Canuck It Up

Canuck It Up shuttle bus location changed

There has been a change to a shuttle bus location for the Canuck It Up Festival coming Aug. 5-6.

The town has switched one of the locations from the Libro Centre to Centennial Park. As there is ongoing construction on the Meloche Road project, town officials have decided to switch that location and have people picked up at Centennial Park if they want to take a shuttle bus to the downtown festival.

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The second location remains at the former Honeywell property.

Admission to the festival is free. A canned good or non-perishable food item will accepted at the gate for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

For more on the Canuck It Up Festival lineup, visit or Connection.

Fort Malden National Historic Site is also presenting its Raiders, Rebels and Redcoats event that same weekend.

New spin on photo booth at Canada Day festival to benefit patrons, businesses alike



By Jolene Perron


During this year’s Canada Day celebration, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a new photo opportunity.
PhotoFLAIR will be making their Amherstburg event debut during the July 1st Canada Day festivities, and will also be returning for the Canuck It Up Festival Aug. 5-6.

“Our vision and use of PhotoFLAIR is meant to market and advertise events and organizations of all types,” explained Paul Boeykens, Lead Systems Analyst at Conceive-IT Corp, the parent company of PhotoFLAIR. “From fundraising awareness, weddings, festivals and sports organizations, the PhotoFLAIR podium’s versatility is exceptional. We create custom 4×6 printouts with the events logo and contact information or any other relevant information they want to share with people. Podiums can also record and collect data.”

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This won’t be a traditional photobooth however, with a staged backdrop and fun props. Instead, the backdrop is the scenery behind the subject. Boeykens explained it gives an opportunity to have friends or family photo-bomb the photo an make the experience much more fun and spontaneous. He added however, there are retakes available for those with unexpected guests in their photo.

When the subject receives their photo, a QR code will appear at the bottom which can be scanned with any QR reading app, and it will redirect the patron to a website filled with local businesses.

“We have taken part with numerous charitable events in Windsor-Essex, and the idea of fundraising or awareness made it difficult for us to ask for a fee from the organizers,” said Boeykens. “So in the beginning we donated our time to help out. However, business as it is, we have costs on our end we have to meet. So the idea of adding a QR code on each printout, which leads to local service providers was a way we could cover our costs while still promoting charitable events at no cost. For a minimal fee, we promote local businesses through the QR code. When scanned by visitors they are brought to a webpage noting businesses within the area, and it is here as well that those businesses may offer specials, coupons, promotions or discounts. So, not only does the event still get advertisement, guests receive a keepsake souvenir and now businesses can get an opportunity to create business.”

Unlike other companies, PhotoFLAIR doesn’t ask for a phone number or e-mail, which Boeykens explains protects their guests’ privacy.

Once the photo is taken, guests have it in seconds. Boeykens said it’s a win-win for everyone, guests, businesses, and the event.

“Last year at one event we attended, the organizer said it best by saying ‘you guys deal in emotion, and creating memories,’” said Boeykens. “It is true when you see how happy families or friends are when they have a memory in hand.”

Town looking for 150 nominees for “CANdo 150 Award of Distinction”


By Ron Giofu


As part of Canada 150 celebrations, the town is looking to recognize those who have given back.

The “CANdo 150 Award of Distinction” has been developed with nominations now open in the categories of community service, leadership and legacy. The awards will be presented on Canada Day at 2 p.m. as part of the annual festivities at Fort Malden National Historic Site.

“What the town of Amherstburg wanted to do is recognize 150 citizens of the town for their outstanding contributions,” explained manager of tourism and culture Anne Rota.

The town wanted to not only celebrate the 150th birthday of the country, but “the people who have contributed their time and talents to make Canada what it is today.”

The community service category recognizes those whose volunteer service benefits his or her community.


“We know Amherstburg has a very active volunteer base,” said Rota. “I believe that’s what sets Amherstburg apart. I hear it time and time again from my colleagues.”

The leadership category encompasses a person who guides or directs a group to achieve outstanding goals and inspires others to be the best they can be. Rota said that can include those who are “visionary thinkers” who make Amherstburg a better place to live or work.

