Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Help Save the Lighthouse

Vote for the Lighthouse (Posted On: Sunday, October 23, 2016)

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The Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society has an entry in the Aviva Community Fund Competition.  We need you to click on the Aviva website  and register. You will have 18 votes which you can cast all at once. Voting closes Friday, October 28 at 4 PM. Please help!
The Nottawasaga Lighthouse stands on an island at the entrance to the busy Collingwood harbour as a reminder of our strong marine history. It was lit in 1858 the same year that Collingwood was incorporated. For many decades our Imperial Tower did her work, keeping mariners safe. The light could be seen for 17miles. But today the light no longer shines. Our tower has fallen into disrepair and named to the National Trust for CanadaĆ¢€™s list of the top 10 most endangered historic sites in Canada.
The Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society is a very dedicated group of individuals working hard to save and restore our once beautiful historic landmark. Enough money was raised and this fall they are able to complete step one of the restoration plan. They are shrink wrapping the structure to slow down the deterioration by protecting it from the elements and the harsh freezing and thawing of our winters. In order for the restoration to begin again in the spring they need to continue fundraising.
"Canada's heritage lighthouses are iconic symbols of our communities and have played a crucial role in keeping mariners safe. They are also important tourism attractions that contribute to local economies."  Catherine McKenna Federal Minister responsible for Parks Canada.
It takes a Community to restore a Lighthouse.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Be The Change - Eating You Alive

The Be The Change Film Series, presented by Royal LePage Locations North, is now in its 9th year. This year we are offering dinner before screenings as well as online ticket sales.  
Last year the Series moved from the Gayety to the Simcoe Street Theatre (across from the Collingwood Library), with 2 screenings per night at 5:00 and 7:30. The audience loved the new screening times and the welcoming local marketplace/food-oriented venue, so we are back for the second year in a row. 
Join us before the film in the marketplace and enjoy a fresh, local and healthy meal prepared by Farm to Table Market and Kitchen. Vendors have farm-fresh groceries of many kinds available for sale and Creemore Coffee Studio and Earthlinks (CCI environmental student group) have gourmet snacks and beverages, too.
Eating you Alive is, appropriately, the first movie of the series, airing twice on Wednesday October 19th. The film's directors speak with everyone from medical experts to chefs to Hollywood stars about how whole-food, plant-based nutrition can help us to take control of our health in the face of a North American crisis the likes of which we've never seen before.
"We know that food is part of what attracts our big crowds, so we opted to start with a film in line with that," says Christy Deere, one of the principal BTC organizers."We believe that offering a fresh, local and healthy meal is going to be a big driver for our viewers." Deere also notes that - for the first time-tickets are available for purchase on sale, either individually for $8 or $40 for all six films at our website
The BTC Film Series is designed to unite the Collingwood and surrounding communities around a variety of environment-centric issues. Provocative, carefully chosen films are selected around themes such as conservation, health and climate change.  
As in years past, proceeds from BTC will benefit two local organizations: Elephant Thoughts, a childhood education-focused charity, and The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, a local environment-focused charity.
BTC Vital Statistics
-3rd Wednesday of every month, starting October 19th
-2 screenings: 5:00 & 7:30
-Full vendor marketplace 5:00-7:30
-Local live music: 6:45
-Simcoe Street Theatre (86 Simcoe Street, across from Library)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Moses Znaimer Coming to Collingwood - Get your tickets today.

Grab your tickets to see Moses Znaimer in Collingwood at the Historic Gayety Theatre. Mix and Mingle afterwards. Don't miss out! Book online today to save on your admission: http://ow.ly/8aYS304Jo5H

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Free Marketing Seminar...if you're in business, you don't want to miss this!

Increase Your Local Rankings With Google plus build a foundation to engage your audience with Email Marketing on October 4th at The Georgian Bay Hotel and Conference Center starting at 8:45am.
The Agenda for the morning
8:45am Doors Open
9:00am Chris Johnstone - Google Local Rankings
10:10am Julie Card     - Email Marketing for Retail, B2B, Non-profit.
                                    - Create A Holiday Marketing Plan
11:00am Tim Newton     - Small Business Enterprise Centre
11:20am Alison Swan    - Senior Small Business Advisor - Meridian
12:00 noon Optional Networking Lunch at Gustav
Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible.  But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important.  Uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way. 
Attendees of This FREE seminar Will Learn:
A system to help you generate more customers that are searching for your products and services using Google and Email Marketing Plus a full walk through by Chris Johnstone, trainer  on how to use Google's latest changes to rank on the front page and a step by step process to help you become the top rated business in your category!
This Event Is Not To Be Missed!  Register by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Delicious New Prix Fixe Menu from Cabin Bistro

