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Monday, March 31, 2014

Kid's films featured by TIFF; syrup festivities in Elmira; Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour; and Eat & Drink Norfolk

   One-Tank Trip for March 29/14

   (c) By Jim Fox

   The adults had their fun, now it’s time for kids to enjoy films from around the world.
   The TIFF Kids International Film Festival returns in Toronto with premieres of some of the best films for children aged three to 13.
   The Canadian premiere of Rio 2, an animated adventure in the Amazon featuring Blu and Jewel, happens at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of TIFF)
   TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) kids’ version runs from April 8 to 21 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King St. W.
   It’s a jungle out there
   The festival opens with the Canadian premiere of Rio 2, an all-star sequel to the hit 2011 animated adventure set in the jungles of the Amazon.
   It reunites audiences with Blu and Jewel, voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway.
   This 3-D computer-animated sequel takes the lovebirds and their three young ones to the wilds of South America from the big city.
   Returning are the favourite Rio characters with new voice actors including Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars and Rita Moreno, and backed by a swinging soundtrack featuring Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland.
Rio 2 (Photo courtesy of TIFF)
   Closing night features The House of Magic, an animated 3-D feature from Belgium about a young abandoned cat who finds a new home in an enchanted mansion.

Ahhh, the spa at Skyline Hotels & Resorts

(News Release)

The winter weather can be harsh on delicate skin and this year was no exception.

Those seeking relief from dry winter worn skin don’t need to look any further than Shizen Spa at Skyline Hotels & Resorts for relief.

With the perfect treatments to get you ready for the summer months ahead, Shizen Spa has your spring essentials covered.

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Find your escape within the hustle and bustle of the city at Shizen Spa in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Hit pause on your day and get away from it all with the Thai Herbal Massage. The treatment combines the beneficial and re-mineralizing virtues of sea salt and lavender with original massage technique inspired by Thai tradition. Using sweeping strokes, pressure and stretching and the application of steam heated compresses your Shizen therapist will restore balance to your body and give you a sensation of absolute well-being. Treatments start at $135 for 75 minute massage.

Wasaga under Siege 2014 & the 200th Commemoration of Battle of Nottawasaga Bay and the sinking of HMS Nancy August 14th-17th/2014

The 12th annual Wasaga under Siege takes place from August 14th – 17th at Nancy Island Historic Site in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada.  Not only will it  be celebrating the 12th annual Wasaga under Siege event but also be commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Nottawasaga Bay and the sinking and destruction of HMS Nancy. 

  • Expanded Four Day Event – August 14th to the 17th/2014 – This year Wasaga under Siege will be expanded to a four day event to include Thursday, August 14th which is 200 years to the day of the battle of an American Victory and the destruction and sinking of the HMS Nancy.  All official commemorative activities are planned for this day and will take place between 10:00am and 1:00pm.  During this time admission to Nancy Island Historic Site will be free to the public. 

The Elgin County Museum presents: The 4th Annual Vimy Lecture

(News Release)

Prof. Jonathan F. Vance
1914 – 2014: What Do We Remember?
2 PM, Wednesday April 9, 2014
Elgin County Museum, 450 Sunset Drive

Prof. Vance will illustrate the challenges of encouraging us to remember a century-old event, as well as the opportunities provided by different ways of connecting with the past.

Jonathan F. Vance is a writer, historian, and holder of the J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at The University of Western Ontario, where he teaches military history, Canadian history, and social memory.

He previously held the Canada Research Chair in Conflict and Culture and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2008.

Alan Jackson concert date change at Casino Rama

Originally scheduled for August 13, now moved one day to August 14, 2014 

Rama, ON (Monday, March 31st) – By request of the artist due to a scheduling conflict, the Alan Jackson concert previously announced for Wednesday, August 13th has been moved by one day to Thursday, August 14th, 2014; show time remains 8 pm.

The Casino & the artist apologize for any inconvenience this date shift may cause and Mr. Jackson looks forward to returning to perform at Casino Rama this summer. 

Ticket holders may hold onto their original (August 13, 2014) concert tickets which will be honoured for the new August 14, 2014 performance date or they may seek a refund.

