Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Parade

The Ontario Guild of Town Criers was again represented at the head of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Parade.

The following Town Criers helped Mark Molnar with his Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Parade: Tony VanderMaas, Dave McKee, Derek Miller, Dave Phillips, George Sims.

Thank you Mark for your efforts in organizing this activity once again!

Chris Whyman Joins The KEDCO Tourism Team

Kingston, On: The Kingston Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that Chris Whyman has joined the organization.

whyman200.jpg“For some time, Chris has been the official tourism ambassador for the city” said Jeff Garrah, KEDCO’s General Manager. “I am pleased he has joined our team and will manage Visitor Services for our organization.”

For the last 23 years, Chris has traveled the world as Kingston’s Town Crier, using his distinctive voice to promote the many virtues of the Limestone City. He has participated in hundreds of competitions and festivals, acquiring many distinguished awards and titles for his crying abilities. He received the 2004 World Town Crier Tournament’s Championship Award, and the Best Dressed Criers Award.

Chris recently led a delegation to Detroit, Michigan, proclaiming Kingston’s many tourism advantages. His powerful pipes have helped put Kingston on the map, both nationally and internationally.

Chris will be based out of the Tourism Information Office. Located in the historic railway station across from Kingston City Hall, the TIO provides information on accommodations, attractions, culture and retail to visitors to the city of Kingston.

New Town Crier for the City of Owen Sound

On September 16, 2006, Crier Bruce Kruger acted as Master of Ceremonies to host a Competition on the front steps of City Hall to select a new Town Crier for the City of Owen Sound. Three applicants vied for the position by giving a provided cry and one that they wrote on the History of Owen Sound. Mr. Drew Ferguson, an excellent candidate, was selected by a judging panel consisting of Mayor Ruth Lovell, Mr. Larry Miller, MP, Crier Roy Wilson, Crier Steve Travers & Crier Steve Travers.

Only 1 ½ points separated the winner from second place of Crier Jennifer Templeman who also did an outstanding job. Third place was by a retired school teacher involved in acting, Mr. Paul Flood. Drew has indicated that he wishes to join the Guild as soon as possible and has full support from the Mayor and City Council in this endeavour. Also, his wife is excited to take on the roll as his escort.

We are pleased to welcome Crier Drew Ferguson to the exciting world of Town Crying! Congratulations & Best Wishes, Drew! Special thanks are extended to the three Criers acting as judges for this event. Well Done!