Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fiesta Latina Entertainment line-up for Saturday August 15, 2015

Fiesta Latina, the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association's (DWBIA) new summer festival, today announced details of its entertainment line-up for Saturday August 15. From Latino deejays, Zumba and Salsa dance instruction to steel drums, Le Ballet Mexican de Montreal and Tatyana D'Voce, Fiesta Latina offers a myriad of entertainment experiences for visitors of all ages including:
 
 


·  Veteran deejays Lexx, Chino & Belize it will delight audiences with Brazilian, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican and Colombian electronic dance music. Catch them live at 11am, 1pm and 7pm.
 


·  Renowned throughout Windsor-Essex for taking Zumba to the next level, Joel Ang will present an exhilarating, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired dance fitness class at 3pm on Ouellette and University.
 


·  Get groovin' to the rhythm and melody of Latin music and learn the moves for Salsa, Bachata and Merengue at 4:30pm. Instructor Ann-Marie Linwood will have you dancing like a pro in no time!
 


·  Hailing from Michigan and performing at 5:30pm, The Island Guys blend the robust sounds of steel drums with modern and classic hits creating unique melodies that will ignite and excite the audience.
 


·  Delighting audiences with their energy, choreography and colourful costumes is Le Ballet Mexicain de Montreal. The breathtaking performance features an 18-member dance troupe and will take place at 8pm. http://bit.ly/1VqfOZx
 
·  Closing Saturday night at 9pm is Tatyana D'Voce. The 19-year old Torontorian is an experienced performer with a powerful and unique voice whose style and genres include disco 70's, Mainstream Pop, Rock, and Latin music.

Fiesta Latina is a FREE Latin-American music, dance and cultural celebration featuring live music concerts, dance demonstrations, children's workshops and youth activities, as well as inflatable bouncers, vendors, bustling sidewalk cafes and more. The festival will present entertainment for people of all ages and is expected to attract thousands of visitors from Windsor and Essex region, southwestern Ontario, Michigan and beyond for 2.5 days of unforgettable Latin-American experiences.



Fiesta Latina's entertainment stage will be located at the intersection of Ouellette and University Avenues and will run from 11am - 11pm on both Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16.




by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

Monday, June 15, 2015

Gesstwood Camp & Retreat Centre launches awareness and fundraising campaign

On Friday, June 5, 2015 Gesstwood Camp & Retreat Centre launched its awareness and fundraising campaign.


“Gesstwood is a facility open to all; young and old. Students and adults get a real sense of self and what it means to be one with nature. They learn about themselves; who they are, the power they possess and the strength within each of them. They are challenged to investigate their leadership abilities and how they can use them to make a difference. Being vulnerable in nature is key,” says James Cowper, Principal and Leadership Camp Leader, Kingsville Elementary Public School, Greater Essex County District School Board.


Located 30 minutes away in the heart of Essex County, Gesstwood is considered our local hidden gem on 62 acres of playing grounds, beautiful forest and meandering streams. Over 7,000 students and 70+ adult groups a year unplug and participate in outdoor education programs that allow leadership skills to be developed naturally. Through experiential learning, program participants discover the roles that they take working within a group, what skills they bring and areas of improvement. They learn by expanding their comfort zones.


To keep up with increasing demands of its growing program rosters, Gesstwood is launching a fundraising campaign to upgrade facilities and expand learning elements for the young leaders of tomorrow. Their wish list spans: upgrading overnight facilities and washrooms to offer overnight camp all year round, like snowshoeing in the winter; enhancing programs like their canopy tour, and opening the camp to families on weekends.


“Throughout the Gesstwood experience, participants are encouraged to take on roles you would not normally do – find your voice, share your ideas, step back and investigate other people’s leadership styles. It’s fun for all ages. Electronics are turned off, we run around, act silly and break barriers, all through a common outdoor experience,” said Karen Seguin, Executive Director, Gesstwood Camp & Retreat Centre.  


