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Visit our summer-long pop-up lounge in the Bloor and Ossington area
JUNE 27, 2016
TORONTO, ONT. (TNWS) – If you love vaping and the good life, then don’t miss Toronto’s most talked-about CloudFest 2016 hookah, vape, spirits and food festival that takes place on August 26 to 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The much-anticipated CloudFest 2016 will be buzzing with things to see and experience. It will feature the world’s largest indoor hookah vape lounge and cocktail bar, which is always a crowd favourite.
There will be all-inclusive cocktails, wine, beer and e-juice hookahs, live entertainment, special guests, product giveaways and free samples to choose from in the hookah, vape, spirits and food industries.
“Vaping is popular and at an all-time high and this is the event that Toronto has been waiting for,” says Justin C.D., founder of CloudFest 2016. “We invite you to join us on a one-of-a-kind journey that tantalizes all of your senses and entertainment desires.”
Justin urges fans to indulge in a premium “cloud” experience by enjoying hookah and vape, with exotic flavours and delectable pairings that they will not soon forget. Fans will also be treated to VIP experiences; which includes unlimited clouding.
“Taste and savour your way through a wide-array of gourmet fare, incredible wines, cutting-edge cocktails, stunning beers and so much more,” he boasts. “Our CloudFest Ambassadors will dazzle you with their extensive knowledge of premium flavor pairings and out-of-this-world service.”
“Our unique blend of engaging, educational and exciting content, will change the way you drink, eat and cloud forever,” Justin promises.
A general admission CloudFest pass, which provides an all-inclusive experience with unlimited drinks and hookahs; or a weekend pass can be purchased online at http://cloudfest.ca/tickets/
Fans are also encouraged to visit our pop-up lounge running all summer at 901 Bloor St., W., near Ossington Ave., Toronto, Information on the lounge can be found under the Lounge Tab of our website at http://cloudfest.ca/
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Finding Dory to screen as charity fundraiser at NIFF 2016
MAY 12, 2016
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. (TNWS) – The Niagara Integrated Film Festival is delighted to announce that a special charity screening of Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory will take a prime space in this year’s festival lineup. This screening is made possible by the continuing generosity of Walt Disney Studios Canada, who last year provided the festival with a sneak preview screening of the Academy Award winning Inside Out.
The overwhelmingly successful 2015 screening of Inside Out raised money in aid of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, a charitable cause that NIFF will once again be fundraising on behalf of. A significant portion of the box office revenue from this year’s screening of Finding Dory will go towards supporting the charity, whose mission statement is “To provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.” www.bgccan.com/
Finding Dory is the highly anticipated sequel to the Academy Award winning Finding Nemo (2003), and is the latest family feature from Pixar Animation Studios. The film reunites everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. Director Andrew Stanton is back, along with Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, as well as a host of new characters, voiced by the likes of Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton and Idris Elba.
Also screening with Finding Dory is Piper, the new short film from Pixar that tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. Piper is directed by Alan Barillaro.
NIFF’s charity screening of the film will take place on June 17 in Partridge Hall, at the newly completed FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, in downtown St Catharines.
Tickets for this year’s festival are now on sale https://niagarafilmfest.com/
About the Niagara Integrated Film Festival
The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is the brainchild of Toronto International Film Festival founder Bill Marshall. The festival partners with Niagara’s world-famous wineries to screen films under the summer sky in the breathtaking beauty of the region’s vineyards. More than 9,000 moviegoers savoured Niagara’s delectable wines paired with sumptuous food last summer with screenings of nearly 50 Canadian and international films. The summer of 2016 marks the festival’s third year. With ten Canadian premieres already secured including Meera Menon’s Equity, the Vincent Cassel-starring One Wild Moment, and Hong Kong crime thriller Trivisa, this year’s festival is not to be missed.
