Unwanted talent in Spencer Smith Park becoming a problem. - Concerts in the Park is what the public prefers

By Staff

July 4th, 2022


Revised and updated

Spencer Smith Park has a special meaning for the people of Burlington.

Trample on what it means to them and city hall tends to hear about it.

Marianne, a nurse, who lives in downtown Burlington wanted to share with you her environmental exposure.

During the late evening of July 2nd the downtown was exposed to a random guy playing acoustic guitar (not very well) with a speaker.

During the wee hours – aka 0330 hrs. – on July 3rd – the downtown was exposed to a random act of fireworks.

During the late evening (beyond 10 pm) on Sunday, July 3rd the downtown was exposed to a random gal singing (not very well) with the assistance of a speaker.

What is the City of Burlington and Spencer Smith Park becoming????; an uncontrolled panhandling mecca in our coveted park?

No police presence or control.

A little further east at the band shell in Central Park the mood and the music is what people preferred.

These concerts take place on Wednesdays and Saturday: 7:30 to 9:00 pm – bring a chair and a blanket.

The program is a joint venture with Rocca Sisters and the city.

That skyline looks as if it was painted in place – it was real and there are more of them to come.

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By Staff

June 29th, 2022



The Museums of Burlington announces the outdoor music evenings on select Friday nights in July and August.

Experience the beauty of summer nights on the grounds at Ireland House Museum with live acoustic music. The garden stage will feature local musicians. Each night will feature a different genre. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring the whole family and don’t forget your own blankets and/or lawn chairs.

Admission is “pay what you can”, the suggested donation is $5/person (cash, debit or credit accepted). Donations will be collected at the front and back gates of Ireland House Museum. Your donation provides support to the exhibitions, collections management, special events and education programs that bring our mission to life. The Museums strive to make our facilities accessible to diverse audiences across our community.

Advance sign-up is recommended. Walk-in guests are welcome space permitting.

Performers and dates:

Friday, July 15 | Country Night | Haley Verrall
Friday, July 29 | Top 40s | Rosewood Acoustic Duo
Friday, August 12 | Family Night |Music with Miss Michelle
Friday, August 26| Millennial Mix | Dan Taylor
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm each evening

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Canada Day is one of the few days you can use fireworks - Safety tips and reminder for Burlington residents

By Staff

June 28th, 2022



Family (low-hazard) fireworks are permitted to be set off on Canada Day. The City’s bylaw regulates where and when you can set off fireworks if you choose to have a family fireworks display.

The City bylaw allows fireworks to be set off on private property (not in public parks) from sunset until 11 p.m. on Canada Day. No person under the age of eighteen years shall set off any firework(s) and fireworks shall not be discharged within 10 metres of buildings, structures, decks, vehicles, accessory building or other buildings.

Fireworks safety tips

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display hosted by trained and certified professionals, such as Canada Day celebrations at Spencer Smith Park at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 1.

If you choose to have a family or a home fireworks display, please follow these firework safety tips:

  • Only adults should handle and set off fireworks
  • Only use safety-certified fireworks sold by a trusted source
  • Choose a clear, open space, away from buildings, overhead wires and tree branches
  • Wear glasses and gloves when handling fireworks
  • Keep a water hose and/or bucket of water close by
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never hold a lit firework in your hand
  • Attempting to re-light a “dud” or defective firework is dangerous, it can quickly back-fire and result in severe burns
  • After the fireworks display, keep children away from used fireworks in case they are still active.
  • Place sparklers and fireworks in a metal bucket of water or sand to cool down.
  • Dispose of unused fireworks by completely submerging the fireworks in water and soak overnight and wrap the soaked fireworks in a plastic bag (so that they don’t dry out). Only then can you dispose of in your regular household garbage.

Karen Roche, Burlington Fire Chief asks you to be responsible and respectful if you choose to do your own fireworks. They pose a very real safety risk to anyone lighting them, watching them and surrounding properties. With safety and courtesy top of mind, we can all enjoy the holiday.”

