Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Blue Mountain Whisky Tasting - Tickets now on sale



BLUE MOUNTAIN WHISKY TASTING 
NOVEMBER 10, 2018 7PM - 10PM GRAND CENTRAL LODGE 

  • 100 + Whiskies
  • Food • Cocktails • Music
  • Whisky and Cigar Pairings
Join us for an evening of Whisky tasting at the Grand Central Lodge, 156 Jozo Weider Blvd, Blue Mountain Village, The Blue Mountains, ON

Enjoy this unique opportunity to try whiskies and experience the stories behind the wee dram.

$85 Ticket Includes:
  • Entry and access to over 100 Whiskies 7:00 pm to 10 pm
  • A FREE Glencairn Souvenir Tasting Glass
  • Gourmet Tables ~ Chef Lussier, The Dam Pub
  • Live Music from Canadian Trad Trio NUA
$125 VIP Ticket Includes:
  • All the above, plus three Masterclasses starting at 5:15 pm
  • Early Entry Tasting at 6:30 pm
  • Access to VIP Room for Specialty Pouring at 8:30 pm
Masterclass 1: Bill Somerville, "Speyside Travels" - 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Masterclass 2: Davin de Kergommeaux, "The Audacity of Rye" - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Masterclass 3: Blair Phillips, "Cigars and Whisky" - 8:00PM - 8:30PM

The Dam Pub
Aberlour • Ardbeg • Auchentoshan • Benromach • Bowmore • Buffalo Trace • Blantons Single Barrel • Canadian Club • Caol ila • Cardhu • Dalwhinnie • Eagle Rare • Forty Creek • Gooderham & Worts • Glenmorangie • High River • Highland Park • Hepburn’s Choice • Johnnie Walker • Jim Beam • Kavi Reserve • Knob Creek • Lot 40 • Laphroaig • Makers Mark • The Macallan • Oban • Pike Creek • 1792 Small Batch • Talisker Storm • The Glenlivet • Toki • Wiser's
Disclaimer: Excessive drinking and intoxication will not be tolerated.
Patrons who show signs of either will be asked to leave.

Click here for hotel accommodations. Use Promo: GB00000914

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Apple Country!

From October 6th to 8th, celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with fall fun in the Blue Mountain Village, Thornbury, and Clarksburg! There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the beautiful fall colours!

Fabulous fall colours, crisp autumn air and even crisper apples. These are just some of the ingredients of the ultimate Thanksgiving experience, and you’ll find all this and more at the Apple Harvest Festival from October 6th to 8th in the towns of Thornbury, Clarksburg and the Blue Mountain Village.

Awarded the Top 100 Festivals designation by Festivals and Events Ontario for many years, the Apple Harvest Festival features free family events and activities to enjoy as you venture from one charming town to the next. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy live music from dozens of talented local artists, take part in guided hikes, apple pie eating contests, cidery tours, art studio tours, caramel apple decorating, Applelicious, interactive family groove dancing, the John Deere Kids Zone, hand-painted apple ladders, and more!


On Saturday, October 6th at 8pm, make your way to the Blue Mountain Village for the Town of The Blue Mountains’ 20thAnniversary Fireworks display! The breathtaking fireworks show will take place over the mountain to celebrate 20 years as The Blue Mountains.

Find the full schedule at www.AppleHarvestFestival.ca




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

Monday, March 12, 2018

Four Fantastic Dad Approved Soups

My wonderful friends Sylvia and Mark from Grandma's Airport Cafe have hit it out of the ballpark with their frozen soups to go.  I recently picked up 4 different kinds (ok...3 soups and 1 chili) to test on my Dad who is a new member of our household.  I'm always looking for delicious but quick and easy dining options to feed Sir Walter David (aka picky eater).

Beef Vegetable Soup





















Chicken Noodle Soup






















Cream of Mushroom


















Chili with a sprinkle of Cheddar























So...hats of to Grandma's Airport Cafe and their wonderful soups!





Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tourism Mini Conference

This is a great opportunity for anyone that wants to reach the tourism market for their business.

