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Of all the great things Canadians are known to be proud of, our music is right at the top of the list! Summer is here and you’ll soon find yourself soaking up the sun on a deck, patio, dock or beach. So here, in no particular order, are our Top Ten Classic Canadian Summer Songs you should probably work into your Canada Day Playlist!
Top 10 Classic Canadian Summer Songs
Kim Mitchell (1984) – Go For a Soda
Bachman Turner Overdrive (1990) – Takin Care of Business
Tom Cochrane (1991) – Life Is A Highway
The Tragically Hip (1989) – New Orleans Is Sinking
Steppenwolf (1968) – Born To Be Wild
Bryan Adams (1984) – Summer Of ’69
Great Big Sea (1997) – End Of the World
The Guess Who (1970) – American Woman
RUSH (1981) – Tom Sawyer
Neil Young (1989) – Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World
There you have it, 10 Canadian Classics that are sure to keep your summer nights rockin’ till the fire goes out! Enjoy the beautiful weather, enjoy this beautiful country, enjoy the company of friends and family and while you’re at it enjoy some timeless Canadian tunes!
The Deliciously Deceitful Drink
A drink that is known to many as being somewhat cheesy and unappealing, a Long Island Iced Tea is actually an incredibly refreshing cocktail when made correctly. The most common misconception is that the recipe calls for iced tea. The flavor this cocktail creates is one similar to that of a sweet iced tea but you won’t find it on the ingredients list. It is because of this, I write a post which includes a recipe for a Classic Long Island Iced Tea.
.5oz White Rum .5oz Light Tequila
.5oz Gin .5oz Vodka
.5oz Orange Liquer 1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Lemon Wedges Lots of Ice
1.In a glass, begin your mix with your spirit components; Rum, Tequila, Gin & Vodka
2.Add orange liquer and fresh lemon juice
3.Fill glass with ice, more ice = cooler drink
4.Shake in Cocktail Shaker for 6 seconds
5.A Sling Glass is preferred; any tall slender glass works well
6.Fill glass with ice
7.Pour cola into glass to taste
*NEXT STEP IS FOR VISUAL SEPARATION OF COLA AND MIX*
*Insert spoon into glass so that it barely touches the cola
*Use spoon as deflector to slowly add mix above cola level
8.Garnish with Lemon Wedge
9.Serve with stra
If you’re a visual learner, check out this video from Jamie Oliver’s Drink Tube channel.
Now you know what goes into that cheesy drink your girlfriend just ordered. I’ll bet if you ever have one made properly, you’ll be ordering them too!
April 29, 2016
Not breakfast, not lunch but rather somewhere in between.
Is it based on the when or what is being served?
Ask anyone what they consider to be brunch and you will always get a relatively vague but confident answer that will include terms like “in and around” or “more or less”. It is a mysteriously appetizing suggestion that is always taken into consideration when proposed. I’ve noticed there is one day a year that seems to be directly linked to a huge spike in family organized brunches – Mother’s Day.
Now, I have never given it much thought but once I did, I quickly realized why brunch will forever be the “Mother’s Day Meal”. There are several reasons from what I can tell, so if you have ever wondered, or if I’ve just piqued your interest, here are some of the things I’ve noticed over the years and how they’ve influenced the idea of Mother’s Day Brunch.
First and foremost is the day of the week Mother’s Day is on, Sunday. This is widely viewed as a day of rest and relaxation, though it may not always feel that way. Since we were young, weekends have been the glory of the calendar. Now, it’s no secret that Friday and Saturday tend to steal Sunday’s thunder with their night life and lack of responsibility required the following morning, but Sunday has always been great in a different kind of way. With regards to Mother’s Day, everyone is available and it doesn’t take away from the prime socializing hours of Friday & Saturday. Plus everyone else will be doing Mother’s Day stuff anyway so it’s really a win-win.
Now that we see Sunday makes everyone available to attend, let’s look at the timing of a brunch and see how that provides the best opportunity for families to get together. So, when is brunch? Nobody really knows the answer to that. To be safe and cover any potential time frames suggested, I will say it falls between 10:00am & 1:00pm. Breakfast would be too early for most people to function in this kind of situation. On Mother’s Day we want to portray the best representation of ourselves to reassure them they’ve raised us right and that we love them very much. Plus- it takes off the pressure of having to get up so early on a Sunday!
