Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Travelworld of Wasaga Beach Celebrates Five Years

Travelworld of Wasaga Beach has been in the Stonebridge Town Centre almost since the commercial complex opened and is now celebrating its fifth anniversary.

To celebrate this milestone, Travelworld of Wasaga Beach is having an anniversary/birthday party on Sept. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring a wine and cheese reception.

Angela Piercey is the manager/senior consultant at Travelworld in Wasaga Beach. She has been with the company for 21 years: in the travel industry for 25 years. Rachelle Gibson, Disney specialist/consultant at Travelworld has also been in the travel industry for 25 years.

Piercey has another reason to celebrate: earlier this year she won the first ever Rotarian of the Year Award for the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach & Area: she loves being a Rotarian. Ehab Masad, who sponsored Piercey, is the past president of the club and presented the award to her. Masad the owner/president of Harvey’s in the Stonebridge Town Centre has always been a big supporter of Travelworld.



Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach’s past president Ehab Masad honoured Angela Piercey with the first ever Rotarian of the Year Award for the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach & Area. They were joined by club president Sylvia Bray and assistant district governor, Kim Giffen.

Mary Ann Winterton opened Travelworld of Collingwood in 1989 and always wanted to open an office in Wasaga Beach. She asked Piercey to build the Wasaga Beach office from the ground up.

“The Collingwood office was growing, the Wasaga Beach based clientele was increasing so we took the chance. Mark (Mark Crowe of the Stonebridge Building Group) approached us about the Town Centre and we were ready. When Mark showed us all the great things happening at Stonebridge she decided then was the time,” says Piercey, who has a passion for travel.

 All of the agents Travelworld are Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) accredited: “the upgraded exams have to be written on a regular basis, we attend product launches, seminars, webinars and site inspections/familiarization trips to keep current,” Piercey adds.

The last five years have been great for Piercey, Gibson and Winterton. They love serving the residents of Wasaga Beach.

"The people here are newly retired and just starting their bucket list, it’s so exciting,” says Piercey.

Travelworld of Wasaga Beach is located at 3 Market Lane Unit 4 in the Stonebridge Town Centre. Call 705-429-4292 or visit http://www.travelworld1.ca.

-Erica Phillips

Friday, September 12, 2014

Shuttle Service during the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival

There will be shuttle service during the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival. The service will cost $5 per person per day.

Friday, Sept. 12
From 9 p.m. -11 p.m. you can take the Shuttle from the RecPlex to various spots in Wasaga Beach.

You can leave your car at the RecPlex at 1724 Mosley Street.

Saturday, Sept. 13
The nine-passenger, fully wrapped Wasaga Beach promo shuttle will be operating from 6 p.m. – 11 pm on Saturday. It will run a continuous loop picking up and dropping off riders heading to or going home from the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival at Stonebridge Town Centre.

The shuttle will pick up riders at Stonebridge by The Dollar Tree and travel West on Mosley Street and continuing west on River Road to The Superstore transit stop.

Departing from the Superstore, the shuttle will travel east on River Road and continue on River Road to Stonebridge Town Centre.

Riders can “flag” the shuttle or exit the shuttle at any safe point along the route.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Get Your Blues on This Weekend at the Free Wasaga Beach Blues Festival

It’s going to get loud this weekend in Wasaga Beach. 
Thousands of music fans are expected to attend the free Fourth Annual Wasaga Beach Blues Festival at the Stonebridge Town Centre Sept. 13 and 14.

The partying starts with the Boogie Woogie Blues Banquet at the RecPlex on Sept. 12— tickets are $75 and are available at www.wasagabeachblues.com and at the UPS Store in the Stonebridge Town Centre (291 Main St., 705-429-7030).

Fans can keep dancing after the Boogie Woogie Blues Banquet with Wayne Buttery and the Groove Project from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Beacon Restaurant.





Five free shows on the Main Stage on Saturday, Sept. 13 will deliver a range of blues styles from award-winning musicians including some from Maryland, Mississippi and Texas.
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Steve Hill
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Chris Gill and The Festival Express
5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Texassippi Soul Man Danny Brooks
7:15 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.  The Weber Brothers
9:00 p.m.– 10:30 p.m.  Mad Dogs and Englishmen – The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell
To listen to some of the performers you’ll see at the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, visitwww.soundcloud.com/wasagabeachblues.
Go treasure hunting in the Vendors’s Village, which will offer an array of foods, finds, and fun.







