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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Canadians can save big on air travel


Insider Travel Secrets Revealed

September 9, 2013 (Las Vegas, NV) -- The secret is out: Canadians can save big money on air travel by flying out of the closest US airport with Allegiant Air.

Offering prices up to 72% less than leading Canadian airline prices, Allegiant is the choice airline for Canadians wishing to spend their hard-earned dollars at their destination, rather than on transportation. Allegiant flies to sunny Hawaii, Las Vegas and several California and Florida destinations.

"Low prices are a short drive away for Canadians who want a nonstop flight to sunshine," said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Co. President.

"Travelers who shop around will find substantial savings when flying with Allegiant, as well as great deals on hotels, rental cars and attractions."

All Hallows Eve ghost tours return to Old Fort Erie

   All Hallows Eve Ghost Tours at Old Fort Erie. (Tourism Ontario)
Niagara Falls, ON – Experience the traditions of Halloween, 1812-style, brought to life through the ghosts of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. Staff at The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Old Fort Erie are busily preparing the final details for these memorable tours, which will take place October 19, 25 and 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m., each evening.

A fun and frightening evening is promised for visitors to the old stone fort, ending with refreshments and the annual burning of a Guy Fawkes effigy.

Everything to do with Sex show and hotel packages in Toronto

(News Release)

TORONTO -- You don’t have to go far to enjoy all you will learn and see at Toronto’s Everything To Do With Sex Show — with romance in the air and excitement building, it’s the perfect evening for couples to spend a night in a hotel and indulge in their fantasies.

The Everything To Do With Sex Show has partnered with the Toronto Centre InterContinental Hotel to offer an intimate evening of romance, providing everything you will need to turn a lovely date into a night you will be speaking about in excited whispers over breakfast the next morning.

The Romance Package includes a one-night stay in a newly-renovated room at the InterContinental, a bottle of sparkling wine, two chocolate-dipped strawberries, a $30 voucher for use at the hotel’s spa, valet parking and two weekend passes to the Everything To Do With Sex Show.

Vivid palette of colours across Ontario marks the arrival of fall

   One-Tank Trip for Sept. 28/13

   (c) By Jim Fox

   With the onset of fall, Ontario’s forests are taking on a vivid palette of colours that are more slowly progressing this year.
   The display of vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and golds are putting on an extended show due to ideal weather conditions with lots of sunshine.
The colourful autumn landscape at Killarney Provincial Park. (Ontario Parks)
   This makes the “pockets of colour brighter and showier against the lush green countryside,” say the “colour experts” at Ontario Tourism.
   It’s an amazing transformation that occurs in just 14 per cent of the world’s forests, says forestry ecologist Charles Nock of the Universite du Quebec at Montreal.
   Forests famous for their colours include southern Ontario and Quebec, Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, northeastern United States, Japan and Korea.

   Let the show begin
   Colour has advanced the most in Algonquin Park at 80-89 per cent, according to Ontario Parks’ midweek update.
   It is also vibrant through the higher areas of north Haliburton and Muskoka and in the Parry Sound district with 40-60 per cent change, Ontario Tourism reports.
A palette of colours on the forest floor at Bass Lake Provincial Park. (Jim Fox photo)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fifth retreat brings “Fierce Fall Fitness” to the great Canadian outdoors

BARRIE, ONTARIO, September 25, 2013Horseshoe, a Skyline Resort and FIT CHICKS are teaming up for the fifth instalment in their fitness series. “Fierce Fall Fitness” is a jam-packed weekend for chicks of all fitness levels, focusing on health, yoga, nutrition, wellness, adventure and fun in the great outdoors. 

The weekend retreat takes place November 8-10 and includes two nights’ accommodation and parking at the recently renovated Inn at Horseshoe, meals and a custom-designed FIT CHICK itinerary, to get you into a ‘fit’ frame of mind for the fall.

What's all happening down at the Toronto Zoo?

Kids, 12 and Under, Receive FREE* Admission on Weekends and School Holidays!
Until Monday, October 14, 2013
CLICK HERE for the full Press Release.

