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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.”

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Double bill solo performances at Stratford’s Revival House April 6 (2018)

Globe-trotting troubadour Irish Mythen and 
Harrow Fair, dynamic duo of Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers)
and Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players)
Stratford, ON (March 28, 2018) – String Bone Presents! another exceptional double bill concert April 6, 2018, featuring Irish Mythen, an Irish-born, Canadian globe-trotting troubadour, and Harrow Fair, the dynamic duo of Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers) and Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players). The concert starts at 8:00 pm.
Irish Mythen
An impressive tour-de-force on stage, Mythen combines her contemporary and catchy anthems with traditional tunes borrowed from her homeland which all are woven together with a signature blend of edgy humour and heartfelt storytelling.

Says Mythen, “It’s the people I’ve met, the colour and shape of the land, the fact that you spend much of this life alone on the road. All these things have crept into my songs.”

Mythen, who now resides in Charlottetown, PEI, has performed across Europe, Australia, the Middle East and United Kingdom. In recent years, she has performed with Rod Stewart, Gordon Lightfoot and Lucinda Williams.

Irish music phenomenon Celtic Thunder to return to Casino Rama Resort

Celtic Thunder X tour makes a stop at the Great Indoors
 (News Release)
RAMA, ON – Casino Rama Resort is excited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early with the announce of Celtic Thunder returning to the Great Indoors with the Celtic Thunder X tour, celebrating the groups 10th anniversary. The multi-platinum Irish performers are set to play the award-winning Entertainment Centre this fall, Friday, October 5 (9 PM).

Backed by the amazing Celtic Thunder Band, the singers (Damian McGinty, Ryan Kelly, Michael ODwyer, Emmet Cahill & Neil Byrne) deliver new ensemble numbers including “Sons of Light”, “Toora, Loora, Lay”, “The Wild Rover”, “Right all Right”, and “Castle on the Hill” followed in the second act by nostalgic fun songs like “Celebration”, “I’m a Believer”, “Seasons in the Sun” and “Rise Again”.

No Celtic Thunder show would be complete without an encore of their rousing anthem “Ireland’s Call”, the only song in CELTIC THUNDER X that isn’t new but which never fails to bring the audience to its feet. 

Stratford Festival posts solid surplus for 2017; curtain rises on new initiatives: Annual meeting

March 24, 2018… There were many reasons to celebrate at the Stratford Festival in 2017. Its 65th season, commemorated during Canada 150, was an artistic and financial success – ending solidly in the black – and the year also marked a new beginning for the Festival as it embarked on a $100-million project to build a landmark theatre honouring its founder, Tom Patterson.

“2017 was a year of remarkable achievement,” said Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “We presented an extraordinary range of plays – from the ancient Greeks through to new works – which earned international recognition. We enlarged the identity of our company, bringing in new talents and forging new connections. We even had a visit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But as exciting as all of this was, our crowning achievement was the unveiling of Siamak Hariri’s breathtaking design for a new Tom Patterson Theatre.”

At its annual general meeting on Saturday, the Festival reported a surplus of $232,765 on revenue of $60.7 million. Attendance was 456,905 and donations to the Festival increased to a record $14.3 million. 

The Elgin County Museum presents the 8th annual Vimy Lecture

(News Release)

Vimy Lecture: 2 p.m., Monday, April 9, 2018
Elgin County Heritage Centre
460 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas

Of the 600 Elgin County men present at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, one played a role that has become part of our community’s history and lore. Lance-Sergeant Ellis Sifton, a Wallacetown native, on April 9th, the first day of the battle, single-handedly eliminated a German machine gun emplacement at the cost of his own life. He was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross, one of four presented to Canadians for actions during the battle.

Monster Jam motors into Hamilton, Ontario, April 14 and 15 (2018)

2018 Mega Line-Up Announced:
7 New Trucks plus Father/Daughter Drivers Make their Hamilton Debut

HAMILTON, ON – Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live family entertainment, has announced the 2018 lineup* for the Hamilton Monster Jam shows with seven of the eight Monster Jam trucks making their debut at FirstOntario Centre.

Monster Mutt, Storm Damage, Hurricane Force, Stinger Unleashed, Master of Disaster, Nitro Menace and Jailbird, along with fan-favourite Grave Digger will all be vying for the Hamilton champion title. Fans will also have the opportunity to see a father and daughter compete against one another: Nitro Menace/Darren Migues, and Jailbird/Kaylyn Migues.

Monster Jam will be performing at FirstOntario Centre April 14 & 15, 2018 for two shows.