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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Is cottage life for you? Find out at the Spring Cottage Life Show

   One-Tank Trip for March 17/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   There’s something in the Canadian psyche that draws us to the great outdoors and cottaging.
   Not just people, but pets, too, are mysteriously attracted to spending as much time as possible by the lake, river, stream and immersed in the woods.
   “The lifestyle of a home surrounded by the striking beauty of lakes, forests or mountains enjoyed with loved ones is an irreplaceable experience and one that remains part of the Canadian dream for many,” said Kevin Somers of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
Cottagers can enjoy colourful dockside sunsets over the lake. (Jim Fox photo)
   And why not, with about 250,000 fresh-water lakes and 100,000 kilometres of rivers in Ontario?
   Find out if you are a “dreamer or doer” at the Spring Cottage Life Show from next Thursday to Sunday (March 22 to 25) at the International Centre (6900 Airport Rd.) in Mississauga.
   The Canadian recreational property market had “healthy increases in both sales activity and pricing” last year, Somers said.
   Dream properties can be hard to find as retiring baby boomers, millennials and Gen Xers escaping high house prices in the cities, and investors are in the market to buy or rent.
   The 2017 LePage price summary for lakeside recreational properties ranged from $160,000 around Lake Huron to $594,200 in southwestern Ontario, $464,400 in the Bruce Peninsula and $1.5 million in Muskoka.
   A Cottage Life study with the Ontario Real Estate Association of 1,100 cottage owners found the “most-predominant trend” is year-round cottaging.
   Some 64 per cent of owners attributed four-season’s use for buying, with 56 per cent planning to convert to year-round use.
   It found 44 percent of cottage owners plan to retire or live at the cottage part-time within the next 10 years.

   One more day at the cottage (show)
Whooo are you asks this owl along with birds of prey from Wild Ontario. (Jim Fox photo)
   Due to popular demand, they’re making it a “four-day weekend” to check out the Cottage Life show this year.
   “This will give visitors even more opportunity to explore and discover all that the show has to offer,” said Rebecca De Silva, manager.
   Highlights include meeting the Brojects’ brothers Andrew and Kevin Buckles, and contractors Marshall Black and Simon Hirsh of Cottage Life TV’s new series, Lake Docks and Decks.
   Calling it the “largest, premier, one-stop destination to get ready for summer,” visitors can check out 600 exhibitors offering the latest in boats, docks and water toys.
A vast selection of cottage “toys” and items fills the International Centre. (Barbara Fox photo)
   There’s also information about builders, innovative products, green solutions, furniture and decor, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, and more.

   Find out about prices and deals from more than 500 cottage realtors representing 36 regions in Ontario.
   Learn about cottage real estate from realtor Rob Serediuk, host of What’s For Sale, who will discuss mortgages and best practices for financing a dream recreation property.
   Bonneville Homes has a walk-through model cottage and there’s beverage sampling at the Dock Party and cooking demos on the kitchen stage.
   Planning a cottage wedding? From renting porta-potties to creating rustic dockside decorations, Lynzie Kent, host of Crazy Beautiful Weddings, and Cottage Life editor-in-chief Michelle Kelly give tips.
Log furniture and more are among the 600 exhibitors at the cottage show.
   Other topics are conservation, container gardening, staining decks, chainsaw safety, design ideas, building an outdoor bar cart, cottage games, outdoor activities and cottage country critters.

   If you go
   Show hours are March 22, noon to 8 p.m.; March 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; March 24, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   Admission is $20; $25 on March 24; $10, ages 13 to 17; free, to age 12; $30, weekend pass; $15, age 65 plus, March 22 and 23. Save $4 on adult admission after 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Free parking. Details: cottagelife.com/shows


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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

This March Break, discover your inner hero at all-new Disney On Ice Show in Hamilton, Ontario

Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream

Featuring Disney’s Smash Hits Moana and Beauty and the Beast

HAMILTON, ON – March 2018… Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., brings courage and adventure to Hamilton this March Break.

Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza with beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella. The show performs at FirstOntario Centre, March 15-18 for 9 performances.

 Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in an epic adventure with demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness.

What's new and happening in Toronto (2018)

– Re-connect with Toronto, Canada’s Downtown, as the ever-changing city gears up to add new hotel and restaurant openings, new tours and experiences to its winter line-up.

