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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Hosts Prom Do-Over Event

April 22nd, 2019

Downtown Toronto attraction invites 19+ guests to Enchantment Under the Sea

TORONTO, ON – Was your first prom night full of teased hair, cheap cologne and taffeta dresses? Do the photos conjure up distant memories of slow dancing to one-hit-wonder songs you thought would never end? Either relive those glory days or make new memories at Ripley Aquarium of Canada’s Enchantment Under the Sea event. On Friday, May 3rd dust off that prom dress or ruffled tuxedo shirt for a prom do-over and enjoy a night you’ll never forget – and not regret!

There are no curfews or chaperones at this party, and the punch is already spiked at the fully-stocked cash bar. Dance the night away to some of the best songs of the past few decades with music from Sole Power featuring The Digs and DJ Kyrei. Capture the moment and strike a pose with friends in front of the many Insta-worthy photo ops and have a chance to win prizes for best (or in some cases, worst) dressed prom king and queen.

Tickets for Enchantment Under the Sea are available to guests 19+ and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, visit Here or call 647-351-FISH (3474).

Media Contacts:
Lauren Chan
647-632-7453
lchan@ripleys.com

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

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Designated as First Autism Certified Attraction in Canada

March 28th, 2019

Canada’s largest indoor aquarium to offer special initiatives for autism families throughout April

In honour of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is pleased to announce that it has been designated as a Certified Autism Center by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). After completing intensive autism sensitivity and awareness training, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the first attraction in Canada to receive this important designation.

Becoming a Certified Autism Center demonstrates an organization’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience. As part of the certification process, Ripley’s Aquarium staff underwent extensive training as well as an onsite review which involved the integration of IBCCES Sensory Guides at each exhibit to give visitors more information on sensory impacts.

“We’re thrilled that Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the first organization in the country to complete this process. Their team’s dedication is unmatched and we are so excited families will have another great option to experience together,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.

Autism Ontario’s Family Support Coordinator, Sinthea Chowdhury agrees, “Being the first Canadian attraction to be an Autism Certified Center means more inclusivity, sensory integration and access to an invaluable community experience. We hope to see more Canadian attractions follow suit and foster a welcoming and barrier free environment,” she said.

Additionally, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will host several sensory-friendly days throughout April which will offer increased lighting, a music-free environment and a quiet room for guests who require a break. These sensory days were developed in conjunction with Autism Ontario and will occur on April 2nd, 7th, 14th and 28th; as well as on the first Sunday of the month the remainder of the year.

For more information, visit Here or call 416-351-FISH (3474).

Media Contacts:
Melanie Greco
647-456-2653
melanie@getinkpr.ca

Lauren Chan
647-632-7453
lchan@ripleys.com

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Hits 10 Million Visitor Mark

August 14th, 2018

Canada’s largest indoor aquarium to welcome milestone guest this week

From the hypnotic dance of colour-changing jellyfish to an up close and personal view of sea turtles and sharks swimming above, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has been thrilling guests from around the world since splashing onto Toronto’s tourism scene in October 2013. This week, Canada’s largest indoor aquarium will mark an important milestone as it prepares to welcome its 10 millionth guest.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has become an integral part of Toronto’s revitalized South Core district, helping to drive traffic to the area along Bremner Blvd. In addition to its own programming and education efforts, the Aquarium has also partnered with local attractions and businesses to further enhance the guest experience, including the joint Sea the Sky program with the CN Tower, as well as the Toronto CityPASS program.

“We always wanted to build an aquarium in downtown Toronto and the success of the Ripley’s Aquarium has been phenomenal,” says Peter Doyle, General Manager, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. “One of our greatest achievements has been our involvement in the revitalization of the South Core, which has led to an incredible transformation of the tourism industry in Toronto,” he says.

“The Aquarium is an important piece in the Toronto story we tell when attracting visitors to our city,” says Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO, Tourism Toronto. “Now with 10 million
visitors, it’s abundantly clear that when the world experiences Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is at the top of the list,” she says.

Based on projected attendance, the Aquarium will admit the 10 millionth guest on Thursday, August 16th between 10-11am EST.

To celebrate, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will award the entrant with a one-of-a-kind VIP Sleepover Experience* which includes:

  • A private sleepover in Dangerous Lagoon for up to 12 guests
  • Behind the scenes tour
  • Dinner at 360 at the CN Tower
  • Crafts and activities throughout the evening
  • Souvenir photo
  • Gift bags, snacks and beverages
  • Personal dive show
  • Aquatic-themed decor, robes and pajamas
  • Breakfast in bed
  • One-night stay at Delta Hotel Toronto

*Rules and restrictions apply. Based on availability. No cash value. Non-transferrable

Media Contacts:

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

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

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