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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Queens on Queen

Beekeeper Fred Davis updates us on the honeybees that live on the roof the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. located at 145 Queen St. W., here in Toronto:

We installed five new queens just over two weeks ago and, based on what we see, they have all been accepted by the hives. Plus I created a new hive by moving some queen cells to a distant location on the rooftop. Remember each hive has only one queen so I removed the under-performing queens before I introduced the new queens. We now have healthier hives with new queens rearing more brood!

Thanks, Fred!

Posted by Gianna Wichelow / in Update from Fred / comments (4) / permalink

Sarah (6/28/2012 5:57:54 PM)
Is it possible for visitors to come see the hives? - an opera AND a bee lover
Malia (7/7/2012 2:11:26 AM)
Are those bees so well contained that there is no chance they could get inside the theatre? We have tickets to an upcoming show and my husband is allergic to bees. He does carry an epi pen but I do not want to take any chances. Thanks!
Gianna Wichelow (7/30/2012 3:12:46 PM)
Hi Sarah, Sorry for the late response. Yes, whenever you visit the Four Seasons Centre, the hives are visible through a glass door on the fourth Ring (level). However, we can't actually take visitors outside onto the roof and right up to the hives. But if you're interested in getting up close and personal with honeybees, there are many beekeepers in and around the city that you could probably connect with.
Gianna Wichelow (7/30/2012 3:15:54 PM)
Hi Malia, No bees have got inside the theatre! Even though we have hives on our roof, there is as much chance as one of our bees getting inside the opera house as any other bee who lives in the neighbourhood. The inside of buildings don't attract them. They want their flowers! In fact, if you walk around the block that surrounds the opera house, you won't notice bees flying around you. They seem to go from the roof to, we suppose, the neighbourhood flowers, on the University Avenue median and the Osgoode Hall gardens. But bees can travel far in search of flowers and they do. Good question, though!


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