UKNews

vb_130x420-px_1 

vsitBrit


vb_130X420_2

 vsitBrit

VB_culture130-x-240-px

 

vsitBrit 

 

VIDEO

COULD YOU BE LOVED
A Frank Orlando favourite
11 JUL 2019: We thought it appropriate to conclude the week with a music video that was a Frank Orlando favourite. This Bob Marley song was recorded in honour of his 70th Birthday. Typical of Frank, it’s original, upbeat, has something to say, and makes you want to join right in and sing along. MORE

LAND OF DREAMS
05 JUL 2019: In 2012, for the launch of Discover America and for the very first global marketing campaign to promote US tourism, Grammy award winner and songwriter Rosanne Cash wrote and performed the song “Land of Dreams.” The video was released on the United States' tourism website Discover America. We thought it appropriate to remember it now. MORE

LOOKING BACK
What happened to the Trump Shuttle
05 JUL 2019: For a short time in the late 1980's and early 1990's, Donald Trump owned an airline. In 1989, Trump raised US $365 million to purchase the Eastern Shuttle which provided business travellers with quick flights between New York, Boston, and Washington. What happened? Well, it was a good news, bad news situation. MORE

AINT TOO PROUD TO BEG
21 JUN 2019: The Rolling Stones begin shedding some moss again tonight in Chicago with a series of rescheduled North American tour dates following Mick Jagger’s recent heart surgery. And as the band will roll into an open-air venue near Barrie, Ont. for its only Canadian date on June 29, we thought we’d offer up a little teaser with a vintage video of a cover of The Temptations’ classic “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” which the Stones released in 1974. MORE

WE THE NORTH
Toronto celebrates
21 JUN 2019: We couldn’t let this week pass without congratulating the Raptors for their fantastic achievement and applauding both the win and the aftermath as Toronto celebrated in a massive outpouring of joy and appreciation at Monday’s events. Here’s a short review of the parade and ceremonies – and those of us in the business – will have noticed a very familiar face on the stage. MORE

LET YOURSELF IN
Tourism Toronto launches new destination campaign
20 JUN 2019: Fresh on the heels of the Raptors capturing the NBA title and Toronto's sense of welcome and diversity, Tourism Toronto is launching a new destination marketing campaign, “Let Yourself In”. The campaign also arrives as Toronto celebrates another record year in visitation having welcomed 44 million travellers into the city in 2018. MORE

COME AWAY WITH ME
14 JUN 2019: Norah Jones is in town for the Toronto Jazz Festival in a couple of weeks, so we though this week’s music video of her hit ‘Come Away With Me’ would be a tranquil way to end the week. MORE

MOUNT ETNA ERUPTS AGAIN
03 JUN 2019:  Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, is spewing ash and lava once again, but officials say the activity is taking place at its summit and does not pose a risk to people. Etna began a new phase of eruptions on Thursday as new cracks in the volcano opened up, sending lava down its flank. MORE

VENICE COLLISION REVIVES CALLS FOR CRUISE SHIP BAN
03 JUN 2019:  An out-of-control cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist riverboat on a busy Venice canal Sunday morning, injuring five people. The collision sparked new calls for placing restrictions on cruise ships in the famed city. The crash happened about 8:30 a.m. on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to St. Mark's Square in the northeastern Italian city. MORE

SCATTERLINGS OF AFRICA
31 MAY 2019:Recently my daughter Meghan took part in a student volunteer trip to South Africa with the terrific VESA program. She helped build houses, taught English, looked after kids at an orphanage, and got to see some of the amazing country as well, including experiencing some of the colourful Zula culture. MORE

LOVE THIS TOWN
24 MAY 2019: With this week’s announcement that the federal government would be investing in Canada’s tourism, and earmarking funds specifically to cities outside of the top three, (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver) we thought it would be appropriate to share a video from Canadian rock musician and songwriter Joel Plaskett. The song is ‘Love this town,’ and this particular video was filmed in Halifax’s ‘Two if by Sea Cafe.’ VIDEO MORE

THE PIANO MEN
10 MAY 2019: These two artists are both brilliant at what they do. I’ve been fortunate to see each performer individually but the two together are something special. Here’s Elton John and Billy Joel performing Joel’s Piano Man. MORE

SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS
Someday sometime spring will show up
03 MAY 2019: Unless today is any different – it’s too early to tell right now – this has been a decidedly miserable, cold, wet, wintery week (in Toronto). We even had snow – on April 30! So, in the absence of signs of spring - though I did see a guy (coat, scarf, gloves, hat and one glove ) on a patio (of course the gloveless hand held a cigarette) - here’s John Denver with something we can all look forward to. MORE

YOU GOTTA BELIEVE
26 APR 2019: Given that Cher was in Toronto this week with her ‘Here we go again’ tour I thought it appropriate that this Friday’s music video feature the lady herself. Here’s ‘Believe’ MORE

DANCING IN THE STREET
12 APR 2019: It’s Friday - okay it’s not summer yet - but it’s almost (fingers crossed) spring, maybe it’s even a sunny day. So, wherever you are, whatever your weekend plans – let’s hope they include some music and dancing - somewhere. MORE

A REVOLUTION IN 90 SECONDS.
12 APR 2019: The newly transformed Celebrity Summit has completed its dramatic transformation. The ship’s “Revolutionary” revitalization is the part of The Celebrity Revolution, Celebrity Cruises’ biggest fleet-wide modernization ever, with more than $500-million in luxurious upgrades taking the brand’s fleet to the Edge. MORE

EXPRESS YOURSELF
29 MAR 2019: A change of pace for today’s music video. Yo-Yo Ma is undeniably one of the greatest musicians alive today. Aside from his musical virtuosity, he is a creative genius who constantly finds new ways to partner with artists and individuals in differing disciplines to create inspired and inspiring works. MORE

WALKING IN MEMPHIS
More than just about a place
22 MAR 2019: While ‘Walking in Memphis’, composed and recorded by American singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, reached number 13 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ way back in 1991, I only heard it recently (thank you Mike Baginski) and loved it. Cohn has said the song is "100 percent autobiographical”, describing it as a pretty literal transcription of a visit he made in 1986. MORE

NOT A PLAYBOY BUNNY
Man recreates bunny suit marriage proposal
22 MAR 2019:  A New Hampshire man celebrated his wedding anniversary by showing up at the airport in a bunny costume similar to the one used when he first proposed to his wife. Londonderry resident, Mark DeAngelis says he asked his wife Jolene to marry him on Easter 1998, surprising her in a bunny suit.  MORE

AERIAL VIEWS
Billy Bishop Airport voted one of the most scenic airport landings for fifth straight year
22 MAR 2019: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has once again made Private Fly’s top ten list for Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world. YTZ ranked eighth among 129 airports worldwide, representing the fifth consecutive year that Toronto’s city airport has made the top ten global list. MORE

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY
15 MAR 2019:  Well, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, (you might have noticed) and as we can’t all get together to down a Guinness or two, or sip glass of Irish whiskey, let’s enjoy some music.  This is a couple of years old, but it’s the biggest ever street performance of Steve Earle's "Galway Girl" and took place on June 11th, 2016 in Galway, Ireland.  MORE

IN A THEME PARK FAR FAR AWAY
Star Wars opening date delivered by Disney
15 MAR 2019: Wookie wannabees rejoice. Disney’s much-anticipated and long-awaited Star Wars attraction is set to open ahead of schedule in Hollywood and later in the year in Orlando. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will welcome guests at Disneyland beginning May 31 and at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29.   MORE

I AM WOMAN
08 MAR 2019: Singer songwriter Helen Reddy won a Grammy Award for her 1972 hit 'I Am Woman' which shot up the charts, made her a star and became an anthem for the women’s movement. Currently there is a film in production chronicling the story of the song and Reddys rise to stardom. British actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey stars as the Australian singer. MORE

NOT READY TO MAKE NICE
08 MAR 2019: The Dixie Chicks are comprised of sisters, Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. On March 10, 2003, during a London concert, nine days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Natalie Maines told the audience, "We don't want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States (George W. Bush) is from Texas", which got a positive reaction from the British audience but unleashed a barrage of problems in the US.  MORE

ROAR
08 MAR 2019: Here Katy Perry’s anthem for women. This is from her ‘Prismatic World Tour’ and was the theme of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign where Perry performed it live at numerous campaign stops. Cathcj this video – especially her jump rope bit about half way through. MORE
logologologologologologo