Sunday, 11 June 2017

Peak to Shore Returns July 5 to 9th - 5 Days. 20 Venues. 40 Free Concerts.

There’s nothing like a summer music festival. And there’s no summer music festival like Peak to Shore. It’s a diverse showcase of local, up-and-coming talent plus Canadian touring veterans performing at 20 unique venues - all situated within the incredible natural beauty of the Southern Georgian Bay region.  Part of 365 days of live music from Collingwood to Meaford, Peak to Shore has helped solidify the region’s reputation as the live music mecca north of Toronto.


With more visitors each year, Peak to Shore has become an important source of exposure for new Canadian talent. “It’s a great platform for new and local artists”, says Chris Scerri, the festival’s program director. “Some of these musicians just starting out are going to be on the scene for a long time. They’re going to create some of those, ‘I saw them before anyone knew who they were!’ moments for our guests, which is really exciting.”

The Lineup

Headlining the festival is east coast icon Séan McCann of Great Big Sea, Saturday night at Blue Mountain Village.  Featured Venue Artists include: Irish Mythen at Meaford Hall, Luke McMaster at Blue, King Cuddy at Bruce Wine Bar, The Harpoonists and the Axe Murderer at Blue, Ethan Paxton & The Brakeman at the new CROW Bar & Variety, and Devon Cuddy Band at the spectacular Shipyards amphitheater overlooking the Collingwood Harbour. Plus dozens more concerts and open mics all week throughout the region. While the vast majority of the shows are free, dinner reservations are recommended at several venues and advance tickets are available for Meaford Hall and Simcoe St. Theatre concerts.
Peak to Shore is a favourite not only of the festival-goers and musicians, but of the venue owners as well, and has led to more live music spots popping up in the area. Steven Vipond, co-owner of Bruce Wine Bar, a popular spot for great food and great live music in Thornbury, says the growth of the music culture in the region has helped fuel the growth of his business. “Music has become so woven into the fabric of the area.” says Vipond. “There are so many great musicians that attract so many music lovers, we’re opening CROW, a second dining and music venue in Collingwood in time for the festival. Music has created the demand, and we’re happy to meet it.”

Another great aspect of the festival is just how much there is to do beyond the music. The Southern Georgian Bay region is a summer playground. Anchored by Blue Mountain Village, there are fantastic shops and restaurants and a host of outdoor activities and adventures for the whole family. And this is no “pitch-your-tent-in-the-mud” music fest. The area boasts a range of accommodations, including luxury suites with spa amenities. Visit BlueMountain.ca and use the promo code PEAK2SHORE to save 40% off three nights or more in a Village suite when you book by May 18th.


Peak to Shore Music Fest is music and nature at its best. A not-to-be-missed cultural adventure, and an amazing showcase of what music means to the Southern Georgian Bay region. For more information and complete concert listings, visit www.PeaktoShore.ca.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Community Day at Blue Lets Locals Experience Summer Fun at the Resort for Free

Summertime is fast-approaching and promises another sunny and busy season at Blue Mountain Resort. Before visitors from all over the world make their way to the Collingwood and Blue Mountain area, the Resort is inviting the community to come and enjoy a day just for locals this Sunday, June 4th at Community Day at Blue.

 “We have guests that visit from all over the province and the world but it’s our local community members who support Blue and make it what it is,”
says Lesley Biffin, VP Human Resources. “We are welcoming community members who live and work in and around Blue to enjoy all that Blue offers in the summer for free this Sunday.”

The day will be full of family-friendly events including live entertainment, children's activities, local food and beverage sampling and free access to Blue Mountain attractions including the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Wind Rider Triple Zips and the Apex BagJump. Guests can also support local charities by making a donation at one of the charity tents set up in the Village plaza.

For those who live in Collingwood, there will be free bus service on the Collingwood-Blue Mountain transit link.

Community members are asked to bring a proof of mailing address to receive their Community Day at Blue passport, which is their ticket for the day.

“Summer is a busy time at the Resort and in our area,” says Manager, PR, Tara Lovell. “Our hope is that Community Day at Blue gives our employees, their families, friends and neighbours all a chance to come together and enjoy Blue Mountain as we kick-off the upcoming season.”