Three additional acts added to May entertainment lineup at Seneca Casinos

NIAGARA FALLS and SALAMANCA, N.Y. – Seneca Casinos announces even more superstar performances this May on top of an already impressive lineup. Joining the schedule is Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca as well as Spirit of the West and a double-billing of Glass Tiger & Platinum Blonde at the Bear’s Den Showroom in Niagara Falls.

Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd comes to Seneca Allegany Events Center during Memorial Day weekend for a 7 p.m. show billed as Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on Sunday, May 25. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Mar. 26 at noon and start at $25.

All of Shepherd’s albums have reached No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Blues chart since his 1995 debut, and the 1997 release of “Trouble Is…” holds the record on the chart for the longest-running No. 1 album. He has earned five Grammy Award nominations and received two awards each from the Billboard Music Awards, Blues Music Awards and Orville H. Gibson Awards. In 1997, Guitar World magazine ranked Shepherd No. 3 behind B.B. King and Eric Clapton as popular blues guitarists.

Real Canadian Craft Beer Festival takes place April 5 in Niagara Falls

Build a Weekend Getaway Around Beer Samples

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Niagara Falls will showcase the best of Ontario’s craft beers during the inaugural Real Canadian CraftBeer Festival on April 5.

To be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, the festival will feature the wares of more than 20 craft brewers, complemented with great food from local Niagara restaurants and food trucks and live music.

“It’s a natural that Niagara Falls would host a festival celebrating Ontario craft beers,” says Anthony Annunziata, Vice President of Marketing at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls.

“With such a vibrant wine industry in Niagara, we know all too well the value and quality that comes from home-grown products.”

Thursday, March 27, 2014

TIFF welcomes special guests from around the world to the TIFF Kids International Film Festival

TORONTO -- Running April 8 through 21, 2014, the 17th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival, one of the biggest film festivals in North America with special programming and activities for children aged 3 to13, welcomes an exciting slate of special guests from around the world.

Guests attending TIFF Kids include:
Tuesday, April 8
9:45 a.m.
Frans Weisz (director)*
Finn Netherlands, Toronto Premiere
*Also in attendance April 11 at 12 p.m. and April 12 at 2.15 p.m.
Finn is a nine-year-old boy who lives with his single dad in a small village. One day, Finn hears a stranger playing a violin in an old farmhouse nearby, and he becomes entranced by the beauty of the music. But Finn’s father forbids him from visiting the stranger or playing the instrument.
Recommended for ages 9 and up.

World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival to welcome thousands of visitors for landmark anniversary celebration

WATERLOO REGION, Ont. – Tap into some sweet fun this spring and taste the tradition of one of Waterloo Region’s oldest festivals.

The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, marking its 50th anniversary this year, will take place April 5th from 7:00AM - 4:00PM. The festival covers the entire town of Elmira for one day to celebrate everything to do with the iconic Canadian treat.

“Every year thousands of people from across Canada make it a point to visit The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival,” said Minto Schneider, General Manager of Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Grammy-award winning singer Michael McDonald and pop-rockers Toto co-headline August 31 at the Colosseum

For immediate release: March 25, 2014

Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsor is thrilled to welcome former Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald and internationally renowned progressive pop-rock band Toto on their co-headline tour, performing on the Colosseum stage on Sunday, August 31 at 8 pm.

McDonald and the members of Toto are old friends, dating back years with memorable collaborations on several Toto, Doobie Brothers albums.

 A match-made-in heaven, these two Grammy Award winning entertainers combine their chart-topping music for a double-header concert featuring their greatest hits. 

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre's "friends' weekend"

(News Release)

TORONTO -- LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in the Vaughan Mills Mall is having a LEGO friends’ weekend on April 5th and 6th!

Explore everything LEGOLAND has to offer, while you and your family hang out with Olivia and her BFF's, Stephanie, Andrea, Mia and Emma!