Click here to register for your FREE tickets

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vigil at the Marsh Street Centre with Araby Lockhart and Dean Hollin

The Marsh Street Centre and Loft Gallery present the hysterically dark Canadian comedy, Vigil. The production will include 5 performances over a two-week period in April including one matinee.
‘Vigil’ is a brilliant story about an unexpected, extended visit between the character of Kemp (Dean Hollin) and his bedridden elderly aunt (Araby Lockhart) with a twist you’ll have to see to believe! The outrageous dialogue is both comically offensive; yet somehow endearing as these two characters struggle to reach some common ground within the most awkward of situations.
Local actors - Dean Hollin and Araby Lockhart join together to produce Araby’s ‘swan song’ performance, Vigil by Morris Panych. Panych’s wit, wisdom and achingly beautiful humour find life in this story. One of Canada’s best-loved comedies, Vigil is about a man returning-after thirty years-to sit with an aunt on her deathbed. Kemp’s problem is: she’s not dying fast enough. Vigil is a quirky play about death and then life.
For this production, accomplished actors Dean and Araby will be directed by their long time friend actor/director, Paul Brown.


"Fact is, I've wanted to perform this particular piece with Araby for a number of years now. To have it come to fruition as an event that will support the Marsh Street Centre -- with Paul in the director's chair -- makes it a pretty darn perfect affair!" exclaims Dean Hollin.
April 6th – April 15th, 2018 | Marsh Street Centre | 187 Marsh St, Clarksburg
Evening performances 7:30pm - Matinee at 2:00pm - Tickets $20
Cast
Dean Hollin: Kemp
Araby Lockhart: Grace
Directed by Paul Brown

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Three Great Whiskylicious Events - Reserve your spot today!

Whiskylicious Cooking Experience with Executive Chef Jeff Anderson

Thursday, Feb 8, 2 pm
Location: Gustav Chophouse & Bar
Join us for a hand-on interactive cooking class with Executive Chef Jeff Anderson and Chef Matt Herbert as this outgoing and dynamic team guide you through a culinary learning experience. Learn how and why they’ve chosen to pair specific foods with Collingwood Whisky, how using Collingwood Whisky enhances the flavours, and then sit down, relax and indulge in your 3-Course Collingwood Whisky creation served with a dram of Collingwood Whisky.
Menu: Seared Scallops with a burnt orange Collingwood Whisky buerre blanc sauce, Whisky Barrel Smoked Braised Beef Rib with Collingwood Whisky glaze, roasted fingerling potato, roasted brussel sprouts with cranberry and smoked bacon, Collingwood Whisky Maple Crème Brulee.
Cost: $90pp plus taxes. Limited class size to 16 people. PURCHASE TICKETS

A Carnivorous Delight with Smoked Whisky and Accompaniments

Thursday, Feb 8, 6 – 9 PM
Location: TheSmoke, 498 First Street, Collingwood

A 3 Course Prix Fix Menu for $42
Whisky Beef Burnt Ends – 10 or Smoked Whisky Balls in Whisky BBQ Sauce – 9
Smoked Whisky Injected Braised Beef Short Ribs – 32
Smoked Cheddar/Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Brisket Gravy and Whisky BBQ Sauce
Choice of Salad (Garden, Caesar or Coleslaw)
Collingwood Whisky Maple Syrup over Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream – 7 or Espresso Gelato with a Ginger Snap – 7
Limited Seating for First 25 People. Seating times are between 6:00pm and 6:30pm, and will be based on first come first seated, for a price of $42 per person. Gratuities will be charged at 18%. Taxes Extra
Tickets: Call 705-293- 5522 to purchase your tickets, or drop in.



Whisky Dinner Party

Thursday, Feb 8, 6:30 PM
Location: Crow Bar & Variety, 18 Huron Street, Collingwood
Price: $75.00 plus tax and gratuity

Crow Bar & Variety is having a party and you’re invited! Come celebrate Collingwood’s Whiskylicious with us on February 8th at 6pm. Chef Shaun Edmonstone and his team will be serving a 4 course dinner each paired with Collingwood Whisky cocktails created especially for the meal Taylor Corrigan from Collingwood Whisky will be on hand.
Soup: Roasted squash caramelized onion & thyme puree, Collingwood Whisky & maple toasted pecans, apple shallot relish. Sustainable Fish: Collingwood Whisky & honey cured Wild Sockeye Salmon tartare smoked paprika hickory stick & watercress. Local Meat: Rosemary Cured duck leg, bacon, root vegetable & white bean cassoulet, chard onion & red wine Jus. Sweet: Collingwood Whisky toasted almond tart with brown butter pastry, house made vanilla cream & salted caramel
Call the restaurant to reserve your spot for this one of a kind event. 705-445-0509