Holiday Season in Toronto

The holiday season is just around the corner. We’re gearing up for the holidays here in Toronto with lots of fun events and activities happening throughout the city. Though the weather outside is chilly, there are still lots of opportunities to have fun out in the city. If you’re in the city during the holiday season, you’ll definitely want to check out some of these exciting events: Toronto Christmas Market November 18 – December 22 Distillery District  The Toronto Christmas Market is a holiday tradition at the distillery historic district. Rediscover the magic of Christmas at one of the top 10 holiday markets in the world. The Christmas market is open Tuesday through Sunday and boasts a variety of holiday-themed food and entertainment.   Calvacade of Lights Nathan Phillips Square  November 26 The 50th annual kick-off to the holiday season offers a spectacle of lights, fireworks, live music and a tree lighting ceremony. A special sing-a-long will begin at 7pm and a skating party will follow the tree-lighting ceremony. Swedish Christmas Fair Harbourfront centre  November 19 – 20 Enjoy some Swedish holiday traditions at the annual Swedish Christmas fair. The two-day festival features various family-friendly activities to help you get in the Christmas spirit. You can also indulge in Swedish textiles and take your pick of unique Swedish textiles, crafts, and décor.   One of a Kind Christmas Show Exhibition Place  November 24 – December 4 The one of a kind Christmas show is a holiday tradition in Toronto. The show gathers work from approximately 800 artisans and features handmade, one-of-a-kind ceramics, jewelry, furniture, clothing and accessories. A Christmas Carol Soulpepper Theatre December 2 – 24 This holiday classic tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. This year’s cast includes Kawa Ada, Daniel Chapman-Smith, Eleanor Guy, Stephen Guy-McGrath, and John Jarvis. … Read more

Thanksgiving Weekend in Toronto

This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada.  Thanksgiving weekend involves enjoying a meal with friends and family and counting all of the things we’re thankful for.  If you’d like to enjoy some Thanksgiving favourites like, Turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, check out some of these places:   Thanksgiving Harvest Brunch at Casa Loma Date: Sunday October 9th, 2016 The buffet brunch at Casa Loma is a bit on the pricey side ($60 per person), but includes a variety of traditional breakfast foods along with traditional thanksgiving dishes, like turkey, yams, soups, and salads. Thanksgiving at Black Creek Pioneer Village Date: Sunday October 9th, 2016 and Monday October 10th, 2016 Black Creek Pioneer Village is hosting an 1800s style Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner at their Halfway House restaurant on Sunday and Monday.  The three-course prix fixe menu costs $58.95 per person. Thanksgiving Buffet at the Old Mill Date: Sunday October 9th, 2016 and Monday October 10th, 2016 The Old Mill restaurant/hotel is hosting a traditional Thanksgiving brunch and dinner on both Sunday and Monday.  The buffet will feature a variety of traditional Thanksgiving dishes, as well as a selection of fish, cheeses, pasta, prime rib and freshly baked desserts.  Brunch is $39.95/person and Dinner is $42.95 per person. Barque Smokehouse Date: Monday October 10th, 2016 Toronto’s famous smokehouse is hosting an unlimited BBQ by the Pound Thanksgiving prix fixe fest, featuring smoked turkey breast with gravy, smoked brisket, ribs, and shrimp.  The feast takes place on Monday October 10th and costs $39/per person. Of course you can always whip up a delicious Thanksgiving feast yourself. Here are a few Thanksgiving recipe ideas to get you started. For ESL Courses in Toronto check out EC Toronto.

Our Favourite Things To Do In Toronto (In Winter)

Are you visiting Toronto over the winter? From ice skating to live hockey games, there are so many fun things to do. Here’s a list of our top 5 favourite things to do in Toronto in the winter:   Skating: Toronto has 50 city-run outdoor rinks to choose from, including: Nathan Philips Square, Natrel Rink (Harbourfront Centre), and Evergreen Brick Works ice pad. (more information here) Winterlicious: For fabulous food at some of Toronto’s premiere restaurants (at discount prices), check out Winterlicious from January 29 to February 11. Prix-Fixe lunch and dinner menus start at just $18. For more information, visit this page. Live Hockey: There’s nothing like watching a live hockey game at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Join in the excitement and cheer on our beloved home team! Tobogganing: If a major snow fall hits, you’ll be sure to want to try tobogganing. Visit one of our beautiful parks for some fun tobogganing times! Here are a few suggestions: Christie Pitts, Trinity Bellwoods, and High Park. See a Broadway Show: There are lots of amazing Broadway shows in Toronto. Check out this website for some shows that might interest you. Make sure to check out one or all of these activities to make the most of the Canadian winter season. Study English in Canada at EC Toronto.

