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Stratford Festival 2020

Tickets went on sale January 3 for what promises to be a Landmark 2020 Stratford Festival  season, commencing in April. Veteran actor, Colm Feore, will open the new Tom Patterson theatre, in the lead role of Richard III, with the later dedication of the new theatre on June 11, the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder. With 15 plays in four theatres including two other Shakespeare plays, Much Ado about Nothing and Hamlet, the season is lively and diverse. Chicago fills the musical bill along with Spamalot, and a brand new musical by our own Steven Page, Here’s What It takes. Some old and new dramatic favourites complete the mix. Across a broad spectrum, the season should appeal to all ages and tastes. Some special prices can be found on selected days and All inclusive packages and  accommodation can be booked in advance. See the comprehensive Program guide available on request, for further information.

The popular Forum series, originally started as an added enhancement to the stage productions is almost an entertainment in itself,  with a diverse program of events, everything from Margaret Trudeau in her One Woman show to a Drag Brunch, with debates, celebrity guest speakers, concerts and workshops almost everyday, for an immersion in the theatre experience.

Add the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, University courses, and other realms of study and  Stratford has become a beacon of learning, for the Theatre/ Arts industry.

The Festival has a twice-daily Stratford Direct private bus service between Toronto and Stratford and Kitchener/Waterloo and Stratford. Stratford Direct is a reasonable and comfortable option for those who prefer not to drive the highway. It operates from Toronto downtown or Vaughan and  from Kitchener/Waterloo, during the season.  Seats must be reserved in advance at   Buses  operate daily, check departure points on the website.   Overnight stays of various durations can be accommodated. Some date exceptions apply on single performance days.

Make a day or weekend of it and include some sightseeing, dining and shopping, for which Stratford and the surrounding rural communities are  justly proud.

For further information on Playbill performance dates, the extensive Forum program and other special events, see the informative Program Guide.

To order the Program Guide or Tickets    contact:   1 800 567 1600    or  see

The Royal York Hotel

The  city of Toronto has grown up around The Fairmont Royal York, and consequently its most cherished cultural institutions are in close proximity to the hotel.  The best nightlife, dining, shopping and other attractions are all within walking distance. The Fairmont Royal York, located across from Union Station at 100 Front Street West, is only four short subway stops away from The Royal Ontario Museum, located at 100 Queen’s Park or at the Museum subway station stop.

  The hotel always has enticing special packages geared to local events which include:

  • One night accommodation in a Fairmont Guestroom
  • Valet parking for one vehicle
  • Admission for two adults and two children  to a featured special event like an  an exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum  or Art Gallery of Ontario or a Theatre package

( Package is exclusive of taxes)

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-441-1414, or online at

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Festival d’Ete de Quebec rocks!

If only my grandchildren could have seen me! Face painted and festive, I too was one of the revellers at the festival D’Ete de Quebec, in Quebec City. This joyful annual celebration of music and summer fun, with an eclectic mix of hard and soft Rock, folk music and street entertainers fills open air venues around the upper city, for two weeks every July. This year it will run from July 8- 18, 2010. Continue reading

Step back in time on Mackinac island

As the ferry makes its way across the water a glistening white building stands out on the headland. It is the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island on the northern tip of Michigan, one of the last remaining stately old white wooden luxury hotels, which graced the American landscape during the heyday of the railways a century ago. A visit is a step back in time to a kinder gentler era, an age of horsedrawn carriages, strawberry teas and leisurely strolls around town with ne’ry a cell phone in site. Continue reading

History is fun at the Jamestown Settlement

It is the 400th Anniversary of the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia, USA – America’s first permanent English colony founded in 1607 – and the historic area has been celebrating throughout the year. Continue reading

Go Porter for the better way

If you are taking a quick trip to Ottawa or other Canadian Cities for business or pleasure from Toronto, think Porter Airlines, based at the Island Airport. The journey is relaxed, easy and convenient. Continue reading

No rush hour with VIA RAIL

As highway traffic gets worse, travelling by rail gets more appealing. For anyone travelling on the busy Quebec City – Windsor corridor in Canada, this is definitely the only way to go. VIA RAIL have worked hard to meet the needs of passengers, extending their routes and timetables and offering something for everyone, whether business travellers, couples or seniors seeking a relaxing vacation. Or take a Getaway break in Montreal or Quebec City and discover the wonderful dining, shopping and culture that these vibrant cities have to offer. Continue reading

Gateway to Montreal for fun and dining

Located far enough but not too far, Montreal is an ideal destination for a short getaway, for anyone living in Ontario or the border US states. One of Canada’s oldest, wealthiest and most culturally diverse cities, after a couple of decades in the doldrums, Montreal swings again, with festivals, entertainment and most of all wonderful dining. Continue reading

Travel Tip: Use your Consular Services

Before travelling to a foreign country, the best place to go for the latest and safest advice is the Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade . It operates a comprehensive website which is full of useful worldwide information and is updated daily with a Travel Report and special Alerts in case of dangerous situations.

Pay special attention to the new security measures implemented between Canada and the United States which have been tightened and may affect some travellers and cause delays. Effecive February 2007, all Canadian travellers entering the United States by Air now require a passport
Or if you find yourself in difficulty while abroad, Canada’s Consular Services operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a network of 270 offices in 180 countries. Check the website for advice especially if you are visiting a country where there may be some political turbulence, and if you get into trouble while you are abroad, the Consular Affairs office is the place to get help. It is recommended that you register your intentions with Consular Affairs before travelling, especially if you plan an extended or multiple destination stay.

The Bureau also publishes a number of information booklets in both English and French including a useful pocket size handbook “Bon Voyage But” which provides invaluable information on just about everything you need to know when traveling abroad. Will you need a Visa, or a malaria shot, will your insurance cover you if you get sick, are there any currency restrictions? It is all here in “Bon Voyage But” which also includes addresses of overseas consulates. Don’t leave home without it!

You can pick up the indispensible handbook at passport offices, order it toll free in Canada at 1-800 267 8376 or (613) 944 4000 elsewhere, or contact: In addition to the informative website, you can email

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
125 Sussex Drive

For Emergency Services Call collect from abroad: (613) 996 8885