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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Jazz on the Mountain at Blue launches inaugural festival in July

BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON  – Blue Mountain Village will play host to the newest jazz festival in Canada, July 5-7, 2013. Set in the resort’s pedestrian village, with free and ticketed indoor and outdoor shows, visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience performances with musical greats, and up and coming artists.

Arnold Schwisberg, founder and producer of Jazz On The Mountain At Blue, announced the exciting headliner line-up of the inaugural event for the first weekend in July, as well as the launch of the festival’s official website www.bluemountainjazzfest.com.

Quebec City travel news: Eating well

Eating well is in our genes!
In Québec City, the foodie in you will always be well served. See for yourself what local restaurants have to offer. You may also want to follow the Gourmet Route, a feast for the senses laid out by some fifty agri-food businesses in the region. Farmers, chefs, winemakers, fine grocers and other food experts have prepared a unique tourist experience that showcases their know-how, dedication and passion for their craft. A tasty journey of discovery awaits those who set out along the Gourmet Route!

Exclusive evening at the Toronto Zoo with the giant pandas at Seafood For Thought

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature
The Toronto Zoo is very excited to once again be hosting Seafood for Thought - A 
Sumptuous Sustainable Seafood Fundraiser on Thursday, June 20, 2013. It's an engaging
 and elegant way to discover how your choices protect the health of soil, water, and ocean
 wildlife. Seafood for Thought TM is a celebration of sumptuous sustainable seafood prepared
 by some of Toronto's top chefs! A truly elegant way to learn about how making sustainable 
healthy seafood choices can assure a future with abundant ocean wildlife! Delicious seafood 
tastings prepared by talented chefs, wine and beer pairings, great music and WILD animal encounters.

Stratford Festival officially opens 2013 season

MEDIA ADVISORY



Antoni Cimolino’s first season as Artistic Director officially began on Monday, May 27, with the gala opening of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Tim Carroll and featuring Daniel Briere and Sara Topham in the title roles.


Six additional productions will open next week:
·         Fiddler on the Roof, directed and choreographed by Donna Feore and featuring Kate Hennig and Scott Wentworth.
·         Measure for Measure, directed by Martha Henry and featuring Carmen Grant, Stephen Ouimette, Tom Rooney and Geraint Wyn Davies.
·         Tommy, directed by Des McAnuff with choreography by Wayne Cilento and musical direction by Rick Fox and featuring Robert Markus as Tommy.
·         Mary Stuart, directed by Antoni Cimolino and featuring Seana McKenna as Elizabeth and Lucy Peacock as Mary.
·         The Three Musketeers, directed by Miles Potter with fight direction by John Stead and featuring Graham Abbey, Jonathan Goad, Luke Humphrey and Mike Shara.
·         Blithe Spirit, directed by Brian Bedford and featuring Ben Carlson, Michelle Giroux, Seana McKenna and Sara Topham.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Fun abounds with the Snowbirds, Echo Beach and ole in London



   One-Tank Trip for May 25/13
  
   (c) By Jim Fox

   Warm-weather fun takes to the skies over Niagara and Waterloo Region while they’ll be hitting the beach in Toronto and its fiesta time in London.

   Look, up in the sky
Canadian Forces Snowbirds

   The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are roaring back to present a new season of aerial teamwork and discipline.
   In a first of its kind, the Snowbirds will perform a 25-minute, non-aerobatic show over Niagara Falls on May 29 at 6 p.m.
   Then, they roar off to dazzle the crowds on June 1 and 2 at the Waterloo Air Show in Breslau, just west of Kitchener.
   They’ll be joined by wing-walking Jane Wicker, the Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car and Disney’s Dusty at the Region of Waterloo International Airport.
   The Snowbirds will be accompanied by the Canadian Forces’ CF-18 Demonstration jet in a show that publicist Diana Spremo said will be bigger and better than ever.
   “There are new acts, a bigger static display, Food Truck Alley and the inclusion of the Canadian Aviation Expo, Canada’s premier aviation expo and trade show,” she said.
   American Jane Wicker will demonstrate the daring art of wing walking with no safety line or parachute.
   On the wing of a vintage biplane, Wicker climbs, walks and hangs all over the Boeing Stearman as it soars through the sky.
   Dusty, the star of Disney's new 3-D animated comedy movie Planes, will be making his only Canadian appearance.

