Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

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June 2, 2011
Rock on, Ontario
Spring and summer in Ontario are synonymous with good food, fabulous patios, and amazing music festivals. Whether you’re interested in classical, jazz, underground indie bands, or the hottest new act – you’ll find your perfect music fest somewhere in the province over the next few months.
Here are a few to check out:
BlackCreek Summer Music Festival (GTA)
Hillside Music Festival (Southwestern Ontario)
The inaugural season of this wide-ranging festival is sure to impress. Concerts range from James Taylor to Plácido Domingo to an array of Broadway superstars like Martin Short and Jane Krakowski.
If you love music and are concerned about your environmental footprint, Hillside is the festival for you. There are great indie bands, camping, workshops and more. July 22-24.
Festival of the Sound (Central Ontario)
Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest (Ottawa)
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing progressions of the best classical composers from Beethoven to Liszt. July 15-Aug 7.
This multi-staged festival features blues, R&B, gospel, world, rock, pop, and more. Some of the biggest names in the biz come from around the world to perform annually in downtown Ottawa. July 5-17.
Burlington Sound of Music Festival (Southwestern Ontario)
North by Northeast (GTA)
You’ll find an eclectic collection of musicians and bands here. From alt-country Hamilton band Harlan Pepper, to the 80s New Wave styling of Men Without Hats, this 4-day event has lots to see. June 16-19.
Deemed “the club crawl of the year” by the Globe & Mail, NXNE features 650 bands and 40 films across 50 venues in Toronto.
Ontario has tons to offer to local music-lovers, bands, and international acts alike. Book tickets to your favourite show, and get ready for an amazing few months of musical magic. For more ideas, check out our Festivals, Fairs & Shows page.
Featured Events
Cabbagetown's Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour
Start anywhere on this self-guided tour through the streets of the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District. The tour brings visitors along quiet back lanes or tree-lined streets to hidden alcoves of greenery. Map is included on the ticket.
Gardeners are on site to answer questions about the creative use of small spaces, the challenges of urban wildlife, and choices of plants and other materials.
June 5, 2011, Greater Toronto Area
Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month
The rural municipality of Mississippi Mills, just 30 minutes from Ottawa, hosts a month-long festival devoted to cycling. Events feature guided rides, tours, races, movie nights, concerts, art shows, lectures and more.
June, 2011, Ottawa Region
IlluminAqua
A unique blend of music, fire, and fountains all set on the waters of the Old Welland Canal. Live performances by award-winning artists take place on a floating stage surrounded by floating fire pods.
now through September 20, 2011, Niagara Region
The World’s Biggest Apple:
This major monument is in Cramahe Township, north of the town of Colborne. Climb 35 feet to the top observation deck of the giant apple for a spectacular view, then stop at The Pie Factory Bakery and pick up a treat.
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Hot Deals
Enjoy a free room upgrade for a summer weekend getaway at Bayview Wildwood Resort, just 90 minutes from Toronto. Click here for more valuable savings!
"My Favourite Summer Festival" Contest:
Whether it’s music, food, children's activities, or summer theatre, Ontario is rich with hundreds of wonderful Festivals, Fairs & Shows. Tell us all about your Favourite for a chance to win an exciting 2-Hour TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN ATV TOUR in beautiful South Algonquin! Contest closes June 15, 2011
Featured Getaway
The Couples Resort & Algonquin Spa
Need some quality time with your sweetie? Book a romantic getaway at one of Ontario’s most luxurious resorts located in the pristine wilderness of Algonquin Park. Indulge in a pampering organic spa treatment, or a personalized 5-course gourmet dining experience.
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My Travel Itinerary
Visit us online, and set up a profile on the site. It’s free, and once you’re logged in, you can make your own personal travel itinerary. Your favourite places, activities and attractions will all be saved under your profile. Browse through the site, and click on the “Add to My Itinerary” button to bookmark your spots to visit this summer.
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