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‘Doors Open Quinte West’ Returns September 10 with In-person Events

'Doors Open Quinte West' Returns September 10 with In-person Events

RELEASE — Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Trust program, is returning for in-person events with Doors Open Quinte West on September 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – the event is free of charge.

Collaborating with communities, Ontario Heritage Trust works to educate Ontarians about local history and conservation.

Each year, Doors Open Ontario offers Ontarians rare behind-the-scenes access to incredible cultural and natural heritage wonders. Doors Open Quinte West is excited to welcome people back by offering access to 14 cultural and heritage sites, with a mix of indoor and outdoor experiences.

Some sites include:

  • Research Casting International (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.): Research Casting International is one of the world’s largest providers of museum technical services – specializing in the fabrication of paleontology displays. They built skeletons of T-Rex’s for the original Jurassic park! Check out some of their current projects, explore their facility and watch the teamwork.
  • Crazy Creek Fishing Preserve (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.): In operation for over 25 years, this site provides public fishing, as well as a gathering space for barbeques, birthday parties and company get-togethers. Come and take a guided tour to view the 17 ponds – stocked with rainbow trout and speckled trout – set amid a cedar forest. This is a new site.
  • Quinte Museum of Natural History (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.): The Quinte Museum of Natural History has partnered with Research Casting International to bring Exploration Exhibits to the Bay of Quinte region. This series of dinosaur specimen displays was developed for international tour. This is a new site!
  • National Air Force Musuem of Canada (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.): Established in 1984, the National Air Force Museum of Canada is dedicated to preserving and telling the history of Canadian military aviation.

This event is one of many Doors Open Events happening this fall in the surrounding area. Why not take a day trip to visit Doors Open Kawartha Lakes (Sept. 11), Doors Open Belleville (Sept. 17), Doors Open Oshawa (Sept. 24) Doors Open Kingston (Sept. 24-25)?

These events make the perfect end of summer/fall road trip adventure – for other sites visit here and don’t forget to visit Digital Doors Open Ontario, which has over 250 sites to experience year-round.

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Comics festival returns with in-person events

The Prairie Comics Festival returns to in-person events on Sept. 10 and 11, with a weekend of panel discussions and workshops aimed at both fans and practitioners of graphic storytelling.

The event, being held this year at the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Ave.), kicks off Sept. 10 with a day of panel discussions on topics including queer comics, finding your style, self-publishing and pitching to publishers, the latter featuring local publishers At Bay Press and Highwater Press.

A featured panel brings together artists Scott Henderson, who has worked on locally published graphic novels A Girl Called Echo and The Reckoner Rises as well as a new Marvel Pride comic, and Silvanna Moran, who sells her illustrations on Etsy under the name Radish Doodles. Henderson and Moran will also discuss their work that evening at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Grant Park location.

On Sept. 11, the festival has a day of workshops on tap and invites participants to bring their sketchbooks or iPads for a day of learning with Jay Cormack.

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Winnipeg’s No. 1 ufologist shares the fruits of his access-to-information requests in his latest book on unexplained phenomena in the sky.

Chris Rutkowski launches Canada’s UFOs: Declassified on Thursday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park location, in conversation with broadcaster and city council candidate Hal Anderson. The new book offers details of sightings, including some previously classified reports by pilots, RCMP and military personnel.

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Last month’s near-fatal attack on the novelist Salman Rushdie prompted a dispute over the head of the U.K.’s Society of Authors, Joanne Harris, author of the novel Chocolat.

Immediately following the attack, J.K. Rowling received a death threat when she expressed her support on Twitter for Rushdie. Rowling, a controversial figure in the U.K. ever since she came to the defence of an academic who was fired for insisting on a biological definition of womanhood, has come under fire for years for her support of what’s known as “gender-critical feminism,” a school of thought that insists on a difference between biological women and trans women.

Immediately after the death threat addressed to Rowling, Harris posted a Twitter poll that appeared to make light of the threat against Rowling.

In the aftermath of that action, one open letter demanded Harris’s resignation, another open letter voiced support for her and Harris herself issued a statement condemning threats against Rowling and any other author.

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If the word “storytelling” brings images of wandering bards, skalds or griots to your mind, you haven’t been spending much time in business strategy and marketing meetings.

