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Monday, April 4, 2022

Royal LePage forecasts another double-digit gain in Canada ‘cottage and recreational property prices this year after a 32% jump in 2021.

 “Cottage and recreational properties will show another double-digit increase in price this year as demand “continues to outstrip supply in many recreational regions, despite a return to pre-pandemic travel and interest rate increases,” says Royal LePage in its latest report.


  •   Nationally, the aggregate price of a single-family waterfront property surged 21.5% year-over-year in 2021

  •   Single-family homes in Ontario's recreational property market recorded the highest year-over-year aggregate price appreciation in 2021, rising 34.6%

  •   Quebec and Atlantic Canada expected to see highest recreational property price gains in 2022, rising 15%; single-family recreational homes in Ontario and British Columbia forecast to increase 13% and 12%, respectively

  •   84% of recreational property experts report lower inventory than last year in their respective regions, as growing demand continues to outpace supply

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Spring Cottage Life Shows in Mississauga (Toronto) and Ottawa Help to Navigate the Booming Market

The Sprng Cottage Life Shows in Mississauga (Toronto) and Ottawa Help Current and Prospective Cottagers Navigate the Booming Market

 The four-day show returns to an in-person event, taking place April 7-10, 2022 at the International Centre in Mississauga and the Ottawa Cottage Life & Back Yard Show (April 22-24 at the EY Centre in Ottawa) are returning to in-person events.

 The Cottage Life brand celebrates its 35th anniversary at the annual show—the place to get the latest information on trends through exciting programming, live talks and demonstrations, hundreds of exhibitors, exclusive offers and more

The Spring Cottage Life Show returns to an in-person event from April 7-10 at the 
International Centre in Mississauga, ON. Tickets are on-sale at shows.cottagelife.com


The Cottage Life brand celebrates its 35th anniversary at the annual show—the place to get the latest information on trends through exciting programming, live talks and demonstrations, hundreds of exhibitors, exclusive offers and more

The Spring Cottage Life Show returns to an in-person event from April 7-10 at the 
International Centre in Mississauga, ON. Tickets are on-sale at shows.cottagelife.com

 (News Release)

(Toronto, ON –Over the past two years, the cottage lifestyle has boomed as a direct result of pandemic-era remote and hybrid work models and urbanites’ desires to escape city life for a more affordable home or spacious retreat. The impact is seen through record property sales, limited availability of real estate and an increased demand for cottage rentals. Cottage country is also seeing a huge uptick of new boaters and longer wait times for new boats due to increased demand and supply chain delays. The Spring Cottage Life Show will help prospective, new and longtime cottagers navigate these changes with the latest news, information, trends, tips and products. The four-day comeback event celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Cottage Life brand with a return to the International Centre in Mississauga from Thursday, Apr. 7 to Sunday, Apr. 10. Tickets are on sale now at shows.cottagelife.com.

Attendees can reconnect with the cottage industry’s leading brands, shop exclusive offers for their next cottage project from more than 350 exhibitors and avoid boat supply delays by purchasing early. While at the Spring Cottage Life Show, visitors can also discover how to supplement their income through cottage rental, learn how to break into the increasingly popular cottage market and protect their investment with a carefully mapped out succession plan. A big draw at the show is the inspiring, educational seminars and demonstrations from experts across a variety of topics. Experts at this year’s Spring Cottage Life Show include gardening aficionado and TV personality Frank “Frankie Flowers” Ferragine, chef and TV personality Jo Lusted, health and wellness expert Rose Reisman, Cottage Coach and DIY enthusiast Adam Holman and master cottage builders Wayne Lennox and Brian Halbot. Cottage Life magazine’s senior associate editor, Alysha Vandertogt, will also share helpful tips for creating a smoother cottage rental experience. 

With cottage season fast approaching, visitors will explore the latest in boats, docks and water toys as well as find information on builders and contractors, realtors, innovative building products and eco-friendly solutions. Attendees can also browse cottage-ready furniture, decor, food, entertaining ideas and more. 


Spring Cottage Life Show Main Stage Presentations

The show brings the pages of the Cottage Life magazine to life with its best-in-class expertise, advice and ideas. The lineup of can’t-miss presentations is located in Hall 2. 

