Czech Republic in Toronto, August 25 & 26, 2009

                    Czech Republic participation at the IncentiveWorks

CZECH REPUBLIC / CESKA REPUBLIKA / REPUBLIQUE TCHEQUE   IncentiveWorks   Metro Toronto Convention CentreAugust 25 & 26, 2009       Visit the Czech Republic Exposition – Booth # 1617 & # 1619 CzechTourism, Canada, CzechTourism Prague and Prague Convention Bureau are organizing participation at the IncentiveWorks – one of CANADA”S MEETINGS + EVENTS SHOW – more detailed information about the trade show can be found at www.meetingscanada.com  We are pleased to welcome the Czech Republic delegation, led by Ms. Jade Sebek, Director of the CzechTourism Congress and Incentive Tourism Department and the Director of Prague Convention Bureau including major suppliers, representing the best service providers and organizers for the convention and incentive industry.  Czech professional conference organizers, Incentive companies, destination management companies and hoteliers will join us at the 2009 IncentiveWorks Trade Show and at the Czech Republic Exposition.  COME & MEET the Czech Republic suppliers at the Czech Republic Exposition: ·         Clarion Congress Hotel Prague **** CPI Hotels a. s.    www.cchp.cz  www.cpihotels.cz·         Hotel Yasmin ****                                                         www.hotel-yasmin.cz     ·         La Boheme – DMC & Incoming Tour Operator             www.la-boheme.cz·         Radisson BLU Alcron Hotel – Art Deco Hotel               www.radissonblu.com/hotel-prague                                                                                              www.alcron.cz ·         Vienna International Hotels & Resorts                         www.vi-hotels.com  ·         PCB – Prague Convention Bureau                               www.pragueconvention.cz ·         CzechTourism                                                             www.czechtourism.com                   COME AND JOIN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AT THE INCENTIVEWORKS

Paradise Pavillion at Ladera, St. Lucia

 Paradise Pavilion
 
See Forever At Ladera’s New Panoramic Wedding Venue
 

An unparalleled destination wedding locale to open in December 2009,
1,100 feet above the sea

 
August 18, 2009, Soufrière, St. Lucia, West Indies – In December 2009, Ladera will unveil its new Paradise Pavilion, a dramatic open-air destination wedding venue destined to become the Caribbean’s pre-eminent setting for ceremonies and receptions of up to 100 guests.  The newly constructed Pavilion is located along Ladera’s extraordinary rainforest ridge, on previously undeveloped land adjacent to the hotel.  Architecturally, the 1,200 square-foot Pavilion is a showpiece venue featuring the same renowned open-air design concept found throughout the resort with the famously unending panoramic views.  The Pavilion is crafted in Ladera’s signature rainforest style, with terracotta flooring, columns milled and richly polished from tropical greenheart wood, as well as cut stone and tile work crafted by local St. Lucian masons.
 
The Pavilion is deliberately designed with only a railing to separate guests from the natural rainforest terrain and not obstruct the astounding views of the Caribbean Sea, breathtaking sunsets, and the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
 
Though open, the structure is also sheltered making it flexible and suitable for any style of ceremony and reception. For wedding photographs, it will be the most dramatic backdrop of the Caribbean.
 
Ladera’s ultra exclusive hideaway, Hilltop Dream Suite #X8, is connected to the Pavilion by a lushly landscaped private pathway, flanked by fountains and a reflecting pool which culminates in a stone archway, the picture-perfect spot for a bride to make her entrance. 
 
The Hilltop Suite will function as a private place for the bridal party to dress, as well as a romantic honeymoon suite for the newly betrothed couple and will be packaged into the Paradise Pavilion rate.  With a total of 32 rooms comprised of 6 Villas and 26 Suites, larger wedding parties of up to 80 overnight guests may choose to reserve the entire resort, depending on seasonal availability.
 
Wedding receptions will be catered by Ladera’s award-winning Dasheene restaurant, with customized menus by Executive Chef Orlando Satchell, known for his farm-to-table menu and emphasis on fresh, island ingredients and innovative West Indian cooking.  Pre-wedding beauty services, as well as relaxing massages and wellness treatments, can be arranged at Ladera’s Ti Kaye Posé Spa.

Ladera has also introduced a new online Gift Registry on Ladera.com, allowing couples celebrating their wedding, anniversary or any special occasion to create a “Wish List” of services, dining, spa treatments and sightseeing excursions during their stay. Resort credits may also be purchased in advance and can be applied to any services at Ladera.
 
