• The Best Music Festivals in Canada This Month

    Jul 31, 2018

    Each summer, Canada comes alive with music festivals. There's really something for everyone - everything from EDM to Indie Rock, with world class festivals littered across the country. To help you find a festival near you that will make your summer more memorable, Timbercreek brings you this list of sizzling summer music festivals in Canada this season.

    Music Festivals

    Shambhala

    Shambhala Music Festival is an annual, cutting edge electronic music festival that attracts upwards of 15,000 guests, artists, and crew.  Cutting edge in its production, and with a firm stance on not accepting any corporate sponsorship, the festival is committed to retaining a true reflection of the people on the dance floor and their vision of community. With 6 unique stages, Shambhala 2018 will see the likes of Z-trip, Mix Master Mike, Scratch Bastid, Alix Perez, Aphrodite, Black Tiger Sex Machine, and many more. Learn more.

    Veld

    The 7th annual Veld Music Festival heats up the summer on August 4th and 5th at Downsview Park, Toronto. Spanning two days with over 30 internationally acclaimed Dance Music and Hip-Hop acts, this year’s Festival showcases some of the most revered names in music: DJ Snake, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Migos, and more. Find out.

    Osheaga

    Osheaga is a renowned annual multi-day music and arts festival in Montreal, Quebec. With six stages and an array of food, visual arts, and activities, it’s become a Canadian staple on the festival circuit. This year see artists such as The Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chromeo, Anderson Paak, and The National.  Learn more.

    Motion Notion

    Located in the heart of the beautiful Canadian Cascade mountain range near Merritt, BC, Motion Notion is a now 19 year old festival of music and art. Presenting a mix of funk and electronic music, Motion Notion 2018 presents artists such as Abstrakt Sonance, Defunk, Culture Shock, AU5, Cheshire, Average Gypsy, and Emok. It’s a nature meets music extravaganza.  See more.

    Chasing Summer

    An electronic music festival running August 4 and 5, 2018, Chasing Summer comes to life at the Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds in Calgary. This year’s lineup features many artists from other cross Canada festivals this summer, such as Martin Garrix, Black Tiger Sex Machine, DJ Snake, and Dillon Francis. Learn more.

    Meme

    The Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition is an annual (free) event in that it offers a wealth of high calibre local and international electronic musicians. MEME presents refined, cutting edge electronic music, performed using the latest in new creative technologies, with an array of musical styles spanning house, techno, deep dub, psychedelic, world, nu-jazz, ambient and experimental sounds. Learn more.

    Mutek

    MUTEK Montréal bursts into action this summer, with its 19th edition, running August 22 to 26. Mutek presents live electronic music and audiovisual performances “underlining the immediacy and ingenuity of contemporary artistic practices that intersect with technology.” Artists include Analog Tara, Acid Pauli, Algobabez, Canhota, Chagall, and more.  Find out more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of summer music festivals helps you find the perfect festival in your area this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Office-Friendly Summer Fashion

    Jul 24, 2018

    Without serious AC, traditional office wear can feel suffocating. And while office dress codes are slowly loosening, there are thankfully many fashion trends that work well in the summer office setting. If you want to look chic and stay cool at work this season, Timbercreek has some on-trend suggestions for your summer wardrobe.

    Summer Office Attire

    Billowy Blouses

    White is in, light, reflective, and airy, white helps hide sweat, and keep you cool. Billowy blouses with puff-sleeve trim are a hip and practical option, while classic button downs are cooling and look killer. Going big helps allow for plenty of airflow on humid summer days. Learn more.

    Wide Leg Pants

    Cropped wide-leg pants are an easy, trendy, and practical answer to both looking sophisticated and professional in summer. Go for whites, tans, and neutrals to stave off sun and heat. Read more.

    Pastels and Neutrals

    From pencil skirts to capris, blouses, and button-ups -- neutrals are big this summer. Look for lightweight cotton and polyester, tans, light blues, mustards, and seafoams -- they all have cooling qualities. Learn more.

