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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Great eats! Come and get 'em

   One-Tank Trip for April 15/17

    (c) By Jim Fox

   Discovering food sensations and local dining favourites are a big part of day-tripping.
   We get some help finding these favs from Festivals & Events Ontario that has selected this year’s mouth-watering top events to “delight your taste buds.”
   “Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights,” said FEO’s Nichole Fogarty, who offers these food fest highlights.
Some of the two tonnes of fresh berries at the LaSalle Strawberry Festival.
   - Streetsville Founders Day Bread & Honey Festival, June 2 to 4, in Mississauga.
   This fun-filled family fest features a big parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, two stages of live entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, children’s inflatables, crafts and souvenirs. breadandhoney.ca
   - Lasalle Strawberry Festival, June 8 to 11, in this Greater Windsor community.
   The fest features a carnival, fireworks, pageants, a parade, live entertainment, vendors and juicy local strawberries. lasalle.ca
   - Jerkfest, Aug. 11 to 13, in Etobicoke (Toronto).
Tacos anyone? Spicy treats are at Jerkfest in Toronto.
   Experience tantalizing tastes, mysterious flavours and captivating aromas of spicy chicken, pork, beef, lamb, seafood and vegetables. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and prizes. jerkfestival.ca

Guelph Arts Council announces Doors Open 2017 sites

(News Release)

Guelph, ONDoors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites.

Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases and celebrates Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our great resources, businesses, and creative spaces.

The 2017 event will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am to 4 pm. Site details are posted at guelpharts.ca/doors-open-guelph#thisyearsevent, and listed below.

On average, Doors Open Guelph attracts 6,000 people to its sites each year, 25-50% of whom are visitors to the city.

Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Foundation province-wide initiative that was also launched in 2002 to celebrate community heritage. Doors Open Guelph has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario, opening the province-wide initiative for several years.

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

2017 Site Listing

Five ways to celebrate Earth Day at Ontario Parks

(News Release)

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2017). After a long winter, spring is a season of celebration at Ontario Parks. Forests are a rainbow of green. Wildflowers carpet park woods. Songbirds are back.
Sunset at Bass Lake after the ice 'went out' or in. (Jim Fox photo)
Creatures bear young and lake ice has all but disappeared. It's an exciting time to reconnect with nature. Opening dates for seasonal parks vary, so be sure to check park operating dates before you go at https://www.ontarioparks.com/operatingdates/2017.

Here are five fun ways to celebrate Mother Earth this spring: 

1.  Take your kids on a kid-friendly hike
Matt Cunliffe, an Ontario Parks naturalist, has written a post for the Parks Blog that shows you how to get your kids interested in the magical sights, sounds and smells of the season. http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/5-kid-friendly-signs-of-spring/

Sunday, April 9, 2017

'Springlicious' starts Monday at Blue Mountain Village

(News Release)

Springlicious is back!

Find $25 prix fixe menus at 15 restaurants, plus retail offers, spa specials, accommodation packages and weekend dining specials at participating locations. 

Toronto Zoo's African penguin chicks hatched -- Easter weekend just became more "egg-citing"

For Video of the African Penguin Chicks!

TORONTO, APRIL 7, 2017 - We are proud to announce the successful hatching of four African penguin chicks at the Toronto Zoo! The yet to be named chicks can be seen in their Indoor Viewing Area beginning Good Friday, April 14, 2017 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm daily.*

The first two chicks were laid by a new pair, Thandiwe and Matata, who were recommended to breed by the Species Survival Plan (SSP). Although the new pair bonded very quickly, they didn’t do well at incubating their eggs.
Toronto Zoo photo

Their first egg was laid on January 5, 2017 and the Keeper team swiftly intervened and swapped the egg to be raised by surrogate parents Ziggy and DJ, who have been great penguin parents in the past.