Frankie Flowers – Easy Care Plants
Saturday, Apr. 9 at 11 a.m.

Frank “Frankie Flowers” Ferragine, Gardening Expert and TV Personality
Frankie Flowers shares his top disease- and insect-resistant plants that require minimal care and can be left alone while you are away at the cottage or away from the cottage. 

DIY Drink Caddy 
Daily at 3 p.m.
Adam Holman, Cottage Coach and DIY enthusiast

Adam Holman demonstrates how to build an attractive drink caddy capable of safely transporting six beverage bottles around the cottage property. 

Renting 101: How to Protect You and Your Cottage
Friday, Apr. 8 – Sunday, Apr. 10 at 12 p.m.
Alysha Vandertogt, Senior Associate Editor Cottage Life magazine

From insurance to what to include in a renter’s manual, Alysha Vandertogt will cover the steps property owners can take to create a smoother rental experience from before the tenants arrive to after they’ve left. 

Be a Better Boater
Thursday, Apr. 8 – Saturday, Apr. 9 at 4 p.m. 
Sgt. Dave Moffatt, Provincial Marine Coordinator, Ontario Provincial Police

Since the start of the pandemic, Canada has experienced an increase in traffic on the water and a large spike in new boaters obtaining pleasure craft operator’s cards. Sgt. Moffatt will share boating and water tips alongside safety regulations to ensure both new and experienced boaters can navigate our waterways.

Keeping the “Family” in the Family Cottage
Thursday, Apr. 8 – Saturday, Apr. 9 at 5 p.m.
Peter Lillico, Cottage Succession Planning Lawyer

Whether you have a big family or are purchasing a cottage as part of a group, a succession plan is key to ensure a smooth transition if an owner would like to sell their share of the property or in the event of a death. 

The Cottage Kitchen 

Popular chefs and wellness experts share tasty outdoor entertaining ideas with cooking demonstrations:

TV personality, chef and author Jo Lusted will cook up a flavourful huevos rancheros breakfast bake and bavette steak tacos.

Health and wellness expert Rose Reisman will cook up some healthy choices that are perfect for the cottage, including charred corn and black bean salad and Indonesian fried rice with sweet peas.

Award-winning BBQ pitmaster and sauce-crafter Brian Misko of B.C.’s House of Q Foods Ltd. will teach cottagers how to “Smash Your Burger Game!”

Cottage Life recipe developer Tony Armstrong will show visitors how to whip up a variety of cottage-friendly dishes, including a Mediterranean barley salad, Bánh mì dock sliders, napa cabbage salad and salsa from the cupboard.

Cottage Life Workshop
: Master cottage builders Wayne Lennox and Brian Halbot will answer build and maintenance questions as they create a selection of outdoor pieces, including planters, benches, an A-frame swing and chairs, which visitors can enter to win! 

Amazing Small Spaces: Need a spot for guests, a studio or a place to escape the crowd? Tour the latest in small-space solutions, perfect for the lake.

 Amazing Small Spaces (pictured)

Cottage Life Dock Party: The always popular social hub of the show is proudly serving Muskoka Brewery craft beer, Walter All-Natural Caesar Mix and Dixon’s Distilled Spirits. All drink ticket sales benefit the Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative, which places cancer survivors and their families in donated cottages for a week of rest and recovery. 

Celebrate Cottage Life magazine’s 35th anniversary with limited edition Cottage Life apparel at the Cottage Life Booth and a special Cottage Life magazine subscription offer. The magazine’s editorial team will be on-site to answer visitors’ cottage questions. Plus, check out behind-the-scenes footage from the new season of Cottage Life’s highest-rated original series, Life Below Zero: Canada, and give your best frozen face in the photo booth! For the latest show additions, list of exhibitors, event times and to purchase tickets, visit: cottagelife.com/shows.


Andrea McLoughlin, Centric PR

Friday, January 7, 2022

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Celebrates the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s 87th Birthday this week with special events in Memphis


DATE -- The celebration continues through Jan. 9 to  kick-off the entire year of one-time only special events to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Elvis Week.


