Canada Day Celebration Road Closures, July 1, 2018

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June 13th, 2018



The city has upgraded the information they make available on road closures during the Sound of Music and Canada Day celebrations.

Concrete barricadesThe traffic plan includes concrete barricades and parked police vehicles. This is to ensure pedestrian and vehicle traffic are kept separate for the safety of pedestrians.

Toronto-pedestrian-810x445Shades of that tragic situation in Toronto when a driver in a rented van barrelled down Yonge Street, killing 10 pedestrians and injuring 16.

The public can expect to see concrete barricades whenever there are a large number of pedestrian.

The Sound of Music Festival will result in road closures Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17.

Road Closures

Friday, June 15 from 3:30 p.m. to Sunday, June 17 at 6 p.m. – Brant Street from Caroline Street to Lakeshore Road.

Parade Closures

Saturday, June 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Caroline Street from Drury Lane to Locust Street, Elizabeth Street from Caroline Street to Pine Street and Drury Lane from Courtland to New Street.

Road Closure for Canada Day fireworks:
Sunday, July 1: Lakeshore Road between Elizabeth Street and Maple Avenue from 9 to 11 p.m.

SoM fireworks

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Kool cars on display at the RBG on the 18th - bring your own if want.

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June 13th, 2018



Cruisin’ For a Cause is a family friendly event and the unofficial start of Summer in Aldershot that has two ways for you to give back to our community:

It is also a chance to share a passion for kool rides, classic vehicles and more while strolling down memory lane at Cruisin’ For a Cause 2018.

Cars - Lesloe Remax June 18

Kool cars – an opportunity for those people devoted to the car that have spent hours on refurbishing and customizing to show it off.

Donations for the Green Angels Financial Assistance Program will be collected to help subsidize admission passes, annual memberships and programming for disadvantaged, special needs and new Canadian children who wouldn’t ordinarily experience the natural world of the Royal Botanical Gardens.

The Burlington Food Bank truck will be on hand to accept non-perishable items or financial contributions that help support families in need.

Check out the kool rides or bring your own!

If you need more information please call Leslie at 905-317-3279 or email We hope to see you there.

Where: Royal Botanical Gardens, Plains Road West
When: Tuesday June 19, 4:30pm to Dusk

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Sound of Music Club Series will be live in the city this evening - three locations.

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June 13th, 2018



The Sound of Music is a lot more than an event that takes place over the Father’s Day weekend.

It has been expanded well beyond Spencer Smith Park where there are three stages set up.

There are what are being called pods set up at different locations in the downtown core along with the Club Series that has bands playing at downtown locations.

The Gazette will provide a run down on what is happening where each day.

For today – the Club series is operating with the following:



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One of two pop up patios in the city – this one outside the Coop will be packed. Where will the bands playing be?

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Sound of Music road closures.

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June 12th, 2018



The Sound of Music Festival will result in road closures Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17.
Road Closures

Road closure signFriday, June 15 from 3:30 p.m. to Sunday, June 17 at 6 p.m. – Brant Street from Caroline Street to Lakeshore Road.

Parade Closures
Saturday, June 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Caroline Street from Drury Lane to Locust Street, Elizabeth Street from Caroline Street to Pine Street and Drury Lane from Courtland to New Street.


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Pauline Johnson public school opens two time capsules - prepares material for a third.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

June 11th, 2018



It was the schools 50th anniversary and something the community wanted to celebrate.

The vision came from the mind of Carie DeMunck, a parent and lead organizer for the event.

The community wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pauline Johnson elementary school that was named after the celebrated Indigenous poet, author and actress who in her time was a major writer and entertainer.

DeMunck was able to contact the founding principal and a number of the teachers who opened the school, which at the time, was one of the first fully open concept schools in the province.

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Founding principal Doug Campbell with Mayor Rick Goldring and Director of Education Stuart Miller

There were no walls, no corridors just one large open space. It was like one of those traditional one room schools in the rural parts of the province. Doug Campbell said that he had two hats; one as principal of the school and the other as tour guide. Every senior educator in the province wanted to see what an open concept school looked like and how it operated.

The open concept idea lasted five years – then the school began to expand and is now at the point where it has three portables at the back of the building.