The second egg was laid by Thandiwe a few days later on January 8, 2017 and Keepers were initially delighted to see her sitting on the egg very tightly, however she had to sit on the egg for seven days in a row. In the wild, penguin parents trade off egg-sitting duties as they both need to hunt and drink for themselves, however, Matata was a first-time parent and did not participate in sitting on the egg. As a result, the second egg was also given to surrogates, proven parents Shaker and Flap.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Drop us a line at the Orillia Perch Festival

   One-Tank Trip for April 8/17

    (c) By Jim Fox

   Go fish!
   Orillia’s the place where they’ve even melted the ice at the great fishing spot, the Narrows connecting Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.
   The perch are waiting as the waters warm and they’ll be quick to take the bait.
   If the fishers are lucky, they’ll pull in one of 70 tagged perch worth $500 each during the Orillia Perch Festival from April 22 to May 13.
Boats and anglers jam the Narrows for the Orillia Perch Festival.
   There are also thousands of dollars in daily, weekly and grand prize draws including five tagged fish worth $1,000 each, three of them a Bonus Jackpot perch from Casino Rama, in this live-release program.
   The Fishermen’s Dream Grand Prize is a Lund fishing boat with 50-horsepower Mercury motor and trailer sponsored by Gordon Bay Marine.
   Children’s Grand Prizes include $1,000, $700 and $300 shopping sprees.
   This is one of Canada’s largest registered fishing derbies and marks its 37th year.
   “The Orillia Perch Festival attracts anglers of all ages,” said director Doug Bunker.
   Those kicking off the fishing season at the festival are in for a good time.
Kerri-Anne Jeffels of Orillia holds her tagged perch worth $500 from the Bayside Restaurant.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It's that sweet time of year again to Tap Into Maple in Ontario’s Lake Country

 (News Release)
ORILLIA -- We invite you to get out and discover the sweetest route in Ontario this spring. Pick-up your brochure, print your coupons and experience all things maple on the Tap into Maple route in Ontario's Lake Country and the Heart of Georgian Bay.

With some mild weather and cool nights, the local maple syrup producers are busy with the sap flowing in this sweet time of year.

With snowshoes providing solid footing, Tom Shaw was traipsing through his Oro-Medonte Township acreage, drilling metal spigots into the 4,000 maple trees that will produce about 160,000 litres of sap – that magnificent watery liquid needed to create mouth-watering maple syrup.

“We have been tapping trees in this forest since 1904 and many of those original trees are still producing liquid gold today,” said Shaw. “We have multiple generations of customers who come out to visit us each year … because we offer a family atmosphere where you can experience a tradition that is unique to this part of the world.”

Stratford Tourism's Spring Maple Trail Adventure celebrates the season

(News Release)

(Stratford, ON) The anticipation of Canada’s delicious iconic maple syrup is palpable as the first sign of spring. To celebrate, Stratford Tourism Alliance presents the Savour Stratford Maple Trail adventure. This self-guided tasting tour offers 22 unique maple tastings for a tasty culinary experience that continues this month (April 2017).

The 2017 seasonal Savour Stratford Maple Trail was launched with a tasting of a maple bacon poutine at Downie Street Burgers. Maple syrup is Canada’s first crop of the season and is most often thought of as a sweet treat, but Downie Street Burgers has used it in this delicious savoury dish and it is featured on the maple trail.

“The Maple Trail presents 22 maple inspired offers, the most offers available ever on this trail and so fitting in Canada’s 150th year of celebration. This year six restaurants present maple syrup in exciting savoury and sweet creations. Trail participants will enjoy the variety of choices, but it is only available until the end of April, so don’t miss out on our taste of spring.” says Cathy Rehberg, marketing manager for Stratford Tourism Alliance. 

Eat & Drink Norfolk for a taste treat

(News Release)

 April 3rd, 2017 Simcoe – The Norfolk County Agricultural Society is excited to announce that “Eat & Drink Norfolk” is back for its eighth consecutive year.

Dates for this year’s event are Thursday, April 6th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, April 7th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and open again on Saturday April 8th from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.

