Thursday, May 31, 2012



Full Line Also Includes Christian Siriano for Payless Designer Label and Core Collections Featuring an Array of Styles Perfect for Summertime Fun Including Thongs, Sandals, Colourful Wedges, Sequin Boat Shoes, Ballet Flats, Aviator Sunglasses, Straw Hats and More

 – Payless ShoeSource stores across the nation are now receiving new arrivals from its Summer Collection featuring great styles at great prices for the entire family with its new Incredible Value Every Day Collection, the Christian Siriano for Payless designer label, and additional brands. The new line includes a range of popular footwear silhouettes for women such as colourful thongs and t-strap sandals, wood and jute wrapped wedges, canvas skimmer sneakers, ballet flats, boat shoes, and key accessories for the season such as aviator and wayfarer sunglasses, straw beach hats and more at prices starting at just $13 an item.

"Getting outfitted for the Summer season has never been more affordable and easy for women and their entire families," said LuAnn Via, president and CEO of Payless ShoeSource. "Payless stores are now receiving our new Summer assortment that offers a wide range of shoes and accessories for heading to the beach, cookouts, weddings and other seasonal events. From our truly affordable designer label by Christian Siriano, with all items priced below $45, to our Incredible Value Every Day Collection with shoes starting at $13, our Summer collection is chock full of the latest styles, colour and detailing available at a great price."

Incredible Value Every Day Collection

Renewing its commitment to offering shoes at incredible value prices for the entire family, Payless ShoeSource continues its Incredible Value Everyday Collection -- a new line featuring nearly 100 shoe styles covering a range of wearing occasions for women, men and children including dress, casuals and athletic styles at prices starting at $13 for kids, $17 for women and $27 for men. The line includes evergreen styles that carry over season to season, as well as refreshed fabrications and styles.

The Incredible Value Every Day Summer line for women includes fun footwear fashions including the "Sparkle" thong flat sandal in eight colours including turquoise, pink, orange, blue and silver, among others, for just $12.99 a pair, as well as amazing ballet flats in patent and glitter treatments for just $19.99, canvas skimmer sneakers in blue, white, red and black for $16.99, the "Rock Star" stone embellished jelly sandal for $16.99 and the "Shine" metal studded colourful T-strap flat sandal in five colours including pink, turquoise, yellow, black and white for just $14.99.

Christian Siriano for Payless
On the designer collection front, the Christian Siriano for Payless(TM) label is among the most affordable designer footwear lines available with all items under $45 for the Summer season. The collection features modern designer looks for everyday styling and lets women enjoy Summertime fun in style with three shoe silhouettes and a coordinating handbag. The collection includes the "La Bonita" braided dress sandal offered in tan and turquoise for $44.99; the "Twist" t-strap flat sandal available in mustard, white and cognac for just $34.99; the "Cindy" woven flat in cognac for $44.99; and the "Kay" shopper available in cognac, white and black priced at $34.99. The collection is available in most Payless stores nationwide.

Additional popular shoe and accessory fashions in the Payless Summer line include:

Silhouettes: T-strap, thong and sling-back flat sandals, jute and wood platform wedges, ballet flats, boat shoes and canvas skimmer sneakers

Colours: Bold brights, orange, purple, mustard, pink, coral, turquoise, green, nude, browns, metallics, and powerful multi-coloured patterns and zig zag prints

Details: Braiding, studding, faux stones, animal prints, glitter, buckles, knots, bows and flowers, as well as colour-blocking and mixed materials

Materials: Canvas, jute, high-shine patent, jelly, satin, raffia, woven, as well as faux cork and wood

· Other accessories: '20s-inspired "cloche" straw hats, aviator and wayfarer sunglasses, fabric totes, cross-body bags, large colourful teardrop earrings and chiffon floral hair items

Happiness Guarantee

Payless ShoeSource is committed to making shoppers happy! In addition to great style at a great price for all to enjoy, Payless has among the best return policies in the retail industry and will return items for any reason. For shoppers that have a receipt, Payless will gladly exchange the item for another of equal value or refund the purchase price. For those without a receipt, a store credit is given.

About Payless & Collective Brands, Inc.

