About Scott White and Peter Fenton

Fenton & White is the name of a musical theatre writing duo based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Their work has been published and produced across North America. Pete also works as a palaeontologist at the Royal Ontario Museum and Scott teaches when he isn't performing or travelling. They have a passion for life and a love of travel. Check out postings of our wacky adventures and take a peek at the world of Fenton & White

Fenton & White prepare for Giants, Children, and Sunday Serenades

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Summer officially starts in just a few more days and we thought it was time to do an update on the activities of Fenton & White.  June and July are filled with great opportunities to see us in action or get out and see other fantastic work being put up by our friends in the arts … so read on and discover what the upcoming months hold for us.

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We’re thrilled to be part of the Playwrights Guild of Canada Reading series and on July 11th, you can catch us at one of two Burlington libraries reading excerpts from The Giant’s Garden.  And yes … Pete is going to sing!  Don’t miss it.

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Scott returns as the host of Sunday Serenades at Mel Lastman Square.  This big band concert series offers a chance to listen to some great musicians and vocalists and dance to classics from the golden era of swing and jazz.  Concerts will run every Sunday night for six weeks starting Sunday July 9th and the bands play from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.  And the best part of all … it’s FREE.  For a taste of what this event is like, click here.

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Scott is thrilled to be returning as a guest artist for the summer with Theatre Direct‘s summer programs for children.  This fantastic organization offers opportunities for artistic growth for youth from age 4 to 16. Each week from mid-July through to late August, Scott (along with a team of guest and resident artists) will work with a different age group helping them to create a song that they will integrate into their exploration of the arts.  At  the end of each week, they share their discoveries with their parents and friends.  At the core of this work … imagination.  It is truly fulfilling work.

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Meanwhile over at the Royal Ontario Museum, Pete will continue working upstairs through the summer with the invertebrate paleontology collections, while down in the basement of the ROM an incredible exhibit on Whales lurks in the deep.  The Out Of The Depths Blue Whale Exhibit has been drawing fantastic crowds and is sure to pull big numbers this summer.  Check out details by clicking here.

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Pete and I will also be working on three other writing projects over the summer.  Scott will be scoring additional orchestrations for The Giant’s Garden for an upcoming production this fall in Kincardine, Ontario.  The Kincardine Theatre Guild just finished auditions last week, and the excitement in the community is running high.  Watch this blog in upcoming months for details on the production.

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 Scott is also deep into scoring on his musical Compulsion (formerly The Things We Did For Love) in preparation for some upcoming development work later in the year.  And in the summer months  both Pete and Scott will continue to work towards completing a full draft of the comedy Some Kind Of Happy.  Creative writing is a lot of work but it is also a great deal of fun, and we are hopeful that by this fall we will be in position to put a new play on the stage for the 2018/19 season of  a theatre in Canada.  We’ll keep you posted.

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There are so many artists creating great work, and we want to point out some work that might be fun to take in during the upcoming weeks.

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If you are in Calgary, then you should check out this year’s production of As You Like It at Shakespeare By The Bow. This Theatre Calgary tradition offers accessible and family-friendly Shakespeare in a park setting at Prince’s Island.  This year’s production is helmed by Samantha MacDonald … the incoming artistic producer of Lunchbox Theatre (who produced Newfoundland Mary earlier in the year).  For information on how you can enjoy a fun night of Shakespeare in the great outdoors in Calgary, click here.  Performances start on June 20th and run until August 27th.

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Meanwhile in Toronto, the Toronto Fringe Festival is coming up fast and there are some unique shows we want to tell you about. If you love mystery and musical theatre then the Confidential Musical Theatre Project is for you.  EVERY performance will be a different musical … but the audience won’t know what that show is until the lights come up on the stage.  The cast get their scripts and scores in advance but don’t rehearse.  They read live from the page making up stage movement as they go along,  leading to an exciting live theatrical experience not be missed.  Marion Abbot’s brilliant concept of keeping theatre “in the moment” and offering chances for a large number of performers to get on the stage has been done in 15 cities across the country.  You can check it out in Toronto starting on July 5th.  For tickets and information click. here. 

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If you love fight choreography,  Shakespearean tragedy and whimsy, then look no further than Kyle McDonald’s intriguing Fringe show Macbeth’s Head.  This 55 minute romp features space pirates, hip hop, and a range of effects to keep you laughing and gasping.  Performances start July 5th.  For more information, click here.

