The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills is hosting a resident and registrant ZESTful celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday featuring live music, spectacular buskers and more!

Featuring Hamilton’s best food trucks, gourmet catering by Nellie James, small batch wines by Ridge Road Estate Winery, plus ice-cold beer from Hamilton Brewery and other Canadian brands.

End the night with a professional Fireworks Display at Dusk!

PROGRAM ITINERARY

5:00   Canada 150 Celebration Kick-off

  • Illusionist “Got Magic” from Theatricks
  • An electrifying performance by internationally celebrated electric violinist, Dr. Draw!
  • Award-winning juggling and stunt performance “Hillbilly Hijinks” – Theatricks
  • Cassandra DiFruscio singer/songwriter
  • The Danger Show – live stunts and feats of agility that will AMAZE you!
  • Live performance – VERY Special guests of The Village of St. Elizabeth Mills – British-Mania
  • Dusk: An unforgettable fireworks display

ABOUT THE FOODIES AND ENTERTAINERS

Award-winning Chef Ken Lefebour (Nellie James Too, Nellie James Gourmet Food To Go) About

A chef-driven gourmet food experience, Nellie James prepares menus based on seasonal foods, using local farmers and growers as a source of fresh ingredients.

Why “Nellie James“?  Chef Ken LeFebour explains: “Nellie James was my maternal grandmother, born in India to an Irish Father and an Anglo-Indian Mother. She raised 13 children, was fluent in English and spoke a number of Indian dialects. Nana Nellie was a fiercely strong redhead who was not afraid to speak her mind. She was kind, smart and an exceptional cook who I had the privilege of spending time with in India. Her spirit was so powerful and is something I carry with me. Naming the business after her seemed a small but fitting tribute to a great woman who raised wonderful daughters.”

Chef Ken also teaches gourmet-cooking classes at Mohawk College and in conjunction with other organizations such as the LCBO, Hamilton Farmer’s Market and the Hamilton Spectator’s Go Cooking sessions.

Ridge Road Estate Winery

Our farm has been in the family since the mid-1800’s and with that comes a sense of pride and tradition. Situated on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, overlooking Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline, we are the most westerly winery in the Niagara Region. Follow the signs off of the QEW up one of the picturesque escarpment accesses to our quaint and relaxing winery. 

Our wines are made from hand-picked grapes and are produced in small batches. This allows us to put the care and attention into each of our wines that make them unique. The tasting room has a bistro feel making your visit relaxing and enjoyable. Taste our wines while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. 

 

Sean & Jayne
The property offers a unique growing environment, with lake breezes flowing up and over the escarpment and clay loam soils. The ubiquitous Escarpment limestone offers a mineral component to the wines. Sean explains, ‘Although on average the temperature is 1°C cooler up here in the winter, it’s often warmer in the summer. The site benefits from consistent breezes that quickly dry the grapes after a rain, and that tend to push the late spring frosts up over the escarpment—fortunately, wind machines are redundant for us!”

The Hamilton Brewery

http://thehamiltonbrewery.com

Established in 2014, The Hamilton Brewery or THB, is an ambitious effort aimed at becoming the beer of choice for a proud city. They’re achieving this lofty goal by brewing awesome craft beer and providing great service to their customers. Their signature brew is Blue Collar Pale Ale, a hoppy number with a smooth finish featured in several taps around the city. They released their second beer Riley Red about 6 months ago and have recently released Friday Night Pilsner.

 

 

Food Trucks:

Gorilla Cheese https://gorillacheese.com

Canada’s first grilled cheese food truck, and the first food truck to hit the streets of Hamilton! Gorilla Cheese uses local, independent high-quality suppliers to create Hamilton’s best, award-winning sandwiches! Often imitated, never duplicated!

 

The Dirty South Food Truck http://www.dirtysouthtruck.com/

The Dirty South boys try and set themselves apart with a unique twist on comfort food, offering generous portions at a reasonable price. All of the sauces, seasonings and rubs are made from scratch, anything they can’t make themselves, they source out to local business that operates under the highest standards. They truly are bringing the Deep South to you … literally.