For reservations and information, go to www.ladera.com.  Guests may contact a Ladera wedding planner toll free at 866-290-0978, or by sending an email to weddings@ladera.com.

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New York. Fashion Night Out, September 10, 2009

MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES “FASHION’S NIGHT OUT” Fashion Retailers in All Five Boroughs Will Stay Open Until 11PM and Host In-store Events on First Night of Fashion Week Supporting Local Businesses and Promoting Economic Activity throughout theCity is Part of Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan 

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Executive Director Steven Kolb today announced Fashion’s Night Out, a citywide event to support local retailers. On the first night of Fashion Week – September 10, 2009 – participating retail stores across the five boroughs will stay open until 11:00 PM and offer an array of in-store celebrations and promotions. Nearly 100 retailers have already signed on to participate in the event. Fashion’s Night Out is sponsored by Vogue, CFDA and NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing and tourism organization. Supporting local businesses and promoting economic activity throughout the City is part of the Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan to create jobs for New Yorkers today, implement a vision for long-term economic growth, and build affordable, attractive neighborhoods. Small Business Services Commissioner Robert Walsh, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union President Stuart Appelbaum, Macy’s Inc. President and CEO Terry J. Lundgren, designer Vera Wang, Robin Renzi of Me&Ro, National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Joseph Daniels and New York City AIDS Fund Chairman Len McNally, and more than a dozen retailers from across the City joined the Mayor for the announcement in the Blue Room of City Hall.

“New York City’s fashion and retail industry is a vital part of our local economy, supporting more than 175,000 jobs as seamstresses, sales clerks, delivery drivers and other occupations in apparel design, garment manufacturing, retailing, and other areas,” said Mayor Bloomberg.  “Fashion’s Night Out will provide our local retailers with a boost and will serve as a terrific kick-off for fall Fashion Week. I want to thank Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America for developing a creative way to support New York City.”

“Vogue is very proud to be part of this important initiative which will not only celebrate fall Fashion Week, but also support and draw attention to the extraordinary and unrivaled fashion and retail industry in New York City,” said Vogue Magazine editor in chief Anna Wintour. “The City is home to some of the world’s most celebrated and diverse designers, and renowned for its vast array of retailers from legendary department stores to the most charming independent boutiques. Fashion’s Night Out is about protecting this creativity and diversity, reenergizing New York’s fashion and retail community and getting consumers excited about shopping for fall.”

In addition to supporting local retailers, Fashion’s Night Out will benefit important New York City causes. A special limited-edition t-shirt has been created for Fashion’s Night Out and will go on sale at participating retailers three-weeks prior to the event. Proceeds from its sale will support the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Also, shoppers will be encouraged to donate gently used or newly purchased clothes at participating stores or at specifically designated drop-off locations. Clothes will then be collected by the New York City AIDS Fund to benefit HIV/AIDS organizations across the city. Drop-offs will be made on Saturday, September, 12th, and there will be at least one collection drop-off location in each borough.

“Now more than ever it is important for New Yorkers to support their local community, and the programming for Fashion’s Night Out is a great, fun vehicle with which to do so,” said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. “New Yorkers, as well as visitors to New York City, have an opportunity to give back while taking advantage of one our City’s biggest and most alluring industries.”

“Fashion’s Night Out centers around giving back to the community that we all so often enjoy and take for granted,” said Council of Fashion Designers of America Executive Director Steven Kolb. “Anyone considering making a clothing donation should keep in mind that whatever the price point of their donation, they will be making a valuable contribution to the City’s retail industry, while at the same time being a part of a one-of-a-kind evening of shopping and entertainment.”

“Small businesses are the mainstay of our City and support the diverse fabric of our neighborhoods,” said Small Business Services Commissioner Walsh. “When our small businesses succeed there are more job opportunities for New Yorkers.  I encourage everyone to get out and shop on Fashion’s Night Out — to ensure our City maintains its vibrant spirit.”

“Working people in the city are hurting, and no more so than those who work in retail,” said Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union President Stuart Appelbaum.  “This initiative not only serves consumers, but helps provide a needed boost to New York’s retail industry at a time when it’s needed most.”

“As a retailer, we are very excited about supporting this citywide initiative designed to stimulate the retail and fashion industries,” said Macy’s, Inc. President and CEO Terry Lundgren. “Fashion’s Night Out is a great program that will get New Yorkers and tourists excited about shopping again in the City that is known around the world for its eclectic fashion and iconic retail stores.”