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Hands Down

If you like comedy then you might want to check out Hands Down, a new play by Warren P. Sonoda who knows a thing or two about getting laughs.  He’s directed episodes of Trailer Park Boys and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.  Performances begin … you guessed it … July 5th.  For details, and tickets click here.

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Finally we want to shout out our congratulations to our Canadian colleagues Irene Sankoff and David Hein.  Their show Come From Away just won a slew of awards on Broadway including the Drama Desk Award for Best New Musical and a Tony Award for best direction.  This show has been inspiring Broadway audiences and bringing a great deal of pride to Canadians.   If you haven’t heard about the show  you should visit their website and learn why it is selling out every night in New York.

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 And if you can’t get down to New York, take heart.  There is a national touring company that will be touring to Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa in early 2019.  If you can’t wait that long, an open-ended run will start in Toronto early next year, and if you simply must see it now … well, make your way down to New York City.  For information on the show, click here.

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Whatever your summer plans are, we hope that you enjoy the summer weather, the longer hours of sunshine and that you explore all the fantastic opportunities to enjoy the arts in the upcoming months.   With laughter and warmth.

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May 27th Reading of The Giant’s Garden cancelled (but we hope to reschedule)

 

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Fenton & White just found out that due to a staff emergency at the Playwrights Guild of Canada, our reading as part of Doors Open at 401 Richmond is cancelled for this weekend.  We are hoping to reschedule for another date, and we will keep you posted.

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We do know that on July 11th, we will be at the Central Library in Burlington from 10-12 and the Tansley Library from 1-3 PM, so if you are in that area, you can come check us out then.  We will update with specifics of those readings later in June.  To get you excited, we’ve updated the countdown for that reading at The Giant’s Garden website.

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And just because you can’t see us read this weekend, doesn’t mean you should stay at home.  There are a TON of amazing other things to do in this city and we’d like to give our heartfelt endorsement to a few great shows going on around town.

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Many years ago I did some piano work for a show called Real Women Don’t Whine with Deb Jarvis and Deb Kimmett.  Both of these gals were extraordinary in their ability to shoot from the hip and make people laugh.  I am REALLY excited to see Deb Kimmett’s latest solo show The Year Of The Suddenly.  I suspect it will make me laugh, but I also suspect it will be filled with truth that will make me wipe away a tear.  Fenton and White will be there Saturday night.  Come join us for a wonderful evening of comedy, or go on your own on Sunday.  For tickets click here .

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New Canadian musicals are making big waves in Canada and the U.S., and there’s a show in town right now that promises to move you with its fantastic score and sweeping themes.  Onegin is a contemporary adaptation of Pushkin’s famous poem and Tchaicovsky’s opera based on that poem.  But this is a rocking good time for a 21st century audience.  Fenton & White plan on seeing the show June 1st.  Grab your tickets now, as seats are going fast for the remainder of the run.  To purchase click here.

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And finally … Doors Open Toronto is FREE and just because Fenton & White won’t be reading this weekend doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of an amazing opportunity to explore Toronto landmarks that are often not open to the public.  For a list of buildings and events click here.

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Whatever your weekend holds, we hope that you get out and explore the amazing opportunities.  And if you are outside of Toronto … look up events in your own town, and get out and play.

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Warmest Regards,

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May Means Moving On

The past few weeks have been a blur.  We want to thank all of our readers who took the time to come out and see Newfoundland Mary in Calgary at Lunchbox Theatre.  The run was a fantastic success with good reviews, a truly lovely production and the final week was entirely sold out.  Shows that didn’t sell out in advance filled every seat with audience members purchasing at the door.  It was exciting to see such a great response to this musical romance.

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THE FINAL WEEK OF NEWFOUNDLAND MARY SOLD OUT

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Newfoundland Mary is still going strong thanks to our intrepid cast of Rennie Wilkinson and Guillermo Urra and stage manager Megan Gurnsey.   They are touring the show in partnership with Smile Theatre out to seniors’ residences and long-term care facilities until May 27th.  Our musical is touring with recorded tracks prepared prior to the tour.  This allowed Scott to fly home on May 16th to get ready for other work in Toronto.

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RENNIE WILKINSON GREETS PATRONS AFTER A PERFORMANCE OF NEWFOUNDLAND MARY IN A SENIORS’ RESIDENCE IN CALGARY

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GUILLERMO URRA PREPARES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AFTER A SHOW ON THE TOUR.

