June 23, 2005

Arts and Culture Spotlight brochure puts spotlight on arts and culture across York Region

NEWMARKET – The new Arts and Culture Spotlight brochure was presented to members of Regional Council today.  Live theatre and music, art galleries, historic villages and farmers markets are outlined for York Region residents and visitors alike in this detailed guide to entertainment in York Region.
“York Region is rich in arts and culture,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Our theatres, music festivals, historic main streets and art galleries are popular destinations for both our residents and visitors.”
York Region offers arts and culture activities that can easily fill a day or a weekend.  For example, a morning at the Varley Gallery’s Representing Cinema and the Art of Film may be followed by an afternoon of music at the Eaglewood Folk Festival or a dazzling performance of the Wicked Best Revue at the Red Barn Theatre in Georgina.  Visitors can stay the night at one of York Region’s charming country inns, quaint B&B’s or first-class hotels.
“Our aim is to provide user-friendly information to make planning a visit convenient,” said Markham Regional Councillor Frank Scarpitti, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.  “This guide is a valuable resource that can be used time and time again.”
The brochure includes a detailed map and a listing of sensational celebrations throughout York Region from June to December, 2005.  It was produced in partnership with Artslink York Region with financial sponsorship from Royal LePage.  
“York Region is a wonderful place where visitors and residents can feel welcome,” said Vivian Risi, Broker/Owner, Royal LePage.  “We are proud to be part of this dynamic community where family can share in its heritage.  When we were approached with the opportunity to sponsor the York Region Arts and Culture Spotlight, we were very pleased to be a part of promoting our community.”
The Arts and Culture Spotlight is available from the Region and local municipal offices.  
To obtain a copy of the guide along with travel information about York Region tourism opportunities, please visit www.yorktourism.com or call York Region Tourism at
(905) 883-3442 or toll-free at 1-888-448-0000.
Note to Media:  An electronic file of the brochure cover is available upon request.
Contact:   Amber Harrison, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
(905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1237    Email: Amber.Harrison@york.ca

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