Comeback this summer to Detroit, the "great comeback" story and city

Detroit is America’s great comeback story, a city ready for anything. We’re a complete-package destination with new restaurants, retail and walkable downtown riverfront; high-energy championship sports, nightlife and gaming; and nationally recognized music festivals, cultural attractions, architectural wonders and more. Come and feel Detroit’s irresistible energy.


New Developments in The D Opportunity Detroit began as a breakthrough Kid Rock-narrated and Quicken Loans-produced television spot that aired during the 2012 World Series. Since then it has grown into a movement underscoring the unparalleled opportunities available in Detroit today. What does opportunity look like? It looks like Detroit. The vision of Opportunity Detroit is to transform downtown Detroit into a great urban neighborhood that has a unique point of view, where people will choose to live, work, shop and play while enjoying the benefit of a highly valued public realm that has a super-regional – if not national – draw. The plan includes street activation, housing renovations and additions, parking additions and enhancements and way finding opportunities throughout the major downtown districts. Developments are scheduled to be complete as soon as this summer. To learn more about Opportunity Detroit and the new development go to www.opportunitydetroit.com.

Vaughn’s Wild West tour and Toni Braxton to ride into Casino Rama

Additional concerts added to summer 2013 concert line-up

RAMA, ON (Monday, May 27, 2013) – Casino Rama is thrilled to announce that the following concerts have been added to the previously released summer 2013 concert line-up at their world-class Entertainment Centre:

Brian McKnight
Saturday, July 13
SHOWTIME: 9 PM, DOORS OPEN: 8 PM
Tickets are $35/$45
This talented R&B performer is best known for his unmistakably smooth vocals on Grammy nominated hits: “Back at One”, “Anytime”, “6, 8, 12”, “Still” and “One Last Cry”.

Third Eye Blind
Saturday, July 20
SHOWTIME: 9 PM, DOORS OPEN: 8 PM
Tickets are $35/$45
Alternative rock band best known for hits: “Semi-Charmed Life”, “How’s It Going to Be”, “Jumper”, “Bonfire” & “Never Let You Go”.
  
Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Roundup
Thursday, July 25
SHOWTIME: 8 PM, DOORS OPEN: 7 PM
Tickets are $55/$65
Vince Vaughn is bringing his unique brand of humour to Casino Rama! Vince is hosting a night of comedy, featuring comedians Steve Byrne and Owen Benjamin from the hit TV show "Sullivan and Son" (TBS) and Canada's own "Funny Greek" - Angelo Tsarouchas.  Join Vince for a night of stand up, sketch comedy and a special guest or two.

Harbourfront Centre’'s newest waterfront experience

DJ Deep Fried Fridays June 28 – August 30, 2013
Dr. Jay De Soca Prince

TORONTO -- Friday nights just got a whole lot tastier! Deep-fried goodness and sizzling tunes take over Toronto’s waterfront with Harbourfront Centre’s newest summer-long experience – DJ Deep Fried Fridays, from June 28 through to August 30 at 7 p.m.

Gather friends, pack up the kids and head down to Harbourfront Centre for an outdoor showcase that explores the tastes and sounds that reflect distant lands and local terrains.

DJ Deep Fried Fridays kicks off with Canada Day Weekend Celebrations, June 28. Tasty potato swirls are available for purchase at World Café while listening to the amazing sounds of Dr. Jay de Soca Prince on the Redpath Stage.

Paris Fair announces 2013 entertainment line-up that includes Montgomery Gentry

2013 Paris Fair August 29 through September 2

For Immediate Release

May 21, 2013 – Paris, ON – The Paris Agricultural Society is very pleased and extremely excited to announce the main entertainment line-up for the 2013 Paris Fair taking place August 29th  through and including September 2nd.