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AND WHAT DOES JUNE HOLD FOR FENTON & WHITE?

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June will offer a range of writing projects, from two weeks of writing work on Scott’s darker musical The Things We Did For Love, to doing a larger orchestration for an upcoming production of The Giant’s Garden later in the year, to looking at expansion of the one act version of Newfoundland Mary  into a full two act piece. There is always lots of possibilities and we will continue to devote whatever time we can to bringing our stories to as wide an audience as possible.   We will have a fuller update in June with information on places you can see Fenton & White reading from their work, Scott’s upcoming work with Theatre Direct and Sunday Serenades, and of course … updates on when our latest play will have a public appearance.   In the meantime, we hope that the month of June is filled with laughter and joy.

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Warmest Regards,

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Calgary Embraces Newfoundland Mary

The past month has been a huge amount of work putting up the production of Newfoundland Mary at Calgary’s Lunchbox Theatre, but the effort has been so worthwhile.  Last week saw 3 sold out shows, and on Saturday some audience members who hadn’t booked in advance had to buy tickets for a later performance.  Here’s a peek at the process of getting our show out to the Calgary audiences.

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REHEARSALS STARTED APRIL 10th IN THE REHEARSAL HALL.  AT THE TABLE ARE THE STAGE MANAGER MEGAN GURNSEY AND ACTOR GUILLERMO URRA.

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SCOTT REID’S SET DESIGN … ON PAPER IT LOOKED LIKE THIS

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WHILE WE REHEARSED, MARIAN TRUSCOTT STARTED BUILDING THE COSTUMES (Photo by Marian Truscott)

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THE DIRECTORIAL TEAM … VAL PEARSON AS DIRECTOR AND SCOTT AS MUSICAL DIRECTOR

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JUST BEFORE OPENING, PETE CAME OUT TO CALGARY TO SEE HOW THE LATEST FENTON & WHITE COLLABORATION LOOKED ON STAGE.

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AS REHEARSALS PROGRESSED, WE GOT SOME PREVIEW MEDIA COVERAGE

To read the Calgary Herald preview, click here

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AND BEFORE WE KNEW IT, IT WAS OPENING NIGHT.

ABOVE IS RENNIE WILKINSON AS MARY AND GUILLERMO URRA AS LUIS WEARING MARIAN TRUSCOTT’S COSTUMES, ON SCOTT REID’S SET UNDER LIGHTING BY DAVE SMITH.

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RENNIE WILKINSON AS NEWFOUNDLAND MARY 

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We got a great review in the papers.  Only open this if you have already seen the show, or don’t plan to see the show, as it has a few spoilers.  To read the review, click here

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GOOD REVIEWS LEAD TO SOLD OUT HOUSES

We have two weeks left in the run, and some shows are already at limited availability, so if you are in Calgary prior to May 13th, come and check out Newfoundland Mary.  For ticket information click here

Of course, all work and no play leads to dull playwrights.  We have been overwhelmed with family and friends who have come to visit the show and take time out of their busy schedule to travel to Calgary.  We have done a few side trips, and one of the most memorable was to the Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.  Below are a few photos.

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THE BUILDING … AMAZING MODERN ARCHITECTURE 5 STORIES HIGH

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BUFFY SAINTE MARIE WORE THIS OUTFIT … CHECK OUT THOSE HEELS

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THE SUNGLASSES FROM COREY HART’S VIDEO FOR “I WEAR MY SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT”

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AMAZING CUSTOM INSTRUMENTS

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FANTASTIC CONCERT HALLS

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FUN INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS WHERE YOU PLAY MUSIC USING BODY HEAT FROM YOUR HANDS.

Let’s just say that Fenton & White have been having a great time in Calgary.  This is just a quick update, but a few weeks down the road, we’ll send out more news on our artistic activities coming up in May including public readings of our plays, and development on new projects.  Pete had to go home today, but if you are in Calgary, Scott is in town until May 16th playing the show each day and preparing it to go on the road with a tour with Smile Theatre into senior’s residences for an additional two weeks.   Hope to catch up with you.  Until then, wishing you a creative month ahead.

Warmest Regards,

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Newfoundland Mary Travels to Calgary

The focus of April and mid-May will be putting up a production of Newfoundland Mary  at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary.   I’m already in Calgary doing rehearsals and Pete will fly out for the final previews and opening week of the run.  So read on to see the adventures of putting up a show.  As always, the blue font sections are clickable links.

