Halloween Costumes – Your Own Trademark for the Special Night

On October 31st you have to dress up. For this special night we want to help you to look scary and horrible. Trends for 2012: A big “Thank you” goes to the great movies Avengers, Spider-Man and Batman this year, because they made superhero costumes very popular this Halloween. But don’t be surprised if you see another Hulk at a Halloween party. If there is a multi-coloured wig from the last year in your wardrobe you can prepare a costume like a pop star, e.g. Lady Gaga or Katy Perry. If you don’t like these two options, don’t fear, because zombies are always a great idea. 🙂 Stores: Here are some stores where you can get a scary costume (Please note: Some of them open just for the Halloween season. So follow the links, call them and check their hours.) For Adults: Creepers Dufferin Mall (900 Dufferin St., Toront Seduction (577 Yonge St., Toronto) Monster Halloween Blowout (170 Spadina Ave., Toronto) Hollywood Costumes (7718 Yonge St., Thornhill) Malabar (14 McCaul St., Toronto) Amazing Party & Costume (923 Oxford St., Etobicoke) Spirit Halloween (3302 Dufferin St., Toronto) Theatrix Costume House (165 Geary Ave. 2nd floor, Toronto) For Kids: Party City (39 Orfus Rd.) Real Canadian Superstore (locations across Toronto) Costume Witch (975 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto) Candy’s Costume Shop (511 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto) Kids Costumes (539 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto) It’s My Party (423 Danforth Ave., Toronto) Vintage Costumes: If you want to buy some cheap but a good quality costumes, or if you just need a special accessory for your costume, a vintage or second hand store is a great idea. 69 Vintage Collective (1207 Bloor St West, Toronto) Black Market Vintage (256a Queen West, Toronto) Courage My Love (14 Kensington Ave., Toronto) Value Village (locations across Toronto) Reflections … Read more

The exhibition Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

“He painted for the people. She painted to survive” – AGO This month, the Art Gallery of Ontario is hosting a Frida Kahlo and Diego de Rivera exhibition, which will take place from October 20, 2012 to January 20, 2013. The exhibition features more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple. The muralist Diego Rivera and the painter Frida Kahlo are the most famous Mexican artists, due to the passion they shared for Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s. In their paintings, both Frida and Diego reflect the dramatic story of their lives together and their artistic commitment to the transformative political and cultural values of post-revolutionary Mexico. http://www.ago.net/frida-diego-passion-politics-and-painting Do not miss the opportunity to go to the AGO and learn more about these famous painters and their Mexican art. If you want to get more information about this great exhibition, visit the page on http://www.ago.net/frida-diego-passion-politics-and-painting.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – A Spectacular Show with Great Artists

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – A Spectacular Show with Great Artists source: www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/welcome.aspx If you’re in America you have 8 possible countries where you can see the shows of Cirque du Soleil – Peru, Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina – and especially in North America – U.S.A. and Canada. Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment company. The team describes itself as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment”. The former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, found “Circus of the Sun” in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec in 1984. Cirque du Soleil expanded through the 1990s and 2000s. During that time they performed 19 shows in over 271 cities in different countries. Cirque’s team have received many prizes and distinctions, for example a Bambi Award in 1997, Drama Desk Awards in 1991 and 1998 and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The current show in Toronto is “Amaluna”. The audience will be enchanted by a mysterious island where goddesses and the cycles of the moon determine life. In the show they celebrate a coming-of-age ceremony of the queen’s daughter. In their traditions it’s very important to honor femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance; you have to pass these insights and values on to the next generation. But we don’t want to spoil it for you!  So see the show “Amaluna” and find out what happens! source: www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/amaluna/show/about.aspx The artists perform acrobatics and dance, and the beautiful costumes and make up underline the movements. The show is something between magic and dreams. Follow this link to see the extended trailer of “Amaluna”. On the official YouTube channel of Cirque du Soleil you will get a good introduction to their different shows, acrobatic numbers and characters. General Facts about Cirque du Soleil: Current show: “Amaluna” Where: 51 Commissioners St, Toronto, ON M5A 1A7 (under the Grand … Read more

Algonquin Park – Nature in Canada

Algonquin Park, located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Central Ontario, is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Because of its size of about 7653 square kilometers, it’s a perfect place to view birds and other wildlife. If you visit the park, over 2.400 lakes and 1.200 kilometers of streams and rivers are waiting for you. Because the park is very close to the major urban centers of Toronto and Ottawa, Algonquin Park is one of the most popular parks for tourists and the Canadians too. To get there, just follow Highway 60 north. There is a visitor center for all people who want to know something about the natural history, enjoy a relaxed meal in a nice restaurant or buy a book to become an Algonquin Park expert. You can also go out and enjoy a wonderful view above the park and take a huge breath of fresh air. (more about the visitor center: www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/locations/algonquin_visitor_centre.php). Everybody interested in the history of the park can visit the Algonquin Logging Museum. You’ll get all information you want in a multimedia presentation and a nice ambiance. (more about the museum: www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/locations/algonquin-logging-museum.php). At the moment, the leaves are changing their colours; so we think that it’s a wonderful idea to visit Algonquin Park, take a walk through the impressive nature, enjoy the fresh air and take some pictures of the spectacular views ……. ….. like our two interns at EC Toronto. They visited Algonquin Park last weekend and were there for one night. If you want to see some of their pictures they took just follow this link. Your EC Toronto Team

