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anarchist free university Open, non-hierarchic, collectively run school offering 10-week courses on a variety of political and cultural topics. (Winter session subjects include questioning masculinity, the politics of addiction and mysticism.)

bata shoe museum Lectures include The Life and Times of Slap-Soled Shoes Jan 19 (6-7 pm), Suits Are For Men, Heels Are For Women Feb 25 (2-3 pm), Made To Walk On: The English Lawn As Fashion Apr 15 (2-3 pm), and others. 327 Bloor W. Pre-register 416-979-7799 ext 242.

big carrot Workshops in ayurvedic diet (Jan 11), detoxification (Jan 18), and genetically modified foods offered free on Thu evenings. Wed evenings include classes in wellness, cooking for specific health issues and more. (Feb 7-Jun 13, $50 per class). 348 Danforth. 416-466-2129 ext 211.

carbon academy Computer training seminars focus on Mac, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop CS, Pro Logic and more. 772 Queen E. 416-535-1999,

CENTENNIAL COLLEGE Continuing ed offers certificate and degree programs, special-interest courses in arts, life and career skills, personal finance, cooking and more. 941 Progress, 75 Ashtonbee. 416-289-5207, register 416-289-5300,

CENTRAL EGLINTON COMMUNITY CENTRE French, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, belly dance, bridge, computers and more. 160 Eglinton E. 416-392-0511,

centre for environment U of T holds free seminar series on environment, 4 pm Wed, and environment and health, 4 pm Thu. Distance courses on environmental management are also available. 416-978-6526,

GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE Part-time courses at four campuses in arts, writing, dance, film, languages, technology, income tax, estate planning and more. 416-415-2000,

hearing help classes Classes for people with hearing loss to learn lip reading techniques and coping strategies. Canadian Hearing Society, 271 Spadina Rd. 416-964-9595,

HUMBER COLLEGE Music programs, career and computer courses, languages, writing, technology, fitness, comedy workshops on sketch, scriptwriting and stand-up at two campuses. 205 Humber College Blvd. 3199 Lakeshore W. 416-675-5000,

kortright Centre Renewable energy workshops and nature programs. 9550 Pine Valley, Woodbridge. 416-667-6295 ext 3,

ksdl tibetan buddhist centre Intro to Buddhism, Chenrezig puja, green and white Tara, medicine Buddha and shamatha classes. Tibetan language classes and Tibetan Thangka painting also available. 86 Vaughan. 416-653-5371.

THE LEARNING ANNEX Classes and workshops on computers, creativity, health, interpersonal skills, spirituality and more. Downtown locations. 416-964-0011,

miles nadal jewish community centre Classes in Hebrew and Yiddish language, Jewish music and culture, arts and fitness. 750 Spadina. 416-924-6211,

north york women’s centre Workshops for women on legal, sexual and health issues, support groups. 201 Caribou. 416-781-0479,

royal ontario museum Visual arts classes in painting, photography, jewellery and more, as well as courses on history, archaeology and other topics, plus kids’ programs. 100 Queen’s Park. 416-586-5797,

RYERSON UNIVERSITYContinuing studies offers a range of career-oriented and special-interest courses. 297 Victoria. 416-979-5035,

rudolf steiner centre Workshops on learning, the arts, parenting, biodynamic farming and more. Toronto Waldorf School, 9100 Bathurst. 905-764-7570,

school of philosophy Courses offer a practical approach to the principles governing society. 29 Madison. 416-960-4833,

seneca college Continuing ed offers a range of career-oriented certificate and special interest programs. 21 Beverly Hills, 1750 Finch and several other suburban locations. 416-491-5050,

toronto botanical garden As well as gardening classes, the centre offers visual arts and yoga. 777 Lawrence E. 416-397-1341,

TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD Evening classes in languages, music, arts and crafts, investing, home maintenance, woodworking, fitness, computers and more at high schools around town. 416-338-4111,

TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY Courses and workshops, many of them free, include computer and Internet training, investing, small business, yoga, public speaking, genealogy and more. Income tax clinics from Feb through Apr. Calendars at local branches.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Continuing studies in arts, humanities, business, media and new technology, languages, writing and more. 416-978-2400,

wonderworks New Age/goddess store and centre offers workshops on healing, shamanism and more, some for women only. 79A Harbord. 416-323-3131,

YWCA Skills development centre for women offers business, technology and education courses. 416-961-8100,

YORK UNIVERSITY Continuing studies offers courses in arts and humanities, science, phys ed and more. 4700 Keele. 416-736-5616,


aitas japanese language school Small-group immersion-style classes in Japanese. 180 Bloor W. 416-988-2862,

ALLIANCE FRANAISE Small classes or private tutoring in French for adults and children. 24 Spadina Rd (416-922-2014), 95 Sheppard W (416-221-4684) and 1140 Burnhamthorpe W, Mississauga (905-272-4444).