Payless ShoeSource, Inc., a unit of Collective Brands, Inc., is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere and is dedicated to providing incredible value pricing for trend-right styles of footwear and accessories for the entire family to enjoy. As of the end of fiscal year 2011, Payless operated 4,140 stores throughout the Americas and also has more than 160 franchised stores located primarily in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE: PSS) is a leader in bringing compelling lifestyle, fashion and performance brands for footwear and related accessories to consumers worldwide. The company operates three strategic units covering a powerful brand portfolio, as well as multiple price points and selling channels including retail, wholesale, ecommerce and licensing. Collective Brands, Inc. includes Payless ShoeSource; Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group, focused on lifestyle and performance branded footwear and high-quality children's footwear sold primarily through wholesaling, with its brands including Stride Rite®, Keds®, Sperry Top-Sider® Robeez®, and Saucony®, among others; and Collective Licensing International, the brand development, management and global licensing unit, with such youth lifestyle brands as Airwalk®, Above The Rim®, Vision Street Wear®, STRIKEFORCE(TM), Clinch Gear(TM), Sims®, Lamar® and LTD®, World Snowboarding Championships(TM) and Hind®. Information about, and links for shopping on, each of the Collective Brand's units can be found at

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spring is here and summer is coming - is your skin ready?

Try Dove® Visiblecare® crème body wash for one week and you’ll see a visible improvement in your skin.

This unique body wash formula - with our highest concentration of NutriumMoisture® - contains the same moisturizers that occur naturally in the skin, the building blocks to help improve skin’s look over time. Discover a body wash that feels as beautiful as your skin will look.
*Average results in 1-3 weeks.

With visibly more beautiful skin in just one week, Dove VisibleCare Crème Body Wash is the perfect addition to your spring beauty regimen to transition skin into the upcoming summer months!

NEW Toning: Designed to help promote skin’s elasticity and strength. This body wash has a distinct fragrance of robust citrus notes and delicate woods.

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Renewing: Designed to nourish and replenish skin with moisture making it look softer and smoother over time. This body wash is infused with a fruity floral fragrance.

Softening: Designed to soften skin and dry spots over time. This body wash boasts an invigorating white floral fragrance.

Available at major drug, grocery, and mass retailers MSRP: $4.99 – $6.99

Monday, May 28, 2012

Make every step count with Tractivity: Track your activity to improve health

With the thermometer on the rise, many Canadians are thinking about shedding their winter boots in favour of a pair of walking shoes to enjoy the weather and work a little more activity into their daily lifestyles.
Finding the motivation to take just a few more steps is now more fun and easier than ever with Tractivity - an innovative new health awareness solution that discretely tracks your activity - the distance you walk or run, the calories you burn, and the amount of time that you are active.

Tractivity is easy to use:

· Clip the Tractivity sensor onto your shoe and get moving

· The Tractivity wireless USB stick transfers the information from the sensor to your own secure, private website where you can also set goals, such as total distance or calories burned

· Monitor your progress and save personal activity history via free Tractivity Online web application – also a fun way to stay motivated to live a healthier lifestyle!

Tractivity’s Essential bundle ($29.95) includes:
· An easy-to-use sensor to track steps and distance
· A shoe-lace clip for the sensor

· A wireless USB stick for easy transfer of information from sensor.

The Premium bundle ($69.95) also includes a waist measuring tape and insoles that discreetly house the sensor while providing cushioning, support and added stability.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Neil Pike Landscape Architects & Contractors

Neil E. Pike Ltd. has earned its respect in the landscape industry. Paying close attention to details such as quality of designs and construction, great customer relations, and employing a proficient staff, all contribute to the success of the company.

Neil E. Pike Ltd. are members of Landscape Ontario, The Ontario Associates of Landscape Architects, and The Canadian Nursery Landscape Associtation.

Landscape Ontario as well as Pools, Spas & Patios have honoured Neil Pike  with awards on several different projects. Neil Pike has also been a host on HGTV’s Pools, Patios, and Decks. The greatest awards and incentives for Neil E. Pike Ltd. have been customer satisfaction and referrals.

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 Richmond Hill, ON L4C 9Y7

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Canadian Diabetes Association | Get Involved

Canadian Diabetes Association | Get Involved

In a new survey of Canadians living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes conducted by Léger Marketing, sponsored by Eli Lilly Canada and being released in collaboration with the Canadian Diabetes Association, results indicate that while 9 in 10 Canadians with diabetes are aware they are at an increased risk of serious foot injuries, 4 in 10 admit to having their feet examined by a doctor less than once a year, only when something is wrong and for some, never. Of equal concern is 7 in 10 do not examine their feet for blisters, cuts, temperature differences or other injuries on a daily basis and less than 1 in 10 admit to never following a daily nail or foot care regimen.

