Irish Dancing at EC Toronto!!

To celebrate St. Patrick’s day EC Toronto invited a professional Irish dance group to put on a show for us!! The dancing was amazing and all of our students were very impressed. After the show the dance group even taught us a few dance steps. Some of us were very talented and some of us just had fun trying! 🙂

Introducing you to our very own professional clown!

We would like to introduce you to one of our very well known students (and well liked!) Chisato Yoshikawa who is in Low Intermediate. Chisato came to EC Toronto on November 19, 2012 and has been studying for 16 weeks. Chisato is known for her energy, bubbly personality and big smile. We recently learned that Chisato is a professional clown and today we had the opportunity to ask her about her career as a clown. How did you become a clown? My major in university was fashion design and when I finished school I got a job in fashion design. The job was very stressful and I wasn’t very happy. While I was working I became sick and had to have treatment for 6 months. During the treatment I met a clown and it was very inspiring.  Instead of returning to my job I decided to join a circus team!!! That was about 3 years ago now. Does a clown have to go to college or receive special training? It’s not necessary to go to school to learn Most clowns learn on the job from professional clowns with many years of experience. My clown team had more than 30 clowns! Each had different skills – balloon making, plate spinning, pantomiming. One of my clown colleagues was even 73 years old! It was a very diverse group and I learned a lot.           I was really lucky with my circus team. My teacher was friends with Patch Adams and I had the opportunity to meet him. It was a really great experience. What is your most memorable experience? I met a four-year-old girl while I was volunteering at a hospital. She was very sick and very sad. She was scared of the hospital. I was able to make her smile and bring … Read more

Black History Month 2013 in Toronto

Each February, everybody – Canadians and tourists in Canada – are invited to celebrate Black History Month. People honour ‘Canadians of African and Caribbean descent’ with many festivities and events. This year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is focussing on the past and present achievements of black Canadians in law enforcement. Some Activities in Toronto: REGGAE OR NOT: The birth of Dancehall culture in Jamaica and Toronto (February 1 – 28; Gladstone Hotel: 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto) KUUMBA: Celebrating Black History Month through the arts (February 1 – 3; Harbourfront Centre: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto) TOUNKANDE: A Black History Month performance by Ballet Creole (February 1 – 28); various locations) L.A. Rebellion: Creating a new black cinema (January 31 – February 19; TIFF Bell Lightbox: 350 King Street West, Toronto) IN CONVERSATION WITH JULIE DASH (January 31; TIFF Bell Lightbox: 350 King Street West, Toronto) DRUM BEATS: As part of the Mutadi International Drumming Festival in honour of Black History Month (January 30 – February 28; various locations) And here the link to explore the virtual Canadian Black History Museum: http://goo.gl/QFkcQ – You have to try it. It’s fantastic! Your EC Toronto Team

The Wizard of Oz

The Mirvish Theatre in Toronto describes this musical with the words ‘A Journey to Oz like No Other’. Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to reproduce his famous, all- time classic musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The producer, creative team and actors bring you a world full of magic over the rainbow! All your favourite characters and ironic moments will let you recognize the classic version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. But some surprises in the story line and new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber will give you a better understanding of the real intention of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. But we don’t want to spoil it for you so check out the most important facts about the musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’: Where: The Ed Mirvish Theatre – 244 Victoria Street, Toronto Prices and Times: Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday 7:30PM ($107 | $85 | $75 | $45 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $150) Wednesday 1:30PM ($93 | $72 | $59 | $35 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $150 (Mar 13, 14 only)) Friday 7:30PM ($119 | $99 | $89 | $49 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $150) Saturday 7:30PM + Saturday & Sunday 1:30PM ($130 | $107 | $89 | $59 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $175) No Shows Jan 9, 1:30PM | Mar 12, 7:30PM + Added Show  Mar 14, 1:30PM Holiday Schedule: Dec 27, 1:30PM + 7:30pm | Dec 28, 7:30pm | Dec 29, 1:30PM + 7:30pm | Dec 30, 1:30PM + 7:30PM No Shows  Jan 1 Jan 2, 1:30PM + 7:30PM | Jan 3, 1:30PM + 7:30PM | Jan 4, 7:30PM | Jan 5, 1:30 + 7:30PM | Jan 6, 1:30PM Pricing for all shows Dec 26 – Jan 6 ($130 | $107 | $89 | $59 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $175) Running Time: Act One – 1 hour 5 minutes Intermission – 20 … Read more