Through the tireless efforts of the Paris Fair Program Committee, the following world class entertainers and shows will headline the 2012 Paris Fair:

Thursday August 29th, the 155th Paris Fair will open the fair at the main grandstand entertainment bowl with a ‘MONSTER TRUCK EXTRAVAGANZA”.  That’s right, the fair opens with a FULL SCALE monster truck show. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

The swashbuckling adventure The Three Musketeers starts previews at Stratford Festival

  May 23, 2013… Vowing eternal comradeship – “All for one, one for all” – the cadet D’Artagnan and his new friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis, three legendary swordsmen, embark on a whirlwind adventure in The Three Musketeers, which began previews at the Festival Theatre this past weekend.

A Schulich Children’s Plays presentation, The Three Musketeers is based on Alexandre Dumas’s classic adventure novel, adapted by Peter Raby specifically for the Festival stage. This is the fourth time this enduring family favourite has been staged at Stratford since its première in 1968.

Doors Open Orillia on this weekend



(News Release)

MAY 23, 2013-Doors Open Orillia will have many wonderful photo opportunities this weekend to share with your listeners and readers with over 25 sites to explore.

Be sure to check out the Mississaga Sidewalk Sale and Peter Street Festival in our historic downtown, where most of the festivities will take place.  You will also want to take some time to explore these other exciting sites outside the downtown core.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Stratford Festival achieves a new Guinness World Records' goal at Pinballapalooza

The Stratford Festival is officially home of one of the newest GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. One hundred “pinball wizards” took over First Canadian Place in Toronto on May 16 to successfully log the greatest number of pinball machines being played simultaneously at a single venue.

Participants synchronically launched their silver balls and played one complete game as hundreds of onlookers cheered from the sidelines. The record was made official by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator Philip Robertson.

An exciting event to celebrate the opening of the Festival’s much-anticipated rock musical, Tommy, Pinballapalooza also featured spectacular performances by Tommy cast members Robert Markus, Paul Nolan, Gabriel Antonacci and Matthew Armet.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours opens for 2013 season

They're Baaaack! Drenched Tourists, Neon Boats and Big Smiles Can Only Mean One Thing...
  
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont., – Twenty-one years after its maiden voyage on the white water of the Niagara River, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours is preparing to make a splash in 2013.

The boats have already been in the water several weeks, and started running wet and dry trips at the beginning of the month.

The Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival returns from May 30 - June 2, 2013




It's almost that time of year again...
Now entering its 11th consecutive year, the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival has established a well-earned reputation as "the place to be in the first weekend in June" and has been recognized as one of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals by Festivals and Events Ontario for the third consecutive year!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Doors Open on Toronto's waterfront, May 25, 26, features police marine unit and fire boat

William Lyon Mackenzie Fireboat (Photo credit Terry O'Neill)
TORONTODoors Open on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by The Waterfront BIA is part of the 14th Annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf Homes, produced by the City of Toronto on May 25 and 26.

New this year, tour the Toronto Police Marine Unit, and the William Lyon Mackenzie Fire Boat at the Toronto Fire and Marine Station 334.

The Toronto Harbor Commission building will be open to the public and Queen’s Quay Terminal will feature Toronto on the Water, a free exhibit of archival photographs showcasing the history of Toronto’s waterfront.  Vessels from Great Lakes Schooner Company, Jubilee Cruise Lines, Mariposa Cruises, Nautical Adventures and Toronto Brigantine will be open to the public for FREE deck tours. Visit www.waterfrontbia.com for more information.

New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale with famous quilt auction to be held on May 24, 25



(News Release)




The Relief Sale is a major fundraiser for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the development and relief agency of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches.

Every year since 1967, over 15,000 people have attended the sale to purchase scrumptious food, beautiful quilts, new sporting and outdoor equipment, furniture, flowers, plants and much more. Last year $345,000 was raised. Proceeds support basic human needs and peace and justice initiatives of MCC world-wide.

Amish country bus tours offered in Perth County

(News Release)

The Perth County Visitors Association and Cherrey Bus Lines Invites you to join us on two different tours of Amish Country!

June 21 and August 23, 2013 Tours

  • Your adventure starts at the Perth County Welcome Centre and Artisan Market
  • First stop is the unforgettable Quilt’s Galore where you will see over 100 Amish quilts
  • Next we go to the famous Anna Mae’s Restaurant to have a fantastic lunch with all the trimmings. Then, off to Millbank Family Furniture for some retail therapy!
  • Next on your agenda you will observe the making of horse harnesses at the Amish Harness Maker. This is a fascinating look at how the harnesses are made, from cutting the leather pieces to the stuffing of the harness.

