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5 things to do in the GTA this New Year’s Eve

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Posted on Dec 27, 2017

5 things to do in the GTA this New Year's Eve

5 things to do in the GTA this New Year’s Eve

With Christmas in the rear view, our focus shifts to New Years! For those who have yet to make plans for December 31st, here are a list of fun things to do in the Greater Toronto Area this New Years Eve.

Nathan Phillips Square

First up is the party of all parties in the GTA – the celebration taking place at Nathan Phillips Square, which serves as one of the top New Year’s Eve events in the Canada year after year. With live music, fireworks, and skating opportunities, the party at Nathan Phillips Square is a great way to bring in 2018.

Just make sure to get a spot well before midnight, as The Square tends to get packed around 9-10 p.m.

Newmarket First Night

Newmarket First Night

For those who prefer to do something a little closer to home, the Town of Newmarket is putting together a fun event for the whole family.

Located at the Magna Centre on Mulock Drive, “Newmarket First Night” offers plenty of fun activities throughout the evening, including skating, face painting, and balloon twisting. The best part is, it’s all free!

Both Aurora and Richmond Hill are putting on similar events, so there are plenty of options in the York Region Area.

Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium

If you’re looking for a fun night out with your significant other, Ripley’s Aquarium is hosting a New Year’s event this Sunday that will be sure to be memorable. In addition to the normal aquatic displays, Ripley’s is spicing things up by offering hors d’oeuvres, alcohol, and a live DJ.

General admission is a little steep at $90, but you do get coat check and a free drink ticket.

The Infinity Ball

If you’re someone who likes dancing and loud music, The Infinity Ball is right up your alley. Hosted by Toronto-based super group Dwayne Gretzky, the Enercare Centre is sure to be bumping with some of the best tunes of the last several decades being played throughout the evening.

For those who aren’t aware, Dwayne Gretzky (not to be confused with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky) is a cover band that has captivated audiences with its ability to mix both classic and modern pop.

Tickets are currently on sale, so make sure to secure yours before it’s too late.

A Night in Thailand

If you’re single and ready to mingle, Bangkok Garden is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Get a taste of what it’s like to live in Southeast Asia by checking out A Night in Thailand on Dec. 31st. With a complimentary cocktail, free champagne, and a selfie station, Bangkok Garden is the perfect way to say farewell to 2017.

Tickets are only $50 now, but are expected to go up in price as New Year’s approaches, so don’t wait to buy yours.

 

5 ways to save money this Christmas

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Posted on Dec 19, 2017

Christmas Shopping Tips

Quick tips for saving money this Christmas

It may be tougher to find things to complain about during Christmas time, but if there’s one common criticism of the Holiday season, it’s the large sum of money the majority of people are feel forced to spend during the month of December.

While Christmas is typically an expensive time of year, there are ways to save money if you’re disciplined enough.  Read ahead for some helpful tips:

Take advantage of free shipping

Shopping online is a great alternative to maneuvering through a crowded mall, but the added shipping costs can also make it quite expensive. If you want to ensure you’re not paying an extra $10-15 every time you purchase a gift, take advantage of some of the free-shipping promotions that are taking place across the Internet.

It may not appear to make much of a difference, but it will quickly add up if you’re planning to buy several gifts online.

Avoid Boxing Day shopping

It may be tough to do with all the great deals just a click away, but it will be in your best interest in the long-run if you refrain from Boxing Day shopping.

Sure, a new laptop or TV may be nice, but neither are a necessity, and can potentially wait another year or two. Chances are that you’ve already received plenty of cool and exciting gifts for Christmas, making it unnecessary to load up on more material goods. Spend the time instead with your loved ones. That’s something you can be sure you won’t regret.

Buy discounted gift cards

If you’re someone who prefers to give gift cards for Christmas, you may be surprised to hear that there are a number of websites that offer discounted gift cards from some of the most popular stores on the planet.

Sites such as www.Raise.com offer discounted gift cards from a number of companies, including Sephora, Amazon, and Home Depot.

Have a plan and stick to it

If you prefer to do your shopping in person, make sure to bring a list with you and stick with it. It’s easy to become consumed by the vast number of gifts on display whenever you go to the mall during the Holidays.

Write down everything you plan to buy beforehand. There’s no need to spend an extra $20-30 per person on gifts that they’ll likely never use.

