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1/2 price Kitchen Accessories & On-The-Go Meals from The Whisk & Ladle

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$20 for $40 Worth of Kitchen Accessories and On-The-Go Meals from The Whisk & Ladle

Some of the best things in life arrive fully assembled, such as motorcycles and newborn babies. Get dinner pre-put together with today’s deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of kitchen accessories and on-the-go meals from The Whisk & Ladle in Ridgeville.

Founded by Stratford Chefs School graduate Ruth Nixon, The Whisk & Ladle is a full-service caterer, kitchen store, and cooking school dedicated to the use of high-quality ingredients and equipment. Busy epicureans can pick up hearty meals—including family-sized lasagna drenched in slow-cooked tomato sauce ($38)—from an extensive On-The-Go menu to enjoy gourmet eats at home without hours of intensive cooking or spell-casting. Otherwise, they can pause a moment to browse a wide selection of sturdy kitchenware from brands like Le Creuset and Cuisipro, whose winsome wares can double as musical instruments for toddlers, Muppets, or Muppet toddlers. The Whisk & Ladle is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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$10 for Three Artisan Baking Mixes from Grainstorm (Up to $23 Value)

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$10 for Three Artisan Baking Mixes from Grainstorm (Up to $23 Value)

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but to make it that far you have to be disguised as baked goods. Sneak yourself in with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get three different whole-grain artisan baking mixes from GRAINSTORM (up to a $23 value). GRAINSTORM’s organic mélanges feature muffin-, pancake-, and cookie-forging ingredients that are freshly ground and vacuum-packed for optimal consumption. Each easy-to-make and easier-to-eat recipe ($7–$8 each) comes fresh with organic and ancient grains produced by Grass Roots Organics. These nutritious dainties are free of nuts, including peanuts and CornNuts. Today’s deal is redeemable online (and does not include $5 shipping within Ontario or $10 shipping elsewhere) or at Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market in Toronto every Saturday.

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$10 for a Wine Country Touring Pass ($20 Value)

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$10 for a Wine Country Touring Pass ($20 Value)

Grape juice magically transforms into wine in the same way milk becomes cheese and a 1972 Dodge Dart becomes an even older 1972 Dodge Dart. Tipple the tasty transformation with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a Wine Country Touring Pass (a $20 value). Your Groupon can be used at all four of the following locations: Peller Estates, on John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Hillebrand Winery, on Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Thirty Bench Wine Makers, on Mountainview Road, Beamsville; and Wine Country Vintners, on Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The vineyards of Niagara’s wineries offer guests an inside look at their wine-crafting practices, including grape selection and cultivation. The full-day tour reveals all of the necessary steps each winery takes in preparing its signature libations, with each tour culminating in a wine tasting, sure to please the palate and nurture appreciation for the sacrifices of selfless grapes throughout history. To redeem this deal, simply visit the wineries of your choice and present today’s Groupon to frolic in the vinous depths of oenophilic education.

Live in Toronto? Here are a few tour companies offering tours to Niagara Falls from Toronto.

Famous Friday – Mark Visentin
Name: Mark Visentin
Birth Date: August 7, 1992
Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ontario
Claim to Fame: Mark Visentin will be the goalie for Team Canada in the 2010-11 IIHF U20 Ice Hockey Tournament in Buffalo, NY.
Mark plays for the Niagara Ice Dogs, currently has a 2.33 GAA, .921 save percentage, and a 13-4 winning record. The Phoenix Cayotes drafted him27th overall in the 2010 NHL entry draft.
He looks like a winner. He was a member of gold medal winning Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2009 and Team Orr at the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game. Mark started playing hockey as a child in a backyard rink in Waterdown, Ontario.  His childhood idol is Curtis Joseph.  The one negative thing about Mark is that he is a Montreal Canadiens fan.
$9 for a Men’s Cut or $16 for a Women’s Cut and Style ($33 Value) at Unveil Salon & Spa in Welland

$9 for a Men's Cut ($18 Value) or $16 for a Women's Cut and Style ($33 Value) at Unveil Salon & Spa in Welland

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Early humans believed that hair was actually the tentacles of an octopus living inside their skull—an amusingly quaint notion now that modern science has proven it’s technically a cuttlefish. Indulge your inner invertebrate with today’s Groupon to Unveil Salon & Spa. Choose between two options:

  • For $9, you get a men’s cut (an $18 value).
  • For $16, you get a women’s cut and style (a $33 value).

