15 episodes

Dive into the world of destination tourism in and around Blue Mountain Village with industry and community leaders throughout South Georgian Bay. You’ll hear from the passionate advocates whose contributions have created change and evolved the destination to where it is today, and more importantly, from those who will play a part in shaping the future. Welcome to Blue Mountain Village Voices with Andrew Siegwart, President of the Blue Mountain Village Association.

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Dive into the world of destination tourism in and around Blue Mountain Village with industry and community leaders throughout South Georgian Bay. You’ll hear from the passionate advocates whose contributions have created change and evolved the destination to where it is today, and more importantly, from those who will play a part in shaping the future. Welcome to Blue Mountain Village Voices with Andrew Siegwart, President of the Blue Mountain Village Association.

    The Fundamentals of Destination Marketing with Patti Kendall

    The Fundamentals of Destination Marketing with Patti Kendall

    Patti Kendall has been at the forefront of marketing the Blue Mountain Village since its inception through Intrawest. As the Director of Events and Marketing for the Blue Mountain Village Association, her experience in destination marketing is unmatched. Andrew digs into the fundamentals of tourism, marketing and event production as they discuss the events and experiences that the Village has produced over the last 20 years. From Salsa at Blue to Guitar Trail, AGORA: Path of Light to the Apple Pie Trail, Patti is the creative mind behind them all. This episode teaches us the importance of starting any marketing efforts with authentic product development; learn more about how she's helped make Blue Mountain Village a destination of choice around the world. 

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    • 33 min
    The Power of Community with Rosalyn Morrison

    The Power of Community with Rosalyn Morrison

    Rosalyn Morrison is on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Southern Georgian Bay. The not-for-profit organization is comprised of local people working together to promote social and economic prosperity in SGB. Rosalyn discusses how our community and businesses can be economically, environmentally and socially responsible and improve the future of our region for upcoming generations. 

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    Arts and Culture Strategy: https://tisgb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/FINAL.The-Power-of-Arts-and-Culture-A-Strategy-2021.pdf

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    • 46 min
    I Want to Ride My Bicycle with Bill Abbotts

    I Want to Ride My Bicycle with Bill Abbotts

    Bill Abbotts is a fifth-generation local, a cycling aficionado and recently the recipient of the 2021 Province of Ontario Senior of the Year Award for the Town of The Blue Mountains. South Georgian Bay is well known for its cycling trails and tours but the municipalities can be doing better for the cycling community by creating a more inviting environment. Bill teaches us about the importance of being a community leader and volunteering - he also voices his opinion on how our local politicians should be looking at the bigger picture. If you're a cyclist, a business owner or an advocate for the Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Meaford and Grey County area, you should take a listen to this episode.

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    • 36 min
    The Many Voices of Marcia Alderson

    The Many Voices of Marcia Alderson

    Andrew and Sydney interview a good friend of the Village, Marcia Alderson. Marcia is the lead singer of Motown and Marley, an extremely popular band who frequents the Village stages. She is an advocate for change in the black community in Collingwood and a member of the Unity Collective and a real estate agent with years of experience in the South Georgian Bay market. This week's conversation encompasses music, positivity, inclusivity, attainable housing and community. Marcia leaves us with a quote that we should all keep in mind, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” - Benjamin Franklin

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Hospitality Gene with Neal Lewis from Turner Hospitality Group

    The Hospitality Gene with Neal Lewis from Turner Hospitality Group

    Turner Hospitality Group owns and operates four very well-known and successful restaurants in South Georgian Bay - Twist Cocktail + Kitchen, Magnone's Italian Kitchen, Winifred's English Pub and Mother Tongue. This week, we spoke to their VP of Hospitality, Neal Lewis, who tells us about the past, the present, and the future of the industry in the area. As we all know, food and beverage have been hit hard since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Turner Hospitality Group has been resilient and even opened up one of the Village's newest restaurants, Mother Tongue. In Ontario, the hospitality and tourism sector generates over $22 billion in sales and is a major employer for the province. Here, we learn what it takes to run a successful food and beverage establishment in the good and in the bad times. Do you have the hospitality gene? Take a listen and find out. 

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    • 46 min
    Celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community in Collingwood and Blue Mountain

    Celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community in Collingwood and Blue Mountain

    Andrew joined John Eaton (95.1 The Peak FM) on their talk of the town segment to discuss pride in South Georgian Bay. This year marks the first-ever Collingwood Pride Festival hosted by Collingwood Pride and Blue Mountain has hopped on board to celebrate in partnership with them for this monumental event. Andrew and John also discuss the history of the LGBTQS+ community and how we can improve in the future. Thank you to John and The Peak for sharing this interview with us. To learn more about Pride Blue Mountain visit our website at bluemountainvillage.ca/events

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    • 19 min

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