    Short Sleeves

    For men a women alike, short sleeve button ups are priceless in summer. Both patterned and plain variants are popular, and offer much needed cooling qualities in the heat of summer at work. See more.

    Chinos and Paratroopers

    For men we're seeing all kinds of chino and paratrooper styles for pants this summer.  From standard cuffs to stretchy ankle bands, and a swath of colors from tan to mustard and beyond. Chinos offer a cool alternative to jeans and standard suit pants. Check it out.

    Linen suits

    This summer is seeing an explosion of lightweight linen suits and pant and jacket ensembles for men. Potentially the perfect mix of fashion and function, linen is lightweight and breathes well in heat. It also looks and feels formal yet relaxed,and making it the perfect fabric for a hot summer. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this post helps you build a fashionable, yet functional, work wardrobe for summer! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Saving on Utilities During The Hottest Days Of Summer

    Jul 23, 2018

    Utilities Savings

    With the increasing extremity of weather and temperatures due to climate change, we’re being forced to rely more heavily on energy. This comes at a great cost for us as individuals, and the planet at large. By reducing our reliance on utilities, we can all do our part to work towards a more sustainable future. To help you cut back comfortably, Timbercreek brings you this list of eco-friendly tips to help you save on utilities this summer.

    No-Cook Meals

    In summer, the heat from cooking can mean both an unwanted bump in room temperatures, and the subsequent need for AC. Try making meals that require little to no cooking. Think salads, raw vegan meals, wraps, precooked chicken and charcuterie meats, nut and seed snacks, etc. Check out more.

    Reduce AC Use

    Air conditioning is one of the biggest drains on the power grid in summer. It's hard on both the environment and the wallet. With a bit of discipline, you can hold off on using AC and reduce your impact. Try to use fans -- while still requiring energy, they use much less than a standard AC unit. Open windows and doors for maximum natural airflow. Close window shades to reflect solar heat. And if you do use AC (if it’s central air), close the vents in rooms that aren’t in use. Read more.

    Air-dry laundry

    Hanging your laundry to dry is a great way to save power and money. String an outdoor laundry line on your balcony, make use of all your apartment’s doors and hanging areas, or pick up a drying rack that can accommodate many layers of items. Learn more.

    Less Lighting

    With the sun setting as late as 9 o’clock, there’s plenty of natural light to take advantage of in the summer. Try using less interior lighting, open curtains, and make the most of your space’s natural lighting. See more.

    Unplug Devices

    Many devices will still draw power when plugged in -- even if they’re not turned on. When not in use, unplug TVs, phone and device chargers, fans, toasters, hair dryers, etc. Learn more.

    Water Conservation

    The high heat of summer puts pressure on our community's water supplies. Needs spike in the hottest season of the year, so it’s wise to conserve as much as possible. Don’t run the tap when washing dishes, run the dishwasher only when full, wash clothes in cold water and only full loads, and take shorter showers. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes these eco-friendly tips help you reduce your utility costs and live more sustainably this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Summer Grilling Recipes We Love

    Jul 19, 2018

    Summer is in full swing and it's time to fire up the grill! Whether it’s steak, sausage, veggies, or kabobs, there’s barely a food item on earth that doesn’t taste better grilled. For some sun-filled barbeque fun, Timbercreek brings you this list of great grilling recipes to help make the most of summer.

    Grilled Snapper

    Grilled and/or blackened red snapper is a succulent Cajun-style main. While often fried in a cast iron skillet, it grills even better. The recipe involves a basic pepper, salt, and cajun spice rub, and calls for the grill to be as hot as possible so the fish cooks quickly, and blackens on each side. Top with grilled veg, asparagus, or vinaigrette salad. Check out more.