The team of qualified coiffeurs at Unveil Salon & Spa confidently crafts stylish looks in the chic confines of their snipping arena. Stroll into the modern environs, outfitted with leather chairs and accented in cherry red, where a veteran stylist will consult with you on how best to luxuriate your locks. Unveil’s scissor-wielders are as comfortable using their fashion savvy to dictate the paring pace as they are accustomed to heeding and enacting a client’s visions of vogue, even if they include talking porcupines. Like the cleverest innuendos and ways to spend a rainy day, appointments are gently suggested.

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Canada, are you ready for Buffalo?

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Canada has dominated the IIHF World Under 20 Championship. They have medaled at twelve straight times, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.

Canada will play its first game of the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship on Boxing Day, December 26 in Buffalo versus Russia. This game promises to be a classic.

Team Canada’s line up is:

Goalkeepers
Mark Visentin, Niagara (OHL)
Olivier Roy, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

Defencemen
Jared Cowen, Spokane (WHL)
Simon Després, Saint John (QMJHL)
Dylan Olsen, Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)
Erik Gudbranson, Kingston (OHL)
Ryan Ellis, Windsor (OHL)
Tyson Barrie, Kelowna (WHL)
Calvin de Haan, Oshawa (OHL)

Forwards
Sean Couturier, Drummondville (QMJHL)
Jaden Schwartz, Colorado College (NCAA)
Zack Kassian, Windsor (OHL)
Brayden Schenn, Brandon (WHL)
Casey Cizikas, Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL)
Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Curtis Hamilton, Saskatoon (WHL)
Marcus Foligno, Sudbury (OHL)
Ryan Johansen, Portland (WHL)
Louis Leblanc, Montreal (QMJHL)
Cody Eakin, Swift Current (WHL)
Carter Ashton, Tri-City (WHL)
Brett Connolly, Prince George (WHL)

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A reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol


Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, December 14, 2010….Don’t be a Scrooge! Come celebrate the Season and honour Christmas in your heart by attending a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with musical interludes, presented by the Shaw Festival to benefit Bethlehem Projects of Niagara on Sunday, December 19 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 41 Byron Street, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The annual presentation features Shaw Ensemble members Peter Millard as Scrooge, with Ijeoma Emesowum, Kelly Wong, Gabrielle Jones, Peter Krantz and Guy Bannerman. The Shaw’s Patty Jamieson, accompanied by the choir of St Mark’s Anglican Church, will sing songs of the Season.

Tickets are $12 for adults/$6 for children and are available through the Shaw Festival Box Office (905-468-2172) or at the door.

$45 for a Wine Tour & Guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours

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$45 for a Wine Tour and Guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours

Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was forced to forgo his quest for the mythical land of wine after an accidental tumble into the fountain of youth left him eternally underage. Take up his abandoned journey with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a wine tour and guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours between the dates of January 2nd and February 28th (a $96 value including HST).

Oenophiles on the half-day Sniff and Swirl Tour crisscross the emerging wine region around St. Catherines-Niagara in a comfortable passenger van, stopping at four local wineries to sip sauvignon and to gaze upon rows of oak barrels with expressions of awestruck wonder. In honour of the annual Niagara Icewine Festival from January 14th–30th, tours will focus on the production of this sweet dessert beverage made from the hyper-concentrated must of grapes frozen on the vine or imported from Hoth, which will be available for tasting at one or more of the stops. Participants can keep building up ambrosial knowledge after the tour with a complimentary guidebook authored by Crush on Niagara owner and accredited sommelier Andrew Brooks, which includes descriptions of over 50 local wineries as well as wine recommendations and serving tips, such as “Pair a crisp white wine with fish” and “Dom Pérignon is best licked from the lens of a monocle.” Tours usually depart from Niagara-on-the-Lake at 1:30 p.m.; call ahead to reserve your tour and receive pick-up location details.

