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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Catching up with the Honeybees

Actually, it wouldn't be hard to catch up with our honeybees, as they're not going anywhere! In fact, they're all wrapped up and protected from the winter cold, awaiting their 2012 season debut in late April.

Last fall, beekeeper Fred Davis harvested the honey from our seven hives. Watch the delectable honey get extracted in this video, hosted on COC Radio, filmed and edited by Fred's brother, Richard Davis.

Thanks, Fred and Richard!

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Fred and the Bees in the Star

Read, see and hear more about Fred Davis, our beekeeper, and the wonderful work he does with our honeybees on a Toronto Star blog!

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Adventures in Honey Harvesting

Beekeeper Fred Davis updates us on the honeybees that live on the roof the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts:

A lot has happened since my last entry in August. The very hot summer months got me thinking about how to help the bees stay cool. I inserted chopsticks between the honey supers and the deep brood supers. I hoped this would improve air flow in and around the colonies. I noticed that the colonies were not in direct sunlight for very long throughout the day and until late in the afternoon. That was great during those hot months but now it's time to think about keeping them protected from the harsh winds this fall and winter. 


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Honey Nutritional Information

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