Canada Day Treats ‘N’ Eats Festival coming to Toddy Jones Park



There will still be a festival going on in Toddy Jones Park on Canada Day, but it will have a different name than in past years.

Now known as the Canada Day Treats ‘N’ Eats Festival, it will be taking over Toddy Jones Park from July 1. Event organizer Kim Hamilton said the former Ice Cream Festival is back with a name change to accompany it.

“Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I know you’ve heard of the exciting events going on in Amherstburg for Canada Day over the last few years,” said Hamilton. “We’re kicking off the summer of 2018 with the ‘Canada Day Treats N’ Eats Festival’ brought to you by Glitterfly Entertainment, coinciding with the Canada Day festivities at Fort Malden! The day kicks off with the town’s annual Canada D’Eh Run (presented by Running Flat). Our festival runs from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. at Toddy Jones Park, in conjunction with the Font Malden outdoor concert, BBQ and activities across the street. All of this is followed up by an extraordinary fireworks display at sunset, put on by the Town of Amherstburg!”

Various different characters will be available to visit with at the Canada Day Treats ‘N’ Eats Festival at Toddy Jones Park. (Photo from the Canada Day Treats ‘N’ Eats Festival Facebook page)

There will be a number of events at the Canada Day Treats ‘N’ Festival at Toddy Jones Park.

“This year the Canada Day Treats N’ Eats Festival is bringing you a boatload of family-friendly new and exciting activities including bouncy castles galore. There will be bounce-all-day passes available,” said Hamilton. “We will also have free mini-putt golf by Party Putt sponsored by Glitterfly Entertainment. There will be ice cream trucks (of course, it’s tradition!).”

Hamilton added there will be food trucks, merchant vendors (local artisans, businesses and not-for-profits), character visits with characters from “Fantastic Fathers,” face painting and glitter tattoos by Glitterfly Entertainment and Funky Faces, a princess meet and greet with a photobooth keepsake and “of course the use of Amherstburg beautiful park, playground and splash pad!  Don’t forget your bathing suits and towels.”

Hamilton asks people to remember that the festival is bike and pet-friendly “but please, pick up after yourself.”

“We’ve spent the last few months planning another amazing event for this year, and we are so excited to celebrate Canada Day with you all!” she said. “Please note a portion of funds raised each year, goes right back into the community, benefitting local charity organizations. You do not want to miss this amazing event!”

Canada Day festivities ramping up as holiday approaches



By Ron Giofu


Canada’s 151st birthday is coming up and there are a number of festivities planned again this year to celebrate.

The Canada Day activities return to Fort Malden National Historic Site with a number of new and familiar events for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Jennifer Ibrahim, tourism co-ordinator with the Town of Amherstburg, said this year’s Canada Day will feature a lot of the same family-friendly activities as in previous years.

“It starts at 9 a.m. with the most patriotic run in our nation,” said Ibrahim, in reference to the Canada D’Eh run/walk that is presented by Running Flat. “I hope our community comes out and cheers on the Canada D’Eh runners. It’s so much fun.”

Opening ceremonies for the Canada Day festivities is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Fireworks annually thrill the thousands of people that attended the Canada Day event at Fort Malden. This is an image of “stacked” photos of several fireworks. (PHOTO BY ADRIAN HARTE)

Ibrahim said St. Peter’s ACHS College School will be joining the Amherstburg Admirals in field hockey games all day with a kids’ activity centre also to be featured throughout that Sunday.

Among the entertainment will be performers from the Kerri Brown Vocal Studio and the Rivertown Dance Academy with singers and bands to include Red and the Barron, Kerri & Joseph and Fresh Breath.

“Our headliners this year are Ashley Lynn & the Spurs,” said Ibrahim. “They are a crowd favourite.”

Ashley Lynn & the Spurs take the stage at 8 p.m.

There will also be children’s robotics activities featuring A-Team Robotics, pony rides courtesy of Sarah Parks Horsemanship and Zumba, the latter scheduled for 7 p.m.

Fort Malden National Historic Site will also offer its own programming throughout the day.

