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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Go buggy at the Outdoor Butterfly and Bug Hunt Weekend at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario --Go buggy at the Outdoor Butterfly and Bug Hunt Weekend (July 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory.
   Visitors join nature interpreters on the hunt in the wildflower meadow that’s home to thousands of tiny critters.
The Golden Birdwing butterfly rests on a tropical plant at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. (Jim Fox photo)
    There’s an insect scavenger hunt, with a net and collection jar provided, and examining and identifying the specimens, face painting, crafts and seminars. 

Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 13, 2019

"Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love" rocks on for Elvis fans at festivals, stage shows

   One-Tank Trip for July 13/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   This could be called the summer of Elvis as there will be numerous sightings of what appears to be the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” around southern Ontario.
   Keep a watch for multiple Elvi’s in Collingwood and Tweed at festivals in his honour.
   Even as Elvis “left the building” for good with his death at age 42 in 1977, his aura and popularity continue unabated.
   There are shows around the world and even an all-Elvis channel on Sirius-XM satellite radio.
   Fans from around the world show up daily to visit Graceland, his mansion in Memphis.
Visitors arrive daily to pay respects to Elvis at his grave site at the Graceland estate in Memphis. (Photo by Jim Fox)
   In Niagara Falls, Steve Michaels (Kabakos), of Milton who sings, moves, grooves and bears an uncanny resemblance to the king appears in concert from Sept. 5 to 15 at Fallsview Casino Resort.
   There’s a really big show in Collingwood with more than 100 Elvis “tribute artists” for this year’s 25th anniversary from July 26 to 28.
   Fans are still wondering if this will be the last Elvis fest there and are saying to the town council “Don’t be Cruel” and pull the plug.
   There’s new hope now even after councillors withdrew their support starting next year due to rising costs and administrative concerns.
   The town is considering turning it over to a suitable sponsor as a “facilitator” with council’s oversight.
Elvis tribute artists will be rocking and rolling at the annual Collingwood festival. (Photo by Dave West)
    Thousands of fans jam downtown streets and stages throughout town for what is recognized as the world’s largest annual gathering of Elvis tribute artists.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Scenic Elora and Fergus are hits on Instagram

   One-Tank Trip for July 6/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   In years gone by, family and friends would gather around a slide projector to experience the latest holiday trip.
   Aside from trying to look interested, problems would crop up such as slides upside down and backwards, jamming and even the projector light bulb burning out in mid-trip.
   Instagram has changed all that as the photo and video-sharing social networking service highlights trip photos including who was there and, yes, showing what everyone was eating – at all meals.
Popular for adventurers, the Elora Gorge is one of the most spectacular natural areas in the Grand River Valley.
    “Scrolling through Instagram, people often find themselves stricken with a serious case of wanderlust,” said publicist Stephen Murdoch of Enterprise Canada.
   They dream of trekking to exotic destinations around the globe as “travel influencers and enthusiasts are constantly capturing mesmerizing shots and sharing captivating candids sure to make their followers jealous,” he added.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The puppets are coming to Stratford, July 2019

 (News Release)

 STRATFORD – Stratford can expect sightings of unique creatures soon.

Puppets of every shape, size and colour hit the streets for the second annual PuppetWorks! mini-fest (July 12-14, 2019) brought to Stratford by SpringWorks Festivals. 

Market Square and City Hall will be the main venues for the festival, with shows for children, families and adults. You may also get pleasantly surprised by an impromptu puppet appearance or busking performance around the downtown.

Six different puppet troupes and three strolling street performance troupes comprise the puppet excitement ready to hit the Festival City.

“Les chasseurs de rêves”  of Simon Rioux- Les Oiseaux

“Puppets speak an international language, even when they are saying nothing at all,” says SpringWorks Artistic Director, Eileen Smith. “There is something about the art of puppetry that can communicate so well the spectrum of human stories, be they sad, dramatic, funny or whimsical.”

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Just add water for summer fun in Ontario's Lake Country

   One-Tank Trip for June 29/19

     (c) By Jim Fox

   There’s an oasis of tranquility that’s a four-season playground away from the hustle and bustle just a little more than an hour north of Toronto.
   They call it Ontario’s Lake Country, the region north of Barrie, that’s one of the province’s most picturesque spots.
   Its major metropolis is Orillia, population 33,000 not counting seasonal residents, on the shores of Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and the Trent Severn Waterway.
Cisco keeps a watch as another day ends at Bass Lake. (Jim Fox photo)
    This makes for some of the best boating, paddling, swimming, fishing and water sports, along with activities such as trail riding, mountain biking, hiking, skiing and snowmobiling.
   Orillia hasn’t lost its small-town charm as the downtown streets are lined with one-of-a-kind restaurants, cafes, shops and amenities.

Guelph Arts Council announces summer exhibitions at 10C Shared Space

Guelph, ON June 27, 2019 Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce four summertime exhibitions in the street-level community gallery at 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street.

Three feature work by local emerging and newcomer artists, and the fourth celebrates the work of Art on the Street 2019 award winners.

Guelph Arts Council is grateful for support for its Making Art, Making Change project from The Guelph Community Foundation – Musagetes Fund. The project will continue in November and December 2019.

First up is After the Fires, in which emerging artist Anne Munroe uses photography to reflect on the devastation of forest fires in Williams Lake, BC. Anne’s project involved visits and interviews with affected community members. Anne is a photographer and painter, a senior Studio Art student at the University of Guelph, and a participant in the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project. The exhibition runs from July 3 – 15. Please join us for an opening reception with the artist on Wednesday, July 3 from 5 – 7 pm.