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SCOTT PREPARES TO TAKE OFF FROM TORONTO … PETE WILL FLY OUT A FEW WEEKS LATER

The standard coffee shot at the beginning of each trip was a solo shot and I couldn’t hold onto the camera and get the coffee in the frame without risking spilling the coffee, so the above shot will have to do.

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THE VIEW FROM THE STREET NEAR WHERE I AM LIVING

For those who have never been to Calgary, on a clear day it feels like you can reach out and touch the mountains.  They beckon to me, but first there is work to be done.

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DURING MY TIME IN CALGARY I AM STAYING AT THE WESTERN WHITE HOUSE

I am fortunate to have family in Calgary and during the rehearsal time I am staying with the folks.  I am truly grateful to have a comfortable home away from home and also to get to spend time visiting.  And as you can see above, they have been spoiling me.

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DOWNTOWN CALGARY HAS CHANGED SINCE I MOVED AWAY 26 YEARS AGO

The city of Calgary has grown a great deal, and the downtown core has fascinating sculptures.  This piece,  called Wonderland  is at the base of the building known as “The Bow”

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A FULLER PERSPECTIVE OF THE SCULPTURE … BIGGER THAN THE VAN ON THE STREET, BUT DWARFED BY THE BUILDING ABOVE

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LUNCHBOX THEATRE IS AT THE BASE OF THE CALGARY TOWER

Each day, I make my way down on the C-train to rehearsals right at the core of the city.

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THE C-TRAIN IS AN EFFICIENT LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM

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THE POSTER FOR THE SHOW IS ON DISPLAY OUTSIDE THE THEATRE ALONG WITH OTHER SHOWS IN THE SEASON

Production photos will be coming up soon, but right now, costumes are being built, the set is installed and painted, lights are being hung and this week we add in the second musician and move into the theatre to complete rehearsals.  Pre-press is beginning such as the article from The University of Calgary Alumni Association (click the blue title to read the article if you wish).

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AFTER A LONG DAY OF REHEARSAL IT IS NICE TO COME HOME AND SEE RABBITS IN THE YARD … A SURE SIGN OF SPRING

Once the show is open and Pete is here, I will give a full update with some production photos and media coverage and a proper blog from both Fenton and White, but for now I’ll sign off from the rehearsal hall with a wish for a wonderful week ahead as I look forward to Pete’s arrival and the opening of the show.

Warmest Regards,

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Fenton & White Head East – Part 4

After a brief hiatus, the final installment of the train trip east is now ready.  As many of you know, the blogs are written after we return from our trips. Rehearsals in Calgary on  Newfoundland Mary have been filling the time day and night.  Read on to find out more about our adventures.  When we last left off, Pete and I had just finished dinner, and were heading back to the observation car before going to sleep.

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A SNOW STORM CLOSED IN AROUND THE TRAIN AND THE SIGNAL LIGHTS IN THE NIGHT BECAME FIERY BEACONS AS WE WHIZZED PAST AT HIGH SPEED

The further east we headed the stormier it got and there wasn’t a lot to see out of the windows at night so we made our way to our cabin to see what it looked like with the beds down.

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THE BEDS ARE COMFORTABLE AND EVEN WHEN THEY ARE DOWN THERE IS A FEW FEET OF WIDTH BESIDE THEM TO GET UP AND DOWN IN THE NIGHT

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A LADDER ALLOWS THE PERSON ON THE TOP BUNK EASY ACCESS UP AND DOWN

In general, the sleeping arrangements were quite comfortable.  One of the only challenges is that the light in the bathroom can not be shut off and so if someone gets up in the night and opens the door to the bathroom … the cabin is flooded with light.  The doors to the bathrooms also have stiff fasteners on them and to get them open you have to use quite a bit of force (they have a kick-plate on the bottom) so it is hard to open them quietly.  We traveled on through the night and as we slept the storm swept past us.  By morning, the skies were clear. We had an early breakfast and then decided to try our next adventure … showering in a moving train.