Korea Town

Hi everybody I hope you are enjoying our posts about Toronto’s neighbourhoods so far. Today we want to continue giving some more information and some more places to visit here in Toronto. Korea Town Korea Town is a relatively young neighbourhood located along Bloor Street between Christie and Bathurst Streets. Toronto has one of the largest single concentrations of Koreans living in Canada since the Canadian government adopted a more liberal immigration policy in 1967. Nowadays, although many Koreans work in the region, very few Koreans actually live in Korea Town, but the place is full of restaurants, bakeries, gifts, shops and grocery stores. Korea Town also has the best Karaoke in all of Toronto! Visit one of the karaoke bars and sing your favourite songs. It will be an experience you will never forget. Let’s visit Korea Town and be transported to Korea and learn more about other cultures in Toronto, the most multicultural city in Canada! source: http://www.boldts.net/TorKt.shtml

The Toronto Islands: A great place to unwind!

If you take a ferry from the Bay docks you need just 10 minutes to reach the small chain of islands in the Toronto Harbour. On the three major islands – Centre Island, Ward’s Island and Hanlon’s Point — you’ll leave the big city troubles behind you. Other islands you’ll find there are Middle Island, Algonquin (Sunfish Island) and Olympic.   You can enjoy a day on the Toronto Islands if you rent a bike, have an inline skating tour and finish the day with a picnic or barbeque. Maybe you want to have a delicious dinner with your family – then “The Rectory Café” is the right address for you. There you’ll find a friendly ambiance and good service.       During the currently colder days you can take a walk on the lovely boardwalks and breathe in some fresh air. During this season the leaves are changing their colours, so enjoy nature at its finest. If you had a hard week at work, just relax a little bit and enjoy a coffee. And in the summertime you can rent a paddle boat or do a bit of sunbathing on one of the beaches. If you are interested in the arts, there is a large community of all kinds of artists living on Wards’ Island. You can read a book by one of the Toronto Islands’ authors like Bill Freeman or Kathleen McDonnell, you can also go to see a theatre group like “ Jumblies Theatre”, or you admire the art work of Laurie Jones or Alastair Dickson. Not enough to do yet? Toronto Islands are also known for their yacht clubs and tennis and Frisbee golf courts.   Toronto Homestay English coursesWe think that it’s a wonderful idea to plan a trip to Toronto Islands soon! Your … Read more

Thai Culture

Hi everybody, next week EC Toronto is hosting a group of Thai students and for that reason we want to share with you some information about their culture and their manners.  1.       Thai culture The main things you need to know about Thai people are: Thais do not necessarily smile about things the way we do in the west; they smile for different reasons. For example, to say hello or thank you, to make a request, to apologize, to smooth over bad feelings or to show embarrassment. So, if you see one of them smiling at you, please be friendly and give them a smile back. Never touch anyone on the head! Maybe for your culture this is not such a big deal, but for Thais, the head is the most honorable part of the body and it is a great insult for them to be touched on the head. If you accidentally forget and do so, politely beg his or her pardon and even more importantly, if it is necessary to reach for something above someone’s head, say “excuse me” first. Never point your foot at someone to refer to it or draw attention, especially the bottom of the foot. The foot is considered to be “dirty” by Thais due to the fact that it is the lowest part of the body.  2.       The Thai Wai Greeting Do you want to know how to say hello in a respectful way? Well, here we have some more information… “Sawat-dee” is the usual way to say hello or goodbye, but you should speak slowly and clearly. Thai people do not shake hands like people in the west. They place the palms and fingers of both their hands together as in a prayer position in the center of their bodies.  This Thai … Read more

Greektown – A Taste of European Flair in Toronto

At the moment if you were in Greektown, you might expect the temperature to be 18°C, the wind blowing at 14 km/h and humidity of 73%. This information is very interesting, right? But no, you’re not in Greece, you’re in Greektown Toronto. Do you want to know something about Greektown? – Then read this blog! Greektown, (you can call it Greektown on the Danforth or just The Danforth), is one of the most interesting districts here in Toronto. This clean and safe neighborhood offers everybody nice restaurants, cafes and retail stores. It’s the right place to enjoy a meal that features traditional Greek cuisine with the family, have a cocktail in a lounge or to go clubbing. Everything is very close together. You want to have a first contact with the Greek culture and tradition? – Then you should be on Danforth Avenue, between Chester Avenue and Dewhurst Boulevard! This district is known for its architecture, which was built in the early 1900s. The Greek-Canadians who live there mostly emigrated from Greece to Canada; these people are always friendly, have a very open mind and care about their community. Every year the local residents celebrate the “Taste of the Danforth”. During this festival, the whole district invites all interested people to enjoy the weekend-long street party in early August. Some artists entertain the people with live music and dance, and the children can do some interactive sports, for example, climbing on prepared walls and street basketball. It’s a wonderful event to have fun and enjoy with your family and friends. Take some Greek flair home! Your EC Team source: https://irs3.4sqi.net/img/general/width960/NDELIKNC1CIVK500MMOMXBZCKE31NGVVZ3NBDDG1TX2CKUMJ.jpg