Canada Day programming:

Morning events

  • Yoga in the Park at 9 a.m. (Spencer Smith Park, east lawn)
  • Canada Day Run, 1k and 5k at 9.a.m. Register online.

Late afternoon and evening events

  • Food and marketplace vendors
  • Live entertainment from the stage begins at 4 p.m., featuring:
    • The Burlington Teen Tour Band
    • Greetings from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward
    • Special guests include Dragon Drummers, David Johannesson (rock/blues) and K’Bola Band (Latin music and dancing)
  • Fireworks at 10 p.m. presented by Bunzl

Help us keep this event “green”!

  • Bring a re-useable bottle to fill at the water station
  • Take the shuttle bus from the southside of the Burlington GO station (2101 Fairview St.) to the downtown bus terminal (640 John St.) — a short 5-minute walk to the park. The shuttle operates a continuous loop from 3 to 11 p.m.
  • Cycle to the event. Lock your bike in the corral located at the main park entrance (near the hotel)

Note: due to the large crowds, please leave your pets at home.


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How will the Indigenous community celebrate Canada Day? They will mourn.

By Pepper Parr

June 27th, 2022



Just about everyone has some kind of a plan for Canada Day. And just about everyone will pause and reflect on how fortunate we are.

But not everyone sees the holiday quite the same way.

My friend Steve Paquette, an Indigenous elder who works for the Halton District School Board and was instrumental in getting Ryerson Public school renamed  and for giving the park with the same name something more fitting.

Steve Paquette would like to see sweet-grass grown and harvested in the park now known as Sweetgrass Park

Paquette suggested the name Sweetgrass; it was accepted and the park was renamed. The next thing Paquette wants to see is some Sweetgrass growing on the property.

During our conversation Paquette asked me how I thought the Indigenous community was going to celebrate Canada Day.

I didn’t have an answer for him. Would they not celebrate it the way the rest of us do?

Apparently not. Their take on the day is that it celebrates the land being taken from the Indigenous community.  The day celebrates a day when treaties were signed with the British who were concerned about the land as property which is not the way the Indigenous saw the treaties they signed.

An Indigenous dancer performing at Spencer Smith Park. Photo by Harry Hersh

The Indigenous people were thinking in terms of sharing the land. Property was not a concept they knew anything about or understood.

With that background – it is understandable when Paquette says “they are celebrating the day they took our land from us.”

“They committed cultural genocide and to this day we mourn the loss of that part of who we are as a people”, said Paquette.

So what do we, as the people who celebrate Canada Day, do to recognize the feelings of the Indigenous people?

We read land acknowledgements; we speak positively about the Truth and Reconciliation report but tend to put Reconciliation before Truth.

We readily accept the renaming of buildings and streets.

There is a change taking place; the Indigenous people now have the wind behind their sails.

The number of children who were buried while at residential schools is beginning to sink in – something more than 10,000 children is now more than an estimate.

Many do not realize that Burlington was not the result of a treaty being signed. The land that is Burlington today was purchased by the British from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. When the British had title to the land they gave it to Joseph Brant.

Oakville is made up of land that was named in different treaties.

Will the public hear anything more than a land acknowledgement on Canada Day when they Mayor speaks.

Is there anything more than can be said?

Paquette would like to see a stronger acknowledgement and looks for more significant changes and for the Indigenous people being at the table making a difference.

I think he would like to see the end of unsafe water advisories.

How we as a people put up with having other people, who were here long before we were, having to boil the water before they use it is something I have never understood.


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A musical powerhouse on stage at Performing Arts Centre - four Canadian talents: Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas.

By Staff

June 24th, 2022



Lunch At Allen’s is a musical powerhouse comprising four remarkable Canadian talents: Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas.

