• Where to see live music in Halifax this summer

    Jun 27, 2014

    Music is a major part of the fabric of Nova Scotia’s and specifically Halifax’s cultural life. The city’s deep and lasting love of music is expressed through fantastic live performances at many of the following live music venues within the city. Timbercreek Communities has apartments throughout Halifax in some of the most sought-after areas of the city including Bayer’s Lake and in the heart of Clayton Park.

    The Alehouse
    The Alehouse is one of the oldest pubs in Halifax and a popular live music venue in the city. This bar is a stone’s throw from Citadel Hill and is situated in a brick-fronted historic building that pays homage to the city’s history with it’s traditional wood-heavy décor, live Celtic bands and even the bar-wench costumes for the serving staff. You can often hear the live music playing from down the street and see the bar patrons packed on the cobblestone street out front. The Alehouse offers great live music, lots of beer on tap, delicious food and a friendly staff. There are two patios open all summer long so you can soak up the sun, drinks and great music. Timbercreek’s 238 Bedford Highway community is only a ten-minute drive from The Alehouse. 

    The Lower Deck
    What makes this next live music hotspot such a fantastic venue is its stunning location. The Lower Deck is located next to the beautiful Halifax harbour and is a go-to place among locals for great music, good beer and a fun time. This pub features live music every night of the week, with something for everyone including classic rock, retro and even traditional Celtic music. The Lower Deck has been in business since 1974 and features worn wooden and old stone floor that are full of character and marked with the footprints of the thousands of tourists, locals and students. The Lower Deck is a ten-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 41 Cowie Hill Road community.

    Seahorse Tavern
    The Seahorse Tavern is a must-see live music venue in Halifax. There is live music almost every day of the week, with a diverse and impressive lineup of rock, reggae, funk, pop, folk and soul music. The Seahorse Tavern is the place to see live local talent. The tavern also features open mic nights for those interested in sharing their talents and the limelight. This popular venue has been open since 1948 and is a great place to have a few drinks, some snacks and to get your live music fix.

    The Marquee Club
    The Marquee Club is a relatively new live music venue in one of Halifax’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. Located next to the Propeller microbrewery, the Marquee Club has a reputation for putting on some of Halifax’s best and biggest shows. Recent acts have included the Trews and Wintersleep. Every Monday the club hosts an open mic night where everyone from classically trained musicians to local amateurs are welcomed with open arms. Timbercreek’s 214 Willett Street community is located less than a 12-minute drive from the Marquee Club.

    The live music venues mentioned in this article are open year round, with special events and outdoor patios opening in the summer months. With that being said it’s important to mention that for eight days in July the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is coming to Halifax. This is the largest and most well known jazz festival in the Atlantic region. The Festival attracts over 65,000 visitors, involves 500 volunteers and features over 350 local artists. This celebration of all things jazz goes from July 4th until July 12th, with more information available on their website here.

  • Great design stores for beautiful furniture in Toronto

    Jun 24, 2014

    Toronto is home to some of the most fantastic and unique design stores in the country. With such a diverse and multicultural city, there is no shortage of furniture design stores with different styles and aesthetics. Timbercreek Communities offers a wide variety of rental apartments in some of the most dynamic areas of Toronto including trendy Liberty Village, the Beaches, Yonge and Eglinton and more. Our Toronto communities feature contemporary design details and modern interiors. A full list of our Toronto communities can be found on our website, available here.

    Commute Home
    Commute Home is a popular design store found on Dupont Street in Toronto and is a 20-minute transit ride from our 36 Maitland Street community. This furniture design store offers an immediately recognizable aesthetic that is known for its reclaimed industrial materials and top quality wood finishes. This modern furniture emporium features unique items like headlight chandeliers, platform sofas, solid wood dining tables and custom interiors. Commute Home constantly showcases new and innovative products as well as refurbished vintage items, so there is something for everyone.

    StyleGarage is the go-to place for eclectic and ‘out there’ home furnishings. This modern store and showroom offer bedroom, dining room and living room furniture designed in-house. Furniture can also be customized based on your home’s specs and preferences. StyleGarage is less than a 20-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 200 Dufferin Street community. The showroom was once an actual garage, and offers 1,500 square feet of space devoted to handmade furniture. StyleGarage is known for its use of mixed materials, especially their wood and metal combinations that give off a modern cottage vibe.

    Made is a Toronto showroom and gallery exclusively for Canadian-made design. The products offered are quite diverse, with many of the pieces giving off a retro and rustic feel. Made is a 20-minute transit ride from our 392 Sherbourne Avenue community. The showroom has been open since 2006 and has already secured its position as a staple within Toronto’s and even Canada’s design community. There is a rich and extensive resource of modern Canadian design at this store, concentrating mostly on furniture and ceramics.

    Kiosk’s new design showroom at King and Berkeley is a relatively new player in the Toronto design shop world. Kiosk offers three levels of unique and colourful furniture that boasts sleek designs with a fun modern twist. This trendy design store is a 20-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 36 Maitland Street community. The showroom is a multi-level museum of avant-garde furniture, interesting design items and cutting-edge decorative elements. Be warned that Kiosk is not for those with a small budget, but it is a great store to visit for design inspiration.

    Whether you are purchasing new furniture or simply in need of some design inspiration, the city of Toronto offers an amazing array of design shops with something for everyone. Happy hunting!