Together you can:
  • Help build Heartlake City
  • Sing your heart out in the karaoke lounge
  • Take a picture with the LEGO® Olivia or Mia's LEGO dog to enter a Twitter contest for a chance to win prizes
  • Take part in the Friends-themed build in the LEGO Master Builder Academy

Maple syrup in Ontario 2014 dates

Event Name & Special Activities

Maple Sugar Bush at Horton’s Tree Farm

Aurora – 5924 Slater Rd.  From Bloomington Rd head north on Warden Ave, turn left on Slater.  Approx. 5km east of Aurora.

(905) 888-1738

March 8 –
April 6,

Saturday & Sundays

9am – 4pm

Guided tours (lessons in maple syrup production, trees, nature appreciation and ecology, wagon rides, sap and syrup samples, log cabins, museum, hiking trails, pancakes, pure maple syrup and maple products and more.                                                                                Dogs on leash welcome.
Adults $6.50, Seniors/Students $5.50, Kids (5-12)  $4.50
Springwater Maple Syrup Festival

Aylmer – Springwater Conservation Area, 8079 Springwater Rd.  From Aylmer, head west on Hwy 3, turn left/south on Springwater Rd.

(519) 773-9037

Weekends in March and daily during March Break

10am – 3pm
Enjoy wagon rides through the Springwater Forest. Tour the old-fashioned sugar shanty for demonstrations on maple syrup production. Maple products are available for sale. Dine at our pancake house which is operated by local community organizations.
Admission to Springwater Cons. - $7 adults , 12 & under $4
Shaw’s Maple Syrup Farm

Barrie Area – Just north of Barrie.  Hwy 11 to Oro-Medonte Line 14 South

 (705) 325-4347

Pancake House open daily
Feb 10  
April 21,

8am - 4pm
Self-guided tours of the sugar bush and production plant. Horse drawn sleigh/wagon on Saturday and Sunday for a small fee (Adults $5, Kids $3), sap boiling, and pancake house!

Call ahead during March and April to see if the sap will be boiling during your visit.
Spring Tonic

Barrie - Tiffin Centre for Conservation -
8195 8th Line. From Barrie take Hwy 90 west towards Angus, turn left (south) on the 8th Line of Essa, follow for 4km, watch for Tiffin on the left.

(705) 424-1479

The Real Estate Investment Show coming to the International Centre

(News Release)

MISSISSAUGA, ON -- The Real Estate Investment Show is a place to build wealth, grow income and maximize assets in the dynamic real estate market even if you are a complete beginner.

One of the largest Real Estate Investment shows in Canada is coming to Mississauga's International Centre (Greater Toronto ) on April 5 and 6, 2014.

The Real Estate Investment Show, presented by CIBC, will feature tips and advice for experienced investors and beginners from well-known personalities including HGTV Income Property Scott McGillivray and real estate investor Michael Sarracini.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stratford’s Spring Swan Parade celebration postponed to April 12-13 due to cold temperatures


STRATFORD, ON -- March 26, 2014 -- Cold temperatures delay Stratford's spring Swan Parade weekend celebration to April 12 and 13.

The festivities traditionally held on the first weekend in April have been challenged this year with unrelenting winter weather.

As a result, organizers have decided to move the celebrations by one week to April 12 & 13.

"The swans need open water on the Avon River before they can be released and it wouldn't be a proper spring celebration without the swan parade," said Cathy Rehberg, marketing manager, Stratford Tourism Alliance.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour races into FirstOntario Centre, April 5 and 6

Stacked 2014 Lineup Features Two Canadian Drivers; Cam McQueen/Northern Nightmare & Scott Liddycoat/Dragon's Breath

HAMILTON, ON – March 19, 2014 – Feld Motor Sports® has announced that the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour kicks into high gear April 5 & 6/14 at FirstOntario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum) in Hamilton. Tickets are on sale now.

Monster Jam is the most exciting form of family motorsports entertainment on the planet.

The stars of the show are the biggest performers on four wheels: the Monster Jam trucks!  Approximately 12-ft. tall and about 12-ft. wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds.

Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring things to do: cottage show, book that campsite, Sports Expo

   One-Tank Trip for March 22/14

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to start planning warm-weather pursuits at the cottage and parks.
   After a winter that kept on giving, mosquito and black fly season might even be somewhat appealing for those venturing into the great outdoors.
A stunning sunset from a cottage dock near Bass Lake Provincial Park. (Jim Fox photo)
   To get planning into high gear, the Spring Cottage Life Show runs from March 28 to 30 and it’s not too early to plan that Ontario Parks’ getaway.

