Behind the Scene: Brantford Blooms Florist
The enchanting and alluring aroma of fresh cut flowers fills the air inside Brantford Blooms. From the moment you enter and are greeted by owner Olga, or one of her staff, you can rest assured that whatever your floral needs may be, that they will be filled. Olga has worked with flowers for over 15 years, she graduated from Mohawk College in Hamilton having taken courses in floral technique. She soon began a career at a local florist where she perfected her craft. In 2013 she opened Brantford Blooms and has garnered a wonderful reputation for her outstanding displays, wonderful service, and contributions to the community.
“Flowers bring joy and beauty to many. I love seeing satisfied customers walk out knowing that the bouquet purchased will brighten a day. I’m basically selling happiness ”.
Olga Yamnyuk – Owner – Brantford Blooms
Brantford Blooms offers a wide selection of fresh cut flowers as well as indoor and outdoor planters. You can choose from so many different styles of classic, exotic, and unique flowers. Many coming from local greenhouses, and many more coming from all over the world. The coolers are always stocked with a wide selection of flowers waiting to be picked up or delivered. They have daily deliveries and if, for some reason they don’t have what you need immediately, they can order it in. Of course, they offer quick and local delivery to the entire region, and can even handle international orders.
Olga is well known for her event bouquets. Any event you could image, she can design the perfect floral arrangement for you. Many of her clientele are regulars for a reason. Once you’ve have a Brantford Blooms bouquet you’ll know why. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, consider visiting this hidden gem in downtown Brantford, and see what she has to offer.
Brantford Blooms is located at 344 Colborne Street and is open Monday through Saturday. Make sure to Be Seen at Brantford Blooms.
Submitted by: Joshua Wall
World Nutella Day 2016
The entire Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre was full of delight as people enjoyed the activities of World Nutella Day on Friday, February 5th.
The lobby and activity rooms were all packed with people experiencing the delicious spread with pancakes, desserts, and even two types of chili. The tasty treats were created for the Bakers Challenge and were brought in from the Blue Dog Coffee Roasters, Freedom House, Gus & Guidos, Home Baking By Carolyn, Rossini Lodge, Solely Cannoli, Strodes BBQ & Deli / Strodes Express, and SWEET Bakery. Guests were also greeted by the Hulk and Witch Hazel, Captain Kindness, and our Town Crier David McKee.
Make sure to Be Seen enjoying some scrumptious delights at the next event.
Submitted by: Jason Freeze
Photography by: Ida Adamowicz
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2016 Men’s Tankard
We wish all the teams the best as the finals begin this weekend. Make sure to Be Seen supporting your favourite team at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.
For more information about the games, please visit: http://www.brantfordtankard2016.ca/
Submitted by: Jason Freeze
Photography by: Bruce Freeze
11th Annual Sports Recognition Banquet
The Ballroom of the Brantford Golf & Country Club was full of excitement and anticipation on Thursday, February 4th for the 11th Annual Sports Recognition Banquet. Many people came out to congratulate and support the efforts and dedication of the athletes and volunteers that were nominated. Each year, the Brantford Sports Council awards nominees through 10 award categories that honour leadership, volunteerism, and coaching.
Congratulations to the following award winners:
John Macklin Memorial – Coach of the Year: Sean Doucette
George Churchill Memorial – Sports volunteer of the Year: Frank Vieira
Dave Levac Award – Recognition to the Sports Official: Suzanne Paulins
Frank Bricker Memorial – Male Youth Leadership: Kyle Madden
Phyllis Gretzky Memorial – Female Youth Leadership: Kendra Van Leeuwen
Adrian Scherders Memorial – Sportsmanship and Dedication: Daniel Weagle
Jack Calbeck Memorial – Lifetime Sports Sponsorship: Brant Naval Veterans Association
Jimmy Wilkes Memorial – Team of the Year: St. John’s College Senior Girls Basketball
George Jones Memorial – Lifetime Volunteerism:
With 90 years of volunteerism between the nominees, it was decided to award all of them with the award this year
Todd Bannister, Bob Boos/Mick Ferras, Paul Yurcich
The final award was the 2015 Frank Tomlin Award for Brantford’s Sportsman of the Year. Congratulations to David Hearn for all his efforts in the sport of Golf.
A special thank you goes out to everyone involved, whether you’re an athlete, parent, or volunteer. Make sure to Be Seen supporting our local sports.
Submitted by: Jason Freeze
D&D United Martial Arts had eight competitors return from the 2016 ICOMA World Championships in Mexico. Bringing with them a total of 24 medals (eight gold, eight silver, & eight bronze) and two Triple Crown winners (three golds).
The awards were as follows:
Sensei Bryon Davis – three gold (weapons, forms, sparring) & one bronze (open) Triple Crown
Sempai Kelsey Cooper – one gold (forms), three silver (sparring, synchronized, open) & one bronze (weapons)
Linda Davis – one silver (weapons)
Sabrina Beecraft – two bronze (weapons, sparring)
Piper Force – three gold (weapons, sparring, chanbara) & one silver (forms) Triple Crown
Cole VonLukawiecki – one gold (forms), two silver (sparring, chanbara), & one bronze (weapons)
Lisa Brown – two bronze (weapons & forms)
Sydney Brown – one silver (weapons), & one bronze (forms)
Dave Levac visited D & D Martial Arts and awarded scrolls to the returning participants.
Congratulations, amazing work!
