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Enter to Win 4 Tickets to See Beauty and the Beast at Huron Country Playhouse

Beauty and the Beast Giveaway

Today on City Mom, one lucky reader will win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Drayton Entertainment’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Read on to learn more.

5 REASONS WHY DRAYTON ENTERTAINMENT’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IS A MUST-SEE!

I am still coming down from the high of our experience at the Huron Country Playhouse seeing Beauty and the Beast; it was hands-down the best musical production that I have ever seen! There are SO many reasons why you and your family should go to see this production, but I’ve narrowed it down to the top five!

1. The humour:

Tony Edgerton, Keith Savage, Patrick R Brown and Danielle Wade in Beauty and the Beast, 2017

As a young girl, I was a huge fan of Disney’s animated film Beauty and the Beast when it was released in 1991, so I thought I knew what to expect from this story before we attended the show at the Huron Country Playhouse.

I was so pleasantly surprised with the amount of timely, witty humour that was implemented into Drayton Entertainments’ version of this Disney classic. Some of the humour was appreciated by all, young and old and some was reserved for the adults which made it unique and appealed to the entire family.

Highlight: Lumiere and Cogsworth’s hilarious and playful banter.

2. The talent:

Danielle Wade as Belle and Tony Edgerton as the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Drayton Entertainment, 2017

When Belle, played by Danielle Wade, appeared on stage and belted out her first few notes, my daughter excitedly and urgently asked if she was “really singing, or was it a recording from the movie?” And it wasn’t only Little S that thought Danielle and Belle from Disney’s film sounded extremely similar – we all thought the same.

The talent doesn’t stop there…every single cast member nailed their characters and captured our attention as we were glued to the stage. The writing, directing, music and acting all came together to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.

Highlight: Tony Edgerton, who plays the beast, was excellent at drawing us in to both fear him in the beginning and then to come to understand his story as he softens and learns the meaning of love and kindness.

3. Gaston:

Brent Thiessen as Gaston and ensemble in Beauty and the Beast

Gaston, played by Brent Thiessen, gets his own heading because as the character is written, we shouldn’t like him. Cast as the quintessential villain, Gaston is traditionally a self-absorbed, macho jerk but the combo of the writing and Brent’s talent causes us to actually crave seeing him on stage – we just couldn’t get enough. Some might even find themselves having a bad boy crush (wink, wink Mom)!

Highlight: Gaston, Lefou and the rest of the ensemble in the “The Mob Song” number and the antlers dance. And sorry ladies, but Gaston is “taken” and his wife, Jennifer Thiessen, is sharing the stage with her hubby in this production. How sweet?!

4. The Silly Girls:

Ashley Arnet, Jessica Horn, Jade Repeta

I really cannot say enough about how amazing this show was. That’s why it is hard to pick just five reasons why you should go…alas, I must narrow it down and The Silly Girls are three reasons in one.

Performed by Ashley Arnett, Jessica Horn and Jade Repeta, the Silly Girls almost steal the show! As Gaston’s fandom, they add a lot of humour, a little sass and a touch of naughtiness (don’t worry, only the adults will pick up on this) to the production. Endlessly talented, these three actors really add the icing on the cake.

Highlight: When the girls learn that Gaston is going to ask Belle to marry him – their reaction. Enough said…lmao!!

5. The costumes:

Victor A. Young, Zoe Brown, Valerie Boyle and Patrick R. Brown in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Drayton Entertainment

The costumes are perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring aspects of this production. Costume Designer, Rachel Berchtold, has added her own unique take on the costumes, especially in comparison to other Beauty and the Beast adaptations.

I imagine that it must be pretty difficult to transform inanimate objects like a candelabra, clock, dinner plate, napkin and dresser into living things. Rachel has done an amazing job with this task and the choreography created by Robin Calvert has complimented her creations perfectly.

