Art Gallery OPEN on Victoria Day!

By Staff

May 16th, 2024



The Art Gallery staff probably does not encourage climbing all over this piece of art – wonder if those children were told why the beams are where they are?

City Hall might be closed; you are going to have to pay to park your vehicle in the Beachway and at Lowville Par on the Victoria Day Weekend – BUT the AGB is open Monday, May 20 from 10 am – 5:00 pm and will host some fun family programming.

We hope to see you there, and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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Become a Performing Arts member - and get first crack at tickets

By Staff

May 15th, 2024



Become a member – the place becomes a second home.

If you are a member of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre – you will know about the kick off the season event that is taking place.

This is the occasion when they do their reveal- and showcase the events planned for the next season.

Rainer Noack

Rainer Noack will lead the audience as the 24/25 season – he is at times a very funny man.

The evening will also include award presentations for the 2024 Hall of Fame inductee, surprise guests and musical performances.

Members receive advance ticket buying access and can purchase tickets on the night of the launch, and for two weeks prior to public on-sale on June 14, 2024.

If this is something you want in on – become a member.  Click HERE

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You can assume everyone of these people have a library card: Great competition

By Staff

April 26th, 2024



Burlington Public Library announces the champions of this year’s Grand Battle of the Books 2024 competition.

Heartfelt congratulations go to both the Junior and Senior Grand Battle victors—both hailing from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School!

The Library was captivated by the outstanding enthusiasm, depth of book knowledge, and exemplary team spirit showcased not only by our winning teams but also by their formidable opponents from St. Raphael (Junior) and Holy Rosary (Senior).

Resounding applause is due for all the teams that lit up this year’s Burlington Battle of the Books with their spirited participation.

Senior Teams from Holy Rosary (left) and Sacred Heart of Jesus (right) competing at Burlington Battle of the Books 2024

Here’s a shoutout to the Junior Teams from Ascension, Charles R. Beaudoin, Florence Meares, Holy Rosary, John W. Boich, John T. Tuck, Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Anne, St. Gabriel, St. Paul, and St. Raphael.

The Senior Teams gave it their all, representing Ascension, Burlington Christian Academy, Charles R. Beaudoin, Florence Meares, Holy Rosary, John W. Boich, John T. Tuck, Sacred Heart of Jesus, and St. Raphael.

This annual event, a tradition since 1986, triumphantly returned after a brief break due to COVID-19. This year, twenty dynamic teams from 12 Burlington schools engaged in a thrilling round-robin literary showdown, showcasing the power of reading and teamwork.

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18 projects given Arts and Culture Fund grants - $75,000 distributed

By Staff

April 10th, 2024



The Burlington Arts and Culture Fund (BACF) provides grants to local artists, multicultural groups and arts and cultural organizations to:

  • Encourage social cohesion, enhance quality of life and stimulate cultural and economic development through direct investment
  • Enrich how Burlington residents experience and engage with arts and culture
  • Foster creativity
  • Nurture the quality and capacity of the arts and culture sector in Burlington

The program recognizes and supports diverse identities, perspectives, languages, cultures and artistic practices. Funding must be used to further an applicant’s not-for-profit activities and grants are intended to support a specific activity or event taking place from April to March.

This year’s approved BACF funding allocation is $75,000 total for the 18 projects. Each applicant could apply for up to $7,000 in funding.

Art With Heart: Reflective Art Workshop Series

Applicant: Lena Sharda

The Art with Heart: Reflective Art Workshop Series is a series of five workshops designed to engage community members in creative expression and self-discovery in order to build resiliency and improve overall mental health. Led by multidisciplinary artist, facilitator and therapeutic arts instructor Lena Sharda, the workshops combine therapeutic art exercises and mindfulness practices to foster self-reflection and wellness, while supporting participants to develop skills in: healthy coping, positive interpersonal dynamics, resiliency and self-confidence. A selection of the artwork created during the workshops will be displayed as part of a community art exhibit at the Burlington Public Library to share the importance of mental health and how the arts play a pivotal role in wellness.

The Artist’s Mark Juried Exhibit

Applicant: Burlington Fine Arts Association

The Burlington Fine Arts Association (BFAA) is an artist collective of approximately 180 local artists and the largest of the seven guilds of Arts Burlington. The Artist’s Mark will provide an eighteen-day juried art exhibit. The exhibition brings original art out of the gallery and into a more accessible community space to provide a unique celebration of local, contemporary art. Throughout the exhibition, participating BFAA artists will give talks about their work and artistic process. The Artist’s Mark will also feature focused artist presentations and outreach that includes an art display and workshop at local senior retirement residences throughout Burlington. The project provides a continued celebration of creativity and supports local artists from the Burlington community.

Authors in Your Neighbourhood

Applicant: Sylvia McNicoll

Sylvia McNicoll,

Authors in Your Neighbourhood encourages children to have fun interactions with local writers and illustrators to foster a love of reading and writing. This year, Authors in Your Neighbourhood has expanded to include four local authors: Lana Button, Jennifer Maruno, Sylvia McNicoll, Anitha Rao-Robinson and illustrator Jennifer Faria. They will each demonstrate and teach their craft in six two-hour workshops. Children will have the chance to learn about writing dialogue, describing characters and settings, structuring plots, and learning drawing fundamentals. Workshops will be hosted by the Burlington Public Library and reach over 250 children. This year Authors in Your Neighbourhood will also include parents and guardians in a dedicated family literacy workshop.

Brushstrokes of Bravery

Applicant: Lara Kirschner

Local artist Lara Kirschner has partnered with Shifra Homes and the Halton Women’s Place to offer paint classes to pregnant at-risk women and new moms. The classes will involve creating a personal interpretation of a pre-planned acrylic painting on stretched canvas and each class will present a new theme to help foster a sense of accomplishment. Learning opportunities for the project include developing a new skillset to boost self-confidence, working outside of one’s comfort zone to promote mental and emotional growth, the development of interpersonal skills in a group learning environment and exposure to a variety of painting techniques. The project provides a vulnerable population with access to creative teaching and skill development.

Burlington Latin Festival

Latin Legacy: a musical lineup of salsa, reggaeton, merengue, bachata, cúmbia, mariachi, jazz and samba.

Applicant: Latin Legacy Association

The Burlington Latin Festival is a cultural celebration that brings together a diverse range of artists, activities and vendors to promote the creativity, innovation and cultural exchange of the Burlington Latin community. The festival will showcase various forms of artistic expression including music, dance, Latin wellness classes, workshops and a parade. The festival will take place in Central Park on Aug. 24, 2024 and will feature a musical lineup of salsa, reggaeton, merengue, bachata, cúmbia, mariachi, jazz and samba. The dance program will present contemporary dance, traditional folk dances from Latin America and a parade. The festival is free and will include art workshops highlighting the different art and crafts of Latin American culture.

Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village – Free Livestream Concerts for Burlington Schools

Applicant: Chris McKhool, Sultans of String

Three-time JUNO Award nominees and Billboard charting band Sultans of String will present a series of livestream concerts for Burlington elementary schools. Inspired by world travel, the project celebrates Canada’s multicultural mosaic with songs about the Buddhist Bodhi Day, Quebec’s Carnival, Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Halloween, Pan-African Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Winter Solstice. Celebrate! will provide young audiences with a glimpse into different customs, celebrations and festivities enjoyed in Canada. The concert lineup features core Sultans of String members: Chris McKhool on violin, Kevin Laliberté on guitar and Drew Birston on bass, as well as global musicians Maryem Hassan, Ernie Tollar, Qui Xia and Andrew from Silk Road Music, Ts’ymshian Elder Shannon Thunderbird, Suba Sankaran and Dylan Bell, and Aviva Chenrnick.

Celebrating the Cultures of the Silk Road

Applicant: One Burlington

One Burlington is exploring the historic Silk Road to showcase the intermingling and exchange of cultures through contact and commerce. As the traders travelled with their goods, they exchanged stories, songs and ideas with people from many other countries and regions. Celebrating the Cultures of the Silk Road is a family friendly afternoon featuring a variety of events for attendees to participate in. First, on stage in the BPAC Studio Theatre, five dance performances will feature music and storytelling from the four different regions covered by the Silk Road: China, Middle Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. Three workshops will take place in the lobby where participants can learn about embroidery techniques, tea ceremonies and rug making. The event will also feature a presentation on the history and cultural significance of the Silk Road followed by a question-and-answer period.


Elizabeth Gardens Art Walk

Applicant: Elizabeth Gardens Creative Collective

Fourth Annual Elizabeth Gardens Art Walk.

The Fourth Annual Elizabeth Gardens Art Walk is a free one-day event that features thirty to forty local, multi-disciplinary artists, artisans, makers, designers, musicians and arts facilitators. The event is free, accessible to all ages and has tents and booths showcasing various artists’ work. Twenty interactive and collaborative Art Experience Stations will be hosted by local artists and include: pottery, paint pouring, ink, drawing, chalk murals, hydro dipping, up-cycled art, bookmark and button making as well as musical, dance and storytelling performances. The project helps the community learn about the many talented artists and makers that live in Burlington. Participants can immerse themselves into new artistic practices in a safe, supportive environment, while learning about the importance of art, and the value of connecting as a community.


Focus on Your Future

Applicant: Latow Photographers Guild

Established in 1971, the Latow Photography Guild is a member of Arts Burlington with approximately 90 members. The guild aims to help members develop their photography skills and offers a variety of programs, guest speakers and evaluations. Aimed at photography students and emerging photographers, Focus on Your Future is a portfolio review event that will provide participants with an opportunity to obtain personalized feedback on their work, recommendations and resources to improve, and tips on next steps in their future in photography. Reviewers are members of the Latow Photographers Guild and special guest reviewers will include nationally and internationally recognized photographers, jurors and instructors.


Halton Freedom Celebration Festival

Applicant: Halton Black History Awareness Society

The Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) is dedicated to implementing cultural education into the public mindset towards appreciating the values of equity and inclusivity. HBHAS develops programs to erode racism, prejudice and stereotyping, while increasing knowledge of Canadian history and its cultural landscape. The free, one-day Halton Freedom Celebration Festival brings together musical acts, children’s and youth activities, cultural art, food, crafts, heritage, historical and genealogical vendors, while promoting inclusivity and community. The multicultural festival will offer cultural crafts, art in the park, cultural fashions and accessories, food and music including the best in Canadian R&B, Reggae, Soul, Funk, African, Cuban, Jazz Fusion, Soca and Pop. The Halton Freedom Celebration Festival will take place in Spencer Smith Park on Aug. 3, 2024.


The Journey Around the Sun

Applicant: Lowville Festival

The Lowville Festival was founded in 2015 with the vision that arts and nature are perfect partners in creating unique cultural events in the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. In 2024, the festival will continue with the celebration of both the Winter and Summer Solstices and the Spring and Fall Equinoxes. The Solstice events will be performance-based events and the Equinoxes festivals will be interactive family fun events. The events will take place on June 20, Sept. 20, Dec. 21 and March 20 on the Summer Solstitium, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Hibernal and the Vernal Equinox.


Lunar New Year Celebration Gala

Applicant: Redleaf Cultural Integration

The Lunar New Year Celebration Gala is an event to celebrate the beginning of the new Lunar Year, one of the most important festivals in Asian countries. The event connects people, shares diverse cultures, and celebrates the Lunar New Year. The celebration features a half-day, free cultural exhibition showcasing multicultural displays of Chinese watercolour painting, calligraphy, traditional sugar painting, a tea ceremony, Indian Henna painting, and a Korean culture display. The main event includes performances of a selection of songs and dances from various cultures and a magic show on the Burlington Performing Art Centre’s main stage. Redleaf Cultural Integration is a non-profit cultural organization that works with people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and ages to enhance the quality of life in Burlington.


Music Across the Cultures

Burlington Symphony Orchestra

Applicant: Burlington Symphony Orchestra

Music Across the Cultures is a full orchestral concert featuring special guest artists offering a variety of cultural performances. While Western Classical Music continues to be the foundation of the Burlington Symphony Orchestra (BSO), this concert provides an opportunity to expand these boundaries and connect with a variety of cultures through non-Western music and performances. The concert will feature the full-sized 55-member community orchestra and include special performances by members of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, members of the Sampradaya Dance Creation Company, as well as a Burlington guest violinist performing Czardas.


RISE: An Immersive Community Wellness Celebration

Two members of the CinnaMoon Collective.

Applicant: Exisst SoulCare

Existt SoulCare is an artist-driven wellness initiative that aims to elevate collective consciousness, creativity, mindfulness and community building. RISE 2024, An Immersive Wellness Community Celebration will take place at the Lowville THiNKSPOT in Walt Rickli’s Sculpture Garden. This unique location will host transformative community wellness workshops, a traditional cacao experience and a dynamic forest dance performance by CinnaMoon Collective. The event will feature an opening community connection circle, breathwork and a mindful meditation workshop and community celebration with the live musical styling of DJ Magda Arturo.


Somewhere That’s Green

Applicant: Charles Cozens

Charles Cozens

Somewhere That’s Green is a live concert of environmental music performed by the Charles Cozens Chamber Music Ensemble with conductor Maestro Charles Cozens. Charles has written compositions for chamber orchestra with the theme of our environment and surroundings. Selected compositions will be performed in conjunction with several visual artworks by Burlington artists. Each composition will be descriptive of each artwork. The artwork will be displayed in front of the orchestra and by a video projected on a screen to magnify the imagery. Selected visual artists include Victoria Pierce and Janet Horne Cozens, and photographer Chris Hominuk. During the concert, the artists will provide a description about their artwork.


