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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Cleans Up This Weekend

June 8th, 2018

Shoreline cleanup planned for Humber Marshes

In honour of World Oceans Day and as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup initiative, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will conduct a shoreline cleanup of the Humber Marshes, this Sunday, June 10th at 10am.

Members of the general public will join the Aquarium’s Blue Team to collect garbage and recycling from the shores of the Humber Marshes – one of the few remaining river mouth marshes in Toronto and an important breeding habitat for ducks, turtles, and fish; as well as a significant corridor for migratory song birds and monarch butterflies.

Who: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
What: Shoreline Cleanup
Where: Humber Marshes (Meeting location: Sunnyside Park parking lot – Windermere Ave at Lakeshore Blvd W)
When: Sunday, June 10th
10am – 12pm

Media Contact:

Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

A Summer Kick-Off at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

June 7, 2018

Downtown Toronto attraction hosts Country Night on Friday, June 15th

Dust off those Daisy Dukes and break out your cowboy hat – it’s Country Night at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. On Friday, June 15th, Canada’s largest indoor aquarium will host its first-ever 19+ country night featuring live entertainment, specialty food stations, and mechanical bull rides.

Kick up your cowboy boots to the sounds of Boots and Hearts Music Festival’s official DJ, Johnny Rivex along with one of Canada’s hottest new recording artists, Chelsea Crites. Stop by the Daniel et Daniel Wild West Chuck Wagon food station for some classic fare including white cheddar mac ‘n cheese, burgers, and pulled pork poutine. And don’t forget to finish it all off with a signature Tenne-sea Whiskey Mule.

For a real cowboy challenge, test your skills on the mechanical bull for a chance to win General Admission Weekend Tickets to the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, August 9-12th, 2018 at Burl’s Creek, Oro-Medonte.

Country Night runs from 8pm until midnight. Tickets are available to purchase in advance or at the door. For more information, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/groupsevents/country-night/.

Media Contact:

Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Gives Movie Fans Access to Rare Film Memorabilia

April 27, 2018

Original Star Wars® Lightsaber® on display at downtown Toronto attraction, May 4th-6th

This May the 4th, movie fans from galaxies far, far away are invited to take part in an epic battle of good versus evil at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Join the Rip-bellion during Sea Wars weekend to witness one of the most iconic pieces of film history – the original Star Wars Lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker™ in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Constructed from a vintage 1930s Graflex camera flash gun, the lightsaber is from the archives of producer Gary Kurtz, and was acquired by Ripley Entertainment in 2017. To celebrate, the Aquarium will be hosting a variety of Sea Wars events starting with a 19+ Cosplay Bash on Friday, May 4th from 8pm-12am. The lightsaber will be on display during the event along with other artifacts from the collection such as an authentic Chewbacca® handprint, C-3PO® head, original script from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and Carrie Fisher’s director’s chair.

As part of Ripley’s popular aquarium after dark 19+ Splash! series, Cosplay Bash will also feature underwater lightsaber duel dive shows, food stations by Daniel et Daniel, music by DJ Fizza, themed areas, and specialty cocktails such as The Dark Side. Tickets to the event are$30+HST, excluding food and drinks. Annual pass holders will receive a 50% discount for up to four tickets.

The festivities continue throughout Sea Wars weekend with family-friendly activation such as daily lightsaber duel dive shows, building block lounge and Pokeball wall, photo opportunities with Star Wars memorabilia, and face painting at the Discovery Centre overlook (9am-4pm). Fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars character on May 5th and 6th to receive a 20% discount on the price of general admission at the door.

For more information, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada or call 647-351-FISH (3474).

Media Contact:

Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Melanie Greco
647-456-2653
melanie@getinkpr.ca

New Exhibit Unveiled at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

February 27, 2018

Just in time for March Break, Curious Creatures celebrates 100-year legacy of Robert Ripley

On a re-purposed junk boat with a skeleton crew, Robert Ripley set out to uncover the world’s most unusual, awe-inspiring creatures and artifacts from around the globe. And now, guests can walk in the footsteps of this modern-day Marco Polo at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s new Curious Creatures: From the Travels of Robert Ripley exhibit. Media are invited to a special preview of the new exhibit on Thursday, March 1st between 10am – 1pm. Curious Creatures will open to the public at 9am on Friday, March 2nd.

Who: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
What: Media launch of new Curious Creatures exhibit
Where: 288 Bremner Blvd.
When: Thursday, March 1st | 10am – 1pm

Media are asked to please RSVP to lchan@ripleys.com. Interviews with Aquarium personnel available upon request.

Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Melanie Greco
647-456-2653
melanie@getinkpr.ca

Around the World Adventures with Robert Ripley

February 26, 2018

New exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada showcases the world’s most Curious Creatures

Believe it or Not. On a repurposed junk boat with a skeleton crew, Robert Ripley set out to uncover the world’s most unusual, awe-inspiring creatures and artifacts from around the globe. And now, guests can walk in the footsteps of this modern-day Marco Polo at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s new Curious Creatures exhibit.

As guests step inside the room inspired by Ripley’s Mon Lei junk boat, they’ll be immersed in the iconic explorer’s world. The carefully curated collection includes some of Ripley’s most acclaimed finds from across the globe such as marine animals and artifacts from China, the Caribbean, Australia, Indonesia and California.

