

The Lower Ossington Theatre

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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock-and-roll epic thunders to life thanks to an electric score and timeless story

C$61.74 C$36.25

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Trey Parker's "Cannibal! The Musical" at Panasonic Theatre, Select Dates February 7–15 (Up to 25% Off)

Trey Parker's "Cannibal the Musical"

Panasonic Theatre

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s darkly funny musical based on the true story of a gold prospector accused of cannibalism

C$60.95 C$45.71

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Room-Escape Challenge for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at NextRelic (Up to 56% Off)

Next Relic

Toronto

Participants work together to solve clues and puzzles using room elements to help them escape a room in under an hour

C$50 C$24

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2 Groupons, Each Good for 1 Open Jump for 2 or 4 at Planet Fun Indoor Playground and Party Centre (50% Off)

Planet Fun Indoor Playground and Party Centre

Toronto

Kids expend pent-up energy in a state-of-art play structure replete with slides, tunnels, and bridges as parents lounge on comfy sofas

C$20 C$10

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Four-Hour Lunch or Dinner Cruise from Christmas Party Cruise (Up to 68% Off)

Toronto Cruise Lines

Downtown Toronto

DJs spin hit tunes while revelers dance and take in the Toronto skyline; buffet is included and a fully stocked bar is available

C$90 C$29

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Kids' Classes at Dancing with Carolyn! (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

Dancing with Carolyn!

Multiple Locations

Kids can use their imagination and learn the basics in dance classes

C$175 C$85

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One-Day Admission for Two or Four to Canada's Bridal Show on January 9–11, 2015 (Half Off)

Canada's Bridal Show

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

One-stop nuptial networking event unites newly engaged couples with bakers, caterers, and wedding planners

C$40 C$20

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"Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience" at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on March 18–April 5 (Up to 20% Off)

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

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Interactive dining performance based on BBC’s popular Fawlty Towers sitcom has traveled the globe and earned rave reviews

C$77.20 C$61.76

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One-Year Toronto Zoo Membership with Unlimited Visits ( 25% Off). Seven Options Available.

Toronto Zoo

Meadowvale, Scarborough & Hwy 401

Get or give a year of unlimited zoo visits, Zoomobile rides, and other perks while helping the zoo’s mission of protecting 5000+ species

C$195 C$146

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Nine-Week Group or Semi-Private Swim Class at 400 Swim (Up to 54% Off). Four Location Available.

400 Swim

Multiple Locations

Weekly classes for novice swimmers of all ages teach tadpoles how to safely traverse the pool with proper form and technique

C$261 C$119

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iDance Convention at Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel on February 14 and 15 at 9 a.m. (Up to 54% Off)

iDance Convention

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel

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Finalists from So You Think You Can Dance Canada perform routines and lead classes

C$205 C$95

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$35 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at BeHot Yoga ($165 Value)

BeHot Yoga Toronto

BeHot Yoga Toronto

Temperatures reach 105 degrees in bikram hot yoga classes that let students sink deep into sequence of 26 poses

C$165 C$35

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Two Hours of Bowling with Nachos and Pop for 6 or 12 People at Bowlerama West (Up to 73% Off)

Bowlerama West

Islington - City Centre West

A nachos platter and jug of pop fuel groups of 6 or 12 through two hours of bowling

C$100.54 C$30

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10 Classes or Two Months of Unlimited Classes at Aum Center Yoga (Up to 76% Off)

Aum Center Yoga

Downtown Toronto

Yoga, core, Pilates, and fitness classes challenge students to get lean, stay healthy, and stay focused on their life goals

C$120 C$29

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5 or 10 Pilates, Bootcamp, and Zumba Classes at Mystic Pointe Yoga (Up to 78% Off)

Mystic Pointe Yoga

Humber Bay

Zumba’s Latin dance movements, fat-burning boot camps tone physiques, or pilates sessions to strengthen the core

C$100 C$27

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10-Week Goal-Setting, Art & Architecture, or Saturday Atelier Course at atelier d'esprit (Up to 64% Off)

atelier d'esprit

University of Toronto

Teens learn about setting goals, visit architectural landmarks, or gain life skills during empowering workshops

C$400 C$145

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"Missed Connections", "Stripprov," or "Mixed Company," November 14–March 30 (Up to 50% Off)

"Missed Connections", "Stripprov", or "Mixed Company"

Multiple Locations

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Off-the-cuff shows riff on Craigslist ads, challenge performers to impromptu stripteases, and pair actors with improvisors

C$20 C$10

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The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre Comedy Show for Four with Four Drinks on December 1–May 30 (Up to 61% Off)

The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

Space hosts standup, sketch, and improv shows throughout the week

C$75 C$29

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$32 for a Two-Hour Daytime Build-a-Platter Potter's-Wheel Pottery Workshop at The Pottery ($64 Value)

The Pottery

Runnymede - Bloor West Village

Learn how to throw on a potter’s wheel while hand-building a personalized platter and receiving expert instruction

C$64 C$32

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Canadian financier, industrialist, and business visionary Sir Henry Pellatt modeled the Casa Loma castle on the style of art and architecture he came to admire when touring similar castles throughout Europe. Today, the structure endures mainly as a testament to the culture and lifestyle of the Toronto elite during early 20th Century. Visitors can tour the grounds on their own or with a group while learning about the family, the Edwardian heritage, and?most importantly?the architecture and history of the landmark castle atop the hill.