As individuals, they have written for or sung on over 25,000,000 CDs, penning hits for Josh Groban, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, America, Santana, Cher and Rod Stewart, as well as Murray’s Farmer’s Song, Marc’s Marina Del Rey and Ian’s Painted Ladies, just to name a few.

These three artists have come together adding the incredible voice of Cindy Church (Quartette, Great Western Orchestra) to form Lunch At Allen’s. Attending their stage show is to embark on an intimate musical journey replete with laughter and personal anecdotes, familiar favourites and new material, fashioning an unforgettable evening’s entertainment …from their hearts …to your soul.

On stage at the Performing arts Centre June 29th.

“You would be hard pressed to find another Canadian ensemble with more collective depth of influence over Canada’s musical landscape than Lunch At Allen’s.” – The Beat Magazine

Dates & Times

Wed Jun 29, 2022 at 7:30pm

Venue – Main Theatre

Ticket Prices

Regular: $67.50 (All-in)

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Mayor launches re-election campaign at a farm yards away from the border with Milton

By Pepper Parr

June 23rd, 2022



Mayor Marianne Meed Ward has launched her campaign for Mayor.

Vanessa Warren, who describes herself as a Business Owner, Rancher, Rider, Wrangler, Trainer Coach and sometime Activist, hosted a campaign kick off for Mayor Meed Ward

It took place recently at Capstone Farm, located in the northern part of ward 6: a road and a half north and they would have held the event in the Town of Milton.

Our source tells us that two members of council took part: Ward 3 councillor Rory Nisan and Ward 1 councillor Kelvin Galbraith.

One would have thought ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna would be on hand. Wonder why he wasn’t?

Capstone Farm is home base for past ward 6 candidate Vanessa Warren.

Nick Leblovic was on hand to do a lot of the glad handing

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Finally - the apology - and a comment about a head of counsel who continually seeks out opportunities to cause quarrels and distress'

By Pepper Parr

June 21st, 2022



Finally, with the Mayor away – her daughter graduates from Western University and Momma wants to be there for that event, Councillor Shawna Stolte, serving as the Deputy Mayor and Chair of the city council meeting got to read out her apology to staff member Georgie Gartside.

Stolte began:

“ I’m going to start with a comment to say that it really saddens and distresses me that we have a head of counsel who continually seeks out opportunities to cause quarrels and distress at the expense of honest and genuine work of councillors. The statement I’d prepared for today is an apology to a staff member named Georgie Gartside for comments made by myself that she was concerned had impugned her professionalism.

“I’m not sure how the mayor came to know the details of the issue  which were a private matter.

Ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte

“I had come to a genuine and heartfelt resolution that had resulted in the Integrity Commissioner determining that a public report and discussion was not necessary, as Ms Gartside and myself had reached a satisfactory resolution to her concerns. I’m concerned that the mayor’s behaviour has only served to taint and cheapen what was meant to be a positive and collaborative closure for Ms Gartside and myself.  Having said that, I’d like to take the time now to read the statement that I’d prepared and I hope that she’s listening and that I hope that her experience has not been too tainted by the display earlier today.

“The statement I’d like to make is that creating and maintaining positive and productive relationships with staff at the City of Burlington is very important in our role as counsellors.  It came to my attention, that a direct quote of mine in an article in the Burlington Gazette resulted in a city staff member feeling as though their character or reputation had been affected and this is not something I take lightly.

“I’d like to express my sincere regret that my involvement in an article in the Burlington Gazette on April 11 of 2020  caused distress to a staff member,  Ms Georgie  Gartside, as this was certainly not my intention. The nature of my interview for that article was very casual regarding the first year of being a new counsellor. And my answer to the general open ended question of what was the first few months like was described in a casual storytelling manner, which was intended to be only background material for what I assumed would be an edited article.