*Kids, 12 and under, must be accompanied by an adult. NOT valid for school groups.
The first two weekends in October
October 5, 6, 12, 13 & 14
10:00am- 4:00 pm
Crisp fall air, vibrant colours and fun for all ages; the Toronto Zoo is the place to be this October! We are celebrating the changing of the season with a new fall event with interactive and themed activities, educational programs, tours, keeper talks and enrichment programs with the animals. There is something for everyone in your family including Fall Foliage Tours, Photography-The Zoo and You-sessions, Preparing Your Garden For Winter and Tundra Trek Tours.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Red Panda Exhibit, Eurasia
11:00am to 4:00pm
Learn all about these amazing and endangered creatures and meet our red panda family! Don't miss a special meet-the-keeper talk plus enrichment feeding at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and bid on fun prizes in a panda-themed silent auction. All proceeds support the Red Panda Network, an organization committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat.
Toronto Zoo elephants are leaving
Public viewing 12:30-1:30 pm & 3:00-6:00 pm daily through Thanksgiving*
The Toronto Zoo has been advised by the PAWS Sanctuary that pending receipt of final permits, the elephants will be leaving the Zoo after the Thanksgiving weekend.
The Zoo invites the public to see the elephants before they leave and during this time, the Toronto Zoo is offering free admission* for children 12 and under on weekends and school holidays (must be accompanied by an adult and does not apply to school groups). CLICK HERE for the full press release.
*Times are approximate

Spilling the beans on sex and coffee


Study Also Finds Global Travellers Would Rather Say
“Au Revoir” to Sex, Alcohol or Social Media than Coffee for One Year

Le Méridien to Add More Than 100 Master Baristas at Hotels around the World
as Part of Initiative to Meet Growing Coffee Culture Demands

NEW YORK – September 26, 2013 – Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts today revealed the results of a newly commissioned survey on global coffee and travel habits as the Paris-born brand begins to roll-out Master Baristas at its hotels and resorts worldwide by end of year.

The Le Méridien survey, conducted in advance of International Coffee Day on September 29, found that coffee surpasses sex as the ideal wake-up call according to more than half (53%) of the global respondents.

The study also established that coffee drinkers are addicted to this morning ritual as 54% of respondents make their morning brew right at home and an overwhelming 78% would rather give up alcohol, social media or sex with their spouse for a year rather than forfeit coffee – proving that a bean buzz remains the ultimate high.

ROM presents North American premiere of 49th annual competition of world’s best wildlife photographers

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

 (Toronto, Ontario – September 26, 2013)  The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents the Canadian debut of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) exhibition, which, in the United Kingdom, is one of the Natural History Museum’s (NHM)  most successful and longest-running exhibitions.

Based on a photography competition originating 49 years ago, the exhibition is displayed in the ROM’s Level 3, Centre Block, from November 23, 2013 to March 23, 2014.  BBC Worldwide and the NHM have partnered to create this internationally recognized competition, celebrating nature and wildlife through the most prestigious and surprising photography of its kind. 

Busy weekend in store for Orillia Culture Days

Orillia is currently ranked 12th in the province out of 179 communities for the most Culture Days activities scheduled for this coming weekend.

With approximately 40 activities planned for Sept. 27-29, Orillia’s Culture Days is poised to be bigger and better than ever.

“Culture Days is a great opportunity to celebrate Orillia’s cultural riches and share them with others,” said Mayor Angelo Orsi. “I’d encourage residents to participate in the free Culture Days activities and discover how lucky we are to have these opportunities in our own backyard.”

Celebrate fall at Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival

Gina Denne displays some samples of her pottery and designs

The Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons October 12th and 13th provides a great family outing, featuring 42 outstanding crafters and fun seasonal activities on the historic site.

New to this year’s show is Gina Denne, an exceptional artisan from Severn Bridge.  Denne’s family has lived in the Muskoka-Georgian Bay area for generations, and for 17 years Gina has turned her talents to exquisite pottery making.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

HarbourKIDS: Thanksgiving

Let’s Create and Appreciate
TORONTO, ON - September 20, 2013 --  As Summer fades into the cool and colour of the Fall, Harbourfront Centre takes a day to say thanks for all of the things that make us unique in the world of family programming. 

On Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 14, 2013, HarbourKIDS:  Thanksgiving will express our gratitude to the throngs of people who have included us in their busy summer plans, and for the art and artists who continue to distinguish us from the myriad of other options for which Toronto is well known. 

