SUMMER FUN FOR EVERYONE

You’re cool, you’re hip, and let’s face it, you want to have fun in the sun while you’re here in Canada.  Am I right?  (If I am wrong, well then, you have every right to do otherwise.  It’s a free country after all.)

We still have many luscious weeks of summer ahead of us.  I thought it’d be a good time to let our CultureWorks students know where the good times are happening.  I sincerely URGE you to take advantage of the following festivals.  They are always interesting, different, and usually free!  Here are my selections nearest to our three campuses:

http://www.ottawafestivals.ca
http://www.ottawafestivals.ca

Ottawa CultureWorks Fun List:

Ottawa Lumiere Festival

When & Where: July 29-Aug. 17, Stanley Park

What: A family-oriented multidisciplinary arts and cultural event that culminates with an Evening of Light celebration on Aug. 17.

Information: www.lumiereottawa.com

Arboretum Arts Festival

When & where: Aug. 16-17, Arts Court, SAW Gallery Courtyard, St. Alban’s Church

What: The second annual celebration of music, food and culture has a lineup that includes Sarah Neufeld, violinist for Arcade Fire, Polaris Music prize-winning musician Owen Pallett and Ottawa singer Jim Bryson. Plus artisans, activities for kids, and The Chef Sessions, featuring some of Ottawa top chefs serving up small plates in one-hour sets.

Information: www.arborteumfestival.com

Ottawa Greekfest

When & Where: Aug. 15-25, Hellenic Centre, Prince of Wales Drive

What: Greek food, dance, music including The Zorba Show, church tours and souvenir kiosks are highlights of this annual ethnic festival.

Information: www.ottawagreekfest.com

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Oshawa CultureWorks Fun List:

Taste of Danforth

When & Where:  Aug. 9th – Aug 11th, Danforth Ave, Toronto (Map on site)

What: There is Food, Food, and More Food – but there is also much more. There is loads of free entertainment on our Celebrity, Danforth Showcase, and Greek Stages.

Information: http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com

Toronto Busker Fest

When & Where: August 22nd to 25th, Yonge St., Toronto

What:  Free and fantastic entertainers on the street, ranging from clowns, to singer, painters, to stunt men.

Information: http://www.torontobuskerfest.com

Kensington Market (Pedestrian Sundays)

When & Where: Aug. 25th, Sept. 29th. Kensington Market is located in downtown Toronto on several streets south of College St., west of Spadina Ave., north of Dundas St. and east of Bellevue Ave.

What: A car-free street festival in one of Toronto’s coolest markets.  Music, food, dance, artisan markets, theatre…and many surprises.  If you like to people watch, this is the place for you!

Information: http://www.pskensington.ca

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London CultureWorks Fun List:

Fanshawe Agricultural Fair

When & Where: Aug. 17 & 18, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 1424 Clarke Side Road, London ON

What: Threshing, exhibits, rare breeds display and musical entertainment are but a few of the many sights and sounds of a 19th century rural fair.

Information: http://www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Festa Italiana

When & Where: Aug. 23-25

What: It is a three-day celebration of Italian culture, food, music and dance.  The sights, sounds and tastes of the culture of Italy are enjoyed the heart of London’s beautiful Covent Garden Market making it a true “Taste of Italy in Downtown London”.

Information: http://www.festaitaliana.ca

Argyle Art in the Park

When & Where: Aug. 24

What: Interactive arts demonstrations, live music, food, kids craft centre, an arts & crafts show & sale AND a movie showing in the park at dusk!

Information:  www.facebook.com/argyleartinthepark

Summer, like life, is what you make it.  You’re in Canada,  and I know you came to make some memories.  So get out there and enjoy yourself!  Send some pictures while you’re at it. 😉

At the Drop of a Dime ~ Interview with Matt Devlin, Vice Principal @ CultureWorks Oshawa

Matthew Devlin, Vice Principal, Oshawa CultureWorks
Matthew Devlin, Vice Principal, Oshawa CultureWorks

Name: Matt Devlin

Title: Vice Principal of Oshawa Campus, CultureWorks

Best Canadian Film:  My favourite film set in Canada is Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. It’s such an inventive, unique film, and the city of Toronto plays a major role.

