Current Conditions
1.5 C
Today's Forecast
-6 C
Chance of flurries
Sponsored by Highland Ford

News And Views




Shop Local

More Local

Search The Web

Google Search

Local News

Mr. Bon Soo gets a make-over (16 photos)

Friday, December 14, 2012   by: Donna Hopper
A new and improved Mr. Bon Soo was revealed today at the official Bon Soo Store located within the Athlete's Foot in the Station Mall.

As children and passers-by waved to the familiar winter carnival mascot, both MP Brian Hayes and MPP David Orazietti announced new funding to help celebrate Bon Soo's 50th annual event.

"This is the second-largest winter carnival in all of Canada, which is really incredible. That's something Sault Ste. Marie should be very proud of," Hayes said. "The Government of Canada and Minister James Moore are also very proud of Sault Ste. Marie and for this year's 50th anniversary of Bon Soo, they have announced $20,700-worth of funding to assist in the event."

"It's is about the kids and the families who take tremendous pride in enjoying Bon Soo, all it has to offer, and the 75 events throughout the community that make winter a great experience in Sault Ste. Marie," Orazietti said. "I also want to recognize all of the volunteers and the folks that make Bon Soo happen. This is one of the most significant volunteer activities in Sault Ste. Marie. The volunteers give so much of their time that make these events a success, to put all of the programs together that everyone enjoys."

The Province of Ontario and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is committing $27,000 in support for the 50th Bon Soo Winter Carnival.

Accompanying David Orazietti at today's funding announcement was Provincial Liberal Party leadership candidate, Sandra Pupatello, who was happy to meet Mr. Bon Soo and receive a complimentary Bon Soo button.
News releases issued today by Bon Soo and the office of MPP David Orazietti follow.
50th Annual Bon Soo - February 1 to 10, 2013

OLG presents the 50th Annual Bon Soo, February 1 to 10, 2013. 

The Board of Directors are happy to share a sneak peek at the coming carnival.

Full event listings will be released January 9, 2013.

Exciting concerts

New York Fries presents tributes to One Direction and Carly Rae Jepsen - tickets still only $12, Saturday, February 2, 2013 - get yours at the Athlete’s Foot!

OLG Presents 50 Years of Music on closing weekend. 

The show will begin with a one-hour performance by The Jersey Kid, a tribute to Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, followed by a one-hour show of a series of artists from “50 Years of Music” performing hits from the last 50 years.

This show will be a feast for the eyes and ears with cutting edge production, multimedia, sound and lights, and the biggest hits of the last 50 years!

Tickets at the Essar Centre now - $24.50 - see you on February 9th!

Allow us to introduce -  The Marquee

Bon Soo has partnered with students in the Public Relations and Event Management program from Sault College to design and develop this new, interactive entertainment space.

The Marquee will put a spotlight on performances by a variety of community members and groups, including musicians, dancers, actors, and cultural groups.

If you are interested in performing at the Marquee, please call the Bon Soo office or email

The Marquee will run throughout the festival, during the Tim Hortons Winter Playground hours

The Marquee… where the arts come to life!

Three of the great events that will be part of Bon Soo 2013 are:

  • The return of the Northside Toyota Bon Soo Ball Hockey Tournament, a great fundraiser for charity. Register now!
  • The Athlete’s Foot SnowSpike is back. This is a classic Bon Soo event and a great chance to play in the snow.
  • The Bon Soo 50th Anniversary Committee is proud to bring back SnoMadness. Registration is already half full, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of this classic event.

More details available at

Direct questions to

Bon Soo is for You!  Bon Soo est pour vous!

Orazietti announces $27,000 for Bon Soo Winter Carnival

Province further strengthens local tourism and job creation

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is investing $27,000 to support Sault Ste. Marie’s Bon Soo Winter Carnival and help further boost tourism and local job creation, David Orazietti, MPP announced today.