HarbourKIDS:  Thanksgiving is an entrée into our world of invigorating Fall and Winter family programming which will showcase upcoming indoor and outdoor offerings to audiences who have come to expect and appreciate our artistic consistency year-round.

Fourth Annual Culture Days offer dozens of free activities in Stratford and Perth County

September 20, 2013 … Culture Days, the annual three-day celebration of arts and culture, is back for a fourth year.

The event kicks off in hundreds of cities and towns across Canada next weekend, September 27 to 29, with thousands of free hands-on family-friendly activities that invite the public to experience and participate in the behind-the-scenes world of artists, creators and historians in their own communities.

The Toronto Zoo loves kids with special free admission promotion

Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Thursday, 2013-09-19
Kids, 12 and Under, Receive FREE* Admission on Weekends and School Holidays!
Until Monday, October 14, 2013
The Toronto Zoo is proud to announce a new initiative to encourage kids, 12 and under, to
 visit the zoo and receive free admission* on weekends and school holidays. This initiative takes effect 
on Friday, September 13, 2013 and will run until Monday, October 14, 2013 which includes
 the Thanksgiving Weekend.

Zombies, mazes, goats and Culture Days on the calendar

   One-Tank Trip for Sept. 21/13

   (c) By Jim Fox

   You can run but you can’t hide in Kitchener, play chicken in Ingersoll and after that, a little culture can’t hurt.
   The Running Dead, a four-kilometre “survival race” will be a real scream at Bingemans in Kitchener on Sept. 29.
   That’s when more than 100 “zombies are on the hunt for souls” in a fun race.
The zombies lie in wait during the Running Dead survival race in Kitchener.
   Hordes of zombies will chase participants trying to grab flags hanging from their belts.
   Once all of the flags, representing the runner’s souls, are gone the runner has lost the fight but can still complete the race.

Monday, September 16, 2013


Westin Marathon Guests Will Connect With Westin’s Newly Appointed Global Running Concierge

MONTREAL, September 16, 2013—Participants in the upcoming Montreal Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon are invited to enjoy Le Westin Montreal’s VIP race experience from start to finish. 

The hotel’s VIP Marathon Package includes overnight accommodations, complimentary pre-race pasta dinner for two, a grab and go breakfast for two on race morning, expedited bib pick up, late check out on race day, exclusive access to the Westin VIP recovery tent, ice bag delivery upon request post-race and an expert led loosen up run.

And the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Montreal is perfect timing for the newly announced first-ever RunWESTIN concierge. Westin Hotels & Resorts has just announced that Christopher Heuisler, a veteran runner who has competed in 25 marathons in 20 states, was chosen as the winner of its nationwide search for the first-ever RunWESTIN Concierge.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Raise a toast to the wine season, Beatles tribute and Open Doors

   One-Tank Trip for Sept. 14/13

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Clink, clink.
   Here’s to the beginning of another great wine season in Ontario.
   And, step aside Elvis, the Beatles’ tribute gets back to Orillia and doors are opening wide in Oxford County for tourists and foodies.

   Raising a toast
Grape King Curtis Fielding is predicting another “smooth and rich” Niagara wine vintage this year. (Grape Growers of Ontario)
   In the dwindling days of summer, Niagara’s winemakers are anticipating another great vintage.
   “Smooth and rich” is the forecast given by 2012 Grape King Curtis Fielding as the renowned Niagara Wine Festival kicks off today and runs until Sept. 29.

Enjoy Franco-Ontarian Day at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons Wednesday Sept. 25

Mike Serafin, Historic Program Group Leader, practices some historic cooking in preparation for the Franco-Ontarian Day highlight at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons September 25. 
The day will feature the telling of Franco-Ontarian folk tales, historic blacksmithing and cooking, and complimentary cake.
A documentary film entitled “Pis nous autres dans tout ­­ça?” will also play in the Sainte-Marie foyer, exploring perceptions of Franco-Ontarian heritage.  For info call 705 526-7838 or visit hhp.on.ca

YOGAPALOOZA: Go Big & Go OM at Harbourfront Centre

Free Outdoor Yoga Festival
September 21-22, 2013

Toronto -Yogapalooza is Toronto’s FREE, family friendly OUTDOOR yoga festival, exploring the theme of happiness through movement, music and meditation.