Stitching Together: Cross Cultural Encounters through Embroidery

Applicant: Creative Community Collective

The Stitching Together Community Embroidery project features lectures and hands-on demonstrations to learn embroidery. Workshops will be hosted at five different locations across the city. All of the individual embroidered pieces created at the workshops will be assembled as a single community piece, symbolizing the diversity of cultural heritage among the residents of Burlington. Embroidery has roots in ancient civilizations, has many variations and allows participants to interact during the creative process.


Telling Tales Festival returns to the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Hendrie Park.

Telling Tales Festival

Applicant: Telling Tales

The 16th Annual Telling Tales Festival returns to the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Hendrie Park. The event is free and visitors can participate in educational activities led by a diverse group of authors, illustrators, musicians and storytellers. The program is culturally diverse and committed to showcasing fresh, local talent alongside internationally renowned personalities. Guests can listen to the stories behind a book’s creation, learn writing tips and meet local authors. Participants can explore interactive workshops, express their creativity in the craft tent with story-based art and explore the park’s sculpture collection.


Theatre Workshops for Adults

Applicant: Theatre Burlington

Theatre Burlington was created in 1952 with the mission to provide opportunities for Burlington residents to learn about the direction, production and staging of plays. This workshop series will be coordinated by local writer and playwright Evelyn Principato, and be presented by members of Theatre Burlington. The series will cover the basics of live theatre production and participants will be mentored in the production and staging of one-act plays. The final workshop will include the presentation of one-act plays to friends and family. Participants will get first-hand experience in core areas of live theatre production including: directing, stage management, set design and construction, props, lighting, sound, costumes, acting including voice projection, stage presence and nerve management. Through the final theatrical performances, the attendees will apply skills learned in the workshops.

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Tansley Wood space might be used as a pilot site for programs that would be offered at Bateman Community Centre

By Pepper Parr

February 21st, 2024


Part two of a three part series on Bateman engagement taking place

Denise Beard: Manager of Community Development.

During her lengthy outline of what had been done in terms of engagement Denise Beard, Manager Manager of Community Development made mention of a pilot program that would take place at Tansley Woods.  “We want to investigate this notion of community coming together a little more. The idea of using the open community space at Tansley where people could come together really resonated with us.

“There is some space up there within the community center to really open and turn it into a space where people can connect and socialize – using the rooms that might be available if nothing’s programmed.  Can we open them up to allow community to use those spaces?

The notion of social anchor, a phrase coined by Beard and her team, was something she said the community really took to – they were both loud and clear about having places  where people can connect and socialize.  Can we open them up to allow community to use those spaces and see what happens?

Maybe  a communal kitchen where people could bring their food and then eat together and break bread together as it were.

There is space at Tansley Wood that isn’t being used all that much – could be a pilot site for Bateman program development.

“We’re looking to try to do things like that at Tansley to assess over the next couple of years what that might look like at  Robert Bateman..The objective is to help guide us in the design of that space moving forward.

We’ll be striving to see just what a social anchor pilot at Tansley Woods would look like. The people we spoke to were intrigued and our team is eager to see how that takes off and hopefully we can learn how to meet the community demand we expect to see in the in the future at Bateman.

The second thing that I wanted to ask about is more of a question. It’s just been so much conversation, not so much thank goodness this winter because it’s been a little bit warmer and we haven’t had too many critically cold nights. But the idea of a warming center or possibility of overnight shelter on cold nights has that been built in at all to this idea of the pilot social anchor at Tansley and or potentially Bateman down the road.

There are three large rooms that would serve as pilot sites.

An opportunity for people to use the showers at Tansley if people had to stay overnight.

Mayor Meed Ward thought it was a brilliant idea and Council seemed to go along with it.

Beard now has a bit of a runway she can use to get back to some of the people she talked with and take the idea a little further.

Interesting approach – let’s see where they take it.

Related news story:

Engagement on Bateman programs is taking place.



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Another survey: This time on Festivals and Events if you have an opinion pass it on

By Staff

February 20th, 2024



Festivals and events in Burlington are a source of civic pride, social connections, an arts and culture platform and can be an economic boost.

The Santa Claus parade, Sound of Music and Ribfest are big deal and big draw events.  The Festivals people have yet to find a way to sponsor smaller events  north of the QEW.

The City is looking for public input in developing a Festivals and Events Policy to help ensure the best services and experiences for all,

Angela Paparizo, Manager of Arts and Culture.

Residents are invited to complete an online survey at to share feedback on their satisfaction with events on City property and their wishes for future direction.

The purpose of the proposed policy is to provide a set of guidelines and criteria to assist with planning and managing events on City of Burlington property.

The survey is open now until March 5. Responses will be used to guide the discussion of criteria and components of a policy at the Committee of the Whole and City Council in April.

Angela Paparizo, Manager of Arts and Culture said “This policy will help us move towards our strategic goal of providing the best services and experiences for all. We want to find the balance between providing festivals and events of great value while ensuring we have the right locations, mix of events and timing.”

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New Burlington Teen Tour Band Director and 80th anniversary tour at Courseulles-sur-Mer

By Staff

February 2nd, 2024



Burlington Teen Tour Band, Canada’s oldest and largest youth marching band, is set to delight audiences locally and overseas this spring. The Burlington Teen Tour Band will have their spring concert April 7 and have been invited to participate in the 80th D-Day Anniversary Tour in England and France May 31 – June 10. These performances not only mark a thrilling chapter for the band but are also bolstered by the announcement of new Burlington Teen Tour Band Director of Bands & Music Services Roberto (Rob) Cuesta. Roberto (Rob) will begin in his new role on Feb. 20, 2024, as the creative force behind Burlington’s globally renowned marching band.

About Burlington Teen Tour Band Director Roberto Cuesta

Roberto (Rob) Cuesta

Roberto (Rob) brings over 28 years of experience in band and music services to the Burlington Teen Tour Band. He is a seasoned musician, marketer and business leader obtaining his Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Warwick Business School and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing. Roberto (Rob) has 18 years of youth work experience beginning with Scouts Canada and then Air Cadets which lead him to progressive leadership roles in both areas and an appointment as Band Master at an early age. By age 23, he became Director of Music running a band with 75 per cent of members under age 21 and later became National Training Director for the Traditional Youth Marching Band Association (TYMBA).