Campbell was pretty curt with his comments on the decision to revert to a more traditional school set up. The open concept sounded as if it was the highlight of his career.

DeMunck explained to the Gazette when she was first in touch with us that “Our School is having its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Friday June 8th and 9th of this year. There was to be an official opening of the two time capsules, and a tree dedication.

Past principals, the Mayor of Burlington, and members of Six Nations were part of the audience.

The school gymnasium was filled with the elementary level students who were surprisingly quiet and well behaved.

A student choir sang one of the Pauline Johnson songs: The Land of the Silver Birch.

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The 25th anniversary time capsule.

Time capsules

The two time capsules open during the Friday celebration of the schools 50th anniversary.

The opening of the time capsules was a highlight. However it was what the students wanted to put in the time capsule that was going to be created on the celebration of the 50th anniversary.

Students from each grade level trooped to the front of the audience and read out or displayed what their grade wanted put in the capsule. It was going to be considerably more robust than what had been put in on the 25th anniversary and by the millennial students.

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Several students with their poster telling the Pauline Johnson story as they understand it.

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Teacher holds up the Pauline Johnson poster prepared by a class of older elementary school students.

The two capsules were at one point placed outdoors, then moved inside the building where they were placed in an air duct where they gathered dust but were certainly kept dry.  Schools in Ontario for the most part do not have corners stones.

Students at tree dedication

Pauline Johnson public school students taking part in a tree dedication to mark the 50th anniversary of their school.

On Saturday there was a BBQ and a public reunion for alumni who have attended the school since the opening in 1968.

Background link:

Who was Pauline Johnson?

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Andrea Horwath visits the Burlington NDP office.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

June 5th, 2018


This article has been slightly revised.

It wasn’t a stop in the original plan for the campaign.

Burlington wasn’t seen as a major opportunity for the New Democrats in this provincial election. The party had a base in the 20% range and never got above that count.

2018 had two things that were different – the NDP was doing much better across the province and Burlington had a much better candidate.

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Andrea Horwath – she wades into a crowd and touches people – they love it.

That’s what brought the Horwath “A Change for the Better” bus rolling into the Mountainside office late in the day.

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Andrea Horwath – animating a small crowd outside the Burlington NDP office.

Andrea Horwath is on the short side – sharp eyes that hold their gaze with no problem wading into a crowd. She doesn’t need a lectern or a sign in front of her.

She delivers the message, is very friendly with people – she doesn’t just come across as sincere – she is. Some stuff can be faked – this wasn’t fake.

She isn’t the kind of speaker that you would call an orator. She just tells you what she thinks. Asked during the media scrum what the first thing she was going to do if she found herself having the Office of the Premier? Find out where the washroom is was the reply. And it wasn’t a smart ass answer.

Has she begun to think about how she would form a Cabinet? No decisions have been made but there have been conversations.

Intensification is a big Burlington issue: what does Horwath think about regional growth? It has to be sustainable and we have to ensure that the services we have now are kept in place and improved upon.

The decisions being made in the United States and the tariff talk that is taking place are top of mind for Horwath – what is this going to do to our steel industry.

Her opponent – and there is now just the one – has more than enough of his own problems to deal with said Horwath – police investigations, law suits involving family members. “If Doug Ford is being sued by his sister-in-law for failing to give her what she thinks she is due how can we depend on him to take care of the people of Ontario? was the question Horwath had.

In the final days of an election campaign everyone is in scramble mode – reaching out for every possible vote.

McMahon with 2014 numbers

The data in the graph is from the 2014 election.

Burlington’s MPP Eleanor McMahon published a call for canvassers to keep at it – used a graph showing just how far ahead the Liberals were – in 2014. 2018 is a much different situation.

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Alvin Tedjo – Liberal candidate in Oakville North Burlington

Premier Wynn is going to be in Burlington on Friday but she is not scheduled to drop by the McMahon office on Fairview – instead she will be calling on Alvin Tedjo’s office on Appleby Line where a combination of a politically attractive candidate and weak PC candidate plus a New Democrat who isn’t much more than a place holder. Nice but not a contender this time around.


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The Adele Songbook coming to Burlington.