Read through our latest What’s New for a full list of updates and happenings around Toronto.  


Hotel X Toronto will open March 1st. Hotel X Toronto, the only property in Exhibition Place; will be a unique lakefront urban resort bringing a cutting edge mix of hospitality, sports and entertainment. Located just inside the iconic Princes’ Gates and opposite the Enercare Centre, Hotel X Toronto is divided into three buildings: the 30-story Hotel Tower, TEN X TORONTO, and the historic Stanley Barracks. The property’s sports and entertainment concept along with a garden setting and lake views create an unparalleled environment for visitors and locals alike.

In late 2018 the luxury-boutique Adelaide Hotel Toronto will become Canada’s very first St. Regis Hotel following a brand-focused enhancement program. Soaring 65-stories in the heart of downtown Toronto, this AAA Five-Diamond Award winning hotel places guests moments from the city’s premier attractions, landmarks, theaters, prestigious shopping, and renowned festivals such as The Toronto International Film Festival. Later this year, the Starwood Preferred Guest hotel will unveil a bold new era of exquisite luxury and style with reimagined public areas, spa, and food and beverage outlets. The redesign will reflect the St. Regis brand’s enduring legacy while infusing the timeless allure, which has defined the hotel collection since its founding by John Jacob Astor IV over a century ago.   

March Break week is upon us; have fun

   One-Tank Trip for March 10/18

   (c) By Jim Fox
  Sun Media newspapers/websites (Postmedia Network)

   If you’re not able to escape to the sunny south, there’s plenty of fun to be had close to home for this March Break week.
   “Syrup sap, gossipy clothing, entomophagy and more make it a wild-and-crazy holiday,” says Helen Lovekin of Ontario Tourism.
Flapjacks doused in maple syrup along with sausages are popular treats at Shaw’s pancake house near Orillia. (Barbara Fox photo)
   Entomophagy – the eating of insects – is possible as “kids seem to love this idea,” she added.
   It’s part of Bugfest at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory’s entomologically inclined event now through March 18 with “yummy ants, mealworms and crickets that get the chocolate treatment.”
   Inside this hot-and-humid enclave are some 2,000 butterflies and moths, and honey bee hives.
   Ontario Tourism suggests these and the following events in a “March Break Sampler.”

   Sappy getaways
   The sap is flowing in the sugar bushes including Aylmer’s Springwater Forest with the traditional wagon rides, maple syrup-making demonstrations and a pancake house.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The "Ides of March" are looming for the school break

   One-Tank Trip for March 3/18

   (c ) By Jim Fox
   Sun Media newspapers/websites (Postmedia Network)
   Just in time for March break, two harbingers of spring are in the air at big annual shows.
   Calling all sportsmen, women and kids for the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show returning to the International Centre (6900 Airport Rd.) in Mississauga from March 14 to 18.
Coming up roses at Canada Blooms.
   And, everything’s coming up roses and more for Canada Blooms, the flower and garden festival at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, March 9 to18.
   If fishing, hunting, boating, camping, travel, outdoor adventure and more are your thing, then this sporty show is for you.

   Attracting 300 exhibitors, the show has a “diverse range of products and services all promoting the great outdoors.”
   Last year, almost 70,000 people visited the show that began in 1948 under the leadership of outdoorsman, author and conservationist Frank Kortright.
   Encouraging visitors to come and “be inspired by everything the great Canadian wilderness has to offer,” is show president Peter Lockhart.
   It offers everything from canine entertainers and Canadian wildlife superstars, to axe throwing and chainsaw carving, with exhibits to “amaze and inspire the whole family,” he added.

Chainsaw artist Kevin Lewis will be chipping away daily at the sportsmen’s show.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bryan Adams The Ultimate Tour 2018 Set to Rock at the Great Indoors


Canadian Music Superstar Kicks off the Summer Line-Up at Casino Rama Resort
RAMA, ON – Casino Rama Resort is thrilled to announce that multi-million selling recording artist Bryan Adams will make his Entertainment Centre debut this summer with The Ultimate Tour 2018

Bryan Adams
The Ultimate Tour 2018
Wednesday, July 4
Tickets are $99.50/$120/$139.50
“Summer of ‘69”, “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” & “Run to You”.