Submitted by: Joshua Wall
BScene by Dean: Roots Revival Concert Series at The Station Coffee House And Gallery
I spent the afternoon at The Station listening to some of the best live blues music around. This pair of gentlemen hail from way down south around Simcoe and spent some time with us before moving on. They are going by the name The Sharp Dogs because it seemed like a good idea at the time and they’re sticking with it.
Now, if you ever come across this pair playing anywhere, make sure you take the time to stop and listen. You won’t regret it at all. Thom is the vocalist/guitarist and Bob seems to be guitarist/protagonist for Thom. The music is great, the stories and banter are fun, and the whole thing is entertaining. Once again it was another great bit of music for
The Stations Roots Revival Concert Series.
Coming up at The Station:
February 7th- David Lum
February 14th- Lusterfield
February 21st- Outside the box
February 28th- Leonard Burns and Dell (Special guest Glenn Bowie)
March 6th- Adam Gesjorskyj
March 13th- Kyle Pacey (CD Release)
March 20th- Janice Jo Lee (CD Release)
Submitted by: Dean Ellis
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January 30th, 2016 UpStanding Comedy
Kristin Weber HEADLINES BRANTFORD’S CLEAN COMEDY TOUR
UpStanding Comedy is a circuit of clean comedy shows in Canada that’s beginning its fifth year of success. Saturday evening, January 30th, Brant Community Church hosted the circuits 100th show. The crowd consisted of about sixty-five people, fifty percent of which were return lovers of clean comedy. Timmy mentioned the Guelph show attendance is just under two hundred people, and I’m confident Brantford will reach those numbers soon. Tickets for shows are available in advance for $12.00, or $15.00 at the door. The circuit will be returning to Brantford on April 5th through 9th with their comedic headliner, and stunt comedy performer: Max Winfrey.
These clean comedians gave Brantford an incredible evening of continued laughter and applause. The show started at 7:15pm and continued until 9:30pm. The Real Timmy Boyle, the founder of UpStanding Comedy, treated the crowd with his laid back and witty humour as he hosted the event. Mr. Boyle is an accomplished stand-up comedian, and author whose already sold out his recent book “Inside Timmy’s Mind”. This achievement speaks directly to his popularity and excellence. He’s been performing stand-up comedy during the past nine years, and one of his goals is to prove that Canadian comedians are highly sought after because they provide excellent clean family content. UpStanding Comedy is certainly proving this within Ontario offering shows in Barrie, Sarnia, Chatham and Guelph. Toronto, Milton and Belleville are cities that hope to be permanently added to tours. The quality of local talent offered is refreshing and inspiring as well.
Alex Bowman, an amateur comedian and new to the circuit, walked on stage with his ukulele and gave everyone the best three minutes of one liner jokes you could possibly ask for. He had the crowd laughing instantly, and continuously. The crowd’s admiration was intense with applause after his set. An incredible energy was in the room thanks to Alex for sharing his very well thought out jokes. Congratulations!
Brandon McCaskill took the stage with his guitar and sang us two very funny songs. One about love and Kraft Dinner, and the other included his wonderful Scottish accent. Not only did Brandon sing for us, he included many playful jokes and had the audience in stitches interacting with him. Perfect.
Between comedians, Timmy Boyle would entertain us with his amusing stories as he introduced each performer. Next up was Evan Dunne. Evan has performed with the circuit before, and it was a pleasure to see him again. A few of his topics included cooking, being a ‘ginger’, and his drug recovery adventures. Truly funny stuff. Evan began with telling us his set would be videotaped and he encouraged us to laugh a lot. Well, with Evan on stage, there was tons of laughing due to his exceptional performance. He’s high energy, very intense, and captured everyone with ease. Be sure to search his name on YouTube to watch tonight’s set.
Did you know that Timmy Boyle plays the piano? Triads are his specialty. There were some technical difficulties that were immediately solved by a volunteering audience member in the front row. Timmy carried on with his soothing music as he serenaded us with tales about wooden spoons, and sarcasm. He landed every single joke with perfection. Amazing. Cherie Ellis was sitting beside me in fits of laughter the whole night as she interacted with the comedians. I had the best seat in the house!
Brantford’s show ended the circuits tour with the incredible Kristin Weber headlining. She’s all the way from Colorado Springs, Colorado and there was plenty of friendly banter, and hilarious references about Canada vs the United States. She also had a musical instrument to play, a really cute ukulele. She delivered a wonderful and captivating show. Some topics included not being athletic, homeschooling, Christian references, sibling and dating life. She’s tricky with her one liners, and very creative conveying her comical adventures and ideas. The audience absolutely loved her talents. She’s engaging, witty, and she knows just how and when to shock her audience into bursts of laughter.
Timmy raffled off Kristin’s book titled “The Smart Girl’s Guide to God, Guys and the Galaxy” and Mr. Donnie Douglas was the happy winner of an autographed copy. Kristin is the first female comic to headline with UpStanding Comedy and currently the circuit is looking to showcase more female talent.
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The end of the evening included a heartwarming surprise. Brian Rushton, an upstanding member of Brant Community church, presented Timmy Boyle with a anniversary cake to celebrate the circuits 100th show. The cake was great and the comedy show was awesome! Thank you Brantford for supporting live comedy, and please follow BScene; your arts and entertainment source.
Submitted by Luvern Mornin
Photography: Dean Ellis
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