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June 5th, 2018



If you are an Adele fan – and it is hard not to be – there is a treat coming your way.

In September, for one day only – the 19th THE ADELE SONGBOOK, as performed by Katie Markham will take to the stage at the Performing Arts Centre.

AdeleTickets are $47.50 (plus Facility Fee & Service Charge) available at the Box Office; Charge by phone 905-681-6000 or online at

A former X Factor UK Finalist, Katie Markham was hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s BBC ADELE Special where she met the star and sang with her on stage. Katie was asked to star in SOMEONE LIKE YOU: THE ADELE SONGBOOK.

With a show-stopping voice and captivating charisma she delivers an enthralling concert that faithfully recreates the magic of Adele’s three record-breaking albums, “19”, “21” and “25”, including the smash-hits “Chasing Pavements”, “Make You Feel My Love”, “Set Fire To The Rain”, “Someone Like You”, “Hello”, “Rolling In The Deep” and the multi-million seller “Skyfall”, as well as a selection of songs by some of the legends that inspired Adele.

The concert production features a seven-piece band of great voices and players that recreates and celebrates the magic of Adele’s music.

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Advance voting up 18.8% over the 2014 total - suggests a heavy turnout on Thursday.

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June 5th, 2018



An estimated 768,895 voters participated in advance voting for the 2018 General Election. Preliminary figures show that voter turnout for advance voting was 18.8%. This is an increase from the 647,261 electors who voted at advance polls for the general election in 2014.

Ballot box - elections ontarioCanadian citizens who reside in Ontario and are at least 18 years of age on election day are eligible to vote. Ontario electors can find a list of acceptable identification documents, along with information about when and where to vote, at .

Polls open at 9:00 am and close at 9:00 pm.

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Pauline Johnson Public School to open time capsules on Friday to celebrate a 50th anniversary and the Indigenous author the school was named after.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

June 5th, 2018



She was half white and was neglected as part of the indigenous culture that was beginning to be recognized when Margaret Atwood wrote Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature in 1972.

At its publication, Atwood said she could not find Native works. She mused, “Why did I overlook Pauline Johnson? Perhaps because, being half-white, she somehow didn’t rate as the real thing, even among Natives; although she is undergoing reclamation today.

The Pauline Johnson Public School in Burlington was opened in 1968 at a time when schools were being built to accommodate a growing population. This Friday the school will celebrate its 50th anniversary by opening two time capsules; the  25th Anniversary capsule laid down in 1993 and the Millennium Year capsule laid down in 2000.

Pauline in native dress

A successful writer and performer who was forgotten for a period of time Pauline Johnson is once again being fully recognized.

Emily Pauline Johnson (also known in Mohawk as Tekahionwake –pronounced: dageh-eeon-wageh, literally: ‘double-life’, was born in March 1861. Commonly known as Pauline Johnson, she was a Canadian writer and performer popular in the late 19th century. Johnson was notable for her poems and performances that celebrated her Aboriginal heritage; her father was a hereditary Mohawk chief of mixed ancestry. She also drew from English influences, as her mother was an English immigrant. One such poem is the frequently anthologized “The Song My Paddle Sings”.

Her poetry was published in Canada, the United States and Great Britain; she was one of a generation of widely read writers who began to define a Canadian literature. While her literary reputation declined after her death, since the later 20th century, there has been renewed interest in her life and works.


Chiefswood, Johnson’s childhood home is now a National Monument in Brantford, Ontario

Pauline Johnson was born at Chiefswood, the family home built by her father in 1856 on his 225-acre estate at the Six Nations reserve outside Brantford, Ontario. She was the youngest of four children of Emily Susanna Howells Johnson (1824–1898), a native of England, and George Henry Martin Johnson (1816–1884), a Mohawk hereditary clan chief. His mother, Helen Martin, was of partial Dutch descent and born into the Wolf clan; his maternal grandmother, Catherine Rolleston, was a Dutch girl who became assimilated as Mohawk after being taken captive and adopted by a Wolf clan family.

