Past Industry News

Just Announced: 2017 London Bluesfest

The London Bluesfest is proud to announce a newvenue with bigger musical legends headlining a festival packed with the best of blues and classic rock.   The festival will open Friday August 25 at Harris Park in London, Ontario and will run through Sunday August 27, 2017.    Headliners will include The Wallflowers, led by Jakob Dylan and guitarist Tobi Miller, with Blood Sweat & Tears (Aug 25),  The Burton Cummings Band,and five-time Grammy award winners The Robert Cray Band (Aug 26).  The Rock Pack headlines Sunday August 26th, featuring the original lead vocalists of legendary classic rock bands including,Bobby Kimball (Toto), Lou Graham (Foreigner) and John Payne (Asia).  Sunday will also feature the Pat Travers Band, Sons of Rhythm, and Wild T &The Spirit.


Tickets go on sale to the public at 10am on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at, by phone at 1-866-455-2849 or in person at the Courtesy Ford Box Office at Budweiser Gardens (Gate 1).


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Forked Fest – 4 Year Anniversary Celebration at Forked River Brewing Co.

Forked River Brewing Company celebrates their 4th year anniversary by throwing Forked Fest, an outdoor, parking lot, beer garden that celebrates craft beer in London, ON.


The festival will be running from 11am-9pm on June 3, 2017, in the parking lot in front of the retail store on Unit 4-45 Pacific Court, featuring over 20 taps, including three guest taps from Anderson Craft Ales, London Brewing Co-Op, and Toboggan Brewing Co., as well as local vendors like Life of Leisure, The Factory Creative Businesses and Giftii’s. Food services will be provided by Goodah Gastrotruck, Sikorski’s and London Ice Cream, who’s debuting a Forked River ice cream collaboration. Live music will also be available throughout the day.


The festival will be a 19+ event, with admission tickets at the door for $5, which include two drink tokens.


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Nine self-guided adventures await with launch of 2017 Brewery Discovery Routes

Building on two years of success, Brewery Discovery Routes are back, with four new itineraries to explore and hundreds of stops along the way. Nearly doubling in size since 2016, Brewery Discovery Routes combine craft beer and cider with local food and stunning natural beauty on itineraries travelling through the countryside, small towns and big cities.


About Brewery Discovery Routes:
Brewery Discovery Routes offer best-of, curated culinary tourism experiences highlighting craft beer and cider, as well as local food, across Ontario making it easier to choose more local, more often. At visitors will find 9 curated itineraries featuring nearly 180 breweries and 35 Feast On restaurants.The project is a partnership between Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation, Grey County Tourism, Guelph Tourism, Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association, Central Counties Tourism, Addington and Lennox County Economic Development Office, Ottawa Tourism, Prescott-Russell Tourism, Ontario Craft Brewers, Ontario Craft Ciders Association, Ontario Hop Growers’ Association, Ontario Beverage Network, Culinary Tourism Alliance, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Greenbelt Fund.


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Media Release: EPIC Wineries celebrate 150 years of Canadian Wine Making with Limited Release Wine Series

EPIC Wineries and Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) are celebrating 150 years of Canadian winemaking in Essex Pelee Island Coast Wine Country with the EPIC 1867 limited release wine collection.


There are ten participating wineries, each having produced a bottle of wine with a unique, custom-designed label for this special limited collection. 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.


Starting August 4th, 2017 and running until December 31st, 2017, Windsor’s Chimczuk Museum will host “Toast to the Coast – An EPIC 150 Years”, a museum exhibit designed to tell the fascinating story of the evolution of our region’s wine industry.


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Elgin County Celebrates Local Festivals and Events

Elgin County Economic Development is celebrating the cultural vibrancy that festivals and events bring to the community by supporting five local events through the 2017 Festival and Event Partnership Program.


Successful recipients of this grant funding were Port Stanley Harbourfest, the Rosy Rhubarb Festival, the Sparta Scarecrow Festival, the Off the Wall…And Off the Vine Art Show, and Bayham Beachfest who received a combined total of $6,000 in funding.


