Wednesday, October 26, 2011

EXPLORE: Fall for Niagara Falls

The majestic vista of Niagara Falls has been a favourite destination for honeymooning couples and families for ages! We’ll be opening a store at 4967 Clifton Hill on November 4th (with a Grand Opening on November 12th), and are thrilled to be part of one of Canada’s great tourist attractions. Of course, the biggest draw here is the falls itself, a gargantuan cascade system that draws over 28-million visitors a year to its plunging waters. Here are some of our favourite ways to enjoy the falls (on the Canadian side, of course!):

Queen Victoria Park is a green space whose manicured gardens can be enjoyed by picnicking families. The park also has platforms with spectacular views of the falls. 

Named after a mythical character of First Nations origins, the Maid of the Mist is a historical boat that docks on both sides of the border and takes passengers behind the misty veil of the falls for an up-close-and-personal view. 

Both the Skylon Tower and the Minolta Tower offer breathtaking aerial views of the falls.

The Whirlpool Aero Car is a cable car built in 1913 that still takes tourists over a section of the falls known as the Niagara Whirlpool. 

Get ready for your trip by watching out some movies starring the falls, like Niagara with Marilyn Monroe and Superman II

Of course, nothing beats the awesome experience of seeing the falls in person—and indulging in a tasty BeaverTail while you’re there will only make the visit sweeter!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LISTEN: American Music Awards Nominees

The nominations for the American Music Awards are in! Until we find out will be taking home the hardware on November 20th, we'll be busy listening to this fresh playlist featuring some of the hottest artists in the running and placing our bets... 

We hope you enjoy the tracks from stars like Adele, Sara Evans and Taylor Swift. There's also a sweet little remix by the Canadian most likely to succeed at the AMAs. Can you guess who? His name rhymes with "beaver."

Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Live)
Justin Bieber - How To Love (Remix)
Sara Evans - A Little Bit Stronger (Live)
Brad Paisley ft. Carrie Underwood - Remind Me
Blake Shelton - Footloose
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Adele 21 - Found A Boy
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks (Live)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WATCH: Films with Canadian Actresses

Fans of Lost who are still in withdrawal will be thrilled to see Canadian star Evangeline Lilly in Real Steel, which just hit the big screens. It’s a robot-fighting flick that’s fun for the whole family, and also stars Aussie heartthrob Hugh Jackman.

For those with a hankering for other tough-as-nails Canadian heroines in action-packed flicks, the following might make for a good movie-night-in:

Whip It
Haligonian Ellen Page plays a newbie in the hardscrabble world of Roller Derby, where she learns to elbow aside the competition and make friends with Drew Barrymore in the process.

Sherlock Holmes
The beautiful Rachel McAdams (originally from London, Ontario) plays the love interest of Robert Downey, Jr. in director Guy Richie’s take on the Edwardian detective stories.

Toronto’s Sarah Polley (once a child star on Road to Avonlea) is all grown up in this sci-fi thriller about a genetic experiment gone wrong, which was one of 2010’s big sleepers.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

INSPIRATION: We're Talking Turkey!

How can it possibly be October already? If you’re like us, the harvest season has crept up pretty fast, but that doesn’t mean we're willing to skimp on festive Thanksgiving fun! To help you get the table ready, here are five of our favourite Thanksgiving links—from turkey trivia to kids crafts, along with some delicious recipes.

An all-Canadian turkey-cooking strategy from CanadianLiving: Barbecue the bird! A great option if the weather cooperates and we can still cook outside.

Remember those paper turkey decorations you used to make? These craft projects for kids are classic!

The Montreal Gazette’s chef smackdown: A little friendly competition when it comes to cooking the bird is never a bad thing! Recipes included. 

Can turkeys fly? Take Martha Stewart’s trivia quiz to test your knowledge. (Psst! Brush up for bragging rights before the big dinner!)

This tasty meatless thanksgiving menu will satisfy more than just the vegetarians at your table.