ReginaCadabra Announces Festival Line-up

Magic will be in the air this summer as ReginaCadabra, a new magic festival in Regina, will bring in top-notch magicians from all across Western Canada to the Queen City.

ReginaCadabra was the winner of the inaugural Event of Events competition that the Regina Hotel Association ran in the spring of 2016.

The event will take place at various venues around the city from July 26 – 30, 2017. For tickets and More information go to: www.reginacadabra.com

Please see attached Press Release for full festival line-up.

 

40 years of Canada’s Farm Progress Show brings new programs and celebrity speakers

Regina, Saskatchewan – This year marks the 40th edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show, presented by Viterra, which is taking place June 21-23, 2017, at Evraz Place in Regina. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, organizers are adding new programs, theme days and a speaker lineup designed to educate and entertain attendees.

“Canada’s Farm Progress Show is all about connecting people in the agriculture industry,” says Shirley Janeczko, Show Manager. “The show’s main purpose is to connect qualified buyers with sellers, but it also brings attendees together to hear about latest innovations and industry trends.”

Canada’s Farm Progress Show is built on a foundation of innovation, education and collaboration, and this year’s show delivers on all three aspects. The Innovation Awards presented by Farm Credit Canada (FCC) will take place during the opening ceremonies on Tuesday, June 20, to honour the year’s best emerging technologies and innovations. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of industry judges, and the highest-ranked entries will receive either a Gold Standard Award or a Sterling Standard Award. All entries will be on display in the FCC Innovation Centre throughout the show. Learn more about the Innovation Program.

Education will also be a key focus of this year’s show at the Farm Progress Forum presented by FCC. Topics from farm succession planning to entrepreneurialism to the season’s weather forecast are on the agenda. Attendees will hear from Natasha and Elysia Vandenhurk of Three Farmers about their successful business and recent venture back to the Dragons’ Den. The pair have turned their attention from their successful line of camelina oil products into the healthy snack food market.

Drew Lerner, a celebrity of sorts in the agriculture industry, will hit the stage on June 22 to talk about what he predicts Mother Nature will bring for the 2017 growing season. His assessments of crop and weather expectations are relied upon around the world for commodity market trading and to help producers and companies make better agricultural business decisions.

Farm Progress Forum wraps up on June 23 with CBC funny man Rick Mercer who will delight attendees with stories of his travels across the nation to find out what it means to be Canadian. With 2017 being Canada’s 150, Mercer considers his appearance at Canada’s Farm Progress Show to be somewhat of a state-of-the union address, where he’ll share his comical adventures both on and off the farm. Learn more about the Farm Progress Forum.

To celebrate the 40th edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show, organizers have added new theme days. Wednesday, June 21 is Women in Ag Day with the first-ever Empowering Women conference. All walk-up admissions for women that day will be 40 per cent off. Among the inspiring presenters will be keynote speaker Rachel Miekle, founder of the Hillberg & Berk jewelry empire.

Thursday, June 22 is Young Farmers’ Day featuring the Outstanding Young Farmer Award ceremony and luncheon. Anyone under 40 will receive 40 per cent off gate admissions that day.

The final day of Canada’s Farm Progress Show on Friday, June 23 is Heritage Day, presented by FCC, to celebrate the show’s 40 years of success. Anyone ages 40 and up will receive a 40 per cent discount at the gate. The day’s events will include a pancake breakfast, a cake cutting celebration and tours of new Mosaic Stadium.

Also new to the 2017 edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show is the Farmyard Inventions competition, presented by Peavey Mart. Canada’s most imaginative inventors will compete for a chance to win a prize valued at $5,000. This new addition to the show is to a throwback to the past, when similar competitions took place.

“Some of today’s renowned manufacturers started out with backyard inventions that are now used around the world,” says Janeczko. “We added the Farmyard Inventions competition to our show to inspire farmers and give them a stage to showcase what could change the future of agriculture forever.” Learn more about the Farmyard Inventions competition.

