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CANADA: An Immersive Art Experience to Open in Toronto, Edmonton’s COVID Relief Efforts, the Billie Jean King Cup Returns to Canada and More

CALGARY: Mediterranean restaurant Kama is opening in the Beltline in March featuring modern-rustic cuisine with Canadian influences by chef Kenny Kaechele. Kama will host weekday happy hours and weekend brunches, plus it will have a department devoted solely to events and group dining. The restaurant’s decor, by interior designer Amanda Hamilton, will feature arched doorways, white tiles and blue hues characteristic of the Mediterranean.

EDMONTON: Nonprofit tourism association Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels Ltd. (EDMH) and Explore Edmonton Corporation have partnered in efforts to boost the city’s event attraction and marketing in the wake of COVID-19. EDMH plans to supply marketing funds to Explore Edmonton to execute improved marketing initiatives in the city’s tourism and hospitality space. The duo does not expect travel and hotel stays in Edmonton to hit prepandemic levels until 2025.

TORONTO: Cycling association Toronto Hustle is partnering with Michael Garron Hospital to host Ride for Mind from March 4-5 to raise awareness and funds to support mental health. The 24-hour event will be broadcast live from the recently opened music and entertainment venue History Toronto. Toronto Hustle and Michael Garron Hospital founded the event in 2020 in response to COVID and have raised more than $675,000 to date.

Lighthouse Immersive, the event production company behind the Immersive Van Gogh experience, is premiering "The Library At Night," which will employ virtual reality (VR), 360 video technology and experiential art from Canadian theater artist Robert Lepage to immerse guests in real or imagined libraries throughout time and from around the world. Tickets to the experience, which debuts March 10, are available for purchase via Lighthouse Immersive’s website.

VANCOUVER: Tennis Canada has announced that the Billie Jean King Cup–the largest annual women’s team sport in the world–is set to take place at the Pacific Coliseum on April 15 and 16. It is the first time in 15 years that the tournament will be held in Vancouver, as well as the first time Canada and Latvia will go head-to-head in the competition. Canada is currently ranked ninth, and the team roster will be released in April.

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