Have you ever experienced a boat party in Toronto?

Last week, a big group of EC Toronto students lived a unique experience: A Boat Cruise Party. “I had a really good time! Despite the weather (an unusual temperature of 5C°), the party was awesome” says Mariana Costero, from Venezuela. Mariana was one of our EC student ambassadors. The activity is part of the Social Programming offered by EC Toronto, at a cost of $19 (taxes included). The event takes place on Lake Ontario and Toronto Harbour, which is a perfect opportunity to see the amazing and fantastic Toronto skyline as the sun sets, while enjoying the company of good friends. “The activity was a nice experience for me, it was very cool. It is a great chance to know new people in a relaxed environment. I would recommend going to the activity in late May or summer time, so you can better enjoy staying in the boat’s deck. The activity is very fun in group”, suggested Mariana, who is in one of EC CAE Cambridge Classes. April 30th. Boat party. Indoor lounge. Groups of all sizes are welcomed to join in, just go to the 4th floor and book in advance. Bring your camera and share with us your own #ecexperience. Study English in Toronto with EC English Language Centres!

In 2013, Victoria Day falls on Monday, May 20th!

Hey EC Toronto students – do you know the origins of Victoria Day? Victoria Day is a public holiday celebrated across Canada on the Monday before the May 25th. Victoria Day was originally set in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 1837 until January 1901. Canada celebrates this day because it is a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, an organization led by the crown of England. This day is referred as the Victoria Day Weekend; the May Long Weekend and May Long. It is also called the May Two-Four, a wink to “two-four” which is the slang name of a case of beer, which is consumed in large numbers over this holiday weekend! May 20th is the first public holiday of the summer. As you know, Canadian’s winters are very long and especially very cold! That’s why it is so famous here! It is the occasion for Canadians to benefit from a long sunny and warm weekend… For the more active:  travel, visiting family, resorts, hotel, gardening, BBQs, outdoor activities or… just bask in the sun for sloths! Fireworks displays are common, especially on Monday night. The official Firework take place Ashbridge’s Bay on Monday, May 20th at 10:00 p.m. EC Toronto students – what are you doing on this great long weekend? Take some photos with your hearts and send them to us on instagram! See you there ! Your ‘Royal’ EC Toronto Team

Happy Valentine’s Day from EC Toronto

Today is Saint Valentine’s Day! Maybe you just know this day as Valentine’s Day (or the Feast of Saint Valentine). This special, romantic day is celebrated annually on February 14. Valentine’s Day is known in many countries around the world. If you study the history of Valentine’s Day you will learn that this day started with a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named ‘Valentinus’. This day has been always associated with romantic love. Lovers and couples express their love by presenting flowers and sending lovely handwritten greeting cards (known as “valentines“). Also our EC Toronto team was prepared for Valentine’s Day! We decorated our office with many hearts and other decorations and of course everybody is in a happy and cheerful mood. We also prepared a fun game for our EC Toronto students for this special day. We hid 50 hearts around the school. Our student had to find these hearts and come to the office. Candies and chocolate hearts were waiting for them and brought a smile to everybody’s face. Some of our students were really ambitious and came with 5 or more hearts to the office. Great job guys! And one student was so surprised that she replied ‘Happy Birthday!’ to us. Funny girl..! Check out our EC Toronto Facebook page to see more photos and a video of our Valentine’s Day activity! Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! Your EC Toronto Team

Are you an AY student? If not, why not?