Most recently, Roberto (Rob) was Director of Music for the 48th Highlanders of Canada. He has ten years of experience as a Band Leader and an additional 14 years as a player in military-style wind bands such as: The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, The Governor General’s Horse Guards and The Band of the Hampshire Constabulary to name just a few.

The Family Lobby: Burlington Teen Tour Band marches into the space with every instrument blaring away. It was a great day for BPAC and the day the BTTB made the place their home base.

Annual Spring Concert

Featuring: Burlington Teen Tour Band and Junior Redcoats

Date: April 7, 2024

Time: Two ticketed performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets: To purchase tickets, contact Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) box office

Location: BPAC in Burlington

80th D-Day Anniversary Tour

Featuring: Burlington Teen Tour Band

Dates: May 31 – June 10, 2024

Background: The Mayor of Courseulles-sur-Mer sent a personal invitation to the Burlington Teen Tour Band to attend the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. The band has taken part in past D-Day anniversary events including the 40th, 50th, 60th and 75th. The 80th anniversary may be the last large scale anniversary event to commemorate this historic event as the veterans who took part are becoming fewer and fewer.  A tour like this is unique as it is by invitation only. The educational value is incredible with the opportunity to speak with the veterans directly and visit the Canadian war cemetery.  

Last major tour took the Teen Tour Band to Ireland


About Burlington Teen Tour Band

The Burlington Teen Tour Band have been Canada’s Musical Ambassadors since 1947. They have developed a rich history over the last 75 years. Since its beginnings in 1947, the Burlington Teen Tour Band has grown into Canada’s oldest and largest youth marching band.  The Burlington Teen Tour Band is known globally for its level of excellence in music and marching. They have had the honour and privilege to represent Burlington, Ontario, and Canada around the world in such countries as: England, Republic of Ireland, France, Japan, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. The Burlington Teen Tour Band regularly returns home to Burlington as champions or first prize winners from internationally scaled competitions. The Burlington Teen Tour Band travels the world representing Burlington, Ontario, and Canada. The band has performed for Heads of State and Royalty as well as been in television and movies. They have also performed at prestigious events such as the: Rose Bowl Parade, D-Day Anniversary, Orange Bowl Parade, 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbour, and many more. Burlington Teen Tour Band is open to youth aged 13 to 21 who want to represent Canada as musical ambassadors.

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Short notice for artists - surprise notice on what city hall plans to do with Civic Aquare

By Pepper Parr

January 25th, 2024



If I were a local artist – I would be ticked at this notice.  Less than ten days to put together an application that offers $20,000 for the first phase of a Call for Artists and $150,000 for the second phase.

And if I were a citizen who kept an eye on what the City administration does I’d be less than pleased to learn that there will be public art in the renovation/upgrade to Civic Square that the public has not heard about.

Here is what the Call for Artists is about,

A rendering of what Civic Square is today.

Request  for Expressions of Interest, Public Art Plan (Phase 1), Civic Square Renewal

Deadline:  Friday, February 2, 2024
Phase 1 Budget:    $20,000
Phase 2 Budget:    $150,000

Application Package:  Civic Square Application Package (PDF)

Online Application:  Civic Square Public Art Plan Online Application Form

The yellow borders are instructive. The yellow box right centre is the new 400 Brant Kitchen and Bar which is not part of the Civic Square renew.. The push into part of James Street is where there is supposed to be public art in front of each building on the north and south sides of James Street.

The City of Burlington invites professional artists and artist-led teams to submit credentials and expressions of interest to create a Public Art Plan for the Civic Square Renewal project.  The selected artist(s) will work directly with the City’s design and architecture teams to develop a Public Art Plan for integrated, permanent public artwork(s) to be installed in Civic Square.  Please note, Phase 1 of this project is for a Public Art Plan (preliminary design concept) only and does not include the engineering, fabrication, or installation of the artwork.


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Getting to be the main attraction is hard hard work

By Staff

January 21st, 2024



Getting to the point where a performing artist stands in the middle of a big stage with hundreds, sometimes thousands of people in the audience takes time and a lot of hard, hard work.

Tammy Fox, the Executive Director of the Performing Arts centre, has worked both sides of the business: she marketed talent and grew performers from promising beginners to the point where they were the main attraction.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (‘BPAC’) is invested in nurturing and supporting emerging artists in our community through our artist development initiatives.  BPAC’s ‘Live & Local’ Artist Development Initiative supports the development of local artists by providing them with professional support and performance opportunities in our world-class venue, while also offering mentorship by connecting them with established industry professionals.

Emm Gryner part of the Live and Local program at the Performing Arts Centre

Emm Gryner appears at the Community Theatre on January 26th, is part of the ‘Live & Local’ Artist Development Initiative that Fox has made part of the operation saying: “BPAC is committed to taking the lead in supporting the growth of local artists and arts organizations as part of our mandate. Many of these groups are unable to afford the high costs of facility rentals and their attendant production costs, so a more flexible and creative partnership is necessary to support this critical type of community cultural development.

She adds: “BPAC plays a major role in supporting the development of local performing arts organizations and artists. By providing a state-of-the-art facility, superior customer service, organizational infrastructure and technical expertise, we provide an opportunity for Burlington’s arts organizations to grow artistically and to develop audiences. BPAC also takes an active role in supporting local organizations by offering marketing support as well as more targeted artistic development initiatives.

“BPAC has had a profound impact on the artistic growth and development of our local performing arts community. BPAC’s LIVE & LOCAL series allows local performers to increase their creative capacity, reach new heights of artistic excellence, deliver richer and more diverse performances and ultimately grow their audience.

Gryner will be on stage  in the Community Studio Theatre on Friday  Jan 26, 2024 at 7:30pm. Ticket Prices:Regular: $39.50(All-in); Member: $34.50(All-in)

As part of BPAC’s mission to nurture and support local arts producers we have launched an Artist Development Initiative which will provide performance opportunities for local artists and arts organizations to showcase their talents to BPAC’s established and growing audience base by including them in our Presents Series programming under the ‘Live & Local’ banner.

Many local emerging professional and non-professional arts organizations are looking for opportunities to perform at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, but cannot afford the rent and production costs, and may not attract an audience large enough to financially sustain a performance in the theatre. The creation of alternative performing spaces such as the Community Stage in the Lobby, and use of the outdoor plaza for programming opportunities, enhances the experience of audiences and provides increased exposure for local artists.

BPAC’s 23/24 Live & Local Series is sponsored by Daniel Durst of Desjardins Insurance.






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Punch Needle Embroidery Course at the Art Gallery.

By Staff

January 7th,  2024



Beth Martin with her two biggest supporters.

Beth Martin, the woman who created Burlington Together, one of the most effective community communications services that connects people with each other with information and community support.

The size of the group allows Burlington Together to get a message out to a very wide audience that responds quickly.

