Friday, May 31, 2013

Lieutenant Governor David Onley to visit Midland

Parks and Recreation Department
527 Len Self Boulevard
Midland, Ontario   L4R 5N6
Telephone:  (705) 526-4770; Fax (705) 527-6049
Email address:


Lieutenant Governor David Onley to visit Midland

Mayor Gord McKay and Members of Council are pleased to announce that the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will be visiting Midland on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

The purpose of the Lieutenant Governor’s visit is to officially unveil the sign designating DAVID ONLEY PARK.  The ceremonies begin at 2:00 pm on June 12, 2013, at the Park located at the corner of King Street and Bayshore Drive.

The Town of Midland is honoured to dedicate this Park on the Lieutenant Governor’s birthday and recognize his contributions to the Province of Ontario as a native of Midland.

The public is cordially invited to attend this very special ceremony as we recognize Lieutenant Governor David Onley by naming this Park in his honour and to celebrate his birthday.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Banding Canada’s Smallest Bird

Logo - Wye Marsh Crest - Colour
Friends of Wye Marsh
16160 Highway 12
Midland, ON   L4R3T8

For Immediate Release:

Friends of Wye Marsh
16160 Highway 12
Midland, ON   L4R3T8

Banding Canada’s Smallest Bird

Midland, Ontario – Visitors to the Ontario Hummingbird Festival, July 12 – 14, 2013 will be given the rare and memorable experience of holding and releasing Canada’s smallest bird, the hummingbird.  During the banding demonstrations the public will also be exposed to all aspects of identification, behaviour and habitat needs of hummingbirds.

Leading the banding demonstrations is internationally renowned Bob Sargent from The Hummer/Bird Study Group.  Sargent has been banding birds since 1987 and uses the banding sessions as a way to educate and promote the preservation of wildlife and their habitat to participants both young and old.  Sargent is especially passionate about environmental education with children.  “The hands-on approach to educating children allows each child present to experience birds as living, breathing creatures deserving of our protection.”

The Friends of Wye Marsh are extremely excited about the festival and the opportunity to further their mission to promote environmental education through stewardship.  The festival centres on the hummingbird as one of Ontario’s most recognizable and beloved birds.  Every spring we delight in their arrival and go out of our way to attract them to our gardens and patios.  The familiarity and fondness of hummingbirds makes them the ideal backyard ambassador because when we plant and create habitat for hummingbirds we are protecting for the needs of all wildlife species. 

Throughout the festival weekend there will be photography workshops, workshops and activities for children, expert speaker presentations, and local artisans.  Visitor experiences during the banding demonstrations will vary and depend on hummingbird numbers.  Registration is required for workshops and preferred for the banding sessions and presentations.  To register contact Wye Marsh at or 705-526-7809.  For further information go to

For further information please contact:
Laura Thomas
Friends of Wye Marsh
Marketing and Development Coordinator
705-526-7809 x 205

Bob Sargent
Hummer/Bird Study Group Inc.

Thursday, May 23, 2013



CONTACT:     Steven Ollerenshaw, Director of Sales/ Assistant General Manager

BUSINESS            BEST WESTERN PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre
BEST WESTERN PLUS Couchiching Inn                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRIPADVISOR PR TEAM
PHONE NUMBER   (705)325-9511 x 5308


Honored as a Top Performing Hotel’s as Reviewed by Travelers on the
World’s Largest Travel Site

Orillia, Ontario, Canada  – 22, May 2013 BEST WESTERN PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre and BEST WESTERN PLUS Couchiching inn today announced that both Orillia hotels received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

BEST WESTERN PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre and BEST WESTERN PLUS Couchiching INN are both pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Craig Musil, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre,  “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

 “TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

About BEST WESTERN PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre
BEST WESTERN PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre is an 83 Bedroom Full Service hotel with over 3000 sq. ft. of Function Space that is perfect for your next meeting, wedding and special event, located on Memorial Avenue in Orillia.    If Travelling for business or leisure, Guest are sure to enjoy the amenities including an indoor mineral pool, sauna and hot tub, and unforgettable on site dining experience at the Grape & Olive Wine and Martini Bistro  to name a few. 
About BEST WESTERN PLUS Couchiching Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS Couchiching Inn is a 82 Bedroom full service hotel on Couchiching Point Road in Orillia.     Both Leisure and Corporate Guests alike, offering exceptional upgraded accommodations one of our well appointed suites, Guests are sure to enjoy or Deluxe Hot Continental Breakfast each morning, and a intimate dinning experience in the Portage Bistro.    Our friendly and attentive staff  look forward to welcoming you.   
About TripAdvisor
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Yours in Hospitality,

Steven Ollerenshaw
Assistant General Manager / Director of Sales

BEST WESTERN PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre
TEL: 705-325-9511 ext:5308
FAX: 705-325-3682

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Legendary Tale at the King’s Wharf Theatre