“Not to be missed is the fireworks finale,” added Ibrahim.


Gord Downie Medal to be presented to Canada D’Eh Run participants



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The largest run in Canada ON Canada Day has just been given even greater patriotic status.

Running Flat announced today that Gordon Downie will be featured on the medal to honor Downie as the “Great Canadian.”

The Canada D’Eh Run is the largest and most bombastic patriotic Canada Day Run in Canada.

It’s also the only run that has its participants choose what Canadian will get the honor of being on this medal – known as one of the great medals of running in Canada.

The Canada D’Eh runners and walkers from last year chose from Don Cherry, David Suzuki and Gordon Downie.

“Downie is such an amazing choice for our race and for society right now – he truly represented deep Canadian values and he was a strong advocate for the environment and Aboriginal issues,” says Uszynski.   “And this race has become known around the world.”

Uszynski said “this is the only open source medal in the running world giving the runners all the choice on who to honour and allowing anyone to sign up and register virtually. Up until June 1, 2018 someone from anywhere in the world can register and get their ‘Great Canadian Medal,’ Canada D’Eh Run shirt, and bib so you can run July.”

Uszynski says there are groups of people from Germany, Singapore, U.S. and around Canada who have registered every year.

On July 1, there will be an estimated 3,000 participants set to Run or Walk 5K in an all red and white celebration.

Prior ‘Great Canadians’ featured on the medal were Sir John A. MacDonald in 2013, Terry Fox in 2014, Commander Chris Hadfield in 2015, Wayne Gretzky in 2016 and the Mirror Medal (you are the reason Canada is so great) 150 Medal last year.

The patriotic 5K run and Kid’s Dash starts at 9 a.m. just outside of Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada – the headquarters for the British forces in southwestern Upper Canada during the War of 1812 – and continues up Laird Ave., around Toddy Jones Park, down Dalhousie St. and back.

Runners will also receive a Canadian full color sublimated tech maple leaf shirt, with the original Moose art of Madison Young so they can proudly wear their shirt long after they finish the race.

Money raised by participants is going to fund the great work of the Canadian Cancer Society, a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer.

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Area boating group presenting four events for charity



By Ron Giofu


An area boating group is holding four different events in the coming weeks with organizations in both Amherstburg and LaSalle to benefit from them.

Boat Spotters, a non-profit boating group based in LaSalle, will be holding four events over the summer with one in June, two in July and one in August. The group has over 1,300 members between LaSalle and Amherstburg. The four events they are hosting will benefit causes in those municipalities as well – the LaSalle Hang Out Youth Centre and the Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission.

Wendy Sutton, founder of Boat Spotters, said three of the four events are available to get to whether a person has a boat or not. She said everyone is welcome.

The first event is a pig roast and canned food drive being held at Ranta Marina June 23. Tickets are on sale now and are $30 for one and $50 for two. There will be two live bands – No Drama and 17 North – that will be entertaining the crowd. Overnight tent camping is permitted, said Sutton.

The second event will be at Beattie’s Sunset Marina in LaSalle July 21. In addition to the canned food drive, there will be a charity seafood broil and three live bands including No Drama, Echo Steps and South of Detroit Band. There will also be live chain saw carving. Sutton noted that overnight camping and tents are permitted. There will also be games, raffles and prizes. Tickets are on sale now and are $60. Those who want to want to stay in campers have to pay $20 though tents are free.

The canned food drive will be a “Fill a Boat” campaign with the proceeds going to the mission.

“We’ve got a cute eight-foot boat that we’re going to decorate so everyone can put canned goods into it,” said Sutton.

The third event is a “Festival of Lights” boat parade and dinner on Boblo Island. That is taking place July 28.

“Boats can sign up to enter the festival. We will meet at the Boblo Marina at 4 p.m.,” said Sutton. “The Boblo Beach House Restaurant will host a dinner. At 7 p.m., there will be an award given to the best dressed boat. Everyone is welcome to attend the dinner and enjoy the festival boats. A portion of your dinner purchased is donated to our charity campaign.”

