Hailing from Ontario's most musical corners, the 70–80 players who make up the York Symphony Orchestra awaken stirring echoes of classical mastery during their annual concert seasons. The ensemble, many of whom are professional musicians, often share the stage with guest artists handpicked from around the globe and drumsticks stolen from Mötley Crüe’s dressing room.
The Palace brims with all of the things you'd expect royalty to have: costumes, flowers, dancing, and a seemingly endless roster of activities. In the summer, The Palace hosts week-long summer camps, with each day offering it's own new adventure. There's Craft Day, Dance Day, Dress-up Day, and Face-painting Day to name just a few. And the activities don't slow down after the summer. The Palace continues to offer parties and day outings throughout the year. For all of their adventures, The Palace always works closely with parents to accommodate their children's individual needs.
Sometimes, photos are too good to exist solely in the digital world. Luckily, Inkdoodle gives folks multiple options for designing professional-grade prints of their favourite images. Their menu of photo enhancements is exhaustive, and includes everything from simple colour and brightness adjustments to repairing tears or removing people from group pictures. You can also work with an Inkdoodle designer to print photos onto gallery-wrapped canvas, puzzles, coasters, magnets, or aluminum sheets, the latter of which adds an authentic touch to Tin Man's head shots. Completed designs can be shipped anywhere in Canada or the U.S., though locals have the option to pick up prints at their Markham storefront.
At Vert Catering, head chef Pedro Dos Santos leans on years of professional experience and a Mediterranean culinary mindset to create wholesome meals out of local and organic food sources. The take-out menu is offered Wednesday–Friday and changes daily, although you might find pork goulash, fried polenta cakes, beef pot pie, or maple barley salad (check Vert's Facebook page for updates).
Catering options are more predictable. Assorted danishes and scones, trays of organic fruit, and croissandwiches show up at corporate breakfasts. Luncheons come to life with vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, hot meals of shepherd's pie or roast chicken, and hors d'oeuvres of corn cakes and empanadas. Also a caterer to the environment, Vert donates untouched food to local hostels, composts organic waste, and powers its building with carbon-neutral cold fusion.
The cofounder and artistic director of Les Coquettes Cabaret, Catherine Skinner—known onstage as La Minouche—takes the art of public seduction seriously. In a video posted to the troupe's YouTube channel, she promises, “You'll see a little bit of dancing, a little bit of singing, a little bit of aerial circusry, and a little bit of _very_ tasteful striptease.” Setting comedy and titillation aflutter in a blizzard of double entendres, the troupe puts on shows that appeal to adult audiences of any age or gender. The aesthetic might evoke a Burtonesque gothic setting, the seven sexy seas of the pirate age, a neon-flooded nightclub of the '80s, or the future's inevitable dress code of sentient hairpieces. The company thoroughly impressed Kelli Korducki of The Torontoist, who praised the performers' "undeniable song and dance chops," adding that "cabaret patrons may come for the scantily clad dancers, but they will certainly stay for the talent.”
Sometimes kids need a break from being cooped up in the house or organizing types of dirt in the backyard. That's where Active Kids Zone steps in. The play center hosts an indoor playground perfect for drop-in play sessions and easy-to-plan birthday parties. Additionally, during school breaks, Active Kids Zone runs camps that take place in its 10,000-square-foot air-conditioned facility—that is, when they're not on field trips to local swimming pools and parks.
Furthermore, the center aims to be as inclusive as possible, meaning it is wheelchair accessible and allows only nut-free food. And just because its target audience is kids doesn't mean it doesn't cater to the young at heart, too. Businesses can book corporate events and holiday parties at the facility, making it the only socially acceptable time you're allowed to race your boss on their Eliminator.