Q. Matt, you’re someone who seems to be able to do anything at ‘the drop of a dime’.  That idiom perfectly describes how you get a job done without hesitation. Outside of your regular duties as Vice Principal, there must be many different, more surprising ways you help students that come up unexpectedly.  What are they?  dime

A. I love a challenge. When a student comes to me with a question or a problem it’s important that I can help them as best as I can, and as fast as I can. I love using technology to help students.  For example, communicating with students through email or instant messaging means students have faster, easier access to me.  It’s great.

Q. Your love of technology seems a perfect fit for UOIT and Durham College.  What apps are you using most often these days?  Is there an app you’d like to develop for our students?

A. There is an app for everything these days and that pretty much describes my app usage. People say we live in the age of technology, which is certainly true, but it is really the age of access. Technology, like smart phone apps, gives us instant access to people, ideas, thoughts and knowledge. If I had to develop an app for our students, it would be one that incorporates these things. It would give students immediate access to teachers, textbooks and other educational tools. Either that, or I’d design an app would give students an electric shock if they are late for class…just kidding.

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Q. Why do students succeed at CultureWorks?  In your opinion, what are a few basic Dos and Don’ts when studying English for Academic Purposes?

A. Someone once reminded me that a successful school really needs three things: a good teacher, an eager student, and a log to sit on…and the log is optional. Our students are hardworking and dedicated to their studies.  Technology is a great tool for students, but it really comes down to a solid student-teacher relationship. At CultureWorks we have a teaching team that is well educated, passionate and empathetic to our students’ needs. Our success comes from there. Basic dos and don’ts? Do: Work hard. Don’t: Make excuses.  Durham Fast Track Program

Q. Lastly, for fun, if you had to eat only one kind of Canadian food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A. That’s a difficult question! I love grilled or smoked salmon from British Columbia. Montreal-style smoked meat is delicious. Of course, this time of year I’m all about Quebec maple syrup. Do I have to pick just one?

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Thanks for your time Matt, we hope to have you back on the Hotspot soon! 

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Craving Canada?

What makes you want to travel? Why did you decide to study abroad? What’s the spark that ignites your passion for seeing the world?

For me, it boils down to one simple reason.  I crave new things.

New nature, new culture, and new fun!

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Niagara Ontario offers a lot of  ‘newness’.  It is a vibrant tourist destination after all, and for very good reason.  The air is clean there, with vast acres of beautiful fruit farmland surrounding the region.  I’ve eaten more fresh peaches than you could ever dream of…it makes my mouth water thinking about it!  And then there’s the thrill of Niagara Falls of course, whether it is the mighty waterfalls themselves, or the many options for amusement on Clifton Hill.  I’ve been to Ripley’s Believe it or Not countless times, and believe me, you won’t believe it!  Cycling paths and hiking trails, world-class theatre venues, and some of the best jazz music in the country are all amazing features and I highly recommend you visit the area.

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Niagara is super close to Toronto!  Ontario’s capital city at once became my number one destination for culture. My Canadian, ‘cultural Mecca’, if you will. As Canada’s largest city with nearly 3 million in the city’s core (and almost 6 million in the surrounding areas), there is no limit to the fun to be had.  And at the CultureWorks Summer Experience this year, you’ll adventure across both Niagara and Toronto!  You’ll have a blast!

FESTIVALS!

Food festivals, music festivals, cultural parades and art shows fill the streets at different times throughout the summer. Guaranteed, anytime you go into Toronto between April to September, you’ll stumble upon some variety of festival.  And what’s even better, is that most of them are free!  Here’s a couple that I enjoy:

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LuminatoThis is an annual multi-disciplinary celebration of theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, fashion, film, magic and more.  www.luminato.com

Summerlicious: 150 of Toronto’s favourite restaurants open their doors for tastings of cuisine ranging from Indian to Japanese and everything in between. Summerlicious

Buskerfest:  At the St.Lawrence market downtown, the streets come alive with every performer imaginable!  Great fun! www.torontobuskerfest.com

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SPORTS!

Love a good game?  Grab your shades and watch top-notch athletes battle for the win.

The Toronto Blue Jays (baseball) http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/

The Toronto FC (Football Club)  http://www.torontofc.ca/

The Toronto Rock, (Lacrosse team ) http://www.torontorock.com/

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Not to mention Toronto Island, The Exhibition, or the Grand Prix! I’m telling you, you will not have enough hours in the day to do it all.

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Whatever your reason for travelling, quench your craving, fellow explorers! Don’t waste your time trying to explain why you do it…just do it!

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