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Monday, August 13, 2018

Lights, camera, action on Toronto's TIFF and movie scene

   One-Tank Trip for Aug. 11-18

    (c) By Jim Fox

   Star-struck fans don’t have to wait until next month’s celebrated film fest in Toronto – they can experience the city like a celebrity any time of the year.
   If you enjoy the movies, celebrity and entertainment news, we have some unique experiences just for you,” says Irene Knight of Tourism Toronto.
   There is no question that Toronto “is for film lovers,” she adds as the city has connections to some of this year’s best films.
The Toronto festival attracts about 500,000 people for hundreds of film showings. (Tourism Toronto – Connie Tsang)
   Guillermo del Toro’s the Shape of Water was filmed in the city and took home top honours at the Golden Globes and Oscars.
   The film’s producer, J. Miles Dale is Toronto-based and shares the Best Picture nomination with del Toro.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bingemans celebrates 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo

Raise your Steins this October

KITCHENER, Ont. — Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls and grab your Tyrolean hats. Oktoberfest is back.
As the biggest Bavarian festival this side of Munich, Oktoberfest is a beloved autumn tradition in Kitchener — and Bingemans has been a part of the experience since 1968. Home to the largest festhalle, Kool Haus, Bingemans is looking to outdo themselves once again for the 2018 celebrations.

“Over the years we’ve been listening to what our guests want and are aiming to provide the best experience for everyone,” says Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans. “This includes making our tents bigger, adding another tent and expanding our beer selections. We’re really excited about this year’s Oktoberfest events.”
Here are some tips to help make the best of your Oktoberfest experience:
·         Learn how to prost
A big part of Oktoberfest is beer and steins (or cans) will be full throughout the event. As they did last year, Bingemans will be featuring local craft breweries along with traditional German beer. Waterloo Brewing, Canada’s first craft brewer, will be serving their beers, including a special 50th anniversary Festbier. Two craft breweries will be chosen from eight possibilities through an online vote and will be the feature craft brews at the events. But it wouldn’t be a true Oktoberfest event without German beer. Guests will have the opportunity to try Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner brews as well.

Parry Sound Is open for business this summer tourism season; forest fires far north

Wildfire affecting Northern Ontario is nowhere near the coastal town or surrounding villages
PARRY SOUND, Ont. (August 7, 2018) – The “Parry Sound 33” wildfire that is burning in Northern Ontario is approximately 75 kilometres from the Town of Parry Sound and surrounding villages, posing no danger to tourists wanting to visit this charming spot on beautiful Georgian Bay, say local tourism officials.
Tourism operators in the Parry Sound area with a short selling season are eager to counter detrimental media coverage that has caused confusion for travelers about where the fire actually is, and to let the world know they are open for business, says James Murphy, executive director of Explorers’ Edge, the regional tourism organization.
“The fire named “Parry Sound 33” actually refers to a northern part of the greater Parry Sound District riding and is used by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) officials to denote an MNRF zone,” says Murphy.

Pan American Food and Music Festival returns to Toronto, Aug. 25-26, 2018

The Pan American Food and Music Festival 2018 Details:
August 25th and 26th, 2018
Yonge-Dundas Square

Women in Food Panel, Sunday, August 26th, 1:00 pm
Pan American Light Parade, Saturday, August 25th, 9:30 pm
Arepa Eating Contest, Saturday, August 25th, 4:00 pm
Caliente y Picante Food Competition, Saturday, August 25th, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Seafood Fantasia Food Competition, Sunday, August 26th, 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Toronto for Film Lovers or "How to Experience Toronto like a Celebrity (any time of the year)"

(News Release from Tourism Toronto)

TORONTO -- Some of this year’s best films have numerous Toronto connections.  Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water was filmed in the city and took home top honours at the Golden Globes and Oscars. The film’s producer, J Miles Dale is a Toronto-based producer who shares the Best Picture nomination with del Toro. 

Toronto is also home to visual FX studio Mr. X, that has credits on an impressive list of awards favourites including Mother!, Girls Trip, Mudbound, and Molly’s Game.