The term has gained a whole new life to refer to ways businesses reach out to customers, clients and other stakeholders, and refers to ways of communicating that don’t sound like a sales pitch.

Winnipeg communications professional Rob Wozny, co-owner of Sound Strategy Communications and a former reporter/anchor for CTV and Global, as well as former communications head for True North Sports and Entertainment, presents case studies in the communication approach in his new book Storytelling for Business: The Art and Science of Creating Connection in the Digital Age. He writes in the book “Nothing connects people to engage emotionally with your business better than a well-told story — your story.”

Wozny will be at the St. Vital Indigo store Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon signing and discussing the book.

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With the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between Canadian and Soviet hockey stars on the horizon, Montreal Canadiens goaltending legend Ken Dryden is launching his latest book, titled The Series: What I Remember, What It Felt Like, What It Feels Like Now (McClelland & Stewart).

He’ll take part in an online event presented by McNally Robinson Booksellers on Wednesday at 7 p.m., hosted by Greg Mackling of 680 CJOB. To join in, register at

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Heidi’s Walk returning to in-person event on Sept. 18

Heidi’s Walk returning to in-person event on Sept. 18

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By Paula Brown

Family Transition Place (FTP) is taking steps to raise awareness of violence against women with upcoming event – Heidi’s Walk for Hope.  

The 5 km walk around Island Lake is scheduled to take place on Sept. 18.

“It’s something that we’ve been looking forward to in so many different ways,” said Brennan Solecky, FTP’s director of development and culture. “The last two years, by nature of the global health climate we were in, the walk had to be virtual, but we knew that wasn’t our ideal. The in-person experience is something that can’t be recreated. We’re looking forward to having everyone together again because there’s a certain energy and collective response that virtual just doesn’t achieve.”

Typically, Family Transition Place hosts two of their events, Heidi’s Walk and the HOPE Project, separately, but this year they’ve thoughtfully joined the two together to create Heidi’s Walk for Hope.  

“It made really good sense to bring them together because they do have similar event mandates that’s to raise awareness and to raise much needed funds towards ending violence against women,” said Solecky. “A lot of people believe quite naively but naturally, if you’ve not been expose to it, that violence can only mean abuse and physical abuse, but it is so much broader than that. Bringing these two events together, it gives us a platform in which to generate awareness about the different types of violence that exist.”

Heidi’s Walk is an annual memorial walk in honour of former Orangeville resident Heidi Ferguson, who tragically died on Sept. 12, 2009 following a domestic dispute with her estranged husband. The incident occurred shortly after Heidi filed for divorce.

In 2012, the Ferguson Memorial Walk (2012-2018) was started by Heidi’s parents, Gus and Penny Bogner, as a way to honour their daughter’s legacy. Hosted by Family Transition Place, the event is now known as Heidi’s Walk. Since it’s inception in 2012, the memorial walk has raised over $150,000 for FTP programs and services.

“A lot of folks don’t believe that violence against women is as prevalent an issue as it is and I think through Heidi’s story, it’s almost the picture that it can be happening to anyone,” said Solecky.

While the event is centred around a 5 km memorial walk it will also include guest speakers, a silent auction and raffle, a vendor’s market and a restorative yoga class with GoYoga Orangeville for $20 a person.

Heidi’s Walk for Hope will not only serve as a memorial walk to raise awareness of violence against women, but will also serve as a way to raise funds for FTP’s programs and services, including their Youth Education Program.

The FTP Youth Education Program is an eight-week lesson designed to teach kids about healthy relationships to help eliminate violence. Since it’s inception in 2011, the program has benefitted more than 50,000 students in over 40 schools.

“It’s a prevention lens, they know how to recognize what is unhealthy or healthy or what is an effective relationship even in their peers,” said Solecky. “Our goal through this programing is hopefully that in their older years they’re able to recognize and support their friends, but also that they won’t need our services, although they’ll continue to be available for those that do.”

This year, Family Transition Place has a goal of raising $50,000 for their programs and services.

Registration is now open to take part in the memorial walk with a $40 fee for adults and no cost for children 12 and under.