How to plan the ultimate family road trip

(Provided by Hyunda Canada publicity)

With summer fast approaching, many Canadian families are gearing up for some fun upcoming road trips. While road trips are filled with fun for all involved, planning a smooth sailing trip can sometimes feel like a bit of a bumpy ride.
Before buckling everyone into the car, parents need to organize themselves with the ultimate family road trip checklist.

Not only will this combat parental road trip anxiety, but it’ll ensure they get to their chosen destinations while limiting the amount of “ARE WE THERE YET?” heard from the back seats. Things to think about for your next family road trip include:

World cultures gather for summer fun at TD Sunfest '19 in London, Ontario

Find your summer vibe – hot dancing shoes and cool Sunfest Cerveza beer are a must! – during the landmark 25th edition of Canada’s Premier Celebration of World Cultures.  Voted one of the best overseas music festivals by the UK’s prestigious Songlines Magazine, as well as a TOP 100 event by Festivals & Events Ontario, TD Sunfest'19 is ready to transfigure London’s beautiful Victoria Park into a culturally diverse jewel where, for four days, 40 outstanding world music & jazz groups from all corners of the planet – Brazil to Reunion Island – will entertain on five stages.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

It's all happening this summer, adventures and more, in Ontario's Lake Country

(Provided by Ontario's Lake Country) Summer 2019)

A summer filled with fun and adventure is guaranteed in Ontario’s Lake Country north of Barrie

Orillia Events and Festivals
Summer Block Party July 27 - A downtown summer street festival like no other! Showcasing a fusion of art, fun interactive activities, music, food, kid zones, sizzling sales & giveaways.

Pirate Party – Aug 31 – Sept 1 - Join us at the Port of Orillia on the Labour Day Weekend for this fun-filled annual event, featuring live music, entertainment and a treasure hunt through Downtown Orillia. Prizes awarded for the Best Pirate Boat and Best Pirate Crew! Landlubbers in pirate garb expected!

Mariposa Folk Festival - Check out Showcase winning acts, spoken word performances & kids’ activities. For more than 50 years, Mariposa has been presenting world class creators and performers of folk, roots, blues, gospel, acoustic and world music traditions in a beautiful, family-friendly setting. Orillia’s largest festival is once again featuring the Downtown Stage & Story Stage!

Plenty of fun things are happening this upcoming Canada Day weekend at Casino Rama near Orillia, Ontario

   (News Release)

   Burton Cummings and Band plays Friday, June 28 & Saturday, June 29.
   Get there early on Friday as radio’s 104.1 The Dock will be joining us to kick off the long weekend with some pre-show fun and prizes.
   Both nights, one lucky audience member could win a chance to meet Burton Cummings.
   Check out the late-night all-you-can-eat Canadian themed snack bar for only $16.95 at Firestarter Lounge or grab a pint and listen to more live music with Dan Clancy performing in the Simcoe Yard House.
    On July 1st, we are running a Canada Day Hot Seat. You could win $1,000. From 2p.m. to 8 p.m., we’re giving away $1,000 within every 15 minutes and there EW free Canada Day t-shirts up for grabs.
   Complimentary cupcakes will be served at 12 noon on July 1st while quantities last.
   For more information on concerts and more, go to https://www.casinorama.com/Live
   From Natasha Borutski, Public Relations Specialist| Casino Rama Resort 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tall ships 'a comin' to Toronto Harbour on Canada Day weekend; other Canadian and U.S. ports

   One-Tank Trip for June 22/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Ahoy matey, ready for a “mari-good time?”
   The tall ships are ‘a comin’ to the Great Lakes this summer.
   They’ll drop anchor on the Canada Day weekend, June 29 to July 1, for the Redpath Waterfront Festival on Toronto’s waterfront.
The return of the Bluenose II will be a highlight of the Redpath Waterfront Festival in Toronto.
    Along with a weekend of mostly free entertainment, there’s a chance for visitors to jump on board (with tickets) the fleet of 12 vessels some of which offer evening sailings.
   They’ll be participating in the Tall Ships Challenge Race Series, visiting ports in Canada and the United States.
   Among the highlights will be a visit by Bluenose II, Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, available for tours on deck, after a 10-year absence from Toronto.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Oh Canada, It’s Alive and the Puslinch Lake Home Tour make fun day trips

   One-Tank Trip for June 15/19
   (c) By Jim Fox

   Get ready for a big dose of “pure Canadiana” at a dinner show in Niagara Falls that’s been given a makeover in time for Canada Day.
   Oh Canada Eh? marks its 25th anniversary as an interactive theatre experience that celebrates the Great White North, said publicist Courtney De Caire.
   The songs, actors, production, rustic log cabin theatre – even the structure of the show itself – are pure Canadiana,” she added.
There’s lots of singing and dancing in the O Canada Eh? show.
    Featuring music from post Second World War to modern pop, Oh Canada Eh? tells a story about our culture and psyche and highlights the country’s special sense of humour.
   This includes singing Mounties, lumberjacks, Anne of Green Gables and a hockey player paying tribute to about 50 songs by 30 Canadian recording artists.
   With some 6,000 performances under its belt and entertaining 1.2-million people, Canadiana Productions Inc. calls this season a “showstopper.”