    Perfect Steak

    There’s little better than a perfectly cooked steak in summer. While opinions vary on cooking methods, this approach makes it quick and easy. Allow the steak to rise to room temperature after you take it out of the fridge. Bring your grill to high heat, rub your meat with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and cook for 6 minutes (medium-rare) flipping every minute. Let it rest for 2 minutes. Read more.

    Grillable Veggie Burgers

    While homemade veggie burgers are always a lovely idea, getting them to be grillable is another story. With all the beans and chopped veg, there’s not a lot in there that can hold those suckers together. But with this base of rice, beans, and avocado oil, we have the perfect grillable answer.  Learn more.

    Grilled Portobello Burgers

    One of the easiest and most flavourful non-meat burger options is the classic portobello mushroom. The same as a burger in size, and absolutely decadent in flavour, portobello mushroom caps make the perfect grillable burger substitute. Learn more.

    Chicken Kabobs

    Whether it’s chicken, beef, or pure veggie, kabobs are an easy and delicious meal to grill in the summer. To make things even easier, opt for pre-cut or pre-marinated skewer-sized portions of meat available at most grocery stores and butchers. Learn more.

    Chicken Kabobs


    Timbercreek hopes these recipes inspire you to get grilling this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 10 Pet-Friendly Canadian Resorts and Lodges For Summer Vacationing

    Jul 18, 2018

    Pet Friendly Vacation Spots

    From ocean views, to gorgeous lakefront and more, there’s no shortage of pet friendly Canadian resorts for summer vacationing this year. To give you some ideas, here are a list of fantastic spots to get your summer on.

    The Briars

    Set on idyllic Lake Simcoe, just outside Toronto, The Briars is a resort, spa, and conference center with spectacular rooms, lodges, and cottages that are all pet friendly. Learn more.

    The Fox Hotel Banff

    Located in the heart of Banff, The Fox Hotel & Suites is a pet friendly hotel offering spacious rooms and suites with numerous amenities, as well as continental breakfast, wifi, a hot pool, and fitness room. Learn more.

    Wolseley Lodge

    The rustic Wolseley Lodge at the French River is just three hours north of Toronto. It offers sixteen cabins, ranging in size from one to four bedrooms, all but two of which are pet friendly. Read more.

    Summerland Waterfront Resort

    Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is set on a secluded stretch of Lake Okanagan, between Penticton and Kelowna. The lakefront resort hotel features 115 pet-friendly condo-style suites with full kitchen, fireplace, and balcony. Learn more.

    Brennan Harbour Resort

    A fishing resort near Killarney Ontario, Brennan Harbour Resort offers a variety of well-appointed pet-friendly cabins and lodges, with a gorgeous view of Georgian bay. Read more.

    Elk Lake Wilderness Resort

    Elk Lake Wilderness Resort, in picturesque Northern Ontario, offers ten comfortable, well equipped waterfront cottages. Relax in their wood-fired sauna, or listen to the loons while watching the sunset. Check it out.

    Whitefish Bay Camp

    Located on Lake of the Woods, Whitefish Bay Camp is nestled on a private island in the middle of crystal-clear Whitefish Bay. The resort offers unparalleled fishing experiences, breathtaking scenery, and total relaxation. Learn more.

    Killarney Lodge in Algonquin

    On the peninsula surrounded by Lake of Two Rivers in the heart of Algonquin Park, Killarney Lodge offers comfortable, private waterside log and pine cabins decorated in a charming Canadian country style. Learn more.

    April Point Resort and Spa

    April Point Resort & Spa is located in a pocket of pristine British Columbia. This vacation resort with whale watching, spa, grizzly bear tour, and fishing, is set against the backdrop of the majestic Coastal Mountains. Learn more.

    Westwind Inn on the Lake

    Westwind Inn is an all inclusive vacation resort nestled in the Kawartha Lakes District near Peterborough, Ontario featuring tastefully decorated rooms, casual country dining, manicured lawns, and picturesque lakefront. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you pick the perfect pet-friendly resort for summer vacationing this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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