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

"We are so excited to receive this provincial designation. Our success is a reflection of the high 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 a truly amazing event” states Zorad.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

All in the Avon River for the annual wiggle waddle swan walk in Stratford

   One-Tank Trip for April 1-17
   (c) By Jim Fox

   It’s time for the annual wiggle waddle walk in Stratford.
   All the world’s a stage in this “Festival City” as 20 celebrated swans, cooped up for the winter in a cozy barn, waddle their way tomorrow (April 2) to the Avon River.
   With much pomp and circumstance, they’ll be accompanied by pipers and watched by thousands of revellers, many of whom are adorned in swan hats and regalia.
Stratford’s famous swans make the wiggle waddle to the Avon River. (Terry Manzo, Stratford Tourism Alliance)
   “The parade is really eccentric, a massive hoot – perhaps honk – and deserves to be experienced,” said Helen Lovekin of Ontario Tourism.
   “Local restaurants and merchants also get in stride with a competition for the best swan flora arrangement. In a town that loves drama, this is a dashing spring celebration,” she added.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Life is better at the cottage: Don't miss the Spring Cottage Life Show to see why

   One-Tank Trip for March 25-17

   (c) By Jim Fox
There’s something about “cottaging” that gets into your blood and you just can’t shake it.
   Take it from a veteran cottager whose grandfather bought an isolated property on Raven Lake, near Coboconk, and built a modest cabin years ago.
   Life would never be the same, as it is a rite of passage for so many Canadians.
   Your kids, grandkids and family pets will thank you for keeping the tradition and memories alive – with all the enjoyable hard work and bankroll.
   The days of roughing it are long gone with no electricity (coal-oil lamps and stoves instead), a block of ice in the so-called fridge and a well to manually pump drinking water.
   Now it’s four-season escapes with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, central heating and air-conditioning, washers, dryers, dishwashers and all the comforts of home.
Dogs have as much fun as their human companions at the cottage. (Jim Fox photo)
   Before heading off to the lake, stream or river to a cottage, cabin, bunkie, trailer or motor home, there’s an easy primer by attending the Spring Cottage Life Show to see if you’re up to the ownership challenge.
   This harbinger of summer and ritual for Ontarians preparing to open their seasonal retreats runs from March 31to April 2 at the International Centre (6900 Airport Rd. at Derry Road) in Mississauga.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tap into spring with Ontario's sweet treat -- maple syrup

   One-Tank Trip for March 18-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   How sweet it is!
   They’re tapping into spring with the running of the sap to make Canada’s iconic maple syrup.
   Visit a sugar shack where sap is collected from maple trees and boiled into syrup, and tour a sugar bush to learn about the making of this sweet treat.
Tom Shaw shows the traditional method of tapping maple trees using a hand drill on his Orillia-area farm. (Jim Fox photo)
   It’s all possible at the 53rd Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on April 1, the world’s largest single-day fest of its kind that attracts 70,000 people in one day.
   Come early and hungry to this community north of Kitchener-Waterloo for a pancake and sausage breakfast served from 7 a.m.
   Some 15,000 servings of flapjacks, smothered in 750 litres of syrup, are devoured.
   There are trips to the sugar bush, a pancake-flipping contest, dog show, petting zoo and toys, quilts, crafts, antiques and collectibles, along with great food including maple syrup toffee.
   Children can enjoy midway and pony rides, inflatables and musical performances.
Yum. Come and get ’em – flapjacks smothered in maple syrup. (Ontario Tourism)

The Small Glories in concert with special guest Sarah Jane Scouten March 24 at Stratford’s Revival House

(News Release)

Cara Luft & JD Edwards create a sound that is definitely all their own

Stratford, ON (March 8, 2017)  The Small Glories, a dynamic folk duo from Winnipeg, take to the stage at Stratford’s Revival House at 8:00 pm on March 24, 2017. The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, whose voices beautifully blend, creating a sound unique and definitely all their own. The concert is presented by String Bone Presents!
The Small Glories

Veteran artists Luft and Edwards, who enjoy substantial solo reputations, continue to blossom as a union, while building a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity and visceral performances. Luft is a Juno Award winner and a founding member of the hugely successful trio The Wailin’ Jennys. She has earned a solid reputation as an exciting live performer, as well as an accomplished guitarist and claw-hammer banjo player. The JD Edwards Band performs gritty, invigorating country rock music with strong blues and soul influences. Edwards’ voice ranges from gentle and melodic to fierce and powerful, leaving listeners wanting more. As a result of their combined talents, Luft and Edwards perform and sing together like they have been doing it for years. Additionally, both of them are insightfully honest songwriters.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Inquisitive kids really "dig" digiPlaySpace