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Come see the Fonz, top comics and wrestling stars at this year’s star-studded show
MAY 11, 2016
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. (TNWS) – This year marks the 5th anniversary of Niagara Falls Comic Con and organizers are pulling out all the stops with iconic TVand movie characters, movie cars, prop exhibits, comic artists, seminars and more.
“We’re really excited to be celebrating our fifth anniversary, and promise to bring fans the biggest and best pop culture experience yet,” says Chris Dabrowski, Show Manager, of Niagara Falls Comic Con. “This year’s line up of star-studded celebrities and attractions will be sure to excite fans spanning all generations.
”Celebrities confirmed for the June 3 – 5 event include: Henry Winkler (The Fonz); Kevin Smith; Jason Mewes; Kevin Dillon from Entourage; Walter Koenig (Star Trek); C.J. Graham) Jason Voorhees; Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy); Verne Troyer (Mini Me: Austin Powers); Peter Davison (Fifth Doctor Who); Tom Payne (The Walking Dead); Caroll Spinney (Big Bird & Oscar The Grouch); The Original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno; Doug Bradley (Pinhead: Hellraiser), and a Legends of Wrestling Reunion including Shawn Michaels, Ricky Steamboat, Hillbilly Jim, Howard Finkel and Jake The Snake Roberts, and many more!
“This year’s event features some of pop cultures biggest names. Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes will be together on stage performing a Jay & Silent Bob Get Old LIVE Podcast on the Saturday of the three-day weekend event. “This is a rare treat for fans, and tickets for that event are limited, so we encourage fans to get theirs fast before they sell out.”
The much-anticipated Niagara Falls Comic Con will feature more than 200,000 square feet of comics, artists, pop culture and geek-related memorabilia, as well as an 1980s Video Game Zone, Falls Horror Fest, TV / Movie Cars including The General Lee, the largest Jaws movie prop collection in the world, Superheroes, Costume Contests, photo-ops and more.
“It is a very family and fan-friendly event,” says Dabrowski. “Fans are super excited about the show, which features many popular celebrities and keeps on getting bigger every year.”
Niagara Falls Comic Con is presented by Niagara College Canada and takes place from June 3 – 5, 2016 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, at 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.nfcomiccon.com or at the door on the days of the show.
For further information, please contact
Niagara Falls Comic Con, Show Manager.
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Niagara New Vintage Festival welcomes Hometown Country Music Festival
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May 4, 2016
St. CATHARINES, ON. (TNWS) – June 2016 marks the inaugural year of the Homegrown Country Music Festival in Niagara. The festival will take place at the Grape Grower of the Year’s vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake on June 19 from noon until 7 pm. As an extension of the Niagara New Vintage Festival, this celebration of local talent and Niagara’s agricultural abundance will be a showcase of an all Canadian New Country artist lineup. Each performer selected for the showcase has a deep rooted tie to the Niagara region and a passion for the local community.
Artists with roots in Niagara will be scheduled to perform, including well-known Country singer and multi-genre songwriter, Tebey; high energy singer/songwriter Ryan Creelman, who grew up in Thorold and now resides in London, Ontario; and St. Catharines’ own Brad Battle. A new twist to the Country festival scene is Country mash-up by DJ Dave Stiles and DJ Tanner.
“I’m really looking forward to being back at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival this year. Playing the Niagara region is always a homecoming of sorts, as my wife is from St. Catharines and we spend our summers there,” said Tebey of his upcoming performance at the Homegrown Country Music Festival.
Enjoy the soothing sounds of Country music in a unique vineyard location, sipping VQA favourites and singing along amongst the vines. Food trucks will take the stage, offering Niagara sourced produce from local chefs who believe in making the most of the farm-to-table freshness the region has to offer.
Also included in the farm-to-table celebrations of Niagara’s wine country is the Annual TD Tailgate Party, taking place June 18 at the Pillitteri Icewine Farm. Join more than 35 of Niagara’s celebrated wineries as they share their stories alongside ten local chefs who will wow you with fresh culinary delights from our own backyard. It promises to be an unforgettable summer solstice best paired with friends, old and new.
