Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How can we be better Canadians?

Answer that question and you can help George Czerny with the content for his new book idea.

People work hard to better their bodies and their minds, but what do they do to become better Canadians?A Collingwood, Ontario, man aims to find out. George Czerny has sent letters across Canada to selected government, First Nations and Inuit leaders asking them the question: What can Canadians do to be better Canadians?

Czerny, who is retired, is seeking feedback in connection with a book idea he has and he would like your comments too. The working title of his book is “Kiss The Ground You Walk On, Canada” and in it he wants to convey the message of how we can all be better Canadians.



























He is looking forward to responses from across Canada. Anybody who would like to comment can send him an e-mail at:ilovecanadatoo@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Treasure Hunt at Kings’ Court



A renovation project at our cottage led me on the hunt for antique 6 pane windows.  Off to the Thornbury Antique Market I went…with measurements in hand.  It had been quite a while since I’d checked the place out and I was hopefully excited that I would find what I was looking for.

Nestled in the Kings' Court Design Building, Thornbury Antique Market is an incredible destination for a treasure hunt.  There are so many antiques packed into this location, at first it was a bit overwhelming so I asked the owners Christine and Mick for a bit of assistance.  Sure enough, they knew exactly where to find what I was looking for….and surprise surprise…I’m not suffering from sticker shock.  Well priced merchandise and excellent customer service.


They offer a huge variety of antiques that are sourced from 14 different vendors plus some consigned Items.  And as a side note, if you’re on the hunt for some famed Blue Mountain Pottery…make this your first stop.

Christine and Mick have been the owners for over two years now and appreciate all the regular customers but hope new ones will discover them too. They have been working antique shows, fairs and had an antique shop in England before.  Located opposite the Thornbury Cidery, you can easily find parking in the lot and the market can be accessed from the side entrance.

They’ve got paintings, furniture, architectural salvage, china L.P.'s , bronzes, vintage clothing, lighting, vintage glassware, dolls, jewellery and so much more it’s impossible to list it all. Worth a visit for that unusual find as the merchandise is changing constantly.
Find them at 99 King St. East, Thornbury or visit their website at thornburyantiquemarket.com.

Open daily in summer from 10:30AM to 4:30PM on weekdays and from 10:30AM to 5:00PM on weekends.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shipyards Kitchen Party honoured with Kemp Award.

The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts is proud to announce the 26th recipient of the
Robert G. Kemp Arts Award for 2018, “Shipyard Kitchen Party” and their production
“100 Years from Now”.
This exciting project tells Canadian stories from a uniquely Georgian Bay perspective through the visual, musical and dramatic arts. Audiences will have an opportunity to see “100 Years From Now” when it returns to the Simcoe Street Theatre in Collingwood, from November 9th to 11th, 2018.

The $5000 award will allow the group to expand their audiences through audio recording, filming and lesson plans for educators.
The Award was created in 1989 through a trust fund administered by the BMFA with the intent to provide encouragement and/or recognition to an individual or group residing in the South Georgian Bay area. Each applicant submits a project proposal that will benefit the community.
A formal presentation will be made at the BMFA Annual General Meeting later in the fall.


Photo (L-R): Julie LeBlanc, Sacha Law, John Eaton, Barbara Kemp and Jason Murphy.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Local Live Lunch Returns

Looking for something to take away the mid-week blues? ...if so, then mark each Wednesday this summer on your calendar and join us in Downtown Collingwood for the return of LOCAL LIVE LUNCH!


Beginning June 27th and continuing through to August 29th, the downtown core will come to life each Wednesday between noon and 1:30 with live musical performances on the 95.1 PEAK FM Stage, located in the Sheffer Court outdoor plaza area (186 Hurontario Street, between 3rd and 4th). While taking in the sounds of local live music you can also purchase your lunch (cash only), on location; prepared by a different presenting restaurant each week.
Here is the summer concert and lunch line up:
JUNE 27
LIVE Jimmy & The Extractions LUNCH Ali’s Kitchen
JULY 4
LIVE The Shipyard Kitchen Party LUNCH Fish & Sips
JULY 11
LIVE Strange Potatoes LUNCH Azzurra
JULY 18
LIVE Shane Cloutier LUNCH Sõl Kitchen
JULY 25
LIVE Lance Dobinson LUNCH Steakhouse Social Eatery
AUGUST 1
LIVE Romney Getty LUNCH The Crow. Bar and Variety
AUGUST 8
LIVE The Mike McCarthy Band LUNCH Tesoro
AUGUST 15
LIVE 50 Years Late LUNCH The Curly Willow
AUGUST 22
LIVE The Dave Giles Band LUNCH Brunello at 27th on Fourth
AUGUST 29
LIVE Harbottle Band LUNCH Cabin Bistro
Thanks to all of our sponsors for making this event possible! We are pleased to announce that Collingwood Hyundai will be returning as Presenting Sponsor; joined by Event Sponsors - Scotiabank, Parkbridge and U Salon. Special thanks to Media Sponsors - The Peak FM 95.1, The Connection and mycollingwood.ca and Production Sponsor – CHS Productions
Look for the each restaurant’s menu for the day posted on the Downtown Collingwood website – or like Collingwood Downtown on facebook to be the first to know!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Double Bill at the Simcoe Street Theatre