A Legendary Tale at the King’s Wharf Theatre
Friday, May 17, 2013
PENETANGUISHENE – In just two weeks, the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene will launch its 2013 Season of summer theatre on Georgian Bay with the classic rags to riches tale, Oliver!. A spirited production that’s brimming with warmth and energy, Oliver! enjoys a three-week run starting June 4th.
The musical follows the adventures of Charles Dickens’ plucky young orphan as he navigates the mean streets of nineteenth century London. Oliver becomes entangled in a sordid scenario of mystery and thievery, all the while struggling to find a place and a family to call his own.
Oliver! is a true classic in musical theatre,” says Artistic Director Alex Mustakas. “It’s a compelling and exhilarating production, and we’re thrilled to share this renowned musical with audiences in Penetanguishene.”
Theatregoers young and old will be captivated by the musical’s remarkable blend of humour and heartbreak, which is magically conveyed through exuberant dance numbers and unforgettable songs such as “Food, Glorious Food,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Where Is Love?”.
Based on Dickens' second novel, Oliver Twist has been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations. The stage production has had incredible success since it premiered in London’s West End in 1960, where it enjoyed an extensive run. A successful Broadway production in 1964 led to further tours and revivals including a new London production in 2009. The story is loved by people around the world and the book has been translated into more than 25 languages .
Oliver! is directed and choreographed by Tracey Flye.  The cast includes Joshua LeClair as The Artful Dodger, Steven Gallagher as Fagin, Curtis Sullivan as Bill Sykes and Stephanie Roth as Nancy.
Drayton Entertainment is proud to introduce Aiden Tye as Oliver. The Niagara Falls native was discovered through a province-wide video audition campaign. No stranger to the stage, this talented 12-year old spent two years at The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake performing in Ragtime and My Fair Lady.
Oliver! also features AJ Bridel, whom audiences will recognize as a finalist in Over The Rainbow, CBC Televisions’ hit reality show that saw young performers from across the nation compete for a starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz.
Justine Clark, Stephen Findlay, Jason Franco, Joanna Guistini, Grant Landry, Joshua LeClair, Amanda Leigh, Jordan Till, Marcia Tratt, Robin Ward, Christine Watson, Christopher Wilson and Sef Wood round out a stellar ensemble.
Following the success of last year’s production of Annie, which saw a roster of local youngsters cast in supporting roles as orphans, this year’s family production of Oliver! features 24 of the best and brightest local young people to perform as Fagin’s kids alongside the professional cast.
Oliver! is proudly sponsored by John and Terry Hamilton.  Media Sponsors are B101 and The Jewel 88.5.  The Design Sponsor is NEBS. The 2013 Season Media Sponsor is CTV.
Regular performance tickets are $40.00 for adults; $20.00 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for preview performances scheduled before the official opening and groups of 20 or more are $32.00. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.
Oliver! plays eight shows a week June 4th through June 22nd. Tickets may by purchased online at in person at the King’s Wharf Theatre Box Office, or by calling (705) 549-5555 or toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).
For more information please contact:
Valerie O’Brien
Marketing Manager
Drayton Entertainment
Phone: (519) 621-5511 ext. 235  Fax:  (519) 620-8055
About the King’s Wharf Theatre
Nestled within Discovery Harbour on Georgian Bay, the King's Wharf Theatre is a 385-seat venue that’s flanked by the historic buildings of a 19th-century British naval and military base. The theatre is located at the end of a beautiful boardwalk that looks on to the homeport of replica ships H.M.S. Bee and H.M.S. Tecumseth.
A visit to the King's Wharf Theatre takes only 45 minutes from Barrie and Orillia, or just over an hour from Collingwood.  While in the area, visitors can explore the local communities of Penetanguishene and Midland, which offer unique shops and dining establishments as well as Ontario's first European Community at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Press Release - Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce Shop Local Program

May 16, 2013

One of the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce’s objectives is a commitment to the community, encouraging its growth and promoting business opportunities.   For the first time ever, the Chamber has collaborated with the local papers to create a contest that will encourage the residents of the Southern Georgian Bay area to return to its original shopping districts of Midland and Penetanguishene in an effort to promote local spending.

This program is designed to reward shoppers for every $20 spent at any of the participating merchants advertised on the pamphlet/ballot and in the local papers.  There will be a grand prize awarded of $1,000 spending money, in credit, to be spent at the same participating locations.  Both Midland and Penetanguishene will have their own lucky shopper.

The contest will run from May 27 to June 28.  The winners will be drawn on July 2, 2013, and will have six months to spend their money.

There are a total of 35 merchants from both Penetanguishene and Midland who have jumped on board with this initiative and we are encouraging the community to support their efforts.  Pamphlets/Ballots are available at any of the participating merchants and at the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce.  A list of the participating merchants may be found on the Chamber’s website or in the local papers.

Supporting local businesses is essential to maintaining a healthy and prosperous community.


For more information contact:
Denise Hayes
General Manager
Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce
705-526-7885  Ext 202

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

9th Annual Juried Art Show People's Choice Award

Graffiti Art's (People’s Choice Award sponsor) Karianne Copeland presents Judy Goode, the winner of the 9th Annual Juried Art Show People's Choice Award, with a $150 cheque. More than 300 ballots were cast as part of Quest Art's juried art show, which took place from March 8 to May 4.

Christina Bernardo
Communications and Special Events Support Associate

Quest Art
333 King Street
Midland, ON L4R 3M7

Quest Art – providing a vital environment for the education, promotion, and appreciation of the visual arts