To see a video about Gesstwood in action:: https://youtu.be/GFALyETQvU0


Learn more at www.gesstwoodcamp.com.


by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

Monday, June 8, 2015

Kingsville Community Carnival June 11 to 14, 2015



The Town of Kingsville is pleased to announce that World’s Finest Shows Midway the largest travelling Midway in Ontario will be making a stop in Kingsville June 11 to 14 2015. 

The “Kingsville Community Carnival” is a family friendly event with rides, vendors, entertainment, The Lion’s Club Food Booth and much more.  The town is pleased to have the opportunity to bring this event to the community and look forward to sharing in the fun of the midway with guests of all ages.  The hours of operation for the Carnival are as follows.  June 11 from 3pm to10 pm, June 12 from  3pm-10 pm,  June 13 from  12 noon to 10 pm and June 14 from  12 noon to 6pm.


 


Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase your ride all day passes for a discounted price of only $15.99. This purchase entitles the bearer to ride all the rides on any one day of your choice at the Carnival.  These tickets can only be purchased until the close of business on June 10, after that they can be purchased on the grounds for $19.99, or you have the option to purchase individual tickets per ride. 


The Advanced Midway Tickets are available Monday-Friday at the Kingsville Arena at 1741 Jasperson Lane between the hours of 8:30 am -5pm, and Monday-Friday  between the hours of 6 am – 10 pm at Sam’s Shell at 84 Division Street in Kingsville, and also Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 7am -10 pm at Sam’ Shell.


 


Be sure to gather the family and head to the Carnival at the Kingsville Arena June 11-14, it’s where memories are made and entertainment is shared!




See contact information at Kingsville.ca.






by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

Friday, June 5, 2015

HIP, HIP HOORAY IT’S ART IN THE PARK WEEKEND JUNE 6 & 7 !






It’s finally here --- Windsor’s favorite outdoor arts and crafts exhibition takes place this weekend – Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7 at Willistead Park! And just to get things off to a rollicking good start, there’s a pre-event launch party in the park on Friday evening, June 5.


                To help you plan your weekend and get the most out of this eagerly-anticipated rite of early summer, here are the highlights of the 37th Annual Art In The Park -- brought to you under the auspices of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918).


                When?  Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Spirit Tent till 11:00pm)


Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


                Where? Willistead Park, 1899 Niagara St., Windsor


What?  Art In The Park is one of only a few “juried” public art exhibitions at which standards of quality and acceptance are at a consistently high level.


                Admission? - An affordable family-friendly $5.00. Advance tickets ($4.00) are also available online at aipwindsor.com, Shoppers Drug Mart, Windsor Family Credit Union, High Jinks Indoor Playground and Motion Specialties.


“275 vendors have booked exhibit space for this year’s show, which is shaping up as one of our biggest and best ever”, Neil Bear, Chair of Art In The Park 2015, said. “They’re coming to Willistead from all over Ontario, Quebec, and beyond. More than 50 of this year’s exhibitors are first-time participants. It’s all here this year -- everything from handmade furniture to luxurious organic soaps.  “Many of our loyal vendors have exhibited and sold their unique creations at Windsor’s beloved outdoor arts festival for more than 30 years. We’re truly grateful for their continuous, enthusiastic involvement”, Bear said.


Among the first-time Art In The Park exhibitors are the big, colorful pop-art canvases of local artist Briana Athena Benore; the nature-inspired home decor of Tuscany Concrete By Design; the quiet beauty of Lee Shelton sculptured glass and the charming boho bracelets, necklaces and earrings of Bella Gray.


                Thousands of visitors are expected to flow through the park gates during this beloved two-day public arts extravaganza. Besides the usual fine art, colorful crafts and wares on display and for sale, the show will also include pottery, sculpture and hand-made clothing. Art In The Park offers much more than beautiful paintings and other irresistible art objects; visitors young and old can enjoy many other fun-oriented activities, including free tours of gracious Willistead Manor. Come on in and enjoy a drum circle facilitated by Bloomfield House on Saturday, a poetry workshop and a Sunday poetry reading with Laurie Smith of Cranberry Press. For history buffs, there’s a reenactment of a radio broadcast from the 1948 Destination Freedom series with Artists of Color.


