Monday, June 24, 2019

We’ve Got A Good Feeling About Flo Rida, Pitbull and T-Pain When London Rocks the Park – Enter To Win


We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes, we did receive complimentary tickets, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance attend too! Enter the contest at the end of this post!


Last year we had an amazing day at London Rocks the Park and we are thrilled to say we are returning this year!
On Saturday July 13th three amazing artists are taking the stage in London Ontario and just like Flo Rida we’ve got a GOOD FEELING about this!

Florida-born rapper become a chart fixture thanks to the blockbuster singles “Low (feat. T-Pain),” “Right Round,” “Club Can’t Handle Me,” and his most recent chart-topping hits, “Good Feeling” and “Wild Ones (feat. Sia)

In fact, Pitbull knows that he wants you to grab tickets before it sells out.

his sold-out world concert tours have taken him to North and South America, Europe, China and Japan. Along the way, he has co-headlined with Enrique Iglesias, toured with Britney Spears in the U.K. and Europe, and spoken to thousands as part of Tony Robbins’ motivational seminars.

Plus, T-Pain is on board with one of our readers WINNING tickets to the show

With 60 hit songs under his belt and two Grammy trophies on his mantle, T-Pain has cemented himself as one of the most influential artists of all time

This trio of artists are performing one night only in London Ontario and you know you need to be there!

Get Your Tickets

Parents’ Day Out or Family Day Out – Choose the Tickets That Work Best for You

We think it would make a great Parents’ Day Out if you are wanting to have access to the BEER GARDEN areas.
Under 19? That’s okay there are ticket options available for you as well.
For more info about the event visit http://www.rockthepark.ca


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Artshine is now in a Box! See the Unboxing and Enter to Win


We'll start with the Disclaimer – Yes, we will be receiving this prize, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win one too! Enter the contest at the end of this post!


Many of readers and event attendees are familiar with ARTSHINE and the art classes they provide.
Imagine if you family could receive those classes right in your own home?!?!

That is where Artshine in a Box can make all the difference.  For a limited time Artshine can come to you as a subscription box.  
Their kickstarter subscription campaign ends on June 29th so get your order in before your choice of subscription is gone!
Check out my UNBOXING video to see what comes with Artshine in a Box.
                                               
As you can see the 12 month subscription of Artshine in a Box is our recommendation, but if that doesn’t work there are other subscription lengths as well.


The $228 for a 12 months is in the right side bar, but choose the 6th one down the list (the other $228 is a donation and we don’t want any of reader to select incorrectly if they are purchasing it for their family).

Above it on the list are the smaller amounts that would be great as gifts for birthdays, baby showers etc.

Who wouldn’t want a curated Artbox Subscription as a gift? Plus you will know that your purchase is giving a box to a child in need.

To learn more about Artshine in a Box, be sure to watch their video below.

Time is running out to get your subscription so we suggest you sign up today to get your first choice of subscription level.

We’re so excited to share this opportunity with our readers that we are giving away a 12 month subscription to Artshine in a Box
Enter To Win
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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Neverending Story at The Stratford Festival

Photo Provide By The Stratford Festival. Taken By Emily Cooper

Yesterday we were invited to attend the opening of THE NEVERENDING STORY at the Stratford Festival’s Avon Theatre and it was fantastic experience from beginning to end.

The Neverending Story Will Light Up Your Senses

We were delighted to see The Neverending Story brought to life on stage at the Avon Theatre in nearby Stratford Ontario.  It will truly light up your senses in a way that makes you feel like you are part of tale found in the mysterious storybook.

The stage show is full of light displayed both by the backdrop but also as part of the props and accessories used by the actors that put on this magnificent play. It shone through puppets and showed the shooting stars of each story in the land of Fantastica.

While the light show is a significant part of the production, the use of music to transport the audience to the magical world is captivating as well.  In fact, the music of the trees was so beautiful that it enchanted a few characters as part of the show. JUNO award winner Hawksley Workman composed the music for the production and you can hear a sample from it in the video below.

As you can see this rendition of The Neverending Story is a feast for both the eyes and the ears.

Find Your Way to Fantastica on its 40th Anniversary

While many are most familiar with The Neverending Story Movie, it first published as a novel 40 years ago. Since then it has become a story read and watched by families passing down the tale from generation to generation.  Now is the time to take your whole family to see Fantasica in The Neverending Story.
Presented as the 2019 Schulich Children’s Play, The Neverending Story follows 10-year-old Bastian, played by Jake Runeckles, who, in order to avoid school bullies, hides in a closet reading a strangely compelling book: the tale of a hero’s quest to save the realm of Fantastica from the encroaching terror of the Nothing. In a bid to save their dying ruler, the Childlike Empress, young warrior Atreyu, played by Qasim Khan, is chosen to find a cure for the Empress and destroy the Nothing, but ultimately finds that she can only be saved by an outsider. Bastian steps into the role of saviour in the story and discovers his own power in this magical world.

