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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

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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 

Details:

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


NEWS RELEASE  
 
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.” 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Detroit Metro CVB launches new restaurant-focused YouTube show

(News Release)

Detroit, Mich. – The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) has debuted its new YouTube series Eats in The D. The five minute show focuses on the food, drinks and people in metro Detroit that are making headlines around the world.

“We want this new show to entice visitors to come to Detroit and try out these restaurants for themselves,” said Larry Alexander, DMCVB President & CEO. “The episodes are short, fun and informative, to give visitors a taste of Detroit’s diverse and unique dining scene, which is earning accolades from media and visitors around the world.”

The first season of Eats in The D includes 10 episodes featuring 20 popular foodie destinations throughout metro Detroit. The first three episodes can be viewed now on YouTube and Facebook. To watch Eats in The D, go to: http://bit.ly/eats-in-the-d-media.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Don't despair, spring is coming to Ontario Parks


(News Release)


 Learn to Camp
Many Ontarians have always wanted to go camping, but don’t know where to start. This is where Ontario Parks’ Learn to Camp program comes in. Reservations for this year’s program open on May 7.
Learn to Camp is a popular guided overnight camping experience with all equipment provided. By the end of the program, new campers learn all the do’s and don’ts of a successful camping trip, including how to pitch a tent, cook outside, and even make the perfect s’more! The memories made while camping will stay with families forever. 

Sights and sounds of spring
Spring breathes new life to the outdoors. As the weather warms up, we see Ontario’s iconic wildflower, the trillium, popping up. Ontario Parks has several ideal spots for seeing the trilliums as they bloom.

Open up! Doors swing open for public visits during Doors Open Ontario 2018


   One-Tank Trip for April 14/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

  “Knock, knock. Who or what’s there? Open the door and find out.”
   Learn about the secrets, stories and treasures lurking behind doors often closed to the public.
   It happens at Doors Open, an Ontario Heritage Trust event in 35 communities.
   There are about 800 sites to discover the historic gems and modern marvels with themed activities, tours, exhibitions and demonstrations offered at no charge.
Don’t step on Elvis’ white-and-blue patent loafers at the Bata museum worn at his Las Vegas shows. (Jim Fox photo)
   Things get under way with Doors Open Guelph on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the “Royal City” with its historic limestone architecture.
   Doors are open at 15 sites that include the city’s “finest buildings, creative spaces and artistically or architecturally relevant sites,” said Patti Broughton of the sponsoring Guelph Arts Council.
   Among the highlights is the Petrie Building, called an incredible restoration of a Guelph landmark.
   It was designed in 1882 by John Day as a pharmacy for Alexander Bain Petrie who wanted the tallest building on Wyndham Street so he added an up-top empty shell that’s now an elegant showroom for the Modern Bride.
The Petrie building, a Guelph landmark built for a pharmacist who wanted the tallest building on Wyndham Street, will be open for tours. (Ontario Heritage Trust – Photo by Dean Palmer)
    10C Shared Space, a thriving collaborative workspace and community hub, began as a seed warehouse from the 1860s and later Massey-Ferguson Farm Supply and Ackers Furniture.
   A fire in 1955 caused a huge safe to fall through the first floor to the basement where it remains today.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Tulip Legacy just keeps on blooming in Canada's capital city; Fox trots


   One-Tank Trip for April 7/18
  
   (c) By Jim Fox

   Everything’s coming up tulips – one million of them – in Canada’s capital.
   Go ahead, count them at the 66th annual Canadian Tulip Festival, May 11 to 21, paying homage to an ongoing gift from the Netherlands after the Second World War.
   Tulips became Ottawa’s official flower after the Dutch Royal Family took refuge there and Canadian troops played a pivotal role in the liberation of the Netherlands.
Tulips bloom on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
   When the war ended and the family returned to Europe, they sent a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa.
   This lasting gift continues and is known as the “Tulip Legacy.”
   New is the Tulip Trail linking Commissioners Park and Lansdowne, a 20-minute stroll by “beautiful residential and city gardens, with interpretation markers, animation and entertainment along the way.”

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Eat & Drink Norfolk – Get a taste of the best 2018

(News Release)

SIMCOE, Ontario – The Norfolk County Agricultural Society is excited to announce that “Eat & Drink Norfolk” is back for its ninth consecutive year. Dates for this year’s event are Thursday, April 5th from 5:00 pm to 10pm, Friday, April 6th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and again on Saturday April 7th from 1:00pm to 10:00 pm.

Continuing to ride the wave of success, “Eat & Drink Norfolk” was recently named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals & Events for the fourth year in a row.

“We are very proud to receive this provincial designation from Festivals & Events Ontario. The success of the event is a reflection of the high level of quality of the participating local restaurants, wineries, breweries and food producers as well the community that continues to support us year after year. The dedication of our vendors, staff, volunteers and sponsor partners has resulted in an outstanding event that continues to grow in popularity!” says Special Events Manager Chantal Zorad.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Mastermind Toys expands in Hamilton, Ontario

 Canada’s Largest Specialty Toy Retailer Opens 62nd Canadian Store

TORONTO, ON – March 27, 2018… Mastermind Toys continues in growth mode and is targeting to open 10+ new stores in 2018 including a new Hamilton location.  Canada’s largest specialty toy and children’s books retailer announced its second store in the market will open today. The spacious 5,005 sq. ft. store is situated in Stoney Creek, at 2180 Rymal Road E. (at Upper Centennial Pkwy). Mastermind Toys currently operates stores in Burlington and St. Catharines. The first Hamilton-area store opened in Ancaster in 2015.

Mastermind Toys Hamilton is the final of three stores to open in quick succession this month. Stores in St. Albert (Edmonton), AB and Saskatoon South, SK are now open, totalling 62 Canadian stores. Additional stores will be announced in the coming months.

“Building on the success of our Ancaster store, we are thrilled to bring a second Mastermind Toys location to Hamilton,” said Jon Levy, Toy Merchant, CEO and Co-Founder, Mastermind Toys.  “We look forward to offering our customers in Stoney Creek and its surrounding areas with convenient access to our unparalleled mix of the best hand-picked specialty toys and an awesome children’s book selection in a fun and friendly shopping environment.”