   Cottagers unite
   Say “good-bye” to cabin fever as cottagers and would-be owners gather at the International Centre (6900 Airport Rd.) in Mississauga.
   “The Spring Cottage Life Show will give potential cottage owners the tools to begin their pre-research before they locate a realtor who can work with them to find that ideal dreamed-about cottage property,” said publicist Peggy Sheffield.
   More than 30,000 cottagers are expected at the show that features an expanded floor plan, along with 500 exhibitors and 100 realtors.

TIFF Kids Festival brings films from around the world to Toronto's youngest audiences

17th Annual TIFF Kids Festival Targets Children Aged 3–13 and Runs from April 8–21, 2014

Toronto – The TIFF Kids International Film Festival, one of the premier film festivals for children in North America, returns for its 17th year with a slate full of premieres of some of the best films from around the world for children aged 3 to 13 that will inspire and delight children and their families alike.

The TIFF Kids Festival kicks off on Opening Night with the Canadian premiere of Rio 2, the all-star sequel to the smash-hit 2011 animated adventure, reuniting audiences with Blu and Jewel, voiced by Oscar® nominee Jesse Eisenberg and Oscar® winner Anne Hathaway, and wraps with the Closing Night Film The House of Magic, a gorgeously animated 3D feature from Belgium about a young abandoned cat who finds a new home in an enchanted mansion.

All screenings and events take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto from April 8 to 21, 2014.

Pelee Island Winery LIFT Series for women

The Abundance of Baring it All- Stripping Down and Growing Strong

Pelee Island Winery LIFT Series- March 26, 2014 @ 6:30pm
We are a group that meets once a month (last Wednesday of every month) in the winter showcasing different wineries in Essex County and brings together the most incredibly inspiring local ladies to connect, learn, laugh, enjoy a little wine and generally enjoy each other’s company and energy. This series is for women of all ages, occupations and industries that want to attend.

Back by popular demand, this is our second annual LIFT series. You may have heard the buzz around the county from last winter, now it’s time to come out to mix and mingle with like-minded women, to chat, inspire, and dream! Allow yourself to question, to blossom, to reinvent and to evolve within this community of like-minded women. Showcase your business, network and expand your community circle.

Cost $15 in advance ($20 at the door): includes guest speaker, light snacks, wine tastings & chance to win fabulous door prizes!

Please register in advance on the LIFT Eventbrite Link.

No refunds.

64 years of Canada’s premiere fiddle championships return to Shelburne in August

For Immediate Release

The 64th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship will take place August 6-10, 2014 in Shelburne, Ontario.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for thousands of dollars in prizes.

Community events in conjunction with the Championship include camping, a giant fiddle parade, an open air market, non-denominational church service and 24 hour meals at the Legion -- we are working on adding more experiences to make the 64th a spectacular not-to-be-missed, non-stop five days of fun and entertainment.

The Becketts Fire Up Shelburne
After an absence from the Shelburne Championship of almost a decade, the Rotary Club is excited to present Linsey and Tyler Beckett on Thursday, August 7 at 7:30 pm.

John Mellencamp is first blockbuster act for Seneca Casinos' 2014 "Summer Rush" series

Tickets for July 3 concert in Niagara Falls now on sale 

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – A concert this good just can’t wait. In advance of an April 2 announcement for an incredible lineup of 2014 Summer Rush entertainment, Seneca Casinos unveils one of the many blockbuster concerts: rock superstar John Mellencamp performing on Thursday, July 3 at 8 p.m. at Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls USA.

