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Brantford – The legendary musician and recent Order of Canada recipient Ronnie Hawkins has seen more, done more and performed more than just about anyone else in Canada for six decades. Originally from Arkansas, he started off touring in Ontario in the 50’s with his band calling themselves Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks. In 1959 he settled in Hamilton and then Toronto and replaced The Hawks with Ontario musicians who later would be known as The Band. He is a mentor to many well-known Canadian musicians and many of them went on to have amazing careers.

Be a part of “An Intimate Evening With Ronnie Hawkins“. At 78, our Granddaddy of Canadian rock’n’roll, mentor to many will bless us with some supreme storytelling and music for a truly memorable and entertaining evening with some very special guests.

Ronnie Hawkins is a multiple JUNO winner and he was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2002. In 2004 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and in 2008 SOCAN presented him with their Special Achievement Award. In July 2013 Ronnie Hawkins was awarded with The Order Of Canada. He is the only American given this prestigious high award.

Join Ronnie and some special friends as he shares favourite stories from his six decades in rock’n’roll as well as singing a few of his favourite songs from his legendary career. This is a once in a lifetime event and one that any music fan and true fan of The Hawk simply cannot afford to miss!

Ronnie Hawkins is also Cambria’s Canadian brand ambassador. The relationship began six years ago and Cambria continues to produce initiatives in partnership with Ronnie Hawkins.

Tickets are $65.00/$60.00 for Ronnie Hawkins and are available by visiting the Sanderson Centre box office located at 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford. Tickets can be ordered with a major credit card by calling (519) 758-8090 or 1-800-265-0710 or on-line at

Mary Walsh’s Dancing With Rage – Sanderson Centre, on Tuesday October 8, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

Brantford, ON… Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts presents the production of Mary Walsh in “Dancing with Rage” on Tuesday October 8, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

The production offers a rich exploration of the relationship between the aging baby boomers and the upcoming “Y and X” generations of the future. Based on the very timely reality of loss of control, power shifting and passing the baton to the new leaders of the future these stories take the audience on the journey of the struggle to let go with grace.

The Sanderson Centre is thrilled to announce that outstanding comedic talent, Mary Walsh will be presenting “Dancing with Rage” as our season opener. This hilarious show will be on stage in Brantford for one night only.

Walsh has been ubiquitous on Canadian television including numerous recent appearances on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. She has appeared diversely in both drama and comedy in such series as the award winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching that she both wrote and starred in, Mary Walsh: Open Book, DaVinci: The Quality of Life, and as a guest star on the 300th episode of Royal Canadian Air Farce (as Marg Delahunty), Murdoch Mysteries, The Wind In The Willows for Masterpiece Theatre on the BBC, the very first episode of The Republic Of Doyle as Miranda Cahill, The Duchess of George Street and many more.


  • “The funniest woman in Canada…you leave Dancing With Rage having laughed a lot” ~ Richard Ouzounian – The Toronto Star
  • “Like a skilled juggler, Walsh is absolutely engaging as she hits the stage, creating, then changing characters before our eyes, spinning things faster and faster (with the help of a strong and effective video component) as she hypnotizes with her highly-refined if none-too-subtle mix of comedic dexterity and social commentary.” ~ John Coulbourn – The Toronto Sun
  • “screamingly funny, irreverent and poignant at the same. It’s the kind of show where you can’t help laughing… I loved it.” ~ Mooney on Theatre
  • “her feisty princess is on the warpath as usual, wickedly skewering her bêtes noirs…a succession of topical zingers, acerbic reflections on the sorry state of feminism today, and warmly funny jokes” ~ Martin Morrow – The Globe & Mail
  • “Mary Walsh is one of Canada’s national treasures. She is not only a fine comic actor but a fearless satirist who can skewer more kabobs of pomposity with a single jab than anyone else in the country…. People who want to see the great Mary Walsh on stage will not be disappointed.” ~ Christopher Hoile – Stage Door

· “It’s an inspiring show. Get off your arse, Canada. … Let’s have some fun.” “Smart people like Mary Walsh. If you are smart, you will go.” A.R. Twigg ~ Vancouver Plays

· “You’ve got to love Mary Walsh for reminding us that politics matter, that being Canadian matters—and that Canadian political fury can be screamingly funny…. it’s gorgeous to watch the skill with which Walsh flips from one character to another… this show spews goodies like a theatrical piñata” ~ Colin Thomas – The Georgia Straight (Vancouver, BC)

Tickets are $39.00 for Dancing with Rage and are available by visiting the Sanderson Centre box office located at 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford. Tickets can be ordered with a major credit card by calling (519) 758-8090 or 1-800-265-0710 or on-line at . Mature Content.