Grape Grower of the Year, Jamie Slingerland, looks forward to welcoming festival goers to the Pillitteri Icewine Farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake. “As Grape King, please accept my invitation to the award-winning Reserve Vineyards of Pillitteri Estates for the 2016 Tailgate Party and Homegrown Country Music Festival. The vineyards are nestled in the heart of wine country in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake where great 100% Ontario wines are grown.”
For those looking to tour Niagara’s wine country, the New Vintage Discovery Pass is the key to two weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara. Discovery Pass holders can enjoy eight experiences per pass during Festival weekends June 11-19. Designated drivers can also indulge in culinary offerings with the Driver’s Discovery Pass.
For fans of the vine, these are the weekends to visit wine country. Sip and savour the best of Niagara’s farm-to-table favourites and delicious VQA wine pairings at the Niagara New Vintage Festival and Homegrown Country Music Festival.
For a complete listing of all Niagara New Vintage Festival programming and events, visit us at www.niagarawinefestival.com
For further information, please contact
Niagara Grape and Wine Festival
Our office is located at 8 Church St., Suite 100, St. Catharines, L2R 3B3.
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April 28, 2016
Toronto, ONT. (TNWS) – Business is on the rise at the much-anticipated Bakery Showcase 2016, which will feature top names in the industry starting this Sunday, May 1 and running until Tuesday May 3, at the International Centre, at 6900 Airport Rd., Toronto.
About 5,000 industry professionals are expected to attend the Bakery Showcase, which will feature new education programmes, enhanced B2B business opportunities and a new Knowledge Centre to support Canada’s baking industry’s efforts in delivering innovative and nutritious products to our consumers.
The Bakery Showcase, that takes place every two years, is Canada’s largest and only industry trade show and conference with some 100,000 square-feet of exhibits featuring baking ingredients, equipment, services, technology and finished baked goods.
“The Bakery Showcase keeps innovating and attracting more people every year,” says Paul Hetherington, President and CEO, Baking Association of Canada (BAC). “There are many new and exciting speakers this year and there will be plenty for people to see and experience.”
Hetherington says the BAC is Canada’s largest baking industry trade association that represents the country’s $8.6 billion commercial, retail and in-store bakeries. Its members represents more than 80% of the nation’s production capacity within the industry producing a wide range of products including breads and rolls, cakes, pastries, cookies and other sweet goods with semi-finished & frozen products.
On the agenda on Sunday May 1, from 11 am to 12 am, is the amazing “Road to Paris” story by Alan Dumonceaux, Captain of Bake Team Canada, as he relives his team’s triumphs in getting to the Baking World Cup.
On Monday May 2, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Harold Lloyd, who is well-known for his consumer studies, will talk about productivity and 24-ways to build sales in an engaging presentation called “Holy Donuts Batman.”
From 10:45 am to 12 noon, Lloyd will lead a Baker Panel discussion on where the industry is today and where it is heading.
On Tuesday May 3, from 9 am to 10 am, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill University’s “Office of Science and Society,” will provide the latest in nutritional advice; and from 10 am to 10:45 am Globe and Mail columnist Leslie Beck, who is a best-selling author and registered dietician, will talk about crafting a nutritional message and getting it heard.
Finally, our State of the Industry panel will explore how the baking industry in Canada and the U.S. are responding to both consumers and governments regarding today’s food and nutrition challenges.
Join about 5,000 industry professionals including bakers from retail, wholesale, commercial & in-store bakeries, grocery chains, restaurateurs, bakery cafes owners, caterers and other foodservice outlets for the Bakery Showcase. The trade show floor is almost 100,000 square feet, with vendors from across Canada, the U.S. and a few International showcasing baking ingredients, baking equipment, services, technology and baked goods, including fresh, proof and bake, par-baked, freezer-to-oven, thaw and serve.