   One-Tank Trip for March 4/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Using language that perhaps only kids will understand, young minds can learn to code, control robots, paint with light, travel through space and visit Canada’s National Parks through high-tech experiences.
   This world where users control a robotic arm that mimics human movement, interact with the solar system and space across a circle of 28 iPads, and paint with light while the environment around them begins to glow is known as digiPlaySpace.
Visitors to digiPlaySpace can learn all about robots, programming and basic electronics to create their own inventions. (Photo by Little Robot Friends)
   This is the sixth international exhibition of its kind that runs now through April 23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.
   Don’t be shy: It’s where interactive art, design and activities from acclaimed Canadian and international artists “highlight the power of creative technology for kids and those young at heart.”
   TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film, and its projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival, Lightbox featuring five cinemas, major exhibitions and learning and entertainment facilities.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Disney On Ice warms winter; LEGO Batman in Toronto, Metro Detroit

   One-Tank Trip for Feb. 25-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   An all-new Disney On Ice show glides into London and Toronto next month featuring Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out and Finding Dorey.

   Then, join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four timeless worlds in the fun-filled Disney On Ice show Passport to Adventure in Hamilton.
   Dory and friends glide into London for Disney On Ice’s Follow Your Heart. (Feld Entertainment photos)

   The action-packed adventure Follow Your Heart takes to the ice at London’s Budweiser Gardens from March 2 to 5 and at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, March 15 to 19.

   This live production produced by Feld Entertainment is an ice-skating extravaganza featuring Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen and other stories.

   Publicist Beth Merrick says the story swims with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the meaning of family.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Art action comes alive for fourth annual Railway City Arts Crawl in St. Thomas, Ontario

(News Release)

City-wide arts celebration sees increase in number of participating artists and host venues
St. Thomas, ON: The Railway City Arts Crawl is back for its 4th straight year.
The popular winter celebration of local arts and culture invites people to explore venues throughout St. Thomas and meet talented local artists engaging in the creative process.
A free Arts Crawl passport is available at participating venues and helps arts crawlers locate the venues and artists they'd like to explore over the two-day event on February 24th and 25th.
A snapshot from the 2016 Crawl at Railway City Brewing Company.
Arts Crawl Coordinator Megan Pickersgill says there are more artists participating and more interactive projects this year.
“There's an ice sculpture in the making at the Elgin County Railway Museum”, said Pickersgill. “Watch a train emerge out of ice while you are surrounded by the big trains of the past”.

Toronto Zoo goes wild through Family Day

Open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily*
Bring your family to meet ours this Family Day weekend! Meet Canada’s only giant panda cubs, 
Jia Yueyue and Jia Panpan, enjoy over 10 km of walking trails and explore five indoor tropical pavilions. 
Plus, stop by and wish our male Indian rhino calf, Nandu, a Happy First Birthday – he turned one year old
on Friday, February 17th!  And don’t forget about attending one of the Zoo’s daily animal keeper 
talks, schedule here.

Kids and adults will have the opportunity to connect with wildlife conservation by visiting our BIG and SMALL interactive Interpretive Stations at Polar Bears, African Rainforest and Indo-Malaya Pavilion. Check out our schedule and drop by to learn about how we at the Toronto Zoo are working hard to save and protect animals from around the world.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Everything's coming up . . .