 

The Salted Pig Food Truck http://www.saltedpig.ca/about

The Salted Pig is part of the Kreative Katering family along with The Dirty South food truck, Georgia Hots gourmet hot dog cart and One Sweet Bike (retro Dickie-Dee style dessert bicycle). The head chef and owner, Brett Liersch’s passion for food and top quality service comes from over two decades of experience in the food industry. Everything is made from scratch or sourced from local farmers and independent grocers.

 

 

Urban Express Mobile Steak Truck https://roaminghunger.com/urban-express/

Urban Express is a food truck based in Hamilton with a passion for steaks that guarantees to wake up all of your taste buds!

 

Kool Jims Ice Cream Truck

KOOL Jim’s Ice Cream Truck has served Hamilton and the surrounding area for more than 12 years. They are a family owned business offering the highest quality of products and using a premium soft serve ice cream, including cones (vanilla, chocolate or twist!), slushies, milkshakes, popsicles, sundaes, banana splits, snow cones, waffle cones, chocolate dipped frozen bananas and chocolate dipped frozen cheesecake on a stick!

 

Entertainers:

Dr. Draw

http://drdraw.ca/

Dr. Draw is known as the first violinist to venture from rock and classical into electronic music culture. His style is difficult to describe as his history with music and culture spans an eccentric lifetime. From playing for royalty in Prague to creating near chaos at the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival to playing luxury brand events like Chloé and Dom Pérignon, Dr. Draw inspires kudos wherever he plays. Lately, his reputation is growing eastward. Performances have included playing in Singapore, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and a spate of Louis Vuitton events in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and South Korea.

 

Cassandra DiFruscio

http://www.cassandraonthenet.com

Singer, songwriter, entertainer – this awesome 23-year old from Niagara-on-the-Lake first tasted fame as a finalist in a CBC Music and Hockey Night in Canada “Song Quest” project to choose the country’s next great hockey song. She was inspired to write “Bring It Home”, incorporating upbeat dressing room talk familiar with her hockey-loving family. While she made it to the Top Ten, Cassandra’s song was not the winner – but it provided her with motivation and impetus to keep writing. She has performed extensively throughout Europe and her local performances have a wide following, including performances with Keith Urban (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEDdPsfIb5o).

 

Britishmania Beatles Tribute

http://british-mania.com/

Having performed at hundreds of theaters, clubs, festivals, corporate parties and the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, Britishmania, presented by JDF Promotions, invites you to take a memorable journey through the historic career of The Beatles!

WATCH PROMO VIDEO

The show features a spectacular multimedia video from the early 1960s and includes up to 5 costume eras! It begins with The Beatles’ rise in Liverpool, honing their signature sound at The Cavern Club. Then, moving to the beginning of Beatlemania in America for The Ed Sullivan Show era, it features songs like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” The show takes you to Shea Stadium for songs “Help!” “Drive my Car” and “Day Tripper.”

The second half of the show begins with the Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour era in 1967, featuring the songs “Sgt. Pepper” “With a Little Help” and “A Day in the Life.” Then, the Abbey Road/Let it Be/White Album era, with the songs “Come Together” “Something” and “Hey Jude,” closes out the show.

Britishmania is also known to perform a lot of “B” sides, which only Beatles fans know for sure!

 

Theatricks

https://www.theatricks.ca/about

Run by DJ Carroll, an entertainer, performer, magician, director and actor, Theatricks provides magic, juggling, and entertainment for multiple events throughout southern Ontario. Carroll loves all things dramatic, artistic and excels at encouraging others to participate in the arts. He is the Drama teacher at Elmira District Secondary School and the founder and Artistic Director of the Robin in the Hood Medieval Festival.

When not teaching or running a festival, DJ and his crew are out performing for company parties, promotional events, birthdays, movie and fundraising galas as well as countless dinner theater events. Theatricks is a one stop shopping experience for your entertainment needs.

 

Joe Botelho

Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas these are just a few of the amazing talents to come out of Hamilton. There’s one more to add to the list – Joe Botelho. First appearing in 2015 at Yuk Yuks in Hamilton, Joe Botelho has become a popular entertainer in the Hamilton circuit. His unique irreverent style and his ability to touch nerves, makes him a local favourite. Joe will be the MC at the St. Elizabeth Village Canada 150 Event.