Monday, June 30, 2014

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy to perform at Discovery Harbour August 9

June 30, 2014

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy
to perform at Discovery Harbour August 9



Canadian “Masters of the Fiddle” Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will perform an outdoor evening concert at Discovery Harbour on Saturday August 9, as part of the site’s “Festival of Peace” Event and 200th Year Celebrations.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have been captivating audiences all over North America with their exceptional musical skills and obvious joy of playing together.  The duo has received industry acclaim and built an enthusiastic loyal following wherever they perform.  MacMaster is also both a Grammy and Juno award winner.  Their music combines the best of French, Celtic, American Bluegrass, and even Cajun styles. Riveting original pieces, traditional Cape Breton tunes, step dancing, storytelling, and unbounded energy will all translate the provide a remarkable musical evening for the entire family.  Opening for the concert will be another Juno award winner the Devin Cuddy Band.  Food and a beer tent will be provided by Rotary Club of Penetanguishene.  Bring a lawnchair or blanket. The magical night will be topped off with a spectacular fireworks show.  Tickets for the evening concert are just $20.00 per person and are now available for purchase at Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, or by calling 705-526-7838. Concert goes rain or shine.

The “Festival of Peace” event runs the weekend of August 9-10 and will feature live daily music throughout the historic site, family activities, and much more.  On August 8 at 1:30 p.m., an Ontario Heritage Trust provincial plaque will also be unveiled and a Peace Garden dedicated.  FREE DAYTIME ADMISSION to the historic site will be offered to past and present Canadian military personnel August 8-10.   

For further information on Discovery Harbour’s 200th Year Celebrations, visit hhp.on.ca.

Editors please note: Advance Interviews/Audio interviews can be set up with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy.  Please contact Bill Brodeur at the coordinates below if you wish to set up.

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Discovery Harbour is operated by Huronia Historical Parks,
and is an Attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.


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Media Contact:

Bill Brodeur
Coordinator
Marketing and Media Relations
Huronia Historical Parks
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Discovery Harbour
705 528-7692


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Enhance your King's Wharf Theatre experience with a special Dining + Theatre offer in Penetanguishene!

King's Wharf Theatre 



Enjoy great food on a waterfront patio overlooking beautiful Georgian Bay. 
For a limited time only, we've partnered with The Boathouse Eatery to create
 a special Dining + Theatre Package.

The package is priced per person and includes a performance of Run For Your Wife at the King's Wharf Theatre and a $25 Gift Certificate to The Boathouse Eatery in Midland.

Run For Your Wife + Boathouse Eatery
ONLY $55.00 + HST per person (gratuity not included)
Save $12 per person!

Buy Now! Purchase your Dining + Theatre Package online
or call the Box Office at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

Please note: The Boathouse Eatery Gift Certificate may be used at any time and is not restricted to redemption on the day of the performance. Packages are not valid with any prior purchases and/or offers. This offer may expire at anytime without notice.



Run For Your Wife is a non-stop marathon of laughs!
Mistaken identities, swinging doors and lunacy on stage
For years cab driver John Smith's crazy work schedule has allowed him to successfully keep two marriages secret, spending mornings with one spouse and evenings with the other. But when he is injured in a mugging, the cabbie's carefully crafted charade implodes when the police return him to the wrong home at the wrong time. The result is an uproarious romp full of mistaken identities, swinging doors, and lunacy. 
  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc. appoints Rick Collins to Sales, Fire Safety

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Midland, Ontario: May 12th, 2014

The appointment of Rick Collins to the Sales team, effective May 1st, is announced by Kevin Leonard, President of Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc.
“Rick actually started with Huronia back in 2005 as the head of our Fire Safety department. A few years ago, he left to pursue other interests. We’re thrilled to now welcome him back. He has a wealth of Life & Fire Safety experience and great customer relations skills which will help us further develop the Fire Safety division in Central Ontario, with residential and commercial customers,” said Leonard.
Huronia is the regional expert in fire safety, fire suppression products, technology and monitoring and they are increasing their focus on this growing segment with Collin’s return and the recent addition of a Senior Fire Safety Technician.
Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc. has been in business for over 40 years and is Central Ontario’s leading provider of home and business security and monitoring services, CCTV, fire and safety, lock, key and safe products and services, home theatre, audio and video consultation and entertainment room design, as well as cabling and smart home wiring for today's home automation requirements.