 

The Stratford Festival Theatre is less than an hour from Kitchener Waterloo by car, but don’t fret if you don’t have a vehicle.  They have introduced a round trip shuttle that picks up and drops off in front on Angie’s Kitchener on Erb St. in Waterloo.  The $19 price for the shuttle service is in addition to the price of the performance tickets.  For those a little further from the area there are also shuttles from Toronto and Vaughn ($29 for shuttle service from these areas). This makes it even easier to find your way to the land of Fantastica.  Get all the info at https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/whatson/busbooking

Grab Your Tickets Before They Are Gone


*PLEASE NOTE THIS PLAY CONTAINS FLASHING LIGHTS* We thought our readers should be aware for those families that have sensitivities to flashing lights.

Once the word gets out it may be difficult to get tickets, but right now there are several promotional prices available for this must see musical!

Save on performances from now until June 24 by visiting https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/spring
New for this year, the Stratford Festival Theatre has introduced the BRAVO ZONE with tickets for $41 which includes the fees!  Also be sure to check out their 2-for-1 Evenings deal that will happen all season long and we know our readers are often looking for deals on tickets for their kids.  Find the $18.50 kids promo info at https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/DiscountsAndDeals/Deals/Kids-Tickets

Don’t see a deal that best suits you yet? Then visit THE NEVERENDING STORY ticket page at https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/The-Neverending-Story and under the SAVE ON YOUR TICKETS listing you can see all the ticket deals available in their drop down menu or by calling the box office toll free at 1-800-567-1600

Let The Neverending Story Carry On With These Extra Events Happening This Summer in Stratford

In addition to the stage play of The Neverending Story, the Stratford Festival has addition events happening around select performances starting this month.
The magic of The Neverending Story extends beyond the stage with several family events planned before and after selected performances. Kick off your adventure with a Hero’s Quest Lunch (July 7, July 27, August 18), a fantastical meal complete with puppet demonstrations, games and face painting, and The Neverending Story Workshop (June 23, July 13, July 21, August 23), a series of drama exercises inspired by the story. After the show, settle in for a Cushion Concert full of favourite songs and stories for the whole family (July 13, August 24, September 21).  

For more info about the Stratford Festival be sure to visit these links

Let us know about the show! Are you going to see The Neverending Story at the Avon Theatre in Stratford? We want to know what your thoughts were.  Leave a comment below!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Where to Find Outdoor Movies 2019 In The Kitchener Waterloo Area


Every year we get lots of inquiries about the outdoor movie listings.  Here's what we have compiled so far. Please note not all movies listed are G rated as we have lots of older teens that may be interested in the outdoor movies as well.  If we have missed any, please post them in the comments.

NOTE: Not all outdoor movies are free. Please check the links for updated information as times and venues change without much notice and some events charge admission

June 8
SPACE JAM @ Max Becker Common –  Williamsburg Community Association Kitchener http://williamsburgcommunity.ca/neighbours-day-sends-williamsburg-back-to-the-90s

June 14

June 17
Casablanca @ Stratford Bruce Hotel http://queenofthesquare.ca

June 21
How To Train Your Dragon 2 @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2019-06-14-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

June 28
Trolls @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2019-06-14-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

July 4

July 5
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off @ Guelph York Park https://guelph.ca/living/arts-and-culture/civic-events/movies
Star Wars (original 70s movie) @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2019-06-14-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

July 11
The Lego Movie the Second Part @ Waterloo Park http://parkmovies.ca
July 12
Spy Kids @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2019-06-14-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

July 18

July 19
Anastasia @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2019-06-14-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

July 25
Spider-Man Into the Spidervese @ Waterloo Park http://parkmovies.ca

July 26
Kubo and the Two Strings @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2019-06-14-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

July 27
The Greatest Showman @ Stratford Market Square http://queenofthesquare.ca

Aug 1

Aug 2
The Princess Bride @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2019-06-14-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

Aug 8
Ralph Breaks the Internet @ Waterloo Park http://parkmovies.ca

Aug 9
Interstellar @ Perimeter Institute Waterloo http://queenofthesquare.ca
Journey to the Centre of the Earth @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2019-06-14-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