The program’s website, fashionsnightout.com, provides retailers and consumers with information on how they can take part in Fashion’s Night Out.  Consumers can access details on the programming, sign up for regular updates, and learn more about charitable and volunteer opportunities.  Interested retailers will also be able to register their store and place orders for the Fashion’s Night Out tee.

The City’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is a comprehensive strategy to bring New York City through the current economic downturn as fast as possible. It focuses on three major areas: creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a long-term vision for growing the city’s economy, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods in every borough. Taken together, the initiatives that the City has launched to achieve these goals will generate thousands of jobs and put New York City on a path to economic recovery and growth. To learn more about the plan, visit nyc.gov. Recently, the City has announced:

·        The start to construction of the International Gem Tower, which will house 3,000 jobs.

·        Start of review process for Kingsbridge Armory project creating 1,200 permanent jobs.

·        City’s Workforce1 Centers in Harlem and Jamaica received awards for innovation.

·        Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program to encourage grocery stores.

·        City-supported loans unavailable from banks to help small businesses stay in operation.

·        Three new Financial Empowerment Centers offering free, one-on-one financial coaching.

·        Stimulus funding to help the City provide summer jobs for 51,000 young New Yorkers.

·        The opening of New Hope Walton Project, housing for low-income residents in Harlem

·        New affordable housing at Gateway Building, a long-vacant structure in the South Bronx.

·        The Harlem Business Assistance Fund to help businesses relocate to the 125th Street area.

·        The expansion of NYC Business Express to help businesses obtain permits and licenses.

·        New international cruise activity, growing New York City’s 13,000-job cruise industry.

·        Steps to help New York City’s bioscience companies compete for Federal funding.

·        The “Nine in ’09” campaign to promote economic activity in diverse neighborhoods.

·        A Center for Economic Opportunity program put 4,000 low-income New Yorkers in jobs.

·        Stimulus-funded community development projects that will strengthen neighborhoods.

·        Stimulus-funded Housing Authority projects that will create jobs for 3,255 New Yorkers.

·        The start of construction of 103 units of affordable housing in Brownsville.

·        A plan to protect area character and expand commercial opportunities in Sunset Park.

·        The opening of Home Depot in the South Bronx creating 200 new permanent jobs.

·        Legislation that will green buildings and create 19,000 construction jobs.

·        The latest round of training funds to help small businesses train their employees.

·        The final tally of 1,673 additional jobs created at the new Yankee Stadium.

·        The placement of 50 laid-off New Yorkers into positions at entrepreneurial companies.

·        New York City achieved a record 5,000 job placements through the first quarter of 2009.

·        Help for a beer distributor to create 55 permanent and 30 construction jobs in the Bronx.

·        Green projects at the Brooklyn Navy Yard are creating more than 1,700 permanent jobs.

·        Comprehensive initiatives to support the nonprofit sector and its 490,000 jobs.

·        Federal stimulus transportation projects that will create or preserve 32,000 jobs.

·        New automated water meter readers that could help businesses retain or create 550 jobs.

·        New programs to provide training and resources for City’s future entrepreneurs.

·        Steps the City is taking to help small businesses adapt to conditions and avoid layoffs.

·        More than 50,000 New Yorkers claimed the City’s Child Care Tax Credit in its first year.

·        11 new initiatives to support the financial services sector and promote entrepreneurship.

·        A plan for Coney Island that will create 6,000 permanent and 25,000 construction jobs.

·        A plan to create 400,000 jobs over the next six years in the 2009 State of the City speech.

Montserrat Events August 2009-January 2010

    August 2009 Issue
 
Fred Olsen Cruise to Offer Insight into Montserrat
 Broadcaster and writer Sarah Dickinson will be giving four illustrated
lectures about Montserrat during Fred Olsen’s transatlantic Braemar
cruise, which departs Dover for the Caribbean on October 27th 2009. The
four lectures will be titled I heard the mountain groaning, a brief
history of Montserrat and the first eruption; Shovelling, about the
history of the volcano and the Montserrat Volcano Observatory; Have a
little faith, featuring songs, poems and art which emerged from the
crisis; and Still nice, still home, on how Montserrat has come to terms
with living with the volcano and the ten year plan to build its new
capital. The lectures will detail Sarah’s life on the island before and
after the volcanic eruptions, which began in 1995. Brochures and other
promotional literature supplied by the Montserrat Tourist Board will be
distributed to passengers. For more information visit
www.fredolsencruises.co.uk <http://www.fredolsencruises.co.uk
 