Take it easy at Holiday parties

One of the easiest ways to blow a significant chunk of change is to rack up a large bill at a Holiday party. If you’re going to a Holiday party with your work crew, or just going out with your friends for dinner, try your best to stick to a budget before the night gets away from you.

Nights out can be expensive, so try to limit the numbers of social events you partake in over the next couple of weeks.

 

Holiday Heroes Food and Toy Drive

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Posted on Dec 18, 2017

NewRoads GM Food and Toy Drive

NewRoads kicks in to help the YRP Holiday Heroes Food and Toy Drive

It was an incredible day of giving back and having fun at the NewRoads Automotive Group.  All five of our dealerships joined forces with the York Regional Police for the 5th year supporting the Holiday Heroes Food and Toy Drive.

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NewRoads Mazda Food and Toy Drive

From all of us at the NewRoads Automotive Group we would like to thank you for participating in the Holiday Heroes Food and Toy Drive.  I BIG Thank you to Constable McEachern and the incredible York Regional Police Team for their time and support.

York Regional Holiday Heroes Toy and Food Drive

Once again all the proceeds will go to the families and individuals registered with the Salvation Army and Victim Services of York Region.  To date the program has raised more than $1 million in monetary donations, new toys, new children’s clothing and food.

NewRoads Subaru Newmarket Final

It is truly amazing what a can happen when police, businesses and communities work together.

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit www.newroads.ca/community-events

NewRoads Chrysler Food and Toy Drive

 

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Mount Albert Lions Club Santa Claus Parade

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Posted on Dec 6, 2017

Mount Albert Lions Club Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus came to Mount Albert on Dec. 2, 2017 as part of the annual Lion’s Club Santa Claus Parade.

The parade was about an hour and travelled through the beautiful Mount Albert Neighbourhoods including King Street, Shannon Road, Victoria Street and Mill Street.

Lots of fun was to be had at the end of the Parade with a visit with Santa, hot dogs, hot chocolate, candy and non-perishable food items were collected.

Mount Albert Lions Club Santa Claus Parade

We would like to thank the East Gwillimbury Tourism committee for partnering with us celebrating our awarding winning “From Farm to Fork” float. To learn more about the From Farm to Fork Thanks Giving Tour visit https://www.newroads.ca/blog/east-gwillimbury-farm-fork-thanksgiving-tour/

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit www.newroads.ca/community-events

From all of us at NewRoads have a safe and happy holiday season and remember community matters at NewRoads!

Mount Albert Lions Club Santa Claus Parade

We're proud to brag about our float winning an award as well!  Yay team!

We’re proud to brag about our float winning an award as well! Yay team!

5 things to do in the GTA this Holiday Season

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Posted on Dec 5, 2017

things to do in the GTA at Christmas

5 things to do in the GTA this Holiday Season

Don’t look now but Christmas is upon us, let’s get out and make the most of this holiday season before it passes us by!

If you’re looking for something to do with either your family or significant other during the upcoming weeks, you’ll be happy to hear that you won’t have to look far to find some top-shelf entertainment.

Here are five things to do in the GTA this Christmas season:

Skating at Nathan Phillips Square

If you’re interested in having a romantic evening in the city, skating at Nathan Phillips Square is a great complement to a fancy dinner downtown. And the best part is, it’s completely free!  Don’t own skates? R ent them at the rink. Skate sharpening is also available on location.

See a live performance

Those who prefer to spend their time indoors as opposed to outside should consider checking out one of the numerous live performances that are set to take place across the city this Holiday season.

If you’re into ballet, it’s tough to top The Nutcracker, which ranks as one of the top Christmas shows in the city year after year.

Disney on Ice and A Christmas Carol are also both excellent choices. Be sure to look for tickets sooner rather than later, as a number of shows across the GTA are already sold out.

Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market

The Toronto Christmas Market has quickly built a name for itself over the past several years, developing into a must-see event during the Holiday season.

Located in the heart of the city in the Distillery District, the Christmas Market is accessible for those who live in the suburbs, making it a top choice for out-of-town residents.

Spend your time trying out some tasty food and warm beverages, or just take in the beautiful lights and scenery. It’s also a good place to go shopping if you’re looking for last-minute gift ideas.

skiing in the GTA

Go skiing

It may come as a surprise to many, but there are actually ski hills in the city of Toronto. Earl Bales Park and Centennial Park are both nearby resorts to take the family for a day. Even better, both come at an incredibly affordable price.