Although both their families were opposed to Emily and George Johnson’s marriage, and the couple were concerned that their own mixed-race family would not be socially accepted, they were acknowledged as a leading Canadian family. The Johnsons enjoyed a high standard of living, and their family and home were well known. Chiefswood was visited by such intellectual and political guests as the inventor Alexander Graham Bell, painter Homer Watson, noted anthropologist Horatio Hale, and Lady and Lord Dufferin, Governor General of Canada.

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One of the native costumes Pauline Johnson wore on stage.

Emily and George Johnson encouraged their four children to respect and learn about both the Mohawk and the English aspects of their heritage. Because the children were born to a Native father, by British law they were legally considered Mohawk and wards of the British Crown. But under the Mohawk kinship system, because their mother was not Mohawk, they were not born into a tribal clan; they were excluded from important aspects of the tribe’s matrilineal culture. Their paternal grandfather John Smoke Johnson, who had been elected an honorary Pine Tree Chief, was an authority in the lives of his grandchildren. He told them many stories in the Mohawk language, which they comprehended but did not speak fluently. Pauline Johnson said that she inherited her talent for elocution from her grandfather. A sickly child, Johnson did not attend Brantford’s Mohawk Institute.

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Postage stamp issued to honour Pauline Johnson

At the age of 14, Johnson went to Brantford Central Collegiate with her brother Allen. She graduated in 1877.

During the 1880s, Johnson wrote and performed in amateur theatre productions. She enjoyed the Canadian outdoors, where she traveled by canoe. In 1883 she published her first full-length poem, “My Little Jean”, in the New York Gems of Poetry. She began to increase the pace of her writing and publishing afterward.

Shortly after her father’s death in 1884, the family rented out Chiefswood. Pauline moved with her widowed mother and sister to a modest home in Brantford. She worked to support them all, and found that her stage performances allowed her to make a living. Johnson supported her mother until her death in 1898.

Brant was always pretty good at getting grants from the British, but this Council probably isn’t going to hear his argument.

“Ode to Brant” was written to mark the unveiling in Brantford of a statue honoring Joseph Brant.

Johnson promoted her identity as a Mohawk, but as an adult spent little time with people of that culture.

In 1886, Johnson was commissioned to write a poem to mark the unveiling in Brantford of a statue honoring Joseph Brant, the important Mohawk leader who was allied with the British during and after the American Revolutionary War. Her “Ode to Brant” was read at a 13 October ceremony before “the largest crowd the little city had ever seen.

The poem sparked a long article in the Toronto Globe, and increased interest in Johnson’s poetry and heritage. The Brantford businessman William F. Cockshutt read the poem at the ceremony, as Johnson was reportedly too shy.

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Pauline Johnson used both native dress and traditional gowns in her stage performances.

Johnson retired from the stage in August 1909 and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to continue writing. In 1911, to help support Johnson, who was ill and poor, a group of friends organized the publication of these stories under the title Legends of Vancouver. They remain classics of that city’s literature.

One of the stories was a Squamish legend of shape shifting: how a man was transformed into Siwash Rock “as an indestructible monument to Clean Fatherhood”. In another, Johnson told the history of Deadman’s Island, a small islet off Stanley Park. In a poem in the collection, she named one of her favourite areas “Lost Lagoon”, as the inlet seemed to disappear when the water emptied at low tide. The body of water has since been transformed into a permanent, fresh-water lake at Stanley Park, but it is still called “Lost Lagoon”.

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Pauline Johnson was a remarkably beautiful woman who made a lasting contribution to our understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture.

Johnson died of breast cancer in Vancouver, British Columbia on 7 March 1913. Her funeral (the largest until then in Vancouver history) was held on what would have been her 52nd birthday. Her ashes were buried near Siwash Rock in Stanley Park. In 1922 a cairn was erected at the burial site, with an inscription reading in part, “in memory of one whose life and writings were an uplift and a blessing to our nation”.

In 1961, on the centennial of her birth, Johnson was celebrated with a commemorative stamp bearing her image, “rendering her the first woman (other than the Queen), the first author, and the first aboriginal Canadian to be thus honored.

Johnson was one of the five finalists of significant women to be featured on Canadian banknotes, a contest eventually won by Viola Desmond.

Burlington’s Pauline Johnson Public School is one of four on Ontario to bear the name of this famous Canadian.

