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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Pop culture fun at Niagara Falls Comic Con June 1-3 (2018)

(News Release)

 Features more than 30 celebrities, TV/movie cars, comic books, memorabilia and more

Niagara Falls, ON – This year marks Niagara Falls Comic Con’s (NFCC) seventh anniversary from June 1-3 (2018), and organizers are pulling out all the stops with iconic TV & movie characters, movie cars, prop exhibits, comic artists, seminars and more.

“We’re really excited to be celebrating our seventh anniversary,” said Chris Dabrowski, Show Manager.  “This year’s line up of star-studded celebrities and attractions will be sure to excite fans spanning all generations,” he added.

Celebrities confirmed for the event include: Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy & The Walking Dead; Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame; Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: TNG); Jaleel White (Family Matters); Chris Sarandon (The Nightmare Before Christmas); William Roache from Coronation Street; Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy); Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island); John Ratzenberger and George Wendt of Cheers fame; Dean Cain (Lois & Clark); Wilford Brimley (The Thing); Michael Biehn (Aliens & Terminator), and many more.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Trent-Severn Waterway is a summer playground and engineering marvel across central Ontario

   One-Tank Trip for May 19/18
   (c) By Jim Fox

   Ranking up there with the top canals in the world, the Trent-Severn Waterway is an engineering marvel but not just a pretty face for tourism.
   It’s getting busy on the waterway as the navigation season opens this weekend and continues through Thanksgiving, connecting the playgrounds of Lake Ontario and Lake Huron.
Boaters pass through the Trent-Severn locks at Lindsay. (Jim Fox photo)
   The waterway flows 386 kilometres, linking the Bay of Quinte to Georgian Bay through a system of rivers, lakes, canals and locks.
   Operated by Parks Canada, the waterway is Canada’s largest national historic site.
   Parks Canada says the “romance” of the Trent-Severn has evolved from its roots in the 1800s as a commercial/military shortcut across central Ontario.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Lights, camera and action for the creative arts at Doors Open Toronto

   One-Tank Trip for May 12/18
   (c) By Jim Fox

   It will be a weekend of “lights, camera, action” for movie lovers in Toronto.

   Visitors can experience the city’s fascination with film and the creative arts and involvement on May 26 and 27 during Doors Open Toronto.

   The program swings open the doors to many buildings and sites not normally available to the public, all for free.

   Why wait for the world-acclaimed Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, check it out now.
Ontario Place has reopened the iconic Cinesphere and screens a variety of films for all ages year-round.
   Irene Knight, Tourism Toronto’s media relations manager, said this year’s theme is “Film: The Great Romance” and explores the city’s film and television industry.
   This includes “spaces where actors, designers, carpenters, makeup artists, animators and writers hone their craft and help make Toronto North America’s third largest screen-based production centre.
   It allows visitors an opportunity to go backstage in the buildings where more than 30,000 creative talent work.
   As well, Knight points out that Toronto features numerous film festivals throughout the year in addition to TIFF and Hot Docs with ongoing feature screenings.
   Visitors can also tour locations of some famous films and enjoy restaurants frequented by celebrities when they are in town, she added.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Reference Library will show a 35-mm film and give tours.
   “Take a fascinating tour of the TIFF building and learn about its architectural design, history of film and the area. Then, enjoy a movie at one of the most technologically leading-edge theatres in the world.”
   Mayor John Tory said the weekend provides an opportunity to discover many significant sites that collectively shape the city’s identity as a film centre.
   There’s everything from historic cinemas, film, television and digital media studios to the post-production houses, artist-run centres and film-training schools for the city’s “thriving film industry,” he added.
   The event, presented by Great Gulf, features more than 130 buildings, including 55 new sites, city-wide walking tours, speakers, music and special programs in a “celebration of architecture” and film.

   Screening launch
   The weekend begins on May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ontario Place Cinesphere with the screening of Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience followed by a discussion.
   This labour of love is from the “visually exciting filmmaker” Terrence Malick with his first foray into documentary storytelling.
Shaftesbury creates content for TV, film, digital and brands and will give tours of its funky turn-of-the-century warehouse office in the Studio District.
   Throughout the weekend will be a showcase of films screened in partnership with more than 30 of Toronto’s local film festivals, organizations and historic cinemas.
   The Doors Open to Music program features live music in six special spaces and an Open Studio program explores 10 architects’ studios for an inside look into how buildings are designed.
   What’s the Story Here? on May 26 is a panel discussion about architecture, film and Toronto.
   Toronto OnScreen, in partnership with ReelCanada, on May 27 will provide a glimpse into the creative process of renowned architects, filmmakers, art directors and production designers from the Handmaid’s Tale, Last Night and other productions.
The Revue Cinema since 1912 still shows movies and is called a “monument to the mass phenomenon of movie-going.”
   Don’t miss
   - Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square will host activities and give rare access to the mayor’s office, council chamber and 27th floor observation deck.
   - Family-friendly activities of short films and an exhibition of original costumes from film and TV productions will be shown.
   - Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels will read excerpts from Michael Ondaatje's novel “In the Skin of a Lion.”
   - There’s an interactive experience by Lego artist Ekow Nimako and a virtual reality experience of eight Doors Open Toronto sites at city hall.
   - Walking tours delve into the history and architecture of neighbourhoods, many of which have been backdrops for films. Details: toronto.ca/doorsopen


Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Falling for spring events across Ontario

   One-Tank Trip for May 5/18

   By Jim Fox

   They’re falling for spring hook, line and sinker in Orillia, among a raft of adventures for the coming season.
   It’s time again for the Orillia Perch Festival, now that the ice has cleared from the popular fishing hole – the Narrows, separating Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.
   The 38th annual fest runs until May 12 at 5 p.m. and is called one of Canada’s largest registered fishing derbies.
Two young anglers with the perch catch-of-the-day  at the Orillia festival.
    In the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country, there are more than 60 tagged perch worth $500 each along with “bonus perch and thousands of dollars in daily, weekly and grand prize draws,” along with children’s categories.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Mother’s Day fun in Waterloo Region (2018)

Things to do with Mom for her day in May

(News Release)

WATERLOO, Ont. — Mom always deserves to be spoiled, but she should get some extra special attention every Mother’s Day.

One of the best ways to help Mom enjoy Mother’s Day is to take the planning out of her hands. Put in a little time to create a Mother’s Day itinerary for your Mom in Waterloo Region — and even better work in some quality time you can spend together.

“Sometimes the best gift you can give Mom is the time you spend together,” says Minto Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of Waterloo Region Tourism. “There are so many places to go and experiences to have in Waterloo Region that will allow you and Mom to have a day she’ll remember for a long time.”

For a truly decadent experience, head to Langdon Hall in Cambridge. The Country House Hotel and Spa has accommodations plus a spa for Mom to relax. They also offer an impressive afternoon tea every weekend.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

11th Annual Oxford Studio Tour features 38 artists

(News Release)
In the Woods, Sue Goossens
   Watercolour artist Sue Goossens of (165548 New Road), Otterville is inviting visitors to the 11th Annual Oxford Studio Tour Saturday and Sunday (May 5 and 6) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

   Here’s a chance to visit 19 studios throughout Oxford County and “enjoy the work of 38 extremely creative artists.”

   There is original art, pottery, photography, jewelry, fibre arts, mixed media, weaving, digital arts and more. oxfordstudiotour.wordpress.com 


May 5 & 6, 2018, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oxford County, Ontario, Canada

Oils * Acrylics * Watercolours * Mixed Media * Graphite * Pottery * Pen and Ink
* Jewellery * Photography * Weaving * Digital Art * Gourds * Fibre Arts * Encaustic
Brochures will be available in spring at the following locations and others:
Tourism Oxford,   580 Bruin Blvd,  Woodstock,  ON,   N4V 1E5
Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre,   125 Centennial Ln,  Ingersoll,  ON,   N5C 3V3
Station Arts Centre,   41 Bridge. St. W.,   Tillsonburg,  ON,   N4G 5P2
or you may request one from any of the artists
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Brian Wilson Pet Sounds concert cancelled at Casino Rama Resort over back surgery

Originally scheduled for May 5 (8 PM)

Rama, ON (Tuesday, May 1, 2018) - Casino Rama Resort regrets to announce that by artist request the Brian Wilson concert originally scheduled for this Saturday, May 5 (8 PM) has been cancelled.

Mr. Wilson has been scheduled for emergency back surgery and while expected to make a full recovery he will require time to return to full strength.

“As some of you might know I have been having some issues with my back that has very recently gotten worse. It runs in my family, Carl had back problems as well. My doctors have told me that I need to have back surgery immediately. They are optimistic that this will finally relieve the pain.” – Brian Wilson

The Casino and the artist apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause and look forward to rescheduling a future performance.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Pitch Talks VIP event

(News Release)

ST. MARYS, Ontario -- We are excited to announce that 2012 Hall of Famer and current Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Tim Leiper will be joining the panel on stage  in Toronto for Pitch Talks on June 14 (2018).