Enjoy an evening of comedy at the Simcoe Street Theatre featuring THE SURPRISE AND LEILA LIVE on June 23 at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30) Cash Bar. Tickets $28 (HST included) at Simcoe Street Books and online at eventbrite.ca
THE SURPRISE AND LEILA LIVE are fresh from The Toronto Fringe Next Stage Festival where both shows played to rave reviews!Ginger is throwing a surprise party and she needs your help. That’s where YOU come in. Literally! The Surprise is a hilarious clown-based immersive experience that’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Who’s invited? Who’s the guest of honour? You have to come and find out. There will be cake! From the creator and performer of Fringe hits Chaotica, ONEymoon, and All KIDding Aside. “Bartelse is charming and funny” Mooney on Theatre “Bartelse, whatever outfit she’s wearing, is a joy to watch. The Surprise lives up to it’s title. NNNN!” NOW Toronto
LEILA LIVE
This 30-minute character-based blast of zany high-energy fun introduces us to Leila, a shamelessly self-obsessed Iranian woman living in Toronto who loves to text and sing and live her best life, but is as naive about relationships as she is stubbornly confident in her own amazingness. Sporting a colourful headscarf, an awesome tiger-print outfit and a full beard, the mysterious performer behind the act (Izad Etemadi) blends over-the-top storytelling, comic cover songs and running punny gags into a laugh-filled tale about Leila befriending an Instagram celebrity and attending a gala at Casa Loma. Part of the plot involves returning free samples, but this sample-sized show leaves you wanting more Leila!” NOW Magazine.
Tickets $28 (HST included) at Simcoe Street Books and online at https://bit.ly/2HHh33T

Friday, May 11, 2018

Get your Ciderfest Passport



With the area producing 25% of Ontario’s apples, we can truly say, “Cider Grows Here.” And now is your chance to taste them all during the First Annual Ciderfest! Eleven days of cider pairings, special events, tours and local menu features taking you from Duntroon to Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Beaver Valley, Thornbury and Meaford.

The $25 Passport is your ticket to taste, and a chance at great prizes!
Your passport includes tastings and pairings at Coffin Ridge, The Cheese Gallery (featuring the Great Canadian Cider Company), Beaver Valley Cidery, Georgian Hills Vineyard (featuring Ardiel Cider House), Thornbury Village Cider House and Duntroon Cyder House. Get your passport stamped at 4 or more stops and enter to win great prizes including $300 in gift cards for local cider houses.

Travel beyond the passport stops to delicious and entertaining special events.
From great music and cidery tours, to farm BBQs, boat cruises, a patio party and a special Picollo Pranzo dinner special with Reinhart’s Cider at Azzurra every night of the festival, Ciderfest special events are sure to please the palette while enjoying very unique locations in the region.

Hop on the Bus!
Let someone else do the driving. The Beer Bus and Summerbound Tours will be taking festivalgoers on 9 different tours, visiting 4 passport stops from June 7 – 17, including Father’s Day. Reserve your seat early as space will fill up fast!

Book Now!
Ciderfest on the Apple Pie Trail is a new and exciting way to get to know the ciders of the region and the best of it’s apple-inspired cuisine, all while immersed in the summertime beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. For more information on the venues and events, and to buy your passports and tickets now, please visit www.CiderGrowsHere.ca

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Canadian Brass at Meaford Hall

With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group”.
Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. This concert will show the full range from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them – from formal classical presentation to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects. The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity, and most of all fun – but never at the expenses of the music.
With a discography of over 130 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, Canadian Brass is an important pioneer in brining brass music to mass audiences everywhere. Among, over 2 million in album sales worldwide (1.2 million of those sold since 1991), Canadian Brass continues to score Billboard chart positions; with Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America, which spent 8 weeks in the Top 25 on the Billboard Classical Chart, peaking at #2.
Canadian Brass has enthused fans worldwide by touring through; Canada, USA, Japan, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Soviet Union, and South America. The group has had the privilege to be the first brass ensemble from the West to perform in the People’s Republic of China, where they returned for a 5 city tour in 2010, and later for other performances.
Whatever the style, Canadian Brass performs with the utmost dedication, skill, and excellence.
Join Canadian Brass at Meaford Hall on Thursday April 12th at 8:00 pm for this incredible show!
Tickets available online at www.meafordhall.ca or call 1-877-538-0463 for more information. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook @MeafordHall for new show announcements and updates!
21 Mar 2018