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Shaw Festival launches free mobile application

Release of mobile application another highlight of the Shaw Festival’s 50th season

Media Release #32

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, September 21, 2011…The Shaw Festival, the renowned Canadian theatre repertory company, is thrilled to announce the release of its new mobile application — another high point to celebrate during its 50th season. Co-developed by Discover Anywhere Mobile and The Shaw’s Marketing and IT Web Teams, the mobile application offers the user one more way to gain access to all that the Shaw Festival offers, while planning their Shaw Festival experience. The mobile app is available now for iPhone users and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or at www.shawfest.com/get-your-free-shaw-app. An app for Blackberry and Android smartphones will be rolled-out in late September, early October.

 This new app makes planning a Niagara-on-the-Lake theatre getaway a hassle-free experience. In addition to having the ability to purchase tickets (via direct dial), The Shaw mobile app also provides Shaw Festival theatre enthusiasts easy access to information about the season’s playbill and Niagara theatre packages, as well as information on Niagara-on-the-Lake hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, wineries and area events and attractions.

 “We’re very excited to launch this mobile application during our landmark 50th season,” said Executive Director Colleen Blake. “As we look forward to the next 50 years, one of our aims is to implement consumer-friendly tools that make planning a theatre visit as easy as possible. This new application brings the mobility of technology to the cultural experience and it all begins on the screen of a smartphone or tablet computer.”

 Commenting on Discover Anywhere’s involvement with the Shaw Festival and the development of its mobile app, David Janes, President of Discover Anywhere remarked: “The Shaw Festival is synonymous with great theatre so when we were asked to create their app, our goal was to create an exceptional experience connecting theatre-goers to all things ‘Shaw’. The app presents all relevant information about The Shaw optimized for mobile, including the current playbill, the performance schedule, ‘getting here’, and ticket and box office information. Additionally, the app invites visitors to discover Niagara-on-the-Lake, its attractions, hotels, wineries all presented using advanced features such as GPS, itinerary planning, social media, augmented reality and mapping.”

 In conjunction with the launch, and in celebration of the 50th season, theatregoers who download The Shaw app are able to purchase theatre tickets to see The Admirable Crichton by Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie and Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House for only $50 per ticket in Blue seating and can upgrade to Red seating for only $15 more per ticket. Regular prices range from $63 – $73 (Blue seating) to $76 – $86 (Red seating). This special limited time mobile app ticket offer currently runs until September 30; handling fee and some restrictions apply.

 The Shaw Festival’s milestone season began April 7, runs until October 30, 2011. For more information on the 50th season, please visit www.shawfest.com/our-50th-season.

Visa Infinite is the official payment card of the Shaw Festival.

About Discover Anywhere Mobile
Launched by Cartesian Software Consulting and led by President David Janes, Toronto-based Discover Anywhere Mobile provides solutions for companies and organizations seeking geo-aware applications for the mobile market, from “off the rack” apps to complete custom development, including e-commerce and social media integration. Through location-aware iPhone, BlackBerry Android and mobile web applications for destinations and commercial ventures, Discover Anywhere Mobile ensures people are always connected to a destination’s events, conferences, shopping, accommodations, restaurants and more.

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In the spirit of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/the-news-room for other Shaw Festival media releases. 

Image Bank & B-Roll
Our digital image bank features 300 dpi photographs of this season’s productions, the 2011 Ensemble, as well as photographs of our theatres, Bernard Shaw and the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Broadcast quality B-roll of our productions is also available.

To access our image bank or to have DVDs or Beta tapes delivered to you, please contact:

Odette Yazbeck 
Public Relations Director 
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222
odette@shawfest.com     

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224
janand@shawfest.com

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