BERLITZ CANADA Group and individual instruction at nine Toronto locations. Small group courses in French, Italian, German, Spanish and more. 94 Cumberland and others. 416-924-7773,

BOB RUMBALL CENTRE FOR THE DEAf Communicate in American Sign Language. Classes evenings and weekends. 2395 Bayview. 416-449-9651,

Canadian zionist federation Speak, read and write Hebrew, all levels. 416-633-3988,

CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE Classes in Cantonese and Mandarin, as well as martial arts and cooking. 5183 Sheppard E. 416-292-9293,

COLUMBUS CENTRe Community centre offers Italian language and culture classes for adults and children. 901 Lawrence W. 416-789-7011 ext 250,

deutsche sprachschulen Classes in German for adults and children. Four locations in Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke and Richmond

ENGLISH SPANISH HOUSE Small group classes in Spanish, French and ESL. 1300 Bay. 416-962-2272,

goethe-institut Group and individual courses in German. 163 King W. 416-593-5257 ext 21,

istituto italiano di cultura Classes in Italian for all levels, plus culture and history. 496 Huron, 416-921-3802 4550 Hwy 7, #10, Vaughan. 905-265-8492.

JAPANESE CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE Japanese language classes for adults, plus brush painting, ikebana, martial arts, Japanese musical instruments and more. 6 Garamond. 416-441-2345,

living spanish Four-week classes, as well as cafe and group lessons. 771 Yonge. 416-833-7779

Scottish gaelic Ten-week classes for all levels. Alumni Hall, 121 St Joseph.

SPANISH CENTRE Beginner to advanced classes, private lessons and cultural events. 46 Hayden. 416-925-4652,

THINK IN SPANISHPractical Spanish. Six levels in small groups or private tutoring. U of T and York U. 416-258-9975,

TORONTO Japanese language school Culture and language instruction for adults and children. Orde St Public School, 18 Orde. 905-455-0340,

winchevsky centre Classes in Yiddish, Yiddish reading circle. 585 Cranbrooke. 416-789-5502,

Music/Visual Arts

ACADEMY OF ARTISANS Courses for all ages visual arts, sewing, cooking, photography, pottery and jewellery. 490 Eglinton W, 416-322-9997,

al green sculpture studio school Monthly or yearly membership entitles artists at all levels to instruction and studio access. 75 Huntley. 416-963-9909,

annex art centre Visual arts and drama for all ages. 1073 Bathurst. 416-516-0110,

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO Classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and more for all ages. 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6608,

ART STARTS neighbourhood cultural centre Programs for all ages led by professional visual artists, musicians and theatre artists. Low cost or free. 1746 Eglinton W. 416-656-9994,

artworks art school Weekend visual arts and crafts workshops. 2451 Bloor W. 416-766-0662,

AVENUE ROAD ARTS SCHOOL Visual and performing arts instruction for all ages. 460 Avenue Rd. 416-961-1502,

BARNYARD ARTS Workshops in p hotography, painting, drawing and more. Riverdale Farm, 201

beach music studio Lessons in guitar, banjo, piano, recorder and more. 1928 Queen E. 416-698-3449,

canadian bookbinders and book artists guild Workshops on bookbinding, artists’ books, papermaking and more. 60 Atlantic #112. 416-581-1071,

canadian opera company After School Opera program (grades 3-7), Saturday Morning Opera club (grades 2-4) and OperaWorks workshops (grades 6-8) offered at various locations in TO. 416-306-2377,

Cedar ridge creative centre Pottery and other visual arts workshops. 225 Confederation. 416-396-4112,

clay design Ceramics classes for adults and kids. 170 Brunswick. 416-964-3330,

don mills camera club Evening workshops on various aspects of photography. Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence E. 416-204-1155,

dundas west arts building Art classes include glass bead and jewellery making (416-516-3498), ceramics (416-530-4843), and life drawing (416-537-6933). 2466 Dundas W.

fiddles & frets music productions Interactive acoustic workshops on traditional, contemporary, singer/songwriter, bluegrass, old-time music and more. 416-264-2235,

franklin carmichael art centre Drawing and painting classes in Etobicoke. 34 Riverdale Dr. 416-740-6520,

GALLERY 44 Photography workshops in Ambrotype, photolitho, lighting and more. 401 Richmond W #120. 416-979-3941,

gardiner museum of ceramic art Ceramics classes for all ages. 111 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8080,

HARBOURFRONT craft studio Glassblowing, ceramics, jewellery and textile courses. York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-952-4046,

henry’s school of imaging Workshops on film-based and digital photography, many focusing on specific technology. 69 Queen E. 416-368-8363,

the japanese paper place Workshops on using washi in bookbinding, printmaking and more. 77 Brock. 416-538-9669,

klim school of art Visual arts, ceramics and drama classes for adults and kids. 1238 Centre, Thornhill. 905-822-0884,

