• 5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Toronto

    Mar 13, 2017

    iStock-509231054Grab your green clothes and get ready to celebrate, because everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day! The big day is Friday, March 17th and Timbercreek Communities is here to help with 5 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto!

    St Patrick's Day Céili

    Experience a modern take on an old Irish tradition at the Hart House St. Patrick’s Day Céili (kay-lee). There will be live music by Ena O’Brien and headliners The O’Deadly’s, plus guided folk dancing and plenty of food and drink inspired by all things Irish. All ages are welcome. Get your tickets now for only $10.

    St Patrick’s Day Party at Steam Whistle Brewery

    Steam Whistle Brewery gets even greener with their annual St Patrick’s Day Party. Enjoy a drink and some traditional food courtesy of the Irish Embassy Pub. Enjoy entertainment from Irish Dancers, live music by Brogue, Scantily Plaid & Fresh Eire. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) with proceeds supporting the Achilles St-Patrick’s Day 5k Run/Walk.

    Grand Marshal Ball

    If you’re looking for a more formal, fancy and elegant experience this St. Patrick’s Day, check out the Grand Marshal Ball at Casa Loma. There will be traditional Irish dancers, live players and a DJ at this special and exclusive event. Tickets will sell out well in advance and are not available at the door. Ticket requests must be made by email to info@StPatricksToronto.com, request your ticket today!

    St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Enjoy a late night St. Patrick’s Day event on March 17th, rest and recover on Saturday, and watch the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday! It begins at 12 noon at the corner of Bloor and St. George, travels east on Bloor, then south down Yonge Street to Queen, and finishes off at Nathan Phillips Square.

    Stay Home and Celebrate

    If St. Patrick’s Day crowds aren’t your idea of fun, you can have a quiet celebration at your Timbercreek home. Bake some Steak and Irish Stout Pies and enjoy some St Patrick’s Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Bars for dessert for a delicious, non-traditional night in.

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day from Timbercreek Communities! We hope you enjoy a fun and festive weekend. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities in Toronto, please visit your website.

  • March Break in Montreal

    Mar 07, 2017

    March Break in Montreal is the perfect time for a bit of wintertime fun and excitement. Timbercreek Communities has some ideas to help you have an amazing March Break in Montreal.

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    Hit the Slopes

    Let’s face it, the winters can be harsh here, but don’t hide away and hibernate! Embrace your environment and enjoy ski and snowboard season. The Laurentians region is the closest ski destination to Montreal and home to Mont Tremblant, voted the best overall resort in Eastern North America by Ski Magazine for the last 19 years. It’s a great place to visit, whether you plan to be on or off the slopes, and is less than a 2 hour drive from Montreal.

    Nuit Blanche and Montréal en Lumière

    Montréal en Lumière is on now until March 11th. It’s a celebration of food, fun, wine, winter and lights. The highlight of the festival is Nuit Blanche on Saturday, March 4th. The party goes until 6am on Sunday March 5th! It draws 350,000 people for a mostly free night of over 200 cultural, culinary, arts and just plain fun activities. Not to be missed!

    Underground Art in the Underground City

    If you need some relief from the cold, you're in luck! Montreal is home to the underground city and from March 4th to March 11th you can revel in the creative and thermal energy underground, during Art Souterrain. It’s a 7 km underground circuit featuring 107 contemporary art projects.

    Jazz it Up

    Jazz is not a fairweather friend in Montreal. You don’t have to wait until the summer Jazz Fest to enjoy some live. Get your fix from March 18th to 25th at Jazz en Rafale, a mini festival during the last weekend of winter and the first weekend of spring.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities in Quebec, please visit our website. Timbercreek offers several residence options in the Montreal area including: Cote St-Luc, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montreal Downtown and Southshore, Pointe Claire, St. Laurent and Verdun.

  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Waterloo at these pubs

    Mar 06, 2017

    St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner and we’re ready for it. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods, and a whole lot of green. With Statistics Canada reporting approximately 77,000 people claiming Irish ethnicity, and another close to 200,000 with "British Isles" heritage, it's not a stretch to assume St. Patrick’s Day is well celebrated in the Waterloo area.

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    There’s no shortage of pubs in Waterloo, and whether you’re Irish or just Irish-at-heart, there’s a seat at one with your name on it this St. Patrick’s Day. Timbercreek Communities has pulled together this list of local pubs to check out:

    Beertown

    If it's beer you're looking for, this is the spot. With a raft of craft (most of it local) from Quads to IPAs, and a deep menu with a lot of affordable options, Beertown checks all the boxes. For Waterloo craft beer find out more here.

    Morty's

    A Waterloo staple, Morty's is a local K-W hangout. With live music every week, a solid menu, and a standard beer selection with a couple left-of-center options, Morty's is worth considering for your St. Patrick's Day festivities.