On Friday afternoon the students, staff, alumni and local dignitaries will take part in the opening of the time capsules and honouring the author. Members of the indigenous community will take part in the event.

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Andrea Horwath to visit the NDP campaign office on Tuesday - the political winds are shifting.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

June 4th, 2018



When the wind shifts a good Captain trims the sails.

When Andrew Drummond was made the NDP candidate for Burlington his hope was to get the NDP vote back to the 20% range they have traditionally held.

Andrew wasn’t able to get a leave of absence from his full time job – so he was hot footing it at the GO stations on his way into work and doing as much as he could when he got home.

A single parent with two pre-teen children he had his hands full.

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Andrew Drummond with a supporter

He was a big step up in terms of a quality candidate – not a huge union supporter either. For him the issue is the quality of life we live. He can’t go along with people having to live on minimum wages that are only now at $14 – going to $15 next year when the Community Development Halton data is quite clear – people need $17 to live a decent life.

Last weekend Drummond got four houses in a row in the Riverside community that said they were voting for him.

The most recent poll gave the NDP 34% of the vote.

Horwath bus

Horwath campaign bus is going to roll into Burlington on Tuesday – 5:50 pm at the campaign office on Mountainside.

All that positive news was good enough to convince NDP leader Andrea Horwath to have her tour bus take a tighter left hand turn and drop by the NDP office at 2232 Mountainside – 5:50 pm on Tuesday the 5th of June.

How long has it been since an NDP leader visited Burlington?

Walter Mulkewich told the Gazette that Bob Rae visited Burlington twice in 1985 when Mulkewich was the candidate. Walter didn’t win the provincial seat in that election.

Andrew Drummond is in a much different situation – the whole province is in a different sitaution.

The NDP sails are being trimmed to catch the new winds.

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Free space for community groups at the Haber Recreation Centre.

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June 2, 2018



The City has launched a new, free community space called “Haber Hub” at Haber Recreation Centre at 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr.

This is a great example of giving sponsors value for their money. In June of 2013 Chris Haber, a personal injury lawyer, signed a 20 year deal with the city for the naming rights for the new Recreation Centre in the Alton Village. The $1.3 million dollar deal was for a 20 year agreement.

The Haber name gets a bit of a boost with the Haber Hub added. No word on if the city picked up any additional funds or f they gave it to the family as a freebie.

From the left, WArd 6 Councillor Blair Lancaster sitting in for MAyor Goldring who had to remain at Regional Concil to assure quorum, as she signs the 20 year $1.3 milion naming rights deal with Chris HAber in the Centre. Chris Glenn on the right is pleased with that much casj

From the left, Ward 6 Councillor Blair Lancaster  signs the 20 year $1.3 million naming rights deal with Chris Haber in the Centre. Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation is on the right.

Haber Hub space is free to any neighbourhood or community group looking to provide free community programs and events to Burlington residents.

The space is also available for rent for those looking to host an event or program that is charging a user fee or is a private program or event.

This is a good first step, it will be interesting to see how this innovative program come to life.

Part of the massive gym set up in the Haber Recreation Centre

Part of the massive gym set up in the Haber Recreation Centre

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Denise Beard, Manager of Community Development explained that “The ultimate goal of community development is to have community groups working to provide their own programs and events that benefit either the smaller community or the city on a larger scale.”


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Bit of a glitch in the Sound of Music Kick Off ticket sales service provider - solutions detailed below.

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June 1, 2018



Ticketfly, the service provider Sound of Music is using to get tickets into the hands of people who want take in the best band sound in the country later this month, experienced a glitch so SoM moved over to the parent platform Eventbrite.

If you purchased your tickets via Ticketfly, no worries – if you have your confirmation email, the tickets will be attached as a PDF and will still scan at the gate.

If you don’t have your confirmation email, once Ticketfly is back online (which they are still hard at work on), you will be able to log in again and download your tickets. Otherwise, just bring your ID and credit card to the box office onsite to pick up your tickets.

We wanted to let you know that general admission ticket prices are planned to go up on June 2 at 11:30pm. Time to purchase if you haven’t already!

The deal is: eight bands for $65 on Saturday, June 9th and seven bands for $55 on Sunday, June 10th (plus fee and tax) can’t be beat. Get yours HERE.

