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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Comedian and actor Howie Mandel returns to Casino Rama this summer


RAMA, ON – Casino Rama is pleased to announce the return of popular Canadian comedian and actor Howie Mandel this August:

Howie Mandel
Saturday, August 2
SHOWTIME: 9 PM, DOORS OPEN: 8 PM
Tickets are $40/$50/$65
 
Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years. Howie Mandel is also executive producer of many shows with his production company, ALEVY PRODUCTIONS, one of which is the TBS series Deal With It, which returned in March 2014 for a second season and is a hidden camera ambush show where unsuspecting members of the public are secretly dared to pull a prank on their unwitting companions with absolutely no time to prepare.

OLG Canada Eve fireworks at Harbourfront Centre on Monday, June 30, 2014

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Advisory: 

WHAT: 
In celebration of Canada Day and Harbourfront Centre’s 40th anniversary, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and Harbourfront Centre present OLG Canada Eve Fireworks, an extravagant 20-minute, 2-barge fireworks display, timed to music along Toronto’s central waterfront on June 30

The size and scale of this year’s extravagant OLG Canada Eve Fireworks display requires all air traffic along the Toronto harbour be suspended for the duration of the show.

Summer events in Ontario's Lake Country


Come and Celebrate

Canada Day in Ontario's Lake Country!

Check out what is planned for the month of July. As the water gets warmer, the refreshments get colder, the music gets louder, and the days get longer!
Keep your kids occupied for the drive to Ontario's Lake Country with these fun
ROAD TRIP GAMES

City of Woodstock – Canada Day celebrations – Southside Park

(News Release)
Woodstock, ON – Celebrate Canada Day 2014 at Southside Park, on July 1st.

For the fourth year, celebrations will take place in the north end of the Woodstock’s oldest and most
majestic park with a day filled with food, family fun, Lion’s Club beverage garden, gigantic
Canada Day cake and hours of FREE entertainment and the best fireworks this side of Niagara
Falls.


The day begins with the Canada Day Recreational Co-ed Slo-pitch ball tournament and starting
at 2pm the park is a buzz with activity from kiddie rides, face painting, Lions Club beverage
garden, a great variety of food items and ice cream, demonstrations and unique crafts by local
artisans.

The best of the Edinburgh Festival at Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre

JULIE MADLY DEEPLY

THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE

September 30 – October 19, 2014
 
Courtesy of Seabright Productions
Toronto – David Mirvish and Seabright Productions (Potted Potter) are delighted to present a unique double bill of award-winning shows from the Edinburgh Festival: JULIE MADLY DEEPLY and THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE. 

JULIE MADLY DEEPLY is presented in arrangement with One Eyed Man Productions.  THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE is presented in arrangement with Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Management.  Both shows will run in repertory at the Panasonic Theatre for a limited 3 week engagement.  Performances begin September 30 and play through October 19.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday June 23Tickets are available by visiting Mirvish.com, or by calling TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333 or at the box office of any of our theatres.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel enlivens downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y. with outdoor entertainment


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – The outdoor area surrounding Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in downtown Niagara Falls will have a high-energy vibe on weekends this summer.

From now through early August, "unique and renowned" street performers from Las Vegas will perform outdoors along the pedestrian bridge over Seneca Square and near the 4th St. entranceway to the casino resort.

The two acts, provided by Las Vegas–based Farrington Entertainment & Productions, are Fire Magick and Cyr Wheel Man – the former consisting of a duo team of creative fire and LED artists, and the latter consisting of a solo acrobatic act inside a spinning wheel.

The performances will alternate on the half-hours between 6 p.m. and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as between 1 and 5 p.m. on Sundays, weather permitting. A bonus day of performances will take place on Thursday, July 3. Music will play in the background as the performers entertain crowds.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Waterloo Air Show attracts two Second World War B-17s and the Canadian Snowbirds



(News Release)

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, Ontario --This year's Waterloo Air Show is very excited to have not one, but two World War Two heavy bomber B-17s attend the show.

While one will by flying in the show, the other will be on static display for guests to get up close, take tours, and speak to the crew.


These aircraft are flying museums and represent and honour those who served many years ago.

For an experience of a lifetime, both aircraft will be selling public flights for $450 US per seat. The history alone is worth the expense.

It all happens at the Region of Waterloo International Airport June 28 & 29. www.waterlooairshow.com

A summer of Elvis sightings, and Priscilla, too, around Ontario



   One-Tank Trip for June 21/14

   (c) By Jim Fox

   There will be plenty of “Elvis” sightings along with some Priscilla Presley ones as the summer music scene heats up.
   Along with 138 “tribute artists,” this year’s 20th anniversary of the Collingwood Elvis Festival from July 23 to 27 features Priscilla, who was the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s” wife from 1967 to 1973.
  Steve Michaels stars in Return to Grace, an Elvis show, at the Ed Mirvish Theatre  in Toronto.
   Even as Elvis has “left the building” for good with his death at age 42 in 1977, his aura and popularity continue unabated.
   This is partly due to Priscilla’s efforts in turning Graceland, his estate in Memphis, into a world-renowned attraction and Elvis Presley Enterprises into a highly successful entertainment, licensing and merchandising organization.
   Priscilla’s visit to Collingwood is in part to promote her new book, Shades of Elvis, with co-author Christopher Ameruoso whose photos showcase celebrities wearing Elvis’ iconic sunglasses.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Obie the Dachshund and his excellent Canadian adventure at Wienerfest

   (Photo compilation from Tourism Oxford and Wienerfest's Facebook pages)

WOODSTOCK, Ontario -- Obie, the celebrity Dachshund, was the hit of the 14th annual Wienerfest yesterday at the Embro Community Centre near here.
 