For more information contact:
Media Inquiries - Jaclyn Jones, Account Manager at Whiting & Holmes Limited, 289-337-3662, jaclyn@whitingandholmes.com
Specific Inquiries relating to Huronia – Kevin Leonard, President at Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc., 705-792-9311, kleonard@huroniaalarms.com

Monday, June 9, 2014

Aboriginal Heritage to be celebrated at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons June 21-22

June 5, 2014

Media Release – for immediate release

Aboriginal Heritage to be celebrated
at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
June 21-22

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will offer a dynamic celebration of Aboriginal heritage June 21-22 with its popular Aboriginal Festival Weekend.  This year’s event includes National Aboriginal Day which officially takes place in Canada on June 21.

The exciting two day event will celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Inuit, and M├ętis peoples.  In the Sainte-Marie foyer, local area Aboriginal crafters will offer a beautiful selection of exquisite Aboriginal products.  Following inspiring Aboriginal drumming by Chris Walser, visitors can then free-flow to many hands-on activities on the historic site including bannock making, Aboriginal foods in the Sainte-Marie cookhouse, making and playing the Aboriginal “ring and pin” game, lacrosse demonstrations, and traditional planting of “The Three Sisters” seeds of corn, beans, and squash.  Additional activities will include the demonstration of waterway locks and traditional fire starting.

Aboriginal culture will come to life on the historic site with outstanding performances of drumming, singing and dancing.  The popular Neil Monague Hand Drumming Group will be featured in Sainte-Marie’s famous longhouse, and the riveting Aztec Drumming Group will wow crowds with their energetic and engaging presentations.  Also performing over the weekend are The Haudenosaunee Dancers, an Iroquois drum and dance group that uses water drums and cow horns to provide lively dance that thanks the Creator and reinforce community relationships.  Aboriginal performer John Samosi returns with his interactive hand-drumming, sure to delight visitors of all ages.  

The Aboriginal Festival Weekend is on Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22 at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. For further information call (705) 526-7838 or visit www.hhp.on.ca.

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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is operated by Huronia Historical Parks,
and is an Attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.



Media Contact:

Bill Brodeur
Coordinator,
Marketing and Media Relations
Huronia Historical Parks
Bill.Brodeur@ontario.ca 
(705) 528-7692 


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Peter Pan Opens Tonight at King's Wharf Theatre!