Ticket prices start at $95 and are on sale now at Seneca Casino box offices, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Mellencamp, who normally performs in large-scale venues, will have a more intimate setting inside the Events Center. The venue seats 2,400 people and features two jumbo-sized high-definition screens to the left and right of the stage. The furthest seat is just 100 feet away, offering everyone a “best seat in the house” experience.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Gastronomic treats paired with fine wine flourish in Stratford, Niagara Falls

   One-Tank Trip for March 15/14

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Some great things are cooking in Stratford and Niagara Falls.
   Celebrate “Ontario’s terroir” with gourmet food prepared by renowned chefs and paired with wine at Savour Stratford’s GE Cafe Chef Series.
   Participants join chefs in the kitchen for a hands-on culinary experience.
Chef Aaron Linley of Stratford’s The Bruce restaurant leads the class last year at Savour Stratford’s GE Cafe Chef Series.
   This includes sharing delicious dishes and taking away innovative culinary ideas and techniques to enhance cooking skills.
   “It’s a great opportunity to hone culinary skills while combining our love of food with great conversation and Ontario VQA (Vintner’s Quality Alliance) wines,” said Cathy Rehberg of the Stratford Tourism Alliance.
   Classes are held on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Local Community Food Centre, 612 Erie St.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The summer's hottest music competition returns to Harbourfront Centre – #SoundClashTO

Call for submissions: SoundClash Music Award

TORONTO, ON (March 11, 2014) – Harbourfront Centre is looking for the GTA’s hottest independent artists and bands to take centre stage this summer and compete for the fourth annual SoundClash Music Award.

Designed to showcase Toronto’s talented, creative and forward-thinking independent musicians, the SoundClash Music Award is an opportunity for independent artists or bands to play on Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage and compete for $10,000 cash and other prizes including vocal coaching, artist development, a promotional photo shoot, two return flights valid for anywhere in the WestJet network (courtesy of WestJet * restrictions apply) and more.

Hot summer concerts sizzle at Casino Rama


Announcing the 2014 summer concert line-up 
 RAMA, ON (Monday, March 10, 2013) – It’s another first at Casino Rama as we 
announce the start of our hot summer concert line-up in one big announcement.

Alan Jackson returns to Casino Rama on Aug. 1
“We appreciate that fans have been eagerly anticipating the June – August 2014 show announcement,” said Jenna Hunter, Director of Public Relations, Casino Rama.
“This all-in announcement makes it easy for fans to book their must-see 
shows now before everyone’s calendars fill up and they miss out on some of the 
greatest events being offered in Central Ontario this summer.”

This is just the beginning; even more great acts will be added to fill in the 
Hot Summer Concert calendar in the coming months.

The 2014 summer concert line-up features:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A sweet trip to the maple sugar bush and Tap into Maple in Ontario's Lake Country

   One-Tank Trip for March 8/14

   (c) By Jim Fox

   It’s time to get a little sappy.
   Maple syrup time is almost here but is a little delayed due to the “real” winter we’re experiencing this year.
   “I’m thrilled at how the season looks with a good, solid three-feet of snow in the bush,” said Tom Shaw of Shaw’s Maple Syrup Bush near Orillia.
Tom Shaw insets a tap into a maple tree to collect sap in the old-fashioned method. (Jim Fox photo)
   This is “like an old-fashioned winter,” with cold nights but once we get warm days, it will “trigger the sap to flow.”

   Tapping into maple
   The Shaw operation, with about 5,000 maple trees, is hoping to produce 1,000 gallons of syrup this year from an outpouring of 40,000 gallons of sap.
   It’s one of 23 businesses in the “Tap into Maple” culinary tourism venture by Ontario’s Lake Country that runs now through May31in the area roughly north of Barrie.
   “The ambitious new venture has evolved into a tour of the region’s most popular eateries, resorts, sugar bushes, museums and shops – where every destination will have something to do with maple, the quintessential Canadian flavour,” said marketing manager Jennifer Whitley.
Horse-drawn wagon rides of the maple sugar bush are offered at Shaw's. (Barbara Fox photo)

Canada’s Top 5 romantic spots to share a kiss

Vitamingum Canada kisses and tells about great place

HAMILTON, Ont. – Maybe it was while you were on your honeymoon or out on a great date. Or maybe during a holiday out west? How about that summer when you were a camp counsellor?

Most of us have a passionate kiss or two seared in their memories that can help heat up even the coldest Canadian winter in years.

Vitamingum Canada Inc., the makers of Vitamingum FRESH, have scoured their own memory banks to come up some of the top places in Canada for people to seal their love for each other with a kiss.

“Canada is such a naturally beautiful country and it has a great mix of amazing cities and picturesque towns, all of which provide great backdrops to share a romantic moment,” says Brendan Kover, President.

Here are Vitamingum’s top 5 romantic spots in Canada to share a kiss:

Toronto Zoo’s polar bear cub has a name

CLICK HERE for footage of Humphrey the polar bear cub unveiling his name!  

Toronto, Ontario:  The public has spoken! With over 14,000 people voting in the 'Name the Cub' contest, a name has emerged as the favourite! "Humphrey" has been confirmed as the name for Toronto Zoo's male polar bear cub.

The four-month-old cub represents a heartwarming journey of survival, one where expert Toronto Zoo Wildlife Health and Wildlife Care staff worked around the clock to save a vulnerable species. Humphrey is a great Arctic Ambassador for polar bears everywhere, helping to spread the word on how each person can make a difference and help save this vulnerable species - Canada’s national treasures. 

Second annual Shakespeare Slam features Paul Gross, Steven Page, Hawksley Workman

Toronto event offers an evening of music and spirited debate

March 10, 2014Paul Gross, Steven Page and Hawksley Workman are headlining the Stratford Festival Forum’s Shakespeare Slam on Wednesday, April 23, at Toronto’s Koerner Hall.

This celebration marking Shakespeare’s 450th birthday will be hosted by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino, and will showcase the Festival’s 2014 season theme of Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge.

Two teams of spirited debaters will square off on whether madness is inherent in the artistic process. On the one side are actor Paul Gross, famed for his portrayal of Slings and Arrows’ mentally overwrought artistic director Geoffrey Tennant, and Lisa Brown, founder and executive/artistic director of Workman Arts, which celebrates and promotes the work of artists living with mental-health and addiction issues.

Bulletin: Robin Thicke concert postponed tonight at Casino Rama

Originally scheduled for this evening -- March 14/14 -- at 8 pm; postponed to July 26th
Rama, ON (Tuesday, March 11, 2014) - Casino Rama regrets to announce that by artist request tonight’s Robin Thicke concert has been postponed as the artist has experienced an unexpected vocal issue that will affect the show.  He is expected to make a full recovery.

The Casino became aware of the issue late this morning and worked with the artist’s team to quickly reschedule the much anticipated concert. The performance has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 26th at 9 pm.

The Casino & the artist apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause and Mr. Thicke looks forward to performing at Casino Rama this summer. 

Ticket holders may hold onto their original (March 11, 2014) concert tickets which will be honoured for the new July 26th, 2014 performance date or they may seek a refund.

If ticket holders wish a refund they must return to the original point of ticket purchase to do so. Refunds will be available until Friday, June 26, 2014. Please note the Casino Rama Box Office is open daily from 12 noon to 8 pm.

Operating since July 31, 1996, Casino Rama is Ontario's only First Nations commercial casino and has earned a reputation for presenting exclusive world-class sporting, entertainment & television events. The Casino offers a complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, 8 unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment Centre, and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

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Kenny Rogers and full entertainment lineup for May for Seneca casinos

 NIAGARA FALLS and SALAMANCA, N.Y. – A blockbuster spring entertainment lineup for Seneca Casinos just got better. Country legend Kenny Rogers is booked for an April 26 performance at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, and a full lineup for May is set – with high-profile acts including The Osmonds, Justin Hayward from The Moody Blues, Jimmie Vaughan, Dion, and Katey Sagal and the Forest Rangers.  

Country music patriarch Kenny Rogers makes a return visit to Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca on Saturday, Apr. 26 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $25. The legendary singer achieved 24 No. 1 singles throughout his storied career, including songs like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” “She Believes in Me” and “Through the Years.” Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his 50-plus years in the entertainment industry.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Canadian Celtic Choir and Rant Maggie Rant beckons spring with captivating Celtic concert March 7 at Aeolian Hall

Stratford, ON – The award-winning Canadian Celtic Choir, directed by William Zadorsky, is joining forces with the high-energy Celtic fusion ensemble Rant Maggie Rant for the first time to present a not-to-be-missed celebration of Celtic music that is sure to rejuvenate the spirit after a long and arduous winter.

