Attention all Food Lovers

This weekend in Toronto is all about the food. There are three amazing food events happening in Toronto this weekend, so check them out (and bring your appetite!). Start the weekend off right at the Toronto Food and Drink Market (April 8th – 10th). The popular three-day festival features lots of amazing food and drink options from over 100 vendors. There’s a Farmers Market where you can pick up fresh produce and hand-crafted baked goods and other delicious treats. There are also Master classes with top chefs (leading interactive cooking demonstrations) and the most popular food trucks in the city. Adult admission is $12 per person (which does not include participation in the Master Chef classes).   For all of you curry lovers out there, check out CurryFest (Saturday April 9th) at the Aga Khan Museum. Feast on a wide variety of curry dishes and check out the Aga Khan museum, which will be open after hours for CurryFest. Tickets are $12.66 for all-you-can-eat delicious curry.   What could be better than a water fight and all-you-can-eat Thai food? In celebration of the Thai New year, Nana will be hosting Songkran in Toronto. There will be water fights as well as specially prepared all-you-can-eat dishes (just like in Thailand). Tickets are $40. Enjoy your weekend of eating and be sure to tell us all about it on Monday!   Check out EC for Adult English Courses in Toronto.

IceFest 2016 in Toronto

IceFest Toronto: Expressions of Love The cold weather arrived just in time! If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out IceFest. The annual festival features a display of majestic ice sculptures, an ice carving competition, shopping, and free samples. The festival takes place in Yorkville on Saturday February 20th and Sunday February 21st. In the wake of Valentine’s day (and inspired by heart month), this year’s them is Expressions of Love. There will be a showcase of 20, 000 lbs of sculpted ice on display. The fantastic display features an iconic LOVE sculpture, a giant tribute to world peace, an abstract couple embracing, a winter-themed heart, and a depiction of Romeo and Juliet. There will also be a live DJ at the event. This is an all ages, family friendly, free event. Check out these other special events at IceFest this weekend: Ice Carving Competition When: Saturday February 20, 2016 Where: Village of Yorkville Park (Bellair & Cumberland) Cast your vote for your favourite ice carving competition sculpture between 2pm and 5pm. The People’s choice sculpture will be announced at 5:15pm, at the DJ tent, on Cumberland Street. Ice Carving Demos When: Sunday February 21, 2016 Where: Village of Yorkville Park (Bellair Street & Cumberland Street) 12pm – 4pm Watch some of the most talented ice carvers in Toronto transform blocks of ice into sensational masterpieces. For more information, check out: IceFest Toronto: Expressions of Love Study English in Canada at EC Toronto.

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

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

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Hi everybody, This week your EC Toronto team wants to invite you to the Toronto Reel Asia International Film Festival, which is considered one of the most unique showcases of contemporary Asian cinema. You can enjoy this great festival from November 6 to November 11 in Richmond Hill, as well as enjoy films and videos from 14 countries including Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kashmir / India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA. The festival was founded in 1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun. Nowadays, the event attracts thousands of people and is held annually in November. This year, the festival will celebrate its 16th annual edition in Toronto with more special events for you. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this great event and to learn more about Asian culture at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. You can go with your friends from EC Toronto! Your EC Toronto team. For more information, check the website:  http://www.reelasian.com/

Ways to Enjoy Toronto

This was written by students in Zia’s High Intermediate class. Our students produce many interesting pieces of writing. Ways to Enjoy Toronto By Ana Carolina Guerrero, Flávio Fonseca, and Jun-Su Kim (Danny) If you want to drink… If you want to drink, we recommend you bars, pubs and cheap drinks. Bars – Unlovable is cool. That is just a fact. There is no way to explain this hot bar. It was selected as one of the best new bars in Toronto. Part of what makes any bar great is location. The Piston couldn’t have gotten either of these any better. It offers a surprisingly great kitchen and an equally fine live room in the back. Everything is great even the interior, staff and cocktails. Pubs – Toronto has dozens of great pubs that surpass your expectations. You can have different types of food from fish and chips to burgers. If you want to experience a traditional Canadian atmosphere, go to C´est what. It’s located in the cellar of a historic century old building in the St. Lawrence market area. Cheap drinks – We know that we are students. We don’t have enough money to drink bottles of beer. However, you can pay half the price for the same drink you can get somewhere. Not every place is cheap all the time but if you pick the right night of the week, you can get a deal. For example you can pick up chicken wings for half price at St. Louis Bar and Grill.   If you want to dance… If you are a lover of nightclubs, Toronto is one of the best places in the world that you can go.  There are hundreds of nightclubs in the city and most of them are located downtown. The main nightclub in Toronto … Read more

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Hi Everybody, Did you know Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world? Well, in order to give you more details about our multicultural city and as LSC/EC Toronto promised before, we are going to continue talking about our neighbourhoods and their cultures. Our next neighbourhood is Roncesvalles and its Polish festival, which will take place this weekend. 2. Roncesvalles Roncesvalles is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, located around Roncesvalles Avenue, south of Bloor St and east of High Park, the largest park in Toronto. Roncesvalles was a farm owned by John Howard, but in 1873 he decided to donate a large parcel of land to the city of Toronto. In the first half of the 20th century, the place was mostly populated by people from England, but in the post-World War II era a large number of Polish immigrants settled in the area. Nowadays, the area is known as the cultural centre of Toronto’s Polish community and every year holds the Polish festival, which will take place this year on September 15 and September 16 in Roncesvalles town. Come to this great festival and don’t lose the opportunity to learn more about Polish culture, its music, its people and its delicious food. For more information about the Roncesvalles area, go to its web page: http://polishfestival.ca/

Cabbagetown Festival

Hi everybody, as you know here in Toronto we have people from different parts of the world, living in different neighbourhoods. So in order to let you know more about them, LSC/EC Toronto has decided to post some information about these neighbourhoods every week. Our first neighbourhood will be Cabbagetown and its festival. Here we go! Cabbagetown – Festival of the arts   Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood located on the east side of downtown Toronto, on Parliament St., near St. James Town and Regent Park, where you can find the best preserved Victorian houses in all of North America. Cabbagetown’s name derives from the poor Irish immigrants who used to say that they were so poor that grew cabbage in their front yards. The Cabbagetown festival is considered one of Toronto’s best festivals, which takes place every year in September and this year there is no exception for this cultural event, starting this weekend September 8 – 9, 2012, from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm on Parliament St. North of Gerrard, in Cabbagetown. The event will bring performers, artists, artisans, dancers, music and food from different parts of the world and more. Come to have fun while you are learning about other cultures, don’t miss it! For more information, visit the website: http://www.oldcabbagetown.com/  

Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a publicly attended festival in Toronto which takes place each year in September. This year the event will start on Thursday, September 6th and it will end on Sunday, September 16th. It takes place at various locations in Toronto. The TIFF is now one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. During eleven days people have the chance to meet celebrities who roll into town and walk the red carpet. The festival screens more than 300 movies from over 60 countries. This year’s fest opens with the sci-fi thriller Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. There will be something for everybody! Don’t miss it! Toronto Homestay English courses