Eco-Friendly Lodge & Campsite Opens in Montserrat
 The rejuvenation of the tourism product of Montserrat continues with
the recent opening of the Mt. Pleasant Eco-lodge and Campsite. The camp
site is set in a lush forest, with the focal point being the Harmony
Cottage, fashioned after a Mongolian yurt. This circular shaped cottage
contains a Queen size bed, eco-toilet, shower, kitchen and a see-through
dome in the roof which give occupants a perfect skyview on starry
nights. There are several tent platforms ranging in sizes from 8 x 10 to
10 x 18 feet. Tents to be placed on these platforms can be rented from
the facility or brought in by campers. An activity centre is located on
the grounds where campers can congregate to have meetings, social
activities and meals. The Mt. Pleasant Eco-lodge and Campsite is one of
the most environmentally friendly accommodation facilities on
Montserrat. All the electricity at the site is generated from solar
power panels.  The compound and all tent platforms are also fitted with
showers and miniflush compost toilets. Situated in the picturesque Mt.
Pleasant area, the facility was built without the removal of any trees,
and offers breathtaking views of Montserrat’s coastline and the
neighbouring islands of Nevis and Redonda. For further information on
this facility or reservations call Mr. David Payne at (664) 491 2933/495
2933 or email dvdpyne@gmail.com <mailto:dvdpyne@gmail.com.\0> .
 
Spotlight on ‘Goat Water Specialist’ Reuben Furlonge
 Reuben Furlone is one of Montserrat’s best known tourism ambassadors.
Furlonge, as he is affectionately called, is a well known taxi driver
and tour guide.  But perhaps he is most famous for his dubbing as the
island’s “goat water specialist.”   Akin to an Irish Stew, goat water is
a thick tasty stew with chunks of goat meat and is Montserrat’s national
dish. Furlonge started making goat water in the 1970’s for special
occasions, and because of its popularity, in 1987 he opened Fulonge’s
Den in village of Harris’, selling goat water on weekends. The
restaurant was destroyed in the volcanic eruptions of 1997 and Furlonge
was forced to move his operations to his home in the north of the
island.  Since 1992 he has also been representing Montserrat with his
goat water at the Annual International Food Fair in Antigua in May.
Furlonge’s goat water has also been to CARIFESTA, the Caribbean’s
premier cultural fiesta. When he is not busy making and promoting his
country’s national dish, Furlonge operates a taxi and tour service for
visitors and is a member of the Montserrat Tour and Taxi Association.
Over the past ten years he has provided tours for a number of visiting
journalists and was recently featured in Islands Magazine, as well as
the French Newspaper Le Monde. Furlonge says, “I thoroughly enjoy
meeting new people from all walks of life and showing them my beautiful
island.” To sample Furlonge’s goat water or to book an island tour call
(664) 492 2790.
 

Montserrat featured in Caribbean Homes and Lifestyle
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 Montserrat is featured in the current issue of the Caribbean Homes and
Lifestyle (CH&L) Magazine, with a full colour 15-page spread. The
Antigua-based CH&L targets the middle to upper income households,
business owners, investors and the media. The magazine features the
vibrant culture, lifestyle and emerging real estate trends within the
region and has a circulation of 20,000. It is sold internationally for
USD$5 (£2.95) and is distributed free at the VC Bird Airport in Antigua
and at destination and travel expos in the USA, Canada and Europe. To
view the piece on Montserrat, or to subscribe to this magazine, visit
www.CaribbeanHotProperty.com
<http://www.caribbeanhotproperty.com/index.asp> .
Caribbean Map <http://www.visitmontserrat.com/index.php?categoryid=30>        
Save the Date
The 15th Annual Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday 31st October
2009.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 
October 2009
15th Annual Montserrat Fishing Tournament 
October 31

Police, Fire, Search & Rescue Community Week October 31 – November 7

November 2009
Alliouagana Literary Festival of the Word November 13 – 15
 
December 2009
Christmas Festival Celebrations 
December 4 – January1 
         
  

Major Festivals/Events in Montreal 2009/2010

MAJOR FESTIVALS / EVENTS IN MONTRÉAL

2009 – 2010

Montréal World Film Festival

Several movie theatres in the downtown area

Until September 7, 2009

www.ffm-montreal.org

Every year, films from more than 70 countries, including well-known and first-time filmmakers alike, are presented.

