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Meanwhile at Toronto's Distillery District
It was $12+ to park BUT I was able to get
$25 tickets at the box office one hour before the performance begins, which made it all worthwhile as ticket prices can soar to $60 each! I saw Part 2 - Scandal & Rebellion (rated ** out of ***) and prefered the first act focusing on Scandal. It was an entertaining, energetic, albeit somewhat clownish evening. Having seen many of the Small Huts performances in the past, this was just enough for me. I suggest that you check out the Soupepper website to see how many seats for the performance you wish to attend (as soon as possible before before heading to the box office). I brought a seating print-out with me and when I checked, many of the seats that were designated as unavailable were empty! In fact, the house was more than half empty (although the afternoon matinee was apparently sold out). Seating is limited in the smaller Michael Young Theatre - click here to see seating availability and prices
VideoCabaret & Soulpepper present
Confederation & Riel and Scandal & Rebellion

One on my favourites, VideoCabaret conjures the era of Confederation in four tragicomic one-act plays, presented in two parts. Starting June 9th CONFEDERATION PART I: CONFEDERATION & RIEL VideoCabaret spectacularly conjures the era of Confederation in four tragicomic one-act plays, presented in two parts. Confederation – John A. Macdonald masterminds the deal-making that leads to the fireworks on July 1, 1867. In a Montreal hotbed of anti-confederationists, Wilfrid Laurier meets Louis Riel. Riel – Macdonald plans to turn the west into one big Ontario. Riel and Métis leaders collide with surveyors, and religious radicals plot terror; Laurier is spurred to act on his multi-cultural and secular ideals. Starting June 23 CONFEDERATION PART II: SCANDAL & REBELLION: Scandal – Business barons compete to own the hottest technology – the railway lines – and Macdonald is caught trading contracts for donations. Member of Parliament Riel is prevented by fanatics from taking his seat; MP Laurier falls for his best friend’s wife. Rebellion – Riel joins with Gabriel Dumont and Big Bear whose fight for land claims is met with military action and mass starvation. With Laurier protesting, Macdonald allows the execution of Riel, and the Last Spike is hammered.
check it out here

August 10-12 Portland Oregon
41st Society of Wine Educators Annual Conference

For information, including the list of seminars and speakers
click here: http://www.cvent.com/d/cvq64b


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Previous Recent Postings/Updates
The Chardonnays are coming July 21st
Tony and I will be attending the Friday School of Cool sessions and will provide you with an update.
I am also doing three productions at the SHAW Festival - reviews will be coming.

check it out here
Click here to see the list of 59 Cool Climate Chardonnay producers
25 from Ontario & 34 from around the world
also make sure you see our reviews of i4C Chardonnays in the July 8 Vintages Release

Wednesday June 21st

Wednesday June 7
WINES OF PORTUGAL GRAND TASTING
TRADE-ONLY TORONTO 2017

wop
From 2 pm to 5 pm at the Airship37 Event Venue
37 Parliament Street - Toronto

June 3 & 4 'Graze the Bench'

Saturday & Sunday 12-5 pm

Sunday June 4

Featuring 60 of Toronto chefs with beverages from 30 purveyors

THURSDAY JUNE 1, 2017
The Cathedral Church of St. James
$75 - 10 wineries
South African Walk-around: 6:30 to 9:00



June 1 - Evening 5:30 to 9:30

Afternoon Trade from 1 to 4 pm
with over 150 Sakes from more than 50 Sake breweries

ADDITIONAL SAKE EVENTS
Saturday, June 3rd 12:30-4:30pm
General Public Sake Tasting @ Bayview Village LCBO featuring our current releases
(complementary)

Saturday, June 3rd 1:00 pm
Kobachi Aburi Brunch @ Miku Toronto patio (weather-permitting) with Monica Samuels
& four craft brewers Kanbara, Takatenjin, Tensei & Yuho
($68pp not inclusive of taxes & gratuities)

May 31 - Discover the wines of Chianti Classico
At the Shangri-La Hotel on Wednesday May 31st.
Seminar (11-am-1pm) Walk-around Tasting (2-5pm) ?
TRADE ONLY - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER



MAY SAKE EVENTS

May 30th 6:30pm

Sake Dinner @ Kingyo Izakaya Toronto with Miyasaka Brewery

($105 pp inclusive of taxes & gratuities)

Wednesday, May 31st 6:30pm
Tour of Japan Sake Master Dinner @ Ki Modern Japanese with John Gauntner, Monica Samuels
& four elite brewers: Kanbara, Rihaku, Takatenjin & Tensei
($200pp inclusive of taxes & gratuities)



Monday May 22 to Wednesday May 24
Something special for your cellar

Waddington's Fine Wine 2017 Season
Fine Wine Online Auction May 8-16
This auction will start closing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Fine Spirits Online Auction May 8-16
This auction will start closing at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Tuesday - April 11 - Distillery District
Fermenting Cellar

Over 40 wineries attending from the Willamette Valley, Rogue Valley, &
Columbia Gorge AVA's + a unique opportunity to taste wine produced
from the Urban Wineries Association of Portland
Trade-Only Tasting - 12 to 4 p.m
Evening Consumer 7 to 9 pm

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This 2017 show features 150+ new exhibitors (over 450 artisans in total) from across Canada.
There is something for everyone -
Click Here to See

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Waddingtons "Off the Wall" Art Online Auction - March 25 - 30
Public Preview: Sunday, March 26 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday, March 27 - 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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March 24-26

Friday March 24 Grand Tasting
Celebrate the 29th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting taking place Friday, March 24 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. It features winemakers' favourite wines and signature dishes at live cooking stations.
See the great activities during the March 24-26 Cuvee Weekend
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Wednesday March 22
Stratford Festival - One Day Only Sale


An Incredible Season is Coming - Don't Miss these Great Deals - Save up to 70%
Check it out today - make your plans for April, May and June - sales start at noon on Wednesday


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Adjacent to the Reif Winery
We actually slept in the same bed that was occupied by Peter O'Toole and there wasn't a grain of sand. Quiet with a great breakfast.