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Monday, July 16, 2018

Get outdoors at Ontario Parks; Free admission on July 20 (2018)

Celebrate Healthy Parks, Healthy People with free day-use at all provincial parks in Ontario on July 20 (2018). Research shows that spending time in nature is good for your physical, mental, and social well-being. Experience the health benefits of hiking and paddling, and take part in events.
Take the 30x30 challenge during the month of August. Participants will reconnect with nature and improve health by spending 30 minutes a day outside for 30 days. Document your journey online with #30x30Challenge.
David Archibald Concert Series
Singer-songwriter David Archibald is performing a province-wide, 30-park concert tour this summer. David is performing five new songs that he has written in celebration of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, including, “The Happiest Camper in Ontario.”

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A weekend of classy vintage automobiles at the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance

   One-Tank Trip for July 14-18

   (c) By Jim Fox

They don’t make them like this anymore.

   Spectators agree as they step back in time at Concours d’Elegance shows displaying rarely seen vintage and classic automobiles.

   Two Canadian shows highlight these classy chassis – the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance near Owen Sound and the Crescent Beach Concours in British Columbia.

   These are more than just cars – they are works of art and history,” said Rob McLeese, founder and chair of the Cobble Beach event on Sept. 16.
Rarely seen automobiles will make an appearance at the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance near Owen Sound.
   Beautiful and rarely seen automobiles will herald in a new tradition of distinction and elegance on the shores of Georgian Bay,” he added.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Stand-up paddleboarders lay wreath over wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior

Group has already raised $12,650 with the new goal of $20,000 for the
Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

 Media Release from: Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications

Traverse City, MI – July 10, 2018 – At 8:46 a.m. today, three young men, Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy, departed on a trip which has never been done—to paddleboard across Lake Superior, the largest, coldest, and most dangerous of the Great Lakes.

“The new goal of this trip is to raise more than $20,000 for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society,” says Morris, age 31, and a teacher in the Elk Rapids School District. He and the two other paddle boarders are co-founders of Stand Up for Great Lakes, a non-profit organization set up to protect the Great Lakes and educate others about our freshwater resources.

At twelve hours and 28 miles into their 61+ mile paddle the men laid a wreath at the same spot the
Edmund Fitzgerald sank more than 42 years ago. The bio-degradable wreath had 29 white carnations representing the members of the crew that went down in a terrible storm November 10, 1975 and one single carnation representing all who were lost on the great lakes. The story of the ship’s fate was made famous by the Gordon Lightfoot song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” (The wreath was donated by Co-Ed Flowers & Gifts in Sault Ste. Marie, MI)

The men were invited to a special ceremony in November of 2017 honoring the members of that ship and all sailors who’ve lost their lives on the Great Lakes. Lorenz, Morris and Guy were each asked to ring the magnificent brass bell salvaged from the wreck site in their memory.

Elora Festival, Riverfest Elora and Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games set to draw crowds


Summer festivals shine spotlight on Elora and Fergus 

ELORA, Ont. (July 9, 2018) –  Three festivals with very different types of entertainment will draw thousands of visitors to one of Southwest Ontario’s most scenic destinations this summer.
Beautiful Elora and Fergus — two distinct, neighbouring towns on the spectacular Grand River and less than a 90-minute drive from the GTA — will serve as the backdrop for Elora Festival, Riverfest Elora and the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games in July and August.
Highland Dance events highlight the Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Elora Festival, July 13-29, 2018
The internationally renowned Elora Festival returns for its 39th season from July 13-29, 2018, delivering a star-packed line-up of 25 performances over three weeks by some of the best vocal, choral and chamber music artists in the world. The festival, which takes place in three intimate venues in the picturesque heritage town of Elora, typically draws an overall audience of 8,000 music lovers.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Wicked announces lottery for $25 seats at the Ed Mirvish Theatre

(News Release)

       A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of seats will be held for WICKED, which has returning to the Ed Mirvish Theatre with performances through Aug. 5, 2018.
Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Ed Mirvish Theatrebox office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only.  This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person.  Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.  