Frédéric Back: One with Nature

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Until September 27, 2009

1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West

www.mmfa.qc.ca

A man who creates freely, out of concern for people, animals, the environment and the relationships between them.

Expanding Horizons. Painting and Photography

American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Until September 27, 2009

1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West

www.mmfa.qc.ca

Expanding Horizons explores landscape painting and photography in Canada and the United States from different era.

Our galaxy: The Milky Way

Montréal Planetarium

Until October 4, 2009

1000 Saint-Jacques Street

www.museumsnature.ca

This multimedia show brings the spectators from one discovery to another in our fabulous galaxy.

Betty Goodwin

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Until October 4, 2009

185 Sainte-Catherine Street West

www.macm.org

Born in Montréal, Goodwin embarked on her artistic career with paintings tinged with social realism.

Speed Limits

Canadian Centre for Architecture

Until October 12, 2009

1920 Baile Street

www.cca.qc.ca

The exhibition addresses the pivotal role played by speed in modern life.

Major festivals / events in Montréal 2009 – 2010

www.tourism-montreal.org

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VIP Visitors from Madagascar

Montréal Biodôme

Until November 15, 2009

4777 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue

www.museumsnature.ca

Discover the rich biodiversity of this island and some of its animal species.

Under the Cuban Sun

Montréal Botanical Garden

Until December 31, 2009

4101 Sherbrooke Street East

www.museumsnature.ca

Join Brother Marie-Victorin and his colleague Brother Léon and explore this fascinating island’s plant life.

Pirates, Privateers and Freebooters

Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History

Until January 3, 2010

350 Place Royale

www.pacmuseum.qc.ca

Discover the amazing stories of these terrors of the high seas as you delve into the history of piracy.

Being Irish O’Québec

McCord Museum of Canadian History

Until March 21, 2010

690 Sherbrooke Street West

www.mccord-museum.qc.ca

Ireland’s immigrants brought with them collective memories and symbols that have helped build Québec identity.

Le YéYé Show

Le Cabaret du Casino

September 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24 and 27, 2009

Casino de Montréal

www.casinosduquebec.com

The young and the young at heart are invited to take a journey down memory lane to the heart of the peppy GoGo era!

The World Press Photo Event in Montréal

Just For Laughs Museum

September 4 to October 4, 2009

2111 Saint-Laurent Blvd.

www.hahaha.com/worldpressphoto

Featuring the World Press Photo (WPP), the best picture stories and single news images that the world had to offer in 2007.

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal

11th edition – The Spaces of the Image

Several Montréal locations

September 10 to October 11, 2009

www.moisdelaphoto.com

Some 20 local and international artists in 30 spaces across the city.

The Magic of Lanterns

Montréal Botanical Garden

September 11 to November 1, 2009

4101 Sherbrooke Street East

www.museumsnature.ca

Hundreds of handmade silk lanterns from China combine to create a fantastic Asian ambience.

Montréal Canadiens

Bell Centre

September 17, 2009 to April 10, 2010

1260 De La Gauchetière Street West

http://canadiens.nhl.com

The National Hockey League’s Montréal Canadiens, 24-time winners of the Stanley Cup, play their home games at the Bell

Centre, which is open to visitors.

Major festivals / events in Montréal 2009 – 2010

www.tourism-montreal.org

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15th Festival international de littérature (FIL)

Several Montréal locations

September 18 to 27, 2009

www.festival-fil.qc.ca

Nearly 200 writers and artists from all disciplines will gather to participate in events that interpret their written words.

Nebbia

A show by Cirque Éloize

Place des Arts

September 25 to 27, 2009

175 Sainte-Catherine Street West

www.laplacedesarts.com

Cirque Éloize in co-production with Teatro Sunil presents Nebbia, written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca.

Orgue et couleurs Fall Festival

11th edition

Several Montréal locations

September 25 to October 4, 2009

www.orgueetcouleurs.com

The Festival showcases the multifaceted talents of the organ, spanning the centuries from early music to contemporary,

sometimes with forays into jazz and popular music.

Gianni Schicchi Puccini

OSM and Opéra de Montréal

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

September 26, 30, October 3, 5, 8, 2009

Place des Arts

www.operademontreal.com

The last third of Puccini’s triptych-a lively and colourful farce.

POP Montréal International Music Festival

Several Montréal locations

September 30 to October 4, 2009

www.popmontreal.com

This festival brings a delectable menu of independent music in several venues around the city.