Knit cafe Yarn store/coffee house offers knitting workshops. 1050 Queen W. 416-533-5648,

Koffler centre of the arts Music, visual arts and dance classes for all ages. 4588 Bathurst. 416-636-1880,

lettuce knit Yarn shop offers knitting workshops. 70 Nassau. 416-203-9970,

liaison of independent filmmakers (LIFT) Workshops for emerging and experienced filmmakers. 37 Hanna #301. 416-588-6444,

living arts centre Visual arts, photography, dance, writing and more. 4141 Living Arts Dr, Mississauga. 905-306-6100,

MAX the mutt animation school Small classes in drawing and painting for animation, cartooning and more. 952 Queen W. 416-703-6877,

McMICHAEL GALLERY Visual arts classes for adults and kids. 10365 Islington, Kleinburg. 905-893-1121,

nanopod: hybrid studio Beginner jewellery classes start early Jan, open studio workshops and intensive glass fusing workshops also. 322A Harbord. 647-219-0585,

NEILSON PARK CREATIVE CENTRE Visual arts programs for all ages. 56 Neilson. 416-622-5294,

ontario college of art and design Apply to be a student with non-program status for part-time courses in textile, jewellery and ceramics. 100 McCaul. 416-977-6000, OPEN STUDIO Fine art printmaking atelier offers weekend workshops and evening courses. 401 Richmond W #104. 416-504-8238,

PIKTO One- and two-day photography workshops. Distillery District, 55 Mill, bldg 59. 416-203-3443,

regent park school of music Independent community school provides affordable music lessons to Regent Park youth and other residents. 534 Queen E. 416-364-8900,

romni wools Yarn store offers knit and crochet workshops. 658 Queen W. 416-703-0202,

ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC Classes for amateur and professional musicians at all levels, in all instruments and styles. 90 Croatia. 416-408-2824,

smart sckool Art classes in painting, drawing, sculpture and more. 20 Triller.

studio opal centre for the sewing arts Learn to sew and design clothing. 1184 Queen E. 416-264-6725,

textile museum of canada Workshops on fibre art techniques complement current exhibits. 55 Centre. 416-599-5321,

TORONTO animated image society Workshops at various locations in animation, background design and more. 60 Atlantic #102. 416-533-7889,

TORONTO IMAGE WORKS Digital imaging and photography courses. 80 Spadina. 416-703-1999,

TORONTO SCHOOL OF ART One-day workshops and 10- and 12-week courses in visual arts, open life drawing session, youth classes. 410 Adelaide W. 416-504-7910,

toronto school For strings Group and private cello, viola, violin and chamber music instruction. Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor W, and other locations. 416-968-0303,

TORONTO TABLA ENSEMBLE Indian percussion for all levels. 355 College. 416-504-7082,

UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT MUSIC And arts school Individual music instruction for all ages on many instruments, community choir, Chinese opera, African drumming and more. 23 Grange. 416-598-3444,

waterfront trail artists Visual arts workshops for all ages. By the Lake Gallery, 2797 Lakeshore W. 416-259-9597,

woodlawn pottery studio Ceramics classes near Yonge and St Clair. 80 Woodlawn E. 416-964-0758.


ACT II STUDIO Studio acting, playwriting, film study courses for beginners and pros age 50+ at Ryerson, 350 Victoria. 416-979-5000 ext 6297,

THE ACTING ACADEMY Intro to advanced classes for actors. Weekend workshops and private coaching available. Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester. 416-660-9789,

Bad dog theatre Introductory and advanced improv and sketch comedy classes for youth and adults. 138 Danforth.

impatient theatre company Specialists in long-form, ensemble-based improv comedy. 416-238-7337,

new school of drama Two-year program in acting, plus young people’s workshops. 184 Munro. 416-461-9790,

rapier wit Classes in stage combat and fight choreography. 575 Wellington W. 416-534-1947,

sears & switzer Acting for stage and screen, audition, voice-over and commercial workshops. 626 King W. 416-516-4612,

THE SECOND CITY Workshops in acting, improv, clown, singing, stand-up and more for adults and youth. 70 Peter. 416-340-7270,

SHOWOFFS STUDIO FOR PERFORMERS Singing classes, vocal coaching, acting workshops and stage fright help. 216 Ava. 416-781-4044,

SIRIUS THEATRICAL COMPANY Improv, audition, interview techniques and acting exercises. 119 Mimico. 416-236-9011,

storytellers school Workshops for beginning and experienced tale-tellers at various locations. 43 Queen’s Park. 416-656-2445, .

toastmasters Drop-in evening courses teach public speaking techniques.

Toronto school of circus arts Trapeze, trampoline, juggling, acrobatics and more. 425 Wellington W. 416-935-0037,


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