“The province is continuing to support local festivals and events because we recognize the economic importance of investing in the tourism industry in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Orazietti. “Our tourism strategy in northern Ontario is helping local residents enjoy accessible and affordable activities, while also attracting more out-of-town and out-of-province visitors who provide a financial boost to a wide range of local businesses.”

In 2012, Celebrate Ontario funding helped support 203 festivals and events across the province. 

Provincial support for Ontario’s tourism sector helps festivals and events enhance programming and services that strengthen local economies, create jobs and foster a better quality of life for local families. 

The Bon Soo Winter Carnival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. 

Bon Soo is Northern Ontario’s largest winter carnival and hosts more than 75 events for everyone from pre-schoolers to seniors who can participate in indoor events, outdoor events, concerts, breakfasts, contests and tournaments.

“Bon Soo is delighted to receive this grant from Celebrate, Ontario,” said Kerrie De Poli, manager of Bon Soo. “This funding strengthens us as a Winter Tourism driver in our Community. We appreciate the advocacy of David Orazietti and this support from the Ontario Government. Bon Soo is ready to welcome the world to Sault Ste. Marie!”

Quick facts

  • Since 2007, Celebrate Ontario has supported nearly 1,000 events across Ontario
  • Every year, festivals and events generate more than 22,000 jobs in Ontario
  • Tourism is an important part of Ontario's economy generating over $23 billion and supporting over 300,000 jobs

Learn more


View Photo Gallery for this Story

Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of If you see an abusive post, please click the link beside the post to report it.
RLE 12/14/2012 2:25:38 PM Report

We have soup kitchens for people that can't afford food,we have cuts to start up housing we lack affordable housing for many people because the government is having to cut to overcome the deficit. Yet, by golly, we apparently can afford $54,000 for a party. Mr Orazietti and Mr Hayes,does the word priorities maen anything to either of you?
trill_nita 12/14/2012 2:48:34 PM Report

couldn't agree with you more...
Justin Tetreault 12/14/2012 3:24:13 PM Report

The new Mr. Bon Soo is not an improvement at all. As a kid I used to marvel at how big Mr. Bon Soo was with his giant head. Now he's life sized. Mr. Bon Soo is bigger than life. Bring back the old Mr. Bon Soo.
the coach 12/14/2012 3:36:57 PM Report

Forget about bringing back old Mr. Bon Soo Tetrault. Bring back the old Soo, where you could walk the streets and not worry about some crack head robbing you or breaking into your house. Bring back the old boys in blue, where they would take you for a ride and tell you to get out of town. Bring back the old judges who would give you lots of time for robbery and your break and enters. Bring back vigilante justice.
Wicket 12/14/2012 3:51:08 PM Report

OMG - is that Mr. Bon Soo's son, or did someone put him on a diet? Do NOT LIKE.
Stevie-E 12/14/2012 3:57:13 PM Report

@the coach.

Although I agree with your heartfelt rantings, it doesn't belong here.

However, to the ones complaining about money being spent on something that the Soo has always done to boost tourism during the long, cold winter months, I have no time for you people.

You are the same ones complaining about paying $5 to go on the bum slides. They cost money to build and maintain, not to mention watch over kids while you are arguing at the gate about the $5 admission.

You are the people are going to bring this community to the ground. We don't see you all year and then you come out of the woodwork expecting something for free. Well things cost money and when things bring more money back than what is originally spent is called "value," which is not created by throwing money at problems. If that is all we spent our money on, we would all be broke and miserable: no jobs, no tourism, no money coming in.

I would like to see more investment by our government in the community. But it the same whiners who gripe about every little dollar that is spent trying to make the city worth living in that's our biggest barrier.

Get out in the community and make a difference by supporting it and not trying to shoot it down!

