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Must-Try: Drawing lessons in Toronto and Custom Nutrition in Montreal

Our picks for can't-miss activities this January in Canada's biggest cities.

Toronto: Top Marks

What Drawing 101 lesson
Where Pio! Centre for Drawing
When By appointment
Cost $120 for a four-hour private session, including all materials (group sessions available)

Drawing lessons

Photo: Coco Guzman

Imagine yourself as a child, drawing with abandon. Now fast- forward to the present: For many, drawing in adulthood is laden with anxiety. Boost your sketching skills – and confidence – in a private workshop with ­award-winning visual artist and zine-maker Coco Guzman. The bright, high-ceilinged west-end studio is fully equipped to support your learning: Pencils, charcoal, markers and paper are provided, and repeat students have a place to file artwork to chart their progress. Coco expertly guides you through playful exercises, like self-portraits with your non-dominant hand. Her laid-back demeanour and the one-to-one or small-group sessions foster a welcoming learning environment in which to step out of your comfort zone and make your mark. The workshops attract a variety of people, from social workers to lawyers and architects, who come looking for a creative outlet and leave with new tools for visual awareness.
163 Sterling Road, #116,

Montreal: Fresh Start

What Single Holistic Nutrition and Health session
Where Danielle Levy Nutrition
When By appointment
Cost $150 for initial consultation

Nutrition and health session

Photo: Jean-Michael Seminaro

Sick of resolutions that don’t stick? For a long-lasting lifestyle boost that will carry you through the New Year – and throughout the years to come – book an in-depth consultation session with registered ­holistic-nutrition practitioner Danielle Levy. Her balanced approach to total health (and mouth-watering plant-centric recipes) will keep you coming back for more. A few days after filling out a well-rounded health history form and tracking your ­nutritional habits through a three-day diet diary, you’ll meet one on one with Levy in her light-filled Mile End home ­office (or via Skype) to identify your specific needs and goals – from balancing energy levels to sports nutrition to maintaining health while travelling – and to tailor a plan for achieving them. There’s no need to go it alone: Sign up for three months of customized diet and lifestyle support that covers everything from food shopping to fitness.



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