Beth Martin has branched out and is now giving craft Punch Needle embroidery course at the Art Gallery.

“Come learn from me! I promise it’ll be fun!

The classes take place on Wednesday evenings at Art Gallery of Burlington with a  February start date.

For more detail and registration click HERE


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Chief Librarian reports that 1,255,000 books have been borrowed from the libraries

By Staff

January 7th, 2024


If you have a library card- this article will not be new to you – the Chief Librarian Lita Barrie will have sent it to you.

Chief Librarian Lita Barrie reports to members

With our new year just a few days old, I’d like to share some highlights from this past year at Burlington Public Library. We wouldn’t be the library we are without your ongoing use and support, and we’re deeply grateful to everyone who visits the library, in person or online, as part of your routine.

So, how did you use your public library in 2023? Here’s a quick look!

How You Used Your Library in 2023

BPL members borrowed over whopping 1,225,000 books in 2023! One family of eager readers saved over $27,000 by using the library in 2023! You can view your estimated annual savings at the bottom of your printed receipt when you check out books. We added this feature to our receipts this year and it has been a great way for customers to see what they are saving by using their library.

The most popular non-book items borrowed were MiFi Hotspots, Chromebooks, and iPads. When introduced in June, jigsaw puzzles were a huge and immediate hit with library members. This new collection will grow again in early 2024. Watch the shelves!

This year’s most popular event was Burlington Literary Festival’s riveting evening with R.H. Thomson, author of By the Ghost Light. And thousands of kids also came to the library to shake their sillies out at 1,367 storytimes this year—with some regularly attracting crowds of 80-plus children and their grown-ups!

Burlington Public Library’s Commitment to Accessibility

The library belongs to everyone in our community, and we are committed to making our services and collections accessible to all. With that in mind, we worked with various partners to launch new offerings this year.

Visitors to the library can now pick up sensory kits to use in any of our branches. These were developed in collaboration with Autism Ontario.

We also expanded our collection of supportive reading materials to include decodable books geared to people with dyslexia, and WonderBooks and Vox Books that read aloud while you turn the pages.

Our staff are ready to welcome and support you no matter your needs—our 2023 Staff Development Day centred on training all staff to provide accessibility support and resources.

New Library Services Launched in 2023

What else were we up to? We opened our new Reading Garden at Central Branch where you can enjoy a good book in the fresh air during warmer months. Your local history is now just a click away with the Burlington Digital Archive—an online trove of maps, photos, and historical documents. This digital portal went live in the fall thanks to the incredible work of our Digital Resources & Collections team.  And, for Burlington readers looking for a good book recommendation—and we know there are lots of you—give Handpicked For You a try. We launched this service to give customers personalized picks from our expert library staff.

It was an outstanding year for Burlington Public Library, and we couldn’t have done it without the continued enthusiastic support of our community and our dedicated and talented staff, who work hard to deliver the best library service possible every day. Thank you for making BPL part of your story in 2023.

We look forward to seeing you at the library in 2024! To get a jump start on your reading list for the new year, check out my favourite reads of 2023.

Happy reading!


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Navigating the Web Safely: Be cautious, secure your network, stay informed and backup regularly

By Trevor Hurry

January 3rd, 2024



Navigating the Web Safely:
Strategies for Avoiding Scams and Online Menaces

Once a scammer has access to your data they can pick and choose what they want to take: your bank account, other online services you use. Then they can sell your ID to others who will do the same thing.

In the ever-expanding digital universe, the internet has become a fundamental part of our daily lives. It offers a wealth of information, facilitates global communication, and provides endless entertainment. However, this vast network is also a breeding ground for scams and online menaces. From phishing emails to identity theft, the risks are ever-present. Thus, it’s crucial to arm ourselves with knowledge and tools to navigate this digital landscape safely. This blog post aims to provide comprehensive strategies to help you avoid scams and protect yourself online.

Understanding the Threats

Before diving into protective measures, it’s essential to understand the common types of online scams. Phishing scams, where fraudsters impersonate legitimate entities to steal sensitive information, are increasingly sophisticated. Malware, which includes viruses and ransomware, can infiltrate systems and compromise data. Identity theft, often resulting from data breaches, can have long-lasting impacts. Lastly, online shopping scams exploit consumers through fake websites and fraudulent offers. Awareness of these threats is the first step in defence.

Strong Passwords: Your First Line of Defence

A group of consecutive numbers is not a password; it is an invitation for scammers to steal your data.

Strong passwords are one of the easiest yet most effective ways to safeguard your online accounts. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols instead of common words and phrases. Password managers and other similar tools are useful for creating and safely storing complicated passwords. To add a degree of protection, enable two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever it is feasible.

Regular Software Updates: Closing Security Loopholes

Keeping your software updated is a critical defense against cyber threats. Cybercriminals often target vulnerabilities in outdated software, making it imperative to update your operating system, browsers, and applications regularly. These updates frequently include patches for security loopholes that hackers exploit. To ensure you don’t miss these crucial updates, enable automatic updates on your devices. This ensures that you’re always using the latest, most secure versions without having to remember to manually update each time. Additionally, it’s advisable to regularly check for updates on software that doesn’t update automatically, as this maintains a robust defense against emerging cyber threats.

Be Skeptical of Emails and Links

Password security is something you need to pay attention to; the cost if you don’t could clean you out.

When it comes to digital communication, having a healthy skepticism might work wonders for you. Phishing schemes, which deceive people into disclosing private information, are getting more sophisticated. Emails and texts that look strange or request personal information should be avoided, especially if they instill a sense of urgency or offer extraordinary rewards. It is advisable to confirm the sender’s identity before replying or opening any links. Don’t download attachments from unidentified or suspicious sources as they can be infected with malware. Always keep in mind that if an email or link looks shady or too good to be true, it probably is. When in doubt, go with your gut and use care.

Protect Your Domestic Network

Your home Wi-Fi network is a gateway to your personal and financial information. Ensure it’s secured with a strong password and WPA2 or WPA3 encryption. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your internet connection, especially when using public Wi-Fi.

Educate Yourself and Others

In today’s digital age, staying updated about online threats is crucial for internet safety. Regularly following reputable technology news sources and cybersecurity blogs can keep you informed about the latest scams and protection strategies. Participation in cybersecurity awareness programs, either online or in your community, can further enhance your understanding and preparedness. Additionally, sharing this knowledge with family and friends, particularly those who are less familiar with digital nuances, is vital. This includes educating them about recognizing phishing emails, the importance of secure passwords, and avoiding suspicious links. By spreading awareness, you contribute to creating a safer online environment for everyone.