I am tired of the negativity. Sorry if I offended anyone, but I am equally offended at some of the useless rants I see on here.
browl 12/14/2012 4:40:44 PM Report

i agree they cost nmoney to build and maintain... i really do but for the last 3 years they were closed for 3/4 of the 10 day event. so not only do we pay 7 or 8$ for our buttons and in family of 5 thats what 35- 40 bucks but we dont even get to use them more then once to see the fireworks because the rest of the time everything is cancelled or closed, and really i can see the fireworks just fine sitting at home. Every event is focused around adults or costs an addition small fortune. So be it for the kids if you may, but lets make it more for the kids then rather then cancelling every event that is actually FOR THE KIDS. We just dont get the winters we used too therefor BonSoo is going downhill
the coach 12/14/2012 5:54:12 PM Report

And speaking of useless rants....what did you accomplish today Stevie?
Eset 12/14/2012 7:10:01 PM Report

All I'm saying is there better be fireworks this year instead of some lame "lazer show"
Tom_Bom 12/14/2012 7:27:23 PM Report

Yes, lets put thousands of dollars into a generally meaningless winter festival instead of putting the money into food banks and housing start up for the people that are in need. It's great to see the government has its priorities in check.

Sam C 12/14/2012 8:38:11 PM Report

Justin... Bon Soo's head is still quite large, and it looks like it will have an easier time fitting through doorways. I have had to escort Mr Bon Soo, and I can tell you that that extra-large head was quite problematic, at times. (I never wore the costume, but those who did will tell you that losing some weight in the head will be a good thing, too.
KMF61MCF 12/14/2012 9:48:28 PM Report

Look at the two other Clowns with big inflated heads on Mr Bon Soo's left.They need there heads repaired and shook to. We need Industry here and Manufacturing Jobs. This City can not survive on Bon Soo Winter Carnival and The Tour Train. Spend the money on promoting and getting Business here. Long Term jobs. St Mary's Paper is gone and Essar and Tenaris took several people from St. Mary's Paper which didn't create any jobs or growth. We depend far to much even on Essar and Tenaris. Where will we be if or when they close up shop and leave town????No wonder the Sault is over ran with drugs and robbery and home invasions. Our Leaders need to get there heads out of there rear ends and smarten up.PRIORITIES!!!!!!!!!!
KMF61MCF 12/14/2012 9:53:48 PM Report

Just another photo Op for David zerOOOO
AceOfBass 12/14/2012 11:00:50 PM Report

City Council members will once again be sporting the taxpayer paid for Bon Soo gear.
Bon Soo gear should be deducted from their Honorarium.Finance Committee another way to tighten the economic belt.

Bon Soo is a great time.

After 50 years it should be time to stop with the tribute and cheesy acts.How about bringing in a Headliner Acts... Bryan Adams ...Stompin Tom....Terri Clark....or Justin Bieber
j.r.98 12/15/2012 6:00:44 AM Report

Snow is hauled to the site in order to make these bum slides. Water is used to make these slides for your children to play on. Taxpayers dollars are used so police can direct traffic and patrol areas during some events. Big performers would cost even more and more people would want to attend and they would need a larger venue and that would cost more. Schools actually set aside time in your child's education to attend those bum slides. Volunteers by the hundreds are needed for an event this large. Old school ideas are mixed with new era ideas to please both young and old. Liabilities must have front seat in a venue of this sort and i am sure everyone will think the fireworks suck as usual. So... Suck it up, you have no say and you will all still have the memories of how big Mr. Bon Soo's head was back when you were a child and attended Bon Soo
stiJJy 12/15/2012 8:29:39 AM Report

Stevie-E, I couldn't have said it better myself.
rcssm69 12/15/2012 10:03:48 AM Report

The same people would be on this site ranting if the Bon Soo Carnival was cancelled!!! God forbid we try to improve and attract more tourism. There isn't one person that can say that they haven't had at least one great memory that resulted from this event! Get a life everyone!!! Time to move out of your parent's basement!!!
Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of If you see an abusive post, please click the link beside the post to report it.
Advertising | Membership | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | About | Contact Us | Feedback

Copyright ©2014 - All rights reserved