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In the above picture you can see the hose for the shower and the white dial that controls temperature.   When the door is closed (and it has a lip) the bathroom is well sealed and as you stand in the corner, the water drains out of the drain in the floor.  To shower you set your water temperature and press the button beside the white dial and it gives you 20 seconds of water and then shuts off.  The shower head is a small wand at the end of the hose that has a reasonable amount of water pressure, but the holes on the wand are small, so the volume of water isn’t huge.  So you shower in stages.  First you get wet (20 seconds).  Then you shampoo and soap up (as long as you like).  Then you rinse (20 seconds)  Then you press the button again to get more of the soap off (20 seconds).  Then you press the button a third time to continue rinsing (20 seconds).  Repeat appropriately depending on how much soap you used in the first place and how much patience you have.   Then you get out your towel and dry off.  Or I suppose you could use the provided hair dryer.  The shower actually worked out quite well. The water was hot and it provided an ample shower after a long day on the train.  I suppose for people who like long hot showers this would not be the best, but you can press the button as many times as you like and get your water in 20 second spurts.

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NEW BRUNSWICK WAS COVERED IN SNOW, BUT THE ICE WAS BEGINNING TO MELT

After our showers, we dressed and went back to the dome car.  It was a snowy sight.  We made our way through New Brunswick and spent some of our time in the observation car, some of our time in our cabin and of course our meal times (breakfast and lunch) were in the dining car.  The nice thing about train travel is that unlike a plane, there are different places you can spend time and you can get up and stretch your legs.

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WHILE WE MADE OUR WAY EAST, THE TRACKS STAYED BEHIND TO CARRY OTHER PASSENGERS ON FUTURE TRIPS

The scenery along the way was mostly tree and rock.  The train follows a direct path, sometimes along the highway, sometimes wandering in isolation, but generally encountering towns every 15 or 20 minutes.  We arrived in Halifax about 45 minutes later than scheduled on a sunny evening.  Arthur Smith was our host, and he picked up up and then we went for a delicious dinner and night time tour of Halifax.   The following day we toured other areas near the harbour of Halifax and then headed out to see Arthur’s River House and enjoy some quiet time away from the city.  We didn’t take a lot of pictures, but here is a sense of our time there.

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PETE PREPARES TO ENTER THE RIVER HOUSE, A BEAUTIFUL HOME ON THE TIDNISH RIVER THAT OUR FRIEND HAD BUILT

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PETE WARMS HIS HANDS AT THE FIRE. THE TEMPERATURES WERE COOL

We spent Saturday exploring the roads in the area and enjoying the countryside.  Our travels allowed us to explore more of the coastal areas on our return trip to the city.

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THE ATLANTIC OCEAN ON A CLEAR SUNNY DAY

On Sunday we visited with friends at brunch.  All too soon it was time to return to Toronto by plane.  We had a week to prepare for our next adventure … rehearsals on our show in Calgary

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CALGARY WAS CALLING … AS WERE THOSE ROCKY MOUNTAINS

But that is a story for another day.  In the meantime, we hope you have enjoyed our four part blog on train travels between Toronto and Halifax.  Until our next blog, we wish you joy and the opportunity to do what you love most.

Warmest Regards

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Fenton & White Head East On The Train … Part 3

The Ocean is the name of the Via route that runs from Montreal To Halifax three times per week. Here’s a few quick tidbits on the journey.  As with the previous blogs, blue text can be clicked on for links to further details.

Distance:  1346 kilometres

Duration of Trip:  23 hours (ish).  Leaving at 7 PM and arriving at 6:00 PM the next day.

Cost:  $275  for 2 people in economy (no meals and you sleep in your seat)

First Class:  $825 for 2 people including room with shower, beds and 3 meals

So the big question is … is it worth it?  Via had a sale on with the route 40% off, and I get an extra 10% off due to my Canadian Actor’s Equity membership.  So when you consider you are getting a train trip, a night of accommodation, 3 meals each and you wind up on the East Coast … well at the discount rate, it was worth doing for the cost of $425 after discounts for us both.  It was a much different experience than our Amtrak trip a few years back, which was 3 days and 2 nights from Chicago to San Francisco.  For details on that trip go to our blogs about the California Zephyr .  We liked the layout of our room better on the Via train, but the Amtrak route was less costly on a per day basis, and although the food was good on Via, the Amtrak food surprised us and was better (cooked by a chef instead of prepared like an airplane meal).

Read on to see what the Via experience on this route was like.