Other Toronto connections include Toronto native Christopher Plummer (nominated for best supporting actor in All the Money in the World) and Oscar nominated Animated Short The Breadwinner (Toronto actor Saara Chaudry voiced the lead character and Andrew Rosen, whose production company Aircraft Pictures is based in Toronto were the co-producers).
If you enjoy the movies, celebrity and entertainment news – here are some unique Toronto experiences just for you:

Who's afraid of a little arachnid?; Go bioblitzing in Ontario Parks

   One-Tank Trip for Aug. 4-18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   It’s a summer of creepy crawlers and learning all about them.
   Most people fear arachnids with their fangs, venom and predatory traits but who’s afraid of a little old spider?
All is told about the fascinating world of spiders at the ROM.
   Learn how to calm your fears – even with some 800 spider species in Ontario alone – at an exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto.
   Then head out into the woods to get down and dirty with critters for “Summer Bioblitzes” at Ontario Parks.
   “Spiders: Fear and Fascination” is the name of the “astonishing exhibition” of more than 400 living, breathing and preserved arachnids at the ROM.

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition is coming to the Stratford Festival

(Media Release)

STRATFORD, ON --Be sure to tune in to CTV Tuesday, July 31 (2018), at 8 p.m. ET, when The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition visits the Stratford Festival!

This season, Canada’s most-watched summer series celebrates everyday Canadian heroes. Tune in to watch these amazing racers get challenged Shakespeare style!

“We are thrilled to have these incredible Canadians race their way through the beautiful city of Stratford, where they will find themselves centre-stage,” says Stratford Festival Executive Director Anita Gaffney.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Set sail with pirates in Toronto Harbour; Queen rules at Medieval Times for first time

   One-Tank Trip for July 28-18

  (c) By Jim Fox

   Shiver me timbers, pirates have been sighted on the Great Lakes.
   And what’s more, across town for the first time in 34 years, a queen is sole ruler of Medieval Times.
   Catch the fun with Pirate Life’s “journey of a lifetime” setting sail in Toronto harbour on Lake Ontario in search of sunken treasure.
A young member of the pirate crew keeps a lookout.
   Here’s a chance to join the pirate crew on board the 45-foot Island Rogue “for an experience like no other,” said Matt Slaman, show director.
   Passengers take a one-hour sailing filled with theatrical performances and interactive situations.
   Before boarding, the motley crew receives pirate names, face-painted tattoos and activities to prepare for the bold journey.
   Travellers are encouraged to dress in their finest pirate attire or access the crew’s costume collection.
   This theatrical and interactive voyage incorporates crew members specializing in acting, performing and music.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Breaking news: Creedence Clearwater Revisited show postponed at Casino Rama Resort tonight

Originally scheduled for July 26, rescheduled for March 9, 2019

Rama, ON (Thursday, July 26, 2018) - Casino Rama Resort regrets to announce that by artist request the Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert originally scheduled for today, Thursday, July 26 at 8PM, has been postponed until Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 8PM.

Due to unforeseen transportation issues beyond their control, the band is unable to make it to tonight’s show.

The casino and the artist apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause and the band looks forward to performing at Casino Rama Resort in the New Year.

Ticket holders may retain their original (July 26) concert tickets which will be honoured for the new March 9 performance date or they may seek a refund.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The pipes, clans are calling for the Fergus gathering; Elora Festival, Riverfest Elora nearby

   One-Tank Trip for July 21-18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Aye lads, lassies and the wee ones, there’s a gathering of the clans and everyone’s invited.
   The pipes are calling for a taste of bonnie Scotland at the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games from Aug. 10 to 12.
   Taking place at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex (550 Belsyde Ave. E.), this community northwest of Guelph has deep roots to Scotland.
You’re never too young to lead a pipe band at the Fergus festival.
   “Celebrating local Scottish heritage, the festival has developed a large and loyal audience who return year after year to enjoy heavy events’ competition, dancing, piping, clans, interactive family fun and community involvement,” said publicist Stephen Murdoch.
   That’s not all with summer festivals nearby – the Elora Festival and Riverfest Elora – drawing crowds to this scenic enclave.
   The Fergus-Elora festivals feature “very different types of entertainment” in the neighbouring towns on the Grand River.

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.