Use Trusted Payment Methods for Online Shopping

Online shopping, including activities like playing online slots, requires cautious financial transactions. To ensure safety, always opt for secure and trusted payment methods. Credit cards are generally a safer choice compared to debit cards due to their fraud protection features. Be vigilant about where you input your card details, whether purchasing goods or engaging in online slots; look for signs of website security such as HTTPS in the URL and a padlock symbol. Avoid payment methods that lack transparency or traceability, such as wire transfers or gift cards. Additionally, consider using payment platforms that offer additional layers of security. Remember, cautiousness in payment methods is a key defense against financial fraud in online shopping.

Backup Your Data Regularly

Regular data backup is an essential practice in safeguarding against digital threats. In the face of malware attacks, such as ransomware, having a backup of your essential files can mitigate the damage. Utilize reliable cloud services or external storage devices for backups. This should be done consistently; set a schedule for regular updates of your backup. Cloud services often offer automated solutions, while external hard drives provide physical copies. These backups are not just a shield against cyber-attacks; they also protect against data loss due to hardware malfunctions or accidental deletions. Remember, regular data backup is a critical step in comprehensive digital security.

You want to understand what Identity Theft can do to you and take appropriate action to protect yourself.


Navigating the internet safely requires a proactive approach. By understanding the risks, using strong passwords, updating software, being cautious of suspicious emails and links, securing your network, staying informed, using trusted payment methods, and regularly backing up data, you can significantly reduce your vulnerability to online scams and menaces. Remember, in the digital world, your best defence is your awareness and preparedness. Stay safe and explore the internet with confidence, knowing you’re well protected against lurking dangers.

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Burlington Arts and Culture Fund ready to accept applications: $75,000 on the table

By Staff

January 3rd, 2024



The City of Burlington is inviting artists to apply for the 2024 Burlington Arts and Culture Fund (BACF).

This is an annual grant program that provides $75,000 of total available funding to local artists, multicultural groups and arts and culture organizations to foster creativity and enrich how Burlington residents experience and engage with arts and culture.

Applications will be accepted until noon on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 and will fund projects from April 2024 to March 2025. Successful grant applicants will be announced at the beginning of April 2024.

To be eligible for BACF funding, applicants must be located in Burlington and must be:

  • An incorporated not-for-profit arts and culture organization or a charitable arts and culture organization;
  • An individual artist or arts and cultural collective (defined as three or more individuals) that exhibit high achievement in arts and culture programming;
  • A multicultural group that fulfills a significant role in the Burlington community through the arts and culture.

Grants will be evaluated in part by a peer jury for artistic merit and by City staff for program merit and strategic initiative, citywide and community impact and economic impact.

To learn more about this fund, the jury opportunity and the application process join City staff and arts and culture professionals for a virtual information session on:

Date:               Monday, Jan. 15, 2024
Time:               7 to 8 p.m.
Location:        Microsoft Teams

Applications can be completed and submitted online at

For more information, contact Angela Paparizo, Manager of Arts and Culture, 905-335-7600, ext. 7352 or email

Burlington is a city where people, nature and businesses thrive. Sign up to learn more about Burlington at and follow @CityBurlington on social media.

Emilie Cote, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

Emilie Cote, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

“Burlington’s Arts and Culture Fund fosters creativity at all levels and enriches how Burlington residents engage with arts and culture. It is important that diverse identities, perspectives, languages, cultures and various artistic practices be recognized, experienced and supported and this fund helps to do so. Since 2019, this grant benefits a variety of arts and cultural activities, adding vibrancy across Burlington.

Our city’s growing creative and culturally diverse community continues to create projects and evolve through this process. We invite any Burlington-based artists thinking about applying for the grant on Jan. 15, hearing about their ideas and receiving their applications.”

Links and Resources

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Libraries have been more than books for a long time - friendly faces all over the place

By Pepper Parr

December 20th, 2023



A couple more days and we can put our feet up, relax knowing that we have done everything we could to prepare for the holidays.

The younger children will be excited, close to unable to wait for Christmas day

The Burlington Library has expanded their seasonal offering from books and videos to some advice on how to handle the holidays.  Keep it in mind when you are thinking about others in the days ahead.

Let’s face it. Despite the twinkling lights, peppermint drinks, and supercharged cheerfulness, this time of year can be tough to cope with—especially if you feel alone. During the pandemic lockdowns, we embraced changes such as takeout meals, online shopping, streaming movies, and reading eBooks. These are now conveniences that keep us comfortably at home. But as a result of having fewer interactions or meaningful connections with others, loneliness is on the rise.

This person is just a phone call away.

Last month, the World Health Organization announced loneliness and social isolation may soon reach epidemic proportions. They identified serious health risks linked to loneliness, such as dementia, stroke, and heart disease. But along with this dire news, the WHO’s leading health experts also suggested a simple prescription to combat loneliness—getting in touch with others by phone, online, and in-person; doing things you enjoy; and reaching out to local services that can connect you with others.

Connect With Others in a Third Place

 Your local public library is a great place to start.

Last year, Burlington Public Library took part in a research project based out of McMaster University about how libraries can support connections and successful aging. This ongoing project explores the role public libraries play in strengthening social inclusion for older adults in the community. While this study focuses on older adults, the library offers opportunities for connection to people of all ages.

“We want everyone to feel welcome and included when they visit Burlington Public Library in person and online,” says David Quezada, Manager of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Burlington Public Library (BPL). “We care deeply about providing an accessible communal space for all.”

Libraries are sometimes called a third place.” This sociology term refers to familiar and welcoming surroundings separate from the two places where most people spend most of their time—work and home. Spending time in a “third place” can increase your social connections and sense of belonging.

Whether visiting for a few minutes or lingering for hours—you’re always welcome at Burlington Public Library. Pop in to chat with staff while you browse the displays. Or, if you’re looking to socialize and meet people with similar interests, perhaps you’d enjoy attending an interactive program such as Knit ‘n’ Natter or BPL Book Club. And don’t forget about the library’s comfy seats where you can read newspapers and magazines in a friendly space away from home.

Get the Jump on Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Library also offers a chance to brighten up your day, quite literally. A form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may cause changes in your feeling of well-being during the late fall and winter months when daylight hours are shorter.

If you’re experiencing mild, temporary “winter blues,” increasing your exposure to natural or artificial daylight can help reduce seasonal doldrums. Come into BPL’s branches for a mood boost under a light therapy floor lamp. The Library offers these at all locations except for Kilbride. The lamp’s bright UV-filtered light mimics natural sunlight. (Sorry, tropical heat is not included!)

Talk to Local Support Services

While simply getting out of the house can be enough to kick a mild case of loneliness, some folks need more support.

If you’re not sure where to turn, caring library staff can refer you to people and places in the community that can support you. You can call 905.639.3611 during library open hours to speak to a staff member or reach out by email to

Is this leading by example?