 Tim has been the Blue Jays first base coach since 2014, but prior to that he coached and managed with the Marlins, Pirates, Orioles, Red Sox, Expos and Mets organizations between 1996-2012. Tim also worked with Baseball Canada from 2004-17 during the Olympics, World Baseball Classic, World Cups and Pan-American Games. Prior to coaching Tim enjoyed a 12 year playing career from 1985-96 including 7 seasons in Triple A.

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum proudly presents the Pitch Talks VIP event, an exclusive event to launch the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction weekend.

Guelph Arts Council launches Historical Walking Tours season (2018)

News Release

Guelph, ON – April 20, 2018 – On the same weekend as Doors Open Guelph, Guelph Arts Council launches its 2018 season of Historical Walking Tours. The tours began on Sunday April 22 at 2 pm with Where Guelph Began, which left from Juice Inc., 25 Waterloo Ave., at the corner of Dublin Street. Cost was $5/person.

For over 30 years, Guelph Arts Council has promoted the cultural heritage of Guelph by offering six different walking tours on selected Sundays from April to October (excluding July). Delivered by a dedicated group of volunteer heritage enthusiasts, the tours are an opportunity for tourists and locals to learn about Guelph’s history while taking in the beautiful architectural and natural features of the city. 

Available on each tour, and at Guelph Arts Council, The Bookshelf, and Guelph Civic Museum are tour-specific booklets of historical information and architectural drawings, perfect for self-guided tours and keepsakes. The booklets are $5 each. Downloadable booklets are also available.

Double bill solo performances at Stratford’s Revival House spotlights contrasting Canadian singers-songwriters

Oh Susanna + Sunparlour Players = unforgettable music
Stratford, ON (April 24, 2018) – String Bone Presents! another exceptional double bill concert at Revival House on May 4, 2018. Canadian singers-songwriters Oh Susanna and the Sunparlour Players have quite contrasting musical styles, but both produce unforgettable music. This will certainly be a concert to remember.

With eight critically acclaimed albums, numerous awards and nominations, as well as mountains of international critical acclaim, Canadian singer-songwriter Suzanne Ungerleider, who writes and performs under the name Oh Susanna, represents the pinnacle of great signwriting.

This rootsy Toronto-based songstress has been described as having “a voice that can pierce a heart of stone.” Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of “troubled souls, longing and love, small town joys and pains, and of our simple feelings and strong passions tales that look into our beautifully flawed human hearts.”

She is the recipient of a Genie Award for Best Original Song and a Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. She has been twice nominated for a Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year, as well as two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Solo Performer and for Best Contemporary Singer of the Year. Her CD, entitled A Girl in Teen City, has earned high critical acclaim and collected three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations: English Songwriter of the Year, Contemporary Singer of the Year and Producer of the Year. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Spring has sprung in Ontario's provincial parks

   One-Tank Trip for April 21/18

   By Jim Fox

   Whatever surprises “Mother Nature” and lingering “Old Man Winter” throw at us, Ontario Parks are moving into their spring mode.
   Once the remnants of that mid-April freezing rain, ice pellets, sleet and snow melt away, Ontario’s provincial flower, the white trillium, will burst into bloom in the parks and campers will return after a long, cold winter.
Fields of trilliums will soon be blooming in Ontario Parks. (Jim Fox photo)
   Along with gas prices at near record highs, things look good for a busy season for “staycations” as the provincial parks mark their 125th year.
   The welcome mat will soon be out at the parks not open year-round, with the 330 parks attracting 10-million visitors yearly.
   Ontario’s oldest park is Algonquin, since 1893, and the land mass of all the parks at 82,000 square kilometres is larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Stratford Festival performances begin with first preview of Music Man

(News Release)

April 17, 2018… The Stratford Festival’s 66th season is off to an exhilarating start with Meredith Willson’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Music Man. Previews began today at the Festival Theatre, marking the first performance of the season. 

The Music Man follows a charming but fraudulent salesman who arrives in River City, Iowa, to work his usual scam – only to find that a bill of goods can be the real deal. Directed and choreographed by Donna Feore, the production features a colossal cast of 40 performers, showcasing Ms Feore’s original choreography in spectacular dance numbers, and a live 19-piece orchestra, led by Music Director Franklin Brasz, playing such hits as “Shipoopi,” “Till There Was You” and the show-stopping “Seventy-Six Trombones.”

“This musical has so many beautiful elements,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “Donna has made it a massive dance show, which injects an infectious vibrancy throughout, but with an irresistible love story at its heart – and not just for the main characters, but for the whole River City community whose hearts are opened by the power of music. It’s an enduring master work, perfect for the entire family, and just itching to be shared with the next generation.”