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  1. The Elora Fergus Studio Tour

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    The Elora Fergus Studio Tour.

    Inspiration behind every door.

     

    Take the day. Take the weekend. Hey, take two!  Because exploring the Elora Fergus Studio is a true highlight to the fall season around here. It’s like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” for grown-ups!  So grab your map, mark your route and head out to explore some of the finest artists in and around Fergus and Elora.

    The Elora Fergus Studio Tour is a free self-guided tour that welcomes you into the workshops of local artisans. See art in various stages of creation, including pieces that are not always shown in gallery settings. Meet the makers. See unique creations. Ask questions. Get inspired.

    Here’s just a few of the fine art mediums you’ll find on the tour:

    • Watercolours
    • Photography
    • Sculpture
    • Stained Glass
    • Jewelry
    • Pottery
    • Weaving
    • Encaustic
    • Glass
    • Mixed media
    • Blown glass
    • Painting
    • Collage
    • Wood turning

     

    Let’s face it, we’re all curious about creative spaces where artists make their art, because we are all curious about the process, the tools and the inspiration.  Now’s your chance to find out about it all.

    Start your tour at the Elora Centre for the Arts, a heritage building lovingly restored as a creative arts hub in the community.  Here you’ll find:

    The Elora Centre for the Arts will host an opening reception for the Elora Fergus Studio Tour  on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7pm to 9pm in the Minarovich Gallery. This free exhibit will be on display through to Sept. 30, 2018.

    So many artists. So much time. Two weekends. 40 stops. Choose your inspiration.

    Studios are open from 10am to 5pm – September 22 & 23/ September 29 & 30.

     

  2. Centre Wellington Derby Nights

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    Locals love harness racing and we hope you will too.

    Come catch the action at this year’s newest series of races – Centre Wellington Derby Nights!

    A trio of Friday race nights at Grand River Raceway will celebrate our unique community, featuring a race named exclusively for Township of Centre Wellington residents and offering $1,000 in cash prizes.

    Plus for everyone:
    • BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers & hotdogs, $1 pop)
    • Drive a racehorse with the Hands On Horses Program (30 spots)
    • 10 races including Racing Under Saddle with RUS Ontario
    • Kids’ activities and barn tour in The NEIGHbourhood

    Admission and parking are always free.

     

    N0B vs. N1M in the Centre Wellington Derby:

    This summer, the residents of Centre Wellington will head to the track, bearing their postal codes with pride as they compete for $3,000 in prizes and bragging rights as the champions of Centre Wellington Derby NightsPresent your proof of residence at the Registration Table between 5:30 – 7:30.

    The track will host a trio of these events: June 29, July 27 and August 31. The feature race of each evening will be designated as the Centre Wellington Derby and the eight horses in the race will be randomly assigned to a postal code (N1M or N0B). The Centre Wellingtonians representing each postal code are registered for a draw following the race where 10 residents representing the winning horse will share a $1,000 cash prize.

    *Must be 18+. Proof of residency includes photo ID with postal code listed, or photo ID accompanied by addressed letter showing postal code.

    Centre Wellington Derby Nights at Grand River Raceway are presented by the Grand River Agricultural Society.

  3. Riverfest Elora 2018

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    A unique town deserves a unique music festival.  There is only music festival like this.

    Riverfest Elora 2018 will be held in Bissell Park on Friday, August 17, Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19. Don’t miss your chance to dance down by the river.

    Get ready for three days of art, food trucks, arts and craft vendors, community and of course, music! Celebrating ten years of the little music festival that grew to attract major headliners, this year promises to be spectacular.

    Where else can you see a line-up like The Flaming Lips, Carly Rae-Jepsen, Blue Rodeo and July Talk – just to name a few?

    Seriously. Check this out: Riverfest Elora 2018.

     

     

     

     

  4. Riverfest Elora 2018

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    Happy 10th  anniversary
    Riverfest Elora,
    you charmer, you.

     

     

     

    We’ve waited all year for this party. ALL YEAR. And we’re okay with it because, we already know that Riverfest Elora 2018 is totally worth the wait.

    How can we be so sure?  Experience. We haven’t missed a Riverfest yet, which means we have TEN years of adoring the little backyard festival that grew into an epic summer music festival and yet, has never lost its charm. True fact.

