EPIC Wineries to Host New “Meet the Makers” Event

The Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Winegrowers Association is putting their winemakers in the spotlight during their new “Meet the Makers” event, being held on February 10 & 11, 2018.


Participants can purchase a Discovery Pass which will allow them to visit up to nine EPIC wineries throughout the course of the weekend. At each stop, they will enjoy a carefully selected food and wine pairing served by the winemakers themselves, allowing for a unique level of interaction not regularly experienced on every day visits to EPIC Wine Country.


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Windsor Wins Bid to Host 2022 Can-Am Police-Fire Games

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is pleased to announce that the city’s bid to host the 2022 Can-Am Police-Fire Games is a winner!


“We’re thrilled to be setting up another signature event for our city and region,” said Mayor Dilkens. “Just like when we hosted the Canadian Adult Recreational Hockey Association (CAHRA) tournament in 2016, this event will bring hundreds of adults and families to experience all that we have to offer. Hotels and restaurants will be busy, and we’ll see some excellent athletes compete in a host of sports.”


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More Bike Lanes and Cycling Infrastructure Part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan

Ontario is making it safer and more convenient for people to get around by bike, by more than doubling its investment in local cycling to build bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure in towns and cities across the province. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.


Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, were in Toronto today where they were joined by Cristina Martins, MPP for Davenport and Ana Bailão, Deputy Mayor for Toronto and East York to announce the recipients of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program–and an increase in the program’s funding.


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Country Music Association of Ontario Returns to London for 2018 CMAOntario Awards show

The Country Music Association of Ontario is excited for the return to London, Ontario as the host city for the 2018 CMAOntario Awards show. Set to take place Sunday June 3, 2018, at Centennial Hall, Jason McCoy of The Road Hammers resumes his role as host.


Ever-engaging and entertaining, Jason McCoy, a two-time CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, has become a popular host on many fronts. From voicing the nationally syndicated Country Radio show, Sounds Canadian, (2007-2010), to stepping in front of the camera as host of Smashtown (CMT Canada/USA), two seasons of CMT’s Pet Heroes (2010/2011), and Jason McCoy Eats America.


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Windsor Essex will welcome tourism professionals from across Ontario in 2018

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) is pleased to announce that our region has been selected to host the 2018 Ontario Tourism Summit held by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) from October 23 – 24, 2018 at Caesars Windsor. This is the premier provincial, industry-wide business conference for Ontario’s tourism industry to learn the latest trends, share new ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and recognize industry leaders at the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence.


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Tourism generates more than a third of jobs and half of GDP in top North American cities

A new study released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which for the first time analyses the economic and employment impact of Travel & Tourism in cities, shows that Travel & Tourism can drive up to a third of all employment and half of GDP in the economies of top North American tourist destinations.


The study also looks at city’s share of tourism GDP in relation to the contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP for each of the three countries of North America. For example, Mexico City generates more than a quarter of Mexico’s Travel & Tourism GDP. Toronto generates 16% of Canada’s Travel & Tourism GDP. And added together, New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Honolulu and Washington DC to generate 20% of the US’ Travel & Tourism GDP.


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New Cycling and Walking Path Opens in the Town of Tecumseh

Ontario is making it easier for families to get around the Town of Tecumseh, with a new off-road cycling and walking path that connects to other nearby trails and makes commuting safer and more convenient. 


The new 3.5 kilometre off-road cycling and walking path connects to the existing Herb Grey Parkway Trail and the Trans Canada Trail. This path is part of the Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub, which officially opened on Saturday, Oct. 14.


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Windsor Craft Beer Festival Celebrates 5 Years

The highly anticipated Windsor Craft Beer Festival is celebrating 5 years as the region’s original craft beer festival.


The region’s first festival dedicated to craft beer takes place October 13-14, 2017 with craft brewers from across the province, including Windsor Essex, participating.


“We have a lineup of brewers with a few old favourites and a few new and exciting breweries that are only attending the Windsor Craft Beer Festival,” explains Adriano Ciotoli, one of the festival organizers and co-owner of WindsorEats.  “Brewers are bringing special one off brews that can only be tasted at this event.”


Since the festival began five years ago, the craft beer scene in Windsor Essex has grown significantly. At the time, there was only one craft brewer in the region. The festival helped bring a sense of excitement to the craft beer scene and now there are nearly 12 local brewers.


The event has been a great success since it’s inception and this year doesn’t look like it will be any exception.


“Tickets have been selling since last year’s event ended,” says Ciotoli.  “Saturday has been a sell out for the last 2 years and we anticipate it doing so again this year.”


Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.windsorbeerfestival.com


For more information about the Windsor Craft Beer Festival contact:

Adriano Ciotoli


100 Kellogg Announced in London

Phase One of 100 Kellogg will set the course for one of the most ambitious urban regeneration projects in London’s history. Residing in the historic Smokestack District, 100 Kellogg consists of twenty-three acres of property with one
million sq. ft. in 30 different buildings.


In a joint announcement today, the owners of the Kellogg factory and Tourism London revealed plans for Phase One of the multi-year development that will make the site a significant cultural and entertainment destination in the city.


Scheduled to open early 2018, Phase One includes an adventure entertainment area, a brewery and an office tower.


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Media Release: EPIC Wineries celebrate 150 years of Canadian winemaking with exhibit and speaker series

WINDSOR ESSEX, ON – EPIC Wineries and Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) are celebrating 150 years of Canadian winemaking in Essex Pelee Island Coast Wine Country. A museum exhibit, “Toast to the Coast – An EPIC 150 Years”, has been created to tell the fascinating story of the evolution of our region’s wine industry from Vin Villa, built on Pelee Island in 1866 and now in ruins, to today’s thriving industry. An exclusive Speaker Series will also be offered to complement the exhibit.


The museum exhibit will open on August 4th, 2017 and run until December 31st, 2017 at Windsor’s Chimczuk Museum while a Speaker Series will be offered between September 14, 2017 until November 16, 2017 at various locations including the Art Gallery of Windsor, Mackenzie Hall, Pelee Island Winery, and Chimczuk Museum.


In addition, an EPIC 1867 limited release wine collection can be purchased at ten participating local wineries, each having produced a bottle of wine with a unique, custom-designed label. To pay respect to the pioneers who, in the wilderness of Windsor Essex, carved out a path for the wineries today, each label incorporates a chapter of our winemaking history and the entire collection connects the past with the present.


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