Being an Academic Year student is so much more than getting your marks recorded on a weekly basis.  Academic Year students get their own counsellor, or as one AY student translated to another AY student “Your own academic angel”. Your personal counsellor meets with you a minimum of once a month, but if you need them more often or have questions or want to hand in homework, you can visit your Academic Counsellor anytime. You can even send them an email message!  These “Academic Angels” follow your progress and push you and support you to get the most out of your experience at EC Toronto. What’s been even more interesting that I’ve discovered this past year, is that there’s a closer relationship and bond that builds with the AY students.  Everyone in the office knows them, and I begin to memorize their first and last names too!  They are kind of like student celebrities in my eyes. My personal students write me emails just to even tell me what they did on the weekend or on holidays. Your Academic Counsellors also start to get to know the real personalities of their AY students and can help them not only with academics, but also give advice on their adjustment in Toronto and special activities or programs to join. It’s a personal touch and added connection that is priceless. Now I ask you again – If you’re not an AY student, why not? Become an AY student by extending your studies, and you’ll also be extending your EC Toronto experience. If you want to see more pictures of our Acedemic Year students visit our EC Toronto Facebook page. Your EC Toronto Team

Best Sales in Toronto During Boxing Week(s)

Did you see the displays on the streets and in the shopping malls and advertisement posts on the Social Web? It’s ‘Boxing Week’! Special offers and amazing discounts are waiting for you! Here are some of the best places to go now: Where? Magwood Sale(1418 Dundas Street West) When? Dec 27 to Dec 30 What? Carefully selected vintage pieces Where? Ted Baker London Boxing Day Sale(Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin Street) When? Until end of January What? Clothes from across the pond. Men and women save 50 % on autumn/winter pieces. Where? Leigh & Harlow Boxing Week Sale (634 Queen Street West and 4 Karl Fraser Road) When? Dec 26 to Jan 6 What? Clothing from GSTAR, Mink Pink, Haight & Ashbury, Rich & Skinny, Scotch & Soda, Paige, Joe’s, Alternative Apparel (save up to 70 %) Where? Crocs and Reebok Warehouse Sale (International Centre, 6900 Airport Road) When? Until December 30 What? Sports Clothing from Reebok NHL apparel, Adidas golf wares, Callaway golf bags and running shoes Boxing Week and Boxing Month at Eaton Centre Toronto – Special Store Promotions: Where? H & M When? December 06, 2012 to January 01, 2013 What? Fashion Finds from $3! Ladies skirts from $3 and men’s shirts from $10, kids outerwear from $15, ladies knitwear from $7 + Scratch offs for the first 100 people in line! Where? Mexx When? December 26, 2012 to January 04, 2013 What? ADDITIONAL 50% off the last ticketed price Where? Levi’s When? December 26, 2012 to January 06, 2013 What? Up to 50% off! Where? Danier When? December 26, 2012 to December 30, 2012 What? Up to 70% off! Leather jackets starting from $99. Plus get 25% off the lowest ticketed price on all accessories! Do you want to see more sales’ offers and events? Then check out these links:–the-shopping-list-sales-and-events-in-toronto Your … Read more

Holiday Season Choir at EC Toronto

Last Thursday December 20, 2012 the whole EC Toronto school celebrated the Holiday and Christmas season with a singing activity. The attendance was amazing. Our teachers just informed the students and everybody wanted to come! Our EC Toronto students not only study English language in Toronto but also sing in English! Douglas, one of our great teachers, organized and instructed his class to sing a traditional song from the east coast of Canada in front of the whole school. He has been doing this every Christmas and it has been always a big success as it was again this year! Then, some members of our EC Toronto staff sang another traditional song, while our students had the chance to eat some candy canes to feel the Holiday and Christmas spirit. Everybody had a lot of fun and enjoyed spending this time together. See more photos and watch two videos of the holiday season choir on our EC Toronto Facebook page. Your EC Toronto Team

Gingerbread House Activity at EC Toronto – Our Students Were Hard Working, Creative Team Players!

This past Thursday December 20, 2012 we gave our students the opportunity to build and decorate their own gingerbread house in teams. During the preparation for this event we listened to some Christmas music and suddenly we felt the Christmas and Holiday spirit…  We were very surprised at the creativity of our EC Toronto students! They created some very lovely houses with many details and beautiful decorations. Now some of the gingerbread houses are located at the Front Desk. They symbolize our own lovely EC Toronto Christmas village made by our EC Toronto students. We hope everybody had a great time and enjoyed this Christmas and Holiday activity with the other students and the EC Toronto activity team. We are publishing more photos and a video of the gingerbread activity on our EC Toronto Facebook page. So if you like one or more photos give it/them a ‘Like’. 🙂 Your EC Toronto Team