Festivals Season in Canada: Our Concierges Picks

It’s summer time and with it comes Festival season! Our concierges across the country give you their recommendations for a great time, wherever you are.

Calgary Folk Music Festival

The Calgary Folk Music Festival is the consistently one of the best Festivals held in Calgary. Celebrating its 37th year, the festival takes place outdoors on Calgary’s beautiful Prince’s Island Park, steps away from the Bow River. The music is an eclectic mix of genres and musicians from Korea, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ethiopia, the US and Canada. July 21st to 24th.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has become known as one of North America’s premier jazz festivals. What began in 1987 as an eight day showcase of jazz now attracts 500,000 people over 10 days. Attractions include more than 400 performances with over 2000 musicians performing at approximately 50 locations around Toronto. TD Jazz Festival has become a destination event, not just for music lovers but for some of the greatest jazz celebrities in the world, reinforcing its reputation as a leader in artistic excellence and outstanding production standards. June 24th to July 3rd.

TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival)

Founded in 1976, TIFF is now one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world. Hollywood takes over the streets of Toronto, as celebrities and stargazers roll into town for the Toronto International Film Festival. Familiar faces flood the streets for 11 days during this publicly attended film festival held each September.

Montréal Complètement Cirque

Montréal Complètement Cirque is a Festival that brings people together across the city every July with a stunning circus program. For 11 days, Montreal moves to the rhythm of circus arts. Its venues, streets, parks, and sidewalks become stages to showcase colourful, high-flying performances from here and around the world. July 7th to 17th.

Festival d’été de Québec

300 shows, 10 venues and 11 days of music make the Festival d’été de Québec one of Canada’s biggest music festivals. Early July sees international stars and top new talent playing every style of music coming together for a special time in a special place ─ historic Old Québec! There’s music for everyone: rock, folk, hip-hop, electro, French song, jazz, world music and much more! July 7th to 17th

Le Festif

This unique festival features over 60 shows on 14 different sites and 45 different artists. Whether they are world renowned, rising stars or on the Quebec arts scene, these passionate music or circus artists will make Baie-Saint-Paul the most festive summer destination. July 21st to 24th.

Enjoy your summer!

(Photo Credit: Renaud Philippe)

Bring Coastal Christmas Cheer to Your Office

Perhaps you’re looking for fresh ideas to amp up the yuletide spirit in your office this year—something other than the usual Christmas party and karaoke session. Making the holidays special for your employees is a wonderful way to boost team morale, keep staff motivated, and build a sense of camaraderie, all while showing staff that you appreciate their hard work all year long.

At Christchurch Harbour Hotel, we love seeing guests get that warm fuzzy Christmas feeling while sipping mulled wine at our waterfront restaurant, or after they’ve returned from a romantic wintry stroll on the beach, so to keep the coastal Christmas cheer alive, here are our top suggestions for making the holidays extra special in your office.

Give the gift of relaxation

If you’ve got administrative or support staff who help you stay on top of things day in and day out, a box of chocolates or bottle of wine may not convey just how much you appreciate what they do. Instead, why not give a gift that will truly help them to unwind, relax and re-energise? Whether you’d like to give a full spa day or a soothing aromatherapy massage, your employees are sure to love a rejuvenating hour or two at our luxury spa.

Hold a Christmas competition

Rather than the usual Secret Santa affair, get creative with office festivities and hold a Christmas competition among staff. It could be a month-long contest to see who performs the best, or something playful like the best decorated cubicle, but come up with a grand prize like a winter mini-break or a New Year’s Eve getaway so that your colleagues really get into it!

A change of scenery

Instead of throwing your annual party at the office or in your local pub, invite employees to an elegant Christmas party at Christchurch Harbour Hotel. All December long, we hold Christmas party nights with a decadent festive dinner menu and all-night dancing. It’s the perfect opportunity to glam up your office’s holiday celebrations, and with our scenic coastal location, your colleagues will certainly feel the Christmas cheer.

Even the smallest gestures of appreciation can go a long way towards creating that wonderful Christmassy feeling at your workplace, whether it’s inviting colleagues out for a quaint afternoon tea, or if you’re throwing a full-on holiday bash. For more information on hosting your Christmas office party or any corporate event at Christchurch Harbour Hotel, contact us today.