EC Toronto – Unique Selling Points

Hi Followers, Fans and EC Toronto students, If you are interested in festivals, events, sport activities, theatres, art galleries and general activities in Toronto check out the following link: Places to visit in Toronto. You can learn about the most important and most interesting activities in Toronto to enjoy during your stay here and make it an amazing time you will never forget! If you have any questions please feel free to: come to our EC Toronto office (124 Eglinton Avenue West, 4th floor) write a blog comment visit our EC Toronto Facebook page to contact our Social Media team 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: www.toronto.com/article/633204–the-shopping-list-sales-and-events-in-toronto www.torontoeatoncentre.com/en/promos/Pages/PromotionsByUpcoming.aspx Your … Read more

How to survive during the Christmas and Holiday Season?

In our current blog we want to give you some information about the opening hours of the most important shopping malls here in Toronto. In addition to that, three of our staff members at EC Toronto give you some tips which market you can visit to buy a great Christmas gift for your family, homestay family and friends and maybe you can also pick up some ideas from them what to buy if you haven’t any creative idea yet.   Elizabeth Whittington Which is your favourite shopping mall? Kensington Market What do you want to buy? Do you have any ideas yet? specialty cheeses and other specialty treats & ice wine (great combo!) How much money do you want to spend? $ 50 – $ 100 per person (all in all $ 500) For whom do you have to buy gifts? my parents, boyfriend, sister, brother, sister-in-law, parents-in-law   Susan Craig Which is your favourite shopping mall? Yorkdale Mall (But I don’t really like malls, I prefer stores on the streets.) What do you want to buy? Do you have any ideas yet? funny and beautiful things, nothing practical! How much money do you want to spend? $ 10 each – be creative! For whom do you have to buy gifts? My family and a few close friends  

Ciao Italia! Do you know Little Italy?

Little Italy is a district in Toronto where mostly Italian Canadians but also Portuguese and Latin Americans live. You want to go to bars, restaurants and shops with an Italian flair? – It’s the right district for you to visit. You can search Little Italy on Google and then you can open sites where users talk about their experiences, what they’ve done and what they can recommend. Some people say that’s very nice to spend their vacation there because of the good hotels, friendly people and good meals. Everyone, it doesn’t matter how much money you want to spend, can have a amazing time there. Drinking an Italian espresso is one of the “must do’s” in Little Italy. College Street is the heart of this district. Cafes and shops with names like Cafe Diplomatico, Bitondos Pizza, Riviera Bakery and Sicilian Ice Cream maybe inspire your interest. When you’re hungry let me push this feeling with words like creamy lobster risotto, parma, delicious home-made ice cream and other Italian delicacies. Maybe you’re a nightlife person. Little Italy has many bars and clubs. Have a look at these locations and tell us about your experiences. We’ll be excited to know what you can recommend! The cafes and bars in Italian style invite everybody to sit down, relax and enjoy. The people who live there are spending their time and energy to making this district a better place every day. When you take a walk through the streets you’ll feel the friendly atmosphere. So the Italian heart beats also in Toronto. Try to go there, have fun and get to know another culture and history. Best regards, Your EC Team   source: http://deblewis.ca/debblog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Taste-of-Little-Italy.jpeg

Photography at EC/LSC Toronto

This awesome photo of Toronto at night was taken by one of our many talented students, Alex. Alex and 20 other students participated in our free photography workshop where professional photographer Averill Lehan gave many tips on producing great results with a simple camera or cell phone. If any of our students are interested in starting a photography club, EC Toronto will provide the space and any help you may need to get organized. Just let us know at the office on the 4th floor!