From Frogfish to Walking Batfish, species of isopods that date back 160 million years, and glow in the dark Flashlight Fish, Curious Creatures features animals never-before seen in Canada. At one of the many interactive displays, guests can take a Shrunken Head Selfie, or test their skills against the remarkably powerful Peacock Mantis Shrimp – with a punch as fast as a .22 calibre bullet.

Just in time for March Break, Curious Creatures will open to the public at 9am on March 2nd and is complimentary with the price of admission. For more information, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/ or call 647-351-FISH (3474).

Media contact:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Dive into the Lunar New Year at Ripley’s Aquarium

February 15, 2018

Underwater Lion Dance at Canada’s largest indoor aquarium

Celebrate the Year of the Dog under the sea. Join Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for an underwater lion dance performance at Pacific Kelp, an immersive 28 foot exhibit. Media are invited to attend the dive show tomorrow afternoon at 1:15pm.

Who: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Where: 288 Bremner Blvd. | Pacific Kelp exhibit (located in the Canadian Waters gallery)
When: February 16th, 2018 | 1:15pm

Media are asked to please confirm their attendance in advance to:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

A Beach Bash at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canda

January 17, 2018

Downtown Toronto aquarium hosts second annual indoor 19+ beach party

Escape the wind chill and head on over to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for its second annual 19+ Beach Bash in the 6ix event on Friday, January 26th.

Forget the winter blues with music by DJ Shamz and experience the tropics with a signature tropical cocktail from the Malibu Rum Bar. Stop by the Surf Shack for some beach-inspired fare by Daniel et Daniel and spin the Sunwing wheel for a chance to win travel vouchers and an all-inclusive vacation for two to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Beach Bash in the 6ix runs from 8pm until 12am. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $40+ HST (annual pass holders will receive a 50% discount on ticket sales) and includes general admission, hors d’oeuvres, and coat check.

For more information and tickets, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/groups-events/beach-bash.

Media contact:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Splash into 2018 at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

December 8, 2017

Downtown Toronto aquarium hosts first annual New Year’s Eve party

Ring in the New Year under the sea with over 20,000 aquatic animals. On December 31st, Ripley’s Aquarium will host its first-ever New Year’s Eve celebration for 19+ guests.

Dive right into the festivities with a fun-filled evening of music by DJ Shamz and a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres by Daniel et Daniel featuring steak frites, pimento cheese fritters, Ocean Wise certified sushi burgers, and more. Countdown to the stroke of midnight with the sharks of Dangerous Lagoon but remember to just keep swimming because the celebrations will continue well after the clock strikes 12.

New Year’s Eve at the Aquarium runs from 9pm until 2am. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $90+ HST (annual pass holders will receive a 10% discount on ticket sales) and includes general admission, 1 drink token, hors d’oeuvres, coat check and a souvenir from the Ripley’s photo booth.

For more information, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/groupsevents/splash or call 647-351-FISH (3474).

Media contact:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

A Bootlegger’s Bash at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

November 15, 2017

Downtown Toronto aquarium hosts Prohibition-style event

Can you keep a ‘sea’cret? Neither can we! On November 24th, Ripley’s Aquarium will throwback to the roaring 20s with its Prohibition-inspired Waves & Whisky event.

Passwords aren’t required at this 19+ event that will transform Canada’s largest indoor aquarium into a one-night only speakeasy, complete with rustic whisky bars, classic cocktails, flapper girls and live music.

Sample some of today’s finest whiskies including Gooderham & Worts, J.P. Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye and Jameson Irish Whiskey or enjoy a Waves & Whisky signature cocktail at one of several themed bars.

Dance the night away with local jazz favourite, Lady Be Good, and capture the moment at the Ripley’s photo booth. Then grab a late-night snack at Ripley’s Café which will feature fresh-cut fries, souvlaki and pierogi stations.

Waves & Whisky is part of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s 5-part event series, SPLASH! and is reserved for guests 19 years of age and older. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $28+ HST (annual pass holders will receive a 50% discount on ticket sales).

For more information, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/groupsevents/splash or call 647-351-FISH (3474).

Media contact:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Octo-berfest Under the Sea

September 14, 2017

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada celebrates annual festival with 19+ event

Grab your lederhosen and make your way down to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for the first annual Octo-berfest party! On Thursday, September 28th, Canada’s largest indoor aquarium will play host to one of the unique Oktoberfest celebrations in the city.

Learn how to drink beer upside down with Mr. Oktoberfest himself, George Kash, and his band, the Oktoberfest Express. Enjoy authentic Bavarian foods like sausages, schnitzel, pretzels and strudel. Raise your stein and enjoy a selection of some of Ontario’s finest craft breweries including: Beau’s, Collective Arts Brewing, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery, Niagara Oast House Brewers, Railway City Brewing Co., Sawdust City Brewing Co., Side Launch Brewing Company Inc., and Steam Whistle Brewing.

Octo-berfest is part of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s 5-part event series, SPLASH! and is for guests 19 years of age and older. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $28+ HST. Annual pass holders will receive a 50% discount on ticket sales.

For more information, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/groupsevents/splash or call 647-351-FISH (3474).

Media contact:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com