   One-Tank Trip for Feb. 18-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Everything’s coming up roses and you name it while savouring an early taste of spring at area garden shows.
   The Canadian Shield Rose will debut as “flower of the year” at Canada Blooms in Toronto to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.
A piano with water coming flowing was designed by Richard’s Lawn and Garden in Stratford. (Doug Bingham photos)
   A much-anticipated show is the Stratford Garden Festival from March 2 to 5 and there’s the upcoming Orchid Society show at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
   “Earthly Delights” is the theme of Stratford’s fest at the Rotary Complex, presented by the Lung Association and sponsored by Pro Resp.
   “Welcome spring, savour the scent of fresh mulch, take in the colour of blooming flowers and revel in the earthly delights,” said Deedee Herman, lung association area manager.
   Highlights include numerous gardens that “showcase the talent and creativity of area landscapers and offer inspiration for the gardening season ahead.”
There are lots of colourful flowers at the Stratford Garden Festival.
   Visitors will discover ideas to apply to their own gardens.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Peller Estates launches Barrel Cellar Dinner Series

(News Release)
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario --Visitors to Peller Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake can now enjoy the ultimate wine country experience in a brand new series that takes guests on a wine and culinary adventure with exquisite tasting menus created by Executive Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons in the stunning Peller Estates Barrel Cellar.  

Each dinner in the series has a unique theme that treats guests to a pre-dinner reception, cooking demo or wine seminar before they are whisked away into one of Niagara’s most memorable underground barrel cellars (surrounded by 300 wine barrels) for a four-course dinner perfectly paired with Peller Estates VQA wines. 

“We set out to create a dining experience that truly captures the flavours Niagara has to offer in an unforgettable setting.  As a proud member of Feast Ontario, it’s always been our philosophy to create seasonal menus using ingredients from Canadian farmers and producers.

Pairing each dish with one of our premium VQA wines and serving dinner in the Barrel Cellar creates an atmosphere that engages all five senses”, explains Winery Executive Chef Jason Parsons. “It definitely provides an exciting dining opportunity for both visitors and Niagara locals by celebrating everything our region is known for”, he adds.

Explore the magical northern landscape this Family Day at HarbourKIDS: North

Harbourfront Centre celebrates the northern winter landscape with HarbourKIDS: North. Featuring free family activities, discover, examine and explore the mighty expanse of the North and its ever-changing terrain while considering conservation and respect for the environment.

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, M5J 2G8

February 20, 2017 (11am-5pm)


Blue Mountain Village has lots happening on Family Day Weekend 2017

There’s no better way to spend Family Day Weekend than at Blue Mountain Village!  Gather the family for a weekend of skiing and entertainment.  Head off on a FAMILY CHANNEL Scavenger Hunt, try maple taffy on snow, join a DJ party in the heart of the Village, or check out one of the free activities below:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New concerts at Casino Rama: Bill Engvall, Reza, Riverdance, Umverto Tozzi in May 2017

Great Entertainment Headlines at Casino Rama Resort
New concerts added to the spring 2017 event line-up at the Great Indoors

RAMA, ON (Monday, February 13th, 2017) - Casino Rama Resort is one of Ontario’s premier entertainment destinations offering world-class concerts & events year round in our award-winning Entertainment Centre. The just released additions to the 2017 concert line-up includes performances by:   

Bill Engvall
Saturday, May 6
Tickets are $39.82/$48.67/$57.52
This popular Southern comedian is a celebrated actor, Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and a member of the now legendary Blue Collar Comedy team #HeresYourSign

Edge of Illusion Tour
Friday, May 12
Saturday, May 13
Tickets are $23.89/$32.74/$46.02
Hailed by critics as the Nation's Top Touring Illusionist, Reza has sold out venues across North America, entertaining millions.  He has been profiled/featured on television and radio in 31 countries around the world.

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau announces five new participants in the D Discount Pass program

(News Release)
 DETROIT – The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) is excited to announce five new participating attractions to The D Discount Pass, a downloadable pass designed to save visitors money on admission to metro Detroit attractions.
New participants include:
·         The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield, 20 percent off admission
·         Automotive Hall of Fame, 20 percent off admission
·         Detroit Institute of Arts, 20 percent off admission
·         United Shore Professional Baseball League, 20 percent off admission
·         Wheelhouse Detroit, half off two-hour rental
“Since the program’s inception in 2014, more than 24,000 tourists and locals have utilized The D Discount Pass,” said Larry Alexander, DMCVB President and CEO.
“We’re thrilled to have a variety of new participants on board this year. We appreciate their contribution to this free program that saves metro Detroit visitors money.”