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival adds Born Ruffians to free concert line-up

(News Release)
 
OTTAWA, MAY 9, 2013 Organizers of the 20th annual Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival announced today the Born Ruffians, fresh off the release of their buzz worthy new album Birthmarks, will headline the free festivities on Saturday, June 22.

Featured on the cover of Exclaim! Magazine’s current issue the Ontario based four piece comprised of Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboard) and Steven Hamelin (drums) will be making their first appearance at the festival. “We are thrilled to be able to present fans with an opportunity to enjoy a free concert from such an exciting Canadian band,” says Festival CEO John Brooman.

Snowbirds' Canadian Forces aerobatic team descends on Niagara Falls on May 29

Niagara Falls Marriott properties offer dramatic views of the iconic Canadian Air Show

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - Mark your calendars, Niagara Falls is making history yet again! The Snowbirds Demonstration Team is coming to Niagara Falls, May 29th at 6:00 PM.

The Snowbirds Demonstration Team is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public.

Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Forces.

Five camping tips from Bingemans of Kitchener to help you get the most out of the great outdoors

(News Release)

KITCHENER, Ont. – The beginning of summer in Canada means it’s time for many families to start planning their camping trips.

“Aside from hockey, camping is one of the most iconic Canadian past-times,” said Gary Moore of Bingemans. “While camping can be a relaxing vacation that helps families reconnect with one another, it’s important to properly prepare and not forget some simple but essential items.”

To help families prepare for their camping vacation this summer, Bingemans has outlined some tips to keep in mind when planning a trip to the great outdoors:

Friday, May 17, 2013

A little rock, a little country and a little comedy round out the summer at Casino Rama


Announcing the August 2013 concert line-up 

RAMA, ON (Monday, May 13, 2013) – Casino Rama is pleased to announce another month of stellar entertainment as we keep the good times rockin’ & rollin’ this summer with our August 2013 concert line-up.

Highlights include live performances by rockers Bad Company, the return of comedian Jeff Dunham with a brand new tour and country favourites Lonestar.  In addition, new concerts have been added to the previously announced summer line-up including alternative rockers The Wallflowers lead by Jakob Dylan.

Noël Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit starts previews at the Stratford Festival


May 17, 2013… A hilarious battle of wits plays out in one of Noël Coward’s most celebrated comedies, Blithe Spirit. Directed by long-time Festival favourite Brian Bedford, the gorgeously designed production started previews on Thursday, May 16, at the Avon Theatre.
Clockwise from top: Michelle Giroux, Ben Carlson, Seana McKenna, Sara Topham. Photography by Don Dixon.
Mr. Bedford, whose recent double triumph as director and star of The Importance of Being Earnest thrilled audiences first in Stratford and then on Broadway, returns for his 28th Festival season. Widely regarded as an authority on Coward’s work, he has not only directed and acted in Blithe Spirit several times, he also knew the English playwright personally.

Tall Ships return to the Redpath Waterfront Festival in Toronto



The fleet’s in, and everyone’s heading to the waterfront! 

TORONTO, (May 06, 2013)  --- You know it’s summer in Toronto when it’s time for the Redpath Waterfront Festival.  The 2013 Festival will run from June 20-23, with a variety of activities for visitors of all ages and interests.

With a four-day feast of nautical history and urban beach fun, the Festival will welcome Tall Ships® to Toronto’s waterfront. Toronto is the only port on this summer’s TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour, presented by Redpath Sugar, to host the entire fleet.

The Redpath Waterfront Festival, including the tall ships, takes over two kilometers of Toronto’s waterfront and will feature War of 1812 interactive theatre, FlyBoard demonstrations, a spectacular after-dark lights and multimedia show along with food, fun and entertainment.

Huron, Perth Waterloo and Wellington offer theatre buffs numerous entertainment options

Curtain rises on scenic theatre trips in RTO4
 
STRATFORD, Ont. —As the warmer weather gets many of us thinking of weekend getaways and summer escapes, the curtain is set to rise on a spectacular season of theatre in several scenic travel destinations in the heart of Ontario.