“Connecting people with community resources is an important part of what we do at the library,” says Quezada. “We can provide guidance to help you find the services you need.”

The Library also hosts free drop-in sessions where you can talk to specialists from local support organizations.

You Have a Friendly Face to Turn To

The Library is open every day, except statutory holidays so you always have somewhere to turn. If you’re ever feeling lonely, know that you can find a friendly face and a warm hello at your local library.

People who need a helping hand often don’t know how to reach out.

Those who have a supporting family and a great circle of friends have the most to give – reach out and invite people to share what you have.



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Signatures on wine bottles shown to influence Ontario shoppers: Brock research  

By Staff

December 19th, 2023



New research from Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute indicates a winemaker’s label signature can supercharge sales and impart value to consumers.

And we thought sniffing the wine was how you learned where the value was!

And we thought sniffing the wine was how you learned where the value was!

Brock Professor of Marketing and Consumer Psychology Antonia Mantonakis

Brock Professor of Marketing and Consumer Psychology Antonia Mantonakis and University of Ottawa’s Keri Kettle recently published “Look for the Signature: Using Personal Signatures as Extrinsic Cues Promotes Identity-Congruent Behaviour in the Journal of Business Research.

Understanding that humans use signatures when committing themselves to significant obligations such as marriages or mortgages, Mantonakis and Kettle explored whether that same perceived value is reflected in consumer products boasting a signature.

The researchers conducted a series of seven studies that looked at how adding a personal signature to in-store signage and product labels affects product evaluations and sales, and examined the identities, affiliations, causal relationships and associations (or disassociations) between consumers and products.

“It is an exciting area of study that can be a windfall for businesses, especially winemakers, marketers, advocacy groups and even curious or savvy shoppers,” said Mantonakis. “One of the great factors we found was that businesses needed a strong understanding of their target audiences when making the decision about whether or not to include a signature on their product.”

The studies involved monitoring wine sales that highlighted a winemaker signature and sales of the same bottle of wine without the signature. Results demonstrated the presence of a signature can boost sales as much as 500 per cent if an Ontarian is purchasing an Ontario wine.

Taylor MaGee, of Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, examines a wine bottle label.

Moreover, bottles of wine with a signature were found to have a higher value in terms of quality compared to the same bottle of wine without a signature.

“The signature has its limits though,” Mantonakis said. “While we might see that a signature on a bottle of Ontario Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wine can drive retail sales for local consumers in Ontario and create positive value associations between consumer and product, it won’t happen for everyone, especially those who are travelling here from elsewhere and may not have a shared identity of being ‘from Ontario.’”

The results of the studies help define the relationship between consumers, the value associated with a signature, awareness of product and how a signature can establish or modify value of a product.

“Ultimately, our research indicates the effect of adding personal signatures depends more on the identity of the target consumers rather than the identity of the signer,” Mantonakis said, adding businesses should first consider their audience before introducing a signature to any label.

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A one-of-a-kind experience when the longest night begins

By Staff

December 18th, 2023



This Thursday December 21st, Lowville Festival and THiNKSPOT invite you to Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a unique and inspiring theatrical experience in the Walt Rickli Sculpture Garden.   This one-of-a-kind event will celebrate the annual moment when the longest night begins the transition to longer days.


The Solstice (aka Hibernal) is traditionally considered to be a time of reflection and hibernation to navigate the colder weather.   Over the past ten years the Solstice events at ThinkSpot have evolved from social get-togethers, into a time of reflection and honouring the events of the past year (even the tougher moments).   This video link shares moments from the 2022 Solstice where over 100 people came together to be inspired by stories and music by Myriad Ensemble.  This year Lowville Festival is partnering with June Cupido to create an unforgettable evening that will inspire each of us to persevere through the challenges that life presents.

June, Director of popular and sold-out Story Slams at Kerr Street Cafe in Oakville, will create a powerful interaction between 6 storytellers and audience… enlightening how the stories we tell, connect and uplift us all.   After personally attending two Story Slams in the past year, each person’s journey altered my perspectives about life… pain, resilience, growth, and joy.

Combining the Story Slam with a winter night around six fires and five propane heaters, the audience will be face-to-face with relatable human stories, along with musical performances by Indigenous artists Lacey Hill, and Kristen McKay.  We will also be launching an exciting initiative “Lowville Has Wheels” (click here for video), followed by hot vegetable soup cooked over an outdoor fire, with fresh bread and dessert.

This is an experience not to be missed!!  We hope you can join us – tickets are $50 (100% to cover event costs) and are available here.   Our intention is to create more affordable tickets for future events through sponsorship.   If you value the experiences we create and would like to support us with sponsorship opportunities, please reach out and we will get back to you asap!  Many thanks to Lowville Bistro, McMaster University Athletics Dept.,  and Rock and Roll Cycle for their support this year.


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What Are Online Casino Tournaments and Competitions?

By Nicky Allan

December 15th, 2023



Online casino tournaments and competitions offer players a chance to compete directly against other players for big cash prizes and rewards. They come in different formats, but generally involve entering for a buy-in fee and playing casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette and poker to accumulate points or winnings. The top performers at the end of the tournament win a share of the prize pool.

Tournaments and competitions add an extra layer of excitement and give players more ways to win.

Competitions run alongside regular casino play and require players to complete certain challenges or meet specific criteria to earn prizes and rewards. For example, a competition may reward the player who wagers the most money on slots during a given time frame.

Tournaments and competitions add an extra layer of excitement and give players more ways to win. They often attract high numbers of players, allowing prize pools to climb very high.

Why Enter Online Casino Tournaments?

Here are some of the key benefits of online casino tournaments in Canada:

Huge prize pools – With hundreds or even thousands of players entering, prize pools can easily climb into the tens of thousands of dollars or more. Even finishing mid-pack can result in nice payouts.

Fixed costs – Tournaments require a set buy-in fee to enter, so you know your maximum spending upfront. This allows you to better manage your bankroll

Thrill of competition – Going up against other players adds more excitement and makes winning even sweeter. Tournaments bring a fun competitive element.

Rewards skills – More skilled players gain an edge in tournaments, allowing them to leverage their abilities.

Beginners enjoy competitions that even the playing field.

Qualify for big events – Some tournaments offer seats to bigger live and online events as prizes, like the World Poker Tour.

Robust cybersecurity: Trusted gaming platforms prioritise player security with encryption, secure transactions, and anti-cheat measures, guarding against scams and ensuring a secure and enjoyable gaming experience.

Top Online Casinos in Canada for Tournaments

Sites like compile lists of the top rated casinos to help make your decision easier. Based on factors like tournament variety, prize pools, and overall quality, here are five of the best online casinos in Canada for exciting tournament action:

1. JackpotCity Casino

JackpotCity offers some of the most vibrant online casino tournaments you’ll find at any Canada facing site. Their slots tournaments are among the most popular. Players must pay a small entry fee and then they play with free credits. The top player will receive a cash prize.

