A Year of Firsts

Photo by Powel Loj
Photo by Powel Loj

Rediscover Your City Today

By Natasha Tsakiris

Do you remember the first time you learned to ride a bike? What about driving a car? The first time you learned to read or tie your shoes? Do you remember the excitement and pride that you felt as a child when you discovered you could accomplish something new?

When was the last time you did something spontaneous?

In the spirit of the New Year, I made some resolutions and goals: exercise more, write more, and many others. The most important goal I made though is to be an adventurer of sorts, using each and every day as a chance to learn and grow. In short, to experience a year of firsts.

With Toronto bursting with culture and exciting things to do, see, and taste, now is the perfect time to rediscover the city and maybe even rediscover yourself. You may surprise yourself and pick up a new hobby along the way.
So get ready to get your hands dirty, your body moving, and your mind learning with these fun options to keep you busy this winter.

Get Crafty

  • The Ceramic Gardiner Museum, located across the street from the ROM, offers semester and drop-in classes in clay making. The whole family can learn to make anything from mugs, vases, pots, and more.
  • Channel your inner writer, artist, fashion designer, and more at the Craft Studios in the York Quay Centre. Harbourfront offers workshops and programs all year round in a variety of disciplines for children, youth, adults, and families. From photography lessons, to silkscreen painting, to dinosaur sculptures, jewelry making, and more, you can enjoy these courses and learn something new.
Photo by Thomas Sobek
Photo by Thomas Sobek

Let’s Get Physical

  • Yoga is the perfect way to calm your mind and stretch your body. Why not greet the day in downward dog with a side of modern art as the AGO offers a yoga series weeknights and weekend mornings this winter season.
  • The National Ballet of Canada offers the unique opportunity for aspiring or amateur dancers to participate in a group lesson taught by their talented cast of performers.
  • The Joy of Dance Centre, located at Broadview and Danforth, offers both workshops and programs for those wanting to learn any form of dance from tango, foxtrot, cha cha, and more!

Bon Appetite!

  • On the way to pick up your groceries at Loblaws? Why not stop by for a cultural culinary experience, as you learn new recipes that will keep your tummy full and warm.
  • If you’re a vegetarian and looking to spice up some old recipes, The Big Carrot offers a weekly vegetarian cooking series with Nettie Cronish: a natural food chef, recipe developer, and culinary instructor.
  • Each week the St. Lawrence Market offers cooking classes with professional chefs covering everything in the kitchen—cutlery skills, entertaining etiquette, baking, roasting, grilling, and much more!
  • Looking for a healthy and fresh cooking experience and a little wine tasting while you learn? Evergreen Brick Works’ GE Café Chefs Series is the class for you. You will be able to make gourmet dinners using local sustainable foods.

What are you waiting for? Go try something new; it’s good for you!

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