For more information about Canada’s Farm Progress Show, visit www.myfarmshow.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Paula Kohl, Director of Marketing, Communications & Strategy The Regina Exhibition Association Limited (operator of Evraz Place)
Phone: 306-519-9715
Email: pkohl@evrazplace.com

Sportsnet Brings Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling to Regina for the Tour Challenge in Fall 2017

REGINA (January 26, 2017) As announced earlier today, Regina will play host to the world’s best curlers this fall as Sportsnet brings the Tour Challenge – the first event of the 2017-18 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season – to town from September 5 to 10. This marks the first time Regina will host a Grand Slam curling event.

The announcement was made today at a media event hosted by local hometown favourite and 1998 Olympic gold medallist Joan McCusker, alongside Regina Mayor Michael Fougere, Regina Minister of Tourism Jeremy Harrison, Curl Regina Committee Chair Bernadette McIntyre, and 2010 Olympic gold medallist Kevin Martin.

“Regina is a natural choice to host an event like Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “Our extensive experience hosting major sporting events, our large and enthusiastic volunteer base, and our outstanding venues mean that some of the greatest curlers in the world will be experiencing one of the greatest host cities in Canada.”

“We have grown the Grand Slam tournament from four to seven events since acquiring the property in 2012 and are committed to investing in the sport, the players, and curling communities. Saskatchewan is one of the curling meccas in Canada and we are excited to bring the event to Regina to kick off the 2017 season,” said Kristi Petrushchak, Sr. Manager of Grand Slam of Curling, Sportsnet.

The Tour Challenge will be hosted at the Co-operator’s Centre at Evraz Place, September 5 -10, 2017. The event will bring 275 athletes, along with officials and media from across Canada, to Regina. This event is expected to create an estimated economic impact of more than $1 million.

“The curling community is excited to host the first event of the 2017-18 curling season, where the best curlers in the world will be sharpening their skills in preparation for Olympic qualification and Tier 2 will feature national and local up-and-coming teams. It is a must-see for curling enthusiasts,” commented Bernadette McIntyre, Curl Regina Committee Chair.

Tickets for the Tour Challenge go on sale to the public on Friday, Feb. 3 through Ticketmaster. For more details on the 2017-18 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season, please visit www.thegrandslamofcurling.com

Owned and operated by Sportsnet since 2012, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is an elite series of men’s and women’s curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour and feature the best teams from across Canada and around the world. The series expanded from five to seven events for the 2015-16 season. Additionally, total prize money for the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events increased to $2 million for 2016-17 season. For more details on future events, please visit www.thegrandslamofcurling.com

2018 Tim Hortons Brier Awarded to Regina

There will be a distinctively green flavour to the Tim Hortons Brier in approximately 17 months.

The 2018 Canadian Men’s Curling Championship will be staged at the Brandt Centre in Regina from March 3-11, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

“Curling’s roots go deep in the province of Saskatchewan, and based on past history, I have no doubt that the city of Regina will embrace the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier,” said Peter Inch, Chair of the Curling Canada Board of Governors. “The Tim Hortons Brier is the world’s most famous curling championship, and Regina is in for a memorable nine days of thrilling action, on and off the ice.”

The Brandt Centre, part of the Evraz Place complex, is home to the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats. The arena also has a significant history of hosting major curling events — most recently, the 2011 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, won by Canada’s Jeff Stoughton. This 6,500-seat arena with executive skyboxes and full-service concessions regularly hosts large sporting events, concerts, championship curling, award shows, conventions and trade shows.

The Tim Hortons Brier has been played at the Brandt Centre twice — in 2006 (won by Quebec’s Jean-Michel Ménard) and 1992 (won by Manitoba’s Vic Peters). Previous Regina-hosted Briers took place in 1976 (the memorable victory by Newfoundland/Labrador’s Jack MacDuff) and 1955 (equally memorable as Garnet Campbell of Avonlea and his three brothers won Saskatchewan’s first Brier title).

Other major past events at the Brandt Centre include the 2008 and 1998 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the 2002 World Financial Group Continental Cup, the 2001 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials and the 1983 World Men’s Championship (won by Canada’s Ed Werenich). The 1973 World Men’s Championship also was played in Regina (won by Sweden’s Kjell Oscarius).

“We are thrilled to have the Tim Hortons Brier return to Regina,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “Our city loves curling, but this event has a very special history in our community and I know there will be no shortage of enthusiasm and excitement when the brooms and rocks start flying.”