“Had I understood that my general and casual comments were be going to be printed verbatim in a series of articles, I certainly would have taken greater care to ensure that the explanation of my own experiences did not have any potential to negatively impact others. While I did not mention Ms Gartside specifically by name, I can certainly appreciate that she felt as though she’d be too easily identified by the comments in the article. It came to my attention that Ms  Gartside felt that the comments made it sound like she had spoken to myself in a rude manner and that she did not want to be a counsellor assistant or that she planned to leave the counsellor’s office as soon as she could or that we did not work well together.

“I absolutely acknowledge Ms  Gartside is concerned that my comments could have been misinterpreted in this manner. I want to state without hesitation that was certainly not in any way what I intended to communicate, and I regret any misunderstanding that caused Ms  Gartside distress. Ms  Gartside was very professional, upfront and honest and advising me during the first week of this term of counsel that her preference would have been to have stayed in the clerk’s department to further her career objectives. And I appreciated that honesty and I supported her desire to continue her career path.

This is the paragraph in the April 11th, 2020 interview that led Georgie Gartside to think that she was the staff member. The Gazette was not told who the person was.

“Ms Gartside remained my ward for assistant for a period of seven months in 2018 and 2019, before being requested to fill a temporary vacancy in the mayor’s office. And during those seven months, Ms Gartside was always highly professional, collaborative, polite and helping to navigate the steep learning curve at City Hall.

Upon learning of Ms Gartside’s concern I immediately sent her a private apology as I would never intentionally cause a respected colleague distress. Miss Gartside indicated it was important to her that her colleagues and the public hear directly from me that I have nothing but the utmost respect for her work and her commitment to her career. And I was more than willing to clear up this misinterpretation. If it brings comfort and resolution to a colleague for whom I have nothing but respect for.

“I want to conclude by stressing that positive and respectful relationships between staff and council are important to accomplishing the good work of the city. And I truly hope that this apology brings Miss Gartside, some peace of mind.”

The complete story of how this disturbing situation came about will follow.

Related news:

The interview that started it all.

The Mayor sets out to squash a city councillor – it backfires.

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Dance Academy - Year End Event - Together Again

By Staff

June 21st, 2022



Burlington Dance Academy is presenting their year-end performance “Together Again”. From our youngest dancers to our graduating students our show is certain to entertain every one of all ages!

At the Performing Arts Centre June 25th and 26th

Serving Burlington for over 60 years, Burlington Dance Academy is the most tenured dance school in the community.

The fully qualified and accredited faculty’s goal is to provide a love of dance as well as excellence in dance training for students of all ages and abilities.

The Academy believes in developing co-operation, teamwork and self-discipline. – life skills that transcend dance. They offer instruction in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Acro and Creative Movement.

Dates & Times

Sat Jun 25, 2022 at 2:30pm
Sun Jun 26, 2022 at 2:30pm


Main Theatre

Ticket Prices

Regular: $40 (All-in)
Child (under 2 years): $22 (All-in)

Also offering fantastic summer camps!

Visit them at www.bdacademy.ca

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Where do they come from and why are they here? The Sound of Music of course

By Denis Gibbons

June 20, 2022



The Sound of Music Festival attracts people from all parts of Canada and even the world. The Gazette’s roving reporter talked to some of them on a picturesque Saturday at the waterfront.

John  and Sue Sadowski

John  and Sue Sadowski made the short jaunt from Dundas to attend the Sound of Music Festival. A freelance drummer with various tribute bands in the Bay Area. John said Spencer Smith Park is so beautiful it should be extended around the bend to the liftbridge over the Burlington Canal. He was pleased when the Gazette’s roving reporter told him there are long-range plans to do that. Asked how the event compares with the Dundas Cactus Festival, Sue replied, “There’s a whole lake missing at the Cactus Festival. I once got caught in a tornado that almost blew down all the tents on King Street!”

Const. Kevin Bochsler – took care of the Lost and Found Booth

Keeping everybody safe and having a good time is the main concern of Const. Kevin Bochsler, a Burlington-based community officer with Halton Regional Police. Bochsler was in charge of the missing persons tent at the festival. He reports there was one missing child and one missing adult, but fortunately both were reunited with their families.