The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, WICKEDtells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in.  Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made WICKED one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Ho, ho, ho land is Santa's Village summer playground; classic boat show; steamboats a' comin'

   One-Tank Trip for June 30/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Ever wondered where Santa spends his off season with Mrs. Claus?
   Like many Ontarians, he heads to his cottage at the appropriately named Santa’s Village in Bracebridge.
   The “jolly gent” is rather laid back at this time of year enjoying the cooling breezes away from the North Pole.
   He spends his days welcoming families and talking with kids about their “want lists” as the Christmas countdown clock is into the 170+ days.
Kids gather around Santa at his village in Bracebridge.
   Muskoka’s theme park is aimed at younger children and set in an “Enchanted Forest” located halfway between the equator and the North Pole on the 45th parallel.
   On the banks of the Muskoka River and set amongst fragrant pine trees, it’s been Santa’s seasonal domain for 63 years.
   This ho-ho-ho land of themed rides and attractions was established in 1955 as a tourist destination by a group of Bracebridge residents.
   Along with Santa visits, there are Christmas-themed riverboat and train rides, a rollercoaster, petting farm, splash pad, paddleboats and lots of food and picnic tables.
Taking a cruise on Santa’s Summer Sleigh on the Muskoka River is lots of fun.
   There’s also Sportsland geared to older kids with pay-as-you-play activities, including batting cages, immersive soccer and bowling games, a go-kart course, laser tag, mini-golf, a bungee trampoline and an arcade pavilion.
   One of the newer attractions is Muskoka Zip Lines and Aerial Park while overnight facilities include a campground and cabins. Details: santasvillage.ca; (705) 645-2512

   Just add water
   Boats and water mean summer fun in Muskoka, the land of 1,600 lakes, and historic wooden craft and steamboats.
   Check out these coveted vessels up close at the Antique and Classic Boat Society of Toronto’s annual Vintage Boat Show at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst on July 7.
Crowds gets a closer look at classic Muskoka wooden boats in Gravenhurst.
   This is a free event with the theme “Keeping the Passion Alive – A Salute to the Heritage Boat Shops.”
   There will be more than 100 antique boats and modern high-powered watercraft on view and in the water.
   For kids there’s card board boat building at 1 p.m. where participants can then paddle their creations in the bay, along with painting model boats throughout the day.
   Organizers say the “eclectic display” of vehicles from 1906 to the mid-50s will include Amphicars on land and in the water, classic sports cars, pickup trucks and many vintage automobiles.
   A fashion show takes place at 2 p.m. at the Lions Pavilion featuring clothing from Muskoka Bay Clothing and Muskoka Discovery Centre. More information: acbs.ca; (416) 299-3311

   Steamboats a’comin’
   American humorist and social observer Mark Twain said it best and would be pleased to have seen all the watercraft dating back 152 years on the Muskoka lakes.
   Still taking passengers on voyages on these blue-black waters is a “modern interpretation” of Muskoka first steamship, Wenonah, from 1866, named Wenonah II, circa 2002.
The Segwun and Wenonah II are still working the Muskoka lakes. (Jim Fox photo)  
    Joining her for sailings is the 131-year-old refurbished RMS Segwun, North America’s oldest operating mail steamship, said John Miller, president of the Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre.
   The milestone sailing event that’s older than Canada paved the way for the early settlement of Muskoka and the beginning of the lucrative tourism industry in the region, he added.
   This year’s sailing season from Gravenhurst continues to Oct. 14 with sightseeing cruises along with themed and children’s special events.
   Each summer, Segwun attracts thousands of tourists enabling passengers to see the beauty of Muskoka as it should be seen – by water – as she proudly plies the Muskoka Lakes representing the elegance, style and heritage of our past,” Miller said. Find out more at: realmuskoka.com/steamships; 1-866-687-6667


Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
For more One-Tank Trips: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca

Friday, June 29, 2018

Pirate Life sets sail for another summer of adventures in Toronto Harbour

(News Release)

Toronto pirate journey returns with departures between now and October

TORONTO, Ont. (June 18, 2018) – Get ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime, as your ship sets sail from the Toronto harbour this summer. 

Pirate Life Adventure, Cruise, Theatre is back for another summer of exciting voyages and quests to discover sunken treasure.