Whether it’s world-class Shakespeare productions, musical favourites or Monty Python’s hilarious take on the search for the Holy Grail, theatre buffs of all tastes ought to be able to find something on the playbill to keep them entertained this season in the tourism region made up of Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington.

Come to the Oxford Garden Party and reminisce with my old friends

The lazy, hazy days of summer harken us back to simpler times when garden parties were the rage.  After all, Oxford County was home to the famous Zenda Garden Party many years ago.   

On Tuesday, July the 9th  The Oxford Garden Party once again celebrates local chefs and local farmers. 

The private garden next to the water fountain at the Elm Hurst Inn is the perfect venue for this fun evening of delicious food and live music. A five course dinner featuring some of Oxford's best is intermingled with opportunities to meet the chefs who prepared the food, and the farmers who grew it.

City to host fourth annual Fiesta London! Mexican Festival

For immediate release
 
Londoners have been invited to take part
during London’s Hispanic Signature event of 2013

Fiesta London! brings the sound, culture and taste of Mexico to downtown London on Sunday, June 9th, 2013.

Join in on the fun as we celebrate a full day of fun, food, folklore, and fiesta for everyone. Fiesta London! is more than just a celebration, it is a vigorous declaration of community spirit at its best.

Fiesta London! honours culture, tradition, and family. Fiesta London! encourages individuals from all ethnic backgrounds to share in the beauty of Mexico's rich history a long with other Hispanic influences in the city.

Giant Panda countdown at the Toronto Zoo

We Are Officially 1 Day Away From The Opening Of
The Giant Panda Experience
-1-

In celebration of this historic event we are celebrating with a
Giant Panda Countdown!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Doors ready to open in Orillia, May 25 and 26



 (ORILLIA) – The City of Orillia, in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust, is excited to welcome you to Doors Open Orillia.

Doors Open is a unique event held every year from April to October, where communities across the province open the doors to hundreds of historic buildings, places of worship, museums, private homes, industrial areas, green buildings, heritage gardens and other interesting venues, some of which are rarely accessible to the public – all free of charge. 

This year’s theme, set by Ontario Heritage Trust, is “Cultural Expressions” in celebration of the relationship between heritage and the arts.

Sheraton Social Hour now featured at more than 400 hotels around the world

SHERATON RAISES A GLASS TO CELEBRATE GLOBAL ROLL-OUT OF PREMIUM WINE PROGRAM WITH 24 HOUR
“TOAST AROUND THE WORLD” 

LE CENTRE SHERATON MONTREAL AND SHERATON CENTRE TORONTO HOTELS HOLD SIGNATURE EVENTS TO CELEBRATE

MONTREAL, TORONTO - May 15, 2013 – From Asia to Europe to the Americas, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is raising a glass and betting big on its premium wine program, Sheraton Social Hour. Sheraton Hotels, in cooperation with Wine Spectator magazine today, announces the global roll-out of its signature wine program to 430 hotels around the world.

In celebration of the program’s success Sheraton, Wine Spectator and its valued wine partner Ste. Michelle Wine Estates hosted a 24-hour “Toast Around the World” at Sheraton hotels and resorts across the globe including Edinburgh, Mexico City, Bali, Bangalore, Toronto, Montreal, New York and more.

Dusty, star of Disney's Planes, to appear at the Waterloo Air Show on June 1, 2


May 15, 2013 -- The summer release of “Disney’s Planes,” the animated comedy adventure from above the world of the popular 2006 film “Cars,” has the entire aviation community buzzing. “Disney’s Planes” captures all of the thrill and excitement that flying has to offer—plus a lot of heart and humour.

For thousands of air-show attendees, the movie will jump to life with Dusty’s flying performance at select air shows across North America. Dusty will show off his talents, communicate with the crowd and be accompanied by an exclusive and uplifting Disney musical score.

Kick off summer at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville


New live show, waterfront opening and plenty of activities start Victoria Day weekend
 
HUNTSVILLE, ON, May 15, 2013 – The May long weekend is the unofficial kick-off to the summer season across Canada and what better way to spend your weekend than at Deerhurst, a Skyline Resort, your destination for all things summer in Muskoka. Starting this weekend the resort shifts into high gear as many seasonal operations open for business.  