Entitled Shades of the Shamrock (Spirit of St. Patrick), the Irish-themed concert starts at 7:30 pm at London’s Aeolian Hall.

Each group will do solo sets and then Rant Maggie Rant will accompany the choir. A suite of tunes, as well as many lyrical beauties, will probably make the cut. As well, there will be some surprise musical guests.

Founded in 1996, the London-based, 50-voice Celtic Canadian Choir is well known for its professionalism, exceptional musicality and diverse, high-quality programming collaborating with other Canadian artists.

2014 Stratford GE Café Chefs Series for a hands-on culinary experience

Visit Stratford ( www.visitstratford.ca/gechefs) to join celebrated chefs in the kitchen for an exclusive, hands-on culinary experience.
Meet some of Ontario’s renowned chefs at The GE Café Chef Series in six entertaining and interactive cooking classes, share some delicious dishes and take home some innovative culinary ideas andtechniques to enhance your kitchen skills.

Ticket includes beverages, food, GE Café gift and take-home recipes.  Dietary restrictions will be accommodated where possible.  Classes are $75* per person or $210* for three workshops of choice (* plus service & handling fee and HST, deductions will be applied during order processing.)

Toronto March Break Staycation with Hotel Le Germain and Ripley's Aquarium‏

TORONTO -- With March break around the corner, many parents are still looking for ways to spend some great quality time with their families while their children are off for a week.

Can’t go away on vacation? Why not plan a staycation in Toronto? Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square and Hôtel Le Germain Toronto say parents deserve a break as well as the kids.

In walking distance from Toronto's newest and hottest attraction – the Ripley's Aquarium – Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square has a new exciting package that will please all members of the family. Parents will love the relaxing and luxurious hotel stay  while kids will be amazed at the view of the CN tower directly from their room.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Concert with Rant Maggie Rant at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room March 15

From left to right: Barry James Payne, Lindsay Schindler and Glen Dias.

Rolling out the green carpet for the fourth consecutive year!

Stratford, ON The always-popular Rant Maggie Rant returns to Toronto's equally-popular, prestigious, folk-roots venue Hugh's Room for the fourth consecutive year to perform a spirited St. Patrick’s Day Celebration concert on March 15, 2014.

This is the perfect opportunity for revelers of Irish heritage and the Irish at heart to enjoy a not-to-be-missed evening by a band that likes to mischievously colour outside the prescribed lines of Celtic music.

The repertoire will include selections from the band’s latest self-titled CD, which was recorded at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration concert at Hugh’s Room by sound engineer and inadvertent record producer John Hazen. The band celebrated their brand new rant with a CD launch party and concert on September 22, 2013 at Hugh's Room.

Country music star Jake Owen brings “Days of Gold” tour to the Colosseum June 15 – All ages

 For immediate release: March 5, 2014

Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsor is proud to welcome country rocker, hit maker Jake Owen for an ALL AGES show to the Colosseum stage on Sunday, June 15 at 8 pm.

Owen has paved his way to success with his unique, energetic pop-country sound, earning him “Top New Male Vocalist” from the Academy of Country Music and “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” from the American Country Music Awards.

Touring nationwide in support of his fourth release “Days of Gold”, hear Jake perform his #1 hits  “Anywhere With You,” “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,”  “Alone with You” and the Gold-certified “The One That Got Away.” 

Ontario’s Deerhurst Resort offering 20 per cent off stays of three nights or more

Deerhurst Resort ice carving (Jim Fox photo)

HUNTSVILLE, ON – March Break travel time can be filled with busy line ups and airport hassles.

With the Loonie continuing to fall, staying close to home is becoming a more attractive way to stretch your vacation dollars.

At Deerhurst, a Skyline Resort, there are plenty of options for both indoor and outdoor fun that give families a much needed break without bending their budget.

“You don’t need to travel down south to have a relaxing vacation this March Break,” says Chris Lund, General Manager. “There is a lot to discover in your own backyard and Deerhurst has something for everyone in the family to enjoy.”