    You have likely been to many concerts in many venues and taken part in music festivals in all kinds of venues from sports stadiums, outdoor arenas and maybe a few big parties held in cow pastures. Yep, us too. Good times, but no charm there.

    But when you plan a giant party in Elora’s Bissell Park, with the beautiful Grand River running alongside it, complete with three stages, food trucks and vendors galore, an Artisan Alley, beer and spirits, art exhibits and beautiful greenspace all around, in the heart of one of the prettiest villages in Ontario, honestly, you cannot beat that. You just can’t. Because, when you imagine the ultimate music festival with the audience experience in mind – you grow it organically. And well, you can’t go wrong.  So come and get charmed.

     

    Because the Riverfest Elora organizers turns this ….

     

     

     

    Into this ….

     

     

     

     

    TEN ways we believe Riverfest Elora will charm you
    into becoming a true heart Riverfriend:

     

     

    1. They care about the environment. Riverfest Elora is a bottled water free and waste conscious event. They were awarded the Live Music Industry Awards’ Green Operations Festival of the Year 2018, for all their efforts to keep the festival environmentally-friendly. You won’t find packaged water here. Period. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles, or to bring their reuseable Riverfest Elora mugs from previous years. But if you are new to the scene and plan to enjoy a beverage or three, you can purchase your very own Riverfest Elora Mug for $6. Free water stations are on-site to keep you hydrated. Just a head’s up though – this year, plastic straws are banned too.
    2. Riverfest Elora loves their beer, wine and cider They only serve the good stuff. So, remember – bring your resuseable Riverfest Elora mugs from previous years, or buy a brand new one for $6. Drink tokens are $7. The line-up moves fast, so no worries there. And just think of all the friends you’ll make in line.
    3. Three stages. Back-to-back performances. Triple bang for your buck. Be sure to plan your bands with the FREE Riverfest Elora App … and you won’t miss a thing
    4. Foodies love Riverfest Elora. It tastes good! Check out the complete list of vendors tucked into the food village set a short walk down the boardwalk. The food options are as diverse as the acts playing the festival, so we’re pretty sure your taste buds will be charmed too.
    5. Riverfest Elora is joining the Keychange Pledge, a European initiative that aims to empower women to transform the future of the music industry, encouraging festivals to achieve a 50-50 gender balance by 2022. Riverfest has always strived for gender parity and for 2018 features 55 per cent of the acts that will take the stage fit the female-fronted band goal.
    6. Yoga. Mind. Body. Soul. Sun Salutations. A little downward-dog. Stretch that musical festival experience with the incredible sessions of Yoga with Tania. You’re welcome.
    7. Karaoke makes everyone a star, right? Sure it does. So sign up your friend or let out your inner Carly Rae Jepsen out and join the Boo Radley Project as you belt out your emotions in song. Or, just keep up with the live band. These guys are hilarious and they’re here for you.
    8. Ukuleles make everyone happy. Admit it. That’s why Riverfest Elora is featuring the Big Bag o’Uke’s with Adrian Jones. Strum along. Get happy. It’s that simple.
    9. Artisan Alley is full of unique treasures by unique artisans, because who wants the same-old, same-old? Nobody, that’s who. Browse. Chat. Shop. Get inspired.
    10. Hockey. Yep, hockey. On Friday, August 17, the crew from Riverfest Elora are getting involved in the McGinn Brothers BIG Game in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington. This charity ball hockey tournament takes place in the groovy town of Fergus, (just a slap shot away) and will welcome NHL players Jamie, Tye and Brock McGinn, Ryan O’Reilly, Nathan Beaulieu, Lawson Crouse, Tyler McGregor, Korey Jarvis, Rich Peverly and more. Doesn’t get more Canadian than this really, does it? And nobody will yell “car!” because the street will be closed, so it will just be hockey, hockey and more hockey. And then rock’n roll. Sigh. It’s good to be Canadian.

     

     

    Oh – and there’s like a whole bunch of awesome bands playing too. You knew that right? There’s about 60 bands. And after parties.
    Check out the 10th anniversary Riverfest Elora line-up!

     

    (Photos: Dear Rouge and Blue Rodeo will return to Riverfest Elora to help celebrate the big anniversary!)