As one of the most exciting live musicians, his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals will excite and entertain audiences.

Bryan Adams The Ultimate Tour will see the showman perform a rip-roaring set of materials from his new album Ultimate, which features a mix of new tracks and enormous hits from an incredible back-catalogue including “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started”, “Summer of 69”, “Heaven” and more.

Sarah MacDougall and Megan Bonnell in double-bill solo performances March 2 (2018) at Stratford’s Revival House

Stratford, ON (February 20, 2018) – String Bone Presents! another fantastic double bill concert March 2, 2018, featuring Swedish-Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McDougall and Toronto-based singer/songwriter Megan Bonnell. The spotlight will shine on each musician during solo sets in the intimate confines of Stratford’s Revival House. The concert starts at 8:00 pm.

Sarah MacDougall is a Swedish-Canadian singer-songwriter currently living in Whitehorse, Yukon. Belgium’s Rootstime Magazine describes her as “One of the greatest talents of our era.” This two-time Western Canadian Music Award-winning artist is well known for her honest, poetic and well-crafted songs, as well as her arresting voice. Her most recent album, entitled Grand Canyon, was nominated for the 2016 Best Solo Roots Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Stepping outside of traditional folk, MacDougall likes to flirt with sounds from other genres, creating a sonic mix of acoustic guitar with heavier drums and richly textured strings and synthesizers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street (Live! Let’s Party!)? Sure it’s in Hamilton, Kitchener, Mississauga and Windsor

 Media Advisory

All New, Interactive Stage Production Inspired by the Iconic, Emmy® Award-Winning Television Program

Everyone’s invited to take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration in Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! when it comes to four Ontario locales.

The inaugural production under Feld Entertainment’s new partnership with the non-profit educational organization, Sesame Workshop, features favourite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new sensory adventure live on stage.

It comes to Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre Concert Hall on Feb. 22 (2018); then Kitchener’s Centre in the Square, Feb. 23, both for two exclusive shows; Mississauga’s Hershey Centre, Feb. 24 and 25 for five shows; and Windsor’s WFCU Centre, Feb. 26, for two shows.

Singing and dancing with Oscar the Grouch.
From the moment the curtain rises, parents and children alike will be on their feet dancing along to a pop-infused soundtrack with new Sesame Street friends and live emcees Casey and Caleb.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

“On King! On, you huskies!” at the Kearney Dog Sled Races; winter fun at Ontario Parks

   One-Tank Trip for Feb. 17/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   “On you huskies,” Kearney is about to go to the dogs again.
   Competitors from across Canada and the U.S. will converge on this community of 800 people in what is billed as the largest dog sled race in Ontario.
   This iconic Canadian tradition has races through the town on Feb. 24 and 25 on the western border of Algonquin Park, just north of Huntsville.
A two-day, 10-dog race is a feature of the Kearney Dog Sled Races.
   The Kearney Dog Sled Races are normally held on the first weekend of February but had to be rescheduled “due to unsafe trail conditions,” organizers said.
   There will be more than 70 competitive mushers along with novice and future mushers taking part in the sanctioned event.
   The race courses begin with a downtown start, challenging hills to climb, hardwood bush, and lakes and marshes to enjoy while racing through the natural beauty of the area.
   The highlight event is an overnight trek through the wilderness.
   It’s a two-day, 10-dog stage race covering about 60 kilometres a day, with the best accumulative time being the winner of a $5,000 purse.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Wiggle, waddle your way to fun in Stratford

   One-Tank Trip for Feb. 10/18
   (c) By Jim Fox

   Stratford’s a happening place with lots for visitors to see and do this season.
   This includes the relaunch of the decadent Chocolate Trail, the popular self-guided tour, to meet and sample products from “world-famous confectioners,” said Cathy Rehberg of the Stratford Tourism Alliance.
Stratford’s spring ritual is the parade of swans to the Avon River. 
   There’s also an exhibit paying homage to native son Justin Bieber, the world-renowned Stratford Festival, Garden Festival and a gaggle of waddling, honking swans parading to the Avon River.
   The Chocolate Trail is a “natural fit” as Stratford’s candy making history spans some 50 years and three candy makers are in the downtown heritage district.
   In its eight years, it inspired the Bacon & Ale trail and seasonal ones focusing on maple and pumpkins.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The weather outside has been frightful: Wild Weather exhibition; orchid show; Winterlicious