“Saskatchewan people are the most avid curling fans on the planet, and our renowned brand of hospitality will make it a Brier to remember,” added Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Jeremy Harrison. “The 2018 Tim Hortons Brier will bring visitors to our province who will contribute to our economy by shopping at stores, dining at restaurants, and staying in hotels.”

Saskatchewan teams have prevailed seven times in the Tim Hortons Brier, starting with Campbell’s 1955 triumph. The legendary Ernie Richardson foursome won four titles in five years (1959, 1960, 1962, 1963), while Harvey Mazinke won in 1973. Rick Folk’s 1980 victory is the most recent for a Saskatchewan entry.

“This is an exciting time for Saskatchewan curling, and the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier will be a great opportunity to continue building our sport in this province,” said Ashley Howard, Executive-Director of CurlSask. “The bid committee did a wonderful job behind the scenes in convincing Curling Canada to bring the Tim Hortons Brier to Regina, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store, on and off the ice, in 2018.”

A 16-team field will make its Tim Hortons Brier debut in Regina. The expanded field is being utilized as a pilot after the format was approved at Curling Canada’s Annual Meetings this past summer in Cornwall, Ont.

The field will feature the 14 provincial/territorial champions of Curling Canada’s Member Associations, along with the defending champion Team Canada. The qualifying process for the 16th team is still being determined and will be announced later. While more teams will be competing, the Tim Hortons Brier will be played over its traditional nine-day, 22-draw schedule, using a two-pool, two-stage round-robin format similar to that used at the Canadian Juniors and Canadian Mixed championships.

The 2018 Brier will mark the 14th year of title sponsorship by Tim Hortons, one of North America’s largest restaurant chains in the quick-service segment. “Tim Hortons is a proud supporter of Canadian curling and we are honoured to return as the title sponsor of the 2018 Brier,” said Sami Siddiqui, President of Tim Hortons Canada. “We look forward to celebrating this exciting event alongside the Regina community.”

The winner of the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier will represent Canada a month later at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Las Vegas. Additionally, the winning team will qualify for the 2019 World Financial Group Continental Cup, and will return to defend its title as Team Canada at the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier.

“It was a long process, and our bid committee put in a lot of hours, however the end result was worth it,” said Bid Committee Chairperson Bernadette McIntyre. “We were ecstatic to hear that Curling Canada had faith in our committee, and our city, to host the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, and we’re going set our sights on putting together an amazing event for the players, fans and visitors from across the country.”

Tickets for the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, the 89th edition of the championship, are expected to go on sale early in 2017.

The Brier has been played in 31 cities across Canada, from Victoria to St. John’s. Manitoba and Alberta are tied for victories with 27 apiece. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut have yet to win.

The 2017 Tim Hortons Brier is scheduled for March 4-12 in St. John’s. Tickets are available at www.curling.ca/2017brier/tickets/.

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For more information Al Cameron
Director, Communication & Media Relations
Curling Canada
Tel: 403-463-5500
acameron@curling.ca Bernadette McIntyre
Bid Committee Chairperson
Tel: 306-530-2350
Bernadette.McIntyre@wascana.ca

Congratulations Skate Canada Saskatchewan!

Today, Skate Canada announced that the 2017 Skate Canada International will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan from October 26-29, 2017 at the Brandt Centre located at Evraz Place.

The Regina Hotel Association is pleased to be a sponsor of the upcoming prestigious event that will attract skaters to Regina from around the world, generating approximately 1,800 hotel room night stays for our member hotels. 

Click here  for the full Skate Canada Media Release.

The RHA is pleased to announce its 2016/2017 Board of Directors and new Board Chair

The RHA is pleased to announce its 2016/2017 Board of Directors:

Mr. Mike Wurster –  DoubleTree By Hilton

Ms. Cari Lemieux (Past Chair) –  Days Inn Regina East

Ms. Tracy Fahlman (CEO)     –  Regina Hotel Association

Mr. Ryan Urzada (Chair) –  Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre Regina

Ms. Laura Armitage (Vice Chair)   –  Residence Inn by Marriott

Mr. Steven Dyck (Finance Director) –  Best Western Plus Eastgate Inn & Suites

Ms. Connie Young –  Executive Royal Hotel

Mr. Glenn Weir  –  Best Western Seven Oaks Inn

In addition, we are pleased to advise of the appointment of Ryan Urzada as our new Board Chair. Urzada assumed his new role with the RHA in May 2016 as the fourth Board Chair.