“If I can chat with people as they pass by,it’s a good day,” he said. “Whatever we can do to help.”

Peter Munn,

Peter Munn, a resident of Winnipeg and originally from Melbourne, Australia, felt right at home on the waterfront. “He was in Burlington for his son’s wedding. “Melbourne also has a reputation as an outdoor city with a lot of festivals. It’s on a big bay, perhaps 20 miles by 30, with beautiful beaches all around it.

I’m very impressed with this piece of land (Spencer Smith Park), they have good food trucks and great music.”

Cimba, the dog, just loves all the people

A resident of Oakville, Lana says she comes to the Sound of Music Festival every year. This year she brought along her cute little Pomeranian  Cimba. “Cimba just loves all the people and how busy it is down here,” she said. Obviously, Cimba also has plenty of experience posing for the camera.

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If you ever wanted to know what footloose really means - It will all be on stage at the Performing Arts Centre this week

By Staff

June 20th, 2022



The Burlington Footnotes Senior Performing Troupe  –  Gotta SING, Gotta DANCE will be on stage at the Performing Arts Centre Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Our apologies for the delay in getting this information to you.

This is a bunch of ladies who like to get out of the house, without their husbands and laugh it up.  And do some pretty fancy footwork.

They are a scream – worth the time.

Tue Jun 21, 2022 at 2pm

Tue Jun 21, 2022 at 7pm

Wed Jun 22, 2022 at 2pm

Gotta SING, Gotta DANCE! is an exciting tribute to the art of staying young showcasing music, comedy and dance. It’s a lavish production featuring a brand new line-up of upbeat and fast paced entertainment presented by the inspiring talents of the 50+ generation.

Ticket Prices

Regular: $34.50 (All-in)

Child (12 and under): $19.50 (All-in)

Group of 20 or More (Visit or call the Box Office at 905.681.6000)

Group: $31 (All-in)

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A parade -what a great way to let the city look at itself

By Denis Gibbons

June 20TH, 2022



Mayor struts in the parade

Faraway fields look green for some Burlingtonians who fork out their hard-earned cash to travel to Caribbean destinations for a holiday.

They’re leaving a venue just as beautiful right under their noses.

Breezes at the Spencer Smith Park waterfront Saturday rivaled the West Indies as bright sunshine created a marvelous vista for the Sound of Music Festival.

Spectators filled the stands on Brant St. in front of city hall.

Some parents brought their children to the tiny beach. Yes, that’s right – a beach right at the foot of the city’s main street. How many towns and cities envy that ?

Boats even conveyed passengers over from Hamilton through the Burlington Canal to enjoy the festival.

On Saturday morning the Burlington Teen Tour Band and Top Hat Marching Orchestra led the Grand Festival Parade, with Mayor Marianne Meed Ward dancing along the way. The mayor walked the entire route, rather than riding in a car.

Bringing up the rear was the massive Burlington Teen Tour Alumni Band, which got the loudest applause of all. It was fascinating to see musicians who marched as teens 40 years ago still able to play their instruments and keeping up to the beat of the drums

The Burlington Teen Tour Band


Some fans listened to the music from their boats out in the lake. They were short far too many life jackets.


The British are back!


Gymnasts performed in front of Scrivener’s on Brant Street. Above the BTTB Alumni

The Naval Promenade was packed on a sunny Saturday afternoon

COGECO-TV Channel 23 and 700 HD will show a replay of the parade on Tuesday, June 21 at 2 p.m.

There could be other replays as well. Viewers should check COGECO listings on the web.

All photos by DENIS GIBBONS


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Concerts in the Park begin today. Teen Tour Band to perform

By Staff

June 19th, 2022



The outdoor concerts at the Band shell in Central |Park begin this evening and will continue through to the end of August.