Sure, there are definitely bigger and better hills if you venture outside of the GTA, but it’s tough to complain when an all-day pass is just $34.

Festival of Carols

If you consider yourself to be a Christmas Carol enthusiast, you’ll be happy to hear that a performance exists in the city that will be right up your alley.

Located at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, the Festival of Carols is the perfect way to bring in the Holiday cheer.  The event runs from December 5-6th, so don’t wait to buy your tickets.

 

Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

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Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Bradford Santa Claus Parade

It was so nice to see so many out braving the rainy weather for the Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade this year. Our NewRoads Community Crew would like to thank all the participants, volunteers and the community for a great 2017 Santa Claus Parade!

Bradford Santa Claus Parade

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next, visit www.newroads.ca/community  #newroadscommunitycrew

See additional photos here!

Top 5 Places to See Christmas Lights in Ontario

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Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Top 5 Places to See Christmas Lights in Ontario

The top 5 places to see Christmas lights in Ontario this year

It’s getting dark a little earlier now that Daylight Savings has ended, and that means Christmas light displays are just around the corner!

Here are some of the top events in southern Ontario:

Cavalcade of Lights

The Cavalcade of Lights is one of the top winter spectacles in Ontario year after year, taking place at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto. Visit the downtown core on Saturday, November 25th to see the lighting of the six-story tree, which serves as the city’s official holiday tree.

Feel free to stick around if you want to make a night of it, as there will be plenty of live music and entertainment.

Lakeside Festival of Lights

If you live west of Toronto, you may be more interested in checking out the 22nd annual Lakeside Festival of Lights in Burlington. Over 60 holiday-themed exhibits will be on display in Spencer Smith Park, making it a sight to behold for the entire family.

Many of the displays use LED lights, making the event much more environmentally-friendly than some of the other nearby events. The Festival of Lights starts at the beginning of December and ends shortly into the New Year.

Tree lighting in Pickering

If you’re in the Durham area, check out the tree lighting and fireworks taking place in Esplanade Park on Friday, December 1st. This event is perfect for parents with younger children, as they’ll be sure to love the merry-go-round and elf rides that will be available to the public.

If your children are little older, there’s still plenty for them to do, as the event is also offering basketball, soccer, and hockey-themed games. Be sure to bring your appetite, as there will be a number of Canadian-themed food trucks at the event.

While the event is free, organizers are collecting unwrapped gifts and non-perishable food items for those in need, so lend a hand if you can.

Aurora

In York Region, the Christmas tree lighting in Aurora is just a few weeks away. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s reindeer will all be making their way from the North Pole to Aurora Town Hall on December 6th bringing with them loads of Christmas spirit.

The Salvation Army will also be there to collect food and toy donations.

The event runs from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, so be sure to get there early.

Winter Wonderland in Newmarket

Another local option is Winter Wonderland in Newmarket, which features a top-notch light display. Spend the night skating or hop aboard the Tim Horton’s Express Train on weekends and take in the dazzling holiday-themed exhibit.

The event starts at the beginning of December, so plan accordingly!

 

Everyday Cooking by Sandra Katanic

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Posted on Nov 15, 2017

Sandra Katanic

The book launch of Everyday Cooking by Sandra Katanic

#1 BEST SELLING AUTHOR Sandra Katanic launched her first cook book Everyday Cooking in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario on Thursday November 9thReal Food | Real People | Real Life is Sandra motto that brought inspiration in writing her first cookbook.

Everyday Cooking by Sandra Katanic

“Everyday cooking is for everyone, especially busy people and families. Everyone can eat healthy and fresh meals learn how to cook multiple meals at once, cook economically, and save time and money.”  Sandra Katanic

Sandra is famous for her Pumpkin Pasta…

Ingredients:

  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 large can pure pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetta (or salt)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated finely

Directions:

  • Sautee onions in oil until lightly golden
  • Add pumpkin puree.
  • Next, add milk and cream.
  • Add Vegetta/salt and pepper.
  • Add chopped parsley.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Cook on a slow simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add sauce to cooked pasta and top with cheese.