2. Spin Casino

As part of The Palace Group, Spin Casino shares a player pool with other top Canada facing sites like JackpotCity, meaning their tournaments always attract huge numbers of players and massive prize pools. There is no buy in fee for Spin Casino tournaments. The top 30 players in each tournament are rewarded with a prize.  It should be noted, however, that because these tournaments are free to enter and play, the winnings cannot be withdrawn.

3. PlayOJO

PlayOJO takes a special approach by not just offering cash prizes but cool tech rewards as well.  Previous prizes have included MacBook Pros, robot vacuums and Bluetooth headphones, as well as thousands of free spins.

4. PlayAmo

PlayAmo offers one of the most extensive collections of daily online casino tournaments you’ll find, covering all the most popular games. Seven figure progressive prize pools are common across their many slots and card game tournaments.

5. Casumo

For innovation, Casumo stands out from the crowd. They consistently offer a huge variety of tournaments on live casino games – not just slots and cards. Play live roulette, blackjack and baccarat in tournaments against other players in real time against real dealers. Casumo also offer large slots tournaments throughout the year.  There’s no buy in fee, players enter simply by playing slots as they normally would.  Prize pools of up to $30,000 and payouts within 72 hours make Casumo a top choice.

Ready to Dive into the Action?

Canada’s top online casinos offer so many ways to win through exciting tournaments and competitions. With prize pools that can climb into the tens of thousands of dollars and beyond, these events give you the chance to turbo boost your bankroll. Consider factors like tournament variety, prize pools, and promotional value when choosing the best online casino for you.


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Astrom and Myers sharing space in the Fireside Room at the AGB - rare to see two significant Burlington talents in the same room.

By Pepper Parr

October 14th, 2023



Two of the better known photographers are hosting a  little reception for our exhibition and we’re hoping many friends will be there to see the show and visit. There will be coffee, tea and the famous AGB cookies!

Those AGB cookies might be a reason to avoid this opportunity but take a chance – Frank Myers and Rolly Astrom have consistently produced first class photography – each in their own niches.

Astrom did a superb series of photographs of male and female dancers.  His ability to catch that poetic moment is to be appreciated and admired.  Convincing the dancer to work with him is a superb example of two artists working together.

Frank Meyers travels the country looking for those scenes that few were ever going to see – the grain elevator in Herbert that will never again see as much as a bushel basket of grain gets captured showing its strength and dominance over thousands of prairie grain fields.

Event takes place between 2 and 4 p.m. in the Fireside Room at the Art Gallery of Burlington on Sunday the 15th of October.

A chance to view the work these two men have done is a treat.  But take a pass on those cookies.


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Teens sought for study on kindness and well-being

By Staff

August 10th, 2023



A new Brock University study aiming to learn more about how youth think about kindness is calling on teens to share their thoughts and experiences.

Sandra Bosacki, Professor in the Faculty of Education and Director of Brock’s Theory of Mind in Education.

The Mentalization, Kindness and Well-being Teen Study is part of a larger five-year research project led by Sandra Bosacki, Professor in the Faculty of Education and Director of Brock’s Theory of Mind in Education (ToME) Lab.

Funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant awarded to Bosacki and co-primary investigator Victoria Talwar at McGill University, the research is focused on adolescents’ mentalization skills, identity and well-being.

Bosacki and the research team are particularly interested in learning what comes to a teenager’s mind when thinking about kindness.

“It is of utmost importance to listen to the voices of youth about what they think the word ‘kindness’ means, how they think and feel about it, and how they express kindness to themselves and others,” she said.

Previous research from Bosacki’s ToME lab showed that some adolescents may tend to show more kindness and compassion to others versus showing it to themselves.

By allowing young people to describe their perceptions and experiences of kindness and compassion, the researchers hope to determine how educational programs can incorporate aspects of mentalization in the secondary school curriculum to promote overall well-being and emotional health as well as behaviour that benefits others.

Victoria Talwar, McGill University, co-primary investigator

“The first of its kind in Canada, the study will give researchers in Brock’s Department of Educational Studies a chance to explore how kindness plays a role in the links between mentalization and prosocial acts in young people,” Bosacki said.

Adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18 years old are invited to participate in the study. Each participant is required to have a personal email address and informed consent provided by one parent.

Participants will complete an online survey, which takes place using Qualtrics and over Microsoft Teams, lasts about 60 minutes, and involves watching short video clips and filling out questionnaires.

After the session is completed, participants’ parents will be sent a digital gift card and will have the opportunity to participate in a follow-up study next year.

Anyone interested in taking part can contact the Theory of Mind in Education lab by email at

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Fall and winter recreation programs registration opening August 19th

By Staff

August 10th, 2023



The City’s fall and winter adult recreational programs will be opening for registration on Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. Youth programs, aquatic leadership and swimming lessons will be opening for registration at 11 a.m. All programs are viewable online now.

Aquatic leadership programs open for registration include spring 2024 programs.

View registration information at

Registration Dates and Program Highlights
Date Time Program
Saturday, Aug. 19 9 a.m. • Adult 19+ and Adult 55+ fall and winter programs

• Variety of in-person indoor and virtual opportunities
• Sports, games, fitness, creative activities, music programs, social events, discussion and learning programs
• Log in and register at

Saturday, Aug. 19 11 a.m. • Fall and winter youth programs
• Fall swimming lessons
• Fall, winter and spring aquatic leadership
• Log in and register at

Non-resident registration opens Aug. 25 at 9 a.m.

Fall and winter private music lesson registration is open now at

Registration for Winter 2024 swimming lessons will take place starting on Dec. 2, 2023.

Assisted Registration
Residents who need extra support or do not have online access to register for programs can call 905-335-7738 for staff-assisted telephone registrations Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. This service is only available to those who need help and cannot register online.

The Recreation customer service team is also available through email at Phone and email support is available Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In-person registration is available starting Sunday following the launch at Tansley Woods Community Centre, and starting Monday, at Burlington Seniors’ Centre and other recreation customer service counters.

For more information on how to set up an account or register online, visit

Recreation Fee Assistance
Recreation is for all, regardless of financial situation. Recreation Fee Assistance is funding made available to resident individuals or families who need help to pay for City of Burlington recreation programs. For more information or to apply, visit

Renee Kulinski-McCann, Manager, Recreation Services adds: “We have a lot of great programs for everyone. I really encourage people to take a look at our online catalogue. You may be pleasantly surprised at some of the different recreational programs we offer, and you might find one you want to try. It’s a great way to stay active in the community, meet new people and have fun.”

Links and Resources

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