You’ll know what I mean when Mrs. Potts, played by Valerie Boyle, offers to pour tea for Maurice and when the napkins dance like The Rockettes. And you’ll fall in love with little Chip played by London’s own Zoë Brown.

Highlight: Mrs. Potts’ and Chip’s costumes. Some very cute and clever takes on these two character’s costumes.

GET YOUR TICKETS

Drayton Entertainments Production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is playing at Huron Country Playhouse from August 10 – September 3, 2017 at and at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge from November 22 – December 31, 2017.

WIN TICKETS ON CITY MOM

I am so appreciative and excited to offer a Family 4-pack of tickets to the Beauty and the Beast production at Huron Country Playhouse on Saturday, September 2, 2017 for the 7:30 p.m. performance to one City Mom community member. Please note that this date and time cannot be changed.

Please use the giveaway widget below and good luck! You definitely don’t want to miss this show. Good luck!

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Celebrate #Canada150 In The Most Unique Way #Giveaway

Canadian Originals Giveaway

I’m so excited to share this awesome giveaway from Canadian Originals with you today! Read on and enter below.

WHAT IS CANADIAN ORIGINALS?

How it Works

Canadian Originals is a  monthly subscription box program featuring artisan products selected from the best Canada has to offer. With local, handmade items that are a surprise each month, the fun never ends. You will receive a curated collection of items not widely available abroad or across the country in your box. This makes the items not only homegrown but exclusive too.

MY CANADIAN ORIGINALS UNBOXING

I was so excited when I received my Canada 150 July Debut Box in the mail even though I had to wait to open it. I wanted to open it for the very first time with you so I had to wait until the next day. I seriously woke up so excited to dive into my package and I wasn’t disappointed!

The packaging was so fitting and beautiful, the smell was delicious and the products were of very high quality and each so unique. What I loved about the whole experience was that I could tell that each item was carefully chosen to create an overall one-of-a-kind experience. I can’t say that I would necessarily have gone out and bought each item myself but I genuinely loved each piece. And we all know that this makes for the best kind of gift – whether it’s for you or someone else, you can’t go wrong and you will truly love the surprise each month.

Here is a sneak peek of the Canada 150 July Debut Box:

SUBSCRIBE TO CANADIAN ORIGINALS

You can subscribe to Canadian Originals in the following ways:
  • Monthly
  • 3 Month
  • 6 Month
  • 12 Month

Each option becomes cheaper with the 12 month subscription being the best value. Shipping is done with a flat rate within Canada and international shipping is also available! I’m already planning to send one to my friend in Australia to share some Canuck love!

GET 10% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER

When you subscribe to the Canadian Originals newsletter, you will receive a 10% off discount code that you can use towards your first purchase.

ENTER TO WIN THE JULY DEBUT BOX FROM CANADIAN ORIGINALS

The first Canadian Originals box ships out on July 5th with a special Canada 150 Debut Box. They are selling out quickly but one lucky (Canadian) City Mom reader will win their very own. Enter below using the giveaway widget. Good luck!

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7 Cool Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Cirque Du Soleil: OVO

Cirque du Soleil: Ovo London

London, we are so lucky to have the amazing performance of Cirque Du Soleil: OVO visiting our city and they will only be here until June 18, 2017.

We were lucky to attend the London premiere last night and I must share that this show is a MUST SEE for the whole family! Get your tickets here so you don’t miss out.

In addition to attending the premiere event, we also got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cirque Du Soleil: OVO production and we learned some really cool facts that we think might surprise you.

1. The Cirque du Soleil production transports the entire OVO set from city to city via 19 transport-sized trucks.

Among the cargo? 180 suitcases for the team’s personal items.

Photo credit: Twitter | @PeggyChapman16
2. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team travels with their own washers and dryers for costume laundering.

Yup! They carry six washers and two dryers on the trucks so that costumes can be washed after each performance. This ensures that all 1,000 costume pieces are clean and flawless for each show.

