Things To Do In Toronto

5 or 10 Pilates, Bootcamp, and Zumba Classes at Mystic Pointe Yoga (Up to 76% 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$29

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Toronto Mandolin Orchestra in Concert: "Kaleidoscope of Strings" on Sunday, November 30 (Up to 46% Off)

Toronto Mandolin Orchestra in Concert: "Kaleidoscope of Strings"

Trinity St-Paul's Centre

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Concert brings together the Chinese pipa, the Russian domra, the classical guitar, and mandolins for a multicultural celebration of strings

C$35 C$19

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"MythBusters: Behind the Myths" at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts on Saturday, November 29 (Up to 44% Off)

MythBusters: Behind The Myths Tour

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts

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Inspired by the long-running TV series, the live show invites audience members onstage to get down and dirty with some hands-on science

C$62.25 C$35

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"The De Chardin Project" at Theatre Passe Muraille, November 26–29 and December 3–4 (Up to 42% Off)

"The De Chardin Project"

Theatre Passe Muraille

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A Jesuit priest courts controversy in his paleontological studies and mystic theology in this biographical play

C$38 C$22

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Knight Tournament and Feast for an Adult or Child with Optional VIP Package at Medieval Times (Up to 50% Off)

Medieval Times

Medieval Times

In a two-hour show, knights on horseback vie for the royal court’s favor by jousting and sword-fighting; dinner with chicken and spare rib

C$52.53 C$29

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Comedy Bar Improv, Standup, or Sketch 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

Mainstage and cabaret space host standup, sketch, and improv shows throughout the week

C$75 C$29

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Knight Tournament and Feast for an Adult or Child with Optional VIP Package at Medieval Times (Up to 50% Off)

Medieval Times

Medieval Times

In a two-hour show, knights on horseback vie for the royal court’s favor by jousting and sword-fighting; dinner with chicken and spare rib

$52.53 $29

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$29.99 for a Pleasure Craft Operator Card at Harbourfront Centre ($49 Value)

Harbourfront Centre

Downtown Toronto

Accredited test results in an operator's card that lets boaters legally pilot any power-driven vessel

C$49 C$29.99

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Nickelback at Air Canada Centre on February 22 at 8 p.m. (Up to 26% Off)

Nickelback

Air Canada Centre

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Chart-topping rockers behind “How You Remind Me” deliver slick yet heavy hits in support of their latest album, No Fixed Address

C$67 C$49.50

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Class and Playspace Package or Ten Playspace Passes at Kidville (Up to 58% Off)

Kidville - Yonge Lawrence Village

Toronto

Children’s center helps parents and kids up to six years put creativity, fun, and family first with a playspace & art, music & gym classes

C$130 C$55

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Hypnotist Dave Curran Show for Two or Four at The Revival Theatre (Up to 55% Off)

Hypnotist Dave Curran

The Revival Theatre

The “Bad Boy of Hypnosis” mesmerizes audiences with adult-themed comedic hypnosis

C$40 C$19

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Abracadabaret Presents James Alan’s “Magic Tonight” for Two Through January 4 (Up to 60% Off)

James Alan’s “Magic Tonight”

Izakaya Showroom

Card tricks, mind reading, and old-fashioned illusions

C$50 C$20

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$102 for Eight All-Ages Group Swimming Lessons at Buckler Aquatics ($203.40 Value)

Buckler Aquatics

Multiple Locations

Adults and kids aged 6 months and up learn to swim in one of three Buckler Aquatics-owned heated pools

C$203.40 C$102

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$14 to Take Part in "Trapped in a Room with a Zombie" from Room Escape Adventure Series ($28 Value)

Room Escape Adventure Series

Downtown Toronto

Work with teammates to solve clues and find the key that opens the escape door before being grabbed by a zombie chained in the corner

C$28 C$14

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Nightclub Entry and Drinks for Two, Four, or Six at Gravity Soundbar (Up to 54% Off)

Gravity Soundbar

Toronto

The DJs spin everything from hip-hop and house music to Top 40 and EDM and '90s hits in 3 different rooms with 3 different sounds

$54 $27

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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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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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Trey Parker's "Cannibal! The Musical" at The Panasonic Theatre on February 12–18

Trey Parker's "Cannibal! The Musical"

David Mirvish's 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$57.45

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$65 for a Three-Hour Cooking Class with The Spice Lady ($130 Value)

The Spice Lady

Toronto

Global cuisine for three-hour group cooking classes include French, Thai, Spanish Tapas, Skinny Gourmet, and more

C$130 C$65

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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 Queen's Quay W
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

Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.

2236 Queen St. E
Toronto,
ON
CA