Second Star to the Right Shines Brightly on
King’s Wharf Theatre
Thursday, June 5th, 2014
PENETANGUISHENE – The 2014 Season at the King’s Wharf Theatre opens with the legendary adventures of Peter Pan. Theatregoers young and old are whisked away to Never Never Land in this traditional British panto that combines elements of fantasy, adventure, unforgettable characters, and plenty of comedy.  Peter Pan entertains now through June 21st.
Peter Pan is family entertainment at its best,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “The classic story is retold with an amazing cast of characters and sensational music that is sure to delight and have audiences rooting for the hero and booing the villain.  It’s a fun and interactive form of theatre that allows everyone to share in the magic.”
Based on the popular story by J.M. Barrie, this enchanting adaptation is written by Simon Aylin and Trudy Moffatt. The pair has wonderfully preserved the traditional tale and infused it with tons of energy and humor to create a classic British panto. Theatregoers of all ages can’t help being drawn into the hilarity!
In this beloved story about a boy who would not grow up, audiences embark on thrilling adventures soaring to the stars, swimming with mermaids, and battling swashbuckling pirates. You’ll meet your favourite characters including Peter, the Lost Boys, the Darling children, the villainous Captain Hook … and a few new eccentrics!
AJ Bridel is ideally suited for the role of Peter Pan. Her marvellous singing voice and playful demeanour are brilliantly showcased, even through flight and fight as she keeps everyone rooting for Peter Pan’s victory.
Thom Allison is terrific in the dual role of patriarch Mr. Darling and the evil Captain Hook. Allison captures the spirit of the infamous scoundrel, portraying Hook with the perfect balance of villainy and humour. Children especially take great joy in booing him, while laughing at his outlandish antics.
Melanie Phillipson delivers a warm and affectionate performance as Mrs. Darling while also tackling the role of Tiger Lily, the brave and beautiful Indian Princess, in which she delights.
Making their Drayton Entertainment debuts in this production are Eric LeClair as Michael, the littlest of the Darling children, and Nikki Ponte, who gives a cheerful portrayal of big sister Wendy Darling. Joining them as middle child John is Trek Buccino, delivering the perfect amount of maturity and cleverness.
A British panto wouldn’t be complete without a few surprises and Aidan deSalaiz is exceptionally funny as the outrageous character, Delilah the Cook.  His over-the-top costumes bring plenty of laughs, and are only surpassed by his sheer brilliant comedic timing. 
Captain Hook’s dutiful sidekick, Smee, is played by Eric Da Costa. Engaging audiences with his lovable style and witty humour, Da Costa is delightfully entertaining as the sensitive underling.
Justine Clark, Rachel Clark, Jason Franco, Dani Jazzar, Grant Landry and Christine Watson round out an impressive ensemble cast.
Also appearing in this production are 35 local youth who are cast as the Lost Boys and dancers.
The Lost Boys are portrayed by William Alexander, Ian Beausoleil, Meghan Brown, Eleanor Guy, Owen Hinton, Andrew McLeod, Jason Moore, Ryan Moore, William Parry, Korol Pikulik, Liam Corrigan Ross.
Emily Adams, Hannah Billedeau, Hannah Black, Sophia Crawford Bald, Annie Corrigan Ross, Payge Dayler, Jory Harris, Claire Johnson,  Kira Keith, Tayla Keith, Alexandra Kuniewski, Elizabeth Laplante, Katie Laplante, Sydney Marion, Isabel Reader, Emma Reynolds, Kaija Robillard, Emma Robitaille,  Alyssa Salway, Tori St. Amant, Anastasia Stevens, Eden Stora Samantha Tate, Sarah Watt are the youth dancers who perform in rotating schedules throughout the run.
Director and Choreographer David Connolly demonstrates an obvious flare for pantomimes as he delivers a winning production. Credited with such past Drayton Entertainment hits as Disney’s High School Musical, Dance Legends, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You and, most recently, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Connolly has again succeeded in mounting a production that captivates audiences.
Music Director Michael Barber leads a phenomenal band through romantic ballads, clever comedic songs, and show-stopping production numbers in a musical score that is perfectly crafted to accompany this whimsical story. The Band features Barber on Keys I, Matt Lima on Bass Dave Thompson on Guitar, David Myers on Keys II and Craig Snowden on Percussion.
Jean-Claude Olivier has designed an extraordinary set that includes a fantastic rendition of the Jolly Roger pirate ship. His vision of the iconic moments in this classic tale will undoubtedly resonate with audiences. Lighting Designer Simon Day has created a visibly dreamy mood for the production with layers of complexity that are achieved through unique use of light. Costume Designer Angela Vanderveen has brilliantly captured the essence of each character. Her costumes are full of vibrant colors to make each character stand out beautifully. Fight Director Joe Bostick adds the final theatrical touches to this wonderful show.  The characters in this production soar through the air courtesy of the renowned aerial experts at ZFX Flying Effects.  
“I couldn’t think of a better show to launch what promises to be an exceptional summer of entertainment on the shores of Georgian Bay,” says Mustakas. “Peter Pan is a high-flying fantasy that’s perfect for summer and offers plenty of family fun.”
Peter Pan is proudly sponsored by Elmvale Jungle Zoo. Media Sponsors are CHAY Today 93.1 and 104.1 The Dock. The Design Sponsor is Midland Tours Inc. The Youth Theatre Education Sponsor is TD Canada Trust. The 2014 Season Media Sponsor is CTV.
With many dates already sold out, theatregoers are encouraged to book seats for Peter Pan as soon as possible. Tickets are $42 for adults and $25 for Youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $34. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.
Peter Pan is onstage now through June 21st. Tickets can be purchased online at www.kingswharftheatre.com, in person at the Box Office, or by calling (705) 549-5555 or toll free 1-855- DRAYTON (372-9866).
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For more information please contact:

Valerie O’Brien, Marketing Manager
Drayton Entertainment
valerie@draytonentertainment.com
Phone: (519) 621-5511 ext. 235