The season will start with performances by Burlington Teen Tour Band, Burlington Junior Redcoats, BTTB Alumni

The program is sponsored by the city and the Rocca Sisters Team, a real estate agency.

Bring a chair and a blanket this evening – starts at 7:30 pm

The Burlington Teen Tour Band playing on the Naval Promenade in Spencer Smith Park


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SoM crowds described as fantastic - weather cooperates. Parade on Saturday

By Denis Gibbons

June 17th, 2022



Hot weather accompanied the opening of Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival at Spencer Smith Park Thursday night. The Promenade along the waterfront was jammed with people, with more taking in the rock music from their boats out in the lake.

With the beautiful Burlington skyline as a backdrop, folks listen to the music. Burlington’s version of front row seats

Members of the Honeymoon Suite group signed autographs for fans at the west end of the park after they performed. The midway and concession stands were doing a booming business. Freshly squeezed lemonade, hot dogs, hamburgers and candy floss were among the treats being offered.

The Grand Festival Parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, starting at Central Park, heading west on Caroline Street to Elizabeth, south to James, west to Brant and then north to Burlington Central high school.

The Sound didn’t go over that well with some people; one Gazette reader reacted to a story we did with this:

It was great sounds coming out of big big bass speakers.

For the record….not everyone thinks that the Sound of Music is “soothing”.  The noise from the bass was so loud last evening I sent an email to Lisa, and the by-law officer.  I can only imagine what Don Fletcher was dealing with.  His windows must have been shaking.  There is no need for the bass to be that loud under any circumstances.  A friend who lives on Smith Avenue told me the noise was awful.


All photos by DENIS GIBBONS

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Sound of Music soothes the city - lyrics by Three Days Grace might have been an omen

By Denis Gibbons

June 17th, 2022


Normal, normal and more normal with the sound of the bands laying in the background and hundreds upon hundreds of people strolling along.

The weather was perfect for much of the day – seeing people out and about was just wonderful.

Darron Repton with Jessica Genereaux

Darron Repton, an aspiring rap artist who performs under the stage name ‘Talk Sic’, attended Thursday night’s performances with Jessica Genereaux, who operates her own beauty spa ‘Browzamore’ in Burlington.  Repton has been enjoying the festival since he was five years old. It was the first for Genereaux, who just moved here from Waterloo. Talk Sic has toured all over Canada. Repton also has a job at Tamarack Lumber.

Jim Corbett, who enjoyed the music Thursday night with daughter Abby, a Grade 10 student at Assumption high school..

Saturday’s parade will go right past the office of chiropractor Jim Corbett, who enjoyed the music Thursday night with daughter Abby, a Grade 10 student at Assumption high school. Jim was born just down the street at Joseph Brant Hospital and has been in practice for 22 years. He used to play a little guitar with a buddy, but not in an organized band.

Wowie Lon Toc of Mississauga and Mary Bolla of Hamilton

Wowie Lon Toc of Mississauga and Mary Bolla of Hamilton were surprised to find the festival when they met for dinner at Spencer’s On The Waterfront.  They decided to take an after-dinner stroll and were glad they did. Both trace their roots back to The Philippines and sing in the choir at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Mississauga.

Azadeh Newrozi, son Farbod and little dog Leo.

It was the first festival for Azadeh Newrozi, son Farbod and little dog Leo.  The family hails from Tehran, the capital city of Iran, and has been living in Burlington for the last three years.

Diana Vinski

A chemical engineer with Metrican, at Appleby Line and Mainway, Diana Vinski particularly liked the music of Three Days Grace, last week, and was at Spencer Smith Park on Thursday night to listen to Skid Row.

Originally from Oakville, Vinski said the festival is “1,000 times better than the Oakville Waterfront Festival, held annually at Coronation Park in that town. She made the statement, even at the risk of never getting a job at Tourism Oakville!