This year, Yogapalooza is bigger and better touching down in a brand new serene green space with double the classes and an expanded menu of offerings.

Free classes for families, those new to yoga, and experienced yogis alike will run at Harbourfront Centre’s Exhibition Common Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Oxfordlicious 2013 – Local flavours at your table

MEDIA RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Woodstock, ON – Oxford’s annual celebration of delicious local food is here this month at restaurants, retailers and farms throughout the county.

Oxfordlicious is a month-long promotion of local food, featuring numerous Oxford Fresh Tasted locations where diners and consumers can discover the best flavours in Oxford County.

Participating restaurants will be offering special prix-fixe Oxfordlicious menus to diners using ingredients from local farms and food producers. In addition, retailers and farms will have their local products displayed as “Oxfordlicious” items.

Diners who order from Oxfordlicious menus and customers who purchase Oxfordlicious products will be given a ballot and a chance to win one of several fantastic prizes.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

William Shatner to receive Legacy Award from Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival is delighted to announce that William Shatner will be the 2013 recipient of its Legacy Award.

“I am proud and happy to be a Canadian and proud and happy to receive this Canadian award,” said Mr. Shatner upon learning of the honour. “I guess I am just proud and happy.”

Mr. Shatner’s vast career and enormous contribution to the Festival in its founding years will be honoured at a gala at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel on Monday, October 21.

“As a screen and television actor, William Shatner has had a legendary career,” said Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “He is known around the world for his iconic portrayal of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, and for a host of other leading roles, including T.J. Hooker and Boston Legal’s Denny Crane.

Alt-Celtic firebrands, RANT MAGGIE RANT, surprise fans (& even themselves!!)

Glen Dias, Lindsay Schindler and Barry James Payne. Photo credit: Steve Bayne.
Impromptu CD RELEASE @
HUGH’S ROOM, Toronto
Sunday, September 22 2013 8:30 pm

Lord knows there are plenty of good Irish jokes around but one of the best has resulted in the new Rant Maggie Rant (RMR) CD.

As the band was not yet comfortable with their degree of record-readiness for their Hugh’s Room show (they were playing with two new guest players, one of which was unrehearsed), when asked by their sound engineer if they wanted to record that night's show, they elected not to. He did anyway – unbeknownst to the band or the audience! 

The Result?  A magically spontaneous set played entirely without the benefit of a safety net, typical of any night with Rant Maggie Rant.

In perfect keeping with the blank look of stunned surprise on the band’s faces when they learned of the sneaky deed, their artwork has been left similarly blank—the group’s name is all that adorns it.

Enjoy the beauty of fall in Niagara’s Wine Country

Make your venture into the vineyards as memorable as possible

BEAMVILLE, Ont. — A small winery nestled amid the vines. The romance of a stroll through the vineyards. A sip of Ontario VQA wine on a deck with incredible views of Toronto. A quiet trek down country roads. The beautiful colours of the changing fall leaves.

A visit to wine country is a unique experience. Away from the hustle and bustle of traditional tourist hubs, a wine country vacation — or day trip, for that matter — is truly an escape to a quaint place where the people are friendly and the liquid fare is exquisite.

Norwich Optimist Club offers fun fall family events

(News Release)

Woodstock, ON – The Norwich Optimist Club has its annual corn maze ready for you and your family.

Starting September 7 until October 27, 2013, adventurers can get lost every weekend in the popular 10-acre maze.

Located just two kilometers north of Norwich, the autumn event also features a petting zoo, games, and agricultural displays.

Special events for the Norwich Optimist’s Corn Maze in 2013 include family movie nights, Haunted Corn Maze Nights, and Trick or Treat Day on October 26. School tours and birthday parties can be hosted at the site.

163rd annual Drumbo Fair offers “Local fare at the Fair”

MEDIA RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Woodstock, ON – The Drumbo Fair has something special for foodies this year.

On Sunday, September 22, food lovers can taste “Local Fare at the Fair”. This day-long exhibit will feature products grown, raised, baked, and preserved right here in Oxford County.

Vendors such as Kingsburgh Apiaries from Bright, Vine Cottage Commodities from Innerkip, and Crossroads Farm Sheep Gouda will be offering goods for sampling and sale. The food producers will also be educating fairgoers about local products.