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PRIOR TO BOARDING,  SLEEPER PASSENGERS HAVE ACCESS TO THE VIA LOUNGE WITH FREE POP, JUICE, COFFEE, TEA AND NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES

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AT 5 PM WE CHECKED IN, GOT OUR WRIST BANDS THAT DESIGNATED US AS SLEEPER PASSENGERS, AND MADE OUR DINNER RESERVATION FOR THE LATE SEATING AT 8:30 PM.  WE ALSO CHECKED OUR LUGGAGE

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AT 6 PM IT WAS TIME TO GO TO THE PLATFORM AND BOARD THE TRAIN

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EACH SLEEPER CAR HAS 10 ROOMS ALONG ONE SIDE OF THE TRAIN WITH A NARROW HALLWAY THAT RUNS PAST THE DOORWAYS

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THE ROOM IS IN THE DAYTIME POSITION WHEN YOU ARRIVE AND THE CAR STEWARD GREETS YOU AND ASKS WHAT TIME YOU WANT YOUR BEDS MADE DOWN

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OUR COMPARTMENT HAD ITS OWN BATHROOM WITH A SHOWER. TOWELS AND TOILETRIES SUCH AS SOAP AND SHAMPOO ARE PROVIDED

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STORAGE SPACE IN EACH CABIN IS LIMITED SO IT IS WISE TO LEAVE MOST THINGS IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE AND JUST BRING THE ESSENTIALS IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE … LIKE A BOTTLE OF WINE AND SOME SNACKS FOR ALONG THE WAY.

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IT WAS TIME TO EXPLORE THE TRAIN.  EACH ROOM IS KEYED SO THAT YOU CAN LOCK YOUR DOOR WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR COMPARTMENT

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IN THE CENTRE OF THE TRAIN IS A SNACK BAR WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE DRINKS AND SANDWICHES

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ONE CAR AHEAD OF THAT IS THE DINING CAR

Meals are served with linens and on china plates.   Our meals were tasteful and served hot.  Each meal comes with a choice of two appetizers, a choice of three entrees and a dessert with coffee, tea, pop or water.  Meals are included in your sleeper class ticket, but wine is extra.  We paid the extra $7 per glass for the wine pairings.  The food is prepared in advance and heated, but it tasted good.  On the first night I had a lovely chowder, a fish meal with turbot, steamed vegetables (which were crisp and properly warmed through) and rice.  The dessert was a mint chocolate cake.  Breakfast and lunch are also included in your ticket.  Breakfast doesn’t take reservations and lunch … well they are supposed to take reservations, but there was a communication mix-up on our train.  We wound up eating breakfast at 7:30 in the morning and lunch at 2:30 in the afternoon.  Fortunately, we had those wine and nibbles in our cabin to keep us going.  Economy passengers can dine in the dining car if they pay (there is an a la carte menu with prices that we didn’t get a look at) as long as there is room after the sleeping car reservations are dealt with.   Otherwise, they bring their own food, or purchase from a snack bar at the front of the train.

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THE SLEEPER CARS AND THE BULLET LOUNGE AT THE BACK OF THE TRAIN ARE RESTRICTED TO THOSE WHO HAVE A WRIST BAND

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THIS IS THE MURAL LOUNGE WHICH IS A PRIVATE LOUNGE FOR SLEEPER PASSENGERS.  IT OCCUPIES THE FRONT CORNER OF THE REAR CAR OF THE TRAIN.  IT HAS ITS OWN BARTENDER WHICH IS NICE BUT YOU STILL PAY FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

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IF YOU CLIMB UP THE STAIRS, THERE IS A PRIVATE OBSERVATION CAR FOR SLEEPER PASSENGERS

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THE BULLET LOUNGE HAS 24 HOUR FREE COFFEE, TEA, JUICE AND FRUIT

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AFTER EXPLORING THE TRAIN, IT WAS TIME TO SETTLE IN FOR HAPPY HOUR IN OUR CABIN.  ON THE WALL IS AN EMERGENCY CALL BUTTON, HEATING AND COOLING CONTROLS AND LIGHT SWITCHES FOR VARIOUS MOODS.  THE BATHROOM LIGHT STAYS ON ALL NIGHT, WHICH MEANS IF SOMEONE IN YOUR CABIN USES THE RESTROOM IN THE NIGHT, IT FILLS THE CABIN WITH LIGHT

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WE BID FAREWELL TO MONTREAL

Tomorrow … how to sleep and shower on a train.   But first … dinner.

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