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Concerts in the Park begin on the 19th and run through to August

By Staff

June 16th, 2022



The Rocca Sisters Team have joined the city of Burlington in presenting this year’s Concerts in the Park.

Beginning Sunday, June 19 and running each Wednesday and Sunday evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. until Sunday, Aug, 28, 2022 there will be Concerts in the Park.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of music under the open sky at the Central Park Bandshell (2311 New St. Burlington). If there is inclement weather, concerts will move inside the Music Centre if possible.

June Performances

Sunday, June 19– Burlington Teen Tour Band, Burlington Junior Redcoats, BTTB Alumni

Wednesday, June 22– 12/4 Swing

Sunday, June 26– Milton Show Band

Wednesday, June 29– Burlington Welsh Ladies Chorus

KooGle putting on a performance at the Bandshell

July Performances

Sunday, July 3– Splendor in the Brass

Wednesday, July 6– Alex Whorms

Sunday, July 10– The Barbara Jordan Swing Septet

Wednesday, July 13– Florin Clonta

Sunday, July 17– Galt Kiltie Band

Wednesday, July 20– Silver Swing Big Band

Sunday, July 24– Millgroove

Wednesday, July 27– Dixieland All Stars

Sunday, July 31– Liverpool Sessions

August Performances

Wednesday, Aug. 3– Dixieland Plus

Sunday, Aug. 7– Burlington Teen Tour Band

Wednesday, Aug. 10– Lincoln Concert Band

Sunday, Aug. 14– Little Peter & the Elegants

Wednesday, Aug. 17– George Arnone Big Band

Sunday, Aug. 21– Subourbon Street

Wednesday, Aug. 24– Harbourtown Sound

Sunday, Aug. 28– Burlington Concert Band

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A totally different use for donated equipment at Burloak Park

By Staff

June 16th, 2022




Mayor Marianne Meed Ward opening the section of the park with the equipment more than a year ago.

A number of years ago the Burlington Seniors Community paid for the installation of specialized exercise equipment that was set up in the east end of Burloak Waterfront Park, Lakeshore Rd. at Hampton Heath,

The specialized Exercise Equipment is being used as a pilot location by Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation for their exercise program to help Parkinson patients.  Tomorrow, Thursday at 1:30 is the last of their 4 week pilot project at this location.

We feel that it’s important for the general public, rehabilitation professionals and seniors to be aware of the benefits this equipment can be and that it’s available free to use 24/7 at this wonderful picturesque location.

If you know of any families dealing with Parkinson’s – get in touch with the Foundation – they are there to help – and they do make a difference.  Reach out to Chair -Tamara 416-230-3215

Little did the Burlington Seniors Community know when they paid for the equipment that it would be put to this kind of use.

Good things do happen.

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Burlington Farmers Market Open on Canada Day

By Staff

June 14th, 2022



Celebrate Canada Day Friday, July 1 while shopping for fresh Market Products at the Burlington Centre parking lot. (Prospect St east of Guelph Line).

Bring the family. Free cupcakes for customers at 10:00 am, while they last. Fire truck on display.

Chat mid-morning with MP the Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children & Social Development.

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward will also attend.

Saturday, July 2 is the alternative if Friday is cancelled by bad weather.

The Market, in its 64th consecutive year, features 43 vendors from all over Southern Ontario to serve you.

It is a long-term project of the Burlington Lions Club in service to the community and local vendors.

• Fruit/Produce/Cheese/Wine & Craft Beer/Flowers/Smoked Meats/Baked Goods/Honey/Preserves/Meat Pies.

The Market opens at 8:00 AM Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until October 29th.

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City sets out how it plans to Celebrate Canada’s birthday at Spencer Smith Park

By Staff

June 14th, 2022



The City of Burlington is excited to return to an in-person Canada Day celebration in Spencer Smith Park on July 1.

Fire works on the waterfront with the pier in the background.