Boston Pizza and Wild Wing in the Stonebridge Town Centre will also have live music on Saturday, Sept. 13.
3:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Paul Jones at Wild Wing
8:00 p.m. –Midnight Tres Hombres at Wild Wing
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Mark “Bird” Stafford Allstar Jam with special guests at Boston Pizza
Midnight – 2:00 a.m. Joe Murphy and Friends at Wild Wing







Four more shows on Sunday, Sept. 14 on the main stage will keep the town rockin’.
Noon – 2:30 p.m.  Mark “Bird” Stafford’s Junior Jam
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Steve Strongman Band
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
Fan favourites The Stilt Guys and the Blus Bros tribute act will also entertain the crowds.
About the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival
Based on the tremendous success of last summer’s blues filled weekend, the 2014 edition of the free Wasaga Beach Blues promises to be even better. Last year more than 7,800 people from across Ontario and the U.S. attended the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, which is held at the Stonebridge Town Centre. 
Chuck Jackson, of the Legendary Downchild Blues Band and Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival, is the musical director for the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival. While the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival is a free event, donations will be accepted to help grow the festival. Contact us to participate, volunteer or sponsor the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival: info@wasagabeachblues.com.
The Blues has a new home in Wasaga Beach.
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For media requests and photos: Erica Phillips • 416-271-5932 • erica@wasagabeachblues.com

-Erica Phillips

Friday, August 1, 2014

UPDATED: Wild Wing Wasaga Beach sizzles in August

Country, country rock, classic rock, reggae and ska, greatest hits are the menu at Wild Wing Wasaga Beach in the Stonebridge Town Centre.

Every Saturday night in August, Wild Wing’s patio will sizzle with hot tunes from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Cutler Boyd

Aug. 2
Cutler Boyd, a regular at Wild Wing, plays country and country rock. The four-piece band features Doug Dunlop on guitar and vocals, Roger Williamson on lead guitar and vocals, David G. Rose, on vocals and bass guitar, and Danny Colonello on drums. They play a mix of songs by artists such as Blake Shelton, and Jimmy Buffet, plus some of their own material. For more information, visit www.cutlerboyd.com. Here's a Cutler Boyd song: www.soundcloud.com/fifthandpark/cutler-boyd-the-way-god-made-me-matered-2014.
The Dr. Bruce Lee Band

Aug. 9
The Dr. Bruce Lee Band will have you dancing all night with their blend of pop and rock hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Bruce Cole (vocals, 12-string guitar, harmonica and keyboard), James Meschino (vocals, electric guitar), and Lee Sicari (vocals, bass guitar) are based in Toronto and Midland and play for fun. 

You’ll hear the popular hits from artists such as the Eagles, Willie Nelson, Elvis, The Tragically Hip, The Beatles and many more.

Lorne Scriver from Laura Lee's Tequila Rockin' Birds


Aug. 16 
Laura Lee's Tequila Rockin' Birds will perform classic rock and blues during Corvette Weekend from 8 p.m. to midnight.

A regular at Wild Wing, they do a fun show and encourage fans to get up and dance.

The band, which has been together for five years, features Laura Lee Montgomerie on vocals, Lorne Scriver on bass and vocals, Brian Jennings on drums and vocals, and Chris Hiney on guitar and vocals. 

Based out of Newmarket and the surrounding area, the band’s sets include songs by Sam Cooke, Etta James, Arc Angels, and Bad Company.

TooNice















Aug. 23
TooNice will really heat things up with its blend of reggae and ska: a mix of their own music and covers. 

The Wasaga Beach based band has been touring the U.S. and recently opened for Shaggy.

Established five years ago, TooNice is comprised of Johnny TooNice, on vocals, guitar, trombone, cello, Skip TooNice on bass, Cherelle TooNice on vocals and percussion, Shoogs TooNice on keys and RC TooNice on drums. Together they deliver a high-energy, interactive show that promotes positivity and happiness for all ages. They also have a smooth and relaxed sound.


Hardcover

Aug. 30
Hardcover, which plays classic rock is based in Collingwood and Wasaga Beach. The band features John Curtosi, Paul Jones, and Peter Szekeres.

Wild Wing Wasaga Beach is located at 321 Main St. in the Stonebridge Town Centre. Call 705-429-8400.



-Erica Phillips