Track the fall colours in 49 Ontario Parks

Track fall colours at Ontario Parks
   The fall colours have begun to appear at Algonquin Provincial Park. (Ontario Parks photo)
Track Ontario’s fall colours with the Ontario Parks’ fall colour report, http://www.parkreports.com/fall/ . The report is live and will be updated as conditions change. 

Forty-nine (49) Ontario Parks across the province are reporting on the dominant colour in their parks, the latest percentage of colour change and the amount of leaf fall.
An Ontario map highlights provincial parks by region and tracks Ontario’s fall colours by averaging the colour values entered for each park.
The darkest reds indicate regions that have reached their colour peak. Each of the 49 parks also links to Ontario Travel’s “Great Fall Drives”. The regional touring routes suggest things to see and places to stay. Cozy yurt or cabin getaways can also be booked at many Ontario Parks.

Acclaimed retrospective David Bowie is coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario

David Bowie archives

Art Gallery of Ontario is first stop on world tour following record-breaking run at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum; gives fans unprecedented access to Bowie’s personal archive

TORONTO—Pop culture influencer, musical pioneer and style icon David Bowie will make his
North American exhibition debut this fall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in the acclaimed
retrospective David Bowie is, direct from its record-breaking run at the Victoria and Albert
Museum (V&A) in London, England.

Running from Sept. 25 to Nov. 27, 2013, the exhibition makes its first stop on a world tour in Toronto and offers Bowie fans a rare opportunity to view more than 300 objects—spanning five decades of Bowie’s extraordinary career—from the artist’s personal archive.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Great Big Sea’s 20th Anniversary Tour stops at Caesars Windsor on November 15

For immediate release: September 9, 2013

Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsor is proud to welcome the return of Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea on their 20th Anniversary Tour performing on the Colosseum stage on Friday, November 15 at 9 pm.

Known for their energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland, Celtic folk songs, the trio made up of Alan Doyle, Sean McCann and Bob Hallett have played together for two decades with hundreds of thousands of avid fans.

Hear some of their latest songs including the majestic epic song from their newest album XX, "Live This Life" as well as classic Great Big Sea favourites from their best gold and platinum albums - "Ordinary Day", "Run Runaway" and "Dance Dance".

Children admitted free on weekends, holidays through Oct. 14, 2013 at the Toronto Zoo


Wednesday, September 11, 2013, Toronto, Ontario: The Toronto Zoo today announced a new
initiative to encourage kids, 12 and under, to visit the zoo and receive free admission* on weekends
and school holidays.

This initiative takes effect on Friday, September 13, 2013 and will run until Monday, October 14, 2013 which includes the Thanksgiving Weekend. The new initiative will help to dispel the myth that the Zoo is only open during the peak summer months and that every season, including the fall, is a perfect time to visit.

Starwood Hotels offer CAA/AAA members road trip rewards

Save up to 20 Percent Every Stop of the Way with AAA/CAA Membership

Stamford, CT – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) are giving CAA/AAA members a chance to recapture the magic of the road trip with an exciting new offer.  Travellers can reap road trip rewards by visiting starwoodhotels.com/aaaroadtrip, where they will find all the information needed to map out fun-filled fall and holiday seasonal trips.

Guests will save up to 20 percent off stays at Four Points, Aloft, and Element Hotels when a AAA or CAA membership card is shown at check in.  Travellers have the option to choose hotels along The Oregon Trail, the Great River Road (alongside the Mississippi), the East Coast, the West Coast and the Southern Pacific Coast routes, or plan out a route of their own.

Blue Mountain events, September 2013

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Friday 6pm
Hill Climb U23 Prospects Challenge
The best place to access this exciting race up the Scenic Caves road is on foot via the Blue Mountain Gondola. Open from 12noon till 8pm this Friday, enjoy the ride up - hike over and be amazed at the caliber of these U23 riders. 

Peace in Our Time: A Comedy – a new adaptation of Shaw’s Geneva at the Shaw Festival

“Where the spotlight is, there the despots will gather.”

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario . . . Peace in Our Time: A Comedy by celebrated Canadian playwright John Murrell, a reworking of Bernard Shaw’s political comedy Geneva, is being performed at the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre.

Under the direction of Blair Williams, Shaw’s piercing look at international diplomacy and justice not only becomes a rollicking ride of affairs of state that muddles politics and the Marx Brothers, but also ponders the question: why can’t we get along?