This year’s event will start with an opening ceremony at 4 p.m. followed by evening entertainment on the main stage and the grand finale of a spectacular firework display presented by Bunzl over the lake at 10 p.m.

The event will also feature food and market place vendors.

For our early risers and active residents, a Canada Day Run and Yoga in the park will be held in the morning in Spencer Smith Park.

Other Canada Day Activities

There are plenty of fun options for the family this Canada Day throughout the city, such as splash pads and pools. All nine of the City’s splash pad locations are open and always free.

Nelson Outdoor Pool & Splash Park and LaSalle Wading Pool are open for swimming on Canada day (weather permitting). If you prefer to swim indoors visit Angela Coughlan Pool. For times of swims at all locations, visit burlington.ca/dropinandplay.

Canada Day is a great time to get outside, explore Burlington and get active. Take our Get Outside and Play Challenge, and complete 90 activities in 90 days. The challenge is on now until Aug. 29, 2022. Win great prizes!

 “It’s been two long years since we’ve had the Canada Day celebrations in-person and we are excited to bring this very popular, award winning event to our community. We are looking forward to a great evening with some spectacular fireworks” said a city spokesperson.






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Antique cars and trucks add to the railway history at the Freeman Station - thanks Alan.

By Staff

June 13th, 2022



If there is an event taking place at the Freeman Station – expect to see Alan Harrington somewhere on the site.

Last weekend there was a collection of antique trucks and cars on display that Harrington photographed and sent tot he Gazette.

The Friends of Freeman Station in Burlington held an open house on Saturday bringing many first time visitors to the site.

A Vette, a bug and a tenderly restored pick up truck

The attraction this time was “classic old cars & trucks” – the kind used to bring people and cargo to and from the station.

About a dozen machines in attendance including: a 1950 black Cadillac, 1962 white Corvette and an 1970s Volkswagen Beetle.

Later in the day the 1937 Studebaker Burlington Fire Engine #4 arrived and kids were able to climb in and ring the bell.

This antique fire truck gets almost as much attention in Burlington as the Teen Tour Band.

The weather was expected to be gloomy but turned out perfect.

The station will be open again on Friday July 1 2022 to celebrate Canada Day.

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Sound of Music road closures June 11, 16-19

By Staff

June 8th, 2022


It is that time of year – again.

The 43rd annual Sound of Music Festival is taking place over two weekends: June 11 and June 16 to 19, 2022.

The crowds pay a premium to gather at the edge of the stages.

To meet the needs of the festival and to ensure public safety, road closures are noted below.
Parade route streets will re-open as soon as possible after the parade on June 18. Vehicles parked illegally in the event area will be tagged or towed for emergency access.

Road Closures
Emergency Road Closures:
• June 11 and June 16 to June 18 nightly from 10 p.m. to midnight; and
• June 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.:
• Lakeshore Road from Elizabeth Street to Maple Avenue.

Streetfest Closures:
• Saturday, June 18 from 3 a.m. to Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m.:
• Brant Street from Caroline Street to Lakeshore Road.

Parade Closures:
Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the following streets will be closed:
• Baldwin Street from Hurd Avenue to Brant Street
• Brant Street from James Street to Baldwin Street
• Drury Lane from Courtland Drive to New Street
• Caroline Street from Drury Lane to Elizabeth Street
• James Street from Brant Street to Elizabeth Street
• Elizabeth Street from Caroline Street to James Street
Parking Restrictions Posted
• Please do not park in restricted areas.
• See parking rules at each pay machine.

Traffic Supervision
Road closures will be managed under the supervision of the Halton Regional Police Service. Emergency access will be maintained at all times in the event area.
Event notices were delivered to all residences, religious centres and businesses affected by the event.

Road Closures or Traffic Control Information
Event Liaison, City of Burlington, 905-335-7600, ext. 7704
Burlington Transit Delays and Information
Bus route detours in effect for Routes 2, 4 and 10.
Minor delays in the downtown core should be expected on all festival dates.

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