Past Industry News

Governments of Ontario and Canada Release Action Plan to Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Protecting and managing water quality in our lakes and rivers is essential for the well-being of Canadians, our environment and economic prosperity. Safeguarding our environment and growing our economy go hand in hand. This is why today, the Governments of Canada and Ontario have released the final Lake Erie Action Plan.


The plan identifies more than 120 federal, provincial and partner actions, using mandatory and voluntary approaches, to help achieve the goal of reducing phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 per cent. The plan will be reviewed and revised as needed over time to ensure continued progress towards achievement of targets.


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London to Host 2019 JUNO Awards

The JUNO Awards will be heading to Southwestern Ontario as The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that London will host The 2019 JUNO Awards along with all JUNO Week festivities, March 11 – March 17, 2019. The 48th Annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Budweiser Gardens, on Sunday March 17, 2019.


JUNO Week 2019 will return to Ontario with the support of the Province of Ontario, the City of London, Tourism London, and the 2019 Host Committee. London will host Canada’s music awards for the first time since the award show began touring across Canada in 2002.


In support of the 2019 celebrations, the City of London has also announced that beginning January 29, key music venues in the city will donate one dollar from every ticket sold to MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS.  Venues participating include London Music Hall, Budweiser Gardens and Centennial Hall.


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Ontario Supporting the Revitalization of Downtowns & Main Streets

Province Helping Boost Tourism, Create Jobs, Enhance Economic Growth


Ontario is helping rural communities attract investment and tourism, create jobs and enhance regional economic growth by supporting the revitalization of downtown and main streets across the province.


Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Minister Responsible for Small Business, made the announcement today at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference in Toronto.


Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs and increase the competitiveness of small businesses, which are the backbone of small, rural communities. That’s why the province is helping municipalities enhance and revitalize their downtown and main streets through improvements such as the installation of pedestrian crosswalks or landscaping. Municipalities can also direct funding to local businesses to improve the appearance of their storefronts by installing lighting or new signage. 


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Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse Brings PEDALPUB® To London

On January 16, 2018 the London Tourism board of directors will be taking an inaugural, environmentally-friendly ride aboard the PedalPub®. PedalPub® is a party bike with a barrel that can accommodate eight to 16 riders. It’s being introduced to the London Tourism by Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse entrepreneur, Bradley Oke.


PedalPub’s debut tour begins at Anderson Craft Ales and will pedal its way to London Brewing Co-op, Toboggan Brewing Company, and Powerhouse Restaurant & Brewery. Oke is thrilled to bring the PedalPub® to London and the surrounding area, he says, “It’s the first bike of its kind in Ontario’s Southwest. It’s fun, safe and a great way to get some light exercise while touring the sights.”


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Ontario Parks Celebrate 125 Years

125 Years of Conservation, Education and Recreation

From camping under the stars to hiking through back country trails, Ontario parks have been offering people across Ontario a great way to stay healthy and experience our province for 125 years.


In 1893, Algonquin Provincial Park became the very first provincial park in Ontario. This year, Ontario Parks is celebrating the 125th anniversary of our provincial park system with events, music, art and more.


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The Windsor Wall: Fab art that also comes with a great hotel!

The first thing to catch our eye on entering the new TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Windsor is a fabulous, huge art installation by Ritsick Design Associates. The chain link mural represents the artistic and vibrant culture of Windsor. It sparkles with colour and the Windsor city scape pays homage to the city in a unique and playful way.  The city’s rich industrial, social and creative history is reflected in the use of the chain links.


Hotel G.M. Patrizia La Tona comments that guests often take selfies in front of the colourful piece.  If you visit, check it out up close.  It’s amazing.


The art sets the tone for this great new option for short or extended stays in downtown Windsor close to all the action.  Adventure Bay is almost next door, as is the riverfront and all it offers. Added to the great experiences of Windsor is the nearby tunnel to Detroit, recently named the hottest tourism spot in the U.S.  Really!  It’s great to see our friends at Tourism Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island collaborating with their colleagues across the river on “Two Nation Vacations”.  Paula Beach, Director of Sales for many Sunray properties in the region, values such support from TWEPI and SWOTC.


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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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