$5 corkage

composed daily by our team of chefs with inspired garnish
baby greens, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, pears, cider emulsion

button mushrooms, carrots, celeriac, english peas, puff pastry


wild rice, barley, cauliflower puree, charred leeks, tomato jam 


spinach, goat cheese, mozzarella, parmesan crostini, seedlings

stewed pears, walnut crumble, local french vanilla ice cream

Cabin Bistro is located in Downtown Collingwood at 209 Hurontario Street in Downtown Collingwood - Our passion at Cabin Bistro is to provide a place where our customers know they will always find comfort in our menu and our friendly service. We believe offering fresh, local produce is part of a restaurant's obligation to the community. 

209 Hurontario Street, Collingwood ON L9Y 2M1
T: 705.444.2299

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blue Mountain Guitar Trail

After being named "Best New Festival" by Festivals and Events Ontario in 2014 and achieving the prestigious Top 100 Status in 2015, the Guitar Trail enters its third year ready to up the ante on fun and entertainment. From 1 to 4 pm on Saturday September 10th, 20 artist locations will provide the soundtrack to the Trails at Blue with guitars, voice, drums and ukuleles as visitors trek up, down and around the mountain. Guests will follow the map and should they wish, complete the scavenger hunt provided at check-in for prizes and giveaways. The hike is roughly 60 minutes but allow 2-3 hours to enjoy all the performers.
Guests can enjoy a free open-air gondola ride down the mountain following the hike - an excellent opportunity to see and capture the amazing views looking out over Georgian Bay. Or, purchase a ticket for the gondola ride up and hike down. The first 200 guests to complete the scavenger hunt will receive a fresh apple tart and a copy of the Village's own CD, "Best of Blue", a compilation of 12 songs, many by artists along the Trail.
 "This is the best way for families to kick off the fall hiking season," says Patti Kendall, Director of Marketing & Events for Blue Mountain Village. "Last year we doubled our attendance and the feedback from our guests was overwhelming. Incredible scenery, interactive music and the chance to see legendary Alan Frew will make this your best hike of the season!"
New this year, Joe Rockman, founding member and bass player of the Jeff Healey Band will be onsite for tips and an opportunity to jam with Joe. Bring your own bass or use the guitar at Joe's bass station. Also returning is luthier Tony Carol talking about the timeless art of guitar making, local drummer Bambalamb! hosting interactive drum lessons, and, at the top of Blue Mountain the Beinn Gorm Highlanders Pipe & Drum band. The festival concludes with a free concert by multi-Juno Award winning and Grammy nominated performer Alan Frew at 4:30pm on the Coca-Cola Village Stage with songs from his Glass Tiger days and his extensive catalogue of solo work. 
Full details on the Guitar Trail, including the full list of performers, can be found online at Blue Mountain Guitar Trail.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Local Live Lunch on Wednesdays

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 29th and continuing through to August 31st, the downtown core will come to life each Wednesday between noon and 1:30 with live musical performances on the 95.1 PEAK FM Northern Tracks 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 29
LIVE David Russell LUNCH AliĆ¢€™s Kitchen
July 6
LIVE Shane Cloutier LUNCH Fish and Sips
July 13
LIVE Touch of Vinyl LUNCH Gustav Chophouse & Bar
July 20
LIVE The Dylan Burchell Band LUNCH Hill and Bay
July 27
LIVE The Craigleith Jam Band LUNCH Cabin Bistro
LIVE The Mike McCarthy Band LUNCH The Strand
LIVE Strange Potatoes LUNCH Azzurra
LIVE Laurie Z & Friends LUNCH Tesoro
LIVE Davey K Band LUNCH Brunello at 27th on Fourth
LIVE Lance Dobinson LUNCH Sol Kitchen
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!
 Is there a better way to spend your mid-week lunch hour than savoring local cuisine and relaxing to our very talented local artists?
Thanks to all of our sponsors for making this event possible!
New this year - Presenting sponsor - Ardiel Septic Services
Event Sponsors - Scotiabank, Rituals Medical & Day Spa, Balmoral Village and Blue Horizon Dental Hygiene
Media Sponsors - The Peak FM 95.1, The Enterprise-Bulletin and mycollingwood.ca