Canada Day celebration with Parks Canada

Free admission to Parks Canada sites to celebrate Canada Day

OTTAWA, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ – Parks Canada reminds that admission will be free in all 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas on Canada Day.

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March Break Getaway deals in Ontario! March 2013 news

Banish Backseat Boredom with a March Break getaway

to Hamilton Halton Brant

Hamilton Halton Brant Region, ON (March 4, 2013) Southern Ontario families looking to spend less time driving and more time doing this March Break will love Hamilton Halton Brant’s great closer-to-home options for family fun.

Get outside

Hamilton Halton Brant’s family-friendly outdoor activities are guaranteed to result in big smiles and rosy cheeks this March. Families looking for a truly Canadian sugar rush will love the range of maple syrup events and experiences taking place in Hamilton Halton Brant, including:

There are plenty of options for burning off all those pancakes, including The Grand River Rafting Company’s guided Early Spring Family Hikes along the Grand River; skiing, boarding or tubing at Glen Eden Ski and Snow in Milton or a geocaching adventure in Ancaster at Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum.

Get Creative

This March Break, Hamilton Halton Brant also has a range of creative programming that will feed growing young minds while inspiring kids at heart too:

  • From baking in an 1850’s kitchen at Hamilton’s Dundurn Castle, to using shillings to buy the necessities of 1813 life at Battlefield House and Museum, Hamilton Halton Brant’s great heritage programming has been designed to engage participants in Canadian history.
  • If your family prefers history of the more prehistoric nature, Royal Botanical Gardens’ Dinosaurs: Battle of the Titans is a can’t-miss event. March Break activities include Capture a Dinosaur, where participants can snap photos of dinosaurs while learning new photography techniques. There are also Dino-Snores sleepovers, and dinosaur drawing and sculpting clinics. The Link to Paradise Pass offers visitors great savings with a special one-price admission to Royal Botanical Gardens, as well as Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory during their Venom Exhibit and the Floral Showhouse’s Spring Floral Show and Miniature Village Display.
  • Families who like to march to the beat of their own drum will enjoy making their own hand drums with the assistance of First Nations teachers at Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology and then participating in a special 8000 Sacred Drums ceremony to mark the Spring Equinox.

Stay and Save

With so much to do, families may want to take advantage of some of the current accommodation offers available in Hamilton Halton Brant to extend their getaway for an extra day or two.

Visit for more trip ideas, event information and special offers to help plan your March Break adventures in Hamilton Halton Brant.

Family day adventures in Hamilton Halton Brant




Awesome and affordable Family Day adventures await in Hamilton Halton Brant

$100 itineraries that your family and your wallet will love

Hamilton Halton Brant Region, ON (January 31, 2013) For families that think it’s impossible to enjoy a fun-filled Family Day for under $100, it’s time to think again. Whether you’re looking for engaging indoor activities or active outdoor pursuits, tourism partners in Hamilton Halton Brant are offering a wide range of programming this Family Day that makes it easy and affordable to keep everyone happy.

These three $100 itineraries offer just a sample of some of the great events taking place in Hamilton Halton Brant for the long weekend.

Beasts that roar, treats galore, sing the score

  • The Royal Botanical Gardens’ Battle of the Titans exhibit is a must-see for any family with dinosaur lovers. Tyrannosaurus Rex takes on Triceratops in this fascinating exhibit that teaches tomorrow’s paleontologists about ecology and the environment that these majestic creatures lived through. On February 17th and 18th, visitors can join in on a question and answer period with Dr. Phil Manning, internationally renowned dinosaur hunter from the University of Manchester. Admission for a family of four is just $30.
  • Hunting dinosaurs can really work up an appetite, so when you’re done, make your way to downtown Burlington to explore the city’s delectable Chocolate Trail. Enjoy samples of decadent treats and special offers at the 13 retailers on this self-guided trail.
  • Sing off your sugar high at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Sing-a-long Sound of Music extravaganza on February 18th, that costs just $70 for a family of four.