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Ron James to Bring his “Pedal to the Metal” Tour to St. Thomas

On July 22, the massive Railway City Big Top circus tent will open with explosive laughter as Canadian icon Ron James brings his “Pedal to the Metal” Tour to St. Thomas. Consistently hailed by critics from coast to coast, the award-winning comedian has been selling out venues in Canada for over 15 years. His unique brand of side-splitting, marathon-style, high energy performances have propelled him to stardom and formed the basis for the The Ron James Show, which delighted audiences for five seasons.


The show itself will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. to allow guests to experience the Big Top, visit the bar and get settled in for the over 1.5 hours of no-intermission comedy that Ron James is known for. Tickets will be $50 for General Admission and $65 for VIP seating, with VIP tables of 8 available for $500 all available at . A Big Top Grand Opening Reception will follow, with local live music until 11:00 p.m.


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Public Notice: Lake Erie Action Plan to Reduce Phosphorus and Algae

Lake Erie is exhibiting symptoms of extreme stress resulting in harmful and nuisance algal blooms and zones of low oxygen that threaten drinking water quality, fish populations, beach quality, coastal recreation, the overall ecological health of the lake and the Canadian economy.


The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario have developed a draft action plan that identifies actions to reduce phosphorus and algal growth in Lake Erie. To tackle these issues, actions from all levels of government, First Nations and Métis communities, as well as sector groups, conservation authorities, and the public is needed. 


Public meetings will be held on:

  • May 16, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm at the Dunnville Community Lifespan Center, 275 Ramsey Drive, Dunnville, ON
  • May 18, 2017 from 7:00pmto 9:00 pm at the Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre, Meeting Room 1A, 565 Richmond St., Chatham, ON


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Media Advisory: Local residents are encouraged to think “Staycation” & get their copy of the new BUY LOCAL map

The “Windsor Essex Staycation Expo”, in partnership with Devonshire Mall, on April 28 – 29, 2017 will encourage local residents to explore their own backyard. Learn from experts and discover things to do and places to see throughout Windsor Essex.  From craft beer to birding and biking, the exhibits throughout the Mall will give you plenty of reasons to keep it local.


Media conference will be held at 10am on Friday, April 28 2017 at the Devonshire Mall.


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Eat & Drink Norfolk showcases the best of Norfolk County

“Eat & Drink Norfolk” was recently held on Thursday, April 6, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Aud on the Norfolk County Fairgrounds.


Held for the 8th year in a row, the three day event saw crowds of over 4000 fill the Aud. Over 30 vendors from throughout Norfolk County served a wide variety of delectable local food, wine, beer and cider while listening to a number of popular musicians including Benjamin Dakota Rogers, Grey Sky, Evan Champagne, Felicia McMinn and With the Dudes.


Once again this year, those attending had the opportunity to vote in four separate categories. Hometown Brew Co., Norfolk County’s newest craft brewery, was voted Favourite Beer Vendor in their first year at the event. Burning Kiln Winery was voted Favourite Wine Vendor. The Combine, located in Simcoe, won for Favourite Food Vendor for the second year in a row while Port Dover’s Lago Trattoria was voted Best Booth for Overall Appearance.


“Eat & Drink Norfolk” could not happen without the help of over 100 volunteers who do everything from selling tokens to keeping tables clean and wash thousands of glasses both before and after the event.


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Regional hub for Canada 150 celebrations & Official 2017/2018 Visitor Guide unveiled

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) is thrilled to announce the launch of two important communication pieces – the website and the Official 2017/2018 Visitor Guide. Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday and the website will serve to gather information on Canada 150 celebrations throughout Windsor and Essex County – making it easy for visitors to find learn more about our local history and to find out all the fantastic events happening in each municipality. This will be a useful supplement to the official website and the Official Visitor Guide.


The website will showcase signature events and promotions including the Parks Canada Discovery Pass, the City of Windsor’s 125th Birthday Celebration, and the exciting Canada Day celebrations throughout the region. Furthermore, visitors will learn some interesting history on how our region played a role in the building of our nation. The website will also list all Canada 150-related events, both by region and by municipality.


At the event, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island also launched the Official 2017/2018 Visitor Guide. In the spirit of the celebration, Point Pelee National Park, one of Canada’s national treasures, was selected to be the focus of this year’s Visitor Guide cover, and it was a natural choice to hold the launch event at this gateway to nature, adventure and discovery right here in our own backyard.


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