Aug 15

Aug 16
Rango @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2019-06-14-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

Aug 17
Phantom of the Opera @ Stratford Market Square http://queenofthesquare.ca

Aug 22
Avengers Endgame @ Waterloo Park http://parkmovies.ca

Aug 23
The Boss Baby @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2019-06-14-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill
Pinocchio @ I believe it’s at Stratford Market Square http://queenofthesquare.ca

Aug 29

Sept 9
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel @ Stratford Bruce Hotel http://queenofthesquare.ca
Did we miss any? Be sure to leave the info in the comments!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Little Shop of Horrors Ensures That Stratford’s Avon Theatre is Full of Soul


Photo Provided By Stratford Festival. Taken By David Cooper



It’s been a busy week in nearby Stratford Ontario.  Earlier in the week we attended the opening night festivities for Billy Elliot at the Stratford Festival theatre, but we found out there was a “growing” buzz in Downtown about a larger than life show at the Stratford Avon Theatre.  The Opening Night of Little Shop of Horrors was one for the nostalgia books.  This musical brings you back to the 60s era and feeds your soul with that Motor City Sound.  The show opens outside the dilapidated Mushnik Flower Shop, a florist without a flourishing business. In fact, even the sign outside is in need of repair. 
There three singers sing the show’s theme that foreshadows the events soon to follow.  Inside the shop we find Mr. Mushnik awaiting the arrival of his staff member Audrey, who longs to live a domestic life in the suburbs and soon after Seymour, an orphan that Mushnik took in to help take care of the flower shop. Seymour has grown into a bumbling botanist and upon learning that the lack of sales is forcing the shutdown of the business, he and Audrey introduce a new plant to the store’s display window and it has an immediate impact.  Mushnik sees how the instant advertising ploy of a new plant species can make his sales sprout and insists that Seymour keep it alive at all costs.  This sets the stage for the flower store to become a Little Shop of Horrors.

While Seymour is busy bargaining with the plant to grow, a mishap with some pruning shears results in the discovery that the plant has a taste for human blood.  Seymour begins secretly providing the plant with his blood and as the plant grows bigger and stronger so does Seymour’s popularity and financial stability.  This makes Mushik’s sales peak and Audrey’s interest in Seymour begins to peak as well.  When he can no longer provide the plant the quantities it requires Seymour is forced to do some soul searching.  
He can either let the plant die and take with it his recent success or keep himself in demand with both Mushnik and Audrey by selling his soul to the plant.

This musical has notes of horror, hilarity and heart-warming scenes that brings the audience back to the soul decade.  I even did my best to dress the part.


The show keeps everyone eagerly awaiting to see if the plant is to become a growing concern to those involved.
We think Little Shop of Horrors at the Stratford Avon Theatre would make a wonderful PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT.

We also think that families will enjoy the ridiculousness of the blood thirsty plant.  For us it conjured up memories of the Muppets when Big Mean Carl who would devour the other characters in the show or really anything that was within his grasp.  If your kids love those scenes then chances are, they will love this too!

Find Your Way to the Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival Theatre is less than an hour from Kitchener Waterloo by car, but don’t fret if you don’t have a vehicle.  They have introduced a round trip shuttle that picks up and drops off in front on Angie’s Kitchener on Erb St. in Waterloo.  The $19 price for the shuttle service is in addition to the price of the performance tickets.  For those a little further from the area there are also shuttles from Toronto and Vaughn ($29 for shuttle service from these areas).  Get all the info at https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/whatson/busbooking

Grab Your Tickets Before They Are Gone

Once the word gets out it may be difficult to get tickets, but right now there are several promotional prices available for this must see musical!

Save on performances from now until June 24 by visiting https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/spring
New for this year, the Stratford Festival Theatre has introduced the BRAVO ZONE with tickets for $41 which includes the fees!  Also be sure to check out their 2-for-1 Evenings deal that will happen all season long and we know our readers are often looking for deals on tickets for their kids.  Find the $18.50 kids promo info at https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/DiscountsAndDeals/Deals/Kids-Tickets

Don’t see a deal that best suits you yet? Then visit the Little Shop of Horrors ticket page at https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Little-Shop-of-Horrors/BuyTickets and under the SAVE ON YOUR TICKETS listing you can see all the ticket deals available in their drop down menu or by calling the box office toll free at 1-800-567-1600

For more info about the Stratford Festival be sure to visit these links

Let us know about the show! Are you going to see Little Shop of Horrors at the Avon Theatre in Stratford? We want to know what your thoughts were.  Leave a comment below!