    Bombshelter Pub

    Bombshelter is a beloved Waterloo campus pub that will definitely tip the more raucous end of the scale for St. Patrick's Day. With live music, a great menu, and green everything, Bombshelter will be doing St. Paddy's day up in style. Check out the full menu and the pub’s upcoming events here.

    Chainsaw

    Jason himself would approve. Chainsaw, a neon lit pub known for its live music and table tennis, is a Waterloo staple. With all-day karaoke as just one of its many draws, Chainsaw will pull out all the stops for St. Patrick's Day. Have a look at their full event lineup here.

    Duke Of Wellington

    Can't have a St. Paddy's list without at least one Duke, Friar, Firkin, or Ceilidh. The Duke of Wellington is everything you know, love and expect from an Irish pub. Dark wood, velour bar stools, exposed beams, that white stucco wall -- it's all there. St. Patrick himself would approve.

    We hope you have an amazing and safe St. Patrick’s Day in Waterloo! Please remember to follow the city by-laws when participating in the festivities.

    Here is a list of transit options in Waterloo to get you around safely!

    Book a ride with Uber

    Waterloo Taxi – 519-888-7777

    City Cabs – 519-747-7777

    For more information on Timbercreek Rental Communities across Canada, including our Waterloo communities, please visit our website.

  • 5 Ideas for Small Living Spaces

    Feb 28, 2017

    We could all use a little more space. When you don’t have any extra square footage to work with in your home, it’s important to use the space you have to the fullest. Timbercreek Communities has 5 ideas for small living spaces that will make you feel like you’re living large(r)!

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    Choose Simple Furniture

    Furniture with simple lines makes a small apartment feel cozier. These sofas are great options for small spaces.

    Add Hidden Storage

    One of the most effective ways to maximize your space is to add hidden storage. Your Timbercreek apartment is your place for your everything and it is important to make sure everything in it has it’s own place. Even large spaces can feel cramped and cluttered when they are not well organized. Get creative and declutter your space this weekend.

    “Invisible” Pieces

    It’s not magic, it’s lucite. Lucite is a clear, acrylic material that is strong and transparent. Lucite furniture creates the illusion of more space in a tight space because it feels like it’s barely there at all. A lucite coffee table and/or lucite chairs can make your small space feel more open. Light will pass right through the pieces and make the whole room feel less cramped.

    Plants Add Depth

    Liven up a small space by adding some life to it. The right plants can add depth to tiny spaces. Peace Lilies, Spider Plants and Aloe Vera thrive in high or low light conditions and even clean the air.

    Add Mirrors

    Well placed mirrors are one of the easiest ways to make a small space feel larger. They trick the mind and make small spaces feel less cramped. Try adding them to areas like your hallway or your bedroom, you’ll be amazed by the new dimension they add.

    Timbercreek Communities hope that this post helps to put you in the proper headspace to make the most of your space.

    For more information on Timbercreek Rental Communities, please see our website.

  • 4 Household Uses for Lemons You Never Had Before

    Feb 27, 2017

    When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade – make natural products to use around your Timbercreek Apartment! These natural lemon creations can replace store bought items that contain harmful chemicals and additives. Best of all, these natural products work just as well as their commercial alternatives.
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    Fridge Deodorizer

    Using chemical-laden products close to your food feels like a bad idea. Thankfully, all you need for a natural fridge deodorizer is some lemon juice and cotton balls! Remove and discard all spoiled food from your fridge, transfer smelly foods (like cheese, onions and fish) to airtight containers, and then soak a few cotton balls in lemon juice and leave them in your fridge for 4 to 6 hours. That’s it! Repeat this process every few weeks, or whenever you detect unpleasant odours.

    All Purpose Cleaner/Natural Bleach Alternative

    Clean your Timbercreek apartment and leave a pleasant lemony scent in the air with this simple Three Ingredient All Purpose Cleaner. The ingredients for this non-toxic, natural cleaner are lemon juice, water and 3% hydrogen peroxide solution which is available from any drugstore. Hydrogen peroxide (3%) is the only germicidal agent that contains only water and oxygen. It kills microorganisms through oxidation. The lemon juice breaks down grease and grime. This homemade solution can even be used as a natural bleach alternative.

    Homemade Mouthwash

    It's easy to make your own homemade mouthwash. All you need is lemon juice, water and cinnamon. This mixture will freshen your breath and clean your mouth without chemicals like benzoic acid, sodium benzoate and poloxamer 407 (sounds pretty harmful).

    Natural Insect Repellant

    Lemons can be used as a natural insect repellent to deter uninvited guests that may have found their way into your home. Apply some fresh squeezed lemon juice along floors, windowsills, or anywhere an ant has appeared. You can also place dried lemon peels in your closets to deter moths and leave a fresh scent.

    We hope this helps you find new uses for your leftover lemons and helps you replace harmful chemicals in your home.

    For more information on Timbercreek Rental Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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