  • Where to see live music near Longueuil

    Jun 18, 2014

    Looking for fun, lively and local places to watch live music? Look no further than Timbercreek’s guide to live music near our 99 & 101 Place Charles communities in Longueuil. Enjoy a wide variety of live music performances at the following live music venues.

    Pub St-Paul
    Pub St-Paul has been providing delicious food, good times and great live music for over 20 years. Whether you are eating a meal with friends, enjoying a dinner show or engaging in a boisterous evening of fun, Pub St-Paul offers a one-of-a-kind experience in one of the most historic and picturesque neighborhoods of Montreal. Pub St-Paul supports the musical talents of local and emerging artists in a variety of musical styles from classic rock to electronic. This local hotspot is a favourite among music lovers due to the great atmosphere, wide assortment of performers and great food. Pub St-Paul is only a ten-minute drive or thirty-minute transit ride from our 99 & 101 Place Charles communities in Longueuil.

    Metropolis is a local performing arts centre that has hosted musicians and musical groups of a number of different genres. This live music hotspot can accommodate over 2,000 people and has been listed as one of Canada’s best rock concert venues. Artists that have performed live at Metropolis include David Bowie, Beck, Green Day, Ben Harper, Coldplay and many more! Metropolis is less than a ten-minute drive or 20-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 99 & 101 Place Charles communities.

    Club Soda
    Club Soda has been a local favourite for live music for over 30 years. This long-running club features live performances from hip-hop to jazz to stand-up comedy. Many great Canadian artists have appeared at Club Soda including James Blake, Frank Ocean, The Tragically Hip, Barenaked Ladies and more. There have also been performances by big name international artists including Amy Winehouse, Rufus Wainwright, Counting Crows and Jay Leno (just to name a few). Club Soda has hosted over 7,000 shows and nearly 2.9 million concert and event goers throughout the years. Club Soda is a 20-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 99 & 101 Place Charles apartments.

    Montreal Jazz Festival
    The annual Montreal Jazz Festival is the world’s largest jazz festival featuring hundreds of free (yes, free!) concerts throughout the city from June 26th until July 6th. The Montreal Jazz festival is a can’t-miss music event, featuring both international and Canadian sensations that have included the likes of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin and even Snoop Dogg. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor venues that house the events, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large concert halls of Place des Arts. Place des Arts is only a 25-minute transit ride from our 99 & 101 Place Charles communities in Longueuil.

    Expand your musical horizons with Timbercreek’s picks for local live music venues. Whether you are listening to your favourite local rock band, taking in the sounds of smooth jazz or dancing to music spun by a live DJ, Timbercreek Communities has you covered!
  • 15 & 16 Bently Drive, Halifax

    Jun 16, 2014

    We are excited to welcome The Bently & Azure, 15 & 16 Bently Drive, to our expanding Timbercreek community in Halifax.  On Friday, June 13th, The Bently & Azure became the newest properties in the Timbercreek Communities portfolio, joining our existing 9 rental communities in the Halifax area.

    The Bently & Azure feature condo-quality suites in the lively Clayton Park West community.  The buildings offer a host of amenities such as a fully equipped gym and party room. 

    The Timbercreek Communities team will be holding a welcome party on June 18th for all residents of the Bently & Azure to meet their new management team.  We hope to see you there!

  • How to keep cool in your apartment this summer

    Jun 12, 2014

    Now that summer’s finally here and temperatures are rising, try the following tips to make sure you stay cool and comfortable this summer. Timbercreek’s Richmond Hill apartments are situated in a family-friendly neighbourhood that features on-site laundry facilities, controlled access to the building, plenty of convenient parking and much more. Our Richmond Hill community is also close to public transportation, great schools, entertainment, dining and shopping options.

    If you are looking for a great and inexpensive option to beat the heat (besides using an air conditioner), the fan might just be your perfect option. This one appliance can make a room feel at least six or seven degrees cooler, and is not a heavy burden on your wallet. A good portable fan can be just as effective as a ceiling fan, and you can pick one up at Home Depot which is less than a ten-minute drive from Timbercreek’s Richmond Hill community at 274 Cedar Avenue.

    Shades and Blinds
    In the summer months try installing white or light coloured window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from your apartment. Close blinds, shades and drapes that are facing the sun (east-facing windows in the morning and west-facing windows in the afternoon) to keep the sun’s heat out of your home. While accessories like fans and air conditioners can help keep your home cool, remember that the best way to keep a moderate temperature in your home is to keep the heat out. Blinds to Go is less than a 15-minute transit ride from our 278 Cedar Avenue apartments and is a great place to pick out summer friendly blinds that can help beat the heat.

    Internal Heat
    Did you know that there are many common sources of heat that come from within your own home? The most common sources of internal heat are appliances, electronic devices and of course lighting. Some simple tips to reduce internal heat include:

    • Turn off any incandescent lights and heat-generating appliances when not in use
    • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents which use less energy and produce the same light
    • Try to limit heat-generating activities on extremely hot days such as cooking on the stove
    • Don’t put lamps, televisions or other heat-generating appliances next to an air-conditioner thermostat as they will cause the air conditioner to run longer

    Remember that as the heat rises, so does your energy use, especially if you are using an air conditioner. Use these tips to keep cool while saving your budget and the planet!

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