- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 19:50
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By MEAGHAN MITCHELL
Niagara’s green businesses and organizations got together this year to share projects and products that will make this a greener place to live.
Greening Niagara, formerly known as Climate Action Niagara, held its fifth annual Eco Fest Niagara at the Welland Community Wellness Complex on Saturday.
In the morning, Jane Hanlon, executive director of Greening Niagara and Welland Member of Parliament Malcolm Allen addressed 20 or more visitors already enjoying the exhibits.
The festival’s purpose is to bring the community together and provide it with a source for green products, education and a connection to organizations with green initiatives.
“This is pretty amazing. What we try to do is bring together some of the greenest businesses in Niagara and get excited about it,” said Hanlon.
The crowd applauded and cheered when Allen said, “Organics is the fastest growing sector in agriculture across this country,” information he received from Matthew Holmes,...
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 19:38
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By NICK FEARNS
Beer prevailed over wine for just the second time in Caps, Corks and Forks’ history, thanks in part to a Bolshevik Bastard. It wasn’t a Russian communist who helped the beer team, but instead a Russian Imperial Stout by Oakville’s Nickel Brook Brewery.
Caps, Corks and Forks is an event that brings together students from culinary, brewmaster and viticulture.
Culinary students in teams of two each create one of six courses that are then paired with an Ontario wine or beer.
“It’s a great example of the power of applied learning,” says College President Dan Patterson. “Students from the Culinary, Brewmaster and Viticulture programs are coming together to create a great event and showcase their skills.”
The sold-out event took place in Benchmark Restaurant at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
Craig Youdale, acting dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, kicked the event off by explain a little bit of...
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:34
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By AMANDA-SUSAN CARSON
You can hear them on the radio, online and all over Family Channel — Eleven Past One have skyrocketed since signing with Warner Music Canada.
This five-member band of brothers Daniel and Stephen Richter, Steve Patenuade, Kyle Bykiv and Dan Beattie have hopes of making it big one day. Ever since signing with Warner Music Canada on May 16, the guys have taken off, with a summer full of playing countless shows with Toronto natives Down With Webster, along with Canadian band Hedley.
Besides performing in front of 70,000 people on Canada Day in Mississauga Square, “the crowd was so responsive and massive,” says Bykiv, the guys played Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert for 16,000 screaming fans at the end of August.
Since March, Jessica Jones has been a fan, or a “time bombs”, as the fan base calls itself, in relation to their time-related name.
“They all make...
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:25
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By KRYSTA PUTMAN
Terell Safadi quickly gained fame within the Canadian hip-hop scene.
A hometown supporter and lover of all things Vancouver, Safadi was waking over the local scene as well. He wrote about everything, from issues that come with being a minority, to being a Vancouver Canucks fan or even the sneakers on his feet.
In the summer of 2010 Safadi released his first video single Tonight, receiving national exposure on television and the web.
In early 2011 Safadi released his remix Black Red Yellow, a song supporting the Vancouver Canucks and their retro jerseys. The video was released on the Canucks’ official website and quickly garnered attention.
The remix has had a hugely popular and positive response with 552,334 views on YouTube to date.
That song threw him into the spotlight and gave him an unexpected level of fame.
“I’m glad to be the underdog,” said Safadi in a freestyle rap session...
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:31
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By MICHELLE ALLENBERG
Nelvana, the first super-heroine, will be reprinted and back in the hands of Canadians next year.
After a campaign ending in October, Rachel Richey and Hope Nicholson raised $54,876 from 1,096 contributors. The two women are comic book fans and comic book historians. They promote the Canadian comic book legacy worldwide at academic and fan conventions.
Nelvana of the Northern Lights was created by Adrian Dingle and Franz Johnston in 1941 during what is considered the golden age of comic books.
Hope Nicholson, of Toronto, says, “It represents the era in which the first comic books were published.”
A ban on American periodicals between 1941 and 1946, meant Canadian comics were the only ones sold.
Richey says, “It was a wartime ban to preserve the Canadian dollar. Without the war there would have been no Canadian comics industry at this time.”
Nelvana, created in 1941, is “very Canadian themed” with the super-heroine...
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:28
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By CATHY McCABE
As fans eagerly await the Canadian release of Downton Abbey Season 4, they can ease their anxiety by visiting a little piece of Downton in Niagara.
The Crown and Crumpet tearoom in Jordan, Ont., offers visitors afternoon tea as well as Downton-themed events.
Downton Abbey is a British period drama airing Sunday nights on PBS in North America. Created by Julian Fellowes, the series follows the Crawley family and their servants as they manoeuvre through their fast changing world, which includes the sinking of the Titanic, World War One and the Spanish Flu epidemic.
Lorraine Simpson, the tearoom’s owner, says they have special upstairs evening suppers and downstairs evening suppers for Downton fans.
She says the upstairs suppers are “terribly posh” adding the meal is served white glove by waiters. The food is traditional including smoked salmon and beef wellington.
At the downstairs suppers the guests are treated as if they are...
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:26
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By AMBER-LYNE BRICKER
They describe themselves as ‘Bearded Revolutionaries’.
Barbudos, a band from Niagara, boasts an unpolished, undeniably catchy, infiltrated with jagged, rusty, unfailing hooks kind of sound. The band is five talented members: Eli Maiuri and Dale Romanuk on guitar, Nathan Warriner on bass, Tam Maiuri on percussion and TJ Rogers on drums. Romanuk, Warriner, Tam Maiuri and Eli Maiuri are also on vocals helping to round out their eclectic collection of tunes.
Warriner discovered the band name while reading a book about Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution.
“Fidel played on a baseball team called Barbudos which translates to ‘the bearded ones’. Since the band, particularly Eli, all sported beards it felt like an appropriate name,” Warriner said.
In the spring of 2012 the band began laying down the tracks for their first self-titled album which dropped on Nov. 2.
“It was a great experience and the first time for most of...