     

     

     

     

    So trust us when we say, you’ve never experienced anything like Riverfest Elora. When we say EPIC, we mean it! Pack in as much as you can. Enjoy Elora. Visit Fergus. Charm on every corner.  You’ll be a Riverfriend in no time!  Rock on, people. Rock on.

     

     

  5. Industry Day at Grand River Raceway

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    Don’t miss the marquee event of Grand River Raceway‘s race season:
    Industry Day 2018

    The annual event is a celebration of racing, highlighted by two major races – The Battle of Waterloo is the signature race, featuring Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts, and the Battle of the Belles is Grand River Raceway’s companion race, contested by Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies.

    Another exciting race is the Ontario Sires Stakes event for three-year-old filly pacers in the Grassroots Series.

    But there’s more to the day, so bring the family along for an afternoon at the races:

    • Admission is free. Parking is too!
    • Kid-friendly activities from Noon to 4pm. There is plenty for the kids to do and they are permitted throughout the grounds, except in the Elements Casino
    • The day features 12 Races. Post time for Race 1 is 12:30pm
    • To participate in prize draws, a program ballot is required. They are available on-site on race day.
    • Hop on the free people-mover anytime between noon – 5pm. It can take you around the backstretch to enjoy the view.

    Come out and enjoy a beautiful day at the prettiest track in Ontario and take in the sights and sounds. Expect an experience!

     

     

     

  6. Industry Day at Grand River Raceway

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    industry day photo

    There is something about the sound of horse’s hooves thundering passed the rail, going at breakneck speed along the track, so gallant and strong, making the final turn running for position, with the yips from the drivers leaning back long in their sulkies, steering them into position.

    And all the while the animated commentary of the sportscaster keeps pace with the action, broadcasting from the speakers, his excitement booming out over the crowd so everyone is in the know for their win, place or show. Then there is the cheering, the energy of the crowd, the pure anticipation of the first horse to cross that post line. This is racing! Alive and in the moment.

    And there is no better place to experience it than Elora’s Grand River Raceway.

    We’ve never missed an Industry Day in Elora for good reason. It’s truly a summer highlight and one of the most fitting ways to cross the finish line of the August long weekend in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.  We’ve been there in the rain and we’ve basked in the summer sun, but we’ve never left early, because there is something special about this day that can only be appreciated by being there.

     

     

    First off, It goes without saying that the signature races – Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles – are incredible races and a true testament to the work, dedication and skill behind the standardbred racing industry. If you like horse-racing at all, or even if you’re new to the sport you’ll love the pomp and pageantry of these races. But the competition? Well, we’re placing bets two seriously close races this year and some records being set! There are some racing legends and family legacies we can’t wait to see compete.

     

    But you don’t have to love horse racing to go – we just happen to believe you will once you experience it. So, here are a few reasons why Industry Day at Grand River Raceway is awesome:

    • Admission is FREE. Where else can you have this much fun and be in on the action without paying a cover fee?
    • Parking is FREE and there is lots of it. Some people even park in the back field, where the views are just as great. There’s room to move!
    • You can bring the kids. There is plenty to do for the young and young-at-heart. Pony rides, a petting zoo, bouncy castle, face-painting and more is available with an all-access Kid’s Zone pass for just $5. The tarmac at Grand River Raceway is absolutely a family-friendly environment too. Everyone can get in on the action.  (Please note: Children are not allowed in Elements Casino slots area).
    • The Young Gunz miniature pony race is going to be hit this summer, because, who doesn’t love a miniature pony?
    • You can go everywhere with free people-mover transportation making frequent stops throughout the event to get you to and from the parking lot, the back-stretch, the paddock building and to the tarmac for the home-stretch. This makes the raceway grounds accessible to explore.
    • Come meet past Battle of Waterloo champion Button Up (race fans will not miss this photo op)
    • This year’s Industry Day Garage Sale will take place in the Paddock Annex, a charity fundraiser to support 4 organizations within the standardbred racing industry
    • Without a doubt, one of our favourite highlights is the time-honoured Grand River Raceway tradition of the Halftime Show, featuring the Bouncy Pony Stakes – Drivers’ Edition. Don’t miss this. It’s a laugh a bounce.
    • There are various places to enjoy food and a nice cold beverage, such as the 4 outdoor barbecues, 2 beer tents, the 3i n-house restaurants (though be advised, Captain’s Quarters is already booked), and a food truck.
    • Interactive fun with the Tarmac Show, plus prizes and giveaways – always a good time.
    • If you want to try your luck at the slots, you’re in the right place with Elements Casino.

