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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!
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!
Our whole team is thrilled to announce that the Alemilia Hospitality Group is having an Open House on Thursday March 10th, 2016 at the newly refinished Teatro Conference & Event Centre in Milton, ON. Everyone from corporate representatives looking to book conferences or seminars to individuals from the community who need a place to celebrate, are welcomed to come in and see the most recent changes to a building with a long standing history in the Town of Milton. Teatro Conference & Event Centre has been Milton’s premier venue for social and corporate events alike for the past 6 years, with an additional 5 years experience in event catering before moving in.
Before this unique space was available to clients for such things as weddings, seminars & trade shows, it served the community as Milton’s movie theatre from 1981 to 1997. Some local clients share memories of when they were much younger and used to head up here for a Friday night show with friends and family. Others remind us of times they spent in the local bar that it became once the movie theatre split. We are glad to continue the tradition of using this building to service the community and to know that new memories are still being made within these walls.
This open house will give people the opportunity to taste some of the amazingly delicious food we offer, wash it down with some complimentary refreshments and meet the team that brings all the wonderful events, big or small, to life! On top of free food and drinks the day of the open house, anyone who attends is welcome to enter the draw for free 25 person barbecue event to be held in the 2016 season! So please, do yourselves a favour and join in the fun on March 10th and head on over to Teatro Conference & Event Centre and see what Milton’s Premier Conference & Event Centre has to offer!
Teatro Conference & Event Centre has been the venue of countless community events. Teatro has been involved with The Region of Halton, Milton District Hospital and not for profit organizations to put on fundraisers and events of all types and sizes. Not to mention all of the weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and bridal/baby showers that go on as well. It seems to be in the structures DNA to bring people together and have them share an experience they will remember for a long time to come. See you there, Thursday March 10th from 3-6pm, to add to this structure’s history!
December 15, 2015
It’s the holiday season and anyone with an oven is calling themselves a catering company. So, if you are the beautiful person who has taken on the responsibility of planning a year-end holiday party there are some things you may want to know when it comes to deciding who you want catering for you. At Alemilia Hospitality Group we want to make sure you are armed and ready to weed out the seasonal caterers trying to make a buck at you and your guest’s expense. We aren’t trying to scare you; we are trying to help you. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself from the subpar catering services that seem to only appear when they know people will need them most. Allow us to bring into focus some of the key elements that separate a professional establishment from someone attempting to run a business out of their home kitchen.
Regional Health Department Inspections
Every food premise that is operating as a legitimate business is required to have a health inspection at least once a year. However this excludes private residences, which some smaller businesses operate out of. For the health and safety of you and your guests, take the time to go online and find their most recent inspection rating. This information is accessible to the public and for good reason. It’s all right here.
Food Handling Certified Staff
Food handlers training is another sign of a company you can trust. You want to be able to trust that the people making your food know what they’re doing and are following safe practices in the kitchen. There are Regional Food Handling Certificate programs that any professional kitchen staff should have completed. If they haven’t perhaps you should question why they felt it isn’t necessary. There is no good reason they can give you.
Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
A clear sign that a company takes itself seriously and cares about what their business as much as their employees is that they are registered with WSIB. For employers, WSIB provides no-fault collective liability insurance and access to industry-specific health and safety information. For workers, they provide loss of earnings benefits and health care coverage. To see the difference this makes to any company check outwww.wsib.on.ca
Full Time Chef
We all know people who are excellent cooks, this does not mean they can run a professional kitchen and lead a team of kitchen and service staff. The experience and knowledge a professionally trained chef has are hard to culminate and make a world of difference in any kitchen. Ask about a company’s chef and their team to ensure you are putting your health and taste buds in good hands. Your guests will surely appreciate that you did.
Company Vehicles & Catering Equipment
A quality catering company will have dedicated company vehicles to execute their deliveries and safe transportation of your food goes beyond a reliable vehicle. There should at least be a stable and secure rack for your food to rest on/in for the journey from the kitchen to your location. Furthermore professional grade insulated boxes (hot or cold boxes) are something that should be used in order to ensure your food maintains its temperature and doesn’t lose quality.
A Facebook page and a Twitter account do not make a legitimate company. However, those things, in addition to a professional website, with regularly updated information are an indication of a reputable business. Do your research before letting somebody cook for you and your guests. A truly legitimate and trustworthy catering company will be able to provide you with information on all of these things you’ve just read about. If they can’t then they are hiding something.
Educate yourself and head into the holiday season knowing you and your guests will be taken care of and served professional quality food that you can trust!