What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Certified instructors at Ko Vocal Studio teach singing lessons using the "Institute for Vocal Advancement Technique" which is built on vocal science and puts vocal health first. It is used in many different styles; from rock to pop, jazz and opera. Over 100 Grammy winners use it. We tailor our lessons to fit your unique voice so you can expand your range, gain confidence and hit high notes with power.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have taken singing/speaking lessons from many distinguished teachers from all over the world and those treasured experiences not only changed the range and strength of my voice, but also transformed my human qualities. Through voice lessons I overcame my shyness, which was a big transformation. I've decided to become a voice teacher to help students to develop not just vocal ability, but also to experience personal transformation big and small.
What do you love most about your job?
Nothing in this world can be more rewarding than watching my student’s voices improve and their self-esteem grow.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
It's always great to see the excitement in my student's eyes when they feel a positive change in their voice. One of my students gave me a high five after his big vocal breakthrough. It was a pretty cool moment!
When Alfonso Arnold took time off from touring Canada as a musician, he planned to focus on business and marketing. But when a colleague asked him to snap a quick shot of a local artist, Arnold realized he had found a new artistic passion: photography. Since capturing that spur-of-the-moment image, he's crafted a diverse portfolio that encompasses fine art, commercial work, and a wide variety of subjects. He also teaches at Vancouver's LaSalle College of Design, imparting the photographic technique that's inspired the University of British Columbia and Amnesty International to commission his work. Arnold himself has been featured on CBC and MTV Canada.
As the instructor and founder of Photography Cures, he follows a philosophy that hinges on giving constructive critiques and paying close attention to students' skills so he can tailor each workshop and curriculum to individual needs. Not content to merely lecture, Arnold takes students on photo walks so they can get hands-on experience and try out their new skills.
Two years after Michelle Meyrink began her acting studies at the Loft Studio in Los Angeles, she landed her first film role—in Francis Coppola’s The Outsiders. Throughout the 1980s, she portrayed characters in films such as Revenge of the Nerds and Real Genius. Today, she instills her acting experience in others as the owner of Actorium, opened in 2013. In four-stage programs tailored to professional or recreational actors, she introduces some core principles of the Meisner Technique—an approach focused on teaching preparation and helping actors fully inhabit their characters. To accomplish this, she guides students from acting exercises to scene study and, eventually, to performance in a fully staged production. Other classes touch on specialized acting groups, such as those "supernaturally shy", new actors over the age of 40, teen actors, and workshops for organizations.
The creators of Paint Nite started their on-location art parties as a creative alternative to a night out with friends. Inspiring people to drink creatively at bars in more than 80 worldwide cities, their events have been touted by New York Magazine as the Best Friend Date and profiled by The Daily Beast. During each two-hour session, participants create a 16x20” reproduction of the night's chosen artwork while sipping a beer, mixed drink, or glass of wine purchased from the bar. Paint Nite provides all other materials, including paint, brushes, canvases, easels, and aprons. Local artists guide participants through each step of the painting process from mixing colors to brush stroke and encouraging creative expression in a supportive, positive atmosphere.
The name of the game at Harkness & Co. Butchers is ethics: all of the meat it sells comes from local producers who follow humane and ethical farming practices. The staff receives organic meats and breaks down the entire animal in-house, ensuring that each cut is precise and that customers can find any piece of the animal, whether it's beef, pork, or poultry. Shoppers can pick up local free-range, nonmedicated beef, which gets dry-aged for at least 28 days to develop a rich, tender flavour profile. Prepared products include housemade sausages—available in classic Italian-style and chorizo varieties—as well as seasonal-spiced links and weekly specials. For those looking to cook with more exotic options, such as bison, goat, and unicorn, Harkness & Co. can order most meats to the store. Additionally, butchers lead classes in a stone-floored training annex on topics that include pasta making, butchery, and wine tasting.
With private lodges and easy access to a high alpine bowls at 6,000 feet about sea level, this family run company is the perfect place to explore Whistler’s playground. Blackcomb Snowmobile offers a luxurious version of mountain adventures. Two groomers head out daily to tame the trails, and ensure smooth rides between the areas more spectacular viewpoints. Guides set out on their heels to ride the freshly fallen blankets of powder. They explore this wondrous wintry paradise in all manner of adventurous ways, including fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping snowmobile rides. They also lead walking tours using snow shoes, reunite you with man’s best friend on their dog sled tours, and in deep powder days offer the bucket list item of cat skiing. After a long day of thrilling fun, they help guests refuel by sending a private chef to their remote backcountry log cabin to prepare a fondue meal or an entrée choice of steak or salmon.