“This could be a business person or a professional who has shown deep caring for their employees and the residents,” she said.

The legacy category is for those past or present who have “gifted a talent or special project” for the betterment of Amherstburg. Those who have been philanthropic or those who have given in other ways over the years may fall into this category.

People are not allowed to nominate themselves and can only choose one category when nominating someone. A committee of five people will be assembled and they will judge the nominees with nominators eligible to write a justification of up to 250 words on why they nominated the person they did.

Nomination forms can be picked up either at Amherstburg town hall or can be downloaded from the town’s website by going to Forms must be returned in full by June 9 at 4 p.m. and they can be done online, dropped off at town hall or mailed to town hall with the town hall address being 271 Sandwich St. S. and postal code N9V 2E5.

Winners will be contacted by June 16.

“People have a little over a month to think about it and get their nomination forms in,” said Rota.

The town’s eligibility requirements call for nominees to be at least 15-years-old as of January 1, 2017 and living. Current residents or those who have previously resided in Amherstburg can be considered.

New festival coming to town to celebrate Canada and Ontario’s 150th birthdays



By Ron Giofu


A new festival is on its way to Amherstburg this summer in recognition of Canada 150.

From July 1 to Aug. 13, the Ontario 150 Tour will travel to six Ontario ports starting in Toronto, then on to Owen Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, Midland, Amherstburg, and finishing in Brockville. Amherstburg’s event will take place Aug. 5-6 and will be known as the “Canuck It Up!” festival.

In collaboration, Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada will present the Tall Ship Appledore V and a “Raiders, Rebels and Redcoats” re-enactment that takes place at the Fort and in the streets that same weekend.

An enormous rubber duck will be coming to Amherstburg as part of the Canuck It Up Canadiana Festival that will be held Aug. 5-6. (Special to the RTT)

An enormous rubber duck will be coming to Amherstburg as part of the Canuck It Up Canadiana Festival that will be held Aug. 5-6. (Special to the RTT)

Manager of tourism and culture Anne Rota said the new event came about through the successful submission of a co-op grant application and in collaboration with lead organization – Water’s Edge Festival and Events based out of Toronto.

“Amherstburg is the only municipality in southwestern Ontario to be included in this commemorative tour, thus maximizing impact for visitation and economic benefit for the town,” she said.

Calling it a 150th “signature event,” Rota compared it to the Roots to Boots Festival in 2012 and the Sails to See Festival in 2013.

“We’re anticipating about 25,000 people to visit our town Aug. 5-6,” she said. “This event will be fun and everything Canadian. We just want to celebrate all the good things about Canada and about Amherstburg.”

Multiculturalism, inclusivity and participation will be the overarching themes of the event, she added. Highlights of the festival include Rhythm of the Nation; an interactive street dance and musical performance centered on nationally-renowned street artist DJ Creeasian. This artistic piece was written specifically for Canada 150.

The West Coast Lumberjack show is heading to Amherstburg as part of the Aug. 5-6 Canuck It Up Canadiana Festival. (Special to the RTT)

The West Coast Lumberjack show is heading to Amherstburg as part of the Aug. 5-6 Canuck It Up Canadiana Festival. (Special to the RTT)

There will also be “n action packed” West Coast Lumberjack Show, the world’s largest rubber duck in support of Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Amherstburg Farmers and Craft Market, local performances of all genres, a Kids Fun Zone and more.

All activities will be free and souvenirs, such as Canada 150 t-shirts and caps, will be available at the Gordon House.

Rota said the town anticipates the town to be full of activities that weekend.

“It’s going to be high energy and high fun,” she said.

The event is being recognized as a major festival locally for the Canada 150 celebrations and could be one of several this year.

“We’re always proud that Amherstburg seems to be the epicentre for large scale community events,” she said.

The Canada 150 red and white tulips, planted in the King’s Navy Yard Park last fall, should also be blooming soon and the town encourages people to come down to the park and view the tulips when they are in full bloom.