Breakfast is too early and lunch can throw off an entire day, leave you wondering what to do with your last few hours. By the time dinner rolls around you’re going to want to fall asleep shortly after but you can’t because you’ve still gotta get home. In short, the timing of brunch is the most forgiving and understanding of all the meals, and provides a setting in which your family can be in its best form while all together. Much like our mothers have done for us all along.
A meal isn’t a meal until there is food served, so let’s talk about the diversity a brunch brings to the table. The possibilities at a brunch are endless. If you’re like me and enjoy a nice big breakfast, go ahead and order your bacon and eggs with some toast and jam. Of course, at this time of day most places have also made their soups, salads, sandwiches and other hearty lunch options available as well. So there is no need to worry that someone won’t be able to find something they’ll enjoy.
Once again everyone wins. Everyone maintains their positivity towards the day and Mom is left feeling appreciated and thankful for having such a wonderful family to share this life with. Just remember to pick up the bill before she even thinks of reaching for her handbag. Also, if you didn’t know, the first one to offer to pay is her favourite for the day and probably will be until next time around, so be quick.
At the end of all this I realize that it doesn’t truly matter at what time of day or menu you have to order from. It’s the idea of coming together and showing our appreciation for who, to each of us, is often the most incredible human being we have ever met. All the breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners and midnight snacks would not even begin to measure up to the love and care most of us received from that person.
On that note, I would like to thank all the mothers in the world, without you, nothing would be possible.
Enjoy your meals everyone!
Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, April 16th, and that got me thinking about how quality music can be the difference between an awkward evening with strangers or a great night with new friends. Over the last 6 years or so, the young consumers of the western world have been flocking to record stores as the wave of yet another hipster statement crashes down on us all.
Next to the resurrection of male facial hair stylings, listening to music on vinyl might be the best thing to make its way back into society. The sound quality is unparalleled (when played through a quality sound system) and there is just something about physically holding your music that generates a more personal connection to it. The importance of music in my life and my role in the catering/events industry has brought me to write this blog explaining how music can make or break even the best decorated and organized events.
Pardon my pun, but music is the unsung hero of many events. It effortlessly dictates the mood but can just as easily throw off the entire vibe. Good luck having guests act in an elegant manor when the DJ is pumping out the latest dance tracks. Needless to say that there are different types of music for different types of events, and even more specifically different times throughout an event.
I understand that you want people to be dancing and having fun at your event, but please– let people sit down, have an appetizer and get comfortable before the bass-heavy beats come through the speakers. Music at the beginning of an event should be easy listening and played at a moderate to low volume. This eliminates the dreaded “dead air” but doesn’t distract guests from why they are there in the first place.
Once your guests have arrived and everyone has exchanged pleasantries with one another, there comes a transition in the soundtrack. Dinner music; a widely known term but scarcely understood concept. Again, the volume should be kept at a relatively low volume. With people focussed on food there isn’t much room for conversation and so the music will be heard much easier at this point. Playing songs that everyone knows the words too can again act as a distraction and can prompt mid-dinner karaoke, which nobody enjoys. Save the sing-alongs for later when you can really belt ‘em out! My suggestion; keep the lyrics to a minimum during dinner.
Now, every crowd is different so if you are hiring a DJ, have in mind the genres of music you think would be appropriate. Be sure to consider any cultural influences that might suit the occasion and/or guests. Don’t book a DJ without meeting them, hearing a sample mix and getting reviews from past clients. If you get the sense they just want to play the music they like, move on to another candidate. If DJ services aren’t in the budget, then may I suggest spending time before your scheduled event to look on online to try and find a playlist that suits your needs. Obviously with Youtube, you run the risk of advertisements interrupting your evening but this is what you get for a free music service. Apple Music and Google Play Music won’t give you this problem but aren’t free either.
I understand not all events and functions follow this, somewhat standard itinerary, but regardless of what kind of event it is, music plays a role in enhancing the experience of those who attend.