More information about Community at Blue can be found online at www.bluemountain.ca/communityday<http://www.bluemountain.ca/communityday>

Community Day at Blue Details:
Date: Sunday, June 4th (Rain or shine!)
Time: 10am – 6pm
Activities Include:

  *   ·       Bring proof of local mailing address and receive FREE and
discounted Blue Mountain attractions
  *   ·       Live entertainment throughout the day
  *   ·       Active outdoor activities including hiking and mountaintop
yoga
  *   ·       Food sampling and specials
  *   ·       Retail discounts
  *   ·       Storytelling, groove dancing, face painting and more!
  *   ·       FREE bus on the Collingwood-Blue Mountain transit line from

10am - 6pm

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Grade Eight Students Discover Local Job Opportunities

Over 300 grade 8 students will be adding hands-on life lessons to their curriculum as they gather at Blue Mountain Resort on Tuesday, May 9 for the first ever Grade 8 Adventure Day. Six local schools will be participating in what the Resort is hoping will be an on-going opportunity to engage with local youth. Spearheaded by Blue Mountain’s Human Resources team, Grade 8 Adventure day will include activities developed to expose students to the wide range of job opportunities available at Blue.

“We have been given this amazing opportunity to expose our students to what their community has to offer,” comments Patti Fedorco, a grade eight teacher at Cameron Street Public School. “These students, who are at a pivotal point in their lives, are lucky to be able to live in an area they can work and play.”

Students will also have the chance to learn about and discuss the transition from elementary school into high school including having a job for the first time. Facilitated by Human Resources and Public Speaking professionals, the day will be an opportunity for students to discover strategies for navigating this next stage of life while experiencing the offerings at the area’s largest employer.

“I feel that these local young people are the future of our community and of our Resort,” says VP, Human Resources, Lesley Biffin. “As the area’s largest employer, it is our responsibility to engage local youth and teach them about having a job, how to participate in a successful job interview, and how to write an impressive resume. These are basic life skills that can only be learned in practice. This event will provide a starting point for this type of learning as well as opportunities to showcase what job options exist for 14 to 15 year old students as they begin entering their working life.”

Blue Mountain, a four-season destination, employees up to 2,000 employees during peak seasons. Job opportunities at the resort vary from full-time, permanent professions to part-time seasonal jobs. Students have always been a significant part of the employee network at Blue.

“The grade eight students at Cameron Street Elementary are fortunate to attend a school in such a caring and connected community,” notes Troy Comish, Principal at Cameron Street. “Blue Mountain plays a pivotal role in our community by providing a vast array of recreational and employment opportunities. This year, through the Grade 8 Adventure Day, Blue Mountain has taken the initiative to expose our students to the possibilities they offer through employment in an informative, exciting and interactive way. This type of partnership between school and community partners is essential to support our students through their transition planning as they look forward to and plan their bright futures.”


This is the first of what Blue Mountain hopes will be an on-going event for local students. Community members who want to learn more about the Grade 8 Adventure Day can contact Lesley Biffin at lbiffin@bluemountain.ca or visit www.bluemountain.ca for more information about job opportunities at Blue. 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Monterra Golf Opens for the Season April 27

The grounds crew at Monterra Golf, at Blue Mountain Resort, has been working hard to make sure the greens are in tip top condition for opening day this Thursday, April 27 at 9AM. With a damp start to spring, preparing the course for the first tee off has been a waiting game.

As of the 27th, Monterra will be open seven days a week. Monterra will be kicking off the season with a spring special of $69 per player, per round. Pricing is applicable any day of the week until May 18th and includes the use of Monterra’s GPS-enhanced golf carts. For more information or to reserve a tee time, golfers can visit www.bluemountain.ca/golf or phone 705-445-0231.


The opening of Monterra complements the resort-wide shift to green season activities. The Cascade Putting Course opened Easter weekend and will be available every weekend for guests along with the Woodlot Low Ropes and Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster. With the remaining summer attractions scheduled to open on Victoria Day Weekend, it won’t be long until the green season is in full swing at Blue Mountain Resort.  

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Blue Goes Green for Earth Day Blue Mountain Resort will be hosting an Earth Day movie screening in support of Environment Network’s Active and Safe Routes to School Program

BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON – April 17, 2017 –– In celebration of Earth Day and in anticipation of another fantastic biking season, Blue Mountain will be hosting a film screening in support of the local Environment Network’s Active & Safe Routes to School program. Blue Mountain is best known for its ski operation in the winter but has grown into a four-season destination that highlights natural features of the Escarpment to offer attractions to guests.

“Being the largest mountain village resort in Ontario comes with a heavy responsibility to plan and operate in cooperation with the environment,” says Lindsay Ayers, Director of Planning and Environment at Blue Mountain. “We are inviting the community to join in our efforts to make sustainable choices and support a cause that encourages just that.”

As the community puts away their skis and snowboards and gets ready biking season, Blue will be screening Bikes vs. Cars, a film that highlights the positive impact communities can have when they support alternative transportation. A fitting film to raise funds in support of the Environment Network’s program which aims to curb driving habits and instead find greener ways of getting around.  

