Jia Panpan & Jia Yueyue Celebrate their Second Birthday at the Toronto Zoo!

In March 2013, Er Shun and Da Mao arrived at the Toronto Zoo as part of a Global Giant Panda Conservation Breeding Program. On the morning of October 13, 2015, the Toronto Zoo announced that Er Shun had given birth to the first giant panda cubs born in Canada. Continue reading “Jia Panpan & Jia Yueyue Celebrate their Second Birthday at the Toronto Zoo!”

Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends!

–Lachman Balani

For classic rock lovers, that is a saying that is reminiscent of the iconic band Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP).

Carl Palmer, original band member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, is making sure that is the case as he tours the world with Paul Bielatowicz and Simon Fitzpatrick keeping the ELP legacy alive.

Earlier this week , Palmer , looking as fit as a fiddle, walked onto the stage at The Rose Theatre in Brampton and without further ado showed the audience the stuff he is made of with thunderous beats of his drums at lightning speed leaving the patrons awe-struck right from the start!

“Man he just came on like a bat outta hell!” exclaimed a fan.

After the death of his former band mates Keith Emerson and Greg Lake within a few a months of each other last year, Palmer has been touring hard under the banner “Emerson, Lake and Palmer lives on : Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy” . The concert consists of two totally instrumental sets of ELP’s greatest hits. Continue reading “Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends!”

SUPERFLY? SUPER FREAK? UNITE UNDER A GHOSTLY GROOVE WITH CHUNK o’ FUNK

Got the soul for getting down? Ready to put some stank on it? Then step back in time this Halloween as the oracles of 70’s soul Chunk o’ Funk defibrillate a cold, funk-less world with the most righteous Halloween party ever! The legendary 14-piece funk masters will tear the roof off the Danforth Music Hall on October 28, 2017 – and everyone’s invited. Chunk o’ Funk’s mega-funk explosion promises anyone with a nostalgia for pure funk complete with hi-hats, wah -wah pedals, righteous clothes and gravity-defying hair, a chance to rekindle that flame and celebrate a definitive part of Toronto’s live music legacy.

During the height of their popularity, Chunk o’ Funk — Toronto’s “apostles of slinky

good vibes” –regularly packed infamous live music hotspots such as the BamBoo and Copa. People drawn to the funk would soon discover the (literally) unbelievable mythology of the band that had themselves frozen in cryogenic suspension and “unthawed” to bring the funk to a soulless future.

This Thanksgiving, Gobble Up Ontario Goodness

To make the most of your festive meal this Thanksgiving, be sure to include locally grown and harvested food and beverages. Local food is healthy and delicious, and supporting local farmers across Ontario is a great way to celebrate those who grow, produce and harvest the good things we eat and drink.

Here are some quick tips to make the most of Ontario’s harvest:

  • Turkey Tips – Smoke, roast or barbecue a locally raised turkey. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients, and low in cholesterol and sodium, making it the perfect centrepiece of your meal. Learn the best way to cook a turkey at Turkey Farmers of Ontario’s makesitsuper.ca.
  • Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill – To help ensure your holiday meal is prepared safely, follow four simple steps. Clean your hands, surfaces and equipment well and often. Separate cooked or ready-to-eat foods from raw meat, other uncooked foods or contaminated utensils. Cook food thoroughly, and chill leftovers to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
  • Family Favourite Recipes – Whether your family loves tradition or likes to try new things, Foodland Ontario has a number of simple recipes that are a delicious way to feature Ontario’s bounty on your table.
  • Local Ingredients – Choosing local ingredients from the abundance of Ontario’s harvest is easy at farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms and on-farm markets. Visit Harvest Ontario and Ontario Farm Fresh to learn more about where to buy local. The Foodland Ontario logo makes it easy to find local products where you shop.
  • Celebrating the Feast – Raise your glass of local Ontario winecraft beer or ciderthis Thanksgiving. Continue reading “This Thanksgiving, Gobble Up Ontario Goodness”

Festive autumn activities are what’s in season

 Fall is here and the fun continues. The City of Brampton has your autumn covered with colourful, tasty and spooky events to celebrate the season.

Thursday, October 5 (Mount Pleasant Village Market) and Saturday, October 7 (Downtown Farmers’ Market) are your last opportunities to pick up those farm fresh additions for any Thanksgiving table.

This fall, the City of Brampton launches the NEW Harvest Market. Saturdays, following Thanksgiving (October 14 to November 4), continue to enjoy the harvest with many downtown vendors from 8 am to 1 pm. The Market is downtown on Main Street North from Queen to Nelson Streets.

Also on Saturday, October 7…the Downtown Brampton BIA will be hosting their annual pumpkin decorating at the market beginning at 9 am. The first 250 children will be given a free pumpkin to decorate.

Attend a free celebration to mark the end of the 2017Grow Green Eco Pledge program on October 7, from 9 am to 1 pm, in Ken Whillans Square outside of City Hall. There will be games, environmental exhibitors, entertainment and raffle prizes! The celebration is being held in concert with the Downtown Brampton Farmers’ Market.

The fun continues with some traditional favourites. Three weekends of spooky fun begin Friday, October 13 at Fright Nights. Kids are welcome to wear their costumes for crafts, live music, swimming*, skating*, and more family-friendly activities! Free admission to swim and skate* with a non-perishable food donation per person. Continue reading “Festive autumn activities are what’s in season”

Royals and Rockstars honor Invictus Heroes at Closing Ceremony!

Last night, the Invictus Games capped off a weeklong event of sports competition at a closing ceremony in Air Canada Centre. The ceremony celebrated war-wounded athletes’ successes and passed the torch to the 2018 hosts from Sydney, Australia. The two-hour show brought out two famed rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams together on stage for the first time ever.