It is a strong, yet subtle cue to your guests and how they should be feeling. If you know how you want your guests to feel while they spend their time with you, do your best to find music that will lead them there.
Games are what take any old barbecue event and turn them into something more. Yes, the laid back vibe is great and it totally matches the mood set by beautiful summer weather but a little competition never hurt anyone! Let’s put the “fun” into your summer functions!
Whether you are giving out prizes or not, games add a new dynamic and get people interacting more. It adds to the experience that they are sharing and will later look back on. There are so many games to choose from, some team oriented, others played by individuals or head to head competitions -which are great and easy to organize into a friendly tournament.
We know you don’t have time to be searching all over the internet for a few games to run at your barbecue event so – we did it for you and are now presenting you with our top picks from around the web!
A classic lawn sport that has been around longer than BBQs and seems to have been all but forgotten! Think golf on a much smaller scale! Super easy to learn & not over exerting, whacking your way through a croquet course is a great way to enjoy an afternoon outdoors!
Step into the new age of friendly outdoor competition! You want something a little more high energy? This game’s popularity has sky rocketed in recent years and is guaranteed to be seen in parks and on beaches everywhere this summer! Kan Jam is a frisbee based team game which requires a good dose of accuracy.
FROZEN T-SHIRT CONTEST
Here is one we haven’t seen before! Frozen T-shirt Contest! This is a great idea if its calling for sun! Soak some t-shirts in water, put them in bags and stick them in the freezer the night before the barbecue. Keep cool until “go time” then comes the race to see who can defrost and pull on a frozen t-shirt first!
WATCH YOUR STEP
This one is sure to get everyone’s heart rate up! Watch Your Step is simple. Every guest has a balloon tied around one of their ankles. The last person with their balloon intact is declared the winner! You can either designate a playing time and have a winner quickly, or for a more dramatic finale allow guests to go about socializing and turn it into a longer strategy based game!
With just 4 colours of spray paint and one circular stencil you can turn any patch of grass into a Twister board. This might actually be better than the original game seeing as the board won’t shift or slip out from under you. Make the board a standard 6×4 spot surface and have multiple OR make one gigantic board so more people can play at once!
Now, I know what you’re thinking what about the classics? What about them? We all know what they are and that’s because they are synonymous with summer parties and barbecues! The usual suspects like piñatas, water balloon fights, dunk tanks, ring toss, potato sack races and partnered egg toss are all still great ideas to bring some life to an outdoor function with kids present! Yes, that includes kids at heart too!
Teatro’s Open House Was a Success
First of all, the whole team at Alemilia Hospitality Group would like to thank everyone who made their way over to Teatro Conference & Event Centre this past Thursday for our 2016 Open House event! We more than appreciate the support and look forward to seeing you all again sometime soon. Of course, there is one lucky person who stopped by that we will definitely be seeing again soon, as they were the winner of a FREE 25 Person BBQ provided by The Red BBQ Co.!
After months of work on the interior design we were finally able to open our doors and welcome everyone in to see the improvements. Brand new carpeting throughout the entire banquet space, including the uniquely designed atrium, was one of the major updates to the facility.
There was also the completely different look of our largest room, The Tivoli. It was a big change from cream-corn yellow walls and gold framed mirrors to a much more modern and adaptable grey-tone wall with charcoal grey mirror frames. Add in the new lighting system, which allows clients to essentially make the room whatever colour they want, and The Tivoli room is now even more customizable than ever before!
While the rejuvenation of the building was the main reason we wanted guests to come by, there was plenty of other things keeping people interested, like our exclusive promotions only made available to those who attended. We also highlighted Alemilia Hospitality Group’s Referral Program. This is something that any of our clients can take advantage of throughout the year! Send us an e-mail to learn more.
The afternoon was one that included some familiar faces, community newcomers as well as some friends and family. We had our friends from Snap’d swung by to take some photos and of course get some appetizers and desserts in. The Milton Champion also came by to show their support, on top of running our ads for the event leading up to it. We would sincerely like to thank everyone who came out and supported Alemilia Hospitality Group and hope to see you all soon!