At 9 p.m., the boats will leave Boblo and cruise around the island and down the shore of Amherstburg. Cost to enter a boat is $25 but Sutton said businesses can also enter and put their banners on their boats.

The dinner is a burger and fries for $15 or pickerel for $28.

The fourth event, the one that Boat Spotters said they are the most excited about, is the Barge Bash planned for Aug. 11. It will be held in Crystal Bay in partnership with C-Tow Marine Assistance. Sutton said there will be three bands – The Fabulous Soulshakers, Destroyer and The Formula – performing on a barge in Crystal Bay.

“We have the barge in place and we’re going to do it,” said Sutton.

“It’s time to bring the community together,” added Michelle Laforge, a committee member with Boat Spotters.

The Barge Bash is free and runs from 12 noon to 11 p.m.

Sutton noted there are approximately 15 marinas between LaSalle and Amherstburg.

“It’s a pretty big community between the two towns,” she said. “I formed a group and we connect all boaters from all marinas.”

“It also keeps the boaters aware of what is going on,” said Laforge. “It keeps them informed.”

Boat Spotters also wanted to give back to the community, so they decided to help the The LaSalle Hang Out Youth Center and the Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission.

“Boaters are an awesome group of people,” said Sutton. “It’s a really good community.”

The group is also seeking businesses to sponsor their events.

“Anyone who wants to help out with monetary donations or door prizes, it’s all for charity,” said Laforge.

Both Laforge and Sutton agree that the community has been very supportive thus far.

“If this goes well, we’re going to be doing these annually,” said Laforge. “We’re excited to see how these events are going to take place.”

For further information on Boat Spotters and their events, e-mail, call Sutton at 519-999-6393, visit their website at or find their Facebook group by searching “Boat Spotters LaSalle.”


Escape Room Festival coming to Fort Malden this Saturday



By Ron Giofu


Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada is hosting its first-ever Escape Room Festival this Saturday.

Fort Malden and Parks Canada want to know “Are you the sharpest tool in the shed? When the clock is ticking, can you decipher the clues to solve the puzzles and escape in time? Can you escape from one room? Can you escape from five?!”

Escape rooms are described on Fort Malden’s website as “a physical and mental adventure game” where “players must solve a time-limited series of challenging puzzles and riddles to escape the room. Players must escape the room before time runs out – and time matters!”

Those up to the challenge of solving multiple escape rooms can go to Fort Malden between 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with the cost being $34.50 per person for five escape room experiences. It is an all ages event.

Teams of six will have 15 minutes to solve the clues and escape the room.

Participants will have the opportunity to win door prizes and vote for the People’s Choice Award for “Best of the Festival.”

Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada is holding an Escape Room Festival June 16. (Photo courtesy of Fort Malden’s website)

Mobile escape rooms from across Windsor-Essex County will be at Fort Malden and the public is invited to bring friends and solve as many of the escape rooms as they can.

Advanced registration is underway and to register, please phone Fort Malden National Historic Site at 519-736-5416. You will be asked to select your top five escape rooms and Parks Canada states that teams of two to six are asked to register together.

Staff will do their best to match the public with their selections.

There are a limited number of spots available, first come, first served.

Escape rooms include “Confined to the Barracks (presented by Fort Malden National Historic Site), “Cottage Fever” (presented by Fort Malden National Historic Site), “Disarm the Bomb” (presented by Hidden Trail Escape Room), “Legend of Hocus” (presented by Breakout Kingsville), “Recipe for Escape” (presented by Fort Malden National Historic Site), “Skullduggery in the Scullery” (presented by Exodus Windsor Escape Rooms), “The Cell” (presented by Hidden Trail Escape Room) and “The General’s Last Word” (presented by Fort Malden National Historic Site).

Local food trucks will be on hand as well while The Friends of Fort Malden will be presenting a “beer garden” to visitors that are 19 years of age or older.

There will also be musical entertainment by Rob Bondy and Endadaday, Allison Brown, Sara Fontaine and Hogarth, Hoppe & Borshuk with guest Phil Kasurak.

For more information, call Fort Malden National Historic Site at 519-736-5416, e-mail or visit