That’s a full day of fun for just $100 for a family of four (excludes taxes).

Take a ride, play outside, feel the pride

  • Bundle up and enjoy horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides at Mountsberg Conservation Area’s Tales by a Winter Fire program on Family Day weekend as well as tobogganing, hiking and an outdoor bonfire to warm chilly toes. Park admission for a family of two adults and two children is $25.50 and children four and under are free. Sleigh and wagon rides are $3 for adults and $2 for children.
  • Enjoy free admission to Brantford’s Frosty Fest, on Family Day weekend, which will feature ice carving, horse-drawn trolley rides, figure skating shows, a street midway, free skating, pony rides, free Kids Zone games and fun winter fare like snow taffy.
  • While in Brantford, celebrate one of Canada’s most treasured inventors, Alexander Graham Bell, at the Bell Homestead National Historic Site. Learn how a young teacher of the deaf came to invent the telephone at his parent’s home and try out telephones from days past for only a loonie per person on February 18th.

Enjoy all these activities and keep the change. This itinerary totals out at just $39.50 for a family of four (excludes taxes).

Classic shows, walk on snow, make it go

  • Share a laugh together at the Family Day Classic Comedies event at Whitehern Historic House and Garden. After a tour of the McQuesten home as it was in 1939, head to the renovated Stable to enjoy short comedy classic films such as The Little Rascals, The Three Stooges, and Laurel and Hardy. Admission for a family of four is $17, or purchase tickets online in advance and save 20 per cent.
  • Try out a new winter sport at Crawford Lake Conservation Area’s Snowflakes and Snowsnakes event on Family Day weekend. The festivities include demonstrations of snowshoeing and Snowsnake, a traditional Iroquoian winter game, winter survival hikes, Hemlock tea tasting, marshmallow roasts, craft making and much more! Park admission for a family of two adults and two children is $25.50 and children four and under are free.
  • Give budding inventors some hands-on fun at Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology’s Family Fun Day on February 18th, where children ages six and up can use building blocks to create their own machines and buildings. Admission for a family of four is $17, or purchase online in advance and save 20 per cent.

This itinerary is also a great deal, costing just $59.50 for a family of four (excludes taxes).

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Find Your Way to Winter Fun in Hamilton Halton Brant! Dec 2012 news

Find Your Way to Winter Fun in Hamilton Halton Brant

Hamilton Halton Brant Region, ON (December 17, 2012) While the Twelve Days of Christmas tend to steal the spotlight on December’s calendar, Hamilton Halton Brant’s tourism partners are reminding southern Ontario residents that there’s plenty of post-holiday fun to be enjoyed in the Heart of Ontario. Thanks to the area’s outstanding outdoor recreational options and fantastic family programming, all roads lead to Hamilton Halton Brant for those looking to banish Boxing Days blues.

According to Maria Fortunato, Executive Director of the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association, “The Heart of Ontario is a great destination for couples and families looking to spend some time together following the Christmas rush. Our close proximity to many of southern Ontario’s major urban centres means less time on the highway and more time to enjoy great programming at a wide range of conservation areas, museums and other attractions.”

Take it outside

There is plenty of outdoor winter fun to be had in Hamilton Halton Brant. Glen Eden’s snowmaking machines are on standby so that skiers, boarders and tubers can still hit the slopes even if Jack Frost doesn’t cooperate. When the flurries do fly on their own, cross-country skiers can hit the trails at conservation areas including Hilton Falls, Valens Lake, and several Conservation Halton properties. The Hamilton to Brantford and Paris to Brantford Rail Trails are another popular choice for cross-country skiers.

Hamilton Halton Brant also offers skaters several wonderful outdoor skating rinks, including those at Hamilton Waterfront’s Pier Eight, Brantford’s Harmony Square, Burlington’s Discovery Landing and Oakville’s Bronte Creek Provincial Park.

Those looking for a truly unique winter escape will love Grand Experience’s Iroquois Winter Experience, which allows outdoor enthusiasts to experience life in a 17th century Iroquois longhouse, taste traditional Iroquois cuisine and try their hand at winter survival skills including fire-starting and flint-napping.

