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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sip and savour at Ontario wineries and Winemakers Dinner

   One-Tank Trip for Aug. 25/12

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Once again, we’re all over the map with tips about “one-tank trips” around Southern Ontario.
   Fine wine, food and fun are on the agenda on this road trip.
Ripened grapes on the vine in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (Photo by Barbara Fox)
   Sip and savour
   Here’s a tasty treat for a trip through the wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
   The new Winemakers’ Selections Tasting Pass will help to make a wine aficionado out of anyone.
   For $28, it provides for tastings of a featured VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine at each of the 28 members of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Freshly picked grapes are ready for processing into a VQA wine at Chateau des Charmes. (Photo by Jim Fox)
    Visiting all those wineries on one trip is “a tall order,” said Sherri Lockwood, winery group chair, who notes the tasting pass can be used virtually anytime throughout the year.
   The program is designed to “encourage our guests to slow down, take their time and savour the carefully selected terroir wines” over multiple trips to wine country, she added.
Visitors helping with the harvesting of grapes in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (Jim Fox photo)
    Member wineries are: Cattail Creek, Chateau des Charmes, Colaner, Coyote’s Run, Diamond, Hinterbrook, Ice House, Inniskillin, Jackson Triggs, Joseph’s, Konzelmann, Lailey, Maleta, Marynissen, Niagara College, Palatine Hills, Peller Estates, Pillitteri, PondView, Ravine, Reif, Riverview, Southbrook, Stonechurch, Stratus, Strewn, Sunnybrook Farm and Trius at Hillebrand.
    Passes are available at www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com; (905) 468-1950 and the wineries.

Duran Duran cancel remaining dates of their two year world tour


Including shows scheduled for this Friday, August 31st & Saturday, September 1st 
at Casino Rama

RAMA, ON (August 29, 2012) – Casino Rama regrets to announce that the Duran 
Duran concerts scheduled for this Friday, August 31st & Saturday, September 1st 
have been cancelled as keyboardist Nick Rhodes is too unwell to perform.

Following the loss of four shows already this week (in Pittsburgh, Atlantic 
City, Kettering and Chicago), the band members announced Tuesday night that they 
would sadly have to cancel the remaining two Canadian dates as well.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson performs at Caesars Windsor on Nov. 18

News Release

For immediate release: August 21, 2012

Windsor, ON
– Caesars Windsor is proud to present Roger Hodgson on the Colosseum Stage at 8 pm on Sunday, November 18, 2012.

The legendary and original voice of Supertramp, Hodgson is recognized as one of the most gifted songwriters of our time.

The composer of such classic hits as “The Logical Song,” “Take the Long Way Home,” and “Breakfast in America,” his music has touched the hearts of audiences around the world for over three generations.

Canadian National Exhibition Association’s annual Horse Show returns


Toronto, ON – The Canadian National Exhibition Association’s (CNEA) annual Horse Show continues August 25 thru 26 in the Exhibition Place’s Ricoh Coliseum and Horse Palace.

Highlights include the Ontario Hackney Show, Light Horse, Jumper, Heavy Horse and Miniature Horse competitions. The Horse Show will also include the popular CNE HorseCapades, a fun-filled introduction to the world of horses for kids and families. Events are free with admission during the fair.

All aboard the Credit Valley Explorer


Autumn is rapidly approaching and Credit Valley Explorer has some upcoming tours we would like to let you know about such as the Sunday Brunch and Autumn Scenic outings.

Sunday Brunch Tours - September 23 & October 21
You'll be welcomed aboard with a glass of mimosa, then enjoy a casual four course Sunday brunch,freshly prepared by Chef Wade Plewes as you travel through the Forks of the Credit and Hills of Headwaters. Our most popular tour!

Isley Brothers concert for Aug. 24 cancelled at Casino Rama


 RAMA, ON (August 21, 2012) – Casino Rama regrets to announce that The Isley Brothers concert, featuring Ronald & Ernie Isley, scheduled for this Friday, August 24th at 9pm has been cancelled due to scheduling issues and all tickets will be refunded.

Tickets purchased for this performance date by credit card, whether in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office, or over the phone or online via TicketMaster, will be automatically refunded. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

"Gourmet" fare and foodie treats at the CNE

News Release

Canadian National Exhibition Food – New Vendors to the Food Building, a Food Truck Frenzy, World-Class Chefs and the return of Fair Food Favourites

What: The CNE plays host to the flavours of the world and offers unique and tasty delights for everyone from the seasoned fair goer to the culinary curious.

New attractions, exhibits, performers at this year's Canadian National Exhibition

News Release

(Toronto, ON) – The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) offers new attractions, exhibits and a wide range of performers for its 2012 line-up in Toronto.

Staying true to the Fair’s roots, the CNE has maintained its long-standing traditions such as the Ambassador
of the Fairs competition and PeeWee Baseball Tournament, which are in their 41st and 56th years respectively. The CNE is also proud to announce new initiatives and ventures this 2012season.

TELUS TAIWANfest (August 24-26) at Harbourfront Centre

Journey through art, music, food and discover a Taiwan you never knew existed

TORONTO, ON -- Discover the culture and vibrancy of contemporary Taiwan at Harbourfront Centre’s TELUS TAIWANfest, from Aug. 24– to 26, co-produced by Asian-Canadian Special Events Association.

The festival presents a multi-generational and multidisciplinary journey through Taiwanese art, music, food and film, designed to stimulate conversation and promote cross-cultural understanding.

Fine fare at the Oxford County Fair in Woodstock from Aug. 23-26

News Release

Woodstock, ON – The Woodstock Fair at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, Aug. 23rd – 26th is celebrating its 176th anniversary.

“The volunteers have been brainstorming to bring something new to the fair this year.” stated fair board member Elizabeth Burrill.

“Highlights this year include the RAM Rodeo on Thursday and Friday night in front of the grandstand and a performance by the “Canadian Cowgirls” who have been invited to appear at the Tournament of Roses Parade, Jan 1, 2013 in Pasadena, California.

Food and wine tasting evening at the Elm Hurst Inn to be held on Aug. 23

News Release

Woodstock, ON – The Ingersoll District Chamber of Commerce and the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa are presenting a Food & Wine Tasting Event on August 23rd at the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa.

Ann Campbell said “Attendees have considered this event to be the social event of the year, where they come and re-connect with friends and acquaintances they haven’t seen in a while."

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fortune Cooking Festival Sept. 16 at Harbourfront Centre

Celebrate the tastes, sights and sounds of Asia

TORONTO, ON (Aug. 16, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce our celebration of Pan-Asian food and culture.

The Fortune Cooking Festival presented by CIBC highlights the amazing array of culinary traditions and trends that encompass the Asian continent, and gives audiences a taste of the culture that surrounds them.

The Fortune Cooking Festival, held on Sunday, Sept. 16, builds on the flavours of the Vietnamese Lantern Festival, which will be held the day before.

Canadian National Exhibition Bandshell performers line-up

News Release

What: The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) has something for everyone in 2012 at the
Toronto Star Bandshell including pop superstars, legendary jazz players, rock bands, soul
groups and more. A full list of performers can be seen below. All performances will be held in
Bandshell Park.