“Clearly more needs to be done to assist Canadians living with diabetes to take the necessary precautions to protect their feet,” says Michael Cloutier, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association. “Even small unnoticed and untreated foot injuries can potentially lead to serious complications. Prevention is the best medicine as a good daily nail and foot care regimen will keep your feet healthy.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Get Ready for Summer!

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means—time to open up the windows, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Before you get to show off that new bathing suit and hit the beach, here are a few other things to consider to look and feel great all season long!

Apply sunscreen properly. Saying “yes” to sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect yourself from the harsh rays of the sun. Be generous with your application and make sure to reapply at least once every 2 hours—more frequently if you’re sweating or jumping in the pool. Also, try to slather it on at least 30 minutes before going outside so you can get the most protection. Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 not only shields against UVB and UVA rays, its non-greasy formula applies completely sheer in an elegant, matte finish that feels great on your skin.

Buy a new hat. There's no better time to show off a stylish hat than the spring and summer (other than a royal wedding, of course!). Between wide-brimmed options, caps and yes, even visors, there’s bound to be something out there for every outfit. Remember, hats will allow you to stay fashionable while protecting your face from harmful UV rays.

Find your perfect sandals. Be kind to your feet. It can be easy to wear out sandals after a year or two, which is also a great excuse to buy a new pair! Stylish ones are always nice, but try to find something that keeps you comfortable. And because nothing goes better with new sandals than smooth feet and freshly polished toes, treat yourself to a pedicure! Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen. Your feet deserve the same sun protection as your face and arms, but often get overlooked.

Give your skin some additional TLC. This is the prime time for showing off some skin, so why not take some steps to make sure yours is at its best? The winter can cause skin dryness, so be sure to moisturize and exfoliate your body so it looks and feels soft and supple. Sunless tanners are also a great way to get a gorgeous glow.

Gearing up for the summer isn’t difficult, but it does take a little bit of prep work. What else are you doing to get ready for the warm weather season?

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Make Your Own Laundry Soap | Fiesta Farms

Make Your Own Laundry Soap | Fiesta Farms

The main use appears to be using the bar on a stub­born stain, as men­tioned, before toss­ing it in with the wash. Wet the spot, moisten the soap and rub the bar into the stain.

Another use for the bar soap is to sup­ple­ment your pow­der or liq­uid soap by grat­ing a lit­tle of the bar right into the wash. Some folks rec­om­mend grat­ing as much soap as they desire right into some hot water and let­ting it dis­solve before adding to the wash.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Baked Caramel-Pecan French Toast Recipe

French toast that's ooey-gooey with caramel and chock-full of pecans...what's not to love? Plus, it's the perfect make-ahead brunch dish since it's prepared a day ahead of time

1 cup packed brown sugar

6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon real maple syrup or light corn syrup
1 cup pecan halves
3 eggs
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 diagonally cut slices (3/4 inch thick) French bread


•Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, mix all topping ingredients except pecans. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. DO NOT BOIL. Spread topping in baking dish; sprinkle with pecans.

•In shallow bowl, beat eggs with fork. Add half-and-half, cinnamon and vanilla; beat until well blended. Dip bread slices into egg mixture, making sure all egg mixture is absorbed; arrange bread slices over topping in dish. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

•Heat oven to 400°F. Uncover baking dish; bake 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and toast is golden brown. Cool 3 minutes. Place large heatproof serving platter upside down over baking dish; turn platter and baking dish over. Remove baking dish, scraping any extra caramel topping onto French toast. Serve immediately.

Friday, May 18, 2012

More to Lupins Than Meets the Eye-Travel PEI

Every June the Prince Edward Island landscape comes alive with wild lupins. You find them everywhere. At the edges of potato fields, in ditches beside the highway and along the Island’s coastal waterways.

But what Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada chemist Dr. Jason McCallum sees in the blue, pink and purple flowers is a potential health benefit for humans, a source for biopesticides and even biodiesel oil.

McCallum started looking at wild lupins and other plants native to P.E.I. s in 2008 as an exploratory project.
In 2009, he sampled lupins for potential use as a natural food dye.