I strongly recommend Sandra’s book and hope you will follow these simple steps to get your very own. The book is available in hard copy and ebook ONLINE with a $2.99 LIMITED TIME ONLY special on the Ebook!

Pumpkin- Paster Everyday Cooking by Sandra Katanic

HOW TO PURCHASE:

1) Visit www.sandrakatanic.com/store
2) Select your country
3) Order either: The physical copy  or The Ebook copy
4) AFTER purchase, please consider leaving a review.

NewRoads is proud to be a Gold sponsor and support Sandra bringing people together is a big part of what we do.  I cannot think of a better way to bring people together then by sharing recipes, and enjoying great food with family and friends.

Thank you Sandra for sharing your dream with NewRoads and we look forward to seeing what you and your incredible team will do next!

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit www.newroads.ca/community.

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2017 East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

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Posted on Nov 13, 2017

2017 East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

Behind the Scenes at the 2017 East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

Santa came to East Gwillimbury on Sunday, November 12th and the NewRoads Community Crew were there to enjoy the FUN!!

2017 East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

“It is truly amazing what happens when your community comes together for a great cause.” said Anita Donato President of the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce.

It all began at the Civic Centre, traveled along Mount Albert Road finishing at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex.

Santa Claus Parade

Donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries and new unwrapped toys were being accepted on behalf Holland Landing Food Pantry.

Santa stayed at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex along with children’s activities, where children could write letters to Santa and enjoy a free family skate on the NewRoads Arena Ice pad!

Santa

We would like to thank our host East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce tourism committee for partnering with NewRoads and entering their float promoting the From Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour!  For more information about Farm to Fork thanksgiving tour visit www.experienceeg.ca/farm-to-fork/

NewRoads GM at the 2017 East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next, visit www.newroads.ca/community  #newroadscommunitycrew

See more photos from the parade here!

East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

 

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour

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Posted on Oct 12, 2017

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour

On Saturday, September 30th the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce tourism committee hosted their second annual Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour.  This tour encompasses a 50 km drive through the picturesque countryside, to learn about our history, the historical significance of Thanksgiving, and to purchase all the items needed to make a traditional farm-fresh Thanksgiving dinner.

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork

Sharon Temple

Stop 1: Start at Sharon Temple National Historic Site & Museum where you will receive free admission to the site. Learn how to make sage butter with herbs harvested from a heritage herb garden, pick up pre-ordered picnic lunches and pick up any ordered sage butter.

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour

Thompson Potato Farm

Stop 2: Head over to Thompson Potato Farm to pick up your pre-ordered potatoes and purchase carrots and onions.

AE Breeding Farm & Natural Meats

Stop 3: Pick up anti-biotic and hormone free, free-range and grass-fed chicken, lamb and beef products at this new addition to the tour! Try the lamb sausages, they’re a best seller!

Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour

Pumpkins

Rose Family Farm

Stop 4: Next stop is Rose Family Farm to pick your pumpkin. Lead better Meats, Empire Cheese, home-made preserves & pies and a chip wagon are also available.

Brooks Farms

Stop 5: Continue on to Brooks Farms where in addition to the Farm Market which sells farm fresh goodies, the kids can enjoy the Barnyard Playland.

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Sharon Mushroom Farm

Stop 6: Sharon Mushroom Farm will feature tours of the mushroom rooms to learn how mushrooms are grown, and to pick up your pre-ordered mushrooms.

King Cole Duck Farm

Stop 7: End your tour at Queensville Farm Supply and Country Store to pick up your pre-ordered King Cole Duck and see a display of ducklings.

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Vince’s Market

Stop 8: Vince’s Market is the final stop on the tour where you can pick up your reserved Hayter’s Farm Fresh Turkey. Show your receipt at Vince’s Market in Sharon to select your Hayter’s Farm Fresh Turkey and pay upon pick-up for a reduced price with proof of reservation.

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour Tractor Flowers

An amazing talk from Frankie Flowers all about gardens truly brought a very unique and great value to a fantastic event!!

NewRoads are proud sponsors of the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce because bringing people together for a good cause is part of what we do.  We would like to thank the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce their efforts in our community and look forward to enjoying our partnership for many years to come.

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour

For more information about Farm to Fork thanksgiving tour visit www.experienceeg.ca/farm-to-fork/

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit www.newroads.ca/community.

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork

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