Waterhouse

The Modern Pre-Raphaelite

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

October 1, 2009 to February 7, 2010

1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West

www.mmfa.qc.ca

This retrospective of painter John William Waterhouse’s work reflects his engagement with issues of his time.

The Great Pumpkin Ball

Montréal Insectarium / Montréal Botanical Garden

October 2 to November 1, 2009

4581 Sherbrooke Street East / 4101 Sherbrooke Street East

www.museumsnature.ca

It’s a pumpkin party with Pépo the Pumpkin, Esmeralda the Friendly Witch and Marie the market gardener.

Montréal Supermotocross

Montréal Olympic Park

October 3, 2009

4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue

www.montrealmotocross.com

Motorcross, endurocross, AVTs and freestyle competition. Canadian Pro Supercross Championship.

The Halloween FrightFest

La Ronde

October 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31, 2009

Île Sainte-Hélène

www.laronde.com

La Ronde is totally revamped with Zombies, Vampires and Giants Rats.

Major festivals / events in Montréal 2009 – 2010

www.tourism-montreal.org

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Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal

Several locations in Montréal

October 7 to 18, 2009

www.nouveaucinema.ca

For the last 37 years, the Festival has been committed to highlighting and contributing to the development of new trends in

cinema and new media.

Black & Blue Festival

Several Montréal locations

October 7 to 13, 2009

www.bbcm.org

The Black & Blue Festival features about 60 activities for the gay community and its friends.

Francine Savard

Exhibition

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

October 10, 2009 to January 4, 2010

185 Sainte-Catherine Street West

www.macm.org

This mid-career retrospective of the Montréal artist includes some sixty paintings dating from 1992 to 2009.

Romeo and Juliet

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

Théâtre Maisonneuve

October 15, 16, 17, 22, 24, 19 and 30, 2009

Place des Arts

www.grandsballets.com

A blend of the modern and the classic, this is a limpid work, imbued with nuance and subtlety and superbly danced.

Vengerov conducts

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

October 20 et 21, 2009

Place des Arts

www.osm.ca

Maxim Vengerov conducts Tchaikovsky’s famous Pathétique Symphony and Brahms’s Double Concerto.

Montréal International Adventure Film Festival (FIFAM)

8th edition

Salle Marie-Gérin-Lajoie

October 21 to 24, 2009

Université du Québec à Montréal

www.fifam.ca

A unique opportunity to view short and long films from the four corners of the world

Holocaust Education Series

Several Montréal locations

October 22 to November 1, 2009

www.mhmc.ca

This 11th Series presents survivor testimonials, panels, films, exhibitions, expert presentations and discussions.

image+nation

Montréal International LGBT Film Festival

NFB Cinema / Du Parc Cinema

October 22 to 31, 2009

1564 Saint-Denis Street / 3575 du Parc Avenue

www.image-nation.org

A key stop on the lesbian/gay and independent film festival circuit, with great screenings for the eyes and mind.

Major festivals / events in Montréal 2009 – 2010

www.tourism-montreal.org

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Jack O’Lantern: Halloween at Pointe-à-Callière

Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History

October 24, 25, 31 and November 1, 2009

350 Place Royale

www.pacmuseum.qc.ca

A humorous and whimsical look at the cultural origins of Halloween and the associated beliefs, as children tour the Museum.

La Flûte enchantée, by Mozart

Opéra de Montréal

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

November 7, 11, 14, 16, 19 and 21, 2009

Place des Arts

www.operademontreal.com

A prince and a princess, a bird-man, a Queen of the Night, dancing animals, an enchanted flute, and magical bells.

Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM)

Several Montréal locations

November 11 to 21, 2009

www.ridm.qc.ca

The RIDM offers an opportunity to reflect on creative vision in documentary filmmaking.

Souk@Sat

Society for Arts and Technology (SAT)

December 10 to 13, 2009

1195 Saint-Laurent Blvd.

www.souk.sat.qc.ca

Faithful to its mission of showcasing Montreal’s coolest creations, Souk@Sat is reuniting over sixty local artists.

Alegria

Cirque du Soleil

Bell Centre

December 18 to 30, 2009

1260 De La Gauchetière Street West

www.cirquedusoleil.com

Alegria is a mood, a state of mind, a spectacular show which sources of inspiration are many.

Grand Bal du Nouvel An

Place Jacques-Cartier

December 31, 2009 to January 1, 2010

Old Montréal

www.lesfeeriesduvieuxmontreal.info

Spectacular fireworks and music will rock this giant New Year’s Eve Party.

