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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cast members from "Sons of Anarchy" coming to Seneca Allegany Events Center

SALAMANCA, N.Y. – Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel is revved up for a motorcycle-filled weekend at the end of May with stars from the FX Network hit TV show “Sons of Anarchy.” On Saturday, May 31 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Seneca Allegany Events Center, fans will have the opportunity to interact with three of the main characters: “Gemma,” “Chibs” and “Happy.”

All tickets are $20 for this special question-and-answer session and are on sale now. Tickets are available for purchase at Seneca Casino box offices, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000. All attendees will receive a “Sons of Anarchy” cast photo.

Throughout the month of May, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel will offer two promotions to kick-start the excitement. With the “Revved Up and Ready to Win” Sweepstakes from May 1 through 24, guests have the chance to win a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle valued at $30,000 and a share of $5,000 in Free Slot Play.

Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar opens second location at Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto

TORONTO – Toronto’s Cosmopolitan, a Skyline Hotel, has taken dining to another level with the addition of Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar, the second outpost of the popular uptown restaurant. 

Wildfire launched in February 1 and the 80-seat restaurant replaced the previous Eight Wine Bar space and includes two private dining rooms, booth and table seating and a bar.

“We’re excited to be bringing the Wildfire dining experience to our downtown clientele and to a new customer base through the Cosmopolitan Hotel,” says owner Jody Ness. “We’ve completely renovated the space to incorporate reclaimed barn wood, exposed brick and glass to give it an urban chic vibe.”

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Go local at this year’s Niagara Food & Wine Expo

(News Release)

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – With more Ontario craft beers, local wineries, regional distillers and Niagara restaurants than ever before, the Niagara Food &Wine Expo is back and bigger than ever.
The Niagara Food & Wine Expo is Niagara’s largest international tasting event – but this years’ event will feature more stunning Ontario wines, delicious craft beers, exciting spirits and incredible local cuisine than ever before.
The event, which runs from May 2-4 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ont. will also showcase world-class winemakers, brewmasters and mixologists who will host “sip and learn” sessions on the tasting stage in addition to showcasing their wares on a massive show floor packed with new exhibitors and returning favourites.

Stratford Festival extends two Shakespeares

Venue set for Peter Sellars’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The 2014 season has had brisk advance ticket sales and to meet the demand, the Stratford Festival is adding performances of Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Chamber Play.

“It is encouraging to see such strong endorsement at our box office this early in the season,” says Executive Director Anita Gaffney. “And we’re delighted that the first shows we’ve had to extend are two of our Shakespeare offerings – very fitting as we mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth this year.”

“We have presented Antony and Cleopatra just four other times in our history,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “Audience members who have been eagerly awaiting a Stratford Festival production of this title will be justly rewarded. We could not hope for two more passionate and charismatic actors to play the title roles than Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Five easy ways to get out and about to enjoy spring in Ontario

   One-Tank Trip for April 26/14
   (c)  By Jim Fox

   With the onset of warmer weather, it’s time to get out and about.
   Ontario Parks offers “five easy steps” to escape from the long, cold winter while Orillia is the place for frozen fish.

   Get close to nature
   Camp like a pro by signing up for the Ontario Parks’ Learn to Camp program.
Learning how to camp like a pro at the innovative program offered by Ontario Parks. (Ontario Parks photo)
   “This hands-on training is exactly what new campers look for in their first camping experience,” said program coordinator Jeff Brown.
   Learn to Camp teaches newbies how to pitch a tent, build a campfire safely and cook on a camp stove.
   Park staff members lead the overnight experiences, with all camping and cooking equipment provided.
   Participants just need to bring along their own food and bedding and choose between one night or two in the wilds.
  The program, offered between June and September, is available at Bronte Creek, Darlington, Earl Rowe, Emily, Grundy Lake, Murphys Point, Selkirk, Sibbald Point and Six Mile Lake provincial parks.
   The fee is $80 for a group of up to six people and $123.75 for two nights, plus tax.

GO Train's seasonal weekend service returns to Barrie

(News Release)
April 22—Get away on GO. Season weekend GO Train service to Barrie is back for 2014.

Barrie seasonal train service operates weekends and holidays from June 28 to September 1, serving all stops on GO Transit’s Barrie Line between Union Station and Allandale Waterfront Station.