SoM ticketsGates open at 1:00 pm. Shows start at 1:30 pm. Come early! Participate in our survey and enter to win 4 Sweet Seat passes for next year’s festival HERE.

The Father’s Day weekend Free concert program begins on the 17th.  Great line up!

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100in1 interventions in a day in Burlington - what is an intervention? Read on.

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June 1, 2018



Saturday is Burlington’s 100In1Day.

Those planning the event are hoping that 100 interventions take place in the city.

What is an intervention – it can be whatever you want it to be – the idea is to do something that will make the city a better place.

Community Garden - Amherst HeightsInterventions are simple, often low-cost community projects or actions that are free, open to anyone, and designed to create positive change, like pop-up parking space parties, plant swaps and seed giveaways, alleyway concerts, community art creation and neighbourhood potlucks.

A list of the interventions that are planned can be found HERE.

Interventions like these take place all on one day, in a series of city-wide 100in1Day celebrations that demonstrate the collective power of small actions.

No buttsThe Millennials are holding a number of meetings where people can toss around some ideas and collaborate with other people.

You can participate in a series of community workshops designed to inspire new urban intervention leaders through active, inclusive, and engaging dialogue and activity. People of all ages, backgrounds and locations across the city are invited to attend workshops to develop their 100In1Day interventions – from idea to execution.

Imagine the possibilities for our city if hundreds of people united to participate in small initiatives to spark change. 100in1Day Burlington is part of a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their cities.

100in1 interventions are simple, often low-cost community projects or actions that are free, open to anyone, and designed to create positive change, like pop-up parking space parties, plant swaps and seed giveaways, alleyway concerts, community art creation and neighbourhood potlucks.

Interventions like these take place all on one day, in a series of city-wide 100in1Day celebrations that demonstrate the collective power of small actions.

100In1Day Burlington is part of a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their cities. It provides residents with a platform to showcase their ideas aimed to spark change in their communities. It is led by Evergreen ( and powered by Future Cities Canada.

It will be interesting to see how the city gets transformed on Saturday.

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Footnotes to Jazz up a cheque presentation being made by the Lions to the Seniors' Centre

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May 30th, 2018



The Burlington Seniors’ Centre will receive a donation from the Lions Club of Burlington during Breakfast @ the Bistro on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Lions International logoThe Lions will present a cheque for $500 to the Burlington Seniors’ Centre to support the popular monthly breakfast program and keep costs affordable for seniors.

Following the presentation of the cheque, coffee and breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. by Lions Club executives and members, including:

Rick Jones, Club President
• Barry Leppan, Vice President
• Perry Bowker, Secretary
• Carol Leppan and Mike Wallace, Directors
• Ken O’Breza and Peter Sangster, Members

FootnotesAn enthusiastic troupe of older adult dance performers, called The Footnotes, will be performing at 10 a.m., after breakfast. This group specializes in tap, jazz, ballet/lyrical, clogging, hip-hop and musical theatre.

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Sound of Music moving some of their cash to the Red Cross who will pass it along to those who have suffered from floods in BC and New Brunswick.

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May 28th, 2018



Sound of Music Festival will be donating $5 from every Kick Off ticket sold between May 26 to June 1, 2018, to support British Columbia and New Brunswick Flood Appeal via Canadian Red Cross.

With flood levels in areas of British Columbia at their highest level in 70 years and no sign of receding, and the record-setting flood in New Brunswick impacting thousands of people, Sound of Music Festival has made a commitment to help the Canadian Red Cross deliver immediate and long-lasting relief for those affected.


Bands are packing up their gear and heading for Burlington.

The Kick Off program is as follows:

Kick Off weekend will be held on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th with gates opening at 1:00 pm on both days, show ending at 11:00 pm on Saturday and 9:30 pm on Sunday.

General Admission Kick Off weekend tickets are on sale NOW!

Saturday, June 9th

Sublime With Rome

Simple Plan

The All-American Rejects


& Eve 6…

Sunday, June 10th

Kip Moore

Lee Brice

Chad Brownlee

Emerson Drive

Madeline Merlo

Cold Creek County

& Leaving Thomas

Tickets for Saturday are $65, tickets for Sunday are $55 and the 2 Day Pass is $110 + fees/tax. Prices will go up June 1st.

