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Friday, December 9, 2016

Rant Maggie Rant brings holiday tradition to Stratford's Revival House

News Release
8th annual Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration! A night of music, comradery and joy
Rant Maggie Rant (from left to right): Steve Clark, Rob Larose, Glen Dias, Lindsay Schindler, Barry James Payne and Daev Clysdale.
 Stratford, ON (December 9, 2016) For eight consecutive years, Rant Maggie Rant’s fans and friends have reunited in Stratford to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration! concert will be held at Stratford’s Revival House. Concert time 8:00 pm on December 16, 2016.

“The show is a seasonal celebration of music, as well as a gathering place for friends, family and loved ones,” said Glen Dias, the band’s lead vocalist. “We realized that Frost & Fire has evolved into more of a community experience now.”

Rant Maggie Rant will be entertaining the audience with their distinctive rootsy Christmas tunes, ancient and traditional Celtic melodies, blazing jigs and reels, lesser known seasonal fare and new material from their recently released CD Latitude.

Based in Stratford, Ontario, Rant Maggie Rant showcases the talents of Lindsay Schindler (fiddle, background vocals) who also performs with the acclaimed Ontario folk trio Trent Severn; Glen Dias (lead vocals, recorders, percussion); and Barry James Payne (guitars, harmonica, bouzouki, background vocals). Joining them will be guest musicians Steve Clark (bass) and Rob Larose (percussion), who both hail from London, Ontario, as well as Stratford’s Rosanna Vito (harp) and Toronto’s Daev Clysdale (Irish whistle, Irish flute and accordion).

Jingles & Joy at Blue Mountain Village

On Saturday from 1-4, join us in the Event's Plaza for pet portraits with Santa! Donations collected will benefit the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. Visit www.gths.ca/wishlist for a complete list of items in need. High-res images will be available for download on Monday, December 12th from the Blue Mountain Village website


Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village are a seasonal treat in Michigan

Model T rides are offered through Greenfield Village during Holiday Nights. (Barbara Fox photo)  

(News Release)
Don’t Miss the No. 1 Event of the Season presented by Citizens Bank

Dearborn, Mich. – See why Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village presented by Citizens Bank continues to be voted a can’t-miss family-friendly event each year. Tickets are going fast for this authentic and immersive holiday celebration that continues on Dec. 9-11, 16-18, 20-23 and 26-30 from 6:30 p.m to 10 p.m.

“There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with the sights, sounds and sensations of Greenfield Village,” said Rick Hampson, state president of Citizens Bank, Michigan. “We are proud to be a part of this celebration and continue our partnership with The Henry Ford as presenting sponsor of the 2016 Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village.”

This unique holiday experience immerses visitors in 300 years of holiday history. Inside the historic homes, visitors will be welcomed by the smell of evergreen-filled parlors and freshly baked-holiday treats as presenters bring to life traditional menu staples.

At Giddings Home, the rich aroma of chocolate will greet guests as they watch presenters preparing hot cocoa 1700s-style. If the smells and sights inside the homes work up an appetite, food stations throughout the streets will be available with hot chocolate, hot apple cider, roasted chestnuts and a roast beef carving station.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Children can visit Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Bramalea City Centre


Brampton, Ontario – Get your wish list ready! Santa has arrived at Bramalea City Centre (25 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton) and he is meeting with boys and girls to find out what they want to find under the Christmas tree until December 24 (2016) in Santa’s Winter Wonderland, sponsored by Pandora in the Bay Court.

NEW for 2016, families can schedule appointments for photos and a personalized visit with Santa from December 5 to 24. For more information, visit bramaleacitycentre.com.    

Visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland until December 24

“Join us for a traditional Santa visit in his Winter Wonderland in the Bay Court where no appointment is necessary,” states Eleni Koukoulidis, Marketing Director, Bramalea City Centre.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Foxes meet the animal critters at Parc Omega, Quebec

   One-Tank Trip for Dec. 3/16

   (c) By Jim Fox

   You can talk to the animals, feed them and get up close like nowhere else at a drive-through safari park a short distance from Ottawa.
   Parc Omega, just 45 minutes east in Montebello, Que., isn’t a zoo but a “natural life museum,” says Serge Lussier, zoologist and park ambassador.
   “We’re here to discover Canadian animals, history and heritage,” says Lussier who was previously with the African Lion Safari in Cambridge.
   Calling this sprawling 890-hectare park a “Canadian hidden treasure,” it’s the only one of its kind in Canada, he added.
Feeding time for this huge elk at Parc Omega. (Jim Fox photo)
   We took a 90-minute, winding 15-kilometre road journey to discover animals living in the wild in their natural habitat. (There is also a safari bus, open vehicles and tour guides available.)
   Animals at almost every turn kept coming up to Lussier’s vehicle to see what treats we had for them.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

It's all happening at the Toronto Zoo: Ring-tailed Lemur enrichment

(News Release)

Saturday's in December at the Toronto Zoo

Ring-tailed Lemurs are one of the more widely recognized of all lemur species due to their long black and white ringed tails.

