Improv actors help audiences sharpen their sleuthing skills during murder-mystery dinners at Mysteriously Yours... Mystery Dinner Theatre. After dining on three-course meals, guests band together to solve murder mysteries full of unexpected and humorous plot twists. Further complicated by the actors' false accusations and refusal to speak English, the two-hour caper ends with the unveiling of a killer.
The resident instrumentalists at Artscape Wychwood Barns, the Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble makes good use of the surprisingly effective acoustics of the renovated warehouse it calls home. Dedicated to the works of modern and contemporary artists, the ensemble works closely with composers and builds their programs around 20th and 21st century artists. Not just classical artists either—the group has not only worked with Yo-Yo Ma, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Company, but also with Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, and Richard Reed Perry of the Arcade Fire.
Shiatsu and LaStone therapist of Transense Healing Arts Holistic Centre employs two distinct therapy treatments to help clients reduce pain and discomfort. She uses her knuckles, thumbs, palms, knees, and elbows as instruments of relaxation, drawing from shiatsu techniques and Japanese-style acupressure to pinpoint and expunge stress. Alternatively, she uses heated basalt rocks formed from volcanic lava during LaStone therapy, loosening up knotted muscles.
Her experience stems back to the Aveda Institute in Victoria, B.C., where she graduated from in 1998 in esthetics. Since 2000, she has added LaStone therapy to her repertoire, which allows her to stimulated the autonomic nervous system and increase oxygen in the body. Her subsequent interest in shiatsu led her to Shiatsu School of Canada, which enables her to continue her journey of educational growth through her daily practice.
“The whole point of this is not to claim I have some supernatural power, but to actually be able to make a real, strong connection with other people.” So says mentalist Bobby Motta, but some of his onlookers might disagree about the supernatural aspect—the skills he displays during his live acts seem nothing short of magical. Lauded by the New York Times and stars such as Russell Crowe, Nelly Furtado, and Al Pacino, Motta astonishes onlookers with his blend of sleight of hand and mystifying awareness. He is known for his uncanny mind reading skills and knack for bonding with his audience members, who look on, astounded, as he guesses the exact number in their heads or breaks a wine glass from across the room using only his thoughts and disdain for tannins. Motta himself admits that he does give off an otherworldly air, saying, “I have people in the audience that are mentalists scratching their heads thinking, ‘Uh oh. This guy’s not from here.’” He pauses, then spookily drops the other shoe: “Maybe I’m not.”
Warning: contains stupefying acts of mindreading and illustrates a string’s journey between the eye and the mouth.