Igloofest

Quays of the Old Port of Montréal

Mid January, 2010

de la Commune Street

www.igloofest.ca

Four electrifying nights to celebrate winter outdoors with music and DJs.

La Fête des Neiges de Montréal

Parc Jean-Drapeau

End of January, 2010

www.fetedesneiges.com

Join fun-loving and colourful characters as they celebrate winter at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Rallye Expos

Several Montréal locations

February to June, 2010

www.vuesdafrique.org

A route to beautiful discoveries is being offered to friends of the visual arts and culture of Africa and the Creole countries.

Photograph, sculpture and painting exhibitions.

Major festivals / events in Montréal 2009 – 2010

www.tourism-montreal.org

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Ottawa’s “Girlfriends Getaway” Package Filled With Fun & Savings

Ottawa’s “Girlfriends Getaway” Package Filled With Fun & Savings  Toronto, July 28, 2009 –  Let’s face it—girls just want to have fun. And once in a while they need an escape from the guys but not from fun and excitement. Ottawa Tourism is serving up an eclectic menu of Girlfriends Getaway packages where the emphasis is on fun, arts, culture, shopping, and spas all at a very affordable price—from only $138 CAD per person for a two-night stay (based on double occupancy). 

The basic Girlfriends Getaway package to Ottawa includes two nights’ accommodation for two people (additional guests can be added on for an extra charge) and a certificate for the Rideau Centre Savings Directory filled with many coupons to satisfy any shopaholic.     And those who purchase a package between September 1 and October 9, 2009 will also receive a complimentary copy of a new magazine—The Best Places to Go Shopping—published by Ottawa Magazine.
And to increase the fun, guests on a Girlfriends Getaway can choose to add on a number of
optional activities, including

  • visiting the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canadian War Museum, Canada Aviation Museum, and/or National Gallery of Canada,
  • sitting back on the scenic Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train,
  • catching a concert at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (on until August 9, 2009)
  • being pampered thanks to a $50 Holtz Spa Gift Card; or
  • enjoying a performance of the blockbuster hit The Drowsy Chaperone at the National Arts Centre (October 14-31, 2009).

Given Ottawa’s abundance of attractions, the Girlfriends Getaway package provides a compelling reason to plan a weekend visit so gather up the girls and start having fun in Canada’s Capital Region. Guests who book accommodations at a participating hotel for a (consecutive) Friday and Saturday two-night stay have the option to reserve a third night at 50% off the listed room rate. The Girlfriends Getaway two-night package starts at $138 CAD per person based on double occupancy.   

Those wanting information, tickets and lodging reservations for the Girlfriends Getaway can visit www.ottawatourism.ca, a powerful website operated by Ottawa Tourism. Visitors can also book by phone at 1-888-OTTAWA-8. Ottawa Tourism provides destination marketing, strategic direction and leadership in cooperation with members and partners to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Its vision is to build recognition of Ottawa as an outstanding four-season tourism destination.  

– 30 –  For more information and Ottawa-area images, please contact:Jantine Van Kregten                                                Chris RyallDirector of Communications                                     Public Relations Representative                  Ottawa Tourism                                                         Ottawa Tourism613-237-5150, ext. 116                                         416-861-1022 / 888-423-3995media@ottawatourism.ca                                          chris@travelmarketingexperts.com 

Summertime in Toronto

Summertime is the Right Time to Visit

TorontoSpecials Offers and Hotel Packages Available the Entire Month of August  TORONTO (August 5, 2009) –

Toronto’s summer season is far from over and traveling to the city has never been easier thanks to special promotional packages available throughout August. Visitors planning a trip to Toronto can now book the Best of Toronto Package including one night hotel accommodation, a top-priced ticket to a Mirvish Productions theatre performance such as The Sound of Music or The Harder They Come, a three-course dinner at a choice of one of 14 restaurants and admission to one of three famed attractions- the CN Tower, Ontario Science Centre, or a Toronto Tours city bus tour for only $149 per person by calling 1-800- 461-3333.   “There’s no better time to see

Toronto than in the summer,” said David Whitaker, President and CEO, Tourism Toronto. “ Toronto welcomes visitors to discover its lively waterfront, diverse neighborhoods, cultural attractions and a wealth of festivals and events.”  For other super summer hotel offers paired up with dinner, theatre tickets and attraction passes, visitors and locals alike can begin planning a