Further testing showed the flowers and seeds produced by lupins contain beneficial organic compounds called isoflavones.

Other research has shown that consumption of isoflavones may play a role in lowering risk for heart disease, improve bone health and reduce cancer risk by preventing free radical damage to DNA.

The beneficial compounds found in soy, alfalfa and red clover supplements are also found in lupins, but more research is needed as some compounds found in lupin seeds may be harmful.

McCallum is evaluating the quality and level of these beneficial lupin compounds to see if it is feasible to extract them for supplements.

Another reason why scientists are interested is the lupin’s resistance to many insects and fungi.

McCallum is looking at the possibility of growing wild lupins as a biopesticide for use as a farm rotation crop to help control disease.

He is also studying the oil composition in lupin seeds with an eye to increase the oil content in the seed for use as a biodiesel.
McCallum says wild lupins are well adapted to the environment and grow like crazy, why not use them!
For more information and interviews contact:

John Morrison
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Jason McCallum
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

John Morrison
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada
Telephone/Téléphone: 902-566-7308
Facsimile/Télécopieur: 902-566-7316
440 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 4N6

Photo: PEI Dept of Tourism

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

everydayliving™: Get Ready for Summer!

everydayliving™: Get Ready for Summer!: Summer is getting closer and closer… We can feel it. These charming days of spring make us look forward to warmer and longer summer days! An...

Friday, May 11, 2012

Galerie CO presents: Maude Eloïse Bouchard Furness and Atelier Hoch

A Montreal designer brings heart to contemporary furniture creation
Vernissage: Saturday, May 26, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Montreal – Galerie CO is delighted to host a vernissage launching the inaugural furniture collections of a remarkable young Montreal design talent, Maude Eloïse Bouchard Furness. Please join us on Saturday, May 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Galerie CO, 5235 Blvd. St. Laurent, Montreal for a chance to meet the designer and learn more about her unique vision for modern Quebec-inspired creation. Light Quebec-themed refreshments will be served. The show will run until June 2, 2012.

Taking her inspiration from her home province, Maude creates contemporary pieces that embody the spirit and cultural heritage of Quebec while expressing a fresh and distinctive aesthetic. Created using entirely ecologically-friendly methods, designs are informed by a deeply held belief in the value of craftsmanship and artisanal expertise to create furniture of enduring charm and use. Atelier Hoch was conceived from a desire to create pieces to which the owner feels a personal sense of attachment.

As Maude herself puts it,
“When we love something and feel a connection to it, then we hold on to it. We keep it in our homes and cherish it because we know someone put thought and care into producing it.”
Maude brings to her love of design a clear passion for Quebec that is expressed through her choice of materials – all of which are sourced and/or produced locally. Atelier Hoch (short for Hochelaga, reflecting the Montreal-centric philosophy of the studio) was born of Maude’s desire to express her cultural pride and inspiration and to contribute to the burgeoning Quebec-based design market. “I see furniture from Italy, from France, but where is our furniture, the furniture that comes from chez nous!” she explains.

After suffering a severe leg injury in 2010, Maude was forced to take some time off from her job as Artistic Director/Jack of All Trades with a video production company. The time allowed her to reflect on her future and to ask herself what she really wanted to do with her life. The answer came when she realized that she wanted to create quality furniture, produced locally in a sustainable way. After taking an introductory course on entrepreneurship Maude opened Atelier Hoch and the results are two “mini series” as she calls them, of superbly crafted armchairs, each one numbered and signed, and each one destined to become an heirloom piece.
The simple, clean lines of the Boréal collection are accentuated with gorgeous, whimsical colour creating a wonderful tension between the playful and the prim. In the Yamaska collection, crisp, bold form marries function in a chair that is as comfortable as it is eye-catching.
Maude Eloïse Bouchard Furness will be on site at the vernissage on Saturday, May 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will say a few words about the two collections at 6:30 p.m.

Galerie CO is Montreal’s unique destination for stunning, sustainable design from around the world and around the corner.

Galerie CO is delighted to offer SIDIM participants a 10% discount for the duration of the salon.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

South Beach-Inspired Taste for Summer: Introducing NEW Bud Light Lime Mojito

Bud Light Lime Mojito has a light, refreshing taste with no mixing required

TORONTO, May 8, 2012 - Today, Bud Light Lime Mojito - a new beer from Bud Light Lime - has officially launched across the country. Inspired by one of the world's most popular cocktails, Bud Light Lime Mojito is a light bodied beer that is pleasantly sweet with a subtle flavor of lime and fresh mint, reminiscent of a traditional Mojito.