York Region Transit buses will connect with the seasonal Barrie trains at Maple GO Station to provide service to Canada’s Wonderland. GO customers can ride the York Region Transit bus for a discounted rate of 75 cents.

Seasonal weekend GO Train service returns to Niagara Falls

(News Release)

April 22—Get away on GO. Seasonal weekend GO Train service to Niagara Falls is back for 2014.

Niagara seasonal train service operates Fridays, weekends and holidays from June 27 to September 1. The service also runs on Victoria Day weekend (May 16 to 19), and Thanksgiving weekend (October 10 to 13).

Niagara seasonal trains will operate between Union Station and Niagara Falls on the Lakeshore West Line, serving stops at Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington and St. Catharines.

Women's LIFT Series April 30 at Oxley Estate Winery

Following Your Intuition with Love and Healing!

LIFT Series April 30th @ Oxley Estate Winery

We are a group that meets once a month (last Wednesday of every month) in the winter showcasing different wineries/venues 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.

Rock legends to perform this summer: Bachman & Turner and John Mellencamp

Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsor is thrilled to welcome two giants of rock n’ roll to the Colosseum stage, the legendary Bachman & Turner, reuniting for the first time in more than 20 years on Friday, July 25 at 9 pm.

The musical duo, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, rose to the top in the mid-70s as Bachman-Turner Overdrive, creating a huge following with their stripped-down, blue collar rock, headlining some of the biggest arenas in the world including Madison Square Garden and London’s Odeon.

They have sold more than 30 million records worldwide including 120 platinum, gold and silver discs and this month were inducted in the Juno Hall of Fame. With a vast catalogue of rock anthems, enjoy a night of chart-topping hits including “Taking Care of Business”, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” “Hey You,” “Blue Collar” and “Looking Out for #1” plus songs from their newest collaboration including “Rollin’ Along”. Don’t miss out on their long-awaited reunion tour! Tickets start at $25 Canadian.

Indoor program announced for the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Montréal, April 23, 2014 -- And yes, sparks will fly during the indoor program of this 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan.

Sparks will light up our eyes and our stages, ignited by a constellation of the greatest names from the world of music! Night after night, fans can expect unexpected encounters, exclusive creations, musicians who flirt with or achieve perfection, or soar into the sublime.

In other words, the Festival treats itself-and all of us!-to an unprecedented 35th birthday program! From June 26 to July 6, jazz unveils all of its splendour in our venues, featuring the greatest artists from here and abroad, breathing new life into the music in its purest form or its many related musical genres, from blues to hip-hop. Tickets for these concerts are now on sale.

Get ready for major anniversaries and massive marquee names!

Canada’s leading contemporary art gallery The Power Plant presents Power Ball: Old/New World, Toronto’s most anticipated art party


23 April 2014, Toronto, ON - The Power Plant, Canada’s leading contemporary
art gallery, presents Power Ball: Old/New World.  On Thursday 5 June, more
than 1,500 guests will attend the city’s most anticipated annual art party, raising
vital funds for its exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.

This year’s Power Ball theme “Old/New World” pays tribute to the
revolutionary time when digital technology developed from an analogue world,
transforming everything from music, art, fashion and food. The event will
celebrate the best of the old and new world with outstanding work by local and
international artists that will surround partygoers with playful and spectacular
environments.  For ticket information visit: http://bit. ly/1jbUja4.

Setting the standard as the most influential, vibrant and original contemporary
art party since its inception in 1999, Power Ball has grown to become the
gallery’s largest annual fundraiser, attracting a crowd including artists,
fashionistas, celebrities, and financers from creative industries.

Oxford Photographic Arts Guild’s ~ Art Exhibit

Woodstock, ON – Oxford Photographic Arts Guild (OPAG) invites you to their Art Exhibit on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 6 pm - 7:30 pm that will be held at the Elm Hurst Inn and Spa, Ingersoll.

"Creative Cocktails is a great event to engage the community with local artists. The Oxford Photographic Arts Guild is pleased to exhibit their art at the first Creative Cocktails", says Bruce Hartley from OPAG.

OPAG is a group of Artists who use photography as their medium for artistic expression and exhibit and market their art. The style of the various artists covers a broad range from landscapes, architectural, realistic, to moody, to highly avant-garde.