Those interested in being a sponsor or in-kind donor for the event-day silent auction or raffle can contact Kelly Lee at 519-942-4122, ext. 243, or email

For more information about Heidi’s Walk for Hope visit

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Fergus Fall Fair Next Up on Long List of Local Events Returning to In-Person

Fergus Fall Fair Next Up on Long List of Local Events Returning to In-Person
Fergus Fall Fair Next Up on Long List of Local Events Returning to In-Person

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Riverfest Elora and the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games have come to an end, but next up is the Fergus Fall Fair on the list of local events making a comeback this year.

The 185th Fall Fair will take place September 16-18 on the fairgrounds at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex.

Fair Ambassador Dillon Bernier says you can expect to see all the rides, food, games and exhibits this year, along with a new event on the Thursday before the fair officially opens.

To celebrate the return to an in-person fair, Bernier says they are hosting a Welcome Back concert.

Due to COVID, Bernier’s term as fair ambassador was extended, but he says this year they will once again be holding the ambassador competition.

More information about the fair, the ambassador competition, and the concert can be found at

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Ellis Chapel Announces Lineup Of In-Person Events – Puslinch Today

Ellis Chapel, Puslinch 1861

Ellis Chapel Announces Lineup Of In-Person Events

Ellis Chapel, Puslinch 1861

Ellis Chapel, Puslinch 1861

Summer weddings, an anniversary service and a blue grass concert are all marking the reopening of Ellis Chapel, closed for the past two summers due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This “beautifully restored” chapel, located in Puslinch Township, is cared for by a group of committed and loyal volunteers, says a news release.

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Virtual and in-person events at this year’s Bollywood Monster Mashup Festival

Virtual and in-person events at this year’s Bollywood Monster Mashup Festival

Business owner and community advocate

City: Ottawa

Country of origin: Pakistan

 Sadaf Ebrahim is a proud Pakistani Canadian and currently serving the community as president of the Canada-Pakistan Association (National Capital Region). Her elevating to the present status speaks volumes of her diligent efforts and commitment to the community. Initially, after immigrating, she did odd jobs and struggled with her husband for an honourable living, but now she is a successful business owner. She has been a strong supporter for local and small businesses and has promoted hundreds of small businesses in Ontario over past few years.

To help protect the environment from the disastrous effects of plastic, Ebrahim has started a movement by the name of Green Help not only to address climate change but also to empower newly immigrant women by providing them part-time jobs for making cloth shopping bags.

 During the difficult times of the pandemic, Ebrahim supported and promoted local small businesses through social media and her televised shows. She also made possible to deliver groceries to senior/elderly individuals in her community during the early days of the pandemic.

Ebrahim strives to utilize every available platform to raise awareness about various community issues and to organize fundraising campaigns via Canadian People’s Channel TV. She has raised mental health awareness in an annual Mother’s Day campaign for the last three years. She has also successfully raised funds organizations, such as Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Cure Women & Children in Bangladesh and CHEO Foundation.

As an active member of the community, Ebrahim attends as many events and functions as possible to remain close to the community. In recognition to her efforts, Ebrahim was the first Pakistani to receive the Order of Ottawa (2021). She has also been honoured with the following awards and recognitions:

  • Ambassador of PAGE (Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education)
  • Ambassador in Ontario for Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital
  • Appreciation Awards for raising funds for Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
  • Immigrant Entrepreneur Award by City of Ottawa in 2017
  • Canada 150 Award in 2017
  • CBET Appreciation Award by Canada-Bangladesh Education Trust in 2019

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North Bay’s Fringe Festival back with in-person and live events

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North Bay’s ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival is returning to live and in-person events this summer.

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The festival’s ninth edition features a line-up with 12 unique shows performing daily.

The ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival will run from August 9 to 13 at the Capitol Centre, located at 150 Main St E.

The Capitol Centre’s Martini Lounge will also be transformed into an eclectic “Fringe-tini Lounge” where patrons can discuss their favourite performances while enjoying a hot or cold beverage and a snack before catching the next act.

Organizers said the line-up for this year’s festival can be found on the official ON THE EDGE Fringe website along with the schedule of events.

“Audiences can enjoy performances from a variety of local and travelling artists spanning across many different styles and disciplines of art. Whether you are looking to laugh, cry, or sit on the edge of your seat, ON THE EDGE Fringe guarantees there is something for everyone to enjoy,” according to festival organizers.

The productions participating in the 2022 Fringe are: Attainable Goals by Tristen Watts; Banjoker by Tony Molesworth and GVI Productions; Check, Please! By First Gig Productions; Discovery Town by The Ringos; MINE! by Chasing Shadows Productions; The Elvis in Her by Big Red Productions and Hannah Kast Art; The Inevitable Frankie Green by Bird on Stage Productions; OOPS! A Nuclear Fallout by the Fringe Summer Students; The Way of the Eye by The Way of the Eye Productions; Theatre is Dead by Paradox Repertory Company, and To Torture a Prince by Porticullis on Stage.

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“There will be a whole bushel of other Fringe events all week long; including Fringe-Trivia Night, a Friday Night Fringe Warehouse Party, multiple Duality Arts events, the annual On The Edge Fringe Awards ceremony and of course a closing night Fringe party,” according to a media release issued Monday.

Tickets to the performances range from $10 – $15 and may be purchased through the Capitol Centre Box Office or at the door of each venue.

Festival Passes, which provide access to all shows, are also available for $120.

Don’t miss out on the most creative and lively event of the summer! Join us at the Capitol Centre from August 9th-13th and BE FRINGEY.

ON THE EDGE fringe acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council (, the Canada Council for the Arts (, the Government of Canada ( and Theatre Ontario’s Youth Theatre Training Program ( for this year’s festival.

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Hamilton Fringe Festival returns to in-person events after two-year hiatus – Hamilton |

Hamilton Fringe Festival returns to in-person events after two-year hiatus - Hamilton |

The director of Hamilton’s Fringe Festival says there’s “nothing like the real thing” with in-person shows returning after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.

“Being in a theater with real people, seeing the same show together and … that rush, there’s nothing like it,” Christopher Stanton told 900 CHML’s Good Morning Hamilton.

The festival kicked off Wednesday and boasts 14 stages across Hamilton with more than 350 performances on tap from more than 60 artistic companies.

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An outdoor stage at Theatre Aquarius was the starting point with a preview event highlighting performances during the 12-day long festival.

Writer and performer Carly Anna Billings who stars in the “storytelling, culinary” production ‘Meat(less) Loaf’ says the online-only digital fringe offered last year paled in comparison to standing on a stage with live audience.

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“Just doing tech the other day (before the show) I was getting teary eyed,” said Billings. “Standing in the light, you know, waiting for my next cue … I was like, ‘this is the thing.’

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Stanton says the entire festival is a “monster’ when it comes to planning, a year-round exercise requiring a core of five executives.

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“The other piece of it is ‘be flexible’ because stuff is going to happen,” Stanton said.

“At the kickoff, we had to stop mid-show because of thunder and lightning. We had to shelter in place, which felt so very fringy.”

The festival includes a family hub at the Bridgeworks event space with family-friendly shows and kids workshops during the weekdays.

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The Family Fringe Carnival Day happens July 30, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., under a big tent. The kids craft event will take place during the same hours on Sunday July 31.

Artists Eve Beauchamp and Caity Smyck, on the fringe circuit across Ontario, will bring their comedy Unmatched to the Bridgeworks stage Sunday night.

The duo, from Ottawa’s Levity Theatre Company, are first-timers to Hamilton’s festival and say they were originally scheduled for last year’s festival but were halted by the pandemic.

In 2022, the two have once again resumed in-person shows hitting festivals in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton before heading over to the west coast for more performances.

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Unmatched tells seven unsuccessful first date stories the pair once heard from friends, colleagues and family.

“So the different dates we portray on stage, they run the gamut of lighthearted and quirky, to just bizarre and like potentially dangerous,” Smyck said.

The shows title stems from dating app terminology describing an action from a subscriber when facing a “no go” scenario.

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“It’s also kind of like a play on … combinations of people that just are not working out for whatever reason,” Beauchamp said.

Tickets to in-person shows can be bought on the festival’s website or at the main box office just outside of Theatre Aquarius at 191 King William St.

Most advance tickets can be purchased until one hour prior to showtime.

Every fringe patron over the age of 12 will require a Fringe Backer Button to access paid in-person shows. The Backer Button is a one-time purchase of $5.

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