MEMPHIS, Tenn.  (News Release) – Elvis Presley’s Graceland® will be celebrating the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s 87th birthday January 6-9, 2022 with four days of festivities including the annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on January 8, a “Birthday Bash” at Elvis Presley’s Memphis, concerts featuring music from all facets of Elvis’ career, exclusive tours, movie screenings and more.

In addition to Graceland and Elvis Presley’s Memphis, birthday celebration events will also be held at The Guest House at Graceland™, the AAA Four Diamond-rated resort hotel located just steps from Graceland. For a complete day-by-day schedule and to purchase tickets visit  Graceland.com/elvis-birthday.

To ensure the health and safety of all guests and employees, and in accordance with the Shelby County Health Department, COVID-19 protocols will be in place for all events. Find out more about current Graceland COVID-19 Protocols. 

Festivities begin on January 6 with a bus tour of Memphis with the “Gates of Graceland” co-host Tom Brown and VP of Graceland Archives and Exhibits Angie Marchese highlighting the locations that were part of Elvis’ life growing up and living in Memphis.

The festivities will conclude that night with the Elvis Birthday Bash at Elvis Presley’s Memphis and private evening tours of Graceland Mansion decorated for the holidays. The special evening tour of Graceland Mansion will include live tour guides inside Graceland and Elvis Christmas music playing throughout the rest of the mansion grounds.

At Elvis Presley’s Memphis, attendees will enjoy self-guided tours of the exhibits and an Elvis dance party with SiriusXM's Elvis Radio DJ Argo at Presley Motors, and photo ops, Elvis trivia, scavenger hunts, and more.

 January 7 features a bus excursion to Tupelo, Mississippi where it all began in a two-room house where Elvis was born. Other events on the 7th include an Archives Show & Tell in the Guest House Theater, an afternoon screening and sing-along with the film “Viva Las Vegas,” a Gospel Dinner with Elvis gospel music by Terry Blackwood and The Imperials in the Guest House ballroom, a special Ultimate VIP Christmas tour of Graceland and a late night screening of the movie “Elvis On Tour.”

The celebration continues on Elvis’ birthday January 8. At 8:30 a.m. the annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony will take place on Graceland’s north lawn. The special ceremony will feature Graceland/EPE officials, a birthday cake cutting and proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. Fans who are unable to attend can watch the ceremony online for free via the Graceland Cam on Livestream: https://www.graceland.com/graceland-cam.

Complimentary birthday cake will be served at Vernon’s Smokehouse at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The afternoon also includes Conversations on Elvis in the Guest House theater with stories from those who knew the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll best. Special guests to be announced soon. The evening of the 8th features members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra presenting their annual Elvis Pops Concert live at the Graceland Soundstage with musician and singer Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band joining them.

Tickets for Elvis' Birthday Celebration individual events and various packages can now be purchased at Graceland.com/elvis-birthday or by calling Graceland Reservations at 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322.

 About Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland, in Memphis, is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the historic home each year. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) manages the operations of Graceland and its related properties, including Elvis Presley's Memphis, Graceland's entertainment and exhibition complex over 200,000 square feet in size; the new 80,000 square feet Graceland Exhibition Center featuring rotating exhibits; the AAA Four Diamond Guest House at Graceland 450-room resort hotel; and the Graceland Archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events, tours, and attractions worldwide.

Graceland Holdings LLC, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker, is the majority owner of EPE. Graceland is the only attraction worldwide to ever receive eight USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards including “Best Holiday Historic Home Tour,” “Best Tennessee Attraction and Iconic Landmark,” “Best Musical Attraction,” “Best Historic Southern Attraction,” and the #1 “Iconic American Attraction.” The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards named Graceland the most popular attraction in Tennessee and one of the top 25 landmarks in the world and Rolling Stone named it one of 10 Great American Music Landmarks. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.graceland.com.

  Stay connected to Elvis Presley’s Graceland


Graceland Live Cam

@ElvisPresleysGraceland on Facebook

@VisitGraceland on Twitter and Instagram

@Offficial Graceland on YouTube

@ElvisPresleyGraceland on Livestream

SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio, Channel 75


@GracelandLive on Facebook

@GracelandLiveConcerts on Instagram

@LiveGraceland on Twitter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracelandliveconcerts/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/livegraceland

SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio, Channel 75: http://www.siriusxm.com/Elvisradio