“Getting outside and using human power vs. fossil fuels for transportation has so many positive outcomes.  The obvious reductions in emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, physical and mental health benefits but also the not so obvious; such as reduced congestion on our roads, and improved community connections.  It helps us all to get to know each other and feel less isolated after a long winter of grey days and hibernation.” says Michele Rich, Executive Director at the Environment Network. “The Environment Network will use funds raised to continue the Active and Safe Routes to School programming, specifically the Walk to School Bus and in-school programs.”

The film screening will take place on Earth Day, this Saturday April 22 in Weider Room at the Blue Mountain Inn. Tickets are $10 each and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Environment Network.

Event Details:
What: Earth Day Film Screening: Bikes Vs. Cars
When: Earth Day – Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 pm
Where: Weider Room – Blue Mountain Inn

Tickets are $10.00 each in support of the Environment Network.
The event includes free popcorn (BYOB – Bring Your Own Bowl), a cash bar (with valid photo I.D.), and draws for a selection of great door prizes!

Tickets are available for purchase at The Environment Network (10138 Highway 26, Collingwood) or Columbia Sportswear in the Blue Mountain Village.

More information can be found at: https://www.bluemountain.ca/things-to-do/events

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Blue Mountain Resort to Host Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Finals



The Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Finals will be hosted at Blue Mountain Resort March 3-5, 2017.The event will showcase the world’s best ski cross athletes as they compete in the season’s final World Cup race. Blue Mountain Resort located in the Blue Mountains, Ontario is looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the globe to cheer on their athletes while enjoying Ontario’s premiere alpine destination.


Credentials: Media who would like access to the event venues must be credentialed. An accreditation form can be found online at http://alpinecanada.org/events/fis-ski-cross-wolrd-cup-blue-mountain-can. Media passes will be issued at the registration desk located inside the Blue Mountain Inn. A photo ID is required.

Filming and Photography: Upon arrival, designated positions near the bottom of the course and in the finish area will be assigned to the credentialed photographers on a first-come, first-served basis.

NOTE: All media other than print are required to complete a Video / Audio Footage Policy form.

Interviews: Media interested in interviewing particular athletes, team or coaches before, during or after the events should contact Ashley Shantz, Manager, Communications & Media Relations for Alpine Canada at ashantz@alpinecanada.org. Media interested in interviewing representatives from Blue Mountain Resort should contact Tara Lovell, Manager, Public Relations for Blue Mountain Resort at tlovell@bluemountain.ca

Visitor / Spectator Information: The Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup race and Celebration Festival are FREE to attend. Visitors are encouraged to use the Collingwood / Blue Mountain Transit Link which will be offering FREE bus service from Downtown Collingwood to the Village at Blue.

Spectators are welcome to watch the event from the course finish area which will be located behind the Blue Mountain Inn. Spectators and guests can also watch live coverage of the race in the World Cup Celebration Festival Area located in the Blue Mountain Village. Guests can also enjoy free family activations and live music in the Village throughout the weekend. 

Event Schedule:
Friday, March 3
-        Official Training (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
-        World Cup Festival – Village at Blue Mountain
Saturday, March 4

-        Official Training (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)
-        World Cup Festival – Village at Blue Mountain
Sunday , March 5

-        Training and World Cup Finals @ 10:30 a.m.
-        Awards – Ski Cross Finish area immediately following the race
-        World Cup Festival – Village at Blue Mountain

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Our Favourite Four Letter Word

Remember the start to last winter? We did everything right. We were good all year and made sure to be ready for our favourite season. The letters to Santa were sent, all the wishes made and the traditional sacrificial burning skis offered to Ullr (Okay, that last part didn't happen). All we wanted was to open our windows and shout for joy with a proclamation of our favourite four-letter word. S-N-O-W! 


And yet, we waited and our wishes turned into prayers until finally, winter came, as it always does. And when the white stuff did arrive, it was bright and wonderful and everything we hoped for and it left us wanting MORE! That's why we get excited about things like this season's Farmer's Almanac. Say what you will about long-range forecasts. It may be a shot in the dark but we are clinging to the optimism. 

According to this year's prediction, we can expect a proper Canadian winter with cold temps and lots of, you guessed it - snow! That's right, folks! It isn't just our wishful thinking that has us excited about getting ready for winter.

The Weather Network is looking ahead to a white winter too with their recent Winter Sneak Peak that has our hearts all a flurry. According to their forecast, we can expect a "classic winter" this season with all the wintertime fixin's including "above normal snowfall for much of the Great Lakes region". Start up the Bing Crosby and dust off your hats and mittens, friends. Looks like our days will be merry and white!

Still a non-believer? We have a feeling Mother Nature may be feeling a bit remorseful for last winter (if we can call it that). And maybe we are reading too far into it, but we like to think that she sent us a little sign of hope this morning with a light sprinkling of snow on the top of Blue Mountain this morning.