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Tourism experiences focus on creativity
STRATFORD, Ont. (September 12, 2017) – Going on end-of-summer vacation isn’t just about recharging the batteries and taking a break from work — not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it’s when travellers really get to experience the places they’re visiting and see what makes them so special that the greatest holiday memories are made.
Stratford, Bayfield and Elora & Fergus in southwestern Ontario have created a variety of new activities that are bound to make a memorable impression on visitors by helping them explore their own creativity as well as the artistic sides of the communities.
Two of these creative experiences on tap this fall include:
The Stratford Lantern Parade (Stratford)
- Stratford, picturesque home to the world-renowned Stratford Festival, is hosting 15 new events and activities that capture its growing reputation as a cultural resort town. Among them, the Stratford Lantern Parade is organized and hosted by Playmakers! Theatre School. Hundreds of participants will gather on the banks of the Avon River to light up home-made lanterns and parade along the water’s edge. Along the route, and at the reception to follow, musicians, story-tellers and re-enactors will entertain walkers with songs, stories and folklore drawn from a variety of sources. For more information on the event and lantern workshop dates please visit http://www.makers.ca/lantern-parade.
Songwriters’ Circle and Workshop (Stratford)
- Some of Canada’s most-talented songwriters will perform their songs and share the stories behind them during a songwriting workshop organized by DigiWriting. The event will occur during Stratford Writers Festival between October 20 – 22nd, 2017 will also feature songwriting circle as part of a brunch experience. Further announcements will be made at http://digiwriting.com/stratford-writers-festival/.
RTO4, one of 13 regional tourism offices established by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport in the province of Ontario, provides leadership and support to a flourishing tourism economy in Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington. RTO4 has been called the “petri dish of tourism development in North America” by the Canadian Tourism Commission, specifically because of its innovative, analytical and non-traditional approach to growing tourism and economic development.
Projects in all three communities were developed through RTO4’s Destination Animation Fund. The initiative offers business operators matching funds to create new or enhanced tourism offerings that showcase the destinations. Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences through social networks. More information is available at www.animationfund.ca
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Peter Gilgan honours west end roots and parents with record donation to St. Joseph's Health Centre
Monday, 11 September 2017
Fan Favourites LEGO Ninjago, LEGO® Star Wars™ Days, Brick-or-Treat and Holiday Bricktacular Return to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto this Fall and Winter
TORONTO, Ont.- Mark your calendars LEGO lovers, as LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto officially announces their fall/winter event schedule featuring fan favorites— LEGO® Ninjago Days to celebrate the new The LEGO® Ninjago Movie, LEGO® Star Wars™ Days, Brick-or-Treat and Holiday Bricktacular.
“From ninjas-in-the-making to LEGO® Star Wars™ fans, this fall and winter there will be something to satisfy every budding brick builder through to 2018,” says Noel Straatsma, Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto. “These are some of our most popular events of the year so we wanted to give families enough notice to mark their calendars and include these fun activities in their family outings.”
Here is a list of the various events families can look forward to:
LEGO® NINJAGO DAYS- SEPT. 23-24 & SEPT. 30-Oct. 1
In Celebration of The LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™
Feeling excited about the release of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie? LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto is the place for families to celebrate the film and become true LEGO® ninjas.
Parents and children alike can complete their ninja training with four supercharged LEGO® Ninjago Movie Days from September 23-24 & September 30-October 1. Dress up and join the team that saves LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre from Garmadon’s Shark Army Invasion and enjoy NINJAGO themed builds and activities. Guests will also have the opportunity to win prizes and attend a meet and greet with Kai— the Red Ninja of Fire.
Modeled after the Temple of Airjitzu, the attraction’s new LEGO® Ninjago City Adventure play structure puts guests’ physical skills to the test with more than 20 interactive features including a vortex spinning barrel, a spiral slide of lights, lightning buzzer bars, crisscross maze, vertical rope climb and more, as they fight to save Ninjago City.
BRICK-OR-TREAT- EVERY WEEKEND IN OCT. BEGINNING OCT. 7 & ON HALLOWEEN
To get every LEGO® fan into the Halloween spirit, the Centre will once again host their annual Halloween celebration— Brick-or-Treat— where spooky spirits and friendly monsters all come alive with your imagination and LEGO® bricks.
Held for four weekends in October and on Halloween day, these will feature a costume contest, Monster Mash Scavenger Hunt through MINILAND®, a Spooky Creations building challenge and more. Guests are encouraged to show their Halloween spirit for a chance to win LEGO® prizes.
LEGO® STAR WARS™ DAYS-NOV. 18 & 19
One of the Centre’s most popular events of the year, LEGO® Star Wars™ celebrates this iconic movie franchise and all your favorite characters with the help of LEGO® bricks.
This weekend will feature fun-filled LEGO Star Wars™ build activities for parents and kids alike to channel their inner Jedi. These will include LEGO® Star Wars™ build competitions, a LEGO® Star Wars™ themed build in the Master Builder Academy and a large-scale LEGO® Darth Vader™ group build.
All Star Wars™ fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite character while exploring the ultimate LEGO® Star Wars™ galaxy of fun. Costumed fan groups will also be making an appearance on both days to meet and greet fans of all ages.
HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR- EVERY WEEKEND IN DECEMBER
Celebrate the holidays at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto for four weekends in December with their annual Bricktacular Holiday event. Visitors can participate in a Winter Wonderland Creative Challenge and design their own LEGO® creation to add to the winter landscape, participate in a Holiday Village Scavenger Hunt in MINILAND® and ask the attraction’s Master Model Builder, Noel Straatsma, any holiday-themed question via the LEGO mailbox. Noel will also be creating a large-scale holiday themed build that guests can interact and take photos with.
For more information on LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto and events, visit www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
About LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto is a heavily LEGO® themed indoor attraction that appeals to a child’s fascination with the timeless LEGO® product, taking them into a world of endless possibilities!
Our attraction gives children and their families the opportunity to play together in a LEGO® world. Imagination comes to life with zones dedicated to the most popular LEGO® product ranges, LEGO® themed rides, 4D movie experiences, a unique MINILAND installation of the City of Toronto and surrounding areas and a chance to meet our LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Master Model Builder – Noel. Adults must be accompanied by children to enter. LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto is open daily and advance tickets are recommended for guaranteed admission.
Thursday, 7 September 2017
Toronto Mayor John Tory and Cinespace Film Studios kick off TIFF with groundbreaking of Titan Studios: 50,000 square feet of new film studio space on Kipling Studio CampusTORONTO, Sept. 7, 2017 /CNW/ - Today Mayor John Tory joined Cinespace Film Studios in the groundbreaking of two new, 20,000 square foot, purpose-built film studios on Cinespace's Kipling Studio Campus, in Toronto's west end.
"When I go out selling our film industry, the one concern I hear repeatedly is the shortage of studio space. That's why today's announcement is so important," said Mayor John Tory. "Our film, television and digital industry has had booming success over the last couple of years and it's clear that the industry shows no signs of slowing down. I congratulate our studio veterans - Cinespace and the Mirkopoulos Family - on this project and for responding to the industry demand for studio space."
Cinespace is Toronto's 30-year studio veteran, having brought over 1.3 million square feet of studio space in Toronto online over the course of those 30 years.
Cinespace is also a pioneer of the original Studio District in downtown Toronto, beginning in 1988 in the Eastern Avenue and Carlaw Avenue area. In 2009 Cinespace expanded their operation to Toronto's west end, creating a new node of production activity in Etobicoke, and doubling the employment capacity of the former manufacturing plant on Kipling Avenue. This is now the home of the Kipling Studio Campus, the largest and busiest facility in Canada with the capacity for six large productions to shoot concurrently onsite, including the critically acclaimed and award-winning series "The Handmaid's Tale", and five other productions domiciled here in 2017.
"Today the Cinespace family is announcing the first phase of our multi-year, multi-million dollar investment and intensification initiative, beginning with the construction of the new 'Titan Studios' right here on our very successful Kipling Studio Campus", announced Cinespace's President and CEO, Steve Mirkopoulos.
The new Titan Studios will offer capacity for a seventh project to shoot concurrently on the Kipling Campus, with two 20,000 square foot studios and connecting support space to be constructed side-by-side, on the Titan Road border of the campus. This will add 50,000 square feet of purpose-built, state-of-the-art production space and key support facilities to Toronto's studio inventory, with demand currently at an all-time high.
Mirkopoulos added, "Beyond the new Titan Studios, Cinespace's investment and intensification plan being launched today also includes the commitment to additional purpose-built studios, critical production support facilities and unique film infrastructure that does not currently exist in Toronto, beginning with a large, permanent underwater filming tank - all of which will make Toronto much more competitive on the world stage."
In recent years the film, television and digital media production industry has grown to more than $2 billion in economic activity in Ontario, creating tens of thousands of jobs in Toronto alone. Today's announcement signals that Mayor Tory and Cinespace see continued growth ahead in the film sector, with studio development driving more production to Toronto than ever before.
About Cinespace:Cinepace Film Studios is the largest private owner, operator and developer of space for film, TV and digital media production in North America, with over 2 million square feet of space in both Toronto and Chicago.
Currently in production at Cinespace Toronto:The Expanse (Alcon Entertainment, series)
Lucky Day (Davis Films, feature)
Handmaid's Tale (MGM TV, series)
Fahrenheit 451 (HBO movie)
Condor (MGM TV, series)
Falling Water (NBC Uni, series)
Taken (Europa Corp, series)
Good Witch (Hallmark TV, series)
In Contempt (Blue Ice Entertainment, series)
Currently in production at Cinespace Chicago:Chicago Fire (NBC Uni, series)
Chicago PD (NBC Uni, series)
Chicago Med (NBC Uni, series)
Empire (Fox, series)
SOURCE Cinespace Film Studios Inc.
For further information:
on Cinespace Film Studios, please contact: D. Jim Mirkopoulos, VP, CINESPACE FILM STUDIOS, 416-406-4000, email@example.com
on Cinespace Film Studios, please contact: D. Jim Mirkopoulos, VP, CINESPACE FILM STUDIOS, 416-406-4000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Carol McCartney Quartet ~ September 7th
Award-winning vocalist CAROL McCARTNEY, hailed by critics as "a voice for the future of jazz", performs an evening of classics and contemporary arrangements, many of them from her most recent CD release entitled "Be Cool". In a follow-up review, All About Jazz wrote, "Toronto native Carol McCartney records another impressive vocal statement on the breezy 'Be Cool' cementing her reputation as one of Canada's finest jazz vocalists."