     

    We’re betting you’ll have the best time, with  11 races on the card and the heart-pounding excitement of the Battle of Waterloo and the Battle of the Belles, the two signature races of the day, plus so much more. And don’t worry if you don’t much about harness-racing. The staff at Grand River Raceway make it easy and fun and there are no silly questions.

    The fun begins August 6 at noon, with Post Time for Race 1 set for 12:30pm.

    We’re betting you’ll have as much fun as we do at our favourite summer tradition – #IndustryDay28!

    Title Photo by NCJ Photography: Ideation Hanover with Jody Jamieson sets a new Canadian season’s record of 1:55 (2-year-old pacing fillies over a half-mile track) in the second of four Battle Of The Belles elimination races on July 30 at Grand River Raceway.
    Crowd photo and groom with horse photo by Dave Landry Photography.
  7. Centre Wellington Derby Nights

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    Locals love harness racing and we hope you will too.

    Come catch the action at this year’s newest series of races – Centre Wellington Derby Nights!

    A trio of Friday race nights at Grand River Raceway will celebrate our unique community, featuring a race named exclusively for Township of Centre Wellington residents and offering $1,000 in cash prizes.

    Plus for everyone:
    • BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers & hotdogs, $1 pop)
    • Drive a racehorse with the Hands On Horses Program (30 spots)
    • 10 races including Racing Under Saddle with RUS Ontario
    • Kids’ activities and barn tour in The NEIGHbourhood

    Admission and parking are always free.

    N0B vs. N1M in the Centre Wellington Derby:

    This summer, the residents of Centre Wellington will head to the track, bearing their postal codes with pride as they compete for $3,000 in prizes and bragging rights as the champions of Centre Wellington Derby NightsPresent your proof of residence at the Registration Table between 5:30 – 7:30.

    The track will host a trio of these events: June 29, July 27 and August 31. The feature race of each evening will be designated as the Centre Wellington Derby and the eight horses in the race will be randomly assigned to a postal code (N1M or N0B). The Centre Wellingtonians representing each postal code are registered for a draw following the race where 10 residents representing the winning horse will share a $1,000 cash prize.

    *Must be 18+. Proof of residency includes photo ID with postal code listed, or photo ID accompanied by addressed letter showing postal code.

    Centre Wellington Derby Nights at Grand River Raceway are presented by the Grand River Agricultural Society.

  8. The Elora Singers Unplugged: Museum Series

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    Enjoy music under the stars with the finest voices in town, the Elora Singers. Curated by Michael Cressman (Bass), the Elora Singers let their hair down in this rocking “house party” showcase.  Performing Broadway tunes and other personal favourites, they present a casual “this is us” showcase that will bring you closer to your Singers than ever.

    Hosted by the Wellington County Museum, in the Exhibit Hall, this show is perfect for the whole family.

    Tickets available via: Elora Festival

    Get ready to sing along …

  9. Elora Festival presents The Shoestring Magic Flute

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    Bring the kids, pack a picnic and introduce them to inspiration of Mozart’s most famous opera!

    This is an ideal introduction to the beauty of this musical art form. Through the power of music and make-believe, Allegra and Papageno embark on a magical adventure of sharing and self-discovery.

    The Wellington County Museum and Archives will open the doors of the Heritage Barn for a special family-friendly production of The Shoestring Magic Flute.

    Free pre-concert activities at 10 am! Bring a picnic lunch, visit the Aboyne Library and at 1 pm tour the Wellington County Museum at no extra cost.

    Tickets are available at: Elora Festival

  10. Elora Festival: A Celebration in Song

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    The sweet sounds of summer rise above the village when the Elora Festival brings the world of music to our door, for three full weeks of world-class performers and performances in a variety of music genres from classical and choral to opera,  jazz and contemporary sounds and so much more. It’s not just a series of concerts – it’s a series of experiences as diverse as the audiences themselves.

    Prepare to be impressed.

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