This adventure cruise takes its passengers on a 1.5-hour trip through the waters of Toronto with theatrical performances and interactive situations along the way. From May to October every year, families and groups can enjoy an afternoon on the Island Rogue while getting to experience life as a pirate.  

“The Pirate Life crew is thrilled to set sail this year for another summer of adventures at sea,” says Matt Slaman, Director of Pirate Life. “Every year we welcome thousands of pirates on board the Island Rogue for an experience like no other.” 

Closing weekend at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival; More than 50 free performances (2018

Friday, June 29

Herbie Hancock
8:00pm | Sony Centre
A visionary and architect in the post-bop sound, his passion for innovation and creativity remain unparalleled

Heather Bambrick & Friends with Russ Little Quartet feat. Melissa Stylianou
7:30pm | Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill
A festival within the Festival showcasing a lineup of some of Canada's best-loved jazz luminaries

Dave Young Quartet
8pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

Ghost Note
10pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar


The Jazz Musician Intensive: Concert Promotion & Presentation Clinic
10:30am | Heliconian Hall
Co-lead by Sergio Elmir and Jennifer Nichols, this clinic covers self-presenting; the basic of concert booking / promotion; and new approaches to concert presentation. Mark Micklethwaite facilitates

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Summer has arrived at Ontario Parks (2018)

(News Release)

Go fishing at Ontario Parks
Come celebrate Family Fishing Week at Ontario Parks. Canadian residents are able to fish without a license from June 30 to July 8. There is no better time to introduce family and friends to fishing. Cast a line, and join the festivities.
Learn to Fish has opened its ninth location at Balsam Lake Provincial Park. Learn to Fish introduces kids, teens, and adults to fishing through engaging 2-hour sessions. Participants are supplied with licenses for the day, fishing rods, safety equipment, bait, tackle, and an instructor.
New telescope at Killarney Provincial Park
Ontario Parks is excited to announce the arrival of a new 16” research grade telescope at Killarney Provincial Park. The telescope allows expert and amateur astronomers to study the science and beauty of the night skies. Visitors are invited to experience the new telescope, and take part in astronomy programming at parks across the province.

Most Canadians to spend more this year for summer vacations: CPA survey

Summer Spending Balancing Act
(News Release)

Toronto, June 28 2018 – A new survey conducted for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) finds more than half (56 per cent) of respondents plan to spend more this summer compared to the same season last year.

Taking into consideration household spending, 30 per cent of those surveyed say their expenditures will increase between $500 to under $2,000 this summer compared to 2017. 

Meantime, 45 per cent say they have less money this year compared to the same time last year after paying for their monthly household essentials.

Other key findings of the survey comparing summer 2018 with the previous year:
·  62 per cent are spending more on transportation fuel costs. 
·  50 per cent are paying more for food. 
·  37 per cent are spending more on home energy costs.  

Heritage Music Festival with Old Time Fiddle Championships features "spectacular lineup" in Shelburne, Ontario

News Release

Shelburne Rotary Club www.HeritageMusicFestival.ca 

 Spectacular Heritage Music Festival Lineup for 2018!

The Heritage Music Festival, featuring the 68th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship, will take place August 8-12, 2018 in Shelburne, Ontario.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features a variety of entertainers, including The Trews and the Beckett Family, as well as Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for thousands of dollars in prizes.

Community events include camping, Bands and Brews at the Fiddle Park, a pork bbq, a giant fiddle parade, an open air market, and non-denominational church service.

The Trews with The Pop Machine

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Toe tapping summer music concerts hit the right note

   One-Tank Trip for June 23/18
   (c) By Jim Fox

   The hills are alive with the sound of music in “cottage country” and beyond.
   From big annual music festivals to summertime favourite haunts and hoe downs in a country barn, there are plenty of options.

   Boys of summer
   California’s Beach Boys embody the fun of summer as they return to Casino Rama Resort, near Orillia, on July 20.
    The touring group, headed by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, brings “Good Vibrations” and summer tunes to “Lake Country.”
   Headlining the Canada Day Weekend on June 29 and 30 is Canadian rocker Burton Cummings, Bryan Adams, July 4, Sarah McLachlan, July 5, Donny and Marie, July 12, 13, and Reba, July 27, 28. casinorama.com