                Half the fun is getting there! Worried about parking? Don’t! Event organizers have once again partnered with G & L Stevenson Transit to provide a handy complimentary shuttle service between Willistead  and two satellite parking lots – at the Hiram Walker & Sons employee parking lot on Riverside Dr. E. at Montreuil St. and the Windsor Regional Hospital parking lot on Kildare Rd. two blocks north of Tecumseh Rd. E. The free shuttles run from 10:00 a.m, to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday.


                Bike It! –New this year is a secure bicycle valet service provided by Bike Friendly Windsor and Essex County. Why not ride your bike to Art In The Park? But don’t forget to bring a backpack to haul your treasures home. Look for the bike valet just inside the main gate to the park.


                The Friday Night Launch Party kicks off in the Spirit Tent – epicenter of AITP – at 5:00 p.m. and rocks on until 11:00. Our featured performers this year are Jamie Reaume, 80’s Inc. and British Beat 66. Admission to this fun evening of live entertainment is just $10.00 per person.  Tickets available online at aipwindsor.com and at the gate.


                Music, Music, Music- In addition to the unique arts and handicrafts throughout the park, Art In The Park will also feature nonstop  live musical entertainment throughout the weekend.  On Saturday, the action begins at 11:30 a.m. with the Music Express talent show, an amazing group of young entertainers. Next up, the talented  Joan Charette, then the Fabulous Soul Shakers. The evening entertainment in the big tent kicks off with Nemesis and concludes with Greatest Hits Live. The Sunday entertainment show bill leads off with the South Windsor School of Music Student Showcase, followed by Transco and the great finale with popular Tara Watts


                The Spirit Tent will feature delightful wines from the Coopers Hawk Vineyards, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, Hiram Walker & Sons and ice-cold beer from the neighborhood Walkerville Brewery. You can also enjoy upscale food fare from several local restaurants, including the Thai Palace, Stir Crazy, Thyme to Go, the Gourmet Emporium and Crepe De Licious.


                One of the liveliest areas in the park is again sure to be the Kids Zone – a safe play area especially for children, where they can sing, dance and just have fun. A tent provides shade and encloses the area with a toddler-safe play area. And don’t miss Frozen’s Elsa from Dream Makers who will greet her fans and perform at noon Saturday, while Belle and Cinderella will be coming to play on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.


                Your Support Is Appreciated. All proceeds raised at Art In The Park 2015– presented by the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918 ) directly support local children’s charities such as the John McGivney Centre for Children and Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services -- as well as the continuing restoration of Windsor’s architectural jewel, Willistead Manor. Over the past 30 years, Art In The Park has raised more than $1.3 million for these worthy purposes.


                Summer starts with Art In The Park. The fun’s endless, and the smiles are free!






by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

Monday, June 1, 2015

ART IN THE PARK, This Weekend June 5 to 7, 2015!



                The 37th edition of Windsor’s favorite outdoor arts and crafts exhibition is all set to go on the elegant grounds of Willistead Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7.  But even before the park gates open on Saturday morning, there’ll be a special pre-event launch party in the park on Friday evening, June 5.


                “With many months of planning and preparation behind us, we’re ready to rock”, Neil Bear, Chair of Art In The Park 2015, said. And with a near-record 275 exhibitors, we can’t wait to get on with the show. It’s absolutely going to be one of our biggest and best events ever”.


SATURDAY, JUNE 6 – 10 A.M. TO 7 P.M.


SUNDAY, JUNE 7 – 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M.


                Admission at the gate is again a very affordable, family-friendly $5.. Accompanied children under 12 get in for free.  Advance tickets are available for just $4 ONLINE at aipwindsor.com or at Shoppers Drug Mart, Windsor Family Credit Union branches, Highjinks Indoor Playcare and Motion Specialties.


