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Canadian Legends: Oh Canada – You Rock!

5 Jul
Neil Aitchison and Company in Canadian Legends, 2016 Season

Lee Siegel and Company in Canadian Legends, 2016. Photographer: Darlene O’Rourke.

By Diva Shari Parsons

GRAND BEND – A great way to have celebrated the Canada Day weekend was by attending the opening performance of director Alex Mustakas’ must see Canadian Legends at Huron Country Playhouse. It is a triple-threat production of music, dance and comedy celebrating the wide range of musical talent that this great nation of Canada has produced both in the past and continues to produce.

Neil Aitchison, as RCMP Const. Archibald Finkster, acted as the show’s witty and humorous MC against a backdrop of changing scenery from across this beautiful country. This was the first time that I had seen Neil perform and he was a natural comic who looked like he was thoroughly enjoying himself. I think that my favourite joke was the one about the rosebud tattoo – but you will have to attend the performance to hear it!

The production opened with a high energy song and dance routine to a melange of Tom Cochrane’s hit song Life is a Highway and Hank Snow’s I’ve Been Everywhere. “High energy” and “hit songs” were the theme of the entire production.

A packed house was kept busy tapping toes and clapping hands as we were brought on an historical musical journey, starting with Paul Anka’s Diana and ending with Paul’s song My Way made famous by legendary crooner, Frank Sinatra. In between, we were treated to Canadian musical hits from every decade, including rock ‘n’ roll, country, folk, classic rock, rap, hip-hop and down home East Coast by musical legends such as Neil Young, Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Celine Dion and Michael Bublé, just to name a few. We also heard music from bands such as Rush, The Guess Who, BTO, and The Tragically Hip.

The songs were performed by six multi-talented men and women, who not only gave fantastic vocal performances but also played instruments. My favourite singer was Stacey Kay whose powerful voice could give America’s Kelly Clarkson a good run for her money. All the singers did a wonderful job of sounding like the original artist being featured.

The accompanying “high impact” dance numbers were performed by four lithe and limber dancers choreographed by Gino Berti, who has worked on other Drayton Entertainment musical productions such as Twist and Shout, Hairspray, and Dance Legends. Dance numbers featured styles such as jive, waltz, ballet, country and western and hip-hop.

The singers and dancers had excellent musical accompaniment from a five-piece band under the direction of Brigham Phillips.

The costumes of both singers and dancers reflected the time period of the music being performed. I think that the gentlemen in the audience liked the sexy costume worn by Laura Mae Nason for her rendition of Shania Twain’s I Feel Like a Woman the best.

Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this production, so much so that even though my hubby wasn’t feeling well, he didn’t want to leave until the end! Now that is a recommendation!

Canadian Legends is playing at the Huron Country Playhouse main stage until July 16.

Tickets, $44 regular, $36 preview, $26 youth under 20, are available by calling the box office at 1-855-372-9866 or visiting online.

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How to celebrate Canada Day in Huron County

30 Jun

CanadaDay-EventsBy Diva Claire Carter

The five-day forecast is showing a break from the rain, and I’m ready to celebrate Canada Day!  The holiday is extra special this year, as we’re also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Canada Flag.  Here’s a list of what’s happening around Huron County.

goderich fireworksFestivities in Goderich kick off tonight with a fireworks show at the beach, featuring the sounds of Hotel California, the Original Eagles Tribute Band near the Marine Museum.  The concert starts at 8 p.m., and fireworks at dusk.  In the event of lightning, the fireworks will be rescheduled to July 1st.

On July 1st, head to Courthouse Square Park at 11 a.m. for free hotdogs, beverages and live entertainment.  The entertainment lineup for the day includes:

11:30 a.m. – Late Nite Radio
12:15 p.m. – Goderich Laketown Band
12:30 p.m. – The Civic Ceremony takes place on the Performance Stage to officially recognize Canada Day.
2 p.m. – Parade begins, traveling around the square and following the route below:

Goderich parade map

After the Canada Day parade, head back back to the beach for the Sail Pass and Boat Parade. The boats will sail past Cove Beach, St. Christophers Beach and the Main Beach before they enter the Main Harbour to be judged.

The Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol are both open from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Canada Day.

July 1st is a very full day in Exeter.  Head to the Rec Centre and Legion in South Huron early for a full day of events!  Free swim will also be offered.
7 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Breakfast

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Car Show

10 a.m. – Dress your Pet Contest

4 p.m.– dusk – musical entertainment

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Supper at the Exeter Legion

Fireworks at dusk.

Contact  Ian Palmateer for more information – (519) 228-7303.

The Wingham Firefighters Association is hosting fireworks in Riverside Park at Dusk on July 1st.
Also on July 1st, is the Seaforth Firefighter’s Breakfast.  Travel to Huron East and enjoy eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, toast, coffee and juice at the Seaforth Firehall (31 Birch Street) from 9 a.m. until noon.  Contact Marty Bedard for more information. (mbedard@huroneast.com).

Depending on how much you feel like doing, you can see fireworks two nights in a row, enjoy a great breakfast or dinner and participate in community fun.  Happy Canada Day!

For information on other summer events in Goderich, visit http://www.ontarioswestcoast.com

I love Canada!

12 Jul

DSC_8330by Diva Cassandra Phillips-Grande

Hello friends!

Last weekend, Goderich hosted a slue of events for Canada Day Weekend celebrations. Starting on Saturday, we had the Farmer’s Market, and Sunday, the Flea Market. The town decided to block off a section of the square and run the markets on the road, which allowed for safer and easier access to the vendors.  With lovely weather, and a new setup, my sister Ronny and I wandered around the markets. I always love going to the Flea Market, especially to find glass treasures like teapots or plates!
Canada Day FireworksLater on Sunday night, my friends and I went to the beach to watch the fireworks. With our glow sticks and blankets in hand, we sat on the sandy beach (with what felt like the rest of the town) and watched an amazing display for half an hour. We saw some people using kayaks and canoes to paddle further into the water to get a better view, to which I say I’d LOVE to try that next year! With the various colours and variety of styles, I’d have to say that this year’s fireworks are the best that I’ve seen in a while.
To conclude the Canada Day celebrations, my cousins and I went to the parade held in downtown Goderich. Luckily, the rainy weather held off just long enough to allow the parade to finish! I always love going to parades, especially when I am with friends and family to enjoy them with. Along with great floats, 2 horses, and plenty of antique cars, I was so pleased to see how patriotic everyone was. With all the flags, hats, {temporary} tattoos, and red & white I saw, it was refreshing to know that even in a small town like Goderich, people really do love our big country of Canada.

Celebrating Canada’s Birthday!

3 Jul

CanadaDay1by Diva Nicole Olson

To celebrate Canada Day this year, we headed to the Optimist Park in Wingham. The evening began with a Community BBQ served up by the Wingham Ironman hockey team. We then proceeded to the Canada Day Summer Classic slo-pitch game between the CKNX Radio Staff Tryhards and the Wingham Hitman Fastball team. The picture shows 94.5 FM, The Bull’s Stampede Home host Jay Stevens striking out. Not depicted were the festive underwear he had to wear over his clothes for the rest of the game. The “Hit-women” (wives and significant others of the Hitmen) even took to the field for an inning or two to show our support. It was a fun game to be a part of and there was a great crowd there to watch.

Canada Day cuties

Canada Day cuties

CanadaDay2We then filled up on treats and glow sticks from the Wingham Scouts Concession booth and watched the dazzling fireworks display put on by the North Huron Fire Department. My family and I have attended the festivities in Wingham for several years and it never seems to disappoint!

Optimist Park
Park Drive
Wingham, ON
N0G 2W0

 

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CanadaDay3

Let’s Celebrate our Heritage and Culture – Canada Day!

29 Jun

By: Diva Jenna

When I was a kid it was a huge deal to head down to the beach in Goderich and watch the fireworks every Canada Day. As I got older I went with only my friends and now I am back to hanging with my parents and plan to catch the fireworks with my family! It is so great that we celebrate our Canadian Heritage and Culture with a long weekend… it really gets the summer started!

Below, I have posted all of the Canada Day Weekend events that I could find in the county!

Thu, June 30, 2011 – Sat, July 2, 2011
Clinton Pluckinfest
Event Host: Kinsmen / KinettesStarts Thurs. at 5 pm with a chicken BBQ and continues the whole weekend. Other events include wings in the park, base ball tournament, beer tent and much more. There is something for all ages including children entertainment and events, a street dance Friday eve. Admission for dance (age of majority)
Location:Clinton Racetrack

Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Contact: Angela Cullen
Telephone: 519-523-9488
Alt Telephone: 482-7349

Thu, June 30, 2011 – Sun, July 3, 2011
Goderich Canada Day Celebrations
Event Host: Tourism GoderichGoderich waves the Canadian flag to show its civic pride throughout the weekend. Festivities include: fireworks (June 30), heritage walk, picnic, Canada Day parade (July 1), Lion’s BBQ (July 3– 3:30 to 6:30 pm), friendship breakfast, and much, much more.
Location:Goderich

Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Telephone: 519-524-6600
Alt Telephone: 800-280-7637

Thu, June 30, 2011
Goderich Canada Day Fireworks
Event Host: Tourism GoderichBeginning at dusk at the main beach Goderich. Bring the whole family to enjoy the spectacular fireworks over Lake Huron. Come start your Canada Day with a” bang”!.
Location:Main Beach, Goderich
Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Telephone: 519-524-6600
Alt Telephone: 1-800-280-7637
Email: specialevents@goderich.ca
Website: www.goderich.ca
Starts at: 9:30 pm
Ends at: 10:30 pm
Cost: Donation`
Fri, July 1, 2011
Exeter Canada Day Celebrations
Event Host: South Huron Recreation Dept.Fun for the family. Breakfast, car show, bike decorating, fireworks and much more. Ends with fireworks.
Location:South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria St. E.
Date: Fri, July 1, 2011
Contact: Abby Hannah
Telephone: 519-235-1895
Email: www.southhuron.ca
Website: a.j-hanna@sympatico.ca
Starts at: 9:00 am
Ends at: 10:00 pm
Cost: Free
Fri, July 1, 2011
Wingham Canada Day Celebrations
Event Host: Wingham Firefighters Assoc.Fireworks at Riverside Park at dusk.
Location:Riverside Park
Date: Fri, July 1, 2011
Contact: Connie Goodall
Telephone: 519-357-1096
Email: cgoodall@northhuron.ca
Website: www.northhuron.ca
Cost: donation at gate
Fri, July 1, 2011
Seaforth Firefighter’s Breakfast
Event Host: Municipality of Huron EastCome and enjoy eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, toast, coffee and juice.
Location:Seaforth Firehall, 31 Birch St.
Date: Fri, July 1, 2011
Contact: Marty Bedard
Telephone: 519-527-0160
Email: mbedard@huroneast.com
Website: www.huroneast.com
Starts at: 7:00 am
Ends at: 12:00 pm