Honeybees at the COC


The Canadian Opera Company is delighted to be part of the ever-growing support of honeybees, Currently we host seven hives onthe roof of our opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Follow the honeybees' progress on Parlando, with visits and posts from beekeeper Fred Davis!

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COC Honeybees Meet the Press

Yesterday, the COC honeybees met members of the media at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. General Director Alexander Neef (at the podium on the right) introduced beekeeper Fred Davis (on the left).

Alexander Neef examines a piece of honeycomb, made from beeswax by the bees.

A close-up of the bees' work:

Suited up and on the roof, beekeeper Fred Davis removes a frame from one of the hives.

... and introduces the bees to the media...

... and to Alexander Neef, with Toronto's City Hall in the background.

Close-ups of the frame covered with bees, all quietly working away:

Come back often and visit our blog to keep up to date with our honeybees, with progress reports from beekeeper Fred Davis!

Posted by Gianna Wichelow / in Arrival / comments (7) / permalink

Carolyn (5/20/2010 1:31:39 PM)
Bravo to all concerned. In the early 1980s roof of the Shaw Festival's fly tower was used for a re-integration project for the Peregrine Falcon. There are Peregrines still in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area. Best wishes.
Jane Ennis (5/20/2010 4:58:31 PM)
What an absolutely wonderful story! Will this ever happenn at the Royal Opera House, I wonder?!
Annette Dukszta (5/20/2010 8:00:33 PM)
Good for you guys! Keep up the leadership
Gianna Wichelow (5/21/2010 2:49:25 PM)
I had no idea about the Peregrines. Great story!
Jamal Uddin (5/27/2010 4:47:52 PM)
Uplifting story of our urban life.Love to have some honey made by these wonderful opera loving bees. Jamal
Diana Smith (5/28/2010 3:05:12 AM)
A wonderful idea. It is like having another opera on the roof, with Queens and drones and buzzing chorus.
Gianna Wichelow (7/14/2010 4:00:00 AM)
Jamal: I can't wait to taste it! Diana: Very true!


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