With temperatures on the rise, this weekend guests will now be able to enjoy horseback trail rides, Hummer tours, Bionx bikes, paintball and tennis courts. Splash Passes give guests access to the waterfront with use of canoes, kayaks and life jackets. These activities join the Deerhurst Lakeside and Deerhurst Highlands golf courses as well as Treetop Trekking and hiking trails, already open. 

Tall Ships return to Georgian Bay for Wasaga Under Siege

  “A War of 1812 Experience”
     Nancy Island Historic Site
August 16th, 17th & 18th, 2013

Building on the huge success of past Wasaga under Siege events, the Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada in partnership with the Town of Wasaga Beach, Ontario Parks, Town of Collingwood and Nancy Island Historic Site look forward to hosting you once again from August 16th to the 18th.

Wasaga under Siege “A War of 1812 Experience” will once again come to life as over 300 re-enactors will take part echoing history through the streets and waters of Wasaga Beach, Collingwood and Nancy Island Historic Site.

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Don Felder added to Frampton's Guitar Circus Tour at Casino Rama

Casino Rama is thrilled to announce a very special guest will be joining the upcoming Frampton’s Guitar Circus Tour concert on June 14th: DON FELDER!

Frampton's Guitar Circus with Robert Cray and Special Guest Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles)
Friday, June 14th (9pm)
Tickets are $40/$50
To purchase: http://ow.ly/l5Qxg

St. Clair County in Michigan to host the first annual “Canadian Appreciation Day”



PORT HURON, Michigan -- Our Canadian neighbors have a significant impact on our local economy. In addition to shopping, lodging and dining, we also have several Canadian based companies providing quality jobs to our region. Canadian visitors contribute $60 million annually to our local economy helping our existing retailers and restaurants to thrive and boosting our ability to attract new business to the region.
For more details check out the Canadian Appreciation Day Facebook page here.   

Stop in at the Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 405 Water St.in Downtown Port Huron, on Monday, May 20th, between 10am and 3pm, present your valid Canadian ID and register to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. Drawing will be at 4pm that afternoon.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Doors Open Toronto launches speaker series and offers expanded programming with city-wide walking tours



Munk School for Global Affairs
(1 Devonshire Place)
Doors Open presented by Great Gulf is enhancing its offering this year, with a speaker series, expanded walking tours and increased programming at City Hall - in addition to free access to more than 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. The 14th annual weekend of events will take place Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26.

"Doors Open Toronto is a great event that has some fantastic partners in the private sector, as well as our local communities," said Mayor Rob Ford. "The commitment from Great Gulf is welcome news and they will help make Doors Open a phenomenal success again this year."

Calling all pinball wizards and Game Show fans



   One-Tank Trip for May 11/13

   (c) By Jim Fox

   The Stratford Festival will be doing Tommy and the pinball wizards proud.
   That’s when Pinballapalooza hits Toronto in conjunction with a production of the rock musical Tommy at the Avon Theatre.
   And the venerable Stage West Theatre Restaurant faces its final curtain after Game Show and Shout wrap up next month.

Tommy features Paul Nolan (centre) as Cousin Kevin and members of the Stratford Festival company. (Photo by Michael Cooper)
   Going full tilt
   The Stratford Festival is calling all “pinball wizards” to try to make history at Pinballapalooza on May 16.
   That’s when the festival seeks to set a Guinness World Record by logging “the greatest number of pinball machines being played simultaneously at a single venue,” said Ann Swerdfager, publicity director.
   There will be 100 pinball machines in the lobby of First Canadian Place (100 King St. W.) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the attempt time at 12:40 p.m.

Elvis Festival ready to rock Stage West Theatre, thank you very much

(News Release)

Elvis will be in the building (Stage West Theatre, Mississauga) for the 4th Annual Toronto Elvis Festival happening this weekend from Friday May 17 to Sunday May 19.

It’s all the fun of an Elvis Festival under one roof” at 5400 Dixie Road, Mississauga.