Toronto getaway at www.SeeTorontoNow.com/summer or by calling 1-877-848-3999.  Weekend getaways to Toronto this August – from families to couples, girlfriends and more – are available for just $99 per night.  Visitors booking a special package to

Toronto during August can experience a destination full of signature summer festivals such as the celebrated Pilaros Taste of the Danforth (August 7 – 9) or Scotiabank BuskerFest (August 27 – 30). Sports enthusiasts can make it a weekend with the Women’s Roger’s Cup Tennis Championship (August 15 – 23), Toronto Blue Jays baseball and Toronto FC soccer. Toronto offers theater-goers an endless line-up of performances ranging from Broadway-style to Canadian classics and Shakespeare.   With over 7,000 restaurants spread across the city, a popular way to experience Toronto is by relaxing on a street-side patio or neighbourhood café, taking a stroll or bike ride through one of the city’s 1,500 parks or seeking out a special exhibit at one of Toronto’s iconic museums and galleries followed by a night out in Toronto with hundreds of chic lounges, nightclubs or pubs to choose from. 

Memorable summer experiences begin with

Toronto summer packages and offerings available through www.SeeTorontoNow.com/summer or by calling 1-877-848-3999.   About Tourism

TorontoTourism Toronto, Toronto’s Convention and Visitors Association, is an industry association of more than 1,200 members established to sell and market the Greater Toronto Region as a remarkable destination for tourists around the globe. For more information please visit www.SeeTorontoNow.com.   – 30 –Media Contact:
Justine Palinska
Media Relations

Associate, U.S.
Tourism Toronto

207 Queens Quay West,

Suite 405

Toronto, ON M5J 1A7 Tel: 416-987-1739
Fax: 416-203-6753
www.seetorontonow.com

North Caroline, Wings over Water Wildlife Festival! Novemebr 3-8, 2009

 

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival! November 3-8, 2009

Outer Banks of North Carolina offers photography, birding, paddling, and more!

(OUTER BANKS, NC) July 22, 2009 – The Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a six-day celebration of the wild side of the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, is set for November 3 through 8, 2009. As always, the festival includes a wide variety of programs and this year, and — due to popular demand — there are an increased number of photography programs to be taught by professionals.  Classes have been designed for both the skilled and not-so-practiced, as well as some programs for children and/or families.

Birding, natural history, and paddling are just some of the other types of programs planned for the festival which spans Veteran’s Day weekend. The regions offers some of the country’s best paddling for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. From tannin-fed cypress swamps to endless marsh mazes, it is possible to paddle the region for a lifetime yet still study charts at night, discovering unexplored areas.  Registration currently is open for an assortment of water trips escorted by leaders who are familiar with the various areas. Physical demands range from open water with wind exposure, to short distances with excellent wind protection.

Several different paddling trips are planned and include the Kitty Hawk Bay Sunset Kayak Tour that will allow participants to enjoy a classic Carolina sunset over the bay while navigating through tall cord grass fields and listening for the mysterious sounds of the night marsh.  The Backcountry Expedition combines “off-road” four-wheel-drive and kayaking into an eco-tour that explores 30 miles of beach and backcountry lanes by SUV to paddle the northern Currituck waterways from inside the Spanish Mustang Reserve. Trained naturalists discuss local ecology, history and shore life. Upper Milltail Creek Canoe Trip allows canoeists to explore the narrow, winding creek through the heart of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Sheltered paddling gives participants a close look at the wildlife that calls the Refuge home, including Pileated Woodpeckers, river otter, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians.

This year’s keynote dinner will be held in the Museum and Grand Hall at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Catered by Kelly’s Restaurant, the keynote address will be presented by Mark Buckler, award-winning nature photographer. The cost of the keynote dinner is $35 and registration is required. Dinner includes beer, wine and non-alcohol beverages.

This festival is traditionally set during the shoulder season when rates are lower for accommodations, traffic is light and the weather is mild. To learn more about the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival call252-216-9464 or go to www.wingsoverwater.org

Wings Over Water is an annual wildlife festival that offers participants an unbridled look at the natural environment of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and delivers great photography, paddling and viewing opportunities of a seemingly endless variety of flora and fauna.  wingsoverwater.org

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
One Visitors Center Circle, Manteo, NC 27954
252.473.2138 • 877.629.4386 • 252.473.5777(fax)Duck • Southern Shores • Kitty Hawk • Kill Devil Hills • Nags Head
Roanoke Island • Hatteras Island • Dare Mainland

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