Tickers available via

That red light was a sign - Sound of Music didn't get the $37,000 they felt they needed as fall back money if the weather turned on them and events had to be cancelled. Note that the pier in this 2011 picture isn't visible because there was nothing to see. The city plans on offocially opening the pier during the Sound of Music festival this summer. SOM should charge the city a fee for horming in on theior event.

The entrance to the Sound of Music events – what it looked like before the pier was completed.

The free Father’s Day weekend concert lineup takes to the stages June 14 – 17.


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Karla Rivera AGB Ceramics Residency begin at the end of the month.

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May 28th, 2018



The Art Gallery of Burlington is presenting the second AGB Ceramics Residency exhibition featuring the work of 2017/18 resident Karla Rivera.

 AGB  Karla Rivera, Always Between the Fine Line, 2017.

Karla Rivera, Always Between the Fine Line, 2017.

With access to fully equipped studios, the residency allows artists to build their portfolio with diverse projects that support the Gallery’s programming. It provides the artist with the opportunity to teach in community and studio programs, and to present new work in a solo exhibition in the RBC Gallery.

Karla Rivera is a ceramic artist born and raised in Mexico City. After some travelling, she moved to Hamilton, Ontario. She started to listen to her artistic voice and got involved in the world of ceramics.

In 2015 she got a Ceramics Diploma from Sheridan College in the Craft and Design Program. In 2016 she got the position of Artist in residence in the Art Gallery of Burlington. While this happened she was chosen to participate in the Fusion program Creative Direction.

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Rivera Red Dot vase

Rivera’s work consists of functional and sculptural ceramics. She is interested in the forms that make the connections between the structures of nature such as the shape of an island, and the emotional states of the human mind trying to interpret and project them.

The public reception takes place June 1 at the AGB – RBC Gallery from 6pm-9pm

Getting it - yellow

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Burlington Herd will go against the Toronto Leafs at Nelson Park on Saturday.

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May 26th, 2018



May 25It hasn’t been a stunning start for the Burlington Herd, part of the InterCounty Baseball League that is celebrating its 100th year of baseball in the province.

So far the Herd is 0 for 4 – and are up against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday – Nelson Park for a 1:00 pm start.

Management has done a decent job on the marketing side – but in the world of sports – when you win you draw an audience.

Herd Fantasy Camp logo

Burlington has yet to fall in love with baseball. Part of the reason is that the team has yet to present a player that identifies with the city; the continued change in the ownership – with each owner coming p with a new name: they were the Twins for a few years, then the Bandits and now the Herd.  Without consistency in the brand and a sense of loyalty to the team and players citizens can identify with there isn’t much to build on.

The last time Toronto and Burlington were on the diamond together the Leafs overcome a four run deficit to beat the Herd.


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The fragrance is superb and the colours are pleasant - relaxing - but they don't last all that long.

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May 25th, 2018



Imagine over 800 species of lilacs in one location.

A heavenly fragrance is drifting through Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG) Arboretum, marking the official start of lilac season! Visitors to RBG can experience one of the largest and most magnificent and diverse collections in the world as it reaches peak bloom.


The fragrance is so distinct – but this flower doesn’t last for vert long – and cutting them to put in a vase is a very disappointing experience.

French hybrids form the basis of the collection, but also displayed are Preston hybrids (originated in Canada by Isabella Preston), early-bloomers, such as hyacinth lilacs and a selection of species found in the wild. On more challenging terrain, The Katie Osborne Lilac Collection in the Lilac Dell is one of the most assorted and one of the definitive collections to demonstrate the range of the genus Syringa. This popular seasonal attraction provides visitors with weeks of delightful springtime colour and fragrance. Peak bloom time for lilacs generally lasts two to four weeks.

Weekend visitors can visit RBG’s Discovery Cart to learn more about the seven colours of lilacs then take a guided tour to learn about the collection’s history. Weekend entertainment helps to bring these incredible plants to life.


The Lilac dell.

