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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Rocky Horror primer for shows in Niagara Falls, Ontario

News Release
Get the full experience of Canadiana Productions’ performance of the cult classic, Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2019

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — There may not be another single movie or play that draws such a passionate response from its fan base than the Rocky Horror Show and its movie adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Around the world, when fans enter the theatre for either a screening or live performance, chances are better than even they are doing so in costume as their favourite character and are equipped with a small arsenal of items they will use to connect themselves to the show in a way that simply doesn’t happen for other films or plays.

“When it comes to Rocky Horror, audience participation is not encouraged; it is mandatory,” says Lee Siegel, Artistic Director of Canadiana Productions, the Niagara Falls-based dinner theatre company that is preparing to stage its 17th performance of Rocky Horror this Halloween. “There is nothing in theatre quite like the interaction between the audience and performers during Rocky Horror.”

Neil Sedaka concert postponed at Casino Rama Resort

(News Release)
Originally scheduled for Saturday, November 2 (8PM)
Rama, ON (Tuesday, October 29, 2019) - Casino Rama Resort regrets to announce that the Neil Sedaka concert scheduled for Saturday, November 2 (8PM) has been postponed due to artist’s illness.  Mr. Sedaka has been advised by his physician not to travel until his health improves.
The Casino is working with the artist’s team to reschedule the much anticipated performance and will provide details on the rescheduled date as soon as possible.
The casino and the artist apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause and Mr. Sedaka looks forward to performing at Casino Rama Resort at a later date.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Fall Flavours Returns to Ontario’s Lake Country

(News Release)

Ontario’s Lake Country, ON: Fall Flavours is back again this Fall with delicious lunch and dinner options prepared by some of your favourite restaurants.

Fall Flavours offers a great reason to get out and enjoy our local restaurants and taste the various menu items created by local chefs. Fall Flavours of Ontario's Lake Country is on now until Sunday, November 3rd. 

For all participating restaurants and to see their menus visit FlavoursOfLakeCountry.com.

Flavours provides an opportunity for locals and visitors to treat themselves to some of the finest restaurants in Ontario's Lake Country. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Its magic showtime for sleight of hand and optical illusions in Fergus;Fall Cottage Life Show for inspiration

   One-Tank Trip for Oct. 26/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   “Abracadabra!” Now you see it, now you don’t. It must be magic.
   Fans of the sleight of hand and optical illusions are heading to the picturesque town of Fergus along the Grand River, northwest of Guelph.
   Through the end of the month, the town has something special up its sleeve for magic lovers.
   This inaugural Ontario Week of Wonder Magic Festival features some of the “world’s top magicians and illusionists,” said co-organizer Ryan Joyce.
Performing his magic in Fergus is Ryan Joyce.
    A professional magician and illusionist from Fergus, Joyce said it’s a “family friendly celebration of magic guaranteed to dazzle audiences.”
   There is a combination of theatre shows, free busker-style street performances and intimate table-side appearances at several restaurants.
   Public shows are on through the weekend at the Fergus Grand Theatre with internationally acclaimed magicians including family magic shows today and Sunday at 2 p.m.
   The magicians have appeared on some of the biggest stages in the world, as well as popular shows such as America’s Got Talent and Netflix specials, Joyce said.
   As well as the theatre shows – where tickets are vanishing quickly – are pop-up performances in downtown Fergus to Oct. 31.
Canadian magician Carisa Hendrix appears at the show. (Kevin Stenhouse)
    The area has deep connections to the world of magic as Canada’s largest organization for professional magicians was founded in Elora by magician Joan Caesar who worked with Joyce to organize the festival.
   “Festival-goers are in for a treat as these are literally the magicians that magicians come to see,” Joyce said.
   A bonus is that the pre-Halloween festival coincides with what is already a magical time in the area.
   The neighbouring town of Elora hosts Monster Month with activities and events “that capture all that’s fun and frightening about Halloween.”
Elora’s Monster Month has Twilight Zoo illuminations.
   Events include the Twilight Zoo with installations of lantern sculptures throughout Elora on buildings and in the green spaces.
   There’s a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Grand River Raceway tonight in Elora.
   For more details about the magic festival, go to magicfestival.ca and Monster Month, monstermonth.ca