Prince Harry presented a participation medal to the captain of each team after the 17 country parade of nations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau delivered a warm message saying “These Invictus Games are a celebration of your fearlessness,” she said.

Video screens across the theatre displayed highlights from the week and musical performances by Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Coeur de pirate, Kelly Clarkson and Bachman & Turner were interwoven between speeches.

United Kingdom’s Mark Ormrod was the winner of the Jaguar Award for exceptional performance, determination and dedication. Team Afghanistan won the Land Rover Above and Beyond Award for sportsmanship, commitment and spirit.

Ontario’s Premiere Kathleen Wynne also thanked the volunteers and introduced the flag handover segment as Invictus Games Foundation chair Sir Keith Mills passed the flag to the Australian delegation. Continue reading “Royals and Rockstars honor Invictus Heroes at Closing Ceremony!”

Yorkdale Shopping Centre to hold a hiring event!

Mayor John Tory to participate in launch of employment event Wednesday to fill 300+ positions at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Mayor John Tory will be at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre on Wednesday, September 27 to help launch an employment event to fill more than 300 retail positions ahead of the holiday season. This will be the largest Yorkdale hiring event to date, with more than 35 participating retailers.

The employment event is part of an ongoing partnership between Yorkdale and the City of Toronto that has helped fill more than 1,500 retail positions since it launched in 2012. Through this partnership, the City’s Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS) and its Employment Ontario partner agencies identify and match qualified candidates to available opportunities. The candidates are coached and provided with resumé and interview support prior to the recruitment event.

Mayor Tory, Yorkdale Senior Property Manager Ryan DaSilva and Oxford Properties Executive Vice President Michael Turner will greet participants and launch the fair and the City of Toronto’s Workplace Development Month as part of the City’s commitment to connecting employers and job seekers across Toronto. Oxford Properties manages Yorkdale.

Retailers are looking to fill part-time and full-time permanent and seasonal positions. Interested job-seekers can visit http://www.yorkdale.com/jobs for more information about employment opportunities.

To register for the morning portion of the event, prospective candidates should phone 416-392-6949. The event is only open to the general public after 1 p.m. Candidates should arrive professionally dressed and have a hard copy of their resumé.
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Invictus Games 2017 Opening Ceremony: Fusion of Salutations and Celebrations!

Toronto’s glittering culture and its talent for visually striking performance powered the Opening Ceremony of Invictus Games last night, at Air Canada Centre. Organizers unleashed parades, bands, drums, singers and dancers in a display aimed to delight a worldwide audience.

Prince Harry, the founder of the games was present at the spectacular ceremony   to initiate the proceedings and mark the official opening. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was the first speaker, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Melania Trump joined him at the festivities.

The evening was abounding with inspiring speeches and entertainment, starting with Luca “Lazy Legs” Patuelli, a Montreal break dancing performer with arthrogryposis, a neuromuscular disease that affects the use of his legs.

The show   kicked-off with a parade that celebrated the arrival of more than 500 athletes from 17 countries in the stadium.  In the Parade of Nations, where the athletes walk through the stadium, the delegations were announced in alphabetical order and the Canadian Team, led by flag-bearer Phil Badanai made a grand debut amidst loud cheers at the end.

Mike Myers, a Canadian comedian and Ambassador for the Games said “he was Brit by birth, American by God’s Grace and Canadian by divine intervention.” He spoke about his military family as both parents served in the Second World War. Rick Hansen and Captain Trevor Greene also gave emotional, awe-inspiring speeches. Continue reading “Invictus Games 2017 Opening Ceremony: Fusion of Salutations and Celebrations!”

ReelWorld Film Festival: Spark Conversation and Inspire Social Change

Celebrating its 17th year, Reelworld Film Festival is dedicated to harnessing the power of film and storytelling for social good. As a platform for underrepresented voices, Reelworld showcases Canadian and International films that explore some of the most current and pressing social issues facing the world. In addition to hosting industry panels, workshops and talks, Reelworld showcases narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos, episodic content and VR/360 films that spark conversation and inspire social change.

Founded in 2001 by Tonya Williams, Reelworld is committed to bringing together an inclusive community of influencers from charities, NGOs, education, film, art, public and private sectors, social enterprises, to catalyze social impact through film.

The Festival runs from October 11th to 15th this year, taking audiences on journeys that deeply explore the world’s most pressing social issues from the perspectives of diverse filmmakers. Through socially relevant films, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences, video games, and conversation, Reelworld uses meaningful cinema as a tool for impact on the society. Continue reading “ReelWorld Film Festival: Spark Conversation and Inspire Social Change”

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto Celebrates THE LEGO®NINJAGO® MOVIE with LEGO NINJAGO Days

Guests Explore Their Inner Ninja on Select Dates

Join your favorite ninja – Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya – during LEGO® NINJAGO® Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto in celebration of the all-new, big screen animated adventure THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE, from Warner Bros. Pictures, in theaters nationwide onSeptember 22.

The latest in the Warner Bros. Pictures LEGO franchise, “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan, as the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to pull together to unleash their inner power.

In the spirit of this highly anticipated film, LEGO NINJAGO Days is creating epic fun for kids and families throughout the weekends with a themed scavenger hunt, ninja skills challenge, LEGO build activities and so much more! Guests will also have the opportunity to win prizes and attend a meet and greet with Kai, the Fire Ninja, and other characters from The LEGO NINJAGO Movie.   Continue reading “LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto Celebrates THE LEGO®NINJAGO® MOVIE with LEGO NINJAGO Days”