For more information, please contact
President and CEO,
Baking Association of Canada
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March 23, 2016
Launch of Canada’s First & Only LGBTQ Wedding Website
Toronto, ON (TNWS) – Canada Gay Weddings™ is proud to announce the official launch of Canada’s first and only conjugal website dedicated to the country’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community – www.CanadaGayWeddings.ca.
Canada Gay Weddings officials vow the new website will provide the Canadian LGBTQ community with the opportunity for equal inclusion into the wedding industry.
“We are always participating at bridal shows from Toronto to the Golden Horseshoe region, and while attending these shows same-sex couples would often approach me with hesitation,” says Joe Plati, Founder and Publisher of Canada Gay Weddings. “I realized how lop-sided the wedding industry really was and that these couples deserve the same excitement and fairness in planning their weddings as anyone else.”
Plati, who is the Publisher of The Bridal Guide Publication, explains that Canada Gay Weddings was born to bridge that gap and bring equality to the wedding industry.
He says CanadaGayWeddings.ca is a proud and dedicated supporter of the LGBTQ wedding industry.
“Our focus is to inform, educate, and inspire couples, individuals, and businesses to get involved with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer wedding community,” Plati promises. “We look forward to helping all Canadians plan the wedding of their dreams.”
He insists the Website will “provide the best community in Canada focused on real LGBTQ wedding stories, along with LGBTQ friendly travel destinations, and categories of equality-friendly vendors all across the country that will assist the newly engaged with stress-free wedding planning.”
“Marriage is about love, and love is free from prejudice and discrimination,” Plati says. “All couples should be able to experience the joy of planning the wedding of their dreams and be treated with equal fairness regardless of who they love.”
He says a pre-launch has shown a growing social media fan-base which speaks well to the acceptance of CanadaGayWeddings.ca in the LGBTQ community.
The team has brought in award-winning writer Catherine Thorpe to work as Editor-in-Chief for Canada Gay Weddings.
“I couldn’t have been more thrilled to be offered this position,” Thorpe says. “Accepting it was an easy choice, both as an active ally for the LGBTQ community as well as the mother of a young trans girl.”
Thorpe is a well-known blogger and community advocate with many years of experience in the publishing industry.
“I’m looking forward to leading the editorial team for the very first digital edition of the CGW magazine set to be published in the Spring of 2016,” she says.
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Canada’s Only National Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Expo
Toronto, ONT., (TNWS) – The long-awaited Sixth Annual Romance Travel Show Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Expo for those who are planning a destination wedding or honeymoon returns to Toronto next week Thursday to once again help brides and grooms make their holiday dreams come true.
The popular Romance Travel Show will take place on February 25, 2016 at Park Inn by Radisson Airport West & Grand Victorian Convention Centre, 175 Derry Road East, Mississauga. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
There will be dozens of leading exhibitors from top hotels, resorts, tour operators and popular tourist destinations; including Jamaica, Cuba, Barbados and St. Lucia.
“This an invaluable event that happens only once a year and has been gaining in popularity,” says Laurie Keith, President of Romantic Planet Vacations, which was established in 2004 and organizes the popular show. “People love the event because it’s Canada’s only national bridal show that caters to honeymooners and those planning destination weddings.”
The firm serves a niche market and stages successful yearly bridal shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto.
“Almost 25% of all Canadian weddings are destination weddings and this trend is expected to continue to climb,” Keith says. “The reason for the popularity is that destination weddings are exotic, affordable, stress-free, can be a meeting grounds for guests and because it combines a holiday-family reunion.”
Brides and grooms will have the opportunity to learn about planning a destination wedding from the legal requirements to choosing the perfect destination. They will also have the chance to meet with wedding planners from around the world, hoteliers, airlines, tour operators, photographers, bridal shops specializing in destination weddings, unique invitation printing companies and many more suppliers.
There will be a lot to see and do.
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – attendees can meet exhibitors in a trade show format to seek their expertise. These include hoteliers, onsite wedding coordinators, tour operators, tourism boards, photographers, and bridal vendors.