   Are we there yet?
   Happening now is something to help cottagers make it through the winter – the Fall Cottage Life Show on through Sunday at the International Centre in Mississauga.
The Fall Cottage Life Show is packed with everything for cottagers. (Jim Fox)
   “Whether you’re looking to warm up your cottage with fall decor and tasty recipes, or get a head start on planning big or small renovations for the next spring season, cottagers are sure to find inspiration at the show,” said publicist Jakki Roussel.
   “With 250 exhibitors and numerous speakers and stage presentations, the show is a one-stop destination dedicated to educating and inspiring cottagers on how to create their dream getaway,” she added.
   This includes tips on protecting the cottage from the effects of climate change to small renovations and fun projects.
   Author Leslie Garrett discusses how climate change has impacted cottage country with fewer songbirds to algae blooms and devastating floods.
Cottagers can find inspiration at the show. (Jerry Behnke)
    For cottagers planning a significant rebuild, small renovation or looking to enjoy their retreats year-round, the show has boats, docks, furniture, arts and decor, building products and more.
   The centre is at 6900 Airport Rd., Entrance 5, with hours today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   Admission is $15; $8 ages 13 to 17; $22 weekend pass. Parking is free. cottagelife.com/shows


   Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
   For more One-Tank Trips: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Boo! Ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties on spooky tours

   One-Tank Trip for Oct. 19/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Beware of things that go bump in the night, especially at this time of year.
   Ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties delight in scaring the wits out of mere mortals as all hallows eve approaches on Oct. 31.
   Tales of “haunted” places abound and the “bumps” denote ghosts or other supposed supernatural beings, as the cause of unexplained or frightening noises heard at night.
There are plenty of scary tales on the Ghosts of Stratford Theatrical Walking Tour. (Nicholas Russon photo)
   Numerous tours are held to get up close and personal with these ghosts and supernatural beings.
   If you “ain’t afraid of no ghosts,” London has its share of spooky places from the Grand Theatre to the old courthouse, while Stratford offers walking tours of its creepy in habitants.
   The Ghosts of Stratford Theatrical Walking Tour – Halloween Edition runs on Oct. 25, 26, 29and 30.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Find Inspiration for building your rustic retreat at the 2019 Fall Cottage Life Show

From Flood Prevention to Renovations and Indoor Entertaining, the 2019 Fall Cottage Life Show Brings Expert Cottage Advice to the City

Friday, October 25 - Sunday, October 27  at the International Centre

(Photo by Jerry Behnke)   
  (Toronto, ON - October 2, 2019) – Whether you’re looking to warm up your cottage with fall décor and tasty recipes, or get a head start on planning big or small renovations for the next spring season, cottagers are sure to find inspiration at the 2019 Fall Cottage Life Show.

With 250 exhibitors and numerous speakers and stage presentations, the show is a one-stop destination dedicated to educating and inspiring cottagers on how to create their dream getaway. From protecting your cottage from the effects of climate change to small renovations and fun DIY projects, there is something for everyone at the show.

The 2019 Fall Cottage Life Show returns to The International Centre in Mississauga from Friday, Oct. 25 - Sunday, Oct. 27. Tickets are available now on the Cottage Life website here

With climate change at the forefront of everyone’s minds, attendees are invited to hear Leslie Garrett, author and contributing writer to Cottage Life, in conversation on the main stage discussing how climate change has impacted cottage country. From fewer songbirds to algae blooms and devastating floods, Leslie will be on hand to offer advice on how cottagers can prepare and protect their retreats from intense flooding and weather disasters before they strike.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

One of last Ontario places to see the changing leaves is across the Niagara Peninsula

   One-Tank Trip for Oct. 12/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Niagara is one of the final places in Ontario to view the fall kaleidoscope of colours.
   The region, lying between Lake Erie to the south and Lake Ontario to the north, is in the moderate climate zone.
   That means there’s still time to take in the spectacle of the changing season.
The colourful changing season has started along the Niagara Parkway at Niagara Falls. (Jim Fox photo)
   Niagara offers some special spots to see fall colours on jet boats, a Ferris wheel and at a conservation area.
   This is where you’ll find the Niagara Parkway curving along the Niagara River separating Canada and the United States.
   It was called “the prettiest Sunday drive in the world” by the late British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Opening historic doors and places in Dutton Dunwich

   One-Tank Trip for Oct. 5/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   City slickers can discover what small-town living is all about as Doors Open takes place in Dutton Dunwich.
   The community between London and St. Thomas with 3,800 people is one of the final two stops in this season’s Ontario Heritage Trust program.
   Concluding this month with five communities, the cultural tourism initiative opens the doors, gates and courtyards of “the most unique and fascinating cultural sites.”
St. Peter’s Anglican Church built in 1827 is one of the oldest churches in southwestern Ontario.
    It highlights exceptional spaces of heritage structures “reflected, valued and conserved for future generations.”
   Dutton Dunwich opens the doors of 10 buildings and historic sites with free tours on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   It’s called a “unique opportunity to explore and enjoy hidden and interesting places,” by Deputy Mayor Mike Hentz.