"Bud Light Lime was the biggest beer innovation of the past decade, and has maintained its position as the #1 flavoured beer in Canada. This summer, we're excited to build on its success with the launch of Bud Light Lime Mojito," said Lisa Kittelsen, National Marketing Manager for Bud Light. "Canadians are increasingly experimenting with flavoured beer, looking for variety in their beer options and gravitating to a sweeter palette. Bud Light Lime Mojito is a perfect option for them. It has the great taste of Bud Light Lime with the added twist of fresh mint -- and makes for an extremely refreshing flavoured beer for summer."

Bud Light Lime Mojito pairs nicely with spicier flavours - including fresh salsas, Thai curries and spicy gazpacho - as it offsets the spiciness of the dishes, while the lime and mint enhance the food's flavour. It also complements meat dishes that have a mint-based marinade or sauce like lamb, pork or chicken.
Bud Light Lime Mojito is available in Canada only, and can be found at retail locations across the country in 6-and-12-pack bottles, 6-and-12-pack cans and 473 ml cans in Ontario.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Trend Alert: Bold & Bright Blazers - Trend Alert: Bold & Bright Blazers - - Trend Alert: Bold & Bright Blazers - Trend Alert: Bold & Bright Blazers -

By Ryan Michael Cheung

High shine silks, technicolor tweeds and unexpected knits made their way into some of the season's best blazers fit for work and the weekend. These aren't your average boardroom styles--think fresh updates on the sharpest cuts that are ready to make their way into your wardrobe.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Get Ready for Summer!

Summer is getting closer and closer… We can feel it. These charming days of spring make us look forward to warmer and longer summer days! And as the outdoor sports and bathing suit weather draws near, Canadians are anxiously getting ready to spend some time outside, get healthy and active, and soak up some of that nutritious vitamin D! When you’re having fun in the sun, it’s easy to forget to drink water. So don’t disregard some possible symptoms of mild dehydration, including headache, dizziness, tiredness, irritability and, of course, thirst! You probably need to drink more than you think, so choose some of the best-tasting and purest water available: FIJI Water, a natural source of electrolytes!

No matter what you do to stay healthy as the warm weather approaches, proper hydration is fundamental. If you’re exercising, you probably need to drink even more water than the recommended 1.5 – 2 litres per day, but the important thing is to stay hydrated, we suggest drinking the best water available: FIJI Water! Dehydration starts even before you start feeling thirsty. So whether you’re hitting the gym, running on the courts, lounging by the pool, biking down the road, or dancing the night away, make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids. Since you’re taking such good care of your body, you deserve to reward yourself with some FIJI Water!
FIJI Water comes from the Fijiian island of Viti Levu. Over thousands of years, countless tropical rainfalls have soaked through sedimentary strata layers, giving birth to the aquifer that holds the results of a natural filtration process: smooth tasting, pure FIJI Water.
If you ever wondered what truly pure water tastes like, just open a bottle of FIJI Water. If you’d like to try it for yourself, call us. It will be our pleasure to provide you with a sample.


FIJI® Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji islands), is the number one imported bottled water in the United States. FIJI Water, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouthfeel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs. Widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, all major retail channels including grocery and convenience, and through a convenient delivery service, FIJI Water has also expanded globally to more than 40 countries. Through our membership in 1% for the Planet, FIJI Water supports environmental efforts around the world and in our backyard. To learn more, please visit, like us on Facebook (, or follow us on Twitter (

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

City Wolves - book in review

Historical fiction
Dorris Heffron

A tale of ventures and loves, City Wolves follows Meg Wilkinson, one of Canada's first female veterinarians, from a restricting life in Nova Scotia to the wild confusion of gold rush Yukon with its fascinating characters and world of license. Amidst Mounties, dance hall girls, Klondike kings, mushers, priests and swindlers - all the mangy and magnificent people, dogs and spirits that suddenly populate raucous Dawson City - Meg finds more than most prospectors. She discovers deep satisfaction caring for the dogs that are so like the wolves who, from earliest days in Nova Scotia, inspired her into veterinary service.