Cirque du Soleil Washers

3. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team consists of cast and crew members from 20 different countries.

Canada, Russia, Ukraine and China are just a few of the countries represented.

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

4. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team travels with over 100 individuals that all work together to create the awe-inspiring event.

This number is made up of approximately 50 performers, 25 management members including wardrobe specialists and 25 technology specialists.
Among this number there are two physiotherapists that travel with the team to keep the artists in tiptop shape and injury-free.

Cirque du Soleil Ovo

5. The Cirque du Soleil OVO performers are responsible for their own makeup for each performance.

When cast members join the team, professional makeup artists apply the full “face” first, in Montreal, to act as an instructional lesson. Next, the makeup artist applies a “half face” and the performer mimics this on the other side.

Finally, the performers are provided with a step-by-step guide to follow in preparation for each performance.

Cirque du Soleil Makeup

6. Many of the Cirque du Soleil artists have a diploma from “Circus School”.

Students who attend a college such as Ecole nationale de cirque or National Circus School in Montreal earn a Diploma of Collegial Studies in circus arts (DEC), a three-year program that aims to produce professional circus artists.

National Circus School

Circus School

Photo credit: ecolenationaledecirque.ca
7. The elaborate Cirque du Soleil costumes are handmade in Montreal.

When artists are brought on for a particular production, their measurements are taken to create a custom made costume. The performers spend three to four weeks training in Montreal while their costume(s) are made.

A last set of measurements are taken before the final touches are applied to the costumes as the performer’s size may have changed from the intense training.

Cirque du Soleil Cricket Costumes

It is no wonder that so much goes into the production of this iconic production. These are just a few of the amazing things there are to know about the behind-the-scenes aspect of Cirque du Soleil.

Check out the OVO trailer and get your tickets before they sell out.

Which is your favourite fun fact about Cirque du Soleil: OVO? Leave us a comment to let us know!

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What Does Having it All Mean to You? Share & You Could Win!

Food Basics I Want it All Contest

What does “having it all” mean to me?

Ten years ago, my answer would have been very different than it is today. Back then I think I would have answered something along the lines of a marriage, a family, a big house, a fancy car, a prestigious career, extravagant vacations, and a wardrobe that would make J-Lo jealous.
Not that there is anything wrong with that answer but as I’ve matured and gained more wisdom and become a mom, my answer is very different than the one I just made up.

Today my answer to the question, “what does having it all mean to me?” is pretty simple…having it all means that my family and I have our health and happiness and the general necessities in life like a roof over our head, clean water, access to healthy foods that are readily available, education, the ability to participate in our community, opportunities for physical fitness, access to healthcare and so on; anything else is gravy! Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy gravy, but for me I don’t need it to feel like I have it all.

Have it All

I believe that when my daughter looks back on her childhood, she is not going to wish that we had a bigger house, a fancier car or more “things”. The memories that fill her story will be that of the simplest things like laughter, unconditional love, special milestones, her friendships, her teachers, her extended family, family vacations (regardless of their location and star rating associated) and the fact that we were there for her through it all.

WHAT DOES HAVING IT ALL MEAN TO YOU?

Having it all means different things to different people and there is no right or wrong answer. We are all driven by different things and it takes such a variety of personalities to make our world what it is.

Today Food Basics is asking you to answer the question “If you won free groceries for a an entire year, what would you do with the savings?” and you could win $1,000 worth of groceries.

It’s really easy to enter…just follow these simple steps at foodbasics.ca/videocontest and to learn about the contest rules. Contest runs from May 19, 2016 to June 29, 2016.

Food Basics Contest

WIN FREE GROCERIES FOR A YEAR

And guess what?! It gets better…visit a Food Basics store starting on June 2nd, 2016 for your chance to win 1 of 3 grand prizes of groceries for a year ($10,000 in Food Basics Gift Cards)!

That’s almost $200 extra in your pocket each week! When speaking of having it all – how would that extra cash help you achieve your dream of having it all?