Forty one leading Elvis Tribute Artists from Canada, the United States and Great Britain will compete to be the 2013 Toronto Elvis Festival Grand Champion representing Toronto at the ULTIMATE ELVIS COMPETITION run by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Queensryche with Geoff Tate with special guest Sass Jordon at Casino Rama

 Casino Rama News Release

We're excited to announce that we have added Canada's own award-winning rocker SASS JORDON to the previously announced Queensryche with Geoff Tate concert on June 1st at 9pm.

Tickets are currently on-sale via TicketMaster Canada channels or in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office.

 SHOWTIME: 9 PM, DOORS OPEN: 8 PM
Tickets are $25/$35

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Counting down for the opening of the Giant Panda experience at the Toronto Zoo

In celebration of this historic event we are launching a
Giant Panda Countdown!
 
Did you know: Panda cubs are born blind and weigh only 80-220 grams at birth. That's a size of a 
stick of butter! The newborns are pink in colour, with short sparse white hair and are 1/900th the size of
 their mother. If the mother gives birth to two cubs she will only look after one of them. When two cubs are 
born in captivity keepers will help raise both cubs using a method called "twin swapping". One baby is left 
with the mother and the keepers switch the twins every few days so each one gets care and milk directly
 from the mother. Now that's teamwork!
 
Exhibit Opens May 18, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Speeding toward a summer of thrills at Canada's Wonderland, Disney Parks and the CN Tower



   One-Tank Trip for May 4/13

   (c) By Jim Fox

   It will be a summer of thrills as Canada’s Wonderland roars back to life this weekend while U.S. Disney parks will kick off the season by rocking around the clock.
   Or, hang out at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto.


 Behemoth is among the 16 roller coasters at Canada’s Wonderland.
   Coasters, thrills and dinos
   With the country’s largest collection of thrill machines, Canada’s Wonderland opens on Sunday (May 5) for the season.
   The park north of Toronto unleashed Leviathan, called Canada’s biggest and tallest roller coaster, and Dinosaurs Alive, an animatronic park, last year.
   As its 16th roller coaster, riders on Leviathan race to “breathtaking heights and speeds never experienced before” at Wonderland, said publicist Dineen Beaven.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Exciting War of 1812 legacy projects full speed ahead at Discovery Harbour

(News Release)

Discovery Harbour in Ontario plans an exceptional season in its continuing Celebration of Peace as part of the War of 1812 Anniversary, with landmark legacy projects well underway.

A key focal point is the construction of the fascinating new H.M.S.Tecumseth Centre, which is scheduled to open to the public in August.

This impressive new facility, connected to the existing North Visitor Centre, will house and protect the carefully stabilized original 1815 hull remains of H.M.S. Tecumseth, plus a new permanent exhibit on the history of the Penetanguishene Naval Establishment and its link to the War of 1812.

Stratford Festival set for a Guinness World Records achievement at Pinballapalooza


May 2, 2013… Calling all pinball wizards! The Stratford Festival invites you to be a part of history. On Thursday, May 16, the Festival will be in Toronto to host Pinballapalooza, an exciting event to celebrate the opening of its much-anticipated rock musical, Tommy.

One hundred pinball machines will fill the main lobby of First Canadian Place in an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt to log the greatest number of pinball machines being played simultaneously at a single venue.

An all-day occasion, the event will feature free game play, exclusive Tommy ticket deals through an on-site pop-up box office and spectacular live performances by Tommy cast members Robert Markus, Paul Nolan, Gabriel Antonacci and Matthew Armet.

Orillia's Summer Made Fun guide is now available


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (May 2, 2013)

ORILLIA -  The City of Orillia Parks, Recreation and Culture Department released its annual Summer Made Fun guides on Thursday to help residents and families get fit, have fun and plan their weekend activities in the area for the whole summer – all for good value.

New to the guide this summer is the culture section, found under What’s Happening, which highlights most of the events happening in the city and the area throughout the whole summer.

From summer theatre, to the Leacock literary festival or the anticipated Doors Open Orillia May 25 and 26, this guide will be invaluable throughout the entire season for residents looking for something to do.

There are a host of new and returning programs for preschoolers, children, adults, parent/child and seniors. Returning this summer is summer skating, public skates, band concerts in the park and the popular lifeguard club the Orillia Torpedoes.