                For the fourth consecutive year, Art In The Park kicks off with live entertainment at a pre-launch party in the park on Friday evening.  The fun begins at 5 p.m. in  Art In The Park’s epicenter, the Spirit Tent. Admission is a reasonable $10 per person.  Music Line up features 80’s Inc and British Beat 66.


                Thousands of visitors are expected to visit the park during this eagerly-anticipated, two-day public arts extravaganza. A real family affair, Art In The Park offers a whole lot more than just beautiful paintings and other irresistible hand crafted art objects. Over the years, show organizers have expanded and enhanced the show’s content to appeal to all ages and interests. Significant enhancements in Willistead Park will make it easier for visitors to tour the spacious grounds. A new asphalt-paved perimeter walkway will make it much easier for those in wheelchairs, and toddlers in strollers, to leisurely take in the Art In The Park exhibits.


                Free Shuttle Service – Art In The Park’s sponsor -- the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) – is again partnering with G & L Stevenson Transit to provide a complimentary shuttle service to and from Willistead Park during the show. The two satellite parking lots are at the Hiram Walker & Sons employee parking lot on Riverside Drive East at Montreuil St. and the Windsor Regional Hospital parking lot on Kildrare Rd. two blocks north of Tecumseh Rd. E. The free shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.


                Bring your Bike – A new feature this year, Bike Friendly Windsor  is providing a secure bike valet just inside Willistead’s main gate on Niagara St. during Art In The Park hours on Saturday and Sunday. So why not ride your bike to Art In The Park – but don’t forget to bring a backpack to take your treasures home with you.


                All proceeds from Art In The Park directly support important local children’s charities such as the John McGivney Centre for Children and Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services. A portion of the show’s proceeds also go toward the continuing restoration of Willistead Manor. Over the past 30 years Art In The Park has raised more than $1.3 million for the restoration of Willistead Manor and its gracious grounds.








by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Attention All Men, There is Still Time to Register for “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”





-May 30: The Sexual Assault Crisis Centre (SACC) and Biz X present Walk a Mile in Her Shoesat Riverside Sportsmen Club, 10835 Riverside Drive East. Calling all boys to men to literally walk one mile in womens shoes (provided) to support the need to end sexual violence in our community. Put yourself in her shoes! Check in 10 a.m. and walk to follow. Lunch provided for all male walkers. More details and to register: go to Facebook.com/walkamilewindsor or call 253-3100 ext 0 or check out the April issue of Biz X magazine, page 45 http://www.bizxmagazine.com/issues/April-2015/#p=45




by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bikes & Beer Returns for Leukemia Cycling Tour: May 16, 2015; Bottle Drive May 23, 24, 2015



Dust off your bikes because it’s time for the WindsorEats annual Bikes & Beer Returns for Leukemia Cycling Tour!


WindsorEats is hosting their annual Bikes & Beer Returns for Leukemia Cycling Tour on May 16, 2015 with stops at local breweries and pubs in Windsor.


Returns for Leukemia Bottle Drive is part of a month long effort to raise money for Returns for Leukemia, a fundraiser held each May by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 12R24 in partnership with The Beer Store to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).


The Bottle Drive takes place May 23 & 24, 2015. Customers are invited to donate all or a portion of their empty bottles (or cash), with proceeds going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.


Participants are encouraged to bring along their empties on the day of the ride to donate to the Returns For Leukemia Bottle Drive.


“We're very excited that this fundraiser has become an annual tradition,” says Adriano Ciotoli, co-owner of WindsorEats. “It provides people the opportunity to give to a great cause all while having a good time.”


The Bikes & Beers Cycling Tour includes a guide, beer tastings at local breweries and appetizers. 


Tickets are $60 each with proceeds going to Returns for Leukemia and can be purchased at www.windsoreats.com


Please note, tickets sales end two days prior to the event day. 


For media inquiries and additional information on this local event contact:


Adriano Ciotoli


519-982-5212
info@windsoreats.com






by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine