• Beautiful lamps for more light this winter

    Jan 29, 2015

    Enhance your apartment’s space and atmosphere with the following innovative lamp options and styles. Timbercreek Communities’ Windsor apartments are located in some of the most sought-after areas of the city including properties overlooking the Detroit River, within walking distance to the University of Windsor and in bustling downtown Windsor.

    Go Bold

    Brighten up and enhance any room in your apartment with a bright, bold or patterned lampshade. Bold lampshade prints and colours are back this season and are a simple and affordable way to add a quirky sense of personality to any space in your home. Fabric lamp shades are another fun option and are a great tool to add additional texture to a living room or bedroom. Homesense is less than a ten-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 3905 Riverside Drive East Apartments and is a great place to pick up stylish yet affordable lampshades.

    DIY Lamp

    Lighting fixtures can be made out of almost any material. Why not unleash some creativity and create your own lamp or lampshade? You can utilize around-the-house items, paint and dollar store items to create a one-of-a-kind piece of décor. Dollarama is located less than a ten-minute walk from Timbercreek Communities’ 7890 St. Rose Avenue Apartments and is a great place to pick up supplies for your do-it-yourself lamp. A full list of DIY Lamp Projects is available at the Better Homes and Gardens website.TC Windsor Lamps

    Try a Floor Lamp

    Floor lamps are a great option when space is at a premium. Choose floor lamps with smaller profiles and pay attention to where and how the light shines in the room. A great tip is to place a floor lamp on one side of your sofa and a table lamp on the other. Believe it or not this asymmetry actually opens up a room and maximizes brightness.

    Choosing the Right Light bulb

    Bulbs vary by their type of technology, amount of energy they use, colour of light they emit, heat they give off and the amount of light they produce. Make sure to choose the correct bulb wattage, as a higher wattage can produce excess heat and is a potential fire hazard. For a full breakdown on the different types of light bulbs, visit HGTV’s website.

    Make the most out of your space with great lighting options that will brighten up your home all year long.

  • Delicious nearby dining at Winterlicious 2015

    Jan 27, 2015

    Winterlicious is back for another season of delicious food at great prices. Enjoy hundreds of different prix fixe meals from some of Toronto’s top restaurants. This annual foodie fest brings gourmet meals to the masses with affordable prix-fixe menus for both lunch or dinner, starting at only $15. Timbercreek Communities has pulled together a few delicious options within walking distance of our Toronto apartments.

    Le Papillon on Front

    TC Toronto WinterliciousLe Papillon on Front has been providing the city of Toronto with classic French cuisine for almost 40 years now. This gourmet restaurant is located in one of Old Town Toronto’s heritage buildings, emphasizing the sophisticated yet rustic atmosphere of the restaurant. Le Papillon is a 25-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 34 Maitland Street Apartments. Their Winterlicious prix fixe menu consists of an $18 lunch and $25 dinner, with favourites such as French Onion Soup, Lamb Shank, Duck Confit and Classic Cheesecake on the menu.

    Biagio

    Biagio offers a menu full of gourmet Italian classics in one of Toronto’s most beautiful buildings, St. Lawrence Hall. This popular Toronto restaurant has been serving upscale, classic northern Italian food for over 25 years. Enjoy an elegant dinner in their gorgeous dining room or on the heated intimate garden patio. Biagio’s Winterlicious menu consists of a $28 lunch or $40 dinner, with items such as their Homemade Ravioli, Risotto, Veal Medallions and Classic Tiramisu featured on the menu. Biagio is a 20-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 321 Sherbourne Street Community.  

    Casa Manila

    Enjoy the flavours of fusion cuisine at Casa Manila. This local restaurant effortlessly blends the flavours of Indo, Malay, Spanish, Mexican, Chinese and indigenous Filipino flavours. Casa Manila’s prix fixe Winterlicious menu consists of favourites such as Spring Rolls, Garlic Adobo, Crispy Pork Belly, Basa Fish and more. Lunch is set at $18 and dinner at $25. Casa Manila is less than a 30-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 100 Parkway Forest Drive Community in Toronto.

    Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

    Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is less than a ten-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 200 Dufferin Street Apartments and offers contemporary Canadian food in a unique and trendy atmosphere. Everything is made from scratch with local and sustainable ingredients wherever possible. The Winterlicious menu at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen features delicious items such as Duck Tacos, Heirloom Carrot Salad, Buttered Trout and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Lunch is $23 and dinner is $35.

    Enjoy great food, wine and company with a delicious meal at one of the participating Winterlicious restaurants in Toronto. Timbercreek’s Toronto Communities are located in some of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods making it easy to enjoy a gourmet meal within walking distance of your front door.

  • Don't miss the David Dunlap Observatory

    Jan 23, 2015

    Don’t miss the David Dunlap Observatory this year with Timbercreek Communities’ guide to this one-of-a-kind observatory. Timbercreek’s Richmond Hill Apartments at 274 Cedar Avenue are only a 15-minute walk to this unique facility.

    Overview

    TC RichmondHill ObservatoryThe David Dunlap Observatory is a large astronomical observatory site in Richmond Hill on a 198-acre estate featuring Canada’s largest optical telescope. Constructed in the 1930’s, the Observatory is a popular spot for telescope observing, tours, lectures and a number of local events. The David Dunlap Observatory is also home to a wide range of public viewing nights and educational programs. This unique institution has attracted support and praise from astronomers and observatories around the world.

    Regular Events

    The David Dunlap Observatory offers a regular schedule of school trips, public viewing nights and teacher training workshops. Class trips to the DDO provide curriculum-specific educational opportunities for both elementary and high school students. Kids can learn everything from space weather to the physics of space. Public viewing nights consist of weekly programs that teach people of all ages about astronomy, along with giving the general public updates about the advances in astronomy and space science. Finally, the DDO delivers a number of workshops to Ontario science teachers to equip them with the current knowledge, skills and experience they need to effectively teach astronomy and space science topics.

    Future Events

    Star Talk

    Star Talk nights offer amazing talks by field experts on astronomy, space science and sometimes, science fiction. During Star Talks you’ll also be able to check out the night sky through a variety of telescopes set up on the lawn (weather permitting). During the winter months or rainy days guests can check out the virtual night sky in the observatory’s new Skylab.

    Family Nights

    Family Nights provide a great opportunity and introduction to the night sky for younger guests. Families can look through telescopes, make space crafts and visit the Skylab. Be sure to follow the David Dunlap Observatory on Facebook for an updated schedule of events including wintertime Family Nights.

    Enjoy a fun and educational outing only minutes from Timbercreek’s Richmond Hill Community. The David Dunlap Observatory is a great place for people of all ages to expand their learning of astronomy, space science and the great unknown.
  • Your guide to the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

    Jan 21, 2015

    Enjoy the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest this winter with Timbercreek Communities’ guide to this local music festival. The Bluesfest runs from February 16th until February 21st 2015 and offers a week full of blues music during the winter to warm your bones.

    About the Festival

    Expect a lineup of great shows ranging from free performances to ticketed shows at TC Calgary Bluesfestvenues around the city of Calgary. Mikey’s Juke Joint & Eatery, one of the festival’s many venues, is only a five-minute drive from Timbercreek’s Calgary community at 123 10th Avenue South West. This weeklong musical festival also features a variety of musical workshops and classes. Tickets can be bought both online and at the door of most performances. Online tickets can be purchased at Megatunes and online at the Calgary Bluesfest Store. A four-day festival pass can also be purchased for serious music lovers.

    Best Bets

    With a number of exciting performances, workshops and jam sessions, the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest is every musician and music lover’s dream. While specific dates have yet to be released, festivalgoers can expect to see and attend events such as:

    • Singing the Blues Vocal Camp Workshop
    • Singing the Blues Vocal Camp Performances
    • King Eddy Nights
    • CBMA Blues Awards & Twilight Blues Jam
    • Midwinter Bluesfest Dance Party

    To get a taste of what these events entail check out last year’s full lineup and schedule available on the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest Website.

    Venues

    While the exact schedule has yet to be released, the Calgary Midwinter Blues Festival will take place at a number of venues throughout the city of Calgary including the Ironwood Stage, Kits on 16th, Mikeys Juke Joint and Eatery, and the MacEwan Ballroom. The Ironwood Stage is less than a 25-minute walk from Timbercreek Communities’ 1010 First Street South West Apartments.

    As the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest approaches, the festival’s website will have updated information and a comprehensive schedule of all events, times and venues. Make sure to check the site regularly for the most up-to-date information. Timbercreek’s Calgary communities are located in some of the city’s most vibrant areas, close to many of the Calgary Midwinter Blues Festival’s events and performances.

  • Try classic Canadian comfort food in Ottawa

    Jan 19, 2015

    Enjoy some classic Canadian dishes this winter with the following places to indulge in Beaver Tails, poutine, tourtiere and maple syrup. Timbercreek’s Ottawa Communities are located in some of the city’s most vibrant areas including the scenic Brittania area, Sandy Hill neighbourhood and the bustling Byward Market.

    Beaver Tails

    Beaver Tails are considered to be one of Canada’s national treasures. These delicious and addictive whole-wheat pastries are hand-stretched, float cooked and served with melted butter, along with your choice of sweet delectable flavours. Whether you are a classic cinnamon sugar lover or like to go all out with Nutella and Oreo cookie crumbles, there is a customizable Beaver Tail for everyone. Enjoy a delicious Beaver Tail when the craving strikes at their Byward Market location, only a four-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 135 York Street Community.

    Poutine

    Canada is known worldwide for our love of poutine. The combination of golden french fries, fresh gravy and squeaky cheese curds is enough to make your heart melt this winter. There are a number of well-known poutine joints throughout TC Ottawa ComfortFoodthe city including:

    • Sasha’s Chip Wagon
    • The Standard
    • The Smoque Shack
    • Elgin Street Diner
    • Oz Kafe

    Elgin Street Diner is a five-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 222 Maclaren Street Community and offers classic ‘shoe-string’ fries with thick gravy and the freshest cheese curds around.

    Tourtiere

    Tourtiere is classic Canadian comfort food. Tourtiere is a savoury mincemeat pie with dashes of flavourful cinnamon and cloves. It is rooted in both French and English culture, with Ottawa boasting some of the best tourtiere in Canada. The Red Apron is a 20-minute transit ride from Timbercreek Communities’ 146 Stewart Street Community and features a variety of delicious and handmade tourtiere options. Enjoy ingredients such as Ontario Berkshire Pork and Fitzroy Beef, along with spices such as thyme, sage, onions, garlic, clove and cinnamon. The crust is made from scratch, along with a tasty house-made ketchup.

    Maple Syrup

    Last but certainly not least is Maple Syrup. This Canadian staple is delicious on everything from pancakes to ice cream and even on bacon or in salad dressings. There are a number of market stalls at the Byward Market which offer containers filled with maple syrup, along with a variety of maple syrup candies and treats.

    Get your fill of Canadian food classics such as Beaver Tails, poutine, tourtiere and maple syrup all within close distance of Timbercreek’s Ottawa apartments.

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