A German, a Canadian and a Latin American walk into the dysfunctional League of Nations diplomatic office. Belle Browning (Diana Donnelly), a plucky, albeit under qualified, receptionist attempts to respond to their grievances; however, she unknowingly sets in motion an international incident that concludes with an outrageous trial at The Hague.

Crush-worthy adventures in Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country for September 2013

Purchase your Taste the Season touring passes today
Purchase your ticket to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s must-do autumn event today and enjoy a seasonally inspired VQA wine and food pairing at each of our 27 member wineries every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November. Touring passes for Taste the Season are now on sale for $44.25 (plus HST) per person online or by calling Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake at 905.468.1950.
Warning: don’t preview this year’s Taste the Season pairings on an empty stomach.

Montreal buzz for September 2013

Fall head over heels for Montréal?s fall fun!
September 2013
Autumn?s always a favourite in Montréal: bright and bold colours, cutting-edge fashions, culinary delights and always, heaps of adventure. Focus your fall on soaking up art-music exhibitions, exploring Aboriginal art and music, sating your foodie cravings, scooping up designer styles and opening your ears and hearts to the indie music scene, Montréal-style.

For more information on activities in Montréal, visit our website, blog or image gallery. If you have any questions, don?t hesitate to contact us.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Doors continue opening through mid-October in Ontario Heritage Trust program

   One-Tank Trip for Sept. 7/13

   (c) By Jim Fox

   There’s still time to take a peek as Doors Open Ontario events enter the home stretch for this season.
  “Ontario's architectural and artistic showpieces, community landmarks and natural wonders are waiting to be explored – all free of charge,” said Liane Nowosielski of the sponsoring Ontario Heritage Trust.
   Many of this year’s 55 events involving hundreds of communities have the theme of “Cultural Expressions.”
Uniforms worn by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball league from 1943 to 1954 are artifacts at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. (Jim Fox photo)
   Upcoming events include Brant County, East Elgin, London, Markham, Middlesex, Niagara, Pickering, St. Marys and Waterloo Region.

Get down, up north with Deerhurst Resort's Girlfriends' Getaway

(News Release)

Book now for this year’s getaway with special guests Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

HUNTSVILLE, ON Deerhurst, a Skyline Resort, is calling all girlfriends! From November 8-10, the 2013 edition of Huntsville’s Girlfriends’ Getaway is back and jam-packed with activities, shopping, dining and music for all to enjoy.

“We look forward to the Girlfriends’ Getaway every year,” says general manager Chris Lund. “Deerhurst is hopping and it’s the perfect opportunity to get away and let loose before the stress of the holiday season takes over.”

Il Divo and Celtic Woman To perform at Casino Rama

Announcing concert additions to the 2013 line-up

RAMA, ON (Monday, September 9, 2013) – Casino Rama is pleased to announce the 
following late fall concerts additions to their 2013 entertainment calendar:

Il Divo

Thursday, November 21


Tickets are $75/$100

International Festival of Authors set for Oct. 24-Nov. 3 in Toronto

For Immediate Release

TORONTO, September 10, 2013 As a special offer to its Patrons and Supporters, IFOA is extending a pre-sale option for all ticketed Festival events.

As of today at 1pm, Patrons have the opportunity to obtain one free ticket to any event and to purchase additional tickets at the Supporter ticket price before tickets go on sale to the general public on September 17, 2013. Supporters have access to one ticket per event at the discounted Supporter price.

The International Festival of Authors, which runs from October 24 to November 3, 2013 and is celebrating its 34th year, is delighted to announce that an additional 80 names have been added to the line-up of 62 authors announced in June.

Orillia Beatles' Celebration gets back on Sept. 20, 21


   Beatles fans will have much to celebrate when the 7th annual Orillia Beatles Celebration returns for two jam-packed days honouring the Fab Four in downtown Orillia.

  As usual the entire downtown will be closed to allow for vendors, buskers, street performers food stations and tribute bands.

All vendors and participants are Beatles and/or British themed.  There will be street dances Friday and Saturday night featuring top notch Beatles tribute bands and a beer garden.

The Argues, Aaron Reid, The Kings of Marigold, Across the Universe and The British Invasion are just some of the bands that will rock Orillia on Friday and Saturday night.