Yet Meg had also learned a much older story about the wolves, the ancestors of the sled dogs, and about Ike and Piji, an Inuit couple who had been among the first to bridge the wolf-human divide. Their spirits haunt this story as they inspire and observe Meg throughout her adventures. While their story speaks to Meg and strengthens a passion for her work, it also helps stir her desire for love.
Brimming with colourful characters, drama, humour, and rich historical detail, City Wolves is lively, insightful historical fiction that brilliantly reveals the wolf-like nature of humans and the human nature of wolves.

Novelist Dorris Heffron was born in Noranda, Quebec and was raised in various Ontario communities. She has an honours B.A. and an M.A. in literature and philosophy from Queen's University. She lived in Oxford, England from 1968 to1980, where she was a tutor for Oxford University and the Open University giving courses in literature. She now lives at "Little Creek Wolf Range" near Clarksburg, Ontario.

Heffron wrote three novels about teenagers, regarded as pioneers in the genre of young adult fiction, that were translated and put on high school courses in Europe, Japan and Canada: Rain and I (Macmillan, London and Macmillan-Gage, Toronto 1982); Crusty Crossed (Macmillan, London 1976); and A Nice Fire and Some Moonpennies (Macmillan, London 1971. Atheneum, New York 1972. Penguin Peacocks, London 1979. Gyldendal, Denmark 1973. Shobunsha, Japan 1981).

She has taught creative writing at The University of Malaysia, travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and South America, and resided while writing and teaching, in Holland, France and Cape Breton Island. A Shark in the House (Key Porter Books, Toronto 1996) Heffron's first adult fiction novel continues its widespread appeal to individuals and book clubs. In City Wolves, Heffron now deftly embraces the human and the wild, legends and realities, and the primal spiritual bond that connects us beyond time and place.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Take a Walk through History and Experience New Activities and Events at Black Creek Pioneer Village

-GTA’s Premier Living History Museum opens for the 2012 Season on May 1 with new activities and events that will bring the past back to life-

Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto’s largest outdoor history experience, officially opens for the 2012 Season on May 1. New activities and special events at the Village will educate, entertain and inspire visitors to walk “through history” and immerse themselves in a completely interactive way of learning about Toronto’s pioneering roots.

“Black Creek Pioneer Village is a living history lesson, where visitors rediscover what life was like the 19th century was like by exploring heritage buildings, surrounding gardens and farmyards and chatting to historical interpreters and trades people in authentic period dress,” said Chris Bagley, General Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. “The new activities and events this year are reflective of a time when activities from playing games to doing chores together, helped to create stronger social bonds. It reminds us to put away our cell phones and laptops and just spend some quality time with our friends and families. Bringing the past to life and making these kinds of connections can bring more appreciation for the present and a better perspective for the future.”

New activities scheduled for this year include: spending the day as a Blacksmith, Tinsmith, Printer, or Harness Maker Apprentice (pre-registration required); playing cricket with the Village Team (July 15 & 22); a masquerade ball (August 12 & 19); bread making workshop (winter 2013); special tours for kids and their families; a pioneer shopping workshop (spring and fall); participating in pioneer chores such as making candles to teasing wool (summer); visit travelling actors and take lessons in stagecraft; learn the latest dances and hear songs of the 1860s (summer) and a new craft corner in the Hands on History Centre where kids can make a pioneer craft to take home (summer).

New events for this year include: Once Upon a Time (May 19-21), three days of fairytale fun with interactive storytelling, princess lessons, games, crafts and more; Quilts at the Creek (July 28-29)Come and see the Village as you’ve never seen it before – covered in handmade quilts! Learn how quilts are made and participate in fun quilting activities for the whole family. Don’t miss the outdoor quilter’s marketplace and Photography Days (September 8- 9)Calling all photographers! Grab your camera and step back in time. Learn about capturing that perfect photo or discover photography as it was in the 1800s.

For a full listing and schedule of 2012 activities and special events, please visit

About Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village is unique in Toronto: a place where visitors can step into another time and experience life as it was in early Ontario. Spanning more than 30 acres of pristine country landscapes, the Village is a living history experience featuring heritage buildings originating in communities across south central Ontario. These have been faithfully furnished with original furniture and artifacts to re-create a rural 1860s Ontario community. The Villageis owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). Funding for Black Creek comes from the TRCA's provincial and municipal partners, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the City of Toronto, admissions and sales, and through donations to The Living City Foundation. For more information, visit