   One-Tank Trip for Feb. 3/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Baby, it’s cold outside.
   It’s been a weird, perhaps “wild,” winter with mood swings from bitterly cold to a mid-January thaw and back again.
   Take it from the son of a “weatherman,” you can learn all about “Wild Weather” at an exhibition by that name in Kitchener.
Learning all about wild weather.
   Or, get a taste of spring with orchids at the Royal Botanical Gardens and come in from the cold to wine and dine at Winterlicious in Toronto.
   Billed as a “highly interactive and entertaining blockbuster travelling exhibition,” Wild Weather illustrates severe weather as a “powerful and unpredictable force,” said Sean Jasmins of the Waterloo Region Museum.
   It will be featured from next Friday (Feb. 2) to April 29 and “immerse visitors of all ages in the science of severe weather.”
   The exhibition delves into current severe weather science, explores cutting-edge technology and investigates the stories of scientists, forecasters and passionate enthusiasts.
   “Visitors will leave the exhibition feeling they have been saturated in severe weather elements,” said Adele Hempel, museum manager/curator.
Dancing up a storm at the Wild Weather exhibit.
   Get blown away
   Fly through the eye of a hurricane, create a mini-tornado and dance up a storm as the weather around you responds to your movements and blows you away in a staged hurricane photo op.
   There are eight exhibit zones leading visitors through a series of Wild Weather experiences to gain a better understanding of the science behind the phenomena, its connection to climate change and emerging technologies and forecasting techniques.
   From thunderstorms to summer heat waves, hurricanes to blizzards, it explains the science behind the weather and how exciting new discoveries are unraveling many mysteries.
   Experience weather in its many powerful and unpredictable forms in the exhibition from Science North and the Ontario Science Centre.
Exploring the Tornado Sculpture Group at the weather show.
   There will also be a lecture and roundtable on March 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on “Our Changing Climate.”
   Participants are Profs. Christine Dow, Chris Fletcher and Johanna Wandel, all of the University of Waterloo; and David Roewade, sustainability specialist for Waterloo Region.
Our changing climate

   The museum is at 10 Huron Road in Kitchener, with hours Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   Admission is $11; $8, seniors and students; $5, ages five to 12; free, children four and younger; $25, family. waterlooregionmuseum.ca; (519) 748-1914

   Fox trots
   - Leave the cold behind at the Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale, Feb. 24 and 25, at the Royal Botanical Gardens Centre (680 Plains Rd. W.) in Burlington.
Dendrobium Nobile orchids will be on display at the RBG show.
   This judged event showcases the beauty and diversity of orchids and features displays by societies and growers from across Canada and the U.S.
   There are also exhibits of flower arrangements, paintings, photographs and plant sales.
   Hours are Feb. 24, noon to 5 p.m., and Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photographers: Feb. 25, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
   The RBG’s current exhibit until April 15 is Frogs, whose “beauty and elegance are often overlooked.” rbg.ca; 1-800-694-4769
   - Winterlicious is simply yummy as 210 Toronto restaurants offer three-course, prix-fixe menus at bargain prices.
A meal of sea bass at Ricarda’s restaurant for Winterlicious.
   These samplings cost $23, $28 and $33 for lunch and $33, $43 and $53 for dinner now through Feb. 8.
   Diners should make reservations directly at the restaurants or online, with the list at toronto.ca/winterlicious.


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

Monday, January 29, 2018

Stratford Festival’s Early Booking Discount ends Wednesday night (Jan. 31, 2018)

Also: Last chance to buy discounted Forum bundles

January 29, 2018… The Stratford Festival’s Early Booking Discount is available for only two more days, ending Wednesday, January 31, at 11:59 p.m. This is the only discount all season long that is available for tickets in all seating zones.

To take advantage of the discount, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca, call the box office at 1.800.567.1600, or stop by the Festival Theatre at 55 Queen Street in Stratford between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. this Tuesday or Wednesday. Discounts are already included in the pricing you’ll see. Prices increase on February 1.

The early-bird price lets you save as much as 25% on tickets for all productions in the 2018 season, which runs from April to November. Starting the season, with previews beginning April 17, is Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, followed on April 27 by Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Both shows are directed and choreographed by Donna Feore.