Coming this weekend! TVOKids province-wide 'Don't Sit Still Tour' leaps into St. Catharines and Hamilton on May 23 and Kitchener and Milton on May 24

    Free live stage show motivates kids to get active, eat right and have

    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - Get ready, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Kitchener
and Milton! As longtime champions of healthy minds and healthy bodies for
children, TVOKids and the Don't Sit Still Tour bring their high-energy live
stage show to St. Catharines and Hamilton on Saturday May 23 and Kitchener and
Milton on Sunday May 24. (See venues and times below.) Many firsts are part of
this year's tour, including an exciting new contest offering kids the chance
to make a guest appearance on stage.
    "We're hearing more and more about how key exercise and nutrition are to
kids' success in school," says Lisa de Wilde, TVO's Chief Executive Officer.
"That's why TVO is taking our inspiring Don't Sit Still message to communities
across Ontario. Like everything TVOKids does, the DSS tour is all about
empowering kids to get energized for learning."
    The TVOKids Don't Sit Still Tour is presented by EatRight Ontario, with
sponsorship in part by Egg Farmers of Ontario. The much loved TVOKids hosts
Mark, Jackie and Ryan travel to communities across Ontario to perform in this
free dynamic stage show that encourages a healthy, active lifestyle. Young
audiences and their families can enjoy new songs, new dance moves and non-stop
opportunities to join in and follow along. And as a memento of the show and
its message of healthy living and eating, kids receive free Don't Sit Still
gift bags.
    "Encouraging children to be more active every day is vital to good health
and wellbeing," says Margarett Best, Ontario's Minister of Health Promotion.
"The TVOKids Don't Sit Still Tour is a great way to deliver this very
important message to children and their parents in communities throughout
    Want to be part of the show? Kids can enter the TVOKids Healthy Hot Seat
Contest for a chance to be on stage with the TVOKids hosts when the Don't Sit
Still show comes to their city. Winners also receive TVOKids merchandise prize
packs. Kids can register online for a chance to win, or to find more
information, at
    "What's really cool about the Don't Sit Still Tour is we get kids excited
about getting active," says TVOKids host Ryan Field." You'll see kids having
fun singing and dancing with us, and they don't even know that while they're
moving they're actually learning about active lifestyles and healthy eating.
Mark and Jackie and I have a blast travelling across Ontario because we get to
connect with TVOKids fans face to face!"
    Also new this year are nutrition booths set up near the stage, where kids
and families can drop by to ask questions and pick up tips and information
from Registered Dietitians and nutritionists from EatRight Ontario and Egg
Farmers of Ontario.
    "This sponsorship is a great opportunity for us to provide Ontario
families with information about the nutritional importance of eggs, and offer
fast and delicious recipes to prepare them," said Carolynne Griffith, Chair of
the Egg Farmers of Ontario.
    Following is the schedule for the TVOKids 2009 Don't Sit Still Tour's
stops in St. Catharines, Hamilton, Kitchener and Milton, featuring TVOKids
hosts Ryan and Mark. Each show is approximately 40 minutes.

    Saturday May 23 (morning):        Sunday May 24 (afternoon): Kitchener
    St. Catharines                    Performance at 11 am
    Performance at 11 am              K-W Baby & Toddler Show
    Fairview Mall                     Bingemans Conference Centre
    285 Geneva Street                 425 Bingemans Centre Drive
    St. Catharines, Ontario           Kitchener, Ontario

    Saturday May 23 (afternoon):      Sunday May 24 (afternoon): Milton
    Hamilton                          Performance at 4 pm
    Performance at 4 pm               Milton Mall
    Jackson Square Mall               55 Ontario Street South
    2 King Street West                Milton Ontario
    Hamilton, Ontario

    The next stop on this year's TVOKids Don't Sit Still Tour, now in its
eighth season, is Toronto (Sunday June 7). The 2009 tour launched February
21-22 with shows in Oshawa, Peterborough, Brampton and Newmarket, followed by
shows in Windsor, Sarnia and London, then Timmins, Cochrane and Kirkland Lake.
To keep updated on shows ahead, visit

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information,

    Where to find TVO

    Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265,
Star Choice channel 353.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Anne Rubenstein, TVO           
   Communications, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2881,; Andrea
Franklin, TVO Marketing, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2202,; Mark
Smith, Fairview Mall, St. Catharines, (905) 646-3165; Vivien Johnson, Jackson
Square Mall, Hamilton, (905) 522-3501; Laura Brown, K-W Baby & Toddler Show,
Bingemans Conference Centre, Kitchener, (519) 883-1809; Kyle Webb, Milton
Mall, (905) 878-3900

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