Native only to the Island of Madagascar, they also happen to be one of the most terrestrial of all lemur species.

Come out to the African Rainforest every Saturday in December at 1:30 pm to see our Lemurs receive special enrichment and learn more about these incredible primates.

Inaugural Union Disc Golf Tournament happening this weekend in St. Thomas, Ontario

(News Release)

ST. THOMAS, Ontario -- With ever-changing weather in this part of the country, no round of disc golf is ever taken for granted.   But one thing is for sure; if the temperature is above freezing (or even hovering right around it) enthusiastic disc golfers in Southern Ontario are out on the course.

This passion for the sport is the norm in and around Elgin County, and it grows tenfold when a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) event comes to town.

This is the case now through Sunday December 4 at the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club (which is nicknamed Union) when it hosts a PDGA A Tier event, Union—Presented by Sun Life Financial.

2016 Attractions Ontario's Choice Award winners

Toronto, Ontario - An the winners are ... of Attractions Ontario's First Annual Ontario's Choice Awards announced at the Ontario Tourism Summit in Ottawa, Nov. 22, 2016.
The winners of each category earned the most votes in their designated category, voted on and chosen by consumers.

Top Attraction
Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto
Top Outdoor Attraction
Toronto Zoo, Toronto
Top Small Performing Arts
Thomas Foster Memorial, Uxbridge
Top Performing Arts
Port Stanley Theatre, Port Stanley
Top Touring Experience
Mariposa Cruises, Toronto
Top Small Museum/Art Gallery/Historic Site
Ingersoll Cheese Museum, Ingersoll
Top Museum/Art Gallery/Historic Site
Casa Loma, Toronto
Top Festival & Event
Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County - Carousel of Nations, Windsor

Joey Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award

St. Marys, Ont. – For the sixth time in seven years, Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto has won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award.

The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball's highest ideals.

To determine the winner, the Hall takes into account a number of criteria, including each candidate's on-the-field performance, contributions to their team, community and charitable endeavors and support in fan voting. Starting on November 18, the Hall had encouraged fans to vote for their top three candidates and they responded by casting their votes via e-mail and on the Hall's website. www.baseballhalloffame.ca

Get away before the holidays at Deerhurst Resort

Need a holiday before the holidays? Cozy up in Muskoka and find some 'hideaway' time before the 'busyness' begins and save up to 20% on select dates before December 21.

Relax on your pre-holiday escape and enjoy hiking, great dining, spa time and unique shopping in downtown Huntsville.
From $120*/night until December 21.

The Canadian Canoe Museum design team receives 2016 Canadian Architect Award of Merit

Dublin's heneghan peng and Toronto's Kearns Mancini honoured for visionary design
 December 1, 2016 - Peterborough, Ontario - The team of heneghan peng architects, in a joint venture with Kearns Mancini Architects, was presented with a prestigious Canadian Architect Award of Merit for the design of the new Canadian Canoe Museum at the magazine's annual awards gala in Toronto last night.
The Irish-Canadian team's design will be built to house the world's largest collection of canoes and kayaks at the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway. The team's elegant serpentine glass pavilion, graced by a rooftop garden, was chosen in January 2016 as part of the museum's two-stage competition - the first of which garnered close to 100 submissions from around the world.

What's happening on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor - December 2016

It's the season for sharing the joy of arts and culture on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor! It is also the season for gift-giving, and the Bloor St. Culture Corridor is where you'll find unique gifts from the shops at the Gardiner Museum, Royal Ontario MuseumBata Shoe Museum and the Native Canadian Centre. Treat a loved one to gift certificates or tickets to concerts at Koerner HallTafelmusik, The Toronto Consort, the U of T Faculty of MusicSoundstreams, and Talisker Players. Memberships are great gifts, too -  the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and our museums offer various memberships. Spend quality time with friends and family exploring different cultures with events and exhibitions at Alliance FrançaiseMiles Nadal Jewish Community Centre,  Istituto Italiano di CulturaJapan Foundation Toronto, and the Museum of Estonians Abroador many of our other cultural destinations! There is a special gift for everyone who loves arts, culture, beautiful things and wonderful experiences. 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema invites you to view the world through the lens of acclaimed cinematographer Kirsten Johnson in Cameraperson (December 13 - 22). Enjoy all the splendor of opera on screen with Norma (December 3), Cosi Fan Tutte (December 10) and Les Contes D'Hoffman (December 30). Shakespeare's Globe on Screen returns with an electrifying production of Richard II (December 17). And get ready to dance the night away with the beloved classic ballet The Nutcracker (December 23 & 26) and Reset (December 23 - 30). Celebrate the festive spirit with seven FREE holiday films, in addition to raucous quote-alongs to Home Alone and Die Hard and a holiday bash with Jingle Bell Rocks!. Plus, ring in 2017 with our annual party: The Dude's New Years: The Big Lebowski. For more information, please visit hotdocscinema.ca.