Detroit's iconic Buddy's Pizza to open 12th location in Ann Arbor

   (c) By Jim Fox

   ANN ARBOR, Michigan --Buddy’s Pizza, home of the original Detroit-style square pizza, will be opening in Ann Arbor by “late summer.”

    In the 71st year since the introduction of the “Original Sicilian Style Square Pizza,” Buddy’s will expand to 12 outlets throughout Metro Detroit with the opening in Ann Arbor.

   It will be located in the Pittsfield Place development on Ann Arbor-Saline Road.

Buddy’s continues to pile up awards and accolades and is regularly named one of the top pizzas in Detroit, Michigan and the United States.
   The chain opened its first location at the corner of Six Mile Road and Conant Street in Detroit in 1946.

   Offering traditional Sicilian-style square pizza, made-from-scratch soup, celebrated antipasto salad and more, the family owned restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients and original family recipes.
The Hawaiian pizza (top) and Detroit Zoo pie at the Dearborn location. (Barbara Fox photo)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Winter warriors take to the ice, snow and Kidapalooza Family Festival in Markham

   One-Tank Trip for Feb. 11-17

   By Jim Fox

   Attention winter warriors, let’s brrrrrrr-ing it on.
   The Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association (The Heart of Ontario) has just the activities that should be of interest.
   Don’t hibernate when you can be a “winter warrior,” not a winter wimp, said Maria Fortunato, executive director.
An icy pursuit on Ancaster’s frozen Tiffany Falls. (Hamilton Halton Brant photos)
   “If time truly does fly when you’re having fun, it will be spring before you know it with these great options for outdoor adventures,” she added.
    Climb a frozen waterfall
   Local outfitter One Axe Pursuits gears up participants and offers instructions on hacking your way up Ancaster’s frozen Tiffany Falls and the Elora Gorge.
   Armed with an ice axe, courses are offered at both locations (weather permitting).
   “It is an especially empowering feeling to reach the top of a frozen waterfall,” organizers said, adding: “No one said ice climbing is easy, but who wanted easy anyway?”

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Juno Award Nominee Alysha Brilla of Kitchener in concert February 24 at Stratford’s Revival House

Stratford worth a winter visit

Stratford, ON (February 6, 2017)  String Bone Presents! critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer Alysha Brilla in concert February 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm at Stratford’s Revival House. Opening the show will be Juno-nominated Andrew McPherson (Eccodeck). Prior to the concert Stratford’s Deejay Edward Bear (aka Shane Hartman) will be spinning some groovy beats.

Alysha Brilla's route to success has taken her from southwestern Ontario through to Los Angeles and the Juno Awards. Her music reflects the diversity of her upbringing.

Born in Mississauga to an Indo-Tanzanian immigrant father and a European-Canadian mother, Alysha regularly performs in Toronto and lives in Kitchener, a town where she feels comfortable in and where there is a plethora of interesting musicians to jam with.

A graduate of Humber College's jazz program, Alysha Brilla plays guitar, piano and djembe.
Vocally, she dabbles in Amy Winehouse retro soul-jazz with moments of calypso, rumba and acoustic balladry. Her
new music draws on the influences of her unique ethnic background. An ancestral journey to her father’s homeland in 2015 delivered inspiration for ten new songs which blend Indian and East African sounds with a contemporary aesthetic.

Chelsea Hotel makes it easier to stay longer in Toronto

(News Release)

TORONTO – Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, is having a winter sale and you won’t want to miss it.

Guests staying for one night will save 15%. Those wishing to stay two or more nights will enjoy a savings of 20%. Savings are based on the best rate of the day and subject to availability.

When you stay at Chelsea Hotel, downtown Toronto is in your backyard. Whether you’re a lover of theatre, art, sports, shopping or the culinary scene, Chelsea knows Toronto .