“Mr. Urzada’s 15 years of professional hotel industry experience is a great asset to our organization,” said Tracy Fahlman, CEO of the Regina Hotel Association, “I look forward to working with him and the Board to achieve our aggressive strategic goals that will provide value to our membership for many years.”

Urzada attended McGill University receiving a Bachelor of Commerce, Management and Marketing in 1995.  He also completed the General Managers Program at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.  Following a career as an Investment Executive with ScotiaMcLeod, Urzada began his hotel career with Dimension 3 Hospitality (d3h) in 2001.  In 2008, he returned to Regina to join the Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre as its Director of Business Development.  Since then, he has advanced to the role of General Manager and most recently, Managing Director.

“I am honored that the Board has entrusted me to undertake this strategic leadership role,” said Urzada.   “We have great opportunities ahead of us to advance the hotel industry in Regina.”

Urzada takes over from Ms. Cari Lemieux, General Manager of Days Inn (Regina East).  Lemieux served as the Board’s Chair since 2011. “We extend our gratitude to Ms. Lemieux for her leadership, passion and dedication to the Association,” said Fahlman.  Lemieux will remain on the Board assuming the position of Past Chair.

Established as a not-for-profit in 2006, the Regina Hotel Association (RHA) is a hotel industry organization representing 3,000 guest rooms in 22 hotels across the city that employ over 1,350 people in Regina.

New Finishing Line Facility in Wascana Centre

The Regina Hotel Association (RHA) and Wascana Centre Authority (WCA), in collaboration with the Wascana Racing Canoe Club, the Regina Rowing Club, and the Wind On My Wings sailing club, are pleased to announce the construction of a finishing line facility on Pine Island, off the south shore of Wascana Lake.
The finishing line facility will enhance the island as a judging venue during water sport competitions and race events. The new structure will provide officials with a fully enclosed judging and viewing area to monitor race starts and finishes, as well as protect equipment from the elements.

The creation of the facility will make Wascana Centre one of the top three venues in Canada for canoe, kayak, sailing and rowing competitions, allowing the Centre to continue to attract national and international events to Regina.
“Wascana Centre is excited to be partnering with the Regina Hotel Association, the Wascana Racing Canoe Club, the Regina Rowing Club and Wind On My Wings during our 50th anniversary year to enhance the Pine Island venue and attract more events to the City,” commented Bernadette McIntyre, CEO Wascana Centre.

The Regina Hotel Association has committed $100,000 to support the construction of the facility through its Destination Marketing Fund. This fund assists over 50 event organizers and associations every year in support of their efforts to start-up, grow and attract events and conventions to Regina.

“We are thrilled to partner in this exciting development. The new facility will contribute to the clubs future success and strengthen Wascana Centre as an event destination, generating economic returns for many years to Regina’s tourism sector,” said Tracy Fahlman, CEO of the RHA.

The project will have three phases and is estimated to cost between $250,000 and $500,000. The remaining funds will be raised through grant applications and fundraising initiatives undertaken by the other partner organizations.
Chris LaPlante, Commodore of the Wascana Racing Canoe Club said “The support provided by the Regina Hotel Association has provided the momentum required to make Wascana Lake a first class facility and will ensure it is home to more national and international events.”

“The Regina Rowing Club is pleased to be part of this progressive collaboration. The improvements will benefit all those who use the lake for years to come”, noted Kathy Black, Club President.

While the main user of the facility will be the club partners, it will be designed and built as an all season, year-round, multi-use facility. This could generate new event opportunities for Wascana Centre in the winter that would further strengthen our city as a sport destination.

Wind on My Wings coordinator Tanya Gallagher commented, “The improvements in access will be a welcome benefit for our competitors, officials and fans”.

The facility design will be completed this winter with construction of phase one starting by the summer of 2013.