Obie wearing his gift Canadian (red maple leaf) bandana.


   Obie and his companion Nora Vanatta traveled from Portland, Oregon for his special guest appearance at the festival for the dogs (and their owners, too).

   He and Nora arrived by limousine and the red carpet was rolled out for them at the Quality Hotel & Suites. Fans showered Obie with attention and affection as he walked through the doors.




Photo by Jennifer Shaw
  

Friday, June 20, 2014

It's all happening at the Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Thursday, 2014-06-19
 
Thursday, June 26, 2014
6:00pm to 10:30pm
 
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!

Join us for a unique evening at the Toronto Zoo where you will raise your glass in support of the critically endangered rhino.
 
Tickets to this special night, only $70 each*, will include appetizers, wine tastings, a silent auction, a special Zoomobile tour to our Indian and White Rhino Exhibits as well as a Meet The Keeper Experience. We will also be holding a live auction where one lucky person will get the chance to have a one-on-one close encounter with the rhinos that evening! Proceeds from the event will support The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, located in Kenya, which protects many different species including 73 black rhinos and 61 white rhinos.

Journey and the Pointer Sisters return to Casino Rama; Sarah Brightman cancels

Announcing additions to the 2014 summer line-up at Casino Rama

RAMA, ON (Friday, June 20, 2014) – Casino Rama is pleased to announce even more hot concerts have been added to their previously released 2014 summer concert line-up with the return of  these two great acts:

The Pointer Sisters
Saturday, August 16
SHOWTIME: 9 PM, DOORS OPEN: 8 PM
Tickets are $30/$40/$55
“Jump (For My Love)”, “I’m So Excited” and “Neutron Dance”.

Journey
Tuesday, August 26
SHOWTIME: 8 PM, DOORS OPEN: 7 PM
Tickets are $70/$85/$100
“Anyway You Want It”, “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms”.
 

Canada Day sale at Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, Le Meridien, W, Element and Aloft Hotels

Book by midnight on July 1st for up to 20 percent on your
summer getaway across Canada

TORONTO, June 18, 2014 —As Canada prepares to celebrate its 147th birthday, Starwood Hotels & Resorts is getting in on the celebration by offering guests savings on stays across the country throughout the summer.

Great rates are offered at 62 participating Westin, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, W, Aloft, Le Méridien and Element hotels across Canada. This limited time offer allows travellers the chance to enjoy great savings of up to 20 percent when booking by midnight on July 1st.

The Canada Day sale is available for stays through September 1, 2014, and must be booked by 11:59 P.M. EST on July 1, 2014.   Rates vary by property, with rates starting as low as $109 per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability. 

The Salsa in Toronto Festival brings the fiesta to Blue Mountain



6th Annual Salsa at Blue Mountain
 June 20 – 22

Toronto, June 17, 2014 --- Nothing says summer like the sizzle and excitement of salsa. This weekend the Salsa in Toronto Festival brings the Fiesta to Collingwood for the 6th annual Salsa at Blue Mountain.

This multiple award-winning festival in association with the Blue Mountain Village features a free family Latin party with music, dancing, soccer, kids’ entertainment, nightlife, fireworks and more. Join the fun as one of Ontario’s hottest all-season resorts becomes a showcase of Latin life.

Recreational events lined up for Saturday in Orillia, Ontario

(News Release)

ORILLIA, Ontario -- Two exciting recreational events are slated to take place this Saturday at City of Orillia parks and facilities.

Orillia Parks, Recreation and Culture is teaming up with local organizations such as the O.P.P. Marine Unit, Lifesaving Society, Simcoe County District Health Unit and the Canadian Cancer Society for the fourth annual carnival themed Water Smart Day on June 21, 2014.


The event is designed to educate the community about drowning prevention and promote water safety in a fun atmosphere.

VIA Rail Connection — Summer travel is heating up


VIA Connection
 June 2014
Little Prices for your Little Ones. $14* Buy now. *Conditions apply.
Travelling on Saturday really pays off
Travelling on Saturday really pays off
Hitting the road this Saturday? Avoid the hassles of driving and take the train. This summer, when you travel on a Saturday, take advantage of our Economy class Escape fare starting at $25, or treat yourself to our new Business class starting at $55.*
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You're young and want to discover Canada? Go for unlimited travel.
You're young and want to discover Canada? Go for unlimited travel.
With the new Summer Pass, 12–25-year-olds can travel to anywhere in Canada or within the Québec City – Windsor corridor as many times as they like in Economy class between July 1 and August 31, 2014.*
Learn more
This summer, let your budget simmer down
This summer, let your budget simmer down
Start your vacation off the stress-free way and take the train—it’s comfortable and relaxing. Plus, our Escape fares for travel in Economy class are so affordable, you can save your spending for when you reach your destination.
Escape now
The Ocean is 110—let’s celebrate!
The Ocean is 110—let’s celebrate!
The Ocean is turning 110 and it’s the perfect time to discover it for yourself. Cross time and space over 24 hours between Montréal and Halifax and delight in spectacular scenery, cozy accommodations, delicious regional specialities, and warm Maritime hospitality.
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