The History of Casa Loma

  • 1859: Henry Pellatt was born in Kingston, Ontario

  • 1882?1902: Pellatt became a millionaire by investing in various mining, insurance, land, and electricity prospects

  • 1905: Pellatt was knighted for his military service by the Queen's Own Rifles

  • 1911: Working with Canadian architect E.J. Lennox, Pellatt helped design his dream home?a Medieval-inspired castle

  • 1914?1924: Economic hardships eventually forced Sir Henry and Lady Mary Pellatt to sell Casa Loma

  • 2014: After failed attempts to transform the residence into a hotel, a school, a museum, and an art gallery over the years, Liberty Entertainment Group chose to preserve the historic structure


The Sights of Casa Loma

Self-guided tours of Casa Loma and the surrounding area are available throughout the year. Here are some highlights worth seeing:

  • Great hall on the main floor: This room serves as a focal point within the castle, complete with 60-foot ceilings and sculpted figures adorning the pillars.

  • Sir Henry Pellatt's master suite on the second floor: Mahogany and walnut walls keep with the home's luxuriant spirit. This room also features a hidden compartment beside the fireplace where Sir Henry Pellatt would conceal secret documents.

  • Carriage House and Stables: Connected to Casa Loma by an 800-ft. tunnel which runs 18ft below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto?s Dark Side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Prohibition, The Depression, The Plague, The Great Toronto Fire, and Toronto?s first plane crash. The carriage house features an Automotive Exhibit featuring vintage automobiles from the early 1900?s.

  • Estate gardens: The five acres of lush flora surrounding Casa Loma showcase ornate sculptures and fountains as well as meticulously tended displays of perennials and a wooded hillside filled with wildflowers, ferns, rhododendrons, and decorative grasses.


The Pellatt Newsreel

To deliver more insight into the Pellatt family's optimistic construction and tragic loss of Casa Loma, the castle screens a 22-minute docudrama on the rise and fall of the estate. Narrated by Colin Mochrie, this docudrama adopts the tone of a 1939 newsreel as it tracks Sir Henry's resounding business successes, followed by his gradual financial undoing.

1 Austin Terrace
Toronto,
ON
CA

Toronto Dance Salsa's roster of instructors and more than 70 dance volunteers spin, twirl, and dip more than 5,000 students each year, from both its 1,600-square-foot main studio atop the North York Civic Centre subway and three other area locations. During lessons, instructors concentrate on teaching pairs and singles leading-following skills, as well as basic body movement and styling. While all instructors have their speciality, they all share a passion for dance that kicked-started their careers, and—for many of them—led to performing as well as teaching. An even male-female ratio is emphasized during classes, with experienced volunteers able to jump in and exude a level of comfort and knowledge usually reserved for sweatsuit-clad professors.

To complement the artistic side of the studio, Toronto Dance Salsa also features a full roster of strengthening, conditioning, calorie-burning fitness classes. With a flexible schedule that includes morning, lunchtime, and evening classes, the DayFit program grants students of any schedule with energizing workouts. Power yoga and hatha yoga classes boost flexibility while centering the mind, and Core Fusion melds the ancient art of yoga with the core benefits of Pilates. True to its dance roots, the studio also offers Zumba, a Latin-dance infused class designed to burn calories through invigorating music.

5095 Yonge St
Toronto,
ON
CA

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.

610 Queen St W
Toronto,
ON
CA

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.

235 Queens Quay W
Toronto,
ON
CA

Named after the word tula, which signifies balance, Tula was created to promote guests' inner and outer harmony and well-being. After a Pilates or Hatha- or flow-yoga class?available in a hot or temperate studio?patrons can indulge in spa treatments ranging from herbal body wraps to Ayurvedic facials and massages. Each location evokes a soothing, nature-inspired look, characterized by wood flooring and water fountains. The studios' radiant heating panels, natural cleaning products, and organic spa products also speak to a desire for balance with the earth.

Tula has built a loyal local following for both its yoga classes and spa services. The Tula West location made a list of Best Health magazine writer Kat Tancock's favourite yoga studios. Studio director Isabel Lambert's "meticulous approach" to sugaring was praised by Fashion Magazine in 2010, and the establishment was voted Best Hot Yoga by BlogTo in 2012, along with Toronto's Best Workout Studio by Now.

30 Duncan St
Toronto,
ON
CA

Celebrity chef David Adjey tells it like it is, which might account for part of his popularity. He has, after all, shared his expertise on Food Network Canada shows such as Restaurant Makeover and The Opener. But his frank personality is only part of what has created his reputation. He's also earned accolades for his deconstructive cooking style, which distills the fundamentals of each ingredient into mouthfuls of intense, subtle flavours. His presentation is impressive, too; each dish is artfully arranged with an eye for colour and design. On his website, Adjey says, “If I wasn’t a Chef, I would have been a florist.”

After graduating at the top of his class from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and spending a summer assisting chef Guiliano Bugialli in Florence, Adjey made his name at the Relais & Chateaux-accedited San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Now the ambassador for St. Lawrence Market, Adjey works as a restaurant consultant and host for lavish corporate events. He also teaches occasional cooking classes in between mornings spent chatting with local vendors, picking up fresh ingredients for his classes, and using kitchen cleavers for his morning shave.

95 Front Street East
Toronto,
ON
CA