For me I think that I would use the savings to go towards my “gravy” like saving it up to take an extra vacation or to treat Little S to some new adventures and/or splurge a little and have some fancy date nights with my husband…the possibilities are endless.

Don’t forget to visit foodbasics.ca/videocontest to enter. Have fun and good luck!

City Mom

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream: A Must-See Show!

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream London

The Disney on Ice franchise sure knows how to put on a good show and this year’s Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream show was just as magical as ever and an amazing way to kick off the start to the March Break!

This year’s show was referred to as the “ultimate princess event” and it certainly did deliver a princess-packed adventure for myself, my friend and our 3-year-old daughters (who of course dressed the part in their own princess dresses and crowns, along with most other little girls in the audience)!

We all got tangled up in fun with Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White and Tiana. Our little girls sat and watched in awe as the Disney princesses came to life on ice!

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Cinderella

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Sleeping Beauty

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Snow White

Mickey and the gang made some cameo appearances along the way and the classic Disney princess stories of Princess and the Frog, Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were featured.  The more modern story of Tangled is also featured and includes some unforgettable, hair-raising moments.

THE GRAND PRINCESS FINALE

I had heard that there was a spectacular finale where all the favourite princesses take to the ice and create the Ultimate Disney Princess moment of a lifetime and this definitely did not disappoint!  Each Disney Princess gracefully appears in coordinating costumes of white and gold…even Belle and Ariel make an appearance!  Our little girls could not contain their excitement.

I highly recommend going to see this show!  It is completely worth the money; the looks on our daughters’ faces were absolutely priceless!  They loved the experience and we did too, especially getting to watch their faces light up in excitement and be completely mesmerized by the magic that is Disney.

Kids tickets start at only $15 for the Friday and Saturday 7:00 PM performances! *Restrictions and fees may apply. Promo Code: KIDS

GET YOUR TICKETS

There are still seven more performance times available at Budweiser Gardens in London:

 March 11, 2016  10:30 a.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 12, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 13, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.

Get your tickets HERE.

Visit DisneyOnIce.ca to learn of other great shows taking place throughout Canada.

Enjoy the show!

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Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream! Is coming to Budweiser Gardens {#Giveaway}

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream London

…Thursday March 10th, 2016 to Sunday March 13th, 2016 and I couldn’t be more excited!

The Disney On Ice franchise has been around for decades and each year they manage to outdo themselves. I remember my parents taking me to see Disney on Ice when I was a little girl. I still remember that magical feeling of excitement getting to see the Disney characters up close and personal, and getting to see them skating on ice was just the cherry on top!

I can’t believe that it is now my turn to create these magical memories with my daughter! I will be taking her to the opening show at 7:00 p.m. and I think I may just be even more excited than she is!

This year’s show features world-class skaters and electrifying moments from the animated films:

  • Tangled
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Cinderella
  • Princess and the Frog

My daughter is three and of course, obsessed with princesses; I can’t wait for this year’s performance because I’ve heard that there is a spectacular finale where all the favourite princesses take to the ice and create the Ultimate Disney Princess Event of a lifetime!

The show celebrates 75 years of Disney Princess stories including two of the more modern princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, as well as the classics that started it all: Cinderella and Snow White. It is sure to be a hit with my family and I look forward to sharing our experience in March after the show.

ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO DISNEY ON ICE

City Mom will be giving away one family 4-packs of tickets to the opening performance of Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream! Please follow the instructions listed below. Show date/time is: Thursday March 10, 2016 – 7:00 pm . Please read full contest rules in giveaway.

BUY TICKETS

Opening Night tickets start at $15 and lower level seats are $10 off! *Restrictions and fees may apply. Promo Code: OPEN

Other performances:

 March 10, 2016  7:00 p.m.
 March 11, 2016  10:30 a.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 12, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 13, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.

Get your tickets HERE.

Good luck and enjoy the show!
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