At 7:30 pm: – there will be an hour-long presentation looking at different destination and resort options; working with an onsite wedding coordinator, steps of the planning process and tips on making your destination wedding or honeymoon dreams come true.
You can also meet with members of the Romantic Planet Vacations travel team for a free honeymoon or destination wedding one-on-one consultation.
There will be appetizers and door prizes for attendees; including a chance to win a FREE honeymoon.
For further information please contact:
President of Romantic Planet Vacations.
She can be reached by email at email@example.com or call 403-255-2173.
Please feel free to visit our website for more information at www.romancetravelshow.com
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By TOM GODFREY
Efforts are underway to have this country’s first Black mailman, Albert Jackson, a former U.S. child slave, commemorated on a Canadian postage stamp almost 100 years after his death.
The Jackson family has also launched a fundraising drive to obtain a plaque to highlight his role in history in that he fought racism and bigotry while working as a letter carrier in downtown Toronto from 1882 until his retirement. He died in 1918.
The hard-working Jackson was made a postman but given an inside job with a “mop and pail”. It took complaints from the community and an order from then Prime Minister John A. Macdonald to place him on a route.
Jackson was the youngest of seven children. His mother, Ann Maria Jackson, fled to Canada from Delaware through the Underground Railroad, a system that smuggled slaves up north from the U.S. to escape slavery.
It was the sale of Jackson’s two older siblings into slavery that forced the family to flee to Canada in 1859.
Jay Jackson, the great-grandson of Albert, said his great-grandfather stood up for what he believed in and experienced a lot in his life.
“Him being commemorated on a stamp is something that needs to be done,” Jay told Share. “This man has been through so much that this is long overdue.”
Jackson was appointed by the federal government to be a mail carrier in May 1882. It was at the time an important job for a member of the Black community.
He was instead reassigned to a menial job of hall porter at the post office, which touched off a controversy in the fledgling Black community.
At the post office, the all-White workers insulted him and refused to give him a uniform, train or show him his mail route.
“He showed up to work on the first day and they gave him a mop and pail,” said Jay. “They wouldn’t give him a uniform because they didn’t think he represented the Canadian government.”
Jackson’s plight was picked up by the Toronto newspapers and many sided with the quiet postman, who served the south Annex area.
“What resulted was a furor, with the Black community insisting that Jackson be given his appointment,” wrote Colin McFarquhar, in an essay of Blacks in 1880s Toronto. “Many in the White community were arguing that other letter carriers should not be forced to work with him.”
So contentious was the Jackson issue at the time that a number of Blacks were assaulted on the streets by Whites.
“The question of whether Jackson should be a mailman became a highly charged issue in Toronto,” McFarquhar wrote. “The matter was discussed prominently in the newspapers for the next couple of weeks.”
Jackson suggested that “if North American Whites gave Blacks equal opportunity they would eventually see Blacks possessing all the attributes Whites said they did not have”.
“One point that was debated was whether Blacks were inherently inferior to Whites,” read one publication. “The question of whether Blacks were inferior or had a smaller brain was debated in letters to the Toronto World.”
A committee of business and social leaders was set up to study the issue, but Macdonald was forced to intervene and ensure Jackson was assigned a delivery route.
Mark Brown, of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Toronto and York Region Labour Council, said a package is being prepared for a Canada Post selection committee seeking that Jackson be immortalized for his contribution to Toronto’s history.
“This worker was wronged and the community is coming together to give him his rightful place in history,” Brown told Share. “He is truly deserving to be on a Canadian stamp.”
Brown said Jackson was the first Black postman in all of Canada.
The Jackson family’s plight was first exposed by historian and author Karolyn Smardz Frost in her book, I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad.
Her book was the first volume on African Canadian history to win a Governor General’s Award.
Jackson’s plight was turned into a play called The Postman that debuted in 2015. A downtown laneway was also named after him