Additional activities at the Arboretum include Biodiversity Festival taking place on Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As Canada’s biodiversity hotspot, RBG is offering a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants, and ecosystems. Children’s activities, guided walks and more await visitors to this activity-packed celebration of the International Day of Biological Diversity.

RBG’s Arboretum (located at 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton) is open 10.a.m to 8 p.m. seven days a week and is more like an English landscape park than a garden. It has a wide variety of trees and other woody plants and, with the exception of the lilac walk and the shrub collection, has few formal paths.

It is a great place for watching and experiencing animal and plant interactions and connects with many of RBG’s nature trails. RBG general admission is required to experience the Arboretum. Admission is free to RBG members.

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New support group for Burlington Mothers - meets in a coffee shop.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

May 24th, 2018


Heidi Rand has two children.

She gave birth to one on Hwy 407.

She is one of two women who formed a support group for new mothers in Burlington.

Is there a connection between the two – certainly is Heide Rand is a going concern and appears to be one of those people that makes things happen.

Two momsThe first of what she calls West end Moms took place earlier this week. Heidi lived overseas in England where she raised her first child, Jackson, for his first two years. Moving back to Canada she noticed a huge difference in the mother culture here- mothers have less access to social groups for new moms and children to bond and socialize or to just get out of the house and meet other mothers going through the same struggles and milestones.

Heidi worked closely with her friend, Laura Kennedy.  Together they  started the group together. As a new and first time mom, Laura also felt the need for a stronger social network of moms in Burlington. Together we hope to bring mommy’s together, give them a platform to connect and provide exciting and stimulating events for little ones.

Heidi seems to be one of those natural news makers. A teacher by profession she was bombing down Hwy. 407 just after midnight with her husband Joe on her way to the Credit Valley hospital. The Burlington mother-to-be felt her water break and a head appear just two contractions later.

Group photo MomsAn anxious situation had just become harrowing. Joe was torn between focusing on the road and worrying about his wife and child; Heidi delivered her own baby girl in what felt like an eternity but in reality lasted less than two minutes.

Born in the wee hours of the morning near the Bronte Rd. exit in Oakville, seven-pound, eight-ounce Mila was healthy and in the care of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

“It felt so incredibly surreal,” Heidi said. “My head was in two places. One, I’m thinking, ‘Is this really happening in my car?’ But then, your instincts kick in and you’re literally doing everything you can to keep your baby safe.

Group + Heidi

The mothers gathered around tables in the coffee shop while children scrambled after their toys. Heidi Rand is seated on the left.

It was a miracle . . . she’s safe, healthy and happy.”

Joe, the husband was much more than a spectator.

After gathering all the clothing he could find to keep Mila warm — including the shirt off his back — he used his shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord, following advice from a Halton paramedic who coached him over the phone.

Moms signContacts social media suggested the child be named Shoelace or Lacey. This is the couple’s second baby, joining 20-month-old Jackson, whose delivery — by stark contrast — lasted roughly 36 hours.

Several of the Mothers were out with their child for the first time since the child was born; “just being able to get out and chat with other mother’s and relax is something I really appreciate” said one of the group.

There were Mothers from the east side of Oakville in the room as well as a Mother who was walking by and saw the sign on the sidewalk outside the Lakeshore Coffee Shop.

The West End Moms social media pages arebelow:


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Another pop up at the Burlington Mall - part of a trend?

eventsblue 100x100By Staff

May 24th, 2018



Rich Cloke

Rich Cloke

The second Sound of Music pop up event at the Burlington Mall will take place this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening.

The events are part of the Mall’s longer term plan to attract people to a site that is undergoing a huge transformation.

Cloke was the closing performer at the 2017 Downtown Streetfest part of the Sound of Music.

Rich Cloke has traded in his hockey skates in favour of cowboy boots and arrives on the scene this fall with the release of his debut album – “Northern Skies”.

Born and raised in Southern Ontario, Rich’s passion for songwriting has led him to write eight heartfelt original compositions. His straightforward narrative lends itself well to songs about what he knows, what he’s experienced, and where he’s headed.

Channelling influences from traditional and modern country with hints of rock and pop, “Northern Skies” delivers danceable and memorable tunes that are sure to stick in your head.

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