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$20 for $40 Worth of Food and Drinks at Stone Road Grille in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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$20 for $40 Worth of Seasonal Fare and Drinks at Stone Road Grille in Niagara-on-the-Lake

If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of gourmet fare and drinks at Stone Road Grille, located on Mary Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Stone Road Grille pleases palates with a seasonal menu that specializes in house-made breads, house-cured charcuterie, smoked salmon and meats. Current dinner appetizers ($3–$16) include a charcuterie plate populated by an elite team of cured meats, pates, salamis, and house preserves, while the menu of mains ($12–$25) boasts a grilled flat iron steak chaperoned by a side of garlicky beans. Lunch is also served and currently features a variety of sandwiches and main plates ($12–$14) such as steamed muscles & frites. Head chef Ryan Crawford augments his cook’s toque with the sommelier’s sequined pinafore, dispensing wisdom on a VQA Wine List composed exclusively of bottles sourced from the Niagara region. Gentle light suffuses the cozy dining area forging an elegant, romantic ambience that’s well suited for declarations of love, depositions of admiration, and disclosures of rashly bought alpacas.

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Niagara not just a day trip

Niagara Falls may be one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, but many visitors, even those from this country, just want to take a fast look at the water, buy some icewine, and head down the QEW to Toronto.
And that’s a serious problem, says Niagara Parks Commission Chairwoman Fay Booker.
“We have to do a much better job of educating people in our prospective markets,” she said during a Parks Commission meeting Wednesday morning. “We have to tell people there is so much more to do here. We have to keep them here longer.”
That will be crucial to the long-term success of the Parks Commission and the Niagara tourism industry in general. Commissioners heard a report during the meeting about travel trends, and the message was not good.
Visitors to Ontario from the United States, already in freefall over the past 10 years, are predicted to be flat for 2011 as the world still reels from the global recession. In addition, Americans travelling to Ontario will be impacted by the strength of the Canadian dollar and lower taxes in the United States – factors that also entice Canadians to forsake their own country for trips south of the border. more…

Up to 57% Off One Ticket to "Beyond Belief Magic" at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from Three Options.

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Up to 57% Off One Ticket to "Beyond Belief Magic" at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from Three Options.

Only a magician can pull a rabbit out of a hat, levitate a tiger, or vanish a Celine Dion. Enjoy illusions of grandeur with today’s deal to Beyond Belief Magic at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from three options:

  • For $16, you get one platinum orchestra section child’s admission (a $33.88 value), good Monday through Saturday nights.
  • For $27, you get one platinum orchestra section adult’s admission, good Monday through Friday nights (a $62.13 value).
  • For $31, you get one platinum orchestra section adult’s admission, good on any Saturday night (a $62.13 value).

Greg Frewin’s list of accomplishments—which includes winning numerous awards and playing to international audiences—is so lengthy even he would have trouble making it disappear. Greg makes jaws drop and heads scratch with a fast-paced, Vegas-style magical review. The sleek, lavender-hued theatre seats more than 600 patrons for a family friendly show that features unreal illusions and exotic animals, including Greg’s pet tigers, Boomer, Cashmere, and Shimira. As the curtain goes down, show-goers will leave the auditorium delighted by dexterous sleights-of-hand, which, like the actual spelling of Saskatchewan, will remain forever a mystery.

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New Year’s Eve with the Barenaked Ladies & Great Big Sea

Barenaked LadiesNiagara Parks is partnering with Global Television and Entertainment Tonight Canada to welcome 2011 with ‘New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls’, a fun-filled evening in celebration of the coming year.

The nationwide fete is an ET Canada exclusive and will kick off at 6:30 pm with a 2 hour live broadcast from the Falls on Friday, December 31 beginning at 10pm ET/PT on Global. ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli will lead the countdown and ‘rock in’ the New Year with special performances by Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, Kardinall Officiall and up and coming Canadian talent Running Red Lights and comedian Calwyn Shurgold.

Kardinall OfficiallThis FREE New Year’s concert in Queen Victoria Park overlooking the Falls draws approximately 30,000 people to the Park, and this year is expected to be no different, so come out and celebrate with us and enjoy two spectacular fireworks displays planned for 9 p.m. and midnight that evening. This outdoor celebration also features food and beverage vendors, as well as an outdoor licensed area. As always, the presence of security and policing will be on-site to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the night.

Make an evening of it! Start your night off at Elements on the Falls Restaurant, with its unparalleled view of the brink of the Falls at the Table Rock Centre. During the show, Edgewaters Tap and Grill and the Riverview International Buffet, both located at Queen Victoria Place are your closest warm-up spots within steps of the concert stage. Stop in for dinner before the show or warm-up over a late night beverage, all while taking in the beauty of the illumination of both the American and Horseshoe Falls.

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