Spend time together

For families with younger children looking to spend time together, Hamilton Halton Brant has some creative options that, when combined with current accommodation offers, make for a great getaway. Families can explore the science of snow at the Hamilton Museum of Science and Technology or party it up at the Hamilton Children’s Museum December Beach Party. There are also plenty of choices for celebrating New Year’s Eve without staying up until the wee hours, including special evening festivities at Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Mountsberg Conservation Area.

Mark your calendars

The calendar for the winter season in Hamilton Halton Brant is already filling up with some exciting events. The Dinosaurs: Battle of the Titans exhibit begins its attack on the Royal Botanical Gardens on January 26th. Hot-ticket entertainers including Lady Gaga, Sarah Brightman, Carrie Underwood and Diana Krall will be making their way to Hamilton this winter for concerts.

About the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association

The Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Organization is an innovative industry partnership committed to collaborative development initiatives that establish the region as a compelling tourism destination. The organization represents tourism stakeholders in the County of Brant, City of Brantford, Halton Region (City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton, Town of Oakville), City of Hamilton, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations.

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December 19, 2012 Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts presents Jimmy Rankin

Brantford, ON… Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts presents Jimmy Rankin on Wednesday December 19 , 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

The holidays are a time for friends and family; for snow-filled days and warm nights gathered ‘round the fireplace. But however you’re celebrating this special season, iconic Canadian entertainer Jimmy Rankin has provided the perfect soundtrack, Tinsel Town.

Recorded with producer Bill Bell (Jason Mraz, Tom Cochrane), Tinsel Town is a Christmas collection featuring four freshly penned original songs and eight newly recorded holiday classics full of fun and yuletide cheer. Particularly clever is the packaging, which doubles as a Christmas card, making it easy to ship as the perfect holiday greeting for all.

A well-known solo artist, Rankin also doubles as the front man of Canadian Celtic heroes, The Rankin Family. Between the two roles, the singer-songwriter has amassed a slew of awards and nominations including 5 JUNO Awards, 27 East Coast Music Awards, and, having recently been named 2012’s Roots Artist of the Year for the second consecutive year, a total of 7 Canadian Country Music Awards, to name a few.

Yet despite the endless accolades, Rankin admits he was challenged when writing for Tinsel Town. “Christmas has become so commercialized. For the originals I went to a different place – I wanted to re-discover the unfettered beauty and old-fashioned joy that I found in Christmas as a kid.”

With Rankin’s warm, inviting words, “Tinsel Town,” the stunning lead single and title track, celebrates the spirit of Christmas through a montage of idyllic, postcard-like imagery. On the gorgeous ballad “December,” his singular voice welcomes the onset of winter with the sense of inner peace found walking down a snowy backcountry road.

“Boogie Woogie Christmas” is as much fun as the name implies, conjuring images of a hometown holiday party – good cheer, frosty fun and all – while “Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye to Christmas” wishes that Christmas would never end with a modern country rock flair.

As for the well-known numbers that round out the recording, Rankin explains: “I was looking for songs that mean something to me, songs I remember from my childhood growing up.” He fondly recalls performing “Silver Bells” with his sisters during the holidays at their Cape Breton home and the way “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” always put spring in his step.

“The challenge was to take these great songs and to interpret them in a new and interesting way,” he continues. Whether it’s his rockabilly take on “Jingle Bell Rock,” his stunning, stripped-down version of “White Christmas,” or his cover of John Denver’s classic “Christmas for Cowboys,” Rankin does indeed render his special magic to these cherished standards.

In late November, Rankin will embark on a cross-Canada tour sharing seasonal selections from Tinsel Town along with favourites from his extensive solo and Rankin Family catalogue. He is also slated to perform on the CBC/CMT Christmas special to air nationally on December 20th.
Whether they’re delivered from the stage or stereo this winter, Jimmy Rankin’s Tinsel Town songs are sure to bring joy and warm nostalgia to audiences young and old during “the most wonderful time of the year.

Tickets are $39.00 for Jimmy Rankin and are available by visiting the Sanderson Centre box office located at 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford. Tickets can be ordered with a major credit card by calling (519) 758-8090 or 1-800-265-0710 or on-line at