Chris de Burgh’s ‘A Better World’ tour headed to Casino Rama Resort

(News Release)

RAMA, ON - Casino Rama Resort is excited to announce the addition of popular performer Chris de Burgh to the fall concert line-up at one of Ontario’s premier entertainment destinations.

As part of a 16-city Canadian tour de Burgh will make his Entertainment Centre debut on Friday, October 6th 2017, at 9 p.m. performing his greatest hits and live cuts from his brand new album, A Better World.

Fans can expect to hear a selection of some of Chris de Burgh’s greatest hit songs from an international career that spans over 30 years as well as some selections from his latest album, including the single “Bethlehem”, which is a reminder of what a great rocker he is at heart.

Monster Jam lets loose in London, Ontario Feb. 11 and 12 (2017)

London Lineup Features 8 Trucks including Grave Digger, Northern Nightmare
Plus 2 Father/Daughter Drivers

LONDON, ON – January 30, 2017 – Monster Jam fans get ready for a battle at Budweiser Gardens this February!  Feld Motor Sports® has announced three massive Monster Jam shows in London: February 11 at 1pm & 7pm and February 12th at 1pm. Monster Jam is the most action-packed live event on four wheels where world-class drivers compete in front of capacity crowds in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions.

Celebrating 25 years of adrenaline-charged family entertainment, Monster Jam combines spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road, motorsport competition. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $20*. Tickets are on sale now and are available at Budweiser Gardens Box Office, www.budweisergardens.com, or by calling (866) 455-2849.

Final weekend to say goodbye to the Toronto Zoo's White Lion Cubs

Toronto Zoo has confirmed our white lion cubs, Hank, Harrison, Oliver, and Gus, will be travelling
after this weekend to their new home at Parc Safari, Quebec. Parc Safari will offer these lions the
opportunity to form their own pride, and this is the next step in behavioural development for
these young lions.


The lions will be outside daily during the Lion Keeper Talk at 1:30pm* in the African Savanna, 
now through Sunday February 12th, 2017 so if you are planning a last visit, you’re best to stop 
by during this time to ensure a sighting.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Cool outings to Ontario Parks

   One-Tank Trip for Feb. 4-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   For a cool getaway, numerous Ontario Parks are open for winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
   At this time of year, the air is crisp and invigorating and the forest is hushed in the 19 provincial parks that offer more than 450 kilometres of trails.
   Half of all trails are groomed or track set and many include warm-up shelters and washrooms.
   In all, there are 26 provincial parks open during the winter with services and facilities ranging from day use to front and back country camping and roofed accommodation.
A gaggle of cross-country skiers for the Sleeping Giant Loppet on March 4. (Ontario Parks photos)
   Some of the parks also offer equipment rentals and skating.
   Ontario Parks provides the following examples of the wintry fun:

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Awe-inspiring adventure awaits at digiPlaySpace

Learn to code, control robots, paint with light, travel through space and visit Canada’s National Parks through high-tech experiences at TIFF Bell Lightbox

TORONTO —  Imagine a world where users control a robotic arm that mimics human movement, interact with the solar system and space across a circle of 28 iPads, and paint with light while the environment around them begins to glow. 

This is the world of digiPlaySpace, where interactive art, design, and activities from acclaimed Canadian and international artists highlight the power of creative technology for kids and those young at heart. Opening just in time for Family Day, the sixth digiPlaySpace exhibition runs for an extended nine weeks at TIFF Bell Lightbox, from February 18 to April 23, 2017.

“When the winter months have everyone staying indoors, digiPlaySpace is an action-packed technology playground that keeps our bodies and minds active,” said Elizabeth Muskala, Director, Youth Learning and TIFF Kids. “Moving from one installation to the next, visitors will be able to play with and learn from a diverse array of new media experiences staged in a fun and entertaining environment.”

“digiPlaySpace will inspire and teach kids—and adults—about future technologies and unlock their creative potential,” added Matt Nish-Lapidus, Co-Curator, digiPlaySpace. “Coding teaches logic and problem solving skills, and helps to succeed in an increasingly digital world. At digiPlaySpace, you’ll get hands-on experience with robots, programming, and basic electronics so you can start creating your own amazing inventions.”